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Blu-ray Today: Schwarzenegger and Stallone, Batman and Superman, Witches and Demons

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Justice League: War Hey, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but WB and DC are finally getting their cinematic act together! Yeah, first they’re putting Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and others in a movie together, then they’re going to have a sequel already in the works, and begin a shared cinematic universe just like Marvel!

Except it’s direct to Blu-ray and animated. That other thing you were thinking of? Who knows when we’ll ever see it.

Facepalming, Head-desking. Wondering why WB can’t just look at their animated DC stuff and realize they can do this kind of thing in non-cartoon form too.

Anyway, yeah, this is the beginning of a shared continuity.

Napoleon Dynamite: 10th Anniversary Edition – It’s a frickin’ rip-off you shouldn’t sink your talons into, despite the fake Liger fur on the cover, with less special features than previous versions. Including the short-lived animated series would have been a no-brainer here, but it seems the chickens at Fox video do not have large talents.

Death Wish: 40th Anniversary – On the other hand, I never cared much for this movie, though that could be simply a function of it being a product of its time, and the fact that Charles Bronson’s voice in this sounds like a Simpsons supporting character. If you’re used to today’s action movies, it’s both unusually paced and occasionally amusingly dated (check out how easily he brings a gun on a plane, openly and with no problem whatsoever because it’s a gift). More interesting as an artifact than an evening’s entertainment, especially since it features Jeff Goldblum’s first major role as a street thug. This original is trying to make a point, riffing on that whole notion of a conservative being a liberal who’s been mugged, and whether a good man with a gun can overstep his bounds to become a bad man with a gun without knowing it. The sequels turned it into more unapologetic B-level pulp.

The White Queen, Season 1 – I’ve actually never heard of this before, but apparently it’s a Game of Thrones-style take on England’s War of the Roses, as told from a female point of view. As my wife is watching The Tudors now (WTF is up with a thin and handsome Henry VIII the whole way through?), I’m sure this will have a place in our player shortly.

Escape Plan Sylvestuh and Ahnuld, sittin’ in a prison. K-I-L-L-aneurysm. First comes bromance, then the plan hatch phase, then comes Schwarzie with a gun and catchphrase.

I dug it. You might too.

Night of the Demons and Witchboard – Two ’80s cult hits from director Kevin Tenney that offer you options for your occult horror movie. Do you prefer a slower pace, more subtle scares and a ouija board, or unrated blood and gore when demons emerge at a seance? I imagine you can guess from the titles which is witch, er, which.

About Time I gather from the preview that this about a dude who keeps going back in time to have sex with Rachel McAdams. If we’re honest about it, that seems like a more practical use of those powers than preventing a future war or something.

And those are my picks for today. What can you add?

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Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.) Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist