April 4th, 2007

More Chaff at Big Lots!

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I was in Big Lots! today and noticed they had another box of the Kreative Digital Entertainment DVDs, in cardboard sleeves. This time, they had their bottom corners cut off, like they used to do with LP record albums. "Cut outs"! Who remembers those? *crickets chirping*.

Anyhoo, I noticed at least 10 or so *NEW* titles they didn't have in that last batch I pawed through at Big Lots! from KDE/Universal. As you know, these are mostly TV movies with a few direct-to-video obscure nuggets. They're either silly action flicks, crime dramas, or Lifetime Channel "woman in peril" potboilers.

I passed on those and concentrated on the silly action movies. Here's what I picked up for $1.50 each:

L.A.P.D.: To Protect and Serve
How can you go wrong with Dennis Hopper and Michael Madsen on board? Apparently, you can, if the IMDB comments are to be believed. Director Ed Anders has three directing credits, but 161 credits as a stunt coordinator. That should tell you something.

IMDB user rating of 3.2 out of 10. Pretty low. That surprises me.

The Spreading Ground

Dennis Hopper plays a cop once again, this time stalking a taunting serial killer. He becomes obsessed with trapping his prey, but has he crossed a line into a madness from which there's no going back? And could HE be the serial killer himself? Okay, I'm totally making that up without seeing the movie, but it wouldn't surprise me if they tried that type of nonsense. Frederic Forrest is also in the movie.

User Rating: 5.1 out of 10. Might be watchable.

Code Name: Dancer A.K.A. "Her Secret Life"

Ha ha! Now we're talking. Kate Capshaw as a secret CIA assassin! Good stuff. I guess this combines the silly action movie and Lifetime woman in danger motifs. Kate has long retired from her life of spying, but must return to rescue her former partner who has been captured and imprisoned in Cuba. Only reuniting with her former lover, who just happens to be Fidel Castro's right-hand man, will afford her a chance to rescue her ex-partner. Who comes up with this stuff? Made in 1987 and directed by old-timer Buzz Kulik (1922-1999), whose 65 directing credits are almost all in television, but include such TV movie stone classics as "Brian's Song," the awesome "Bad Ronald," "The Linbergh Kidnapping Case" with Anthony Hopkins, and the William Shatner tour-de-ham "Incident on a Dark Street."

User rating: 5.6 out of 10. Kulik must have done a good job.

Capital Punishment A.K.A. "Kickbox Terminator" (HA! HA! HA!)

Writer/Director David Huey apparently has built a career churning out these kind of utterly unknown action shlockfests. And bless him for it. Some of his titles (as director, producer or writer) include: Vampire Assassin; SWAT:Warhead One; 666:The Demon Child; and Magma:The Earth's Molten Core. Anything with a colon in it intrigues him, I guess.

He's also worked a bit with our star here, kickboxer/action film "star" Gary Daniels. I had never heard of the guy before I found these DVDs, but he's got quite a resume. And this has David Carradine in it, pre-Kill Bill career revival, so I figured it couldn't be all bad.

Unfortunately, it has a dismal IMDB User rating of 2.5 out of 10! Might be so bad it's hilarious. Have to check this one out.