The Ice Harvest - Five of Hollywood's best comic actors - John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton,
Mike Starr, Randy Quaid and Oliver Platt - help veteran comedy director Harold Ramis make a quick and efficient go of his smart little noir picture.
Cusack plays a Wichita mob lawyer who, with partner Thornton, relieve boss Quaid of some $2 million on Christmas Eve,
but realize their perfect plan is not-so-perfect when people start dying. Ramis does something really impressive with
Cusack's sad sack counselor by defining him through his relationships with others, giving us all we need to know with
something as simple as a "Merry Christmas" uttered with a respectful familiarity. Cusack slow-burns nicely,
and Platt is a manic delight as his perpetually drunk friend and stepfather to his kids. While not quite the
anti-Christmas classic that Thornton's Bad Santa has so quickly become, it is
certainly a satisfying and refreshingly grown-up night on the couch.
Certifiable Crazy Person - When folks like the horror mavens over at BloodyDisgusting.com say your film is, "the single best
story about the birth of a serial killer ever told on film", fans of the genre can take it as more than just a
casual recommendation. Former Corman drone Justin Paul Ritter directs this
'70's throwback that has been compared to Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer and
Malevolence (only with a hot chick instead of a cumbersome freak).
Lady and the
Tramp - Disney's 1955 classic, which features the evergreen "Bella Notte" and is presented in 4:3
and its 2.55:1 theatrical ratio, is given the 2-disc special edition treatment, with a new digital restoration, a look
at the original 1943 storyboards and some never-before-seen deleted sequences.