Top 10 Direct to DVD Movies
Once, straight-to-DVD films were the stuff of bad kung-fu movies. Today even major stars may see their work go directly to DVD, and animated fare can sometimes earn more on the sales rack than in the multiplex. Below is a fine list of the top 10 direct to DVD movies, courtesy of this guest post from our friends at BigPond DVD Rental. If you like what you read below, be sure to show your appreciation by clicking on the link and checking them out.
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (2009) – This straight to DVD animation for children was the biggest winner in the marketplace in 2009. Disney’s DVD releases are intended for a younger audience, so adults are to be forgiven for tiring of Tinker Bell the second time around.
Suburban Girl (2007) – Alec Baldwin is a great actor…just ask him. No, seriously, the star has delivered some very good screen performances in recent years. In Suburban Girl, Baldwin is fine as an older man involved with a younger woman. Unfortunately, that younger woman is Sarah Michelle Gellar, who should stick to vampire slaying.
Wonder Woman (2009) – This excellent animated film from Warner is almost too good to be called a cartoon. Keri Russell voices the superhero, and the well-scripted story pleases even adult viewers.
The Contract (2007) – Sometimes good movies are crippled by bad buzz. The Contract was intended for Kevin Costner. Costner backed out and John Cusack stepped in co-starring with Morgan Freeman in this good guy/bad guy in the wilderness thriller. Cusack is outstanding, and Bruce Beresford directs.
Futurama: Bender’s Big Score (2007) – Fox Television cancelled Futurama in 2003. The continued popularity of Futurama in reruns ultimately led to this smart, funny straight-to-DVD offering.
Man About Town (2005) – What can you say about Ben Affleck? When he’s good, (think, Hollywoodland) he’s very good, but when he’s bad, he’s Ben. This tale of a nasty Hollywood talent agent co-stars Rebecca Romijn, John Cleese, Gina Gerson, Adam Goldberg, and Jerry O’Connell.
Highlander: The Search for Vengeance (2007) – An anime addition to the Highlander franchise, this slick offering from Anchor Bay serves up better storytelling than several of the live-action films. Dig the Scots clan wars!
The Flock (2007) – Richard Gere only gets better–witness his stellar work in The Hunting Party. Gere’s performance in The Flock is good, as well. Claire Danes is outstanding. This thriller never quite gets off the ground, but straight to DVD?
Resident Evil: Degeneration (2008) – There’s trouble in Raccoon City, and this animated codicil to the Resident Evil oeuvre gives us zombies to die for.
I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007) – Even a great director like Amy Heckerling, and star Michelle Pfeiffer couldn’t save this cougar-tale of an older woman in love with Paul Rudd. To be fair, the film suffered from distribution problems. Michelle Pfeiffer came roaring back telling a similar story in period piece Cheri.
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