michael gallucci

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In screens on 07/12/2012 at 8:00 am

Adventure Time: The Complete First Season

The history of kids’ TV shows that have drifted off into a stoner paradise goes all the way back to the late ’60s and early ’70s, when H.R. Pufnstuf was blowing Cocoa Puffs-addled minds on Saturday mornings. Through the years, characters from Scooby-Doo (and Shaggy, of course) to SpongeBob SquarePants to roughly 70 percent of Cartoon Network’s current stable (e.g. Regular Show‘s video-game-playing, junk-food-consuming slackers) have kicked around in their own fantasy worlds. The first season of Adventure Time, the best of the new school, is out on DVD this week, complete with bonus material. The 26 episodes collected here follow the adventures of a boy and his talking dog as they hang out in a world filled with characters like Gumdrop Lass, Lollipop Boy, and Lumpy Space Princess. It’s a bizarre, funny, and totally awesome trip.

The Three Stooges

The Farrelly Brothers’ big-screen redo comes out on home video this week, and while you’re still better off with some classic Moe, Larry, and Curly shorts, it’s way better than anything with Joe Besser and (shudder) Curly Joe DeRita. There’s a plot in here somewhere, but the movie is mostly an excuse for a bunch of eye gouges and nyuk nyuk nyuks. Extras include deleted scenes and a history of the comedy troupe.

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, and Denis Leary return as the voices of three prehistoric pals in the fourth movie of the CGI series. This time, an iceberg sends them to a land populated by furry pirates. Aziz Ansari, Jennifer Lopez, and Nicki Minaj join the crew as various now-extinct creatures. Be sure to get to the multiplex early for a new 3D Simpsons short that shows before the movie. It opens on Friday.

Can You Survive a Horror Movie?

Chiller’s new TV show is a lot like MythBusters for gore fans. Each week, experts weigh on your chances of walking away from, say, a zombie attack or being buried alive. The three hosts, appropriately, look a lot like the victims you’d see in the movie scenarios they’re testing: young, cute, and probably not very smart. And yes, the Zombie 5K is as amazing as it sounds. The show premieres at 9 p.m. on Friday.

Marley

A new, and epic-length, documentary about the late reggae legend, directed by the guy who made The Last King of Scotland. A bunch of Bob’s kids and his wife talk about the man behind the music, and contemporaries like Jimmy Cliff chart his influence on artists and frat houses over the years. Best of all, there’s plenty of clips of Marley singing his classics. It screens at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Cinematheque.

Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

Just in time for The Dark Knight Rises comes the followup to the hit video game starring a tiny, blocky version of the Caped Crusader. Superman, the Green Lantern, and Lex Luthor are also on board this time. Arkham City is still the Batman game to beat, but there’s so much to do here – from collecting superheroes to obtaining new weapons – that you’ll lose hours of your life. Our advice: Play with a friend.

Twins of Evil

One of Hammer’s best horror films of the early ’70s finally comes to Blu-ray. Playboy centerfold twins star as two sisters who move to a remote village to live with their witch-hunting uncle (played by the great Peter Cushing). One of them falls in with a local devil-worshiper, and then all hell breaks loose. Extras include a deleted scene and a brand-new feature-length documentary about the movie and studio.

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