New in Blu: ‘The Last Exorcism’ and ‘Machete’

New in Blu: ‘The Last Exorcism’ and ‘Machete’

The Last Exorcism: Ashley Bell, Patrick Fabian, Louis Herthum, Caleb Landry Jones
Ashley Bell, Patrick Fabian, Louis Herthum, Caleb Landry Jones in Lion Gate Entertainment's 'The Last Exorcism'

There may be a ton of new Blu-ray releases hitting store shelves today, but unfortunately there are very few titles anyone is bound to want to rush out and buy. On the new release front, The Last Exorcism, Machete and Catfish are the most interesting titles, but even those three aren’t going to motivate very many people to head to Best Buy on their lunch break.

There are a ton of catalog releases, however, that may pique the interest of fans of basic cable classics like Austin Powers and Desperado. But unless a favorite of yours is amongst the list below, you’re probably best left to consider everything on this list as rental material only.

Top Shelf

The Last ExorcismThe Last Exorcism (Lionsgate, $22.99)

The Movie: I think I’ve yet to find anyone who is a bigger fan of The Last Exorcism than I am. I say that not to paint myself as some kind of, “I liked it before everyone else!” dork, but to point out that very few people responded to Daniel Stamm’s film as strongly as I have. For a lot of people this is just another found footage horror movie that falls victim to the cliches of its genre. And I can see exactly why people would say that, but for me, it’s acting is stronger and its story more compelling than any other found footage flick out there. It’s not hurt one bit by its PG-13 rating, either.

The Features: Haven’t spent any time with the disc, but its feature set includes two commentary tracks (one with the producers, one with the director and stars), a making-of, and two featurettes about real exorcisms. And while all of those sound mildly interesting, I’m saddened to see “Alternate Ending” not listed anywhere.

Who Should Buy It: People who already love the film. If you haven’t seen it yet, however, it’s just a rental.