Home Theater: DVD releases

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Pick of the week: "ThanksKilling"

Ever since Eli Roth put the idea out there with his trailer contribution to Tarantino's Grindhouse, you knew it was only a matter of time before someone would release a full-length Thanksgiving horror movie. ThanksKilling not only fills the bill, it was shot in Central Ohio with local talent.

Newark native Jordan Downey and co-creator Kevin Stewart used locations in and around Licking County for their tale of a demonically possessed turkey that turns the tables on the traditional feast for some disbelieving coeds.

The two-week shoot cost less than four grand, but it took another two years for the film to be completed and released on home video. ThanksKilling is available this week through Amazon, iTunes, Netflix and select Best Buy locations, and Studio 35 will host a screening of the film at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22.

New this week on DVD


Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat follow-up is as wildly uneven as its gay Austrian fashion journalist is pointedly flamboyant. Grade: B

"The Exiles"

An unreleased 1961 doc about young Native Americans in a depressed section of Los Angeles finally sees the light of day in a two-DVD set.

"Gone With the Wind" 70th anniversary edition

Essential viewing for more than just its name recognition, the 1939 classic comes in a collector's edition with eight hours of extras.


Lynn Shelton's critically acclaimed indie takes the bromantic comedy genre to new and uncomfortable places.

"Is Anybody There?"

Michael Caine and young co-star Bill Milner help redeem a predictable British import about an unlikely friendship. Grade: B

"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: A Very Sunny Christmas"

Charlie, Mac, Dennis, Frank and Sweet Dee are coming for the holidays. Dare we hope for Kitten Mittens under the tree?

"The Limits of Control"

In Jim Jarmusch's latest, mysterious, well-dressed stranger Isaach de Bankole takes a trip through Spain and meets Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Gael Garcia Bernal along the way.

"My Sister's Keeper"

The story's dark and the structure's busy, but the performances by Cameron Diaz et al ring true in Nick Cassavetes' weeper. Grade: B-

"Star Trek"

Smart, tight, moving, funny and exceptionally well cast - it's just great entertainment all around from re-inventor J.J. Abrams. Grade: A-


New to Columbus viewers (it never hit theaters here), a thoughtful, spiritual, but still bloody spin on the erotic vampire thriller from Oldboy director Park Chan-Wook.

Blu-ray Releases

"Fight Club" (1999)

"The Professional" (1994)

"Galaxy Quest" (1999)

"Sex, Lies and Videotape" (1989)

"Chasing Amy" (1997)