New on DVD: 'Final Destination 5,' 'Apollo 18'

New on DVD: 'Final Destination 5,' 'Apollo 18'

 

Final Destination 5 This series has been in dire need of some help since the first two movies. Does it get it? Well, yes and no. There's really only so much you can do with this formula: Death doesn't like to be cheated, so here the survivors of a spectacular bridge collapse are about to kick the bucket in the order in which they should have died. There's nothing more for director Steven Quale to do but create more gruesome and original death scenes, which this one has in spades--a literally bone-crunching gymnastics accident, Lasik surgery gone awry, a ghastly spa trip one should not have taken. The movie's opening bridge sequence truly terrifies (nothing in the rest of the movie tops it) and it ends with a great "gotcha" moment that fans of the franchise will appreciate. There's nothing new or groundbreaking here; the acting by all is godawful, their dialogue is dreadful and you barely care about any of the characters anyway. Fans of the series will appreciate it's better than movies 3 and 4, and if you're ready to laugh at someone else's gory misfortune, then you'll find this a killer flick indeed. Extras: Er, there aren't any. A Blu-ray Combo Pack includes the movie in standard and high def and digital copy (also available on single-disc DVD, iTunes, Amazon, and game consoles).

Apollo 18 Continuing the tiresome trend of the Blair Witch and Paranormal "found footage" movies, Apollo 18 purports to be the highlights of hours of film shot by two astronauts on a super-secret space mission in the 1970s, a trip to the moon a year after the last official manned trip there. Extras: Director commentary, deleted/alternate scenes, alternate endings.

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