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Attack of the Sci Fi DVDs

So you’re like most Sci-Fi Channel movie watchers who just get tired of having to sit around and wait a full six weeks before the Sci-Fi Channel plays that original movie of theirs that you’ve been wanting to see again. They just don’t put their original movies into rotation enough on that network for my money. Yes, I’m being sarcastic.

If you were one of the people, few people, very few people, that actually thought last year’s Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep, the Sci-Fi Channel original in which a giant CGI squid was pitted in a fight to the death against Charlie O’Connell’s wooden acting, Jack Scalia’s hammy acting, and Victoria Pratt’s bikini top, then you’re going to be happy to hear that Echo Bridge Entertainment will be releasing Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep to DVD on April 17th. It won’t be completely bare bones either; a featurette called “Secrets of the Deep” is included, which I’m going to guess has something to do with the ocean. And if you haven’t seen the movie and are on the fence, you can read my review of it and decide for yourself whether or not you want to hunt down this giant squid. Nice box art though…

Fans of Sci-Fi Channel produced giant squid movies will be happy to hear that another one is in the works called Eye of the Beast, this time featuring a giant “killamari” that can only be stopped James Van Der Beek. Well, so much for that starring role in Varsity Blues launching his movie career to bigger and better things than “Dawson’s Creek”.

More Sci-Fi Channel originals will be saturating DVD shelves in the near future as Image Entertainment has signed a deal with Sci-Fi’s parent company, NBC Universal, to release 14 of the network’s originally produced film. While no release dates, special features, or other DVD specs have yet to be announced, Fangoria reports the first to come from the DVD deal will be Sean S. Cunningham’s Terminal Invasion, a sci-fi thriller starring Bruce Campbell as a man that takes a snowed-in airport terminal captive to uncover aliens in disguise. That one will be followed by Manticore, a Sci-Fi monster-of-the-week misfire with Blair Witch Project‘s Heather Donahue teaming up with “Star Trek: Voyager” star Robert Beltran battling the mythical title monster in war-torn Iraq. Still to come:

Snakehead Terror
Locusts: The 8th Plague
Webs
Bugs
Darklight
Threshold
Encrypt
Deathlands
Interceptor Force 2
Crimson Force
Alien Siege
Do or Die

Snakehead Terror and Threshold actually aren’t too shabby, Locusts: the 8th Plague was heavily clichéd yet acceptably cheesy, Darklight put me to sleep, and I can’t comment on the rest since I haven’t even seen but bits and pieces of them. Heck, I’ve never even heard of Do or Die. I’m guessing it’s not the Andy Sidaris movie of the same name.

The Foywonder

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