by Tom Doty
“Django Unchained” — This is the movie to see this week if you like movies. Quentin Tarantino wrote and directed this Valentine to Spaghetti Western fans. Jamie Foxx stars as a slave who is freed by a determined bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to help him bring down a trio of bad guys. The two become friends and team up to recue Django’s wife from a smarmy plantation owner (Leonardo De Caprio). This one has it all — great gunplay, snappy dialogue and another great performance by Samuel L. Jackson. It also features some of Tarantino’s trademark touches, like a lively soundtrack and a host of guest appearances by 1970s icons.
“Ironman: Rise of the Technovore” — Marvel Comics fans will dig this anime version of Ironman that pits him against a bio-terrorist and his army of mutated creatures. Ironman gets an assist here from other Marvel heroes like Hawkeye, Black Widow and The Punisher (voiced by Norman Reedus of “The Walking Dead”).
“Stoney Burke” — A likeable rodeo star pursues a championship title (The Golden Buckle) in this 1960s series that treads the same territory as “Route 66” by charting a path across the country and introducing new locations in each episode. This was one of the better 1960s dramas, but only ran for one season, which is included here in its entirety. Jack Lord stars and gets to show a different side here as the affable Stoney, miles away from his grim portrayal of by the book cop Steve McGarrett on “Hawaii Five-O.” Frequent guest stars include Bruce Dern and Warren Oates .
“Police Story 1 and 2” — Now you can own this excellent double feature that showcases the talents of Jackie Chan and his stunt team. These are the films that put him on the map and gave him chance to show that kung-fu action can easily mix with comedy, suspense and outlandish stunts. This is Chan at his best and is priced at under $10.
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