Have you ever stood there for five-plus minutes sifting through garbage and looking for gold? Were there other customers prospecting along with you?
What a truly insulting way to stock merchandise. Just a giant barrel for me to go elbow-deep on. I understand that this is an efficient way to dispose of overstocked stuff (particularly the wretched refuse like League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) but I’d really like to just stare at a rack of displayed DVDs like I get to with other such esteemed merchandise…like condoms, plungers, and two-day-old bread.
And as far as Hardy’s subtitle faux pas, yeah. That happened to me. I didn’t quite buy and return a DVD. And it wasn’t Lost Boys: The Tribe either. It appeared to be a rogue copy of Universal Soldier and I thought to myself, “Really? Okay. My dad, my brother, and I would pay five bucks to watch that one again.”
Then, when my wife asked me what I had found, I looked closer. It was a 2009 sequel, Universal Soldier: Regeneration and needless to say, I wasn’t pumped up by the JCVD who looked like my high school principal, or the Dolph Lundgren that looked like my neighbor the accountant.
I won’t judge the movie too harshly. At least it had the original guys in it. But I wanted to see that great piece of B-grade sci-fi action from a Stargate-era Roland Emmerich (before he became the disaster movie guy). I didn’t want the second direct-to-bargain-bin sequel from only four years ago.
And they print that subtitle in such tiny font underneath the title. Especially on the spine of the DVD box. You know what I mean? It’s like another trick to make you buy the worst movies available, like The Asylum does with Transmorphers and Atlantic Rim and…Universal Soldiers? The Asylum actually made a rip-off of that, too?
Wow, glad I didn’t find that one by accident.