01/01/2006. Contributed by Jessica Martin
William Shatner's new DVD club casts him in the one role he's not had during his Star Trek career: science fiction film critic.
The recently launched Official William Shatner DVD Club, a DVD-of-the-month club, aims to showcase selected science fiction movies that didn't arrive at a cinema.
Shatner explained to SFcrowsnest, "Determining what movies get broad distribution and studio marketing support is a complicated process, and unfortunately the caliber of the film isn't the only consideration. I've chosen a select group of memorable and entertaining sci-fi movies that never got the exposure they deserved, and made them available to fans everywhere at a great price."
While many of the films distributed by the William Shatner DVD Club have names that the casual fan may not recognise, fans who have seen these movies agree that they are underground hits. For example, in IMDB (the movie feedback website owned by Amazon.com), the following three recent movies received the same rating: Vanilla Sky, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, and Ginger Snaps. Terminator 3 grossed $418mm at the box office. Vanilla Sky topped over $200mm during its theater run. And Ginger Snaps? Ginger Snaps (a North American production) grossed 146,125 Spanish Pesatas in a brief European engagement before becoming an afterthought in a crowded sci-fi market. Consequently, said Shatner, most US movie fans missed out on one of the best science fiction films of the last five years.
Ginger Snaps was the first movie William Shatner included in the club. Close Your Eyes, a SF thriller, won three awards at the Paris Film Festival in 2004, and took home top honors from the Swedish Fantastic Film Festival in 2002. Immortal (Ad Vitam), a film which was never released in U.S. movie theaters, has been called "jaw dropping, highly detailed, and smoothly executed" (Movie-vault.com) and "strangely and almost hypnotically engaging" (Moviepie.com).
Adam Schwartz, one of the very first people to join the club, had this to say, "I had never heard of Ginger Snaps but it was a great movie. And they gave me a bonus disc with it, so I actually got two movies for free. I've always liked William Shatner as an actor, but I think I like him even more as a film critic."
Surf on over to www.ShatnerDvdClub.com for more details.
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