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On DVD: ‘Sparks’ fizzes out and ‘Twisted Tales’ is off-sync

DVD covers for 'Sparks' and 'Twisted Tales'
DVD covers for 'Sparks' and 'Twisted Tales'
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There are a few DVDs releasing on March 18. Here are some quick reviews.


Ian Sparks (Chase Williamson) barges into a newspaper office bloodied, wounded, and wanted for murder. But he has a story to tell the reporter – a story about how he became a superhero, and how he got to where he is now.

A meteorite crash lands on Earth; lots of people die; and those who don’t get super powers. Those with powers have kids. And Sparks’ parents die in a car accident that looks like it was guided by a 10-year-old boy.

We see Ian’s life played out in flashbacks, slow motion, and colorful imagery. But the whole movie is one big drag. “Sparks” has a nice noir look to it, but the low budget shows that the filmmakers couldn’t do all they wanted – leaving some of the approach looking downright corny.

Sparks” tries to be “Kick-Ass” mixed with “Sin City,” adding a little bit of everything else from other superhero stories and the whole film becomes unbalanced. And, aside from Clancy Brown, all the actors phone in their performances.

(Grade: D+)

Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales”

Director Tom Holland (“Fright Night,” “Child’s Play”) is talented, but “Twisted Tales” is a collection of short stories we’ve seen numerous times.

Several stories are a little too short to really attract interest, and some are just so dull to attract any at all. One tells the story of a certain drug that can turn people into werewolves; another has a man arguing with his dead wife via GPS; and another is about vampires in a bar, and nothing else.

Some of the stories have clever moments, but it’s hard to keep focus when you notice that a lot of the audio doesn’t match the mouths of the actors and actresses. And none of them really put that much effort into their performances, making the 142-minute “Twisted Tales” one gigantic, awkward bore.

(Grade: D)

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