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DVD reviews: Super Duper Alice Cooper and 3 Days to Kill

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Super Duper Alice Cooper

Fans of original shock rocker Alice Cooper, well served by this loving chronicle by Reginald Harkema, Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn, may be surprised to learn he didn’t strut fully formed out of a 1970s gateway to hell.

First he was art nerd Vince Furnier, a preacher’s son from Arizona, who got his stage name from a Ouija board, band outfits from the Ice Capades, career tips from Frank Zappa and attitude from a “moral compass” that could also point to the dark side.

The doc’s funniest moments chronicle his early days, including his performance epiphany in Detroit, his actual birthplace, where he feels audiences first really got his band’s blend of music and Grand Guignol theatre: garish eye makeup, faked onstage executions (with a realistic guillotine and hangman’s noose) and dead baby dolls and other plastic cadavers strewn about.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but oh you billion dollar babies, you’ll rawk.

Extras include deleted scenes and rarely seen concert footage.

Three Days to Kill

Long before Kevin Costner is demanding pasta sauce info at gunpoint from a terrified Italian hostage in 3 Days to Kill, it’s obvious no one is following any kind of coherent recipe for this movie.

It’s an international spy thriller. On second thought, it’s a family divorce drama. No, wait, it’s a comedy about wacky Americans in Paris. But then again, should we be laughing about a guy dying of brain cancer?

3 Days to Kill is all of these things, because it seems writer/producer Luc Besson (the Taken franchise) and director McG (Charlie’s Angels, This Means War) were too busy mixing ingredients from their own past movies to agree on what they were jointly trying to concoct here.

Besson (and co-writer Adi Hasak) contribute the Paris setting, the terrorism threat, the high body count and the squealing car chases on city streets.

McG goes in for the goofy character stuff, such as the habit of Costner’s veteran CIA hit man Ethan Renner to demand child rearing advice from the same people he may soon be filling full of lead.

Extras include an extended cut of the film and making-of featurettes.

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