DVD Releases 2.25.03

Thanks, as always to The DVD Journal for maintaining the best release list of them all. This list is excerpted from their complete list.

Amadeus: The Director’s Cut: Creative Design Gift Set (1984)
Ocean’s Eleven: Creative Design Gift Set (2001)
Superman: The Movie: Creative Design Gift Set (1978)

I guess if you’re a REALLY BIG fan, it might be worth it. I just don’t get these sets, but I lost the collector mentality a long time ago in the world of comics. A special “limited edition” frame from a print of the movie doesn’t do much for me.

Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s Magical World (2003)

…as Disney continues its steady decline.

Drôle de Drame (1937)

I think I’m boycotting the French. ;-)

Knockaround Guys (2002)

The long-delayed Vin Diesel movie that came and went just as quickly as SWEPT AWAY in 2002.

Michael Winslow: Comedy Sound Slapdown! (2002)

Good to hear he’s still alive. POLICE ACADEMY was a great movie. He was also excellent in his small bit part in SPACEBALLS, but I imagine he got typecast pretty quickly as the “sound effects guy.”

Red Dwarf: Series I (2-disc set)
Red Dwarf: Series II (2-disc set)

I regret only that I put this on my birthday (March 3) list for relatives who had no idea what to get me. So I have to wait an extra week or two before buying it on the off chance that someone else does. Words has it that they plan to release two seasons ever February for RED DWARF. I wish they’d release them faster, but I guess beggers can’t be choosers.

Rich Little: The Presidents (2002)

Speaking of typecast comedians…

Road to Perdition (widescreen/DTS) (2002)
Road to Perdition (widescreen/DD) (2002)
Road to Perdition (pan-and-scan/DD) (2002)

It’s the release of the week, as far as I’m concerned. I’m going with the DTS soundtrack in widescreen, assuming that it doesn’t mean all the bonus material gets chopped off the disc. The most important thing with this movie, though, is that the picture looks great. Conrad Hall’s cinematography on this one has been universally hailed. It’s one of the most beautiful-looking movies I’ve ever seen.

The Tuxedo (2002)

Who’da thunk it? Bad Jackie Chan.

The Twilight Zone Collection #5 (9-disc set) (1960-64)

These sets are so nice, but so expensive and unnecessary in my life. After I win the lottery, though, they will be mind.

I also read in the paper this morning that there’s supposed to be a Norah Jones in Concert DVD out today. If that’s true, I’ll be picking it up. The CD makes for some nice background music while blogging or e-mailing. The DVD would be nice because I like watching people play the piano. There’s nothing cooler in music for me. Not drum solos. Not Eddie Van Halen guitar riffs. Just one person behind the piano and the fingers flowing. Love it.


4 Responses to “DVD Releases 2.25.03”

  1. pmpknface
    25. February 2003 at 10:59

    I think I may have to grab Road to Perdition too.

    The worst thing about those gift sets is that most people don’t even know they are coming out. If I already bought Ocean’s 11, why am I going to buy it again? They should distribute these like DC does collections, with the HC’s first and then the SC. Put out the super versions w/ all the bells and whistles 1st, and THEN put out the regular versions.

  2. Paul
    25. February 2003 at 12:38

    The sad part is that I think “Belle’s Magical World” is one of the better cheapquels.

    I couldn’t bring myself to go see Jungle Book 2. It just looked so …. so pointless.

    Of course I can’t really blame Disney. They make money with this stuff. Seems like every time they try something relatively different, it flops.
    I actually enjoyed Treasure Planet (a rather faithful adaptation of a classic, with a cool sci fi twist.), but I don’t think it even made enough money to pay what the movie cost to make.
    Atlantis wasn’t too bad either, IMO, and it broke even.
    Then comes Lilo & Stitch, it makes a ton of money, and I think it’s one of the worse Disney features I’ve seen in the last 8 years. Sigh.
    Seems like there’s no money in catering to people over 5 years old when making movies.
    Maybe the upcoming Three Musketeers movie starring Donald, Goofy, and Mickey will be good. I’ve thought that Disney ought to give these characters another movie for quite some time. I love Donald. What we really need, though is an Uncle Scrooge movie based on some Carl Barks or Don Rosa story. Life and Times, anyone? :D

  3. Paul
    25. February 2003 at 12:49

    Poor Jackie, he’s such a talent yet he’s always in terrible roles in terrible movies.
    I suppose we can hope his next movie, Around the World in 80 Days, will be better, but I wouldn’t count on it. We’ll see whether Chan makes a good (quick trip to my bookcase) Passepartout. I know they’ll butcher the book, but I hope it’ll be a good movie anyway.

  4. Brandon Stenger
    25. February 2003 at 15:09

    What I wonder is, who does Disney think they’re fooling with these awful straight to video sequels? I always said that I wouldnt buy any of these terrible things for my kids, but if you have kids you know how they can wear you down when they really want something. Well, my six year old loved Disney’s Tarzan, and I enjoyed it quite a bit myself. She begged and begged to get Tarzan & Jane when they dropped that onto the home video market. After one viewing she told me that she didn’t think she would watch it again – it was too much like the cartoon on TV and not enough like a real movie. My two year old does love it, but for how long? Disney is losing tons of fans right now, and even though I’m only 26 I’m already feeling nostalgic for when they were the gold standard of animation. It’s great that so many new studios are putting out so many great movies, but it really is sad to see the House of Mouse fallen so far.