As DVD producers prepare us for the much-vaunted December 7th release date, the release list scales back a bit today.
Still, there are a couple of nifty discs coming out this week to tide us over. This list comes to us from DVDJournal.com.
And, for the first time ever, I plan on commenting on every last one of the releases, with special help from The IMDB.
The Club (2004)
Even the IMDB barely has a clue about what this movie is.
But this British show sounds like a train wreck. Let celebrities manage a bar and videotape the chaos.
Combat! Season Two: Mission #1 (1962) Combat! Season Two: Mission #2 (1962)
This show has its fans. It’s an hour long drama series set in WWII. Robert Altman is listed as one of the directors. Interesting.
Daredevil: Director’s Cut (2003)
The rumor goes that this movie is much more watchable with the added footage. I might put it on my Christmas list so I don’t pay for it a second time.
Elliot Smith: Olympia, Washington (2004)
IMDB has nothing on this.
The Fantastic Films of Ray Harryhausen: Legendary Science Fiction (5-disc set)
I didn’t watch these movies as a kid on the local superstation. Maybe that’s why I just don’t appreciate them.
The Happy Gilmore/Billy Madison Collection (1995/1996) (2-disc set)
HAPPY GILMORE is probably my favorite of Adam Sandler’s oeuvre. And isn’t it weird that the phrase “Adam Sandler’s ouevre” exists?
Great movie. Without exception, the most beautiful looking movie of the year.
It’s All True (1993)
Never heard of this one before today, but it sounds interesting. It’s an incomplete Orsen Welles film that they re-edited and added material into in 1993 to complete. The IMDB listing has a lot of the backstory.
Based on a Marquis De Sade work, I think. I’m definitely passing.
Lost in Space: Season Two Vol. 2 (4-disc set)
The big full season boxed sets had a price point that Best Buy, et. al. did not like. So they split it into two smaller boxes, split the price in half, and you get the full second season eventually. Whatever it takes…
Joseph Fiennes stars as a guy who pinned his polemic to a door. Alfred Molina also stars. Reviews were mixed.
Racing with the Moon (1984)
It’s a WW2 period piece starring Sean Penn. Nicolas Cage co-stars. They were much younger then.
Samantha: An American Girl Holiday (2004)
It’s getting VERY tiring to cover all of these releases.
This one, though, is a TV special based on a novel I’ve never heard of. Mia Farrow headlines.
Secrets of a Windmill Girl (1966)
Heh. Love this IMDB review:
Almost unwatchable – Pauline Collins at her most dreadful deciding whether or not to take her top off for a show. In the end she doesn`t but don`t let that put you off wasting precious time sitting through this rubbish
Spider-Man 2: Special Edition (widescreen) (2-disc set) (2004) Spider-Man 2: Special Edition (pan-and-scan) (2-disc set) (2004) Spider-Man 2: Superbit (widescreen) (2004) Spider-Man 2: Gift Set (widescreen) (2-disc set) (2004)
Take your pick. The Superbit edition will have the best sound and picture, theoretically. Pan And Scan will be lifeless garbage. The Gift Set has a lot of unnecessary doo-dads in it.
I’ll take the straight-up widescreen edition.
Tru Calling: Season One
This one’s pretty much dead already before the second season begins. For you Eliza Dushku fans, though, this is indispensible.
Next week: Lots of stuff, but especially the B5 spin-off series, CRUSADE.