New releases, 30 November

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

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?

Hero (2004)

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.

Justine (1977)

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…

Luther (2003)

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.


7 Responses to “New releases, 30 November”

  1. Nick
    30. November 2004 at 10:33

    The DD Director’s Cut is dirt cheap. $12.99 at Best Buy or Target. For that price I’m willing to buy it a second time. I can’t resist new cuts of movies, even so-so movies.

  2. Broc Heasley
    30. November 2004 at 11:14

    Whatever you do, don’t buy Spider-Man 2 in any of its versions out today. Sam Raimi has been very candid in interviews of late, revealing that he is currently working on a director’s cut with added footage and effects. I think they’re going to call it Spider-Man 2.5 and it should be out sometime next year. I know I’m waiting.

  3. Augie De Blieck Jr.
    30. November 2004 at 14:41

    I bought HERO and left the rest behind. Also picked up some DVD+RWs and CD-Rs that were on sale. Bonus!

  4. Noel
    30. November 2004 at 15:50

    Further info:

    *COMBAT is a marvelous series, which airs regularly (I think) on the Action channel as part of the STARZ! super pack, if you have digital cable. (Do a TiVo search and see if you do.) Altman’s participation ended with the first season, but the later episodes are good to. Here’s my review of the first season:

    And an interview I did with Altman a few months ago where he mentions his work on the show:

    *The Elliot Smith DVD is a concert video, taped roughly a year before his suicide, as I recall.

    *IT’S ALL TRUE is the movie that RKO sent Welles to do while they butchered MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS behind his back. It’s got some good stuff in it, but it’s a little dry on the whole.

  5. Paul
    30. November 2004 at 17:53

    I was looking online for info on the Daredevil dvd, not only are there extra scenes. The love scene between Matt and Elektra has been removed. Apparently it wasn’t in the original screenplay (wasn’t in the comic adapation, I know that) and was added to make the movie more of a romance. Erm … yeah.

  6. The Couch Potato
    30. November 2004 at 18:34

    According to the information on, Fox will be airing a supernatural soap called Point Pleasant on Thursdays at 9 pm. beginning Jan 20th, after the North Shore season ends. This most likely means it’s over for Tru Calling.

    Oh, and I saw the Justine movie as a kid, truly whacked out movie.

  7. EzekielRawlins
    1. December 2004 at 09:38

    Picked up Spidey 2 WS and the DD Director’s Cut. I’ve also heard the rumour that Tru Calling was cancelled…