You can find the complete list at DVDJournal.com.
Here are my highlights:
Dark Shadows Collection 22
Keeps going and going and going. . .
Let’s take a break now to look at this week’s contenders for Unnecessary Special Edition of the week:
Dune: Extended Edition (1984)
Four Weddings and a Funeral: Deluxe Edition (1994)
Gone With the Wind: Special Edition (2-disc set) (1939)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding: Special Edition (2002)
I think the GREEK movie wins it this week. GONE is, as I understand it, the movie-only part of the four disc set that came out not all that long ago. DUNE contains two different cuts of the movie. I’m not sure what’s so special about FOUR WEDDINGS, but it was a dreadful movie, so I don’t care enough to hate it.
Inspector Closeau (1968)
This one features Alan Arkin as the Inspector.
The Legend of Zorro (2005)
I know the critics killed it and nobody spent their money on tickets for it, but I still want to see it. The first movie was great. While this one can’t possibly live up to the first, it can’t ruin the first for me, either.
MI-5: Vol. 3 (5-disc set)
I pre-ordered this one through Amazon a long time ago. It’s my pick of the week. If you’ve seen the series on cable here in the States, then you really haven’t seen it. Each episode is a full 60 minutes. They hack and slash at the episodes to fit commercials in, so you’re really not getting the full stories. Stick with the DVDs – it’s a great British spy series that looks like a one hour movie every time out. And the second season ended on such a massive cliffhanger that I can’t wait to see how they come back from it.
A Shot in the Dark (1964)
A Pink Panther movie by any other name, smells just as sweet.
Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (widescreen) (2005)
I think I need to see this one.
The X-Files Season One (re-package)
The X-Files Season Two (re-package)
The X-Files Season Three (re-package)
Instead of the fold-out Digipack cases (or whatever the proper name for them is), they’re putting the discs in individual slim cases, like you get with FAMILY GUY and many other DVD box sets today. I know they’re easier to get in and out that way, but I have a soft spot for the big bulky fold out cases, too. They just feel more substantial.
(Update: The new sets are not identical to the old sets. Seven discs have been compressed down to six.)
There are a ton of titles coming out next week, including BAMBI 2 (ugh), GROWING PAINS Season One, that WALLACE & GROMIT movie from last summer, and a bunch of unnecessary special editions.
More in the podcast tonight!