New Releases 25 July 2006

Animaniacs, Vol. 1Sorry for the delay. Today’s my last day of vacation, so I went golfing instead of sitting in front of the computer. Given how I swung the club today, I think I should have stayed behind the computer.

But look what’s coming out this week:

Animaniacs: Vol. 1 Pinky and The Brain: Vol. One

REJOICE! I’m hitting Best Buy tomorrow, for sure.

I saw some of the writers and voice talent for both shows at the San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend. I have pictures and video from that to show all of you. I hope to get to that in the next week. Or, check YouTube. It’s probably already up there from someone else’s digital camera. You can’t beat a live performance of “All The Countries Of The World” by Rob Paulsen. . . (I hope I got that title right.)

La Femme Nikita: Season Four (6-disc set)

Best Buy has a decent sale on all the boxed sets in this series, if you’re so interested.

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers: Divimax (1988)

Is “Divimax” supposed to be a new format? Or is that just the latest and greatest way to say, “We’re asking you to buy this for a third time, so here’s a new banner to splash across the top of the box”?

Hudson Hawk: 15th Anniversary Edition (1991)

Wasn’t this thing savaged when it came out? Didn’t it bomb? Or was this one of those movies that was unfairly criticized when it first came out, and now is ready to find its true audience?

Maybe I need to bring back the DVD podcast and retitle it “I Hate The Movie Industry.”

JAG: Season One

What took them so long? It’s CBS’ Little Engine That Could show.

Now, they have NCIS.

Laguna Beach: Season Two

Did you just die when Lauren did that thing she did to that good looking guy, who was really in love with that other blonde chick that he always talked about on the basketball court with that other cute guy with the five o’clock shadow and runway model good looks? Ohmigawd!

Punky Brewster: Season Three

As big a child of the 80s as I am — NO.

Next week: When people ask why I stopped doing the DVD podcast, I’ll be able now to answer it thus: Because I’d have to find something witty to say to put down next week’s release of the direct-to-video “I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer.” Would you wish that on your worst enemy? I didn’t think so.

On the bright side, V FOR VENDETTA is also out next week.


5 Responses to “New Releases 25 July 2006”

  1. EzekielRawlins
    25. July 2006 at 19:50

    Mock me if you dare-I actually remember watching ‘Hudson Hawk’ in the theater and enjoying it. Aiello and Willis, c’mon, what’s not to like?

  2. Scott Beeler
    25. July 2006 at 23:49

    I concur. “Hudson Hawk” was relentlessly silly, but intentionally so, and the gags were really excellently written and timed.

    I think the critics just wanted it to be something other than what it was — they wanted a straight blockbuster action/intrigue film and got this gloriously over-the-top kitch-fest instead.

  3. Juan
    26. July 2006 at 06:26

    I never saw “Hudson Hawk,” but the previous comments remind me of the movie “Disclosure,” with Michael Douglas and Demi Moore. A VERY entertaining potboiler that got trashed by critics expecting it to be more.

  4. Simon
    27. July 2006 at 19:15

    Yup, Hudson Hawk’s quite fun – it is overblown fluff, but it teaches a few great lessons, like Davd Caruso’s quite entertaining if you don’t give him any lines at all, that James Coburn is quite capable of being fun as a bad guy, and that Andie McDowell can be an interesting leading lady if you get her to impersonate a dolphin.

  5. Scott Beeler
    28. July 2006 at 06:02

    Eek, I was poking around the IMDB after reading this, to remind myself of who all was in “Hudson Hawk”, and I watched the trailer they have up there. It’s exactly what I was describing — in focuses entirely on the generic action/crime movie bits, cobbles together some of the most bland lines in the whole film, and ignores the wonderfully silly stuff entirely. There are a couple jokes, but they’re typical action-move one-liners, not the unique wacky stuff which makes the film. They only show three characters at all out of the huge cast. They’ve even got the tense action music and stern voiceover guy doing the trailer.

    So clearly not only did the critics miss the point, so did the studio.