Last week, I thought there’d be just one big release to talk about.
Then, you all corrected me in the comments section about a second one.
Then, I saw a third that trumps them both.
So we start with that original DVD, 300. It’s the whole Men In Loin Cloths With Swords and Shields thing. You know, the movie shot in front of a green screen with lots of screaming. Based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel, which I will reread before watching the movie. It’s a beautiful book, and I welcome the excuse to crack it open again. There’s an HD-DVD/DVD combo disc release, a Blu Ray release, a standard widescreen DVD release, a full frame release that no sane person would consider looking at, and a special two-disc release that includes (at Best Buy) a Spartan helmet and some trading cards. Crazy! That last option will run you $35, though. I think I’ll be ordering my copy through Amazon, where you can get the two disc edition without the bells and whistles glued to the box for just $22. (You can also download it through Amazon’s Unboxed for $15.)
Secondly, you all recommended HOT FUZZ, the police comedy from the makers of SHAUN OF THE DEAD. Didn’t last long in the theaters, but it has its fans. I’ve heard other good things about it. I’ll never actually get around to watching it, but I accept your recommendation, and proudly place a link here for you to all click through and order it at Amazon so I can make a few dimes off your enthusiasm. ;-)
Finally, the most significant release of the week in many ways: BABYLON 5: THE LOST TALES, the new direct-to-DVD movie that is the first new Babylon 5 material in many many years. Has it really been nine years already? It’s still my favorite television show of all time, and miraculous in what it was able to accomplish at the time. No other TV show at the time had a preconceived story arc longer than a week or two in advance. (OK, maybe MURDER ONE, but that didn’t last.) After Babylon 5, you start to see shows that would plan out their whole season (24, LOST, etc.), or even groups of seasons (seriously, CSI: MIAMI has such a game plan). Nobody’s gone so far as to say they have a five year story to tell and then told it, though.
I’m trying not to buy too many DVDs anymore. Too many sit unwatched in boxes. But my loyalty to BABYLON 5 is such that I’ll be picking this one up. I have the entire series on DVD. I’m not going to leave a hole in that collection now. Besides, this is one disc I’m guaranteed to watch within a week of owning it, if not that same night.
That’s it for this week. Do check in again next week when I’ll be musing on such releases as THE MUPPET SHOW: Season Two, DARKWING DUCK: Season Two, and maybe something else with jump out at me.