Thursday, May 19, 2005

Region 1 DVD Releases For 17th May 2005

A blogcritics friend usually does a bit on the weekly DVD releases. He's out of commission for a couple of weeks, and asked me to help out. As stated yesterday, I'm now posting all blogcritic posts here as well. I hope this doesn't annoy my faithful readers, but rather, brings some new folks into the fold.

Our friend, the Duke de Mondo, has been called away for one royal emergency or another. In his absence he has asked me to take over the Region 1 DVD releases for the next couple of weeks. We apologize for the lateness of this weeks installment.

I’ll try to live up to the legacy, minus the naughty words.

It is a good week for TV shows on DVD. My top three comedies of all time make appearances as well as a few other notable shows. As for movies, it’s pretty slim picking from my point of view.

Cheers - The Complete Fifth Season (1986)

The greatest television comedy ever made. This was the last season to feature Shelly Long, who left the show to find fame and fortune on the movie screen, and got lost along the way. It’s a pretty bare bones release, but contains one of my all time favorite episodes “Thanksgiving Orphans” where the gang stage the world’s greatest food fight.

The Simpsons - Bart Wars

What was the greatest television comedy about four seasons ago has released a specialty disk just in time to settle your jonesing for more Star Wars after watching Episode III. Similar to their other specialty disks on the likes of Halloween and Christmas, this disk contains four episodes and no special features.


Seinfeld - The Fourth Season (1992)

To round out my top three television comedies, Seinfeld releases it’s best season this week. There’s a massive amount of extras on these disks including: documentaries, interviews, deleted scenes and a whole lot more. Not that a season including such episodes as: The Bubble Boy, The Junior Mint (“It’s a little mint”), The Pick, and The Contest (“I’m master of my domain”) needs any extras to sell itself.

Rounding the television releases out come the Golden Girls: the complete 2nd season, the Commish: Best of Season 1 and Scrubs: The Complete First Season

There are only a few standouts in the new film releases category.

Steve McQueen Giftset - 4 Pack (1960)

This set includes two of the all time great great McQueen films, The Great Escape and the Magnificent Seven, a very decent, but dated caper The Thomas Crown Affair, and something I’ve never heard of, Junior Bonner. It doesn’t look like either of the films includes anything not already on previous releases. But, if you haven’t purchased any of the classics, it could be worth the packaged deal. Though I would have preferred something along the lines of Papillion over Junior Bonner, if you get it at a reduced price, there isn’t much room to complain.

Kinsey (2004)

Sex on film from my neck of the American heartland. Kinsey did a great deal of his research in Bloomington, IN, which happens to be where I’ve been living the last couple of years. So, he’s kind of an odd hometown hero. I’ve embarrassingly not yet managed to see the film. There is the regular edition and a special edition with audio commentary, deleted scenes, bloopers and a couple of documentaries on the real man.

The other film release worth mentioning is the Grudge. It’s noted as an extended cut, and you can assume their will be some more bloodshed in those extentions, but I see no indication as to the content or length of said extended cuts. I have to admit, I’ve not seen the shortened cut, so I can only recommend according to reputation.

Well, here’s the remainder of the releases. I’ll add a comment or two throughout. I’ll be back next week with new releases.

1 Love (2003)
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
Rated: PG

Abouna (2004)
Studio: Home Vision
Rated: Not Rated

The Adventures of Pete and Pete - Season One (1993)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

American Experience - Kinsey (2005)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Just in time for the release of the film, PBS releases a documentary about the man behind the film.

American Experience - MacArthur (1998)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

American Experience - Return With Honor (1999)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

American Experience - War Letters (2002)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Arlington: Field of Honor
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Berga: Soldiers of Another War (2003)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Big Black Comedy Show - Vol. 2
Studio: Naxos
Rated: Not Rated

The Biggest Fan (2005)
Studio: Goldhil Home Media International
Rated: Not Rated

Black Cadillac
Studio: First Look Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Blue (1968)
Widescreen Collection
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Bounder 2: A Tale of the Unexpected
Studio: BFS Entertainment & Multimedia Limited
Rated: Not Rated

Call Me - The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss (2004)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Camp Utopia
Studio: Tempe Video
Rated: Not Rated

Candide
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

Charisma (1999)
Studio: Home Vision
Rated: Not Rated

Cheers - The Complete Fifth Season (1986)
4-Disc Set
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Clarissa Explains It All - Season One (1991)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Before Melissa Joan Hart became a witch, and grew breasts.

Classic Comedy Teams - Dance With Me Henry (1956)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Cold Grip (2005)
Studio: Maverick Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Cold Grip (2005)
Spindled
Studio: Maverick Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Commish - The Best Of Season One (1991)
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Conagher (1991)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Cybuster - Vol. 4: Micro Black Hole Cannon (2004)
Studio: Geneon Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Desperate Trail (1994)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: R

Eddie Griffin - Voodoo Child
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

El Dia De Los Albaniles 1 (1984)
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated

Elective Affinities (1996)
Studio: Wellspring
Rated: Not Rated

Escort West (1959)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Escuadron 201 (1945)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated

Fortunes of War
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Unknown

Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play - Vol. 6 (1998)
Studio: Geneon Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Galaxy Hunter (2004)
Studio: Razor Digital Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Gamera: The Ultimate Collection
Studio: RED Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex Vol. 6
Special Edition
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Rated: Unrated

I dig the original film, but this sounds a little too far removed to be worth paying money to watch.

Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex Vol. 6
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Rated: Unrated

Ghost Lake (2004)
Studio: Ventura Distribution
Rated: R

Giant Robo - Ginrei Special (2005)
Studio: Media Blasters
Rated: Not Rated

Golden Girls - The Complete Second Season
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Green Butchers (2005)
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: R

The Grudge (2004)
Extended Cut, Not Rated
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Gungrave - Vol. 6: Erosion (2004)
Studio: Geneon Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Hot Body - Bad Girls Wet T-Shirt Contest (2005)
Studio: Hot Body International
Rated: Unrated

An old college roommate used to get catalogs from this group. If you like this kind of things, they seemed to deliver what they advertise.


Hot Body Competition - Beverly Hills Covergirl Model Contest
Studio: Hot Body International
Rated: Unrated

Hour of the Gun (1967)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Hoxsey - When Healing Becomes a Crime
Studio: Wellspring
Rated: Not Rated

I haven’t a clue what this is actually about, but the title alone makes it worth checking out.

The Hunting Party (1971)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: R

I'll Take Sweden (1965)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Infection (2004)
Studio: Lion's Gate Films
Rated: Unknown

Invitation to a Gunfighter (1964)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

It's Easier for A Camel (2003)
Studio: New Yorker Video
Rated: Not Rated

Isn’t it always.

Johnny Reno (1966)
Wisedscreen Collection
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Kahil El Zabar's Ritual Trio Meets Billy Bang: Live at the River East Art Center (2004)
Studio: City Hall Records
Rated: Not Rated

Kidvidz - Let's Get a Move On! (1990)
Studio: Goldhil Home Media International
Rated: Not Rated

Kinsey (2004)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: R

Kinsey (2004)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: R

Kinsey (2004)
Special Edition
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: R

Kinsey (2004)
Special Edition, Canadian
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: R

Go Canada

Last Stand at Saber River (1996)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Los Verduleros (1986)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated

Loving Feeling (1968)
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

Madame Brouette
Studio: VAI Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Man Outside (1988)
Studio: Razor Digital Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Mask (1994)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

A bare bones release to run in conjunction with the sequel that no one saw.

The Mask (1994)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Unknown

The Mask (1994)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: PG-13

Monarch of the Glen: The Complete Series 3
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Unknown

Monster Guitar Method - Vol. 1 Beginner/Novice
Bonus Jam Along CD And Instructional Booklet
Studio: Ardustry Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Monster Guitar Method - Vol. 2 Beginner/Novice
Bonus Jam Along CD Plus Instructional Booklet
Studio: Ardustry Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Monster Guitar Method - Vol. 4 Intermediate/Advanced
Bonus Jam Alond CD And Instructional Booklet
Studio: Ardustry Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Monster Guitar Method - Vol. 5 Advanced
Bonus Jam Along CD plus Instructional Booklet
Studio: Ardustry Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

More Dead Than Alive (1968)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: PG

Mosquitoman
Studio: First Look Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

NBA 25 Years of Champions
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Unknown

NBA Dynasty Series: The Philadelphia 76ers
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Unknown

NBA Furious Finishes (1996)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Unknown

NFL Greatest Follies Collection Giftset
2 Pack
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Night Sun
Studio: Wellspring
Rated: Not Rated

Notre Musique (2004)
Studio: Wellspring
Rated: Not Rated

Older Adults Walk & Firm - With Leslie Sansone
Studio: Inspired Corporation
Rated: Not Rated

Peter Gabriel - Growing Up on Tour: A Family Portrait (2005)
Studio: RED Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Gabriel’s music is always worth a listen, and his live shows are closer to theatre than a rock concert. Filmed by his daughter during the 2002 tour, this is suppose to capture both the live show and the tumult of Gabriel’s personal life as he tries to balance rock stardom and family life.

The Piglet Files 3: Case File Sex, Spies and Videotape
Studio: BFS Entertainment & Multimedia Limited
Rated: Not Rated

Be afraid, be very afraid

The Princess and the Pirate (1944)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Purgatory (1999)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Quicksilver Highway (1997)
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Rata Blanca - En Vivo - Teatro Gran Rex (featuring Glenn Hughes)
Studio: DLN Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Red Dwarf - Series 1 & 2 (1988)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Return To The Batcave: The Misadventures Of Adam And Burt
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Sam Whiskey
(1969)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: PG

The Scalphunters (1968)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Scrubs - The Complete First Season (2001)
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Sea Inside (2004)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Seance (2000)
Studio: Home Vision
Rated: Not Rated

Secret Sins
Studio: Razor Digital Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Seinfeld - The Fourth Season (1992)
4-Disc Set
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Silk Stalkings - The Best Of Season One (1991)
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Simpsons - Bart Wars
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Six Feet Under - The Complete Third Season
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Six Feet Under: Complete Seasons 123
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Son of the Mask (2005)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and Mississippi John Hurt, Hedy West & Paul Cadwell
Studio: MTI Home Video
Rated: Not Rated


Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and Mississippi John Hurt, Hedy West & Paul Cadwell
Studio: Tai Seng Video Marketing, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

Steve McQueen Giftset - 4 Pack (1960)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: R

St. Michael Had a Rooster (1971)
Studio: Wellspring
Rated: Not Rated

The Stone Boy (1984)
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Tai Chi Master (2002)
Studio: ADV Films, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

Tarnation (2004)
Studio: Wellspring
Rated: Not Rated

Time of Fear (2004)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Tough to Kill
Studio: Ventura Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Ultimate Hero
Studio: RED Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Vampiyaz (2004)
Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Rated: Unrated

Voices of Jamaica: Live in Concert (2005)
Studio: Music Video Distributors
Rated: Not Rated

Vuelta Al Paraiso (1960)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated

Walk Aerobics For Seniors
Studio: Inspired Corporation
Rated: Not Rated

You know you want it.

Waterhole #3 (1967)
Widescreen Collection
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

West Point - The First 200 Years (2002)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

White Noise (2005)
Widescreen
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
Rated: PG-13

White Noise (2005)
Full Frame
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
Rated: PG-13

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