Weekly Digital Disk Picks – September 27, 2011

The summer blockbuster rollout starts this week, along with repackaged “complete series” TV DVDs at greatly reduced prices. (By “greatly reduced” I mean “ranging from $3.63 to $6.67 per season”. Not per episode, but per season.)

Title Available Formats
Action
Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon
Blaine: So, exactly which side of the Moon is supposed to be the dark one? The side that’s lit up during a full moon, or the side that’s lit up during a new moon?
Anime
Corpse Princess: The Complete Series
Anime series about an undead girl who has to kill a bunch of undead freaks. Created by GAINAX (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, FLCL).
Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple – Season 1 (Anime Classics)
Mardock Scramble: The First Compression
Anime series of the last victim of a serial killer being resurrected as a combat cyborg in future Japan to hunt down her killer.
One Piece Collection 2
Containing season 2 of the Pirate anime.
Shin-Chan, Season 3, Pt. 2
Squid Girl: Part 1
Anime series about a, well, Squid Girl who comes up from the depths to conquer humanity as punishment for their polluting ways only to get, well, distracted.
Trigun: Badlands Rumble
After many long years of waiting, we’re finally getting more Trigun anime, in the form of a new movie.
Yu Yu Hakusho Season 3
Art House
Carlos (Criterion Collection)
The Phantom Carriage (Criterion Collection)
Biopic
Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story
Hershel Gordon Lewis: Godfather of Gore
Documentary about the man who brought us “Monster A-Go-Go”.
Turnage: Anna Nicole
Classics (Cult)
Gamera – Triple Feature Collector’s Edition
Alex: Contains the complete Heisei Gamera series (which had better production values than the originals and had better scripts).
Ray Harryhausen Double Feature: She and Things to Come
Vampires, Mummies And Monsters Collection: Roger Corman Cult Classics
Includes Lady Frankenstein, Time Walker, The Velvet Vampire and Grotesque
Comedy
Battling Butler / Go West
Blaine: You can’t go wrong with Buster Keaton from Kino. This is the type of release Kino excels at.
Call Me Fitz: The Complete First Season
Gavin and Stacey
  • DVD Season Two: Amazon
  • DVD Season Three / Christmas Special: Amazon
  • DVD Complete Collection: Amazon
Heathers
How I Met Your Mother: Season Six
Hung: Complete Season Two
King of Queens: The Complete Series
Ma and Pa Kettle: Complete Comedy Collection
Married… With Children: Complete Series
The Middle: Complete Second Season
Queer as Folk: The Complete U.K. Series
Without Men
Drama
Army Wives: Season Five
Ben-Hur (50th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition)
Dawson’s Creek: Complete Series
Family
Herculoids: The Complete Series
Looney Tunes Show, Season One Volume One
Blaine: A Looney Tunes sitcom? How’d I miss that?
Scooby Doo Mystery Inc. Season 1 Vol. 3
Horror
Mimic: Director’s Cut
  • Blu-Ray/Digital Combo: Amazon
Music / Musical
Footloose (Deluxe Edition)
The Monkees
Mystery
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation- Season Eleven
Apparantly the Blu-Ray sales weren’t strong. They’ve stopped releasing the series on Blu-Ray now.
CSI: Miami – Season Nine
CSI: NY – Season Seven
Kojak: Season Two
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit – Season Twelve

Finally, the picks of the week. Alex says, “This week I’m going with Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple. This is one of the most fun martial arts anime series I’ve seen in quite some time. It’s definitely worth checking out.” Blaine says, “with the doorcrasher release of the highly grossing Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon hitting this week, the choice is simple: Kojak: Season Two. Who loves ya, baby?”

6 replies on “Weekly Digital Disk Picks – September 27, 2011”

  1. Damien says:

    I’m really interested to see how Mimic is different to the original, will definitely have to rent it!

  2. Fez says:

    Transformers is getting a spot in the Blockbuster queue before purchase. I didn’t get to the theater for this one, but I hear it’s good.

    The “dark side” of the moon bit always irks me… Yet “far side of the moon” doesn’t have the same ring to it. Just makes me think of space-themed Gary Larson cartoons. Not a bad thing, though.

    Looks like this week I’ll just be getting How I Met Your Mother: Season 6. For the last few years it’s been the only sitcom we have watched. Tried a couple others here and there but they’ve either been canceled or dropped early on.

    Heathers on Blu-Ray is tempting but I already have the DVD and I’m not sure if, for a movie like that, a Blu-Ray upgrade would be worth doing.

  3. Jethro says:

    I kinda hate that I know this, but it’s “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”, not “Dark Side of the Moon”.

    I know there is no dark side of the moon really, as a matter of fact it’s all dark, but people do tend to mean “the side not visible from Earth”.

    I thought it’s of some note that the ENTIRE 12-season collection of Married… With Children is selling for about $40. At least I think it’s the entire 12-seasons. Doesn’t say anywhere that it’s not and it’s on 32 discs.

    • Yes, that really is the entire MWC run for $40. There are similar price points for King of Queens and Dawson’s Creek this week. It’s completely different and cheaper packaging than the last complete series releases, but the “price per content” doesn’t get much lower without going to copyright expired material.

  4. PuppetSocko says:

    I haven’t seen it all, but y’know, the recent “Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorporated” is pretty good, with story arcs and a more developed “Scoobyverse” than past efforts.

    And who doesn’t love the bewildering team of militant space hippies and mutant animals that is “The Herculoids?”

  5. Fez says:

    Also, Re: Loony Toons sitcom. I thought my son would have liked it as he loves the classic ones. So I tried to watch it once or twice, and at least the times I watched, it wasn’t funny. The animation was a bit interesting but the jokes/humor just weren’t there.

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