Weekly Digital Disk Picks for November 29th, 2011

The Tuesday after Black Friday tends to be light on major releases.

Title Available Formats
Flying Guillotine
Dragon Dynasty release of the Shaw Brothers film.
Jackie Chan 4 Film Set
Blaine: Includes Operation Condor, Operation Condor 2: The Armour of the Gods, Jackie Chan’s Project A and Jackie Chan’s Project A2.
The Six Million Dollar Man: Season 1
Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040, The Complete Series (Anime Classics)
Alex: Reboot of the 1980s anime made in the 90s, for TV, and with a more coherent plot.
Chaos;Head: the Complete Series
Anime series about an otaku who gets caught up in the plot of a mysterious conspiracy which has been engaging in ritualized killings. Special Edition comes with in an art-box.
K-On: Volume 4
Anime film set in a post-apocalyptic future where human contact is avoided due to a global pandemic, and a group of girls who choose to meet in the real world must work togeather to catch a murderer.
One Piece: Collection 3
Star Driver: Part 1
Recent supernatural mecha series.
Yu Yu Hakusho: Season 4 (Anime Classics)
Art House
Eclipse Series 30: Sabu!
Includes Elephant Boy, The Drum and Jungle Book
Strictly Ballroom
Classics (Cult)
70s Grindhouse Black Exploitation
Includes “TNT Jackson,” “The Black Godfather,” “Black Cobra,” “Black Cobra 2,” “Black Cobra 3: The Manila Connection,” “The Black Gestapo” and “The Black Six”
Lon Chaney Double Feature
Includes Nomads of the North and Flesh and Blood
Classics (Traditional)
30 Minutes or Less
30 Rock Season 5
Hot in Cleveland: Season Two
Our Idiot Brother
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Blaine: Werner Herzog directed a 3D documentary. That was unexpected.
The Future
Seven Days in Utopia
The Smurfs
Children of the Corn 4 Film Series
Includes Wadzilla, I Was a Teenage Werebear, The Diary of Anne Frankenstein and Zom-B Movie
Wes Craven 4 Film Set
Blaine: Includes Dracula 2000, Dracula II: Ascension, Dracula III: Legacy and Wes Craven Presents: They
From Dusk Till Dawn 4 Film Collection
Blaine: No, you didn’t miss a fourth movie in the series. (Well, you haven’t missed any whether you’ve seen them or not.) The fourth movie is a “making of” documentary.
Hellraiser 4 Film Series
Horror Express
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
Music / Musical
Follies Girl and Career Girl
Amazing Race Season 4
The Girls Next Door: Complete Series
Friends with Benefits
One Day
Science Fiction
Another Earth
Torchwood: Miracle Day
Snow Men
The Stingiest Man In Town
Blaine: This is a musical version of Dickens’ Christmas Carol.
WWE Presents: Stone Cold Steve Austin: The Bottom Line on the Most Popular Superstar Of All Time
Alex: It looks like it’s yet another documentary from the WWE on Austin’s career – though it sounds like they actually bothered to do a decent job of the documentary this time, though there are several major chunks of Austin’s career which are omitted from the matches on the DVD and Blu-Ray (in particular, there are no matches or angles from his ECW run).
Smallville: Season 10
Smallville: The Complete Series
Blaine: According to the producers, the nature of the early visual effects guarantees that this will never come out in a complete series Blu-Ray.
Zebraman 2: Assault on Zebra City
Takeshi Miike film, and a sequel to his earlier superhero film, Zebraman.
Mission: Impossible: The ’88 Season
Blaine: This was “must see TV” for me when I was in grade 6, and that’s an incredibly tempting price.
5 Day of War

Finally, the picks of the week. Blaine says, “I don’t have a terribly strong pick this week. I haven’t seen this season of Torchwood yet, the final season of Smallville was as uneven as the first nine, and I don’t know how well Mission: Impossible will age, so there’s nothing I really want to advocate for strongly this week.” Alex says, “Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 has an undeserved bad rap. People came to it expecting it to conclude the made-it-up-as-the-went-along narrative of the OVAs, and instead they got a re-imagining which made for a more cohesive whole, but in the process lacked some of the OVA’s gonzo spirit. I’d definitely reccomend picking it up (and getting the original OVAs as well) and deciding for yourself.”

3 replies on “Weekly Digital Disk Picks for November 29th, 2011”

  1. Re: Smallville and “According to the producers, the nature of the early visual effects guarantees that this will never come out in a complete series Blu-Ray.” I read that as “We’ll wait a few months or a year and then put out a Blu-Ray box set for the ultimate double dip.” – If you look on iTunes, even Season 1 has an HD version available.

    I already own 1-9 so I’ll probably pick up season 10 of Smallville regardless. A box set can wait, if I get it at all.

    I’ve heard Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is great, and I have no doubts about it since it stars Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine. It’s already at the top of my BB queue. 30 minutes or less looks like it may be good for a laugh or two as well.

    Side note: The new Muppets movie is fantastic. Saw it yesterday with the wife and kid.

    • The HD seasons on iTunes are 720p. 1080p formats are unavailable, which is what WB requires to release a title on Blu-Ray. The actual statement from the producers is that it will only happen if there appears to be enough of a market to do the “Star Trek: The Original Series” bit and go back and recompose all visual effects in the new resolution. I don’t expect that to ever happen for this particular show.

      • Not sure about that… Something tells me if they saw an opportunity for a money grab, they’d find a way to bundle it up.

        While I enjoyed Smallville, I know many others did not, and you are right it isn’t likely to have enough demand to go back and redo the effects.

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