Weekly Digital Disk Picks for December 13th, 2011

Not a terribly heavy week this week. The post-Black Friday releases are tapering off now.

Title Available Formats
Branded to Kill (Criterion Collection)
Alex: One of two Criterion releases of Yakuza films by Seijun Suzuki.
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
Alex: New Wuxia film from director Tsui Hark.
The Expendables (Extended Director’s Cut)
  • Blu-Ray/Digital Combo: Amazon
Blaine: I haven’t seen this yet, but intend to purely because of the cast.
Tokyo Drifter (Criterion Collection)
Alex: The other Seijun Suzuki film getting a Criteron collection release this week.
Transformers Trilogy (Transformers / Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen / Transformers: Dark of the Moon)
Bleach Uncut: Boxed Set 11
Dragon Ball Z: Level 1.2
Ikki Tousen: The Complete Series (SAVE Edition)
Kekkaishi Set 3
Kino’s Journey: Complete Collection
Revolutionary Girl Utena: Apocalypse Saga
Contains both the conclusion of the series, as well as the film Adolesence of Utena.
Yu Yu Hakusho: Eizou Hakusho OVA
Contains The Movie, as well as the Eizou Hakusho OVA.
Art House
Classics (Cult)
99 and 44/100% Dead / The Nickel Ride
Def-Con 4 / Hell Comes to Frogtown
Godzilla vs. Megalon
Classics (Traditional)
Family Guy, Vol. 9
Seven Chances: Ultimate Edition
Blaine: You can’t go wrong with Buster Keaton released by Kino.
Sledge Hammer! The Complete Series
Blaine: I have fond memories of this as a child. I don’t know how well it will age, but at that price, I’m willing to find out.
Spin City: Complete Sixth Season
City of God
Kung Fu Panda 2
Kung Fu Panda 2 / Secrets of the Masters
Kung Fu Panda / Kung Fu Panda 2 / Secrets of the Masters
Switched at Birth: Volume One
Fright Night
Intruder: Director’s Cut
Blaine: Starring Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi and Bruce Campbell
Psycho Sleepover
Blaine: Made by Troma. ‘Nuff said.
Music / Musical
Sherlock Holmes (1922)
Blaine: This silent film stars John Barrymore. Kino excels at this type of release.
State Trooper – The Complete 2nd and 3rd Season
Science Fiction
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
A Very Special Hardware Wars Christmas
Only 500 copies in print. That’s pretty limited.
Meet Me in St. Louis
The Franchise: Season One
WWE Presents: The Best of King of the Ring
Alex: Personally, I’d prefer a collection of all the King of the Ring events (like their Wrestlemania and Royal Rumble collections).
The Rocketeer: 20th Anniversary Edition
Blaine: I really enjoyed this one. Not Oscar material, but it’s fun. Also, it’s hard to argue with Jennifer Connelly in 1080p.
Heavenly Creatures
Gunsmoke, Season Five, Part Two

Finally, the picks of the week. Blaine says, “The Rocketeer is the best of the titles I’ve seen, but it’s certianly not spectacular. My ‘must see’ list includes Sledge Hammer!, Seven Chances and Sherlock Holmes (1922).” Alex says, “The Rocketeer is definitely on my list this week – as is Kino’s Journey on the anime front. Fans of more ‘gonzo’ gangster movies should also enjoy Branded to Kill and Tokyo Drifter.”

3 replies on “Weekly Digital Disk Picks for December 13th, 2011”

  1. It’s hard to go wrong with The Rocketeer. I’ve always enjoyed that movie (and Jennifer Connelly).

    As for The Expendables, it’s not too bad, but it was not as good as I hoped it would be. Certainly not a waste of time to watch, I’d watch it again, but it isn’t one I plan on purchasing.

  2. I have both series of Sledgehammer on DVD. The quality is TERRIBLE (it was shot at what was ow quality even for the 80s in order to save money) but the show itself is still funny.

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