Weekly Digital Disk Picks for April 24th, 2012

Here is another lackluster week.

Title Available Formats
Dragon Dynasty Double Feature 1
Contains the films Avenging Eagle & Blood Brothers.
Dragon Dynasty Double Feature 2
Contains the films Golden Swallow and Killer Clans
Duel of Fist
Alex: Swords Masters release Shaw Brothers film with a gloriously Engrish-y title, but without the Wuxia.
Karate Girl
A spiritual successor to semi-recent Japanese martial arts film “High Kick Girl”.
Let the Bullets Fly
Alex: I’m really not sure if this is a more traditional Chinese action film, or if this is a western film… except out in the Chinese frontier.
Swordsman and Enchantress
Alex: Another Swords Masters release of Shaw Brothers film, and an actual Wuxia film.
Underworld Awakening
Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood Complete Collection 1
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood: The Sacred Star of Milos
Fushugi Yugi: Season 1
Alex: While this series is considered something of a classic, I can’t help but feel that Media Blasters (who released this under their Anime Works label) could have released Record of Lodoss War in place of this.
Golgo 13 – Collection 3
Jyu-Oh-Sei (Planet of the Beast King)
SAVE Edition
Alex: I’m not sure about whether this is the borderline pornographic censored version, or the actually pornographic uncensored version.
Art House
Cinema Verite
Eclipse Series 32: Pearls of the Czech New Wave (Criterion Collection)
Includes “Pearls of the Deep,” “Daisies,” “A Report on the Party and Guests,” “Return of the Prodigal Son,” “Capricious Summer” and “The Joke.”
A Hollis Frampton Odyssey (Criterion Collection)
The Organizer
Classics (Cult)
Classics (Traditional)
Carry On Double Feature Vol. 3: Carry On Camping and Carry On Again Doctor
I’m Dickens… He’s Fenster
Dark Tide
The Perils of Pauline (1933)
Blaine: Despite the description, this is NOT the 1914 version. The cast and images are for the 1933 version, which makes more sense, as the 1914 version is believed to be lost. This is not the 15 part serial that established the “woman tied to railroad tracks” and “runaway carriage heading for cliff” tropes that were pervasive in later movie serials. Instead, this is a wholly unrelated 12 part serial from 1933 that “borrowed” a marketable name and told a completely different story.
RKO 281
The battle behind “Citizen Kane.”
Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures Season One Volume Two
The Innkeepers
Music / Musical
Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Series 4
Film Noir Double Feature: The House Across the Street / Homicide
The Saint Double Feature: The Saint’s Vacation / The Saint Meets the Tiger
Science Fiction
Marvel Animated Features: 3-Movie Collection
Blaine: Includes “Planet Hulk,” “Invincible Iron Man” and “Doctor Strange.” I found two of those quite enjoyable.
Marvel Anime – Iron Man
Marvel Anime – X-Men
Ultimate Avengers Movie Collection
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
The Alec Guinness version, not the new version.

Finally, the picks of the week. Blaine says, “keep waiting.” Alex says, “Agreed – unless you’re looking for Shaw Brothers films, unless this is a good week.”

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