Weekly Digital Disc Picks – June 26, 2012

The first time releases are decent, including Oscar winners, but the real gems are in the library releases.

Title Available Formats
21 Jump Street
The Samurai Trilogy: Criterion Collection
Includes MUsashi Miyamoto, Duel at Ichijoji Temple and Duel at Ganryu Island. Alex: Toshiro Mifune as Miyamoto Musashi. ‘Nuff Said.
Lupin The 3rd – Season 1
Alex: This is the first season of the show, from 1979, with episodes directed by Hayao Miyazaki. I believe this falls into the “About Damn Time” catagory.
Maria-Holic Alive Complete Collection
Alex: Shojo-ai (lesbian romance) series set in an all-girls boarding school.
Strawberry Panic Complete Collection
Alex: See entry for “Maria-Holic Alive” above.
Tales of Vesperia – The Movie
Alex: Film adaption of the second-to-most-recent game in the “Tales Of” series (the current being “Tales of Graces”).
Towanoquon Complete Collection
Anime series that looks like, well, an Anime take on some of the dark futures from X-Men (particularly Bishop’s future).
Art House
The Artist
Classics (Cult)
3-D Collection: Dementia 13 / Little Shop of Horrors
Blaine: This is old school 3D, and comes with a pair of glasses. This is definitely conversion after the fact.
Classics (Traditional)
Little Lord Fauntelroy
TCM Greatest Classic: Gangsters – Humphrey Bogart
Includes The Petrified Forest, High Sierra, The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse and All Through the Night.
TCM Greatest Classic Legends Film Collection: Humphrey Bogart
Includes They Drive by Night, Across the Pacific, Passage to Marseille and Action in the North Atlantic.
TCM Greatest Classic Legends Film Collection: Joan Crawford
Includes Humoresque, Mildred Pierce, The Damned Don’t Cry and Possessed.
TCM Greatest Classic Legends Film Collection: Kirk Douglas
Includes Lust for Life, The Bad and the Beautiful, Before I Forget and Young Man with a Horn
A Thousand Words
Damages: The Complete Fourth Season
Best of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
Blaine: The previous release with this title was a 10 episode set. This one is a 20 episode set.
Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu – Season One
Ator: The Fighting Eagle
Alex: Crow – How much O’Keefe is in this movie? Tom – Miles O’Keefe.
Yeah, this is the infamous Italian Conan knock-off directed by Joe D’Amato.
Mirror Mirror
Wrath of the Titans
  • DVD only: Amazon
  • Digital purchase: Amazon
  • Blu-Ray/Digital Combo: Amazon
  • DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital combo: Amazon
  • DVD/Blu-Ray/3D Blu-Ray/Digital combo: Amazon
Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Series 5
Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct: The Complete Series
The Decoy Bride
Starring David Tennant
WWE Presents Falls Count Anywhere – The Greatest Street Fights and Other Out of Control Matches.
Alex: I’m kind of surprised by the fact that there’s only one ECW match on here – considering all the times matches ended up doing laps around the Bingo Hall back in the day.
Iron Man: Armored Adventures Season Two Vol. 1
The 39 Steps (The Criterion Collection)
Blaine: Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Law and Order: Criminal Intent: Year Seven
Casablanca: The Complete Series
Blaine: Yes, the movie spawned a TV series at its 70th Anniversary that lastest a whopping 5 episodes.

Finally, the picks of the week. Alex says, “this week, I’m going with The Samurai Trilogy. It’s not the best Samurai film that Mifune was in (that would be Yojimbo), but those three films still would be up in my top 10 Samurai films of all time. Anime fans should also definitely pick up Lupin The 3rd: Season 1.” Blaine says, “The Artist is on my must see list, but of the titles I’ve seen, I’ll recommend Criterion’s other release this week, The 39 Steps directed by Alfred Hitchcock.”