Weekly Digital Disc Picks – July 17, 2012

Quality product is really starting to roll out now.

Title Available Formats
Code of Silence
Get the Gringo
Hard To Kill
Lone Wolf McQuade
Mean Streets
Operation Condor
Jackie Chan fights borderline racist stereotype middle-easterners in a race for Nazi gold!
Jackie Chan’s Project A
Jackie Chan fights pirates in 19th century Hong Kong.
Book of Bantorra Collection 2
Dirty Pair Flash – DVD Collection.
Alex:Technically, this came out at RightStuf last week, but I missed it.
Fractale – The Complete Series
Alex: Sci-Fi series set in the far future, in a semi-utopian society controlled by the Fractale computer system. When a young boy finds himself with a pendant full of data, left by a mysterious girl, he finds himself caught in a power struggle between the priesthood who maintains the Fractale system, and a group of rebels who seek to destroy it.
Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood – Complete Collection
Psychic Squad – Collection 2
Art House
Down by Law (Criterion Collection)
Carry On Double Feature Vol 7: Carry On Abroad & Carry On Dick
Carry On Double Feature Vol 8: Carry On Behind & Carry On England
Casa de Mi Padre
Dan vs.: The Complete First Season
Designing Women: The Final Season
Diff’rent Strokes: The Complete Third Season
The Inbetweeners
The Three Stooges: The Movie
American Masters: Johnny Carson: King of Late Night
Dirty Pretty Things
Leverage: Season Four
The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan
Blaine: I’m sure this old school Hanna-Barbara series contains no stereotypes of any kind. At all. Really!
Music / Musical
Singin in the Rain: 60th Anniversary Edition
  • Blu-Ray movie only: Amazon
  • DVD/Blu-Ray Ultimate Collector’s Edition Combo: Amazon
Blaine: One of the few musicals where it makes sense for the characters to burst into song. That’s only one of the reasons I’d say it’s probably Hollywood’s second greatest musical, behind only The Music Man with Robert Preston.
Storage Wars: Volume 3
4:44 Last Days on Earth
Science Fiction
Doomsday Project
Starring Jewel Staite
  • Season five DVD: Amazon
  • Amazon exclusive complete series DVD collection: Amazon
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Sanctuary: The Complete Fourth Season
Sarah Jane Adventures Series 5
WWE Presents No Way Out 2012
WWE’s Steel cage themed pay-per-view.
Alphas: Season One
The Spider-Man Trilogy
Murder in the First
Bonanza: Season Three
High Noon: 60th Anniversary Edition
Blaine: Look up “suspense” in any film studies textbook and two things are guaranteed to be mentioned: this movie and Alfred Hitchcock.

Finally, the picks of the week. Alex says, “I’m giving a whole-hearted recommendation to the 60th anniversary edition of High Noon.” Blaine says, “I’ve got to go with Singing in the Rain, another gem from 1952. The Academy agrees with Alex, though, given that High Noon had a Best Picture nomination and Singin in the Rain didn’t. (The Greatest Show on Earth won that year.) This was one of the rare years when Best Picture and Best Director were split; Best Director went to John Ford for The Quiet Man, another Best Picture nominee. More details here.”

8 replies on “Weekly Digital Disc Picks – July 17, 2012”

  1. The “old school Hanna-Barbara series” certainly had Charlie Chan in the uh, somewhat stereotyped tradition of the films (with Keye Luke, former Number One Son from several of the Chan films and Master Po from Kung Fu voicing Mr. Chan), but his large family, who become his “Scooby gang” in this series represent the broad spectrum of typical cartoon children and teens, so it actually was one of the few cartoons of its era to feature non-stereotypical Asian characters, and in large numbers.

    (Bonus bit of trivia: Jodie Foster did voice work for this one).

    • They had that awesome shape-shifting Chan Van that was even cooler then the Mystery Machine. And the Chan kids played in a Archies-style teen band. It was probably the *least* offensive Charlie Chan in movie and tv history! 和平

  2. It bugs me a lot that “Operation Condor” is actually “Armour of God 2”. “Armour of God”, by the way, was released in the US as “Operation Condor 2”.

    Also much better with the original English dubbing, before Jackie Chan went back and dubbed his own lines.

  3. Though it’s listed under “Fantasy” and not “Musical” the release of Camelot is the film adaptation of the Broadway Musical.

    And I will argue that Music Man is hardly Hollywood’s best musical. It’s good (and I’ve done the stage version), but I can’t imagine anyone sitting though “My White Knight” without at least glancing at the Fast Forward button on their remote. And, apparently, the AFI agrees with me.

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