Weekly Digital Disc Picks – August 14, 2012

It is August, and the major summer blockbusters have already hit. We are now starting a “good streak” of home video titles that typically lasts until the end of November.

Title Available Formats
A Man Apart
Romeo Must Die
Schwarzenegger: 3 Film Collection
Includes Terminator 2, Red Heat and the original Total Recall.
Stallone: 3 Film Collection
Includes Rambo: First Blood, Cop Land and Lock Up
Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror
Alex: A CGI anime film about a girl whisked into a magical world as she attempts to cope with the death of a family member.
One Piece Collection 7
This Boy Can Fight Aliens
Alex: Short anime film (about 28 minutes long), about an amnesiac boy who is humanity’s only defense against alien invaders, and who is grappling with his lost past.
Trinity Blood: The Complete Series (Anime Classics)
Art House
La Promesse (Criterion Collection)
Rosetta (Criterion Collection)
The Royal Tenenbaums (Criterion Collection)
Community: Season Three
American Gangsters Collection
Includes Angel on my Shoulder, Boss of Big Town, Lady Gangster, Gangster Story, Gangs Inc and Dark Mountain
Cold-Blooded Killer Collection
Includes The Hoodlum, Five Minutes to Live, The Big Bluff, They Made Me a Killer, Crime Inc and He Walked By Night.
Dexter: The Sixth Season
Vegas: The Third Season, Vol. 2
This is the Tony Curtis / Robert Urich series. The recent series never made it to a third season.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 10: The Complete Final Season
Brains That Wouldn’t Die Collection
Includes The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, The Head, The Indestructible Man, The Amazing Transparent Man and The Manster.
Jaws (Universal’s 100th Anniversary)
Jaws 2
Jaws 3
Jaws: The Revenge
Juan of the Dead
Alex: Cuba’s first zombie film. Actually, quite possibly Cuba’s first horror film.
Night of the Living Dead Re-animation
Music / Musical
Glee: The Complete Third Season
Jay and Silent Bob Get Old: Tea Bagging in the UK
Science Fiction
8 Movie Sci-Fi Action Pack
Includes Fortress, Total Recall 2070: Machine Dreams, Cypher, Convict 762, Equilibrium, Imposter, The Prophecy and Trancers I.
Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space Special Edition (Story 51)
Blaine: Jon Pertwee. I have a hard time convincing myself to get classic Doctor Who in physical media for $20-25 per story when most are in the (Canadian) iTunes store for $5.99 per story.
Doctor Who: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (Story 155)
Sylvester McCoy
Godzilla Vs. Megalon
The Hunger Games
WWE Presents Money in the Bank 2012
Features Daniel Bryan vs. CM Punk in a No DQ match.
Astonishing X-Men: Torn
Blaine: The third of four story arcs by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday. I checked out the first chapter of the motion comic based on the first arc and haven’t looked back. My advice is to get this out of print gem if you can find it, or this and this if you can’t.
Marvel Anime: Iron Man – Season One
Blaine: Would it kill them to release a two disc set instead of two single disc releases?
Marvel Anime: X-Men – Season One

Finally, the picks of the week. Alex says, ” Well, while I have not seen the event yet, Money in the Bank 2012 will be going in my Netflix Queue. Other than that, I’d definitely recommend either picking up the new release of Spearhead from Space, or Jaws – depending on which you don’t already own.” Blaine says, “I vote for Jaws with no qualifiers, but I recommend you ignore the sequels.”

6 replies on “Weekly Digital Disc Picks – August 14, 2012”

  1. Good call for Jaws, although the first sequel is almost passable, if you aggressively avoid any comparison with the first film. It’s sort of like the Saturday Matinee version of Jaws.

    Hunger Games, if you haven’t seen it.

    I find it terribly amusing there’s a Brain that Wouldn’t Die Collection.

    • The rerelease of Jaws also supposedly does some things with the color balance that was not possible for the sea shots back in the 1970s.

  2. About The Hunger Games, it’s actually releasing on Saturday the 18th, not on Tuesday. Why? I have no idea…

    • I missed that release date. They’re doing that a lot with teen-oriented releases. The trend began with the Harry Potter novels; school attendance dropped significantly the day after a new book was released, so they went with Saturday releases at the request of schools. It’s starting to happen with similar titles on DVD and Blu-Ray, as well, though I can’t imagine why they’d both to do that in August for a North American release.

      • I suppose that makes sense… Around here all the kids are back in school already. (My kid started back this past Thursday)

  3. Oh – one thing I forgot to mention when sending my contributions to Blaine (because I thought he’d pick up on it) – Greatest Show in the Galaxy is the last Sylvester McCoy serial.

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