Weekly DVD Picks

This are the DVD picks among the October 5 releases.
It’s a large list this week.

Genre releases include:

Non-genre releases include:

  • Best
    Comedy
    pack
    : This Warner home video release includes
    Caddyshack,
    Austin Powers, Blazing Saddles,
    Vacation,
    and Dumb and Dumber. The Musicals and
    Leading Lady
    collections don’t list the contents on their
    Amazon.com pages.
  • Best
    of Fox
    Action
    : This set includes Master and
    Commander
    , Fight
    Club
    , Last of the Mohicans, Die
    Hard
    , and
    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • Best
    of Fox
    Comedy
    : This includes Office Space,
    There’s Something
    about Mary
    , Raising Arizona, The
    Rocky Horror
    Picture Show
    , and Young Frankenstein.
    (Watch for two of
    those in our Halloween Countdown this month.)
  • Box sets for the best of the 40s,
    50s,
    60s,
    70s,
    and
    Best
    Picture Winners.
  • The
    Chaplin
    Collection Vol. 1
    : Contains Modern
    Times
    , The Great
    Dictator
    , The Gold Rush, and
    Limelight, this
    had been released before, but this edition features a
    price drop.
  • Fahrenheit
    9/11
    : The Michael Moore movie
  • The
    Jean Luc
    Godard Collection
    : He’s a well known auteur and
    avant garde
    pioneer. I’ve only seen his Weekend, and I
    wasn’t that
    impressed.
  • The
    Michael
    Moore Limited Edition DVD Collector’s Set
    :
    Includes special
    editions of Bowling for Columbine and
    The Big One.
  • North
    and the
    South: The Complete Collection
    : This miniseries
    was made when
    Patrick Swayze was still getting work.
  • The
    Shawshank
    Redemption
    : This got shafted at the Oscars that
    year. It’s a
    fantastic movie, and it’s held up over time far
    better than Pulp
    Fiction
  • Ultimate
    Vacation Collection
    : All of the Chevy Chase
    movies.
  • The
    Untouchables
    : All I’ve seen from this is the
    Odessa steps homage,
    shown in both of my film studies classes, along with
    the original
    sequence in Battleship Potempkin and the
    homage sequence in
    Naked Gun 33 1/3

5 replies on “Weekly DVD Picks”

  1. tgreco says:

    Lady Death DVD
    I saw a preview for this at comic con (which was about 45 minutes of the film). If you’re a fan of the comic, or just a fan of cartoons geared for adults I highly recommend it. I plan on picking this one up

  2. hitch says:

    I was in one of those!!
    seriously…I was an extra for Deep Impact. I might have to pick up the Collector’s edition just because one of the extras is “making the perfect traffic jam” – which was the scene I was in!
    I was in high school at the time, working as a lifeguard, so the pay for being an extra was WAY over what I was making. plus we worked all day, so we got time & a half…VERY cool. not to mention the fact that I strapped a bright red canoe to the roof of the van I was driving, which is JUST distinctive enough that I can find me on the screen!

  3. Babbster says:

    Non-Genre Purchase
    Damn. I’m not usually one for the movie packs (they invariably contain at least one movie I already own) but the Fox comedy pack looks excellent. My only question is whether all the movies in it are 16:9 optimized (anamorphic, if you must) or not. One of the reasons I don’t own TSAM and Office Space is that they were released as 4:3 letterboxed and, since I own a 16:9 TV and a 4:3 HDTV, I’m a bit of a snob about getting all the resolution I possibly can.

    Of course, it also points out one of the really annoying things about Fox and its DVD releases. For example, their action pack contains Die Hard – Die Hard is therefore available in at least five versions now that I’m aware of (original non-16×9, “enhanced” version, as part of a non-16×9 pack of the trilogy, as part of the “enhanced” pack of the trilogy). Similarly, while trying to find out the answer to the question above, I find that Office Space will be in three two-fer packs, the pack above, plus widescreen and 4×3. AGGGH!

  4. white.roses says:

    BladeRunner
    Anyone know if this is a new version? The Director’s Cut again? The “Theatrical” version (that I only ever had on VHS)? Or perhaps a new version that had been rumored about, oh, 3? 4? years ago that had even more footage including Deckard going to visit Holden in the hospital?

    • fiziko says:

      Re: BladeRunner

      Anyone know if this is a new version? The Director’s Cut again? The “Theatrical” version (that I only ever had on VHS)? Or perhaps a new version that had been rumored about, oh, 3? 4? years ago that had even more footage including Deckard going to visit Holden in the hospital?

      This will be the existing DVD edition. (There’s only one that I know of, and that’s the Director’s Cut.) Scott and Warner Bros. both want to make a 2 DVD special edition that makes Scott’s interpretation of the character even more obvious, but that’s not going to be out sooner than summer 2005. I will, of course, be mentioning it in one of these columns.

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