Weekly DVD Picks

The column is a little bit earlier than usual this
week. I don’t know how much time I’ll have tomorrow,
so I’m posting it now.

First, the genre releases:

Now, the non-genre releases:

  • Home
    Improvement – The Complete First Season
    : This is
    the year that
    entertained me every week. (I was in grade eight at
    the time. The
    formulaic approach would have grown old a lot sooner
    had it premiered
    now.)
  • Rambo
    Trilogy
    – The Ultimate Collection
    : Possibly Stallone’s
    most famous
    franchise. I haven’t seen any of them. (I’ve only
    seen the one
    Rocky, for that matter.)
  • Seinfeld
    Gift
    Set – Seasons 1-3
    : This has an assortment of
    extras, too,
    including salt and pepper shakers, playing cards, and
    an original
    script for those getting this gift set, and an
    assortment of DVD extra
    available to those who buy the individual volumes,
    too.
  • Splitting
    Heirs
    : Eric Idle, Rick Moranis, Catherine
    Zeta-Jones, Barbara
    Hershey, and John Cleese star. By the way, it’s
    funny.
  • Chien
    Andalou
    : This is the pinnacle of avant garde, a
    film movement
    designed to make the audience cry “What the
    expletive deleted
    was that about?” You’ve gotta love those.

Finally, the pick of the week. In a rather
predictable move, I’ve
chosen Harry
Potter
and the Prisoner of Azkaban
: The latest and
(debatably) greatest
in the series. The review I
wrote was more
favourable than those that some of our readers would
have written by
the look of the comments, but I really enjoyed it.
They really should
have explained how Mooney recognized the map, but
otherwise I enjoyed
it. I don’t think reading the books should be
necessary to follow a
movie, but I don’t have a problem with assuming that
people have seen
the previous movies in the series before they see a
sequel.

5 replies on “Weekly DVD Picks”

  1. y42 says:

    Ewok movies
    Jar Jar has nothing on these…

    • Dave says:

      Re: Ewok movies

      Jar Jar has nothing on these…

      So, where’s the Star Wars Christmas Special? :-)

      • chad says:

        Re: Ewok movies

        So, where’s the Star Wars Christmas Special?

        I had vague memories of the Christmas special, and a few years back I started watching a copy of it online. Now I am a die-hard Star Wars fan, and I even liked the Ewok movies–but the Christmas special was bad. Really bad. No wait. It was really, really bad. I’m not sure we’ll ever see it on DVD because I don’t think George Lucas will ever want to take credit for it (regardless of how much money he might make from it).

    • GrimSean says:

      Re: Ewok movies

      Jar Jar has nothing on these…

      Actually, I remember these quite fondly. I’m hesitant to watch them as viewing them now might destroy those fond childhood memories – I have successfully fought off the urge to purchase the ‘original’ trilogy boxset though (the copy of the original on VHS as well as the special edition sitting beneath my desk is a testament to how difficult that was), so I don’t think I’m in any danger from these.

  2. Dave says:

    Azkaban Redux
    I probably ranted about this in the original review’s thread… but even having read the book, and seen the two previous movies, Azkaban was still a bit hard to follow.

    Hopefully, this will be some kind of extended dance remix edition where they add enough extra scenes to alleviate my concerns here.

    Here’s one thing that would be swell… A few months back, one of the .us TV networks (ABC, I think) aired a "special edition" of the first movie. It was basically the first movie, plus the deleted scenes, only with the scenes inserted where they belong, instead of being on a separate disc, where you have to go through an inane puzzle to see them. I would pay for a copy of that. (The girlfriend taped it, but her VCR is desperately in need of replacing, and it’s got commercials and little trailers at the bottom of the screen telling us what we’re watching, like we don’t already know.)

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