Got any last minute shopping to do? We’ve got
suggestions. This column covers two weeks worth of
releases; details below.
This week is a bit different. Given that most of us
probably won’t be
spending a lot of time on our computers around the
decided to post the picks for Dec. 21 and Dec. 28 in
the same column,
each with their own breakdowns. (There are also very
released on December 28.) December 21 releases come
First, the genre releases:
Complete First Season: With a title like that,
you know they’re
not even pretending it was meant to be a
Arthur: This, the unrated director’s cut,
contains a few more
minutes than the theatrical release did.
Dead: Because nothing says “Christmas” like
Voyager – Complete Seventh Season: Finish the
series in time for
Christmas. If you actually want to, that is.
Does this still work with people in place of
Now, the non-genre releases:
Wayne 5 Pack: It has five DVDs, but ten movies.
It’s a pretty
good deal. Disturbingly good, actually; if it
weren’t for the quality
of Universal’s Abbott and Costello sets, I’d doubt
this could be
A decent if unimaginative movie that reveals the life
of a composer
whose primary appeal is to a demographic that may not
be comfortable with
what they find here. Not bad, but not terribly
impressive. I do
remember that I enjoyed it more than I expected to,
Dynamite: An independent film that was well
Season Five: Back when it was still in its
Christmas: From theaters to video in almost two
theatrical release was October 22 of this year.) I
turnaround times from theaters to video are getting
getting it out this fast during the holiday crunch on
can only mean that the studio knew how quickly it
would tank and
started the video release process before it hit the
Pursued Her: I haven’t seen it, or even heard of
it, but it’s got
Buster Keaton, so it can’t be too bad.
Doc?: A screwball comedy in the tradition of
Baby. It’s actually pretty good.
Finally, the pick of the week for the December 21
sorely tempted to pick Shaun of the Dead
based on reputation
alone, but I haven’t seen it, so I’ll have to go with
the remake of The
Candidate (2004). I haven’t seen the original,
so I don’t know
which was better, but this one is certainly
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Now, the genre picks for the week of December 28.
Galactica (2003 miniseries): This is the new set,
that is rumoured
to be launching a new series.
Galactica – The Complete Epic Series: This is the
starring Lorne Greene.
Films of Ray Harryhausen: Here’s another
Shell 2 – Innocence: Rumoured to be better than
the original. Not
that I really cared for the original…
Zone – Season 1 (1985-1986): This was the first
season of the
1980s incarnation of the series.
Damned (1995): Every movie Christopher Reeve ever
made is finding
its way to DVD. Somewhat sad commentary on our
society in some ways.
This title was a decent one, though.
The non-genre picks for December 28 are
Andalou: This originally showed up a couple of
weeks ago, but
didn’t ship in time. It’s odd, but strange. Not for
even very many) but I enjoy it more each
I told you this was a light week. The pick of the
week for December
28 is The
Zone – Season 1 (The Definitive Edition). This is
the first season
of the first series, from 1959. It’s a pretty
significant piece of TV