This Tuesday marks the first day in February, which
drags us out of the video release doldrums an into a
wealth of worthwhile mediocrity with a couple of true
gems thrown in for good measure.
First, the genre releases:
Season 3 Collection: The complete season.
Double Feature: The first was great. The second,
not so much.
Complete First Season: Well, boys, it’s finally
out on DVD. Try
not to wear out the “pause” button.
Grudge: A good but not great thriller.
Harryhausen – The Early Years Collection: More
The Complete Series: 9 of the 13 episodes here
Now, the non-genre releases:
Return to the Blue Lagoon: This double feature
Fire (Special Edition): Go Vangelis!
Complete Fourth Season: Dianne was still on the
series at this
time, although it was getting close to the end of her
Set: Now there’s some good music! This set
includes The Who, Deep
Purple, the Doors, Pink Floyd, and Eric Clapton.
Set 2: This one includes Elton John, Genesis,
Foreigner, the Bee
Gees, and the Pretenders.
Complete Fourth Season: I had already stopped
watching when this
season came out, but I still respected the show more
Complete Fifth Season: I had given up on this
show about four
seasons before this.
Set: This five DVD set includes Metallica, Judas
Leppard, Ted Nugent, and Alice Cooper.
Love Lucy –
Season Three: This was a genuine landmark. Even
if you don’t
enjoy the series, you have to respect its place in
Collection: A set of all four movies that will
make you wonder why
they didn’t stop at two.
Secca: Another Bertolucci entry into the
the Mohicans: This is the Director’s Expanded
Talking Box Set: This three DVD collection makes
you wonder why
they didn’t stop at one.
City: “Film noir” + “Criterion Collection” =
“Man, I wish I had
- Oz –
Complete Fourth Season: An extremely well
respected show that I
haven’t seen yet.
Teller – Bullsh*t! The Complete Second Season:
It’s Penn and
Teller. ‘Nuff said.
link here is for the limited two disc special
edition. There is also
widescreen edition, a single
fullscreen edition, and an edition enhanced
and low vision viewers.
Dance: Yet another unnecessary remake.
Highway: Yet more Criterion Collection Film
Finally, the pick of the week. Given the wealth of
out this week, it should surprise nobody that the
choice is not genre
Connection is a great movie that won Hackman an
Oscar. I can’t
tell if this is a rerelease of the existing edition,
or if it’s a new
single disk release, but I know I’m quite happy with
my copy of the
two disk edition. I prefer The
for my fix of Gene Hackman making art films, but that
The French Connection isn’t great. I just
wish it didn’t
have the “where are they now” epilogue attached.