Weekly DVD Picks – Tuesday, March 22, 2005

I’ll be out of town this weekend, so the column is
going up early.

First, the genre releases:

Now, the non-genre releases:

Fox is also releasing a series of “starter sets” this
week, with a
handful of the first few episodes of several shows.
The sets are
cheap enough to sample a show that you are not yet
collecting, and
include a coupon to get a discount worth the price of
this set on any
complete season set of the same show. This week, sets
are available
for 24,
Buffy
the Vampire
Slayer
, Mary
Tyler Moore
, and The
Pretender
.

Finally, the pick of the week. Stand
By Me – Deluxe
Edition
is a new release of the second best
Stephen King
adaptation thus far. It’s notable also for starring
two actors who
would later become visible in the genre, with Wil
Wheaton playing
Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next
Generation
, and Jerry
O’Connell playing leading roles in My Secret
Identity
,
Sliders, and Joe’s Apartment. It’s
a coming of age
story that works very well, and hardly feels like a
Stephen King work
at all.

7 replies on “Weekly DVD Picks – Tuesday, March 22, 2005”

  1. FarmerBob says:

    Clone Wars
    Is this DVD the entire micro series? If so, I may buy it.

    • white.roses says:

      Re: Clone Wars

      Is this DVD the entire micro series? If so, I may buy it.

      It looks like it’s all the five minute episodes so far, though I hear some more episodes are in the works. Maybe post Ep. III or something?

      • gyvrix says:

        Re: Clone Wars

        Is this DVD the entire micro series? If so, I may buy it.

        It looks like it’s all the five minute episodes so far, though I hear some more episodes are in the works. Maybe post Ep. III or something?

        I think there are ten more for twenty total. I just saw a Star Wars magazine today that listed an air date of March 21 – 25 for the next ten episodes.

        • chad says:

          Re: Clone Wars

          It looks like it’s all the five minute episodes so far, though I hear some more episodes are in the works. Maybe post Ep. III or something?

          I think there are ten more for twenty total. I just saw a Star Wars magazine today that listed an air date of March 21 – 25 for the next ten episodes.

          There are five new episodes. They are each 12 minutes long (as opposed to the first volume which had 3-minute episodes). They will be airing March 21-25. Details can be found at this link.

    • y42 says:

      Re: Clone Wars

      Is this DVD the entire micro series? If so, I may buy it.

      I want to know if we can be spared the “logos and credits” dance every five minutes that they had on TV. There was about as much presentation around the cartoon as there was cartoon content! That greatly reduced the enjoyability of the whole thing for me. So if the same cartoons on DVDs are better packaged, it would be interresting. Jedi action, can never get enough of that, can we?

      • Timeshredder says:

        Re: Clone Wars

        Ah, the 1949 Batman serial. A friend of mine has this on VHS.

        Y’know how most old serials weren’t all that good? Y’know how most critics say this one is godawful, even for the genre?

        The critics are being kind.

        • y42 says:

          Re: Clone Wars

          Ah, the 1949 Batman serial. A friend of mine has this on VHS.

          Izzat the one where he’s fighting an evil japanese scientist and his evil japanese nuclear cannon?

          I always thought that was a WWII era serial… what with the racial paranoia and all…

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