This week’s “Pick of the Week” is presented in the
main lists as well as the bottom, as requested.

First, the genre releases:

  • The
    Adventures
    of Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3-D
    : Might be
    worthwhile if you have
    kids in the house.
  • Andromeda
    Season 5 Collection 1
    : Kevin Sorbo’s series
    marches on.
  • The
    Batman –
    Season 1, Volume 2
    : A few more episodes in the new
    Batman
    cartoon. I may never collect this one, though I’m
    excited about the
    promise of eventual season sets for Batman
    Beyond
    and
    Justice League.
  • Battlestar
    Galactica: Season One
    : Very well received series.
    It’s probably
    one I’ll follow in the DVD collections.
  • Blood
    for
    Dracula
    : An Image Entertainment release of a
    member of the
    Criterion Collection.
  • Flesh
    For
    Frankenstein
    : Much like Blood for
    Dracula
    , in DVD release
    history and director credits as well as content.
  • JLU:
    Joining
    Forces
    : contains “For The Man Who Has Everything,”
    “The Return,”
    and “The Greatest Story Never Told,” all of which were
    very good.
    Man, do I want to see season sets of this series.
  • The
    Pretender
    – Season Two
    : A well respected series that I never
    had a chance to
    watch.
  • Species
    Collection
    : All three movies collected in a single
    boxed set.
    Having now seen and reviewed them all, I’d say that
    you’re better off
    with either the first or none of them, depending on
    tastes. If you
    can get through number two, you might as well watch
    the third, as they
    do get better.
  • Teen
    Titans –
    Season Two, Volume One
    : I haven’t gotten around to
    watching this
    series. If it’s anywhere near as good as the other
    Dini/Timm
    collaborations, I’m sure it would be worth it.
  • Wallace
    and
    Gromit in Three Amazing Adventures
    : These are
    being rereleased to
    ensure shelf presence before Curse of the
    Were-Rabbit
    hits
    theaters, I’m sure. Very worthwhile.

Now, the non-genre releases:

  • An
    Angel At My
    Table
    : I haven’t seen it, but based on its premise
    and its
    inclusion in the Criterion Collection, I’d say it’s
    worth checking
    out.
  • There are releases of seasons one
    and two
    of the old
    Crime Story series.
  • Desperate
    Housewives: Season One
    : I’ve heard very good
    things about this,
    and enjoyed the pilot episode. I’m tempted to pick
    this up.
  • From
    the Earth
    to the Moon
    : A new, fancier release of the
    miniseries.
  • The
    General
    : Another release of the Buster Keaton
    classic. I haven’t
    seen any releases by Aae films, so I don’t know what
    the quality of
    the transfer will be like, but the Kino
    release
    looks great. A close second for “Pick of the Week,”
    which lost out
    simply because I don’t know what the video quality
    will be like. A
    rerelease of the Kino edition would have been the
    pick.
  • Mallrats

    10th Anniversary Edition
    : In an homage to the 80s
    college
    comedies, Kevin Smith turned out his second Jay and
    Silent Bob movie.
    It’s amusing, but it’s probably the weakest of the
    five.
  • Penn
    and
    Teller’s Magic and Mystery Tour
    : Those two are
    great.

Finally, the pick of the week. Wallace and
Gromit
are highly
amusing, and well animated in the claymation style. I
strongly
recommend picking them up.