October has begun, and the floodgates have opened.
Look for many sets geared for Halloween, and some
others aiming for Christmas shopping. There are a lot
of genre picks this week.
First, the genre releases:
Horror: This is the recent remake, not the
Abbott and Costello Vol. 4: This includes
Abbott and Costello
meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Abbott and
Costello meet the
Keystone Kops, Abbott and Costello meet the
The World of Abbott and Costello, Abbott
meet Jerry Seinfeld, and Abbott and Costello
Monsters. The last two are retrospectives. I’ve
got Vol. 3
(which contains the fantastic Abbott and Costello
Frankenstein) and found that, while the contents
varied in quality, those that are good are certainly
good enough to
justify that low sticker price.
Vampire Slayer – Spike – Love is Hell: If you
don’t already own
the season sets, and don’t plan on picking up the
set in November, this collection of “School Hard,”
“Lie to Me,”
“Lovers Walk,” and “Fool for Love” covers the basics
Curse of the Cat People: This pair of classic
interests me because the included sequel was also the
directed by Robert Wise. Both are available in the
Val Lewton set
(Special Platinum Edition Collector’s Gift Set):
This was very
nearly chosen as the pick of the week, but I’ve always
been a sucker
– The Complete First Season: Watch out for him,
beware of him, and
pray you’ll never meet with Duckula.
Starburst Edition 2.3: This is another low-cost
Farscape episodes. I’m waiting for box sets.
Collector’s Editon: This is the David Cronenberg
Jeff Goldblum, and not the original.
(Special Edition): This is the sequel to the
starring Eric Stoltz.
This time we do have the original, re-released on DVD
in time to
coincide with the theatrical release of the remake.
This has a new
DVD package, but seems otherwise identical to the
original DVD release.
Night Stalker: The original series in a single
appears to have the 20 episodes, but not the TV
the Screaming Brain: Bruce Campbell directs the
movie. What more
do you need?
Nemesis (Collector’s Edition): The most recent
Trek films gets the
special edition treatment.
The Motion Pictures DVD Collection: Now that all
10 movies have
the two disc treatments, you can pick up a box set
with all of them.
Season 8: Another very strong contender for the
Pick of the Week,
but it was edged out by non-genre entertainment.
Horror Collection: A great price for a 10 movie
set. This has the
horrors produced by Val Lewton.
Now, the non-genre releases:
Hitchcock – The Masterpiece Collection: This is
the pick of the
week. Further details are below.
Hitchcock Presents – Season One: Hitchcock hosted
though he didn’t often direct it, so I’m going to pass
Classic Holiday Collection: This is a rerelease of
Peanuts holiday specials. Primarily useful for
Finally, the pick of the week. Alfred
Hitchcock – The Masterpiece Collection: This set
remastered editions of Saboteur, Shadow
of a Doubt,
Rope (which is a great experimental film in
tried to go without a cut as long as possible,)
(one of my three favourite Hitchcock films, in which
challenged himself to make a movie shot entirely in a
location,) The Trouble With Harry (a comedy,
as the trouble
with Harry is that he’s dead but they just can’t seem
to leave him
buried,) The Man Who Knew Too Much (in its
which may have made it the first sound film to be
remade by the same
filmmaker who remade the original,) Vertigo,
(another of my top three favourites,) The
Birds (which we reviewed
some time ago,
and which is my least favourite Hitchcock so far),
Torn Curtain, Topaz,
Frenzy, and Family
Plot. This set includes eight Hitchcock films I
and six that I have seen. I’m still picking it up, as
makes it cheaper to replace the entire collection than
to pick up
those eight individual films. When you also consider
transfer on Rear Window, it’s an easy
decision to make.
Hitchcock was a fantastic filmmaker, and I just can’t
get enough of
his stuff. (When this arrives, I’ll own 44 of his 61