Weekly DVD Picks – Tuesday, October 11, 2005

This week looks to have the poorest offerings between
now and Christmas. This week’s dilemma was choosing
something I’d call a pick of the week, as nothing
really stood out. Starting next week and running
until January, I’ll need to put serious thought into
which contenders will not be the final pick
of the week. Some highlights of the next few months
are listed below.

First, the genre releases:

Now, the non-genre releases:

  • Arrested
    Development – Season Two
    : This is a deeply twisted
    show. Perhaps
    that’s why it’s so funny.
  • BB
    King Blues
    Session
    : How do you go wrong with BB King?
  • Cool
    Hand
    Luke
    : One of those classics that I have yet to
    see.
  • Fresh
    Prince
    of Bel-Air – Season Two
    : This was good in its day.
    Not great, but
    good.
  • A
    Love Song
    for Bobby Long
    : I’ve been very impressed with
    Scarlett Johansson
    so far. Travolta’s resume shows a willingness to take
    risks in order
    to try something new, which has left him with some
    great films and
    some real stinkers. I haven’t seen this, but I’m
    willing to give it a
    shot.
  • McLintock:
    A well respected Western. At the moment, I think the
    western is the
    only genre not represented in my DVD collection. I’ve
    been tempted to
    overcome my lack of interest for the sake of having a
    more complete
    library, so I’m willing to listen to suggestions
    people have.
  • Sisterhood
    of
    the Travelling Pants
    : A teen girl movie that was
    fairly well
    reviewed.
  • Soap
    – The
    Complete Fourth Season
    : The final season of the
    great comedy is
    now available on DVD.
  • South
    Park –
    The Complete Sixth Season
    : I’ve tried to watch
    this, but it just
    doesn’t amuse me. If you like it, then there’s more
    available to
    enjoy.
  • Super
    Size
    Me
    : For the McDonald’s lovers on your Christmas
    list.
  • Unleashed:
    Many Jet Li fans enjoyed it. The trailers didn’t make
    it appeal to me
    at all.
  • Veronica
    Mars
    – The Complete First Season
    : This show from UPN
    was very well
    received by critics and by the few people who watched
    it. I’d like to
    give it a shot some time. It’s been described to me
    as a show with
    Smallville‘s Chloe Sullivan in a perfectly
    normal urban
    environment.

Finally, the pick of the week. If you must go
shopping this week, go with
Soap, the parody of soap operas in a sitcom
format. Feel
free to wait until next week, though, with Batman
Begins
,
The Twilight Zone – Season Four,
Adventures of Superman –
Season One
, or He-Man and the Masters of the
Universe –
Season One, Part One.
In two weeks, there will
also be
American Gothic, Looney Tunes Golden
Collection
Vol. 3
, a newer deluxe edition of The Wizard
of Oz
, and
more to pick from. There’s something major coming
every week between
now and Christmas, right down to the second season of
the new Battlestar
Galactica
on December 20.

7 replies on “Weekly DVD Picks – Tuesday, October 11, 2005”

  1. Babbster says:

    Veronica Mars – Very Cool
    The description you were given of the show is almost right. The only part that doesn’t quite make it is the phrase “perfectly normal urban environment.” The only way it could seem perfectly normal is to somebody who lives in Santa Barbara or a similar town where one would go to school with a lot of very rich kids (children of actors and moguls) and a lot of low- to middle-class kids (children of people working for actors and moguls).

    In any case, I love the show. In fact, despite my natural leanings to genre content and my recently discovered love for Lost (watched the DVD set), I still can’t bring myself to switch from Veronica Mars. It’s partly because I really like the show, partly because if Tivo passes on my recording data I’d do more good for Veronica Mars, and partly because I know I can get Lost every Thursday from somewhat unsavory sources. :)

    On westerns: My favorite two recent westerns are “Unforgiven” (Eastwood) and “Tombstone” (Russell and Kilmer). They’re both very good, though in different ways. Going back further, I liked “The Outlaw Josey Wales” (Eastwood) quite a lot. And in the heyday of the western, you can’t miss with such movies as “Shane,” “The Searchers” and “Fort Apache.” I could live on a diet of John Wayne (directed by John Ford, of course) and Clint Eastwood when it comes to that genre. Oh yeah, and I shouldn’t go without mentioning “The Wild Bunch.” I consider that one a must-see for film fans.

    • GrimSean says:

      Re: Veronica Mars – Very Cool

      The description you were given of the show is almost right. The only part that doesn’t quite make it is the phrase “perfectly normal urban environment.” The only way it could seem perfectly normal is to somebody who lives in Santa Barbara or a similar town where one would go to school with a lot of very rich kids (children of actors and moguls) and a lot of low- to middle-class kids (children of people working for actors and moguls).

      Indeed. I got my entire family hooked on Veronica Mars, to the extent that when CTV started playing “guess when we’ll show this” by moving it around my 70 year old Grandmother asked me if I could download the episodes for her (her actual request was “Can you get the episode I missed on that computer of yours?”). I would probably describe her as Nancy Drew crossed with Chloe Sullivan, and that along with a very, very good supporting cast – Enrico Colantoni may be my favourite TV dad – makes for a hell of a show.

      • Jethro says:

        Re: Veronica Mars – Very Cool

        I would probably describe her as Nancy Drew crossed with Chloe Sullivan

        CSI: 90210

        • GrimSean says:

          Re: Veronica Mars – Very Cool

          I would probably describe her as Nancy Drew crossed with Chloe Sullivan

          CSI: 90210

          CSI: Dawson’s Creek would be more accurate as the creator Rob Thomas started out writing for that show (Dawson’s Creek, not CSI).

          I’m sure there’s a Katie Holmes/Tom Cruise/Scientology joke in there somewhere, but I’m too tired to find it.

  2. drazaelb says:

    Battlestar Galactica
    From what I’ve been able to Google, it’s only going to be the first half of season 2 (episodes 1-10) available in December. The second half of the season won’t get broadcast until January. Presumably they’ll also have a DVD set for the second half of the season, and I would guess another set for the whole season.

    • yeti skydive says:

      Re: Battlestar Galactica
      wouldn’t the season starting in january technically be the third season of battlestar? we had the first season end with adama being shot, and the second season ending with the galactica sending vipers towards the pegasus. unless i was completely thrown off somewhere and that was just one season.

      • fiziko says:

        Re: Battlestar Galactica

        wouldn’t the season starting in january technically be the third season of battlestar? we had the first season end with adama being shot, and the second season ending with the galactica sending vipers towards the pegasus. unless i was completely thrown off somewhere and that was just one season.

        I’ve looked into it, and it’s my understanding (as someone who doesn’t have a network which airs the show and who refuses to download stuff like that) that “Pegasus” was actually about half way through the second season, and the show is just in reruns until January, which is what most shows do starting in December. So, this release is actually just the first half of season two. Essentially, a mid-season episode had the sort of cliffhanger you expect with a season finale, so it was billed as such.

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