Between the Christmas releases and the Halloween
horrors, this week is getting mighty full of releases.
The good news is, many of them are high quality.
First, the genre releases:
The Sun – Season Two: The adventures of Tom, Dick,
Harry and Sally
continue. I never could figure out why an
archeologist and a
physicist shared an office, though.
Gothic: I’ll go on about this at length in the
“Pick of the Week”
Complete Collection: For the anime fans.
Worlds: A 1961 film starring Claude Rains. I’ve
never heard of it
This is the movie from earlier this year.
The Complete Second Season: This is the colorized
version of the
old TV series.
The Complete Second Season: This is the black and
white version of
the old TV series.
vs. Dracula: I know this by reputation only. If
you own a copy of
Plan 9 From Outer Space, this may be of
interest to you.
Complete Sessions Vol. 1-6: An Amazon.com
Complete Seasons 3 and 4: The series that launched
Triffids: This 1963 film stars Howard Keel and
vs. Frankenstein: Another horror flick just in
time for Halloween.
Conquers the Universe Volumes 1 and 2: Starring
Vol. 2: This stars Steve Holland.
Eaters: The Amazon user comments indicate that
this horror film
is the edited for television version.
Shell – Stand Alone Complex Official Log DVD/Guide
looks like a set of extras for the fans.
monster movie. In Technicolor!
Planet: I vaguely recall hearing about this.
(1953) / House of Wax (2005): A double pack of the
(2005): A release of just the remake.
Dark Street / Incubus: I don’t know about the
first title, but the
second title was reviewed some time
ago. It still
stands as the only Esperanto language film produced
out of Hollywood,
and stars a pre-Trek William Shatner. Written and
directed by The
Outer Limits creator Leslie Stevens.
– The War Has Begun: Six episodes on 2 DVDs.
meets Frankenstein’s Daughter: I’m guessing this
isn’t a romantic
comedy. It’s probably very funny, but not the way the
wanted it to be.
– The Complete Collection: Another complete Anime
Phantom of the Park: I’ve heard many things about
this movie, none
of them good. I must own it!
Golden Collection: The mere fact that this was
released and yet
wasn’t the pick of the week tells you much
Movie Collection: This contains “The Bugs
Bunny/Road Runner Movie”
and “1001 Rabbit Tales.”
Complete Second Season: Fred Gwynne and Yvonne
DeCarlo starred in
– The Complete Series: Another early
Kill: Complete Second Season: This show is about
Crypt – Complete Second Season: Just in time for
Elves – The Complete Collection: I’ve heard this
substance than the previews might indicate.
– Spotlight Collection, Volume 2: The cat and
mouse games continue.
Ten Collector’s Tin: I don’t know which individual
Rift – Complete First Season: My interest in the
Stephen Root cannot outweigh my disinterest in the
involvement of Chuck
- The Wizard of Oz is getting a new, high
transfer with loads of extras. Available in two
DVD and three
DVD sets. I
went with the three disk version myself.
Now, the non-genre releases:
– The Complete
Fourth Season: Get caught up on the life of Syndey
- Atomic Age Classics: Three volumes, sold
collecting educational classroom films from the 1940s
1960s. The three are collected in themes about Manners,
Dating and Delinquency, and A-Bombs,
Fallout and Nuclear
Hillbillies/Petticoat Junction Christmas
Collection: Those who are
collecting the official season releases of these shows
noticed the absence of Christmas specials. They’ve
Ultimate Collection: Not my cup of tea, but it
looks like a well
authored DVD set with extras.
Collection: This includes versions of David
Oliver Twist, and Great
office comedy well reviewed at Sundance.
– The Complete Collection: The Canadian melodrama
part of Shannon Doherty’s wardrobe in
Doris Day Show –
Season 2: As frightening as some of the genre
picks, I assure
Classics – The Romance Collection 2: This 14 DVD
“Horatio Hornblower,” “Nicholas Nickleby,” “Vanity
Fair,” “The Flame
Trees of Thika,” “The Mayor of Casterbridge,” “Tess of
D’Urbervilles,” and “The Great Gatsby.”
Bill Jr.: There are more expensive (and likely
releases of both of these, but if you’re looking to
try out a silent
comedy and don’t want to spend $20 on a DVD to try it,
take a look at
this. The General is one of the funniest
movies I’ve ever
to Hart – The
Complete First Season: Detective drama from the
1980s. I spent
many Saturday afternoons watching this, “Simon and
Simon,” and “The
Rockford Files” after a morning of cartoons. Good
Loaded: This year’s Herbie movie.
Collector’s Edition: An 8 DVD set of the Ioan
Inn / Easy
Virtue: Two Hitchcock movies just in time for
Hall – Complete Season Three: I crush your head.
Criterion Collection samurai release.
- The L
Word – The
Complete Second Season: For the fans of well
Samourai: Another Criterion Collection release.
Those people do
amazing work with DVDs. This one is not in the boxed
Bernstein Concert Boxed Set: It’s a 9 DVD
collection. Could make
for good Christmas shopping.
House on the
Prairie – Complete Season 9: I’ll never forget the
this series from “WKRP In Cincinnatti”: “It’s got
burning babies and
blind people and wholesome stuff like that.”
– The Best of
Seasons 8, 9 and 10: This is sketch comedy that
struck me as
funny, unlike some of the other sketch comedy shows on
the air I’ll
choose not to name.
Collection – Romance: This includes “Anna
Heights” and “Reckless” in a 7 DVD collection.
Sixties Swordplay Classics: A Criterion Collection
including Samurai Rebellion, Sword of the
Samurai Spy, and Kill!.
Rebellion: The individual release that’s in the
Criterion Collection: This one is in the boxed
Beast: The fourth and final entry in the boxed
Collector’s Edition: How in blazes did this
uninspired formulaic love story become the highest
grossing film of
all time, and by such a large margin? I know they
released in a slow
time of year to massive hype, I know they had an ad
and press campaign
that made it fashionable to see the movie multiple
times, and I know
it had James Cameron and Leonardo DiCaprio backing it
up, but I still
don’t get how it went from merely successful to what
it became. I can
take some comfort in knowing that, way back when it
was first released
on DVD in August 1999, the first DVD collection of the
Wallace and Gromit shorts outsold it by a
Fear: Another Criterion Collection release.
Finally, the pick of the week. In a week with
Criterion Collection movies, The Wizard of
Oz, and The
Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 3, we’ve got
choices in this category to pick from. So, why did
Gothic get chosen? Well, frankly, this is the
I’ve ever seen. (Remember, when I reviewed Firefly,
I gave it 41 out
of 42.) This was the first series I saw that had
writing, dramatic tension, and real horror strung out
every hour. It
was also the first series I got addicted to that was
the first season finished. Later on, I managed to
catch all the
episodes on Space:
Station, and I couldn’t believe the quality of the
were denied. Great writing, great acting, and an
cliffhanger ending (that, strangely, works as a form
of closure, much
like the series ender to Angel) set this
apart in so many
ways. I am completely baffled by the cancellation of
shows like this,
Profit and Firefly while certain
other shows remain
on the air year after year. Do yourself a favour and
pick this up.