Another week of DVD picks. November 29 will see many
good items out, but December 6 will likely be the
biggest release week of the year when it comes to a
variety of major studio titles.
First, the genre releases:
– Love Plus One (Vol. 2): For the anime fans.
Silent Film and Early Talkies Collection: This is
exclusive packaging of a variety of Kino Video
releases. If I didn’t
already own so many of these, I’d be picking it up.
You’ll find more
information on it in the “Pick of the Week”
(Unrated Director’s Cut): Thanks to a little
series known as
Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson can now
exert some creative
control over the movies he makes.
Caper – Kermit’s 50th Anniversary Edition: The
first of several
Muppet releases this week, and likely the best of the
Adventure Pack: Includes the (first?) three
vs. Godzilla / King Kong Escapes: I can’t tell
which edition of
KKvG this is. In the American cut, King Kong wins,
but in the
Japanese cut, Godzilla wins.
Collector’s Set: This includes the three recent
Mummy movies with
Brendan Fraser and The Rock.
Christmas Carol – Kermit’s 50th Anniversary
Edition: This is the
Muppet movie out today that I couldn’t get
Movie – Kermit’s 50th Anniversary Edition: This
one was an
Treasure Island – Kermit’s 50th Anniversary
Edition: This is the
one I didn’t see.
A superhero high school.
Complete Series: I hadn’t heard of this before,
but it looks to be
interesting family sci-fi stuff.
Pack: The first movie was fun. I haven’t seen the
other three in
Now, the non-genre releases:
Scene Investigations Season Five: This 7 DVD set
is the item I’m
buying this week. Somehow, it’s considerably cheaper
Canada, where it will be released on December 13,
– European Gigalo: Did anyone even watch this? I
had no interest
Vol. 3: This 13 episode collection includes the
first few episodes
of the series’ resurrection.
Collection: Like the collection below, this is a
grouping of Kino
Video releases only available through Amazon. This
collection includes The Hitch-Hiker,
Die, Strange Impersonation, Sudden
They Made Me A Fugitive, Railroaded,
Night, and Behind Locked Doors.
Version): This was a well reviewed but little seen
Fall (Deluxe Edition): I worked at a theater when
this came out.
It made quite a bit of money, but after the first
week, the audience
was mostly made up of small groups of women, with
virtually no men.
On their way out, they were talking about Brad Pitt,
and not about the
plot, characters, production, etc., so I don’t know if
anything here but the eye candy.
Penguins: I don’t think anyone expected this to be
the box office
draw it was, given the subject matter.
Mrs. Smith: This is likely the reason so many
deluxe editions of
Brad Pitt movies are out this week. I haven’t seen
this version, but
the Alfred Hitchcock film from 1941 was quite
Through It (Deluxe Edition): Unlike Legends of
I’ve seen this one myself, and wasn’t impressed.
(This came out
before Pitt made 12 Monkeys and Fight
Club, a pair
which have since earned him the benefit of the doubt
for the rest of
his career where I’m concerned.)
Finally, the pick of the week. The Silent and
Collectionhas some excellent material in it.
There’s no text
listing, but the image of the set includes:
- L’Age D’Or – which I haven’t seen
- Birth of a Nation – the first truly epic
film. It’s a
bizarre study; the technical aspects were astoudning
in its time, and
it showed how effective film could be as a means to
message. However, the message of this Civil War film
is clearly “the
good guys lost.” It’s an exercise in racism that
makes for difficult
viewing. In fact, I’ve heard that the Klu Klux Klan
was all but dead
in the early part of this century, and then this film
- The Blue Angel: Have you ever heard the
movie?” This is where that term comes from.
- The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari: The first
german expressionist film. It’s a decent movie, great
in the context
of its time. Tim Burton fans should definitely check
it out to see
where Burton derives his inspiration.
- Counsellor at Law
- Diary of a Lost Girl
- Foolish Wives
- Intolerance: This was created by the same
Birth of a Nation. Ironic, no? I’m tempted
to watch it just
to see what he considered to be intolerant.
- The “It” Girl: Another movie that
launched an entire linguistic
- Love Me Tonight
- The Man Who Laughs: A Murnau
- Man With A Movie Camera: I can’t tell you
how many times
I’ve almost bought this. This was an attempt to
create a film in a
universal language. There’s no story, no script, and
it’s just people going about their daily business, yet
enthralling. A worthwhile experiment.
- Metropolis: The Fritz Lang classic, with
scenes completely restored. A very nice package.
- Our Hospitality and Sherlock
Jr.: A DVD with two
Buster Keaton movies. He’s my favourite comedian from
this era, and
is well worth checking out.
- Die Nibelungen
- Nosferatu: The first on-screen adaptation
Dracula, directed by F.W. Murnau. Of course,
they didn’t ask
permission to adapt it, and were sued by the Stoker
estate. It seems
that changing the names of the characters wasn’t
enough to avoid
copyright infringement. This is the movie Shadow
Vampire was about. This edition is also vastly
others I’ve seen. It’s the most complete cut of the
film I’ve found,
and includes over 20 minutes of footage not present in
- The Old Dark House
- The Penalty
- Peter Pan
- The Thief of Bagdad
Kino does a great job with their DVDs, and they’ve
excellent movies. This is well worth considering.