Here it is, ladies and gentlemen. It’s a huge
offering of titles this week, as it’s the first
Tuesday in December. There’s an incredible volume
here; I’m getting eight titles myself.
First, the genre releases:
Hunger Force, Vol. 4: The show marches on.
Meanwhile, Dave smiles
a very large smile.
Animated Series, Volume Four: This collects the
Knights” episodes with a team of heroes.
Chronicles of Narnia – The True Story of the Author of
Tales: A behind-the-scenes look just in time for
release of the next movie.
Complete Collection: For the anime fans.
Four: This is the widescreen edition of this
movie. I picked up a copy, hoping that it’ll
encourage a sequel of a
quality similar to the X-Men sequel, since
the original FF
movie was similar to the quality of this studio’s
Friends, Vol. 5: The series keeps coming in rather
packages. What’s wrong with complete season
Season Two, Volume One: A serious contendor for
the pick of the
She-Ra – A Christmas Special: The combined series
ran with this
show. I didn’t care for She-Ra, but I never missed
Lost – The Complete Series: All three seasons (43
episodes) in one
big box. Watch out for waterfalls.
Seasons 1-3: One of several complete series packs
Seasons 1-3: This is another complete series
Director’s Cut: More anime.
Collection: Two films by the up and coming
Clone Wars Vol. 2: I’ve also ordered this animated
completes the fill-in story between episodes 2 and
Trilogy: This is a new package of episodes 4, 5,
and 6. I suspect
that those three disks are identical. This package
does not, however,
include the bonus disk from the previous release.
Pack: Includes DVDs of Popeye, Superman and
appear to be the Fleischer sets.
Animated Series, Vol. 2: This provides us with
another chunk of
the Superman cartoon, including the episodes edited
together to become
“The Batman / Superman Movie.” Defintely one of the
items I’m picking
up this week.
Ninja Turtles – Season Three: I don’t know which
series this is.
I recognize some of the episode titles, so I think
it’s the one from
Season One, Volume 2: The adventures of Lion-O
Treasures – Disney Rarities: Spanning five
decades, these shorts
include some of the lesser known Disney works,
including the Alice
cartoons that started it all.
Treasures – The Chronological Donald, Volume 2:
This covers most
of the early 1940s.
- Yu Gi
Oh – A
New Evil s.4 v.1: Yu Gi Oh! on DVD.
Now, the non-genre releases:
- 24 –
Four: Jack is back. I bought the first season
during one of Fox’s
DVD sales, but I haven’t watched it yet. (I’ve been
waiting for a
free long weekend to watch it in a marathon, but I
don’t see that
Yukon: An older Fox film.
Jack: A British comedy in the vein of Waking
Man: This is the collector’s edition of the
Russell Crowe boxing
Soleil Anniversary Collection: For fans of the
Complete Series: This is listed in this week’s
releases, but the
product page says it’s not currently available, so I
don’t know what’s
Monte Cristo: Gerard Depardieu plays the lead in
Dyke Show Collection: A five DVD set of the old
(Unrated Edition): Jenny McCarthy is still trying
to get that
acting career going.
Hazzard (Unrated Widescreen Edition): I linked to
version of this summer’s film because everyone I’ve
talked to who
actually saw the movie went to look at Jessica
Simpson. I don’t know
what makes this different from the theatrical release,
but I’m betting
that the little differences are what the parts that
most of the market
is looking for.
Loves Raymond – Complete Fifth Season: I don’t
for Raymond, to be honest. Still, many people
obviously do, given the
ratings this has managed.
American Girl Adventure: A family film for the
Wives – The Complete Second Season: A BBC comedy
Games – Criterion Collection: Criterion is a great
Oscar pick for Best Foreign Film of 1952.
The Complete Second Season: This show amused me
when I was in
and Jane: The version without Jim Carrey.
The Complete Third Season: A decent comedy of a
Box Set: Care to meet future Darwin Award
Collection: I don’t recognize the movies in this
set, so I’m
betting they didn’t get North American distribution.
Don’t expect a
great transfer, but the original films could be
vs. Spenny – Season One: I keep hearing about this
on reality shows, but I’ve never watched it.
– The Fourth Year: Most shows either deal with the
or the courtroom. This actually deals with the entire
Season Nine: A rather significant comedy in the
American television. Not one of its best years,
though. There were
11 seasons in total.
Complete Fourth Season: Don’t thank him, thank the
Magnificent Seven – The Complete First Season: The
spinoff of the
movie, which in turn was a remake of the excellent
Wrote – Complete Second Season: A little old lady
lives in a tiny
little town with the country’s highest per capita
J. Michael Straczynski was involved with later
Nick and Jessica – The Final Season: I think this
was the fourth
season, since Amazon also has listings for seasons
one, two and
three. So, how many years can people be together
before they’re not
called newlyweds anymore?
Einstein’s Big Idea: Nova is a quality program,
and I can’t think
of anyone who’s had more impact on the world of
Einstein. Note that the “big idea” is his famous
relativity, and not the work on the photoelectric
effect that actually
won him the Nobel Prize. As a physics geek myself,
Super Bowl Moments: They’re talking about the
actual games, and
not the commercials.
Files – Season One: Jim Rockford stands up with
Columbo and Monk
as one of the greatest detectives on television.
Complete Second Season: I never understood the
appeal of this
Bell – The New Class: Seasons 6 and 7: I can’t
original launched a spinoff, let alone that the
spinoff lasted this
– The Early Years: Some of her early works.
– Biggest Little Star: This is a documentary on
her real life.
Piano Player – Criterion Collection: Directed by
Truffaut, so you know it’s French New Wave. Expect
Seasons 1-6: This Fox TV package includes the
seasons released so
far. I don’t know which version of the package season
six will be
Treasures – Elfego Baca and The Swamp Fox:
Selections of two
Treasures – The Adventures of Spin and Marty: This
is the complete
first season of the serial that ran within the Mickey
– The Complete Fifth Season: The Aaron Sorkin
series kept going
Sidewalk Airs: Part of the Fox Film Noir
Finally, the pick of the week. There is a
lot to pick from
this week. I’ll have to go with The Rockford
Files – Season
One. It’s a good detective series that holds up
a few decades
later because it was as much about the style of the
detective as it
was about the mysteries. (This is probably why
Columbo and Monk work
so well, too.) It was close, with the Batman,
Superman, Star Wars,
Disney, and Fleischer products also on the release
schedule, but this
seems to be the best bet (of the products I’ve seen in
some form and
am willing to vouch for) for general audiences and
which is what most of the DVD shopping this time of
year is all