The DVD list is starting to taper off some, as many
people will have already started their Christmas
shopping. I’ve pre-written these columns for the rest
of the year; do you want them posted early, to plan
your own Christmas shopping, or would you prefer I
stick to the “one a week” schedule?
First, the genre releases:
Remix 3: I’m not familiar enough with the series
to know what’s
special about a remix edition, but here it is.
2000 – Special Edition: Somehow, given where
reality TV has been,
this doesn’t seem so far off.
Season 3, Collection 1 (Starburst Edition): The
lower priced sets
just keep coming. I’m still holding out for a boxed
set of the
Final Wars: The 50th anniversary project.
of Cartoons: Attack of the 30’s Characters: I’m a
animation, especially in the formative years.
Island: I wanted to see this, but never got around
Peter Jackson’s Production Diaries: This was quite
undertaking, but I’m not sure I want to watch a two
disk “making of”
set before I’ve seen the finished product.
Original Classics From The Fleischer Studio: This
is another one
that’s hard to resist.
Now, the non-genre releases:
Virgin: I didn’t see the movie in theaters because
of the ads, but
if I’m bored and it’s on TV I might give it a shot,
based entirely on
Steve Carell’s former work with The Daily Show
The “Don’t Call Me Shirley” Edition: This is a
great movie. It’s
the first and debatably best of the Zucker
Bears: This is the remake.
Bad Mama –
Special Edition: William Shatner and Roger Corman
Hazzard – Complete Fifth Season: This was the Coy
season, if I recall correctly, which is probably why
Daisy is the only
character to appear on the cover…
Recut and Extended Edition: This clocks in a 147
minutes longer than the theatrical release.
(Special Edition): One of the better war movies.
Also, if you
look carefully, you can catch a glimpse of Mel
Gibson’s digital watch
at one point…
– Complete Fifth Season: This WB series was
renewed for a sixth
season, after Whedon and company were told that the WB
“didn’t want to
be the kind of network that ran the same show for more
years.” I’m thinking the Angel cancellation
may have had
more to do with spite for taking Buffy and
to different networks than anything else.
Season Two: Pink shirts and techno theme songs are
The Complete First Season: A fantastic Canadian
(Deluxe Edition): The Zero Mostel / Gene Wilder
Two: I admit that the ads have amused me, though
bothered to watch an episode.
High School: The Ramones help suppressed students
Complete Seventh Season: Also available in Marge’s
Festival Collection: Celebrating 25 Years: This
nearly became the pick of the week. However, most
people are aware of
some of the products in this collection, so I went
with an option that
hasn’t had as much visibility.
Finally, the pick of the week. The Newsroom
was a great
series, that wasn’t intended to last more than a
season. There’s a
fabulous parody of Federico Fellini, and an incredible
subtle humour, centred around the head of the
Newsroom. There’s a
news anchor who is a complete and utter idiot, and a
number of other
interesting characters. Canadian comedy tends to be
offbeat, but this
hits the offbeat mark and is still highly
entertaining. The lines of
dialogue that end the season are some of the funniest
heard. Highly, highly recommended.