The big theatrical blockbuster weeks have passed us by, so the titles are starting to pick up. Expect some very good archive titles in the next few weeks, some great TV in September, and then the Christmas push to start in October and carry us right to the January dredges.
First, the genre releases:
- 2 S.I.C.K. (Serial Insane Clown Killer): This sounds like a really, really bad slasher flick. It could be fun.
- The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.: This is the complete series starring Bruce Campbell.
- The Amazing Mr. X: Also available in one of the “50 Movie Pack” sets.
- Amazing Stories – The Complete First Season: An anthology show from the 1980s.
- Astro Boy – Greatest Astro Adventures: These episodes are from the full colour series.
- The Best of She-Ra – Princess of Power: Complete season sets coming soon.
- Carnivale – The Complete Second Season: Another well reviewed series I haven’t watched.
- Dokkoida – Complete Box Set: For the anime fans.
- The Incredible Hulk – The Complete First Season: Man, is this ever tempting.
- Jack Of All Trades – The Complete Series: More fun with Bruce Campbell.
- Meet The Feebles: Because Hell hath no fury like a hippo with a machine gun.
- The New Adventures of Flash Gordon – The Complete Series: This is the 1979 cartoon.
- New Getter Robo – Complete Box Set: Another one for the anime fans.
- Petite Princess Yucie: And the anime just keeps coming.
- The Pretender: Season 4: I’ve been told I’d like this show, but I never watched it.
- Ren and Stimpy – The Lost Episodes: I never did enjoy the show.
- Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie: This is the uncut edition, but even the badly censored version was better than the live action version.
- Ultraman, Series One Vol. 1: Get your Japanese superhero here.
Now, the non-genre
- Asphalt: This is a Kino Video release of an old German suspense movie. Kino does good work, so it’s probably worth a look.
- Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler: Kino releases another movie by my favourite director.
- Film Noir Classic Collection, Vol. 3: Warner does a great job with these sets. My copy shipped late last week, so they’re already moving.
- She’s The Man: For the teenage girl crowd.
- Some Like It Hot: This is a special edition of the movie the American Film Institute chose as the best comedy in American movie history. I won’t argue with that decision; it is funny.
- Sybil: This is the two disk special edition of the Sally Field movie that was based on a true story.
- Warner Bros. Tough Guys Collection: This is actually a rerelease of this set. It was originally planned to be the second volume of the Gangsters collection, but there’s a movie in the set without any gangsters, so they renamed it.
Finally, the pick of the
week. For the first time in at least a month, we’ve got more than one serious contender, but I’m going to have to go with the third Film Noir set from Warner Bros. That studio’s DVD division is doing amazing things with their archive titles, and I’m sure this will be no exception. I’m straying from my norm and recommending a title I haven’t seen, but given the strength of the first two sets, I’m going with it anyway. We don’t have anything directed by Fritz Lang this time around, but we do have titles directed by Robert Montgomery, John Farrow, and Anthony Mann. Stars include Robert Mitchum, Ricardo Montelban, Robert Ryan, Ida Lupino and Robert Montgomery.