November provides another good week, as usual.
First, the genre releases:
- The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin, Vol. 1-4: I admit, I used to watch this daily. I swear the storyline loops; I don’t believe I missed an episode, but every episode had “Previously on” and “Next time on” segments, and I could follow those all the way to the series conclusion. I’m tempted to buy these just to confirm that.
- Alias – The Complete Collection: That’s a spiffy box.
- Alias – The Complete Fifth Season: This was also the final season.
- Charlotte’s Web Gift Set: The 1973 animated movie and the book together.
- Dark Shadows – Bloopers and Treasures: Yes, it’s a blooper reel from the vampire soap opera.
- Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas!: This is the 50th Birthday Deluxe Edition of the animated version, not the live action atrocity that dared assume its name.
- Ice Age – The Meltdown: The characters that survived the onset of the ice age are still around for the thaw. That’s got to be the shortest ice age in the planet’s history.
- Invader Zim Fan Pack: It’s a 3 DVD set, but I don’t know which DVDs are on it.
- Miracle on 34th Street – Special Edition: The original, better version.
- Samurai X – Complete
- Star Trek – The Animated Series: Star Trek’s bastard stepchild includes crossovers with Larry Niven’s work. I swear that everything we learned about Klingons in Next Generation was modelled on the Kzinti.
- Stargate: A THX version of the movie.
- Swords and Sorcery: I have a lot more faith in the low budget film noir listed below that the low budget fantasy found here.
- The Ultimate Star Trek Collection: All ten movies in two DVD sets. The entire original series. All of the Next Generation. All of Deep Space Nine. All of Voyager. All of Enterprise. None of the animated series. Like I said, bastard stepchild.
- Voltron – Defender of the Universe – Collection Two
Now, the non-genre releases:
- American Slapstick: 17 rare silent comedies from a variety of creators.
- Andy Warhol – A Documentary Film
- Best of the Match Game
- Boston Legal – Season Two: Shatner in a very non-Trek role.
- Classic Film Noir, Vol. 2: The first set had some decent movies in it, even if they aren’t the best possible transfers.
- The Double Life of Veronique – Criterion Collection: One of the few Criterion Collection movies that I’ve watched before buying. Like everything else I’ve ever seen the company distribute, watching it is a rewarding experience for people who like to think about what they see.
- Dr. Katz, Profession Therapist – Season Two: I’ve heard the show is amusing, but I can never get past the irritating squiggling animation.
- A Fish Called Wanda (Collector’s Edition): An amusing flick.
- Glamour Girls: This Kino box set includes “Love Me Tonight,” “The Blue Angel,” “Pandora and the Flying Dutchmen,” “The Good Fairy” and “Lured.”
- Home Alone: Family Fun Edition
- How I Met Your Mother – Season One
- An Inconvenient Truth: Al Gore’s documentary.
- Perry Mason – Season 1, Volume 2
- Preston Sturges – The Filmmaker Collection: 7 of his films.
- The Punisher (Extended Cut): This has 17 more minutes of footage not present in the original release. It’s the new version, not the Dolph Lundgren version.
- Return of Spinal Tap: The original was great. I haven’t seen this sequel.
- Scoop: Woody Allen’s latest, with Scarlett Johansson and Hugh Jackman.
- Seinfeld – Season Seven: Or, should that be season “seven of nine?”
- So NoTORIous – The Complete Series: Since when does Tori Spelling have enough career to rate getting her name in the title of the show?
- Trailer Park Boys – Christmas Special
- You, Me and Dupree
Finally, the pick of the week.
If you’re an art film fan, go with The Double Life of Veronique. Star Trek fans should grab the animated series. The rest of us should wait until next week’s flood.