Weekly Digital Disk Picks for March 16th, 2010

Based on feedback in these columns and via e-mail, we’re trying a shorter format with higher profile titles this time around. Do you prefer this size list, or the larger ones we’ve had lately?

First, the DVD picks:

Now, the Blu-Ray picks:

Finally, the picks of the week. Blaine says, “the only title I’ve actually seen is Astro Boy. Though enjoyable, it’s not fantastic. The titles I haven’t seen but intend to buy and watch ASAP are Monk: Season Eight, Fallen Angels and Ninja Assassin (because J. Michael Straczynski served as script doctor). Rickyjames keeps raving about Breaking Bad at every opportunity, as well, so that’s also a possibility.” Alex says, “Like Blaine, I haven’t seen Ninja Assassin, but I do intend to pop that into my Netflix Queue at the closest opportunity. However, I have seen Slayers Revolution, and I’m definitely going to recommend it – though I do recommend watching the first few seasons on Funimation’s web page or Hulu if you’re in the United States – there are some references to prior seasons with this season). It probably wouldn’t hurt to watch the OVAs if you can find them, too.”

4 replies on “Weekly Digital Disk Picks for March 16th, 2010”

  1. The shorter format is much easier to dig through, and so much of what comes any given week is not worth listing. Do we really need ot know that Project xyz comes out in fourteen different box styles?
    Just my two cents

  2. Slayers season 4 is definitely not as good as the earlier three – only fans need apply, others should start with season 1. Also, it really *felt* like only half a season, which kinda fits as it had only about half the number of episodes of earlier seasons. Also, Hulu.com has both seasons 4 and 5, subtitled too!

  3. It’s a toss-up for me. The long list are nice sometimes because there are the occasional hidden gems that come up. But then again (especially with Anime releases) all the different box set releases for the same title gets a bit excessive.

    Otherwise this week it looks like more MST3k goodness for me and maybe some ninja assassin.

    And wow did the princess and the frog tank that badly? Seems like it was still in the theater only a few weeks ago.

    • Princess and the Frog used the standard 17 week window. There’s now much less relationship between Disney’s theatrical release results and the home video release schedule, as they’re planned in advance. For example, it was know that “Alice in Wonderland” would only have an 11 week window from the outset, upsetting many exhibitors. It’ll hit home markets in late May, and has been doing quite well for a March release.

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