Weekly Digital Disc Picks – May 4, 2010

The format has been tweaked again, with genre grouping. Should we keep that, or discard it?

Title DVD Release(s) Blu-Ray Release(s)
Clamp Double Feature: Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle and Xxxholic Blu-Ray
Contains the movies for Tsubasa Reservoir Chonicle and Xxxholic
Darker Than Black The Complete Series
Dragon Ball Season Four
Alex: As a reminder – this is the series that came before Dragon Ball Z.
Dragon Ball Z Dragon Box Three
Hayate the Combat Butler Part 5
Junjo Romantica Season One
Rozen Maiden Complete Series
Alex: Contains both seasons of the show.
Tekkaman Blad Complete DVD
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle Season Two and Collected Memories Boxed Set
Alex: The “Collected Memories” set contains both seasons and the feature film.
Vandread The Ultimate Collection
Alex: Collection of both seasons of Vandread
You’re Under Arrest: Full Throttle Collection 2
Classics (Cult)
Escape from L.A. Blu-Ray
Matinee DVD
Blaine: This deserves better than cult status. It’s an underappreciated and well made flick.
Rock ‘N’ Roll High School DVD
Blaine: Directed by Roger Corman
Roger Corman: The Best of the B’s 2: Naughty Nurses and Tawdry Teachers DVD
Blaine: I have no idea which titles are on this four disc, 560 minute set.
Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1980s, Vol. 1 DVD
Suburbia DVD
Classics (Traditional)
Doctor Zhivago 45th Anniversary Edition 45th Anniversary Edition
Hamlet (2009) DVD Blu-Ray
Alex: I liked this version of Hamlet – though it’s not as good as Branagh’s version (which is due out on Blu-Ray in August) in my opinion, due to some material they cut from the end of the play (at least from what I saw on PBS).
TCM Greatest Classic Film Collection: War DVD
Blaine: Includes Battle of the Bulge, The Dawn Patrol, Gunga Din and Operation Pacific
TCM Greatest Classic Film Collection: Westerns DVD
Blaine: Includes The Stalking Moon, Ride the High Country, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, and Chisum.
According to Jim Complete Second Season
The Facts of Life Season Four
Honeymooners Second Honeymoon and Valentine Special
The Muse DVD
No Time for Sergeants DVD
Blaine: Andy Griffith and Don Knotts together before The Andy Griffith Show.
Penn and Teller: Bullsh*t Season Seven
Tooth Fairy DVD Blu-Ray
Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union Complete Season Two
Dirt Season Two
K-19: The Widowmaker Blu-Ray
Marcus Welby, M.D. Season One
Nine DVD Blu-Ray
Saving Grace Seasons 1 and 2
Saving Private Ryan Blu-Ray
Martial Arts and Sports
Hellbinders DVD
Direct-to-video martial arts film which might be of interest because it stars Ray Park (X-Men, Star Wars: Episode 1, Ecks Vs. Sever), and Johnny Yong Bosch (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and a lot of English dub work on Anime).
Wrestlemania 26 Regular and Collector’s Edition
Alex: No Blu-Ray release this year. The Wrestlemania card for this year includes Shawn Michael’s last mach against The Undertaker. The Special Edition release includes the Hall of Fame Ceremony complete and un-edited.
Dirty Dancing: Limited Keepcase Edition DVD Blu-Ray
Leap Year DVD Blu-Ray
The Notebook Blu-Ray
Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Doctor Who Curse of Peladon (Story 61), Monster of Peladon (Story 73) and Masque of Mandragora (Story 86)
Fallen DVD
Invader Zim Season One
Outer Limits (1997) Season One and Season Two
Blaine: These releases are exclusive to Canadian retailers (such as Amazon.ca, linked here) but they will play on all U.S. DVD players and are entirely legal to export. Note that they are Canadian broadcast edits, so any nudity has been cropped or cut.
Super Heroes
Elektra Director’s Cut
Alex: If you lower your expectations and come into this expecting a corny B-level 80s ninja flick, you won’t be disappointed, and may have a little fun, IMHO.
Flash Gordon (1980) Saviour of the Universe Edition
Iron Man: Armored Adventures Complete Season One
Blaine: This is the current animated series.
Marvel Iron Man Complete Animated Series
Blaine: This is the 1997 cartoon.
Wolverine and the X-Men: Revelation
X-Men (1990s TV series) Volume 5
Blaine: This completes the series run on DVD. I should probably get around to watching volume one soon.

Finally, the picks of the week. Alex says, “Beyond a doubt Hamlet is my pick of the week. It’s not as good as the Branagh version, but that’s no slight against it. In particular, Tennant is an excellent Hamlet, and Patrick Stewart is fantastic in the role of Claudius.” Blaine says, “I recommend Matinee. It’s a great little flick that’s not spectacular, but is definitely a well made look at the Cold War era teen life with some great nods to the horror movies of the time.”

2 replies on “Weekly Digital Disc Picks – May 4, 2010”

  1. Actually I really like the format. The headers make it easier to see what I’m looking at, especially when I don’t always recognize the titles. :)

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