Weekly Digital Disck Picks – May 11, 2010

Title DVD Release(s) Blu-Ray Release(s)
Daybreakers DVD Blu-Ray
The Edge Blu-Ray
Edge of Darkness DVD Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack
The Kid With The Golden Arm DVD
Alex: Shaw Brothers Film
Legion DVD Blu-Ray
Marked for Death Blu-Ray
Crayon Shin-Chan Complete First Season and Complete Second Season
Alex: Animated series based on a long-running gang manga about a foul mouthed, obsene young boy. Ran on Adult Swim.
Initial D Third Stage Movie and Fourth Stage, Part 1
Alex: The long running street racing anime continues with a compilation film of season three and the start of season four.
Samurai Harem Complete Collection
Alex: Harem romantaic comedy (ala Tenchi Muyo) about a teenage boy trained in kenjitsu in the mountains by his father (with little-to-no socialization), being sent to live at a dojo run by four young women in the city. Hilarity ensues.
Xenosaga The Complete Series
Alex: Series adapting the first of Namco’s Xenosaga RPGs.
Classics (Cult)
Rock ‘N’ Roll High School Blu-Ray
Daria: The Complete Animated Series DVD
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Complete Fifth Season
High Anxiety Blu-Ray
History of the World: Part I Blu-Ray
My Wife and Kids Season Two
Robin Hood: Men In Tights Blu-Ray
Toy Story #1 Special Edition and #2 Special Edition
Essential Art House: Kurosawa Collection DVD
Blaine: Includes Ikiru, Hidden Fortress (whose final sequence massively influenced the trench battle in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope) and Throne of Blood.
The Karate Kid Just #1, Just #2 or both.
Blaine: I love the way the combo pack pretends the other sequels don’t even exist.
M Blu-Ray
Blaine: Rather than stretch things out here, the comments can be found in the “Pick of the Week” section.
The Man In The Iron Mask Blu-Ray
thirtysomething Complete Third Season
Reality TV
Hell’s Kitchen Season Two
Hang ‘Em High Blu-Ray
The Magnificent Seven Collection Blu-Ray
Blaine: Includes The Magnificent Seven (a remake of Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, not included in this week’s Kurosawa collection), Return of the Magnificent Seven, Guns of the Magnificent Seven and The Magnificent Seven Ride!

Finally, the picks of the week. Blaine says, “every time the Criterion Collection releases a new edition of M, that will be my pick of the week. It’s the first film noir, the first German talking film, the first starring role for Peter Lorre, the first time I wondered if I wanted the police to arrive in time instead of just wondering if they would, and the first to do a number of camera tricks (such as tracking through windows) which other movies (in this case, Citizen Kane) received credit for because German films didn’t make it to North America easily when this was made in the 1930s. Highly, highly recommended, and my favourite movie of all time.” Alex says, “my pick of the week is Daria – The Complete Series. I watched this show regularly on MTV when I was growing up, and this was a bigger series for me than Beavis & Butthead was for my peers.”