Weekly Digital Disc Picks – May 18, 2010

Title DVD Release(s) Blu-Ray Release(s)
Relic Hunter Season Two
Blaine: This release is exclusive to Canadian retailers, but will play on U.S. players.
Speed Racer Blu-Ray
Air TV Complete Series
Alex: Economy priced series brick of the romantic-semi-comedy anime based on a visual novel.
Appleseed Blu-Ray
Alex: I reviewed this film previously.
Bludgeoning Angel Dokoro Chan DVD
Alex: Slapstick comedy series with massive amounts of blood and graphic violence (the victim keeps getting resurrected).
Dragon Ball Z Kai – Season 1, Part 1 DVD Blu-Ray
Alex: This is, essentially, a remake of Dragonball Z, with the animation re-done, and most of the filler removed.
Eyeshield 21: Collection 1 DVD
Alex: Shonen anime series about a Japanese High School’s Football (as in American Football) team.
Queen’s Blade – Wandering Warrior DVD
Alex: This is, essentially, bizarre soft-core porn, but without sex, from the creator of La Blu Girl. I normally don’t make judgment calls about what age group should be watching what series, but I’m calling it here – not for children under the age of 18. As an example (spoiler-guarded due to being potentially NSFW) One of the major villians is a woman who shoots acid from her nipples as an attack.. I normally wouldn’t list this, but I want to make sure that people are aware what this is.
xxxHolic: The Complete First Season Complete First Season
Alex: Anime series based on the CLAMP manga I’ve been slowly working my way through (with more reviews forthcoming).
Art House
Criterion Collection: Eclipse 31: Oshima’s Outlaw Sixties DVD
Walkabout (Criterion Collection) DVD Blu-Ray
Classics (Cult)
Gamera: The Giant Monster DVD
Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus Blu-Ray
Rocket Robin Hood Volume Two Blu-Ray
Blaine: This release is exclusive to Canadian markets, but plays on U.S. players. This also finishes the collection.
War of the Worlds 2: The Next Wave DVD Blu-Ray
Classics (Traditional)
Frank Sinatra Triple Feature DVD
Blaine: Includes “Guys and Dolls,” “A Hole in the Head” and “The Manchurian Candidate.” I haven’t seen “A Hole in the Head,” but the other two were enjoyable. See also this week’s “Film Noir Collector’s Edition,” including “Suddenly,” also starring Sinatra.
L.A. Story DVD
The Spy Next Door DVD Blu-Ray
21 Jump Street Season Two
Carlito’s Way Blu-Ray
Extraordinary Measures DVD Blu-Ray
Film Noir Collector’s Edition DVD
Blaine: Includes “D.O.A.,” “Detour,” “The Stranger,” “Scarlet Street,” “The Strange Love of Martha Ivers,” “Killer Bait” and “Suddenly.”
Hunter Season Two
Law & Order: Criminal Intent The Fifth Year
The network has confirmed that the original Law & Order is wrapping up after 20 years.
The Messenger DVD Blu-Ray
Valentine’s Day DVD Blu-Ray
The Greatest American Hero Complete Series or just season one.
Blaine: I payed significantly higher prices for season one when I reviewed it here. Heck, that new complete series box is less than I paid for season one. I can also review seasons two and three if there’s interest; just speak up.
Invictus DVD Blu-Ray
WWE Presents the Best Pay Per View Matches of the year, 2009-2010 DVD
Alex: It is what it says on the tin, WWE’s best matches from their Pay Per Views of the year, so you don’t have to go through all the Pay Per Views of the year to get the best individual matches. I presume the best matches from TV broadcasts will probably be on the “Best of Raw” and “Best of Smackdown” DVDs which I presume we’ll get later.

Finally, the picks of the week. Blaine says, “honestly, that economical Film Noir set is the most attractive to me. With D.O.A. and Fritz Lang’s Scarlet Street, it’s hard to go wrong as long as the disc is well authored.” Alex says, “while I will be putting the Best Matches of the Year DVD on my Netflix queue, I can’t pick it because I haven’t seen all those matches yet. However, I have seen the Mobile Suit Gundam film trilogy before, and I’d say it’s a very good intro to the Gundam franchise, particularly the “Universal Century” universe.
As an aside, if anyone’s interested, I’d be willing to do a brief run down of the Gundam franchise for newcomers to anime.”