Weekly Digital Disk Picks for August 17th, 2010

Something of a slow week this week.

Title DVD Release(s) Blu-Ray Release(s)
D.O.A.: Dead or Alive Blu-Ray
Fists of Vengeance DVD
Alex: While the Amazon listing doesn’t say what movies are in the collection, and how good the transfer is (consiering it’s 16 films on 3 disks, it probably won’t be great), I was able to find what films are in the collection: “Bloodfight” (1989) – Starring Bolo Leung, “Bruce Lee Fights Back From The Grave” (1978) – Which doesn’t even have a proper Lee-alike, “Champ Against Champ” (1983) – A halfway decent wuxia flick staring Dragon Lee, “The Crippled Masters” (1979) – film about a leg-less and an armless martial artist teaming up to defeat the man who crippled them, “Dragon Lee vs. The Five Brothers” (1978), “Fighting Fists of Shanghai Joe” (1974) – a martial arts Spagetti Western, “Fists of Bruce Lee” (1978) – A Lee-Alike film which plagarises most of its soundtrack, “Image of Bruce Lee” (1978) – A Lee-Alike film with Bolo Leung, “Tiger vs. Dragon” (1972) – Film set in the 30s based around an Evil Japanese Plot to steal China’s Women, “Kung Fu Fever” (1979) – Another Dragon Lee film, “LA Streetfighters” (1985) – Direct-To-Video American martial arts film with all the cheese that entails, “The Master” (1984) – Several episodes of the series that the Master Ninja films were taken from, “Rage of the Master” (1975) – Wuxia film, “The Real Bruce Lee” (1973) – Lee-alike film, “The Screaming Tiger” (1973), and “Snake Crane Secret” (1976) – Another wuxia film).
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Season 2 DVD
Alex: I haven’t seen all of this season, but I’ve seen some of it – up to Endless 8, and I liked what I saw.
Casshern Sins: Part 1 DVD Blu-Ray
Alex: The first part of a new Casshern series that tends to the darker and gritier.
Casshern Sins: Part 2 DVD Blu-Ray
Second half of the series. Not sure why they split it into two bits, except maybe for cost. I will note that for both parts, it’s cheaper to pre-order them on Blu-Ray than on DVD, for some reason.
Shigofumi: Complete Collection DVD
Alex: Supernatural anime series, based around mail carriers who deliver letters from the dead to the living.
Origin: Spirits of the Past – The Viridian Collection DVD
Art House
Black Orpheus (Criterion Collection) DVD Blu-Ray
L’Enfance Nue (Criterion Collection) DVD
Classics (Cult)
1001 Classic Commercials DVD
Blood Bath – 12 Movie Collection DVD
Includes “Angst,” “A Brush With Death,” “The Chambermaid,” “Death on Demand,” “Demonic,” “Hallowed,” “Harvest of Fear,” “The Haunting of Rebecca Verlaine,” “Red Riding Hood,” “Shadows of the Dead,” “The Twisted Sisters” and “Uninvited.”
Blood Suckers: 12 Movie Collection DVD
Includes “Blood Bound,” “Blood Sucking Babes from Burbank,” “Hollywood Vampyr,” “Immortal,” “Lifeblood,” “Mrs. Amworth,” “Night,” “Shower of Blood,” “Strange Things Happen at Sundown,” “This Darkness,” “Vampire Hunter” and “A Vampire’s Tale.”
Cult Terror Cinema – 12 Movie Collection DVD
Includes “Carnival of Crime,” “The Hearse,” “Fleshburn,” “Land of the Minotaur,” “Horror High,” “The Babysitter,” “The Creeping Terror,” “Lurkers,” “The Teacher,” “The Crater Lake Monster,” “Escape from Hell Island” and “Bloodlust.”
Drive-In Cult Classics – 32 Movie Collection DVD
Includes “The Babysitter,” “Best Friends,” “Blood Mania,” “Bloodlust,” “Blue Money,” “Carnival of Crime,” “Cindy and Donna,” “Click: The Calendar Girl Killer,” “The Creeping Terror,” “The Devil’s Hand,” “Double Exposure,” “The Hearse,” “Hot Target,” “Land of the Minotaur,” “Lurkers,” “Madmen of Mandoras,” “Malibu Beach,” “Malibu High,” “Night Club,” “The Pick Up,” “The Pink Angels,” “The Pom Pom Girls,” “Separate Ways,” “Single Room Furnished,” “Sister In Law,” “The Stepmother,” “The Teacher,” “Terrified,” “They Saved Hitler’s Brain,” “Trip With Teacher,” “Van Nuys Blvd.” and “Weekend with the Babysitter.”
Pure Terror – 50 Movie Pack DVD
Includes “The Amazing Transparent Man,” “Anatomy of a Psycho,” “Blood Sabbath,” “Bloody Pit of Horror,” “Crucible of Horror,” “Curse of Bigfoot,” “Death in the Shadows,” “Death Warmed Up,” “The Devil’s Nightmare,” “Devil’s Possessed,” “Doctor Jekyll and the Werewolf,” “Don’t Answer The Phone!,” “Double Exposure,” “Dungeon of Harrow,” “Eerie Midnight Horror Show,” “The Embalmer,” “Evil Brain from Outer Space,” “Fangs of the Living Dead,” “Frankenstein 80,” “Grave of the Vampire,” “Green Eyes,” “Guru, the Mad Monk,” “Hands of Steel,” “Horror Rises from the Tomb,” “The House by the Cemetary,” “The House That Screamed,” “It Happened at Nightmare Inn,” “Keep My Grave Open,” “Manos: The Hands of Fate,” “The Manster,” “Monstroid,” “Mutant,” “My Mom’s a Werewolf,” “The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave,” “Night Fright,” “Night of Bloody Horror,” “Night of the Blood Beast,” “The Oval Portrait,” “Point of Terror,” “The Sadist,” “Satan’s Slave,” “Scared to Death,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “Terror Creatures from the Grave,” “Terror in the Jungle,” “They Saved Hitler’s Brain,” “The Thirsty Dead,” “The Undertaker and His Pals,” “Vampire’s Night Orgy” and “The Werewolf of Washington.”
Roger Corman Creature Collection DVD
Includes “Attack of the Giant Leeches,” “The Wasp Woman,” “Creature from the Haunted Sea,” “A Bucket of Blood” and “Last Woman on Earth.”
Roger Corman Horror Collection DVD
Includes “The Little Shop of Horrors” (original), “The Terror,” “Dementia 12,” “She Gods of Shark Reef” and “Swamp Women.”
Classics (Traditional)
Alfred Hitchcock: 20 Movie Collection DVD Blu-Ray
Includes “Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Cheney Vase,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” “Blackmail,” “Champagne,” “Easy Virtue,” “The Farmer’s Wife,” “Jamaica Inn,” “Juno and the Paycock,” “The Lady Vanishes,” “The Lodger,” “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” “The Manxman,” “Number Seventeen,” “Rich and Strange,” “The Ring,” “Sabotage,” “Secret Agent,” “The Skin Game,” “The Thirty-Nine Steps” and “Young and Innocent.” Blaine: Note that two of these twleve “movies” are actually epsiodes from Hitchcock’s TV series. Also, although it isn’t specified, I assume this is the 1934 version of “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” rather than Hitchcock’s own 1956 remake.
The Best of Johnny Carson and Friends DVD
Includes episodes of “The Johnny Carson Show,” “Who Do You Trust?,” “The Jack Benny Program,” “Bobby Darin and Friends,” “Frank Sinatra Timex Special,” “Timex All Star Comedy Hour,” “Ceasar’s Hour,” “Colgate Comedy Hour,” “The Martha Raye Show,” “Shower of Stars,” “Stars in the Eye,” and “The Milton Berle Show.”
John Wayne: Ultimate 25 Movie Collection DVD
Includes “‘Neath the Arizona Skies,” “The American West of John Ford,” “Angel and the Badman,” “Blue Steel,” “The Dawn Rider,” “Desert Command,” “The Desert Trail,” “Hell Town,” “His Private Secretary,” “The Hurricane Express,” “The Lawless Frontier,” “The Lucky Texan,” “The Man from Utah,” “McLintock,” “Paradise Canyon,” “Rainbow Valley,” “Randy Rides Alone,” “Riders of Destiny,” “Sagebrush Trail,” “Shadow of the Eagle” (12 episodes are listed; must be a serial), “The Star Packer,” “Texas Terror,” “The Trail Beyond,” “West of the Divide” and “Winds of the Wasteland.”
Roy Rogers: 20 Movie Pack DVD
Includes “The Arizona Kid,” “Bells of Rosarita,” “Bells of San Angelo,” “Billy the Kid Returns,” “The Carson City Kid,” “Colorado,” “Cowboy and the Senorita,” “Days of Jesse James,” “Hands Across the Border,” “Heldorado,” “In Old Caliente,” “King of the Cowboys,” “Lights of Old Santa Fe,” “My Pal Trigger,” “Robin Hood of the Pecos,” “Rough Riders Round-Up,” “Sheriff of Tombstone,” “Under California Stars,” “Utah” and “Young Bill Hickok.”
Spaghetti Westerns: 20 Movie Pack DVD
Includes “Apache Blood,” “Between God, the Devil and a Winchester,” “Beyond the Law,” “China 9, Liberty 37,” “Death Rides a Horse,” “The Fighting Fists of Shanghai Joe,” “Find a Place to Die,” “Fistful of Lead,” “God’s Gun,” “The Grand Duel,” “Gunfight at Red Sands,” “It Can Be Done Amigo,” “Johnny Yuma,” “Man From Nowhere,” “Minnesota Clay,” “Sundance and the Kid,” “This Man Can’t Die,” “Trinity and Sartana,” “Twice a Judas” and “White Comanche.” Blaine: Growin up, I always thought they were called spaghetti westerns because they were long and cheesy. Turns out they were just made in Italy.
Cougar Town: Season One DVD
Ugly Betty: Fourth and Final Season DVD
Cash DVD
Starring Sean Bean and Chris Hemworth
The City of Your Final Destination DVD Blu-Ray
The Conversation DVD
Blaine: We don’t usually report rereleases with the same special features, but this is a great movie, so I wanted to draw more attention to it.
Dexter: Season Four DVD Blu-Ray
Friday Night Lights: Season Four DVD
The Jesse Stone Collection DVD
Includes “No Remorse,” “Thin Ice,” “Stone Cold,” “Sea Change,” “Night Passage” and “Death in Paradise.”
One Tree Hill: Complete Seventh Season DVD
Temple Grandin DVD
Furry Vengeance DVD Blu-Ray
Nanny McPhee Blu-Ray
Just in time for the sequel.
Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends: Season Four DVD
Keeping Up With The Kardashians: Season Three DVD Blu-Ray
The Last Song DVD Blu-Ray
WWE – Money in the Bank 2010 DVD
Alex: Basically, the WWE decided to take the Money in the Bank Match out of Wrestlemania (where it was sure to be one of the highlights of the event, even if the rest was lackluster), and give it’s own PPV. Then, for good measure, they put two Money in the Bank Matches on the card, one for each brand, just to make sure they ran a good match idea into the ground. *Sigh*
Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Season One, Part One DVD
Wolverine and the X-Men: Final Crisis Trilogy DVD

Finally, the picks of the week. Blaine says, “the Hitchcock set has some classics, and The Conversation is worth seeing at least once, but given the onslaught of high quality, high profile titles that starts next week and ends in 2011, it may be worth holding off for a while, especially if you have Blu-Ray capability.” Alex says, “I haven’t seen much of the stuff from this week in its entirety. However, I have seen some of Season 2 of Haruhi, and liked enough of what I saw to put it in my Netflix Queue. However, I can’t properly make a pick this week.”

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