Weekly Digital Disc Picks – December 7, 2010

There are a lot of restock titles this week that won’t be listed, because they are identical to previous releases and are coming out solely to keep the titles on shelves this season.

Title DVD Release(s) Blu-Ray Release(s)
Bastard Swordsman Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Shaw Brothers Wuxia film.
Return of Bastard Swordsman Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Sequel to the last film, now with added ultra-cliched Villanous Japanese Person.
Rush Hour Amazon.com
Boys Be… – Box Set Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Le Chevalier D’Eon – S.A.V.E. Edition Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie – Special Edition Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Alex: No idea what makes this particular edition “Special”.
Dirty Pair, the Complete TV series – Part 1 Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Alex: I’m glad to see a clasic anime series finally get a stateside release (again)
Gad Guard – S.A.V.E. Edition Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Ikki Tousen – The Complete TV Series – Veridian Collection Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Kimikiss: Pure Rouge – Collection 2 Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Season 2 Part 4 Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Season 2 Part 4 – Special Edition Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Includes Volume 4 of the Gundam 00 Manga
Spice & Wolf Season 1 – Veridian Collection Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Third: Girl With The Blue Eye DVD Collection Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Art House
Cronos: Criterion Collection Amazon.com Amazon.com
Guillermo del Toro’s directorial debut.
Christmas in Wonderland / A Hobo’s Christmas Amazon.com
Blaine: Please don’t judge my hometown by Christmas in Wonderland, even though I work five minutes away from that mall.
Yogi Bear’s All Star Comedy Christmas Caper Amazon.com
Classics (Cult)
Roger Corman’s Cult Classics: Big Bad Mama / Big Bad Mama II Amazon.com
Roger Corman’s Cult Classics: Lady in Red / Crazy Mama Amazon.com
Classics (Traditional)
Fox 75th Anniversary Collection Amazon.com
Blaine: This includes one movie from every year Fox was an active studio. Follow the link for details; I don’t plan to list them all here. Know that there’s some great stuff in this, including “Laura,” the original “Miracle on 34th Street,” “All About Eve,” “Cavalcade” (one of two Best Picture Academy Award winners not yet on DVD), “The Day The Earth Stood Still,” “The Hustler,” “The Planet of the Apes (1968)”, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “The French Connection,” “Star Wars,” “Alien,” “Cocoon,” “The Omen,” “Raising Arizona,” “Die Hard,” “Speed” and several more.
The Bob Hope Collection Amazon.com
Includes “The Lemond Drop Kid,” “Road to Bali,” “Road to Rio,” “My Favorite Brunette” and “The Seven Little Foys”
Boy Meets World: Complete Fourth Season Amazon.com
Dragnet 1969: Season Three Amazon.com
Married… with Children: The Complete Series Amazon.com
Hoarders Season Two, Part One Amazon.com
Reformat the Planet Amazon.com
Alex: Documentary on Chiptune music – I read a bit about this in EGM magazine, and was impressed.
Restrepo Amazon.com Amazon.com
Documentary produced by the National Geographic society following a platoon of soldiers for one year during their deployment in Afghanistan.
Absence of Malice Amazon.com
Vegas: Season Two, Volume One Amazon.com
Note that this is the original series with Robert Urich and Tony Curtis, as opposed to the recent remake.
Alice in Wonderland Four disc Blu-Ray/DVD/Blu-Ray 3D combo
Shrek Forever After Single Disc Single disc, Two Disc Blu-Ray/DVD Combo
Shrek Forever After / Donkey’s Christmas Shrektacular Double Pack Amazon.com
Shrek: The Whole Story Boxed Set Amazon.com Amazon.com
SpongeBob SquarePants: Season Six, Volume Two Amazon.com
Videodrome: Criterion Collection Amazon.com
Law & Order: Season Eight Amazon.com
Closer Amazon.com Amazon.com
St. Elmo’s Fire Amazon.com Amazon.com
Science Fiction
Hunter Prey Amazon.com
A full-length CGI animated feature from the director of Batman: Dead End.
Inception Amazon.com Amazon.com
Johnny Mnemonic Amazon.com
Alex: I’m going to admit that this film is something of a guilty pleasure of mine.
2010 San Francisco Giants: The Official World Series Film Amazon.com Amazon.com
ESPN Films 30 for 30 Gift Set Collection, Volume 1 Amazon.com
The Deep Amazon.com Amazon.com
Blaine: The cover art nicely sums up the only scene anyone seems to remember from the 1977 thriller, starring Nick Nolte, Robert Show, Jacqueline Bisset and Louis Gossett Jr.
Passchendaele Amazon.com
Blaine: I’ve heard great things about this Canadian war movie, but haven’t seen it yet.
Bonanza: The Official Second Season, Volume One Amazon.com
Trek Stars Go West Amazon.com
Blaine: Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, DeForrest Kelley and James Doohan (along with Robert Redford and others) in guest appearances from various westerns.

Finally, the picks of the week. Alex says, “Inception is in my Netflix queue, but as I haven’t seen it yet I don’t feel comfortable picking it.” Blaine says, “the massive Fox collection is easily the best value, and is guaranteed to have something for everyone. (It’s essentially a decent movie collection in one box.) However, for more reasonable budgets, I’d recommend St. Elmo’s Fire. Note that Inception is also on my must-see list, and I have something of a morbid curiosity regarding Trek Stars Go West.”

4 replies on “Weekly Digital Disc Picks – December 7, 2010”

    • Maybe not. I’ve never seen the original, but I know the stars for their comedic roles, and the relaunches I’ve seen have all been comedies, so I made an assumption.

      • According to IMDB they list this version as “Crime Drama.” I think the remakes were comedies, but the original was pretty serious (though now a bit cliched).

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