Weekly Digital Disc Picks – January 18, 2011

Title DVD Release(s) Blu-Ray Release(s)
Death Race 2 Amazon.com Blu-Ray / DVD Combo Edition
Kampfer Complete Collection Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Alex: A high school tough guy discovers, to his displeasure, that he has become a Kampfer – a warrior who must take part in a dangerous martial arts competition or die. The catch, this involves transforming into a girl, and he has no control over the transformation.
My-Otome 0 Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
A prequel to the My-Otome series.
Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom Pt. 1 (Limited Edition) Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Has an artbox for parts 1 & 2, and a bullet necklace.
Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom Pt. 2 Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Art House
The Naked Kiss (Criterion Collection) Amazon.com Amazon.com
Shock Corridor (Criterion Collection) Amazon.com Amazon.com
Classics (Cult)
Fire on the Amazon: Unrated Edition Amazon.com Amazon.com
Blaine: Had this 29 year old, post-Demolition Man, pre-Speed Sandra Bullock kept her clothes on the entire time, nobody would remember this movie. IMDB rating: 3.3/10 (1374 votes, with the highest average score from males under 18), Amazon.com rating: 1.0/5 (one vote)
Roger Corman’s Cult Classics: Up From The Depths / Demon of Paradise Amazon.com
Roger Corman’s Cult Classics Triple Feature Amazon.com
Includes “Attack of the Crab Monsters,” “War of the Satellites,” and “Not of This Earth.”
Classics (Traditional)
Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 1987 Amazon.com
My Two Dads – You Can Count On Me! Amazon.com
21 Jump Street: Complete Season Four
Dallas: The Complete Fourteenth Season Amazon.com
Stone Amazon.com Amazon.com
Takers Amazon.com Amazon.com
Thirtysomething: Season One, Volume One Amazon.com
Ernest Triple Feature
Includes “Ernest Goes to Camp,” “Ernest Scared Stupid” and “Ernest Goes to Jail.”
Hey Vern, It’s Ernest! The Complete Series Amazon.com
Blaine: A the time of this writing, that’s about $0.54 per episode. That sounds about right to me.
Merlin: The Complete Second Season Amazon.com
Buried Amazon.com
Music / Musical
BORIS: Live in Japan Amazon.com
Concert film by Japanese rock band BORIS.
Sean Connery 007 Collection Volume 1 Amazon.com
Blaine: I can’t find any official content listings, but at 331 minutes of runtime, a three film set is a safe bet. If memory serves, Connery did six Bond films for MGM, so that adds up to a two volume series.
Simon and Simon: Best of Season Two Amazon.com
Stingray: The Complete Series Amazon.com
Waking the Dead: Season Five Amazon.com
Science Fiction
Dark Skies: The Declassified Complete Series Amazon.com
Alex: A direct competitor to The X-Files produced for NBC during The X-Files’ 3rd season. Stars Jeri Ryan.
TNA Wrestling Bound For Glory 2010 Amazon.com
WWE: TLC – Tables, Ladders and Chairs Amazon.com
Marvel Knights: Black Panther Amazon.com
Blaine: This is a motion comic of the first arc of the original 21st Century relaunch.
Paper Man Amazon.com Amazon.com
Justified: The Complete First Season Amazon.com Amazon.com

Finally, the picks of the week. Alex says, “I haven’t seen any of the new releases this week, particularly. However, Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom, will be ending up in my Netflix Queue at some point.” Blaine says, “I remember enjoying Simon and Simon after school as a child, but many shows from that era haven’t held up well so I avoided the season sets. The “Best of” set out this week is tempting; it’s a decent price point to test the waters and see how well the series has aged.”

3 replies on “Weekly Digital Disc Picks – January 18, 2011”

  1. Dark Skies was ok, interesting story, but went completely crazy in the season finale. Last of the Summer Wine is a great British comedy, worth taking a peek if you’ve not seen it before.

  2. Ah, Ernest Scared Stupid. My review, in those long-ago early days of the World Wide Web, ran, in part:

    The title sequence intercuts great old horror movie clips with Varney looking scared and stupid. These cheesy b&w excerpts demonstrate more inventiveness and entertainment value than the film that follows, while Varney’s grimaces pretty much exhaust the Ernest character’s potential. If you stop watching after the opening credits role, you will have received as much pleasure as the film can give you.

    If you insist on watching, here’s what you’ll see:

    Way back when, some Puritans dispense with an evil troll who has been harassing them. The troll, named Trantor, promises to return some day, and curses Worrell’s descendants. They will grow stupider and stupider with each passing generation, and, finally, produce the intended audience for this film.

  3. Justified is my favorite show for 2010. If you haven’t seen it – you should. If you kinda sorta liked Deadwood, you will love Justified.

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