Our new releases this week include a fair amount of anime, some decent western animated fare, and really not much else.
|Title||DVD Release(s)||Blu-Ray Release(s)|
|Bruce Lee Ultimate Trilogy||Amazon.com|
|Contains “The Big Boss” (originally released in the US as Fists of Fury), “Way of the Dragon” (originally released in the US as “Return of the Dragon”), and “Game of Death”.|
|Includes “Pitch Black” and “The Chronicles of Riddick”|
|Thai martial arts film.|
|Bleach Uncut Box Set 8||Amazon.com, rightstuf.com|
|Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion – Season 1||Amazon.com, rightstuf.com|
|Anime Legends Edition|
|Ghost Sweeper Mikami Collection 3||Amazon.com, rightstuf.com|
|Kanokon – The Girl Who Cried Fox: The Complete Series||Amazon.com, rightstuf.com|
|Harem romantic comedy about a high school student who ends up attracting the amarous intentions of a Kitsune (Japanese female fox spirit)|
|Kenichi: The Mightiest Desciple – Season 2||Amazon.com, rightstuf.com|
|Kurokame Vol. 6||Amazon.com, rightstuf.com|
|Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan and Nyoron Vol. 1||Amazon.com|
|A short series essentially consisting of a bunch of one-off gags.|
|Rin: Daughter of Mnemosyne: The Complete Series||Amazon.com, rightstuf.com|
|Scary Movie 4||Amazon.com|
|Blaine: Some critic is quoted on the cover saying this is the funniest in the series. Isn’t that akin to picking the funniest Godfather movie? I mean, the first one wasn’t funny at all, thereby convincing me to abondon the series, yet they keep making them…|
|The Venture Bros.: Season Four||DVD: Volume 2 only||Blu-ray: Complete season four|
|How Do You Know||Amazon.com||Amazon.com|
|Stand By Me (25th Anniversary Edition)||Amazon.com|
|Blaine: A good movie, if not a great one. Still, considering the average age of its cast members, the acting is incredible.|
|The Tourist||DVD only||DVD/Blu-Ray combo, Amazon only|
|Blaine: This is the 1997 animated film from Fox that was so well received patrons at the theatre I worked out refused to believe it wasn’t made by Disney. This is after they’d watched the logo at the start of the film, and after I’d even pointed to the company credits on the poster. They’d still insist I was wrong, because it was a good cartoon, and therefore could only have been Disney product. Oh, if only Paramount hadn’t driven the Fleischer studios into the ground…|
|Blaine: Co-written by comic scribe and artist Phil Hester. Directed by Peter Chung, but I don’t know if his distinctive tongue work translates in this combination of traditional animation and CGI.|
|Yogi Bear||DVD only||3D Blu-Ray / DVD combo, 2D Blu-Ray / DVD combo, Blu-Ray only|
|Alex: This is the more recent film, starring Dan Ackroyd and Justin Timberlake.|
|Yogi Bear / Yogi the Easter Bear 2 Pack||Amazon.com|
|Music / Musical|
|Scarecrow and Mrs. King: Season Two||Amazon.com|
|Blaine: The first season aged surprisingly well.|
|WWE Elimination Chamber 2011||Amazon.com||Amazon.com (DVD/Blu-Ray Combo)|
|WWE Survivor Series 2011||Amazon.com|
|Hawkeye: The Complete Series||Amazon.com|
|Blaine: Lynda Carter was in a series other than Wonder Woman? Who knew?|
Finally, the picks of the week. Blaine says, “based on the strength of season one, I’m recommending Scarecrow and Mrs. King: Season Two.” Alex says, “On a similar basis, I’m recommending Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple.”
Saw “Firebreather” when it aired on Cartoon Network. Bad animation and an even worse storyline. Even my Seven-Year-Old was bored.
But you left out the important part: how mobile were the tongues?
Seriously, check out “Rugrats” and/or “Aeon Flux.” Peter Chung tongues flap like you wouldn’t believe.
The Riddick Collection is a strange box set. It includes both movies in Blu-ray, but has Dark Fury, the animated feature between them, in DVD. WTF? Why not have all of them in the same format?
At a guess? The animated feature was never rendered in high definition.