Weekly Digital Disc Picks – May 17, 2011

Another week of mediocrity.

Title DVD Release(s) Blu-Ray Release(s)
The Bionic Woman: Season Two Amazon.com
The Five Deadly Venoms Amazon.com
Alex: The Dragon Dynasty release of what is one of the most famous Shaw Brothers films of all time finally gets a Blu-Ray release. High-Definition re-mastered Shaw-scope and the original audio track (also re-mastered) for the win!
Flashpoint: Third Season Amazon.com
The Mechanic Amazon.com Amazon.com
Money Train Amazon.com
Allison and Lillia: Generation 1 Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Alex: I managed to the first half of this series (which is what this DVD entails) of this fansubbed at my local anime club before it was licensed. What I saw of this series, which is a somewhat episodic affair set in an world that’s kind of an alternate Europe between World War I and II, really impressed me, and I enjoyed it immensely.
Excel Saga: The Complete Series – Anime Classics Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Alex: This is a semi-classic oddball comedy from the 90s that established the career of the series director, Nabeshin. I own a copy of this, and it’s genre, but I’ve never quite gotten around to reviewing it. Maybe I should rectify that.
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit Pt. 2 Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
The second half of the series.
Project A-Ko Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Alex: In short, it’s about damn time this classic was rescued from the ashes of Central Park Media. Review here.
Vampire Knight Guilty Vol. 2 Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Art House
Pale Flower (Criterion Collection) Amazon.com Amazon.com
Classics (Traditional)
Sophia Loren Award Collection Amazon.com
Blaine: Individual releases of three out of four titles are available. Marriage Italian Style, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow and Sunflower are available individually, but Vittorio D is only available in the box set.
Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd Amazon.com
All In The Family: Season Nine Amazon.com
Beverly Hills Cop Amazon.com
Blaine: Easily my favorite Eddie Murphy movie. Of course, there are a lot of Eddie Murphy movies I don’t like at all.
RiffTRAX Live! Reefer Madness Amazon.com
Royal Pains: Season Two Amazon.com
Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job: Season Five Amazon.com
Degrassi, Season Ten Part One Amazon.com
The Hustler Amazon.com
The Other Woman Amazon.com Amazon.com
Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos Amazon.com
The Rite DVD DVD/Blu-Ray combo, Blu-Ray only
Music / Musical
Heaven & Hell Live at Radio City Music Hall Amazon.com
Alex: This is the Dio lineup of Black Sabbath in a concert recorded in 2007, originally in HD, but Rhino apparently decided that it wasn’t putting out on Blu-Ray. This edition is from Eagle Rock Entertainment, while Rhino put out the DVD in 2007.
Covert Affairs: Season One Amazon.com
Chasing Amy (Criterion Collection) Amazon.com
Science Fiction
The Twilight Zone: Season Four Amazon.com
Blaine: This is the original series, which probably goes without saying as neither relaunch made it to a fourth season.
Thor: Tales of Asgard Amazon.com
Diabolique (Criterion Collection) Amazon.com Amazon.com
Jagged Edge Amazon.com
The Comancheros (50th Anniversary Edition) Amazon.com
The Virginian: Complete Fourth Season Amazon.com
Wagon Train: Complete Third Season Amazon.com

Finally, the picks of the week. Blaine says, “the Criterion Collection edition of Chasing Amy has been rereleased for $14.98 MSRP, currently listed at $11.99. Great movie, great DVD, great price. If you don’t have it already, it’s a no brainer.” Alex says, “I really like Project A-Ko, but I’ve got a special place in my heart for Allison & Lillia, which I’m making my Pick of the Week.”

3 replies on “Weekly Digital Disc Picks – May 17, 2011”

  1. I don’t usually champion remakes but I think “The Five Deadly Venoms” deserves one. I must have watched it at least 20 times growing up. At the time, before the Matrix changed everything, it had the best and over the top choreagraphed martial arts I had seen.

    The story was a great twist on the revenge formula and the differing styles were unique.

    Unfortunately it’s dated and the youth of this generation can’t appreciate it because of all the cornball dialogue and cheap special effects. Redone properly it could be quite amazing and capture a whole new generation of fans.

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