Weekly Digital Disc Picks – June 14, 2011

Things are starting to look up, particularly for British mystery fans.

Title DVD Release(s) Blu-Ray Release(s)
Battle: Los Angeles DVD Blu-Ray/DVD combo, Blu-Ray only
Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen Regular DVD, Special Edition DVD DVD/Blu-Ray Combo, Special Edition Blu-Ray
Alex: Another martial arts film based around Chen Zhen, the martial artist featured in the films “Fist of Fury” and “Fist of Legend” but with a “Once Upon A Time In China” level of over-the-top action.
Dance in the Vampire Bund: The Complete Series DVD/Blu-Ray combo from Amazon.com, DVD/Blu-Ray combo from rightstuf.com DVD/Blu-Ray Limited Edition from Amazon.com, DVD/Blu-Ray Limited Edition from rightstuf.com
The Limited Edition comes in an chipboard art box.
Demon King Daimao Complete Collection Amazon.com, rightstuf.com Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Fanservice-heavy romantic comedy with occult undertones.
Fruits Basket Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Alex: Only the adaptation of one of the most successful Shojo manga of all time. Blaine: What’s Shojo?
Last Exile: The Complete Series Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Student Council Saga Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Art House
Insignificance (Criterion Collection) Amazon.com Amazon.com
The Makioka Sisters (Criterion Collection) Amazon.com Amazon.com
Classics (Cult)
Classics (Traditional)
The Best of the Dean Martin Variety Show Amazon.com
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son DVD Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital copy combo
Hall Pass DVD DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital download combo, Blu-Ray only
Lord, All Men Can’t Be Dogs Amazon.com
The Vanishing of the Bees Amazon.com
Boondock Saints: Truth and Justice Edition Amazon.com
Prozac Nation Amazon.com
Happiness Is… Peanuts: Snoopy’s Adventures Amazon.com
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Ultimate Edition) Amazon.com Amazon.com
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Ultimate Edition) Amazon.com Amazon.com
Have a Laugh 3 Amazon.com
Blaine: The runtime indicates this is a set of 10 Disney shorts, but there’s no indication of which ten they are.
Have a Laugh 4 Amazon.com
Haven: The Complete First Season Amazon.com Amazon.com
Based on “The Colorado Kid” by Stephen King
Red Riding Hood Theatrical cut DVD Alternate cut Blu-Ray/DVD combo, theatrical cut Blu-Ray
Supernatural: Season Two Amazon.com
First time on Blu-Ray. Now all seasons are available on Blu-Ray.
Music / Musical
Eurovision Song Contest Amazon.com
Alex: Witness the train wreck right in your own home! Thrill… at the sight of the Irish twins with no rhythm! Shudder… at the Russian singer who tries to out-creepy “Every Breath You Take”! No one will be admitted during exciting voting tabulation scene!
Classic Sherlock Holmes Collection Amazon.com
Blaine: Nine movies (five based on Doyle’s work, judging by titles) and 39 episodes of the TV series.
Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes: Dr. Bell and Mr. Doyle Amazon.com
Blaine: A story about Arthur Conan Doyle and a mentor created for this BBC series.
The Glades: Season One Amazon.com
Sgt. Cribb: The Complete Series Amazon.com
The Snoop Sisters: The Complete Series Amazon.com
Jackass 3.5: The Unrated Movie Amazon.com
Science Fiction
Doctor Who: Frontios (Story 133; Peter Davison) Amazon.com
Doctor Who: Time and the Rani (Story 148; Sylvester McCoy’s first) Amazon.com
Heavy Metal Amazon.com
Johnny Mnemonic Amazon.com
Point Break Amazon.com
Yellow Rose: The Complete Series Amazon.com

Finally, the picks of the week. Alex says, “While I haven’t seen Utena yet, so I don’t feel confident putting it as my pick, it is definitely going into my Netflix Queue, as is Legend of the Fist. However, I have seen Last Exile, which is undoubtably the best animated series to come out of Gonzo, and gets my whole-hearted reccomendation, and is my pick of the week.” Blaine says, “of the titles I’ve seen, upgrade Supernatural or Harry Potter. Of those I haven’t seen, go with classic Doctor Who.”

2 replies on “Weekly Digital Disc Picks – June 14, 2011”

  1. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by Haven so far. There is some room for improvement, so I’m eager to see how Season 2 goes. I need to read The Colorado Kid story yet.

    Also, ashamed as I am to admit it, but Johnny Mnemonic is something of a guilty pleasure. For many of the same reasons that Hackers is. If I didn’t already have it on DVD, I’d probably grab the Blu-Ray.

  2. Sorry – I should have mentioned this in my description – Shojo is manga for girls – typically romance heavy, but not always (X/1999 is a ultra-violent apocalyptic action series – which would normally be aimed for male readers, but was instead published in a Shojo magazine.)

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