Weekly Digital Disk Picks – June 28, 2011

This week is small in terms of selection, but it’s huge in terms of quality. I’ve also chosen not to list most of Universal’s DVD/Blu-Ray combo rereleases, including only the highest selling title in the series (Serenity).

Title DVD Release(s) Blu-Ray Release(s)
Sucker Punch Amazon.com DVD/Blu-Ray Digital Combo, Blu-Ray movie only
Tetsuo: The Bullet Man Amazon.com
Alex:The latest installment of the film series that started with “Tetsuo: The Iron Man” and “Tetsuo 2: Body Hammer”. On the one hand, I’ve heard really interesting things about them. On the other hand, they’re all about body horror, and body horror isn’t necessarily my thing.
Adeu Galaxy Express 999 Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Alex: An original sequel to Galaxy Express 999, written by Leiji Masumoto and directed by Rintaro
Cowboy Bebop The Movie Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Alex: I’ll say it right now – if Lord of the Rings wasn’t coming out this week, this would be my pick of the week.
Dragon Ball Z Kai – Part 5 Amazon.com, rightstuf.com Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Alex: Marks the final end of the Namek/Freeza Saga, and the beginning of the Android Saga.
Galaxy Express 999 Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Alex: Film covering the Galaxy Express 999 TV series and original manga.
Highschool of the Dead Complete Collection Amazon.com, rightstuf.com Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Alex: Disturbingly fan-service heavy violent zombie apocalypse series.
Magical Girl Punie-Chan Complete Collection Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Alex: A darkly comic parody of Magical Girl series
Orphen – Complete Series Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Alex: Anime series that inspired the video game (as opposed to the other way around).
RideBack: The Complete Series DVD/Blu-Ray regular edition: Amazon.com, rightstuf.com, DVD/Blu-Ray Limited Edition: Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Alex:The Limited edition contains an exclusive keychain.
Art House
Black Moon (Criterion Collection) Amazon.com Amazon.com
People on Sunday (Criterion Collection) Amazon.com Amazon.com
Zazi Dans la Metro (Criterion Collection) Amazon.com Amazon.com
How the Universe Works Amazon.com
Barney’s Version Amazon.com
Law and Order: Criminal Intent Season 6 Amazon.com
Prize Amazon.com
Rizzoli and Isles: Complete First Season Amazon.com
Challenge of the Go-Bots: Original Miniseries Amazon.com
ReBoot: Seasons Three and Four Amazon.com
Blaine: Season three is the year the characters aged considerably. Season four was originally broadcast as a series of made for TV movies.
ReBoot: The Definitive Mainframe Edition Amazon.com
Blaine: Also known as the complete series box set. I picked this up direct from the manufacturer a few months ago. I haven’t had time to start watching it, though.
Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition Blu-Ray + Digital Copy
Season of the Witch Amazon.com Amazon.com
Music / Musical
Music Videos Exposed: The Collection Amazon.com
Alex: Goes behind the scenes of a collection of videos by Wayne Isham, Russell Mulcahy (Director of Highlander – and the director of “Video Killed The Radio Star”), and David Mallet.
Ancient Aliens: Season Two Amazon.com
Dog the Bounty Hunter: This Family Means Business Amazon.com
Blaine: Advice to Dog wannabes – if you plan to become a televised bounty hunter, don’t open your series with a bounty that’s illegal to pursue.
Science Fiction
Serenity DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital Copy Combo
Warehouse 13: Season Two Amazon.com
WWE Presents: The World’s Greatest Cage Matches Of All Time Amazon.com
Alex: While there are some good matches on here, there is also a distinct lack of Tommy Dreamer vs. Raven.

Finally, the picks of the week. Alex says, “The Lord of the Rings Extended editions – for all the really good anime this week, nothing compares to it. As an aside, the Galaxy Express 999 movies will be going into my Netflix queue.” Blaine says, “listen to Alex.”

2 replies on “Weekly Digital Disk Picks – June 28, 2011”

  1. At $70 I can’t say I’m motivated to get the LOTR set on Blu-Ray, since I already own the extended editions on DVD. I’m sure it looks spectacular, but really, aside from the picture quality, there isn’t any benefit. The movies are still on multiple discs each, the extras are all still on DVD, and the extras are the exact same discs as the DVD except for an extra documentary I probably wouldn’t watch anyway.

    So unless my entire set of LOTR DVDs encounters an untimely demise, I’ll stick with them.

    Side note: Was there a Super 8 review or discussion I missed? I didn’t see one, didn’t turn one up on the search. Seems like something that would have been quite on topic here. I saw it last night and it was quite good.

    • I dunno. Sad thing is I’m actually very tempted, even though I don’t know when I’d ever get to watch it! I do think it’d be fun to do a marathon sometime. Girlfriend would probably rather shoot herself though!

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