Weekly Digital Disk Picks for July 12th, 2011

The number of titles available this week isn’t particularly impressive, but there are several of high quality.

Title DVD Release(s) Blu-Ray Release(s)
Action
Anime
Allison & Lillia Generation 2 Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
The second half of the multi-generational series.
Naruto Shippuden Set 7 Amazon.com, rightstuf.com
Art House
Naked (Criterion Collection) Amazon.com
Blaine: Before anyone gets excited by the title, I should mention it stars David Thewlis.
Classics (Cult)
Battle Beyond the Stars (Roger Corman’s Cult Classics) Amazon.com Amazon.com
A Big Box of Cowboys, Aliens, Robots and Death Rays Amazon.com
Includes Radio Ranch, Ghost Patrol, Tombstone Canyon, Riders of the Whistling Skull, Sky Bandits, Gun Packer, Saddle Mountain Roundup and Vanishing Riders.
Damnation Alley Amazon.com Amazon.com
Classics (Traditional)
TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Literary Romance Amazon.com
Includes Madame Bovary, Pride and Prejudice, Anna Karenina and Little Women.
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Shakespeare Amazon.com
Includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Olivier and Othello, Romeo and Juliet and Antony and Cleopatra.
TCM Greatest Classic Legends Film Collection: Burt Lancaster Amazon.com
Includes “Local Hero,” “The Flame and the Arrow,” “Executive Action” and “Seven Days in May.”
TCM Greatest Classic Legends Film Collection: Lucille Ball Amazon.com
Includes “The Long, Long Trailer,” “Forever Darling,” “Room Service” and “Du Barry Was a Lady.”
TCM Greatest Classic Legends Film Collection: Elizabeth Taylor Amazon.com
Includes “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “Butterfield 8,” “Father of the Bride” and “The Sandpiper.”
Comedy
Arthur DVD Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo, Movie-Only Blu-Ray
This is the recent remake, not the Dudley Moore version.
Buster Keaton Ultimate Short Film Collection Amazon.com Amazon.com
Blaine: Six and a half hours of Buster Keaton? That’s gold! Kino tends to do very well with this exact type of release. Includes “The High Sign,” “One Week,” “Convict 13,” “The Scarecrow,” “Neighbors,” “The Haunted House,” “Hard Luck,” “The Goat,” “The Play House,” “The Boat,” “The Paleface,” “Cops,” “My Wife’s Relations,” “The Blacksmith,” “The Frozen North,” “Day Dreams,” “The Electric House,” “The Balloonatic” and “The Love Nest.”
Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 1990 Amazon.com
Robot Chicken: Star Wars III Amazon.com Amazon.com
Documentary
Drama
Damages: The Complete Third Season Amazon.com
Entourage: Complete Season Seven Amazon.com Amazon.com
ER: Complete Fifteenth Season Amazon.com
Family
Ghostbusters: So Much Fun It’s Spooky Amazon.com
This is a selection of animated episodes of the Filmation series, unrelated to the Murray/Aykroyd/Ramis/Hudson/Potts/Reitman live action movie.
Rango DVD only Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo, rightstuf.com
Blaine: Well received by critics and audiences.(88% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.) I personally found it predictable and preachy.
Thundercats: Season 1 Part 1 Amazon.com
Blaine: Google up outtakes from this show. You won’t be sorry. Warning: they couldn’t possibly have used the outtakes in the actual show for kids.
Fantasy
Horror
George Romero presents Deadtime Stories Vol. 1 Amazon.com
New horror anthology series from George Romero.
Music / Musical
Don Pasquale Amazon.com
Opera
Elvis Four Movie Collection 1 Amazon.com
Includes “Roustabout,” “Girls Girls Girls,” “Fun in Acapulco” and “G.I. Blues”
Puccini: Turandot Amazon.com
Opera
Rigoletto Amazon.com Amazon.com
Opera
Mystery
Agatha Christie’s Poirot Movie Collection Set Six Amazon.com Amazon.com
Includes Three Act Tragedy, The Clocks and Hallowe’en Party.
MI-5: Volume 9 Amazon.com
Blaine: I keep hearing fantastic things about this series. The first few episodes are on Netflix; I really should check them out.
Reality
Romance
Science Fiction
Brazil Amazon.com
Doctor Who: The Awakening (Story 132) Amazon.com
From the Peter Davison years.
Doctor Who: The Gunfighters (Story 25) Amazon.com
From the William Hartnell years.
Sports
WWE: Rey Mysterio – The Life of a Masked Man Amazon.com
Retrospective of Rey Mysterio’s career, with a few WCW and ECW matches that hadn’t been previously run.
Card Subject To Change Amazon.com
Documentary on the Independant Wrestling scene.
Superhero
Suspense
The Lincoln Lawyer Amazon.com Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo
War
Western

Finally, the picks of the week. Blaine says, “I’ve only seen half the titles in the Buster Keaton set, but I can easily recommend it. Other notable titles I haven’t seen yet include the Doctor Who titles and Brazil.” Alex says, “Allison & Lillia Generation 2 and Doctor Who will definitely be going in my Netflix Queue.”

9 replies on “Weekly Digital Disk Picks for July 12th, 2011”

  1. Jethro says:

    Funny thing, all last week I’ve been trying to remember the name of that terrible SciFi movie I saw when I was a kid, that I think had the guy from The A-Team in it. Then I look at the releases for next week and what do you know – Battle Beyond the Stars (; I guess I get to find out if it was as bad as I remember!

    • JD DeLuzio says:

      Battle Beyond the Stars, Roger Corman’s answer to Star Wars?

      Yeah, it’s about that bad.

      Still, that guy from the A-Team, Sybil Danning, and John-Boy Walton in space, plus a ship that looks like a diagram from a health text? Man, is this thing overdue for a Weekend Review here.

      Of course, that’d mean someone would have to watch it again.

  2. JD DeLuzio says:

    Blaine– if you haven’t seen Brazil yet, what’s keeping ya?

    Keaton looks good, but I don’t see any of the noteworthy films he did with Roscoe Arbuckle. I’m guessing that’s a separate rerelease.

    • Fez says:

      I really want to see Brazil, it just hasn’t made its way to the top of my DVD queue. Yet another movie I wish Netflix had available for streaming…

      • Jethro says:

        Good GOD, man! MOVE IT TO THE TOP OF YOUR LIST RIGHT NOW.

        And make sure you get the correct version. If it’s less than 2 hours long, it’s the wrong version and should be DESTROYED ASAP.

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