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(Click on the "DVD" thread icon to find previous weeks going back 14 months - to see new release lists from the previous four weeks, here are your quick links to the lists for: 2/19 - 2/26 - 3/4 - 3/11)

Hello.

This Tuesday the new releases add up to 223 DVDs, 2 Blu-Ray and 6 HD DVDs - take THAT, alive format! Some big box office this week but nothing to really GRAB me. That's probably because I never saw "Battlestar Galactica," from what I hear. In fact, I'm a little tired of hearing about "Battlestar Galactica." I need to work in an industry with less "Battlestar Galactica" fans. Now that I've said "Battlestar Galactica" four times in the opener - and I swear I did not MEAN to and I didn't do it to attract more web searches (honestly I did not - if that happens I'll kind of be mortified), let's move on already.

To immediately get to the new releases, scroll down to the next horizontal line! If this is your first time here, a little bit more about what we do follows...

Unlike those curious Amazon folks, who are apparently so desperate for clicks that they only let you see 12 items on a page, we assemble the whole shebang, then place EVERYTHING on one (very long) page for your convenience!

Hovering over links should provide you with Amazon's current price (which will usually be at its lowest during the pre-order and on the day of release!)

Adding an item from here into your Amazon shopping cart provides a friendly referral from The W, so please consider making your purchase - or ANY purchase, for that matter - through us. It'll place a few coins in our tip jar and YOU'LL get some good karma...well, you'll get your merchandise, anyway. Probably.

As much as we love Amazon, sometimes - often - they are a little light when it comes to the details about the stuff they're selling. That's where we step in - I attempt to some provide additional exposition (or, more likely, a bad joke) along with links to more information represented by IMDb icons (which can be clicked to take you to a movie's IMDb listing) or tv.com icons (which can be clicked to take you to the relevant episode list from tv.com)! And if I can't give you THAT, I'll sometimes take you directly to the distributor's own information...especially when they're also offering a trailer or free preview. You can waste LOTS of time on these - and really, isn't that what the Internet is all about? (Distributors with no Internet presence suck, by the way. You get NOTHING for THOSE listings. Sorry, but I can only do so much with my ability to read minds!)

ALL links should open new windows while keeping this one alive, so you can click, look, and then close to come right back here! We never want you to leave!

If you don't mind my asking for some promotion, please tell a friend about this post (or vote this thread up on your favourite social networking site with a click of the icon(s) of your choice at the bottom of the page) because it takes me a long time to put these togegther, and I'm a big fan of more eyeballs! We're also happy for you to share this link to others via email as well - a lot of people do that!

Please feel free to add a reply and share your two cents about any of the listings you see here - show off your impressive knowledge, share your opinion about something you've seen, something you're looking forward to seeing, or make your own crappy jokes which are better than mine!

We also hope that if you buy something, you come back and tell us what you thought about it! This has hardly ever happened, but it's always appreciated when it does!

If you have something to say but don't want to say it publicly (or register for the board), you can also email me direct at CRZ.DVD@gmail.com!

Hey, better hurry and buy DVDs before the good TV is back on!



PICK OF THE WEEK:
Again, nothing really grabbed me, but the oldest movie of the week will always stick out, so you get:
The Dragon Painter (The W at Amazon) (1919) I always like hearing about "lost" films that have been restored - Sessue Hayakawa produces and stars alongside his wife Tsuru Aoki - also includes The Wrath of the Gods (1914) (another film starring Hayakawa and Aoki), Screen Snapshots (1921) starring Hayakawa and Fatty Arbuckle, and lots of other extras - more info at Milestone Cinematheque (milestonefilms.com)



BIG MOVIES OF THE WEEK
I Am Legend (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition) (2007) He Is Will Smith - I think there's a dog, too - includes the "alternate theatrical version with CONTROVERSIAL ending" - they really need a whole nother disc for that?
I Am Legend (Widescreen Single-Disc Edition)
I Am Legend (Full-Screen Edition)
I Am Legend [Blu-ray]

Enchanted (Widescreen Edition) (2007) Amy Adams, James Marsden, voice of Julie Andrews
Enchanted (Full Screen Edition)
Enchanted [Blu-ray]

Atonement (Widescreen Edition) (UK/France, 2007)
Atonement (Full Screen Edition)
Atonement (HD DVD and DVD Combo) [HD DVD]

After Dark Horrorfest The 2007 version contains another "8 Films to Die For" - also available as singles:
Mulberry Street - After Dark Horror Fest (2007) (2006)
The Deaths of Ian Stone - After Dark Horror Fest 2007 (UK/USA, 2007)
Nightmare Man - After Dark Horror Fest (2006)
Unearthed - After Dark Horror Fest (2007)
Crazy Eights - After Dark Horror Fest (2006)
Borderland - After Dark Horror Fest (Mexico/USA, 2007)
Lake Dead - After Dark Horror Fest (2007)
Tooth & Nail - After Dark Horror Fest (2007) (2007)

Conspiracy (2008) Val Kilmer, Gary Cole, Jennifer Esposito

Love in the Time of Cholera (2007) Benjamin Bratt, Javier Bardem, Giovanna Mezzogiorno

The Seeker - The Dark is Rising (2007) Alexander Ludwig, Christopher Eccleston, Ian McShane

Southland Tales (Germany/USA/France, 2006) Richard Kelly directs - Hey wasn't this supposed to be The Rock's big dramatic role? Did they sneak this out when I wasn't looking? Apparently so. Dwayne Johnson, Seann WIlliam Scott, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Mandy Moore, Mr. Justin Timberlake, Bai Ling, the names go on and on, seriously, there's like a dozen names I could put here, WILL SASSO

Revolver (France/UK, 2005) Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Vincent Pastore, Andr Benjamin - directed by Guy Ritchie - so I think you can figure out what you're gonna get here

The Sick House (UK, 2007)

CRITERION COLLECTION RELEASES OF THE WEEK
#424: Mafioso - Criterion Collection (Italy, 1962) More info at Criterion (criterion.com)
#425: Antonio Gaud - Criterion Collection (Japan, 1984) More movies about buildings and food - but no food - 2 discs - Criterion
#426: The Ice Storm - Criterion Collection (1997) Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood, Katie Holmes - directed by Ang Lee - Criterion

KINO OF THE WEEK
Trigger Man (2007) More info and trailer at Kino (kino.com)

BIGGEST "CLASSIC" NEW TO DVD THIS WEEK
Don't Drink the Water (1969) Jackie Gleason, Estelle Parsons - written by Woody Allen (and he remade it 25 years later)

NEW RELEASES OF MOVIES YOU ALREADY OWN OF THE WEEK
Bull Durham (20th Anniversary Edition) (1988) Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon
Eight Men Out (20th Anniversary Edition) (1988) John Cusack leads a cast of...at least eight
Pride of the Yankees (1942) I'm sensing a theme....or maybe because last year's "65th Anniversary Edition" is out of print! Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Babe Ruth (as Babe Ruth)

DOCUMENTARIES OF THE WEEK
Autopsy: Postmortem with Dr. Michael Baden (HBO)
Portuguese Voices - Oral Histories of the Portuguese in California Sadly, none of these oral histories begins with "Didja hear the one about..."
Attention Deficit Disorder: Life at a Different Pace What were we talking about again?
Steep (2007) Not a Warren Miller film, but an incredible simulation
Still We Ride (2005) - more info and trailer at Microcosm (microcosmpublishing.com)
Tongues Untied (1990) More info at Strand Releasing (strandreleasing.com)
Gang of Souls: A Generation of Beat Poets (1989) Oh good, Rollins IS included! Before Maria Beatty got all up into fetish films, there was this documentary. (See "Smut" section below)

SPRING BREAK SHARK ATTACK OF THE WEEK
Sharks: Knights of the Sea

FURN FILMS OF THE WEEK
Jet Li's Shaolin Fists Collection Ten films which may or may not have anything to do with Jet Li - Jet Li's Shaolin Fists, Shaolin Ex Monk, Shaolin Red Master, Secret of Shaolin Kung Fu, Beijing Bodyguard, Kid from Tibet, Shaolin Pao Quan, Shaolin 6 Combination Boxing, Shaolin Meteor Hammer and Shaolin 7 Star Fist
Vanaja (India/USA, 2006)
Paradise (Japan, 2005)
Funky Forest: The First Contact (Sub) (Naisu no Mori: The First Contact - Japan, 2005)
Operation Pussycat (Pusshikyatto Daisakusen - Japan, 2004)
Captive Files I (Japan, 2002) Pink film
Sukeban Deka Pack Sukeban Deka (Japan, 1987) and Sukeban Deka: Counterattack of the Kamaza Sisters (Sukeban Deka: Kazama san-shimai no Gyakush - Japan, 1988)

EXPENSIVE VERSIONS OF MOVIES YOU ALREADY OWN:
Justice League - The New Frontier (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD) [HD DVD] (direct to DVD, 2008)
Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains the Same [HD DVD] If this isn't pushed back AGAIN, I'll be AMAZED

TOTALLY GAY RELEASES OF THE WEEK
Boys Love (direct to DVD, Japan, 2006)
Next three have info on the same page at Water Bearer Films (waterbearerfilms.com):
Hooks to the Left (2006)
Bulldog in the Whitehouse (2006) That cover did not make ME stand up and salute, but maybe YOU will!
Theft (2007)

TOTALLY GAY TRAVEL:
Bump! European Highlights "The Ultimate Gay Travel Companion" series is back - with host Charlie "Dreamy Abs" David
Bump! Scandinavia That Charlie David - he always looks the same - YUMMY

TOTALLY GAY COMEDY:
Suzanne Westenhoefer: A Bottom on Top (LOGO, 2008) More info at All Out Films (alloutfilms.com)

QUESTIONABLY LEGAL DOUBLE FEATURE OF THE WEEK
Sophia Loren: Yesterday Today and Tomorrow and Two Women (Ieri, Oggi, Domani - Italy/France, 1963) (La Ciociara - Italy/France, 1960)

POSSIBLY GLORIFIED BOOTLEGS FROM JEF FILMS - three films with a couple of things in common...
The Intelligence Men (UK, 1965) Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise
That Riviera Touch (UK, 1966) Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise
The Magnificent Two (UK, 1967) Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise

AND THE REST...

The Worst Horror Movie Ever Made: The Re-Make (2008) Bill Zebub (billzebub.com) goes to the well one more time - hey, works for him
The Blood Grinder (direct to DVD, 2008) Both co-directors provide Amazon reviews - a canny move! (But I'm still not buying it....sorry, guys)
Flipping Out (direct to DVD, 2008) - Stars JD Williams (box helpfully adds "Bodie from The Wire"), Dane Dane and Akon('s Konvict Music Family) More info, trailer and bad animated GIFs at www.miamifilms.net
The Four Horsemen (direct to DVD, Canada, 2008) Because only Canadians could tell such an American story
Synchronicity (direct to DVD, 2008)

Ruptured Identity (direct to DVD, 2007) - Miami Films (miamifilms.net)
Rockaway (2007)
The Sadness (2007) More info and trailer at York (store.yorkentertainment.com)
Full Count (Lenexa, 1 Mile - 2006)
Full Count 4 Pack (4pc) (Ws Sub) Why buy ONE copy when you can buy FOUR?!
Alpha Male (USA/UK, 2006)

The Unseen (2005) More info at Well Go USA (wellgousa.com)
Soul Searcher (UK, 2005) More info and trailer at York (store.yorkentertainment.com)
Jack Ketchum's The Lost (2005) - Anchor Bay (anchorbayentertainment.com)
The Jack Ketchum 2 Discs: Girl Next Door/The Lost Above, with (2007)

Dead Cool (UK, 2004) Rosanna Arquette
Dead Cool Same thing?
Fast Food High (Canada/USA, 2003)
West of Here (2002) Mary Stuart Masterson, Josh Hamilton - trailer at Image (image-entertainment.com)
Amok Train (Beyond the Door III - Italy/Yugoslavia/USA, 1989) Surely a tax haven for some organized crime family - with Bo Svenson



TV OF THE WEEK

Steve Canyon (Special Edition) (NBC, 1958-9) A taster for the upcoming complete remastered series (which will hopefully be out in time for its 50th anniversary) - "4 full half-hour television episodes featuring the famed comic strip hero created by Milton Caniff, complete with original commercials, network promos and more!" - Tempe Video (store.tempevideo.com)
Best of Laredo: Season, 1 Part 2 (NBC, 1965-6) The 15 episodes not included in Part 1
Bionic Woman - Volume One (NBC, 2007) I'm pretty sure this is actually the entire series - it's cancelled, right? I think only John liked it (The W)

Arrest and Trial: Best of Season 1 (ABC, 1963-4) Ben Gazzara, Chuck Connors - Box says "Part 2" instead of "Best of Season 1" so....shrug - this one had nine episodes; I'm guessing that's true here as well
The Untouchables - Season Two, Vol. 1 (ABC, 1960-1)
McHale's Navy: Season Three (ABC, 1964-5) More info at Shout! Factory (shoutfactorystore.com)
A Pup Named Scooby-Doo: The Complete First Season (ABC, 1988) Wow, there were so many Scooby-related bad ideas, weren't there?

Checkmate: Best of Season Two (CBS, 1961-2) 12 episodes - maybe not the "best" ones, more like "ones that were lying around"
Adventures of Robin Hood - Complete First Season (CBS, 1955-6) - more info at Mill Creek
The Wild Wild West - The Fourth Season (CBS, 1968-9)
The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show - The Complete Series (CBS, 1971-2) Wow, this one could have stayed in the vault - hey, Sally Struthers was the voice of Pebbles? How about that.

Married With Children - The Complete Eighth Season (FOX, 1993-4)

Battlestar Galactica - Season Three (SciFi, 2006-7) Surefire nerd attractor has been #1 for this week since ten minutes after it was announced (Nerd: "It's so sexy") Oh, come on.

The Better Hour: The Legacy of William Wilberforce (PBS, 2008) British abolitionist's 20 year quest - narrated by Avery Brooks
An Evening With Quincy Jones (KCET, 2008) Gwen Ifill hosts - performances by Herbie Hancock, James Ingram, EDDIE LEVERT! and bobby mcfearon amongst others...and "Le Q!"
Frontline: Growing Up Online (WGBH, 2008) How the Internet is ruining your child - WGBH (pbs.org)

Greek - Chapter One (ABC Family, 2007)

BET Hip Hop Awards 2007

Corneil & Bernie The Complete Series (Nicktoons, 2004-6) More info at Mill Creek (millcreekent.com)

TV MOVIES MADE ABROAD OF THE WEEK
In the Place of the Dead (ITV, UK/Australia, 1997)
Into the Blue (ITV/WGBH, USA/UK, 1997)

HISTORY CHANNEL OF THE WEEK
Life After People (History Channel) You think our infrastructure is crumbling now, boy, try watching it with all the people gone!

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC OF THE WEEK
National Geographic: Extreme Alaska - Denali National Park

CANADIAN TV OF THE WEEK
Monster Hunters: Ordinary People on an Extraordinary Mission (made for TV, Canada, 2002)

POSSIBLY "PUBLIC DOMAIN" RELEASES FROM..."FOODCHAIN SPECIALTY" - now *there's* a name that inspires confidence in quality!
Vol. 1-Best of the Real Mccoys Three episodes
Vol. 1-Best of Bozo Three episodes
Vol. 1-Super Series Three episodes of "Route 66"

AND FINALLY... "60 MINUTES"
60 Minutes - The Pentagon's Ray Gun (March 2, 2008) Crazy non-lethal (they say) gun brings the future to NOW - Video and transcript at 60 Minutes (cbsnews.com)
60 Minutes - Lifeline (March 2, 2008) Scott Pelley reports on Remote Area Medical - 60 Minutes
60 Minutes - Ohio (March 2, 2008) Now old news as the candidates head to Super Tuesday II - infamous quotes during candidate interviews - 60 Minutes



SPORTS!

NASCAR:
Daytona 500: 50 Years The Greatest American Race 2008 50 years distilled into 5 discs, 10 hours - Promo PDF at Team Marketing (teammarketingdvd.com)

PIGSKIN:
NFL Films: Legends of Autumn, Vol. IV-VI Box of the following releases three:
NFL Films: Legends of Autumn, Vol. IV - Big Game America
NFL Films: Legends of Autumn, Vol. V - More Than a Game
NFL Films: Legends of Autumn, Vol. VI - Eyeball to Eyeball I'll bet the music is AWESOME

ELITE XTREME COMBAT:
Rumble on the Rock - The Superstar Collection - More info at Mill Creek

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS:
Maximum MMA Presents: X-1 - Grand Prix 2007



CHEAPO COLLECTIONS OF THE WEEK:
Maniac Love (5-Pack: Whispers From A Shallow Grave, Camp Utopia, Bloodletting, Bent Volume Three) Movies featuring an ex-Raiderette AND the RATT frontman? Sign me up! ("Bent Volume Three" is apparently two movies, so that's how you get to five)
Classic TV Westerns 300 Episodes "Cheapo" may be stretching it for this megaset - the big list can be found at Mill Creek (millcreekent.com)
Slapstick Festival - 35 Shorts - list at Mill Creek
Shirley Temple: Smiles and Curls Collection - list at - wait for it Mill Creek
Zorro: The Masked Avenger - Mill Creek
Legends of Suspense (8 DVD) - Mill Creek
Ultimate Swashbuckler Collection - Mill Creek
Heroes of the Old West - Mill Creek
Frontier Justice 50 Movie Pack - Mill Creek
Box Office Gold 50 Movie Pack - Whew! The last list I link you to this week over at Mill Creek

COLLECTIONS OF MYSTERY OF THE WEEK - all from St. Clair Entertainment except this first one from Platinum Disc:
Our Leading Men Collector's Set (6pc)
Ninja Warriors
WWII Allies & Enemies
Film Noir Cinema Vol. 1
The Golden Age Of Musicals
Silver Screen Romance
Hollywood's Funniest Comedies
TV's Favorite Families
WW2 Classic Films
The Best Of The West
Horrorific

COMEDY (SORTA) OF THE WEEK
Shemp Cocktail: A Toast To The Original Stooge Who WOULDN'T want two discs of...Shemp? Big list at Passport (passportdvd.com)
Detention Lounge, Vol. 2

EN ESPAOL OF THE WEEK
Intruso (Spain, 1993)
Metiche y Encajaso (Mexico, 1989)
Muertes Anunciadas (Mexico, 1988)
Enemigos a Muerte/Goza Conmigo (Mexico, 1985) (Mexico, 1990)
Piratas En El Callao (Peru, 2005) Animated
Pirates in Callao English version (!)
La Coleccion Ranchera 5 Peliculas (2 DVD) Whoops - forgot this was also at Mill Creek
Comedia Tesoros 5 Peliculas (2 DVD) THIS is the last link this week to Mill Creek
Yo Soy Aquel - Los Exitos Raphael
100% Made in Sinaloa
El Soador
Locos por el Oro
Poder y Dinero



ANIME OF THE WEEK

Moonlight Mile - Vol. 2
Moonlight Mile - Vol. 2 (Limited Edition)
Venus vs. Virus - Vol. 3
Tweeny Witches Vol. 1-Arusu in Wonderland
Tweeny WitchesVol. 1-Arusu in Wonderland with Collectors Box
Eureka Seven, Volume 12 (Episodes 47-50)
Agent Aika: Anime Legends Naughty!
Eureka Seven Music DVD w/Bonus CD Cover of the week?
Eureka Seven, Volume 12 (Special Edition)
Negima - Magic 301: Practical Application of Magic (The Viridian Collection)
Negima - Magic 401: Magical Enchantments (The Viridian Collection)
School Rumble, Vol. 6
Black Cat: Box Set
Moonphase: Box Set
Solty Rei: Box Set
Bleach, Volume 9: The Entry (Episodes 33-36)
Vol. 9-Entry Same as above?



KIDZ RELEAZEZ OF THE WEEK
Dennis The Menace - Trouble, Trouble Everywhere Animated
Go Diego Go! - Moonlight Rescue (Nickelodeon)
FARMkids: Chaos in the Country
FARMkids: Hair, Wool, Feathers and Fur
Pucca - Kung Fu Kisses Korean flash series also aired on Toon Disney - More info and preview clips at Shout! Factory (shoutfactorystore.com)
Pucca - Ninjas Love Noodles More info and preview clips at Shout! Factory (shoutfactorystore.com)
Johnny and the Sprites - Meet the Sprites Don't know if it's from the Disney Channel series or totally new (don't care)



SWEAT OF THE WEEK
Joyce Vedral: Just Thighs and Just Arms Fat Burning Workout Thighs and Arms were not the first things I looked at on this cover
Angie Miller: Strength and Core Fusion Total Body Workout
Jillian Michaels: 30 Day Shred
The Ultimate Bag & Ab Workout, Show Me How Videos Thomas Aquinas Fox, M.S. (Your name is impressive...but how are your ABS?)
Mbodied Sarah MacLeod - most useless website ever at www.mbodied.com
Happy Face Yoga Gary Sikorski



MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Zebra No WAY, dude - yes - THAT Zebra - www.thedoor.com
Don't Forget the Motor City (direct to DVD, 2008) 100 Motown videos on 3 discs - big list at their European page: Wienerworld UK (wienerworld.com)
Johnny Cash The Line, Walking with a Legend - Well Go USA (wellgousa.com)
Beatles, The Journey - Well Go USA
Elvis On Elvis - Well Go USA
Elvis and Pat Boone - Rockin Rivals - Passport (passportdvd.com)
Spiral Staircase 15 Final D'Espairs Ray
Same New Story Buzz Bros Band - www.buzzbrosband.nl
The Same New Story Live 2005 Same as above, different distributor?
Celtic Thunder The Show [DVD]
Norman Granz Presents Duke: The Last Jam Session Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald - 2 discs
Robben Ford: In Concert - Obhe Filter Revisited
Waking the Witch: Live www.wakingthewitch.co.uk
Unforgiven: Reggae Street Wars
Unearth - Alive from the Apocalypse
X-Ray Visions Portland's X-Ray Cafe - more info and trailer at Microcosm (microcosmpublishing.com)
Dead Boys- Return Of The Living Dead Boys: Halloween Night 1986
Inmates: Live 1980
20 Country Love Songs
Hip Hop Time Capsule 1994 Don't laugh - there's lots of money in retro!
People's History of Less Than Jake
The Cup "A night of music and worship" - you know what THAT means - Sarah Kelly
The Cup John Cox



SMUT OF THE WEEK
Skateboard Kink Freak (2007) What Maria Beatty is more famous for now... Geez, linking to this stuff always gets me in trouble. Oh...here: { Sorry, you must be logged in to see this text! }
Blonde Beauties
Extra Action and Extra Hardcore Richard Kern's website describes himself as an "internationally recognized photographer and transgressive filmmaker." Well, all right
Sharon Shannon - Live at Dolans
Slutfest - Strippers Gone Wild, Vol. 8
Extremebooty.com: Thick Booty Strippers Box proudly exclaims: "Size DOES matter"



ET CETERA

YOUR HDTV AND AN HD DVD PLAYER REALLY MAKE THE MOST EXPENSIVE WALLPAPER
Aquarium Impressions [HD DVD]
Fireplace Impressions [HD DVD]
Mystic Forest [HD DVD]

WAR (WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR)
Campaigns in the Pacific
Guns Of War

UFO TV (ufotv.com) - THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE:
David Icke: Freedom or Fascism: The Time to Choose Icke is apparently "The Dot Connector" - 3 discs of patient explanation about all the conspiracies surrounding you at all times, man
Shamans of the Amazon
The Long Way Home: A Bigfoot Story
Dark Secrets of the Black Sea

FASHION:
On the Spot: Superstar Starlett Beam
The Red Dress Collection 2007 Fashion Show Celebrities pose

RELIGION:
Reader's Digest Collector's Treasure: Amazing Grace: Hymns that Changed the World - Questar (questarhomevideo.com)
Prayer in America We got to pray / Just to make it today - Questar

TRAVELLING WITHOUT MOVING (NON-GAY VERSION)
Florence: Cradle of The Renaissance
Venice: Queen of The Adriatic
New York: First City of The World



And finally...
How To Become A Ventriloquist - Step One: Buy the creepiest dummy you can find

Who you callin' dummy, dummy? The time has come for you to post YOUR replies and reactions - I'LL be back Monday with the late changes and Top 23 non-Battlestar Galactica presold items!

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    Originally posted by CRZ
    Revolver (France/UK, 2005) Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Vincent Pastore, Andr Benjamin - directed by Guy Ritchie - so I think you can figure out what you're gonna get here
This movie is VERY different than Snatch or Lock/Stock - I really enjoyed it.
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.89

...and written by my dad! (Even though Amazon lists him as the director for some reason.)

BUY IT!



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.73
    Originally posted by CRZ
    The Blood Grinder (direct to DVD, 2008) Both co-directors provide Amazon reviews - a canny move! (But I'm still not buying it....sorry, guys)

The first thing that popped into my mind is that if their reviews, plus the fact they reviewed their own material, don't convince Llakor to buy this video, the apocalypse is nigh.

Oh yeah, and that Johnny and the Sprites video is from episodes of the Disney show and isn't complete new. And, the Johnny guy (not to be confused with the Sprites) takes himself WAY too seriously. I think that he thinks the Sprites are real. He's like the first Blues Clues host, except without the sardonic-ness (or is it sardonicity?). He's rather disturbing.
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.53
You wanted the best, you got... Out of Context Quote of the Week.

"If I was doing the Mann Act with two chicks, there'd be multiple violations." (JustinShapiro)


    Originally posted by CRZ
    Richard Kern's website describes himself as an "internationally recognized photographer and transgressive filmmaker." Well, all right


And here I thought he was Al Borland (en.wikipedia.org). Harumph.



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This is creepy. There were NO changes at all. No new adds, nothing rescheduled, nothing removed. Everything which is coming out and was not available is STILL not available. There is literally ZERO difference between the list I compiled today and the one I compiled almost exactly a week ago. I am scared.

Anyway, here're the Top 24 preorders:

1 Battlestar Galactica - Season Three (The W at Amazon)
2 Enchanted (Widescreen Edition)
3 Atonement (Widescreen Edition)
4 I Am Legend [Blu-ray]
5 Enchanted (Full Screen Edition)
6 Enchanted [Blu-ray]
7 Celtic Thunder The Show [DVD]
8 I Am Legend (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition)
9 I Am Legend (Widescreen Single-Disc Edition)
10 Atonement (Full Screen Edition)
11 The Wild Wild West - The Fourth Season
12 I Am Legend (Full-Screen Edition)
13 The Seeker - The Dark is Rising
14 Southland Tales
15 Bionic Woman - Volume One
16 Married With Children - The Complete Eighth Season
17 Love in the Time of Cholera
18 McHale's Navy: Season Three
19 Jillian Michaels: 30 Day Shred
20 Adventures of Robin Hood - Complete First Season
21 Atonement (HD DVD and DVD Combo) [HD DVD]
22 Revolver
23 The Untouchables - Season Two, Vol. 1
24 Greek - Chapter One

I wonder how many copies "Bionic Woman" would have to move before the NBC-Uni people started second guessing its cancellation...

NEXT: Amazon says "710" - here's hoping that includes many hundreds of things I can gloss over...



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Here are some more thoughts from a demented mind in Central Florida:
I'm looking forward to finally getting a chance to see "Southland Tales," though I expect I'll be renting it first before I consider buying it.

Unlike 2006, I only saw two of the Horrorfest movies from 2007. "Mulberry Street" was not a bad movie, though the director and production staff really needed to invest in a few steadycams. But otherwise, it was a little bit of a twist on were-creature movies, and it captured some of the gritty-ness of living in NYC. Avoid "Lake Dead" like the plague. For real. I'm not kidding. Some Horrorfest movies don't get released because the studios have other films they'd rather release, or not enough star power, or not enough budget. Others (like "Lake Dead") are God-awful movies that, for once, the studios had the foresight to release what crap it was that would lose ridiculous amounts of money.



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    Originally posted by FLRockAndLaw
    Unlike 2006, I only saw two of the Horrorfest movies from 2007. "Mulberry Street" was not a bad movie, though the director and production staff really needed to invest in a few steadycams. But otherwise, it was a little bit of a twist on were-creature movies, and it captured some of the gritty-ness of living in NYC. Avoid "Lake Dead" like the plague. For real. I'm not kidding. Some Horrorfest movies don't get released because the studios have other films they'd rather release, or not enough star power, or not enough budget. Others (like "Lake Dead") are God-awful movies that, for once, the studios had the foresight to release what crap it was that would lose ridiculous amounts of money.
I caught two of them myself. "The Deaths of Ian Stone" wasn't bad, but "Tooth and Nail" was very lame (I had checked it out because Robert Carradine, Vinnie Jones, and Michael Madsen were in it, to no avail).
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    Originally posted by FLRockAndLaw
    I'm looking forward to finally getting a chance to see "Southland Tales," though I expect I'll be renting it first before I consider buying it.

    Unlike 2006, I only saw two of the Horrorfest movies from 2007. "Mulberry Street" was not a bad movie, though the director and production staff really needed to invest in a few steadycams. But otherwise, it was a little bit of a twist on were-creature movies, and it captured some of the gritty-ness of living in NYC. Avoid "Lake Dead" like the plague. For real. I'm not kidding. Some Horrorfest movies don't get released because the studios have other films they'd rather release, or not enough star power, or not enough budget. Others (like "Lake Dead") are God-awful movies that, for once, the studios had the foresight to release what crap it was that would lose ridiculous amounts of money.


Obviously, I liked Mulberry Street waaaaay more than you. End of the Line is a "zombie" film shot here in the subways of Montreal.

From my review on this very site:

http://the-w.com/thread.php/id=33250

Mulberry Street Jim Mickle, USA, 2007

Unlike the End of the Line, Mulberry has a distributor (Lions Gate), but it looks like it will be released directly to DVD and not get a theatrical distribution. That would be the shame, because this film NEEDS to be seen on the big screen. Hell! It NEEDS to be seen full stop.

Do not be scared away by the low budget, the film looks amazing. It was made by wizards who created the film with brains, sweat and their life's blood rather than money. While there are no actors that you would recognize as stars, the acting is universally excellent. I may be projecting here, but the cast feels like it was built out of the extras from Dick Wolf's Law and Order franchise and spin-offs. All of the actors have that vague aura of having been either the corpse that Lenny Briscoe throws the sheet over in the opening scene, or the partner of the cop that briefs Lenny - the one that does not get any lines.

The low budget probably helps the story in some ways, because it forced the film makers to tell their apocalyptic vision of New York island being over-run by plague rats and the rat zombies (or were-rats you pick) that result from the rat bites, by focusing on one New York neighbourhood (Mulberry Street) and one building on that street. Drama is heightened by compressing time and by compressing space. By tightening the screws on where the film takes place, we allow ourselves to extrapolate the destruction of this one neighbourhood, the destruction of this small world, into the destruction of the world entire.

The two main characters of the story are an aging boxer and his daughter who has just returned from Iraq.

The film borrows heavily from the film noir trope of the war veteran returning home from the war only to find that home no longer exists, or that if it does that it can no longer exist for him, because the veteran's scars both internal and external prevent him (or her) from making a real return.

Although, really her journey is that of Odysseus, trying desperately to return home to his loved ones, battling both monsters and the geography that once welcomed him to return to a home that no longer exists as it did when he left it. She is betrayed just as Odysseus is betrayed, because having sacrificed for her country, she returns to find that she has no country.

The building that her father lives in is being yuppiefied, meaning that her neighbourhood is being destroyed as she returns. The film then takes the idea of this slow, gradual destruction of her neighbourhood and makes it literal as the rat zombies destroy the already doomed building and its inhabitants.

And you can see why she desperately wants to return, because her neighbourhood is the kind of place which accepts the scarred and the broken. Everyone in the building is an outcast, battling against some kind of disability, whether it is being an over-the hill boxer, being a single mother, being a moody and misunderstood teenager, being in a wheelchair, being nearly deaf, needing oxygen to survive and etc. The film also emphasizes the veteran connection by making one of its really great characters a World War Two veteran (ANZIO!) and I think the wheelchair character is a Vietnam veteran. All veterans have already been forgotten and betrayed by their country, so the film makes the dilemma a generational one giving more depth to the problem.

(By the way, I am not suggesting that the black and gay character is a freak or suffering from a disability, but he does fall into the category of characters that are marginalized yet accepted by all the outcasts.)

The only characters in the building that might qualify as not-outcasts are the Yuppie family who desert the building at the first sign of trouble, where all of the other outcasts rally together. In many zombie or apocalyptic films, the main characters inside are almost as much danger to themselves as the monsters outside. Not in this film. In this film, the characters are family who rally to each other's aid (except of course the Yuppie family who flee) which just makes the deaths as the rat-zombies pick off the members of the family one by one that much more tragic.

I have had horror films scare me before. I have had horror films make me think. I have had them make me angry. This film does all of these things, but it does something more - it made me cry, because you are connected to these characters and you do not want them to die. And every death diminishes not just the audience, but the characters who are left as well, as the rat zombies destroy their neighbourhood, piece by piece and brick by brick. A family and a neighbourhood more real because its members choose each other.

Even the building's janitor, who in most films would be a stereotype villain, in the pockets of the developer, but in this case, he is a member of the community, ribbed good-naturedly by his neighbours for the building's disintegrating infrastructure, but also making the necessary repairs as quickly as he can in a losing race as the building disintegrates faster than he can repair it. (And tellingly, he is bitten trying to make a repair.) He is one of the early victims of the plague, but also tellingly, when he attacks his neighbours, they choose to lock him up rather than kill him.

The film also makes good use of the idea that in a disaster the media and the government are of little help as the characters (and the audience) get their information in dribs and drabs and that information is frequently incorrect or useless. (No points for guessing that the film makers gets a lot of mileage from the Katrina comparison.)

I guess I probably love End of the Line ever so (just a rat-hair smidgen) slightly more than this film, because it is a film from my neighbourhood, with characters that I recognize and a problem that I worry about. I am not however saying that Mulberry Street is a film that can only be appreciated by those who live near that street. Because it is so specific, it achieves a level of universality.

Again, you NEED to see this film.



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