(Click on the "DVD" thread icon to find threads going all the way back to the beginning of 2007...here are links to the new DVD lists for the previous four weeks: 12/4 - 12/11 - 12/18 - 12/25)
This week we have a monumental, mind boggling, staggering total of SEVENTY-EIGHT listings. That won't even get you through one of your longer bathroom breaks, I know, but what can I do? I'M not the guy telling the distributors "Hey, let's put off hundreds of releases for AFTER New Year's Day."
It's five Blu-Ray, ZERO HD DVD, a UMD and that leaves (doing math in head) let's see...*72* DVDs. Is that right? Doesn't matter. Let's go!
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We'll take a cup of kindness yet...
PICK OF THE WEEK I don't have one. Let's pick one at random.... Extreme Movie (The W at Amazon) (direct to DVD, 2008) "A sketch comedy movie about the joys and embarrassments of teen sex. But mostly the embarrassments." Michael Cera strikes again, Frankie Muniz, Ryan Pinkston, Rob Pinkston, Christina DeRosa and Jamie Kennedy. And a hundred other people. Writers include... a lot of SNL teams for some reason. Also, Will Arnett under a pseudonym (which isn't an encouraging sign - as if "direct to DVD" WAS an encouraging sign) Thank you, Weinsteins!
September Dawn (Canada, 2006) Jon Voight - Terence Stamp sighting of the week
Jimmy and Judy (2006) Edward Furlong, Rachel Bella - see if you can guess which is Jimmy and which is Judy
Billy Jack (1971) Written, directed by and starring Tom Laughlin - using three different names! I like the IMDb's plot synopsis: "Ex-Green Beret hapkido expert saves wild horses from being slaughtered for dog food and helps protect a desert 'freedom school' for runaway."
TOTALLY GAY DVDs OF THE WEEK: Constantine Giannaris, the short films Caught Looking (UK, 1991) , North of Vortex (UK, 1991) and A Place in the Sun (UK, 1994, not in IMDb) "Three short films from Greece's Greatest Gay Filmmaker" - how big a pool do you think they'd need to winnow down to make that claim? Also, all the films are from the UK, not Greece, although I'm sure Giannaris is actually from Greece. This, by the way, is the GAYEST COVER OF THE WEEK. I've said enough about this release - NEXT Madagascar Skin (UK, 1995) Go West (Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2005) More info on all three of these totally gay releases at http://www.waterbearerfilms.com/whatsnew.html
Solstice (direct to DVD, 2008) One more snuck in from the Weinsteins this week - unlike the Pick of the Week, I recognise NONE of the names on this one, so...no funny joke from me, I guess. Sorry!
The Tudors - The Complete First Season (Showtime, 2007) Totally historically accurate retelling of the early part of King Henry VIII's life - sorta Weird Science - The Complete Seasons 1 & 2 (USA Network, 1994) Reminding us that Vanessa Angel looked really nice in tight clothing - wow, I totally forgot and/or never knew that Lee Tergesen played older brother Chett - 26 episodes seaQuest DSV: Season Two (NBC, 1994-5) Roy Scheider's last season on a show which I can only associate with two things: 1) "DARWIN---HELP..." 2) Jonathan Brandis hung himself (hanged himself?) and The W was THERE (The W)
Words and Music by Jerry Herman (NJN, 2008) Will premiere on PBS the day it's released on DVD - preview at PBS (pbs.org) Indie Sex (IFC, 2007) For those who want their smut covered in a veneer of education - three parts: Censored, Teens and Extremes - SOLD. (Not much) more info at IFC (store.ifc.com)
AUSTRALIAN TV OF THE WEEK Snowy River 3 Pack (Nine, 1998) Previously released separately, each DVD has three episodes - so we cover episodes 54-62 here (which is about 3/4 of Season 4)
KOREAN TV OF THE WEEK: Coffee Prince (커피프린스 1호점 - MBC, 2007) More info at MBC (imbc.com) (in Korean)
Jillian Michaels: Black Pack 3 Pack I thought this was smut until I figured out Michaels was an instructor on "The Biggest Loser" - but couldn't find any clue which DVDs these might be from her website (jillianmichaels.com)
AND FINALLY... Avia II Guide to Home Theatre - two hours of audiovisual calibration for YOUR equipment. This might be fun to own, actually...but not for THAT price! Definitely something to keep in the back of your mind the next time you have to buy a present for the man who has everything (hopefully including an expensive HDTV and lots of DVDs of some fashion). More info at Image (image-entertainment.com) and also www.avia2.com (a very pretty site)
I hope you're about as underwhelmed as I am, but not SO underwhelmed you can't find it in your heart to post a reply! Come back Monday for the top 24 (aka "the top one third") and see if anything else snuck in after the deadline!
Originally posted by AlexI don't trust any movie with "movie" in the title.
TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE, AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE COLON MOVIE FILM FOR THEATERS, SILENT MOVIE, TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE, THE RUGRATS MOVIE, SANTA CLAUS: THE MOVIE, ABBA: THE MOVIE, HOT DOG... THE MOVIE, THE GONG SHOW MOVIE, THE GARBAGE PAIL KIDS MOVIE...
Shoot 'Em Up (The W at Amazon) was a lot of fun. It was what Smokin' Aces wanted to be. The gunfights are exciting and hilarious. It stumbles badly when it starts in with the expostion, but luckily (unlike Aces) it doesn't linger too long.
I though Chris Jericho was in it, but he doesn't seem to be -- maybe his scenes got cut? Christian Cage is in it, but he has no lines and you don't even get a good look at him -- he's basically an extra. You won't notice him unless you're looking for him --
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he's standing right behind the senator when we first meet him.
Anyway. If you like over-the-top shootouts check it out.
Last 5 movies seen: Shoot 'Em Up ***1/2 - American Gangster **** - I Am Legend ***1/2 - Enchanted ***1/2 - Once ***1/2
"Book 'em, Danno." Of course, they said the line, as they should. And the theme music will always rock. Like Knight Rider a couple of years ago, Hawaii Five-0 has sentimental value as something I watched as a kid.