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(For previous weeks' lists, click on the "DVD" thread icon, or use these individual links: week beginning
1/2 - 1/9 - 1/16 - 1/23 - 1/30
2/6 - 2/13 - 2/20 - 2/27
3/6 - 3/13 - 3/20 - 3/27
4/3 - 4/10 - 4/17 - 4/24)

When 226 releases seems like a walk in the park, there MUST be something wrong with me, but nonetheless here we are once again with the big list of every new release coming out during the week beginning Tuesday, May Day 2007. Almost all of them are actually out ON 5/1, but there are a few stragglers here and there, so I say "week of" to cover my ass. You have probably heard this before.

If you're joining us for the first time, you can hover over the titles to see Amazon's current price, as well as click ON the title if you are so inclined to make a purchase (and we get, like, a nickel for each purchase you make this way). All links will open in a new window just in case you want to come back here without messing around with your "Back" button!

Because Amazon is woefully bad at providing additional information, I have written a blurb of a sentence or two AND provided links to the Internet Movie Database ("IMDb" icon) or tv.com ("tv" icon) entries for movies/shows where applicable. If even THOSE sources have no information, I have done some digging to try to get you SOMETHING. I do this realising you probably could not care less about most of these titles, but I get obsessed with seeing what my research can produce and you - YOU! - are the benefactor. Or the bored. Or both!

Since I am usually writing about things I haven't seen, YOU may be a better person to make a recommendation (or just show off your Mr. Smarty Pants knowledge) - I heartily encourage replies to this post letting people know I should have paid more attention to a certain title!

If you're not registered to the board but would like to give me some feedback without doing that, you can drop me a line at CRZ.DVD@gmail.com.

ONWARD, HO

I can no longer imagine starting one of these things without drawing your attention to my

PICK OF THE WEEK:
Illegal Aliens (The W at Amazon) (Direct to DVD, 2007) Anna-Nicole Smith, Joanie Laurer - yes, THAT movie - hopefully its release means we as a nation are one step closer to completely forgetting about this horrible, horrible tragedy - at least, until Danielynn's first Penthouse shoot



BIG MOVIE RELEASES OF THE WEEK:
Dreamgirls (Two-Disc Showstopper Edition) (2006)
Dreamgirls (Widescreen Edition)
Dreamgirls (Full Screen Edition)
Dreamgirls (Two-Disc Showstopper Edition) [Blu-ray]
Dreamgirls (Two-Disc Showstopper Edition) [HD DVD]

IF YOU LIKED THAT, YOU'LL ALSO WANT:
Mahogany (1975) Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams - aww, yeah - I could have sworn this was out already, but I must have been thinking of that OTHER Diana Ross/Billy Dee Williams movie?

Alpha Dog (Widescreen Edition) (2006) Mister Justin Timberlake
Alpha Dog (Full Screen Edition)
Alpha Dog (HD DVD and Standard DVD Combo)

Happily N'ever After (Widescreen Edition) (2007)
Happily N'ever After (Full Screen Edition)
Happily N'Ever After [Blu-Ray]

The Hitcher (Widescreen Edition) (2007) Tell you what, just buy this instead. You'll thank me later!
The Hitcher (Full Screen Edition)
The Hitcher (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD) (2007)

Little Children (2006) Romance - Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly, Patrick Wilson - out in October, also in about 100 theatres in February 2007

A Collection of 2006 Academy Award Nominated Short Films (Including West Bank Story and The Danish Poet) Over three hours of shorts and animation



NEW VERSIONS OF MOVIES YOU ALREADY BOUGHT:
Fletch (The "Jane Doe" Edition) (1985) Chevy Chase - Digitally remastered, probably a few new extras (but probably JUST a few)



ANCHOR BAY BRINGS THE FILMS OF ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY:
El Topo (The Mole - Mexico, 1970)
The Holy Mountain (Mexico/USA, 1973)
The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky (Fando y Lis / El Topo / The Holy Mountain) Long awaited remastered releases! (Mexico, 1968) and the next two, and a lot of shorts INCLUDING Jodorowsky's thought-to-be-lost-forever first short La Cravate (Les Ttes Interverties - France, 1957) , and a couple CDs, and....wow, that's a lotta extras - head over to DVD Talk (dvdtalk.com) for more information, since Anchor Bay's got NOTHING

KINO:
Old Joy (2006) Friends camp in Oregon - boy, that has "indie" written all over it, doesn't it?

IFC:
Matthew Barney: No Restraint (2006) Bjork's boyfriend creates art while you watch a documentary

TYRONE POWER OF THE WEEK:
Tyrone Power: The Swashbuckler Box Set (Blood and Sand / Son of Fury / The Black Rose / Prince of Foxes / The Captain from Castile)
Blood & Sand (1941)
Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942)
The Black Rose (1950)
Prince of Foxes (1949)
The Captain From Castile (1947)

CLINT EASTWOOD OF THE WEEK:
Clint Eastwood Western Icon Collection (High Plains Drifter (1973)/Joe Kidd (1972)/Two Mules For Sister Sara(1970))

JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME OF THE WEEK:
Van Damme Collector's Set (Kickboxer (1989)/Replicant (2001)/Universal Solider (1992))

MUSTN'T MAKE HAMSTER JOKE....MUSTN'T MAKE HAMSTER JOKE...:
Richard Gere Triple Feature (An Officer and a Gentleman / Primal Fear / Runaway Bride)
An Officer and a Gentleman (Special Collector's Edition) (1982)



WARNER TRIPLE FEATURES:
Romantic Comedy Collection (Must Love Dogs / Rumor Has It.... / The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants)
The Romance Collection (The Lake House / The Phantom of the Opera / You've Got Mail)

VELOCITY/THINKFILM DOUBLE FEATURES:
Almost total guesses on matching the films to the links, thanks to no info anywhere - but hey, they're cheap, why not take the risk if a title grabs you - it's like buying one and getting one free!
Love, Sex and Eating the Bones / Second Best
Kung Phooey / Rub & Tug
Adam & Evil / The Choke: The Legend Begins
Dark Heaven / Devil's Harvest
Cuban Blood / Beeper
The Journeyman / Dallas 362
One Eyed King / 100 Mile Rule
The Barber / Starkweather
Andre the Butcher / Asylum Days
Russkies / End of the Line
O'Hara's Wife / Queens Logic
Heat / Tiger Warsaw
Slaughterhouse of the Rising Sun and Trick or Treat
Copper Mountain / The Magic Bubble
A Midsummer Night's Rave / Rooftops



NERD ALERT:
Modern Masters - In the Studio with George Prez (2005)

DOCUMENTARIES OF THE WEEK:
Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock? (Who the Fuck is Jackson Pollock? - 2006) True story of woman's crusade to certify $5 garage sale purchase as $50M Pollock painting - I saw her on Letterman once... she's a hoot
The Slanted Screen (2006) Examination of the portrayal of Asian-American men in film - MAKO OF THE WEEK
No One's Watching: An Alien Abductee's Story (direct to DVD, 2006) I suppose I should mention my use of the term "documentary" as "very loosely"
Suicide Killers (2006)
Animal Rescue Katrina (2006) http://www.mythopoetika.com/AnimalRescueKatrinaARK.html
From Conception to Birth (Discovery Channel, 2005) Show it to your abortion loving friends!
Racing Against the Clock (2004) Follows five female athletes aged 50-85
Farang Ba (2003) American in Thailand - aka "Crazy White Foreigner" - I didn't even make that up this time
Gift of the Game (2002) Baseball and Cuban children



SAVVY TITLE CHANGE OF THE WEEK:
Deadly Justice (The Rape of Richard Beck - made for TV, 1985) Richard Crenna plays a cop whose opinion of rape victims changes dramatically when he becomes on - also starring hot, hot Meredith Baxter Birney

THAI HORROR DOUBLE FEATURE OF THE WEEK:
Art of the Devil I/Art of the Devil II (Khon Len Khong - Thailand, 2004) (Long Khong - Thailand, 2005)

THANK YOU, COME AGAIN:
Dulha Dulhan (India, 1964)
Anokha Rishta (India, 1986)
Parineeta (India, 1953)



TV MOVIES ABOUT FAMOUS COUPLES:
Eleanor and Franklin Double Feature (The Early Years / The White House Years) (miniseries, ABC, 1976, 1977) Jane Alexander and Edward Herrmann play the Roosevelts
Wallis and Edward (ITV, 1995)

SOMETHING WEIRD DOUBLE FEATURE OF THE WEEK:
Joys of Jezebel plus My Tale Is Hot (1970) (1963) Two "devil" films which exist mostly to show off softcore variety nekkid chicks

AND THE REST...:
Shirley Valentine (UK/USA, 1989)

Forty Shades Of Blue (2005) Rip Torn

Delivery (Unrated) (direct to DVD, 2006) Allegedly cost around 75 to make - trailer at Polychrome Pictures

Gangs of the Dead (Last Rites - 2006)
Gangs of the Dead Aside from the covers, I can't see any difference between the two releases

The Sandlot 3 - Heading Home (2007)
The Sandlot / The Sandlot 3 - Heading Home Above, plus the original (1993)

The Singing Hill (1941) Gene Autry
Alice, Sweet Alice (Communion, 1976) Uncut version (rerelease of the Anchor Bay DVD?) - Brooke Shields' first on-screen appearance! I bet it doesn't last long!
Formula (USA/West Germany, 1980) Marlon Brando, George C. Scott, and "Also Starring" John Gielgud (in all of one scene) - released last week as part of a MAC two pack

Tower of the Firstborn (I Guardiani del Cielo - miniseries, Italy/France, 1998) Ben Cross, Peter Weller, Ione Skye - another "Secret knowledge at the Vatican" adventure
Power Play (2002) Dylan Walsh stars in this exciting thriller about...the electrical power industry

Straight From the Heart (made for TV, USA/Germany, 2003) Teri Polo, Andrew McCarthy - If you ever wanted to see a story set in New York but filmed in Placerville, CA, here's your chance!
The Last Cowboy (Hallmark Channel, 2003) Jennie Garth, Lance Henriksen, M.C. Gainey

Sex Machine (2005) Probably not the best choice of title for a horror flick
Clawed (The Unknown - 2005) I think it's about a Bigfoot

Diggers (2006) Paul Rudd leads a serious comedy about clam diggers

Minna von Barnhelm I am guessing it's the version you could buy on CustomFlix (customflix.com)

Motives 2 - Retribution Brian J. White, Vivica A. Fox, Sean Blakemore star in sequel to 2004 movie I never heard of

A Secret Handshake (2007) Thriller - Trailer at York (yorkentertainment.com)

Step 2 This (2007) You have two choices - jail, or go back to college and join the fraternity step team - trailer at York



CHEAP COLLECTIONS (AND NO INFORMATION) FROM KRB MUSIC (krbmusic.com):
Action Collection
Black History Collection
Childrens Animated Collection
Family Comedy Collection
Hollywood Classics Collection
Horror Fest Collection
John Wayne Collection
Sci Fi Collection
Urban Action Collection
Western Collection



TV OF THE WEEK:

Dinosaurs - The Complete Third and Fourth Seasons (ABC, 1992-4) Final 36 episodes of the Henson Workshop creation - release comes exactly 52 weeks after the Seasons 1 & 2 set - includes seven episodes which never aired on ABC

Jason King (ITC, 1971-2) 26 episodes on 7 discs - think "Austin Powers," except not having to travel back in time because it IS the 1970s

Beverly Hills, 90210 - The Second Season (FOX, 1991-2) 28 episodes on 8 (!) discs - I wonder how much music they changed
Melrose Place - The Second Season (FOX, 1993-4) 31 episodes! Also 8 discs
The Good, the Bad & the Beautiful Pack 2 (Beverly Hills, 90210 - The Complete Second Season / Melrose Place - The Complete Second Season) Buy 'em together, save about $10

Michael Palin Around the World in 80 Days (BBC, 1990) Palin emulates Fogg - 7 episodes

The King of Queens - The Complete Eighth Season (CBS, 2005-6) Including "Leah Remini" will get us more referrals!

Will & Grace - Season Six (NBC, 2003-4) Gay gay gay gay gay gay gay

What I Like About You - The Complete First Season (The WB, 2002-3) Amanda Bynes, Jennie Garth - Are the kids who watched this show old enough to have disposable income for DVD season sets yet? Warner is BANKING on it!

The Best of the Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet 24 episodes "cherry-picked" from 14 seasons - normally I'd openly scoff, but instead I'll give Shout! Factory the benefit of my doubt - still, no real info on what's available even at their page (shoutfactory.com)

Pokemon Advanced Battle, Vol. 9: Numero Uno Articuno (Kids' WB, 2006) Episodes 408-413
Pokemon Advanced Battle, Vol. 10: Hail to the Chef (Kids' WB, 2006) Episodes 414-419, closing the books on "USA Season 8"

Def Poetry - Season 5 (HBO, 2005) Also, the final season!

Three's Company: Capturing the Laughter - Janet's Favorites (ABC) Joyce DeWitt cherry picks six episodes - Which six? Head over to Anchor Bay (anchorbayentertainment.com)
Lassie: A Mother's Love Compilation of TV episodes around a common theme - ugggh
Lucy's Really Lost Moments But....maybe they were lost for a reason!

TIME LIFE PRESENTS:
Best of the Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters Show - three hours of "highlights" from the two season series starring Barbara, Louise and Irlene
Hee Haw, Vol. 7 - with George Strait (1983) Strait only appeared on one episode of the show...believe it or not. Also guesting: the Statler Brothers

DISCOVERY CHANNEL:
Great Hotels Season 2 - Episode 18: The Williamsburg Inn
Cracking the Ocean Code

TLC:
Dinner Takes All Season 1 - Episode 5: Nikki
What Not To Wear Season 4 - Episode 16: Courtney C.
A Baby Story Season 1 - Episode 29: Baby Munoz
A Baby Story Season 1 - Episode 22: Baby Stopp

PBS:
NOVA: Super Bridge (PBS, 1997) The EXCITING future of BRIDGES!! More at the companion website, WGBH (pbs.org)
NOVA: Kaboom! - The Sizzling Story of Explosions (PBS, 1997) The "fireworks" kind, they should explain WGBH
American Experience - Lost in the Grand Canyon (PBS, 1998) WGBH
American Experience - Sister Aimee (PBS, 2007) WGBH
Finding Oprah's Roots, Finding Your Own An offshoot of the "African American Lives" series - using DNA to go way, way down the family tree
The Windsors/Bertie and Elizabeth (UK) Two-pack of previously released WGBH specials - 1994 Documentary + 2002 "Masterpiece Theatre" episode

KOREAN TV OF THE WEEK:
Alone in Love (연애시대 - SBS, 2006) 16 hours/episodes - Like all YA releases, expect it to disappear by Monday, but I'm a sucker for listing these just to show off the fact that I can always find a English link to Korean TV (global.sbs.co.kr)

PUBLIC ACCESS OF THE WEEK:
Hardfire PINK PISTOLS Jeton Ademaj / Joseph Dobrian (MNN, 2005) - Libertarian talk show guest wants gays to pack heat - learn more at www.hardfire.net or see this episode (and others) free at G Video (video.google.com)
Hardfire THE LOOSE CHANGE DEBATE Jason Bermas / Dylan Avery / Mark Roberts / Ronald Wieck (MNN, 2006) Two episodes, also available for free at Google: here and here

TELENOVELA OF THE WEEK:
Azul Tequila (TV Azteca, 1998) 80 episodes distlled into just under 12 hours on 8 discs

AND FINALLY, "60 MINUTES:"
60 Minutes - Stop Snitchin' (April 22, 2007) Hip hop culture says don't help the cops, but this undermining means murders are going unsolved - 60 Minutes (cbsnews.com)
60 Minutes - Just Another Day: Living in Baghdad (April 22, 2007) What did Lara Logan wear? (I apologise to Lara Logan for my sexist remark and not properly appreciating her journalistic integrity) 60 Minutes
60 Minutes - Mind of The Assassin (April 22, 2007) Secret Services study authors compare their findings against Cho Seung Hui's profile 60 Minutes



KIDZ:

Strawberry Shortcake - Berry Blossom Festival
Thomas and Friends: Thomas' Trusty Friends
Thomas and Friends: Thomas' Trusty Friends with figure!
All About Trucks and Monster Trucks
All About Helicopters and Boats and Ships
Lars & the Little Tiger
Animal Wow 1 (Crayons, Coloring Book, CD) Presumably there's a DVD somewhere in that package, too!
Baby Genius 10PK 20 discs
Baby Genius 10PK 20 (more?) discs

INDOCTRINATE 'EM EARLY:
Hermie and Friends: Milo the Mantis Who Wouldn't Pray Tim Conway, Don Knotts provide voices of Hermie and Wormie (is this Knotts' last work?)

PBS KIDS:
Caillou - Caillou the Creative
Jay Jay the Jet Plane - Jay Jay's Big Mystery
Teletubbies - Time to Play

SISU FILMS (IN HEBREW):
Bunny Rabbit I'm guessing this is a Kidz DVD
Dig Dig Dug: Let's Get to Work! Ditto
Funny Alef Bet Tritto

TEAM BABY:
Team Baby: NBA Baby Another "can't miss" trailer at Team Baby (teambabyentertainment.com)
Team Baby: Major League Baseball Baby - Team Baby



ANIME:
Ayakashi - Samurai Horror -Goddess of Dark Tower (Vol. 1)
Black Cat , Vol.4 - A Cat's Tale
Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo: Scream for Ice Cream
Digi Charat Nyo!, Vol. 1: Nyo Arrival
Fantasma, Vol. 1
Full Metal Panic!: The Second Raid - Tactical Ops 04
Hare + Guu OVA
Hello Kitty, Vol 4: Time to Dig In "Let's find out what they are eating today!"
Night Shift Nurses Vol. 1: Experiment Sounds NAUGHTY to me
Princess Princess, Vol. 1 Cover reveals hidden truth about anime fans
Shana, Vol. 5
UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie: Season 3, Vol. 1 - Sacred Stones and Perky Perverts



IT'S NOT JUST MUSIC... IT'S RUSH:
Exit...Stage Left Rush (1982)
Grace Under Pressure Tour (1985)
A Show of Hands (1991)

MUSIC THAT ISN'T RUSH:
Complete Bonnie Tyler And now *I* am complete (DVD + CD, import)
Duets: The Making of an American Classic Tony Bennett likes things that are great
Hymns For Peace: Live at Montreux 2004 Santana and (all-star) friends
Sizzla: Judgement Day
Rap Life: Uncut, Vol. 2: The Movie - from the DVD Magazine "The Streetz" - rescheduled a few times since January
VI Music 30 Video Collection Videos en espaol from Machete Music (machetemusic.com)
Live at the Majestic Rodney Carrington
Communicants Section 25
Something Like a DVD Charlotte Martin
Live at Montreal Int'l Jazz Festival Susie Arioli
Classic Albums: Apostrophe/Over-Nite Sensation Frank Zappa
Celebrate! Sevier Heights Celebration Choir and Orchestra
Reggae Explosion 2003 DVD Probably no LITERAL explosions
Live from Austin, Texas Dave Alvin
Da' T.R.U.T.H. and Friends Live! What's this, some o' that Jesus hip hop? Yikes
Flashback Tour Palais des Sports 206 Johnny Hallyday (import)
We Must Become Sounds of Animals Fighting
Cydeways Pharcyde
Anga Mania! Miguel Anga Diaz - More info at Music in Motion Films

DVD - Learn To Play Gospel Keyboard Lessons 13 thru 16 Greg Hannon - Admit it: you've always wanted to learn to play gospel keyboard



EN ESPAOL:
Los Hijos del Gallero (Mexico, 2003)
Los Ms Buscados Trilogy (Spanish) 2 disc Probably these three from Mexico (2004-5)
A Mi Manera Colette
Exitos: Solo Para Usted Alexandre Pires

SHOULDN'T IT BE "CUENTOS DEL VEGGIE?":
Veggie Tales: Moe y el Gran Escape
Veggie Tales: Lyle el Vikingo Amable
Veggie Tales: Dave y el Pepinillo Gigante
Veggie Tales: La Balada del Pequeno Joe

LUCHA LIBRE PELICULAS:
Las Luchadoras Contra La Momia (Mexico, 1964)
Las Lobas Del Ring (Mexico, 1965)
La Mujer Murcilago (Mexico, 1968)



SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

HOOPS:
One Love Boxed Set (3 Disc Set) - sure, if that one love is the love of high school basketball by folks later in the NBA - but the cover promises "SICK highlights!"

TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION:
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling: Final Resolution 2007 1/14/07 - Abyss vs. Sting vs. Cage in an elimination match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship

FULL IMPACT PRO:
World Wrestling Network Presents: FIP - Sold Out

GRAPPLE:
Professional Wrestling Fujiwaragumi 2 See young Glenn Jacobs, Joe Malenko, Carl Greco, Yuki Ishikawa and people they must think we don't know (since they're not in the ad) grapple - More info (budovideos.com)

YANG'S MARTIAL ARTS ASSOCIATION:
Understanding Qigong DVD4 (YMAA chi kung) Four Seasons Qigong - Dr. Yang

SWEAT:
Envy Girls - Workouts for the Spots That Really Count 4 discs "from the producers of Carmen Electra's Striptease Aerobics" - this tells me all I need to know... I must have this.
Joyce Vedral: Top Shape Total Body Weight Training Workout Two tapes on on DVD
Joyce Vedral: Vertical Abs and Fat Zapping Workout THREE tapes on on DVD!
Pompilates
Yoga Booty Ballet: Goddess Booty/Yoga Core AS SEEN ON TV!!!!!!

DANCE:
By Dancers For Dancers: Belly Dance Performances

BROADWAY:
The Best of the Tony Awards: The Plays 19 performances from the awards show broadcasts with a "Who's Who" of talent (read the description for the complete list)
Camelot (HBO, 1982) Taped performance of the 1980 revival starring Richard Harris

BIBLIN':
Acts of the Apostles

DRINK:
Enjoying Wine with Mark Phillips Damn it, who keeps letting Mark Phillips near my wine?!

VISITING THE PLACES YOU SHOULDN'T GO:
Globe Trekker: Cuba and Haiti
Globe Trekker: Iran

VISITING THE PLACES YOU *SHOULD* GO - www.travelvideostore.com:
The Niagara Experience, Guide to the Falls



ET CETERA:

SMUT:
The Girls Next Door - Season 2 (E!, 2006) Of course, these would be the "uncensored" versions of all 16 episodes
Viva Viviana Heeeeeeey boobs
Natural Sex Appeal, Vol 3 Jelena Jensen

EXTREME BOOTY:
Azz Atlanta All-Stars, Vol. 2

QUASI-SMUT THINLY DISGUISED AS AN HDNET TRAVEL SHOW:
Bikini Destinations: Best Of Bikini Destinations

HELP ME HELP YOU:
Find Your True Gift: 3 Paths to Maximizing Impact in Your Career Tony Robbins

And finally...

ODDEST TITLE OF THE WEEK:
Massage Nerd: 50+ Dynamic Tuina Chinese Massage I guess there's a whole "Massage Nerd" collection - what an odd choice of title. CustomFlix

YEE-HA

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    Originally posted by CRZ
    Def Poetry - Season 5 (HBO, 2005) Also, the final season!

According to HBO.com the sixth season of Def Poetry Jam is currently being shown.



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NEW VERSIONS OF MOVIES YOU ALREADY BOUGHT:
Fletch (The "Jane Doe" Edition) (1985) Chevy Chase - Digitally remastered, probably a few new extras (but probably JUST a few)

Actually, I don't own this one yet, so I'm glad I can buy the JD edition and not feel screwed.
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    Originally posted by spf
      Originally posted by CRZ
      Def Poetry - Season 5 (HBO, 2005) Also, the final season!

    According to HBO.com the sixth season of Def Poetry Jam is currently being shown.
Damn me for believing...uh...wherever I read that! (Probably tv.com)
    Originally posted by dstanley
    NEW VERSIONS OF MOVIES YOU ALREADY BOUGHT:
    Fletch (The "Jane Doe" Edition) (1985) Chevy Chase - Digitally remastered, probably a few new extras (but probably JUST a few)

    Actually, I don't own this one yet, so I'm glad I can buy the JD edition and not feel screwed.
Hey, if/when you get this, if you wouldn't mind putting together a quick review, I'd really like to know just what extras are on there and if it's worth buying.





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    Las Luchadoras Contra La Momia (Mexico, 1964)


I was just looking up info about this one a couple months ago; I was at retirement show for Chabela Romero, and she has a bit part (and probably some stuntwork) in this movie.

You can see another movie poster on NYT.com, and there's a good review of the movie here, and this is the money quote:


    But the biggest problem with Las luchadoras contra la momia is the overall lack of mummy.


If I remember my history correctly, this movie was during an upswing of women's wrestling popularity in Mexico, but since they were still banned from wrestling in Mexico City, I guess this and the previous movie was an alternate way of trying to make money from the concept.



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I went to the official Rush site to see if there was any details on the new separate release of this (to see if it's the same 60-minute edit as the "Replay" DVD has, or if it's the full original release), and was surprised to discover Rush has a new album coming out next week. SCORE.
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Avalanche Home Entertainment (whoever they are) sprung a bunch of low quality moviemaking on us, and the Time Life releases disappeared:


NOW SHOWING UNAVAILABLE:
Forty Shades Of Blue (The W at Amazon)
Clawed
Hee Haw with George Strait
Best of the Barbara Mandrell & The Mandrell Sisters Show

NEW ADDS:
Undercurrent (1998) Lorenzo Lamas
Scandalous Behavior (Singapore Sling - direct to video, 2000) Shannon Tweed, James Hong (also directed!)
Subterfuge (1996) Matt McColm, Amanda Pays
The Heist (Hostile Force - Germany/Canada/USA, 1996) Andrew McCarthy, Cynthia Geary
Soldier of Fortune, Inc (Made for TV, 1997) Presumably the pilot
Taira Clan Saga / Tales of the Taira clan / Shin Heike Monogatari (Japan, 1955)

Here's Amazon's Top 24 preorders. No surprises here? (Well, MAYBE #20)

1 Dreamgirls (Two-Disc Showstopper Edition)
2 Will & Grace - Season Six
3 Dreamgirls (Widescreen Edition)
4 Beverly Hills, 90210 - The Second Season
5 Little Children
6 Dreamgirls (Full Screen Edition)
7 Shirley Valentine
8 The King of Queens - The Complete Eighth Season
9 Tyrone Power: The Swashbuckler Box Set (Blood and Sand / Son of Fury / The Black Rose / Prince of Foxes / The Captain from Castile)
10 The Girls Next Door - Season 2
11 Dinosaurs - The Complete Third and Fourth Seasons
12 The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky (Fando y Lis / El Topo / The Holy Mountain)
13 Fletch (The "Jane Doe" Edition)
14 Dreamgirls (Two-Disc Showstopper Edition) [HD DVD]
15 Mahogany
16 Live at the Majestic
17 Camelot (1982)
18 Dreamgirls (Two-Disc Showstopper Edition) [Blu-ray]
19 Alpha Dog (Widescreen Edition)
20 Eleanor and Franklin Double Feature (The Early Years / The White House Years)
21 Happily N'ever After (Widescreen Edition)
22 Full Metal Panic!: The Second Raid - Tactical Ops 04
23 Michael Palin's Around the World in 80 Days
24 Melrose Place - The Second Season


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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.75
Well, I'm surprised at Alpha Dog being at 19. I know that it wasn't a BO hit, but my Target has plenty of Blu-Ray and HD-DVD movies and yet I still haven't seen one bought...like ever. So for both the HD and BR versions of Dreamgirls to get a higher pre-order rank than movies like Alpha Dog and Happily N'ever After does surprise me.



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.12
I bought seasons 1 and 2 of MXC after seeing you list that season 2 was coming available, and I seem to recall you saying if we bought anything, we should review it.

Anyway, MXC is Most Extreme Elimination Challenge, a TV show airing on SpikeTV, distributed by Magnolia Entertainment (who are also responsible for releasing The Host and Tears of the Black Tiger (I know this because preview for them were on the DVD)), is, if you haven't seen it, a cross between "Survivor", "Jackass", and "Iron Chef". Basically, it's footage of a Japanese game show ( Takeshi's Castle, which originally aired between 1986 and 1989 ), and redubbing all new audio for it. Commentary for the first episode indicates that the show was the brainchild of Paul Abyeta, who had previously been a producer on the show "Night Stand With Dick Dietrick". He conceived it as an Iron Chef for Japanese game shows, then hired a bunch of former Groundlings performers to write and perform the material. "Takeshi's Castle" was the perfect source material, because it features Japanese people doing strange and wacky (and occasionally quite painful) things. If you've never seen MXC, YouTube will give you some idea what to expect. That's basically all there is to it.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
Season 1 is a two disc set, and contains commentary from the producers and writers on three of the episodes. Episode 1 is obviously the first episode to air, and features them talking about the history of MXC. Other special features on Season 1 one entire unaltered episode (with subtitles and/or English announcer translation) of "Takeshi's Castle", the 10-minute sales presentation of MXC, and "Kenny Blankenship's Most Painful Eliminations of the Season".

Season 2 is also a two disc set. It has no commentaries. Like Season 1, it has one unaltered episode of "Takeshi's Castle", and "Kenny Blankenship's Most Painful Eliminations of the Season". It also has a short Behind-the-Scenes, which is nice for putting faces to all the names involved in the show.

LIMITATIONS:
Episode 12 of the second season is called "Real Monsters VS. Commercial Mascots". On the DVD, this episode airs very cut up. It seems that the reason is that many of the contestants in that episode were dressed up as copyrighted characters. If you want exhaustive details of what was cut from that episode, check out http://mxc25cuts.blogspot.com/ . The only copyrighted character I recognize is Slimer from the Ghostbusters, but perhaps someone more familiar with Japanese culture will recognize some of these characters (pictures at the bottom).

MY OPINION:
If you like MXC, you'll enjoy either or both of these seasons. I think the Commentaries on the first season make its extras a little more enjoyable. The uncut episodes are enjoyable, though obviously not as enjoyable as the actual MXC episodes. And it's obviously disappointing to have a cut episode like the monster episode on the second disc, but I understand why they had to do that, even though they could have done a better job integrating what footage was included.
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Since: 2.1.02
From: The City of Subdued Excitement

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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.00
Old Joy is pretty good. It's about two hippiesh-types who visit a hot spring in Oregon. And...that's it. I don't know if I've ever seen a movie that has as little plot as this one. Theres virtually no conflict -- just a little friction, most of which is carefully swallowed anyway.

I was expecting the two guys to have drifted further apart, but that's not the case -- the guy who's "settled down" isn't a tie-wearing yuppie; he meditates outside with his prayer bowl and participates in a community garden. Their lives have diverged just enough that they simply don't connect as deeply as they used to, and neither of them can really articulate how or why.

Basically, the movie feels a lot like if Sideways was directed by David Gordon Green, and then Jim Jarmusch came along and took away most of the storyline.

Oh! I want to really quick mention Will Oldham, who plays the more feckless of the two. Indie-folk fans may know him better as Bonnie "Prince" Billy, while John Sayles fans may remember his appearance as a child preacher in Matewan (although they may not recognize him). I think he looks a little bit like a monkey puppet.

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I watched two of the shorts from the winsomely-titled A Collection of 2006 Academy Award Nominated Short Films -- namely, the two Oscar winners (nothing but the best for me!), West Bank Story and The Danish Poet.

West Bank Story is a 20-minute musical about two competing fast-food falafel stands, one Palestinian and one Israeli, and about the star-crossed lovers that are determined to be together. Some nice songs -- it could've used one more big musical number at the end to really put it over the top.

The Danish Poet is a 15-minute animated film about love and its dependence on happenstance -- very sweet and just the right length.

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Little Children is good albeit fairly unpleasant, being the story of a group of emotionally damaged adults making a series of bad decisions as their children are helplessly dragged along. It's a little bit like American Beauty without the flights of fancy, or Happiness without a sense of humor.

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I saw Dreamgirls when it was in the theater. It's not so much a movie as it is a song delivery system, which is fine, especially in the first half when everyone is hungry and optimistic and everything is exciting. Things bog down in the second half as fortunes turn and the songs grow increasingly lugubrious and I kinda lost interest. Eddie Murphy is great and his "Cadillac Car" is a pretty swell song.

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Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock? is a documentary about Teri Horton, a 70-year-old lady trucker who buys a $5 thrift store painting and tries to get it certified as a genuine Jackson Pollock. There's obviously a difference of opinion between the "Fine Art Establishment" and Teri and her blue-collar friends and family; equally interesting is the division between the art experts and forensic scientists who are hired to prove the painting's authenticity.

The most dismissive of the art experts is Thomas Hoving, a former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Malcolm Gladwell writes about Hoving in his book Blink, as an example of an expert who is capable of making startlingly accurate conclusions almost instantly. In Jackson Pollock, we see Hoving purposefully courting this; he approaches the painting without looking at it, sits in front of it, and prepares himself before looking up, taking the painting in at a glance and taking specific note of his first gut reaction. He describes it as his "blink" reaction -- maybe Gladwell got the term from Hoving, or maybe Hoving is buying into his own hype. (It kind of feels like the latter.)

I like a documentary that's actually suspenseful (see also: Brother's Keeper and Hands on a Hard Body) and you do get what seems to be a pretty definitive answer at the end of Jackson Pollock -- but Im not going to tell you what it is.

That's all I saw.

--K



(edited by Karlos the Jackal on 2.5.07 0138)

Last 5 movies seen: Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock? ***1/2 - Little Children *** - This Boy's Life - The Dutch Poet ***1/2 - West Bank Story ***
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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.48
Why wasn't EL TOPO your pick of the week? Any film where the director has his pre-teen son running around in his birthday suit only wearing a cowboy hat for half the film should automatically win the week, right?

That said, it along with HOLY MOUNTAIN are like the holy grail of seventies film collectors. There was a time when we thought they would never be released here in the states and I'm praying Anchor Bay doesn't fuck up the release of them. I pick up mine on Saturday.
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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.00
    Originally posted by Cerebus
    Why wasn't EL TOPO your pick of the week? Any film where the director has his pre-teen son running around in his birthday suit only wearing a cowboy hat for half the film should automatically win the week, right?

    That said, it along with HOLY MOUNTAIN are like the holy grail of seventies film collectors. There was a time when we thought they would never be released here in the states and I'm praying Anchor Bay doesn't fuck up the release of them. I pick up mine on Saturday.
Oh, yeah -- El Topo is pretty messed up. I watched it on a horrible quality, who-knows-what-generation bootleg. I have been hearing for years that it was "on the verge" of being officially released, so I refused to believe it was actually going to happen until I held it in my hand. Which I've now done! It's actually here! (I haven't put it in a DVD player yet, but DVDBeaver calls the quality "astoundingly positive.")

I heard a while ago that he was planning on making El Topo 2, starring himself and his son again. Again, I'll believe when I see it.

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