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Hello.

They just keep on coming - beginning this Tuesday, the next period of 7 days will see an astonishing 389 new listings to Amazon's ranks of DVDs you can buy. This week, there aren't even dozens of operas masquerading as dead weight to make my life easier - no, it's 389 non-operas! AND! They're ALL listed right down there!

I don't know about you, but hearing that a beloved actor is turning a particular age is CERTAIN to drive me to purchase every one of their movies, so thank God Paramount and Warner were smart enough to stack up the releases! (Who'm I talking about? See below)

For those of you who haven't endured one of these lists before, it works thusly:

Hovering over links should provide you with Amazon's current price.

CLICKING on those links will take you to the Amazon shopping cart with a friendly referral from The W - consider making your purchase through us and it'll place a few coins in our tip jar!

Because Amazon sometimes can't come correct with the information, you will see some exposition from me (or, more likely, a bad joke) in addition to the listing along with 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)

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And away we go...



Well, with so many to choose from it still wasn't hard to single out one release as the

PICK OF THE WEEK:
Kitchen Confidential - The Complete Series (The W at Amazon) (FOX, 2005) It's criminal that FOX only aired four episodes of this series before yanking it, but now you can get ALL 13 episodes without having to figure out how BitTorrent works! Based on the writings of Tony Bourdain



While I have you here, let's go ahead and start with the rest of the

TV ON DVD!

Airwolf: Season Three (CBS, 1985-6) Bossest copter Jan-Michael Vincent ever flew - last "good" season isn't even as good as the first two

Perry Mason - Season 1, Vol. 2 (CBS, 1958) Final 20 episodes of season 1 (episodes 20-39) - completely restored, meaning the entire scenes they hacked out in favour of more commercials are back!

Mission: Impossible - The Complete First TV Season (CBS, 1966-7) Peter Graves - 28 episodes, 7 discs

Roots (Four-Disc 30th Anniversary Edition) (ABC, 1977) I think the entire coutry watched this that week that it aired. I was 6, so I can't remember if I did or not. I DID see it later on videotape for History class, though!

Mythbusters: Collection 1 (4pc) (Discovery Channel) 12 episodes from Seasons 2 & 3

Scrubs - The Complete Fifth Season (NBC, 2006)

Hero High - The Complete Series (NBC, 1981-2) The half of the "Kid Power Hour" that wasn't "Shazam!" - 26 episodes, 2 discs

The Magnificent Seven - The Complete Second Season (CBS, 1999) Final 13 episodes on 3 discs

Afro Samurai (Director's Cut) (Spike TV, 2007) Anime - voices of Samuel L. Jackson, Kelly Hu
Afro Samurai (Edited)

The O.C. - The Complete Fourth Season (FOX, 2006-7) And now we can close the books on "The O.C." - final 16 episodes on 5 discs
The O.C. - The Complete Series (Seasons 1-4)

Kyle XY - The Complete First Season - Declassified (ABC Family, 2006)

Def Comedy Jam: All 11 Episodes (HBO) Geez, seemed like there were more than 11

CATCHUP RELEASES:
24 - Season 1 (Slim - Pack) Don't buy this - the "fat" pack is still available at closeout prices!
24 - Season 2 (Slim - Pack)
24 - Season 3 (Slim - Pack)
24 - Season 4 (Slim Pack)
3rd Rock from the Sun - The Complete Seasons 1- 6
Dawson's Creek - The Complete Series (Seasons 1-6 Plus Series Finale)
The King of Queens (Seasons 1-8)

CANADIAN TV:
Instant Star - Season 1 (CTV, 2004-5) Sorry, never heard of it

UK TV:
Disappeared (She's Gone - made for ITV, 2004)
Conviction (BBC, 2004) - not to be confused with the American one - 6 episodes
Conviction (2pc) Same as above?

KOREAN TV:
Bi Chun Mu: Dance with Sword-Complete Series 33 episodes



TV MOVIES:
Nadia (Yugoslavia/USA, made for TV, 1984) Story of Olympic gymnast you may remember if you're a certain age
C.A.T. Squad: Stalking Danger (NBC, 1986)
Too Young to Die? (True Stories Collection TV Movie) (NBC?, 1990) Michael Tucker, Juliette Lewis, Brad Pitt - probably the only time you'll see Michael Tucker billed first when those three are in a picture - not that it would ever happen again
The Marla Hanson Story (NBC, 1991) Model's face slashed - but the real victimization comes at the trial
JFK: Reckless Youth (made for TV, 1993) Patrick Dempsey, Terry Kinney
Prophet Of Evil: The Ervil LeBaron Story (made for TV, 1993) Brian Dennehy, William Devane, Dee Wallace Stone, Robert Pine
Choices Of The Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story (Lifetime, 1995) Dana Delany, Rod Steiger, Jason Priestley
High Lonesome (CBS, 1995) Louis Gossett Jr.
Indecent Seduction (For My Daughter's Honor - made for TV, 1996) Gary Cole, Alyson Hannigan
Family Rescue (Country Justice - CBS, 1997) George C. Scott, Ally Sheedy
The Disappearing Act (When He Didn't Come Home - made for TV, 1998) Patty Duke
Fifteen And Pregnant (Lifetime, 1998) Park Overall, Kirsten Dunst
The Interrogation of Michael Crowe (True Stories Collection TV Movie) (Court TV, 2002) Ally Sheedy
Guilt By Association (Canada/USA - Court TV, 2002) Mercedes Ruehl

HULK HOGAN MOVIE OF THE WEEK:
Shadow Warriors (Assault on Devil's Island - TNT, 1997) Hulk Hogan, Carl Weathers, Shannon Tweed, Billy Blanks - thank GOD they properly celebrate the 10th anniversary of this movie with a DVD release, am I right?



KIDZ/TOONZ:
Avatar The Last Airbender - Book 2 Earth, Vol. 3 (Nickelodeon, 2006) Episodes 31-36
Legend of the Dragon, Vol. 4 (Toon Disney)
Legend of the Dragon, Vol. 5
Legend of the Dragon: The Complete First Season (Toon Disney, 2006) Box set containing previous 5 volumes
Noddy - Catch a Falling Star v.3 (PBS)
It's a Big, Big, World - Safe and Sound (PBS, 2006) Five episodes
It's a Big, Big, World - The Earth Needs You (PBS) Five more episodes - man, I miss "New Zoo Revue"
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX - The King of Copycats v.3 (Cartoon Network, 2005) Ugh
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Season 1, Part 1 (FOX, 2003) First 12 episodes on 2 discs
Go Diego Go! - The Iguana Sing Along (Nick Jr.)
Alvin And The Chipmunks - The Chipmunks Go To The Movies Lord, take me now
Stuart Little (The Animated Series) - All Revved Up! (HBO Family, 2003) Voices of Hugh Laurie, Dee Bradley Baker - three episodes
Stuart Little (The Animated Series) - Fun Around Every Curve (HBO Family, 2003) Three more episodes
Harold and the Purple Crayon - Let Your Imagination Soar (HBO Family, 2001-2) Some indetermninate number of episodes
Harold and the Purple Crayon - New Worlds to Explore (HBO Family) Yes
Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure (Franklin et le Trsor du Lac - Canada/France, 2006)
Pokmon 10th Anniversary And now, the "Top 10" collected in this 10 disc set - for the record, the Top Ten ARE: 1. PIKACHU, 2. JIGGLYPUFF, 3. CHARIZARD, 4. SQUIRTLE, 5. BLASTOISE, 6. EEVEE, 7. BULBASAUR, 8. LUGIA, 9. CHARMANDER, 10. MUDKIP - me, I would have liked to have seen Porygon once and for all (also, Raichu wuz robbed)
Jungle Book: Rikki-Tikki-Tavi to the Rescue

WTF OF THE WEEK (KIDZ VERSION):
Club Claude: More Vegetables Please Your kids will BEG for vegetables after learning from this labradoodle



PBS:
Iwo Jima: 50 Years of Memories (PBS, 1996) Not to be confused with any of the Clint Eastwood offerings coming out this week - Image Entertainment (image-entertainment.com)
The Marines (PBS, 2007)
Secret Files of the Inquisition (PBS, 2007) See PBS (pbs.org) or www.inquisitionproductions.com
Secrets of the Dead - Dogfight Over Guadalcanal (WNET, 2007) PBS subsite (pbs.org)
Battle for the Bible (WNET, 2007) Another episode of "Secrets of the Dead" - WNET

PENGINS:
Nature: Penguins Includes "Penguins of the Antarctic" and "The World of Penguins" - Questar (questarhomevideo.com)

WOOF:
Nature: Dogs That Changed the World Narrated by F. Murray Abraham!

AND FINALLY, "60 MINUTES" PIECES WHICH JUST AIRED:
60 Minutes - Mitt Romney (May 13, 2007) Mike Wallace asks embarrassing questions - transcript/video at 60 Minutes Online (cbsnews.com)
60 Minutes - 6% (May 13, 2007) How to use the Internet to save big bucks by avoiding the use of a realtor for buying and selling your home - 60 Minutes
60 Minutes - Ali (May 13, 2007) The story of one Iraqi boy - 60 Minutes



MOVIES ON DVD! (AND BLU-RAY AND HD-DVD)

Apocalypto (Widescreen Edition) (2006) Mel Gibson's
Apocalypto [Blu-ray]

Fay Grim (2006) Parker Posey, Jeff Goldblum - near simultaneous with its (very limited) theatrical release

The Good German (2006) George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Tobey Maguire

Epic Movie (Unrated Edition) (2007) Ugh - now with an extra eight minutes!!
Epic Movie

Flags of Our Fathers (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition) (2006)
Flags of Our Fathers (Two-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray]
Flags of Our Fathers (Two-Disc Special Edition) [HD DVD]

Letters from Iwo Jima (Two-Disc Special Edition) (2006)
Letters from Iwo Jima (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD) [HD DVD]
Letters from Iwo Jima [Blu-ray]

THIS *MAY* BE OVERKILL:
Letters from Iwo Jima / Flags of Our Fathers (Five-Disc Commemorative Edition) includes bonus disc containing History Channel special "Heroes of Iwo Jima" and Oscar-nominated short "To the Shores of Iwo Jima" (1945)

Alex Rider - Operation Stormbreaker (Widescreen Edition) (Stormbreaker - Germany/USA/UK, 2006) Sara Bolger, Robbie Coltrane, Stephen Fry, Ewen McGregor
Alex Rider - Operation Stormbreaker (Full Screen Edition)

Venus (UK, 2006) Peter O'Toole's Oscar last - I mean latest - nomination

The Mistress of Spices (UK/USA, 2005) Aishwarya Rei, Dylan McDermott

Summer School (Life's a Beach Edition) (1987) Wait, didn't this come out last year?



EXPENSIVE NEW VERSIONS OF THINGS YOU ALREADY HAVE:
Freedom Writers [Blu-ray] (2007) Reg'lar versions were out in April
Freedom Writers [HD DVD]

The Complete Matrix Trilogy [HD DVD] All three movies
The Ultimate Matrix Collection [HD DVD] Guess it wasn't so "Complete" - above, plus "Animatrix" and "Revisited"

Smokey and the Bandit [HD DVD] (1977) Burt Reynolds

Pirates of the Caribbean - Curse of the Black Pearl [Blu-ray] (2003)

Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest [Blu-ray] (2006)

Closer [Blu-ray] (2004) Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Julia Roberts, Clive Owen

The Skeleton Key [HD DVD] (2005) Kate Hudson

Mission: Impossible (Special Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] (1996)
Mission: Impossible (Special Collector's Edition) [HD DVD]

Mission: Impossible II (2-Disc Special Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] (2000)
Mission: Impossible II (2-Disc Special Collector's Edition) [HD DVD]

Uncommon Bach - Music Experience in 3-Dimensional Sound Reality TM [HD DVD DTSHD Surround Music Disc] (HD DVD) Rescheduled from 5/8

CRITERION:
#64: The Third Man - Criterion Collection (2-Disc Edition) (UK, 1949) New 2 disc release has a few new extras and a fresh remastering of the print - More info at Criterion (criterion.com)
#386: Sansho the Bailiff - Criterion Collection (Sansh Day - Japan, 1954) More info at Criterion

CRITERION-LIKE:
The Luc Moullet Collection - Eight films on four DVDs - List at Facets

MORE NEW VERSIONS OF THINGS YOU ALREADY HAVE:
Porky's (The One Size Fits All Edition) (1982) I have no idea if there's anything actually different about this version
Porky's the Ultimate Collection includes above plus Porky's II: The Next Day (1983) and Porky's Revenge (1985)

The 40 Year-Old Virgin (Unrated 2-Disc Double Your Pleasure Edition) Another 17 minutes of deleted scenes accompany the "Cinemax final cut" - also includes a free ticket to "Knocked Up" (OH BOY!)
The 40-Year-Old Virgin (Unrated Special Edition) [HD DVD]



CLASSICS SEEING FIRST RELEASE:

FOX:
Pigskin Parade (1936) Judy Garland's first picture!
Fury at Furnace Creek (1948) Western - Victor Mature
Broken Arrow (1950) Western - Jimmy Stewart
On the Riviera (1951) Danny Kaye, Gene Tierney
Hell and High Water (1954)
White Feather (1955) Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter
Can-Can (1960) Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine
The Third Secret (1964)
Convict Stage (1965)
Fort Courageous (1965)
Breaking Point (1976) Bo Svenson, Robert Culp
Chain Reaction (1996) Keanu Reeves, Morgan Fairchild

WARNER BROS.:
Prince of the City (Two-Disc Special Edition) (1981) Treat Williams, Jerry Orbach - directed by Sidney Lumet - I haven't seen this but am guessing that it RULES
Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981) Richard Dreyfuss, John Cassavetes, Christine Lahti
Straight Time (1978) Dustin Hoffman, Theresa Russell, Gary Busey
Steelyard Blues (1973) Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Peter Boyle, and lots of other people you'll recognise

MGM:
The Wedding Night (1935) Gary Cooper, Anna Sten
The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938) Gary Cooper, Sigrid Gurie
Ball of Fire (1941) Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck
Casanova Brown (1944) Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright
Gun the Man Down (1956) James Arness, Angie Dickinson
Gun Fight (1961) James Brown (not that one), Joan Staley, Gregg Palmer
The Hills Run Red (Un Fiume di Dollari - Italy, 1967)
Sabata (Ehi Amico... c' Sabata, Hai Chiuso! - Italy, 1969) Lee van Cleef, William Berger
The Return of Sabata ( Tornato Sabata... Hai Chiuso un'altra Volta - Italy/France/West Germany, 1971) Lee van Cleef

UNIVERSAL:
No Man of Her Own (1932) Clark Gable, Carole Lombard - probably just coincidence that it's 75 years
Scarface (1932) Yes, the one you and I have seen IS a remake of this one
So Proudly We Hail! (1943) Sexy nurses Claudette Colbert, Veronica Lake, Paulette Goddard
Unconquered (1947) Gary Cooper, Paulette Goddard

BOND... JAMES BOND (single disc releases):
From Russia With Love (UK, 1963) Sean Connery
You Only Live Twice (UK, 1967) Sean Connery
The Man With The Golden Gun (UK, 1974) Roger Moore
Moonraker (UK/France, 1979) Roger Moore
The Living Daylights (UK/USA, 1987) Timothy Dalton
The World Is Not Enough (Widescreen Edition) (UK/USA, 1999) Pierce Brosnan



NOTABLE DIRECT TO DVD RELEASES OF THE WEEK:
The Hard Easy (2005) Henry Thomas, David Boreanaz, Vera Farmiga, Bruce Dern, Peter Weller, Nick Lachey, Gary Busey - what
For Catherine (2005)
The Final Patient (2005)
The Mad (Unrated) (Canada/USA, 2007) Answering the question: "Whatever happened to Billy Zane?"
Alone With Her Ana Claudia Talancn, Colin Hanks
American Pastime (2007) Baseball in the Japanese internment camps - Gary Cole
The Apocalypse (2007) More info at The Asylum (theasylum.cc)



DOCUMENTARIES:
American Revolution 2 (1969) Following the Panthers and the Young Patriots after the 1968 Democratic convention (and riots) - from Mike Gray
The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971) Hampton led the Black Panthers in Illinois - also from Mike Gray
The Bolero/In Search of Cezanne (1973) Oscar winning short combined with another short from producer Alan Miller not in the IMDb
Mr. Leather (2004) Follows contestants in the "Mr. LA Leather" pageant - oooooh-kay.
A Life Without Pain: A Documentary (2005) People who have congenital analgesia
Memory (Mem-o-re - Canada/USA, 2005) Billy Zane, Tricia Helfer, Dennis Hopper, Ann-Margret - wait, TWO Billy Zane pictures in one week? I don't believe it, Bill
Mixtape Inc.: The Movie "Fight the Power" has a whole new meaning when you're referring to the evil RIAA - www.mixtapeinc.com
Mixtape Inc Same movie, different distributor?
Cannes: All Access (Bienvenue Cannes - TCM, 2007)



RERELEASES:

FOX:
Johnny Dangerously
Hot Shots!
Hombre
Alien Nation
A Glimpse Of Hell
Hot Shots! Part Deux
Michael Jordon to the Max (IMAX, 2000)

LIONS GATE:
Cutthroat Island
The Ninth Gate

NEW LINE:
Rush Hour (Special Edition)
Rush Hour 2 (Special Edition)



C. THOMAS HOWELL OF THE WEEK:
Hitmans Run (1999) Eric Roberts, Esteban Powell, C. Thomas Howell, Farrah Forke

COOLEST TAG OF THE WEEK:
Ninja the Protector (Canada/Hong Kong/USA, 1986) Richard Harrison, David Bowles, Jackie Chan - "Only a Ninja can defeat a Ninja." How true that is. How true that is.

DODGY IMPORT RELEASES OF THE WEEK:
Night of the Generals (1967) Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif
Inner Sanctum (1991) Tanya Roberts, Margaux Hemingway - and they MEAN it this time
Woman of Desire (1993) Jeff Fahey, Bo Derek

MORE HORROR:
Vengeance of the Zombies (La Rebelin de las muertas - Spain, 1972)
Silent Night Bloody Night (1974)
The Shadow Walkers (2005)
The Toybox (UK, 2005)
Wes Craven Presents The Breed (Germany/South Africa/USA, 2006)
Frankenstein's Bloody Nightmare (2006)
Dark Corners (UK/USA, 2006) Thora Birch

AND THE REST:
Mars (1998) Olivier Gruner, Shari Belafonte (rerelease?)
Vietnam War Story (HBO, 1987)
Two Soldiers (short, 2003) based on story by William Faulkner
Stay Until Tomorrow (2004)
Three Bad Men (2005)
Simple Curve (Canada, 2005)
In the Dark (2006)
Constellation (2006)
Spasm Science Fiction Vol. 1 Canadian - www.spasm.ca - may be only in French - French description can be found here (archambault.ca)



JOHN WAYNE TURNS 100 SATURDAY:
(or would have, if he hadn't died in 1979)
The John Wayne Century Collection (Big Jake, Donovan's Reef, El Dorado, Hatari!, Hondo, In Harm's Way, Island in the Sky, McLintock!, Rio Lobo, The High and the Mighty, etc.) 14 discs, includes 5 special/collector's editions
The John Wayne Adventure Collection (The High and the Mighty / In Harms Way / Island in the Sky / Hatari! / Donovans Reef) Only 5 movies
The John Wayne Western Collection (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance / True Grit / Hondo / McLintock! / Big Jake / The Shootist / Rio Lobo / The Sons of Katie Elder / El Dorado) And this would be the other 9 movies
In Harm's Way / Donovan's Reef Hmmm, I wonder how many combos Paramount can come up with...
The John Wayne Collection, Vol. I (El Dorado, Rio Lobo, True Grit) Well....
The John Wayne Collection (El Dorado, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Shootist, The Sons of Katie Elder, True Grit) This seems excessive
The John Wayne Film Collection (Without Reservations / Allegheny Uprising / Tycoon / Reunion in France / Big Jim McLain / Trouble Along the Way) Warner Bros. needs some of that sweet John Wayne fan money too!

Ride Him, Cowboy (1932) John Wayne and his horse Duke
Haunted Gold (1932) John Wayne, Duke
The Big Stampede (1932) John Wayne, Duke
Somewhere in Sonora (1933) John Wayne, Duke
The Man from Monterey (1933) John Wayne, Duke
The Telegraph Trail (1933) John Wayne, Duke
Allegheny Uprising (1939)
Stagecoach (1939) Claire Trevor, John Wayne

The Long Voyage Home (1940)
Reunion in France (1942) Joan Crawford, John Wayne
Back to Bataan (1945)
Tall in the Saddle (1944)
They Were Expendable (1945) Robert Montgomery, John Wayne, Donna Reed
Without Reservations (1946) Claudette Colbert, John Wayne
Tycoon (1947)
Fort Apache (1948) John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
3 Godfathers (1948)

Flying Leathernecks (1951)
Operation Pacific (1951) John Wayne, Patricia Neal
Big Jim McLain (1952)
Trouble Along the Way (1953) John Wayne, Donna Reed
Blood Alley (1955) John Wayne, Lauren Bacall
The Sea Chase (1955) John Wayne, Lana Turner
The Searchers (John Wayne Collection) (1956)
The Wings of Eagles (1957)
Rio Bravo (Two-Disc Special Edition) (1959) John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson
Rio Bravo (Two-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition) includes lobby cards and press books

How the West Was Won (1962) John Ford's cast of thousands includes Wayne
The Green Berets (1968)
True Grit (Special Collector's Edition) (1969) John Wayne, Glen Campbell
El Dorado (1966) / Hatari! (1962) (Double Feature)

Chisum (1970)
The Cowboys (Deluxe Edition) (1972) John Wayne, Roscoe Lee Browne
Cahill - United States Marshal (1973) John Wayne, George Kennedy
The Train Robbers (1973) John Wayne, Ann-Margret
McQ (1974)

The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) / The Shootist (1976) "Shootist" is Wayne's final film



DOUBLE/TRIPLE FEATURES AND MORE COLLECTIONS:

IMAGE:
Sunset Grill / Scorpion Spring / Eye of the Storm (Triple Feature) - Image Entertainment

INDIE:
The Final Homecoming/The Champagne Club (made for TV, Canada, 2003) & (2005)
Munich Mambo & S.I.N. (Germany, 2004) & (direct to video, 2001)
Depraved/Fatal Desire (1996) Mario Lopez! & (Lifetime, 2006)

NEW LINE:
Mortal Kombat I/Mortal Komba II

MGM:
The Peter Sellers Giftset (The Pink Panther / What's New, Pussycat? / The Party / Casino Royale [1967]) If you don't yet have any of these films, this set just might be worth it
Gary Cooper - MGM Movie Legends Collection (The Cowboy and the Lady / The Real Glory / Vera Cruz / The Winning of Barbara Worth)
World War II Heroes Film Collection (Run Silent, Run Deep / The Great Escape / A Bridge Too Far / The Battle of Britain)

UNIVERSAL:
American Me/Empire
The Skulls/The Skulls 2
The People Under the Stairs/Shocker
Patch Adams/What Dreams May Come
Major Payne/Sgt. Bilko
Kicking and Screaming/Big Fat Liar
Cheech and Chong's Next Movie/Born in East L.A.
Dante's Peak/Daylight
Hard Target/Sudden Death VAN DAMME OF THE WEEK!
Bird on a Wire/The Cowboy Way
Fear / The Watcher / Raising Cain (Triple Feature)
The Wedding Date / Prime / Wimbledon (Triple Feature)
Perfect Man & Head Over Heels & In Good Company
The River Wild / The Getaway / The Real McCoy (Triple Feature)

WARNER BROS.:
City of Angels / Michael (Double Feature)
Miss Congeniality / Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (Double Feature)
Cinderella Story & Sisterhood of Traveling Pants
Training Day & Fallen
Gothika & Queen of the Damned Keep all the crap together, that's what I always say
The Road Warrior / Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Kelly's Heroes / The Dirty Dozen (Double Feature)
Films of Faith Collection, Vol. 2 (A Walk to Remember / Pay It Forward / Hometown Legend)
Ocean's Twelve & Ocean's Eleven Hrm, just in time for the next one - boy I'm getting tired of these guys and their ironic promotional interviews

COLLECTIONS NO COMPANY IS OWNING UP TO YET:
Sports Giftset (Bull Durham / Hoosiers / Raging Bull / Rocky )

BAD MOVIE COLLECTIONS:
Bad Movie Police Double Feature: Zombie Cop & Maximum Impact Two from director J.R. Bookwalter - (1991) & (1992) (not in IMDb) - supposedly two of the most awful films to have ever been made, so the fact that they're trying to sell them....should come as absolutely no surprise
Bad Movie Police: Crimewave! (5-Pack) Above two and Galaxy of the Dinosaurs (1992) , Chickboxer (1992) and Humanoids from Atlantis (1992) - again, they're all directed by J.R. Bookwalter - don't be fooled, these movies aren't ironically bad, they are genuinely, literally quite awful - I mean, worse than "so bad they're good," they're REALLY REALLY BAD. Ye have beene warnede.

"SEXY 70s DOUBLE FEATURE:"
Harrad Experiment & Love All Summer (1973) & (Harrad Summer - 1974) - I'm a LITTLE surprised at all the names of real actors I recognise in the cast lists!

STRANGEST COLLECTION OF THE WEEK:
Ultimate Summer - Malibu Spring Break (2003) ( trailer (malibuspringbreak.com)), Tan Lines (UK, 2005) and Malibu Eyes (direct to video, 2004)



FURN FILMS:

Jews in Space (Judos en el Espacio o Por Qu Es Differente Esta Noche a las Dems Noches? - Argentina, 2005)

Cheech (Canada, 2006)

Regular Lovers (Les Amants rguliers - France, 2005)

As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me (So Weit die Fe Tragen - Germany, 2001)

Girls Unbutton (Bu Kou Niu De Nu Hai - Hong Kong, 1994) Heeeeeeeeeeeey BOOBS
The Lord of Ayuthaya (Hong Kong, 2004) Tai Seng (taiseng.com)
Kung Fu Mahjong, Vol. 3: Final Duel (Jeuk Sing 3 Gi Ji Mor Saam Bak Faan - Hong Kong, 2007)

Vaska Easoff (Haggyllgva Vszka - Hungary, 1996)

Sandwich (India, 2006)
Pyaar Ke Side Effect (India, 2006)
Manoranjan: The Entertainment! (India, 2006)

Black Test Car (Sub B&W) (Kuro No Tesuto Kaa - Japan, 1962)
Nobody (Japan, 1999)

Vanishing Twin (South Korea, 2000)

New World (Nuevo Mundo - Mexico, 1978)
Tribus Urbanas (Mexico, 2006) "Urban Tribes" - more at Vanguard Cinema (vanguardcinema.com)

Nights and Days (Noce I Dnie - Poland, 1975)
The Consul (Konsul - Poland, 1989)
Love Stories (Historie Milsone - Poland, 1997)

The Italian (Italianetz - Russia, 2005)

Spare Parts (Rezervni Deli - Slovenia, 2003)

Sndrome (Spain, 2004)

Dorm (Dek Hor - Thailand, 2006)

Seytan (Turkey, 1974)



MUSIC:

Faith Hill: Hits
Julio Iglesias: The Greatest Hits - Live in Jerusalem
Triumph of a Heart Bjork (import) - haha, I originally typed "Njork" - NJORK!
Television DVD Archive Bjork - Five (Region 2?) discs containing televised performances - or maybe 4 - the description has both
Bjork Television DVD Archive Supposedly not an import
Live DVD Archive Bjork - Four discs - we're sure about this one
Bjork Live DVD Archive Supposedly not an import
Reggae Band (import) actually, a lot of bands
The Spirit of Fado Amalia Rodriguez - documentary compiling lots of movie performances
Guns N Roses: Live in Chicago Region 2
Down South Players Rescheduled a few times - probably will be rescheduled again - because it's TOO REAL
That Diesel 2 Man-O, T-Rexx
20 Years a Warrior Soul Doro
Bob Marley: Legend (Rock Milestones)
Gojira: The Link Alive Gojira (2003)
Auricular Chronicles Aborted
Jerry Lee Lewis: Greatest Live Performances of the 50s, 60s and 70s Only TIME LIFE could put it together
No Sleep 'Til Shanghai Documentary (2005) Jin Au-Yeung
Witch Witch - Tee Pee Records (teepeerecords.com)
Get Jay Z for Me One Filipino Brooklyn MC's journey
Amazing Grace: Jeff Buckley (2004) Documentary
Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis: Season 1 That man can JAM - 3 discs!
Shemekia Copeland: On Stage at World Cafe Live
Steve Forbert: On Stage at World Cafe Live
Pure Brazil: Bossa in Rio
Duncan Sheik: On Stage at World Cafe Live
Modern Drummer Festival 2006 Saturday Saturday (2-discs, 6 hours and 20 minutes) includes performances and interviews by Ronald Bruner Jr. (The Stanley Clarke Band), Jason McGerr (Death Cab For Cutie), the historic R&B/Gospel Summit featuring R&B session-ace Teddy Campbell, Gerald Heyward (Beyonc), Aaron Spears (Usher) and gospel great, Marvin McQuitty, Glenn Kotche (Wilco), master drummer Thomas Lang with master percussionist Luis Conte and Stewart Copeland (The Police) with his band, Gizmo.
Modern Drummer Festival 2006 Sunday Sunday (2-discs, 6 hours and 30 minutes) features performances and interviews by rock/fusion phenom Dave DiCenso, Latin-jazz artist Bobby Sanabria with Ascensin, Brann Dailor (Mastodon), Mike Mangini (technical wizard), Danny Seraphine with CTA and Steve Smith s Jazz Legacy
Modern Drummer Festival 2006 Saturday & Sunday above two in one package
Amazing Grace (2001) Hymns that changed the world - Questar
Jackie Live Psalmist Jacquelene Jackie Dyles Peters - DVD + CD
Blinded By Faith: Imperial Collapse - Live in Quebec City
The Dells: Live from New York City
The Chi-Lites Live in Concert
Ray, Goodman & Brown: Live in Concert
The Temptations Review Featuring Dennis Edwards That means "ain't many Temptations left 'round chere"
Lights, Camera, Action! Bay Area - Dividendz, Gizzlah
Treal TV Thizz Latin - http://www.myspace.com/blacknbrown
Thizz Nation Presents: Block Report - www.myspace.com/thizzentertainment



WON'T MAKE (MUCH) FUN OF ANIME:
Black Lagoon, Vol. 1 (1 disc)
Black Lagoon (2 disc limited edition)
Dragon Ball Z - Season Two I THINK they've figured out their aspect ratios by now
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, Vol. 1 (Starter Set) includes "collector memory box"
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, Vol. 1 - Gathering of Fates
Naruto OVA - The Lost Story
Bobobo-Bo Bo-Bobo Vol. 3 Gasser up!
Gilgamesh Complete Collection
Doki Doki School Hours - Complete Boxed Set Golly, that's a lot of money for something so odd
Gunbuster 2, Vol. 1
Demon Prince Enma, Vol. 1



WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT:
WWE - WrestleMania 23 "Ultimate Limited Edition" - 3 discs - We usually steer you to the better deal at the WWEShop (shopzone.wwe.com)
WWE - WrestleMania 23 Only 2 discs

UFC:
Ultimate Fighting Championship, Vol. 64: Unstoppable UFC 64 (10/14/06) contains Fraklin/Silva and Sherk/Florian - http://64.ufc.com
Ultimate Fighting Championship, Vol. 65: Bad Intentions UFC 65 (11/18/06) contains Hughes/St. Pierre and Sylvia/Monson - http://65.ufc.com

PRIDE FC:
Pride Fighting Championships - Bushido - The Tournament (Vol. 9)
Pride Fighting Championships - Shockwave 2003

BUMFIGHTS:
The Best of Bumfights, Vol. 2 Seen one, seen 'em all
The Best of Bumfights, Vol. 3 Or maybe not, who knows

HOOPS:
2007 March Madness: Men
2007 March Madness: Women

GOLFZZZZZZZZZ:
Highlights of the 2007 Masters Tournament

HORSE BIOGRAPHY OF THE WEEK:
Barbaro - A Nation's Horse (NBC, 2007) Something you may not have known about Barbaro - he was DELICIOUS

EVEN BETTER THAN BEING THERE:
Aqua Odysseas: Catalina 3D Interactive Travel Guides



DVD RELEASES OF MYSTERY:
Hell Ride Amazon seems to think this is movie that hasn't even been made yet
Art Without Walls More like "DVD without description"
After Hours - no idea, supposedly offered by Infinity Resources but their website (infinityresourcesinc.com) looks like some kinda scary boiler room multi level marketing thing
King Can't help you with this Lions Gate release

EN ESPAOL:
Aqu Est Lucy! (Here's Lucy!) Dub of the Lucille Ball show???
Aqui Esta Lucy! Same thing?
Caminantes Si Hay Camino: Grandes Compositores Jos Alfredo Jimnez, "Chava" Flores
Caminantes Si Hay Camino: Leyendas del Cine Mexicano Jorge Negrete, Pedro Infante
Mente y Cuerpo - Introduccion a Practicas de Yoga
Duetos Jos Jos
Me Pido La Ventana Andres Lopez

LEARNIN' TO SING AND DANCE:
Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within Kenny Werner teaches improvisational piano - JAZZY
Ballroom Dancing for Absolute Beginners 2 discs
Masters of Fingerstyle Guitar Bob Evans, Craig Dobbins, John Standefer - FINGERBANG
Jeff Queen - Playing with Sticks/The Next Level From the four-time solo snare champion (I wonder how you win THAT)

SWEAT:
Girls Next Door Workout Holly, Bridget & Kendra respectively assume the position
The Exotic Dance Workout Would you take exercise instruction from a woman named... Lady Morrighan?
The Capoeira Workout Paula Verdino
Step Party Passion River (passionriver.com)
Complete Yoga & Pilates (4pc) Wow, complete? Then it's the last yoga and pilates DVD you will EVER NEED.



SMUT:
Westside Bootyfest How can she STAND at that angle?!
Club Erotique 2

IMITATION SMUT:
Spring Break Madness, Vol. 1

TOFU:
Discover China: A Tale of Tofu - Tai Seng

YARR:
Pirates: Dead Men Tell Their Tales

JESUS:
Jesus: The Great Debate Based on the book by Dr. Grant Jeffrey - Questar

MOST PROHIBITIVELY EXPENSIVE DVD OF THE WEEK:
Mechanical & Non-Destructive Testing It's only 26 minutes long!! That's, like, over ten bucks a minute!

AND FINALLY...:
Where Is the World Going to, Mr. Stiglitz? Series of ive lectures from the Nobel Prize winning economist will make you a giant know it all about the world economy

WHEW!

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    Mission: Impossible - The Complete First TV Season (CBS, 1966-7) Peter Graves - 28 episodes, 7 discs


The Mission Impossible season 1 dvd has been for months, since January or February. It also stars Steven Hill, not Peter Graves.

Graves will be in the new Season 2 DVD, which comes out June 5th.

(yes, I am a IMF nerd. It's my favorite all time show.)

(edited by odessasteps on 19.5.07 1503)


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    Originally posted by odessasteps

      Mission: Impossible - The Complete First TV Season (CBS, 1966-7) Peter Graves - 28 episodes, 7 discs


    The Mission Impossible season 1 dvd has been for months, since January or February. It also stars Steven Hill, not Peter Graves.

    Graves will be in the new Season 2 DVD, which comes out June 5th.

    (yes, I am a IMF nerd. It's my favorite all time show.)

    (edited by odessasteps on 19.5.07 1503)
You know, I should have remembered Graves wasn't in Season 1. My only defense was I wasn't alive the first time around.

As for the release date, I will have to guess it's a repress just in time for Season 2 - the release date HAS been changed from 5/22 to its original release in December 2006 when you click through, but the title is still showing up in Amazon's new releases list - for now, anyway. Maybe by Monday it'll be "fixed" there as well?



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    Originally posted by CRZ
    CANADIAN TV:
    Instant Star - Season 1 (CTV, 2004-5) Sorry, never heard of it


Cute red head wins an American Idol type contest than must deal with the effects of her victory. Mainly built around her music producer a former boy's band singer trying to deny the fact that he has the hots for his too-young-for-him protege.



    Originally posted by CRZ
    Spasm Science Fiction Vol. 1 Canadian - www.spasm.ca - may be only in French - French description can be found here (archambault.ca)


Montreal spin-off of the Fantasia festival focuses on short mainly (almost exclusively) French Quebecois films of horror and science-fiction. They have previously released two horror compilations to great acclaim. (Translated: the directors of the films have large families and many friends.) As far as I can tell from Archambault, all of these films are French and there are no sub-titles.



    Originally posted by CRZ
    BUMFIGHTS:
    The Best of Bumfights, Vol. 2 Seen one, seen 'em all
    The Best of Bumfights, Vol. 3 Or maybe not, who knows



At one point, when PCP Crazy F'N Manny was still a face, I had proposed a story-line where he got ambushed and disappeared after the beating only to reemerge on a taped Bumfight supposedly shot in Amsterdam. Sadly (mercifully?) it got shot down.



    Originally posted by CRZ
    Cheech (Canada, 2006)


French Quebecois. Advisory to AVOID. The Quebec film worth tracking down is C.R.A.Z.Y or and this will take a while but Karine Vanasse who is seriously hot but waaaaaay too young for me to think about her the way I do (I detect a theme in this post) made a film in which her father discovers the hard way that his little girl is making PrOn. Ma Fille, Mon Ange I think (My Daughter, My Angel)




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    CRITERION:
    #64: The Third Man - Criterion Collection (2-Disc Edition) (UK, 1949) New 2 disc release has a few new extras and a fresh remastering of the print - More info at Criterion (criterion.com)


I've heard the Soderbergh commentary is great.

Even though I have the original CRiterion DVD, I will probably end up buying this one soon.




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    Originally posted by CRZ
    Chain Reaction (1996) Keanu Reeves, Morgan Fairchild


Well, that's an improvement. :)



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    Originally posted by PeterStork
      Originally posted by CRZ
      Chain Reaction (1996) Keanu Reeves, Morgan Fairchild


    Well, that's an improvement. :)
Yikes - I guess you can tell where my mind wanders while I'm typing these things up. Not that I have anything against Morgan Freeman... ;-)

(What you're all telling me is I should put more mistakes in these things to get more replies!)



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.72
    Originally posted by CRZ
      Originally posted by PeterStork
        Originally posted by CRZ
        Chain Reaction (1996) Keanu Reeves, Morgan Fairchild


      Well, that's an improvement. :)
    Yikes - I guess you can tell where my mind wanders while I'm typing these things up. Not that I have anything against Morgan Freeman... ;-)

    (What you're all telling me is I should put more mistakes in these things to get more replies!)


at least it shows people are reading them.



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If anyone happens to buy Scrubs Season Five, is it as good as the first four seasons? I don't watch it on TV - only DVD - and I've heard Scrubs is no longer pumping out the quality it once was.

Also, I'm not sure how many Pride FC fans there are around here, but any opinions on these two would be appreciated. I'll likely get Shockwave, as the 2003 event is often mentioned as one of the best events of all-time. Still, it'd be good to hear from anyone who's seen either of these.
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    Originally posted by chill
    If anyone happens to buy Scrubs Season Five, is it as good as the first four seasons? I don't watch it on TV - only DVD - and I've heard Scrubs is no longer pumping out the quality it once was.


I'm not buying the DVD's, but as someone who watched Season 5, the show was still good. (The 100th episode is one of my favourites). The drop in quality didn't happen till season six, and really, it was more of a nosedive than a drop. Season six does have its moments, and will probably be at least worth a rental, but if you decided to write your own ending to the series in response to the season five finale and stopped watching afterwards, I wouldn't blame you for it.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.24
    Originally posted by CRZ
    Too Young to Die? (True Stories Collection TV Movie) (NBC?, 1990) Michael Tucker, Juliette Lewis, Brad Pitt - probably the only time you'll see Michael Tucker billed first when those three are in a picture - not that it would ever happen again

This movie is SO GREAT. Sleazy redneck Brad Pitt forces awkward teenager Juliette Lewis into a life of awkward stripping, awkward drug use and awkward prostitution. Michael O'Keefe tries to save her with decidedly un-sexy results! It's kind of bizarre, sometimes funny and really rather disturbing and depressing. The director (Robert Markowitz) went on to do the Starkweater/Fugate TV movie Murder in the Heartland with Tim Roth and Fairuza Balk that caused a little uproar at the time for being kind of bizarre, sometimes funny and really rather disturbing and depressing and ABC was like "Oh God, we can never show this again." Highly recommended!



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NEW LISTINGS FOR TUESDAY:
Shin Chan Vol. 1 (The W at Amazon) Anime - you may have seen it on Adult Swim
Something Like Happiness (Stestí - Czech Republic/Germany, 2005)
Roméo Et Juliette (Canada, 2006)
Cœurs: Private Fears in Public Places (France/Italy, 2006)
Shift (short, 2006)
One Night at the Metropolis Jesse Cook (import)

RELEASE DATE CORRECTED TO PREVIOUS DATE:
Mission: Impossible - The Complete First TV Season (12/5/06)

RESCHEDULED FOR 6/12:
Mente y Cuerpo - Introduccion a Practicas de Yoga

NOW SHOWING UNAVAILABLE:
Silent Night Bloody Night
Aqui Esta Lucy!
Duetos
The Exotic Dance Workout
The Capoeira Workout
Amazing Grace: Jeff Buckley
Bjork Life DVD Archive
Bjork Television DVD Archive
Guns N Roses: Live in Chicago (Region 2)
Aqua Odysseas: Catalina 3D Interactive Travel Guides
Ninja the Protector
Choices Of The Heart
The Disappearing Act
Family Rescue
Guilt By Association
High Lonesome
Indecent Seduction
The Marla Hanson Story
Nadia
Prophet Of Evil

Here's Amazon's Top 24 preorders:

1 Scrubs - The Complete Fifth Season
2 Mel Gibson's Apocalypto (Widescreen Edition)
3 Letters from Iwo Jima (Two-Disc Special Edition)
4 Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest [Blu-ray]
5 Pirates of the Caribbean - Curse of the Black Pearl [Blu-ray]
6 The O.C. - The Complete Fourth Season
7 Roots (Four-Disc -30th Anniversary Edition)
8 The Ultimate Matrix Collection [HD DVD]
9 Letters from Iwo Jima / Flags of Our Fathers (Five-Disc Commemorative Edition)
10 Mel Gibson's Apocalypto [Blu-ray]
11 The Complete Matrix Trilogy [HD DVD]
12 The Third Man - Criterion Collection (2-Disc Edition)
13 Avatar The Last Airbender - Book 2 Earth, Vol. 3
14 The Good German
15 The Magnificent Seven - The Complete Second Season
16 Letters from Iwo Jima [Blu-ray]
17 Kyle XY - The Complete First Season - Declassified
18 The King of Queens (Seasons 1-8)
19 WWE - WrestleMania 23
20 Letters from Iwo Jima (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD) [HD DVD]
21 Unconquered (Universal Cinema Classics)
22 Ball of Fire
23 Venus
24 Dragon Ball Z - Season Two

I guess it's true what they say about "Scrubs" fans - they buy DVDs on the day of release.



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    Originally posted by CRZ
    Romo Et Juliette (Canada, 2006)


This is pretty damn bad, but it suffered from some of the most damn nonsensical criticism as the Quebecois French press started wringing their hands over the fact that the film had two suicides in it and was that appropriate given the alarming rate of Quebec teen suicide.

IDIOTS.



    Originally posted by CRZ
    One Night at the Metropolis Jesse Cook (import)


Jesse Cook is a very very very very damn awesome guitarist.

I will go out on a limb on this and guess that the Metropolis in question is the downtown Montreal night-club.



    Originally posted by CRZ
    RELEASE DATE CORRECTED TO PREVIOUS DATE:
    Mission: Impossible - The Complete First TV Season (12/5/06)


I love the irony that Steven Hill was a member of two very succesful TV series decades apart, both of which were successful despite having revolving door casts. Mission Impossible was always intended to have a revolving door cast, because the point was that the Mission Impossible team leader would pick from a roster of agents, but in practice the cast was pretty stable within the context of a season, but between seasons, things changed in a hurry, starting with Hill leaving because the long shooting schedule interfered with his strict observance of Judaism.

But he was the most stable member of the Law and Order cast, in fact with the exception of the pilot, the only stable member of the cast until he left after what a decade? slightly more? wiki says 1990-2000 so that would be 11 seasons? I guess S. Epatha Merkeson and Sam Waterson have done more episodes than him since he left though.



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I guess the only thing that I watched from this week was Fay Grim. Over in the movie thread, Excalibur says:

    I've never seen the prequel Henry Fool, but I don't think you necessarily need to, they do a pretty good job of going over the pertinant points during the course of the film.
I'd disagree, but mostly because I think Fay Grim is mostly interesting as a companion piece to Henry Fool, rather than as a movie in itself. Henry Fool is a better film (and watching it again, I was reminded that it has one of my favorite closing shots ever -- although the ambiguity of that ending is erased by the sequel). Fay Grim is like a "What If?" take on those characters -- "What if Henry Fool was an international agent?" -- but, like the Marvel "What If?" comics, I'm not sure how interesting it would be without prior knowledge of those characters.

    It's not a bad movie, really. The first 2/3rds has a real charm to it. Parker Posey is good and the character interactions are a bit unrealistic, but funny. While it's a "spy thriller that doesn't take itself seriously" it's a really fun movie. Then the last 1/3rd decides to take itself super seriously and the whole thing goes to hell.
And yet we came to much the same conclusion. The plot is impossible to follow -- similar to, say, Syriana -- and while it's being breezy and spoofy it doesn't much matter, but then by the third act, you're like, "wait -- I was supposed to be following all that?"

    Originally posted by Cerebus
    Hal Hartley says this is the most 'Preston Sturges like' film he's done to date
Huh. That...may be, but I would not call it "Sturges-esque" by any stretch.

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