Hello! On tap for Tuesday, March 2 are 184 DVDs, 14 Blu-ray and one UMD. They're all here!
Our usual procedures apply: hover over links for prices (cheapest during preorder!), click to order, icons for IMDb, tv.com and movie websites are clickable, and I try to make a few bad jokes here and there as well.
Sometimes, as you well know, nostalgia beckons and you end up with a really awful movie still getting my
Designing Women: Season Three (CBS, 1988-9) I gotta tell ya - this was actually a pretty good season - I'm trying to remember when exactly it got all preachy and left-wing-y - ah well, better off not trying to figure it out. "Big Haas and Little Falsie" is HILARIOUS. More info and NO trailer at the mighty Shout! Factory (shoutfactorystore.com)
WHO THE HECK IS ALICE As you well know, with the upcoming Tim Burton/Johnny Depp adaptation, all previous versions of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" are all out of the woodwork with new OR rereleases. There's one more down in the movies section but this week's slate consists primarily of adaptations first seen on television: Alice (2009 Miniseries) (Syfy, UK/Canada, 2009) Alice (2009 Miniseries) [Blu-ray] Alice in Wonderland (NBC, UK/USA, 1999) Robbie Coltrane, Whoopi Goldberg, Gene Wilder, Martin Short - hey, have you noticed how all these Alices seem to have a lot of mugging cameos? More info at RHI (rhientertainment.com) Alice in Wonderland (BBC, 1966) Episode of "The Wednesday Play" - includes cameos from Peter Sellers (how many times was he IN "Alice in Wonderland," anyway?), John Gielgud, Peter Cook, Leo McKern, Michael Redgrave, and apparently an uncredited Eric Idle (says IMDb). Sesame Street: Abby in Wonderland Oh, Sesame Street...not you too!
THE REST OF THE TV MOVIES OF THE WEEK Taken in Broad Daylight / Bonus: Elizabeth Smart Story (Lifetime Movie Network, 2009) (CBS, 2003) Dramatization of the Anne Sluti affair - James Van Der Beek, Sara Canning, LeVar Burton - paired with another famous kidnapping docudrama - Dylan Baker For the Love of Grace (Hallmark, 2008) Mark Consuelos, Chandra West, Corbin Bernsen The 39 Steps (2008) (BBC) F4: Vortex (Tornado - Der Zorn des Himmels - ProSieben, 2006) More info and (most homemade-lookin' ever) trailer at Maverick (maverickentertainment.cc), who don't bother to tell us if it's subtitled or dubbed (my guess: whatever was cheaper) The Road from Coorain (made for TV, Australia, 2002) Under Heavy Fire (made for TV, Canada, 2001) Casper Van Dien, Carré Otis Jesus (CBS, Czech Republic/Italy/Germany/USA, 1999) Jeremy Sisto IS, Gary Oldman, Debra Messing, Jacquline Bisset Esther (CBS?, Germany/Italy/USA, 1999) Louise Lombard IS, F. Murray Abraham The Beiderbecke Connection (miniseries, ITV, 1988)
The Penthouse (2010) Rider Strong, Corey Large, April Scott, Kaley Cuoco, Mya, Kurupt, and "special appearances by" Ed Begley Jr. and Lin Shaye - I.... am not sure who most of those people are - more info at First Look (firstlookstudios.com)
STUFF LIONS GATE MUST HAVE JUST GOTTEN THE RIGHTS FOR Frances (1982) Jessica Lange Plenty (UK/USA, 1985) Meryl Streep, Charles Dance, Tracey Ullman, John Gielgud, Sting, Ian McKellen, Sam Neill The Wraith (Special Edition) (1986) Charlie Sheen, Nick Cassavetes, Sherilyn Fenn, Randy Quaid and a whole lotta 1980s music
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AND FINALLY... VJWorld Visuals Countdown Clock Timer Seriously? Seriously. "Now everyone can see how much time is remaining, on the TV." It puts a VIRTUAL TIMER on your screen. No more cheating at charades! I mean, read this description: "The Countdown Clock Timer features Looping and Straight Countdown Timing. Choose from 60-45-30-20-15-10-5-4-3-2-1 minutes and also a 30 Second countdown. Used with Parlor Games and at Poker Tournaments, Casino and other games like Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble, Whose Line Is It?, Chess, Boggle and Pictionary. Also, it can be used as a Workout Timer, a Homework Clock or for Student Test Timing and so much more." I'm surprised they didn't suggest you use it for cooking your eggs. And they think people will pay TEN BUCKS for this! I mean....y'know, actually, I wish I'd thought of this. I bet they make a mint. Back up the truck!
And with that, we're out for now. I'd love to hear if anything gets you excited enough to reply, but even if nothing here grabs you, I'll be back later to give you the "after press time" changes right up to release day!
Anyone have any experience with this on-demand service? When did this start? Are they doing MGM catalog films as well?
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Originally posted by NickBockwinkelFanAnyone have any experience with this on-demand service? When did this start? Are they doing MGM catalog films as well?
Haven't ordered any but thought about it; Recently (last year?); Yes, although I don't think there are a lot of MGM films out there yet. I listed five back on 12/15/09 (The W) and five on 12/31/09 (The W), and, why not, I'll repaste them here:
Trapeze (The W at Amazon) (1956) Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Gina Lollobrigida The Group (1966) Candice Bergen, Joan Hackett - directed by Sidney Lumet Far North (1988) Jessica Lange, Charles Durning, Tess Harper - written and directed by Sam Shepard Rich in Love (1993) Albert Finney, Jill Clayburgh, Kathryn Erbe, Kyle MacLachlan, Piper Laurie, Ethan Hawke, Suzy Amis, Alfre Woodard - geez, enough names on the videotape box? A Fish in the Bathtub (1999) Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara
ONE MORE BIG MOVIE Ninja (The W at Amazon) (2009) Scott Adkins, Tsuyoshi Ihara - nothing but one picture at their website , SO - more info and trailer at First Look (firstlookstudios.com) Ninja [Blu-ray]
Me, I kinda think Frisky Dingo was a waste of space and evidence of further decline from the 70/30 folks. I think "Tim & Eric" is a natural progression from "Tom Goes to the Mayor" and probably the show they wanted to do all along.