Tuesday, August 16, 2005

New on DVD this week (08/16/05)...

This weeks TV show sets include the third season of the Andy Griffith Show; I Love Lucy Season 5; the first season of the American version of The Office; Saved by the Bell: New Class, 4th Season (!!!); the well regarded college comedy Undeclared: The Complete Series; and Will & Grace Season 4.

The headliner TV set this week, though, is the 6th Simpsons Season set.

The disc of the week is Sin City, because it will look sensational on DVD, and becaues of Mickey Rourke's just awesome performance in the film.

Jabootuists will want to jump on their backs and spin themselves to stores for the Breakin' Collection, which includes Breakin' and, of course, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, the non-related but equally campy Beat Street, and a fourth disc of documentaries on break dancing and stuff. The set is available at a pretty sweet $20.

The Brown Bunny, the film that inspired one of Roger Ebert's most vitreal-spewing reviews in years, is out. You might want to save your money and just search out his review on the Web.

Creepies is a cheap DTV killer spider movie. Ron Jeremy (!) is in the cast. Paging the Foywonder.

Love Bites is a horror flick starring Asia Argento, which is probably enough right there to draw an audience. Warning, though: It's described as a "stylish and atmospheric French horror/comedy."

Off Season is another horror flick, and features Angus Scrimm. It sounds more like a psychological horror movie than a slasher flick or something.

Old movie buffs will want to check out another terrific Warners box set, this one the Astaire & Rogers Signature Collection of their musicals. The set includes Top Hat (1935), Swing Time (1936), Follow The Fleet (1936), Shall We Dance (1937) and The Barkleys Of Broadway (1949), and can be found on the Net for $40 and up. As usual there are cartoons and stuff on each disc, and at least three of the movies feature commentary tracks by film historians.


At 12:24 PM, Blogger Marty McKee said...

When is MGM going to release BREAKIN', BREAKIN' 2: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO and NINJA III: THE DOMINATION in a smokin' Lucinda Dickey Collection?

You'd buy it. You know you would.

At 2:01 PM, Anonymous andy80 said...

Ebert actually gave the edited version of Brown Bunny 3 stars.

At 2:31 PM, Blogger Ken Begg said...

Oh, I looove me the Lucinda Dickey.

Like a falling star, she came down from the heavens and disappeared all too quickly.

As for a 'good' Brown Bunny--what's the point?!

At 5:49 PM, Anonymous Tork_110 said...

I had been looking forward to The Simpsons Season 6 for quite a while now, but a friend of mine said that Matt Groening didn't do commentary for the The Critic crossover. I've been wanting to hear his side of why he took his name off that one (but apparently not off any of the other crossovers.)

If it's true, I'm very disappointed. It should have been a great commentary between him, the former showrunners of The Simpsons and creators of The Critic, Jon Lovitz, the then current showrunner, and whoever else they could have thrown in, but now it's not going to be as fun without Matt.

At 6:21 PM, Anonymous Foywonder said...

Believe it or not, I'm actually waiting to hear some other opinions on CREEPIES before I subject myself to it. The main reason is (almost embarrassed to admit it) I'm highly arachnophobic; not as much as I used to be, but still. If a movie is about spiders I'm very reluctant. I had little trouble watching SPIDERS, EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS, and ARACHNIA due to a combination of the film's cheesy nature and ofter unrealistic effects. On the other hand, I cannot sit through films like KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS, ARACHNOPHOBIA, or TARANTULAS: DEADLY CARGO. Even the spider sequence in HARRY POTTER & THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS made me look away. In the case of CREEPIES, everything I keep reading says the big spiders are laughably bad CGI so I'll most likely end up giving it a chance.

Oh, and CREEPIES 2 is already in the works. Supposedly, this time will feature "robot spiders" instead. My only guess is because they know there's no way to make the CGI spiders look even remotely realistic so why not just make them made of tin anyway.


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