Bass Fishing Basics With Chuck Woolery, the definitive word on Bass Fish Basics, hits shelves on May 3 and can be found for under $10. Hmm. I notice Pat Sajak isn't making bass fishing DVDs.
The Collected Shorts of Jan Svankmajer is out in June, and just dig this cast list: Aleksandr Letko, Bedrich Glaser, Bohuslav Sramek, Ivan Kraus, Jan Kraus, Jan Zacek, Jaromir Kallista, Jiri Prochazka, Josef Fiala, Juraj Herz, Karel Hamr, Ludvik Svab, Monika Belo-Cabanova, Nad'a Munzarova, Ol'ga Vronska, Pavel Marek, Petr Cepek, Vaclav Borovicka. Wow!
Perhaps a little more up the typical Jabootuites alley is a double bill DVD of Death Dimension and Invaders of the Lost Gold. DD stars Jim Kelly and is directed by the late Al Adamson, so you can't go wrong there. The 'plot' involves a bomb that freezes people to death (!), and co-stars Harold 'Odd Job' Sakata (which is actually how he's credited!) and George Lazenby (!!!!!). Aldo Ray is also in there, because I thing it was a legal requirement. Invaders of the Lost Gold (aka Horror Safari)--a great title, in that it literally makes no sense--stars the inevitable Stuart
Whitman and Laura "Emmanuelle" Gemser, and was, surprise, made in Italy. Harold Sakata is in this one, too, and it involves jungle adventurers going after a treasure lost in the war. Reviews suggest this one is very stupid (good) and very boring (bad). Anyone acquainted with Mr. Whitman's oeuvre will not be shocked to hear this.
July will see the release of Bikini Girls on Dinosaur Island. If you had any fears that the film won't live up to its title, it starts Misty Mundae. I hope she's socking away whatever money she's making while it lasts. The disc will be available for well under $10, and includes a director's commentary (!) by David DeCoteau and a whole other feature, Bikini Goddessess.
Also is July we get The Bushido Blade, starring Laura Gemser (again!), James Earl Jones, Mako, Sonny Chiba, and toplining Richard "The Last Dinosaur" Boone as Commodore Matthew Perry (!) [and no, that's not the guy from Friends) and Toshiro Mifune as The Samurai. This should not be confused with Red Sun, which had a similar plot and also starred Toshiro Mifune as the Samurai sent to retrieve a stoen sword intended as a gift to an American President--although in Red Sun the search occurs in the American Old West, and in Bushido Blade occurs in Japan--and which co-starred Charles Bronson. Still, look at that cast.
June will see the seventh and last season of Homicide: Life on the Street available. This was quite possibly the finest American dramatic series ever, and you could do worse than to put all seven seasons on your Netflix list and work your way through them all. Extraordinary stuff.
June sees the classic Three Stooges Meet Hercules, arguably the greatest of the 3 Stooges time travel movies.
And, our SPOTLIGHT SPECIAL is Submerged, the long awaited Steven Seagal fights monster on a submarine movie. Really. It's directed by the guy that made Waxworks, and is due out on May 31st.