Wednesday, September 06, 2006


Since I haven’t gotten a chance to look at any of the DVDs that came in last week, I feel even more pressured now that my next batch has arrived. And I should point out that financial constraints have me buying much less than I used to. However, after a slow couple of month, a slew of essential stuff has come out in the last week (and is due in the next month: The Universal Sci-Fi Collection, two Karloff box sets, the Legends of Horror Collection, etc.). And believe me, I am skipping titles I definitely would have once picked up, like the new 3-disc Seven Samurai edition from Criterion.

Anyhoo, here’s what’s next for the waiting list:

The Brainiac: One of my favorite movies ever, bar none. A beautiful transfer, and worthy of three watchings…once in the original Spanish, once in the K. Gordon Murray dub, and once with the commentary. Ai Carumba! Time necessary: 4 hours.

Godzilla (Gojira): Wow! This is the most gorgeous package I’ve seen in a while. Stunning. Both the original Japanese cut of the first Godzilla film, never even available in this country before on video, and the American re-cut and Burr-ized version on the second disc. With two audio commentaries (one for each film, and very good sounding ones), new documentaries and a booklet. Again, this set is beautiful! And under $20! Buy it! Buy it! The same company is releasing more Godzillas in the coming year. Awesome. Time necessary: Six to seven hours.

Arrested Development Season Three: TV’s biggest loss since Futurama went off the air. I purposely skipped the final episodes when they were broadcast, so I could watch them on DVD. Before I get to these final 13 shows, I’d like to re-watch the first two season. Tick tock, tick tock. Time necessary: Say, six hours, along with time to rewatch around 40 previous episodes.

100 Years of Horror: A 26 part history of horror movies, not chronological unfortunately, but with subject-oriented episodes (Werewolves, Bela Lugosi, Giants and Dinosaurs, etc.) Hosted by Christopher Lee. I never saw this show, so I don’t know how good it is—although it seems to have a pretty good fanbase—but over 12 hours of content for around $13! Time necessary: 12 and a half hours.

And I have no time over the next couple weeks to even get started. Sigh.


At 9:15 AM, Blogger Cullen M. M. Waters said...

The Godzilla one is nice. The subtitles on Gojira are hard to read in places, and on rare occasions they're out of synch, but other than that it's just what the doctor ordered.

At 12:24 PM, Blogger BeckoningChasm said...

What's in the Universal box?

At 2:18 PM, Blogger Ken Begg said...

It's awesome. Currently a Best Buy exclusive, due out on Sep 19th, for $20 (!) you get three discs featuring The Incredible Shrinking Man (classic), Tarantula (very good), The Monolith Monsters (very nifty), Monster on the Campus (prime cheese) and The Mole People (eh).

And seriously, that Godzilla DVD is worth buying just to sit there. It's a lovely thing.

(or search movies under "Ultimate Collection")

At 3:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And believe me, I am skipping titles I definitely would have once picked up, like the new 3-disc Seven Samurai edition from Criterion."

Oooooh, I feel for you. The subtitles on the original Criterion DVD are so bad ("Rice we're eating! How--?") that I simply can't not buy this one.

At 12:27 PM, Anonymous The Rev. D.D. said...

That Godzilla disc....I haven't gotten that excited for a disc since...well, ever I think. Except maybe the King Kong collection that came out last year. So sweeeeeeeeeeet...


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