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yeah, I know: stupid Guitar Hero II.
Damn Xbox version's not coming out until later this year. Pfffft. So
here I am; still in line waiting until this Thursday's Midnight
Madness Sale of PS3 - stinky, tired and generally irritable.
Otherwise, there's nothing new to report.
Here's what's coming this week. Enjoy...
These are the discs making their premiere this week...
Frat humor with the Mac kid. Is it good? I have no idea. Didn't
see it. Looks funny enough though.
Da Vinci Code
Oh poor Da Vinci Code.
What's wrong with it? Let's see: Tom Hanks is horribly miscast,
Ron Howard is entirely out of his element as director and the
exposition is so dense, entire segments of the film play out
while people run and talk, walk and talk and sit and talk
you get the idea. What's good? Sir Ian McKellen, Ms. Audrey
Tatou and the cinematography is pretty killer. Other than that:
if you're a fan of the book - enjoy. If not, you're not missing
anything. DVD extras are all featurette based, with no
commentary. But there's a special edition with a cryptex replica
and journal. Weeeee.
Ed Burns writes, directs and stars in this thirty-something
coming of middle age story of a guy who is marring his pregers
girlfriend (Brittany Murphy) and has one last hoorah in the
talky-talk way Burns does his films. His buds are played by a
nice collection of character actors (Donal Logue, Jay Mohr,
Matthew Lillard and John Leguizamo) and the nature of the show
and its pace owes a lot to Diner another coming of age
guy flick. DVD is okay, with well-representative non-anamorphic
letterboxed transfer, commentary, deleted scenes,
behind-the-scenes featurette and trailer. Burns fans should have
a good time.
Tucker Must Die
Aside from the truly hot ass on the movie poster, I have no
good things to say about this.
Not to state the obvious or anything, but trench warfare looks
like it sucked. Yet, cinematically, I have to say it's one of
the better styles of war. Something about it just
makes me like it onscreen. Even in slight references like 12
Monkeys I think it looks cool. I should be shot, huh?
Anyway, Joyeux Noel is the
true story of a cease fire/truce on Christmas Eve 1914 during
World War I between the French/Scottish forces and their German
enemies an action deemed treasonous by the company brass.
Yes, the film is very anti-war, and yes, it's actually pretty
good (nominated for Best Foreign Picture 2005) in its
No we don't need another Lassie.
Yes, they made one.
A sorta prequel to the often brilliant Comedy Central TV
series, Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello all join
forces to bring Jerri Blank back for one more. Is it necessary?
Nah. But it's still pretty funny. Fans of the show will enjoy,
for sure. But pedestrians should go pick up the two volumes of
the TV series for a better more fulfilling start. Transfer is
anamorphic widescreen, audio is DD 5.1 and extras include a
commentary with the above three, music video and a nice
selection of deleted scenes.
Killed the Electric Car?
It's funny not in a ha-ha way, but in jeez, we really screwed
ourselves way but consider the fact that we've painted
ourselves into a corner, really. If an electric car was put onto
the market; billions of dollars in jobs would disappear. There
is a greed element there on a corporate level for sure, but if a
car that featured less movable parts and a braking system that
needed fewer repairs wouldn't all of the jobs associated with
those things also disappear resulting in an epidemic in
joblessness? I'm not thinking that the corporations that quietly
killed the EV did so in our best interest, but maybe there's
more to this story that just the corporations. Who killed the
electric car? We all did. This documentary paints the picture in
more succinct strokes and does a rather good job drawing you
into the murder mystery. It's an interesting story and one worth
at least a rental.
Wild Blue Yonder
I'm not really sure what to think of this one. On one hand, I'm
a pretty big Werner Herzog fan. He's a violently active
filmmaker, bringing us feature films (scripted and improvised),
documentaries, art films and now this a sort of hybrid of
all the above. Culling together archival footage shot in space
in 1989, underwater footage from the arctic, documentary
interviews with mathematicians and commentary from actor Brad
Dourif who plays an alien discussing his races failure to help
humans on Earth. The whole thing amounts to a little over 70
minutes of... eh. That's the best word for it. eh.
Subversive Cinema does an
excellent job bring this film to DVD. The anamorphic widescreen
transfer is beautiful. Sound is also nice and rich. Extras
include a commentary with Herzog and Dourif, a making of,
gallery of stills and trailers. If you're a space head like Bill
or a Herzog fan like me, you might enjoy it. It's definitely one
for the Netflix cue, that's for sure.
So, here's were we can talk about the really fun discs coming out
this week. You know you want 'em. Well, come and get them.
A cult Christmas flick from Synapse? Can't wait. Don says I'm
getting a copy in my stocking, so I may be reviewing this when
it comes. Fingers crossed I've been a good boy this year.
1 - Best of DavidLynch.com
Fan of Lynch rejoice. A new DVD comes out today,
featuring a selection of short films previously only available
on Lynch's personal website (one that requires a membership).
Seven shorts, three camera experiments and Lynch answering
questions sent to his website by fans. I'll be picking this one
Women of Media
Again, I'm here to trumpet Playboy.
Haven't seen this one, but I like women. I like media. So I'm
sure to like what they have with this set. Am I a pig? God, I
hope so. And yes Kara, you're right, there's no such thing as
too much Doogan.
Days of Mussolini & Ubalda,
All Naked and Warm
Three flicks from NoShame. I don't know anything about the films,
nor do I really know anything about NoShame. But these look fun: two
Italian sex films starring Pippo Franco and a flick with Rod Steiger
as Mussolini. None could be bad, right?
Ol' Double Dip
Here's some titles that have made more than one trip to the
woodshed on DVD so far...
Planet: Ultimate Collector's Edition
Read Bill's review of the special edition
Green Mile: Special Edition
Also from Warner; finally a two-disc special edition of the
second of Frank Darabont's high-brow translations of Stephen
King. I'm a fan of both of Darabont's King films, but I'm
anxious and a mo-fo to see The Mist.
That is going to be super-cool. Like the Shawshank
SE, this one features a new Drew Struzan cover, a six-part
documentary, commentary by Darabont, additional scenes with
optional commentary, make-up and screen tests, trailers and
everything that was on the original release.
Kong: Deluxe Extended Edition
For those of you holding out for the better edition
you just knew was coming... your wait is over. The Rings
edition is here. This is the 3 and a half hour version of the
film with new action sequences, more character development and a
much thourough viewing experience. Extras include a gag reel,
long documentary and for those who pick up the gift set a
statue of Kong on the Empire State Building.
Synapse Films second release of the week is a big one for genre
fans. Originally released by Don May Jr.'s old company Elite,
Maniac Cop is a major
entry for fans of 80s horror and since this has been off the
market for a while, it makes it a bit better than your typical double-dip.
Featuring a brand new transfer, remastered sound in DD 5.1 (as
well as the original DD2.0) and the same extras as the original
release (trailers, commentary and extended scenes shot for
Japanese TV broadcast), the disc ups the ante with a new
interview with the Maniac Cop himself Robert Z'Dar. Fans of the
film will want to pick this one up.
Ultimate Collector's Edition
Don't know much about this one, although I'm a huge fan of the
flick so with this clocking in at 3-discs, I have to
think it's worth checking out.
I gots nothing on these. But damn there's a lot this week. More
good stuff here that there is on actual TV. Wow.
Rock: From the Sun: Season 6,
of Superman: The Complete Seasons 5 & 6,
Borstein: Drop Dead Gorgeous,
Best of The Electric Company: Volume 2,
'n' Dale Rescue Rangers: Volume 2,
The Complete Sixth & Seventh Season,
Crime Scene Investigation - Sixth Season,
Guy: Volume Four,
The Complete Series,
Girls: Season Six,
Changed Our World: Steve Irwin Memorial Tribute,
Improvement: Season Five,
Live on the Streets - The Complete Series,
& Clark: The Complete 4th Season,
Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 4,
Tunes Spotlight Collection: Volume 4,
of Horror: Haeckel's Tale,
Blue Collection: Limited Edition,
The Complete Second Season,
Cheerleaders Making the Squad: Miami Dolphins,
Cheerleaders Making the Squad: San Diego,
Cheerleaders Making the Squad: Tampa Bay,
Exposure: The Complete Fifth Season,
Francisco: Ouch! Live from San Jose,
Leap: The Complete Fifth Season,
The Complete Fourth Season,
Feet Under: The Complete Series and
Girl: Season 2
Back to the grind for me. And by grind I mean waiting in this line.
Will I get a PS3? Can I even afford one? Will Blu-ray rock my world?
Find out in a week. But it doesn't look hopeful on any of those
By the way, you can all Friend me on my
Bits MySpace page. I'm trying to feel like a big man and
raise my friend count up from 19. Man I suck. Once your there, you
can Friend The Bits as well.
Isn't Internet Technology the best? I feel like a 12 year-old.
Go out and buy some DVDs. F the new formats. You spin your discs
and I'll spin mine.
See you next time,
Somewhere Out There, 11/14/06
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