Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Movies for Less

Movies are to expensive. Why does it cost $17 to $20 for a DVD, and almost $30 for a Blu-Ray disc. The movie producers have no where near that in them, and the retailers barely make anything selling them.
At $9.99 for a DVD or Blu-Ray, I would buy my movies instead of renting them. Currently, I spend $32 a month on the Blockbuster in store all you can eat program. But I would start collecting them again at a more affordable price. I try to find deals on movies, but they still run nearer to $15.
Come on - make movies affordable and drastically see sales increase.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Sweeney Todd

image Sweeney Todd

Tim Burton serves up the sugarplum tale of serial-killing barber Sweeney Todd (Johnny Depp), who slits the throats of his customers and then, with the help of bake-shop owner Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter), grinds up the corpses and serves them as meat pies to a salivating if unsuspecting public. What more do you want in a musical? So get prepped, gore addicts — Sweeney Todd, subtitled The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and set in nineteenth-century London, is ninety percent sung. And doing the lion's share of the warbling is Depp, who has never sung a note onscreen and still has the sand to take on a landmark musical by legend Stephen Sondheim that leaves trained opera stars feeling daunted. A recipe for disaster? You'd think. Instead, Sweeney Todd is a thriller-diller from start to finish: scary, monstrously funny and melodically thrilling. And Depp is simply stupendous. He's not Pavarotti and doesn't try to be, but his light baritone has clarity, timbre and emotive power. Depp erases the line between singing and acting, fusing them into something that keeps the movie blazing. Oscar, take note. This Sweeney is a bloody wonder, intimate and epic, horrific and heart-rending as it flies on the wings of Sondheim's most thunderously exciting score. Burton is a true visionary, and with the help of cinematographer Dariusz Wolski, costume whiz Colleen Atwood and production designer Dante Ferretti he sets a new gold standard for bringing a stage musical to the screen. Burton knows that Sweeney Todd has been sacrosanct in theater circles since its Broadway debut in 1979, starring Len Cariou and Angela Lansbury. He knows that what Sondheim composes is considered holy writ. And yet Burton and screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator) have deleted songs, abridged characters and sliced an hour off the show's three-hour running time in the name of keeping the tale fixed on Sweeney's need for vengeance. What's our boy so pissed about? As a young barber, he doted on his wife and baby daughter. The wife's beauty attracted Judge Turpin (a superlatively creepy Alan Rickman), a sexual predator protected by the law in the person of Beadle Bamford (Timothy Spall). A trumped-up charge sent the barber to an Australian prison and the judge into rape mode. Fifteen years later, Sweeney is back in London, a shock of white in his hair to match his deathly pallor. Mrs. Lovett, his former landlady, tells him that his wife went mad and took her own life, and that the judge now plans to marry Johanna (Jayne Wisener), Sweeney's daughter. That's the setup. In the soaring duet "My Friends," Mrs. Lovett sings of her love for Sweeney while he declares his passion for his razor ("At last my right arm is complete again"). Sweeney regains his tonsorial rep by defeating Pirelli, a rival barber done to a low-comic turn by Sacha Baron Cohen, and tempts the judge into his barber chair. The two sing one of Sondheim's loveliest ballads ("Pretty Women"), but just before the barber can put blade to the villain's throat, Anthony (Jamie Campbell Bower), a young sailor also in love with Johanna, interrupts and sends the judge scurrying. Sweeney snaps, and in his strongest anthem ("Epiphany") vows to take revenge on all mankind. Cue the corpses and the meat pies, as a beggar woman (Laura Michelle Kelly) sings of a "city on fire." Burton's use of blood is impressionistic, not realistic. But the prudes still whine about the R-rated violence. When did we become a nation of wimps? This brilliantly conceived and executed film moves from one highlight to another. The darkly delicious Bonham Carter rivals Depp in using an untrained voice to anchor lyrics to truth rather than showoff technique. She is funny and touching singing "By the Sea," a number that brings the screen alive with color as Mrs. Lovett imagines the impossible: Sweeney returning her desire. Later, Bonham Carter evokes chills in "Not While I'm Around," a ballad of devotion she croons to her young apprentice, Toby (the excellent Ed Sanders), just before she arranges his demise. As the film follows its tragic course, Depp scores an explosive triumph. Covered in blood, Sweeney is finally engulfed by his emotions, and Depp finds the character's grieving heart. It's a staggering moment in a spellbinder of breathtaking beauty and terror.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Thursday, July 12, 2007

DVD Releases the Week of July 24, 2007

The Number 23 (R)
Zodiac (R)
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (R)
The Host (R)
Slow Burn (R)
10:30 PM Summer 1966 (Not Rated)
Abby Singer (Not Rated)
Adventures of Juan Quin Quin (Not Rated)
After Dark Thrillers (Not Rated)
Alien vs. Redneck (Not Rated)
Alien Worlds 20 Movie Pack (Not Rated)
Anita (Not Rated)
Anna Akhmatova File (Not Rated)
The Aquarium (Not Rated)
Audio Visual Connect Series: Myths & Legends (Not Rated)
Avant-Garde 2 (Not Rated)
Beer Nutz (Not Rated)
Bela Lugosi: Master Of Terror 10 Movie Pack (Not Rated)
Benson: The Complete First Season (Not Rated)
Best of Detectives: 52 Episodes (Not Rated)
Best of Jersey All Pro Wrestling (Not Rated)
The Best of Sammy Davis Jr. Live (Not Rated)
The Best of X: X-Games Greatest Moments (Not Rated)
Beyond The Grave 20 Movie Pack (Not Rated)
The Big Bad Swim (Not Rated)
A Bit of Fry & Laurie: Season 3 (Not Rated)
A Bit of Fry & Laurie: Season 4 (Not Rated)
A Bit of Fry & Laurie: The Complete Collection (Not Rated)
Black Cat Volume 6 (Not Rated)
Black Lagoon Volume 2 (Not Rated)
Blender Everton: Live In Berkele (Not Rated)
Blown (Not Rated)
Bobby Jones & Nashville Super Choir: Gospel (Not Rated)
Boys In Love Collection: Volume 1 (Not Rated)
Cashback (R)
The Chambermaid (R)
Cheddar DVD: Volume 7 (Not Rated)
Children Of Love (Not Rated)
Clase 406: Season 2 (Not Rated)
Classic Musicals from the Dream Factory Volume 2 (Not Rated)
Classic Super Heroes Collection (Not Rated)
Classics Set (Not Rated)
Companeros (Not Rated)
Complete Outsider (Not Rated)
Comrade (Not Rated)
The Contract (R)
Ex-lawman and his son capture an assassin on the run. (John Cusack [Ray Keene], Morgan Freeman [Frank Cardin], Alice Krige) Cory Morrow: Live From Austin (Not Rated)
Crazy Legs Conti: Zen & The Art Of Competitive... (Not Rated)
Crow: The Complete Series (Not Rated)
Deadly Doubles Volume 5: College Girls Confidentia (Not Rated)
The Decoy (Not Rated)
Man must deliver life-ling friend to the gallows. (Justin Kreinbrink, Kevin Market, Jake McDaniel) Decrepit Crypt of Nightmares 50 Movie Pack (Not Rated)
Delincuente (Not Rated)
Delivery Boy Chronicles (Not Rated)
Deserters Gold (Not Rated)
Discover China: Dim Sum Odyssey (Not Rated)
The Doris Day & Rock Hudson Comedy Collection (Not Rated)
Dos De Abajo (Not Rated)
The Dubliners: On The Road Live In Germany (Not Rated)
El Derecho De Nacer (Not Rated)
Elephant Man: Live (Not Rated)
Eloise: Goes To School (G)
Elvis Gift Set (Not Rated)
Ergo Proxy Volume 5: Terra Incognita (Not Rated)
Erotic Ghost Story Two (Not Rated)
Exterminating Angels (Not Rated)
Favorite Childrens Songs (Not Rated)
Five Dedicated To Ozu (Not Rated)
Frank Sinatra Gift Set (Not Rated)
Gold Digger Killer (Not Rated)
Great African Films Volume 1: Faraw (Not Rated)
Grindhouse Classics Two-Fer: Blood Bath / Witch (Not Rated)
Grindhouse Experience 20 Film Set
Guerrilla & The Hope: Lucio Cabanas (Not Rated)
Harrison Ford Triple Feature (Not Rated)
Harvey Birdman: Attorney At Law Volume 3 (Not Rated)
Harvey Birdman: Attorney At Law Volumes 1-3 (Not Rated)
Heavenly Mission (Not Rated)
Hedda Gabler (Not Rated)
Henrik Ibsen: The Collection (Not Rated)
Horror Movie Classics: Collector's Tin (Not Rated)
Howling With The Angels (Not Rated)
In The Cockpit: Flat Tops (Not Rated)
In The Cockpit: Red Star (Not Rated)
International Challenge: Volume 1 (Not Rated)
International Challenge: Volume 2 (Not Rated)
Invasion of the Pod People (Not Rated)
Ivan's Childhood (Not Rated)
James Ellroy: American Dog (Not Rated)
James Joyce's Dublin: Ulysses Tour (Not Rated)
Johnny Legend: Live On The Sunset Strip (Not Rated)
La Mujer De Los Dos (Not Rated)
Land Of The Giants: Full Series (Not Rated)
Last James: Live In Berlin (Not Rated)
Live Free or Die (R)
Criminal tries to help run a storage facility business. (Aaron Stanford, Michael Rapaport, Zooey Deschanel) The Long Weekend (R)
Making Marines (Not Rated)
Malpertuis (Not Rated)
Manon Of The Spring / Jean De Florette (Not Rated)
Mansion Sister (Not Rated)
Maximum Action (Not Rated)
Morisma (Not Rated)
My Baby Know-It-All (Not Rated)
Naoyuki Tsuji Animation Collection (Not Rated)
Newsreel History Of The Third Reich: Volume 9 (Not Rated)
Night At The Roxbury / Superstar / The Ladies Man (Not Rated)
Night Screams 50 Movie Pack (Not Rated)
Nomad: The Warrior (R)
Northeast Wrestling: Autumn Ambush (Not Rated)
Northeast Wrestling: Renegade's Rampage (Not Rated)
Nothing Funny (Not Rated)
NWA Florida: Aftermath (Not Rated)
NWA Florida: Rage In The Cage 2004 (Not Rated)
Pariah (Not Rated)
Pet Shop Boys: Cubism In Concert (Not Rated)
Philip Marlowe, Private Eye: Season 1 (Not Rated)
Pink Panther: Inspector Classic Cartoons Volume 6 (Not Rated)
Playboy Sessions (Not Rated)
Ready For School (Not Rated)
The Real McCoys Season 1 (Not Rated)
Reggae Salute (Not Rated)
Renaissance (R)
Determined cop investigates kidnapping of scientist. (Daniel Craig (voice), Iam Holm (voice), Jonathan Pryce (voice)) Requiem for Billy the Kid (Not Rated)
Ring of Honor: Night Of Appreciation (Not Rated)
Rio Bravo / The Searchers (Not Rated)
Romance Of Red Dust (Not Rated)
Royal Wedding / The Belle of New York (Not Rated)
Sangre Costena (Not Rated)
School Dazed (Not Rated)
Secret of Isis: Complete Series (Not Rated)
Seeds Of Greatness: Roots (Not Rated)
Seeds Of Greatness: Roots/Wings (Not Rated)
Seeds Of Greatness: Wings (Not Rated)
Shadow Puppets (Not Rated)
Shakespeare Retold (Not Rated)
Shirley Horn: Live At Village Vanguard (Not Rated)
Si Sos Brujo (Not Rated)
Simply Fobulous (Not Rated)
Sinbad Son of a Preacher Man (Not Rated)
Sizzla: Art of War (Not Rated)
Spawn: The Animated Collection (Not Rated)
Spenser: Judas Goat (Not Rated)
Spenser: Savage Place (Not Rated)
Star Trek Fan Collectives (Not Rated)
Star Trek: Captain's Log Fan Collective (Not Rated)
Stargate SG-1: Season 10 (Not Rated)
Sugar Creek (Not Rated)
Suspense: Lost Episodes Collection 1 (Not Rated)
Suzuka Volume 2 (Not Rated)
T. D. Jakes: Follow The Star (Not Rated)
T. D. Jakes: Live From The Potters (Not Rated)
T. D. Jakes: Woman Thou Art Loosed (Not Rated)
T.D.Jakes & Potters House Choir: A Wing & A Prayer (Not Rated)
Tales From The Crypt: Seasons 1-6 (Not Rated)
Tales From The Crypt: The Complete Sixth Season (Not Rated)
That Midnight Kiss / The Toast of New Orleans (Not Rated)
Three Sheets (Not Rated)
Turn Left At The End Of The World (Not Rated)
Turnbuckle Memories: Volume 10 (Not Rated)
Turnbuckle Memories: Volume 11 (Not Rated)
Turnbuckle Memories: Volume 12 (Not Rated)
Turnbuckle Memories: Volume 7 (Not Rated)
Turnbuckle Memories: Volume 8 (Not Rated)
Turnbuckle Memories: Volume 9 (Not Rated)
TV Moodscapes: Ultimate Relaxation Video (Not Rated)
The Ultimate Underdog Collection: Volume 1 (Not Rated)
The Ultimate Underdog Collection: Volume 2 (Not Rated)
The Ultimate Underdog Collection: Volume 3 (Not Rated)
Unconscious (R)
Utawarerumono Volume 4: Price Of Freedom (Not Rated)
Wages of Sin (Not Rated)
Waynes World / Coneheads / Stuart Saves His Family (Not Rated)
Weeds: Season Two (Not Rated)
Who Owns The Dance Floor #2 (Not Rated)
Woody Woodpecker & Friends Classic Cartoon Coll. (Not Rated)
A World Without Thieves (Not Rated)
Wrestling Vixens Untamed (Not Rated)
WWE: Vengeance 2007 (Not Rated)
Yoga Journals Beginning Yoga Step By Step Sess 3 (Not Rated)
Yoga Journals Beginning Yoga Step By Step Sess 2 (Not Rated)
Yoga Journals Beginning Yoga Step By Step Sess 1 (Not Rated)
Yoga Journals Beginning Yoga Step By Step Set (Not Rated)
Yu Yu Hakusho Box Set (Not Rated)

DVD Releases the Week of July 17, 2007

Premonition (PG-13)
The Hills Have Eyes 2 (R)
Trailer Park Boys: The Movie
Avenue Montaigne (PG-13)
Bistro waitress has an effect on her customers. (Cecil De France, Valerie Lemercier, Albert Dupontel) Factory Girl (R)
'60s Rock & Roll Jukebox (Not Rated)
3 Doors Down: Live Away From The Sun (Not Rated)
Adolfo Urias Y Su Lobo Norteno: Grandes Videos Mus (Not Rated)
Adventures of Sonic The Hedgehog (Not Rated)
Aerosmith In Performace (Not Rated)
Alarm: Greatest Hits Live (Not Rated)
All Excess (Not Rated)
America's Funniest Home Video: Guide To Parents (Not Rated)
Ancient Discoveries (Not Rated)
Anthony B.: Live On The Battlefield (Not Rated)
Antlered Kings (Not Rated)
Armageddon Over Wacken Live 2004 (Not Rated)
At Town Hall Party: April 18, 1959 (Not Rated)
At Town Hall Party: August 8, 1959 (Not Rated)
At Town Hall Party: July 18, 1959 (Not Rated)
At Town Hall Party: November 15, 1958 (Not Rated)
At Town Hall Party: November 6, 1954 (Not Rated)
At Town Hall Party: October 11, 1958 (Not Rated)
Avenged Sevenfold (Not Rated)
Awesome Bulls 1 & 2 (Not Rated)
Bacterium (Not Rated)
Bare It All Show (Not Rated)
Basic Tsukamoto (Not Rated)
The Basics of Billiards (Not Rated)
Baxter (R)
Beat Volume 1: Shows 1-5 (Not Rated)
Beat Volume 2: Shows 6-9 (Not Rated)
Beat Volume 3: Shows 10-13 (Not Rated)
Beat Volume 4: Shows 14-17 (Not Rated)
Beat Volume 5: Shows 18-21 (Not Rated)
Beat Volume 6: Shows 22-26 (Not Rated)
Beaten (Not Rated)
Beer Drinkers In Space (Not Rated)
Bellydance Arms & Posture (Not Rated)
The Best of Lone Ranger (Not Rated)
Best Student Council Volume 4: Secret Lives (Not Rated)
Big Wu: Family Reunion Live (Not Rated)
Bill Bruford: In Concert In Holland (Not Rated)
Birdman & the Galaxy Trio: The Complete Series (Not Rated)
Black Sabbath: In Their Own Words (Not Rated)
Bless By Fire / Official Story (Not Rated)
Blessed By Fire (Not Rated)
Bob Dylan: The Golden Years 1962-1978 (Not Rated)
Bob Luman: At Town Hall Party (Not Rated)
Bob Marley: Music In Review (Not Rated)
Bon Jovi In Performance (Not Rated)
Bon Jovi: Heaven Can Wait (Not Rated)
Boss Bucks (Not Rated)
Breakdance: Completely Street Instructional (Not Rated)
Business: 1st Season (Not Rated)
Carlos Oscar: Life Is Crazy Good! (Not Rated)
Chalkdust Memories: Vintage Educational Films (Not Rated)
Champions of the Wild: Marine Life (Not Rated)
Champions of the Wild: Our Wildlife (Not Rated)
Champions of the Wild: Primates, Pandas & Bears (Not Rated)
Ciudad Juarez Tan Infinito Como El Des (Not Rated)
Class / Secret Admirer (Not Rated)
Coldplay: Love Actually (Not Rated)
College Hill: Virgin Islands (Not Rated)
Collins Kids: At Town Hall Party Volume 3 (Not Rated)
Comedy Zen: 1st Season (Not Rated)
Complete Pilates Workout Box Set (Not Rated)
Corsica Investigation (Not Rated)
Crimen En Presidio (Not Rated)
Crow Road (Not Rated)
David Bowie & The Spiders 1969-1974 (Not Rated)
David Bowie: Definitive Critical Review (Not Rated)
David Bowie: Up Close & Personal (Not Rated)
Dead Bucks Don't Lie (Not Rated)
Dead Man's Hand (Not Rated)
Deep Purple: Reflections (Not Rated)
Deep Purple: Videobiography (Not Rated)
Deep Roots Music 1: Revival / Ranking Sounds (Not Rated)
Del Lado De La Ley (Not Rated)
Demon Hunting (Not Rated)
Desperately Seeking Susan / Something Wild (Not Rated)
Digi Charat Nyo Volume 2 (Not Rated)
DJ Tiesto: Tiesto In Concert (Not Rated)
Dr. Ravi & Mr. Hyde (Not Rated)
Dynamite Warrior (Not Rated)
Eddie Cochran: At Town Hall Party (Not Rated)
El Inmigrante (Not Rated)
El Simbolo: Grandes Videos Musicales (Not Rated)
Elvis Presley: Spirit Of Memphis (Not Rated)
Emmanuelle Beart Collection (Not Rated)
Erotic College Coeds: Wet & Wild (Not Rated)
Eureka Seven Volume 8 (Not Rated)
Fairport Convention: Ultimate Collection (Not Rated)
The Fall: Live At The Knitting Factory (Not Rated)
The Fall: Punkcast 2004 & Live At The Garage 2002 (Not Rated)
Fantasma Volume 2 (Not Rated)
Fatal Beauty / Running Scared (Not Rated)
First Class Nudes: Volume 1 (Not Rated)
First Class Nudes: Volume 2 (Not Rated)
Flamingo Kid / Last American Virgin (Not Rated)
Flight Check: Bombers (Not Rated)
Flight Check: Fighters (Not Rated)
The Followers (Not Rated)
Forest Of The Dead (Not Rated)
Foyles War: Set 4 (Not Rated)
Frank Sinatra: Reflections (Not Rated)
Game Day (Not Rated)
Garbage: Absolute Garbage (Not Rated)
Gene Vincent: At Town Hall Party (Not Rated)
Gene Watson: Greatest Hits (Not Rated)
Genesis: In Their Own Words (Not Rated)
Genesis: Inside Genesis 1970-1980 Critical Review (Not Rated)
Genesis: Reflections (Not Rated)
Ghost Gate (Not Rated)
Ghost of the Brotherhood (Not Rated)
Ghost Train (Not Rated)
Giant Gila Monster / Killer Shrews (Not Rated)
Goof Juice: My Sky (Not Rated)
Grafters: The Complete First Season (Not Rated)
Green Day In Performance (Not Rated)
Green Day: Only Rhyme That Bites (Not Rated)
Grindhouse Trash Collection (Not Rated)
Gundam Seed Destiny Volume 9 (Not Rated)
Gunsmoke: The First Season (Not Rated)
Happy Hooker Trilogy (Not Rated)
Hard Rock Collection (Not Rated)
Hare & Guu Deluxe Volume 2 (Not Rated)
Haunted Boat (R)
Hedda Gabler (Not Rated)
Hilarious Hunts (Not Rated)
Hollywood Legemds: Alfred Hitchcock (Not Rated)
Hollywood Legends: Charlie Chaplin (Not Rated)
Hollywood Legends: John Wayne (Not Rated)
Hollywood Legends: Sherlock Holmes (Not Rated)
Holocaust: Raw Loud N Live Tour (Not Rated)
Hopalong Cassidy TV Collection 1 (Not Rated)
Horizons (Not Rated)
Horn Rattln / To Kill A Book Deer (Not Rated)
Illegal Street Racing Show (Not Rated)
The Incredible Hulk: The Complete Second Season (Not Rated)
Iona: Iona (Not Rated)
Iona: Live At Ulu London 2004 (Not Rated)
Irish Tenors: Complete Irish Tenors (Not Rated)
James Brown: Mr. Dynamite (Not Rated)
Jennifer Kries: Hot Body Cool Mind Level 2 (Not Rated)
Jill Scott: Live In Paris (Not Rated)
Joe Maphis: At Town Hall Party (Not Rated)
Johnny Be Good / Young Blood (Not Rated)
Johnny Bond: At Town Hall Party (Not Rated)
Johnny Cash: Five Minutes To Live / Door To Door (Not Rated)
Johnny Cash: Night Rider (Not Rated)
Joshua's Troop: Live (Not Rated)
Joy To The World (Not Rated)
Karin Volume 2: Vampire Hunter (Not Rated)
Keli Roberts: Upper Body & Core (Not Rated)
The Kinks: In Their Own Words (Not Rated)
Kon Ichikawa's 47 Ronin (Not Rated)
La Carcel De Cananea (Not Rated)
Last Seen at Angkor (Not Rated)
Law Of Ueki Volume 8 (Not Rated)
Led Zeppelin: Definitive Review (Not Rated)
Led Zeppelin: In Their Own Words (Not Rated)
Led Zeppelin: Inside Led Zeppelin 1968-1980 (Not Rated)
The Legend of Guan Gong (Not Rated)
Legends of British Comedy (Not Rated)
Living Room Yoga: Strengthen & Lengthen (Not Rated)
Lo Mejor Del Chapulin Colorado Volume 8 (Not Rated)
Love (Not Rated)
Love / Soundless (Not Rated)
Madlax Complete Collection (Not Rated)
Magnum: Live (Not Rated)
Maria Beatty: Fetish Films Volume 1 (Not Rated)
Maria Beatty: Fetish Films Volume 2 (Not Rated)
Martin & Lewis: Complete Colgate Comedy Hour Coll (Not Rated)
Martin Stephenson: Lincoln Cathedral (Not Rated)
Martin Stephenson: Live At The Roscoe (Not Rated)
Masters of Horror: The Black Cat
Memphis Belle & P 47 Thunderbolt Warplanes of WWII (Not Rated)
Merle Travis: At Town Hall Party (Not Rated)
Mia Michelle Model Splash (Not Rated)
Minisuka Police Volume 1
Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman (Not Rated)
Moogfest 2006: Live (Not Rated)
The Mormons (Not Rated)
Most Haunted: Castles of Britain (Not Rated)
Most Haunted: London Haunts (Not Rated)
Most Haunted: The Collection (Not Rated)
Mountain: Live In Texas 2005 (Not Rated)
Mr. Halloween (Not Rated)
My Favorite Martian Season 1: Best Of (Not Rated)
My-Otome Volume 1 (Not Rated)
National Geographic: Secret Yellowstone (Not Rated)
National Geographic: Secret Yosemite (Not Rated)
Nirvana In Performance (Not Rated)
Once Bitten / Vampires Kiss (Not Rated)
Overhaulin': The Complete Third Season (Not Rated)
P Diddy Presents: Bad Boys Of Comedy Season 2 (Not Rated)
Patrulla 81: En Concierto (Not Rated)
Payback: Volume 1 (Not Rated)
Perfect Creature (R)
Peter Cincotti: Live In New York (Not Rated)
Pink Floyd: Atom Heart Mother (Not Rated)
Pink Floyd: In London 66-67 (Not Rated)
Pink Floyd: Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (Not Rated)
Pink Floyd: Rock Milestones: Landmark A (Not Rated)
Pink Floyd: Rock Milestones: The Wall (Not Rated)
Plunky & Oneness Of Juju: Live In Paris (Not Rated)
Poison Friends (Not Rated)
Porcupine Tree: Arriving Somewhere (Not Rated)
Professional Predator Trapping (Not Rated)
Professional Water Trapping (Not Rated)
Promise Keeper (Not Rated)
Quest For Adventure 1 (Not Rated)
Quest For Adventure 2 (Not Rated)
Quest For Adventure 3 (Not Rated)
Quest of Coyotes (Not Rated)
Race You to the Bottom (R)
Rainbow: In Their Own Words (Not Rated)
Rat Pack: Kings Of Swing (Not Rated)
Raymond Bernard Series 4 Box Set (Not Rated)
Real World Yoga: Real People With Real Bodies (Not Rated)
Rising Damp: Series 4 (Not Rated)
Rookies: The Complete First Season (Not Rated)
Roxy Music: Inside Roxy Music 1972-1974 (Not Rated)
Russian Revolution In Color (Not Rated)
San Antonio Spurs: 2006-2007 NBA Champions (Not Rated)
Saxon: Live (Not Rated)
Sci-Fi Sinema Set (Not Rated)
Silken Sleeves (Not Rated)
Skeeter: Xtro & Xtro 2 (Not Rated)
Slayers Season 1 (Not Rated)
Snowy White: The Way It Is (Not Rated)
Softcore Divas: Behind The G-Strings (Not Rated)
Space Ghost & Dino Boy: The Complete Series (Not Rated)
Spring River Flows East (Not Rated)
SRH Presents Spaded (Not Rated)
Steel Pulse: Introspective (Not Rated)
Steel Pulse: Live From The Archives (Not Rated)
The Stonecutter (Not Rated)
Stories From The Road: Sturgis 2006 (Not Rated)
Sublime: Ultimate Bundle (Not Rated)
Suicide: One Day Live At La Loco (Not Rated)
Supertramp: Total Rock Review (Not Rated)
Sure Thing / Valley Girl (Not Rated)
Surf School (R)
Taekwondo: Training In Korea (Not Rated)
Tanya Tucker (Not Rated)
Taxicab Confessions: New York, New York Part 1 (Not Rated)
TCM Spotlight: Esther Williams Collection (Not Rated)
Teen Witch / Heavenly Kid (Not Rated)
This Ain't Your Mom's Hardcore: Volume 2 (Not Rated)
Tide: Line Blue 2 (Not Rated)
Tlapehuala Show (Not Rated)
TNA Show (Not Rated)
Traci Townsend
Tsubasa Volume 2 (Not Rated)
UFO: Strangers In The Night (Not Rated)
Undagrind Documentary (Not Rated)
Upland Bird Hunting with Tom Huggler (Not Rated)
Uriah Heep: Gold Form The Byron Era (Not Rated)
Van Der Graaf Generator: God Bluff Live 1975 (Not Rated)
The Verminators: Bowmania (Not Rated)
Very Best of GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling 4 (Not Rated)
Vincent: The TV Series (Not Rated)
Virginia (Not Rated)
Man seeks out biological father for girlfriend's daughter. (Godfrey Danchimah, Paige Hurd) Voyagers! The Complete Series (Not Rated)
We All Love Ella: A Tribute to 1st Lady of Song (Not Rated)
Whitetail Bonanza Multipack (Not Rated)
The Who: In Their Own Words (Not Rated)
Why Smart People Do Stupid Things with Money (Not Rated)
William & Mary (Not Rated)
William Boyd: Ultimate Hopalong Cassidy Collection (Not Rated)
Wings of Glory (Not Rated)
Wishbone Ash: Argus (Not Rated)
Works With Sharon Mann (Not Rated)
World Fighting Alliance Collection (Not Rated)
Yes: Inside Yes 1968-1973 Critical Review (Not Rated)
Yo-Yo Girl Cop (Not Rated)

DVD Releases the Week of July 10, 2007

A partial list of the DVD releases for July 10, 2007

The Astronaut Farmer
Beauty and the Beast: The Second Season
Bewitched: The Complete Fifth Season
The Contractor
Extras: The Complete Second Season
The Last Mimzy
The Last Stand
My Super Sweet 16: Seasons 1 & 2
My Super Sweet 16: The Movie
Shark Week: 20th Anniversary Collection
Sweet Land

Friday, October 13, 2006

The West Wing Complete 7th Season

Coming to DVD Nov 7, 2006

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It would be difficult for me to truly describe the wonderful shock that is The West Wing's final season. I, like so many, had given up on The West Wing when Aaron Sorkin left, wished the show cancelled during its atrocious 5th season, and, honestly, found the show an irritating fantasy during the Sorkin-helmed 4th season anyway. Something astonishing happens during "The Ticket," the season's first episode - you feel, in its incredible pacing, structure, and emotional understatement - that Aaron Sorkin has not only returned but has regained all of his abilities as a writer. That he is not at all involved with the show means that writers like Eli Attie and Deborah Cahn have finally gotten their work as writers to both revive the lightning-quick trademarks of The West Wing while also justifying the often-unswallowable plot maneuvers of its previous two seasons. It occurred to me during "Message of the Week," a nimble and thrilling episode, that campaign-trail politics had never been so accurately represented, if they'd truly ever been attempted at all. That means The West Wing had found a reason to exist again, and that sense invigorated all the stories it surrounded - the White House's "leak" story, or the regional conflict between Kazhakstan and China. And, in a winning surprise, it also revived its still extraordinary cast - Bradley Whitford especially turns the stress of campaigning into a frayed study of stress and exhaustion, and with Janeane Garofalo at his side, he finds a sparring partner of incredible energy. The two's chemistry makes the workplace seem as vital a beast as this White House ever seemed in its prime.

The DaVinci Code

Coming to DVD Nov 14, 2006

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Critics and controversy aside, The Da Vinci Code is a verifiable blockbuster. Combine the film's huge worldwide box-office take with over 100 million copies of Dan Brown's book sold, and The Da Vinci Code has clearly made the leap from pop-culture hit to a certifiable franchise. The leap for any story making the move from book to big screen, however, is always more perilous. In the case of The Da Vinci Code, the plot is concocted of such a preposterous formula of elements that you wouldn’t envy screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, the man tasked with making this story filmable. The script follows Dan Brown’s book as closely as possible while incorporating a few needed changes, including a better ending. And if you’re like most of the world, by now you’ve read the book and know how it goes: while lecturing in Paris, noted Harvard Professor of Symbology Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is summoned to the Louvre by French police to help decipher a bizarre series of clues left at the scene of the murder of the chief curator. Enter Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou), gifted cryptologist. Neveu and Langdon team up to solve the mystery, and from there the story is propelled across Europe, ballooning into a modern-day mini-quest for the Holy Grail, where secret societies are discovered, codes are broken, and murderous albino monks are thwarted… oh, and alternative theories about the life of Christ and the beginnings of Christianity are presented too, of course. It’s not the typical formula for a stock Hollywood thriller. In fact, taken solely as a mystery, the movie almost works--despite some gaping holes--mostly just because it keeps moving. Brown’s greatest trick was to have the entire story take place in one day, so the action is forced to keep moving, despite some necessary pauses for exposition. As a screen couple, Hanks and Tautou are just fine together but not exactly memorable; meanwhile Sir Ian McKellen’s scenery-chewing as pivotal character Sir Leigh Teabing is just what the film needed to keep it from taking itself too seriously. The whole thing is like a good roller-coaster ride: try not to think too much about it--just sit back and enjoy the trip.

Over the Hedge (2006)

Coming to DVD Oct 17, 2006

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The manicured lawns and overstuffed garbage cans of suburbia become a buffet for woodland creatures in Over the Hedge. A self-centered raccoon named RJ (voiced by Bruce Willis, Die Hard) steals and accidentally destroys the hoard of an angry bear (Nick Nolte, 48 Hours), who gives the raccoon a week to replace it. RJ despairs--until he meets an odd gang of foragers, ranging from a turtle named Verne (Garry Shandling, The Larry Sanders Show), a father/daughter duo of opossums (the bizarre pairing of William Shatner and pop singer Avril Lavigne), a family of porcupines (with A Mighty Wind's Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara as the parents), and a hyperactive squirrel named Hammy (Steve Carell, The 40 Year Old Virgin). By convincing these friendly beasts that the suburban homesteads on the other side of a recently erected hedge are a mother-lode of cast-off food, RJ hopes to dupe them into doing his gathering. But when the suburban residents realize they've been invaded by woodland pests, an exterminator is called to take care of the problem. The overarching storyline of Over the Hedge is pure formula--your basic "family matters more than anything" lesson--but moment to moment, the movie is delightfully crisp and clever. The animation is topnotch, the acting is excellent (other voices include those of Allison Janney, The West Wing, and Thomas Haden Church, Sideways), and the satirical jabs at consumerism are actually funny. An above-average animated movie.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006


Coming to DVD 10/3/2006


All the music, fun, and excitement under the sea resurface in this magical, special edition of Disney's 28th animated masterpiece. Awash with breathtaking animation, unforgettably colorful characters, and two Academy Awards(R) for score and song, "Under The Sea," THE LITTLE MERMAID is one of Disney's most cherished films. Ariel, the fun-loving and mischievous mermaid, is enchanted with all things human. Disregarding her father's order to stay away from the world above the sea, she swims to the surface and, in a raging storm, rescues the prince of her dreams. Determined to be human, she strikes a bargain with the devious seawitch, Ursula, and trades her fins and beautiful voice for legs. With her best friend, the adorable and chatty Flounder, and her reluctant chaperone Sebastian, the hilarious, reggae-singing Caribbean crab, at her side, Ariel must win the prince's love and save her father's kingdom -- all in a heart-pounding race against time!


COMING TO DVD 9/26/2006


A wild collection of hip actors--from Will Ferrell to Drew Barrymore to David Cross--provide voices for Curious George, based on the classic, gentle children's books. Ted (voiced by Ferrell, Elf) works at a natural history museum that's fallen on hard times. The museum director's son (Cross, Arrested Development) wants to turn it into a parking lot, but Ted offers to bring back a mysterious idol from Africa that's guaranteed to pull in crowds. Unfortunately, the idol turns out to be three inches tall. But Ted (who, before he heads on safari, gets outfitted in head-to-toe yellow, transforming him into the beloved Man in the Yellow Hat from the books) accidentally brings back a lonely yet irrepressible monkey, soon dubbed George. In no time at all George gets into all kinds of mischief--painting an apartment, soaring aloft with a bunch of helium-filled balloons, climbing on a dinosaur skeleton, and generally getting Ted into hot water. Older fans of the books will probably wince at the formulaic save-the-museum storyline, as well as at the obligatory love interest (Barrymore, Charlie's Angels) whose role is utterly passive. Jack Johnson's songs are so bland you can't remember the melodies even as you're listening to them, and the animation (an odd but not ineffective blend of two-dimensional drawing and CGI) has grossly cutified the book's illustrations, eroding their origina charm (the contrast is made sadly clear by a montage of the original drawings over the closing credits). But the basic relationship between man and monkey remains sweet, and younger kids will delight in George's innocent troublemaking.

CARS (2006)

COMING TO DVD 11/9/2006


There's an extra coat of hot wax on Pixar's vibrant, NASCAR-influenced comedy about a world populated entirely by cars. Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) is the slick rookie taking the Piston Cup series by storm when the last race of the season (the film's high-octane opening) ends in a three-way tie. On the way to the tie-breaker race in California, Lightning loses his way off Route 66 in the Southwest desert and is taught to stop and smell the roses by the forgotten citizens of Radiator Springs. It's odd to have such a slim story from the whizzes of Pixar, and the film pales a bit from their other films (though can that be a fair comparison?). Nonetheless, Cars is another gleaming ride with Pixar founder John Lasseter, who's directing for the first time since Toy Story 2. There's the usual spectrum of excellent characters teamed with appropriate voice talent, loads of smooth humor for kids and parents alike, knockout visuals, and a colorful array of sidekicks, including a scene-stealing baby blue forklift named Guido. Lightning's plight is changed with the help of former big-city lawyer Sally Carrera (Pixar veteran Bonnie Hunt), the town's patriarch Doc Hudson (Paul Newman), and kooky tow truck Mater (Larry the Cable Guy). The Incredibles was the first Pixar film to break the 100-minute barrier, but had enough story not to suffer; Cars, at 116 minutes (including some must-see end credit footage), is not as fortunate, plus it never pierces the heart. Trivia fans should have bonanza with the frame-by-frame DVD function; the movie is stuffed with in-jokes, some appearing only for an instant. Ages 5 and up.


COMING TO DVD 11/21/2006


Diego, Manny and Sid return in this sequel to the hit Ice Age. This time around the Ice Age is over and is starting to melt, which will destroy their valley. So they must unite and warn everyone about the situation.
While Skrat the Saber Toothed Squirrel is still ineffectually trying to regain his precious acorn, the misfit trio of Manny the Mammoth, Sid the Sloth and Diego the Sabretooth Tiger have settled down in an isolated valley with numerous other animals. However, the trio discover that the ice wall surrounding the valley is barely holding back a massive body of water behind it and it's melting state threatens to break and flood the valley. With their one chance of survival being a boat at the other end of the valley, the trio follow the desperate exodus there. Along the way, they meet Ellie, a female mammoth who is convinced she's a opossum like her brothers. While the strange group continues the trek, they must learn to get along even as Manny struggles to find some connection to this strange female who may be the only other one of his kind.


Coming to DVD 10/17/2006


A very funny and well executed new animated feature. The story is well written and the voices are well cast. The script is full of fun poking at current day society. When asked how many people normally travel in a SUV, Bruce Willis replies one. There are swipes at video games and high end consumer goods. The most fun is poked at food and the eating habits of the average American. The kids should like the animals and the grown ups should like the humor. There is something here for everybody. This is fun, try it. Posted by Picasa

Battlestar Galactica - Season 2.5 (Episodes 11-20) (2005)

Coming to DVD 09/19/2006




I love this show! In addition to being a great sci-fi series, it works perfectly well as a gritty drama. In the wake of the attempted genocide of the human race, a fleet of 50,000 survivors have left their homes in an attempt to escape their oppressors, the half human/half machine Cylons, in an attempt to find refuge on a little planet called Earth. Led by President Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell), who is dying of cancer, and Commander William Adama (Edward James Olmos), the fleet was last seen about to do battle with... fellow humans? Yes, after the discovery that the Battlestar Pegasus has also been on the run in the 7 or so months since the Cylons attacked the 12 Colonies of Kobol, a disagreement about leadership has Adama and Roslin looking down the figurative barrel at Admiral Cain (Michelle Forbes), the commanding officer aboard the Pegasus and Adama's superior. The two-parter "Resurrection Ship" shows that the immaculate pair of Adama and Roslin can sink very low if they need to in order to protect the fleet. The two episodes also contain a huge revelation regarding the Cylons that may allow the humans to actually begin to have a chance at combatting their enemies. As the second half of the second season progresses, the characters that we've grown to love (or in some cases, love to hate), are put through more trials as they deal not only with the Cylon threat, but also each other. Vice President Gaius Baltar (James Callis) has his loyalties divided due to the discovery of a captured Model No. 6 (Tricia Helfer) aboard the Pegasus. Of course, the twist is that they are divided three ways; to his fellow humans, to the corporeal 6 (known, possibly as a joke to a group of people who dislike the show, who call the show GINO, or Galactica In Name Only) as Gina, and finally to the mental 6 that he sees in his head. Capt. Lee "Apollo" Adama, the commander's son, is given more responsibility as his role as pilot and CAG is expanded to do gritty missions, including shutting down a black market ring. Of course, the now Captain Kara "Starbuck" Thrace acts tough as usual (but then, we wouldn't have it any other way), though her position as best pilot/biggest b**** aboard Galactica is challenged by one of the pilots she trained in season 1. And the love triangle of Sharon "Boomer" Valerii/No. 8 (Grace Park), Chief Tyrol (Aaron Douglas), and Karl "Helo" Agathon (Tahmoh Penniket) is further strained by the arrival of the cylon/human hybrid baby as well as the creation of a kind of "love trapazoid" when Cally (Nikki Clyne) begins to express her feelings for Tyrol. Even another love triangle forms when Lee begins to become the object of affection of Dualla (Kandyse McClure), much to the disappointment of her boyfriend Billy (Paul Campbell). Unfortunately, these 10 episodes contain some of the weakest of the show's run. Episodes like "Scar" and "Black Market" are only ok by comparison to some of the show's episodes, most of which are amazing. Still, the weakest episode of Galactica is still 10 times better than the best episodes of most of what's on television these days. There are many really good episodes in this set, including "The Captain's Hand", and "Sacrifice". Also, the two-part "Resurrection Ship" is wonderful, as is "Downloaded", which is told from the point of view of the Cylons on the planet Caprica. However, I must say that "Lay Down Your Burdens, Pts. 1 and 2" have ousted "Pegasus" as my new favorite episode(s). While the season finale does share a slight similarity with the season 1 ender (the discovery of a planet), it is handled much differently this time around, and there are numerous other things going on. By the year's end, another Cylon model will be revealed (taking the total to 7 known models and 5 to be discovered), a few characters in the military will be promoted, and, in the second part of the season finale (which is an extended episode), there will be more twists and turns than you can shake a stick at, especially in the last half hour. The writers continue to impress as the characters are taken in great new and terrifying directions. This show is unpredictable, and it revels in going places many shows fear to tread. Every character is flawed in some way, and the people inhabiting the universe of BSG are some of the most human characters on television. Sadly, we didn't see much of Ellen Tigh (Kate Vernon), the insane wife of Galactica's executive officer Col. Saul Tigh (Paul Hogan). On his own, Tigh is a self-destructive alcoholic, but Ellen serves to take all his worse tendencies and amplify them, as well as planting ideas of ambition in his head (think Lady Macbeth crossed with 24's Sherry Palmer). Ellen is despicable, but she is part of what makes this show great; she forces Tigh to confront his demons in the most twisted ways imaginable. The stories are also amazing; the show is very much a product of a post-9/11 America, and that is reflected in the grim, survivalist nature of the fleet. The humans once thought that nothing could touch them, but now their entire way of living has been obliterated, and they must scrape by living on crowded ships with meager rations to sustain them. Furthermore, the lines of good and evil aren't drawn clearly; the Cylons view their actions as just and right. Even though they claim not to condone murder, in this case, the ends justified the means. And of course, no human is completely good or evil. Even Baltar, who can't seem to pick a side, can't always be blamed for his actions, as he is certifiably insane. That doesn't make his horrible decisions and actions right, but he isn't doing them because he is "evil". In a clever twist, the writers even reversed the roles of religion on the show; most of the time in film and television, the protagonists are monotheistic (unless they live in a time/place in history where a polytheistic religion is practiced), but here, the "good" humans are the polytheists while the "evil" Cylons worship the "one true God". Battlestar Galactica is without a doubt one of the best series on television. While many people tend to look down on science fiction series as trivial and childish, this is anything but. The messages that are found layered within the plots of the story accurately reflect the state of the world today. If you don't want to take my word for it, look at the numerous mainstream critics who love the show, such as Time Magazine (which listed it has the best new show of 2005) and Entertainment Weekly, which is trying to get the show nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Drama (which, unfortunately, it probably won't get due to the academy's phobia of sci-fi; but then again, LOST won, so I guess anything's possible). If you have yet to check this show out, buying season 1 should be a top priority for you! Posted by Picasa


Coming to DVD 10/3/2006



The X-Men, mutant heroes sworn to defend a world that hates and fears them, are back! This time, with the help of new recruits The Beast and Angel, they must face evolution itself in the form of their former teammate, Jean Grey. Possessed with the cosmic power of the Dark Phoenix, the resurrected Jean Grey has become a danger to herself, her mutant comrades, and the entire planet. To stave off this imminent threat to humanity, a potential cure is discovered and processed to treat -- and ultimately eliminate -- genetic mutations, once and for all. Now, as the battle lines are drawn, the X-Men, led by Professor Charles Xavier, must contend with both Jean Grey's world-consuming powers, as well as the malevolent Brotherhood, a band of powerful mutants organized under Xavier's former ally, Magneto. Posted by Picasa