So... I expect a lot of you are eager to know what I think of King
Kong this afternoon, right? Okay, I'll tell you. In a moment.
First a little bit of DVD news.
We've gotten wind from our north-of-the-border readers that DreamWorks'
DVD release of The Island
(distributed by Universal) up in Canada is missing its English Dolby
Digital 5.1 track. The packaging says the disc includes both English and
French 5.1 audio, but when you actually play the disc, only French 5.1
and English 2.0 audio is available. Strike ONE for shoddy QC.
In an interesting and related note, there's
new report up over at Video Business on how many consumers
are having problems playing DVD-18 discs recently - so many problems in
fact that many studios are switching to other disc configurations. Which
company leads the list of studios whose releases are problematic, you
might ask? Universal, of course. Strike TWO for shoddy QC.
By the way, when we learn what DreamWorks and Universal intend to do
about these situations, we'll let you know.
Speaking of Universal... the studio has just announced that The
Ice Harvest will hit stores on 2/28.
Also... this has yet to be announced (consider it Rumor
Mill worthy until it is), but we're hearing that Sony is
tentatively planning to release its film version of Rent
on 2/28 as well.
Okay... back to Kong. I think
most of you will be pleased to know that Peter Jackson's re-telling of
this classic tale of beauty and the beast is absolutely wondrous,
engaging and even poignant. The very best you can say about the film is
that it's a thrilling, highly respectful and faithful remake of the
original 1933 classic. Ironically, the worst thing you can say about the
new Kong... is also that it's a
thrilling, highly respectful and faithful remake of the original 1933
classic. Confused? Well, let me explain.
As much as most of us love the original Kong...
there's no denying that it was arguably the first blockbuster Hollywood
B-movie. As such, as dazzling and evocative as its visual charms were at
the time, its story and characters were paper thin. People often say
that it's Kong you most empathize with in the original, and that's no
accident. He's the best-realized character in the film by a wide margin.
For his 2005 remake, Jackson and his writing team thankfully devote much
more story time to better develop their characters. I've heard some
critics complain that it takes far too long for the characters to arrive
on Skull Island (and thus get to the real action), but I disagree. It's
BECAUSE we spend a little more time here getting to know the characters
that we connect with them as well as we do.
The casting and performances are excellent across the board. Jack Black
is inspired as manic movie producer Carl Denham, and Adrien Brody is
imminently likable as Jack Driscoll - Denham's tweedy scribe and the
unlikely hero who falls for, and ultimately sets out to rescue, Ann (the
film's only major narrative change from the original). But it's Naomi
Watts who really shines here. Her Ann Darrow is as stunningly beautiful
and capable a romantic heroine as we've seen on film in years. With her
soft, golden locks, her innocent face and sparkling eyes... you BELIEVE
that Kong could fall in love with her. Not only is she beautifully
groomed and photographed, her performance is exceptional. We all know
how hard it can be for actors to work with digital effects, and to
interact with characters that simply aren't there to act against. In
this case, it helps a great deal that actor Andy Serkis actually played
Kong on set (as he did with Gollum), in addition to providing the
digital creature's movements. Watts and Serkis together prove what good
performers can do, with an understanding director's guidance, when
working in the digital arena.
Once the good ship Venture reaches the island and the action starts, it
is absolutely edge-of-your-seat. The visuals are astonishing - WETA
Digital's CG realization of Kong is as much a quantum leap over Gollum
(from LOTR: The Two Towers) as
Gollum was over every digital character that preceded him. Kong is as
absolutely believable, soulful and emotionally well-rounded a character
as you've ever seen in a film... and he never utters a single word. In
fact, virtually all of the effects work in this film is stunning. The
T-Rex fight sequence alone will leave you gasping in surprise and
delight - it's relentlessly clever and well conceived. The attention to
detail in this film, literally from start to finish, almost defies
belief. Occasionally, the images are SO perfectly composed, even
painterly, that you find yourself marvelling at what great CG work it
is... which pulls you out of the film briefly. The landscapes are just a
little too beautiful... the retro New York City skyline is just a little
too gorgeous. And to be fair, a few effects shots aren't quite as
polished to perfection as the rest. Still, in the same way that the
original Kong dazzled audiences
with imagery beyond that which anyone had ever seen before, so too does
Jackson's Kong represent (in large
measure) another landmark achievement in visual effects.
If I had any REAL complaints about Jackson's Kong,
the first would be that it could easily be trimmed by 30 minutes. That's
not to say that the film isn't good at 3 hours and 7 minutes, but much
of the action feels... padded. This feels more like the special extended
DVD edition than a theatrical cut. If I'd been the film's editor, I'd
have recommended cutting about 10 minutes of set-up, 15 minutes of Skull
Island and maybe 5 minutes of the film's climax - all of it in little
bits and pieces. The only major scene that doesn't really work is a
short bit in Central Park between Ann and Kong. It's sweet, and I
understand the emotional idea behind it, but it's just a little too
sugary to be truly poignant. My other criticism of the film, is that the
character of Denham is still a little one-dimensional. You never get the
sense that he truly realizes and regrets what he's done. Rather, it
seems only that he regrets that his greatest chance at fame and fortune
has collapsed like all his past efforts. It's a shame, because if we'd
felt like the sheer horror and tragedy of the film's climax had managed
- even for a moment - to cut through his dreams of avarice enough to
leave him haunted by his actions, the film's ending would have been that
much more powerful.
That said, as a pure cinematic experience, there is MUCH about
Jackson's Kong to love. Is it as
good as his Rings films? I don't
think so - simply because they had much more dense story material to
work with. Is it the best film of 2005? Again, I don't think so. But
like the original, this Kong IS a
great and truly thrilling popcorn film. Pound-for-pound, it's easily the
best all-around entertainment value in years, maybe since James
Cameron's Titanic. There's
definitely something here for everyone to enjoy, and you might even shed
a tear or two before it's all over (although you should be aware that
the action is a little too intense for very young tykes - parents are
definitely recommended to use their best judgement).
King Kong is a dazzling,
passionate and evocative thrill ride that's well worth taking. Just go
easy on the Dr. Pepper. 187 minutes is a LONG damn time to sit with a
full bladder. My grade: B+
Okay, it's nap time for yours truly. We'll see you back here tomorrow.
Well... it's a busy day here at The Bits.
We're working on a number of new DVD reviews for posting in the next
couple of days, and of course Matt and I are getting ready to head on
down to the Irvine Spectrum for tonight's Midnight screening of Peter
Jackson's King Kong (that's 11:59
PM in Auditorium #1).
Sarah and I have also been busy. Our remodeling is mostly done, and
just in time too. We had an old friend down for a visit these last few
days. I've mentioned him a few times before... KSBY's own
Dave. We go all the way back to Jr. High in frozen Fargo, North
Dakota. It's been a nice couple of days catching up, watching the Bears
get spanked in high-def, having a nice meal or two. We even played a few
games of Madden NFL, and took in a couple of films (Syriana
and The 40-Year-Old Virgin). Good
times. I've known Dave for... hell, going on 25 years now. Let me tell
ya, you folks up in the Central Coast of California are lucky to have
him making the forecasts for you.
Anyway, I've got a couple bits of new DVD information for you this
afternoon. First, Disney has officially announced the release of the
animated Chicken Little for 3/14.
Extras on the disc will include deleted scenes, 3 alternate openings,
music videos by The Cheetah Girls and the Barenaked Ladies, a karaoke
sing-along option, the Where's Fish
trivia game and more.
Also today... and this would normally go in The
Rumor Mill (so be sure to take it as such)... sources I trust
are telling me today that Peter Jackson's King
Kong is tentatively being planned by Universal for DVD
release in early April of next year. That's a nicely timed bit of
information, don't you think?
Okay... for those of you planning to take in Kong
at the Spectrum tonight, I'll be wearing a black
Saints baseball cap (yeah, that's Bill Murray's team - look for
the blue 'StP' logo). And if Mr. TAP
holds true to form, he'll have on some kind of Chicago Bears or White
Sox apparel. Anyway, if it happens that you're going to be down there,
be sure to say hello. Wherever you are, we hope you enjoy the film...
all three hours of it! You can bet we will.
Back tomorrow (after not nearly enough sleep). Stay tuned...
(LATE UPDATE - 12/12/05 -
Some new DVD release announcements today... Universal has set Just
Like Heaven and The Land Before
Time: 2 Big Dino-Riffic Adventures for release on 2/7, with
Prime following on 2/28 and Murder,
She Wrote: The Complete Third Season and Columbo:
The Complete Fourth Season due on 3/14.
Meanwhile, Warner will release Everything is
Illuminated on 3/21. They've announced a couple of new BBC
releases as well... MI-5: Volume Three
on 1/31 and Bleak House on 2/28.
Criterion has revealed an exciting new box set of films by French New
Wave director Louis Malle for release in March (3
Films by Louis Malle, catalog #327), including Murmur
of the Heart (#328), Lacombe
Lucien (#329) and the acclaimed Au
revoir les enfants (#330).
Also, New Line has set How to Lose Your
Lover for release on 3/14.
And on the music front, A&M (Universal Music) will release The
Police: Synchronicity Concert on UMD format on January 31
(it's now available on DVD). There's also word that Mercury Records is
working on a DVD release of Rush: Exit...
Stage Left. No word yet on a street date.
(EARLY UPDATE - 12/12/05 -
11 AM PST)
We'll be back with more later this afternoon, but I just wanted to
check in this morning with some news.
First of all, Viacom (parent company of Paramount Pictures) has come up
with a $1.6 billion deal to purchase DreamWorks SKG (see news story at
Money). NBC Universal had been attempting to purchase the studio
for some time (Universal has long been the distributor of DreamWorks DVD
product), but a deal between the two fell through.
Also today, we wanted to acknowledge
passing of actor/comedian Richard Pryor on Saturday. His film work
included such classics as Silver Streak,
Stir Crazy and Car
Wash, all of which we happen to love here at The
Bits. We're also fond of his many comedy albums and specials
(among them Live on the Sunset Strip
and Live & Smokin'), that've
had us laughing to the point of tears over the years. Pryor was 65, and
had been suffering for years from multiple sclerosis. He will most
certainly be missed.
There's some news on the Blu-ray front this week. First off, Panasonic
has announced that they've started replication of 50GB dual-layer BD-ROM
media just up the road from us in their Torrance, California plant.
They're already claiming 80% yield rates for single-layer 25GB BD-ROM
media, which they've been manufacturing for a while now. This means that
Panasonic will be able to begin providing dual-layered BD-ROM discs to
hardware manufacturers by the end of December, so that they can start
testing their currently in-development player hardware. You can read
more on this in
In a related note,
is reporting that the Blu-ray Disc Group is expected to finally
begin making specific announcements about their planned Spring 2006
format launch at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas early
next month (January 5-8, 2006). You can bet that The
Digital Bits will be there to learn all the details and start
getting a look at actual Blu-ray hardware and software.
I wanted to take a moment today to let you know that our own Matt Rowe
has updated his regular MusicTAP
column with the latest music news, CD reviews and more. I gotta
tell ya... Matt and I are really looking forward to taking in the
midnight screening of Peter Jackson's King
Kong at the Irvine Spectrum next week (Tuesday at 11:59 PM to
be exact). We're gonna be exhausted by Wednesday morning, but it'll be
worth it. Ahhh... good times. Anyone out there brave enough to join us?
Around here at The Bits today,
you'll be pleased to know that Todd's checked in this afternoon with
Doogan's Views column, featuring his thoughts on the new
X3 trailer and DVD reviews of all
four films in Warner's new
The Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997 box set. If you haven't
picked it up yet, it's well worth your time and money. Do check it out.
Okay... another week bites the dust. Enjoy the weekend and we'll see
Boy... have we ever got a LOT of new DVD release news to report today.
We've got a bunch of new cover art for you as well, so we'll get right
to it in a moment.
First up though, a quick note from our friend Ron Epstein and the boys
over at the Home
"Home Theater Forum has been
experiencing problems since we recently upgraded our software. The forum
has been offline for the past 24 hours as we have been working
diligently with our web host to resolve problems. We expect HTF
to be back online shortly. We thank all our members for their patience
during our outtage crisis."
We believe they're back up and running now, but if you've been having
trouble signing in at HTF over the
last couple of days, now you know why.
Back here at home, our own Adam Jahnke has checked in with
new edition of his Electric Theatre, featuring reviews of
Flux and other recent films. Do check it out.
Okay... news. Let's start with Warner Bros. The studio has officially
announced the DVD release of North Country
for 2/21 (SRP $28.98). The film will be available in anamorphic
widescreen video with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. There's no word yet on
extras, but expect making-of documentaries and deleted scenes at least.
In addition, Warner has announced Knots
Landing: The Complete First Season for 3/28 and Ambulance
Girl for 4/4. Also announced by the studio are a trio of new
TV animated titles for 3/21, including Batman
Beyond: The Complete First Season, Justice
League of America: Season One and Ed,
Edd 'n Eddy: Volume Two.
New Line will release a Domino: Platinum
Edition on 2/14 (although the date may be changed to 2/21 -
SRP $27.95). The DVD will include the film in anamorphic widescreen
video (a separate full frame edition will also be available), with Dolby
Digital 5.1 EX and DTS 6.1 ES audio. Extras will include audio
commentary (with director Tony Scott and writer Richard Kelly), a second
commentary with script notes and story development (with Scott, Kelly,
executive producer Zach Schiff-Abrams and actor Tom Waits), the I
am a Bounty Hunter featurette (with optional commentary by
Kelly and the late Domino Harvey), the Bounty
Hunting on Acid: Evolution of a Visual Style featurette,
deleted and alternate scenes (with optional commentary by Scott) and the
film's teaser and theatrical trailers. Note that Domino
will also be released on UMD format the same day.
New Line will also release A History of
Violence on 2/28 (SRP $28.98). The film will be offered on
disc in anamorphic widescreen video, with Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1
audio. Extras will include commentary by director David Cronenberg, a
deleted scene (with commentary by Cronenberg), 4 featurettes (including
Acts of Violence, Violence's
History: United States Version vs. International Version,
The Unmaking of Scene 44 and Too
Commercial for Cannes) and the film's theatrical trailer.
By the way, that's also the cover art there for Buena Vista's Grey's
Anatomy: Season One, due to street on 2/14. Pretty cute show
if you haven't seen it.
You'll be happy to know that we've confirmed with Buena Vista that the
next batch of Studio Ghibli animated films to be released on DVD will
include Hayao Miyazaki's recent Howl's Moving
Castle and his older My Neighbor
Totoro, along with Yoshifumi Kondo's Whisper
of the Heart. You'll find those in stores on 3/7.
In other Buena Vista news, the studio will re-release a pair of Jerry
Bruckheimer titles on 3/14 (SRP $19.99 each), including a Crimson
Tide: Unrated Extended Edition and a Remember
the Titans: Director's Cut. Both titles will also be released
on UMD that same day. The Crimson Tide:
Unrated Extended Edition will be presented in anamorphic
widescreen video with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Extras are set to include
a little bit of footage added back into the film, along with additional
deleted scenes (available separately) and a new documentary on the
Buena Vista will also release UMD editions of Swingers
and Rounders on 2/21. Our
release guide has been updated accordingly with all the new titles
we've mentioned above.
As you can see, we've tossed in the art for Universal's Northern
Exposure: The Complete Fourth Season (due on 3/28).
Unfortunately, it looks like the box will be the same cardboard affair
as Season Three, rather than the
cool faux-jacket sleeves of Seasons One
Speaking of re-issues, Disney has announced The
Shaggy Dog: Wild and Woolly Edition and The
Shaggy D.A.: The Canine Candidate Edition (SRP $19.99 each)
Meanwhile, Sony is set to release Zathura
on 2/7 (SRP $28.95). Specs and features are TBA. The studio has also
moved up the DVD release of The Exorcism of
Emily Rose from 12/27 to 12/20. Just FYI.
Criterion has announced a pair of new releases for March, including
Orson Welles The Complete Mr. Arkadin
(Cat. # 322) and Marco Bellocchio's Fists in
the Pocket (# 333). Also, be aware that John Ford's Young
Mr. Lincoln (# 320) has been pushed back from January to
Finally today, we have word that Fox's The
Simpsons: The Complete Seventh Season (due to street next
Tuesday, 12/13) will be available in two different packaging options.
Here are the details from Fox:
"The first is a limited edition molded pack
in the shape of Marge Simpson's head, and is the next in a line of
collectible molded character packages that began with Homer Simpson in
Season 6. The second package will be available at street date
and on an on-going basis, and is in the same format as the Simpsons:
Season 1-5 digipacks. Package selection and mix is at the discretion
of each account."
Note that "at the discretion of each account" means it's up
to each retailer as to which version they'll carry in their stores.
Here's what the two packages look like (both are available for pre-order
Couldn't resist... I tossed in the art for Sony's The
Rat Patrol: The Complete First Season (due 1/31) as well. I
STILL can't stop whistling that damn theme song...
We'll be back tomorrow and Monday with more new DVD reviews. Stay
(LATE UPDATE - 12/7/05 -
2:30 PM PST)
We've just posted
new edition of The Bottom Shelf, in which Adam reviews a
pair of recent Universal Legacy Series titles in-depth, including
Kill a Mockingbird and
Also this afternoon, we've updated the
Release List to include a trio of new, just-released anime
titles for the PSP from Manga.
We've also kicked off FIVE new
today, giving each of you the chance to take home
a HUGE collection
of new Warner film, TV and animated titles, Fox's
Friends: Volume Five, Universal's
Virgin: Unrated Edition and
Files: Season One, and ADV Films'
Meet the Fuccons. The Warner contest will run for the rest of
the month, until December 30th. All of the other contests will run for
TWO weeks, until December 18th. Click on the links to get started and
By the way, we'll have the winners of the previous contests posted in
Winners Circle later tonight.
(EARLY UPDATE - 12/7/05 -
12:01 AM PST)
I wanted to check in early with this bit of information. In the latest
edition of their regular newsletter,
has hinted that they're working to deliver newer, more elaborate
editions of their previously-released Akira Kurosawa DVDs Yojimbo,
Sanjuro and yes... Seven
Samurai in 2006. Nice. We're hoping some yet to be released
Kurosawa films will arrive on disc from Criterion next year as well.
Back with more later. In the meantime,
something we think'll put a smile on your face from our friends
over at AICN.
Viva Nacho Libre! JB... you're one funny and seriously twisted bastard,
Afternoon, folks! Let's get right to it today, shall we?
We've pushing those DVD reviews we promised until tomorrow, but I think
you'll be pleased when you learn why: Our own Russell Hammond has just
completed a long-awaited update of the
DVD Cover Artwork section. There's a TON of new cover scans to
see in there, and Russell even went back a month to catch up on artwork
for titles you might have missed. Russell's also working on a second
update that he'll post in another week or two, with even more cover art.
Do us a favor and drop
Russell an e-mail to let him know how much you appreciate his
efforts on this. I know it's taken a while to get this latest art update
done, but hey man... this is a busy time of year, you know? There's work
and family and more work and more family to deal with. Trust me when I
say that it takes a LOT of effort to collect all the cover art from our
studio sources and elsewhere, format it all, organize it and then get it
all properly coded into HTML for posting. Like the rest of us here at
The Bits, Russell isn't getting
rich doing this - he does it because he enjoys it and because he (and
we) know how much you guys like to see the cover art all lined up by
street date. He's been taking a little flak for the delay, so how about
sending him a little love for a change? Much appreciated and enjoy the
In a bit of news today, Universal has announced a pair of new TV
titles. Look for Northern Exposure: The
Complete Fourth Season and Quantum
Leap: The Complete Fourth Season on 3/28. By the way, the
studio has also announced Just Like Heaven
for release on 2/7.
Other news today: Sony has set The Mechanik
and Nine Lives for 2/14, with a
Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild - Special
Edition following on 2/21 (the title will also be available
on UMD the same day).
By the way, Lions Gate has announced more UMD titles as well for
release on 1/3/06, including The Doors,
and Saturday Night Live: The Best of Will
Ferrell, Volume 2. Our
Release List has been updated accordingly.
Back tomorrow with reviews and new Contests
too (we'll announce the winners of our recently-ended contests as well).
We've got some interesting word in
Rumor Mill this morning about exciting titles being worked on
by Paramount right now. Lotta TV in the offing from the studio,
including a ton of new and classic CBS shows. Be sure to check that out.
By the way, Paramount's already announced March slate is shaping up to
include a new 3-disc collector's edition of The
Ten Commandments, The Thing Called
Love, a new Stalag 17: Collector's
Edition, a Billy Wilder Collection
(containing Sunset Boulevard, Stalag
17 and Sabrina), Snoopy
Come Home, A Boy Named Charlie
Brown, Hogan's Heroes: The
Complete Third Season and that silly Spring
Break Shark Attack show that was on CBS a few months ago.
That's in addition to that Star Trek: Fan
Collective - Borg set we've already mentioned.
In other news this morning, Lions Gate will release the funny (and
decidedly un-P.C.) The Aristocrats
on 1/24 (SRP $29.99). The film will be presented in its original full
frame, with extras set to include audio commentary with the filmmakers,
a highlights reel, footage of the comedians doing their favorite jokes,
footage of amateur comedians, an extended version of "The Joke"
and extra footage of many of the comedians in the film (over 2 hours
worth of video extras in all).
Universal's announced a 2-pack of The Nutty
Professor I & II for 2/7 (SRP $19.98). They've also moved
the street date for The Richard Pryor 4-Movie
Collection to 2/7 as well (the set includes Brewster's
Millions, Bustin' Loose,
Car Wash and Which
Way is Up? for SRP $26.98).
By the way, it looks like 20th Century Fox is working on new
single-disc releases of all of the classic Planet
of the Apes movies. No word yet on whether they'll be
remastered, or include any extras, but look for at least Beneath
the Planet of the Apes, Battle for
the Planet of the Apes and Conquest
of Planet of the Apes on 3/28.
Warner's releasing a Doctor Who: The
Beginning Collection for the BBC on 3/28. The set will
include the episodes An Unearthly Child,
The Daleks and The
Edge of Destruction (SRP $49.98).
And Buena Vista has officially announced The
Greatest Game Ever Played (street date: 4/4), Goof
Troop: Volume 1 and Quack Pack:
Volume 1 (both 2/14), Zu Warriors
(3/7), a Deuce Bigelow Male Gigolo: Little
Black Book Edition (ugh... 3/14), Johnny Knoxville's Daltry
Calhoun (2/7), Undertaking Betty
(3/7) and Benji: The Hunted, The
Devil and Max Devlin, My Dog, the
Thief and Wild Hearts Can't Be
Broken (all 1/17).
Finally today, Matt's updated his MusicTAP
website with the latest music news, and he's posted a DVD review of
Pop: Live at The Avenue B as well.
FYI, Russell Hammond has chained himself to his computer and promises
to have a big cover artwork update for you this week. One way or
another, you'll get your artwork update THIS week ('cause some of you
readers are definitely getting restless for it).
We'll be back tomorrow with new DVD reviews from the likes of Adam
Jahnke, Greg Brobeck and more. Stay tuned!
Holey Moley! It's already December! Can you believe this? Where did the
rest of 2005 go?! Time does seem to fly when you're busy, and/or having
fun and what-have-you.
Sorry about going MIA yesterday. First of all, we've still got a lot of
home improvement work going on, and I got heavily involved with it again
yesterday. In this case, it's putting up wainscoting in the "water
closet," so to speak. Tiling's done at least, so that's something.
Also, funny story... I went to get my hair cut yesterday afternoon, and
made the mistake of peeking into my local Good Guys store. Now, as some
of you may be aware, a lot of The Good Guys stores are closing up. What
that means is that they're selling their inventory in said stores at
like 40%-70% off. So anyway, there I am, about to get my hair cut... and
I peek into the Good Guys... and end up spending like two and a half
hours in there. I eventually left with a new widescreen LCD monitor for
my computer (at less than 2/3rds of its original retail price). I never
did get my hair cut. Go figure.
Anyway, we've got some good stuff today, to make it up to you. First of
all, our own Barrie Maxwell's delivered
great Classic Coming Attractions column, this one looking
at the films of Merian C. Cooper. In the process, Barrie turns in his
in-depth reviews of Cooper's
of Kong and
Joe Young (all now available on disc from Warner), as well as
a pair of Cooper's early documentary films (available from Milestone),
In addition, we've got FOUR more archive editions of our ever-popular
Electric Theatre from Adam Jahnke. In these particular
installments, Adam reviews TONS of major (and minor) theatrical releases
from earlier this year, including Sin City,
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and MANY more. Don't miss
Also, Matt Rowe updated his regular MusicTAP
column again yesterday with all the latest music news.
In a bit of DVD release news this afternoon, we have word that
Universal will debut Kids in America
on 3/7, with Love on the Side
following on 3/28.
We have another death in the film industry to report. Back
to the Future fans will mourn the loss of
Wendie Jo Sperber, who sadly lost her battle with cancer on
Tuesday. Sperber also starred in TV's Bosom
Buddies with Tom Hanks, and appeared in such other films as
1941 and Private
Finally, so as not to end on a down note this afternoon, there's word
V 2.0 finally had their baby. Hope they don't scar it with a name
like Apple or Kal-El or something. Ah hell... what do I care?
Well... we're taking care of some housekeeping chores around The
Bits today. We've updated the
DVD Player Sales chart, along with the DVD format sales and
rental stats that we track (above).
We've also updated the
Top 100 Films on DVD list to reflect the release of King
Kong. Now if we can just get The
African Queen and the original The
Jazz Singer out on disc, we can wipe the slate clean. We've
updated our mirror copy of Jim Taylor's
DVD FAQ to its most recent version as well.
Also, Matt from our MusicTAP
crew has turned in DVD reviews of
Betts & Great Southern: Back Where It All Begins - Live.
And Russell Hammond has updated DVD
Fanboy with details on new retailer exclusives.
Around the Net today, Maxell has announced that it expects to debut
300GB "holographic" storage discs in late 2006. There's
already a movement by the HDV Alliance in Japan to create an Holographic
Versatile Disc (HVD) video format, which would make HD-DVD and Blu-ray
Disc obsolete. However, with the industry (both on the hardware and
software side) so invested in HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc, don't look for
HVD to make much in the way of a splash on the home video side. It will,
however, quite likely be a big hit in the data storage industry at
large. Click here
for more on this story. Just goes to show you how quickly the technology
is evolving... new formats are developed before the other new formats
are even available yet! Welcome to life in the 21st Century.
By the way, Universal has just announced the DVD release of Doom
for 2/7 (SRP $29.98). The title will be available in separate unrated
anamorphic widescreen and full frame versions, and also a full frame
theatrical cut. Extras will include an "unrated first-person
shooter sequence," and the Game On!,
Doom Nation and Basic
Training featurettes. Additional features are TBA. FYI, the
title will also be available on UMD that same day.
Also, Sony and MGM have announced MirrorMask,
The Cutting Edge: Go for the Gold,
The Net 2.0, a 2-pack of The
Net/The Net 2.0, Poltergeist: The
Legacy - The Complete First Season, a 13
Going on 30: "Fun & Flirty" Edition, The
Cutting Edge: Gold Medal Edition, a reissue of The
Net (with a sneak peak at The Net
2.0), a Hitch/Bewitched: Special
Edition 2-pack, a Man in the
Moon/Benny & Joon 2-pack and finally a Cary
Grant Box Set (that will include Holiday,
Only Angels Have Wings, Talk
of the Town, His Girl Friday
and The Awful Truth), all for
release on 2/7. MirrorMask will be
available on UMD format as well the same day.
And here's a little new cover art. Okay... a LOT of new cover art.
Here's Paramount's Elizabethtown
(2/7) and The Weather Man (1/31),
Universal's Doom, 20th Century
Fox's Alien Nation: The Complete Series
(1/3) and The Transporter 2
(1/10), and finally Warner's All the
President's Men: Special Edition (2/21), Network:
Special Edition and Dog Day
Afternoon: Special Edition (both 2/28) and Babylon
5: The Legend of the Rangers (3/14)...
Finally today, we want to take a moment to acknowledge the passing of
Pat Morita (of Karate Kid
and Happy Days fame), along with
Stan Berenstain (co-creator of The
Berenstain Bears). Both will be missed.
Back tomorrow with DVD reviews. Stay tuned...
We're back! A few hours later than we expected, but what can we say?
All that turkey we ate this weekend's got us moving a little slower than
normal today. Or, in my case, rhubarb pie.
We hope you all enjoyed a great, and safe, holiday weekend with your
family and friends. Sarah's dad was here all last week, so we ate well,
did a little antiquing and even managed to take in a few movies,
including the new Harry Potter and
Disney's Chicken Little. And I
watched the 93rd Grey Cup in high-def. Go Eskimos! If you've never
watched it, CFL football is quite a trip. Man, I'd forgotten how big
those endzones are up there...
Unfortunately, as my luck would have it, I was sidelined on Saturday
and Sunday with a nasty head cold. Don't know how I got it, but it
struck quickly and without warning and it really kicked my ass. I spent
pretty much the whole weekend in bed, unable to do more than sleep and
gurgle pathetically once in a while, so Sarah knew I was still alive.
Thankfully, it wasn't the bird flu, and it seems to have run its course
in a little over 48 hours. So while I'm still talking funny this
afternoon, I'm up and around and able to make a post.
To that end, it seems like I promised you an interview last week,
didn't I? Well... an interview is exactly what we have for you today.
Effects with John Harrison. In it, John and I discuss
DVD (one of John's first filmmaking efforts, which he produced and also
starred in), along with a whole range of interesting and related
By the way, thanks to John (and all of you as well), for patiently
waiting for us to get the piece posted. You'd have thought we were
transcribing the complete code for Human DNA or something, for as long
as it took us to get this thing formatted! I certainly hope you enjoy
We've got plenty of news, reviews and cover art coming this week, so
we'll be back tomorrow with the first of that. Stay tuned...
Okay... this will be our last post until Monday, so all of our terribly
over-worked Bits staffers can go
home and enjoy some turkey tomorrow with their families (and have enough
time to sleep it all off).
Before we sign off today, as promised, I've finally posted my in-depth
DVD review of Synapse Films' long-awaited (both the DVD and the review!)
The 1980 film, which was directed by Dusty Nelson and produced by John
Harrison, has tragically gone unseen by horror fans for some 25 years.
Thankfully, it's now available in stores for all to enjoy... and I think
you'll find that it was worth the wait.
Now then... we've got our interview with John Harrison (about Effects)
all ready to go, but I think to be fair to John, and to make sure that
it gets as widely read as possible, we're going to wait and post it when
we get back on Monday. Too many of our readers here in the States have
already hit the road Planes, Trains and
Automobiles-style to visit family for the holidays, and I
don't want any of them to miss the piece.
Don't despair, however, because for those of you hardy folk who HAVE
taken the time to check in with us here at The
Bits this afternoon, we've got
brand new Doogan's Views column for you to enjoy. Since
I've been plugging Effects for
well over a week now, Todd decided to jump on the theme by reviewing SIX
more new and recent titles from our old pal Don May, Jr. and his Synapse
Films. So in this column, you'll find Todd's take on
They Call Her One-Eye - Vengeance Edition,
Street Forever - Volume 1 and
Not too shabby.
Of course, our own Adam Jahnke didn't want to be left out of the
pre-holiday fun, so he's also checked in this afternoon as well with
brand new edition of Jahnke's Electric Theatre, featuring
his thoughts on Harry Potter and the Goblet
of Fire, Walk the Line,
HBO's Rome and more.
Matt's also checked in today with his last update over at
MusicTAP for the week.
So there you go. Whew! Frankly, I'm exhausted.
Be sure to check back on Monday for that interview - I promise we'll
have it up early for you. We've also got a new Classic
Coming Attractions from Barrie Maxwell coming next week,
along with more new DVD reviews (including War
of the Worlds, The Simpsons,
new DVDs from Peter Gabriel & U2, etc) and yes... that long awaited
Upcoming DVD Cover Artwork update.
No kidding. Believe it when you see it.
From all of us here at The Bits,
a happy and safe holiday to your and yours. We wish you peace, love and
lots of stuffing.
As Heidi Klum might say, "Auf Wiedersehen!"
(EARLY UPDATE - 11/23/05 -
11 AM PST)
We'll be back in a few hours with more, but I wanted to jump in here
early to let you all know that
Buy has got a very special deal going on. If you buy the King
Kong: Two-Disc Collector's Edition there, you get the tin
packaging version... bundled with BOTH Son of
Kong and Mighty Joe Young,
AND a set of 5 additional poster art collector's postcards (different
from the ones included in the tin), all for just $33.99! It's a great
deal, and it gives you everything you want as a Kong
fan DVD-wise. Just FYI.
Also, consider this Rumor Mill-worthy
until official announcements are made (very soon), but sources are
telling us to expect Sony's The Gospel
on 1/3 and The Legend of Zorro on
1/31, New Line's Domino on 2/7,
Warner's North Country on 2/14 and
Miramax's Proof also on 2/14.
Back soon. Stay tuned...
Well... the family's here, our tiling's mostly done (for now) and the
Vikes even managed to finish off the Packers last night (sweep!). So
that can only mean that the holiday week's officially begun in high
style. Just so you know, we'll have a couple more updates before we sign
off (late tomorrow) for the week, so keep checking back. We've got a few
good things to post before we leave you.
In the meantime... how many of you folks are bleary-eyed today from
staying up all night playing with your new Xbox 360 game systems? Be
honest... you know who you are. For those of you who have yet to take
the 360 plunge, our old friend
has an in-depth look for you today at the system. It's a little
pricey if you want it fully-loaded for (virtual) bear, but it sounds
like the diehard gamers are pretty happy so far.
Our own Russell Hammond has also updated his
Fanboy with word on the latest retailer-exclusive bonus DVDs
and other promotions available in select stores today. Be sure to check
In news today, a few online retailers are reporting that DreamWorks'
War of the Worlds: Deluxe Edition
is in short supply. We've got a review copy that we'll try to spin for
you in the next week or so, but just be advised if you're out there
looking for it and are having trouble finding a copy.
Some new announcements: Warner Bros. has set new 2-disc special
editions of Dog Day Afternoon and
Network for release on 2/28 (SRP
$26.99). The two will also be available as part of a Controversial
Classics, Volume 2: The Power of Media collection (SRP
$59.92) which will also include the new 2-disc All
the President's Men. All three titles will include anamorphic
widescreen video with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Extras on Dog
Day Afternoon will include audio commentary by director
Sidney Lumet, the new 4-part The Making of
Dog Day Afternoon documentary (featuring The
Story, Casting the Controversy,
Recreating the Facts and After
the Filming), the vintage Lumet:
Film Maker featurette and the film's theatrical trailer.
Extras on Network will also
include commentary by director Sidney Lumet, along with the 6-part The
Making of Network documentary (including The
World and Words of Paddy Chayefsky, The
Cast and the Characters, Mad As
Hell! The Creation of a Movie Moment, The
Experience and The Style Network
by Walter Cronkite), a vintage interview with Paddy Chayefsky
from the Dinah! show, Turner
Classic Movies Private Screenings
featuring Sidney Lumet and the film's theatrical trailer. We've posted
the details for All the President's Men
Also today, Universal has announced a trio of new TV titles for release
in February. Emergency!: Season Two
will street on 2/7, while Gimme a Break!:
Season One and Charles in Charge:
The Complete First Season will follow on 2/14. All I can say
is, where's Baa Baa Black Sheep: Season Two?
Elsewhere around the site today, we've got EIGHT new
for you this week, giving each of you the chance to take home copies of
Kong: Two-Disc Collector's Edition and
Mrs. Smith, Universal's
Leave it to
Beaver: The Complete First Season, SIX great anime titles from
Geneon including Samurai
Champloo, Volume 6, Paramount's
Complete Fifth Season and
CSI: Miami -
The Complete Third Season, Universal Music's
Gabriel: Still Growing Up Live & Unwrapped and Rhino's
Out 2004 (including 2 signed copies)! All of these contests
will run for TWO weeks, until Noon (Pacific) on Sunday, December 4th.
Click on the links to get started and good luck!
Okay... as I said, we'll be back as soon as we can with more. We've got
some new DVD reviews from Todd coming, and also that Effects
interview/review I've been dangling in front of you for a few days now.
Thanks for your patience in the meantime.
(LATE UPDATE - 11/21/05 -
3:45 PM PST)
Just a quick update with some new DVD release news: Sony has just
re-announced its Pink Panther Classic Cartoon
Collection (5-disc set - SLP $69.96) for 1/31. Also coming on
that day are three separately-available volumes from the collection
(including Volume 1 - Pranks in the Pink,
Volume 2 - Adventures in the Pink
and Volume 3: Frolics in the Pink
- SLP $14.94 each), along with the live action Inspector
Closeau, Son of the Pink Panther
and Curse of the Pink Panther. In
addition, you'll get remastered editions of the original 1964 The
Pink Panther, The Pink Panther
Strikes Again, Revenge of the Pink
Panther, Trail of the Pink Panther
and A Shot in the Dark. The
original The Pink Panther will
also be released on UMD format.
A number of additional titles are coming from Sony on 1/31 as well,
including Rat Patrol: The Complete First
Season, Diff'rent Strokes: The
Complete Second Season, Archie
Bunker's Place: The Complete First Season and The
Adventures of Mark Twain, along with a Four
Weddings and a Funeral: Deluxe Edition, a Legally
Blonde/Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde 2-pack, a
Maid in Manhattan/Fools Rush In
2-pack, a Mona Lisa Smile/America's
Sweethearts 2-pack, a The Wedding
Planner/My Best Friend's Wedding 2-pack and a Muppets
Movies Collection Box Set (including Muppets
Take Manhattan, Muppets from Space
and Kermit's Swamp Years).
Meanwhile, New Line has announced Paul Reiser's The
Thing About My Folks for 2/14 (SRP $26.95).
And here's one my wife's going to love: Buena Vista will be releasing
Grey's Anatomy: The Complete First Season
on 2/14 (SRP $29.99). Video will be anamorphic widescreen with Dolby
Digital 5.1 audio. Extras will include Anatomy
of a Pilot (addressing the cuts made to the pilot episode),
Dissecting Grey's Anatomy (deleted
scenes from the first season), Behind the
Scenes of Grey's Anatomy, an "avant-garde" trailer,
cast and creator audio commentaries and more. By the way, if you haven't
seen it yet, it's actually a pretty great show. Sarah roped me in and
now I'm hooked, so you know...
(EARLY UPDATE -
11/21/05 - 10:30 AM PST)
Welcome to Turkey Week, folks! And also 360 Week for those of you who
have been waiting on pins and needles for your shinny new
in stores tomorrow.
We've got family coming later today, so there's a mad scramble this
morning to get the tiling work cleaned up and make the house presentable
again. Plus, there's Vikings/Packers tonight on Monday Night Football...
likely the who-cares game of the year for the rest of the league, but
for us Vikes fans, it's the Superbowl. So we've got to get all this work
done in time for that.
We'll be back with more later this afternoon, but first I wanted to
jump in here early with a bit of HD format news.
Pictures said late on Friday that it has finally authored the
first actual Blu-ray Disc title. And what might it be? Lawrence
of Arabia? Spider-Man?
No... it's Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.
Uhhh. Lackluster title though it may be, this is still a very important
milestone, because it gives all those hardware manufacturers the chance
to finally start testing their Blu-ray Disc players to see if its
compatible with final product software. According to the story at Video
Business, the 25GB disc also features full-resolution
graphics and animation and dynamic menus." The disc does not,
however, include the BD-Java interactive layer, which is still not ready
for prime time.
Well... the end of another long week is finally here. I'm up to my
elbows in grout, and there's not a lot of DVD news to report today
anyway... BUT, we DO have word on the expected street dates for a
handful of major upcoming DVD releases (Flightplan,
The Weather Man, etc.). You'll
find that in The
Rumor Mill this afternoon, so be sure to check it out.
Meanwhile, Matt over at our MusicTAP
site is reporting on
some new soundtrack SACD releases that are on the way from Sony,
including Phantom of the Opera and
The Legend of Zorro.
Also, Lindsay Planner at TAP has
posted reviews of a few new music DVD releases today, including Shout!
Dick Cavett Show: John & Yoko Collection, Apple Films'
Harrison & Friends: The Concert for Bangladesh, Music
Live 1980 and Columbia's
Live in Houston 1981. Share and enjoy!
We'll be back on Monday with more new DVD reviews and that interview we
mentioned yesterday as well. In the meantime, take the kids to that new
Harry Potter flick or something.
We hear it's pretty good. Or spin a few new DVDs. Do something fun,
m'kay? Life's too short.
Our best to all of you and have a great weekend!
Morning, everyone. Boy, I tell you... if you could see the mess at my
house right now. Home improvement work is one of those long dark
tunnels, you know? It's a tough, depressing journey, but when you come
through on the other side, it's well worth the trip. Our kitchen and
dining room look like a bulldozer came through. Tile's looking great
though - much better than the nicked up linoleum we had before. I'll
post a picture when it's all done as proof I'm not just playing hooky
and slipping off to the movies.
We've got some new DVD announcement news to report today. First,
Universal will release new single-disc versions of Alfred Hitchcock's
Family Plot, The
Man Who Knew Too Much, Marnie,
Shadow of a Doubt and Torn
Curtain on 2/7 (SRP $19.98 each). These will be the same
newly-remastered editions that are currently available in Universal's
Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection
Also today, 20th Century Fox has set In Her
Shoes for release on 1/31 (SRP $29.98). Separate full frame
and anamorphic widescreen versions will be available, each with both
Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 audio. Extras will include an alternate
opening title sequence, 3 featurettes (including The
Casting of Honey Bun, The Making
of In Her Shoes and A Community
for Acting Seniors) and an Inside
Look promo piece. The lack of substantial extras (like audio
commentary or deleted scenes) makes us wonder if a more elaborate
version isn't being planned for later in 2006.
Warner's announced some exciting new DVD releases as well. Look for
Adventures of Superman: The Complete Second
Season, Lois & Clark: The
Complete Second Season, The Old
Grey Whistle Test: Volume 2 (for the BBC) and Walking
with Monsters: Before the Dinosaurs (BBC) (all 1/17), Allo,
'Allo! Complete Series Four (BBC) and Dallas:
The Complete Fourth Season (both 1/24), The
Batman: The Complete First Season, Blue
Collar TV: Season 1, Volume 2, Dungeons
& Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God, Eros,
Growing Pains: The Complete First Season,
In Country, Ryan's
Daughter: Special Edition, Teen
Titans: The Complete First Season and The
Unbearable Lightness of Being: Special Edition (all 2/7),
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air: The Complete
Third Season and Living Single:
The Complete First Season (both 2/14), Bleak
House (2005), Camara Oscura
(Deadly Cargo), Hormigas en la
Boca (Ants in the Mouth) and La
Ultima Noche (The Last Night) (all 2/28), The
Flintstones: The Complete Fifth Season and The
Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour: The Complete Series (both 3/7) and
finally the 2-hour Babylon 5: The Legend of
the Rangers telefilm (3/14). Whew!
Speaking of exciting Warner news, be sure to check out tonight's
episode of Smallville (on The WB)
for your first look at the new teaser trailer for Superman
Returns. You'll also be able to find it online later tonight
film's official website, and in theaters this coming weekend with
the new Harry Potter film.
In news around the Net,
is reporting that HP and the rest of the Blu-ray camp are at odds
over a proposal HP made. It seems the company wants Blu-ray to adopt a
couple of technologies that it feels are key to PC users (iHD and
mandatory managed copy), or it will consider backing HD-DVD instead.
Mandatory managed copy would let PC users make a digital copy of the
disc's content and store it as a file on a home network (important for
media PC use), while iHD allows for new kinds of ROM drive interactivity
with Microsoft's next-generation operating system (code-named "Vista"),
which is set to make its PC debut in late 2006. The Blu-ray camp has
apparently agreed to adopt managed copy, but is balking at iHD (they've
chosen to use a Java-based format instead), although they claim it's
still being considered. Personally, having seen demonstrations of iHD,
it seems to me like the superior option. But we'll see.
In a related note,
has announced that the Vista OS will be compatible with HD-DVD (in
part because of its use of iHD), while it says that Blu-ray
compatibility has "technical difficulties" at this time. Watch
this space for developments on this front in the weeks ahead.
FYI, we're going to wait on that Effects
review until Monday, when we also expect to post a new interview with
its producer... our old friend John Harrison. It should be worth the
In the meantime, we'll leave you today with some new DVD cover art.
Here's Warner's The Wild Bunch: Special
Edition (1/10), The Flintstones:
The Complete Fifth Season, The
Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour: The Complete Series, The
Old Grey Whistle Test: Volume 2, The
Unbearable Lightness of Being: Special Edition and Fox's Hill
Street Blues: The Complete First Season (1/31)...
Back tomorrow. Stay tuned...
Okay... I've got some "home renovation" work going on here in
the old OC, so this post is going to cover both today and tomorrow
(11/15 and 11/16). Sarah and I are tiling our kitchen and dining room
floor, and apparently it's all gotta get done before family comes for
the holidays (yadda, yadda, yadda...). So... you know. I'm just rolling
with it. That's my motto.
In the meantime, I've posted a trio of new DVD reviews for you to check
out. Here's my own take on Warner Home Video's forthcoming
Kong: Collector's Edition (the limited tin packaging version,
although be aware that the DVD itself is identical in all versions -
just the packaging is different), along with 20th Century Fox's
Wars: Clone Wars - Volume Two and
of Heaven. We'd meant to have Kingdom
of Heaven reviewed before this, but the review copy we were
initially sent by the studio had "Property of 20th Century Fox"
burned in on the video. We make it a policy not to review such marked
copies, as they don't represent the final product you guys will find in
stores. So anyway, there you go. All three titles are well worth a look
in my opinion, with Kong obviously
the best of the batch. Kong
streets on 11/22, while Clone Wars
follows on 12/6. Kingdom of Heaven
is now available.
Also today, we've started FIVE new
giving you the chance to win copies of Warner's
The Yogi Bear
Show: The Complete Series,
Flintstones: The Complete Fourth Season,
Huckleberry Hound Show: Volume One and
Complete Tenth Season, Paramount's
The Complete Animated Collection, Fox's
The Sound of
Music: 40th Anniversary Edition, Universal's
Key and finally, Sony Music's
Cavett Show: John and Yoko Collection. The contests will run
until Noon (Pacific) on Sunday, November 20th. Click on the links to get
started and good luck!
In DVD release news, Sony has set Oliver
Twist (2005), Thumbsucker,
Barely Legal, The
Berenstain Bears: Always Look on the Bright Side, Dragon
Tales: Say Hola to Enrique, The
Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss: The Cat's Home but Not Alone,
Cisco Pike, Educating
Rita and Modern Romance
for release on 1/24.
That same day, Universal will release Saturday
Night Live: The Best of Alec Baldwin and Saturday
Night Live: The Best of David Spade.
Meanwhile, New Line will street National
Lampoon's Adam & Eve on 2/7.
Buena Vista has slated Underclassmen
for release on 1/7 (from Miramax), with Venom
following on 1/17 (from Dimension), Shadows
in the Sun and Everything You Want
due on 2/7, and The Golden Girls: Season Four
(yes, Quentin Tarantino's TV acting debut) and Proof
(for Miramax) coming in on 2/14.
On the UMD front (for the PSP), look for The
Island from Universal on 1/20 and Escape
from New York on 1/24 from MGM (via Sony). The
Movies for PSP Release List has been updated accordingly.
In other news today, there's
that Warner is going to start allowing broadband downloads of
classic TV programming - shows like Welcome
Back Kotter, Sisters,
Lois & Clark and Growing
Pains - via AOL. This is all part of a growing trend towards
broadband, video-on-demand distribution of film and TV content, and it's
a real threat to the packaged media industry - just one of the reasons
many in Hollywood are hoping this HD-DVD/Blu-ray Disc format war gets
resolved before one or both of them launch next year.
Speaking of classic TV, our friends over at
are reporting that one of my favorites, The
Rat Patrol, is on its way to DVD in January from Sony. I'm
gonna have the theme music from that show going through my head all day
Finally today, there's a bit of
news to report. Moustapha Akkad, the producer of the Halloween
films, was apparently killed in those hotel bombings in Jordan last
week. Sadly, his daughter Rima was among the victims as well. In
addition to the Halloween series,
Akkad also directed a pair of films starring Anthony Quinn, The
Message and Lion of the Desert,
both of which ironically were just re-released on DVD (on 11/1) by
Anchor Bay as new 2-disc Anniversary Editions. Each edition features its
film (along with newly-recorded audio commentary by Akkad and
documentary material as well) in both English and Arabic - a very nice
touch. Akkad will certainly be missed. It's nice at least to have these
new DVD editions to remember him by, so be sure to give them each a
Okay, that's it for now. We'll see you back here on Thursday with a
review of Synapse's Effects, and
Until then... stay tuned!
new Classic Coming Attractions column for you this morning
from our own Barrie Maxwell - just the thing to kick off the new week in
style. This time around, Barrie reviews some 22 new and recent classic
DVDs from Paramount, including
Time, Another Place,
Love Lucy: The Complete Fifth Season,
Strange Love of Martha Ivers, the
Special Collector's Edition, the 10-film
Lewis: Legendary Jerry Collection,
Breath of Scandal, the
in the Sky: Special Collector's Edition,
Andy Griffith Show: The Complete Third Season,
Miracle of Morgan's Creek,
No Angels, PBS's
Special Collector's Edition and
Also today, Matt's posted a new
column over at MusicTAP featuring all the latest music
release news, and Russell Hammond should be checking in with updates on
the latest retailer exclusive bonus DVDs you'll find in stores tomorrow
at DVD Fanboy.