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A Few Movies, A Lot of Flavors: New DVD Releases 25 September 2007

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It’s a slow week for DVD releases, but there’s a little something for everyone this time out. We’ve got profane comedies, psychological thrillers, science fiction thrillers, European shorts, cartoons and (you knew it was coming) obligatory TV season box sets.

The lion’s share of sales will doubtless go to Knocked Up, last summer’s comedy runaway hit from the team who produced The 40 Year Old Virgin. It’s being released in no less than three versions: the theatrical version, the unrated version and the unrated two-disc collector’s edition. That’s not even counting widescreen and full screen versions, and an HD DVD edition. Of course, all the versions come with their own unique special features, tailored for specific profanity thresholds. I say go for broke.

William Friedkin’s Bug was wrongly marketed as a horror movie when it was released. Depending on your point of view, it’s either a brilliant psychological thriller with Kafkaesque overtones, or a jumbled, unwatchable mess with nary a bug in it. Either way, it’s a perplexing film that’s destined to become a cult classic.

There’s little danger of that happening with Next. The latest in a string of movies allegedly based on Philip K. Dick’s works, Next features Nicholas Cage as a magician who can see two minutes into the future. Somehow, it turns into a typical action picture, replete with terrorists and babes.

Cinema 16: European Short Films is a largely fascinating collection of short films by European filmmakers. This latest installment of the series, besides showcasing up and coming directors, features early works by Chris Nolan and Ridley Scott.

If you hurry, you might be able to pick up The Unit: The Complete Second Season before the series about US Special Forces and their families begins its third season tonight. Catching up with the action, though, may be a little tricky.

As I said, this week offers something for everybody. As proof, here’s the long list:

Action/Adventure

Boardwalk Poets

Eat My Dust

Eliot Ness: An Untouchable Life

Final Contract

Furia

Future Zone

The Getaway (Unrated, HD DVD)

I Tried

Max Havoc: Ring of Fire

Next (DVD, HD DVD)

The Revenger

Squad 77

Smokey and the Judge

Splinter

Ten Canoes

The Timber Tramps

Underworld (Unrated, Blu-ray)

Walking Tall: Lone Justice

The Wild Bunch (HD DVD, Blu-ray)

Women in Cellblock 7

Drama

As You Like It

Babel (2 Disc Special Collector’s Edition)

Bliss: Season 3

Boardwalk Poets

The Bronx is Burning

Bug (Special Edition)

Cinema16: European Short Films

City2City

Evening

Gods and Generals (HD DVD, Blu-ray)

The Gravy Train

Green Chair

Habana Blues

Heart of the Stag

I Tried

The Intruder (Special Edition)

Journey

Macbeth

Memoirs of a Geisha (Blu-ray)

The Midsomer Murders: Set 9

Moment in Peking

Mouth to Mouth

On and Off the Rails

Robinson’s Garden

The Sobbing Stone

Strike

Such Is Life

Thursday the 12th

The Unit: The Complete Second Season

Up the Front

Wyatt Earp (HD DVD, Blu-ray)

Comedy

All the Way

Best of Jack Benny

Catherine Tate Show: The Complete First Season

Chalk

Coffee Date

Creatures from the Pink Lagoon

D.L. Hughley: Unapologetic

George Carlin: All My Stuff

Girls Behaving Badly, Vol. 2

Grounded for Life: Season 5

King of Queens: The Complete Ninth Season

Knocked Up

The Last Cigarette

Patch Adams (HD DVD)

Single Blog

Three Men in a Boat

Times Have Been Better

Trailer Park Boys: Season 5

The TV Set

Two Missionaries

Up the Front

What About Brian?—The Complete Series

Animation/Anime

Air TV, Vol. 2

Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad III

Bleach, Vol.6

Davey and Goliath: The Lost Episodes

Desert Punk, Vols. 1,2

Di Gi Charat Nyo! Vol. 3

Dora the Explorer: Save the Mermaids

Ergo Proxy, Vol. 6

Eureka 7, Vol.9

Fantasma, Vol. 2

Hikaru No Go, Vol.10

Kamichu: The Complete Collection

Lady Ninja Kasumi, Vol. 3

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Vol. 3

Mobile Suit Gundam Vol. 16

Naruto, Vol. 16

Tekkon Kinkreet

Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki: Box Set

Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics

Utawarerumono, Vol. 6

Voltron, Defender of the Universe, Vol. 4

Witchblade, Vol. 1

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