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Dr. Who, The Matador, The Libertine: Region 1 DVD Releases For July 4, 2006

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Celebrate America's independence from the English by buying a bunch of stuff from Great Britain.

Dr. Who – The Complete First Series

Let's start with the series that swept the British Emmy's (not to mention a BAFTA win for Best Dramatic Series). The return of the much-beloved if occasionally cheesy 26-year-running British sci-fi series produced mixed results. As a longtime fan of the original series, I was disappointed by some changes and impressed by others. The season certainly gets better as it goes along, attempting a complexity at which the original only hinted. In spite of a few bumps in the road, it will leave you wanting more. A must for Who fans.

This looks to be a very well tricked-out collection with plenty of extras including commentary on every episode, a 165-minute collection of featurettes narrated by Simon Shaun of the Dead Pegg (who also appears as a villain in one episode). Also includes The Christmas Invasion, a special episode which did not air with the regular series as broadcast in the States by the Sci-Fi Channel.

The Matador

This is the most American of our selections, with a Yank writer/director and American indie stalwarts Greg Kinnear and Hope Davis in key roles, but the film belongs to Irish actor Pierce Brosnan, playing a loopy variation on his Bond persona (neatly timed with his problematic – read: he wuz robbed – departure from the franchise). This is the first DVD I've heard of with podcasts as one of the extras – episodes of KCRW's "The Treatment" and "The Business," both covering the film, are included.

The Libertine

Johnny Depp plays the Earl of Rochester, a 17th century poet famous for being licentious and getting syphilis. John Malkovich plays Charles II, who takes a shine to the scamp, and Samantha Morton plays one of his many, many, many female admirers. Really not all that well reviewed. Extras include commentary, some deleted scenes and a featurette.

Stoned (Unrated Widescreen Edition)

I know how frustrated you were with the rated version of this movie you've never heard of, so I'm sure you'll be glad to know that there's a DVD version now that's unrated. This film follows the story of Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones who was there for the beginning but not so much for the rest. Then he died. Apparently very muddled, but in the unrated version you get to see his junk.

Marilynn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School

Yet another poorly reviewed, poorly received indie, this one with Scotsman Robert Carlyle and not-so-Scottish Marisa Tomei, Mary Steenburgen, Sean Astin, Donnie Wahlberg, Danny DeVito and John Goodman. As you might imagine, it's about a dancing and charm school. Extras include commentary and the short film on which this is based.

See how many British themes you can find in this week's long list. USA! USA! USA!

2006 Blue Chippers & Hidden Gems-Discovering Tomorrow's Playmakers Today

Alfred's Max[Tm] Blues Keyboard

Babes in the Woods

Baby Boy – Dubbed in French – Chinese subtitles

Band of Brothas

I am really not sure what this is, but it includes four movies, apparently with Ice T, with titles like Black Marshal, Up In Harlem, Brothahood and Brotherhood of Death. For inconsistent use of "Brotha," I'm giving this Title of the Week.

Banjo for Beginners

Basic Blues Guitar Method 1

Beginning Delta Blues Guitar

Beginning Electric Slide Guitar

Beginning Mandolin

Bendito Entre Las Mujeres

Big Band Feeling

Born to Sing

Bruce Wood's The Door

Call of the East: Live

Carnival of Crime/The Hostage

Charlie's Angels – The Complete Third Season

Wanna see Dean Martin hit on an Angel? Go nuts.

Complete Acoustic Guitar Method:Begin

Complete Blues Guitar Method:Beginnin

Complete Electric Bass Method:Beginni

Complete Fingerstyle Guitar Method:Be

Complete Jazz Keyboard Method:Beginni

Complete Rock Guitar Method:Beginning

Cruel Intentions – Dubbed in French – Chinese subtitles

Cyberteam in Akihabara: Complete Collection

De Tal Palo Tal Astilla

Dionne Warwick Story

Doctor Who – The Complete First Series

Dream Models

Drummer's Toolkit

Drums for the Absolute Beginner

Drumset Essentials Complete

Eastern Horror (Satan's Slave / Corpse Master)

El Cementerio Del Terror

El Jugador

El Llanto De Los Pobres

El Profugo

El Terror De La Frontera

El Vuelo De La Muerte


Erskine Method for Drumset

Escuadron Salvaje

An Evening With John Abercrombie

Evening With Tal Farlow:Jazz Guitar


Fingerstyle Summit With Adrian Legg


Made the Special Jury List on Ebert's Top Ten last year, whatever that means.

Flame of Recca, Vol. 8: The Invisible Foe

Follow Me to the Top a Choral Movemen

For Feldman (with Beardsley Kotlowy Prokop Toub) / Rangzen Quartet, Christina Fong

For the Boys

Gantz: Season 2 Box Set

Guitar for the Absolute Beginner Book

Hand on Your Heart

His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama – Harmony In Diversity – How to Move From Conflict to Compassion

Hoosiers – English subtitles

I Love Your Work

Imagen De Muerte

Indian Paint/African Safari

Introduction to the Canon 30D

Ivor Cutler: Looking for Truth with a Pin/Cutler's Last Stand

Japanese Hell


Keyboard for the Absolute Beginner

King of the Cage – The Superstars of KOTC

Kinky Kitty Contest

Kotoko: Live

Kyo Kara Maoh!, Vol. 8

Lamentations Live at Sheperds Bush

Last Quarter

The wave of Asian mystical romance films has hit with the remake of the Korean film Il Mare as The Lake House. Here's a Japanese entry into the genre.

Last Voyage

The Legend of Prince Valiant – The Complete Series, Vol. 1

The Libertine


Live a Paris Au Palais De Congres

Live Broadcasts: Collector's Rarities (Dts)

Live Broadcasts: Collector's Rarities (Dts)

Live Concert (in London)

Live in Antwerp 1959

Live in Concert

Live in Prague 1967

Live in Tokyo & More

Live: Cabaret de Montreal

Lupin the 3rd – Thievin' Ain't Easy (TV Series, Vol. 15)

Mahler – Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 / Bernard Haitink, Berlin Philharmonic

Mahler – Symphonies Nos. 4 and 7 / Bernard Haitink, Berlin Philharmonic

Mahler – Symphony No. 3 / Bernard Haitink, Berlin Philharmonic

Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School

Martin Simpson Teaches Alternate Tuni

The Matador (Full Screen/Widescreen Edition)

MegaMan NT Warrior, Vol. 10: Grave Warning

Memorization in Piano Music

Money, Power, Respect

Mr. 305: The Pitbull Story

Music Box Biography Collection

Music in Review (2pc) (W/Book) (Dts)

My Chauffeur

For reasons passing all understanding, the 80's saw a series of coming-of-age flicks where the rite of passage was getting it on with whomever came after "My" in the title. This one had Penn and Teller and Howard Hessman.

My Chauffeur/My Tutor

My Tutor

And this one had Crispin Glover. By the way, My Bodygaurdnot one of those films. But it sure would be progressive if it were.

Naruto Uncut Boxed Set Vol. 1 (Special Edition)

Naruto, Volume 1 (Uncut Box Set)

No Journey's End

Noche De Fieras

Obrigado Gente Ao Vivo

Obsesion Asesina

On the Stage a Choral Movement

Outlaw Country


Panico En La Montana

Performance Practices in Late 20th Ce


Pirates of Treasure Island

If you're gonna put that little effort into a title, why not Pirates of Swiss Family Robinson, or Pirates of the Lord of the Flies or Pirates of That Book I Had to Write a Report on in Grade School But Don't Remember a Damn Thing About Now?

Pra Balancar

Precious Memories-Live at the Ryman

Pride Fighting Championship – Beasts from the East, Vol. 2

Pride Fighting Championship – Bushido, Vol. 4

Pride Fighting Championship – Critical Countdown 2005

Puccini – La Boheme / Mirella Freni, Gianni Raimondi, Adriana Martino, Rolando Panerai, Herbert von Karajan

Ratas de La Ciudad

Real Pirates of the Caribbean


Reto:Lucha De Campeones

Rhythm Section Workshop for Jazz Dire

Rock and Mineral

Rock Bass for Beginners

Rock Drums for Beginners

Roy Rogers

Ruletero a Toda Marcha

Sabado Violento

Samurai Champloo – Complete Box Set


The Seed of Faith

Series 1

Series 2

Shostakovich: Symphonies 6 & 9

Smokin Summer Heat

Sound of Swing

Speedgrapher, Vol. 1

Speedgrapher, Vol. 1 Limited Edition

Stone Cold Killaz (Midnight Dragon / Blood Revenge / Black Trash / Fighting Mad)


Stoned (Unrated Widescreen Edition)


Tales of Courage

Tetsujin 28 – The Movie

That's Entertainment:Choral Movement

This Ugly Yet Beautiful World, Vol. 1: Falling Star

Ti Ricordi, No Non

Together in Rhythm

Tomcats – English subtitles


True Stories of the Miami Vice Squad

UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie, Vol. 3 – Pirates the Princess

Under the Influence of Love

Underworld Drifting – California Drifting and Tuners in Transit

Verdi – Rigoletto / Luciano Pavarotti, Ingvar Wixell, Edita Gruberova, Victoria Vergara, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Riccardo Chailly

Wagner – Tannhauser / Richard Cassily, Eva Marton, Tatiana Troyanos, Bernd Weikl, John Macurdy, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera

Were You There

World War II Vol 11 Harbou

World War II Vol 12 Final

World War II Vol 14 Victor

World War II Vol 15 Hitler

World War Vol 13 Final

Yo, El Ejecutor

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