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DVD Releases For February 1, 2005

Hey folks.

What I’ve been doing is I’ve been in a state of shock, staring at the tennis ball sitting in my bedroom, the tennis ball signed by sweet, angelic, divine Kirsten Dunst. Oh Kirsten, thinks The Duke, how can I even look at this most blessed of relics, when not only have you kissed it with your pen, but your hands have held it, presumably, since it’s hard enough to write on a tennis ball at the best of times, never mind doing it with one hand.

Duty calls, though, and I had to draw my gaze away for the time it takes to give you the low-down on this week’s DVD releases.

That tennis ball will keep me awake for weeks, is what.

And there’s lot’s of other stuff for to keep a fella awake for the next seven days, too. Shit like these right here, for example;

Edison – The Invention Of The Movies

This right here is the ultimate pick this week. 4 DVD’s bulging with amazing, mesmerizing flicks from back in the days when Nickelodeon was a place you went for to catch a flick and maybe some tuberculosis, rather than a place were folks play Sister Sister all the live-long day.

This has all the classics you’d expect, like The Great Train Robbery and what have you, but also loads of long-lost gems, including some early stop-motion animation and the like. Essential as all frozen fuck.

STOP PRESS AND SUCH – Edison DVD seems to be postponed till 22nd February.

The Grudge

As I Pointed Out back in the day, if you ain’t seen any of the Ju-On flicks, most likely this’ll be the greatest horror you ever laid eyes on. If you have, most likely you’ll see this as a wretched waste of time, and a fucking missed opportunity if ever was one. The Duke falls into the latter category, but surprise, cause I’m still gonna throw twenty quid in the direction of this here. It’s sad, man, I know.

Ray

I ain’t seen this yet, but by all accounts Jamie Foxx is a downright revelation. Probably gonna sell like there’s no tomorrow come Oscar time, is what The Duke would wager.

Henry Rollins – Shock And Awe

This right here is one of Henry’s spoken word shows, captured for posterity on the old DVD. I saw one of these shows on telly one night, and I’ve been itching for more ever since. Funny as all hell, is what he is, and then next thing you know folks are asking if that’s a tear in your eye, but no, shut your damn mouth and watch the TV, how about?

Some TV Stuff

Cheers Season 4

Frasier Season 4

Taxi Season 2

Penn And Teller Bullshit Season 2

I don’t care much for Frasier or Cheers, to be honest, but I know some of you folks do, so you’ll be pleased as a kick in the teeth that there’s some more sets for to picking up. Also, although I love Andy Kaufman, I’m not that struck on Taxi. Again, if you are, then season 2 hits the shelves this week.

What The Duke will be heading towards post haste, is season 2 of the wonderful Penn And Teller Bullshit. In case you don’t know, what it involves is the two comedy magicians picking a topic each week (Creationism, Hypnotism, Smoking etc) and then letting their leftist communist impulses run wild. It’s not unusual for interviews to be interrupted so as the big one can say about “Who does this motherfucker think he is?” and so on. Biased as hell, and brilliant.

Well, here’s the full run-down for Tuesday 1st February 2005, complete with occasional commentary from The Duke.

13 Going on 30 (SE)/Significant Others – The Series (1998)
3-Disc Set
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

3 Steps To Heaven (1995)
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

After Sunset: The Life & Times of the Drive-In Theater (1996)
Studio: Janson Video, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated
The Duke SaysNothing to do with Richard Linklater, this is in fact a 45-minute doc dealing with the Drive-In and so on. Interviews with John Carpenter and Joe Bob Briggs and such pepper the proceedings.

Agent Cody Banks/Agent Cody Banks 2
Side By Side
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: Unknown

All Dogs Go to Heaven/All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1989)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: G

Amazing Grace: A Real Highland Fling (2005)
Studio: Allegro
Rated: Not Rated

America’s Greatest Moments: 1900-2000 (2004)
Studio: Ventura Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

America’s Heart and Soul (2004)
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

American Experience – Fidel Castro (2004)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

An American Tail Family Double Feature (1986)
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
Rated: G

Andromeda – Season 3 Collection (2002)
5-Disc Set
Studio: ADV Films, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

Arthur – Arthur’s Money Matters (2004)
Studio: Sony Music Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Arthur – Arthur’s Tooth (2002)
Studio: Sony Music Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Arthur – The Big Riddle (2004)
Studio: Sony Music Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Arthur’s Treasure Hunt (1999)
Studio: Sony Music Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Babe Family Double Feature (1995)
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
Rated: G

Bad Girls (1994)
French Version
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: R

Balto 3: Wings Of Change (2004)
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
Rated: G

Beastmaster – Season 1: Volume 1 (1999)
Studio: ADV Films, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

Beastmaster – Season 1: Volume 2 (1999)
Studio: ADV Films, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

Beethoven Family Double Feature (1992)
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
Rated: PG

Blood Tide (1982)
Studio: Madacy Entertainment Group
Rated: R
The Duke SaysBudget release for this classic slab of nonsense. It’s a sort of Anthropophagus type deal, with none other than James Earl Jones going ahead and reviving a long-slumbering sea creature on a Greek Island.

The Blue Lagoon/Return to the Blue Lagoon (Double Feature, 2 discs) (1980)
2-DVD Set
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: R

Bobby McFerrin – Spontaneous Inventions (1986)
Studio: EMI Video
Rated: Not Rated

The Bodyguard / Message In A Bottle
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Unknown

The Bodyguard / Message In A Bottle
Longbox
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Unknown

The Bodyguard / Message In A Bottle
Side by Side
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

The Bodyguard (1992)
Special Edition
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Unknown
The Duke SaysConnoisseurs of overwrought romantic dramas will be beside themselves with the release of this right here. Whether or not they’ll be especially impressed with the bonus material on offer is another matter. There’s an audio commentary, plus the video for Whitney’s Dolly Parton cover. Coat Of Many Colors, I think it was. Other than that, though, there’s just a couple interviews. Oh well.

The Brak Show
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Broadway Melody of 1929
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Unknown

Care Bears – Festival of Fun (1988)
Studio: Lion’s Gate Films
Rated: G

Care Bears – Magical Adventures (1988)
Studio: Lion’s Gate Films
Rated: G

Carolina (2003)
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Rated: PG-13

The Cat and the Canary (1927)
SPECIAL EDITION
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

Chariots of Fire (1981)
Special Edition
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Unknown
The Duke Says“The British are coming!” hollered the director when picking up his Oscars. “Where the fuck are they, then?” hollered everyone else a couple months later. If slow-motion running and lots of Vangelis is your bag, then best head off, arms aloft, in the direction of this here.

Charmed – The Complete First Season (1998)
6-Disc Set
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Cheers – The Complete Fourth Season
4-Disc Set
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

China: The Panda Adventure
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Unknown

Classic Archive – Amadeus Quartet
Studio: EMI Video
Rated: Not Rated

Classic Archive – David Oistrakh
Studio: EMI Video
Rated: Not Rated

Classic Archive – Great Opera Singers
Studio: EMI Video
Rated: Not Rated

Classic Archive – Istomin-Stern-Rose Trio
Studio: EMI Video
Rated: Not Rated

Classic Archive – Otto Klemperer
Studio: EMI Video
Rated: Not Rated

Classic Archive – Pierre Fournier
Studio: EMI Video
Rated: Not Rated

Classic Archive – Yevgeny Mravinsky
Studio: EMI Video
Rated: Not Rated

Classic Archive – Zino Francescatti
Studio: EMI Video
Rated: Not Rated

Clifford The Big Red Dog – Clifford Tries His Best/Clifford’s Schoolhouse
Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Clifford the Big Red Dog – Everyone Loves Clifford/Good Friends, Good Times
Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Corazon Loco (1997)
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated

Courage Mountain (1990)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: PG

Crazy Chicks – Key West (2004)
Studio: Peach DVD
Rated: Not Rated

Dai-Guard – The Complete Collection (2002)
6-Disc Set
Studio: ADV Films, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

Daimajin (1966)
Studio: ADV Films, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

The Deadly China Doll Collection
3-Disc Set
Studio: RED Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Degrassi Junior High – Season 1 (1987)
3-Disc Set
Studio: WGBH Boston Video
Rated: Not Rated

Degrassi Junior High – Season 1: Disc 1 (1987)
Studio: WGBH Boston Video
Rated: Not Rated

Degrassi Junior High – Season 1: Disc 2 (1987)
Studio: WGBH Boston Video
Rated: Not Rated

Degrassi Junior High – Season 1: Disc 3 (1987)
Studio: WGBH Boston Video
Rated: Not Rated

Dude, Where’s the Party? (2003)
Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Eddie Paul: Hollywood’s Best Kept Secret (2004)
Studio: Ventura Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Edison – The Invention of the Movies (1891)
4 Disc Set
Studio: Kino on Video
Rated: Not Rated

Fall Guy (1982)
Studio: Home Vision
Rated: Not Rated

Focused (2004)
Studio: Ventura Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Frasier – Five-Season Pack (1993)
11-Disc Set
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Frasier – The Complete Fourth Season (1996)
4-Disc Set
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

French For Kids – Beginning Level 1, Vol. 1
Studio: Language Tree
Rated: Not Rated

Generator Gawl – Vol. 1: Human Heart, Metal Soul (1999)
Studio: ADV Films, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

The Glass Mountain (1948)
Studio: Allegro
Rated: Not Rated

Good Boy/Napoleon
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: Unrated

The Grim Reaper (1962)
Director Approved Edition
Studio: Home Vision
Rated: Not Rated
The Duke Says - Fairly overdue Criterion release for Bernardo Bertolucci’s debut. The Grim Reaper, or La Comme Secca, concerns the murder of a prostitute in Rome, and the subsequent investigation. Sort of Usual Suspects, Roshamon thing going on, is what. And nobody approaches anyone’s arse with a handful of butter.

The Grudge (2004)
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: PG-13

Guy Torry’s Phat Comedy Tuesdays: Vol. 1 (2004)
Studio: Ardustry Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Hello Kitty Plays Pretend/Hello Kitty Saves The Day
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: Unrated

Hello Kitty’s Animation Theater – Vol. 1: Once Upon a Time (2004)
Studio: ADV Films, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

Henry Rollins – Shock & Awe:The Tour (2004)
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

Herbert Von Karajan – Jubilee Concert 100 Years: 1882-1982 (1982)
Studio: Sony Music Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Herbert Von Karajan – Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (1986)
Studio: Sony Music Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Hidden Dimension
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Unknown

Hogmanay Party From Blair Castle (2005)
Studio: Allegro
Rated: Not Rated

How Awful About Allan (1970)
Studio: Madacy Entertainment Group
Rated: PG

I Love Lucy – The Complete Third Season (1953)
5-Disc Set
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

IMAX – Mark Twain’s America
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Inside Led Zeppelin – 1968-1972
Studio: Music Video Distributors
Rated: Not Rated

Jamie Foxx – Straight From the Foxxhole (1993)
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated
The Duke SaysIf Foxx’s performances in the likes of Collateral and Ray have got you all in a tizzy, why not check out this stand-up special from back in the day, and laugh yourself incontinent with all manner of impressions and wacky musical parodies.

Jeff Costa’s Cardio Striptease Workout: Volume 1 (2004)
Studio: Studioworks
Rated: Not Rated

Jeff Costa’s Cardio Striptease Workout: Volume 2 (2004)
Studio: Studioworks
Rated: Not Rated

John Scofield – Live Three Ways (1990)
Studio: EMI Video
Rated: Not Rated

Karate Kid Collection Box Set (1984)
4-DVD Set
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: PG
The Duke SaysRelive all those classic moments from this seminal series, except don’t be looking for no extras. Be amazed! When Daniel San inspires schoolchildren from here to Saturn to do the crane thing in the playground, only to be cruelly beaten shitless by unimpressed bullies. Cheer! When Daniel San goes to Japan, and smashes the bricks and so on. “Bricks don’t fight back”, says hard-ass onlooker. Holler! When Daniel San gets taught by a fella who looks a bit like Steven Segal. Forget! All about the fourth one, when the girl arrives, and waxes on and off and such in a Daniel-esque manner.

La Cienega (2001)
Studio: Home Vision
Rated: Not Rated

La Duquesa Diabolica
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated

La Tregua (2003)
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated

Laffs from the Hood – Volume 1
Studio: Lion’s Gate Films
Rated: Not Rated

Laffs from the Hood – Volume 2
Studio: Lion’s Gate Films
Rated: Not Rated

The Land Before Time Chomper Double Feature (1994)
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
Rated: G

The Last Days of Patton (1986)
Studio: Madacy Entertainment Group
Rated: PG

The Last Days of Pompeii (1934)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated
The Duke Says - A nice commentary by one of those film historian types would’ve gone down a treat here, is what, but no. What you do get, though, is Ernest B. Schoedsack’s 1934 disaster epic, a slab of cinematic wonder for to gaze at for a time.

The Laughing Policeman (1973)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: R

The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Unknown

Look Who’s Talking Box Set (1989)
3-DVD Set
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: PG-13
The Duke SaysShamefully, there ain’t an extra to be seen on these discs, but what the hell man, you get the two seminal Talking Babies flicks, and also the one about the dogs. It sucked, pretty much. But dig those first two, man.

Love Is Forever (1983)
Studio: Madacy Entertainment Group
Rated: G

The Manhattan Project (1990)
Studio: EMI Video
Rated: Not Rated

The MC (2004)
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

Metalium – Metalium Attack Part 1 (2001)
Studio: Ryko Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Michel Petrucciani – Power of Three (1990)
Studio: EMI Video
Rated: Not Rated

Mr. 3000 (2004)
Widescreen
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Rated: PG-13

Mr. 3000 (2004)
Full Frame
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Rated: PG-13

Mulan II (2004)
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Rated: G

My Song Goes Round the World (1934)
Studio: Allegro
Rated: Not Rated

The Neighborhood (2004)
Studio: Maverick Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

New Jersey Drive (1995)
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Night and the City (1950)
Studio: Home Vision
Rated: Not Rated

Non Ti Scordardi Me (1935)
Studio: Allegro
Rated: Not Rated

Nova – America’s Stone Age Explorers (2004)
Studio: WGBH Boston Video
Rated: Not Rated

Oedo Sukeroku Taiko – Live: Drums of Tokyo (2005)
Studio: Allegro
Rated: Not Rated

Oz: The Complete Seasons 1,2,3,4
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Unknown

The Palm Beach Story (1942)
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Peacemaker – Vol. 3: Gunning for Trouble (2004)
Studio: ADV Films, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

Penn & Teller – Bullshit!: The Complete Second Season (2004)
Studio: Showtime Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Penn & Teller – Bullshit!: The Complete Second Season (2004)
BS! Box
Studio: Showtime Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Playa’ Pack (1997)
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
Rated: R

Prentatal Fitness (2005)
Studio: Pro-Active Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Pride of Jesse Hallam (1980)
Studio: Madacy Entertainment Group
Rated: G

Ray (2004)
Widescreen
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
Rated: PG-13

Ray (2004)
Limited Edition Widescreen
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
Rated: PG-13

Ray (2004)
Full Frame
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
Rated: PG-13

Ray (2004)
DVS Enhanced Widescreen
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
Rated: PG-13

The Roots: A Sonic Event (2004)
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

Sailor Moon SuperS Pegasus Collection 7 (1995)
Signature Series
Studio: Geneon Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Saiyuki – Double Barrel Collection: Vol. 1 (2004)
2-Disc Set
Studio: ADV Films, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

School Daze (1987)
2-Disc Set, Special Edition
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: R
The Duke SaysCouple commentaries and a handful of featurettes compliment this fairly underwhelming, but interesting, Spike Lee musical. A 2-disc set of Malcolm X would’ve been preferable, but what can you do?

Sealab 2021: Season Two
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

The Secret of Nimh/The Secret of Nimh 2 (1982)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: PG

Secrets & Lies (1996)
Widescreen
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: R

Sesame Street – Big Bird Sings! (1995)
Studio: Sony Music Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Sesame Street – Happy Healthy Monsters (2004)
Studio: Sony Music Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Sesame Street – Sing Yourself Silly! (1990)
Studio: Sony Music Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Shall We Dance? (2004)
Widescreen
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Rated: PG-13

Shall We Dance? (2004)
Full Frame
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Rated: PG-13

Shall We Dance? (1996)
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Rated: PG-13

She Hate Me (2004)
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: R
The Duke SaysSpike Lee’s most recent has been getting all sorts of harsh reviews. A load of misogynist trash, say most folks. I ain’t seen it yet, so who knows?

Shinobi – Runaway (2004)
Studio: ADV Films, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

The Star Chamber (1983)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: R

Steve Howe – Careful With That Axe
Studio: Music Video Distributors
Rated: Not Rated

Sympathy For The Underdog
Studio: Home Vision
Rated: Not Rated

Taxi – The Complete Second Season (1979)
4-Disc Set
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Tenchi in Tokyo – Vol. 7: A New Career (1997)
Signature Series
Studio: Geneon Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Thieves’ Highway (1949)
Studio: Home Vision
Rated: Not Rated

Trippin’ (1999)
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
Rated: R

True Heart (1999)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: PG

UFC 50 – The War Of ’04 (2004)
Studio: Studioworks
Rated: Not Rated

Umphrey’s McGee – Live From the Lake Coast (2003)
Studio: Ryko Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Vanity Fair (2004)
Widescreen
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
Rated: PG-13

Vanity Fair (2004)
Full Frame
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
Rated: PG-13

We Are the World – The Story Behind the Song (1985)
20th Anniversary Special Edition
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated
The Duke SaysFans of Michael Jackson and of charity records in general will probably get most from this Jane Fonda narrated doc. What I’d suggest is you check out Jackson’s solo demo of the track on that recent box set shindig. That right there was pretty cool, is what.

What Your Eyes Don’t See (1999)
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated

Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
Rated: Not Rated
The Duke SaysNo extras, but holy shit, man, this is the flick were Bill Murray plays Hunter S Thompson. By all accounts Thompson wanted to kill the fella after seeing it. Make up your own mind, since here it is, on the DVD. Probably best not to kill Murray, I’m guessing, since come on, he went on to star in not only Ed Wood, but also What About Bob?

The Wind in the Willows (1996)
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Wonderfalls – The Complete Series (2004)
3 Disc Set
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

WWE – Rob Van Dam: One of a Kind (2004)
2-Disc Set
Studio: Sony Music Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Well, till next week and so on.

Thanks folks.

Thanks Kirsten.

Thanks Kirsten Tennis Ball

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  • http://dumpsterbust.blogspot.com Eric Berlin

    No, I don’t even recognize the original movie as part of the Buffy franchise. She was hot enough, I suppose, but never on that daydream about / elevate above the level of mortal human level, you know?

  • Eric Olsen

    too vacant, I know

  • http://www.resonation.ca Jim Carruthers

    I’ve seen Rollins several times on his spoken word tours, and it is the closest I’ve literally come to pissing my pants laughing. It’s not the stories, so much, and the presentation helps, and pacing, staging, there’s none of that, it’s just Henry and microphone (and after meeting him a Black Flag show in Montreal, he’s not that tall either, or at another meeting doing business, not that chatty when not performing) but as they say, the whole package.

    I’ve got a couple of his spoken word CDs, but to get the full impact, especially if you haven’t seen him live is the DVD. He is a great mimic, and really good at the body language.

    As for Penn & Teller Bullshit, sadly, the second season isn’t as good as the first, since they mainly spend their time picking on easy, soft targets, and don’t pull many pranks. Most of the episodes are just the duo going through the motions rather than sleight of hand. What I really want from them is a nice DVD set with extras and commentary of their great stage show. Since they have essentially just stayed in Las Vegas, it would be better than this bullshit.

  • Eric Olsen

    “essential as all frozen fuck” – Shakespearean, my friend

    “So how did you get the ball?” he asked with only slight trepidation.

    I used to live down the street from where Black Flag recorded in Hermosa and ran into them several times at parties, on the street and whatnot. Rollins was actually rather shy – I agree he’s really funny, though.

  • http://www.resonation.ca Jim Carruthers

    I see this as an indie break-out hit, a crazy motherfucker who is cast away on an island in the North Sea, and aside from a washed-up container of Guinness and sardines only has a tennis ball for companionship, which he names Kristen, since that is name on the ball.

    The movies play in his mind, which he provides DVD director’s commentary to Kristen are captured by a combined ESA and CIA pair of spy satellites, and become a hit reality show. The authorities send Jessica Stevenson undercover as Kristen Dunst, claiming she is really Sydney Bristow.

    Hijinks ensue.

  • http://dumpsterbust.blogspot.com Eric Berlin

    Degrassi Junior High finally got released to DVD? I can finally breathe easy once again… I can only hope it was worth the long, cold, lonely years of waiting.

    You hit the mark exactly with your take on School Daze: underwhelming yet interesting. Is it just me or does that hit the mark on about 80% of Spike Lee’s films?

    I don’t know why, but Karate Kid I and II had a large impact on me and my friends, pop culturally speaking, growing. Quite often we would say things like, “That same piece of wood we found on beach long time ago?” and someone else, solemn and knowingly, would nod their head and say, “Hai. Same.”

    Duke — Always love to see your takes on all things cinematic.

    Eric Berlin
    Dumpster Bust: Miracles from Mind Trash

  • HW Saxton

    I saw “Black Flag”(pre Henry)play at The
    Fleetwood in Redondo Beach twice. Some
    of Black Flag’s footage for “The Decline
    Of Western Civilization” was shot the
    night we were there. Other bands on the
    bill that night were The Mau’Mau’s,The
    Cheifs(sic),Vicious Circle (who morphed
    into TSOL), The Screwz and a couple of
    others I’m forgetting.

    I think the Flag were at their peak with
    Dez Cadena and Henry both in the band.
    Once Dez split/quit the sound started to
    change real fast and not for the better
    to my ears.

  • Eric Olsen

    “More Care Bears on DVD!” he said dancing around the room waving his arms and tweaking his nipples, “Lily will be so excited!”

  • Eric Olsen

    re Karate Kid 4, “the girl” you mention is Hillary Swank

  • http://www.mondoirlando.com Aaron, Duke De Mondo

    hey folks.

    Jim, that sounds like the best film ever made, most likely. Could we get Tom Hanks involved, maybe just to float past at one point on a dingy, so as folks in the audience can go “ooh, see that? that was a homage right there”, and then the person next to them can go “i think you’ll find it’s AN homage, motherfucker.”

    Alas, the couple episodes i’ve seen of Bullshit season 2 are, as you say, not as good as first time around. But i’ll still pick it up though, since i belive slightly under-par bullshit is still prefereable to loads of other stuff.

    Eric, Shakespeare WISHES he could have sworn in such a manner, is what i’m guessing. And to answer your question, what i did was purchase the item from one of your big-business autograph dealer types. How anyone could part with such an item is beyond me, regardless of the money involved.

    Eric B, i agree with you. 80% of Spike’s output is lacking, i feel. But then he’ll fling something like 25th Hour at us, and what can a man do but say “well, whatever he did, at least he gave us 25th hour”.

    Also, i belive Karate Kid 1-3 played a part in all our lives.

    HW and Jim, alas, i never had the priveledge of seeing the flag, nor indeed mr rollins, but i do believe he’s been to belfast a couple times with his spoken word shenanigans. Maybe next time. And HW, you remind me once more how shocking, sad and disgraceful it is that none of the Decline… flicks are available on DVD. come the hell on, Penelope Spheeris. How many Wayne’s World’s are out there on shiny disc? Dozens, i’d wager.

  • http://www.mondoirlando.com Aaron, Duke De Mondo

    eric O, the duchess was very fond of the care bears. I belive i purchased the flicks for her one time. Thus, i felt much too raw for to fling text in the direction of said releases. Motherfucking care bears.

    And i’d totally forgotten that was Hilary Swank! God. And she wasn’t even oscar nominated!

  • Eric Olsen

    nothing unites my 20 year-old daughter and 5 year-old daughter like the Care Bears. The elder even applied her college-educated artiste skills to a Care Bear mural on the younger lass’s bedroom wall – it brings a tear.

  • HW Saxton

    Duke, Your first paragraph in Post # 8
    reminds me of one of my alltime favorite
    episodes of “The Honeymooners”. In this
    episode Ralph K. decides to once again
    become an entrepeneur by selling these
    kitchen devices that are made to core
    apples.Somehow, Norton ends up doing the
    sales pitch as “How To Core A Apple”.
    LOfuckin’L. Classic comedy.

  • http://www.resonation.ca Jim Carruthers

    Does this mean you’d like a scan of the autograph from my copy of the “Decline of Western Civilization” LP by Penelope Spheeris? (And if I’d known what crap she would go on to make, I’d never have talked with her, though she did introduce me to Candice Bergin).

    I did see a DVD of DWC at a local video store, but looked tres bootleg, and I haven’t rented it yet.

    I suspect it is because of Ozzy in the second one which keeps them off the market, plus music licensing issues (for shits and giggles, try to figure out who really owns punk rock chunes from the early 80s).

  • Eric Olsen

    that reminds me: is there a DVD of Urgh: A Music War, that’s one bizarre lineup of art damage, new wave and punkiness

  • http://www.mondoirlando.com Aaron, Duke De Mondo

    of course the best week for DVD releases is coming up shortly, when Wimbeldon gets an outing here in the UK. maybe i’ll see my tennis ball.

  • http://tvh.rjwest.com HH

    What? Nothing about Wonderfalls aside from the bare minimum? Travesty.

  • http://www.resonation.ca Jim Carruthers

    I did give a week’s notice of this criminally overlooked series, plus there was one other posting yesterday about “Wonderfalls”

    Not to excuse Duke’s failure, but he does have that tennis ball and all. And like Jaye, it is probably telling him to make other people’s lives better.

  • http://dumpsterbust.blogspot.com Eric Berlin

    By the way, Duke: What you feel for Ms. Dunst, I once felt for the young Ms. S Michelle Gellar circa Season Two of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (or a weak facsimile of your Strong and True devotion, I should say). For whatever reason, alas, the infatuation was not to last as I moved onto Charisma Carpenter, then that actress who plays Anya for a little bit… well, pretty much the entire female side of the Buffy franchise had my eye at one time or another.

  • Eric Olsen

    even Kristie Swanson?

  • Economike

    Trying to find a dvd of los angeles punk band the Mau Mau’s. Would appreciate any info you might have.