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Letters From Iwo Jima, Apocalypto, Venus: Region 1 DVD Releases for May 22, 2007

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This week, a couple of actors-turned-directors show their wares.

Letters From Iwo Jima (Two-Disc Special Edition)

The better of the two Iwo Jima flicks Eastwood made last year (not that Flags is weak in any regard) and stands on its own, so don't feel you need to wait to watch one to see the other. A towering achievement, and a fine example of Eastwood's ability to find no easy answers and yet still ask uncomfortable questions in a satisfying way. Amazing (and largely unheralded) performances all around and a fantastic, soulful screenplay by Iris Yamashita. Of the final five, this should have won Best Picture. Extras include a couple of featurettes.


Probably the ballsiest thing about this flick, besides trying to make a profit on a film with no stars spoken in the dialect of a lost civilization – again – is leaving Mel Gibson's name on it after the, uh, troubles. But, in the end, all the controversy has really nothing to do with this action tale which is essentially one long, and compelling, chase scene. Not for the squeamish, but you'll figure that out in the first five minutes, what with the testicle munching. Extras include commentary by the Melster (no word on if he says "sugartits").


Peter O'Toole was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of a guy whose life becomes revitalized by his friend's grand-niece. Never having seen the film, I can still guess, based on just how damn good he is, he probably earned the nod. Extras include commentary from the director and the producer.

The Good German

Steven Soderbergh's take on the Casablanca aesthetic was met with less than enthusiastic response by critics and audiences in spite of the George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, and Tobey Maguire triple-threat. DVD appears to have no extras whatsoever.

Epic Movie (Unrated Edition)

From the makers (some of them, anyway) of Date Movie and the latter Scary Movies. We're probably going to be stuck with these for a while, folks. Please stop going. I will give them credit, however, for having many more extras on their DVD than any of the other releases this week.

In this week's long list: One of the best movies ever made gets the Criterion treatment. Again.

20 Years a Warrior Soul – Doro

2007 March Madness: Men

2007 March Madness: Women

24 – Season 1 (Slim – Pack)

24 – Season 2 (Slim – Pack)

24 – Season 3 (Slim – Pack)

24 – Season 4 (Slim Pack)

3 Godfathers

3rd Rock from the Sun – The Complete Seasons 1- 6

The 40 Year-Old Virgin (Unrated 2-Disc Double Your Pleasure Edition)

The 40-Year-Old Virgin (Unrated Special Edition) [HD DVD]

60 Minutes – 6% (May 13, 2007)

60 Minutes – Ali (May 13, 2007)

60 Minutes – Mitt Romney (May 13, 2007)

Abba Vader

Adios, Sabata

The Adventures of Marco Polo

Afro Samurai (Director's Cut)

Afro Samurai (Edited)

After Hours

Airwolf: Season Three

Alex Rider – Operation Stormbreaker (Full Screen Edition/Widescreen Edition)

Alien Nation

Allegheny Uprising

Alone With Her

Alvin And The Chipmunks – The Chipmunks Go To The Movies

Amazing Grace – Jeff Buckley (DVD – 2007)

Amazing Grace (2001)

American Me / Empire (Double Feature)

American Pastime

American Revolution 2

Animal (2006)

The Apocalypse

Mel Gibson's Apocalypto (Widescreen Edition)

Apocalypto [Blu-ray]

Aqua Odysseas: Catalina 3D Interactive Travel Guides

Aqui Esta Lucy!

Aqui Esta Lucy! (Here's Lucy!)

Art Without Walls

As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me

Auricular Chronicles

Avatar The Last Airbender – Book 2 Earth, Vol. 3


Back to Bataan

Bad Movie Police Double Feature: Zombie Cop & Maximum Impact

Bad Movie Police: Crimewave! (5-Pack)

Baladas En Espanol – Karaoke

Baladistas – Karaoke

Ball of Fire

Any synopsis that starts with the words, "A group of ivory-tower lexicographers" has got my vote. With Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck.

Ballroom Dancing for Absolute Beginners

Barbaro – A Nation's Horse

Battle for the Bible

The Best of Bumfights, Vol. 2

The Best of Bumfights, Vol. 3

Bi Chun Mu: Dance with Sword-Complete Series

Big Jim McLain

The Big Stampede

Bird on a Wire / The Cowboy Way (Double Feature)

Bjork Television DVD Archive – Bjork

Bjork Life DVD Archive – Bjork

Black And Blue

Black Lagoon

Black Lagoon, Vol. 1

Black Test Car (Sub B&W)

Blinded By Faith: Imperial Collapse – Live in Quebec City

Blood Alley

Bob Marley: Legend (Rock Milestones)

Bobobo-Bo Bo-Bobo Vol. 3

The Bolero/In Search of Cezanne

Boxer from the Temple

Breaking Point

Broken Arrow

The one with Jimmy Stewart, not Christian Slater, but I can see how you got confused.

C.A.T. Squad: Stalking Danger

Cahill – United States Marshal

Caminantes Si Hay Camino: Grandes Compositores

Caminantes Si Hay Camino: Leyendas del Cine Mexicano


Apparently the can-can, like the lambada, was once forbidden. With Shirley MacLaine and Frank Sinatra.

Cannes: All Access

Canta Como Alejandro Sanz – Karaoke

Canta Como Creedence – Karaoke

Canta Como Luis Miguel – Karaoke

Canta Como Shakira – Karaoke

Canta Como Sinatra – Karaoke

The Capoeira Workout

Casanova Brown

Chain Reaction


Cheech and Chong's Next Movie/Born in East L.A.

The Chi-Lites Live in Concert


Choices Of Te Heart

Cinderella Story & Sisterhood of Traveling Pants

City of Angels / Michael (Double Feature)

BBC Recitals

Closer [Blu-ray]

Club Claude: More Vegetables Please

Club Erotique 2

Coeurs: Private Fears in Public Places (Can Dol)

The Complete Matrix Trilogy [HD DVD]

Complete Yoga & Pilates (4pc) (Box Rpkg)


The Consul

Convict Stage


Conviction (2pc)

The Cowboys (Deluxe Edition)

Cubism in Concert – Pet Shop Boys

Cutthroat Island

Dante's Peak/Daylight

Dark Corners

Dawn Will Come

Dawson's Creek – The Complete Series (Seasons 1-6 Plus Series Finale)

De Mutspuntziekte

De Witte Kabouter

Def Comedy Jam: All 11 Episodes

The Dells: Live from New York City

Demon Prince Enma, Vol. 1

Depraved / Fatal Desire (Indie Film Double Feature)


Discover China: A Tale of Tofu

Doki Doki School Hours – Complete Boxed Set


Down South Players

Dragon Ball Z – Season Two


Duncan Sheik: On Stage at World Cafe Live

Een Spook Zijn Is Te Gek – Backyardigans

Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within

El Dorado / Hatari! (Double Feature)

El Rock De Mi Vida

Epic Movie

Epic Movie (Unrated Edition)

Evening With/Shine Your Light

The Exotic Dance Workout

Faith Hill: Hits

Family Rescue

Fay Grim

Nary a week after its release in theaters, Hal Hartley's sequel to Henry Fool hits DVD. Part of that Landmark, HDNet, Magnolia Pictures day-and-date thing.

Fear / The Watcher / Raising Cain (Triple Feature)

Fifteen And Pregnant

Films of Faith Collection, Vol. 2 (A Walk to Remember / Pay It Forward / Hometown Legend)

The Final Homecoming / The Champagne Club (Indie Film Double Feature)

The Final Patient

Flags of Our Fathers (Two-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray]

Flags of Our Fathers (Two-Disc Special Edition) [HD DVD]

Flags of Our Fathers (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition)

Flying Leathernecks

For Catherine

Fort Apache

Fort Courageous

Frankenstein's Bloody Nightmare

Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure

Freedom Writers [Blu-ray]

Freedom Writers [HD DVD]

From Russia With Love

Fury at Furnace Creek

Gary Cooper – MGM Movie Legends Collection

Get Jay Z for Me

Gilgamesh Complete Collection

Girls Next Door Workout

Girls Unbutton

A Glimpse Of Hell

Go Diego Go! – The Iguana Sing Along

Gojira: The Link Alive

The Good German

Gothika & Queen of the Damned

The Green Berets

Guilt By Association

Gun Fight

Gun the Man Down

Gunbuster 2, Vol. 1

Guns N Roses: Live in Chicago

The Hard Easy

Hard Target/Sudden Death

Harold and the Purple Crayon – Let Your Imagination Soar

Harold and the Purple Crayon – New Worlds to Explore

Harrad Experiment & Love All Summer

Haunted Gold

Hell and High Water

Hell Ride


Hero High – The Complete Series

High Lonesome

Highlights of the 2007 Masters Tournament

The Hills Run Red

Hitmans Run


Hot Shots!

Hot Shots! Part Deux

How the West Was Won

In Harm's Way / Donovan's Reef

In the Dark

Indecent Seduction

As opposed to, you know, that wholesome seduction we're used to. Title of the Week.

Inner Sanctum

Instant Star – Season 1

The Interrogation of Michael Crowe (True Stories Collection TV Movie)

It's a Big, Big, World – Safe and Sound

It's a Big, Big, World – The Earth Needs You

The Italian

Its a Long Way to the Top

Iwo Jima: 50 Years of Memories

Jackie Live

Jeff Queen – Playing with Sticks/The Next Level

Jerry Lee Lewis: Greatest Live Performances of the 50s, 60s and 70s

Jesus: The Great Debate

Jews in Space

JFK: Reckless Youth

Joaquin Cortes: Live at the Rah

The John Wayne Adventure Collection (The High and the Mighty / In Harms Way / Island in the Sky / Hatari! / Donovans Reef)

The John Wayne Century Collection (Big Jake, Donovan's Reef, El Dorado, Hatari!, Hondo, In Harm's Way, Island in the Sky, McLintock!, Rio Lobo, The High and the Mighty, etc.)

The John Wayne Collection (El Dorado, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Shootist, The Sons of Katie Elder, True Grit)

The John Wayne Collection, Vol. I (El Dorado, Rio Lobo, True Grit)

The John Wayne Film Collection (Without Reservations / Allegheny Uprising / Tycoon / Reunion in France / Big Jim McLain / Trouble Along the Way)

The John Wayne Western Collection (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance / True Grit / Hondo / McLintock! / Big Jake / The Shootist / Rio Lobo / The Sons of Katie Elder / El Dorado)

Johnny Dangerously

Julio Iglesias: The Greatest Hits – Live in Jerusalem

Jungle Book: Rikki-Tikki-Tavi to the Rescue

Kelly's Heroes / The Dirty Dozen (Double Feature)

Kicking and Screaming/Big Fat Liar


The King of Queens (Seasons 1-8)

Kitchen Confidential – The Complete Series

I've heard so many good things, and now that it's canceled I can find out how good it was.

Kung Fu Mahjong, Vol. 3: Final Duel

Kyle XY – The Complete First Season – Declassified

Las Canciones De Disney – Karaoke

Las Canciones De Soda – Karaoke

Latino Bailable – Karaoke

Legend of the Dragon, Vol. 4

Legend of the Dragon, Vol. 5

Legend of the Dragon: The Complete First Season

Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis: Season 1

Letters from Iwo Jima (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD) [HD DVD]

Letters from Iwo Jima (Two-Disc Special Edition)

Letters from Iwo Jima / Flags of Our Fathers (Five-Disc Commemorative Edition)

Letters from Iwo Jima [Blu-ray]

A Life Without Pain: A Documentary

Lights, Camera, Action!

Live Dvd Archive (4pc) (Dol) – Bjork

Live in Central Park 1979 – America

The Living Daylights

The Long Voyage Home

The Lord of Ayuthaya

Love Stories

The Luc Moullet Collection

The Mad (Unrated)

The Magnificent Seven – The Complete Second Season

Major Payne / Sgt. Bilko (Double Feature)

The Man from Monterey

Man from the Monastery

The Man With The Golden Gun

Manoranjan: The Entertainment!

The Marines

The Marlene Hanson Story


Masters of Fingerstyle Guitar


Me Pido La Ventana

Mechanical & Non-Destructive Testing


Mente y Cuerpo – Introduccion a Practicas de Yoga

Michael Jordon to the Max

Mind #. 5: the Observatory

Miss Congeniality / Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (Double Feature)

Mission – Impossible (Special Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]

Mission: Impossible (Special Collector's Edition) [HD DVD]

Mission – Impossible II (2-Disc Special Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]

Mission – Impossible II (2-Disc Special Collector's Edition) [HD DVD]

Mission: Impossible – The Complete First TV Season

The Mistress of Spices

Mixtape Inc

Mixtape Inc.: The Movie

Modern Drummer Festival 2006 Saturday

Modern Drummer Festival 2006 Saturday & Sunday

Modern Drummer Festival 2006 Sunday


Mortal Kombat I/Mortal Kombat II

Mr. Leather

Munich Mambo / The S.I.N. (Indie Film Double Feature)

The Murder of Fred Hampton

My Big Fat Hip Hop Family

Mythbusters: Collection 1 (4pc)


Naruto OVA – The Lost Story

Nature: Dogs That Changed the World

Nature: Penguins

New World (Nuevo Mundo)

Night of the Generals

Nights and Days

Ninja the Protector

The Ninth Gate

No Man of Her Own (Universal Cinema Classics)

No Sleep Till Shangai


Noddy – Catch a Falling Star v.3

The O.C. – The Complete Series (Seasons 1-4)

The O.C. – The Complete Fourth Season

Ocean's Twelve & Ocean's Eleven

On the Riviera

One Night at the Metropolis

Operation Pacific

Patch Adams/What Dreams May Come

Paul Lamb: A Journey Through the Blues with a Harmonica

The People Under the Stairs/Shocker

Perfect Man & Head Over Heels & In Good Company

Perry Mason – Season 1, Vol. 2

The Peter Sellers Giftset (The Pink Panther / What's New, Pussycat? / The Party / Casino Royale)

Pigskin Parade

Pirates of the Caribbean – Curse of the Black Pearl [Blu-ray]

Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man's Chest [Blu-ray]

Pirates: Dead Men Tell Their Tales (Ocrd)

Pokemon 10th Anniversary

Porky's (The One Size Fits All Edition)

Porky's the Ultimate Collection

Portrait in Crystal

Pride Fighting Championships – Bushido – The Tournament (Vol. 9)

Pride Fighting Championships – Shockwave 2003

Prince of the City (Two-Disc Special Edition)

Prophet Of Evil

Pure Brazil: Bossa in Rio

Pyaar Ke Side / Effects (Sub Ac3 Dol)

Ray, Goodman & Brown: Live in Concert

Reggae Band (Bra Full Ac3 Dol)

Regular Lovers

The Return of Sabata

Reunion in France

Ride Him, Cowboy

Rio Bravo (Two-Disc Special Edition)

Rio Bravo (Two-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition)

The River Wild / The Getaway / The Real McCoy (Triple Feature)

The Road Warrior / Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

Rock En Espanol – Karaoke

Rocks Clasicos – Karaoke

Romeo Et Juliette (Romeo and Juliet) (2006)

Roots (Four-Disc -30th Anniversary Edition)

Docs in the extras cover one year later, 25 years later and 30 years later.

Rush Hour (Special Edition)

Rush Hour 2 (Special Edition)


Sandwich (Sub Ac3 Dol)

Sansho the Bailiff – Criterion Collection

Scarface (Universal Cinema Classics)

Scrubs – The Complete Fifth Season

Highlights of this season include a turn by Mandy Moore in a few eps and a nifty Wizard of Oz homage directed by Zach Braff.

The Sea Chase

The Searchers (John Wayne Collection)

Secret Files of the Inquisition

Secrets of the Dead – Dogfight Over Guadalcanal


The Shadow Walkers

Shadow Warriors

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

Shemekia Copeland: On Stage at World Cafe Live


Silent Night Bloody Night

Simple Curve


The Skeleton Key [HD DVD]

The Skulls/The Skulls 2

Smokey and the Bandit [HD DVD]

So Proudly We Hail (Universal Cinema Classics)

Somewhere in Sonora

The Sons of Katie Elder / The Shootist

Spare Parts

Spasm Science Fiction Vol. 1

Spirit of Fado (Pal Spa)

Sports Giftset (Bull Durham / Hoosiers / Raging Bull / Rocky )

Spring Break Madness, Vol. 1


Stay Until Tomorrow

Steelyard Blues

Step Party

Steve Forbert: On Stage at World Cafe Live

Straight Time

Josephs Legende

Stuart Little (The Animated Series) – All Revved Up!

Stuart Little (The Animated Series) – Fun Around Every Curve

Summer School (Life's a Beach Edition)

Sunset Grill / Scorpion Spring / Eye of the Storm (Triple Feature)

Sweden Rock Festival 2005

Tall in the Saddle

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Season 1, Part 1

The Telegraph Trail

Television Dvd Archive (5pc) (Dol)

The Temptations Review Featuring Dennis Edwards

That Diesel 2

They Were Expendable

The Third Man – Criterion Collection (2-Disc Edition)

One of the best films ever made. Period. This is the second time Criterion has given it their treatment, this time adding a hi-def transfer and a whole second disc's worth of extras.

The Third Secret

Thizz Nation Presents: Block Report

Three Bad Men

Too Young to Die? (True Stories Collection TV Movie)

Towncraft Box Set

The Toybox

The Train Robbers

Training Day / Fallen (Double Feature)

Treal TV

Tribus Urbanas

Triumph of a Heart

Trouble Along the Way

True Grit (Special Collector's Edition)

Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, Vol. 1 (Starter Set)

Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, Vol. 1 – Gathering of Fates

Twins Mission

Twisted Passion

Two Soldiers


Ultimate Fighting Championship, Vol. 64: Unstoppable

Ultimate Fighting Championship, Vol. 65: Bad Intentions

The Ultimate Matrix Collection [HD DVD]

Ultimate Summer


Uncommon Bach – Music Experience in 3-Dimensional Sound Reality TM [HD DVD DTSHD Surround Music Disc]

Unconquered (Universal Cinema Classics)

Vanishing Twin

Vaska Easoff

Vengeance of the Zombies


Vietnam War Story

The Wedding Date / Prime / Wimbledon (Triple Feature)

The Wedding Night

Wes Craven Presents The Breed

Westside Bootyfest

What Price Honestly

Where Is the World Going to, Mr. Stiglitz?

White Feather

Whose Life Is It Anyway?

The Wings of Eagles


Without Reservations


Woman of Desire

The World Is Not Enough (Widescreen Edition)

World War II Heroes Film Collection (Run Silent, Run Deep / The Great Escape / A Bridge Too Far / The Battle of Britain)

Wrestlemania 23

WWE – WrestleMania 23

You Only Live Twice

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX – The King of Copycats v.3

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