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Munich, The New World, Dr. Katz: Region 1 DVD Releases for May 9th, 2006

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From Spielberg to Malick, this week we’ve got you covered.

Munich (2-Disc Limited Edition)

For my money, the best movie of 2005. Many bristled at the historical inaccuracies in Steven Spielberg’s tale of the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the 1972 Munich Olympics, in which 11 hostages were murdered. The systematic assassination of the culprits, as detailed in the film’s source novel Vengeance, is a matter of debated record. What rings through regardless in this harrowing narrative is the systematic assassination of Avner Kauffman’s (a phenomenal Eric Bana) soul as he leads his rag-tag team of inexperienced wet operatives on their grim mission.

All of the performances here pack a punch, in particular Ciarán Hinds as the clean-up man, Geoffrey Rush as their handler, and Mathieu Kassovitz as the bomb-maker who, ironically, becomes their conscience. Also check out a solid turn from Daniel Craig in what may be a darker take on his upcoming role as Bond. Spielberg’s unflinching eye (manifested richly by cinematographer Janusz Kaminski) combined with Tony Kushner and Eric Roth’s nuanced adaptation make for compelling, troubling viewing. I may be in the minority here, but given the themes and execution, I consider this his Godfather.

The Limited Edition includes an introduction by Spielberg and numerous featurettes on the making of the film.

The New World

In 1998, Terence Malick released The Thin Red Line, the most beautiful war film ever made. His tone poem garnered mucho plaudits and Academy nods, including one for Best Picture. The New World, which came out last December, only received a nod for Best Cinematography, so it’s probably as beautiful. Critics weren’t exactly taken with his latest, but the Malick faithful may want to check it out anyway, if only to see which version (the 150min. original cut or his 135min. recut) shows up.

Extras include an hour-long doc on the making of the film.

Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist – Season 1

The squiggle-riffic adventures of Dr. Katz, which consist mostly of comedians like Ray Romano riffing neurotic on his couch, finally arrive on DVD. Extras include commentary from said comics, including Dave Attell, Romano, and the titular Jonathan Katz, as well as episodes of Short Attention Span Theater.

The West Wing – The Complete Sixth Season

After a truly awful fifth season in which the show floundered in the wake of creator Aaron Sorkin’s departure, The West Wing rallied admirably in its sixth season to become, if not as good as the ‘ol Sorkin days, at least watchable. Building to a tremendous climax at the Democratic National Convention, this season focuses, in part, on Josh’s efforts to find Bartlett’s successor, whom he finds in the form of Matt Santos (a welcome Jimmy Smits).

What the show does so well this season is to present us with two powerful, smart, engaging candidates. Alan Alda was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Santos’ adversary, Republican Senator Arnie Vinick. Rather than the straw man defeated handily by Bartlett in season four in the form of Robert Ritchie (James Brolin), Vinick matches Santos pound for pound on strategy, know-how, imagination, and, worst of all, integrity. This makes for a fascinating chess match that develops over the course of the season. It’s never really Sorkin-esque, but it’s good TV.

Extras include the occasional commentary, a featurette on Allison Janney, and an Easter egg interview with the dear departed John Spencer.

Nanny McPhee

Critical response was pretty supportive for what seemed to be just another kid’s movie based on yet another popular series of books. But with Emma Thompson doing the adaptation (she won an Oscar for that sort of thing when she penned the script for Sense and Sensibility), the film’s chances for not sucking certainly improved. She also plays the eponymous nanny, charged with reining in a particularly unruly gaggle of kids. The magic helps.

Extras include two sets of commentary, including one with Thompson, and several featurettes.

From Big Momma’s House 2 to Grandma’s Boy, this week we’ve got you covered.

2006 Women’s NCAA Championship Final Four

2006 Women’s NCAA Championship Final Four

The 400 Blows – Criterion Collection

So I’ve been meaning to see The 400 Blows, but guess what, it hasn’t been available on DVD (at least widescreen) until now. In a Criterion version no less, which means exhaustive extras.

An Acquired Taste

Adventures of Don Quixote / G.W. Pabst, Feodor Chaliapin

American Heroes Collection ~ Otto Preminger

American Storytellers

Andrea Chenier

The Andy Griffith Show – Six Season Pack

The Andy Griffith Show – The Complete Sixth Season

Animation Runner Kuromi 2

Arctic Monkeys: Scummy Man

Assault on Precinct 13 [HD DVD] – Dubbed in French – English subtitles

Awesome Whales For Kids (2006) DVD

Baby Felix, Vol. 1: His Magic Bag of Tricks

Bach Gamut 2

Banner of the Stars – Anime Legends Complete Collection

The Barbie Diaries

Barbie Diaries Gift Set

Battle in Heaven

Bellydance Superstars – Solos Monte Carlo

Beniamino Gigli: Ave Maria

The Best of Boris and Natasha, Vol. 1

Best of Rocky & Bullwinkle

The Best of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Vol. 1

Big Momma’s House 2

If, like seven million other Americans, you weren’t smart enough to stay away from this in theaters, there’s nothing I can do for you now.

Big Momma’s House National

Big Momma’s House: National 2 Pack

Blue’s Clues – Blue’s Jobs

Bridge to Learning Fairy Tale Part 2

Bridge to Learning Fairy Tale Part 3

Cars Gone Wild Vol 1

Cars Gone Wild Vol 2

Chains of Lust

Cheech & Chong’s Nice Dreams

Chris Isaak: Best of Chris Isaak

Cinderella Man [HD DVD] – Dubbed in French – English subtitles

City of Bees

Clase 406

Complete Fania All Stars Movie Collection

Cowboy Bebop Remix 5

The Da Vinci Project

Detroit Hoopz

Dingle, Barry

Dr. Andrew Weil’s Healthy Aging

Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist – Season 1

Drift Alliance

Earthquake

El Carro

El Derecho de Nacer

El Gringo de la Bachata: Conectados Con el Gringo

El Niki | Caluga o Menta | Candy or Mint

Everybody Loves Raymond – The Complete First Six Seasons

Everybody Loves Raymond – The Complete Sixth Season

Exploring Space: The Quest for Life

The Facts of Life – The Complete First & Second Seasons

Family Guy – The Freakin Sweet Collection – Dubbed in English – English subtitles

Fateless

Franco Corelli: Corelli In Concert

Fright Club

Gankutsuou – The Count of Monte Cristo – Chapter 4

Garrincha, Estrella Solitaria

Glup

The Golden Girls – The Complete Fifth Season

Grandma’s Boy – Dubbed in English – English subtitles

Grandma’s Boy (Unrated Edition)

Big Momma’s House 2 isn’t the only crappy comedy coming out on DVD this week. Think the unrated version will be funnier? Me, neither.

Grapplers Quest – 3rd West Coast Championships (Parman -vs- Montoya)

Grave Digger: 25 to Live

Haddad Sarit: Celebration

Hans Christian Andersen’s 200th Anniversary: The Fairy Tales

Hatley High

Hatley High/Summer

Herald – La Fille Mal Gardee / Valentina Kozlova, Chris Jensen, Otto Ris, Werner Henssler, Heinz Spoerli, Martin Schlapfer,

I’m With Stupid

If Only

In Dudu’s Kindergarten, Vol. 3: Live Action

In Dudu’s Kindergarten, Vol. 4: Nature Walk

In Dudu’s Kindergarten, Vol. 5: The Best of Intentions

In Operation

Jagari Chatterjee: Ek Muridh Ki Koshish

Jarhead [HD DVD] – Dubbed in French – English subtitles

The Judy Garland Show, Vol. 11

Jungle Book/Captain Kidd/Malice in the Palace/Sing a Song of Six Pants

Kamikaze in Color

Karaoke: Traditional

Kathy Smith – Super Slimdown Circuit

Kathy Smith – Timesaver – Lift Weights to Lose Weight

La Magia del Mundial: 100 Anos de Clasicos

La Voz de un Angel

Late Spring – Criterion Collection

Latinos Stand Up, Vol. 1

Laura McKenzie’s Da Vinci Code Tour

Life Goes On – The Complete First Season

Live in Iowa 1979

Los Bravos de California

Love Affair/Penny Serenade/Jane Eyre

Lowriding in Aztlan

Lucia Di Lammermoor

Malaria: Fever Wars

Mario Lanza

Masters of Horror – Coscarelli and Garris

Masters of Horror – Don Coscarelli – Incident on and off a Mountain Road

Masters of Horror – Mick Garris – Chocolate

Me Quiero Casar

Michel, Vol. 1: The Pilot and the Prince

Mirror Wars

Mis Tres Viudas Alegres

Mobile Suit Gundam Wing – Complete Collection 2

A Moment in Time: Legends & Leaders

Mozart – Cosi fan Tutte / Edita Gruberova, Teresa Stratas, Luis Lima, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Wiener Philharmoniker

The Mudge Boy

Munich (2-Disc Limited Edition/Full Screen Edition/Widescreen Edition)

My Favorite Brunette/Road to Bali/Road to Hollywood

My-Hime, Vol. 2

Nanny McPhee (Full Screen Edition/Widescreen Edition)

New Order – New Order Story

The New World

Nighthawks (1978) (Unrated)

Northern Exposure: The Complete First and Second Seasons

NOVA: Arctic Passage

Ocean’s Eleven

On the Outs

One-Eyed Jacks/Vengeance Valley

Outdoor Adventures: Boating and Fishing

Outdoor Adventures: Hunter Safety

Pareja de Tres

Pittsburgh Pirates: The 1979 World Series

Platinum Comedy Series: Tracy Morgan – Life, Love and Lust

Playboy / Playmate of the Year 2000-2005

Pokemon Advanced Challenge, Vol. 9 – Pokeblock, Stock and Berry

Pokemon Advanced Challenge, Vol. 9 – Sky High Gym Battle

The Poseidon Adventure (Special Edition)

A Pratap Roy/Tapas Roy: A Glimpse of India

Proud

Puccini – Manon Lescaut / Renata Scotto, Placido Domingo, Pablo Elvira, Renato Capecchi, Isola Jones, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera

Puff, Puff, Pass

I think the deciding factor here for Title of the Week is the tag line: “With friends like these, who needs rehab?” Doesn’t hurt that this is a lower tier version of Half-Baked, with Danny Masterson, Mekhi Phifer, and Darrell Hammond actually finding a way to slum.

Ramkrishna Paul/Uday Dey/Partha Paul: Rabindrasangeet Instrumental

Rescue Me – The Complete Second Season

The Revolution

Robin’s Hood

Ronin (Two-Disc Collector’s Edition)

Rumor Has It… (Full Screen Edition/Widescreen Edition/HD DVD)

…that this movie sucked.

Saber Marionette J to X – Anime Legends Complete Collection

Saikano OVA – Another Love Song

Santanu Roychowdhury: Sufiana Mijaz of Santanu Roychowdhury

Scrubs – The Complete Third Season

Some highlights from season three include a great run of shows with guest star Michael J. Fox and a heartbreaking ep with Brendan Fraser. The show even makes Tara Reid bearable. Plus, there’s an extra called “One on One with The Todd.” If you know anything about the show, you can’t pass that up.

Sgt. Bilko – 50th Anniversary Edition (The Phil Silvers Show)

She’ll Follow You Anywhere

Sherlock Holmes Collection: Woman in Green/Terror by Night/Dressed to Kill

Shiva Rea Yoga Trance Dance (Ws)

Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King: My Heart’s in Texas

Song of the Lark

Sportfighting 2

St. Louis Cardinals: The Greatest Games of Busch Stadium 1966-2005

A Star Is Born/Eternally Yours

Strauss – Ariadne auf Naxos / Beverly Sills, Claire Watson, Robert Nagy, John Reardon, Erich Leinsdorf, Boston Symphony Orchestra

Strip Jack Naked (Unrated)

Summer

Surrender, Dorothy

Tamara

Teddy Tucker: Adventure in My Life

That ’70s Show – Season 4

Tineke Postma: Live in Amsterdam

Tosca

The Towering Inferno (Special Edition)

Training Day [HD DVD]

Trespassers

Tropics of Love: THE MODEL

UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie, Vol. 2: Crash Course in Craziness!

Understanding Cats

Unleashed: Extreme Motorcycle Stunts

Voyage of Discovery

War in Color (3 Volume Gift Boxed Set)

Waterland – Special Edition (1992)

The West Wing – The Complete First Six Seasons

The West Wing – The Complete Sixth Season

Whitesnake – Live in the Still of the Night [DVD]

Wild River: The Colorado

Wine for Dummies

The Work and the Glory – American Zion

World War II in Color – The British Story

X-2 – X-Men United

X-Men – Dubbed in English – English subtitles

Yoga in Bed

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  • http://midnightcafe.wordpress.com Mat Brewster

    Finally, Dr Katz! I’ve had a bootleg copy recorded from the tv for ages. A pristine version makes me get all squigglevision-y.

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