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Region 1 DVD Releases For April 11th, 2006

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When a Planet of the Apes box set is the most interesting game in town, you know it’s a slow week for DVDs.

Fun with Dick and Jane

This is proof Jim Carrey is still critic-proof (at least in comedies). In a crowded December, this remake still managed to pull down over $110 million. Extras include commentary from the director and screenwriters (including Judd Apatow, from whom we expected so much more), deleted scenes, junket outtakes (I think that’s a first), and a gag reel.

Wolf Creek (Unrated Version)

Among the better reviewed films (as compared to, say, When a Stranger Calls) of the latest horror boom, this Australian import finds travelers beset by a torture-happy psycho, not unlike Hostel, which comes out next week. Extras include director, actor, and producer commentary, a deleted scene, and a “Making of” featurette. No word on what makes the Unrated Version unrated, but I’m going to guess an extra helping of graphic torture.

The Greatest Game Ever Played

Okay, maybe it wasn’t the greatest game ever played, but the 1913 U.S. Open was still pretty momentous. A caddy rose to defeat a champion, just like Caddyshack. Extras include a bunch of featurettes, none of which feature Chevy Chase.

An Unfinished Life

What happens when you put J-Lo together with Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman and have Lasse Hallström (Chocolat, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Cider House Rules) direct? Not much. Still, it might be worth it just for the “Training Bart the Bear” featurette.

Mission Impossible: Collector’s Set/Planet of the Apes: The Ultimate DVD Collection

It’s hard to tell which of these sets represents the greater overkill. The Mission Impossible set is really only two films, but the second is so vastly inferior to the first (which, for all its strengths, wasn’t exactly a classic) that the whole set seems to suffer from the dead weight. Planet of the Apes is a certified classic, and has the four sequels, two television series, and one crappy, crappy remake to prove it. Each set is tricked out with extras, but the question still remains, is a three-disc Impossible set any less a tribute to excess than a fourteen-disc Apes set? I will give the Ape set this advantage; it has ape-head packaging. You don’t see no Tom Cruise-head packaging on the MI set.

The long list isn’t much more exciting this week, but I tell you this: There is four David Macaulay’s World of Ancient Engineering DVDs and five
Europe to the Max: Hidden Treasures DVDs coming out so if you’ve been waiting for that, I hope you have a good time.

15 Exitos Agarron Musicalisimovol, Vol. 1

15 Exitos Agarron Musicalisimovol, Vol. 2

15 Exitos Agarron Musicalisimovol, Vol. 3

18 Fingers of Death!

4 Classic Westerns, Vol. 1, Vol. 2

Adam Adolph


Arab-American Comedy Tour

Knowing nothing about this, I will still predict it’s funnier than Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World.

Attack of the Sabretooth

Before the Investigation

The Biggest Winner – How to Win by Losing: Maximize – Back in Action (Butt, Back, Abs, Hamstrings, Biceps, Nutrition)

The Biggest Winner – How to Win by Losing: Maximize – Full Frontal (Abs, Thighs, Shoulders, Triceps, Chest, Hips, Nutrition)

Billy Graham Presents: The Climb

Billy Graham Presents: The Hiding Place

Blood Stained Bride

Bob Newhart – The Complete Third Season


Bratz: Genie Magic


Burn on the Westcoast 3 (Full)

Camp Slaughter

Carnage for the Destroyer

Cartoon Classic Favorites – Best Pals – Donald & Daisy (Vol. 11)

Cartoon Classic Favorites – Best Pals – Mickey & Pluto (Vol. 12)

Cartoon Classic Favorites – Best Pals – Mickey and Minnie (Vol. 10)

Caved In: Prehistoric Terror

Centerfold Men 2

Children of the Bride

Cirque Du Soleil – Corteo

College Campus Chaos, Vol. 2

Colombianos, Un Acto de Fe

The Concrete Revolution: The Other Side of the Chinese Miracle

Connexion Live

Cornbread Street Heat: Hood Fights 2

Cross of Fire

Cruzin’ TV

Curso de Verano

Cyber Wars

The Da Vinci Code: Where It All Began

The Da Vinci Files

The Dark (2005)

The director of cult hit Ginger Snaps gets decidedly mixed reviews for his follow-up, a straight-to-DVD tale of a couple (Maria Bello & Sean Bean) who meet a girl who looks just like their dead daughter.

Dave Attell Insomniac Tour Presents: Sean Rouse, Greg Giraldo & Dane Cook

David Macaulay’s World of Ancient Engineering – Castle

David Macaulay’s World of Ancient Engineering: Cathedral

David Macaulay’s World of Ancient Engineering: Pyramid

David Macaulay’s World of Ancient Engineering: Roman City

David Spade – Take the Hit

Death Cab for Cutie – Directions

Deep Blue


Digi Charat Nyo!, Vol. 2

Dila a Laura Que La Quiero/En La Puta Vida

Don Pasquale

Dora the Explorer:Dora’s First Trip

El Alquimista Impaciente

El Manana/Kids With Guns

Ellie Parker

Empires: Great Religions

Escaflowne: Anime Legends Complete Collection


Europe to the Max: Hidden Treasures – Alpine Secrets

Europe to the Max: Hidden Treasures – Great Cities of Europe

Europe to the Max: Hidden Treasures – Mysteries of Greece and Rome

Europe to the Max: Hidden Treasures – Romantic Germany and Beyond

Europe to the Max: Hidden Treasures – Splendors of France

Europe to the Max: Hidden Treasures – Treasures Outside London

Evolution: Tribal Fusion Bellydance Performances

Fantastic Children, Vol. 1

Fantastic Children, Vol. 1 (Special Edition)

The Fantastic World of M. C. Escher

Farewell to Arms/Meet John Doe

Farscape – Season 3, Collection 3 (Starburst Edition)

Freshman Fall

Fun With Dick & Jane (2005)

Genesis: The Gabriel Era

Ghost Stories, Vol. 4 – Senior Screams

Grad Night

Grand Ole Opry at Carnegie Hall

The Greatest Game Ever Played

Greatest NBA Finals Moments (NBA Hardwood Classics)

Greenaway – Early Films

Greenaway: The Falls (Full)

Greenaway: The Shorts (Full B&W Col)


Guitar Lessons: Heavy Metal Primer, learning how to play lead guitar Tommy Bolan instructional lesson DVD

Hardcore Homecoming 2: November Reign

Hare + Guu, Vol. 2

Hip Hop Story: Most Famous Hits

His Girl Friday/Charade/Amazing Adventure

Hottub Hotties

House of Whipcord

House on Haunted Hill/Last Man/The Bat

Hulchul (2004)

IGPX, Vol. 2

In Living Color – Season 5

In London 1966

International Vale Tudo Championships “3 & 4″

Jeff Dunham – Arguing With Myself

Judas Priest: Live Vengeance ’82


Kari Anderson: Go

Kari Anderson: Push

Kari Anderson: Reach

The King’s Singers: From Byrd to the Beatles

Laugh Or I’ll Shoot Collection

Laurel and Hardy Giftset (Great Guns / Jitterbugs / The Big Noise)

Led Zepplin: The Ultimate Review

Legacy of Karl Richter


Lena Martell: Songs from a Woman’s Heart

Leprechaun/Leprechaun 2

Life on the Murder Scene

Little Fish

Live from Hurrah’s New York City

Post-Punk, pre-New Wave, bands like The Go-Go’s and The Waitresses performed at Hurrah’s. Check out their performances here.

Live in Italy 2005

Live in London

Live Tonewall & Soundream

Lobito de Sinaloa: Lo Mejor de Lobito de Sinaloa

Lord Mountbatten – The Last Viceroy

Luna Llena/No Te Fallare

Maburaho, Vol. 7: Wizard of Ahhhs!

The Mae Shi: Lock the Skull, Load the Gun

Making of Help

Malaria: Fever Wars

Mars Daybreak, Vol. 5

Megaman, Vol. 9: NT Warrior

Mejor de La Musica Banda

Mejor de La Musica Mexicana

Mejor de La Musica Nortena

The Merv Griffin Show – 40 of the Most Interesting People of Our Time

Mexico en la Sangre: Nuevo Leon

Michael Jordan – Above and Beyond (NBA Hardwood Classics)

Michael Jordan – Air Time (NBA Hardwood Classics)

Mill Times

Million Dollar Babies

Mission Impossible (Special Collector’s Edition)

Mission Impossible Collector’s Set (Mission Impossible / MI-2) ~ Brian De Palma

Mission: Impossible II (2-Disc Special Collector’s Edition)

Most Famous Hits: Chuck Berry- Long Live Rock & Roll

Mozart – Idomeneo / Luciano Pavarotti, Hildegard Behrens, Frederica von Stade, Ileana Cotrubas, John Alexander, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera

Mozart – Il Re Pastore / Jerry Hadley, Sylvia McNair, Angela Maria Blasi, Iris Vermillion, Neville Marriner, Salzburg

Mozart – La Clemenza di Tito / Tatiana Troyanos, Eric Tappy, Carol Neblett, Catherine Malfitano, Kurt Rydl, James Levine

Mozart – Mitridate / Gosta Winbergh, Yvonne Kenny, Ann Murray, Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Mujer del Pueblo / Cuentos de Hadas Para Dormir Cocodrilos ~ Ignacio Ortiz

My Little Pony: Flight to Cloud Castle and Other Stories

My Little Pony: The Quest of the Princess Ponies and Other Stories

Mysteries of the Apocalypse: Are the End Times Near?

NBA Hardwood Classics: Guts and Glory

NBA Shaquille O’Neal – Like No Other

NBA Superstars Collection (NBA Hardwood Classics)

The Newsroom – The Complete Third Season

NHL Overtime – Heroes and Drama of the Stanley Cup Playoffs (Vintage Hockey Collection)

NHL’s Greatest Goals (Vintage Hockey Collection)

NHL’s Masked Men – The Last Line of Defense (Vintage Hockey Collection)

Nicole C. Mullen: Live in Cincinnati – Bringin’ It Home

Night of Reggae Rhythm

Nomade-La Nuit Le Ciel Est Plus Grand

Nude Partner Stretch

Onmyoji – English subtitles

Opus Dei

Opus Dei/The Da Vinci Code: Where It All Began

Otogi Zoshi: Premium Box

Out of Sync/Hot Boyz

The Outdoorsmen: Blood, Sweat and Beers

Panda-Z – The Robomination, Vol. 5

Pimp C: Pimpalation

Playboy: Playmate of the Year Collection – The ’90s

Playboy: Sexy Lingerie, Vol. 3 and 4

Pooh’s Grand Adventure – The Search for Christopher Robin

Postcards from Buster: Buster’s Buddies

Postcards from Buster:Buster’s World

Postman in the Mountains


J-Horror flick in which a couple kidnap a girl who turns out to be not so much with the breathing.

Puerto Vallarata Squeeze

Red Shoe Diaries: The Movie

Red Skelton Show Collection

Reggae’s Got Soul

Renee Fleming: Sacred Songs


Republic at the Masonic Temple

Rick Steves Europe DVD: 16 Classic Shows

Rio Nights Live

Rock ‘n’ Roll High School Forever/South Beach Academy

Rock Milestones: Asia

Rock Milestones: David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust

Saddle Fit Demystified….English Saddle Fitting

Saint Seiya – Collection 2

Salvador: Worship Live

The Scorned

Series DVD: Metal and Hardcore, Vol. 3

Sexy Mamis del Reggaeton

Shirley Temple Collection

Showtime: Dazzling Bellydance Performances

Silent Partner

Sizzlin’ Latinas

Snow Bound

Soul Mates


From the synopsis on Amazon: “Emma Roberts (TV’s UNFABULOUS) stars with the high-flying action chimp Minkey…” Let me stop you right there. If you’re not already sold, move on. Oh, and if you get the title, Title of the Week.

St. Matthew’s Passion

Starting Again

States of Control

Straight Out of Compton 2

Sukeban Deka – The Movie

Sukeban Deka: Counter Attack from the Kazama Sisters

Sun Ra: Live at the Roadhouse

Sun Ra: Live in Oakland

The Syn: Syndestructible Tour

Tales of Terror from Tokyo the Movie

Tenjho Tenge, Vol. 6: Round Six

Tetsujin 28, Vol. 4

Those Glory, Glory Days

Time Will Tell

Tortillas Again

Ultimate Reggaeton Collection, Vol. 2

An Unfinished Life

Upsets and Underdogs (NBA Hardwood Classics)

Viva-Brazilian Rhythm Workout

Viva-Latin Rhythm Workout

Vol. 2-Cali Lifestyle

Wagons East/Suicide Kings

The Willowz: Seeinsquares

Wolf Creek

Wolf Creek (Unrated Widescreen Edition)

Woman, Thou Art Loosed

Yoga Sessions with Romy Phillips, Vol. 1

Zatch Bell, Vol. 3 – The Invincible Folgore

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