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Region 1 DVD Releases For January 17th, 2006

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A couple of films that might get Oscar consideration, and then a bunch of stuff that not too many people liked. Slow week.


If you care at all about Awards Season (and who doesn’t, besides most of the country?), you’ll want to check Amy Adams’ Best-Supporting-Actress-bait performance in this indie. She plays the countrified sister-in-law of Alessandro Nivola, who introduces her and the rest of his dysfunctional clan to his citified wife (Embeth Davidtz) in this latest variation on Meet the Parents (with better reviews).

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

Wanna be scared out of your mind? Skip Hostel and take a look at the story that defined the modern corporate scandal. What director Alex Gibney brings to light in this riveting doc isn’t just the greed and savvy of a few corrupt businessmen, but the failure of The System (not to mention financial sacred cows like Arthur Andersen) to catch on until it was far too late.

Extras include director’s commentary, a doc on the making of the doc, and Enron’s priceless in-house commercials and skits.

Lord of War: 2-Disc Special Edition

Remember the 80’s satire Deal of the Century with Chevy Chase as an arms dealer? No? Well, this will seem even more original. Even if you do, this will seem much, much better. The fact that Nic Cage replaces Chase almost guarantees that. Still, audiences and critics gave a lukewarm reception to writer/director Andrew Niccol’s (Gattaca, S1m0ne) take on gunrunning. Say what you will, it produced one of last year’s coolest posters.

The two-disc special edition includes featurettes, a making-of doc, deleted scenes, and commentaries.

The Man

Two very talented actors (Sam Jackson, Eugene Levy) with questionable role-picking acuity converge in this tale of a cop and the regular guy he’s forced to turn into an undercover agent. Seriously, what’s the last good non-Christopher Guest movie with Levy? American Pie? Jackson’s doing better, but he’s still got Snakes on a Plane coming out this summer.

There are deleted scenes, but I’d prefer a featurette on what Jackson and Levy bought with their hard-earned cash. I might feel better if this put their kids through college or something.

Two for the Money

The long list of modern Faust tales (The Firm, Wall Street, Boiler Room, The Devil’s Advocate) now includes this entry starring Matthew McConaughey, which distinguishes itself by having Al Pacino as the Devil figure. Wait. Okay. Sports betting. That’s new. Like The Man, this failed to score with critics or audiences, but not quite as horribly.

One possibly interesting extra tucked in with the commentary and making-of doc is a featurette on the real-life oddsmaker upon whom Matthew McConaughey’s character is based.

Scroll down to see what Corey Feldman’s up to. Come on, you know you want to.

20 Years Too Soon – Superstar Billy Graham (WWE)

Adventures of Cinderella’s Daughter

Adventures of Superman – The Complete Second Season

Adventures of Superman: Seasons 1 and 2

All About Love (2005)

All Souls Day

American Experience: Race to the Moon

Anton Bruckner, Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 6, Symphony No. 76

Area 88, Vol. 4 – Wings of the Wind



If you find yourself attracted to the convicted psycho working next door, maybe find some way to distract yourself. Just saying.

Audaz y Bravero

Away (A)wake

Baian the Assassin, Vol. 1



Beethoven – Fidelio / Elisabeth Soderstrom, Anton de Ridder, Curt Appelgren, Elizabeth Gale, Bernard Haitink, Glyndebourne Opera

Benji: The Hunted

Berlioz – La Damnation de Faust / Jose van Dam, Anne Sofie von Otter, Keith Lewis, Peter Rose, Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Chorus and Orchestra

Black Rebels/Murder In Mississippi

Blue Collar Comedy Tour / Blazing Saddles

Break the Night With Colours

Breathing Show

Butterfly Lovers

Carlito’s Way – Rise to Power / Carlito’s Way (Back-To-Back)


Celebrity Mix

Chailly Conducts Mendelssohn / Anne Schwanewilms, Petra-Maria Schnitzer, Peter Seiffert

A Change of Seasons

Chick Corea and Gary Burton Duet

Classic Comedies Collection

Connected Live

Country Boys

The Cowboy

Dead Body Man

Deep Jaws/The Dicktator

Delibes – Sylvia / Aurelie Dupont, Manuel Legris, Nicolas Le Riche, Marie-Agnes Gillot, Jose Martinez, Paris Opera Ballet

The Devil and Max Devlin

Doogie Howser, M.D. – Season Three


Sheen goes straight-to-DVD. Martin, not Charlie. Sam Neill, too.

Enron – The Smartest Guys in the Room

The Escapist

Evening Dreams

Everlasting Love (1983)

Everything You Need to Know About Setting Up A Bedroom Studio

Fafner – New Divergence (Vol. 4)

Family Pack

The Farmer’s Wife

Fearless Fighters

Fiesta Latina (English Cover)

Fiesta Latina (Spanish Cover)

Fifth Season

Final Destination Scared 2 Death Pack

Flaming Frontiers

Fraggle Rock – Down in Fraggle Rock

Franz Ferdinand Live (Australian Version)


Funny Little Frog

Gallery of Horrors

Game: Stop Snitchin, Stop Lyin

Gantz, Vol. 10 – Endgame


Documentary primer for Transamerica. And while I’m at it, please allow me to pimp my friend’s fascinating book on the topic.

Ghost in the Machine

Girl Next Door

Global Warming: The Signs and the Science

God Bless Bloc Party

God Made Babies

Godannar, Vol. 3 – Nuclear Family Meltdown

Gravion: The Complete Collection

Gunter Wand: Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 8

Gunter Wand: Franz Schubert – Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished”/Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 9


Half Light

Handel: Water Music/Music for the Royal Fireworks


The Hillard Ensemble: Kiss of a Divine

Hindustani Slide: The Indian Classical Guitar

Hip Hop Uncensored, Vol. 6: Ready to Sign

Hollywood Vampyr/Knight Chills

The Hunt for Eagle One

Industrial Strength Keaton


Inside Yes Plus Friends and Family

Instrumental Artistry of Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

The Interpreter/The Bourne Supremacy (Back-To-Back)

Iron Horseman


Johnny Bond At Town Hall Party

Ju Dou

Check out what master director Yimou Zhang was up to before Hero and House of Flying Daggers got him in with the chop-sockey set.


Kaleido Star New Wings, Vol. 1 – Eclipse of the Star

Ki Ho’alu: That’s Slack Key Guitar

Kicking and Screaming/Dr. Seuss’ the Cat in the Hat (Back-To-Back)


King of Kung Fu

La Teta y la Luna

Land of the Dead/Dawn of the Dead (Back-To-Back)

Le Chignon d’Olga

Le Nozze di Figaro

Lee Rock Box Set

Leonardo’s Dream Machine


Live in Concert

Living in Missouri

Lois & Clark – The New Adventures of Superman – The Complete First Two Seasons

Lois & Clark – The New Adventures of Superman – The Complete Second Season

Long Arm of the Law III (1989)

Lord of War

Lord of War (2-Disc Special Edition)

Lyrikal Kombat, Vol. 1

Machine Head

Making Grace

The Man

Manolito Gafotas

The Mary Tyler Moore Show – The Complete Third Season (1972)


Merle Travis At Town Hall Party

Michelangeli Plays Beethoven

Mission to Kill

Monteverdi – Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria / Benjamin Luxon, Janet Baker, Robert Lloyd, Richard Lewis, Anne Howells, Raymond Leppard, Glyndebourne Opera

Movie Showcase Jan 05 24pk

Mozart – La finta giardiniera / Aruhn, Kale, Croft, Ostman (Drottningholm Theatre 1988)

Mozart – Le Nozze di Figaro / Surian, Ciofi, Gallo, Gvazava, Comparato, Donadini, Chama, Bertocchi, Mehta, Florence Opera

Mr. Show: The Complete Collection

Own all of the demented, insightful, subversive hilarity of Bob and Dave and their priceless supporting cast (including Mary Lynn Rajskub, who went on to fame as Potato Face Chloe on 24). That’s not a request.

My Dog, the Thief

My Summer of Love/Swimming Pool (Back-To-Back)

Mysterious Island

National Geographic – Inside Hurricane Katrina

Noodlebug: All About Me

Noodlebug: Backyard Bugs

Noodlebug: Move and Groove with Noodlebug, Vol. 2

Noodlebug: Water Pals

The Old Grey Whistle Test, Vol. 2

Operation Manhunt

The Oregon Trail ~ Ford Beebe

Otogi Zoshi – Full Circle (Vol. 6)

Puccini – Turandot / Gabriele Schnaut, Johan Botha, Robert Tear, Paata Burchuladze, Valery Gergiev, Salzburg Opera

Punk Icons

Puppetmaster vs. Demonic Toys

There was no doubt this was going to take Title of the Week. But the icing on the cake? Corey Feldman as The Puppetmaster.


Raising Cain – Exploring the Inner Lives of America’s Boys

Rameau – Les Paladins / Piau, Naouri, Lehtipuu, d’Oustrac, Piolino, Schirrer, Gonzalez-Toroi, Christie, Paris Opera


Remembering Bud Powell Live

Resident Evil – Apocalypse

The Ring/The Ring Two (Back-To-Back)

Rodeo Tour

The Rolling Stones Music in Review 1963-1969 2 DVD Book Set

Rurouni Kenshin – TV Series Season Two

Rush of Adrenaline

Sabrina Bryan: Byou – The Hot New Dance Workout

Samurai Champloo – Volume 7

Scarface (1983)

The Search for the Real Mt. Sinai

The Second Front

Secrets of the Dead: Voyage of the Courtesans


So Many Feathers: Bird Watching Without Binoculars

Sorority Girls Revenge

Space Ameoba – Gezora, Ganime, Kameba

Space Amoeba


Think Selena with John Leguizamo in the J-Lo part.



Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues Band in St. Lucia

Take a Hard Ride

The Tall Texan

The Teta and the Moon

Three Muscatels

A Tiro Limpio

Titus – Season 3

Tommy Emmanuel: Live at Sheldon Concert Hall

Trigun – Limited Collector’s Edition II (With Steel Case)

Truth (1998)

Truth-Final Episode (1989)

Two Brothers Girl & a Gun

Two for the Money (Full Screen)

Two For the Money (Widescreen Edition)

The Ultimate Collection

The Ultimate Review

Ultimate Truth

Unleashed/Assault on Precinct 13 (Back-to-Back)

Urban Striptease Aerobics – Volume 2

USS Poseidon – Phantom Below


Quickly forgotten horror flick from last summer, but dig this plot synopsis from Amazon: “After the town freak Ray Sawyer is killed in a freak accident…” Really, should the town freak go out any other way?

Verdi – La Traviata / Eva Mei, Piotr Beczala, Thomas Hampson, Franz Welser-Most, Zurich Opera

Verdi – Nabucco / Ambrogio Maestri, Andrea Gruber, Paata Burchuladze, Teatro Municipale di Piacenza

Walking with Monsters – Life Before Dinosaurs

Walt Disney’s Funny Factory With Donald

Walt Disney’s Funny Factory With Mickey

Warriors of Wrestling

We Were So Beloved

The Wedding Date/Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (Back-To-Back)

Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken

Winx Club, Vol. 3 – Bloom’s Secret Past

Winx-Hollywood-Vol 3-Blooms Secret Past

WWE: Armageddon 2005

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  • visualsimplicity

    Any idea what the “Girl Next Door” release is? Is it a special edition or something of last year’s dvd release of “The Girl Next Door” (which stars Elisha Cuthbert)?