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Region 1 DVD Releases For March 21st, 2006

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The Oscar fallout continues this week with Best Screenplay and Foreign Film also-rans, and a Best Actor Winner.

Capote
A well-deserved Oscar for character actor supreme Philip Seymour Hoffman and arguably a career best (until, of course, MI:III in which I’m sure he’ll reinvent the art form). Still, I can’t mention Hoffman without pointing out his incredible performance as another notorious journalist, Lester Bangs, in Almost Famous. You know what? Buy ‘em both.

Also, I can’t forget the supporting performances of Catherine Keener, the always reliable Chris Cooper, and Clifton Collins, Jr. who might have gotten a nod had he not been playing against the actual Best Actor Winner.

Extras include director’s commentary (oh, yeah, he was good, too) with Hoffman on one track and the cinematographer, Adam Kimmel on the other, plus a Capote doc and a couple of behind-the-scenes featurettes.

The Squid and the Whale
One of last year’s best tells the story of a divorce-in-progress between Laura Linney’s neglected wife and Jeff Daniel’s overbearing husband. The kids (Jesse Eisenberg & Owen Klein) take sides. Fantastic performances all around, including Daniels who appears to be channeling latter day Bill Murray for his character’s intellectual narcissism. Writer/director Noah Baumbach’s script, while reminiscent of Life Aquatic co-conspirator Wes Anderson’s style takes on a whole new flavor with Baumbach’s sure, almost gritty direction.

Extras include director’s commentary and a conversation between Baumbach and a film critic who I’m going to assume liked the film, but you never know.

Paradise Now
Of all the politically charged films to come out last year, this is likely the most timely and controversial, but that’s bound to happen when the main characters are potential suicide bombers. Co-writer/director Hany Abu-Assad’s film won much critical acclaim and I wager nabbed the second most votes for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars. Even there, controversy surrounded the film as a dispute arose over the country of origin. Of course, I don’t know that I want the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to be the deciding vote on wheter or not Palestine gets recognized as a nation.

Chicken Little
I take it back. Clearly this is the most controversial and timely political film of last year. Little’s crusade to warn the world of alien invaders is an obvious metaphor for the war in Iraq. If you can’t see that, I can’t help you.

Extras include not one, not two, but three alternate openings and a Barenaked Ladies video. As a longtime Ladies fan, I’m really conflicted about this.

Derailed (Unrated Widescreen)
You’d think putting together two of the best European imports in recent memory (Clive Owen and Vincent Cassel) in a movie helmed by an Oscar-nominated director (Mikael Håfström of the Best Foreign Film nominee Evil) from a script penned by the guy who wrote Collateral would produce far better results. And I’m not going to blame this on Jennifer Aniston because she rocked The Good Girl.

Extras include another five minutes of footage which, while unrated, probably don’t save the flick.

We’ve got everything from Moses to Usher in this week’s long list.

21 Jump Street Season 5
Arguably the worst season of television ever. Well, except maybe Skin. They try to replace Johnny Depp with Michael Bendetti (Who? Exactly.) and bring in Peter DeLuise’s little brother Michael to play – wait for it- his little brother. And don’t let Depp’s mug on the cover fool you, he’s in a grand total of one episode this season, which is actually an episode from season four and not a very good one at that.

25 Strong: A Film About Basketball

42nd Street

Acoustic Guitar Anthology

The Adventures of Brer Rabbit

American Experience – Coney Island

American Experience – Eugene O’Neill: A Documentary Film

American Experience – The Way West: How the West Was Lost & Won, 1845-1893

The Arsenal of Megadeth

Ascenseur Pour L’echafaud

Bach – St. John Passion / Midori Suzuki, Robin Blaze, Gerd Turk, Chiyuki Urano, Stephan
MacLeod, Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan, Tokyo

Bailey’s Billion$

Baki the Grappler, Vol. 6 – King Hanma

The Baron and the Kid

Batidores

Batman Beyond – The Complete First Season (DC Comics Classic Collection)

Beethoven – Missa Solemnis / Camilla Nylund, Birgit Remmert, Christian Elsner, Rene
Pape, Fabio Luisi, Dresden

Behind Enemy Lines

Berlioz – Romeo et Juliette / Hanna Schwarz, Philip Langridge, Peter Meven, Colin Davis,
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

The Best of Unsolved Mysteries

Bewitched – The Complete Third Season

Biblical Collector’s Series: Biblical Adam & Eve

Biblical Collector’s Series: Biblical Armageddon

Biblical Collector’s Series: Biblical Authors

Biblical Collector’s Series: Biblical End Times

Biblical Collector’s Series: Biblical Old Testament Mysteries

Biblical Collector’s Series: Biblical Prophecies

Biblical Collector’s Series: Biblical Rapture

Biblical Collector’s Series: Biblical Women

Biblical Collector’s Series: Early Years of Jesus

Biblical Collector’s Series: Lost Biblical Treasures

Biblical Collector’s Series: Moses – Man of God

Biblical Collector’s Series: Noah’s Ark and the Biblical Flood

Biblical Collectors Series

Big Busted Fantasy Babes (Full)

Bill Anderson: 40 Years of Hits, Live

The Billy Wilder DVD Collection {Stalag 17 Special Collector’s Edition / Sunset Boulevard / Sabrina (1954)}

The Black Crowes: Freak N Roll into the Fog

Blackmail Boy

Blue’s Clues – Blue’s Room – Fred’s Birth

Born to Ball, Vol. 2: Basketball With Kid Capri

Break a Leg

Breasts: A Documentary
I’m giving this Title of the Week not so much for the title (it really is just a no-big-deal doc about breasts) as for what it’s being sold with on Amazon. I’ll let you click below and discover for yourself.

Bryan Lee: Live and Dangerous

Buffalo Boy

Bukowski – Born Into This
Doc about one of the greatest poets of the last fifty years, Charles Bukowski.

The Busby Berkeley Collection (Footlight Parade / Gold Diggers of 1933 / Dames / Gold Diggers of 1935 / 42nd Street)

Camper

Capote

Capote/Pollock

Charms

Chicken Little

Choke

Classic Albums – Queen: The Making of A Night at the Opera

Classic Albums: Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction

Classic Albums: Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here

Coastal America

Comes the Black Dog (2004)

Concerto Di Baghdad

The Confessor

D’Jango

Dames

Daphne in the Brilliant Blue, Vol. 7: Regenesis

Dave Gardner: Collector’s Edition

David Bowie: Serious Moonlight

Dear Wendy

Delusions of Grandeur

Derailed (Theatrical Full Screen/Unrated Full Screen/Unrated Widescreen)

Dimples

DragonBall Z: Saga 1, Part 2 – Starter Set

DragonBall Z: Saga 2, Saiyan Invasion

Dreamer – Inspired by a True Story (Full Screen/Widescreen)
Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning in another horse movie.

The Dying Gaul
Not great reviews for a film with Peter Sarsgaard and Patricia Clarkson is a sad, sad thing. Dreamer actually got better notices.

Dynamite Chicken

E’s Otherwise, Vol. 6 – Calvaria: The Will of the Planet, The fate of the Chosen

Ed, Edd ‘n’ Eddy, Vol. 2 – Fools Par-Ed-Ise

El Chavo del 8: Lo Mejor de Don Ramon

El Chavo del 8: Lo Mejor de Dona Florinda

ESP2: A Tribute to Miles – Live in Stuttgart

Essential Blackjack: A Guide for Players and Dealers

Essential Craps: A Guide for Players and Dealers

Essential Roulette: A Guide for Players and Dealers

Everything Is Illuminated
Elijah Wood stars in this fairly well reviewed adaptation of an extremely well reviewed novel. Undervalued thespian Liev Schreiber directs.

Explore the Wildlife Kingdom: Dolphins – Tribes of the Sea

Fafner, Vol. 5: Rebirth

Fat Joe – Live at the Anaheim House of Blues

Fielder’s Choice

The Flying Nun: The Complete First Season

Footlight Parade

Freestyle Fighting Championship, Vol. 15: Fiesta Las Vegas

Fronte Del Palco Live 90

Fugitivos

Gang in Blue

Ghost in the Shell – Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig (Vol. 4)

Ghost in the Shell, Stand Alone Complex, 2nd GIG, Vol. 4 (With 4 collectible toys, CD
soundtrack, and limited edition tin case)

Gidget – The Complete Series

Gli Spari Sopra Tour

Godannar, Vol. 4: Two’s a Combat Team, Three’s a Crowd

Gold Diggers of 1933

Gold Diggers of 1935

Golf Magazine Top 100 Teachers: More Consistency

Golf Magazine Top 100 Teachers: More Power

Golf Magazine Top 100 Teachers: More Up & Downs

Good Morning, Night

Green Day: Dookie – The Ultimate Critical Review

Guitar Foundation of America: International Guitar Competition Winners, Vol. 1

Gunter Wand Edition, Boxset Part II / Bruckner, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms

Hans Christian Andersen: The Fairy Tales – The Hardy Tin Soldier & Other Stories

Hans Christian Andersen: The Fairy Tales – The Nightingale & Other Stories

Hans Christian Andersen: The Fairy Tales – The Wild Swans & Other Stories

Harry Shearer: Now You See It

Hemalayaa’s Yoga for Young Bodies

Henry Gwiazda: She’s Walking

Hercules and the Princess of Troy/Atlas in the Land of the Cyclops

Hidden Blade

Hip Hop Elements, Vol. 1

History’s Greatest Miracles

History’s Greatest Secrets

Hollywood Screen Legends

Holy Hip Hop

House of the Dead 2: Dead Aim

How Do I: Disaster Preparedness

How to Make Money Playing Texas Hold’em Poker

Huff: The Complete First Season

Hypnotized and Hysterical

Icone De La Pop

IGPX, Vol. 1 (Special Edition)

In The Mix
Usher stars in this…do I need to go on? Fine, Usher is hired to protect a mafioso princess…what? Now I can stop? Okay.

The Incredible Discovery of Noah’s Ark

The Jam – Featuring Fred Hamilton & the Earl Harvin Trio

James McMurtry: Live from the Continental

Jammx Kids, Vol. 1 – Can’t Dance, Don’t Want To

Joel Plaskett: Make a Little Noise

John Cage: The Piano Works 7 – Performed by Pianist Margaret Leng Tan

Julio Comienza en Julio

Justice League – Season One (DC Comics Classic Collection)

K-Paz de La Sierra: Super Exitos

Keane
Damian Lewis (Band of Brothers, watch it now) stars as a man who may or may not have lost his daughter in the Port Authority.

Kill the Moonlight (DVD with Soundtrack CD featuring Beck, Steve Hanft)

King of the Cage: Payback

King of the Cage: Revenge

Kiss Daddy Goodbye

Kung Fu Theater: Chinese Hercules/Mantis Fists & Tiger Claws of Shaolin

Kung Fu Theater: Land of the Brave / The Great General

L’ Osteria di Marechiaro

La Madastra

Las Maravillosas Recetas de Walter Mercado

A League of Ordinary Gentlemen

Leaving Home

Les Amants

The Little Colonel

The Littlest Rebel

Live at Last

Live in in 79

Lo + Taquilleros de Durango

Loggerheads

Lola 3 Pack: Goalkeeper/Dying of Laughter/Masterpiece

Los Horoscopos de Durango: Super Exitos en DVD

A Lover’s Revenge

Lyrikal Kombat, Vol. 2

Macc Lads: Come to Brum

Mansion of the Doomed

The Martha Stewart Gardening Collection – Martha’s Spring Garden

Metallica: Kill ‘Em All to St. Anger – The Ultimate Critical Review

Michelangeli Plays Debussy

Mind of Mencia – Uncensored Season 1

Minna Lessig – Total Body Toning – 1 Minute Workout

Modert Jazz Quartet 40th Anniversary Tour

Monster of London City/Secret of the Red Orchid

Mozart – Don Giovanni / Veronique Gens, Wojtek Drabowicz, Regina Schorg, Kwanchul
Youn, Felipe Bou, Marisa Martins, Anatoli Kotxerga, Bertrand de Billy, Barcelona Opera

Mozart – Symphony No. 41, Piano Concerto No. 20, Divertimento K.113, Hartmut
Haenchen

Muay Thai: Ultimate Fights, Vol. 2

Mysteries of the Ancient World

Nature’s Law

Night Creatures (Double Feature)

Night of a 1000 Cats

The Official Poker: Card Stunts, Vol. 1

The Official Poker: Chip Tricks

The Official Poker: Flourishes, Vol. 1

The Official Poker: Shuffles and Cuts

Old Skool Killaz: Angry Dragon

Old Skool Killaz: Master of Death

Old Skool Killaz: Young Hero

The Ole Glory Country Singers: Walking with the Lord

Oliver Jones: Serenade

Ordinary Miracles

Otis Rush – Live at Montreux 1986

Over There – Season 1
I have yet to hear of one person serving or who has served in Iraq who thinks of this supposed portrayal of a grunt’s life in the Gulf as anything but a joke.

Palasport Concerto E Altre Sciocchezze

Pamela Williams: A Night with the Saxtress

Paradise Now

Patrulla 81: Super Exitos en DVD

Paul Mooney’s Analyzing White America
Given Mooney’s legendary status in the stand-up world, his work for Richard Pryor, In Living Color, and Chappelle’s Show, this is likely to be nothing less than priceless. And inflammatory.

The Pilgrim’s Progress

Pride Fighting Championships Presents: Legacy Events 12-16

Pride Fighting Championships: Armed and Ready

Pride Fighting Championships: Fists of Fire

Princess Tutu, Vol. 4: Prinz and Rabe

Private Dicks: Men Exposed

Puccini – Madama Butterfly / Fiorenza Cedolins, Marcello Giordani, Juan Pons,
Francesca Franci, Carlo Bosi, Daniel Oren, Verona Opera

Punk Icons: The Ultimate Collection

Ring Around the Rosie

Riot

The Roach Approach: Slingshot Slugger!

Rodney Jones: Live at Smoke

Roseanne Season 3

Rossini – Il Barbiere di Siviglia / Joyce DiDonato, Roberto Sacca, Dalibor Jenis, Carlos
Chausson, Kristinn Sigmundsson, Bruno Campanella, Paris Opera

Rossini – La Cenerentola / Ruxandra Donose, Maxim Mironov, Simone Alberghini,
Luciano Di Pasquale, Nathan Berg, Vladimir Jurowski, Glyndebourne Opera

Rossini – La Scala di Seta / Luciana Serra, David Kuebler, Alessandro Corbelli, Alberto
Rinaldi, Jane Bunnell, David Griffith, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Schwetzingen Opera

Rudolph Valentino: The Great Lover – A Documentary

Saturday Night at the Baths

Scooby-Doo Meets Batman

Secrets of UFOs: Area 51 Base

Secrets of UFOs: Fields of Mystery

Secrets of UFOs: Kecksburg UFO Crash

Secrets of UFOs: Roswell UFO Crash

Sequins

Sexual Confessions

Sexy Role Play

Shirley Temple Collection, Vol. 3

Show Me

Shrink Rap

Slasher Cinema

SnakeMan

Snap Decision

Soul in a Hole

South Beach Sounds Miami Music Week, Vol. 1

South Park – The Complete Seventh Season

Southern Belles

Space Mission: Reaching for the Stars

Space Views

The Spanish Inn

The Squid and the Whale

Stalag 17 (Special Collector’s Edition)

Starobin Plays Sor and Giuliani… Filmed in Historic London

Storybook International

Sugar and Space 2-Pack – Sugar Cookies/Vegas in Space

Summer Of Courage

Surge of Power

Surrender

Swimming Upstream

Taggart: Death Call Set

Taggart: Killer Set

Tales from the Crypt – Complete Seasons 1-3

Tales from the Crypt – The Complete Third Season

Teddy Pendergrass: Teddy! Live in ’79

The Ten Commandments (50th Anniversary Collection)
I admit this is probably a little gap in my film education, but I haven’t actually seen this. But it comes with a tricked out assortment of extras, including the original 1923 version, which I also haven’t seen.

This Is Nowhere

Tour Camminando Camminando

Triplecross

Tu, Solo, Tu

Underground TV: Raw and Uncut, Vol. 2

Uschi Digard: The Buxom Bombshell Collection

Visage: Live

Vol-1 Eko Eko Azarak

The Wailing Souls: Live in San Francisco – Classic Jamaican Flava

Watch N Learn, Vol. 1

The Way West: How the West Was Lost & Won 1845-1893

Welcome to the Cheap Seats

WHISKY (2004)(Sub)

The White Shadow: The Complete Second Season

Willy Deville: Live in the Lowlands

World Extreme Games, Vol. 1

World Extreme Games, Vol. 2

World Extreme Games, Vol. 3

World Extreme Games, Vol. 4

World Extreme Games, Vol. 5

World Extreme Games, Vol. 6

World of Rhythm Live

WWE: No Way Out 2006

The Young Riders – The Complete First Season

Yugo the Negotiator, Vol. 4: Russia, Vol. 2 – Rebirth

Zatoichi 26

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