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Region 1 DVD Releases For March 28th, 2006

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This week we learn the difference between a 2-Disc Widescreen Special Edition and a Widescreen 2-Disc Special Edition: about two bucks.

King Kong (2-Disc Widescreen Special Edition)

It’s difficult to contemplate trying to contain the epic scope of this cinematic experience on a screen that would fit inside any conventional home. On the other hand, you get to skip less impressive first third and cut right to the good stuff. That is to say, you can watch the Kong/T-Rex battle over and over and over. Peter Jackson’s near-masterpiece was considered a disappointment by some because it didn’t have the critical or box office clout of the LOTR films, but that’s kind of like quibbling over Led Zepplin II because it’s not Zoso. Home viewing may actually accentuate the intimacy of Andy Serkis’ and the Weta Digital team’s breakthrough performance as Kong and the chemistry (yes, chemistry) between Kong and Ann Darrow (a magnificent-as-usual Naomi Watts). Really, there’s little reason not to grab this DVD, though it may tempt you to buy a bigger TV.

There are over three hours of post-production documentary on the second disc, a piece on 1930’s New York, the recreation of which is one of the film’s towering achievements, and a history of Skull Island, which should be interesting considering they created an intricate backstory for the destination before creating it. Less impressive, I imagine, is the featurette on the first disc titled “The Volkswagen Toureg & King Kong.” Ugh. Did those commercials have to happen?

Memoirs of a Geisha (Widescreen 2-Disc Special Edition)

This film won no less than three Oscars, so if you want to see a movie with outstanding art direction, cinematography, and costume design, look no further. If, on the other hand, you want a film that’s been described as “soapy” and “bland” and ranks somewhere near Saw II in the estimation of most critics, look no further. Geisha is one of those films that gets Academy love in spite of bad reviews because it looks and feels like an Important Picture. This does not always work. See Alexander. You can only be so bad. And, to be fair, the performances in the film were generally applauded. But good acting does not a film make.

There are no less than 11 featurettes, most of which (including the story of how they recreated Kyoto in Southern California) look more interesting than the actual movie.

Robot Chicken

Like House before it, Robot Chicken is one of those shows that I’ve been told time and again I should watch, but never got around to. (By the way, when I finally did get around to House, I got hooked). So I’ll put it out there to those of you who haven’t seen it yet – watch this, see how good it is, then bug me to watch it, and maybe I finally will.

Adult Swim’s lauded stop-motion toy extravaganza comes to DVD with commentary, behind-the-scenes footage, and deleted scenes among its myriad extras.

Get Rich or Die Tryin’

It must have seemed like a good idea at the time. 50 Cent is basically Eminem, right? And Jim Sheridan is certainly as capable a director, if not more so, than Curtis Hanson. So why couldn’t this be 8 Mile Redux? Because it sucked, that’s why. 50 Cent is not Eminem (and whether that says more about Fiddy or Eminem is anybody’s guess). And the film lacked the quality of its counterpart (seriously, check out 8 Mile) and so died commercially and critically.

What appears to be the sole extra, a featurette called “A Portrait of an Artist – The Making of Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” can really only leave the viewer asking “Do we really want to invoke Joyce here? Really?”

A Sound of Thunder

Speaking of wasted potential, what happens when you take a halfway-decent Ray Bradbury story and give it to three screenwriters, one of whom wrote Tomcats, and the director of The Relic as a vehicle for Ben Kingsley, Edward Burns and a bunch of crappy fx? This. Still, I have to admit, this is totally the kind of movie I’d watch at 3am if I found it while flipping around cable.

It took long enough, but two of the Peanuts films are finally here along with a bunch of other movies in this week’s long list.

2 Young

2001 Maniacs

2006 Olympic Winter Games

25 Strong: A Film About Basketball

3 Films by Louis Malle – Criterion Collection

ABBA The Movie

ABC News: Resurrection

The Admiral Was a Lady

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Vol. 3

Agent Cody Banks/Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London

Ah! My Goddess, Vol. 4 – We’ve Got Tonight

Airmania

Alchemy

The American Muscle Car: Season One

The American Musclecar: ’53-’62 Chevy Corvette and Chevy Camaro SS 396

The American Musclecar: ’64 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt and the Shelby Mustangs

The American Musclecar: ’64 Pontiac GTO and Pontiac GTO Judge

The American Musclecar: Buick Gran Sport and Oldsmobile 442

The American Musclecar: Chevrolet Chevelle SS and Chevy Impala 409

The American Musclecar: Plymouth Hemi Cuda, Dodge Hemi Challenger and Chevy Nova

Ancient Mysteries: The Quest for the Fountain of Youth

The Andy Milonakis Show – The Complete First Season

This is that guy who looks like a kid who sang “The Superbowl Is Gay.”

Animals

Another Public Enemy

Arizona

The Art of Mexico Box Set

The Art of Mexico, Vol. 1: Ancient and Modern Traditions

The Art of Mexico, Vol. 2: The Painters

Astoria

Astro Boy – Ultra Collector’s Edition DVD Set 1

Asylum Night

Avatar The Last Airbender – Book 1 Water, Vol. 2

The Baian the Assassin, Vol. 2

Ball & Chain

Ballroom Dancing Made Easy

Barry Manilow – Manilow: Music and Passion

Battle for the Planet of the Apes

Bedwin Hacker

Bell Telephone Hour: Brigit Nilsson (1961-1967)

Beneath the Planet of the Apes

Bernie Torme: Stratocaster Gypsy

Bernstein in Australia: Tchaikovsky

Bernstein in Paris: Berlioz Requiem

The Best of Not the 9 O’Clock News

Bettie Page – Dark Angel (Limited Edition)

Betty Hutton: Perils of Pauline/The Stork Club

Biff Baker U.S.A., Vol. 2

Bill Cracks Down

Billy the Kid’s Gun Justice

Biography – Genghis Khan (A&E DVD Archives)

Biography: Annie Oakley – Crackshot in Petticoats

Biography: Ariel Sharon

Biography: Frank Serpico – Honor Bound

Biography: Pol Pot Secret Killer

Bizet – Carmen / Geraldine Farrar, Wallace Reid, Pedro de Cordoba, Cecil B. DeMille

The Black Belly of the Tarantula

Blake of Scotland Yard 1-15

Blind Target

Boohbah: Building Blocks

Boomers Great Adventures

Bootleggers

Boudicca – Warrior Queen

A Boy Named Charlie Brown

The classic is now on DVD. Arguably the best of the feature-length Peanuts films. Worth it for Chuck’s sleep-deprivation-induced spelling frenzy alone.

A Bride for Henry

C-Man

C.S. Lewis: Beyond Narnia

Caillou: Caillou, The Everyday Hero

California Dreamers: The Winchester Mystery House and Scotty’s Castle

Campbell Outdoor Challenge 2005

Capricious Summer

Care Bears: The Gift of Caring

The Catherine Cookson Collection – Set 1 (The Wingless Bird / The Moth / The Rag Nymph / The Fifteen Streets)

Charles & Camilla:Whatever Love Means

Chasing the Touge: The Story of Canyon Racing in America

The Chicago White Sox: 2005 World Series

Children Are Watching Us – Criterion Collection

Chonda Pierce: A Piece of My Mind

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

Chronos [HD DVD]

Comando de la Muerte

Competition:Ladies and Pairs 2006 Oly

Competition:Men’s and Ice Dancing 200

Conjure

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

Cornbread Presents Street Heat, Vol. 17: Got Drank

Crab Man

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Special Edition) DVD / Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon UMD (2-Pack)

Curious George Rides a Bike …and More Storybook Classics

Curse of the Hope Diamond

The Cutting Edge – Going for the Gold

D.O.A./The Hitch-Hiker

Da Vinci Code Bundle

Daddy’s Little Hero

The Danger Mouse: The World’s Smallest Secret Agent – The Complete Seasons 5 & 6

Dark Kingdom – The Dragon King

Dark Shadows DVD Collection 23

Death Rides the Range

Degrassi The Next Generation – Season 3

Del Tenney Double Feature

Deseco Criminal

Destiny’s Child: Live in Atlanta

Devil Angel

Doctor Who – The Beginning Collection

Honestly, I’ve never been all that into the really, really early Doctor Who episodes, but now might be a good time to catch up on how things started now that the new series is finally being aired in the States.

Dog the Bounty Hunter: The Best of Season 1 and 2

Dog: The Bounty Hunter – The Best of Season 2

Doki Doki School Hours: 3rd Hour

Don’t Deliver Us From Evil

The Donnie Brasco Story

Dont Be Silly Mrs Millie

Doo Wop Motels Of The Wildwoods

Double Exposure

Double Game

Dragon Ball Z – Fusion Reborn Movie 12

Dragons: Myths and Legends

Drew’s Famous Sights and Sounds: Nature/Waterfalls/Wildlife/Winter Wonderland

Drowned Out

Dumbland

Echoes of Innocence

El Compadre Mendoza

Emperors Egg

English Suites

Enigma Secret

Entre Ciclones

Epitaph Presents: Epitaph Tour 2005 (UMD Mini for PSP)

Escape from the Planet of the Apes

Esmeralda de Noche Vienes

Eternity & a Day (Director’s Suite)

Exiles

Exploring Space: The Quest for Life

The Extreme Gadgets

Eye of the Storm

Eyes of the Mummy

The Fall of Saigon

False Pretenses

FCFF: “Rumble At The Roseland”

The Ferrari Experience

The Fifth Cord

Fight Back to School

Fire and Ice

The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion

Friends – The One with All the Babies

Friends – The One with All the Birthdays

Friends – The One with All the Weddings

Friends: The One with all the Babies, Birthdays, Weddings 3-Pack

From East to West: Cantorial Concert

G.

A hip-hop retelling of The Great Gatsby. A novel concept, but I won’t pretend that it got good reviews.

Gangsta Paradise

Gentle Giant: GG @ GG – Sight and Sound in Concert

Germany At War 1918-1941

Germany At War 1941-1943

Germany At War 1943-1945

Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ (Full Screen Edition)

Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ (Widescreen Edition)

Gillian Armstrong Gift Set

The Gladiators

Godzilla (Monster Edition)

Godzilla: The Series – Monster Mayhem (Full Sub)

Godzilla: The Series – Mutant Madness (Full Sub)

Good-bye Love

Gothic Bellydance

Great Adventurers Box Set

Great Adventurers: Christopher Columbus and the New World

Great Adventurers: David Livingstone – Journey to the Heart of Africa

Great Adventurers: Ernest Shackleton – To the End of the Earth

Great Adventurers: Robert Falcon Scott – The Race to the Pole

Great Adventurers: Sir Francis Drake – Voyage Around the World

Great Adventurers: Sir Walter Raleigh and the Orinoco Disaster

Great Women Artists Box Set

Great Women Artists: Frida Kahlo

Great Women Artists: Georgia O’Keefe

Great Women Artists: Mary Cassatt

The Green Promise

The Groom Wore Spurs

Groom Wore Spurs/Oklahoma Annie

The Grudge DVD / The Grudge UMD (2-Pack)

Guardian of the Frontier

Guns and Guts

H.G. Wells’ Invisible Man: Season One

Hardwood/Ryan/Sunrise Over Tiananmen Square

The Hay Foot

Hearst Castle at San Simeon

Highlights of the 1986 Masters Tourna

Highway to Heaven: Season 1-3

Highway to Heaven: Season Three

Hikaru No Go, Vol. 2 – The Go Club’s Stratagem

Hillside Cannibals

History’s Hidden Engine and Broader Discussions of Socionomics

Hollywood-Fusion Reborn

Hot Wheels AcceleRacers, Vol. 3 – Breaking Point

Humphrey Bogart

Hunterman & the Crocodile

The Hurricanes: Deadly Wind, Deadly Rain

I Love You the Purplest

I Love Your Work

Adam Goldberg’s not-so-well-received dark comedy about a celebrity who stalks a fan.

Ilya Itin: Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition / Prokofiev – Sixth Sonata

In London 1966

In Search of History: Navajo Code Talkers

In Search of History: Voodoo Secrets

Intoxicating

Introduction to the Nikon D200

Japanese Hardcore Wrestling, Vol. 1

The John Lennon Assassination

John Willy & Freddy Mcgee

Journey of Oliver K Woodman

Juan Polainas: El Rey del Salón

Julius Caesar

Just Beyond This Forest

Karol: A Man Who Became Pope

The Keeper

Keeper of the Swamp

Khatchaturian – Spartacus / Irek Mukhamedov, Natalya Bessmertnova, Maria Bylova, Yuri Grigorovich, Bolshoi Ballet

Kibakichi 2

King Kong (1933) (Single-Disc Edition)

King Kong (2-Disc Widescreen Special Edition/Full Screen/Widescreen)

The King Kong Collection: King Kong (1933)/Son of Kong (1933)/Mighty Joe Young (1949)

Kirwani: Message of the Birds

Knots Landing – The Complete First Season

La Madre Muerta

La Sylphide – Lis Jeppesen, Sorella Englund, Royal Danish Ballet
Lacombe, Lucien

Left Behind Collection (3pc) (Btb)

Legend of Mexicatl

Leonard Bernstein: Chichester Psalms/Symphony 1&2

Let’s Love Hong Kong

Level 42: Live 2001 – Reading UK

The Limping Man

Lincoln

The Little House on the Prairie

Live Comedy from the Laff House: Make Room for Comedy

Live in Atlanta

Los Que Nunca Amaron

Lost Treasures, Vol. 2 Box Set

Lost Treasures: Ancient Egypt

Lost Treasures: Ancient Greece

Lost Treasures: Ancient Jerusalem

Lost Treasures: Carthage

Lost Treasures: The Romans in North Africa

Lost Treasures: The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

Loudes 68 Presents… Jay-D el Bandido

The Louisiana Purchase

Love on the Side

Loveless, Vol. 2: Soul of Chains

Mad Youth

Madagascar/Chicken Run

Madagascar/Shark Tale

Madagascar/Shrek

Madagascar/Shrek 2

Look, no matter what you pair it up with, Madagascar won’t look good. Well, maybe Shark Tale.

Madlax, Vol. 7 – Reality

Mark Teague Favorites

Martin Kane: Private Eye, Vol. 1

Martin Kane: Private Eye, Vol. 2

Massenet – Le Roi de Lahore / Gipali, Sanchez, Stoyanov, Zanellato, Montiel, Vatchkov, Viotti, Venice Opera

Masters of Horror – John Carpenter & Stuart Gordon

Showtime capitalizes on the rebirth of the horror film by kicking it old school and allowing these folks to do their thing in the short form. This will do for starters, but the one to keep an eye out for is Joe Dante’s Homecoming, which is supposed to be fantastic.

Masters of Horror – John Carpenter – Cigarette Burns

Masters of Horror – Stuart Gordon – Dreams in the Witch House

Memoirs of a Geisha (Full Screen 2-Disc Special Edition/UMD Mini for PSP/Widescreen 2-Disc Special Edition)

Memory String

Mindy Mylrea: Strength Toolbox with Mindy Mylrea

Mirage of Blaze: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1-4

Misconception

Mision Sangrienta

Mobile Suit Gundam Wing – Complete Collection 1

Modern Marvels – Walt Disney World

The Modern Marvels: FBI’s Crime Lab

The Modern Marvels: Great Inventions

Monty Python’s Personal Best

Mozart on Tour, Vol. 3

Mozart on Tour, Vol. 4

Mr. Stain on Junk Alley

Murmur of the Heart

My-Hime, Vol. 1

My-Hime, Vol. 1 (collector’s edition)

Naruto, Vol. 1

National Geographic – Tornado Intercept

Nature: Extraordinary Animal Behavior

Nature: Ocean Wonders

Nature: Spiders and Snakes

New York Mets: 1986 World Series

Nikki’s Erotic Journey

Now Let’s Star Over

Northern Exposure – The Complete Fourth Season

NOVA – Galileo’s Battle for the Heavens

NOVA – Genius – The Science of Einstein, Newton, Darwin, and Galileo

NOVA – In the Path of a Killer Volcano

NOVA – Killer Quake!

Nudes in the News Volume 7

One Tiny Turtle

Osaka Tough Guys

Outlaw Star: Complete Collection

Phantom Thunderbolt

Picture Brides

Placido Domingo: Great Scenes

The Plague

Planet of the Apes – Dubbed in English – English subtitles

Planet of the Apes

Planet of the Apes – The Ultimate DVD Collection – With Ape Head Packaging

Planet of the Apes Legacy Boxset

Playing with Penny

Plymptoons – The Complete Early Works of Bill Plympton

Politics

Polymer Clay Treasures with Lisa Pavelka

POPaganda – The Art & Crimes of Ron English

The Power of Kangwon Province

Prenatal Bellydance

Yeah, I’m thinking Title of the Week. I’m sure they know what they’re doing, but this just doesn’t sound good for the baby. Or anyone watching.

Pro Wrestling’s Brawling Babes

Promo Copy

Punk Rock

Punk Rock Movie

The Pyjama Girl Case

Quantum Leap – The Complete Fourth Season

The Quiet Family

The Quiz Show Scandal and Other Frauds

Ramar and the Jungle Voodoo

Renata Tebaldi & Franco Corelli

Resident Evil DVD (Deluxe Edition) / Resident Evil UMD (2-Pack)

Returning Mickey Stern

Rhonda Cook: Surging Step and Sculpt with Rhonda Cook

Rim of the Canyon

The Ring

Rise Stevens in Opera and Song

Ritalin Junkies

Robot Chicken, Vol. 1

Rockers & Bikers Two-Fer ~ Kathryn Bigelow

Ron White – You Can’t Fix Stupid

Roots

Rubys Wish

The Sacred Waters of Lourdes

Salaryman Kintaro, Part 5

Samba Party Workout 2 – Brazilian Carnival Grooves

Samuel L. Jackson Ultimate Collection (Coach Carter / Shaft / Rules of Engagement)

Samurai 7, Vol. 5 – Empire in Flux

Samurai 7, Vol. 5 – Empire in Flux (Limited Edition)

Scarlet Street/The Red House

Scholastic Video Collection: Giggle, Giggle, Quack …and More Storybook Classics

Scorpion

Secret Sex Club

Secret World Of Benjamin Bear: Having Fun with Pets

Secret World of Benjamin Bear:Big Adv

Secret World of Benjamin Bear:Lessons

Secret World of Benjamin Bear:Many My

Serious Farm

Seven Silly Eaters

Sex Is Zero

Sexy Soccer

Shadow

Shadow Dancers Vol 9. It’s Wicked

Shadow: Dead Riot

Shape: Long, Lean and Strong

Ship to Shore

Shrek/Shrek 2

Singing the Old Time Way 2

Six Feet Under – The Complete Fifth Season

Six Feet Under: Complete Seasons 1-5

Sleep-Paralysis

Sliver (Unrated Edition)

Snake Woman

Snoopy Come Home

Again, it’s about time. “No dogs allowed.” I can still hear that basso profondo in my head. That and the theme song.

Somewhere in Europe

Sophies Masterpice

A Sound of Thunder (Widescreen Edition)

Stalin’s Bride

Stay

Director Marc Forster’s poorly-reviewed follow up to Finding Neverland and Monster’s Ball has Ewan MacGregor trying to keep Ryan Gosling from committing suicide while supposedly spooky stuff starts happening all around.

Steve Martin Comedy Collection

The Story of Qiu Ju

Stravinsky – The Rake’s Progress / Barbara Hendricks, Håken Hagegård, W.H. Auden

Suffer Well

Super Exitos en DVD: Grupero

Super Exitos en DVD: Los Reyes

Super Exitos en DVD: Tierra Caliente

The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!

Sweet Music-Live at Rockefelle

Tale of Two Dogs

Tales of the Unexpected, Set 4

Taxi Tonight

Teletubbies – Blue Sky: Fantas

The Terminator DVD / The Terminator UMD (2-Pack)

The Three Mesquiteers: Heart of the Rockies

Tiger Called Thomas

Todo Es Mentira

Todo Es Mentira (Spanish)

The Traitor

TransGeneration

The Triangle

Triumph of the Will

Twilight

Twisters: Nature’s Deadly Force

U.S. Open “9th Annual Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament”

Underworld (2003, Special Edition, Widescreen) DVD / Underworld UMD (2-Pack)

University Player

Uno Bianca

Vampiros

You can’t tell me that you don’t want to see the film debut of Latin Grammy winner Daddy Yankee. You just can’t.

Violent Midnight

Vocal Group Hall of Fame, Vol. 1

Vocal Group Hall of Fame, Vol. 2

Vocal Group Hall of Fame, Vol. 3

Vol. 1-Spindled-on Junk

Vol. 3-Coffret

Vol. 5-Empire in Flux in Agi Case

Vol. 5-Spindled-Empire in

Walking the Bible

Wallace and Gromit in Three Amazing Adventures/Chicken Run

The Waltons: Season One – Disc 1

Wave Upon the Sand & Crusade

We Sign Babies & Toddlers

We Sign Fun Time

We Sign Play Time

Welcome to Destination Shanghai

What Every Wife Wants

Wind and Cloud: The Storm Riders

Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows: Tale of Two Toads

Women’s Achievement in America

Wonder Showzen – Season 1

World Poker Players Conference

The Wrath of God: Disasters in America – Tsunami: Killer Wave

X-Files: The Complete Fifth Season

The X-Files: The Complete Fourth Season

The X-Files: The Complete Sixth Season

You’ll Think of Me

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    “a halfway-decent Ray Bradbury story”

    Since when is the short story A Sound of Thunder “halfway-decent”????????

    The biggest problem was that this short story was done excellently as an episode of Ray Bradbury Theater. There was no hope in turning this GREAT story into a halfway-decent movie, so it should have never been done.