This week, some television you may have missed the first time around.
The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. – The Complete Series
This brilliant-but-cancelled series combined the genius of Bruce Campbell and the pseudo-sci-fi/western mashup sensibility of Wild Wild West. See Billy Drago in his other great role (he was Frank Nitti in The Untouchables) and Julius Carry in his other great role (he was Sho-Nuff in The Last Dragon). Hear one of my favorite snippets of prime time dialogue: "Sorry, Dixie, but existential thought doesn't hold much water out here in the territories."
Incidentally, the dearly departed Jeffrey Boam (the talent behind such action scripts as Lethal Weapon II and Indy III) was one of the co-creators.
This well-tricked-out 8-disc collection (apparently there were 27 episodes, who knew?) includes commentary by Bruce Campbell and show co-creator Carlton Cruse on the pilot; "Brisco's Book of Coming Things," which catalogs the show's various references to future items and ideas; a doc; a round-table; liner notes by Bruce and something called "A Reading from the Book of Bruce."
Amazing Stories – The Complete First Season
As big a Spielberg nut as I am now, I was even more ridiculous in my youth. So when I found out he was putting together a television show, I went reliably ape shit. I wasn't disappointed (at least not with the first season). I still remember the theme song and the now cheesy-ass graphics in the opening credits. Anyway, the first season featured such classics as:
"The Main Attraction" – Hilarious story about a magnetized guy. Written by Incredibles maestro Brad Bird.
"The Mission" – Gunner gets trapped in the belly of his plane. With Kevin Costner, Kiefer Sutherland and an extremely schmaltzy dénouement. Directed by Señor Spielbergo himself.
"Vanessa in the Garden" – I remember it being only an OK ep, but written by Spielberg, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Harvey Keitel. That just doesn't happen every day.
"The Sitter" – Babysitting, voodoo and a very young Seth Green.
"No Day at the Beach" – Basically a preview of Saving Private Ryan.
"Mirror, Mirror" – If I remember correctly, this one's actually pretty creepy. Directed by Marty Scorsese.
"Hell Toupee" – My favorite title of any Amazing Story. Pretty funny, too.
In the end, the show ended up being the warmer, fuzzier cousin of the Twilight Zone resurrection that was going on simultaneously on another network, but it still stands out as a showcase for name actors and directors trying their hand at the short form.
The only extras are 20 minutes of deleted scenes. Maybe that's why this is only half the price of the Brisco County collection.
Simply one of the best movies of the year. I know it's a little early to say that, but it'll be hard to knock out of the top ten at this point. Unless, of course, My Super Ex-Girlfriend is sooo much better than I think it will be. You can read my full thoughts on this Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Flick.
Extras include commentary from writer/director Gavin Hood (who I can assure you is an engaging speaker), deleted scenes, alternate endings, a short film from the director, a making-of featurette, and a music video (the soundtrack, by the way, kicks ass).
Kind of like Boyz N the Hood, but in the South. Or, perhaps, like Roll Bounce, but with guns. Extras include a T.I. music video, extra scenes, and a featurette.
She's the Man
Believe it or not, this Amanda Bynes vehicle is a reimagining of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. In the tradition of Ten Things I Hate About You being a rework of Taming of the Shrew, I suppose. Ten Things, however, got better reviews.
Extras include commentary from Bynes, among others, deleted scenes, a featurette about Bynes' cross-dressing (it's Twelfth Night, remember?), a gag reel, a music video (do all DVD's have them now?), a cast photo album and (a feature I'd like to see on all DVD's) pop-up trivia. Call it the Pop-Up Video fan in me.
In this week's long list, not one, but two doses of Jake Busey!
The 11th Hour
2 S.I.C.K. (Serial Insane Clown Killer)
Just to clarify, he's not killing insane clowns, he's an insane clown who kills. Just look at this synopsis excerpt: "She's the only one to survive the clown named Mr. Jingles." Oh, and, Title of the Week.
2005-2006 NBA Champions – Miami Heat
60 Minutes – A Different Kind of Grocery (June 4, 2006)
60 Minutes – Aftershock (November 13, 2005)
60 Minutes – Bluejay (November 28, 2004)
60 Minutes – Carl Hiaasen (June 4, 2006)
60 Minutes – Kinkade (July 4, 2004)
60 Minutes – Lang Lang (January 9, 2005)
60 Minutes – Mafia Cops? (May 28, 2006)
60 Minutes – Michelle Wie (April 11, 2004 & April 9, 2006)
60 Minutes – O'Reilly (September 26, 2004)
60 Minutes – Out of India (January 11, 2004)
60 Minutes – The Chef's Chef (June 22, 2005)
60 Minutes – The Harlem Children's Zone (May 14, 2006)
60 Minutes – The New Boss (May 14, 2006)
60 Minutes – The World's Greatest Fakes (January 1, 2004)
60 Minutes – Tiger Woods (March 26, 2006)
60 Minutes – To Walk Again (February 26, 2006)
60 Minutes – Tunnel Number Three (April 24, 2005)
ADHD in Adults
The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. – The Complete Series
Adventures of Robin Hood Vol 1
Adventures of Robin Hood Vol 2
Adventures of Robin Hood Vol 5
All Wives Party
Amazing Mr X
Amazing Stories – The Complete First Season
Amor y Exitos: Eddy Herrera en Concierto
Anathema:Moment in Time
Anathema:Moment in Time Special Editi
Armenian Revolt – Tragedy in the Middle East
Astro Boy – Greatest Astro Adventures
ATL (Full Screen/Widescreen Edition)
Avatar The Last Airbender – Book 1 Water, Vol. 4
Babes Going Bananas: Rump Shaker
Babes Going Bananas: Shake It Like a Salt Shaker
Bad Girls Doing Bad Things 2
Behind the Screens
Best of Bang Your Head Festival
The Best of Neosoul
The Best of She-Ra – Princess of Power
Big Band Feeling
Bill Remembers Homecoming Heroes
Bill Remembers Old Friends
Boys:Kamikaze the Boys Live
Brandies Bedroom Fantasies
The Budweiser Cup 2004 & 2005
Bullets or Ballots
Busted: The Definitive DVD
Camp Blood Trilogy
Cantando Por Un Sueno
Captain Herlock, Vol. 1-4 – The Complete Box Set
Carnivale – The Complete First Two Seasons
Carnivale – The Complete Second Season
Caves are the new old, abandoned shack of horror films. First you have The Cave, later this summer you have The Descent (which rocks, btw), and now you have The Cavern which is essentially the same premise, just in Russia.
Chic: Live in Amsterdam
City for Conquest
Classic Kathy Smith – Great Buns & Thighs Step Workout
This is still in theaters in some places, but I guess they didn't want to waste any time in getting this critically-acclaimed Olivier Assayas film, about a mother (Maggie Cheung, in a Cannes Award-winning performance) trying to clean up so she can get to be with her son, out on DVD.
This is an ESPN original movie about a cheating scandal at West Point in 1951. The ESPN angle would involve the football coach there played by Scott Glenn. Jake Busey is up in here, too.
Concierto En Vivo United Palace Ny.
Corridos De Oro
Desert Punk, Vol. 5 – Under the Desert
Dokkoida – Complete Box Set
Dona Herlinda and Her Son
The Double Headed Eagle: Hitler's Rise to Power 1918-1933
Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler
Each Dawn I Die
An Early Frost
Aidan Quinn in one of the first media to deal with AIDS, a 1985 TV movie that was basically Philadelphia eight years early.
Evidence for Heaven
Fafner – Going Home (Vol. 7)
Fafner Vol 7
Famous Street Heat, Vol. 1
Farewell: Live in Japan
Fight Or Flight
Film Noir Classic Collection, Vol. 3 (Border Incident / His Kind of Woman / Lady in the Lake / On Dangerous Ground / The Racket)
Fortunate Sons of the Darkest Nights
Get Ripped to the Core with Jari Love
Get Ripped! with Jari Love: Slim & Lean
A Glass and a Cigarette
Go Ask Alice
Grapplers Quest "2002-2003 U.S. National Submission Grappling Championships"
The Greatest Hits: Why Make Videos
Hakugei, Vol. 6: The Final Countdown
Hanaukyo Maid Team La Verite – The Complete Box Set
Hard Justice/Outside the Law
Harry Knuckles and the Pearl Necklace
Hip Hop Nation, Vol. 1
Hip Hop Nation, Vol. 2
Hiroshima: BBC History of World War II
Horror House on Highway Five
Hot in Here, Vol. 3
Howard Alden: Live at the Smithsonian Jazz Cafe
I Think They Think
The Incredible Hulk – The Complete First Season
Intimate Stories ~ Carlos Sorin
Jack Benny Program Vol 2
Jack Benny Program Vol 3
Jack Benny Program Vol 4
Jack Benny Program Vol 5
Jack of All Trades – The Complete Series
And the Bruce Campbell overlooked television cavalcade continues. This belongs in the Sam Raimi TV Series category with Xena and Hercules. Just not as successful.
Jakers – School Days in Tara
Jakers! – Piggley Gets Into Trouble
Jean Michel Cousteau's Ocean Adventures: Sharks at Risk and Gray Whale Obstacle Course
Jeannie Bryson:Live at Warsaw Jazz Fe
Jericho: A Pair of Ragged Claws
Jericho: Set 1
Jericho: The Killing of Johnny Swan
Kaleido Star New Wings, Vol. 4: Return to the Rising Sun
Kathy Smith – Cardio Knockout
The King of Rumble
Koi Kaze: Complete Box Set (4pc) (Sub)
Kung Fu vs. Hip Hop
The Law of Ueki (Vol. 2)
Learn to Speak Spanish
Legacy of Chano Pozo
Little Cannon (English Dubbed Version)
Live at Cirkus Stockholm
Live at Sticky Fingers
Live at the Olympia 2000
Live at the Smithsonian Jazz Cafe
Live at Warsaw Jazz Festival
Live in Amsterdam
Live in Antwerp 1959
Live in Chicago
Live in England
Live in Japan
Live in London
Live in Paris
Live in Prague 1967
Live in the Real World
Living Well With Bipolar Disorder
Living With Schizophrenia
Love & Suicide
Manana Te Cuento
Manley & Morrison: F.S.U.
Maroon: On the Trail of Creoles in North America
Massenet – Werther / Thomas Hampson, Susan Graham, Sandrine Piau, Stephane Degout, Michel Plasson, Chatelet Opera
Meet the Feebles
Meteor Club: Video Nasty
Meth & Red – How to Throw a Party at the Mansion
The Method – Pilates Fusion – A Ballet & Pilates Dance Blend
Mexico En La Sangre: Estado De Mexico
Mi Mujer Es La Que Manda
Mother of the Bride
Muriel Anderson – Guitarscape Planet (Blu-Ray)
My Dead Uncle's Band
Mystique: Sexiest Women in the World
The Naked Zoo
Nanaka 6/17, Vol. 2: Reality! Rivalry! Ridicule!
The New Adventures of Flash Gordon – The Complete Series
New Getter Robo – Complete Box Set
Nico:All Tomorrow's Parties Nico Live
Obrigado Gente Ao Vivo
Our Italian Husband
Palm World Voices – Mandela
Palm World Voices: Spirit
Party Girls of America
The Pee-Wee Herman Show – Live at the Roxy Theater
Petite Princess Yucie: Complete Collection
Playboy / Naked Sins
Precious Memories-Live at the Ryman
The Pretender: Season 4
A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, Vol. 3
A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, Vol. 4
Queer Duck – The Movie
This is my first time hearing about this. With Conan O'Brian, David Duchovny, and Tim Curry among the voice talent (not to mention Jim J. Bullcok as the duck, how do you beat that?) and Simpsons contributor Mike Reiss (who created the animated series upon which this is based) all on board, I'm very, um, Queer Duck-curious.
Reading Rainbow Favorites
Reading Rainbow: Family Matters
Reading Rainbow: Man's Best Friend
Reading Rainbow: Music, Music, Everywhere
Reading Rainbow: Ocean Life
Red Lips: Bloodlust
Red Lips: Eat the Living
Refuge of Fear
Relentless "Tito Ortiz -vs- Ken Shamrock: The Untold Truth Behind UFC's Legendary Feud" ~ Jeff Osborne
Remember Shakti-the Way of Beauty
Ren & Stimpy – The Lost Episodes
Road House – Dubbed in French – Danish subtitles
Road House 2
I am not making this up. It also has Jake Busey (as the villain). He's just tearin' it up this week.
Rollin' With Ike & Tina Turner
Rough Riders Triple Feature, Vol. 2
Rough Riders Triple Feature, Vol. 3
The Second Chance
Secrets of a Secretary
Sex with Love
Shakespeare Behind Bars
Doc about the eponymous program in the Luther Luckett prison in Kentucky. Supposed to be incredible.
She's the Man (Full Screen Edition)
Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season
Shocking Asia II
A Slight Case of Murder
Some Like It Hot
SpongeBob SquarePants – Karate Island
Steal This DVD
Still Alive & Kickin
Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie
Reviews are mixed, but you gotta love the premise. Guy invents resurrection serum. Tests it by killing his lab assistant over and over again.
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody – Taking Over the Tipton
Sybil (30th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition)
That's So Raven – Raven's Makeover Madness
That's the Way of the World
Topo-Gigio, Vol. 7
Treal TV, Vol. 2
Treating Borderline Personality Disor
Two Nights in North America-Official
Ultraman: Series One, Vol. 1
Under the Influence of Love
Understanding Borderline Personality
Vic Juris & Corey Christiansen: Live at the Smithsonian Jazz Cafe
A View from Space With Heavenly Music (Blu-Ray)
Vol. 1-Adventure Kid
Vol. 5-Monsters of Metal
Wagner – Siegfried / Siegfried Jerusalem, John Tomlinson, Anne Evans, Graham Clarke, Daniel Barenboim, Bayreuth Opera
Warner Bros. Pictures Tough Guys Collection (Bullets or Ballots / City for Conquest / Each Dawn I Die / G Men / San Quentin / A Slight Case of Murder)
Were You There
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