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The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., Amazing Stories, Tsotsi: Region 1 DVD Releases for July 18, 2006

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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.

Tsotsi

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).

ATL

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)

7 Mummies

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

Asphalt

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

Baby Pictures

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

Bloody Brothers

Boys:Kamikaze the Boys Live

Brandies Bedroom Fantasies

The Budweiser Cup 2004 & 2005

Bullets or Ballots

Busted: The Definitive DVD

Camp Blood Trilogy

Campus Swingers

Cantando Por Un Sueno

Captain Herlock, Vol. 1-4 – The Complete Box Set

Carnivale – The Complete First Two Seasons

Carnivale – The Complete Second Season

The Cavern

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

Clean

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.

Codebreakers

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

Devil's Possessed

Dokkoida – Complete Box Set

Don't Move

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.

Edison Force

Emdr

Erotica L.A.

Evidence for Heaven

Evolve-Pal

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)

Fingerstyle Artistry

Fortunate Sons of the Darkest Nights

French Pussycat

G Men

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

Groupies

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

In Concert

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

Keeper

The Keeper

The King of Rumble

Koi Kaze: Complete Box Set (4pc) (Sub)

Kung Fu vs. Hip Hop

Laffapalooza 8

Latin Palooza

The Law of Ueki (Vol. 2)

Learn to Speak Spanish

Legacy of Chano Pozo

Lil Jon

Little Cannon (English Dubbed Version)

Live

Live 2005

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

The Locator

Love & Suicide

Love Butcher

Love Pill

Mafia Doctor

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

Meanies

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

Mirage

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

Overflow

Palm World Voices – Mandela

Palm World Voices: Spirit

Party Girls of America

Peaches

The Pee-Wee Herman Show – Live at the Roxy Theater

Petite Princess Yucie: Complete Collection

Playboy / Naked Sins

Please Please

Pra Balancar

Precious Memories-Live at the Ryman

The Pretender: Season 4

Psychomania

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.

Rabid Dogs

Rattler Kid

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

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

San Quentin

The Second Chance

Secrets of a Secretary

Sex with Love

Sexopoly

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

Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season

Shocking Asia

Shocking Asia II

Ska Explosion

Ski Trip

A Slight Case of Murder

Some Like It Hot

Sparkler

SpongeBob SquarePants – Karate Island

Stabat Mater

Stateline Motel

Steal This DVD

Stereotype

Still Alive & Kickin

Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie

Subject Two

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 Funny

That's So Raven – Raven's Makeover Madness

That's the Way of the World

Topo-Gigio, Vol. 7

Touched

Transformation Live

Treal TV, Vol. 2

Treating Borderline Personality Disor

Tsotsi

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)

Warning Shadows

Were You There

What's That Clickin' Noise

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  • Dynamo of Eternia

    A question about the ‘Amazing Stories’ DVD release… does this set include the “Family Dog” cartoon? If so, I may have to look into getting it.

    At any rate, the Best of She-Ra is on my list of DVD’s to buy!

  • http://www.daviddylanthomas.com David Dylan Thomas

    Sadly, Dynamo, you’ll have to wait until Season 2 comes out to get the best. amazing. story. ever.