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Tristram Shandy, Basic Instinct 2, Weeds: Region 1 DVD Releases for July 11th, 2006

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This week Showtime throws down with some help from Joe Dante and pot.

Tristram Shandy – A Cock and Bull Story

For those of you who like your comedy meta and a little perverse comes this gem from 24 Hour Party People directing/acting cohorts Michael Winterbottom and Steve Coogan. There's a little bit of Extras thrown in as well as the team adds yet another level to the stories within stories of the classically unadaptable Laurence Sterne novel, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. As you might imagine, the extra level here is the attempt to make a film of the unfilmable tome. Worth it for the closing dueling Pacinos alone.

Extras include commentary by Coogan and co-star (and Pacino duelist) Rob Brydon, an interview with Coogan by Tony Wilson (the guy he played in 24 Hour Party People), deleted scenes, scene extensions and, if you can handle this level of meta, behind the scenes footage.

Basic Instinct 2 (Unrated)

Is there anyone who thought that the problem with this film was that it had a rating? By most accounts, this wasn't even enjoyably sucky. Extras include commentary from the director (I almost want to see how he gets through that), a featurette called "Between the Sheets" (shudder), ten deleted scenes (a sort of "there but for the grace of God" kind of feature, I imagine) and an alternate ending in which they don't make the movie. Okay, that's just my alternate ending. You can also get this in Blu-ray, which is another point in HD DVD's favor.

Weeds – Season 1

Thanks to Netflix, I no longer have to wend my way through this Showtime series on iTunes. Though, from what I've heard, it's well worth owning. Put it on the list, with Sopranos, Deadwood and Battlestar Galactica, of shows I damn well should have made my way through by now. Extras include "Agrestic Herbal Recipes," commentary on six episodes, outtakes, a mockumentary and some Showtime featurettes.

Masters of Horror: Joe Dante – Homecoming

This is the episode of Showtime's horror anthology we've all been waiting for. More than a zombie tale, this is a political statement from more-subversive-than-he's-given-credit-for director Joe Dante. Dead Iraq War soldiers come back to life — and they can vote. 'Nuff said.

For an episode of an anthology series, there are actually quite a few extras. Commentary by the writer, numerous interviews (two with Dante), a making-of featurette and, on the DVD-ROM, the original screenplay, the original short story on which this was based and, of course, a screensaver.

Protocols of Zion

In this day and age, one would hope that a documentary about anti-Semitism in America would have little or no material. Sadly, this is a feature-length documentary about the rise of that very sentiment in post-9/11 USA. Extras include a Q&A with the filmmaker, deleted scenes and a timeline of the eponymous conspiracy theory.

See how much pot and/or Joe Dante you can find in this week's long list…

17000 Block

30 Days – Season 1

Acapulco Gold

Afro Punk

After Sundown

Ah! My Goddess – Last Dance (Vol. 6)

Alive in South Africa

Amor Fulminante

Antarctic: An Adventure of a Different Nature

Asleep/No Apologies

Aznar Canta Brasil (Arg)

Baki the Grappler, Vol.8 – A Brother's War

Basic Instinct 2 (Rated/Unrated/Blu-ray)

The Best of the David Steinberg Show

Beyond the Rocks

Bill Maher – New Rules

Buy this along with Dennis Miller's new DVD and have them duke it out.

The Black Swan


Blessed Assurance

Blood on the Sun/Time of Your Life


Bon Anniversaire Charles Palais Congres 2004

Bridezillas: Season 1

Bridezillas: Season 2

The Broken Melody

The Butcher

Canyonlands: A Southwest Desert Oddyssey

Care Bears – Hearts at Sea

Case Closed: Ill-Fated Imposters (Season 1, Vol. 3)

Chaos Factor

Chaplin Mutual Comedies: Restored 90th Anniversary Edition

Chick Corea & Gary Burton – Live at Montreux 1997

Chopin: Piano Concerto no. 1

Class Trip

Classic Comedies From Hollywood's Golden Age

Cop Killers

Crash Landing

Credo John Paul II

Cromartie High – The Movie

Cuba Mia: Portrait of an All Woman Orchestra

D-Shot: Bosses in the Booth

The Damned

Dead Waves

Definition of Hyphy Dvd

Dennis Miller – All In

Buy this along with Bill Maher's new DVD and…oh, you get the point.

Destruction Kings

A Different World – Season 2

Dolla Morte

Doo-Wop: Vocal Group Greats Live, Vol. 1

Dragon Drive – Complete Collection 2

The Dudesons Movie (uncensored)

The Dukes of Hazzard (Unrated) [HD DVD] – Dubbed in Spanish – English subtitles

Okay, Blu-ray just got some points back.

Earth Angel

East End Hustle

East L.A. Warriors

ECW: One Night Stand 2006

The Edward G. Robinson: The Stranger/Scarlet Street

El Bulto

Electric Edwardians – The Lost Films of Mitchell & Kenyon

The Ellen Show – The Complete Series

In between Ellen and Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show came this short-lived sitcom about a woman who returns to her hometown after getting burned in the dot com bust. If that doesn't date the show, I don't know what will. Except Dakota Fanning as young Ellen.

En Concert au Centre Bell

Enter the Dragon [HD DVD] – Dubbed in French – English subtitles

ER – The Complete Fifth Season

ER – The Complete First Five Seasons (26pc)

Eruption of Mount St. Helens

Exclusive Street Battle

Fatal Love

Femme Fatale Collection

Fish Hawk

Fist of Honor

Fists of Bruce Lee

Fists of Fury

Forbidden Adventure & Forbidden Women

Forced to Kill

Friday Night Lights [HD DVD]

Frontline – The Storm

The Fuccons, Vol. 3 – Fuccon! Fuccon! Fuccon!

Gankutsuou – The Count of Monte Cristo – Chapter 5

The Garden

Godannar, Vol. 6 – Deep Penetration

Gokusen – Economy Pack

The Golden Age of TV Drama

Goodnight Joseph Parker

Grand Prix (Two-Disc Special Edition)


What happens when you put Ray Romano and Kevin James together in a movie about meat salesman? It goes straight to DVD.

Gun Sword, Vol. 2

Hollywood After Dark & Rotten Apple

The Holy Child

Hoodz: Fight for NY

House of Eliott – Series Three

I Dream Of Jeannie – The Complete Second Season

I Know It Was the Blood

I Love Lucy – The Complete Series (Seasons 1-6)


Intermediate Yoga in Fiji

Island of Champions

The John Wayne Cliffhanger Collection

Karas – The Prophecy – English subtitles

Karate Kobudo Kenshinryu 2

The Keys of the Kingdom

Gregory Peck and Vincent Price as priests. That only happens once. By the way, Peck got an Oscar nod for this, one of his first screen appearances.

Knuckle Game

Koko: A Talking Gorilla

The Lady and the Highwayman/Passion, Power, Murder

The Last Riders

Latin Nights

LazyTown – Records Day

Le Grand Voyage

The Legend of Black Thunder Mountain

Lethal Lolita

Life with Father/My Man Godfrey

Little Boy Blue

Live Broadcasts (Dts)

Live in Denmark

Live in Holland: Tales of True Slaughter

Living to Die

Love Can Build a Bridge

Macross, Vol. 4: Fallen Angels


The Martha Stewart Cooking Collection – Martha's Guests – Master Chefs

Masters of Horror: Joe Dante – Homecoming

McCallum: The Complete Series

Mi Casa es tu Casa

Mi Mujer Necesita Marido

Michel, Vol. 2: The Rose and the Fox

Mind Prey

Murder in Suburbia – Series 1

British series about two wisecracking detectives (I think wit is an actual requirement for British detectives) who investigate the posh and their dirty deeds. Supposed to be quite good.

Murder Rock

Music Box Biographical Collection

My Dog Skip (Keepcase)

My-Hime, Vol. 3

National Geographic: Blackbeard – Terror at Sea

Negadon – The Monster From Mars

Negocios Son Negocios

NHL Stanley Cup 2005-2006 Champions – Carolina Hurricanes

Niagara Falls

Night Shift (Keep Case)

Nobody But You

Oh Brother!

Old Testament/Samson and Gideon

On the Rock Trail: Led Zeppelin

On the Rock Trail: Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath

On the Rock Trail: Pink Floyd

One Last Ride

Only In America

Palais Des Congres De Paris

Patlabor 2 – The Movie

Patlabor 2 – The Movie (Limited Collector's Edition)

Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Film

Perry Mason – Season 1, Vol. 1

I'll take "Shows That I Can't Believe Weren't Out on DVD Already" for a hundred, Alex.

Peter Lundy and the Medicine Hat Stallion

Phish – Live in Brooklyn

Piano: The Complete Collection

Pilates Plus Power: P3

Pink Floyd – Pulse

Pirates (R-Rated Version)

The Pit Workout

Pitch Black (Unrated) [HD DVD]

Pooh's Anniversary Collection

Portland Taiko: Taiko Kinesis

Protocols of Zion

The Rage In Placid Lake

Reno 911 – The Complete Third Season

The River's Edge

Rodeo Spills and Thrills

Ryuei Ryu Karate Kata Part 1 Niseish

Scribble Jam, Vol. 12

Secrets of Archaeology

Seduced and Betrayed

Sesion Metropolitana

Shito Ryu Karate:Hayashi Ha 3 Ryoha

Shito Ryu:Karate Kobudo Kenshinryu 1

Shogun Assassin


Sing It on Sunday Morning!

Ski Trip

Songlines Live!


Stop the Smoggies

Sudden Fury: A Family Torn Apart

Swap/Against All Hope

Sword of Honor


The Talent Given Us

Tales of Terror From Tokyo, Vol. 1

Talk to Me

Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo


Tommy Emmanuel – Live at Her Majesty's Thearte

Travel Yoga with Julie Lazaroff

Tristram Shandy – A Cock and Bull Story

Tropical Playero, Vol. 3

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Season 1 Vol. 2

Weeds – Season 1

Where I Long to Be

Wildcats (Keepcase)

World Extreme Cagefighting, Vol. 10: Bragging Rights

WWII: Friends & Foes

X – Re-Mix Collector's Set

X-One – Re-Mix 1

Y Los Dioses Jugaron Futbol, Mexico 70

Yi Yi

Yukikaze, Part 3


This didn't need to be a Troma film starring Tom Savini and Ron Jeremy to get Title of the Week, but that didn't hurt.

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  • Basic Instinct 2: Worst movie ever.