I know, I know. Where the holy hell have you been this past fortnight, The Duke?
I been swimming the seas of malaria, high to the teeth on demented sicknesses. But whilst swimming those seas, I picked up some swell DVD's, which is good, since there ain't much on this list to keep a fella entertained, truth be told.
I can now safely say Predator 2 Special Edition was worth waiting for. The two commentaries alone are worth any and all amount of the green. A nod in the direction of Luis Bunuel Volume 2 wouldn't be out of order either, since it's a box-set shindig featuring That Obscure Object Of Desire, The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie, and, best of all, The Phantom Of Liberty. Glorious.
In addition to all that, The Exorcist - The Beginning has a great commentary from Renny Harlin, and, honestly, who can fail to love the film? So brilliantly, gleefully tasteless and stupid.
But whatever the case, here's a handful picks from a week of fairly slim pickings.
I picked this up ages ago on Budget Region 2 DVD, but if you Region 1 cats ain't had a chance yet, go get it. What it is, is a beautiful documentary concerning a buncha insects in a French Meadow, made by the folks behind Winged Migration, which I hear is similarly awe-inspiring, but which I ain't seen yet.
This is beautiful though. There ain't no narration, save for a bit at the start and the end, so it's just you and these wonderful creatures for an hour and a half. What could be better?
The Big Red One - The Reconstruction - Special Edition
This is the reconstructed, restored version of Sam Fuller's WW2 epic, running at nearly three hours.
It's only right that it should get the 2-disc treatment, and so in addition to all the additional scenes and such, you get a commentary from Richard Schickel, the producer of the reconstruction, plus a couple documentaries and the like on putting this epic back together after the studio's had had their filthy way with it.
Ain't much reason for passing it up, I'd wager.
Spaceballs - Special Edition
Mel Brooks' Star Wars spoof gets the Special Edition treatment just in time for Episode III. Truth be told, I never especially liked Spaceballs, and never found it all that terribly funny.
Those that do, though, should be pleased with this, since it's got all sorts of commentaries and documentaries and the like.