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Why We Fight, Madea’s Family Reunion, Failure To Launch: Region 1 DVD Releases For June 27th, 2006

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Which would you rather sit through? Another Madea movie or another McConaughey romcom?

Why We Fight

In what may be an early contender for my year's best list, documentary filmmaker Eugene Jarecki takes a look at the sage advice of departing President Eisenhower (that whole bit with the complex what's industrial and military) and asks "How did we do with that?" The answer is "not so well." More here.

Extras include commentary, extra scenes, extended character featurettes, Jarecki's appearances on The Daily Show and Charlie Rose and some audience Q&A. I was in on one of his Q&A sessions, and they're pretty interesting.

Madea's Family Reunion

Lionsgate bet large with Diary of a Mad Black Woman and it paid off. Who knew they had a franchise on their hands? Tyler Perry ups the celebrity ante with Blair Underwood and Maya Angelou (given Cicely Tyson was the only star in Woman, that's upping the ante). And yes, this film is, in fact, in the IMDB bottom 100 (at #99).

Failure to Launch

Further proof that Matthew McConaughey in a romantic comedy is box office gold and critical kryptonite (see also: The Wedding Planner and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days). Also notable for marrying Kathy Bates and Terry Bradshaw. I know, finally, right?

The extras seem like a Dateline exlcusive with titles like "The Failure to Launch Phenomenon" and "Dating in the New Millenium."

Cache

On the other end of the critical/box office spectrum we have this thriller/drama (driller?) from writer/director Michael Haneke, who's much better known for being inaccessible (The Time of the Wolf). Here, Daniel Auteuil (who's much better known for being funny – The Closet) and Juliette Binoche (who's much better known for being bitter – Bleu – well, maybe she's that here, too) face Auteuil's character's past when videotapes of their home start showing up in the mail, and not in a France's Funniest Home Videos kind of way.

Extras include a doc on Haneke, who, by the way, is in talks to direct an English language remake of his Funny Games, with Naomi Watts in talks to star.

Ultraviolet (Unrated, Extended Cut)

And, finally, a movie that neither critics nor audiences loved. This is unfortunate, since writer/director Kurt Wimmer showed such promise with Equilibrium, and Nick Chinlund played the bad guy and William Fichtner played, well, anyone. At the time, no one expected Aeon Flux to look good by comparison.

I'm sure an unrated, extended edition will patch that right up.

Okay, let me revise that earlier question. Both Madea movies, all of the McConaughey romcoms, or 10 episodes of Commander in Chief? You get that last option and more in this week's long list…

A

10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America (History Channel)

100% Arabica

1000 Years of Popular Music

2006 Glitter Awards

75 Degrees in July

Acapulco H.E.A.T. Season 1

Adam – Giselle / Kirov, Petipa, Mezentseva

The Addams Family / Addams Family Values

Adventures of Jim Bowie, Vol. 1

Adventures of Jim Bowie, Vol. 2

Adventures of Jim Bowie, Vol. 3

The Adventures of Kit Carson, Vol. 8

The Adventures of Kit Carson, Vol. 9

Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Vol. 1

Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Vol. 2

Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Vol. 3

Affair (Spec)

Afro Cuban Legends / Juan de Marcos González , Ibrahím Ferrer, Rubén González, Pío Leyva

Aging Out

Alfred Hitchcock (2 DVD + video iPod ready disc)

Alice (Television Favorites Compilation)

Alive

All Access: Team Invasion Edition

All Tomorrows Parties

American Experience – Hoover Dam

American Experience: Fly Girls

Ancient Mysteries – Lost Castles of England

Ancient Mysteries: Ancient Rome and Its Mysterious Cities

Ancient Mysteries: Guardian of the Ages: The Great Sphinx

Ancient Mysteries: Miraculous Canals of Venice

Angel Guts: Nami

Annapolis (Full Screen /Widescreen Edition)

I just saw (don't ask why) Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Annapolis would be the other waste of director Justin Lin's efforts, but it's enough to make you wonder if Better Luck Tomorrow was a fluke.

Anxious Animation

Arizona Summer

Art of the Devil 2

Assault of the Party Nerds

Asuntos Internos

Baian the Assassin, Vol. 3

Ballwork4Dudes

Balzac

Bamboozled: Live in Germany

Banner of the Stars: Anime Legends Complete Collection, Vol. 2

Bare Bouncy Blondes

Bat Masterson/The Deputy

Beautiful Stranger

Bellini – Norma / Dimitra Theodossiou, Carlo Ventre, Nidia Palacios, Riccardo Zanellato, Giuliano Carella, Catania Opera

Bellini – Norma / Joan Sutherland, Margreta Elkins, Ron Stevens, Clifford Grant, Richard Bonynge, Sydney Opera

Best of Salsoul

The Best of Sid Caesar

Beyond Kong (2 DVD + video iPod ready disc)

Billy The Bean

Biography – Johnny Depp

Biography: Ayatollah Khomeini

Biography: Edward R. Murrow – Voice of America

Biography: Larry Flynt – Fighting Dirty

Biography: Nelson Rockefeller – Passionate Millionaire

Biography: Strom Thurmond

Biography: The Earp Brothers – Lawmen of the West

Black and Blue: Legends of the Hip Hop Cop

Blue Collar Comedy Tour – One for the Road (Full Screen/Widescreen Edition)

The Boat Is Full

Bogle Memorial

The Book of Kells

Border Street

The Boy and the Pirate / Crystalstone

Boys Be…, Vol. 4 – Winter

Boys Night Out: Dude You Need to Stop Dancing

Broken Rainbow

Broken Strings/Gang War

The Buccaneers, Vol. 1

The Buccaneers, Vol. 2

Burst City

Buscando la Muerte

Cache (Hidden)

The Campaigns of Napoleon Boxed Set #1

The Campaigns of Napoleon: Battle of Austerlitz

The Campaigns of Napoleon: Napoleon's Road to Moscow

Campaigns of Napoleon: The Battle of Waterloo

Candy Stripers

Capoeira

Carl Nielsen – The Complete Symphonies

Carson and Cody: The Hunter Heroes

Cartoon Megapack (2 DVD + video iPod ready disc)

Cheddar DVD, Vol. 5

Chicka Chicka 1-2-3… and More Stories About Counting (Scholastic Video Collection)

Chicka Chicka 2-Pack (Chicka Chicka Boom Boom & Chicka Chicka 1-2-3) (Scholastic Video Collection)

Chok Dee: The Kickboxer

Chuck Berry – Hail! Hail! Rock N' Roll (2 Disc)

Chuck Berry – Hail! Hail! Rock N' Roll (4 Disc)

Civilisation – The Complete Series ~ Michael Gill

The Classics – Including the G.W. Pannier Tanks

Cocktail

The Color Honeymooners – Collection 1

Colt 38 Special Squad

Columbo – The Complete Fifth Season

Commander In Chief – The Inaugural Edition, Part 1 (Episodes 1-10)

In spite of a Golden Globe and a halfway-decent acceptance speech by Geena Davis, I still can't find anyone who actually likes this show. And now they can't be bothered to release a full season like a normal DVD set?

The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection

Consequences

Contratiempo Mortal

Convoy Busters

Cops vs. Thugs

The Court of Last Resort

Cow Belles

Crash [Blu-ray] – English subtitles

Creation Festival Live

Cult Classics 20 Movie Pack

The Curse of the Crying Woman

Custom Choppers: the Art of the American Motorcycle

Cut Shorts: Short Films of David Markey 1974-2004

Damon Wayans: Still Standing

Danger After Dark Collection (Suicide Club/ Moon Child/ 2LDK)

Danger After Dark is the name given to the midnight screenings at the Philly Film Fest. It's how I saw Oldboy and The Descent. Moon Child is not as good as either of these. I haven't actually seen the others, but I'd still give them the benefit of the doubt.

Dante – The Divine Comedy

Dark Crusade

A Day in October

A Day in the Fastlife

Day of Wrath

Dead Man's Bluff

Death on Film: Terror Firmer / Screamplay

Death Trance

Decoys & Other Tales

Deep Purple Music in Review

The Deerslayer and Chingachgook

Delibes – Coppelia / Kirov, Vinogradov, Tarasova

Delibes – Lakme / Joan Sutherland, Huguette Tourangeau, Henri Wilden, John Pringle, Richard Bonynge, Sydney Opera

Demented Are Go: Holy Hack Jack

Demon for Trouble

Developing Minds: Developing Minds Multimedia Library

The Devil's Sword

Distortion

Docurama Film Festival I (Aging Out/ Broken Rainbow/ Doing Time – Life Inside The Big House/ The Fire Next Time/ Full Frame Documentary Shorts Collection: Vol. 4/ Legacy/ Omar & Pete/ The Police Tapes/ Sister Rose¿s Passion/ The Wobblies)

Doing Time – Life Inside the Big House

Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman – The Movies (The Movie aka Revelations / The Heart Within)

The Dutch Masters – Bosch

The Dutch Masters – Bruegel

The Dutch Masters – Rembrandt

The Dutch Masters – Rubens

The Dutch Masters – Vermeer

The Dutch Masters Boxed Set / Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Dyck, Rubens, Bosch, Bruegel

The Dutch Masters: Van Dyck

Easy Star All-Stars: Dub Side of the Moon Live

Eighteen

Coming-of-age story with Alan Cumming and the voice of Ian McKellan. About as close as you're going to get to an X2 reunion.

El Gato Con Gatas 2

Electric Dragon 80,000V

Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) – Out of the Blue: Live at Wembley

Elephant Man: Direct From Jamaica (2pc)

Empires of Industry: Brewed in America

Empires of Industry: Cola Wars

The Encyclopedia of Modern Armor

Eureka Seven, Volume 2 (Episodes 6-10)

Evil

Academy Award-nominated Swedish boarding school drama from the guy who went on to direct Derailed. Okay, maybe you should ignore that last part.

Exploited: Live in Japan/Argentina

Eyecandy: Exploring My Sense of Sight

Failure to Launch (Full Screen/Widescreen Edition)

Family Affair – Season 1

Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story/P.C.U.

Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story/Supertroopers

Fantastic Four/X-2: X-Men United

Fantastic Four/X-Men

Fear Factor: The First Season

A Feast of Steam: Including 100 British Locomotives

Fighting Spirit, Vol. 12: Look of Determination

The Films of Toshiaki Toyoda

Find Me Guilty

Vin Diesel in a shitty wig directed by the guy who made Dog Day Afternoon. Enjoy.

The Fire Next Time

The Flaming Urge

Flash Gordon, Vol. 1

The Flesh and Blood Show

Follow That Man, Vol. 1

Fortunes of Captain Blood & Captain Pirate (2pc)

Four Star Playhouse, Vol. 1

Four Star Playhouse, Vol. 2

Frances Langford Double Feature

Frantic Flintstones Story

From Silence

Full Contact

Full Frame Documentary Shorts, Vol. 4

Full Moon, Vol. 1

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 10 – Journey to Ishbal + Series Tin Box 3

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 10: Journey to Ishbal

Funkmaster Flex Car Show Tour

Galaxy Angel: The Complete Collection

Galaxy High School, Vol. 1 ~ Saburo Hashimoto

German Jets & V-1 and V-2 Flying Bombs

German Support Aircraft and Gliders

Ghost Game

Gilbert & Sullivan – H.M.S. Pinafore / Trial By Jury – David Hobson, Anthony Warlow, Colette Mann, Tiffany Speight, John Bolton Wood, Richard Alexander, Opera Australia, State Theatre, The Arts Centre Melbourne

Girls Gone Wild: Sexes Up Las Vegas

Gluck – Iphigenie en Tauride / Juliette Galstian, Rodney Gilfry, Deon van der Walt, William Christie, Zurich Opera

Go Get Em Haines/10 Laps to Go

Going to Town, Live at the Green Mill

Goldblade: Testify! Goldblade Live

Gospel Concert

Grandma's Boy/Club Dread

Grandma's Boy/Dude Where's My Car

The Graveyard

The Great Barrier Reef

Great Commandment

The Great Ships: The Pirate Ships

Great Writers – Anthony Burgess

Great Writers – Isaac Bashevis Singer

Great Writers – Jack London

Green Day Ultimate Film Review (Dts)

Green Green – Co-Ed Casualties (Vol. 1)

Guarded Secrets

Guitarscape Planet [HD DVD]

Gwendoline – Unrated Director's Cut (aka – The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak)

Hard Focus Nusumigiki

Heavy Petting Detective

I'm not even sure what this means, but Title of the Week.

The HERA Project

Hetty Wainthropp Investigates – Complete Fourth Series

Hikaru No Go, Vol. 3

Historias de Toda La Vida… Los Exitos

The History of Toys and Games

Hologram Man

Hoodoo Gurus/Tunnel Vision

Hook & Jumanji (2pc) (Sbs)

The Hunt for Eagle One: Crash Point

Hyphy Exposed 2

If Darla Had Modeled for Irving

Imagine Me & You

One of two films that came out earlier this year involving a woman about to get married falling for another woman. But this one has Piper Perabo putting on an English accent.

In Her Shoes/Julia

In Her Shoes/The Banger Sisters

Independence Day

Initial D/House of Fury – Chinese subtitles

The Innocent Sleep

Inside the Mind of a Suicide Bomber

International Baby: Let's Sing Together

Inu Yasha, Vol. 43

Is It Really So Strange?

Italian Movie

Jack Nicholson: Little Shop of Horrors

Jamie Kennedy – Unwashed / The Stand-Up Special

JFK – Reckless Youth

Joe E Brown Comedy Collector's Set

Joel M. Reed's Blood Bath

John Wayne Triple Feature: Paradise Canyon/Randy Rides Alone/Winds Ofthe Wasteland

Johnnie Aquarius

Johnny Virus

Judge Roy Bean, Vol. 2

Juke Joint/Reet Petite and Gone

Kannazuki No Miko, Vol. 2: Lunar Priestess

Kathy Smith – Yoga Sculpt

Kathy Smith Timesaver – Cardio Fat Burner

La Ciudad al Desnudo

La Historia de La Mafia: Los Exitos

Labor Stories

Late Orchestration

Latin Dimes

Laughing in the Wind, Vol. 4

Led Zeppelin Music in Review

Legacy

Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis, Volume One

Leroy and Stitch

Let's Go Collegiate

Let's Rock Again

Live

Live (2pc) (Arg)

Live at CBGB's Plususa 2003 Tour Diary

Live at the Hacienda

Live at the Velvet Lounge

Live DVD

Live from Toronto

Live in Detroit

Live in England

Live in London

Live in San Francisco

Live in Santa Monica

Live in the Age of of Quarrel: 1986-2001

Live: Cabaret De Montreal (2pc)

Loco por Ellas

Long John Silver

Look at All the Love We Found: A Tribute to Sublime

Lord of War [Blu-ray] – English subtitles

A Louvre Treasure: Awakening Apollo

Love Hina: Anime Legends Complete Collection

The Lucy Show (2 DVD + video iPod ready disc)

Madea's Family Reunion (2006)

Madea's Family Reunion (Widescreen Edition)

Magic Kid 2

Magnificent Team

Man in the Attic

Marilyn Behind Bars

Marines Are Coming/Join the Marines

Mark Bishop

Marty Robbins Anthology

Masterpiece Theater: Carrie's War

Masterpiece Theater: My Family and Other Animals

Masterpiece Theatre: Frenchman's Creek

Masters of Horror: John Landis – Deer Woman

Masters of Horror: Landis & McKee

Masters of Horror: Lucky McKee – Sick Girl

Masters of Photography – André Kertesz

Masters of Photography – Diane Arbus

Masters of Photography – Edward Steichen

Midnight Blue, Vol. 4 – Freaks & Geeks

Midnight Blue, Vol. 5 – Porn King

Miss Machine: The DVD

MLB Bloopers: The Funny Side Of Baseball

Mobile Fighter G-Gundam: Anime Legends Complete Collection, Vol. 2

Modern Marvels: Candy

Modern Marvels: Sugar

Monk – Season Four

A reasonably good season. See John Favreau play an evil dentist. See Jason Alexander as a rival detective. See Malcom McDowell play an arrogant fashion designer (are there any humble fashion designers?). "Mr. Monk Goes to the Office" and "Mr. Monk Gets Drunk" are particularly watchable.

Monk: The Obsessive Compulsive Collection – Seasons One – Four

Monster in the Forest: The Story of the Cyclop

The Montreux Dream – The Story of the Montreux Jazz Festival / B.B. King Montreux Workshop

Mr. and Mrs. North, Vol. 2

Mr. and Mrs. North, Vol. 3

Mr. and Mrs. North, Vol. 4

Mr. and Mrs. North, Vol. 5

Mr. and Mrs. North, Vol. 6

Mr. and Mrs. North, Vol. 7

Mr. and Mrs. North, Vol. 8

Mr. and Mrs. Smith/True Lies

Mr. and Mrs. Smith/War of the Roses

Mr. Wong Double Feature, Vol. 2

Mr. Wong Double Feature, Vol. 3

Murder Rooms – The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes

Music Box Biography Collection

My Chemical Romance: Things That Make You Go MMmm!

My Name Was Sabina Spielrein

Never Been Thawed

The Next Plague

Night of Reggae Rhythm

Night of Sass & Brass

No Journey's End

The Noah

NOVA: Shark Attack!

NOVA: The Great Robot Race

Occupation: Hollywood

Olympia -The Leni Riefenstahl Archival Collection

Omar & Pete

One Acoustic Evening (2pc)

One Day & Live at Loco

One Love 3: Pure Heat

One Piece Vol 3

One Step Beyond (2 DVD + video iPod ready disc)

Overland Mail

Panama Menace / Ten Laps to Go (B&W) (B&W)

Party Time

Passion: Everything Glorious

Passport to Danger, Vol. 2

Paul Anka: Music Man – The Authorized Biography

Paul Klee: The Silence of the Angel

People Are Funny

The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak

Personal Sergeant

Phil Carson Collection 1

Pirates: Dead Men Tell Their Tales

Plan 9 from Outer Space (In Color)

Even Plan 9 deserves to keep its black and white heritage.

The Police Tapes

Porcelain Doll

Positively D.O.A.: D.O.A. Live

Prisoners of the Dark Zone

Private Buckaroo

Private Resort

Project Runway – The Complete Second Season

Protect Your Daughter/A Virgin in Hollywood

The Punisher [Blu-ray] – English subtitles

Raiders of Ghost City

Ray Lawler – Summer of the Seventeenth Doll / Elizabeth Campbell, State Orchestra of Victoria

Real Cowboy Movies (2 DVD + video iPod ready disc)

Real Talk: Hip Hop Comedy

Reality Check

Red Riding Hood

Red Skelton Show, Vol. 1

Red Skelton Show, Vol. 2

Reggae Spring Break, Part 1

Reggae Spring Break, Part 2

Reggae's Got Soul

Return of Casey Jones

Return of the Condor Heroes, Part 1

Rin Tin Tin Double Feature, Vol. 3

Ring of Fire – IMAX

Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare

Rogue Male

Rosalind Russell Double Feature

Roseanne – The Complete Fourth Season

Rough Riders Triple Feature, Vol. 2

Rough Riders Triple Feature, Vol. 3

Roy Rogers Show Vol 2

Roy Rogers Show, Vol. 3

Saddam's Bombmaker

Saiyuki Reload Gunlock, Vol. 2

Saw [Blu-ray] – English subtitles

Scandalous Screen Tests

Seasons of Life

Second Chorus

Shadow Skill, Vol. 5: Timor Mors Mortis

Shadow: Dead Riot

Shockheaded

The Shopaholics

Sister Rose's Passion

Skateboarding Explained

Slade Alive: The Ultimate Critical Review

Slightly Stoopid – Live In San Diego

Slings & Arrows – Season 1

The Smiths – Under Review

Sol Sirens

Something to Sing About

Soullink Live, Vol. 3

Spaced Out

St. Matthew's Passion / Laudibus Chamber Choir, English Festival Orchestra

Stalingrad

Step by Step (Television Favorites Compilation)

Story of My Life

Strange Tales 20 Movie Pack

Strangers with Candy – The Complete Series

Just in time for the movie. Loads of commentary, deleted scenes, director's cuts of a couple episodes, interviews and, my favorite, a compilation of the dance sequences.

Street Fury 1: Remixed

Street Survival

Streets: Melbourne

Superman

Surviving the 21st Century

Sweet Insanity

Tactics, Vol. 1

Taggart: Cold Blood Set

Taggart: Root of Evil Set

Tai Chi Energy Patterns (YMAA) 2-DVD set

Tales of Terror 50 Movie Pack

Tapasya 3

Tchaikovsky – The Sleeping Beauty / Aurelie Dupont, Manuel Legris, Vincent Cordier, Nathalie Quernet, Laurent Queval, Paris Opera Ballet

Terminator 2 – Judgment Day [Blu-ray] – English subtitles

That Day

Three Walls

Time Will Tell

Timeless Movie Classics (2 DVD + video iPod ready disc)

Tony Palmer's Film About Margot Fonteyn

Tony Palmer's Film About The Salzburg Festival

Tracey Takes On – The Complete First Two Seasons

Tracey Takes On – The Complete Second Season

Tropical Reggaetonero

The Tyler Perry Collection – Madea Goes to Jail

The Tyler Perry Collection: Why Did I Get Married?

U.S.S. Midway

The Ultimate Pirate Collection

Ultraviolet (2006) (Unrated/Unrated, Extended Cut/Widescreen Edition)

USS Bowfin: Pearl Harbor Avenger

Vampires & More! 20 Movie Pack

Vera

The Victor Borge Show Collection

Virtuosos of St Petersburg (Ac3 Dol)

The Vision of a Dying Embrace

We Are Dad

We Jam Econo – The Story of the Minutemen

We of the Never Never

Welcome to Hollywood

What a Wonderful World

When Cowboys Were King

Why We Fight (2005)

The Witch's Mirror

The Wobblies

Yakuza Graveyard

Yellowbeard

You Are Not Alone

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