Maybe they should just call this column "Whenever the Hell I Feel Like It Spin." That might suit us better. At least we wouldn't be lying to you. Oh, well. There hasn't really been a whole hellva lot of DVD news lately anyway…
The biggest thing to hit still sounds like a "possible" rumor more than anything else. Yes, both The Digital Bits and the Jim Hill Media website have reported that Disney may be gearing up to release Song of the South on DVD. If it happens, it'll be huge. Disney basically threw this movie in a cellar and locked the door because of its racial stance. Then, they went and based a theme park ride around it. Odd, hmm? Well, let's hope they do this one right and make it a Platinum Edition. I want commentaries from everybody, including Jesse Jackson and Roger Ebert. There are a hundred possibilities, and I hope they don't drop the ball. It could be used as a great learning tool if handled right. Don't expect to see it until 2006. This is what Jim Hill had to say…
"Song of the South, the Academy Award winning film that former Disney Feature Animation head Thomas Schumacher once told Roger Ebert was on "permanent moratorium" has reportedly been greenlit for release late next year. A special 60th anniversary edition that -- thanks to a plethora of extra features -- will try & put this somewhat controversial motion picture in historical context."
"Song of the South's 60th anniversary was simply too good a promotional hook for the Mouse's marketing staff to pass up. More to the point, Buena Vista Home Entertainment could really use a hit right about now."
"BVHE reportedly plans to really pile on the extra features with "Song of the South." Among the ideas currently being knocked around is producing a special documentary that -- through use of clips from that TV movie version of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella" that Disney produced back in 1997 as well as sequences from "The Proud Family" & "That's So Raven" -- would demonstrate that a person's color really doesn't matter at the modern Walt Disney Company. There's also talk of including Walt Disney Feature Animation's seldom-seen short, "John Henry," as one of the disc's special features."
Well, that certainly is cool, if it is indeed true. If you remember, this was at the top of Movieweb.com's most wanted DVD list, which was recently published. Damn. Titles from that list are popping up in announcements all over the place. How far behind is a George Lucas authorized release of the Star Wars Holiday Special? If it means more money for George before we switch formats, it can't be that far behind. Though, the character depictions seen in that awful thing are far more offensive to the Wookie community than Song of the South could ever hope to be to the Black Community. Think I'm making an unnecessary joke? I'm not. Watch both of them and tell me what you think.
Speaking of Wookies and their like, I must state this obvious fact: I love Big Foot movies. I honestly do. I've screamed that here on Movieweb millions, if not thousands, of times. I want In Search of on DVD. I want Big Foot and Wild Boy on DVD. I want 1977's Sasquatch:The Legend of Bigfoot on DVD. Hell, I even want those sorta-lame Six Million Dollar Man episodes that starred the big lug. I personally couldn't wait to watch Lance Hendrickson's Sasquatch, which came out a few years ago. Imagine my disappointment when I sat down to look at the disc, and found out…There was hardly any Big Foot at all in the Goddamn thing. The movie was miserably boring. Jason Lee got more Big Foot time in Drawing Flies. I wanted to throw that disc in the garbage. I didn't, though. I kept it for posterity reasons.
Well, imagine my surprise when I heard Sony was releasing, what I thought was, a sequel to this film. I reported on it here in the last Daily Spin. Sasquatch Hunters (of which there is another film by that title) will be released on April 12th. And the DVD cover art looks suspiciously like the first film. Well, I received some interesting news from the Director himself, Fred Tepper. It seems that this is not a sequel at all; it's just being sold and marketed that way. The film was originally entitled Primeval, and it has a more deserving pedigree than its predecessor. Tepper is an established Visual Effects Artist, and he's put a lot of time and effort into this project. Like I said, I'm a super fan of the Sasquatch legend, so I did some research on the project. Sounds like it could kick ass. I sure hope so. I'm jonesin for a movie chalk-full of Big Foot action. I'm just sorry that Sony is associating this film with something that kind of sucked. If I'm lucky, I might be able to land an interview with director Tepper about the whole thing. Stay tuned…
Today (yesterday) is (was) Tuesday. I'm not sure if I'll get to the store or not, but there are quite a few worthy pick-up buys awaiting me there. We've got The Sponge Bob Square Pants Movie, D.C. Cab, Bambi, The Brady Bunch Season 1, Wonder Woman Season 2, and the My Own Private Idaho Criterion Collection set, just to name a few of the better titles. Damn it. I'm going to be broke again.
Let's jump into the announcements, shall we?
Fat little girls and the daddies that love them seem to be popular in Hollywood right now. Soon, we will have Nick Cage in the Weatherman. But first, it's the DVD debut of SPANGLISH. The Adam Sandler film no one wanted to see. Not even his fans. Extras included on the DVD are deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, commentary with director James L. Brooks featuring Adam Sandler and Téa Leoni, previews and more! According to the press release "Both Sandler fans and romantics alike will adore this witty, heartfelt release from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment which will carry an SLP of $28.95." I think I'll wait for someone to throw shampoo in my eyes, thank you very much.
It sounds like a sappy love story, but its not. It's an acclaimed drama about what happens when a group of men try to save some passengers from a Hot Air Balloon accident and fail miserably. It stars Daniel Craig, Rhys Ifans and Samantha Morton, and will retail for about $20. No special features have been announced at this time. You will just have to sit and wait for the news, I guess.
I remember that the MPAA was trying to get the director to digitally erase some Cupid penises that appeared in the background of this film, on sheets of wallpaper, when this came out theatrically. That's absurd and ridiculous. I hear Ebert loved this version of the Shakespearian play. Al Pacino is supposed to be awesome in it. I'll have to see that to believe it. He's pretty much sucked since Serpico. The disc will run you somewhere close to twenty-seven bucks. The film will be presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, with English and French Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. Extras include commentary by actor Al Pacino and Director Michael Radford, a second commentary With Director Michael Radford and Actress Lynn Collins, a making of featurette and a web link to the Teachers' guide. English and French subtitles also included.
Also on May 10th comes the Randy Quaid thriller KART RACER. Oh, boy! I smell a winner. The film is about an aspiring racer who is coached by the lovable Quaid. Not since Parents has he won us over with this kind of charm. The disc will be priced at $19.98, but wait a couple of months and you'll probably be able to scoop it up for two bucks. The film is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, with an English Dolby Digital 5.1 track. Extras include an introduction to the film by Jeff Gordon, a Jeff Gordon's Ultimate Guide to Kart Racing featurette, a Making of Kart Racer featurette, a Revisiting Racer: With Will Rothhaar feature and the films theatrical trailer. I guess Go-Kart is no longer a dignified term.
Two people I've never heard of before star in PITCHER & THE PLAYMATE. Drew Johnson and Corinna Harney-Jones headline this schmaltzy Bull Durham rip-off, which was also directed by Drew Johnson. It's a blind buy that'll cost you $27.98. You'll probably be better off renting it. The film will be presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, with an English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo track. No extras are included.
The Sopranos: Season 5
A more prestigious release also making its debut on the 7th is The Sopranos Season 5 boxed set. I don't have HBO, so I have no idea what this particular year entails. I know some of the bigger supporting players died this go-around. Which ones? I'm not sure. The set cost damn near close to a hundred bucks. You'd be better off subscribing to the cable channel. Extras include four audio commentaries with directors Steve Buscemi, Peter Bogdanovich (Oscar Nominee for The Last Picture Show), Mike Figgis (Oscar Nominee for Leaving Lost Vegas) and Rodrigo Garcia (Six Feet Under).
The Wool Cap
Here we go again, another boring William H. Macy film. How many goddamn things does he have to be in, anyway? If they paid him a decent salary, maybe he wouldn't be polluting the DVD isles with crap like THE WOOL CAP. It's about a mute apartment superintendent and the young girl he befriends. The disc will run you about $19.99. No other specifics have been announced, but it's doubtful that this thing will include any extra material.
The horror masterpiece you've yet to hear about: SHALLOW GROUND. What's it about? Can't really tell you. Apparently, those living in the small town of Shallow Valley around about to feel the pain of the dead! Oooooh, scary! The film stars Timothy Murphy, Lindsey Stoddart, Stan Kirsch and Patricia McCormack. These boos will run you about $27.98. The film will be presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, with an English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo track. It'll be a bare bones release, meaning no extras. Make it a cult hit, and maybe you'll see a Special Edition in the near future…Yeah, right.
That's it for today. When will we be back? Not sure. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe Thursday. You never can tell when something called The Daily Spin might be making its next appearance. Until then, thanks for stopping by. And remember, "If I'm not givin' it to ya, you shouldn't be getting' it."