Those of you who aren’t all that fond of my snide slash cynical side (or rather the unforgiving commentary that often results from it) should probably skip right to near the end of today’s Daily Spin because New Line Home Entertainment has gone and elicited exactly that reaction by giving Kim “shouldn’t be a has-been” Basinger, Chris “poor-man’s Paul Walker” Evans and Jason “talented enough to need a much better agent” Statham’s so called thriller Cellular a January 18th , 2005 street date. This ridiculous misfire of a “high-concept” film will reportedly be presented in 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen with English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby 2.0 Stereo Surround Sound. The overtly masochistic will be overjoyed to hear that its extras will apparently include audio commentary from Writers Larry Cohen and Chris Morgan and Director David Ellis, a “Celling Out” featurette , a “Dialing Up Cellular” making of featurette and a “Code of Silece: Inside the Rampart Scandal” featurette, a few deleted scenes with optional director’s commentary, its theatrical trailer and a Script-to-Screen DVD-ROM feature. It’ll arrive carrying an aptly ludicrous retail price of $27.99.

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Warner Bros has decided to merely leave me indifferent, as opposed to inciting further hurling of insults by announcing a January 25th, release date for the Paul Johansson, Craig Sheffer, Moira Kelly and Barry Corbin starring One Tree Hill: the Complete First Season. The episodes from season one will be presented in their original 1.33:1 full frame and English Stereo Sound.

Set Extras Will Include:

• audio commentary from cast and crew on The Pilot, To Wish Impossible Things and The Games That Play Us

• fourty-eight minutes of unaired scenes with introductions

• a Building a Winning Team making of documentary

• a Diaries From The Set behind-the-scenes vignette with the cast

• a gag reel

• an Oh, Chariot musical performance by Gavin DeGraw

This six-disc package will reportedly be retailing for something around or about $59.99.

Meanwhile, the guys and gals over at Paramount Home Entertainment are currently threatening to unleash Jessica Simpson and Nick what’s his name’s Newlyweds: Season One on a, perhaps deserving of such folly, public this December 14th. The DVD’s extras will reportedly include exclusive interviews, music videos, never before seen footage, Nick "Moments," Jessica "Moments," (whatever bubble-headed hell that could possibly mean) discographies and bios. This two-disc set will hit your local Best Buy’s shelves retailing for something like $26.99.

Lastly, (for the announcements section at any rate) the Sci-Fi Channel’s mini-series Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars will reportedly hit available on DVD streets on January 18th, 2005. The mini will be presented in its native anamorphic widescreen with English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Surround Sound. Disc extras will include an Interactive Conceptual Art Gallery, a “Making of The Peacekeeper Wars” featurette, a Spacecraft Gallery, Authentic Production Storyboards and “more.” It’ll retail for around $19.99.

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OUT THIS WEEK:

No true film fan should be willing to walk around in daylight without first adding Tim Burton’s masterpiece-like collaboration with Johnny Depp and Martin Landeau and paean to joyously eccentric filmmaking Ed Wood: the Special Edition to their DVD collection. Set for earlier this year, but delayed until now this must-have disc will reportedly include commentrak, deleted scenes, featurettes and hopefully much, much, more. Likewise, rabid fans of hyper-colored uber-psychedelic pseudo-late-sixties imagery, overt pro-environmentalist messages and rather small men in rubber giant radioactive lizard suits will certainly want to rush right out and pick up one of my favorite films of all time . . . Godzilla Vs. Hedorah (I.E. Godzilla Vs. The Smog Monster). And last but no where near least, both students and devotees of films as raw-challenging-masterworks of art will surely want to scoop up legendary director Sam Peckinpah’s startling and controversial collaboration with Dustin Hoffman . . . which just is my hopelessly pretentious way of saying that 1971’s Straw Dogs hits shelves again this week, it’s a rare and monstrously powerful piece of work that’s worthy of more attention than it currently gets and so you just might want to check it out.

Brian B.