Rhinestone, Dutch, and Paint Your Wagon are sitting on my floor, starring at me. Begging me to watch them. I want to give into their wishes, but I haven’t been able to abide. Why? Because I’m being consumed by the Brady Bunch vortex. I put these four discs in my Multiple Spinner, and it’s been nothing but polyester and pigtails for the last week and a half.
Oh, well…At least I have something to look forward to in the near future. What about you? What do you have to look forward to in the near future? Lets take a look, shall we?
March 22ndGhost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Manga Entertainment and Bandai Entertainment are releasing the fifth volume of GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX. It will be available in both a standard and a limited version. This set contains four half-hour action packed episodes that have been encoded directly from their HD source. The series follows female cyborg Major Motoko Kusanagi and her fellow police officers of Section 9 as they hunt down a host of criminals in both the real and on-line worlds. Each episode will be presented in 16x9 Anamorphic, with English & Japanese Language Dolby Digital Surround. Extras include interviews, weblinks, trailers, and a special collector ID card.
Hot Wheels: AcceleRacers
Also on the 22nd comes Hot Wheels® AcceleRacers. Warner Home Video has partnered with Mattel Inc. to launch a high-octane four-part movie saga based on the new Hot Wheels® AcceleRacers property. The first installment of the series, AcceleRacers: Ignition, will sell for $14.94. Additional titles will be released later this year include The Speed of Silence, The Challenge and The Ultimate Race. Extras will include Virtual Car Gallery – The World of AcceleRacers Vehicles. Meet the Drivers – Profiles of Team Members and other characters. Glossary – Learn AcceleRacers lingo. Microepisodes – six fast-paced webisodes. And trailers for other movies in the series.
April 5thThe West Wing: Season 4
Haven’t seen it, never will. The President bores me, and I’ve never been a fan of Martin Sheen, but rest assured, this show has its fans. Millions of them, and they’ll be excited to get their hands on this set. This six-disc collector’s box includes all 22 episodes of the series’ fourth year, which garnered 15 Emmy nominations and two wins for Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. Special bonus features in the DVD set include: Behind Every Good Man…is the First Lady, a Featurette exploring the role of the First Lady, and more specifically Abigail Bartlet (Stockard Channing) in the West Wing. The Letter of the Word, a Featurette examining the crucial role of the writers behind the President’s speeches. Deleted scenes. Easter Egg. Episode commentaries on "Commencement", "Game On" and the season finale "Twenty-Five" by Aaron Sorkin, Thomas Schlamme, Allison Janney and others. And a Special Thank You – wrap party video montage.
Love him or hate him, Uwe Boll is apparently going to keep making movies. His latest feature is coming home soon! I know you all saw this one in the theaters. Its Alone In The Dark, staring Christian Slater, Tara Reid and Stephen Dorff. Do you really have a spare $27.98 lying around? If you do, why not give it to me instead? The film will be anamorphic widescreen, with both DTS 6.1 ES and Dolby Digital 5.1 EX tracks. Extras include an audio commentary with director Uwe Boll, an Into the Dark: The Making of Alone in the Dark Featurette, a Featurette on the visual effects of the film entitled Shedding A Light, a trivia track, music videos and storyboard to film comparisons.
Someone, somewhere, wants to make Topher Grace a star. I don’t see it. I hate that they’ve paired him up with Dennis Quaid, one of my favorite actors, because I’ll probably end up seeing this now. IN GOOD COMPANY will be making its home video bow on the 10th along side Boll’s less than distinguished film. The film will be presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, with English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. Extras include a feature commentary with director Paul Weitz and star Topher Grace, deleted scenes with commentary by Weitz and featurettes on the story, editing, New York Locations, Real Life and on Getting Older. Completing the package will be cast and crew biographies.
June 7thThe Essential Steve McQueen Collection
Finally, a Bullitt Special Edition. In fact, it’s so special; it comes with five other movies. Yeah! It’s the ESSENTIAL STEVE MCQUEEN COLLECTION. Not only do you get a two-disc deluxe version of the classic Bullitt, you also get The Getaway, Papillon, The Cincinnati Kid, Never So Few and Tom Horn. The set will run you about $68.92. Extras on Bullitt will include an audio commentary, a Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Edition documentary narrated by Kathy Bates, a Steve McQueen: The Essence of Cool documentary on the complex man behind the image, and a vintage Featurette entitled Bullitt: Steve McQueen's Commitment to Reality, and the film’s theatrical trailer. The Cincinnati Kid will have a commentary by director Norman Jewison, a scene specific commentary with David Foley and Phil Gordon, the hosts of Bravo’s “Celebrity Poker Showdown, an archival Featurette entitled “The Cincinnati Kid Plays According to Hoyle” and the trailer. The Getaway will have a commentary by DVD Producer Nick Redman, authors Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons & David Weddle, another “Virtual” audio commentary with stills featuring Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw and Sam Peckinpah, and the trailer.
Another classic is coming our way on the 7th. It’s the two-season set of QUINCY, M.E. It will be a three-disc package priced at $39.98. Each episode will be presented in 1.33:1 full frame, with English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono tracks. No extras have been announced as of yet.
Lost: The Complete First Season
Proving that only beautiful people survive plane crashes, it’s the year’s big hit, Season 1 of LOST. Created by JJ Abrams, the show stars Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin and Matthew Fox. It should be priced to own at about $59.99. The set is still being worked on, but confirmed extras include the original pilot, audio commentaries, behind the scenes featurettes, and a blooper reel.
That’s it for today. May tomorrow bring you many fulfilled wishes. Until then, remember, “If we aint givin’ it to you, you shouldn’t be getting it.”