We skipped right over yesterday, the best day of the week as far as DVD purchases are concerned. So lets jump straight into it, shall we? What did you miss at the Best Buy? A whole bunch of sh*t. There were releases aplenty. First and foremost, Anchor Bay finally tossed-out the Chevy Chase Neo-Nuclear classic Modern Problems (though with nary a special feature attached). What? No Chase commentary? His babble-sessions on the Vacation discs are awesome. I would have loved to hear his thoughts on this mess.
Most people, let's call them the common folk, only have enough money to buy one or two new discs a week. Sad, aint it? Well, we all know most of you bought Modern Problems. What was your second choice? Judgeing from the numbers that came in earlier today, it was either I Heart Huckabees or the Heat: Special Edition. Personally, I scooped up both of these fine discs, and was quite impressed with them.
Other titles you might have missed while browsing the isles? Ah, Hell, who cares? Yesterday is over, and there will always be new DVDs to hunt down and destroy. Let's get onto those precious announcements, shall we...
Uh-oh! The original wound up on Movieweb's worst DVD purchases of all time list. I can't believe they made a second one, but they did. Yes, it's the sequel to Sasquatch, entitled Sasquatch Hunters. Ouch. Here is the plot synopsis from Sony's home video department: "One summer morning, at the end of a dirt road in the thick western forests, a team prepares for a three day hike into the deep woods where no one has ventured before. The team consists of two paleontology professors, Dr. Ethan Edwards & Dr. Helen Gilbert, one of their graduate students, Louise Keaton, four Forest Rangers-- Charles Landon, Spencer Combs and his sister Janet, Brian Stratton-- and an ex-Forest Ranger named Roger Gordon. Their goal is to find fossils that will confirm the existence of an ancient primate that flourished in China but was not thought to have migrated to North America. On the third night of the trip, with only a few miles to go until they reach their target site, they camp out in a clearing. The next morning they awaken to an amazing surprise: this is no ordinary clearing; it's some kind of graveyard! The scientists are beside themselves with joy—they never expected to be so lucky. But their luck turns bad, as one of the Rangers disappears and another is attacked by an unknown creature while searching for him. Since the safety of the civilians is their number one priority, the Rangers order the team to head home. But as they hastily make their way back to the main road, they come to realize that they are being hunted by the creature, an eight-foot tall gorilla-like animal that walks upright. One by one the team members are plucked away and viciously killed. Who will survive the night?" Sounds like a winner, huh? I can't wait. I'm a big fan of Bigfoot, but does he deserve this type of cruel treatment? I personally don't think so. No other specifics about the disc have yet been listed.
King of the Hill: Season 4
I've never really been able to get into this show. I love Mike Judge's sense of humor, but this one always seemed a bit slow to me. I've had the season three box set sitting on my floor since before it came out, so I doubt I'll rush to purchase this new installment. And the fact that Brittany Murphy does the voice of Louanne really bugs me for some reason. Oh, well. The show has its fans, and it's been on forever. This three-disc set will be presented in full frame, with English and Spanish Dolby Surround tracks. As of this moment, there are no plans for extras. That seems to be the norm for this series.
Also on May 3rd, those Sony bastards go double dipping with their new DOGTOWN & Z-BOYS DELUXE EDITION set. I don't know about you, but I think I learned enough the first time around. This is more than likely being released to tie in with the Heath Ledger movie LORDS OF DOGTOWN. Call it marketing. The disc will be presented in full screen with a Dolby Digital 5.0 track. Extras include a director and editor commentary, extended "Raw" skate footage, an exclusive sneak peak at the theatrical release of Lords of Dogtown and two exclusive webisodes about the Lords of Dogtown. Skaters can't afford to buy this thing twice, so why did they even try? I give this one a big, loud, "Boo!"
The John Wayne Legendary Heroes Collection
If you're into the Duke, then May 3rd looks like your day in the sun, partner! Warner Brothers will be releasing The John Wayne Legendary Heroes Collection, which features five classic films from the larger-than-life American hero. All five titles in the Collection, including Blood Alley, McQ, The Sea Chase, Tall in the Saddle and The Train Robbers, will be available on DVD for the first time. The films will be available individually for $14.97, while the boxed set will set you back a whopping $49.92. There are more special features included on this set than you'll be able to get through in a lifetime. They've got tons of news footage, trailers, and a bunch of other goodies. This looks quite similar to the Gangster package Warner put together recently.
The John Carpenter remake ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 makes a quick-turn around. I missed this one in the theaters, even though I really wanted to see it. I heard it was pretty good, even if it does look like some sort of weird sequel to Training Day. The movie will be presented in 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen, with English Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. Extras include an audio commentary with director Jean-Francois Richet, Writer James DeMonaco and Producer Jeffrey Silver, explosive deleted scenes and five featurettes entitled Armed and Dangerous, Behind Precinct Walls, Plan of Attack, The Assault Team and Caught in the Crosshairs.
The Wonder Twins
The best Saturday morning cartoon ever gets its second season released. Yes! It's the Superfriends! This is the year of the Wonder Twins. So you know you'll be buying it, even if you skipped out on the first set. This two-disc package includes all sixteen episodes and is priced at $26.99. Extras include a Pajama-Rama: Super Friends Retrospective Featurette in which a group of pop culture enthusiasts and fun celebrities share their memories about the world's greatest team of '70's super-heroes, and a Ballad of Zan & Jayna music video celebrating the Wonder Twins, and of course, their pet primate Gleek. Gosh, I can't wait for this one. It's going to look so beautiful sitting on my shelf.
Dukes of Hazzard: Season 3
They're trying hard to get these in-stores before the big screen version comes out and wrecks it all. Actually, I have a very strong suspicion that interest in the show will only go up after the movie comes out. Frankly, I can't wait for either this new set or seeing Burt Reynolds as Boss Hogg. I want it all right now. And I've never been a fan of Jessica Simpson, but damn does she look fine in those Daisy Dukes. This four-disc set will cost about forty bucks, as per-the-norm with this series. All twenty-three episodes are included, presented in 1.33:1 full frame with English Mono tracks. A bonus extra includes one free movie ticket for the theatrical release of the Dukes of Hazzard film. Sounds like a sweet bargain.
First, we got the Goodfellas Special Edition. Then it was the Heat Special Edition. Now, we get CASINO: 10th Anniversary Edition. Martin Scorsese's classic film will be presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, with English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. English, French and Spanish subtitles will also be provided. There are no special features as of yet, but damn, I'm sure this is the last time Sharon Stone will look hot blowing on dice, so you might as well give into the purchase. Do it!
That's it for today. Maybe I'll be back tomorrow. Maybe I won't. Just remember, "If I'm not givin' it to ya, then you shouldn't be getting' it!"