Monday, July 31, 2006

DVD Tuesday: V, Alice in Wonderland, Curb Your Enthusiasm & More! - Xoanon @ 12:33 PST
Alice in Wonderland: (1985) Irwin Allen produced this TV musical adaptation of both Lewis Carroll novels -- "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass" -- featuring original songs by Steve Allen and a cast of TV, stage and film stars, including Ernest Borgnine, Lloyd Bridges, Red Buttons, Sid Caesar, Carol Channing, Sammy Davis Jr., Merv Griffin, Ann Jillian, Harvey Korman, Pat Morita, Anthony Newley, Donald O'Connor, Telly Savalas (as the Cheshire Cat!), Ringo Starr, Jack Warden, Jonathan Winters, and Shelley Winters. The 2-part production was nominated for five Emmy Awards. Details: Color, 187 mins, Sony Pictures, Academy Ratio, 1.33:1. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0). Optional French subtitles.

Beavis & Butt-head - The Mike Judge Collection, Vol. 3: Heroes. Villains. Visionaries. Butt-munches. Beavis & Butt-Head have been called a lot of things. Smart isn’t usually one of them, but groundbreaking is. In this third installment of the earth-shattering Mike Judge Collection, the boys are back with more of their wisecracking, fart-knockingly-genius ways. Whether they make your stomach hurt from laughing, or because you have to, you know…one thing is for sure, Beavis & Butt-Head changed comedy and animation forever.

Blue Collar TV 2: Season 2: Jeff Foxworthy, Larry The Cable Guy, and Bill Engvall -- the stars of The Blue Collar Comedy Tour -- headline this skit comedy series of down-home humor. Series regulars include Brooke Dillman, Ashley Drane, Ayda Field, Heath Hyche, Peter Oldring, and Gary Anthony Williams. Details: Color, 276 mins, Sony Pictures, Academy Ratio, 1.33:1. Supplements: 13 episodes on two discs; "Banned From The Booth" deleted skits reel (3 mins.); "Too Much for TV" unaired skits (13 mins.). Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround). Optional Spanish and French subtitles.

Boys of Lost Island: LOST BOYS synopsis 2/28/06 When a group of boys are stranded on a deserted island after a storm destroys their boat, they know that the only way they'll survive is to stick together. But when another storm beaches another boat, the boys find they are sharing the island with some very evil criminals. Now it will take some quick thinking and some clever plotting to not only survive, but to stay alive. And will they ever be able to escape and get back home? Based on a story by Jules Verne, BOYS OF LOST ISLAND is filled with non-stop, edge-of-your-seat adventure.

Brokeback Mountain & Eternal Sunshine of Spotless: Special DVD 2 Pack

Broken Saints: Complete Series: Visually stunning, masterfully told, viscerally thrilling: Broken Saints is finally on DVD! This controversial and critically acclaimed graphic-novel saga fuses anime style, comic-book text, cinematic effects and music into a revolution in modern storytelling! Originally created by a small team of independent artists, this hypnotic and surreal fantasy/horror epic is now presented as a 12-hour, 4-Disc set with the celebrated voice talents of William B. Davis (The X-Files), Scott McNeil (X-Men: Evolution) and more, plus an entire universe of mind-blowing special features! In the quiet corners of the globe, four strangers receive a series of chilling apocalyptic visions. Simultaneously drawn to a dark city in the West, their fates – and the fate of the world – are somehow tied to a global satellite network, a massive conspiracy … and a mysterious orphan girl with a terrifying secret. What will they give to save us all? What will they give to know the truth?

The Comeback - The Complete Only Season: (HBO Comedy Series) Ten years ago she was TV's "It" girl. Now It's a different story. For Valerie Cherish, no price is too high to pay for clinging to the television spotlight. Lisa Kudrow stars as Valerie Cherish, a former B-list sitcom star so desperate to revive her career that she agrees to star in a reality television show called The Comeback.

Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Complete Fifth Season: He's got it all: a loving wife, good friends, a successful career, a great home..what could possibly go wrong for Larry David? Seinfeld co-creator Larry David stars as himself in this hilarious, off-kilter comedy series that presents an unflinching, self-depreciating depiction of his life.

Dallas - The Complete Fifth Season: Popular evening 'soap-opera' style television drama. The show was set in Dallas and chronicled the exploits of wealthy Texas oil millionaires. Many of the plots revolved around shady business dealings and dysfunctional family dynamics.

Dracula Prisoner of Frankenstein: Dr. Frankenstein and his assistant Morpho are killed just as they bring their creation to life. The monster is taken by Cagliostro and he now controls the monster and plans to have it mate and create the perfect master race!

Family Guy:Freakin Sweet Collection: The unprecedented resurrection of Family Guy disproves Neil Young's maxim that "Once you're gone, you can never come back." Unceremoniously canceled in 2002, the irreverent animated series proved to be a phenomenal seller on DVD, prompting not only a rerun revival on basic cable, but also a new season. For those who have only recently made the acquaintance of the dysfunctional Griffins, this five-episode sampler is representative of the series' "nothing is sacred" comic universe. Creator Seth MacFarlane chose well: "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein," which was banned during the series' original run; "Lethal Weapons"; "To Live and Die in Dixie"; "I Am Peter, Hear Me Roar"; and "Road to Rhode Island." In addition to the restoration of a previously censored gag involving Osama Bin Laden in "Rhode Island," what does this collection bring to the party for the Family Guy fan who has everything? Four new episode commentaries, the best of which features MacFarlane in character as chain-smoking, martini swilling, talking dog Brian, and megalomaniacal infant Stewie for "Rhode Island." There is also an interview with MacFarlane about why he chose these episodes, and a fitfully amusing sneak peak at MacFarlane's new series, American Dad. But as this collection reminds us, Family Guy is a tough act to follow.

A Fish Called Wanda (Deluxe Edition): Sexy American diamonds lover Wanda and her boyfriend Otto are in England to plot alongside George and Ken the robbery of a diamond collection. Wanda and Otto want the stolen diamonds for themselves, and inform the police about George not knowing that he has already moved the diamonds to another secret place. Wanda thinks the best way to find out is by getting close to George's lawyer - Archie Leach.

Good Night and Good Luck:  (HD DVD) "Good Night, And, Good Luck." takes place during the early days of broadcast journalism in 1950's America. It chronicles the real-life conflict between television newsman Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee. With a desire to report the facts and enlighten the public, Murrow, and his dedicated staff - headed by his producer Fred Friendly and Joe Wershba in the CBS newsroom - defy corporate and sponsorship pressures to examine the lies and scaremongering tactics perpetrated by McCarthy during his communist 'witch-hunts'. A very public feud develops when the Senator responds by accusing the anchor of being a communist. In this climate of fear and reprisal, the CBS crew carries on and their tenacity will prove historic and monumental.

The Graduate: Recent college graduate Benjamin Braddock is trapped into an affair with Mrs. Robinson, who happens to be the wife of his father's business partner and then finds himself falling in love with her teenage daughter, Elaine.

Hazel - The Complete First Season: George Baxter was a highly successful corporation lawyer who was always in control of everything at the office, but almost nothing at home. When he returned from the office at day's end, to his wife Dorothy, and his young son Harold, he entered the world of Hazel. Hazel was the maid and housekeeper who ran the Baxxter household more efficiently than George ran his office. She was always right, knew exactly what needed doing, and pre-empted his authority with alarming, though, justified regularity.

Jarhead & Bourne Supremacy: Special DVD 2 Pack

Miss Spider' Sunny Patch Friends - The Prince, the Princess, and the Bee: Original direct-to-DVD animated feature spin-off of the David Kirk books and the cable series for kids. Details: Color, 48 mins, Lionsgate, Academy Ratio, 1.33:1. Supplements: Interactive game; Two sing-alongs; "In the Studio with Margo Timmins: The Making of 'You Are Much Richer Than You Know' Song" featurette; Bonus episode from the series: "A Sticky Situation". Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional subtitles.

Mr. Moto Collection, Vol. 1: Mr Moto competes with a gang of ruthless treasure-hunters for possession of seven scrolls which, when brought together, form a map which reveals the location of the tomb of Genghis Khan, reputed to contain fabulous treasure. Moto already has one scroll, but the rest are owned by Prince Chung and his mother, who consider it a sacred duty to their ancestors to protect the scrolls and the secret of the Khan's tomb.

Mrs. Harris: The real-life story of Jean Harris (Annette Bening), who was tried for murdering her lover, the celebrated "Scarsdale doctor" Herman Tarnower (Ben Kingsley), is played from the different perspectives of the witnesses at her trial in the made-for-HBO feature. Ellen Burstyn, Frances Fisher, Philip Baker Hall, Cloris Leachman, Mary McDonnell, and Chloe Sevigny co-star in the drama written and directed by playwright Phyllis Nagy. Details: Color, 95 mins, HBO, widescreen, 1.78:1. Supplements: Commentary by Annette Benning, Ben Kingsley, and writer/director Phyllis Nagy; "Mrs. Harris For the Record: Firsthand Accounts". Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Optional Spanish, French and English subtitles.

Olivier's Shakespeare: In this film of the classic Shakespearean play, a Danish prince seeks to avenge his father's death when his uncle murders his father, succeeds him as King, and marries the Queen. Along the way, Hamlet spurns his girlfriend, scolds his mother, contemplates suicide, and kills some folks.

Putney Swope: Dark satire in which the token black man on the executive board of an advertising firm is accidentally put in charge. Renaming the business "Truth and Soul, Inc.", he replaces the tight regime of monied white ad men with his militant brothers. Soon afterwards, however, the power that comes with its position takes its toll on Putney...

Richard Pryor - Live in Concert: (1979) Richard Pryor's first stand-up comedy concert movie returns to DVD. Details: Color, 78 mins, HBO. Optional subtitles.

Severed: Forest of the Dead: A group of young environmental activists become ravenous, unstoppable zombies when a forestry company's genetic experimentation goes disastrously wrong. Sheer terror can’t pump enough adrenaline through these bodies to help them out of this remote forest in this gruesome tale of horror. Severed stands heads (and other body parts) above the rest!

The Shaggy Dog: Tim Allen goes alpha dog in the big screen remake of the 1959 Disney comedy -- the studio's first live action film, in fact. He plays a workaholic trial lawyer who crosses paths a supernatural collie and ends up with canine tendencies, such as scratching himself in the middle of trials and uncontrollable impulse chase sticks and neighborhood cats, before going full blown shaggy dog. Robert Downey Jr. does villain duty, Kristin Davis is the frustrated wife, Spencer Breslin and Zena Grey are the neglected kids, and Danny Glover, Jane Curtin, and Philip Baker Hall co-star. Brian Robbins directs. Details: Color, 99 mins, Disney, Widescreen anamorphic, 2.40:1. Supplements: Bone-ticling bloopers; Deleted scenes; Features both widescreen (2.40:1) and full screen (1.33:1) versions on the same disc; Bark-Along Bone-Us feature; Music video: "Woof There It Is". Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0). Commentary by director Brian Robbins & producer David Hoberman (widescreen only) (Dolby Digital 2.0). Optional Spanish, French and English subtitles.

Star Trek Fan Collective - Klingon: Star Trek Fans voted online for their favorite Klingon episodes form the Star Trek television series, which resulted in Star Trek: Fan Collective - Klingon. Get ready for brilliant battles, thrilling adventure and pulse-pounding action when the federation encounters its arch nemesis - the Klingon.

V for Vendetta: Two-Disc Special Edition: His name is nowhere to be seen in the credits, but this futuristic thriller about an authoritarian government out of 1984 and a lone revolutionary who takes them on comes from Alan Moore's acclaimed graphic novel. Moore has distanced himself from the film, but it's actually quite faithful, right down to the ambiguity of its swashbuckling terrorist hero V (Hugo Weaving behind the Guy Fawkes mask). Natalie Portman is Evey, the working-class girl saved from the secret police by V and becomes, over time, his accomplice, Stephen Rea is the relentless detective whose loyalty to the cruel government and its corrupt rulers is weakened with every step of the investigation, and John Hurt is the dictator who rules through propaganda, control of the media, and a population who never questions his authority… until V comes along. Moore wrote the novel as a commentary on Thatcher's England and the film retains the London setting, but it only takes a few key phrases to echo the current American administration. In light of 9/11 and other terrorist attacks, the issues are all the more relevant… and even more ambiguous. Stephen Fry, Tim Pigott-Smith, and Sinéad Cusack co-star. The Wachowski brothers produce and James McTeigue directs. Available in separate widescreen and fullscreen single disc editions, and a widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition, which features exclusive bonus supplements. Details: Color, Warner, Widescreen anamorphic, 2.40:1. Supplements: "Freedom! Forever!: Making V for Vendetta" - The cast and crew of V for Vendetta reveal the intense filmmaking process; Theatrical Trailer; The Two-Disc Special Edition features these exclusive supplements:; "Designing the Near Future" - A look at the artistic process of creating the frightening future world of V; "Remember, Remember: Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot" - The history behind the story of Guy Fawkes; "England Prevails: V for Vendetta and the New Wave in Comics" - The origins of the original V story is illuminated; Cat Power Montage - Cat Power song played under images of the film; Easter egg: Saturday Night Live digital short. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and French (Dolby Digital 5.1). Optional Spanish, French and English subtitles.

What the Bleep Do We Know: Rabbit Hole Edition: Proving once and for all that life can be an amazing journey—and a real trip—this all-new Quantum Edition release of What The Bleep!? Down the Rabbit Hole utilizes cutting-edge DVD technology to create a unique version of the film with every viewing! The possibilities are endless...and so is the fun! Academy Award® winner Marlee Matlin is Amanda, a photographer suddenly transported into a metaphysical world of quantum mechanics, odd science and mind-bending phenomena. Guided by the world’s top physicists, engineers, biologists and mystics, she tumbles down the rabbit hole and gets a first-hand look at the fascinating links between science and spirituality in our everyday lives.

Witches of Eastwick (Keepcase): Need someone with demonic dash to portray the Devil? There are only two choices. Old Ned himself. And Jack Nicholson. The Witches of Eastwick to the better actor-and came up with the sleekest, sexiest supernatural comedy/thriller to emerge from this or any other world, earning Nicholson 1987 Best Actor Awards from the New York and Los Angeles Film Critics. The "witches" are in three modern-day women yearning for Mr. Right in a quaint New England town full of Mr. Uptights. Played glowingly by Cher (Moonstruck), Susan Sarandon (Lorenzo's Oil) and Michelle Pfeiffer (The Age of Innocence), they're lovely enough to tempt even the most jaded netherworld denizen. Soon, wealthy Daryl van Horne (Nicholson) arrives. Is his sudden appearance a coincidence? Or the outcome of the women's unconscious sorcery in this smooth adaptation of John Updyke's novel? Conjure up an evening's entertainment with The Witches of Eastwick. And have a devil of a good time.