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Tuesday, January 10 2006

The Mission: Lighting the Candles [DVD]

This is all The Mission you really need, assuming - of course -- you really need it.


Monday, January 9 2006

The Amazing Race: The Seventh Season

The Amazing Race focuses on couples, sometimes sensationalizing 'negative' interactions, then absolves itself of ethical responsibilities by asserting its 'documentary' status.


The Brothers Grimm (2005)

'This is why I love DVDs,' says Terry Gilliam. 'I can completely destroy the illusion of my film.'"


Sunday, January 8 2006

The Eagles: Eagles - Farewell 1 Tour - Live From Melbourne [DVD]

The Eagles may not be traveling in the fast lane any longer, but there are still a lot of good miles left on this sturdy winged vehicle.


Friday, January 6 2006

Family Guy, Volume 3

Whereas All in the Family was all about the troubling racism and personal politics of the time, Family Guy takes on many of these same topics and then blurts them out like a tactless guy at a party that says exactly what he's thinking, without even a second thought about self-censorship.


Roll Bounce (2005)

'Teenage boys alone in Chicago for the summer spells trouble, especially with a lot of pretty extras around,' says Malcolm Lee.


Thursday, January 5 2006

New York Dolls: All Dolled Up [DVD]

Bob Gruen and then-wife Nadya Beck logged over 40 hours of film of the Dolls, and from this footage comes this new documentary.


Four Brothers (2005)

'I grew up in sunny southern California, and I'm not used to snow,' says John Singleton. 'I wanted to do a movie with snow in it, so here it is.'"


À Double Tour (1959)

À Double Tour is a visually engrossing if emotionally underwhelming thriller set in one the director's prototypically dysfunctional families.


Dark Water: Unrated Widescreen Edition (2005)

'I'm attracted by the unknown, by the unexplainable,' says director Walter Salles.


Wednesday, January 4 2006

Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers: Volume 1

Bringing together Three Stooges-style slapstick and Looney Tunes-ish physics, Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers offers no in-between or subtlety.


Tuesday, January 3 2006

Erasure: The Erasure Show - Live in Cologne [DVD]

Capturing the Nightbird tour for posterity, Erasure treats their fans to the expected elaborate games of dress up. Oh yeah, and some great music, too.


Home Improvement: The Complete Third Season

Home Improvement's third season is its best, as crack-up funny as it is heartfelt.


Monday, January 2 2006

Queen: Queen: Under Review 1973-1980 [DVD]

Here's a documentary that takes an almost CSPAN approach to discussing a rock band.


Sunday, December 25 2005

Unfinished Business: The Japanese-American Internment Cases (1984)

If it isn't a documentary masterpiece, Unfinished Business is still an impressive work, valuable for its documentation of three American heroes and its insistence that the tragic civil-liberties violations of the Japanese-American internment not be forgotten.


Friday, December 23 2005

Garfield: Cat Tales (Prime Time Gift Set)

Box set of early prime time specials features America's favorite sarcastic fat cat.


The Ed Sullivan Show: Rock ‘N’ Roll Classics Box Set

The Byrds appear with a young David Crosby playing 'Mr. Tambourine Man', and a frantic Buddy Holly plays his guitar like he was punk rock's forefather.


Sins of the Fleshapoids (1965, 1967)

Although the three short movies on the Sins of the Fleshapoids DVD have this uniquely '60s zero-budget feel to them, their ambitions outpace those of your typical grindhouse quickie.


Thursday, December 22 2005

Barbra Streisand: The Television Specials [DVD]

This could be an eccentric heaven, served on a quirky silver platter.


The Golden Girls: The Complete Third Season

They're charismatic and dead-on in their comic timing, especially Bea Arthur, who could very well be television's all-time coolest woman.


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