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Wednesday, November 16 2005

The Fly (Collector’s Edition) / The Fly II (Special Edition) (1986/1989)

Timeless terror needs more than goop and glop. Only one Fly film even tried to get it right.


Tuesday, November 15 2005

Alice Cooper: Good to See You Again, Alice Cooper [DVD]

It's good to see you again too, Alice, but we'd much rather see you rock out than joke around.


Arrested Development: Season Two

Twenty-two minutes of a single episode of Arrested Development is still funnier than an entire night of Must-See TV.


Hondo: Special Collector’s Edition / McLintock!: Authentic Collector’s Edition (1953)

As pointed out in a making-of featurette, John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara had such 'chemistry' in their films together that moviegoers took them to be a real-life couple.


Monday, November 14 2005

Home Movies: Season Three

The episodes are probably the best of the series. But honestly, an eight-year-old kid could make a better DVD.


America’s Funniest Home Videos: Home for the Holidays

Get rid of the host's doofy vocal commentary and cartoon sound effects, and some of the clips are downright ruthless.


Thursday, November 10 2005

Queen + Paul Rodgers: Return of the Champions [DVD]

It isn't quite Queen that we're witnessing; it's more like Queen's rambunctious younger brother.


The Carter Family: Will the Circle Be Unbroken

A.P. Carter and his friend, black musician Lesley 'Esley' Riddle, would go door to door looking for examples of traditional music, a bold act in Jim Crow America.


Teorema (1968)

However much the camera lingers on Terrence Stamp's features or Silvana Mangano's heavily made up face, the characters remain corporeally opaque, more embodiments of ideas than urges and appetites.


Wednesday, November 9 2005

Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows (2005)

Frankly, having sat with my kids through Transformers, Pokemon, Hello Kitty, Bratz, and My Little Pony videos, the Bionicle series is a work of comparative genius.


Tuesday, November 8 2005

Jimi Hendrix: Live at Woodstock [DVD]

Experience Hendrix has done a tremendous service to aficionados the world over by adding another treasure to the archive.


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Two-Disc Deluxe Edition (2005)

Tim Burton's movie is mostly perky, slightly edgy, and dully episodic.


Monday, November 7 2005

The BellRays: The BellRays @ the Barfly [DVD]

Let the BellRays take you on a wild ride... going back to school has never been as much fun.


Beavis & Butt-head, Vol. 1 - The Mike Judge Collection

With this DVD collection, Beavis and Butt-head may emerge better equipped to claim a spot in animation history.


The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944)

Far from being a sermon, the movie is no bromide against girlish promiscuity, but a mature consideration of love found through 'unconventional' means.


Friday, November 4 2005

Batman Begins (Two-Disc Deluxe Edition with Comic Book) (2004)

Nolan's Batman is perpetually knotted up, unable to forget his dead parents, seeking a vague solace in his hard body's capacity for violence.


Thursday, November 3 2005

Pixies: Sell Out [DVD]

Commemorating the reformation of this influential band nearly 15 years after they peaked and walked away, this new DVD is lightning in a bottle.


Monty Python’s Flying Circus: 16 Ton Megaset Collection

In the heavenly hierarchy of humor, Monty Python's Flying Circus is God. Its four-year run on the BBC resulted in 45 stellar examples of superior sketch comedy.


Wednesday, November 2 2005

Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats

I realize this is all meant to be hilarious, but the cat is essentially terrorizing his friends and neighbors.


Tuesday, November 1 2005

The Amazing Race - The Complete First Season

The Amazing Race sets its participants a wide range of daunting and occasionally hilarious challenges. It's a kibbitzer's dream.


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