THE WEEK OF APRIL 21st, 2009



THE WRESTLER

Special Features

  • Featurettes
  • Music Video


The  Wrestler
was the best film of 2008. Don’t argue with me. Just accept the rebirth of one of the best male actors in recent memory. If you didn’t get to see the film during its theatrical run, it comes to Home Video on a rather limp DVD and BLU-RAY. Why Darren Aronofosky wasn’t available to record a commentary is beyond me. But, you get a Bruce Springstreen music video. Not quite a fair trade.



FROST/NIXON

Special Features

  • Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Commentary

Frost/Nixon proves that Ron Howard can’t catch a break. When the man tries to break out of his comfort zones, nobody sees his movies. But, if he makes a syrupy lie of a biopic such as A Beautiful Mind…he gets an Oscar. Frank Langella, Michael Sheen and Sam Rockwell are firing on all cylinders in this flick. Give it a shot on video, if you missed the theatrical bow.



CAPRICA

Special Features

  • Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Commentary



Caprica
is a film that could make anyone a fan of Battlestar Galactica. Taking a step back from the space opera of the main show, we get to see what led to the Battlestar’s quest for Earth. Specifically, the development of the show’s main villains. Watching the painful origins of the Cylon and what would lead them to attack humanity was quite an ordeal to watch. But, it was enough to get me to revisit the series and rethink my appreciation of it. Strong stuff here and a recommended buy.

THE PERSONAL CRITERION COLLECTION




I had an idea for a subset column for The Special Edition. Many people
want to have Criterions in their collection. Many people pretend to
like half of the films that Criterion releases. But, what about those
people that honestly can’t be bothered to be told what to like. What
about them?

That’s why I want to test the waters and see if
this floats. I want the readers of CHUD and this dear article to head
to the Boards and nominate their Personal Criterion Collection entry. I
want to see explanations and not just mindless listing of entries,
people.

All titles eligible are previously released DVD/BR media that you believe to be essential/necessary to the collection of the Home Entertainment enthusiast.

THE FIRST ENTRIES

1. The Fountain

2. Videodrome


3. Seven Men from Now


4. Stalker


5. The Last Days of Disco
6. Paris, Texas
7. Vanishing Point
8. The Stunt Man
9. The Deer Hunter
10. The Third Man
11. Southland Tales
12. Head
13. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
14. Sorcerer
15. Henry V (1989)
16. The Great White Hope
17. Fixed Bayonets
18. Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary
19. The Ballad of Cable Hogue
20. Gates of Heaven
21. The Dirty Dozen
22. Opening Night
23. Birdman of Alcatraz
24. Elmer Gantry
25. The Band Wagon
26. Five Guns West
27. Detour
28. Jubal
29. Affair in Trinidad
30) Experiment in Terror
31) Seconds
32) Coffy
33) 1984
34) Special
35) Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense
36) The Fortune Cookie
37) Executive Suite
38) Two People
39) The Sand Pebbles

and today’s entry suggested by Anderson.






40) The Iron Horse. (click on box art to buy it at Amazon)

John Ford directs an amazing tale of the American West. Davy Brandon has been tasked with the creation of the Union Pacific Railroad. His new task places him against the Indian nation of the opening West. Together with two friends, Brandon takes the Indian hordes.



The current DVD from 20th Century Fox comes out of their recent Ford at Fox megaset. The Iron Horse was a touchstone for Ford’s career and influenced several of his later films. You get two cuts of the film on DVD (American and International Cuts). There’s featurettes about the restoration of the 75 year old film and the various issues surrounding its score. If you pick it up as part of the Ford at Fox Collection, you also get a replica of the original 1924 program.


HERE’S THE LINK TO NOMINATE MORE TITLES.


EVERYTHING ELSE THAT’S AVAILABLE ON DVD

  • American Experience: A Class Apart
  • Burrowers
  • Caprica
  • Dallas: The Complete Eleventh Season
  • Dante 01
  • Freakazoid!: Season 2
  • Frost/Nixon
  • Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts
  • Hawaii Five-O – The Sixth Season
  • Hellraiser (Lament Configuration Collector’s Box)
  • House of the Sleeping Beauties
  • I Dismember Mama (1972)
  • Inside the Third Reich Box Set
  • A Jihad for Love
  • Laid to Rest
  • Notorious
  • Rhoda – Season 1
  • Science Is Fiction: 23 Films by Jean Painlevé
  • The Spy Factory
  • Voyage of the Damned
  • The Wrestler


BLU-RAY: THE DISC THAT WALKS LIKE A MAN

The Wrestler
Frost/Nixon
Hellraiser
The Arrival
Arctic Tale
The Last Word
Sin City
The Wages of Fear: Criterion Collection
X-Men Trilogy



SPEND YOUR MONEY!




New DVD Releases

Frost/Nixon  $16.99
The Wrestler  $16.99
Notorious  $16.99

NEW BLU-RAY

Frost/Nixon  $26.99

The Wrestler  $26.99

Notorious  $26.99

Sin City  $26.99



OLDER BLU-RAY

Twilight  $26.99

Quantum of Solace  $24.99

The Day the Earth Stood Still  $24.99

Dark Knight(Mask Package)  $24.99


$10.00 DVDs:


21

Baby Mama

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Nim’s Island



$5.00 DVDs:

Stuart Little Deluxe Edition

Something Elmo

Die Hard



TV on DVD:

30 Rock Season 1&2   $29.99

The Office Season 3&4   $32.99

House Season 3&4  $34.99

Monk Season 5&6  $32.99



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The Wrester  (BR)  $25.99

The Wrester (DVD) $16.99

Notorious (BR) $25.99

Notorious (3-disc w/Digital Copy)  $22.99

Notorious  $16.99

Frost Nixon  (BR) $26.99

Caprica  $19.99

Hawaii Five-O: Season 6  $34.99

Sin City (BR) $29.99

Dallas: Season 11  $29.99

Freakazoid: Season 2  $19.99

X-Men Trilogy  (BR) $54.99

Wolverine and the X-Men: Heroes Return Trilogy $14.99



TV on DVD Deals



$19.99 Each



Dexter: Season 1

Supernatural: Season 2

JAG: Season 2

American Dad: Season 3

OTHER TV ON DVD deals


Battlestar Galactica: Season 3 $26.99

John Adams  $26.99

Generation Kill  $26.99

Band of Brothers   $31.99

Planet Earth   (DVD) $49.99

Planet Earth   (BR) $62.99