THE WEEK OF APRIL 28th, 2009



JCVD

Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Digital Copy


JCVD
was one of those films that I was never able to see in one sitting. Van Damme seems to be after something rather strange in this flick. Sure, it plays around with his typical trappings. But, you also get a chance to see the action star as artist. The quest for understanding in this film is universal. But, I feel that Van Damme goes about it in a rather stilted way. Sure, I wasn’t expecting Dog Day Afternoon. I just wanted a film that doesn’t fucking collapse when people have to hold a dialogue for longer than two minutes.



THE UNINVITED

Special Features

  • Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Ending

The Uninvited proves that no American can ever successfully adapt Asian Horror. Maybe it’s the lack of radiation, skyscraper sized lizards or soiled panty vending machines that keeps us from understanding real fear. The special features are rather lacking. The big drawing point is the alternate ending that seems to miss the point of everything that went before. But, what do you expect? Give it a rental, if you’re curious.



MARVEL’S X-MEN: VOLUME 1

Special Features

  • Nothing



The X-Men
is a franchise that has turned Marvel a profit since roughly 1975. During the early 90s, the mutant team enjoyed a successful animated hitch on the FOX network. Bouncing between primetime special and Saturday Morning airings provided for a comfortable niche. Eventually, it ran its course. Now, you get to indulge your nostalgic demeanor with two volumes of the cartoon. It’s a healthy mix of the first two seasons with an episode or two from the third season. If you enjoyed Morph, Omega Red or The Phoenix Saga…you’ll have fun here.

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
40) The Iron Horse
41) Watermelon Man
42) The Girl Can’t Help It
43) Diner
44) Rumble Fish
45) Pale Rider
46) High Plains Drifter
47) Lady Snowblood
48) Help
49) The Bank Job

and today’s entry suggested by Renn Brown.






50) The Hudsucker Proxy. (click on box art to buy it at Amazon)

While certainly not forgotten, Hudsucker is rarely listed when rattling
off gems from the Coen Bro’s. It’s not necessarily as broadly appealing
as O Brother, nor is it as batshit wonderfully insane as Lebowski.
Neither as darkly comedic as Fargo, or refined as No Country. Instead,
Hudsucker is an expression of the Coen aesthetic that exists somewhere
nearer the middle, though it’s quality is still high, and their
trademarks still present.



Playing around in a near-Capra universe, unusually little of the Coen
cynicism creeps in. It is present, no doubt! This time around though,
it’s muted and a little more affectionate (kind of Lebowski-esque in
that sense).



Production design takes a front seat in this film, and the Coen’s work
it into their visual landscape wonderfully (see the giant clock face on
the outside of Newman’s window), with great support from the typically
brilliant Deakins.


HERE’S THE LINK TO NOMINATE MORE TITLES.


EVERYTHING ELSE THAT’S AVAILABLE ON DVD

  • Little Dorrit (BBC 2008)
  • Bride Wars
  • The Waltons: The Complete Ninth Season
  • Mission Impossible: The Sixth Season
  • Martyrs: Unrated
  • The Jetsons: The Movie
  • JCVD
  • The Hit: Criterion Collection
  • Johnny Got His Gun
  • The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie
  • While She Was Out
  • Spin City: The Complete Second Season
  • The Perfume of Yvonne
  • Marvel’s X-Men: Volume 1
  • Marvel’s X-Men: Volume 2
  • Frost/Nixon: The Complete Interviews
  • What Doesn’t Kill You
  • Legally Blondes
  • Nothing but the Truth


BLU-RAY: THE DISC THAT WALKS LIKE A MAN

Star Trek The Original Series: The Complete First Season
Bride Wars
The Reader
The Uninvited
Hotel for Dogs
What Doesn’t Kill You
The DaVinci Code: Extended Cut
JCVD



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Hotel for Dogs – $16.99

X-Men Volume 1 or 2 – $17.99

Legally Blondes – $14.99

Hotel for Dogs Giftset – $19.99

The Uninvited – $17.99

Little Dorrit – $29.99

NEW BLU-RAY RELEASES

Bride Wars – $26.99

Hotel for Dogs – $26.99

The Uninvited – $26.99

The Da Vinci Code $26.99  and you get a $5 giftcard



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Hotel for Dogs – $16.99

The Uninvited – $17.99

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The Day the Earth Stood Still – $14.99

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Quantum of Solace – $14.99

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The Uninvited – $27.99

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Role Models – $24.99

Max Payne – $24.99

Quarantine – $24.99

The Day the Earth Stood Still – $24.99

Changeling – $24.99

Austrialia – $24.99

Quantum of Solace $24.99

Star Trek Season 1 $64.99

Twlight $24.99

The DaVinci Code $23.99

BLU-RAY deals

$19.99

I Am Legend

Clockwork Orange

Letters to Iwo Jima

The Fugative

The Departed

The Shining

Pan’s Labyrinth

Bullitt
Miami Vice

$16.99

American History X

$15.99

American Gangster
Casino



TV on DVD Deals



$29.99



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