Welcome to another Special Edition. We’ve got quite a few titles to look at this week, so let’s get right to it.



Director Clint Eastwood was nominated for Best Director and Best Picture at this year’s Oscars. He won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Picture as well. All these accolades were for his movie Letters from Iwo Jima. This is the movie that compliments Letters. Where Iwo Jima shows the story from the Japanese point of view, Flags shows the story from the U.S. troop’s point of view. It bombed at the box office and was critically panned. The movie looks great, as you would expect when Eastwood directs the camera. However, the story is quite choppy and not really as interesting as it should have been. To celebrate the release of the movie, we get a disc with absolutely no extras. You know what this means: when Letters from Iwo Jima is released, expect another release of this movie in a better edition. Or maybe they’ll release a two pack, with both movies for one low price. Either way, this is a DVD that pretty much screams double dip.

Extras Include:

  • Nothing



Most people didn’t know there were two Superman movies out last year. Those who read this site know all too well about the better movie of the two, Hollywoodland. The movie examines the apparent suicide of George Reeves, the man who played Superman in the 1950’s television series. The death was highly questionable as police investigations ruled the death a suicide, but many people close to Reeves questioned this. This movie casts Adrian Brody as Louis Simo, a down on his luck detective investigating the death of Reeves at the behest of Reeve’s own mother. Golden Globe nominee Ben Affleck plays Reeves, and does a great job in the role as an actor who was typecast and finds no one takes him seriously as a leading man anymore. Affleck is so compelling in this role that anytime the story moves back to Brody you just want it to hurry up and find its way back to Affleck. The movie is beautifully shot by television director Allen Coulter (The Sopranos). The disc comes with a few featurettes and commentary by the director and should find itself at the top of your list when movie shopping this week.

Extras Include:

  • Audio Commentary by Director Allen Coulter
  • “Recreating Old Hollywood” Featurette
  • “Behind the Headlines” Featurette
  • “Hollywood Then and Now” Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes



Running With Scissors was originally a 1992 memoir written by Augusten Burroughs. It tells of Burroughs’ childhood where he is sent to live with his mother’s psychiatrist, Dr. Finch, after his parents separate and his mother comes out as a lesbian. The book tells of a pretty tramatic childhood filled with sexual preditors, dirty living conditions and the complete absence of rules. The book led to lawsuits where Burroughs and his publishers were sued to defemation of character and fabrications of the families actual lives. It is a case where the publicity surrounding the storie’s authenticity overshadows anything actually in the book. You could call it a minor case of the “Million Little Pieces” fiasco. The movie, directed by Ryan Murphy, casts Joseph Cross as Burroughs and features an all-star cast including Annette Bening, Gwyneth Paltrow, Brian Cox, Alec Baldwin, Joseph Fiennes and Evan Rachel Wood. Devin hated the movie (see his review here) and when I say he hated it, I mean he said: let me plainly state that Running With Scissors sucks. Here is your chance to check it out and make that decision for yourself.

Extras Include:

  • 2.40:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English, Portuguese and Spanish DD5.1 Surround
  • French Dolby Surround
  • Inside Outsiders featurette
  • A Story by Augusten Burroughs featurette
  • Creating the Cuckoo’s Nest featurette



This is a movie I have been excited to get my hands on. Michel Gondry is a different kind of individual. He took a brilliant script by Charlie Kauffman and turned it into a weak and uneven movie with Human Nature. Then he turned around and directed the brilliant Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, using a Kauffman script that I still think would be impossible for most film directors today to handle. He followed that up with Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, which could have been a disaster but proved to be extremely entertaining. However, this time Gondry wore the shoes as writer and director. With the two Kauffman movies, as well as his short stuff and music videos being extremely strange and disorienting, I figured the actual quality of this movie would be a crap shoot. Would it be a mess like Human Nature or a brilliant piece of cinema like Eternal Sunshine? The movie got favorable reviews and might be three quality movies in a row from Gondry, as he attempts to cement his status as a director to keep your eyes on.

Extras Include:

  • Commentary by writer/director Michel Gondry and the films stars
  • The Making of The Science of Sleep
  • Featurette on Lauri Faggioni, Creator of Animals and Accessories
  • Linda Serbu “Rescue Me” Music Video
  • And More.



From 1983 comes the release of the Eddie Murphy comedy act, Delirious. Murphy, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at this year’s Academy Awards, shows us what made him so great before his watered down career tail-spin. Forget what you know about Murphy. Forget the fat suits, the talking bears and his desire to play every role in every movie he makes. Definitely forget about the upcoming Norbit. Let’s go back to a time when he was still considered cutting edge and entertaining. This special includes very classic skits, including the ice cream truck skit that thirty years later, I can still recite. The fart in the bathtub game. The famous “gay” Mr. T imitation. These are all things I can remember with clarity even though I have not seen the act since the early 90s. Well, that all changes this week as they finally release the show on DVD. Forget Pluto Nash and Daddy Daycare. This is the DVD that really shows how great Eddie Murphy could have been.

Extras Include:

  • 10 Minutes of Never-Before-Seen Footage
  • New Eddie Murphy Interview



This is a movie that took me a while to discover. I loved Moulin Rouge!, but it took me a while to catch Baz Luhrmann’s previous effort. There was a time that I just wasn’t interested in a Shakespeare movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Well, one day my wife forced me to sit down and watch the movie. That’s all it took. Luhrmann took the Shakespeare story and transported it to current day in the modern suburb of Verona. All the dialogue is kept the same as the original play, though. A lot of people complain about the “punk” style of the movie, but they don’t appreciate great filmmaking. DiCaprio is great in his role as Romeo and we also get great performances from John Leguizamo and Harold Perrineau. Baz Luhrmann directed a brilliant movie here that is simply stunning. This edition is dedicated to the music of the movie with special features focusing on the score and songs from the movie. This looks to be a great double dip of the DVD with three different commentary tracks and four featurettes.

Extras Include:

  • Commentary by Director Baz Luhrmann
  • Commentary by Film Score Orchestrator and Co-Composer Craig Armstrong
  • Commentary by Film Score Music Programmer and Co-Composer Marius DeVries
  • The London Music Mix featurette
  • Journey of The Song: Young Hearts Run Free featurette
  • Journey of the Song: Everybody’s Free featurette
  • Journey of the Song: Temp Music featurette
  • Music Machine – Juke Box function that jumps to your favorite songs


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The Grudge was one of the worst movies I have ever had the displeasure to sit through. It was boring, not scary, confusing and I hated every minute of it. This sequel is set two years after the events of that film. Since the first movie was such a jumbled piece of crap, I don’t plan on giving this one much of a chance. Just to keep you up to speed, the film follows three main storylines. Joan of Arcadia comes to Japan for her sister, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, who somehow survived the first one. The other two storylines follows three schoolgirls in Japan, and an American family in Chicago. I have heard it is much like Pulp Fiction, where all the stories end up tying together by the end. I assume that is where the similarities die. The movie is offered in both the Unrated Director’s Cut and the regular version. The special features include a feature called “Tales from the Grudge,” which is introduced by producer Sam Raimi. What I’d like to see is a featurette where Raimi tells us why someone who was so influential in the creativity of horror films would produce crap like this.

Extras Include:

  • “East Meets West” Featurette
  • “Grudge 2: Storyline Development” Featurette
  • “Ready When You Are, Mr. Shimizu” Featurette
  • “Holding a Grudge: Kayako & Toshio” Featurette (Unrated Only)
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Tales from the Grudge with Introduction from Sam Raimi (Unrated Only)
  • Cast & Crew Reel Change Montage



I loved Hellboy. I am a person who had never picked up a comic based on the character and know very little about the history of the character, but still loved every minute of the first film. Nick reported this week that Guillermo Del Toro is currently in London preparing the Hellboy sequel. For that, I can’t wait. The character was so fun, portrayed by Ron Pearlman in a way that no one else could have pulled off. To tide me over until that sequel is released is this animated movie, Sword of Storms. In the film, a cursed sword sends Hellboy to a supernatural dimension of ghosts, monsters and feudal mayhem. The movie sounds pretty cool, and Nick was offering free DVDs last week (see Nick’s column here). The best thing about the movie is that they have brought in the movie’s cast to supply the voices, including Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones and John Hurt. Check this one out.

Extras Include:

  • To Hell and Back – How Mike Mignola created Hellboy
  • A New Breed – creating the New Hellboy
  • Conquering Hellboy – the actor’s role
  • A View From the Top – the “Heads” sequence
  • Keepers of Hellboy – a comic can 2006 panel discussion
  • Audio commentary featuring Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, supervising producer/director Tad Stones and director Phil Weinstein
  • Hellboy Goes East: A revealing look at many of the inspirations, back stories and secrets of Hellboy: Sword of Storms
  • Spanish language track
  • DVD Rom: Weblinks, storyboards and more



This week also is the host of many other DVD releases, from cheap hoRror films, to independant features to the release of Universal’s new Cinema Classics line, which includes such classic greats as Arabian Nights and All Quiet on the Weatern Front. Oh yeah, and Eric Roberts graces our DVD checklist as well this week. Check these out:

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In his review of Oliver Stone’s Alexander, Devin said that this was the first of Stone’s movies where it seems like what he’s reflecting is some former glory. He said the film deserved to be seen, discussed and studied, but it was among the director’s worst films (read his entire review here). While the film was watered down Oliver Stone, it was not exactly what the director intended it to be. Well, on February 27, we will see the film exactly as Stone wanted it to be seen. Alexander Revisited: The Final Cut will be released with more than 45 minutes of never-before-seen footage in an unrated edition. What is added here? Read on.

Alexander Revisited takes a bolder, more in-depth look at Alexander’s (Colin Farrell) life and his relationships with his mother, Olympias (Angelina Jolie), his father Philip (Val Kilmer), his lifelong friend and battle commander Hephaistion (Jared Leto), Roxane, his ambitious and beautiful Bactrian wife (Rosario Dawson), and his trusted general and confidant Ptolemy (Anthony Hopkins). The new film intensifies the beauty and unbelievable brutality of Alexander’s pre-Christian world of social customs and morals so different from today’s. The superb cast also boasts Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and many more.

Containing an introduction by Oliver Stone, the title will sell for $24.98 SRP. HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc versions will be released later in the year.

[Ian note: CHUD will have a DVD review of this beast soon.]



Blood Diamond’s official release date has been announced. The film will be available in a single disc edition as well as a double-disc special edition on March 20. The only extra on the single-disc will be a commentary with Director Edward Zwick. The two-disc special edition will include that, along with a Becoming Archer featurette that looks at how Leonardo DiCaprio trained for war, a Journalism on the Front Line featurette with Jennifer Connelly, an Inside the Siege of Freetown featurette that looks at how director Ed Zwick tackled the pivotal scene, and music video "Shine On Em" by rap artist Nas.



They have announced the April Criterion releases and the one that really sticks out the most to me is La Haine (Hate). Director Mathieu Kassovitz delivers a powerful thriller which explores themes of racism, violence and disaffected youth in modern suburban Paris. When a man is beaten up by police and ends up in a coma, his three friends, Vinz (Vincent Cassel), Hubert (Hubert Koundé) and Sayïd (Saïd Taghmaoui) must decide how they will handle the unjust situation. Kassovitz won the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1996 and the movie was nominated for the Palme d’Or. The film also picked up the César Award for Best Picture. Finally released in the U.S., the Criterion Collection release will include a new, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by Kassovitz, a new English-language audio commentary by Kassovitz, a video introduction by Jodie Foster, Ten Years of "La haine," a new documentary that brings together key cast and crew a decade after the film’s landmark release, a new video featurette on the film’s banlieue setting, including interviews with sociologists Sophie Body-Gendrot, Jeffrey Fagan, and William Kornblum, a short 2005 documentary about the film’s Chanteloup-les-Vignes banlieue location, a short 2005 documentary about the film’s Chanteloup-les-Vignes banlieue location, behind-the-scenes footage shot during the film’s production, deleted and extended scenes, each featuring a new video afterword by Kassovitz and a stills gallery of behind-the-scenes photos, theatrical trailers, a new essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau and an appreciation by acclaimed filmmaker Costa-Gavras. It will be released on April 17 with an MSRP of $39.95



Universal Studios Home Video has announced the DVD release of Fletch: The Jane Doe Edition for May 01. The 1985 movie starring Chevy Chase has been out of print for awhile, but soon you will be able to see the masterpiece again, and just in time for the re-boot of the franchise as production prepares to begin with Zach Braff taking over the role from Chase. The DVD will include a few featurettes including Just Charge It to the Underhills: Making and Remembering Fletch, From John Cocktoaston To Harry S. Truman: The Disguises, Favorite Fletch Moments as well as the theatrical trailer. All this and the MSRP is only $19.98.



The Grudge 2: Unrated Director’s Cut Exclusive Best Buy 2-Disc Set – $22.99 (with 10 special webisodes and more all in a steelbook™ case)
The Grudge 2: Unrated Director’s Cut – $16.99
Cinderella III: A Twist in Time – $17.99 (Save $5 instantly on any Disney DVD with purchase)
Cinderella: Special Edition – $17.99
Hellboy: Sword of Storms – $16.99 (Bonus Hellboy Figurines included – limit 10 per store)
Flags of Our Fathers – $16.99
The Science of Sleep – $16.99
Flicka – $19.99 (get three free song purchases from The Best Buy Digital Music Store when purchased)
Hollywoodland – $19.99
Running With Scissors – $19.99
National Lampoon’s TV: The Movie – $19.99
Eddie Murphy: Delirious – $12.99
The Complete Ben: Season One – $12.99
Dragon Ball Z: Season One – $29.99
Charmed: The Complete Seventh Season – $32.99
Charmed: Seasons One through Six – $19.99 each
Romeo & Juliet – The Music Edition – $14.99

$4.99 DVDs: Must Love Dogs, Spanglish, Notting Hill, Love Actually, Hitch, The Wedding Date, The Italian Job, Big Lebowski, Troy, Team America, Jerry Maguire, You’ve Got Mail, A Walk to Remember, Ocean’s Eleven, I am Sam, Wedding Singer, Starsky and Hutch, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Dirty Dancing: Ultimate Edition, Along Came Polly, Meet Joe Black, Meet the Fockers, Varsity Blues, Miss Congeniality, Pretty in Pink: Everything’s Duckie Edition, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Ghost, The Last Samurai, Lost in Translation, Training Day, Any Given Sunday, Secretary, American Psycho

$6.99 DVDs: Dodgeball: Unrated, Fight Club, Fun with Dick and Jane, Memoirs of a Geisha, RENT, Office Space, Man on Fire, Kingdom of Heaven, Four Brothers, She’s the Man, Titanic, Waiting, SAW II: Special Edition, Reservoir Dogs: 15th Anniversary Edition, Van Wilder, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, Mission Impossible: Special Edition, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Failure to Launch, Nacho Libre, The Omen


Flags of Our Fathers – $19.99
Flicka – $17.99
Running With Scissors – $16.99
Cinderella III: A Twist in Time – $19.99 (get a free collectable light-up pin)
The Grudge 2 – $19.99
Hollywoodland – $19.99
Charmed: The Complete Seventh Season – $39.99 (free $5 Target gift card with purchase)
Sex and the City: Every Season – $19.99 each
Hellboy: Sword of Storms – $13.99
The Science of Sleep – $19.59
Eddie Murphy: Delirious – $12.99
Romeo & Juliet – The Music Edition – $14.99


The Grudge 2 (Unrated Director’s Cut) – $14.99
Hellboy: Sword of Storms – $14.99
Flags of Our Fathers – $14.99
Cinderella III: A Twist in Time – $16.99
Cinderella: Special Edition – $16.99
Eddie Murphy: Delirious – $12.99
Flicka – $19.99
Hollywoodland – $19.99
Running With Scissors – $19.99
Trust the Man – $19.99
National Lampoon’s TV: The Movie – $17.99
Charmed: The Complete Seventh Season – $32.99 (Exclusive $5 Circuit City Gift Card with purchase)
The Grudge – $9.99
Hostel – $9.99

$9.99 DVDs: The Lake House, Friends with Money, Gone with the Wind, Just Like Heaven, Rumor Has It, An Unfinished Life, She’s the Man, The 40-Year Old Virgin, Something New, Wedding Crashers, The Family Stone, Braveheart, The Notebook, Sweet Home Alabama, Tristan + Isolde, Shrek, Shrek 2, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, Pride & Prejudice, Pretty Woman, Chocolat, Yours, Mine & Ours, Sixteen Candles, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Chasing Amy, Beaches, Casanova, Legally Blonde/Legally Blonde 2, Walk the Line, Shopgirl, Date Movie, Titanic, Match Point, Grease, Failure to Launch, The Perfect Man

$4.99 DVDs: Oceans Eleven, Bridges of Madison County, Something’s Gotta Give, Runaway Bride, Kiss the Girls, Love Don’t Mean a Thing, Heaven Can Wait, The American President, A Walk to Remember, The Saint, Mr. Deeds, Forever Young, Big Easy, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Big Bounce, City of Angels, Hope Floats, Before the Sunset, Primal Fear, Blast from the Past, The Rules of Attraction, Assassins, Double Jeopardy, An Officer and a Gentleman, Working Girl


Flags of Our Fathers – $17.87
Flicka – $17.88
Running With Scissors – $19.96
Cinderella III: A Twist in Time – $19.88
The Grudge 2 – $19.87
Hollywoodland – $18.87
Charmed: The Complete Seventh Season – $32.88
Hellboy: Sword of Storms – $16.98
The Science of Sleep – $19.87
Eddie Murphy: Delirious – $14.87
Romeo & Juliet – The Music Edition – $16.98


Flags of Our Fathers – $16.99
Hollywoodland – $18.99
Hollywoodland (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD) – $27.95
Eddie Murphy – Delirious – $12.99
Running With Scissors – $17.99
The Science of Sleep – $16.99
Hellboy – Sword of Storms – $12.99
Romeo & Juliet – The Music Edition – $14.99
The Grudge 2 (Unrated Director’s Cut) – $18.99
Cinderella III – A Twist in Time – $17.99
Flicka – $17.99
A Summer Place – $13.99
Charmed – The Complete Seventh Season – $32.48
Mad About You – The Complete Third Season – $27.99
Ben 10 – The Complete Season 1 – $12.99
The Heiress (Universal Cinema Classics) – $11.19
All Quiet on the Western Front (Universal Cinema Classics) – $11.19
Going My Way (Universal Cinema Classics) – $11.19
Arabian Nights (Universal Cinema Classics) – $11.19
Crossing Delancey – $13.99
Teen Titans – Trouble in Tokyo (Original Movie) – $13.99
Here Comes Mr. Jordan – $13.99
2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl – Boise State Broncos vs. Oklahoma Sooners – $22.49
Joseph Campbell – The Hero’s Journey – $14.99
Trust the Man – $20.99
Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles – $20.99
Shinobi – Heart Under Blade – $16.99
Incubus (Unrated Edition) – $16.99
James Bond Ultimate Edition Boxed Sets Bundle – $179.99



Hi Shawn,

I do not know if you have chosen to omit the "highlighting the best prices" feature in the Bargain Bin as a design choice, but I would like to stand up & say I believe it will be sorely missed. This column has been a great resource for the frugal DVD purchaser for awhile now and making it harder to use for that function may lose your column some interest. That’s my two cents, I know I always loved that part.

P.S. Doesn’t "Gymkata" come out this week? (Jan 30th)

Mike M.

GYMKATA !!!Mike,

Starting with this column, I will submit all prices with the lowest price highlighted in a different color. As for Gymkata, I apologize for the omission. One week too late, here is the down low for the long awaited release of Gymkata. The story here is that the U.S. decided the perfect location for one of its new “Star Wars” missile defense stations is the country of Parmistan. The only way they can build it there is if they win a deadly “game.” where competitors must complete. The U.S. calls on champion gymnast Johnathan Cabot to win the game. Cabot must combine his gymnastics skills of the west with fighting secrets of the east and form GYMKATA! The DVD comes with nothing but the trailer. MSRP is $19.97.

Hey Shawn,

If I had ONE request on the column, it would be this: cover all of the ‘Big Four’ retailers.

Any fan of DVD’s has got to note that the Big 4 each have a smattering of ‘Exclusives’ attached to a new release almost every week. Certain times of the year it IS every week.

It had been decided by your predecessor to not cover Walmart exclusives, I was told in response to the ‘Planet of the Apes’ incident last year. I would respectfully submit that omitting Walmart is not helping DVD collectors. Unless that is a directive Coming-Down-From-On-High, I’d urge you to consider putting them back into the lineup at the end of the column.

Oh, and if exclusives in the price list could have a different font color, it’d be easier to pick them out. Just a quibble.

Best Wishes on the column.

Andrew Allen
Brooklyn Park, MN


Thanks for writing. This column includes the prices from Wal-Mart as well. I know a lot of people don’t care for the “evil” Wal-Mart, but that is where you will find some of the best deals on newer DVDs. I shop at Wal-Mart, so no reason to leave it out of this column. However, you will notice that the discounts I found are minimal and not representative of what you would find at your local Wal-Mart. There was no circular for Wal-Mart in my local papers, and I can not find a circular online that advertises movie prices. I gave you what I could find.

Shawn -

Have you or any CHUD affiliates heard about a release date for the From Beyond DVD announced last year? My pineal gland demands stimulation.


JJ Fancybeers


I know nothing about the release of this DVD. I know last year it was announced that the World Premiere of the restored “Director’s Cut” aired June 10, 2006 on Monsters HD in advance of the DVD debut (news story here). It is one year later and there is still no word on the release of the DVD. The movie has been announced to be released since 2005, so I have no idea why it has been delayed this long or when it will ever be released. However, this might wet your whistle. On March 20, we get the re-release of Re-animator. It will be a limited 50,000 copy run, so if you don’t pre-order it, you might not get it. Here is what you can expect:

  • Brand-new remastered transfer, approved by director Stuart Gordon
  • Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1), enhanced by 16×9 televisions
  • Remastered Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 sound
  • Audio Commentary with Director Stuart Gordon
  • Audio Commentary with Producer Brian Yuzna and Actors Bruce Abbott, Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton and Robert Sampson
  • All-New 70-minute featurette: “Re-Animator Resurrectus” featuring interviews with Director Stuart Gordon, Producer Brian Yuzna, Writer Dennis Paoli, Composer Richard Band and Fangoria Magazine editor Tony Timpone, Actors Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon and Robert Sampson
  • Music Discussion with Composer Richard Band
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Theatrical trailer
  • TV Spots
  • New Production Stills from Brian Yuzna’s private collection
  • New Behind-The-Scenes, Posters & Advertising, Storyboard and Fun-On-The-Set galleries
  • Stuart Gordon Bio
  • Screenplay (DVD-ROM)
  • “Herbert West, Reanimator” by H.P. Lovecraft (DVD-ROM)
  • Re-Animator green pen


Well, thanks for reading and I hope you found a few titles you plan on picking up this week. Remember to click on the movies above if you’re gonna get it from Amazon, so you can help out the site a little bit. Next week we’ve got a light week, but a major one as we get the anticipated release of the Criterion Edition of Bicycle Thieves, Oscar nominated Ryan Gosling’s Half Nelson and the release of the Martin Scorsese masterpiece The Departed. Keep the e-mails coming (Chud1@starvingdogs.biz) and I’ll see ya then.