Issue May 27, 2008

Video Tapeworm: Releases Through June 3

THIS
WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS

DIRTY
HARRY ULTIMATE COLLECTOR’S EDITION

1971;
$74.95-$129.95, R

Do
ya feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk? Well, you would if you owned one of
these terrific boxed sets containing all five Clint Eastwood “Dirty
Harry” Callahan films — “Dirty Harry,” “Magnum Force,”
“Sudden Impact,” “The Dead Pool” and “The Enforcer” —
plus the greatest bunch of docs, commentaries and bonus crap we’ve
ever seen! Includes a 40-page hardcover book, a wallet with an
inspector’s badge and ID card, posters, trading cards and much
more. Go ahead, make your day — go get this now!

DOCTOR
WHO MEGASET 1

2008;
$499.95, UR

Halleh-freakin-lu-yah!
We’ve been praying for a complete set of Tom Baker Dr. Who’s for
years, and this is as close as it has come so far. Twenty-seven
episodes on 41 discs, including the very early “Dalek Invasion of
Earth,” the excellent “Horror of Fang Rock” and, our favorite
episode, “Talons of Weng-Chiang.” Also contains all of the
multi-doctor special adventures and key episodes of both the Daleks
and the Cybermen. Shop locally for the best price and a complete
litany of contents and special features. Thank you, God!


FLAWLESS

2008;
$26.95, PG-13

Why
this wasn’t one of the biggest movies of the past year is beyond
us: A Hitchcockian crime drama with lowly Cockney janitor Michael
Caine seducing disgruntled diamond exec Demi Moore into a jewel heist
in early ’60s London. No explosions or car chases, just a damn
good, rock-solid drama about people you come to care about.

JEKYLL
AND HYDE … TOGETHER AGAIN

1982;
$14.95, R

Possibly
the worst movie of the ’80s — can you even imagine what that
means? — but we still love this over-the-top comic outing by
wild-eyed Mark Blankfield as the gentle Dr. Jekyll/party-crazed Hyde,
with help from Bess Armstrong and Krista Errickson as the girl with
the “foreign object” stuck in her “V-A-G-I-N-A.” Oh, yeah!
Now, you remember! We must have seen this 1,000 times. A few
soundtrack changes since the original, but still a must-own.

MAMA’S
BOY

2007;
$27.95, PG-13

Jeff
Daniels, Anna Faris, Jon Heder, Diane Keaton, Chris Kerner and Rue
McClanahan … we’ve already wasted too much time. Just plain
sucks. Next.

MANNIX:
THE FIRST SEASON

1967;
$49.95, UR

Mike
Connors was outstanding in this cool, exciting and sexy detective
show from back in the day. More realistic than today’s crop of
bloody shootouts and exploding cars, this was intelligent TV that
excited on both a mental and physical plane. Now available on DVD for
the first time: six discs with all 24, one-hour episodes co-starring
Joseph Campanella, that killer theme song and enough bonus goodies to
fill the trunk of Joe Mannix’s silver Olds Toronado roadster
(custom designed by George Barris, of course).

MEET
THE SPARTANS

2008;
$29.95-39.95, PG-13

Latest
in the “quickie blockbuster movie spoof” genre, this one taking
on “300,” “Ghost Rider,” “Rocky Balboa,”
“Transformers,” Paris Hilton and at least 300 other targets.
Diedrich Bader, Kevin Sorbo and Method Man lead the cast.

SEMI-PRO

2008;
$28.95-$39.95, R

Will
Ferrell’s latest. We’re not big fans of the guy, but we kinda
liked this cockeyed look back at the ’70s and the frantic,
do-anything-for-attention ABA. Costars Woody Harrelson, Andre
Benjamin and Will Arnett.

STUMP
THE BAND

2006;
$19.95, UR

A
completely unredeemable no-budget comic/horror mashup of punk music,
nasty babes and axe-wielding, foot-collecting deviates in the
backwoods of Wisconsin. May be hard to find, but worth every
gut-busting moment.

SURVIVING
EDEN

2004;
$19.95, UR

This
fun little no-budget comedy has been around awhile, but keeps popping
up as reality TV continues to infect the land. A documentary film
crew follows a game-show winner to see what effect wealth and
exposure has on his life. Prescient and priceless with Michael Panes,
Cheri Oteri, Peter Dinklage and a host of TV faces.

THE
ANDROMEDA STRAIN MINISERIES

2008;
$26.95, UR

We
liked this surprisingly solid — if largely ignored — mini based
on Michael Crichton’s seminal novel. Benjamin Bratt plays the
central doctor fighting off a deadly, mutating infection from outer
space. Worth checking out; about 21?2 hours on two discs.

THE
EYE

2008;
$29.95-$39.95, PG-13

Aaaah,
Jessica Alba … do we need to go on? OK, heaven-sent Jessie stars as
a blind woman who receives an ocular transplant, only to find it
comes with ghostly images and otherworldly terrors. An Americanized
remake of the far scarier HK import “Gin-Gwai,” it nonetheless
produces enough thrills for its PG-13 target audience. A good date
flick.

THE
ONION MOVIE

2008;
$26.95, UR

We
wish that we could say this is the movie we’ve all been wanting —
a slam-bang satire of over-the-top foolishness riffing on American
news culture — but, alas, it’s just not up to its dead-tree
namesake. Long-time Onion editors Robert Siegel and Todd Hanson have
perfected print spoof-journalism, but they don’t have a clue how to
plot a movie. Don’t get us wrong: There are some excellent gags and
side-splitting moments, but on the whole, it just didn’t live up to
our high expectations. Worth checking out, just don’t get your
hopes up.

TWISTED:
A BALLOONAMENTARY

2007;
$24.95, UR

An
astounding PBS doc on … wait for it … balloon animals! Simply
magic as it follows the history, uses and competitive industry of
twisting balloons for fun and profit (one woman uses them to get out
of her trailer park and go to med school). Includes an animated
segment by Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” that simply HAS to be
seen.

VINCE
VAUGHN’S WILD WEST COMEDY SHOW

2008;
$27.95-$28.95, R

Vince
Vaughn and four standup comics do their own “Blue Collar Comedy
Tour.”

Other
DVDs of Interest

AMERICAN
CRUDE

2007;
$24.95, R

CHIPS:
THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON

1977;
$39.95, UR

CONTROL

2007;
$28.95, R

DANTE’S
COVE: SEASON 3

2008;
$29.95, UR

FLAVOR
OF LOVE: SEASON 3

2008;
$34.95, UR

RESCUE
ME: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON

2007;
$49.95, UR

THE
RECRUIT

2003;
$34.95, PG-13

THE
THREE STOOGES: CLASSIC SHORTS & SWING PARADE

2008;
$14.95, UR

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