Issue November 6, 2012

Video TapeWorm

New, encore and low-price releases on Tuesday, Nov. 13

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS:

BRAVE

2012; $19.98-$49.98; PG

We caught this while on a rainy vacation in Ft. Myers, and it saved the whole week! An extremely lively tale of Scottish clans, the nature of society, and one very charming little princess who is determined to plot her own destiny — to hell with tradition! Steeped in animism, every rock and tree guides the feisty young woman, with will-o-the-wisps coaxing her onward … if not always correctly. But this is not the usual Disney schmaltz, there’s a bit of a rough edge and things don’t all turn out as magical as you’d expect. Oh, and about the animation: Whoever created the girl’s curly, flaming locks should get an Oscar. We love this thing!

SCOOBY-DOO WHERE ARE YOU!: COMPLETE SERIES

2012; $89.98; UR

We’re pretty p.o.’d at Warner Bros. right now for their damn lawsuit against video vendors (read a paper, will ya?!), but we won’t let that stop you from learning about this, the entire three-season set of the original “Scooby Doo” series from 1969. And it’s packed in its own Mystery Machine! Eight discs of Scooby-liscious fun.

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2 DAYS IN NEW YORK

2012; $24.98-$29.98; R

Director/star Julie Delpy does a sequel of sorts to her groundbreaking “2 Days in Paris” (2007) culture-shock/rom-com drama. Here she’s “in a relationship” with Chris Rock while trying to launch a gallery show with her family butting in and generally adding unnecessary drama to her life. While it never catches fire like “Paris,” there’s still a lot to like, particularly Rock, who plays things hilariously straight — even when talking to a cardboard cutout of Obama!

COMPANY IN CONCERT

2011; $19.98-$29.98; UR

You might have trouble finding this at the vidstore since the title on the box says “Stephen Sondheim’s Company with the New York Philharmonic,” but under any name it is terrific. One of Sondheim’s best: the musical tale of Bobby, a 35-year-old single guy in NYC, trying to decide if he’s ready to accept love — and all the commitment that comes with it. Beyond just brilliant music, the cast features Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Hendricks, and many more. Recommended.

LAST CALL AT THE OASIS

2011; $26.98-$29.98; PG-13

This is one scary doc. Americans take water for granted, but the rest of the world is in dire straits due to changing climate, ever-increasing population, waste, politics and corporations that deliberately create scarcity to boost their bottom line. And man isn’t the only one about to face a harsh reality as plants and animals are going extinct due to loss of clean water at an ever-increasing rate. You really need to see this doc. Now!

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA

1962; $18.98-$95.98; PG

It’s hard to believe, but this is the first-ever Blu-ray release of one of the world’s greatest — and most visually stunning — movies. Peter O’Toole becomes T.E. Lawrence, true-life writer, adventurer, hero, scoundrel and Everyman, fighting for his life and his king in a land of stark, savage beauty — and for two-and-a-half magical hours, your only reality will be at his side. Also available in a 50th Anniversary four-disc Collector’s Edition; you simply must own a copy of this film!

LUKEWARM

2012; $24.98-$27.98; UR

There’s a volcano somewhere spewing out 100 Christian vid-dramas every week — all of them having the same plot. (You can thank us now for not mentioning it before.) But this one is a little different, with Jeremy Jones as the young man having a faith-based problem thanks to the actions of his dad, John Schneider. What caught our eye was that the cast included Jenna von Oÿ, who played “Six,” Mayim Bialik’s loyal gal-pal in the old “Blossom” series back in the early ’90s.

PAINTED SKIN: THE RESURRECTION

2012; $14.98-$29.98; UR

Wow, what an experience! An ancient fox spirit is freed from an icy prison, free to consume the hearts of humans. But if a human offers her their heart freely, she will become human herself. Meanwhile, a disfigured princess (stunning Wei Zhao) flees, seeking the love of her former protector, the warrior whose failure led to her disfigurement. This is classic Chinese fantasy at its very best. The live-action is breathtakingly beautiful, with the mythic creatures animated in a deliberately crude style so as to not distract from the humanity of the story. Like we said: Wow.

SAVAGES

2012; $19.98-$34.98; R

An absolutely kick-ass flick from Oliver Stone. Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are solid, good-natured businessmen who just happen to sell weed. They also peacefully share a girlfriend: smokin’-hot Blake Lively! Nice. And everything was right with the world until the Mexican Baja Cartel strolled into town to take over their business — led by Salma Hayek and Benicio Del Toro! As wonderfully over the top as you’d expect from the guy who made “Natural Born Killers.” Recommended.

THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW: THE COMPLETE SERIES

1966; $299.98-$349.98; UR

Simply put: The greatest sitcom in TV history. With Van Dyke at his rubber-legged best, the show presented suburbia as a place of humor, sophistication and charm. The entire cast was pure Bortsch Belt perfection, and Mary Tyler Moore … what can we say? She was our first love, and remains the standard by which all wives should be measured. Just buy it.

THE WATCH

2012; $19.98-$39.98; R

Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade star as a comic, self-appointed, potty-mouthed neighborhood watch committee that discovers that their little cul-de-sac is ground zero for an alien invasion. Lots of expensive CGI effects and the presence of Doug Jones as the head alien who doesn’t understand Earth humor and literally thinks with his penis carry this along, while the camera-mugging stars compete to see who can be more gross. Nicely over the top.

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