New, encore and low-price releases on Tuesday, Nov. 19
THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS:
MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATEST FIGHT
2013; $17.98-$19.98; UR
A dramatization of Ali’s Supreme Court battle after refusing to join the Army, claiming conscientious objector status to the Vietnam War. He was ultimately convicted of draft evasion, stripped of his boxing title and banned from the sport … but the tale didn’t end there. Masterful real-life storytelling with Frank Langella, Danny Glover, Barry Levinson and Ed Begley Jr. as justices, along with archive footage of Ali, Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. And you can win your copy FREE courtesy of HBO, LEO and the Video TapeWorm! Just visit videotapeworm.com/video.php to register for one of five free copies. You’re welcome.
THE TWILIGHT ZONE: THE COMPLETE SERIES
1964; $118.98-$169.98; UR
Make no mistake: This is the outstanding, groundbreaking original series, hosted by and largely written by Rod Serling, in its complete 156-episode b&w glory. There have been other collections before, but this one is the best. Why? Simple: It contains ONLY the shows, each remastered from HD sources and well-packed in five bookcase-style binders, all in a cardboard overcase. No expensive and unnecessary “bonuses,” no boring commentaries and no superfluous packaging. It will sit proudly on your video shelf, ready for you to enjoy more than 75 freakin’ hours of perfect television — at about 75 cents an episode! A must-own.
2013; $19.98-$34.98; R
A thinly veiled excuse to hand Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg firearms and let them riff off each other for 109 minutes. It’s awesome! There’s some sort of generic action/crime plot involving Mexican drugs and undercover hijinks, but all that is just window dressing as the two “reluctantly” join forces in order to survive. Near-constant shootings, explosions, car crashes and chases give the two leads plenty of opportunity to bounce screwy lines off each other. What more could you possibly want in a movie? Buy it.
NIGHT OF THE COMET
1984; $24.98-$29.98; PG-13
One of our favorite ’80s movies, now on Blu-ray. Earthlings drunkenly celebrate being in the tale of a comet, only to wake up the next morning either a pile of dust or a zombie. Don’t you hate it when that happens? The two exceptions seem to be a pair of vapid Valley Girl sisters, Catherine Mary Stewart and little Kelli Maroney, who see the calamity as a good excuse to hit the mall. And, no, we’re not making this up. Damn-good silly sci-fi with Mary Woronov as a crazed scientist, Robert Beltran as an Erik Estrada look-alike, and our all-time favorite actor, Geoffrey Lewis. Enjoy.
THE DAY KENNEDY DIED
2013; $14.98; UR
The first of a tidal wave of docs commemorating the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, this one a bit more fact-driven than most thanks to the Smithsonian Channel. We’ve been wading through piles of these things for the past few weeks, and this one is head-and-shoulders the best. Straight forward, factual, a solid journalistic analysis designed to inform the viewer of the facts, the players, the day, its immediate aftermath, and how America was forever changed. Recommended.
THE TO DO LIST
2013; $19.98-$35.98; R
Aubrey “Parks and Rec” Plaza is absolutely smokin’ in this fun, raunchy ode to getting the hell out of high school. She’s a formerly bookish teen, still a virgin, about to head to college, who makes a checklist of every debauched social and sexual misadventure she’s missed out on while hittin’ the books. But this isn’t your basic “American Pie” sex-fantasy (damn!): The script is funny, intelligent, irreverent and clever. With drop-dead gorgeous Rachel Bilson as her party-girl sister, plus Scott Porter, Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Connie Britton and Clark “Agent Coulson” Gregg. We liked it.
THE WORLD’S END
2013; $19.98-$34.98; R
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost — do we really need to go on?! — make apocalyptic magic once again, gathering together three other childhood mates to attempt an epic pub crawl, despite the hastening decrepitude of their aging bodies. Oh yeah: The name of the final pub is “The World’s End.” And, uh, while they’re at it … the world comes to an end. This perfect conclusion to the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy (“Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz”) may be the best of the bunch, with sly digs on Dr. Who, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and “Hitchhiker’s Guide” — topped off by an hilarious and chilling cameo by Pierce Brosnan. A must-own.
VIOLET & DAISY
2011; $26.98-$34.98; R
Alexis “Gilmore Girls” Bledel and Saoirse “Hanna” Ronan — two of the most beautiful and talented young actresses in film today — go shopping in this surprisingly good tale of clueless teen assassins who playfully kill NYC mobsters to raise money for new clothes. But when they face their next target, James Gandolfini, things turn very real. A dark, brutal fable, told with help from Danny Trejo, the great Tatiana “Orphan Black” Maslany and first-time director Geoffrey Fletcher (screenwriter of “Precious”).
WE’RE THE MILLERS
2013; $19.98-$35.98; R
One of the better raunchy comedies of late, thanks in no small part to a cast that includes Jennifer Aniston (in her undies), Will Poulter (with a spider in his pants) and Emma Roberts (pierced and deadly). They pretend to be the perfect all-American family for brainless pot-smuggler Jason Sudeikus, traveling to Mexico to bring back tons of weed in an RV for psychopathic druggie Ed Helms. Doesn’t pretend to be any more than just plain, simple — and damn funny — pratfalls, skewerings and other nicely R-rated mayhem. Embrace it.
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