April 25, 2006

Video TapeWorm Releases Through May 2.

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS:LIVE FROM AUSTIN TEXAS2006; DVD $19.95 each, URThree terrific new offerings from TV’s premier live-music showcase. First “The Sir Douglas Quintet” ... what? You don’t remember “She’s About A Mover?” For shame! A rare treat for early indie rock fans. Next, songwriter Billy Joe Shaver showcases such honky-tonk hits as “I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train” and “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal.” Finally, the incomparable Willie Nelson is in top form for this 1990 performance — and it doesn’t have a clunker in the bunch. All three are highly recommended.ON THE ROCK TRAIL2006; DVD $6.95 each, URThree terrific new offerings from this low-budget rock-bio series featuring rare early performances, many filmed in small clubs around the world. The first focuses on classic David Bowie from his Ziggy Stardust/Aladdin Sane years. The second, “The Rolling Stones,” finds Mick and the boys to be well educated, middle-class lads before becoming the symbol of ’60s rebellion in Europe. And finally, “Queen” is captured in a full-tilt, balls-to-the-wall performance with the incomparable Freddie Mercury at the height of this prowess from a 1975 Christmas concert (rumored to be the first live performance of “Bohemian Rhapsody”).B.T.K. KILLER2005; DVD $26.95, RA quickie, no-budget exploiter from no-budget horror vet Ulli Lommel (“Boogeyman”) based on the true story of the serial killer/father/husband/preacher who bound, tortured and killed women for 30 years in Wichita, Kan.FLIGHT 932006; DVD $19.95, URNot to be confused with “United 93”; this is a no-budget made-for-Fox-TV quickie exploiter about the “fourth plane” of 9/11/01. It crashed into a strip mine outside of Shanksville, Penn., when passengers tried to wrest control from the hijacker. Most of them died. Very well made and disturbing.HOODWINKED2006; VHS Rental/DVD $29.95, PGThe latest animated CGI updating of a classic children’s fairytale (“Little Red Riding Hood”) that fails by confusing hip cultural references and pop voice talent as entertainment (see “Shark Tale”). A pain to sit through, but you’ll buy it anyway.KANNAZUKI NO MIKO, VOL. 1: SOLAR PRIESTESS2006; DVD $39.95, URWhile this is self-rated “16 and up,” it’s more mecha-and-panty shots than the graphic “18 and up” hentai-type animes. The epic tale of an eight-headed demon, returned to claim the Earth and all its souls, and a trio of 16-year-old girls who unwittingly hold the key to saving the universe. A real gem for fans of the genre.LAST HOLIDAY2006; VHS Rental/DVD $29.95, PG-13Queen Latifah has a ball as the shy woman who discovers she only has weeks to live, so she takes out a bank loan to spend her final days living the glamorous life she’s always dreamed of. This is a remake of an Alec Guinness classic from 1950, but holds its own due to the loose, relaxed charm of its star and a fine cast featuring LL Cool J, Timothy Hutton, Alicia Witt and (shudder) Gerard Depardieu.MOTOR HOME MASSACRE2005; DVD $26.95, URA silly, no-budget gorefest about seven young adults on a vacation in a run-down RV. Big Dumb Fun.NATHALIE2003; DVD $29.95, URA delicate and slow, yet unpredictable romantic drama about a woman who hires a beautiful prostitute to seduce her philandering husband so she can keep an eye on him. But when the women develop a relationship, it surprises them both. In French with subtitles.NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: IN THE WOMB2005; DVD $19.95, URPossibly the best NG production ever! Cutting-edge technology takes you into the womb from the moment of conception to witness what can only be termed a nine-month miracle, culminating in the birth of a kicking, screaming, yellow-pooping projectile-vomiter destined to be in the next booth at Jerry’s when we’re trying to sober up. TV at its finest.PLAN B2001; DVD $19.95, RThere have been eight movies with this title since 1997, but this may be the best of the bunch. Diane Keaton plays a mousy bookkeeper who thinks she accidentally killed three mobsters. Her boss promotes her.STEVE HARVEY: DON’T TRIP … HE AIN’T THROUGH WITH ME YET!2006; DVD $19.95, URSteve drops his off-color material and plays it straight in this stand-up performance before a church congregation in the Phillips Arena in Atlanta. Possibly his best video ever.SWARMED2005; DVD $26.95, PG-13Insanely stupid CGI Sci-Fi Channel fodder livened by “Stargate”’s Michael Shanks and leggy former supermodel Carol Alt. Genetically altered super-wasps attack a town’s annual BBQ festival, lead by good-old cowboy sponsor Tim Thomerson. Far more entertaining than their usual efforts.THE FAMILY STONE2005; VHS Rental/DVD $29.95, PG-13Dermot Mulroney and Sarah Jessica Parker head this all-star “Meet the Fockers”-inspired dysfunctional-tribe silliness. With Claire Danes, Diane Keaton, Luke Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Craig T. Nelson. A good date flick; you’ve rented worse.THE OMEGA FACTOR1979; DVD $39.95, URThe complete series, all 10 episodes on three discs, from one of the BBC’s most underrated supernatural dramas. “Dept. 7,” a secret branch of the government, keeps a watchful eye on otherworldly spookie-doin’s interfering with Her Majesty’s subjects.THE WARRIOR2005; DVD $29.95, RA mega-hit in Europe, this is the first video release of this Hindi-language UK/French/German co-production. During the slaughter of a village in the Indian desert, a warrior leader has a mystical encounter with a young girl and drops his sword, vowing to never again take a human life. But his boss has other plans as the man and his son run to escape from his past.WATER1986; DVD $14.95, PG-13A minor and all-but-forgotten comedy about a small Caribbean island under British rule that finds itself in the global spotlight when mineral water is discovered. Michael Caine leads a singular cast including Valerie Perrine, Brenda Vaccaro, Billy Connolly, Dennis Dugan, Jimmie “J.J.” Walker, Dick Shawn and Fred Gwynne.OTHER DVDS OF INTERESTBABY DOLL1956; DVD $19.95, R/URFAT ALBERT AND THE COSBY KIDS, VOL. 3: THE ORIGINAL ANIMATED TV SERIES2005; DVD $19.95, URKENNY ROGERS: LEGEND OF THE GAMBLER1980; DVD $39.95, URKING OF THE HILL: SEASON 62004; DVD $39.95, URNOVA: THE MUMMY WHO WOULD BE KING2006; DVD $19.95, URTHE LONG, LONG TRAILER1954; DVD $14.95, URA more complete listing and free vids at www.videotapeworm.com!