January 4, 2005

Pick of the Week.

This week is rather sparse in terms of big releases. That made my decision this week simultaneously easy and hard. How can that be? You may ask. Pretty easy, because we are faced with a funny buddy comedy, an epic of Brad Pitt proportions, and a re-release that shouldn't have had to be. If there's one thing I don't like, it's a needless double-dip. You know, a DVD gets released with little or no extras, and then release another version with more extras or a second disk, or something. Now this is mainly for the unannounced variety like this week, not for those that were pre-announced like Lord of the Rings and Hellboy.

Enough of that, let's make a choice. I have decided to go with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: Special Edition. If you couldn't guess, this is the double-dip I spoke of. I chose to overlook it, as the quality of the film is just that good. This film is an incredible tale combining comedy, drama, romance, and science fiction to tell us a story of lost love and a hope for the future. This new edition has a second disk of documentaries and deleted scenes. I hope it is worth the dip, as I may have to go for it.

The best of the rest:
  • Harold and Kumar go to White Castle. Who would have thought this would have been as funny as it was?
  • Millenium: Season 2. Why was this cancelled so soon? A wonderful dark series from the mind of Chris Carter.
  • CSI: Miami: Season 2. A decent series with an accelerated DVD release schedule.
  • Troy. This was decent, if severely flawed action epic. Eric Bana did a good job as Hector, but Brad Pitt was poorly miscast as Achilles.
  • Fraggle Rock: Dance Your Cares Away. Who doesn't like the Fraggles? I just wish they were in seasons and not these single disk releases.
  • Paradise Lost: Live Death. I have never seen these guys live, but their music has a great dark edge to it.

That does it!


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