August 2, 2005

DVD Pick of the Week: 8/2

This week's pick was easy to make, what amongst the rather lackluster offerings. This DVD that all of you should make a point of buying or renting is Downfall. It was a nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2004 Oscar ceremonies. It is also one of the best World War II related films I have seen in awhile.

The film is based on the experiences of Traudle Unger during the final days of Adolf Hitler. It follows Hitler and his cronies in his bunker just as everything is falling apart at the end of the War.

It features what is perhaps the strongest performance of Hitler that I have ever scene. Actor Bruno Ganz completely buries himself in the role, you will feel that you are watching Hitler, and not an actor playing Hitler. All of the other performances are also first rate. This is definitely a must see film. It probably should have won that Oscar...

Also coming this week:
  • Alexander: Director's Cut. The original theatrical cut was a huge misfire, a terrible film. This new cut, which excises 18 minutes and adds another 10, intrigues me as to whether it actually makes it better.
  • The Complete Thin Man Collection. I am not familiar with these films, but I am definitely interested in checking them out. Verbal sparring and sleuthing are the order of the day.
  • The Cosby Show: Season 1. To those interested, be aware that these episodes are the edited syndicated versions.
  • Ghostbusters I & II: Giftset. I hadn't been interested in this, that is until I saw the improved transfer quality of both films. That makes it a must for fans.
  • Guess Who. This was entertaining, if rather slight film. It doesn't really delve into the issues as deeply as it could have. Still fun.
  • Over There: Premiere Episode. Surprised to see this so quick. The episode was good, but I think I will watch more and perhaps wait for a season set if it warrants.
  • The X-Files Mythology Vol. 2: Black Oil. These sets are interesting, letting you bypass the stand alones and get right to the meat of the myth. This set presents 15 episodes from seasons 3 through 5. It is also a good way to get a bunch of episodes without shelling out for the sets.

That is all for this week.

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