September 20, 2005

DVD Pick of the Week: 9/20

Some good stuff coming out this week. The one that stands above the rest of the pack is Battlestar Galactica: Season One. It's been awhile since a television show topped my picks, much less something where English was the original language! I promise you, it is worthy of this honor, and definitely worthy of your time.

I remember in 2003 when new Battlestar Galactica hit the screens of the Sci-Fi Channel in the form of a mini-series. There were a lot of questions about whether it would be any good, not to mention the different take on a number of key characters. Much to my surprise, it was pretty good. Turned out to be good enough to spawn a new series in 2004. The series turned out ot be fantastic. It continues to be fantastic now halfway through its second season.

The show has some very good effects, very good sets, complex characters, fantastic writing, and is one of the best science fiction shows on television. This is easily a no brainer. Get it, buy it, rent it, it doesn't matter, just see it!

Also coming this week:
  • The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D. I'm not terribly interested in it, but the kids sort of liked it. Robert Rodriguez continues his lover affair with 3D kids movies.
  • Anthrax: Alive 2. The newly reunited Anthrax recorded this show earlier this year. Looking forward to seeing this.
  • Anthrax: Anthology: No Hit Wonders. In addition to the concert, this is a collection of all the classic era videos.
  • Born into Brothels. Last year's Documentary Oscar winner really is a winner. It is wonderful uplifting tale.
  • Desperate Housewives: The Complete First Season. The phenomenon comes to your DVD player.
  • Don't be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood: Unrated Miramax Collector's Edition. Possibly the longest title I've typed in one of these columns. Never seen the movie.
  • Flesh for Frankenstein. Previously released by Criterion, this gets a bit more cost effective release.
  • From the Earth to the Moon: Signature Edition. New edition adds some extras and remasters the video.
  • Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2nd Gig. The second season of this anime series.
  • Inside Deep Throat. A look inside the most famous of adult films.
  • The Longest Yard. The remake of the 70's Burt Reynolds film is actually pretty good. Sandler and Rock work well together.
  • Mallrats: 10th Anniversary Extended Edition. Looking forward to this. View Askew disks are always good, plus there is the fabled longer cut.
  • Mindhunters. Not terribly good, but a helluva lot of fun. Worth at least a rental.
  • Scary Movie 3.5: Special Unrated Version. Is this really necessary? It stunk the first time around.
  • Turtles Can Fly. This was a very good film about a group of orphans on the Iraqi border.

That's it for this week!


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