Jun 30, 2006

Upcoming DVD releases July 4th and 11th

Since July 4th will provide us with very little in terms of crime DVDs, we are going to take a look at the next couple of weeks.
July 4th

Charlie’s Angels Season 3
Six-disc set featuring 24 episodes. $49.95
What to say? Ladies stop bad guys and look lovely while doing it. Season three was the last with Kate Jackson. Farah Fawcett Majors returns for three episodes. Season three had guest appearances by Jamie Lee Curtis, Robert Urich, Dean Martin, Scatman Crothers (Loved him in Scavenger Hunt!) and Casey Kasem.
July 11
Basic Instinct 2
(2006) Dir.: Michael Caton-Jones; Sharon Stone, David Morrissey, Charlotte Rampling, David Thewlis, Hugh Dancy. Rated and unrated editions. Extras: Unrated: Commentary by Caton-Jones, deleted scenes, "Between the Sheets: A Look Inside the Making of Basic Instinct 2," bonus footage. R-rated: Commentary by Caton-Jones, "Between the Sheets: A Look
Inside the Making of Basic Instinct 2." (Sony)So many jokes, so little time. The sequel has Sharon Stone returning without Michael Douglas.Director Caton-Jones past is a mixed bag, he brought us the vastly underrated Memphis Belle as well as Rob Roy, but was also guilty of
inflicting The Jackal on us. Add Basic Instinct 2 to his list of crimes.
The Matador
(2005) Pierce Brosnan, Arlin Miller, Azucena Medina, Jonah Meyerson, Greg Kinnear, Hope Davis, Philip Baker Hall. Extras: Commentary by writer-director Richard Shepard; commentary by Shepard, Brosnan and Kinnear; "Making of The Matador" featurette; deleted and extended scenes. (Weinstein Co.)
Full review is coming, but the long and short of it is that every single one of you has to buy this. Peirce Bronson is in rare form. I have not seen him shine so brightly since Remington Steele. You can’t help but wonder just what the hell the James Bond producers did to this guy to stifle his charm and charisma.
McCallum: The Complete Series
Five-disc set with nine episodes of the BBC America forensic drama series, $59.98. (Koch Vision). John Hannah stars as Ian McCallum, a forensic pathologist. Apparently you see quite a bit of Hannah’s behind in this series. Not sure if that is good or bad. I suppose it depends on the viewer.
Murder in Suburbia Series I
(2004) Two-disc set with six episodes of the BBC series about two young female homicide detectives who investigate grisly goings-on in England's leafy suburbs; $39.99. (Acorn Media).
While I have not seen this, I have heard it is excellent. Any of our British friends that might be able to say a few words are welcome to do so.
Perry Mason: Season one vol 1
Five disc-set featuring the first 19 episodes from season one. Raymond Burr (Paramount)
Raymond Burr in the role he became synonymous with. I would say more people knew him as Perry then knew his actual name. Season one contained a mind boggling 39 episodes. This is the first volume and contains the first 19. Of course I pointed that out in the description so now I am just being redundant.
Weeds: Season One
Single disc with 10 episodes, $39.98. Extras: "Smoke & Mirrors" original marijuana mockumentary narrated by Romany Malco; Agrestic "herbal" recipes; "Smokey Snippits" humorous "extras" from cast interviews; "Suburban Shakedown" featurette; commentary by show writer-creator Jenji Kohan, actors Kevin Nealon, Romany Malco, Tonye Patano and Craig X on selected episodes; Showtime original series shorts 1 & 2: Q & A's with the cast; Showtime original "Weeds" special; "More than a Friend" All Too Much music video. (Lionsgate).
This show is an absolute gem. Mary Louis Parker finally finds a show to call home. Kevin Nealon is amazingly good in Weeds. I have never been a fan and don’t find myself wanting to climb into the television to choke him. Full review to come, but this is worth getting.
Jeremy Lynch

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