Oct 9, 2006

DVD releases for Oct 10th

A-team Season 5 (Universal)
“I pity the fool!” Sorry, I could not resist. George Peppard costarred with Audrey Hepburn in the classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and ended up working with Mr. T. Somehow that does not seem fair. I suspect the steady paycheck likely softened the blow. This, the fifth season, is the final season of the show and a lot of the initial charm had since worn off.

Black Dahlia (2006) Dir.: Ulli Lommel. Thriller about a modern-day serial killer copying the 1947 "Black Dahlia" murder. Extras: Commentary by Lommel. (Lionsgate).

Black Rain (special collector’s edition) Extras: Director’s Commentary, Black Rain: The Script, The Cast, Black Rain: Making the Film (2 Parts), Black Rain: Post Production (paramount)
Ridley Scott directed this edgy Michael Douglas thriller. I really can't think of anything else to add EXCEPT that Ridley Scott also directed Demi Moore in G.I. Jane. Demi then went on to star, with Michael Douglas, in Disclosure. It really is a small world!

Magnum P.I.: The Complete Fifth Season(uni)
Tom Selleck is back as the viet nam vet turned P.I. that lives on the estate of a wealthy mystery writer and drives his ferarri. As a child, I could think of no better life. Come to think of it, that sounds damn good right now.
Numb3rs: The Complete Second Season Extras: Audio commentary on select episodes, Blooper Reel, Behind the Scenes with Nicolas Falacci, Behind the Scenes with David Krumholtz, Crunching Numb3rs: Season 2. (Paramount).
This is the second season of the math based police procedural. As the gimick of the shows grows older, they continue to develop the characters to make this show deeper and deeper.
A Prairie Home Companion (2006) Dir.: Robert Altman; Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, Garrison Keillor, Kevin Kline, Lindsay Lohan, Virginia Madsen, John C. Reilly, Maya Rudolph, Meryl Streep, Yolanda Johnson, Lily Tomlin. Backstage fable about a fictitious radio variety show that has managed to survive in the age of television, based on the real radio show. Extras: Audio commentary with director Robert Altman and star Kevin Kline
Deleted scenes with optional commentary, “Come Play With Us: A Feature Companion” behind-the-scenes featurette, “Onstage at the Fitzgerald: A Music Companion” extended music performances and advertisement segments, Soundtrack Preview, Theatrical trailer(New Line).
While I have never been particularly fond of A Prarie Home Companion, I am a fan of Robert Altman. This is certainly vintage Altman. You don’t have to be a fan of Altman and APHC to enjoy the film, but if you hate them, then this is not for you.
Simon & Simon: Season one
Jameson Parker and Gerald McRaney star as brothers who couldn’t be more different, yet make their trade together in San Diego where they own a private detective agency. (Universal)
Simon and Simon followed Magnum P.I. for years on Thursday nights on CBS. Season one is enjoyable enough. The early years are better than the latter ones when their mother was a regular character. Apparently they wanted to reach both the P.I. fans as well as the Murder She Wrote ones. The result is something sitting mushily in the middle. As I said though, the first seasons were the best.

Waist Deep (2006) Dir.: Vondie Curtis Hall; Tyrese Gibson, Meagan Good, Larenz Tate, The Game. Extras: "Going Deep: Analysis of a Scene" follows the choreography of the crucial car-jacking scene, "Drive-By Filmmaking" behind-the-scenes featurette, "Bad Girl" music video, additional scenes not shown in theaters. (Universal).
Tyrese Gibson has his car stolen, with his son in the back seat. This tight thriller follows the labors he must go through to retrieve his son.


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