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July 31, 2006
New DVD Reviews: Inside Man, Hidden Blade and Apocalypse Now
Now with over 16,400 DVD reviews in the DVD Talk Review Database, it's easy to overlook some of the great reviews. Recent DVD Reviews include: Inside Man - Spike Lee plays it extremely safe in an entertaining film which barely shows his signature style or craft; The Hidden Blade - a stunning portrait just shy of perfection of late-Tokugawa Era daily life; Awesome: I Fuckin' Shot That! - The Beastie Boys give 50 fans cameras and unleash them to cover one hell of a concert; Apocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier - Apocalypse fans get almost everything they could ask for... except the legendary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse which is tragically missing from DVD; Felicity - one of the finest, steamiest and most influential examples of the seventies skin flick; A Collection of 2005 Academy Award Nominated Short Films - an excellent opportunity to see quality short films in a solid collection. Visit the DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted to reviews of DVDs out this week.

Clip of The Week: Felicity
This week we have a look at the highly anticipated and extraordinarily steamy release from Severin Films for Felicity. Glory Annen stars as Felicity Robinson, a sheltered teen whose notorious world wide erotic odyssey defined a generation of horny young men...and quite a few women too. Felicity makes its worldwide DVD premiere fully restored from the personal vault print of writer/director John D. Lamond, featuring footage never before seen in America. Watch these steamy clips from Felicity: Felicity on a Bus, Felicity on a Plane, Fun in an Elevator and A Thrilling Adventure with a Stranger. (Get more information about the Felicity DVD here). Be sure to catch past week's clips at DVD Talk TV.


July 28, 2006
New Movie Reviews: Miami Vice, Scoop, and John Tucker Must Die
Crockett and Tubbs are back in their creamy, pastel suits as the undercover cops in Michael Mann's stylish updated Miami Vice feature film. Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx play the duo this time around, instead of Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas (who made the roles famous on the television series), and prove that remembering the '80s might not be all that bad. . Also in theaters this week is Scoop - Woody Allen clearly hasn't had enough of his new muse, Scarlett Johansson, as she stars in his latest return to form; and John Tucker Must Die - the film that might just be a warning signal to any high school guy attempting to day three separate girls at once. Be sure to catch reviews of other recent Theatrical Films: Clerks II, Lady in the Water, Monster House, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Little Man, You, Me and Dupree. As always, we invite you to share your thoughts on films in theaters in our Movie Talk Forum Area.


July 27, 2006
DVD Stalk: Final Destination 3, Lady in the Water, and DVD Stalk Giveaway of the Week
After taking a week off (for lack of horror reviews and releases) DVD Stalk is back at it and packed with tons of great reviews (including a look at Final Destination 3), information on all of this week's horror releases, previews of some upcoming scares, and an in-depth look at a few overlooked horror films. We also have the very first DVD Stalk Giveaway of the Week as we give our readers a chance to win one of 3 copies of Tales from the Crypt: The Complete Fourth Season. We hope you'll check out DVD Stalk and drop us a line to let us know what you think. Join us in the DVD Stalk Forum to chat about all things horror, friend us on DVD Stalk's MySpace, and be sure to check out DVD Talk's reviews of over 1,500 Horror DVD Reviews as well as all the archives of the CineSchlock-O-Rama column.

Silent DVD: 2006 San Francisco Silent Film Festival
This month Silent DVD has full coverage of the 11th annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival which is held in the middle of July every year. This is the premier silent film event in the country and a wonderful chance to see some great films. The festival managed to top themselves once again with screenings of the magnificent Pandora's Box staring Louis Brooks, a beautifully restored Mary Pickford film, Sparrows, and a hilarious trio of Laurel and Hardy shorts, among others. Read the full coverage in this month's Silent DVD.


July 26, 2006
King Of The Nerd Prom: Comic-Con 2006
If you're tired of reading all the Comic-Con coverage that's just more fanboy insanity over the entirely inane Snakes on A Plane,you'll be happy to read a much different view of this years convention. Armed with a disposable camera and a Moleskin notebook, DVD Talk Reviewer Jamie S. Rich has an insiders view of Comic-Con. Jamie launched his new book The Everlasting and he gives his perspective on what its like to be on the other end of the table and the world's biggest 'pop-culture trade show'. Read Jamie's complete report here.

TV on DVD Reviews: Amazing Stories: S1, Girls Next Door: S1, and Carnivale: S2
Some great TV on DVD releases reviewed this week including: Amazing Stories: S1 - this Steven Spielberg-developed anthology series still proves to be entertaining and suspenseful even today; Girls Next Door: S1 - Hugh Hefner's bunnies get up close and personal at the legendary mansion in this fun reality series; Carnivale: S2 - the second season of this incredibly compelling, and strange, series answers many of the first season's mysterious questions; Rawhide: S1 - a very young Clint Eastwood is one of the stars of this solid Western series that still holds up nearly fifty years later; Roseanne: S4 - the Conner family is back for a fourth season and stretching the limits of sitcom television; Ultraman: S1, V1 - this crazy series, which is completely imbedded in Japanese culture, finally comes to DVD here in the US. Visit the DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted TV on DVD.

DVD Savant: A Canterbury Tale and Some Like it Hot
This week the DVD Savant has a number of new reviews including: V for Vendetta - The Wachowskis and James McTeigue bring us a faithful and spirited film version of the David Lloyd and Alan More graphic novel; Koko a Talking Gorilla - Barbet Schroeder's fascinating docu of linguists teaching a gorilla to talk in the late 1970s showed great promise; Beyond the Rocks - A complete (almost) 1922 Elinor Glynn romance directed by Sam Wood and starring Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino surfaced in a collector's horde of film in the Netherlands; A Canterbury Tale - Powell & Pressburger's most "English" and most delicate masterpiece is an under-appreciated ode to a country at war, about three young people who don't realize that they're modern-day Pilgrims; The War Game & Culloden - Peter Watkins' incendiary BBC docu-dramas, including the anti-nuke terror show that caused a furor in the English government and was blocked from exhibition for shady reasons; Some Like it Hot - MGM-Sony gives us the decent special collector's edition we should have gotten three years ago.Read all this and more in this week's DVD Savant.


July 25, 2006
This Week's Notable DVDs: Boondocks: S1, Blackballed and Animaniacs: V1
A strong week for notable DVDs this week including: Boondocks: S1 [Review] - raw and uncompromising, this series offers more than simple shock value and shouldn't be ignored; Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story [Review] - Rob Corddry's funny mockumentary is a treat even if you're not a die hard fan of The Daily Show; Animaniacs: V1 [Review] - A "Looney Tunes" for a new generation, this series combines surrealism, music, education and a heaping helping of pop-culture references, with a silly, fun sense of humor; The Benchwarmers [Review] - while not offering anything really new, this film is worth a rental for fans of the stars; Other Notable DVDs out this week include: Choose Your Own Adventure: Abominable Snowman [Review] - Final Destination 3, Pinky and the Brain V1 [Review], Rawhide: S1 [Review], Tales from the Crypt: S4 [Review] and Will Rogers Collection, Vol. 1 [Review]. Read our List of Top Upcoming DVDs for more great DVDs out this week, visit our DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted to reviews of DVDs out this week.


July 24, 2006
DVD Talk Giveaway: Gamblers (Les Mauvais Joueurs)
This week we have a very special giveaway from Lifesize Entertainment for their newest release Gamblers [Watch The Trailer]. Rising auteur Frederic Balekdjian has created a modern day "Mean Streets" with Gamblers, a crackling melodrama set in the garment district of Paris. Gamblers follows the story Vahe - a disaffected small time hustler trying to find his way. After losing his lover, Vahe ends up befriending her illegal immigrant bother when leads to a violent clash between his new friend and the old ones he grew up with. Enter now for your chance to one of 5 copies of Gamblers we're giving away.

Clip of The Week: Blackballed - The Bobby Dukes Story
This week's clip of the week comes from Shout! Factory for the release of Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story on DVD. "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" favorite Rob Corddry is Bobby Dukes, a disgraced former paintball star who lost his championship title when he was accused of cheating. Now, 10 years later, Bobby Dukes is back, assembling a team of misfits to win back his title and his soul. Check out these clips from Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story: Bryan Adams recruit, Eddie Reynolds recruit, Pre Game Pep Talk. (Get more info on Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story here). Be sure to catch past week's clips at DVD Talk TV.

New DVD Reviews: Carnivale: S2, New Adventures of Flash Gordon: CS, and Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare
Now with over 16,400 DVD reviews in the DVD Talk Review Database, it's easy to overlook some of the great reviews. Recent DVD Reviews include: Carnivale: S2 - the second season of this "wildly engrossing" series brings the compelling mysteries of the first season into focus; The New Adventures of Flash Gordon: Complete Series - the cult-favorite animated version of Flash Gordon was never better than this first season; Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare - this "hysterically campy" cult flick gets a top shelf DVD treatment from Synapse; Road House: Deluxe Edition - the Patrick Swayze classic gets a solid DVD upgrade; An Early Frost - the groundbreaking and historically important television movie about the tragic AIDS epidemic; The River's Edge - this violent and nasty part-Western, part-quasi noir is a compact and interesting B-thriller. Visit the DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted to reviews of DVDs out this week.


July 21, 2006
New Movie Reviews: Clerks II, Lady in the Water, and Monster House
Dante and Randal are finally back, but they're not working at the Quick Stop this time around. In Kevin Smith's Clerks II the duo find themselves behind the counter at the Mooby's fast food joint. All of Smith's hilarious characters are back, but the addition of Rosario Dawson and Trevor Fehrman make this return to Jay & Silent Bob territory well worth the wait. Clerks II hits the cineplex this weekend. Also in theaters this week is Lady in the Water - M. Night Shyamalan is at it again with his "bedtime story" about something mysterious living in Paul Giamatti's pool; Monster House - the excellent animated adventure about a house that's really a creepy living monster; and My Super Ex-Girlfriend - Uma Thurman shows Luke Wilson what it's like when your ex-girlfriend possesses super-human powers. Be sure to catch reviews of other recent Theatrical Films: Little Man, You, Me and Dupree, The Oh in Ohio, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Superman Returns, A Scanner Darkly. As always, we invite you to share your thoughts on films in theaters in our Movie Talk Forum Area.


July 20, 2006
Anime Talk: Papuwa
Japanese animation can certainly be a bit strange, and this week Anime Talk has an advance look at one of the more odd titles to make its way across the Pacific: Papuwa. This irreverent show features an assortment of bizarre characters including a transvestite fish with legs (in fishnet stockings of course), a mobile walking poisonous mushroom, and a young boy who's also an incredibly powerful weapon. This installment also gives readers a chance to win one of five new Ultraman sets that DVD Talk is giving away, reviews of the latest anime DVDs, a table of upcoming releases and a list of some of the best deals around on anime. In case you missed them, be sure to check out our previous columns that feature reviews of some of the best manga around including the eerie Dragon's Head, Kingdom Hearts, and Death Note.

V for Vendetta DVD Giveaway
This week we have a special giveaway from Warner Bros. for the DVD release of V for Vendetta [Review]. The V for Vendetta DVD features: Freedom! Forever!: Making V for Vendetta - The cast and crew of V for Vendetta reveal the filmmaking process; Designing the Near Future - A look at the artistic process of creating the future world of V; Remember, Remember: Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot -The history behind the story of Guy Fawkes; England Prevails: V for Vendetta and the New Wave in Comics -The origins of the original V story; A Cat Power Montage- Cat Power song played under images of the film and more. Enter now for your chance to one of 3 copies of V for Vendetta on DVD.


July 19, 2006
TV on DVD Reviews: Animaniacs: V1, Jack of All Trades: CS, and Pinky & the Brain: V1
Some great TV on DVD releases reviewed this week including: Animaniacs: V1 - this animated series combines surrealism, music, education, and a heaping helping of pop-culture references with a silly, fun sense of humor to create a series that allows you to just sit back and enjoy; Jack of All Trades: Complete Series - completely over-the-top Bruce Campbell series is full of cheap laughs, one-liners, and swashbuckling adventure; Pinky and the Brain: V1 - these two wacky lab mice were popular enough on Animaniacs to earn their very own hilarious spin-off series; Murder in Suburbia: S1 - the brilliant, well-acted British series about an unlikely pair of female detectives solving homicides in their nice Middleford neighborhood; Rockford Files: S2 - James Garner is the main attraction in this classic detective series; Waiting for God: S1 - this British sitcom, about two residents of the Bayview Retirement Village, is easily one of the funniest shows to come from across the pond in a long time. Visit the DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted TV on DVD.

DVD Savant: Film Noir Classic Collection 3
This week the DVD Savant has a number of new reviews including: Film Noir Classic Collection Vol. 3 - Warners' third time to the noir well gives us a saucy selection of eccentric attractions: Lady in the Lake, Border Incident, His Kind of Woman,The Racket, On Dangerous Ground; Wanda - Barbara Loden's lone independent feature is an affecting and powerful story of an aimless woman picked up by a stick-up man; London - Patrick Keiller's odd commentary-documentary presents London as a place of literary secrets, architectural mysteries and modern political contradictions; Nate and Hayes - This Kiwi freebooter pirate picture got a bad rap in 1983 but plays well now; The Black Swan Fox's 1942 pirate classic has Tyrone Power seducing Maureen O'Hara, great Technicolor photography and a quartet of fun supporting actors; A nos amours - Very highly regarded in France, Maurice Pialat's part-improvised drama is a stunning look at a young girl that takes many lovers, but doesn't seem to be able to fall in love herself. Read all this and more in this week's DVD Savant.


July 18, 2006
This Week's Notable DVDs: Shakespeare Behind Bars, Brisco County, Jr. and Incredible Hulk
A strong week for notable DVDs this week including: Shakespeare Behind Bars [ Review] - this festival favorite takes a look at crime, punishment and the bard, a film not to be missed; Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.: Complete Series [Review] - the highly anticipated DVD release of this underrated Bruce Campbell series on an excellent 8-disc set; Incredible Hulk: S1 [Review] - what could be better than reliving Lou Ferrigno "hulking out"?; Pee-Wee Herman Show [Review] - the special which launched Paul Reubens and his titular character. Other Notable DVDs out this week include: Asphalt [Review], Carnivale - The Complete Second Season [Review], Road House 2 [Review], Sybil, Mirage [Review] and Warning Shadows [Review]. Read our List of Top Upcoming DVDs for more great DVDs out this week, visit our DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted to reviews of DVDs out this week.


July 17, 2006
DVD Talk Giveaway: Ultraman - Volume 1
This week we have a very special giveaway from BCI for the highly anticipated DVD release of Ultraman: Volume 1. One of the top syndicated shows in the late '60s and early '70s Ultraman continues to maintain a massive cult following. Ultraman: Volume 1 DVD features: 20-episodes in their original, uncut length with completely re-mastered picture and sound, Original Japanese audio track, with newly created English subtitles, English dubbed tracks created by the same team that voiced Speed Racer and Interviews with English dub team. Enter now for your chance to one of 5 copies of Ultraman: Volume 1 we're giving away.

Clip of The Week: Gamblers
This week we have a special look from Lifesize Entertainment at their newest release Gamblers. Rising auteur Frederic Balekdjian has created a modern day "Mean Streets" with Gamblers, a crackling melodrama set in the garment district of Paris. Gamblers follows the story Vahe - a disaffected small time hustler trying to find his way. After losing his lover, Vahe ends up befriending her illegal immigrant bother when leads to a violent clash between his new friend and the old ones he grew up with. Check out a clip from Gamblers. (Get more information about The Gamblers DVD here). Be sure to catch past week's clips at DVD Talk TV.

New DVD Reviews: V for Vendetta, Tristram Shandy, and Patriot Act
Now with over 16,300 DVD reviews in the DVD Talk Review Database, it's easy to overlook some of the great reviews. Recent DVD Reviews include: V for Vendetta: 2-Disc Special Edition - this adaptation of Alan Moore's classic graphic novel is a riveting, intelligent film about the power of citizens versus the power of the state; Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story - Michael Winterbottom's "playful joke" is an interesting take on the famously "unfilmable book"; Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Movie - the hilarious comedian's film about his time in Iraq as part of the USO tour actually turns out to be a surprisingly poignant and touching war documentary; Yi Yi: Criterion - this portrait of humanity as experienced by one Taiwanese family is widely considered one of the best films of the new millennium; Stalingrad - the chilling documentary about Stalingrad's occupation by German forces and the tragic fate of those who fought on the two opposing sides; A Canterbury Tale: Criterion - Powell and Pressburger's take on Chaucer's classic tale comes to DVD via an excellent Criterion treatment. Visit the DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted to reviews of DVDs out this week.


July 14, 2006
The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. - The Complete Series DVD Giveaway
This week we have a special giveaway from Warner Bros. for the highly anticipated DVD release for The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. - The Complete Series [Review] - staring DVD Talk favorite Bruce Campbell. The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. DVD features: Commentary by Bruce Campbell and Carlton Cuse, a video catalog of the show's signature references to future items and ideas, The History of Brisco County: a retrospective documentary, A Brisco County Writer's Room: round table with key series creative personnel, A Brisco lore featurette gallery and more! Enter now for your chance to one of 3 copies of The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. - The Complete Series we're giving away. Also be sure to read out Complete Review of the series

New Movie Reviews: Little Man, You, Me and Dupree, and The Oh in Ohio
I'm not exactly sure that "From the guys who brought you White Chicks" is a great marketing slogan, but it's the one that Little Man is banking on. The Wayans brothers are back at it again in this ridiculous comedy that has Marlon Wayans looking like a crazy little baby. We'll see if Little Man can be the big man at the box office this weekend. Also in theaters this week is You, Me and Dupree - the latest Owen Wilson comedy about a man who quickly wears out his welcome while staying with his married friends; and The Oh in Ohio - Billy Kent's debut film is "sure to make some couples in the audience tense up to a point of discomfort." Be sure to catch reviews of other recent Theatrical Films: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Superman Returns, A Scanner Darkly, The Devil Wears Prada, Wassup Rockers, Nacho Libre, The Lake House. As always, we invite you to share your thoughts on films in theaters in our Movie Talk Forum Area.


July 13, 2006
DVD Savant: Warner Bros. Tough Guys Collection
This week the DVD Savant has a number of new reviews including: Warner Bros. Pictures Tough Guys Collection - The Burbank Shield gives us the gutsy, hard-hitting conviction of "G-Men", Bullets or Ballots, San Quentin, A Slight Case of Murder, Each Dawn I Die and City for Conquest - movies designed to avoid, skirt and otherwise circumvent Production code restrictions on the depiction of gangsters; Grand Prix - James Garner battles Brian Bedford, Yves Montand and Needno Bardahli for the checquered flag, with plenty of soap opera glitz; City for Conquest - A James Cagney / Ann Sheridan favorite, this great all-round Tough Guy movie is finally restored to its full length; The Keys of the Kingdom - Joseph L. Mankiewicz's epic-length story of a Scottish priest's adventures in China . Read all this and more in this week's DVD Savant.

DVD Stalk: Tales from the Crypt: S4, Willard, and Evolution of a Horror Movie Poster
This week's DVD Stalk is packed with tons of great reviews (including an early peak at Tales from the Crypt: Season 4), information on all of this week's horror releases, previews of some upcoming scares, and an in-depth look at a few overlooked horror films. We also take a look at The Descent in the first installment of Evolution of a Horror Movie Poster in our Severed Limbs section. We hope you'll check out DVD Stalk and drop us a line to let us know what you think. Join us in the DVD Stalk Forum to chat about all things horror, friend us on DVD Stalk's MySpace, and be sure to check out DVD Talk's reviews of nearly 1,500 Horror DVD Reviews as well as all the archives of the CineSchlock-O-Rama column.


July 12, 2006
TV on DVD Reviews: Incredible Hulk: S1, Reno: 911 S3 , and Tracey Takes On: S2
Some great TV on DVD releases reviewed this week including: The Incredible Hulk: S1 - the cult favorite Lou Ferrigno series should bring back some fun memories for anyone who watched the series in the late '70s and early '80s; Reno 911!: S3 - while the third season isn't as strong or plentiful as S2 it is still a remarkably dark and twisted treat; Tracey Takes On: S2 - the second season of hilarious comedian Tracey Ullman's HBO series is even stronger and more focused than the first; I Dream of Jeannie: S2 - the second season of this distinctly-American Barbara Eden series is the show's first to be shot and broadcast in color; Remington Steele: S3 - the third season of this Pierce Brosnan adventure/romance series may not be quite as fresh as the first two, but still provides plenty of entertaining moments; Mary Tyler Moore Show: S4 - this classic comedy series really peaks during its fourth season as the show starts to take more chances. Visit the DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted TV on DVD.


July 11, 2006
This Week's Notable DVDs: 30 Days: S1, Shogun Assassin and Basic Instinct 2
A strong week for notable DVDs this week including: 30 Days: S1 [Review] - Super Size Me's creator Morgan Spurlock asks what it would be like to live someone else's life for thirty days in this compelling reality series; Shogun Assassin [Review] - the first two chapters from Lone Wolf And Cub condensed into a cult classic film; Basic Instinct 2 [Review] - sexy Sharon Stone is back, in the role that made her famous, and hoping that this sequel finds an audience on DVD; Koko, a Talking Gorilla: Criterion [Review] - this 1978 Barbet Schroeder documentary is a compelling time-capsule about the quasi-human treatment of the famous gorilla that learned sign language; Bridezillas: S1 [Review] - these brides show exactly why getting married can sometimes be so painstakingly hard and so little fun. Other Notable DVDs out this week include: Grand Prix [Review], Keys of the Kingdom [Review], Masters of Horror: Homecoming [Review] and Destruction Kings [Review]. Read our List of Top Upcoming DVDs for more great DVDs out this week, visit our DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted to reviews of DVDs out this week.


July 10, 2006
Clip of The Week: The Garden
This week we have several clips from Anchor Bay's The Garden produced by Stephen J. Cannel and staring Lance Hendriksen, Claudia Christian and Sean Young. Sam's bad dreams are coming to life as he's forced to stay on a ranch owned by the mysterious Ben Zarchary (Hendriksen), the dead walk, evil is alive and a terrifying prophecy may unleash the final apocalypse. We have several clips from The Garden including: The Trailer, Zachary and His Axe, She Can't Talk Right Now and Behind the Scenes. (Get more information about The Garden DVD here). Be sure to catch past week's clips at DVD Talk TV.

DVD Talk's Complete Blu-Ray Disc Coverage: Player Review, Fifth Element and Terminator
Blu-Ray, the Sony backed high definition format, has finally arrived and DVD Talk has extensive coverage of this new format. Read our review of the first Blu-Ray Disc player, the Samsung BD-P1000. At twice the price of a HD-DVD player and with no real advantages over its rival, it looks like its going to be an uphill battle. We also have reviews of the first wave of Blu-Ray Discs including two reviews of Terminator, House of Flying Daggers, and Fifth Element as well as single reviews of Terminator 2 and Hitch. Are any of these releases worth the cost of the upgrade? Read our coverage and decide for yourself. Also be sure to check out our HD-DVD Reviews with reviews of all the latest HD-DVD titles and players.

New DVD Reviews: Dudesons Movie, Blackbeard, and Best of She-Ra: Princess of Power
Now with over 16,200 DVD reviews in the DVD Talk Review Database, it's easy to overlook some of the great reviews. Recent DVD Reviews include: The Dudesons Movie - get to know the guys from Finland, who kick-started the Jackass-type stunts craze, a little bit better with this peek into their wacky life; Blackbeard - it seems that pirates are all the rage these days and this Hallmark mini-series delivers some fun swashbuckling moments; Best of She-Ra: Princess of Power - He-Man's female counterpart gets her very own "best of" disc that also includes the origin-story TV movie "Secret of the Sword"; Rope - one of Hitchcock's more experimental classics gets another DVD upgrade including an informative and interesting featurette; My Mother's Smile - this excellent Marco Bellocchio film "asks more questions than many religious officials in Italy would have liked"; City for Conquest - this ambitious James Cagney fan-favorite is one of the highlights of Warner's new Tough Guys Collection. Visit the DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted to reviews of DVDs out this week.


July 07, 2006
New Movie Reviews: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, A Scanner Darkly, and Strangers with Candy
Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Keira Knightley are back at it again in Gore Verbinski's follow up to his surprise hit Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. This time around, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest finds the swashbuckling Captain Jack Sparrow on the hunt for the treasure of one ugly Davy Jones. If this installment is even half as much seafaring fun as the first film, we suggest you get to the theater immediately to check out Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. Also in theaters this week is A Scanner Darkly - much like he did with Waking Life, Richard Linklater uses the digital rotoscoping technique of animation drawn over live-action to bring Philip K. Dick's sci-fi fan favorite novel to life; and Strangers with Candy - the cult favorite TV series gets a full-length movie version and is in limited release this weekend. Be sure to catch reviews of other recent Theatrical Films: Superman Returns,The Devil Wears Prada,Wassup Rockers,Nacho Libre, The Lake House, The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift, Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties. As always, we invite you to share your thoughts on films in theaters in our Movie Talk Forum Area.


July 06, 2006
Anime Talk: Blame, Gantz, and Elemental Gelade
This week Anime takes a look at several new series and some boxed sets of previously released shows. In the former category there's Elemental Gelade, a show that doesn't mind borrowing from other series, and a the guilty pleasure Strawberry Marshmallow. We also cover the second season of the ultra-violent and intense series Gantz and the latest Gatchaman collection. There's also our table of upcoming DVDs and Holly's Anime Bargains. In addition to all that John Sinnott has a look at the science fiction manga Blame! in which a guy with a really big gun heads out across a post apocalyptic city in search of something that might not exist. If you missed them, be sure to check out our previous manga reviews including Dragon Head, Kingdom Hearts, and Naruto.

DVD Stalk: Masters of Horror: Homecoming, Cat People, and Camp Blood: The Musical
It's an incredibly slow July 4th week in the DVD world, but this week's DVD Stalk is still loaded with tons of great reviews (including an early peak at Joe Dante's Masters of Horror episode Homecoming), information on all three of this week's horror releases, previews of some upcoming scares, and an in-depth look at a few overlooked horror films. We also take a look at Camp Blood: The Musical as our first installment of DIY Independent Horror in our Severed Limbs section. We hope you'll check out DVD Stalk and drop us a line to let us know what you think. Join us in the DVD Stalk Forum to chat about all things horror, friend us on DVD Stalk's MySpace, and be sure to check out DVD Talk's reviews of nearly 1,500 Horror DVD Reviews as well as all the archives of the CineSchlock-O-Rama column.

Silent DVD: Electric Edwardians, Swanson and Valentino in Beyond the Rocks
After a rather dry first half of the year, some very good silent films have made their way to region one this month. Milestone has released two very interesting discs that will surely appeal to fans of early cinema. Beyond the Rocks is a film that was thought lost for decades and is the only pairing of Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino in a film. This disc also has a bonus feature, The Delicious Little Devil staring Mae Murray and featuring Rudolph Valentino in a supporting role. Their second release is Electric Edwardians, a collection of street scenes in Britain from before the first World War. The disc is a unique window into a forgotten past. Kino also has a pair of releases, two wonderful German Expressionist films from the end of the silent era; Warning Shadows and Asphalt. In case you missed them, be sure to check out our columns on other German cinema including The Fritz Lang Epic Collection and Leni Riefenstahl in The White Hell of Pitz Palu.


July 05, 2006
DVD Savant: Equinox, A Fine Madness and Homecoming
This week the DVD Savant has a number of new reviews including: Equinox - Criterion creates an ode to the "Purveyors of the Lost Arts" of special effects, through a semi-amateur monster movie; The Gang that Couldn't Shoot Straight - Jerry Orbach, Lionel Stander and Robert De Niro star in a wildly uneven gangster comedy that doesn't know when enough slapstick is too much; A Fine Madness - Irvin Kershner's oddball comedy pits New York poet Sean Connery against women, psychiatrists and the summons servers who pursue him all over midtown Manhattan; Masters of Horror: Homecoming - Joe Dante uses his 60 minutes of prime cable time to dispense a political fantasy-satire about real horror; The Curse of the Crying Woman - this prime classic Mexi-Horror is a misogynist re-think of the traditional Llorona figure as a vindictive witch-vampire; The Witch's Mirror - a shocker grab-bag that throws together gothic elements, a major dose of gory medical horror and even a bit of The Hands of Orlac; Street Law - Franco Nero shows us his limitations as an actor in this rather blatant Italian rip-off of the Charles Bronson movie Death Wish. Read all this and more in this week's DVD Savant.

Clip of The Week: Soundless
This week we have several clips from KOCH Lorber Film's Soundless (view trailer). Directed by rising filmmaker Mennan Yapo and from the producers of Run Lola Run, this critically-acclaimed German thriller is packed with exhilarating action sequences and high-tech gadgets in the tradition of James Bond. Joachim Krol plays Victor, shadowy hit-man on the run from a team of police led by Christian Berkel (Downfall, Flightplan) and Rudolf Martin (Swordfish, 24). Enjoy these clips from this high-octane thrill-ride: Setting up for the kill, "Something's wrong!" and Taking up pursuit (Get more information about the Soundless DVD here). Be sure to catch past week's clips at DVD Talk TV.


July 04, 2006
DVD Talk Giveaway: Chuck Berry - Hail! Hail! Rock 'N' Roll
This week we have a very special giveaway from Image Entertainment for the 4 disc deluxe edition of Chuck Berry - Hail! Hail! Rock N' Roll. The unforgettable life and music of pioneering legend Chuck Berry are celebrated in this landmark feature film, capturing a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of rock and roll's finest - including performances by Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Linda Rondstadt, Etta James and Julian Lennon. Chuck Berry - Hail! Hail! Rock N' Roll DVD features: 54 minutes of never-before-seen Chuck Berry rehearsals in DTS and 5.1 audio, an amazing 3-and-a-half hour look at the birth of rock music with Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley, the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison and much much more. Enter now for your chance to one of 5 copies of the Chuck Berry - Hail! Hail! Rock N' Roll DVD.

TV on DVD Reviews: Brisco County Jr.: CS, Coach: S1, and Masters of Horror: Homecoming
Some great TV on DVD releases reviewed this week including: The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.: The Complete Series - Bruce Campbell is the star of the show in this highly underrated and unique cult favorite which finally comes to DVD in a huge 8-disc set; Coach: S1 - the first thirteen episodes of the Craig T. Nelson and Jerry Van Dyke series about the exciting world of coaching college football; Masters of Horror: Homecoming - Joe Dante's installment in the Showtime series isn't just your typical zombie fare, but is more an incredibly poignant black comedy with a political message that cuts deep; Bridezillas: S1 - this reality series showcases the true evil in a few brides-to-be as they prepare to walk down the aisle; Reno 911!: S3 - the third season of this hilarious Cops-spoof delivers more of the show's remarkably dark and twisted humor; E.R.: S5 - this long-running (and incredibly successful) series really hit its stride, and even waved goodbye to a few key characters, during its fifth season. Visit the DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted TV on DVD.

This Week's Notable DVDs: The Libertine, Doctor Who: S1, and The Matador
A slow July 4th week for notable DVDs this week including: The Libertine [Review] - this salaciously compelling, if narratively weak, adaptation boasts a superb cast and an excellent performance by the always-reliable Johnny Depp; Doctor Who: S1 [Review] - this 2005 revamping of a sci-fi classic finally comes to R1 DVD and brings with it the charm and excitement of the original series; The Matador [Review] - audiences will never see Pierce Brosnan as 007 again as he teams up with Greg Kinnear in Richard Shepard's offbeat popcorn flick; Last Quarter [Review] - adapted from an Ai Yazawa book, this supernatural romance may lack high production values but easily makes up for it in charm and emotion. Other Notable DVDs out this week include: Carnival of Crime / The Hostage, Santeria, Stoned: Unrated. Read our List of Top Upcoming DVDs for more great DVDs out this week, visit our DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted to reviews of DVDs out this week.


July 03, 2006
New DVD Reviews: Basic Instinct 2, Find Me Guilty, and Frenzy
Now with over 16,200 DVD reviews in the DVD Talk Review Database, it's easy to overlook some of the great reviews. Recent DVD Reviews include: Basic Instinct 2 - even sultry Sharon Stone couldn't save this long-awaited sequel from becoming a box-office disaster; Find Me Guilty - this courtroom comedy/drama hopes to find an audience on DVD by showcasing Vin Diesel in his best performance yet; Frenzy - one of Hitchcock's grimmest, and best, post-Psycho films gets another DVD upgrade; The Magician - this moody British crime-thriller stars a young Clive Owen on the hunt for a mysterious counterfeiter known only as the Magician; Destruction Kings - the strangely clever film from Chris Seaver that might be best described as Ghostbusters meets The Monster Squad; A Fine Madness - Irvin Kershner's excellent comedy overflows with interesting scenes and a cast that alone is worth the price of this disc. Visit the DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews including an entire section devoted to reviews of DVDs out this week.


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