Sam Smith, the DVD maniac, is back with another DVD Preview. Use it to fill up your rental list or take advantage pre-order discounts. –John


Sam Smith here. If you're like me, you waste a good amount of your food money on DVDs each Tuesday, or else hunt for bargains wherever possible. This month, I'm highlighting a couple releases of general interest and a couple of my own personal favorites, hopefully helping you out with your checklist in some capacity. Release dates are subject to change, so please don't send hate mail. You can, however, leave feedback or send me love mail: apocalypsemyth AT-SIGN yahoo DOT com. For more about me, check out my movie reviews and more on Myspace. Enjoy!

ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW

One of my favorite films of 2005 has been this promising debut from Miranda July, who wrote, directed, and stars in this meditation on finding connection in a technological era. July plays Christine Jesperson, a character who’s making her own motion picture art to pass the time with her outreaching and lonely soul. The others like her are just around the block, they just have to find each other. The setting seems to be an entire neighborhood of eccentric, stifled creatives who would rather skip the small talk and get to what really matters. This is how July’s characters interact: in bold, abstract gestures of experimental affection. Two teenage girls play up a stranger’s sexual fantasies during their after school hours. A younger girl compulsively collects household items in a “hope chest” for the day when she’s happily married. A bipolar shoe salesman decides to light his hand on fire. With this year’s funniest scene, funniest line, and most stunning ending. Sure to take home a few Independent Spirit awards this year.
Release Date – October 11, Learn more from IMDb, Add to Netflix Queue, Pre-order from Amazon

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ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS – THE COMPLETE 1st SEASON

If there’s one trend that’s rushed in to define our generation these days, it’s that compulsion for TV on DVD, so on your Netflix queue, along with your Curb Your Enthusiasm and Lost, go back to basics with Hitch’s outstanding television series, at long last available on DVD. Hitchcock didn’t direct many of the episodes himself, but they’re full of his dark humor and are great companions to Hitch’s greatest nailbiters. If you really want to be the coolest kid on the block this Tuesday, you can match this with ALFRED HITCHCOCK – THE MASTERPIECE COLLECTION and you’re all set with newly remastered editions of 14 of his mid-to-late career classics from SHADOW OF A DOUBT to VERTIGO.
Release Date – October 4, Learn more from IMDb, Add to Netflix Queue, Pre-order from Amazon

UNSEEN CINEMA: EARLY AMERICAN AVANT-GARDE FILM
(1894-1941)


Yet another invluable collection of cinema’s endangered rarities on DVD. After the wonderful TREASURES FROM THE AMERICAN FILM ARCHIVES and its follow up set MORE TREASURES FROM THE AMERICAN FILM ARCHIVES, we’re treated with this collection of over
160 avant garde works from film history’s first era. Seven discs include avant garde classics “Ballet mecanique” (Leger/Murphy), “Anemic cinema” (Duchamp), as well as works by Joseph Cornell, Man Ray, Edwin S. Porter, and most importantly, dozens of filmmakers you may not have heard of who employed groundbreaking experimental form while Hollywood ran like clockwork above ground. One disc entitled PICTURING A METROPOLIS is devoted strictly to the “city symphony” film, and is also sold separately.
Release Date – October 18, Add to Netflix Queue, Pre-order from Amazon

LAST DAYS

Another one of my favorite films this year so far. Every piece of clothing worn by Michael Pitt in LAST DAYS replicates something worn by the late Kurt Cobain. A cigar box which Pitt’s character Blake unearths from behind his woodland house matches the
one found next to Cobain after his 1994 suicide. The film’s final frames perfectly reenact the documented crime scene. But LAST DAYS, more prominently, is an open, poetic interpretation– an artist’s rendering– of what the final days of such a person may have felt like, and the names have almost ambivalently been reassigned. LAST DAYS is Gus Van Sant’s conclusion to a loose trilogy that began with 2003’s GERRY and ELEPHANT. The three films, all meditating on death, are connected by a formal vacancy designed to let your imagination, and your emotions, wander freely (consider this a fair warning that LAST DAYS is addressed to the most patient of moviegoers). After giving this film a positive review, I was slammed with negative reactions from people who trusted my opinion. All I’ll say is that if you’ve looked into this film at all, you know it isn’t a traditional biopic, so don’t expect one, and believe it or not, there are people out there who actually like movies this slow.
Release Date – October 25, Learn more from IMDb, Add to Netflix Queue, Pre-order from Amazon

CLASSICS:

Proving to be one of the best DVD months all year, October also boasts several multi-disc collector’s editions of titles we’ve been wanting for quite a while. First, add CINDERELLA to your Disney Plantinum DVD collection. Get out the credit card on October 18th, when Warner Brothers finally brings us BATMAN: THE MOTION PICTURE ANTHOLOGY 1989-1997. Now we all know how Joel Schulmacher ruined the franchise with the intolerable BATMAN FOREVER and, even worse, BATMAN AND ROBIN (Schulmacher even admits this himself). But who could turn down new special editions of Tim Burton’s BATMAN and BATMAN RETURNS, packed with commentaries, documentaries, and production galleries? And whaddaya know, Warner also brings us 2005’s BATMAN BEGINS on the same day as well as a 2-disc DELUXE EDITION. October 25th, lastly, brings us two more long-awaited classics in 3-Disc Deluxe Editions: TITANIC, James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster that still brings a tear to my eye, and one of the great movies of all time, THE WIZARD OF OZ. If that’s not on your DVD shelf, you shouldn’t have one. (CINDERELLA – October 4, BATMAN – October 18, TITANIC and THE WIZARD OF OZ – October 25)

THE BEST OF THE REST

10/4/05
ABBOTT AND COSTELLO – THE BEST OF VOLUME 4
BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM
THE VAL LEWTON HORROR COLLECTION (Cat People / The Curse of the Cat People / I Walked with a Zombie / The Body Snatcher / Isle of the Dead / Bedlam / The Leopard Man / The Ghost Ship / The Seventh Victim / Shadows in the Dark)
THE FLY: Collector’s Edition
THE FOG: Special Edition
HOUSE OF D
THE INTERPRETER
KILL! – The Criterion Collection
THE SAMURAI REBELLION – The Criterion Collection
SAMURAI SPY – The Criterion Collection
SWORD OF THE BEAST – The Criterion Collection
MY SUMMER OF LOVE
SAW – Uncut Edition
THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE
THE WARRIORS – Ultimate Director’s Cut

10/11/05
BOMB THE SYSTEM
HIGH TENSION
IZO – Special Edition
KINGDOM OF HEAVEN
SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELLING PANTS
UNLEASHED – Unrated Edtion
Z CHANNEL: A MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION

10/18/05
THE BIG LEBOWSKI – Collectors Edition
DOT THE I
GEORGE A. ROMERO’S LAND OF THE DEAD
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA – The Complete Series
LIFEBOAT – Special Edition
MAD HOT BALLROOM
LE SAMOURAI – The Criterion Collection
WAGES OF FEAR – The Criterion Collection (Restored Edition)
TELL THEM WHO YOU ARE

10/25/05
THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE – Special Edition
A BRIDGE TOO FAR – Collector’s Edition
HERBIE: FULLY LOADED
HOUSE OF WAX
LOONEY TUNES: GOLDEN COLLECTION Volume 3
MMELINDA AND MELINDA
MYSTERIOUS SKIN (Unrated Theaterical Edition)
PARTNER – Special Edition
RIZE
THE SUPER MARIO BROTHERS SUPER SHOW
TRAVELLERS AND MAGICIANS


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