New on DVD

by Alan Rapp on February 28, 2006

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We’re here to let you know what’s out there for your entertainment dollar.  Every week a new batch of DVD’s gets shipped out and thrown onto the shelves.  This week we’ve got a film that made two of our Top 10 lists (yeah, I don’t know what’s wrong with Aaron either).  Also out today: the popular Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, some more TV collections, a fiftieth anniversary edition of Lady and the Tramp, and one of my worst films of 2005.  Take a peek inside for the full list.

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Here’s what is getting released today on DVD:

Film:

Pride & Prejudice – A reinterpretation of the Jane Austen novel starring Keira Knightly as Elizabeth Bennet a modern woman stuck in a world not yet ready for her.  Beautiful cinematography and great acting make this a gem of 2005.  Knightly earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance and the film earned a spot on both December’s top ten list (check it out) and mine (check it out).  The DVD includes commentary from director Joe Wright, behind the scenes featurettes, and a feature on author Jane Austen.  Read the original review.

Walk the Line – Joaquin Phoenix stars as Johnny Cash and Reese Witherspoon has piled up the awards for her performance as June Carter.  The film takes a look at Cash’s childhood, his love affair with June, and drug use but not much about his career in music.  Available in two different additions with commentary by writer/directer James Mangold, trailers, and deleted scenes.  The Collector’s Edition has an extra disc with movie videos and featurettes.  Read the original review.

The Ice Harvest – Ugh!  Horribly unfunny and unsuspenseful suspense/comedy starring John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton.  It was bad enough to make my worst films of 2005.  The DVD contains commentary from director Harold Ramis, some featurettes, outtakes with Thornton, and an alternate ending.  Read the original review.

Where the Truth Lies – That naughty film with Kevin Bacon that was banned from most mainstream theaters that tried and failed to challenge the NC-17 rating.  The film noir/mystery/drama includes nudity, sex, violence, drugs, and blackmail.  Released here as director Atom Egoyan’s original version shown at Cannes.

Yours, Mine & Ours – I don’t know if Dennis Quaid is a good actor that takes bad parts or a mediocre actor that occasionally backs into a great role, but based on this one you’d have to assume the later.  The remake of 1968 film stars Quaid and Russo.  Sadly they’re no Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball.  Many gross jokes very young children might enjoy.

Collections:

Controversial Classics, Vol. 2 – The Power of Media (All the President’s Men, Network, Dog Day Afternoon) – Great set including the new two disc collections of all three films.  Extras include commentary for each film and more extras then you can shake a stick at plus a nice collector’s sleeve for the DVDs. 

Family/Animated:

Lady and the Tramp (50th Anniversary Edition) – The classic Disney film gets a special 50th Anniversary DVD upgrade.  The love story between Lady (a sheltered cockel spaniel) and Tramp (a streetwise mutt) is one of the most beloved Disney love stories.  The film has been digitally restored with 5.1 sound and enhanced picture and includes never-before-seen footage, original storyboards, an all new music video, a trivia game for kids, a featurettes on the making of the film.

Beast Machines: Transformers – The Complete SeriesTransformers computer generated spin-off centered around a group of Maximals trying to free Cybertron form the Veicons and Megatron.

TV:

Charmed – The Complete Fourth Season – The first season post-Shannen Doherty is chronicled including the two-hour introduction of Rose McGowan as Paige.  The set includes 21 episodes on six discs.

NewsRadio (The Complete Third Season) – The hijinks at WNYX continue with all 25 third season episodes including commentary from 10 episodes, featurettes, and a gag reel.

Bleak House – BBC mini-series adaption of Charles Dickens finds young orphans at the mercy of an unjust 19th Century legal system, murder and more.  The set includes all fifteen episodes on three discs.

Ellen – Season 3 – Third season of Ellen DeGeneres unfunny sitcom includes all 27 episodes and bloopers.  Joely Fisher and Jeremy Piven also star.

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