DVDs With Dean – Early October Chills, October 6th

This Week’s Tastiest Morsel
Year One
The DVD is being released in a Rated or Unrated edition and normally I don’t care but the Unrated edition has more features and an accompanying unrated audio commentary from Jack Black, Michael Cera, and director Harold Ramis.

Fresh Catches
Trick ‘r Treat
This week begins the build up to Halloween with Trick ‘r Treat which looks like a cheap horror dud, but actually has a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score and has received a lot of buzz. I hope to check it out before the end of month to see if it deserves the hype.

My Life in Ruins
Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) continues to try to catch Greek lightning in a bottle as she goes on a journey to Greece with Richard Dreyfuss and Rachel Dratch. I believe in Nia’s talent, but I think she might be better served as a comedienne in ensemble comedies and not as the star.

Red Dwarf: Back to Earth
The long closed BBC sci-fi show returns for three episodes that sort of closes out the show, but also might be testing the waters for a return to Television. I would be curious to see how the show would play out in today’s market, but it would be morbid curiosity because I can’t imagine it going well.

Dance Flick
This is the latest Wayans brothers’ comedy which parodied Stomp the Yard and other dance films. Please don’t support this garbage.

Anvil: The Story of Anvil
While you may not remember the Metal band Anvil this documentary about them has been a critical darling and has won the audience award at several festivals. The Times even said it is “possibly the greatest film yet made about rock and roll.”

Assassination of a High School President
Micha Barton’s star continues to fall after her show The Beautiful Life gets cancelled after two episodes and this DVD gets a soft release despite it featuring Bruce Willis, who is also in trouble after Surrogates underperformed in the theaters.

Bones: The Complete Fourth Season
David Boreanaz is enjoying his 5th season as Seeley Booth on Bones and if the show continues into a 6th season he will have surpassed his five seasons on the show Angel, which I never would have guessed a few years ago.

Nip/Tuck – Season 5, Part 2
I enjoy this show, but they are charging too much for the last eight episodes of the fifth season on DVD.

Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Series Collection
This combines the five previous sets in one box, but it does not add any features or collectibles. Although, the casing does look pretty good.

Medium: The Complete Fifth Season
I never understood the appeal of this show, and now with over 100 episodes I will continue to roll my eyes in syndication.

Ally McBeal: The Complete Series
The complete series gets released on the same day as the First Season, although the individual season is bare bones. It is also possible that if you try to get the seasons individually they might not release them all unless they perform well, so I recommend getting the complete set if you are a fan.

Six Feet Under – The Complete Series Gift Set
A modestly priced compilation of the highly touted HBO series for anyone who didn’t scoop up the much more expensive individual sets a few years ago.

Ken Burns: National Parks – America’s Best Idea
Ken Burns continues to churn out great documentary sets and this one, unlike the last two, has more beautiful landscapes which make it worth considering in HD for those of you with Blu-Ray capabilities.

Man vs. Food: Season One
A surprisingly fun food travelogue that follows host Adam Rich as he finds interesting food challenges in various cities across the United States.

Double Dip DVDs
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Be sure to check the various editions available this week as the film is released in a giant Limited Edition Collector’s Set, a Plush Gift Set, a set with a Collector’s Book, and the usual Blu-ray and standard DVD.

The Gate
The campy cult classic gets more of a case upgrade than a feature upgrade where they added a director’s commentary and some interview footage.

Audition (Uncut Special Edition)
A bloody and terrifying Japanese thriller which has enjoyed a cult status for a few years, and they are rewarding the fans with a two-disc re-issue and a new HD transfer on Blu-ray.

About Dean McCarthy

Dean McCarthy is a registered film fanatic with a near druglike addiction to DVD collecting. He has been writing in various forms for many years but most of his published works can be found here on Pop Culture Zoo. He is also the co-host of the podcast found at www.stunksstage.com. He is delighted you even bothered reading his article and can be easily reached HERE for any questions, queries, or quarrels.