God, Wine, and Naked Ladies

On Saturday, my friend Ann, was baptized. She wanted to do it old school style in a lake. So, we jaunted off to the local water hole. It went off, more or less, without a hitch, but it was by far the oddest baptism I have ever attended.

Just as she was being dunked we noticed the posted sign stating that in this section of the lake it is forbidden to swim or be in the water. So her first act as a Christian was to break the local law!

This being a public lake, and in the free thinking land of France, many of the ladies (young and old) were bathing in the sun without a top. It was quite an odd experience to take part of a religious ceremony and then to walk a few yards and see naked breasts!

She wanted to have a picnic afterwards, and so we walked around finding a non naked spot of land in which we could lunch. Many family members were present, and being both French and non Christians they brought plenty of wine. There are no strict rules in the church against partaking in a little wine, but most American versions make a big frown at the big A(lcohol). As the wine and champagne was offered around there were a lot of red faced shakes of the head.

I thought some of the American missionaries-in-training were going to drop dead on the spot, with all of that hedonism afoot. Me, I began to think that France was finally doing something right!

Revenge of the German Heat

We finally saw Revenge of the Sith on Tuesday. I have decided that I will not be writing any kind of review. I am well behind on my review writing, and there are only about 18 billion reviews of this movie elsewhere.

I will say that I rather liked it. I went in with rather low expectations, and was rather delighted that the film was actually pretty good. The dialogue was pretty rotten, of course. The acting was much better than the last two, but this isn’t really saying much. I’d say the talented cast did a fair job of acting, and a very decent job of making poor writing tolerable. The action was good, if sometimes poorly filmed. Too many close ups, too many fights in cramped spaces.

As a long time fan, it was an often moving experience witnessing scenes that I have dreamed of seeing for many a year.

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We went to Kehl again today. I bought some blank CDs (50 for 10 Euros!). We have quite a collection of blank discs to take back with us now. With my obsession for downloading live music, my obsession for taking pictures of every conceivable thing twice, and our tendency to burn the discs we borrow from the library, we’ve managed to fill two spindles full of burned disks.

I was also a very good husband today. I generally loath to shop, especially with Amy. It has gotten to the point where I generally refuse to go with her, because it usually ends up in a fight. Today I let her cut loose and look at every little thing her heart desired. We went from store to store browsing everything, and trying on more than I care to remember. I even let her pick out one outfit and make the purchase.

German dressing rooms are a bit less private than their American counterparts. They have individual little booths for everyone to change clothes, but they are right on the floor, as opposed to a side room. Most of the little booths have big curtains that theoretically cover up the entire booth. However, in reality they are too bulky to shut properly, and wind up leaving little cracks in them. The point here is that my wife went into a booth and changed, leaving me standing in the middle of a women’s clothing store all by myself. All these fluttering dressing booth cracks are opening up revealing tantalizing bits of flesh. Meanwhile I stand there, trying not to look (at least not obviously so) at said flesh while catching all kind of hateful glances from the other ladies, all thinking ‘what a perv.’ To feel better, and to prove I wasn’t some wandering pervert, but a nice guy taking his gal shopping, I would periodically lean my head into Amy’s booth making observations on her clothing picks.

Amy got her hair cut this evening. It cost a good fortune, but it looks very cute. It’s much shorter than before, and is actually just about my length now. Which makes us either really cute, or nauseatingly so.

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It has been achingly hot here. I knew this would happen when we were all complaining about the general chilly and rainy weather a few weeks ago. It wouldn’t be so miserable if France had learned about the modern technology called an air conditioner. That’s not really true, they know what air conditioning is, I’ve felt it inside the nicer shopping centers. They just don’t equip their apartment with it.

Yes, I am a wimp. Yes, people lived without air conditioning for years and years. Yes, millions of people still live perfectly fine lives without air conditioning in much hotter climates. I am weak, I am a wuss. I want my air conditioning! Amy and I lay on opposite sides of the bed not daring to get near enough to touch, for that would bring too much heat. We sweat, we moan, we complain. Eventually we nod off and dream of icebergs.

Book Review: American Tabloid by James Ellroy

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Like the supermarket rags in the title, this James Elroy novel is loaded with grandiose stories, half truths and more conspiracy theories than an Oliver Stone wet dream. It rewrites history in a manner akin to the Lone Gunmen in the X-Files and is a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

It is filled with wall to wall celebrities. There are politicians (John F.and Robert Kenney, J Edgar Hoover), flashy millionaires (Howard Hughes) and mobsters galore (Santo Traficante, Jack Ruby, etc). It retells the rise to power of JFK through a myriad of conspiracies, ending with the ultimate conspiracy, the assassination of JFK.

It is filled with bits of history and fact, but also unproven conspiracies and outright fabrications. I am not a historian, so my knowledge of the time period, while pretty good, is by no means complete. I suspect this is true for the majority of Americans. None of us know exactly what happened the day JFK was assassinated. There are a lot of theories floating around, and they all sort of blend together after awhile. Elroy uses this to his advantage.

For example, it is generally accepted that John F Kennedy had affairs. During the Clinton scandals numerous journalists touted this as absolute truth, though I’ve never once seen any hard data confirming the information. Before anyone sends in the hard data, understand that whether or not JFK did have affairs is beyond the point. As a culture we believe it, it is accepted as fact. There are many more rumors and flat out lies, that as a culture we know, that we have heard for the umpteenth time, that it feels like the truth. Elroy writes all of these things as hard truths, and then kicks them up several notches. Here, JFK not only has a few casual affairs, but is an oversexed hound dog. He employs multiple persons to set him up with one night stands at every campaign stop, for every night of the week.

Likewise such fascinating conspiracies of the American group mind such as the CIA/Mob collaboration to assassinate Fidel Catro, the CIA sanctioning of heroin sells to support this collaboration,. Or Joe Kennedy’s mob ties, and Jack Ruby’s collaboration with the JFK conspiracy, are all made concrete facts, and punctuated with exclamation marks, ad infinitum.

There aren’t any good guys in this novel. Anybody who starts out with anything close to a normal set of morals has completely lost them by story’s end. Though filled with real people, it centers around three completely fictional characters. Kemper Boyd carries out a tangled web of undercover work for the FBI, CIA, the Kennedy clan and the mob. Pete Bondurant is an ex cop who plays body guard for Howard Hughes and then Jimmy Hoffa, and has a penchant for bloody violence. Ward Little is an FBI agent hungry for anti mob activity, who through a series of mistakes eventually begins working directly for them.

Each character is destroyed, destroyed again and sometimes built up a little before they are yet again destroyed. Nobody walks away clean, or undamaged. The plot gets a little thick and there were moments where I wish it had been supplied with a map and a compass. The subplots are so plentiful and intertwined its sometimes difficult to tell where you are at within the myriad of webs. Elroy’s style doesn’t help in this matter, for it is about as hard boiled as a writer can be. I don’t think there is a paragraph longer than five sentences, and there is a great many consisting of only one line. Many critics have found this immensely annoying and find the novel difficult to read because of it. I had no problem with it. It made the novel faster to read, and made it seemed much lighter than it actually is. Although, I must say that at the halfway point through the sequel, it has grown quite tiresome.

To supply some of the details left out in the brevity of his prose, Elroy supplies any number of fake documents including tabloid cut outs, top secret documents and verbatim transcripts of phone conversations.

It is a fast paced, exciting, often violent book. It is pulp fiction with literary sensibilities. It doesn’t work particularly well as revisionist history, but for fans of hard boiled crime stories, or those who can’t get enough conspiracy it is a thoroughly enjoyable read.

DVD Review: The Apartment

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I came to this film expecting a light hearted romantic comedy. Watching the trailer did nothing to eliminate this idea. The actual film is hardly light hearted, and is really rather sad, and dramatic.

The set up is fairly antiquated, and somewhat sexist. Jack Lemmon plays CC Baxter, a quiet gentleman working as a small cog in a very big insurance company. He also happens to have a very spacious apartment to himself. Word gets around the office about the apartment and Baxter’s agreement to not be home on certain nights. Soon enough every male executive in the office is hitting him for use of the apartment for evening trysts.

Though modern audiences probably grimace at such a concept, it is pulled off quite well. For the most part, the comedy remains intact. When I said that it isn’t a comedy, I don’t mean that there isn’t lots of humor to be found. It’s just that the drama is more involved than what we typical consider to be comedy. There are some truly funny scenes one of which has Baxter getting out his apartment planner, rescheduling several visits from the office men. In my favorite scene, he cooks pasta with a tennis racket.

The conflict of the film involves one of the top executives of the office, Mr. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray) and a fun loving elevator operator Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLain). When Sheldrake begins using the apartment to rekindle his affair with Kubelik, he promotes Baxter at the office, to keep him satisfied. Not knowing that Kubelik is Sheldrake’s love interest, Baxter begins courting her himself.

Tension builds up within the love triangle. Kubelik is not the fun loving gal she at first seemed. As Baxter gets to know her better we find that she harbors some deep secrets and her actions take a downward spiral. The film becomes rather dark, rather grim. It turns even bleaker when the principal joke wears thin. It seems the only thing holding back every married man from having an extra-marital affair is a nice place in which to have it. There isn’t a man in the cast, except Baxter, who has the slightest moral aptitude.

Billy Wilder is one of the great director’s of American cinema, and it certainly shows here. Instead of going for a more slapstick approach, and the material certainly could have been handled that way, he turns it into a more touching drama.

The three characters involved in the love triangle are all superbly acted. Lemmon and MacMurry are both at the top of their game. And MacLain reminds us that she was not always the kooky old lady waxing nutty about past lives. Here she is a beautiful screen presence and holds her own against the two male leads.

What I thought was going to be a light hearted, fast paced romp in the vein of Some Like It Hot, turned out to be a rather poignant, sad tale of the complexities of life. This was a little disappointing while watching the film, but after letting it sit inside the recesses of my mind, it has become one of the great films I have seen. This is not to say there isn’t comedy, but instead of jokes, the comedy comes from within the characters themselves. As in life.

Region 1 DVD Releases For 24th May 2005

The Duke de Mondo is out with the royal conclave again this week. Deciding who will be the next Pope de Mondo takes plenty of time, apparently.

He promises to be back next week. Until then, here is this weeks Region 1 DVD releases.

The big movie release this week is Martin Scorcese’s the Aviator. Though he’ll never hit the creative peaks of his 70’s period, the Aviator is still a beautiful, brilliant film.

Jean Pierre Juenet’s A Very Long Engagement hits the shelves this week. The follow up film to the hugely successful Amelie likewise stars Audrey Tautou. For some dumb reason French theatres do now show their films with English subtitles, so I have yet to see it. But Jeunet’s films are always worth at least one viewing.

It is a good week for Generation X’ers who are feeling a little nostalgic. Two sets of After School Specials are being released. So put down your Trapper Keeper and cozy up to a bunch of melodramatic cheese fests starring the likes of such 80’s heartthrobs as Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Rob Lowe, Robert Reed and Dana Plato.

If that wasn’t enough to get you reminiscing about the time that punk Stephen stole your lunch money, or that other time you got pants in gym class then this week also sees the release of Superfriends – the Second Season, and Airwolf – Season One.

For those of you who are a bit older, and need something in black and white to feel nostalgic, the Andy Griffith – Complete Second Season also hits the shelves. Still need something to keep you saying “They don’t make them like they used to?” The Dick Van Dyke Show has packaged its entire season together.

Other notable TV releases are: News Radio – The Complete Second Season, Law and Order – The Third Year, and MASH – Season 8.

For reasons unknown to me, Richard Pryor has a couple of releases coming out. There is a two pack of his comedies with Gene Wilder, See No Evil, Hear No Evil and Stir Crazy. The other release is a collection of his stand-up routines, Here and Now and Live on the Sunset Strip. I’m not that familiar with his stand up material, but the films are well worth adding to any collection.

Right alongside Richard Pryor on any list of great comedians is Red Skelton. His sketch comedy show gets a 2 disc greatest hits packaging.

Other notable film releases are: Drums Along the Mohawk, A Farewell to Arms, and a single disc version of the Godfather Part II.

Here’s the full list, with a few additional comments by me.

16 Years Of Alcohol) (2003
Studio: TLA Releasing
Rated: R

2B Perfectly Honest (2004)
Studio: Monarch Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Above and Beyond – The Complete Television Series
5-Disc Set
Studio: Brentwood Home Video (BCI Eclipse LLC)
Rated: Not Rated

After School Specials: 1981-1982 (1981)
2-Disc Set
Studio: Brentwood Home Video (BCI Eclipse LLC)
Rated: Not Rated

After School Specials: 1982-1986 (1982)
2-Disc Set
Studio: Brentwood Home Video (BCI Eclipse LLC)
Rated: Not Rated

Agatha Christie's Marple – Series 1
Studio: Acorn Media Publishing Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

Airwolf – Season One (1984)
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

The Andy Griffith Show – The Complete Second Season (1961)
5-Disc Set
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Angelina Ballerina – The Big Performance
Studio: Hit Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Angelina Ballerina – The Big Performance
Studio: Hit Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Anger Management/As Good As It Gets 2-Pack (1997)
2-DVD Set Side by Side
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: PG-13

Anna and the King of Siam (1946)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Are We There Yet? (2005)
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: PG

Are We There Yet? (2005)
Universal Media Disc
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: PG

Aria's Secret Desires
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

Asalto En Tijuana (1985)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated

The Aviator (2004)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: PG-13

The Aviator (2004)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: PG-13

The Aviator/ Memphis Belle
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

The Aviator/This Boy's Life
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Baa Baa Black Sheep: Volume 1 – The First Adventures Of The Black Sheep Squadron (1976)
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Back in the Day (2005)
Studio: First Look Home Entertainment
Rated: R

Batman the Animated Series – 3 Pack
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Batman the Animated Series – Volume Three
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

The Batman: Training for Power – Season 1 Vol 1
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Just in time to get everybody excited about the new movie.

Behaving Badly Vol 2 Boxed Set
Studio: Acorn Media Publishing Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

The Best of Everything (1959)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Best of Everything (1959)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Big Ain't Bad (2002)
Studio: Urbanworks
Rated: Not Rated

The Big Black Comedy Show – Vol. 2
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Billy Jack – The Ultimate Collection
Studio: Mackinac Media
Rated: Not Rated

Blank the World
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Blank the World
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Blank the World
Studio: Sony Music Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Blank the World
Studio: WEA
Rated: Not Rated

Blood Trap
Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Bob the Builder – Getting the Job Done!
Studio: Hit Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

If you have kids, prepare to buy more toy dump trucks.


The Bravados (
1958)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Bravados (1958)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Broken Lance (1954)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Brooke Ellison Story (2005)
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: PG

Buffalo Bill (1944)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: PG

Bunny Wailer – Live (2005)
Studio: Music Video Distributors
Rated: Not Rated

Carlos Mencia – Not for the Easily Offended Live In San Jose (2005)
Studio: Studioworks
Rated: Not Rated

Charlie's Angels (2000)
Universal Media Disc
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: PG-13

For PSP players only.

Cliff Richard – The Event (1989)
Studio: Music Video Distributors
Rated: Unknown

Combat! – Season 4: Conflict 1
4-Disc Set
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

Combat! – Season 4: Conflict 2
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

Compadres A La Mexicana (1990)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated

Con Todo El Corazon
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated

Corazon De Tequila (2000)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated

The Dancer (1994)
Studio: First Run Features Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Dangerous Living
Studio: First Run Features Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: PG-13

Dead & Rotting 4-Pack (1993)
Studio: Brentwood Home Video (BCI Eclipse LLC)
Rated: Not Rated

The Detective (1968)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Di Gi Charat – Vol. 1: Nyo Arrival (2005)
Studio: Bandai Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Dick Van Dyke Show – The Complete Series (1961)
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

Drenched in Blood 4-Pack (2002)
Studio: Brentwood Home Video (BCI Eclipse LLC)
Rated: Not Rated

Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Earthquake: About Got Damm Time!
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

You’ve got to love the title.

El Charro Negro vs. La Banda De Los Cuervo (1962)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated

El Escuadron De La Muerte (1987)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated

El Fisgon Del Hotel (1993)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated

Seems to be a very nice selection of Spanish titles coming out these days.

Everybody Loves Raymond – The Series Finale (2005)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

With entire seasons being released, I’m not sure why anyone would want to pick up a single episode. But, for those who do, here’s the last episode ever of Ray Romano’s hit show.

Fairies – Music and Stories from Fairyland (2004)
Studio: GoodTimes Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Fairies – The Seventh Unicorn and Other Stories (2004)
Studio: GoodTimes Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Fancy Dancing (2002)
Studio: Mackinac Media
Rated: Not Rated

A Farewell to Arms (1932)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Fat Actress (2005)
2-Disc Set
Studio: Showtime Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Forty Guns (1957)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme
Studio: Palm Pictures
Rated: Not Rated

The Frogmen (1951)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Fully Loaded Jamaica (2005)
Studio: Music Video Distributors
Rated: Not Rated

Gaither and Friends – It Is No Secret (2005)
Studio: Music Video Distributors
Rated: Not Rated

Garfield Fantasies (1988)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Not what you think, you perv.

Ghoul School 4-Pack (1990)
Studio: Brentwood Home Video (BCI Eclipse LLC)
Rated: Not Rated

Go Tell the Spartans (1978)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

The Godfather Part II (1974)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: R

In case you’re like me, and are to cheap to shill out for the whole box set.

Golden Voices of Israel – Jewish Liturgical Treasures (2005)
Studio: Qualiton Imports LTD.
Rated: Not Rated

H (2002)
Studio: TLA Releasing
Rated: R

Haunted by the Past 4-Pack (2001)
Studio: Brentwood Home Video (BCI Eclipse LLC)
Rated: Not Rated

Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train (2004)
Studio: First Run Features Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

I, Robot (2004)
Collector's Edition
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: PG-13

This film was visually impressive, but I found it too summer blockbustery for its material, and thus it gets no recommendation.

Ian Parker- Whilst the Wind: Live (2005)
Studio: Music Video Distributors
Rated: Not Rated

In Old Arizona
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Invasion of Terror 4-Pack (1973)
Studio: Brentwood Home Video (BCI Eclipse LLC)
Rated: Not Rated

John Renbourn & Jacqui McShee – In Concert (2005)
Studio: Music Video Distributors
Rated: Unknown

Just a Question of Love (2005)
Studio: Wolfe Video
Rated: Not Rated

Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)
Studio: Facets Video
Rated: Not Rated

L'Argent (1983)
Studio: New Yorker Video
Rated: Not Rated


La Diosa Del Puerto
(1990)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated

La Hija Del Ministro (1952)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated

Lady in Cement (1968)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: R

Lady in Cement (1968)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: R

Law & Order – The Third Year (1992)
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Lena Horne – An Evening With Lena Horne (1994)
Studio: Music Video Distributors
Rated: Not Rated

Lena in her later years. She’s still got a voice by this time, but its nothing compared to her glory days.

Luke's Freakshow – On Tour
Studio: Urbanworks
Rated: Not Rated

Man on Fire (2004)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: R

MASH TV Season 8
3-Disc Set
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Mission Mars Collection – Flight to Mars/Attack From Mars/Invaders From Mars
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

MPD Psycho
Studio: Ventura Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Na Leo – I Miss You My Hawaii (2004)
Studio: Mountain Apple
Rated: Not Rated

National Lampoon – Lost Reality 2
Rated Version
Studio: Ventura Distribution
Rated: R

National Lampoon – Lost Reality 2
Unrated Version
Studio: Ventura Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

National Lampoon: The Best of Romp
Studio: Genius Productions, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

National Lampoon: Tooned Up
Studio: Genius Productions, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

NewsRadio – The Complete First & Second Seasons (1995)
3-Disc Set
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Nick Jr. Favorites – Volume 1 (2005)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Nick Picks – Volume 1 (2005)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Now That's Funny
Studio: First Look Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated


Our Burden Is Light
(2005)
Special Widescreen Edition/ CD Included
Studio: Brentwood Home Video (BCI Eclipse LLC)
Rated: Not Rated
Partners – Fitness
Studio: Studioworks
Rated: Not Rated

Penthouse – Bedroom Fantasies (2004)
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

The Phantom of Liberty (1974)
Studio: Criterion Collection
Rated: Not Rated

Pompeii: The Last Day
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005)
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Rated: G

Possessed (2004)
Studio: Lion's Gate Films
Rated: Unknown

Psychotic Tendencies 4-Pack
Studio: Brentwood Home Video (BCI Eclipse LLC)
Rated: Unrated

Queen for A Day (1951)
3 Disc Set
Studio: First Look Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Razor's Edge (1946)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Red Skelton – America's Greatest Clown
2-Disc Set
Studio: Brentwood Home Video (BCI Eclipse LLC)
Rated: Not Rated

Richard Pryor – Stand Up (Here and Now/Live on Sunset Strip) (1982)
2-DVD Set
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Romeo & Juliet: Thames Shakespeare Collection (2005)
Studio: Navarre Corporation
Rated: Not Rated

S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (2004)
Studio: First Run Features Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Samurai Jack: Season 2
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

One of the many cartoons released by Nickolodeon that works for adults just as much as for kids.

Samurai Jack: The Complete Seasons 1&2
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Secuestro (1995)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated

See No Evil, Hear No Evil/Stir Crazy 2-Pack (1981)
2-DVD Set, Side by Side
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: R

Sinaloa – Tierra de Hombres (1994)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated

Skinned Alive 4-Pack (1989)
Studio: Brentwood Home Video (BCI Eclipse LLC)
Rated: Not Rated

The Sleepwalker Killing
Studio: First Look Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Smoklamentry (2005)
Studio: Music Video Distributors
Rated: Not Rated

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and Mississippi John Hurt, Hedy West & Paul Cadwell
Studio: Facets Video
Rated: Not Rated

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and Mississippi John Hurt, Hedy West & Paul Cadwell
Studio: Facets Video
Rated: Not Rated

Sorted
Studio: Ardustry Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Spanglish/50 First Dates 2-Pack (2004)
2-DVD Set, Side by Side
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: PG-13

Spanglish/As Good As It Gets 2-Pack (1997)
2-DVD Set, Side by Side
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: PG-13

Speed Racer – Volume 3
Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Spin (2004)
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
Rated: PG-13

Spongebob Squarepants – Fear of a Krabby Patty (2005)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Stolen Heart (1997)
Studio: Mackinac Media
Rated: R

Straight Men and The Men Who Love Them
Studio: Ariztical Entertainment
Rated: Unknown

Street Fury – Redline
Studio: TokyoPop
Rated: Not Rated

Superfriends – The Second Season
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Superfriends – The Second Season
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Superfriends: Complete Seasons 1 & 2
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

The Tai Chi Master
Studio: ADV Films, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

Taquito De Ojo (1988)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated

A Taste of Ambrosia: Jamaica Go-Go (2005)
Studio: Music Video Distributors
Rated: Not Rated

Three on a Match (1998)
Studio: Ariztical Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Tony Rome (1967)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Torrente 2 – Mission In Marbella (2001)
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated

Torrente 2 – Mission In Marbella (2001)
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated

The Trail to Hope Rose
Studio: GoodTimes Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Ulrich Bien-Aime – The Body And Soul Trainer – Soul Stretches (2003)
Studio: Hart Sharp Video
Rated: PG-13

Ustad Vilayat Khan – Bequest Live (2005)
Studio: Music Video Distributors
Rated: Not Rated

Vagabundo en la Lluvia (1968)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated

Verdugo De Traidores (1987)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated

A Very Long Engagement / The Affair of the Necklace
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

A Very Long Engagement (2004)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: R

Volcanoes of the Deep Sea
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

Voyage to the Planets and Beyond
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Voyage to the Planets and Beyond/Hyperspace
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Warlock (1959)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Wiggles – Lights, Camera, Action
Studio: Hit Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Wiggles – Wiggly Party DVD
Studio: Hit Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

A Wind from Wyoming (1994)
Studio: Facets Video
Rated: Not Rated

Wolf's Rain – Vol. 7: Final Encounters (2004)
Studio: Bandai Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

I’m Ready For Bed

We have spent the lat two days finalizing our “last hurrah.” A few weeks ago we booked the packaged Ireland tour, the flights to and fro, and a place to sleep in Barcelona. It was there we stopped because we were unsure as to where we would like to spend a few days in France. In doing so over the last couple of days, one of the great differences between me and my wife came to light in the most unflattering way.

Amy is a researcher. For the last 6 weeks or so, she has been researching the details of this Barcelona to Strasbourg vacation. She got out all her maps and scoured the entire country for interesting cities. She wore out our guide book, and sifted through the internet for information regarding any and all places to visit. If a city exists with something minutely interesting to see, she found it, researched it and planned out a possible visit.

She took notes. She searched train schedules, cross referencing other possible stops to ensure the best possible times and routes. She marked, checked and rated every city, village, and hut throughout the entire country.

She didn’t, however, make any type of decision. Amy is fantastic at research, and terrible at decision making. She wants to see EVERYTHING. So, after weeks of looking, she was no closer to having a plan than when she begun.

I am the opposite. I make decisions quickly, and sometimes, rather hastily. I sat down last night, after Amy had spent several hours reviewing and revising her notes, and started planning our voyage. We bought a Eurorail pass. Basically we can travel anywhere in Spain and France on five separate days within a two month period. We can make multiple stops during one travel day, but once that day is over, so is the days ticket. Now, I know we want to go to Paris for a couple of days, and we will be returning to Strasbourg. Two tickets gone, right there. That left us three travel days.

Looking at Amy’s notes I quickly surmised that she wanted to visit the Southern province of Provence. I quickly chose a city that seemed interesting and was far enough away from the highly crowded beach resorts. Montpelier is the name. From there Amy gave me two choices for our next stop. Skimming the pages in the guidebook I again quickly decided on Arles because it contains both some Roman ruins and was where Van Gogh lived for a time. Our next stop was easy, because we had already decided we wanted to travel to Tours so that we could do some castle tours.

In a manner of 15 minutes I had made decisions that Amy had been killing herself over for weeks.

She was not particularly happy over my quick decision making. Yet, she was not sure in which manner to attack me. Her first approach was to complain that it seemed like we were rushing from place to place too quickly. It is true that we were planning to see a lot of countryside in a very short amount of time. It is the nature of this type of traveling. I explained that with this type of tour, we had to move quickly through each city in order to see more things. On several occasions we will be traveling to a city in the morning, touring in the afternoon, and then traveling to the next city that evening. We simply don’t have the money or the time to spend a long time in each city. Besides, many of these smaller cities can easily be toured in a day, and any extra stay would become dull.

Without pausing for the irony, she then complained that we weren’t seeing enough cities. I reminded her that she just complained that we were moving too quickly, and that it certainly wouldn’t slow us down to add more cities onto the itinerary. There is little leeway to add more days to our tour, because we simply have to get back in order to pack up and fly back to the states. She then accepted my explanations, though adding in some sulk.

I must admit that Amy did a marvelous job of researching everything, which made my job of decision making so much easier.

The difference noted here, highlight the general differences in our life outlook. Amy is very thorough, detail oriented, and great at research. When she goes grocery shopping she looks over every single item of food. She checks the ingredients, net weight and price and then compares each with similar items in the aisle. After a close inspection of each item she then picks one out for purchase. It’s the same in clothes shopping. She inspects each rack, checking out styles, sizes, and colors. She runs a mental check for matching items already in her closet, then keeps an eye out for additional matches within the store. She chooses a large selection of potentials and tries them on. The try-ons get sorted into stacks according to their cuteness, price and how they fit. When items do not fit just right they are taken back and different sizes are sought out. This goes on for eternity. It doesn’t even matter is she actually has money to make the purchase, she will look for hours with no intention of actually walking out of the store with anything.

This wears me out to no end. When I shop, I do a slow walk through my section. If something catches my eye I pull it out checking price, size and wearability. If I get a match on all three, I will take it in for a one time tryout. I have never flipped through all the clothes within a rack. If I dig one item on the rack I will give it a good once over and then move on. If it takes me more than half an hour to shop for clothes I am disheartened.

It is like this in nearly everything. Amy is thorough and detailed. Which reads slow to me. I am quick, and decisive. Which reads rash to Amy.

Despite these differences, we manage to get along quite nicely. I let her go shopping with the girls, and she lets me make the final decision on where we’re going to vacation.

On top of the two day long process of reserving our vacation the rest of the day was rather lousy. I had a horrible French class due mainly on my bad attitude stemming from the vacation planning. I have also moved up a level, so to speak, in my language learning. I suddenly feel like I am back at day one. The last several weeks have been mainly review lessons on what I have already studied. These lessons make me feel good about my language acquisition. I actually seem to know the answers. Now that I’ve been upgraded, everything is new again. The vocabulary has expanded, and the grammar has become more difficult. My head is sullenly resting in my hands again, and my answers become disenchanted mumbles.

After class I did the unfortunate thing of checking my credit card balance. Not good! I hate debt. I hate being in debt. Europe has slowly depleted our saving and put us in a great deal of debt. We’re certainly not broke. We will manage quite nicely. Bills will be paid and payments will be made on the card. It just feels miserable to feel like you owe a huge amount.

To top things off I missed seeing Star Wars. I intentionally put off seeing the film this weekend because I was going to see it with Daniel tonight. He did not want to see it with 8 million others folks this weekend, and I agreed to hold off until Monday night. Unfortunately, something came up and he was unable to go anyway. We got to the theatre only to find that our scheduled showing was in French. The next English language showing wasn’t until much later. By the time much later rolled around, Amy decided she was too pooped to view.

There is always tomorrow, I suppose.

Have Some More Wine

Amy’s department at the university had a picnic yesterday evening. Well, first they had a game of football (that’s soccer to us Yanks) which Amy and I were conveniently very late to, causing us to have to sit out and not play. The picnic was a very casual affair with everyone bringing their favorite dishes and sitting right smack on the grass. We had lots of quiches, pastas and vegetables. There was plenty of wine and beer to go around. The French mindset on the consumption of alcohol is very much different than the American concept. The only people drinking water or juice was the smallest of children. When Amy got up and poured a glass of orange juice she was heralded with a barrage of questions and jokes.

“You put vodka in that right?”

“What are you doing? Oh no, we’re out of wine!?!”

And so forth.

They literally could not understand an adult woman not guzzling down wine or beer with her meal.

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We packed our first bag today. Our American friend, Pamela, is flying back to the states to be at her brother’s wedding. She has kindly offered to take one of our suitcases along with her. She can ship it to Amy’s folks at a cost much less than we could do the same from France. We’re working on a few other folks who will be making similar trips in the next few months. It’s not that we’ve accumulated that much additional stuff while here. But, that the French airline is stricter with luggage limitations than the American airlines were when we came here.

It feels weird to be packing things up in preparation of our return.

Region 1 DVD Releases For 17th May 2005

A blogcritics friend usually does a bit on the weekly DVD releases. He's out of commission for a couple of weeks, and asked me to help out. As stated yesterday, I'm now posting all blogcritic posts here as well. I hope this doesn't annoy my faithful readers, but rather, brings some new folks into the fold.

Our friend, the Duke de Mondo, has been called away for one royal emergency or another. In his absence he has asked me to take over the Region 1 DVD releases for the next couple of weeks. We apologize for the lateness of this weeks installment.

I’ll try to live up to the legacy, minus the naughty words.

It is a good week for TV shows on DVD. My top three comedies of all time make appearances as well as a few other notable shows. As for movies, it’s pretty slim picking from my point of view.

Cheers – The Complete Fifth Season (1986)

The greatest television comedy ever made. This was the last season to feature Shelly Long, who left the show to find fame and fortune on the movie screen, and got lost along the way. It’s a pretty bare bones release, but contains one of my all time favorite episodes “Thanksgiving Orphans” where the gang stage the world’s greatest food fight.

The Simpsons – Bart Wars

What was the greatest television comedy about four seasons ago has released a specialty disk just in time to settle your jonesing for more Star Wars after watching Episode III. Similar to their other specialty disks on the likes of Halloween and Christmas, this disk contains four episodes and no special features.

Seinfeld – The Fourth Season (1992)

To round out my top three television comedies, Seinfeld releases it’s best season this week. There’s a massive amount of extras on these disks including: documentaries, interviews, deleted scenes and a whole lot more. Not that a season including such episodes as: The Bubble Boy, The Junior Mint (“It’s a little mint”), The Pick, and The Contest (“I’m master of my domain”) needs any extras to sell itself.

Rounding the television releases out come the Golden Girls: the complete 2nd season, the Commish: Best of Season 1 and Scrubs: The Complete First Season

There are only a few standouts in the new film releases category.

Steve McQueen Giftset – 4 Pack (1960)

This set includes two of the all time great great McQueen films, The Great Escape and the Magnificent Seven, a very decent, but dated caper The Thomas Crown Affair, and something I’ve never heard of, Junior Bonner. It doesn’t look like either of the films includes anything not already on previous releases. But, if you haven’t purchased any of the classics, it could be worth the packaged deal. Though I would have preferred something along the lines of Papillion over Junior Bonner, if you get it at a reduced price, there isn’t much room to complain.

Kinsey (2004)

Sex on film from my neck of the American heartland. Kinsey did a great deal of his research in Bloomington, IN, which happens to be where I’ve been living the last couple of years. So, he’s kind of an odd hometown hero. I’ve embarrassingly not yet managed to see the film. There is the regular edition and a special edition with audio commentary, deleted scenes, bloopers and a couple of documentaries on the real man.

The other film release worth mentioning is the Grudge. It’s noted as an extended cut, and you can assume their will be some more bloodshed in those extentions, but I see no indication as to the content or length of said extended cuts. I have to admit, I’ve not seen the shortened cut, so I can only recommend according to reputation.

Well, here’s the remainder of the releases. I’ll add a comment or two throughout. I’ll be back next week with new releases.

1 Love (2003)
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
Rated: PG

Abouna (2004)
Studio: Home Vision
Rated: Not Rated

The Adventures of Pete and Pete – Season One (1993)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

American Experience – Kinsey (2005)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Just in time for the release of the film, PBS releases a documentary about the man behind the film.

American Experience – MacArthur (1998)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

American Experience – Return With Honor (1999)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

American Experience – War Letters (2002)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Arlington: Field of Honor
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Berga: Soldiers of Another War (2003)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Big Black Comedy Show – Vol. 2
Studio: Naxos
Rated: Not Rated

The Biggest Fan (2005)
Studio: Goldhil Home Media International
Rated: Not Rated

Black Cadillac
Studio: First Look Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Blue (1968)
Widescreen Collection
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Bounder 2: A Tale of the Unexpected
Studio: BFS Entertainment & Multimedia Limited
Rated: Not Rated

Call Me – The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss (2004)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Camp Utopia
Studio: Tempe Video
Rated: Not Rated

Candide
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

Charisma (1999)
Studio: Home Vision
Rated: Not Rated

Cheers – The Complete Fifth Season (1986)
4-Disc Set
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Clarissa Explains It All – Season One (1991)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Before Melissa Joan Hart became a witch, and grew breasts.

Classic Comedy Teams – Dance With Me Henry (1956)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Cold Grip (2005)
Studio: Maverick Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Cold Grip (2005)
Spindled
Studio: Maverick Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Commish – The Best Of Season One (1991)
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Conagher (1991)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Cybuster – Vol. 4: Micro Black Hole Cannon (2004)
Studio: Geneon Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Desperate Trail (1994)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: R

Eddie Griffin – Voodoo Child
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

El Dia De Los Albaniles 1 (1984)
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated

Elective Affinities (1996)
Studio: Wellspring
Rated: Not Rated

Escort West (1959)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Escuadron 201 (1945)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated

Fortunes of War
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Unknown

Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play – Vol. 6 (1998)
Studio: Geneon Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Galaxy Hunter (2004)
Studio: Razor Digital Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Gamera: The Ultimate Collection
Studio: RED Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex Vol. 6
Special Edition
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Rated: Unrated

I dig the original film, but this sounds a little too far removed to be worth paying money to watch.

Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex Vol. 6
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Rated: Unrated

Ghost Lake (2004)
Studio: Ventura Distribution
Rated: R

Giant Robo – Ginrei Special (2005)
Studio: Media Blasters
Rated: Not Rated

Golden Girls – The Complete Second Season
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Green Butchers (2005)
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: R

The Grudge (2004)
Extended Cut, Not Rated
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Gungrave – Vol. 6: Erosion (2004)
Studio: Geneon Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Hot Body – Bad Girls Wet T-Shirt Contest (2005)
Studio: Hot Body International
Rated: Unrated

An old college roommate used to get catalogs from this group. If you like this kind of things, they seemed to deliver what they advertise.


Hot Body Competition – Beverly Hills Covergirl Model Contest
Studio: Hot Body International
Rated: Unrated

Hour of the Gun (1967)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Hoxsey – When Healing Becomes a Crime
Studio: Wellspring
Rated: Not Rated

I haven’t a clue what this is actually about, but the title alone makes it worth checking out.

The Hunting Party (1971)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: R

I'll Take Sweden (1965)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Infection (2004)
Studio: Lion's Gate Films
Rated: Unknown

Invitation to a Gunfighter (1964)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

It's Easier for A Camel (2003)
Studio: New Yorker Video
Rated: Not Rated

Isn’t it always.

Johnny Reno (1966)
Wisedscreen Collection
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Kahil El Zabar's Ritual Trio Meets Billy Bang: Live at the River East Art Center (2004)
Studio: City Hall Records
Rated: Not Rated

Kidvidz – Let's Get a Move On! (1990)
Studio: Goldhil Home Media International
Rated: Not Rated

Kinsey (2004)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: R

Kinsey (2004)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: R

Kinsey (2004)
Special Edition
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: R

Kinsey (2004)
Special Edition, Canadian
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: R

Go Canada

Last Stand at Saber River (1996)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Los Verduleros (1986)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated

Loving Feeling (1968)
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

Madame Brouette
Studio: VAI Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Man Outside (1988)
Studio: Razor Digital Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Mask (1994)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

A bare bones release to run in conjunction with the sequel that no one saw.

The Mask (1994)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Unknown

The Mask (1994)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: PG-13

Monarch of the Glen: The Complete Series 3
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Unknown

Monster Guitar Method – Vol. 1 Beginner/Novice
Bonus Jam Along CD And Instructional Booklet
Studio: Ardustry Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Monster Guitar Method – Vol. 2 Beginner/Novice
Bonus Jam Along CD Plus Instructional Booklet
Studio: Ardustry Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Monster Guitar Method – Vol. 4 Intermediate/Advanced
Bonus Jam Alond CD And Instructional Booklet
Studio: Ardustry Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Monster Guitar Method – Vol. 5 Advanced
Bonus Jam Along CD plus Instructional Booklet
Studio: Ardustry Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

More Dead Than Alive (1968)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: PG

Mosquitoman
Studio: First Look Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

NBA 25 Years of Champions
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Unknown

NBA Dynasty Series: The Philadelphia 76ers
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Unknown

NBA Furious Finishes (1996)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Unknown

NFL Greatest Follies Collection Giftset
2 Pack
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Night Sun
Studio: Wellspring
Rated: Not Rated

Notre Musique (2004)
Studio: Wellspring
Rated: Not Rated

Older Adults Walk & Firm – With Leslie Sansone
Studio: Inspired Corporation
Rated: Not Rated

Peter Gabriel – Growing Up on Tour: A Family Portrait (2005)
Studio: RED Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Gabriel’s music is always worth a listen, and his live shows are closer to theatre than a rock concert. Filmed by his daughter during the 2002 tour, this is suppose to capture both the live show and the tumult of Gabriel’s personal life as he tries to balance rock stardom and family life.

The Piglet Files 3: Case File Sex, Spies and Videotape
Studio: BFS Entertainment & Multimedia Limited
Rated: Not Rated

Be afraid, be very afraid

The Princess and the Pirate (1944)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Purgatory (1999)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Quicksilver Highway (1997)
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Rata Blanca – En Vivo – Teatro Gran Rex (featuring Glenn Hughes)
Studio: DLN Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Red Dwarf – Series 1 & 2 (1988)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Return To The Batcave: The Misadventures Of Adam And Burt
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Sam Whiskey
(1969)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: PG

The Scalphunters (1968)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Scrubs – The Complete First Season (2001)
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Sea Inside (2004)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Seance (2000)
Studio: Home Vision
Rated: Not Rated

Secret Sins
Studio: Razor Digital Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Seinfeld – The Fourth Season (1992)
4-Disc Set
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Silk Stalkings – The Best Of Season One (1991)
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Simpsons – Bart Wars
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Six Feet Under – The Complete Third Season
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Six Feet Under: Complete Seasons 123
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Son of the Mask (2005)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and Mississippi John Hurt, Hedy West & Paul Cadwell
Studio: MTI Home Video
Rated: Not Rated

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and Mississippi John Hurt, Hedy West & Paul Cadwell
Studio: Tai Seng Video Marketing, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

Steve McQueen Giftset – 4 Pack (1960)
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
Rated: R

St. Michael Had a Rooster (1971)
Studio: Wellspring
Rated: Not Rated

The Stone Boy (1984)
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

The Tai Chi Master (2002)
Studio: ADV Films, Inc.
Rated: Not Rated

Tarnation (2004)
Studio: Wellspring
Rated: Not Rated

Time of Fear (2004)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

Tough to Kill
Studio: Ventura Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Ultimate Hero
Studio: RED Distribution
Rated: Not Rated

Vampiyaz (2004)
Studio: Artisan Entertainment
Rated: Unrated

Voices of Jamaica: Live in Concert (2005)
Studio: Music Video Distributors
Rated: Not Rated

Vuelta Al Paraiso (1960)
In Spanish With No Subtitles
Studio: Studio Latino
Rated: Not Rated

Walk Aerobics For Seniors
Studio: Inspired Corporation
Rated: Not Rated

You know you want it.

Waterhole #3 (1967)
Widescreen Collection
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

West Point – The First 200 Years (2002)
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Rated: Not Rated

White Noise (2005)
Widescreen
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
Rated: PG-13

White Noise (2005)
Full Frame
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
Rated: PG-13

Dark Star Orchestra To Tour Again After Keyboardist Death

I've decided to post any news type items that I post on blogcritics here as well. The following is a little blurb I did on the Dark Star Orchestra.

Dark Star Orchestra will continue their spring tour after the sudden death of founding member, and keyboardist Scott Larned. After canceling numerous concerts to regroup, the band will restart the tour in New York City on May 27. From there, the band will head to Connecticut and continue to tour the US pretty much non stop until August.

Scott Larned, passed away suddenly of heart failure this past April, while touring with the Grateful Dead cover band. Larned helped found the band in 1997, played keyboards and even did a stint as group manager in their early days. Much like the Grateful Dead, whom Dark Star Orchestra emulates night after night, they have vowed to continue playing after losing a vital member. During their 30 year history, the Grateful Dead also lost 3 keyboardist to untimely deaths, yet continued to be one of the biggest touring acts in the country.

The bands website (darkstarorchestra.com) has this to say about the decision:

The decision to resume touring was an easy one to make; one that we're sure would have pleased Scott. He himself had made many sacrifices in order to continue touring and playing the music that he loved. To do anything but continue onward would be a disservice to his memory and to this incredible group he helped nurture for over the last seven years.

The tour schedule is as follows:

May 27, 28 – New York, NY
May 29, 30 – New Haven, CT
June 1 – Providence, RI
June 2 – Poughkeepsie, NY
June 3 – Red Bankd, NJ
June 4 – Philadelphia, PA
June 6, 7 – Teaneck, NJ
June 8 – Chifton Park, NY
June 10 – Somerville, MA
June 11 – Hampton Beach, NH
June 13, 14 – Burlington, VT
June 16 – Buffalo, NY
June 17 – Erie, PA
June 18 – Bluffton, OH
July 10 – Milwaukee, WI
July 14 – Indianapolis, IN
July 17 – Masontown, WV
July 21 – Detroit Lakes, MN
July 27 – Denver, CO
July 28 – Aspen, CO
July 29, 30 – Bellvue, CO
August 13 – Mariaville, NY
August 17 – Springfield, OH
August 19-21 – Garrettsville, OH

For more information on the band visit darkstarorchestra.com