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OKG Newsletter


Topic: DVDs

The Death of Andy Kaufman

In search of ... the man on the moon.


Documentary

Rod Lott
Even as big a fan of Andy Kaufman as I am, one can’t help but be disappointed by “The Death of Andy Kaufman.”
 
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Bio-Dead

There’s something out there. Yawn.


Horror

Rod Lott
With a pulsing score that recalls the best of John Carpenter, the blue-tinted “Bio-Dead” begins promisingly enough, as a handful of guys in hazmat suits approaches yet another seemingly abandoned building to comb for survivors, post-chem disaster.
 
Thursday, July 28, 2011

Supernatural: The Anime Series

TV terror gets 'tooned.


Television series

Rod Lott
Since the CW cult hit horror "Supernatural" already had spun off into novels and comics years ago, why not cartoons? It's only natural, and the colorful, creepy Japanimation style makes a suitable fit.
 
Monday, August 8, 2011

Play ball (again and again)!

Does not include ‘Jim Traber Gets Mad and Chases Guy.’

As someone who watches no more ESPN than the annual hot dog eating contest on the Fourth of July, I’m not a fan of baseball — that’s the one with the bat, right? — but I bring this item to the attention of the many who are.

Next month, Major League Baseball and A&E Home Entertainment partner to knock some classic games out of the park and onto DVD with the “Baseball’s Greatest Games” collection. For the line, rare TV broadcasts of historic games can be relived, inning by inning, pitch by pitch.

The first 10 titles can be scored starting Sept. 6, at $12.95 each. That’s cheaper than a small beer at the stadium, right? And they are:
• “1960 World Series, Game 7: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Yankees”
• “1975 World Series, Game 6: Boston Red Sox vs. Cincinnati Reds”
• “1979 Wrigley Field Slugfest: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Chicago Cubs”
• “1985 NLCS, Game 5: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers”
• “1986 World Series, Game 6: New York Mets vs. Boston Red Sox”
• “1991 World Series, Game 7: Minnesota Twins vs. Atlanta Braves”
• “1992 NLCS, Game 7: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Atlanta Braves”
• “1993 World Series, Game 6: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Philadelphia Phillies”
• “2003 ALCS, Game 7: Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees”
• “2004 ALCS, Game 4: Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees”

Your favorite game not in the lineup? Don’t cry foul — there are more to come, including September’s release of “Baseball’s Greatest Games: Derek Jeter’s 3000th Hit.” —Rod Lott

by Rod Lott 08.23.2011 2 years ago
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Ready for inspection!

A Kaye classic gets remastered.

Classic film fans, prepare to have the hap-hap-happiest September since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny effing Kaye!

That’s because Kaye’s arguably most-beloved film that doesn’t involve a white Christmas, “The Inspector General,” earns a collector’s edition from Shout! Factory, due Sept. 20. In the 1949 musical comedy, Kaye plays an illiterate doofus mistaken for the title person by a town’s corrupt officials. They try to kill them. Yes, that’s right: assassination attempts mixed with musical comedy.

Shout!’s disc features a newly remastered print of the film, 17 minutes of color home movies taken on the set, and the 1938 comedy short “Money on Your Life,” in which Kaye also is chased by people who want to kill him. I’m sensing a pattern. —Rod Lott
 
by Rod Lott 08.25.2011 2 years ago
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Heroes of the Old West

How’s 22 hours suit you, pardner?


Western

Rod Lott
Not a fan of Westerns? Or are you just not sure?
 
Friday, August 26, 2011

‘Tech’ crunch

Presenting the R&R DVD Gift Guide, Part 2.

Happy Cyber Monday! Guess that means you survived Black Friday’s greed stampede. And now that holiday season is into full swing, I continue pimping some DVD releases that should not be overlooked for gift possibilities. While not for everyone, certainly there’s somebody on your list who might appreciate such a disc. Today, we get robotic with “Robotech: The Complete Original Series.” At a ridiculous 17 discs, the limited-edition box set contains all 85 episodes — hence “Complete” — of the 1980s animated fave named as No. 34 of the “Top 50 Sci-Fi Series of All Time,” by no less an authority than IGN.com. (Yes, that’s stated with some sarcasm.)

Now, something like this that clocks in at more than 32 hours isn’t for just any ol’ cartoon fan, but specifically, the anime nut, provided that he or she (read: he) didn’t already pre-order the thing.

Four bonus discs include some of the 10 hours of bonus content, which includes documentaries, music videos, alternate versions, original pilots, deleted scenes, toy commercials, character bios, model sheets, comic book covers, merchandise galleries and the proverbial “much more.”

The DVD set is available now at a suggested retail price of $99.95. Just look how happy the guy below is! —Rod Lott


by Rod Lott 11.28.2011 2 years ago
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Toon-up

Presenting the R&R DVD Gift Guide, Part 6.

Cartoons are today’s gift suggestion. I’ve got three sets to recommend — one for kids, one for tweens, one for adults.

For kids, it’s “Spongebob Squarepants: The Complete Seventh Season.” If your house is anything like mine, your mind has absorbed this Nick character’s underwater adventures just by being within earshot. “7th Season,” available now for $26.99, contains all 50 episodes on a four-disc set, with bonus animated shorts.

For tweens, it’s “Conan the Adventurer: Season Two, Part 1.” Did you happen to catch our review for “Season One”? Well, this is a lot like that, right down to being 13 episodes on two DVDs. Sporting funny names in episode titles like “Curse of Axh’oon” and “The Vengeance of Jhebbel Sag,” it’s available now for the odd price of $19.93.

For adults, it’s “The Life & Times of Tim: The Complete Second Season,” the quite-funny chronicles of the 20-something Tim (creator Steve Dildarian). Concerned with the discomfort comedy that characterizes such shows as “The Office,” fellow HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and virtually everything Ricky Gervais ever has touched, Tim is often as solid as the show’s MVP guests, which, in these 10 episodes, include Aziz Ansari (TV’s “Parks and Recreation”), James Urbaniak (of Adult Swim’s genius “The Venture Bros.”) and alt-stand-up fave Paul F. Tompkins. The two-disc set is out now for $29.98.

by Rod Lott 12.16.2011 2 years ago
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