Saturday, October 25, 2008

This Week in DVD

Incredible Hulk: Finally, on DVD, relive the biggest battle to hit screens this summer: No, not Hulk vs. Abomination--Edward Norton vs. the producers.

Warner Gangsters Volume 4: Now, I know the films featured here have their own fervent fans, and I do not mean to disparage them at all, but I think when we see "The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse" on DVD, it's safe to say WB is getting into the second-tier of its gangster pictures now. I think it's also safe to say...who cares? Every Bogart movie should be on DVD, and the Edward Robinsons are always welcome, too.

Besides, let's face it, they could take 5 absolute stinkers from the 30s and 40s, call it "Warner Absolute Crap Collection," and if they packaged it like these sets, it would still look damn good at Costco.

Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 6: It's a shame that this release marks the end of this great series. On the other hand, maybe it'll give me a chance to get caught up. WB did an excellent job with these box sets of classic toons, and though we've been assured that Looney Tunes will continue on DVD in some form, we still don't know what form that is. Hopefully it's something loyal fans can appreciate.

Sold Out: A Threevening with Kevin Smith: You know the deal with these "concerts." Smith takes questions from worshipful audiences, somehow managing to seem both above and below his fans with a potent bled of exaggerated self-deprecation and edgy sarcasm. You can always play along and count the number of actual dick jokes vs. the number of times Smith mocks himself for making dick jokes. And, oh, yeah, it goes on for about 10 hours. Don't get me wrong, though; these DVDs are always entertaining, and this one will be a must-rent.

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