DVD’s I Bought This Week – October 23, 2007

Since I am able to see most films for free, I always tell filmmakers and actors that it should be taken as a huge compliment that I paid to see their film after I had already screened it. I think that my trade allows me to have a slight advantage, but one that can be considered bittersweet. I have the fortune of being able to see all of the films that I want, and find out that they are only worth one viewing (or less) before I would willingly pay for the DVD and hate myself later. The bittersweet part though, is that I am able to see all of the great stuff and then put myself further in debt every week.

DVD’s I Bought – Week of October 23rd

Hostel: Director’s Cut
A new edition hits the shelves loaded with extras for any hardcore fan of the film. A cut above the scant version that complimented the film initially. Even if you weren’t a big fan of the film, you kind find something special in an interview with internationally acclaimed director Takashi Miike. As far as the Director’s Cut is concerned, this ending is actually far more disturbing than the original theatrical ending.
Hostel Part II
Director Eli Roth seems to be progressing as a director with each project. Hostel Part II was definitely better than the first, and this Unrated Director’s Cut is insane. Extremely bloody, and painful for any man to watch near the end. There is a commentary track featuring Tarantino, and a whole load of other special features. Bottomline, better than the first and worth picking up.
Fido
The reason why Fido works, is that it takes two completely different molds of films and combines them into one hilarious scenario. On one hand, you have your classic children’s film in which the loner kid gets a fantastically talented pet (Lassie, Beethoven, Air Bud, Dunston Checks In, Harry and the Hendersons). On the other hand, you have a new spin on the old Zombie film, taking a cue from Shaun of the Dead. The twist is that the family that finds themselves warming up to their amazing pet, finds themselves warming up to a flesh-eating zombie instead of a basketball shooting dog. Must have DVD, with a very cool “Zombie Me” feature.
Stanley Kubrick Directors Series
With films like 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut how could you go wrong? To compliment the 10 Disc set, a 142 minute documentary about one of my favorite directors of all time is also included. My only gripe: Full Metal Jacket is only a one-disc edition.
2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, Eyes Wide Shut – HD-DVD Versions
Before you say it, yes I bought all of these films in Standard Definition, and High Definition. Why? Two reasons mainly. One reason is that I love these films, and I see no better way to pay tribute to them then to display them in the best format possible. The second reason, is that I am sick and I need help. These HD-DVD transfers are amazing though. They make Jack Nicholson look young again, and Tom Cruise still looks like an idiot for dumping Nicole Kidman but they certainly do look great.
Caligula: Three Disc Imperial Edition
One of my favorite films of all time. Yes, some people call it the highest budget piece of pornographic cinema of all time, but it is also one of the most accurate portrayals of Rome’s madness in cinematic history. Finally this film receives an edition that it deserves. It used to be that the only editions were an Unrated and a Rated edition that you might as well have called out of print. This edition delves into the very depths of the film’s production, history and performances. This is still one of the most shocking films ever made, and looks fantastic in this new transfer.

Check back next Tuesday when we add “DVD’s I Didn’t Buy” to the fray…