New on video store shelves and up for extensive discussion in this episode is…
- Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (1994) and Jackie Brown (1997) on Blu-ray – Both films making their debut on Blu-ray, with Pulp Fiction getting a little extra love in the form of newly produced special features: New Interviews with the Cast and a Critic’s Retrospective on the Movie’s Place in Film History with Elvis Mitchell and Scott Foundas.
- The Honeymooners: Lost Episodes 1951-1957 – The Complete Restored Series on DVD – A 15-disc set running more than 3,000 minutes. It’s everything a Honeymooner’s fan could want. Really. There’s 30 sketches in the set that have never been on DVD, 18 of which haven’t been seen since they originally aired in the 1950s. It’s $139.00, but all sorts of goodness.
- Poltergeist II (1986) on Blu-ray – John recalls the horrors of that “attack of the braces” scene. “A dental nightmare.”
- Ken Burn’s and Lynn Novick’s Prohibition on DVD and Blu-ray – I’m 4-hours into this 6-hour doc (a 3-disc blu-ray set) and diggin’ it. Where did the time go?
- Hero’s Island (1961) on DVD – From the MGM Limited Edition Collection, starring James Mason and a young Harry Dean Stanton.
- Vidal Sassoon: The Movie (2011) on DVD and Blu-ray – Who would have thought we’d enjoy a film about a hair-dresser? You’ve got to love the way Mr. Sassoon fashioned Mia Farrow’s hair for Rosemary’s Baby, and this doc shows you how it happened.
- Manhunter (1986) on Blu-ray – Starring a young Stephen Lang (Avatar and Terra Nova) and featuring another psycho bad guy performance by Tom Noonan (Robocop 2)
- Irvin Kirshner’s Robocop 2 (1990) on Blu-ray – Featuring all those pre-CGI go-motion effects by the wizardly Phil Tippet.
- Brian De Palma’s Dressed to Kill (1980) on Blu-ray – A film that must be seen again to be appreciated. This new Blu-ray offers some nice special features, including The Making of Dressed to Kill and An Appreciation by Keith Gordon Featurette, which is rather insightful.
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