Wow, talk about things dying and your slow weeks. I thought last week’s releases were a little on the short side, but it appears this week has only gotten worse. Let’s get right to it shall we? There’s some comedy to be had with TV Funhouse from Comedy Central and some gambling drama with the appropriately named 21. The great guys of Robot Chicken have another release coming out and it is straight up Jedi-gangsta. And if you’re looking for all the horror you can get then enjoy the box set for the second season of Showtime’s Masters Of Horror. Not much else everyone so let me be the first to say “put the pad and pencils down. This list is easy to remember.”
July 22, 2008
21 (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Based on true events, follow along with the story of six MIT students needing to make a little extra cash so they get into the game of counting cards in Las Vegas casinos. Together with one of their professors they get all the money they need and also get in way over their heads.
DVD Features: Single disc version also available, audio commentary, behind the scenes, photo galleries, a complete film journal, and more
The Boston Strangler
A chilling new aspect of the psychology behind the self-proclaimed Boston Strangler’s false confession rears its ugly head in this horrific crime thriller based on real events. This untold tale examines the manipulative relationship of Albert De Salvo and his mysterious cellmate, and how the former was convinced to participate in a devious plot allegedly designed to afford both prisoners the notoriety, as well as the reward money, associated with the serial killer’s case. Meanwhile, an intrepid detective by the name of John Marsden attempts to piece together the puzzle.
DVD Features: None
Comedy Central’s TV Funhouse
Robert Smigel’s TV Funhouse cartoons on Saturday Night Live were always something to look forward to–and always too short. With this short-lived Comedy Central series, Smigel let loose his wild imagination for a half hour of inspired madness. TV Funhouse is a children’s show from another dimension hosted by Doug and his Anipals (a mix of trash-talking puppets and confused live animals), with each themed episode lodging an irreverent mix of live-action and animated segments.
DVD Features: Additional scenes, outtakes, behind the scenes, audio commentary, lost sketches, featurettes
The Last Winter
Ed Pollack is an oil company employee who has recently arrived in Alaska and he’s eager to take some of the tundra’s oil bounty, but the rising temperatures have an environmental scientist worried about the irreparable damage they could do to the Alaskan wilderness. Soon things start to go wrong at their camp, and one of their own dies mysteriously. Whether it’s cabin fever, poisonous gas, or supernatural forces, something is threatening the camp and the people who live there.
DVD Features: Audio commentary, deleted scenes, making of
Las Vegas: Season Five
Journey to Sin City and its largest resort at the Montecito Casino, where you can lose all your inhibitions and do as you please. But be careful because Ed Deline and his surveillance team will be watching every single move you make.
DVD Features: All 19 episodes from the fifth season, behind the scenes, season four recap, featurettes, gag reel
Masters of Horror: Season Two Box Set
Witness the ghoulish creations that are unleashed when the most brilliant minds in horror history come together and each present their hour long episodes showcasing their specific talents that are sure to scare and terrorize you. The greatest directors and writers of all time put forth their fiendish ideas and look to make sure that your dreams turn into complete nightmares.
DVD Features: All 13 episodes from the second season, audio commentaries, deleted scenes, numerous featurettes
Robot Chicken: Star Wars
The warped minds at Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken take their demented sensibility to the holy grail of sci-fi epics, Star Wars, in this hilarious special. Jaws will drop as Luke Skywalker and Emperor Palpatine trade “yo mama” jokes, George W. Bush and Abraham Lincoln battle it out with lightsabers, and Darth Vader sobs on the telephone. But the show really hits its stride when riffing on the franchise’s supporting characters, including bug-eyed Admiral Akbar, the rowdy barflies at the Mos Eisley Cantina, and of course Jar Jar Binks. As usual, a cast of celebrities lend their voices to the animated antics including Hulk Hogan, Conan O’Brien, and James Van Der Beek; with even George Lucas getting in on the action for his flannel-clad counterpart.
DVD Features: Sketch video commentary, alternate audio, photo gallery, behind the scenes, bloopers, time lapse sequences, trailers, and much more
Thomas and Friends: Henry and the Elephant
Travel to the magical island of Sodor with everyone’s favorite train engine, Thomas! The popular children’s television show, based on the book series begun by Reverend Wilbert Vere Awdry, features a little steam engine that has exciting adventures and learns valuable lessons along the way. Thomas teaches timeless values while enchanting the imagination. Here Henry the Green Engine finds himself in over his head when an elephant enters the scene to make a splash!
DVD Features: Sing a long, photo gallery, character gallery, interactive features