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Oct 27, 2008

THIS WEEK'S DVD RELEASES

After a few weeks with a big blockbuster release, this week, although crowded, is a little more low key as we head into November where shelves are going to be overflowing with big titles pretty much through the first week of January.

This week sees the release on DVD and Blu-Ray of KIT KITTRIDGE: AN AMERICAN GIRL, a well reviewed movie that will probably fare better on home viewing than it did in multiplexes. Also for the family is the Disney Original TINKER BELL which had an exclusive run in a couple of cinemas (the El Capitan in Hollywood being the most notable) but is generally considered a Direct-to-DVD title.

The other big title this week is New Line's JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH IN 3-D with Brendan Fraser. The title comes in both 2D and 3D versions, with 4 pairs of 3D glasses. Also taking advantage of 3D technology is a 3D release of THE POLAR EXPRESS. Both titles are on both DVD and Blu-Ray.

One box set that has me excited is available on standard DVD only and that is an all-encompassing ABBOTT AND COSTELLO box set. Also for classics collectors is a LITTLE RASCALS: COMPLETE COLLECTION and a little more modern, an ANIMAL HOUSE: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION which makes me feel old.

Notabe for Blu-Ray only is BARAKA which Robert Ebert has raved about claiming it's THE title that truly shows the power of Blu-Ray. I personally can't wait for the similar Qatsi series -- which came first -- KOYANISQATSI, POWAQQATSI and NAQOYQATSI, to be released on Blu-Ray.

On the TV front, the complete series box sets also reign with complete sets released for: THE FLINTSTONES, NEWSRADIO, SANFORD & SON, GOOD TIMES, DR. QUINN, MEDICINE WOMAN, THE 4400 and WAR AND REMEMBRANCE. Also out is HBO's CATHOUSE: THE SERIES....not quite in the league with those other sets though.

Titles due out Tuesday, October 28, 2008.

As always, titles and dates are subject to change without notice.

BLU-RAY

· Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens
· Baraka
· Beat The Devil
· The Bird People of China
· Cannibal Taboo
· Chihuly in the Hotshop
· Cruel World
· Dead Space: Dementia II
· Dead Space: Downfall
· Elf
· The Essential Holiday Collection (Elf; National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation; The Polar Express; A Christmas Story)
· The Final Countdown
· Hell Ride
· Jack and the Beanstalk
· Jesus Christ, Vampire Hunter
· Journey to the Center of the Earth in 3-D
· Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
· The Last Time I Saw Paris
· Mysterious Island
· The Polar Bear Express Presented in 3-D
· The Prince & Me 2: Royal Wedding
· The Prince & Me 3: A Royal Honeymoon
· The Terror
· Tinker Bell
· Zombie Strippers

DVD

· Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection (One Night in the Tropics; Buck Privates; In The Navy; Hold That Ghost; Keep ‘em Flying; Ride ‘em Cowboy; Pardon my Sarong; Who Done It?; It Ain’t Hay; Hit the Ice; In Society; Here Come the Co-Eds; The Naughty Nineties; Little Giants; The Time of their Lives; Buck Privates Come Home; The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap; Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein; Mexican Hayride; Abbott & Costello Meet the Killer Boris Karloff; Abbott & Costello in the Foreign Legion; Abbott & Costello Meet The Invisible Man; Comin’ Round the Mountain; Lost in Alaska; Abbott & Costello Got to Mars; Abbott & Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; Abbott & Costello Meet The Keystone Kops; Abbott & Costello Meet The Mummy)
· American Hormones
· The American President (Repackaged)
· Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens
· Bikini Blodbath Carwash
· Boystown
· Camp de Thiaroye
· Chocolate Rap: Rise of the B-Boyz
· Dead Space: Downfall
· The Deal
· Dean Teaster’s Ghost Town
· Dutch Light
· Eight Miles High
· Hank and Mike: Pink, Annoyed, Unemployed
· Houdini’s Death Defying Acts
· Jake’s Closet
· Journey to the Center of the Earth in 3-D
· Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

· Legend of the Crystal Skulls
· The Little Rascals: Complete Collection
· Love, Blood, Kryptonite
· Mysterious Creatures
· National Lampoon’s Animal House – 30th Anniversary Edition
· The Other Half
· Planet B-Boy
· The Polar Bear Express Presented in 3-D
· Pompeii and the Roman Villa
· The Prince & Me: Royal Honeymoon
· Rain of Fire
· Red
· Run For Your Life
· Shadow Company
· Shiver
· A Technicolor Dream
· Tinker Bell
· Together Again for the First Time
· Tuya’s Marriage
· Ulysses
· Urban Legends
· The Vampire Princess
· Wifey
· Woman on the Beach
· Zombie Strippers

TV ON DVD

· Affairs of the Heart – Series 1
· Agatha Christie: Mystery Lover’s Collection
· Berenstein Bears: Christmas Tree
· Care Bear: Give Thanks
· The Catherine Tate Christmas Show (BBC)
· Cathouse – The Series
· Christmas Caper
· The Christmas Blessing
· Christmas Child
· The Christmas Shoes
· The Complete Inspector Lynley Mysteries
· Dallas Cowboys: 10 Greatest Games
· Dark Shadows: The Beginning – Volume 6, Episodes 179-209
· The Donna Reed Show – Season 1
· The Doris Day Show – Christmas Memories
· Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman – Complete Series
· Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure
· The Filmmation Box Set (Jason of Star Command; Space Academy; Ark II)
· The Flintstones – Complete Series
· The 4400 – The Complete Series
· George of the Jungle: Jungle Bells
· Girlfriends – Season 5
· Good Times – Complete Series
· Michigan Vs. Ohio State: The Rivalry
· Millennium – Complete Series
· Mother and Son – Season 2
· My Pet Monster – Complete Series (Canada)
· Mystery Science Theater 3000 – 20th Anniversary Edition
· Newsradio – Complete Series
· The Night Before Christmas…And More Classic Holiday Tales
· On Trial: Lee Harvey Oswald
· Robson Arms – Season 3
· Rona Barrett’s Hollywood: Nothing But the Truth
· Sanford & Son – Complete Series
· Sister, Sister – Season 1
· War and Remembrance – Complete Series
· Zoom – Back to the ‘70s