January 27, 2004
DOCUMENTARIES and MUSIC
One Night With Blue Note (1985). Celebration of the great jazz label featuring Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Cecil Taylor and many more. More than just another concert, this night was nothing less than history in the making. [Rent]
Yeah Right! A Girl Skateboard Company Movie (2003). People are saying... well, an all but anonymous user at the IMDb says some of the best skateboarders around are in this thing. Could be. But what matters to us is that it's co-directed by Spike Jonze. [Rent] Now then, that said, if you are majorly into the scene, you'll want to know about the release of Grind (2003). It's not a doc, and in fact, tries to be a comedy, but as the Village Voice puts it: "Though the likable cast works smoothly with the well-oiled script, Grind is, sadly, no Dude, Where's My Skateboard?" [Rent anyway.]
Fast and the Grimey (2003). Another sports doc. This time it's car races in New York. [Rent]
Disinformation (2002). The complete series is being re-released. 'Twas an "Eclection" selection in September. Discs 1 [Rent] and 2 [Rent].
When Boys Fly (2002). "Basically a sea of shirtless muscleboys with nary a chest hair in sight!" exclaims Shadows on the Wall. Four of them try to stay sober through the White Party in Miami... not all manage. [Rent]
Brothers on Holy Ground (2001). New York City firefighter Mike Lennon talks to his colleagues who lost friends in the 9/11 attacks. [Rent]
Out of the Blue (2003). Peter Coyote talks UFOs. [Rent]
The Magic of Fellini (2002). "I make a film in the same manner in which I live a dream," he once said. Carmen Piccini talks to those who worked with him, such as Donald Sutherland and Anthony Quinn, and those who admired him from afar, such as Woody Allen. [Rent]
SCI-FI and FANTASY
Godzilla Vs. Megaguirus (2000) [Rent] and Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001) [Rent]. First you'll want to read our Godzilla primer. Second, you'll want to appreciate the fact that both of these releases are in Japanese with English subtitles but also include the option to watch English-dubbed versions as well.
The Critic. The Entire Series (1994 - 1995). The perfect vehicle for the cynical yet hardly outlandish Jon Lovitz. Movie buffs loved the show, but unfortunately, there weren't enough of us to keep the show going. Thank heavens for the DVD. Discs 1 [Rent], 2 [Rent] and 3 [Rent].
Tipping the Velvet (2003). BBC miniseries. "Surprisingly forthright in its tale of a young lesbian coming of age on the London music hall stage in the 1890s," writes the Chicago Reader: "A smart and nicely turned out television production with a variety of colorful characters and witty performances." [Rent]
Terrahawks (1983). "Supermacromation" from Gerry Anderson (Thunderbirds, Secret Service). Discs 1 [Rent], 2 [Rent], 3 [Rent], 4 [Rent] and 5 [Rent].
Wodehouse Playhouse. Series Three (1975 - 1978). There's more to PG Wodehouse than Jeeves and Wooster. John Alderton plays various members of the eccentric cast of characters in the short stories of one of Britain's most beloved humorists. Discs 1 [Rent] and 2 [Rent].
Dark Shadows Collection 10 (1966 - 1971). More vampires, mad scientists and that groovy 60s look. Discs 1 [Rent], 2 [Rent], 3 [Rent] and 4 [Rent].
Farscape Season 4. Volume 2 (1999). [Rent]
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World. The First Season. Discs 1 [Rent], 2 [Rent], 3 [Rent], 4 [Rent], 5 [Rent] and 6 [Rent].
Bang Bang You're Dead (2002). Teen angst from Showtime. [Rent]
Dilbert. The Complete Series (1999). Discs 1 [Rent], 2 [Rent], 3 [Rent] and 4 [Rent].
Friends. The Complete Sixth Season (1999 - 2000). Discs 1 [Rent], 2 [Rent], 3 [Rent] and 4 [Rent].
The Future Is Wild (2003). Computer graphics have put some pretty frightfully realistic dinosaurs on our TV screens; suppose, instead of delving way into the past, we looked ahead? Some wonderfully nerdy-looking scientists have put their heads together and dreamed up an array of species that might be populating the earth 5 million, 100 million and 200 million years from now. The first thing you'll notice is that we're not among them. The second thing is just how fascinating whimsy can be. Discs 1 [Rent], 2[Rent] and 3 [Rent].
Twelve Kingdoms Vol. 4: Reunion. Yokuo is "seriously cute," says Cosplayer. [Rent]
Robotech Remastered: The Extended Edition Vol. 1 (1985). Remastered and extended episodes from the Macross Saga. Twelve episodes in all. Of the previous release of the first batch of episodes, hneline1 writes, "It's definitely a space opera with grand sweeps of politics and war and repercussions for the survival of the human race; it's definitely NOT a step forward for feminism... but it still holds a special place in my heart and it wasn't too embarassing watching it again." [Rent]
Yu-Gi-Oh. The Mystery Duelist (1998) [Rent] and Obelisk the Tormentor (1998) [Rent].
Figure 17 Vol. 3: Valiant Duet. So far, GreenCiners have rated Vols. 1 and 2 pretty darn highly. [Rent]
Knights of the Zodiac: Vol. 1. [Rent]
L/R (Licensed By Royalty) Mission File 2: Targets (2003). [Rent]
FOR THE KIDS
G.I. Joe. Season One. Part One. Discs 1 [Rent], 2 [Rent], 3 [Rent] and 4 [Rent].
Rubbadubbers: Here Come the Rubbadubbers. [Rent]
Sesame Street: Cookie Monster's Best Bites (1995). [Rent]
Tales From The Neverending Story. The Complete Collection (2001). [Rent]
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