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That’s right folks the DVD DOWNLOAD is back after a six month absence and will be a weekly feature on the site once again as I bring you all the DVDs that were added to the site over the course of the past week. All the special features, buy now links and artwork will be featured in this column along with my clever quips, and yes… THEY ARE CLEVER!

This week I bring you 14 new DVDs that were added to the database, and just so you know, in the future this column will also include Blu-ray and HD DVDs added to the database along with all Sony PSP UMDs I plug in.

So without further delay, let’s get to the DOWNLOAD!

THE LATEST DVDS

The Producers (2005)
May 16th

First up is a movie that I didn’t particularly care for and I wasn’t at all surprised by that considering it is based on a lavish Broadway musical and stars a couple of cats I don’t run out to the theater to see in Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane. These two guys turn this bad boy into quite a spectacle, but that spectacle isn’t exactly my cup o’ tea. Although there are a few funny bits in the film, especially Will Ferrell’s song and dance, the movie on a whole ain’t that good, but hey – that’s just my opinion.

SPECIAL FEATURES
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Running Time: 2 hrs. 15 mins.
Features:
• Deleted Scenes
• Outtakes
• Analysis of a Scene: I Wanna Be a Producer
• Feature Commentary with Director Susan Stroman

The White Countess
May 16th

Now I haven’t seen this one but considering it stars Ralph Fiennes and the Redgrave clan it may be worth checking out. Oh yeah, for you Merchant Ivory fans out there the James Ivory factor will probably up your appreciation factor. The disc comes equipped with a couple of behind-the-scenes featurettes and an audio commentary, check out the full list of specs below.

SPECIAL FEATURES
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, French
Running Time: 2 hrs. 18 mins.
Features:
· Behind-the-scenes featurette
· Behind-the-scenes look at the production design and costume pieces
· Audio commentary with director James Ivory and Natasha Richardson

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (Special Edition)
May 30th

Initially I had no idea why this movie was not included in either of the initial Bette Davis and Joan Crawford box sets that were released, but then I sat back and realized that this was the title that was going to sell the follow-up collections considering the rest of the titles aren’t exactly ones to write home about. While I haven’t added the other titles or the box sets for the two ladies just yet I had to get this one in there. These two gals did not like each other and there is sure to be some good stuff in the bonus features on this one. If you don’t buy the collections definitely be sure to check this one out, I know I will.

Woman Thou Art Loosed (Special Edition)
April 11th

Want my opinion? Sorry, I can’t give it to you… I have not seen this movie. I don’t want to see this movie. I don’t know anyone that has seen this movie. I do know, however, that it must be sorta good considering it is getting a special edition. Then again Stealth got a 2-Disc Special Edition DVD and that is one of the worst movies I have ever seen!

SPECIAL FEATURES
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Running Time: 1 hr. 50 mins.
Features:
· Never before seen footage
· Deleted scenes
· Related sermon material

Deadwood – The Complete Second Season
May 23rd

Unfortunately I never received the screener copy of the first season of “Deadwood” so I can’t tell you what I think about this show. I do know, however, that the box sets have some bad ass artwork, which may be the reason the first season sported a $70 price tag. What’s that about?!?! Twelve episodes for $70? Anyone else smell a rip off?

If Only
May 9th

I have no idea what to say about this one. I guess the best way to label it is yet another film starring Jennifer Love Hewitt in which she still hasn’t realized that the only draw to watch her in a film is the idea of a bit of bare breastage. Since that hasn’t happened yet I am afraid she is just going to have to deal with flops. I won’t be taking any additional looks at this title.

Wolf Creek (Unrated)
April 11th

I am still pissed I never had a chance to see this one in the theater, but considering the good word I heard about it and the fact that it is being released on DVD in an Unrated version my anger has subsided slightly. The film is based on a true story concerning some wacko out in the Australian Outback and how he tortures three backpackers who are the victims of their vehicle breaking down and then the victim of an initially assumed friendly local, Mick Taylor (John Jarratt), who turns out to be quite the psycho.

SPECIAL FEATURES
Running Time: 1 hr. 39 mins.
Features:
• Feature-length audio commentary from director/writer Greg McLean, executive producer Matt Hearn and stars Cassandra Magrath and Kestie Morassi
• 5 minutes of additional never-before-seen footage
• “Making of Wolf Creek” featurette
• One deleted scene

The New World
May 9th

Plenty of reviewers trashed this flick, some others were mixed and there were a few good reviews. Personally I didn’t mind the film. The largest issue was that it has some serious timeline issues in the way it introduces some characters and the way it comes to an end. While I don’t think it is worth a buy, I do think it is worth a rental.

SPECIAL FEATURES
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Running Time: 2 hrs. 15 mins.
Features:
•”Making THE NEW WORLD” documentary
• Theatrical trailer

Mission: Impossible 2 (Special Edition)
April 11th

There shouldn’t be any surprise that Paramount is releasing “special editions” of their Mission: Impossible titles considering the upcoming release of Mission: Impossible III. Unfortunately the special features for the release of M:I II have not been released, but you can check out the goodies you will be getting on the special edition release of the first Mission: Impossible here.

Match Point
April 25th

Big surprise, another film I missed from last year, but the only reason I missed this one is because here in Seattle they were kind enough to screen it the same night they screened The New World and since I have never been particularly impressed with Woody Allen I made my decision, but that isn’t stopping me from being interested in this flick. First off it has Scarlett Johansson and I can stand looking at her for an entire feature, that is for sure. Secondly I have heard some good things about it, then again I have also heard some bad. I guess I will just have to pick up the DVD and find out for myself where I stand.

Rescue Me (Season Two)
May 9th

Ah ha. TV DVDs are the shit and this one is definitely one to check out. I loved the first season of “Rescue Me”, it delivered on every level and the second season looks to be just as good. Anyone who has skipped watching this one needs to climb out of their hole and catch up with one of FX’s fantastic television series. Can this network turn out anything bad? “The Shield” is phenomenal and “nip/tuck” kicks much ass. If it wasn’t for those pesky commercials and the strict schedule I would probably watch it on TV as opposed to waiting for DVDs, but I guess the studio doesn’t care either way. It is all money to them.

SPECIAL FEATURES
Languages: English
Features:
• 12 Deleted Scenes
• Six Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes
• Gag Reel
• Sneak Peek at Season Three
• Preview Trailers

Joey (Season One)
May 30th

BAAAAAAAA… From a great television show to one I don’t care a lick about. I have a feeling that if this show hadn’t been a “Friends” spin-off it wouldn’t have made it out of the pitch stage as Matt LeBlanc is holding on for dear life to a career that will most likely flounder as soon as this series is cancelled.

Tristan and Isolde
April 25th

Meh… There are sure to be fans of this film, I am just not one of them. I have heard from several people though that they think James Franco is going to be the next big thing. Unfortunately his first two attempts are Tristan and Isolde and Annapolis. I guess it is a good thing he has a nice little part in some film called Spider-Man 3… that should help.

SPECIAL FEATURES
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Running Time: 2 hrs. 5 mins.
Features:
• Commentary by Executive Producer Jim Lemley & Co-Producer Anne Lai
• Making of Featurette
• Image Gallery
• Gavin de Graw music video – “We Belong Together”

Casanova
April 25th

Guess what! I didn’t see this one either and I didn’t really want to. Word around the film is that it isn’t that good and Touchstone still tried to push it for Oscar consideration (we all saw how far that got them). I guess the Heath Ledger factor only goes so far eh?

SPECIAL FEATURES
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Running Time: 1 hr. 52 mins.
Features:
• Creating An Adventure – the making of the film
• Dressing In Style – from the 18th century fashion capital of Europe
• Visions of Venice – shooting in the world’s most enchanting city
• Extended Scene
• Filmmaker Audio Commentary

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