DVD Filler Week (Mania.com)

By:Matt Kamen
Date: Thursday, June 07, 2007

When there are no conventions, fairs or other esoteric events to cover and there's nothing else to do, how do you fill a column? With great difficulty, frankly. In fact, short of Doctor Who having its strongest series yet since its return and Freema Agyeman's excellent portrayal of Martha Jones making her one of the best companions ever to step inside the TARDIS, there's precious little to discuss this week.
 
Next week however, if all goes according to plan and there's no ketchup in the mix, I'll be reporting from the Japanese Embassy in London, where a seminar is being held on the history of manga and its influence in the UK. For now though, here's some stuff to watch…
 
New UK DVD Picks for 11/06/2007
 
The Adventures of Sonic The Hedgehog: Complete Series
 
You know you're getting old when cartoons you remember as 'not that old' start to be considered a nostalgia series. That's the case with this, the first of the three '90s Sonic cartoons – I swear this was a new show not that long ago… While the second series, simply titled Sonic The Hedgehog, is regarded as the best series, this is a fun kids show with an emphasis on comedy that should appeal to anyone who ever played on a Mega Drive. The collection is an impressive turn for the UK as we get the entire 65 episode series in one go, unlike the planned three sets for the American release, and it's a decent price too.
 
.Hack//Sign: Complete Collection Box 1
 
I've mentioned that Beez are impressing the heck out of me with their releases, right? They continue to do so with this latest boxed set, the first half of the mega-popular cross media series detailing an online world come to life. While it’s not as accessible as its sequel, .hack//Legend of the Twilight, .hack//SIGN is still as entertaining sci-fi series with a cyberpunk flair. The boxed set includes the first 16 episodes as well as the first two OVAs, previously only available with the connected PS2 games.
 
Hot Fuzz
 
Better than Shaun of the Dead? Possibly. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's latest buddy outing neatly lampoons big Hollywood cop movies, transplanting the genre to a quaint rural setting where displaced hot shot London cop Nicholas Angel uncovers a series of gory murders. The DVD has far too many special features for me to repeat here but suffice to say it's a two disc special edition and it needs every bit of space it can get.
 
Monty Python's Flying Circus: Complete Series 4
 
The funny walking fellows return for six more episodes of stiff upper lip traditional British farce. The final and shortest series of the Flying Circus still packs in countless hilarious moments before they all started making movies. The two disc set is sadly devoid of extras though.
 
Fantastic Four: Extended Edition
 
Proving the unwritten law that big budget movies that are guaranteed a sequel should never be bought on DVD until just before the next film, this release offers both the cinematic and extended cuts of Marvel's first family's cinematic debut. Cast Commentary by Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, and Michael Chiklis accompanies a production commentary with director Tim Story, producers Avi Arad and Kevin Feige and screenwriters Michael France and Mark Frost while multiple looks at the upcoming Rise of the Silver Surfer will prove enticing to some.
 
That’s it for this week. Thoughts? Comments? Hatemail? Contact me at mattkamen@gmail.com.