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By:Brian Thomas
Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2007

In anticipation of the upcoming comedy Evan Almighty starring Steve Carell, DotComedy has provided our Prize Closet with Carell DVDs to give away! One lucky Maniac will receive The 40-Year-Old Virgin, The Office Season 1 and The Office Season 2.

To enter, all you have to do is send an email which includes your name and address to DVD Shopping List, and put the words “PRODUCE PETE” in the subject line. And be sure to dial up DotComedy on your internet machine, where they’ll be featuring a new Steve Carell clip every day until June 22.


This week, our spotlight falls on a guy whose head is just a flaming skull riding a super motorcycle. Groovy.

(O)   GHOST RIDER (Sony) Quirky horror action with Nicolas Cage as the Marvel Comics hell-spawn avenger. Widescreen and “fullscreen” editions include commentrak and Making-Of featurettes. Also available in an Extended Cut Edition includes two commentraks, extra Making-Of, featurettes and more.


(O)   ASHURA (AnimEigo) Samurai vs. demons.
(O)   BLOOD & CHOCOLATE (MGM) A teenage girl has to decide whether to keep her lycanthropy hidden from her boyfriend. With commentrak and deleted footage.
(O)   BLUE MURDER Set 1 (Acorn) British cop show.
(O)   BREACH (Universal) Suspense drama with fed Ryan Phillippe trying to find out if Chris Cooper is a double agent. Widescreen and “fullscreen” editions include commentrak, Making-Of and background featurettes.
(O)   THE BRIDGE (Koch) Documentary captures the story of suicides leaping from the Golden Gate Bridge.
(O)   CECIL B. DEMILLE CLASSICS COLLECTION (Passport/Koch) 16 early features plus extras on five discs: The Cheat, The Squaw Man, Don't Change Your Husband, Why Change Your Wife?, Carmen, The Affairs of Anatol, Manslaughter, Joan the Woman, Miss Lulu Bett, The Virginian, The Little American, The Whispering Chorus, The Volga Boatman, The Road to Yesterday, Old Wives for New and A Romance of the Redwoods.
(O)   CHARLEY’S AUNT (Fox) Jack Benny stars in a 1941 adaptation of the venerable stage comedy.
(O)   THE CLOWN MURDERS (Image) 1976 clown slasher.
(O)   CREATURE FEATURES COLLECTION (Koch) Three never before released 45 minute documentaries featuring clips from Cinema Classics such as An American Werewolf in London, Alien, Jaws, and Friday the 13th.
(O)   CREEPY CLIPS Vault 1 (Doorway)
(O)   CREEPY CLIPS Vault 2 (Doorway) Horror anthologies.
(O)   DARKDRIVE (Leo) A Special Ops agent is sent into a virtual prison to save the day.
(O)   DEADLOCK (Leo) A couple inherits a mansion stocked with evil spirits.
(O)   DEADWOOD Complete Third Season (HBO) All 12 episodes on six discs. With commentraks, featurettes and more.
(O)   DEATH KNOWS YOUR NAME (Maverick) Horror from Argentina in which a man unearths a skull from beneath an asylum and forensic reconstruction reveals his own face from it.
(O)   DIAGNOSIS MURDER Complete Second Season (Paramount) Physician Dick Nan Dyke solves mysteries.
(O)   EVIL SISTER 2 (Leo) A girl and her dad hunt for her psycho sister.
(O)   52 PICK-UP (MGM) 1986 John Frankenheimer thriller starring Roy Scheider and Ann-Margret.
(O)   FOREST OF THE DEAD (Elite/Koch) Campers are possessed by the evil dead. Includes commentrak, featurettes, deleted footage, bonus short and more.
(O)   HACKERS / WARGAMES (MGM) Hilariously dated computer thriller twin bill.
(O)   HANNIBAL MGM) “Steelbook” collector’s edition, which I forgot to mention last week means it comes in special metal packaging. 
(O)   HARDY BOYS NANCY DREW MYSTERIES Season 2 (Universal) Get psyched for the Nancy Drew movie.
(O)   THE HUSTLER (Fox) Collector’s edition of the classic Robert Rossen drama about the ups and downs of small time pool hustler Paul Newman. Includes commentrak by Newman, seven featurettes and more.
(O)   ID (Media Blasters) The unconscious unleashed. J-horror from the director of Organ.
(O)   THE JEEVES COLLECTION (Fox) Two adaptations from the 1930s of the PG Wodehouse stories about a worthless young playboy and his wise butler: Thank You, Jeeves and Step Lively, Jeeves.
(O)   JESSE STONE: Death in Paradise (Sony)
(O)   JESSE STONE: Night Passage (Sony) TV movies starring Tom Selleck.
(O)   JOHN WAYNE: SCREEN LEGEND (Universal) For some reason Universal split from the crowd and decided to release this box set after John Wayne Centennial Month was over, but they’ve got some goodies. Includes Reap the Wild Wind, The Spoilers, The War Wagon, Hellfighters and Rooster Cogburn.
(O)   MAD DAWG (Leo) Action.
(O)   MADAM CITY HUNTER (Image) 1992 Hong Kong action comedy starring Cynthia Khan, Kara Hui and Anthony Wong.
(O)   MASTERS OF HORROR: The Screwfly Solution (Anchor Bay) Joe Dante and Sam Hamm tackle another controversial subject adapting a James Tiptree Jr. story in which a virus turns the “war between the sexes” into a real war. Includes commentrak, featurettes,screenplay and more.
(O)   ORIGINAL NANCY DREW MOVIE MYSTERY COLLECTION (Warner Bros.) Late 1930s B-movie series about the girl detective starring Bonita Granville. Includes Nancy Drew: Detective, Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, Nancy Drew: Trouble Shooter and Nancy Drew: Reporter.
(O)   PRIMEVAL (Buena Vista) The ads sold this as a full-on slasher flick. In truth, it’s the horror version of the case of a man-eating crocodile that stalked a particular region of Africa for many years. Cheer up – you might just get to see Orlando Jones eaten by a big lizard. With commentrak, deleted footage and a Making-Of crocumentary.
(O)   THE RAT PATROL Complete Second Season (MGM) Hard boiled 1967 war series. All 26 episodes on three discs.
(O)   ROBOCOP (MGM) Lenticular packaging.
(O)   SEX HEX (Koch) Softcore lesbian vampire hijinks.
(O)   SHARK (Leo)
(O)   SHOCK CINEMA COLLECTION (Tempe) Disc 1 includes exclusive interviews with Charles Band, Fred Olen Ray, Jeff Burr, Scott Spiegel, David DeCoteau, C. Courtney Joyner, Ernest D. Farino, Daniel M. Peterson, Chris Roth, J.R. Bookwalter, Mark McGee, Forrest J. Ackerman, Robert Quarry, Steve Neill, Deanna Lund, Ted Newsom, Melissa Moore, Joel Bender, Michael Burnett, Gary Graver, Frederick Bailey and John Goodwin. Disc 2 features rare clips and behind-the-scenes footage from Murder Weapon and Robot Ninja as well as blooper reels from Nightmare Sisters and Dr. Alien and much more
(O)   STONE COLD (MGM) 1991 action movie starring Brian Bosworth.
(O)   THE TERMINATOR (MGM) Lenticular packaging.
(O)   THEY CAME FROM THE GRAVE (Tempe) 4-disc set includes My Dead Girlfriend, Carnage for the Destroyer, Dead & Rotting, Filthy McNasty and Mulva: Zombie Ass Kicker.
(O)   THE 13 WORMS (Crash) Old school kung fu action.
(O)   THE THREE MUSKETEERS (Fox) 1939 swashbuckler comedy starring Don Ameche and the Ritz Brothers.
(O)   UNKNOWN BEYOND (Leo) 2001 low budget Italian horror ‘inspired’ by Loveraft.
(O)   WALKER TEXAS RANGER Season 3 (Paramount) Chuck Norris invented the internet.
(O)   WELCOME BACK KOTTER Complete First Season (Warner Bros.) Incredibly dopey 1975 sitcom about a inner city kid that returns to his old high school as a teacher. 4-disc set includes screen tests.
(O)   WITCH HUNTER (Leo) Campers vs. evil dead.
(O)   ZATOICHI THE BIND SWORDSMAN Volumes 1-4 (Home Vision) Includes The Tale of Zatoichi, The Tale of Zatoichi Continues, New Tale of Zatoichi and Zatoichi the Fugitive.
(O)   ZOMBIE BLOODBATH TRILOGY (Camp) Includes Zombie Bloodbath 1-3.
(O)   ZZYZX (Passion River) An oddly named street leads travelers into a twilight zone. With commentraks, deleted footage, featurettes and more.


(O)   BLACK CHRISTMAS (Weinstein) Unrated version with deleted footage, alternate endings and Remaking-Of.
(O)   BREACH (Universal) HD/DVD combo includes commentrak, Making-Of and background featurettes.
(O)   BRUCE ALMIGHTY (Universal) With commentrak, deleted footage and featurettes.

(O)   DAYLIGHT (Universal) With commentrak, Making-Of, music video and more.

(O)   LIAR LIAR (Universal) Includes commentrak, outtakes, deleted footage and more.

(O)   MONTY PYTHON’S THE MEANING OF LIFE (Universal) With commentrak, Making-Of, featurettes, deleted footage and lots more.

(O)   SNEAKERS (Universal) With commentrak, Making-Of and more.

(O)   BLOOD & CHOCOLATE (Sony) With commentrak and deleted footage.
(O)   GHOST RIDER (Sony) Extended Cut Edition includes two commentraks, extra Making-Of, featurettes and more.
(O)   PRIMEVAL (Buena Vista) With commentrak, deleted footage and a Making-Of  crocumentary.


We welcome the input of Maniacs who want to share input on this section, where we highlight a different genre feature that has yet to come to digital disc format – just send your suggestions toDVD Shopping Listin an email identified with “NOT ON DVD” in the subject line.   

(O)   THE ADVENTURES OF SAM & MAX: FREELANCE POLICE (Fox? No Shame? Paramount?) Steve Purcell’s hilarious comic-book dog and rabbit-thingy came to life in this animated series on Fox Kids Network, but unfortunately it’s NOT ON DVD.


And finally, we close off each weekly list with a rundown of the constant stream of anime from around the world:

(O)   BLACK CAT Volume 5: The Cataclysm (Funimation)
(O)   GUNBUSTER 2 Volume 2 (Geneon) The elite Topless make their rendezvous, as the order is given to launch a major operation to stop the horde of Space Monsters known as Jupiter Express.
(O)   HELLBOY: Blood & Iron (Anchor Bay) The second animated Hellboy movie.
(O)   HELLSING ULTIMATE Volume 2 (Geneon) An unusual new breed of vampires terrorizes England while increasing at an alarming rate, making it impossible to conceal their presence from the public for much longer. Also available in limited edition with book, interviews and Steelbook packaging.
(O)   IKKI-TOUSEN Complete Thinpak (Geneon) Ancient warriors reincarnated into the students of the seven top schools. 4-disc set includes interview, outtakes and more.
(O)   KASHIMASHI: GIRL MEETS GIRL Volume 1: Role Reversal (Media Blasters) A sensitive boy is ignored by the girl of his dreams – until aliens save his life, but switch his gender, after which the tables are turned.
(O)   KURAU PHANTOM MEMORY Volume 2: Double Jeopardy (ADV) As her father searches for a cure, sinister elements seek to bend the Rynax (and Kurau) to their own ends. Also available in collector box.
(O)   MÄR Volume 1: Gateway to Mar (Viz) Adventure in a fantasy world.
(O)   PANIPONI DASH! Volume 4: Iron Teacher (ADV) More high school comedy.
(O)   ROMEO & JULIET: SEALED WITH A KISS (Indican) Some liberties are taken in this adaptation of Shakespeare’s play starring marine mammals. Directed by former Disney animator Phil Nibbelink.
(O)   SILVERWING Season Set (Funimation) Bats! All 13 episodes.
(O)   SUZUKA Starter Set (Funimation)
(O)   SUZUKA Volume 1: Love is Not a Spectator Sport (Funimation) High school romantic comedy.
(O)   3x3 EYES Volume 1: Immortals (Geneon) One man will be forced to confront a hidden world of demons and discover the curse of immortality.
1 (Bandai) Sequel series to Aura Battler Dunbine. Includes interview, booklet and bonus footage.
(O)   ZATCH BELL! Volume 10: Battle in Hong Kong (Viz) Episodes 37-40.

And be sure to check back next week—and every week—for Mania’s DVD Shopping List!

DVD Shopping List (© 2007 Brian Thomas) is our weekly DVD column. Brian Thomas is the author of the massive book VideoHound’s Dragon: Asian Action & Cult Flicks, available now!

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