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DVD Shopping Bag: Valentine’s Day Picks

Lady and the Tramp anyone?

By Robert T. Trate     February 07, 2012

 

With Valentine’s Day only a week away we thought the DVD and Blu-ray releases would support a greater selection of love stories from multiple genres. The video store (yeah, remember those?) I used to work in had one of those holiday employee pick boards. We would change it every month with our 4 picks and February was always my favorite. Much like the Christmas season it was a chance to twist the titles around or highlight a movie that normal folks didn’t see as a holiday movie. With Valentine’s Day, my boss and my co-workers would list the likes of An Affair to Remember, Love Story, Singles, and Dying Young. These were the titles one would expect to see but we only ever had one copy of anyway.
 
My choices were always a tad more unorthodox, but titles that I am sure many of you would agree with. They were The Terminator, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Somewhere in Time, and Escape from the Planet of the Apes. James Cameron’s epic about a man who crosses time because he fell in love with a woman’s picture (Somewhere in Time is the exact same story, too). Dracula was Francis Ford Coppola’s epic film about a man who defies god, nature, and time all for the love of one woman who was wronged. My final pick always made people scratch their heads. Yet here was a love story about two beings trying to find a place in a world they did not belong in. Their message was about peace and understanding yet they were only met with hate and aggression. Their love and each other is all they have. Perfect, for Valentine’s Day.
 
I decided to take this week’s releases and do the same thing. Here are my choices:
 
Bob’s Valentine’s day picks for 2-7-12:
 
In case you were unaware, La Jettee is the short film which Cameron’s Terminator is based on. It is clearly the predecessor for Terry Gilliam’s Twelve Monkeys. A man travels through time and falls in love with a woman he recognizes. Each trip back he falls further and further in love with her. Yet he cannot escape time or his own destiny.
 
2. Count of Monte Cristo (1934)
Robert Donat’s version of the Count of Monte Cristo may not be the best, but the story works perfectly into our Valentine’s Day theme. Edmound Dantes (Donat) loses the woman he loves and is imprisoned for 20 years. He seeks revenge on those who put him there and discovers his love has married his best friend/ worst enemy. It’s a love story and a tale of revenge as well as a prison escape movie. It sounds perfect for Valentine’s Day.
 
3. The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall [Blu-ray]
The DVD Shopping Bag featured the first version of the Phantom of the Opera back in January (see column). Being a huge fan of the novel by Gaston Leroux I have watched multiple versions of this tale. When I was younger I even became a fan of the Broadway show. This performance at the Royal Albert Hall is the best representation of that Broadway show. The only thing that it lacks is a Phantom you believe in. Thankfully, the encore is out of this world.
 
4. Lady and the Tramp (Three-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy)
Having never watched Disney’s classic love story from beginning to end I was fascinated to see all that was going on here. According to the introduction, Walt Disney had long wanted to tell a story from a dog’s point of view; a fact which is evident in the angles and perspectives in which we see the story of Lady and the Tramp unfold. Now, this is the obvious choice for Valentine’s Day as the scene between Lady and Tramp in the back of the Italian restaurant is now a cinematic staple. What I saw (and this is just for fun) was a little different. Lady, a debutant, is charged with taking care of the young son of a wealthy family. When a thoughtless and ignorant Aunt comes to babysit for a few days, Lady is put into a dangerous world of evil twin Ninjas, meets a sweet talking homeless man, and even spends time on death row. Sounds like a great Maniac worthy Valentine’s Day movie to me.
 
ACTION / ADVENTURE / KUNG FU/ THRILLERS / WESTERNS
 
Anonymous Starring Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, David Thewlis
 
Anonymous [Blu-ray] Starring Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson
 
Count of Monte Cristo Starring Robert Donat
 
Poolboy: Drowning Out the Fury Starring Danny Trejo, Kevin Sorbo, Jason Mewes and Alanna Ubach
 
The Reunion Starring John Cena, Ethan Embry, Amy Smart and Boyd Holbrook
 
The Reunion [Blu-ray] Starring John Cena, Ethan Embry, Amy Smart and Boyd Holbrook
 
Yakuza Weapon [Blu-ray/DVD Combo] Starring Shingo Tsurumi, Mei Kurokawa, Takashi Nishina
 
Yakuza Weapon Starring Shingo Tsurumi, Mei Kurokawa, Takashi Nishina
 
ANIME
 
Akira
 
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 (201
 
Gasaraki Complete Series DVD Collection
 
K-ON! DVD [Anime Legends] Starring Cristina Vee, Stephanie Sheh, Karen Strassman
 
K-ON! DVD [Anime Legends] Starring Cristina Vee, Stephanie Sheh, Karen Strassman
 
Mobile Suit Gundam Complete Collection 2 (Anime Legends)
 
Mobile Suit Gundam Uc
 
Mobile Suit Gundam 00: The Complete Second Season
 
Mobile Suit Gundam 00: The Complete First Season
 
Sengoku Basara 2: The Complete Series Limited Edition (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Starring Robert McCollum, Kazuya Nakai, John Swasey
 
Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings The Complete Series (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Starring Robert McCollum, John Swasey and Johnny Yong Bosch
 
Tales of the Abyss Part 3
 
Tales of the Abyss Part 4
 
Xam'd: Lost Memories - The Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
 
Xam'd: Lost Memories Complete Collection
 
CARTOONS
 
Lady and the Tramp (Diamond Edition Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)
 
Lady and the Tramp (Three-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy)
 
Lady and the Tramp (Diamond Edition Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo in DVD Packaging)
 
Star Wars Lego: The Padawan Menace [Blu-ray]
 
CLASSICS
 
A Star is Born (Kino Classics Edition) [Blu-ray] Starring Janet Gaynor, Frederic March and Adolphe Menjou
 
A Star is Born (Kino Classics Edition) Starring Janey Gaynor, Frederic March and Adolphe Menjou
 
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World [Blu-ray] Starring Sid Caesar, Milton Berle, Buddy Hackett and Spencer Tracy
 
COMEDY AND LOVE Mania Style
 
Casino Royale (1967) [Blu-ray] Starring David Niven, Woody Allen, Peter Sellers and Orson Welles
 
Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat [Blu-ray]
 
Fish Called Wanda [Blu-ray] Starring John Cleese and Kevin Kline
 
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part I (Two-Disc Special Edition) Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner
 
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part I [Blu-ray] Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner
 
The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall Starring Ramin Karimloo, Sierra Boggess, Hadley Fraser
 
The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall [Blu-ray] Starring Ramin Karimloo, Sierra Boggess, Hadley Fraser
 
Throw Momma From the Train [Blu-ray] Starring Danny DeVito and Billy Crystal
 
A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (Three-Disc Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / UltraViolet Digital Copy)
 
A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) Starring Kal Penn and Danny Trejo
 
A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + UltraViolet Digital Copy) Starring Tom Lennon, Danny Trejo, John Cho and Kal Penn
 
Criterion Collection
 
La Jetee/Sans Soleil (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
 
HORROR
 
Ashes Starring Brian Krause, Kadeem Hardison, Richard Gant
 
The Bunnyman Massacre Starring Cheryl Texiera, Matthew Albrecht, Alaina Gianci
 
Day of the Dead 3D [Blu-ray] Starring Ving Rhames, Mena Suvari, Nick Cannon and Michael Welch
 
Deadly Spawn: Millennium Edition [Blu-ray] Starring Tom DeFranco Charles George Hildebrandt
 
Dorm of the Dead Starring Aaron Sosa and Ryan DeLuca
 
Filth to Ashes Flesh to Dust Starring Anton Troy and Nicholas J. Leinbach
 
Filth to Ashes Flesh to Dust [Blu-ray] Starring Anton Troy and Nicholas J. Leinbach
 
Machete Joe Starring Ernie Hudson, Erica Gimpel, Paul Campbell and Gordon Greene
 
Return to Horror High/Return of the Killer Tomatoes Starring George Clooney and Vince Edwards
 
Stormhouse Starring Patrick Flynn, Grant Masters and Grahame Fox
 
Super Shark Starring John Schneider, Tim Abell, Jerry Lacy and Jimmie Walker
 
MODERN CLASSICS on BLU-RAY
 
Dangerous Liaisons [Blu-ray] Starring Glenn Close and John Malkovich
 
Love Story [Blu-ray] Starring John Marley, Ryan O'Neal and Ali McGraw
 
SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY
 
Metal Shifters [Blu-ray] Starring Kavan Smith and Nicole de Boer
 
Metal Shifters Starring Kavan Smith and Nicole de Boer
 
Time Traveller-Girl Who Leapt Throught Time Starring Riisa Naka, Anna Ishibashi, Narumi Yasuda and Mayu Kitaki
 
TV LAND
 
Father Dowling Mysteries: The First Season Starring James Stephens, Tom Bosley, Tracy Nelson and Mary Wickes
 
Laramie - The Second Season - 33 Hour long episodes Starring John Smith and Robert Fuller
 
Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey Season 2 (Original U.K. Unedited Edition) Starring Maggie Smith
 
Downton Abbey: Season 2 (Original U.K. Edition) [Blu-ray] Starring Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern
 
New Tricks: Series 6 Starring James Bolam and Alun Armstrong
 
Police Woman: Complete Second Season Starring Angie Dickinson, Charles Dierkop and Ed Bernard
 
Robert Trate writes three weekly columns for Mania: the DVD Shopping Bag, the Toy Maniac, and The Geek Life. Follow Robert on Twitter for his for Geek ramblings, Cosplay photos and film criticisms.

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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jppintar326 2/7/2012 4:28:12 AM

I know I'm going to sound like a total wuss but Love Story gets me every time.  When I hear the theme music, I think that "love means never having to say your sorry."

karas1 2/7/2012 7:42:41 AM

Actually, love means being able to say you're sorry and to accept apologies for really rotten things.  Sometimes you have to forgive people when they don't apologise.

Families always get on eachother's nerves occasionally and giving and accepting apologies is an important social skill.

keithdaniel 2/7/2012 10:41:16 AM

Well said, Kara!!  After all, I have to forgive George Lucas for not yet releasing Willow on bluray with more extras then were on the previous dvd including the LEGENDARY LOST SCENES!!  I know, you guys, I need to stop whining about this!  LOL!  Anyway, I hope one day we can see that...maybe one day!

themovielord 2/7/2012 6:14:35 PM

 Keith, I sent an email to Lucasfilm and asked about it. I heard nothing. 

Hobbs 2/8/2012 5:58:40 AM

Lost scenes?  Holy cow, i forgot all about Willow till you said that.  Lost scenes would interest me in seeing it again.  Something about that movie is missing if I remember it correctly.  I've heard about Howard and Lucas disagreeing while it was being filmed so that might have something to do with it.

I would be surprised if Lucas releases Willow on bluray anytime soon and if he does it won't have all those extras on it.  That will be on the extra special edition. 

I personally want Westworld on bluray with the editional 5 mins or so of footage replaced that wasn't on the regular dvd version.  That's an oldie but a goodie.

keithdaniel 2/8/2012 8:48:36 AM

Hobbs, you're right when you've said that there's something missing from Willow.  Among the "lost scenes" are: Willow and Madmartigan casting a spell burning down a wall of thorns, Willow avoiding a big battle in the valley, after a storm breaks out Willow being attacked by a large shark monster (after first warning Willow away from the island), Madmartigan gets attacked by barbarians while he's in his cage, extended fight scene between Fin Raziel and Bavmorda, Sorcha speaking to her petrified father at Tir-Asleen, and Arik confronting Sorcha with Madmartigan explaining that she's now with them...and there's more than that believe it or not!  I think it will come some time.  If Lucas has released many deleted scenes for the Star Wars movies then I see no reason why he wouldn't do the same for Willow.  Speaking of the Star Wars deleted scenes that came out on blu-ray, from what I've read not all of the deleted scenes were released from those that are known to exist.  Robert, you or anyone else are free to correct me on that if you like.  I also would like to know when Universal will ever release on bluray the many deleted scenes from both Conan the Barbarian and Destroyer.  The few deleted scenes that were released for Barbarian were only a few, there was much more cut from that as well as Destroyer.

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