Another week begins and we all look earnestly to tomorrow's raft of DVD releases...or something like that.
We recently watched a couple more DVDs over the weekend. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. We both really liked this one, like the other Charlie Kaufman films we've seen. The story actually works well and the cast is excellent. Don't let Jim Carrey's presence keep you from seeing it. He's very good and quite subdued, which is appropriate for the character. The DVD looked and sounded great and there are a number of potentially interesting bonus features.
Also up was The Stepford Wives (2004). This remake of the 1974 original, which is supposed to be not so great, definately has its moments and can be pretty amusing even if the plot (particularly the ending) doesn't always work. The satire of 1950s suburbia is really over the top, almost too much. The cast is really what makes the film worth watching, even Bette Midler who normally annoys me. I'd say overall that this is worth a rent, but don't go out of your way to see it.
And on to tomorrow's DVDs:
Birth Nicole Kidman is aparently good in this film, but most critics slammed the excecution of its "Ghost"-like story.
Captain Blood (1935) This is a good week for Errol Flynn fans as Warners is releasing a set containing some of his best films.
Blue Canadian Rockies (1952) Any Gene Autry fans might be glad to see this one...
The Courtesans of Bombay (1983) An early Mechant-Ivory production made for British TV.
Dodge City (1939) Flynn goes West..."Even going on a children's Sunday outing is not a safe thing to do..."
Dynasty: The Complete First Season Yikes!
Errol Flynn: The Signature Collection A box set containing Captain Blood, The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, The Sea Hawk, They Died with Their Boots On, Dodge City, and The Adventures of Errol Flynn (a documentary exclusive to the set). All the films in this set are available seperately, save for the docu. Word has it that the films in this set have been very well done with loads of bonuses.
The Four Feathers (1939) A DVD Savant review of this disc can be found here.
House of Flying Daggers The DVD of this one is supposedly so-so picture-wise, but I'm still going to check it out. Maybe they'll re-issue this and Hero someday with better discs.
In Custody (1993) Another lesser-known Mechant-Ivory film comes out; this one with just Merchant directing an all-Indian cast.
Meet the Fockers The big release of the week, no doubt. I didn't think this was worth seeing theatrically, but it probably merits a slot on ye olde queue.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 7 This set contains Episode 407- THE KILLER SHREWS (with short: JUNIOR RODEO DAREDEVILS), Episode 408- HERCULES UNCHAINED, Episode 410- HERCULES AGAINST THE MOON MEN, and Episode 816- PRINCE OF SPACE.
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) More Flynn Funn
The Sea Hawk (1940)
That 70s Show Season 2
They Died with Their Boots On (1941)