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Thanksgiving is over and so is "Black Friday." Did anyone brave the big box stores? We stayed home and have no regrets. Sure there were some good deals on DVDs to be had, but it just didn't seem worth being trampled by raging hordes. So here's this week's DVDs:
CSI: The Complete Fifth Season
The Frighteners Unrated Directors Cut Another release of Peter Jackson's 1996 film. I haven't heard if the new cut is better, but this new DVD has a Jackson commentary and a four hour documentary on the film.
The Great Muppet Caper: Kermit's 50th Anniversary Edition A number of Muppet reissues are appearing this week to mark the transfer (again) of Muppet distrubution to Disney. The word is that this DVD is about the same as the previous one, so don't re-buy it.
Legends of the Fall: Deluxe Edition Another quadruple-dip courtesy of Sony...
Mr. and Mrs. Smith The Summer hit arrives
The Muppet Christmas Carol: Kermit's 50th Anniversary Edition All right, so this one gives us the film in widescreen on DVD for the first time, but it's the theatrical version. The old DVD, while pan/scan was a longer cut (supposedly closer to what Brian Henson wanted) with an additional song. The bonus features are, as per the norm for this set of reissues, very weak. So if you want the longer cut in widescreen, you'll have to wait for the next release...
The Muppet Movie: Kermit's 50th Anniversary Edition As this is my favorite Muppet film, it's a bummer that the film transfer on this new DVD is not much better than the old disc and contains a lame featurette, but lacks a feature found on the old DVD. No reason to re-buy here either.
Muppet Treasure Island: Kermit's 50th Anniversary Edition Another yawn of a reissue...worth buying only if you don't have the previous DVD. Oddly enough, The Muppets Take Manhattan isn't among the reissued films in this batch. [update: It appears that Sony still has rights to Manhattan as well as Muppets From Space and Kermit's Swamp Years, which they'll be reissuing in a a box set in February. Why they still have these titles, but not the rest is beyond me...]