out today 1/8/08...the riches...zodiac...sunshine...

Posted by Brad Schelden, January 7, 2008 11:39pm | Post a Comment
I would like to start off by welcoming everybody to 2008. Congratulations to all of us for making it through another year. 2007 was really a great year full of amazing new releases. We are just about through the really slow period at the end of the year and getting ready for some great new releases again. There were some great DVD's out at the end of last year. The Deluxe brief case version of Blade Runner sort of made up for the lack of any decent music new releases. I really can't stop looking at it. I have opened the brief case more times than necessary but I just can't get enough of it. It was my big Christmas present to myself and I really dolove it. The Final Cut version of the film looks fantastic. I have only watched the Final Cut version and about half of the main documentary so far. But what I have watched already of this documentary is really amazing. But I am sure that I will be talking all about my love of Blade Runner very soon.

Last week only had one new release. The new Radiohead album "In Rainbows" finally got its real release on CD and vinyl. The music new releases don't really start up again until next week. We have the new Magnetic Fields album out next week and then the amazing new Cat Power out the following week. New albums by The Mars Volta, The Mountain Goats, Vampire Weekend, and Dolly Parton are also right around the corner. I still have not seen the movie Juno yet, but hopefully I will get to see it this week. I have heard great fantastic things about it. The soundtrack, featuring the songs of Kimya Dawson from The Moldy Peaches, comes out today. I am still not sure why these labels are putting out the soundtracks weeks after the movies have been out. But that is the way it is. The Golden Compass soundtrack featuring Kate Bush will finally see a street date in another 2 weeks. But as always, we can count on the DVD's to keep us excited about new release Tuesday.

One of my favorite cable shows of the last year gets its release on DVD today. The F/X original series "The Riches" is coming out in a season one box set. I am already getting excited for season two to start. Just a couple more months. I have heard a rumor it will be on March 10th on the F/X channel. I have never been a big Minnie Driver fan. While I have always sort of loved Eddie Izzard, I was not really looking forward to a family show starring Minnie Driver as his wife. But she really surprised me and I am now officially a huge admirer of Minnie Driver. She and Eddie Izzard are both really amazing in this show. I don't really want to give too much away about the show if you have not watched it yet. But the basic plot is about a family of gypsies who get a bit "lucky" and find themselves living the life of a rich family in fancy suburbia. They do not fit into the life at all but somehow manage to fake it and convince their neighbors that they are in fact  "The Riches."  The show reminds me a bit of Big Love (HBO). Sort of another family living in a community that is very different from what they are accustomed to. They have three children played by Shannon Marie Woodward, Noel Fisher, and Aidan Mitchell. They are all also perfectly cast and amazing. The youngest son is sort of a transvestite. You might expect Izzard to be playing the part of the transvestite. But they actually do a great job developing the story of a young boy who wants to dress and act like a girl. The show takes place in both their original family of gypsies and also their new suburban community. Both are created beautifully. The show is just one of those unique and brilliant shows that only come around every once in a while. The brilliance of Six Feet Under has not yet been matched but this really comes very close. It is always fun to watch these shows all at once without the commercials. A perfect TV show that is really made for a DVD release. Minnie Driver is just so good. You really have to see it to believe it. I really hope she gets the Golden Globe for this series. She did not win the Emmy. And even though it looks now that the Golden Globes will not really be happening, I still hope she wins. As the writers strike continues they have decided to not have the Golden Globes awards show. It will simply be a sort of press conference announcement of the winners. The writers guild would not give the awards show a waiver and I don't think any of the actors and actresses would have crossed the picket line to go the show. I really hope this will help things move along a bit faster. I am of course on the side of the writers. They are notoriously underpaid and overworked and probably deserve whatever they are asking for. A show like "The Riches" is the perfect piece of evidence showing how brilliant and hilarious these writers can be.

I have been waiting for this version of Zodiac to come out on DVD since it originally came out on DVD last year. There was just the regular basic release widescreen release last July. The movie is easily one of my favorites of the year. I think a lot of people maybe missed out on seeing this when it was in theaters. But it really is worth your time. I have always been fascinated with this story and it is always fun to see a movie that is filmed in San Francisco. I love seeing San Francisco transformed back into the 1970's. This version includes the new and improved directors cut, a couple of commentaries and some special featurettes. There is a both a "fact" segment and a "film" segment. I am really excited to see this movie all over again. It is a bit lengthy and very realistic and brutal in parts. But for any fan of true crime this film is really fantastic and well done. The film is directed by David Fincher and stars Jake Gyllenhall, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., and Chloe Sevigny. I have been a big fan of David Fincher for a while. But how can you not be. He directed Se7en, The Game, and Fight Club. But it really had been almost ten years since he directed a really great film again. This is seriously a great film and San Francisco looks fantastic.

Another of my favorites of the year comes out on DVD this week. It is directed by another of my favorites, the great Danny Boyle. The man who brought us Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, and 28 Days Later. I am a big fan of the Science Fiction film but there really have not been any good ones in a while. The Alien vs. Predator franchise is just not doing it for me. I really have been waiting for another Blade Runner or another Alien type movie. The movie "Sunshine" actually really impressed me. It stars Cillian Murphy and Michelle Yeoh. The story is basically about a crew of astronauts that are sent out to reignite the sun. I know we have already seen this sort of story before. But it really is much better than "Sphere" starring Sharon Stone or "The Core" starring Hilary Swank. It is just  a great science fiction movie. The film has great art direction and does a great job developing the crew and the spaceship relationship. It really comes close to the greatness of the crew and ship relationship of films like Alien and The Abyss. The story might be a bit unbelievable. But it really is important to let your mind accept some impossibilities when watching science fiction films. You really can't keep asking "how" or "why" when watching a film like this. This DVD release includes a commentary with the director. It also includes a commentary by the scientific consultant and 11 deleted scenes.

also out today

"Juno" Soundtrack

"3:10 To Yuma" DVD

Richard Simmons "The Complete Sweatin' to the Oldies" DVD

"Eagle vs. Shark" DVD

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