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June 23, 2008

This Week's Interesting DVD Releases (June 24th, 2008)

As much as I enjoyed Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel Persepolis, I was surprised how the animated film adaptation remained true to the book. Satrapi co-wrote and co-directed the film, and has produced one of the most amazing movies of the decade.

Another animated feature I am looking forward to is Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs, which includes a lost 30-minute Futurama episode intended for a video game but never released.

I begrudgingly admit to picking up Xanadu (Magical Musical Edition) for a couple of reasons. First, I have a niece that will enjoy the accompanying soundtrack CD, and second, my favorite memoirist, Hillary Carlip (Queen of the Oddballs and A la Cart) is featured as a juggler in the film.

The Criterion Collection releases two noteworthy films this week: Macedonian director Milcho Manchevski's Before the Rain and Anthony Mann's classic western The Furies.

Among the many television releases, the one that catches my eye most is second season of The New Adventures of Old Christine featuring Seinfeld's Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

What new releases are you picking up or planning to rent? What should I avoid?

This week's interesting DVD releases:

10,000 B.C.
2 Minutes Later
Advantage: Sci-Fi-athon
Beat, Beat, Beat: Eclectic Collection, Vol. 4
Before the Rain - Criterion Collection
Belle Toujours
The Big Easy: The Complete First Season
Branded: The Complete Second Season
Caravaggio (Special Edition)
Charlie Bartlett
The Chilling
Death Note, Vol. 5
Definitely, Maybe
Demons Among Us
Down The River
Early Edition - The First Season
An Erotic Werewolf in London
Evening Shade - Season One
The Eye 3
The Free Will
The Furies - Criterion Collection
Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs
Gallhammer: Ruin of a Church
Gingerdead Man 2
Glitterbox: Derek Jarman x 4
Go Ride the Music and West Pole
Goodbye Uncle Tom
The Hammer
Hana: Tale of a Reluctant Warrior
Hell's Ground
Ice Road Truckers: On & Off The Ice
In Bruges
Journey to the Far Side of the Sun
Killer's Moon
Kujibiki Unbalance - Love Rikkyouin (Volume 2, Eps.5-8)
The Long Dream
Maid in Sweden
Maiko Haaaan!!!
Mondo Cane
Mondo Cane 2
The New Adventures of Old Christine - The Complete Second Season
New Order: Live in Glasgow
Nobody Loves Alice
Offensive Behaviour
The Oscar Wilde Collection
OTOBOKU - Maidens are falling for Me (Vol. 1 of 3 Eps. 1-4)
Papaya: Love Goddess of the Cannibals
Raising Jeffrey Dahmer
Read You Like a Book
The Real McCoys - Season 3
Right By Me
Rita Rudner: Live from Las Vegas
The Ruth Rendell Mysteries - Set 3
Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure
The Second Coming of Eva
Shattered Angels Vol. 2 + Artbox
Simon, King of the Witches
Solo Sunny
The Spiderwick Chronicles
Spock's Beard: Live
Steely Dan: In Concert
The Tattooist
The Vice: The Complete Second Season
West German Grindhouse Collection featuring Josephine
When I Knew
Wide Sargasso Sea
The Wig (Unrated)
Wittgenstein (Special Edition)
The Witnesses
Xanadu - Magical Musical Edition (With Complete Soundtrack CD)
ZZ Top: Live from Texas

also at Largehearted Boy:

previous CD & DVD release lists
Soundtracked (directors and composers discuss their film's soundtrack)