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"Jackass: The Movie" Unrated Special Collector's Edition (2002)
In anticipation of Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Chris Pontius, Steve-O and the rest of the gang's "Jackass: Number Two," MTV Films has unearthed nearly a half hour of more outrageous footage from their first movie that has to be seen to be believed. It's hard to imagine these guys any wilder than before, but anyone who's remotely familiar with the show and its cast of ready, willing and able performers knows to expect bigger stunts, viler gross-outs and more male nudity than ever.
Paramount Home Video has included the following extras:
- Commentary by director, cinematographer and Johnny Knoxville
- "Jackass" cast group commentary
- "MTV's Making of 'Jackass: The Movie' "
- "Too Hot for MTV" additional footage
- Inside look at "Jackass: Number Two"
- "Jackass: Number Two" trailer
"District B13" (2004)
Even though it's been years since French action-icon Luc Besson was behind a camera, he's still kept busy writing and producing over a dozen films, the latest of which, "District B13," is a spiritual sequel to 2001's "Yamakasi." Focusing on the art of parkour, a philosophical free-motion sport that Besson saw practiced by a group of French teens, "Yamakasi" featured death-defying, real-life stunts that have only been recently matched by the likes of Tony Jaa ("Ong-Bak"). The plot of "District B13," which is about a stolen weapon of mass destruction, is just an excuse for nonstop running, jumping and fighting that leaves you breathless.
Magnolia Home Entertainment has included the following extras:
- "Making Of 'District B13' "
- Deleted scenes
- Stunt reel
"Gojira" Deluxe Collector's Edition (1954)
Director Ishirô Honda's antiwar masterpiece used an enormous radioactive dinosaur as a metaphor for the devastation caused by nuclear war, and in the process spawned a pop-culture phenomenon and one of the longest-running film series in history (we know this big guy as Godzilla). Widely considered to be a direct response to the U.S.-dropped atomic bombs that destroyed the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki just nine years prior to the film's release, "Gojira" celebrated its 50th anniversary recently and is being released in the States uncut for the first time ever.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has included the following extras in this two-disc set:
- "Gojira" (1954) Japanese version with English subtitles
- "Godzilla, King of the Monsters" (1956) U.S. version
- Original trailers
- "Godzilla: Story Development"
- "Making of the Suite" featurette
"Seven Samurai" Criterion Collection (1954)
Legendary director Akira Kurosawa's legacy lives on not just in his own films, but also in the films of those he inspired. Unquestionably, Kurosawa's greatest epic, "Seven Samurai," has influenced countless western and sci-fi films to this day.
Kurosawa took much of his inspiration from Western culture, and as a result his films were not always popular in Japan, but the overwhelmingly positive response to "The Seven Samurai" was instantaneous. Overnight, dry, old-school costume dramas were obsolete, replaced by dramatic epics full of swordplay and action, giving birth to the modern Samurai film. Plagued by marauding bandits, a group of villagers seeks help from a wandering band of Ronin, masterless samurai.
The Criterion Collection has included the following extras in this three-disc set:
- All-new, restored high-definition digital transfer
- Commentary by film scholars David Desser, Joan Mellen, Stephen Prince, Tony Rayns and Donald Richie
- Commentary by Japanese-film expert Michael Jeck
- "Seven Samurai" documentary from the Toho Masterworks series "Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create"
- "My Life in Cinema" - a two-hour video conversation between Kurosawa and Nagisa Oshima produced by the Directors Guild of Japan
- "Seven Samurai: Origins and Influences"
- Gallery of rare posters and behind-the-scenes and production stills
- Theatrical trailers
- A booklet featuring essays by Peter Cowie, Philip Kemp, Peggy Chiao, Alain Silver, Kenneth Turan, Stuart Galbraith, Arthur Penn, and Sidney Lumet and an interview with Toshiro Mifune
"Lost" The Complete Second Season (2005 - 2006)
The first season of "Lost" ended without answering any of the show's mysteries, leaving viewers scratching their heads. With J.J. Abrams busy on "Mission: Impossible III," co-creators Damon Lindelof and Jeffrey Lieber finally delivered some. Starting with the first episode of season two, so-called Losties were given the answers they'd been waiting for — but what do they mean? Much like another classic show set on a mysterious island (Not "Gilligan's Island," but "The Prisoner," which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary with a deluxe DVD collector's set), "Lost" is a show about information, who's got it, who wants it and why. With season three on the horizon, it will be interesting to see how far down this rabbit hole goes.
In addition to all 24 episodes of the second season, Buena Vista Home Entertainment has included the following extras in this seven-disc set:
- Commentary on select episodes
- Conspiracy theories with creators, writers, fans
- Exclusive unaired flashbacks
- " 'Lost' Connections" - interactive experience that plants seeds for season three
- "Fire and Water: Anatomy of an Episode"
- "Secrets From the Hatch"
- "The World According to Sawyer"
- Deleted scenes
- U.K. promo directed by David LaChapelle
"Red Dwarf" The Complete Collection (1988-1999)
Traditionally comedy ("Monty Python's Flying Circus") and sci-fi ("Doctor Who") series from the U.K. have attracted a cult following in the States, with some of the more popular ones serving as inspiration for U.S. versions, like "The Office." Sadly, the sci-fi/comedy hybrid "Red Dwarf" has never had a fanbase as large as any of those shows, but Doug Naylor and Rob Grant's working-class take on the genre struck a chord, and ran for an impressive eight seasons. "Red Dwarf" follows the intergalactic trials and tribulations of chicken-soup-machine-repairman and sole survivor of the human race, Dave Lister (Craig Charles), who awakens from cryosleep aboard the titular spacecraft only to find it's 3 million years in the future. Lister must try to get back to Earth with the help of the bitter hologram of his dead roommate, Arnold Rimmer (Chris Barrie), the evolved descendant of his pet cat, Cat (Danny John-Jules), their prim android butler, Kryten (Robert Llewellyn), and the ship's computer, Holly (Norman Lovett) — or is it Hilly (Hattie Hayridge)? Humor abounds as they encounter their parallel dimensions, emotion-sucking aliens, a backward Earth and even Death, himself.
In addition to all 52 episodes of the series, Warner Home Video has included the following extras in this 18-disc box set:
- Lost and extended episodes
- Cast commentary on every episode
- Original documentary accompanying each series
- Deleted scenes
- Smeg ups
- Rare cast and crew interviews
- "Dwarfing USA" - at last, the truth behind the U.S. pilot
- Original featurettes
- Trailers and promos
- Audio-book chapters
- "Dave Hollins" radio sketches
- Raw FX footage
- Isolated music cues
- Photo galleries
- Collector's booklet for each series
- Hidden Easter eggs
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