The Reno sheriff's department invades the Sunshine State, Malcolm McDowell takes on the establishment and more in this week's DVD round-up.
The thin blue line just got thinner in "Reno 911!: Miami - Unrated Edition". Lieutenant Dangle (Tom Lennon) and the rest of Reno's finest are invited to the American Police Convention in Miami and arrive to find they're the only cops unaffected by a terrorist attack. The unrated DVD improves upon the Comedy Central series as it is unbleeped, unblurred and includes commentary by the actors in character.
This Weeks Must Have:
Before Alex and his droogs were singin' in the rain, Malcolm MacDowell played a very different angry young man in Lindsay Anderson's "If..." Criterion Collection. Mick Travis (MacDowell), fresh from the counterculture explosion of the "Summer of Love," returns to his stuffy British boarding school and literally declares war against the tyrannical headmaster and upper-classmen who harbor a penchant for classism, discrimination and brutality among the students.
Horrorfest Comes Home:
Nacho Cerdá's "The Abandoned" was the fan-favorite fright flick from last year's After Dark Films "Horrorfest," which has already spawned a series of DVDs, and as a result received a wide release along with well-deserved critical praise. Marie (Anastasia Hille) inherits her long-forgotten family home deep in the Russian woods only to find her long-lost brother and a mysterious apparition that looks like her.
Zany To The Max:
Stephen Spielberg unleashes the next batch of 25 brand new-to-DVD episodes in "Animaniacs, Vol. 3" featuring the further misadventures of the Warner brothers Yakko, Wakko and their sister Dot, as well as Pinky and the Brain, Slappy Squirrel, the Goodfeathers and more. Extras include a chat with the team of artists who created the whimsical Warner siblings and a tribute to late composer Richard Stone.
In Case You Missed It:
BBC Video's "Robin Hood: Season One" stars Jonas Armstrong as a proper British Robin (I'm looking at you Kevin Costner...) and Lucy Griffiths as his on-again/off-again girlfriend Marian, updating these legendary characters and imbuing them with modern attitudes we can relate to. This 5-disc set contains the first 13 episodes of the critically acclaimed series which delivers tremendous action and delightful wit that many American shows have been sorely lacking lately.