New DVD Release Report | 5/30/07

I won't lie to you, it's a weak DVD Tuesday. I've scraped the very bottom of the barrel in the hopes that I'll at least bring up something rentable, but if I don't please don't hold it against me. Blame Janet DVD, Fred DVD's evil step mom who occasionally swoops in and makes us all suffer.

Strong Buy

1. Superman Ultimate Collector's Edition
It features six Superman films, including, for comparison's sake, both the original cut and the Richard Donner cut of Superman II. You also get the newest, Superman Returns, in what adds up to 15 hours of super action. I didn't like the latest effort but I still find value in the older versions so this is worth a look.

Limited Buy

2. Katharine Hepburn Collection
Oddly this features some of Hepburn's lesser rated works while some of her classics such as The African Queen and Bringing Up Baby remain available as only single discs. Could they be trying to see if this sells first? Is it a rights issue? It's hard to tell what happens in DVD land, but fans of old movies might have an extra $41.99 to burn.

Rental

3. Lost In Translation HD DVD
I've never recommended an HD DVD before but I'm making an exception here because this is one of the prettier films of the decade. I don't know if you'll need to make a rich friend or invest the $500 in an HD player but this would be worth watching in the primo format.

Probably Not

4. Hannibal Rising
Murdered at the box office and reviled by the critics I don't have one good reason you should watch this. You should see Mr. Brooks in theaters instead, it's a fresh look at the old serial killer genre. This is only a rental for folks who never want to leave the house.

5. UB40: Live at Montreux 2002
C'mon, you laughed. These guys sang "Red, Red, Wine." Because I go the extra mile I've also determined that Montreux is in Switzerland. Perhaps you could make watching this disc part of a wager with with friends, think outside of the box!

That's all for now. See you next Tuesday!

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