DVD Buying Guide: October ’06

Posted by Peter Hall - October 2nd 2006 @ 7:08 pm

Without any need for explanation, October is almost always the best month for horror releases.  However, since the majority of flicks already have releases in some capacity or another, as the years go on October tends to see less quality releases, just a much larger quantity of special editions and double dips.  This October is no different, but there are still plenty of worthy discs coming out – though predominately in the first week.

October 3rd:

X-Men: The Last Stand, Brett "Master of Subtlety" Ratner’s rape of the X universe releases in a pretty standard package – if you actually want to own this on DVD, you should probably wait for the guaranteed "Special Edition".  The Little Mermaid is out of the Disney vault, whatever that means anymore, so grab it before it’s locked away or something.

Thank You for Smoking is great and one of the more enjoyable comedies of the year, so I’d go ahead and call it a blind buy.  Then there is the third season of Penn & Teller’s Bullshit, a show everyone loves but me (I despise Penn).

Christ, there are a lot of releases.  Stuart Gordon’s fairly well received Edmond, a chronicle of prostitue abuse.  Abominable, a deadpan Bigfoot flick with Lance Henriksen!  Calvaire (review), which for me was one of the most psychologically damaging films I’ve seen in a while, but won’t go over well with the majority of people.

Ganja & Hess, a critically loved vampire film from the ’70s.  Canada’s Hostel look alike, Live Feed.  Ti West’s festival favorite The Roost.  Anchor Bay’s Charisma Carpenter baited Voodoo Moon.

And, the release of the week and possibly the month, The Woods.  It has some narrative problems, but the artistry behind it is undeniable and a hugely refreshing watch during a nearly fatal drought of horror with style.

Two films probably not available in your local Best Buy (or even Amazon), but definitely worth your time.  Both Evil Aliens (review) and the long awaited Reeker will be available on Region 1 discs.  You can grab either from Twitch’s fantastic DVD Store.

Oh, if you have the hardware for it, Army of Darkness comes out on HD-DVD and if you have the bank for it, the complete Twilight Zone set streets as well.

October 10th:

Actually, the best releaes of this month’s second week are going to be found here.  Art School Confidential, the latest from Terry Zwigoff has a morbid sense of humor running through it, plus it rips art school kids a new one.  If you want to keep track, Click and Prairie Home Companion come out, but since I don’t care about Sandler anymore and the latter was a universal dissapointment, I’d hardly recommend either.

My favorite sitcom since the death of Arrested Development, Scrub’s fourth season falls onto shelves.  I haven’t watched a single episode, but Everybody Hates Chris is supposed to be pretty damn catchy as well, so season 1 is probably worth keeping in mind as a future Netflix rental.  Wonder Showzen S2 as well.

Some straight-to-DVD flick called 5ive Girls with Ron Perlman.  I think the original is a mind blowing piece of crap, but the STD sequel to the Butterfly Effect comes out today…I’ll probably end up reviewing it because that’s the horror of my own life.  Ju-on 2 is obviously hitting shelves because of The Grudge 2′s imminent release.

The complete MPD Psycho Miniseries comes out on the cheap, haven’t seen any of it yet, but I may now.  There is a new Exorcist disc out, but more importantly you’ll probably want to grab the bundled together Exorcist Anthology.

October 17th:

The ill recieved Omen remake comes out today, and while you shouldn’t shell out money for it alone, there is a new Omen Collection that includes the recent 2 disc special edition of the original, the sequels and the remake for a pretty cheap $35.

The fan favorite Alfred Hitchcock Presents Season 2 makes its way to the digital world.  Raw Feeds’ first film, Rest Stop comes out.  I was just reading about in Fango, and I’ll actually probably check this one out.  Some movie called Frankenhooker comes out, and with a title like that you’ve gotta see it.

And finally, one of two Masters of Horror episodes I haven’t seen, Larry Cohen’s Pick Me Up follows the rest of the series disc pattern.  Oh, and Primus has a new performance DVD out called Blame it on the Fish.

October 24th:

One of my favorites of the year, Monster House (review) comes out on DVD, but as far as I can tell is lacking the 3D which makes it such a damned blast to watch.  I could have sworn it already came out, but I guess the poorly loved An American Haunting tries its hand again on the small screen.  TNT’s 8 episode run of Stephen King adaptations, Nightmares & Dreamscapes, is up for purchase – no opinion here.

Considered the only commercially successful South Korean horror film of last year, The Red Shoes has a R1 release (It’s…interesting, but nothing amazing).  Saw II goes for a double dip with a "Special Edition".  James Gunn’s Slither (review) sees a pretty loaded DVD as well, I know I’ll be picking this up (available on HD-DVD as well, and worth noting that this version sports the regular old DVD as well).  Speaking of HD-DVD, The Thing and 12 Monkeys get their shot too.

Finally, circuit fave Freak Out tries to grab an American consumer following.

October 31st:

I’m probably skipping some interesting stuff here, because I’m frankly tired of staring at a list of DVDs by the time I get to the last week of October, but Six Feet Under is finally available in one big, expensive box.

Cannibal Ferox may have already been available legitimately in some capacity, but it probably wasn’t this pretty.  Tales From the Crypt Season 5Asian Horror Two-For-One Pang Brothers Collection.

Again, I provide lnks to Amazon (and will get a barely noticeable kickback from anything purchased through said links or search bar on the right side of every page), but your cheapest bet is to go with a place like DeepDiscountDVD or DVD Planet.  If you want to do some good, however, I’d buy from the remarkably comprehensive Twitch DVD store and support what I consider to be the best film site on the net.

I try not to recommend so many blind buys, but all of the below are certainly worth the coin.

Worth Buying Blind
Thank You for Smoking
The Woods
Exorcist the Anthology
The Omen Collection
Monster House

Worth Buying if You’ve Seen it, Renting if You Haven’t
The Little Mermaid
Ganja & Hess
The Roost
Evil Aliens
Scrubs Season 4

Probably Worth Renting
Freak Out
Rest Stop

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  1. andy sell
    October 3rd, 2006 | 1:47 pm | #1

    FYI – the Six Feet Under complete series set was pushed back to November 17th.

    can’t wait, though.

  2. October 3rd, 2006 | 10:13 pm | #2

    Thanks for the heads up. Six Feet Under is, with The Sopranos, one HBO show I just never got around to watching. I dig the hell out of all their programming, and those two shows, but for some reason I always end up finding reasons to not watch regularly…

    I’m horrible.

  3. andy sell
    October 4th, 2006 | 6:37 pm | #3

    understandable. i never really got into The Sopranos. Deadwood is the title i really want to get to but always ended up missing or ignoring.

    Six Feet Under is, however, incredible. and with this set coming out you have no excuse.

  4. andy sell
    October 4th, 2006 | 6:39 pm | #4

    also, i saw Abominable last night. EXCELLENT monster, great score, good gore, Combs, Henriksen and Gleason (R.I.P.) are all amazing, as usual. but Schifrin really has no clue how to tell a story or put interesting shots together. shame. it could’ve been phenomenal. as is, it’s just a bleh film with some truly exceptional components.

    too bad.

  5. October 4th, 2006 | 9:36 pm | #5

    I’ve been wanting to watch Abominable, and it sounds like it pretty much lives up to what I expected. Everything loops back to Lance Henriksen. He was badass in the Garden a few months back.

    Just noticed I left Feast out of my guide, which is sad since I’ve been looking forward to it for months. Too lazy to add it in right now, though.

  6. andy sell
    October 5th, 2006 | 12:04 pm | #6

    Feast is great. The only problem is Gulager got a bad case of Greengrass/Nolan disease during the action sequences and you can’t tell what the hell is going on. Aside from that… pure joy.

    have you seen The Roost? that’s the one i’m dying to check out.

  7. October 5th, 2006 | 12:45 pm | #7

    Not yet, but only because I’m saving it for the 13th. It’s been a bitch to resist watching it, though.

  8. andy sell
    October 5th, 2006 | 6:14 pm | #8

    well, i look forward to your review.

    i hear that it’s not as good as all the hype makes it out to be, that you should go into it with few expectations and you’ll come out satisfied with the spirit of the film, if not the letter.

  9. October 8th, 2006 | 11:04 pm | #9

    Six Feet Under is the best tv show I have ever watched.

  10. andy sell
    October 10th, 2006 | 3:57 pm | #10

    for me, Twilight Zone is still the best.

    but Six Feet Under is a healthy second.

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