DVD Buying Guide: September ’06

Posted by Peter Hall - September 5th 2006 @ 9:55 am

I’ve redone the guide this month, now including prices from Digital Eyes (a very trust worthy online retailer), as well as Netflix links for each specific disc (when available).  The new format makes it a bit lengthier, but it should get the job done.  Let me know if you prefer the old format.

September is a pretty lackluster month for horror, but it does have a lot of releases, even if many of them are just slightly modified special editions or double dips.  Not a whole lot of first time DVDs this time around, except for TV shows and a handful of early ’06 theaterical films.

The second half of Sept will be up before the second half of September arrives, so no worries.

9/05/06

Retail: $59.95
Amazon: $41.95
Digital Eyes: $38.97

This is Criterion’s 3 disc re-release of Gilliam’s visual masterpiece, Brazil.  Main difference is a new anamorphic transfer, still has the landmark set of extras.
Retail: $24.95
Amazon: $18.69
Digital Eyes: $17.46
Netflix

The Plague is the first release from Clive Barker’s Midnight Picture Show banner.  Cool sounding plot about the entire world’s child population entering a decade long coma, but can’t vouche for the delivery or James Van Der Beek.
Retail: $26.95
Amazon: $20.19
Digital Eyes: $18.86
Netflix

Honestly, I don’t know much about Dead Man’s Shoes other than a UK’er recommended it during its original 2004 run across the pond.  Considering it’s about revenge and has a badass cover, I’ll be checking it out.
Retail: $26.95
Amazon: $18.89
Digital Eyes: $18.86
Netflix

Change the title to whatever you want, Banlieu 13 is a badass movie, plain and simple.  David Belle is a beast in the movie and the action alone warrants a mandatory watch.  Finally getting a stateside release.
Retail: $19.95
Amazon: $17.99
Digital Eyes: $13.96

I don’t even remember Escape to Witch Mountain, but enough people seem to like it that it warrants mentioning this double package with Return From Witch Mountain.
Retail: $14.95
Amazon: $14.99
Digital Eyes: $9.95

Made in 1990, Frakenstein Unbound was legendary director Roger Corman’s return film.  I haven’t seen it, nor have I heard much of it, but the plot involves time travel AND Frakenstein, so it’s probably worth a rent.
Retail: $21.95
Amazon: $16.49
Digital Eyes: $13.17
Netflix

This is the original man-in-suit that spawned the entire Godzilla franchise.  2 Disc edition that finally shows the real, unadultured cut of the landmark film.
Retail: $14.95
Amazon: $13.49
Digital Eyes: $8.95

I may see this "Trilogy of Blood" just because the I, Vampire title cracks me up.  Oh wait, chances are good I’ll probably never see it.
Retail: $24.95
Amazon: $22.49
Digital Eyes: $16.22
Netflix

I was ready to write off The Legend of Lucy Keyes as just another direct-to-DVD normality, but then I noticed that both Julie Delpy and Justin Theroux are in it.  Two fine actors like that, script statistically shouldn’t be that bad.
Retail: $64.95
Amazon: $41.87
Digital Eyes: $45.46
Netflix

Oz still stands as my favorite piece of HBO original programming.  The final season of the fantastic series, with a finale that expertly wraps everything together.
Retail: $24.95
Amazon: $18.69
Digital Eyes: $17.46
Netflix

A horror movie with Fred Durst?  Sigh.  Or Sold!  Take your regretable pick.
Retail: $59.95
Amazon: $37.27
Digital Eyes: $41.96
Netflix

I haven’t seen a single episode of WB’s Supernatural, but word in the genre world has it that it’s actually not half bad.
Retail: $30.95
Amazon: $20.87
Digital Eyes: $21.66
Netflix

I don’t think the plot of United 93 needs to be explained, but if you’re doubtful as to its resonance, it still stands as one of the best reviewed films of ’06.

9/12/06


Retail: $29.95
Amazon: $20.99
Digital Eyes: $18.95

Takashi Miike’s kids film that made all the kids in the theater cry.  I’ve had an imported copy of the flick for months and still haven’t gotten around to picking it up, so I doubt I’ll bother with the R1.
Retail: $24.95
Amazon: $18.69
Digital Eyes: $17.46
Netflix

Touted as the first ever gay-centric slasher, Hellbent follows a serial killer in West Hollywood.  My money says it doesn’t survive as a horror movie past its sexual commentary.
Retail: $16.95
Amazon: $11.99
Digital Eyes:
$9.95

Tobe Hoopers entry to Masters of Horror was just plain boring, even if it was scripted by Richard Christian Matheson.  But hey, at under $10, it may be worth it just for the retrospective extras on the man’s once talkworthy career.
Retail: $49.95
Amazon: $32.49
Digital Eyes:
$28.10
Netflix

Office purists like my brother still preach the British UK as gospel, but I absolutely love the American version and think the Jim/Pam relationship is far more endearing.  Steve Carell is brilliant and Rainn Wilson is hysterical.

Retail: $59.95
Amazon: $41.80
Digital Eyes: $41.96
Netflix

I’ve only seen about a quarter of this fifth season of Smallville, however, it does have the infinitely badass James Marsters as Brainiac, so Buffy fans will have an excuse to watch.  And for the rest of you, it’s not that bad of a show.

rss 3 comments
  1. Ripp
    September 5th, 2006 | 10:52 am | #1

    Looks like I need to buy the US versioin of B13 for the special features. The “import” (boot leg?) I got about a year ago was lucky enough to have english subtitles but they were those AZN engrish subtitles. Upgrade FTW!

  2. September 5th, 2006 | 11:17 am | #2

    What, Smallville but no Seven Samurai? It’s only the best movie EVAR.

    Is it some new software that’s creating all of this formatting for you?

    I can just hope it was free. ;)

    /me tries to save excitement for second half of the month TCM re-release.

  3. September 5th, 2006 | 12:30 pm | #3

    I had the Criterion Seven Samurai in my list of releases I prepare for actually doing the guide, but I guess I skipped over it when posting it. Oops.

    As for the formatting, it’s just using some tables within wordpress. It’s a huge pain in the ass and I don’t think I’m going to do it again, because DVDs with wackass pictures (like Smallville) throw everything out of shape.

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