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New On Home Video: February 10, 2004

New on Home Video is updated every Monday Evenings
by Randy Muselman

This week, we look at a variety of titles that are just being released for the first time on DVD format. Many of you won't remember some of them, such as The Adventures Of Ma & Pa Kettle. This type of programming is what I grew up on as a child and funny just isn't the word, this was a great series of movies. The rest? Ehhhhh, some good, mostly just average.

By the way, at the moment, I'm having some computer related problems. Seems I let my kids play on my computer, and something just isn't right. I'm not sure what, but it's driving me crazy, so we'll post as many links as possible, but if you see a few missing, just hang in there with me, we'll do our very best. Durn kids, but ya gotta love'em.

Lets kick things off as usual with the titles that most folks will recognize right off. First up, we have a romantic comedy starring Georgy Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones. I found Intolerable Cruelty to be just average. I had a hard time keeping my interest going for this film, and I think that you will as well. For some reason, to me, the chemistry in the film just didn't work. I don't feel there is anything new going on during the film that we haven't seen on the big screen before.

Stephen Groenewegen says:

There are enjoyable extended cameos from the likes of Geoffrey Rush and Billy Bob Thornton, and I got a kick out of Cedric the Entertainer’s “nail yo’ ass” private dick shtick at the start. Scarily memorable is the managing partner of Clooney’s law firm (Tom Aldredge), stuck on life support in the dungeon-like basement.

You can read Stephen's complete review here

Also hitting the home video shelves this week is Lion King 1-1/2. This direct to video release is from the perspective of Timon and Pumbaa. This film takes place during the original Lion King but we see things unfold in the original movie from our silly duo. Family members will enjoy this, especially if they have children. Kids loved the original Lion King so this is a shoe in for those enjoying the original production. Overall, this is a film the entire family can watch and enjoy without worrying about the usual caveats that parents deal with on a day to day basis when it comes to their children's viewing.

This release is direct to video, so no reviews from out esteemed staff members.

Other than these two titles, there really isn't much of note hitting home video that's formerly been released in theaters. Most of the product this week are titles that are being released for the first time on DVD, which in itself is something to look forward to just for the re-mastering of the original film which, on DVD, will give you a very enjoyable home theater experience.

The only other title of any consequence this week is Party Monster. While I myself have not had the pleasure of screening this film, I've heard good things about it.

Erik Childress says of Party Monster:

At first dismissive, James schools Michael in the way of the party scene. How to make an entrance (and all-important exit) as well as how to soiree himself into the clubland trust. Michael has few friends in this world and even father figure club owner Peter Gatien (Dylan McDermott) isn’t sure this boy is worth the investment. But Michael’s a quick learner and soon he’s got the best parties in town with the best guests (one of which will remind Jackass fans of the infamous truck disco.) But fame and popularity always come at a cost to characters like Michael as James slowly begins to watch his influence diminish and his new (sort-of) friend spiraling deeper into the world of drugs.

Read Erik's complete review of Party Monster.

Other titles hitting the home video market for you to add to your collection this week include the following:

Adventures Of Ma & Pa Kettle
La Chamade (Heartbeat) 1969
Cyrano De Bergerac (1990)
Fire Down Below (1957)
Herzog/Kinski Collection (2002)
Hour of the Wolf (Vargtimmen) (1968)
Imitation of Life (Two Movie Collection) 1934/1959
The Mystery of Rampo (1995)
Once Upon a Time in the Midlands (2002)
The Passion of Anna (1970)
Persona (1967)
Returner (2002)
The Serpent's Egg (1978)
Shame (1968)
The Shrink Is In (2001)
The Stupids (1996)
Sylvia (2003)
The Tales of Beatrix Potter (with Dancers of The Royal Ballet) (1971)
Tokyo Joe (1949)
Walk on the Wild Side (1962)
Wonderland (2003)
X-Men Evolution-Powers Revealed (2000)

As always, for those of you who are into the collection of television series, you won't be disappointed this week. There are several interesting releases slated for this coming Tuesday. I know I'm going to pick up a couple of them right off. I really enjoy that offbeat Lexx series.

Angel: Season 3
H.R. Pufnstuf - The Complete Series (2004)
Lexx Series 4 Volume 5 (2000)
Lexx Series 4 Volume 6 (2000)
Mr. Bill's Disasterpiece Theater Definitive Collection (Classics/Does Vegas/Christmas Special)
Sitting Ducks-Season 1 Quack Pack (2001)
Xena Warrior Princess - Season Three

Top rentals at video stores around the nation according to Billboard.com this week look something like this:

1. Once Upon A Time In Mexico
2. Open Range
3. Out Of time
4. Cabin Fever
5. Freddy VS Jason
6. American Wedding
7. Uptown Girls
8. Underworld
9. S.W.A.T.
10. Johnny English

I appreciate your patience with the old fat man here. I hate it when my computer doesn't function the way I want it to. I rather feel lost without it as it's my connection to the outside world (you should see where I live). I've learned my lesson, don't let your children play on the computer that you do your work on. At least they haven't tried shoving sticky stuff into the "cup-holder" when it slides out of the DVD drive.

As always, if you have any comments or questions, good or bad, we do indeed appreciate them. Just drop us a line at spasticlemur@efilmcritic.com. I'll see you next week with a complete update of upcoming home video releases, and a brand spanking new computer.

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