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I hope you’ve been checking out IGNFF’s weekly blog with the cast & crew of NBC’s Scrubs. There’re some fun entries over there, with more to come (including some holiday greetings in the weeks ahead – but you didn’t hear that from me). I’m still trying to figure out how we got to the holidays so fast… I swear there’s been some kind of time/space warping in effect…

I went in really not wanting to like Tim Burton’s new take on Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Warner Bros., Rated PG, DVD-$30.97 SRP). For one thing, I love Willy Wonka – a modern classic, and easily one of Gene Wilder’s finest performances. And then there’s the fact that Burton gave us the wretched beast that was his take on Planet of the Apes. Never forget. My heart began to soften again after I saw and enjoyed Big Fish, but I was still wary of Burton, particularly since this was him tackling another beloved flick. Imagine my surprise when I actually enjoyed Charlie, and particularly Johnny Depp’s off-kilter fop of a Wonka. The world of Dahl’s dark stories plays to Burton’s strengths, and he manages to make the film a visual storybook without going goofy. Does it trump Willy Wonka and Gene Wilder? No. Does it stand on its own? You betcha. The 2-disc deluxe edition sports behind-the-scenes featurettes, a look at how actor Deep Roy became hundreds of Oompa-Loompas, a spotlight on Dahl, an inside look at squirrel training, and even a tutorial on dancing like an Oompa-Loompa.

Mixing up the Joel & Mike years from Comedy Central up until the Sci-Fi Channel run, 8th volume of The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection (Rhino, Not Rated, DVD-$59.95 SRP) features the unparalleled fromage of Monster A-Go Go, The dead Talk Back, The Phantom Planet, and Hobgoblins. We’re talking some real glorious trash here, folks. Sadly, they don’t continue the precedent set by the past few collections of including some choice bonus material, but here’s hoping that changes for the next release.

I hate being put in the position of panning something while praising it. What has put me in such an awkward position? Disney’s first batch of releases featuring DuckTales & Chip N Dale: Rescue Rangers (Walt Disney, Not Rated, DVD-$34.99 SRP each). First off, I thank them for finally getting around to releasing their back catalog of shows I actually loved as a kid – particularly the adventures of Scrooge & his nephews, based largely on the comic books stories of the legendary Carl Barks. But just when they do something great like this, they make me want – no, *need* - to slap them upside the head by omitting the 5-part pilots from both sets. No “Treasure of the Golden Suns” or “To the Rescue” – no set up for either series in what were some of the finest episodes of their respective shows. Does anyone at Disney have even a rudimentary knowledge of their library? Or access to Google? Those episodes damn well better be on a future release, or I’m gonna have to bust some heads. I’m not even going to mention that they didn’t even bother to clean the prints, which contain dust and scratches aplenty… oops. Come on Disney- treat your library with a little respect… You know, like Warners does with the Hanna-Barbera releases.

For a Disney release that is far from disappointing (and makes a wonderful gift for any fan), set aside a few hours to fully enjoy every wonder contained in The Disney Keepsakes (Disney Editions, $60.00 SRP). A companion piece to The Disney Treasures, it features beautiful reproductions of rare ephemera straight from the Disney archives, including an original 1930’s Mickey Mouse Club membership card, promotional displays, 3-D glasses from the 50’s, Good Housekeeping comic pages, and much more, all with accompanying text that puts everything in context. I hope this isn’t the last of these releases, because they really are a downright cool delight.

Learn about the early television megastars that launched the fledgling medium and really made the idea of “must-see” TV a reality in the PBS documentary Pioneers of Primetime (PBS, Not Rated, DVD-$19.99 SRP). From Hope & Berle to Lucy & Desi, they came from vaudeville, radio, and nightclubs to develop a new way of entertaining that would eventually surpass all others in its influence.

As soon as I saw Kung Fu Hustle (Sony, Rated R, DVD-$28.95 SRP), I knew that Asian cinema had finally matured. You can’t take an artform seriously until someone comes along and knocks its feet out from under it, parodying brilliantly all of its clichés and self-importance – and with this film, co-writer/director Stephen Chow does just that, brilliantly. From Kurosawa to Woo, Ang Lee to Jackie Chan, everyone gets walloped. What’s the point in having an Alfred Hitchcock or James Whale unless you’ve got a Mel Brooks to put it all in perspective? Bonus materials include an audio commentary with Chow and the cast, deleted scenes, an interview with Chow, behind-the-scenes featurette, and bloopers.

Fictional Indian immigrants the Kumars have bulldozed their backyard and created a studio to house the homemade talk show of son Sanjeev (Sanjeev Bhaskar) in the brilliant comedic satire The Kumars at No. 42 (BBC, Not Rated, DVD-$24.98 SRP), another wonderful Britcom import that should be on your must-view list. Sanjeev wrangles his family into the proceedings - doting mom (Indira Joshi), overeager small-businessman dad (Vincent Ebrahim), and tart-tongued Granny Sushila (Meera Syal) – as he welcomes real-world celebrities into the surreal proceedings that is part Larry Sanders and part The Office… Needless to say, it’s funny as hell. In addition to the 6 episodes comprising the first season, bonus materials include unseen footage, a tour of No. 42, and a writer’s commentary.

Kenneth Turan’s Never Coming to a Theater Near You (Public Affairs, $14.00 SRP) is one of those books that has a concept so good, you wonder why no one ever did it before. Turan presents a look at a few dozen wonderful flicks that most likely never made it to your local cinema, but are well worth viewing at your leisure – movies like Election, Fast, Cheap, & Out Of Control, Sexy Beast, and more.

You’ll never look at a board game the same way again after revisiting this amiable family action-adventure flick starring Robin Williams as the now-grown victim of the game Jumanji (Sony, Rated PG, DVD-19.95 SRP), who was sucked into its world as a child. He’s released 26 years later by the children now living in his old house, who made the mistake of rolling the dice and keeping the game going – with all its consequences. Worse yet, they all must finish playing the game – which means also finding the girl friend who witnessed his disappearance all those years ago. The new 2-disc collector’s edition features an audio commentary from the special effects crew, making-of & production design documentaries, a special effects featurette, storyboards, galleries, and the theatrical trailer. The box even folds out into a playable version of the game… at your own risk.

Now that you know what’s in the hatch – for what it’s worth – and are fully answered within its awesome event horizon, you’ll probably want to pick up a copy of the official companion book to everyone’s favorite mind****, Lost. The Lost Chronicles (Hyperion, $18.95 SRP) is fairly informational (considering how much of the show is still built on mystery, and you really only have perspective on a single season), and comes with a bonus DVD featuring some reuse of behind-the-scenes material off the DVD set, although there are 3 deleted scenes not in the set.

In re-imagining the classic 1930’s alarmist screed against the evils of marijuana use, Reefer Madness: The Musical (Showtime, Not Rated, DVD-$26.99 SRP) pulls off a spry, witty, and mostly wonderful moralistic tale of one all-American clean-cut boy’s descent into crime, depravity, and madness at the hands of the demon weed. Not since The Rocky Horror Picture Show has debauchery been so addictively musical, with plenty of catch tunes and great performances from a cast that includes Christian Campbell, Kristen Bell, Steven Weber, Never Campbell, Ana Gasteyer, and Alan Cumming as the lecturer whose over-the-top claims of marijuana’s ills terrify his enthralled audience of parents. Bonus features include a cast commentary, a behind-the-scenes featurette, and the original 1936 film.

The secret of his past still remains, but Laura Holt and her mysterious partner grow even closer as they continue to solve cases in the second season of Remington Steele (Fox, Not Rated, DVD-$39.98 SRP). The 4-disc set contains all 21 episodes, plus audio commentaries and behind-the-scenes featurettes. Frankly, I still think Pierce Brosnan should be Bond… He was born to play the role.

The irony of Star Trek Voyager: Distant Shores (Pocket Books, $14.00 SRP) is that the short stories presented within – celebrating the show’s 10th anniversary and featuring tales from within the crew’s 7-year journey home – are often better than the mostly poor scripts of the show itself. Even though the cast was mostly stellar, the cracks in the storytelling of the Berman/Braga regime took hold during Voyager’s run, and eventually undermined any chance Enterprise might have had to be a watchable show. While I’d recommend only about a third of Voyager’s episodes, I enjoyed this collection quite a bit.

Further proof that everything will one day hit DVD – Jeopardy: An Inside Look at America’s Favorite Quiz Show (Sony, Not Rated, DVD-$19.94 SRP), whose title is pretty self-explanatory. The disc contains the first episode hosted by Alex Trebek in 1984, Ken Jennings losing episode, and the trio of Ultimate Finals episodes. Bonus features include behind-the-scenes featurettes, a multi-camera look at an episode, and some tips on becoming a contestant.

It’s hard to really describe Rob Zombie’s mini-magnum opus of a shock film, The Devil’s Rejects (Lions Gate, Not Rated, DVD-$27.95 SRP). Honestly, it’s like a bizarro, madcap, creepy exploitation hybrid of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Bonnie & Clyde, Natural Born Killers, and Smokey & the Bandit. I kid you not. The 2-disc special edition features the unrated director’s cut of the film, audio commentaries, deleted scenes, featurettes, make-up tests, a 2+ hour making-of documentary, and more.

If you’re itching for a look at the man who will be filling Bond’s shoes in the not-too-distant future (Daniel Craig, in case you’ve been living under a rock), you’re in for a treat with Layer Cake (Sony, Rated R, DVD-$26.96 SRP), a brilliant little crime flick which stars Mr. Bond… er, Craig… as a London drug dealer eager to start a new life who must make the tried and true “one last job” as a favor to a friend, negotiating a sale for a million Ecstasy hits. In true “one last job” fashion, everything goes wrong when it’s discovered that the pills were stolen from a quite agitated Serbian drug lord, which puts our eager-to-retire antihero between a rock and a hard place. God, I love smart films – and this is one of them. Bonus features include an audio commentary with director Matthew Vaughn and writer J.J. Connolly, a Q&A with Vaughn and Craig, deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes featurette, and a pair of alternate endings.

Quadrophenia is nowhere near the artistic level of The Who’s Tommy, but both reach a whole different level when performed live – as they are in the star-studded 3-disc The Who: Tommy and Quadrophenia Live with Special Guests (Rhino, Not Rated, DVD-$34.99 SRP), featuring a pair of concert performance of both rock operas. Guests included Elton John, Phil Collins, Steve Winwood, Billy Idol, and Patti LaBelle, while the 3rd disc contains a smattering of other concert performances, including the hits-packed second set from the same 1989 Universal Ampitheatre performance as the first disc’s Tommy.

Okay, so you’re putting together a video game featuring an undead protagonist in stereotypical 50’s Cold War America, and you want the soundtrack to be unique. What do you do? You collect 13 alt-bands and unleash them on iconic 50’s tunes, from “Lollipop” to “Earth Angel” – that’s what you do. And that’s just what Aspyr did for Stubbs the Zombie (Shout! Factory, $18.98 SRP). Does it work? You bet it does, buck-o. Just hearing Death Cab for Cutie’s “Earth Angel” makes everything right with the world.

The second season of The Partridge Family (Sony, Not Rated, DVD-$29.95 SRP) comes home to roost just when unfortunate comparisons to a punky, fresh-faced Danny Bonaduce can be made to his current monstrous persona on VH-1’s unfortunate reality series… brrrrr. The 3-disc set features all 24 episodes, but sadly no bonus features.

If you’re in need of a quick holiday flick fix with a trio of perennials, be sure to fix a cup of cocoa, grab a blanket, and be sure you’ve picked up the Classic Holiday Collection (Warner Bros., Not Rated, DVD-$29.98 SRP) featuring Boys Town, Christmas in Connecticut, and the 1988 version of A Christmas Carol. If that wasn’t enough, you also get vintage featurettes, trailers, and even a bonus movie (Spencer Tracy & Mickey Rooney’s 1941 sequel Men of Boys Town). Viva la holidays!

Coinciding with the desert mecca’s 100th anniversary, Las Vegas: An Unconventional History (PBS, Not Rated, DVD-$24.99 SRP) lives up to its name, looking at the sunny, steamy, sordid past of the Nevada town that could – and did – make its own history from nothing but sand, dreams, and money both legitimate and not so much.

Before Diana Ross went crazy – well, crazier – she starred in the still powerful biopic of Billie Holiday, Lady Sings the Blues (Paramount, Rated R, DVD-$14.99 SRP). Even more memorable for geeks (yes, like me) is her costar, Billy Dee Williams, not to mention Richard Pryor (okay, for you Superman III geeks). Bonus features include an audio commentary (with Berry Gordy, director Sidney Furie, and artist manager Shelly Berger), a behind-the-scenes featurette, and deleted scenes.

Admittedly, I never did like the asinine antics of Beavis & Butthead during their original MTV run. I could never shut my brain down long enough to go with the flow (although, surprisingly, I did like Do America, so go figure). Despite my apathy, tho, there are a lot of fans out there who have waiting impatiently for a decent collection on DVD (hey Steven!), and your prayers have finally been answered with Beavis And Butthead: The Mike Judge Collection - Volume 1 (Paramount, Not Rated, DVD-$38.99 SRP), a 3-disc set featuring 40 cartoons handpicked by creator Mike Judge, 11 music videos with B&B commentary (long a sticking point for any release), the Thanksgiving Special with Kurt Loder, VMA appearances, promos, and the first part of a retrospective documentary.



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