On the Shelves: DVD Releases for Oct 30, 2012

Some of the DVD/Blu-Ray releases for this week.

Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection
Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection – Contains 15 of the master of suspense’s best movies. However, since there are only 15 of his movies, everyone is going to look at the list of movies and ask, “WTF?! Why wasn’t fill in the blank included?!”  My personal WTF film is Dial M For Murder.  Why wasn’t this included?  You get his other obvious stuff; Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, North by Northwest, The Man Who Knew Too Much, etc.  But no Dial M for Murder?!  I call shenanigans, Universal.  Well, now that I look at it, Dial M was produced by Warner Bros and this set is from Universal.  But I’m pretty sure North by Northwest was MGM and not Universal.  So, SHENANIGANS!

Rosemary's Baby: CC
Rosemary’s Baby: Criterion Collection – One of the scariest movies of all time deservedly gets Criterion love. As a father, I find it even harder to watch this today. Scary stuff.

A Xmas Story 2
A Christmas Story 2 – You know, I want to say, “MAKE. THIS. STOP.” No more “sequels” to A Christmas Story. There were two sequels before this one; Ollie Hopnoodle’s Haven of Bliss and It Runs in the Family.  However, A Christmas Story itself was a sequel/remake of the TV movie The Phantom of the Open Hearth.  But the 1983 movie captured Shepard’s material PERFECTLY.  Besides, Jean Shepard died in 1999, Darren McGavin in 2006, and I just don’t see a need to follow the Parker family any further.  Unless you bring back Peter Billingsley as Ralphie and have him experience Christmas with his own kids.  Otherwise…PLEASE STOP.

Fractured Fairy Tales
The Complete Fractured Fairy Tales – Originally shown as segments on the Rocky & Bullwinkle Show.  Weird and crazy re-interpretations of classic fairy tales.  Lots of fun.

Max Fleischer Superman
Max Fleischer’s Superman Collector’s Edition – On Blu-Ray.  I can’t wait to get a look at this disc.  Fleischer’s cartoons were the birth of the modern Superman.  They are so good. Give them a look-see, especially in HD (I totally just rhymed that).

Chuck series
Chuck: The Complete Series – I love this show. Unfortunately, I stopped watching around Season 3 due to an already full TV viewing schedule, but I would love to revisit the final few seasons. It’s currently on Netflix Streaming.

Steel Panther
Steel Panther British Invasion – DVD Documentary about the 80s glam metal parody/homage rockers, Steel Panther. They are pretty awesome, especially if you loved 80s hair bands like Warrant, Poison, Motley Crue, GnR and Cinderella. Check out their awesomely 80s video for Fat Girl. Also rock out to Death to all but Metal.

Safety Not Guaranteed – This looks quirky and weird, but pretty awesome at the same time. Plus it stars Mark Duplass (The League) and Jake Johnson (The New Girl), who are also awesome.

Written by Paxton Holley

A funny, ridiculously awesome guy who sometimes likes to wear pants, Paxton can regularly be found at his pop culture/humor blog Cavalcade of Awesome or co-hosting the Nerd Lunch and Cult Film Club podcasts.

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