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DVD Craze Hunt Fun September 3, 2007

Posted by samtaco in DVD, Reviews, Thoughts.

Sorry for lack of post. But I’ve been in a DVD Craze Hunt. Here’s just from this past week:


I’ve spent about only $150 in all for this, thanks to my sister working at the awesome video store Moving Trading Company and giving me great deals on them.

Here’s what I got:

Robocop – Criterion Collection (Out of Print!)
Price: $15

The version I have is the “Criterion Collection” edition. It’s a shame that this one is so hard to find, because I do think this is the best version out there. Not only is it loaded with some very cool features, it’s also the unrated director’s cut that offers a few extra seconds of extra gore in two specific scenes. (I think it’s only two.) Now, that’s not a very big deal and doesn’t really add much to the movie, but it is something at least. And the picture and sound is great. I am aware that the newer version is supposed to look a lot better than this one, but that DVD doesn’t appear to have ANY special features on it.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Price: $15 at Tom Thumb

What can I say it’s a classic. Most nerds know it from heart (as we know from Freaks and Geeks and Weird Al’s White and Nerdy). The DVD itself is less than awesome as it does have some nice extras, but it could have been better. I think they’ve re-released the movie with a extra 3rd disc, so I might go back and get that one for high gay times, but for now I will enjoyed this DVD simply for the movie.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (Special Edition)
Price: $9.99

If you have the bare-bones DVD version of TCM 2 then you need to buy the Gruesome Edition now. Comparing Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 to the original or the other sequels/remakes is pointless because this film is a beast all its own. It was made to be different than the first and Tobe Hooper lived up to it. It is quite obvious that this film is camp, but thats what makes it so great. Bottom line is that this DVD is a must have. Nuff said.

The Fly 1986 (Two-Disc Collector’s Edition)
Price: $9.99

This is another Cronenberg classic about man vs. science. A better re-make than the original. This is classic horror/science fiction. Few horror films elicit any feeling or sympathy for the creature, but this one does. A great story, with great performances by Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis. This is a must have for horror buffs and for film collectors.

The Night Of The Hunter
Price: $2.99

Night of the Hunter is one of those rare films that hasn’t won any awards and simply got stored as a film that doesn’t seem to get much play on television. Yet, NOH passes the test of time in such formidable ways. The storyline and believability of the plot and characters remains strong, as does the top-notch cinematography. My only reservation with this otherwise superb DVD is the warning at the beginning that “This film has been modified from its original version. It has been formatted to fit your TV”. Either that’s flatly untrue (as Night of the Hunter looks perfectly at home in 4:3), or MGM has cheated us by not giving a true American classic its due.

The Simpsons Season Nine
Price: $20 at Amazon

Mike Scully’s reign of terror has begun! This season has a lot of great episodes. Probably not the greatest Simpsons season of all, but definitely the last great Simpsons season. Plus you get audio commentary on EVERY episode as well as those other extras that fans of the DVDs have come to expect.

The Nightmare on Elm Street Collection
Price: $20.00

The Freddy movies are so campy and corny that there awesome. I’ve never been scared of them (really only the first was the closest) but they make me laugh. This set has every single movie in the series. It has numbers 1 through 5, “Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare,” and “Wes Craven’s New Nightmare.” All of them ready to pollute the DVD player and contaminate the TV screen. Freddy’s waiting for ya, don’t you know?

Freddy Vs Jason
Price: $1.50

I had to complete my Freddy collection by getting this turkey. I myself don’t care for the Friday the 13th series as I found them to boring and dull. So when will we see Bruce Campbell kill Jason and Freddy? Hopefully soon.

Stanley Kubrick Collection
Price: $60

The Stanley Kubrick Collection features 9 amazing DVD’s, eight of them films. The films include Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, Eyes Wide Shut, and the documentary Stanley Kubrick: A Life In Pictures. Every Kubrick fan should own this item!

So I blew most all my money for the month and maybe the year. But I hope to report on more of my amazing DVD hunt.




1. Jenny - September 12, 2007

Cool, didja ever see Croenberg’s videodrome? It’s pretty freaky, especially the bit where a tape is inserted into James wood’s belly

2. samtaco - September 12, 2007

I have yet to see it but it’s in my list of movies to see/own.

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