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New On Home Video: February 17, 2004

New On Home Video is updated each Monday evening.
by Randy Muselman

Another week has passed us by, and again we take a look at what's arriving for us on home video. We are currently in the time of the year when title releases are a bit slow, and the releases we do get are far from the quality that we as consumers expect. There are a few that I like, but most this week, I think I'll pass on.

With titles like I Accidentally Domed Your Son (Buy This DVD), I sometimes have to wonder what the hell studios are thinking. Who makes this shit up? It certainly doesn't take much in the way of intelligence to write something like this. Pass on it folks, it's not worth it. I expect more out of Lions Gate Home Entertainment.

As this title is direct to video, thankfully none of our staff members had to suffer through it.

While we begin with a title that I would consider totally crap, we move to a title that is worth taking note, or so say our esteemed staff members. I myself have not had the privelage of seeing this film.

MP Bartley says of City Of God:

It's very easy to compliment one great film by comparing it to another, especially when it's an overseas flick. 'Amores Perros' is the Mexican 'Pulp Fiction'. 'Battle Royale' is the Japanese 'A Clockwork Orange'. And now comes this South American belter being hailed as the descendent of Scorsese's mafia classic. But it deserves it's own praise. Praise up to the heavens.

Read the complete review of City Of God. Other staff member who reviewed this film include Eric Snider and Son Of Funkenstein. You can Buy This DVD here.

If you like a decent drama that deals with legal issues, then you will most likely want to pick up Runaway Jury. I have yet to watch this film, so I can't really offer you an opinion (I do have it with me and am going to screen it tonight).

However, our staff members think it is worth a look. I just can't think that a film that features Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman can be all that bad.

Erik Childress says of Runaway Jury:

You have to carry a rather cynical overview when dealing with the final steps of the law. If not, youíre a hopeless optimist living in a fantasy world. Show me a good lawyer and Iíll show you an innocent victim going broke to plead his case. Trials are too important to be decided by juries, says a master manipulator in the latest John Grisham potboiler to make it to the big screen. And the point is slammed home as we have our own moral back-and-forth while the clever cat-and-mouse game hits full stride.

Read Erik's complete review of Runaway Jury. Other staffers who reviewed this film include Scott Weinberg and Eric Snider. As always, you can Buy This Title right here.

Paramount Home Video offers up Dickie Robers: Former Child Star. Somehow, I feel like this is another one of those films that just shouldn't have been made. Maybe it's just me. I know my 18 year old liked it, but then that's the target audience of this film too. At least that's my opinion.

Erik Childress says of Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star:

Whatís worse than a movie starring an ex-SNL star these days? A movie with an ex-SNL star playing an ex-child star that only sounds like an ex-SNL character but is really just another ex-good idea for a movie. Itís a great premise for an inspired satire, but in the hands of David Spade and untalented screenwriter Fred Wolf, Dickie Roberts would have a hard time making the cut during the final 15 minutes of SNL during the Anthony Michael Hall year.

Read Erik's complete review. Eric Snider also has a full review of Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (Buy This DVD)

Buena Vista Home Entertainment offers up American Gun this week. Greg Muskewitz offers us up a mini review of this title.

James Coburn stars as Martin Tillman. When his daughter is shot just before Christmas, Tillman journeys across the U.S. using the gun's serial number to track down the truth behind Penny's killing. (Buy This DVD)

Other titles slated for this Tuesday include the following:

Blow-Up (1966) (Buy This DVD)
Carnage (Buy This DVD)
The Damned (1969) (Buy This DVD)
Death In Venice (1971) (Buy This DVD)
Don't Tempt Me (Buy This DVD)
Dracula's Curse (2004) (Buy This DVD)
Dummy (Buy This DVD)
The Front (Buy This DVD)
KM. 0 (Buy This DVD)
Le Corbeau (Criterion Collection) (Buy This DVD)
Mambo Italiano (Buy This DVD)
Masked And Anonymous (Buy This DVD)
Nina Takes A Lover (1994) (Buy This DVD)
On Line (Buy This DVD)
The Pentagon Papers (Buy This DVD)
Permanent Record (Buy This DVD)
Pickup On South Street (1953) (Buy This DVD)
Stoked: The Rise And Fall Of Gator (Buy This DVD)
That Championship Season (Buy This DVD)
Tunes Of Glory (1960) (Buy This DVD)
Under Pressure (Buy This DVD)
We're No Angels (1989) (Buy This DVD)

As for TV series hitting home video this week, things are a bit slim. Roswell: Season 1 (Buy This DVD) is all that I can find available.

Rounding out the top ten video rentals this week are the following:

1. Radio
2. Once Upon A Time In Mexico
3. Open Range
4. Cabin Fever
5. Out of Time
6. House Of The Dead
7. Freddy vs. Jason
8. Uptown Girls
9. American Wedding
10. Underworld

That's going to round it up for a look at what's happening this coming Tuesday as far as home video releases are concerned. As always, if you have comments, just drop me a line Until next week, take care.


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