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The DVD Shopping Planner (April 2005)
by Erik Childress

Welcome to the April Edition of the DVD Shopping Planner. As always, we try to make it easy for you (or vastly complicated) depending on your wallet size to pick and choose what DVDs will make it into your collection in just one month’s time. To read more about the titles, just click on them or on the reviews accompanying them. Happy Shopping!

THE 10 ABSOLUTE MUST-BUYS OF APRIL



Captain Blood (Warner Bros.)
F for Fake (Criterion) (READ REVIEW)
House of Flying Daggers (Columbia/Tri-Star) (READ REVIEW)
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (Paramount) (READ REVIEW)
Mystery Science Theater 3000 (Collection #7) (Rhino)
Sea Hawk, The (Warner Bros.)
Sideways (Fox) (READ REVIEW)
Silverado (Special Edition Gift Set) (Columbia/Tri-Star) (READ REVIEW)
Sledge Hammer! (The Complete Second Season) (Anchor Bay)
Space Ghost Coast to Coast: Volume Three (Warner Bros.)


THE COLLECTIONS


The Amityville Horror Collection (MGM)
This collection contains: THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, AMITYVILLE II: THE POSSESSION, AMITYVILLE 3 and Bonus Disc: AMITYVILLE CONFIDENTIAL

The Doris Day Collection (Warner Bros.)
This collection of classics featuring America's sweetheart Doris Day includes the titles: YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN, LULLABY OF BROADWAY, LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME, BILLY ROSE'S JUMBO, PLEASE DON'T EAT THE DAISIES, THE GLASS BOTTOM BOAT, CALAMITY JANE, and PAJAMA GAME.

The Ealing Comedy Collection (Anchor Bay)
Five classic British comedies from a legendary film studio are gathered together in the EALING STUDIOS COMEDY COLLECTION. Included are THE MAGGIE (aka HIGH AND DRY), A RUN FOR YOUR MONEY, THE TITFIELD THUNDERBOLT, WHISKEY GALORE, and PASSPORT TO PIMLICO.

Errol Flynn: The Signature Collection (Warner Bros.)
This collection features some of the most prominent films in the famed swashbuckler's career, including CAPTAIN BLOOD, THE PRIVATE LIVES OF ELIZABETH AND ESSEX, THE SEA HAWK, THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON and DODGE CITY. Also included is an exclusive feature length documentary, THE ADVENTURES OF ERROL FLYNN.


SEQUELS (AND ANOTHER DIRECTOR’S CUT)
Blade: Trinity (New Line) (READ REVIEW)
Elektra (Fox) (READ REVIEW)
Meet The Fockers (Universal) (READ REVIEW)
Ocean's Twelve (Warner Bros.) (READ REVIEW)
xXx (Unrated Director's Cut) (Columbia/Tri-Star)


COMEDIES


Bill Maher: Be More Cynical (HBO)
In Custody (Home Vision)
Li'l Abner (Paramount)
Nuns on the Run (Anchor Bay)
Project ALF (Goldhil)
Sinbad HBO Special (Platinum Comedy Series) (UrbanWorks)
Teacher's Pet (1958) (Paramount)


STOOGES
Snow White & the Three Stooges (Fox)
Soup to Nuts (The Three Stooges) (Fox)
Stooges: The Men Behind The Mayhem (Mackinac Media)
The Three Stooges in Color (Fox)


CRIME STORIES

Cold Case Files: The Most Infamous Cases (A&E)
Convicts (MGM)
Criminal (2004) (Warner Bros.) (READ REVIEW)
Crook, The (MGM)
In China They Eat Dogs (TLA Releasing)
Lady Audley's Secret (BFS)
Red Bear, A (New Yorker)
Suspect Zero (Paramount)


TRUE LIFE TRAGEDIES
The Assassination of Richard Nixon (New Line) (READ REVIEW)
Hotel Rwanda (MGM) READ REVIEW
The Manson Family (Unrated Special Edition) (MPI)


DOCUMENTARIES

Ali the Fighter (Anchor Bay)
The Courtesans of Bombay (Home Vision)
Decisions That Shook the World (Anchor Bay)
Howard Hughes: The Man & The Madness (MPI)
Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without a Pause (Docurama)
Partisans of Vilna (Docurama)
Prisoner of Paradise (PBS) (Paramount)
Sacred Planet (Buena Vista)
Word Wars (Anchor Bay) (READ REVIEW)


OTHER DRAMAS

The American (Paramount)
The Architects (First Run Pictures)
Do You Remember Dolly Bell (Koch)
The Flower of My Secret (Columbia/Tri-Star)
Intervista (Koch)
More (Home Vision)
The Winning Season (Paramount)


PRE-SUMMER VACATIONS


Airline - The Complete Season One (A&E)
America's Scenic Rail Journeys (Acorn Media)
Hawaii (MGM)
Sun Seekers (First Run Pictures)
Trip to Bountiful, The (MGM)
When Father Was Away on Business (Koch)


MUSIC


Alanis Morissette: VH1 Storytellers (Rhino)
Dig! (Palm Pictures)
Duke Ellington (The Big Band Feeling) (MVD)
Dwarves – F*#k You Up and Get Live (MVD)
Faust – Impressions (MVD)
Haack (Koch)
Iggy Pop – Live San Fran 1981 (MVD)
Jay-Z: Fade to Black (Paramount)
Loretta Lynn: Songs of Inspiration (MPI)
Miles Davis (The Cool Jazz Sound) (MVD)
Natalie Merchant: VH1 Storytellers (Rhino)
Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation: The First London Invasion 1987 (MVD)
Roy Orbison: Live In Australia (Image)
Turbonegro – ResErection (MVD)


FAMILY


Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers (Chained) (Koch)
Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers (Phoenix) (Koch)
All Grown Up (Interview With a Campfire) (Paramount)
As Told By Ginger (Far From Home) (Paramount)
Berenstain Bears, The (Bears Take a Car Trip) (Columbia/Tri-Star)
Cirque Du Soleil (Solstrom) (Columbia/Tri-Star)
Dragon's World: A Fantasy Made Real (Columbia/Tri-Star)
Garfield and Friends - Volume 3 (Fox)
Goosebumps: Cry of the Cat (Fox)
Goosebumps: Deep Trouble (Fox)
Goosebumps: How I Got My Shrunken Head (Fox)
Hello Kitty's Animation Theater (ADV Films)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (The Complete Second Season) (Lions Gate)




FAMILY EDUCATION


Blue's Clues: Blue's Room (Beyond Your Wildest Dreams) (Paramount)
Mister Rogers Neighborhood: A Day at the Circus (Anchor Bay)
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: Adventures in Friendship (Anchor Bay)
Nick Jr. Baby: Curious Buddies (Let's Build) (Paramount)
Nick Jr. Baby: Curious Buddies (Let's Go To The Farm) (Paramount)
Nick Jr. Baby: Curious Buddies (Let's Move) (Paramount)


DISNEY LIVE ACTION FAMILY FUN
The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (Buena Vista)
The Barefoot Executive (Buena Vista)
Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. (Buena Vista)
Million Dollar Duck (Buena Vista)


MODERN FAMILIES
Divorce Italian Style (Criterion)
A Love Song for Bobby Long, (Columbia/Tri-Star) (READ REVIEW)
The Plot Against Harry (Docurama)
Spanglish (Columbia/Tri-Star) (READ REVIEW)


TV FAMILIES
Dynasty (The Complete First Season) (Fox)
ER (The Complete Third Season) (Warner Bros.)
Highway To Heaven (Season One) (A&E)
Waltons, The (Season Two) (Warner Bros.)
West Wing, The (Season Four) (Warner Bros.)


DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES…

Beaches (Special Edition) (Buena Vista)
Danielle Steel: Changes (Anchor Bay)
Danielle Steel: Daddy (Anchor Bay)
Danielle Steel: Fine Things (Anchor Bay)
Danielle Steel: Jewels (Anchor Bay)
Danielle Steel: Kaleidoscope (Anchor Bay)
Danielle Steel: Vanished (Anchor Bay)
Suburban Madness (Columbia/Tri-Star)
Widow's Peak (New Line)


…AND WILD CHICKS

Carmen Electra's Advanced Aerobic Striptease (Paramount)
Carmen Electra's The Lap Dance & Hip Hop (Paramount)
Misty’s Secret (E.I. Independent)
Reform School Girl (Buena Vista)
Runaway Daughters (Buena Vista)
Wild Things 3: Diamonds in the Rough (Columbia/Tri-Star)
Womens Prison Massacre (E.I. Independent)


STAY AWAY FROM MY KIDS!

Birth (New Line) (READ REVIEW)
I Am David (Lions Gate) (READ REVIEW)
Twin Sitters (Columbia/Tri-Star)
Undertow (MGM) (READ REVIEW)
The Woodsman (Columbia/Tri-Star) (READ REVIEW)
Zero Day (Home Vision) (READ REVIEW)


GAY/LESBIAN RELATIONSHIPS


Bad Education (Columbia/Tri-Star) (READ REVIEW)
In The City (Wolfe)
Queer As Folk (The Complete Fourth Season) (Showtime)
Radley Metzger Collection Vol 3 (First Run Pictures)
Sexy Gay Favorites (First Run Pictures)


STRAIGHT RELATIONSHIPS
Reconstruction (Palm Pictures) (READ REVIEW)
Staying Together (MGM)
Stratosphere Girl (TLA Releasing)
Until The Night (Pathfinder) (READ REVIEW)


THE HORROR, THE HORROR

Arakimentari (Tartan Video)
Darkness (Buena Vista) (READ REVIEW)
Malevolence (2004) (Anchor Bay)
Memento Mori (Tartan Video) (READ REVIEW)
The Nameless (Buena Vista)
Sasquatch Hunters (Columbia/Tri-Star)
Stephen King's Riding the Bullet (Lions Gate)


THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO SCI-FI
Dragon's World: A Fantasy Made Real (Columbia/Tri-Star)
The Hitchhiker (Volume 2) (HBO)
Land of the Lost (The Complete Third Season) (Rhino)
Miracles (The Complete Series) (Shout! Factory)
Primer (New Line) (READ REVIEW)
Quatermass (A&E)


CULT / GUILTY PLEASURES

Anthology of Surreal Cinema (Vol. 1) (CAV Distributing)
Big Meat Eater (Koch)
Flesh Eating Mothers (Elite Entertainment)
Kaiju Big Battel (Shocking Truth) (Koch)
Leonard Part 6 (Columbia/Tri-Star)
Mischief (Anchor Bay) (READ REVIEW)


MARTIAL ARTS

Chop Socky: Cinema Hong Kong (Docurama)
Hand of Death, The (Fox)
Hanzo the Razor (Box Set) (Home Vision)
Heroic Duo (Tartan Video)
Legacy of Rage (Fox)
Spooky Encounters (Fox)
Warriors Two (Fox)
Winners & Sinners (Fox)


WAR HEROES

Andrzej Wajda: Three War Films (Criterion)
Beach Red (MGM)
Beachhead (MGM)
Devils on the Door Step (Home Vision)
Dirty War (HBO)
The Four Feathers (1939) (MGM)
The Quiet American (1958) (MGM)
Submarine X-1 (MGM)


WESTERN HEROES

Bonanza Town (Columbia/Tri-Star)
Desperadoes, The (1943) (Columbia/Tri-Star)
Dodge City (Warner Bros.)
Good Day for a Hanging (Columbia/Tri-Star)

Jubal (Columbia/Tri-Star)
Lust for Gold (Columbia/Tri-Star)
Professionals, The (Special Edition) (Columbia/Tri-Star)
Texas (Columbia/Tri-Star) [br]
Texican, The (Columbia/Tri-Star)
Three Marias, The (Empire)
Three Violent People (Paramount)
Violent Men, The (Columbia/Tri-Star)
Viva Maria (MGM)


OUR TV HEROES
The A-Team (Season Two) (Universal)
The Greatest American Hero (Season Two) (Anchor Bay)
Knight Rider - Season Two (Universal)
Magnum, P.I. (The Complete Second Season) (Universal)
The Protectors (Season Two) (A&E)


BBC TV

Back Home (BFS)
Bless Me Father (The Complete Series) (Acorn Media)
Cold Feet (The Complete Second Series) (Acorn Media)
Irish R.M., The (Series Two) (Acorn Media)
Jane Eyre (BBC)
Kavanagh Q.C. (Diplomatic Baggage) (BFS)
Kavanagh Q.C. (Mute of Malice) (BFS)
Middlemarch (BBC)
Northanger Abbey (BBC)


REALITY TV
Cousteau Odyssey, The (Warner Bros.)
Spy TV Vol 1 (MVD)
Survivor - The Australian Outback (The Complete Second Season) (Paramount)
Trading Spaces - Creative Home Décor with Designer Doug Wilson (Columbia/Tri-Star)
Trading Spaces - Great Kitchen Designs and More! (Columbia/Tri-Star)


CLASSIC TV COMEDY
All In The Family - The Complete 4th Season (Columbia/Tri-Star)
Bob Newhart Show, The (Season One) (Fox) (READ REVIEW)
Jeffersons, The (Season Three) (Columbia/Tri-Star)
That '70s Show (The Complete Second Season) (Fox)


MODERN TV COMEDY
Crank Yankers (Season 2, Vol. 1 Uncensored) (Paramount)
Harvey Birdman: Attorney At Law (Vol. 1) (Warner Bros.) (READ REVIEW)
Viva la Bam (The Complete Seasons 2 & 3) (Paramount)
Wildboyz (The Complete Second Season) (Paramount)


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