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The DVD Shopping Planner (May 2005)
by Erik Childress

Welcome to the May 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 monthís 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 MAY



12 Monkeys (Special Edition) (Universal) (READ REVIEW)
The Aviator (Warner Bros.) (READ REVIEW)
Hoop Dreams (Criterion) (READ REVIEW)
In Good Company (Universal) (READ REVIEW)
Jules and Jim (Criterion)
Rebel without a Cause (Special Edition) (Warner Bros.) (READ REVIEW)
Scrubs (The Complete First Season) (Buena Vista)
The Sea Inside (New Line) (READ REVIEW)
Seinfeld (Season Four) (Columbia/Tri-Star)
Team America: World Police (Paramount) (READ REVIEW)


THE MAY COLLECTIONS


The Complete James Dean Collection (Warner Bros.)
Three movies from that impeccable icon of cool, James Dean, are collected here - EAST OF EDEN, GIANT and REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE.

Controversial Classics Collection (Warner Bros.)
Six CONTROVERSIAL CLASSICS are contained on this collection of films. Among them are THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY, BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK, THE BLACKBOARD JUNGLE, A FACE IN THE CROWD, THE FURY, and I AM A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG.

Gary Cooper Collection (Universal)
Four films from the height of the great actor's career are collected in the GARY COOPER COLLECTION - DESIGN FOR LIVING, PETER IBBETSON, THE GENERAL DIED AT DAWN and BEAU GESTE

Marlon Brando Collection (Universal)
Four minor classics starring one of America's greatest actors are collected in the MARLON BRANDO FOUR MOVIE COLLECTION. The films included are THE APPALOOSA, A COUNTESS FROM HONG KONG, THE NIGHT OF THE FOLLOWING DAY, and THE UGLY AMERICAN.

Steve McQueen (The Essential Collection) (Warner Bros.)
Contains Bullitt (Special Edition), The Getaway (Deluxe Edition), The Cincinnati Kid, Papillon, Tom Horn and Never So Few

Steve McQueen Collection (MGM)
This exciting compilation features four classic Steve McQueen adventures - THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, JUNIOR BONNER, THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR


THE WAR HEROES
Baa Baa Black Sheep - Volume 1: The First Adventures of The Black Sheep Squadron (Universal)
Battle of the Bulge (Warner Bros.)
Battleground (Warner Bros.)
Berga: Soldiers of Another War (PBS) (Paramount)
The Big Red One (Special Edition - The Reconstruction) (Warner Bros.) (READ REVIEW)
Combat - Season 4, Conflict 1 (Image)
Combat - Season 4, Conflict 2 (Image)
The Dreams of Sparrows (Go Kart Films)
A Farewell to Arms (Fox)
Fortunes of War (BBC)
The Frogmen (Fox)
Go Tell the Spartans (Warner Bros.)
The Pentagon Wars (HBO)
Return With Honor (Paramount) (READ REVIEW)
Saints and Soldiers (Excel Entertainment) (READ REVIEW)
Shaka Zulu: The Last Great Warrior (Universal)
War Letters (PBS) (Paramount)
World War 1 In Color (Capital Entertainment)


THE WESTERN HEROES

Banjo Hackett: Roamin' Free (Columbia/Tri-Star)
Blue (1968) (Paramount)
The Bravados (Fox)
Broken Lance (Fox)
Buffalo Bill (Fox)
Drums Along the Mohawk (Fox)
Escort West (MGM)
Fighting with Kit Carson (VCI)

Forty Guns (Fox)
Gun Fury (Columbia/Tri-Star)
Have Gun Will Travel - The Complete 2nd Season (Paramount)
Hour of the Gun (MGM)
The Hunting Party (MGM)
In Old Arizona (Fox)
Invitation to a Gunfighter (MGM)
Johnny Reno (Paramount)
Last Frontier (VCI)

More Dead Than Alive (MGM)
The Rifleman (Boxed Set Ė Collection 4) (MPI)
Rustlers of Red Dog (VCI)
Sam Whiskey (MGM)
The Scalphunters (MGM)
Texas Cyclone (Columbia/Tri-Star)
Warlock (1959) (Fox)
Waterhole #3 (Paramount)



THE SUPERHEROES
Batman: Return to the Batcave (Anchor Bay)
Batman: The Animated Series (Volume 3) (Warner Bros.)
Batman: Training for Power - Season One, Vol. 1 (Warner Bros.)
Danger Mouse - Seasons 1 & 2 (A&E)
Superfriends (The Complete Second Season) (Warner Bros.)

ÖON BIOGRAPHY
Kennedy (Koch)
Kinsey (Fox) (READ REVIEW)
Kinsey (PBS) (Paramount)
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (HBO) (READ REVIEW)
Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years (Koch)[/site]

BEFORE THEY WERE STARS
After School Specials (Class of '81-'82) (Brentwood)
After School Specials (Class of '82-'86) (Brentwood)
Get a Clue (Buena Vista)
The Parent Trap (Special Edition) (1998) (Buena Vista)
Too Young to Die? (MPI)

SMALL TOWN JUSTICE
The Andy Griffith Show (Season Two) (Paramount)
Assault on Precinct 13 (2005) (Universal) (READ REVIEW)
Bad Day at Black Rock (Warner Bros.) (READ REVIEW)
A Killing in a Small Town (MPI)
Man On Fire (Special Edition) (Fox) (READ REVIEW)

DONíT TAKE THE LAW INTO YOUR OWN HANDS

Agatha Christie's Marple (Set 1) (Acorn Media)
Charisma (Home Vision)
The Detective (Fox)
The Job (Complete Series) (Shout! Factory)
Lady in Cement (Fox)
Law & Order (The Third Year) (Universal)
Moonlighting (Seasons One & Two) (Lions Gate)
St. Ives (Warner Bros.)
Tony Rome (Fox)


THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LAW

Bad Apple (Paramount)
Fury (1936) (Warner Bros.)
The Getaway (1972) (Special Edition) (Warner Bros.)
H (Tartan Video)
I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (Warner Bros.)
L'Argent (New Yorker)
Year of the Dragon (Warner Bros.)

STALKERS
[cooleft=http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0007WFXLM.01._PE25_SCMZZZZZZZ_.jpg] The Biggest Fan (Goldhil)
Enduring Love (Paramount) (READ REVIEW)
The Entity (Anchor Bay)


CARS
Black Cadillac (First Look) (READ REVIEW)
Bullitt (Special Edition) (Warner Bros.)
The Dukes of Hazzard (Season Three) (Warner Bros.)
License to Drive (Anchor Bay)
Monster Garage (Season One) (Columbia/Tri-Star)
Monster Garage (Season Two) (Columbia/Tri-Star)

MOTORCYCLES & FLYING MACHINES
Airwolf (Season One) (Universal)
American Chopper (The Complete First Season) (Columbia/Tri-Star)
American Chopper (The Complete Second Season) (Columbia/Tri-Star)
Dastardly & Muttley In Their Flying Machines (The Complete Series) (Warner Bros.)
Motorcycle Mania 3: Jesse James Rides Again (Columbia/Tri-Star)


LETíS TAKE A TRIP

Are We There Yet? (Columbia/Tri-Star) (READ REVIEW)
Back Roads (Paramount)
Go Further (Home Vision) (READ REVIEW)
In Search of the Castaways (Buena Vista)
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Criterion) (READ REVIEW)
National Treasure (Buena Vista) (READ REVIEW)
Night Sun (Wellspring)
The Razor's Edge (1946) (Fox)
The Snow Walker (First Look)

BACK TO SCHOOL (PUBLIC and PRIVATE)
Abouna (Home Vision)
The Blackboard Jungle (Warner Bros.)
Class of 1984 (Anchor Bay)
Heaven Help Us (Warner Bros.)
Joan of Arcadia (The Complete First Season) (Paramount)
Touched by an Angel (The Complete Second Season) (Paramount)
West Point (PBS) (Paramount)

SAY, DO WE HAVE A NEW POPE?
ABC News - Pope John Paul II - His Life and Legacy (Koch)
Pope John Paul II: Statesman of Faith (A&E)
Pope John Paul II (1920-2005) (BBC)

THOSE DARN ANIMALS & BUGS
Bedtime for Bonzo (Universal)
Garfield's Fantasies (Fox)
Microcosmos (Buena Vista)
Mosquito Man (aka Mansquito) (First Look) (READ REVIEW)
Racing Stripes (Warner Bros.) (READ REVIEW)
That Darn Cat! (1965) (Buena Vista)

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS
The Adventures of Pete & Pete (Season One) (Paramount)
Clarissa Explains It All (Season One) (Paramount)
Nick Jr. Favorites (Vol. 1) (Paramount)
Nick Picks (Vol. 1) (Paramount)
Pocahontas (10th Anniversary Edition) (Buena Vista)
Pooh's Heffalump Movie (Buena Vista) (READ REVIEW)
Spongebob Squarepants: Fear of a Krabby Patty (Paramount)

YOU KNOW, CLASSICS FOR KIDS
Classic Cartoon Favorites - Extreme Adventure Fun (Buena Vista)
Classic Cartoon Favorites - Extreme Music Fun (Buena Vista)
Classic Cartoon Favorites - Extreme Sports Fun (Buena Vista)
Dudley-Do-Right (The Best of) (Sony Music/Wonder)
Mr. Peabody & Sherman (The Best of) (Sony Music/Wonder)
The Perils of Penelope Pitstop (Complete Series) (Warner Bros.)

YOU KNOW, SIT DOWN AND LEARN KID!
Dora the Explorer: It's a Party (Paramount)
Elmo's World: Food Water & Exercise (Sony Music/Wonder)
Sesame Street: Count It Higher (Sony Music/Wonder)
Sesame Street: Sing Yourself Sillier (Sony Music/Wonder)

TELEVISION FAMILIES


Dawson's Creek (The Complete Fifth Season) (Columbia/Tri-Star)
Everybody Loves Raymond (The Series Finale) (Warner Bros.)
Gilmore Girls - The Complete 3rd Season (Warner Bros.)
Golden Girls, The (Season Two) (Buena Vista)
I Love Lucy (The Complete Fourth Season) (Paramount)
Three's Company (Season Four) (Anchor Bay)

ANIMATED FAMILIES
Home Movies (Season Two) (Shout! Factory)
King of the Hill (The Complete Fourth Season) (Fox)
Simpsons, The (Bart Wars) (Fox)

FAMILIES THAT COULD LOSE A FEW
The Partridge Family (Season One) (Columbia/Tri-Star)
Son of the Mask (New Line)
The Suckling (Elite Entertainment) (READ REVIEW)
Table for Five (Paramount)
With Six You Get Eggroll (Paramount)

FAMILIES THAT DONíT WANT TO ADD A FEW
Diamond Head (Columbia/Tri-Star)
I'll Take Sweden (MGM)

FAMILIES IN CRISIS

And Then There Was One (MPI)
The Brooke Ellison Story (Columbia/Tri-Star)
Dad (Universal)
Darkness Before Dawn (MPI)
Fifteen & Pregnant (MPI)
Spin (Universal)
The Stone Boy (Anchor Bay)
Summer Magic (Buena Vista)
Tarnation (Wellspring) (READ REVIEW)
Untamed Love (MPI)

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES
American Dreamer (Paramount)
Americanization of Emily, The (Warner Bros.)
Harper Valley P.T.A. (Warner Bros.)
It's Easier for a Camel... (New Yorker)

AFFAIRS & OTHER RELATIONSHIPS

Behaving Badly (Acorn Media)
The Best of Everything (Fox)
Dirty Filthy Love (Sundance)
Elective Affinities (Wellspring)
Fascination (MGM)
Four Seasons, The (Universal)
House Calls (Universal)

GAY RELATIONSHIPS
Bear Cub (TLA Releasing)
Dangerous Living: Coming Out in the Developing World (First Run Pictures)
Everyone (TLA Releasing)
Girl Meets Girl Trilogy (E.I. Independent)
The Graffiti Artist (Indie-Pictures) (READ REVIEW)
My Mother Likes Women (Wolfe)
Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story (Wolfe)
Tying the Knot: The Union That's Dividing America (Docurama)

POLITICS, ROYALTY & OTHER JACKASSES

Advise and Consent (Warner Bros.)
Anna & the King of Siam (Fox)
The Merchant of Venice (2004) (Columbia/Tri-Star) (READ REVIEW)
Monarch of the Glen: The Complete Series 3 (BBC)
Presidents (A&E)
St Michael Had a Rooster (Wellspring)
Steve-O (Gross Misconduct Uncensored) (StudioWorks)
The Student Prince (Acorn Media)
Submerged (Columbia/Tri-Star)

VICES
16 Years of Alcohol (Tartan Video) (READ REVIEW)
Call Me: The Rise and Fall Heidi Fleiss (Fox)
Cheers (The Complete Fifth Season) (Paramount)
The Pornographer (Koch)
Samaritan Girl (Tartan Video)

FOOD
Cafe Au Lait (Koch)
Fat Actress (Season One) (Showtime)
The Green Butchers (Columbia/Tri-Star)
Jamie's Kitchen (The Complete Series) (Capital Entertainment)

SPORTS

Battlefield Baseball (Subversive Cinema)
The Cincinnati Kid (Warner Bros.)
Cinderella Man: The Real Jim Braddock Story (Goldhil)
Dogtown and Z-Boys (Deluxe Edition) (Columbia/Tri-Star)
Kansas City Bomber (Warner Bros.)
Kart Racer (MGM)
The Longest Yard (1974) (Lockdown Edition) (Paramount)
NBA Dynasty Series: The Complete History of the Philadelphia 76ers (Warner Bros.)
Real Mccoy (Hart Sharp)
The Sandlot 2 (Fox)
Speed Racer - Collector's Edition Vol 3 (Lions Gate)
Street Fury (Redline) (Tokyopop)
Viva Knievel (Warner Bros.)
World Poker Tour - Bad Boys of Poker (Shout! Factory)
WWE Backlash 2005 (Sony Music/Wonder)
WWE WrestleMania XXI (Sony Music/Wonder)

DOCUMENTARIES
Facing Arthur (Anchor Bay)
Ghosts of Rwanda (PBS) (Paramount)
Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train (First Run Pictures)
Notre Musique (Wellspring)
S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (First Run Pictures)
Secret of the Holy Grail, The (BFS)
Twisters (Nature's Deadly Force) (VCI)

THE NEWSROOM
Edward R Murrow Collection (Docurama)
The Front Page (1974) (Universal)
Newsradio: The Complete First & Second Seasons (Columbia/Tri-Star)

FILMMAKING
Burden of Dreams (Criterion)
Entourage (The Complete First Season) (HBO)
The Last Shot (Buena Vista) (READ REVIEW)

STAND-UP COMEDY
The Big Black Comedy Show: Volume 2 (Fox)
Earthquake: About Got Damm Time! (Fox)
Paul Rodriguez: San Quentin (Fox)
Red Green's We Can't Help It We're Men (Acorn Media)
Richard Pryor: Stand Up (Columbia/Tri-Star)

SKETCH COMEDY
The Carol Burnett Show (Let's Bump Up The Lights!) (Paramount)
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