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4/13/04 Weekly Release Roundup

It's a lousy week. And I don't just mean for me. You guys will have to suffer through it as well. Pretty much nothing coming to you save for a must have for Tarantino fans and a rental or two. Oh well. Maybe we'll have something for you next week.

In the meantime, take a gander at these DVDs released on April 13, 2004...

Casa de los Babys Casa de los Babys

From independent film god John Sayles comes this microcosmic look at a group of six women waiting in an expensive Central American hotel to adopt children. Every social class and attitude is represented by a cast including: Susan Lynch, Daryl Hannah, Lili Taylor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Marcia Gay Harden and Mary Steenburgen. Looking at the moral and political quagmire foreign adoptions can be, Sayles doesn't pick any sides, even when it's revealed that the hotel (run by Rita Moreno) has a little racket going. It's as if he lifts a rock and we peer down underneath it and does a slight, "see?" with his hand. It's a good Sayles film, maybe not his best, but definitely worth your time.

This MGM DVD features a great anamorphic transfer and sound in Dolby Digital 2.0. Extras include a very informative and easy to listen to commentary by Sayles and some making-of stuff shown on IFC.

Eating Raoul Eating Raoul

The blackest of the black comedies finally finds its way to DVD. A man (director/writer Paul Bartel) and his wife (Mary Woronov) hate the swinging lifestyle. Yet everywhere they turn it's thrown in their face. Eating Raoul follows these two after they find a solution to their problem, only to meet up with a man who wants in. This DVD looks and sounds as good as can be expected. The source is showing its age, but looks fine in a new anamorphic print. Sound is a standard, but serviceable DD 2.0. No extras save for some non-thematic trailers. Pity, but still, it's a good flick to check out if you haven't already.

From the NASA Archives - Apollo 15: Man Must Explore From the NASA Archives - Apollo 15: Man Must Explore & The Mighty Saturns: Saturn V

Fan of space, rejoice: Fox has released another wave of their remastered From the NASA Archives line. These two volumes, one dedicated to Apollo 15 and the other a comprehensive look at the Saturn project, take a all-encompassing look at the space program using all available source materials including exclusive archival footage, vocal recordings from Control and interviews. If you love space as much as us, you'll have to have these discs in your library.

Kill Bill, Volume 1 Kill Bill, Volume 1

Getting ready for Volume 2 this week? Well, be sure to check out the first adventure of The Bride with Volume 1. Read Bill and my thoughts here.

Timeline Timeline

Trebuchet! Trebuchet! What happens when a group of modern day scientists go back in time? Find out when you read Adam Jahnke's review here.

Tokyo Godfathers
Tokyo Godfathers

Three homeless people, each with complicated pasts, find a baby on Christmas Eve. Knowing they can't raise a child on the streets, these three unlikely heroes band together to find the baby's parents. But what will they do when they find out the child is very special and that in order to save her, they will have to save themselves? Find out with this incredible anime from the groundbreaking director of Perfect Blue and Millennium Actress. Sent to us on DVD by Columbia TriStar, the anamorphic transfer serves the film might fine. Sound is in DD 5.1 in the original Japanese, which sound just as good. Extras include a Japanese making-of piece with interviews and behind-the-scenes material that sheds little light on the production but brings us a bit closer to the voice cast and director. This is an animation worth all of your time, do check it out.

Also available today:

For some reason a special edition of Booty Call dubbed: The Bootiest Edition in on store shelves. Maybe I missed the significance of this film? Cult TV faves Babylon 5: The Complete Fifth Season and Highlander: Season 4 are both available today. A Beatle (well, actually it's a squirrel, a bear and a buncha frogs) gets animated in Paul McCartney: The Music and Animation Collection. Ginger the werewolf is back, albeit in ghost form in the sequel to an unexpected horror hit Ginger Snaps 2. Tony Danza learns when it comes to hot daughters: She's Out of Control. And finally, there's something about The Velocity of Gary.

And that's about it for this week. Let's cross all of our fingers and hope next week is better. For me and for DVD.

Hangin' tight.

Todd Doogan

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