January 22, 2007

The Animation Show 1 & 2 DVD

The Animation Show 3 just started touring last week. It's not going to be heading to my town for a while. It's a good thing that they just released The Animation Show (Vol. 1 & 2 Boxed Set) on DVD so I can kill some time while I wait.

Here's one of my favourites from The Animation Show 2. Fallen Art by Platige Image

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January 19, 2007

Extras & Idiocracy

January is usually a dumping ground for terrible movies in the theaters (see Alpha Dog) but it looks like DVD releases are really picking up the slack.

Extras - The Complete First Season

I think Ricky Gervais is hilarious. Anything he's done always has me rolling around on the floor. The only draw back to this is that the entire season is only 6 episodes long. Oh well we'll take what we can get and love it!

Idiocracy

I can't believe the treatment this movie got. Try finding a trailer for this movie. Released in a only a handful of theaters Mike Judge's follow up to the cult classic Office Space is finally out on DVD. His dead-on satire of the dumbing down of the human race is equal parts scary (how true it is) and funny. While not as good as Office Space (probably because it just makes you sad that so many people are so stupid) but it will stick with you. It will definitely grow into a cult classic.

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December 12, 2006

Big Deals on Adult Swim at Amazon

While doing some Christmas shopping online I quickly got sidetracked and started looking for stuff for myself. I stumbled across some heavily discounted Adult Swim DVD's. I have most of these already but I thought I'd pass it along.

Check it out!

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October 10, 2006

Comic Later Today

No comic this morning, hopefully I'll be able to get it up later tonight. It's close to being finished, I wasn't satisfied with the wording so I decided to take a break last night and watch Heroes and Studio 60. I might have to start doing the Tuesday coming on a different night than Monday.

A couple great DVD releases this week that will put a nice little dent in the pocket book.

Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, Vol. 2

Scrubs - The Complete Fourth Season

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July 19, 2006

Ren & Stimpy: The Lost Episodes

John K. lists the contents of the new Ren and Stimpy 2 Disc DVD set that came out yesterday.


INSIDE:
3 Spike episodes
3 never been seen episodes
9 half hours total cartoon product.

Naked girls (by the # 1 cute girl artist-Katie Rice)
The 3 Things
Ralph Bakshi animated
First on screen live animated birth

Lots of supplemental material:
I introduce each cartoon and tell you the back story of how we came up with it. I even thrust my groin a couple times.
Meet the cartoonists-Eddie, Katie, Luke, Vincent, Annmarie, Steve (of Asifa Archives fame!) and Eric Goddamn Bauza himself!

A rare personal appearance by Dave Feiss (creator of Cow and Chicken)

Weird Al live justifies the existence of the set!

Animatics
background paintings
model sheets
storyboards

DVD Times has an almost exhaustive inside look and review of the DVD that if you were any sort of Ren and Stimpy fan back in the early 90's there's no way you wouldn't pick up this DVD once you've read through this article.

There's a great interview with John K. at IGN where he talks about how these episodes came into existince.

They asked me if I had any episodes that were rejected by Nickelodeon, and I said yeah, I've got tons of them. They said make them - make the ones that got rejected - so that's what we did: we took a bunch of stories that we wrote in 1990 and 1991 and produced them in 2003

He also goes into some detail on why he believes Ren and Stimpy seperate themselves from all the other TV animation being produced today. Also worth the read.

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Sealab 2021 Season IIII or 4 on DVD Aug. 8th

I was doing a little search on Amazon to see if the Ren & Stimpy - The Lost Episodes was actually in fact lost episodes or a best of compilation of previously released material when I saw a little something that caught my eye in the Customers...Also Bought:

Sealab 2021 for some ridiculous reason is not aired in this country so when a new DVD comes along it's a total surprise as to what you're going to get. In the last season Harry Goz (voice of Captain Murphy) died which hopefully wont result in these epsiodes being total crap. As the new captain is Tornado Shanks (voiced by Michael Goz; Harry's son).

Info is a little light at amazon except for the cast listing which bring a smile to my face just reading.

Harry Goz ...Captain Hazel 'Hank' Murphy (2000-2003)
Erik Estrada ...Marco Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar Diego Garcia Marquez
Bill Lobley ...Jodene Sparks/Various
Brett Butler ...Dr. Quentin Q. Quinn
Kate Miller ...Debbie DuPree
Ellis Henican ...Derek 'Stormy' Waters
Chris Ward ...Hesh Hipplewhite/Various
Michael Goz ...Captain Bellerophon 'Tornado' Shanks (2004-2005)
Angela Gibbs ...Debbie 'Black Debbie' Love (2004-2005)

It's out August 8th.

Also if you're interested the Ren and Stimpy: The Lost Episodes are actually 9 new episodes that we're produced for Spike TV in 2003. Pulled by Spike 4 of these episode never aired.

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May 14, 2006

Dr. Katz - Season 1

I'd pretty much given up hope that this series would ever be released on DVD but as I was scrambling through the mall on Sunday morning picking up my Mother's Day stuff there it was.

It totally made my Mother's Day!!

For anyone who's not familiar with the series it's pretty much standup routines by comedians coached out under the guise of psychiatry by Dr. Katz; Professional Therapist. There are also side stories between Dr. Katz and his son Ben which result in brilliant deadpan conversations.

There's only 6 episodes in the first season but it has two of my favourite episodes of the series. Pretzilkins with Ray Ramano where he does an excellent bit about ordering Burger King in Montreal. The second is Bully - Where Dr. Katz throws out Ben's childhood toy bully.

If you enjoy deadpan comedy and sarcasism, do yourself a favour and check it out.

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November 9, 2005

WAL-MART - The High Cost of Low Prices

I dislike Wal-Mart as much as the next guy but I've become very wary of the documentary format lately. It's probably because people see a documentary and think it's the outright thruth and that's all there is to it. People forget that it's still just a movie and that it's one persons vision of what they want you to see about it.

Robert Greenwald's "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price" is not "Fahrenheit 9/11." There are no goofy takeoffs of old television series. You won't see H. Lee Scott Jr., the chief executive of Wal-Mart, the largest retailer on the planet, practicing his golf swing or making revealing comments on camera.


He doesn't have to. Mr. Greenwald's film features plenty of star witnesses, many of them former employees. Weldon Nicholson, a store-manager trainer for 17 years, says that when Wal-Mart came into a new town, management people would scan the stores along Main Street and make a game of predicting how long it would take each business to close.

Regardless of the level of truth or slanted view it presents the materail in I'd still like to see it. I don't know if I'd pay to see it but if I happened to come across it on TV I'd watch.

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November 1, 2005

Star Wars Episode III - On DVD

Star Wars Episode III - Revenge of the Sith is out on video today, if you care. I'm not really a fan but I've seen them all. I can't really comment too much on this movie because I fell asleep during it.

I must've fell asleep during this part.

Oh well no loss.

I did wake up in time to see the end and found it to be a bit of a letdown. Maybe I'll watch it again.

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October 11, 2005

Sealab Season 3 on DVD, where was I?

Where the hell have I been, I had no idea that the third season of Sealab 2021 was available on DVD (released July 12th). This is one of my favourite Adult Swim shows; they don’t even show this one in Canada as far as I know.

Harry Goz (Captain Murphy) died about halfway through this season. I think he did amazing work, he’ll be missed. From other reviews that I’ve read apparently the show has taken quite a dive since his absence. I’ll have to wait till season 4 to find out, but for now I can enjoy Season 3 which is supposed to be great!

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September 6, 2005

LOST Season 1 DVD

Lost came out on DVD today. I just came from futureshop where I had to put it down, not because I couldn’t really afford it (It’s only $53 CDN…that’s only a tank of gas for my Toyota Corrolla…damn price of gas is going to kill me!) but because I’m not going to have time to watch it right away. And what’s the point of buying something you really want to watch but don’t have the time to.

I’m able to reason that this would be a worthwhile purchase by the following reasons besides the obvious two points being that all the episodes are available at the tip of my fingers and that there are no commercials:

- Episodes were shot in 16:9 format but shown (for those that don’t have HD) in 3:4 (pan and scan) so that’s like 30% of every episode that I’ve never seen.

- 7 Hours of extra features. They don’t appear to be those stock, behind the scene deals where they include a half dozen shows on some DVD’s that just recycle the same footage over and over.

- Commentary on 4 episodes. I love commentaries, why only four though? I imagine that you can’t go too far into the commentary without revealing future plot lines. But four episodes seems like a decent enough effort.

Maybe I'll buy it and call in sick to work one day, that was I be able to watch it and I'll be saving money buy not buying gas that I'd need to get to work. Sounds Like a plan.


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August 23, 2005

Futurama - Monster Robot Maniac Fun Collection

When I was looking through Teletoon’s website trying to find what else they were bringing back I almost wet myself when I saw that Futurama Season 5 was going to be shown. I was sure that the show was cancelled and didn’t hear any rumblings of a comeback like family guy. I dug a little deeper and realized that season 5 is really the second half of season 4 and I already own it on DVD as Futurama was released in the ever confusing volumes instead of seasons. This is due to the fact that FOX screwed the show around so bad that it didn’t even get a chance to air all the episode from season 4 in the same year.

Anyways get ready to soil yourself again. No Futurama isn’t coming back (yet, I’m still holding out for this one) but they are making a direct to video Movie which is due out sometime in 2007. Until then there's, Futurama - Monster Robot Maniac Fun Collection which came out today. This is just a cash grab for the completest, it features Matt Groening’s four favourite episodes along with some introductions by Groening. There are some other bonus features thrown in and it’s reasonably priced that it almost has me swayed over to buy it.

Damn you FOX!!!. Just bring back the show already.

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August 17, 2005

TV DVD's worth Checking out.

The only thing better than TV is TV on DVD. No commercials, on demand, extra features, behind the scenes, and commentary. You can't beat a marathon of your favourite shows at the tips of your fingers.





SIMPSONS - SEASON 6

Don’t painc the packaging hasn’t changed (that much), the yellow plastic homer head is just a cheap blister pack. Underneath I’m fairly certain is the standard packaging from the five previous seasons on DVD. I didn’t want to tear into in the store to confirm but it felt like it. Anyways this is season 6 and it’s the second season where The Simpsons are really hitting their stride. Classic episodes include: Who shot Mr. Burns Pt. 1, Homer the Great, A Star Is Burns plus many more.

MUPPETS – SEASON 1

I knew if I held out long enough it would come around. Note: never fall for the compilation DVD’s, if it’s as good as you remember it being they’ll release the entire season and you’ll be kicking yourself for having multiple copies of episodes.

It's time to raise the curtain on THE MUPPET SHOW! Join Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, the Swedish Chef, and more in the first season of this groundbreaking twist on the classic Variety Show. Contains all 24 episodes, which have been completely restored and remastered. The bonus features also include something you were never meant to see: the original "pitch reel" that propelled the Muppets' blend of original songs, sketch comedy, and guest stars into a primetime hit for all ages!
DEAD LIKE ME – SEASON 2

I was so mad when I heard this show was cancelled. Why does this keep happening to all my favourite shows? Damn you and your lowest common denominator shows, TV!!! Unique shows never stand a chance at finding their audience because they're always yanked before word of mouth can spread. At least it’s now available on DVD.

Proving that "reapers are anything but grim company" (Cleveland Plain Dealer), this "deliciously dark comedy about the afterlife" (Newsday) returns for "a second season as strong as its first" (Philadelphia Daily News). Thanks to breakout star Ellen Muth's prickly charm, Dead Like Me has "an amusingly odd and touching energy all its own" (Detroit News and Free Press). After more than a year as a grim reaper, George (Muth) has realized that being a teenager in the afterlife is as complex as in real life. There are still unrequited crushes, agonizing dilemmas and the occasional bad attitude. Along with her kooky "co-reapers" Mason, Daisy, Roxy and Rube, George struggles to collect souls while managing her own awkward development…into an adult reaper!

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August 9, 2005

Thunder, Thunder, Thundercats - Ho!

Thundercats part 1 of season 1 came out on DVD today. If only I had the disposable income to buy all these "classics" they keep putting out from my youth. I haven't seen the thundercats since it was still being produced.

I'm sure it probably doesn't stand up to the test of time or my memory but it would be good to go through the series once more and pick up on the references and innuendo that totally went over your head when you were a kid.

Here's the premise of the series:

In a distant galaxy, the world of Thundera is in crisis. The planet's structure has become unstable and is near collapse. With their destruction imminent, Thundera's denizens--known as the Thundercats--escape in a spaceship and plot a course for a new home. While in transit, the Thundercats are attacked by evil mutants and their craft is irreparably damaged. Jaga, the eldest Thundercat, sacrifices himself in order to pilot the ship safely to its destination: Third Earth

Try getting a TV show, let alone and childrens animated show produced with a pitch like that.

Someone please buy it and lend it to me.


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