July 22, 2008

Video Tapeworm

Releases through Tuesday, July 29

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS

PRIVILEGE

1967; $29.95, UR

Manfred Mann lead singer Paul Jones plays a mega-rock-star/corporate-shill in this anti-establishment juggernaut, described by one reviewer as “an immoral and un-Christian picture which mocked the Church, defied authority and encouraged youth in lewd practice!” Our kinda movie! Co-starring the world’s first supermodel, Jean Shrimpton, this dark, funny tale of a totalitarian near-future is so much like present-day America it makes us want to puke. Cruel, compelling, brilliant, hilarious and devastating — sometimes all in the same scene. One of our favorite lost movies.

SHINE A LIGHT

2008; $34.95-$39.95, PG-13

Martin Scorsese — who will live in our hearts forever for his seminal concert piece on The Band (“The Last Waltz”) — comes damned close to rock perfection with this amazing look at The Rolling Stones. Filmed right from the stage, it captures Mick, Keith and the rest of the boys in their full Blu-Ray glory: mugging, dancing, flirting and tempting the audience to tear the friggin’ joint down! A singular experience with Christina Aguilera, Buddy Guy and tons of stuff not seen in the theater.

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ADVENTURES OF JOHNNY TAO

2007; $24.95, PG-13

A wonderfully original, great little action/martial arts/romantic comedy about a loser teen whose hand-me-down guitar — carved in the shape of a dragon — is actually half of an ancient weapon, the only hope in ridding the world of a hungry demon … with the help of smokin’ Chris Yen!

DOOMSDAY

2008; $29.95-$39.95, R

Hilariously overblown throwback to the “Escape From New York” genre with slinky Rhona Mitra as the butt-kicking militaristette sent into a living hell of human depravity to save the world. (We know how that feels, working at LEO Weekly and all.) When a pandemic breaks out, world leaders lock the infected into a single city. Later, the few hardened survivors — who hold the cure — go punk and create a deadly “Road Warrior” society just like Shively on a Tuesday night.

HAROLD AND KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY

2008; $28.95-$35.95, R/UR

John Cho and Kal Penn return for this very welcome sequel to 2004’s “Go To White Castle,” though Neil Patrick Harris and his Chevy Cobalt all but hijack the movie — thank God there are scores of nekkid women to keep it on course! When a bong is mistaken for a bomb, the two are arrested as terrorists. Funny as hell, with killer bonus material.

LOST BOYS: THE TRIBE

2008; $27.95-$35.95, R/UR

Corey Feldman and Corey Haim … do we REALLY need to go on? OK, they join hammy zombie-makeup-genius Tom Savini, Tad Hilgenbrink and Autumn Resser in this straight-to-vid comic-gore sequel to one of our favorite movies, 1987’s “The Lost Boys.” Rent this, then buy the original.

NEVER BACK DOWN

2008; $26.95-$34.95, PG-13/UR

Low-rent — but entertaining — teen “Fight Club”/”Karate Kid,” elevated above the 12,461 other teen martial-artsers by the presence of big Djimon Hounsou as the butt-kicking mentor, distributing wisdom, technique and Band-Aids.

SIDE SHO

2007; $26.95, R

A family stops at a forgotten roadside attraction, far off the beaten path, finding the usual collection of inbred cannibal mutants determined to mate with their comely daughters. In other words: Florida. (One of the comely, Dana Poulson, occasionally performs at Variety!, the excellent little theater in Grand Rivers, Ky.). Recommended. And check out the Calvert City Drive-In Theater nearby. Best damned hamburgers we ever ate!

SURFWISE: THE AMAZING TRUE ODYSSEY OF THE POSKOWITZ FAMILY

2007; $26.95, R

A great doc on one amazing family. Dr. Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz, 85-year-old surfer, health nut and sex guru, decided one day he’d had enough of making people well for obscene amounts of money, so he loaded the wife and nine kids into a 24-foot camper and hit the highway, vowing to surf the world and eat nothing but roots and berries. We absolutely LOVED this!

TAI-CHI MASTER

1993; $24.95, R

Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh lead an all-star cast in one of the true classics of kung fu. A pair of rowdy buds are expelled from their Shaolin temple, only to meet years later as enemies. Oft duplicated; never equaled.

THE BAND’S VISIT

2007; $28.95, PG-13

A wonderful art-houser from the Cannes Film Festival. When an Egyptian police band, invited to play at the Arab Cultural Center in Israel, gets on the wrong bus, they wind up stranded in a remote Israeli village. What happens next is pure magic. Recommended.

THE PARTY AT THE PALACE

2008; $19.95, UR

Simply The Greatest Rock (and Pop) Concert Since Woodstock, this commemoration of Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee (whee!) from 2002 fills Buckingham Palace with the sounds of Annie Lennox, Sir Elton John, Brian Wilson, Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Joe Cocker, Ray Davies, Rod Stewart, Sir Paul McCartney, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Phil Collins, Bryan Adams, Queen, Ozzy Osbourne and many others! A must-own.

WARGAMES: THE DEAD CODE

2008; $26.95, PG-13

Straight-to-vid sequel to the terrific 1983 Matthew Broderick/Ally Sheedy tale of computer gamers who accidentally trigger Armageddon. Fresh face Matt Lanter stars as a hacker who runs afoul of Homeland Security goons via a terrorist-simulation game. With killer babe Maxim Roy.

WITCHBLADE: THE COMPLETE SERIES

2001; $69.95, UR

Yancy Butler was terrific — and HOT HOT HOT — as the NYC cop who wields the titular flatware in her fight against evil. The second season ventured too far away from the original comic book and was canceled by idiots at TNT mid-season, but the existing 24 episodes are all minor gems.


OTHER DVDS OF INTEREST

BEVERLY HILLS 90210: THE FIFTH SEASON

1990; $59.95, UR

CATHOUSE: SEASON ONE

2008; $19.95, UR

FREAKAZOID: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

1995; $26.95, UR

ROBIN OF SHERWOOD: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION

1983; $99.95, UR

THE HILLS: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON

2008; $39.95, UR


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