October 31, 2006

Video TapeWorm: Releases through Tuesday, Nov. 7

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS:CARS2006; DVD $29.95, GWhile marketed as “Disney,” this is Pixar’s greatest achievement — and their final outing with Der Mouse. While the voice work, particularly Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt, Larry The Cable Guy and Cheech Marin, is excellent, the CGI animation literally explodes from the screen, giving vibrant, fluid 3-D life to every frame. A remarkable combination of talent and skill to tell the clever tale of a hotshot racecar (Owen Wilson) who learns a hard lesson about humility and teamwork from the broken-down denizens of a failing desert town. You’ll never look at your own car the same again.POLICE SQUAD! THE COMPLETE SERIES1982; DVD $19.95, URQuick trivia question: How many episodes of “Police Squad!” were there? Would you believe only SIX?! But those six episodes reinvented the career of Leslie Nielsen, spawned several hit movies (and a slew of really bad ones), savaged every TV cliché from freeze-frames to shootouts to car chases, and forever killed the boring Jack Webb/Quinn Martin school of police drama. For this DVD release the producers added side-splitting commentary, a gag reel, behind-the-scenes footage and a complete collection of Celebrity Death Shots!DEBBIE DOES DALLAS1978; DVD $24.95, URNow available from “legit” sources, the Greatest Porno Movie Ever Made — in an Ultimate Edition! Lovely Bambi Woods created the standard by which all other skinflicks are measured as the titular highschooler trying to raise money to try out for the “Texas” Cheerleaders. And, oh!, what she and her friends won’t do to raise a little cash! Tapping into the male fantasies of (1) young, (2) beautiful, (3) cheerleader, (4) next door girl who will perform (5), (6) and (7) without getting (8), this was an international phenomenon that has never been, er, reproduced. Filmed on-campus at the clueless State University of New York at Stony Brook, this remains the funnest, funniest and most entertaining flick we ever saw — now available with DVD goodies!EXTREME COMEDY COLLECTION2004; DVD $48.95, UR“Team America: World Police, Uncensored and Unrated,” “Jackass” and “Beavis and Butt-Head Do America.” Not for the easily offended.FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA PRESENTS WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS’ THE JUNKY’S CHRISTMAS2006; DVD $19.95, URA truly mesmerizing version of Burroughs’ 1952 tale about Danny the Car Wipe, a desperate junky searching for warmth and a fix on a cold Christmas morning. Told in a combination of live action and clay-animation, it ends in a revelation that only Burroughs could have dreamed up.FREAK-OUT2004; DVD $19.95, URHeralded as the “most offensive and hilarious horror comedy of the year,” this international cult hit begins as a savage spoof of slasher movies, then takes on a life of its own. Two horror-fanatics find a simple, quiet escaped mental patient and turn him into their own personal would-be slasher — until he gets a taste of blood. Lots of tits, gore and “arse piranhas,” all to a ska-punk soundtrack.GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN1955; DVD $19.95, URFor those of you who wondered, after the recent release of “Gojira,” what happened to “Gigantis, The Fire Monster,” the long-missing sequel to “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.” Here it is! This set contains both the original subtitled Japanese version (“Raids”) and its heavily edited American version, “Gigantis,” in which The Big G takes on spiny Anguirus in Osaka to the narration of “Star Trek”’s George Takei.LITTLE MAN2006; DVD $28.95, PG-13It is just us, or does the world seem to be waist-deep in midgets these days? Once appearing in movies only as the minions of evil villains, they’re now center stage in everything from “Jackass” to “The Station Agent.” In this embarrassingly funny slapstick comedy, the head of Marlon Wayans is digitally pasted onto a dwarf jewel thief who hides out in suburbia as an abandoned baby. Funny as hell with Shawn Wayans and directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans.LOUDQUIETLOUD: A FILM ABOUT THE PIXIES2006; DVD $19.95, URAfter a shocking breakup in 1992, college-rockers The Pixies reunited 12 years later for a reunion tour that sold out every venue it played. This down-and-dirty doc, filmed largely with a hand-held camera, follows them from the rehearsals to the main event, with lots of time backstage. One of the best rock-docs ever.SHOCKWAVE2005; DVD $26.95, RCrappy but fun SciFi Channeler about a group of Navy SEALS who must bring down a bunch of giant experimental hyper-smart CGI killer robots on a deserted island. Stars Joe Lando, Alexandra Paul and Michael “Lt. Worf” Dorn.THE WATER MARGIN1993; DVD $19.95, URFans of Shaw Brothers Hong Kong actioners know this as the original, uncut all-star chop-socky spectacular released in America (after a MAJOR editing job) as “Seven Blows of the Dragon.” Now available uncut and subtitled, the “true” story of how 108 rebel heroes defeated an invading army of thousands. Stars David Chiang, Lung Ti, Kuan Tai Chen, Chung Wang, Tetsuro Tamba and Lily Ho — plus an extra love scene commissioned by Roger Corman!THE WHO: THE VEGAS JOB2006; DVD $24.95, UROn Oct. 29, 1999, The Who performed at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vega for the first time in 20 years as a five-piece band. With John “Rabbitt” Bundrick back on keyboards and Zak Starkey filling in for the late Keith Moon on drums, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and (the now deceased) John Entwistle’s performance was supposed to be seen live by more than a billion Internet viewers, but a networking glitch stopped the flow. Lawsuits ensued. Finally available on a pristine DVD with all the extras.WORDPLAY2005; DVD $24.95, PGSurprisingly lively and fun, this is the documentary that everyone was talking about this year: a behind-the-scenes look at crossword puzzles and the Trekkie-like people who are addicted to them. Centers on The New York Times puzzle and its hilariously erudite and goofy creator; an out-and-out hoot, even if you think crosswords suck.OTHER DVDS OF INTERESTBEST OF THE NATIONAL SPELLING BEE2006; DVD $19.95, URBEVERLY HILLS 90210: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON1990; DVD $54.95, URINSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO: DAVE CHAPPELLE1994; DVD $14.95, PGIT’S ALIVE 1-31978; DVD $14.95, RMELROSE PLACE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON1992; DVD $54.95, URTHE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE1986; DVD $21.95, PGA more complete listing and free vids at www.videotapeworm.com!