August 28, 2007

Video Tapeworm: Releases through Tuesday, Sept. 4

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKSBUY THE TICKET, TAKE THE RIDE2007; DVD $19.95, URA brilliant, spot-on documentary about Louisville’s least-appreciated son: gonzo journalist, Southern gentleman and brilliant anarchist Hunter S. Thompson. Narrated by Nick Nolte and punctuated with scores of surprising moments — including Harry Dean Stanton singing “Danny Boy!” — this is simply the best offering on Thompson we’ve ever seen. A complete history from his drinking at age 10 to his cannon-fired funeral, with insights and readings that make you want to dig out “Fear and Loathing” one more time.PEZ UNIVERSE2006; DVD $9.95, URDigital encyclopedias for PEZ-Heads, and the only DVDs that are officially licensed by PEZ Candy Inc. — so all you bootleggers and rip-off artists, KNOCK IT OFF! An exhausting social anthropological treatise on the human need to collect things and become the “best” at something, this look at all things PEZ makes “Star Trek” worshipers seem rather run-of-the-mill. Includes a factory tour, designing the dispensers, interviews (including Robby Takac from The Goo Goo Dolls), conventions, trivia, culture, contests — even the politics of PEZ! Wonderful stuff.BOSOM BUDDIES: THE COMPLETE SERIES1980; DVD $59.95, URTom Hanks may not put this on his resume any longer, but here is the series that made him a star. He and Peter Scolari dress as women in order to live in a female-only apartment building where their neighbors include long, lovely Donna Dixon, chunky Wendie Jo Sperber and Telma Hopkins. Six discs, two seasons, all 21 episodes from the heyday of T&A TV. CITY OF VIOLENCE2006; DVD $24.95, URA two-disc Ultimate Edition of this instant South Korean crime classic in the Hong Kong style. A pair of friends reunites after a third is murdered. When questions reveal a cover-up and a conspiracy, they decide to find the killer themselves, leading to a brutal showdown they can’t possibly survive. Terrific.DELTA FARCE2007; DVD $28.95-39.95, PG-13Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall and stringy DJ Qualls get drunk and, mistaken for Army Reservists, are shipped off to the Persian Gulf. But they accidentally get dropped into Mexico, though not one of them has enough grey matter to tell the difference. Big silly fun.DEMONS FROM HER PAST2007; DVD $19.95, URA made-for-cable chick-flick murder mystery starring Alexandra Paul and Cynthia Gibb full of back-stabbing, guilty-as-hell MEN soon to get their comeuppance.ESSENCE OF ANIME: GHOST IN THE SHELL2007; DVD $19.95, URThis seminal anime tale of thinking, feeling androids in a future world is among the first in a new series of digitally enhanced classic re-releases from Manga. Also available, “Read Or Die,” “Street Fighter Alpha,” the underrated “Appleseed,” “Ninja Scroll” and more.GEORGIA RULE2007; DVD $29.95, ROut of control Lindsay Lohan is sent to spend the summer with pain-in-the-ass grandmother Jane Fonda in the most prescient “art imitating life” outing of recent memory. Spiced with girlie hints of incest, oral sex and Felicity Huffman, this is one unintentionally hilarious chick-flick. Really bad.NIGHT ON EARTH1991; DVD $39.95, RA newly restored HD Criterion release of Jim Jarmusch’s breakout film, focusing on a night-in-the-life of five cabbies in five different cities around the world. Fans will love the addition of Jarmusch-selected commentary, interviews, audience Q&A and a lyric-sheet to Tom Waits’ original songs from the film.R.L. STINE’S THE HAUNTING HOUR: DON’T THINK ABOUT IT2007; DVD $19.95, PGFirst Halloween ’07 release from this always-excellent kids spooky-series, this one about a tweenie goth who finds a book full of magical mischief ... and pure evil. Stars Emily Osment and Cody Linley of “Hannah Montana,” and — in a surprising turn — Tobin Bell of “Saw”!SHAKESPEARE WAS A BIG GEORGE JONES FAN: COWBOY JACK CLEMENT’S HOME MOVIES2007; DVD $19.95, URWow! This is terrific! A killer doc on Cowboy Jack Clement — record producer for Elvis Presley and U2, former Arthur Murray dance instructor, slasher-movie maker, record mogul Sam Phillips’ right-hand man, and star-maker to some of Nashville’s elite! With clips from good friends Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charley Pride, Townes Van Zandt, Bono, Kris Kristofferson, George Jones and many more. Trust us, this is an out-and-out BALL!STEPHANIE DALEY2006; DVD $28.95, R“16-year-old” Amber Tamblyn from “Joan of Arcadia” gets pregnant but doesn’t know it, then faces murder charges for killing her baby. She is sent to pregnant forensic-psychologist Tilda Swinton for evaluation, leading to strange emotional turmoil for the doc. A heapin’ plop of chick-flobber from the Sundance Lab Project with limp weenies provided by Timothy Hutton and Jim Gaffigan.THE MURDER GAME2006; DVD $19.95, URAn excellent indie dead-teenager movie that avoids the genre’s cliché’s to make something surprising and original. A group of teens invent a game where one of them is a secret killer who arranges mock murders of the others in a warehouse. The group must uncover the bad guy before no one is left. Then someone takes it too far.THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY2006; DVD $19.95, URA savage tale of personal family warfare in the bloody streets of 1920s Ireland starring Cillian Murphy as a doctor who walks out of his safe world to join his brother’s fight for justice under British rule. But the real war begins when a truce is declared.UP IN SMOKE HIGH-LARIOUS EDITION1978; DVD $14.95, RMankind has been using recreational drugs since the first monkey-men snorted each other’s poo — yet today we vilify Cheech and Chong for making us laugh about it. That’s dumb. This, their first big-screen outing after dozens of hit records, finds the lads trying to get back from Mexico in a van made out of weed. And, Hey-Wow-Man! Pass those bonus goodies! We miss the ’70s.OTHER DVDS OF INTERESTNOPI TUNERVISION SEASON ONE, PART 12007; DVD $16.95, URROBOT CHICKEN: SEASON TWO1991; DVD $29.95, URTHE BLACK DONNELLYS: THE COMPLETE SERIES2007; DVD $49.95, URTHE BRITISH BEAT LIVE2007; DVD $14.95, URTHE OFFICE: SEASON THREE2005; DVD $49.95, URA more complete listing and free vids at www.videotapeworm.com!