Welcome to another edition of DVD Tuesday, where we break down the best bets for geeks at your local video store. This week we’ve got some cool stuff, some stuff worth venturing out to find, and some stuff I could honestly care less about, but screw it. Here we go.
Doctor Who Season Six, Part 1
Matt Smith and Karen Gillan make their triumphant return as the Doctor and his companion in an all-new series of Doctor Who! The new series will split in two parts, with DVD/Blu-ray release dates in July and in early November, closely following their premiere runs on BBC America, and then a complete series gift set just in time for the holidays. In Part 1, the Doctor, Amy and Rory find themselves in Sixties America, battling the invasion the world forgot, then journey on the high seas of 1696 aboard a pirate ship, to solve the mystery of the Siren. In a bubble universe at the very edge of reality, the Doctor meets an old friend with a new face, and in a monastery on a remote island in the near future, an industrial accident takes on a terrible human shape. And waiting for them, at the end of all this, is the battle of Demon’s Run, and the Doctor’s darkest hour. Can even the truth about River Song save the Time Lord’s soul? Only two things are certain. Silence will fall. And a good man is going to die…
It seems like only yesterday we were watching these episodes unfold before our very eyes, and now they’ve made it to DVD. The second season of the Steven Moffat era arrives with some of the most highly anticipated Who episodes ever, including season premiere “The Impossible Astronaut,” season finale “A Good Man Goes to War” and Neil Gaiman’s brilliant tribute to the franchise, “The Doctor’s Wife.” This is a must have for any aspiring Time Lord.
Torchwood: The Complete UK Original Series
A spinoff from “Doctor Who,” this wild sci-fi series recounts the exploits of the Torchwood Institute, which was initially begun by Queen Victoria as a way to investigate alien life forms and trap the Doctor if he ever returned to Earth. Now led by the mysterious Capt. Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), Torchwood leads the fight against hostile aliens with its crew of ex-policewoman Gwen, brash doctor Owen, computer expert Toshiko and aide Ianto.
If you love Time Lords, but want a little bit more, then the BBC has you covered. Just in time for the kick off of Torchwood: Miracle Day, everything from the UK Torchwood series thus far is now available in one humongous box set for your viewing pleasure. Forget that Sparrow fellow and meet the real Captain Jack.
Beauty and the Beast: The Criterion Collection
The sublime adaptation by Jean Cocteau (Orpheus) of Mme. Leprince de Beaumont’s fairy-tale masterpiece–in which the true love of a beautiful girl melts the heart of a feral but gentle beast–is a landmark feat of motion picture fantasy, with unforgettably romantic performances by Jean Marais (Orpheus) and Josette Day (Les parents terribles). The spectacular visions of enchantment, desire, and death in Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bete) have become timeless icons of cinematic wonder.
This is one for the serious film geeks among you. Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast was far from a simple fairy tale. It was a groundbreaking, surrealist fantasy adventure complete with stunning visuals and tremendous storytelling genius. Now it’s got the legendary Criterion Collection treatment, making it a must have for any cinemaphile.
Bradley Cooper (The A-Team) and two-time Academy Award winner Robert De Niro, star in this provocative and action-packed thriller with unlimited surprising twists. Eddie Morra (Cooper), a burnt-out writer, discovers a top-secret pill that unlocks 100% of his brain’s capacity. He instantly acquires mind-bending talents and mesmerizing visions that bring him big money, beautiful women and limitless success. But his dream life soon becomes a waking nightmare, as the drug’s brutal side effects take their toll and Eddie finds himself entangled with a cunning Wall Street power broker (DeNiro) who wants everything Eddie has… and more.
Bradley Cooper takes a magic pill and thrills ensue. It’s a nice, simple sci-fi idea executed with blockbuster polish. Rent it and watch with friends, and hope that in the sequel he finds a pill that makes us forget he was in All About Steve.
Young Justice: Season One V.1
This animated series follows Robin, Aqualad and other teenage superhero sidekicks as they form a secret crimefighting squad to save the world and prove they’ve got the chops to join their mentors in the adults-only Justice League.
You can’t throw a rock without hitting an animated superhero series these days, but that’s not something to complain about. Young Justice might not be the best of these, but it’s something worth checking out, if only because you actually get to see Aqualad in charge of something.
The year is 2039 and the world wars have destroyed everything and territories are run by corporations. The mightiest of which is TEKKEN. In the midst of the ruined society, one warrior rises from the streets. A young man with street smarts and raw fighting skills who is driven by nothing more than vengeance must defeat the world’s most elite fighters in the greatest tournament ever known and become the “King of Iron Fist”.
Oh boy, another video game movie that delivers underwhelming results. If you’re really into the whole martial arts scene, or you love the game so much that you just have to have it, go ahead. Me, I’ll just hold out for when they finally make the Ninja Gaiden movie I’ve been requesting for the last two decades.
Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Box Six
Originally produced in limited quantities in Japan, the incredibly rare Dragon Box has long been the ultimate prize for the most avid Dragon Ball Z collectors. Now this coveted collection has been reproduced for the first time in the United States, giving hardcore fans the definitive Dragon Ball Z experience. The battle to harness the power of the seven Dragon Balls explodes in vivid detail like never before. The Dragon Box features over 40 uncut episodes, remastered and restored frame by frame, rendering the legendary action in pristine clarity. Each episode is presented in Japanese with the complete opening and closing credits and includes the original episode previews. Truly the essential edition for Dragon Ball Z purists, this set isn’t an addition to your archive – it is your archive. Your wish is finally granted. The Dragon Box is here.
Yeah…I’m gonna be honest, I really don’t know what’s going on here, but if you’re still hanging onto the Dragon Ball thing at this point, I guess you can throw money at it.