2/14/2012

This week we have two Doctor Who DVDs and a couple DVDs from the eighties and nineties .

1. Doctor Who: Ep. 07 - Sensorites, The
2. Doctor Who: The Caves of Androzani (Special Edition)
3. Chrome Shelled Regios
4. Short Circuit/Short Circuit 2
5. They Came From Outer Space - The Complete Television Series
 

1. The first Doctor Who DVD is Episode 7 "The Sensorites." This is from the first season with William Hartnell. The Sensorites inspired the Ood in the recent series.
Synopsis: The Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan land on a spaceship orbiting a distant and mysterious world, where a human crew lies frozen somewhere between life and death. The planet is the Sense-Sphere, home of the Sensorites, beings of immense intelligence and power. Unable to leave, the Doctor and his companions must deduce the Sensorites’ intentions: are they friendly, hostile, or frightened? And what is the deadly secret at the heart of the Sense-Sphere? 
Product Details
    Actors: William Hartnell, Jacqueline Hill, William Russell, Carole Ann Ford
    Directors: Mervyn Pinfield, Frank Cox
    Writers: Peter R. Newman
    Producers: Verity Lambert
    Format: Color, DVD, NTSC
    Language: English
    Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    Number of discs: 1
    Rated: NR (Not Rated)
    Studio: BBC Warner
    DVD Release Date: February 14, 2012
    Run Time: 148 minutes


2. The second Doctor Who DVD is a special edition of  "The Caves of Androzani" starring the fifth Doctor, Peter Davidson. There are a lot of really good special features on this one. This was Peter Davison's last regular appearance as the Doctor, and the first appearance of Colin Baker.

Product Details    Actors: Peter Davison, Colin Baker
    Format: Color, DVD, NTSC, Special Edition
    Language: English
    Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    Number of discs: 2
    Rated: NR (Not Rated)
    Studio: BBC Warner
    DVD Release Date: February 14, 2012
    Run Time: 100 minutes
Special Features
Disc 1
· 4 x 25 min colour episodes with mono audio.
· Commentary with actors Peter Davison, Nicola Bryant and director Graeme Harper.
· Isolated Music - option to view the episodes with isolated music scores.
· Behind the Scenes - The Regeneration (dur. 7' 53") - a look inside the studio during the shooting of the climactic regeneration scene. Features an optional commentary track with Peter Davison, Nicola Bryant and Graeme Harper.
· Behind the Scenes - Creating Sharaz Jek (dur. 5' 04") - inside the character of Sharaz Jek, courtesy of an audio recording of the late Christopher Gable talking about his role in the story, photographs from Gable's own collection and footage from the studio recording.
· Extended Scenes (dur. 4' 12") - three extended scenes taken from the original film sequences and timecoded production tapes. The first has an optional commentary track with Peter Davison and Graeme Harper.
· Trailer (dur. 0' 28") - BBC1 trailer for the first episode.
· News (dur. 5' 21") - a compilation of news reports and interviews about Peter Davison leaving the series.
· Coming Soon (dur. approx 1' 00") - a trail for a forthcoming DVD release.
· PDF material - Radio Times listings in PDF format.
· Programme Subtitles
· Subtitle Production Notes

Disc 2
· Chain Reaction (dur. 36' 04") - cast and crew look back at the making of the story that is regularly voted as the best Doctor Who story of all time. With actors Peter Davison, Nicola Bryant, Maurice Roëves, Robert Glenister and Martin Cochrane, director Graeme Harper, script editor Eric Saward, production designer John Hurst and composer Roger Limb. Written and presented by Matthew Sweet.
· Directing Who: Then & Now (dur. 11' 44" - Graeme Harper is the only director to have worked on both the classic and new series of Doctor Who. In this featurette he talks about the different production techniques used on both.
· Russell Harty (dur. 8' 36") - Peter Davison and Colin Baker appear on the Russell Harty Show in the week between Davison's last episode and Baker's first.
· Photo Gallery (dur. 4' 55") - a selection of design and production photographs from the story.

3. For all you anime fans (April!) we have the television series Chrome Shelled Regios based on a book series in Japan (鋼殻のレギオス Kōkaku no Regiosu).

The world of tomorrow is an arid wasteland, a forsaken place where nomadic communities take shelter within mobile domed cities. Massive, mutant Contaminoid monsters swarm the planet’s desolate surface, and the lack of resources fuels constant conflict between cities.
In this bleak future, mysterious young Layfon struggles to escape his violent past. Unfortunately, his former life might be impossible to hide after he’s forced to enroll at the military academy – his special powers are clearly stronger than those of his comrades. As he joins his fellow student soldiers in the desperate battle against the Contaminoid scourge, Layfon must fight to keep the origins of his enhanced abilities a secret – because the truth could tear his team apart. 
Sounds pretty cool. I watched some of it on Hulu and it's pretty sweet. 

Product Details
    Actors: Todd Haberkorn, Brina Palencia, Monica Rial
    Directors: Colleen Clinkenbeard
    Format: Box set, NTSC
    Language: Japanese, English
    Subtitles: English
    Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
    Number of discs: 4
    Rated: NR (Not Rated)
    Studio: Funimation Prod
    DVD Release Date: February 14, 2012
    Run Time: 600 minutes

Special Features
  • Textless opening xong – Brave Your Truth Textless closing song - Yasashii Uso performed by Chrome Shelled featuring Nina Antalk (Ayahi Takagaki)
  • Textless closing song - Yasashii Uso performed by Chrome Shelled featuring Felli Loss (Mai Nakahara)
  • Textless closing song - Yasashii Uso performed by Chrome Shelled featuring Leerin Marfes (Mikako Takahashi)
  • Textless closing song - Ai no Zuellni performed by Chrome Shelled Trailers

4. If you loved Short Circuit and Short Circuit 2 then you'll be happy to know they finally got 'em in a two-pack. The movies tell the story of "Johnny 5," a military robot is given intelligence when it's hit by lightning. The first film follows him when the military is chasing him and the sequel takes him to New York. I thought these films were great when I was a kid, but I haven't seen them in years.
Product Details
    Actors: Ally Sheedy, Fisher Stevens, Michael McKean, Steve Guttenberg
    Directors: John Badham, Kenneth Johnson
    Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DVD, NTSC, Widescreen
    Language: English
    Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    Number of discs: 1
    Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
    Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT

5. Here's a blast from the past. Back in 1990 the TV show They Came From Outer Space starred two alien college students, named Bo and Abe (Stuart Fratkin), that drive a red corvette searching for hot women in California. Think Porky's from outer space. This might be fun if you like that kind of thing. Watch clips on Hulu to find out.
Product Details
    Actors: Dean Cameron, Stuart Fratkin
    Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, DVD, Full Screen, NTSC
    Language: English
    Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    Number of discs: 4
    Rated: NR (Not Rated)
    Studio: Timeless Media Group
    DVD Release Date: February 14, 2012
    Run Time: 900 minutes

What DVDs are you buying this week?
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2 comments:

AlexJCavanaugh said...

The anime sounds cool. And I never knew there was a second Short Circuit movie.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Alex, the anime looks sweet. Short Circuit 2 was pretty forgettable. My favorite line from the first one? "Nice software!"

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