Monday, September 04, 2006

DVDomination #5

Welcome to another edition of DVDomination, you'll have to excuse us for the delay in updating the last week. This week we promise the usual amount of coverage for your viewing pleasure and nothing is more pleasurable then the weekly new releases!

1. Seven Samurai

Christmas comes early for film buffs everywhere with Criterion's second release of Akira Kurosawa's cinematic milestone Seven Samurai. Featuring one of Toshiro Mifune's finest performances, Kurosawa's masterpiece gets to shine here in a 3-disc set boasting a remastered video and a plethora of extras. The archetype for a wide range of films from The Magnificent Seven to A Bug's Life, any film collector owes it to themselves to pick up this bundle of joy next chance they get.

Special Features
• 2 Audio Commentaries
• 50-min. documentary, "Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful To Create"
• Two-hour conversation between Kurosawa and Nagisa Oshima
• "Seven Samurai: Origins and Influences"
• Theatrical trailers and teaser
• New and improved English subtitle translation
• Essays by Peter Cowie, Philip Kemp, Kenneth Turan, Sidney Lumet and more

2. Lost: Season 2

Ahhh yes, the second season of Lost flies onto shelves this week as the trapped passengers of Oceanic Flight 815 push past the mystery of the hatch to discover the inner workings of the mysterious Island. The crew must also deal with an assortment of island dwellers both friendly and nefarious while remembering to reboot their computer every so often. Sadly no info on whether or not this includes more golfing.

Special Features

• Exclusive unaired flashbacks
• LOST connections: interactive experience that plants seeds for season three
• Conspiracy theories with creators, writers, fans
• Fire and Water: Anatomy of an Episode
• Secrets Of The Hatch
• Deleted Scenes
• Bloopers

3. United 93

United 93, which takes a dramatic look at the final moments of the titular flight hits shelves this week, sporting two editions [a single disc and a double]. Having not seen it I can't give a personal take on it, but for those of you interested in what cinema has to say on that faithful day removed of the big budget Hollywood trappings [Oliver Stone's World Trade Center] this should fit the bill.

Special Features
Features exclusive to the 2-Disc set denoted with *

• Audio commentary with Paul Greengrass
• Memorial Pages
• United 93 - The Families and the Film documentary
• Chasing Planes: Witnesses to 9/11*

Thus concludes another week of DVDomination, as always please buy accordingly.


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