11 items from 2010
Chappelle's Show: The Series Collection
DVD, Best Medicine
As comedian Dave Chappelle has stated many times when talking about the perception that he ran away from the reported $55m he would have made from continuing his TV show, "I didn't run, I walked … like John Wayne, I walked." You can tell something was off in the three "lost episodes" from his final season: a sketch about being charged $11,000 for a haircut isn't going to get many going, "Ooh, that's so true, I hate it when that happens." The more money at stake, the less freedom Chappelle was given and his methods were hardly conventional to start with. For instance, he noticed Charlie Murphy, brother of Eddie and member of Chappelle's writing staff, was cracking everyone up with his amazing, star-studded tales. So Chappelle decided to have him tell his tales on the show, resulting in some classic sketches like »
- Phelim O'Neill
Next month, the geek world will converge on San Diego, California, it it’s yearly celebration of the popular arts, in the form of Comic Con International. This will be my 18th year attending the festival, although my first as a member of the “press.” I use that term lightly as I consider us here at the Criterion Cast, more like passionate amateurs (a term recently popularized by Michael Chabon), than actual film journalists. We certainly take everything we do here seriously, as evidenced by our commitment over the past year to producing multiple weekly podcasts, attending film screenings, and over the past six months, we’ve covered various film festivals (Sundance, SXSW, and Tribeca) to bring our unique cineaste perspectives towards the upcoming crop of films and filmmakers.
While the finalized, official Comic Con Panel Schedule has not been released at this point, Shout! Factory, one of our favorite DVD/Blu-ray distributors, »
- Ryan Gallagher
The company that has given us countless goodies this year including a bevy of Roger Corman titles along with the resurrection of Gamera, Shout! Factory, is not only one of the first out of the gate with its San Diego Comic-Con news, but Shout! is ready to tackle the show with a vengeance!
From the Press Release
Shout! Factory returns to Comic-Con International San Diego 2010 with a stellar lineup featuring upcoming and current home entertainment juggernauts that will be showcased in a special panel discussion, media appearances, special signings, interactive fan activities and Comic-Con exclusives at the Shout! Factory booth (#3749, main show floor) throughout the convention. Fan favorite filmmakers, creators and select stars from Shout! Factory’s branded properties scheduled to attend include: Roger Corman, Julie Corman, Joe Dante (Piranha, Trailers from Hell, Gremlins), Allan Holzman (Galaxy of Terror, Forbidden World), Sid Haig (Galaxy of Terror, The Devil’s Rejects), Mary Woronov (Death Race 2000, »
- Uncle Creepy
The 1982-83 ABC adventure series Tales Of The Gold Monkey owed its existence to the success of Raiders Of The Lost Ark the year before, though creator Donald Bellisario always said he had a different model in mind: the films of Howard Hawks, specifically Only Angels Have Wings and To Have And Have Not. Set on the fictional South Sea island of Boragora in 1938 and starring Stephen Collins as rakish cargo pilot Jake Cutter, Tales Of The Gold Monkey was less about wild jungle adventures than about hanging around in beachside bars with hard-bitten men and women of varying »
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Curb Your Entusiasm: The Seventh Season
Created by: Larry David
Why should you buy this? Because it’s the funniest season of this show since they did The Producers season with Mel Brooks. This is a show that’s always been hit-or-miss for me. But when it’s funny it’s side-splittingly hilarious. With Larry David dealing with bringing NBC a Seinfeld reunion episode (a show he and Jerry Seinfeld created together in real life) it’s insane how referential they can get when they want to be. They even reference Michael Richards’ heckling incident that occurred a couple years ago. If you like this show or »
- Andrew Robinson
There are only a handful of new releases out on DVD this week, but fortunately these include one of the best movies of the year so far, Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island. Also hitting stores today is Pierre Morel's From Paris With Love starring John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Shinjuku Incident starring Jackie Chan, and the low budget Judd Apatow spoof, The 41-Year-Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It. Despite the lack of new movies, there are quite a few TV releases including Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 7 (featuring the Seinfeld re-union), the first season of Family Matters (featuring the inimitable Steve Urkel), and The A-Team: The Complete Series, which comes in a killer van-shaped package. Do you plan on buying or renting anything this week? Shutter Island  (+ Blu-ray ) From Paris With Love  (+ Blu-ray ) Shinjuku Incident  Power Kids  (+ Blu-ray ) The 41-Year-Old Virgin Who »
Tales of the Gold Monkey was a fun 80s series from the prolific mind of Donald Bellisario, the man who brought you NCIS, Quantum Leap, Magnum P.I., Jag and more Now it has been announced that Fabulous Films and Shout! Factory will be releasing a DVD set of the complete series June 8, 2010. Included in the DVD are the 2 hour pilot movie and the 20 subsequent hour long episodes -- uncut. Extras include: a brand new 36 minute "Making Of" documentary featuring Stephen Collins, Caitlin O'Heaney, writer/producer Tom Greene and director Harvey Laidman, episode commentary by Tom Greene (5 episodes); series synopsis; stills gallery; Caitlin's original costume gallery; artefacts gallery and a 24 page Collectors Booklet. »
- April MacIntyre
Broadcast by ABC in the mid 80’s, this series quickly became a massive hit. Jesse Mach, an ex-motorcycle cop injured in the line of duty and now a police trouble shooter, has been recruited for a top secret government mission: to ride Street Hawk, an all-terrain attack motorcycle designed to fight urban crime, capable of incredible speeds of up to 300 mph and immense firepower. Only one man, Norman Tuttle, knows Jesse Mach’s true identity. The Man, The Machine: Street Hawk.
The series stars Rex Smith, Richard Venture, Joe Regalbuto, Jeannie Wilson; with a musical theme composed by Tangerine Dream and produced by Christopher Franke. Series guest stars included: George Clooney, Christopher Lloyd, Dennis Franz, Tom Everett and more!
The series will be released as a 4-disc set, »
If you’re a fan of somewhat obscure cult classic TV series like we are around here, then this post is for you. From the producer of such series as Quantum Leap, Magnum, Pi, Airwolf and NCIS came a show about an intrepid adventuring pilot who searches for lost and exotic treasures much like Indiana Jones. It starred Stephen Collins of Star Trek and 7th Heaven, Caitlin O’Heaney, Jeff MacKay and Roddy McDowall and ran for one season in the early 80’s.
And now, thanks to the folks at Shout! Factory and Fabulous Films, the entire action-packed 20 episodes are coming to DVD. Want to know more? Of course you do. Check out all the info from the official press release.
Available On DVD For The First Time In North America June 8, 2010 From Fabulous Films
Distributed by Shout! Factory featuring 22 hours of adventures, extensive bonus »
- Joe Gillis
Aviation! Romance! Adventure! Leather jackets! Alcoholism as an adorable character flaw! Fun for all! It lasted only one season on ABC in 1982-3, but Tales of the Gold Monkey has stuck in my brain as one of the predominant inspirations of the television of my childhood. Because it was a cash-in of the box office megahit of the previous year, Raiders of the Lost Ark, which looms even larger among my formative influences. And now the complete series will finally be released on Region 1 DVD by Shout! Factory on June 8. (Some used joint Region 2/Region 4 copies are available from third-party sellers on Amazon U.K. It was apparently released in this format last November, but it’s odd that no new copies are available.) »
- MaryAnn Johanson
This week on The Flickcast, Matt is back home from his trip to sunny La and he and Chris are back in action with a whole bunch of new topics. Some of what gets discussed in this episode includes Mark Strong as Sinestro in Green Lantern, Conan in 3D, Wal-Mart buying Vudu, Betty White on SNL, Call of Duty and its many incarnations, Ian McShane as Blackbeard, the sale of Action Comics #1 and a whole lot more.
They both also made some good picks again this week incuding Matt’s pick of the short film The Legacy and Chris’ pick of the classic 80’s TV series Tales of the Gold Monkey, featuring Stephen Collins and Roddy McDowall.
As always, if you have comments, questions, critiques, offers of sponsorship or whatever, feel free to hit us up in the comments, on Twitter, at Facebook and MySpace or via email. »
- Joe Gillis
11 items from 2010
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