DD’s DVD Releases for March 30Written by Dave Dykema | | firstname.lastname@example.org
With snow and blowing winds still stirring around (in late March, for cripe’s sake!) it’s a good time to watch more DVDs. Get out your tuning forks: there’s lots of music this week. Here’s what’s new in stores Tuesday, April 1.
Alvin and the Chipmunks
Remember those chipmunks with the annoying high-pitched squeaky voices? Alvin, Simon and Theodore? They come to the big screen (and now the little one) in a revamped movie. The story concerns Dave (My Name is Earl’s Jason Lee), an aspiring songwriter, who can’t get a hit to save his life. Enter the singing chipmunks. What happens next? Do they connect? What do you think? Young kids will like the CGI fun, and for adults the humor’s not too infantile. The true test is: can you stand the voices?
Be warned about this one. I carp frequently about aspect ratios on movies and so forth. According to Amazon.com, this comes as a 3×4 ratio, meaning it’s been re-sized to fit your TV. The only way to get the 16×9 widescreen version is to buy the Blu-ray version. Check the technical specs on the back before purchasing if this means anything to you.
Genesis: Turning It On Again (40th Anniversary Edition)
A 3-DVD set that encompasses the vast catalog of Genesis tunes over the years, through the Peter Gabriel era to Phil Collins and beyond. Includes interviews with Phil Collins, Steve Hackett, Tony Banks and Michael Rutherford.
The Osmonds Live in Las Vegas: 50th Anniversary 2 DVD Collector’s Edition
This treasure trove of toothy goodness is filled to the brim with 30 tracks, including the hits “One Bad Apple,” “Puppy Love,” “Paper Roses,” and “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother.” Donny and Marie also stage a medley with seven of their greatest hits. Heck, even young Jimmy’s involved. Everyone take a dose of insulin before watching this. Diabetics, take two.
Sweeny Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
I didn’t see the movie, but I did catch a broadcast of the musical on PBS several years ago. I’m told Johnny Depp and the cast shine, and a Tim Burton film is always interesting. Its gothic tone, creepy settings, dark humor and violence seem like a natural match. Be warned about the violence: I can see people thinking “Oh, a Stephen Sondheim musical. What a gay night of operatic fun!” Throats get slit in this. A lot of throats. This is about a barber who kills customers in his chair and drops their bodies through a hole in the floor to be processed into meat sausages. And sings while he does it! Ain’t theatre grand?
Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder: John, Paul, Tom & Ringo
I watched a set from this show released back in 2006. The theme of that collection was Punk and New Wave. A classic episode on there featured John Lydon of the Sex Pistols going off on Tom and producer Allen Carr pimping his Village People movie Can’t Stop the Music. TV doesn’t get much more surreal than that, and this forthcoming edition featuring interviews with the Beatles and the people surrounding them promises more of the same. Of note in this time of no smoking laws: notice how many cigarettes Snyder puffs in his guests’ faces. You’ll be amazed.
There’re quite a lot of TV offerings this week too. Here’s a quick list:
Becker—The First Season
Two from Dr. Who
“The Time Warrior”
Father Knows Best: Season One
Gene Simmons Family Jewels: The Best of Seasons 1 & 2
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit—The Sixth Year
Martin—The Complete Fourth Season
Murder, She Wrote—the Complete Eighth Season
That ’70s Show—Season 8