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Today’s DVD Arrivals

August 13, 2009

hey dvd fans

Here’s today’s arrivals…maybe you find something you also want to add to your collection….

Commando: Definitive Edition
What a mission to find a special edition of this…in fact…the only place i could find it was an Australian vendor. But i LOVE these definitive editions, and since the only version South Africa has is the cr@ppy VHS transfer that is essentially the cut version of the movie…this was well worth it. Great Arnie action, and a very young Alyssa Milano. Classic.

Last Action Hero
You know…this is such an underated movie. Although, to be honest, I was disappointed with it like most people when I saw it at the cinema, but have since learned to love it. A ton of inside jokes. Give it another chance. Arnie for life.

I could spend all day watching Stallone movies. This is a sleeper hit in my eyes, a throwback to the disaster movies of the 70s…but the guy who steals the show is Viggo Mortensen.

WWE No Way Out 2006 & SummerSlam 2007
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Passion. Obsession.

Ali G, Innit
Replacement DVD, featuring the early genius of Sacha Baron Cohen. The man is a god.

Minority Report: Definitive Edition
Had mixed feelings about this originally, but found the Definitive Edition in a tin for dirt cheap, so thought I’d give it another bash. Plus I’m rediscovering my appreciation for Tom Cruise.

Josie and The Pussycats
Anyone who doesn’t consider this movie brilliantly clever has either a) not seen it or b) is the good looking one in the family – (dont worry, you won’t get my insult). Back door lover.

Gran Torino
Ok ok, I actually got this one on the weekend, but havent watched it yet. Clint Eastwood is the last of the movie icons in my opinion. I would follow him off a cliff he said i’d be ok. Each film he does is another edition to a legacy that is unparalleled.

and Finally….

Land Of The Lost: Complete collections Edition
All three seasons of the classic TV show (which was ultimately bastardized by Will Ferrell)….Cult members only. Yes, that is a lunch box

Ok, that’s it…I gotta go work on a proper piece of writing for my next blog now.


The Good Old Days…

August 11, 2009

I’m such a classic cult junkie its ridiculous, and once I get started I just can’t stop digging in the archives…

Last week I was having a discussion with a friend about how they don’t make cartoons like they used to.

Sure, I, like many people have relived the likes of GI Joe,Thundercats, He-Man & Bravestarr on dvd…

This evening I found myself searching for more obscure classic toons….these are what I managed to remember.

Feel free to add your memories too…

La Linea

This was a popular one in South Africa, and ended up becoming a well known insurance/banking ad.

Amigo & Friends

Unfortunately I can only find the Spanish versions online, but I used to love watching Amigo & Friends. It brings back great memories of growing up (which are few and far between). They usually appeared as shorts on VHS tapes of other titles.

Heckle & Jeckle

Those crazy crows were the best thing about going to the drive-in!

Sport Billy!

For some reason 90% of people I speak to can’t remember this one! (that stat brought to you by Deloitte & Touche). But the guy had a sports bag that contained EVERYTHING in.

Roger Ramjet

Roger Ramjet and his eagles fighting for our freedom!

Bionic Six

Sorta like the cartoon version of Family Ties really… Bionics ON! Why is this not on dvd???

Battle of The Planets (G-Force)

This one’s for you Len! Possibly the only “Anime” show I will ever love.


Thank you Tony Hart (RIP) for introducing the world to a little orange plasticine guy named Morph.

The Wuzzles

I was seriously obsessed with this show…and i still don’t understand why…

David The Gnome

Or as us South Africans called him… Dawie die Kabouter!

Maya The Bee

I remember this being so sad for some reason…

Ok wow….everything is coming flooding back now… I think this blog deserves a part two!

How many of these do your remember? Which others come to mind?

I may be the king of the geeks…. officially.

Does this offend you yeah?

July 29, 2009

I’ve never been shy to vocalize how much I hate South Africa, and how embarrassing its actually become to live in this cesspool of a country.

One of my major irritations is the lack of responsibility and service delivery that exists here.

Being a major movie/music fanatic, I buy a cr@p load of DVD & CDs, its my life, i love everything about it… the packaging, the booklets, the open of the case, to the actual product itself. I genuinely take pride in my collection…

I also try buying the best edition of the movies I heart that little bit extra. This often means importing a title since the local pressings of everything have become an absolute joke.

However… it doesn’t mean I don’t buy local. I do. A lot…but my frustration with the quality control on releases is reaching boiling point.

After coming across another glaring error on DVD packaging tonight, i decided to go through my 1300+ collection of DVDs to see what errors I could spot.

US/UK/AUS DVDs I found a total of 0(zero) errors.
South African releases….well..after hitting the “15 titles with mistakes” mark I honestly couldn’t continue. Do local distributors have anyone working in some sort of quality control position? or are they constantly on a lunch break…

Here’s some of the highlights of my browsing:

1. Christmas with the Kranks – the back cover lists one of the features is: “Putting up Ligths on….” what are Ligths? A Yiddish method relaxation? ah wait…they meant Lights…yes, that makes more sense.

2. Meet the Parents – the back cover tells me I can look forward to watching trailers for – Wimpledon & Meet the Fokers. Two classics.

3. Quantum of solace – flip over to the credits on the back cover – and we see QOS is actually “The Simpsons Movie” copyright 2007…ah, but surely thats just on the slipcase…no no…on both the slipcase and dvd inlay.

4. The Golden Compass – once again back cover alerts me about the “sneak peaks”…. those sneaky mountains.

5. Homeboy – I was sure this starred Mickey Rourke…but no, luckily the DVD corrects me by letting me know its actually starring Michy Rourke.

6. Homeland Security -a great little movie with Antonio Banderas but apparently on the dvd and backcover its actually going to be called by its other name: My mom’s new boyfriend…

7. Mad dog and Glory – On the back cover it lists the star of the movie as “two time Oscar winner Robearo”….no thats not a Brazilian football player turned movie star -Pele had that covered in Escape to Victory- instead, Robearo is: Robert De Niro ….

There there are a stack load of titles that also have no clue what the running time is…so the just put “xx min” essentially tell us “we’ll be effed if we know how long this movie is, just keep watching till it ends”
This would be ok in some instances…but distributors are now getting into a nasty habit of not putting chapter cuts into the dvds, so even if you push that handy display button on your DVD remote…there is no timer.

I really could wax lyrical about the problems…especially the lazy work that it going on with Box sets….

Again, i’ve been vocal about some of the other problems I’ve had on the likes of Facebook and Twitter… incorrect dvds on the discs….missing content, incorrectly promoted features…

*sigh*…this is just another case of “grin and bare it”…

I really do hate South Africa….passionately…

There is no pride in the quality of our products…so how the eff can our campaign be “Proudly South African”

Is this the day I officially boycott SA products?

Tell me if you’ve come across problems like this…or if I’m just a pedantic SOB.