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DVD Geeks – November 14, 2011

It Takes a Thief

Robert Wagner in "It Takes a Thief"

Robert Wagner was cool before he was cool. Before he was “Number 2” in the Austin Powers movies, information pills and before he was Jonathan Hart in “Hart to Hart, more about ” he was Alexander Mundy in “It Takes a Thief.” The series chronicles the exploits of a thief who is hired by the government to use his unique skills in special covert assignments. All three seasons of the late-’60s show are now delivered in a box set rife with features and some usable swag.

We’ve also got a dark, adult take on a fairy tale with the French release “The Sleeping Beauty.” This ain’t your Disney classic…

We also delve into a massive undertaking from A&E with their Blu-ray release “World War II in HD” which takes their all-color documentary series into the high-def realm. Narrated by Gary Sinise, this series breaks with usual documentary format and presents a very personal (and shockingly illustrated) look at the individual experience of war.

Finally, we have a special treat from our Star Trek author friends David Mack, Kevin Dilmore and Dayton Ward. Each year at the Shore Leave convention, they and an assemblage of other writers/editors and other ne’er-do-wells take turns roasting a guest of honor for charity. This year, it was Robert Greenberger in the hot seat, and we have the hilarious results in this exclusive DVD only available from David Mack’s website.

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DVD Geeks – November 8, 2011

Blue Velvet

Isabella Rossellini in "Blue Velvet"

When the late Dennis Hopper teamed up with director David Lynch for “Blue Velvet, advice ” they created a dark, patient disturbing character in Frank Booth. We get to take a look back 25 years later at all the twists and mysteries in this film making its debut on Blu-ray. They’ve gone all out with vintage special features as well as an incredible (and well-restored) 50 minutes of lost footage that helps illuminate the characters in all new ways.

We’ve also got the new comedy “The Change-Up” which puts a raunchy spin on the age-old premise of switching personalities – this time with Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds. With a strong supporting female cast (Olivia Wilde and Leslie Mann), viagra buy we’ll see if the movie can rise above its tired premise and gross-out pedigree.

If comedy and twisted drama aren’t your thing, we have an oddity for our show: a historical drama about the so-called “Scopes Monkey Trial” called “Alleged.” But this movie isn’t all that it seems – even with its killer cast of Colm Meaney, Brian Dennehy and Fred Thompson – we’ll find out what’s really going on under the surface.

Also on Blu, we’re celebrating the releases of Angelina Jolie’s breakout role in “Gia” and the celebrity-fueled racing comedy “Cannonball Run”

All those plus our weekly Honorable Mentions, a very special Geek Pick and more!

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DVD Geeks – November 1, 2011

The Phantom of the Opera

Lon Chaney as "The Phantom of the Opera"

Tonight’s episode is our post-Halloween roundup of the most interesting horror titles of the season. We kick things off with a trove of honorable mentions including some great Roger Corman schlock, visit a splatter fest from Herschell Gordon Lewis and a few TV delights.

For featured picks, we’ll look at a definitive Dracula documentary that seeks to separate fact from fiction, the long-awaited Blu-ray release of Lon Chaney’s classic “Phantom of the Opera” (in its original 1925 cut and the more popular 1929 release) and a new kind of zombie film, the gritty British thriller “Devil’s Playground.”

Since we have a love for the odd find, we dig deep into a new documentary about gore-master Herschell Gordon Lewis – he who brought us such classics as “The Gore Gore Girls,” “Blood Feast” and “The Wizard of Gore.” Finally, we see if the modern gore-fest “Wrong Turn 4” can be saved by its exceptional special features including a thorough commentary from the director, behind the scenes footage and the saga of making a movie in near blizzard conditions.

All that plus a very special Geek Pick!

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