DVD New Releases – 8/25/2009
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By etrigan - Last updated: Monday, August 24, 2009 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

Every week I make a list of notable discs being released so I can figure out what I “need” to buy. ;) There’s sort of a bumper crop of discs this week.

* “Adventureland”:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1091722/ – *500 Days of Summer* received way too much hype this summer, or I have a darker view of falling in love. After my summer working a theme park and falling in love with a girl who…well, she wasn’t out of my league…she just wasn’t “the college type”, I know what it’s like to stare at the hot girl across the midway. Also I think the friend who convinced me to take the job and I were the only employees of the park who took AP classes ever, but we partied just as hard with that motley crew of worker ants that summer. Anyway, _this_ is a movie I can identify with: beautiful, darkly funny, and heart breaking.
* “Childern of the Corn”:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087050/ – I remember when I was old enough to rent my own movies, we picked this up at a mom-and-pop video place around the corner. Seconds before and just after the scene where the car hits the kid in the middle of the road, there was a glitch in the tape due to excessive rewinds. I loved this movie then and the Blu-Ray transfer should be several magnitudes superior to that VHS copy.
* “Life: Season Two”:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0874936/ – I seem to make habit of loving TV shows that get canceled quickly. At least they all end before they have a bad season — I’m looking at you *Heroes* and *Lost* — and this show is the rare one that ends with a completed major story arc (though one arc _is_ left open.) Damian Lewis is a stunningly astute zen detective solving unsolvable crimes, including why he spent several years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. I’ll rewatch the final episode dozens of times before I tire of it.
* “Sunshine Cleaning”:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0862846/ – Somewhere between playing a Disney Princess and a conflicted foodie blogger, Amy Adams filled the role of a woman who decides to make a killing cleaning up murder scenes. (Catch that pun?) I missed this in the theater, but I can’t wait to catch it now.
* “Scrubs: The Complete Eighth Season”:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0285403/episodes#season-8 – Was there a bad season of *Scrubs*? This is (probably) the season finale and includes evil Courtney Cox, Sesame Street hallucinations, Cox as Chief of Medicine, the adorable ukulele player, and !KIT PONGETTI! as Janitor’s Lady friend.
* “Shaw Brothers Collection II”:http://www.imdb.com/company/co0128798/ – The “Shaw Brothers Studio”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaw_Brothers is known for the classic Hong Kong fu movies that graced USA’s Kung Fu Theater for so long. If you bought “the first set”:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001QJ73J0?ie=UTF8&tag=rollecomthewebsi&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B001QJ73J0 then you’ll surely want another box full of cheap sets, weird Chinese mysticism and crazy wire work.
* “Thirtysomething: The Comple First Season”:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092492/episodes#season-1 – i was TwentySomething when this came out, and I only have 8 months before Fortysomething begins, so I hope they stream this on Netflix so I can learn what I was supposed to experience. It _is_ from the creators of one of my all-time favorite shows, *My So-Called Life*, so it has to be good…right?
* “Yo Gabba Gabba: Halloween”:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0877512/ – As good as Sponge Bob Square Pants, but with a less complicated plot. Just as good sober as not.





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