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New DVD Releases: July 26, 2005

3rd Rock from the Sun -- Season 1 (1996)
I saw this box set, and it talks! Kind of a cool marketing gimmick, but I was just thankful that it was John Lithgow's voice, and not French Stewart.

Beulah Land (1980)
Don Johnson stars in this pre-"Miami Vice" made-for-TV romance set in the Old South during the Civil War.

Bolero (1984)
Bo Derek proves that she is still a "10" by getting naked in this favorite for late-night cable viewers.

Brothers in Arms (2005)
Looks like Bill didn't get killed after all. David Carradine stars in this western about two brothers ploting a bank robbery.

Gate of Flesh -- Criterion Edition (1964)
A group of Japanese prostitutes dump their pimps and take matters into their own hands. You go girls!

Gates of Heaven (1978)
An interesting documentary about pet cemeteries. Even more interesting, this film spawned another documentary, "Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe."

Ghost in the Shell -- Vol. 7 (2002)
Another installment in the lengthy series. This is a must-see for fans of anime.

Hollywood Flies (2004)
Oh Vinnie Jones. Your career looked so promising with "Snatch" and "Mean Machine." But a movie with model Caprice? We might have to take back that promise.

Hotel (2001)
This is the Mike Figgis comedy with John Malkovich, Salma Hayek, David Schwimmer and many others, not the TV show with James Brolin. Crisis averted!

The Jerk -- 26th Anniversary Edition (1979)
The ashtray, this paddle game and the remote control and the lamp and that's all I need -- oh and this edition of one of the greatest comedies of all time.

King's Ransom (2005)   |   Filmfodder Review
Anthony Anderson is very likeable. Jay Mohr, not so much. But that might just be his personality.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show -- The Complete Second Season (1971)
She may be able to turn the world on with her smile, but it's Ted Knight who really makes me laugh.

No Witness (2004)
With Corey Feldman and Jeff Fahey starring, they should have called this "No Audience."

Not Another Teen Movie -- Unrated Director's Cut (2001)   |   Filmfodder Review
I wish they would have called it "Not Another Release of This Movie."

Particles of Truth (2003)
Lonliness, alienation and the fear of failure? Sounds like the perfect indie movie to me.

Raging Sharks (2005)
Apparently Parker Lewis can lose. Corin Nemec stars in this sci-fi stinker.

Remington Steele -- Season One (1982)
Tell me again why Pierce Brosnan waited so long to take that James Bond role?

Slaves of New York (1989)
Good book and slightly disappointing movie -- but somehow, Bernadette Peters makes it all work.

Steamboy -- Director's Cut (2005)   |   Filmfodder Review
It's 1860s Britain, and a boy inventor finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly conflict over a revolutionary advance in steam power -- sounds like a good premise for a cartoon.

Story of a Prostitute -- Criterion Edition (1965)
Fans of director Seijun Suzuki will appreciate this in-depth Criterion edition.

They Are Among Us (2004)
They may be among us, but that doesn't mean I have to talk to them -- or look at them, for that matter.

The Thin Blue Line (1988)
This critically well-received documentary follows a man's stay on death row in Texas.

Unreal (2004)
The description says it's in the "style" of MTV's "Real World." Unreal is right.

The Upside of Anger (2005)   |   Filmfodder Review
Remember when Kevin Costner was cool? This movie redeems his acting skills a bit, but don't expect "The Untouchables 2."

Vernon, Florida (1982)
A documentary about small-town living in south Florida.

The Whole Shebang (2001)
Don't remember this movie at all, but Bridget Fonda and Stanley Tucci worked well as a couple in "It Could Happen to You."

Wild Orchid 2 -- Two Shades of Blue (1992)
If you didn't see the first one, be glad you didn't waste your time on that either.

Wilder Days (2003)
Tim Daly and Peter Falk in a decent TV movie. Insert your own commercials and you've got yourself a good Tuesday night.

XXX: State of the Union (2005)   |   Filmfodder Review
Ice Cube makes a good action hero. I don't care what anyone else says.

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