As we get closer to the fall television season, studios pick up the pace in releasing their previous season's TV shows on DVD -- even the canceled ones! Still, a couple of gory flicks managed to sneak into stores amidst all of the TV offerings, as well as a teen girl musical, an old man comedy and a retro sci-fi actioner celebrating its 25th birthday. Happy birthday!
Greek: Chapter 3
Hey, remember college? Remember being in a frat? No? Then you have no idea what your children will get up to when they go off to college, and should probably watch this show about teenagers at college. (Or, you're a teenager, and this show will be a valuable primer for college life.) Filled with the exact sort of behavior your kids won't want to tell you about, Chapter 3 is actually the first half of Season 2, and with Season 3 starting up at the end of this month, it's the perfect time to get caught up. Funny how they timed that, huh? Coincidentally, Sons of Anarchy: Season One, Gossip Girl: The Complete Second Season and Dexter: The Complete Third Season also came out today, and their seasons will be starting up soon, as well. It's merchandising and advertising, all rolled into one!
Hannah Montana: The Movie
Will Hannah choose to be a blonde pop star performing in front of thousands of fans or a down-home brunette who rides horses and dates cowboys? Or, you know, will she dance on a stripper pole at an event celebrating teen media? (No, that is not an alternate ending.)
Last House on the Left
We wanted to watch this movie to see if it was as sick and depraved as the original version, but we stayed away because... what if it was? There are some things you can see that you can't unsee. The original Last House on the Left is one of them.
The Beast: Season One
This show was canceled, but let's focus on the things Patrick Swayze can beat. He beat Russians in Red Dawn, he beat drunks in Road House, and now he may have beaten cancer. (We think Sam Elliott may have helped.) Other renewal-challenged shows are Eli Stone: The Complete Second Season, Everybody Hates Chris: The Final Season and Dirty Sexy Money: The Complete and Final Second Season, although if they'd had Swayze in them, they might still have a chance.
Not to be confused with the Armand Assante film of the same name, this movie is also known by its Japanese title: French Stewart's Rashomon 2.
The Simpsons: The Complete 12th Season
This was well after I stopped watching The Simpsons regularly, due to the fact that it was beginning to threaten my fond memories of earlier seasons, but one gets an indication of the quality of the stories contained herein by the fact that they've put the Comic Book Guy on the box cover. Worst season ever? Sadly, probably not.
The Last Starfighter: 25th Anniversary Edition
Has it been 25 years? Oh, wait -- of course it has. Man, there just aren't enough movies made about playing video games anymore.
Cracker: The Complete Series
Although SVU's Mariska Hargitay appears on the box art for this U.S. remake of the British detective show starring Robbie Coltrane, be warned -- she appears in exactly one episode out of the 16 in this set. Josh Hartnett, though? A whopping 13!
Inglorious Bastards 2: Hell Heroes
Okay, you knew that Quentin Tarantino's new movie shares a title (kinda) with an unconnected 1970s Italian war film. But did you know that movie had a sequel?
The Golden Boys
From IMDb: "A romantic comedy, set on Cape Cod in 1905, about three 70-year-old retired sea captains who try to lure an attractive middle-aged woman into marriage." Starring David Carradine, Rip Torn, Bruce Dern and Mariel Hemingway. I shall say no more.