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Latest USA DVD, Blu-Ray and HD DVD releases week commencing - 4th November 2008

Also see - release schedules 11th Nov, 18th Nov, 25th Nov

The top 3 DVD releases 4th November 2008

1. When Did You Last See Your Father?

Jim Broadbent and Colin Firth star in this magnificent drama as father and son who have allowed their relationship to drift, but with the fathers impending death lost of things get brought into sharp focus.

2. Flashbacks of a Fool

This film should have been massive. Starring Daniel Craig as a faded film star spiraling out of control who returns to England to confront his past. Great cast includes Keeley Hawes, Emilia Fox and Olivia Williams.

3. Budd Boetticher Box Set

Often disregarded as a most disposable (but arguably most popular) genre, the westerns as directed by Budd Boetticher tell some great stories. Collected here are some of his best including: Tall T, Decision at Sundown, Buchanan Rides Alone, Ride Lonesome and, Comanche Station.

The best of the rest of other DVD releases 4th November 2008


Buddhist lama Neten Chokling's directorial debutcapturing the 11th century Tibetan legend of Milarepa, the man who would become Tibet s greatest yogi and saint. A timeless story allied to some absolutely breathtaking scenery.


A superb film from Switzerland tracing tales of a group of women rebuilding their lives in Zurich after having fled their homes in the former Yugoslavia.

Little Fugitive

A landmark in American in dependant (as well as new wave) cinema, this extras laden DVD release is a fitting tribute to such the iconic Academy Award nominated classic from 1953.

What We Do Is Secret

The true-life story of Darby Crash who became an L.A. punk icon with his band The Germs.

The Gregory Peck Film Collection

Less iconic, but his list of amazing films that he starred in is pretty much unequalled. This collection includes: To Kill A Mocking Bird, Arabesque, Cape Fear, Mirage, The World In His Arms and Captain Newman M.D.

Star Wars Trilogy

A re-release with no extra features but different packaging (pity the poor collectors who must have everything). For the rest of us great films and cheaper now but only worth buying if you haven't already got them. Also available Star Wars Prequel Trilogy.

The top 3 Blu-ray releases 4th November 2008

1. Caligula

Commissioned by Penthouse publishing magnate Bob Guccione with an impressive budget and some considerable talent (Malcolm McDowell, Helen Mirren, John Gielgud, Peter O'Toole, director Tinto Brass, writer Gore Vidal ), the film was envisaged as being a legitimate attempt at making an epic of the life of the insane Roman emperor. As filming progressed Guccione increasingly interfered in its making and insisted on inserting some pretty much hardcore sequences into Brass' original cut. Despite all that there is a great film here.

2. A Christmas Story (Ultimate Collector's Edition)

The Christmas holidays movie of all time - see our top Holiday movie rundown. This ultimate edition includes: collectible retro Christmas cookie tin; strand of leg-lamp Christmas lights; 48-page cookbook with recipes inspired by the movie, photos and quotes from the movie; a red chef's apron with an A Christmas Story logo on it; 5 collectible cookie cutters "in iconic Christmas Story shapes" (a star, a house, a leg lamp, Ralphie in his bunny suit, and a Duck). The disc itself is packed with commentaries and extra features.

3. Planet of the Apes 40th Anniversary Collection

Superb features packed 5 disc edition (much of the content in HD), that makes this one of the very best of Blu-ray issues so far. Also includes the films Planet of The Apes, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Escape From the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Battle for the Planet of the Apes. Hefty price tag but for all those features it is a real bargain.

The best of the rest Blu-Ray releases 4th November 2008

Futurama : Benders Game

Latest (and the best so far) of Futurama's straight to DVD (or in this case Blu-ray) movies. A perfect antidote to the election - what great timing.

Kung Fu Panda

The larger than life cartoonish character of Jack Black transplanted to a larger than life cartoonish panda character. Simple. Another perfect antidote to the election.

Monster's Ball

A fateful plot with large twists of moral ambiguity - a perfect accompaniment to the elections - ok we'll stop now.

Get Smart

These big screen adaptations of TV classics are usually awful (Dukes Of Hazard / Miami Vice - yuk!), but superb casting of Steve Carell and a wonderfully ridiculous script means this one actually works. (Not as well as the series did though).


A superb thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat for the entire movie. A great cast including Emily Mortimer (a fabulously under-rated actress) and the very scary Ben Kingsley.


The top 3 TV releases (all formats) 4th November 2008

1. Primeval: The Complete Series 1 and 2

The UK's big budget rival to Doctor Who and it's spin-off. Obviously they are fighting a losing battle in that respect, but in all its over the topness a thoroughly enjoyable programme. Both series 1 and 2 are contained here.

2. Outer Limits Original Series Complete Box Set

A seven double sided disc 45th anniversary collection of this landmark TV series. Over 2,500 of nostalgic reminiscences.

3. Get Smart - The Complete Series Gift Set

25 discs containing all 138 episodes of the hilarious spy spoof TV series. All remastered, restored and made all lovely again. Get it and Get Smart - literally.


The best of the rest TV releases (all formats) 4th November 2008

Spin City: The Complete Season 1

Alongside Frasier, this is one of the funniest and smartest TV series in recent years. Michael J Fox is undeniably excellent in this.

JAG (Judge Advocate General) - Seasons 1-7

40 disc collection of JAG. We would point out that previous seasons are available to buy separately and that season 7 has just been released (happy now lawyer).

Foyle's War: Sets 1-5 Bundle

The excellent detective series set in England that straddles the entire years of WW2. Starring the superb Michael Kitchen as the enigmatic and solitary Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle.

Fraggle Rock: The Complete Series Collection

20 discs containing ever episode of the series that was not as good as The Muppet Show but much better than Sesame Street. Whatever happened to Sprocket?

The Howdy Doody Show - 40 Episode Collection

40 episode set of the most requested episodes plus loads of extras including: Photo memories book; interviews with Bob Keeshan, Eddie Kean, E. Roger Muir, Bob Smith; Howdy Doody's Historical and Interactive Timeline and gallery. This may have been classic kids TV, but was a nightmare for kids who were scared by puppets and clowns.