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MORIARTY'S DVD SHELF! We've Got Don Knotts Fever!

Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...

I don’t want to be long-winded about this upfront, so I’ll just welcome you to the first day of the new column and lay out my goals. First, I’d like to open up the dialogue about what’s good about this format, and about what could be better. My personal viewing habits have changed almost completely over the last year or so. I used to see at least three or four movies a week in the theater. Every week. Without fail. Now, I’m lucky if I see one thing every few weeks in the theater. I find that it takes a lot to motivate me to get out of the house, to take a break from work, or to give up quiet personal time. As a result, DVD has become so much more important to me. It’s how I see practically everything.

I find that a lot of my time online these days is given up to browsing and reading whatever DVD news and reviews there are. If you’re like me, you probably know a lot of the good sites by now, but it’s worth naming a few.

HOME THEATER FORUM, owned by Ronald Epstein, is a great discussion area for all things DVD related. They are an excellent resource for DVD reviews that emphasize both the content and the quality of the discs, and they do an excellent job of providing immediate feedback on their reviews, so readers can pipe up about technical issues they’ve encountered. Of course, there is The DVD Journal, where our own Mr. Beaks does some great work and where Alexandra DuPont publishes, as well. It’s a great overall site, with a really well-balanced mix of reviews and news. I love The Digital Bits, both because of their Daily Rumor column, and because of their upcoming DVD covers gallery, which is frequently updated. Great way to browse and decide what you want in the near future. Besides, you’ve got to love a website with a regular column by Robert A. Harris, the single best guy working in film restoration and archiving today.

There are others, definitely, and as we discuss DVDs and the coverage of them, I’m sure we’ll name quite a few of them here in this column. The point is, I don’t want anyone to think that I’m trying to set us up as any kind of end-all be-all coverage. It’s not going to happen.

Instead, this is personal coverage by one DVD collector looking to open the dialogue with other DVD collectors. Like all of the things that we cover on AICN, this column is born out of a completely personal motivation. This is what I’m thinking about these days... so why wouldn’t it be what I want to discuss with you guys?


As someone who’s been on the internet since 1995, I’m very set in my ways as a browser. I’m always looking for tidbits of information. Most DVD news is just releasing the specs for something that’s coming up soon. For example, I got a very passionate letter earlier today:


Link to the Alien DVD box setthat will rule all and actually SURPASS the LOTR discs in terms of quality and supplements. Moriarty, Harry, make sure to read past that list - you'll get some great info that you'd do well to pass on to the PERFECT audience for this stuff - your readers. If you guys can take time out of your day to shit all over Paul Anderson for Alien vs Predator and post god knows HOW many articles on how cool it'd be if Ridley returned to the saga, how come when Ridley, in a way, DOES return to the films, the site gives it a big fat ZILCH in terms of coverage?


Link to the trailer currently running in front of "The Order" and "Cabin Fever".

I know I've written an email about this before, but you guys can and should be giving this shit SOME play. At least Herc on the Coax side should be giving SOME lip to this DVD release, especially since Resurrection, Whedon's little addition to the mythos, is getting a re-working for set.

C'mon you guys, quit fucking around. Give these movies some coverage.

Well, part of the reason I’d been waiting to do anything about the ALIEN QUADRILOGY box is that none of the specs we’ve seen listed so far are complete. There’s one person I know who is involved with the project, and he’s been very, very tightlipped about it. All he has done so far is shoot down the various incomplete listings I’ve seen show up online with vague promises that “it’s much, much cooler than that.” It sounds like they’re going out of their way to put together something that will be the ultimate collector’s item for fans of the franchise. The thread I link to above is a great starting place for you if you want to get worked up about the set. Just realize that it’s very incomplete and they’re still working to figure out just what exactly will be on the discs. I’m just dying to hear the cast commentary for ALIENS. I have no idea who exactly they put together, but I bet it’s going to be a hell of a lot of fun to listen to. Now if only Fincher was actually involved with the whole thing...

Over at DVD File, they’ve got some updates about new titles. Pisses me off to read about a double (or does this make triple?) dipped THE DARK CRYSTAL coming out. I don’t really want to drop another $50 on the film. I see that BATTLE OF SHAKER HEIGHTS is set for December 9th. That was fast. I watched every episode of PROJECT GREENLIGHT this year, but didn’t make it to the theater for the film. Should I feel guilty?

I’m excited about Fantoma Films and their plans to release some of the American Zoetrope titles that aren’t already out. Their first release, ONE FROM THE HEART, sounds like it’s going to be a heck of a package. And the news about the release on November 18th of A TALE OF TWO JOHNS is a real pleasure. They Might Be Giants fans, get ready if you weren’t lucky enough to see this one in a theater. It’s a charmer, and it’s packed with great music and great interviews. Sounds like the disc is going to be something special, too.

Over on DVD Review, they’ve got an angry editorial under the “Smell The Coffee” byline that tackles the issue of Universal, a company plagued by some of the worst ongoing mistakes and technical cock-ups in the marketplace right now. They treat their titles poorly, and they have frequently put out substandard discs, even for high-profile releases. With the company facing some fairly major restructuring, my hope is that they’re about to be forced to get their shit together. For now, though, I think that editorial is exactly on-target.


The last couple of weeks, we’ve been watching a pretty odd mix of stuff here at the Labs. Just to give you some idea of the range of stuff I’d like to talk about, let’s tiptoe back through the stack and see what’s been in play.

For a solid week, we started every day with one of the recent batch of Don Knotts films that Universal has released. There aren’t really any extras to speak of, and that’s a shame. I would have loved to have heard actual commentaries from Knotts himself. I have been a lifelong fan of the guy’s work, and as silly and formulaic as they are, I really enjoyed revisiting THE RELUCTANT ASTRONAUT, THE SHAKIEST GUN IN THE WEST, THE GHOST AND MR. CHICKEN, HOW TO FRAME A FIGG, and THE LOVE GOD?, my personal fave of the bunch. The sound and picture on the discs is actually quite good, and two out of the five anamorphic transfers are in full 2.35:1. I found all five of the discs for under $10, so if you’re interested, a little smart shopping should fill in your collection quite nicely.

Another current daily ritual is watching one episode every afternoon from the recently released ALIAS: SEASON ONE box set. I reviewed the pilot way back when on AICN, but the actual scheduling of the show kept me from watching it once it got underway. The trend of releasing TV shows on DVD has meant that I am able to catch up on shows that I wanted to see but never did, and it’s even gotten me to take a chance on some things. With ALIAS, they’re perfect to watch this way, one per day. The cliffhangers from episode to episode make it a lot of fun, and having them all here makes the wait bearable. I know many people (including JJ Abrams) think I have a problem with him because of my SUPERMAN script review, but it’s simply not true. I judged that as a single piece of work, and based on the fun I’ve been having so far (we just watched episode eight, “Time Will Tell,” on Saturday), ALIAS is something very different. It’s his world, his mythology. He’s not reinterpreting someone else’s creation. This is his. Jennifer Garner is a great lead, and the supporting cast is perfectly chosen. As far as the DVDs themselves, the sound and picture quality is exceptional, among the best I’ve seen from a TV show being pressed to disc.

It was totally different with Seth McFarlane’s FAMILY GUY, a show I missed by design when it was on the air. I saw the first few episodes and didn’t like it. I thought the designs were ugly and the writing was obvious. The show managed to pick up a devoted cult during its spotty run on Fox, though, and people kept telling me to give it another chance. When the first box set was released with Seasons One and Two, I picked it up, and I have to admit... when the show works, it can be insanely funny. I don’t think it was consistently great, but as anyone who is enjoying the Fox release of THE SIMPSONS, season by season, can tell you, that show didn’t hit its stride until Season Three. When I got the new Season Three box for FAMILY GUY this past week, I watched one full disc per night, and devouring them fast like that, I think it’s clear that FAMILY GUY was also just starting to solidify its voice, and was about to get great. The commentary tracks with McFarlane and others from the show are a shock if only because I’m not used to hearing people swear on commentaries. There’s a sort of unspoken rule that commentary tracks are clean. Maybe I’m just conditioned from working my way through all of the excellent commentaries on the SIMPSONS and FUTURAMA boxes. At any rate, McFarlane is not one to curb his tongue, and Fox ended up slapping an extra warning on the front of the discs thanks to his liberal usage of the word “fuck.” The never-aired “When You Wish Upon A Weinstein” is probably the best of this set’s special features, and it seems ridiculous to have not aired the show. There’s nothing in that one episode that is any more offensive or shocking than the general content of the series. It’s certainly not a program for those who are easily upset by jokes, and it’s not as scathing or political as SOUTH PARK at its best, but for anyone who enjoys good ol’ fashioned dirty pop culture satire, FAMILY GUY manages to deliver the goods. Sound and picture is uniformly good throughout the entire set.

A lot of the films I bring home, I missed when they played in the theater. BULLETPROOF MONK and THE CORE are both good examples. I didn’t see either one earlier this year, and I picked them up used. That’s the price of myself and a date at the theater, so I don’t think it’s too big a deal to pick something up and give it a chance that way. I can always trade it later if I hate it, and if I like it, it’s there on the shelf. I gave up on rentals altogether a while ago, and have been much happier as a consumer ever since. The only reason I ever set foot in my local Blockbuster is because you can find some great deals on used titles there. We watched THE CORE one day, BULLETPROOF MONK the next, and in both cases, I feel like I got suckerpunched. THE CORE is awful in a way that almost has to be seen to be believed. I kept thinking back to Aaron Eckhart’s proud announcement that his performance in the film was dedicated to all the brave firefighters who died on 9/11 and wondering if their families had called Eckhart to ask him to reconsider. I like him as an actor, but he’s hilariously bad in several places in this film. The death scenes of at least three of the major characters had me laughing out loud, never a good sign. And most amazingly, the special effects, which should have been the one thing the movie got right no matter what, are anything but special. It’s a horribly designed film, visually confusing and dramatically inert. As my co-writer said at the one hour mark, “Jesus, you mean they’re going to be in trapped in their seats for the rest of the movie?” At least THE CORE is funny, though. BULLETPROOF MONK is one of those bad films that just bores. I felt bad for the cast, stranded by Paul Hunter’s miserable direction. Put him down in the column with Tarsem and Hype Williams, music video directors who can’t manage a feature film. From scene to scene, or from moment to moment, there’s no sense of storytelling. Hunter never once engages the viewer. MGM does a really nice job of putting together a special edition package for the film, and I like the inclusion of a writer’s commentary for obvious reasons. I’ve noticed this on a number of recent films (BASIC and TEARS OF THE SUN spring to mind), and I hope it’s a trend that continues just long enough for me to drive my most ardent detractors insane at least once with my Mountain Dew and ego-fuelled rant about why MORTAL KOMBAT 3 is better than CITIZEN fucking KANE. Ahem. I give credit to MGM for putting together a great package, but when the movie’s a total stiff like BULLETPROOF MONK, it hardly seems worth the effort.

Blue Underground is a fairly new label that was started by Bill Lustig, formerly of Anchor Bay, and so far, they’ve put together at least two great discs. The Larry Cohen films Q THE WINGED SERPENT and GOD TOLD ME TO! are classic ‘70s low-budget horror. Cohen frequently worked with no money, so he was forced to be a good writer in order to make his films interesting. His work on these two in particular reminds me of the work John Sayles did on ALLIGATOR and THE HOWLING. Solid, smart, character driven genre work. Q benefits greatly from the work of Michael Moriarty, Richard Roundtree, David Carradine, and the rest of the cast, and GOD TOLD ME TO features one of the most inventive plot twists I can remember, as well as some great near-documentary footage of a shooting during a St. Patrick’s Day parade that was shot completely without permits. I haven’t listened to these audio commentaries yet, but I plan to. Each film features a track with Cohen, making them well worth picking up for his fans. The print quality is about as good as can be expected in each case, and Blue Underground’s done a good job of trying to spruce them up for these new releases.

One of the things I love about DVD is finally having great prints of certain films so I can introduce people to these movies. Some friends of ours just moved to town from Austin, and they were here the other night to see a movie. We ended up putting on PAPER MOON, which Paramount just released along with TARGETS, another Bogdanovich gem. Again, I found these titles for less that $10 each, and would recommend both if only for the exceptional transfers. PAPER MOON is one of my favorite modern black and white films, and it looks beautiful here. Anyone who enjoyed MATCHSTICK MEN this weekend who hasn’t seen PAPER MOON owes it to themselves to see this movie. I find that age hasn’t dulled the film’s comic edge one bit. Tatum O’Neal is still one of the greatest child actors to have ever carried a film, and Ryan O’Neal is hilarious trying to deal with her. There’s something intoxicating about a film this simple, and the script by Alvin Sargent is packed with great dialogue. At one point, Mose barks at the little girl, “You know what scruples are?” Without missing a beat, she shoots back, “No, but if you got ‘em, chances are they’re someone else’s.” This is a great, conversational commentary track, and Bogdanovich strikes me as one of the guys who really understands and enjoys the potential of this format. After all, he has worked to preserve the stories of the filmmakers who came before him, and at its best, DVD offers a way for us to archive everything about these movies we love. Not just the films themselves, but the stories of how they got made.

I also just picked up INTO THE NIGHT, and it’s a little disappointing. When I pick on Universal, it’s because of how half-hearted their catalog releases seem to be. The transfer here is okay, but nothing special, and there is nothing that could even be mistaken as an extra feature on this disc. I’ve always been a fan of the film, and there are any number of things that could have been done. What about a list of all the great cameos in the movie and a visual guide pointing them out? What about a commentary by Landis? How about not throwing these titles out there and treating them like you hate them, Universal? I won’t even get into the way you just shat all over MORE AMERICAN GRAFITTI, an oft-maligned and deeply misunderstood movie. I’m just grateful I have a copy of it, no matter how mishandled I think the release was.

Lions Gate just released STEVIE on disc this past week, and for anyone who is a fan of documentaries, I want you to find this movie. It makes CRUMB look like a POLICE ACADEMY film in terms of tone, but despite being incredibly depressing and difficult, it feels worthwhile. Essential, even. Steve James was one half of the team who made HOOP DREAMS, and in some ways, this film feels like a direct answer to that one. HOOP DREAMS was about hope. HOOP DREAMS was about promise, and the future, and how someone can change their own life through sheer force of will. STEVIE is about neglect and failure and a downward spiral that is almost pre-ordained. It’s about regret on the part of someone who could have helped but didn’t. It is engrossing and human and enormously powerful. Like this year’s CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS, this film deals with a central character who may have done something horrible. We’re never told how to feel about Stevie. Even the filmmaker feels deeply conflicted. See, Stevie was his Little Brother. They’re not related... James was part of the mentoring program many years ago and actually Big Brothered Stevie for a while. A troubled, abused kid, Stevie was a part of James’s life for a few years, and then he moved away and left the kid behind. Ten years later, he returns with his camera to see what Stevie’s life has become. This rekindles a complicated relationship that plays out over the next two and half hours with an almost novelistic amount of detail and subtext. It’s a great movie, a real reminder of just how powerful the documentary can be when it draws us into someone’s real life without artifice or pretense to get in the way. You will be worn raw by the film, but it’s worth the ride.


Hats off to Palm Pictures for finally doing what someone has needed to do for a very long time.

See, I love music videos. Not all of them, of course. So much of what gets dumped onto the airwaves is just the same old crap, again and again. But when someone makes a great video, it’s not like anything else. They can be experimental or silly or powerful or hallucinatory, or all those things at once. Great video directors are not automatically great feature-length filmmakers. They’re different skills. I’ve always wanted someone to collect music videos by director, not by band, and now, thanks to the work of Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham, and Michel Gondry, that’s finally happened. The three of them got together to start The Director’s Label, and in the coming months, each of them will issue a DVD of their work.

First up is Spike, and it’s a hell of a way to kick the series off. I was sent two test discs, but I think when it’s finally released, it will be a double-sided single disc. On side A, you’ll find 15 of Spike’s videos, along with commentary on each and every one. People like Fatboy Slim, Weezer, The Pharcyde, Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers, Bjork, Christopher Walken, and Puffy all show up to discuss visionary clips like “Drop,” “Cannonball,” Da Funk,” “Elektrobank” “Undone,” “Praise You,” and “Weapon Of Choice.” Watching this disc, you get a sense of just how influential Jonze has been with his work. There’s a sense of wit and absurdism to these clips that sets him apart from almost anyone else who gets regular MTV play. I was amazed to realize that the astounding video for “California” by Wax (which is pictured on the DVD’s cover) was shot on my street, less than a block from my house. If the commentaries don’t answer all your questions, then there’s a great book that comes with the DVD that is basically a 52 page interview with Spike illustrated with his drawings and photographs. Great, insightful stuff.

The second side was the real surprise for me, since I hadn’t really seen any of the material included. Two short films featuring Mark Gonzales kick the material off, and the first one, “How They Get There,” is laugh-out-loud funny. “The Oasis Video That Never Happened” is simple, but effective, a collection of interview footage with people on the street in England describing their own personal visions for an Oasis video. There’s a tape that was shot as a sort of warm-up for the justifiably-overplayed “Praise You,” in which “Richard Koufey” dances on the street to an earlier Fatboy Slim track, “Rockafella Skank.” And if you don’t get enough of Richard Koufey or the Torrance Community Dance Group from that, then there’s a documentary called “Torrance Rises” that traces their preparations to perform at the MTV Music Video Awards that is played completely deadpan. What blows me away is how many people never fully understood the joke. Even at the actual awards show, people seem to accept that Koufey is a real person and that the Torrance Community Dance Group is real. You gotta credit Spike for never once breaking character. He was excellent as an actor in THREE KINGS, but I think he’s better here. He almost seems to believe it himself as he goes through the process of choreographing and staging his award show number. There are two more documentaries included as well, and they’re both great. “What’s Up Fatlip?” traces the career path of Fatlip, a member of the Pharcyde, as he embarks on a solo career. Someone needs to put this guy in movies. He’s amazingly funny, and he is convincing, too. The documentary starts with him evidently homeless and drunk, exposing himself to people on the street. At first, I thought this was going to be a sort of BEHIND THE MUSIC-esque glimpse at a guy who fell apart after leaving a band, but it turns out he and Spike are just fooling around to see how people will react. I totally understand how Spike was involved in JACKASS now, having watched this disc. He seems to love playing conceptual jokes on people, and Fatlip is a willing collaborator. The last documentary on the disc is “Amarillo By Morning,” about a group of kids who want to be professional rodeo riders. It’s just a day in the life, something that sort of happened by accident when Spike met them while shooting something else. Like all great documentarians, Spike refuses to talk down to the people he’s filming. There is enormous sympathy built into the way he portrays these kids who are resolutely outside the mainstream, and who don’t care at all. It’s a sweet, poignant film, further proof of his great range as a storyteller.

There are previews on the disc for the upcoming collections for both Cunningham and Gondry, and anyone who knows their work knows that these are going to be amazing collections as well. The sound and picture on this release is exceptional, and I give this my highest recommendation. It’s a must-have for any collection, and the sort of disc that has tremendous replay value. Pick it up when it hits stores later this month.

So it’s off to bed now. First column down. I want your feedback here. This is for you as much as it’s for me. Tell me what you want. Tell me what sort of coverage you want. Tell me what you like. One of the things I’m going to do, and that I’ve been working on for the last two weeks or so, is compile my full collection as a page on DVD Aficionado. I know a lot of people also use DVD Profiler or Guzzlefish, but so far, I like DVDAficionado the best. If you feel differently, tell me why, but in the meantime, I’ll keep plugging to get the list some time in the next week or so.

In the meantime, here’s today’s question for discussion: what was your first DVD purchased, and why? I’ll be back with my answer tomorrow. Until then...

"Moriarty" out.

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  • Sept. 15, 2003, 7:26 a.m. CST

    My first dvd ever was FIGHT CLUB.

    by thx777b

    FIGHT CLUB was my first dvd. I got it early 2000. Its probably the disc that lunched the two-disc thingy and you can see why by the first time you put the second disc in your player. Oh AND POSTHUMANS is cooooooming soon.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 7:28 a.m. CST

    First dvd purchased..

    by RobinP

    ..was on the same day, in the same store I bought my player last November, it was the anniversary release of E.T. because I wanted the first disc I ever watched to be a Spielberg movie. Simple as that.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 7:35 a.m. CST


    by TheFoywonder

    And didn't I warn you and everyone else about BULLETPROOF MONK, Moriarty?

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 7:37 a.m. CST


    by Salamander

    Mine was ghostbusters the original and i loved the way the main screen had a walking marshmellow man which kindsa added to the experiance when people take timeout for graphics like this or the intro to T2 etc.. its a bit like when you look at a chapter list and you see still pictures then on another one you'll see moving chapter lists which makes a world of difference when looking for a scene or just for the mere presentation - which i agree paramount are usually (the old discs) have been crap and lacking majorly in extras! (haven't bought one in a while so maybe they have changed) one thing i'd like to see htough on your page would be the differenc between region 1 & 2 as both regions differ in a few cases with different extras or lack of in one set compared to another sometimes even the presentations are different. - i won't start on the buffy type box sets which come out on region 2 first ! okas i just did!

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 7:45 a.m. CST

    My first DVD was Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    by FrankCobretti

    I still watch it from time to time.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 8:15 a.m. CST

    My first DVDs were Aliens and Iron Monkey

    by JimmyRabbit

    BTW just bought the Final Destination 2 DVD and who did I see: DREW FUCKIN'MCWEENY; so that's his real name??: hahahhahhahahhaha, and damn I always thougt he would look exactly like his drawn pic ;)

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 8:27 a.m. CST

    First DVD purchased was The Matrix

    by dastickboy

    For technical reasons mainly - I'd just bought a DVD drive for my PC and found some multi-region software, the format itself was still young, so much so that no real blockbusters had discs specifically developed to make the most of the capacity. The movie had just finished playing the UK and had blown my head into orbit as well as my friends, so I had bragging rights via my region 1 disc. The content is fantastic, I still think the film is fantastic and whatever people think of Reloaded (bizarre sequel to make, let's hope the third is a helluva payoff) I still love the first movie.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 8:39 a.m. CST

    An American Werewolf in London

    by KID AB

    Jenny Agutter in that nurse's outfit. GRRRR!!!! BTW wasn't she a nurse in a cameo in Darkman by Sam Raimi. I thought i saw her in it.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 8:42 a.m. CST


    by ghekkomanic

    ... from the criterion collection. And yes - it was the promise of more gore that drew me to it. Let's hope we get a director's cut of Starship Troopers with the footage Verhoeven had to cut for the MPAA before he could release it. They had 2 chances to do it before but I guess they couldn't be bothered.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 8:42 a.m. CST

    First DVD

    by Delete Me

    My first DVD was Citizen Kane, the old crappy UK region 2 edition. Yeah, we had some good times together. Had to put her down though when the region 1 SE came out.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 8:49 a.m. CST

    First DVD I bought was SNATCH cuz I had just bought the player a

    by Tall_Boy

    BTW, does anyone wanna buy one of the first ALIEN DVD sets off of me? I bought the DVDs piece by piece then I got SCREWED with this new set -- but goddammit, I need an ultra-special edition of ALIENS dammit!!!! Oh yeah and I also hated FAMILY GUY when it first aired but seriously that show RULES!

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 9:14 a.m. CST

    A rant about releases...then RE-releases

    by bdowns3

    Moriarty, your coverage here of the upcoming Alien quadrilogy release reminds me of one of my strongest rants about the DVD market: re-releases of previously released material. See, I already HAVE the Alien quadrilogy! Not the version you're talking about, but the one that came out a while back: all four on DVD, with commentaries. So I'm thinking, yeah, this is it! And I drop the cash on it. comes another set, so what, I'm going to pay for these movies AGAIN??? I just wish they'd come out with complete sets in the first place and quit making my life difficult (and more expensive)! :) OK, rant over... Bill

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Se7en and Buffy... peas and carrots...

    by Latauro

    Yeah, I picked up the Se7en special edition and season three of Buffy. Was very cool. I was so excited that I had a Buffy episode with a commentary track, I didn't listen to a word the poor bastard said. I've calmed down since then.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 9:22 a.m. CST

    My first DVD was King Of New York

    by AngryNortherner

    Not sure why everyone's posting this info, but I think I'd join in, since I've got nothing better to do.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 9:24 a.m. CST

    foist dvd

    by Wonderboy3678

    ...that i bought was The Rock. I didn't even have a DVD player. My friend did though, and we basked in the glow of VX for those brief hours. Twas glorious. ...the first dvd i ever watched was the Fifth Element. Small dorm room in Boston, MA. crazy good surround sound, Diva Plavaalaguna sounded like she was in the next room....baddass

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 9:26 a.m. CST

    my first dvd

    by moviebuff4life

    The first DVD I bought was the original issued Die Hard Trilogy, and I still watch them over and over again.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Sopranos Season 1 box set...

    by MoratGurgeh

    somehow I missed the first season, after seeing the entire 2nd series and hangng out for the third, and really really hoping they would re-run the first I noticed it on sale whilst on holidays...(didn't actually own a DVD player at the time) ended up watching all 6 discs back to back, what a perfect way to catch up!!.... although tempted I haven't felt the need to buy the other seasons as yet....

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 9:34 a.m. CST


    by moviebuff4life

    I agree that those who buy the rereleases are the suckers. I refuse to do it, with the exception of the LOTR trilogy, I'm more than happy watching the original releases. I have close to 600 DVDs and can honestly say that I have no rereleases other than the LOTR's. The studios get enough of my money, and I'm not willingly going to give them anymore.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 9:45 a.m. CST

    my first dvd

    by KneelBeforeZod

    My first DVD? 2001: A Space Odyssey

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 9:54 a.m. CST

    My first DVD purchase was the critically acclaimed Bruce Willis

    by Terry_1978

    Yes, that was sarcasm. And is it true that old Seth plans on creating more Family Guy episodes and is creating a FG movie as well? "The South? Isn't that the place where all the black guys are really lazy but the white guys are just as lazy but they're pissed at the black guys for being lazy?" - Peter Griffin

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Can anyone tell me why Family Guy was cancelled.

    by Steal_Dragon

    It was nearly as funny as the Simpsons.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 10:03 a.m. CST

    First DVD was "The Matrix"

    by Kage

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 10:25 a.m. CST

    April '98: Purchase a DVD player and two titles to go with it...

    by Osmosis Jones

    Bound and Dante's Peak (hey, it's better than Volcano...). I still have the former. As for double-dipping, it's worth it for flat-out awesome reissues like X-Men 1.5 and Black Hawk Down. You DO all know that you can sell off your older titles, right?

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 10:32 a.m. CST

    I couldn't tell you...

    by Death Machine

    ...what my first DVD movie was. Been too long and too many since. I can tell you what my next one will be, though: the Special Edition of Mel Brooks' "The Producers" because friggin' Moriarty never sent me my copy for being one of the five winners of his contest last year! You guys remember that, right? It was really only a few DVD Shelf columns ago (apparently Moriarty's been busy lately). Did any of you other winners get your DVDs? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 10:48 a.m. CST

    My first DVD was Terminator 2 SE...

    by Moonwatcher

    back in the fall of 2000. What a way to be introduced to video discs - pretty cool of Cameron to design the special features around the robot factory. And yes, I wish we could be satisfied with just ONE special edition and leave it at that.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Funny that Mori praises thedigitalbits considering that they kno

    by Toby O Notoby

    Oh yeah, an my first two (bought at the same time) were Office Space and Ronin. I've probably seen them both more than anything else in my collection. As for The Matrix, it is the Brothers In Arms of the DVD world. (You talkbackers around 30 will know what I'm talking about.)

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 11:11 a.m. CST

    DVD subjects

    by Mumbleboy

    Firstly, my initial disk was Blade. The first one. I was so psyched about finally having a great R-rated comic book adaptation, with vampires, kung-fu, and gore. Who could guess that the sequel would be so much better. DEL TORO. Anyhow, I have a multi-region player and I am always on the lookout for great, unknown releases. I need to know what's out there and where to order it. I just ordered Ong-Bak online. No subtitles, but who needs to know the reasons behind the ass-kickings. My 2 favorite foreign disks, Ichi the Killer and Vidocq. Check em out.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 11:21 a.m. CST

    by Acne Scarface

    as 4 another music video director i'd like to see a collection from, how about mark romanek? i especially like his videos of sonic youth's little trouble girl, nine inch nail's perfect drug, and johnny cash's hurt, et al. other dvd releases i would like 2 see: an oblongs collection (that short-lived wb animated series with will ferell that extracted more laughs than family guy ever did from me), an anamorphic widescreen version of the transformers movie. 4 those who have all-region players, has recently listed two movies on sale that aicn has been doing converage on recently: the korean anime wonderful days & the japanese flick twilight samurai perhaps someone can submit reviews of both.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Spike Tv

    by Bulldish

    Spike needs to stop making new Ren & Stimpy cartoons and start making new Family Guy's

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 11:38 a.m. CST


    by TechnoMage30

    I actually purchased three DVDs from Amazon as my first DVD purchases... They were The Negotiator, Fantasia Anthology, and The Fugitive. Others have come in slowly... A Few Good Men, Mary poppins, and of course the extended cut of LOTR:FOTR... I'm sure that many many more will be added to my collection eventually... I think that one of my favorite aspects of the DVD format is that it won't wear out. Unlike VHS tapes, a DVD copy is almost preserved forever (barring things like scratching the surface of the disc and things like that...)

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 11:40 a.m. CST

    First DVD

    by SeanMiller

    My first DVD was Abyss: Special Edition. The director's cut with an additional 45 minutes is really an exceptional film. That movie would have made millions if they kept that title wave in the movie and put it in all the trailers. However, the original theatrical trailer for the movie is quite amazing in itself. Does anybody remember the trailer? It starts out with somebody's handheld camera focusing in on James Cameron putting on the scuba gear. Anyways, go watch the trailer... And to all you haters on this site that watch a movie ans see only hate and fear, "You have to look with better eyes than that."

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 11:49 a.m. CST

    on dvd vs theater viewing

    by Acne Scarface

    despite the fact that replicating the big screen experience in theaters is nearly impossible 2 do at home, at least for me, i still prefer watching dvd incarnations of films. even matinee prices no longer draw me when i could spend less on an eventual rental or purchase of the movie on disc (it's been my experience that getting matinee tickets also leads 2 theaters only using the 2 front speakers for sound instead of the whole system). in addition, i can set my own start/stop times.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 11:52 a.m. CST

    careful what you say in the fruit farm

    by ChickenGeorgeVII

    Don Knotts is the head of the jelly mafia....right?...And thus, I asked! - - - George, The 7th Chicken!!!!

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 12:04 p.m. CST

    FIRST!!!!! (dvd)

    by ChickenGeorgeVII

    My first DVD was "LOCKDOWN: BAD GIRLS GONE BAD 2" was used and in the clearance bin...a little sticky but it didn't skip over the good parts....also...i discovered that K-Y is very good for removing some unknown dried eggwhites that previous owners may leave on a DVD.....And thus, I have spoken! - - - George, The 7th Chicken!!!!

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 12:11 p.m. CST

    What about 24 Season 2?

    by Flaparoo

    24 is easily the best show on TV right now, and even better on DVD. Also, I bet that The Matrix was probably more people's first DVD than any other movie.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 12:14 p.m. CST

    My first DVDs

    by Human Tornado

    My firs disks were Pulp Fiction and Contact (both of wich I love dearly), back in the days when it was cheaper to import from the US than buy it at home.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 12:23 p.m. CST

    First DVD?

    by rev_skarekroe

    "DVD Space Spectacular"! Actually, I got that free at the radio station I worked at at the time. Didn't even have a player. Later, my parents gave me "Godzilla vs. Mothra" along with a DVD player for my birthday. But the first one I purchased? Hm... Have to be either "The Matrix" or "Ravenous". I can't remember. sk

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 12:23 p.m. CST

    TV shows on DVD

    by moviebuff4life

    Within the last year and a half, I have bought various seasons on DVD (24, Alias, CSI, and Dead Zone to name a few). I love the quality of the shows, and thoroughly enjoy now having to watch commercials. I do, however, have a problem with the fact that at the beginning of each episode that have to go through the entire opening sequences. I understand that at the end they do it to give credit to any writers or whatever, but why show the opening each and every time???

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 12:42 p.m. CST

    My first disks

    by Ivan Alexeev

    The first ones I bought were Eyes Wide Shut (purple cover) and Saving Private Ryan (Dolby). Now that I have a home theatre, I wish that I'd gotten the DTS version. The first that I wanted to buy was the Criterion Spinal Tap, but it was sold out months before I even bought a DVD player. Three and a half years later I still don't have it.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 12:59 p.m. CST

    DARK CITY was my first....

    by unwell_arena

    Having recently seen the chopped VHS copy, I had to see the full print. And it had an Ebert commentary to boot!

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Drew, wait till you get your hands on the second season of Alias

    by Blacket-Man

    I love the fact that this show takes place in its own universe and does not feel a need to make anything relative to our world. It's escapism (is that a word?) at it's best.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 1:31 p.m. CST

    First DVD I purchased...

    by TempusFugitive

    I believe it was "Forbidden Planet". I was a fairly early convert to the DVD scene, and that was one of the few movies available in the beginning that I KNEW I needed to own. Of course, now I have a 300 DVD jukebox 3/4 full of discs I'll never watch again. Clearly, I need help.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 1:35 p.m. CST

    My first DVD was also Ghostbusters.

    by Cap'n Chaos!

    It was my first VHS tape when I was a kid, as well. It was quickly followed by Mallrats, The Matrix, the Army of Darkness 2 Disc set and the Critereon Rushmore disc. As you can see, I was lucky enough to buy some of the best stuff right out of the gate. But yeah, DVD is great. First, you usually get original aspect ration. Second, the picture and sound are often better than my local theater that doesn't give a shit about presentation. Third, it's the best way to watch a TV show (I think I have more TV Discs than movie discs now) and you can change language and subtitle options at the push of a button, which is the best way to watch anime. No longer do you have to choose between subbed and dubbed! Long live the disc.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 1:38 p.m. CST


    by Laza-rus

    Had just gotten a PC equipped with a DVD-ROM and I was eager to see what these new-fangled DVDs were all about. I loved Blade in the theatre and I figured it was a good a start as any. Had a very large VHS collection of movies, so I wasn't very interested in switching formats. Didn't think DVDs would stick around too long. But it's five years later and I'm still watching my collection of 200+ DVDs grow.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 1:45 p.m. CST

    My first DVD purchased:

    by JonQuixote

    I picked up 3 I bought my machine. AS GOOD AS IT GETS, STARSHIP TROOPERS, & LA CONFIDENTIAL. The layout and menus of LA CONFIDENTIAL just blew-me away - I was hooked & I never looked back.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 1:47 p.m. CST

    to many dvds

    by moviebuff4life

    Tempus, I feel your pain (if that's what you want to call it). My wife made me (or so she thought) limit myself to 3-4 dvds a week. I use to keep them on the racks, but the racks over took my she (good old wife) built me shelving into my back basement walls (7'high X 10'long). I now have room for about 4500 movies...I should fill that soon.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 1:55 p.m. CST

    My first DVD was Independence Day: 5-Star Collection

    by XTheCrovvX

    Despite all its flaws, I still think the movie is fun as hell, and quite frankly, the DVD is still one of the best sets in my collection, in terms of presentation and extras. It was followed by T2: Ultimate Edition(the one with the metal case), Fight Club, and, of course, The Matrix (btw, i hate to follow in the footsteps of the asshole who was trolling the TBs, posting links to the commercials this weekend....but goddamn Revolutions is looking awesome)

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Here in the UK

    by Jedibobster

    Still waiting for The Last Starfighter, Drunken Master 2, Superman 3 and Glengarry Glen Ross with decent extras.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 2:06 p.m. CST

    magnum force

    by mag7man

    First dvd owned was 'Magnum Force'. I won it off a radio station before I owned a dvd player. Family Guy rules. Better than Simpsons at it's best. Great column!

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Awesome! PLEASE keep this a regular column.

    by Jaka

    PLEEEAAASE!! I love coming to AICN - and I clearly read you statement that you are not trying to create a be-all end-all column on DVD's - but I really don't like to go to other movie entertainment sites. So PLEASE keep this one as a reguler feature - even if all it does is point us to other sites.*******Great column though! I just realized recently that I am purchasing DVD's at a MUCH higher rate than I ever purchased CD's. Have to stack them on the floor because they have taken over the CD shelf. I also COMPLETELY relate to your not going to the theater as much - although for different reasons. For me it's all about the cost. I live in an area where there are NUMEROUS indie stores that sell new DVD's below suggested retail - not to mention Wal-Marts, Targets and Best Buys. I have discovered that it is less expensive to buy a new DVD than it is for 2 people to go to the theater (tickets and snacks). I still go to the theater for things I know I will like or that are highly recommended - but otherwise I wait for the DVD. You can have friends over, drink beer and eat food (not to mention smoking a phatty - if that's your thing), utilize the pause, rewind and zoom features - and not have to deal with parking and asshole people. The reason I think this has become such a popular alternative so quickly is that DVD's didn't come into the market place at 2 times the cost of a VHS tape - like CD's did (if they did - I missed it). Plus - so many cool things are released to DVD that were never available on VHS (old movies, cult films, entire TV seasons of our favorite shows).******* WAY COOL NEWS ON THE SPIKE JONZE DVD!!! BUT EVEN COOLER NEWS ON THE CHRIS CUNNINGHAM DVD!!!! His Bjork and Aphex Twin videos are just stunning. Plus - he did a museum video exhibit in the UK with AT that has not seen commercial release yet. I am SOOOOOO hoping that they will include that on his DVD release. pleasepleasepleasepleasepleas

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah - about Universal.

    by Jaka

    The new Prince DVD (Live at the Aladdin in Las Vegas) was released through a distribution deal with Universal. I don't know who manufactured the disc and oversaw the production (I know it was filmed by friends on 4 DV cameras - and I'm sure Prince had final say on the songs included) but one of the most voiced complaints is about the quality of the picture (second only to the length - 80 minutes of a 3 plus hour concert). I did not previously know about any complaints with Universal DVDs - but I am left wondering if less than top notch manufacturing work on their part is the problem with this title.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 3:17 p.m. CST

    My first DVD was Dark City

    by eternal76

    It was in the early beginning of this whole DVD DIVX ordeal, which would emerge the victor. My buddy bought a DVD player and because I drug his ass to the theater to watch the movie, Dark City was the flick he bought. He continued to rant and rave at the picture quality. I didn't bother to listen until I came over his house. He sat me down, and showed me. And to quote Abe Lincoln's last words, "Holy Shit!" I couldn't believe what I was staring at, I mean mind you, I came from watching my (at that point massive) VHS collection, and I just didn't believe my eyes, the clarity, the quality, the fucking sound. The next day, I dropped 400 bucks on a Toshiba dual DVD player (feel like a moron now buying it, don't even have the fucker anymore). And near $30 for Dark City. Obviously DVD's have gotten better, and that magic feeling that I got when I first saw the format has worn off (kind of the same when you see a young child anally raping a Catholic priest). But the memory remains.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 3:24 p.m. CST

    The Blues Brothers Special Edition

    by Warwick Davis Jr

    That and Silence of the Lambs Criterion. Waaaaaaaay back in 1998. The early days. When the cheapest DVD player was $400. Back then I thought deleted scenes and commentaries were a gift from God. Man, how I've grown to take those for granted.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Boogie Nights

    by Pr_Frink

    That was the first DVD I bought. I don't know why, actually. I love the movie and it was the first one i saw at the store that I really liked so I bought it.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 3:33 p.m. CST

    My first DVD was The Devils Advocate.

    by Clockwork Taxi

    It's a great film... Plus, I got my DVD player right when it came out...this was early 98.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 3:44 p.m. CST

    A DVD that absolutely HAS to happen someday...

    by earthworm_

    ...The Thin Red Line Redux. Just watched it again last week and it's still in my top 10 (along with about 40 others.) But knowing how much stuff got left on the cutting room floor (and how many characters; Martin Sheen, Mickey Rourke and Viggo amongst others.) I just hope I don't have to wait 20 years for it...

  • What's interesting about that is that I didn't even own a dvd player, nor would I for another four months. I just had a gift certificate to Wal-Mart (I know, ugh) that I had to burn, so what the hell. I figured it would motivate me to get a dvd player. What's weird is that it actually put the dvd player purchase off another three months, because just holding THE MATRIX dvd in my hands was cool. I had to have more. So I went and bought the Alien Legacy box the next day (will gladly allow myself to be double-dipped when the Alien Quadrilogy box comes out. That fucker is going to be the best thing ever made). Then I went and bought Go, The Iron Giant, and Rattle & Hum. By the time I actually OWNED a dvd player, I had added Three Kings, Hard Boiled (Criterion), and Rushmore (Criterion) to my collection. That Rushmore disc, damn that thing is beautiful. Just to look at it. You don't even need to put it in to start enjoying it. So yeah, now, after swearing off drugs and cigarettes, all but giving up drink, and cutting out local television news coverage, I've concentrated all my vices into one thing. My wife hates me for this, but I think I'm the better for it.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 3:55 p.m. CST

    First DVD? Muriel's Wedding

    by don_gately

    Because it's a masterpiece, and if you think otherwise why don't you help yourself to a nice hot cup of shut the fuck up?

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Ravenous was my first DVD

    by Darlef

    And by God, it

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 4:41 p.m. CST

    First DVD, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

    by Filthy Fox

    It's my favorite movie, I had to get it.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 4:43 p.m. CST

    My First non-porn DVD was Goodfellas

    by MaoMao

    And I was super pissed. I though the DVD was messed up cause it kept stopping halfway through the movie. After trying to clean it and what not I noticed there was a side two.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 4:52 p.m. CST

    My first DVD

    by Nordling

    was Criterion's SEVEN SAMURAI, a gift from Vegas, as a matter of fact - and it's still my most prized DVD, probably getting the most play. I also have to go with the sheer completion of the FIGHT CLUB set, which is what every DVD should shoot for. But I think the best all around DVD package is the FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING Extended Edition. Man I love my DVDs.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 5:06 p.m. CST

    My first DVD's were Bride Of Chucky and Blade.

    by Psyclops

    Two films that I really enjoyed in the Summer/Fall of 1998. They both had just hit disc when I finally purchased my DVD player and played a big part in my decision to finally buy one. My first choice would have been ALIENS but Fox hadn't released them puppies yet. Nice article, Moriarty. You should review the Alien Quadrilogy once it's released (if you can get through 2,000 hours of extras).

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 5:22 p.m. CST

    First DVD was a PTA-signed Boogie Nights

    by FortyWatto

    PTA did an in-store at Virgin Records in LA when Boogie Nights was released on VHS and DVD. He and John C. Reilly (who just showed up) signed my disc and we talked about Star Wars. I didn't have a DVD player yet -- didn't know anyone who did -- and when asked about that by some DVD marketing folks on hand, I told them I was waiting to see whether DIVX would be the dominant format. Silly me. I've since bought the 2-disc Boogie Nights, but will never get rid of the original signed edition. I don't understand why people object so much to double-dipping titles; personally, I only re-purchase if there's an improvement in transfer or sound (extras have lost their luster over the years, unless it's a commentary track by someone particularly interesting). As soon as I hear a title's being re-released with a superior version, I sell my original over the Internet. A few weeks ago, I sold the first two now-out-of-print Alien movies for 80 bucks; apparently some people aren't aware of the Quadrilogy yet. Similarly, in the last month, I've sold both Babe and Fargo and actually made a profit after pre-ordering the upcoming reissues! So the trick is to stay abreast of release dates. I've found that is the best source (no, I don't work for them). That's that.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 5:43 p.m. CST

    THE WILD BUNCH was the first DVD I ever bought.

    by Cash Bailey

    Way back in March 2000. It's one of those fucking cardboard snapper things.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 5:48 p.m. CST

    My first DVD was...

    by paddington

    Ironically enough... Being John Malkovich.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 5:49 p.m. CST

    The Crow the 1st DVD

    by UncleScrewtape

    my first purchase of a player in 98' came with 5 crap DVDs (sphere, eraser, and some other crap films that you cant sell back cause no wants them). but the very first DVD i paid for was the Crow had to have it and watch in order to compare it to my laserdisc. to see if the quality was any better. now many years (and many dollars spent) later all the johnny come lately's are in on the special features that were only know by the Laserdisc people. which i guess is OK cause theres an audio commentary track on almost every DVD, hell its almost expected.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 5:51 p.m. CST

    ANOTHER "Fargo"

    by RobinP

    They only just released a special edition in June - what gives ? I don't mind double dipping dvds after at least a decent period of grace, but this is just bending over and handing the studios the lube. (The special ed was Reg 2 though - so maybe therein lies the difference)

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Uncle Screwtape...

    by RobinP

    You mention you have a laserdisc player - purely out of curiosity, how does the picture & sound compare with dvd ? (I've never had the opportunity to see the system in action. They never caught on here in the UK.)

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 6:01 p.m. CST

    The movie that sold a player: BOOGIE NIGHTS!!

    by Blok Narpin

    I went to Best Buy one night way back in 97 or 98. I saw a DVD of Boogie Nights. The first one disc release. I loved that movie so much. I had seen it 5 times in the movies. That night I walked out with both Boogie Nights AND my first DVD player.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 6:16 p.m. CST


    by Nordling

    I had both a DVD and laseridsc player. DVDs look better, but I still swear to the sound of a primo laserdisc player. In the opening scene of PULP FICTION during Pumpkin and Honeybunny's dialogue you can hear Jules and Vincent's "walk the earth" conversation, on the laserdisc. To be honest I haven't really tried that with the DVD of PULP FICTION but I loved that I could hear it on the laserdisc. Now I don't have DTS, so I could be full of shit now. And my sound system's not the megagiant kind that I'm still saving up for. But hey, one guy's opinion. And as far as total format goes I have to go with DVD for sheer amount of goodies you get, and plus they're a hell of a lot easier to put on the shelf.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Nordling

    by RobinP

    I've been wondering about that for a while.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 6:49 p.m. CST

    I think it was Almost Famous/Untitled

    by Z-Man

    Weird that I have less than 20 DVDs, and I'm having trouble remembering which one I got first. But yeah, it was that AF disc, because it was something you couldn't see anywhere else. You HAD to get it on DVD.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Battle of Shaker Heights

    by Ribbons

    No, you shouldn't feel guilty. Whether or not you're a fan of Owen Gleiberman's, his observation about Project Greenlight seems pretty airtight: the movie is the capper to a series that finds its very drama on the road to mediocrity. Oh, and 'Ravenous' is a great DVD to have. Not to sound too backwards here, but I'm a big fan of anything with multiple commentaries.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 7:30 p.m. CST


    by Randy Giles

    Ben Affleck and J. Lo are no more.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 7:30 p.m. CST

    My first DVD

    by Randy Giles

    My first DVD was Rushmore, bitches.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Make no mistake

    by Randy Giles

    Rushmore: Criterion Collection.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 7:33 p.m. CST

    My first was Brazil and Ghost in the Shell

    by Toranaga

    But not the Criterion Brazil. That wasn't out yet.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 7:34 p.m. CST

    But what about Laserdiscs?

    by Filthy Fox

    I bought a laserdisc player last year and so far I have about seven criterion laserdiscs (raging bull, taxi driver, naked, crash, last picture show, breaking the waves, and se7en). I treasure these discs more than any of my dvds, I guess it has to do with the fact that they are bigger and come in more elaborate packaging. Plus they're criterions, all of these discs have commentaries (except breaking the waves), wouldn't you go out of the way to listen to Scorsese talk about Taxi Driver and Raging Bull?

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Moriarty you rat bastard! You stole the Question for Discussion

    by vroom socko

    I've been putting the QFD on the end of my Tales From the Crevice feature on this site's comics column for over a year now, and you shamelessly rip it off? Thanks! After all, the only way to know you're good at what you do is to see someone else stal your ideas. ;) Oh, and my first DVD was the deluxe tin of Akira.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 7:46 p.m. CST

    damned bad spelling

    by vroom socko

    that should be Steal ideas, not stal ideas. oh well.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Hey, CHUD is doing some fine DVD work, and their screen grabs ar

    by FrankCobretti

    Just thought I'd mention it. Big fan of both sites, though I only talk back here.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Filthy Fox...

    by Cap'n Chaos!

    By all means, enjoy your laser discs. Treasure them. There's still a lot of stuff you can't get on DVD that is on laser, mostly special features. But by God, beware the laser rot. Discs out or self-destructing over time is one thing that you don't have to worry about so far with DVDs at least. Not that Eisner isn't trying to fuck that up. Disposable discs my ass. Anyway, what's a LD player going for nowdays?

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 9:41 p.m. CST

    First DVD Ghost Busters

    by MillDaKill

    Ghost Busters

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 9:43 p.m. CST

    My first DVD purchase was TITUS after I bought PS2 the day it wa

    by FD Resurrected

    I sold both this year :( PS2 isn't even a good DVD player because of dual-layered problem (it failed to play THE TERMINATOR DVD halfway through) Oh well, I have a half dozen good DVDs in my collection (SPIRITED AWAY, MARAT/SADE, RINGU, MAD MAX: SPECIAL EDITION), and I still like my laserdisc collection numbering at over 150. I really need to sign up to Netflix, because local video stores SUCK for not stocking unrated versions and Dimension videos (EQUILIBRIUM and BELOW) other than Blockbuster which I boycott for its evil policy of screwing customers over exorbitant late fees and hypocritical censorship policy.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 9:50 p.m. CST

    my first dvd was

    by nemo38

    Tremors! The first movie I came across that had deleted scenes! Well,I thought it was its a standard feature in most releases. But Tremors was one of the first. DONT FORGET IT!

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 10:03 p.m. CST

    My first dvd was Gladiator

    by cyt

    then I had to buy a dvd player. My most used dvd is Aliens but I only watch the scenes with Michael Biehn in them. My laser disc broke about a year ago. I have the original release of Star Wars on laser disc (Now referred to as episode 4 but then it was just Star Wars). HAN SHOT FIRST and I have proof. Too bad it's not letter box. I've got to get my laser disc fixed!

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Etc, Etc,

    by Truman_Burbank

    First DVD was Matrix, for obvious reasons. Matrix Reloaded is the best movie of the year that I've seen, and you all can suck on it. Which brings me to Mr. Gondry, director of last year's best film, "Human Nature", also grossly unappreciated and misunderstood. Crazy how that works, huh? Needless to say, looking forward to "Revolutions" and "Eternal Sunshine...". And I hope your co-writer writes better than he talks, Mori.

  • Sept. 15, 2003, 11:19 p.m. CST

    My 1st DVD was Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

    by boba_rob

    Love that movie, and the DVD has a lot of great stuff on it, including the lego version of "Knights of the Round Table".

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 1:14 a.m. CST

    something very simple

    by ph27

    something very simple that would have been that extra bit of icing on the dvd cake would've been if they had specific character sets for subtitles on each dvd. so the the subs in LOTR could be lotr font. and if you had the subs in another language it'd still work. i wonder if the subs on prints of lotr in japan had that special lotr style. I'm not sure if this would be possible at the moment although there are those visual comentaries so you could do an aproximation. i also what it so that you can always tuirn of all the subs so even if you can't understand what is being said you get to see the bits of picture that would be hidden behind the subs.

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 1:16 a.m. CST

    something very simple

    by ph27

    something very simple that would have been that extra bit of icing on the dvd cake would've been if they had specific character sets for subtitles on each dvd. so the the subs in LOTR could be lotr font. and if you had the subs in another language it'd still work. i wonder if the subs on prints of lotr in japan had that special lotr style. I'm not sure if this would be possible at the moment although there are those visual comentaries so you could do an aproximation. i also what it so that you can always tuirn of all the subs so even if you can't understand what is being said you get to see the bits of picture that would be hidden behind the subs.

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 1:53 a.m. CST

    1st deeby D

    by *groundwork*

    The Dark Crystal. fuck yeah. i'll be kinda bummed if i have to upgrade, but oh well, that shit's the tight jam. plus it fucked me up in theaters when i was 4. The Criterion Robocop was next, but that's a different post, eh?

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 4:05 a.m. CST

    When will Fox FINALLY get off their asses and release DVD Box Se

    by godoffireinhell

    Because that was, is and always shall be the greatest show on television! It is darker and more disturbing than any R-rated feature film that came out in theaters in the last few years. I just don't get it why DVD sets of everything from DAWSON'S CREEK to BUFFY to ALIAS to WEST WING to E.R. to 24 to ANGEL to SEX IN THE CITY and so forth and so on gets a DVD release but fans of MILLENNIUM have to stick to shitty bootlegs that were mastered from those Japanese laserdiscs with burnt in Japanese subtitles. Bootleggers make shitloads of $$$ by selling those and the fact that they are available proves that there is enormous demand! I have emailed Fox Home Video about this time and again but they chose not to answer my questions. Fine. I just hope and pray that once they are done with releasing the last shitty season of THE X FILES they will finally get around to MILLENNIUM. Hell, they even put it on their fall release list of 2003 only to remove it later? What the hell was that all about? Bring it on already! Don't tell me you don't want the money!

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 4:09 a.m. CST

    For more info about Chris Cunningham go to ...

    by godoffireinhell

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 4:11 a.m. CST

    Oh and my first 3 DVDs were ...

    by godoffireinhell

    ... Starship Troopers, Ninja Scroll and Sex & Zen! I ordered them online from amazon so I can't really say which one was the first, sorry. What an eclectic mix, though.

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 5:15 a.m. CST

    First Dee Vee Dee...

    by Pik

    ...was The Exorcist (before the director's cut came out - bastards!) Anyway, I love this idea, and I would love it if you could compare region 1 releases with region 2's as many collectors want the best available version of a movie and almost all collector's will have the multi-region facility. Does anyone know if there's anywhere in the UK that sells the Criterion editions for less than it would be to order from the US? Cheers y'all!

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 8:01 a.m. CST

    First DVD...

    by Sick_Boy

    The first one I bought was 'Go' for my soft DVD player on my PC. I'd missed it in the cinema & wanted to see what Doug Liman was going to do after 'Swingers'. After a couple more, i just had to get a dedicated DVD player. Widescreen & surround-sound weren only a matter of time after that.

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 8:03 a.m. CST


    by Sick_Boy

    Sorry, meant to say that they 'were only a matter of time', not 'weren'. Damn you keyboard!!!

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 10:42 a.m. CST

    First DVD (corrected)

    by TempusFugitive

    Since I just know everyone cares deeply about it... when I got home yesterday I rechecked my collection, and it jogged my memory: When I got my first DVD player, I was able to choose 2 free DVDs from a sheet that came in the box. "Forbidden Planet" and "Blade Runner: The Directors Cut" were my choices. So I didn't actually "buy" them. I think the first actual purchase was the first South Park DVD. And if they keep releasing all the TV series that I "need" to own, I'm going to need another DVD jukebox. DVD-crack-dealing bastards.

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 1:32 p.m. CST

    "Saving Private Ryan"...

    by Bad Guy

    was purchased for me as a gift on VHS. I was already considering buying a DVD player, so I took it back to Best Buy and exchanged it for the DVD version. When I bought my DVD player a little while later they threw in 5 DVD titles, of my choice, as part of the deal. I remember getting "Rocky", "The Exorcist", "Tombstone", "Shawshank Redemption" and "Animal House". Not a bad beginning to my collection.

  • Sept. 16, 2003, 11:18 p.m. CST

    My first.....

    by John Winger

    ....Quite possibly the greatest comedy ever...Young Frankenstein...if you are going to inaugurate it with the best....

  • Sept. 17, 2003, 10:45 a.m. CST

    1st DVD ever bought: The Emperor's New Groove

    by Uncle_Les

    1st DVD ever seen: Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

  • Sept. 17, 2003, 10:56 a.m. CST

    First DVDA...

    by Mr_P

    ..was that not Annabelle Chong?

  • Sept. 17, 2003, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Oh... DVD Audio...

    by Cap'n Chaos!

    I thought you were talking about something else there for a second. "Now you're a man, a man man man..."

  • Sept. 17, 2003, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Thanks godoffireinhell!

    by Jaka

  • Sept. 17, 2003, 4:35 p.m. CST

    First DVD was Conan The Barbarian

    by Jaka

  • Sept. 17, 2003, 5:56 p.m. CST

    yeah!!!!!!!!!!! finally, a site for dvd fans.....

    by mudpie

    this is so cool. i've been a dvd addict for quite some time now and i've finally found a place to read and talk about dvds.... a passion, a drug, almost takes the place of my girlfriend. that's only because my gf gives me pleasure that a dvd movie can't. so i'll make this quick. my first dvds were i think, the jurassic park boxset with the three films with an extradisc full of extras (which i still haven't watched yet), and the Scream trilogy boxset. since then, i've been a dvd whore. i've managed to spend half of my money on dvds and a nice home entertainment system with surround sound and a 12" subwoofer. man, that cranks!!! so yeah, i'm glad there is a site like this, and i've been a reader for some time but haven't posted anything yet.

  • Sept. 17, 2003, 7:32 p.m. CST

    The 1200 DVD's I own

    by Alfred_Packer

    Since 1st player bought in 1997....

  • Sept. 17, 2003, 11:34 p.m. CST

    It would figure that Mori has the Family Guy on his mind.

    by Sherlock_Holmes_

    The show was such crap, you'd think he wrote it. Yeah! You heard me Mori! Your taste isn't as bad as Herc's (nobody's taste is as bad as Herc's) but it's damn questionable sometimes! Oh well, at least you're not a complete whore about it and shill for stuff that sucks because of a little payola.

  • Sept. 17, 2003, 11:38 p.m. CST

    My first DVD was "Showgirls"

    by Sherlock_Holmes_

    Not because I liked the movie, but because it was $7.99 and that's all I had left after buying my first DVD player, and the other choices, which also sucked, didn't have tits in them. At least Showgirls was good for testing the pause, zoom and slowmo buttons on my DVD player. So I suppose I can't harp on Mori... I gave some executive the impression that Showgirls was worth $7.99

  • Sept. 18, 2003, 11:11 a.m. CST

    First DVD

    by Mad_Radhu

    The Toy Story Ultimate Toy box. Figured I'd start off with a bang.

  • Sept. 18, 2003, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Hey Sherlock Holmes...

    by Denryanj

    It's a 7 percent solution, not a 70 percent one, okay? Family Guy kicks the lazy Simpson ass.

  • Sept. 28, 2003, 11:48 p.m. CST

    So Right About "More American Graffiti"

    by Rebeck

    It's a great little movie that gets no respect, I guess, because it's a sequel and dares to be different from the original. God forbid. But at least they had the sense to release it in widescreen - it has been butchered in pan-and-scan versions for two decades.