“Angel” turned into one of the best series ever, but I’m not sure that explains why Fox is reissuing Angel: The Complete Series in a new $100 box today. If anybody has a clue, e-mail me. I would hope that everybody who wanted this snapped up that $51 version when it hid Amazon’s Goldbox last week.
“Dollhouse” is by no means the worst thing “Angel” co-creator Joss Whedon has been involved with, but it is surely the least of his four TV series. There was a lot of cool in its second season, but I felt it was ultimately undone by a slapdash ending. It’ll undoubtedly get cheaper as Christmas approaches and I’ll undoubtedly pick up the Blu-ray when it goes on sale.
For those too wealthy to wait? The new set hits shelves today in both DVD and Blu-ray.
Not everything on The Essential Bugs Bunny is essential (1992’s “Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers” is a loathsomely leaden echo of the character’s heyday). Most of it is essential. And there’s a lot of essential Bugs not on the set (on what planet is “Duck! Rabbit! Duck!” not essential??).
* Elmer's Candid Camera (1940, Jones)
* Excerpt from "My Dream is Yours" (1949)
* A Wild Hare (1940, Avery)
* How Bugs Bunny Won the West TV special (1978)
* The Old Grey Hare (1944, Clampett)
* Bugs Bunny Wild World of Sports TV special (1989)
* Baseball Bugs (1946, Freleng)
* Carrotblanca (1995, McCarthy)
* Hair Raising Hare (1946, Jones)
* Hare and Loathing in Las Vegas (2003 [unreleased], Kopp/Shin)
* Haredevil Hare (1948, Jones)
* 8 Ball Bunny (1950, Jones)
* Rabbit of Seville (1950, Jones)
* Ain't I A Stinker (2010 mini-documentary)
* Rabbit Fire (1951, Jones)
* Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers (1992, Ford/Lennon)
* Show Biz Bugs (1957, Freleng)
* Bugs Bunny's Bustin' Out All Over (1980, Jones/Monroe)
* Knighty Knight Bugs (1958, Freleng)
* The Carnival of the Animals (1976, Jones/Klynn)
* What's Opera Doc? (1957, Jones)
If you don’t own these cartoons and don’t intend to collect the more expensive and elaborate Looney Tunes Golden Collections, this is a stellar value at $18.99. Some of the stuff from the forties is some of the finest comedy ever forged in any medium. Trust me when I say you will laugh and laugh a lot.
HBO’s “In Treatment” swims in cliffhangers and reveals and DVD is one of the best ways to catch up on this psychoanalyst series.
Season two was the one with Hope Davis (“Synecdoche, New York”) as Paul’s malpractice attorney, Alison Pill (“Scott Pilgrim”) as the girl with the health secret, John Mahoney (“Frasier”) as the CEO with panic attacks, and Aaron Shaw (“Dirty Laundry”) as the child of divorce. Every episode compels you to watch the next. Highly recommended; it’s much like getting five great series in one.
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