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Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Well, I got some great DVD news last night. Off a tv commercial, of all things! Coming out on October 19....

Corner Gas: Season 1

For those who don't care, Corner Gas is one of the funniest shows on TV. And it's Canadian! It's about the slighlty off-centre folks in the small Saskatchewan town of Dog River. It was created by stand-up comic Brent Butt, and he plays the lead character Brent, who runs the town's gas station.

Speaking of...the premiere of season 2 is tonight! 8 pm on CFRN here in Edmonton.

Wow, you'd almost thing I'm doing show prep....

It's Tuesday! New DVD day! What comes out....

FAHRENHEIT 9/11 (Columbia TriStar) Michael Moore’s provocative, passionate examination of the scandalous machinations of the Bush White House and their tragic results gets distracted here and there but is nonetheless powerful stuff. Includes commentrak, featurettes, extended and deleted scenes.

(O) FAHRENHYPE 9/11 (Trinity) Professional crank Dick Morris attempts to cloud the issue by attacking Michael Moore. Featured nutcases include Zell Miller, Ann Coulter, and Bush’s speech writer. Companion book feature’s diet suggestions for Moore. When the facts fail you, haul out the fat jokes.

DEEP IMPACT (Paramount) The slightly classier of the two meteor disaster blockbusters of 1998. Special edition with commentrak, Making-Of and more.

FRIDAY THE 13th: From Crystal Lake to Manhattan (Paramount)
Five discs of masked maniac fun with FRIDAY THE 13th: From Crystal Lake to Manhattan. As leaked to this column a year ago: here’s a deluxe five-disc set collecting the first eight FRIDAY features, plus a whole disc loaded with extras!

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (Warner Bros.) Two-disc special edition of the great prison drama based on a Stephen King story, with commentrak, two documentaries, Charlie Rose interview, spoof and more. Also available in a limited edition that includes the book and soundtrack CD.

THE UNTOUCHABLES (Paramount) Brian De Palma’s big screen remake of the old hit TV crime show, with Kevin Costner and Sean Connery as real-life gang-busting Chicago cops. Special edition includes featurettes, script and more.

ALADDIN (Buena Vista) Disney’s 1992 cash machine in a special edition that includes annotation, deleted scenes, music videos, Making-Of, and lots more. Also available in a gift set that includes artwork, film frame, and book.

Cool movie news....

Paramount-based Alphaville is in final negotiations with the Ripley Entertainment Inc. to produce a series of adventure movies based on the popular 1930s explorer who spawned the "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" comic strips, chain of museums and television shows according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Paramount Pictures will distribute. The writing team Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander are on board to pen the script for "Believe It or Not!" which is "about the exploits of Robert Ripley, one of the most popular newspaper cartoonists in the '30s and '40s, who was well known for going around the world and looking for oddities and getting into adventures while doing so.... We want to make a series of movies that, if not quite the truth, are the adventures that should have happened" Producer Jim Jacks told press today.

Cool Toy News....

Toy Wishes Magazine (the serious, industry-targeted sister magazine to ToyFare) has just released their annnaul list of what they predict will be the 12 hottest toys this christmas:

Balloon Lagoon: A carnival-based board game in which kids collect balloons, flip frogs in a pond, and fish for letters in a lake. By Cranium.

- Barbie as Princess Anneliese and Erika: Barbie plays two roles in "The Princess and the Pauper." Each doll sings songs from the score of the computer-animated movie, released on DVD and VHS video in late September. By Mattel.

- Bella Dancerella: A complete ballet studio that includes costumes, ballet accessories and a video. By SpinMaster.

- Bratz Tokyo-A-Go-Go Dance N' Skate Club: Bratz fashion dolls hit the retro disco, complete with working speakers and a roller rink. By MGA Entertainment.

- Cabbage Patch Kids: The popular '80s one-of-a-kind adoptable doll is back. By Play Along.

- E-L-M-O: "Sesame Street" character Elmo sings and dances the E-L-M-O, to the tune of the Village People song "YMCA." By Mattel unit Fisher-Price.

- InteracTV: Preschoolers watch a special DVD with episodes of shows like "Blue's Clues" and "Dora the Explorer" or "SpongeBob SquarePants" and use a remote control to interact with characters within the episode. By Fisher-Price.

- Ms. Pac-Man TV Games: A joystick console loaded with classic games, including Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, and Pole Position, that plugs into the TV. By JAKKS Pacific Inc..

- Nitro Battlerz: Customizable remote control cars that race with each other and crash. By Radica Games Ltd..

- Tamagotchi Connection: An updated version of the virtual pet with different modes of play, new pets and wireless interaction. By Bandai Co. Ltd..

- VideoNow Color: A color version of last year's kid-size personal video player. By Hasbro.

- VTech V.Smile: An educational video game system for kids ages 3 to 7 years old. By VTech Holdings.

That should be enough to get me through the morning!

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