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DVD Releases: October 31, 2006
Just the highlights: This week's new DVDs that are worthy of your collection.
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October 30, 2006 by Rachel Cericola

Our Product Geek reluctantly heads to the video store! Editor Rachel Cericola highlights this week’s releases—although this week, few seem worthy of your DVD collection.

If you haven’t seen It’s a Wonderful Life enough times on TV, you can opt for the 60th Anniversary Edition. There’s not a whole lot of info on this version, which makes me wonder how much different it could be than say, oh—the 50th anniversary one. There’s rumored to be a colorized version included, but does anyone really need to own ~that~?

I am crushing your wallet! It’s not cheap, but The Kids in the Hall Megaset is 20 discs and over 2,500 minutes of classic Canadian comedy. Sure, you have to be a mega-fan to buy this Megaset, but it includes every sketch, as well as interviews and audio commentary by all the The Kids.

He writes the songs that make the whole world sing (except maybe “Jump Shout Boogie”), but in Barry Manilow: First and Farewell, the lanky legend says goodbye to the fans and a billion dollars in touring revenue. This 2-DVD set includes interviews and a peek at his first performance. Use it to test out that new audio system, or the pain threshold of your neighbors.

Funky and fantastic group, the Gorillaz, are releasing Phase Two - Slowboat to Hades. This collection of videos, live appearances and other tidbits are as interesting as the inventive animated band. Another great way to test out the home theater; it should be a feast for both the eyes and ears.

Other new, notable HD releases:

  • V for Vendetta (HD DVD)
  • Excalibur (HD DVD)
  • Under Siege (HD DVD & Blu-ray)
  • The Phantom of the Opera (Blu-ray)
  • Unforgiven (Blu-ray)
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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.

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