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LET'S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER (DVD)
I've always been more of a 'Beatles' man, myself, but there's no denying the talent and enduring popularity of the Rolling Stones. Now that Keith Richards has released his tell-all biography, I'd be surprised for them to cart these practically mummified dudes out for one more tour, but money does, indeed, talk, and not being able to stand each other hasn't kept Jagger and Richards from raking in the moolah on multiple tours since. This was part of the 1981 "Tattoo You" tour that was released as a theatrical film the next year, directed by Hal Ashby, continuing the Stones tradition of getting quality directors for their concert films. It's a greatest hits show and it's divided up between an outside performance and an inside one. Even while the BIG fans I know love this, as a casual Stones listener, it feels like we're watching the beginning of the 'going through the motions for the money' years. But what do I know? There aren't any extras to be had on the disc, but it makes for a good showcase of the best songs by the band.
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NIP/TUCK: THE COMPLETE SERIES (DVD)
Let's not kid ourselves here; even though this six-season series was on my favorite cable network F/X, it was a nighttime soap opera. It's a drama about two plastic surgery doctors and their practice, their families, and all the morally ambiguous (or just plain nefarious) stuff they get up to. Once the creators stopped trying to be taken seriously and embraced how silly it all was, for my money, the show got better. Seriously, over the length of this thing, there's themes of incest, necrophilia, and even a running plot about a serial killer that took up the better part of the third season. It's a ridiculously flashy and violent melodrama in a world of enhanced beautiful people and tell me that doesn't sound like it could be fun... Unfortunately, this DVD package, while sturdy, only consists of the previously released sets, so there's not any new stuff for the super-fan who might be considering re-buying.
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NOT OF THIS EARTH (DVD)
Shout! Factory keeps on delivering the kind of stuff trash film fans love, direct from the Roger Corman vaults. While this remake of "Not of This Earth" is far from one of their best titles, it holds the distinction of being the last movie that controversial ex-porn star Traci Lords ever bared the goods in. If it seems crappier than usual, that's because the director had a bet with Corman that he could make the film for the same inflation adjusted budget and schedule that Corman made his original 1957 version. Bad call. The story follows a human-looking alien who's come to Earth, performing tests to see if their dying race can use human blood to sustain his people. It occasionally skirts being surrealistically interesting, as some of Corman's better films like "Galaxy of Terror" do, but it never takes the leap past super-low budget soft-core predictability. Lords is surprisingly entertaining though, bringing some humor (and great boobs) to the proceedings that would have made the entire exercise a waste without.
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THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Blu-Ray)
I'm actually blushing, following up a review involving porn star boobs, with a look at the Julie Andrews classic musical, "The Sound of Music". I'm trying not to imagine my mother scowling at me. Forget how corny it may seem, there's a good reason why this is the most popular stage show in the world, and one of the most beloved films of all time. Andrews is an ex-nun (kicked out for being a troublesome pain in the butt) who becomes governness to the Trapp family's seven children. The kids are trouble and their dad (Christopher Plumber) doesn't know what to do with them but audiences already knew after seeing "Mary Poppins" the previous year, that Julie Andrews is the woman for the job. There's joy and singing and dancing...and then the Nazis show up. This is still great entertainment after 45 years and has never looked or sounded better than it does on blu. They didn't skimp at all on the bonus features either. Quite the opposite, as it's got hours of brand new stuff, including trivia tracks and features about the actual Trapp family for comparison (spoiler: Nazi occupation in real life sucks). If you've never seen this, whatever your reasoning, believe me that you're making a mistake. "The Sound of Music" is essential film viewing, but be prepared to spend the rest of the week trying and failing to get its songs out of your head. They're so catchy, I'd argue they should be considered weaponized.
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