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click to enlarge Grindhouse Presents: Death Proof, - Extended and Unrated (NR)  -  -  - The Weinstein Company  -  -  - The weakest part of the Grindhouse double - feature  and the weakest Quentin Tarantino film, - period  was the cinematic vehicular manslaughter of - Death Proof, a super-talky, mostly boring neo- - slasher picture starring the always-watchable Kurt - Russell. It was disappointing in the theater, even in - truncated form. Now, on DVD, with 30 additional - minutes, it holds up a bit better, but is still pretty boring. - The insanely fun action sequences with Russell and - stuntwoman Zo' Bell are phenomenal  but in between, - you have a group of utterly annoying stereotypes sitting - around talking about absolutely nothing interesting. It's - pure tedium. Even worse, for a film geek like Tarantino, - this two-disc set is an absolute waste, with nothing at all - special about the special features. Wait for Robert - Rodriguez's infinitely more awesome Planet Terror -  instead.  Louis Fowler
  • Grindhouse Presents: Death Proof, Extended and Unrated (NR)

    The Weinstein Company

    The weakest part of the Grindhouse double feature and the weakest Quentin Tarantino film, period was the cinematic vehicular manslaughter of Death Proof, a super-talky, mostly boring neo- slasher picture starring the always-watchable Kurt Russell. It was disappointing in the theater, even in truncated form. Now, on DVD, with 30 additional minutes, it holds up a bit better, but is still pretty boring. The insanely fun action sequences with Russell and stuntwoman Zo' Bell are phenomenal but in between, you have a group of utterly annoying stereotypes sitting around talking about absolutely nothing interesting. It's pure tedium. Even worse, for a film geek like Tarantino, this two-disc set is an absolute waste, with nothing at all special about the special features. Wait for Robert Rodriguez's infinitely more awesome Planet Terror instead. Louis Fowler

click to enlarge The Best of the Johnny Cash TV - Show 1969-1971 (NR)  -  -  - Sony Columbia Legacy  -  -  - In the late '60s/early '70s, it seemed like everyone and - his mother had a variety show. Some were quite bad, like - Tony Orlando's or the one from Pink Lady and Jeff - . But some were actually quite groundbreaking, like - the legendary Johnny Cash Show. Though the - show only ran for three years, the predominately country - audience invited Cash into their homes, and he brought - the best in classic country artists, like Merle Haggard, - Glen Campbell or Waylon Jennings along with him. He - also brought along rockers like Bob Dylan and Creedence - Clearwater Revival, and introduced them all with his - unpresuming, modest, down-home style. Part of the - lavish Legacy series, at two discs with 50-plus - performances, The Best of the Johnny Cash TV - Show is an indispensable time capsule of - entertainment.   Louis Fowler
  • The Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show 1969-1971 (NR)

    Sony Columbia Legacy

    In the late '60s/early '70s, it seemed like everyone and his mother had a variety show. Some were quite bad, like Tony Orlando's or the one from Pink Lady and Jeff . But some were actually quite groundbreaking, like the legendary Johnny Cash Show. Though the show only ran for three years, the predominately country audience invited Cash into their homes, and he brought the best in classic country artists, like Merle Haggard, Glen Campbell or Waylon Jennings along with him. He also brought along rockers like Bob Dylan and Creedence Clearwater Revival, and introduced them all with his unpresuming, modest, down-home style. Part of the lavish Legacy series, at two discs with 50-plus performances, The Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show is an indispensable time capsule of entertainment. Louis Fowler

click to enlarge - The Night of the Sorcerers (Special - Edition) (NR)  -  -  - Deimos Entertainment  -  -  - While I'm not too familiar with his work, Spanish director - Amando de Ossorio is legendary in genre circles for his - series of '70s Blind Dead films, which featured - the skeletal resurrections of Templars hell-bent on - revenge. They are stylistic exercises in horror and what - he's best-known for. That's a good thing, because one of - his other efforts, Night of the Sorcerers, is - abysmally boring. Sure, there are a few exciting scenes - of stereotypical African zombie rituals, but everything - else seems to be just filler, with white hunters running - around and women taking their shirts off. Sure, it's an - exploitation pic, but that really doesn't give it free rein to - be as lame and sleep-inducing as this film is. Deimos' - packaging, on the other hand, is fantastic, with a crystal- - clear picture and scads of collector-salivating extras. -  Louis Fowler
  • The Night of the Sorcerers (Special Edition) (NR)

    Deimos Entertainment

    While I'm not too familiar with his work, Spanish director Amando de Ossorio is legendary in genre circles for his series of '70s Blind Dead films, which featured the skeletal resurrections of Templars hell-bent on revenge. They are stylistic exercises in horror and what he's best-known for. That's a good thing, because one of his other efforts, Night of the Sorcerers, is abysmally boring. Sure, there are a few exciting scenes of stereotypical African zombie rituals, but everything else seems to be just filler, with white hunters running around and women taking their shirts off. Sure, it's an exploitation pic, but that really doesn't give it free rein to be as lame and sleep-inducing as this film is. Deimos' packaging, on the other hand, is fantastic, with a crystal- clear picture and scads of collector-salivating extras. Louis Fowler

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