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DVD Tuesday: We named the dog Indiana!

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The poor eyesight of an aged Indy causes terrible car accident. | Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Plenty of people were disappointed by the latest Indiana Jones adventure, but I thought there were enough vestiges of the original character to make it worthwhile. Note to George, though: you should have stuck with the Darabont draft. Small, foreign films need critical attention to draw in audiences and the AMPAS really blew it by not recognizing 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days in the Best Foreign Film category. Rectify their oversight by picking it up today and watch it along with crazy Tony Kaye's magnificent Lake of Fire.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan
War, Inc.
Long Way Down
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Standard Operating Procedure
Dance of the Dead
The Edwardians

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This sculpture is the actual size of Hitchcock's head. Seriously. | Photo courtesy of mapeye via flickr

Most people will tell you that they've seen a Hitchcockfilm, but the sad reality is that most of them are fibbing. Luckily, today you can pick up a fairly comprehensive, decently priced selection of his early work (Lifeboat, Spellbound, Notorious, The Paradine Case, Sabotage, Young and Innocent, Rebecca, The Lodger). Ditto for the Hammer Films collection. I get that the original Halloween was a progenitor of many devices that are now considered staples of horror filmmaking, but a recent re-viewing didn't scare me much.

Alfred Hitchcock Premiere Collection
Icons of Horror: Hammer Films (2-disc)
Halloween: 30th Anniversary Box Set
The Rocky Horror Tribute Show - Richard O'Brien, Royal Court Theatre
Ghost House Underground Eight Film Collection
Ultraman: The Complete Series
Exploitation Cinema: Mausoleum/Blood Song
A Shari Lewis Christmas
Lady Chatterley (Extended European Edition)
Australian Pie: Naked Love

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