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DVD releases for Aug 22nd

Aug 22nd
Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979) Dir.: Irwin Allen; Michael Caine, Sally Field, Telly Savalas, Peter Boyle, Jack Warden, Shirley Knight, Shirley Jones, Karl Malden, Slim Pickens, Veronica Hamel, Angela Cartwright, Mark Harmon. Sequel to 1972’s “The Poseidon Adventure.” Extras: Vintage featurette “Behind The Scenes: Beyond The Poseidon Adventure,” disaster movies trailer gallery. (Warner).
While this is a guilty pleasure for some, it certainly belongs in the Turkey category. At least it provided paychecks for some decent actors.

Blue Thunder: The Complete Series Three-disc set with 11 episodes, $39.95. (Sony).
Not sure how this got a dvd release, but here it is. The movie was fairly entertaining, but I can’t remember much of the TV series. It stars Dana Carvey and Dennis Farentino, along with Dick Butkus and Bubba Smith for humor.

Conviction: The Complete Series Three-disc set with 13 episodes $39.98. (Universal).
Complete run of the cancelled spin-off from “Law & Order.”

Poseidon (2006) Dir.: Wolfgang Petersen; Kurt Russell, Josh Lucas, Richard Dreyfuss, Jacinda Barrett, Emmy Rossum, Andre Braugher. In single disc and two-disc Special Edition. Extras: Special Edition: “Poseidon: A Ship on a Soundstage” behind-the-scenes featurette, “A Shipmate’s Diary” film school intern diary, “Poseidon: Upside Down” set design featurette, History Channel documentary”Rogue Waves.” (Warner).
This is not a remake, it is a new film based on the concept of the original film. While visually impressive, the story is weak. Fortunately the effects easily distract from the film’s weaknesses. If you are looking for eye candy and an excuse to shut off your brain, this would do nicely.

Threshold: The Complete Series Four-disc set, $56.99. Extras: “The Threshold Brain Trust” featurette, “Threshold” visual effects, “Behind the Fractal” with writer-producer Andre Bormanis, deleted scenes from the original pilot. (Paramount).
CBS launched this sci-fi drama to much praise, but the show never managed to draw more than genre viewers and lasted only one season. The show itself is quite good and worth a look.

The Transporter: The collection $34.98 Extras: The Transporter: Special Delivery Edition: All New Behind-the-Scenes Documentary, Full-Length Audio Commentary by Actor Jason Statham and Producer Steven Chasman, Extended Fight Sequences, with optional commentary by Jason Statham, Steve Chasman, and Cory Yuen, Storyboard/Film Comparison, Transporter 2:Deleted and extended scenes, Blooper reel, Featurette: “Making-of Transporter 2”, Feaurette: “Making of the Music”, An advance peek at “X-Men 3.” (Fox)
A fun couple of flicks full of violence and mayhem. Not too much plot, but Jason Statham does a good job.

Veronica Mars: The Complete Second Season Six-disc set with 22 episodes, $59.98. Extras: “A Day in the Life of Kristen Bell” behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes. (Warner).
When this show started, very few people, if any, expected it to succeed. It shocked everyone, but if you look at the quality of the writing, it really should not be so surprising. The second season finds Veronica tackling her senior year. A bus crash is the focal point of the second season, along with other chaos tossed in for good measure. Both season one and two are quite good and worthy of your attention.

Sorry to be getting this out so late, I was distracted by a shiny object. The Aug 29th list will be up on Friday morning.
Jeremy Lynch