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Weekend DVD Update

Let me just start by saying how thrilled I am to be appearing on this fine blog. I am honored and will do my best to live up to the fine legacy that Mr. Jon has established.

Wow, does that ever sound kissass!
I am excited to announce that We at Crime Spree magazine will, from here forward, be bringing you news, previews, reviews and other assorted opinions on forthcoming films and DVDs. Each Friday, we will take a look at the films that open that day, as well as the DVDs coming out the following Tuesday. Look back later this weekend for reviews on some of the titles that are coming out next Tuesday. Now because we do have lives(Ok, that might be stretching it.) we won’t be
reviewing every DVD, but will do our best to provide some information so as to assist you in deciding what titles you may want to acquire.

One thing is for sure, we will be giving you a heads up on every crime title that makes it to the big screen. March is an exciting month for mystery fans, as there are several promising films coming to a theater near you. Next Friday brings V is for Vendetta and we will have a complete review online that morning.

As always, your thoughts and comments are welcome.

Jeremy Lynch
Entertainment Editor and movie freak.

March 14

Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple Movies Collection (2005) Four disc set with “Murder She Said” (1961), “Murder at the Gallop” (1963), “Murder Ahoy” (1964) and “Murder Most Foul” (1964), all starring Margaret Rutherford; $39.92. (Warner).

Chasing Ghosts (2005) Michael Madsen, Corey Large, Shannyn Sossamon, Meat Loaf, Gary Busey. Debuted at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival and now is unleashed on the home video market.(Sony).

Columbo: The Complete Fourth Season $39.98 Extras: Bonus episode from spin-off “Mrs. Columbo.” (Universal).

Crimson Tide Unrated Extended Edition (1995) Denzel Washington, Gene Hackman, George Dzundza, Viggo Mortensen, James Gandolfini, Matt Craven. Additional footage added back into the movie. Extras:Deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurette. (Buena Vista).

The Cutter (2005) Chuck Norris, Joanna Pacula, Daniel Bernhardt, Bernie Kopell. Norris stars as a dectective who aids an elderly jeweler. Direct to DVD. (Sony).

Gang in Blue (1996) Dir.: Mario Van Peebles; Mario Van Peebles, Josh Brolin, Cynda Williams, J.T. Walsh, Melvin Van Peebles. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).

Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005) Dir. George Clooney; David Strathairn, Robert Downey Jr., Patricia Clarkson, Ray Wise, Frank Langella, Jeff Daniels, George Clooney, Tate Donovan. Extras: Commentary by Clooney and co-writer Grant Heslov, “Good Night, and Good Luck.” Companion piece. (Warner).

A History of Violence (2005) Dir.: David Cronenberg; Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris, William Hurt, Ashton Holmes, Peter MacNeill. Extras: Commentary by Cronenberg, deleted scenes, “Acts of Violence” documentary, “Violence’s History: United States Version vs International Version” featurette, “The Unmaking of Scene 44” featurette, “Too Commercial for Cannes” featurette. (New Line).

John le Carre’s A Perfect Spy (1987) Three-disc set of the BBC thriller, $59.99. (Acorn Media).

Macgyver: The Complete Fifth Season (1989-90) $36.99. (Paramount).

Murder, She Wrote: The Complete Third Season (1986-87) Angela Lansbury. $49.98. Extra: Includes Magnum P.I. episode Novel Connection. (Universal).

Riot (1997) Dante Basco, Mario Van Peebles, Luke Perry, Melvin Van Peebles, Cicely Tyson. Originally aired on Showtime, Riot tells 4 interlocking stories from the riots that arose from the Rodney King verdict. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).

Sleeper Cell (2005) Three-disc set of the Showtime miniseries, $34.99. Extras: Commentaries, “Making of the Series Finale” featurette, behind-the-scenes footage. (Showtime).

Ten Little Indians (1965) Hugh O’Brian, Shirley Eaton, Fabian, Leo Genn, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Daliah Lavi, Dennis Price. (Warner).

The Titanic (1996 — TV) Peter Gallagher, George C. Scott, Catherine Zeta-Jones. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).

Triplecross (1995 — TV) Michael Pare, Billy Dee Williams, Patrick Bergin. A Hallmark original picture. (Echo Bridge Home Entertainment).

VIP: The Complete First Season. Pamela Anderson. Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $49.95.Extras: Commentary,behind-the-scenes featurette, introductions. (Sony).
Here’s a review to go with the releases coming this next week from one of our esteemed DVD reviewers:

Ten Little Indians (1965) DVD
Warner Home Video
Release date: March 14, 2006

To start out, I just want to say I know very little of Agatha Christie’s work. I knew of her and that she was suppose to be REALLY good. But books and movies about a little old lady solving crimes (Miss Marple) just were not for me. It was too “Murder She Wrotey” for me. I knew even less about “Ten Little Indians.”

Having said that: DAMN, what a movie! It was very mysterious from the beginning and kept you guessing until the end.

Ten strangers invited to a remote house on top of a cliff in the middle of winter for a get-away. People start dying almost as soon as they introduce themselves. It was made in the 60’s so there is no blood and gore you’d expect (tragically so) today, just mystery abound. (Can I say “Mystery Abound” with out getting lynched?)

Hugh O’Brien lead’s a cast of characters, most of whom are of the old British type that you’d want for a grandfather. Except of course the stunningly beautiful Shirley Eaton, who gained some fame as the woman that Auric Goldfinger killed by painting her gold from head to toe, in the James Bond thriller “Goldfinger” (1964).

When this version of “Ten Little Indians” (there have been 6 versions) was released in the theaters it had a “Who Done It Break.” Near the end at a critical moment the movie paused and an announcer comes on a asks if you know “Who done it.” The announcer asks you to “think about it for a moment and discuss it with the person next to you,” while they play some helpful clues. This is not in the DVD movie, but is added as an extra. It was very well done and added some suspense. Also included as extras were trailer’s for several Agatha Christie Miss Marple adventures starring Academy Award® winning actress Margaret Rutherford (Best Supporting Actress for The V.I.P.s (1963)), the trailers make me actually want to sit down and watch a few “movies about a little old lady solving crimes.”

Randy Otteson