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The Couch Potato Report – December 15th, 2007
This week The Couch Potato Report peels the DVD debut of a Canadian TV series, and the season two of an American, one created by a Canadian.
There are four new DVD Box Sets and a documentary about Darfur to cover this week, so here with go, with this week’s Hot Potato – SEASON ONE of THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES.
Now in it’s 15th season, THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES can be seen in it’s current incarnation on Tuesday nights at 8:30 pm, but it is the original quartet of Cathy Jones, Rick Mercer, Greg Thomey and Mary Walsh who are featured on this 3-DVD set.
Now, because the shows on this set first aired in 1993, some of the political humor is a little dated.
But others jokes will give you a laugh because of what happened in the interveneing years.
SEASON ONE of THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES features many of the classic characters associated with the show, including Marg Delahunty, Gerry Boyle, Babe Bennett and Connie, plus there is the patented news parodies, sketchs and Rick Mercer’s editorials.
I am not sure how often I will watch this DVD, but I did enjoy sitting through it again this week. If there is a fan of the show on your list…perhaps they would enjoy that opportunity as well!
Or, maybe Saturday Night Live is more up their alley!
If so, they are in luck too, because SEASON TWO of that show is also now available in a new 8-DVD Box Set!
SEASON ONE of SNL debuted a year ago on DVD, and even though I remain a fan of the show, that first year was a tough to watch as the Not Ready For Prime Time Players often took a back seat to the weekly Guest Host, and thus the actors and characters we know and have associated with the show for more than thirty years didn’t get the chance to shine.
Happily, SEASON TWO of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE allows those characters, and the actors who created them – John Belushi, Canadian Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Chevy Chase, Laraine Newman, Garrett Morris, Jane Curtain, and new cast member Bill Murray – to shine!!
Toronto’s Lorne Michaels created the show, and as a result, he was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2004, becoming the first non-American to earn this honour.
As he still does to this day, he appears on the show in SEASON TWO, sometimes even with former Beatles.
As with the THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES Box Set, I am not sure how often I will watch THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE either,….but I like knowing that I can, and it is a worthy addition to my DVD library.
Another very worthy addition to my library is the 4-DVD set THE JASON BOURNE COLLECTION with THE BOURNE IDENTITY, THE BOURNE SUPREMACY, and the new to DVD release THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM.
In addition to the three films in this set about the former assasin who is trying to get his memory back, there is also a bonus DVD with several interesting features, including an interview with the man who started this whole series off back in 1980, author Robert Ludlum.
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM is one of my favourite films of the year, and the BOURNE series has given me a great deal of enjoyment over the past five years, so I highly recommend this box set, and all three films.
THE JASON BOURNE COLLECTION is a straight on Hollywood action film at it’s best.
HOT FUZZ is a straight on British parody of those same action films.
As I mentioned back in August when the film first came out on DVD, HOT FUZZ – from the makers of SHAUN OF THE DEAD – is another of my favourite films of 2007!
HOT FUZZ is an action film…and a mystery…but it is primarily a satire on the genre of loud and explosive Hollywood action films about a highly decorated London police officer who is so good at his job that he is shunted off to an assignment in the country where he finds himself right in the middle of a killing spree.
Yes, HOT FUZZ debuted on DVD in August and now there is a new 3-DVD version of it available, and if you love this film as I do, it too is a must have due to the wealth of bonus features, behind the scenes documentaries and interviews.
HOT FUZZ is incredibly well-written, kinetically edited, and very funny too, and the new 3 DISC COLLECTOR’S EDITION is just more of a good thing!
And yes, it is too bad they couldn’t have released this 3-DVD set back in August to save people from having to buy it twice…but if you have been waiting to pick it up, the time is finally right!
Finally this week is a release that is not a box set. It is only a single DVD, but it too is worthy of you rtime.
It is the documentary THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK.
THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK is a first-person account of the genocide in Darfur as we witness the ongoing tragedy in Sudan through the eyes of one unsuspecting witness.
The situation in Darfur is too complex a situation for an 85 minute documentary to cover it all, but what THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK does accomplish is that it will open your eyes a little wider to what is going on in Sudan.
And should you decide to do so, you can also find out what you can do to help through this DVD.
The movie made me uncomfortable at times, but I was informed by it, and it is for that reason that I think you should see it.
Coming up on the next Couch Potato Report
I will let you know about the spectacular 4-DVD Box Set CANADA BY RAIL, the 3-DVD Set for the Classic UNDERDOG CARTOONS and my favourite movie of the year, a small film that never even played in most theatres across Canada, a musical called ONCE.
I’m Dan Reynish. I’ll have more on those, and some other releases, in seven days.
For now, that’s this week’s COUCH POTATO REPORT.
Enjoy the movies and I’ll see you back here next time on The Couch!