You may find this hard to believe, but my personal DVD collection is only about 600 discs strong. Compared to some movie geeks I know, 600 is nothing. (Seriously nothing.) As a matter of fact, there are some flicks I love that I refuse to buy on DVD -- because I'm waiting for the good stuff. Back in the day, I held off on The Princess Bride, and today we have (at least) three different special editions filled with fun trinkets. I also refused to purchase A Fish Called Wanda until it received the deluxe treatment ... and then it did.
To this day I still don't own a copy of Raising Arizona (one of the finest American comedies ever produced). It's an act of silent protest, really. This movie deserves a big fat 2-disc mega-set, and if Fox refuses to do the deed, then they should lease the damn title to Criterion already. (I also refuse to purchase The Journey of Natty Gann and A Midnight Clear, two damn good movies, because they were released in Pan & Scan only -- but that's a completely separate rant altogether.)
So I was a few days removed from my Sundance cavorting, and I decided to do a quick browse through the DVD sites to see what press releases I may have missed. I found several things to be happy about.
Eight Men Out -- Woohoo! My all-time favorite baseball movie hits DVD for a second time, only now it's got an audio commentary with writer / director John Sayles, a two-part documentary on the film, and a piece on the true-life "Black Sox" scandal. Even if you're not a huge baseball fan, this is a great film. And the cast! John Cusack, Charlie Sheen, David Strathairn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael Lerner, Michael Rooker, John Mahoney ... I only hope the fine folks at MGM are smart enough to fix D.B. Sweeney's name on the DVD cover. (March 18)