The DVD dry spell continues this week, as we only have one feature film hitting shelves (well, two if you count a super-small Russell Crowe indie) as Pirate Radio docks on disc.

It’s pretty dry beyond the features as well, as just a few old TV series give us some late-season collections and Apollo 13 gets the Blu-Ray treatment.

Check it out Below…


Pirate Radio

This movie was something of a milestone.  Not because of its use of rock music, sixties style or anything along those lines – because it was the first time that Phillip Seymour Hoffman wasn’t brilliant.

This ended an unbelievable run of consecutive masterful performances that I would say started with his great work in Twister – where he actually managed to steal scenes from tornadoes!

This continued on through small roles The Big Lebowski and Boogie Nights, carrying over to leading roles in films like Flawless and The Savages.  He picked up one Oscar (for Capote) and two other nominations (Doubt and Charlie Wilson’s War) in the midst of this remarkable streak, and should have landed a few more (how he wasn’t nominated for Almost Famous is nearly criminal).

But the most remarkable thing about this streak – Along Came Polly.  Remember that one?  That ridiculous Ben Stiller/Jeniffer Aniston stinker that you wished you’d never seen. Well, there was one good portion of it – and that was the manic work of Phillip Seymour Hoffman who managed to get laughs out of nearly ever line when the rest of the movie missed the rest of the way.  That is a remarkable way to keep a streak alive.

But now the streak is over.  At 28.  His merely very good performance leaves him to start anew.

So when you check out Pirate Radio on DVD, remember that this is only a great performance from Hoffman, rather than his usual perfection.



Yep, just a couple of crusty old TV Series that were past their primes already hitting DVD.  Oh Joy!


  • “Dallas”: Season 13 – Buy Now
  • “Emergency!”: Season 6 – Buy Now


Apollo 13: 15th Anniversary Edition – Blu-Ray

This is becoming a regularity – rather than bothering to release special editions on plain old DVD anymore, the big companies are eschewing them in favor Blu-Ray Hi-Def releases.

So that may mean no more super special editions for those of use who’ve yet to upgrade.  But plenty of Hi-Def goodies for the Blu-Ray set.  Including this 15th anniversary set.

Bonus Features Include:

  • Lost Moon: The Triumph Of Apollo 13 – The Making of Apollo 13
  • Conquering Space: The Moon and Beyond
  • A Recap of half a century in space
  • Lucky 13: The Astronauts’ Story
  • Recounting the events of the mission
  • Feature Commentaries with Director Ron Howard and Jim and Marilyn Lovell
  • D-Box Motion Enabled

What DVD will you be picking up this week?