Friday, January 22, 2010

Latest DVD Buys

I'm not the biggest fan of fye, but they occasionally mange to have some pretty good deals doing on. Case in point, the two DVDs I bought home from them this week - Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time, and Animaniacs Vol. 3.

It astounds me how foolish Disney continues to be with it's properties. Kim Possible, one of the greatest western shows ever, and one of the best things that has ever had the Disney name attached to it, STILL has no season DVD sets in America. If you want your Kim fix, you either have to watch Toon Disney (or whatever the channel is called these days) or watch the episodes on YouTube. To this day, only a handful of episodes and both movies, the aforementioned Sitch in Time, and So the Drama are on DVD in the west. Regardless, it's nice to finally own A Sitch in Time. I'm hoping to get So the Drama as well. For now, I'm not holding my breath for season DVD sets.

Animanicas was a bit of a successor to Tiny Toon Adventures. I always liked Tiny Toons better, but I can't say Animaniacs isn't raw deal. The show had witty, clever writing that was fun for both kids and adults, the later half of the audience that may very well have gotten the best out of the show. This show was pretty famous for sneaking things past the censors. Some of it was subtle, but a lot of it was so blatantly obvious that you have to wonder if S&P ever saw the show or they were just asleep at the wheel. 

Anyhoo, Animanicas Vol. 3 is actually the first DVD of the series that I own. For some strange reason, it was on sale for $14.99 while other volumes were higher. But Animaniacs is the kinda show that you don't need to watch in order to appreciate it. Outside of the first episode, you can come into the series at any point and enjoy it. In the words of Yako, "Good night, everybody!"

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Groundhog Day!

I care nothing for the holiday itself. They pull a giant rat out of a hole, and it matters not if he sees his shadow, winter will still continue for another 6 weeks. Now Hedgehog day, I can get behind. But I digress. I'm talking about the 1993 blockbuster comedy hit, Groundhog Day, staring Bill Murray. 

If you've just come out of a bomb shelter or woke up from a coma, Groundhog Day tells the tale of a jerkish weather man named Phil Connors who finds himself trapped in a time loop, which just happens to fall on February 2, which is, you guessed it, Groundhog Day. Phil is the only one ware of the time loop so he uses it to do all kinds of things like sleep with hot women, start police chases, and steal money. He just decides to wrongfully take advantage of it because it doesn't matter what he does. Each time he wakes up, it's Groundhog Day again. And Again. At first, Phil is thrilled by the reoccurring events but the ride is short lived as he slips into despair. He searches for ways to end the time loop, mostly through repeated attempts of suicide but each one fails and he's back to square one.

Growing desperate, Phil confides in his coworker, Rita (which he also has the hots for). At first she's skeptical until Phil demonstrates the vast knowledge he's accumulated by giving her the 411 about people around him. Rita's skepticism soon vanishes and she opts to spend the rest of the day with Phil, later encouraging him not to look at the time loop as a curse. From there on, things get better for Phil. Not only does he change for the better, he escapes the time loop and wins Rita's affections.

Groundhog Day is not only a hilarious movie, but an inspirational one. Sure, its a hoot to watch Phil driving with a kidnapped groundhog, fleeing from the fuzz and punching out his annoying former classmate. All that stuff was fun for him for a while, but as mentioned above, he grew tired of that and wanted to escape. He was also unable to win over Rita because he acted selfishly. What I find really amazing about the romance aspect of the film is that, it wasn't until Phil put others first and helped them out that Rita really began to notice him. Phil had only done a 180 in a day's time from Rita's perspective, but for Phil, that took a lot of work, God only knows how much work. By acting selflessly, Rita fell for Phil.

The particular version of Groundhog Day that I picked up is the 15th Anniversary Edtion. I got it for $7.50 at Wal-Mart. There's some nice extras on here like directory commentary, documentaries and such. Some could argue for more, but I'm pleased with what I got. I meant to buy this movie about two years ago, but I never got around to it. I watched this movie a lot when I first saw it back in 1994. It's as great now as it was when I first saw it. Really, everyone should watch/own this one. It's dirt cheap and in my humble opinion, one of the best movies ever made.