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DVD Releases: May 4th 2010 Doctor Who, Dragon Ball and Hamlet

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Out this week we have three DVDs to feature:  Doctor Who: The Masque of Mandragora, Dragon Ball: Season Four, Hamlet (2009).  Do we Love It, Rent it, or Avoid Like Plague?

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  • Doctor Who: The Masque of Mandragora: Big fan of the Tom Baker years as Doctor Who.  I'm so glad to see more of it released on DVD this way fans of the current show can go back and see some of the original episodes that inspired the current show.  This also included commentary track by Tom Baker.
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    • Story:  Crossing paths with a living energy field called the Mandragora Helix drives the TARDIS to 15th-century Italy, where the Doctor and Sarah get mixed up with an evil cult, royal intrigue and the destructive power of the Helix energy. With Sarah captured by cult members and the Doctor slated for execution, the pair will have to think fast to prevent the Helix from obliterating Earth.
  • Dragon Ball: Season Four:Big Dragon Ball fan and for us this is an owner.  Warning Dragon Ball is a silly, ridiculous, weird and highly addictive show best described as high fantasy version of WWF wresteling.  I used to think Dragon Ball and Z  was dumb then Eric got the season one box set.  He sat me down and after a couple of episodes I converted and had to see more.
    • Story:  A new breed of evil - more powerful than anything ever experienced - is taking the world's greatest martial artists down for the count. Goku is quick to join the fight, but he's about to meet his match in the form of King Piccolo. This menacing monster has the power to pulverize the planet, and his murderous rampage will not stop until he controls the power of the seven magic Dragon Balls.  When Krillin is the first hero cut down by the monster's minion, the stage is set for a brutal grudge match between Goku and Piccolo. Earth's greatest champion vows to avenge the loss of his best friend, but first, he must journey to Korin Tower on a quest for the Ultra Divine Water: a magical elixir that could give him the strength to save humanity - or send him straight to the grave!

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  • Hamlet (2009):  Classic Shakespeare tale that has been told in movie form many  times before.  This version stands out for the cast, production company and filming location.  With David Tennant starring as Hamlet and Patrick Stewart as uncle Claudius that makes it a must see for me.  Add to it this is a the Royal Shakespeare Company film meaning that the accents will be correct.  This version of Hamlet is also filmed on location adding to the depth of the performance with real setting.

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DVD Releases: June 9th 2009

Out this week we have one DVD to feature:  Were the World Mine. Get your copy of Were the World Mine here

  • Were the World Mine:  This is a modern fantasy retelling of  A Midsummer Night's Dream.  The movie is about Timothy who is cast as Puck in his school's upcoming production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."  The words of Shakespeare seize upon Timothy’s mind and lead him to create a love potion--which he uses to capture the heart of the school’s star rugby player, but also to make everyone see the world through his eyes. Soon the rugby coach is pursuing the school principal, the principal’s wife swoons for Timothy’s mother, and the school jocks are prancing around like ballerinas.  The trailers looks great.  I didn't get to watch it in the theaters due to it's limited release but Were the World Mine got good reviews.  I'm definitely going to rent this one.

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Were the World Mine

From what I have heard in the trailer, I am not sure if I am quite ready to move "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" to the side in favor of "Were the World Mine," but the premise is interesting and sure to be controversial with the right wing if they catch wind of it, but the trailer has my attention, and I am eager to see the flick.

"Were the World Mine" is a modern retelling of A Midsummer Night's Dream, following the adventures of High Schooler Timothy, a gay kid cast in a school production of A Midsummer Night's Dream as Puck. Somehow, he finds a love potion and runs around the city making everyone fall in love with a person of their same gender. To top it all off, it is a musical.

Since the movie has been compared with Hedwig by the critics, I can only hope it does take a serious look at the question of sexual orientation, and doesn't just use it as a point of tension for the sake of drama. It is hard to read that from the trailer, but I have my fingers crossed.

The movie is already in limited release, and it is available to save to your queue on Netflix. (I already did)

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