3 new DVDs
In my geek heart of hearts, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is how I will remember the original crew of the starship Enterprise, for no other incarnation of classic Trek gives William Shatner’s Captain Kirk and Co. such an aura of cosmic nobility. I’ve seen this movie dozens of times, but watching it on DVD felt like my maiden voyage. The colors are so bright that some of the scenes felt brand-new; the sound (remastered to Dolby Digital 5.1) is punchier than it’s ever been on VHS or TV; and if you’ve never seen this film in wide-screen, this crisp anamorphic transfer will reveal untold riches at the fringes. The Wrath of Khan is, at its core, a tragedy, with the hero fighting his past, in the form of both an ancient villain (played by the magnetic Ricardo Montalban) thirsty for revenge, and old age, which dogs him at every turn. More than just one of the finest translations of TV material to the big screen, it is perhaps the best space opera — in the truest sense of the phrase — ever committed to film. Now, if only Paramount had included more on this disc than just a measly theatrical trailer… B+
The Secret of Roan Inish
Director John Sayles’ Irish fable is very hit and myth.
Features: Commentary by Sayles, theatrical trailers, full-screen and anamorphic wide-screen versions, Dolby Digital 2.0
Even those Looney Tunes characters wanna be like Mike in this live-action/animation basketball adventure.
Features: Commentary by Bugs, Daffy, and director Joe Pytka, theatrical trailer, music videos from Seal and R. Kelly, Dolby Digital 5.1