I’m always a bit surprised that the BBC folks don’t get more general nerd cred for their extraordinarily fine efforts with the Doctor Who discs. I guess you either watch (or watched) the show back in the day or you didn’t. Even so, as they continue to release every extant adventure remaining—sadly, several of the earliest ones are apparently lost forever—they continue to break their butts putting together a terrific package for each story arc.
This week’s releases include the triple arc package of Doctor Who: The Black Guardian Trilogy, starring Peter Davison, one story of which saw that return of the Brigadier and Unit from the show’s Pertwee/Tom Baker glory days. See the Amazon listing for a run-down on the amazing extras included in the package.
More interesting to me is the long awaited epic Doctor Who: The War Games. Frankly, I never cared overmuch for Davison’s bland Doctor, but conversely never felt I’d seen enough of the second Doctor, as played by Patrick Throughton. This is another mega-adventure, like the above featuring three discs, as the Doctor gets involved in a space war. Most of Throughton’s shows were destroyed by the BBC in years past, so this is a major release. One warning, though: The old shows could have a plodding pace, especially compared to today’s action-oriented ones, so you may not want to try to watch the ten episodes in a row or anything.
Other TV: Here’s Lucy S2; Mission Impossible S7 (Final Season; also a complete series set); Rockford Files Movie Collection; Spin City S3; Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season One, Walt Disney Treasures: Zorro Season One and—separately— Season Two; Witchblade The Complete Series
On to films:
GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra Dumb fun at least? Still haven’t really gotten a sense of whether it hits that bar or not.
Command Performance: Dolph Lundgren’s still making movies?!
Film Noir Classics: Nice package of noir from Columbia, hosted by Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann and Christopher Nolan. Features The Big Heat, Five Against the House, The Line-up, Murder by Contract and The Sniper.
Hardwired: How’s Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr.’s career going? He’s now starring in DTV action flicks opposite Val Kilmer.
Sand Serpents: SyFy Original Movie. ‘Nuff said.
Wings of Desire Criterion Collection Another cinema classic from the fine folks at Criterion.
The Beast Within (zombie movie, not ‘80s alien flick)