The Lost World — Special edition (1960 & 1925 versions)
The best trend in Hollywood comes from people who are using modern technology to restore older, classic films and then releasing them on DVD. One great new set is “The Lost World Special Edition,” which includes two films, the 1925 original and the 1960 remake.
When a scientist returns from the Amazon talking about a forgotten land where creatures from the dawn of time still reside, he gathers a team of explorers and returns to “the lost world,” where they are attacked and left stranded in a world of dinosaurs — and just about every other type of creature enlarged to extreme proportions.
Like the restored versions 1920s films such as “King Kong,” these “Lost” movies look remarkable, considering how old they actually are. Some nice special features are included on the double disc DVD, including retrospective featurettes as well as information about the process of restoring the films. Price: $19.98. Rent or buy: Buy.
MGM Movie Screen legends: Vincent Price
Seven films from the master of horror himself, Vincent Price, including “The Abominable Dr. Phibes,” “Dr. Phibes Rises Again,” “Theater of Blood,” “Madhouse,” “Tales of Terror,” “Twice Told Tales” and the DVD debut of “Witchfinder General” — a horror title that is highly sought after — are included in this impressive set.
With audio commentaries from film historians and actors, a documentary about “Witchfinder General’s” importance to the genre of horror and a cheap price, this is a must have for classic horror fans. Price: $39.98 Rent or buy: Buy.
FALL TV roundup: PART TWO
If you were blown away by the DVD sets about six great TV shows I discussed last week, you’re in luck now, too. These sets correspond to shows that will have new seasons stating in the near future. Rent or Buy: All are worth buying, if you’re a fan. Otherwise, go for Netflix.
Grey’s Anatomy — The Complete Third Season
There’s more McDreamy, more McSteamy, more Grey and less anatomy in this top show, which combines America’s love of the medical profession with loads of quality, heart-wrenching drama.
The set has featurettes on McSteamy and personal stories from the cast as well as extended and uncut episodes and deleted scenes. Price: $59.99.
Supernatural — Season Two
The Winchester brothers are back for a third season this September, but it was the second season of this show about brothers tracking demons in attempt to get revenge on the creature that killed their mother that won fans. Could it have been the innovative monsters and creepy plotlines that did it? The six-disc DVD set includes three behind the scenes featurettes, a gag reel, deleted scenes and more. Price: $59.98.
Bones — The Complete Second Season
The crime/anthropology series (yeah, that’s about as odd as it gets) returns for a third season on Fox. DavidBoreanaz and Emily Deschanel fill the dramedy with more sexual tension than you can shake a stick at. The set includes 21 episodes, new commentaries from the cast, behind-the-scenes featurettes, a gag reel and deleted scenes. Price: $59.98.
Two and Half Men — The Complete First Season
This month, “Two and Half Men” will enter its fifth season. So why just now are we seeing the first season on DVD? Good question. This set is perfect for those who have never seen the show and want to see how it all started. It has two featurettes, a gag reel and a handful of deleted scenes accompanying the 24 episodes on four discs. Price: $44.98.
Other DVDs coming out Tuesday: “Charmed — The Final Season,” “Even Money,” “Griffin & Phoenix,” “From Beyond: Special Edition,” “Return of the Living Dead: Special Edition,” “Food of the Gods,” “MGM Movie Legends: Vincent Price,” “The Graduate — 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition,” “The Film Crew: Wild Women of Wongo,” “Fraggle Rock – The Complete Third Season,” “McHale’s Navy: Season Two,” “The Burning” and “House of Usher.”