The Daily Show: Indecision 2004 – So this is probably a first. I picked this DVD up right before I was going to start the D’s, and I watched it (in its entirety) on that same day. I was interested to see how a topical news comedy would hold up 14 years after the fact. As it turns up it held up quite well. It’s not the entire coverage of the 2004 election, it’s just the two conventions, one debate episode, and the election night episode, still it was plenty of material. I should point out that I’ve never seen an election night Daily Show episode, since 2004 I’ve worked very long hours every election, first as an elected official (which I won’t go into) and then because of my job (which I also won’t go into). Will I pick up the other daily show DVDs? Well I’ll tell you, this one was 6$. So if I come across another one at that price, sure, but i probably won’t go out of my way to get more, I don’t know how many more times I might watch this one, maybe every presidential election season along with Bullworth.
Darkwing Duck Vol. 1 – what can be said about this cartoon, not quite as well remembered as some other cartoons of the era, but entertaining nonetheless. This DVD set clearly spans into the second season, not sure why they went that route, but not for me to decide, it’s better then the second option of making the volume shorter then the season. The show has Launchpad McQuack as an important sidekick, he was originally a character is Ducktales, but takes place in St. Conard and not Duckburg, but it is still in the Ducktales universe. There is a wide variety of bad guys: the liquidator (a dog made out of water), Megavolt (an electricity charged rat), Negaduck (the polar opposite of Darkwing), Bushroot (a plant creature), and so on. The show can best be described as “Disney’s Schlameel Batman” but a must see/must own for any Disney Afternoon fan. Btw because of the way I file my DVD’s the Disney TV shows are going to be scattered through out instead of listed as “Disney’s Darkwing Duck, Disney’s Adventures of the Gummie Bears, etc. There are plenty more to come so keep you Mickey Mouse ears on.
David the Gnome – I think this is probably my 4th favorite TV show of all time, it’s so warm and innocent and just simply beautiful. It’s a Spanish language cartoon that is heavily based on a Dutch book series about Gnomes, and dubbed into English with Tom Bosley as the titular David and Christopher Plumber as the limited narrator. I watch this series usually two or three times a year, always noticing new things. That being said I have still never watched the last episode. The first episode states that Gnomes live for 400 years, David is 399 years old and on the last episode turns 400, you can figure out what that means, I can’t even watch the preview for that episode. Perhaps when I know my own end is soon I will watch that last episode, but let’s hope that’s not for quite a while. I would say more about this DVD (and certainly can) but I already did a post on it (and one of the books) and you can check that out for yourself if interested here [link]. The DVD is filed under D for David the Gnome, but it could have been much earlier as it is officially called “The Adventures of David the Gnome” or it could have been much later because it is also known as “the world of David the Gnome” but I like where it is here.
Dick Tracy – I actually wrote a semi-fictional story last year about my various experiences with Dick Tracy as a kid. The story hasn’t been published yet, but it may (if I can find the right venue for it) so I won’t go into all the details. Dick Tracy (I’m fairly sure) was the first movie I ever saw in the theaters, and the Dick Tracy action figure (released with the movie) was the first toy i ever baught with my own money and I still have him, though he’s missing a leg, and I should have watched the movie with him, but damn, forgot again (I also have a “Steve the Tramp” action figure still in the box on my wall of toys). This is the second time I’ve watched this movie this year, my good friend over at Oblivions Realm [link] got it for me for Christmas. He got me a bunch of other DVDs which at this point I’ve watched half of the haul. The movie is really well done, a great neo-noir dieselpunk film with fine acting from Warren Beaty, Glenn Hadley (RIP), Charlie Kosmo (who was also the disturbed kid in “What About Bob”), Al Pacino as the main bad guy, and Madonna as the quintessential Fem Fatale. Color, make up and acting is so over the top that it almost seems like a cartoon in its own right. Check it out if you haven’t, check it out again if it’s been a while, trust me it’s worth it.
Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb – I watched this movie maybe a dozen times when I first really got into movies close to 20 years ago but haven’t seen it since. It’s close between Kubrick and Zemeckis which one I like more and which director is actually my favorite. That all being said, I should watch this movie more often, it is just simply incredible, funny, arty and intense all at once, and unfortunately a little too apropos at the moment (with North Korea and everything). There was an interesting article I read online years ago about a guy who watched the movie 500 times in one year and was able to recreate stills from the movie using household items (link). One thing unnoticed this time around which I don’t think I noticed before (and certainly didn’t remember if I did) but James Earl Jones is in this movie. He’s in 2 other great films in my collection (I know which one your thinking… and your wrong) Conan the Barbarian and Naked Gun 33 1/3. Not sure if he’s in any others in my collection, I don’t have (or want) any Star Wars, but man, what a great voice. Of course this movie has other great actors, Slim Picken’s (from Blazing Saddles and One Eyed Jacks – 2 must see westerns) George C. Scot (from Patton) and the multi-faceted versatile Pink Panther himself Peter Sellers playing several rolls without any confusion by the viewer (now that takes real talent). If your interested in Kubrick, this is a good starting point to be introduced to him, it’s not as difficult or hard to watch as some of his other films (A Clockwork Orange and 2001 are excellent films but less approachable). If you haven’t seen it, get out there and see it, its one of the best, 5 stars all the way.
Dragon Ball Mystic Adventure – I picked this up in I think 2002 when I was getting into anime (I never got that far into anime as is probably obvious by now). The DVD is a 45 minute short movie that i believe takes place in the middle of the second season of dragon ball. I was never a fan of the Dragon Ball Z series (especially after the Spirit Bomb bullshit) but I did like the Dragon Ball spinoff with Goku as a kid and Master Yoshi. It’s much lighter, less serious, better characters, and just all round better then the up-it’s-own-ass more adult Dragon Ball Z series tend to be. This DVD however is a bit of a rip off, remember it was only 45 minutes long, full price (when I got it) and at the time the only Dragon Ball available on DVD. I havn’t watched it in years. But I may again, it’s not bad.
Drawn Together Season 1 – I picked this DVD up at a flee market at a very low cost, I would have probably been disappointed if I paid full price, there’s only 7 episodes. That being said it’s very funny, I watched the show mildly when it was still new. If your not familiar with the show it was a short lived Comedy Central animated reality show, which is to say it is a spoof on reality shows. Each character (for the most part) is a parody of another famous cartoon: Xander is Link, Captain Hero is Superman, Ling-ling is Pikachu, Waldor is Spungbob, Foxy Love is Josie from the pussycats, Toot is Betty Boop, Clara is a generic Disney princess. This leaves Spanky Ham who is more or less an exaggeration of his own voice actor Adam Carola. The other voice actors aren’t as recognizable accept for maybe Foxy who is voice by Cree Summer who also did the voice of Number 5 from Codename: Kids Next Door. The humor in the show is way over the top, very off color, vary racist, and won’t appeal to everyone, probably why the show only lasted 36 episodes (it’s kind of surprising it lasted that long considering). If your someone who is easily offended or mildly offended you’re not going to like the show, if your me, you’ll love it. My favorite episode “Nipple Ring-Ring Goes to Foster Care” which is not in this season. My favorite on the DVD is probably “Gay Bash” which is when Xander comes out and a parody of Robin Williams’ genie makes a guest appearance. But this episode is only slightly better then the rest of them. Like I said though, there are only 7 episodes on the DVD. I’ll get the rest if I find them at a good price.
Dream Theater: Metropolis 2000 – the first of only a few concert DVDs. I have a love/hate relationship with Dream Theater for reasons I’m not going to get into. Imagines and Words is my third favorite album of all time which features the song Metropolis pt. 1 (link), this concert and the concept album it features is essentially part 2. Telling the story of a man who kills his lover and then himself and is haunted by memories of this in his next lift. I may not have that right, but concept albums are not my specialty. The concert (the main portion of the DVD) is the album, which makes sense because you can’t really play one song alone, it’s hard to even notice exactly where the songs change either, there’s pretty much no pause. It’s been years since I’ve watched this DVD, and i actually enjoyed it more this time around, it’s something I should go back to more often. The original concert, (on a 3 disk CD) was pulled from the shelves because it was released a week before 9-11 and had the picture of an apple and the silhouette of the twin towers on fire (link). The DVD uses that image on the menu screen. I have no personal problem with the image, but it’s not one of Dream Theater’s best, go ahead and check out their album covers for yourself, they are all quite good: Images and Words, and my favorite (of the covers) Once in a Livetime. There is some bonus features with the DVD with some of the other songs from the concert, but unfortunately no Metropolis pt 1, a big mistake in my humble opinion (and not the only one they’ve made over the years).
Drunken Master – this is the second time I’ve seen this movie, the first was a long ago. It’s good, there’s a lot of slapstick comedy (which is pretty typical of a Jackie Chan movie), and a mediocre story line there mostly to string the different fighting scenes together, not that there’s anything wrong with that of course. I know Drunken Fist is a an actual style of king fu (and one that seems more interesting then a lot of the others) but from there I don’t know anything else about it. Regardless it’s an enjoyable movie.
The Legend of Drunken Master – in my opinion this is not the better of the two movies (there may be more in the series, I haven’t looked into it). There is much more of a story in this movie, a pretty serious story about corruption, working conditions, international affairs and more, but it ways down somewhat on what should be just a nice little fun Kung fu comedy. And the humor feels more forced. Maybe I’ve just come to expect better from Jackie Chan. Not a bad movie though, still worth watching.
DuckTales vol. 1 – among other things DuckTales is known for having perhaps the greatest theme song of all time (link) almost scientifically proven (link to explanation video). Theme song aside it’s also a great show plane and simple, the first of the Disney Afternoon Cartoons (others include: Gummie Bears, Talespine, and Chip & Dale), all of which I have the first volumes of). I actually like Talespin and Gummie Bears slightly more. Scrooge McDuck is an interesting blend between greed and kindness that is almost impossible outside of a cartoon and would make for a very interesting character study. Launchpad is in most of the episodes (he’s also in Darkwing), but Gizmoduck is not in this volume, which is the only disappointment here. As far as episodes go, it has my favorite and (personally) best remembered episode “The Curse of Castle McDuck” which is about Scotland and Druids (as a kid I was very interested in Scotland, because of this show, I have no Scottish blood as far as I know. I’m less interested in the culture these days, no offense of course just less then I used to be.), another episode “Sphinx for the Memories” I had completely forgotten about until I saw it again, and I hadn’t seen it in close to 30 years. The show is actually 31 years old, the DVD I have is the 25th anniversary edition. Anyway that episode features Donald who is abducted (no pun intended) by an Egyptian cult. Several episodes are all heavily influential in the 2013 remake of the NES game. One thing I didn’t notice though was any icon scene of Scrooge diving into his money bin, maybe it was there and I just missed it. The show takes place all over the world, which I really like and has strong elements of fantasy, science fiction, humor, mystery and adventure, good dialogue, strong characters, etc. it really has just about everything you could want in a cartoon and then some. I could go on for much longer, but I won’t, I still have 22 more letters to get through. Luckily some of them are really short, like the next one, the E’s at only 3 DVD’s all of them movies.