Wednesday, December 20, 2006

the wonderful world of roundup

This is it. The last roundup of the year. It's been a long one this year, with many great releases. Many great classics have come to DVD and we've been able to add to our library many enjoyable books and CDs. You may not have agreed with our choices for Top Shelf Pick of the Week, but then again, it was our pick! That's what you come for, and we deliver. Today's roundup will be a short one, for Christmas is around the corner and most of the best stuff is out. Only one last "biggie" release this week, and none next week, so we give you our picks today, and then next week a "best of" roundup looking at our picks for the best of the year. So stay tuned.
Without further adeiu, today's Top Shelf Pick of the Week!

Top Shelf Pick of the Week
Walt Disney Treasures

For those of you who aren't in the know, for the last few years Leonard Maltin has been working with Walt Disney Studios to create this wonderful DVD series. Each set is a two disc affair, showcasing some of what made Walt Disney great over the years. In the past there have been complete collections of animated shorts of several characters and series. And several sets go back to The Mickey Mouse Club or The Disney television shows to bring you stuff that you will not find elsewhere. Each year a wave of 3-4 titles appear, and this year we are favored with four sets:
The Complete Pluto Volume II
Your Host, Walt Disney: TV Memories
More Silly Symphonies, Volume II
The Mickey Mouse Club: The Hardy Boys

Please go visit Leonard Maltin's website and Ultimate Disney for in depth looks at each of these sets. Trust me, the are well worth the price. I will even go out on a limb and tell Santa that I would really like to find these in my stocking this year!

MGM Musicals:
Best Foot Forward
Presenting Lily Mars

These are two titles that were voted in this year's kinda "You pick what get's released" list with TCM and Amazon. Two charming musicals from MGM. Best Foot Forward stars Lucille Ball and features Shelf favorite, June Allyson in her first film appearance. Presenting Lily Mars stars Judy Garland as small town girl with Broadway ambition. Check 'em out.

Hey- I told you it would be short and sweet today. But don't worry, we're still bringing you more Christmas goodness up until the big day. Then after Christmas we'll take a look at the best year and preview a great TCM marathon coming up on New Year's Eve.

Oh, I know it's a penny here and a penny there, but look at me. I worked myself up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty.

I'm not interested in pleasing the critics. I'll take my chances pleasing the audiences.


Laura said...

The Disney Treasures sets are usually among my very favorite releases each year. My one complaint is that our family wants *more* -- more Spin & Marty, more Mickey Mouse Club, etc. :)

I also confess to being a little disappointed that YOUR HOST, WALT DISNEY includes the 10th Anniversary Show which was already a part of the DISNEYLAND USA set in 2001.

Otherwise, it's all good. :)

Love the title card you showed for Disney's Wonderful World of Color.

Best wishes, Laura

J.C. Loophole said...

One hope is that they will show the full episodes, as the Disneyland DVDs only showed partial 10th anniversary show. But we are promised there is a great deal of more rare stuff on the sets. I am personally looking forward to the silly symphonies set. I loved the first one. (Heck, I love all of 'em)


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