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Dr. Freex's Picks:

The Val Lewton Horror Collection

The original Val Lewton collection was a honey of a deal, with so many seminal, influential, downright good horror movies, and a documentary, Shadows in the Dark, which delved into why these films turned out far better than short-sighted suits could have imagined. This new edition includes a 2008 documentary by Martin Scorcese on Lewton that ups its value significantly.

The Host - Two Disc Collector's Edition

Where a lot of post-post-modern monster movies have failed - hello Fraudzilla and Cloverfield - the Korean The Host puts a most eccentric spin on the genre (dysfunctional blue collar family versus Godzilla? Really?) and still manages to pack in some of the most impressive monster attack sequences in recent memory. Exhaustive bonus features on the second disc should be a blueprint for how to manage extras in future genre movies.

The Incredible Hulk 3 Disc Collector's Edition

Its only slighter older sibling Iron Man may have gotten all the press and box office, but this semi-reboot of the Hulk character is at least as good, if not better in some ways. This edition definitely has the better extras, if only because there is more property damage and mayhem to chronicle. My only cavil: the third disc is the digital copy, not a true 3rd disc, in my humble opinion.

Hong Kong Cavalier's Picks:

Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

It's Hasselhoff, baby!  In the immortal words of Stan Lee, "'Nuff Said!"
A gloriously hammy TV movie adaptation of the classic Marvel Comics character with a script by David Goyer...God Bless Best Buy for producing this exclusive disc, which was marketed to tie-in with the then-hype on Fury in the IRON MAN flick...which was not only portrayed by another actor, but an actor of another ethnicity than the 'Hoff, Samuel L. Jackson...making the tie-in nearly
unrecognizible for the intended purchasing demographic.

Hollywood Legends of Horror Collection

Not only does this set contain hard-to-find early horror efforts such as Mad Love (1935), The Devil Doll (1936), and Mark of the Vampire (1935), but also offers the delightfully odd Doctor X (1932), whose behind the scenes stories which historian Scott McQueen elborates upon are nothing short of notorious, and the Humphrey Bogart oddity The Return of Doctor X (1939).  The real treasure of this set is, without a doubt, 1932's deliciously sinful The Mask of Fu Manchu, starring Boris Karloff, uncut for the first time in nearly 40 years, which is a prime example of pre-code horror at it's most decadent.

Max Fleischer's Superman 1941-1942

A nice package of the complete series of groundbreaking animated shorts, and holds the distinction of being the first to be authorized and backed by DC Comics and (parent company) Warner Bros.  After nearly 30 years of  potentially hundreds of unlicensed, public domain manufacturers VHS and DVD releases, these cartoons finally get a decent transfer (though, sadly, not digitally cleaned up, showing all the belmishes contained in the original elements...which only adds to their charm).