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Play ball! Again!

Presenting the R&R DVD Gift Guide, Part 1.

Now that holiday season is into full swing, I’m going to start pimping some DVD releases that should not be overlooked for gift possibilities. While not for everyone, certainly there’s somebody on your list who might appreciate such a disc.

We start with the “Official 2011 World Series Film,” which hit stores yesterday. I don’t follow sports, but friends who do tell me this year’s World Series was a big deal, especially if you were rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals. From what I understand, they had one helluva season, and one that began in a less-than-favorable way. But turnaround after turnaround resulted in — spoiler alert! — the team beating the Texas Rangers and walking off with its 11th series championship, a franchise record.

“Official 2011 World Series Film” relives that championship season in a documentary format that features highlights, interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, all narrated by “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm, whose mere voice turns women to Silly Putty.

The double-disc DVD is available now ($29.95); a single-disc Blu-ray ($34.95) follows on Dec. 6. —Rod Lott

by Rod Lott 11.23.2011 2 years ago
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I ‘Spy,’ times three

Presenting the R&R DVD Gift Guide, Part 6.

Today’s holiday home-video gift-giving suggestion is Lionsgate’s release of “Spy Kids Triple Feature” on Blu-ray. Children who liked this summer’s fourth entry in the franchise, with the head-scratching title of “Spy Kids: All the Time in the World,” may be surprised to learn there were three other movies that came before that cinematic pairing of Jessica Alba, Joel McHale and poop jokes.

On three discs, you get all three of those original adventures, all starring Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino (yum) as the spy parents, and Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara as their spy progeny, and all written, directed and produced by Robert Rodriguez. 

For my money — and believe me, it seemed like each time my wife birthed a child, there was a new chapter to take them to — the best is 2001’s “Spy Kids.” At the time, it was novel, from the concept to the George Clooney cameo. The next year’s “Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams,” was a small step down, even if the addition of Steve Buscemi as the bad guy was a step up, but 2003’s “Spy Kids 3: Game Over” was halfway-painful — not just because of Sylvester Stallone’s terrible performance of villainy, but its overall candy-colored scheme and ADHD look. At least at home, you’re not forced to view it in 3-D that did nothing but grant a headache.

In the jump to this high-definition package, the “Spy Kids” trilogy didn’t lose its litany of bonus features from the DVD releases, either. Who knows? Maybe the peeks behind the curtain Rodriguez offers will inspire your own tot to become a DIY director. (If so, just encourage him/her to make more like “Sin City” and less like “Shorts.”)

“Spy Kids Triple Feature” is available now at the suggested retail price of $39.99. —Rod Lott
by Rod Lott 12.09.2011 2 years ago
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Toon-up

Presenting the R&R DVD Gift Guide, Part 6.

Cartoons are today’s gift suggestion. I’ve got three sets to recommend — one for kids, one for tweens, one for adults.

For kids, it’s “Spongebob Squarepants: The Complete Seventh Season.” If your house is anything like mine, your mind has absorbed this Nick character’s underwater adventures just by being within earshot. “7th Season,” available now for $26.99, contains all 50 episodes on a four-disc set, with bonus animated shorts.

For tweens, it’s “Conan the Adventurer: Season Two, Part 1.” Did you happen to catch our review for “Season One”? Well, this is a lot like that, right down to being 13 episodes on two DVDs. Sporting funny names in episode titles like “Curse of Axh’oon” and “The Vengeance of Jhebbel Sag,” it’s available now for the odd price of $19.93.

For adults, it’s “The Life & Times of Tim: The Complete Second Season,” the quite-funny chronicles of the 20-something Tim (creator Steve Dildarian). Concerned with the discomfort comedy that characterizes such shows as “The Office,” fellow HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and virtually everything Ricky Gervais ever has touched, Tim is often as solid as the show’s MVP guests, which, in these 10 episodes, include Aziz Ansari (TV’s “Parks and Recreation”), James Urbaniak (of Adult Swim’s genius “The Venture Bros.”) and alt-stand-up fave Paul F. Tompkins. The two-disc set is out now for $29.98.

by Rod Lott 12.16.2011 2 years ago
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Cool tools for yule

As this topsy-turvy year comes to an end, rev up for gift-giving! Need ideas for the passionate cook in your life? Try these simple, pure and delightfully uncomplicated culinary tools.


Food and Drink Features

Carol Smaglinski
Even the most stubborn wine cork is child’s play when you have the proper item. Something simple to use is called Cork Pops. The needle is inserted into the cork and the low pressure propellant cartridge pops the cork right out. It will last for 60 to 80 bottles before it runs out.
 
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