dvds that you and i should have

I just learned that Warner Brothers has reissued The Public Enemy, White Heat, Angles with Dirty Faces, Little Caesar, The Petrified Forest, and The Roaring Twenties, some of the best work of Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart, in one box-set. It’s called The Warner Gangsters Collection, and it’s available for $51.69 on Amazon… As I’m too proud to ask for one of you to buy it for me, I’m going to instead suggest that you all buy copies for yourselves. You see, if you follow that link and buy a copy, I’ll get 5% of the purchase price, or $2.58, thanks to the Amazon Associates Program. So, if 20 of you buy the box-set, I’ll get one free, and we’ll all win.

“So,” you’re wondering, “what if I’m stupid and don’t like classic gangster films?” Good question… And I have two answers. First, consider giving it as a gift. (Father’s Day is coming up.) Second, buy it as an investment (this is, after all, an ownership society), something that you could one day sell on Ebay for a big profit… And, if neither of those work for you, here are some other newly released DVDs that you/I should own.

Athens Georgia: Inside/Out: This documentary about the music scene in Athens, Georgia in the 1980’s, was hugely influential in my life, and, I suppose, it could be in yours too, if you just give it half a chance. (Warning: It will make you want to start a band.) Sure, there are a few shitty groups, but there’s lots of great stuff too, like rare, early footage of such mm.com favorites as Pylon, REM, The Flat Duo Jets, and the Bar-B-Q Killers. (That last link will take you to my interview with Pylon, which has within it more detail about the documentary and how it changed my life.)

To Be Or Not to Be: Jack Benny at his very best, AND fighting Nazis. Who could possibly ask for more? (Thanks to Anonomatt for the heads-up on the DVD release, and for introducing me to this, one of the best comedies ever made, in the first place.)

The Adventures of Pete and Pete: The first eight episodes of the best kids’ show ever made. (Yes, it’s even better than Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.) If you haven’t seen it, you can’t be my friend. Period. (Thanks to Jeff Kay for the heads-up on the DVD release.)

So, now just organize into groups of twenty and place your orders.

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  1. Brian
    Posted March 12, 2005 at 1:03 am | Permalink

    Man, that Pete and Pete doesn’t come out till May! Stop being such a tease Mark!

  2. mark
    Posted March 12, 2005 at 1:12 am | Permalink

    Don’t look at the small print. Just punch in your credit card numbers and hit “send.” And, remember, it’s unpatriotic to raise questions.

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