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November 3, 2009


DVD of the Week – In Observance of Daylight Savings Time


The nation fell back last weekend, an event marked by the associated rituals of forgetting all about it, trying to remember how to change all the clocks, and forcing the internal clock to adjust to the new time without the compensations of travel. In observance of daylight savings time coming to an end for another year, the DVD spotlight this week shines on three movies featuring temporal dislocation.

Groundhog Day (1993)

If you haven’t yet seen Groundhog Day, what are you waiting for? Bill Murray plays (perfectly) a New York City TV weatherman reluctantly on assignment in a small town to cover Punxsutawney Phil the celebrity groundhog’s annual appearance. Through a cosmic twist of fate, his rotten personality consigns him to repeating the same day over and over and over and… The “special edition” DVD features are a commentary by director Harold Ramis and “The Weight of Time,” a short feature on the film that includes an interview with the screenwriter. The “special 15th anniversary edition” repeats the features from the earlier DVD and adds a “making of,” deleted scenes, an interview with Ramis, and a short feature that from its title is about groundhogs.

Time After Time (1979)

H. G. Wells invents a time machine only to have it stolen by a false friend who is none other than Jack the Ripper, and must then pursue the notorious serial killer forward in time to 1979 San Francisco in writer-director Nicholas Meyer’s science-fiction film/thriller/romance/culture-clash comedy. Features on the “special edition” DVD are a commentary by Meyer and stars Malcom McDowell and David Warner, the theatrical trailer, and the trailers for both film versions of H.G. Wells’ novel The Time Machine.

Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

Circumstances and fools may work against Phileas Fogg’s successful circumnavigation of the globe in just 80 days, but the natural order lends a helping hand as he crosses the International Date Line. The perfect film to watch on Daylight Savings Ends day, Around the World in 80 Days is available on DVD in a 2-disc edition of a restored print. The plentiful extras for the star-studded spectacular include a commentary by Brian Sibley, outtakes, a 1968 biographical special about producer Mike Todd called “Around the World of Mike Todd,” an introduction by Robert Osborne, and a digital version of the original roadshow program book.

New releases this week: Aliens in the Attic, Food, Inc., G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, I Love You, Beth Cooper, The Taking of Pelham 123

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Nov 4 2009

    I simply do not believe people when they say they have not seen GROUNDHOG DAY.

  2. Helen
    Nov 4 2009

    There aren’t too many of those deprived souls, I hope. :=)

  3. Nir Shalev
    Nov 6 2009

    And “Groundhog Day” has certainly earned it “classic” status.

  4. Sep 29 2010

    Groundhog Day is certainly one of my favorites, probably one of my most liked Bill Murray roles.

  5. Helen
    Sep 29 2010

    Speaking of, it’s been much too long since I watched it…

    A friend pointed me to this clever animation short from The Guardian. There are supposedly 26 films referenced, though I have to admit I didn’t spot anywhere near that many! I did see Groundhog Day in there though: