DVDs for the Dog Days

The heat wave currently plaguing central Illinois is getting a little out of hand: it’s officially too hot to be outside, aka the “dog days.” So, until the weather breaks, chill out inside with the A/C (sorry, we don’t have A/C units available for check out from the loanable tech desk!), a fan or a baby pool full of ice, and indulge in one of of these movies available in the UGL media collection that brings the heat in their titles–no sunscreen required.

DVD cover blurb: "The robbery should have taken 10 minutes. 4 hours later, the bank was like a circus sideshow. 8 hours later, it was the hottest thing on live TV. 12 hours later it was all history. And it's all true."

Dog Day Afternoon

Based on the true story of a Brooklyn, New York, bank robbery in August ’72, who doesn’t want to watch Al Pacino in a hostage situation on a hot, dragging summer day?





DVD cover blurb: a Los Angeles crime saga Heat

What is it with Pacino and bank robbing movies? It’s too hot out for deep thinking, but if Dog Day Afternoon isn’t your style, pick up Heat, and explore the inner-workings of the minds of bank robbers and the cops who hunt them down.



Hot Fuzz DVD cover with unprofessional police running away from fire ballHot Fuzz

Written by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg (aka the dudes who are responsible for Shaun of the Dead), two cops stumble upon a true crime ring in a small British town. Hilarity, gratuitous violence, and awesome accents ensue.




DVD cover with scared peopleI Know What You Did Last Summer

Things get messy in a seaside town after four attractive teens botch a hit-and-run after a night of summer partying. If you’re looking for some cheesy horror to heat up your night, we recommend Jennifer Love Hewitt & Co.




DVD cover: Sidney Poitier looks serious with a stick.In the Heat of the Night

This 1967 crime thriller features Sidney Poitier as a detective investigating a murder in a Southern town. The tension heats up faster than the weather down South in this classic drama.




DVD cover: Marilyn Monroe and two male comedians in dragSome Like It Hot

Emphasis on the “some” in Some Like It Hot, if the oppressive humidity has gotten under your skin, stay in and have a few laughs with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. This highly lauded film finds Curtis and Lemmon cross-dressing their way into an all-girl band to avoid a mob hit. It’s definitely the most fun one could have in the witness protection program.



DVD cover: young women looks troubled on a bed while concerned people look onSuddenly, Last Summer

After witnessing her cousin’s mysterious death, Catherine (Elizabeth Taylor) loses her mind and her vengeful aunt (Katherine Hepburn) conspires to have her lobotomized of all things. Suddenly, this summer’s heat index doesn’t sound too bad, after all.




DVD cover: actors posing cheesily in fake cabin

Wet Hot American Summer

What would the season be without summer camp? Director David Wain (Role Models, Wanderlust) and his merry band of misfits (think 2001 versions of Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Janeane Garofalo, Michael Ian Black, Elizabeth Banks and Bradley Cooper) have one last hurrah at Camp Firewood before the summer ends.



What are your favorite white-hot DVDs? Let us know in the comments!

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