DVD Roundup – 11.7.06

JAG (Judge Advocate General) – The Complete Second Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
David James Elliott as Capt. Harmon ‘Harm’ Rabb Jr.
Catherine Bell as Lt. Col. Sarah ‘Mac’ MacKenzie
Patrick Labyorteaux as Lt. Lt. Cmdr. Bud Roberts
Chuck Carrington as P.O. Jason Tiner
John M. Jackson as Adm. Albert Jethro ‘A.J.’ Chegwidden
Zoe McLellan as P.O. Jennifer Coates

Special Features:
Commentary by Cast and Crew on Select Episodes

Setting Sail on Season 2

Inside the Real JAG Corps

Other Info:
Fullscreen
Dolby Digital English Stereo
Running Time: 11 Hours 35 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

“In this explosive hour-long dramatic adventure series, David James Elliot stars as Lieutenant Commander “Harm” Rabb, Jr., a brave, outstanding Navy Lawyer and officer in the Judge Advocate General (J.A.G.) Corps. His missions are to investigate and prosecute all crimes, accidents, acts of terrorism and espionage related to the Navy and Marine Corps.

Playing the diverse roles of investigator, prosecutor and defense attorney, Harm and his partner Major Sarah “Mac” MacKenzie (Catherine Bell), use their intelligence and determination to uncover the mysteries behind cases involving murder, treason, espionage and other high crimes to bring world-class criminals to justice. JAG combines all the intensity of the battlefield and all the suspense of a criminal investigation into an action-packed hour! ”

” JAG (Judge Advocate General) – The Complete Second Season” is not rated.

CS Comment:
Catherine Bell fans should rejoice now that they can buy her TV debut on DVD. It’s a little light on the bonus features, but “JAG” fans should be happy.

Available Tuesday, November 7



C.S.I. Crime Scene Investigation – The Complete Sixth Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
William L. Petersen as Gil Grissom
Gary Dourdan as Warrick Brown
George Eads as Nick Stokes
Paul Guilfoyle as Captain Jim Brass
Marg Helgenberger as Catherine Willows
Eric Szmanda as Greg Sanders
Jorja Fox as Sara Sidle
Robert David Hall as Dr. Al Robbins
David Berman as David Phillips
Wallace Langham as David Hodges

Special Features:
Commentary on Select Episodes

The Science of Sound

Gadgets & Gizmos

Coroner reports

Apparent Cause of Death

Season six trajectory

The new title sequence

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Language
Running Time: 17 Hours 21 Minutes

CS Comment:
This season of “CSI” has a great collection of bonus features including a featurette showing how they turn an actor into a corpse, something on the gadgets they use, and much more. They even have a special on the title sequence! Also look for a ton of commentaries. “CSI” fans rejoice!

Available Tuesday, November 14



NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Mark Harmon as Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Michael Weatherly as Tony DiNozzo
Pauley Perrette as Abby Sciuto
David McCallum as Dr. Donald ‘Ducky’ Mallard
Sean Murray as Timothy McGee
Sasha Alexander as Caitlin “Kate” Todd
Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer

Special Features:
Investigating Season 2

What’s New in Season 2

The Real NCIS

Lab Tour with Pauley Perrette

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.33:1)
Wnglish 2.0 Surround Sound
Spanish Language
Running Time: 16 Hours 47 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official product description:

“A team of special agents, operating outside the military chain of command, must investigate any crime with pieces of evidence connected to Navy and Marine Corps personnel, regardless of rank or position. Character-driven stories, with surprising twists, play a large role in the second season of NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service). The NCIS team of investigators is led by Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), an experienced investigator with sometimes unorthodox, but always effective methods. Working under Gibbs are Special Agent Anthony Dinozzo (Michael Weatherly); Special Agent Caitlin Todd (Sasha Alexander); Forensic Specialist Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette); and NCIS’s medical examiner Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard (David McCallum). Additionally, joining the staff this season will be Special Agent Timothy McGee (Sean Murray) whose communication and computer skills outweigh his naiveté. Whether investigating murder or espionage, the NCIS goes global in their quest to solve all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties.”

“NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service ” is not rated.

CS Comment:
“JAG” meets “CSI”! If you like either it’s probably worth checking out.

Available Tuesday, November 14



Tales from the Crypt – The Complete Fifth Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
John Kassir as Crypt Keeper

Special Features:
13 episodes on three discs

“Death of Some Salemen” virtual comic book

Other Info:
Fullscreen
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 380 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

“Tomb it may concern. Yes, you. No one else is reading this, right? Besides, you’re the ideal person for this happily haunted collection of scares and silliness – someone warm and bleeding. Sorry, breathing. The Cryptkeeper delivers more keepers (and terrorific Spookcial Feartures) with this atmosfearic Season 5. Ready to delight your feverishly warped mind are Forever Ambergris, with Steve Buscemi and Roger Daltrey portraying war photographers; Two for the Show, with Traci Lords, David Paymer and Vincent Spano embroiled in a tale of wife and death; Well Cooked Hams, with Martin Sheen and Billy Zane putting hocus pocus in focus as rival magicians; plus 10 more eerie encounters of fate, fiends and flat-out funniness. Lullaby and good fright, kiddies! ”

“Tales from the Crypt – The Complete Fifth Season ” is not rated.

CS Comment:
Richard Donner, Joel Silver, and Robert Zemeckis produce this spooky and hilarious series. It’s Amazing Stories or Alfred Hitchcock meets horror.

Available Tuesday, October 31



It’s a Wonderful Life (60th Anniversary Edition)
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
James Stewart as George Bailey
Donna Reed as Mary Hatch Bailey
Lionel Barrymore as Mr. Potter
Thomas Mitchell as Uncle Billy
Henry Travers as Clarence
Beulah Bondi as Ma Bailey
Frank Faylen as Ernie Bishop
Ward Bond as Officer Bert
Gloria Grahame as Violet Bick
H.B. Warner as Mr. Emil Gower
Frank Albertson as Sam Wainwright
Todd Karns as Harry Bailey
Samuel S. Hinds as Peter Bailey (Pa)
Mary Treen as Cousin Tilly
Virginia Patton as Ruth Dakin Bailey

Special Features:
The Making of “It’s a Wonderful Life”

A Personal Remembrance

Original Theatrical Trailer

Other Info:
Fullscreen
Dolby Digital English Mono
French Language
Running Time: 130 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

“Voted the #1 Most Inspiring Film of All Time by AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Cheers, It’s a Wonderful Life has had just that. With the endearing message that ‘no one is a failure who has friends,’ Frank Capra’s heartwarming masterpiece continues to endure, and after 60 years this beloved classic still remains as powerful and moving as the day it was made. Now, beautifully restored, this 60th Anniversary Edition includes the documentary ‘The Making of It’s a Wonderful Life,’ the very special tribute to filmmaker Frank Capra, ‘A Personal Remembrance’ from his son Frank Capra Jr., and much more. This timeless movie, with its timeless message, is the greatest year-round gift of all!”

“It’s a Wonderful Life” is not rated.

CS Comment:
When watching it every year on TV isn’t enough, you can add this DVD to your collection. This 60th Anniversary edition is restored and includes a couple making-of bonus features.

Available Tuesday, October 31



Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, Vol. 2
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Chris Edgerly as Potamus
Gary Cole as Harvey Birdman
Grey DeLisle as Debbie
Stephen Colbert as Phil Ken Sebben
Thomas Allen as Peanut

Special Features:
Commentary on 9 episodes featuring Gary Cole, Stephen Colbert, John Michael Higgins, Peter MacNicol, Paget Brewster, Chris Edgerly and others

Unaired scenes

Clothes-less Animation Pass: a “Harvey Birdman” scene reanimated to be all naked all the time!

Birdman Stripper – footage of live action stripper dressed as our favorite winged attorney.

“Hey Mr. Passerby” music video

A behind the scenes look at the making of the series and the evolution of a scene

Harvey Promos

Fun with Audio segments

Other Info:
Fullscreen
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 151 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

“Hey! Here’s a DVD of that show that guy mentioned to you at the thing that one time but you couldn’t remember the name! Yeah, like it was that show about the guy who was a superhero and then he got some different job or something?! On “Adult Swim” on the Cartoon Channel!! And like, I heard that Astro gets attacked by wild dogs! OMG! LOL! EMOTICON!

Yes. Yes, it is. That show, not that channel. And this is that show’s DVD. Correction: Its second DVD. But, you’ll be happy to know, the first’s still being heavily pirated in China. So why not do your duty as an American and snag this one good and fast – if only to see whether that rumored single frame of a named Birdgirl is actually true? Unless you’re planning a trip to China sometime soon, then, well, we’d recommend just holdin’ off. Enjoy!”

“Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, Vol. 2″ is not rated.

CS Comment:
If you’re a fan of Stephen Colbert or Gary Cole, this is one DVD you’ll want to check out. It’s a funny take on “Hanna Barbera” cartoons and law TV shows.

Available Tuesday, October 10



Oh! What A Lovely War – Special Collector’s Edition
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Rating: G

Starring:
Wendy Alnutt as Flo Smith
Colin Farrell as Harry Smith
Malcolm McFee as Freddie Smith
John Rae as Grandpa Smith
Corin Redgrave as Bertie Smith
Maurice Roëves as George Smith
Paul Shelley as Jack Smith
Kim Smith as Dickie Smith
Angela Thorne as Betty Smith
Mary Wimbush as Mary Smith
Vincent Ball as Australian Soldier
Pia Colombo as Estaminet Singer
Paul Daneman as Czar Nicholas II
Isabel Dean as Sir John French’s Lady
Christian Doermer as Fritz

Special Features:
Commentary by: Lord Richard Attenborough

Three-part documentary – “Welcome to World War I,” “The Smith Family Album,” “Keep The Home Fires Burning”

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital Mono
Running Time: 144 Minutes

Synopsis:
This film was originally released in 1969. The following is from the DVD cover:

“It was the War to end all wars – well not quite. For with the ricochet of one bullet, the entire course of human history was changed forever…Now, for the first time, Academy Award®-winner Richard Attenborough’s directorial debut is available on DVD. Based on the stage musical by the same name, Oh! What a Lovely War features a stellar cast that includes Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, John Mills, John Gielgud, Maggie Smith, Vanessa Redgrave, Ian Holm, Dirk Bogarde and Susannah York. By fusing the surreal with the factual and juxtaposing savagely funny satire with quiet sorrow, Attenborough has created the oddest and most outstanding film ever made about the “game” that became World War One.”

“Oh! What A Lovely War” is rated G.

CS Comment:
Classic film fans and war movie fans should enjoy checking out this directorial debut from Richard Attenborough.

Available Tuesday, November 7



Harvey Toons – The Complete Collection
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Rating: Not Rated

Special Features:
52 Original Cartoons

Other Info:
Fullscreen
Dolby Digital Mono
Running Time: 19 Hours

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

“Laugh along with some of the most well-known and cherished cartoon characters in history! The Complete Harveytoons Series includes original animated cartoons from the 1940′s and 1950′s. Make friends with Casper, listen to Little Audrey’s trademark laugh, stir up some mischief with Baby Huey, be a part of Herman and Katnip’s prop-filled comic battles!”

“Harvey Toons – The Complete Collection” is not rated.

CS Comment:
I loved these cartoons when I was a kid, now my kids are seeing them for the first time. In fact, they asked to see this DVD before they wanted to see recent Disney ones!

Available Tuesday, November 7



Also New and Coming Soon:

Blue Collar Comedy Tour 3 Pack
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Rating: Not Rated, PG-13

CS Comment:
Redneck humor in a stylish and convenient three pack!

Available Tuesday, November 21

Once Upon a Christmas / Twice Upon a Christmas
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Rating: Not Rated

CS Comment:
Hard to believe, but they actually made two of these movies. Kathy Ireland is fun to admire, but the rest is holiday cheese.

Available Tuesday, November 7

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