DVD Roundup: 3.13.07


Ghost – Special Collector’s Edition
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Rating: PG-13

Patrick Swayze as Sam Wheat
Demi Moore as Molly Jensen
Tony Goldwyn as Carl Bruner
Stanley Lawrence as Elevator Man
Christopher J. Keene as Elevator Man
Susan Breslau as Susan
Martina Deignan as Rose
Rick Kleber as Mover
Macka Foley as Mover
Rick Aviles as Willie Lopez

Special Features:
Commentary by: Director Jerry Zucker, writer Bruce Rubin
“Ghost Stories: The Making of a Classic” featurette
“Inside the Paranormal” featurette
“Alchemy of a Love Scene” featurette
“Cinema’s Great Romances”
Photo gallery
Theatrical Trailer

Other Info:
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French Language
Running Time: 126 Minutes

The following is from the official DVD synopsis:

“One of the most memorable romantic films ever and winner* of two Academy Awards®, Sam (Patrick Swayze), living as a ghost, discovers his death wasn’t just a random robbery gone bad. To help him reconnect with the love of his life, Molly (Demi Moore), and solve his own murder, he enlists the talents of a skeptical psychic (Oscar®-winner Whoopi Goldberg), who doesn’t even believe her own abilities. ‘Ghost’ is a supernatural mystery-thriller that will cross over into your heart and never leave. ‘Ghost’ will surprise you, delight you, make you believe.”

“Ghost” is rated PG-13.

CS Comment:
If you’ve never seen “Ghost,” this is the perfect opportunity to catch it on DVD. It has already been sold in an earlier edition, but this Collector’s Edition includes new features like “Inside the Paranormal”, “Alchemy of a Love Scene”, “Cinema’s Great Romances”, the trailer, and a photo gallery. Can you believe “Airplane’s” Jerry Zucker directed it?

Available Tuesday, March 6

Bosom Buddies – The First Season
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Rating: Unrated

Peter Scolari as Henry Desmond aka Hildegarde
Tom Hanks as Kip ‘Buffy’ Wilson
Donna Dixon as Sonny Lumet
Holland Taylor as Ruth Dunbar
Wendie Jo Sperber as Amy Cassidy

Special Features:

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
English Mono
Running Time: 7 Hours 58 Minutes

The following is from the DVD cover:

“It’s the show that launched one of the most successful film careers ever! In ‘Bosom Buddies,’ best friends Kip (Tom Hanks) and Henry (Peter Scolari of TV’s Newhart) work at an advertising agency with their friend Amy (Wendie Jo Sperber of “Back to the Future”). After their apartment is condemned, they stay at Amy’s place, a hotel for women, and discover how cheap the rent is. So they disguise themselves as “Buffy” and “Hildegarde” in order to live there, and life at the hotel is never a drag! Co-starring Donna Dixon (“Doctor Detroit”), Telma Hopkins (TV’s “Gimme A Break!”), and Holland Taylor (TV’s “Two and a Half Men”), this set includes all 19 episodes from the show’s premiere season, on DVD for the first time!”

“Bosom Buddies – The First Season” is not rated.

CS Comment:
Can you believe this is the first time “Bosom Buddies” has been on DVD? Can you believe Tom Hanks started his career in drag? And can you believe there are no bonus features on the DVD? Last time I checked, Peter Scolari wasn’t dead.

Available Tuesday, March 13

I Love Lucy – The Final Seasons: 7,8, & 9
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Rating: Not Rated

Lucille Ball as Lucy Ricardo
Desi Arnaz as Ricky Ricardo
Vivian Vance as Ethel Mertz
William Frawley as Fred Mertz
Richard Keith as Little Ricky Ricardo

Special Features:
Desilu / Westinghouse Sponsor Presentation
Uncut version of “Lucy Takes a Cruise to Havana” (not seen since original broadcast)
Deleted scenes
Original cast commercials
Color footage from the set from 1951
Original series openings and closings

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono Sound
Running Time: 11 Hours 2 Minutes

The following is from the official DVD synopsis:

“The I Love Lucy Hour Shows is a series of hour-long specials that aired from 1957-1960 that continued the I Love Lucy saga. Housewife Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) lives in Westport Connecticut, with her bandleader husband, Ricky ( real-life husband Desi Arnaz,) and their son, Ricky Jr. (Keith Theibodeaux.) Always nearby are the couple’s best friends Fred and Ethel Mertz (William Frawley and Vivian Vance.) Ricky’s job as an entertainer requires him to travel a lot. As a result, he often takes Lucy, little Ricky, and the Mertzes with him to such far-off places as Japan and Mexico. Ricky’s career also allows him to meet many famous celebrities, from Betty Grable to Ida Lupino. Of course, when Lucy meets up with these celebrities, chaos naturally ensues.”

“I Love Lucy – The Final Seasons: 7,8, & 9” is not rated.

CS Comment:
Is that Lucille Ball in blackface on the cover? Ah, well, Lucy fans should be happy to complete their collections with this set.

Available Tuesday, March 13

Revenge of the Nerds – Panty Raid Edition
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Rating: R

Robert Carradine as Louis Skolnick, Tri-Lam
Anthony Edwards as Gilbert Lowell, Tri-Lam
Timothy Busfield as Arnold Poindexter, Tri-Lam
Andrew Cassese as Harold Wormser, Tri-Lam
Curtis Armstrong as Dudley ‘Booger’ Dawson, Tri-Lam
Larry B. Scott as Lamar Latrell, Tri-Lam
Brian Tochi as Toshiro Takashi, Tri-Lam
Julia Montgomery as Betty Childs, Pi-Delta-Pi
Michelle Meyrink as Judy, Gilbert’s Nerd Girlfriend/Omega-Mu
Ted McGinley as Stan Gable, Alpha Beta/President of Greek Council
Matt Salinger as Danny Burke, Alpha Beta
Donald Gibb as Fred “The Ogre” Palowakski, Alpha Beta
James Cromwell as Mr. Skolnick
David Wohl as Dean Ulich
John Goodman as Coach Harris

Special Features:
Commentary by director Jeff Kanew and actors Robert Caradine, Timothy Busfield & Curtis Armstrong
Featurette: “I’m A Nerd and I’m Pretty Proud of It”
6 Deleted Scenes
Revenge of the Nerds TV Pilot
Theatrical Trailer

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
French and Spanish Language
Running Time: 90 Minutes

The following is from the official DVD synopsis:

“The Frat Boy Comedy That Started It All!

Anthony Edwards (TV’s “ER”) in Robert Carradine star in this hilarious comedy classic that pushed a group of losers to the edge… and turned them into legends! Packed with all-new, never-before-seen special features including on-camera interviews with the nerds, a feature-length commentary, and an exclusive, rare TV pilot, ‘Revenge of the Nerds’ has finally gotten the respect it deserves!

At Adams College, the jocks rule the school from their house on high, the Alpha Beta fraternity. So when a group of socially-challenged misfits try to go Greek, they’re instantly rejected by every house on campus. Deciding to start their own fraternity to protect their outcast brothers, the campus nerds soon find themselves in a battle royale as the Alpha Betas try to crush their new rivals. But in this game of brains vs. brawn, the nerds devise the perfect plan to gain the upper hand… and their rightful place at the top of the social ladder!”

“Revenge of the Nerds: Panty Raid Edition” is rated R

CS Comment:
Cashing in on the resurgence of college comedies, “Revenge of the Nerds” gets yet another DVD release for your nerdy pleasure.

Available Tuesday, March 6