DVD Roundup: 5.8.07

Cagney & Lacey – Season 1
Buy this DVD at Amazon.com

Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Tyne Daly as Det. Mary Beth Lacey
Sharon Gless as Det. Sgt. Christine Cagney

Special Features:
Exclusive Two-Part Featurette: Breaking the Laws of TV

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Mono Sound
Running Time: 1083 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official DVD description:

“A ground-breaking show that re-defined its genre, Cagney and Lacey was something entirely new: a cop show featuring two strong and intelligent female detectives, with real lives and real problems–ordinary women doing extraordinary jobs. Now recognized as a true classic, this remarkable show tackles poignant social issues and explores the human side of hard-boiled detective work. Starring Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless as one of the most compelling detective duos of all time, this Emmy Award-winning drama is landmark television at its finest.”

“Cagney & Lacey – Season 1″ is not rated.

CS Comment:
I’m surprised that “Cagney & Lacey” hasn’t been on DVD before. But here’s the first season to begin your collection with.

Available Tuesday, May 8



That ’70s Show – Season Six
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Mila Kunis as Jackie Burkhart
Danny Masterson as Steven Hyde
Laura Prepon as Donna Pinciotti
Wilmer Valderrama as Fez
Debra Jo Rupp as Kitty Forman
Kurtwood Smith as Reginald “Red” Forman
Ashton Kutcher as Michael Kelso
Topher Grace as Eric Forman
Don Stark as Bob Pinciotti

Special Features:
All 25 Season Six Episodes
Audio Commentary on Selected Episodes
Promo Spots on All Episodes
Six Minutes of Season Six Featurette
A ’70s Flashback: Debra Jo Rupp Featurette
A ’70s Flashback: Kurtwood Smith Featurette

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 545 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official DVD description:

“Funny! Funky! Far Out!

Take another trip back to the way-cool ’70s where the surprises keep coming – and so do the laughs! Ready to face the next chapter of their lives after graduation, Eric and Donna must decide whether to stay in Point Place or go to college in Madison. Meanwhile, Kitty becomes the breadwinner as Red recovers at home. Kelso enrolls in the police academy, while Fez adapts to married life. Jackie must finally make the ultimate choice: Hyde or Kelso? And just wait’ll you see the foxy lady Bob is dating next – far out!”

“That ’70s Show – Season Six” is not rated.

CS Comment:
With 25 episodes and a good batch of bonus features this Sixth Season DVD should please “70′s Show” fans.

Available Tuesday, May 8



The 4400: The Third Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Joel Gretsch as Tom Baldwin
Jacqueline McKenzie as Diana Skouris
Mahershalalhashbaz Ali as Richard Tyler
Patrick Flueger as Shawn Farrell
Conchita Campbell as Maia Rutledge
Samantha Ferris as Nina Jarvis
Richard Kahan as Marco Pacella
Chad Faust as Kyle Baldwin
Laura Allen as Lily Moore Tyler
Kavan Smith as Agent Garrity
Karina Lombard as Alana Mareva
Kaj-Erik Eriksen as Danny Farrell
Peter Coyote as Dennis Ryland
Bill Campbell as Jordan Collier
Jody Thompson as Devon
Megalyn Echikunwoke as Isabelle Tyler

Special Features:
All 12 episodes from the 2006 season on 4 discs
4 exclusive featurettes
Gag reel
6 audio commentaries
Video introduction by the series creator

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Language
Spanish and Portuguese Subtitles
Running Time: 9 Hours 20 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official DVD description:

“The 4400: The Third Season continues the breathtaking and mind-boggling adventures of 4400 missing people who suddenly and inexplicably are returned all at once to Earth, as they were on the day they vanished. This 4-disc collectible set of this unprecedented and critically acclaimed series includes exclusive featurettes, audio commentaries with the cast and the filmmakers, and 12 episodes that are guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.”

“The 4400: The Third Season” is not rated.

CS Comment:
I’ve never seen “The 4400,” but it certainly looks like it would appeal to fans of other genre series like “Battlestar Galactica,” “Lost,” and “Heroes.”

Available Tuesday, May 8



To Catch a Thief
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Cary Grant as John Robie
Grace Kelly as Frances Stevens
Jessie Royce Landis as Jessie Stevens
John Williams as H. H. Hughson
Charles Vanel as Bertani
Brigitte Auber as Danielle Foussard
Jean Martinelli as Foussard
Georgette Anys as Germaine

Special Features:
Commentary by Peter Bogdanovich and Laurent Bouzereau

4 Featurettes
•Writing and Casting To Catch A Thief
•The Making Of To Catch A Thief
•Alfred Hitchcock and To Catch A Thief: An Appreciation
•Edith Head – The Paramount Years

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround Sound
French Language
Running Time: 106 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official DVD description:

“Cary Grant plays John Robie, reformed jewel thief who was once known as “The Cat,” in this suspenseful Alfred Hitchcock classic thriller. Robie is suspected of a new rash of gem thefts in the luxury hotels of the French Riviera, and he must set out to clear himself. Meeting pampered heiress Frances (Grace Kelly), he sees a chance to bait the mysterious thief with her mother’s (Jessie Royce Landis) fabulous jewels. His plan backfires, however, but France, who believes him guilty, proves her love by helping him escape. In a spine-tingling climax, the real criminal is exposed. Three Academy Award® nominations, including an Oscar® for Best Cinematography.”

“To Catch a Thief” is not rated.

CS Comment:
Fans of Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, or Grace Kelly will definitely want to add this DVD to their collections. Laurent Bouzereau usually does great bonus features, so that’s yet another reason to check this Special Collector’s Edition out.

Available Tuesday, May 8



Celebration of Gospel: Taking You Higher
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Kirk Franklin
Caravans, The
Kelly Price
Lil Mo
Tye Tribbett
Fantasia
Loretta Devine
Yolanda Adams
Juanita Bynum
Pastor Shirley Caesar
Kiki Sheard
Fred Hammond
Coko

Special Features:
Exclusive Backstage Pass and Exclusive Performances
•Kelly Price Performing “Heaven’s Best”
•Coko, Fantasia, Lil’ Mo & Kiki Sheard Peforming “Endow Me”

Other Info:
Fullscreen
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 62 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official DVD description:

“The biggest names in gospel and mainstream music Take You Higher in this annual musical praise fest! With spiritually uplifting performances from gospel and R&B superstars, soul-stirring spoken word readings and a special tribute to entertainment legend Tyler Perry, its a hand-clapping, foot-stomping celebration you won’t want to miss.”

“Celebration of Gospel: Taking You Higher” is not rated.

CS Comment:
If you like gospel music or if you’re a fan of American Idol Fantasia, this DVD looks like it will appeal to you.

Available Tuesday, May 8

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