DVD Roundup: 6.12.07

Diagnosis Murder: The Second Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Dick Van Dyke as Dr. Mark Sloan
Barry Van Dyke as Detective Steve Sloan
Victoria Rowell as Amanda Bentley-Livingston
Charlie Schlatter as Dr. Jesse Travis
Michael Tucci as Norman Briggs
Scott Baio as Dr. Jack Stewart
Delores Hall as Nurse Delores Mitchell

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 17 Hours 5 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

“Treat yourself to a second dose of ‘Diagnosis: Murder,’ starring multiple Emmy-winner Dick Van Dyke (‘Night at the Museum’) as Dr. Marl Sloan, the inquisitive physician with a knack for detection. In addition to his duties as Chief of Internal Medicine at L.A.’s Community General Hospital, Dr. Sloan is a consultant for the police department. Aided by his prodigy Dr. Jack Stewart (Scott Baio, ‘Happy Days,’ ‘Charles in Charge’), pathologist Amanda Bentley (Victoria Rowell, ‘The Young & The Restless’), and his son, Homicide Detective Steve Sloan (Barry Van Dyke, ‘Airwolf’), Dr, Sloan won’t rest until the bad guys are put to bed – permanently!

A light-hearted potion of twists and tourniquets, incisions and intrigue, this collectible six-disc set of ‘Diagnosis Murder: The Second Season’ is just the right mix for every fan of medicine and mystery.”

CS Comment:
So this is where Scott Baio ended up! Complete your “Diagnosis Murder” DVD collection with this second season DVD.

Available Tuesday, June 12



Walker: Texas Ranger: The Third Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Surround Sound
Latin Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese Languages
Latin Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese Subtitles
Running Time: 19 Hours 33 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

“Hard-Hitting, High-Kicking Action

Action hero Chuck Norris returns as the American West’s toughest modern-day lawman in the explosive third season of ‘Walker, Texas Ranger.’ Whether busting crime rings, operating deep undercover or slugging it out with a sadistic army of terrorists, kidnappers, mobsters and thieves, Cordell Walker (Norris) talks softly, but carries a big kick. Aided by partner James Trivette (Clarence Gilyard, Jr.), assistant district attorney Alex Cahill (Sheree J. Wilson) and best friend C.D. Parker (Noble Willingham), the hardest-hitting Ranger in Texas cleans up the Lone Star State in this 7-disc, 26-episode collection that’s jam-packed with bone-crunching martial arts mayhem, adventure and excitement.”

CS Comment:
The leading causes of death in the United States are: 1. Heart Disease 2. Chuck Norris 3. Cancer

Available Tuesday, June 12



Noah’s Arc: The Complete Second Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Darryl Stephens as Noah
Rodney Chester as Alex
Christian Vincent as Ricky
Douglas Spearman as Chance
Jensen Atwood as Wade
Gregory Keith as Trey
Jonathan Julian as Eddie
Benjamin Patterson as Guy
Wilson Cruz as Junito
Merwin Mondesir as Dre
Jennia Fredrique as Brandy

Special Features:
All 8 Episodes of the 2006 Season on 3 Discs
Cast Commentary
Deleted Scenes
Tales from the Arc Side
Getting to Know the Cast
On the Set with the Cast
At the Salon with Jensen Atwood
At the Gym with Christian Vincent and Gregory Keith
Clothing Noah’s Arc
Behind the Scenes…Photo Shoot
At the 17th Annual GLAAD Awards
Oh No They Didn’t – Blooper Reel
Celebrity Coming Out Story – Wilson Cruz
NewNowNext Off the Record – Deadlee
Outlaugh Festival on Wisecrack – Marga Gomez
Easter Egg: Trey’s Calendar Gallery

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 180 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

“Noah and the boys are back for another season of Logo’s hit original series ‘Noah’s Arc.’ Finding happiness in the drama-filled city of Los Angeles hasn’t gotten any easier! They may live a stylish lifestyle, but when you’re dreaming and dating in Hollywood, things aren’t always pretty.

Check out all eight episodes from the second season, with commentary, interviews, behind-the-scenes featurettes and more. Includes over an hour’s worth of special features!”

CS Comment:
Looking at the photo on the cover, I got a hint this series may be about gay guys. The back cover photo confirmed it. You probably already know if this series is for you or not.

Available Tuesday, June 12



The Practice: Volume One
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Michael Badalucco as Jimmy Berluti
Camryn Manheim as Ellenor Frutt
Steve Harris as Eugene Young
Dylan McDermott as Bobby Donnell
Kelli Williams as Lindsay Dole
Lisa Gay Hamilton as Rebecca Washington
Lara Flynn Boyle as Helen Gamble
Marla Sokoloff as Lucy Hatcher

Special Features:
Setting Up The Practice Featurette

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Surround Sound
Spanish and French Language
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 584 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

“Bobby Donnell is a young, passionate lawyer struggling to keep his small Boston law firm afloat. Full of idealistic dreams of defending the innocent, he quickly realizes that being a good defense lawyer is more challenging than he ever expected.

Along with associate attorneys Lindsay Dole, Ellenor Frutt, Eugene Young, Jimmy Berluti and assistant Rebecca Washington, he walks a fine line between his own principles and his legal obligations to his clients. Striving for justice, Bobby squares off against formidable adversaries like tenacious and sexy prosecutor Helen Gamble, a relationship that catches fire both in and out of court.

‘The Practice’ ran for eight seasons and stars Dylan McDermott, Michael Badalucco, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Steve Harris, Camryn Manheim, Kelli Williams and Lara Flynn Boyle.”

CS Comment:
I was amazed this series wasn’t already out on DVD. Fans should definitely be happy to add it to their collections tough it’s painfully light on bonus features.

Available Tuesday, June 12



The Hustler – Two Disc Collector’s Edition
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Paul Newman as Eddie Felson
Jackie Gleason as Minnesota Fats
Piper Laurie as Sarah Packard
George C. Scott as Bert Gordon
Myron McCormick as Charlie Burns
Murray Hamilton as Findley
Michael Constantine as Big John
Stefan Gierasch as Preacher
Clifford A. Pellow as Turk

Special Features:
Commentary by Paul Newman, Carol Rossen (Robert Rossen’s Daughter), Dede Allen (Editor), Stefan Gierasch (Actor), Ulu Grosbard (Assistant Director), Richard Schickel (Film Critic, Time Magazine) and Jeff Young (Film Historian)
Life in the Fast Lane: Fast Eddie Felson and The Search for Greatness
Milestones in Cinema History: The Making of The Hustler
Swimming with Sharks: The Art of the Hustle
The Hustler: The Inside Story
Paul Newman: Hollywood’s Cool Hand

HOW TO MAKE THE SHOT
Opening Scene Demonstration
Six in the Corner
Eddie Makes A Cross Corner Combo Shot
Fast Eddie One Ball in Corner Pocket
Massey Shot

Still Gallery (9 stills)
Theatrical Trailer
Spanish Theatrical Trailer

THE FILMS OF PAUL NEWMAN
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
From The Terrace
Hombre
The Long, Hot Summer
Quintet
The Towering Inferno
The Verdict
What a Way to Go!

Other Info:
Widescreen (2.35:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Spanish and French Language
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 135 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

“Paul Newman heads a superb cast featuring Jackie Gleason, George C. Scott and Piper Laurie in the riveting film that received an Academy Award nomination as Best Picture of 1961 and brought all four of its Oscar nomination. Newman (Best Actor nominee) is electrifying as Fast Eddie Felson, an arrogant, amoral hustler who haunts backstreet pool rooms fleecing anyone who’ll pick up a cue. Determined to be acclaimed as the best, Eddie seeks out the legendary Minnesota Fats (Gleason, Supporting Actor nominee), who’s backed by Bert Gordon (Scott, Supporting Actor nominee), a predatory gambler. Eddie can beat the champ, but virtually defeats himself with his low self-image. The love of a lonely woman (Laurie, Best Actress nominee) could turn Eddie’s life around, but he won’t rest until he beats Minnesota Fats, no matter what price he must pay. Voted one of the year’s ten best by “The New York Times” and “Time,” and distinguished by 2 Academy Awards- Cinematography, Art Direction-Set Decoration (B&W), The Hustler is a dazzling cinematic triumph.”

“The Hustler” is not rated.

CS Comment:
It’s awfully convenient that just after Paul Newman announces he’s retiring from films, his filmography is re-released on DVD. First up is “The Hustler.” An impressive selection of bonus features should please film fans and Newman fans alike.

Available Tuesday, June 12



The Verdict: Two Disc Collector’s Edition
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Rating: R

Starring:
Paul Newman as Frank Galvin
Charlotte Rampling as Laura Fischer
Jack Warden as Mickey Morrissey
James Mason as Ed Concannon
Milo O’Shea as Judge Hoyle
Lindsay Crouse as Kaitlin Costello
Ed Binns as Bishop Brophy
Julie Bovasso as Maureen Rooney
Roxanne Hart as Sally Doneghy
James Handy as Kevin Doneghy
Wesley Addy as Dr. Towler
Joe Seneca as Dr. Thompson
Lewis J. Stadlen as Dr. Gruber
Kent Broadhurst as Joseph Alito
Colin Stinton as Billy

Special Features:
Commentary by Sidney Lumet & Paul Newman
“Making Of” Featurette
Paul Newman: The Craft of Acting
Sidney Lumet: The Craft of Directing
Milestones in Cinema History: The Verdict
Hollywood Backstory: The Verdict
Still Gallery

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Spanish and French Language
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 129 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

“Frank Galvin (Paul Newman) is a boozy washed-up attorney with a losing streak a mile long. So when he’s handed a lucrative out-of-court settlement, everyone expects him to take the money and run. But Frank is tired of running and recklessly brings the case to court…only to discover that if finding the whole truth is a little like trial an error, then finding real justice is a lot like trial by fire.”

“The Verdict” is rated R.

CS Comment:
Continuing the Newman DVD collection, “The Verdict” is re-released as well. While it doesn’t have as many bonus features as “The Hustler,” it should still be on the want list of Newman fans.

Available Tuesday, June 12

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