DVD Roundup: 11.27.07

Happy Days: The Third Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Henry Winkler as Arthur ‘Fonzie’ Fonzarelli
Marion Ross as Marion Cunningham
Tom Bosley as Howard Cunningham
Ron Howard as Richard ‘Richie’ Cunningham
Erin Moran as Joanie Cunningham
Anson Williams as Warren ‘Potsie’ Weber
Don Most as Ralph Malph

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Mono Sound
Running Time: 9 Hours 40 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“‘Happy Days’ was set in the 1950s in Milwaukee, the heart of middle-class America, and told the story of the Cunningham family. Mr. Cunningham (Tom Bosley) ran the local hardware store and Mrs. Cunningham (Marion Ross), like all good TV Moms, spent her time in the kitchen. Their son, Richie (Ron Howard), hung out at Arnold’s Drive-In with his pals Ralph Malph (Donny Most) and Potsie (Anson Williams), trying to be as cool as the coolest greaser in town, the Fonz (Henry Winkler). Richie’s sister, Joanie (Erin Moran), tagged along whenever she wasn’t at her friend Jenny Piccolo’s house. The Cunninghams also had an older son, Chuck, but he mysteriously disappeared after the first season.”

“Happy Days: The Third Season” is not rated.

CS Comment:
Fonzie hadn’t jumped the shark yet, so this is a season you want to check out.

Available Tuesday, November 27


Mork & Mindy: The Third Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Robin Williams as Mork
Pam Dawber as Mindy McConnell
Conrad Janis as Fred ‘Fredzo’ McConnell

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Mono 2.0 Sound
Spanish Language
Running Time: 9 Hours 9 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“‘Mork & Mindy’ was a spin-off from an episode of ‘Happy Days’ seen in February 1978, in which an alien from the planet Ork landed on Earth and attempted to kidnap Richie. So popular was the nutty character created by Robin Williams that Williams was given his own series in the fall of 1978, and it became an instant hit. Mork was a misfit on his own planet because his sense of humor (he was heard to call the Orkan leader, Orson, “cosmic breath”). So the humorless Orkans sent him off to study Earthlings, whose “crazy” customs they had never been able to understand. Mork landed, in a giant eggshell near Boulder, Colorado. There he was befriended by pretty Mindy McConnell, a clerk at the music store run by her father, Frederick. Mork looked human, but his strange mixture of Orkan and Earthling customs–such as wearing a suit, but putting it on backwards, or sitting in a chair, but upside down–led most people to think of him as just as some kind of nut. Mindy knew where he came from, and helped him adjust to Earth’s strange ways. She also let him stay in the attic of her apartment house, which scandalized her conservative father, but not her swinging grandmother, Cora.”

“Mork & Mindy: The Third Season” is not rated.

CS Comment:
Robin Williams came a long way from a “Happy Days” spinoff!

Available Tuesday, November 27


Laverne and Shirley: The Third Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Cindy Williams as Shirley Feeney
Michael McKean as Leonard ‘Lenny’ Kosnowski
Penny Marshall as Laverne DeFazio
David L. Lander as Andrew ‘Squiggy’ Squiggmann
Eddie Mekka as Carmine “The Big Ragoo” Ragusa
Phil Foster as Frank DeFazio
Betty Garrett as Edna Babish-DeFazio

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Mono Sound
Running Time: 9 Hours 59 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“Set in the 1950s, this half-hour situation comedy revolved around the friendship between bright-eyed, naive and demure Shirley Feeney and brassy, tough-talking, street smart Laverne De Fazio. Two bottle cappers for Shotz Brewery, the duo dated an array of questionable men, tolerated their dippy, loony neighbors Lenny and Squiggy, and forever pursued to ‘make all their dreams come true.’”

“Laverne and Shirley: The Third Season” is not rated.

CS Comment:
No DVD bonus features for you! At least L&S fans get the full third season.

Available Tuesday, November 27


Peter Pan in Return to Never Land: Pixie-Powered Edition
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Rating: G

Starring:
Harriet Owen as Jane & Young Wendy (voice)
Blayne Weaver as Peter Pan (voice)
Corey Burton as Captain Hook (voice)
Jeff Bennett as Smee & Pirates (voice)
Kath Soucie as Wendy (voice)
Andrew McDonough as Danny (voice)
Roger Rees as Edward (voice)
Spencer Breslin as Cubby (voice)
Bradley Pierce as Nibs (voice)
Quinn Beswick as Slightly (voice)
Aaron Spann as Twins (voice)

Special Features:
Magical Fairies Moments — Rosetta & The Flower; Iridessa & The Lightbugs; Tink & The Bell
Tinker Bell’s Challenge Game: “Quest For The Light” — Tink’s Light Is Fading! You Can Save Her By Making Her Light Shine Brightly Again
“Lost Treasures” — Discover The Scenes That Never Made It Into The Movie

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.66:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish and French Language
Running Time: 73 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“Walt Disney’s original classic continues in this Pixie-Powered Special Edition of ‘Peter Pan in Return to Never Land’ that’s filled with wonder, imagination — and even more pixie dust.

Join Tinker Bell, Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, and meet Jane, Wendy’s ever-so-practical daughter, who’s outgrown her mothers’ tales of pirates and pixies — until Captain Hook whisks her away to Never Land. The crafty pirate sets in motion a plot to capture Peter and Tink, whose light is fading fast because Jane doesn’t believe in fairies. Now, only Jane, the first-ever ‘Lost Girl,’ can save them — but first she must call upon faith, trust and pixie dust.

Filled with enchantment and adventure, this Pixie-Powered Edition features wondrous Fairies scenes, where you’ll step into Tinker Bell’s tiny, shimmering world and discover Magical Fairies Moments. Plus, there’s an all-new pixie-dusted Tinker Bell Game and much more.”

“Peter Pan in Return to Never Land: Pixie-Powered Edition” is rated G.

CS Comment:
Seeing as how this movie originally hit DVD a few years ago, I’m not sure why it needs a new DVD edition. But if you missed the first round, this is a good primer for the upcoming “Tinker Bell” movie.

Available Tuesday, November 27


Wish Gone Amiss
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Rating: TV-G

Starring:
Lisa Arch as Samantha Samuels
Billy Ray Cyrus as Robbie Stewart
Miley Cyrus as Miley Stewart
John D’Aquino as President Martinez
Jason Dolley as Newt Livingston
Jason Earles as Jackson Stewart
Phill Lewis as Mr. Moseby
Kyle Massey as Cory Baxter
Mitchel Musso as Oliver Oken
Emily Osment as Lily Truscott
Madison Pettis as Sophie Martinez
Kim Rhodes as Carey Martin
Rondell Sheridan as Victor Baxter
Brenda Song as London Tipton
Cole Sprouse as Cody Martin
Dylan Sprouse as Zack Martin
Jake Thomas as Jason Stickler
Ashley Tisdale as Maddie Fitzpatrick
Maiara Walsh as Meena Paroom

Special Features:
I Wish I May, I Wish I Might: A Guide To Making Wishes — Hosted By Hannah Montana’s Jason Earles

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 68 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“Imagine the same shooting star soaring over Miley, Cory, Zack and Cody. What do you think they would wish for? Wishes can be powerful, wishes can be useful, but even the best wish can go amiss. Hannah, Cory, Zack and Cody all wish their lives could be different, but no one thinks about the consequences when a shooting star lights up the night sky. Miley Stewart (aka Hannah Montana) has had enough of the double life. Being a superstar pop princess all day, every day, would be totally awesome, right? Cory sees moneymaking opportunities in every corner of the White House when he becomes Mr. President. But while he’s busy wheeling and dealing, oh, yeah, there’s also that little business about running the country. And for regular guys Zack and Cody, living the swanky and ‘suite life’ isn’t enough — they want to be superheroes! As Miley would say, ‘Sweet nibblets!’ Laugh out loud as the stars get themselves out of hilarious disasters, plus join ‘Hannah Montana’ costar Jason Earles for an exclusive feature about helpful wish-making hints in ‘I Wish I May, I Wish I Might: A Guide To Making Wishes.’ It’s everything you’ve wished for, all in one stellar DVD!”

“Wish Gone Amiss” is rated TV-G.

CS Comment:
If your kid is as insane about “Hannah Montana” as my kid is, then this is a required DVD for your collection.

Available Tuesday, November 27


The Land Before Time: Good Times and Good Friends
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Aria Noelle Curzon as Ducky
Cody Arens as Littlefoot
Jeff Bennett as Petrie
Max Burkholder as Chomper
Anndi McAfee as Cera
Rob Paulsen as Spike
Meghan Strange as Ruby

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 2.0 Sound
Running Time: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“Your favorite prehistoric pals are back in four exciting episodes from the hit television series on Cartoon Network! Join lovable Littlefoot, devoted Ducky, panicky Petrie, strong-willed Cera, gentle Spike, and their new friends Ruby and Chomper in exciting adventures filled with dino-riffic music and heartwarming life lessons. It’s a good time for everyone!”

“The Land Before Time: Good Times and Good Friends” is not rated.

CS Comment:
Is this, like, Land Before Time 13? 14? Ah, well. Animated dinosaurs are cool, no matter how cute they look.

Available Tuesday, November 27

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