DVD Roundup: 2.12.08

No Reservations
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Rating: PG

Starring:
Catherine Zeta-Jones as Kate
Aaron Eckhart as Nick
Abigail Breslin as Zoe
Patricia Clarkson as Paula
Jenny Wade as Leah
Bob Balaban as Therapist
Brian F. O’Byrne as Sean
Lily Rabe as Bernadette
Eric Silver as John
Arija Bareikis as Christine
John McMartin as Mr. Peterson
Celia Weston as Mrs. Peterson
Zöe Kravitz as Charlotte
Matthew Rauch as Ken
Dearbhla Molloy as Anna

Special Features:
Unwrapped: Host Marc Summers visits the set and talks to the films stars for an episode of his Food Network Series.

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1) and Widescreen (2.40:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French and Spanish Languages
Running Time: 104 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“Want a perfectly prepared dish of tender quail in truffle sauce? Kate (Catherine Zeta-Jones), a workaholic master chef, can do that. But don’t ask her what to do about the free spirited, opera loving sous chef (Aaron Eckhart) who joins the staff of her upscale Manhattan restaurant. Or what to do about the orphaned niece (Abigail Breslin), more partial to fish sticks than foie gras, who comes to live with her. “I wish there was a cookbook for life, with recipes telling us exactly what to do” Kate tells her therapist (Bob Balaban). A love of life (and great food!) spices up this warm hearted and funny tale about a woman discovering a world bigger than her kitchen. Come on in. Something new and different is cooking at Kate’s place.”

“No Reservations” is rated PG for some sensuality and language.

CS Comment:
CS’s Ed Douglas gave this film a 7 out of 10, so it’s probably worth checking out!

Available Tuesday, February 12


The New Adventures of Old Christine
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Christine Campbell
Clark Gregg as Richard Campbell
Hamish Linklater as Matthew
Trevor Gagnon as Ritchie Campbell
Emily Rutherfurd as New Christine
Tricia O’Kelley as Marly
Alex Kapp Horner as Lindsay
Wanda Sykes as Barb

Special Features:
The Real Christine: A Conversation with Julia Louis Dreyfus, Series Creator Kari Lizer, and Cast
Unaired Scenes
Gag Reel

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish and Portuguese Languages
Running Time: 278 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“Now, there’s a kick in the self-confidence: Single working mom Christine Campbell has just learned that her ex is dating a much-younger woman with the same first name. To avoid any confusion, everyone calls one woman New Christine and the other Old Christine. You can guess which is which. Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ hilarious and insightful performance in the title role won fans and earned her the 2006 Emmy as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Christine struggles to hold it together as she adjusts to her new nickname, confronts the meanie moms at her son’s private school, jumps back in the dating pool with a post-bikini bod and gets laughs every misstep of the way. You go, old girl!”

“The New Adventures of Old Christine” is not rated.

CS Comment:
The first season of the series finally comes to DVD!

Available Tuesday, January 15


Family Ties: The Third Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Michael J. Fox as Alex P. Keaton
Michael Gross as Steven Keaton
Justine Bateman as Mallory Keaton
Tina Yothers as Jennifer Keaton
Meredith Baxter as Elyse Keaton

Special Features:
Gag Reel
Episodic Promos

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Mono Sound
Running Time: 9 Hours 33 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“The mellow 1960s still clash with the conservative 1980s in the ‘generation gap’ comedy ‘Family Ties.’ But by Season Three, the Keatons of Ohio finally agree on one thing – their joy at the birth of baby brother Andrew! The hit series gives us the funniest season yet as Elyse (Meredith Baxter Birney) tells Steven (Michael Gross) she is pregnant, and the family suffers through food cravings, Lamaze classes, and Elyse going into labor on television during Pledge Week! Plus, Alex (Michael J. Fox) starts college, Mallory (Justine Bateman) gets a job she is actually good at, and Jennifer (Tina Yothers) discovers boys! Now with the new baby around, no one minds being bound by ‘Family Ties’!”

“Family Ties: The Third Season” is not rated.

CS Comment:
Skippy rules, man.

Available Tuesday, February 12


Girlfriends: The Third Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Reginald C. Hayes as William Jerome Dent
Tracee Ellis Ross as Joan Clayton
Persia White as Lynn Searcy
Golden Brooks as Maya Wilkes
Khalil Kain as Darnell Wilkes
Keesha Sharp as Monica
Jill Marie Jones as Toni Childs
Jason Pace as Dr. Todd Garrett
Tanner Scott Richards as Jabari Wilkes

Special Features:
“It’s What You Wear That Counts” Featurette
“Here Comes The Bride: An Invitation Inside ‘The Wedding’” Featurette

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Spanish and French Languages
Running Time: 8 Hours 43 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“Four of the sexiest and most sophisticated girlfriends L.A.’s ever seen are back in ‘Girlfriends: The Third Season,’ on DVD for the first time ever in a special 4-disc se. This hit comedy series is Executive Produced by Kelsey Grammer (‘Cheers,’ ‘Frasier’) and created by Mara Brock Akil. Watch the hilarious third season and see ambitious lawyer Joan (Tracee Ellis Ross), her sharp-tongued assistant Maya (Golden Brooks), free-spirited roommate Lynn (Persia White), best friend Toni (Jill Marie Jones), and their friend William (Reggie Hayes) as they ring wedding bells, deal with vertically challenged boyfriends, contemplate Botox, and lose suitcases as life, love and comedy collide once again!”

“Girlfriends: The Third Season” is not rated.

CS Comment:
Who would have thought Frasier could produce a series like “Girlfriends”?

Available Tuesday, February 12


General Hospital: Night Shift – Complete First Season
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Rating: TV-14

Starring:
Kimberly McCullough as Dr. Robin Scorpio
Nazanin Boniadi as Leyla Mir
Minae Noji as Kelly Lee
Dominic Rains as Dr. Leo Julian
Angel M. Wainwright as Regina Thompson
Ron Melendez as Dr. Andy Archer
David M. Tran as Orderly
Wendy Braun as Iris Sneed
Hadeel Sittu as Barrett
Erica Ellis as Heather
James Harper as Jordan Lovell

Special Features:
On The Set at Night Shift

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 530 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“From the creative minds who brought you the Emmy® Award-winning daytime drama General Hospital comes the highly anticipated SOAPnet primetime spin-off General Hospital: Night Shift. If you can t get enough of the excitement, schemes and romance of Port Charles during the day, you’ll get an even more steamy and intimate look on the night shift. When the sun goes down in Port Charles, matters of life and death grip the hospital. And when the sun rises the next day, nothing is ever the same as the day before not for the patients or the doctors. Featuring an all star cast, including celebrated actor Billy Dee Williams as well as Steve Burton, Kimberly McCullough and Jason Thompson, Night Shift goes to places General Hospital s never gone before. Follow the trials and tribulations of the hospital staff as they cope with drug addiction, parenthood, promiscuity and a host of other personal complications. Their conflicts are heightened by a series of unfortunate accidents at the hospital that put everyone s lives at risk. Own every episode of Season One, including a behind-the-scenes peek at your favorite daytime stars, on this 3-disc DVD set. Paging all doctors: working the Night Shift at General Hospital is not for the faint of heart.”

“General Hospital: Night Shift – Complete First Season” is rated TV-14.

CS Comment:
Is it my imagination or does that look like Jennifer Love Hewitt on the cover?

Available Tuesday, February 12


Furnace
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Rating: Unrated

Starring:
Michael Paré as Michael Turner
Kelly Stables as Karen Bolding
Muffy Bolding as Polly Bond
Richard Cowl as Simon Furst
L. Michele Hester as Samantha
Victoria Hester as Lucille White
Taylor Kinney as Jamison
Frank Knapp Jr. as Warden White
Jennifer Kushnir as Samantha’s daughter
Jenny McShane as Dr. Ashley Carter
Johnnie Oberg Jr. as DiSalvo
Lindsey Repp as Rita Robbins
Ja Rule as Terrence
Dominic L. Santana as Donner
Tom Sizemore as Frank Miller
Clay Steakley as Scags
Danny Trejo as Fury
Todd Truley as Officer Ted Murphy
Paul Wall as Joey Robbins

Special Features:
6 Alternate Scenes
Cast Interviews: Danny Trejo, Tom Sizemore, Ja Rule
Easter Egg

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 85 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“Detective Michael Turner (Michael Pare) investigates mysterious deaths that occur in and around a maximum-security prison. What begins as just another suicide and murder case unfolds into a furious struggle to uncover the unexplainable while escaping death at the hands of a vengeful spirit unleashed within the prison walls.”

“Furnace” is not rated.

CS Comment:
You’ve got the awesomeness of Danny Trejo, but you’ve got the C-Movie powerhouse Tom Sizemore.

Available Tuesday, February 12


Blue State
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Rating: R

Starring:
Breckin Meyer as John
Anna Paquin as Chloe
Mike Bell as Clarkson
Richard Blackburn as Mr. Logue
Elicia Cronin as Sandy
Leigh Enns as Rebecca
Erik Fjeldsted as Paul
Tim Henry as Charlie
James Juce as Larry
Joyce Krenz as Mrs. Logue
Grace Lynn Kung as Esther Yang
Seun Olagunju as Randall
Adriana O’Neil as Gloria
Nick Ouellette as Hal

Special Features:
Commentary with Director Marshall Levy

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1) and Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 92 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“Vowing to move to Canada if John Kerry loses the 2004 election, fervent liberal John Logue (Breckin Meyer) suddenly finds himself with no job, no girlfriend… and no country! Making good on his ‘campaign promise,’ Logue finds a traveling companion–a sexy, mysterious woman named Chloe (Anna Paquin)–and heads north. But Chloe is not all that she seems, and their journey takes more twists and turns than either could have imagined in this romantic comedy that’s as poignant as it is “disarmingly fun” (Martin Kelley, CinemATL).”

“Blue State” is rated R for language.

CS Comment:
I think the title alone probably alienates Red State citizens. So are there enough Blue State fans to make this a hit?

Available Tuesday, February 12


Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Flavor Flav
Katt Williams
Snoop Dogg
Lisa Lampanelli
Ice T
Patton Oswalt
Jimmy Kimmel

Special Features:
Red Carpet Interviews
Backstage Pass
Flav Gives A Tour
Flav-Cam Bonus Footage

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 73 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“What happens when the best insult comics in the business take aim at the easiest target on television? You get the unbelievably raw and often shocking Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav. Join Roastmaster Katt Williams and fellow Roasters Snoop Dogg, Lisa Lampanelli, Ice T, Patton Oswalt, Jimmy Kimmel and many more as they take on Flav’s history of livin’, lovin’ and lampin’.”

“Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav” is not rated.

CS Comment:
Roasting Flavor Flav is like shooting fish in a barrel.

Available Tuesday, February 12


Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive – Star Of Isis, Volume 4
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Rating: TV-Y7

Starring:
Samuell Benta as Will
James Maclurcan as Mack Hartford
Caitlin Murphy as Ronny
Rhoda Montemayor as Rose Ortiz, Pink Overdrive Ranger
Gareth Yuen as Dax Lo – Blue Overdrive Ranger
Dwayne Cameron as Mercury Ranger
David Weatherley as Spencer
Gerald Urquhart as Flurious
Rod Lousich as Andrew Hartford
Kelson Henderso as Norg
Ria Vandervis as Miratrix
Mark Ferguson as Moltor

Special Features:
Ranger Genetic Enhancements – Learn Where They Get Their Awesome Abilities!
Ranger Reserve Training Course Level 4 — Pink Jewel: An Exciting New Multilevel DVD Game! Master The Powers Of The Pink Ranger And Hunt For The Last Of the Corona Aurora’s Five Missing Jewels

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 138 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“The desperate heart-pounding chase is on for the red, rare and powerful Star Of Isis – the fourth coveted jewel of the Corona crown. A supreme evil alliance, led by an escapee from the Sentinel Knight’s prison, spreads unopposed when the Power Rangers’ connection to the morphing grid is severed. It will take an exceptional level of teamwork and riddle-solving from our band of brave champions to uncover the Centurion Torch, a mysterious stone tablet, and the vital clues they hold. Join the epic worldwide adventure from Stonehenge to Egypt and back!”

“Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive – Star Of Isis, Volume 4″ is rated TV-Y7.

CS Comment:
Who knew Power Rangers were still going strong?

Available Tuesday, February 12


Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive – Star Of Isis, Volume 5
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Rating: TV-Y7

Starring:
Samuell Benta as Will
James Maclurcan as Mack Hartford
Caitlin Murphy as Ronny
Rhoda Montemayor as Rose Ortiz, Pink Overdrive Ranger
Gareth Yuen as Dax Lo – Blue Overdrive Ranger
Dwayne Cameron as Mercury Ranger
David Weatherley as Spencer
Gerald Urquhart as Flurious
Rod Lousich as Andrew Hartford
Kelson Henderso as Norg
Ria Vandervis as Miratrix
Mark Ferguson as Moltor

Special Features:
Ranger Lessons Learned — Hear What They Discovered Along Their Incredible Journey!
Ranger Reserve Training Course Level 5 — Red Jewel: An Exciting New Multilevel DVD Game! Master The Powers Of The Red Ranger And Hunt For The Last Of the Corona Aurora’s Five Missing Jewels

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 161 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

“In this spectacular finale to a global adventure, everyone is after the last jewel — the prized Pink Emerald! Scheming Fearcats gain more evil energy as they nab the Octavian Chalice, which holds essential signals for completing the crown. Between all the answers and ultimate victory, our courageous team of relic-hunters must fend off a rogue asteroid, win the race to a Japanese shrine for the three-headed dragon key, and piece together a perplexing array of clues. Everything of value is at stake in this explosive final stand against the forces that would destroy the Power Rangers and the world!”

“Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive – Star Of Isis, Volume 5″ is rated TV-Y7.

CS Comment:
Your kid will probably enjoy the Red Ranger bonus features more than the Pink Ranger ones.

Available Tuesday, February 12

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