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DVD Roundup - 10.31.2006

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
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The L Word: The Complete Third Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Jennifer Beals as Bette Porter
Leisha Hailey as Alice Pieszecki
Katherine Moennig as Shane McCutcheon
Mia Kirshner as Jenny Schecter
Pam Grier as Kit Porter
Laurel Holloman as Tina
Erin Daniels as Dana Fairbanks
Rachel Shelley as Helena Peabody
Sarah Shahi as Carmen de la Pica Morales
Lauren Lee Smith as Lara Perkins

Special Features:
12 episodes on four discs

"Farwell to Dana" featurette

"L Word" Charity Auction

Bette Live at Gay Games VII

"The L Word" Documentary

Interactive L Word Fanlib

Filmographies

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Dolby Digital English Stereo
Spanish Language
Running Time: 10 Hours 44 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Lusty. Liberal. Legendary. Season Three of the L word, the long running, highly provocative Showtime drama, arrives on DVD in this 4-disc collection. Revisit the tightly-knit, complex circle of friends in Los Angeles' lesbian community as they struggle to make sense of a word filled with love, children, tattoos, families, weddings, funerals, the "c-word"and sometimes even men. Complete with all 12 chic and sexy episodes, stellar guest stars including Billie Jean King, Rossanna Arquette. Dana Delaney, and more."

"The L Word: The Complete Third Season" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Probably not the best present for Grandma this Christmas, unless, of course, she's an L.A. lesbian, in which case this is the perfect gift!

Available Tuesday, October 24



Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior (Kickin' Edition)
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Rating: TV-PG

Starring:
Brenda Song as Wendy Wu
Shin Koyamada as Shen
Susan Chuang as Nina
Justin Chon as Peter Wu
Michael David Cheng as Kenny Wu
Andy Fischer-Price as Austin
Ellen Woglom as Jessica Dawson
Tsai Chin as Grandma Wu
James Gaylyn as Mr. Medina
Michael Saccente as Mr. Garibay
Sally Stockwell as Coach Gibbs
Timothy Raby as Mr. Tobias
Anna Hutchison as Lisa
Sally Martin as Tory

Special Features:
Never-Before-Seen Extended Ending

Homecoming Warrior in Training -- An Inside Look at the Making of "Wendy Wu"

Cast Connections With Brenda Song -- Brenda Talks About Her Disney Family Tree

Bonus Episode of "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody"

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 91 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Wendy Wu has only one thing on her mind: winning the crown as this year's homecoming queen. But the arrival of a mysterious young Chinese monk named Shen flips her whole world upside down. As if juggling homework, a hottie boyfriend, and fierce competition for homecoming queen isn't enough, now she's got to seriously train her mind, body, and spirit in all things Kung Fu! Will Wendy discover her own inner warrior and learn what's really important in life? (Big surprise: It's not all about shopping.) Awesome action-adventure and Kung Fu fun is packed into 'Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior,' starring Brenda Song ('The Suite Life of Zack & Cody'). And only this Kickin' Edition DVD has the never-before-seen extended ending, a totally cool behind-the-scenes featurette, and more!"

"Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior (Kickin' Edition) is rated TV-PG.

CS Comment:
What better way to follow "The L Word" than with Disney Channel movies! If you have a pre-teen that loves Disney Channel programming, they should enjoy this.

Available Tuesday, October 24



Hannah Montana, Vol. 1 - Livin' the Rock Star Life
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Rating: TV-G

Starring:
Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana
Emily Osment as Lilly Truscott
Mitchel Musso as Oliver Oken
Jason Earles as Jackson Stewart
Billy Ray Cyrus as Robbie Stewart

Special Features:
Miley on Following Your Dreams -- Exclusive Interview With Miley

Miley's Audition Tapes

"Hannah Montana" Music Video

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

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Put your hands together, y'all, for the hottest teen pop sensation to come from Tennessee to Malibu, Miley Stewart, aka . . . Hannah Montana! New on DVD! Watch three of your favorite episodes and one you've never seen before from the smash-hit Disney Channel original series -- plus rockin' exclusive bonus features including a behind-the-scenes look at Miley's world, music videos, and more. Hannah Montana is living the rock star dream, with cool concerts, lots of limos, and a huge closet full of the latest styles. And the best part is, nobody knows that underneath all the glitz 'n' glamour she's simply sweet Miley Stewart. Y'all won't believe all the hilarious things she does to try to keep the biggest celebrity secret in the world from her best friends Lilly and Oliver while navigating the challenges of homework, crushes, and being accepted into the local social scene. It all works out, though, because this chick totally rocks!"

"Hannah Montana, Vol. 1 - Livin' the Rock Star Life" is rated TV-PG.

CS Comment:
See the above comment on Disney Channel programming. It applies here, too.

Available Tuesday, October 24



Jakers! Sheep on the Loose
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Peadar Lamb as Piggley Winks
Maile Flanagan as Young Piggley Winks
Russi Taylor as Annie Winks
Tara Strong as Dannan O'Mallard
Charles Adler as Mr. Hornsby
Nika Futterman as Seamus
Melissa Disney as Meggie
Pamela Adlon as Hector MacBadger
Mel Brooks as Wiley the Sheep

Special Features:
Rain, Rain Go Away Read Along

Piggley's Storyteller Playhouse

Meet the Grandparents

Other Info:
Widescreen
Stereo Sound
Spanish and French Languages
Running Time: 92 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Welcome to Raloo Farm in Ireland, where a spunky eight-year-old pig named Piggley Winks is always on the lookout for adventure, along with his best friends, Ferny the Bull and Dannan the Duck. This is the world of Jakers!, where the charm of Irish storytelling meets state-of-the-art 3D CGI animation."

"Jakers! Sheep on the Loose" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Irish CGI for toddlers starring Mel Brooks this might just be bizarre enough to check out. Cuddle up with your blanket and sippy cup and enjoy!

Available Tuesday, October 31



MacGyver: The Complete Final Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Richard Dean Anderson as MacGyver
Dana Elcar as Pete Thornton

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen
Running Time: 11 Hours 5 Minutes

Synopsis:
This final season of MacGuyver aired from 1991-1992. The following is from the DVD cover:

"With his inventive mind and nice-guy approach, it's no mystery that MacGyver (Richard Dean Anderson) always pulls off the assignment he's given. But TV's favorite action hero isn't quite done...

In the seventh and final season of MacGyver, our hero faces off against criminals with the most outrageous schemes - nuclear terrorists...a mad arsonist...even a voodoo priest! Plus a time-travel adventure and an emotional series finale with the biggest surprise yet!"

"MacGyver: The Complete Final Season" is not rated.

CS Comment:
MacGuyver is dead. Long live MacGuyver! It seems just like yesterday when it was still on TV.

Available Tuesday, October 24



Also New and Coming Soon:

Beavis and Butt-Head - The Mike Judge Collection (Vols. 1-3 + Beavis and Butt-head Do America - Special Collector's Edition)
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Rating: Not Rated, PG-13

CS Comment:
The perfect gift for the "Beavis & Butthead" fan all three volumes of the show plus the Collector's Edition of the movie!

Available Tuesday, October 24

The Stephen King Collection (Pet Sematary Special Collector's Edition / The Dead Zone Special Collector's Edition / Graveyard Shift / Silver Bullet)
Buy this DVD at Amazon.com
Rating: R

CS Comment:
"Pet Sematery" was actually the very last film to ever give me nightmares. It's a worthy addition to you horror collection.

Available Tuesday, September 26

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