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DVD Roundup - 11.14.06

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
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Home Improvement: The Complete Fifth Season
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Rating: TV-PG

Starring:
Tim Allen as Tim Taylor
Patricia Richardson as Jill Taylor
Zachery Ty Bryan as Bradley Michael Taylor
Taran Noah Smith as Mark Taylor
Richard Karn as Al Borland
Jonathan Taylor Thomas as Randy Taylor
Debbe Dunning as Heidi Keppert

Special Features:
All-New Season 5 Bloopers

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital English Stereo
Running Time: 598 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Comedy Superstar Tim Allen returns as Tim 'The Tool Man Taylor in Season Five of the Emmy® Award-winning hit comedy 'Home Improvement.' Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Season Five with some of the most memorable episodes ever, along with exclusive insights from Emmy® Award nominated star Patricia Richardson. Join the Taylor family, along with neighbor Wilson and Tim's faithful sidekick Al for 26 hilarious episodes. The laughs are in full gear in Season Five as Tim lets an honorary degree go to his head, Jill's success in school leads her to begin doling out psychiatric "help," and Tim must make a stand when his new boss tries to replace Al. Complete with hilarious bonus features, this 3-disc set is a must-own for any 'Home Improvement' fan."

"Home Improvement: The Complete Fifth Season" is rated TV-PG.

CS Comment:
The "Home Improvement" DVDs continue with this 5th season. Unfortunately, just like with the other DVD sets, there are no meaningful bonus features included. Not even Pamela Anderson.

Available Tuesday, November 14



The Golden Girls: The Complete Sixth Season
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Rating: TV-PG

Starring:
Beatrice Arthur as Dorothy Petrillo Zbornak Hollingsworth
Betty White as Rose Martin Lindstrom Nylund
Rue McClanahan as Blanche Elizabeth Hollingsworth Devereaux
Estelle Getty as Sophia Spirelli Petrillo Weinstock
Herb Edelman as Stanley 'Stan' Zbornak

Special Features:
"Candid Conversations with Betty, Rue and Others" from the Museum of Television and Radio

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital English Stereo
Running Time: 615 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Join Florida's favorite housemates for Season Six of the multiple Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning comedy, "The Golden Girls." Beatrice Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Betty White, and Estelle Getty are back for some of their funniest adventures yet. Enjoy each unforgettable moment in this laugh-packed DVD box set. Rose takes to the skies to spice up her relationship, Dorothy's dating woes continue even after Sophia hires a matchmaker, Blanche has a surprise secret admirer, and Sophia becomes Florida's funniest fugitive from justice. Great guest stars like Jeffrey Tambor and Debbie Reynolds pay a visit, and a hilarious conversation with the cast makes Season Six a must-own for any "Golden Girls" fan."

"The Golden Girls: The Complete Sixth Season" is rated TV-PG.

CS Comment:
"The Golden Girls" offer up their sixth season, this time with a real bonus feature. Check out the interview with the actresses from the Museum of Television and Radio.

Available Tuesday, November 14



DuckTales - Volume 2
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Russi Taylor as Dewey Duck
Alan Young as Scrooge McDuck
Tony Anselmo as Donald Duck

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital English Mono
Running Time: 667 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"The world's wealthiest duck is back for more thrills and laughs in the second installment of Disney's 'Ducktales.' Scrooge McDuck may have an uncanny knack for making money, but he's in over his head trying to keep up with nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie. Along with their friends Launchpad McQuack, Gyro Gearloose, Mrs. Beakley and Webby Vanderquack, the 'Ducktales' gang criscrosses the globe in a never-ending search for adventure. Whether battling other-worldly plant creatures, being mistaken for a super-spy or racing to find a lost treasure ship, Scrooge and the rest of the crew never lose sight of the fact that true friendship is the greatest fortune of them all. And, for the first time on DVD see how it all began with the five-part pilot episode "Treasure of the Golden Suns." Experience some of the most memorable 'Ducktales' adventures ever made in this three-disc set. It's a wealth of fun and adventure that you and your family can bank on."

"Duck Tales - Volume 2" is not rated.

CS Comment:
"DuckTales"…awoooh ohh! Kids will love the "Indiana Jones"-style adventures of Disney's favorite fowl. This one even includes the pilot from the series which was strangely abset from the Volume 1 DVD.

Available Tuesday, November 14



Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers: Volume 2
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Deborah Walley as Buffy Ratskiwatski
Peter Cullen as Meps
Carol Channing as Canina LaFur
Corey Burton as Dale
Jim Cummings as Fat Cat
Tress MacNeille as Chip

Special Features:
Episodes 28-51 on three discs
Includes bonus five-episode pilot

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital English Mono
Running Time: 549 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"The Rescue Rangers are back for more thrills, chills and smiles! Join Chip 'n' Dale along with their friends Gadget Hackwrench, Zipper and Monterey Jack as they embark on some of their most memorable adventures yet in this 3-disc collection. This time around the gang matches wits with a feisty leprechaun, encounters a villain from the deep and takes a trip to the Himalayas. Also included is the 5-part pilot episode "Rescue Rangers to the Rescue" -- on DVD for the first time ever! So fasten your seat belts and get ready to travel the world with 'Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers'!"

"Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers: Volume 2" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Just like with "DuckTales," "Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers" also returns with Volume 2 and their missing pilot. And just like with "DuckTales," kids will love this series.

Available Tuesday, November 14



Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey Saves Santa and Other Mouseketales
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Rating: Not Rated

Special Features:
Music And More: "Hotdog" Dance-Along

Game Time: Mickey's Picture Puzzle Game -- Join Mickey Inside His Clubhouse And Help Him Unmix Different Pictures

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
French Language
Running Time: 72 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"This holiday, pack the sleigh, hitch up the reindeer, and celebrate the season with Mickey and all his friends in a fun-filled adventure. When Santa's sleigh breaks down at the top of Mistletoe Mountain, Mickey and Donald race to his rescue. The gang plays a game of hide-and-seek with the world's greatest hider -- Donald Duck! And Goofy needs help returning a lost baby bird to its mother in the forest. Be a part of three hilarious stories about helping others, and discover that the greatest gift of all is good friends. Open the door to Mickey's Clubhouse, and unwrap some holiday fun for the entire family.”

"Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey Saves Santa and Other Mouseketales" is not rated.

CS Comment:
I asked my 7 year old daughter of this show was any good. She said, "It is….if you're a BABY!" And sure enough, she was right. This is aimed squarely at toddlers. It's also from a Disney Channel TV show and features three episodes, only one of which involves Santa. The animation is pretty low quality.

Available Tuesday, November 14



Flavor of Love: The Complete Second Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Flavor Flav as Himself

Special Features:
Somethin' Left Over
Girlz Gone Flav
Adventures of Toasteee
Booty Shakin'
Casting Madness
Pimps Make the Call
Call of the Wild
Songs That Make You Scream
Token Shower Scene
Flav's Filosophies Part 2
NY Hospitality Part 2

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital English Stereo
Running Time: 519 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Just when you thought you'd seen it all, Flavor Flav is back and ready for more. He's got a new attitude, new ladies and a new mission. This time around, gold diggers need not apply - Flav is determined to find the woman of his dreams, and she's gotta keep it real. But sometimes dreams are paved with not-so-good intentions. Watch all hell break lose as two women get into a fistfight over a bed at the mansion - before Flav can even give out nicknames. And that's just episode one! This season, get ready for more catfights, hot nights and bigger blowups. Will Flav find the real deal this time around? Only his clock will tell."

"Flavor of Love: The Complete Second Season" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Seeing as how this was one of the biggest series on VH1, there's obviously a market for this DVD out there. I ain't it, but I salute anyone brave enough to endure 519 minutes of Flavor Flav.

Available Tuesday, October 24



American Experience - Jesse James
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Rating: Not Rated

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital English Stereo
Running Time: 60 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"The story of Jesse James remains one of America's most cherished myths… and one of its most wrong-headed. Jesse James, so the legend goes, was a Western outlaw, though, in fact, he never went west; America's own Robin Hood, though he robbed from the poor as well as the rich, and kept it all for himself; and a gunfighter of the first water whose victims, in reality, were almost always unarmed. Less heroic than brutal, James was in fact a product, from first to last, of the American Civil War; a Confederate partisan of expansive ambition, unbending politics and surprising cunning, who gladly helped invent his own valiant legend. A member of a vicious band of Missouri guerrillas during the war, James sought redemption afterwards. But as this 'American Experience' production reveals, year by year, he rode further from it, redeeming instead the great and glorious memory of the Old South. In a life steeped in prolific violence and bloodshed, he met what was perhaps the most fitting end; like so many of James's own victims, he was himself an unarmed man, shot in the back."

"American Experience - Jesse James" is not rated.

CS Comment:
If you're into history or the Old West, this is a perfect DVD for you. I'm saving this one for my kid's next history report.

Available Tuesday, November 14



American Experience - Annie Oakley
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Rating: Not Rated

Special Features:
Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show Poster Gallery

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital English Stereo
Running Time: 60 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"In 1926, just a few months before her death, Will Rogers described Annie Oakley as "the greatest woman rifle shot the world has ever produced." As the star attraction of Buffalo Bill¦s Wild West Show, she thrilled audiences around the world with her daring shooting feats and her act helped fuel turn-of-the-century nostalgia for the vanished, mythical world of the American West. Over time she became an American legend--the loud, brassy, cocksure shooter celebrated in the musical "Annie Get Your Gun." But that legend had little to do with the real Annie Oakley. Although famous as a Western sharpshooter, Oakley lived her entire life east of the Mississippi. A champion in a man¦s sport, she forever changed ideas about the abilities of women, yet she opposed female suffrage. Her fame and fortune came from her skill with guns, yet she was a Quaker. This probing 'American Experience' production examines the dramatic life of a uniquely American icon whose complex character manifested many of the paradoxes of the nation."

"American Experience - Annie Oakley" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Just like with the Jesse James documentary, this is also a great portrait of an Old West legendary figure. History buffs will want to add it to their collections.

Available Tuesday, November 14



Gunsmoke: The Directors Collection
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:

Special Features:
Commentary by: Directors
Episodes directed by on-camera talents such as Dennis Weaver, Peter Graves, William Conrad and Victor French
Commentary on seven episodes by the acclaimed directors
Four original CBS Gunsmoke Radio broadcasts
Soundtrack scoring sessions
Amanda Blake on The Mike Douglas Show
"Have Gun, Will Travel" clip with Ken Curtis

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital English Mono
Running Time: 9 Hours 45 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"An impressive roster of Hollywood talent brings a keen eye to the camera lens in this Gunsmoke DVD Collection that spotlights the series' acclaimed directors. The courage, character and spirit of the American West blazes across the screen in a television series that set a standard for entertainment excellence during its 20-year run. Join James Arness, Amanda Blake, Milburn Stone, Dennis Weaver and Ken Curtis in this fascinating collection of episodes filmed by such talents as Robert Stevenson, Arthur Hiller, Mark Rydell and Andrew V. McLaglen. This three-disc set also features episodes shot by such familiar on-camera talents as Dennis Weaver, Peter Graves, William Conrad and Victor French as they step behind the camera, don a director's cap, and add a unique, personal perspective to 'Gunsmoke's' celebrated heritage of rugged western adventures."

"Gunsmoke: The Directors Collection" is not rated.

CS Comment:
My father-in-law absolutely loves Westerns. Can you guess what we'll be sending him for Christmas? This includes 7 episodes from its 20 year run plus radio dramas, commentaries, and more. A must-have for "Gunsmoke" fans.

Available Tuesday, November 14

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