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DVD Roundup - 11.21.06

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
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Alias: The Complete Fifth Season
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Rating: TV-14-V

Starring:
Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow
Michael Vartan as Agent Vaughn
Victor Garber as Jack Bristow
Ron Rifkin as Arvin Sloane
Carl Lumbly as Agent Dixon
Kevin Weisman as Marshall
Mia Maestro as Nadia Santos
Greg Grunberg as Eric Weiss
Lena Olin as Irina Derevko
Balthazar Getty as Thomas Grace
David Anders as Sark
Rachel Nichols as Rachel Gibson
Melissa George as Lauren Reed
Bradley Cooper as William Tippin

Special Features:
"Prophet Five" with Commentary by Director Ken Olin, Executive Producer Jeff Pinkner, and Co-Star Victor Garber.

"Bob" with Commentary by the Writing Team of Monica Breen and Alison Schapker, Along with Co-Stars David Anders and Rachel Nichols.

"The Horizon" With Commentary by Director Tucker Gates Along with Writers Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec.

"There's Only One Sidney Bristow" With Commentary by the 'Alias' Production Assistants. Starring Sparky Hawes, Brian Studler, Cliff Olin, and Chris Hollier.

Celebrating 100

The Legend of Rambaldi

Heightening the Drama: The Music of "Alias"

The New Recruit: On Set with Rachel Nichols

The Bloopers of "Alias"

Deleted Scenes -- And Much More!

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 723 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"From the mind of J.J. Abrams comes the fifth season of the explosive hit series 'Alias.' Jennifer Garner returns as secret agent Sydney Bristow to settle the score once and for all. Experience all the stunning action of the show's final year as Sydney discovers that she is pregnant with Agent Vaughn's baby, and tragedy strikes before he can reveal more about his secret past. From the mind-blowing opening episode, through each twist and turn, join Sydney as she completes the journey she set out on five years ago. This sensational set contains every heart-stopping episode of season five plus hours of bonus material you can't see anywhere else. Complete your collection with the must-own final chapter of 'Alias.'"

"Alias: The Complete Fifth Season" is rated TV-14-V.

CS Comment:
"Alias" fans will definitely want to pick up this final season DVD. A healthy number of bonus features should also make fans very happy.

Available Tuesday, November 21



So NoTORIous - The Complete Series
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Tori Spelling as Herself
Zachary Quinto as Sasan
James Carpinello as Pete
Loni Anderson as Kiki Spelling
Brennan Hesser as Janey
Cleo King as Nanny
Mimi La Rue as Herself
Jeanetta Arnette as Ruthie Rose
Ariel Winter as Little Tori
Natalia Nogulich as Touca
Joanna Sanchez as Vilma
Mark Capri as Aaron Spelling
Brian George as Omid
Joe Manganiello as Scott
Elizabeth Regen as Ashlee

Special Features:
Never-Before-Seen DVD Exclusive Episode

Episode Commentary with Tori Spelling and Producers

Deleted Scenes

Behind the Scenes

Cast Interviews

Outtakes

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital English Stereo
Running Time: 211 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Forget everything you've ever heard about Tori Spelling. OK, maybe not everything. It's true, her dad is the most successful TV producer of all time and she did spend a decade playing the virginal "Donna Martin" on his hit show 'Beverly Hills 90210.' But on 'So NoTORIous,' Tori's new sitcom on VH1, we get to meet the real Tori.

Well, sort of.

Tori plays a fictional version of herself and invites us to tag along as she deals with her post-90210 life. Tori has a close-knit group of non-showbiz friends who both encourage and distract her as she slogs through forgettable parts on TV movies, tries to meet a normal guy and struggles to escape her sometimes-burdensome family legacy. Co-stars Loni Anderson as Tori's mother."

"So NoTORIous - The Complete Series" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Tori Spelling fans rejoice! (Whoever you are!) Her short lived series (plus an unaired episode) is here.

Available Tuesday, November 21



Andy Warhol - A Documentary Film
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Laurie Anderson as Herself - Narrator
Irving Blum as Himself
Donna De Salvo as Herself
Pat Hackett as Himself
Dave Hickey as Himself
Jeff Koons as Himself
Paul Morrissey as Himself
George Plimpton as Himself
John Richardson as Himself
Andy Warhol as Himself

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Widescreen
Stereo Sound
Running Time: 4 Hours

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"'He was the most American of artists and the most artistic of Americans,' one man later said 'so American in fact that he is almost invisible to us.' 'Andy Warhol' a riveting and often deeply moving film portrait of the most famous and famously controversial artist of the second half of the twentieth century is the first to explore the complete spectrum of Warhol's astonishing artistic output, stretching across five decades from the late 1940's to his untimely death in 1987. Combining powerful on-camera interviews and rare still and motion picture footage, it is also the first to put Warhol himself his humble family background and formative experiences in Pittsburgh, and his crucial apprenticeship as a commercial artist in New York back into the presentation of his life."

"Andy Warhol - A Documentary Film" is not rated.

CS Comment:
If you're interested in the famous (and odd) artist, this documentary is a must-see. It combines vintage and new interviews with friends and associates.

Available Tuesday, November 21



Perry Mason - Season 1, Vol. 2
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Raymond Burr as Perry Mason
William Hopper as Paul Drake
Barbara Hale as Della Street

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital English Mono
Running Time: 17 Hours 23 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"The defense never rests as Volume 2 of the classic series 'Perry Mason' returns to DVD with 20 more episodes from the groundbreaking first season! For a generation of TV audiences, Raymond Burr's portrayal of Perry Mason defined the role of defense attorney, and audiences tuned in for the twist that would save the day for Mason's client. In addition to trusty secretary Della Street (Barbara Hale), the regular cast includes detective Paul Drake (William Hopper), the oft-defeated District Attorney Hamilton Burger (William Talman), and cagey homicide detective Lt. Arthur Tragg (Ray Collins)."

"Perry Mason - Season 1, Vol. 2" is not rated.

CS Comment:
If you bought Volume 1 of "Perry Mason," you'll definitely want to complete your collection with Volume 2.

Available Tuesday, November 21



Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist - Season Two
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Jonathan Katz as Dr. Katz
H. Jon Benjamin as Ben
Laura Silverman as Laura, the receptionist
Will Le Bow as Stanley
Julianne Shapiro as Julie

Special Features:
Checking In: Follow Up Visits with Former Patients Emo Philips, Joy Behar, and Steven Wright

Commentary by: Show creators Jonathan Katz, Tom Snyder, and cast member Laura Silverman

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
English Dolby Digital Sound
French Language
Running Time: 292 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"The doctor is in. Dr. Katz returns in this complete second season DVD of the Emmy Award-winning series and brings all of his patients and their issues with him. Join Dr. Katz as he hems, haws, and 'how-does-that-make-you-feels' his way through sessions with comedians like Joy Behar, Sandra Bernhard, Janeane Garofalo, Ray Romano, Kevin Meaney, and Gary Shandling, all of whom show why dysfunctions, compulsions, and paranoia make for great comedy."

"Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist - Season Two" is not rated.

CS Comment:
The great humor and the great lineup of guest stars makes "Dr. Katz" a comedy series well worth checking out.

Available Tuesday, November 21



Grand Theft Auto: Tricked Out Edition
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Ron Howard as Sam Freeman
Nancy Morgan as Paula Powers
Elizabeth Rogers as Priscilla Powers
Barry Cahill as Bigby Powers
Rance Howard as Ned Slinker
aul Linke as Collins Hedgeworth
Marion Ross as Vivian Hedgeworth
Don Steele as Curly Q. Brown
Peter Isacksen as Sparky
Clint Howard as Ace
James Ritz as Officer Tad
Hoke Howell as Preacher
Lew Brown as Jack Klapper
Ken Lerner as Eagle I
Jack Perkins as Shadley

Special Features:
A Family Affair - Behind-the-Scenes Featurette Starring Actor/Director Ron Howard's Father (Rance) and Brother (Clint)

"Grand Theft Auto" Introduction by Roger Corman

Audio Commentary with Ron Howard & Roger Corman

"Grand Theft Auto" Original Trailer

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French Subtitles
Running Time: 84 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Buckle up for all the hilarious slam-bang antics and hot pursuits in this digitally enhanced tricked-out verison of "Grand Theft Auto," Ron Howard's directorial debut. The fun begins when Paula, the daughter of a wealthy candidate for governor, rejects the matchmaking of her overbearing parents, nabs the keys to the family Rolls, and grabs her sweetheart Sam (Ron Howard) to head for Las Vegas. Once there's a $25,000 reward for Paula's return, the chase is on and everyone from a local DJ to a jealous boyfriend joins in one spectacular race both on and off-road. Can these young lovers make it all the way to wedding bells, or will all the ragtag road warriors catch them first?"

"Grand Theft Auto: Tricked Out Edition" is rated PG.

CS Comment:
Any fan of Ron Howard will want to check out his directorial debut on this special DVD. The unique pairing between Roger Corman and this now A-List director is a Hollywood oddity that you've just gotta see to believe.

Available Tuesday, November 21



The Cry Baby Killer (Back-to-Back Jack Edition)
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Harry Lauter as Police Lt. Porter
Jack Nicholson as Jimmy Wallace
Carolyn Mitchell as Carole Fields
Brett Halsey as Manny Cole
Lynn Cartwright as Julie
Ralph Reed as Joey
John Shay as Police Officer Gannon
Barbara Knudson as Mrs. Maxton
William A. Forester as Carl Maxton
John Weed as Police Sgt. Reed
Frank Richards as Pete Gambelli
Bill Erwin as Mr. Wallace
James Fillmore as Al
Smoki Whitfield as Sam Ed Nelson as Rick Connor

Special Features:
Includes the Original Colorized 1960 Bonus Film "The Little Shop of Horrors" with All-New Intro From Roger Corman

All-New Intro From Roger Corman

New Digital Master

Enhanced Audio

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 61 Minutes ("The Little Shop of Horrors" - 72 Minutes)

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"'The Cry Baby Killer': Don't miss a young Jack Nicholson, one of Hollywood's most enduring and celebrated icons, as he makes his screen debut starring in this Roger Corman classic. Seventeen-year-old Jimmy Wallace (Nicholson) is a jilted teen with a big chip on his shoulder. In a brawl over a girl, Jimmy grabs for a gun, shoots and panics, thinking he's killed one of the punks. Jimmy accidentally involves three hostages, who include a mom and her baby, by ducking into a storeroom. Despite the best efforts of the police, Jimmy is too scared to surrender. A media circus develops, adding more pressure to a wild standoff. 'The Little Shop of Horrors': Enjoy back-to-back Jack with this chilling cult classic, 'The Little Shop of Horrors.' Shot in just two days, this beat-era favorite packs plenty of inspired lunacy. Seymour, the inept assistant florist, saves his job by nurturing a man-eating plant to health and drawing customers - and more than a little blood. As the chorus of "Feed me, FEED me!" coming from the talking plant reaches a crescendo, Seymour is forced to find more victims. Jack Nicholson's breakout moment comes in his comic turn as a masochistic dental patient who gets giddy over the prospect of having his teeth pulled!"

"The Cry Baby Killer (Back-to-Back Jack Edition)' is not rated.

CS Comment:
Oddly enough, more people may want to see Jack Nicholson in "The Little Shop of Horrors" more than in "The Cry Baby Killer." But in either case, this is required viewing for fans of Nicholson.

Available Tuesday, November 21

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