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DVD Roundup: 12.12.06

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
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The Andy Griffith Show: The Complete Final Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Andy Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor
Ron Howard as Opie Taylor
Don Knotts as Deputy Barney Fife
Frances Bavier as Aunt Beatrice 'Bee' Taylor
Colin Male as Announcer
Howard McNear as Floyd Lawson
George Lindsey as Goober Pyle
Aneta Corsaut as Helen Crump

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen
Dolby Digital Mono
Running Time: 12 Hours 13 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official DVD synopsis:

"It was a colorful season seven for The Andy Griffith Show, 30 more fun-filled visits to the familiar streets of Mayberry, and to the warm-hearted folks who brought the town to life. By all accounts, this was the most successful season yet for the critically acclaimed family show. It was the top-rated half-hour of the 1966-'67 season and earned two Emmy® Awards for the supporting work of Don Knotts (as fumbling Barney Fife) and Frances Bavier (as beloved Aunt Bee). Relive your favorite Mayberry moments and join Andy (Andy Griffith), Opie (Ron Howard), Floyd (Howard McNear, in his final season) and the rest of the town for this five-disc odyssey to a time and place when mistakes, misadventures, and even disagreements eventually would work out just fine."

"The Andy Griffith Show: The Complete Final Season" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Complete your Andy Griffith collection with this final season DVD set.

Available Tuesday, December 12



Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.: The Complete First Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Jim Nabors as Pvt. Gomer Pyle
Buck Young as Sergeant Whipple
Tom Hatten as Captain Murdock
Mark Slade as Eddie
John Lupton as Lieutenant Peterson
Yvonne Lime as Corporal Peters

Special Features:
All 30 episodes from the 1964-65 season on five discs
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. pilot episode from The Andy Griffith Show
Audio introductions by Jim Nabors on select episodes
Jim Nabors interview on The David Frost Show
The Jim Nabors Hour clip
The Lucy Show episode "Lucy Gets Caught in the Draft"

Other Info:
Fullscreen
Dolby Digital Mono
Running Time: 12 Hours 40 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official DVD synopsis:

"Gomer Pyle, a naive country boy, leaves his home in Mayberry, NC to join the U.S. Marine corps. His perpetual wide-eyed innocence frequently gets on the nerves of his tough, loudmouthed sergeant. A successful spin-off from The Andy Griffith Show."

"Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.: The Complete First Season" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Well, gooolly! Now that Andy Griffith has completed its run, you can start your Gomer Pyle collection!

Available Tuesday, December 12



Hogan's Heroes: The Complete Fifth Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Bob Crane as Col. Robert E. Hogan
Werner Klemperer as Col. Wilhelm Klink
John Banner as Sgt. Hans Georg Schultz
Robert Clary as Cpl. Louis LeBeau
Richard Dawson as Cpl. Peter Newkirk
Larry Hovis as Sgt. Andrew Carter
Ivan Dixon as Sgt. James 'Kinch' Kinchloe
Leon Askin as General der Infantrie Albert Burkhalter

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen
Dolby Digital English Mono
Running Time: 11 Hours 1 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"The inmates of a German World War II Prisoners of War camp conduct espionage and sabotage campaign right under the noses of their warders. While the enemy is often gullible, easily fooled or downright incompetent – the real strength of Hogan's men are the elaborate ruses and sometimes dangerous lengths they will go to complete their mission."

"Hogan's Heroes: The Complete Fifth Season" is not rated.

CS Comment:
The epic Hogan's Heroes saga continues as Hogan and his crusaders battle the evil Nazis for the lost Ark of the Covenant! Wait…wrong movie.

Available Tuesday, December 19



My Geisha
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Shirley MacLaine as Lucy Dell/Yoko Mori
Yves Montand as Paul Robaix
Edward G. Robinson as Sam Lewis
Robert Cummings as Bob Moore
Yoko Tani as Kazumi Ito
Tatsuo Saito as Kenichi Takata
Tamae Kyokawa as Amatsu Hisako
Ichirô Hayakawa as Hisako
Alex Gerry as Leonard Lewis
Tsugundo Maki as Shiga
George Furness as George

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
English Mono
French and Spanish Sound
Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 119 Minutes

Synopsis:
This film was originally released in 1962. The following is from the DVD synopsis:

"Who's that mysterious Oriental beauty? It's Shirley MacLaine! Meet Lucy Dell (Shirley MacLaine), an enormously popular Hollywood comedienne married to movie-maker Paul Robaix. And meet Yoki Mori (also MacLaine), the recently discovered geisha star of Paul's in-progress film version of Madame Butterfly. Paul doesn't know it yet, but that's no geisha - that's his wife! Yves Montand (as Paul), Edward G. Robinson and Bob Cummings join MacLaine in the romantic comedy My Geisha. Paul is eager to prove he can make a hit film without his wife. Lucy, however, wants to prove she can handle a dramatic role. So she secretly follows Paul to Japan, dons a disguise and gives a topsy-turvy spin to this delightful, gorgeously filmed comedy of mistaken identities."

"My Geisha" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Shirley MacLaine relives her past life as a Japanese geisha in this movie.

Available Tuesday, December 12



Saturday Night Live: The Complete First Season (1975-1976)
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Dan Aykroyd
John Belushi
Jane Curtin
Chevy Chase
Garrett Morris
Laraine Newman
Gilda Radner

Special Features:
Features all 24 episodes from the first season in their original, 90-minute format, including all of the original music
Limited Edition Photo Book with Rare SNL Photos of the Cast and Lorne Michaels (32-pages)
Cast member screen tests
Archival footage from the Today Show with Tom Snyder

Other Info:
Fullscreen
Dolby Digital 2.0 Sound
Running Time: 26 Hours 33 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD synopsis:

"Nicknamed the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players," the original cast of Saturday Night Live ignited a comedy revolution with their mix of irreverent characters and satirical impressions of political figures and pop culture icons. From the premiere of this groundbreaking sketch comedy show on October 11, 1975, live from historic Studio 8H in New York City's Rockefeller Center, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Jane Curtin, Chevy Chase, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman, and Gilda Radner launched themselves into instant stardom and were often referred to as "The Beatles of Comedy." Created by Lorne Michaels over three decades ago, Saturday Night Live has had the cultural impact and relevance that few shows can claim. Nowhere else can you see the complete first season of SNL, featuring hosts George Carlin, Rob Reiner, Lily Tomlin, Richard Pryor, Elliott Gould, Candice Bergen, or original musical performances by Simon & Garfunkel, ABBA, Patti Smith, Jimmy Cliff, and Carly Simon. And if you're curious as to how the original cast was hired, check out the DVD bonus features, which include the screen tests of each performer."

"Saturday Night Live: The Complete First Season (1975-1976)" is not rated.

CS Comment:
The classic comedy series can now be enjoyed as a whole in this complete first season DVD! Watch it before it went downhill!

Available Tuesday, December 5



The Fox and the Hound 2
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Rating: G

Starring:
Jonah Bobo as Tod
Jeff Foxworthy as Lyle
Reba McEntire as Dixie
Rob Paulsen as Chief
Krista Swan as Additional Voices
Patrick Swayze as Cash

Special Features:
"The Making of the Music": Behind-The-Scenes Featurette
Music Video Performed By Lucas Grabeel
Mutt Mix Master: Set-Top And DVD-ROM Game
Disney DVD GameWorld Dogs Edition: Playable Demo
Bonus Short: "Goofy And Wilbur"

Other Info:
1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
DTS 5.1 Digital Surround Sound,
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound,
French, Spanish, English SDH Subtitles
Disney's FastPlay
Running Time: 69 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD synopsis:

"Get ready to go a little bit country with Disney's all-new motion picture 'The Fox and the Hound 2.' The music of today's hottest stars is center stage in this classic tale of friendship and loyalty. Tod and Copper still go together like an itch and a scratch, but when Copper gets a shot at the big time with a nutty group of hound dog howlers, their purebred friendship is put to the test. Experience an irresistible adventure featuring the stellar voice talent of Reba McEntire, Patrick Swayze, and Jeff Foxworthy and bursting with original music by Trisha Yearwood, Lucas Grabeel, and many more. 'The Fox and the Hound 2' combines music and comedy in perfect harmony."

"The Fox and the Hound 2" is rated G.

CS Comment:
My kids have been watching this sequel over and over. If you need to entertain them this holiday, park them in front of this DVD.

Available Tuesday, December 12



Air Buddies
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Rating: PG

Starring:
Slade Pearce as Noah
Trevor Wright as Grim
Abigail Breslin as Rosebud (voice)
Christian Pikes as Henry
Dominic Scott Kay as Bud-dha (voice)
Paul Rae as Denning
Michael Clarke Duncan as The Wolf (voice)
Don Knotts as Sniffer (voice)

Special Features:
Train Your Dog to be a Star
Puppy Profiles
Hollywood Backstage Pass with Air Buddies
Jordan Pruitt Music Video "We Are Family"

Other Info:
1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
English SDH Subtitles
Running Time: 80 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD synopsis:

"Here's the delightful tale of teamwork and adventure your whole family will love! Air Bud is the proud father of five adorable puppies -- the hip-hoppin' B-Dawg, lovely RoseBud, mellow Bud-Dha, dirt-loving MudBud, and the big fella Budderball -- with an unbelievable secret: They can talk! And the hilarious, hair-raising exploits of these barking, talking, ball-playing pups will have you cheering as they run off on a daring rescue mission to save their parents! With the tail-waggin' star power of Michael Clarke Duncan ('The Green Mile'), Richard Karn (TV's 'Home Improvement') and the legendary Don Knotts -- get in the game and share the family fun of this all-new feature!"

"Air Buddies" is rated PG for some mild rude humor.

CS Comment:
Just when you thought you had seen every "Air Bud" movie imaginable, here's a new sequel. Which Air Bud dog do you think they're on by now?

Available Tuesday, December 12

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