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DVD Roundup: 1.16.07

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
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Read It and Weep - Zapped Edition
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Rating: TV-G

Special Features:
Making of Read It and Weep - Go Behind-the-Scenes with the Cast

"Outside Looking in" Music Video Performed by Jordan Pruitt

Sisters - A Behind-the-Scenes Interview with Kay and Danielle Panabaker

Journal - Find Out Which Cast Members Keep Journals in Real Life

Other Info:
Fullscreen
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 84 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official DVD synopsis:

"Join Jamie (Kay Panabaker) on her wild adventure as she goes from regular girl to media darling after her journal is accidentally turned in for a writing contest and becomes a best-selling book. Even though she gave fictional names to the nasty popular crowd at school and characterized herself as the very cool "IS" (Danielle Panabaker), Jamie's world spins totally out of control when the truth comes out. With the help of her true friends, she learns some major lessons about the importance of being yourself. Own all the drama and fun in this new Zapped Edition DVD including Jordan Pruitt's never-before-seen music video, a special making-of bonus featurette, exclusive interviews with the cast and more!"

"Read It and Weep" is rated TV-G.

CS Comment:
More Disney pre-teen fare. Unless you fall in this demographic, pass on it.

Available Tuesday, January 16



That's So Suite Life of Hannah Montana: Mixed Up, Mashed Up Edition
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Rating: TV-G

Special Features:
"So You Think You Know Raven Volume 2" DVD Game

Rockin' Hannah Montana Music Video

Never-Before-Seen Bonus Episode of "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody"

Other Info:
Fullscreen
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 68 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official DVD synopsis:

"Get ready for Mixed Up, Mashed Up fun when three of the hottest hit shows from the Disney Channel get together in 'That's So Suite Life of Hannah Montana'! The exciting crossover event begins when Raven Baxter checks into the swanky Tipton Hotel while on a business trip with her designer boss. Zack and Cody get into the action when the models for Raven's photo shoot take a detour and Raven has a spooky premonition about the twins' fate. Meanwhile, Maddie comes up with a plan to get London to wear one of Raven's new dresses. It almost backfires until London finds out that super pop star Hannah Montana wants a Raven original to wear on her new tour. This new Mixed Up, Mashed Up Edition DVD is loaded with bonus features including the "So You Think You Know Raven Volume 2" DVD game, a Hannah Montana music video and a never-before-seen episode of 'The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.' Get in the mix as your favorite stars come together and mash things up!"

"That's So Suite Life of Hannah Montana: Mixed Up, Mashed Up Edition" is rated TV-G.

CS Comment:
My 7 year old daughter was pretty excited when this one showed up. If your kids watch the Disney Channel, they'll probably want to see it, too.

Available Tuesday, January 16



Walker, Texas Ranger: The Complete Second Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Chuck Norris as Cordell "Cord" Walker
Clarence Gilyard Jr. as James "Jimmy" Trivette
Sheree J. Wilson as Asst. D.A. Alex Cahill
Noble Willingham as C.D. Parker

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen
Stereo Surround Sound
Running Time: 19 Hours 24 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official DVD synopsis:

"A modern day hero – an old-fashioned sense of justice.

Martial arts master Chuck Norris returns for more action, adventure and hand-to-hand combat in the second season of Walker, Texas Ranger. This 7-disc collection contains all 23 fist-flying Season Two episodes – each guaranteed to pack a punch.

This time around, tough-talking Texas Ranger Cordell Walker (Norris) and his right hand man Jimmy Trivette (Clarence Gilyard, Jr.) face off against a posse of dangerous and underhanded criminals – not with conventional weapons, but with their intellect, their wits, and their own bare hands.

Aided by retired Texas Ranger and close friend C.D. Parker (Noble Willingham) as well as County Assistant D.A. Alex Cahill (Sherre J. Wilson), this team of crime-solvers do what they do best – bring down the bad guys so that justice may be served."

"Walker, Texas Ranger: The Complete Second Season" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Guns don't kill people. Chuck Norris kills people.

Available Tuesday, January 23



The Animation Show: Volumes 1 & 2
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Rating: Not Rated

Special Features:
Commentary by: Bill Plympton, Corky Quakenbush, Don Hertzfeldt, Dolby Digital 2.0

20 animated short films on 2 discs

Deleted pencil test by Mike Judge

"Mt. Head" galleries of concept art and character design

"The Cathedral" motion tests, animatics, and production art

"The Rocks" production photo albumn

"La course a l'abime" storyboard-to-scene comparison

100 years of animated shorts featurette

"The feds" recipe for animating

"Fallen art" creating and animating characters

Bonus film by Chel White: "A Painful Glimpse into My Writing Process"

"Magda" the making of

Bonus film by Pes: "Kaboom" with the making of "Kaboom"

Other Info:
Fullscreen
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 172 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official DVD synopsis:

"Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt have scoured the globe to bring you thirty amazing animated films selected from The Animation Show's first and second theatrical programs – alongside a few new favorites that we couldn't fit into the tour! There's an enormous surplus of amazing indie animation out there that's rarely seen in the United States, and combined with our cinema program, we hope this groundbreaking new DVD series will continue to bring more artists and unseen classics into the spotlight for many years to come…"

The Animation Show: Volumes 1 & 2" is not rated.

CS Comment:
This DVD is a definite 'must-see' for animation fans.

Available Tuesday, January 16

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