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DVD Roundup: 4.3.07

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
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Jump In! (Freestyle Edition)
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Rating: TV-G

Starring:
Corbin Bleu as Izzy Daniels
Paula Brancati as Gina
Alessandra Cannito as Elizabeth
Elle Downs as MC
Mazin Elsadig as Chuck Coley
Sarah Francis as Aubreena
Laivan Greene as Keisha Ray
Patrick Johnson Jr. as Rodney Tyler
Sandy Kellerman as Hostess
Shanica Knowles as Shauna Keaton
Jujube Mandela as Yolanda
Keke Palmer as Mary
David Reivers as Kenneth Daniels
Kim Roberts as Mrs. Roberts
Kylee Russell as Karin Daniels
Neil Whitely as Doug Daniels
Micah Williams as L'il Earl Jackson
Rebecca Williams as Tammy Lewis

Special Features:
"Learning The Moves" -- Corbin Bleu Teaches You How To Double Dutch
"Inside The Ropes: The Making Of Jump In!" -- Featuring Exclusive Interviews With The Cast And Crew
"Jumpin'" Music Video -- Performed By Keke Palmer
"Vertical" Music Video Performed By T-Squad

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 85 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Bursting with energy, a brand new soundtrack and Double Dutch fun, the hit Disney Channel Original Movie 'Jump In!' is now available for the first time ever on DVD -- with exclusive bonus features and a music video by T-Squad that will have you jumpin'! Brooklyn teenager Izzy Daniels (Corbin Bleu of 'High School Musical') is training to become a boxing champ -- because it's his dad's dream. Yet, intrigued by the cool moves involved in Double Dutch, he agrees to help out his neighbor Mary (Keke Palmer) when she needs a fourth member on her jump rope team. The sport takes more talent and teamwork than Izzy expected, but along the way, he learns it's more important to follow his own heart. Featuring an all-star cast, amazing Double Dutch moves and the coolest music, "Jump In!" celebrates the power of finding and pursuing your dreams. Own all the excitement and the exclusive extras available on this Freestyle Edition DVD."

"Jump In! (Freestyle Edition)" is rated TV-G.

CS Comment:
Disney continues to cater to tweens with this movie featuring some of the kids from "High School Musical." If your kids enjoyed that, they'll enjoy "Jump In!"

Available Tuesday, April 3



Mind of Mencia: Season 2 (Uncensored)
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Carlos Mencia as Host
Hector Atreyu Ruiz as Silvio
Charlene Amoia as Miss Spring Break
Karen McClain as Black Women
Peter Boyle as Himself
Beatriz Flores as Girl Holding Chihuahua
Bobby Lee as Chinese CSI Agent
James Adomian as George W. Bush
Randall Bosley as Creepy Dude
Asante Jones as Guy
Benedetto Sorrentino as Jesus
Pej Vahdat as Ravi

Special Features:
14 episodes from the 2006 season on 2 discs
Deleted scenes
Bloopers
Outtakes
Mencia Minutes & Ask Carlos

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 294 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"You Think It. He Says It! Carlos Mencia takes no prisoners. In the second season of 'Mind of Mencia,' the critically-acclaimed comedian mercilessly skewers the current and the cultural, both in the studio and out in the streets. Watch all fourteen raucous episodes and immerse yourself in Carlos' unique, unflinching take on the world."

"Mind of Mencia: Season 2 (Uncensored)" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Fans of Carlos Mencia will want to complete their DVD collections with this second season set.

Available Tuesday, April 3



Twin Peaks: The Second Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Kyle MacLachlan as Special Agent Dale Cooper
Michael Ontkean as Sheriff Harry S. Truman
Richard Beymer as Benjamin Horne
Lara Flynn Boyle as Donna Hayward
Sherilyn Fenn as Audrey Horne
Warren Frost as Dr. Will Hayward
Michael Horse as Deputy Tommy 'Hawk' Hill
Harry Goaz as Deputy Andy Brennan
Mädchen Amick as Shelly Johnson
Dana Ashbrook as Bobby Briggs
Peggy Lipton as Norma Jennings
Jack Nance as Pete Martell
Everett McGill as Big Ed Hurley
James Marshall as James Hurley
Kimmy Robertson as Lucy Moran
Eric DaRe as Leo Johnson
Piper Laurie as Catherine Martell
Wendy Robie as Nadine Hurley
Ray Wise as Leland Palmer
Joan Chen as Jocelyn "Josie" Packard
Sheryl Lee as Laura Palmer
Russ Tamblyn as Dr. Lawrence Jacoby
Don S. Davis as Major Garland Briggs
Grace Zabriskie as Sarah Palmer
Gary Hershberger as Mike Nelson
Chris Mulkey as Hank Jennings

Special Features:
All 22 episodes from the 1990-1991 season on 6 discs
Interactive Interview Grid
Behind the Scenes with Kyle MacLachlan, Madchen Amick, Sherilyn Fenn, David Duchovny, and more
Season 2 "Log Lady Introductions"
Insights by Caleb Deschanel, Duwayne Dunham, Todd Holland, Tim Hunter, Stephen Gyllenhaal, and Jennifer Lynch

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese
Running Time: 18 Hours 1 Minute

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"From three-time Academy Award nominee for directing, David Lynch ('The Elephant Man,' 'Blue Velvet,' and 'Mulholland Drive'), and Mark Frost comes the wildly imaginative, darkly comic murder mystery-thriller series that is one of the most acclaimed events in television history, 'Twin Peaks.' Here are all 22 episodes from the second and final season, fully remastered from the original negative, with all-new 5.1 sound.

The hunt for the killer of Twin Peaks homecoming queen Laura Palmer turns ugly for Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), who comes under investigation when he is suspended from the FBI for his unauthorized raid on the One-Eyed Jacks casino. Shot by a mysterious assailant upon returning to the Great Northern Hotel, he survives the attack and receives some bizarre clues about Laura's murder from a giant that suddenly materializes during his recuperation. A fire at the mill leaves several residents - and possible suspects - missing. With help from Sheriff Harry S. Truman (Michael Ontkean), Cooper attempts to decipher the secrecy of the Black Lodge - an undertaking that may release its sinister revelations just as the town is preparing for its festive "Miss Twin Peaks" contest. And Laura Palmer's secret diary is uncovered - containing details best read over a steaming hot cup o' joe."

"Twin Peaks: The Second Season" is not rated.

CS Comment:
The mystery continues in this second season "Twin Peaks" DVD. It's weird, but it's here for you to watch over and over.

Available Tuesday, April 3



Attack of the Gryphon
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Rating: PG-13

Starring:
Jonathan LaPaglia as Prince Seth of Delphi
Larry Drake as Armond
Amber Benson as Princess Amelia of Lockland
Andrew Pleavin as David
Douglas Roberts as Gorwin
Ashley Artus as Gerard
Sarah Douglas as Queen Cassandra of Delphi
Amy Gillespie as Daphne
Simone Levin as Kyra
Adrian Pintea as King Phillip of Lockland
Stefan Velniciuc as Orela
Ciprian Dumitrascu as Lock
Radu Andrei Micu as Sir Patrick of Delphi
Vlad Iacob as Delphus

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official DVD synopsis:

"After 300 years, the war between Lockland and Delphi is about to come to an end. In a desperate attempt to turn defeat into victory, the King of Lockland orders the court sorcerer to unleash the ancient protector – the Gryphon – upon the invading armies of Delphi. The wily wizard, however, has other plans, and uses the Gryphon's supernatural powers to become supreme ruler of both kingdoms. Uniting against their common foe, Lockland's Princess Amalia (Amber Benson, TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") and Delphi's Prince Seth set out in search of the legendary Draconian Pike, the only weapon that can destroy the Gryphon and end the sorcerer's evil reign."

"Attack of the Gryphon" is rated PG-13 for violence and some sensuality.

CS Comment:
If you're up for a cheesy fantasy movie, it looks like "Attack of the Gryphon" will fit the bill.

Available Tuesday, April 3



Batman Beyond: Season Three
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Will Friedle as Terrence 'Terry' McGinnis
Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne
Lauren Tom as Dana Tan
Cree Summer as Max Gibson
Corey Burton as Barge Captain
Michael Rosenbaum as Ollie
Sherman Howard as Derek Powers
Bruce W. Timm as Jokerz Leader
Brian George as Dr. Pada Banjahri
Victor Rivers as Assassin Leader
Gary Anthony Sturgis as Captain Howard Rubens
Henry Rollins as Mad Stan
Dan Castellaneta as Guard
T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh as Dispatch Operator
Kerrigan Mahan as Baker
Alexis Denisof as Zander
Takayo Fischer as Kairi Tanaga

Special Features:
The final 13 episodes on two discs
Inside "Batman Beyond: Season 3": the producers of "Batman Beyond" (Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, Paul Dini & Glen Murakami) join moderator Jason Hillhouse for the last installment of their in-depth panel discussion
Close-Up On...: Sit down with the creative minds behind "Batman Beyond" as they discuss their favorite moments from key episodes of the series' final season: "Out of the Past"; "The Call, Part 1"; "The Call, Part 2"; "The Curse of Kobra, Part 1."

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
French Language
Running Time: 273 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"The Hero Apprentice Becomes An Equal! Rage and revenge first motivated Terry McGinnis to steal Bruce Wayne's high-tech batsuit. A greater purpose and sense of justice kept him wearing it for two years, he patrolled streets and skies of Gotham City with Bruce as his guide. But in these final adventures from the Emmy(R)-winning TV Series, Gotham's greatest defender soars as the true hero he is! Though the power-hungry plans of criminals like Inque, the Royal Flush Gang and the Kobras grow more villainous with each attempt, Terry wipes them out - his heroism doesn't go unnoticed: Superman invites him to join the Justice League. But after years of thinking he had nothing in common with the original Batman, Terry realizes he's just the man for the job."

"Batman Beyond: Season Three" is not rated.

CS Comment:
This is an absolutely fantastic and unique take on the Batman universe. It's required viewing for either Batman fans or animation fans.

Available Tuesday, March 20



Justice League Unlimited: Season Two
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Carl Lumbly as J'onn J'onzz
Phil LaMarr as John Stewart
George Newbern as Superman
Kevin Conroy as Batman
Maria Canals as Hawkgirl
Michael Rosenbaum as Wally West
Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman

Special Features:
The final 13 episodes on two discs
Cadmus Exposed: Bruce Timm and others discuss the entire Cadmus storyline
Justice League Chronicles: series writers, producers, and directors discuss their favorite moments among final-season episodes
Music-only track of the episode "Destroyer," with an on-camera introduction by Bruce Timm

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Portuguese Language
Portuguese Subtitles
Running Time: 299 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"After years of foiled plots and repeated beatings, the galaxy's worse villains finally have a plan: strength in numbers! Led by Lex Luthor, the Legion of Doom prepares to dominate the universe. First order of business: destroy the Justice League. Featuring the original seven Leaguers -- Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, J'onn J'onzz, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl -- plus many other favorites, each episode showcases these heroes in battles like you've never seen. And just when you think they've faced the most unimaginable evils, a dark figure from the past resurfaces to exact revenge on all of them. Do yourself some justice and bring this legendary compilation of the series' final 13 episodes home today!"

"Justice League Unlimited: Season Two" is not rated.

CS Comment:
If you've seen any of the "Justice League" cartoons you already know how great they are. This DVD set wraps up the series with a fantastic gallery of superheroes. Fans of Mark Hamill will also want to check him out in the bonus features.

Available Tuesday, March 20



Sublime (Unrated)
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Rating: Unrated

Starring:
Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter as P.J.
Cas Anvar as Dr. Sharazi
Paget Brewster as Andrea
Jordi Caballero as Friar Lazaro Mate
Thomas Cavanagh as George Grieves
Lilyan Chauvin as European Nurse
Shanna Collins as Chloe
Katherine Cunningham-Eves as Zoe
Kyle Gallner as Ned
Dan Gerrity as The Bald Man
Michael Gregory as The Face
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs as Mandingo
George Newbern as Frank/PVS Host
Bruce Nozick as Ira
Michelle Page as Rayven

Special Features:
Commentary by director Tony Krantz and writer Erik Jendresen
Interview with Tony Krantz
Interview with Erik Jendresen
Surgical Exorcism: cultural anthropologist Dr. Falk's webcast of a live surgical exorcism in the mountains of Peru
Trailer gallery

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Portuguese, Chinese, and Korean Subtitles
Running Time: 113 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Family man George Grieves (Tom Cavanagh of TV's "Ed" and "Love Monkey") checks into Mt. Abbadon Hospital for a routine procedure. When he awakens from his anesthesia, something is terribly wrong... with George... with the hospital.. and especially with the shuttered East Ward, an eerie lair of secrets, sex and surgical terrors.

Raw Feed presents the fear-drenched psychological thriller Sublime, directed by Tony Krantz (executive producer of "24") from a screenplay by Emmy® Award winner Erik Jendersen ("Band of Brothers"). In the tradition of cinema's classic tales of suspense, Sublime will keep you guessing as its puzzle pieces fall into place, and leave you stunned by its astounding conclusion. Graphic, bold, sexual and utterly horrifying, 'Sublime' explores what happens when your fear becomes real."

This edition of "Sublime" is unrated. The theatrical version is rated R for disturbing violent content, language and sexuality.

CS Comment:
Here's another one for the fans of horror. "Sublime" isn't my cup of tea, but the cover alone should tell you if you want to check it out.

Available Tuesday, March 13



Going to Pieces - The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film
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Rating: Unrated

Starring:
Malek Akkad
John Carpenter
Lilyan Chauvin
Wes Craven
Sean S. Cunningham
Herb Freed
Amy Holden Jones
Jeff Katz
Paul Lynch
Harry Manfredini
Armand Mastroianni
Gregory Nicotero
Betsy Palmer
Felissa Rose
Tom Savini
Robert Shaye
Joseph Stefano
Anthony Timpone
Fred Walton
Stan Winston
Joseph Zito
Rob Zombie

Special Features:
Filmmaker commentary
A Message from author Adam Rockoff
Bonus interviews
Trivia game
Trailers

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 88 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Every Evil. Every Nightmare. Together in One Film.

Every fear you've ever felt. Every evil you've witnessed. Every nightmare you've ever known... have come together for the first time in one film. 'Going to Pieces' is the ultimate anthology that takes you on a horrifying journey through your favorite slasher films including 'Halloween,' 'Psycho,' 'Friday the 13th,' 'Prom Night,' 'A Nightmare on Elm Street,' 'Scream' and 'When a Stranger Calls.' Interviews with horror icons John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Rob Zombie, Tom Savini and many more guide you through a series of gruesome scenes from classic films and recent hits. Watch as the history of the slasher film comes alive... if you dare!"

"Going to Pieces - The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Now THIS is a DVD that every horror fans will want to check out. What better way to document the horror genre than with this documentary.

Available Tuesday, March 20

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