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DVD Roundup: 5.1.07

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
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Beverly Hills 90210: The Second Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Jennie Garth as Kelly Taylor
Ian Ziering as Steve Sanders
Tori Spelling as Donna Martin
Brian Austin Green as David Silver
Jason Priestley as Brandon Walsh
Joe E. Tata as Nat Bussichio
Luke Perry as Dylan McKay
Carol Potter as Cindy Walsh
Gabrielle Carteris as Andrea Zuckerman
James Eckhouse as Jim Walsh

Special Features:
All 28 episodes from the 1991-1992 season on 8 discs
Our Favorite Valentine
Everything You Need to Know About 90210 Season 2
Meet the Walshes
Some music has been changed for this version

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 21 Hours 45 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official DVD description:

"One of the definitive, landmark shows of the 1990s, '90210' quickly became an important fixture on the FOX and in the popular discourse of adolescents and young adults. The second season's main characters, Dylan, Kelly, Donna, Steve, David, Andrea and twins Brandon and Brenda all attended West Beverly Hills High School. Brandon and Brenda Walsh and their parents, transplants from Minneapolis were the stable nuclear family with strong values; their home was a safe haven for the whole gang and the center of much of the drama. The show dealt with a steady stream of love triangles and other romantic entanglements and occasionally touched on more serious issues as well."

"Beverly Hills 90210: The Second Season" is not rated.

CS Comment:
You can continue your "90210" collection with this second season DVD. A few bonus features and a lot of teen angst are included.

Available Tuesday, May 1



Melrose Place: The Second Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Thomas Calabro as Dr. Michael Mancini
Heather Locklear as Amanda Woodward
Andrew Shue as Billy Campbell
Josie Bissett as Jane Andrews Mancini
Courtney Thorne-Smith as Allison Parker
Grant Show as Jake Hanson
Doug Savant as Matt Fielding
Laura Leighton as Sydney Andrews
Marcia Cross as Dr. Kimberly Shaw Mancini
Daphne Zuniga as Jo Reynolds
Rob Estes as Kyle McBride

Special Features:
Commentary by: Series Creator Darren Star - Dolby Digital 2.0
All 31 episodes from the 1993-1994 season on eight discs
Complex Relationships
The Best of the Worst
Meet the Neighbors

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 24 Hours 12 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official DVD description:

"A nighttime soap opera about the lives, careers, trials and tribulations of a group of young people living in an apartment building in the trendy neighborhood of Melrose Place. The show was a spin off of 'Beverly Hills 90210' and starred Heather Locklear as the scheming Amanda Woodward, head of her own advertising agency and owner of the apartment building."

"Melrose Place: The Second Season" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Heather Locklear fans rejoice! The second season of "Melrose Place" is here!

Available Tuesday, May 1



What I Like About You: The Complete First Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Amanda Bynes as Holly Tyler
Jennie Garth as Valerie Tyler
Wesley Jonathan as Gary Thorpe

Special Features:
Gag Reel

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
French Subtitles
Running Time: 478 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official DVD description:

"'You are my sister. You're supposed to drive me crazy.' Twenty-eight-year-old organization freak Valerie Tyler loves her 16-year-old sister Holly. Even if Holly is rambunctious. Spontaneous. Impulsive. Disconcerting. And definitely disorganized. Then Holly moves in with Val, and the sisters discover they may make better siblings than roomies. Amanda Bynes and Jennie Garth star as the Tylers and Simon Rex and Wesley Jonathan star as two of the men in their lives in this bright, giddy comedy set in Manhattan - and in the hearts of sisters everywhere. Pop some corn and plop on your fuzzy slippers for all 22 Season One Episodes, plus funtastic bonuses. Romance, laughs, family: That's 'What I Like About You.'"

"What I Like About You: The Complete First Season" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Tweens love Amanda Bynes, so they'll probably love this series, too. Unfortunately, the only bonus feature included is a gag reel.

Available Tuesday, May 1



Finding Oprah's Roots, Finding Your Own
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Oprah Winfrey

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 110 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official DVD description:

"When Alex Haley published his best-selling novel 'Roots' in the mid-1970's it raised the hopes of many African Americans that one day they too could trace their own roots back to Africa. Today, dramatic developments in genealogical research techniques and breakthroughs in DNA-analysis are making that dream a reality. In this fascinating and entertaining film, eminent Harvard scholar, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. guides viewers through the process of creating their own family histories, based on the experience of discovering his own ancestors, and those of the TV pioneer, educator and philanthropist, Oprah Winfrey. Richly illustrated with clips from the popular PBS documentary 'Oprah's Roots: An African American Lives Special,' together with previously unseen footage from the original 'African American Lives' series, this film is an indispensable tool for anyone interested in knowing more about their own past, and the past of the African American people."

"Finding Oprah's Roots, Finding Your Own" is not rated.

CS Comment:
If you're into genealogy or if you're a fan of Oprah, this is probably something you'll really enjoy.

Available Tuesday, May 1



Shirley Valentine
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Rating: R

Starring:
Pauline Collins as Shirley Valentine-Bradshaw
Tom Conti as Costas Caldes
Julia McKenzie as Gillian
Alison Steadman as Jane
Joanna Lumley as Marjorie Majors
Sylvia Syms as Headmistress
Bernard Hill as Joe Bradshaw
George Costigan as Dougie
Anna Keaveney as Jeanette
Tracie Bennett as Millandra Bradshaw
Ken Sharrock as Sydney
Karen Craig as Thelma
Gareth Jefferson as Brian Bradshaw

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French Language
Running Time: 108 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official DVD description:

"In the role that won her Broadway's acclaimed Tony Award, Pauline Collins is the hilariously endearing Shirley Valentine, a wisecracking, completely unpredictable English housewife who proves it's never too late to recapture your dreams. Bored with her suburban life, Shirley takes a chance on adventure when a friend invites her on a vacation to Greece. Within no time she's back to her rebellious teenage roots, saying yes to a wild fling with a handsome rogue (Tom Conti) and the life she's always wanted."

"Shirley Valentine" is rated R.

CS Comment:
I had never heard of this film and I can't say I was particularly interested in it. But if you're into chick flicks, this will probably be something you'll enjoy checking out.

Available Tuesday, May 1



Mahogany
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Rating: PG

Starring:
Diana Ross as Tracy/Mahogany
Billy Dee Williams as Brian
Anthony Perkins as Sean McAvoy
Jean-Pierre Aumont as Christian Rosetti
Beah Richards as Florence
Nina Foch as Miss Evans
Marisa Mell as Carlotta Gavina
Lenard Norris as Wil

Special Features:
Photo Gallery

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital Mono Sound
Running Time: 108 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official DVD description:

"After her acclaimed film debut in Lady Sings The Blues, Diana Ross created another powerful characterization as Mahogany, an ambitious young secretary who becomes a high fashion model and world-famous designer. This dramatic love story filmed in Chicago and Rome also stars Billy Dee Williams, her electric co-star in 'Lady Sings the Blues,' as the Chicago politician who falls in love with her. Anthony Perkins is at his best portraying a malevolent fashion photographer who masterminds, then tries to sabotage, Mahogany's career."

"Mahogany" is rated PG.

CS Comment:
Boy, this DVD came out of nowhere. I had never heard of it before. But being a "Star Wars" fan, it's kind of funny to see a young Billy Dee Williams acting alongside Diana Ross.

Available Tuesday, May 1



An Officer and a Gentleman: Special Collector's Edition
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Rating: R

Starring:
Richard Gere as Zack Mayo
Debra Winger as Paula Pokrifki
David Keith as Sid Worley
Robert Loggia as Byron Mayo
Lisa Blount as Lynette Pomeroy
Lisa Eilbacher as Casey Seeger
Louis Gossett Jr. as Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley
Tony Plana as Emiliano Della Serra
Harold Sylvester as Perryman
David Caruso as Topper Daniels
Victor French as Joe Pokrifiki
Grace Zabriskie as Esther Pokrifiki
Tommy Petersen as Young Zack
Mara Scott-Wood as Bunny
David Greenfield as Schneider

Special Features:
Commentary by: Director Taylor Hackford
An Officer and a Gentleman: 25 Years Later
Return to Port Townshend
True Stories of Military Romance
The Music of An Officer and a Gentleman
Gere and Gossett: Hand-to-Hand Combat
Photo Gallery

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French Language
Running Time: 124 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official DVD description:

"Once in a great while a movie comes along that truly grips and uplifts its audiences. Such a movie is An Officer And A Gentleman, a timeless tale of romance, friendship and growth.

Loner Zack Mayo (Richard Gere) enters Officer Candidate School to become a Navy pilot and in thirteen tortuous weeks he learns the importance of discipline, love and friendship. Louis Gossett, Jr. won an Academy Award* for his brilliant portrayal of the tough drill instructor who teaches Zack that no man can make it alone. And while Gossett tries to warn the young officer about the local girls who will do anything to catch themselves pilot husbands, Zack eventually learns to love one (Debra Winger) while his fellow candidate, a memorable character portrayed by David Keith, struggles with a very different fate.

'An Officer and a Gentleman' is a rich and satisfying story with moving performances that will stay with you long after the film has ended."

"An Officer and a Gentleman" is rated R.

CS Comment:
I bet this one will sell really well in India, especially considering the cover! This new DVD edition has a good selection of bonus features including a new interview with Gere himself.

Available Tuesday, May 1



Dinosaurs: The Complete Third and Fourth Seasons
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Thom Sharp as Bert
Michael McKean as Ansel
Jason Alexander as Announcer
Sam McMurray as Absolute Proof Laboratories Scientist
Christopher Meloni as Spike
Tim Curry as Chief Elder

Special Features:
"I'm The Baby Gotta Love Me" Featurette -- Rock With The Baby To A Hot Jurassic Beat You Just Gotta Love
Dino Eggs -- Dig The Fun As You Excavate Buried Bonus Clips
"Creatures With A Cause: The Issues of 'Dinosaurs'"
Audio Commentaries

Other Info:
Fullscreen
Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Sound
French Language
Running Time: 670 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official DVD description:

"They're huge. They're pre-hysterical. The Sinclairs are back in their final two seasons of Earth-shaking fun as they face the challenges of everyday life in sixty million and three BC. Baby turns two – and into a total terror. Daddy Earl confronts his "diaperphobia." Charlene's theory that the world is round lands her in scholastic hot water. Robbie deals with overwhelming pubescent urges, and in the final controversial episode, the family's jumpin' Jurassic lifestyle gets the big chill. The brainosauraus of Jim Henson, the award-winning comedy series brings state-of-the-art puppetry and audioanimatronics to the screen -- and a whole new meaning to the words "family fun." Add Seasons 3 and 4 to your collection of evolutionary entertainment – and get ready to rock your funny bones."

"Dinosaurs: The Complete Third and Fourth Seasons is not rated.

CS Comment:
Jim Henson fans will want to complete their collections with this new "Dinosaurs" DVD. There's even a decent selection of bonus features.

Available Tuesday, May 1



The Girls Next Door: Season Two
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Holly Madison as Herself
Bridget Marquardt as Herself
Kendra Wilkinson as Herself
Hugh M. Hefner as Himself
Mary O'Connor as Herself - Hef's Personal Secretary
Keith Hefner as Himself - Hef's Brother
Brian Olea as Himself - Guest Services

Special Features:
Commentary on all 16 Episodes
Optional Uncensored Audio
Sexy Deleted Scenes
Episode Promos
Bloopers

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Sound
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 418 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official DVD description:

"Ever wondered what really goes on behind the gates of the legendary Playboy Mansion? Join Hugh Hefner's three gorgeous girlfriends – Holly, Bridget and Kendra – for a second season of unscripted, uncensored, and unbelievable fun! It's where fantasy meets reality – with hilarious results!

E!'s top-rated, laugh-loaded series follows the Girls Next Door through their all-new adventures: from a star-studded celebration at Hef's over-the-top birthday bash, to the glamour and glitz of the Playboy Club's grand opening in Las Vegas, to unforgettable travels through the hottest of European “hot spots".

This sensational season sizzles, proving once again that blondes really do have more fun!"

"The Girls Next Door: Season Two" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Boy, this is an odd one. Want to see a creepy old man and three bimbos? This DVD has you covered.

Available Tuesday, May 1

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