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DVD Roundup: 7.24.07

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
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Stargate SG-1 – The Complete Tenth Season
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Rating: Unrated

Starring:
Christopher Judge as Teal'c
Amanda Tapping as Major Samantha Carter
Michael Shanks as Dr. Daniel Jackson
Richard Dean Anderson as Colonel Jack O'Neill
Don S. Davis as Major General George Hammond
Gary Jones as Sgt. Walter Harriman
Dan Shea as Sgt. Siler
Ben Browder as Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell
Beau Bridges as Major General Hank Landry
Claudia Black as Vala Mal Doran
Tony Amendola as Master Bra'tac
Bill Dow as Dr. Bill Lee
Eric Breker as Colonel Reynolds

Special Features:
Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
Photo and Production Design Galleries
SG-1 Directors Series
Episodic Audio Commentaries

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French Language
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 871 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"The final Season comes to DVD! In season 10, Vala, a former Goa'uld host turned freedom-fighter, joins SG-1 in their battle to defend the galaxy from the holy war of the Ori. Meanwhile, relations between the Jaffa and Earth continue to be strained. It all comes to a sizzling end on the finale."

CS Comment:
Stargate fans will definitely want to add this set to their collections. A good selection of featurettes and a trailer for "The Ark of Truth" make it of even more of interest.

Available Tuesday, July 23




Star Trek Fan Collective - Captain's Log
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Patrick Stewart
Kate Mulgrew
William Shatner
Scott Bakula
Avery Brooks

Special Features:
Introduction to the Captain's Log Fan Collective with William Shatner
The Importance of the "Captain's Log" with Shatner, Stewart, Mulgrew and Bakula
Captain Kirk's Legacy with William Shatner
Star Trek's Impact with Avery Brooks
Looking Back with Stewart, Mulgrew and Bakula
Closing Statement with Scott Bakula
And More!

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish, Portuguese, and Brazilian Subtitles
Running Time: 781 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"The fans and captains have spoken! Not only have Star Trek fans voted online for their all-time favorite captain episodes from all five Star Trek series, but each show's legendary leader Captain Kirk, Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, and Scott Bakula has carefully chosen their favorite episode, which resulted in Star Trek: Fan Collective Captain's Log."

The following episodes are included on this DVD set:

Disc One: Star Trek
William Shatner's Pick:
City on the Edge Of Forever
Fan Picks:
The Enterprise Incident
Balance Of Terror

Disc Two: The Next Generation
Patrick Stewart's Pick:
In Theory
Fan Picks:
Chain Of Command (Parts 1 & 2)
Darmok

Disc Three: Deep Space Nine
Avery Brooks's Pick:
Far Beyond The Stars
Fan Picks
What You Leave Behind (Parts 1 & 2)
In The Pale Moonlight

Disc 4: Voyager
Kate Mulgrew's Pick:
Counterpoint
Fan Picks:
The Omega Directive
Flashback

Disc 5: Enterprise
Scott Bakula's Pick:
Judgment
Fan Picks:
These Are The Voyages
First Flight

CS Comment:
These Fan Collectives are great ways for Star Trek fans to get a sampling of all the TV series in one set. As an added bonus, all the original captains are interviewed, thus making it a required addition to the collections of fans that already have the DVDs.

Available Tuesday, July 24




The Rainmaker – Special Collector's Edition
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Rating: PG-13

Starring:
Matt Damon as Rudy Baylor
Danny DeVito as Deck Shifflet
Claire Danes as Kelly Riker
Jon Voight as Leo F. Drummond
Mary Kay Place as Dot Black
Dean Stockwell as Judge Harvey Hale
Teresa Wright as Colleen 'Miss Birdie' Birdsong
Virginia Madsen as Jackie Lemancyzk
Mickey Rourke as Bruiser Stone
Andrew Shue as Cliff Riker
Red West as Buddy Black
Johnny Whitworth as Donny Ray Black
Wayne Emmons as Prince Thomas
Adrian Roberts as Butch
Roy Scheider as Wilfred Keeley

Special Features:
Commentary by Director Francis Ford Coppola and Actor Danny DeVito
Watch The Rainmaker with Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola Directs John Grisham's The Rainmaker
Deleted Scenes – Includes Extended Beginning and Alternate Ending
The Rainmaker Screen Tests with Virginia Madsen, Matt Damon, Mary Kay Place, and Claire Danes

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French Language
Portuguese and Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 135 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Francis Ford Coppola directs and scripts an exciting, star-packed adaptation of John Grisham's novel about an idealistic young attorney who takes on the case of a lifetime. Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting) plays Rudy Baylor, a rookie lawyer in over his head on a high-profile case. Opposing him: an army of seasoned legal sharks (led by Jon Voight). On Rudy's side: Deck Shifflet (Danny DeVito), a feisty "paralawyer" who specializes in flunking the bar exam. Rudy's chances are slim to none- until he uncovers a trail of corruption that might lead to the one thing that could win his case: the truth."

"The Rainmaker" is rated PG-13 for a strong beating and elements of domestic abuse.

CS Comment:
"Rainmaker" is reissued with extensive new bonus features. What better way to watch the movie than with Francis Ford Coppola?

Available Tuesday, July 24




The Exterminating Angels
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Frédéric van den Driessche as François
Maroussia Dubreuil as Charlotte
Lise Bellynck as Julie
Marie Allan as Stéphanie
Sophie Bonnet as La femme de François
Raphaële Godin as Apparition 1/Rebecca
Margaret Zenou as Apparition 2
Jeanne Cellard as La grand-mère
Virginie Legeay as Virginie
Estelle Galarme as Olivia
Marine Danaux as Agnès
Apolline Louis as Céline
François Négret as L'ami de Stéphane

Special Features:
An Interview with Director Jean-Claude Brisseau
Deleted Scene with Director Introduction

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French Language with English Subtitles
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 103 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"From the director who scandalized France with Secret Things, comes The Exterminating Angels, a film that will shock you, make you think and turn you on. Francois is a filmmaker holding auditions for his upcoming film about female pleasure. He expects the process to be unconventional but cannot predict the danger that so much arousal can cause. As his female cast embarks on a journey of intense physical pleasure-seeking they become emotionally involved with the director and each other. This film brings new meaning to the warning to never mix business with pleasure."

CS Comment:
If French noir cinema doesn't attract CS readers, beautiful babes certainly will.

Available Tuesday, July 24




Harvey Birdman: Attorney At Law – Volume Three
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Gary Cole as Harvey Birdman
Thomas Allen as Peanut
Stephen Colbert as Phil Ken Sebben
John Michael Higgins as Mentok the Mindtaker
Grey DeLisle as Debbie
Maurice LaMarche as Apache
Peter MacNicol as X, the Eliminator
Erik Richter as Avenger

Special Features:
X The Eliminator Comic Book
Final Record
Deleted Scenes
Joke Timeline
Birdman Characters

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 159 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Here It Is! Harvey Birdman, Attorney At Law, The Third DVD!

You read right: The Third DVD! How many shows can say they've got three DVDs -- I'm sorry? All right. Green Acres, but that was a classic. How many recent shows -- Full House? Six DVDs?! You gotta be kidding! Friggin' Saget. All right, how many animated, 15 minute shows with horny hippopotami and nearly incestuous one-eyed father/superhero daughter relations have three DVDs? That's right, smartie slacks: One. And it's Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law. And this is its third DVD.

Turner Classic Birdman
Free Magilla
Return of Birdgirl
Mindless
Identity theft
Sebben & Sebben Orientation
Shazzan
The Incredible Hippo
Babysitter
Birdnapped
Grodin
Harvey Birdman, Juror in Court
The Death of Harvey"

CS Comment:
This is volume three of the hilarious series. Fans of Gary Cole and Stephen Colbert will definitely want to check this out.

Available Tuesday, July 24




Space Ghost & Dino Boy – The Complete Series
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Tim Matheson as Jace (voice)
Don Messick as Blip/Bronto/Zorak (voice)
Gary Owens as Space Ghost/Narrator (voice)
Vic Perrin as Creature King/Lurker (voice)
Alan Reed as Glasstor (voice)
Mike Road as Ugh (voice)
Ginny Tyler as Jan/Black Widow (voice)
Ted Cassidy as Metallus (voice)
Keye Luke as Brak (voice)

Special Features:
Feature Length Profile "Simplicity: The Life and Art of Alex Toth"

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Mono Sound
Running Time: 420 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Showcasing the episodes in the three-segment form as they originally aired, these stellar retro hits soar through space and time to deliver justice! First, intergalactic policeman Space Ghost navigates the cosmos in his tricked-out spaceship The Phantom Cruiser battling villains like Brak and Zorak with his legendary suit and powerful wristbands. Then, Dino Boy teams with caveman Ugh and dinosaur Bronty to go primeval on the ancient menaces of their primitive home. And finally, Space Ghost flies again with more extraterrestrial adventures and thrilling takedowns. This dynamite compilation also features the dynamic six-part Space Ghost episode The Council Of Doom. It's cosmic entertainment for all!"

CS Comment:
While Space Ghost has been parodied on Cartoon Network, it's great to see the original series arrive on DVD again. My kids absolutely love it, so it's cool to see it still holds up. Alex Toth fans will want to see the excellent documentary, too.

Available Tuesday, July 24




Birdman & The Galaxy Trio – The Complete Series
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Keith Andes as Ray Randall/Birdman (voice)
Don Messick as Falcon 7, Vapor Man (voice)
John Stephenson as Various (voice)
Dick Beals as Birdboy (voice)
Ted Cassidy as Meteor Man (voice)
Virginia Eiler as Gravity Girl (voice)

Special Features:
Birdman: The Forgotten Hero: The Evolution of a Character, with a Focus on Legendary Cartoonist Alex Toth's Original Contribution

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Mono Sound
Running Time: 420 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Featuring the episodes in the three-segment form as they originally aired, these popular retro hits take the action around the world and into outer space! First, winged hero Birdman harnesses the power of the sun to fight criminal masterminds like Number One, Vulturo and Dr. Millennium. Then, cosmic crusaders Gravity Girl, Vapor Man and Meteor Man - better known as the Galaxy Trio - serve up justice in space as they travel the universe eradicating evil and procuring peace across the cosmos. And finally, it's more Birdman with his trusty eagle Avenger and his namesake battle cry that strikes fear into the hearts of his enemies. Fly away with these favorite retro heroes as they deliver old-school justice in this 2-disc collector's dream compilation."

CS Comment:
While the Birdman Attorney At Law series is a parody of the character, the complete series is offered here as well. The added bonus of getting The Galaxy Trio makes this even more of a DVD to add to the collections of animation fans.

Available Tuesday, July 24

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