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DVD Roundup: 8.7.07

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
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The Tick vs. Season Two
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Rating: Unrated

Starring:
Townsend Coleman as The Tick
Rob Paulsen as Arthur

Special Features:
Collectible Lithograph

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround Sound
Running Time: 255 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Evil-doers, check your rear-view mirror because justice is closer than it appears! Everyone's favorite big blue hero, along with his trusty moth sidekick Arthur, is back for more hilarious adventures in 'The Tick vs. Season Two.' With a heart as big as the moon and as warm as bathwater, The Tick flexes the muscle of goodness to keep the citizens of The City safe from the strangest collection of villains yet. Season Two brings the return of über-villains El Seed and Brainchild, our heroes make their reality TV debuts and The Tick whittles himself a new sidekick when a woman comes between him and his old chum Arthur. With a cornucopia of laughs and thrills stuffed onto three shiny discs, 'The Tick vs. Season Two' delivers a one-two punch of goodness straight to your home entertainment center."

"The Tick vs. Season Two" is not rated.

CS Comment:
SPOONNNN!!! The Tick returns with a second season of Blue Justice! Unfortunately, there are no bonus features – just a collectible lithograph.

Available Tuesday, August 7




The Muppet Show: The Complete Second Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Frank Oz as Animal / Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear
Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog
Dave Goelz as The Great Gonzo)
Richard Hunt as Statler
Jerry Nelson as Sgt. Floyd Pepper
Eren Ozker as Hilda
John Lovelady as Additional Muppets

Special Features:
The Muppets Valentine Special - For the very first time, own this rare program that aired on ABC on January 30, 1974.
The Muppets on The Muppets - Kermit, Gonzo, Rizzo, Animal and some special guest pals sit down for these personal, revealing interviews.
Weezer & The Muppets Keep Fishin' - More than just a music video, see this fun, somewhat new entry into The Muppet Show history as River Cuomo and his band go up against Animal, Kermit and the Divine Miss P.

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Sound
Running Time: 612 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"And now a show that needs no introduction, but here's one anyways.

Go bonkers with Beaker, goofy with Gonzo and join the brave cast of "Pigs In Space" for one of the most revolutionary and acclaimed shows in the history of television.

Garnering an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Program in its hilarious second season, 'The Muppet Show' redefined prime time and showcased a host of outrageous guest stars, including Steve Martin, Peter Sellers, Elton John, Julie Andrews and more.

Experience all 24 episodes from Season Two – digitally remastered and restored – in this special 4-disc DVD set. With hours of bonus features, including 'The Muppets Valentine Special' and rare archival footage, 'The Muppet Show' is even better than you remember!"

"The Muppet Show: The Complete Second Season" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Between the great cameos and the rare bonus features, this is a fantastic DVD set for both adult "Muppet" fans and kids.

Available Tuesday, August 7




Darkwing Duck: Volume 2
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Jim Cummings as Herb Muddlefoot
Terence McGovern as Launchpad McQuack
Christine Cavanaugh as Gosalyn Waddlemeyer-Mallard

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
French Language
Running Time: 612 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"It's time to "get dangerous" with everyone's favorite feather-brained crime fighter, Darkwing Duck. The self-proclaimed "terror that flaps in the night" is back to keep the streets of St. Canard safe from the weirdest, wackiest flock of criminals ever assembled. Along with daughter Gosalyn and dim but loyal sidekick Launchpad McQuack, Darkwing faces angry Christmas trees, ancient pirates and mutant cabbages from outer space in his zaniest adventures yet. With three discs packed with hilarious adventures, 'Darkwing Duck: Volume 2' packs a gaggle of giggles and thrills that fit the bill."

"Darkwing Duck: Volume 2" is not rated.

CS Comment:
I showed this to my 5 year old son and he really enjoyed it. If your kids like superheroes and cartoons, you can't go wrong with "Darkwing Duck."

Available Tuesday, August 7




Home Improvement: The Complete Seventh Season
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Rating: TV-PG

Starring:
Tim Allen as Tim Taylor
Patricia Richardson as Jill Taylor
Zachery Ty Bryan as Bradley Michael Taylor
Taran Noah Smith as Mark Taylor
Richard Karn as Al Borland
Jonathan Taylor Thomas as Randy Taylor
Debbe Dunning as Heidi Keppert

Special Features:
All New Season 7 Bloopers

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 554 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Emmy Award®-nominated actors Tim Allen and Patricia Richardson are back for more "powerful" family fun in the hilarious seventh season of the critically acclaimed sitcom 'Home Improvement.' It's a year to remember as Tim's quest for more power blacks out a Thanksgiving football game, and Brad floors his parents with a wedding announcement. The biggest surprise is yet to come, however, as Tim considers walking away from Tool Time. Experience every fall-down-funny moment with TV's most accident-prone host in this sensational 3-disc set, including all 25 episodes and never-before-seen bonus features. With great guest stars, including Dan Aykroyd and Grant Hill, this is a must-own collection for every 'Home Improvement' fan."

CS Comment:
It's hard to believe "Home Improvement" had so many seasons, but here's number 7 for your DVD collection.

Available Tuesday, August 7




The Hills: The Complete Second Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Lauren Conrad as Herself
Heidi Montag as Herself
Whitney Port as Herself
Lisa Love as Herself
Jordan Eubanks as Himself
Brian Drolet as Himself
Jason Wahler as Himself
Audrina Patridge as Herself

Special Features:
Featurette: The Hills – Season 2 Premiere Party
Featurette: The Hills – Season 2 Photo Shoot
Commentary from the girls on their favorite scenes
Interviews
Deleted scenes

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 247 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"With a year in Los Angeles under their belts, Lauren Conrad and her friends Heidi, Audrina and Whitney are learning that being young women in the big city isn't as easy as they expected. The girls are older, wiser and now single, but still facing challenges at work and school. This year when new guys force them to make tough choices, Lauren and the girls are about to find out that not even friendships can be taken for granted."

CS Comment:
This TV series isn't targeted at me, but if you're into the show, they seem to have done a nice job putting some bonus features together.

Available Tuesday, August 7




Soul Food: The Series – The Second Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Nicole Ari Parker as Teri Joseph
Malinda Williams as Tracy 'Bird' Van Adams
Vanessa Williams as Maxine Chadway
Aaron Meeks as Ahmad Chadway
Rockmond Dunbar as Kenny Chadway
Darrin Dewitt Henson as Lem Van Adams
Taylor Love as Kelly Chadway

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 16 Hours 15 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Based on the critically-acclaimed film of the same name, Soul Food reunites the Joseph family in an hour-long drama series, which chronicles the lives of a tight-knit African American family living in Chicago. The series explores, in an honest and touching way, the relationship between three sisters, the men in their lives and their children. The Joseph family faces everyday struggles to which all families can relate. Soul Food is not your typical family… it is simply the drama of a family."

CS Comment:
This is yet another TV series I'm not into, and unfortunately they don't show any bonus feature lovin' to fans, either.

Available Tuesday, August 7




Elvis! Lights! Camera! Elvis Collection!
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Rating: PG

Starring:
Elvis Presley

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 16 Hours 15 Minutes

Synopsis:
This DVD features "Blue Hawaii", "Easy Come, Easy Go", "Fun in Acapulco", "G.I. Blues", "Girls! Girls! Girls!", "King Creole", "Roustabout", and "Paradise Hawaiian Style""

CS Comment:
Wow! Elvis fans should rejoice. This is a great way for fans to get 8 Elvis movies at a great price…in a blue suede box, no less.

Available Tuesday, August 7




I Think I Love My Wife
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Rating: R

Starring:
Chris Rock as Richard Cooper
Kerry Washington as Nikki Tru
Gina Torres as Brenda Cooper
Steve Buscemi as George
Edward Herrmann as Mr. Landis
Welker White as Mary
Samantha Ivers as Tracy
Michael K. Williams as Teddy
Cassandra Freeman as Jennifer
Stephen A. Smith as Allan
Wendell Pierce as Sean
Milan Howard as Kelly Cooper

Special Features:
Audio Commentary by Chris Rock
Alternate and Deleted Scenes
Bloopers
I Do Love Making This Movie Featurette
Fox Movie Channel Presents Casting Session

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1) and Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish and French Language
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 94 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Fearless funnyman Chris Rock directed, co-wrote and stars in this laugh-out-loud comedy about the pleasures and perils of wedded bliss. No-nonsense investment banker Richard Cooper (Rock) has it all: a great career, an adoring wife (Gina Torres), and two beautiful kids. There's just one problem - he's bored out of his mind!

Richard's occasional thoughts about other women seem harmless enough, until free-spirited Nikki (Kerry Washington), a stunningly sexy friend from the past, appears at his office door, prompting a fox-and-mouse game that puts a smile on Richard's face….and his marriage to the test!"

"I Think I Love My Wife" is rated R for pervasive language and some sexual content.

CS Comment:
I suppose Rock's real life marriage was doomed when he named this movie. But if you're a Rock fan, you should be happy to get both fullscreen and widescreen versions of the movie as well as a few bonus features.

Available Tuesday, August 7




Beneath
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Rating: R

Starring:
Nora Zehetner as Christy
Matthew Settle as John
Gabrielle Rose as Mrs. Locke
Carly Pope as Vanessa
Don S. Davis as Joseph
Jessica Amlee as Amy
Gillian Barber as Donna
Warren Christie as Jeff

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 81 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Christy (Zehetner) returns to her hometown years after a car accident that disfigured her older sister. Haunted by the accident in which she was the driver, she learns that her worst nightmares have either come true…or are about to."

"Beneath" is rated R for some violence and disturbing images.

CS Comment:
A horror movie from MTV – what could possibly go wrong?

Available Tuesday, August 7




8 Simple Rules: The Complete First Season
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Rating: TV-PG

Starring:
Katey Sagal as Cate Hennessy
Kaley Cuoco as Bridget Hennessy
Amy Davidson as Kerry Hennessy
Martin Spanjers as Rory Hennessy
John Ritter as Paul Hennessy
Billy Aaron Brown as Kyle

Special Features:
Blooper Reel

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French Language
French and Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 601 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Legendary sitcom stars John Ritter and Katey Sagal team up in '8 Simple Rules,' ABC's hit family comedy that is laugh-out-loud funny.

"If you make my daughters cry, I'll make you cry." That is the rallying cry of Paul Hennessy. A little rusty in the parenting department, Paul is forced to meet fatherhood head-on when his wife Cate returns to work. Two teenage daughters and a wisecracking son make Paul's new situation daunting but never dull.

Cybill Shepherd, Jason Priestley and Terry Bradshaw are just some of the guest stars joining the fun in Season One. Experience all 28 episodes, plus exclusive bonus features, including a hilarious bonus reel, in this sensational 3-disc set."

"8 Simple Rules: The Complete First Season" is rated TV-PG.

CS Comment:
Fans of John Ritter will want to pick up this series. Unfortunately, there's no tribute to Ritter amid the slim bonus features.

Available Tuesday, August 7




Cory in the House: All-Star Edition
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Rating: TV-G

Starring:
Jason Dolley as Newt Livingston
Madison Pettis as Sophie
Kyle Massey as Cory Baxter
Maiara Walsh as Meena Paroom
Lisa Kushell as Samantha Samuels
Rondell Sheridan as Victor Baxter

Special Features:
Raven in the House
Rock in the House

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 88 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"From Disney Channel's hit comedy 'That's So Raven' comes its hilarious spin-off series 'Cory in the House' -- on DVD for the first time ever! Laugh out loud at Cory's madcap adventures in four of your favorite episodes -- plus, the All-Star Edition DVD includes exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews with the star and celebrity guests Raven and The Rock ("Never The Dwayne Shall Meet")! When Cory's dad gets a job as personal chef to the president of the United States, the Baxter boys move into the White House and take over. It doesn't take long before Cory is cooking up new schemes that get him into outrageously funny situations with the high-powered Washington, D.C., elite. Just when you think things can't get any more mixed up, Cory is sneaking on to Air Force One, making presentations incognito and doing everything he can to impress celebrity houseguests Raven, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and more! Get ready to laugh, it's Cory time!"

"Cory in the House: All-Star Edition" is rated TV-G.

CS Comment:
Young fans of the various Disney TV series will want to pick up this DVD. To top things off, you have The Rock, too!

Available Tuesday, August 7

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