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DVD Roundup: 8.21.07

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
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Ugly Betty: The Bettyfied Edition – The Complete First Season
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Rating: TV-14

Starring:
America Ferrera as Betty Suarez
Eric Mabius as Daniel Meade
Alan Dale as Bradford Meade
Tony Plana as Ignacio Suarez
Ana Ortiz as Hilda Suarez
Ashley Jensen as Christina McKinney
Becki Newton as Amanda Tanen
Mark Indelicato as Justin Suarez
Michael Urie as Marc St. James
Vanessa Williams as Wilhelmina Slater
Freddy Rodríguez as Giovanni
Kevin Sussman as Walter
Rebecca Romijn as Alexis Meade
Christopher Gorham as Henry Grubstick
Judith Light as Claire Meade

Special Features:
Becoming Ugly -- America Ferrera And Cast Explore What It Means To Get Bettyfied
A La Mode -- Go Behind The Scenes To Discover The Fashion, Decor And Elegance Of MODE
Green Is The New Black -- The High Fashion Of Manhattan And the Coziness Of Queens All Created In Hollywood
Deleted Scenes
Audio Commentaries
And More!

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Language Track
Running Time: 992 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Audiences are cheering for a vibrant overachiever with the spirit and the smarts to live her dream. America Ferrera stars as go-getter Betty Suarez, a true beauty in the skin-deep world of high fashion. Two very different cultures collide in this sexy and stylish series about believing in yourself regardless of the odds.

Earning Golden Globe Awards® for Best Television Series and Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series in its very first season, Ugly Betty is a runaway hit with fans and critics. "Ugly Betty is a thing of beauty," raves the Boston Herald.
Experience every episode of Season One in this six-disc DVD box set. Plus, join executive producer Salma Hayek and actor Eric Mabius for exclusive show insights, and see what it takes for America Ferrera to get Bettyfied – available only on DVD. You'll find yourself falling in love with every minute of Ugly Betty."

"Ugly Betty: The Bettyfied Edition – The Complete First Season" is rated TV-14

CS Comment:
This is one of the dozen or so shows that my wife watches regularly. The DVD also seems to offer up a great selection of bonus features. If you like quirky comedies and fashion funnies, "Ugly Betty" will deliver.

Available Tuesday, August 21




South Park: The Complete Tenth Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Trey Parker as Eric Cartman
Matt Stone as Kyle Broflovski
Mona Marshall as Additional Voices

Special Features:
Mini-Commentaries by the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 308 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"All fourteen monumental episodes from South Park's tenth season are now available in this exclusive three-disc collector's set. Join the boys as they witness the death of their beloved Chef, band together to defeat a virtual villain who is out to destroy the world and wrestle with the disturbing consequences of seeing the Prophet of the Muslim people on a popular cartoon. For them, it's all part of growing up in South Park!"

"South Park: The Complete Tenth Season" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Not only do you get the 10th season of "South Park," but you get a 14 day game trial of "World of Warcraft." Complete your "South Park" DVD collection today!

Available Tuesday, August 21




JAG: Judge Advocate General – The Fourth Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
David James Elliott as Cmdr. Harmon 'Harm' Rabb, Jr.
Catherine Bell as Lt. Col. Sarah 'Mac' MacKenzie
Patrick Labyorteaux as Lt. Cmdr. Bud Roberts, Jr.
John M. Jackson as Adm. Albert Jethro 'A.J.' Chegwidden
Chuck Carrington as P.O. Jason Tiner

Special Features:
Gag Reel

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 17 Hours 50 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"In this explosive hour-long dramatic adventure series, David James Elliot stars as Lieutenant Commander "Harm" Rabb, Jr., a brave, outstanding Navy Lawyer and officer in the Judge Advocate General (J.A.G.) Corps. His missions are to investigate and prosecute all crimes, accidents, acts of terrorism and espionage related to the Navy and Marine Corps. Playing the diverse roles of investigator, prosecutor and defense attorney, Harm and his partner Major Sarah "Mac" MacKenzie (Catherine Bell), use their intelligence and determination to uncover the mysteries behind cases involving murder, treason, espionage and other high crimes to bring world-class criminals to justice. JAG combines all the intensity of the battlefield and all the suspense of a criminal investigation into an action-packed hour!"

"JAG: Judge Advocate General – The Fourth Season" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Unfortunately you only get a gag reel on this DVD's bonus features, but you do get 24 episodes of the fourth season.

Available Tuesday, August 21




Dexter: The First Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan
Julie Benz as Rita Bennett
Christina Robinson as Astor
Jennifer Carpenter as Debra Morgan
Erik King as Sergeant Doakes
Lauren Vélez as Lt. Maria Laguerta
David Zayas as Angel Batista
James Remar as Harry Morgan
C.S. Lee as Vince Masuka
Daniel Goldman as Cody
Geoffrey Pierson as Captain Tom Astor
Devon Graye as Teenage Dexter

Special Features:
The Academy of Blood - A Killer Course
Witnessed In Blood - A True Murder Investigation
Two Free Episodes of Showtime's Hit Series Brotherhood
Free Episodic Download of The Tudors
The First Two Chapters of Dexter in The Dark, the Newest Dexter Novel
Two Audio Commentaries by the Cast & Producers
And Much More!

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Language
Running Time: 10 Hours 50 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Dexter is based on the compelling novel "Darkly Dreaming Dexter" by Jeff Lindsay. Orphaned at the age of four and harboring a traumatic secret, Dexter Morgan (Dexter Morgan (Emmy®- and Golden Globe®- nominated actor Michael C. Hall from "Six Feet Under") is adopted by a police officer who recognizes Dexter's homicidal tendencies and guides his son to channel his gruesome passion for human vivisection in a constructive way - by killing those heinous perpetrators that are above the law or who have slipped through the cracks of justice. A respected member of the police force, a perfect gentleman and a man with a soft spot for children, it's hard not to like Dexter. Although his drive to kill is unflinching, he struggles to emulate normal emotions he doesn't feel, and to keep up his appearance as a caring, socially responsible human being."

"Dexter: The First Season" is not rated.

CS Comment:
This sounds like a truly unique serial killer / vigilante series. Horror fans and crime drama fans should enjoy this.

Available Tuesday, August 21




The Ultimate Gift
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Rating: PG

Starring:
Drew Fuller as Jason Stevens
James Garner as Red Stevens
Ali Hillis as Alexia
Abigail Breslin as Emily
Lee Meriwether as Miss Hastings
Brian Dennehy as Gus
Mircea Monroe as Caitlin
Donna Cherry as Sarah Stevens
D. David Morin as Jack Stephens

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 118 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"When his wealthy grandfather dies, trust fund baby Jason Stevens inherits his grandfather's crash course on life: 12 tasks-or gifts-designed to challenge Jason in improbable ways. The 'course' sends Jason on a journey of self-discovery that forces him to reevaluate his priorities and determine what he thinks the most important things in life really are."

"The Ultimate Gift" is rated PG for thematic elements, some violence and language.

CS Comment:
With James Garner and Brian Dennehy, this sounds like an interesting flick.

Available Tuesday, August 21




A New Wave
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Rating: R

Starring:
Andrew Keegan as Desmond
Lacey Chabert as Julie
John Krasinski as Gideon
Dean Edwards as Rupert
William Sadler as Mr. Dewitt
Caprice Benedetti as Mrs. DeWitt
Wass Stevens as Francois
Thomas Edward Seymour as Marv
Russ Russo as Julio Cortez

Special Features:
Deleted Scenes
Outtakes
Sunriser – "Big Plans" Music Video
A New Wave Trailer
Trailer Gallery

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Spanish Language
Running Time: 93 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"The perfect plan doesn't always lead to the perfect crime.

Desmond (Andrew Keegan), a struggling artist working as a bank teller, and his unemployed roommate, Gideon (John Krasinski), are desperate to make both their dreams come true. Along with their partner in crime, Rupert (Dean Edwards), they plot a dramatic robbery targeting the bank where Desmond works. But when Gideon presents the plan as a flashy, movie-inspired screenplay involving underground gun deals, ski masks, bowling bags, and expensive suits, it becomes clear that they are in way over their heads. Desmond begins to have second thoughts about the robbery after his girlfriend, Julie (Lacey Chabert), encourages him to pursue a career as an artist. Now he must choose between selling out...or cashing in."

"A New Wave" is rated R for pervasive language, some graphic sexual images and brief violence.

CS Comment:
I'm a fan of John Krasinski from "The Office," so his involvement alone would get me to check this one out.

Available Tuesday, August 21

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