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DVD Roundup: 9.4.07

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
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Disney Princess Enchanted Tales – Follow Your Dreams
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Rating: G

Special Features:
Aurora Dress-Up Game
Find Sahara Game
"You'll Never Lose This Love" Music Video Featuring Belle

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish and French Language Track
Running Time: 56 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"If you wish with all your heart and imagine the loveliest place you've ever dreamt of, you'll find yourself in a dazzling fairytale castle. Cross the drawbridge, step inside and experience Disney's spectacular Princess adventure! Accompany Princess Aurora on her first new "Once upon a time..." since the cherished classic 'Sleeping Beauty.' And take a magic carpet ride to Agrabah, where Jasmine and your favorite characters from the Academy Award® winning masterpiece 'Aladdin' return for a whole new world of never-before-seen enchantment! Spend some golden moments with Aurora and Jasmine as each discovers what it takes to be a true Princess. Join the Disney Princesses as they realize that when you Follow Your Dreams...they just might come true!"

CS Comment:
If you have little girls in your house, this DVD will buy you 56 minutes of peace and quiet. That's worth a lot.

Available Tuesday, September 4




Robot Chicken: Season Two- Uncensored
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Seth Green as Various
Breckin Meyer as Various
Dan Milano as Various
Chad Morgan as Various

Special Features:
Deleted Scenes
Deleted Audio
Christmas Special
The Making of a Sketch
Adult Swim Promos
Deleted Animatics
Animation Meetings
Slide Show
PS3 Contest Promo
Video Blogs
Freedom Rock Promo
Plus Commentary on all 20 Episodes!

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 221 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"It's back! Season Two of the Adult Swim high-octane hellspawn returns with 20 freshly hatched episodes! It's a brain-scrambling bonanza of pop culture-crushing sketch comedy, acted out by chunks of wire and plastic cunningly crafted to resemble people and animals, then stop-motion animated frame by painstaking frame in the style of the old masters! Come partake in a punk rock puppet pool party!"

"Robot Chicken: Season Two - Uncensored" is not rated.

CS Comment:
It's Twisted Toyfare Theater come to life! And if you know what that means, then this DVD is required viewing for you.

Available Tuesday, September 4




Desperate Housewives: The Complete Third Season - The Dirty Laundry Edition
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Rating: TV-14

Starring:
Teri Hatcher as Susan Mayer
Felicity Huffman as Lynette Scavo
Marcia Cross as Bree Van De Kamp
Eva Longoria as Gabrielle Solis
Ricardo Chavira as Carlos Solis
Brenda Strong as Mary Alice Young
James Denton as Mike Delfino
Nicollette Sheridan as Edie Britt
Andrea Bowen as Julie Mayer
Doug Savant as Tom Scavo
Brent Kinsman as Preston Scavo
Shane Kinsman as Porter Scavo
Zane Huett as Parker Scavo
Joy Lauren as Danielle Van De Kamp
Shawn Pyfrom as Andrew Van De Kamp
Cody Kasch as Zach Young
Mark Moses as Paul Young
Richard Burgi as Karl Mayer

Special Features:
Here Comes The Bride - Go Behind The Scenes Of The Season Finale
Amas de Casa Deseperadas - Meet the Lovely Latinas Of Wisteria Lane
Cherry-Picked: Marc Cherry's Favorite Scenes
Deleted Scenes And More

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 993 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"The women of Wisteria Lane are back, and it's time to air some dirty laundry. In the Emmy Award-winning show's sensational third season, the gossip is juicier, the secrets are more scandalous and the revenge is even sweeter.

Experience all 23 tantalizing episodes of Season Three, and get the dish on Susan's new love, Bree's unsettling marriage to Orson (Kyle MacLachlan) and a dangerous new presence living down the lane. Everything will come out in the wash in this spectacular six-disc set.

Bubbling over the exclusive bonus features, including a behind-the-scenes look at the season finale and even more secrets straight from the show, this is the sudsiest season yet."

"Desperate Housewives: The Complete Third Season - The Dirty Laundry Edition" is rated TV-14.

CS Comment:
While this DVD set lacks the bonus features of the previous season DVDs, there's still a lot here to keep fans of Wisteria Lane happy.

Available Tuesday, September 4




Bosom Buddies: The Second Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Tom Hanks as Kip Wilson
Peter Scolari as Henry Desmond
Donna Dixon as Sonny Lumet
Holland Taylor as Ruth Dunbar
Telma Hopkins as Isabelle Hammond
Wendie Jo Sperber as Amy Cassidy
Lucille Benson as Lilly Sinclair

Special Features:
Sales Presentation

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Mono Sound
Running Time: 7 Hours 31 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official DVD description:

"Kip and Henry work at an advertising agency as an artist and writer respectively. When the apartment that they were living in was condemned, they had no place to live. So Amy their co-worker, who has a crush on Henry, suggests that they stay with her but the only the problem is that it's for girls only. So they get into drag and assume the personas of Buffy and Hildegarde. When Kip meets Sonny, Amy's attractive roommate, he is smitten and when they learn that there's a vacancy in the building, Kip convinces Henry to take it so he can be close to Sonny, and so that this experience might be good material for a book that Henry can write."

"Bosom Buddies: The Second Season" is not rated.

CS Comment:
It's the second season of "Bosom Buddies" and still no Hanks and Scolari bonus features. What's up with that?

Available Tuesday, September 4




RL Stine's The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It
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Rating: PG

Starring:
Emily Osment as Cassie
Alex Winzenread as Max
Cody Linley as Sean
Brittany Curran as Priscilla
Michelle Duffy as Eileen Keller
John Hawkinson as Jack Keller
Tobin Bell as The Stranger
Katelyn Pippy as Erin
Colleen Dengel as Tanya
Suzanne Dengel as Tanya #2
Nigel Ash as Ralph

Special Features:
"I Don't Think About It" Music Video by Emily Osment
Scare-O-Meter
Think About It! R.L. Stine's Journey of Imagination
And More!

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 1 Hour 27 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"For 13-year-old goth girl Cassie, fitting into a new school and neighborhood isn't easy, but she entertains herself by playing pranks on the "popular" kids and her little brother, Max. As Halloween approaches, Cassie's search for scares leads her to a mysterious Halloween store and an unusual book called The Evil Thing. When Max begs her to read the book to him, Cassie finally gives in, ignoring the warning "Do Not Read Aloud." But it's when they get to the last page of the book and its clear warning about the Evil Thing - "Don't Think About It" - that the spooky adventure really begins. Starring Emily Osment and Cody Linley of Hannah Montana, Brittany Elizabeth Curran of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, and the quintessential movie villain, SAW's Tobin Bell, R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It is sure to put a shiver in your spine!"

"RL Stine's The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It" is rated PG for scary content and thematic elements.

CS Comment:
This is a perfect film for the tween target group. It features Hannah Montana star Emily Osment and horror.

Available Tuesday, September 4




Animal 2 - Unrated
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Rating: Unrated

Starring:
Ving Rhames as James 'Animal' Allen
Vicellous Reon Shannon as Darius
Conrad Dunn as Kasada
Benz Antoine as Captain Ellis
K.C. Collins as James Jr
Jay Hunter as Silk

Special Features:
The Making of Animal 2

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Sound
Running Time: 93 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"James "Animal" Allen (Ving Rhames), is serving a life sentence for murder at Folson Prison, taking the rap for his eldest son. After a brutal prison riot between the Mexicans and the Blacks, he is transferred to Susanville Prison, where he previously served 15 years. On the outside, Animal's son, James Jr., is framed for murder and faces serious jail time. To help his son, Animal has no choice but to return to his violent past as a money fighter. His new role brings him to the height of power as the leader of the Blacks, but he uncovers he is being used as a pawn in a conspiracy to spark an all out race war between the gangs."

"Animal 2" is unrated.

CS Comment:
Fan of Ving Rhames will want to check out the star in this new action flick.

Available Tuesday, September 4




It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia: Seasons 1 & 2
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Charlie Day as Charlie Kelly
Rob McElhenney as Mac
Glenn Howerton as Dennis Reynolds
Kaitlin Olson as Dee Reynolds
Danny DeVito as Frank Reynolds

Special Features:
Scenes From the Original Pilot
Audio Commentary by Cast and Crew on Selected Episodes
Sunny Side Up Making of Featurette
The Gang F*#!s Up Outtakes
Fox Movie Channel Presents Making A Scene: It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia
Kaitlin Audition Featurette

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 380 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Whether it's underage drinking, homophobia or smokers' rights, no subject is off limits for the hilariously warped gang at Paddy's Pub. The staff of this neighborhood bar takes dysfunction and political incorrectness to wickedly hilarious extremes in this refreshingly raw and edgy comedy.

Knock one back with Mac, Charlie, Dennis, his sister Dee, and their nihilistic father Frank (Danny DeVito), as their twisted and self-obsessed worldviews lead to awkward and outrageous misadventures, from sleeping with each other's moms to smuggling heroin into prison - the hard way! Welcome to Paddy's, where you'll meet the most vain, dishonest, self-obsessed gang of friends since SeinfeldasBottoms Up!"

CS Comment:
If you're a fan of dark comedies, it looks like this TV series is for you. Fans of Danny DeVito will want to check it out.

Available Tuesday, September 4




Samurai Jack: Season 4
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Phil LaMarr as Samurai Jack

Special Features:
Genndy's Roundtable
Genndy's New Projects
Deleted Scene
Samurai Jack Promos

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Spanish and French Languages
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 292 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Jack is back to continue his epic battle against the evil of Aku. And the fourth season of Genndy Tartakovsky's Emmy Award-winning series is packed with all the elements that have gained Samurai Jack a worldwide following: Brilliant storytelling. Lush artwork. And blisteringly fast action sequences. Whether you're a new fan or have been one for years, your collection isn't complete without it."

"Samurai Jack: Season 4" is not rated.

CS Comment:
The final season of "Samurai Jack" is here. This is the perfect DVD set for animation fans.

Available Tuesday, September 4




Demetri Martin. Person.
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Demetri Martin

Special Features:
Deleted Scenes
Commentary
Comedy Central Presents
Tiny Poster
Extra Footage

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 42 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"A unique talent, Demetri Martin is one of the hottest stand-up comics working today. Inventive and insightful, this top-rated program brings the funny in ways you've never seen. The DVD comes stacked with bonus content including his Comedy Central Presents special, deleted scenes, commentary with his grandma, a tiny poster and more! One of the most original voices in comedy hits the stage for an all-new one-hour special. Demetri Martin's act is sure to please with his always hysterical blend of music and wry observational humor."

"Demetri Martin. Person." is not rated.

CS Comment:
Enjoy comedy DVDs? This one's for you. Even the DVD cover has a sense of humor.

Available Tuesday, September 4




Up In Smoke: Special Collector's Edition
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Rating: R

Starring:
Cheech Marin as Pedro De Pacas
Tommy Chong as Anthony 'Man' Stoner
Strother Martin as Arnold Stoner
Edie Adams as Mrs. Tempest Stoner
Harold Fong as Chauffeur
Richard Novo as Richard
Jane Moder as Jail Bait
Pam Bille as Jail Bait
Arthur Roberts as Arresting Officer
Marian Beeler as Judge Gladys Dykes
Donald Hotton as Bailiff
John Ian Jacobs as Prosecuting Attorney
Christopher Joy as Curtis
Ray Vitte as James (Bass Player)
Michael Caldwell as Duane (Guitar)

Special Features:
Commentary by Cheech Marin & Director Lou Adler
Roach Clips (Deleted Scenes) with Optional Commentary
Lighting Up: A Look Back at Up In Smoke
"Earache My Eye" Featuring Alice Bowie: Animated Music Video
Cheeck & Chong's "The Man Song"
2 Vintage Radio Spots
Theatrical Trailer

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French Language
French Subtitles
Running Time: 85 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"There's nothing straight about this movie. But here's the dope anyway: Cheech and Chong make their film debut in this riotous rock'n'roll comedy, bringing with them the same madness, lifestyles and sketches that sold over 10 million records in the early '70s. Cheech and Chong's marijuana-laced humor keeps their spirits high and leads them to an outrageous finale in L.A.'s Roxy Theatre, where Cheech performs in a pink tutu and Chong dresses as a large red quaalude. It will make you feel very funny."

"Up In Smoke: Special Collector's Edition" is rated R.

CS Comment:
I was just saying the other day that I wish they'd reissue "Up In Smoke". Well, not really, but here it is anyway.

Available Tuesday, September 4

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