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DVD Roundup: 9.11.07

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
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Charmed: The Final Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Holly Marie Combs as Piper Halliwell
Alyssa Milano as Phoebe Halliwell
Brian Krause as Leo Wyatt
Rose McGowan as Paige Matthews

Special Features:
The Making of Charmed
The 2-Part Documentary: Story Of Charmed
To The Manor Born - A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Central Role the Halliwell Manor
Played in the Series
Forever Charmed - A Profile of Charmed Fans
Cast and Crew Audio Commentaries on Select Episodes

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Spanish and French Languages
Spanish, Portuguese, and French Subtitles
Running Time: 15 Hours 18 Minutes

The following is from the DVD cover:

"Get ready for the ultimate ride in supernatural entertainment! In Charmed: The Final Season, the magical Halliwell sisters Phoebe (Alyssa Milano), Piper (Holly Marie Combs) and Paige (Rose McGowan) face their biggest challenges in love, life and death as they try one last time to fulfill their destiny! Join them in their fight to protect Leo from the Angel of Death, and witness their devastating battle when demons conspire to take over the Underworld! Charmed: The Final Season's 6 discs deliver 22 episodes of nonstop thrills, suspense and a climactic finale! The Charmed ones are ready. Are you?"

"Charmed: The Final Season" is not rated.

CS Comment:
"Charmed" fans will want this DVD to complete their collections. A generous offering of bonus features should also please fans.

Available Tuesday, September 11

Grey's Anatomy: Season Three - Seriously Extended
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Rating: TV-14

Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Grey
Sandra Oh as Dr. Cristina Yang
Katherine Heigl as Dr. Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens
Justin Chambers as Dr. Alex Karev
T.R. Knight as Dr. George O'Malley
Chandra Wilson as Dr. Miranda Bailey
James Pickens Jr. as Dr. Richard Webber
Isaiah Washington as Dr. Preston Burke
Patrick Dempsey as Dr. Derek Shepherd
Kate Walsh as Dr. Addison Montgomery-Shepherd
Sara Ramirez as Dr. Callie Torres
Steven W. Bailey as Joe
Eric Dane as Dr. Mark Sloan

Special Features:
Extended Episodes
Making Rounds with Patrick Dempsey
Prescription for Success
Good Medicine
Audio Commentaries

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Language Track
Running Time: 1105 Minutes

The following is from the DVD cover:

"They are doctors, lovers and friends. Join the staff of Seattle Grace Hospital as they learn there are no easy cures for life's challenges and that each choice comes in shades of grey. Get more Grey's in this sensational seven-disc DVD box set -- more secrets, more personal stories and many more McSteamy moments. Bring home Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Third Season - Seriously Extended, complete with never-before-seen bonus features, including uncut and extended episodes available only on DVD. It's addicting entertainment that you can't get enough of. Seriously."

"Grey's Anatomy: Season Three - Seriously Extended" is rated TV-14.

CS Comment:
This third season DVD set of "Grey's Anatomy" is "seriously extended", but no bonus features on Dr. McChokey.

Available Tuesday, September 11

Bones: Season Two
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Rating: Not Rated

Emily Deschanel as Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan
David Boreanaz as Special Agent Seeley Booth
Michaela Conlin as Angela Montenegro
Eric Millegan as Zack Addy
T.J. Thyne as Dr. Jack Hodgins
Tamara Taylor as Dr. Camille Saroyan

Special Features:
All 21 Season Two Episodes
Audio Commentaries on Selected Episodes
Gag Reel
Exclusive DVD Featurettes: The Memories in the Season, Visceral Effects: The Digital Illusions of Bones
Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Language
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 917 Minutes

The following is from the DVD cover:

"Television's sexiest investigative duo forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and FBI Special Agent Seely Booth (David Boreanaz) is back, combining her uncanny ability to decipher clues found hidden in the remains of victims, his hard-hitting investigative techniques, and state-of-the-art forensic technology to solve some of the most baffling and bizarre crimes ever. In Season Two, as Brennan gets a new boss and takes on a new partner, tensions mount, passions flare and a shocking conspiracy forces her to confront her troubled past. Packed with intrigue, drama and just the right touch of dark humor, Bones is the show that has it all!"

"Bones: Season Two" is not rated.

CS Comment:
The "Bones: Season Two" DVD set offers a few bonus features to keep fans happy. If you like dark humor and murder mysteries, this should satisfy you.

Available Tuesday, September 11

Face/Off: 2-Disc Special Collector's Edition
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Rating: R

John Travolta as Sean Archer/Castor Troy
Nicolas Cage as Castor Troy/Sean Archer
Joan Allen as Dr. Eve Archer
Alessandro Nivola as Pollux Troy
Gina Gershon as Sasha Hassler
Dominique Swain as Jamie Archer
Nick Cassavetes as Dietrich Hassler
Harve Presnell as Victor Lazarro
Colm Feore as Dr. Malcolm Walsh
John Carroll Lynch as Walton, Prison Guard
CCH Pounder as Dr. Holllis Miller
Robert Wisdom as Tito Biondi
Margaret Cho as Wanda
James Denton as Buzz
Matt Ross as Loomis

Special Features:
Commentaries by Director John Woo and Writers Mike Werb and Michael Colleary
7 Deleted Scenes - Including an Alternate Ending (with Optional Commentary)
The Light And The Dark: Making Face/Off
John Woo: A Life In Pictures
Original Theatrical Trailer

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround EX Sound
DTS 6.1 Surround Sound
French Language
Running Time: 140 Minutes

The following is from the DVD description:

"John Travolta stars as FBI agent Sean Archer doing the unthinkable to stop the elusive terrorist Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage). Watch the bullets fly and the action explode as master action director John Woo (Broken Arrow) detonates the screen in this special collector's edition DVD. Loaded with high-voltage special features, this two-disc set redefines the action genre like never before!"

"Face/Off" is rated R for intense sequences of strong violence, and for strong language.

CS Comment:
"Face/Off" is a film I wasn't expecting to see reissued. The premise is absolutely absurd, but the fun performances by Travolta and Cage make it work.

Available Tuesday, September 11

Blood And Tears: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
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Rating: PG-13

Special Features:
Bonus Interview Footage
Trailer Gallery

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Stereo Sound
Running Time: 74 Minutes

The following is from the DVD description:

"Like an open wound that will not heal, the Arab-Israeli conflict refuses to be resolved. Blood and Tears uncovers the truth beneath the hype and the headlines. The filmmaker and his team of Middle East Experts have gone right to the source: the ministers and the mullahs, the fanatics and the peaceniks, the soldiers and the terrorists, and the ordinary families battling extraordinary forces as they try to live a normal life. Top officials from both sides are interviewed, from former Israeli Prime Ministers to senior Palestinian officials to the leaders of the militant extremist group Hamas. Blood and Tears explores the origin of the confrontation itself, and challenges many of the most deep-rooted myths we all hold about this epicenter of human conflict."

"Blood And Tears: The Arab-Israeli Conflict" is rated PG-13 for violent images.

CS Comment:
If you wanted to learn more about the Arab-Isreali conflict, this is a great DVD to check out. Bone up on your history before WWIII.

Available Tuesday, August 28

The Graduate (40th Anniversary Edition)
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Rating: PG

Anne Bancroft as Mrs. Robinson
Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin Braddock
Katharine Ross as Elaine Robinson
William Daniels as Mr. Braddock
Murray Hamilton as Mr. Robinson
Elizabeth Wilson as Mrs. Braddock
Buck Henry as Room Clerk
Brian Avery as Carl Smith
Walter Brooke as Mr. McGuire
Norman Fell as Mr. McCleery
Alice Ghostley as Mrs. Singleman
Marion Lorne as Miss DeWitte

Special Features:
Audio Commentary by Actors Dustin Hoffman and Katherine Ross
Commentary by Mike Nichols and Steven Soderbergh
Students Of The Graduate Featurette
The Seduction Featurette
One on One with Dustin Hoffman Featurette
The Graduate at 25 Featurette
Original Theatrical Trailer
Soundtrack CD - Includes 4 Songs from Original Soundtrack - The Sound Of Silence, Mrs. Robinson, Scarborough Fair/Canticle, April Come She Will

Other Info:
Widescreen (2.35:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
DTS 5.1 Surround Sound
French Language
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 106 Minutes

The following is from the DVD description:

"Uncertain of what he wants to do with his life, college graduate Benjamin Braddock (Hoffman) returns home. And when the wife of his father's business partner, the sexy Mrs. Robinson (Bancroft), seduces him, the affair only deepens his confusion. That is, until he meets the girl of his dreams (Katharine Ross). But there's one problem... she's Mrs. Robinson's daughter!"

"The Graduate" is rated PG.

CS Comment:
It's hard to believe this film is 40 years old, but here's the anniversary DVD. A large number of bonus features and a soundtrack CD also make this a DVD worth checking out.

Available Tuesday, September 11

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