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DVD Roundup: 9.18.07

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
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Smallville: The Complete Sixth Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Tom Welling as Clark Kent
Kristin Kreuk as Lana Lang
Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor
Erica Durance as Lois Lane
Allison Mack as Chloe Sullivan
John Glover as Lionel Luthor
Annette O'Toole as Martha Kent
Aaron Ashmore as Jimmy Olsen
Leonard Roberts as Nam-Ek
Pascale Hutton as Raya
Terence Stamp as Jor-El (voice)

Special Features:
Green Arrow: The History of the Emerald Archer"
"Smallville: The Ultimate Fans"
"The Oliver Queen Chronicles"
"The Making of The Oliver Queen Chronicles"
"Smallville Content Wraps"
Deleted Scenes

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French and Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 917 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"They tried to be friends. But their chosen paths set them on a collision course. The Clark Kent-Lex Luthor rivalry explodes into the fierce good-versus-evil battle fans have long expected in Season 6 of the spectacular series that reinterprets the characters and events of Superman mythology from its roots.

Adding to the rivalry: Lana Lang becomes Mrs. Luthor. Clark/Superman would be stunned to find out why she says yes. But that's not all that's stunning. Green Arrow forms a Super Hero league. Will Clark join? Phantom Zone escapees menace Earth. Can Clark stop them? Luthor Corp expands its dark experiments. Will an awesome kryptonite-powered army be the result? The answers and thrills are here!"

"Smallville" is not rated.

CS Comment:
DC fans should be really happy to see the appearance of Green Arrow and the Justice League in this sixth season DVD. And Lana Lang married Luthor? I need to catch up on this series!

Available Tuesday, September 18




Stargate Atlantis: Season Three
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Joe Flanigan as Lt. Colonel John Sheppard
David Hewlett as Dr. Rodney McKay
Rachel Luttrell as Teyla Emmagan
Torri Higginson as Dr. Elizabeth Weir
Paul McGillion as Dr. Carson Beckett
Jason Momoa as Ronon Dex
David Nykl as Dr. Radek Zelenka
Chuck Campbell as Technician

Special Features:
Audio Commentary on Selected Episodes
Mission Directive Featurettes
Photo Galleries and More!

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

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"As a new season begins, a fleet of Wraith ships races to attack Earth. Can the team stop them in time, or do the Wraith have a new feeding ground? Will a technologically advanced people prove to be allies with the Atlantis expedition, or will they be a powerful new threat?"

"Stargate Atlantis: Season Three" is not rated.

CS Comment:
This DVD lacks the bonus features of the previous season DVDs, but fans of "Stargate" will still find it a required addition to their collection.

Available Tuesday, September 18




Boston Legal: Season Three
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
James Spader as Alan Shore
William Shatner as Denny Crane
Candice Bergen as Shirley Schmidt
Mark Valley as Brad Chase
Rene Auberjonois as Paul Lewiston
Julie Bowen as Denise Bauer

Special Features:
All 24 Season Three Episodes
Exclusive Featurettes: "Out of Order?" And "Character Witness"

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Surround Sound
Running Time: 1030 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"While a scandalous murder trial rocks the city, it's business as usual at the law offices of Crane, Poole & Schmidt, which means a full caseload of criminal insanity, hostage situations, cross-dressing, cannibalism and outright mayhem! Ethically-challenged newcomer Jeffrey Coho fits right in, lustful litigator Denny Crane finally meets his match and attorney Alan Shore continues to stretch the boundaries of the law - and prime time television! Created by David E. Kelley ('Ally McBeal,' 'The Practice') and starring multiple-Emmy Award-winners James Spader, William Shatner and Candice Bergen, 'Boston Legal' is a brilliant combination of biting social commentary, riveting drama, and wickedly outrageous humor."

"Boston Legal: Season Three" is not rated.

CS Comment:
"Boston Legal's" already stellar cast sees the addition of a few new members in this Season Three DVD. Unfortunately, it's really lacking in bonus features.

Available Tuesday, September 18




Ghost Whisperer: The Second Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
David Conrad as Jim Clancy
Jennifer Love Hewitt as Melinda Gordon
Aisha Tyler as Andrea Moreno
Camryn Manheim as Delia Banks

Special Features:
A Conversation with the Living - Cast and crew discuss how they felt about the season two story and character development, the changing tone of the show, and what they had hoped to accomplish in their sophomore year.
Ghostly Visions - Key make-up artist Kandace Westmore and her team of make-up artists take us through the process of creating the frightening look of the dead for some of the second season's more memorable ghosts.
Grandview Graveyard - Click on the headstones of the ghosts that appear in some episodes. The headstone then turns into an 'o-back-tuary', or backstory of the character as told through interviews with the writers and producers.
Melinda's Closet - Clothing guru Joseph Porro, the costume designer responsible for Melinda Gordon's trendsetting, romantic style, explains how he chooses the unusual mix of antique and modern clothes and jewelry that make up Melinda's inspired look.
"The Other Side" trailer
"The Other Side" webisodes
"The Other Side" behind-the-scenes with star Mark Hapka
Jennifer Love Hewitt Speed Painting Video
Crystal Ball Mind Game
Commentaries

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 16 Hours 7 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Melinda Gordon (Jennifer Love Hewitt) communicates with earthbound spirits-ghosts who cling to the living because they have unfinished business that prevents them from moving beyond the familiar plane of existence that we call life. 'Ghost Whisperer' explores the spiritual side of life and death as Melinda navigates among the dead and the living in her sometimes chilling, sometimes heart-rending and sometimes amusing attempts to act as an intermediary between the ghosts and those they haunt. Jim (David Conrad), her husband, worries about the emotional toll this work is taking on his wife as they embark on a new life together. Melinda is somewhat reluctant to reveal her gift to new friend Delia Banks (Camryn Manheim), a single mom who works in Melinda's antique shop, she fears the consequences of drawing her into this unconventional world. For her part, Melinda accepts her unique abilities as a blessing and sometimes a curse, but always helps her clients-alive or dead-find emotional closure."

"Ghost Whisperer: The Second Season" is not rated.

CS Comment:
This season sees the addition of Camryn Manheim to the cast. A very impressive selection of bonus features are also included.

Available Tuesday, September 18




The Flying Scotsman
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Rating: PG-13

Starring:
Jonny Lee Miller as Graeme Obree
Sean Brown as Young Graeme Obree
Joseph Carney as Child Gang Leader
Crawford McInally-Kier as First Child Bully
Jan Plazalski as Second Child Bully
Niall Macgregor as Graeme's Father
Julie Austin as Graeme's Mother
Morag Calder as First Office Receptionist
Billy Boyd as Malky
Laura Fraser as Anne Obree
Jean Marie Coffey as Woman at Finish Line
Christopher Anderson as Baby Ewan
Brian Cox as Douglas Baxter
Ron Donachie as Scobie
Morven Christie as Katie

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Widescreen (2.35:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 96 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Based on the incredible true story of amateur cyclist Graeme Obree, who breaks the world one-hour record on a bike he made out of washing machine parts."

"The Flying Scotsman" is rated PG-13 for some mature thematic elements and strong language.

CS Comment:
There are a lot of sports movies out there, but how many focusing on cycling? This true story is one well worth checking out.

Available Tuesday, September 18




Upright Citizens Brigade: The Complete First Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Matt Besser as Adair, Various
Amy Poehler as Colby, Various
Ian Roberts as Antoine, Various
Matt Walsh as Trotter, Various

Special Features:
Original Pilot Episode
Original Live Version of "Little Donny" & "Andre The Giant Song"
Live Audio Commentary with the Cast on Pilot Episode
Alternate Audio Commentary from Little Donny on his very own episode
And more…

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 222 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"The Upright Citizens Brigade, an intelligence organization dedicated to undermining society through the proliferation of chaos, has finally infiltrated DVD with these ten classic episodes. A critical and cult hit, Comedy Central's 'Upright Citizens Brigade' is a brilliant and subversive sketch comedy show unlike anything else on television."

"Upright Citizens Brigade: The Complete First Season" is not rated.

CS Comment:
The Comedy Central series finally makes its way to DVD. An impressive selection of bonus features is also offered with it.

Available Tuesday, September 18




Upright Citizens Brigade: The Complete Second Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Matt Besser as Adair, Various
Amy Poehler as Colby, Various
Ian Roberts as Antoine, Various
Matt Walsh as Trotter, Various

Special Features:
Audience Q&A
Audio Commentary
Live Audio Commentary at the UCB Theater
Early Live Performances
Deleted Scenes

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 222 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Sketch comedy show revolves around the Upright Citizens Brigade, an underground organization 'with no government ties and unlimited resources' dedicated to creating and monitoring chaos from their secure underground base. The show's sketches depict chaotic or bizarre events in the world, events which are often directly engineered by the UCB. Another defining feature of the show is a series of real-world pranks, which tied in with the show's theme. Usually run at the end of each episode, these hidden-camera pranks feature the cast (as either the central UCB characters or other characters from that day's episode) interacting with real strangers."

"Upright Citizens Brigade: The Complete Second Season" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Rather than waiting months for the second season DVD, you get it at the same time! And fortunately they also include and equally entertaining selection of bonus features.

Available Tuesday, September 18




Commando: Director's Cut
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Rating: R

Starring:
Arnold Schwarzenegger as John Matrix
Rae Dawn Chong as Cindy
Dan Hedaya as Arius
Vernon Wells as Bennett
James Olson as Gen. Franklin Kirby
David Patrick Kelly as Sully
Alyssa Milano as Jenny Matrix
Bill Duke as Cooke
Drew Snyder as Lawson
Sharon Wyatt as Leslie
Michael Delano as Forrestal
Bob Minor as Jackson
Michael Adams as Harris
Gary Cervantes as Diaz

Special Features:
Full-Length Audio Commentary by Director Mark L. Lester
Pure Action Featurette
Let Off Some Steam Featurette
Exclusive Still Galleries - Over 160 Images
Deleted Scenes
3 Added Scenes

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish and French Languages
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Now you can take in all the kick-butt action and tense, thrilling moments of Commando the way director Mark L. Lester fully intended! With state-of-the-art digital sound and picture quality, and extensive special features, including director's commentary, two action-packed featurettes, still galleries and more - this exclusive Director's Cut is the ultimate Commando film experience!

Martial arts expert Colonel John Matrix (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a commando without peer. And because he's led so many special-ops assignments, he's been "retired" in order to protect him from retaliation. But now a vicious South American dictator Matrix ousted has tracked him down and kidnapped his daughter! To get her back, Matrix must return to South America for one last mission: kill President Velasquez - at any cost!"

"Commando: Director's Cut" is rated R.

CS Comment:
"Lost," "Heroes," and comic fans may not realize that Jeph Loeb was one of the writers of "Commando." Here's their chance to see it again!

Available Tuesday, September 18




Wall Street: 20th Anniversary Edition
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Rating: R

Starring:
Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko
Charlie Sheen as Bud Fox
Tamara Tunie as Carolyn
Franklin Cover as Dan
Chuck Pfeiffer as Chuckie
John C. McGinley as Marvin
Hal Holbrook as Lou Mannheim
James Karen as Lynch
Leslie Lyles as Natalie
Frank Adonis as Charlie
John Capodice as Dominick
Martin Sheen as Carl Fox
Terence Stamp as Sir Larry Wildman
Thomas Anderson as Butler
Sean Young as Kate Gekko
Cecilia Peck as Candice Rogers
Paul Guilfoyle as Stone Livingston
Annie McEnroe as Muffie Livingston
Daryl Hannah as Darien Taylor
Jack Pruett as Sam Ruspoli
James Spader as Roger Barnes

Special Features:
All New Commentary by Director Oliver Stone
Introduction by Oliver Stone
Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by Director Oliver Stone
"Greed Is Good" Featurette
"Money Never Sleeps - The Making of Wall Street" Featurette

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish and French Languages
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Tired of the view from his one-bedroom apartment, Bud Fox (Sheen) dreams of the luxury and power at the pinnacle of Wall Street investment banking. Charming his way into the tutelage of Gordon Gekko (Douglas), the best of the best, Fox is soon rubbing shoulders with "friends" in the highest places. But in a world that values high-risk greed over low-yield ethics, Fox will soon find himself in a most precarious position - one that will pit him against his mentor in a winner-takes-all contest that neither can afford to lose."

"Wall Street: 20th Anniversary Edition" is rated R.

CS Comment:
The film that generated the catchphrase for the '80s (no, no "Where's The Beef") is back on DVD with a great new selection of bonus features.

Available Tuesday, September 18




Saturday Night Fever: 30th Anniversary Special Collector's Edition
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Rating: R

Starring:
John Travolta as Tony Manero
Karen Lynn Gorney as Stephanie Mangano
Barry Miller as Bobby C.
Joseph Cali as Joey
Paul Pape as Double J.
Donna Pescow as Annette
Bruce Ornstein as Gus
Julie Bovasso as Flo Manero
Martin Shakar as Frank Manero Jr.
Sam Coppola as Dan Fusco
Nina Hansen as Grandmother
Lisa Peluso as Linda Manero
Denny Dillon as Doreen
Bert Michaels as Pete

Special Features:
Commentary: Commentary by director John Badham
Catching The Fever:
A 30-Year Legacy
Making Soundtrack History
Platforms & Polyester
Deejays & Discos
Spotlight on Travolta
Back to Bay Ridge
Dance Like Travolta with John Cassese
Fever Challenge!
'70s Discopedia

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish and French Languages
French and Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 118 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"From John Travolta's electrifying Oscar®-nominated performance to the Bee Gees top 10 soundtrack to the unforgettable dancing, 'Saturday Night Fever' is a movie sensation that captured the worlds attention like never before. Now catch the fever all over again with this 30th Anniversary Special Collectors Edition that goes behind-the-scenes with special features on the history, culture and fashion of disco, the smash-hit soundtrack, an exclusive look at Hollywood legend John Travolta, and so much more. Now more than ever before, 'Saturday Night Fever' is the one film that'll make you feel like dancing."

"Saturday Night Fever" is rated R for strong language, sexuality/nudity and some drug content.

CS Comment:
It's hard to believe "Saturday Night Fever" is 30 years old, but here's the collector's edition to prove it. Some new bonus features will also make Fever fans want to pick up this new edition.

Available Tuesday, September 18




Flashdance: Special Collector's Edition
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Rating: R

Starring:
Jennifer Beals as Alex Owens
Michael Nouri as Nick Hurley
Lilia Skala as Hanna Long
Sunny Johnson as Jeanie Szabo
Kyle T. Heffner as Richie
Lee Ving as Johnny C.
Ron Karabatsos as Jake Mawby
Belinda Bauer as Katie Hurley
Malcolm Danare as Cecil
Philip Bruns as Frank Szabo
Micole Mercurio as Rosemary Szabo
Lucy Lee Flippin as Secretary
Don Brockett as Pete
Cynthia Rhodes as Tina Tech
Durga McBroom as Heels

Special Features:
The History of: Flashdance
The Look of Flashdance
Flashdance Music and Songs
Flashdance The Choreography
Releasing the Flashdance Phenomenon
Teaser Trailer
Theatrical Trailer

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Portuguese, Spanish and French Languages
Portuguese, French and Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 94 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"The music, the dancing, the romance, the leg warmers....Oh, what a feeling! Get ready to re-experience all the drama as Alex (Jennifer Beals) bravely fights her way out of the welding gear, off the stripper pole and onto the dance-school floor. 'Flashdance,' the pop-culture phenomenon of the '80s, is back and flashier than ever with brand-new featurettes exploring the history, the look, the music and much more!"

"Saturday Night Fever" is rated R for strong language, sexuality/nudity and some drug content.

CS Comment:
Talk about our '80s flashbacks. Jerry Bruckheimer fans will want to check out one of his early films.

Available Tuesday, September 18




Final Draft
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Jeff Roop as Michael
Adam MacDonald as Jack
James Van Der Beek as Paul Twist
Tara Spencer-Nairn as Kate Twist
Deborah Odell as The Agent
Julia Schneider as Casey
Darryn Lucio as David Hockin
Melanie Marden as November
James Binkley as Punchy

Special Features:
Making of Final Draft
Music Video

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 89 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"A screenwriter suffering from writer's block decides to lock himself in his apartment for 18 days in order to meet a career-making deadline. His script involves characters from his past, including a terrifying and disfigured clown. As cabin fever sets, he soon finds himself living in a world where what's real and what's fiction begin to cross lines with chilling and fatal consequences."

"Final Draft" is not rated.

CS Comment:
"Final Draft" features evil clowns. I can't think of much more horrific than that.

Available Tuesday, September 18




Two Weeks
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Sally Field as Anita Bergman
Ben Chaplin as Keith Bergman
Thomas Cavanagh as Barry Bergman
Julianne Nicholson as Emily Bergman
Glenn Howerton as Matthew Bergman
Clea DuVall as Katrina
James Murtaugh as Jim Cranston
Michael Hyatt as Carol
Susan Misner as Sherry
Jenny O'Hara as Julia

Special Features:
Audio Commentary
Deleted Scenes
Trailers
Group Discussion Guide
Learning to Live Through Dying

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1) and Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 99 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"In this bittersweet comedy, four adult siblings gather at their dying mother's house in North Carolina for what they expect to be a quick, last goodbye. Instead, they find themselves trapped-- together -- for two weeks."

"Two Weeks" is rated R for language, including some sexual references.

CS Comment:
A Sally Field tear jerker isn't my cup of the, but I'm sure there's someone out there who will want to check out "Two Weeks."

Available Tuesday, September 18




Family Guy: Volume 5
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Seth MacFarlane as Peter Griffin
Alex Borstein as Lois Griffin
Seth Green as Chris Griffin
Mila Kunis as Meg Griffin
Mike Henry as Cleveland Brown
Danny Smith as Various
Patrick Warburton as Joe Swanson
Lori Alan as Diane Simmons
Adam West as Mayor Adam West
Wally Wingert as Various
Phil LaMarr as Judge

Special Features:
Commentary On Every Episode By Series Creator Seth MacFarlane, And With Writers And Cast Members
3 Animatic Episodes With Optional Commentary
Deleted Scenes
Drawing Peter Featurette
Toys, Toys Galore Featurette
Optional Censored Audio on 11 Episodes

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spaish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 379 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Critics agree…of all the animated shows featuring a talking dog and a maniacal baby, Family Guy is certainly one of them!

Join the Griffin clan for another 13 freakin' funny episodes that'll keep you laughing long after the series gets cancelled again. Witness panicky Peter's first prostate exam; see lovable Lois jump into bed with Bill Clinton; watch miserable Meg get a crappy job at the local superstore; hear crazy Chris sing in a goth band; follow boozing Brian all the way to Iraq and back; and get a rare glimpse of smitten Stewie as he hooks up with a very young old flame. Sweet!"

"Family Guy: Volume 5" is not rated.

CS Comment:
It's a shame that the creators of "Family Guy" are screwing fans by issuing endless "volumes" of this series rather than full seasons, but here it is if you can't wait for a definitive edition.

Available Tuesday, September 18




The Roger Corman Collection
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Rating: Not Rated

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital Mono Sound

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Bloody Mama
A Bucket Of Blood
Gas-s-s
The Trip
The Premature Burial
X: The Man With X-Ray Eyes
The Young Racers
The Wild Angels"

CS Comment:
Eight Roger Corman films for the price of one DVD set is a pretty good deal. You'll find films with Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda, Nancy Sinatra, Bruce Dern, Robert De Niro, and more.

Available Tuesday, September 18




Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive – Brownbeard's Pearl – Volume 1
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Samuell Benta as Will
David Weatherley as Spencer
Gerald Urquhart as Flurious
James Maclurcan as Mack
Caitlin Murphy as Ronny
Rhoda Montemayor as Rose Ortiz, Pink Overdrive Ranger
Gareth Yuen as Dax Lo - Blue Overdrive Ranger
Rod Lousich as Andrew Hartford
Kelson Henderson as Norg
Ria Vandervis as Miratrix
Mark Ferguson as Moltor
Dwayne Cameron as Mercury Ranger
Adam Gardiner as Kamdor

Special Features:
Ranger Bios
Reserve Ranger Training Course Level 1 -- Black Jewel: An Exciting New Multi-Level DVD Game! Master The Powers Of Black Ranger And Hunt For the First Of The Corona Aurora's Five Missing Jewels

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 138 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Take the ride of your life as a new team of Power Rangers kick the battle against evil into highest gear! When the discovery of an ancient crown -- the Corona Aurora -- awakens two dangerous villains, an elite task force of ultra-talented teen heroes must be recruited. Their mission: recover the crown's five missing jewels before the forces of evil do. First they must find three legendary scrolls and fight a powerful weather-making machine on a quest for Brownbeard's Pearl. It's a spectacular global adventure which has the turbo-charged team searching the Temple of Atlantis and beyond, putting their teamwork and treasure-hunting skills to the ultimate test!"

CS Comment:
I thought "Power Rangers" would have gone the way of the Gobots by now, but they're still going strong with a new generation of fans. Your kids will love this one.

Available Tuesday, September 18



Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive – Toru Diamond – Volume 2
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Samuell Benta as Will
David Weatherley as Spencer
Gerald Urquhart as Flurious
James Maclurcan as Mack
Caitlin Murphy as Ronny
Rhoda Montemayor as Rose Ortiz, Pink Overdrive Ranger
Gareth Yuen as Dax Lo - Blue Overdrive Ranger
Rod Lousich as Andrew Hartford
Kelson Henderson as Norg
Ria Vandervis as Miratrix
Mark Ferguson as Moltor
Dwayne Cameron as Mercury Ranger
Adam Gardiner as Kamdor

Special Features:
Ranger Arsenal -- The Rangers Explain Their Weapons
Reserve Ranger Training Course Level 2 -- Yellow Jewel: An Exciting New Multi-Level DVD Game! Master The Powers Of Yellow Ranger And Hunt For The Second Of Corona Aurora's Five Missing Jewels

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 138 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"This explosive volume is an all-out charge into action as the Power Rangers search for the second priceless jewel -- the Toru Diamond! Evil forces will not make such a prize easy to find. With Chillers and Lava Lizards at every turn, loyalties tested and the trickery of a Miratrix, a vital parchment is lost, found, then torn in pieces. Even armed with the latest high-tech equipment and an unlikely ally, our brave heroes find themselves racing to the edge of a fiery crater and a royal battle. But will they emerge in victory to claim the precious diamond?"

CS Comment:
Need to get a kid out of your hair for 138 minutes? This will do the trick…if they're a boy.

Available Tuesday, September 18




Zoo
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
John Paulsen as Mr. Hands
Ken Kreps as Mr. Hand's Father
Richard Carmen as Mr. Hands Brother
James Chu as Chinese businessman
Coyote as Himself
Paul Eenhoorn as Lead Detective
Forest Fousel as Capital Hill Man
Conor Gormally as Mr. Hand's son
Malayka Gormally as Mr. Hand's ex-wife

Special Features:
Filmmaker Commentary Featuring Writer/Director Robinson Devor and Writer Charles Mudede
Trailer Gallery

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Stereo Sound
Running Time: 76 Minutes

Synopsis:
This DVD includes:

"We are not who we appear to be.

'Zoo' is an extraordinary glimpse into the life of a seemingly normal Seattle family man whose secret sexual appetites led to his shocking death. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Robinson Devor ('Woman Chaser,' 'Police Beat'), the film explores the ensuing media coverage and public outcry that uncovered a secret community of zoophiles, who call themselves 'zoos.' This expressionistic rendering of how apparently upstanding citizens banded together and videotaped their journey into the most taboo realms of behavior, reveals the enormous gulf between what we appear to be and who we really are."

"Zoo" is not rated.

CS Comment:
There's a fine line between high art and bad taste. This film about bestiality (which they never actually outright say it's about in the ads) crosses that line, flies several thousand miles past it, takes a cab, then makes camp and longingly eyes the local wildlife in the realm of bad taste.

Available Tuesday, September 18




The Insatiable
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Sean Patrick Flanery as Harry Balbo
Michael Biehn as Strickland
Charlotte Ayanna as Tatiana
Jon Huertas as Javier
Josh Hopkins as Chet
Boyd Kestner as Det. Loper
Brad Rowe as Ronnie
Amanda Noret as Cindy
Tiya Sircar as Lisa

Special Features:
Trailer
Trailer Gallery

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 103 Minutes

Synopsis:
This DVD includes:

"Once You've Tasted The Afterlife, There's No Turning Back.

Harry Balbo (Sean Patrick Flannery), a shy salesman, witnesses a violent killing by a female vampire who rips the head off her victim. But when nobody believes the story, Harry decides to track her down before she strikes again. Upon finding her, he is seduced by her beauty and cannot kill her. Instead, he captures and imprisons her in a cage in his cellar. Now a prisoner, she must convince Harry to feed her, or she will slowly die. Not wanting to kill her, and not able to release her, Harry is faced with an impossible choice - give in to her seductive powers or save innocent lives from a gruesome fate."

"The Insatiable" is not rated.

CS Comment:
This is certainly an interesting twist in the done-to-death (pun intended) vampire genre. And I was wondering where Flanery and Biehn were these days.

Available Tuesday, September 18




The Lost World
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Michael Rennie as Lord John Roxton
Jill St. John as Jennifer Holmes
David Hedison as Ed Malone
Claude Rains as Professor George Edward Challenger
Fernando Lamas as Manuel Gomez
Richard Haydn as Professor Summerlee
Ray Stricklyn as David Holmes
Jay Novello as Costa
Vitina Marcus as Native Girl
Ian Wolfe as Burton White

Special Features:
The Lost World - Footprints On Sands Of Time Featurette
Fox Movietone News
Original Theatrical Trailer
Comic Book
Still Gallery

Other Info:
Widescreen (2.35:1)
Dolby Digital 4.0 Surround Sound
Spanish and French Languages
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 96 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic tale of prehistoric beasts hidden in the modern world comes to life in this "dandy of a thriller" (The Film Daily) from "Master of Disaster" producer Irwin Allen ('The Poseidon Adventure')!

English zoology professor George Edward Challenger (Claude Rains) discovers a "lost world" of Jurassic reptiles isolated within the thick, unexplored Amazon. To prove their existence, he organizes a group expedition with playboy Lord Roxton (Michael Rennie), American socialites Jennifer Holmes (Jill St. John), her brother David Holmes (Ray Stricklyn), news writer and photographer Ed Malone (David Hedison) and Challenger's colleague and rival Professor Walter Summerlee (Richard Haydn). Local pilot Gomez (Fernando Lamas) and travel guide Costa (Jay Novello) lead the pack on an awesome havoc-wreaking adventure where dinosaurs from long ago still roam free.

Also included in this 2-disc collector's set is the first film adaptation of 'The Lost World.' Produced in 1925, this silent, Black & White feature stars Wallace Beery, Bessie Love, Lloyd Hughes and Lewis Stone."

"The Lost World" is not rated.

CS Comment:
It's pretty cool that they included both versions of "The Lost World" in this DVD set. If you're a dinosaur movie fan, this is required viewing for you.

Available Tuesday, September 11




Manhunter
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Rating: R

Starring:
William Petersen as Will Graham
Kim Greist as Molly Graham
Joan Allen as Reba McClane
Brian Cox as Dr. Hannibal Lecktor
Dennis Farina as Jack Crawford
Tom Noonan as Francis Dollarhyde
Stephen Lang as Freddy Lounds
David Seaman as Kevin Graham
Benjamin Hendrickson as Dr. Frederick Chilton
Michael Talbott as Geehan
Dan Butler as Jimmy Price
Michele Shay as Beverly Katz
Robin Moseley as Sarah
Paul Perri as Dr. Sidney Bloom
Patricia Charbonneau as Mrs. Sherman

Special Features:
Original Theatrical Trailer

Other Info:
Widescreen (2.35:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish and French Languages
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 2 Hours

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Witness the birth of evil. This eerie, very intense thriller from writer-director Michael Mann ('Heat,' 'The Insider') first introduced the world to the cunning, unforgettable serial killer named Hannibal. Joan Allen and Stephen Lang co-star in this dark locomotive of a film that promises to keep viewers riveted!

Former FBI profiler Will Graham (William Peterson, "CSI") reluctantly returns to his old job to track a horrific serial killer known as the "Tooth Fairy." But in order to get into the mind of this maniac, Graham must face another: Hannibal, the imprisoned psychiatrist whose own insanity almost Graham his life...and whose insights into the Tooth Fairy could prove as dangerous as the killer himself."

"Manhunter" is rated R.

CS Comment:
If you're a fan of Hannibal Lecter, William Peterson from "CSI," or Michael Mann, this is a required addition to your collection.

Available Tuesday, August 24




Sometimes They Come Back
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Rating: R

Starring:
Tim Matheson as Jim Norman
Brooke Adams as Sally Norman
Robert Rusler as Richard Lawson
Chris Demetral as Wayne Norman
Robert Hy Gorman as Scott Norman
William Sanderson as Carl Mueller (age 44)
Nicholas Sadler as Vinnie Vincent
Bentley Mitchum as David North
Matt Nolan as Billy Sterns
Tasia Valenza as Kate
Chadd Nyerges as Chip
T. Max Graham as Chief Pappas
William Kuhlke as Principal Simmons
Duncan McLeod as Old Officer Neil
Nancy McLoughlin as Dr. Bernardi

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Widescreen (2.35:1)
Dolby Stereo Sound
Spanish Language
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 98 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Stephen King's scariest short story is now a terrifying movie classic! Jim Norman (Tim Matheson) is haunted by a nightmarish recollection. He is unable to cope with the horrific memory of the murder of his nine-year-old brother's murder three decades earlier by teen-age hoodlums, even though the guilty thugs perished in a gory accident.

Seeking closure, Norman takes a teaching job at his home-town high school. But his homecoming becomes a supernatural nightmare when the deceased assassins also return…seeking vengeance for their demise! Suddenly, Jim Norman has to fight for his life...against a gruesome cadre of ghoulish enemies who cannot die!"

"Sometimes They Come Back" is rated R for terror violence.

CS Comment:
Here's one for Stephen King fans out there.

Available Tuesday, September 11




Scarecrows
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Rating: Unrated

Starring:
Ted Vernon as Corbin
Michael David Simms as Curry
Richard Vidan as Jack
Kristina Sanborn as Roxanne
Victoria Christian as Kellie
David James Campbell as Al
B.J. Turner as Bert
Dax Vernon as Dax
Tony Santory as Jakob Fowler
Phil Zenderland as Norman Fowler
Mike Balog as Benjamin Fowler
Don Herbert as Radio Newscaster (voice)
Howard E. Haller as Helicopter Pilot/Base (voice)
Bambi Darro as Kellie (voice)

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish and French Language
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 83 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Prepare for a night of undead Hell with this unforgettable horror cult classic. Filled with gripping suspense and eye-popping action, 'Scarecrows' is an unrelenting terror-fest that'll scare the stuffing out of you!

After a band of ex-military criminals pull off a multi-million dollar heist, they hop aboard a plane headed for Mexico. But when one of their own betrays them, they suddenly find themselves on the ground and giving chase through a field of scarecrows near an abandoned farmhouse.

And as night sets in, the stranded men discover that there's a reason the farmhouse is empty…and that sometimes the hunters can become the hunted when a more powerful and malevolent force joins the game!"

"Scarecrows" is unrated.

CS Comment:
Here's a freaky one for horror fans. Watch out for tin men and lions, too.

Available Tuesday, September 11




The Food of the Gods
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Rating: PG

Starring:
Marjoe Gortner as Morgan
Pamela Franklin as Lorna Scott
Ralph Meeker as Jack Bensington
Jon Cypher as Brian
Ida Lupino as Mrs. Skinner
John McLiam as Mr. Skinner
Belinda Balaski as Rita
Tom Stovall as Thomas
Chuck Courtney as Davis

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital Mono Sound
Spanish and French Language
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 88 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"One taste is all it takes!

Get ready for a taste of hell! Legendary director of Bert I. Gordon ('The Amazing Colossal Man') - the father of the 'gigantic creature' genre - delivers the biggest Midnite Movie of all with this spine-tingling tale of ecology gone berserk. Based on H.G. Wells' classic horror novel, 'The Food of the Gods') predicts a future where animals are suddenly at the top of the food chain…and eager to get their fill!

On a remote island, a mysterious substance is oozing from the ground. A farmer sees that it acts as a growth hormone and thinks his fortune is made. But when rats, chickens, worms and wasps begin sampling the potent substance, they morph into bloodthirsty giants! Now, it's up to the island's few residents and visitors to destroy 'the food of the gods'…before the animals take over for good!"

"The Food of the Gods" is rated PG.

CS Comment:
I have to say I never would have been able to tell you this one was an HG Wells novel. This looks like a good one for fans of Well, fans of horror, and fans of B-Movies.

Available Tuesday, September 11




The Return of the Living Dead: Collector's Edition
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Rating: R

Starring:
Clu Gulager as Burt Wilson
James Karen as Frank
Don Calfa as Ernie Kaltenbrunner
Thom Mathews as Freddy
Beverly Randolph as Tina
John Philbin as Chuck
Jewel Shepard as Casey
Miguel A. Núñez Jr. as Spider
Brian Peck as Scuz; 'Ant Farm' Zombie
Linnea Quigley as Trash
Mark Venturini as Suicide
Jonathan Terry as Col. Horace Glover

Special Features:
Audio Commentary with Cast, Crew and Undead
Audio Commentary with Director Dan O'Bannon and Production Designer William Stout
The Decade of Darkness Featurette
Return of the Living Dead - The Dead Have Risen Featurette
Zombie Subtitles for the Film
Designing The Dead Featurette

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Spanish and French Language
Spanish and Zombie Subtitles
Running Time: 91 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the cemetery - those brain-eating zombies are back and hungry for more tasty mortals. A fiendish mix of outrageous humor and heart-stopping terror, 'The Return of the Living Dead' is a veritable smorgasbord of fun filled with skin-crawling jolts, eye-popping visuals and relentless surprise!

On his first day on the job at an army surplus store, poor Freddy unwittingly releases nerve gas from a secret U.S. military canister, unleashing an unbelievable terror. The gas re-animates a corps of corpses, who arise from their graves with a ravenous hunger for human brains! And luckily for those carnivorous cadavers, there is a group of partying teens nearby, just waiting to be eaten!"

"The Return of the Living Dead" is rated R.

CS Comment:
Any movie that has "zombie subtitles" gets a thumbs up in my book.

Available Tuesday, September 11




The Burning
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Rating: R

Starring:
Brian Matthews as Todd
Leah Ayres as Michelle
Brian Backer as Alfred
Larry Joshua as Glazer
Jason Alexander as Dave
Ned Eisenberg as Eddy
Carrick Glenn as Sally
Carolyn Houlihan as Karen
Fisher Stevens as Woodstock
Lou David as Cropsy
Shelley Bruce as Tiger
Sarah Chodoff as Barbara
Bonnie Deroski as Marnie
Holly Hunter as Sophie
Kevi Kendall as Diane

Special Features:
Commentary by Director Tony Maylam and International Film Journalist Alan Jones
Blood 'n' Fire Memories

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital Mono Sound
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 91 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"A group of summer camp pranksters get the scare of their lives when they target the camp's creepy caretaker...and he takes bloody revenge! Gruesome and stomach-churning, this terrifying tale is a brilliant slasher flick [and] gory as hell!

After a cruel joke goes awry, severely burning him and subjecting him to five years of intensive, unsuccessful skin graft treatments, Cropsy (Lou David) is back at camp...and ready to wreak havoc on those who scarred him! With his hedge clippers in hand, he terrorizes the camp and systematically mutilates each victim. Can a few courageous campers save themselves and destroy this demented madman before he kills them all?"

"The Burning" is rated R.

CS Comment:
A killer terrorizes people at a camp with a tool. Sound familiar?

Available Tuesday, September 11




From Beyond: Unrated Director's Cut
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Rating: Unrated

Starring:
Jeffrey Combs as Crawford Tillinghast
Barbara Crampton as Dr. Katherine McMichaels
Ken Foree as Buford 'Bubba' Brownlee
Ted Sorel as Dr. Edward Pretorius
Carolyn Purdy-Gordon as Dr. Bloch
Bruce McGuire as Jordan Fields

Special Features:
Audio Commentary by Director Stuart Gordon and Cast
The Director's Perspective Featurette
The Editing Room: Lost And Found Featurette
Interview with the Composer
Photo Montage
Storyboard to Film Comparisons with Introduction

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital Surround Sound
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 86 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Humans are such easy prey.

H.P. Lovecraft's classic tale of suspense became a grisly amalgam of sex, shock and satire in the hands of the creators of 'Re-Animator.' And now, armed with shocking never-before-seen footage and special features and on DVD for the first time, this bloody good entertainment has evolved into one of the most gruesomely riveting film experiences of all time!

The Resonator, a powerful machine that can control the sixth sense, has killed its creator and sent his associate into an insane asylum. But when a beautiful psychiatrist becomes determined to continue the experiment, she unwittingly opens to door to a hostile parallel universe…and to the deviant behavior within the human psyche. With its victims becoming creatures who feed on - and become aroused by - human brains, the Resonator is."

"From Beyond" is not rated.

CS Comment:
"Re-Animator" fans will definitely want to check this one out. They're the last people I expected to see adapt an HP Lovecraft story!

Available Tuesday, September 11




Witchfinder General
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Rating: Unrated

Starring:
Vincent Price as Matthew Hopkins
Ian Ogilvy as Richard Marshall
Rupert Davies as John Lowes
Hilary Heath as Sarah Lowes
Robert Russell as John Stearne
Nicky Henson as Trooper Robert Swallow
Tony Selby as Tom Salter
Bernard Kay as Fisherman
Godfrey James as Webb
Michael Beint as Captain Gordon
John Trenaman as Trooper Harcourt
Bill Maxwell as Trooper Gifford
Paul Ferris as Paul Clark
Maggie Kimberly as Elizabeth Clark

Special Features:
Witchfinder General: Michael Reeves' Horror Classic
Audio Commentary with Co-Producer Philip Waddilove and Actor Ian Oglivy

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital Mono Sound
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 87 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

""Vincent Price proves once again that he is still the greatest ghoul going" (Motion Picture Herald) in this thriller about a witch hunter who finds career satisfaction touring the English countryside torturing hapless victims and putting innocent people to death in the name of purifying souls. It's a tale of "love, villainy and retribution" (Film Daily) and a "sadist's delight" (Los Angeles Times) for those who love historical bloodfests.

As superstition and fear sweep the Middle Ages, an educated rogue named Hopkins (Price) wanders from town to town proclaiming to be an official witch finder. Town leaders play him to accuse and then execute - usually innocent - suspects. But when a brave soldier returns home to find his sweetheart on the rack, ready to burn, Hopkins realizes he may have whacked his last witch!"

"Witchfinder General" is not rated.

CS Comment:
If you like Vincent Price or B-Movies, this looks like required viewing for you.

Available Tuesday, September 11




The Fly Collection
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Rating: Unrated

Special Features:
1997 Vincent Price Biography interview originally aired on the A&E Network
Fly Trap: Catching a Classic Featurette
Still Galleries
Pressbooks, Posters, and more…

Other Info:
Widescreen (2.35:1)
Dolby Digital Sound
Spanish and French Language

Synopsis:
This DVD includes:

The Fly (1958)
Return Of The Fly (1959)
The Curse of the Fly (1965)

CS Comment:
This is a fantastic deal for fans of '50s monster movies. You get three movies plus a ton of bonus features. This one's well worth checking out.

Available Tuesday, September 11




Vincent Price: MGM Scream Legends Collection
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Rating: Not Rated, PG, PG-13, and R

Special Features:
"Vincent Price: Renaissance Man" - Documentary
"The Art of Fear" - Featurette
"Working with Vincent Price" - Featurette

Other Info:
Widescreen (2.35:1)
Dolby Digital Sound
Spanish and French Language
Spanish and French Subtitles

Synopsis:
This DVD includes:

Abominable Dr. Phibes
Dr. Phibes Rises Again
Tales of Terror
Twice Told Tales
Theater of Blood
Madhouse
Witchfinder General (aka Conqueror Worm)

CS Comment:
Boy, this is the perfect DVD collection for classic horror fans and fans of Vincent Price. You get seven movies plus a ton of great bonus features.

Available Tuesday, September 11




Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends: The Complete Season 2
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Keith Ferguson as Blooregard
Grey DeLisle as Frances 'Frankie' Foster
Sean Marquette as Mac
Tom Kenny as Eduardo
Phil LaMarr as Wilt
Tom Kane as Mr. Herriman
Candi Milo as Coco

Special Features:
Featurette: Exclusive Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends Promos
Gag Reel: End of Episode Gags
Music Video: "Cheesequest" - A Very Special Music Video
Photo gallery: A New Gallery of Friends

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 297 Minutes

Synopsis:
This DVD includes:

"Some friends need all the help they can get.

Eight-year-old Mac has outgrown his imaginary friend, says his mother, so he takes his buddy Bloo (a walking, talking security blanket) to Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. Here all sorts of odd characters, given up by their creators, are welcome to stay until new kids come to adopt them. Mac strikes a deal with Madame Foster, the proprietor: as long as he comes to visit every day, Bloo will not be put up for adoption."

"Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends: The Complete Season 2" is not rated.

CS Comment:
I actually love watching "Foster's Home" with my kids. It has clever writing, fun animation, and humor for the whole family.

Available Tuesday, September 11

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