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DVD Roundup: 10.9.07

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
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Everybody Hates Chris: The Second Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Vincent Martella as Greg
Tequan Richmond as Drew Rock
Tyler James Williams as Chris Rock
Tichina Arnold as Rochelle Rock
Terry Crews as Julius Rock
Imani Hakim as Tanya Rock
Chris Rock as Himself - Narrator
Jacqueline Mazarella as Ms. Morello
Travis T. Flory as Joey Caruso

Special Features:
Everybody Hates The Cast and Crew Again
Everybody Hates A Day In The Life of Tyler James Williams
Every Body Hates Mr. Omar's Women
Everybody Hates Vincent's School Tour
Everybody Hates Stand-Ins
Everybody Hates Caruso-isms
Everybody Hates Miss Morello's Racism
Everybody Hates Wardrobe
Gag Reel
8 CW Webisodes

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 7 Hours 37 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"America's Love-Hate relationship continues in Season 2 of the breakout hit series inspired – and narrated – by comedian Chris Rock.

Junior High can be tough for anybody. But whn you come from Brooklyn's most dysfunctional household and are bused to a school outside your neighborhood, feeling 'awkward' is a good day. This year, growing up means Chris' girl problems, bully problems and family problems grow wilder than ever.

It's the childhood that made Chris Rock one of America's most hilarious comedians and that makes 'Everybody Hates Chris' one of TV's smartest and funniest shows."

"Everybody Hates Chris" is not rated.

CS Comment:
The second season of "Everybody Hates Chris" returns, again with an impressive lineup of bonus features.

Available Tuesday, October 9




Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board
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Rating: TV-G

Starring:
Brandon Baker as Johnny Kapahala
Jake T. Austin as Chris
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Grandpa Johnny Tsunami
Robyn Lively as Carla
Mary Page Keller as Melanie
Yuji Okumoto as Pete
Lil J as Sam Sterling
Andrew James Allen as Jared
Rose McIver as Valerie
Phil Brown as Troy
Akoni Kama as Himself

Special Features:
The Dirt On Dirtboarding -- Interviews With The Cast And Crew Bring You Into The World Of this Extreme New Sport!
Angle On: Board Stunts -- Take Control Of The Different Board Angles In The Movie. With Audio Commentary From Mountain Boarding Legend Akoni Kama!
Music And More -- Music Performances From Red-Hot Acts T-Squad And Jonas Brothers!

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 92 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Go from the surf to the turf and grab some air with 'Johnny Kapahala - Back on Board'! Catch up with everybody's favorite teen surfing and snowboarding champ, and go behind the scenes to get an inside look at the new extreme sport of dirtboarding!

Johnny Kapahala returns to Hawaii to attend the wedding of his grandfather, the legendary Johnny Tsunami. But instead of catching a few waves while he's in town, Johnny's got his hands full keeping an eye on "Uncle Chris," the 12-year-old son of his grandfather's fiancée. Through Chris, Johnny is introduced to the "Dirt Devils" -- the local dirtboarding team. When the Dirt Devils wind up in direct competition with Grandpa's surf shop, it's up to Johnny and Chris to join forces and save the day.

Packed with bonus features that bring you into the exciting world of dirtboarding, 'Johnny Kapahala - Back on Board' is an all-terrain adventure the whole family will love!"

"Johnny Kapahala - Back on Board" is rated TV-G.

CS Comment:
I've never heard of "Johnny Kapahala," but I'm sure tweens and Disney Channel fans will dig it.

Available Tuesday, October 9




Girlfriends: The Second Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Reginald C. Hayes as William Jerome Dent
Tracee Ellis Ross as Joan Clayton
Golden Brooks as Maya Wilkes
Persia White as Lynn Searcy
Khalil Kain as Darnell Wilkes
Jill Marie Jones as Toni Childs
Keesha Sharp as Monica
Jason Pace as Dr. Todd Garrett
Tanner Scott Richards as Jabari Wilkes

Special Features:
We All Fall Down: A Closer Look At "Trick Or Truth?"
Creating The Show
Getting The Girls Together
Episode Guide

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 7 Hours 50 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Four of the sexiest and most sophisticated girlfriends L.A.'s ever seen are back in 'Girlfriends: The Second Season,' on DVD for the first time ever in a special 3-disc set. This hit comedy series is Executive Produced by Kelsey Grammer ('Cheers,' 'Frasier') and created by Mara Brock Akil. Watch the hilarious second season and see ambitious lawyer Joan (Tracee Ellis Ross), her sharp-tongued assistant Maya (Golden Brooks), free-spirited roommate Lynn (Persia White), best friend Toni (Jill Marie Jones), and their friend William (Reggie Hayes) as they get naked before the big 3-0, hear wedding bells, and try office romance as life, love and comedy collide once again!"

"Girlfriends: The Second Season" is not rated.

CS Comment:
The ultimate series for chick flick lovers returns with this second season DVD.

Available Tuesday, October 9




Family Ties: The Second Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Michael J. Fox as Alex P. Keaton
Meredith Baxter as Elyse Keaton
Michael Gross as Steven Keaton
Justine Bateman as Mallory Keaton
Tina Yothers as Jennifer Keaton

Special Features:
The Making of Family Ties
Michael J. Fox: The Best Gig In The World
The Year of the Beard

Other Info:
Fullscreen
Dolby Digital Mono Sound
Running Time: 8 Hours 50 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Fall head-first laughing into the generation gap.

'Family Ties' flipped the typical sitcom dynamic on its head. Instead of conservative parents butting heads with rebellious kids, the heart of the series is the generation gap between former hippie parents and their square offspring. The second season highlights the culture gap between Steven (Michael Gross) and Elyse Keaton (Meredith Baxter Birney) and their three children: staunchly Republican Alex (Michael J. Fox), fashion-mad Mallory (Justine Bateman) and precocious Jennifer (Tina Yothers), as they tackle pre-marital sex, women's rights, and alcoholism. Get reacquainted with the Keatons and their nurturing blend of politics and punchlines in 'Family Ties: The Second Season.'"

"Family Ties" is not rated.

CS Comment:
I was glad to see a bonus feature with Michael J Fox included. Who better to talk about the series than its biggest star?

Available Tuesday, October 9




CSI: NY - The Complete Third Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Gary Sinise as Detective Mac Taylor
Melina Kanakaredes as Detective Stella Bonasera
Carmine Giovinazzo as Detective Danny Messer
Hill Harper as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes
Eddie Cahill as Detective Don Flack
Anna Belknap as Detective Lindsay Monroe
Robert Joy as Dr. Sid Hammerback

Special Features:
Audio Commentaries on 4 Episodes: Episode 302 - Not What It Looks Like, Episode 305 - Oedipus Hex, Episode 308 - Consequences, Episode 312 - Silent Night
Breaking the Killer Code
The Suicide Girls Rock CSI: NY
The Making of "Silent Night"
Hill Harper Explores the Body Farm

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Language
Running Time: 16 Hours 59 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"The crimes are more brutal. The evidence is more baffling. And every killer wants to get away with murder. This season, Detective Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) and his dedicated Forensics Team must fight harder than ever for the truth. 'CSI: NY Season Three' takes drama and danger to the next level as the brilliant criminalists risk everything in the quest for justice. Special guest appearances by Nelly Furtado, John McEnroe, Joey Lawrence and Criss Angel make this season even more unforgettable."

"CSI: NY" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Guests appearances by the Suicide Girls, Nelly Furtado, John McEnroe, Joey Lawrence and Criss Angel? This is definitely one of the more bizarre "CSI" spinoffs!

Available Tuesday, October 9




Hannah Montana: Life's What You Make It
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Rating: TV-G

Starring:
Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana
Emily Osment as Lilly Truscott
Jason Earles as Jackson Stewart
Billy Ray Cyrus as Robbie Stewart
Mitchel Musso as Oliver Oken

Special Features:
"Backstage Pass: The Secrets Of Hannah Montana" -- Go Behind The Scenes And Find Out From Miley And Her Costars Who Is The Best Secret-Keeper -- And Who Has The Best Secrets!
"Ready, Set, Don't Go" -- Music Video Performed By Billy Ray Cyrus

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"The secret is out! Your favorite pop princess is experiencing some big changes in 'Hannah Montana: Life's What You Make It,' four hilarious episodes from the smash-hit Disney Channel Original Series. Plus, go backstage for a peek inside Hannah's super-sized closet and get the inside scoop when the cast shares some of THEIR secrets with you! Miley is going through a major identity crisis! Not only is she starting high school, but she's also got to make some tough decisions about taking back Jake (Cody Linley) and traveling to a concert without her super-cool dad there for support. Adding to the drama, Hannah totally croaks in concert and has to deal with possibly losing her stellar singing voice -- and her superstar identity -- forever! Is she 'Miley'? Is she 'Hannah'? Join in the fun, glamour and excitement as she figures it all out and makes the most of her big-time dreams."

"Hannah Montana: Life's What You Make It" is rated TV-G.

CS Comment:
I'm not sure what the incredible appeal of Hannah Montana is, but even my daughter is caught up in the hype. This DVD will surely feed her addiction.

Available Tuesday, October 9




Poltergeist (25th Anniversary Edition)
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Rating: PG

Starring:
Craig T. Nelson as Steve Freeling
JoBeth Williams as Diane Freeling
Beatrice Straight as Dr. Lesh
Dominique Dunne as Dana Freeling
Oliver Robins as Robbie Freeling
Heather O'Rourke as Carol Anne Freeling
Michael McManus as Ben Tuthill
Virginia Kiser as Mrs. Tuthill
Martin Casella as Marty
Richard Lawson as Ryan
Zelda Rubinstein as Tangina
Lou Perryman as Pugsley
Clair E. Leucart as Bulldozer Driver
James Karen as Mr. Teague
Dirk Blocker as Jeff Shaw

Special Features:
They Are Here: The Real World of Poltergeists Revealed Documentary in two parts: Science of the Spirits and Communing with the Dead

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Portuguese, Spanish and French Language
Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 114 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"It Knows What Scares You.

'They're here,' playful at first...but not for long. A storm erupts, a tree attacks and little Carol Anne Freeling is whisked away into a spectral void. As her family confronts horrors galore, something else is here too: a new benchmark in Hollywood ghost stories. Producers Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall and director Tobe Hooper head the elite scream team of this classic. Welcome to Home Sweet Haunted Home."

"Poltergeist" is rated PG.

CS Comment:
I don't know why, but I never knew that Tobe Hooper directed "Poltergeist." You learn something every day!

Available Tuesday, October 9




Son of the Dragon
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
John Reardon as D.B.
David Carradine as Bird
Desiree Ann Siahaan as Princess Li Wei
Rupert Graves as The Lord of the North
Theresa Lee as Ting Ting
Kay Tong Lim as Governor
Eddy Ko as Lord Shing
Nitin Ganatra as Prince of India
Michael Chow Man-Kin as Bo
Paul Rapovski as Prince North Chief of Staff
Anna Guo as Shuang
Krystal Huang as Yi Min
Feng Ku as Blind Beggar
Joe Yang as Dim Sum Salesman
Chan Yi as Gold Tooth

Special Features:
Getting Candid With David Carradine - An In-Depth Interview with the Martial Arts Zen Master
Epic Stories In A Fabled Land - The Making of Son Of The Dragon

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 2 Hours 56 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"It takes the love of a princess to steal the heart of a thief.

'Son Of The Dragon' is a romantic adventure filled with intense martial arts action that will get your heart pounding and send you on a magical ride beyond anything you've ever experienced!"

"Son of the Dragon" is not rated.

CS Comment:
David Carradine and martial arts? I know more than a few kung fu fans that will want to check this out.

Available Tuesday, October 9




Hallowed Ground
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Jaimie Alexander as Liz Chambers
Brian McNamara as Sheriff
Chloe Moretz as Sabrina
Nick Chinlund as Jonas Hathaway
Hudson Leick as Sarah
Ethan Phillips as Preacher
Jim Cody Williams as Earl
Ned Vaughn as Deputy Mark Simmons
Tamara Clatterbuck as Waitress
Dan Warner as Officer Chandler
Steve Larkin as Mayor

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 83 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Evil unearthed.

What lies beneath this 'Hallowed Ground' is beyond the limits of fear itself. When a young woman (Jaimie Alexander, Rest Stop) is stranded in a remote small town, she quickly discovers its gruesome history involving a deceased preacher with an unholy legacy of living sacrifices. As the old legend is resurrected, she is forced into a battle for survival against the demented townspeople and a blood-thirsty scarecrow that has come in search of victims."

"Hallowed Ground" is not rated.

CS Comment:
If you love B-Movie horror, this looks like it was tailor made for you. Enjoy!

Available Tuesday, October 9




Civic Duty
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Rating: R

Starring:
Peter Krause as Terry Allen
Kari Matchett as Marla Allen
Richard Schiff as FBI Agent Tom Hilary
Khaled Abol Naga as Gabe Hassan
Ian Tracey as Lieutenant Randall Lloyd
Vanesa Tomasino as Bank Teller
Laurie Murdoch as Loan Officer
Michael Roberds as Post Office Clerk
Agam Darshi as Nurse
Mark Brandon as Night Anchor Bret Anderson
Brenda Crichlow as Day Anchor Tricia Wise
Val Cole as Morning Anchor Susan Harwood
Mark Docherty as News Reporter Chad Winslow
Michael St. John Smith as Legal Analyst
P. Lynn Johnson as Govenor Bradley

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 94 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Angry and depressed over losing his job, accountant Terry Allen (Peter Krause) begins to suspect his new, Middle Eastern neighbor is at the center of a terrorist conspiracy. Terry becomes obsessed about revealing the man's true identity and finally takes matters into his own hands - with shocking results."

"Civic Duty" is rated R for language and some threatening situations.

CS Comment:
What better way to cash in on post-9/11 paranoia than with a movie about Middle Eastern neighbors?

Available Tuesday, October 9




Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale
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Rating: Not Rated

Special Features:
Tom And Jerry's Holiday Story Factory: DVD-ROM Enhanced Feature You Can Use to Create Your Very Own Holiday Card or Storybook

Journey To The Toymaker Challenge

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French Language
Running Time: 49 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"In an empty opera house, Jerry wishes for a chance to perform and magically his dream comes true. The little mouse is whisked away to an enchanted kingdom where anything is possible: candy forests, singing snowflakes, even the toys spring to life! Jerry has a great time with his new friends and when Jerry dances with a music box ballerina, he is as happy as happy can be. Unfortunately, alley cats led by Tom crash Jerry's party, kidnap the music box ballerina and wreak havoc in the holiday kingdom. It's up to Jerry to set things right - and with help from a fellow mouse named Tuffy and more newfound friends, Jerry just might win the day!"

"Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Who better to usher in Christmas mayhem than Tom and Jerry? Hopefully Tom won't chew on the Christmas lights.

Available Tuesday, October 2




A Flintstones Christmas Carol
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Marsha Clark as Maggie Magma (voice)
Henry Corden as Fred Flintstone (voice)
Don Messick as Bamm-Bamm, Joe Rockhead (voice)
John Rhys-Davies as Charles Brickens (voice)
John Stephenson as Mr. George Nate Slate (voice)
Russi Taylor as Pebbles (voice)
Jean Vander Pyl as Wilma Flintstone (voice)
B.J. Ward as Betty Rubble (voice)
Frank Welker as Barney Rubble, Dino (voice)

Special Features:
Christmas Flintstone

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Portuguese Language
Running Time: 69 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"There's just one shopping day until Christmas! Fred is so wrapped up in his acting debut as Scrooge in the Bedrock production of 'A Christmas Carol' that he's completely forgotten to buy any gifts. And worse, he's left baby Pebbles stranded at Cave Care Center! But wife Wilma and a few familiar ghosts perform a true Christmas miracle, helping hubby Fred remember the true meaning of the season. Join Barney, Betty, Bam Bam, and Dino in this hilarious stone-age version of the magical holiday classic."

"A Flintstones Christmas Carol" is not rated.

CS Comment:
If Jesus came after the cavemen, how did they have Christmas? It's a question that boggles the mind.

Available Tuesday, October 2




The Complete Ben 10 Season 2
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Tara Strong as Ben Tennyson
Meagan Smith as Gwen Tennyson
Paul Eiding as Grandpa Max
Dee Bradley Baker as Stinkfly
Jim Ward as XLR8
Richard McGonagle as Four Arms
Steven Jay Blum as Heat Blast
Fred Tatasciore as Cannon Bolt

Special Features:
Deleted Scenes
How to Draw Heatblast
Secret Alien Info
Episode Commentary

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Spanish and French Language
Running Time: 298 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"The world's weirdest summer road trip continues - and in Season 2, the Tennysons encounter more action than ever. Fortunately, Ben starts to get the hang of the Omnitrix, unlocking two new alien heroes to transform into: Cannonbolt and Wildvine. Along with Gwen's "lucky" powers and Grandpa Max's gadgets, that just might be enough to keep saving the world from the evil villains that want to destroy it."

"The Complete Ben 10 Season 2" is not rated.

CS Comment:
"Ben 10" is a pretty cool cartoon series from Cartoon Network. If you have little boys in your family, they'll dig it.

Available Tuesday, October 2

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