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DVD Roundup: 10.23.07

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
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Veronica Mars: The Complete Third Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars
Percy Daggs III as Wallace Fennel
Jason Dohring as Logan Echolls
Francis Capra as Eli "Weevil" Navarro
Enrico Colantoni as Keith Mars
Ryan Hansen as Dick Casablancas
Michael Muhney as Sheriff Don Lamb
Tina Majorino as Cindy 'Mac' Mackenzie
Brandon Hillock as Deputy Sacks

Special Features:
Pitching Season 4: An in-depth interview with creator Rob Thomas discussing a new direction for the series presented to network executives that picks up years later, with Veronica as a rookie FBI agent
Going Undercover with Rob Thomas: Thomas walks us through some of the most memorable moments from Season 3
Webisode gallery with cast interviews and various set tours
Unaired scenes with introductions by Rob Thomas
Gag reel

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 842 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Hearst College, jewel of the Pacific. A citadel of higher education set amid rolling lawns and swaying palms. But since Hearst is in Neptune, California - and since Veronica Mars is among its incoming freshmen - you know it's also a noir netherworld of lies, betrayal, secrets and (of course) murder.

Veronica, Logan and more of your VM favorites join cool new characters for a Season 3 of seething mystery and sardonic wit. College is indeed a learning experience as Veronica aces a crime class led by a hunky prof, solves the case of on-campus rapes that began in Season Two, and gives a grad seminar in sleuthing when two faculty members take sudden, eternal early retirements. Frosh year is gonna be freaky!"

"Veronica Mars: The Complete Third Season" is not rated.

CS Comment:
"Heroes" fans will want to see more of Kristen Bell since she's starting a new role on that show. These DVD's will let you catch up with her previous role in "Veronica Mars."

Available Tuesday, October 23




The Tripper
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
David Arquette as Muff
Richmond Arquette as Deputy Cooper
Courteney Cox as Cynthia
Paz de la Huerta as Jade
Ben Gardiner as Wilson
Balthazar Getty as Jimmy
Lukas Haas as Ivan
Josh Hammond as Tyler
Stephen Heath as Jack
Brad Hunt as Hank
Thomas Jane as Buzz Hall
Jaime King as Samantha
Bert Kinyon as Bert - Lumberjack Foreman
Noah Maschan as Young Gus
Jason Mewes as Joey
Christopher Allen Nelson as Gus
Rick Overton as Mayor Hal Burton
Waylon Payne as Dean
Paul Reubens as Frank Baker
Michael X. Sommers as Trooper Neatnick
Marsha Thomason as Linda

Special Features:
Commentary by David Arquette, Richmond Arquette, Paul Reubens and Thomas Jane
Behind the Spleens Featurette
The Making of Ronald Reagan
The Missing Finger Incident
A S****y Situation
The Tripper Presidential Campaign Tour
Presidential Campaign Tour Photo Gallery
Deleted Scenes
Good Times Blooper Reel
Theatrical Trailers

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 97 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Directed by, co-written by and starring David Arquette, this classic horror movie revolves around a group of friends who escape to a modern-day Woodstock concert for a weekend of debauchery, only to be stalked by a homicidal maniac determined to finish what he started years earlier."

"The Tripper" is rated R for strong horror violence and gore, drug content, language and some sexuality/nudity.

CS Comment:
It looks like David Arquette called in a lot of favors to get this cast. Horror fans should enjoy it!

Available Tuesday, October 23




NCIS: The Fourth Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Pauley Perrette as Abby Sciuto
David McCallum as Dr. Donald 'Ducky' Mallard
Mark Harmon as Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Michael Weatherly as Anthony DiNozzo
Sean Murray as Timothy McGee
Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer
Cote de Pablo as Ziva David
Lauren Holly as Jenny Shepard

Special Features:
Cast and Crew Commentaries on Select Episodes
Cast Roundtable (Parts 1&2)
Ducky's World
Behind the Set: The Production Design of N.C.I.S.
Dressed to Kill: Dressing the Sets of N.C.I.S.
Prop Master
Picture Perfect: The Looks of N.C.I.S.
Season of Secrets

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 17 Hours 33 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is more than just an action drama. With liberal doses of humor, it's a show that focuses on the sometimes complex and always amusing dynamics of a team forced to work together in high-stress situations. NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), a former Marine gunnery sergeant, whose skills as an investigator are unmatched, formerly led this troupe of colorful personalities. Gibbs, a man of few words, only needs a look to explain it all. The team includes NCIS Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly), an ex-homicide detective who may come off as the world's oldest frat boy, but whose instincts in the field are unparalleled; forensic specialist Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette), a talented scientist whose dark wit matches her Goth style and eclectic tastes, NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee (Sean Murray), an MIT graduate whose brilliance with computers far overshadows his insecurities in the field and Ziva David (Cote de Pablo), a former Moussad agent who shares a bond with Gibbs over the death of his arch nemesis, Ari, the terrorist who killed former NCIS Special Agent Kate Todd. Assisting the team is medical examiner Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard (David McCallum), who knows it all because he's seen it all, and he's not afraid to let you know. Rounding out the team is NCIS director Jennifer Shepard (Lauren Holly) who has a romantic history with Gibbs. From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, these special agents travel the globe to investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties."

"NCIS: The Fourth Season" is not rated.

CS Comment:
This fourth season DVD has a strong offering of bonus features that should make "NCIS" fans happy.

Available Tuesday, October 23




American Gangster: The Complete First Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Ving Rhames as Narrator
Alex Alonso as Himself
Chico Brown as Himself
Antoine Clark as Himself
Bernard Parks as Himself
Charles Pitchford as Himself
Fred Shaw Jr. as Himself
Maxine Waters as Herself

Special Features:
Exclusive Interview with son of Stanley "Tookie" Williams
Season 2 Sneak Peek
Extended Interviews

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 246 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"'American Gangster' is BET's critically acclaimed, highly rated crime docu-series that explores the historical, socio-economic and political context surrounding the rise and fall of 9 notorious African-American criminal minds. These are not just your two-bit hustlers…One modeled his organization after the management structure of General Motors. Another studied gemology to be well versed and blend in among an elite audience of jewelers and high end collectors. Another was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and the Nobel Prize in Literature for children's books before he was eventually executed. What was the catalyst for their life of crime? How does their story begin and end? This groundbreaking series digs deeper to answer these and other poignant questions."

"American Gangster" is not rated.

CS Comment:
If you like gangster films, this should be right up your alley.

Available Tuesday, October 23




Mind of Mencia: Uncensored Season 3
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Brad Williams as Brad Williams
Karen McClain as Black Women
Max Amini as Ahmad
Thomas Colby as Naked yoga guy
Randall Bosley as Creepy Guy
Pej Vahdat as Henchman

Special Features:
Over 30 Minutes of Deleted Scenes
Audio Commentary

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

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"No shirt, no shoes, no Dee Dee Dees! Welcome to the third season of the Mind of Mencia, where comedian Carlos Mencia says exactly what's on his mind – and secretly what's on everyone else's. From Carlosaurus Rex to Pimp Delicious Luscious to rap love songs with Three Six Mafia, sit back and take whatever Carlos dishes out!"

"Mind of Mencia: Uncensored Season 3" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Here's more Mencia goodness for fans of the series.

Available Tuesday, October 23




The L Word: The Complete Fourth Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Special Features:
Sundance Diaries with Kate & Leisha
Free Episode of The Tudors
Free Episode of Californication
The Fanlib Sweepstakes Winners
And Much More with The N Technology

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Language
Running Time: 10 Hours 26 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"'The L Word' Season 4 picks up with the women wrestling with issues close to their hearts. As with previous seasons, old demons rear their ugly heads and a host of new characters are brought into their fold, offering them access to a broader community with diverse issues. 'The L Word' stars Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Laurel Holloman, Mia Kirshner, Katherine Moennig, Dallas Roberts, Daniela Sea, Rachel Shelley, and Pam Grier. Newest additions to the cast include Cybill Shepherd, Marlee Matlin, Janina Gavankar and Rose Rollins. Special guest stars are Rosanna Arquette, Eric Roberts, Bruce Davison, Kristanna Loken and Jane Lynch.

This season, the war in Iraq becomes an integral part of Alice's (Hailey) life as she struggles to move on after the death of Dana; Helena (Shelley) tries to find financial independence and come to terms with leaving behind a world of privilege; Phyllis Kroll (Shepherd) - who takes the courageous plunge late in life to come out of the closet - risking everything that has defined her life up to now; and, Bette (Beals) has to deal with Jodi Lerner (Matlin), a woman who confronts her head-on about her Type-A personality."

"The L Word: The Complete Fourth Season" is not rated.

CS Comment:
The 'L' word? What's that, like llamas?

Available Tuesday, October 23




Squidbillies: Volume One
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Rating: Not Rated

Special Features:
6 Never Before Seen Pilot Episodes
Anime Talk Show
Comi-Con 2004
Deleted Scenes
Gallery of Art/Music
Star Bar/Behind the Scenes
Unknown Hinson, Animation Master, Cartoon Craftsman

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 228 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Squidbillies is an American cartoon made for Americans, by Americans, in America.
God bless America, U.S.A."

"Squidbillies: Volume One" is not rated.

CS Comment:
This looks like another bizarre offering from Adult Swim. I've never seen it, but I'm sure there are plenty of fans.

Available Tuesday, October 23




The Christmas Card
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Edward Asner as Luke
Brian Robinson as Edo
Alice Evans as Faith
John Newton as Cody
Lois Nettleton as Rosie
Charlie Holliday as Rev. Ives
Peter Jason as Richard

Special Features:
Edward Asner: A Veteran's View
Heart of a Soldier: Actor John Newton
Karene and Jeff: A Real-Life "Christmas Card" Story
How to Reach a Soldier

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Sound
Running Time: 84 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Once in a while, a movie comes along that reminds us how powerful love can be. In the midst of war in Afghanistan, Captain Cody Cullen (John Newton, 'Desperate Housewives') is touched by a lovely card sent by faith Spelman ('The Chris Isaak Show') from the small picturesque town of Nevada City, California. As months pass, the card never leaves his side, giving him the strength to survive and setting him on a mission to find her. When Cody returns to the States, he finds himself coincidentally welcomed by her family and friends, but he remains hesitant to reveal the fateful connection that brought him to her. As a new Christmas approaches, Cody has one last opportunity to prove his courage – by taking a chance on love and finding the woman, the home, and the life he's always wanted."

"The Christmas Card" is not rated.

CS Comment:
The Christmas DVD blitz continues with another sappy movie.

Available Tuesday, October 23




A Christmas Memory
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Patty Duke as Sook
Piper Laurie as Jennie
Jeffrey DeMunn as Seabone
Anita Gillette as Callie
Julia McIlvaine as Rachel
Esther Scott as Anna Stabler
Eric Lloyd as Buddy
Jimmie F. Skaggs as Haha Jones
Robert C. Treveiler as Adult Buddy
Dan Albright as Grocer
Reynolds Allen as Customer
Suzi Bass as Rachel's mother
Dan Biggers as Reverend Dickson

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 91 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Christmas mans something different to everyone. For seven-year-old Buddy (Eric Lloyd) it means a new home and a new family. When his parents drop him off with distant relatives in a town with no other children his age, Buddy becomes close with an older, simple woman named Sook (Patty Duke). Before long, the two find themselves on one amazing adventure after another, proving that friendship is the greatest gift of all. Based on the best-selling book by Truman Capote, 'A Christmas Memory' is sure to warm the heart of your entire family this holiday season!"

"A Christmas Memory" is not rated.

CS Comment:
More sappy Christmas movies. Enjoy!

Available Tuesday, October 23

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