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DVD Roundup: 11.20.07

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
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Love American Style
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Michael Callan
E.J. Peaker
Rich Little
Stefanie Powers
Paul Winchell
Phyllis Diller
Tina Louise
Bill Bixby
Yvonne Craig
Bob Crane

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Mono Sound
Running Time: 10 Hours 19 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"'Love American Style' is the original hit comedy showcase, each episode featuring different short stories about love, sex and romance, with an all-star cast of incredible guest stars. The groundbreaking series is packed with hilarious tales of dating and mating, love and marriage, fidelity and naughtiness, all told with a wild sense of innovative style and hip, swingin' 70's flair!

This Season On, Volume One collection boasts an unprecedented lineup of celebrity guest stars in 12 episodes on 3 discs who will keep you roaring with laughter from start o finish."

"Love American Style" is not rated.

CS Comment:
I vaguely remember watching this show many years ago in reruns. I had forgotten just how many guest stars the show actually had. TV junkies will want to check this one out.

Available Tuesday, November 20




CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - The Seventh Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Marg Helgenberger as Catherine Willows
William Petersen as Gil Grissom
Gary Dourdan as Warrick Brown
George Eads as Nick Stokes
Paul Guilfoyle as Captain Jim Brass
Jorja Fox as Sara Sidle
Eric Szmanda as Greg Sanders
Robert David Hall as Dr. Al Robbins
David Berman as David Phillips
Wallace Langham as David Hodges

Special Features:
Inside "Built to Kill"
Minature Murders
Who Are You? Inside "Living Legend"
Las Vegas: The Real Crime Solvers
The Evolution of CSI: Season 7
Smoke and Mirrors: Directing Feature Television
Audio Commentaries of 7 Episodes
CSI Video Game Demo

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Language
Running Time: 17 Hours 25 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is a fast-paced drama about a passionate team of forensic investigators trained to solve crimes the old-fashioned way - by examining the evidence. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is on the case 24-7, scouring the scene, collecting the irrefutable evidence and finding the missing pieces that will solve the mystery."

"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - The Seventh Season" is not rated.

CS Comment:
The "CSI" DVD sets continue to offer a great selection of bonus features along with the TV episodes.

Available Tuesday, November 20




My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Super Sleuth Christmas Movie
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Oliver Dillon as Lumpy
Chloe Moretz as Darby
Dee Bradley Baker as Buster
Jim Cummings as Tigger
Travis Oates as Piglet
Ken Sansom as Rabbit
Tara Strong as Porcupine

Special Features:
100 Acre Wood Downhill Game
Bonus Episode

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French and Spanish Language
Running Time: 44 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"'Tis the season for a timeless tale of Christmas cheer! So grab your hat, put on your mittens, and join Tigger, Pooh, Darby and all your favorite friends from the 100-Acre Wood for this very merry movie filled with holiday magic and wonderful surprises. Christmas comes tomorrow, and Pooh and his pals can hardly wait! But they might wind up waiting much longer than just one day when Santa's magic toy sack goes missing -- along with a little lost reindeer. Now it's up to the problem-solving "Super Sleuths" to work together and follow the clues to reach the North Pole in time to help Santa deliver his presents. Along the way, they'll meet new friends, make new discoveries and share in the true spirit of Christmas. Overflowing with unforgettable songs and your favorite beloved characters, 'My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Super Sleuth Christmas Movie' is fun the whole family will treasure."

"My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Super Sleuth Christmas Movie" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Got kids that love Pooh and his friends? This will be right up their alley.

Available Tuesday, November 20




Ghosts of Cité Soleil
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Winson '2Pac' Jean as Himself
Wyclef Jean as Himself
James 'Bily' Petit Frère as Himself
Éleonore 'Lele' Senlis as Herself

Special Features:
Theatrical Trailer
Trailer Gallery

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Hatian / English / French Language
Running Time: 85 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Billed as a Caribbean epic of family, love and violence, 'Ghosts of Cité Soleil' takes us inside the lives of notorious gang leaders who dominate the Haitian slum of Cite Soleil. The reality of life today in Haiti unfolds before us as we get to know two brothers and their stories intimately. They are 2Pac and Bily, Haitian gang leaders who strive to make better choices in a world with no choices at all. Through unprecedented access, we see the brothers love and hatred for each other, their love triangle with Lele, a French relief worker, and their unsavory pact with President Aristide during his desperate grasp to maintain power in early 2004. Speaking the language of violence and knowing that staying alive in Haiti is a very day-to-day proposition, 2Pac and Bily struggle to find a better life for themselves and for their people."

"Ghosts of Cité Soleil" is not rated.

CS Comment:
This is certainly an interesting setting for a film. If you like international cinema, you'll love this.

Available Tuesday, November 20




Hearts of Darkness - A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
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Rating: R

Starring:
Sam Bottoms as Himself
Marlon Brando as Himself
Colleen Camp as Herself
Eleanor Coppola as Herself
Francis Ford Coppola as Himself
Gia Coppola as Herself
Roman Coppola as Himself
Sofia Coppola as Herself
Robert De Niro as Himself
Robert Duvall as Himself
Laurence Fishburne as Himself
Harrison Ford
Frederic Forrest as Himself
Albert Hall as Himself
Dennis Hopper as Himself
George Lucas as Himself
John Milius as Himself
Martin Sheen as Himself
G.D. Spradlin as Himself

Special Features:
Commentary by Francis and Eleanor Coppola
CODA: Thirty Years Later
Eleanor Coppola introduces CODA: Thirty Years Later

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround Sound
English, Spanish, and French Language
Running Time: 96 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"In 1979, Francis Ford Coppola shook the film world with "Apocalypse Now," a harrowing odyssey through the ravaged landscape of the Vietnam War.

Now, nearly 30 years later, the journey resumes with 'Hearts of Darkness - A Filmmaker's Apocalypse,' a riveting chronicle of the groundbreaking classic, arriving on DVD for the first time ever on November 20, 2007 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Through on-location footage filmed by Coppola's wife Eleanor in the Philippines, and more recent interviews with the film's cast and crew, Hearts Of Darkness is the fantastic history of a movie beset by physical and personal upheavals: the complete destruction of the film sets by hurricane; the heart attack of leading man Martin Sheen; the director's own admission that he has no idea how the movie will end (after 238 days of shooting).

'Hearts of Darkness' is an unforgettable, unflinchingly honest account of a landmark film that was a miracle in the making."

"Hearts of Darkness - A Filmmaker's Apocalypse" is rated R for language.

CS Comment:
This is required viewing for any fan of Coppola or any aspiring filmmaker.

Available Tuesday, November 20




The Wild Wild West: The Third Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Robert Conrad as James T. West
Ross Martin as Artemus Gordon
Dick Cangey as Henchman

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Mono Sound
Running Time: 20 Hours 11 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"James West and Artemus Gordon are two agents of President Grant who take their splendidly appointed private train through the west to fight evil. Half science fiction and half western, the Artemus designs a series of interesting gadgets for James that would make Inspector Gadget proud. A light hearted adventure series"

"The Wild Wild West: The Third Season" is not rated.

CS Comment:
I can't imagine there being many "Wild Wild West" fans out there, but they've finally got their third season DVD. More power to ya!

Available Tuesday, November 20




Mission: Impossible - The Third TV Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Greg Morris as Barney Collier
Bob Johnson as Voice on Tape
Peter Lupus as Willy Armitage
Peter Graves as James Phelps
Barbara Bain as Cinnamon Carter
Martin Landau as Rollin Hand

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Language
Running Time: 20 Hours 54 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"The head of the 'Impossible Missions Force,' a top-secret government group of operatives, starts a tape recorder and finds out about his latest assignment. Throughout most of the series, they would have to stop some petty dictator or powerful bad guy from whatever evil plot they had against the U.S. or Democracy in general. The elaborate use of electronic gadgetry, masters of disguise and detailed plans that require split-second timing made this TV show an "on the edge of your seater"!

"Mission: Impossible - The Third TV Season" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Yet another "Mission: Impossible" DVD with no bonus features.

Available Tuesday, November 20




Garfield Gets Real
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Frank Welker as Garfield, Keith, Prop Boy, Nerd, Two Headed Guy, Goth Kid, Hardy (voice)
Rajia Baroudi as Sheila, Concertina Girl (voice)
Gregg Berger as Odie, Shecky, Hale (voice)
Jennifer Darling as Bonita, Mother, Rusty, Bobby (voice)
Greg Eagles as Eli (voice)
Pat Fraley as Delivery Gnome, Sid (voice)
Jason Marsden as Nermal (voice)
David Michie as Tape Holder (voice)
Harold Perrineau as Husband (voice)
Neil Ross as Wally, Charles (voice)
Stephen Stanton as Randy, Father (voice)
Fred Tatasciore as Billy, Waldo, Eric (voice)
Audrey Wasilewski as Arlene, Zelda, Betty, Ashley (voice)
Wally Wingert as Jon Arbuckle, Mike (voice)

Special Features:
Featurettes:
Pencils, Paws, and Ink: Creating the Garfield Comic Strip
Jim Davis: Raw & Un-Cat
The Animation Process
Legends: Working Together
Bloopers: Voices in our Heads
Finding Your Voice
Animating From The Seoul
2 Great DVD ROM Games: Punt A Pooch, Whack-A-Wawa

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish and French Language
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 74 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Follow our tubby tabby as he takes the plunge and flees his comfortable cartoon world for the 'real world' on the other side of the newspaper. Escaping the boredom of cartoon life, Garfield soon realizes that real-life felines don't enjoy nearly the same benefits as cartoon cats do...as bloodthirsty Chihuahuas and bodybuilding canines challenge him at every turn. But with the help of some new outlandish pals and some trusted old friends, Garfield's wacky adventures teach him that reality isn't just in the real world, it's where his heart is."

"Garfield Gets Real" is not rated.

CS Comment:
My kids grabbed this DVD and ran to the player as soon as it arrived. If your kids like Garfield, they'll enjoy this, too.

Available Tuesday, November 20




Gilmore Girls: The Complete Seventh Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore
Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore
Scott Patterson as Luke Danes
Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore
Edward Herrmann as Richard Gilmore
Melissa McCarthy as Sookie St. James
Yanic Truesdale as Michel Gerard
Keiko Agena as Lane Kim
Sean Gunn as Kirk Gleason
Liza Weil as Paris Geller
Liz Torres as Miss Patty

Special Features:
Additional Scene on Episode 5 The Great Stink
Gilmore Fashionistas
A Best Friend's Peek Inside The Gilmore Girls with Keiko Agena
Who Wants To Talk Boys Season Montage
Kirk's Tour of Stars Hollow

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 920 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"After 20-plus years of single motherhood, after a series of Mr. Not-Quite-Rights, after buying that perfect wedding dress and watching it hang in to closet, Lorelai finally gets married. Yes, but to whom? The answer is just one of the deliciously intriguing what's-gonna-happens in these 22 episodes about a mother, a daughter, a town and a world that devoted Gilmore groupies have taken as their own.

Sharpen your wits for the famed, fast-paced Gilmore dialogue - but let your heart do its thing. From Stars Hollow to New York City to Parisasfrom Lorelai's wedding to Lane's baby shower to Rory's graduationasfrom beginning to middle to endashere's Season 7."

"Gilmore Girls" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Here's the final season of the "Gilmore Girls" on DVD. Ah, we hardly knew ye.

Available Tuesday, November 20




Avenging Angel
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Kevin Sorbo as The Preacher
Nick Chinlund as Bob Quinn
Fred Cross as Jacob
Van Epperson as Mayor
Dennis Fitzgerald as Rider
Wings Hauser as Colonel Cusack
Jim Haynie as Elijah
Richard Lee Jackson as Billy
Sam Jenkins as Sara
Joey King as Amelia
Lorin McCraley as Spencer
Cynthia Watros as Maggie

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Sound
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 81 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"When a preacher (Kevin Sorbo) defends a local town from greedy land-barons, his church is destroyed and his family is killed. Now known simply as "The Preacher," he picks up his long-forgotten gun, leaves town, and heads out into the desert to begin a new life as a bounty hunter. Returning years later, he discovers his town has been overrun by the same scoundrels who destroyed his quiet existence. The Preacher can no longer stand by and watch as innocent people suffer the same fate as he. Justice must be served."

"Avenging Angel" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Kevin Sorbo's looking a bit old in this TV movie, but his fans should enjoy it.

Available Tuesday, November 13

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