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DVD Roundup: 12.4.07

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
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24: Season Six
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer
Mary Lynn Rajskub as Chloe O'Brian
D.B. Woodside as President Wayne Palmer
James Morrison as Bill Buchanan
Peter MacNicol as Tom Lennox
Jayne Atkinson as Karen Hayes
Carlo Rota as Morris O'Brian
Eric Balfour as Milo Pressman
Marisol Nichols as Nadia Yassir
Roger R. Cross as Curtis Manning
Michael Angarano as Scott Wallace
Megan Gallagher as Jillian Wallace
Tzi Ma as Cheng Zhi
Adoni Maropis as Abu Fayed
Kal Penn as Ahmed Amar

Special Features:
Commentaries
Deleted Scenes
Alternate Endings
Prison Break S2 Trailer
The Shield S6 Trailer
Live Free or Die Hard Trailer
Season 7 Preview
Extended and Deleted Scenes
Commentary by Co-Executive Producer Stephen Kronish and Editor Scott Powell
Master Illusionist: 24's Special Effects Make-Up
24 Season 6: Inside the Writers' Room
24 Season 6: Opening with a Bang
"Cameo" - Ricky Gervais

24 Webcast Diaries:
Inside CTU
Stunts and Special Effects
The Mix
The Sets
Helicopter Explosion
Poor Man's Process
Storming Fayed's Apartment
Background Talent
The 1st AD's (Assistant Directors)
Prop Department - Part 1: Weapons
Prop Department - Part 2: The Shoot Outs
Watching Paint Dry
The Editor's Cut
Location Lighting
Editing Episode 617
Wardrobe - Part 1: "A Day in the Life..."
Wardrobe - Part 2: "Fittings"
Casting Part 1 - "Actors + Casting = Magic"
Casting Part 2 - "The Call Back"
"Cheng's Rooftop": Filming Scene 2209
Set Decoration: "The Buchanan's House"

24 - Mobisodes: "Day 6 Debrief":
Mobisode #1 - 9:01pm
Mobisode #2 - 9:44pm
Mobisode #3 - 10:32pm
Mobisode #4 - 10:35pm
Mobisode #5 - 10:38pm
Public Service Announcement from Kiefer Sutherland
Prison Break Season 2 Premiere: "Manhunt"

24 DVD-ROM Exclusives:
The Technology of 24
Easter Egg: 24 Minutes: Jack Bauer on The Simpsons

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Language
Running Time: 1100 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, '24' retains its unpredictable and unique format in the highly anticipated sixth season.

Season six picks up 20 months after last season's shocking season finale, when Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) was captured by Chinese government agents battered, bloodied and headed for points unknown. Wayne Palmer (DB Woodside), the strong-minded brother of the late President David Palmer, is now the President of the United States, and is aided by his sister Sandra Palmer (Regina King), a powerful advocacy lawyer.

After a series of horrific terrorist attacks, Palmer and his team of advisors, Karen Hayes (Jayne Atkinson) and Thomas Lennox (Peter MacNicol) as well as CTU colleagues Chloe O'Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub), Curtis Manning (Roger Cross) and Bill Buchanan (James Morrison) begin an unthinkable nail-biting day."

"24: Season Six" is not rated.

CS Comment:
A massive number of bonus features should keep "24" fans quite happy for a while. It may be all they have to look forward to if the writers strike continues.

Available Tuesday, December 4




Diagnosis Murder: The Third Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Dick Van Dyke as Dr. Mark Sloan
Barry Van Dyke as Detective Steve Sloan
Victoria Rowell as Amanda Bentley-Livingston
Charlie Schlatter as Dr. Jesse Travis
Michael Tucci as Norman Briggs
Scott Baio as Dr. Jack Stewart

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 13 Hours 59 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Emmy award winner Dick Van Dyke stars as Dr. Mark Sloan, a dedicated doctor who dabbles in detective work in 'Diagnosis Murder.' Caring and compassionate, Dr. Sloan enlists the help of his police detective son, Steve (Barry Van Dyke) whenever he suspects one of his patients is the victim of foul play. And he won't rest until the bad guys are put to bed - permanently! Working alongside Sloan is pathologist Amanda Bentley (Victoria Rowell). For star performances and classic "whodunit" suspense, the right prescription is 'Diagnosis Murder.'"

"Diagnosis Murder: The Third Season" is not rated.

CS Comment:
More Van Dyke murder mysteries are included in this DVD set, but no bonus features for you.

Available Tuesday, December 4




Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - The Fourth Year
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Christopher Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler
Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson
Richard Belzer as Detective John Munch
Dann Florek as Captain Donald Cragen
Steven Zirnkilton as Opening Announcer
Ice-T as Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola
B.D. Wong as Dr. George Huang
Tamara Tunie as Dr. Melinda Warner
Diane Neal as A.D.A. Casey Novak

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 2.0 Sound
Running Time: 17 Hours 47 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Burst onto the scene of the crime with all 25 engaging episodes of 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - The Fourth Year'! Recipient of 15 Primetime Emmy® nominations, including a win for outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Mariska Hargitay) and a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Christopher Meloni), this powerful and intelligent detective series captivates fans like nothing else on TV. Join an elite squad of NYPD detectives who investigate sexually based crimes ripped from today's headlines. Along for the stakeout are such compelling guest stars as Barbara Barrie (in her Primetime Emmy®-nominated role), Judith Light, Pam Grier, Sherilyn Fenn and more! It's a must-have for every fan of the Law & Order series!"

"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - The Fourth Year" is not rated.

CS Comment:
More "Law & Order," more getting screwed out of bonus features.

Available Tuesday, December 4




Saturday Night Live: The Complete Second Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Dan Aykroyd
Gilda Radner
John Belushi
Bill Murray
Chevy Chase

Special Features:
SNL Mardi Gras Special
Dress Rehearsal Audio
Andy Kaufman Screen Test
1976-77 Collector's Scrapbook

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono Sound
Running Time: 24 Hours 28 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"For over three decades, 'Saturday Night Live' has been the source of young comedic talent and helped to launch the careers of countless performers, making them household names.

Still considered iconic for their live performances from Studio 8H in New York, the original cast of SNL (including Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner and John Belushi) set the tone for years to follow with their irreverent, edgy humor. They combined anti-establishment political satire with rock-and-roll attitude for a show that spoke to the youth of the 1970's, turning it into an instant sensation.

Although only the second year on the air, the 1976-1977 season turned out to be the last for Chevy Chase, but the first for a young comedian named Bill Murray.

The complete second season of SNL contains legendary musical performances by artists Joe Cocker, The Band, Brian Wilson, Paul Simon, George Harrison, Frank Zappa, Chuck Berry, The Kinks, Santana and Tom Waits and classic appearances by hosts Lily Tomlin, Norman Lear, Steve Martin, Dick Cavett, Jodie Foster, Candice Bergen, Ralph Nader, Fran Tarkenton, Sissy Spacek, Elliott Gould and Shelly Duvall."

"Saturday Night Live: The Complete Second Season" is not rated.

CS Comment:
This is the second in the series of SNL DVD sets. Fans of Bill Murray should be happy to finally get his debut.

Available Tuesday, December 4




The Best of Crank Yankers
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Jim Florentine as Special Ed
Wanda Sykes as Gladys Murphy
Tracy Morgan as Spoonie Luv
Sarah Silverman as Hadassah Guberman
Tony Barbieri as Niles Standish

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 180 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Now sixty of your favorite Comedy Central Crank Yankers calls are available in this glorious DVD collection. Look back on all your favorite moments, from Hadassah's obnoxiously uncomfortable questions about poop to Spoonie Luv's liberal use of the word 'ho,' to the time Special Ed yelled 'I got mail!' 48 different times in one call (we counted)."

"The Best of Crank Yankers Uncensored" is not rated.

CS Comment:
I've never watched "Crank Yankers," but my co-workers highly recommend it. They wouldn't lead me wrong, would they?

Available Tuesday, December 4




Return With Honor

Rating: PG

Starring:
Clark Bullen as Elder Gibson
Tracy Garner as Scottie Patterson
Timothy Hall as Elder Hatch
Joey Jalalian as Alley Benson
Tayva Patch as Trish McDonald
Katie Rockwood as Sister Carter
Javen Tanner as Rowe McDonald
Ryan Wood as Jared
Raymond Zeiters as Corbin

Special Features:
Commentary
Trailers

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Sound
Running Time: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Rowe McDonald is a headstrong missionary who has life after his mission all figured out. When a fatal car crash interrupts his plans, he is given sixty days to return to life and finish his work.

Now he must choose whether to lead the life he planned, or reach beyond himself to change the lives of others. What will he do? Who will he touch? How will he prepare to leave it all behind?"

"Return With Honor" is rated PG for brief violence.

CS Comment:
If you're looking for Mormon propaganda, this will meet your needs.

Available Tuesday, December 4




Drama/Mex
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Fernando Becerril as Jaime
Juan Pablo Castaneda as Gonzalo
Diana Garcia as Fernanda
Martha Claudia Moreno as Mama Yhahaira
Miriana Moro as Tigrillo
Emilio Valdés as Chano Cuerpiperro

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Language
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 93 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Torrid love triangles and dark secrets are exposed during a long, hot day in the once lush and now decadent resort town of Acapulco. Beautiful and cool Fernanda is forced to deal with the intense sexual tension between her and her ex-lover. An office worker with hidden indiscretions attempts suicide in a beachfront hotel when interrupted by a precocious and equally dishonest teenage girl."

"Drama/Mex" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Fans of Diego Luna may want to check out this movie executive produced by him.

Available Tuesday, December 4




Touched by an Angel: The Fourth Season, Volume 2
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Roma Downey as Monica
Della Reese as Tess
John Dye as Andrew

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 11 Hours 31 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"A trio of angels Monica (Roma Downey), Tess (Della Reese), and Andrew (John Dye) are dispatched from heaven with a special mission: to inspire people facing sometimes unseen crossroads in their lives. Monica, an angel who at times still needs some guidance with her earthly assignments, reports to Tess, her tough, wise and always loving supervisor. Also on hand is Andrew, who, in addition to his duties as the Angel of Death, now helps out as a caseworker on carious assignments. Gloria, an angel for the 21st century, continues to seek guidance from Monica performing her angelic duties. While the angels may not bring solutions to every problem, they always deliver a message of hope."

"Touched by an Angel is not rated.

CS Comment:
More "Touched by and Angel," more bonus features dropped.

Available Tuesday, December 4




Pigs
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Rating: R

Starring:
Jefferson Brown as Miles
Darryn Lucio as Cleaver
Melanie Marden as Gabrielle
Christopher Elliott as Ben

Special Features:
Audio commentary featuring Director Karl DiPelino, Producer Chris Ragonetti and Jefferson Brown & Darryn Lucio
Set Etiquette with Jay Ziebarth
"Whip 'Em Out" - PIGS Unrated Auditions
The Making of PIGS
Outtakes & Bloopers
Bonus Scenes
Trailer Gallery
Pigs Tailer

Other Info:
Widescreen (2.35:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 85 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Miles is smooth, smart and attractive the definitive ladies man. After Miles returns from yet another successful conquest, his best friend Cleaver has the idea for Miles to complete the entire alphabet prior to graduation. Goaded on by his dorm mates, Miles accepts, and the contest begins. The rules are simple: the rarer the first letter of the girl s last name, the higher the odds. Money and pride are on the line, and all is going according to plan, until Miles comes face-to-face with the captivating, Gabrielle Xeropolos, aka: The X. She's everything he's ever wanted in a girl. Now Miles is torn between his ever-growing feelings for Gabrielle, and his allegiance to his testosterone-filled dorm buddies. The ultimate question remains are all guys PiGS?"

"Pigs" is rated R for pervasive crude and sexual content, language and brief nudity.

CS Comment:
If the main reason for watching this movie is to see boobies, why not see them free on the internet and save yourself the cost of this DVD?

Available Tuesday, December 4

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