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DVD Roundup: 12.11.07

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
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Beverly Hills 90210: The Third Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Jason Priestley as Brandon Walsh
Shannen Doherty as Brenda Walsh
Jennie Garth as Kelly Taylor
Ian Ziering as Steve Sanders
Gabrielle Carteris as Andrea Zuckerman
Luke Perry as Dylan McKay
Brian Austin Green as David Silver
Tori Spelling as Donna Martin
Carol Potter as Cindy Walsh
James Eckhouse as Jim Walsh

Special Features:
All 29 third season episodes on 8 discs
7 Minutes in Heaven
The World According to Nat
Everything You Need to Know about Season 3
Episode Guide (Menu Based Stills)

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Spanish and Portuguese Subtitles
Running Time: 22 Hours 51 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"One of the definitive, landmark shows of the 1990s, '90210' quickly became an important fixture on the Fox and in the popular discourse of adolescents and young adults. The third season's main characters, Dylan, Kelly, Donna, Steve, David, Andrea and twins Brandon and Brenda all attended West Beverly Hills High School. Brandon and Brenda Walsh and their parents, transplants from Minneapolis were the stable nuclear family with strong values; their home was a safe haven for the whole gang and the center of much of the drama. The show dealt with a steady stream of love triangles and other romantic entanglements and occasionally touched on more serious issues as well."

"Beverly Hills 90210: The Third Season" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Here's a third helping of "90210" DVD goodness, with bonus features to spare!

Available Tuesday, December 11




7th Heaven: The Fifth Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Stephen Collins as Rev. Eric Camden
Catherine Hicks as Annie Camden
Barry Watson as Matt Camden
David Gallagher as Simon Camden
Jessica Biel as Mary Camden
Beverley Mitchell as Lucy Camden
Mackenzie Rosman as Ruthie Camden
Chaz Lamar Shepherd as John Hamilton
Happy as Happy

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 16 Hours 10 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"From leading television producer Aaron Spelling comes '7th Heaven,' a critically acclaimed family drama about a minister, his wife and their seven children. The WB's highest-rated series, '7th Heaven' has captured the hearts of television audiences with its witty, charming and heartwarming storytelling and has been praised for providing high-quality entertainment for all ages."

"7th Heaven: The Fifth Season" is not rated.

CS Comment:
While you get the fifth season of "7th Heaven," you don' get any bonus features with it. Bummer.

Available Tuesday, December 11




Gomer Pyle: U.S.M.C. – The Third Year
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Jim Nabors as Pvt. Gomer Pyle
Frank Sutton as Sgt. Vince Carter
Elizabeth MacRae as Lou-Ann Poovie
Buck Young as Sergeant Whipple
Ronnie Schell as Cpl. Gilbert 'Duke' Slater
Craig Huebing as Lieutenant Anderson
Tom Hatten as Captain Murdock

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Mono Sound
Running Time: 12 Hours 34 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Gomer Pyle, a naive country boy, leaves his home in Mayberry, NC to join the U.S. Marine corps. His perpetual wide-eyed innocence frequently gets on the nerves of his tough, loudmouthed sergeant. A successful spin-off from The Andy Griffith Show."

"Gomer Pyle: U.S.M.C. – The Third Year" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Here's some more Gomer Pyle lovin' for you. Wait…that doesn't sound right.

Available Tuesday, December 11




High School Musical 2 (Extended Edition)
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Rating: TV-G

Starring:
Zac Efron as Troy Bolton
Vanessa Anne Hudgens as Gabriella Montez
Ashley Tisdale as Sharpay Evans
Lucas Grabeel as Ryan Evans
Corbin Bleu as Chad Danforth
Monique Coleman as Taylor McKessie
Mark L. Taylor as Mr. Fulton
Bart Johnson as Jack Bolton
Robert Curtis Brown as Vance Evans
Jessica Tuck as Mrs. Evans
Alyson Reed as Ms. Darbus
Chris Warren Jr. as Zeke Baylor
Ryne Sanborn as Jason Cross
Olesya Rulin as Kelsi Nielsen
Kaycee Stroh as Martha Cox

Special Features:
Bloopers
Rehearsal Cam - Watch the Dance Rehearsal Footage Along with the Movie
High School Karaoke - Sing the Lead Vocals with Help From Optional On-Screen Lyrics
Music Videos

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French and Spanish Language
Running Time: 111 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"It's time to sing and dance because there's so much more to celebrate in 'High School Musical 2: Extended Edition.' Experience the movie in a whole new way with a never-before-seen music sequence and rehearsal footage, plus sing lead vocals with High School Karaoke. The East High Wildcats are gearing up for big fun as they land the coolest summer jobs imaginable. Troy (Zac Efron), Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens), Chad (Corbin Bleu), and Taylor (Monique Coleman) have scored sweet gigs at the Lava Springs Country Club owned by Sharpay and Ryan's family. Sharpay's first rule of business: Get Troy. As Troy experiences a life of privilege he's never known, will he give up the Wildcats and Gabriella to rise to the top? Featuring an all-star cast, exclusive bonus features, hot new songs and awesome dancing, 'High School Musical 2: Extended Edition' is way 2 good 2 miss!"

"High School Musical 2: Extended Edition" is rated TV-G.

CS Comment:
If you have kids, they're probably crazy about "High School Musical." Feed their fanaticism with this DVD.

Available Tuesday, December 11




Frasier: The Tenth Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Kelsey Grammer as Dr. Frasier Crane
David Hyde Pierce as Dr. Niles Crane
Peri Gilpin as Roz Doyle
John Mahoney as Martin Crane
Jane Leeves as Daphne Moon
Moose as Eddie
Enzo the Dog as Eddie

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 8 Hours 46 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Kelsey Grammer ('Cheers') stars as Dr. Frasier Crane, a successful Boston psychiatrist who moved to Seattle to get a fresh start on life. He has his own radio talk show which he uses to relay his wit and wisdom for others. At times, he struggles with his own neuroses from his family and friends, though often he does not take his own advice. This half-hour comedy showcases the humorous ways Frasier deals with life and how his family and friends follow suit."

CS Comment:
More "Frasier," more snubbing bonus features. I suppose you have to go back a few season to find them.

Available Tuesday, December 11




Dirt: The Complete First Season
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Rating: TV-MA

Starring:
Courteney Cox as Lucy Spiller
Ian Hart as Don Konkey
Josh Stewart as Holt McLaren
Alexandra Breckenridge as Willa McPherson
Laura Allen as Julia Mallory
Jeffrey Nordling as Brent Barrow
Johnny Drocco as Paparazzi
Will McCormack as Leo Spiller
Shauna Stoddart as Terry
Alexi Wasser as Naomi

Special Features:
Celebrity Couple Gets Dirty: Courteney Cox, David Arquette and Others Let You in on the Battles Behind DIRT and How the Show Came to be
Through a Lens, Darkly: A Fascinating Profile of the Show's Resident Photographer and Schizophrenic, Featuring Interviews with the Cast and Crew
Tabloid Wars: Totally True Stories From the Celebrity Trenches: Real Tabloid Gurus, Media Experts and Actors Examine the World's Appetite for Celebrity Gossip and Discuss if DIRT Gets It Right
Deleted Scenes
Outtakes
And More!

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 607 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Take a closer look at the sensational and intriguing world of celebrity, fame, and power through the eyes of Lucy Spiller (Courteney Cox), the woman Hollywood loves to hate but hates to cross. As editor-in-chief of Hollywood's most influential gossip rag, Spiller can make or break a celebrity, but her obsession with outing the darker side of the glamorous life unleashes the demons of her own past and makes her a victim of the machine she has created. Dig deep with 'Dirt: The Complete First Season.' Experience every sumptuous episode, plus exciting bonus features you can't see anywhere else, in this four-disc box set. It's tempting television at its best."

"Dirt: The Complete First Season" is rated TV-MA.

CS Comment:
"Dirt" gets the deluxe DVD treatment with a great selection of bonus features.

Available Tuesday, December 11




Love's Unending Legacy
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Erin Cottrell as Missie LaHaye
Dale Midkiff as Clark Davis
Victor Browne as Sheriff Zach Tyler
Samantha Smith as Marty Davis
Holliston Coleman as Belinda Marshall
Brett Coker as Maddie LaHaye
Hank Stratton as Pastor Joe
Braeden Lemasters as Jacob Marshall
Stephanie Nash as Mrs. Pettis
Dave Florek as Hank Pettis
Bret Loehr as Calvin
Tanner Richie as Simon Stevens
Ned Schmidtke as Hendricks
Dale Waddington Horowitz as Mrs. Behringer
Ken Magee as Mr. Anderson

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital Surround Sound
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 84 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"In the latest Love series installment, two years have passed since the tragic death of Missie's husband Willie. Missie is forced to move back to her father's ranch in Tettsford Junction and ends up adopting a teenage orphan girl who tests her faith and strength. Missie is compelled to defend the girl's orphan brother who is being mistreated by his adoptive family all the while fighting her own feelings of love for the town sheriff."

"Love's Unending Legacy" is not rated.

CS Comment:
This one's for anyone that watches the Hallmark Channel…which doesn't include me.

Available Tuesday, December 4




Walt Disney Treasures – Disneyland: Secrets, Stories & Magic
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Leonard Maltin

Special Features:
Wonderful World of Disneyland Trivia Game
Operation Disneyland
Still Frame Galleries
Audio Commentaries

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround Sound
Running Time: 332 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"On July 17, 1955, Walt Disney opened the gates to Disneyland®, the beloved American icon that has become a cherished destination for generations. It was also the day Walt's sixteen-year dream came true. The centerpiece of this volume is a captivating and nostalgic film that takes you inside that dream. Rare archival footage, new interviews with key people and Walt's own words reveal how his innovative vision became a reality. Then discover more Disneyland® secrets with a fun-filled trivia game, and relive the magic of the recently restored 'People and Places: Disneyland U.S.A.' presented in CinemaScope with a new 5.1 audio mix. Featuring exclusive introductions by film historian Leonard Maltin, this is a timeless collection from generations past for generations to come."

"Walt Disney Treasures: Disneyland Secrets, Stories & Magic" is not rated.

CS Comment:
The Treasures series has been a great set of DVDs and I'm sure this one's no different. Anyone that's a Disney fan should check this out.

Available Tuesday, December 11




Walt Disney Treasures – The Chronological Donald, Volume Three: 1947-1950
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Leonard Maltin

Special Features:
The Many Faces of Donald Duck
Donald Duck on "The Mickey Mouse Club"
Sculpting Donald
Galleries

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround Sound
Running Time: 263 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Donald's prolific career as leading duck marches on with more of his solo-starring shorts. In this collection, we follow our hot-headed hero's escapades from 1947 through 1950 as he continues to endear himself to people all over the globe. Among the treasure trove of gems in this volume are three of Donald's Academy Award®-nominated Best Shorts -- 'Chip An' Dale' (1947), 'Tea For Two Hundred' (1948) and 'Toy Tinkers' (1949); the outstanding 'Donald's Dilemma' from 1947; and a brand-new retrospective of the cranky quack-up's complete movie career, 'The Many Faces of Donald Duck.' It's no wonder his webbed feet are immortalized in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theater. Featuring exclusive introductions by film historian Leonard Maltin, this is a timeless collection from generations past for generations to come."

"Walt Disney Treasures: The Chronological Donald, Volume Three: 1947-1950" is not rated.

CS Comment:
See above - this is a great set of DVDs.

Available Tuesday, December 11

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