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DVD Roundup: 1.22.08

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
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The Girls Next Door: Season Three
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Holly Madison as Herself
Bridget Marquardt as Herself
Kendra Wilkinson as Herself
Hugh M. Hefner as Himself
Mary O'Connor as Herself - Hef's Personal Secretary
Keith Hefner as Himself - Hef's Brother
Brian Olea as Himself - Guest Services

Special Features:
Commentary by Holly, Bridget and Kendra on all episodes
Deleted Scenes
TV Promos for each episode
Easter Eggs
Extended Scene of Cristal Camden's Cybergirl shoot

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 330 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Why wait for a private invitation to enter the fabled Playboy Mansion? Take an exclusive, uncensored glimpse into the daily lives of Hugh Hefner and his three spectacular girlfriends in 'The Girls Next Door: Season Three,' debuting on a sexy three-disc DVD set January 22nd from Fox Home Entertainment.

E! Entertainment's hot reality series follows the crazy adventures and laugh-out-loud antics of legendary Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and his three live-in girlfriends - his #1 lady Holly, animal lover Bridget and sport-jock Kendra. The third season highlights include a rockin' Christmas at the Mansion, Holly's 27th birthday with a Marie Antoinette-themed party, the girl's sizzling calendar shoot and the Playmate of the Year luncheon. 'The Girls Next Door: Season Three' premiered to huge ratings success, continuing to attract over two million unique viewers to become the network's second highest-rated original program ever.

Featuring all 14 original episodes from the third season plus the special 'Best Of' episode, 'The Girls Next Door: Season Three' DVD includes hilarious commentary from the girls, optional uncensored audio track, extended episodes, deleted scenes and more.

Ever wondered what goes on behind closed doors at the fabled Playboy Mansion? Now, join Hugh Hefner's girlfriends, Holly, Kendra and Bridget, and find out what life at the Mansion is really like as fantasy meets reality head-on!"

"The Girls Next Door: Season Three" is not rated.

CS Comment:
"The Girls Next Door" – intellectual television at its finest!

Available Tuesday, January 22




Hawaii Five-O: The Third Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Jack Lord as Det. Steve McGarrett
James MacArthur as Det. Danny Williams
Kam Fong as Det. Chin Ho Kelly
Herman Wedemeyer as Edward D. 'Duke' Lukela
Harry Endo as Che Fong

Special Features:
Episodic Promos

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Mono Sound
Spanish Language
Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese Subtitles
Running Time: 20 Hours 15 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Generations of TV fans know: If you're seeking action, adventure, beautiful scenery, and thrilling police drama, 'Hawaii Five-O' is your destination! Join Steve McGarrett and his heroic Five-O force as they solve crimes, unmask villains and 'Boom 'em' every time in 24 classic episodes featuring appearances by guest stars including Martin Sheen, Hume Cronyn and Vera Miles."

"Hawaii Five-O" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Keep your "Hawaii Five-O" collection going with this third season DVD!

Available Tuesday, January 22




The Rockford Files: Season Five
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
James Garner as Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. as Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford #2
Joe Santos as Police Det. Dennis Becker

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Mono Sound
Running Time: 18 Hours 21 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"James Garner returns in his Primetime Emmy®-winning role as detective Jim Rockford, an ex-con whose instinct for solving cases is as cool as his Pontiac Firebird. From his mobile home in Malibu, this wisecracking private eye takes on the cases of the lost and the dispossessed."

"The Rockford Files" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Check out James Garner at his coolest!

Available Tuesday, January 22




The Simple Life Goes to Camp
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Paris Hilton
Nicole Richie

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French and Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 218 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"The wildlife at Camp Shawnee just got a whole lot wilder, because the new counselors are America's hottest celebutantes, Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie! With their notorious feud officially behind them, the torrid twosome is back together and life in the great outdoors will never be the same. Join these babes in the woods as they put their own unique spin on health and fitness at a wellness camp, spice things up at a couple's therapy session and orchestrate the eagerly awaited world premiere of Paris and Nicole: the Musical! Need we say more? 'Roughing' it has never been so glamorous!"

"The Simple Life Goes to Camp" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Haven't seen enough of Paris Hilton? Here ya go!

Available Tuesday, January 22




The Odd Couple: The Third Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Tony Randall as Felix Unger
Jack Klugman as Oscar Trevor Madison

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Mono Sound
Running Time: 9 Hours 56 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Neil Simon's 'The Odd Couple' makes a glorious return to DVD, with all 23 Season Three episodes remastered onto four discs. This season, television is a recurring theme, as sportswriter Oscar Madison (Jack Klugman) hosts his own television show, fussy Felix Unger (Tony Randall) directs his first television commercial, and the roommates appear on two game shows.

Also this season, Felix and Oscar get arrested and stand trial, and even give their famous Manhattan apartment a makeover. Returning are Oscar's loyal secretary Myrna, his sharp-tongued ex-wife Blanche, and Felix's ex-wife Gloria, while Murray the cop temporarily becomes their new roommate. The Odd Couple is back, staking its claim as one of the funniest shows on television!"

"The Odd Couple" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Despite Paris and Nicole, this is the real odd couple.

Available Tuesday, January 22




The Marva Collins Story
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Cicely Tyson as Marva Collins
Morgan Freeman as Clarence Collins
Roderick Wimberly as Martin Luther Jones
Mashaune Hardy as Cindy Collins
Brett Bouldin as Patrick Collins
Samuel Muhammad Jr. as Eric Collins
Dianne Kirksey as Cynthia Rawls
Steven Williams as McCloud
Frankie Hill as Ida Banbower
Charlie Brown as Boland
Marsha Warfield as Lela Boland
Ce Ce Thompson as Louise Jones
Jimmie F. Skaggs as Chester Boland
Mike Genovese as Mardesich
Kelly Crosby as Tina Boland

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Mono Sound
Running Time: 102 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Remember your favorite teacher? The one who believed in you and made you believe in yourself? So does every student who ever walked into Marva Collins classroom.

In an NAACP Image Award-winning performance, Cicely Tyson stars as Marva in this inspiring true story of a woman who made a difference in Chicago's blighted inner city. Morgan Freeman co-stars as Clarence Collins, who provides devoted support for his wife's dream: her own school, where high expectations create high achievers. To make that dream come true, Marva must fight a hostile bureaucracy, skeptical parents and – especially – children who had already given up on themselves."

"The Marva Collins Story" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Here's a great film for Morgan Freeman fans to check out.

Available Tuesday, January 15




Murder in Mississippi
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Tom Hulce as Mickey Schwerner
Jennifer Grey as Rita Schwerner
Blair Underwood as James Chaney
CCH Pounder as Fannie Lee Chaney
Andre Braugher as Dennis
John Dennis Johnston as Hatchet-faced man
Donzaleigh Abernathy as Sue
Royce D. Applegate as Deputy Winter
Harry Caesar as Hollis Watkins
Josh Charles as Andrew Goodman

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 97 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"How long is the Mississippi River? How many counties does it run through? How many bubbles in a bar of soap? Don't know that answers? Sorry, you can't vote in 1964 Mississippi. Especially if you're African American.

From executive Producer David L Wolper (Roots) comes a powerful tale of one of the touchstone events of the Civil Rights era: the murder of three voting rights activists. The story focuses on two of the young men: James Chaney (Blair Underwood) and Mickey Schwermer (Tom Hulce), who learn to put aside their differences to make a difference. Bigotry and injustice are the targets of their activism. But the men in turn become targets of those who would rather kill than change. History must not forget 'Murder in Mississippi.'"

"Murder in Mississippi" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Here's a TV film you might have missed. Worth checking out!

Available Tuesday, January 15




Alex Haley's Queen
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Halle Berry as Queen
Dan Biggers as George
Leo Burmester as Henderson
Patricia Clarkson as Lizzie
Frances Conroy as Mrs. Benson
Tim Daly as Col. James Jackson Jr.
Ossie Davis as Parson Dick
Michael Edwards as Judge
Victor Garber as Digby
Danny Glover as Alec Haley
George Grizzard as Mr. Cherry
Tim Guinee as Wesley
Jasmine Guy as Easter
Linda Hart as Mrs. Henderson
Dennis Haysbert as Davis
Tommy Hollis as Fred
Jane Krakowski as Jane
Martin Sheen as James Jackson Sr.
Paul Winfield as Cap'n Jack

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 283 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"The Roots Saga Continues

There are two sides to every story, the saying goes. For Alex Haley, one side was Roots, the towering chronicle tracing seven generations of his mother's family. The other side comes to the screen in 'Alex Haley's Queen,' the remarkable history of the paternal side of the author's family.

Oscar and Emmy winner Halle Berry plays Queen, daughter of a slave (Jasmine Guy) and a plantation owner (Tim Daly). During the years of the antebellum South, the Civil War, Reconstruction and beyond, she searches for a home in the two cultures of her heritage - and at times is shunned by both. But rejection and hate are no match for her unconquerable will. Ann-Margret, Danny Glover and Ossie Davis also star in this poignant, uplifting final chapter of the Haley legacy."

"Alex Haley's Queen" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Fans of Halle Berry will want to check her out in this early role.

Available Tuesday, January 15




The All New Superfriends Hour: Season One, Volume One
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
William Woodson as Narrator
Norman Alden as Aquaman
Michael Bell as Wonder Twin Zan
Danny Dark as Superman
Shannon Farnon as Wonder Woman
Casey Kasem as Robin
Olan Soule as Batman
Louise Williams as Wonder Twin Jayna

Special Features:
One-Dimensional Goodness: The Super Friends And The Good Old Days: Retrospective Featurette
Origins Of The Guest Stars: Spotlight on Hawkman, Hawkgirl, The Atom and Green Lantern

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Mono Sound
Running Time: 323 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"The DC Comic book legends Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman and Aquaman return to fight for justice and protect the good people of planet Earth. Besides fighting evil, our super heroes rescue citizens who find themselves in harm's way, providing some lessons for all of us. This incarnation of the Super Friends also includes the shape shifting Wonder Twins, Zan and Jayna, and their space monkey, Gleek. The Super Friends feature guest stars Black Vulcan, Apache Chief, Hawkman and Hawkgirl and new villains such as the Hydronoids and Dr. Cranum."

"The All New Superfriends Hour" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Talk about classic Saturday Morning fare – 'Superfriends" is a great addition to your collection!

Available Tuesday, January 15

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