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DVD Roundup: 1.29.08

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
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Emergency!: Season Four
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Kevin Tighe as Firefighter Roy DeSot
Randolph Mantooth as Firefighter John Gage
Tim Donnelly as Firefighter Chester 'Chet' Kelly
Marco López as Marco Lopez
Mike Stoker as Engineer Mike Stoker
Michael Norell as Captain Hank Stanley
Harold 'Hal' Frizzell as Ambulance Attendant
Angelo De Meo as Ambulance Attendant
Scott Gourlay as Police Officer
Vince Howard as Police Officer Vince, LASD
Robert Fuller as Dr. Kelly Brackett
George Orrison as Ambulance Attendant
William Bryant as Captain
Art Balinger as Battalion Chief
Henry as Henry - Station Mascot

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono Sound
Running Time: 18 Hours 5 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Rush to the scene of danger with all 22 episodes of 'Emergency! Season Four' in a collectible five-disc set. This gripping series follows paramedics Roy DeSoto (Kevin Tighe) and John Gage (Randolph Mantooth), Nurse Dixie McCall (Golden Globe® nominee Julie London) and the heroic staff of Rampart General Hospital as they make life-and-death decisions and respond to LA's most dire emergency calls. The TV show that broke new ground for all action series to come is more enthralling than ever on DVD!"

"Emergency!: Season Four" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Check out the predecessor to "ER"!

Available Tuesday, January 29




JAG: Judge Advocate General – The Fifth Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
David James Elliott as Cmdr. Harmon 'Harm' Rabb, Jr.
Catherine Bell as Lt. Col. Sarah 'Mac' MacKenzie
Patrick Labyorteaux as Lt. Cmdr. Bud Roberts, Jr.
John M. Jackson as Adm. Albert Jethro 'A.J.' Chegwidden
Chuck Carrington as P.O. Jason Tiner

Special Features:
Gag Reel

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 18 Hours 26 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"In this explosive hour-long dramatic adventure series, David James Elliott stars as Lieutenant Commander 'Harm' Rabb, Jr., a brave, outstanding Navy Lawyer and officer in the Judge Advocate General (J.A.G.) Corps. His missions are to investigate and prosecute all crimes, accidents, acts of terrorism and espionage related to the Navy and Marine Corps. Season 5 comes complete with 25 action packed episodes, and Guest Stars: John Schneider, Montel Williams, Trisha Yearwood and Sean Murray."

"JAG" is not rated.

CS Comment:
"JAG" was on TV more than 5 years? Who knew?

Available Tuesday, January 29




Hannah Montana: One in a Million
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Rating: TV-G

Starring:
Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana
Emily Osment as Lilly Truscott
Jason Earles as Jackson Stewart
Billy Ray Cyrus as Robbie Stewart
Mitchel Musso as Oliver Oken
Moises Arias as Rico

Special Features:
Come Feud With Me: The Top 10 Disney Channel Character Feuds
"One in a Million" Music Video
"True Friend" Music Video
"That's So Raven" Episode -- Featuring Adrienne Bailon From The Cheetah Girls

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 92 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"As the world's favorite pop princess, Hannah Montana (aka sweet Southern gal Miley Stewart) has amazing one-in-a-million experiences that happen in the blink of an eye – and they all come with drama. Four hilarious episodes from the smash-hit Disney Channel Original Series are packed into Hannah Montana: One In A Million – including a special episode starring the Jonas Brothers! Plus, go behind-the-scenes for exclusive bonus features, like reliving famous feuding moments with your favorite Disney Channel characters. Meeting the totally cute Jonas Brothers is awesome – till Hannah learns they'd rather hang out with Robbie Ray. Miley's dad goes on a date with Lilly's mom-but will sisterhood ruin the BFFs' friendship? Jake comes back to town – and gets friendly with Mikayla, Hannah's arch rival. And the Stewart family gets down 'n' dirty over an old feud (hint: Elvis was in the house). Sweet nibblets! Can't they all just get along? Join Hannah and her wonderfully funny family and friends for laughs, (mis)adventures and totally rockin' music."

"Hannah Montana: One in a Million" is rated TV-G.

CS Comment:
My daughter is nuts for "Hannah Montana." Maybe this is a substation for not getting concert tickets.

Available Tuesday, January 29




Twitches Too
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Rating: TV-PG

Starring:
Tamera Mowry as Camryn Barnes
Tia Mowry as Alex Fielding
Patrick Fabian as Thantos
Leslie Seiler as Ileana
Karen Holness as Emily Barnes
Arnold Pinnock as David Barnes
David Ndaba as Felix
Kevin Jubinville as Aron
Chico the Donkey as Mrs. Karsh
Jayne Eastwood as Mrs. Norseng
Chris Gallinger as Demitri
Pat Kelly as Karsh
Jackie Rosenbaum as Beth Fish
Nathan Stephenson as Marcus Warburton
Kristen Wilson as Miranda

Special Features:
Exclusive Alternate Scene
Twitched: A Look Behind The Magic -- Including Bloopers and Outtakes

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 83 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Exciting secrets are lurking in the shadows of 'Twitches Too,' the Double Charmed Edition DVD. Join stars Tia and Tamera Mowry as they take you behind the scenes for a revealing look at the special effects tricks used in the movie -- and the funny tricks played on the cast and crew -- as well as a mystical alternate scene. Now that "twin witches" Alex (Tia) and Camryn (Tamera) know the truth about their royal birth, it's time for the girls to learn about each other and how to use their magical powers -- with hilarious results! While Alex wants to focus on college and having a semi-normal life, Camryn is all about the 'princessing' -- glamour, gowns and tiaras. But their dreams must be set aside when destiny calls again. There's a new supernatural evil threatening the people of Coventry, and it's up to the twitches to save them. Twice the magic, twice the fun! You'll be doubly charmed by 'Twitches Too'!"

"Twitches Too" is rated TV-PG.

CS Comment:
More Disney witches and teen starlets. Gotta love it.

Available Tuesday, January 29




Pioneers of Television – Late Night, Sitcoms, Game Shows, Variety
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Jay Leno
Andy Griffih
Dick Van Dyke
Mary Tyler Moore
Phyllis Diller
Arsenio Hall
Ed McMahon
Bob Barker
Betty White
Hugh Downs
Dick Cavett
Marlo Thomas
Tony Orlando
Art Linkletter
Monty Hall
Doc Severinsen
Barbara Eden
Milton Berle
Joyce Randolph
Tim Conway
Sigourney Weaver
Pat Boone
Andy Williams
Rose Marie
Florence Hederson
Jerry Stiller

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Stereo Sound
Running Time: 220 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Nearly 100 stars from television's formative years bring their stories to PBS in these two revealing documentary series. Featuring sitcoms, late-night, variety, game shows, and primetime -- the films meld compelling new HD interviews with archival clips to offer a fresh take on television's first celebrities, with fascinating stories, never-before-seen images and timeless clips that still entertain decades later."

"Pioneers of Television" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Now you can own the PBS documentary!

Available Tuesday, January 29




Raising Flagg
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Rating: PG-13

Starring:
Alan Arkin as Flagg Purdy
Lauren Holly as Rachel Purdy
Glenne Headly as Anne Marie Purdy
Barbara Dana as Ada Purdy
Austin Pendleton as Gus Falk
Matthew Arkin as Eldon Purdy
Robert Blanche as Matt Durwood
Lyssa Browne as Tammy Purdy
George Fosgate as Foster Cooper
Jordan Fry as Porter Purdy
Ernie Garrett as Nieghbor
Jan Hoag as Judge Walters
Clifton James as Ed McIvor
Richard Kind as Bill Reed
Sherilyn Lawson as Radio Guest (voice)
Stephanie Lemelin as Jenny Purdy
Dawn Maxey as Linette Purdy
Daniel Quinn as Travis Purdy
Paul Rawson as Mannie

Special Features:
Director's Commentary
Trailer

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Stereo Sound
Running Time: 102 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Raising Flagg is a zany dramatic comedy about a small-town handyman, Flagg Purdy (Arkin). Lovable but stubborn to the core, Flagg is easily overwhelmed by life's little annoyances. Only his wife Ada is able to look past his crusty personality to the tender and vulnerable side of the father of their six children. Unfortunately, few of their eclectic clan share her feelings.

When Flagg and his neighbor Gus Falk (Austin Pendleton) get into the latest of their frequent arguments, the situation escalates and causes a crisis of identity for Flagg, who takes to bed and refuses to leave it, insisting he's about to meet his maker. As the family reluctantly gathers at the family farmhouse, long-simmering resentments, sibling conflicts, and Flagg's worries about how he'll be remembered, all ultimately result in bringing the family closer together."

"Raising Flagg" is rated PG-13 for brief drug content.

CS Comment:
Fans of Alan Arkin will want to check this one out.

Available Tuesday, January 15

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