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DVD Roundup: 3.4.08

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
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Magnum P.I.: The Complete Eighth Season
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Tom Selleck as Thomas Sullivan Magnum, IV
John Hillerman as Jonathan Quayle Higgins III
Roger E. Mosley as Theodore 'TC' Calvin
Larry Manetti as Orville 'Rick' Wright

Special Features:
Episode Commentaries
Bonus Episode – The Rockford Files Season 5: "White on White and Nearly Perfect"

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Sound
Running Time: 10 Hours 3 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Left for dead at the end of Season Seven, Magnum's back in the eighth and final season of Magnum P.I., the unforgettable Primetime Emmy® Award- and Golden Globe®-winning series nominated for an incredible 30 awards during its impressive eight-year run. For thrilling adventures, rejoin Tom Selleck as the stylish private investigator Thomas Magnum, along with Higgins, T.C., Rick and some of television's hottest guest stars, including Amy Yasbeck ('Wings'), Carol Burnett ('The Carol Burnett Show') and Joe Regalbuto ('Murphy Brown'). This must-own 3-disc collector's set includes every Season Eight episode, as well as a bonus episode of The Rockford Files featuring Tom Selleck in a performance that led to his most iconic role. Take home Magnum P.I.: The Complete Eighth Season and say goodbye as the red Ferrari drives off into the sunset forever!"

"Magnum P.I." is not rated.

CS Comment:
The Man. The Myth. The Moustache. Your "Magnum P.I." DVD collection continues.

Available Tuesday, March 4




Human Giant: Season One
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Aziz Ansari as Aziz
Rob Huebel as Rob
Paul Scheer as Paul
Rob Riggle as Barry
Matt Walsh as Sugar Plums Agent
Paul Iacono as Billy Boy
Alison Becker as Emergency Dating Service Girl
H. Jon Benjamin as Bruce Willis
Jon Glaser as Devil
Ghostface Killah as Himself
Rob Lathan as Movie Producer
Susan Lay as Girl at Party
Patton Oswalt as Frat Boy
Brian Posehn as Poeshn
Mary Lynn Rajskub as Mindy
Jonah Ray as Weenie King Manager
Bobb'e J. Thompson as Bobb'e J

Special Features:
Best Of Human Giant 24 Hour Marathon With Guest Including Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Bob Odenkirk and more. Plus Musical Performances From The National, Mastodon and Ted Leo
Over 90 Minutes Of Deleted Scenes & Improv
Unaired Shutterbugs and Illusionators Sketches
Commentary Featuring The Cast, Director Jason Woliner, Executive Producer Tom Gianas and Featuring Special Guests Bill Hader, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Patton Oswalt and many more
Early Live Footage
Sneak Previews of New Sketches From Human Giant: Season Two

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Running Time: 160 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Human Giant is a sketch comedy show starring Aziz Ansari, Rob Huebel & Paul Scheer. This 2 disc DVD set contains all eight episodes from their first season, completely uncensored."

"Human Giant" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Any show that has Patton Oswalt playing the "Frat Boy" has to be worth checking out.

Available Tuesday, March 4





Ben 10: The Complete Season 3
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Tara Strong as Ben Tennyson
Meagan Smith as Gwen Tennyson
Paul Eiding as Grandpa Max
Dee Bradley Baker as Stinkfly
Jim Ward as XLR8
Steven Jay Blum as Heat Blast
Richard McGonagle as Four Arms
Fred Tatasciore as Cannon Bolt

Special Features:
Deleted Scenes
Special Promos
Alien Character Gallery

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
French and Spanish Language
French and Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 299 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"For a ten year old kid, Ben Tennyson sure sees his share of action and adventure. And in Season 3 things get even wilder and weirder as Ben, Gwen and Max travel across the country and through time, to save the universe and each other from one evil menace after another. Ben's cast of alien heroes also continues to grow as he uses the Omnitrix to unlock Upchuck and Ben Wolf and all their amazing powers."

"Ben 10" is not rated.

CS Comment:
My kids love watching "Ben 10" and it's a fun, action packed show with a great concept. Check it out!

Available Tuesday, March 4




Saturday Night Live: The Best of '06/'07
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Jason Sudeikis
Kristen Wiig
Darrell Hammond
Amy Poehler
Maya Rudolph
Andy Samberg
Justin Timberlake

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Running Time: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"After more than three decades, 'Saturday Night Live' continues to find and cultivate new talent to remain the pinnacle in late-night sketch comedy. One of the longest-running network shows in television history, SNL's impact on pop-culture and political humor is just as relevant today as when it premiered on October 11, 1975.

Enjoy some of the best sketches from the 2006 - 07 season including 'A-Holes' Jason Sudeikis and Kristen Wiig, Darrell Hammond's impression of Donald Trump, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph in 'Bronx Beat' and SNL Digital Short 'D**k in a Box' featuring Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake.

The 2006 - 07 season also included some hilarious performances from hosts Alec Baldwin, Dane Cook, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Laurie, Matthew Fox, Ludacris, former cast member Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning in a very special public service announcement. Check out the additional Special Features available exclusively on this DVD such as Audio Commentary from the SNL cast and writers, two Never-Before Seen Sketches that were cut after dress rehearsal, as well as the Funnies Outtakes from "Weekend Update" with co-anchors Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler."

"Saturday Night Live" is not rated.

CS Comment:
I haven't watched "Saturday Night Live" in years, so this "Best of" DVD is a great way to catch up.

Available Tuesday, March 4




Saturday Night Live: SNL in the '80s: Lost and Found
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Billy Crystal
Martin Short
Gilbert Gottfried
Jim Belushi
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Al Franken
Kevin Nealon
Nora Dunn
Jon Lovitz
Dana Carvey
Robert Smigel
Conan O'Brien

Special Features:
Bonus Featurette

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Sound
Running Time: 1 Hour 27 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Following the departure of the show's original cast and creator after five seasons, SNL in the '80s is a look back at a decade of turbulent, often uncertain times that included the hiring and firing of several casts, numerous writers, producers and ultimately the revitalization of the show with the return of executive producer Lorne Michaels. Documentary filmmaker Kenneth Bowser juxtaposes '80s musical acts from the show to illustrate the mood of the times with interviews and stories from SNL alumni Billy Crystal, Martin Short, Gilbert Gottfried, Jim Belushi, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Al Franken, Kevin Nealon, Nora Dunn, Jon Lovitz, Dana Carvey, Robert Smigel, and Conan O'Brien to give you a first-hand look at the highs and lows that occurred behind the scenes. SNL in the '80s also features rare performances by artists James Brown, Queen, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Bonnie Raitt, Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello, Harry Connick, Jr., Don Henley and The Kinks as well as interviews and footage that have never been seen before!"

"Saturday Night Live" is not rated.

CS Comment:
This is certainly an interesting behind-the-scenes look at SNL from the '80s.

Available Tuesday, March 4




Mrs. Doubtfire (Behind-the-Seams Edition)
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Robin Williams as Daniel Hillard / Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire
Sally Field as Miranda Hillard
Pierce Brosnan as Stuart 'Stu' Dunmeyer
Harvey Fierstein as Uncle Frank Hillard
Polly Holliday as Gloria Chaney
Lisa Jakub as Lydia 'Lydie' Hillard
Matthew Lawrence as Christopher 'Chris' Hillard
Mara Wilson as Natalie 'Nattie' Hillard
Robert Prosky as Jonathan Lundy
Anne Haney as Mrs. Sellner - the Social Worker
Scott Capurro as Aunt Jack Hillard
Sydney Walker as Bus Driver
Martin Mull as Justin Gregory

Special Features:
Cutting Room: Deleted, Extended and Alternate Scenes
Production Office: From Man to Mrs. - The Evolution of Mrs. Doubtfire Featurette
Aging Gracefully - A look Back At Mrs. Doubtfire Featurette
Behind The Scenes Photo Gallery
Animation Studio: A Conversation with Legendary Animator Chuck Jones
Original Pencil Test
Final Animation Sequence
Make Up Department: Makeup Application, Photo Gallery and Tests
Stage A: The Improvisation of Mrs. Doubtfire
Publicity Department: Original 1993 Featurette, Theatrical Trailer, Publicity Stills and more!

Other Info:
Widescreen (2.35:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish and French Languages
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 125 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Mrs. Doubtfire is in the house! We've pulled off the wig and let out the seams to bring you even more fun in this Special Edition DVD of the hilarious and heartwarming blockbuster. With over two hours of special features, including never before seen improvisational clips, making of featurettes, deleted scenes and a retrospective featurette, you'll be in on all the on set hijinks!

Struggling actor Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) can't keep a job. And if it were up to his fed up wife (Sally Field), he wouldn't be allowed to keep his family, either! So when a judge says Daniel can only visit his kids once a week, the inventive dad becomes Mrs. Doubtfire - the perfect nanny to his own children!"

"Mrs. Doubtfire" is rated PG-13 for some sexual references.

CS Comment:
I'm not sure why "Mrs. Doubtfire" needs a new DVD edition, but here it is for your collection!

Available Tuesday, March 4




My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Friendly Tails
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Rating: TV-G

Starring:
Dee Bradley Baker as Buster
Kimberlea Berg as Darby
Jim Cummings as Tigger / Pooh
Chloe Moretz as Darby
Ken Sansom as Rabbit
Travis Oates as Piglet
Max Burkholder as Roo
Oliver Dillon as Lumpy
Peter Cullen as Eeyore
Tara Strong as Porcupine
Kath Soucie as Kanga
Mark Hamill as Turtle
Struan Erlenborn as Christopher Robin

Special Features:
Never-Before-Seen Episode
"Darby's Super Sleuth Challenge" -- Pass Three Fun-Filled Tests To Prove You've Got The Skills To Be A Super Sleuth Like Darby!

Other Info:
Widescreen (2.35:1)
Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Sound
Spanish and French Languages
Running Time: 72 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Hooray! It s a hunny-ful day; so put on your cap, hop on your scooter and join Pooh, Tigger, Darby and the whole gang as they laugh, play and discover fun new mysteries in the heart of the Hundred Acre Wood! Any time there s a problem to solve or a riddle to unravel, the Super Sleuths are on it. Whether they re hunting for pirate treasure, hot on the trail of a missing puppy dog or curing a tigger-ific case of the hiccups, when they team up with YOU in search of adventure, just about anything is possible! Bursting with endless fun, delightful music and wonderful surprises, 'My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Friendly Tails' celebrates the magic of friendship and the happiness that comes from helping others."

"My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Friendly Tails" is rated TV-G.

CS Comment:
Got kids that love Pooh and Tigger? Here's 72 minutes of peace and quiet for you!

Available Tuesday, March 4




Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Hans Conried as Narrator / Horton / Dr. Hoovey (voice)
Chuck Jones as Additional Voices (voice)
June Foray as Cindy Lou Who / Jane Kangaroo (voice)

Special Features:
3 More Delighful Dr. Seuss Animated Stories: Dr. Seuss' Butter Battle Book, Daisy-Head Mayzie and Horton Hatches the Egg!
Documentary In Search of Dr. Seuss
Singalong Music Video "You Can Hear Horton, Horton Can Hear You!"

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Sound
Spanish and French Languages
Running Time: 26 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"The Original TV Classic

Newly Remastered and Ever Delightful: The Award-Winning Animated Fable from Dr. Seuss and Chuck Jones.

Dr. Seuss' classic of a jungle elephant named Horton teaches us what it means to be a true friend. Hearing a faint cry for help from a floating speck of dust, Horton finds a tiny planet of Whos living there. Though he can't see them, he hears them for sure - and puts his safety on the line for the microscopic inhabitants. Thanks to Dr. Who-Vee and Horton, Whoville is saved and a lasting friendship is created. Dr. Seuss and animation giant Chuck Jones reteamed after How the Grinch Stole Christmas on this enchanting Peabody Award winner with a message bridging generations: A person is a person, no matter how small. Through its characters, charming songs and tongue-twisting verses, Horton looms large as a family-viewing treasure."

"Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who" is not rated.

CS Comment:
Just in time for the new CGI movie, "Horton Hears a Who" makes a reappearance on DVD.

Available Tuesday, March 4




Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief
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Rating: PG

Starring:
Peter Coyote as The President
Greg Ellis as Bruce the Wallaby (voice)
Kyla Pratt as Maya Dolittle
Niall Matter as Cole Fletcher
Christine Chatelain as Selma
Malcolm Stewart as Harold Dorion
Kwesi Ameyaw as Prince Tharoor
Elise Gatien as Courtney
Keith Dallas as Director
Jason Bryden as Rick Beverly
Stephanie Belding as Doris Park-Weaver
Adam Thomas as Frat Guy
Kirsten Kilburn as Co-Ed

Special Features:
"Critter Casting Sessions" featurette
"Working With Actors Of A Different Breed" featurette
"Goin' Wild at Mountain View" featurette
"Learning About Endangered Animals" featurette

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Maya Dolittle (Kyla Pratt) is back in a heartwarming adventure of presidential proportions! Maya's dream of going to vet school is put on hold when she gets a call from the President of the United States. It seems the First Dog is out of control and the President needs her help. It's up to Maya and her own dog, Lucky, to stop a canine catastrophe from becoming a national crisis!"

"Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief" is rated PG for brief mild language and some rude behavior.

CS Comment:
If the movie is half as bad as the trailer, this looks like 90 minutes of pure torture!

Available Tuesday, March 4

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