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DVD Roundup: 3.11.08

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
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South Park: Imaginationland Uncensored Director's Cut
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Trey Parker as Eric Cartman
Matt Stone as Kyle Broflovski
Mona Marshall as Sheila Broflovski

Special Features:
Bonus Episodes
Commentary by Matt and Trey
Storyboards

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Running Time: 65 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"The doors of a whole new dimension are thrown open and the boys of South Park walk right in. It all begins with Cartman's quest to find a leprechaun and in turn, win a bet with Kyle that would force him to suck Cartman's balls. The kids have just arrived in Imaginationland, a wondrous, magical place, when terrorist's attack, unleashing all of mankind's evil imaginary forces upon the world. With imaginations running wild, the government steps in and prepares to nuke Imaginationland thus eliminating further attacks on the country's most vulnerable spot. A crisis faces the nation and Stan and Butters remained trapped in Imaginationland. Kyle pleads with the Pentagon for his friends' lives and Cartman goes all the way to the Supreme Court to get justice for his dry balls."

"South Park: Imaginationland" is not rated.

CS Comment:
The back cover of this one is pretty cool. It features Stormtroopers, Aliens, Predators, Cylons, Jason, Frankenstein, War of the Worlds tripods, and more! A geek's dream!

Available Tuesday, March 11




Lil' Bush: Resident of the United States - Season One - Uncensored
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Mara Cary as Barbara Bush (voice)
Dave B. Mitchell as George Sr. / Jeb Bush / Announcer / Newscaster #2 / Army Recruiter / Halliburton Exec / Lamey / Reporter #2 / Lil' Mark Foley (voice)
Chris Parson as Lil' George / Newscaster #1 / Reporter #1 / Lil' Bill Clinton / Doctor (voice)
Iggy Pop as Lil' Rummy (voice)
Ann Villella as Lil' Condi / Lil' Hillary Clinton (voice)

Special Features:
Special Audio Commentary by Jerry Springer, Ralph Nader, and Tucker Carlson
Never-Before-Seen Bonus Episode: "Walter Reed"
Lil' George's White House Tour
Behind the Scenes: Interviews with the Cast & Creators and Table Read

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Stereo Sound
Running Time: 132 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Comedy Central's hit show 'Lil' Bush: Resident of the United States,' created by Donick Cary ('The Simpsons'), details the antics of Lil' George and his Lil' White House posse, including Lil' Condi, Lil' Rummy and that unintelligible, foulmouthed Lil' Cheney as they tackle all the major playground issues of the day, from illegal immigration to evolution to nuclear war. Featuring cameos from the likes of Iggy Pop, Jeff Tweedy, Frank Black, Anthony Keidis, Flea and Dave Grohl, watch as Lil' George leads his dream team cabinet to elementary school political glory."

"Lil' Bush: Resident of the United States" is not rated

CS Comment:
I'm not a big fan of political humor, but anti-Bush enthusiasts will probably get a kick out of this series.

Available Tuesday, March 11




Tom and Jerry Tales Volume 4
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Don Brown as Tom (voice)
Sam Vincent as Jerry (voice)
Michael Donovan as Spike (voice)

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
French Language
Running Time: 88 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"Everyone's favorite cat and mouse are back with 12 cartoon shorts from the popular Kids WB TV series. Vol. 4 finds Tom chasing Jerry through a variety of locations from a Sultan's palace to the jungles of Africa. The duo even get super powers in three of the shorts taking their classic chase to new heights!"

"Tom and Jerry Tales" is not rated.

CS Comment:
It's not quite the Tom and Jerry I remember as a kid, but my kids certainly enjoy it!

Available Tuesday, March 11




The Easter Bunny is Comin' to Town Deluxe Edition
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Fred Astaire as S.D. Kluger (narrator) (voice)
Skip Hinnant as Sunny the Easter Bunny (voice)
Bob McFadden as Chugs (voice)
Ron Marshall as Hallelujah Jones (voice)
Meg Sargent as Lilly Longtooth (voice)
James Spies as King Bruce (voice)

Special Features:
The Magic Of Stop Motion - A Gallery Of Shorts
3 Family Friendly Selections:
Breakfast Of Magicians
Floating Through Daydream Garden
The Easter Express

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Mono Sound
Running Time: 50 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"You can only find kids in kidsville. They make their own rules and run their own town. Every spring, all the kids - including Sunny The Bunny- come together to make Easter goodies. Now its Sunny's job to take all the yummy jellybeans and painted eggs to town, a dreary old village where no kids are allowed!

'The Easter Bunny is Coming to Town 'is a cheery, tuneful production combining stop motion magic and the vocal talents of another magical treasure, Fred Astaire. Watch Sunny and friends win over Town's meanies by teaching them fun Easter traditions. Share this Digitally Remastered Edition - with all new Bonus Features - as part of your family's Easter tradition."

"The Easter Bunny is Comin' to Town Deluxe Edition" is not rated.

CS Comment:
This is a great chance for kids to discover this animated holiday classic for the first time. And it comes with a fuzzy bunny cover! You can't go wrong!

Available Tuesday, March 11




Bachelor Party 2 The Last Temptation: Unrated
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Josh Cooke as Ron
Greg Pitts as Jason
Harland Williams as Derek
Warren Christie as Todd
Sara Foster as Melinda
Danny Jacobs as Seth
Max Landwirth as Tommy
Emmanuelle Vaugie as Eva
Karen Gordon as Autumn
Steven Crowley as Billy
Audrey Landers as Bettina
Mauricio Sanchez as Plumber
Chay Santini as Betty
Major Mike Russell as Father
Sandra Seeling as Gerda

Special Features:
Analysis of a Stripper Fight featurette
The Party Never Stops: The making of Bachelor Party 2 featurette
Gag reel & gags
Deleted scenes
Audio commentary by director/co-writer James Ryan and actors Warren Christie, Greg Pitts, Harland Williams, Danny Jacobs and Josh Cooke

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 104 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"A new generation of bachelors turns up the heat at the most outrageous stag party ever in this laugh-out-loud follow-up of the original hit! Featuring a cast of Hollywood's hottest new talents including Harland Williams ('Sorority Boys'), Emmanuelle Vaugier ('Saw IV') and Greg Pitts ('Office Space'), 'Bachelor Party 2' is one celebration you don't want to miss!."

"Bachelor Party 2 - The Last Temptation" is not rated. The regular version is rated R for crude sexual humor/content, nudity and language.

CS Comment:
Did we really need a sequel to "Bachelor Party"?

Available Tuesday, March 11




August Rush
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Rating: PG

Starring:
Freddie Highmore as Evan Taylor - 'August Rush'
Keri Russell as Lyla Novacek
Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Louis Connelly
Terrence Howard as Richard Jeffries
Robin Williams as Maxwell 'Wizard' Wallace
William Sadler as Thomas Novacek
Marian Seldes as The Dean
Leon G. Thomas as Arthur
Mykelti Williamson as Reverend James
Aaron Staton as Nick
Alex O'Loughlin as Marshall
Jamia Simone Nash as Hope
Ronald Guttman as Professor
Bonnie McKee as Lizzy
Michael Drayer as Mannix

Special Features:
Additional Scenes

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish and French Languages
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 113 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD description:

"There's music in the wind and sky. Can you hear it? And there's hope. Can you feel it? The boy called August Rush can. The music mysteriously draws him, penniless and alone, to New York City in a quest to find - somehow, someway - the parents separated from him years earlier. And along the way he may also find the musical genius hidden within him. Experience the magic of this rhapsodic epic of the heart starring Freddie Highmore (as August), Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Terrence Howard and Robin Williams. "I believe in music the way some people believe in fairy tales," August says. Open your heart and listen. You'll believe, too."

"August Rush" is rated PG for some thematic elements, mild violence and language.

CS Comment:
From CS reviewer Josh Starnes: "Essentially an extended music video, and with about as much narrative weight, 'August Rush' is empty, flat, and pointless. Avoid."

Available Tuesday, March 11

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