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Happy Days: The Complete First Season (1974) – DVD Review

Happy Days: The Complete First Season DVD

Film:
DVD:

Created by Garry Marshall
Starring Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Tom Bosley, Marion Ross, Erin Moran, Anson Williams, Don Most, Gavan O’Herlihy, and Randolph Roberts

Features:

  • All sixteen first season episodes

Released by: Paramount Home Video
Rating: NR (suitable for all ages)
Region: 1
Anamorphic: N/A; episodes appear in their original 1.33:1 format.

My Advice: Rent it, but be ready to buy the special edition. Let’s just hope there is one.

Richie Cunningham (Howard) is just trying to survive high school. Luckily, he’s got a great (albeit very nuclear) family in Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham (Bosley and Ross, respectively), sister Jonie (Moran) and older brother Chuck (O’Herlihy and later replaced by Roberts). He’s also got some great friends in Potsie (Williams) and Ralph (Most). Perhaps most importantly, he’s got a guru/mentor/sexual therapist/social motivator in high-school dropout Fonzie (Winkler). Every week, Richie is faced with a new high school challenge to overcome; typically it deals with girls–how to get them and what to do with them once you do get them.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:44:00+00:00 June 28th, 2006|Reviews|0 Comments

The Cars That Ate Paris (1976) – DVD Review

Cars That Ate Paris DVD

Film:
DVD:

Written and Directed by Peter Weir, based on a story by Weir, Keith Gow and Piers Davies
Starring John Meillion, Terry Camilleri, Kevin Miles, Rick Scully, Max Gillies

Features:

  • Interviews with director Weir
  • Bonus Feature Film: The Plumber

Released by: Home Vision Entertainment
Rating: NR (some violence)
Region: 1
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Rent it just to prove to yourself it was actually made…

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By | 2017-09-24T23:44:02+00:00 June 25th, 2006|Reviews|0 Comments

CSI: NY: The Complete First Season (2004) – DVD Review

CSI NY: New York: Season 1 DVD

Film:
DVD:

Series Created by Anthony E. Zuiker, Ann Donahue, and Carol Mendelsohn
Starring Gary Sinise, Melina Kanakaredes, Carmine Giovinazzo, Anna Belknap, Vanessa Ferlito, Hill Harper, and Eddie Cahill

Features:

  • All twenty-four first season episodes
  • “The Cast Examines the Characters” featurette
  • “The Science Behind the Scenes” featurette
  • Set tour
  • “The World’s Largest Crime Scene” featurette
  • “The Zoo Year” animal featurette
  • Running audio commentaries on seven episodes, featuring creators Donahue & Zuiker, writer Timothy J. Lea, Zachary Reiter & Pam Veasey

Released by: Paramount Home Video
Rating: NR (not suitable for young audiences; violence and scenes of violent death)
Region: 1
Anamorphic: Yes!

My Advice: Own it.

Lieutenant Horatio Crane (David Caruso) is working a crime scene down in Miami that has a strong connection to the Big Apple, so he hops on a plane and meets up with Detective Mac Taylor (Sinise). The two agree to work on the case together and use the resources of the NYC CSI crime labs to solve it.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:44:06+00:00 June 22nd, 2006|Reviews|0 Comments

The Persuaders Set 2 (1971) – DVD Review

Film:
DVD:

Series Created by Roger S. Baker
Starring Roger Moore and Tony Curtis

Features:

  • Sir Roger Moore’s filmography and biography
  • Tony Curtis’ filmography

Released by: A&E Home Entertainment
Rating: NR (some early-70s sexual stuff…)
Region: 1
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format.

My Advice: Rent it, if you’re into that whole 70s machismo thing…

Lord Brett Sinclair (Moore) and Danny Wilde (Curtis) are still the playboys that they have always been. Together they jet-set around Europe getting into and out of trouble. Their adventures run the gamut from murder to the dangers of matrimony (at least for a self-confirmed bachelor).

As I’ve said before, Moore and Curtis were absolutely perfect together and its easy to see (between this and The Saint) why Moore was chosen as one of the replacement Bonds. His character did for him what Remington Steele did for Brosnan (or should have). Curtis’ performance feels like it was one of the last of his career, which is odd, because he performed in scads of other shows and movies afterwards–it feels a bit phoned in, perhaps–but even across a telephone line he has all of the charm that he was known for. His choice of style was a bit odd, however, but I guess that was to be expected for an American character in a British television program. For example, it seems that Curtis was almost always wearing leather gloves and his choice of eyewear was a bit odd even for the time period. I guess it was to be expected for the kinds of characters that were popular in Britain during the time.

The DVD is, unfortunately, not worthy. There are only some small text-on-screen biographies available on the third disc. There is a small photo gallery available, but nothing else. I know the show wasn’t that popular over here, but the show was enough fun to warrant a bit more in the way of special features on the DVD. So, if you’ve never seen the show, rent it at least once. You won’t regret it.

Buy it from Amazon.

By | 2017-09-24T23:44:12+00:00 June 20th, 2006|DVD, Reviews, TV|0 Comments

Footloose: Special Collector’s Edition (1984) – DVD Review

Footloose DVD

Film:
DVD:

Written by Dean Pitchford
Directed by Herbert Ross
Starring Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest, Chris Penn and Sarah Jessica Parker

Features:

  • Running audio commentary with actor Bacon
  • Running audio commentary with producer Craig Zadan and writer Pitchford
  • Featurette: Footloose: A Modern Musical – Part I & II
  • Featurette: Footloose: Songs That Tell a Story

Released by: Paramount
Rating: PG
Region: 1
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Own it if you’re a fan…

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By | 2017-09-24T23:44:41+00:00 June 18th, 2006|Reviews|0 Comments

Young Black Stallion (2003) – DVD Review

Young Black Stallion DVD

Film:
DVD:

Written by Jeanne Rosenberg, based on the novel by Walter Farley and Steven Farley
Directed by Simon Wincer
Starring Richard Romanus, Biana Tamimi, Patrick Elyas, Gérard Rudolf, Ali Al Ameri, and Andries Rossouw

Features:

  • “Taming the Stallions” featurette
  • Big Black Horse readalong
  • “Finding Biana” featurette
  • “Shooting in Namibia” featurette
  • “Building the Casbah” featurette
  • A Story in Imax

Released by: Disney Home Entertainment
Rating: G
Region: 1
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Stick with the original.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:45:52+00:00 May 11th, 2006|Reviews|0 Comments

The Babysitters Club (1995) – DVD Review

The Babysitters Club DVD

Film:
DVD:

Written by Dalene Young, based on the novel by Ann M. Martin
Directed by Lynn Hamrick and Melanie Mayron
Starring Schuyler Fisk, Bre Blair, Rachael Leigh Cook, Larisa Oleynik, Tricia Joe, Stacy Lynn Ramsower, Zelda Harris, Vanessa Zima, and Christian Oliver

Released by: Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
Rating: PG-13
Region: 1
Anamorphic: Nope.

My Advice: Skip it.

Seven teenagers start a babysitting business called, appropriately, The Babysitter’s Club. The leader of the gang, Kritsy (Fisk) decides that they will start a summer camp for the kids they babysit to keep the business active during the summer (also to keep the friends together all summer). However things begin to go awry when competition kicks in, in various forms. Some of the other girls at school want to muscle in on their action (not in a West Side Story kind of way, but in that passive-aggressive high school girl kind of way) and some of the girls in the club acquire a few summer crushes along the way. Not only that, but the parents and neighbors start to complain about the business.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:45:57+00:00 May 9th, 2006|Reviews|3 Comments

Code 46 (2003) – DVD Review

Code 46 DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by Frank Cotrell Boyce
Directed by Michael Winterbottom
Starring Tim Robbins, Samantha Morton, Togo Igawa, Nabil Elouhabi, and Sarah Blackhouse

Features:

  • Deleted scenes
  • “Obtaining Cover: Inside Code 46” featurette

Released by: MGM Home Entertainment
Rating: R
Region: 1
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Rent it first.

Code 46 stipulates that if two people share even 25% of the same genetic code, they are forbidden to have sex. And, if they have sex armed with the knowledge of the Code 46 violation, it is a crime. So, when William Geld (Robbins) crosses paths with Maria Gonzales (Morton) on an investigation of a fraud, he had no idea what would happen to him. The first time they have sex, it is innocent. However, after he discovers that they share the same genetic code, he becomes infatuated with her and hunts her down again.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:46:21+00:00 May 7th, 2006|DVD, Reviews|1 Comment

What’s New Scooby-Doo? Vol. 3: Halloween Boos & Clues (2002) – DVD Review

What's New Scooby Doo, Vol. 3: Halloween Boos and Clues DVD

Film:
DVD:

Series Created by William Hanna and Joesph Barbera
Starring the Voices of Casey Kasem, Frank Welker, Mindy Cohn, and Grey DeLisle

Features:

  • Live-action haunted Warner Bros. backlot tour with Scooby and Shaggy
  • Scooby-Doo’s Famous Foes
  • Shari, the House of High Technology

Released by: Warner Brothers Home Video
Rating: NR (suitable for all audiences)
Region: 1
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format.

My Advice: Skip it if you’re a fan of the original.

Scooby (Welker) and the gang from Mystery, Inc. are back for some new mysterious adventures. In these four episodes they are faced with mysterious vampires that are hanging around the video shoot for Daphne’s favorite band, a spooky mummy that is haunting the ancient Egyptian pyramids, the dangers of technology scare the gang at the Omaha World Fair, and a giant serpent rears its ugly head in Hawaii. As usual, it’s up to Freddy (also voiced by Welker), Daphne (DeLisle), Velma (Cohn), Shaggy (Kasem), and, of course, Scooby-Doo to solve these mysteries.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:46:26+00:00 May 5th, 2006|DVD Reviews|0 Comments