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Weekend Recommendations: DVDs

Here’s yer DVD goodness…

DVD of the Week: Return of the Pink Panther. Did the Steve Martin remake leave a bad taste in your soul? Then grab this from Universal, the only flick not in the MGM boxed set (Son of? There was no Son of, damn you). Is it the best of the bunch? Not by far, but let’s face it…bad Sellers Clouseau is better than most good comedic actors today–and no way is Sellers bad in this. Complete your collection. (Buy it)

TV DVD of the Week: Doogie Howser, MD: Season Three. Long before Neil Patrick Harris was becoming a stage actor all over the freaking place, he became the avatar of a lot of teenagers looking at growing up and doing so without the high-paying job of being a doctor. Here, in the third season–hitting DVD from Anchor Bay–you get twenty-four episodes which feature everything from Doogie living with his best friend as a roomie, to taking a fast food job, to the evolution of his relationship with his girlfriend. Comes with interviews as well. (Buy it)

Animation DVD of the Week: The Simpsons: Kiss and Tell. A lot of people complain about these single-disc four-episode themed releases, but those people aren’t the audience for these, so I dunno what their problem is. They need the decaf, so they do. Fox releases this one with lerv being the answer to the unspoken question. They come with storyboard animation, animatics, and comparisons with the final animation, and it’s here to tide you over until the rest of the boxed sets come out…sometime in 2010 or something. So enjoy. (Buy it)

Brit DVD of the Week: Red Dwarf: Series 7. Fans of the show rejoice, for the next eight episodes are here, spread across three discs thanks to BBC Home Video. As is always the case, the set is stacked: commentaries by the cast, a feature-length featurette chocked with footage and interviews, fan films, three episodes in an extended form (I guess those are the dance mixes), deleted scenes and a slew more. (Buy it)

Adverse Video of the Week: Demon Hunter. In a cross between Blade and Vampire$, a half-breed demon/human gets tapped by the Catholic Church to fight evil. He’s got God on his side and knows the fu. What could go wrong? The dialogue, the casting, the acting…you know, all the usual suspects. Regardless, if you’d like to create a drinking game out of this Sean Patrick Flanery starrer, then be our guest. And share it with us, would you? (Buy it)

Comedy DVD of the Week: Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson: Uncensored. You have to give Anderson credit: for her to get roasted on television–that takes balls and nerves of steel. I mean…come on, it’s Pam Anderson. You’ve thought up five jokes in the time it’s taken to read this far into the entry, right? This Comedy Central release features Eddie Griffin, Sarah Silverman, Andy Dick and a slew of others, please also comes with bonus footage, outtakes, and more. (Buy it)

Family DVD of the Week: The Best of the Electric Company. Oh, the inner child in so many of us has freaking flipped out at the sight of this release from Shout! Factory. Twenty episodes? Four discs? Freaking brilliant! Not only do you get all the big “Oh, that’s right, he/she was in that!” names like Morgan Freeman, Rita Moreno and Bill Cosby, but you also get outtakes (some serious outtakes, folks), intros, and an interview with the creative team. Buy this, because it might convince them to finally release Sesame Street to DVD as well. Just do it, people. (Buy it)

Music DVD of the Week: Tori Amos: Fade to Red. Rhino has released a freaking boon to Tori fans everywhere…nineteen music videos spanning two discs and her entire career. If videos for songs like “Hey Jupiter,” “Past the Mission,” and “Silent All These Years” wasn’t enough, Tori is on hand to provide fascinating commentary. There’s also two bonus videos–“Professional Widow (Remix)” and “Cornflake Girl (UK Version)” along with a making-of. (Buy it)