September 20, 2005 DVD Releases
The Complete First Season
Desperate Housewives, ABC's surprise breakout hit, has arrived on DVD just in time for fans to brush up before the premiere of the second season. Bask in Wisteria Lane's devilishly delightful blend of satire, drama, and mystery--from the gunshot that started it all to the tense cliff-hanger of the season finale.
Six of the 23 episodes on this gorgeously packaged set can be viewed in an "unrated, extended" format with clarifying introductions from series creator Marc Cherry. Also included are deleted scenes for seven other episodes, audio commentaries from Cherry and the Emmy-nominated Desperate Housewives cast, a blooper reel, five fascinating featurettes, and The New Neighbor, a special segment in which Oprah Winfrey arrives on Wisteria Lane.
A box full of dirty laundry has never been this much fun. Enjoy!
Previously available only through Best Buy, the first season of Battlestar Galactica has finally made it to its general release date. While Best Buy offered the slightly altered UK version of the series, this boxed set features the episodes that aired on American television--along with the 2003 miniseries and an absolute smorgasbord of fascinating extras.
Join the crew of the Galactica as it leads a fleet of spaceships--piloted by the last living members of humankind--and searches for the mythical planet Earth. The evil Cylons, who destroyed the humans' homeworlds in an epic battle, chase the small group of ships in a thrilling race across the galaxy.
In addition to 15 great episodes and the accompanying miniseries, this comprehensive five-disc set includes extras too numerous to list in full. Enjoy multiple audio commentary tracks from director Michael Rymer and executive producers David Eick and Ronald D. Moore; see deleted scenes, sketches, and art; and enjoy no fewer than 10 enlightening featurettes.
Justice League Unlimited
Season One, Volume Two: Joining Forces
The first season of Justice League brought Earth's seven greatest heroes together in a mighty battle against an army of alien invaders. After defeating its otherworldly foes, the team--which includes Superman, Batman, the Martian Manhunter, the Dark Knight Detective, the Flash, Green Lantern, the Fastest Man Alive, Hawkgirl, and Wonder Woman--decided to continue to fight the forces of evil...wherever they might be. By the show's third season, the team members commanded small groups of heroes with specific powers, and the word Unlimited had been added to the name.
This Warner Home Video DVD release delivers three great Justice League Unlimited episodes full of excitement, humor, and great voice acting by stars such as Tom Everett Scott (That Thing You Do), Jeremy Piven (Entourage), Lori Loughlin (Summerland), Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager) and John C. McGinley (Scrubs). In "For the Man Who Has Everything," Batman and Wonder Woman must save Superman after he's trapped in a dreamworld by the evil Mongul. "The Return" sees the whole JLU team come together to keep the android Amazo from killing the recently reformed Lex Luthor, and "The Greatest Story Never Told" has Booster Gold facing a battle of his own while his partners are off saving Metropolis from the wicked sorcerer Mordru.
Extras include featurettes The Science of Super Heroes: Take Flight With Superman and Voices of Justice: Super Hero Voice Lessons From the Professionals.
Season Two, Volume One: Fear Itself
Robin, Starfire, Raven, Cyborg, and Beast Boy are back to battle the evil Slade in six more episodes of superheroic fun. The five teammates live in the T-shaped Titans Tower, a home base from which they organize their strategies and deal with the challenges of life as teenage heroes.
In favorite episodes "How Long Is Forever?," "Every Dog Has His Day," "Terra," "Only Human," "Fear Itself," and "Date With Destiny," the Titans will embark on new adventures and be visited by the likes of strange alien animals, mysterious dark forces, and spoiled-rotten prom dates. Extras include featurettes Inside Titans Tower and Arachnid Challenge.
This best-of-sponge release features some of the most hilarious SpongeBob SquarePants episodes ever to air on television. The droll little SpongeBob giggles and swims through nine undersea adventures that are sure to tickle your funny bone and brighten your day.
In "Ripped Pants," watch SpongeBob try his hardest to impress the beautiful Sandy Cheeks, only to meet with disastrous results. In "Jellyfish Hunter," join SpongeBob on a hunting safari to meet Mr. Krab's growing demand for jellyfish jelly. See SpongeBob and Patrick go head-to-head in a kitchen competition entitled "Frycook Games," and see what happens when SpongeBob tries to wash his pet snail in "Gary Takes a Bath." Other episodes include "Mermaidman and Barnacleboy," "Karate Choppers," "Club SpongeBob," "Plankton's Army," and "The Sponge Who Could Fly."
Season One, Volume Two: The Man Who Would Be Bat
Animated series The Batman follows young billionaire Bruce Wayne as he adjusts to life as a Gotham City superhero. The Batman learns to balance his public life with his secret fight against evil as he meets each of his famed Rogue Gallery enemies for the first time.
This DVD release brings us three thrilling episodes: "The Man Who Would Be Bat," in which an evil scientist tries to defeat Batman by becoming the Man-Bat; "The Big Chill," in which cryogenic monster Mr. Freeze hatches a plot to steal the most valuable diamonds in Gotham City; and "The Cat and the Bat," in which Batman first encounters his slyest enemy, Catwoman (voiced by Gina Gershon). Don't forget to check out special features like The Batman Big Chill Challenge; Gotham City PD Case Files; and The Batman Junior Detective Exam, Level 2.
Season Five, Volume One
Description by Colin Mahan
It's Andromeda, the science-fiction adventure series envisioned in the mind's eye of Gene Roddenberry, creator of the classic space franchise Star Trek.
Captain Dylan Hunt--aka Kevin Sorbo, aka Hercules--wakes up after 300 years from a deep, restful cryosleep aboard the damaged Commonwealth warship, Andromeda. Before he's even had his coffee, he makes a dark discovery: The space yogurt has definitely spoiled! What's more, the bad guys, aka the Nietzscheans, have destroyed the Commonwealth and have taken over the galaxy! Now, Hunt assembles a ragtag band of unlikely heroes: a few helpful aliens, space mercenaries, and some guy with spiky, blond hair. Aboard the Andromeda, Hunt launches a battle to destroy the Nietzscheans to return democracy to space!
This, the fifth season, is the most spectacular, as Hunt and his freedom fighters attempt to keep the Commonwealth from fracturing while beating back the Nietzscheans. Excellent special effects and explosive stories of heroism will have you saying to yourself, "How have I never watched this show even once?"
This two-disc box set includes five episodes from season five and features a "Meet the Cast" short with Kevin Sorbo; a behind-the-scenes featurette with director of photography Gordon Verheul; a behind-the-scenes featurette with executive producer Bob Engels; and the featurette "Visual Effects: From Concept to Completion." You'll also find bloopers, an image gallery, Andromeda TV promos, and ADV previews.
Cast a vote for space democracy!
Season Five and Some More of Four
Complete your Ren & Stimpy collection with this final DVD set, which includes all of Season Five, as well as the Season Four episodes that were left off the last set. Join everyone's favorite disgusting duo and its friends for freakishly funny adventures, like "The Last Temptation of Ren," "Wilderness Adventure," and "Have Yourself a Stinky Little Christmas."
This three-disc set includes an arsenal of 13 audio commentaries from series creator John Kricfalusi and crew members from the Spumco and Games animation teams. Also included for your enjoyment is Ren & Stimpy on Ren & Stimpy, an interview with the infamous stars themselves.
The Complete Second Season
Jarod was a child genius who was abducted from his family by the nefarious organization The Centre. The secret research facility brought him up and took advantage of his ability to almost instantly master any profession by auctioning off his services to the highest bidder. Once Jarod reached adulthood and realized the truth about his captors, he made a daring escape and began to live life on the run. With The Centre's agents on his trail, as well as a never-ending parade of wrongs to right, Jarod takes on a new identity in each thrilling episode of The Pretender.
This four-disc set includes 21 episodes and several special features. Hear audio commentary from series creators Craig W. Van Sickle and Stephen Long Mitchell, cast members Michael T. Weiss and Andrea Parker, and director Fred Keller. In addition, check out the three-part "making-of" featurette.
Volume One: Dad's Debut
When rich, handsome superstar Rock Zilla abandons the touring life and moves his family to the quiet suburb of Silent Springs, his 12-year-old son Willie is overjoyed at the prospect of a "normal" childhood. Once the neighborhood kids realize just who his father is, however, Willie realizes that life in the suburbs may hold just as many challenges as life on the road. Created by Gene Simmons of KISS, this animated series delivers plenty of laughs, lessons, and good old rock and roll.
Follow Willie Zilla as he navigates the halls of his new school, deals with the class bully, and avoids the ever-present paparazzi. Check out the fantastic special features, like a music video starring Rock Zilla, an exclusive interview with Gene Simmons, a Rock Star photo album, Rock Star karaoke, and a personality test that will tell you which My Dad the Rock Star character you are the most like!
Mel Blanc's legendary Heathcliff and the motley crew of Catillac Cats have arrived on a DVD set that's full of laughter and fun. Join the good-hearted but rascally Heathcliff as he pulls ill-conceived practical jokes, cooks up one "get rich quick" scheme after another, and romances his beautiful girlfriend Sonja. Visit Catillac Cats Riff-Raff, Hector, Wordsworth, Mungo, and Cleo in their makeshift junkyard home, from which they stage adventures aided by a magical Cadillac car that can change into literally anything!
This four-disc set comprises 24 Heathcliff episodes in their original order and format. Extras include an interview with cartoonist Pete Gallagher, a click-through cartoon gallery entitled Heathcliff Through the Years, and original series promos.
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