January 17, 2006 DVD Releases

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Adventures of Superman

The Complete Second Season

It's the second season of this classic American TV series. Thrill to the exploits of George Reeves as mild-mannered news reporter Clark Kent, who is secretly the justice-bringing alien from the planet Krypton, Superman! When danger rears its ugly head, Superman flies in, wearing red-and-blue tights, to save the day! Sure, the special effects are cheesy, but this series proves that great storytelling is timeless.

This five-disc set includes all 26 episodes from the second season, which originally aired in 1953. Included are the slam-bang season opener "Five Minutes to Doom," in which Supes must prove an accused man innocent of a horrible crime, and "Superman Defeated," wherein a vile supervillain discovers that Kryptonite harms our buddy of steel! Also in season two is one of the most memorable of all episodes, "Panic in the Sky." In this taut episode, an asteroid is hurtling toward Earth. Superman flies at top speed into the asteroid in an attempt to destroy it, but instead gives himself amnesia and barely budges the space rock. Meanwhile, the proximity of the asteroid to our planet is causing massive natural disasters. Can Superman regain his memory and save Earth? Find out in this DVD set!

Strike a blow for truth, justice, and the DVD-watching way!

Doogie Howser, M.D.

Season Three

The doctor is in...junior high school! This offbeat series is quite a charmer, and star Neil Patrick Harris is currently earning raves on How I Met Your Mother. In Doogie, Harris plays Doogie Howser, a boy who happens to be such a genius that he graduated from Princeton and is a licensed M.D. at age 14!

This boxed set contains all 24 episodes from season three of this adorable series. Episodes include "Guess Who's Coming to Doogie's," wherein a former gang member starts working at the hospital, and "Ask Dr. Doogie," in which Doogie does a few PSAs and suddenly, everybody knows his name! A teenage doctor is not something you see every day--can Dr. Howser handle the fame?

Extra features offered are an interview with series star Neil Patrick Harris called "Growing Up on the Set" and an interview with costar James B. Sikking titled "The Other Dr. Howser." Also included are previews of other DVD sets like Titus and Profit!

Imbibe the sweet elixir of youth with this DVD set.

Fraggle Rock

Vol. 5: Down in Fraggle Rock

"Dance your cares away, worry's for another day/Let the Fraggles play, down in Fraggle Rock!" What are Fraggles, you ask? Why, they're another awesome creation from Jim Henson's puppet shop, creators of many Sesame Street characters as well as The Muppets.

This HBO series was a valuable learning tool for kids in the '80s. While many youngsters were having their brains eroded by a strange new thing called MTV and wild and far-out things known as "video games," Jim Henson and the Fraggles were attempting to stop the inevitable decay of the human mind. In each episode, Boomer Fraggle would journey around Fraggle Rock (a world of caves underneath an inventor's baseboard) and learn lessons that he could apply toward life. The lessons were always taught through song and games-- otherwise, no one would have watched the show, because kids hate learning.

This disc contains an unknown assortment of episodes and special features. We'll let you know more as we learn it ourselves! Considering that it's Fraggle Rock, there are bound to be some really cool things in there.

Take a trip into the Fraggle cave!

Lois & Clark--The New Adventures of Superman

The Complete Second Season

This romantic drama redefined the Superman legend and catapulted Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain to stardom. Superman can deal with many different threats and never shies from a fight, but when his heart is on the line, the Man of Steel gets butterflies in his stomach, just like the rest of us. With witty banter, sexy romance, and explosive action, you won't want to miss the second season of this cult hit.

This six-disc set contains all 22 episodes from season two of Lois and Clark. Guest stars include a villainous Raquel Welch, a Christmas episode starring The Jeffersons' Sherman Hemsley and Isabelle Sanford, B-movie superstar Bruce Campbell, and B-movie king Roger Corman, among others. Extra features include commentary by Dean Cain on "Season's Greetings," the holiday episode he wrote; a featurette titled "Lois & Clark: Secrets of Season 2"; and the featurette "Marveling Metropolis: The Fans of Lois & Clark."

Up, up, and away to your sofa!

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

The Complete Third Season

If you don't know and love this classic sitcom about a girl who can "turn the world on with her smile" then you must have been living under a rock. This beloved gem from the '70s tells the story of Mary Richards, a single gal in who moves to Minneapolis after breaking up with her fiancé. She gets a job as associate producer at a TV station, and has to deal with all the crazy shenanigans of her grouchy boss, Lou Grant (Ed Asner), as well as the sexist idiot newscaster, Ted Baxter (Ted Knight). From the opening theme to the closing credits, this show is a time capsule in so many ways: It recalls a time when sitcoms were well-written, well-acted, and dealt with social issues in a thoughtful, adult, and funny way.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show was part of a rock-solid lineup of Saturday-night sitcoms on CBS, which also included The Bob Newhart Show, The Carol Burnett Show, and All in the Family. Can you imagine all of those shows on one night? So successful was Mary Tyler Moore that it spawned three spin-offs, Phyllis, Rhoda, and Lou Grant, the latter two hits in their own right. In every way, The Mary Tyler Moore Show is a classic.

This three-disc set contains all 24 episodes from season three of this great show. There are no extra features, but the episodes alone are worth it.

Relive the '70s, in a good way!

Mr. Show

Complete Collection

If you've never heard of Mr. Show, you're missing out on one of the greatest sketch-comedy shows ever made. This subversive sketch show appeared in the mid '90s on HBO, where it was given the plum time slot of 12:01 a.m., Monday nights. Couple that with scathing, cerebral, prescient sketches involving pansexual ad mascots ("I'm Pit Pat! Take it from me: I love you!"), America declaring war on outer space ("Gentlemen, we now have it within our power to blow up the moon!"), and body parts ("It's insane, this guy's taint!"), and you have the making of a low-rated cult classic that only gets better with age.

Comedians David Cross and Bob Odenkirk star as the hosts of this absurd satirical sketch show. You may recognize David Cross from another brilliant, underloved series called Arrested Development. Recently, Odenkirk has had to pay the bills by doing Bud Light commercials, but he is an ex-SNLer, and with Mr. Show he brought sketch satire to a new level. The comedic talent that appeared on the show is a veritable who's who of alternative comedy: Sarah Silverman, Tom Kenney, Brian Posehn, Jack Black, Paul F. Tompkins, Mary Lynn Rajskub , and more.

This six-disc set contains all 30 episodes from this underground sensation. Extras include audio commentary on all episodes by Bob, David, and the cast; promos; deleted scenes; and more!

Watch Mr. Show and lament the state of modern comedy.

Titus

Season 3

Titus is a twisted sitcom about an incredibly dysfunctional family. It lasted for three seasons and never really broke out to be a hit, but many say it is an underrated gem. The show tells the story of Christopher Titus, a mechanic who has to deal with his horribly white-trash family, led by his abusive drunken father, played to great effect by Stacy Keach (what a stretch, huh?).

The third season went all-out in an effort to wring yuks from this painful dynamic. Titus' mother is put on trial for murder and her ex-husband (Keach) wants to testify against her. Titus' pregnant sister gets an unwelcome suitor, and Titus himself goes a little crazy due to all the wackiness.

This four-disc set features all the episodes from season three. DVD extra features include audio commentary with Christopher Titus and cocreators Brian Hargrove and Jack Kenny; an interview with Zach Ward titled "Brotherly Love"; an interview with Cynthia Watros titled "His Better Half"; an interview with Stacey Keach titled "Honor Thy Father"; plus a gag reel!

This DVD will only hurt when you laugh.

Good Morning, World

Complete Series

This '60s sitcom is a forgotten gem from a different time. The show only lasted a season, but its short run is fondly remembered by many.

The story follows the exploits of two Los Angeles morning radio DJs, Larry Clarke and David Lewis (Ronnie Schell and Joby Baker, respectively). Larry likes to imagine himself a ladies' man, and he's got his peepers peeled for any gal on his radar (including his partner David's wife!). The show costarred Billy De Wolfe as the hilariously high-strung and persnickety boss, Roland B. Hutton Jr. Goldie Hawn costarred as a ditzy blonde in the first half of the season, but she was spirited away by a little show you may have heard of: Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In.

This four-disc set contains all 26 episodes from the show. Extras include an interview with star Ronnie Schell, who left the series Gomer Pyle USMC to star in this show. Also included is a bio for the luminous Goldie Hawn, a trivia quiz, a family tree, and a photo gallery.

Get Good Morning, World and say, "Good morning, TV watching!"

The Old Grey Whistle Test

Volume 2

Get ready to rock with the second volume of this legendary British music show. In addition to popular hit makers, this series put its focus on lesser-known bands, giving music fans the chance to be exposed to stuff that mainstream radio might not have played. This volume features the first television appearance by Roxy Music, a smashing set by The Who, and punk band The Adverts, who become the first punk band on the show.

The track list is as follows: "Warming Up the Band" (Heads, Hands & Feet), "Ladytron" (Roxy Music), "House on Pooh Corner" (Loggins & Messina), "Relay" (The Who), "The Kiss" (Judee Sill), "God Gave Rock 'n' Roll to You" (Argent), "Put It Where You Want It" (Average White Band), "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" (Jim Croce), "Jet Boy" (New York Dolls), "Dolphins" (Tim Buckley), "Bad Motor Scooter" (Montrose), "Disney Girls" (Bruce Johnston), "Goin' Back" (Nils Lofgren), "She's Gone" (Daryl Hall and John Oates), "Love and Affection" (Joan Armatrading), "Bored Teenagers" (The Adverts), "Because the Night" (Patti Smith Group), "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" (Meat Loaf), "Metal Postcard" (Siouxsie and the Banshees), "Jimmy Jimmy" (The Undertones), "Stop and Tickle" (Squeeze), "Dancing" (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark), "Walk Out to Winter" (Aztec Camera), "Hyperactive" (Thomas Dolby), "Walls Come Tumbling Down" (Style Council), "Marlene on the Wall" (Suzanne Vega), "Skiffle Jam" (Andy Kershaw, John Walters, Ro Newton, John Peel), "Holding Back the Years" (Simply Red), "When Love Breaks Down" (Prefab Sprout), and "Dirty Old Town" (Pogues).

Extra features include new interviews with Bob Harris (no, not Bill Murray's character from Lost In Translation), and musicians like Roger Daltrey (The Who) and Rick Wakeman (Yes), the legendary performer and music-show host Jools Holland, and more! This disc from a classic UK music show is a must-have for any music fan.

Let yourself go Grey.

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