January 3, 2006, DVD Releases


All in the Family

The Complete Fifth Season

This classic sitcom is regarded by many to be the apex of the genre. With deft caricatures and pointed storytelling, this series raised the bar on jokes with a social conscience. Caroll O'Connor starred as Archie Bunker, the grouchy bigot who was really a softy inside. As the series unfolded, Archie learned a thing or two about people who are different and how his thinking may have been wrong. Fortunately, for the viewer, the poignancy was always undercut with a vicious joke at someone's expense. Many sitcoms could learn a lesson from All in the Family's distaste for maudlin antics (Raymond, anyone?).

A lot happens in season five: inflation causes Edith to get a job; The Jeffersons move to their deluxe apartment in the sky; and Meathead and Gloria decide to move out. This three-disc set contains all 25 episodes from season five, as well as the pilot for The Jeffersons. DVD extras include a special retrospective hosted by the late, great Henry Fonda.

Keep it All good with this DVD set.

Get the All in the Family: The Complete Fifth Season DVD here!

Alien Nation

The Complete Series

This series is based on the film that starred James Caan and Mandy Patinkin, as two cops--one human, one alien. In the tradition of the best science fiction, Alien Nation mirrors reality and tells social truths in the guise of a fantastical setting. When aliens crash-land to Earth and are integrated into the human world, the results are predictable: bigotry, segregation, and mistrust of each others "different" ways. George Francisco is an alien cop and his human partner is Matthew Sikes. They patrol the beat in Los Angeles, and along the way they learn to respect for and care about each other.

This boxed six-disc set contains all 22 episodes of the television series. Also included is the two-hour TV movie pilot. DVD extras include an interview with Kenneth Johnson, creator of the classic series V and a producer of the Alien Nation series, and an exciting behind-the-scenes featurette!

Get this favored Nation.

Get the Alien Nation: The Complete Series DVD here!


50th Anniversary Edition Volumes One and Two, and Gift set

This classic needs no introduction...it's the longest-running television series ever. Clocking in at an astounding 633 episodes over 20 years, this show defined the Western and provided kids with countless heroic fantasies. The series tells the tale of Marshal Matt Dillon, who is the law in Dodge City. The West is pretty wild, and Dillon has his hands full with cattle rustlers, bank robbers, and all the pretty little ladies he can lasso!

Three new boxed sets are available, and each one packs a wallop.

The "50 Anniversary edition Volume One" features three discs with 17 episodes from the first nine seasons, which aired from 1955 to 1964. The episodes included are "Matt Gets It," "Hack Prine," "The Killer," "The Preacher," "The Guitar," "Legal Revenge," "Sins of the Father," "Romeo, Doc's Reward," "Lost Rifle," "The Bobsy Twins," "The Blacksmith," "Little Girl," "Chesterland," "Quint Apser Comes Home," "Ash," and "Prairie Wolfer." Extras include commentary by TV legends James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Angie Dickinson, Barbara Eden, George Kennedy, and Adam West on selected episodes. If that ain't enough pardner, then check out the special episode introductions by James Arness, the special introduction featurette by none other than John Wayne, a gag reel full of horseplay, some rare home movies filmed on the set by Dennis Weaver, an Ed Sullivan appearance by James Arness as Matt Dillon and Dennis Weaver as Chester, Gunsmoke Memories featurette, a Museum of TV & Radio Q&A; with the full cast, award show footage, CBS promos, and a photo gallery!

The 50th Anniversary Edition Volume Two features three discs with 12 episodes from seasons 10-19, which aired from 1964 to 1974. Included are the episodes "Hung High," "One Killer on Ice," "Treasure of John Walking Fox," "The Jailer," "The Wrong Man," "Quaker Girl," "The Pillagers," "The Prisoner," "Chato," "P.S. Murry Christmas," "A Quiet Day in Dodge," and "Trail of Bloodshed." Extras include audio commentary on selected episodes by the likes of Ed Asner, on Bruce Dern, Buck Taylor, and James Arness. Also included are special episode introductions by James Arness, a bloopers and gag reel, an appearance by Amanda Blake on The Mike Douglas Show and The David Frost Show, a "Gunsmoke Memories" short, Emmy Award footage, promos, photos, and more!

If you've got a mind to, you could mosey on out and git yerself the complete gift set, which includes both volumes in one boxed set. You'd think they would release a big gift set BEFORE Christmas, but, oh well, set your sights on this and ride off into the sunset of adventure.

No need to Dodge this bullet!

Get the Gunsmoke: 50th Anniversary Edition Volume One DVD here!

Get the Gunsmoke: 50th Anniversary Edition Volume Two DVD here!

Get the Gunsmoke: 50th Anniversary Gift set DVD here!

Have Gun, Will Travel

Season Three

It's Paladin, the lone wolf with a curly mustache who dresses in black and lives in the shadows.

Richard Boone embodied the character of Paladin in this classic Western series. Paladin is sort of like a cowboy Equalizer, leaving business cards that say only "Have Gun, Will Travel...Wire Paladin, San Francisco." With that, folks in need hire the mysterious loner, who lives at the Hotel Carleton in San Francisco, for many odd jobs, including bounty hunter, sleuth, bodyguard, and courier. Paladin has a gun, but he prefers to use his mind, which makes for twisty plots and unexpected denouements.

This seven-disc set includes all 39 episodes from season three of this classic series. Thrill to Paladin's exploits as he and his manservant, Hey Boy, enter worlds of mystery and intrigue. DVD extras include production notes, cast biographies, and behind-the-scenes peeks. Guest stars in this season are Jack Lord, Charles Bronson, Angie Dickenson, Claude Akins, Strother Martin, Mike Connors, and June Lockhart.

Have Gun, will be entertained!

Get the Have Gun, Will Travel: Season Three DVD here!


Season Three

Harry was too "dirty" for TV, but that didn't stop networks from making a show with a cop who looked a lot like Clint Eastwood and who was kind of a toe-stepping jerk. That show was Hunter.

Former Los Angeles Ram Fred Dryer plays Rick Hunter, a cop with an attitude who blows up cars in downtown and gets city hall breathing down his captain's neck. What's more, Hunter's family is involved in organized crime, so cops don't trust him. Now, his captain says he has to see a shrink and get a partner. Hunter signs on with Dee Dee McCall, a tough-as-nails gal who doesn't take any guff. Together, they bust crime and get into trouble, TV-show style.

This three-disc set contains all 22 episodes from season three. Charles Hallahan and Garrett Morris costar as series regulars, and guest stars include George Clooney, Anthony LaPaglia, Chaka Khan, Brent Spiner, Claudia Christian, Dean Stockwell, Marina Sirtis, Candy Clark, Leif Garrett, Leslie Hope, Larenz Tate, Larry Drake, and Lauren Tewes. There are no extras, but you better not complain or Hunter will knock your teeth out!

Your "hunt" for good viewing is over!

Get the Hunter: The Complete Third Season DVD here!

As Time Goes By

Reunion Special

This British show touched many hearts during its lovely run, and now the main players return for a warm reunion. As Time Goes By Reunion Special stars Dame Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer in the roles in which people loved them.

The romance of Jean and Lionel continues its delightfully whimsical trajectory as Jean Pargetter (Dench) pines away for grandchildren. Her husband Lionel (Palmer) is utterly dismayed by the revelation, but handles it in typical Lionel fashion. Son-in-law Alistair and daughter Judy are having marital problems, so the picture isn't too rosy. However, when Sandy and her husband, Harry, return from Canada, Jean's wish for grandchildren may come true.

This DVD includes both episodes of the As Time Goes By Reunion Special. Time may have gone by, but your love for this era-spanning romance has never dimmed.

Reunite your TV with this DVD.

Get the As Time Goes By: Reunion Special DVD here!

The Merv Griffin Show:

40 of the Most Interesting People of All Time

Merv Griffin is a true Hollywood luminary, prancing around on television and behind the scenes for many decades. Always with a twinkle in his eye and a witty comment, the dapper Griffin has spoken to some of the most interesting people of the 20th century. Griffin hosted The Merv Griffin Show for almost 25 years, and in that time he spotlighted icons and unknowns, all to the benefit of humankind.

This three-disc set contains more than five hours of incredible interviews, including the US Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan; Hollywood mega-icons like John Wayne, Ingrid Bergman, and Orson Welles; and royalty like Princess Grace Kelly. These discs are culled from 5,500 shows and 25,000 guests that appeared on The Merv Griffin Show during its quarter-century run.

These interviews are a must-have for any pop-culture buff. Some highlights include: Ingrid Bergman talking about Casablanca; Martin Luther King, Jr. and Harry Belafonte discussing civil rights; Rose Kennedy philosophizes on raising children and dealing with tragedy; Jane Fonda and her then-husband, director Roger Vadim, talk about life on their French farm; a very young Tom Cruise chats about his breakthrough role in 1983's Risky Business; Orson Welles reminisces about Marlene Dietrich and Rita Hayworth; a Baretta-era Robert Blake shares the stage with David Niven; and much more!

Say hello to Merv, and say hello to many hours of enjoyment.

Get the The Merv Griffin Show: 40 of the Most Interesting People of All Time DVD here!

Silk Stalkings

Season 4

This show is for anyone who likes to watch wealthy, attractive people get murdered. When rich people get plugged, the police are called in, and that means homicide detectives Tom Ryan (Chris Potter) and Cassandra "Cassy" St. John (Janet Gunn) report for duty. These two are new cops on the Palm Beach beat, and they have got to uncover the perpetrators of these crimes of passion--aka, Silk Stalkings. There's only one catch: They are ex-partners and ex-spouses! Now they have to investigate weird sex crimes and keep any tension between them out of it. Will this swirling world of sexual madness pull them in?

The fourth season of this top-rated late-night series, created by Stephen J. Cannell, arrives on DVD in a three-disc, 22-episode set. Charlie Brill and Mitzi McCall costar, and the naughty mysteries are better than ever!

This DVD set is as smooth as Silk.

Get the Silk Stalkings: Season Four DVD here!

1st & Ten

Season One and Season Two

Hup, Hup, Hike...down to the store to catch some great viewing with this HBO comedy series. In the tradition of North Dallas Forty and other sports comedies, this series shows the lighter side of getting smashed up on the gridiron.

When the California Bulls, a fictional pro football team, get a new owner, it's a little more than the team can take, because he is a she! The big guys don't take too kindly to being bossed around by a lady, and when she enters the locker room...watch out! You'll have to keep track of the laughs on a scoreboard when the wacky hijinks involving drugs, womanizing, and ungentlemanly behavior ensue!

There are two versions available, Season One and Season Two. Each set includes two discs with six episodes each. Little is known about the special features, but with a show like this, the whole thing is special.

Make a run for the fun zone!

Get the 1ST & 10: Season 1 DVD here!

Get the 1ST & 10: Season 2 DVD here!

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