The Mike Judge Collection, Vol. One
Meet Beavis and Butt-head, two crudely drawn, easily amused suburban teens with too much time on their hands. They use their time to watch TV and make clever comments like "Huh-huh, dude, he just said tool.'" When Beavis and Butt-head first appeared on MTV in the early '90s, critics decried the animated duo as nothing more than idiotic tripe for a dumbed-down populace. That was all it took to make the two idiots become pop-culture icons.
Creator Mike Judge came to fame on the animation festival circuit, and then created the Office Space segments for Saturday Night Live. After creating these American pop-culture icons for MTV, he went on to make the Office Space movie and a little animated series by the name of King of the Hill.
This three-disc set contains 40 episodes from the fondly remembered MTV cartoon, including 14 episodes that have never been released on DVD, and 23 episodes containing previously censored material. This set is chock-full of extra features, with 11 music videos from the likes of the Beastie Boys, Pantera, Wilco, Grim Reaper, and more. There is also a live Beavis and Butt-Head appearance at the Video Music Awards, plus promos, a Thanksgiving special with Kurt Loder, the featurette "Taint of Greatness: The Journey of Beavis and Butt-Head, Part 1," and more.
Huh-huh, TV.com said "taint."
Jay and Silent Bob Do Degrassi
This imaginative three-episode disc is a treat for fans of Degrassi High, Kevin Smith, and self-referential shows about making movies.
The story follows Smith, director of the cult hits Clerks, Mallrats, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, as he decides to make his next movie in the hallowed halls of Degrassi. The movie within a movie is to be called Jay and Silent Bob Go Canadian, Eh?, and it costars longtime Smith collaborator Jason Mewes. Things get dicey when Paige acts like a spoiled brat and Manny doesn't take it lying down. Plus, Craig and Ashley write some songs for Smith's movie that go over like lead balloons.
The disc is being released in two formats: Directors Cut and Unrated, Uncensored Director's Cut. Both discs include the three-episode arc starring Smith and Mewes, as well as some great extras. The Director's Cut version includes never-before-seen footage, an interview with Kevin Smith , a blooper reel, photo albums of Jay and Silent Bob and Degrassi, actor bios, and character profiles. The "Unrated" version features a Kevin Smith interview, audio commentary, the "Canadian Ninja" scene, bloopers, extended/deleted scenes, photo albums, actor bios, and character profiles.
Take off to the great white north!
Season One, Volume One
If you like this DVD collection, you might be a redneck--or just a lover of redneck comedy.
The hilarious buds from the popular Blue Collar Comedy tour get together with the producers of MadTV to bring you the lowest in hilarity. Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, and Larry the Cable Guy star in this hit sketch comedy show filmed in Atlanta. When the show debuted, it was one of the highest-rated shows the WB had ever aired. In this collection of episodes from the first season of the show, these lowbrow laughingstocks send up everything from Law & Order to liberals.
This two-disc set contains 13 episodes from season one. Extras include "Boyz in the Wood," a behind-the-scenes look at season one; "Live Comedy: No Second Chances" featurette; the Hatfield-McCoy redneck dictionary; and a $5 mail-in rebate when you buy season one, volume one and season one, volume two, which will be released in 2006.
He's suave, European, and daring. No, it's not James Bond (at least, not for several more years). It's Pierce Brosnan's action counterpart, Remington Steele.
It's easy to see why everyone thought Brosnan would make a great Bond. He's equally good with a gun, a quip, and the ladies. The lady in this case is Stephanie Zimbalist as Laura Holt, a detective who has to work with a former thief when he assumes the identity of her fictitious boss, Remington Steele. Sparks and one-liners fly between these two as they hunt down criminals in Los Angeles.
Season two features the permanent addition of Doris Roberts, who later played the mom on Everybody Loves Raymond, as Mildred Krebs, an agent for the IRS who is taken by the detective pair and decides to join their adventures. This season, Laura's house is blown up, and she moves into a sweet loft apartment. She continues to learn secrets about her mysterious partner, such as why he never likes to take a case from an old acquaintance. Plus, every episode begins with a great theme song by Henry Mancini.
This four-disc set features 21 episodes from season two, as well as audio commentary on several episodes by writers and directors. Taste the Steele with this DVD set.
The Complete Second Season
The family that sings together stays together, at least in the memories of a generation of television viewers. Who can forget the multi-colored good times of this family from the 70s?
This three-disc box set contains 24 episodes of melodic hijinks. In season 2, Laurie dates a biker, the family must back up a terrible singer, Shirley takes a Psych class, Rueben comes up with a kooky contest idea, and Danny has to get his tonsils out. Youch!
At a time when the world was filled with tumult, the love and caring the Partridge's exhibited toward each other was comforting to America. Perhaps it is time again to gain a sense of security from this television family.
Sing along to the sounds of laughter.
If you loved The Cosby Show, then you'll probably also enjoy A Different World. The Cosby Show was one of the most cherished and highly rated sitcoms of the '80s, and this spin-off attempted to carry that feeling of humor and warmth to another time slot.
In A Different World, Cosby daughter Denise Huxtable (Lisa Bonet) goes to college, and she truly enters a "different world" of humor and learning. Out from behind the shield of dear old dad, she has to deal with the ups and downs of life on her own. Fortunately, she has some new friends, like Whitley (Jasmine Guy), Dwayne (Kadeem Hardison), and Walter (the always hilarious Sinbad). Also, season one features Marisa Tomei!
This four-disc boxed set features all 22 episodes from season one. Extras include cast interviews, outtakes, an E! retrospective featurette "I Was a Network Star!" starring cast members, and a never-seen "lost" episode, "Homie, Don't Ya Know Me?" starring Tupac Shakur and Jada Pinkett-Smith. No matter what world you're from, that's entertainment.
As the Village People said, "In the Navy, you can sail the seven seas! In the Navy, you can put your mind at ease!" Well, when Donald Duck joins the Navy, he puts his nephews, Hewey, Dewey, and Louie, in the hands of his grouchy Uncle Scrooge McDuck, and nobody's mind is at ease!
Scrooge takes the nephews on adventures all across the globe, and even through time. This unlikely gaggle of mischief makers travels to the days of King Arthur. Plus they hunt all over the world for the fountain of youth. Sometimes, they get accidentally shot into outer space, thanks to their backward pilot Launchpad McQuack. Joining them are their pals Gyro Gearloose, Mrs. Beakley, and Webby Vanderquack, and together they fight villains like the Beagle Boys or Magica De Spell.
This three-disc set contains 27 episodes from this quack-tastic animated series!
The Complete Series
The Swiss Family Robinson was the high watermark of family adventure back in the '60s. This shipwrecked family had to put aside bickering and fight off pirates and monkeys on a deserted island. They've been called "the original Survivors," although nobody gets voted off the island in this series.
This adventure series is based on the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson. Richard Thomas, who won an Emmy for his portrayal of John Boy on The Waltons, stars as David Robinson, patriarch of the Robinson clan. He decides to take the family from Boston to the Middle East, and en route to their destination they are attacked by the ship's crew and stranded on a deserted island.
This six-disc set contains all 30 episodes of this family series. Relive, or discover, the adventures of Swiss Family Robinson, including when David and his son, Ernst, rescue a tribal king from his evil brother; when Ernst is kidnapped by a mythical pirate who goes by the name of Raven Jones; and when the family spends their first Christmas on the island, assaulted by a storm and treasure-hungry pirates. Extras include the featurette "The Making of The Adventures of Swiss Family Robinson" hosted by Richard Thomas.
Consider yourself one of the Family.
Collection: Volume Eight
In the not-too-distant future, a poor sap is stuck in a space station and forced to watch horrible movies. Fortunately for us, he is helped by two robots, and together the three of them make these awful films, made bearable only with a constant stream of wisecracks. This cult show is worthy of many repeated viewings--you're always bound to hear a joke that you didn't catch the first time.
This three-disc set contains four hilarious episodes: "The Phantom Planet," in which an astronaut crash-lands on a planet populated by miniature people; "Hobgoblins," about hobgoblins who escape from a studio vault, and a security guard and his friends must stop them before dawn; "Monster A Go-Go," wherein an astronaut comes back from outer space as a crusty-faced 10-foot-tall monster; and "The Dead Talk Back," about a mad scientist who communicates with a dead woman so that he can track down her killer. "
It's so good because it's so bad.
The Complete First Season
This underrated gem from the late '70s is finally available on DVD. The story follows pro basketball player Ken Reeves, played by Ken Howard, as his promising career with the Chicago Bulls is cut short by a knee injury. As he's wallowing in despair, his old high school basketball teammate, who is now the principal of tough LA school Carver High, drops by and offers him a job--as the school's basketball coach. Reeves has to overcome his own bitterness and the kids' reluctance to follow his orders if he is going to foster their hoop dreams. This gripping, provocative drama is a must-have if you're a fan of sports, high school dramas, or just good TV.
This four-disc set features all 15 episodes from season one of this great high school sports drama. Extras include audio commentary on the pilot episode by Jackie Cooper and Mark Tinker, and on the episode "The Great White Dope" by Ken Howard and Tim Van Patten. There is also the featurette "More Than Basketball." This series truly is about a lot more than just basketball.
An Inside Look at America's Favorite Quiz Show
Jeopardy! is one of the longest-running game shows on television, and it still enthralls legions of new viewers every day with its simple yet engaging format of knowledge testing. Host Alex Trebek has become a pop-culture icon, and the phrase "Your answer must be in the form of a question" is firmly implanted in today's vernacular.
Now, Merv Griffin productions takes you on a behind-the-scenes tour with this DVD set. This disc has five of the favorite episodes, including the Ken Jennings episode that breaks his winning streak, and the three "Tournament of Champions" episodes. The behind-the-scenes aspect features interviews with Trebek and writers, researchers, and others involved with new shows, as they answer questions that many people always wonder about. It'll deepen your appreciation for the show, as well as for the winning contestants.
DVD extras include "Insider Tips: What it Takes to Become a Jeopardy Contestant" featurette; 21 years of answers and questions; "Jeopardy: Behind the Answers"-- a featurette about what it takes to get a clue; and an innovative feature that allows you to watch through five camera angles.
Your answer must be in the form of buying this DVD!
Volume One Collection
When the police think a crime is too little to deal with, it might fall through the cracks. That's when the chipmunks, Chip and Dale, scurry along and grab it! These two chipmunks love solving mysteries, and together they form the Rescue Rangers, a team of little animal crime fighters dedicated to cracking pint-size cases wide open as if they were acorns.
Chip and Dale have a few trustworthy comrades helping them in their adventures: Gadget Hackwrench, an industrious girl mouse; Zipper, a brave little blue fly; and Monterey Jack, a muscular mouse with a need for cheese. This team of fuzzy crime busters battles the surly animal mafia leader Fat Cat and his cohorts, Meps, Wart, Mole, and Snout. They also watch out for the evil Professor Nimnul, who is always bent on world domination.
This three-disc set contains 27 episodes of this action-packed animated series. Strap yourself into the Rangermobile and get set for some fast-paced fun.