October 4, 2005 DVD Releases

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Into the West

The Full Miniseries

The Steven Spielberg-produced epic miniseries Into the West aired this summer to rave reviews from critics and viewers alike. Made up of two six-hour films broken into manageable episodes, Into the West covers the period from 1825 to 1890. Two families struggle to survive and succeed as they travel from their homes to settle in the harsh, undeveloped American West. The compelling characters draw viewers into their personal failures and victories, set against a backdrop of accurately portrayed American history. Witness the shames and triumphs of life on the frontier, and walk away with a greater understanding of our nation's past.

This four-disc set includes the full miniseries along with special features, including interviews, cast profiles, deleted scenes, an Into the West family tree, a "making-of" featurette, a look at the use of Native American languages, and more.

Watch a clip from the Into the West DVD here!

Get the Into the West DVD here!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Spike - Love Is Hell

Ah, Spike. The scrawny blond vampire who loved Buffy appears here in four lovelorn episodes centering not on his affair with the Slayer herself, but with the devilish blood-drinking Drusilla.

Join Spike for "School Hard," in which he and Drusilla first arrive in Sunnydale--just in time for Festival of St. Vigeous, when vampires' strength is greatest. In "Lie to Me," an old friend of Buffy's has a burning desire to become one of the undead, and Spike is only too happy to oblige him. "Lover's Walk" shows Spike falling to the depths of despair after being dumped by Drusilla, and then hatching a dangerous plan to win her back. Follow the vampire and his fair maiden through a series of dramatic flashbacks--including a trip to China during The Boxer Rebellion--in "Fool for Love."

Once you've watched all four episodes and fear that you've soaked up every spiky second this DVD has to offer, console yourself with a special character-profile featurette that's sure to give you some insight into the enigmatic but undoubtedly compelling vampire that is Spike.

Watch a clip from the Spike: Love Is Hell DVD here!

Get the Spike: Love Is Hell DVD here!

Stargate SG-1

Season Eight Box Set

Spawned by the 1994 movie Stargate, SG-1 follows the Stargate Command crew as they use the Stargates to travel throughout the universe. Original movie characters Jack O'Neill and Daniel Jackson are joined by new team members in their search for new planets and technology, as well as their endless battle against the Goa'uld System Lords and other alien enemies.

As series writers thought that this would be the last season of SG-1, they took their storytelling to a new level of intensity. With disaster lurking around every corner and big shake-ups in the SGC hierarchy, each of the 20 episodes on this five-disc set provides thrills that are certainly out of this world.

Watch a clip from the Stargate SG-1 DVD here!

Get the Stargate SG-1 DVD here!

Farscape

Starburst Edition - Volume 6

Another Starburst Edition release of Farscape has arrived, bringing us back to the living spaceship Moya and its motley crew of ex-con aliens. Accident-prone astronaut John Crichton wound up on the Moya after his ship, Farscape 1, was sucked through a wormhole into a faraway corner of the galaxy. Unable to find his way home, Crichton has no choice but to make friends with the creatures and humanoids he encounters, free those held captive by evil forces, and avoid the menacing Scorpius--an insane military leader who is desperate for access to Crichton's brain.

This two-disc set includes eight complete episodes from the end of Farscape's second season, along with a cornucopia of extras sure to satisfy even the most rabid fans. Check out commentaries, interviews, featurettes, deleted scenes, the FarSpeak Game, and much more.

Get the Farscape DVD here!

America's Funniest Home Videos

Home for the Holidays

Yes, it's already time to start thinking about exciting stocking- stuffers for the holiday season...and what better gift to give than a hearty dose of laughter? As we all know, holidays bring their own unique opportunities for mischief, mayhem, and the occasional well-placed tack on Santa's red-draped throne.

This seasonal set comprises three of the funniest Funniest holiday episodes--two with beloved original host Bob Saget, and one with current master-of-laughs Tom Bergeron. Order it as a gift for someone you love, or watch it yourself to get great inspiration for your own holiday shenanigans!

Get the America's Funniest Home Videos DVD here!

Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Season One

What TV fan doesn't shiver at the familiar melody of the creepy Alfred Hitchcock Presents theme song and feel goose bumps arise at the sight of his round silhouette stepping onto the screen? The macabre anthology series from the 1950s presented spooky shorts based on stories by writers such as Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, Ambrose Bierce, and more. Book-ended with vignettes featuring the dry-witted Hitchcock, each of these memorable episodes is guaranteed to have you shaking in your boots.

This three-disc set from Universal Home Entertainment includes all 39 episodes from Season One of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, along with a special featurette entitled Alfred Hitchcock Presents: A Look Back.

Watch a clip from the Alfred Hitchcock Presents DVD here!

Get the Alfred Hitchcock Presents DVD here!

Kolchak: The Night Stalker

The Full Series

If you're excited about Night Stalker, ABC's fall remake of the 1970s cult series that starred Darren McGavin as eccentric reporter Carl Kolchak, you'll certainly want to order this comprehensive Kolchak DVD set. Spawned by a pair of made-for-TV movies, the series only ran for one season before it was canceled. Despite its cropped life span, Kolchak's distinctive blend of horror and humor made it a favorite for years to come.

Order this DVD, fill a bowl with Halloween candy, invite your friends over for a Kolchak marathon, and follow the unlikely hero as he stalks supernatural villains through 20 uncut episodes, battling the likes of zombies, vampires, aliens, and more.

Watch a clip from the Kolchak: The Night Stalker DVD here!

Get the Kolchak DVD here!

The Bob Newhart Show

The Complete Second Season

Fans of classic 1970s sitcoms, rejoice! The Bob Newhart Show, which graced CBS's hit Saturday night '70s lineup, is back on DVD. Watch beloved comedian Bob Newhart in the role of Chicago psychologist Dr. Robert Hartley, whose wacky group- therapy patients provide ample fodder for laughs and adventure.

This three-disc boxed set includes 24 great episodes like "Last TV Show," "Old Man Rivers," and "A Love Story"; commentary from actors Bob Newhart, Jack Riley, and Marcia Wallace, and creator David Davis; and an all-new "making-of" featurette.

Watch a clip from The Bob Newhart Show DVD here!

Get The Bob Newhart Show DVD here!

SCTV 90

Christmas with SCTV

Hit Canadian sketch series Second City TV came to America in 1981 for a two-season stint on NBC. Now's your chance to spend Christmas with SCTV 90's big-time roster of comic talent, including the likes of John Candy, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Rick Moranis, and more.

This disc features both of the Emmy-nominated Christmas specials that SCTV 90 produced. In "SCTV Staff Christmas Party" and "Christmas With Catherine O'Hara and Andrae Crouch," almost all of the many recurring SCTV characters show up for joyous evenings of gifts, merriment, and the occasional drunken monologue. Also included are exclusive cast commentaries and featurette The Juul Haalmeyer Dancers, in which Juul himself gives away the secrets of the dubiously talented dance company that bears his name.

Get the SCTV 90 DVD here!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Volume 19: Mutants and Monsters

On December 1, 1987, a group of four turtles fell into the New York sewer system and met with a mysterious green force that turned them into upright-walking, human-like creatures with the power to speak, learn, and fight evil. Donatello, Michaelangelo, Leonardo, and Raphael followed the training of man-rat Master Splinter until they had mastered the stealthy ways of ninja masters, and then rose to the streets for a 2003 reprisal of their animated series.

The latest edition of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stuck more closely to the atmosphere of the original Mirage comic as the four grown heroes continued to battle the evil Shredder and his menacing Foot Clan. This disc includes five episodes, chosen from the last two seasons of TMNT, which focus on the Turtles' struggle with--you guessed it--a menacing array of "Mutants and Monsters."

Get the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles DVD here!

Tom Green

Inside & Outside the Box

Lovers of all the disgusting glory that is Tom Green, this is the day for you! From a young man's Canadian public-access show to hit movies like Road Trip and Freddy Got Fingered, Tom Green has provided uncountable hours of filthy humor and low-class inspiration to legions of gutter-minded degenerates.

This three-disc set presents the 26 splendid episodes that made up the late-night series that aired on Canada's Comedy Network beginning in 1997. That's right, it's Canadian, which means it's also uncensored, unedited, and completely unrefined. Throw in more than an hour's worth of never-before-seen material, and you've got yourself a DVD set you just won't be able to live without.

Get The Tom Green Show DVD here!

Count Duckula

The Complete First Season

Count Duckula, the vegetarian vampire duck with a heart of gold, has arrived on DVD for the very first time. Joined by butler Igor and maid Nanny--who are both very disappointed by the Count's lack of bloodlust--the caped hero teleports his entire castle from one location to the next in search of fun, fame, and fortune, all the while evading the dangerous vampire hunter Dr. Von Goosewing.

Travel to Egypt, Spain, Antarctica, Australia, and more with 26 episodes of Count Duckula's first season. Don't forget to check out special features, such as additional artwork and interviews with the creators.

Get the Count Duckula DVD here!

Cartoon Network

Christmas Rocks

Straight from the Cartoon Network, it's another volume of holiday episodes. Since Christmas does rock, producers have thrown in an extra two episodes with special musical themes.

Episodes include Johnny Bravo's "'Twas the Night," Courage the Cowardly Dog's "The Snowman Cometh," Dexter's Laboratory's "Dexter vs. Santa's Claws," I Am Weasel's "Happy Baboon Holidays," Ed, Edd, 'n Eddy's "Jingle Jingle Jangle," The Powerpuff Girls' "Mime for a Change," The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy's "Battle of the Bands," and Codename: Kids Next Door's "Operation P.I.A.N.O."

Celebrate the holidays with all of your favorite cartoons!

Get the Christmas Rocks DVD here!

Postcards From Buster

Buster's Got the Beat

Buster's Outdoor Journeys

A spin-off from the popular Arthur series, Postcards follows Arthur's best friend Buster as he and his pilot father take rock band Los Viajeros on a tour of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Young rabbit Buster chronicles his journey with his trusty digital video camera so that he'll have many recorded moments to share with his friends back home. In each new place that Buster visits, he makes all kinds of new friends who are eager to teach him about themselves, their families, and their cultures.

Each of these two releases includes four fantastic episodes of Postcards From Buster. In Buster's Got the Beat, young viewers will hear the music of San Francisco, California; San Antonio, Texas; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Leiper's Fork, Tennessee. Buster's Outdoor Journeys takes us to Hinesburg, Vermont; Knox, Indiana; Mt. Hood, Oregon; and Sidell, Louisiana, where Buster learns all about living on the land.

Get the Postcards From Buster: Buster's Got the Beat DVD here!

Get the Postcards From Buster: Buster's Outdoor Journeys DVD here!

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