Saturday, October 02, 2010
- 21 Jump Street (entire series)
- The A-Team (entire series)
- The Commish (first three seasons)
- The Greatest American Hero (entire series except the pilot)
- Hunter (first four seasons)
- The Rockford Files (first three seasons)
- Silk Stalkings (first three seasons)
- Wiseguy (first season)
The big surprise of the week came with this scoop from TVShowsOnDVD.com reporting the arrival of the sitcom Webster on DVD, sometime next year from Shout! Factory. Many fans thought this series would never arrive on DVD, but now it appears that it will. What is even more surprising is that, as far as we know (and we may be incorrect about this, as distribution rights for any given series are not as clear cut as they may seem), this series is distributed by CBS Television Distribution, and this would mark the first time that they have licensed any of their series to another distributor for home media. This could be the beginning of great things. But as far as Webster, we have no details of precisely when it'll arrive on DVD or how it'll be marketed. So, is this be that "secret complete series" that we reported on last week? According to Brian Ward, it isn't! So we now just patiently wait for another big announcement...
CBS Home Entertainment, though, hasn't exactly given up on releasing things. It was just last week that we reported that The Lucy Show - The Official Third Season would be available on November 30, but now, CBS Home Entertainment is reporting through their Facebook page that they are looking at releasing the fourth season on March 15, 2011! That will leave only two more seasons to go, and gives us hope that the series will be completed after all.
That isn't all for CBS Home Entertainment, though! With the current reboot of the series Hawaii Five-O currently on air, the classic series continues to march on through DVD, with season 10 scheduled for March, and plans to have the entire series out on DVD by mid 2011! It is always nice to hear a plan for completion. Fans of the series Vega$ will be happy to know that Vega$ - The Second Season, Volume 1 is one the way for December 7. Finally, they have also revealed that Mannix - The Fourth Season will also be coming on January 4, 2011. Plenty of good news all around!
We've known for a little while now that Night Court - The Complete Fourth Season was coming sometime soon through the Warner Bros. Archive as a manufacture-on-demand (DVD-R format) title at WBShop.com, but as of this past Tuesday, the title has officially been shipping to customers wishing to purchase it! It comes with a $34.95 price tag, with various discounts available for savvy web shoppers (you are on your own to find the discounts, because they change almost daily). We haven't received a copy of this title yet, but we'll definitely have a review of it available for you when we do get one.
Fourteen is the apparently the lucky number at Warner, with the fourteenth season of two long running dramas having been announced recently. First, the fourteenth season of the long-running NBC medical drama ER has been announced for January 11, 2011. But just one we get another fourteenth (and final) season of one of television's greatest primetime soap operas, with Dallas - The Complete Final Season! This only leaves the reunion movies for Dallas to be released. Let's hope that Warner also finishes Knots Landing and Falcon Crest as well, and while we are at it, let's hope CBS Home Entertainment gets moving ahead on Dynasty! These primetime soap operas are never ending stories that aren't complete if we don't have the complete series.
Modern Family is one of the biggest hits on TV right now, so it should be no surprise that the second season is going to make it on DVD sooner or later. What should be a surprise, however, is the fact that Modern Family - The Complete Second Season can already be pre-ordered online, despite the season just starting last week! No details are known just yet, but the pre-orders seem to get earlier and earlier all the time!
Finally, with all of the good news that we've been reporting, there is a slight bit of bad news to report. The Andy Griffith Show - The 50th Anniversary: The Best of Mayberry has been delayed to a date that is not known at this time. We still have no clue what is going to be on this release, so it is no surprise that it has been delayed. Hopefully there will be some nice special features available on it when it finally is released.
UPCOMING WEEK PREVIEW
Two CBS hits from the 70s are out on Tuesday (October 5), including All in the Family - The Complete Seventh Season from Shout! Factory and The Mary Tyler Moore Show - The Complete Seventh Season from Fox. Neither set contains any special features, but the release of The Mary Tyler Moore Show finally brings us to the end of that series on DVD, which is always nice to see. Now we'll have to see when/if the complete series (announced, then "temporarily" scrapped nearly two years ago) will make it to DVD.
Ally McBeal has already been completed on DVD with Ally McBeal - The Complete Series, but for those collecting the individual seasons, the final three seasons hit store shelves on Tuesday, with Ally McBeal - The Complete Third Season, Ally McBeal - The Complete Fourth Season, and Ally McBeal - The Complete Fifth Season. None of these have any special features, so if you are interested in those, you'll have to go with the complete series release.
As has been the case most of the time in recent weeks, we'll have reviews on these as soon as we can get them. We apologize for the backlog that we have been having on reviews lately, but we assure you that it isn't our fault, and we are doing everything that we can to get these reviews done as quickly as possible. Look for reviews of All in the Family, The Cleveland Show, Designing Women, Father Knows Best, Leave it to Beaver, Night Court, The Real McCoys, Rhoda, The Simpsons, and more on our reviews page in the next week.
BLOG FEATURE REVIEW
Today we celebrate 60 years of Peanuts! What better way to celebrate this to give you a DVD review of a new Peanuts DVD that just came out! He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown is the fifth prime-time animated TV special based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz, and now we have it on DVD!
DVD Review: He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown
He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown (Warner, $19.98) brings us the fifth special (from 1968) on DVD digitally remastered. However, the first DVD release of this special came on July 7, 2009, in remastered form as part of the DVD box set Peanuts 1960's Collection, but this is the first time it is being released on its own DVD. We also get a bonus special, Life Is a Circus, Charlie Brown. That is the 20th special and it aired in 1980. Please note that, Life Is a Circus is being released for the first time ever on DVD here in the U.S.
In He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown, the gang is fed up with Charlie Brown's dog, mischief-maker Snoopy, so Charlie Brown sends the beagle away to a puppy boot camp! Equipped with a tiny suitcase and his own doggy dish, Snoopy heads to the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm but never makes it past his first stop at Peppermint Patty's! Will Snoopy stay there forever? Can Charlie Brown put an end to the canine chaos and bring Snoopy back to the little red doghouse? It's all about friendship and loyalty on this classic special! In Life Is a Circus, Charlie Brown, Snoopy runs away to join the circus and learns the harsh reality of show business after falling for Fifi, a pretty big top poodle! What will happen next? Will Charlie Brown find him and bring him back?
Let's take a look at the runtimes for each special:
1. He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown (25:03, 5 chapters)
2. Life Is a Circus, Charlie Brown (24:14, 5 chapters)
Let's now move on to the packaging. We have a very thin keep case, that is movie style. The cover art is purple in color and has a artwork of Peppermint Patty, Charlie Brown and of course Snoopy. The title of the set is in the middle, with a mention that this is a remastered deluxe edition on the top with a Snoopy Peanuts logo! The bottom says, we have a bonus Peanuts TV special. To the back we go, we get a nice shot of Charlie Brown with Snoopy with his doggy dish in his mouth and the wording "A Beagle Is a Boy's Best Friend. Sometimes." is on top. The back also has details on the two specials and a list of bonus features. When we open the case, there is no artwork inside, so it is just plain black. The disc is on the right panel with artwork of Charlie Brown and Snoopy. Once again the background color is purple.
The menu screen has options of Features, Special Features, and Languages. We get that purple background again along with the same artwork as the cover art, with the theme song playing in the background. For Languages, we can have either have English, Espanol, Portuguese or Japanese. For subtitles we have those four again and also French! The Features section have the two specials listed by title, we can also select Play All to play them consecutively. Finally, Special Features lists the featurette and trailers for You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown and LEGO Harry Potter.
The video and audio is tremendous once again. It looks HD even if this isn't Blu-ray. These specials are all so good ever since they started the Remastered Collection sets. They have never looked better or sounded better ever. I am very impressed yet again; what more can I continue to say about these digitally remastered sets? Warner continues to do a great job on this remastering of all these classic specials. And the main thing is that all of the specials are unedited! These sets are must buys for the video quality alone, as it is a major improvement over the VHS versions or anything you taped from TV in the last two decades.
As for special features, we get a nice featurette nice again! Each set seems to have a cool featurette. It is titled "Snoopy's Home Ice: The Story of the Redwood Empire Ice Arena" and runs 22:00. The ice arena is a popular Northern California indoor ice rink located in Santa Rosa, California. It was owned by Charles M. Schulz when it opened on April 28, 1969. The Arena offers public skating, private ice time, figure skating, junior hockey, and adult hockey. It is also host to the annual Snoopy's Senior World Hockey Tournament, in which 64 teams from all over the world come to Santa Rosa for a week-long hockey tournament in the summer. The arena has about 500 permanent seats for hockey games, but this can be expanded to 3,000 seats for concerts and other events. Interviewed and featured are Lee Mendelson (executive producer), Kevin McCool (operations manager, Redwood Empire Ice Arena), Craig Schulz (Charles' son), Skippy Baxter (professional skater/director, Redwood Empire Ice Arena), Jean Schulz (Charles' wife), Lisa Illsley-Navarro (skating professor), and Jim Doe (general manager, Redwood Empire Ice Arena.
I once again highly do recommend this set for any Charlie Brown-Peanuts fan and classic animation in general. Continue your collection, because we get another special that we never had on DVD before and all are remastered again. This is worth it! Let's hope we get the '80s Peanuts collection next, so we make sure we have every single special. There are about 14 of those so it might need 2 volumes. Warner continues to do a wonderful job with the remastering and the behind the scenes extras for each set. Let's hope they continue to release more Peanuts specials and eventually we get them all remastered in our personal libraries! So don't let Snoopy run away on both of these specials because he is really a cool beagle! Happy 60th, Peanuts!
-- Reviewed by Pavan
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As always, we'll return next week with more news and reviews. We are working on some more interesting feature stories to bring you in the upcoming weeks, so you won't want to miss those. Until then, we encourage you to watch some of those Stephen J. Cannell series that we mentioned earlier in today's Digital Digest, as it the best way to, well, keep it digital.
New Girl - "Big News" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
The morning after their break-up, Jess and Nick scramble to keep it a secret from the loftmates. Meanwhile, Winston passes his police academy entrance exam, and demands that the gang throw him a "Honey Roast".
The Mindy Project - "Think Like a Peter" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Peter encourages Mindy to think more like a man. To test his advice, they head out to a bar, where they meet Lee (guest star Max Greenfield), a smooth-talking first-grade teacher who is up to no good. Meanwhile, Danny tries to give relationship advice to Tamra.
About a Boy - "About a Slopmaster" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Fiona (Minnie Driver) volunteers to run a project for Marcus’s (Benjamin Stockham) class – a miniature society modeled after Dickensian London. Wanting to be King of the mock economy, Fiona instead selects him as the lowly slopmaster, much to his dismay, prompting him to figure out a clever yet questionable solution to turn things around. Meanwhile, Will (David Walton) takes Marcus out on a spending spree, thanks to his latest royalty check and then does his best to throw the perfect party to impress Sam (guest star Adrianne Palicki).
Growing Up Fisher - "The Man with the Spider Tattoo" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
find a new plus-one for an important charity event, and he’s determined to show his peers that his post-divorce life is going smoothly. Katie (Ava Deluca-Verley) becomes invested in helping her dad find a plus-one, as her secret party at her dad’s apartment is in jeopardy if Mel doesn’t attend the event. Meanwhile, Runyen’s (Lance Lim) mom (guest star Lela Lee) thinks Henry (Eli Baker) is a bad influence on her son, so Joyce (Jenna Elfman) confronts her in order to defend the Fisher family honor.
The Game - "Mommy Dearest" (BET, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Chardonnay plans an extravagant vow-renewal ceremony; Malki and Yana have a plan to remove the tension between them.
Let's Stay Together - "Breakdown and Billy Clubs" (BET, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Stacy and Tasha invite themselves on Charles and Jamal's fishing trip; Crystal helps Kita write a love letter to Troy.
Tuesday, April 15
- Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld) - Catch Jerry on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
- Wendie Malick (Hot in Cleveland/Just Shoot Me!) - Wendie stops by The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
- Jim Rash (Community/Help Me Help You) - Jim visits The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
- Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) - Andy is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
- Busy Philipps (Cougar Town) - Busy appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
- Zach Woods (The Office) - Zach stops by The Pete Holmes Show at midnight on TBS.
- Marlon Wayans (The Wayans Bros.) - Marlon is part of the guest panel on Chelsea Lately on E! at 11pm. He will also be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
- Billy Bob Thortnon (Hearts Afire) - Billy Bob speaks about the new FX series Fargo on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings.
- Don Cheadle (The Golden Palace) - Don appears on a repeat of The Arsenio Hall Show, so check your local listings.
- Bob Saget (How I Met Your Mother/Full House) - Bob talks about his TV career, doing stand-up and his new memoir, Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian, on Katie, so check your local listings. He will also be on Larry King Now at 2/5pm PT/ET on Ora.tv and Hulu.
- Tracy Morgan (30 Rock/The Tracy Morgan Show) - Tracy is a guest on The Tracy Morgan Show, so check your local listings.
- Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond) - Doris appears on The Queen Latifah Show, so check your local listings.
- Whoopi Goldberg (Whoopi/Bagdad Cafe) - Whoopi talks about her new Lifetime movie A Day Late and a Dollar Short on ABC's Good Morning America between 7-9am.
- Tichina Arnold (Martin/Everybody Hates Chris/Happily Divorced) - Tichina talks about her new Lifetime movie A Day Late and a Dollar Short on SiriusXM Radio on Morning Jolt with Larry Flick at 9:35am, Hip Hop Nation at 10:05am, and Shade 45 with Sway at 10:30am.
- Cheryl Hines (Suburgatory/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Cheryl helps Michael Symon make a winter ratatouille sandwich on a repeat of ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
- Brandy Norwood (The Game/Moesha) - Brandy will be on Big Morning Buzz Live on VH1 at 10am.
- Kristin Chenoweth (Kristin) - Kristin will be on Pop Sugar Now on TV Guide Network at 6pm and on the next day on their website at noon.