Saturday, August 18, 2007

Mini-DVD Review: South Park Season 10 (Aug. 21); Solomon's Weekly Rant: Anchor Bay Annoys Three's Company Fans By Not Releasing Spin-offs on DVD

Welcome to another edition of mini-DVD reviews! Today we take a look at Comedy Central/Paramount's South Park: The Complete Tenth Season. South Park of course is the popular cable animated series that is full of laughs for all ages. Join Cartman and the gang for all the fun. Get your hats & coats on! See skees53's mini-DVD review of South Park: The Complete Tenth Season:

South Park: The Complete Tenth Season (Comedy Central DVD, $49.99) presents all 14 episodes from 2006 season of the hit Comedy Central series. Kyle, Stan, Cartman, Kenny (he doesn't even die at all this season), and of course Butters join up for 14 great episodes of what may be the greatest season of the show so far. The season begins with "The Return of Chef," where Chef comes back from joining the Super Adventure Club and realizes that he wants to make love... with the children! The series takes on Family Guy (which the creators seem to hate; why can't they learn to co-exist?) in the two-part episode "Cartoon Wars," where Cartman decides to do whatever he can to get an episode of Family Guy banned. We get to see Cartman's mom trying to find a solution to solve his behavior issues (by using reality shows, including Nanny 911, Supernanny, and even The Dog Whisperer) in "Tsst." Cartman and Butters are decide to reveal who they think was responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks in "Mystery of the Urinal Deuce." The kindergarten teacher and one of her students are the main topic of "Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy," which I think the title says exactly what it is about. Cartman wants a Nintendo Wii and Richard Dawkins comes to South Park to explain evolution in the episodes "Go God Go" and "Go God Go XII."
Once again, the special features are the mini-commentaries for every episode. They last less than five minutes each, and honestly, it is frustrating that they can't do full commentaries. But there really aren't any other special features aside from the Comedy Central Quickies (essentially just really good clips from current Comedy Central programs) and that is a little disappointing (but what we have come to expect from these South Park DVDs). The video and audio on the set is as good as we would expect, but there was one very unusual thing about the closing credits on the episodes... they used the Comedy Central version of the closing credits! Basically all they did was replaced the part of the screen that would show what is coming up next on Comedy Central with a brief scene from the episode. I guess it is only a minor annoyance (because it isn't like we ever saw original closing credits on Comedy Central in the first place), but it would look nice to have real closing credits presented on the DVD set. Still, there are many great episodes on this DVD set that any fan would want to own!
-- Reviewed by skees53
(4/5 stars)

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Solomon's Weekly Rant
Saturday, August 18, 2007
"Anchor Bay Annoys Three's Company Fans By Not Releasing the Spin-offs on DVD"
By Solomon Davis

Anchor Bay (or now known as Starz Home Entertainment) has told Three's Company fans that they don't have the rights to release the Three's Company spin-offs (The Ropers, Three's a Crowd)on DVD which is why they are not released on DVD yet. So most fans accepted that explanation but what I won't accept is what I call "Sympathy DVD Releases." Sympathy DVD releases are DVD's that were released to make fans feel better about what they can't get while draining money from us at the same time. And that's exactly what Anchor Bay gave Three's Company fans when they released those un-entertaining Jack and Janet's best-of Favorites DVD's. They are nothing but a best-of Three's Company DVD which says to fans "we are sorry that we don't have the rights to the spin-offs, but here are the same Three's Company episodes again." So if Anchor Bay knows they don't have the right to the spin-offs, then why try and release something else connected to the show so that more money can be made? There is not one Three's Company fan who feels better about having a Jack and Janet's Favorites DVD over the spin-offs.
So what will Anchor Bay release Three's Company wise next before 2008 arrives for us to have in our collection? Maybe Mike the Bartender's favorites or Mr. Angelino's favorites?? I wish just Anchor Bay would stop trying to make us forget that we don't have the spin-offs with these so-called replacement DVD releases and give the fans what they really want. Anchor Bay is doing the same thing to Three's Company fans that Comcast did to NFL fans I think. Comcast knew they couldn't acquire the rights to the Sunday NFL Ticket so they offered NFL fans a college football package instead to make us feel a lot better. NFL fans had no interest in that crap and Three's Company fans have no interest in a Best of DVD, especially since all eight seasons are already out on DVD. And this really shows me that Anchor Bay is trying to take advantage of our love for the show and basically don't care about our spin-off DVD dreams. So enough with these sympathy DVD releases Anchor Bay because Three's Company is complete on DVD and I'm sure no fan wants to see Felipe's Favorites in 2008.

My TV Highlight of the Week: Sunday, August 12, 2007 - Flavor Flav being Roasted.
My TV Lowlight of the Week: Monday, August 13, 2007 - Enrique Iglesias wearing a baseball cap while guest hosting with Kelly Ripa on LIVE! with Regis & Kelly.

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