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Revenge of the Reruns: New DVDs for 4 September 2007

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There was a time, shrouded in the mists of memory, when September heralded the end of summer reruns and ushered in a new season of network television. It was a time of great celebration and wide-eyed wonder as we breathlessly anticipated the new crop of series. It didn’t matter that most of them wouldn’t last more than thirteen weeks. What mattered was that once they came charging in, we’d be rescued from the summer of reruns.

That was before the onslaught of reality shows—err, “unscripted series”—and the resurgence of game shows, neither of which are well-equipped for the rerun circuit. But that didn’t stop the networks from serving us heaping helpings of them for summer fare.

A strange thing happened in the process: we came to miss the summer reruns. Fortunately, the studios were there to feed our addictions—for a price, of course. And thus was born the TV series box set. Sure, you can see almost any of these series on basic cable, or you can TIVO them, but that’s a poor substitute for actually owning them on DVDs loaded with special features that you previously never realized you needed.

TV box sets are the most profitable segment of the DVD market and this week finds no dearth of them. In fact, they pretty much make up the bulk of new releases in every category this time around.

In the Action/Adventure category, Prison Break: Season Two leads the way, with a six- disc set that runs 966 minutes, with extras. There are also some James Bond reissues out this week. You decide which set is more believable.

Dramas are a more delicate category, considering how quirky the plotlines often are. Is Desperate Housewives: The Complete Third Season a drama disguised as a comedy, or is it the other way around? Either way, it’s a pretty safe bet that by this time next year, you’ll be able to say you own the complete series.

Nip/Tuck: The Complete Fourth Season may very well complete your collection of this series about glamorous plastic surgeons with soul. The Black Donnellys: The Complete Series illustrates why it’s not always wise to bet on the Irish mob. It had a cult following, but never pulled in the numbers to stay on the air. Fans are hoping this release will give it a second chance at life.

It could happen. Just the fact that it’s titled Rules of Engagement: The Complete First Season indicates the powers that be haven’t given up on this comedic series about the various stages of relationships. It’s happened before, as 30 Rock: Season One shows. 30 Rock still has a way to go, but The Office: Season Three aptly demonstrates that well-crafted sitcoms will always have a place in our hearts.

The two “major” theatrical releases this week are unlikely to make so much as a ripple. Georgia Rule is an all too earnest chick flick featuring Lindsay Lohan and Jane Fonda. Delta Farce features Larry the Cable Guy in a supposed comedy about bungling Army reservists who mistake Mexico for Iraq. Expect both films to be in the cutout bins within a month.

The long list, such as it is, follows:


Animal 2

Bobby Z

Center of the Web

City of Violence

Hunting of Man

I Witness

James Bond:

Diamonds Are Forever

Dr. No

Live and Let Die


Tomorrow Never Dies

A View to a Kill


Ping Pong

Prison Break: Season Two

Secret of the Cave

Thor the Conqueror

Wild 7




Believe in Me

Bernard and the Genie

The Black Donnellys: The Complete Series

Demons from Her Past

Desperate Housewives: The Complete Third Season

Falcon Beach: The Complete First Season

Georgia Rule

Hettie Wainthropp Investigates: Complete Collection

Night on Earth (Criterion Collection

Nip/Tuck: The Complete Fourth Season (DVD, HD DVD)

On Any Sunday: Remastered Directors 2 Disc Special Edition


Remember the Titans (Blu-ray)

The Runaway Bus

Scene of the Crime

Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars

A Special Day

Steel Toes

Stephanie Daley

Violet Perfume

The Wind That Shakes the Barley


30 Rock: Season One

Baggin’ with Ralphie May

Bosom Buddies: The Complete Series

Cain and Abel

The Carhops

Closing Escrow

Delta Farce (DVD, Blu-ray)

Demetri Martin. Person

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Seasons 1 and 2

Jack’s Hit

The Loves and Times of Scaramouche

The Office: Season Three

Rules of Engagement: The Complete First Season

The Sheriff and the Satellite Kid

Stranger Than Paradise (Criterion Collection)


Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride

Dirty Jobs: Collection One

Docurama Film Festival 4

Flock of Dodos

History of Penn State Football

History of Wisconsin Wootball

Journey into Buddhism: Dharma River
Prajna Ride
Vajra Sky Over Tibet

Kings and Criminals

Really Big Things

Rush to War

Sportscentury Greatest Athletes: Babe Ruth
Hank Aaron

Top Tens


Ayakashi: Samurai Horror Tales, Vol. 3

Chill Out Scooby Do–Original Movie

Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams

Essence of Anime: Appleseed
Blood, the Last Vampire
Ghost in the Shell
Karas, Vol. One
Ninja Scroll
Perfect Blue
Read or Die
Street Fighter Alpha

Fantasma Vol. 3

Gumby Essentials: Vol. 1

Gunslinger Girl: The Silence of the Stars, v.3

Inu Yasha: Season 4 Box Set

Kaleido Star:New Wings True Star Collection

My-Zhime My-Otomoe Vol. 2

Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow

Robot Chicken: Season Two (Uncensored)

She-Ra, Princess of Power:: Season Two

Spongebob Squarepants: Season Five

Suzuka, Vol. 3

Tide-Line Blue, Vol. 3


That’s it for this week. Now don’t let me hear you say “there’s nothing on TV.”

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