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TV Seasons All In A Box: New DVDs 11 September 2007

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I want to tell you that after weeks of lackluster new releases, things are finally exciting again. I want to tell you that, but the truth is you have to sift through the categories to find anything worthwhile.

Oh, there are loads of “Complete Season” TV box sets out there, but that’s not really news, is it? I’m beginning to think that there are less than a dozen television series that don’t have a box set devoted to them. With McHale’s Navy: Season Two and I Dream of Jeannie: The Complete Fourth Season among this week’s offerings, you have to wonder if the catalogue has been picked through once too often.

Take heart, though. Dr. McDreamy and cohorts live on in Grey’s Anatomy: The Third Season. A bit less popular, but a guilty pleasure nonetheless, is one of my secret favorites, Las Vegas: Season Four. Both series owe their popularity more to eye candy than riveting plots, which says a lot about popular tastes.

For the more mystically inclined, Charmed: The Final Season (Season 8) is finally available as is Supernatural: Season 2. You say you want something even more vacuous? Not to worry — Bones: The Complete Second Season combines elements of Remington Steele and the CSI franchise in a rollicking cop show that’s never completely coherent. If that’s not numbing enough for you, give Two and a Half Men: The Complete First Season a shot. It’s guaranteed to recycle every swingin’ sitcom joke you hoped you’d never hear again.

On a serious note — a much more serious note — this week sees the DVD release of HBO’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. At just over two hours, it barely scrapes the surface of the 1970 book, but nonetheless evokes its spirit. Despite minor historical inaccuracies, it effectively recreates the events leading to the massacre of indigenous Americans at the hands of European Americans. It’s a story that still resonates in these times of “nation building.”

Theatrical DVDs are sparse this week, but it’s certainly worth noting that The Graduate (40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition) is at last available. Truly a landmark film, this brilliant social satire launched the career of Dustin Hoffman and cemented Mike Nichols’ reputation as a director. The soundtrack, featuring “Mrs. Robinson,” certainly didn’t hurt the fortunes of Simon and Garfunkel, either. This edition is loaded with extras befitting a film of this magnitude.

Face/Off wasn’t a particularly good movie, but watching John Travolta play Nicholas Cage, and vice versa, was amusing, particularly when directed by John Woo. It revolves around a face transplant that — well, you just have to accept it as it goes along. Woo keeps the action going, and Travolta and Cage ham it up shamelessly. It’s not a movie that bears a lot of scrutiny, but the Face/Off (2 Disc Special Collector’s Edition) will nevertheless give it a shot.

That’s all I have this week. All these box sets are making me dizzy. I think I’ll do something old-fashioned, and watch some TV.

Here’s the long list. View at your own risk…

Action/Adventure

Action Angels

The Adventures of Barry McKenzie

Arabian Adventure

D.O.A. Dead or Alive

Do or Die

Drummer of Vengeance

Everyone is Kung Fu Fighting

Face/Off (2 Disc Special Collector’s Edition)

The Lost World (Special Edition—1960 and 1925 Versions)

OSA

The Replacement Killers: Extended Cut (Blu-ray)

The Sea Beast

Shogun Assassin Vol. 3: Slashing Blades of Carnage

Ten ‘Til Noon

Tomorrow Never Comes

Triad Election

White Dog

Drama

The Alice

Another Perfect Stranger

Away from Her

The Blue Rose

Bones: The Complete Second Season

Blue Smoke

Brass Monkey

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Carolina Moon

Charmed: The Final Season (Season 8)

Courage

Crystal Heart

Dark Side of the Sun

Even Money

Game of Seduction

The Graduate (40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition)

Grey’s Anatomy: The Complete Third Season

Griffin and Phoenix

Jericho of Scotland Yard: Set 2

Journey Among Women

Las Vegas: Season Four

Lilies

Masada: The Complete Epic Mini-Series

Max Lucado’s 3:16 Stories of Hope

The Murri Affair

Private Property

The Sea Beast

The Sissi Collection

Someday

Snow Cake

Supernatural: The Complete First Two Seasons

Thursday’s Child

Tomorrow Never Comes

The Way of the Wind

Comedy

The Addams Family Vol. 3

The Adventures of Barry McKenzie

Bob and Tom: Comedy All-Stars Tour

The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down

Cheney’s Tomorrow Never Comes?

Comedy Express Presents: BT

Comics on Duty: We Love You, Mrs. Bevins

Dentist in the Chair

The Film Crew: Wild Women of Wongo

The Golden Years of British Comedy

I Dream of Jeannie: The Complete Fourth Season

Krazy Keystone Komedies

Malcolm

McHale’s Navy: Season Two

The Most Fertile Man in Ireland

The Noel Coward Collection (BBC)

Spooked

The Starter Wife

Sunnyboy and Sugarbaby

Two and a Half Men: The Complete First Season

When Comedy Was King

Documentary

American Cannibal: The Documentary

California Theme Parks

Confidential

Crusty Demons of Dirt: Beginnings

Dented 2

Ever Again

Freemasonry Revealed

The History of the Machine Gun

I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal

Internationally Speaking

Italian Fascism in Color

Kings of Chrome

A Lawyer Walks Into a Bar

Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ

Nature’s Journey (HD DVD)

Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West

The Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds Scandal

War and Civilization: Hosted by Walter Cronkite

Animation/Anime

Avatar, the Last Airbender: The Complete Book 2 Collection

Burst Angel, Vol. 3, Vol. 4

Dark Water/Princess Blade

Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes Vol.2

Guyver Vol. 6: Pandemonium’s Ransom

Hare and Guu Box Set

Kyo Kara Maoh, Season 2, Vol. 6

Mushi-shi Vol. 2

Princess Princess, Vol. 3

Shonen Onmyouji Vol. 2

Tom and Jerry: Spotlight Collection, Vol.1- 3

Xenosaga Vol. 1: Enter the Gnosis

Wings of Honneamise (Hd Dvd, Blu-ray)

Yo-Gi-Oh Season 5, Vol.2

You made it this far? You deserve a tip of the hat, for you are truly a person of DVD awareness.

See you next week.

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