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February 12, 2004
TV on DVD Reviews
At DVD Talk we're huge fans of TV on DVD so we to cover as many of TV-DVD releases as possible, including recent reviews for: Angel Season 3 - which offers one of the most effectively executed season arcs in both 'Buffyverse' series, Roswell: Season 1 - a highly recommended series for people who appreciate teen romance shows mixed with science fiction, Dilbert: The Complete Series - if you’ve ever been frustrated by a stupid supervisor, nonsensical workplace rules, or co-workers from hell, you’ll identify with the show, The Thorn Birds - the second-most-watched miniseries of all time, and its appeal turns out to be a lasting one, The Simple Life - cotton candy television - good for a few random chuckles, Friends: Complete Sixth Season - If you've ever wondered about all of the hype surrounding Friends then this is a great place to start. Finally, if you're looking for our recommendation of the best of TV on DVD so far this year be sure not to miss The Shield: Season 1 and Season 2.

February 10, 2004
Star Wars Trilogy Officially Announced on DVD
It's the big DVD announcement you've all been waiting for: Lucasfilm and Twentieth Century Fox have announced the DVD Release for Star Wars Trilogy DVD on September 21st. This special 4 disc box set will include the three 'original' Star Wars movies (Star Wars IV: A New Hope, Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi) presented in THX Anamorphic Widescreen and Dolby Digital-EX. Each film will be released in the 'Special Edition' version (including the changes made to the films for their theatrical re-release in 1997) and feature audio commentary by George Lucas and select members of the cast and crew. In addition to the three features the box set will also feature a fourth disc including making-of documentaries and features for the 3 films as well as a 2 hour documentary including never-before-seen footage. There will NOT be an option to view the films in their original theatrical version and the films will not be sold individually. Exact pricing for the set, specific disc extras and an official pre-order date to be announced in the weeks ahead. Discuss this announcement in the DVD Talk Forum.

DVD Savant: Underworld Beauty and on South Street
This week the DVD Savant takes a look at: Pickup on South Street - Sam Fuller's masterpiece gets the Criterion treatment, with a stunning transfer and extras to die for, Underworld Beauty - Seijun Suzuki does it again in this early-career crimer, a splendid little potboiler, Death in Venice -Luchino Visconti's beautifully designed study of a repressed artist with a deteriorating personality, X-15 - a dry and uneventful ode to test pilots starring Charles Bronson and Mary Tyler Moore with a bizarre formatting issue and the spectacular footage of the real tests and launches and Goodbye Mr. Chips - Robert Donat can't make the schoolkids like him, until Greer Garson comes along. One of those classics that just has a good attitude about people. Read all this and more in this week's DVD Savant.

February 09, 2004
This Week's Notable DVDs (2/10-2/17)
If you're a fan of independent films, this is a great week for you! Notable indie films this week include: The Stone Reader - an enjoyable documentary that is a must for anyone who loves books, Sylvia - Gwyneth Paltrow shines in the depressing story of poet Sylvia Plath, Wonderland [Review] - another strong performance by Val Kilmer as famed adult star John Holmes and Party Monster - with unexpected performances from Macaulay Culkin and Seth Green as eccentric 80's club boys/drag queen's who get mixed up in a little murder. Aside from great indie titles, this week's notable DVDs also include: Intolerable Cruelty [Review] - a truly enjoyable romantic comedy written and directed by the Coen brothers, Angel - Season 3 - another solid season from this Buffy spin-off and Lion King: 1 1/2 [Review] - one of Disney's best direct to DVD efforts yet! Read our Complete List of Upcoming DVDs for more great DVDs out this week, and visit our DVD Talk Review Database for all the latest reviews.

Just Announced DVDs
Of course the big announcement this week is Star Wars Trilogy: Collector's Giftset DVD on September 21st but there are other great DVD announcements which hopefully won't be overshadowed including: Gothika on 3/23 - an uncommon psychological thriller with Halle Berry and Penelope Cruz, A League Of Their Own on 4/20 - a charming movie about the Woman's Baseball League in with Tom Hanks, Madonna and Geena Davis, Wild Things (Unrated) on 4/20 - a new unrated version of this guilty pleasure of a movie starring Kevin Bacon, Neve Campbell, Matt Dillon and Denise Richards (it may be trashy but we love it), Love Actually on 4/27 - the feel good British romantic comedy from the creative team behind Bridget Jone's Diary and Notting Hill, and finally, the long awaited The Great Escape: Collector's Edition on 5/25 - a 2 disc restoration of the film including both a DD 5.1 and Mono audio track, audio commentary from surviving members of the cast and crew and a number of behind the scenes documentaries! Read our complete list of Upcoming DVDs

The Lion King 1 1/2 DVD Giveaway
Disney has been on a roll with their 2 Disc edition of classic animated DVDs, giving some of their best films top treatment on DVD. It's fantastic to see them take this same approach with the direct-to-DVD film The Lion King 1 1/2 - a 2 disc special edition absolutely packed with goodies. The Lion King 1 1/2 is actually a prequel to The Lion King, and it reunites the Original Cast (including Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and Ernie Sabella) with award winning composers Tim Rice and Elton John for a real treat! This week we're giving away 5 copies of the The Lion King 1 1/2 DVD so Enter Now for your chance to win.

CineSchlock-O-Rama: Superfly
Eight-track stereo, color TV in every room and Superfly on DVD -- that's any CineSchlocker's dream! At long last the blaxploitation landmark finally makes the scene with appropriate flourish: a must-hear commentary by Dr. Todd Boyd, soundtrack insights from Curtis Mayfield and even the skinny on Priest's tricked out El-D. Afterward, take a docu-dip with some rowdy rednecks who catch 40-pound catfish barehanded in Okie Noodling.

The Aisle View: Barbershop 2 & Miracle
This week in The Aisle View critic Alley Hector takes a look at Barbershop 2: Back in Business - Ice Cube and Cedrick return for more laughs, heated discussion and more. Find out how it stacks up to the first Barbershop. Also this week Alley takes a look Miracle with Kurt Russell in a tale about the against all odds US Olympic Hockey team and their drive to defeat the undebatable Russian Hockey team. Want to get The Aisle View right when it's published? Sign Up to get The Aisle View delivered free to your email box!


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