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TV DVD QT, Vol. 5

Perry Mason: Season 1, Volume 2 – If you’re thinking about bitching because CBS split this first season of “Perry Mason” into two volumes, consider that this second part of the season includes 20 episodes…and the first part contained 19! Holy crap, 39 episodes in one season…? When people talk about how today’s work ethic is shit compared to what it used to be, they aren’t kidding! Of course, you won’t be surprised to hear that Mr. Mason’s record is 39-0 by season’s send, but you will be depressed to find out that there aren’t any special features.

7th Heaven: The Complete Third Season – As family dramas go, “7th Heaven” is pretty solid – Stephen Collins and Catherine Hicks make plausible parents, and on the kid front, there’s the always-hot Jessica Biel to look at – but let’s talk about the set and its packaging. In a nutshell, both suck. There are no special features, which is pretty much inexcusable, given that the show is still on the air and the cast is decidedly accessible, but even after saving money by not paying anyone to do commentary, CBS / Paramount additionally stuffed six discs into a standard-sized DVD case. Lazy and cheap.

Survivor: Vanuatu – There’s a reason you don’t see very many competition-based reality shows released as full-season sets on DVD: they don’t tend to have much in the way of replay interest. I mean, once you know who’s won, what’s the point, right? Well, in the case of “Survivor,” it’s clearly more than just the competition; in addition to the interviews with the contestants and the camaraderie between them, the show ends up being worth watching over and over again just because the scenery is so beautiful. CBS offers up commentary for this set as well as four featurettes and the reunion special. Believe it or not, I’d never watched a complete episode of the show before checking out this set, but it’s clear why “Survivor” continues to be a ratings monster; it’s a lot of fun.

Thundercats: Season Two, Volume 2 – Well, you have to give Warner Brothers credit: they’re so certain that “Thundercats” fans are going to buy both halves of this second-season set that they’ve continued the numbering of the discs from Volume 1 and labeled these as Discs 7 – 12. I can’t speak to the quality of the show itself – it premiered right about the time I stopped watching cartoons regularly – but, at the very least, I’m comfortable in saying that the character designs remain some of the best of the ‘80s. The only special feature, though, is the Thundercats Ultimate Adventure Challenge. Yawn.

Touched By An Angel: The Third Season, Volume 2 – Okay, so I only watched one episode from this devoid-of-special-features set…but that episode (“Inherit the Wind”) sure had some kick-ass guest-stars. It opened with Keb’ Mo’ as an Angel of Music, and it also featured Bill Cosby as the Angel of Reconciliation (named Phil), as well as appearances from Charlie Schlatter (he played Ferris Bueller on the short-lived TV version of the flick), Ian Abercrombie (Mr. Pitt from “Seinfeld”), Cloris Leachman, and the great Paul Winfield. The older you get, the more you’ll like this series…but if you’re under 40, you’ll probably find more inspiration from “Joan of Arcadia.”

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Season Two, Volume 1 – As the series moves into color for the first time, so does it become harder for viewers to suspend their disbelief during the episodes with the more bizarre premises. How bizarre are we talking here? Try this synopsis on for size: “A cyborg double of Admiral Nelson boards the Seaview as part of a sinister plan to launch missiles at China, Russia, and the U.S..” There’s also an episode where a scientist is turned into a giant, as well as the obligatory discovery of aliens in another episode. Given the limited special effects of the era, the show was generally at its best when sticking with some semblance of reality.

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Now here’s a sequel I’d like to see:

Real Genius 2.

Oh, sure, it’s about as likely to happen as the long-rumored “Pretty in Pink 2″…but it sure would be cool.

If you don’t remember the original Val Kilmer flick, check out the trailer below:

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And now…Jackie Gleason on acid

From Skidoo, (Also featuring Groucho Marx, Mickey Rooney, and Carol Channing. This is the best fake acid trip ever concocted by Hollywood.)

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Santa scares

Merry Christmas, everyone!


Read the rest after the jump...

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Rosie and The Donald scrap it up

Yeah, more Rosie news. Apparently O’Donnell wasn’t happy with The Donald’s near firing of Miss USA recently. She threw some insults at him, and he’s thrown some peachy ones back. Rosie then went on Trump’s Wikipedia entry and added some poorly spelt crap, continuing to act like a two-year-old. Wait, no. Two-year-olds act much better than Rosie, period.

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Jackass: the viral game

Remember a couple years ago when people were sending around games that involved torturing cats in some way, by either using them as bowling balls or launching them from rockets to see how far they would fly? Well, now you can do with with the “Jackass” crew. You can play the game here. I assure you that you’ll play it more than once.

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TV DVD QT, Vol. 4

MacGyver: The Complete Final Season – I’m no Patty or Selma Bouvier, but I understand what people enjoy about “MacGyver.” You can’t deny the inherent coolness of a guy who can take a paperclip, a wad of gum, three sheets of toilet paper, and a sprig of parsley and make a functional radio transmitter. By this seventh and final year of the show, however, two things are woefully apparent. The first is that Richard Dean Anderson’s hairdresser had lost control of the man’s mane; the thing is on the verge of getting a co-starring role, so prominent is it. The other is that when you have to resort to a two-part episode where MacGyver dreams he’s gone back in time to the days of King Arthur, it’s time to call it quits. Fortunately, the producers of the show agreed with my position on this matter.

The Golden Girls: The Complete Sixth Season – Say what you will about “The Golden Girls,” but in addition to being a guilty pleasure, it also gave a lot of actors who weren’t exactly spring chickens a chance to appear on TV again. This season found Don Ameche, Cesar Romero, Harold Gould, Hal Linden, Bill Dana, and Alan King popping up either as relatives or dates of the girls, and it also saw Debbie Reynolds showing up as a potential new roommate. (Dorothy was planning to remarry her ex-husband, Stan, but it didn’t take.) Fans will enjoy the bonus feature, a 20-minute segment from a Museum of TV and Radio appreciation of the show where Rue McLanahan and Betty White detail the origins of the series.

Charmed: The Complete Sixth Season – And now, the polar opposite of the Golden Girls. The reality of the matter, folks, is that no matter how hot Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan, and Holly Marie Combs may be…and they are damned hot, my friends…I will never, ever forgive the WB for canceling “Angel” but allowing this show to stay on the air. It’s not bad; it just tends toward being a bit silly. That having been said, having these three witches appear in tight outfits and hot costumes in the various episodes makes it much easier to watch. (Milano spends an enjoyable amount of time in a bikini top during this season’s first episode.) It’s still a chick show at heart…the longest running female drama in TV history, in fact…but it gets short shrift for its DVD releases; there’s not so much as the first special feature here.

Gilmore Girls: The Complete Sixth Season – Otherwise known as the last season of the show that purist fans will ever watch. This is the year that starts with Lorelai and Rory not talking and Rory taking a break from college in order to do community service for stealing a yacht with her boyfriend, Logan…and it ends with Logan leaving Rory to take a job in London and Lorelai sleeping with Christopher a.k.a. Rory’s dad. And somewhere in between, there are guest appearances from Joe Pernice, Sparks, Sonic Youth, and Paul Anka. What’s not to love? Season 7, apparently…but that’s just the word on the street; I won’t watch it ‘til it’s out on DVD.

Home Improvement: The Complete Fifth Season – Yawn. More tool-related shenanigans with Tim Allen…and, again, the only extra is a bunch of bloopers.

J.A.G.: The Complete Second Season – Please offer a hearty hello to Catherine Bell, who joined the series during this, its second year. More military courtroom action for your viewing enjoyment, plus audio commentary and two featurettes (one about the season itself, the other about the J.A.G. Corps in the real world).

Stay tuned for at least one more volume…possibly two more volumes…of TV DVD QT’s before the end of 2006. I’d like to not start 2007 with a gargantuan backlog, thank you very much…

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Happy Life Day, indeed

Catch it while you can: the “Star Wars Holiday Special,” edited down to five minutes.

This definitely has an awesomeness problem.

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More than meets the eye

Hey, a lot of people have been waiting for it and now a trailer for the Transformers movie due in ’07 is up. Frankly, I was never into any transforming mech toys when the things were huge the first time around. Why can’t the Go-Bots get their due? It’s like picking a Rough Riders 4X4 and not giving the Stomper 4X4 a try and seeing if it could be just as enjoyable (all right, I’m getting into obscuro toy talk here). That said, I always fancied myself more of a That’s Incredible! dude, although Real People did have Skip Stephenson (R.I.P.). All right, I have no idea where I’m going with this anymore.

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Watch this instead of “The Good Shepherd”

Trust us: Matt Damon displays one thousand times more personality in this Letterman clip, in which he shares his dead-on impersonation of Matthew McConaughey, than he does in the entire 168 minutes of “The Good Shepherd.”

Plus, the clip is only 90 seconds long…which means you’ll gain an extra 166-1/2 minutes in your day, to use however you see fit.

We’re always working to save you time and increase your productivity, here at Premium Hollywood. Enjoy the clip…and thanks to VH1′s Best Week Ever for the link.

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