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This American Life: Season One — Review

This American Life: Season One ? Ira Glass by Douglas Barnes/Showtime

Based on the much-beloved Chicago-based National Public Radios show, Showtime's version of This American Life stars Ira Glass as the moderator of a documentary-style series that examines the infinite intricacies and fascinating foibles of ordinary people. The first season's six episodes, including "Reality Check," "God's Close-up" and "Pandora's Box," appear on one disc. As for extras, the show's director, Christopher Wilcha, and the incredibly likable Glass offer audio commentary. Even if you haven't ever heard the radio version, trust us on this one: You won't want to miss This American Life. — Nina Hämmerling SmithThis American Life: Season One is available today at Borders stores; you can sign up to be notified when it's available at Amazon.com. read more

M.A.N.T.I.S., TekWar and Other Announced Releases

Noble House courtesy Lionsgate Entertainment

New releases announced today, January 28:M.A.N.T.I.S. - Season 1 will be coming out June 10 James Clavell's Noble House will be coming out March 25 The Real McCoys - The Best Of, Volume 1 will be coming out March 18 William Shatner's TekWar will be coming out June 10 Visit TVShowsOnDVD.com for the complete stories on these and other news items. read more

Smurfs Film Coming to DVD

The Smurfs and the Magic Flute courtesy Morningstar Entertainment

Somehow a magic flute has gotten out of Smurfland and into the hands of young practical joker Peewit and the good knight Johan. That isn't so bad...but when Peewit loses the flute to the sinister Oily McCreep, the Smurfs have to come to the rescue!Legendary TV exec Fred Silverman had the knack of getting great ideas for a show from just about anywhere...including his own daughter's Smurf doll! Realizing that this line of toys represented an enormously popular world, that could make an excellent kid cartoon, Silverman put together a deal which would bring the now-classic animated series out near the end of his three-year stint as President and CEO of NBC. In 1981 NBC and Hanna-Barbera debuted the Saturday morning cartoon version of The Smurfs, and it quickly became a huge success. So much of a success, that the 1976 Belgium-made (and French-language) animated film La Flûte à six schtroumpfs was brought to the USA in 1983, dubbed in English, and distributed in theaters by At... read more

Sunshine — Blu-ray Review

Sunshine courtesy Fox Home Entertainment

The year is 2057, the sun is dying, and mankind faces extinction. Earth's last hope rests with the crew of Icarus II, on a mission to deliver a nuclear payload into the center of the sun. Icarus I failed the same mission 7 years earlier, but no one knows why; can the crew of Icarus II save mankind?This Blu-ray disc is loaded with interesting bonus material, and is the first "Bonus View" (aka Profile 1.1) title from Fox. There are two commentary tracks for the feature, one featuring director Danny Boyle, and the other with Dr. Brian Cox from the University of Manchester.Both commentary tracks were fascinating! Boyle had lots to say about the movie, the production, and the actors. He spoke through the entire movie, without the long pauses that plague so many single-person commentary tracks. Dr. Cox, the scientific advisor on the movie, did an incredible job of sharing his wealth of scientific knowledge on his commentary. He clearly had a lot of fun working on the movie, and I loved li... read more

Ritchie Rich/Scooby-Doo Hour and Other Announced Releases

The Richie Rich / Scooby-Doo Hour - The Complete Series, Volume 1 courtesy Warner Home Video

New releases announced today, January 27:Dangerous Assignment - The Complete Collection will be coming out May 20 The Richie Rich / Scooby-Doo Hour - The Complete Series, Volume 1 will be coming out May 20 Visit TVShowsOnDVD.com for the complete stories on these and other news items. read more

Battlestar Galactica and The Muppet Show Announced Releases

The Muppet Show - Season 3 courtesy Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment and The Muppets Studio

New releases announced today, January 26:Battlestar Galactica - Season 3 will be coming out March 18 The Muppet Show - Season 3 will be coming out May 20 Visit TVShowsOnDVD.com for the complete stories on these and other news items. read more

SpongeBob SquarePants: To Love a Patty — Review

Spongebob SquarePants - To Love A Patty courtesy Nickelodeon

The lovable yellow sponge is back for more adventures in Bikini Bottom, and this time he's brought family, including his mean cousin, Blackjack! Laugh as you watch SpongeBob fall in love with a patty, rid Sandy's treedome of fleas, take on Mermaidman and Barnacleboy and work in a French restaurant. The 7 hilarious episodes found on SpongeBob SquarePants: To Love a Patty were broadcast in July-September 2007. Bonus materials include the original animatic for "To Love a Patty," and a karaoke music video.SpongeBob SquarePants: To Love a Patty will be released on Tuesday, January 29 — Gord LaceyBuy SpongeBob SquarePants: To Love a Patty on Amazon.com read more

Route 66 and Bozo Announced Releases

Route 66 courtesy of Roxbury Entertainment and Infinity Entertainment

New releases announced today, January 25:Bozo's Big Top - The Best of Bozo: Volume 1 will be coming out March 18 Route 66 - Classic Episodes Vol. 1 will be coming out February 12Route 66 - Super Series Vol. 1 will be coming out March 18Visit TVShowsOnDVD.com for the complete stories on these and other news items. read more

Hands-On with Digital Copy

Family Guy Digital Copy courtesy of Fox Home Entertainment

Last week, during the MacWorld event, Fox and Apple announced iTunes Digital Copy. The first release to utilize this technology was Family Guy: Digital Harvest, which I received the other day. Many people have questions about how the Digital Copy works, so I'd like to walk you through my experience with it.The "Blue Harvest" release is a two-disc set, with the second disc devoted to the digital copy. I inserted the DVD-ROM into my Mac laptop and a window popped up with a single icon. Double-clicking the icon launched iTunes, with "Blue Harvest" listed under "Devices." Clicking on the DVD launched the iTunes store and took me to a special "Blue Harvest" page where I entered my 16 digit code. Pressing "Redeem" took me to a new iTunes Store Terms and Conditions screen which I agreed to. A little over 2 minutes later the file had been copied to my computer, with the movie appearing under my "Purchased" tab. The resulting file was 496 megs, 640x480 MPEG-4 (H.264) at 1451 kbps.I have a bu... read more

Roswell: Season 1 and Other Announced Releases

Roswell: Season 1 courtesy Fox Home Entertainment

New releases announced today, January 24:The Adventures of Robin Hood - The Complete 1st Season will be coming out March 18 The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin - Volume 2: Mysteries of Hard to Find City will be coming out May 6 Corneil and Bernie - The Complete Series will be coming out March 18 Roswell: Season Sets, Seasons 1-3 Re-releases will be coming out April 29 Visit TVShowsOnDVD.com for the complete stories on these and other news items. read more

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