Gord Lacey

DVD Pick of the Week: May 15, 2007

American Dad! - Volume 2 courtesy 20th Century Fox

Wow, March 15 is loaded with Warner releases! They have ER Season 7, The War at Home Season 1, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo Volume 6, Tom and Jerry Tales Volume 2, and Tex Avery's Droopy: The Complete Theatrical Collection, which aired as part of Tom and Jerry. That's five releases on one day!All right, time to get right to it: American Dad Volume 2 is my pick of the week for May 15. I'll admit that I'm not a big fan of this show, but the DVDs are pretty good. I prefer Family Guy over American Dad; I just feel that AD is too similar to FG, and I prefer Peter over Stan. The set includes commentary on every episode, plus three featurettes and "Multi-angle Scene Studies" on selected episodes.Other noteworthy releases coming next week: Banacek Season 1 from Hart Sharp and TV Guide, Frasier Season 9, Home Improvement Season 6, Martin Season 2, The Rockford Files Season 4, and Wings Season 4. read more

Breaking News: Heroes Season 1 DVD Date!

As I reported over at TVShowsOnDVD.com, the release date for the first season of Heroes is August 28. The set will hit HD DVD on the same day.Don't forget, TV Guide is the best place to get news on Heroes (have you seen the photos from the Wrap Party yet?).Hey, is anyone else pumped about Comic Con this year?Gord read more

DVD Pick of the Week: May 8, 2007

Cagney & Lacey - Season 1 courtesy MGM (Video and DVD)

It's Wednesday, so you know what that means.... It's "Pick of the Week" time!May 8 brings us a couple of Season 1 sets, a couple of complete series sets, with the only volume release being Voltron.I'm drawn toward choosing from two releases this week — Cagney & Lacey Season 1 and The 4400 Season 3. I decided to go with Cagney because it's a long-awaited series, though The 4400 has more bonus material, a better transfer and better audio. But it's a newer show, so that's to be expected.I've been forever linked to Cagney & Lacey for obvious reasons (hint: it has something to do with my last name). Some people have a hard time spelling "Lacey" so I would just say, "Like Cagney & Lacey" and they would realize it's "Lacey" and not "Lacy." Cagney & Lacey, for those who aren't aware, started as a TV movie, then received a short first season before airing a complete second season. Sharon Gless joined the series in Season 2, so MGM decided it was best to release these epi... read more

DVD Pick of the Week: May 1, 2007

Dinosaurs DVD courtesy Michael Jacobs Productions

Whoops! I was buried in other work yesterday and I forgot to do my weekly "Pick of the Week," so I apologize to anyone who came here looking for the story yesterday.May 1 has a number of decent releases, but no single "Wow, this is going to be the #1 set" release, which makes my job a bit harder to do. I looked at the sets that people on TVShowsonDVD.com want, and there were two that stood out: the second season of Beverly Hills, 90210, and the third and fourth seasons of Dinosaurs. I'm going to go with Dinosaurs for next week; the set contains seven unaired episodes (out of the 36 in the set), a behind-the-scenes featurette, commentary tracks, a music video and more. Sounds like a winner to me. While 90210 will be a decent set, it'll also contain a lot of music substitutions.Warner Bros. is also releasing the first season of What I Like About You, though it'll have a different theme song on the DVD set (check out the previous blog entry regarding theme songs); Fox has the second se... read more

Heroes Is Coming Back, Finally!

49.That's how many days it's been since I watched a new episode of Heroes, and I can't wait for the new episode tonight. These breaks are painful for regular viewers, but they're magnified for someone used to watching shows on DVD.Yes, I'm a DVD snob — I snub the network airings of shows because I know a glorious DVD set will be waiting for me, and I can watch every episode on my schedule, which often includes 4 to 12 episodes in a row. Once I have the DVD set, the long breaks between episodes last for only hours or days instead of weeks, and certainly not seven of them at that.Heroes is the only network series I watch on a weekly basis, and I'd like to keep it that way. Waiting 49 days for a new episode is far too painful.How about you guys? Do you wait for DVD sets of shows you're interested in so you don't have to put up with the painful breaks in the season, or do you watch the season as it airs and then buy the set when it comes out so you can watch the extras, and have s... read more

Thoughts on Theme Song replacements

It's almost a given that a show with tons of music will have at least one song replaced when it comes out on DVD, but what if that one song is the theme for the show? The earliest theme-song replacements occurred on Dawson's Creek and Married... with Children, the former using the international theme, and the latter using a sound-alike song, but the replacements didn't stop there. Since then we've heard new theme songs for Life Goes On, the international theme for Las Vegas, a butchered theme for Baywatch, George Lopez uttering some words instead of "Low Rider" and the season 3 theme being used on season 2 of Happy Days. Why is this happening?Most songs are licensed on a per-play basis, so the theme song costs are multiplied by the number of episodes in the season. A $20,000 song quickly becomes $440,000 for the season, and the studios are telling us that the recording companies hold this songs hostage, knowing that it's the most important song to license. Sony delayed the third sea... read more

DVD Pick of the Week: April 24, 2007

I'm extremely excited for April 24, because that's the day one of my most anticipated titles is released. No, it's not WKRP, which is plagued with music-licensing issues. It's the BBC release of Planet Earth. This 11-episode series explores our planet like no other series has done, from the North Pole to the South Pole, it's all covered in this program. They spent $25 million and 2,000 days in the field shooting material for the program, and they did it all using high-definition cameras. Narrated by the legendary David Attenborough (the Discovery Channel version is narrated by Sigourney Weaver), this series is being released on DVD, Blu-ray and HD DVD, and all formats are among the top sellers on Amazon (as of now, DVD is No. 1, HD DVD No. 8 and Blu-ray No. 19 — their list is updated hourly). The DVD set also includes a bonus program, "Planet Earth: The Future," and 110 minutes of behind-the-scenes material that isn't available on the higher-priced Blu-ray and HD DVD releases.T... read more

DVD Pick of the Week - April 17, 2007

I'm going out on a limb this week, and I'm choosing a DVD set I haven't seen for my "Pick of the Week" (minor mix-up at the PR firm) - Not Just The Best Of The Larry Sanders Show. Though this is a dreaded "best of" release (please, please continue with the series in seasons sets), there are tons of bonus materials on the release. Garry Shandling is joined by Peter Tolan for commentary on two episodes, with Todd Holland and Judd Apatow doing one episode a piece. There's a documentary about making the series, deleted and extended scenes, alternate takes, and interviews with Alec Baldwin, Ellen DeGeneres, David Duchovny, Tom Petty, Jerry Seinfeld, Sharon Stone, Jon Stewart, Carol Burnett, Penny Johnson, Wallace Langham, Scott Thompson, Janeane Garofalo, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Sarah Silverman, Jeremy Piven, Bob Odenkirk and Linda Doucett. Those special features join 23 episodes of the series on 4 discs. The only thing that would make this set better? Well, that would be the rest of the seas... read more

Pick of the Week: April 10, 2007

It's another week of slim pickings when it comes to quality TV-on-DVD releases (I can't wait until August/September when all the new, loaded sets come out). It's a bit odd, but the releases this week fall into three categories: old shows, animated shows and British shows. I selected one of the old shows as the "Pick of the Week": The Streets of San Francisco, Season 1, Volume 1. The acclaimed police drama starring Karl Malden and a very young Michael Douglas came out in 1972, and this four-disc set includes the pilot movie and the first 13 episodes from Season 1. (The box says 16, but the sticker on the front, which says 13, is correct.)The set includes two bonus features, though they're both very short. The first is a 3:45-minute interview with Michael Douglas and Karl Malden, conducted by Army Archerd, and the second is an 8:44-minute pilot presentation.Another noteworthy title next week is Scooby-Doo Where Are You! The Complete Third Season. These episodes are actually from Scoob... read more

Pick of the Week: April 3, 2007

The "Pick of the Week" for April 3 is a tough, tough decision. The obvious choice would be Twin Peaks Season 2, but I'm unimpressed with the set. The set has a few interviews that total approximately an hour, as well as the "Log Lady Intros." We waited five years for this? I'm about 95 percent sure we'll see a complete series release in time for the holidays.No, my "Pick of the Week" goes to BCI's She-Ra Princess of Power: Season 1, Volume 2. This six-disc set includes 33 episodes and tons of bonus material produced by the great Andy Mangels (and no, he's not paying me to say that). There's a documentary; an episode commentary by J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5); an animated storyboard; two image galleries; two beautiful art cards; "Loo-Kee's Fun Facts" and trivia; detailed profiles of characters, creatures and artifacts; and a DVD-ROM section that features eight complete scripts and model sheets of the allies. I wish BCI could license every unreleased animated TV show so they cou... read more

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