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Another Strike Casualty — Bonus Material

Lost - The Complete Third Season courtesy Buena Vista Home Entertainment

The TV landscape has been decimated by the Writers Strike, and that will undoubtedly lead to some smaller-than-usual TV-DVD sets come August/September, but there are other repercussions that aren't as obvious, especially the lack of participation in bonus material.Don't expect to listen to those insightful commentary tracks featuring writers and producers, or hear about the genesis of a show from the 90s; writers and producers are turning down offers from the studios (the home video divisions) to participate in bonus material. Some studios planned ahead and shot interviews before the strike, but many upcoming sets will be affected, assuming the strike continues.I don't know about you, but I can't imagine a Lost DVD set without the participation of Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindeloff, or The Shield without Shawn Ryan. What happens to the shows that have been off the air for years and are just now getting their DVD releases? How upsetting will it be for fans hoping to hear new behind-th... read more

Twentieth Century Fox & Apple Introduce iTunes Digital Copy

Family Guy image provided by 20th Century Fox

Fox and Apple announced Digital Copy for iTunes at MacWorld, which includes a digital version on the DVD, and allows you to watch the movie on an iPod, iPhone, the computer, and an AppleTV. The first title to use the iTunes Digital Copy is Family Guy: Blue Harvest; Fox used Digital Copy for their release of Live Free or Die Hard, and Warner Bros used it for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but they weren't files created for playback within iTunes.iTunes Digital Copy allows consumers to transfer a DVD purchase to iTunes by entering a unique code into iTunes which then automatically copies the movie to their iTunes library. The digital copy of the DVD has the same viewing options as other iTunes content, and each DVD will only transfer its iTunes Digital Copy to one iTunes library.Fox has plans to use iTunes Digital Copy for other upcoming titles, including Hitman, which will be released in April.Are you more likely to purchase a title that includes a digital copy of the fil... read more

Sergeant Preston of the Yukon and Other Announced Releases

Sergeant Preston of the Yukon courtesy of Infinity Resources and the Falcon Picture Group

New releases announced today, January 15:College Hill: Interns will be coming out April 15 Sergeant Preston of the Yukon - The Complete Collection will be coming out June 17 Visit for the complete stories on these and other news items. read more

Alex Haley's Queen — Review

Alex Haley's Queen courtesy Warner Home Video

In honor of the upcoming Black History Month, Alex Haley's 1993 conclusion to the epic Roots saga makes its way to DVD. A labor of love, Queen was based on the life story of Alex Haley's paternal grandmother and was the project he was working on at the time of his death. Queen, the daughter of a plantation owner and a slave woman, learns to make her way through an America torn apart by the Civil War and Reconstruction — and their aftermath. Starring a young Halle Berry as Queen, along with an impressive cast including Danny Glover, Ann-Margaret, Martin Sheen, Jasmine Guy and Tim Daly, the miniseries appears on two discs.Two other TV-movies being released just in time for Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, both based on true stories: Murder in Mississippi, which recounts the last days of three civil rights workers killed by the Ku Klux Klan in 1964, and The Marva Collins Story, starring Cicely Tyson as a dedicated teacher trying to give her inner-city students the best opportuni... read more

Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown: Deluxe Edition — Review

Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown courtesy Warner Home Video

Nothing says "sweetheart" like the wistful pinings of a prematurely bald kid... at least when that kid happens to be one of the most beloved cartoon characters of all time. Originally aired in 1975, Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown features the usual cast of precocious youngsters, from Lucy and the oblivious object of her affection, Schroeder, to Linus, who is on a mission to find the perfect gift for his favorite teacher, Miss Othmar. The ever-popular Snoopy has no shortage of fans, as his mailbox full of valentines proves, while his owner waits for even a single red heart. Will Charlie Brown get the one valentine he truly wants, from the little red-haired girl? The disc also includes two bonus episodes: You're in Love, Charlie Brown and It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown, as well as a featurette called "Unlucky in Love: An Unrequited Love Story," which examines the love lives of the Peanuts gang and offers interesting perspective on creator Charles Schulz's own somewhat lovelorn li... read more

New Format for The Shield and Other Announced Releases

Michael Chiklis in The Shield courtesy FX

New releases announced today, January 14:Painkiller Jane will be coming out March 25 The Shield: Season Sets, Season 1-5 Sony Slimmer Re-releases will be coming out March 25 Visit for the complete stories on these and other news items. read more

Star Says McG's Fastlane Is Speeding to DVD!

Fastlane: Peter Facinelli, Tiffani Thiessen and Bill Bellamy courtesy Warner Bros. Television

Last week in his "Joy of Sets" column right here at DVD News & Reviews, Damian Holbrook posted his "wish list of shows [he] would LOVELOVELOVE to show up on DVD during 2008" (that's a direct quote). Near the top of Damian's list was the 2002 series Fastlane, created by McG through Warner Bros. Television, and airing on the Fox Network.The show starred Peter Facinelli (Six Feet Under, Damages), Bill Bellamy (How to Be a Player, Any Given Sunday) and Tiffani Thiessen (aka Tiffani-Amber Thiessen; Beverly Hills 90210, Saved by the Bell) as undercover cops using confiscated goods to go after the crooks in L.A., and included a ton of great guest stars among the 22 episodes produced.Now Peter Facinelli's official website is saying that the show is on its way to DVD this coming summer. If that doesn't put a smile on Damian's face, I'm not sure what will!For more details about this, and for a look at the graphic showing off the news, read the full story at! — David... read more

New Adventures of Old Christine: The Complete First Season — Review

The New Adventures of Old Christine - The Complete First Season courtesy Warner Home Video

Everyone knew Christine Campbell (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) as "Christine," but that changed when her ex-husband started dating a much younger woman named Christine. Christine, the ex-wife, became "Old Christine," and the younger Christine became "New Christine." Christine struggles as she adjusts to her new nickname, deals with the meanie moms at her son's private school, and gets back into the dating game. This 2-disc set includes all 13 episodes from the first season, plus interviews with the cast & crew, unaired scenes, and a gag reel.CBS broadcast the episodes out of order during the initial run, and unfortunately they're in the same order on the DVD, leading to some confusing moments, like characters meeting in episode 9 after they were together in episodes 2-8. We recommend you watch the episodes in the following order (numbers indicate the airdate order):1. Pilot (Disc 1)9. Ritchie Has Two Mommies (Disc 2)2. Supertramp (Disc 1)12. Some of my Best Friends are Portuguese (Disc ... read more

Extras Series Finale and Other Announced Releases

Ricky Gervais courtesy HBO Home Video

New releases announced today, January 13:Alien Nation - The Ultimate Movie Collection will be coming out April 15This American Life - Season 1 will be coming out January 29Extras - Extra Special Series Finale will be coming out February 26 Visit for the complete stories on these and other news items. read more

Mike Douglas Show and Other Announced Releases

Mike Douglas courtesy Kultur Video

New releases announced today, January 11:Mike Douglas Show - Moments & Memories will be coming out March 25 Robot Chicken - Star Wars will be coming out May 20 Visit for the complete stories on these and other news items. read more

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