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MST3K DVD Rights Get a New Home

Mystery Science Theater 3000 courtesy Best Brains, Inc.

Earlier this week we reported that Universal Studios is going to re-release Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie on DVD this coming May 6th. Now we've got brand new DVD news for you, but concerning the DVD rights for episodes of the TV series.This morning Big Brains, Inc. (the folks behind MST3K) announced that they were moving the DVD license for the television episodes to Shout! Factory. The show has previously been distributed on home video by Rhino, but the folks there have moved their focus away from TV-DVDs and more onto music in the years since founder Garson and Richard Foos sold the company to Time Warner. Time Warner placed Rhino with the Warner Music Group, which has since spun off into their own organization. Meanwhile, the Foos brothers left Rhino and started Shout! Factory several years ago, and over the years several of the people who worked for them at Rhino moved over to Shout!Now Mystery Science Theater 3000 makes the same journey. Rhino's final MST3K release wi... read more

Nanny 911 and Other Announced Releases

Nanny 911: Season 1 courtesy Good Times Video

New releases announced today, January 23:'Allo 'Allo!: The Complete Series 8 will be coming out May 6 Nanny 911: Season 1 will be coming out April 8 Sinatra - The True Story of the Man and the Legend will be coming out May 13 Visit TVShowsOnDVD.com for the complete stories on these and other news items. read more

The Joy of Sets: When Heath Ledger Roared and Thunderbirds Soared!

Thunderbirds 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition Megaset courtesy A&E Home Video

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s...Supermarionation!Yes, yes, childrens, the weirdest show we all totally dig now is out in a brand spanking new set and I, for one, am both thrilled and a little bit ascared. See, when I was a kid, I remember stumbling upon repeats of Thunderbirds, the 1965 oddity from Space: 1999 guru Gerry Anderson, and thinking ‘oh my sweet holy shizz, what on God's green Earth are those?!’Puppets. They were puppets. And they freaked me the hell out. They also drew me in with their massive eyes and action-packed tales, but I couldn’t explain that then. No, back then it was just strangeness. Sweet, captivating strangeness.Some years later, I can happily report that the new 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition box set is more fun to watch now than the show ever could have been then to my as-yet-uninformed mind. Maybe it’s because I can now appreciate the ingenuity Anderson employed to make main (wooden) man Jeff Tracy and his I... read more

Jack Ryan HD DVD Set Re-Announced

The Jack Ryan Collection courtesy Paramount Home Entertainment

Last summer, fans of the movies based on Tom Clancy's popular books were thrilled to hear that Paramount Home Entertainment was announcing new cinema-quality high definition releases of all four films in The Jack Ryan Collection. These Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD sets would include Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin in The Hunt for Red October, Harrison Ford in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, and Ben Affleck with Morgan Freeman in The Sum of All Fears. The releases were all to be the "Special Collector's Edition" versions, incorporating all the bonus material found on the similarly titled DVDs... but with 1080p quality video!People, myself included, were excited, and this was certainly high on most want lists. The release date for versions in both formats was going to be Sept. 25th. But then, in August, Paramount announced that they would no longer support the Blu-ray format, and that effective immediately all future hi-def releases would be HD DVD only. A "BD" version of The Jac... read more

Mission: Impossible and Other Announced Releases

Mission Impossible - The Complete Fourth Season courtesy Paramount Home Entertainment

New releases announced today, January 22:The 4400 - Season 4 will be coming out May 6 Avatar: The Last Airbender - Book 3: Fire, Volume 3 will be coming out May 6Rosie O'Donnell's The Big Gay Sketch Show - The Complete 2nd Season will be coming out April 29 The Invaders - Season 1 will be coming out May 6 Mission: Impossible - The Complete 4th Season will be coming out May 13 MTV's A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila - The Complete Unrated 1st Season will be coming out April 15 Visit TVShowsOnDVD.com for the complete stories on these and other news items. read more

Avatar: The Last Airbender, Book 3: Fire, Volume 2 — Review

Avatar: The Last Airbender, Book 3: Fire, Volume 2 courtesy Nickelodeon

Arguably one of the best animated series for kids or adults, Avatar is coming to an end this season with the third "book," in which Avatar Aang and his friends infiltrate the Fire Nation with hopes of finally bringing the war among the nations to an end. In Volume 2, the true mythology behind Aang's ancestry is revealed and the gang prepare for the upcoming eclipse — and its consequences. The one disc features five episodes, as well as audio commentary; also included in the set is a collectible comic book. — Nina Hämmerling SmithBuy Avatar: The Last Airbender, Book 3: Fire, Volume 2 on Amazon.com read more

Torchwood: The Complete First Season — Review

Torchwood: The Complete First Season courtesy BBC Warner

This Doctor Who spin-off debuted on BBC America back in September and quickly garnered the highest ratings in the network's history. Packed with fascinating alien artifacts and adversaries, Torchwood will win over sci fi fans — whether or not they've seen the original Doctor Who episodes that introduced viewers to the secret, beyond-the-law organization. The heart and soul of the show is John Barrowman as the immortal, bisexual Captain Jack Harkness, whose team of scientists and crime fighters get into all sorts of messes but always return to the fold. The 13 original episodes appear on 7 discs, along with an impressive array of bonus material: cast interviews, commentary, deleted scenes, featurettes, etc. Check it out before the next season starts up again on BBCA this weekend! — Nina Hämmerling SmithBuy Torchwood: The Complete First Season on Amazon.com read more

New DVD Release for MST3K: The Movie...at last!

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie courtesy Universal Studios

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie delivers laughs that are out of this world! A demented scientist, Dr. Clayton Forrester, has concocted a diabolical scheme for world domination. He's going to subject the human race to the worst movies ever made! But his test subject, Michael J. Nelson, possesses mankind's ultimate defense: a sense of humor. So as the classic sci-fi "B" movie This Island Earth unspools, Mike and his robot companions, Tom Servo and Crow, heckle the film mercilessly, providing a hilarious running commentary!!!That's the description from Image Entertainment's old, long-out-of-print DVD release of the 1995 film Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie. The bare-bones, non-anamorphic disc (which I have in my own collection, having bought it for my wife when it was still "new", and catching it on sale for only $10!) was originally licensed to Image for DVD release ten years ago, and has long been out of print since Universal Studios decided to begin releasing their o... read more

The Jeff Corwin Experience: Season 1 — Review

The Jeff Corwin Experience: Season 1 courtesy Genius Products

Join Jeff Corwin as he treks through Borneo, India, Cameroon, and other tropical locations looking for interesting, rare, and sometimes deadly animals in the first season of The Jeff Corwin Experience. Watch him handle a deadly cobra, play with an armadillo, and run from some angry elephants. Corwin will entertain and inform you in these 13 episodes, plus 2 specials, on the 3-disc set from Animal Planet and Genius Products. — Gord LaceyBuy The Jeff Corwin Experience: Season 1 on Amazon.com read more

B.L. Stryker and Other Announced Releases

B.L. Stryker - The Complete First Season courtesy Arts Alliance America

New releases announced today, January 21:TV Guide Presents...B.L. Stryker - The Complete 1st Season will be coming out February 26 Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen - Season 1 will be coming out April 8 Visit TVShowsOnDVD.com for the complete stories on these and other news items. read more

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