Still feeling grateful folks. I can't help it, it's this month. Ya got Thanksgiving coming up, the weather's finally changing (although this Philly humidity is total bullshizz) and the DVD coffers are filled to the rim with causes for celebration these days.
And with this TV writers' strike shaping up to suck long and big, having a few great DVDs to keep your flat-screen toasty is never a bad thing. Especially if the DVDs themselves are bad-ass weirdness like this week's basket of goodies.
First up, and huge props to the geniuses (geniui?) at Paramount Home Video, is
: The Definitive Gold Box Edition
. Oh, holy Log Lady, is this set stellar! Not only package-wise, but also in what's going on inside the sleek box. 10 discs, including the pilot that was woefully absent from the original first-season set, and oodles of extras on the making of the show that confused so many of us between 1990 and '91. Trust me, as soon as you see poor plastic-wrapped Laura Palmer's blue lips and hear that uber-offsetting theme song, you'll be feeling as funky as a dancing dwarf on peyote...and you'll like it. You'll also lose hours to the previously unaired European version of the pilot (with a perfectly
-ian resolution to Laura's murder) and the bonus bits, but that's cool, because it's been a long time since any of us saw
Lara Flynn Boyle
as a woman of healthy proportions.
Oh, and for you
fans, this here's where
learned to be the devil. That alone is worth the pennies.
Moving on to something just as odd and oddly entertaining, we have a quartet of
Captain & Tennille
releases culled from their 1978-79 variety specials. Now before ya'll laugh, remember that these two were like the
of whitebread piano pop back when
's nautical hats were moderately acceptable. Honestly, they kind of rocked and Toni's voice remains one of the few sounds of the '70s I can handle. Plus, these shows were a HUGE part of my kidhood, since Helen the beloved mother grooved to the sounds of these Muskrat lovers, so I take great comfort in Toni's sisters Louisa, Jane and Melissa joining her and the
for "O Holy Night" on "The Christmas Show" set. However, it's the "Songbook" collection that is the real deal for anyone looking for a taste of dated joy. No skits, just ditties and
. And if you need a dose of "WTF," please, by all means, grab the "In Hawaii" set and feast on
's oceanfront performance of "Tomorrow's Child." It needs to be seen so people know what I'm talking about, mmmkay?
Speaking of WTF (but not really saying it because this
a family-friendly site), there is the awesomeness that is the third-season release of
Most Extreme Challenge Elimination
. This business cracks me in half! It's like
meets Manga, crossed with the adopted Japanese baby of
Dog Eat Dog
. Hilarious only begins to touch this modified version of Japan's game show
that pits teams of hapless jump-suited contestants against the strangest obstacle courses this side of Ferris Bueller's sprint through his neighbors' backyards. Personal fave: the surfboard of death, mostly for the sight of players slamming their wedding tackle into a rotating phalange. Ironically, the game's "field marshal" is named Captain Tenneal (see above in case you've forgotten alreadyI would imagine short-term memory loss is something a lot of
fans have in common, you know?)
And finally, something I cannot love enough: the long-awaited and well-worth-the-wait first volume of
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones
. Another homerun from Paramount Home Video, this 12-disc opus (the first of a planned three-piece collection) is one of those sets that's as splendid as the
-produced show itself. And even though only 44 episodes of the feature films' prequel series were created between 1992 and '96, they were by far some of the smartest, most exciting hours to hit TV until that
pilot crashed down and rewrote how adventure could be done on the small screen. And don't even get me started on how good
Sean Patrick Flanery
is as the post-pubescent Indy. Dude should call
and ask how he got the career he was supposed to have. I don't even mind the eps with little
playing the pre-teen adventure, either- which is saying a lot, since children on non-Nickelodeon television usually give me the willies- because the whole deal is just that primo. I mean, really, over 36 historical docs on the real-life figures featured in guest roles throughout the show's run and an interactive game? It's like a gigantic lavish reward for waiting so patiently for the set to finally show up!
And now that all of these treats have, maybe you should go treat yourself. Bettter yet, pick some up for those loved ones who love TV. The holidays are around the corner and let's be honest, who doesn't love hearing that they give the best gifts, huh?
How do I love
? Let me and
count the ways!
Until then, don't hog the remote and remember to love your DVD player. It's gonna be working overtime if this strike keeps going.