Next week, and just in time for Father's Day (Sunday, June 15th), Wal-Mart is making it much easier to afford a high-definition Blu-ray player!The original standard DVD format went on sale in the United States back in 1997, and consumers quickly shifted over to the new format from VHS. But in 1998, HDTVs went on sale, and every year since then the high definition sets have gained in popularity. But something was missing...hi-def on home video!While DVD was noticeably better than VHS, it was noticeably not-as-good as the hi-def broadcasts of TV shows and films that people could get from cable, satellite and over-the-air HD. Folks clamored for an HD home video format, and by February 2008 the Sony-developed Blu-ray Disc ("BD") format had just won a bitter hi-def format war. But at the time, prices of a BD player started at $400, and typically ran quite a bit higher.Beginning this coming Sunday, June 8th, Wal-Mart is kicking off their newly remodeled electronics departments in their st...
Firefly on Blu-ray Disc, Courtesy of Fox Home Ent.
Right at this moment we're nearing the end of a mini TV shows on Blu-ray "drought". Did you realize there even WAS one? Oh, yeah: the January 29th release of Damages marks the last time a TV season set came out on the high definition Blu-ray Disc format.But if you own a Blu-ray player, then never fear! The dry spell is over in just a few weeks, when Lionsgate releases Weeds - Season 3 on June 3rd. And other titles are on the way, too, including the just-announced 3rd Season of Prison Break, arriving day-and-date with the DVD version on August 26.There's much more, too. Among the upcoming titles are July 1st's Mad Men from Lionsgate, BBC Video's July 29th release of Robin Hood, and MGM's direct-to-video return of Stargate SG-1, titled "Continuum," on the same date. August 26th sees the first *TWO* seasons of Heroes on BD and, just a week prior to that, the first season of the Cartoon Network's Justice League comes to stores. The fourth seasons of both Grey's Anatomy and Lost have bee...
Stargate: Continuum courtesy MGM
New releases announced today, April 16:Stargate - Continuum (Blu-ray) will be coming out July 29 Visit TVShowsOnDVD.com for the complete stories on these and other news items.
Stargate Atlantis - Season 4 by Matthias Clamer/Sci Fi
New releases announced today, April 3:Stargate: Atlantis - Season 4 will be coming out July 8 Stargate - Continuum will be coming out July 29 Visit TVShowsOnDVD.com for the complete stories on these and other news items.
Michael Shanks and Claudia Black courtesy MGM
March 11th is D-Day for Stargate: Ark of Truth, the eagerly awaited made-for-DVD movie that ties up the storylines left dangling when the Sci Fi Channel cancelled the longest running series last June. "We hadn't really resolved the story," says producer-writer Robert C. Cooper, "so we felt a responsibility to wrap things up in the way they did with Farscape, when it came back as a miniseries." TV Guide got a peek at the $7 million feature-length DVD-movie, and we're happy to share that it's all about SG-1's search for a fabled weapon that's reportedly the only chance to stop the Ori from taking over Earth. As if chief Ori Adria and her ilk don't provide enough danger, a creepy crawly from the past threatens the team on the USSS Odyssey from within. Keep your eye on guest star Currie Graham, the ubiquitous actor most recently seen on Men in Trees and Boston Legal. (And, yeah, Ben Browder fans, Lt. Col. Mitchell takes plenty of lumps.) Although Ark concludes the series, at least one m...
Robert Picardo in Stargate Atlantis by Eike Schroter/Sci Fi Channel Photo
He might not be as easy on the eyes as Amanda Tapping, but when Stargate Atlantis starts filming its fifth 20-episode season later this month, Robert Picardo will join the cast on a full-time basis, just as the officious (and heretofore recurring) bureaucrat Richard Woolsey assumes command of the expedition from Tapping's Samantha Carter.Tapping, whose Web series Sanctuary has been picked up by Sci Fi Channel for a 13-episode run, will appear in several Atlantis eps, as will her SG-1 costar Michael Shanks. Fan fave Paul McGillion (who was literally brought back from the dead by fan demand!) will also return for five shows. Ileane Rudolph
Amanda Tapping by Eike Schroter/Sci Fi Channel Photo
Si Fi Channel has greenlit a full 13-episode season of Sanctuary, a drama that originated online (as the first-ever hi-def Web series, no less) and stars the Stargate world's Amanda Tapping as Dr. Helen Magnus, a woman on a quest to protect "strange creatures that walk the earth." Tapping is exec-producing the TV port along with SG-1 writer-producer Damian Kindler and producer-director Martin Wood, and Sam Egan.Despite scoring this plum gig, Tapping will guest on at least several Stargate Atlantis episodes next season.Sanctuary will be the first TV series to shoot live-action actors against "virtual set pieces," à la 300 and Sin City.I've got Logan's Run now stuck in my head. Grr.
Stargate courtesy MGM
Fans of Stargate SG-1 will get the long-awaited series' finale on March 11, 2008, when MGM Home Entertainment releases Stargate: The Ark of Truth. "We wanted to end the show without really ending it," says the movie's writer/director/producer Robert C. Cooper. "Even if the series is no longer on Sci Fi [Channel], we want it to continue, so we decided to make a movie that wraps up a lot of the big loose ends." The DVD (suggested retail price is $26.98), which winds up the war between Stargate and the world-gobbling Ori, includes commentary by Christopher Judge (Teal'c) and Cooper, as well as a featurette. A second movie is due out on DVD later in '08. Ileane Rudolph
Space 1999 - 30th Anniversary Edition Megaset courtesy A&E Home Video
On the third day of my Holiday Gift GuideI showed more love of DVDsThree sci-fi classicsTwo horror remakesAnd an FX drama you have to see!Stargate SG-1 The Complete Series Collection Oh lord, I dont know if you should watch it or bench press it, because this set is ginormous! 54 discs and 9900 minutes of interstellar space-and-military action from the effects bonanza that currently holds the record for the longest-running sci-fi series ever. Not too shabby, considering that the Richard Dean Anderson vehicle first blasted off on Showtime before jumping over to the Sci Fi network after five seasons. Throw in a few cast changes, about a gazillion warring alien races and knockout features on everything from the sets to the sci-fi convention culture and you have the sort of collection that could honestly consume an entire month. Not that there is anything wrong with that!Buy it now!Space: 1999 The 30th Anniversary Megaset So its 1975, Im 6 ye...
Kate Walsh, Private Practice
Question: With all of the problems ABC has been having in the post-Grey's Anatomy time slot, is there some reason they haven't put Private Practice there? A lot of people who watch Grey's will watch Practice just about anywhere, but there are probably plenty who just aren't sure about it, and if it were aired after Grey's, they'd at least check it out. It seemed to work decently for both Buffy/Angel (when they were on the same network) and SG-1/Atlantis. I would think that this show would succeed in that time slot for at least a season.
Answer: You answered your own question when you noted that "a lot of people who watch Grey's will watch [Practice] just about anywhere." Private Practice is the centerpiece of an entirely new Wednesday lineup for ABC, and while I wish I liked the first episode better, I also think it's a smart move to use something that's more or less presold to the Grey's crowd (albeit not without some healthy skepticism) to anchor such a high-stakes night. Wednesdays,