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DVD Pick of the Week: May 8, 2007

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...

Gord Lacey

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 episodes first. Instead of confusing everyone by releasing a set titled "Season 2" without a Season 1 set out, they decided to confuse everyone by calling Season 2 "Season 1." Confused? I hope not. The four-disc set (which is on double-sided DVD, 14 discs) contains all 22 episodes, and a featurette called "Breaking the Laws of TV" is broken up on both sides of disc 4. The featurette, which runs for a total of 37:28, offers new interviews with the cast and crew of the series.
The 4400 is a four-disc set containing all 12 episodes from the third season. Episodes are presented in Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1), with a very nice Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track. There are four featurettes - "The Architecture of Series Storytelling" (21:07), "Powers Grid" (4:39), "TVFX" (12:50) and "Character Tree" (a look at the various characters and how they're connected, with video material) - a gag reel (8:21), the original version of a script ("Being Tom Baldwin") and six commentary tracks featuring the cast and crew. There's a load of material on the set, and it's a great series.
Hmm... now that I've read what I wrote, Cagney & Lacey doesn't really sound like a good DVD set. The double-sided discs are annoying, and the bonus material is a bit sparse. I think I've talked myself into changing my "Pick of the Week" to The 4400. I'm not saying the show is better than Cagney & Lacey, but the DVD set is.
What will you buy on May 8? You can view the entire list of releases at TVShowsOnDVD.com.