Sunday, November 13, 2005

DVD Releases - Week of Nov. 14

As a new feature of this site, I'll plan on offering a rundown of some of the more notable DVD releases to be coming out every week. So keep checking back to find what new items you can blow your hard earned money on.
Without further adieu, here's this coming week's highlights:
"Cheers: Season 7" – This release contains all of the season's 22 episodes with Sam, Rebecca and company, but like all of the seasons before it, contains no major extras.
"Fantasy Island: Season 1" – Mr. Roarke and Tattoo welcome you to their first DVD release, which contains 14 episodes (it was initially a mid-season replacement) and a TV movie. Extras include a couple of featurettes.
"Frazier: Season 7" – All 23 episodes of the "Cheers" spin-off are included on this four-disc release, with no notable extras included.
"Friends: Season 10" – The DVD run of this successful sitcom should be wrapping up here with the release of its final season, including all 18 episodes. Among the extras are commentary on select episodes, a Friends Final Thoughts featurette, a gag reel and a Matt LeBlanc music video (whatever that is).
"Happy Endings" (R) – Starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Tom Arnold, Lisa Kudrow, and Jason Ritter. From Don Roos, the director of "The Opposite of Sex" comes this comedy/drama that weaves multiple stories to create a witty look at love, family and the sheer unpredictability of life itself. Features a commentary with Roos, a making of featurette, deleted scenes and outtakes.
"Madagascar" (PG) – Featuring the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer and Sacha Baron Cohen. Spoiled by their upbringing with no idea what wild life is really like, four animals from New York Central Zoo escape in search of their friend and find themselves on route to Madagascar. Includes behind the scenes documentaries, a "penguin" commentary and various games.
"Oklahoma: 50th Anniversary Edition" (G) – Starring Shirley Jones, Gordon McRae and Rod Steiger. The first Rodgers/Hammerstein collaboration centers around a budding romance between a farmer's daughter and a ranch hand. The film won an Academy Award for best musical score and is one of the most successful musicals of all time. The two-disc release features a couple of commentaries, sing-along subtitle tracks, featurettes and more.
"Scrubs: Season 2" – The second season of the mostly comedic happenings in a hospital includes 21 episodes on three discs. Several include commentaries, along with outtakes, deleted scenes and cast interviews.
"The Skeleton Key" (PG-13) – Starring Kate Hudson, Gena Rowlands, John Hurt and Peter Sarsgaard. A woman (Hudson) takes a job as a caretaker for a man (Hurt) in the Louisiana bayou, only to discover scary and mysterious occurrences in the home. Includes deleted scenes with commentary, several featurettes and more.
"The Sound of Music: 40th Anniversary Edition" – Starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker and Richard Hayden. Getting at least its third different DVD release, this hugely popular Rodgers/Hammerstein musical includes commentary with Andrews and Plummer, commentary with director Robert Wise, an on location featurette, screen tests and much more.
"Stealth: Special Edition" (PG-13) – Starring Josh Lucas, Jessica Biel, Sam Shephard and Jamie Foxx. A group of outstanding fighter pilots are teamed up with a state-of-the-art machine that can fly stealth missions. But things go awry and the pilots are then faced with trying to destroy the malfunctioning team member at any cost. Featurettes, a music video, documentary and more are included in this release, which stunk it up at the box-office this summer.

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