Monday, November 26, 2007

DVD-TV and Other Consonants

This past Saturday over at The Internet Sensation "John and Dave's Pop Culture America," we were fortunate enough to be graced with the presence of Gord Lacey, creator (not "co-creator;" my error) of the invaluable web resource Go there and bask in the invaluableness.

We are terribly grateful to Gord (he said I could call him "Gord!") and in his honor, using his website as primary resource, here are five TV shows soon to be released on DVD that I am looking forward to:

27 Nov 2007 -- "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (complete series). An exclusive from Time/Life like last year's fantastic "Get Smart" set. MFU has never been extensively rerun that I know of. I remember some late-night showings on the USA network about a decade ago, but nothing since. It's certainly of its time, but an incredibly fun show with magnetic leads -- Robert Vaughn and David McCallum. All in what looks like a great full series package. Now if they'd just get around to releasing "The Girl from U.N.C.L.E." Oh, April Dancer. Sigh.

4 Dec 2007 -- "Saturday Night Live" (season two). Possibly the best season of the show ever. Maybe. Certainly it's in the running. Steve Martin hosts for the first time. Bill Murray joins the cast. The set is a bit light on extras (like last year's season one set) but the shows, complete and uncut -- hopefully! -- are the attraction here. And the set does include the incredibly bizarre and chaotic Mardi Gras special. Haven't seen that since it first aired.

8 Jan 2008 -- "The Riches" (season one). The FX series about modern-day gypsies adopting the identities of affluent gated-community types was a highlight of the past year's TV season. Minnie Driver received a well-deserved Emmy nomination. Eddie Izzard should have. And watch for the menacing presence of Todd Stashwick. Standout episode: "Pilot."

15 Jan 2008 -- "The Rockford Files" (season five). Of the two of us, Dave is the much more avid James Garner fan (when is "Maverick" coming out?), but I've always enjoyed this affable detective series. Again the set is sparse on the extras, but the shows themselves are worth the price of admission. The two-part episode "Never Send a Boy King to Do a Man's Job" features the recurring character Richie Brockelman played by Dennis Dugan, now best known as the director of Adam Sandler vehicles like Big Daddy, Happy Gilmore and this year's I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.

22 Jan 2008 -- "Torchwood" (series one). The "Doctor Who" spin-off series is darker than its progenitor and places the sexuality of its leads front and center. The Torchwood team tackles extraterrestrial and extradimensional doings of all sorts: think "The X-Files," only a lot hornier. Standout episode: "They Keep Killing Suzie." Series Two will begin in Britain right about the time this set drops and will air on the BBCAmerica about three months later.

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