Today feels like Fall has actually started. It's only supposed to be in the low 50s for a high temparature and some leaves are beginning to turn. But, with the cooler weather comes the new Fall TV material and the studios begin ramping up their DVD releases for the all-too-soon holiday season.
Anyone catch the CG-enhanced Star Trek over the weekend? It aired on the local ABC affiliate at 1AM or something...I'd check it out and post some thoughts if the local station hadn't pre-empted it at the last minute for some gospel choir thing. Once I catch it via other means, I'll let you know what I think.
The main thing I'm hearing right now is that some effects look pretty cool and some not so much. Apparently, the film transfers are better than on the current DVDs, which look pretty decent already. If they couple the original versions with the new ones on a HD disc, they might get some to double-dip. If you plan to try the shows being run on broadcast, be aware that they haven't worked out their screw-up preventing them from distributing the shows in HD and that people are saying that the episodes are being cut. Since this show ran about 50 minutes per episode, almost 7 minutes is being cut for each show. Lame.
Anyhow, let's see what we've got coming out on DVD this week:
Backdraft - 2 Disc Anniversary Edition Fans of this firefighter "epic" (not sure why this movie should have bona fide fans, but maybe that's just me) can re-purchase it as a new special edition...and re-buy it next year in HD.
Battlestar Galactica: Season 2.5 Just before Season 3 begins (10/6), they release the second half of Season 2. There's some bonuses here and an extended version of the "Pegasus" episode, but I'd be surprised if they don't re-issue this show down the road either with both halves together or the entire run of the show in one box.
The Bob Newhart Show - The Complete Fourth Season
The Boris Karloff Collection Another cheap, no-frills set from Universal; this time devoted to some lesser Karloff films, which are only available in this set, which would be annoying if the set wasn't so cheap (between $20 and $25). It includes Night Key (1937), Tower of London (1939), The Climax (1944), The Strange Door (1951), and The Black Castle (1952).
The Chris Rock Show: Seasons 1 & 2
Chucky: The Killer DVD Collection Yes, all of the Chucky films...except for the first one(?). If anyone really wants to know the names of these gems, by all means click here.
Everybody Loves Raymond - The Complete Seventh Season
Gilmore Girls - The Complete Sixth Season
Hart To Hart - The Complete Second Season
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: Season Two, Vol. Two Wow, two classics in a row!
My Name Is Earl - Season One
The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)