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New TV shows on DVD this week

These are the titles we reviewed on the Sept. 4 edition of Talking Television with Dave White:

30 Rock, Season One
Desperate Housewives, Season Three
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Seasons One and Two
Nip/Tuck, Season Four
Prison Break, Season Two
Rules of Engagement, Season One
Bosom Buddies, Season Two
The Gumby Show: The Gumby Essentials, Volume One
Two and a Half Men, Season One
Jericho, Season One
I Dream of Jeannie, Season Four
McHale’s Navy, Season Two

PICK OF THE WEEK:
Baseball’s Most Unbreakable Feats

To hear our complete report, click below. The DVD report begins about ten minutes into the program:
http://www.talkingtelevision.com/HighSpeedArchives/archive090407pt1.mp3

Join Frankie and me on Sept. 25, when we pay tribute to James Garner, Roy Huggins and the 50th anniversary of Maverick. Our guest that night will be Mick Martin, co-author of Video Movie Guide. Webcast begins at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Ed Robertson
www.edrobertson.com

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New TV shows on DVD this week

These are the titles that Frankie and I reviewed on the Aug. 28 edition of Talking Television with Dave White:Dexter, Season One
House, Season Three
Til Death, Season One
Ugly Betty, Season One: The Bettyfied Edition
Heroes, Season One
Friday Night Lights, Season One
The Outer Limits, Volume Two 
The Odd Couple, Season Two

To hear our complete report, click on the link below. The DVD report begins about ten minutes into the webcast:
http://www.talkingtelevision.com/HighSpeedArchives/archive082807pt1.mp3

Ed Robertson
www.edrobertson.com

New on DVD: The Fugitive starring David Janssen

Click below to hear Frankie’s review of Season One, Volume One on Talking Television with Dave White:

http://www.talkingtelevision.com/HighSpeedArchives/archive073107pt1.mp3

Ed Robertson
Author, The Fugitive Recaptured
Co-Host, Talking Television with Dave White

New TV shows on DVD this week

Dallas: The Complete Seventh Season
The Rhinemann Exchange: The Complete Miniseries
Hawaii Five-O: The Complete Second Season
The Archie Show: The Complete Series
Popeye: Volume One, 1933-1938
Space: 1999: The 30th Anniversary Edition
The Thunderbirds: The 40th Anniversary Edition

These are the titles I discussed this week for our DVD report on Talking Television with Dave White.

Ed Robertson

www.edrobertson.com

New releases on DVD this week

Bozo’s Big Top: The World’s Most Famous Clown
Space Ghost and Dino Boy: The Complete Series
Voyagers! The Complete Series: 25th Anniversary Edition
Gunsmoke: The Complete First Season
Wanted: Dead or Alive: The Complete Second Season
The Incredible Hulk: The Complete Second Season
The Rookies: The Complete First Season

These are the titles we discussed on our DVD report this week on Talking Television with Dave White.

Ed Robertson

www.edrobertson.com

New on DVD this week

BAA BAA BLACK SHEEP, Vol. 2

BATFINK: THE COMPLETE SERIES

GHOSTBUSTERS: THE ANIMATED SERIES, Vol. 2

Plus our Pick of the Week: MR. BACH COMES TO CALL

For more information on these titles, check out our DVD report on the Talking Television website or simply click here.

DVD review: The Honeymooners, color episodes, Collection One

”And awaaaaaaay we go!” Only this time, in color. After previously releasing several DVD collections of the so-called “lost episodes” of The Honeymooners—the rarely seen black-and-white videotaped sketches that were originally performed by Jackie Gleason, Art Carney and company as part of the various TV variety hours hosted by Gleason throughout the ‘50s and early ‘60s—MPI unveils its first color edition of The Honeymooners with a three-disc, nine episode collection of shows that first aired in the fall of 1966, as part of Gleason’s popular CBS Saturday night variety hour. These episodes are actually a reprise of The Honeymooners’ Trip to Europe, a series of skits originally performed on The Jackie Gleason Show during the 1956-1957 season, beginning with “In 25 Words or Less,” a revamp of the famous “Box Top Kid” sketch from ’56 in which Ralph Kramden (Gleason) and Ed Norton (Carney) win a contest that sends them overseas along with their wives. Besides being broadcast in color, there are notable differences between the 1966 episodes and the original Trip to Europe. These Honeymooners routines are not sketch comedies but full-fledged musical revues, complete with original songs—much in vein with the format Gleason introduced that season, when he moved production of The Jackie Gleason Show from

New York to Miami Beach, “the sun and fun capital of the world.” In addition, Sheila MacRae replaces Audrey Meadows as the long-suffering Alice Kramden, while Jane Kean takes over for Joyce Randolph as Norton’s wife, Trixie. Also along for the ride are The June Taylor Dancers, announcer Johnny Olsen, and surprise guest stars such as Bing Crosby. Still, there are enough trademark lines (“One of these days, Alice”) and classic putdowns to evoke memories of the original black-and-white Honeymooners, plus the always delightful Carney is back on board after being absent from the Gleason show the previous nine seasons. Whether you’re a Gleason fan, a Honeymooners aficionado, or one who yearns for old-time TV variety hours, The Color Honeymooners definitely belongs in your collection. The lone extra is The Great Gleason Express, a nicely-done featurette that tells the story of why Gleason decided to move his show to Miami Beach in 1966. There is, however, some inside humor for those who know their TV history. One of the episodes in this Color Honeymooners package is entitled “You’re in the Picture,” a reference, of course, to You’re in the Picture, the ill-conceived prime time game show Gleason hosted in 1961 … a show so bad, not only was it cancelled after one broadcast, but Gleason famously apologized for the debacle on live television the following week. Just goes to show that even the Great One wasn’t afraid to poke fun at himself. Ed Robertson
edr@sidereel.com