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The Mod Squad Season 3 Part 1
The Mod Squad Season 3 Part 1
DVD ~ Clarence Williams III, Peggy Lipton Michael Cole
Price: CDN$ 13.99
13 used & new from CDN$ 12.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VEI Rescues THE MOD SQUAD From Oblivion, Sept. 18 2013
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Kudos to VEI for finally resurrecting THE MOD SQUAD on DVD. After two seasons/four volumes were released in 2007-2009, CBS abandoned this iconic psychadelic relic and left us hanging with some of the best MOD moments yet to come.

While the picture quality isn't as stellar here as it was on the CBS releases, the show has never looked this good on television before despite the presence of minor dirt and debris here and there. They even included the original opening bumpers "The Mod Squad: In Color", so purists will be delighted.

My only complaint is that the actual cover art is different from what is shown here on Amazon--and it isn't as nice IMO and looks rather low-res compared to the CBS releases. But who am I kidding? I'd buy this in a plain brown wrapper because the shows are what I want! Thank you VEI!

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman: Complete Series
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman: Complete Series
DVD ~ Louise Lasser
Price: CDN$ 151.45
21 used & new from CDN$ 149.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Hartman: The ORIGINAL Desperate Housewife!, Sept. 1 2013
The original desperate housewife from Middle America--Fernwood Ohio's totally impressionable, tragic suburban heroine is back as Shout Factory resurrects Norman Lear's sublime '70s soap opera satire in MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN: THE COMPLETE SERIES.

After Sony gave us a teaser in Spring 2007 with a Vol. 1 release consisting of the first 25 episodes, fans have been begging for more, but never did I expect we'd get a release of this magnitude. A whopping 325 episodes on 38 discs that has only been surpassed thus far by MPI's DARK SHADOWS release of 2012.

I was eight years old in 1976 when Mary premiered and most of the storylines were way over my head but there was something about Louise Lasser's lugubrious line readings and childlike naivete that I found mesmerizing and my wonderfully liberal Mom thankfully allowed me to stay up and watch over Christmas vacation and March Break. The rest of the cast are equally fantastic in their roles but of course, Louise Lasser as Mary is the lynchpin of the whole show. The series quickly became such a widespread pop culture phenomenon Louise made the cover of PEOPLE, TV GUIDE, MS., NEWSWEEK and ROLLING STONE. There were even MARY HARTMAN for PRESIDENT buttons to be found that election year!

New viewers weaned on trashy reality TV probably won't "get it"--there's extreme, lingering close-ups and the actors read their lines slowly at times (or even flub them and the production schedule was so rushed and grueling the goofs were left in), but that all adds to the realism. These shows boast some of the most brilliant, true-to-life yet often ridiculous dialogue you've ever heard--but it's never boring (Watch for Mary's reaction at the conclusion of the pilot episode when a policeman calls to inform her that her grandfather has been arrested for indecent exposure: In total distress she stammers "I can't talk now....I'm on the phone"--sheer genius!).

MHMH straddles the two extremes between pure soap opera and satire with the many mundane occurances peppered with over-the-top events such as one character drowning in a bowl of Mary's chicken soup, or another being electrocuted when a portable TV set falls into the bathtub.

Best of all, the actors/characters are like people you would know in real life. There's no botoxed, assembly-line plastic Hollywood types on display. From balding, hairy-backed Graham Jarvis to the fabulous Debralee Scott with her severe overbite, these are actors you wouldn't see on prime time these days so it's refreshing to go back and see what TV used to be like.

If you loved this show back in the '70s or are curious about it and love offbeat entertainment, this is the set for you. With Amazon's current price and the episode content, it works out to only 54 cents per episode which is a STEAL for a gem like this.

Thank you once again SHOUT FACTORY for another rescue mission. I love you guys!!!

Dallas: The Complete Fourteenth Season
Dallas: The Complete Fourteenth Season
DVD ~ Patrick Duffy
Offered by Kay's Movies
Price: CDN$ 19.99
26 used & new from CDN$ 15.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars As Satisfying As a Plate of Cold Leftovers, April 6 2013
This final season of the original "Dallas" finds the series in a no-win situation on most counts: The only original remaining cast members have turned "Dallas" into the J.R./Bobby/Cliff hour and despite the relative newcomers, most of the situations are re-hashed from the glory days long past.

Continuing from Season 13, J.R. is still committed to the sanitarium thanks to James, who has plans to seize control of Ewing Oil. There are a few highlights here in the form of humpy Mitch Pileggi (who showed up on the 2012 reboot) as well as a touching scene where J.R. gifts his fellow patients with goodbye presents.

Bobby and April's newly-wedded bliss is cut short on a Paris honeymoon when April is abducted by the mysterious Sheila Foley (Susan Lucci) who has plans to force Bobby in assisting her in an International protest that turns into a nightmare. This storyline doesn't get resolved until the very end of the season and you can skip through the entire middle section here without missing much.

Even the terrific Kimberly Foster seems more fizzle-than-sizzle this season as most of her scenes are dragged down since she's paired with the lethargic James (Sasha Mitchell).

There's a boring plot involving Cliff's new love (Barbara Stock) who has mysterious mob ties, but this just comes across as an inverse of the Sue-Ellen and Nick scenario from Season 11. Barbara Eden's reunion with Larry Hagman here is a little surreal to watch since we can't help but imagine her folding her arms and blinking him onto a spit in their rotisserie oven instead of having her hatch an elaborate revenge plan that lasts a half-dozen episodes.

Tellingly, even the characters remark on how empty and static the show has become with J.R. stating how quiet Southfork seems and John-Ross and Christopher chuckling "Things are finally getting fun around here again" when they witness a catfight in the pool between Michelle and one of James' one-night-stands.

The brief return of Clayton (Howard Keel) is most telling as his bored expression and awkwardness display when he gives the news that Miss Ellie is not returning and has decided to bequeath the ranch to Bobby.

It was past the time to lay "Dallas" to rest and everything here seems very anti-climactic. For completists only: everyone else should just watch the first few episodes set in Paris and the last three or four. You won't be missing much in between.

THREE STARS but still better than the 2012 remake.

Petticoat Junction - Return to Hooterville - 50th Anniversary Collection
Petticoat Junction - Return to Hooterville - 50th Anniversary Collection
Price: CDN$ 14.98
25 used & new from CDN$ 8.17

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Anniversary Petticoat Junction, March 30 2013
Although the vintage commercials have appeared previously, this disc contains a great extensive interview with Linda Kaye Henning (Betty-Jo) who is so eloquent and natural on-screen it's like she's sitting in your own living room giving you a history of the show. Also of note is the interview with Bea Benaderet's son Jack Bannon who gives insight into his mother and his own time on the show. I just wish Pat Woodell and Jeannine Riley had appeared to share their memories.

Best of all is the behind-the-scenes footage they shot for Season 3's opening titles, including the water tower scene (although I wish it was longer and there had been more of it).

I hope this disc sells because I would love CBS to continue the season sets on DVD (or license them out to an independent label). Seasons 3 and 4 were among the best of the series and they need to come out soon.

Although the vintage commercials have appeared previously, this disc contains a great extensive interview with Linda Kaye Henning (Betty-Jo) who is so eloquent and natural on-screen it's like she's sitting in your own living room giving you a history of the show. Also of note is the interview with Bea Benaderet's son Jack Bannon who gives insight into his mother and his own time on the show. I just wish Pat Woodell and Jeannine Riley had appeared to share their memories.

Best of all is the behind-the-scenes footage they shot for Season 3's opening titles, including the water tower scene (although I wish it was longer and there had been more of it).

I hope this disc sells because I would love CBS to continue the season sets on DVD (or license them out to an independent label). Seasons 3 and 4 were among the best of the series and they need to come out soon.

**UPDATE** October 1, 2013 look for PETTICOAT JUNCTION: THE OFFICIAL THIRD SEASON as a retail exclusive, although I loathe where I will have to buy it--that corporate slime W*lm*rt (I can't even bear to type the full name) will be the only place you can get it, regrettably. I wish MPI were profiting from its release instead. Incidentally, on the same day they will be selling THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES: THE OFFICIAL FOURTH SEASON as well for those who have been waiting for the The Clampetts in color.

Laverne & Shirley: The Sixth Season
Laverne & Shirley: The Sixth Season
Price: CDN$ 22.99
20 used & new from CDN$ 15.57

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From Milwaukee to Hollywood--They're Gonna Do It!, Feb. 21 2013
I honestly thought after Season 5 of "Laverne and Shirley" was released--the last season to be set in Milwaukee--we'd seen the last of this show on DVD. But lo and behold, CBS has seen fit to bless us with the 6th season which chronicles the girls' Lucy Show-esque move to the West Coast affording plenty of opportunity for star-gazing and crazy schemes to break into show biz.

All twenty-two episodes that aired on ABC during the 1980-81 season are here, which introduce two new characters that come with the girls' new digs. Hunky apartment manager/stuntman Sonny (Ed Marinaro) proves to be competition for Carmine as the two often try to out-macho one another; and self-centred, buxom blonde neighbour Rhonda (Leslie Easterbrook) wraps drooling Lenny and Squiggy around her little finger as easily as she irritates Laverne and Shirley. Frank and Edna come along for the ride and open a new cowboy-themed restaurant.

Although the physical comedy bits aren't as memorable as in seasons' past, there are some good episodes here, the best probably being the two-part "Bardwell Caper" where the girls must hatch an elaborate plan to retrieve a letter from their boss' locked office (they get jobs as department store gift-wrappers this season). It features a great fake-out ending to Part One and is perhaps the best script the cast plays this season.

Notable guest stars include Fred Dryer, Richard Moll, Troy Donahue and Vicki Lawrence.

Many say the show Jumped the Shark with the move to Hollywood. That may have been true in the long run, but there's still enough enjoyable episodes to recommend getting this one. The Shirley-free Season 8 is another story altogether.

FOUR STARS and a big thank-you to CBS for continuing the series on DVD!

Nurse Jackie: The Complete Fourth Season
Nurse Jackie: The Complete Fourth Season
DVD ~ Edie Falco
Price: CDN$ 14.99
10 used & new from CDN$ 10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Changes Make For An Improvement Over Season 3, Feb. 19 2013
A big improvement over the stagnant Season Three, these ten episodes of "Nurse Jackie" benefit from some much-needed changes as the writers attempt to shake things up for our titular heroine--both personally and professionally.

**NOTE** SPOILERS AHEAD

Finally admitting she's got a problem, Jackie enters rehab and tries to play by the rules as for as long as she can. Look for the wonderful Mary-Louise Wilson ("One Day at a Time") as a cussing octagernarian during this story arc. Testing Jackie's commitment to stay clean is the fact that there's trouble at work and not only is her marriage on the rocks but she's in danger of losing her kids.

All Saints gains an ambitious but power-tripping new administrator/doctor (Bobby Cannavale) which bumps Gloria Akalitus back on the floor as just another nurse. O'Hara's preganancy figures largely this season but unfortunately this story arc makes the imbecilic Dr. Cooper (my least favorite character) even more annoying than usual--not to mention the fact for some reason Dr. Cooper is sporting more eyeliner than Alice Cooper all season long.

There's some twists here and there but nothing too surprising. The show's still not as good as it was Season 1 but this is an improvement over last year. The tension between Jackie and her new boss really made for some great dramatic moments. The show's at its best when Jackie defies authority to do things her way.

FOUR STARS.

Goes to Hell
Goes to Hell
Offered by samurai_media_JPN4CA
Price: CDN$ 58.68
4 used & new from CDN$ 58.68

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth The Upgrade, Jan. 20 2013
This review is from: Goes to Hell (Audio CD)
While I highly recommend upgrading your copies of "Love It To Death" and "Killer" to these new Japanese remasters, I can't say the same for "Goes to Hell". The album itself rates four stars, but I didn't notice enough improvement in sound quality to justify this purchase. Save your $ and stick with the old release.

Streets of San Francisco: Season Five, Volume Two
Streets of San Francisco: Season Five, Volume Two
Price: CDN$ 34.98
21 used & new from CDN$ 31.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Sharply-Written, Well-Plotted Stories; Great Guest Stars, Jan. 20 2013
This volume brings us the final 12 episodes of "Streets" and while the guest stars IMO weren't as good as on Volume 1, this is still worth buying, if only for the awesome "Who Killed Helen French" episode. This is one of those episodes that could only have been made in the '70s and has so many intriguing twists and turns you'd swear it was a two-hour episode. Other highlights include the Arnold Schwarzenegger appearance in "Dead Lift"; the gay-themed "A Good Cop...But" and "Once a Con". Even when the stories are less than excellent, the guest star performances make up for it, as in "Let's Pretend We're Strangers" with Linda Kelsey or "Hang Tough" featuring Ned Beatty.

The video quality of these 12 episodes is excellent and I still prefer Richard Hatch over smug Michael Douglas in this show. I only wish Hatch had been afforded more time on the series.

FIVE STARS. An addictive slice of '70s crime drama.

Klymaxx (Audio Cassette)
Klymaxx (Audio Cassette)
Offered by Imagine This Music
Price: CDN$ 9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Follow-Up To Their Debut, Jan. 19 2013
Klymaxx followed up their platinum-selling debut album with a self-titled second LP in the fall of 1986. Using the first album as a template--sometimes a little too closely--this one is just as good musically even if some of the hooks and riffs are direct rip-offs from "Meeting in the Ladies Room".

The fierce attitude they projected on "Meeting" is even stronger here, yet more playful and non-threatening. Best examples are the fun opener "Sexy", which musically borrows from "Lock and Key" and has the heavy-breathing interlude that worked so well on "The Men All Pause". "Fab Attack" is somewhat of a mess and steals musically from "The Men All Pause" (are you getting all this?). "Divas Need Love Too" simmers at mid-tempo but the real show-stopper is the sizzling "Fashion" which originally opened Side Two of the LP and shamelessly proclaims itself "the new National Anthem" and boasts clever ad-libs beyond belief.

Klymaxx does tread some new waters musically on the moody and sparse "Danger Zone" but the ballads here ("Long Distance Love Affair" and "I'd Still Say Yes") come off as schmaltzy rip-offs of "I Miss You". Only "Come Back" seems earnest and understated and that's what makes it the best of the slow jams (It even sounds like it inspired Expose's later 1988 hit "Seasons Change").

"Man Size Love" utilized outside writers and producers, which explains why it's horn-driven pop sound seems different from the rest of their material. The song was released as single, taken from the soundtrack of the Billy Crystal comedy "Running Scared" and scored Klymaxx a Top 20 hit. It should be noted that this version is the inferior one WITHOUT the handclaps that appeared on the original 45 RPM release.

If you liked their debut album, this one should be equally pleasing to your ears. Be warned though, it's VERY difficult to find and sellers on Amazon and the world's most popular Internet auction site are asking upwards of $40 for a copy. Keep searching diligently though because I scored my copy for $10.

Sexy 5/5
Fab Attack 3/5
Divas Need Love Too 5/5
I'd Still Say Yes 3/5
Fashion 5/5
Danger Zone 5/5
Long Distance Love Affair 3/5
Come Back 5/5
Man Size Love 5/5

Meeting In The Ladies Room
Meeting In The Ladies Room

5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar Debut for the Original Divas, Jan. 19 2013
This album is a mid-'80s Dance/R&B classic full of great musical hooks and memorable lyrics. Klymaxx really knocked one out of the park with this debut which starts strong with the diva anthem "The Men All Pause". Drum machines, a hot and heavy interlude of non-stop panting and a great opening line "I was at home feeling sleazy, so I went down to the speakeasy" make this perhaps their most memorable song after the tender Top Five hit "I Miss You", which also appears here.

Other highlights are the sassy title track "Meeting in the Ladies Room" though it should be noted this is the not the same version that originally appeared on the LP/Cassette back in the '80s. Those had some subtle but noticeable tweaks here and there and this version is not as good IMO. Lorena Lungs' opening sigh of frustration sets the tone for the irressistible "Lock and Key" and "Video Kid" is catchy enough to transcend its own cheesiness. There's a classy mid-tempo love song in "Ask Me No Questions" which is followed by a funky Nile Rogers-inspired number called "Love Bandit". The only tracks which could be considered filler are "I Betcha" and "Just Our Luck" but the latter gets a boost from a killer bass hook.

Definitely worth picking this one up since it's readily available dirt-cheap unlike their self-titled sophomore album.

The Men All Pause 5/5
Lock and Key 5/5
I Miss You 5/5
Just Our Luck 4/5
Meeting in the Ladies Room 5/5
Video Kid 4/5
Ask Me No Questions 5/5
Love Bandit 5/5
I Betcha 3/5

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