DVD Releases for June 4th

Check out the Crimespree DVD Calendar from a more extensive list of titles forthcoming.

CHiPS: The Complete First Season Six-disc set with 22 episodes Extras: CHiPs: The Ride out of Spanish Harlem featurette, interviews with Erik Estrada and a special look at his CHiPs memorabilia, new introductions with special trivia and anecdotes on selected episodes by Estrada (Warner)

Click here to order CHiPs: The Complete First Season from Amazon.

Ponch and John are members of the California Highway Patrol (or CHiPs for short). Eric Estrada starred as Ponch, with…I don’t remember the actor that played Jon. Does anybody? Sure, I could dig up a fan site and find out, but the reality is that Estrada was the one that really stood out from this show.

For extras, Eric hangs out and talks about his experiences on the show.

Jon is being mesmerized by Mr. Estada’s gleaming white teeth even as we speak and will have a review for us shortly.

Diagnosis Murder: The Second Season Dick Van Dyke, Scott Baio (Paramount)

Click here to order Diagnosis Murder: The Second Season from Amazon.

Dick Van Dyke is back solving crimes and curing gout. If you are a fan of the show, you will find season two enjoyable.

For me, watching Diagnosis Murder made me feel as though I was one step away from Geritol and Metamucil. After only a couple of episodes, I started to feel a longing for prunes and a comfy pair of slippers.

Fortunately for me, the Sergio Leone box set was in arms reach.

The Fall Guy: The Complete Season One Six Disc-set with 23 episodes; $59.98. (Fox)
Click here to order The Fall Guy: The Complete Season One from Amazon.

“Cuz I’m the unknown stuntman that makes Redford such a star”
This was Lee Major’s second series (First being the Six Million Dollar Man) and was a moderate hit. The insipidly catchy theme song still rings out through the hallowed halls of my cranium.

Lee Majors is Colt Seavers, a stunt man and part-time bounty hunter. The always-lovely Heather Thomas provides sex appeal as Jody Banks.

Interesting side note: When Tommy Lee first started talking to Heather Locklear (who went on to become Mrs. Lee), he talked about how much he enjoyed her on The Fall Guy.

Heather proceeded to explain that it was Heather Thomas that was on The Fall Guy, and that she was on TJ Hooker.

Understandable mistake, I just had to check and make sure I was attaching the ladies with the correct shows.

Still, the marriage did not last so perhaps this blunder was a sign of things to come.

Mission: Impossible – The Second TV Season Peter Graves, Martin Landau, Barbara Bain (Paramount)
Click here to order Mission: Impossible – The Second TV season from Amazon.

Martin Landau, Barbara Bain and crew return to save us from those dastardly ruskies and whoever else has a hankering to mess of the U.S. of A.

It was the second season that saw the debut of Jim Phelps (Peter Graves). Phelps went on to become the face of the show.

As soon as Jon can tear himself away from Ponch and John, he will tell us all about season two.

Red Mercury (2005) Stockard Channing, Ron Silver, Peter Postlethwaite, Juliet Stevenson, David Bradley. (MTI Home Video).

Thriller about three British-born Muslim fundamental extremists who hold a restaurant hostage with a lethal bomb.

Rescue Me: The Complete Third Season Four-disc set with 13 episodes, for $49.95. Extras: Blooper reel; featurettes: ‘”Behind the Smoke,” “Rescue Me Heroes,” “The Bravest Traditions,” “Being Dennis Leary,” “Going to the Gay Place”; location tour; deleted scenes; sneak peek at the fourth season. (Sony).
Click here to order Rescue Me from Amazon.

The Sergio Leone Anthology This contains the following new releases: A Fistful of Dollars: 2-Disc Collector’s Edition, A Fistful of Dynamite: 2-Disc Collector’s Edition, For a Few Dollars More: 2-Disc Collector’s Edition and The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: 2-Disc Collector’s Edition. (Fox)
Click here to order The Sergio Leone Anthology from Amazon.

I don’t know if it would be possible to overstate the impact that Leone had on the western genre. The gritty, brutal style and flavor suddenly made the typical western (the ones where the cowboy’s shirt appeared to have been starched) seem quaint.

Randy has a full review coming, but I can say that any fan of westerns simply must have this fantastic set.