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Cheap NOEXP!! COLUMBO 4.X!! Herc's SuperExciting Season-Box DVD Vault!!

I am – Hercules!!

Five reasons to buy this box:

1. Lt. Columbo is one of the greatest television characters ever concocted, right up there with Mr. Spock, Kwai-Chang Caine, Barney Fife, Basil Fawlty, David Addison, Ed Grimly, Dale Cooper, Bart Simpson and Eric Cartman.

2. Every episode is glorious class warfare. Some rich bastard will engineer an elaborate and ingenious murder. Swarthy little working-class Columbo – driving his beat-to-shit foreign convertible and pulling down an LAPD salary of $11,000 a year – will then wander onto the scene and proceed to slowly and methodically destroy some amoral, snobby, arrogant, self-serving, stick-up-the-ass scumwad’s life.

3. You’ll never have any difficulty guessing who did it. Columbo typically doesn’t saunter into an episode until it’s already about a quarter over. The first 25 minutes or so star the guest-villain as he or she dispatches a fellow human being for selfish gain. We see everything. So the fun is not figuring out the culprit, but watching Columbo figure it out. He’s such an incredible student of human nature, he’s always got half the thing figured out within five minutes of appearing on screen.

4. Look at the guest stars! Season four includes Patrick McGoohan (who won a Emmy for his performance, Robert Conrad, Dick Van Dyke, Dean Stockwell, Patrick Macnee, Bernard Fox, Gena Rowlands, a twentysomething Leslie Ann Warren, Bruce Kirby and Bruce Kirby Jr. (both Kirbys in the same episode!) and a pre-“Rockford Files” Gretchen Corbett, who cavorts in a bikini.

5. Columbo is funnier than Sherlock Holmes, Nick & Nora Charles and Charlie Chan combined.

Herc’s Popular Pricing Pantry

The best pricing news of the week has to be Universal's announcement of Northern Exposure: The Complete First and Second Seasons, which is available for pre-order at $41.99. The two seasons have long been available separately, and if you buy both of those sets separately it will set you back a total of $86.98.

So the new deal gives you all the early Fleishman-O'Connell action at less than half the price!

TV-on-DVD Calendar

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Andromeda 5.x Vol. 4
Baby Looney Tunes Vol. 1
Baby Looney Tunes Vol. 2
Brady Bunch 5.x
The Cosby Show 2.x
The Electric Company: Best Of The Best
The Flintstones 5.x
Go Go Gophers: Best Of
Hogan's Heroes 3.x
Lily The Witch Vol. 1
Lily the Witch Vol. 2
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild N Out
Police Woman 1.x
Scooby-Doo and Dynomutt: The Complete Series
Tennessee Tuxedo: Best Of
Three's Company 6.x
Walking Tall: The Complete Series

March 14
All Dogs Go To Heaven Vol. 1
All Dogs Go To Heaven Vol. 2

Babylon 5: Legend of the Rangers
Columbo 4.x

Grosse Pointe: The Complete Series
I Dream of Jeannie 1.x
MacGyver 5.x

MacGyver Five-Season Pack
Murder, She Wrote 3.x

Naked City Set 3

A Perfect Spy: The Complete Miniseries

She Spies 1.x

The Simple Life 3.x

Sleeper Cell 1.x

Speed Racer Vol. 4

VIP 1.x
Zoey 101: Spring Break-Up

March 21

Batman Beyond 1.x
Bewtiched 3.x
Ed, Edd N Eddy Vol. 2
The Flying Nun 1.x
Gidget: The Complete Series
Huff 1.x

Justice League 1.x
Mind of Mencia Uncensored 1.x
Over There 1.x
Roseanne 3.x

South Park 7.x
Tales From The Crypt 3.x
21 Jump Street 5.x
Unsolved Mysteries: Best Of
Unsolved Mysteries: Ultimate Collection

The White Shadow 2.x
The Young Riders: The Complete Series

March 28
American Muscle Car 1.x
Andy Milonakis Show 1.x
Astro Boy: Ultra Collector's Edition
Avatar: The Last Airbender: Book 1, Vol. 2
Danger Mouse 5.x/6.x
Dark Shadows Vol. 23
DeGrassi: The Next Generation 3.x

Doctor Who: The Beginning
Dog the Bounty Hunter: Best of 2.x
Friends: The One With All The Babies
Friends: The One With All The Birthdays
Friends: The One With All The Weddings
Godzilla: Monster Mayhem
Godzilla: Mutant Madness
Highway to Heaven 3.x
The Invisible Man 1.x
Knots Landing 1.x
Little House on the Prarie (2004 Miniseries)

Masters of Horror: Cigarette Burns
Masters of Horror: Dreams of the Witch House
Merv Griffin Show: 40 Most Interesting People
Modern Marvels: Extreme Gadgets
Modern Marvels: The FBI's Crime Lab
Modern Marvels: Great Inventions
Modern Marvels: Walt Disney World

Monty Python's Personal Best

Northern Exposure 4.x
Not the 9 O'Clock News: Best Of

Planet of the Apes: Ultimate Collection
Quantum Leap 4.x
Return to the Planet of the Apes

Robot Chicken Vol. 1
Six Feet Under 5.x
Super Mario Bros.: Super Show
Tales of the Unexpected Set 4
The Triangle: The Complete Miniseries

Wonder Showzen 1.x
X-Files 4.x ($34.99 Slimcase Edition)
X-Files 5.x ($34.99 Slimcase Edition)
X-Files 6.x ($34.99 Slimcase Edition)

April 4
The A-Team 4.x
Dawson's Creek 6.x
Full House 3.x
Garbage Pail Kids: The Complete Series
Knight Rider 4.x
The Little Prince: The Perfect Planet
The Little Prince: The Star Gazer
Magnum P.I. 4.x
Star Trek: Time Travel
3rd Rock From The Sun: Best Of
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Tripping the Rift 2.x

April 11

The Bob Newhart Show 3.x
Farscape 3.x Vol. 3
In Living Color 5.x
Merv Griffin: 40 Most Interesting

April 18
Doogie Howser, MD 4.x
Michael Palin: Sahara
Remington Steele 3.x
The Sentinel 1.x
Thundercats 2.x Vol. 1

April 25
American Dad Vol. 1
The Avengers '62
Jacques Cousteau: River Explorations
Inspector Gadget: The Original Series
The Last Detective 1.x
Law & Order: Trial By Jury
The Mike Hammer Movies

Odyssey 5: The Complete Series
Reba 3.x
The Rifleman Vol. 5
Tommy Lee Goes To College
A Touch of Frost 9.x/10.x
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Wild Kingdom: Australia's Awesome Animals
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May 2
Dinosaurs 1.x/2.x

Readers Talkback
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  • March 14, 2006, 1 a.m. CST

    Bob Newhart's got a sweet denim suit

    by HypeEndsHere

  • March 14, 2006, 4:37 a.m. CST

    David Brent?

    by Grando

    No love for the Brenster in the greatest TV characters of all time? Oh, and bring that McGyver shit ON!!! "Don't thank me, thank the moons gravitational pull".

  • March 14, 2006, 5:29 a.m. CST

    "an LAPD salary of $11,000 a year"

    by newc0253

    sweet jesus, isn't that minimum wage now?

  • March 14, 2006, 7:30 a.m. CST


    by KazamaSmokers


  • March 14, 2006, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Okay, but where's Chicago Hope?

    by CaseyMcCall

    What's taking them so long, I mean, even 'Saved by the Bell' has a DVD release....

  • March 14, 2006, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Okay, Paramount...

    by Lou Stools

    Start dropping the prices on the rest of the Next Gen sets so I can score all my favorite seasons (3, 4 & 5)! Anyone know if this is in the works?

  • March 14, 2006, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Don't remember Superboy being any good...

    by zer0cool2k2

    But man, I loved me some Stacy Haiduk! ........................ I also have to admit, that on the Saturday nights I found myself home, (and thus no prospect of potential temporary companionship) after SNL I'd spend an hour with the girls of She Spies.

  • March 14, 2006, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Good news on Northern Exposure

    by jim

    since the first season, which was selling for around $40, contains only 6 or 8 episodes. However, I think I might wait for the (possible) full-series set.

  • March 14, 2006, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Hey Herc, what's up with the Borg set?

    by jim

    Last week was all about how it was not available but I bought one and there were several in the store. I'm also able to find it online. Was it recalled like First Contact? Is there another version to be released later?

  • March 14, 2006, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Superman: The Animated Series vol. 3 on June 6th

    by Osmosis Jones

    Fuck any other small screen version of Supes, *this* is the real deal (and Dana Delaney's Lois Lane is five times sexier than Teri Hatcher).

  • March 14, 2006, 12:04 p.m. CST

    The Incredible Hulk Season 1 in June

    by Trazadone

    Come on, it wasn't that bad.

  • March 14, 2006, 1:04 p.m. CST

    dammit where the hell is pinky and the brain

    by McLuvin

    seriously...i'm getting impatient

  • March 14, 2006, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Pinky and the Brain are at each end of my torso

    by HypeEndsHere

    oh. you mean the cartoon.

  • March 14, 2006, 2:19 p.m. CST

    G'Kar passed away

    by DS9-4ever

    His website has posted: "After a long illness, Andreas Katsulas died on Monday, February 13th, 2006." Was this on Ain't It Cool? How did I miss it? I just found out through an AFTRA email and I couldn't believe it. I have watched him for so many years on so many shows. It is so sad. It seems like we keep losing so many great people lately.

  • March 14, 2006, 3:36 p.m. CST

    X-men: TAS the fox kids series

    by Knightmare187

    Does anyone know if there are plans to bring that series to dvd? In season set format. I loved that show.

  • March 14, 2006, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Mary Tyler Moore season 4 June 20th !!!

    by JohnnyFriendly

    So when can we count on Herc to post another SWEET pic of Mary herself ?

  • March 14, 2006, 4:11 p.m. CST

    1970s Animated Batman by Filmmation

    by EriamJH

    Just saying, I want to see if it was as bad as I remember, with Adam West and Burt Ward doing the voiceovers. Campy like the live-action Batman tv show, but I'm sure it sorta sucked, and had that rotten Bat-Mite. Same rotoscoped guy doing the flip in the air that they used in Tarzan (go Nikima!) and Flash Gordon. Sort of sad, but I'll stick to my old 1970s Saturday morning line up -- advertised in comic books and premiered with a Friday night party each new season -- and unedited Johnny Quest. Am I old? You bet, but at least I grew up before your faggy He Man and gay-ass Transformer era.

  • March 14, 2006, 5:15 p.m. CST

    i'll say it again...still no fuckin' GvsE!!!!

    by boast

    get yr sh!t together SciFi!!!!

  • March 14, 2006, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Eriam JH ... Yes, you're old

    by JohnnyFriendly

    But so am I. I think the animated Batman version you're talking about was early 80's. I remember because I watched it too, even though I thought I was too old for Saturday Morning cartoons. How about the filmation DC heroes cartoons from late 60's -- where it seemed like half the voice were done by Ted Knight ? Aquaman throwing waterballs ? Clark Kent's wimpy voice " This looks like a job ... ( insert Superman-ly voice ) ... for SUPERMAN ! " Good times.

  • March 15, 2006, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Stacy Haiduk

    by Led Gopher

  • March 15, 2006, 2:24 a.m. CST

    Stacy Haiduk

    by Led Gopher

    Damn it, I wasn't finished. Anyways, her father was my gym teacher in high school. Wyoming Park, in Wyoming, Michigan. True story.