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I am – Hercules!!

This isn’t a TV thing! Is it? It’s an original made-for-DVD animated movie directed by a lot of talent we associate with TV, including directors Lauren Montgomery (“Legion of Superheroes”), Bruce Timm (“Batman: Mask of the Phantasm”) and Brandon Vietti (“The Batman”) and screenwriter Duane Capizzi (“The Batman Vs. Dracula,” “Superman: Brainiac Attack”). And it’s based on the 1992-93 comic-book arc about the extraterrestrial mental patient who killed Superman? It is! Wasn’t that Death of Superman story arc kind of … lame? It kind of was. I deem the funnybook death of Superman a superior bit of marketing built upon a lot of flabby storytelling. So “Superman: Doomsday” is lame also? It turns out “Superman: Doomsday” is not lame at all! It is smart, compelling, funny, expectation-defying and well worth $13.99. I’m not sure how this happened! It isn’t just Doomsday and Superman pounding each other for 77 minutes, is it? There is much pounding, it is prolonged and well-crafted pounding, but it only goes on for about eight of the feature’s 77-minute running time. The mute, Hulk-ish and not terribly interesting Doomsday has only a 16-minute cameo is his own movie. Only after Doomsday and Superman perish at minute 26 does the project begin to shoot off into new and far more interesting directions -- directions informed a bit, perhaps, by better comic book series like Alan Moore’s “Miracleman” and Warren Ellis’ “The Authority.” Does “Doomsday” earn the PG-13 rating for its depictions of the villain’s many gruesome onscreen murders? It does! And perhaps because Superman and Lois, as the story begins, have apparently been boning like wildcats for six months. Lois and Superman are boning like wildcats? And get this. Though Superman apparently no longer needs x-ray vision to see Lois naked, she still can’t get him to admit he’s Clark Kent. In a very real sense, this project takes the animated Lane to avenues not previously ventured. (Another highlight is a hilarious Luthor sequence I’m willing to label as knowingly homo-erotic.) Does Batman cry at the funeral? Though the Justice League played a big role in the comic-book Doomsday storyline (some will recall Booster Gold actually gave Doomsday his name), it saddens me to report that The Batman, The Guardian, Maxima, Barda, Power Girl, Supergirl, Flash, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Wonder Woman, Atom, Aquaman, J’onn J’onzz, Zatanna, Blue Beetle and Booster Gold all sit out the DVD. Do Cyborg Superman, Iron-Man Superman, Eradicator Superman and Superboy all rise up to replace the fallen Man of Steel? I’m saying no. Does the Cyborg Superman destroy Coast City, sending the Green Lantern into a homicidal rage? What? What … Wait a minute. Bruce Timm is involved? Is this project a component of the TV Timmverse that encompasses “Superman: The Animated Series,” “Batman: The Animated Series,” “Batman Beyond’ and “Justice League”? On the commentary track, Timm says no. Which might explain why no superheroes turn up at the funeral. Is Tim Daly back as Superman? Tim Daly remains long gone. “Doomsday” stars Adam Baldwin (“Chuck”) as Clark, Anne Heche (“Men in Trees”) as Lois, James Marsters (“Without A Trace”) as Lex, Ray Wise (“Reaper”) as Perry, Swoozie Kurtz (“Pushing Daisies”) as Martha, Adam Wylie (“Legion of Super-Heroes”) as Jimmy, Cree Summer (“Drawn Together”) as Mercy and John Di Maggio (“Futurama”) as Toyman. Ew! Where’s Dana Delany? Wisteria Lane! I’ll say that once I got used to the new voices for Lex, Lois and Clark, I came to embrace them. Adam Baldwin, who in live-action almost always plays villains or villainous, does an unexpectedly spectacular job assaying the ultimate boy scout. What’s great? The cast. The story. The violence. The language. The dark. The Toyman. The post-Doomsday villainy. The beauty salon. The old lady and the cat. And I loved that somebody stuck a broken Fleisher Bros. mechanical man as a trophy in the Fortress. What’s not so great? All the extra lines on Superman’s face. They just make the Last Son of Krypton look tired and too old to date Lois (who by contrast has never looked sexier). What of the extras? * Commentary track by Vietti, Montgomery, Timm, Capizzi, voice director Andrea Romano and executive producer Gregory Noveck. Learn that Lex Luthor, who had little to do with the Death of Superman storyline in the comics, was added to the animated version’s mix because “for the mainstream audience, he’s pretty much like the only Superman villain who counts.” Learn that other storylines pitched by Timm and Capizzi were shot down because they weren’t “adult enough.” Learn that the movie’s Metropolis is meant to look less utopian than the one in the 1990s series. Learn that Marsters almost played Green Arrow on “Justice League” (which would have paired him with Morena Baccarin as Black Canary) but had to cancel at the last minute. Learn that composer Robert Krall was hired because producers were impressed with his work on “Angel.” Learn that a key action beat – Superman lofting above overcast skies to absorb the sun’s radiation – was cut from the film’s final battle because it was discovered that “Superman Returns” would be using it first. * “Requiem and Rebirth: Superman Lives!” (43:10) This documentary reminds us how the 1992-1993 Doomsday storyline grew out of DC Comics’ 1985 continuity reboot. Learn how pissed off the comic-book writers were when their Time Warner overlords asked them to throw out their Lois-Clark marriage plans in service of ABC’s TV version of “Lois & Clark.” Be reminded that “Death of Superman” stories had been told in the comics many times before 1992. Learn that the DC writers and editors were impressed with their work on the project. Be reminded that clueless youngsters flooded DC with protest letters and death threats, and that grown men stood in very long lines to buy their copies. Be reminded that the Superman comic line actually ceased publication for a few months, so as not to telegraph his inevitable return. * “Behind the Voice” (5:19) Learn that a lot of the voice principals laid down their lines together. * “Justice League: The New Frontier Teaser Reel” (10:44) deals with the coming animated DVD feature based on the spectacular 2004 comic-book series by Darwyn Cooke. Be reminded how rare it is to find a period piece dealing with DC Comics characters, since the Time Warner overlords have traditionally been so focused on “updating” the publisher’s classic characters. Hear what Kyle MacLachlan sounds like as Superman, what Lucy Lawless sounds like as Wonder Woman, what David Boreanaz sounds like as Hal Jordan. * “Superman’s Last Stand” is, I think, an interactive game for the very, very bored. But I’m not certain. * “Trailers” includes two minutes for “I Am Legend” and 90 seconds for “Blade Runner: The 25th Anniversary Edition.” Also plugged: “The Last Mimzy,” “Babylon 5: The Lost Tales,” “Spawn: The TV Series,” the pilot for the “Blade” TV show and the sixth season of “Smallville.”

“Brothers & Sisters” employs a lot of actors for whom I harbor fond regard, among them Rachel Griffiths, Balthazar Getty, Sally Field, Calista Flockhart and Emily VanCamp. (Former “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” showrunner Marti Noxon was the “Brothers” showrunner very briefly, which could explain why one of the characters is called “Joe Whedon” and another “Amber Trachtenberg.”) Still, I never got past episode one last fall. The “Brothers” pilot was kind of dull and clumsy and the reviews were poor (Time called it “the sort of talky tedious drama that is far less intelligent than it clearly thinks it is”). “Brothers” was also airing opposite “Entourage” (or whatever else HBO was running Sunday nights at 10 p.m.). Still, when offered the chance to review the first-season “Brothers and Sisters” DVD, I figured I’d give the show another gander. The nighttime soap tells the “Family Ties”-ish tale of the affluent, California-rooted Walker clan. Field just won an Emmy for playing the liberal Jewish mom, Nora Holden Walker; Ron Rifkin (“Alias”) plays her brother Saul Holden, who helps run the successful family produce business alongside two of Nora’s kids, Sarah (Griffiths) and Tommy (Balthazar Getty). Sarah and Tommy have three other siblings, Republican political operative Kitty (Flockhart), gay lawyer Kevin (Welch heterosexual Matthew Rhys, “Titus”) and war-vet substance abuser Justin (Dave Annable, “Reunion”). There’s also a secret second Walker family that’s discovered after the Walker patriarch (Tom Skerritt) perishes in the pilot. Watching more episodes on DVD did not make me like the show a lot better. Its world-class actors only serve to remind me of their work in funnier, more compelling dramedies like “Six Feet Under,” “Pasadena,” “Ally McBeal” and “Everwood,” and “Brothers” doesn’t otherwise much distinguish itself in the vast vast 21st century sea of scripted hourlongs. Except in one respect. When it comes to the gay smooching, “Brothers and Sisters” makes “Will & Grace” look like “The Unit.” The show represents a breakthrough in network male-on-male spit-swapping, boasting copious Disney-sanctioned homosexual lip-lock. The show started with the openly gay Kevin, then introduced the Rob Lowe character’s gay brother. Still later in season one it is revealed that another core member of the Walker clan is secretly gay. All this homosexuality is not entirely unexpected! “Brothers” was created by gay playwright Jon Robin Baitz. Greg Belanti, one of the homosexuals behind “Dawson’s Creek,” “Everwood” and “Jack & Bobby” (and the upcoming “Dirty Sexy Money,” one of at least two new ABC hourlongs to feature a major transsexual plotline this season), served as head writer and showrunner during most of “Brothers’” first season. Another writer on “Brothers” is homosexual actor/playwright David Marshall Grant. Grant, some will recall, helped generate a shitstorm of viewer protest and sponsor pullout for (a pre-Disney) ABC more than 15 years ago when his gay character cavorted nakedly with another male in “thirtysomething.” “Brothers,” a 21st century ABC hourlong with a lot more homosexual content, has to my knowledge inspired no sponsor pullouts. Owing perhaps to the popularity of “Six Feet Under” and “The L-Word” and even “Buffy,” the religious right seems to have finally conceded this battle. COMMENTARIES: . 1.3 “Affairs of State.” Writers Jon Robin Baitz and Craig Wright and actors Patricia Wettig and Matthew Rhys. Learn that SNL vet Laraine Newman was intended to play a bigger role in the series, but ended up getting phased out along with the fictional political TV talkshow her character worked on. Learn that the original game plan was for Nora Walker to learn of her husband’s affair in the series’ 13th episode rather than the third. Learn that Republican strategist Mary Matalin, via a phone call, helped the writers shape Flockhart’s character. . 1.7 “Northern Exposure.” Screenriter/playwrights Jon Robin Baitz, David Marshall Grant and Molly Newman. Learn that this is Greg Berlanti’s favorite episode. Learn that Grant found his transition to television writing with this series “enormously challenging.” Learn that Newman’s husband played the French ambassador, but wound up almost entirely on the cutting-room floor. Learn That Newman used to write for “The Larry Sanders Show” (likely the best sitcom ever forged). The writers speak of an “ABC rulebook” that states that the fourth act of any hourlong episode is always very dramatic and about 12 pages long, while the fifth act is as a rule about half that size and sets the stage for a resolution that greets audiences in the five-page sixth act. . 1.16 “The Other Walker.” Writers Alison Schapker, Monica Breen and Marc Guggenheim and actors Dave Annable and Emily VanCamp. Learn that the Lowe character, a presidential candidate, got the name of Robert McCallister because that was the name of the future U.S. president in Berlanti’s extra-crappy WB drama “Jack & Bobby.” Learn that Rob Lowe’s character served in the Air Force. Learn that the smalltalk leading to the meat of the scene is called “the downbeat.” Schapker & Breen, who worked on “Charmed,” “Alias” and “Lost,” believe “Brothers” is the third series they’ve written on in which “a sister comes out of the woodwork.” Learn that Schapker (or possibly Breen) saw “Top Gun” 11 times while it was in cinemas. . 1.23 “Matriarchy.” Director Ken Olin, writer Sarah Caplan and actor Balthazar Getty. Olin reveals Getty likes to laugh at the employment benefits of the guest stars. Learn that Sally Field was in Garry Marshall’s first series. Learn that Michael Nouri was in Ken Olin’s first series, “Bay City Blues.” Learn that Garry Marshall is a fan of the show, and that Garry’s involvement in “Brothers” owes to a chance encounter with Getty in the Disney commissary. Learn that “the guy from ‘Titanic’” rigged the episode’s exciting tent collapse. Learn that Emily Vancamp is hot for “Alias” vet Michael Vartan, whom she first met at an upfront. OTHER EXTRAS: * “The Deleted Episode: ‘State of the Parties’” (42:50), an installment, intended to serve as the series’ second episode, that never aired. Baitz explains in an introduction that ABC pulled it because it slowed things down. * “Creating The Walker Family Tree.” (29:01) Series creator Baitz compliments showrunner Berlanti again and again on what a fine job Berlanti is doing with Baitz’ concept. Sherri Cooper describes her writing partnership with David Marshall Grant as “an arranged marriage.” Staff writers Cliff Olin (son of series star Patricia Wettig and series producer-director Ken Olin) and Peter Calloway admit they had little experience with marijuana when they a wrote a Sally Field/Margot Kidder dope-smoking episode. Be reminded that Rachel Griffith’s American accent is fake. Learn that Ken Olin thought the show “took off” when Sally Field’s character revealed she knew of her late husband’s mistress. Learn that the Walker family enjoys its alcohol. Learn from Sarah Caplan that something like two-thirds of the “Brothers & Sisters” crew (along with Ron Rifkin and Balthazar Getty) came from “Alias.” * “Behind the Scenes With The Brothers” (6:14) Learn that Balthazar Getty, Dave Annable and Matthew Rhys hang around with each other and behave like brothers off-camera as well. They pretend to kick each others’ testicles. They horseplay with Ken Olin on the producer’s couch. They take us on a tour of craft services, make-up, wardrobe, the writers’ offices and the dressing rooms. * “The Family Business” (4:35) There is a family business within the show, but this minidoc deals with the fact that producer Ken Olin’s entire family is employed by the series, including actress-wife Patricia, writer-son Cliff and actress-daughter Roxy. * “Bloopers and Outtakes” (2:28) Flubbed lines! More testes bashing! Wettig combines the words winery and vineyard! Dirty words are fully bleeped! CONSPICOUS BY ABSENCE: * The never-aired original pilot starring Betty Buckley as “Iva Walker,” Jonathan LaPaglia as the gay “Bryan Walker,” Marta Martin as “Bryan’s ex-wife,” Dan Futterman as Flockhart love interest “Jonathan Sternfeld” and longtime Olin associate Peter Horton as “Warren Salter.”

Herc’s Popular Pricing Pantry

Amazon is going nuts with its “TV Month sale” now that the networks are only days away from launching their fall slates. To save you some of the searching and scrolling, here are the most heavily discounted titles, all 60% OFF: Babylon 5 Season One $23.99 Babylon 5 Season Two $23.99 Babylon 5 Season Three $23.99 Babylon 5 Season Four $23.99 Babylon 5 Season Five $23.99 Bones Season One $19.99 Cheyenne Season One $15.99 Gilligan’s Island Season Two $15.99 Gilligan’s Island Season Two $15.99 Gilligan’s Island Season Three $15.99 F-Troop Season One $15.99 Invasion The Complete Series $23.99 Justice League Season One $17.99 Knots Landing Season One $15.99 Kung Fu Season One $15.99 Kung Fu Season Two $15.99 Kung Fu Season Three $15.99 Life Goes On Season One $15.99 Make Room For Daddy Season Five $13.99 Nip/Tuck Season One $23.99 Nip/Tuck Season Two $23.99 Nip/Tuck Season Three $23.99 Smallville Season One $23.99 Smallville Season Two $23.99 Smallville Season Three $23.99 Smallville Season Four $23.99 Smallville Season Five $23.99 Superboy Season One $15.99 Supernatural Season One $23.99 Veronica Mars Seaons One $23.99 Veronica Mars Seaons Two $23.99 The Waltons Season One $15.99 There are hundreds of other titles at lesser (but still impressive) discounts. Find the entire “TV Month sale” here.

Also still in force is Amazon’s Giant Emmy Sale. To save you some of the searching and scrolling, here’s a slightly more organized rundown of most of those titles: UNDER $16 All In The Family 1.x-6.x $14.99 The Ben Stiller Show: The Complete Series $15.49 The Corner: The Complete Series $15.99 Hazel 1.x $14.99 The Jeffersons 1.x-6.x $14.99 Mad About You 1.x $14.99 Maude 1.x $14.99 Murphy Brown 1.x $15.49 Night Court 1.x $15.49 Reba 1.x-2.x/4.x $14.99 Soap 1.x-4.x $14.99 227 1.x $14.99 The Waltons 1.x-2.x $15.99 UNDER $20 Alien Nation: The Complete Series $19.99 Anything But Love 1.x $19.99 Arrested Development 1.x-3.x $19.99 The Bernie Mac Show 1.x $19.99 Bewitched 1.x-4.x $19.49 The Big Valley 1.x $19.49 The Bob Newhart Show 1.x-4.x $19.49 Buffy The Vampire Slayer 1.x-7.x $19.99 Christy: The Complete Series $19.99 Dharma & Greg 1.x $19.99 Family 1.x-2.x $19.99 Hill Street Blues 1.x-2.x $19.99 Huff 1.x $19.49 In Living Color 1.x-5.x $19.49 King of the Hill 1.x-6.x $19.49 The Larry Sanders Show 1.x $19.49 Mad About You 2.x-3.x $19.49 Malcolm in the Middle $19.99 The Mary Tyler Moore Show 1.x-4.x $19.49 M*A*S*H 1.x-11.x $19.99 Millennium 2.x-3.x $19.99 Murder One 1.x-2.x $19.99 NYPD Blue 1.x-4.x $19.49 The Pretender 1.x-4.x $19.99 Remington Steele 1.x-5.x $19.49 St. Elsewhere 1.x $19.49 The White Shadow 1.x-2.x $19.49 WKRP In Cincinnati 1.x $19.99 UNDER $25 Babylon 5 1.x-4.x $23.99 Benson 1.x $21.99 Boston Legal 1.x-2.x $24.99 Columbo 5.x $21.49 Curb Your Enthusiasm 2.x-3.x $20.49 Dallas 3.x $21.49 ER 2.x-5.x $22.49 Everybody Love Raymond 4.x-5.x $20.99 Magnum P.I. 4.x $21.99 Millennium 1.x $23.99 Murder She Wrote 2.x $21.99 My Name Is Earl 1.x $24.99 Nip/Tuck 1.x-3.x $23.99 Northern Exposure 3.x $21.99 The Office 2.x $24.49 The Rockford Files 3.x $21.49 Smallville 2.x/5.x $23.99 Supernatural 1.x $23.99 The Unit 1.x $24.99 UNDER $32 House 1.x-2.x $31.49 Law & Order SVU 1.x/3.x/5.x $27.99 Monk 1.x-4.x $27.49 Prison Break 1.x $28.49 Saturday Night Live 1.x $29.99 Seinfeld 3.x-4.x $26.49 The Shield 1.x-5.x $29.49 That ‘70s Show 1.x-5.x $28.99 24 1.x-5.x $29.49 The West Wing 1.x-7.x $25.99 The X-Files 1.x-9.x $28.49
For the complete sale, click here.

TV-on-DVD Calendar
Last Week The Addams Family Vol. 3 Avatar 2.x Bones 2.x Charmed 8.x Charmed: The Complete Series Fantastic Four Vol. 2 The Film Crew: Wild Women of Wongo Fraggle Rock 3.x Goosebumps: Night of the Living Dummy Goosebumps: Say Cheese & Die Goosebumps: It Came From Beneath The Sink Grey's Anatomy 3.x I Dream of Jeannie 4.x Jericho of Scotland Yard 2.x Judge Judy: Justice Served Las Vegas 4.x Masada: The Complete Miniseries McHale's Navy 2.x Overhaulin' 3.x Vol. 3 Prime Suspect 7.x The Starter Wife: The Complete Miniseries Supernatural 2.x Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Fast Forward Vol. 2 Tom & Jerry Vol. 3 Two And A Half Men 1.x
This Week

Babylon 5 1.x / La Femme Nikita 1.x Ballykissangel 6.x Ballykissangel: The Complete Series

Blade: The Pilot

Boston Legal 3.x

Brothers & Sisters 1.x

Everybody Loves Raymond 9.x

Family Guy Vol. 5

Foursome 1.x Vol. 2

The Ghost Whisperer 2.x

Gilmore Girls 1.x / Veronica Mars 1.x Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy 1.x

Jekyll: The Complete Series

The Johnny Cash Show: Best Of

Josie & The Pussycats: The Complete Series

Married With Children 7.x

Masters of Horror: Sounds Like

Masters of Horror: The Washingtonians

Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive Vol. 1

Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive Vol. 2

Rocky & Bullwinkle: Best Of Vol. 2

Smallville 6.x

Smallville 6.x (Blu-ray)

Smallville 6.x (HD-DVD) Smallville 1.x-6.x

Smallville 1.x / Supernatural 1.x

The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper Vol. 1

Stargate Atlantis 3.x

Superman: Doomsday

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1.x Vol. 2

Upright Citizens Brigade 2.x
Next Week Bliss 3.x The Bronx is Burning: The Complete Miniseries The Catherine Tate Show 1.x College Hill: Virginia State The Cosby Show: Best Of Count Dracula: The Miniseries Davey and Goliath: The Lost Episodes Dog The Bounty Hunter: The Arrest Drawn Together 2.x Elvira's Movie Macabre 2007 Grounded For Life 5.x Home Run Derby Vol. 3 Inside The Actors Studio: Leading Men The King of Queens 9.x Midsomer Murders Vol. 9 My Name Is Earl 2.x Numb3rs 3.x Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Series The Stand/Langoliers/Golden Years The Streets of San Francisco 1.x

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  • Sept. 18, 2007, 2:30 a.m. CST


    by jonnycat121


  • Sept. 18, 2007, 3:07 a.m. CST

    I'm not a real Superman fan, but I'll watch this...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...just because of John DiMaggio! Seriously! (Oh, an in-joke!)

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 5:22 a.m. CST

    Does Toyman say "Bite my shiny metal ass"?

    by tonagan

    Because I'd like it if he did.

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 5:48 a.m. CST

    i love me some jennifer love hewitt love

    by newc0253

    but looks like she's half asleep on the cover of that ghost whisperer DVD (a show which not even the hotness of JLH can compel me to watch).

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Gaaah! It's Seven!

    by Richard Cranium

    Oh, the horror the horror...I forgot which season it was when I was going to stop buying Married With Children season sets, but it looks like I just found it.

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 8:38 a.m. CST


    by Nightwood

    another review on this site is saying the Superman movie is terrible, and a couple talkbackers over there reiterate the same opinion. Go argue with them!

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Wait, hang on a second...

    by rev_skarekroe

    ...they're doing a direct-to-DVD Blade movie with Chthon as the villain? What the hey?

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 9:19 a.m. CST

    "who by contrast has never looked sexier"

    by Osmosis Jones

    There will NEVER be a sexier 'toon woman than the Timm/Delaney Lois from the 90's Superman series. Delaney's AWESOME voice coupled with that flirty, barely-there skirt...*whew*!

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 9:46 a.m. CST

    I love how there was no Aqua Teen despite the title...

    by Err

    saying there was.

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 9:58 a.m. CST

    The Superman reviews are severely contrasting

    by George Newman

    now me am confused

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Frankly a little disappointed in the Superman thing

    by Jor-El23

    THey should have made it into an animated mini-series, not a 75 minute DVD release. I never considered the comic book arc lame but then again this is when I was just getting into comic books so it's very memorable. There's a way to do the arc without the whole Mongul blowing up Coast City thing. It's also stupid that JLAers don't even make a cameo at the funeral.

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 10:30 a.m. CST

    hercs dvd cault fucking sucks!

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    Its just an excuse to post a billion fucking amazon links.

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 11:30 a.m. CST


    by biscuit turner

    Err - Did you miss the giant red "NEW" arrow pointing to the just announced ATHF vol. 5, releasing Dec. 4th? I think you did. Also, Heather Thomas was hot.

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Justice League

    by Don Lockwood

    The Justice League set on sale is not Season One, as listed in the text, but Unlimited Season 1 as in the photo. <p> I'm just sayin'.

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 11:55 a.m. CST

    FALL GUY!!!!

    by Stuntcock Mike

    My failure is complete.

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Herc is Wrong Regarding the Death of Superman Comics

    by Kal Reeve

    That story was brimming with visceral emotion and power. It is truly a classic. Herc could not be more wrong.

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 1:25 p.m. CST

    How can that Superman DVD be ANY good?

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    I mean, even through your description it sounds bad. No JLA? And another reviewer on this site said it sucked, which I am inclined to believe. Sounds like you liked it for absolutely no reason.

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Married with Children season 7 aka...

    by waylayer

    ...the beginning of the end (quality-wise). Although the show really peaked in seasons 2-4, seasons 5-6 were so goofy they still managed to be good, and each had its moments. Season 7 however, cherry-picked previous season episode plots and plot devices to base themselves on, and by this point the show was already well into the self-parody zone. There's not even a need to detail the disastrous addition of Seven.

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 2:45 p.m. CST


    by Evil Hobbit

    Fucking awesome season starter!

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Evil Hobbit you are correct. Prison Break was awesome.

    by eggbeater

    The funniest part: Lincoln meets some woman for the first time in a restaurant and the first thing he asks her is "What happened to your face?" I could not stop laughing.

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Why does the Seinfeld box look like an X-Files box?

    by INWOsuxRED

    Thats the type of box you release when Seinfeld dies in a plane crash or something. Why change the packaging so drastically?

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 4:48 p.m. CST


    by INWOsuxRED

    on sale everywhere teenage girls ship.

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 5:09 p.m. CST


    by Baron Karza

    $212? WTF?

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Where do you come up with these credits?

    by Uga

    "James Marsters (“Without A Trace”) as Lex, Ray Wise (“Reaper”) as Perry." That's like saying a movie stars Robert De Niro ("Mad Dog and Glory").

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Superlame: Dumbday

    by JacksonsPole

    herc is mighty wrong about the entire 'superman':doomsday movie. it sucks balls. dark? um, not really. it's more like a kiddie show that thinks a bit of the ole' ultraviolence makes it 'edgy'. the characters are sloppy. the dialogue is lame. and, the animation looks dumb. contrary to his opinion, the comics are vastly superior. true, it was a marketing ploy. but, at least, it was interesting...

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Dec. 4th is gonna be expensive

    by twitchinmonkey

    Galactica: Razor, SNL season 2 & The Wire season 4. It's a good thing I don't give a damn about 24 season 6.<p> oh, and as good as SNL season 2 is gonna be, I can't wait 'till they put out season 3, the O.J. episode alone will be worth the price of that set

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 9:43 p.m. CST

    The Death of Superman was not...

    by Kal Reeve

    ....a marketing ploy. It was crafted to remind the scores comic book readers who were vearing toward the anti-hero why Superman is so neccessary and relevant.

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 9:44 p.m. CST

    this doomsday movie is a piece of crap

    by eince

    jesus christ, someone PLEASE give me the address of the morons that attempted to produce an animated superman movie. where are the other heroes? where? they have the fucking day off? superman is getting pounded in the streets and not one fucking justice league member is around? not even any military member? the national guard? after hearing of this i was excited that maybe a dark knight returns movie would happen. please WB do not touch that story. just walk away. morons.

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 9:48 p.m. CST


    by Ignignots rage

    NBC-U is starting to piss me the fuck off!! Not only is there no season 3 DVD but now I have to wait till 2009 to see the end of Season 4!!

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 10 p.m. CST

    NBC signed Lauren Graham to a $1m development deal

    by Pennsy

    Yesterday. The Gilmore Girls star per Variety, "NBC will develop a series project around Graham, who had been in demand at several networks and studios in part because of her perceived ability to topline either a comedy or a drama project. Net is already eyeing several writers with Graham. <p> "Graham said she was attracted to NBC because of Silverman's vision for the network. "Also, after having spent so many years respesenting the frog on the WB, I am especially comforted to be part of the only other network with an animal mascot," she added.

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Which means, as this deal is for 2008-09, probably..

    by Pennsy

    That NBC is paying Graham a 7-figure salary to *not sign with another network for the 2008-09 season*, with the hopes of putting together a show that she'll want to do. She just hit the lottery, and it couldn't happen to a more talented and class act. At least she landed on her feet, too, like Kristen Bell on Heroes (that does have a sweet ring to it, you think?), and Alexis Bledel doing Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 and Sin City 2 (??), the CW's best actresses are doing fine.

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Wow, SUPERBOY got short changed on the documentary

    by Drath

    On the Superman Doomsday DVD they have documentary on the whole Death of Superman story line and talk about each of the characters brought in to replace him. They even single each one out--but they give the least effort and time to Superboy. They show his name and I think we see his legs. What the hell? The court case isn't over the cloned Superboy, it's over the original one, and if you can show his name and talk about him at all then why the fuck does he get the bastard treatment? He's the best introduced in that storyline too. Between that and his rediculous death, I feel like they've just taken the character away because they're bitches.

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 11:16 p.m. CST


    by van_line

    currently any references about superboy have disappeared. Infinite Crisis was the last big event from DC and they killed superboy just as the court ruled against them.

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 11:27 p.m. CST

    I was hoping for the green suit and goggle mask

    by BrandLoyalist

    that Doomsday is still wearing when he takes down much of the JL literally with one arm tied behind his back. Wouldn't have minded seeing Booster Gold getting his head slammed in a car door either. It was barely the same story... the whole thing was scaled way down compared to the comics. Just had a few familiar scenes and visuals. But changes from medium to medium, I can stand - how awesome was what became of Doomsday in the Justice Lords episode of JL? Real problem was the writing and characterizations were not what we were spoiled with on TAS/JL/JLU. Not as bad as Brainiac Attacks, tho -- phwew was that embarrassing. Animation wasn't so bad, but why did Supes look like Jonah Hex?

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 11:28 p.m. CST

    I know why Herc liked Superman:Doomsday.

    by hank henshaw

    It has James Marsters and Adam Baldwin who worked for/with Joss Whedon! Of course it can´t possibly be lame (for Herc, that is). The animated series of the 90´s was more adult that this PG-13 "movie". Same writer as "Braniac Attacks"?! ...I rest my case.

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 11:33 p.m. CST

    ... in Brothers and Sisters, I mean

    by BrandLoyalist

    How did that Superman thing turn out?

  • Sept. 18, 2007, 11:59 p.m. CST

    What's with the Power Rangers highlight?

    by George Newman

    Sure, I love me some power Rangers, and the martial arts and action in the last few seasons has been pretty sweet, but . . I don't have a point;

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 12:48 a.m. CST

    talkbacks for weeds and californication? anyone?

    by Trader Groucho 2


  • Sept. 19, 2007, 1:37 a.m. CST

    shoulda had bruce campbell voicing..

    by theonecalledshoe

    He coulda been and unreal doomsday or supes.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Weeds does make me laugh

    by Mose Schrute

    although Californication may be the least funny thing ever.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 4:52 a.m. CST

    Soul-Patch Tony

    by mephista1013

    Is back among the living

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 8:42 a.m. CST

    More Battlestar DVD's to fill the void of no season 3

    by tylermo

    Stop the presses! Satan and his hellish minions are ice-skating in the bowels of Hell! In attempt to milk the current popularity of the new Battlestar Galactica, Universal is releasing...*drum roll* Galactica 1980! Yes, the show that was only marginally better than Sid and Marty Kroft or Filmation's live action Saturday morning eps. Yes! The program that makes Buck Rogers look like an Emmy winner! As cheesy as it was, I might buy it for a good laugh. Let the Galactica 1980 debate begin. Coming to a store near you on November 20th(?)

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Those links and why Herc does them

    by qweruiop

    The reason for this Herc Vault is that with those links it's practically the easiest way to generate revenue with the littlest amount of work. (I should know as I have my own website that I use affiliate links with). All you have to do is refer people interested in a product over to, and for that simple act you get at least 4% (and up to 8.5%) of the purchase price of whatever they buy at the website, even if it's something different than the product you advertised. As long as they're sent to the website from your link, and they buy something there, the money is yours. Easiest money in the world considering you don't have to physically have the product in your possession, nor do you have to mail the product off, nor do you have to take care of the payment services. Everyone else does all that work. All you have to do is provide a simple little link to the website. Easy huh. And it obviously works more on a heavily trafficked site like this, as it becomes a numbers game of more users eventually equaling more referrals to So Herc's probably in a very good position right now of making...I'd say considering the high number of users least a few hundred on a daily basis, maybe more considering by now he has to be at the 8.5% range of commission. So we're definitely going to always see a lot more HERC vaults and HERC articles with links posted on them, because honestly who can blame him. Easy money.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Superman movie is online

    by mistergreen

    check it out while it's up

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Superman Doomsday

    by Philvis

    Being the sucker for these comic book movies, I bought and watched this last night. I thought it was worth the $14 I paid, but I did have a few problems with it. The biggest problem was the lines on Superman's face. I don't know what the animator was thinking, but they were horrible, especially the jawline one. Anne Heche as Lois Lane was annoying as well. For me she just didn't fit the bill. I prefer how they did Lex Luthor voice and animation wise in Justice League, but it wasn't horrible. I never read the comic or graphic novel, so I really can't compare it. My wife watched and actually enjoyed it, so that was nice. I think the biggest issue I experienced overall was that I am used to the Justice League with at least 2 heroes in the story, so it seems a little barren with only Superman. I would give it 3.5 out of 5.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Zombie Almeida! Its true!

    by TheTagger Tony Almeida is coming back to 24.

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Knobules: There are ten Doctors and...

    by SpyGuy

    ...Rose Tyler, the blond chick who was kinda chunky hot (played by Billie Piper) quit the series after only two years and was replaced by an even hotter chick (Martha Jones, played by Freema Agyeman) who can actually pronounce the word "nothing" instead of "nuffing."

  • Sept. 19, 2007, 12:48 p.m. CST

    The comics were WAY better than the movie...

    by MagicPhone

    in every respect. My roommate watched it with me and said it seemed like they just animated the Kevin Smith script for Superman Lives. Maybe they should have considered actually ADAPTING THE STORY FROM THE COMICS. Otherwise, what's the point?