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$5 MEL BROOKS!! YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN And Seven Other Mel Brooks Movies!! 60% Off For 24 Hours!! $39.99!! YESTERDAY IT WAS $73.99!! SRP Is $99.98!! Wednesday Only!! Sale Expires In Less Than 24 Hours!!!

I am – Hercules!!

Don't let that familiar-looking logo fool you! The Vorhees-free “Friday The 13th: The Series” had nothing to do with the movie series beyond the fact that the TV show’s producer, Frank Mancuso Jr., produced seven of the “Friday The 13th” movie sequels. The syndicated show, developed under the title “The 13th Hour,” was grotesquely devoid of randy teen campers getting hacked to tiny bits by a murderous psychopath. (One assumes Mancuso and Paramount figured they could get away with this because “Halloween III” had nothing to do with Laurie Strode or Michael Myers and few seemed to notice or care.) The TV “13th,” which ran 1987-1990, was about a pair of cousins who had to track down and reacquire the cursed antiques sold by their cursed late uncle’s cursed store. One of the first-season episodes, “Cupid’s Quiver,” was directed by Canadian director Atom Egoyan (“Exotica,” “The Sweet Hereafter”). Another, “Faith Healer,” was directed by Canadian director David Cronenberg (“The Dead Zone,” “The Fly,” “A History of Violence,” “Eastern Promises”). This series might have been shot in Canada. Now that we can do anything on basic cable after 10 p.m., why not mount a real “Friday The 13th” series, with Jason Voorhees stalking and dismembering a new set of campers every week?

Herc’s Popular Pricing Pantry

205-Title Warner Bros./BBC Sale!! 60% Off: $15.99 The Drew Carey Show 1.x $15.99 The Flintstones 1.x $15.99 Kung Fu 1.x-3.x $17.99 Batman Beyond 2.x $17.99 The Flintstones 2.x-6.x $22.99 Supernatural 2.x $23.99 Babylon 5 1.x-5.x $23.99 Carnviale 1.x-2.x $23.99 From The Earth To The Moon: The Complete Series $23.99 John From Cincinnati: The Complete Series $23.99 The OC 1.x-4.x $23.99 Six Feet Under 1.x-5.x $23.99 Supernatural 1.x $23.99 One Tree Hill 1.x-3.x $27.99 Tell Me You Love Me 1.x 50% Off: $14.99 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1.x-4.x $14.99 The New Adventures of Old Christine 1.x $19.49 Red Dwarf 7.x-8.x $20.49 Oz 1.x-6.x $20.99 Batman: The Animated Series Vol. 1-Vol. 4 $21.49 Pinky and the Brain Vol. 1-Vol. 3 $21.99 Da Ali G Show: The Complete Series $22.49 Two and a Half Men 1.x-2.x $28.49 The Complete Black Books

If you’ve been wondering what Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow were up to between “Freaks and Geeks” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” note that the complete series set for the hilarious “Undeclared” just fell from $36.99 to $27.99!!

The 10th season of “Cheers” went on sale this month, so the good folks at CBS Home Entertainment have lowered seasons one through eight to record-low season prices of $16.99!!

Don Knotts’ Emmy-winning turn as Barney Fife during the first five seasons of “The Andy Griffith Show” made the series arguably the funniest of the 1960s. The whole series has just dropped to $16.99 per season. Particularly impressive pricing when one realizes each season ran 30 to 32 episodes.

The pricing on the “Cheers” and “Andy Griffith” sets turns out to be part of a much bigger CBS DVD sale.

All five seasons of the 1959-1964 “Twilight Zone” just fell to $32.49 each ($1.50 cheaper than last week). These are the “definitive” sets that were selling for north of $100 last year. They are packed silly with extras and were designed for fans (like me) who have already seen every episode 10 to 20 times.

“From The Earth To The Moon” was $51.99 two weeks ago; it’s now $23.99.

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Game Show Moments Gone Bananas

iCarly 1.x Vol. 1

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Peanuts Holiday Collection

Rob & Big 3.x

Samantha Who 1.x

Schoolhouse Rock: Election Collection

Stories From The Vaults 1.x

This American Life 1.x

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  • Sept. 23, 2008, 4:30 a.m. CST

    Friday the 13th was cool

    by Darth Chef

    I loved that show as a kid. I would stay up late on Friday nights to watch it. I might have to pick it up!

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 4:49 a.m. CST

    I might have to pick up FT13th as well...

    by Kirbymanly

    I used to have the biggest kid crush on the redhead.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 5:34 a.m. CST

    Egoyan and Cronenberg directing horror on tv?

    by newc0253

    most of the time, Canadian tv sucks ass, but every now and then they get it right.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 6:39 a.m. CST

    Parker Lewis

    by MrGonev5

    I'm just waiting for the day that I'll check a dvd release thread and see what parker Lewis is finally coming to dvd. I can't wait...

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 7:04 a.m. CST

    there almost was a movie connection

    by Bouncy X

    they actually tried to do a jason related story. i think his mask was going to be one of the items they were looking for. not sure how or why that fell through but yeah.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 7:10 a.m. CST

    Friday reference

    by Gislef_crow

    Well, also, the family name was Vendredi: French for "Friday." And they filmed in Toronto.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Bouncy X

    by rassmguy

    Actually, that's a myth.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 7:32 a.m. CST

    John D. LeMay was in "Jason Goes to Hell", though.

    by tonagan

    Not as the same character, though. Too bad they couldn't have gotten Robey, because then we might have been able to see her disRobey.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Crystal Lake Series

    by Rex Manning

    In the foreword to the the excellent CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES book, Sean Cunningham says they are developing a series set at Crystal Lake. No mention if Mr Voorhees stars..

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 7:57 a.m. CST

    What's Robson Arms? A Canadian series?

    by chrth

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 8 a.m. CST

    MrGonev5: I feel you, man

    by chrth

    Every week I check for Daria and Andy Richter.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Before I Die...

    by Aquatarkusman

    ... I want to meet one person... just one person... who purchased the "Alvin & The Chipmonks: Holiday Gift Set," which includes the indispensable Halloween episode "Trick or Treason." That's more horrifying than the F13th TV series, which scared the shit out of me back in the day.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 8:57 a.m. CST

    AAAIIIGH you made me do it


    i just dropped $139 + on the complete twilight zone. how could i resist at .85 cents an episode?! HOW?!

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 8:59 a.m. CST

    'GET A LIFE" on dvd..


    available? put me in the parker lewis boat as well.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Yes, Robson Arms is a Canadian series

    by Chaosinabox

    It's a lame-ass prime time soap that tries to be quirky, but is just stupid.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Friday the 13, the Series was the Shizznitz

    by redfist

    If you knew it as a teen it was the bomb, never dull and never kitchy like most Canadian TV. Plus Micky was FOOKING HOT!!!!!!

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Yeah Herc Jason killing teens every week would be ..awesome?

    by Circean6

    Watch the show Herc, it's pretty cool.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Jason's hockey mask to have been final antique

    by James_O'Nasty

    It was cursed, hence the evil powers bestowed on Jason... the series wasn't picked up again and it ended midway through the third season. Last episode was the Charnel Pit, with a 2 sided Marquis De Sade painting. Throughout the series, they made mention the store was in Chicago, but it was definitely filmed in Canada.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Uncle Louis was fucked up

    by tme2nsb

    That's all I have to say. I used to watch it on Sci-Fi with my dad like in the mid-late 90s...some great memories...the opening sequence used to scare the shit out of me too!

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Colbert Christmas

    by skimn

    I was wondering why the writing staff was featured on the Emmys in a Christmas surrounding (the writing staff bit for Letterman, Daily Show, Conan, etc. is always a highlight). Colbert in underwear and shotgun was the capper though.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Friday's Curse?

    by Charlie & Tex

    There was no intention to have Friday the 13th: The Series ride the coattails of the movies, as Mancuso Jr was originally going for titles like "Curious Goods", and had his heart set on "The 13th Hour" - but realised that a show with a moniker like that would be easily dismissed. In the end, he bowed to pressure and logic by calling it "Friday the 13th: The Series". With all the shit flung at the genre by the tabloid press in the UK, this is probably pressed Paramount into retitling it "Friday's Curse" for the video release, keeping the same name for the overnight TV screenings on ITV over here. The show was very enjoyable for the initial run, went downhill come series 2 and was a chunk of shit once LeMay jump ship. I definate dip into the old wallet for this one!

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Friday the 13th

    by veritasses

    I almost forgot about that show. I liked it.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 1:35 p.m. CST


    by SpyGuy

    Only then will you be allowed to sleep at night.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Who gets paid by Amazon?

    by Super Nintendo Chalmers

    Herc or the site?

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 2:54 p.m. CST

    freddy's nightmare's

    by elvirasbuttboy

    They are running the episodes on CHILLER network.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Finally I get first

    by jtp8000

    After all these years First!

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Oh damn

    by jtp8000

    I aint first

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 5:02 p.m. CST

    What happened to Monica Keena?

    by Flim Springfield

    She was SO hot in Undeclared. Why isn't she showing up in any Apatow movies? Did they not like her?

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Hey, congress, I could use a bailout!

    by worldofwarcraft

    Looking at this list is such torture. I can't afford anything right now, so I'll just Netflix away, but it's not the same. Although, I did drop a few bucks on Supernatural 1-3, and though it felt pretty irresponsible at the time, just seeing them in my paltry DVD collection pleases me.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Q regarding Supernatural sea. 3

    by worldofwarcraft

    It comes with a 'digital copy' or something like that. Tells you to go to iTunes and enter a provided code. Now, that means you get a copy of season three from iTunes right? Like the digital file, or whatnot? Will I be able to play said file on my iPhone? And if so, why doesn't seasons 1&2 come with this feature? Or every DVD imaginable, come to think of it. I know someone who Rips all their DVDs then uses some program to play them on his iPod.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Friday The 13th: The Series Is Currently Airing On Chiller Weekd

    by FilmCritic3000 It's available on DIRECTV, DISH Network, and other providers. The series still holds up, IMHO, although the last season (with Johnny replacing Ryan) had a lack of chemistry between the two leads.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Fri13 The Series - Weekdays at 8AM & 3PM Eastern on Chiller

    by FilmCritic3000

    Sorry. The subject line of my previous post was cut off.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 9:38 p.m. CST

    ROBEY is so HOT!!

    by Redfive!

    The picture quality is crap on the dvd set,but there so much fun to watch it gives it a nostalgic feel.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 10:37 p.m. CST


    by Kirbymanly

    Tell me about it... Its as if they took the original VHS and just copied it

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Micki & Ryan...and Jack Marshack!

    by METHOS

    I haven't posted here in awhile, but I just cannot believe f13 The Series is on DVD. Too bad Paramount can't be bothered to do anything special about it for the fan. If you're a child of the 1980s, you probably grew up watching this shit late at night, desperately trying to avoid your mom finding out. Tales from the Darkside, F13. Monsters, 1980s version of Twilight Zone, ST: TNG, I loved my WPWR Channel 50 Chicago, IL! BTW: Check out the first episode and discover that the little girl is played by an incredible young, pre=Munchausen, Sarah Polley! Also this weekend is the 21st (!) anniversary of the series premiere. I remember Cronenberg's Faith Healer episode, but I think my favorites were the "Vanity's Mirror" episodes from season 1 and season 2. Best Wishes,

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 11:55 p.m. CST

    friday the 13th the series

    by hellnback

    this takes me back to my childhood. wow. finally on dvd. can't wait to get it. back around the time the series was on dvd, i can't remember which magazine it was. fangoria or gorezone. but there was an interview asking if they had any plans on bringing in jason for an episode. there had been an idea, there was no mention of a cursed mask story but that the idea was to have mickey and ryan go to crystal lake looking for a cursed item only to get stuck there with the threat of jason. they thought the whole thing didn't fit with the storyline of the show so they nixed it. what they did do was write and create an episode called "scarecrow". it's the only episode that comes close to the hack and slash stylings of jason. the scarecrow goes after anyone who's picture is put on it's coat. people just kept getting killed with it's scythe from left to right. it's one of my favorite episodes.

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 3:18 a.m. CST

    Saturday Nights in the 80s.

    by Redfive!

    Tales from the darkside,then MONSTERS!,followed by Freddys Nightmares then Friday the 13th the series and to cap it off The 80s Twilight Zone.And yeah they did the exact same to the 80s Twilight Zone,put the entire series out with crap quality picture.But those are amazing to watch.More so the FT13.

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 7:32 a.m. CST

    And then, unfortunately, Barney left Mayberry...

    by Kid Z

    ...and suddenly, everything was painted in horrible pastel blues and greens and Sheriff Andy got increasingly boring. Before long, Ken Berry moved to town and it was game over, man, game OVER!

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Just wrote an e-mail to Paramount about the quality

    by Kirbymanly

    ...of FT13th. I mean, we paid close to 40 bucks for this and got second generation VHS. I suggest anyone else who bought this do the same!

  • Sept. 24, 2008, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Re: Mr. Mcpoops and Freddy's Nightmates

    by MrGonev5

    I agree. I'd buy it.