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Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 6 is said to be the last in the series. With 385 theatrical shorts, the six volumes now encompass approximately 38 percent of the 1,007 Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies released to cinemas between 1930 and 1969. Going forward, and I know this won’t happen, but I’d love to see a complete collection of the shorts written by Michael Maltese and directed by Chuck Jones, which for my money are the crème de la crème of the very creamy Looney Tunes canon. I’d also love all-Tashlin, all-Clampett, and all-McKimson sets. All comedy geniuses. Some of the choices for this final set are curious, to say the least. Why devote the entire third disc to nothing but substandard pre-Porky pre-Daffy pre-Bugs cartoons from the franchise’s first five years when the very first Daffy cartoon, Tex Avery’s “Porky’s Duck Hunt,” apparently never made any of the six volumes! Loads of Bugs and Daffy material remain uncollected too! On the upside, the set does contain a total of 75 shorts instead of the usual 60, the extra 15 spread across the four discs as “bonus cartoons.” Disc One: Looney Tunes All Stars 1. Hare Trigger (1945; Freleng) 2. To Duck or Not to Duck (1943; Jones) 3. Birth of a Notion (1946; McKimson) 4. My Little Duckaroo (1954; Jones) 5. Crowing Pains (1947; McKimson) 6. Raw! Raw! Rooster! (1956; McKimson) 7. Heaven Scent (1956; Jones) 8. My Favorite Duck (1942; Jones) 9. Jumpin' Jupiter (1955; Jones) 10. Satan's Waitin' (1954; Freleng) 11. Hook Line and Stinker (1958; Jones) 12. Bear Feat (1949; Jones) 13. Dog Gone South (1950; Jones) 14. A Ham in a Role (1949; McKimson) 15. Often an Orphan (1949; Jones) Disc Two: Patriotic Pals 1. Herr Meets Hare (1945; Freleng) 2. Russian Rhapsody (1944; Clampett) 3. Daffy the Commando (1943; Freleng) 4. Bosko the Doughboy (1931; Harman) 5. Rookie Revue (1941; Freleng) 6. The Draft Horse (1942; Jones) 7. Wacky Blackout (1942; Clampett) 8. The Ducktators (1942; McCabe) 9. The Weakly Reporter (1944; Jones) 10. Fifth Column Mouse (1943; Freleng) 11. Meet John Doughboy (1941; Clampett) 12. Hollywood Canine Canteen (1946; McKimson) 13. By Word of Mouse (1954; Freleng) 14. Heir Conditioned (1955; Freleng) 15. Yankee Dood it (1956; Freleng) Disc Three: Bosko, Buddie and Merrie Melodies 1. Congo Jazz (1930; Harman/Ising) 2. Smile Dam Ya, Smile! (1931; Ising) 3. The Booze Hangs High (1930; Harman/Ising) 4. One More Time (1931; Ising) 5. Bosko's Picture Show (1933; Harman) 6. You Don't Know What You're Doin'! (1931; Ising) 7. We're in the Money! (1933; Ising) 8. Ride 'em Bosko (1932; Harman) 9. Shuffle Off to Buffalo (1933; Ising) 10. Bosko in Person (1933; Harman) 11. The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon (1933; Ising) 12. Buddie's Day Out (1933; Palmer) 13. Buddie's Beer Garden (1933; Duvall) 14. Buddie's Circus (1934; King) 15. A Cartoonist's Nightmare (1935; King) Disc Four: Most Requested Assorted Nuts 1. Horton Hatches the Egg (1942; Clampett) 2. Lights Fantastic (1942; Freleng) 3. Fresh Airedale (1945; Jones) 4. Chow Hound (1951; Jones) 5. The Oily American (1954; McKimson) 6. It's Hummer Time (1950; McKimson) 7. Rocket-Bye Baby (1956; Jones) 8. Goo Goo Goliath (1954; Freleng) 9. Wild Wife (1954; McKimson) 10. Much Ado About Nutting (1953; Jones) 11. The Hole idea (1955; McKimson) 12. Now Hear This (1962; Jones) 13. Martian Through Georgia (1962; Jones/Levitow) 14. Page Miss Glory (1936; Avery) 15. Norman Normal (1968; Lovy) EXTRAS: Disc 1: Looney Tunes All Stars Commentaries Hare Trigger Commentary by Greg Ford Birth of a Notion Commentary by Mark Kausler My Favorite Duck Commentary by Jerry Beck Music Only Tracks Raw! Raw! Rooster Jumpin' Jupiter Rabbit Rampage Boyhood Daze Looney Tunes Television Specials Bugs Bunny in King Arthur's Court (1978 WBTV special) Daffy Duck's Easter Eggcitement (1980 WBTV special) Bonus Cartoons Sniffles Takes a Trip (1940; Jones) Hippety Hopper (1949; McKimson) Rabbit Rampage (1955; Jones) Boyhood Daze (1957; Jones)

Disc 2: Patriotic Pals Commentaries Herr Meets Herr Commentary by Greg Ford Russian Rhapsody Commentary by Mark Kausler The Draft Horse Commentary by Greg Ford Fifth Column Mouse Commentary by Jerry Beck Music Only Track Yankee Dood It Friz Freleng at MGM Poultry Pirates (1938 MGM cartoon) A Day at the Beach (1938 MGM cartoon) The Captain's Christmas (1938 MGM cartoon) Seal Skinners (1939 MGM cartoon) Mama's New Hat (1939 MGM cartoon) Bonus Cartoons The Fighting 69 1/2th (1941; Freleng) Hop and Go (1943; McCabe) Confusions of a Nutsy Spy (1943; McCabe)

Disc 3: Bosko, Buddy and Merrie Melodies Commentaries Shuffle Off to Buffalo Commentary by Historian Jerry Beck A Cartoonist's Nightmare Commentary by Historian Jerry Beck The World of Leon Schlesinger Introduction by Martha Sigall and Jerry Beck Crying for the Carolines (1930 WB short) Haunted Gold Title Sequence Schlesinger Productions Christmas Party with Optional Commentary by Martha Sigall and Jerry Beck Bonus Cartoons I Love a Parade (1932; Ising) I Like Mountain Music (1933; Ising) Sittin' on a Backyard Fence (1933; Duvall) How Do I Know It's Sunday (1934; Freleng)

Disc 4: Most Requested Assorted Nuts (One-Shots) Commentaries Fresh Airedale Commentary by historian Greg Ford The Hole Idea Commentary by animator Mark Kausler Alternate Audio Programs The Hole Idea Music Only Track Martian Through Georgia Music Only Track Punch Trunk Music and Effects Track Wild Wild World Music Only Track Bonus Documentary Mel Blanc: The Man of a Thousand Voices (70 mins.) Bonus Cartoons Sleepy Time Possum (1951; McKimson) Punch Trunk (1953; Jones) Wild Wild World (1960; McKimson) Bartholomew Versus the Wheel (1964; McKimson)

If you only want half as much at half the price, there’s the Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Vol. 6

Interesting facts about the 1964-68 spy series “The Man From UNCLE”: * The original title for the series was “Ian Fleming’s Solo.” The show began life as the brainchild of Fleming, riding the huge crest of James Bond’s popularity following the release of “Dr. No” in 1962. * Fleming died 39 days before the show premiered on NBC. * Fleming’s original concept focused on two agents named Napoleon Solo and April Dancer. Dancer wound up not being introduced until late into the second season, played by Mary Ann Mobley. The following September, Dancer, now played by Stefanie Powers, got her own spin-off, “The Girl From Uncle.” * Leo G. Carroll, who plays the head of UNCLE in “Man” and “Girl,” played the head of the top-secret spy organization in “North By Northwest.” His character, Waverly, is one of the many components of Alan Moore’s graphic novel espionage epic “The League of Extraordniary Gentlemen: Black Dossier.” * The organization Fleming’s Solo worked for was not called UNCLE; that name was an invention of writer-producer Sam Rolfe (“Have Gun Will Travel”). * The Russian UNCLE agent, Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum), was another Rolfe invention and originally a minor character, but grew to co-star status early in the series run. * Citing compensation concerns, Rolfe left the series after its first season, widely recognized as its best and most popular. * First-season episodes are easy to identify as they were the only ones shot in black and white. * William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy both guest-starred in 1.9, “The Project Strigas Affair.” * Two months before she was cast as Agent 99 in “Get Smart,” Barbara Feldon played an UNCLE agent in 1.25, “The Never-Never Affair.” * Robert Towne wrote a first-season episode, “The Dove Affair,” the same year he wrote his only “Outer Limits” episode. * Harlan Ellison wrote two 3rd-season episodes, “The Sort of Do-It-Yourself Dreadful Affair” and “The Pieces of Fate Affair.” * The United Network Command for Law Enforcement’s evil counterpart was called WASP in the pilot but later became THRUSH – an acronym never explained in the series. (A series of UNCLE novels, however, posited that THRUSH stood for Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity.) * In the 1983 reunion TV-movie, “The Return of the Man From UNCLE,” George Lazenby played an Aston Martin-driving British secret agent referred to only as “J.B.”

Kat Von D, Mexico-born tattoo artist and towering master-race daughter of German-Argentinean immigrants, stars in “L.A. Ink.” Tattooed or not, she is a very, very hot girl.

It’s not yet Halloween, but the complete-series stocking stuffers are already hitting the market. Knight Rider: The Complete Series is $99.99, which works out out to $25 per 22-episode season. The coolest thing is it comes in a box that plays the theme music as the moving Cylon light strip bounces left and right. Bonus materials include: * “The Great ‘80s TV Flashback”: “Documentary about the pop culture impact various programs made on the television landscape during the 80’s decade.” * The “Knight Rider 2000” TV-movie. * “Knight Rider: Under The Hood”: Interviews with David Hasselhoff and series creator Glen Larson. * “Knight of the Phoenix” commentary by Hasselhoff and Larson. * “Knight Moves”: A look at the series’ car stunts with stunt coordinator Jack Gill. * “Knight Sounds”: A look at the series’ musical theme with composer Stu Phillips. * Blueprint and stills gallery. * KITT owner’s manual.

The Incredible Hulk: The Complete Series is $112 for all five seasons, which works out to $22.40 per season. Seasons one through four are sold separately for north of $30.99, so even with the anemic 7-episode fifth season thrown into the mix, it’s still a deal (especially if they throw in the two 1977 pilot movies). The set boasts six hours of bonus features including: * introduction and episode commentaries by writer-director-producer Kenneth Johnson; * “Remembering the Incredible Hulk”; * “Creating An Iconic Character”; * “Inside An Episode: Prometheus” photo gallery”; * “Sneak Peek: A behind-the-scenes look at “The Incredible Hulk’ feature film;. * Behind The Success: The Story of the Incredible Hulk”; * Gag reel. The post-series TV-movies – “The Incredible Hulk Returns” (1988), “The Trial of the Incredible Hulk” (1989) and “The Death of the Incredible Hulk (1990) -- are not included on the new Hulk set. The box doesn’t flash and make noise like the new “Knight Rider” set but the word “Hulk” on the box’s cover is very cool and bulgy.

Family Guy: Total World Domination gives you (I think) the first 104 episodes (through the middle of the strike-shortened sixth season) plus the Stewie movie, plus the “Blue Harvest” Star Wars parody and a disc full of season-one “American Dad” episodes for $122.

Fans of “Dexter” may want to get themselves the new Charmed: The Complete Series set. Daniel Cerone, who wrote six key episodes of “Dexter,” including first-season finale, second-season premiere and second-season finale, worked as a writer, producer and/or executive story editor on the final 90 of “Charmed’s” 178 episodes.

Herc’s Popular Pricing Pantry

“The Greatest American Hero” for $11/Season?? The new Two-For-One TV-On DVD Sale makes such a thing feasible.

The same sale allows one to pick up both animated Hellboy movies for $5.25/Each!!

“From The Earth To The Moon” was $51.99 last month; it’s now $23.99.

TV-on-DVD Calendar
Last Week Back To You: The Complete Series Carole & Paula in the Magic Garden Charlie & Lola: The Complete Series Chris & John To The Rescue 2.x CSI 8.x CSI 8-Season Pack The Deputy: Best Of The Edwardians: The Complete Miniseries Liberty’s Kids: The Complete Series Life With Derek 1.x Lil Bush 2.x Lovejoy: The Christmas Specials Nash Bridges 1.x New Christmas Classics The Partridge Family 3.x Rules of Engagement 2.x The Sarah Silverman Program 2.x Vol. 1 Scott Baio Is 45 And Single Scott Baio Is 46 And Pregnant A Shari Lewis Christmas Silverhawks 1.x Vol. 1 SpongeBob SquarePants: WhoBob WhatPants? Survivorman Vol. 2 That '70s Show: The Complete Series Ultraman: The Complete Series The Unit 3.x The Universe 2.x Yo Gabba Gabba! Vol. 1
This Week

According To Jim 1.x

Ben 10: Alien Force 1.x Vol. 1

Charmed: The Complete Series

Dynasty 3.x Vol. 2

Dynasty: Three-Season Pack

Family Guy Vol. 6

Frightfully Funny Vol. 2

The Incredible Hulk 5.x

The Incredible Hulk: The Complete Series

Knight Rider: The Complete Series

L.A. Ink 1.x Vol. 2

Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 6

Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Vol. 6

The L Word 5.x

The L Word: Five Season Pack

The Man From UNCLE: The Complete Series

The Naked Brothers Band 2.x

Rain Shadow 1.x

Route 66 2.x

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2.x Vol. 2
Next Week Affairs of the Heart 1.x Ark II/Space Academy/Jason of Star Command Complete Series Megaset ($35.99) <--- NEW!! Catherine Tate Christmas Cathouse: The Complete Series Dark Shadows: The Beginning Vol. 6 The Donna Reed Show 1.x Doris Day: Christmas Memories Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman: The Complete Series The Flintstones: The Complete Series ($90.99) The 4400: The Complete Series Freaks And Geeks: Yearbook Edition Girlfriends 5.x Good Times: The Complete Series Inspector Lynley Mysteries: The Complete Series The Little Rascals: The Complete Collection Millennium: The Complete Series Mother & Son 2.x Mystery Science Theater 3000: 20th Anniversary Edition NewsRadio: The Complete Series Robson Arms 3.x Sanford and Son: The Complete Series Sister Sister 1.x War and Remembrance: The Complete Series Zoom: Back To The '70s
November 4

Batman: The Complete Animated Series Chowder Vol. 1 Cooks Country 1.x Fraggle Rock: The Complete Series Futurama Movie III: Bender's Game Futurama III: Bender's Game (Blu-ray) Get Smart: The Complete Series

Home Movies: The Complete Series Howdy Doody: 40 Episodes JAG 7.x JAG 7-Season Pack The Outer Limits: The Complete Series Popeye 1941-1943 Primeval: The Complete Series Project Runway 4.x Reaper 1.x Spin City 1.x Three Sheets 3.x Tori & Dean: Inn Love 2.x Wagon Train: The Complete Color Season The Wild Wild West: The Complete Series
November 11

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  • Oct. 21, 2008, 2:03 a.m. CST

    And of course Kim Possible Season 2!

    by DerLanghaarige

    On November 13 in Germany (Region 2) and nowhere else. With the original english language track.

  • Oct. 21, 2008, 2:22 a.m. CST

    The Incredible Hulk

    by deanbarry

    Didn't get a release on Blu-Ray in Australia!?!?!? WTF! It's been advertised for weeks and suddenly gets pulled? WHY! DAMN YOU WHY!?

  • Oct. 21, 2008, 3 a.m. CST

    The last great Batman... the Animated Series.


    Apparently now all you have to do is lick your lips and laugh here and there to be the Joker (how artsy). You don't have to joke or smile or have any characteristics of the actual character. I miss you Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Hammil.

  • Oct. 21, 2008, 3:07 a.m. CST

    I guess what I'm saying is...


    ...if you go back to the original inspiration for the Joker (The Man Who Laughs) there's no similarity. The Joker should go back to being creepy unpredictable and not just "crazy" and annoying.

  • Oct. 21, 2008, 6:36 a.m. CST

    Moonlight-You left us too soon

    by j2talk

  • Oct. 21, 2008, 7:34 a.m. CST

    If You Buy that Saw Collection...

    by Aquatarkusman

    .... you should really be psychologically evaluated for possible antisocial personality disorder. As for the DVD offerings this week, pretty much absolute garbage except for the delightfully lo-budget Man from U.N.C.L.E. If I'm not mistaken, I saw a young Shatner in one of the promos. Between him and Robert Vaughn, they could turn 15 seconds of dialogue into a 5-minute pause-fest.

  • Oct. 21, 2008, 9:48 a.m. CST


    by Bouncy X

    i noticed here in canada that the hulk blu-ray got pushed to oct 24th, while the dvd version is out today. so maybe australia just has a similar delay.

  • Oct. 21, 2008, 11:23 a.m. CST

    boy do those Hellboy prices sting

    by IAmLegolas

    I think I paid $19 each when they both came out off of Amazon? $5 is a steal. good stuff.

  • Oct. 21, 2008, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Swingtown needs to be an HBO (or Cinemax) show

    by Baron Karza

    Its too clipped!

  • Oct. 21, 2008, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Venture Bros. S3?

    by buffywrestling

    Isn't it coming out for Christmas? Because that's what I want for Christmas; everybody write it down.

  • Oct. 21, 2008, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Walmart has the first four seasons of Buffy for $14.99ish

    by chrth

    First season or two of Angel as well

  • Oct. 21, 2008, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Looney. Tunes. Is. Not. A. TV. Show!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Oct. 21, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST

    anyone have David Cross's address?

    by wash

    I need to mail him that "According to Jim" dvd set.

  • Oct. 21, 2008, 7:18 p.m. CST

    " Open Channel D "

    by Real Deal

    Still really must have " The Man From U.N.C.L.E. It's something I've wanted in my collection for a long time ( one of those 60's shows like " The Wild Wil;d West ". It's 5 seaons for $139.00 on Amazon still kind of spendy but I'll find a way some how! Was a big fan when I was a kid and they never show this anymore!

  • Oct. 21, 2008, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Real Deal, TOTALLY buy the UNCLE set...

    by ckane123

    I have had it ever since it came out from Time-Life and it is FAN-TASTIC. The extra features and interviews are worth the price of admission and the show still stands up especially season one and two. I'm even (crazy, I know) reviewing EVERY SINGLE EPISODE, one a day, on my blog Heaven help me when I get around to the Sonny and Cher episode...

  • Oct. 21, 2008, 8:53 p.m. CST


    by Spacker Dave

    It does indeed suck but I can tell you that the U.S. Incredible Hulk blu-ray is region free so try importing it like me. Actually, most blu-rays are coming out region free these days. To check which blu-ray are safe to import go to this website: www.blu-raymoviescheap. com and get on their mailing list. All the titles are linked to Amazon if you'd like to buy them or if you don't have a credit card just use as a guide and check eBay.

  • Oct. 21, 2008, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Thanks Herc!

    by donnarumsfeld

    Thanks Herc! Your posts are always so informative. What a guy. Also, great job with the exclamation points. Since everything has them, I assume everything is equally important!

  • Oct. 21, 2008, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Finally see that the last season of Cheers is due in January.

    by mrfan

    Great news.

  • Oct. 22, 2008, 5:20 p.m. CST


    by rben

    hey i'm just waiting for the price to come down from the 50.00 on season 1 so there's no way i'd buy the whole thing. (kinda need to eat and pay my bills, what can i say?) thanks for the Buffy tip, crth! (i already have season one and most of season two-some goofy place was selling individual discs for like two or 3 bucks a pop) so i may get season 3-4.

  • Oct. 22, 2008, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Where's TALES OF THE GOLD MONKEY?!?!?!?!

    by sign1in

    Amazon has a listing for it, but where is it? It's been listed for what, a year and still NOT ONE WORD on when it's going to, OR IF! it will be EVER released on DVD. So Herc, if you could use your extraordinary powers to find out what's the hold up on getting TALES OF THE GOLD MONKEY released on DVD. I'd appreciate it!

  • Oct. 23, 2008, 6:16 a.m. CST

    Where's Parker Lewis Can't Lose?

    by Amadeo Zeller

    I'm tired of waiting. That show was the shit.

  • Oct. 24, 2008, 6:09 p.m. CST

    X files mythology collection.....

    by rben

    where did these vanish to? can't find them anywhere. i have two of em and wanted to get the other two.