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Blu-ray SERENITY!! SIMPSONS!! OFFICE!! MARS!! NIP/TUCK!! 24!! EXOSQUAD!! Auld Lang HercVault!!

I am – Hercules!!

Proponents of the doomed HD-DVD format have had access to the big-screen sequel to “Firefly” on HD for some time now, but the further adventures of Inara Serra, Kaylee Frye, Jayne Cobb and the River Tam finally hit Blu-ray today. It includes loads of extras, including three debuting on this edition:
* Alliance Database - Includes dossiers on all of the Firefly crew, profiles on planets, various historical entries, vehicle references and details on the reavers. * U Control - This is broken down into four sections: Mr. Universe Compendium, Digital Tour of Serenity, Picture in Picture and Visual Commentary. It appears these are all interactive features instead of simple menu items. * BD Live: My Scenes Sharing - It's part of the new BD Live set of features and is supposed to let you share your favorite scenes of the movie with your friends.

Herc’s Popular Pricing Pantry
There are a handful of new season-set titles this week, but nothing as compelling as the post-Christmas pricing on some older season sets.

The Post-Christmas 50% Sale has season 11 of “The Simpsons” down to $14.99!! (70% Off!!)

The first 10 seasons of “The Simpsons” are also momentarily down to $14.99!! (63% Off!!)

Seinfeld, Shield, Rescue Me and Damages can be $17.50 per season if you’re willing to exploit the Sony 2-For-1 Sale.

Season four of “The Office” is $17.99!! (64% Off!!) Season three is $19.99!! (60% Off!!)

Before Christmas a season of “Veronica Mars” sold for $44.99. This week each is $19.99!! (67% Off!!)

Last week a season of “24” went for $39.99 or more. Right now four of the six seasons are $19.99!!

“Wonderfalls,” from the guy who created “Dead Like Me” and “Pushing Daisies,” is down to $19.99!!

You can now pick up the HD Blu-ray version of “Mad Men’s” first season for less than the DVD version: $24.99!! (50% Off!!)

All seven seasons of “The West Wing” are, for the moment, $19.99-$21.49 each!! (64% Off!!) (If you want or need all seven seasons, you can currently pick up the complete series set for $149.99, which works out to less than $21.43/season.)

If you want or need all nine seasons, you can currently pick up the complete series set for $175.99, which also works out to less than $19.56/season!!

Do Bees Be? The first three seasons are less than $12.50 each!! (50% Off!!) This series is hilarious and that is a ridiculous price.

“Supernatural” 1.x-3.x last month: $37.99. Today: $19.99!! (67% Off!!)

The superb “From The Earth To The Moon,” which typically goes for $51.99, is down to $19.99!! (67% Off)

A season of “Gilmore Girls” was $26.49. Now the first six are $14.99!! (75% Off!!)

A season of “The Venture Bros.” was $24.99. Now they’re both $12.99!! (57% Off!!)

The first five volumes of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection were each $44.99. Now they’re $25.99!! (60% Off!!)

Three weeks ago a season of “Six Feet Under” was $51.99. Now they’re all $19.99!! Rainn Wilson plays Creepy Arthur!

“Carnivale,” typically $51.99, is momentarily $19.99/Season (60% Off!!)
TV-on-DVD Calendar
Two Weeks Ago Aqua Teen Hunger Force Vol. 6 The A-Team 1.x (Slimset) Crime 360 1.x Gangland 2.x Generation Kill: The Complete Series Ice Road Truckers 2.x Jurassic Fight Club 1.x Mr. Bean: The Ultimate Collection The Mummy: The Animated Series Vol. 1 The Mummy: The Animated Series Vol. 2 The Mummy: The Animated Series Vol. 3 Petticoat Junction 1.x Poor Little Rich Girl: The Complete Series Power Rangers Jungle Fury: Into The Jungle Power Rangers Jungle Fury: Way Of The Master Transformers: Energon Ultimate Collection Will Shakespeare: The Complete Miniseries
This Week

Greek 2.x

Kyle XY 2.x

Nip/Tuck 5.x

Secret Life of an American Teenager 1.x

Serenity (Blu-ray)

10 Items Or Less 1.x/2.x
January 6

Battlestar Galactica 4.1-4.10 Dexter 1.x (Blu-ray) Doctor Who: Four To Doomsday Doctor Who: War Machines Duckman 3.x/4.x Duckman: 4-Season Pack Eon Kid 1.x Vol. 2 The FBI Files 1.x Frisky Dingo 2.x Ghost Hunters: Best Of (Blu-ray) Laredo 2.x Vol. 2 Mannix 2.x

Secret Diary of a Call Girl 1.x Transformers 2.x Tripping The Rift 3.x The Tudors 2.x The Waltons 8.x
January 13 Alvin and The Chipmonks: The Chipettes Alvin And The Chipmunks: A Chipmunk Valentine Benny Hill: Best Of Ben 10: Alien Force 1.x Vol. 2 Captains and the Kings Dallas 10.x The Henry James Collection House of Payne Vol. 3 Little Britain USA 1.x The Lost Gods Lovejoy 4.x Make 'Em Laugh: The Complete Miniseries Man Vs. Wild 2.x Matlock 2.x Nature Tech Reba 5.x Saxondale 1.x/2.x Skins Vol. 1 Stargate: The Ark of Truth (Blu-ray) SuperSwank 1.x 10 Items Or Less 1.x/2.x Tess of D'Urbervilles: The Complete Miniseries (2008) 'Til Death 2.x Voltron: Vol. 7 Walker: Texas Ranger 6.x When Weather Changed History When Weather Changed History (Blu-ray)
January 20 The American Future: A History Back At The Barnyard: Cowman Children of the Stones: The Complete Miniseries Criss Angel Mindfreak 4.x Emergency 5.x George Wallace: The Complete Miniseries Jonathan Creek 3.x The Last Detective: The Complete Series Little House on the Prairie: Country School Little House on the Prairie: Prairie Friends MGM: When The Lion Roars MI-5 Vol. 6 MonsterQuest 2.x Moonlight: The Complete Series My Three Sons 1.x Vol. 2 Paranormal State 2.x Powerpuff Girls: The Complete Series The Rockford Files 6.x This American Life 2.x Waking The Dead 3.x
January 27

All-New SuperFriends 1.x Vol. 2 America's Dumbest Criminals The Beiderbecke Affair Blossom 1.x/2.x Cheers 11.x The Girls Next Door 4.x The Girls Next Door 1.x-4.x

Invaders 2.x The Love Boat 2.x Vol. 1

MANTIS: The Complete Series Meerkat Manor 4.x

Pink Panther Classic Cartoon Collection Scooby-Doo Where Are You? 1.x Vol. 1 SpongeBob SquarePants: Spongicus Teddy Ruxpin: Come Dream With Me - Complete Series You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown
February 3 Afro Samurai II: Resurrection Afro Samurai II: Resurrection (SE) Afro Samurai II: Resurrection (Blu-ray) Becker 2.x Bewitche
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  • Dec. 30, 2008, 2:22 a.m. CST

    They need to stop putting the blue borders

    by Dingbatty

    on the blu-ray boxes.

  • Dec. 30, 2008, 5:10 a.m. CST

    Venture Bros 3rd season in Blu Ray?

    by Spifftacular Squirrel Girl

    I say thee neato

  • Dec. 30, 2008, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Since Herc hasn't mentioned it yet

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick released their annual Venture Bros. Christmas tune--this time featuring 21 and the late 24. You can find it via a link at Jackson's livejournal page or going to the Quik Stop Entertainment website. <p> Hopefully that'll take care of your fix until Season 3 comes out for repeated viewings. <p> Seasons Greetings!

  • Dec. 30, 2008, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Inara Serra? Kaylee Frye? Jayne Cobb? River Tam?

    by tonagan

    Didn't they play in The Tubes with Fee Waybill and Prairie Prince?

  • Dec. 30, 2008, 8:20 a.m. CST

    What's with the True Blood font?

    by indiebum

    Somebody screwed that up...

  • Dec. 30, 2008, 8:37 a.m. CST


    by LOTGA

    I'm holding out for the inevitable complete series boxed set.

  • Dec. 30, 2008, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Fantastic 2600 homage!

    by scratcher

    That Venture Bros. box is an instant classic! Who can forget that typeface? They even distressed the edges of the box. What a great franchise.

  • Dec. 30, 2008, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Very high praise for Exo-Squad

    by AnakinsDiapers

    One of my all time favorite cartoons. It's my number two show next to Batman: the animated series. As i watched it the first time in syndication, i was surprised they were getting away with what they were doing. It's a straight up war story, with all of the political complexities that come with that. It's also high adventure. One example of where they took things. Lt. Marsh disobeys a direct order he thinks is negligent and winds up getting court marshaled and sentenced to death. During an attack by the enemy, resulting from the negligent orders, Marshs' squad, Able Squad, breaks him out of his holding cell and wind up turning the tide of battle, saving the fleet. Is all forgiven? No. Marsh and all of Able squad are thrown in the brig for a year. The next episode takes place A YEAR later, when they are released. I remember my mouth hanging open when that happened. Great show.

  • Dec. 30, 2008, 11:42 a.m. CST

    ExoSquad was definitely top 10


    I was just thinking about that incident with all of Able Squad having to do time. It was a great show that really challenged it's (pre-teen) audience.

  • Dec. 30, 2008, 1:46 p.m. CST


    by Alientoast

    Another chime in for Exo-Squad, a series that was criminally ignored and overlooked. It was a far more complex and mature cartoon then Saturday mornings deserved.

  • Dec. 30, 2008, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Another year comes to a close...

    by nofate

    and still no Wonder Years DVDs.<br> <br> FUCK YOU ABC!!(that was who aired it right?)

  • Dec. 30, 2008, 2:33 p.m. CST

    I take back (almost) everything I said about Smallville

    by Snookeroo

    Since we're talking about tv series collections, I'd like to mention a personal change of heart about Smallville.<br>I'm a life long Superman fan, and really enjoyed the first two seasons of Smallville. However, by season three the series became a very tiresome freak of the week cavalcade interspersed with the on-again off-again Clark/Lana relationship. And so about mid-season three, I stopped watching the series. Occasionally, I'd see ads or read developments on the web which only reinforced my perception that the series was bereft of new ideas, and really jumping the shark.<br>For Christmas, somebody got me all of the seasons of Smallville that I had ignored. I've been watching key episodes -- and I have to say the series is worth another look.<br>If you're like me and you quit the series early on, you really might enjoy the later seasons. There are some excellent moments, plus a few new twists on the original character concepts.<br>True, there are still far too many kryptonite-induced story lines, but the advantage of a boxed set is that you don't have to waste time with those.<br><br>There, I said it.

  • Dec. 30, 2008, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Count Duckula or Queer Duck?

    by EriamJH

    This one poster's consistent obsession with a bad cartoon makes me think he really obsesses over the JM Bullock craptacular adventures of gay animal cartoon characters. (I keed, I keed!)

  • Dec. 30, 2008, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Mmm, River

    by I Dunno

    Technically the whore on Serenity is hotter there's just something about Summer Glau and her Christina Ricci five-head that's just, Mmm.

  • Dec. 30, 2008, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Herc suddenly stopped pimping TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE S1

    by BilboFett

    but I won't! </BR>

  • Dec. 30, 2008, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Can't Stop the Signal....

    by closeencounter

    Serenity arriving any day, shipped out over the weekend. Shiny!

  • Dec. 30, 2008, 7:26 p.m. CST

    EXO-SQUAD was a great show.

    by JKrow21

    I used to love watching that before school when I was a kid. It's a pity we never got to see what happens after the war with the Neo-Sapiens.

  • Dec. 30, 2008, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Exo excellent!

    by skydemon

    Exo-Squad was quite popular on college campuses back in the day. I had recorded the entire series on VHS when Exo-Squad was on the air. I've since transferred them to DVD. Of course the quality isn't good, the commercials are included, and I missed episode 43 "The Perfect Warrior" It's nice to finally see this released on DVD, looking forward to the Season Two DVD release also.

  • Dec. 30, 2008, 9:01 p.m. CST

    S.T.F.U. Donny

    by KCViking

    Thanks for the Henchman Holiday song alert.<p>Thanks again for recommending Venture Bros!It was one of the highlights of 2008 for me.<p>Have a great New Year.

  • Dec. 30, 2008, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Exo Squad

    by clever

    Truly a brilliant, moving epic. The show came as close to an anime made in America, with only Avatar: The Last Airbender coming close. Probably the best American produced dramatic animated show after Avatar and Batman: TAS. Please you owe it to yourself if you are a fan of animation, or even great storytelling to pick this one up.

  • Dec. 31, 2008, 3:55 a.m. CST

    I've been begging for years for Exo-Squad on this site...

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    and finally, Universal has made everything come true. As soon as I saw this was coming out on DVD I near soiled my pants. All is right with the world.

  • Dec. 31, 2008, 3:59 a.m. CST

    And damn, this show demands to be made into a movie.

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Some producer has to look at it, see the story, the franchise possibilities... <p> Or at least some sort of Exo-Squad: The Next Generation or whatever to complete the post neo-sapien war story line. </p>

  • Jan. 5, 2009, 8:12 a.m. CST


    by turketron

    Holy hell I remember that cartoon... it used to come on USA back when they showed cartoons in the morning on their "Cartoon Express". I never saw how it ended...

  • Jan. 5, 2009, 7:27 p.m. CST


    by Delagoya


  • Jan. 5, 2009, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Serenity just played in SciFi Channel

    by MurderMostFowl

    I finally got to see it. I never watched Firefly when it was out. Caught up on all of it on After watching the series, I found myself feeling guilty that I had rejected many of my friends pleas to watch the show. I never watched it, I just blew it off because if my bad experience with FOX scifi shows ( Space above and beyond which sucked so hard ) <BR><BR> But Firefly was truly an awesome show that really deserved a better chance than it got. <BR><BR> Now that I've watched Serenity, I'm sad they're not going to make any more of them. Great characters and good stories... makes me wonder if George Lucas ever wishes he could write background and dialog like the firefly writers. Some of Firefly's dialog on paper is quite rough... could have been quite a stretch to take seriously, but somehow it works.. they make it work. <BR> Cast, director, or combination... whatever it is, George Lucas needs to be taking notes. <BR><BR> I hate every other show Joss Whedon has ever done. Weird.

  • March 27, 2009, 6:22 a.m. CST


    by Sean_Napier

    One of my favorite shows growing up. I was pleased to hear it that has posted episodes, and also its long awaited release to DVD. It's a shame they canned it after the second season.