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The biggest fish in the TV-on-Disc pond this week is unquestionably the Blu-ray release of “Twilight Zone: The Complete Second Season, remastered from the original 35mm into high definition. (I must say, with “Star Trek,” “The Prisoner” and now “Twilight Zone,” they’re really picking the right old series to issue in high definition. And, as I’ve said of the DVD versions of these sets, these Blu-ray editions use an absurd number of extras to target even those viewers who have already seen these episodes a zillion times. Press release:
Chatsworth, CA – Genies, malevolent machines, Santa Claus and The Devil himself. Get ready for more excursions into the fantastic when Image Entertainment releases The Twilight Zone: Season 2 on Blu-ray November 16th. All 29 episodes from the legendary series’ second season have been remastered and will be presented in pristine 1080p high-definition and uncompressed PCM audio. In addition, the 4-disc set also includes many of the bonus features from the Definitive Collection DVD release, along with hours of new bonus features, specially created for this Blu-ray™ release. SPR is $99.98, and pre-book is October 19th. Season Two Episodes King Nine Will Not Return The Man in the Bottle Nervous Man in a Four-Dollar Room A Thing About Machines The Howling Man Eye of the Beholder Nick of Time The Lateness of the Hour The Trouble with Templeton A Most Unusual Camera The Night of the Meek Dust Back There The Whole Truth The Invaders A Penny for Your Thoughts Twenty-Two The Odyssey of Flight 33 Mr. Dingle, the Strong, Static The Prime Mover Long Distance Call A Hundred Yards over the Rim The Rip Van Winkle Caper The Silence Shadow Play The Mind and the Matter Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up? The Obsolete Man. EXCLUSIVE BLU-RAY FEATURES • 25 New Audio Commentaries, featuring The Twilight Zone Companion author Marc Scott Zicree, author/film historian Gary Gerani, author/music historian Steven C. Smith, author/film & TV historian, Martin Grams Jr., writer/music historian Jon Burlingame, writer Len Wein, writer/producer Joseph Dougherty, writer/producer Matthew Weiner, writer/director Michael Nankin, writer Marv Wolfman, authors/historians Scott Skelton and Jim Benson and writer George Clayton Johnson. • Interviews with actors Joseph Ruskin and H. M. Wynant. • Suspense episode “Nightmare at Ground Zero” written by Rod Serling. • Vintage Audio Interview with director of photography George T. Clemens. • Vintage Audio Interview with makeup artist William Tuttle. • 15 Radio Dramas featuring Daniel J. Travanti, Jim Caviezel, Jason Alexander, Ed Begley Jr., Fred Willard, Jane Seymour, Michael York, Chris McDonald, Henry Rollins, Stan Freberg and others! ALSO INCLUDES • Audio Commentaries by actors Donna Douglas, Don Rickles, William Idelson, Bill Mumy, Cliff Robertson, Dennis Weaver and Shelley Berman. • Vintage Audio Recollections with Buzz Kulik, Douglas Heyes, Maxine Stuart, George Clayton Johnson and Robert Serling. • 22 Isolated Music Scores featuring the legendary Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith, Fred Steiner and others! • Sponsor Billboards • Rod Serling Promos for “Next Week’s” Show • And much more!

Caprica 1.5 was announced for Dec. 21 before Syfy decided to yank “Caprica” from its schedule, so it was thought that this set would be rescheduled to 2011, after its final five episodes hit Syfy. Not so. Those five final unaired episodes will arrive on the 1.5 set BEFORE they air on Syfy. Note the headline of the press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEATURING SYFY'S FINAL FIVE YET-TO-BE AIRED EPISODES ON DVD FROM UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT Caprica Produced by Universal Cable Productions ALLIANCES ARE CREATED AND LIVES ARE CHANGED AS THE BATTLE CONTINUES BETWEEN HUMANS AND CYLONS UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Nov. 11 - The critically acclaimed drama from executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick comes to a thrilling climax in "Caprica" Season 1.5. Fifty-eight years before the events of Battlestar Galactica, mankind is wrestling with the question of what makes one human, and sealing its own fate of certain destruction. Alliances are made, secrets are revealed and lives are forever changed while the conflict between man and machine takes shape. As the season races towards its stunning conclusion the seeds are sown for the inevitable, brutal clash between the newly-born Cylon race and its human creators. "Caprica" Season 1.5 stars Golden Globe-nominee, Eric Stoltz (Pulp Fiction), Esai Morales ("NYPD Blue"), Paula Malcomson ("Deadwood"), Alessandra Toressani ("Happy Campers"), Magda Apanowicz ("Kyle XY"), Sasha Roiz ("In Plain Sight"), Brian Markinson ("The L Word") and Polly Walker (Clash of the Titans). Debuting on DVD on December 21, 2010 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment, "Caprica" Season 1.5 features the series' final five episodes, yet-to-be aired in the U.S., as well as video blogs, podcasts and commentaries. BONUS FEATURES: DELETED SCENES RE-CAPRICA: Viewers can catch-up on the recap of "Caprica" Season 1.0 7 VIDEO BLOGS: GLOBAL DEFENSE: Join Agent Duram (Brian Markinson) as he lifts the lid on the GDD. NEXT GENERATION: The cast and crew discuss the emerging talent and technology on the show. ONE TRUE GOD?: Viewers take a journey into the religious aspects of the show as the cast and crews discuss the creation of the STO and how it shapes the world of "Caprica." CAPRICAN EVOLUTION: Executive producers David Eick and Jane Espenson take fans on a journey back to where it all began at the creation of "Caprica." SOUNDS OF CAPRICA: Go behind the scenes with executive producer David Eick and music editor Michael Baber to hear how the unique sounds of "Caprica" are created. THE MUSIC OF CAPRICA: Composer Bear McCreary discusses the sounds of "Caprica" and the music that forms the show. VISUAL EFFECTS: A discussion with e xecutive producer David Eick and visual effects supervisor Gary Hutzel on the techniques involved with creating the world of "Caprica." PODCASTS with executive producer David Eick, director and series stars, Eric Stoltz, Magda Apanowicz, Esai Morales and Sasha Roiz. FEATURE EPISODE COMMENTARY with executive producer Kevin Murphy. UNVANQUISHED oAPOTHEOSIS "Caprica" Season 1.5 Street Date: December 21, 2010 Copyright: 2010 Universal Studios Home Entertainment Running Time: 6 Hours, 34 Minutes Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1 Languages: English Digital Dolby 5.1 Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French
Precedents for this include the “Battlestar Galactica” TV-movie “The Plan” and the feature-length "Caprica" pilot, both of which turned up on DVD before they aired on Syfy.
Herc’s Popular Pricing Pantry

Every season of “The Shield,” $35.49 each last week and $47.49 each in September, is momentarily $13.99 each!! (77% off!!)
The Warner Bros. cartoons are, in my view, the funniest ever forged and the wonderful, extra-packed Golden Collections are now $26.99 or less!! (58% off!!)
Every extra-packed season of “Seinfeld” just fell to $15.99 or less!!
Kindly ignore the movie. The entire “Aeon Flux” collection (shorts plus half-hours) just fell to $22.49!! It’ll be the best $22.49 you spend this week.
“Carnivale” season sets just fell to $15.99!!
“The Tick” cartoon sets are momentarily $12.49!!
The first and best season of J.J. Abrams’ “Alias” is momentarily $15.49!!
The third remastered season of “Star Trek,” $69.49 last month, has momentarily fallen to $34.99, its lowest price ever!!
Every episode of Rod Serling’s “Twilight Zone” can now be had on DVD for $143.49!! That works out to Less Than $28.70 Per Season!!
Individual seasons can be had for $29.99!!
Warner Bros. has loads of DVDs at $3 or less per major motion picture!!

TV-on-Disc Calendar

Last Week Bill Moyers: Genesis Bill Moyers: On Faith And Reason Boondocks 3.x Californication 3.x Doctor Who 5.x Doctor Who 5.x (Blu-ray) Golden Girls: The Complete Collection Hell's Kitchen 4.x Hi-5: The Complete Series Lie To Me 2.x Men of a Certain Age 1.x Mystery Science Theater 3000 XIX Scooby Doo: The Complete Series Sherlock 1.x Sherlock 1.x (Blu-ray) Super Hero Squad Vol. 2 Whale Wars 3.x
This Week

Gangland 6.x

Gangland 6.x (Blu-ray)

Gleek 1.x

Heroes: The Complete Series

It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia: A Very Sunny Christmas Giftset

Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol (Blu-ray)

The Office: Overtime

Peanuts Deluxe Holiday Ultimate Collection (Blu-ray)

Perry Mason 5.x Vol. 2

Perry Mason 5-Season Pack

SpongeBob SquarePants: Legends of Bikini Bottom
Twilight Zone 2.x (Blu-ray) Voltron: Fleet of Doom (Blu-ray)
The World At War: The Complete Miniseries (Blu-ray)
Wycliffe 4.x
Wycliffe 5.x
Next Week Batman Beyond: The Complete Series

Deadwood: The Complete Series (Blu-ray) Durham County 2.x Human Weapon 1.x (Blu-ray) Luther 1.x Murder She Wrote 12.x Pillars of the Earth: The Complete Miniseries Pillars of the Earth: The Complete Miniseries (Blu-ray)

SNL Four-Pack Best Of ($9.98) 7th Heaven 11.x 7th Heaven: The Complete Series Space Precinct: The Complete Series Tudors: The Complete Series Wagon Train 2.x
November 30 Foghorn Leghorn: Barnyard Bigmouth Have Gun Will Travel 5.x Vol. 1 Lucy Show 3.x The Lucy Show: Three Season Pack

Parks and Recreation 2.x Sid & Marty Krofft's Greatest Saturday Morning Hits Soldiers of Fortune: The Complete Series Touch of Frost 15.x Tweety & Sylvester: Feline Frenzy
December 7 Bonanza 2.x Vol. 1 Boy Meets World 4.x Dragnet 1969 Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 1.x Vol. 2 Law & Order 8.x SpongeBob SquarePants 6.x Vol. 2 Taxicab Confessions: New York, New York Parts 1, 2 & 3 Trek Stars Go West Vega$ 2.x Vol. 1 Yogi Bear's All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper
December 14 Army Wives 4.x Cathouse: The Specials Coronado 9: The Complete Series Gunsmoke 4.x Vol. 2

Hawaii Five-0 10.x The Honeymooners Christmas Special The IT Crowd 4.x Leave It to Beaver 5.x Married With Children: The Complete Series Snapped 1.x/2.x Space: 1999 1.x (Blu-ray) State Trooper 1.x 24 8.x 24 8.x (Blu-ray)

24: The Complete Series
December 21 The Andy Griffith Show 50th Anniversary: Best of Mayberry Billy The Exterminator 1.x Billy The Exterminator 2.x

Caprica 1.5 Family Guy: It’s A Trap! Family Guy: It’s A Trap! (Blu-ray) Family Guy Star Wars Trilogy

Family Guy Star Wars Trilogy (Blu-ray) Futurama Vol. 5

Futurama Vol. 5 (Blu-ray) Gene Simmons Family Jewels 4.x Gene Simmons Family Jewels 5.x

Once An Eagle: The Complete Miniseries (Blu-ray) <--- NEW!! Secret Life of the American Teenager Vol. 5 The Virginian 2.x
December 28

Archer 1.x Battlestar Galactica: Razor (Blu-ray) A Charlie Brown Valentine

Jersey Shore 2.x

Readers Talkback
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  • Nov. 17, 2010, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Alessandra Torresani has no idea...

    by Akira Cowabunga much she wants me. Her baby-fat cheeks need to be wrapped around more than my essence. But until they release Caprica in a complete set, and at an affordable price, I'll get my Alessandra fix on the internet. Why is science fiction always the biggest price gouger? They overprice their product by 20% or more in some cases and you damn fucking geeks fall for it. It MUST be working that way, otherwise they'd not be asking these silly prices. Are your lives so sad that you must give in to robbery just to fill some emptiness in your souls? God, that's pathetic! Now I must go and find some photos of Allessandra online and get my furious jerk on.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 5:10 a.m. CST

    They also need to give Caprica the blu-ray treatment

    by Rebel Scumb

    Its way to visually lavish to not release it in HD.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 6 p.m. CST

    "BSG: Razor" was aired before the DVD came out.

    by Voice O. Reason

    The Caprica pilot was the other movie that was released on DVD before it aired.