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The 25-Movie Blu-ray Universal 100th Anniversary Collection, $349.98 last year and $246.83 last week, has just fallen (this week only) to its lowest price ever: $149.99!! $6 Per Blu Movie!! Includes “Spartacus,” “Jaws,” “American Graffiti,” “Back To The Future,” “Scarface,” “Apollo 13,” “Pillow Talk,” “Buck Privates,” “To Kill A Mockingbird,” “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Field of Dreams,” “Dracula,” “The Breakfast Club,” “Jurassic Park,” “Do The Right Thing,” “The Sting,” “The Birds” and more!!

The “Buck Privates” Blu-ray alone sells separately for $24.99!!

Season 15 of “The Simpsons,” $44.99 last year and $33.85 last week, has (this week only) fallen to its lowest price ever: $16.99!! (66% Off!!)

The third & fourth seasons set for “The Adventures Of Superman,” $34.99 in 2011 and $28.00 earlier this month, has just fallen to its lowest price ever: $9.99!! (75% Off!!)

The fifth and sixth seasons set for “The Adventures Of Superman,” $36.99 in 2011 and $28.83 earlier this month, has just fallen to its lowest price ever: $9.99!! (75% Off!!)

The first Blu-ray season of “Fringe,” $62.99 last year and $31.74 last month, has just fallen to $19.99!!

The second Blu-ray season of “Fringe,” $62.99 last year and $44.17 last month, has just fallen to $19.99!!

The third Blu-ray season of “Fringe,” $55.98 last year and $44.63 last month, has just fallen to $19.99!!

The fourth Blu-ray season of “Fringe,” $51.13 last year and $49.99 last month, has just fallen to $19.99!!

The fifth Blu-ray season of “Mad Men,” $44.99 in August and $36.93 in December, has just fallen to its lowest price ever: $22.99!! Cheaper Than The DVD!!

The fourth Blu-ray volume of “Masters of Horror” featuring Takashi Miike’s too-disturbing-for-Showtime “Imprint,” $21.49 in 2010 and $19.99 last year, has fallen to $5.75 (71% Off!!)

New This Week

A 2007 SciFi Channel hourlong based on the classic comic strip, “Flash Gordon” depicts an athlete who finds himself contending with otherworldly menace.

When SciFi needed a showrunner for its update of “Battlestar Galactica,” it hired Ron Moore, who co-wrote “Star Trek: First Contact” and had a hand in some of the best episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Carnivale.”

When SciFi needed a showrunner for “Flash,” it hired Peter Hume, who has written for “Charmed,” “Relic Hunter,” and Jennifer Lopez’ “South Beach.”

Did SciFi choose wisely this time around? Viewers fled “Flash Gordon” as they would hatchet-wielding bees.

I thought SciFi’s 2007 hourlong “Flash Gordon” reeked of Uranus.

USA Today gives "Flash" one and a half stars (out of four) and says:

… While the latest version is less outrageously awful than the best-known, out-of-this-universe 1980 big-screen remake, it's also much less fun, as amateurish mediocrities tend to be. … Badly written, badly cast and done on the cheap in the Canadian woods, Flash is the kind of fantasy toss-off that gives sci-fi, and Sci Fi, a bad name. ...

Entertainment Weekly gives it a “C-plus” and says:

… isn't nearly as campy-fun as the hyperactive 1980 movie. While there are flashes (heh) of promise, the pilot takes forever to get going …

TV Guide says:

… B-movie cheesy — watch an alien attack a bowling alley — but also stubbornly flat, settling for cute when sublime camp would be preferred. The drabness extends to supposedly merciless dictator Ming of Mongo …

The New York Times says:

Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers have disbanded. The Works Progress Administration is defunct. The DeSoto Airflow has disappeared from auto showrooms. So why is Flash Gordon still with us? If “Flash Gordon,” the Sci Fi Channel’s new series based on Alex Raymond’s comic strip character from the 1930s, has an answer to that question, it’s not obvious from tonight’s premiere. The show, approximately the zillionth attempt to put Flash and his friends on the big or small screen, isn’t bad, particularly; it’s just not very, excuse me, flashy. …

The New York Post gives it “no stars” and says:

I wish I could have been in the pitch meeting for Sci Fi's latest reincarnation of "Flash Gordon." It must have been an out of this world experience - because there's no other way this incredibly dopey series would ever have, er, gotten off the ground. … I apologize to all the Flash Gordon fans around the world. I know I had nothing to do with this series , but it's so horrible I somehow feel responsible - just by watching it.

The Boston Herald gives it a “C-plus” and says:

… Johnson is wooden as Flash, and he and Dale have zero chemistry. Not so for Karen Cliche, best known from the last season of “Mutant X.” As alien bounty hunter Baylin, she radiates chemistry with even the props. As Ming the Merciless, Flash’s eternal nemesis, John Ralston is as terrifying as a granola bar. Sci Fi needed an actor who could project even camp menace. This guy looks as if he got lost on the way to Dunkin’ Donuts. …

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says:

… The show's biggest drawback is the same problem faced by just about every other Sci Fi Channel series introduced in the past year: lackluster writing. Like "Dresden Files" and "Painkiller Jane" before it, "Flash Gordon" is a victim of pedestrian scripting. Worse yet, the characters are forced to spout too much exposition that betrays what should be the characters' natural reactions (rather than being amazed by the jump to Mongo, moments after arriving Dale announces they're "captives on an alien planet"). There's also a fair bit of technobabble and an alien culture that's confusing in the first episode. One of two future episodes sent for review shows more evidence of a sense of humor -- particularly when a jungle girl from Mongo takes up residence in Flash's house -- but everything else about this "Flash Gordon" remains dreadful, particularly the scenery-chewing villains. …

The Tampa Tribune says:

… Staying with this for 22 episodes will be a challenge for viewers. …

Newsday says:

… watch Sci Fi's new "Flash Gordon" series and wonder where the magic went. It's hard to see how a show could take such a perennial fave and go this completely wrong. …

The Deseret Morning News says:

… incredibly boring, unwatchable … The first time I tried to watch the 90-minute pilot of "Flash Gordon," I fell asleep. The second time, it was all I could do to keep my eyes open. And I like science fiction shows. I was sort of looking forward to this one. … Don't waste your time watching this Sci Fi Channel version of "Flash Gordon," which is just plain bad, unless you're suffering from insomnia. It might help with that.

The Hollywood Reporter says:

… It has a nice air of self-deprecation that assures us it's in on the joke, that this is less about threats to our planet than subtly cheeky good fun. Yet the 90-minute kickoff and a subsequent hour of the Sci Fi Channel series still somehow feel forced and somewhat empty, perhaps for the very reason that it wants things both ways. It's tough to get a sci-fi project to work as both effective drama and lighthearted fantasy, and "Flash" can't quite effectively bridge that gap. …

Variety says:

… a 90-minute premiere replete with playful if dimwitted banter, dimension-breaching nonsense, and a cast seemingly plucked from Revlon commercials. Nostalgia might win out, but barring a last-minute rescue, this bit of fluff will be forgotten in a you-know-what. … lacking the requisite wit, excitement or sense of adventure to survive for long in this dimension, much less the next. …

TV-on-Disc Calendar

Last Week
Adam 12: 13 Episodes
Boss 2.x
Boss 2.x (Blu-ray)
The Dick Van Dyke Show 1.x (Blu-ray)
Family Ties 6.x
Howdy Kids! A Saturday Afternoon Western Roundup
Inside Men 1.x
Leave It To Beaver: 20 Episodes
Merlin 5.x
Merlin 5.x (Blu-ray)

This Week

Ben 10 - Destroy All Aliens

Buckwild 1.x

Counting Cars 1.x

Flash Gordon: The Complete Series

Fraggle Rock 2.x
In The Heat Of The Night 8.x

Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 1998
Psi Factor 4.x

Secrets of War - Espionage - 10 Episodes

Secrets of War - Shadows of The Reich - 10 Episodes

Stoney Burke: The Complete Series

Next Week
A Haunting 5.x
Iron Man: Armored Adventures 2.x Vol. 4

Iron Man: Armored Adventures 2.x

Maverick 2.x
Merlin 5.x
Merlin 5.x (Blu-ray)
The Restless Gun: The Complete Series
Sylvester & Hippety Hopper
Touched By An Angel 7.x

April 30
Ben Hur: The Complete Miniseries
Combat 1.x

Friends 1.x (Blu-ray)

Friends 2.x (Blu-ray)
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: April

Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Best of Both Worlds (Blu-ray)

Star Trek: The Next Generation 3.x (Blu-ray)
Tom & Jerry Kids Show 1.x

May 7

Dick Van Dyke Show 2.x (Blu-ray)
Drop Dead Diva 4.x
Felicity 3.x
Felicity 4.x
Flashpoint 5.x
Flashpoint 5-Season Pack
Fringe 5.x

Fringe 5.x (Blu-ray)
Fringe: The Complete Series

Fringe: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
Gunsmoke 8.x
Gunsmoke: Eight Season Pack
Have Gun Will Travel 6.x
James A. Michener's Texas: The Complete Miniseries
K-9: The Complete Series
Private Practice 6.x
Rookie Blue 3.x
Route 66: 10 Episodes
Royal Pains 4.x
Space 1999 1.x ($20.99)
Space 1999 2.x ($20.99)

Superman TV Collection

Superman: Unbound (Blu-ray)

30 Rock 7.x

May 14
Bearcats!: The Complete Series
The Chipettes: The Glass Slipper Collection
Combat 2.x
Dexter 7.x

Dexter 7.x (Blu-ray)

Doctor Who: The Visitation
Fraggle Rock 3.x
Fraggle Rock: Meet The Fraggles
Fraggle Rock: 30th Anniversary Collection
Highway To Heaven 1.x ($9.99)
My Little Pony 2.x
Power Rangers Samurai Vol. 4
Rizzoli & Isles 2.x
Roseanne 9.x
Super Mario Bros. 3: The Complete Series ($14.99)
Taz-Mania: Taz on the Loose
That '70s Show: The Complete Series ($48.99)
3rd Rock From The Sun: The Complete Series ($7.50/Season)
Top Gear 19.x
VR Troopers 2.x Vol. 1

May 21
The Aquabats! Super Show! 1.x
The Gene Autrey Show 5.x
Hanna Barbara: 25 Cartoon Collection
Highway To Heaven 1.x
Laverne & Shirley 6.x
The Legend of Korra, Book 1: Air
Perception 1.x
Pound Puppies: Mission Adoption
Saving Hope 1.x
Teen Wolf 2.x
True Blood 5.x

True Blood 5.x (Blu-ray)

May 28
Annoying Orange 1.x
Beetlejuice 1.x
Beetlejuice: The Complete Series
Covert Affairs 3.x
Doctor Who 7.x Vol. 2

Doctor Who 7.x Vol. 2 (Blu-ray)
Longmire 1.x
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2.x Vol. 2

Red Widow 1.x
Suits 2.x

Superman: Bizarro

Superman: Brainiac

Superman: Metallo
Tiny Toon Adventures Vol. 4

June 4
Adventure Time 1.x (Blu-ray)
Adventure Time 2.x
Adventure Time 2.x (Blu-ray)

Breaking Bad 5.x
Breaking Bad 5.x (Blu-ray)
Combat 3.x

Falling Skies 2.x
Happiness Is Peanuts: 4 Kid Favorites NEW!!
Ice Road Truckers 6.x
Littlest Pet Shop: Sweetest Pets
The Lone Ranger Collector's Edition
The Lone Ranger: 25 Episodes NEW!!
Major Crimes 1.x
McHale's Navy: 20 Episodes
Mountain Men 1.x

Pretty Little Liars 3.x
Rawhide 6.x

Superman: The Best Of
White Collar 4.x

Wilfred Australia 1.x

Wilfred: The Complete Australian Series

June 11
All Dogs Go To Heaven 2.x
All Dogs Go To Heaven 3.x
Big Bad Beetleborgs 2.x Vol. 1
Burn Notice 6.x

The Dick Van Dyke Show 3.x (Blu-ray)

Doctor Who: Doctors Revisited 1-4

Doctor Who: Inferno
Doctor Who: The Mind Of Evil
Ghost Hunters 8.x Vol. 2

The Lone Ranger: 80th Anniversary Edition NEW!!

Misfits 3.x
The Newsroom 1.x

The Newsroom 1.x (Blu-ray)
Perry Mason 9.x Vol. 1
Power Rangers Super Samurai Vol. 4
Rizzoli & Isles 3.x
Tom & Jerry Golden Collection Vol. 2
Tom & Jerry Golden Collection Vol. 2 (Blu-ray)
Tom & Jerry In Space NEW!!
Tom & Jerry: Magical Misadventures NEW!!

Tosh.0 Vol. 3
Wagon Train 8.x
Wedding Band: The Complete Series NEW!!

June 18
Body of Proof 3.x
Call The Midwife 2.x
Call The Midwife 2.x (Blu-ray)
Drop Dead Diva 4.x
Fraggle Rock 4.x
Golden Years: The Complete Miniseries
The Jungle Book: Adventures Of Mowgli - The Beginning
The Jungle Book: Adventures Of Mowgli - The Complete Collection
The Langoliers: The Complete Miniseries
Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated 2.x Vol. 2
Slugterra Vol. 2
The Stand: The Complete Miniseries

Web Therapy 2.x NEW!!
Wilfred 2.x

Wilfred 2.x (Blu-ray)
Workaholics 3.x
Workaholics 3.x (Blu-ray)

June 25
CSI NY 9.x
CSI NY 9-Season Pack
Fat Albert: The Complete Series

Green Lantern 1.x Vol. 2

Looney Tunes 50 Cartoon Collection

Mad TV 3.x
Peter Gunn 2.x

Todd and the Book of Pure Evil 2.x NEW!!
Wizards Return: Alex Vs. Alex NEW!!

July 2
Last Resort: The Complete Series

The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis: The Complete Series
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 3.x

July 9
Ben 10 Omniverse Vol. 2
How The West Was Won 1.x
Last of the Summer Wine 1999
Quincy 6.x
Robot Chicken: DC Comics

Robot Chicken: DC Comics (Blu-ray)

July 16
George Lopez 3.x

Legend of Korra: Book One NEW!!

Legend of Korra: Book One (Blu-ray) NEW!!

Orphan Black 1.x
Orphan Black 1.x (Blu-ray)
Regular Show 1.x/2.x

Regular Show 1.x/2.x (Blu-ray)
Smurfs to the Rescue
Tom and Jerry: No Mice Allowed
The Virginian 8.x NEW!!

July 23
The Jack Benny Program: The Lost Episodes

Mystery Science Theater 3000 XXVII
Superjail 3.x

July 30
The Angry Beavers: The Complete Series
Power Rangers 4.x-7.x

August 6

Community 4.x
The Thick Of It 1.x-4.x NEW!!

August 27
Sons of Anarchy 5.x

Sons of Anarchy 5.x (Blu-ray)
The Vampire Diaries 4.x
The Vampire Diaries 4.x (Blu-ray)

September 3
2 Broke Girls 2.x

September 10

Arrow 1.x
Arrow 1.x (Blu-ray)
The Big Bang Theory 6.x
The Big Bang Theory 6.x (Blu-ray)

Homeland 2.x
Homeland 2.x (Blu-ray)

Revolution 1.x
Supernatural 8.x
Supernatural 8.x (Blu-ray)

September 24
American Horror Story 2.x

American Horror Story 2.x (Blu-ray)

October 1
The Middle 3.x

December 10

The Following 1.x
The Following 1.x (Blu-ray)

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