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Holiday TV DVD Guide 2009

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 20th 2009 3:30PM
Dexter DVDYou know those people who are always saying there's nothing worth watching on TV? They clearly haven't taken a look at our TV-on-DVD holiday gift guide list, because 2009 has been packed with DVD releases of TV series and specials that would make anyone save the grinchiest Grinch sit up and take notice.

Peruse the lineup for yourself (and be prepared to add a few boxed sets to your own wish list).You know those people who are always saying there's nothing worth watching on TV? They clearly haven't taken a look at our TV-on-DVD holiday gift guide list, because 2009 has been packed with DVD releases of TV series and specials that would make anyone save the grinchiest Grinch sit up and take notice.

Peruse the lineup for yourself (and be prepared to add a few boxed sets to your own wish list).

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Holiday TV DVD Guide 2009

    'Fraggle Rock: Complete Series Collection'
    Why Buy? The complete series has been repackaged at a more budget-friendly price, but still includes all 96 episodes, 100 original songs and more than 8 hours of bonus materials.

    Extras: Interviews, a behind-the-scenes documentary narrated by Jim Henson, 'The Origin of Fraggle Rock Species' featurette, mini docs on the show's theme song, making the puppets, the actors inside the costumes, plus footage from the series wrap party.

    Cost: $99.98 [Buy It]

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    'Ally McBeal: The Complete Series'
    Why Buy: The 32-disc collection includes every 'Ally' episode and, just as important, especially to this quirky dramedy, every bit of original music.
    Extras: The new 'Bygone Days: An Ally McBeal Retrospective' with Calista Flockhart, Jane Krakowski, Lucy Liu, Peter MacNicol, Gil Bellows, Greg Germann and David E. Kelley; The 'Best of Ally McBeal' soundtrack with new songs; the TV specials 'Life and Trials of Ally McBeal' and 'Goodbye, Ally' and behind-the-scenes featurettes.
    Cost: $199.98 [Buy It]

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    'Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days'
    Why Buy:The boxed set includes the best clips from all 40 seasons of the seminal kiddie series, plus interviews with cast and crew (including Muppet creator Jim Henson) and a limited-edition book.
    Extras: Almost an hour of never-before-seen backstage footage and pop-up facts about the history of the show
    Cost: $29.93 [Buy It]

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    'The Shield: Complete Series'
    Why Buy: It's easily one of the all-time best cop dramas in TV history; if you haven't seen it, you should. If you have, it's totally worth watching again.

    Extras: Audio commentary, deleted scenes, a featurette on the series finale, casting tapes and behind-the-scenes features on the final season, the casting of Walt Goggins as Shane and the real-life cop scandal that inspired the show.
    Cost: $159.95 [Buy It]

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    'The National Parks: America's Best Idea' on Blu-ray
    Why Buy: Twelve hours of gorgeous Blu-ray definition footage of Ken Burns' latest, which explores the stories of five national parks: Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Acadia and the Great Smoky Mountains
    Extras: Interviews, outtakes and a making-of featurette
    Cost: $129.99 [Buy It]

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    'Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series' on Blu-ray
    Why Buy: Did you see the title? Complete series. On Blu-ray! In other words, the perfect excuse for the marathon of all TV-watchin' marathons.
    Extras: Deleted scenes, the 'Battlestar Galatica' Card Game, commentary tracks, David Eick's Video Diaries, featurettes on the Cylons, technologies, the female cast members, Dr. Baltar and the visual effects and a frakkin' cool collectible Cylon figurine housed on top of the swanky box that houses the 25 DVDs in the set.
    Cost: $349.98 [Buy It]

    Amazon.com

    'Land of the Lost: Complete Series' Limited Edition Gift Set
    Why Buy: Forget the Will Ferrell movie remake and revisit the 43 cheesy but fun action-packed episodes of the original Saturday-morning time-traveling series.
    Extras: The DVDs come packed in a retro cool 'Land of the Lost' metal lunchbox
    Cost: $69.98 [Buy It]

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    'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: A Very Sunny Christmas' on Blu-ray
    Why Buy: Things get extra rowdy and raunchy -- two words: bloody Santa -- when the Gang celebrates the holidays without the restrictions of a basic cable airing. We even get scoop on how Dennis, Mac, Dee and Charlie celebrated Christmas as children.
    Extras: A making-of featurette, deleted scenes and a 'Sunny' Sing-a-Long
    Cost: $29.99 [Buy It]

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    'Dexter' Seasons 1-3 on Blu-ray
    Why Buy: Yes, blood splatters do look more vivid on Blu-ray. And the chance to watch three seasons of 'Dexter,' on Blu-ray, marathon-style? Well worth the price.
    Extras: Audio commentary, a featurette about real-life blood-splatter analysis, excerpts from the 'Dexter' books that the series is based on and interviews with stars Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter and Lauren Velez
    Cost: $175.97 [Buy It]

    Amazon.com

    'SpongeBob SquarePants: The First 100 Episodes'
    Why Buy: It's five seasons worth of fun with the Bikini Bottom dwellers, packaged in an awesome lenticular box.
    Extras: The 43-minute 'Square Roots: The Story of SpongeBob SquarePants' documentary, with interviews with voice talent, writers and the cartoonists; audio commentary; and the featurettes 'Life Lessons From Bikini Bottom' and 'Help Wanted - The Seven Seas Edition.'
    Cost: $99.99
    [Buy It]

    Amazon.com

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