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New TV DVDs for Feb. 16: '60 Minutes,' 'Small Wonder' and More

by Scott Harris, posted Feb 16th 2010 12:00PM
In today's crowded marketplace, studios looking to find traction for their latest releases are faced with increasingly stiff competition. Just consider the dilemma faced by Shout! Factory as they try to figure out the best opportunity to get episodes of 'Small Wonder' into the hands of the fans who have been waiting decades for the series to be released on DVD. Sure, the story of a little girl who is actually a robot continues to resonate today. But how do you keep it from being overshadowed by bigger, flashier releases like, say, the complete works of 'Punky Brewster?'

Well, luckily for Shout! Factory, it has decided to release 'Small Wonder: The Complete First Season' this week, where there is surprisingly little competition. Perhaps studios assume everyone will be busy watching the Olympics, but whatever the reason, 'Small Wonder' is the beneficiary of a relatively weak field of releases. Score one for the good guys.In today's crowded marketplace, studios looking to find traction for their latest releases are faced with increasingly stiff competition. Just consider the dilemma faced by Shout! Factory as they try to figure out the best opportunity to get episodes of 'Small Wonder' into the hands of the fans who have been waiting decades for the series to be released on DVD. Sure, the story of a little girl who is actually a robot continues to resonate today. But how do you keep it from being overshadowed by bigger, flashier releases like, say, the complete works of 'Punky Brewster'?

Well, luckily for Shout! Factory, it has decided to release 'Small Wonder: The Complete First Season' this week, where there is surprisingly little competition. Perhaps studios assume everyone will be busy watching the Olympics, but whatever the reason, 'Small Wonder' is the beneficiary of a relatively weak field of releases. Score one for the good guys.

Don't worry, though, we've still put together a list of alternatives to the Men's Skeleton and mixed doubles nordic combine or whatever tomfoolery is going on in Vancouver. For instance, '60 Minutes' also hits the shelves this week with '60 Minutes -- The Quiet Professionals,' which follows a group of Green Berets through their dangerous Afghan missions. Granted, the DVD is only 12 minutes long, but keep in mind that's the equivalent of more than three ice dancing short programs.

For those of you looking for something a bit more immersive, though, don't worry, because the classic detective show 'Barnaby Jones' arrives with 'Barnaby Jones: The Complete First Season.' And can you ever really have enough Buddy Ebsen in your life?

Still not doing it for you? Prefer a little more meat on your investigator's bones? Then check out the high profile and high calorie cases tackled on 'Cannon,' which lands this week with 'Cannon: Season Two, Vol. 2.' Take that, 'Jake and the Fat Man.'

If you think those shows are a bit past their use by date, then try out the gritty drama of 'Lincoln Heights'; this week's release of 'Lincoln Heights: Season One' marks the first issue of the critically acclaimed ABC Family series.

In keeping with the international flavor of the Olympics, our friends over in Britain have released two new DVDs for our pleasure, including the Stephen Fry vehicle 'Kingdom,' which arrives with 'Kingdom: Series Three.'

The other BBC offering this week is the extremely British-sounding 'Lark Rise to Candleford,' which we're guessing is not a title the folks at, say, Fox would probably consider for one of its shows. Nevertheless it suits this series just fine, thank you, as you can discover for yourself with 'Lark Rise to Candleford: The Complete Season Two'

Lastly, Japan also gets into the act with their anime smash hit 'Naruto.' You can check out all the ninja action on 'Naruto Uncut Box Set: Season Two, Vol. 1.' Although, come to think of it, "uncut" doesn't sound very ninja-like after all, does it? No, we don't think so either.

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