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New TV on DVD for Mar. 2: 'Alice,' 'Designing Women' & More

by Scott Harris, posted Mar 2nd 2010 2:00PM
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and if that's the case, Tim Burton and the folks behind 'Alice in Wonderland' are about to be buried under an avalanche of flattery. Whether you think it's a cheap marketing ploy or a very, very smart marketing ploy, the release of top-line films such as 'Alice' usually coincide with other studios rolling out all the similarly themed product they can in order to ride coattails to success at the cash register. And while most of those releases come in the form of old adaptations and quickie knockoff films, there's a little something for everyone this week in the DVD market, even TV fans.

Case in point: SyFy Channel's 2009 miniseries 'Alice.' No, it wasn't conceived by the network as a way to get rich off of Johnny Depp's wacky hairstyle, but there's no question that the studio wisely decided to capitalize on the hype by picking this week to release the 'Alice' DVD set.They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and if that's the case, Tim Burton and the folks behind 'Alice in Wonderland' are about to be buried under an avalanche of flattery. Whether you think it's a cheap marketing ploy or a very, very smart marketing ploy, the release of top-line films such as 'Alice' usually coincide with other studios rolling out all the similarly themed product they can in order to ride coattails to success at the cash register. And while most of those releases come in the form of old adaptations and quickie knockoff films, there's a little something for everyone this week in the DVD market, even TV fans.

Case in point: SyFy Channel's 2009 miniseries 'Alice.' No, it wasn't conceived by the network as a way to get rich off of Johnny Depp's wacky hairstyle, but there's no question that the studio wisely decided to capitalize on the hype by picking this week to release the 'Alice' DVD set.

And there's nothing wrong with that, of course; frankly anything with Matt Frewer in it is probably worth buying (with the possible exception of 'Watchmen,' of course). But you know what other 80's star we love? Delta Burke. Sadly, the 'Designing Women' star has never appeared in an 'Alice in Wonderland' adaptation -- trust us, we've searched everywhere -- but you can still enjoy some of her seminal work with 'Designing Women: Season Three.'

Another actor with an 'Alice' connection? Andy Griffith. Of course, his Alice was the 1973 TV movie 'Go Ask Alice,' which at least borrowed the title from a song inspired by the Lewis Carroll classic (and which also starred William Shatner). But since they foolishly didn't re-release that gem this week, you'll have to be content checking out the 'Matlock' star's chops on 'Matlock: The Complete Fourth Season.'

Carroll, for his part, was born in just the kind of quaint English town depicted in the classic PBS mini-series 'Poldark,' which finally arrives with 'Poldark, Series 1' after a mere 33 year wait for fans of the show. Really, PBS? You never thought this might be a good prize for one of your pledge drives?

Another long-awaited classic getting the DVD treatment this week is 'Have Gun, Will Travel,' which travels all the way from the old west to your local mall's shelves this week with 'Have Gun, Will Travel; Season Four, Vol. 1.' Because there's just too much awesome in season four to fit into one DVD set.

Also crawling out of the vault of lost TV hits is 'Doctor Who Dalek War: Frontier in Space and Planet of the Daleks,' which, as you might image from the title, consists of two episodes of 'Doctor Who' involving Daleks. It's always refreshing to see this level of truth in advertising.

Looking for a more modern sci-fi epic? Well, look no further than 'Jeremiah,' the post-apocalyptic Luke Perry vehicle that finally teamed Perry with his ultimate acting counterweight, Malcolm-Jamal Warner. 'Jeremiah Season Two' proves that, like fine wine, some things are well worth the wait.

Finally, apropos of nothing, 'Dog Whisper with Cesar Milan: Season 4, vol. 1' is also out this week. So there's that.

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