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New TV DVDs for March 9: 'Hannah Montana,' 'Walker, Texas Ranger' and More

by Scott Harris, posted Mar 9th 2010 1:00PM
With the Oscars airing this week (and by all accounts putting most of America to sleep), it's no surprise that the DVD market is dominated by Oscar nominated films looking to capitalize on free publicity. That in turn my help explain why this week's array of TV DVDs is comprised almost entirely of classic (and not-so-classic) shows form the distant past. After all, the DVD market is a lot like an MMA fight: you have to pick your spots.

There is one bright spot for people under the age of 40, though, and that's Miley Cyrus, who has a little bit of Oscar hype herself after somewhat inexplicably appearing on the telecast as a presenter. Whether or not that cameo will help boost sales of 'Hannah Montana: Miley Says Goodbye' is uncertain, but chances seem slim. After all, by the time the Oscars ended, most 'Hannah Montana' fans had been in bed for hours.With the Oscars airing this week (and by all accounts putting most of America to sleep), it's no surprise that the DVD market is dominated by Oscar nominated films looking to capitalize on free publicity. That in turn my help explain why this week's array of TV DVDs is comprised almost entirely of classic (and not-so-classic) shows form the distant past. After all, the DVD market is a lot like an MMA fight: you have to pick your spots.

There is one bright spot for people under the age of 40, though, and that's Miley Cyrus, who has a little bit of Oscar hype herself after somewhat inexplicably appearing on the telecast as a presenter. Whether or not that cameo will help boost sales of 'Hannah Montana: Miley Says Goodbye' is uncertain, but chances seem slim. After all, by the time the Oscars ended, most 'Hannah Montana' fans had been in bed for hours.

The highlight of the Oscars, meanwhile, was the tribute to 80's legend John Hughes, who certainly would have been right at home this week considering the preponderance of hits from the 80's and 90's being released. Case in point: 'Walker; Texas Ranger,' which kicks down the doors of your local mall with 'Walker Texas Ranger: The Seventh Season.'

As tough as Walker was, though, he never had quite the smooth charm of his predecessor and fellow Texas crime fighter, 'Matt Houston,' whose first name was actually Matlock. Just how many Matlocks are out there, anyway?! One way to find out might be to watch 'Matt Houston: The First Season.' Or, maybe not.

And in the escalating battle of retro-coolness, neither Walker nor Matt Houston can hold a candle to the urban spy duo of 'Scarecrow and Mrs. King.' You can catch Bruce Boxleitner in all his pre-'Babylon 5' glory with 'Scarecrow and Mrs. King: The Complete First Season.'

Another star appearing in a "before they were on 'The Shield'" type set is Michael Chiklis, who did his TV apprenticeship on 'The Commish,' where he played a very different kind of cop. Just how different you can discover for yourself with 'The Commish: Season One.'

In more recent news, 'In Plain Sight: Season Two' also hit shelves this week. But don't worry if you can't find 'In Plain Sight' at your local store; after all, it's a show about the witness protection agency. Get it? That would make it hard to find because it's, like, trying to hide? Never mind.

Also among the newer shows landing today is 'Greek,' which deploys 'Greek: Chapter 4.' With a title like that you can be forgiven for trying to watch it on your Kindle. But, trust us, that won't work.

And finally, in a true case of saving the best for last, 'Tremors: The Complete Series' erupts upon an unsuspecting humanity this week. 'Tremors,' of course, is the TV adaptation of the gloriously cheesy series of low budget horror movies revolving around gigantic, angry worms. So what set these guys off in the first place? Our guess is they heard that Miley was thinking about saying goodbye. That would certainly do it.

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