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New TV on DVD for March 23: 'Mad Men,' '7th Heaven' and More

by Scott Harris, posted Mar 23rd 2010 3:15PM
In 'Julius Caesar,' Shakespeare famously wrote, "beware the Ides of March," leading generations of students to wonder: just what the heck is an "Ide"? Technically, it's the 15th day of the month, while metaphorically it's a sign of impending doom. But for those of you wondering what a real Ide of March is, look no further than this week's random and lackluster assortment of DVD releases. Because when one of the top releases of the week is 'Krod Mandoon,' well, be very wary indeed.

Not that there aren't some bright spots in these dog days of spring. 'Mad Men,' for instance, has capitalized on the weak crop by releasing 'Mad Men: Season 3,' ensuring that the acclaimed series will get even more attention than it might otherwise have during a more crowded week. Not that we'd expect anything less form the savvy folks at Sterling Cooper.

Also on the plus side of the lameness ledger is old favorite '7th Heaven,' which turns up just when you need it like a threadbare-but-comfy sweater. The latest batch of adventures featuring the Camden clan is '7th Heaven: The Complete Tenth Season.' Ten seasons! Eat that, 'Eight is Enough.' In 'Julius Caesar,' Shakespeare famously wrote, "beware the Ides of March," leading generations of students to wonder: just what the heck is an "Ide"? Technically, it's the 15th day of the month, while metaphorically it's a sign of impending doom. But for those of you wondering what a real Ide of March is, look no further than this week's random and lackluster assortment of DVD releases. Because when one of the top releases of the week is 'Krod Mandoon,' well, be very wary indeed.

Not that there aren't some bright spots in these dog days of spring. 'Mad Men,' for instance, has capitalized on the weak crop by releasing 'Mad Men: Season 3,' ensuring that the acclaimed series will get even more attention than it might otherwise have during a more crowded week. Not that we'd expect anything less form the savvy folks at Sterling Cooper.

Also on the plus side of the lameness ledger is old favorite '7th Heaven,' which turns up just when you need it like a threadbare-yet-comfy sweater. The latest batch of adventures featuring the Camden clan is '7th Heaven: The Complete Tenth Season.' Ten seasons! Eat that, 'Eight is Enough.'

The next rung down on the sliding scale of DVD coolness is 'The Prisoner,' which might have landed in the top slot had it been the classic original series. Alas, even Sir Ian McKellen couldn't quite elevate AMC's 'The Prisoner (Miniseries)' to that level, but it's still an interesting curiosity, at least.

Speaking of Gandalf, curious is also a polite way to describe Comedy Central's attempt at lampooning 'Lord of the Rings' style epic fantasy, 'Krod Mandoon & the Flaming Sword of Fire.' We're not sure if this 'Special BBC Edition' is any funnier than the regular old US edition, but we're betting probably not. Oh well, nice try anyway.

Hey, you guys, remember 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch'? Well, in case you've forgotten anything about 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch: The Complete Sixth Season,' Paramount has kindly released this DVD to refresh your memory. So next time your coven has a trivia contest, you'll have it in the bag.

Also dipping into the way back machine is 'Father Knows Best: Season Four.' Of course, whether or not 'Father Knows Best' may depend on who your father is and what subject we're discussing; for example, Father Time and Father Christmas would have pretty specific fields of expertise. But we're guessing it's true that when it comes to 50s sitcoms, your dad probably does have a leg up.

And finally, Judy Garland! We know a small segment of our reading population will be thrilled with the release of 'The Judy Garland Show: Volume 3.' So for the roughly 10 percent of you looking forward to this DVD, you'll probably be a little disappointed that this contains only two episodes of 'The Judy Garland Show.' Really, don't we have the technology now to fit a little more onto these discs?

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