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New TV on DVD for April 13: 'Dallas,' 'Emergency!' and More

by Scott Harris, posted Apr 13th 2010 3:00PM
If you're a fan of classic television, then you're in luck this week, as some of the biggest hits of the 1970's are the subjects of new DVD releases this week. And at the top of that list is one of the greatest prime time hits of all time: 'Dallas.'

Of course, by the time 'Dallas: The Complete Thirteenth Season' finished up, it was actually the 1990's and we had already learned who shot J.R. and that whole "shower sequence dream vision" thingy was well in the rear view mirror, but no matter what date is listed in the credits, as long as it says 'Dallas' on the box, you know this set is worth it's weight in Texas Tea.

Also coming out of the classic 70's vault this week: 'Emergency!: Season Six.' For those of you too young to remember this series, 'Emergency!' was a lot like the recently canceled NBC show 'Trauma,' except popular. Strange but true.If you're a fan of classic television, then you're in luck this week, as some of the biggest hits of the 1970's are the subjects of new DVD releases this week. And at the top of that list is one of the greatest prime time hits of all time: 'Dallas.'

Of course, by the time 'Dallas: The Complete Thirteenth Season' finished up, it was actually the 1990's and we had already learned who shot J.R. and that whole "shower sequence dream vision" thingy was well in the rear view mirror, but no matter what date is listed in the credits, as long as it says 'Dallas' on the box, you know this set is worth it's weight in Texas Tea.

Also coming out of the classic 70's vault this week: 'Emergency!: Season Six.' For those of you too young to remember this series, 'Emergency!' was a lot like the recently canceled NBC show 'Trauma,' except popular. Strange but true.

Another popular then but forgotten now show? The 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' knockoff 'Alias Smith and Jones,' which ambles into finer stores this week with 'Alias Smith and Jones: Seasons 2 & 3.'

Switching gears, 'Faces of America' isn't a show from our past, it's a show about our past; esteemed professor and Beer Summit participant Henry Louis Gates, Jr. brings genealogy to life with this 'Faces of America' DVD package, which includes all four episodes of the acclaimed PBS series.

And while we're looking at shows that came out this year, you may want to consider one of the best reality shows ever made, 'The 2010 Winter Olympics.' Okay, technically this was a sporting competition, but it was also one of the most intense human dramas in recent memory. We're never going to forgive you, Sidney Crosby. Never!

Finally, this week offers two DVD packages aimed at the television addicts of tomorrow: our children. 'Dora the Explorer,' at least, has a bit of an educational slant; you and your kids can learn geography together with 'Dora the Explorer: Explore the Earth.'

And not to be outdone, the classic cartoon cat and mouse duo of Tom and Jerry is back in action with 'Tom and Jerry Tales.' But will even 'Tom and Jerry Tales: The Complete First Season' be enough to satisfy your thirst for animated antics? As one wise feline once told us: don't you believe it.

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