Adapted by John Mortimer from his best-selling novels, and starring Leo McKern in an iconic performance, Rumpole of the Bailey set a new bar for all courtroom dramas to come. Airing on PBS between 1978 and 1992, this incredibly popular series balanced suspense and satire as deftly as the scales of justice. Spread across 14 discs, this box set includes all 42 episodes from all seven seasons.
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The Golden Girls: 25th Anniversary Complete Collection chronicles the adventures of four older women living together in Miami. The memorable Rose, Blanche, Dorothy, and Sophia engage in all manner of silly, outrageous, and very funny antics in one of the best sitcoms, ever. The humor is what the show is best known for, and it holds up remarkably well in later years (much like they do), but its the friendship between these women that is at the heart of the series. We should all be so lucky in our golden years.
While this collection offers no new special features than those offered in the original DVD releases, the set makes for an appealing gift. The seven seasons of the series are enclosed within a replica of Sophia’s wicker purse, complete with a deck of playing cards featuring the four ladies. It’s sure to please the ladies, and those who love the ladies, on your list.
Twilight Zone Fan Favorites is a 5-DVD set consisting of 19 classic episodes of Rod Sterling’s landmark series, The Twilight Zone. The set includes classic episodes like “Nothing in the Dark”, featuring a very young Robert Redford as Death, “Nightmare at 20,000 feet”, featuring William Shatner on a very bumpy flight, and “Two”, featuring Elizabeth Montgomery and Charles Bronson, two foes that find themselves the only survivors of a nuclear holocaust; along with many more that exemplify what this influential series represents—chilling stuff, really. With over eight hours of episodes, this box set is perfect for any fan of the legendary television series.
Vampire shows tend to fall into two categories: campy dramedies with occasional moments of angst, and brooding Gothic romances with occasional moments of humor. The first season of the BBC’s Being Human fell somewhere in between; the second season is firmly planted in the latter. For good or ill, the strength of the show—and season two in particular—is its character development. A sort of British Joss Whedon, creator and lead writer Toby Whithouse has used the trio’s journey toward humanity to highlight everything that’s not working in the world, though with a strong, almost fanatical focus on the evils of religion in the form of the aforementioned (and ultimately useless) Professor Kemp and his lackey, Lucy Jaggat. It’s all a bit reminiscent of Whedon’s failed Dollhouse, but without the annoying cheesecake and heavy-handed “we are greater than the sum of our parts” claptrap.
For years one of the most requested TV shows not available on DVD, the Six Million Dollar Man is finally getting its due with a muscular 40 DVD box-set. One of the iconic pop smashes of the ‘70s, this set features all five seasons of the action-packed adventures of Col. Steve Austin (Lee Majors), the world’s first Bionic man. In addition to the original, uncut broadcast versions of the episodes, also included are the three pilot TV movies and reunion shows as well as a bonus 17 original featurettes, ranging from “The Bionic Sound Effects” to “The Search for Bigfoot”.
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