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By admin Published: September 1, 2009

My regular DVD column on new releases is here. A local addendum, from filmmaker Butch Maier:

"The Bride & The Grooms" -- the indie romantic comedy written, directed and produced by Copley resident Butch Maier -- will be released on DVD on Tuesday, Sept. 1.
The movie, which was shot primarily in Akron and shown in theaters in 12 states in April, is about a woman who accidentally gets engaged to four men at the same time. It stars University of Akron graduate Jacilyn Ledford, who portrays a bride-to-be who is too nice for her own good.
The DVD includes deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes footage and a gag reel. It costs $15.99 plus shipping and can be purchased via the PayPal button at thebrideandthegrooms.com/news.html.

After the jump, some recent announcements of down-the-road DVDs including the complete "Dawson's Creek," a new "Fight Club" Blu-ray, more "Mary Tyler Moore," the Three Stooges in 3D and more.

"Dawson's":
Relive all of your favorite moments with Dawson, Joey, Pacey, Jen and Jack when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment brings Dawson’s Creek: The Complete Series to DVD on November 10. The groundbreaking hit stars James Van Der Beek (The Rules of Attraction, Varsity Blues), Katie Holmes (Batman Begins, Thank You for Smoking), Joshua Jackson (TV’s “The Fringe”, Bobby), Oscar® nominee Michelle Williams (Synecdoche, New York; Brokeback Mountain), and Kerr Smith (My Bloody Valentine, TV’s “Eli Stone”). The collectible DVD set will be available for $119.95 SLP.

The gift set’s all-new bonus features include an interview with creator Kevin Williamson, a “final exams” trivia game, deleted scenes from the pilot episode with some alternate cast members plus all of the original extras from each season. It also contains a CD with select songs from the very popular soundtrack, including I Don't Want to Wait by Paula Cole. All of these materials are presented in a collectible book-style packaging, with bios, photos, trivia and stories from the series.

"Fight Club":
Clever, savagely witty and dark, Fight Club: 10 th Anniversary Edition , arrives on Blu-ray Disc (BD) November 17 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Based on the book by Chuck Palahniuk ( Choke ), Fight Club was directed by acclaimed filmmaker and Golden Globe-nominee *** David Fincher ( Se7en , The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ) and stars Edward Norton ( 25 th Hour , Primal Fear ) and Brad Pitt ( Mr. & Mrs. Smith , Inglorious Basterds ), whose characters bond over a mutual disgust for corporate hypocrisy and find release in an eccentric , shocking new form of therapy – Fight Club .

The Fight Club: 10 th Anniversary Edition BD is packed full of punches with all-new bonus materials including two interactive featurettes – “A Hit In The Ear: Ren Klyce and the Sound Design of Fight Club ” which allows users to remix four key scenes themselves with the help of Oscar-nominated sound designer Ren Klyce; and “Insomniac Mode: I Am Jack’s Search Index,” giving viewers the ability to access any part of the disc’s extensive bonus material via interactive tools.

The BD also features behind-the-scenes with Fincher, Pitt and Norton as they accept the Guy Movie Hall of Fame honor for Fight Club at SPIKE TV'S 2009 GUYS CHOICE Awards, commentary by Fincher, Palahniuk, Pitt, Norton and Helena Bonham Carter, “Welcome To Fight Club” featurette, seven deleted scenes, a music video, photo gallery and much more, for the suggested retail price of $34.99 U.S. / $37.99 Canada. Prebook is October 21.

MTM:
Winner of 29 Emmy Awards including three for Outstanding Comedy Series and three Golden Globe Awards, this groundbreaking series consistently ranked among television's top-rated programs during its seven-year run."The Mary Tyler Moore Show" Season Five debuts October 6 as a collectible three-disc DVD set from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Audiences follow the daily trials and tribulations of Mary Richards, an up-and-coming associate producer at WJM-TV fighting to make a place for herself in a man's world. At work, she befriends her tough-but-lovable boss Lou Grant (Edward Asner; Up), compassionate long-suffering news writer Murray Slaughter (Gavin MacLeod; "The Love Boat") and pretentious anchorman Ted Baxter (Ted Knight; "The Love Boat"). At home Mary's corky acquaintances include upstairs neighbor Rhoda Morgenstern (Valerie Harper; "Rhoda"), a self-deprecating ex-New Yorker who becomes her best friend and their neurotic, self-involved landlady, Phyllis Lindstrom (Cloris Leachman; "Dancing with the Stars").

In the fifth season of the Emmy-winning hit show, Mary and her hilariously eccentric friends at WJM-TV weather a few storms -- sometimes literally. If her love life isn't challenging enough, Mary takes a crack at producing the news, and even has a brush with the law! Laughs are the lead story when a consultant turns the newsroom on its ear, Lou becomes Mary's neighbor, and Ted starts a rumor that he and Mary are dating. Featuring some of television's most memorable characters and story lines, this inimitable series belongs in every DVD collection.

"The Mary Tyler Moore Show" Season Five DVD collection is available for the suggested retail price of $29.98 U.S. / $37.98 Canada. Prebook is September 9.

More Stooges! In widescreen and 3D!

America’s craziest trio of buffoons are back again when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment brings The Three Stooges Collection Volume Seven: 1952-1954 to DVD on November 10. This collection features 22 digitally remastered shorts that continue the Stooges legacy with the return of the original Stooge, Shemp. Included in this volume are such classics as the Stooges’ 3D shorts: Spooks and Pardon my Backfire, presented for the first time in both 3D and 2D, as well as Shot in the Frontier, a parody of the classic film High Noon. This compilation also marks the first time many of the shorts will be available in widescreen versions since their original theatrical presentations. The Three Stooges Collection Volume Seven: 1952-1954 is packaged in a two disc set and includes 3D glasses and will be available for $24.96 SLP.

The Three Stooges, one of the most influential screen comedy teams of the 20th century, inspired generations of comics that succeeded them. Following their start in vaudeville, the trio began their film career in the early 1930s, reached their slapstick peak at Columbia Pictures (1934-1957) and lasted as a team well into the 1950s. After their initial retirement, they were rediscovered by an enthusiastic new generation through the medium of television, surpassing their contemporaries in lasting popularity. Volume Seven continues Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s long-running tribute to the comedic mastery of the Stooges by tracing the evolution and development of their craft in films in progressive order.

The Three Stooges Collection Volume Seven: 1952 – 1954 shorts include:
Disc 1
A Missed Fortune
Listen, Judge
Corny Casanovas
He Cooked His Goose
Gents in a Jam
Three Dark Horses
Cuckoo on a Choo Choo
Up in Daisy’s Penthouse
Booty and The Beast
Loose Loot
Tricky Dicks

Disc 2
Spooks (3D and 2D)
Pardon my Backfire (3D and 2D)
Rip, Sew and Stitch
Bubble Trouble
Goof on the Roof
Income Tax Sappy
Musty Musketeers
Pals and Gals
Knutzy Knights
Shot in the Frontier
Scotched in Scotland

"My Life in Ruins," the Nia Vardalos dud:

An American tour guide in Greece discovers herself, and possibly love, when she least expects it in the uplifting comedy My Life In Ruins, debuting on Blu-ray disc and DVD October 6 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Nia Vardalos stars as a discouraged single woman looking for a way to reconnect with her soul and find her kefi - Greek for "mojo." Working as a tour guide in her native country, she leads a motley group of eccentric tourists on a dilapidated tour bus through Ancient Greece, while waiting to land her dream job. Opening her eyes to an exotic foreign land, she soon begins to see things in a new way finding her kefi and a new romance in the process. From director Donald Petrie (How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days), the film also stars Richard Dreyfuss, and an international supporting cast including Alexis Georgoulis, Rachel Dratch, Harland Williams, María Adánez, María Botto and Alistair McGowan.

Packed with adventure at every turn, the My Life In Ruins Blu-ray disc and DVD feature deleted scenes, an alternate ending, commentary by Nia Vardalos and more. My Life In Ruins will be available to own on Blu-ray disc for $39.99 U.S. / $49.99 Canada and on standard DVD for $29.98 U.S. / $43.48 Canada.

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