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Monday Morning Notebook: ''Broken Trail,'' ''Family''

By RD Heldenfels Published: June 26, 2006

As I mentioned in my notes about Aaron Spelling (below), the producer was especially proud of ''Family,'' the acclaimed ABC drama from 1976-80. Now comes news that it will be released on DVD. Here's the announcement:

One of the most acclaimed dramas of the ‘70s makes its DVD debut when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment presents Family: The Complete First and Second Seasons on September 5.  The collection of 28 episodes will be available in a six-disc boxed set and priced at $49.95 SLP.

Extras look sparse, and the promised ''commentary on select episodes'' does not say who is doing the commenting.

If you watched and liked ''Broken Trail's'' premiere on ABC last night, then you may find this of interest:

Broken Trail, the highly-anticipated epic western miniseries, will debut on DVD September 5 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  From Walter Hill (48 Hrs., Geronimo: An American Legend), the Emmy®-nominated director of “Deadwood,” and starring Academy Award® winner Robert Duvall (Tender Mercies, Thank You For Smoking) and Academy Award nominee Thomas Haden Church (Sideways, Spider-Man 3, TV’s “Ned & Stacy”), the AMC miniseries will be available in a two-disc set, with bonus features including a “making of” featurette, for $28.96 SLP.

You can find my review of ''Broken Trail'' here. The headline and first line, as sometimes happens when things are moved to the Web site, are from a photo caption. The actual column starts with my remark about Robert Duvall and westerns.

Those of you intrigued by ''Nobody's Watching,'' which I blogged about last week, can a somewhat longer piece for the Beacon Journal here.

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