So has this been a slow week for DVD news or what? I’d say yes right away but Universal Home Entertainment has gone and come to the rescue by announcing a release date for James Caan and Nikki Cox’s summer series . . . Las Vegas: Season One will hit the strip on January 4th 2005 in an Uncut and Uncensored version that promises to make the most of Ms. Cox’s . . . um . . . asset’s. At any rate, the three-disc set will be setting fans back somewhere around $59.99.

Fans of Blue Collar TV will be happy to hear the news that Fox Home Entertainment has set a December 14th street date for Reba: Season One. The Episodes will be presented in 1.33:1 full frame, English Dolby Surround and Spanish Dolby Surround Sound.

The Set’s Extras Will Include:

• an audio commentary on the pilot episode by Reba McEntire, Melissa Peterman, Steve Howey, Scarlett Pomers, Mitch Holleman and executive producers Michael Hanel and Mindy Schultheis.

• a second commentary on When Good Credit Goes Bad by Reba McEntire, Melissa Peterman, Scarlett Pomers, Mitch Holleman with Writer/Co-Producer Patti Carr and Writer/Co-Producer Lara Runnels.

• deleted scenes.

• the featurette: On the Scene with Barbra Jean

• the featurette Creating Reba featurette

• outtakes.

This three-disc set will be setting “folks” everywhere somewhere around $39.99.

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Meanwhile, Buena Vista Home Entertainment will apparently be releasing Tim Allen’s bread and butter (I.E.) Home Improvement: The Complete First Season this November 23rd. All 24 first season episodes will be spread over 3-discs, and will be presented in 1.33:1 fullscreen along with an English Dolby Digital 2.0 audio track. Extras will include audio commentaries from the show's creators on all the episodes, as well as a “Loose Screws” featurette. As there was no projected retail price included in Buena Vista’s announcement fans should feel free to help themselves.

And last but not least, (and just in time to cash in on Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese's Howard Hughes bio-pic The Aviator) we have yet another announcement from Universal . . . The notorious billionaire’s 1930’s classic Hell's Angels will get to fly the not so friendly skies again this December 7th. To sum up for those unaware of the connection . . . Hughes both produced and directed this really freakin’ expensive for its time outing staring Jean Harlow as “the woman who comes between three men” in a high-flying World War I adventure. The film will be presented in its original Full Frame aspect ratio with English Mono sound and optional English, French and Spanish subtitles. Pre freak-out Hughes fans like myself will be shelling out a very reasonable $14.99 for the pleasure.

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