Did anyone but me ever think that Daniel Benzali would have made a perfect Kingpin? (not that a single bit of good casting could’ve saved that particular comic-to-film—but still) I mention this only because the “nice” folks over at Fox have just announced that his “one-season-one-case” law firm team-up with Mary McCormack and Stanley Tucci will be hitting the streets anew on February 8th, 2005. Murder One: The Complete First Season will be presented in its original 1.33:1 full frame with English Dolby 2.0 Surround Sound. Set extras will include episode commentary from director Randall Zisk, a “Making the Case: Season 1” featurette and episode commentary from actor Jason Gedrick. The six-disc set will retail for somewhere around $59.99.

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On a more respectable front of the DVD news day, Warner Bros has announced that Spike Lee, Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett and Delroy Lindo’s magical-realism-infused take on the life and times of one legendary civil rights leader has been “upgraded” and will therefore be re-released on February 8th, 2005. Malcolm X: The Special Edition will be presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen with English Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound. It’s extras will reportedly include: Ten additional scenes with intros from Spike Lee, audio commentary from Spike Lee, Ernest Dickerson, Barry Alexander Brown and Ruth Carter, the Academy Award Nominated feature-length documentary "Malcolm X", a new By Any Means Necessary: The Making of Malcolm X featurette and the films theatrical trailer. This two-disc release will be running the wise something in the vicinity of $26.99.

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Rugby with helmets and shoulder-pads fans will certainly be happier than the rest of us to hear that Universal Home Entertainment will be releasing Billy Bob Thornton and Lucas Black grid-iron collaboration on January 18th, 2005. Friday Night Lights will be presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen with English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 2.0 and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Sound.

Disc Extras Will Include:

• a selection of Deleted Scenes

• a “Player Cam” feature that allows you to experience all the action that ensues when fourty actors and athletes work together for six weeks

• a “Story of the 1988 Permian Panthers” featurette.

The disc will be available for somewhere in the region of $29.99 for reasons I can’t even pretend to understand.

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Meanwhile, Universal has also announced that they’ll be releasing a “Fully Baked Edition” of their cameo-laden (Janeane Garofalo, Snoop Doggy Dog, Willie Nelson, Stephen Baldwin, Bob Saget, Jon Stewart, and Tommy Chong to name a few) stoner comedy Half Baked on February 15th, 2005. The film will be presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen with English DD5.1 & DTS 5.1, French and Spanish Stereo Surround Sound and English, French and Spanish subtitles.

Disc Extras Will Include:

• commentary from director Tamra Davis

• at least ten Deleted Scenes

• an Alternate Ending

• Five Minutes with the Guy on the Couch

• Granny's Guide to Bakin'

• A “Different Types of Smokers” featurette

Unfortunately, a full frame version will also be available for its $19.99 Suggested Retail Price.

But the guys over at Universal didn’t stop there, (because really, how could they and live with themselves) they have also officially announced that the first DVD installment of Philip Michael Thomas and Don Johnson’s, soon to be remade, 80’s uber-series . . . IE: Miami Vice: Season One, will be cruising the lovingly rain-slicked streets of Dade County again on February 8th, 2005. Each and every first season episode will be presented in 1.33:1 full frame with remastered English Dolby Digital 5.1 sound and English, French and Spanish subtitles. Set extras will reportedly include a series introduction by Michael Mann, a “Back Story: Miami Vice” featurette, a “Vibe of Vice” featurette, and two additional featurettes dealing with the show’s fashion and the music. The three-disc set will be setting the nostalgic back somewhere around $59.99.

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