Could someone out there please explain to me how a show with only an uber-offering of lad-mag style T&A to recommend it—and that not one person I've encountered will admit to watching has managed to stay on the air longer and be more popular rating's-wise by far than even the rabid-fan-base having success-story it dumbed way down to exist . . . no seriously . . . I am of course engaged in questioning the very nature of that perplexing study in pleasure-pain-stimuli contradictions (featuring Maxim/Stuff/FHM regulars Alyssa Milano, Shannon Doherty, that other girl and Marilyn Manson's ex-squeeze Rose McGowan) popularly known as Charmed. I'd also like to know just how its producers manage to air a show featuring all of that there above mentioned . . . um . . . talent and yet insure that it is consistently unmatchable to anyone with taste enough to discern Michael Bay's status as the "third" antichrist? At any rate, in case you haven't guessed yet, I'm only thinking about this because the responsible parties over at Paramount have set a February 1st, 2005 release date for Charmed: The Complete First Season. Thankfully, they failed to reveal exact disc specifications so I'll be able to get away with saying that it should include a lost episode, documentaries, interviews, biographies, and games of one kind or another. This six-disc set will surely be setting someone back right around $49.99 retail. But, Lord only knows why.

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In somewhat better news, the folks over at Anchor Bay have officially announced that Kevin Sorbo, Michael Hurst, Bruce Campbell and Rob Tapert featuring Hercules: The Legendary Journeys – Season Five will be hitting the streets on January 11th, 2005. All twenty-two episodes from the fifth season will be presented in its native full-screen with digitally remastered Dolby Digital 5.1. Set extras will include interviews, a "Bringing Monsters to Life at K.N.B. EFX Group Part 2" featurette, audio commentaries, On Set Interviews with Kevin Sorbo and Anthony Quinn, a Photo Gallery and DVD-ROM. The nine-disc set will retail for something like $69.99.

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Timed, no doubt, to coincided with an expected academy award nomination Warner Bros has decided to release The Jamie Foxx Show: The Complete First Season on February 8th, 2005. Each and every one of its episodes will be presented in 1.33:1 full frame with English Stereo Sound. The set will also include one of those never-before-seen Gag Reel featuring outtakes from the show in question. The two-disc set will arrive bearing a price tag of right around $29.99.

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Meanwhile, for reasons I don't quite understand, the folks over at Columbia have decided to release a kind of bizarre and unique four-disc compilation called The Mad About You Collection (featuring at least twenty-two episodes from Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser's married couple's take on Seinfeld's success sit-com) on February 8th, 2005. One can only assume that its extras will fail to measure up to the level of complete fluff because Columbia failed to include details thereof in its announcement. For better or worse (couldn't help myself) it'll be retailing for at least $39.99.

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Lastly, Paramount Home Entertainment will be releasing the Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar and Bruce McGill starring MacGyver: The Complete First Season on January 25th, 2005. All twenty-two episodes from Season One will reportedly be presented in their original 1.33:1 full frame with English Mono Audio. The six-disc set will run the nostalgia ruled right around $38.99.

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