Sometimes you get good news that’s just plain good, maybe even freakin’ great, news, but then again sometimes you get good news that’s also pretty obviously horribly bad news as well. Case in point: Warner Bros has just announced that the imortal source-point of all things David Carradine, namely Kung Fu: The Complete Second Season, will be walking the earth once more on January 18th, 2005. (and, while I admit that for fans like myself that may at first seem like a very good thing …this is one of those time when the wisdom “age” has forced me consider the funny little tricks childhood-haze often plays with one’s ability to judge quality via memory) At any rate, each episode from season two will be presented in its original 1.33:1 full frame and English Mono Audio. Set extras will reportedly include audio commentaries from the aforementioned Carradine on a pair of episodes -- "The Chalice" and "The Well," three featurettes hosted by David Carradine and special guests including Michael Madsen and Vivica A. Fox. This four-disc set will be setting the nostalgic back somewhere around $39.99.

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Just in case anyone couldn’t live a moment longer without it, Warner Bros has announced a January 25th, 2005 street date for Alan Hale, Tina Louise and Bob Denver’s “Survivor” precursor: Gilligan's Island: The Complete Second Season. Each and every episode of Season Two will be presented in its original 1.33:1 full frame with English Mono Audio. No details yet on extras, but the four-disc set will definitely either be retailing for around $39.99 or costing the addicted four to six coconuts apiece.

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For those not so afflicted with that awful curse popularly known as nostalgia, Universal Home Entertainment has decided to release Monk: Season Two on January 11th, 2005. Obviously, it will include all sixteen episodes from the cabler’s mildly amusing second season, but Universal still felt the need to point that out. The episodes themselves will be presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Sound. Once again the extra’s to be included have yet to be confirmed, but the four-disc set will definitely be selling for ‘round or about $59.99.

Meanwhile, back in the mysterious realm of feature film related DVD release news (though in this particular case I’m definitely using the term lightly) Those nice folks over at Twentieth Cemtuy Fox have just officially announced a January 25th, 2005 hit your local shelves date for Sanaa Lathan and Lance Henriksen’s unmitigated disgrace Alien Vs. Predator. The so-called film will reportedly be presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen with English Dolby Digital 5.1, English DTS 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1 and Spanish Dolby Surround Sound.

Extras Will Include:

• audio commentary from several of the culprits, namely: Paul W.S. Anderson, Sanaa Lathan and Lance Henriksen

• another commentary featuring the “if there’s any justice in the universe at all” accursed Alec Gillis, Tom Woodruff Jr. and John Bruno

• an alternate opening version of the “film”

• an AVP Making of Featurette

• Three deleted scenes: “The Other Mexico,” “O Sole Mio” and “Predator Humour”

• a Darkhorse AVP Comic Covers Galley

• DVD-ROM features containing Darkhorse's first edition of the AVP comic book and an exclusive look at the first 16 pages of the up-coming AVP graphic novel.

• Inside looks at the hopefully infinitely superior Elektra and Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Those unwilling to be justifiably warned off will find that said disc will be setting them back something in the realm of $29.99.

And lastly, Fox has also announced a January 11th, 2005 street date for Cole Hauser, Robin Tunney and Tom Sizemore’s “who cares this nonsense only happens to people who could buy and sell me twenty times over” action-thriller Paparazzi which stars. The disc will reportedly arrive carrying both anamorphic widescreen and full screen presentations with English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Surround and French Dolby Digital Sound. Its extras will apparently include audio commentary from Director Paul Abascal, two deleted scenes with optional commentary, a BTS Stunt Featurette, a Making of Featurette and the film’s theatrical trailer. For some reason, this puppy will be retailing for $27.99.

Brian B.