Ok, so I’m really freakin’ depressed, and not just because of the official announcement with which Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has decided to start my writing-reporting-day off with either. (what else should “we” have done, sent a couple of hobbits to the mountain of freakin’ doom) At any rate, that aforementioned announcement from the folks over at Fox entails their having set a February 1st, 2005 release date for Katie Holmes and Marc Blucas’ so-called romantic comedy First Daughter. The disc will reportedly report for duty carrying both anamorphic widescreen and full frame presentations with English Dolby Digital 5.1. It’s “special features” will apparently include audio commentary from Director Forest Whitaker, audio commentary by Katie Holmes, Marcus Blucas and their co-star Amerie Rogers, a Composer Tribute Women's Tennis Association Spot (WHY!?!) and an Amerie Rogers Making of Choreography Featurette. You’ll find the disc retailing for around $19.99 if “their” brainwashing has had enough of an effect for you to care.

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Fox has also announced that their Family Guy: Freakin' Sweet Collection will be landing on or near your local DVD shop shelves this December 14th. The set will feature five episodes of animated hilarity, including: Hear Me Roar, Lethal Weapons, When You Wish Upon a Weinstein, Road to Rhode Island, I Am Peter and To Love and Die in Dixie. All five episodes will be presented in their original 1.33:1 full frame aspect ratios with English Dolby Surround, Spanish Dolby Surround and French Stereo audio options. Set extras will reportedly include on commentary on I Am Peter, Hear Me Roar by Seth MacFarlane, Chris Sheridan, Alex Borstein and Craig Hoffman and a final commentary on Lethal Weapons by Seth MacFarlane, Chris Sheridan, Garret Donavan and Steve Callaghan, commentary on Road to Rhode Island by Brian and Stewie, commentary on To Love and Die in Dixie by Seth MacFarlane, Dan Palladino, Steve Callaghan, Danny Smith and Mike Henry, a Seth MacFarlane Talks about Family Guy Season 4 feature, a Preview of American Dad, and a Seth MacFarlane talks about American Dad featurette. Thanks to Christmas it’ll come bearing the gift-like list price of $19.99.

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Meanwhile, Fox will release their final Buffy-Verse offering, Angel: Season Five, on February 25th, 2005. Every episode from the fifth season of good guy vampire mayhem will be presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen with English, French and Spanish Dolby 2.0 Stereo audio.

Set Extras Will Include:

• commentary on Conviction (Part 1) by Writer/Director Joss Whedon

• commentary on Destiny by Director Skip Schoolnik,Writers David Fury and Steven S. DeKnight and Juliet Landau,

• commentary on Soul Purpose by series star David Boreanaz, Writer Brent Fletcher and Christian Kane,

• commentary on You're Welcome by Director David Fury, Christian Kane and Sarah Thompson,

• commentary on Underneath by the Director Skip Schoolnik, Writer Elizabeth Craft, Writer Sarah Fain and Adam Baldwin

• commentary on Not Fade Away by Co-Writer/Director Jeffrey Bell.

• a “Hey Kids! It's Smile Time” featurette,

• an “Angel 100” featurette

• a “To Live & Die in L.A.: The Best of Angel” feature

• an “Angel: Choreography of a Stunt” featurette,

• an “Angel: The Final Season” featurette,

• a “Halos and Horns: Recurring Villainy” feature

• an “Angel Unbound: The Gag Reels”

The six-disc set will be hitting the streets carrying a retail-price-tag of somewhere around $59.99.

On the not so much from our “friends” over at Fox side of today’s release news . . . Universal has announced a release February 1st, 2005 release date for Reese Witherspoon’s William Makepeace Thackeray addaptaion Vanity Fair. The film will be presented in 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen with English and French DD5.1 Surround Sound and English, French and Spanish subtitles.

Disc Extras Will Include:

• Audio Commentary with Director Mira Nair

• Deleted Scenes

• Welcome to Vanity Fair

• The Women Behind Vanity Fair

Fans should expect to shell out something in the realm of $29.99 for the privilege of watching Reese do her thing.

Lastly, Warner Brothers Home Entertainment has announced that they’ll be releasing one of my favorite guilty pleasures in the form of Tom and Jerry: Blast Off To Mars on January 18th, 2005. The animated feature will presented in 1.33:1 full frame transfer with English Dolby Digital 5.1. Extras will include a Blasting Off documentary, a Mouse-Tronaut Jerry National Geographic original featurette on space travel to Mars and a Step By Step With Tom & Jerry on the animation process with writer/director Bill Kopp and Producer, Tom Minton. The disc will retail for around $19.99 - which, when you really think about it, really isn’t all that much to pay for satisfying your inner child.