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TV on DVD: Tuesday, February 8, 2011

by Meghan Ross February 8, 2011 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Before Eccleston, there was... The Eighth Doctor! Also, seven other Doctors.

Doctor Who: The Movie (Special Edition)
This 1999 attempt to revive the cancelled series introduced Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor and was the only time he played this role on TV. Although they aimed for the series to be picked up and relaunched in America with this TV-movie (Eric Roberts played the Master), we're glad it didn't do well enough in the states for that to happen, since it probably would have ruined Doctor Who forever before BBC could continue the series in 2005. (We're fine with having Doc Brown as our own loony time traveler.) Extras on this DVD include audio commentaries, a documentary about the seven-year quest to return Doctor Who to the screen, "The Doctor's Strange Love," a photo gallery, music tracks, behind-the-scenes promo, alternate takes, BBC trailers, "Who Peter 1989-2009," "The Wilderness Years" and more.

Project Runway: The Complete Eighth Season
This season was bigger (though not much better) than ever, with 90-minute episodes (pretty unnecessary), and starting out with 17 designers, the most in the show's history. There were some interesting and exciting guest judges (Betsey Johnson) as well as some pretty boring ones (January Jones), but the only good reason left for us to watch this show is to listen to Tim Gunn's eloquent criticisms. Plus, this was the season where Gunn started criticizing the show as well as the fashions. We're guessing those aren't on this DVD release. Maybe as an Easter egg?

Columbo: Mystery Movie Collection 1991-1993
It's weird that these TV movies can be considered "mysteries" when most of them start off showing the crime committed and the guilty perpetrator who did it. I guess the real mystery is how the clumsy and nearly homeless-looking Lieutenant Columbo manages to get the criminal in jail each time. At least the titles of these early '90s TV movies in this collection provide some amusement: "Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star," "Death Hits the Jackpot," "No Time to Die," "A Bird in the Hand," "It's All in the Game" and my personal favorite, "Caution: Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health."

The Guardian: Final Season
Before Simon Baker became The Mentalist, he was The Guardian (another grandiose and somewhat vague job title). He played Nick Fallin, a lawyer in Pittsburgh who has to serve 1500 hours of community service after being charged with drug use. The premise kinda sounds like a single Law and Order episode, which it could easily be with all of the random actor cameos, including Chris Pine, Zac Efron, Chloe Moretz and Maureen McCormick. The full series is out on DVD this week as well, if you're so compelled to own all three seasons.

Also out this week: Dr. Who: The Mutants (Story 63) and The Super Hero Squad Show: Quest for the Infinity Sword Volume Three.

For today's movie releases on DVD, check out I Want My DVD.

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