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article imageNoah Wyle's close encounter with Skitters in 'Falling Skies' Special

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By Earl Dittman
Jun 12, 2012 in Entertainment
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His early days as a young doctor on 'ER' to his time as an adventurer in the supernatural 'The Librarian' trilogy have all contributed to Wyle's latest role as leader of a resistance group battling ruthless aliens in 'Falling Skies' (on Blu-ray/DVD).
"Every role I've ever played has contributed, in one way or another, to the actor I am today," admits the Hollywood-born actor. "I mean, you might not notice Dr. Carter (ER) or Flynn Carsen (The Librarian trilogy) because they are really nothing like Tom Mason (Falling Skies). But, they all had different ways of expressing their emotions -- anger, love, confusion, hate and compassion. Acting is a constant learning process, and what I learned from playing those early characters has made me a better actor, and they have given me the tools to make Tom, a character you may not always like, but who is believable and you understand everything he does and says -- and his motivation for doing it. I have had some great parts in my career, both on television and film (Donnie Darko, White Oleander, W.) but Tom is one of the most satisfying characters I've ever played. And I couldn't ask to be on a better project than Falling Skies. I feel pretty lucky."
Noah Wyle in the Second Mass on  Falling Skies
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Noah Wyle in the Second Mass on 'Falling Skies'
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The thrilling and exciting Season One of Falling Skies (available on Blu-ray/DVD) chronicles the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that leaves most of the world completely incapacitated. In the nine months since the initial invasion, the few remaining survivors have banded together outside major cities to begin the difficult task of fighting back. Each day is a test of survival as citizen soldiers work to protect the people in their care while also engaging in an insurgency campaign against the occupying alien force -- nicknamed "Skitters" -- whose nature and purpose remains a mystery. Outside of Boston, a former college professor and father of three, Tom Mason (Wyle) helps lead a small army named 2nd Massachusetts in the battle of their lives to preserve their families and what's left of mankind.
A father of two, himself, the decade-plus veteran of ER admits he sees a great deal of himself in Tom and understands his emotions and actions. "There are a couple of significant themes about him that I have really hooked into, that I felt had some personal resonance with," Wyle explains. "I sort of have identified them as fatherhood, leadership and loss. I think his Achilles heel, in a lot of ways, is his children. That's the one thing that he has to grapple with -- this sort of dual feeling of wanting to keep his kids close and safe. And at the same time, realizing that there's a greater good to serve and that his kids are going to play a role in that regardless of whether he's around or not. I understand this sort of notion of reluctant leadership -- of really not wanting to be the guy center stage with all the responsibility on his shoulders -- but at the same time not wanting to shirk his duties or responsibilities in the face of great need. And then the notion of loss when everything that you sort of identify yourself as gets taken away and you have to rebuild yourself up in a different image how do you go about doing that, were the three themes that I really kind of hooked into."
Tom (Noah Wyle) hunts for aliens on  Falling Skies
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Tom (Noah Wyle) hunts for aliens on 'Falling Skies'
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At the end of Season One, Tom went willingly with the aliens in one of their ships. At the opening of Season Two (premiering Sunday, June 17 at 9:00 EST on TNT), it has been three months since Tom went on his journey aboard the Skitter spacecraft. Nobody has seen or heard from him during this time, and his absence has taken its toll on his sons. Tom hoped that by agreeing to a dialogue with the invaders, he would not only free his son Ben from the invaders’ influence but also get a better picture of the aliens’ overall plan. Many lives have been lost since Tom left, but the survivors of the 2nd Mass still struggle on with courage and resilience. Ben (Connor Jessup) and his older brother, Hal (Drew Roy), have stepped up as fighters but quickly butt heads as they both seek to secure their roles as leaders in their father’s absence. Hal has developed a strong, if not flirtatious, friendship with former renegade Maggie. Ben, meanwhile, has become a particularly strong soldier. But even though his prowess is a huge asset to the 2nd Mass, he has an independent streak that could place others in harm's way.
"I think they're really happy to see him, I think his kids are happy to have him back," Wyle says of Tom's return to the 2nd Mass after his time on the aliens ship. "I think Capitan Weaver (Will Patton) is happy to have an ally again in a leadership position, and then maybe blinding them a little bit to the practical concerns of where is this guy Bannen -- what have they done to him? And is he a homing pigeon leading the enemy right to them. I think Tom's a smart enough character to realize that that's a possibility that he doesn't really know himself and until he can get his footing and establish himself back in the group and win their trust and vice versa, he should be watched."
Tom (Wyle) heads the Second Mass civilian resistance fighters
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Tom (Wyle) heads the Second Mass civilian resistance fighters
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Amidst the turmoil, Tom’s youngest son, Matt (Maxim Knight), struggles to find his place in a world torn apart by war and destruction. Also in Tom's absence, Anne Glass (Moon Bloodgood) -- a pediatrician who works with the survivors to help them cope with the traumatic upheaval in their lives -- has become more of a maternal figure for the Mason boys. And Weaver, the commander of the 2nd Mass, continues to lead his fighters into battle against the aliens. The unknown effect of the harness continues to be an unfolding mystery and the 2nd Mass will discover the transformative powers the harness has on humans. Throughout Season Two, viewers will also be introduced to more mysterious alien creatures. One of these creatures has a connection to Tom and Ben that will be surprising. The survivors will have a nomadic existence as they march toward Charleston, S.C., where they hope to meet up with other remaining existence groups and begin to rebuild society.
In Vancouver, hard at work filming more Season Two episodes, Noah Wyle took a well-needed break from shooting an action sequence to talk with me about the first season, the upcoming Season Two, moving the show from filming in Toronto, why he isn't into social networking and why, on the series, he is so unkempt and his hair is so unwashed while fighting the aliens.
Tom (Wyle) prepares for battle in  Falling Skies
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Tom (Wyle) prepares for battle in 'Falling Skies'
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NOAH WYLE ON FALLING SKIES:
With such an amazing season finale last year, we got to see you step on a Skitter spacecraft. How much flak have you received for that?
"I got a lot of phone calls about that, the number one feedback was, 'What the hell were you doing getting on that spaceship?' So we kind of wrote ourselves to do a little bit of corner trying to justify it and I think we did a really good job coming back Season Two, and explaining what happened to him and what happens to the group in his absence. And it's allowed us to really jump off from a novel place this year."
What's the biggest thing that you guys set up in the Season One that you thought, "Oh my God, now we have to pay this off in the Season Two?
"Well, so obviously getting on the friggin spaceship. (laughs) You know, it's easy to ride and then you suddenly go, 'Oh my God, what did we just do, and how are we going to do it?' Aside from that, I'd say we dominated a lot of storytelling last year to the harnesses and the kids and kids in peril and that was a story line that I thought if we paid off pretty significantly and just wanted to move on into other aspects of the technology which I think we were able to do in in Season Two."
Tom (Wyle) and his co-fighter (and love interest) Anne Glass (Moon Bloodgood) in  Falling Skies
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Tom (Wyle) and his co-fighter (and love interest) Anne Glass (Moon Bloodgood) in 'Falling Skies'
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When Tom rejoins the Second Mass at the beginning of Season Two, I was surprised when he just showed up and everyone treated him like a stranger.
"I thought it was a pretty novel way of telling the story to have flashback sequences fill in the blanks of where's he's been and what's been happening. It was a way of showing that the Second Mass in his absence has had a really tough road and he's not exactly sure what's happened to him so everybody meets or more like strangers than friends at the beginning. And no it didn't bother me, it didn't bother me."
Is it a challenge for your trying to act or interact with Skitters or any other like computer-generated elements in the show that aren't there with you on the set?
"I hadn't done a lot of that kind of work up until this show, but it's sort of -- it's a muscle that the more you exercise the better at it you get. And it's kind of 50/50 between the screen and practical we do a lot of work hack into tennis balls on the end of sticks. But then we also have a really talented puppeteer and a really great Skitter suit, for the close up personal interactions with the aliens. I would say the most difficult part is when you've got four or five actors in the same frame all having to react to the same thing that's not there, trying to find a line of continuity and performance can be tricky."
You obviously do a lot of fighting in both seasons, did you get a lot of fighting and weapons training to make it look authentic?
"I wouldn't say a lot, you know when we showed up and I went into office building with a stunt man and hit a punching bag for about an hour. And then we went to the sound stage and ran around shooting blanks at the walls for another couple of hours and then we were let loose."
A Skitter is spotted on  Falling Skies
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A Skitter is spotted on 'Falling Skies'
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I don't know how much exactly you're allowed to reveal about Season Two, but I was curious if you could kind of talk about how difficult it was to film the upcoming Season Two scene where Anne needs to work very close to Tom's eyes?
"Yes, yes it helped that I was being restrained by four actors. But I had great confidence with in Moon Bloodgood's medical skills and she kept the forces away from my eyeball."
For Tom, your character, are there going to be any major differences for this season?
"Well, the fact that he walked on the spaceship and what happens to him on that ship definitely conforms the character in a different way and he comes back slightly changed. And then it's just sort of keeping with the trajectory that we laid out for the character's arc or deconstructing the intellectual aspects of this character, and trying to show the emergence of a latent leader reluctantly but an effective one over the course of this season."
Tom (Wyle) and his youngest son Matt (Maxim Knight)
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Tom (Wyle) and his youngest son Matt (Maxim Knight)
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Doesn't the Season Two feel different for you when you were doing it, or did it just feel more familiar?
"No, there were some significant differences, you know we moved the production from Toronto, Canada to Vancouver, so we had all new crew for the most part, we only had two or three people on staff that were there in Season One. We had almost a brand new writing staff certainly a new show runner, so it wasn't like we were building on internal momentum, we sort of had to start and get to know each other all over again which gave it a different era, just sort of ambiently. And then storytelling-wise, I thought we really stepped up the notch by not having to dedicate so much of our screen time to exposition, establishing the world, establishing the characters. It allowed us a little bit more freedom to be creative in flushing out these character arcs and exploring the mythology of the aliens and why they're here and who they are and how we'd radically misunderstood the situation in Season One."
Last season, there were several high profile sci-fi based shows (Terra Nova, Alcatraz) that didn't catch on with the public and were cancelled after one season. However, Falling Skies seems to have a very loyal and big following. Why do you think it's catching on with people, whereas, these other sci-fi based shows didn't?
"Well, I am a little guilty in that I didn't really watch the other shows, so I don't really have a strong basis of comparison. But you know science fiction shows work really well when they serve as the backdrop to very human stories being told. And if you can find characters that are interesting and dynamic and relatable and put them in a fairly extreme situation and can make it as plausible and as if scenario as you can it usually has some resonance. So I am hoping that our success is predicated on the fact that we are able to draw some really interesting characters, and people are interested to see how they're going to react in these really difficult situations."
So far, do you have a favorite episode from the Season Two?
"There's some really good ones in there, I would say out of the 10, I am really proud of 8 1/2 of them."
Tom (Wyle) and his eldest son  Hal (Drew Roy)
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Tom (Wyle) and his eldest son, Hal (Drew Roy)
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Can you give us a little tease in regards to Tom's relationship with Anne (Moon Bloodgood) and how that's going to involve in the season.
"Well, last year we showed that there was a great chemistry between the two characters but the practical demands of the day sort of kept them apart. And that's how we didn't a nice job sort of slowly building to that one moment of intimacy at the end when he entrusts his kids to her care and drives off on what could be a suicide mission. And then the clock gets reset a little bit as it's been three months since we've seen her, she's assumed, she's dead, he's assumed that she's dead. And all the inherent complications about opening your heart up once it's been destroyed, give them a little bit of an obstacle to have to get passed. But ultimately we end up sort of together."
What continues to be the most challenging aspect to you for the series for your character -- for acting?
"It's kind of an aggregate thing it's just a -- it's a tough show to do you know most of it, it takes place at night, so you go to work around 12 in the afternoon and you work till 5 in the morning. And because we wanted this year to be less focused on any single location have the group be a lot more mobile, it made for some long wet nights as were shooting in mostly practical locations and exteriors."
Noah Wyle is Tom Mason on  Falling Skies
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Noah Wyle is Tom Mason on 'Falling Skies'
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There's something I haven't noticed on The Walking Dead that I noticed in your character, particularly is that this hair you have. It looks like the most unwashed mane on television which really brings an authenticity to the show. What is the process behind getting it to look like that and was that a decision of yours?
“Yes, yes you know I wouldn't say that there were disagreements, but you know the costumers love putting people in different costumes. And I kept saying, ‘I am not changing my jacket until the group goes into a gap and finds a new jacket like when it happens on screen I will do it. And I felt this same way about shaving and everything else that until there was a moment of respite with these characters would sort of rediscover their sense of vanity. There really wasn't any point in grooming. And that looking slutty and dirty and bloody and shaggy does lend itself to an air of authenticity.”
Can you talk about the process of getting your hair to look like that? Do you let it go or is that some product they're putting in there?“It's a combination of both mostly -- it's sweat where you pretend to do a lot of running and jumping and leaping and shooting and ducking and I tend to sweat. And then there's stuff that makes it look a little greasier to the problem that was.”
A lot of fans enjoy the social networking aspects of connecting with people who are on the show. Is it an interest of yours that you'll be joining maybe?
"No."
Battling the Skitters
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Battling the Skitters
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You plan on skipping that?
"Well, I have up 'till now and I certainly see the validity of it and I understand the popularity of it. But it's just a not my cup of tea."
Even though you now have a year under your belt with this character, are you still progressing? Are you still learning more about the character and finding different ways to play them?
Yes, I sort of feel like I am just getting started you know they aren't going start with this guy really will extent over three or four years in this slow deconstruction of his intellectual aspects. And his becoming a little bit harder and they're way having a big of transference with the Weaver character who starts off very militaristic where Tom's a bit more of a humanist. Then gradually Weaver becomes a lot more vulnerable and a lot more human and Tom gets a lot more practical and a lot harder edged. We sort of
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continue in that vein hopefully arriving at some sort of synthesis between the two of them as the most effective way of leading this group which isn't not traditionally military dogmatic style and not exactly touchy feely human but something in between.”
Falling Skies: The Complete First Season Bonus Features: "From Pencils To Print: The Dark Horse Comic Book Revealed," "Animating A Skitter," "Falling Skies Panel: San Diego Comic-Con 2011" and "Behind The Scenes" featurettes; Audio Commentaries and "Unanswered Questions: Season 2 Sneak Peek." ON THE NET: For Digital Comics, Sneak Previews, the new Falling Skies App and much more, visit the Official Falling Skies Site at www.fallingskies.com/ * Find the latest Falling Skies news online at http://fallingskies.com and via twitter @FallingSkiesTNT * Visit Facebook and type in "Falling Skies" to become a part of your own resistance group. Catch the Two-Hour Season Premiere of Falling Skies: Season Two on Sunday, June 17 at 9/8c on TNT (check local listings).
ALSO AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY AND/OR DVD:
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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Around the globe, headlines break the news: a scandal takes down an Indian cotton tycoon; a Chinese opium trader dies of an apparent overdose; bombings in Strasbourg and Vienna; the death of an American steel magnate... no one sees the connective thread between these seemingly random events — no one, that is, except the great Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey, Jr.), who has discerned a deliberate web of death and destruction. At its center sits a singularly sinister spider: Moriarty (Jared Harris). Holmes’ investigation into Moriarty’s plot becomes more dangerous as it leads him and Watson (Jude Law) out of London to France, Germany and finally Switzerland. But the cunning Moriarty is always one step ahead, and moving perilously close to completing his ominous plan. If he succeeds, it will not only bring him immense wealth and power but alter the course of history. Filmmaker Guy Ritchie returns to direct the sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which not only stars Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man films), Jude Law (Contagion) and Jared Harris (Mad Men), but also Rachel McAdams (The Notebook), Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes), Eddie Marsan (War Horse), Geraldine James (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Jared Harris (Mad Men), Stephen Fry (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), and Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). Blu-ray Combo Pack Bonus Features: Maximum Movie Mode: "Inside the Mind of Sherlock Holmes" - Hosted by Robert Downey, Jr.; Featurettes - "Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: A Perfect Chemistry"; "Holmes Without Borders"; "Moriarty's Master Plan Unleashed"; "Holmesavision on Steroids"; "Sherlock Holmes: Under the Gypsy Spell"; "Meet Mycroft Holmes"; "Guy Ritchie's Well-Oiled Machine"; UltraViolet Digital Copy of the film and The Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Movie App — enables your iPad 2 or Kindle Fire to control your Blu-ray movie and expand your movie watching experience. Sync the app with your Blu-ray disc of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows to start exploring the rich and exciting history of Sherlock Holmes. ON THE NET: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Movie App at http://bit.ly/JlZkvR * Flickr Photo Gallery : http://flic.kr/s/aHsjzUzPdW * YouTube Video Playlist at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4D6D9EDE7EAAF6CF * Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows hashtag for all TWITTER activities: #SHERLOCKSHADOWS * For more info and clips, click to Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/sherlockholmesmovie
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Dark Blue: The Complete Second Season
Season Two of Dark Blue continues to thrill as Dylan McDermott stars as Carter Shaw, part of a crack undercover team of police officers so covert, many of their own colleagues are kept in the dark. The strong-willed Carter often pushes the limits of the law in his efforts to bring down bad guys through complex undercover assignments. His team includes Ty (Omari Hardwick), whose commitment to his covers have left him struggling to define the boundaries between work and his home life; Dean (Logan Marshall-Green), a shoot-from-the-hip cop whose activities make his fellow team members wonder which side he's really on; and Jaimie (Nicki Aycox), a green patrol cop brought in for her shady past and excellent skills in lying, who's out to prove that she has what it takes. New to the team this season is Alex Rice (Tricia Helfer - Battlestar Galactica), a sarcastic and ambitious, Berkeley-educated FBI agent brought in to oversee these covert cowboys. But it's Carter she really has her eye on. ON THE NET: For the Official Warner Archive Dark Blue: The Complete Second Season Site visit http://bit.ly/IFe0Jp * For clips, info and episode listings, go to www.tv.com/shows/dark-blue * Go to Facebook at type in "Dark Blue" for more info on the series.
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Top Gear 18
The world’s biggest car show is back for another exhilarating season of stars, cars and adventures in Top Gear 18. Join Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May as they visit India in their attempt to promote British trade armed only with three old cars, a badly behaved lawnmower and a trouser press. They also drive supercars across Italy, make a movie car chase, re-invent the mobility scooter, get soaking wet in track day cars, go motor racing for less than the cost of playing golf, explore the Chinese car industry, immerse themselves in the world of NASCAR, and drive a brand new Ferrari through a snow field. Plus, The Stig hits the test track in the Mercedes SLS Roadster, BMW M5, Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale, and an insane pre-war Bentley powered by a 27-litre Spitfire engine. Stars behind the Reasonably Priced Car include Ryan Reynolds, Matt LeBlanc, Will.i.am, Slash, Doctor Who’s Matt Smith, and Michael Fassbender. DVD Bonus Features: Top Gear (US) Season 2 Episode 1, Season 18 as well as a welcome from hosts Jeremy Clarkson and James May, and behind-the-scenes featurettes of Matt LeBlanc driving a McLaren, Michael Fassbender driving a McLaren, Richard does Nascar and more. On THE NET: Check out the Official Top Gear Site at www.bbcamerica.com/top-gear/ and at www.bbccanada.com/Series/Top_Gear/ * For clips from Season 18 visit YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Het_GrZVuA&feature=related or visit Facebook and type in "Top Gear" for a ton of fan reactions, more info and a lot of fun.
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Breaking Bad: The Complete Fourth Season
All 13 episodes of Breaking Bad's most shocking and explosive season are now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Chemistry teacher Walter White's dark transformation to full-blown criminal reaches lethal new heights as his battle of wits with vicious drug kingpin Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) continues. Bryan Cranston, winner of three Best Actor Emmys for his role as Walt White, stars alongside Aaron Paul, Emmy-winner (Best Supporting Actor) for his portrayal of Walt's colleague, Jesse, in this critically acclaimed dramatic series. Voted by the Writer's Guild of America as 2012's Best Drama Series, Breaking Bad also stars Anna Gunn (Deadwood), Dean Norris (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Betsy Brandt (Back When We Were Grownups), and RJ Mitte. Blu-ray and DVD Bonus Features: 5 Uncensored Episodes; Deleted and Extended Scenes; Cast & Crew Commentaries on All 13 Episodes; Gag Reel; 8 Featurettes; "Better Call Saul" Commercials; Karaoke Video Featuring Gale Boetticher; The Extended Version Of The Season Finale; 21 Episodes Of Inside Breaking Bad; Face Off: Inside the Explosive Finale" and more! BLU-RAY ONLY: Blu-ray: 13 Video Podcasts. ON THE NET: For a Schedule, Videos, Blogs, Games and Newsletters, click to the Official Breaking Bad Site at www.amctv.com/shows/breaking-bad * Visit Facebook and type in "Breaking Bad."
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The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Fifth Season
Created and produced by award-winning writer Russell T Davies (Torchwood, Doctor Who), the final season of the exciting action-adventure children’s series, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Fifth Season, follows the exploits of school friends Luke, Clyde and Rani, who team up with Sarah Jane Smith, investigative journalist and former companion to The Doctor, to examine strange and mysterious events. The series is a spinoff of the long-running science fiction favorite, Doctor Who, and has gripped young audiences across the world. Season Five finds Sky, the Starchild who was given to Sarah Jane to look after, settling into Sarah Jane’s home on Bannerman Road as she discovers her own telekinetic powers. Fish rain from the skies, Clyde is cursed by an ancient god, and a mysterious new computer leads the gang to another run-in with aliens. The final season continues the fast and funny recipe of action, drama and special effects, even as it features the final performances of the late Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith. DVD Bonus Features: "Goodbye Bannerman Road – Remembering Elisabeth Sladen," - a tribute to Elisabeth Sladen with contributions from those who worked closely with her, including the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith. For more on the show, you can click to the Official Sarah Jane Adventures Site at www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/the-sarah-jane-adventures * Watch clips and episodes at www.tv.com/shows/the-sarah-jane-adventures * For more information on the late Elisabeth Sladen go to www.bbcamerica.com/ and type in "Sarah Jane Adventures" * If you have trouble finding this exciting DVD, just surf to www.bbcamerica.shop
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Doctor Who: The Seeds Of Death - Special Edition + Doctor Who: Resurrection of The Daleks
By the late 21st century, mankind has become totally dependent on T-Mat to transport people, food and medicines around the world. When the system breaks down, Earth is soon crippled by global shortages. Traveling to the relay station on the moon, the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) and his companions discover the horrific truth: the Ice Warriors have hijacked T-Mat, and intend to claim the planet for themselves. Can the Doctor defeat the Martians before Earth is smothered in deadly fungus, and the human race is condemned to extinction? This digitally re-mastered edition of the Doctor Who classic includes these DVD Bonus Features: Commentary by actors Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury, director Michael Ferguson and script editor Terrance Dicks; "Sssowing the Ssseedsss" - New 25-minute featurette on the Ice Warriors, featuring Alan Bennion, Sonny Caldinez, the late Bernard Bresslaw and Sylvia James; "The Latest Dalek" - Original 8mm footage of the filming of the lost classic "The Evil of the Daleks," with commentary by Michealjohn Harris and Peter Day; New Zealand Censor Clips Newly discovered footage from the missing episodes of The Web of Fear and The Wheel in Space; Production Note Option; Photo Gallery; TARDIS-Cam No. 6. *
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Doctor Who: Resurrection of The Daleks - The TARDIS is dragged down a time corridor, forcing the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison), Tegan (Janet Fielding) and Turlough (Mark Strickson) to materialize in a disused part of London in 1984. The corridor links Earth with a battle cruiser in the future that contains the Doctor’s oldest enemy – the Daleks. Having lost the war with the Movellans, only one person can now help the evil race. With shocking consequences for the Doctor, it is time for the Daleks to resurrect their creator Davros (Terry Malloy). This is a digitally re-mastered edition of the Doctor Who classic. DVD Bonus Features: Audio Commentary with actor Terry Malloy, writer Eric Saward and visual effects designer Peter Wragg; Additional Audio Commentary with actors Peter Davison, Janet Fielding and director Matthew Robinson; alternate 4-part version of the story; "Come In Number Five" retrospective of the Fifth Doctor presented by David Tennant and many more special features. ON THE NET: For more on Doctor Who, check out the Official Doctor Who BBC America Site at http://doctorwho.bbcamerica.com/ or The Official U.K. Doctor Who Site at http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/dw * To find out more about the early Classic Doctor Who episodes, go to the Official U.K. Episode Guide at www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/classic/episodeguide * To meet fans, see photos and get more info for on the Doctor, check out Facebook, by typing in "Doctor Who."
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Too Big To Fail
The Emmy-nominated film Too Big To Fail presents a searing and explosive account of the events that led to the 2008 financial crisis and how the U.S. economy was brought back from the brink of collapse -- now available on "Blu-ray with HBO Select," DVD and Digital Download. Hailed as "mesmerizing, sensational and superb," Too Big To Fail is based on the bestselling book by Andrew Ross Sorkin and offers an intimate look at the powerful men and women who decided the fate of the world's economy in a matter of a few weeks. Centering on Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, the film goes behind closed doors to examine the symbiotic relationship between Wall Street and Washington. Directed by Academy Award-winner Curtis Hanson (LA Confidential), the film features an all-star cast lead by Academy Award-winner William Hurt (Kiss of the Spider Woman), Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man, John Adams), James Woods (Ghosts of Mississippi), Emmy-winner Cynthia Nixon (Sex And The City), Topher Grace (Spider-Man 3) and Billy Crudup (Public Enemies). Blu-ray with HBO Select & DVD Bonus Features: "The Making of Too Big To Fail" (HBO Select only) - The cast and crew share their thoughts on the events that inspire the film; "Opening the Vault on the Financial Crisis" (HBO Select only) - The cast, crew and financial experts discuss the origins of the economic crisis and "Timeline of a Crisis"- An in-depth look at pivotal events that impacted the economic crisis. ON THE NET: The Official Website for on HBO features videos, images and more, just click to www.hbo.com/movies/too-big-to-fail or head to the HBO DVD Site for more info and to pick up a copy at http://store.hbo.com/too-big-to-fail-dvd/detail.php?p=303798
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Entourage: The Complete Eighth Season
Vince, Eric, Drama and Turtle have been through a lot over the years -- chasing dreams, women and good times as if the party would never end -- but alas, it has. Don't despair though; the eighth and final season of the wildly entertaining Entourage series has been released just in time for Father's Day. Through the highs and lows, friendship has kept these guys together in the high-stakes world of Hollywood, but is it time for them to grow up? As Season Eight of the hit comedy series begins, Vince is back from rehab and ready for a new pet project, Ari Gold and Mrs. Ari have separated, Eric is running his own management company, Drama is shooting his animated series and Turtle has invested in a tequila line and is starting a new business venture. So there's a lot more ups and downs in store for the boys from Queens. Special guests this season (some portraying themselves) include Ileana Douglas, Constance Zimmer, Miguel Sandoval, Andrew Dice Clay, Christian Slater, Marc Cuban, Bobby Flay, Melinda Clarke, David Spade, Malcolm McDowell, Amre'e Stoudemire, Michael Strahan, Mark Teixeira, Rachel Zoe and more! Blu-ray & DVD Bonus Features: "Hollywood Sunset: A Farewell to Entourage" - includes behind-the-scenes footage and candid interviews with cast, crew and special guests. ON THE NET: The Official HBO Website for Entourage features videos, images, schedule information and episode guides, just click to www.hbo.com/entourage/index.html * Entourage: Season 8 - Extended Trailer can be seen at YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=gu6_eIlbZu4
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Sony
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The Three Stooges Ultimate Collection
The Masters of Mayhem -- Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Shemp Howard, Joe Besser and Curly Joe Derita -- are all together in One Definitive DVD Collection. Fans will enjoy more than 60 hours of fun and laughter for the whole family from the masters of mirth, merriment and mayhem. The entire Three Stooges Columbia shorts catalog spans three decades of slapstick silliness, featuring 190 shorts, plus three discs of rare and unreleased content. Fans will revel in this chance to see several of the Stooges work separately in solo shorts, developing the comic skills that would lead them to their roles as successors to Curly in the comedy trio. From the classic teaming of Moe, Larry and Curly to later cast members Shemp, Joe and Curly Joe, this 20-disc set is a must-own collection for any Stooges fan. Three DVDs of Rare and Unreleased Bonus Features: 11 hours of Stooges content never before released on DVD; Full-length Columbia films starring the Stooges: Have Rocket, Will Travel (1959) and Rockin' In The Rockies (1945); A collection of 28 short films starring Stooges actors Shemp Howard, Joe Besser and Joe DeRita and The Three Stooges in Columbia Pictures animated shorts: "Bon Bon Parade," "Merry Mutineers" and "Hollywood Detour." ON THE NET: The Official Site of The Three Stooges with a complete filmography, bios, sound files, fan club, newsletter and merchandise can be found at www.threestooges.com/bios. For more on the history of The Three Stooges, surf to www.3-stooges.com/text/bios.html or www.answers.com/topic/biography-the-three-stooges
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Episodes: The First Season
They’ve made their way across the Pond only to find that actor Matt LeBlanc is their ticket to Hollywood. Producing team Sean and Beverly Lincoln may be British television visionaries, but they are in over their heads when their hit show gets an American makeover in Episodes: The First Season. Golden Globe-winner Matt LeBlanc stars in this “funny as hell” comedy, as the overbearing lead of the Americanized version of a successful British television show. Whether combating powerful network execs or keeping manipulative stars happy, Sean (Stephen Mangan) and Beverly Lincoln (Tamsin Greig) must keep it together in order to navigate the shark-infested waters of Hollywood and survive with their careers, their marriage and their sanity intact. Episodes: The First Season perfectly blends British and American humor and is “Riotously funny…easily the best new sitcom of the season." The show also features John Pankow, Kathleen Rose Perkins and Mircea Monroe. DVD Bonus Features: Via E-Bridge technology, includes Biographies; First Two Episodes Of The Borgias; First Two Episodes Of House Of Lies and the First Two Episodes of Dexter: Season 6. ON THE NET: At the Official Website for Episodes, watch episode scenes online, cast interviews and download mobile apps, click to www.sho.com/sho/episodes/home * For more on the history of Episodes, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Episodes_(TV_series) Catch up on all of the hilarious fun in Season One before the Episodes: Season Two premieres on July 1 on Showtime.
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Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance
Academy Award-winner Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas) is back as Johnny Blaze in Marvel's action-packed 3D sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance. In this thrilling follow-up to the worldwide, box-office hit Ghost Rider, the world's darkest hero takes on the ultimate bad guy: the devil, himself. Johnny Blaze (Cage), still struggling with his curse as the devil's bounty hunter, is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when he is recruited by a secret sect of the church to save a young boy from the devil. At first, Johnny is reluctant to embrace the power of the Ghost Rider, but it is the only way to protect the boy and possibly rid himself of the curse forever. The sequel is directed by acclaimed action filmmakers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Crank series, Gamer), and co-stars Ciarán Hinds (John Carter), Violante Placido (The American), Johnny Whitworth (Limitless), Christopher Lambert (Highlander), and Idris Elba (Thor). Blu-ray 3D & Blu-ray Bonus Features: Deleted Scenes; Directors' Expanded Video Commentary; "The Path to Vengeance: Making Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" Six-Part Documentary, including: "Blazing a New Path" - a behind-the-scenes look at how the film was made; "Patience Is Not a Virtue: Pre-Production" - an in-depth look at the challenges the production crew had during pre-productions; "We Will Burn This City To Bitter Ashes" - allowing for the discovery of the shooting locations in Romania and Eastern Europe; "To Hell and Back: Production" -a look at the shooting style that directors brought to the film and some of the key stunt sequences; "Walking in Both Worlds: Moving into Post-Production" - exploring the challenges of completing a film and "The Fires of Hell Will Purify You: Release"; Blu-ray 3D Exclusive: 3D Featurette - "Riding Into Another Dimension." ON THE NET: Filled with photos, downloads and trailers, visit the Official Ghost Rider Site at www.thespiritofvengeance.com/site/ or the Official 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD Site at www.sonypictures.com/homevideo/ghostriderspiritofvengeance/
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Warner Archive
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Without A Trace: The Complete Third Season
Starring Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Anthony LaPaglia, Poppy Montgomery, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Enrique Murciano and Eric Close, this hit procedural drama focuses on a special New York-based FBI task force known as the Missing Persons Squad. At the start of the third season, the newly promoted Vivian has replaced Jack as the leader of the Missing Persons Squad. Jack, who is experiencing his share of marital difficulties, is not displaced for long, however, and soon resumes his post. Meanwhile, Vivian is having trouble hiding her health condition from her co-workers and Martin and Samantha's relationship reaches a defining moment. Through it all, the team strives to solve the cases they are constantly challenged by. Guest stars this season include Emmy-winner Chad Lowe, Tony Goldwyn and John Krasinski, as well as Timothy Busfield and Martin Landau, in recurring roles. ON THE NET: Episode Clips for Season Three include "Are You Sure About That?" at http://youtu.be/cFpwr_jM6Qo and "Single Mom Doin’ It Hard" at http://youtu.be/iyX08gs8C2M * Or head to the Warner Archive Site at https://bitly.com/L6rLvO
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Scandal: The Complete First Season
From the creator and executive producers of Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice comes a drama revolving around the life and work of a professional crisis manager and her dysfunctional staff. A former media relations consultant to the President, Olivia Pope dedicates her life to protecting and defending the public images of America’s elite. After leaving the White House, the power consultant opened her own firm, hoping to start a new chapter -- both professionally and personally -- but she can't seem to completely cut ties with her past. Slowly it becomes apparent that her staff, who specialize in fixing the lives of other people, can't quite fix the ones closest at hand -- their own. Kerry Washington and Henry Ian Cusick lead a stellar ensemble cast in this thrilling series. DVD Bonus Features: "Scandal: Setting The Pace" - the Executive producers and cast discuss the series' dynamics; "Gladiators In Suits: Casting A Series" - The audition tapes of the actors cast in the series and "Scripting Scandal" - the writers' reveals what it takes to creates this fast-paced series. ON THE NET: For ABC's Official Scandal Site filled with photos, bios, blogs and video, click to http://beta.abc.go.com/shows/scandal/ or go to the Scandal Fansite at www.scandaltv.info/
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ABC/Buena Vista
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GCB: The Complete First Season
From Darren Star, creator of Sex And The City, and Robert Harling, writer of Steel Magnolias, comes the delicious GCB (Good Christian Bitches), fun and wicked new drama that shows you can go home again...but only if you’re ready to face the sins of your past. Back in high school, original mean girl Amanda Vaughn (Leslie Bibb) mercilessly tormented her less attractive classmates. Twenty years later, after her hubby is busted for a Ponzi scheme – and meets his maker in a particularly scandalous way – a disgraced Amanda is back in Dallas to start life anew under her mother’s (Annie Potts) palatial roof. But will the good women of her hometown welcome her with open arms or dole out some kick-ass karmic payback? Let’s just say, hell hath no fury like the cosmetically enhanced! The recently-cancelled GCB starred Leslie Bibb, Kristin Chenoweth, Annie Potts, Jennifer Aspen, Miriam Shor, Marisol Nichols, David James Elliott, Mark Deklin and Brad Beyer. DVD Bonus Features: "Bigger In Texas" - Transform the actors into genuine-looking and sounding citizens of the Lone Star State; "Living Large" - Explore the show's authentic Texas look and feel; "Preaching To The Choir" - Producers and Cast sing the praises of the show's music; "GCB: Most Likely To..." - Discover who wins the one most likely to..." in the GCB High School Year Book; Audio Commentaries; Bloopers and Deleted and Extended Scenes.ON THE NET: For videos, photos, bios, recaps, blogs and more, slip to the Official GCB Site at www.beta.abc.go.com/shows/gcb/about-the-show
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Missing: The Complete First Season
How far would you go to save the one you love most? Emmy Award Nominee Ashley Judd stars in Missing, the thrilling new series, bursting with international intrigue and a full season of brilliant twists and turns. After Becca Winstone’s son disappears while overseas for a summer internship, she takes it upon herself to travel to Europe to track him down. It soon becomes clear that Becca is no ordinary woman, but a former CIA agent deactivated after the devastating death of her husband. If she wants to find her son alive, Becca will have to rely on old friends…and old enemies…thus reopening old wounds. Her resourcefulness, skill and determination will be put to the test – but a mother’s love knows no limits. This inspiring, action-packed drama grabs you from the very first minute and never lets go. Relive Becca's thrilling search through the breathtaking European countryside. DVD Bonus Features: Includes exclusive special features, plus interviews with star Ashley Judd and the show’s creators. ON THE NET: For the Missing Official Site, visit http://abc.go.com/shows/missing or see video previews at www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYNnvCb48bc
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The Happiest Baby on the Block + The Happiest Toddler on the Block
One of America's most trusted pediatrician's shares his amazing tips in the most watched parenting DVDs in history -- The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the Block! Timed to the 10th anniversary of these NY Times best-sellers, Dr. Karp's landmark guides are must-haves for every parent of a child under 5 years of age! Based on his classic books, Dr. Karp's DVDs bring his many groundbreaking techniques to life. From calming crying babies in seconds to taming tantrums, each DVD features countless techniques, real parent success stories and dozens of hot topic Q&As. The Happiest Baby On The Block - Dr. Harvey Karp reveals how to soothe even colicky babies in minutes...or less...AND boost sleep 1-3 hours a night! Through his groundbreaking discovery of the calming reflex, you'll learn how to use the 5 S's to turn "off" crying and transport almost any baby from screams to sleepy serenity...in minutes. DVD Bonus Features: Dr. Karp Answers 25 Hot Topic Parenting Q&As and a Bonus sneak peek of the Happiest Toddler on the Block. Happiest Toddler on the Block - As happy babies approach their first birthday, The Happiest Toddler is the absolute next step in parenting success! Like a magic window into your child's mind (8 months - 5 years), Dr. Karp explains the mystery behind toddler behavior and gives clear solutions for taming tantrums in minutes....boosting cooperation...and adding patience...all while doubling your fun! DVD Bonus Features: Dr. Karp Answers 26 Hot Topic Parenting Q&As One of America’s Favorite Pediatricians and Dr. Harvey Karp, Reveals Revolutionary Ideas To Calm Fussy Babies, Boost Sleep And Raise Well Behaved Tots In His Bestselling DVDs. ON THE NET: For more baby tips, visit the Official Site at www.happiestbaby.com or view clips from the DVDs on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBDJxGwKcUc
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Tyler Perry's Good Deeds + Tyler Perry's Aunt Bam's Place (The Play)
Experience a fresh perspective on what it means to be successful in Tyler Perry's Good Deeds. A moving and uplifting drama about coincidence, courage and the defining choices we make on our paths to happiness, the film stars its writer-producer-director Tyler Perry along with an all-star supporting cast including Thandie Newton (Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls) and Gabrielle Union (Think Like a Man). A successful, wealthy businessman, Wesley Deeds (Perry) has always done what's expected of him, whether it's assuming the helm of his father's company, tolerating his brother's misbehavior at the office or planning to marry his beautiful but restless fiancée, Natalie (Union). But Wesley is jolted out of his predictable routine when he meets Lindsey (Newton), a down-on-her-luck single mother who works on the cleaning crew in his office building. When he offers to help her get back on her feet, the chance encounter with someone so far outside his usual circle ignites something in Wesley. This one good deed may finally spark his courage to exchange the life that's expected of him for the life he's always really wanted: Blu-ray & DVD Bonus Features: "Two Worlds Collide" and "Motherly Love" featurette.
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* Tyler Perry's Aunt Bam's Place (The Play) - There's nothing quite like a family gathering -- especially with Madea's main accomplice, Aunt Bam. Expect the unexpected when Tyler Perry's hard- hitting new musical, Tyler Perry's Aunt Bam's Place (The Play).Taped in front of a live audience during its exclusive 3-day run in Atlanta, the show stars a cast of fan favorites including Cassi Davis (House of Payne), Melonie Daniels (Angels in America) and Paris Bennett (American Idol), and features seven original songs by Tyler Perry and Elvin Ros. When family's falling out, it's time to call in Aunt Bam to set a few things straight! It all begins when Bam's favorite nephew-in-law, Stewart, is granted weekend visitation with his children. He and his new wife are thrilled at the chance -- until Stewarts' drunken ex shows up with trouble in mind. Now it's up to Bam to calm things down in this high-spirited new play from Tyler Perry. DVD Bonus Features: Cast Interviews; "From Cast to Cassi" and "Behind-the-Scenes" featurette. ON THE NET: Hang out at The Official Tyler Perry Site at http://tylerperry.com/movies/good-deeds/ * View Good Deeds trailers at http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/tyler-perrys-good-deeds/trailers * Check out Aunt Bam on Facebook at www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=220336064678844/
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Half A Hero & The Greatest Diamond Robbery
Half a Hero -- Audiences always roared with delight when Red Skelton went one-on-one with post-war life in The Yellow Cab Man, The Fuller Brush Man and other films. In Half a Hero, the legendary comic took on a slice of 20th-century Americana that still resonates today: the suburbs. Red plays Ben Dobson, a magazine writer whose boss approves of Ben because he lives in a cramped Manhattan apartment instead of "the slums of tomorrow": the 'burbs. So, of course, when Ben movies his family to a sprawling housing development, he struggles (hilariously) to keep the fact a secret. Jean Hagen, a year after her iconic portrayal of the itsy-voiced screen siren in Singin' in the Rain, plays Ben's long-suffering wife, and singer Polly Bergen makes a guest appearance with a torrid nightclub-scene rendition of "Love." The Great Diamond Robbery -- Red Skelton was already a presence on early TV, brining creations like Clem Kadiddlehopper and Freddie the Freeloader into millions of living rooms, when he made his last film for MGM, the studio that had been his movie home since 1940. The beloved funnyman portrays diamond cutter Ambrose C. Park (the middle initials stands for "Central") in The Great Diamond Robbery. Park is eager to demonstrate his talent to his employer by working on the rare Blue Goddess diamond. It's a delicate task. One mistake and the gem will be worthless. Two mistakes: it'll be worthlesser! But Park confidently takes on the job, accompanied by criminals who have convinced him they're his long-lose family and who secretly aim to steal the diamond after it's cut. Will Park find out he's being hoodwinked before it's too late? Most certainly. And that's when the antic finale begins...ON THE NET: To check out these Red Skelton DVDs, head too Warner Archive.com at http://bit.ly/KcJZ1z & http://bit.ly/Jbk0ER
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Meatballs
Pack up and head to Camp North Star this summer with the wacky comedy Meatballs on Blu-ray Disc for the first time. Directed by Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters), the hilarious summer camp adventure stars Oscar nominee Bill Murray (Lost in Translation) in his first leading role. The filmalso stars Harvey Atkin (Law & Order: SVU) and Kate Lynch (New Year). Tripper (Murray) is about to have a summer he will never forget. As head counselor at Camp North Star, an off-the-wall summer getaway, Tripper guides his loveable campers and spirited staff members on a quest for fun in the sun. When the season begins with a runaway camper, an accidental blackout and Tripper's amorous attack on a female counselor, everyone knows that the tales by the fireside will only get more outrageous as the summer goes on. Blu-ray Bonus Features: Audio Commentary With Director Ivan Reitman and Co-Writer/Producer Dan Goldberg and a Trailer Gallery. ON THE NET: For everything you wanted to know about the film, check out MEATBALLS ONLINE at http://meatballsonline.com/movie
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