Strike Season (Mania.com)

By:Robert T. Trate, Columnist
Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The strike is over. TV will continue. Well, most of it anyway. Okay, so it isn’t all roses but some shows will return with a slight break and then squeeze out a few more episodes and then be back in the fall. Hopefully. So I started looking ahead. It’s my nature. Just the other day Tim Janson, fellow Maniac and DVD columnist, and I were already discussing the DVD fall releases. I think I already laid the ground work for a fight over a title but, rest assured Maniacs, we’ll get the job done*. As we were discussing the fall schedule I suddenly thought about this season of TV and the titles that would be coming out. More importantly I thought about the price. What does 13 episodes of “Lost” cost? How many discs will it take for 13 episodes? Well, with Blu-Ray it should be only one, but it seems that they have this thing where the more discs it is the more expensive it has to be. So figure 6 discs at two episodes per disc, and 1 episode by itself with added bonus features.

“Heroes” did a whopping 11 episodes before they were done. So what do you think the good people and NBC/ Universal will give us with that season two box set? A ton of extras, an action figure exclusive (an in the coffin Takezo Kensei would be cool), a comic book? Would that get you to pay $49.95? I hope not. There will be people who will still buy it with nothing but 11 bare bone episodes at that price. 

In my perfect world we would mail in our “Lost” and “Heroes” box set proof of purchases from previous season(s) and get these mini seasons for free. Why not? Don’t we deserve it? Aren’t we the ones getting swindled in the long run? What, you don’t believe the crazy man with column? The original season of “the Office” initially cost $29.99. It still costs $19.99. The total number of episodes on disk: (drum roll, please) 6. Everyone wants to recoup their losses. The studios have a bit of a drought coming up and the writers are finally going to get what they should have been getting all along. Are you ready to pay more for less? 

My plan, your plan, our plan should be to hold out and get these “strike seasons” in bundle packs with the following season. It will be the only way to get the most for your hard earned dollar. By then we might be finally disappointed by “Heroes” or had it with “Lost”. You won’t have wasted your money on buying an expensive “strike season” and saved that valuable shelf space. 

ACTION / ADVENTURE / KUNG FU/ THRILLERS / WESTERNS

American Gangster (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)

American Gangster (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD) [HD DVD]

American Gangster (Three-Disc Deluxe Edition)

Eyes Front

Fatal Pursuit

In the Valley of Elah

In the Valley of Elah [Blu-ray]

Hitchcock's Finest

The Perfect Witness

Redacted

Run Lola Run [Blu-ray]

Spiral

ANIME

Clamp Double Feature: Tsubasa Chronicle and xxxHOLiC

Death Note - Vol. 3

Dragon Ball Z: Heroes Condenados v.6

Dragon Ball Z - Season Four (Garlic Jr., Trunks, and Android Sagas)

Dragon Ball Z Double Feature - The History of Trunks / Bardock the Father of Goku (Steelbook)

Dragon Ball Z: Goku Es Detenido v.5

Dragon Ball Z: Heroes Condenados v.6

Girls High Collection, Vol. 1-3

One Piece - The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta (Movie No. 8)

Tokyo Majin Vol. 2: Dark Arts: Predestined Power + Artbox

Tokyo Majin Vol. 2: Dark Arts: Predestined Power

Welcome to the NHK Vol. 3: 3rd Conspiracy

CARTOONS

Animated Classics

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe - Volume One

It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (remastered deluxe edition)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 2, Part 1

COMEDY AND LOVE Mania Style

The Charlie Chaplin Collection

Red Skelton in Color

HORROR

Black Water (check out Tim Janson’s Review)

Catacombs

Forest Primeval

Frankenstein's Bloody Nightmare

The Hands of Orlac (1924)

Living Dead

Naked Beneath the Water [HD DVD]

Nightmare Detective

Revamped

Secrets of a Soul (1926)

Vampire Triple Feature: Central Park Drifter/Fiancee of Dracula/Two Orphan Vampires

The Walking Dead

SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY

Gabriel

The Invasion (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD) [HD DVD]

Moonlight Mile Vol. 1: One Small Step

Rock and Rule

TV LAND

Classic Bonanza Vol. 1

Vol. 1-2-Best of Bonanza

Walker, Texas Ranger: The Complete Fourth Season

The Criterion Collection

Pierrot le Fou - Criterion Collection

Walker - Criterion Collection

BOX SETS

Best Of Bela Lugosi

Gangsters - The Ultimate Film Collection (American Gangster / Scarface (1983) / Casino / Carlito's Way)

German Expressionism Collection (The Hands of Orlac / The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari / Secrets of a Soul / Warning Shadows) (4pc)

Karloff Classics

Monsters Unleashed (9 Movies / 3 Discs) Featuring: Gamera, Gappa, Yongary, and Giant Gila Monster

*Tim if you think you are getting ‘Iron Man’ you got another thing coming.