TV on DVD for Father's Day: 'Star Trek,' 'True Blood,' and 'Beetlejuice' Cartoons
TV on DVD: "Star Trek: The Next Generation" Season 3 Blu-Ray, "Star Trek: Enterprise" Season 1 Blu-Ray, "True Blood" Season 5 Blu-Ray, "Beetlejuice" The Complete Series DVD
'Trek' on TV on DVD
The "Star Trek" universe is getting Cumberbatched on the big screen, but small-screen "Trek" is about rolling out more of the various series on Blu-ray. "Star Trek: The Next Generation" Season 3 is now available on Blu-ray, featuring one of the series' best episodes, the season finale cliffhanger in "The Best of Both Worlds," and bonus material like new cast interviews about the changes that occurred during the season (like the addition of Ronald D. Moore to the "Trek" universe), a look back at the return of Gates McFadden's Beverly Crusher, and anecdotes about the season.
Paramount also recently released "Star Trek: Enterprise — Season One" on Blu-ray, featuring Scott Bakula as Capt. Jonathan Archer, the man who would lead interstellar travel 100 years before Kirk and company. In fact, that was one reason "Quantum Leap" star Bakula agreed to join the "Trek" universe.
"I (had) a production deal at Paramount, and the guys there had been buddies of mine since 'Quantum Leap.' They'd run Universal Television when I was over there. They invited me into the office one day and said, 'Hey, listen, we're doing a new 'Star Trek' series and we want you to be a captain.' I immediately thought, I don't want to do that. … At the time, it was following Janeway and 'Voyager,' and I just thought, 'No, that doesn't sound good,'" Bakula tells Yahoo! TV. "Then they said, 'It's going to be 100 years before Kirk.' That was the big hook that lured me in, and I was extremely excited to have a shot at leading the whole series out, and so I took it."
Bakula, who says he became a Trekkie in college, joined his former co-stars and the "Enterprise" crew to make "To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise," a new three-part documentary exclusive to the Blu-ray set. The feature includes Bakula and company discussing the development of "Enterprise," as well as the way the first season unfolded, and is the highlight of bonus material that also includes audio commentaries, deleted scenes, and new interviews.
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Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!
How do you summon Beetlejuice? Repeat this: "Though I know I should be wary, Still I venture someplace scary, Ghostly hauntings I turn loose, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!" Or, you can delve into Shout! Factory's new "Beetlejuice: The Complete Series," which collects all 94 episodes of the 1989-91 animated series based on Tim Burton's movie. The series, which won a 1990 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program, maintained the humor of the movie and even kicked it up a notch with a lot of sight gags, wordplay, and pop culture spoofs.
Goth teen Lydia, as in the movie, is front and center in the series. She and BFF Beetlejuice hang out in the real world (the town of Peaceful Pines) and his alt-reality "Neitherworld." Beetlejuice often tries the patience of those around him, but Lydia is beloved in The Neitherworld, where Beetlejuice scams people with "baby-sitting" gigs (in which he, literally, sits on babies).
Shout! Factory will also release individual seasons of the series, one of the few shows to run on two different networks at the same time; "Beetlejuice" debuted on ABC's Saturday morning lineup and then began airing on Fox's weekday afternoon schedule.