Saturday, March 21, 2009

RED PANDA ADVENTURES #44 - I DREAM OF GENIES!

RED PANDA ADVENTURES #44 - I DREAM OF GENIES!

A new Red Panda Adventure from Decoder Ring Theatre!

Even the self-professed World's Greatest Criminal Mastermind can get a little predictable. The Genie has hatched plots, capers and fiendish plans in his day, and The Red Panda has outsmarted him every time. But if he ever cut loose and went on an honest-to-goodness crime spree, would there be anything or anyone that could stand in his way... except perhaps himself?

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THUNDERBOLT JAXON AND THE KIDNAPPERS!

THUNDERBOLT JAXON AND THE KIDNAPPERS!

STEVE HOLLAND’S BEAR ALLEY BLOG HAS THE COMPLETE STORY FOR THE CLASSIC BRITISH COMIC STRIP BY HUGH MCNEILL.

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Friday, March 20, 2009

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AGE OF ACES ~ DOWNLOADABLE PDF AIR WAR PULP STORIES!

AGE OF ACES ~ DOWNLOADABLE PDF AIR WAR PULP STORIES!

Age of Aces Books is now offering a new feature on their Web site called "Age of Aces Presents". You can now download free PDF versions of some great Air War pulp stories.

Visit them at http://ageofaces.home.att.net and look for the "Age of Aces Presents" link.

New this week:

"Framed Wings" by Robert J. Hogan from the October 1931 POPULAR COMPLETE STORIES featuring Smoke Wade.

This is the last Smoke Wade story that appeared in a Street and Smith pulp. In the August 1932 Battle Aces, Smoke Wade began his long run in the Popular Publication air pulps. Smoke Wade was a rough and tumble Arizona cowpoke, who left the range and became the skipper of the American 66th Pursuit Squadron in WWI France.

Flying a Pinto colored Spad he called Jake, after his favorite Pinto ranch horse, Smoke always wore a six-shooter strapped to his leg and made frequent use of it during his aerial battles. He would often get in trouble with his superiors because of his penchant for placing bets on just about anything that seemed like a long-shot. But Smoke would most always win these bets, and everyone from generals to mechanics would be left owing him money.

THE BLACK SHEEP OF BELOGUE: THE BEST OF O.B. MYERS!

THE BLACK SHEEP OF BELOGUE: THE BEST OF O.B. MYERS!

Before he became a writer for the Pulp magazines, O.B. Myers was a decorated WWI fighter pilot. He is able to bring those experiences to life in his fiction about the air war in Europe. In this volume Age of Aces introduces two of Myers’ best series.

The Black Sheep of Belogue: After his arrest for striking an inept superior officer, Yank ace Dynamite Pike escapes court martial and hides out at a hidden drome in the forest of Belogue. Along with his trusted mechanic Splicer Teale, he wages a private war against the Germans while also trying to evade capture by the Allies. These outlaw eagles, who call themselves “The Black Sheep of Belogue”, blaze an explosive trail through Europe’s war skies!

The Mongol Ace: Crack American pilot Clipper Stark is assigned the terrible task of stopping the seemingly invincible “Mongol Ace”. Janghiz Kaidu, a descendant of Genghis Khan, joins the German army so he can kill more of the hated Russians. Instead he is shipped off to the Western front where he is trained as a pilot. His sadistic nature makes him the Allies’ most feared and despised adversary. Only Clipper Stark can match the Mongol Ace’s ferocious skills. But can even he kill the unkillable?

Also includes two articles about Myers’ wartime exploits by fellow pilot Kenneth Porter that originally appeared in Battle Aces in November 1931. The Frederick Blakeslee cover painting depicts the actual dogfight that won O. B. Myers the Distinguished Service Cross.

THE MAGAZINE OF EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS FACT & FICTION #4!

THE MAGAZINE OF EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS FACT & FICTION #4!

CONTENTS:

THE BEASTS OF TARZAN, COMPLETE NOVEL
UNDER THE MOONS OF MARS (PART 2 OF 2)
A DISPATCH ON MARS
MEN WHO MAKE THE ARGOSY
AN ADVENTURE IN PLAGERISM

7 X 10 INCH, 164 PAGES. $14.95.

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THE PHANTOM: GHOST WHO WALKS #1

THE PHANTOM: GHOST WHO WALKS #1!

Arriving in comic shops March 25th!

Mike Bullock, David Micheline & Silvestre Szilagyi

It's time for a new beginning… a new focus…a new direction…and new issues more often! Welcome aboard story consultant (Iron Man writer) David Michelinie! Join us for stories torn from today's headlines of modern day Africa-told in a fashion true to the earlier/darker days of The Phantom strip!

In this issue: When a UN peace-keeping mission in Northern Africa takes an explosive turn for the worse, The Phantom soon discovers that this is but the opening shot in a war to end all wars, waged by an army who lusts for their own martyrdom!

And for the first time ever, the legendary Phantom artist, Sy Barry, provides a new cover for an American Phantom comic — which is also offered in a "Virgin" cover edition, limited to 200 copies worldwide! Also available are covers from Joe Corroney and Vivek Goel!

CORRONEY COVER—32 pages, Full Color, $3.99
GOEL COVER—32 pages, Full Color, $3.99
BARRY COVER—32 pages, Full Color, $3.99
BARRY VIRGIN LIMITED COVER—32 pages, Full Color, $8.99

U.N.C.L.E. ON SALE!

U.N.C.L.E. ON SALE!

THANKS TO JASON WHITON OVER AT SPY VIBE FOR THIS TIP . . .

AMAZON HAS THE COMPLETE UNCLE BOX SET IN THEIR GOLD BOX SALE FOR LESS THAN $85 TODAY!

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SECRET AGENT MAGAZINE!

SECRET AGENT MAGAZINE!

HERE'S A NEW WEB BASED RESOURCE FOR FANS OF SPIES IN FILM AND TELEVISION. NOT EXACTLY UP-TO-DATE, BUT STILL OF INTEREST . . .

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DOG DAZE!

TV SPIES & SECRET AGENTS!

TV SPIES & SECRET AGENTS!

THE A.V. CLUB BLOG HAS A GREAT IN-DEPTH PRIMER ON TV SPIES AND SECRET AGENTS WITH PLENTY OF YOUTUBE COVERAGE.

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THE TERROR OF FU MANCHU!

THE TERROR OF FU MANCHU!

The first Fu Manchu thriller to be authorized by the Sax Rohmer Literary Estate in 22 years is now available. THE TERROR OF FU MANCHU brings back Sax Rohmer's insidious criminal mastermind, Dr. Fu Manchu along with Rohmer's intrepid protagonists Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie and teams them with Rohmer's brilliant French detective, Gaston Max in a new adventure set in London and Paris in 1913.

The death of a seemingly respectable missionary draws Denis Nayland Smith and his devoted companion, Dr. Petrie, back into the web of the diabolical Dr. Fu Manchu. The investigation takes our heroes on a harrowing journey where they cross paths with the Si-Fan, a rival theosophist society and the famous French detective, Gaston Max.

Innocent children dangling above a crocodile pit, living snowmen, and Hell-spawned demons share the stage with mysterious Chinese villains, dastardly French Apaches, powerful sorcerers and refreshingly vulnerable heroes who are still capable of reassessing the values of the British Empire. The clash of Eastern and Western cultures contrasts sharply with the age-old battle between the forces of Good and Evil, as Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie grapple with the fragile truths that rule their world.

A suspenseful thriller that moves rapidly between London and Paris in December 1913, The Terror of Fu Manchu is William Patrick Maynard's first novel. This action-packed thriller is the first authorized Fu Manchu adventure in over twenty years and reintroduces Sax Rohmer's classic characters to a new generation of readers.

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BRUNETTI’S VENICE!

BRUNETTI’S VENICE!

WITH MY TRIP TO VENICE LESS THAN THREE WEEKS AWAY, THIS WAS GOOD NEWS FOR ME AS I REALLY ENJOY THE COMMISSARIO BRUNETTI MYSTERIES BY DONNA LEON.

COINCIDING WITH THE PUBLICATION ON 2 APRIL OF THE LATEST IN DONNA LEON'S BRUNETTI SERIES, ABOUT FACE, IS A COMPANION GUIDE: BRUNETTI'S VENICE: WALKS THROUGH VENICE WITH THE CITY'S BEST-LOVED DETECTIVE BY TONI SEPEDA.

Visitors to Venice might hope to find a Venetian friend who will guide them through the narrow streets, explaining a bit of history here, a story from his youth there, perhaps grumbling about the tourists, occasionally stopping for a glass of prosecco or to gossip with friends…

Brunetti’s Venice does all these things as it moves through the famous city with Commissario Guido Brunetti, the much loved Venetian detective of Donna Leon’s bestselling novels. Presented as a series of walks through Venice and featuring atmospheric extracts from relevant parts of the novels, it is woven together by a commentary that links Brunetti’s emotional and visual responses to places he has known all his life with the inquisitiveness of the visitor.

The first walk starts at La Fenice Opera house – where the very first Brunetti novel began – and ends at the iconic Rialto Bridge. Each consequent route weaves interlinking paths through Venice and catches the secrets, sounds, sights and smells of Venice past and present. Along the way we visit Brunetti’s favourite eateries around the Rialto bridge, walk with him from his home in San Polo to the Questura in Castello where he works, cut through Piazza San Marco and accompany him on the vaporetti out to more remote parts of Venice. There are reflections on the art and architecture of Venice, as well as the impressions of writers from Shakespeare and Goethe to Thomas Mann and Jan Morris.

Enchanting and practically useful, Brunetti’s Venice is both a walking guide and an evocative narrative of the life of this most magical city for any Brunetti fan.

ELVIS WEEK 2009!

ELVIS WEEK 2009!

A NEW OFFICIAL WEB SITE LAUNCHED BY ELVIS PRESLEY ENTERPRISES IS SOLELY DEDICATED TO THE 2009 ANNUAL ELVIS WEEK AT GRACELAND. WITH THE EVENT SET TO OCCUR THIS AUGUST, THE SITE FEATURES NEWS UPDATES, SCHEDULES, PHOTOS AND OFFICIAL ELVIS STUFF.

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WILLIAM JOSEPH ~ BEYOND!

WILLIAM JOSEPH ~ BEYOND!

YET ANOTHER PIANO PRODIGY BEING KEPT UNDER THE WING OF DAVID FOSTER . . .


"I love William’s musicality, his writing and the magic he weaves on the piano. He has a unique gift the whole world should hear."—David Foster





Josh Groban, Michael Bublé and William Joseph have many things in common—they are young, they are not your typical music artists, and they are shepherded in their careers by illustrious producer David Foster. Groban and Bublé have become major stars; Joseph is on his way. With his second major-label album, Beyond, the inventive, impassioned pianist and songwriter reaches beyond the boundaries of the contemporary instrumental genre to touch a new generation.


Thursday, March 19, 2009

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: HARVARD LAMPOON’S J*MES B*ND ~ ALLIGATOR ~ BY I*N FL*M*NG!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: HARVARD LAMPOON’S J*MES B*ND ~ ALLIGATOR ~ BY I*N FL*M*NG!

Still have a copy of this odd James Bond pastiche published in 1962. I remember when I first caqme across a copy and saw all the ghost titles (Lightningrod, For Tomorrow We Live, The Chigro of the Narcissus, Toadstool, Doctor Popocatapetl, From Berlin, Your Obedient Servant, Monsieur Butterfly, and Scuba Do-Or Die) listed on the back and thinking they were real.

J*mes B*nd takes on the evil Lacertus Alligator, president of TOOTH (The Organization Organized To Hate). This Harvard Lampoon parody deftly cuts to the heart of James Bond’s drinking habits, particularly the precision with which he orders, and the amounts he consumes.

J*mes B*nd raised the glass, sniffed, and swallowed deeply. A slight frown of concentration furrowed his brow as he tested the effect on his intestinal tract, and then he smiled at the waiter.

‘Perfect, George. Three more just like it please.’


There have been a number of parodies of Ian Fleming and James Bond over the years. However, this one resonates decades after its publication as a Harvard Lampoon send-up of Goldfinger.

It’s easy to see why. First take a look at the cover. The Lampoon, which published Alligator in 1962, modeled it after the New American Library paperback versions of Fleming’s novels. The novel’s hero, J*mes B*nd consumes seemingly even more alcohol than Fleming’s Bond did.

The parody’s supposed author was I*n Fl*m*ng. In reality, it was co-written by Michael K. Frith and Cristopher B. Cerf. Cerf’s father was book publisher Bennett Cerf (1898-1971), perhaps best known as a panelist on the long-running (1950-1967, in its CBS incarnation) game show What’s My Line?

Apparently, there was a J*mes B*nd short story titled Toadstool, which appeared in a Playboy magazine parody published by the Lampoon. Rumour has it this has not been reprinted because of plagiarism issues (some sections are very close to Fleming.).

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

AD PROMO SERGEANT ZERO!

AD PROMO SERGEANT ZERO!

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YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES!

YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES!

FIRST YOUNG INDIANA JONES, THEN YOUNG BOND, THEN YOUNG SPENSER, AND NOW YOUNG
SHERLOCK . . . I SENSE A TREND . . .

The estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has authorised a series of books detailing the life of the teenage Sherlock Holmes, which will see the budding detective falling in love for the first time, learning the deductive skills that serve him so well in his adult life, and making the acquaintance of a certain Dr Watson.

Starting at age 14 and tracing Holmes's life at school and then at university, the books will be written by author Andrew Lane – a self-confessed "super-fan" who has a collection of over 100 Holmes-related books – kicking off with a case referenced but never explained by Conan Doyle, The Colossal Schemes of Baron Maupertius. This will see Holmes, who is sent to stay with relatives in Surrey after his soldier father is unexpectedly posted to India, uncovering a series of murders.


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WHO BUMPED OFF THE BUMP-AND-GRINDER?

WHO BUMPED OFF THE BUMP-AND-GRINDER?

NEW FROM HARD CASE CRIME FOR DECEMBER . . .

THE CORPSE WORE PASTIES
By Jonny Porkpie
Cover art by Ricky Mujica
First publication ever!

Usually, when you call a burlesque act a "show stopper," you don’t mean it quite so literally. But this time, that’s just what happened: The show stopped dead, and so did the girl. And as I looked at her nearly naked and completely lifeless body and the bottle of poison in her hand with my fingerprints all over it, I thought to myself: Porkpie, you’re in for it this time...

By the co-creator and master of ceremonies of New York's celebrated Pinchbottom burlesque troupe, called "the best burlesque show in town" by the Village Voice and named "Best of New York" by New York magazine

Raves for the Work of Jonny Porkpie...

"Warped." — New York Times
"Uproarious." — New York Magazine
"Deliciously perverse." — Next Magazine
"Daring, funny, imaginative, and titillating to all tastes." — London Telegraph

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AGENT 0008!

AGENT 0008!

FELLOW COBRA DAVID FOSTER HAS POSTED SOME GREAT IMAGES FROM A SERIES OF SOFT CORE BOND PARODIES FEATURING AGENT 0008. THERE WERE TWENTY BOOKS IN ALL IN THE SERIES WRITTEN BETWEEN 1965 AND 1968 BY CLYDE ALLISON (AKA: WILLIAM HENLEY KNOWLES). I HAVE NO IDEA HOW GOOD THE BOOKS ACTUALLY WERE, BUT THEIR FANTASTIC '60S COVERS MAKE THEM HIGHLY DESIRABLE COLLECTORS ITEMS.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

PHANTOM GENERATIONS!

PHANTOM GENERATIONS!

ANTHONY SCHIAVINO HAS AN INTERESTING POST OVER AT HIS PULP TONE BLOG ABOUT THE CHALLENGES OF CHANGES TO A CREATOR'S WORK – THIS KIND OF THING IS RAMPANT IN TELEVISION AND FILM, LESS SO IN BOOKS, BUT CLEARLY ONGOING IN THE WORLD OF ILLUSTRATION.

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HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!

NEWS FROM HARD CASE CRIME!

NEWS FROM HARD CASE CRIME!

News and announcements about our forthcoming pulp adventure series, THE ADVENTURES OF GABRIEL HUNT.

This is the first of what will hopefully be many exciting announcements: Late last night we finally opened a full Web site for the series – http://www.huntforadventure.com/ – in place of the paltry one-screen Web site that's been up there until now. No longer will you have to squint at tiny thumbnails of the first six covers, or wonder what the books might possibly be about. No, now you can see nice, big thumbnails -- and, if you're so inclined, read the first chapter of each book. (Some are just teasers of a few pages in length, some are long and meaty action scenes...whatever Gabriel decided to open the book with in each case. He's the boss.) You'll also find bios of the various authors who helped Gabriel get his stories down on paper (the man travels an awful lot and rarely has time to sit at a computer for long; doesn't much like computers anyway), and of Glen Orbik, the brilliant painter who created all the covers for the series.

Our first title -- HUNT AT THE WELL OF ETERNITY -- will be appearing in stores across America in just 6 weeks. You'll be able to get it then from your favorite local bookseller, or you can pre-order it online or by calling 1-800-481-9191. (Or both! Why not buy one copy to read and one to give away to a friend? Even in this tight economy, you really can't beat $6.99 for a night's entertainment...)

And in other news, I'm excited to report that a number of people in Hollywood have been knocking on Gabriel's door, to see if he might be open to letting them tell his story, either on the big screen or possibly as a TV series. The man's still thinking about it -- it's a big decision for him -- but I wouldn't be surprised if he had some news to share with us on this front over the coming months...

Best,
Charles Ardai,
Amanuensis

NEWS FROM MICHAEL ANDREW AND SWINGERHEAD!

NEWS FROM MICHAEL ANDREW AND SWINGERHEAD!

SIGH NO MORE, LADIES(Hey, Nonny, Nonny) - Music by Michael Andrew, Lyric by William Shakespeare NEW SONG written and arranged by Michael Andrewperformed at Shakespeare Theater's production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
playing now through April 25

Joe Vincent, Anne Hering, Andrew Knight, Desiree Bacala and Steven Patterson perform the Michael Andrew song inspired by Frank Sinatra,the Pied Pipers and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

“...maybe every show set in the late 1940s should have such a lush, movie-theme-song version as Michael Andrew's take on “Hey, nonny, nonny.”
— Elizabeth Maupin, ORLANDO SENTINEL


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THIS SATURDAY
MICHAEL ANDREW & SWINGERHEAD
Perform at The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
Winter Park, Florida
4:30pm
Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

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See Michael Andrew and Swingerhead with The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Links to Video:

MONTAGE
KICK IN THE HEAD/UNFORGETTABLE
TRIBUTE TO SINATRA PART ONE
TRIBUTE TO SINATRA PART TWO
TRIBUTE TO SINATRA PART THREE
TRIBUTE TO SINATRA PART FOUR
HEY BABY, I'M HOME
MOON RIVER
MY KIND OF GIRL featuring Bobby Brennan on Bass

If you are in Central Florida, you can watch the entire concert on Vision TV Channel 198 on Brighthouse, Channel 98 on Comcast

FLY ME TO THE MOON with Michael Andrew & SWINGERHEADwith the ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC will be aired throughout the month of March at the following times:
Sunday 8 PM

Wednesday 12 AM & 8 PM
Thursday 11 AM
Saturday 12 AM & 1 PM

Monday, March 16, 2009

JAMES BOND NOW ~ GUITARMAN VIC FLICK!

JAMES BOND NOW ~ GUITARMAN VIC FLICK!

Vic Flick, the guitarist on the original rendition of The James Bond Theme has produced both a cool biography ~ Vic Flick Guitarman ~ but also a cool new CD:

James Bond Now, a wonderful collection of Vic’s reworkings of classic Bond tunes along with original compositions, can be ordered from Vic himself for $15.00 including shipping and handling by E-mailing Vic direct at: Flight007@aol.com.

You can get it autographed by the “Guitarman” himself!

FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

RAREST OF THE RARE!

RAREST OF THE RARE!

HERE IS THE SCOOP FROM BAUMAN RARE BOOKS WHO ARE OFFERING THIS EXPENSIVE GEM . . .

THE RAREST, BY FAR, OF THE BOND BOOKS:THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN, IN VERY RARE FIRST-ISSUE BINDING
FLEMING, Ian.
The Man With the Golden Gun.
London: Jonathan Cape, (1965).

Octavo, original gilt-stamped black cloth, patterned endpapers, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $15,500.

First edition, the exceptionally rare first issue with the gilt-embossed gun on the front of the cloth binding.Fleming was too ill to complete this last Bond novel before his death, so novelist Kingsley Amis was hired to complete and revise it (Black, 75).

“This issue with the golden gun on the casing is the rarest, by far, of the Bond books. There are certainly fewer than the 290-odd of the signed limited edition of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The Cape archives do not reveal how many copies were produced with the golden gun stamping.

Copies tend to turn up most frequently in the extremities of the British Commonwealth, e.g., South Africa, Kenya, Australia and New Zealand."

Due to the high costs of production, the binding was changed to one without a gilt-stamped gun.
Owner inscription and signature.
Dust jacket price-clipped.
A fine copy.
Very rare.

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CHALK BOARD MUG!

CHALK BOARD MUG!

Doesn’t matter what your hot beverage of choice is, the everyday mug has now turned into a mode of communication. This ingenious mug is glazed with a chalk board surface allowing for easy-wipe messaging with a standard piece of chalk. So much better than post-its, it’s great for morning love notes to your sweetie, identifying whose mug is whose when you have a house full of guests, wishing birthday greetings….the list is endless.

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PEANUTS CITY!

PEANUTS CITY!

WHAT WOULD YOU GET IF YOU CROSSED FRANK MILLER WITH CHARLES SCHULZ?

DEVIANT ART USER, NINJAINK, HAS CREATED A FEW PANELS OF WHAT HE THINKS SCHULZ'S PEANUTS COMIC STRIP WOULD LOOK LIKE IF DRAWN BY IN THE STYLE OF FRANK MILLER'S SIN CITY.


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DVD LIFE FOR LIFE ON MARS!

DVD LIFE FOR LIFE ON MARS!

For those, like myself, lamenting the cancellation of the American version of Life On Mars, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced the DVD release of Life On Mars – The Complete Series for September 29th.

The four disk package will include all 17 episodes, retail for $39.99, and include the floowing extras:

Behind the scenes look at the Life On Mars concept.

The Design and Styles of the 1970s wardrobe.

The 1970 Perspective: Police Procedures and Precints.

Commentary from special guests.

And for those who loved the original British version of Life On Mars, Acorn Media is releasing the Series 1 DVD set on July 28th. The Series 2 DVD will be released in 2010.

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