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'Thriller' series now on DVD
By Jeff Tuckman | Daily Herald Correspondent
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Published: 9/3/2010 12:02 AM

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"Thriller: The Complete Series"

Stephen King has said for many years that "Thriller" was the finest horror series that ever appeared on television. Fans of this great show, which ran on NBC from 1960 to 1962, can now enjoy it in its entirety. Available on DVD for the first time are all 67 episodes on 14 discs. Each one has been remastered and uncut, while the set also includes more than 50 hours of supplemental features.

Boris Karloff hosted, and what separated the show from others featuring suspense and horror was the writing, directing and the quality of the ensemble of actors who appeared. Stars included William Shatner, Mary Tyler Moore, Cloris Leachman, Robert Vaughn, Rip Torn, Leslie Nielsen, Elizabeth Montgomery and many more.

The extras are amazing and include 24 hours of commentary.

"The Red Riding Trilogy"

If you didn't see this trilogy at your local theater, now you can experience it at home. The three British thrillers about a mysterious series of gruesome crimes were inspired by the real-life Yorkshire Ripper murders. The three films were made at different times, using three different directors and crews. The writer remained the same, as did the cast of characters connected by recurring events.

This is a modern-day film noir with desperation, corruption and murder. The scenes are hard to watch at times, and you might find yourself looking away. The stories are of unspeakable evil and will stay with you for quite some time.

"The Bee Gees: One Night Only Anniversary Edition"

Forever linked to the disco era, the Bee Gees had already sold millions of records before they hit monster numbers with the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack.

This performance was filmed at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and included many hits from their long career including "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart," "I've Got To Get A Message To You," "You Should Be Dancing," "Jive Talkin'," "Staying Alive" and "How Deep is Your Love."

"Michel Legrand & Friends: 50 Years of Music and Movies"

Michel Legrand is a legendary composer who has won Academy Awards and Grammys. This program was filmed live at the Garden Arena at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and features Legrand conducting a 66-piece orchestra with many artists performing his songs. They included Andy Williams, Steve Lawrence, Dionne Warwick, Patti Page, George Benson, Jerry Lewis, Melissa Manchester, Sting and Frank Sinatra Jr.

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