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21 April 2005 @ 11:10 am
I am (still) fannish.  
I've been wondering why I've felt so lukewarm about shelling out money for shows on DVD that I really do like--Nip/Tuck, Monk, Dead Like Me, S1 & S2 of Due South, etc. I haven't even seen all of first-season N/T and Monk, and these are tops on my Wish List. And yet. Then I thought about shows that aren't yet available on DVD, and realized that there are in fact some I'd snap up in a minute if they were/when they are:

  • Battlestar Galactica (full first 2004-5 series)
  • Invisible Man (only in UK right now, sigh)
  • Odyssey 5 (sob)
  • Action (coming out soon)
  • News Radio (coming out soon)

    Obviously I recommend these.

    I want the other shows too. I'm just trying to be gentle on my credit card, and I still have three full sets of Buffy & Angel seasons I haven't rewatched yet, so....

    I dedicate my icon to the bastards who have not yet released Odyssey 5.

    ETA: Sadly, I think I was wrong about Action coming out soon. Also, I commented with some pimpful show descriptions.
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    Trepkostrepkos on April 21st, 2005 06:20 pm (UTC)
    "I still have three full sets of Buffy & Angel seasons I haven't rewatched yet..."

    Blimey!
    I've watched all of mine at least 5 times, apart from AtS5, and have resorted to watching dubbed in French and Spanish to try and avoid learning every line!
    Anna S.eliade on April 21st, 2005 09:01 pm (UTC)
    and have resorted to watching dubbed in French and Spanish to try and avoid learning every line!

    My DVDs must have that option too, then. Scary.
    Trepkostrepkos on April 21st, 2005 09:04 pm (UTC)
    Jokes don't translate easily, so the French version comes over as much darker than the English.
    Zoë Raynez_rayne on April 21st, 2005 06:32 pm (UTC)
    I, um, have Odyssey 5 recorded to DVD off the most recent complete airing on Showtime Extreme. I'd be happy to dupe off copies for the cost of the discs and postage, if it would make you happy. Because a happy Anna means fabulous fic, and fabulous fic makes a happy Zoe. *g*
    Anna S.: puppyeliade on April 21st, 2005 09:06 pm (UTC)
    Ah, you are sweet. I think I'd always feel vaguely anxious about (not) writing fiction for the fandom. But if you just mean fic in general, I do hope to write more of that. *g* Anyway, I'd love to have the show! My Showtime didn't give me all eps--I actually feel like I've earned the DVDs as I had Sho at the time it aired! Let me know how you want me to send you $$. :) And thank yoU!
    Zoë Rayne: fan pimpz_rayne on April 21st, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC)
    But if you just mean fic in general, I do hope to write more of that. *g*

    Ah, sorry I wasn't clear. Yes, I was thinking fic in general (well, Spike/Xander, actually, but I'm easy; anything you write I will read and most likely adore to bits), so no guilt or anxiety required.

    Email me at z_rayne[at]livejournal[dot]com with a postal address and I'll get the discs out shortly. And you're very welcome.
    Dani Mephistopholes: Firefly deadly sins - stills by teleri02astarte99 on April 21st, 2005 06:39 pm (UTC)
    Other than BSG, I haven't heard of any of these. What do you like about them?
    Anna S.: kitteneliade on April 21st, 2005 09:18 pm (UTC)
    Invisible Man is a SciFi TV show with Vincent Ventresca and Paul Ben-Victor, who have excellent (and to many people, slashy) chemistry. The pilot just blew me the hell away--I have a copy of that, thank god; it was dark and rich and angsty with a kick-ass pair of dysfunctional villains. I get all gooey just thinking about it. The series itself was usually much lighter, even goofier, but they occasionally honed a dark edge.

    Odyssey 5 was a science-fiction show about the end of the world, which is no great spoiler, as it happens pretty much at the beginning. But it's not post-apocalyptic in the traditional sense. It takes place on an undestroyed Earth. I'll leave that to you to ponder. *g* This had Peter Weller and an amazing ensemble cast and intelligent and somehow very British episodes with lots of great plots.

    Action starred Jay Mohr and also Richard Burgi (Sentinel) as an occasional guest star. There was a canonical blow-job between the two of them. *dies* (I probably shouldn't spoil people for that, but then again, it's probably an incentive to watch it for many people.) This is basically a twisted satire of Hollywood, with a lot of snappy, snarky characters who would come off as the purely vicious, mean bastards they are if they weren't so hilarious and ludicrous.

    News Radio starred Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Andy Dick, Maura Tierney, Phil Hartman, and Jon Lovitz. Awesome ensemble cast, very *very* funny show. Phil Hartman and Dave Foley--and Stephen Root, and Andy Dick--oh, never mind--were particularly great. :)
    Dani Mephistopholesastarte99 on April 22nd, 2005 11:37 am (UTC)
    Thanks so much for the show reviews!! Those sound great (and yes, thanks for the spoiler about the canon blowjob).
    Oleander9999: pegasusoleander9999 on April 21st, 2005 06:43 pm (UTC)
    ACTION is coming out soon????!! Where, what, when??!
    Anna S.eliade on April 21st, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC)
    Drat. You know, I may have misspoken--it's not available for preorder, but it's on Amazon.com as "we'll e-mail you when it's released" which doesn't necessarily promise anything, I guess. :P Sorry. But it's here if you want to sign up with your e-mail:

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00005JO3S/
    Oleander9999: pegasusoleander9999 on April 22nd, 2005 01:15 am (UTC)
    SOB! Still, I'm not surprised. Jay Mohr once said it will NEVER come out on DVD, which makes me weep. I love your summation of the show. I've always found it delightful, for instance, that Peter's ex-child star, ex-call girl muse is Wendy. :-)

    The writing was sublime. You do know the extraordinary Peter/Cole story Fire and Ice, yes?

    Thanks for the link -- I'll add my name, just in case!
    Oleander9999: pegasusoleander9999 on April 22nd, 2005 01:20 am (UTC)
    In case you want the link to that story, here 'tis!
    http://www.certando.net/fireandice.html
    viverra_libroviverra_libro on April 21st, 2005 07:13 pm (UTC)
    I've bought the first 3 seasons of The Shield, which is really, really, really great on DVD. Highly recommend it. And there's a gay cop! I can't believe nobody else is fandoming this show!
    Anna S.eliade on April 21st, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC)
    Hmmm. I've heard good things. I will have to look into this. :)
    viverra_libroviverra_libro on April 22nd, 2005 01:41 am (UTC)
    Oh, I hope you do!

    If it's just a matter of money, I could tape the DVDs for you . . .
    zvi LikesTVzvi_likes_tv on April 21st, 2005 09:17 pm (UTC)
    lanchid can hook you up with people who can hook you up to get a UK DVD of IMan, if you've got a region free DVD player.
    Anna S.: spike_femmeeliade on April 21st, 2005 09:20 pm (UTC)
    Thanks. :) I don't have a region-free player, or I'd actually just buy it off Amazon.co.uk. Sadness!!!
    ruthless1ruthless1 on April 21st, 2005 09:30 pm (UTC)
    just a little question - does your local library stock any of these dvds? That could be a great money saver PLUS something to look forward to - I spent a whole year refreshing the library page to see when I was going to get Six Feet Under. I am quite patient for everything but Buffy and Angel - those I pre-ordered.
    I have only bought Buffy and Angel and the rest I get at the libary. I love my library!
    Anna S.eliade on April 21st, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC)
    I actually just found this out--that you could check out whole series of DVDs from the library system. anaxila clued me into that. :) Now I have to do the legwork of actually following up and finding stuff to checkout.
    ruthless1ruthless1 on April 21st, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC)
    I totally love doing this - I even have Ultraviolet coming in sometime soon (from reading on your LJ about it.) If your library doesn't have it - they can get it from other libaries for you. I feel like I have a little dvd candy store right at my fingertips. But I had to buy the others - everyone should own Buffy and Angel just cuz. They just should.
    I have to get Arrested Development again - I didn't get to them before it was due back. My branch also stocks all the farscapes but there are so many - I am not sure where to start.
    I loved going through the Alias season 1-3 - I just cooked and cooked and knitted a bit, all the while watching alias. Of course I accidentally watched one episode three times because that particular recipe required alot of attention and I kept forgetting that I had already seen that episode. I just love my brain some days. Yeah brain!
    Anna S.eliade on April 21st, 2005 09:44 pm (UTC)
    *g* I've already watched my Alias DVDs three times, I think. At least the first two seasons. But now I'm all jazzed--I had Arrested Development on my Wish List but no immediate intention of purchasing it. Libraries! Libraries!

    *twirls*
    ruthless1ruthless1 on April 21st, 2005 09:51 pm (UTC)
    ::adds a little dip or two to your twirl:::

    You know what I love about the libraries - they make me feel rich even when I look at my dwindling bank account. Cuz by golly - all those books? With my name written on them? Waiting to be checked out by me? woohoo! And it's free - free - free!
    ::goes back to dippin' and spinnin' and grinnin' (with a dose of reading on the side):::
    Alizarin_NYCalizarin_nyc on April 22nd, 2005 02:25 pm (UTC)
    "Invisible Man is a SciFi TV show with Vincent Ventresca and Paul Ben-Victor, who have excellent (and to many people, slashy) chemistry. The pilot just blew me the hell away--I have a copy of that, thank god; it was dark and rich and angsty with a kick-ass pair of dysfunctional villains. I get all gooey just thinking about it. The series itself was usually much lighter, even goofier, but they occasionally honed a dark edge."

    OH yes. In fact, when I saw Paul Ben-Victor on this week's Alias I thought oh my god, Invisible Man! How I wanted to see him get it on with Vincent Vintresca. When VV quoted Nietzsche at the beginning of the first ep, I said, okay, I'm in.

    When they cancelled it, I was upset, except I still had Farscape (and Odyssey 5 and Jeremiah and so forth) and then... damn! All cancelled.

    *waits patiently for I-man DVDs*
    little Alexlitalex on April 23rd, 2005 03:48 am (UTC)
    I'm nearly up to date on Stargate SG-1... Finally got to season 8, but fell in love with "House" and "Desperate Housewives" instead.