The third season of “Newhart” has landed on DVD this week, along with newly recovered 1960s episodes of “Doctor Who.”
“Newhart” (Shout!/DVD, 1984-85, three discs, 22 episodes). Bob Newhart’s second successful TV series was this show in which he plays Dick Loudon, a New England innkeeper, host of a local TV show and author of self-help books.
He’s happily married to Joanna (Mary Frann) but often butts heads with the inn’s handyman (Tom Poston), as well as three local woodsmen named Larry, Darryl and “my other brother Darryl” (William Sanderson, Tony Papenfuss and John Volstad). The brothers become regulars this season as they take over a cafe.
Then there’s the vain, shallow Stephanie (Julia Duffy), cut off from her wealthy family and forced to become a maid at the Loudons’ inn, and her boyfriend, the equally shallow Michael (Peter Scolari), who produces Dick’s show until he’s fired this season.
Hilarious comedy from an era when sitcoms could be funny without being raunchy.
“Doctor Who: Web of Fear” (BBC/DVD, 1968, b/w, six episodes). This serial makes its DVD debut after having been “lost” for decades. Except for one of its six episodes, “Web of Fear” was written off as “lost” (more than 90 episodes of the first six years of “Doctor Who” are still missing). But last year, four episodes were discovered at a Nigerian TV station. This set restores five of the original six, with episode 3 still missing. The story introduces the second doctor (Patrick Troughton) to the military task force UNIT and is a sequel to “The Abominable Snowmen.”
"Corazon Indomable” (Cinedigm/DVD, 2013, four discs, 21 episodes, in Spanish with English subtitles). The title translates as “Wild at Heart,” and this Univision telenovela is an overheated soap opera about a poor young woman who falls in love with a rich pilot. But after his family mistreats her, she heads to Mexico City where she reinvents herself, becoming a successful businesswoman with a rich benefactor. Then she returns to the family that did her wrong, seeking revenge. Or will her love for their son soften her resolve? Remake of the 1994 telenovela “Marimar.” (Does ABC’s “Revenge” owe something to this show?)
“Jonny Quest: The Complete Eighties Adventures” (Warner Archive, 1986-87, two discs, 13 episodes). Jonny Quest is a young boy who travels with his scientist father on exciting adventures in the 1964-65 animated series. These ’80s episodes were created to air in tandem with the original show as part of the syndicated weekend series “Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera.” You may notice a difference in the look and feel of the new episodes, which are a bit less violent and have new voices, with the exception of Don Messick as Dr. Benton Quest and Bandit. (Available at warnerarchive.com.)
Chris Hicks is the author of "Has Hollywood Lost Its Mind? A Parent’s Guide to Movie Ratings." Website: www.hicksflicks.com
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