Universal bids for TV-to-DVD market

MUMBAI: Did you miss the episodes of Monk or Law & Order? Well this piece of news will provide the fans of the shows an opportunity to catch up on what they have missed out.

In an attempt to strengthen its position as a leading provider of TV-to-DVD content in the US, Universal Studios Home Entertainment (USHE) has announced its 2005 slate of television shows which will be made available on DVD for the first time. In India the two above mentioned shows air on Star World.

USHE president Craig Kornblau said, "With TV-to-DVD among the fastest growing segments of our industry, we are well poised to capitalise on NBC Universal's treasure trove of television assets. With award-winning series that redefined the television landscape, consumers will now have the freedom to own and enjoy some of the most beloved shows for the first time ever on DVD."

Universal is releasing the second and third season DVD collections of Monk, Columbo, Magnum P.I., Knight Rider, Law & Order and The A-Team. The comedy Monk sees Tony Shalhoub in the title role. He's phobic, obsessive, compulsive and also the most brilliant crime solver since Sherlock Holmes.

Kojak starred the late Telly Savalas as the lollipop-loving sleuth Lt. Theo Kojak. He is a brash, stylish, streetwise detective who battles criminals on the gritty streets of 1970s New York. Savalas won two Golden Globe Awards for his portrayal of the tough, wisecracking but compassionate cop.

Cult shows of the 1980's like the Don Johnson starrer Miami Vice, Murder She Wrote and The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries will also be released by the entertainment giant.

Miami Vice is considered to have revolutionise the television crime drama and launched a worldwide cultural phenomenon in fashion, architecture and music. In addition to its trademark action, glamorous settings, and hip fashions, the first season of this series boasts guest performances by the likes of Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, Pam Grier, Dennis Farina and Eagles' singer Glenn Frey. It also features original music by Phil Collins, U2, Elvis Presley, Peter Gabriel, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, The Police, Glenn Frey and other pop superstars. The three-disc DVD includes 22 episodes and bonus materials.

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