Summary of "Season 6 - Bye Xena!": Well, that was a fun series, wasn't it? The series went from being somewhat campy, to extremely serious. I was never a huge fan when it was on TV, but I enjoyed the show on DVD. I'll blame my lack of excitement for the broadcast run with my spotty viewings of the episodes. I thought the final season was pretty good, and I liked the way they wrapped the show up.
I'd like to thank Davis-Anderson Merchandising for putting together a great run of DVD sets. They could have slapped these sets together with a handful of extras and fans would have purchased them, but they went the extra mile on every set. I wince at all the bonus material I have to watch to get through these sets, but they're providing excellent value to the consumers. The cast should also be commended for their participation in the DVD sets; I think they understand their fan base, and know that they'll be supported by them in future projects.
If you're a fan of the show, or someone looking for a fantasy show to get into, you can't go wrong with these sets. (read entire review)
Season 4 - Finally...we get some Bruce! (6/26/2004)
Summary of "Season 4 - Finally...we get some Bruce!": Wow, 10 discs......TEN discs! They can't be faulted for cramming too much onto a disc, that's for sure! The packaging for the set is both interesting and annoying at the same time. Each panel contains 2 discs which overlap (the top overlaps the bottom). It can be a hassle to remove the bottom disc, but I'd rather see this than a 10 panel foldout; it would take up far too much room on a shelf, not to mention if you had to fold it out all the way.
I thought the extras for this season were good, though they cut back on the commentary tracks for some reason. At least there wasn't anything as bad as the "Sacrifice" featurette on the third season. Man, that was bad! Being a Bruce Campbell fan I absolutely loved the "Cabin Fever" featurette. It's about time we saw Bruce included in extras on the set.
Summary of "Season 3 - It keeps getting better...": Before Buffy did it with "Once More With Feeling," Xena had a musical episode. Xena and Gabrielle find themselves in a strange land in "The Bitter Suite," a continuation of the story from "Maternal Instincts" and they break out in song and dance throughout the episode. The commentary track was very insightful for that episode. Bruce Campbell was in 3 episodes this season, a good one ("King of Assassins"), an all right one ("Tsunami") and a stinker ("Vanishing Act" - branded the worst episode by some cast and crew members). Also be on the lookout for Shiri Appleby (Roswell) in "Forgiven."
The video is a nice upgrade for the set, but the "Sacrifice" extras really, really bothered me. The low audio on the "Alternate Cuts" piece was sloppy work, and the retrospective just pissed me off. Maybe I'm the only one that believes this, but I think a featurette should have a focus. Tacking a tribute to the end of that was garbage, garbage, garbage! Compared to the beautiful sets used for the interviews and commentary tracks, seeing someone sitting in an office space, or a house, with a fern and a wall as the background is total crap. Then there's the audio...I'll just shut up now. Hopefully I don't offend any Xena fans, but I'm just tellin' it the way I see it. It's a good idea to have a fan involved in the production of the set, but try to make the material look professional.
Xena fans will be happy with the robust set found here, but I hope the production quality of the extras increases for season 4. (read entire review)
Summary of "Season 2 - Season 2": I was glad to see the picture was improved in season 2 over the first set. "A Day in the Life," directed by Michael Hurst, was very, very funny and I was pleased that all 3 participants provided commentary on the episode. Another favorite episode of mine would be "The Quest" with Bruce Campbell. I'll be honest here... I think I'll always list the Bruce Campbell episodes as being my favorite because I really like him as an actor, but also because his character cracks me up.
The season 2 set was an obvious improvement over the first season, both in terms of video quality and extras. (read entire review)
Summary of "Season 1 - Yiiiii! Yiiiii! Yiiiii!": While I find Xena to be entertaining, it's also the definition of "cheese." Her loud "Yiiiii! Yiiiii! Yiiiii!" battle call combined with the impossible jumps and kicks, and the toungue-in-cheek humor make this a show to groan at. I'm not saying it's a bad show, it's just a lighthearted show that shouldn't be taken seriously. Xena is the perfect show to watch when you need a good laugh, and some cool action. (read entire review)
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT IS HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THE DVD RELEASE OF XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS - SEASON 5! Xena goes to Hell and back, to save those she loves most. Starring Lucy Lawless and Renee... (read entire news item)
A 'Season 4' General DVD Release is Announced by Universal
Lucy Lawless dons her battle armor once more in her iconic role as the warrior princess who travels the ancient world seeking redemption by battling for a better future for all mankind. But even as she... (read entire news item)
More Lawless Cover Art, This Time for Universal's Season 3 Set
Last week Universal Studios Home Entertainment announced Xena: Warrior Princess - Season 3, a 5-DVD set, will come to retail on March 13th for $26.98 SRP. Now the studio has provided an early look at... (read entire news item)
General Retail Release for 'Season 3' of the Classic Lucy Lawless Series
SHE'S FIERCE AND FEARLESS, AND A WORTHY FOE BY GODS AND VILLAINS ALIKE...LUCY LAWLESS IS XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS! All 22 episodes of Season 3 are available on DVD in a 5-disc collection.
It's the powerful... (read entire news item)
Menu Screen and Box Art for Universal's Season 2 Release
Late last month we reported that March 29th would see Universal's new release of Xena: Warrior Princess - Season 2 on DVD. Today the studio revealed the package art design for this 5-disc set, plus a... (read entire news item)
Lucy Lawless Returns with Universal's 'Season 2' DVD (Re-)Release
A month ago we told you that this was on the way, and now it's officially on the schedule! Universal Studios Home Entertainment has formally announce a DVD re-release of Xena: Warrior Princess - Season... (read entire news item)
Universal's 'Season 2' DVD Re-Release is On the Radar
This past April, a re-release of Xena: Warrior Princess - Season 1 on DVD came out from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Now Amazon has begun taking pre-orders for an upcoming release of Xena: Warrior... (read entire news item)
Lawless-ness! Box Art Is Here for Universal's Season 1 Re-release
Back in mid-January we reported that on April 20th Universal Studios Home Entertainment will re-release Xena: Warrior Princess - Season 1 on DVD. Package art wasn't available at the time, but this afternoon... (read entire news item)
A Season 1 DVD Re-Release is On-the-Way from Universal
Make way for one of the fiercest and most dynamic woman warriors to ever grace the TV screen as all 24 Season One episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess come to DVD. Lucy Lawless is Xena: a smart, tough,... (read entire news item)
Corrected Info about Xena Plans on Blu-ray Disc
Earlier this week we reported that Davis-Panzer, which is taking pre-orders right now for the first season of Highlander: The Series on Blu-ray Disc, also had plans to bring other shows of theirs to the... (read entire news item)
Blu-ray Plans are Being Made for the Warrior Princess in High Definition!
This morning we've let you know that the Legenday Heroes website, the official online store for Davis-Panzer Productions, is taking pre-orders for a high-definition Blu-ray Disc release of Highlander:... (read entire news item)
Online Offer For The Complete Series (Or Get The Box Only, If You Want)
A week ago we reported about a complete DVD collection for Highlander: The Series, available online only at the Official Highlander Store. After seeing our story, reader Seth Klinehoffer sent us a heads-up,... (read entire news item)
Visit The Warrior Princess Once More For Her 10th Anniversary
DVDPlanet.com has posted early information about a celebratory release of a Xena: Warrior Princess - 10th Anniversary DVD set. Anchor Bay hasn't released details or cover art about this yet, but the... (read entire news item)
Finally...final retail cover art for final season!
After all the confusion we've had recently over Xena: Warrior Princess cover art for the 6th (and last) season's DVD set, we're glad to finally show you what you can expect to find on store shelves! ... (read entire news item)
6th Season Direct Sale Version's Cover Art...Redux
Yes, we're bringing back this topic. A few days ago we posted a discussion (well, it was a bit one-sided!) about Xena: Warrior Princess - Season 6, and the topic was the direct sale version at LegendaryHeroes.com... (read entire news item)
Will Direct Sale Season 6 DVD Set Match Retail? Let's Discuss!
Thanks to Jennifer at XWPOnline.net, along with the sale listing at LegendaryHeroes.com, we have details and cover art for the direct-sale version of Xena: Warrior Princess - Season 6:
This stellar... (read entire news item)
6th & Final Season Fights For Your Dollars in March
Xena: Warrior Princess comes to a conclusion early this year, with the March 8th release of the 6th season. Amazon.com is the source of our info, having recently put the title up for pre-order with a... (read entire news item)
5th Season Cover art and More
A few days ago, we passed along the news that Xena: Warrior Princess - Season 5 would hit the streets on October 15, at a list price of $79.98. In that previous news story, we gave you the list of extras... (read entire news item)
5th Season Announced
Anchor Bay announces the October 19th release of Xena: Warrior Princess - Season 5. Sporting a list price of $79.98 for 1040 minutes of episodes, here's what else you can expect to find on this set:
Interviews... (read entire news item)
Press Release & Cover Art for Season 4!
THE BATTLE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL CONTINUES WITH THE DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION TEN-DISC DVD SET
XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS - SEASON FOUR
Anchor Bay Entertainment & Davis-Anderson Merchandising Corp
Introduces... (read entire news item)
Season 4, 5 and 6
Anchor Bay has started to update their "In the Future" page with some upcoming TV titles.
On Friday they posted that Xena: Warrior Princess Season 4 will be released in June, with the final 2 seasons... (read entire news item)
Finally...details about the 3rd Season set!
We reported back in December that Xena: Warrior Princess - Season 3 was coming to DVD on February 10th. We've even had the cover art for quite some time, at our release listing for the box set. But... (read entire news item)
Season 3 street date & price
Back in August we gave you this heads-up to expect Xena: Warrior Princess - Season 3 sometime in February 2004.
Anchor Bay has now set an exact street date of Feb. 10th. The list price will be $69.98.... (read entire news item)
Season 3 plans
With Season 2's retail release coming up fast (next Tuesday!), Anchor Bay has posted at their website this information about the 3rd season set for Xena:
XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS - Third Season in February... (read entire news item)
Anchor Bay's plans for Xena, Hercules, and Highlander
Trade magazine Video Business published this February 28th article [http://www.videobusiness.com/article.asp?articleID=4995&catID=4] (free registration required for link) about Anchor Bay's marketing... (read entire news item)
Xena Season One Set
Xena: Season One will be sold exclusively online on November 30th, 2002. This remastered set contains all 24 episodes on 7 discs and sells for $99.95. It's only available at http://www.xenahercules.com/xenadvdmain.html... (read entire news item)