In the last year and a half, the company has released 20 volumes of "Cheers" episodes, each containing three half-hour shows, priced at $20 per tape (plus a shipping-and-handling charge). Included are some of the favorite episodes, including the series opener, and various "firsts," such as Woody Harrelson's first appearance as Woody Boyd.
The company, which licenses "Cheers" shows from owner Paramount, usually puts out a volume every four to six weeks. Explaining how Columbia House decides which episodes to release, [Harry Elias] said: "We have staff doing research, talking to people who know the show well, checking reference material-all to figure out the most popular episodes and how to pair them in the most attractive way."
"Ted & Venus" (Columbia TriStar, $90). If you're in the mood for a quirky little movie, try this oddball tale of nerdy, love-starved poet (Bud Cort) who's obsessed with a young beauty (Kim Adams) back in the mid-'70s in the Venice section of L.A. His obsession hovers between comic and tragic, finally taking a dark turn. Director-co-author Cort is clumsy and overly sentimental at times, but keeps you somewhat intrigued in the weird hero. Cameos by, among others, Woody Harrelson and Rhea Perlman.