(February 8, 2007 - Burbank, CA) — It has been over 20 years since viewers were captured by the adventures of two state motorcycle patrolmen, but now Jon Baker and Frank “Ponch” Poncharello have returned to entertain us once again with Warner Home Video’s (WHV) release of "CHiPs: The Complete First Season" on June 5, 2007 for $39.98 SRP. The exciting action series which aired for six seasons on NBC starred Erik Estrada (“Ponch”), Larry Wilcox (“Jon Baker”) and Robert Pine (“Sgt. Joseph Getraer”) and had its fair share of multiple car pile-ups, high speed chases, hijacker plots and of course 1970s nostalgia. "CHiPs: The Complete First Season" includes all 22 episodes and all-new bonus features in a 6-disc collection. Order due date is May 1, 2007. Officer Jon Baker and his partner Frank “Ponch” Poncharello were members of CHiPS, which stood for California Highway Patrol, keeping the freeway system in and around Los Angeles a safer place for commuters. Jon Baker was the more straight-laced type, while “Ponch” was the hunky ladies man that had female fans across America going wild. Erik Estrada who played “Ponch” was the first Latino to play a policeman on TV, paving the way for other Latinos to break stereotypes in the Entertainment industry. The 1977 series had such an impact, that a film version starring Wilmer Valderrama is set to begin production this year. “We are very excited to be releasing the first season of this memorable 1970's series.” said Rosemary Markson, WHV Vice President, TV Marketing. “A staple of NBC’s lineup for six seasons, 'CHiPs' made household names out of Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox and is sure to become a fan favorite of new generations.” In addition to the entire first season of this beloved series, "CHiPs: The Complete First Season" contains never-before-seen special features, including: • "Chips: The Ride out of Spanish Harlem" - A “ride” down memory lane including all-new interviews with Erik Estrada and a special look at his CHiPs memorabilia. • All-new introductions with special trivia and anecdotes on selected episodes by Erik Estrada. With operations in 90 international territories Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video’s film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.
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