DVD Round-Up: 'Warehouse 13,' 'Earthworm Jim,' 'Comic-Con,' & 'Adventure Time'
Week of July 10th, 2012
Published: 07/08/2012, Last Updated: 07/09/2012 03:23am
TV on DVD
There are a number of releases of geek favorite shows this week including the Syfy Network’s science fiction standby Warehouse 13: Season 3 (Universal, $49.98), and the first two seasons of The Big Bang Theory, The Big Bang Theory Season 1 (Warner Bros., 374 min., BD $39.99) and The Big Bang Theory Season 2 (Warner Bros. 558 min., $54.97), which make their debut in the hi-def Blu-ray format. Also the coffin-shaped Dark Shadows Complete Collection that was original scheduled for April, is actually coming out this week in all its 131-disc, MSRP $599.98 glory (see "DVD Round-Up for April 10th" for a more complete description).
Other animated releases include the Archie Comics-inspired Jem and the Holograms: Season 3 (Shout Factory, 300 min., $19.93) and Alvin & the Chipmunks: Batmunk (Bagdassarian Productions, 66 min., $14.99) in which the chipmunks attempt to horn in on the “summer of Batman.”
The most interesting vintage U.S. TV release this week is the Father Dowling Mysteries: Season 2 (Paramount, 500 min., $29.98) which starred Tom Bosley as the inquisitive Chicago priest. Contemporary series of interest include The Glades: Season 2 (Fox, $39.98) and iCarly: The Complete 4th Season (Nickelodeon, 264 min., $19.99).
The top U.K. releases are two vintage Doctor Who sagas, Doctor Who (Story 047): The Krotons (BBC, 91 min., $24.98), which contains all four episodes of the fourth serial of the sixth season of the long-running science fiction series featuring the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton), and Doctor Who (Story 072): Death to the Daleks (BBC, 98 min., $24.98), the third serial of the 11th season featuring the Third Doctor Jon Pertwee. It aired in 1974 and featured the popular sidekick Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen).
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Also new and also from is Mahoromatic: I’m Home (Sentai Filmworks, "14+," 50 min. $29.98), a two-part TV special that aired in Japan in 2009. I’m Home can be purchased separately or as part of the Mahoromatic Ultimate Collection (Sentai Filmworks, "14+," 725 min., $59.98), which also contains the 12-episode Mahoromatic: Automatic Maiden series, the 14-episode Mahoromatic: Something More Beautiful series, and the Mahoromatic Summer Special OVA.
There are also some excellent re-priced re-releases led by the vintage Dirty Pair Flash (Right Stuf, "15+," 400 min., $39.99), which collects the three series of classic Sunrise-produced OVAs from the 1990s. Also out on Tuesday is the S.A.V.E. edition of El Cazador de la Bruja Complete Series (FUNimation, "“17+," 650 min., $29.98), the Step Up Love Story Complete Collection (Anime Works, "16+," 120 min., $14.99), and the Oreimo Complete Set (Aniplex of America, "13+," 400 min., $54.98).
The major release this week is American Reunion (Universal, "R," $29.98, BD/Combo $34.98), the fourth and (likely) final film in the American Pie series and the first since 2003’s American Wedding. There’s a palpable sense of the uncomfortable in this sequel, which could manage only a 44% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Much better is Being Flynn (Universal, "R," $29.98, BD $34.98), a father/son drama based on Nick Flynn’s memoir that gives Robert De Niro an opportunity to remind us all what a talented actor he is in one of those showy roles as a down-and-out eccentric with delusions of intellectual grandeur.
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