DVD Round-Up: 'House,' 'The Closer,' 'Power Rangers,' & 'Tintin'
Week of August 21st
Published: 08/19/2012, Last Updated: 08/20/2012 01:05am
TV on DVD
There are plenty of big releases in this category starting with House Season 8: The Final Season (Uinversal, $59.98, BD $64.98), which collects the last season of one of the most interesting medical dramas in TV history. Hugh Laurie’s pill-popping medico with decided misanthropic leanings was rarely less than brilliant with his diagnoses, just as this series itself represents a sort of high point when in comes to drama series on the Fox network.
But there are plenty of other releases worth taking a look at including the final season of another quality series, The Closer, which stars Kyra Sedgwick as a top-notch police investigator who is not afraid to get her hands dirty if it means putting a bad guy away. The Closer: The Complete 7th Season (Warner Bros., 860 min., $59.98) collects all 21 final season episodes that appeared on TNT.
Other popular series with their latest collections due out this week include NCIS: The Complete 9th Season (Paramount, $64.99), NCIS: Los Angeles—The Third Season (Paramount, $62.99), Revenge: The Complete First Season (Disney, 880 min., $45.99) the debut season of the prime time crime/soap opera set in the Hamptons, and the hit sitcom Mike & Molly: The Complete 2nd Season (Warner Bros., 440 min., $44.98).
The Marvel Super Hero Squad cartoon series is targeted at young viewers, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t tangle with some of the major story arcs in the Marvel universe. Case in point is The Super Hero Squad Show: The Infinity Gauntlet Vol.4 (Shout Factory, 120 min., $14.93). Another favorite of the little ones is the Cartoon Network’s Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation (Warner Bros., 79 min., $19.93)
Kids will also like this week’s only offering from the U.K., Planet Dinosaur (BBC, 180 min., $19.98), which transports viewers across the globe and back through the eons to bring a panoply of the latest dinosaur discoveries to life along with the biggest, baddest “thunder lizards” this world has ever seen.
Fans of vintage American TV only have one new release this week, but it’s one of the best, Perry Mason: The Seventh Season, Vol.1 (Paramount, 759 min., $49.99), which collects 15 great mystery sagas featuring Raymond Burr as the most incisive lawyer in the history of televison.
Classics on Blu-ray
Sacha Baron Cohen’s schtick is wearing a little thin these days, but The Dictator (Paramount, “R,” $30.99, BD/Combo $40.99) does allow him to get a little more mileage out of satirizing the supposed backwardness of various third world functionaries with this tale of a once powerful North African strongman, who is overthrown while on a visit to New York City.
Those who prefer a more nuanced, rigorous, and universal look at life in a developing country should check out A Separation (Sony, “PG-13,” $30.99, BD $35.99), a serious art house film about a middle class Iranian couple torn apart by the demands and opportunities of modern day life that won the Oscar for “Best Foreign Language Film” in 2012.
The opinions in this column do not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial staff of ICv2.com.
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