DVD Round-Up: 'The Walking Dead,' 'Once Upon a Time,' 'Boardwalk Empire,' Rare 'Transformers'
Week of August 28th
Published: 08/26/2012 11:49pm
TV on DVD
Fantasy fans will also want to check out Once Upon a Time: The 1st Season (Warner Bros., 946 min., $49.99, BD $59.99), the popular ABC series that brings fairy tale characters into the modern world in 22 mind-bending fantasy sagas.
But there are also some superb mainstream TV releases this week headed by Showtime’s Homeland: The Complete First Season (Fox, $59.99, BD $69.99), the Golden Globe winning serial drama about a Marine who has been held captive by Al-Qaeda and the CIA officer who believes that the former captive is now a terrorist, and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Second Season (HBO, $69.98, BD $79.98), which collects the last season of the excellent gangster series starring Steve Buscemi that is set in Atlantic City during Prohibition.
Comic fans who enjoy Anthony Bourdain’s Get Jiro! might also be interested in Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations--Collection 7 (Gaiam, 646 min., $24.98), which includes more of his globe-trotting culinary insights. But of course those looking for a sleazier sort of reality show can check out Jersey Shore: Uncensored, Season 5 (MTV, 462 min., $29.98).
Other contemporary series out on DVD this week include In Plain Sight, Season 5: The Final Season (Universal, 340 min., $29.98), the always entertaining motorcycle gang series Sons of Anarchy: Season 4 (Fox, $59.99, BD $69.99), and the popular sitcom Two and a Half Men: The Complete 9th Season (Warner Bros. 450 min., $44.98), which features the replacement of Charlie Sheen by Ashton Kutcher.
There are also a number of excellent animated TV releases this week including the debut of Transformers Victory: The Complete Series (Shout Factory, 810 min., $29.93), which includes 37 more episodes from the Japanese Transformers series that has never been previously released on DVD in this country.
Equally interesting to many is Green Lantern: The Animated Series Season 1, Part 1: Rise of the Red Lanterns (Warner Bros., 310 min., $19.97), the first substantial 13-episode release from the popular new Cartoon Network series featuring the exploits of one of DC Comics’ most popular heroes.
For fans of master animator Chuck Jones there is The Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes Hour Chuck Jones: Mouse Chronicles (Warner Bros., 133 min., $29.98, BD $34.98), which includes 19 short cartoons featuring rodents with endearing names like Sniffles plus Jones’ great mouse duo of Hubie and Bertie.
Other animated releases include Danny Phantom: Season 2, Part 2 (Shout Factory, 300 min., $19.93), which contains 14 episodes from the Nickelodeon series that aired from 2004 to 2007, The Amazing World of Gumball (Warner Bros., 132 min., $14.97), the surreal Cartoon Network series for young viewers, and a special Halloween single-disc SpongeBob SquarePants: Ghouls Fools (Nickelodeon, 88 min., $14.97).
The biggest release this week will probably be the pathetic Battleship (Universal, "PG-13," $28.98, BD $34.98), the board game-inspired alien invasion film that was swamped at the spring box office by The Avengers. Universal spent more than $225 million producing and promoting Battleship but probably took at least a $150 million hit when the movie bombed at the domestic box office where it made only 21.5% of its global total.
Those who don’t mind sentimental movies (or enjoy cinematic treacle as the cynics would say) should take note that The Lucky One (Warner, "PG-13," $28.98, BD $29.98), which is based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks, is due out this week.
One of this year’s surprise hits was director Tim Story’s Think Like a Man (Sony, "PG-13," $30.90, BD $35.99), a romantic comedy based on comedian Steve Harvey’s self-help advice book that cost just $12 million to produce and took in $91.5 million in theaters while managing to score a 54% positive rating, which isn’t bad for a romantic comedy these days.
Re-priced re-releases are led by the Koihime Muso Complete Collection (Sentai Filmworks, "14+," 975 min., $89.98), which includes all three seasons of anime based on the classic Chinese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Each of these series was previously released by itself.
Also out this week is the Ergo Proxy Complete Series (Funimation, "17+," 575 min., $39.98), the Kaleido Star Season 1 Complete Collection (Funimation, "14+," 650 min., $29.98), and the Texhnolyze Complete Series (Funimation, "17+," 550 min., $49.98).
The opinions expressed in this column do not necessarily represent those of the editorial staff of ICv2.com.
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