DVD Round-Up: 'Fringe,' 'Bored to Death,' 'TMNT,' & More
Week of September 4th
Published: 09/03/2012, Last Updated: 09/04/2012 04:03am
TV on DVD
This really is the season for "TV" releases as the networks gear up for the fall debuts of new shows. Once again this week there is plenty to interest the geek viewers including the spacey, conspiracy-tinged Fringe: The Complete Fourth Season (Warner Bros., 800 min., $59.97, BD $69.97), which contains all 22 episodes of the cult-hit series co-created by J.J. Abrams. (Lost, Star Trek).
Also of major interest is Haven, the supernatural SyFy series that is based on Stephen King’s novel The Colorado Kid. Haven: The Complete Second Season (eOne, 572 min, $39.98, BD $49.98) includes all 13 episodes from Season 2 (Season 3 kicks off on September 21st).
Among the other popular series coming out this week are The Office: Season 8 (Universal, $49.98, BD $59.98), the penultimate season of the American version of the English sitcom, the DVD debut of the popular sitcom, 2 Broke Girls: The Complete First Season (Warner Bros. $49.98, BD $54.97), The Good Wife: The 3rd Season (Paramount, $64.97), Criminal Minds: The Seventh Season (Paramount, $64.99), Grey’s Anatomy: The Complete 8th Season (Disney, $45.99), the innovative sitcom Parks and Recreation (Universal, $39.98), and the innovative action drama Person of Interest: The Complete 1st Season (Warner Bros. $59.97, BD $69.97), in which the inventor of spy software for the government hires an operative to interfere with crimes discovered by the system that don’t involve terrorism and are therefore off limits to government agencies.
There are a number of single-disc animated releases including the Alvin & the Chipmunks: Halloween Collection (Bagdassarian, 77 min., $14.99), the Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids: Hey, Hey, Hey Holiday Collection (Classic Media, 68 min. $7.77), and the best of this lot, the Halloween-themed Tom & Jerry: Tricks & Treats (Warner Bros., $19.97), which includes 22 classic shorts.
Vintage TV series due this week include Thriller: Fan Favorites (Image, 500 min., $19.98), a highly-recommended two-disc set, which includes ten classic episodes from the great horror anthology series hosted by Boris Karloff, plus Roseanne: Season 5 (Mill Creek, 621 min., $14.98), Roseanne: Season 6 (Mill Creek, 615 min., $14.98), That 70’s Show: Season 5 (Mill Creek, 550 min., $14.98), and That 70’s Show: Season 6 (Mill Creek, 550 min., $14.98).
This week’s anime releases include Psychic Squad: Collection 3 (Sentai Filmworks, "14+," 325 min., $49.95), which collects 13 of the 51-episode anime series from Synergy SP that began airing in Japan in 2008, and was based on the action-packed harem comedy shonen manga series by Takashi Shiina.
The subtle yuri anime series from Studio Deen based on Oyuki Konno’s light novel series Maria Watches Over Us is out in a new edition from Right Stuf. Maria Watches Over Us: Season 1 (Right Stuf, "13+," 325 min., $39.99) collects the 13 episodes of the first season that aired in Japan in 2004.
Also due this week is Pokemon Diamond and Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors Set 3 (Viz Media, "All Ages," 300 min., $19.97), which includes episodes 23-34 of the Diamond and Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors series.
There’s not a lot of interesting films out this week but action movie fans may well want to check out Safe (Lionsgate, "R," $29.95, BD $39.99), a modern take on the old "“boxer refuses to take a dive, and then has to fight the mob" storyline, though this time streamlined action star Jason Statham plays a mixed-martial artist and it’s the Russian mob that he crosses. Then in a perfect example of the contemporary cinema’s penchant for multiple parallel plots, Statham earns the enmity of the Chinese Triads when he wrests a 10-year-old math whiz from their control.
Director Nicholas (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) Stoller’s The Five-Year Engagement (Universal, "R," $29.98, BD $34.98) begins where most romantic comedies end. Although this film (at 124 minutes) drags a bit, strong performances from Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Emily Blunt make it one of the better romcoms of 2012 so far. Critics, who gave the film a 63% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, liked the film more than audiences, who failed to make the movie a hit (it earned just $28.6 million at the box office).
Horror film fans will be disappointed by Piranha 3DD (Weinstein, "R," $24.99, BD $29.99), a hapless sequel to 2010’s Piranha 3D that earned a pitiful 14% positive rating from the critics on Rotten Tomatoes. While the film’s plot involving a school of piranha loose in a water park should warm the hearts of all those who are forced to attend these aquatic torture chambers, the execution is so lame that even a surfeit of "R" rated nudity can’t save this turkey.
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