TV on DVD releases dominate this week thanks to the debut of the gritty DC Comics-based Fox series Gotham, the reinvigorated fourth season of Homeland, the first half of the final season of Haven, which is based on Stephen King’s The Colorado Kid, and the Cartoon Network’s first animated miniseries, Over the Garden Wall.
TV on DVD
Also of major interest to geek viewers is Haven: Season 5, Part 1 (eOne Ent., 585 min., $39.98, BD $49.98), which includes the first 13 episodes of the final 26-episode season of the Canadian/American science fiction series based on The Colorado Kid by Stephen King. The final 13 episodes debut on SyFy starting on October 8.
Another huge release due on Tuesday is Homeland: The Complete 4th Season (Fox, 500 min., $39.98, BD $49.98). The ripped-from-the-headlines series about the secret war on terror experienced a bit of a revival in the 12 episodes of Season 4, which finds Carrie Mathison (Clare Danes) posted to Afghanistan and Pakistan in a complexly plotted story arc that explores the moral “gray” areas created by drone warfare and the shifting alliances among allies and adversaries in the apparently never-ending War on Terror.
The long-running CW fantasy/horror series Supernatural, which was created by Eric Kripke, has been renewed for an eleventh season that debuts in October, so it’s only natural that Supernatural: The Complete 10th Season (Warner Bros., $59.98, BD $69.97) drops on Tuesday. Other contemporary shows of interest include the Andy Samberg-starring cop sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 2 (Universal, 496 min., $39.98), the much more serious family police drama Blue Bloods: The 5th Season (Paramount, 880 min., $64.99), and the old school (meaning “not gross”) sitcom The Goldbergs: The Complete 2nd Season (Sony, 519 min., $45.99).
The only other animated release this week is the 5-episode, single-disc Transformers Prime: Ultimate Decepticons (Shout Factory, 110 min., $9.99).
Vintage TV releases this week are led by the excellent ensemble police drama Hill Street Blues: Season 6 (Shout Factory, 1050 min., $34.99), plus the Bob Uecker-starring sitcom Mr. Belvedere: Season 4 (Shout Factory, 465 min., $29.93), and the cornpone comedy-filled sampler disc, the Hee Haw Collection (Time Life, $12.98).
The only overseas offering this week is a good one, Vicious: Season 2 (PBS, 180 min., $29.98), which features round two in the brutal and barbed verbal sparring between two crotchety old life partners played with great relish and authority by Ian McKellen and Derek Jacoby.
Also due this week are Blu-ray editions of two classic anime movies, Yoshiaki Kawajiri’s Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (Discotek Media, BD $19.98) from 2000, and Shinji Aramaki’s computer-animated 2004 movie Appleseed (Sentai Filmworks, DVD/BD Combo $19.98).
For those who like the dubbed Saturday morning anime titles they saw as kids there are Yu-Gi-Oh 5Ds: Season 2 Collection (Cinedigm, $44.98) and Digimon Fusion, Vol. 1 (Cinedigm, $19.99).
Perhaps it is because there are five releasing weeks in September, but this week there is only one movie, The Age of Adaline (Lionsgate, “PG-13,” 112 min., $29.98, BD $39.98), which stars Blake Lively as a sort of female Dorian Gray—left forever 29 after being struck by lightning in a strange snowstorm. The quest for eternal youth, which provides the psychological underpinnings for numerous billion dollar industries (and sustenance for a sizeable swath of the medical profession), turns out to be not such a great thing when you have to experience seeing all your friends (and your children) grow old and die off. Whereas Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray is more of a morality tale, The Age of Adaline invites audiences to identify with the predicament of its protagonist, who is the victim of special circumstances and not complicit (like Dorian) in her fate. With its intriguing premise and a strong cast that also includes Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker, Michiel Huisman, and Ellend Burstyn, The Age of Adaline managed to get a 54% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is not a bad mark for an epic fantasy romance like this, especially one that hearkens back to the florid melodrama’s of Hollywood’s past, which is why some movie buffs may really get off on the film.
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