Mad Men: Season Three (Lionsgate Home Entertainment)
Details: I don’t want to spoil any storylines, because this is definitely one of the shows people catch up with via DVD. So, suffice it to say that season three is the show’s best yet, and the pace of secrets revealed and plotlines moved forward was so fast that those who complained in the past that “nothing happens” on the show had to eat their words for season three. The satisfying season finale suggested a mini reboot of several characters’ personal and work lives, and, if nothing else, you have to see the infamous “lawnmower scene,” one of the most unforgettable primetime moments of the whole year.
Bonus Features: Cast and crew commentaries and several compelling featurettes, including Mad Men Illustrated, about the artist who creates Men-inspired illustrations; Medgar Evers: An Unsung Hero, about the Civil Rights activist; Clearing the Air: The History of Cigarette Advertising; and We Shall Overcome: The March on Washington, with Martin Luther King‘s “I Have a Dream” speech and a photo gallery of the Washington march.
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7th Heaven: The Complete Tenth Season (Paramount Home Entertainment)
Details: It’s the penultimate season of the longest-running drama in TV history, and this season finds Camden kid Lucy joining her dad as a preacher at his church, the whole family dealing with a teen pregnancy and much of the action revolving around a now teenage Ruthie and her love life.
TV Screener Tidbit: The tenth season was supposed to be the show’s last, partly because of the expense of producing 7th Heaven, but when The CW launched in 2006, execs decided to produce an 11th season to be a part of the new network’s premiere line-up.
Krod Mandoon & the Flaming Sword of Fire Special BBC Edition (Comedy Central Home Entertainment/Paramount)
Details: The future of the series remains up in the air, but check out the first season and you’ll see why lots of fans are holding out hope for further adventures with the titular “thin-skinned and under-confident freedom fighter,” as he takes on the evil (and hilarious) ruler Chancellor Dongalor (the scene-stealing Matt Lucas). The silly, fun series spoofs everything from action stories to adventure to fantasy, and if you’re into Monty Python, it’s a safe bet that you’ll chuckle frequently at Krodford J. Mandoon (Sean Maguire) and company.
Bonus Features: Cast interviews, deleted scenes, outtakes, extended scenes and a behind-the-scenes featurette with series co-star Kevin Hart.
Father Knows Best: Season Four (Shout! Factory)
Details: The classic family sitcom won a pair of episodes for this season, which includes guest appearances by Barbara Eden and Oscar winner Greer Garson, and charming episodes in which Kathy feeds jelly beans to a horse that follows her home; Bud decides to raise his younger sister when he determines his parents aren’t doing it the right way; and Margaret tries to learn how to go fly-fishing to add a prize to the family’s trophy case.
Bonus Features: Father Knows Best radio shows.
The Prisoner miniseries (Warner Home Video)
Details: AMC’s miniseries reimagining of the ’60s cult fave British drama stars Sir Ian McKellen and The Passion of the Christ star Jim Caviezel as Two and Six, the power players in the mysterious story of The Village, why its residents are addressed by numbers instead of names and how/if they can escape.
Bonus Features: Unaired scenes, audio commentary, the miniseries’ panel at Comic Con, an interview with Ian McKellen, a diary of the miniseries’ production and the featurette Beautiful Prison: The World of The Prisoner.
AND THE REST …
The Lair – The Complete Third Season (E1 Entertainment)
Life With Derek: The Complete Third Season (Koch Vision)
Sabrina the Teenage Witch: The Complete Sixth Season (Paramount Home Entertainment)
The Best of Soul Train (Time Life)
Charlie Sheen, Russell Brand and Louis C.K. are getting most of the attention, but I’m most excited that one of the best new shows of last TV season — Wilfred — returns for its second season on FX tonight (10PM ET). Season one of the series ended with a cliffhanger — had Ryan (Elijah Wood) […]