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article imageBlu-ray/DVD Essentials: Primetime TV and Cable Favorites — Pt. 2

By Earl Dittman     Oct 21, 2015 in Entertainment
As the networks and cable channels continue to roll out the latest seasons of your favorite series, there's still time to catch up on the must-see thrillers ('The Leftovers'), suspense-filled historic dramas ('Reign,' 'Vikings') and comedies ('iZombie').
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Fox
Vikings: Season Three
Prepare to raid and wage battle once again, in an ancient kingdom dominated by vengeance, lust and thrilling conquest, in Season 3 of Vikings. The gripping family saga of Ragnar, Rollo, Lagertha and Bjorn continues as loyalties are questioned and bonds of blood are tested. Now king of his people, Ragnar remains a restless wanderer, leading his band of Norse warriors on epic adventures from the shores of Essex to the mythical city of Paris. But stunning betrayals and hidden dangers will test Ragnar's courage and strength like never before. Bonus Features: Includes both the Original and the Extended Version of all 10 Episodes; "A City Under Siege: Creating and Attacking Paris"; "Heavy is the Head: The Politics of King Ragnar's Rule"; "The Guide to the Gods - Interactive Exploration" and Audio Commentary on "Born Again" and "Breaking Point."
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Warner Bros
Jane The Virgin: The Complete First Season
When Jane was a little girl, she vowed to remain a virgin until her wedding day. Now that Jane is 23, her fiance, Michael, is on board with the plan and their lives are on track. But a mix-up during a routine medical exam gives birth to a series of miraculous mishaps. Now Jane is pregnant; the baby's father is her former crush and current boss, Rafael; and Jane's own father, whom she's never met, is the leading man in her favorite telenovela. It's as though her life is a soap opera and Jane is the star. Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez leads a glowing ensemble cast in this heartfelt and hilarious comedy adored by critics and audiences alike. Now That's how a classic sitcom is born. Bonus Features: 2 All-New Featurettes: "Jane The Virgin: Immaculate Creation" and "Getting To Know The Cast Of Jane The Virgin"; Unaired Scenes and Gag Reel.
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Showtime/Paramount
Penny Dreadful: The Complete Second Season
Penny Dreadful returns with ten powerful episodes and finds Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) and Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) forming a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own. Bonus Features: Video Production Blogs; Reeve Carney Round Table; History of the Occult and Character Profiles.
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Warner Bros
The Leftovers: The Complete First Season
Based on Tom Perrotta's 2011 bestselling novel, The Leftovers is seen primarily through the eyes of police chief Kevin Garvey, play by Justin Theroux, as he experiences life post "the Departure." After what only be explained as an instance to the biblical rapture, the people of Mapletown, New York, are suddenly shaken to their core as many of their loved ones disappear into thin air. With roughly 140 million people actively missing (2% of the world's population), the world starts to question everyone and everything. Three years after the mysterious event. As Garvey struggles to grieve for his losses, rebuild his life, and regain a sense of normalcy within the community, the world around him grows ever stranger.
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Lionsgate
Mad Men: The Final Season - Part 2
Man Men: The Final Season, Part 2 is the end of an era for televisions most celebrated show - four time Primetime Emmy winner for Outstanding Drama Series and winner of three consecutive Golden Globes. Created by Matthew Weiner, the highly anticipated conclusion of the series follows, for the last time, the complex lives of Don (Golden Globe winner Jon Hamm), Peggy, Roger, Joan, Betty and Pete as their stories come to an end. Bonus (Blu-ray + UltraViolet) Features: "Unmarried Professional Woman": Scenes from Mad Men, comparisons to The Mary Tyler Moore Show and a look at feminism in 1970 examine the single, career-oriented woman who is making it on her own; "Generation Boom": Explores the pros and cons of a generation that's synonymous with what many call the greatest decade of the century; "Earth Day": A visual journey into the first Earth Day, held on April 22, 1970; "Laurel Canyon: a pictorial look at the Southern California neighborhood where a community of singers, songwriters, and musicians lived and generated a sound that topped the charts during the 1960s; "Advertising Timeline": This interactive special feature takes a chronological view of the start-ups, mergers, and acquisitions and power players during the Golden Age of Advertising and Audio Commentaries: Gain behind-the-scenes fun facts and in-depth insights about the show from creator Matthew Weiner and the cast and crew.
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Acorn
Chasing Shadows
Akin to detective dramas with brilliant though socially inept heroes like Bones, Monk, and Sherlock, Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen) and Alex Kingston (ER, Doctor Who) star in riveting drama about a missing person’s crime unit tracking serial killers. DS Sean Stone (Shearsmith) possesses razor-sharp intelligence - and an uncanny ability to get inside the minds of serial killers. Both a blessing and a curse, his gift makes him brilliant detective, but he's hindered by a personality disorder that rubs colleagues the wrong way. Following a disastrous workplace blunder, Stone is demoted from the homicide division to the Missing Persons Bureau, where he's forced to team up with his polar opposite: warm, empathetic analyst Ruth Hattersley (Kingston).
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Acorn
Miss Fisher’s Murders Mysteries, Series 3
Armed with a razor-sharp wit (and a ladylike pistol), Essie Davis (The Babadook, The Slap, Australia, Game of Thrones) returns for more stylish mysteries as the glamorous Miss Phryne Fisher, a lady detective in 1920s Australia with a fabulous sense of fun and a flair for solving crimes. In a country reemerging from the shadow of World War I, Miss Phryne Fisher (Davis) takes life in her stride - and murder, too. DI Jack Robinson (Nathan Page) works alongside her, although she often outraces him to the crime scene. Despite Jack's efforts to keep matters on a professional level, their playful partnership is growing more and more personal.
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Warner Bros
Reign: The Complete Second Season
It's not easy being queen! As France surges toward chaos, the honeymoon's afterglow fades quickly for the newly crowned king and queen, Francis and Mary. Tensions over the Black Death, famine, shifting alliances and religious turmoil must be resolved quickly in order to present a united front and prevent peasant uprisings. But an illegitimate son, murder, blackmail and rape threaten to divide the devotions of the ruling couple, and separation seems inevitable. Pressure mounts for news of a royal heir, with murderous betrayals and treason occurring within the castle's very walls. Young Mary and Francis struggle to keep calm heads and do what's best for the kingdom, their families and their hearts in all 22 episodes of the thrilling, passionate second season of Reign. Bonus Features: New Featurette: "Playing by Her Rules: A Day on Set with a Queen and Her Court" and Deleted Scenes.
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Warner Bros
iZombie: The Complete First Season
How many people can say that satisfying their munchies helps solve murders? Meet Olivia "Liv" Moore, a medical resident on the fast track to a perfect life... until she's turned into a zombie. Stuck between half-alive and undead, Liv transfers to Seattle's morgue to access the only thing that allows her to maintain her humanity - human brains. But there are side effects to Liv's new diet: flashes of the corpse's memories - including clues as to how they were killed. Liv works with an eccentric Medical Examiner and a rookie detective to help solve the murders... it's the least a good citizen zombie can do. Based on characters published by DC Entertainment's Vertigo imprint from the brains behind Veronica Mars, iZombie delivers crime-fighting zombie adventures in all 13 Season One episodes. Bonus Features: iZombie 2014 Comic-Con Panel and Deleted Scenes.
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Acorn
Thérèse Raquin
Thérèse Raquin is the classic 1981 Masterpiece Theatre and BBC tale of forbidden love. The release of the DVD coincides with new, star-studded Broadway adaptation. Based on the classic 1867 novel and play by French writer Émile Zola and unfolding against the backdrop of idyllic French countryside and gritty Parisian streets, this BAFTA award-winning miniseries tells the story of a young woman, Thérèse (Oscar-nominee Kate Nelligan, The Prince of Tides, The Cider House Rules), who is unhappily married to her first cousin, Camille (Kenneth Cranham, Rome, Valkyrie, Maleficent). She begins an affair with one of Camille’s friends, Laurent (Brian Cox, Braveheart, RED, The Bourne Supremacy), and the two launch into a sultry affair filled with clandestine encounters and crimes of passion. What desperate measures are these two lovers willing to take to ensure they can be together.
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Warner Bros
The Following: The Complete Third Season
After a harrowing game of cat and mouse that led to the capture of serial killer and cult leader Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) in Season Two, Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) has finally moved on. He's returned to the FBI to work with his niece, Max Hardy (Jessica Stroup) and partner, Mike Weston (Shawn Ashmore), and he's found new love with De. Gwen Carter (Zuleikha Robinson). But Ryan's happiness is quickly shattered when another threat arises to tear open old wounds and expose the sins of the past. With Joe awaiting execution, the team must unravel a twisted matrix of murder before it destroys them all. Behind it lies a horrifying possibility: Can someone even more dangerous than Joe Carroll be at large? Don't miss a suspense-filled moment of Season Three's 15 tense, unpredictable episodes. Bonus Features: "When Heroes Lie"; "Evil Has Many Faces"; "The Art of the Crime Scene Photo"; "Ryan and Romance; "The Following: Funny and Die"; New York Comic-Con Panel 2014; Severed Scenes and Gag Reel.
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Warner Bros
The 100: The Complete Second Season
Season Two kicks off with Clarke and her friends trapped inside Mount Weather, a nuclear-hardened underground city where no one is safe, especially The 100. When Clarke escapes alone, it set off a chain of events for our trapped heroes, the adults on the ground and even the Grounders. Alliances will be made, friendships will be broken and justice will be served. With everyone fighting for their right to survive, our heroes will have to ask themselves a very important questions: How far will you go to save the people you love? Many will fight, some will die, all be will changed forever, in 16 earth-shattering, action-packed episodes. Bonus Features: All-New Featuettes: "The 100: Unlocking the Mountain"; "The 100 Pre-Viz Stunts" 2014 Comic-Con Panel; Gag Reel and Unaired Scenes.
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