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article imageBlu-ray/DVD Essentials: Primetime TV Favorites Special

By Earl Dittman     Aug 21, 2014 in Entertainment
With the fall television season quickly approaching, it's now time to catch up on your favorite network series. If you're a fan of drama ('The Good Wife'), the procedural ('NCIS') or comedy ('Parks And Recreation'), there is a DVD collection for you.
Missed part of the last season of The Millers, The Mindy Project, The Good Wife or NCIS: Los Angeles? Don't fret, because many of your fave network hits are now available on DVD with a ton of special features. You can rewatch that favorite episode from the final season of Revolution, relive that nail-biting, two-part cliffhanger from year 11 of NCIS or just spend a whole day binging on the sixth season of the hilarious Parks And Recreation.
It addition to TV on DVD hits, you can commemorate (thanks to the BBC) the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War I, by feasting on five incredible DVDs which share pivotal moments of the war from a uniquely British point of view. There's is also some Scooby-Doo! and Rosemary's Baby thrown in for good measure.
NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD AND/OR BLU-RAY:
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CBS/Paramount
The Good Wife: The Fifth Season
Season Five of The Good Wife marks a new start for Alicia Florrick (Emmy and Golden Globe winner Julianna Margulies) as she and Cary (Matt Czuchry) join forces to launch their own law firm. As they sever ties with Lockhart/Gardner, tensions escalate and explode as the new rivals go into attack mode – battling each other both in and out of court. Alicia's relationship with Will (Josh Charles) seems irrevocably damaged as he contends with her professional and personal betrayal. Diane (Christine Baranski), who was poised for a judgeship, has her nomination revoked after firing Alicia and returns to the firm. Kalinda's (Emmy winner Archie Panjabi) relationships with Alicia and Cary are also tested, as she remains loyal to Lockhart/Gardner. Meanwhile, newly elected Governor Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) and his Chief of Staff Eli (Alan Cumming) face new corruption issues as the Ethics Commission investigates possible voter fraud during Peter's gubernatorial campaign. Alicia's new venture leads her to volatile showdowns, altering every major relationship she's cultivated. Season Five witnesses Alicia's complete transformation from a good wife to a legal powerhouse. Bonus Features: "New Season, New Alicia," Thicky Trick Music Video; "Requiem For A Friend: Inside Episode 515- A Bad Feeling: Pre-Production, In The Thick Of It: Production and Everything Ends: Post-Production"; Gag Reel and Deleted Scenes On Select Episodes.
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CBS/Paramount
NCIS: The Eleventh Season
Season 11 of the hard-hitting drama NCIS takes action to greater heights. Special Agent Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) continues to guide the elite unit from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service into dangerous waters in order to protect the nation from biological attacks, hospital bombings and an unpredictable terrorist group known as "The Brotherhood of Doubt." This season, the NCIS team is tested like never before when one of their own is taken hostage by a terrorist at large and the mysterious re-emergence of the infamous Privileged Killer takes the team to New Orleans for a thrilling, two-part episode. Co-starring Michael Weatherly, Sean Murray, Pauley Perrette, Rocky Carroll, Brian Dietzen, David McCallum and Emily Wickersham as new team member Ellie Bishop. Bonus Features: "Celebrating 250"; "NCIS in New Orleans"; "Game Change"; "Remembering Jackson Gibbs: A Tribute to Ralph Waite"; "On The Record"; "Finding Ellie Bishop" "In the Stills of the Night"; "Background Check"; "Joe Spano: Fornell For Real" and Audio Commentaries on Select Episodes.
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CBS/Paramount
NCIS: Los Angeles - The Fifth Season
In the high-octane drama NCIS: Los Angeles, Season Five raises the threat level for the nation's most elite squad of agents. Team leader Special Agent "G" Callen (Chris O'Donnell) and his partner Sam Hanna (LL Cool J) – a former U.S. Navy SEAL who's seen action in both Afghanistan and Iraq -are chameleons who have mastered the art of undercover operations. Alongside Callen and Sam are Special Agent Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah), LAPD liaison Marty Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen), NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger (Miguel Ferrer) and Operations Manager Henrietta "Hetty" Lange (Academy Award winner Linda Hunt). Even Ops experts Eric (Barrett Foa) and Nell (Renee Felice Smith) get in on the action as they step away from their computers and into the line of fire. Together, the NCIS team puts the pedal to the metal to stop a mastermind from bombing a train, solves a top-secret vaccine-related murder, and embarks on a rescue mission in Afghanistan to save one of their own. With access to the most advanced technological gadgets, this tight-knit unit relies on each other to take down the nation's most dangerous criminals, ensuring justice for all. Bonus Features: "Happy 100th"; "Unexpected Developments"; "The Write Staff"; "Crafting Afghanistan"; "No Crew Is Superior Remix"; Cast Commentaries (Select Episodes) and Deleted Scenes.
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Warner Bros
Revolution: The Complete Second Season
The swashbuckling post-apocalyptic adventures continue. Three months after Season One's mysterious Surge, young rebel Charlie, her mother Rachel and uncle Miles regroup in Willoughby, Texas, along with Rachel's dad, Dr. Gene Porter. A desperate Tom Neville and his son Jason search desperately for their beloved Julia, while Aaron undergoes some mind-blowing changes. Yet no one and nothing are as they appear. The newly formed patriots are hell-bent on ruling the continent, and unseen nanotech is manifesting itself in ominous ways. All that's left is love, trust and family...but every connection has its limits. The truth will come to light in all 22 Season Two episodes of the final season of the powerful hit series from Supernatural's Eric Kripke and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions. Bonus Features: Featurettes: "Revolution: Heading West," "Impact Revolution: Conversations with the United Nations," "United Nations: The Mission Continues" PSA & 2013 Comic-Con Panel Q&A with cast and creators; Deleted Scenes and Gag Reel.
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CBS/Paramount
The Millers: Season One
Family...it's a funny story. NEWSFLASH: Reporter Nathan Miller (Will Arnett) is newly divorced and ready to live the single life! But when Nathan's parents Tom (Beau Bridges) and Carol (Margo Martindale) decide that after 43 years of marriage they're also ready to live the single life, Nathan suddenly finds himself with a new roommate - his mother. While Nathan deals with Carol's constant meddling an her annoying tendency to always be right, Nathan's sister Debbie (Jayma Mays) has to babysit the overly laid-back Tom and his annoying tendency to set the kitchen on fire. From online dating to meeting the President, it's one hilarious mishap after another in The Millers - The First Season.
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Universal
The Mindy Project: Season Two
The optimistic Mindy Lahiri is about to learn that fantasy doesn't always mesh with reality. After a stint in Haiti with her pastor boyfriend, Mindy returns to New York City, only to find that her relationship with Dr. Danny Castellano (Chris Messina) is more complicated than ever before. In this surprising second season, Mindy struggles to get in shape, fast-track her career, and find love in the most unexpected places. Watch all 22 hilarious episodes uninterrupted, featuring major guest stars like James Franco (This Is The End), Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live) and Chloe Sevigny (Those Who Kill). Bonus Features: Deleted Scenes and Gag Reel.
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Universal
Parks And Recreation: Season Six
Golden Globe winner Amy Poehler returns as Leslie Knope in the hilarious sixth season of Parks and Recreation. The citizens of Pawnee loathe their merger with the neighboring town of Eagleton, and blame all their troubles – both real and imagined – on council woman Knope. The personal lives of those in City Hall are equally as tumultuous: Andy (Chris Pratt) must temporarily say "cheerio" to his wife, April (Aubrey Plaza), when he takes a dream job in London; Ron (Nick Offerman) adjusts to his new domestic roles; and Ann (Rashida Jones) and Chris (Rob Lowe) eagerly await the birth of their child... if they can survive the woes of pregnancy. From Primetime Emmy Award-winning executive producers Greg Daniels (The Office) and Michael Schur (The Office, Saturday Night Live) Parks And Recreation features a sensational ensemble cast and iconic guest stars such as Lucy Lawless, Henry Winkler, Heidi Klum, Kristen Bell and Sam Elliot. Bonus Features: Deleted Scenes; "Parks and Recreation in Europe"; "The Hapley Group"; 100th Episode Feature; Rashida and Rob Farewells; T-Dazzle Commercial; Chipp McCapp Music Video and Gag Reel.
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Lionsgate
The Quiet Ones
When a crazed university professor and his team of students set out to cure a disturbed patient, the unthinkable happens. Trusting in their leader and his motives, Brian (Sam Claflin) and his fellow students find themselves far from help...and all too close to a sinister force they never suspected. Bonus (Blu-ray + UltraViolet) Features: Audio Commentary with Director/Co-Writer John Pogue and Producer Tobin Armbrust; "Welcome to the Experiment: "Making The Quiet Ones"; "An Ominous Opening"; Deleted Scenes and Outtakes.
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Lionsgate
Rosemary's Baby
Based on the best-selling suspense novels by Ira Levin, Rosemary's Baby centers on a young married couple that moves to Paris with hopes of leaving their past behind. After a series of unfortunate events, Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse are presented with an offer they can't refuse – an apartment at the most prestigious address in the city. They soon realize it comes with a haunted past, and an immeasurable price. Part 1: Rosemary (Zoe Saldana) and Guy (Patrick J. Adams) start a new life in Paris, where a good deed leads to friendship with a rich and powerful couple that may be hiding a dark secret. Part 2: Plagued by anxiety and illness, Rosemary becomes increasingly suspicious that her husband and neighbors have ulterior motives for her unborn son. Bonus (Blu-ray + UltraViolet) Features: "Fear Is Born: The Making of Rosemary's Baby" and "Grand Guignol: Parisian Production Design" Featurettes.
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Canteen Outlaws
Man At Bath
Porn superstar Francois Sagat makes his mainstream acting debut in this new film from director Christophe Honore (Ma Mere, Love Songs). Sagat stars as Emmanuel, a gay hustler living in France with his lover Omar. After a quarrel between the two, Emmanuel is left brokenhearted to fend for himself as Omar makes his way to New York City. The film separately follows the two men, as their lives diverge, discovering how their heartbreak gives way to fresh outlooks and exciting new sexual encounters.
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Universal
Jarhead 2: Field Of Fire
Battle-scarred and disillusioned by the war, Corporal Chris Merriman is put in charge of a unit whose next mission is to resupply a remote outpost on the edge of Taliban-controlled territory. While driving through the hostile Helmand province, a Navy Seal flags down their convoy and enlists the unit on an operation of international importance: they must help an Afghan woman famous for her defiance of the Taliban escape the country. Without tanks or air support, Merriman and his team will need all the courage and firepower they can muster to fight their way across the war-torn country and shepherd the woman to safety. Intense and action-packed, Jarhead 2: Field of Fire stars Stephen Lang (Avatar), Esai Morales (Criminal Minds), Cole Hauser (Olympus Has Fallen), and Bokeem Woodbine (Riddick). Bonus (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet) Feature: Deleted Scenes
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Warner Bros
Scooby-Doo!: Frankencreepy
Scooby-Doo and those meddling kids Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma are back in this all-new original movie. Velma discovers she's inherited her great-great-uncle Dr. Von Dinkenstein's cursed castle in the terrifying town of Transylvania...Pennsylvania, this is. Just when the gang persuades Velma to go claim her inheritance, the ghost of Von Dinkenstein Castle blows up the Mystery Machine as a warning. Now the crew must spring back into action, but this time it's personal. Who's responsible for the Von Dinkenstein monster? What family secret has Velma been hiding? Will Fred recover from the loss of his beloved Mystery Machine? Can any helpless snack survive Scooby and Shaggy's monster-sized appetites? This Scooby-Doo adventure has enough spooky fun o make the whole family come alive. Bonus (Blu-ray + DVD) Features: Two Bonus Episodes - "Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts" and "To Switch a Witch."
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BBC
Churchill’s First World War
This landmark docu-drama re-examines the darkest hours of one of the 20th century’s most remarkable heroes, combining fascinating re-evaluation of the epic and traumatic experiences of Winston Churchill in the First World War, and his contributions as Britain’s greatest warlord. Disgraced by disasters in the Gallipoli wars, and with his political reputation in tatters, Churchill was all but finished. He was also tormented, for he knew that he was one of the very few political leaders opposed to the dreadful one note strategy of endless attrition in Flanders which was "chewing up a whole generation on barbed wire." His invention of the tank and promotion of air power stemmed from his determination to find another strategy. Illustrating the extraordinary correspondence Churchill sent from the trenches to his wife Clementine, revealing intimate insights into his personal life, as well as life on the front, and with testimony from leading historians and military experts, this is the story of his fall – and his road to redemption.
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BBC
14 War Stories
Fourteen vivid, true stories help you experience love and loss, happiness and grief on both sides of World War I through the words of those that actually lived it. What was it like for a French child to watch German battalions march through town? For a British homemaker to volunteer as a war nurse and comfort dying soldiers far from home? For a blood-soaked German soldier to cower in his muddy trench before an enemy he had never seen? Written 100 years ago in diaries, letters, postcards and telegrams, the exact words of real people – plus riveting dramatizations and archival footage – catapult you into the past.
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BBC
My Boy Jack
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) stars with Oscar Nominee Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Great Gatsby), David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral) and Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City) in this dramatic wartime story of patriotism, loyalty and love of family. With World War I fast approaching, author Rudyard Kipling (Haig) must pull strings to get his son Jack (Radcliffe) a commission in the Irish guards, but Kipling’s wife (Cattrall) is bitterly upset, failing to see the glory in losing her only son to the war. In this searing drama, we witness Kipling’s dire struggle between his two greatest passions: love for family and devotion to king and country.
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BBC
Royal Cousins at War: The Final Blow to the Royal Houses of Europe
At the outbreak of World War I, three cousins reigned over Europe’s greatest powers – Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and King George V of England. This two-part series looks at the role played by the three monarchs, and their relationships with each other, in the outbreak of war. Mismanaging their countries and mishandling foreign policy, they failed to adapt to the forces of nationalism and democracy, and so brought tumbling down their own ideal of a Europe governed by the descendants of Queen Victoria. While it was war that delivered the final blow, this fascinating series shows how the problems had set in much earlier.
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BBC
37 Days: The Road to World War I
This three-part political thriller, following the catastrophic chain of events which led from the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914, to the declaration of war between Britain and Germany on August 4th, 37 Days explores with breathless tension the tragedy of how Europe’s old conventions of secret diplomacy fell apart – or were destroyed. With stunning performances and a fresh angle on an iconic story, this fascinating and provocative factual drama unlocks the mystery of the war’s origins, overturning common assumptions about its inevitability, demonstrating that World War I did not happen by chance, and nor was it a foregone conclusion – it took considerable effort and staggering bad luck, to disastrous and tragic effect.
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