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article imageReview: New on DVD for September 24 Special

By Sarah Gopaul     Sep 26, 2013 in Entertainment
This week’s releases include a chilling portrayal of one of the most disturbing illusory serial killers; an imaginative coming-of-age story; an enduring animated series; and a new horror anthology.
2 Broke Girls: The Complete Second Season (DVD)
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
While best friends Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs) continue waiting tables in Brooklyn, the future looks bright for their start-up business venture. There’s a great review form a famous TV personality, a lucky break in real estate and a surprise influx of cash, resulting in the grand opening of Max’s Homemade Cupcakes. But success doesn’t happen overnight. There are rats to be dealt with; ex-boyfriends and a new flame; long night packing a pastry gun; and that eviction notice.
Last season's heartbreak was relieved by gaining the impromptu approval of Martha Stewart. But it may have spelled disaster for the girls when too much too soon nearly destroys their friendship. Before they hit the iceberg, they both meet the man of their dreams: a handsome candy dealer who promises to keep one woman's belly full of sweets and the other's heart full of love. Max and Caroline's adventures also include the promise of fame and fortune by a director; cuddling with a couple of bears; diving into a hoarder's mountains of treasure; willingly going where no woman has gone twice: Oleg's apartment; and facing off against a crazy puppeteer played by Andy Dick. For better or worse, Sophie takes on a larger role in the series, while the diner's crew prove family is what you make it.
Special features include: unaired scenes; “Max’s Homemade Cupcakes: Go Big or Go Broke!”; “2 Broke Girrllss! with Sophie Kachinsky”; “2 Broke Girls at PaleyFest 2013”; and gag reel. (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
Hannibal: Season One (Blu-ray)
Entertainment One
FBI Agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) hunts the most notorious serial killers. Graham is both gifted and cursed with an extraordinary ability: he can think like his prey, seeing what they see and feeling what they feel. What he doesn’t know is that his new partner is the most notorious serial killer of all. While pursuing an especially troubling, cannibalistic murderer, Special Agent Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) teams Graham with a highly respected psychiatrist – a man with a taste for the criminally minded: Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen). Dr. Lecter tests Graham every step of the way, toying with him and playing a game. Like only Lecter can, he twists Graham’s mind, daring him to question everything he knows about others and himself.
One of the most appealing aspects of this series is Lecter is not at the centre of the story. Will leads most of the investigations with his uncanny insight into the crimes, while Lecter stands on the sidelines. His ability to drift under the radar is what makes the doctor so terrifying and his extravagant dinner parties so revolting. As time goes on, his manipulation of his colleagues becomes more distressing as does his interest in Abigail, a teenage victim for whom he appears to have sinister plans. Mikkelsen is magnificent as the cannibalistic psychiatrist who gains the trust of everyone around him, listening to their secrets while covertly weaving his web of terror. The murderers Will is compelled to empathize with are horrific and Dancy portrays the emotional turmoil he experiences flawlessly.
Special features include: commentaries by cast and crew; deleted scene; “Hannibal Reborn”; “A Taste for Killing”; “The FX of Murder”; “A Symphony for the Slaughter”; pilot episode storyboards; and gag reel. (Entertainment One)
The Kings of Summer (DVD)
Entertainmnet One
A unique coming-of-age comedy about three teenage friends – Joe (Nick Robinson), Patrick (Gabriel Basso) and the eccentric and unpredictable Biaggio (Moises Arias) – who, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land. Free from their parents’ rules, their idyllic summer quickly becomes a test of friendship as each boy learns to appreciate the fact that family – whether it is the one you are born into or the one you create – is something you can’t run away from.
As teenagers, most kids find their parents unbearable – but not many would go as far as to build their own house in the woods to escape them; though their adventure is not as fantastical as it may seem. They've carried many comforts from home to make the shack livable and are pretty far from living off the land. Biaggio is one of the weirdest and most fascinating teens to appear on screen, constantly surprising audiences with his bizarre behaviour that includes a hilarious attempt at camouflaging himself. The other two boys are the focus of the coming-of-age drama as the strength of their friendship is increased and tested over the course of the summer. Nick Offerman is both inappropriate and very amusing as Joe's father who doesn't use much of a filter when he speaks or acts.
Special features include: commentary by cast and crew; and on-set interview with Alison Brie and Eugene Cordero. (Entertainment One)
South Park: The Complete Sixteenth Season (Blu-ray)
Paramount Home Media Distribution
Join Cartman, Kyle, Stan and Kenny as they hunt down the mythical Jewpacabra, ‘sketti wrestle with reality stars, and go jackin’ it in San Diego.
No TV series has a perfect season – especially one running episodes in the triple digits – but South Park still manages to keep the comedy fresh, pertinent and funny. The first episode dives deep into the ridiculous with a toilet-related death that actually turns into a clever parody of the Transport Security Administration. This is followed by an episode that shines a tinted light on the vulnerability of the elderly (bringing back Stan's grandpa) and later a love story driven by Cartman's racism. The anti-bullying episode is horribly hilarious as the victims and bullies repeatedly surprise and amuse. Consistently relevant, creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone also take on the Lance Armstrong scandal with an excellent satire that exposes another falsity, and a less significant interpretation of the U.S. election that aired the day after the real one.
Special features include: mini-commentaries by creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone on all episodes; and deleted scenes. (Paramount Home Media Distribution)
Two and a Half Men: The Complete Tenth Season (DVD)
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
A billion dollars, a Malibu beach house and beautiful girlfriends – for Walden Schmidt (Ashton Kutcher) and Alan Harper (Jon Cryer), life seems almost perfect. But after Walden’s girlfriend turns down his marriage proposal, he’s thrown into a tailspin that only Alan and his son Jake (Angus T. Jones) can help him out of. The engage in sex-capades that involve everything from assuming false identities to Walden jumping into a threesome with Alan and his girlfriend. Meanwhile, Jake causes more problems when he proposes to his girlfriend whose twice his age only to wind up in love with her daughter. And everything is turned upside down with Walden’s old friend (Miley Cyrus) stops by and falls for the man in uniform. Just another year in the Harper (ahem… Schmidt) house.
In the second-year without Charlie Sheen, they amplify the screwball antics and the revolving door of women – new and old – becomes more frequent. As is habit, Alan narrowly avoids becoming homeless a couple of times and Walden falls in and out of love a couple more times than that. Special guests are still a vital part of the show, opening with Michael Bolton and later introducing Cyrus and Hilary Duff as potential love interests. Herb’s presence brings back some of the series’ classic comedy, but that’s short-lived. Walden has officially replaced Charlie’s alcoholism with marijuana and taken his affinity for deceiving women to a new level.
Special features include; “Two Manly Men Singing and Dancing”; and gag reel. (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
V/H/S 2 (Blu-ray)
M.O. Pictures
Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his house and find a collection of VHS tapes. Viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be dark motives behind the student's disappearance.
This compilation of bizarre recordings doesn't really improve upon or measure up to the original anthology. The first film had the benefit of being unique in this genre crossover, meaning any successors would require more of an effort to make an impression. The zombie tour in “A Ride in the Park” simply changes the camera perspective without accomplishing anything new in the genre; even the supposedly clever conclusion is raggedly stitched on to the run-of-the-mill story without any logical connection to the narrative. Conversely, the framing story, the medical experiment with unexpected consequences and the secretive cult are all solid sections of the movie. “Tape 49” provides an adequate link between the shorts while maintaining an appropriately creepy atmosphere; the ghosts made visible by the eye-cam in “Phase I Clinical Trials” are disturbing and their attempts to interact are unnerving; and “Safe Haven” delivers blow after blow, even saving what seemed like too silly of an ending with a ridiculous reveal.
Special features include: commentary by the filmmakers; “Tape 49 Rewind”; “Dissecting Phase I Clinical Trials”; “Inside Safe Haven”; “Slumber Party Alien Abduction: Behind the Lights”; “A Ride in the Park: I Dare You”; “AXS TV: A Look at V/H/S 2”; behind the scenes photo galleries; and theatrical trailer. (M.O. Pictures)
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