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article imageReview: New on DVD for November 26 Special

By Sarah Gopaul     Nov 26, 2013 in Entertainment
This week’s releases include comedy gold from a legend; a high-speed action flick that stays in overdrive; and a shrewdly amusing hidden camera show.
Bill Cosby: Far From Finished (Blu-ray)
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Paramount Home Media Distribution
Bill Cosby partners up with Comedy Central for his first comedy special in over two decades. “Far From Finished” is the highly anticipated look back into the funny, satirical and heart-warming style of the iconic comedy legend himself.
After a long hiatus, the man who became the face of Jell-o and raised a wonderful TV family as Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable shows that he's still got what it takes to captivate a live crowd for 90 minutes. His storytelling technique involves the audience and is wholly relatable, focusing on relationships and using examples from his own marriage. Couples in particular will find the humour amusing as Cosby relates the dynamics that turn out to be true of most relationships. He opens the show with turning the girlfriend into a wife and how unromantic it really is to ask someone to spend the rest of their life with you. Many nod in agreement as he describes situations in which he and his wife disagree, the conversation that occurs and the predictable outcome. Cosby keeps you in stitches because life is funny and he's lived more of it than most viewers. As an added bonus, a one-on-one interview with Robert Townsend in the special features explores Cosby’s modest beginnings and how he puts together his routines.
Special features include: behind-the-scenes featurette; interview with Bill Cosby; “Gangbusters #1”; and “Fans.” (Paramount Home Media Distribution)
Getaway (Blu-ray)
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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
The clock is ticking as former race car driver Brent Magna (Ethan Hawke) barrels around the streets of Bulgaria to save his abducted wife. Inside a Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake, a desperate Brent obeys the anonymous voice coming through the speaker as it sets him and his unwitting passenger (Selena Gomez) on increasingly dangerous tasks. If they fail, Brent’s wife dies.
It takes skill to create a car chase movie that doesn't appear excessively repetitive or unbelievable. Taking the stunning vehicle to the streets of Bulgaria helped its cause by adding a fresh element to the formula; audiences have seen more than enough high-speed pursuits through New York and Los Angeles. Squeezing through tight spaces, going down stairs and evading torpedoes put the Shelby through the wringer but makes for exciting entertainment. The story on the other hand needs a tune-up. Gomez's presence contributes little to the narrative, only acting as a minor connection to a plot development and a general annoyance. Hawke is adequate as the passionate husband willing to do anything to save his wife; he’s also a convincing driver. The conclusion is not entirely unpredictable, but it does provide a welcome break from convention.
Special features include: “Crash Cams”; “Destroying a Custom Shelby”; “Metal and Asphalt”; “The Train Station”; and “Selena Gomez: On Set.” (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
(Impractical) Jokers – The Complete First Season (DVD)
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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Sal, Joe, Q and Murr are four long-time friends who star in this hidden camera show. In each episode, they compete embarrass each other in a series of hilariously humiliating challenges and outrageous dares, all to the amusement and consternation of the general public. At the end of every episode, the biggest loser must endure a punishment of epic proportions.
Not as abrasive as Jackass or as disgusting as Kenny vs. Spenny, this series keeps the jokes brief and generally above the gag reflex line. Most of the stunts aim to embarrass as the guys devise inappropriate tasks or questions with which they must approach unknowing strangers. The foundation of most of the pranks are the same, but varied reactions and locations help maintain interest. In some ways, equal focus is on the innocent mark unaware that they've been selected for the particular joke; their reactions provide half the entertainment. For instance, the man who refuses to make eye contact with the fast food cashier who takes his payment and freezes for nearly a minute. The similarities of the scenarios could grow stale, but in moderation it's quite funny.
Special features include: commentary on five episodes; deleted scenes; behind-the-scenes featurette; and meet the stars. (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
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