DVD Update 2/25/14 (Dallas, Regular Show, Counselor, Legit)
Dallas: The Complete Second Season (Available on DVD February 11th, 2014)
J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman), one of the most iconic television villains of all time, takes his last breath under very suspicious circumstances but not before stirring up a season’s worth of Texas-size trouble. J.R. deviously guides his son, John Ross (Josh Henderson), in stealing the family business from Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) and Bobby (Patrick Duffy), while the ladies take their own sides. Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) runs for governor, Ann (Brenda Strong) takes aim at her ex, Harris (Mitch Pileggi), and Pamela (Julie Gonzalo) and Elena (Jordana Brewster) prove that being beautiful and fighting dirty sometimes go hand in hand. Plus, Elena’s brother, Drew (Kuno Becker), and Ann’s long-lost daughter, Emma (Emma Bell), add their own agendas to life at Southfork. It’s a season of must-see drama and even though J.R. and his Stetson are laid to rest, he’s still calling the shots, bequeathing a legacy he calls his masterpiece, which leaves the normally unshakable Ewing family in shock.
Special features include a fashion files featurette, PaleyFest 2013 footage, the extended cut of “J.R.’s Masterpiece” with optional commentary track, a few deleted scenes, and three new featurettes: “The Battle for Ewing Energies,” “Memories of Larry Hagman” (a cast and crew tribute), and a final conversation with Larry Hagman.
Regular Show: Mordecai and Margaret Pack (Available on DVD February 11th, 2014)
Cartoon Network`s Emmy nominated comedy series Regular Show is back with an all new DVD. Regular Show is part of the very popular Monday night line-up on Cartoon Network that has redefined regular. Join Mordecai, Rigby, Margaret and the rest of the gang in the Regular Show: Volume 5 DVD, featuring 16 episodes from the series’ hilarious first 4 seasons, plus a character gallery that will keep you laughing for hours. Special features include the “Steak Me Amadeus” commercial.
The Counselor – Unrated Extended Cut (Available on DVD/Blu-ray Combo February 11th, 2014)
“The Counselor” is anything but subtle. It’s also not very inventive. The film’s advisory philosophy and views on moral dilemmas and greed are made in the first few minutes, leaving the audience with an additional hour-and-a-half of grueling inevitability. Scant mystery is offered as conspicuous conversations forewarn of the dismal fate that will befall all involved. While Cormac McCarthy’s novels have garnered much acclaim for their style and ideology, the original screenplay for “The Counselor” attempts to simply replicate the elements the author has become known for, rather than provide a new vision. Glaring violence, the warlike nature of man, and even a nameless protagonist appear as monotonous staples and weaken any sense of distinction. It’s as if the script was made up of the conservative moments of an “unfilmable” McCarthy story and all the worthwhile sequences didn’t make it into the picture.
Despite numerous admonishments about the destructive power of greed, the Counselor (Michael Fassbender) agrees to invest in a shipment of drugs coming from Juarez, Mexico. His friends Reiner (Javier Bardem) and Westray (Brad Pitt) both support and chide his decision, but with his recent proposal to girlfriend Laura (Penelope Cruz), the Counselor determines such a venture essential to his financial betterment. When the truck carrying the drugs is hijacked, and the murdered driver coincidentally links back to the Counselor, the enraged cartel begins hunting down the attorney and all those associated with him. Forced to make a quick getaway, the lawyer must make a choice that will affect the lives of all he holds dear.
Special features include viral clips of Laura, The Counselor, Malkina, and Reiner, the Unrated Extended Cut of the film, and an immersive making-of documentary with feature-length commentary by director Ridley Scott.
Legit: The Complete First Season (on DVD February 25th, 2014)
This outrageous new comedy stars Australian Jim Jefferies as an edgy, foul-mouthed stand-up comic living in Los Angeles, struggling to make his life and career more “legit.” But every time Jim tries to do the right thing, his good deeds turn into wildly inappropriate and utterly hilarious escapades. Joined by his neurotic best friend and roommate, Steve, and Steve’s wheelchair-bound brother, Billy, Jim takes comedy to a whole new level, whether it’s visiting a Las Vegas brothel, partying with the mentally-challenged or trying to pick up women at a gay bar.
Special features include the director’s cut of the pilot, episode commentary tracks, deleted scenes, a gag reel, a featurette about Jim Jefferies’ journey, and the Rodney Autotune – all on a 2-disc set with every episode from the first season.
Maverick: The Complete Third Season (Available NOW on DVD through www.warnerarchive.com)
James Garner and Jack Kelly ante up for more high-stakes cons and games of chance in Season Three of this smart and witty Emmy -winning series (Best Western, 1959). Luck is still the lady they love best, as footloose gamblers Bret (Garner) and Bart (Kelly) Maverick tangle with Indian war parties, killer cattlemen, feuding families, a stubborn marquesa, their conniving old Pappy (Garner in a dual role) and more, in 26 offbeat adventures packed with quips and twists. Featuring Garner’s last season in his signature role, Maverick: The Complete Third Season also draws upon a full house of guest stars, including screen veterans Buddy Ebsen, Edgar Buchanan and Henry Daniell; newcomers Troy Donahue and Adam West; and future Oscar winners Joel Grey as Billy the Kid and Robert Redford in one of his earliest roles!
The 6-disc set does not come with any special features, but does contain every hard-to-find episode of the third season, manufactured on demand on the DVD-R format. The cover art and disc art are of an exceptionally high quality, however, and initial runs of the series were released on standard pressed discs for the lucky few who ordered them during the first weeks of availability.
Maverick: The Complete Fourth Season Part 1 & 2 (Available NOW on DVD from www.warnerarchive.com)
It’s the Moore the merrier as Jack Kelly teams up with new cast member Roger Moore for the fourth rollicking season of Maverick. Faces may change, but the card and con games remain the same, as Beau Maverick (Moore) deals himself in with his cousin Bart (Kelly) as they take on murder frame-ups, crooked sheriffs, cursed goldmines, comely witches and more in this complete 32-episode collection. Featuring appearances by Spaghetti Western icon Lee Van Cleef, Oscar®-winner George Kennedy and The Time Tunnel’s Robert Colbert as the third Maverick brother Brent, Season Four highlights also include James Garner’s final series appearance (The Maverick Line), director Robert Altman’s episode “Bolt from the Blue” and “Hadley’s Hunters,” featuring cameos by Warner Bros.’ legendary Western stars John Russell and Peter Brown (Lawman), Ty Hardin (Bronco), Will Hutchins (Sugarfoot) and Clint Walker (Cheyenne).
James Garner may be gone, but the writing hasn’t suffered a bit. This set is still a must-have for fans of the series, even though frontman Garner only appears in “The Maverick Line.” The gimmick of introducing more and more brothers is clever enough and the Wild West setting doesn’t tire. This set also features no extras, but is available in a first-run printing as pressed discs for early buyers through Warner Archive’s website.
Sugarfoot: The Complete Second Season (Available NOW on DVD from www.warnerarchive.com)
Will Hutchins returns as the West’s most unlikely hero in this second season collection of Sugarfoot. An amiable drifter in search of adventure and sarsaparilla soda, Tom Brewster (Hutchins) continues to roam the West as he tangles with bank robbers, rustlers, swindlers, outlaws, arsonists, blackmailers, and thieves, using words as his weapon instead of a gun. An offbeat Western with a lighthearted touch, Sugarfoot: The Complete Second Season is a 20-episode collection packed with action, humor, and a stable full of future TV stars in their earliest roles, including Dorothy Provine (The Roaring ’20s), Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (The FBI), Jay North (Dennis the Menace), Edd “Kookie” Byrnes (77 Sunset Strip), Abby Dalton (Hennesey) and Oscar winner Martin Landau (TV’s Mission: Impossible).
Where’s Sugarfoot Season 1? It seems that most major online retailers are only carrying this second set, making the first season just that much more exclusive to warnerarchive.com. It’s a must-have continuation of the 1957 show that ran four seasons, and WB is inevitably going to release them all. As of now, this set can be purchased with an autograph from Hutchins himself, but quantities are limited.