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Television Series

Penny Dreadful: The Complete Second Season (John Logan) Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, and others unite to combat supernatural threats in Victorian London. Starring: Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, and Eva Green

I didn’t really know what to expect from Penny Dreadful. I had heard pretty decent whispers and didn’t bother reading up on what it’s about. So when I took in some time and dove into the show I was surprised at what I saw. Of course Eva Green is fabulous because she’s Eva Green, but Josh Hartnett does a stand up job and not stinking things up. I enjoy the spooky atmosphere this show gives off and Season 2 comes in even stronger than the first.

Special features include:

  • Video Production Blog
  • Reeve Carney Round Table
  • History of the Occult
  • Character Profile
  • Evelyn Poole’s Mansion
  • Interview/Behind the Scenes

The Leftovers: The Complete First Season (Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta) Rated TV-MA [60 min] – Revolves around mysterious disappearances, world-wide, and specifically follows a group of people who are left behind in the suburban community of Mapleton. They must begin to rebuild their lives after the loss of more than 100 people. Starring Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Chris Zylka, Margaret Qualley, and Carrie Coon

I’ve not seen the entire season, but from what I’ve engulfed, I am on board for what The Leftovers has to offer. It’s an insane premise that sparks a lot of questions and theories, something creator Damon Lindelof isn’t afraid of tackling as the man behind LOST. I look forward to what’s left in this season in anticipation for the second this fall. The exploration of loss and the existential crises of life is what brings me in.

Special features include:

  • Pilot Audio Commentary
  • Making The Leftovers
  • I Remember: A Season One Conversation with Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta
  • Secrets of the Guilty Remnant
  • Beyond the Book: A Look Ahead at Season 2
  • Finale Audio Commentary

South Park: The Complete Eighteenth Season (Trey Parker and Matt Stone) Rated TV-MA [22 min] – Follows the misadventures of four irreverent grade-schoolers in the quiet, dysfunctional town of South Park, Colorado. Starring Trey Parker and Matt Stone

When Parker and Stone introduced a continued story line in Season 18, something never seen before on South Park, I wasn’t sure if they could pull it off. Deep into the series’ lifespan, how could a show completely change formula this late in the game? Suffice it to say, they pulled it off and with the utmost brilliance. South Park continues to prove they are ahead of the curve and can still be as innovative as they were when they debuted almost 20 years ago.

Special features include:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • #SocialCommentary on all episodes
  • Mini Commentaries by the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, on all episodes

HAPPYish (Shalom Auslander) Rated TV-MA [30 min] [DVD Only] – On his birthday, Thom Payne gets the gift of insignificance and also a new boss. He suspects his ED pills are interfering with his anti-depressants, leaving him with neither happiness nor… happiness. In a culture that reveres youth – a culture he helped create – Thom needs to figure out what his purpose is now that he’s halfway to death and nobody cares what he thinks. Because in a world where any Kardashian is trending up, perhaps the wise among us would heartily embrace trending down. Starring Kathryn Hahn, Steve Coogan, Sawyer Shipman

Having not seen this series too, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with HAPPYish. I had never heard of the show nor did I read the plot synopsis before checking it out. If I had known it was a modern day take on the world of marketing I would have been more inclined to watch the series since its inception. HAPPYish is very cynical, there’s barely any silver lining in what is presented, but it speaks with honesty. It has the darkness of Louie but revolves around the world of advertising.

  • No special features included

Reign: The Complete Second Season (Laurie McCarthy and Stephanie Sengupta) Rated TV-14 [42 min] – Mary, Queen of Scots, faces political and sexual intrigue in the treacherous world of the French court. Starring Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows, Torrance Coombs, Toby Regbo, Celina Sinden, Caitlin Stasey, and Anna Popplewell

After sitting through the Comic-Con panel last year, I was amazed at the amount of fandom this series has gained. A feat I shouldn’t be surprised by since it’s on The CW. Reign is a strange mix of Game of Thrones meets young adult soap drama. It’s trying to be edgy and dark in its medieval setting, but from the perspective of a budding young lass who has to grow up quickly alongside her spritely lady squad. It’s not a series for me, but it’s not bad in the least bit.

Special features include:

  • Playing By Her Rules: A Day on Set with a Queen and Her Court
  • Deleted Scenes

Adventure Time: The Enchiridion Collection (Pendleton Ward) Rated TV-PG [11 min] [DVD Only] A human boy named Finn and his best friend Jake, a magical, talking dog, set out on their adventures in the magical Land of Ooo. Starring Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Hynden Walch, and Tom Kenny

As fans patiently await the arrival of Season 7, this little collection of Adventure Time episodes from the past six seasons is enough to hold you over until then. The fun never stops with Jake and Finn, and it’s hard to not enjoy these little bite-sized pieces of animated fun that provide awesome lessons for both parents and their offspring.

No special features. Episodes include:

  • 1. The Enchiridion
  • 2. In Your Footsteps
  • 3. Henchmen
  • 4. Billy’s Bucket List
  • 5. Betty
  • 6. Ocarina
  • 7. Astral Plane
  • 8. Ghost Fly
  • 9. Root Beer Guy
  • 10. The Pajama War
  • 11. What Have you done?
  • 12. James II
  • 13. Web Weirdos
  • 14. The Gut Grinder
  • 15. No One Can Hear You
  • 16. Dungeon Train

Ducky Dynasty: The Complete Eighth Season (Deirdre Gurney) Rated TV-PG [60 min] [DVD Only] – Follows a wealthy Louisiana family known for their successful duck-hunting business. Starring Willie Robertson, Jase Robertson, and Si Robertson

Why is this show still a thing? I’m not sure how this series has gotten to eight seasons, but from what I’ve seen it needs to be stopped. These backyard bumpkins hold no redeemable qualities nor do they provide an ounce of entertainment.

Special features include:

  • Never-Before-Seen-on-TV Bonus Features

Little House on the Prairie: The Complete Seventh Season (Blanche Hanalis) Rated TV-PG [60 min] [DVD Only] – The life and adventures of the Ingalls family in the 19th century American West. Starring Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon, Lindsay Greenbush, Sidney Greebush, Karen Grassle, and Melissa Sue Anderson

It’s absurd to think that this kind of lifestyle existed not to long ago. But what’s even harder for me to believe is that when watching some of these Season 7 episodes is that it probably provided as much drama back in the ’80s as something like Friday Night Lights does today. I could almost see ABC Family remaking all of these episodes into one of their series for the modern day. It has an eclectic mix of drama, high moral fiber, and a strong sense of family.

  • No special features included

And if the seventh season tickles your fancy, the Little House on the Prairie Complete Series Deluxe Remastered Edition (DVD Only) is out today as well. It’s jam packed full of a ton of extra goodies, which includes:

  • Pilot Movie
  • Original Screen Test featuring Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert
  • Six-Part “The ‘Little House’ Phenomenon” Documentary
  • “The ‘Little House’ Phenomenon: Part One – A Place in Television History”
  • “The ‘Little House’ Phenomenon: Part Two – In the Beginning…”
    • “The ‘Little House’ Phenomenon: Part Three – Casting Walnut Grove”
    • “The ‘Little House’ Phenomenon: Part Four – A Day in the Life of ‘Little House'”
    • “The ‘Little House’ Phenomenon: Part Five – Stories to Remember”
    • “The ‘Little House’ Phenomenon: Part Six – A Lasting Legacy”
  • “Look Back to Yesterday” Movie Special
  • “Bless All the Dear Children” Movie Special
  • “The Last Farewell” Movie Special

Blood and Glory: The Civil War in Color (History Channel Miniseries) Unrated [84 min] – Blood and Glory commemorates one of the most defining moments in American history, one which tore the nation apart, pitting North against South and brother vs. brother. Over the course of four years, more than 750,000 military and civilian lives were sacrificed to make the United States a more perfect union. Using state-of-the-art technology to colorize 500 rare black-and-white photographs, and unprecedented access to government and private archives, Blood and Glory: The Civil War in Color brings the emotional stories of these brave men vibrantly to life. Narrated by Robert Clotworthy

I’m no history buff, but Blood and Glory does a fine job in capturing the essence of the time period. Being that it has been 150 years since the Civil War ended, it’s fascinating to watch this miniseries and reflect how far we have and haven’t come as a society.

Special features include:

  • “Davis is Chosen to Lead” featurette
  • “A Call to Arms” featurette
  • “Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation” featurette
  • “The H.L. Hunley Death Trap” featurette
  • “Sherman’s March to Savannah” featurette
  • “Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address” featurette
  • “Lee’s Reluctant Surrender” featurette
  • “African Americans After the War” featurette

Vikings: The Complete Third Season (Michael Hirst) The adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok: the greatest hero of his age. The series tells the saga of Ragnar’s band of Viking brothers and his family as he rises to become King of the Viking tribes… Starring Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, and Jessalyn Gilsig

I haven’t seen a single episode of this series, and I haven’t had the opportunity to. They do a good job at marketing the show at Comic-Con though.

Special features included:

  • Blu-ray Exclusive – The Guide to the Gods – An interactive exploration of the various Gods in Nordic mythological lore, which include: Odin, Thor, Loki, Frigg, Baldr, Hel, Freyja, Freyr and Njordr.
  • Blu-ray Exclusive – Extended Versions of All Episodes
  • Athelstan’s Journal (Parts 1 and 2) – Provides insight into the character of “Athelstan,” as he seeks answers about his direction in life and seeking the honorable path.
  • Heavy is the Head: The Politics of King Ragnar’s Rule
  • A City Under Siege: Creating and Attacking Paris
  • Audio Commentary on “Born Again” and “Breaking Point” featuring Michael Hirst and Linus Roache (EXTENDED)
  • Deleted Scenes

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