Talking movies and DVDs with the star and co-writer of 'Bridesmaids'
Kristin Wiig, one of the only reasons to check in with "Saturday Night Live" in recent years, has been turning bit parts into defining comedy moment in films as "Ghost Town" and "Adventureland," not to mention a half dozen Judd Apatow comedies. Now Wiig takes charge as co-writer and star of "Bridesmaids," a boys night out comedy for women that defied all industry expectations, becoming a smash hit and the most successful comedy to date for producer Apatow. It’s also a necessary reminder that, Hollywood's obsession with making films for adolescent males aside, effective comedy cuts across gender lines. Especially when you throw in a little bathroom humor. "Bridesmaids" hits DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Download this week and Videodrone checked in with the multi-talented Ms. Wiig to talk movies, DVDs, Jon Hamm and doing nasty things in bridal shops.
MSN: I just listened to the "Bridesmaids" commentary track, with you, director Paul Feig, co-writer Annie Mumolo and most of your fellow bridesmaids.
Kristen Wiig: Uh-oh.
It sounds like you guys had a lot of fun.
Wiig: We did. I'm actually nervous because I haven't heard it yet. Did I say anything to embarrass myself?
Let's just say that you didn't say anything that was more embarrassing than anything you said in the movie.
Wiig: There! Okay, that's fair.
You recorded that commentary track the day before the film opened, when you had no idea that it was going to be huge.
Wiig: Yeah, that's crazy. I was probably very, very nervous. It's probably why we were drinking wine.
If the commentary track is anything to go by, it sounds like you all had quite a time on the set as well.
Wiig: We did. It was like summer camp for three months. It was so fun and the cast made it so special. We just got lucky. All the girls all fell in love with each other and, yeah, those are my girls.
Here's what's in the Blu-ray debut, what's not, and what's the big deal
Long ago in a galaxy far, far away, I gave up my indignation over George Lucas screwing up "Star Wars" and sequels/prequels by re-editing scenes, adding special effects and rewriting small but central parts of the original experience. That doesn't mean I like it – I've kept my lo-fi, non-anamorphic DVD edition of the original "Star Wars," just so I can preserve a copy of the experience I first had way back in 1977 without the CGI noodling in the margins of the Mos Eisley spaceport and other scenes – just that I'm tired of complaining about it.
See an MSN Exclusive Clip from the supplements, featuring George Lucas discussing the origins of Boba Fett, below.
So in "Star Wars: The Complete Saga" (Fox), I can confirm that Greedo doesn't noticeably shoot first (it's pretty much simultaneous by now) and Muppet Yoda has NOT been replaced by a CGI version, that all those distracting CGI embellishments to the original "Star Wars" (aka "A New Hope") are still there and still distracting, that Vader doesn't scream "Noooooooooooooooo!" so much as growl "Nooo!" at the end of "Return of the Jedi," and that I still don't care about Episodes I-III.
With that out of the way, we get to the question that the collectors have: is it worth the upgrade? And the answer is pretty simple: if you want the highest quality of presentation for a high-definition system, then yeah, this is a definite step up in video clarity and audio muscle. It's possible that it could be better, as Lucas is using digital source material created for its DVD debut, but it looks good to me.
If you are more concerned with the integrity of the original films, however, you might as well hang on to those unrestored editions on DVD. Those are hardly state of the art (Lucas made sure of that back in 2006 by presenting them in non-anamorphic editions -- an unnecessary slight to his loyal fan base) but they are the original theatrical versions, which Lucas is apparently uninterested in making available on Blu-ray.
And in terms of supplements, Lucasfilm has dropped some of the more substantial documentaries from the earlier DVD editions (notably the superb two-and-a-half-hour "Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy" but also some terrific shorter featurettes) and added a few new ones, including the 2007 "Star Warriors" (more time than you'd ever want to spend with fandom's answer to Civil War reenactors), 90 minutes of spoofs, and "A Conversation with the Masters: The Empire Strikes Back 30 Years Later," a 25-minute interview featurette with Lucas, director Irvin Kershner, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and composer John Williams discussing the challenge of creating the second film in the series. In addition to the commentary tracks of the DVD releases, there is a second commentary for each film constructed from archival interviews.
But watching the films again with all this increased detail simply reminds me how much I like that roughed-up texture of the props and sets and miniatures of the original "Star Wars," that physical quality of the original trilogy that fades away in the digital dazzle off the later prequels. I'm sure there's a generation out there who doesn't really care about that tactile dimension but to me it's part of what makes those films such a blast. They may not be perfect, but creativity that met the challenges of special effects in the pre-digital age is part of what makes them such beloved films.
For more in-depth and technically savvy reviews, I direct you to Home Theater Forum, The Digital Bits and High-Def Digest, and for reviews from the British release, identical to the American but for the physical packaging (the case itself), see my earlier posting on Videodrone here.
See an exclusive clip from the supplements, followed by a detailed listing of the contents of each disc, after the jump.
Your guide to our coverage of the new DVD/Blu-ray releases
Here's what's new on DVD and Blu-ray this week as featured on Videodrone
'Thor' – From Olympus to Earth to Home Video
'Meek's Cutoff' – Lost on the Trail
TV on DVD:
'Spartacus' and 'Camelot,' Spectacle and Sex
'Rescue Me: The Sixth Season and The Final Season' - Saved From the Flames
The Cool and the Collectible:
Countdown to 'Star Wars' Blu-ray: The First Reviews
Streams and Channels:
Countdown to 'Star Wars' Blu-ray: 'Star Wars Begins'
Coming up next week:
"Bride Flight" (Music Box)
"We Are the Night" (IFC)
"The Yusuf Trilogy: Yumurta, Sut, Bal" (Olive)
"Le beau Serge" (Criterion)
"Les cousins" (Criterion)
"Landmarks of Early Soviet Film: A Four-Disc DVD Collection Of 8 Groundbreaking Films" (Flicker Alley)
"Visions of Eight" (Olive)
"Modern Family: The Complete Second Season" (Fox)
"Hawaii Five-0: The First Season" (Paramount)
"Mike & Molly: The Complete First Season" (Warner)
"Happy Endings: The Complete First Season" (Sony)
"Raising Hope: The Complete First Season " (Fox)
"Body of Proof: The Complete First Season" (Disney)
"Law & Order: Los Angeles – The Complete Series" (Universal)
"Castle: The Complete Third Season" (Disney)
"The Mentalist: The Complete Third Season" (Warner)
"Mad: Season One, Part One" (Warner)
"Dumbo: 70th Anniversary Edition" (Blu-ray) (Disney)
"Breakfast At Tiffany’s" (Blu-ray) (Paramount)
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The sole surviving sound-era performance by Broadway legend Jeanne Eagels
"The Letter" (Warner Archive)
The movies learned to talk in 1927, as they say, but it took a few years to find its voice. After all, it took more than thirty years of filmmaking to arrive at the storytelling grace and sophistication of "Sunrise" and "Street Angel" and "The Crowd," a mode of filmmaking that came to an abrupt end with the arrival of sound. But it wasn't simply a matter of adjusting to new technological limitations. The movies still needed to find its own, unique vernacular and way of speaking.
The 1929 version of "The Letter," the first screen version of the W. Somerset Maugham play, is also the sole surviving sound-era performance by Broadway legend Jeanne Eagels. It's not a particularly good film –- the 1940 Better Davis version, directed by William Wyler, is far more compelling –- but it is a revelation of a performance and an illustration of the challenges filmmakers faced in the early sound era.
Apart from a fluid (and wordless) opening that culminates in a camera creeping through the jungle bush to reveal a rubber plantation manor, it is a static production that stops to observe stiffly-staged scenes of actors frozen in stand-offs. Part of that is surely the demands of early sound recording directly on film with noisy cameras that were boxed up to blimp the sound. But it also suggests that director Jean de Limur (like so many directors at the time) looked to the stage for guidance in directing actors through the new dimension of sound. The performances are pitched to the back row but the camera up close and intimate, magnifying every gesture and exaggerating every pause, and dialogue is just as arch, falling back on stage conventions. The movies had not discovered the stylized patois of street slang and drawing room wit and smart-aleck snappiness that exploded in the early thirties of gangster films and backstage musicals and streetwise romantic dramas and comedies.
Amidst the proclaiming and posing, however, Jeanne Eagels delivers a slinky, fluid performance and the unexpected cadences of her line readings develop into spoken arias. While the rest of the dialogue tends toward the formality of a lecture, Eagels portrays a woman who spins a fiction under oath like a diva playing the wronged woman, and then loses her composure and social self-control under pressure, her words pouring out as if carried by a flood of unchecked emotions. It's the first inkling of a modern sound film performance, exciting and unexpected with the feeling of spontaneity, not yet perfected but definitely alive in an otherwise fossilized film. Eagels died soon in late 1929, less than a year after the release of the film
MOD stands for "Manufacture on Demand" and represents a recent development in the DVD market, where slipping sales have slowed the release of classic, special interest and catalogue releases. These are DVD-R releases, no-frills discs from studio masters, ordered online and "burned" individually with every order. You can read a general introduction to the format and the model on my profile of the Warner Archive Collection on Parallax View here.
Plus 'Trainspotting,' 'My Life as a Dog,' 'The 10th Victim' and more
Has a Blu-ray release ever arrived with as much anticipation and apprehension as "Star Wars: The Complete Saga" (Fox)? It's not the original versions of the films -- once again Lucas has tinkered with the effects and reworked scenes -- but Lucas offers state of the art remastering for the high definition debut. Expect the fan blogosphere, already buzzing with indignation, to explode when it finally arrives on Friday, September 16. As of this writing, my copy has not arrived but we have reviews from the British Blu-ray release earlier this week. No such controversy surrounds "Citizen Kane: 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition" (Warner), a beautifully mastered edition of what has been called The Greatest Film Ever Made. Videodrone's review is here.
Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek, and Janice Rule are the "3 Women" (Criterion) of Robert Altman's 1977 masterpiece, disparate personalities who come together, merge, and morph in a surreal drama. Duvall is a would-be swinger idolized by shy Spacek, a young Texas woman who gets a job in a small nursing home, and Rule is a silent, pregnant artist married to a philandering stuntman (Robert Fortier). Duvall is perfectly gauche and oblivious as the prattling woman who imagines herself a sophisticate and Spacek’s transformation from fragile little girl to domineering personality is genuinely spooky. Like his earlier "Images," this is a powerful personal film by Robert Altman, a rare portrait of women and an even rarer dream film in his filmography. According to Altman, it was inspired by an actual dream he had.
Criterion previously gave the film its American home video debut with its 2004 DVD release. The new Blu-ray improves upon that excellent disc with a sharper, richer image. Features commentary by Altman (recorded for the 2004 DVD), a gallery of rare production and publicity stills, TV spots and the trailer, plus a fold-out booklet with an essay by David Sterritt.
The opening credits to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (Touchstone), the Coen Bros.'s depression-era prison break movie-turned-screwball odyssey through the deep south, makes the claim: "Based upon 'The Odyssey' by Homer." Well, maybe. George Clooney does play a character whose given name is Ulysses and who escapes a chain gang and races home town to stop his abandoned wife, Penny (Holly Hunter as a tart Penelope). But even if it does display a remarkable (if playfully skewed) fidelity to the epic poem of mythical struggle, it also zigzags through Southern politics, blues legends, Baby Face Nelson's crime spree and a KKK rally that plays out like a scene from "The Wizard of Oz," all juiced with hillbilly humor and screwball surrealism and set to a soundtrack of "old-timey" blues, folk, gospel and country. Clooney comes on like a screwball Clark Gable by way of a greasy con-man, a tetchy John Turturro and a sweetly stupid Tim Blake Nelson are dragged along as his reluctant partners and John Goodman's giant of a one-eyed salesman makes for a memorable Cyclops. Hilarious. Features "The Making of O Brother, Where Art Thou," two storyboard-to-scene comparisons and a music video.
Danny Boyle’s sophomore feature "Trainspotting" (Lionsgate), adapted from the cult novel by Irvine Walsh and starring Ewan McGregor as an unapologetic heroine addict who hangs with a crew of junkies (Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, and Kevin McKidd) and an alcoholic bully (Robert Carlyle) while waiting for his next high, is a jolting, wicked rush of style, attitude, and nihilistic escape. Features commentary by director Danny Boyle, screenwriter John Hodge, producer Andrew Macdonald and star Ewan MacGregor (recorded way back for the original laserdisc release!), "The Making of Trainspotting," "Trainspotting Retrospective," deleted scenes and interviews from the Cannes premiere, plus a bonus digital copy. Still haven't confirmed if this is the "uncut" (a matter of a couple of seconds of footage) version with the original soundtrack (it was redubbed with softer accents for American audiences), but likely it is, given the materials available to Lionsgate.
"My Life as a Dog" (Criterion), Lasse Hallstrom’s delightful 1985 Swedish import, is the story of a city kid (Anton Glanzelius as a wide-eyed ragamuffin) sent off to country relatives when his mother falls ill. Melding innocence and capricious playfulness, and brimming with all the impish energy and sexual curiosity of a real 12-year-old boy, he finds his place in a quirky little village where eccentricity is worn like a badge and his antics are recognized for the simple adolescent energy of growing up. Features Lasse Hallstrom’s 1973 debut film "Shall We Go to My or Your Place or Each Go Home Alone?," a short feature made for Swedish TV, plus a video interview with director Hallstrom and a booklet with essays by Michael Atkinson and Kurt Vonnegut.
"The 10th Victim" (Blue Underground), Elio Petri's campy sci-fi social satire from the swinging sixties, stars Marcello Mastroianni as a womanizing Italian reality TV darling and Ursula Andress as his new nemesis, a New York Amazon with a wardrobe as deadly as it is chic. In this future, reality TV is dominated by assassination games and these are the star players. Petri directs with tongue firmly in cheek, lampooning the media obsession with high risk contests and games of chance with cool style, absurdly chic fashions and a comically blasé performance by Mastroianni. It’s like Fellini gone ballistic, a battle of the sexes in a world where spontaneous shoot-outs are just another part of the social landscape. In Italian with optional English subtitles and English dub soundtrack, plus the featurette "Marcello: A Sweet Life" and galleries of stills and posters.
Robert Ginty is mad as hell and not going to take it anymore in "The Exterminator" (Synapse), the grindhouse vigilante flick from James Glickenhaus. When his best friend is killed, this Vietnam Vet declares a private war on the New York underworld. Christopher George is the cop on his trail and Samantha Eggar co-stars. The film hasn't been treated well on DVD in the past but Synapse loves its drive-in cinema and remasters its Blu-ray+DVD Combo pack from the original Director's Cut (featuring more gore and violence) with a the original stereo soundtrack mix and includes commentary by director James Glickenhaus.
Jim Caviezel stars in "The Count of Monte Cristo" (Touchstone), Kevin Reynold’s version of the rousing Alexandre Dumas adventure of betrayal and revenge as a man betrayed by his best friend (Guy Pearce) and left to die in an island prison. Features commentary, deleted scenes (including a previously unseen alternate version of the final duel) and featurettes.
I'll be covering Wes Craven's original "The Hills Have Eyes" (Image) next week with another classic Craven release.
Three documentaries "Made by a fan for fans" made available through the fan medium of YouTube
Jamie Benning is an editor for British TV by day, but in his spare time, the die-hard "Star Wars" fan created his own low-tech documentary chronicling the making of the original "Star Wars" trilogy using TV and radio interviews from the cast and crew, deleted scenes, alternate takes, bloopers and all sorts of otherwise unseen footage he uncovered in his search for film history. The project took six years and resulted in three two hour-plus documentaries, all made for the love of "Star Wars." He discusses the project with GeekDad at Wired here.
No, they are not part of any of the Luscasfilm DVD or Blu-ray editions, but you can watch all three below. And as Lucasfilm has chosen not to include some of the more substantial documentaries from the earlier DVD editions (notably the feature-length "Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy," but also some terrific shorter featurettes), consider this our contribution to the supplements. But budget plenty of time, or better yet, bookmark the page and come back after you see the films. They really are terrific, lo-fi aesthetic and all. "Building Empire" and "Returning to Jedi" follow after the jump.
Star Wars Begins
Plus Henry Jaglom's 'Eating' and a Mystery Science Theater special edition of 'Manos: The Hands of Fate'
The 1952 "My Cousin Rachel" (Twilight Time), from the Daphne du Maurier novel, is a Gothic romantic drama starring Olivia De Havilland as Rachel, a mysterious widow on the rocky, gloomy coast of Cornwall, and Richard Burton (in his debut American role) as the anguished young man who inherits her late husband's manor. Burton received an Oscar nomination for his performance, one of the film's four nominations, and won the Golden Globe for "Most Promising Newcomer – Male." As with all of Twilight Time's releases, it offers Franz Waxman's score on an isolated audio track and features a booklet with an essay by Julie Kirgo. Limited to a run of 3,000 copies.
"Eating" (Breaking Glass) is back on DVD for its 20th Anniversary. Henry Jaglom's "very serious comedy about women & food" touches on issues of body image, beauty, relationships, and the joy of food through the conversations and observations of a group of women who gather for a birthday party. It was a minor sensation in 1990 but not nearly as fresh as it must have seemed then, and certainly no more insightful about the food issues it talks over without getting anywhere. Nelly Alard, Frances Bergen, Mary Crosby, Gwen Welles, and Daphna Kastner are among the cast members of the loose, improvisational film. Features commentary by director Henry Jaglom and Jaglom and members of the cast on "The Phil Donahue Show."
Joel Hodgson and robot buddies Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot on the Satellite of Love take on what is arguably the worst film ever made in "Mystery Science Theater 3000: Manos: The Hands Of Fate Special Edition" (Shout! Factory). Hal Warren’s dreary, dull, absolutely inept thriller of a vacationing family captured and menaced by a cult group in the desert is so badly shot, excruciatingly edited and clumsily overdubbed with mind-numbing dialogue that without the heckling it would be unbearable. Yes, this film is so bad it’s not even funny, but the Joel and bots are; they have a riot tearing this film up with snide comments and snarky jokes. It’s become one of their most popular shows. The two-disc set features the original film sans heckling (it is not recommended viewing, at least not without your own crew of hecklers), plus a short documentary on the making of "Manos, a video reunion of the show's creators and a mini-poster among the supplements.
The horrors, the horrors:
It's a week of obscure and underground horror films. "Bad Dreams / Visiting Hours: Killer Double Feature" (Shout! Factory) offers a pair of theatrical films from the eighties, the former with Jennifer Rubin and Richard Lynch, the latter starring Lee Grant and William Shatner. "Bad Dreams" also features commentary by writer/director Andrew Fleming, cast interviews and featurettes.
"The Basement: Retro 80s Horror Collection" (Camp Motion Pictures) collects five bargain-basement gore films produced for the eighties video boom, headlined by "The Basement" (1989), an anthology film shot on super 8 and restored for DVD in 2010. The three-disc set also features "Video Violence" (1987), "Video Violence 2" (1987), "Captives" (1988) and "Cannibal Campout" (1988), and it arrives in an oversize box set featuring an actual VHS tape of "The Basement." Just the thing of a nostalgic horror junkie. "Beyond the Dunwich Horror / Pretty Dead Things: Double Feature" (Camp Motion Pictures), meanwhile, offer a pair of shot-on-DV productions from the late 2000s.
And the rest:
"Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers" (Shout! Factory) a motion-comic adaptation of the 2004 comic book mini-series, timed for home video release with the feature film.
Plus more 'Big Bang Theory,' 'Supernatural,' 'Inspector Lewis' and more
After seven years of self-destructive behavior and incendiary lives, the characters of "Rescue Me: The Sixth Season and The Final Season" (Sony) are given as satisfying a send off as they could expect. Videodrone's review is here. Starz continues to pursue its signature style of historical spectacle and contrived cable nudity with the prequel "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena" (Anchor Bay) and the short-lived "Camelot: The Complete First Season" (Anchor Bay), the story of King Arthur… with a little sex in it. Videodrone's review is here.
"Blue Bloods: The First Season" (Paramount) is an old-school family cop drama with Tom Selleck as clan patriarch Frank Reagan, NYC Police Commissioner and father of two sons following in his footsteps (Donnie Wahlberg as a veteran police detective and Will Estes as a Harvard grad turned beat cop) and one Assistant D.A. (Bridget Moynahan as the sole female in the Reagan brotherhood). Len Cariou is the granddad, a former Police Commissioner who hasn't let forced retirement end his outspoken opinions. This is a show that could have come out of the seventies. 22 episodes on six discs in a standard case with hinged trays, plus six featurettes, deleted scenes and a gag reel. The second season begins September 23.
Gleeks will sing for joy for "Glee: The Complete Second Season" (Fox) (or, if you picked up the earlier half-season release on DVD, "Glee: Season 2, Volume 2"). This is the season they get to the Nationals and travel to New York City for the sing-off (where Lea Michele's Rachel trods the boards of Broadway for a brief moment). 22 episodes on six discs on DVD and four discs on Blu-ray, plus the music jukebox of previous releases, featurettes on the New York City shoot and the season's guest stars and the supplements from the earlier half-season DVD release (including "Glee at Comic Con 2010" and "The Making of the Rocky Horror Glee Show") among the featurettes.
"George Lucas ruined my life. And I mean that in the nicest way." "Wishful Drinking" (HBO) is Carrie Fisher's one-woman show, an autobiographical monologue with video clips, visual aids and plenty of self-lacerating wit. It takes self-confidence to draw attention to the slipping accent of Princess Leia in "Star Wars" but real steel to turn the skeletons of her show business family closet into satire. It's not so much that it's particularly insightful or incisive, but she strolls through the distorted family album with a composure and a humor only possible from someone who has decided that comedy is tragedy plus distance. She's distanced herself enough to head back in unfazed and the writer in her has a way of turning puns into a double-edged razor. The disc features a 54-minute interview with Debbie Reynolds best viewed after the show. Not because of spoilers, mind you, simply to come at it with Carrie's perspective.
In "The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Fourth Season" (Warner), Leonard has been dumped by Penny but not only does he land another girlfriend, so do his geek squad buddies Howard and, yes, even Sheldon (Emmy winner Jim Parsons), even though he refuses to call his genius-level soulmate Amy (Mayim Bialik) a girlfriend, even though she is a girl and she is his friend. All this and virtual Sheldon too. 24 episodes on three discs in a standard case with hinged trays, plus a video Q&A with the actors, a gag reel and a music video with Barenaked Ladies.
"Outsourced: The Complete Series" (Universal) presents all 22 episodes of the NBC sitcom set in the India-based call center of an American novelties company. Cultural confusion abounds. And yes, it's "The Complete Series" because it's not coming back for a second season. Three discs stacked on a single post; not my favorite packaging design. Also features commentary and deleted scene.
"Danny Phantom: Season 1" (Paramount) follows the adventures of the part boy, part ghost star of this animated series from Nickelodeon. 20 episodes on four discs.
"Masterpiece Mystery!: Inspector Lewis 4" (PBS) features four more episodes of the British mystery series starring Kevin Whately as Inspector Robert Lewis, the former partner to Inspector Morse and now the senior detective to a former divinity student (Laurence Fox). Released on both DVD and Blu-ray.
Jon Pertwee is The Doctor and Katy Manning his companion in "Doctor Who: Day of the Daleks" (BBC), story no. 60 in the long-running original series. The two-disc set is packed with commentary, featurettes, interviews and an alternate version of the show with new effects.
More medical show soap opera unfolds in Shondra Rhimes' "Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Seventh Season" (Disney), which includes a musical episode this season, and "Private Practice: The Complete Fourth Season" (Disney), the "Grey's" spin-off which offers a wedding this season. "Grey's Anatomy" includes 22 episodes on six discs in a fold-out digipak, with an extended version of the musical episode, featurettes and "Seattle Grace: Message of Hope" webisodes. "Private Practice" offers 22 episodes on five discs in a standard case with hinged trays, plus a featurette and deleted scenes.
"Supernatural: The Complete Season Sixth Season" (Warner) finds Sam (Jared Palecki), who was sent to hell at the end of Season Five, back on Earth and ready to resume hunting demons. 22 episodes on five discs on DVD and four discs on Blu-ray, plus commentary on two episodes, two featurettes and two episodes of "Supernatural: The Anime Series." The Blu-ray also includes the interactive "The Hunter's Guide to Season Six." The seventh season of the WB's cult series begins in late September.
"Sanctuary: The Complete Third Season" (eOne) features "Stargate" TV veteran Amanda Tapping as the head of a secret squad that searches and protects strange and supernatural beings living among us. 20 episodes on six discs on both DVD and Blu-ray, plus commentary on seven episodes and a bunch of featurettes. The SyFy Channel original series launches its fourth season this fall.
"It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia: The Complete Sixth Season" (Fox) features 12 episodes of the most aggressively un-PC sitcom on commercial cable. And that's saying something. Features commentary on select episodes, podcasts, deleted and extended scenes and an extended cut of the episode "Lethal Weapon 5."
Denis Richards guest stars in "Blue Mountain State: Season Two" (Lionsgate), the crude college football comedy made for Spike TV. "Ghost Hunters: Season 6: Part 1" (Image) features 12 more episodes of the paranormal reality show from SyFy.
"The Shunning" (Sony), based on the best-selling book by Beverly Lewis (one of the top Amish fiction writers, explains the pres release), is a Hallmark Channel original about a an Amish woman (Danielle Panabaker) and an identity crisis. Also from the Hallmark Channel is "Citizen Jane" (Green Apple), starring Ally Sheedy as a woman who discovers her husband (Sean Patrick Flanery) is a killer and spends thirteen years hunting him down.