Paul Drinkwater, NBC Universal
A wide variety of TV shows, old and new, have arrived on DVD this week.
“Vega$: The Third Season, Volume Two” (CBS/Paramount, 1981, three discs, $39.99, 12 episodes, promos). Robert Urich returns for the final dozen episodes of his comic action series about private eye Dan Tanna trying to eke out a living in Sin City. Guests in these episodes include Tony Curtis, Louis Jourdan, Tori Spelling, Wayne Newton, Victor Buono and Edd Byrnes.
“Community: The Complete Third Season” (Sony, 2011-12, three discs, $45.99, 22 episodes, deleted scenes, audio commentaries, featurettes, bloopers). The wacky community college-based sitcom returns for a third off-the-wall season, with Joel McHale and friends (including Chevy Chase) spoofing other shows. John Goodman guests as a dean.
“Dexter: The Complete Sixth Season” (Showtime/CBS, 2011, four discs, $54.99, 12 episodes, featurettes, episodes of “House of Lies,” “Californication” and “The Borgias”). The mild-mannered serial killer (Michael C. Hall) who kills other serial killers goes up against a delusional religious zealot. (Also on Blu-ray, $67.99.)
“Doctor Who: Spearhead From Space: Special Edition” (BBC, 1970, $24.98, four episodes, audio commentaries, featurettes, short spoof, photo gallery, trailers, PDF materials).
“Doctor Who: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy” (BBC, 1988-89, $24.98, four episodes, deleted/extended scenes, audio commentary, featurettes, photo gallery, isolated music, PDF materials). These episodes of vintage “Doctor Who” series feature Jon Pertwee and Sylvester McCoy, respectively, as the time-traveling doctor. Enjoyable adventures with lots of bonus features for die-hard fans.
“Dalziel & Pascoe: Season Six” (BBC, 2001, two discs, $29.98, four episodes). The mismatched British detectives return to investigate the death of a young musical prodigy, the murder of a Sikh woman that has led to racial tensions, the killing of a local solicitor and an unearthed skeleton that casts suspicion on Dalziel.
“Judge John Deed: Season Six” (BBC, 2007, two discs, $29.98, four episodes). Two double-episode military stories wrap up this series about an idealistic English judge (Martin Shaw) whose streak of independence doesn’t always serve him well. Here he tackles a soldier accused of killing Iraqi civilians and then looks into the suicide of another soldier who was given damaging vaccines by the Army.
“The Forsyte Saga Collection” (Acorn, 2002-03, five discs, $79.99, 11 episodes, featurette, photo galleries, text biographies, filmographies and booklist). One of the more formidable “Masterpiece Theatre” presentations of the 2000s was this British costume drama (a remake of a 1967 classic) adapted from John Galsworthy’s epic novels. The two miniseries here — “The Forsyte Saga” and “The Forsyte Saga: Series 2” — chronicle several generations of a wealthy London solicitor’s family. A sterling production with excellent performances.
“American Pickers: Volume Four” (History, 2011, two discs, $19.95, eight episodes). More relics from America’s back roads are collected by this show’s antique retailers and they take an assignment from William Shatner.
“Pawn Stars: Volume Five” (History, 2011, two discs, $19.95, 16 episodes). These episodes are from the third and fourth seasons, as the Vegas pawnbrokers go after everything from samurai swords to classic cars.
“Titanic: 100 Years in 3D” (Blu-ray/3D, 2012, $29.95). Stunning 3D hi-def imagery is the drawing card for this 45-minute documentary, with stories of passengers on the ship that have not heretofore been told.
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