“House: Season Eight: The Final Season” (Universal/Blu-ray, 2011-12, five discs, $74.98, 22 episodes, featurettes). Hugh Laurie made a strong impression during his eight years of playing the misanthropic genius physician Gregory House, and the show has taken all kinds of bizarre twists and turns over that time.
In this final season, House is released from prison and returns to the teaching hospital, where he must deal with change while taking on more baffling medical cases. But it is his relationship with Robert Sean Leonard’s character that takes hold as the show wraps up. (Also on DVD, $59.98.)
“The Closer: The Complete Seventh and Final Season” (TNT/Warner, 2011-12, five discs, $59.98, 21 episodes, deleted scenes, featurette, music videos, bloopers). Kyra Sedgewick is great as a brilliant but unorthodox murder investigator, but her questionable methods catch up with her as she goes head-to-head with the new chief (Mary McDonnell, whose spinoff series “Major Crimes” has just started on TNT). Although a little too comic for some tastes the past couple of seasons, it is still watchable drama with a great cast.
“NCIS: The Ninth Season” (CBS/Paramount, 2011-12, six discs, $64.99, 24 episodes, deleted scene, audio commentaries, featurettes). Mark Harmon, David McCallum and friends are back with the highest-rated show on television to solve more Naval mysteries, dolloped with occasional comedy. Jamie Lee Curtis has a five-episode guest stint as a psychologist.
“NCIS: Los Angeles: The Third Season” (CBS/Paramount, 2011-12, six discs, $62.99, 23 episodes, deleted scenes, audio commentary, featurettes). Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J star in this “NCIS” spinoff, with the great Linda Hunt as their boss. Includes a crossover with stars of “Hawaii Five-0.”
“Perry Mason: The Seventh Season, Volume One” (CBS/Paramount, 1963-64, b/w, four discs, $54.99, 15 episodes). Raymond Burr returns to get more confessions from the witness box. Great show, still enjoyable after all these years. Guests here include Beulah Bondi, Mike Mazurki, Diane Ladd, Strother Martin, Julie Adams and former Utahn Marie Windsor.
“Mike & Molly: The Complete Second Season” (Warner, 2011-12, three discs, $44.98, 23 episodes, featurette, bloopers). The crude but amusing romantic sitcom returns for season two as the overweight lovebirds make wedding preparations and Mike moves into Molly’s house, forcing him to go from his bachelor pad to life with several eccentric women. It takes the entire season to finally get to the wedding.
“Revenge: The Complete First Season” (ABC, 2011-12, five discs, $45.99, 22 episodes, deleted scenes, audio commentary, featurettes, bloopers). Emily VanCamp stars in this dark soap opera as a woman who ingratiates herself into a wealthy family in the Hamptons. What they don’t realize is that she’s there to exact revenge on the woman (Madeleine Stowe) who ruined her father’s life. VanCamp and especially Stowe make this one worth watching.
“Megacities” (Athena, 2012, $34.99, three episodes, text biography; 12-page booklet). BBC documentary by journalist Andrew Marr looks at five of the world’s most populous cities: London, Tokyo, Shanghai, Mexico City and Dhaka in Bangladesh.
“Crisis at the Castle” (Athena, $29.99, three episodes, featurette; 12-page booklet). This documentary miniseries investigates three castles that are prime examples of historic British architecture but suffer from crumbling infrastructures, and their aristocratic owners aren’t sure how to save them for future generations.
“Planet Dinosaur” (BBC, 2012, $19.96, six episodes, featurette). Exploration of recently unearthed evidence of strange prehistoric creatures, ranging from feathered dinosaurs to predators larger than the Tyrannosaurus rex.
“Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation” (Warner, 1992, $19.97). This feature-length “Tiny Toons” spinoff went straight to video 20 years ago and now has finally made its way to DVD. Funny stuff from the Steven Spielberg series about younger anthropomorphic animals that owe something to the original Looney Tunes gang of Bugs, Daffy, Porky, etc.
“The Adventures of Tintin: Season Three” (Shout!, 1992, 13 episodes, $19.93). In the final season of this animated series, Tintin and Snowy chase down arms smugglers and 1930s gangsters, and travel from Peru to America — and even to the moon.
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