Chris Hicks: Cops, aliens and a friendly penguin lead new TV shows on DVD

Published: Friday, Oct. 18 2013 4:45 p.m. MDT

“Anger Management: Volume Two” (Lionsgate, 2013, three discs, $34.98, DVD and digital versions, 22 episodes, bloopers). Charlie Sheen’s FX cable series has him playing an anger-management therapist. Actually, that’s the show’s most successful joke. A series-long riff on Sheen’s real-life reputation with a lot of sleazy gags. (Also on Blu-ray, $34.97; yes it’s listed as a penny cheaper but don’t ask me why.)

“David Starkey’s Music & Monarchy” (Athena, 2013, two discs, $49.99, four episodes, nine performance pieces; 16-page booklet). British documentary series explores English musical traditions, from Henry V through Elizabeth II, with 40 live recordings.

“The Dark Ages: An Age of Light” (Athena, 2012, two discs, $49.99, four episodes, text biography; 12-page booklet). British documentary series by art critic Waldemar Januszczak seeks to debunk the Dark Ages as a time of backwards civilization, focusing on art to illuminate his argument.

“Counting Cars: Season 2, Volume 1” (History/Lionsgate, 2013, two discs, $14.98, 13 episodes, deleted scenes). This History cable channel series, a spinoff of “Pawn Stars,” follows Las Vegas classic-car buff Danny “The Count” Koker and his crew as they buy, restore and sell off vintage automobiles.

“Gravity Falls: Six Strange Tales” (Disney, 2012, $19.99, six episodes). The first six episodes of this animated kids show about 12-year-old twins spending the summer with their uncle in the title town, where more spooky things happen than in a “Scooby-Doo” episode.

“Winx Club: the Secret of the Lost Kingdom Movie” (Nickelodeon/Paramount, 2013, three discs, $19.99, movie, seven episodes; coloring book, crayons, poster, sticker sheet). Animated cable fantasy series about the fairies of Alfea College.

“Barney: 3-Movie Pack” (HIT/Lionsgate, 2013, three discs, $19.98, bonus episodes, sing-alongs, interactive games). Repacked three-disc set: “The Land of Make Believe,” “Let’s Make Music” and “Night Before Christmas.”

“Thomas & Friends: 3-Movie Pack” (HIT/Lionsgate, 2013, three discs, $19.98, bonus episodes, music videos). Repackaged three-disc set: “Blue Mountain Mystery,” “Day of the Diesels” and “Misty Island Rescue.”

Chris Hicks is the author of "Has Hollywood Lost Its Mind? A Parent’s Guide to Movie Ratings." His website is www.hicksflicks.com

Email: hicks@deseretnews.com

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