One of last year's best cable shows leads this collection of TV programs newly released on DVD.
"Justified: The Complete Second Season" (Sony, 2011, three discs, $55.99). The first season of "Justified" was startling, dark and funny as Timothy Olyphant made a singular impression playing Elmore Leonard's wry, unflappable U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, who was none too happy about having to leave Miami for a reassignment to his hometown in a rural area of eastern Kentucky.
But as good as Season 1 was, Season 2 is even better, as Givens finds himself going up against a formidable foe in the form of Mags Bennett, who oversees most of the area's crime with assistance from her sinister sons. And to get what she wants Mags is willing to go to shocking extremes.
Olyphant is still great in a vehicle that is extremely well written and played by a perfect cast all the way around. But as Mags, Margo Martindale truly found the role of a lifetime and ran with it, winning a well-deserved Emmy.
Extras: widescreen, deleted scenes, featurettes, outtakes
"Dr. Willoughby" (Acorn, 1999, $29.99). Joanna Lumley stars in this extremely vulgar one-season sitcom as an aging, vain actress on a British medical soap opera who is every bit as nasty and self-absorbed as Lumley's "Absolutely Fabulous" character. But here the show is more coarse and crass than funny.
Extras: widescreen, six episodes
"The Windsors: From George to Kate" (Athena, 2011, $29.99). Interesting documentary covers a century of the House of Windsor, examining how the British royal family has managed to retain its identity as other monarchies have fallen. Narrated by Brian Blessed.
Extras: widescreen, archival clips, text biographies; 16-page booklet
"Man in a Suitcase: Set 2" (Acorn, 1968, four discs, $59.99). Character actor Richard Bradford is low-key but effective in this vintage British series as a London-based former U.S. spy now freelancing as a private eye. These are the final episodes of the series' lone season. Donald Sutherland guests in one episode, and in another, Felicity Kendal ("The Good Life," "Rosemary & Thyme") shows up as a blind French girl!
Extras: full frame, 15 episodes, interview with Bradford, photo gallery
"Archer: The Complete Season Two" (Fox/Blu-ray, 2011, two discs, $39.99). The snarky spy is back for more misadventures in the second season of this funny, albeit raunchy series. Yes, it's animated. No, it's not for kids.
Extras: widescreen, 13 episodes, featurettes (also on DVD, $29.98)
"Happiness Is … Peanuts: Friends Forever" (Warner, 1967, $14.97). The TV special "You're in Love, Charlie Brown" is the selling point here, with an episode of "The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show" as a bonus.
Extras: full frame, two episodes
"SpongeBob's Frozen Face-Off" (Nickelodeon/Paramount, 2011, $16.99). More "SpongeBob SquarePants" animated adventures.
Extras: full frame, seven episodes, bonus episodes of "Fanboy & Chum Chum" and "T.U.F.F. Puppy"
"Dora Loves Boots" (Nickelodeon/Paramount, 2011, $16.99). Four episodes from "Dora the Explorer," each focusing on Dora and her boots.
Extras: full frame, four episodes
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