The third seasons of both the network sitcom “Mike & Molly” and the HBO gangster series “Boardwalk Empire” lead these TV shows that are new to DVD and Blu-ray this week.
“Mike & Molly: The Complete Third Season” (Warner, 2012-13, three discs, $44.98, 23 episodes, bloopers). This season the series goes from being a dating comedy to a marriage comedy as Mike (Billy Gardell) and Molly (Melissa McCarthy) return home from their Paris honeymoon to deal with domestic life, and the quirky friends and family that surround them.
McCarthy, balancing this sitcom with her burgeoning movie stardom, isn’t as bawdy here as in her recent movies, of course, although the show does have its crass moments, and she’s the main reason to watch, demonstrating a lot more charm and warmth than her big-screen characters allow. (The show has been renewed for a fourth season but no date has been announced.)
“Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Third Season” (HBO/Blu-ray, 2012, seven discs, $79.98, 12 episodes; Blu-ray, DVD, digital versions; audio commentaries, featurettes). Martin Scorsese and Mark Wahlberg are executive producers for this gritty look at corruption and politics in Atlantic City during the era of Prohibition. Character actor Steve Buscemi is great in the lead as “Nucky” Thompson, though the show has the expected HBO R-rated excesses with violence, language, sex and nudity. (Season 4 begins Sept. 8.) (Also on DVD, $59.99)
“Revenge: The Complete Second Season” (ABC, 2012-13, five discs, $45.99, 22 episodes, deleted scenes, audio commentary, featurettes, bloopers). Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) continues to sound out her enemies in the Hamptons in this hot-blooded prime-time soap opera, with scene-stealing Madeleine Stowe as her chief adversary. Jennifer Jason Leigh has a recurring role as Emily’s mother. (Season 3 begins Sept. 29.)
“Being Human: Season Five” (BBC, 2013, two discs, $34.98, six episodes, deleted scenes, featurettes). Vampire Hal, werewolf Tom and ghost Alex are housemates in this British series that blends horror and comedy. This season they are charged with saving the world after discovering the evil side of Hal and Tom’s new employer. (Also on Blu-ray, $39.98)
Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright (Warner/Blu-ray, 2013, $24.98; Blu-ray, DVD, digital versions; feature-length animated film, two vintage cartoons). This new straight-to-DVD Scooby adventure has the Mystery Inc. crew heading to Chicago when Fred and Daphne are finalists in a TV talent show for songwriters, but, of course, the venue has some creepy goings-on to investigate. (Also on DVD, $19.98)
“CatDog: The Final Season” (Shout!, 2005, $14.97, eight episodes). The fourth and final season of this wacky Nickelodeon cable animated show is a scant eight seasons with the bizarre conjoined twins of the title running into aliens and sea monsters, among other offbeat encounters.
“Chuggington: Chug Patrol: Ready to Rescue” (Anchor Bay, 2013, $14.98, one new special, four episodes, “Badge Quest” episode, featurette, coloring/activity sheets; stickers). British animated series with anthropomorphic trains includes four episodes from the series and the new title special, which will air on the cable Disney Channel this fall.
“Meet the WotWots” (Lionsgate, 2013, $14.98, 10 episodes). New Zealand animated/live-action series for preschoolers follows a pair of alien siblings as they discover the variety of Earth’s animal species. Shown domestically on the Hub cable channel.
Chris Hicks is the author of "Has Hollywood Lost Its Mind? A Parent's Guide to Movie Ratings." His website is www.hicksflicks.com
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