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Jul 16, 2009 TV Web Exclusive

I’m not a big fan of the term guilty pleasure, but Entourage is the very definition of it. The story of Hollywood actor/superstar Vinnie Chase, his three buddies, and his agent and the agent’s assistant has lumbered along for five seasons, and season five is now available on DVD, coinciding with the start of season six on HBO. More

Jul 15, 2009 TV Web Exclusive

Just on the heels of Parker Lewis Can’t Lose comes yet another long-awaited comedy series DVD release. This time, it’s cult MTV sketch comedy The State. The 5-disc set includes all four seasons of the show and a whole disc of extras. That means that you’ll finally understand why your comedy junkie friends still say “I’m gonna dip my balls in it!” More

Jun 30, 2009 TV Web Exclusive

Michael Bay’s sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen has just redefined what a bad movie can be, and coming out to coincide with the cinematic apocalypse is Shout! Factory’s celebration of the original animated series’ 25th anniversary. The set is a notable improvement on the now out-of-print original Rhino releases from 2002 that included cut versions of some episodes and missing animation. This new release has taken great pains to restore as much of that footage as possible to appease the diehards. More


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Jun 28, 2009 TV Web Exclusive

What do you do when you are not a high school jock anymore? When your university scholarship is over? When your career in the major leagues stalls due to an injury? You go back to said high school as a teacher/ coach, and start up a sideline career as a man-whore. What else? More

Jun 23, 2009 TV Web Exclusive

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Generation Kill is the fact that David Simon and Ed Burns made this revealing miniseries concurrently with the last season of The Wire, and both are great. Based on Rolling Stone journalist Evan Wright’s 2004 book chronicling his time with the Marines during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the 7-episode series shows us a side of war that we don’t often see. More

Jun 23, 2009 TV Web Exclusive

HBO’s big, blustery miniseries adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough’s biography of Founding Father John Adams has arrived on Blu-ray. The already impressive miniseries looks incredible in high definition; its stunning production values shining brightly, as do the award-winning performances by Paul Giamatti (as Adams) and Laura Linney as his wife Abigail Adams. More

Jun 23, 2009 TV Web Exclusive

What else can you say about the brilliant last season of one of the most spectacular TV series of all time? Well, if you haven’t yet seen The Shield, it’s all on DVD now, and if you’re a fan of high drama and cop shows, then this show is a must. More

Jun 22, 2009 TV Web Exclusive

It makes total sense for Buena Vista to release the first two seasons of Lost to coincide with Father’s Day. Though the show begins with a plane crash on a tropical island with many mysteries, its themes often delve into the chaos, dysfunction, and sometimes horrible personal choices made as a result of daddy issues. From Jack to John Locke to Kate to Penny to Sun, few major characters are immune to this trope; Lost creator J.J. Abrams, who directed the excellent Lost pilot, brought similar themes over from Felicity and Alias and even into his feature version of Star Trek. More

Jun 03, 2009 TV Web Exclusive

USA Network original shows generally do not suck. As the newest in the network’s character-driven series, Royal Pains does not suck, either. Mark Feuerstein plays Dr. Hank Lawson, who is dismissed and blackballed after a judgment call at his hospital that costs a major donor his life. After endless days of television watching and apparently not showering, his brother, Evan (Paulo Constanzo) drags Hank out to the Hamptons for a weekend break. More