New On DVD This Week: Smallville, Skins, Prime Suspect, Criminal Minds, Chuck

by | September 8, 2010 at 12:51 PM | TV News

Smallville

In Season 9 of ‘Smallville,’ fans see what a great planet Earth is. So great that other survivors of Planet Krypton wouldn’t mind making it home and taking control. But fellow Kryptonian Clark Kent rises to the occasion and sends a warning for Zod and his followers who cross the line, especially if they seek to enlist Lois Lane in their schemes. Plus, unexpected characters from DC Comics lore add exciting new layers to the adventures of the man who will become Superman, including the shape-shifting Wonder Twins, magical Zatanna and in an action-packed Double Episode, Justice Society of America’s Doctor Fate, Hawkman and Stargirl. In this six-disc collectioin, Metropolis’s clock tower tolls our favorites’ darkest hour as Clark Kent finally makes his first attempts to embrace his calling as a hero. Bonus features include cast and creator commentaries, unaired scenes and two never-been-seen featurettes: “Kneel Before Zod” and “Justice for All.” Buy the Season 9 DVD right here.

Skins

Skins‘ is back, and the critical darling now has a brand new cast in its third season. It’s another year at Roundview College and it brings with it a new class of drug-fuelled, party-seeking, sexually inquisitive teenagers. This year we meet a Congolese immigrant (Merveille Lukeba), an adorable virgin (Lisa Backwell) a volatile queen bee (Kaya Scodelario), and it also stars Jack O’Connell, Luke Pasqualino, Ollie Barbieri and twins Megan and Kathryn Prescott. Buy the Volume 3 DVD right here.

Prime Suspect

Starring Oscar winner Helen Mirren in her iconic television role, ‘Prime Suspect: The Complete Collection‘ is now available on DVD. Dame Helen Mirren stars as Detective Jane Tennison in this revolutionary police drama broadcast on PBS to universal acclaim and more than 20 major international awards, including seven Emmys (“Outstanding Miniseries” and “Outstanding Actress”), eight BAFTAs, and a Peabody. The 9-disc set includes nine feature-length mysteries as well as a 50-minute behind-the-scenes special. ‘Prime Suspect’ begins with DCI Tennison seizing the opportunity to head a murder investigation—something she should have done long ago, had she not been passed over by her male superiors time and again. With a suspect already identified and her own team openly hostile, she uncovers errors and conflicting facts that point to a cover-up within the force. The following series include: a murder inquiry in the African Caribbean community; a 17-year-old rent boy murder; an abducted toddler; the manager of an exclusive country club murdered; a shooting case of a young drug dealer; new murders casting doubt on a case she solved previously; and the torture and murder of a young Bosnian refugee. In the final series, Detective Superintendent Tennison is pushing 60 and facing the death of her father. Alcohol, loneliness, and the job have taken their toll, but she is determined to end her exemplary career by solving one more case: the brutal murder of a schoolgirl. Buy the Complete Collection right here.

Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds‘ revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country’s most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit’s most prominent agent is David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), a founding member of the BAU, who returns to help the team solve new cases, while pursuing some unfinished business of his own. Each member brings his or her own area of expertise to the table as they pinpoint predators’ motivations and identify their emotional triggers in the attempt to stop them. Buy the Season 5 DVD right here.

Chuck

No more Mr. Nice Spy! ‘Chuck‘ is back and he’s the Chuck you know: the hapless Nerd Herder hopelessly devoted to sexy super spy Sarah. And he’s the Chuck you don’t know: a master martial artist whose brain is locked and loaded with the new Intersect 2.0. How the two Chucks clash, bash and (sometimes) cooperate makes Season Three total, action-packed fun. More new stuff: A dashing rival (Brandon Routh) joins the team, someone from Chuck’s Buy More life discovers his secret and Chuck learns the spy biz can turn the nicest guy dark and dangerous. “For the last two years, we’ve protected Chuck from the world,” the General notes. “But now we have to protect the world from Chuck.” Buy the Chuck Season 3 Blu-ray right here.

Camp Rock 2

In ‘Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam,’ Mitchie (Demi Lovato) can’t wait to return to Camp Rock and spend the summer making new music with her friends Shane, Nate and Jason (Joe, Nick and Kevin Jonas). But the slick new camp across the lake, Camp Star, has drummed up some serious competition—featuring newcomers Luke (Finley) and Dana (Bridges). With Camp Rock’s future at stake, will Camp Star’s flashy production and over-the- top antics win the sensational battle of the bands, or will Camp Rockers prove that talent, teamwork, and spirit are what truly matter? The Extended Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a behind-the-scenes introduction to the newest stars and music videos by camp rockers from around the world, a “Rock-Along” feature that allows viewers to take center stage, and more. Buy the DVD/Blu-ray combo pack right here.

The Norm Show

Norm Henderson (Norm MacDonald), a former professional hockey player convicted of gambling and tax evasion, is banned from the sport for life in ‘The Norm Show.’ Sentenced to community service, he does social work in New York City alongside his best friend Laurie, a by-the-rules worker who cares about her clients; Danny, a friend and co-worker with quirky issues of his own; and Mr. Curtis, the no-nonsense boss who would like to see Norm fail. Buy the Complete Series right here.

Pirates Of Dark Water

High adventure awaits those courageous enough to join this misfit crew as they sail the mysterious 20 seas surrounding the alien world of Mer in the ‘Pirates Of Dark Water.’ Led by the young prince Ren, these unlikely heroes follow an enchanted compass through dangers beyond their wildest fears, seeking the 13 Treasures of Rule, which will release the troubled planet from the deadly dark waters devouring its surface. As if the fate of the world wasn’t enough, Ren must also defeat the evil pirate Lord Bloth, who follows Ren’s sails intent to steal the treasures he uncovers. For swashbuckling action, you’ll find that a pirate’s life is for you. Buy the 4-Disc, 21-Episode Complete Series exclusively at WBshop.com.

Supernatural

The Winchester brothers will rev up their ‘67 Chevy Impala once again in Season 5 of ‘Supernatural.’ The six-disc DVD and four-disc Blu-ray releases contain all 22 original season five episodes, plus nearly three hours of bonus features including featurettes, deleted scenes, a gag reel and much more. Two brothers and one fallen angel – against all the might of Satan and his army! As the Apocalypse grows closer, threatening to turn Earth into a battlefield soaked with human blood, Sam, Dean and Castiel struggle against daunting odds. New foes arise, including the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Old friends depart, consumed by the fearsome wrath of Hell. Through it all, the Winchesters are targeted by demons and angels alike, who warn that each brother has a special and terrible role to play in the coming devastation. Season 5 follows Sam and Dean on their most terrifying journey yet, one that may lead them to the only ally strong enough to defeat the Devil: God. Buy the Season 5 Blu-ray right here.

Boy Meets World

One of the most durable offerings of ABC’s Friday night TGIF sitcom lineup was ‘Boy Meets World.’ Set in Philadelphia, the series starred Ben Savage as Cornelius A. “Cory” Matthews, who at the outset of the program was 11 years old. Hoping to make sense of the world around him and to hack his way through the thorny thicket of “tween-age” (and later teenage) life, Cory found a kindred spirit in fellow 11-year-old Shawn Hunter (Rider Strong), who lived in a trailer camp with his combative parents. Cory himself resided in a comfortable suburban home with dad Alan (William Russ), mom Amy (Betsy Randle), footloose older brother Eric (Will Friedle) and precocious kid sister Morgan. Buy the Season 1, 2 and 3 DVD right here.

Wonders Of The Solar System

Experience the extraordinary in ‘Wonders Of The Solar System.‘ This amazing DV explores some of the most amazing features of our very own solar system – how the forces of nature carved out beauty and order from the chaos of space. Our planet doesn’t just sit in magnificent isolation but is intimately connected with the rest of the solar system. Using the latest scientific knowledge and breathtaking images beamed back from the fleet of probes, rovers and telescopes currently in space, this gorgeous imagery will is matched up with some of the most spectacular, extreme locations on Earth help to reveal wonders never thought possible. Buy the DVD right here.

Wall Street

Filled with more assets than Bud Fox’s portfolio, ‘Wall Street‘ exposes more than ever before with a Special Insider Trading Edition DVD. Yielding a high return on investment, the two-disc DVD features Wall Street trivia and facts that run along a Fox News Style ticker at the bottom of the feature, a Fox Movie Channel Special, a sneak peek of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and movie money good towards a ticket to the sequel debuting in theaters September 24, and more. Directed by two-time Academy Award* winner Oliver Stone, the film provides a fascinating look at corruption and deception set in the money-hungry world of the New York Stock Exchange. Earning Michael Douglas the Best Actor Oscar in 1988 for his performance as Wall Street Legend Gordon Gekko, the film takes a behind-the-scenes look at big business in the 1980s as an ambitious young broker Bud Fox is lured into the illegal, lucrative world of corporate espionage. Seduced by the power, status and financial wizardry of Gekko, the newbie soon discovers that the pursuit of overnight riches comes at a price that’s too high to pay. Buy the DVD right here.

Less Than Perfect

The charming Sara Rue starred in ‘Less Than Perfect‘ as Claudia “Claude” Casey, a “permanent temp” working in various low-level clerical capacities in a TV news department. Claude’s amusingly self-deprecating self image was given a boost when she was appointed assistant to Will Butler (Eric Roberts), the TV station’s preening peacock of an anchorman. This sudden field commission from the ranks of the “peons” did not sit at all well with Claude’s snooty new colleagues Lydia (Andrea Parker) and Kipp (Zachary Levi), who began concocting schemes to topple the heroine from her lofty perch. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

The Guardian

Nick Fallin is a hotshot lawyer working at his father’s ultra successful Pittsburgh law firm in ‘The Guardian.’ Unfortunately, the high life has gotten the best of Nick. Arrested for drug use, he’s sentenced to do 1,500 hours of community service, somehow to be squeezed into his 24/7 cutthroat world of mergers, acquisitions and board meetings. Reluctantly, he’s now “The Guardian” – a part-time child advocate at Legal Aid Services, where one case after another is an eye-opening instance of kids caught up in difficult circumstances. Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.