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TV on DVD: Tuesday, March 13, 2012

by Ethan Alter March 13, 2012 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Have you seen this show? (Don't bother.)

The Killing: Season One
It all started off so promisingly. The pilot episode of the AMC serial The Killing offered a tantalizing, Twin Peaks-like mystery -- one driven by the tagline "Who Killed Rose Larsen?" -- backed up by moody atmosphere and a solid ensemble. But as Season 1 wore on, viewers started to suspect that a show that seemed so carefully planned out was, in fact, just spinning its wheels. The terrible finale confirmed that was indeed the case, as the answer to the show's central question got absurdly bumped back to Season 2, which premieres on April 1, the same night Game of Thrones returns. We already know what we'll be watching.
Extras: An extended version of the season finale (you mean that thing was longer?), commentary tracks on two episodes, a featurette, deleted scenes and a gag reel.

It seems like every fantasy story is getting a prequel these days, even Peter Pan. Originally shown on SyFy, this two-part TV movie shows how an aging-phobic kid named Peter (Charlie Rowe) stumbled upon the magical world of Neverland, where he never had to grow up. The rest of the cast includes Rhys Ifans as the two-handed pirate-who-will-be-Captain-Hook, Bob Hoskins as his right-hand mate Smee (a role he previously played in Steven Spielberg's Peter Pan sequel Hook), Keira Knightley as the voice of Tinker Bell and Anna Friel as lady swashbuckler Elizabeth Bonny. We're still not convinced Peter Pan really needed a prequel, but this one ain't half-bad.
Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes, a gallery of pre-production art and a commentary track from writer/director Nick Willing

Wallace & Gromit: World of Invention
That daffy British inventor and his long-suffering mutt graduate from short films and features to an ongoing TV series. Overseen by Aardman Animations and Wallace & Gromit creator Nick Park, World of Invention explores real-life inventors and the various doohickeys and gadgets they create, from insect-powered machines to ejector seats. Obviously, the series is more educationally driven than the duo's previous outings, but the antics of Wallace and Gromit make learning fun.
Extras: Guides to building your own "cracking contraptions" at home, including a spy camera and the upside-down-o-scope.

Also on DVD:
It's been a while since there's been a truly memorable film or miniseries based on a Stephen King book and Bag of Bones doesn't reverse that trend. We're betting that a great series could be made out of 11/22/63, though. Get on that somebody. To fill the void left by Prison Break, here comes Breakout Kings: Season One, the A&E show in which two federal marshals team up with three prison break experts to catch other escaped cons.

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