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TV on DVD: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

by Ethan Alter March 27, 2012 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Looks like Randy couldn't even get comp tickets to The Book of Mormon.

South Park: The Complete 15th Season
Somehow in the midst of storming Broadway with The Book of Mormon, Trey Parker and Matt Stone found the time to make a 15th season of their long-running animated series, South Park. Kicking off the year with an episode that manages to spoof both the iPad and The Human Centipede, Parker and Stone also took on penis size, crack babies and even the Great White Way itself. Still, the standout episode has to be the mid-season finale "You're Getting Old," which brings the characters to such a definitive conclusion that some viewers thought it might actually be the series finale. Not to worry, though -- Matt and Trey are already on the hook for two more seasons.
Extras: Mini-commentaries from the creators, deleted scenes and the documentary Six Days to Air, which presents a day-by-day look at how an episode of South Park gets on the air.

I, Claudius: 35th Anniversary Edition
Before Downton Abbey, there was I, Claudius one of the original PBS-by-way-of-the-BBC serialized sensations. Produced in 1976, the 12-episode series transports viewers back to Ancient Rome, where elderly Emperor Claudius (Derek Jacobi) thinks back on his long, eventful life as his death approaches. Featuring a host of respected British thespians (among them John Hurt, Brian Blessed and Patrick Stewart) I, Claudius may lack the potent mixture of blood and sex that's driven other Roman tales (including HBO's Rome and the infamous 1980 flick, Caligula) but it provides plenty of riveting drama all the way through.
Extras: Extended versions of two episodes, a feature-length making-of documentary, another feature-length doc about a failed 1937 movie version of I, Claudius, an interview with Jacobi and an 8-page booklet. It's a collection of bonus features fit for an Emperor.

Also on DVD:
The penultimate half-season of Syfy's likable small-town series Eureka: Season 4.5 arrives on a set filled with such fan-friendly extras as extended episodes, cast and crew commentaries, deleted scenes and a gag reel. And if you're looking for more sci-fi tinged laughs, Shout! Factory has released another four vintage MST3K episodes in one handy set. Mystery Science Theater 3000: Vol. XXII finds the crew members of the Satellite of Love riffing on such hilariously bad movies as King Dinosaur, The Castle of Fu Manchu, Code Name: Diamond Head and Last of the Wild Horses.

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