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TV on DVD: Tuesday, June 19, 2012

by Ethan Alter June 19, 2012 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Why is this man laughing? Oh yeah... because he's Louis C.K.

Louie: Season 2
Louis C.K.'s eponymous sitcom became a breakout comedy phenomenon in its sophomore season, when its star/writer/director/editor/producer/and likely caterer pushed the boundaries of dark, awkward, uncomfortable humor to its breaking point. Standout episodes include Louie's memorable trip to the Middle East as part of a USO show, a charged encounter with Dane Cook (as himself) and a half-hour about masturbation that rivals the legendary Seinfeld episode, "The Contest." We have no idea how Mr. C.K. is planning to top himself in Season 3, which kicks off on June 28, but we can't wait to see him try.
Extras: Assorted commentary tracks with Louis C.K. and deleted scenes with material to scabrous for TV.

Wilfred: The Complete First Season
Whether by choice or the whims of Hollywood, Elijah Wood has generally kept a low profile since The Lord of the Rings trilogy wrapped, usually popping up in small roles instead of demanding leading man parts. As a result, the FX series Wilfred is probably his highest-profile part in some time, even though the show is still very much a cult curiosity. That's not a big surprise considering the show's offbeat premise: a suicidal young man (Wood) befriends his neighbor's dog, who to him resembles an Australian dude (Jason Gann, co-creator and star of the Aussie series this one is adapted from) in a homemade canine outfit. He may not be as reliable in a crisis as Gandalf, but Wilfred is a good friend in his own way.
Extras: Deleted scenes, a mash-up video, a featurette and an episode of Fox Movie Channel's Life After Film School with Gann.

Franklin & Bash: The Complete First Season
What makes TNT's Franklin & Bash different from any of the other numerous procedurals about good-looking lawyers cluttering up the airwaves? Um... well... uh, this is the only one featuring the stars of Saved By the Bell and Inside Schwartz. Breckin Meyer is Franklin and Mark-Paul Gosselaar is Bash, two legal eagles who play by their own rules. Malcolm McDowell rounds out the cast as the proprietor of the firm that's recently enlisted the duo's questionable services. Notable guest stars during the first season include Jason Alexander, Beau Bridges and Tricia Helfer, all of whom deserve better material than this.
Extras: Seven behind-the-scenes featuettes, a gag reel and a collection of three commercials-within-a-show.

Web Therapy: The Complete First Season
After getting its start as a web only series, the Lisa Kudrow-starring highly improvised Web Therapy made the leap to Showtime. The TV version adds new scenes to previously existing sequences of Kudrow's therapist Fiona Wallace counseling individuals and couples via her Internet webcam. Because of Kudrow's status within the comedy world, she attracts some high-profile guest stars, including her old Friends star Courteney Cox, as well as Lily Tomlin, Jane Lynch and Victor Garber, who plays Fiona's estranged husband, Kip. But fans of the sweetly eccentric Phoebe Buffay should be aware that Web Therapy is much closer in spirit and tone to Kudrow's short-lived (but in some quarters, much loved) HBO series The Comeback, with which it shares a barbed sense of humor and a largely unlikable group of characters. It's not for everyone, but those who are on its wavelength will look forward to regular sessions with Kudrow's not-so-good doctor.
Extras: Commentary tracks on all ten episodes with Kudrow and her collaborators, a behind-the-scenes featurette, outtakes and a preview of Season 2.

Also on DVD:
Believe it or not, the Power Rangers franchise has been around for almost 20 years now in one incarnation or another. Its latest iteration is Power Rangers Samurai, now available on DVD in two sets Power Rangers Samurai: The Team Unites and Power Rangers Samurai: A New Enemy. In other nostalgic TV on DVD releases, Hey Dude: Season 3 continues the epic Hey Dude saga. Only two seasons left, folks! And finally, those viewers looking to expand their mind a little bit should check out This is Civilization a four-part series exploring the inspirations that have influenced art and artists around the world over the centuries.

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