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TV on DVD: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

by Ethan Alter July 31, 2012 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Dances With Wolves vs. Private Hudson? Game over man, game over.

Hatfields & McCoys
The History Channel found major ratings and awards success with this star-powered Western miniseries, which re-told the story of America's most notorious family feud. Kevin Costner -- no stranger to this particular genre -- plays Devil Anse Hatfield the patriarch of the West Virginia-based Hatfields whose friendship with Randall McCoy (Bill Paxton) of the Kentucky McCoys goes belly-up when their two clans embark on a bloody personal conflict in post-Civil War era America. Both Costner and Paxton earned Emmy nods for their performances, which was part of the miniseries' 16-nomination haul. Clearly, the only way voters will be able to decide between them is calling for a pistol duel at dawn. That, or they'll just give the statue to fellow nominee, Luther's Idris Elba instead. (That's what we're rooting for, to be honest.)
Extras: A music video with Costner's band (that's right, he's a musician too), Kevin Costner & Modern West.

Melrose Place: The Seventh and Final Season, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2
Melrose Place began its seven-year existence as a Beverly Hills 90210 spin-off, but by the end of the run it existed within its own crazy universe, filled with explosions, double-crosses and one iconic '90s villainess in the form of Heather Locklear's Amanda Woodward. This two-volume collection includes the final batch of episodes for those Melrose addicts still mourning the show's cancellation and the awfulness of that short-lived CW revival.
Extras: None.

Also on DVD:
Just as you're feeling good about yourself, HBO reminds you how fat you are and what you should do about it with the multi-part documentary, The Weight of the Nation. Elsewhere, the Satellite of Love crew insults another batch of bad movies (including Fugitive Alien and The Sword and the Dragon) with the four-film set Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXIV and Young Justice: Dangerous Secrets finds DC's teen superheroes fighting their way through 14 episodes.

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