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TV on DVD: Tuesday, November 6, 2012

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

Check out the complete series sets of shows you never wanted to watch in the first place.

Entourage: The Complete Series
If you've been experiencing a lack of alpha male doucheness in your life, never fear... the complete series of Entourage is here! That's right, all eight seasons of HBO's glitzy, Hollywood-set dude-centric answer to Sex and the City are finally collected in one box for your viewing (dis)pleasure. Actually, the first two years actually hold up fairly well, with Season 2's Aquaman storyline remaining the series high point (James Cameron's atrocious acting skills aside). But starting with year three, it's all downhill fast, bottoming out in a mostly useless final season that gives all of its idiots an undeserved happy ending. And there may still be more Entourage to come -- the producers keep threatening a cinematic sequel, although right now that seems as likely to happen as that long-rumored 24 feature.
Extras: All of the bonus materials previously available on the single season edition sets are incorporated here, including 21 commentary tracks, behind-the-scenes featurettes, Mark Wahlberg-conducted interviews with the cast and crew and fake trailers for the show's various fake movies.

Breaking In: The Complete Series
Christian Slater completists can now add the two seasons of his short-lived Fox comedy to their shelf alongside DVDs of Kuffs, Alone in the Dark and Hollow Man 2. (Still waiting for a DVD of the first and only season of his 2009 series The Forgotten, ABC!) Most famous perhaps for being cancelled after Season One, than resurrected for another year (with a major casting shake-up that brought in Megan Mullally) and then cancelled again, Breaking In cast Slater as the head of a team of break-in artists, who are hired by companies to test their security systems by... well, breaking in. In other words, it was exactly like Sneakers except for the being totally awesome part.
Extras: Nada, since this is one of those manufactured-on-demand deals.

Wolf Lake: The Complete Series
Back before Twilight kick-started the current werewolf (and vampire) craze, CBS tried to give the furry monsters their due with this short-lived series, which starred Lou Diamond Phillips, Mia Kirshner, Tim Matheson and Mary Elizabeth Winstead among others. Set in the titular Pacific Northwest town, Wolf Lake casts the erstwhile Richie Valens as a cop investigating the death of his fiancée under mysterious (to him, at least... everyone else knows it was a werewolf attack) circumstances. Although only ten episodes were produced (five of which actually aired), the show has found an afterlife in cable syndication, regularly popping up on Syfy. Maybe once Breaking Dawn, Part 2 finishes its run, experienced werewolf Taylor Lautner can headline a series reboot. It's not like he'll have many other career options.
Extras: The previously unreleased pilot episode.

Also on DVD:
Cartoon Network's Emmy-winning animated series Regular Show puts a batch of its episodes on DVD, while Law & Order: The 11th Year collects that show's 2000-2001 season and the syndicated Elvira's Movie Macabre: Mega Movie Marathon finds the horror hostess/adolescent pin-up ridiculing a crop of unspeakably awful movies in between a steady stream of boob jokes.

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