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TV on DVD: Tuesday, December 11, 2012

by Ethan Alter December 11, 2012 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Watch Lena Dunham get her girl power on.

Girls: Season One
After the hype machine that preceded the debut of Lena Dunham's HBO-backed, Judd Apatow-produced generation portrait, it was almost inevitable that the actual product would disappoint. But even though Girls has its annoying quirks, the series on the whole is pretty terrific -- a darkly comic take on twentysomething privilege that doesn't demand that the audience find its main characters -- including Dunham's self-regarding Hannah, Allison Williams' uptight Marnie, Jemima Kirke's flighty Jessa and Zosia Mamet's wild card Shoshanna -- either sympathetic or likeable... just human. As the series proceeds, Dunham's confidence as a writer, not to mention the interaction amongst the ensemble, only grows stronger. To see Girls at its finest, just watch the sixth and seventh episodes, the first of which finds Hannah returning to her podunk hometown, while the second chronicles the characters' atypical experiences at a typical Williamsburg party. If those two half-hours don't get you excited for the show's return on January 13, 2013 than these Girls may not be for you.
Extras: HBO has assembled a thorough library of bonus features for Girls fans, starting with cast and crew commentary tracks on five episode, one of which is an extended chat between Dunham and Apatow on the aforementioned sixth episode. There's also a separate video interview with the star and her producer, deleted and extended scenes, a two-part gag reel, table reads of various scripts, cast audition tapes, behind-the-scenes featurettes and a Fresh Air interview with Dunham.
Click here to read our full recap of the show's pilot episode

Futurama: Volume 7
Having been revived Family Guy-style thanks to Comedy Central following its unceremonious cancellation by Fox, Matt Groening's futuristic animated comedy is currently in the middle of its seventh year, with the season's first thirteen episodes -- which aired this past summer -- collected here. Kicking off with the Bender-becomes-a-daddy episode "The Bots and the Bees," other Season 7 episodes include "The Six Million Dollar Mon," where mild-mannered Hemes goes bionic, and the mid-season finale "Naturama," a three-part faux-nature documentary with some familiar Planet Express employees reimagined as odd kinds of wildlife. Look for the back half of the season to hit the airwaves in summer 2013.
Extras: Commentary tracks on all thirteen episodes, deleted scenes, an alternate ending for the episode "Zapp Dingbat," a karaoke feature and screen loops.

Also on DVD:
The documentary 41 explores the life and times of America's 41st president, George H.W. Bush. We don't expect to see a 43 anytime soon. U.S. fans of the Canadian-produced Western Bordertown rejoice! (There's gotta be some of you out there, right?) Bordertown: The Complete Series collects all 79 half-hour installments of the 1989-1991 series. In equally obscure releases, Chiller: The Complete Series is a five-part anthology of horror tales that aired in England in 1995. So if you've been waiting 17 years to see them again, here you go.

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