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TV on DVD: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

by Ethan Alter February 19, 2013 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

You can't say no to Cersei and Tyrion. No seriously... you can't say no to them.

Game of Thrones
HBO's adaption of George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy series got more dramatic, more compelling and more epic in its sophomore year, which found the various members of the Stark clan scattered to the four winds, confronting challenges ranging from a former comrade-turned-traitor (that dink Theon), an assassin capable of changing his face, but fortunately not his code (the awesome Jaqen H'ghar), and a red-haired temptress (the fiery Ygritte) capable of keeping men warm in the coldest of climates. The season built up to one of the finest hours the show has ever produced, the penultimate Battle of Blackwater, which was choreographed with expert precision by guest director Neil Marshall. The only storyline that didn't quite click was poor Daenerys, who spent too much of the season stuck in the desert town of Qarth trying to find her kidnapped dragon babies. (To be fair, the Mother of Dragons did get one of the show's most emotional moments to date when she was temporarily reunited with the much-missed Kahl Drogo and their human son in a tearjerking fantasy sequence.) Whether you're already onboard with Game of Thrones or have yet to pay a visit to Westeros, this batch of 10 episodes will get you all the more excited for the premiere of Season 3 -- coming your way on March 31.
Extras: 12 cast and crew insanely detailed and enjoyable audio commentaries (one of which opens with the young actors rapping along to the theme song), in-depth making of featurettes and an extensive interactive guide exclusive to the Blu-ray edition that depicts the various schemes, plots and deceptions that are making the ongoing game of thrones so damn dangerous... and fun.
Click here to read our full recaps of Season 2
Click here to see our picks for the best moments of Season 2

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome
Although Caprica crumbled after its first season, Syfy decided to make one last-ditch effort to launch a Battlestar Galactica prequel series, moving the setting to the First Cylon War and following the career of Bill Adama (played here by Luke Pasqualino) when he was a young flyboy rather than the pockmarked, tragedy-ridden "Old Man" of the original series. Too bad the network declined to spend any real money on the backdoor pilot, shooting the entire thing against a greenscreen and recruiting a cast of inexpressive (and inexpensive) C-list actors. But even with a bigger budget, Blood & Chrome would have lacked the thematic depth and complex characterizations that made its predecessor such a stand-out. It's a straightforward action yarn that passes the time, but doesn't really engage the mind. (The fact that it's a prequel would also hamper its ability to take real storytelling chances going forward, given that we already know what's to come.) Oh well... at least we'll always have our BSG box sets.
Extras: Deleted scenes and a featurette about Blood & Chrome's (sub-par) special effects.
Click here to read our original review from the show's Internet run

Hats Off to Dr. Seuss Collection
Warner Bros. has been releasing Dr. Seuss's back catalogue of TV productions in drips and drabs over the years, but this collection assembles the bulk of the good doctor's archive in one handy five-disc set. In addition to the Big Five cartoon specials (The Lorax, Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who? and, of course, How the Grinch Stole Christmas), Hats Off also includes lesser-known Seuss specials (at least by the current generation) like The Hoober-Bloob Highway and Pontoffel Pock & His Magic Piano. If you've been let down by all of the big-screen ventures based on classic Seuss tomes (almost all of which have been middling to terrible), these small-screen cartoons will never let you down.
Extras: The documentary "In Search of Dr. Seuss" plus an additional featurette, a sing-along and four interactive puzzles.

Also on DVD:
Speaking of animated favorites, Adventure Time: Volume 4 releases another batch of episodes on DVD for its all-ages fanbase, while '80s nostalgia addicts can revisit their own childhoods via Alvin & The Chipmunks: An Easter Collection. Elsewhere, get all hot and humid with Swamp People: Season 3, travel back in time to '50s era Manhattan though TV's original New York procedural, Naked City: 20 Star-Filled Episodes or watch Lee Majors save the world in super slow-motion in The Six Million Dollar Man: Season 3.

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