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TV on DVD: Tuesday, May 21, 2013

by Ethan Alter May 21, 2013 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Time to venture back to bloody ol' Bon Temps.

True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season
Season 5 marked True Blood creator Alan Ball's swan song with the blood and sex-soaked supernatural soap he helped make into HBO's highest-rated series (though Game of Thrones is nipping at its heels). For his farewell year, Ball planned out a season-long arc pitting the reigning bloodsucking council the Vampire Authority against a crew of vamp fundamentalists. Meanwhile, Sookie struggles to get a handle on her faerie abilities, while continuing to put up with the eternal squabbling of fanged exes Bill and Eric. It's all very sweaty, very sexy... and completely impenetrable to anyone who hasn't invested five seasons worth of time in the goings-on in Bon Temps.
Extras: Cast and crew commentary tracks on five episodes, inside the episode features, character biographies and extensive histories of the various vampire clans, an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at the making of a True Blood episode.
Click here to read our full True Blood recaps

Perception: The Complete First Season
Take a cup of House, a teaspoon of Monk and a dash of Numbers and whaddya got? Perception, the TNT series starring Eric McCormack (yes, Will from Will & Grace) as top neuroscience professor Daniel Pierce, who isn't going to let a little thing like schizophrenia stop him from solving crimes for the FBI. Fellow '90s refugee Rachael Leigh Cook plays the federal agent tasked with keeping an eye on Pierce when he's in the field, while The O.C.'s Kelly Rowan appears as the good doctor's best friend... who also happens to be a figment of his addled imagination. Die-hard procedural fans might enjoy Perception, but all we perceive is a bland variation on better shows.
Extras: None.
Click here to read our review of the Perception pilot

Teen Wolf: Season 2
Forget Michael J. Fox shooting hoops and Jason Bateman putting on boxing gloves... the MTV reboot of the oh-so-'80s Teen Wolf franchise has developed its own fun, furry mythology to become one of our favorite guilty pleasure summer shows. Season 2 picks up with Scott and Allison keeping their rekindled romance secret from her folks, while Derek continues his one-man recruitment drive for new pack members. Plenty of human-on-wolf and wolf-on-wolf action follows. Get caught up before Season 3 kicks off on June 3.
Extras: Commentary tracks on three episodes, alternate and deleted scenes, a gag reel, a shirtless montage of the studly male stars and footage from the cast's panel at Paleyfest.

Saving Hope: The Complete First Season
Wasting little time finding gainful employment after leaving Smallville in her rearview, Erica Durance climbed aboard Saving Hope, the Canadian answer to Grey's Anatomy and Ghost Whisperer. Following a car crash, top Toronto surgeon Charlie Harris (Michael Shanks) lies comatose in a room at the hospital where he works. Fortunately (and conveniently), he's able to separate his spirit from his body and roam about in spectral form, checking in on his fiancée (Durance) and providing aid to the other doctors in their professional and personal lives. Sadly, he can't leap tall buildings in a single bound.
Extras: Behind-the-scenes footage and cast interviews.

Mel Brooks: Make a Noise
If you only know the name Mel Brooks from an episode of Marc Maron's WTF podcast, it's time to further educate yourself by watching this in-depth career retrospective made for PBS's American Masters series. Centered around fresh interviews with the comedy legend as well as illustrious friends and colleagues like Carl Reiner and Matthew Broderick, Make a Noise chronicles Brooks's rise from TV joke writer to Hollywood's King of Comedy in the '70s and '80s with such blockbusters as The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein to his credit. Filled with great stories and classic archival clips, Make a Noise will fill your living room with the noise of laughter.
Extras: Deleted scenes.

Also on DVD:
The HBO-produced documentary The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane looks back at the seminal rock band's early years with new interviews, archival footage and, of course, lots and lots of music.

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