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TV on DVD: Tuesday, July 9, 2013

by Ethan Alter July 9, 2013 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Wait... what's the title of that Poppy Montgomery series again? We keep forgetting.

Unforgettable: Season One
The first season of this Poppy Motgomery-centric CBS procedural came very close to being its only season, as the Eye network deep-sixed it following in May 2012 only to give it a reprieve a month later, deciding it had just enough of a fanbase for it to survive (and possibly thrive) as a summer series. (The 13-episode sophomore season begins on July 28.) Montgomery plays Carrie Wells, an ex-detective with an almost supernatural ability to remember everything that's happened to her in her life... except [insert "dun dun dun" here] the tragic murder of her sister. As so often happens to retired cops on TV, Carrie gets drawn back into the game thanks to her ex-boyfriend (Dylan Walsh) who puts her total recall to work on one case, only to keep her around full time. The cases themselves are fairly routine and the acting is so-so at best, but hey, the CBS audience clearly knows what it likes, even if we find Unforgettable, well, pretty forgettable.
Extras: Commentary tracks on two episodes, deleted scenes, a gag reel, teaser trailers and three featurettes.
Click here to see our original review of the pilot

Portlandia: Season Three
Now that Fred Armisen is officially done with Saturday Night Live, he's got more time to devote to his IFC sketch series about the oh-so-hip Pacific Northwest burg, written and performed in collaboration with singer/songwriter Carrie Brownstein. Opening with a Christmas special (the perfect way to take your mind off the crushing summer heat), the show's third year also includes skits about a takeover by MTV by the channel's long-discarded personalities (think Tabitha Soren and Kurt Loder), an environmental scandal that claims the career of Portland's mayor (Kyle MacLachlan) and a movie theater that only sells artisanal concessions (clearly, Armisen hasn't been to Brooklyn lately... we've beaten Portland to the punch in that department). Armisen's SNL connections come in handy once again, netting such big-name co-stars as Chloe Sevigny, Bill Hader, Rose Byrne and Roseanne Barr. We won't hold our breaths waiting for Elizabeth Moss to stop by.
Extras: Deleted scenes and a tour of Portland hot spots (like a feminist book store) guided by Kumail Nanjiani.

Robot Chicken: DC Comics Special
Having already binged on Star Wars parodies, the Robot Chicken crew proceeds to destroy the DC universe in a half-hour special that aired on Cartoon Network last fall and is now turning up on DVD as fanboys start counting down the days, hours, minutes and seconds to Comic-Con. As with the Star Wars specials, the hit-to-miss ratio is fairly high, but series mastermind Seth Green and his cohorts do come up with a pretty inspired running gag about Batman and Bane, as well as another skit that takes viewers into the Hall of Doom's never before seen mailroom staffed by Glenn. The enormous vocal ensemble -- including Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern, Megan Fox as Lois Lane, Alfred Molina as Lex Luthor and Neil Patrick Harris as Two-Face -- is clearly having a blast as well. Mainly, we came away from this special wanting to pull all of our old DC action figures out of storage.
Extras: Two commentary tracks (one with the writers and another with the actors), deleted scenes, outtakes, a special Aquaman-themed skit, a making-of featurette and a video tour of DC Entertainment.

Also on DVD:
A mere day after the season finale airs, you can buy all of Warehouse 13: Season Four on DVD. Enjoy it while you can: the show is wrapping up its run with a six-episode fifth year in 2014. M. Night Shyamalan may have destroyed Jaden Smith's screen career, but he couldn't vanquish Avatar: The Last Airbender. The popular Nickelodeon series survived the director's notoriously awful live-action version and lives on with the popular sequel, The Legend of Korra: Book One - Air, available now.




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