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TV on DVD: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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

Catch up on a show you (along with pretty much everyone else) missed the first time around.

Treme: The Complete Third Season
Gotta give it up to HBO: they keep family close. Despite posting cellar-level ratings for much of its run, the network has stuck with The Wire creator David Simon's Big Easy-set drama for three seasons, with the fourth and final year (with only five episodes instead of the standard ten) set to run throughout December. Season 3 takes place in 2007, two years after New Orleans was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, the event that served as the show's jumping-off point. And while the city has made great strides in getting itself back online, fresh challenges await the large ensemble cast (including usual fixtures Steve Zahn, Khandi Alexander and Clarke Peters, as well as newcomers like L.P. Everett, playing an online journalist who moves to town for some on-the-ground reporting about various major and minor infractions that occurred during the Hurricane) at every turn. Adored by its small, passionate fanbase and largely ignored by the rest of HBO's viewership in favor of Game of Thrones and True Blood, Treme can at least boast that it lived and died marching to the beat of its creator's very specific tune.
Extras: Cast and crew commentary tracks on five episodes, additional music-specific commentaries for select performances, five featurettes.

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season 5
Star Trek: The Next Generation – Unification
Five years in and the crew of the next-gen Enterprise had finally reached a comfortable cruising altitude. Season 5 of the first live-action Star Trek sequel series is easily among its most consistent, as Patrick Stewart's Picard led the men and women under his command on such enjoyable missions as a trip to Solarion Four, where viewers met the Bajorans (who would go on to be regular fixtures in Deep Space Nine) for the first time; an isolated colony where eugenics are all the rage; and, in the season finale, back to Earth, where they discover Data's severed head amongst other 19th-century relics gathered from a California cave. The fifth year also featured the occasional reappearance of killjoy Wesley Crusher and the return of a major figure from Trek lore, Leonard Nimoy's Spock, who pops up to try and arrange a peace between the Romulans and the Klingons. (That two-part adventure, "Unification," is also available in a standalone DVD edition.) Only two seasons left to go after this, folks. You're gonna miss it all over again when its gone.
Extras: Season 5 comes with commentary tracks on four episodes, deleted scenes, vintage promos, a gag reel and two featurettes. Unification features an exclusive audio commentary, a deleted scene and one featurette.

Beyoncé: Life is But a Dream
The music mogul co-directs her very first documentary about -- what else? -- Beyoncé! Part life story, part behind-the-scenes promo video as she prepared for a four-night Atlantic City gig following the birth of her daughter (already the most famous baby on the planet), Blue Ivy. Don't go in expecting a Don't Look Back-style fly-on-the-wall portrait that's both critical and complimentary of its star. Dream is pretty nakedly in Beyoncé's corner throughout and while her legions of fans won't complain, some outside perspective would help make this documentary seem like less of a vanity project.
Extras: The full-length concert film, Live in Atlantic City, with never-before-seen performances.

Lost Girl: Season Three
The cult Canadian sci-fi import that's not Orphan Black (either creatively or in terms of buzz) slaps another season on disc for anyone who hasn't been following along during its Syfy run. Season 3 finds the titular lost girl Bo (Anna Silk), bouncing back from her battle with the Garuda, but wrestling with a newfound dark side. Turns out, that bad behavior is linked to The Dawning, a test every member of the Fae has to undergo in order to determine their final fate. But don't expect that fate to reveal itself by the end of the 13-episode run: there's still another season coming our way in 2014.
Extras: Cast and crew interviews, a photo gallery and footage from the show's 2012 Comic-Con panel.

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