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TV on DVD: Tuesday, March 4, 2014

by Ethan Alter March 4, 2014 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Doctor is outta here.

Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Hail and farewell, Matt Smith -- the Eleventh Doctor to travel through space and time in the trusty TARDIS. After a three-series run that turned a whole new generation of geeks onto the never-ending Doctor Who franchise, Smith made his last time jump in The Time of the Doctor, which dispatched him to a town called Christmas on a far-off planet where he remains for eons -- during which time he grows all old and wrinkly -- in order to prevent the outbreak of another devastating Time War. His reward for this sacrifice? Regeneration in the form of Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi. That transformation is the best part of what's an otherwise disappointing send-off, one that's done in by twisted, pretzel-like plotting and confusing tweaks to Who mythology. All in all, it's not a great way to honor Smith's years of service. For that, you'll have to go back and watch his team-up with previous Doc David Tennant in the Who-apalooza anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor.
Extras: Three featurettes, including an extended farewell to Smith and a look back at the show's 50-year history.
Click here to read our full recaps of The Time of the Doctor and the rest of Matt Smith's run

Breaking Amish: Season One
TLC gets into the Amish-sploitation game previously played by Harrison Ford (Witness) and the defunct UPN network (Amish in the City) with this two-season "wonder," which ran from 2012-2013. (A spin-off, Return to Amish is on deck for this summer.) In the show's freshman year, five Rumspringa-bound Amish youth are uprooted from their rural upbringings and set down in the urban jungle of New York City, where they encounter such temptations as sex, alcohol and walking around in bikini tops. (The second season switched coasts for the wilds of Los Angeles.) Look, both the participants and viewers know what they're getting into with this kind of series; if it's religious sensitivity you want, look elsewhere. But if its car-wreck TV, it's here in all its gruesome glory.
Extras: Just the episodes.

The Venture Bros: The Complete Season Five
Teen Titans Go: Mission to Misbehave, Season 1 Part 1
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
There's cartoon fun for everyone this week, leading off with the adult-friendly Adult Swim animated series The Venture Bros., which will air its sixth (and potentially final) season at an unspecified future date. (Long delays are par for the course with this series.) For now, here's the complete run of the show's fifth year, which kicked off last summer with storylines that included Dr. Venture's trip to the annual Spanakopita festival in Greece and the titular brothers meeting the woman they think might be their mother. (She's not.) While parents are chortling along with the Venture clan's exploits, kids can enjoy the derring-do of Teen Titans Go, a comedy-laced interpretation of DC's premiere teenaged superhero team. Original '80s members Robin, Cyborg, Raven, Starfire and Beast Boy are all present and accounted for, with guests heroes like Speedy dropping by every now and then. Finally, the entire family can sit down to watch Mr. Peabody & Sherman, a new collection of the Jay Ward-produced cartoons about a time-travelling dog and his human pet that originally aired as part of Rocky & Bullwinkle. These shorts are being re-released just in time for the characters' 21st century computer-animated big-screen reboot, thus allowing parents to either continue their kids' love affair with Mr. Sherman or Peabody or show them just how badly the movie botched these beloved childhood creations.
Extras: The Venture Bros. comes with commentary tracks on every episode, deleted scenes and two bonus installments. Teen Titans Go! and Mr. Peabody & Sherman are both bare bones.




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