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TV on DVD: Tuesday, October 26, 2010

by Zach Oat October 26, 2010 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, October 26, 2010

If you didn't know Jack before, here's your opportunity.

You Don't Know Jack
This HBO biopic of Jack Kevorkian was directed by Barry Levinson, which makes it surprising that Robin Williams didn't play the role of Jack, since he's in everything else Levinson does. Luckily, Al Pacino got the part, and won an Emmy for his efforts, as did the film's writer, Adam Mazer. In addition to Pacino, the film boasts an all-star cast, including Danny Huston, Susan Sarandon, John Goodman and Venture Bros. voice actor James Urbaniak -- who is king of the DVDs today -- and DVD extras include interviews with the cast, as well as the real people they play. There may also be a commentary track and a featurette, but details on the various sites are sketchy. Here's hoping there's also a tribute to the original "Dr. Death," wrestler Steve Williams. (R.I.P.)

Law & Order: UK - Season One
Sci-fi fans who tune in to see a Doctor Who companion and a Colonial Viper pilot in action may be disappointed to find them investigating horrific crimes in London. The episodes are all adapted from American Law & Order episodes, but with three dead children and one rape case involving a lead detective in these first seven episodes alone, maybe they should have called this series Law & Order: Especial Victimmes Division. Cor blimey!

The Venture Bros.: Season 4, Vol. 1
The 16-episode season wraps up next month, but the first eight are already available on DVD, completely uncensored and introducing two new characters to the mythos. And by "mythos," I mean "psychotic ramblings of someone who's read too many comic books." And I mean that in the best way possible.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Complete Season 2
I'd love to see some new Star Wars movies -- as long as they aren't animated in the same style as this lifeless cartoon series. If you happen to like the animation style, the DVD set includes four featurettes and an archive of test animation and concept art, as well as a production journal/sketchbook.

Also out this week: CSI: NY - The Sixth Season, Freaknik: The Musical, Poldark Series 2, War of the Worlds: The Final Season, Tonight: 4 Decades of the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Man Vs. Food: Season Two, War of the Worlds: The Complete Series, In Treatment: Season Two, It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, Angel: The Complete Series.

For today's movie releases on DVD, check out I Want My DVD.

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