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TV on DVD: Tuesday, November 1, 2011

by Ethan Alter November 1, 2011 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Would you buy a book written by this guy?

Californication: The Fourth Season Things went from bad to worse for poor Hank Moody (David Duchovny), novelist and philanderer extraordinaire, in Season 4 of the Showtime comic serial Californication. Having been exposed as the author of the roman à clef F---ing & Punching, which reveals that he slept with the underage Mia, he's kicked out of his house and forced to live at a hotel to avoid the ire of his girlfriend Karen (Natascha McElhone) and teen daughter Becca (Madeleine Martin). Now in trouble with the law for his poor choice of one-night stands and trying to assert creative control over the planned film version of his book, Hank at least can find solace in the fact that, having reached rock bottom, there's nowhere to go but up. Rob Lowe, Ozzy Osbourne and Zoe Kravitz are among the guest stars that pop up during the season's 12-episode run.
Extras: Bonus episodes of Dexter, The Borgias and Gigolos.

Brideshead Revisited: 30th Anniversary Edition
First broadcast in 1981, this 11-episode adaptation of the Evelyn Waugh novel was one of the seminal mini-series of that era in both its native England and across the pond in America, where it was shown as part of PBS' flagship Great Performances series. It can also be credited (or, depending on your feelings about him, blamed) for kick-starting the career of Jeremy Irons, who played Charles Ryder, the scion of an aristocratic family that's poised to lose their fortune and stately homestead (the Brideshead of the title) as the winds of change sweep across England in the post-World War I era. John Gielgud, Claire Bloom and Laurence Olivier round out the heavy-hitting supporting cast.
Extras: This 30th anniversary edition includes a 2006 retrospective documentary with new cast and crew interviews, commentary tracks on four episodes, photo galleries and outtakes.

His Way
In the tradition of The Kid Stays in the Picture, His Way is a chance for an old-school Hollywood producer -- in this case Jerry Weintraub -- to reminisce about his glory days in the business. Starting out as mail room clerk at the William Morris Agency, the Brooklyn-born Weintraub made a name for himself when he fast-talked his way into organizing a popular tour for Elvis Presley. That gig led to stints managing such neon-bright stars as Frank Sinatra and John Denver. He also moved into film production, overseeing such vehicles as Oh, God! (co-starring Denver), The Karate Kid and Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's movies. The stars of those movies (including George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts) are among the talking heads that sing Weintraub's praises. Less formally daring and certainly more upbeat than The Kid Stays in the Picture, His Way offers some fun stories about Hollywood's good ol' days, but ultimately it's little more than a feature-length mash note.
Extras: Bonus interview content.

Also on DVD:
Before Michael Bay's movie series reignited interest in the classic Transformer toy line, Hasbro created Transformers Beast Wars: The Complete Series, a mid-'90s spin-off featuring a bunch of animal-themed robots in disguise, the heroic Maximals and the dastardly Predacons. Everyone remembers The Beatles bringing down the house on The Ed Sullivan Show, but their countrymen The Rolling Stones rocked Sullivan's theater as well on six separate occasions, all of which are featured on 6 Ed Sullivan Shows Starring The Rolling Stones, a collection of the original unedited episodes where Sullivan's other guests range from Itzhak Perlman to the Muppets. Deadliest Catch: Season 7 picks up after the death of Cornelia Marie captain Phil Harris and focuses on his successors, including Harris' son Josh and new captain Derrick Ray. Victorious: Season One, Vol. 2 collects the second half of Nickelodeon's answer to Hannah Montana, a series about an aspiring singer (Victoria Justice) attending a hip performing arts high school that's straight outta Fame.

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