The doctor is in... on DVD.
Doctor Who: The 7th Series, Part 1
The Matt Smith era of Doctor Who continues its reign of mediocrity, kicking off with a reappearance of those Whovian standby villains the Daleks before moving on to feature dinosaurs on a spaceship (an idea that's more cool in concept than execution), a forgettable trip to the Old West and a belated thank-god-they're-finally-gone farewell to Amy and Rory (don't let the door hit you on the way out). Let's all cross our fingers and hope that the arrival of a new companion (to be played by Jenna-Louise Coleman) helps kick the show out of its doldrums. If not, there's always regeneration...
Extras: Bonus scenes, a "Science of Doctor Who" featurette and footage from the show's panel at this year's Comic Con.
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Friends: The Complete Series
Sure, Friends plays in an endless loop in syndication, but why be dictated to by the whims of station programmers when you can pick which episodes you want to watch? Furthermore, those syndicated half-hours aren't in high-def; for the show's Blu-ray debut, Warner Bros. went back and remastered all 236 episodes, ensuring that viewers will be able to see Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox's weight fluctuations in all their pristine glory. One caveat: these are the original broadcast versions of the episodes, not the extended cuts that were included on earlier DVDs. But hey, at least they come without the extra commercial breaks you get in the syndicated airings.
Extras: New bonus features include freshly made documentaries, the producer's cut of the episode where Rachel tells Ross she's preggers, the original broadcast cuts of those "super-sized" episodes and all-new gags. There's also an additional 20 hours of extras that were included on the previous "Complete Series" edition. Included in the box is a hardcover book and an absurdly detailed episode guide.
The Flintstones: The Complete Series
Scooby-Doo Where Are You: The Complete Series
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Classic Series Collection
No matter which generation of kiddie cartoons you hail from, there's a Complete Series box set to tickle your nostalgia-addled brain this week. First up, is the '60s landmark The Flintstones, that prehistoric family from the town of Bedrock who made TV networks realize that there could be such a thing as an animated series that aired in primetime. Scooby-Doo, meanwhile, had one of the strangest hooks for a cartoon ever -- a bunch of teenagers who drove around the country solving supernatural mysteries with the aid of their giant dog -- but remains a favorite today for its obvious pot-laced humor and oh-so-'70s fashion sense and slang. And then there's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the '80s TV staple about a quartet of pizza-gobbling, sewer-living, butt-kicking mutant turtles with superior ninja skills. Force your kids to relive your childhood or just invite your buddies over to recreate those lazy weekends spent eating sugar cereal (Cookie Crisp FTW) and watching cartoons until your eyes were about to fall out of your head.
Extras: All three sets feature brand-new packaging, the best of which has to be the Mystery Gang's spiffy Mystery Machine ride. Separately, The Flintstones features behind-the-scenes documentaries and early commercials; Scooby-Doo offers music videos and trivia; and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has featurettes and bonus episodes. In each case, these extras have been ported over from earlier editions.
Also on DVD:
The Syfy-by-way-of-Canada series Lost Girl: Season 2 nabs a box set, while fans of vintage sitcoms won't want to miss The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Complete Series, starring Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore as one of the coolest, funniest married couples in the history of television.
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