Go to Disneyland with this crew? We'd rather stay at home.
Modern Family: The Complete Third Season
The third year of Modern Family found ABC's breakout comedy hit mostly treading water, running through variations on the same stories over and over again. Given that the show is riding high in the ratings, the writers almost certainly don't see the point of messing with the formula. Frankly though, our patience with the series is steadily wearing thinner than Julie Bowen's shrinking waistline. Just once, we'd like to see an episode where Gloria doesn't bray at the top of her lungs, Cam and Mitch actually act their age and Phil is allowed to say something intelligent on purpose instead of by accident. Maybe in Season 4...
Extras: Deleted and extended scenes and a number of featurettes, including a behind-the-scenes look at that extended Disneyland advertisement that tried to pass itself off as an episode.
Click here to read our review of the Season 3 finale
Supernatural: The Complete Seventh Season
Although it was designed to end two seasons ago, Supernatural is still very much with us, churning out further adventures for the Winchester boys, Sam and Dean. Season 7 pitted the brothers against a new threat, Leviathans, demonic beings that are seemingly impervious to their usual bag of tricks. But the Winchesters' real enemy proved to be bad writing and senseless storytelling decisions, which made us at least wish that the series had been buried six feet under when its time came two years ago, rather than continuing to exist in this depressing afterlife.
Extras: Commentary tracks on three episodes, unaired scenes, a gag reel and a bonus outtake and two featurettes.
Click here to read our Supernatural recaps
Get a Life: The Complete Series
Steve Martin: The Television Stuff
Comedian Chris Elliott was still best known for his regular guest spots on the David Letterman incarnation of Late Night when he landed his own sitcom on the then-fledgling Fox network. It seemed like a good match, given that Fox had taken chances on such unlikely ideas as The Simpsons and In Living Color and found success. But like many ahead-of-their-time shows, Get a Life, never quite clicked with viewers or with the network, who continually tried to tamp down on its wild flights of fancy (like the way Elliott's character repeatedly died in episodes... shades of South Park's Kenny, who would follow seven years later) and wound up suffocating what made it so unique. But in the years since its cancellation, the series has attracted a devoted following, who will be quite happy to have the entire run of 35 episodes collected on DVD for the first time, courtesy of the good folks at Shout! Factory. Too bad they didn't include Elliott's equally underappreciated Cabin Boy as a bonus feature. Shout!'s other big TV release this week is a collection of vintage Steve Martin specials from the '70s and '80s, back when he was still a wild-and-crazy guy instead of sedated ukulele player and essayist he is today. Among the programs included here are Steve Martin: Comedy Is Not Pretty, Steve Martin's Best Show Ever and his short film The Absent-Minded Waiter, which was nominated for an Oscar in 1977.
Extras: Get a Life includes commentary tracks on every episode, an all-new featurette featuring interviews with devoted fans James L. Brooks and Judd Apatow, a special audio commentary from a psychologist who examines the mental problems plaguing Elliot's character and a roundtable conversation from Paleyfest. Steve Martin: The Television Stuff is supplemented by a collection of random TV appearances and speeches broadcast between 1966 and 2005.
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Hawaii Five-O: The Second Season continues to be a solid hit for CBS and a decent piece of escapist entertainment for viewers looking for a procedural set in a more exotic locale than New York or Los Angeles. For viewers who can never get enough of Simon Baker's smirk, The Mentalist: The Complete Fourth Season is now available for your home viewing pleasure. Someone out there must be watching Body of Proof: Season Two, because ABC renewed it for a third year. We'd like to meet those folks sometime and ask them what the attraction is.
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