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TV on DVD: Tuesday, March 26, 2013

by Ethan Alter March 26, 2013 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Hey -- who elected her Vice President?

Veep: The Complete First Season
After making (hilarious) mockery of the British political system in his terrific BBC serial The Thick of It, expert satirist Armando Iannucci turned his gaze towards Washington D.C. in this fast, funny and insanely foul-mouthed HBO series set within the office of Vice President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus, in her best post-Seinfeld role). An incompetent buffoon surrounded by even more incompetent buffoons -- among them Chief of Staff Amy (Anna Chlumsky, the little girl from My Girl all grown up), personal aide Gary (Tony Hale) and Director of Communications Mike (Upright Citizens Brigade stalwart Matt Walsh) -- Meyer stumbles and bumbles her way through her job, not so much failing upward as failing in place. Sporting the same rapid-fire, laugh-a-minute dialogue that distinguished The Thick of It, each episode of Veep is packed to the brim with instantly quotable lines (well... maybe not if your workplace frowns on swearing) and showcases the funniest, tightest ensemble currently working on TV. Season 2 begins on April 14th -- time enough to join the campaign bandwagon.
Extras: A dozen cast-and-crew audio commentary tracks, dozens of deleted scenes and outtakes and a making-of featurette.
Click here to read our review of the series premiere
Click here to read our review of the Season 1 finale
Click here to read our appreciation of The Thick of It
Click here to read our picks for the 10 Best Politicians on TV

Star Trek: Enterprise - Season One
Skipping past Deep Space Nine and Voyager, Paramount continues to remaster their back catalogue of Star Trek shows in high-def with the prequel series, Enterprise. Launched to great fanfare in September 2001, Enterprise initially set out to be the Trek for people who didn't watch Trek, ditching (for two seasons anyway) the Star Trek brand name and controversially using a light-rock anthem as its theme song. Set a century before The Original Series, Enterprise took place aboard the eponymous NX-class starship piloted by Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) and including such crew members as hot Vulcan science officer T'pol (Jolene Blalock), strapping chief engineer Trip (Connor Trinneer) and beyond-boring communications officer Hoshi (Linda Park). Although the series went rapidly downhill in subsequent seasons, the freshman year actually holds up pretty well, kicking off with an above-average pilot followed by a number of pretty good one-off episodes. In fact, all things considered, Enterprise arguably enjoyed a stronger Season 1 than the famously slow-to-launch TNG. Too bad it slowly became more like Voyager as Archer's deep space mission continued.
Extras: Enterprise comes with an all-new 3-part documentary exploring how the show got off the ground, as well as a fresh interview with former Trek masterminds Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, a never-before-broadcast on-the-set featurette and cast and crew commentary tracks. Contiuum comes with a lone featurette.

Men at Work: The Complete First Season
If you've ever longed to see Warren from Buffy and Hyde from That '70s Show in the same sitcom, TBS's Men at Work is for you. Better you than us, as this men's magazine-set guy comedy is about as funny as you'd imagine any TBS series not named Cougar Town to be: which is to say, not very. (And why are they working at a magazine, anyway? Don't the show's writers follow the news? It's all about the Internet now. We read about that online.) And yet, TBS is so starved for material, they're bringing Men at Work back for a second season starting April 4. Any chance of cameos from Tom Lenk and/or Topher Grace?
Extras: Deleted scenes and outtakes, which suggest that making the show is probably more fun than watching it.

Also on DVD:
After finding success with Lost Girl, Syfy imported another Canadian-made sci-fi serial Continuum: Season One, starring Rachel Nichols as a futuristic cop hurtled back in time to 2012. With all eyes on the Vatican of late, Showtime's 16th century-set papal procedural The Borgias: The Second Season is looking awfully timely. Those digital pocket monsters are up to their old stiffly-animated hijinks in The Official Digimon Adventure Set: The Complete Second Season. Relive the glory of the mid-'90s via MADtv: The Complete Second Season, which collects the sketch comedy's shows 1996-1997 season, featuring such era-appropriate hosts as Pauly Shore and Bobcat Goldthwait.

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