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TV on DVD: Tuesday, March 5, 2013

by Ethan Alter March 5, 2013 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Go daffy with the newest reality hit, Duck Dynasty.

Duck Dynasty: Season 2, Volume 1
Pop quiz: what's the highest rated cable reality series around? Here's a hint: it definitely ain't anything involving those Kardashians. Nope, the current champ is a little show called Duck Dynasty, which scored an eye-popping 8.6 million viewers when its Season 3 premiere debuted on A&E last week. Typically, reality shows don't really lend themselves to DVD re-watch (especially when there are so many great scripted series that are more deserving of playtime), but who wants to be left out of a genuine pop culture phenomenon? For only $20 ($10 on Amazon), you can catch up on the first 13 episodes of Dynasty's second season and get to know the eccentric members of the millionaire Robertson family, a Louisiana-based clan who made their fortune in the duck trade. This way, you're prepared for the inevitable Saturday Night Live spoof.
Extras: Nada, although each episode does include new footage not seen in the original broadcast versions.

Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu - Season Two
Regular Show: Party Pack 3
H20: Just Add Water - The Complete Season 1
This probably dates me, but I'm old enough to recall a time (by which I mean the early '80s) when Legos were just toys. These days, they represent an entire industry that has grown to encompass video games and animated TV shows like this popular Cartoon Network series based on a line of Ninja-themed Legos. Set in the titular town of Ninjago, the show chronicles the adventures of a five-person ninja squad (plus their learned teacher and the token female sidekick) as they battle a Darth Vader knock-off. Personally, these characters seem like more fun to play with in Lego form than to watch kick-butt in cartoon form, but Ninjago did resonate with the most important viewer in my household: my 5-year-old. Also arriving from CN this week is another batch of episodes from the Emmy nominated Regular Show, whose target audience is well outside of the 5-year-old range... think teenagers and twentysomethings who still think of themselves as teenagers. Rounding out new releases for the younger demo is the Aussie sitcom, H2O: Just Add Water, about a trio of ordinary 16-year-old girls who wash up on a strange island and depart with the power to transform into... mermaids, which understandably puts a big crimp in their high school social lives. So basically, it's that old JoJo movie Aquamarine meets Mean Girls, huh? If that sounds at all appealing, The Complete Season 2 and The Complete Season 3 are also available for you or, more appropriately, for your kids.
Extras: Ninjago is bonus features-free, while Regular Show includes a character gallery and the three volumes of Just Add Water include behind-the-scenes photos and a making-of featurette.

Wagon Train: The Complete Sixth Season
Party of Five: The Complete Fourth Season
You've probably heard about how Gene Roddenberry described Star Trek as "Wagon Train to the Stars." See what the hell he meant by that by taking a gander at the just-released sixth season of the 1957-1962 Western series Wagon Train, in which a group of pioneers spent eight years and 284 episodes making the crossing from Missouri to California. Season 6 featured John McIntire in the Captain Kirk role as wagon master Christopher Hale (a position previously occupied by Ward Bond in Seasons 1-4), who kept the crew and passengers aboard his starship wagon train safe from the dangers of the final original frontier. Elsewhere in classic releases -- classic for a certain generation at least -- the '90s drama Party of Five (which, back in the day, always seemed like the Rolling Stones to 90210's Beatles) lays its fourth season down on disc. Re-experience the highs and lows of the Bailey/Sarah drama, fondly recall a time when Neve Campbell actually had a career and marvel at the fact that Charlie grew up to become a renowned spinal surgeon who got stranded on a desert island.
Extras: Sorry nostalgia fans -- both sets are extras-free.

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