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Final take: your guide to DVD and Blu-ray releases

September looks like a major month for DVD releases, especially for TV buffs.  Time to catch up on your favorite shows and be introduced to new shows you’ve heard about. 


“Boy Meets World” Seasons 1, 2, 3 DVD
Suggested Retail $19.98 each
“Boy Meets World” seasons 1-3 is being re-released on DVD for the first time in almost six years, after being acquired by Lions Gate Entertainment in 2008.  This comedy series chronicles the everyday life of Cory Mathews (Ben Savage) in Philadelphia beginning with his sixth grade adventures.  Relive the bygone days with Mr. Feeny, Topanga, Eric, and Shawn.

Suggested Retail $29.98 DVD/ $39.98 Blu-ray
Grandly  ignored, the hilariously funny “MacGruber,” adapted from the popular Saturday Night Live (SNL) skit, proved the best SNL movie since “Wayne’s World.”  “MacGruber” stars Will Forte as the titular character, a clueless soldier modeled after TV’s goofier MacGyver.  When a nuclear warhead is stolen by his archenemy Dieter Von Cunth (Val Kilmer from “Batman Forever” and “Top Gun”), he assembles an elite task force of experts, which include Lt. Dixon Piper (Ryan Philippe from “Cruel Intentions” and “Flags of Our Fathers”), and Vicki St. Elmo (Kristen Wiig from “SNL” and “Brothers Solomon”. Destined to become a cult classic!


Bored to Death
Suggested Retail $39.98 DVD/ $49.99 Blu-ray
HBO’s new classic TV show stars Jason Schwartzman as hapless romantic, writer, and unlicensed private detective, Jonathan Aames. Aames tries to solve cases with his best friend Zack Galifianakis and boss Ted Danson (“Curb Your Enthusiasm) in order to overcome his failed relationship with Suzanne (Olivia Thirlby from “Juno”). Season two of “Bored to Death” premieres on HBO Sunday, Sept. 26.

Glee: The Complete First Season
Suggested Retail $59.98 DVD/$69.98 Blu-ray
The first season of the hit Fox show had been previously released in two separate volumes. This is the complete first season available for the first time.  A group of high school misfits transform a glee club (with the aid of an amazing teacher) into a sensation.  Jane Lynch (“40 Year Old Virgin” and “Role Models”) dominates her role as Sue Sylvester and is one of the main reasons to check out the critically acclaimed show.  Season two of “Glee” premieres on Fox Tuesday, Sept. 21.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Suggested Retail $39.98 DVD/$49.98 Blu-ray
Charlie, Dee, Dennis, Frank (Danny DeVito), and Mac deliver their crazy antics in Philadelphia. Join the rest of the gang from Paddy’s Pub as they tear havoc across the city and tug your hearts. Absolutely one of the greatest and funniest shows ever. It absolutely germinates addiction, devotion and a following. Once you start, you are hooked.

Letters to Juliet
Suggested Retail $26.99/$40.99 (Blu-ray/DVD combo pack)
America’s newborn sweetheart Amanda Seyfried (“Mamma Mia” and “Dear John”) rebounds with a twinkling romantic comedy classic.  In Verona, Italy, the domicile of Shakespeare’s enduring couple Romeo and Juliet, the heartbroken leave notes beseeching “Juliet’s” help.  Aspiring writer Sophie (Seyfried) discovers a 50-year-old letter and sets off on a romantic, life-changing journey.  The film co-stars Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave (“Julia” and TV’s “Nip Tuck”), Christopher Egan (“Resident Evil: Extinction”) and Gael Garcia Bernal (“Y Tu Mama Tambien” and “Science of Sleep”).  Remarkable romantic romp and perfect date movie with that special someone.


Suggested Retail $39.95 (DVD only)
One of last year’s hilarious TV shows, “Community,” finally lands on DVD. Check out the antics of recently disbarred lawyer Jeff Winger, brilliantly played by “The Soup’s” Joel McHale, who leads an all-star cast of misfits at Greendale Community College. The show also co-stars comedy legend Chevy Chase (“Caddyshack”) as one of the hapless, yet lovable oddballs of a Spanish study group. Season two of “Community” premieres on NBC Thursday, Sept. 23.

Modern Family
Suggested retail $49.98 DVD/$59.98 Blu-ray
“Modern Family,” the newest, mockumentary comedy TV show showcases the American family through the eyes of one engrossing, eclectic family.  The show revolves around patriarch Jay Pritchett (Ed O Neill from “Married With Children”), who has married a younger, attractive Columbian woman Gloria (Sofia Vergara) and adopted her pre-teen son.  Pritchett’s daughter Claire (Julie Bowen), her husband Phil (Ty Burrell), their three children, Pritchett’s homosexual son, Mitchell, his lovable, longtime boyfriend Cameron, and their adopted daughter, who all live in Los Angeles make it one of the most celebrated and brilliant TV shows currently on.  This series scrutinizes the pulse on today’s society.  God help us all!  Season two will tentatively premiere in October on ABC.


Get Him to the Greek
Suggested retail $29.98/$34.98 (2 Disc DVD)/ $39.98 (Blu-ray Combo)
Russell Brand reprises his role as Aldous Snow and is reunited with fellow cast members Jonah Hill and writer/director Nicholas Stoller. Ambitious record company intern, Aaron Greene (Hill) must shepherd Aldous safely through a crazed 72-hour adventure of sex, drugs, and all-out debauchery to perform a 10th anniversary show at the Greek Theatre.

Iron Man 2
Suggested retail $30.99/ $39.99 (NOTE: There are several different and alternative special edition formats)
Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) returns as Iron Man and the world loves him. Pressured by the U.S. government, Stark refuses to reveal the “Iron Man” secrets and as result, forms new alliances. The film co-stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Scarlett Johansson, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Other DVD/Blu-ray releases to remember:
“The Office” Season 6
“Chuck” Season 3

“The Big Bang Theory” Season 3
“Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time”

“How I Met Your Mother” Season 5
“Robin Hood”

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