New on DVD Feb. 18: 'Game of Thrones,' Nurse Jackie'

The Fresno BeeFebruary 12, 2014 

Lena Headey in "Game of Thrones."

HBO

There aren't many big movies being released on DVD on Tuesday, so your best bets come from two popular TV series.

"Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season," Grade A-: Even if this wasn't one of the best series on television, it would be worth picking up this box set just to watch the "Red Wedding" episode. We won't spoil it for those of you who haven't seen it, but it's safe to say that once you see it you'll never forget it. Among the many DVD extras are new looks at that infamous episode.

But one episode doesn't make for a great TV show. "Game of Thrones" has earned high praise for being a compelling and captivating story of battling families of the Seven Kingdoms based on the books by George R.R. Martin. Additional material includes multiple featurettes, extended and deleted scenes, and audio commentaries.

"Nurse Jackie: Season 5," Grade B+: After "The Sopranos" ended, it was difficult to believe Edie Falco would ever find a series and a role that came close to the quality of her mob days.

The highly praised "Nurse Jackie" is a triumph of acting for the Emmy-winning Falco. From the drug addicted medical professional to this season's post-rehab aftermath, Falco has given pure acting life to the role. Falco masterfully navigates the character through this season as she goes from nurse to patient.

It doesn't hurt that she has a superb supporting cast including Peter Facinelli, Eve Best, Paul Schulze, Dominic Fumusa, Anna Deavere Smith, Adam Ferrera and Merritt Wever.

The DVD set includes all 10 episodes from the season as well as audio commentaries with the cast and crew, two behind-the-scenes featurettes, a gag reel and deleted scenes.

Also new on DVD Tuesday:

"Hellbenders": Twisted tale of rebel ministers.

"Tom and Jerry: Mouse Trouble": New collection of 30 cartoons featuring cat and mouse antics.

"Balls to the Wall": Man is forced to moonlight as an exotic dancer.

"Bad Dreams": Sole survivor of a psycho-led mass suicide awakens from a 13-year coma.

"Peter Rabbit: Spring Into Adventure!": Peter Rabbit, Lily Bobtail and Benjamin Bunny embark on seven seasonal stories.

"Darkman Collector's Edition": The Blu-ray features cast interviews.

"Max & Ruby: Everybunny Loves Spring": Max and Ruby are celebrating Spring.

"Dora the Explorer: Egg Hunt": Celebrate Dora's first Easter Egg Hunt.

"Laughing to the Bank": Down on his luck actor won't give hell no for an answer.

"The Invoking": An inherited home comes with deadly problems.

"On the Job": Inmates are temporarily released from prison to work as contract killers.

"Fists of Legend": Reality TV show recruits street fighting legends to a bloody battle.

"Battle of the Damned": You can pick your apocalypse — germ warfare, zombie assaults and/or deadly robots.

"Mortal Enemies": Two men are bound by choice, rather than blood.

"Terry Fator: Live in Concert": Ventriloquist and his army of puppets tackle everything from Broadway to Bieber.

"Property Wars": Buyers gamble on houses put up for auction in Phoenix.

"Gentle Ben: Season Two": It's the further adventures of a boy and his bear.

"League of Super Evil": Volumes one and two of the animated series are available.

 

TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at (559) 441-6355, rbentley@fresnobee.com or @RickBentley1 on Twitter. Read his blog at fresnobeehive.com.

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