New on DVD March 25: 'Delivery Man,' 'Key & Peele,' 'Here's Lucy'

The Fresno BeeMarch 19, 2014 

Vince Vaughn in "Delivery Man".


Comedy tops this week's new DVD offerings.

"Delivery Man," Grade B: A meat-delivery man (Vince Vaughn) learns that his sperm donations have resulted in 533 children.

Vaughn has carved out a successful career playing characters who aren't the most productive members of society. And those characters are usually played for big laughs. He portrays the same kind of role in "Delivery Man," a guy whose biggest talent is being a frequent sperm donor. But this time the laughs are more subdued and — dare it be said — sweet. Vaughn's found a way to take a character who, by all accounts, should be annoying and make him endearing.

The film is a pleasant surprise. The story line, about being the father to hundreds, had all the earmarks of being an over-the-top comedy. Instead, this is one of the sweetest family movies released this year on DVD.

"Key & Peele: Seasons One and Two," Grade B+: The DVD set features former "MADtv" actors Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, who reunited to star in the new half-hour cable sketch comedy show. Through improv, original characters and celebrity impressions, the pair look at the oddities of life in a very funny way.

They are so talented, it's hard to believe two comics can provide so many laughs.

"Here's Lucy: The Complete Series," Grade B: Most know Lucille Ball from her years on "I Love Lucy." But after Ball and Desi Arnaz divorced, she went on to star in her own series that ran from 1968-1974. It's not as good as her original series but the 144 episodes show off the comic skills of Ball.

She's joined by her real-life children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., as well as Gale Gordon, her co-star from the earlier "Lucy Show."

Also new on DVD:

"Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXIX": Includes "Untamed Youth," "Hercules and the Captive Women," "The Thing That Couldn't Die," "The Pumaman."

"The Wolf of Wall Street": Leonardo DiCaprio plays a stockbroker in the middle of widespread corruption on Wall Street.

"Walking With Dinosaurs": The giant creatures wander the Earth.

"Wonderwall": George Harrison wrote the score for this 1968 film.

"The Past": Man's efforts to improve this relationship soon unveil a secret from their past.

"Frontline: Secret State of North Korea": A look at life under North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

"Home": A 33-year-old man suffering from mental illness wants to move into an apartment of his own.

"William & Mary: The Complete Collection": Martin Clunes and Julie Graham play two improbable love birds.

"Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher": Punisher and Black Widow are sent on a mission to stop Leviathan.

"Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse": A look at the death of a schizophrenic after a police beating.

"Little House On The Prairie — Season One Deluxe Remastered Edition": Special edition is being released to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the pilot movie premiere.

"Californication: The Sixth Season": Hank (David Duchovny) tries to collaborate on a rock opera based on his book with a famous rock star.

"Veep: The Complete Second Season": Cable comedy starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

"Dragons: Defenders of Berk Part 1: Hiccup and his fellow dragon trainers battle to protect their island home.

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

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