Holy DVD release! A long awaited TV series hits stores this week.
“Batman: The Complete Television Series,” Grade A-: The ‘60s TV series starring Adam West is finally available on DVD.
You can pick up either the entire series or the first season. Either way, this is a classic series that should be in every collection. It’s a bonus that the shows have been re-mastered and look better than when they originally aired.
“How to Train Your Dragon 2,” Grade B: Hiccup faces a new challenge when unwanted authority is pushed upon him.
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The new DVD release is a victim of its own success. No matter how strong the animation, story and voice performances, there’s no way the sequel was going to soar above the original. The first “Dragon” was a rich tapestry woven from threads of father-son relationships, honor, tolerance and friendship told against dazzling 3-D backgrounds.
Where the film loses a little ground is in its story.
“Tammy,” Grade F: Fast-food worker goes on a road trip with her grandmother.
It’s difficult to decide whether the new Melissa McCarthy comedy is such a major disappointment because it’s so poorly written and acted or because it is such a monumental waste of talent. McCarthy — who never has seen an obnoxious, annoying and distasteful character she didn’t want to play — plays the obnoxious, annoying and distasteful Tammy.
“Jersey Boys,” Grade B: Director Clint Eastwood found a way to make a musical for people who don’t necessarily like musicals with his big-screen adaptation of the Broadway production.
Except for a marvelous curtain call finale, the film is structured so that every tune performed in this biopic of the musical group Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons takes place in a very organic way — concert, recording session, etc. This approach makes the movie more akin to “Ray” and less tied to the musical theater tag.
Also new on DVD Nov. 11:
“True Blood: The Complete Series”: All seven seasons are available in one DVD set.
“Drive Hard”: Driving instructor is pulled into a heist.
“Happy Christmas”: Sister disrupts her brother’s perfect life.
“Queens of the Ring”: Woman learns to wrestle like a WWE Diva to reconnect with her son.
“Lost Christmas”: Young boy’s life gets better one Christmas eve.
“The Bruce Lee Premiere Collection”: Four films are in the set, including “Fist of Fury.”
“Covert Operation”: Bounty hunter must go on one final mission.
“The Desert” (El Desierto): Post-apocalyptic zombie horror film.
“Garfield Holiday Collection”: Includes “Garfield Halloween Adventure” and “Garfield on the Town.”
“Thundercats: The Complete Series”: Reboot of the 1980s cartoon.
“The Compleat Al” Includes eight music videos by Weird Al Yankovic.
“The Twilight Zone: The 5th Dimension Limited Edition Box Set”: Includes both the 1959 and 1985 series.
“We Would Be King”: Sports helps bring together students when rival high schools merge.
“Iceman”: Remake of the 1989 film “Iceman Cometh.”
“Winx Club: Season 2”: Adventure series that follows six fashion-forward best friends.
“Lemonade in Winter ... And More Fun With Math”: Teaches simple math concepts.
“Welcome to Space”: Five elementary students go on an unexpected trip to space.
“Frozen in Time”: Siblings deal with Christmas day being repeated.
“Bing Crosby: The Silver Screen Collection”: Includes 24 films.
“Quincy, M.E.” Seventh season of the Jack Klugman series is available.
“Dolls”: Couple owns killer collection of dolls.
“UHF”: Weird Al Yankovic film being re-released for its 25th anniversary.
“Duck Dynasty: Duck The Halls”: Includes two holiday themed episodes from the cable series.
“Mood Indigo”: Inspired by French novelist Boris Vian’s cult novel “Froth on the Daydream.”
“Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions”: Conflict between the Republic and Separatists ramps up.
“Getting On: The Complete First Season”: Laurie Metcalf stars in this HBO dark comedy.
“Betrayal”: No one leaves the Mob.
“Nine Lives of Christmas”: Fireman falls in love with a stray cat despite his fear of commitment.
“A Cookie Cutter Christmas”: Journalist sent to cover cookie bake-off finds herself competing for the affection of a new love interest.