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TV on DVD: CSI, Dana Carey and other second chances

In television, tv on 05/12/2009 at 9:15 am

This is obviously a week for catching up on things I should have watched, in some cases tried hard to watch, but just never made it.

1. Pie in the Sky: Series 1 — I fell in love with Det. Insp. Henry Crabbe when I occasionally remembered to catch this 1994 British series on… PBS? a few years back. Lovely police show in which Crabbe (Richard Griffiths) divides his time between the policing career he can’t let go of and the restaurant he runs with his wife — there is a lot of sighing between these two, vexed as they pretend to be with each other — and the assistance of a number of characters, some of whom come from the other side of the police blotter. Fun, sweet, occasionally gripping.

2. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation — Season One (Blu-ray) Now I am a longtime fan of CSI, but back in the beginning, I resisted. I like to go my own way, even when it’s the wrong way. Alas, what better way to go back to the beginning of this squishy let’s-follow-the-bullet-through-the-guts crime procedural than in Blu-ray. I will be watching what I eat before flipped these discs into the Blu-ray machine.

3. Taking Chance. Kevin Bacon plays a senior military type who volunteers to escort a dead soldiers remains back to his home town. It’s based on a true story. I know this much from the excellent moments I had caught this HBO movie on The Movie Network. I also know, or at least I’m pretty sure, that I recorded it on several of its repeat performances last month. But I also know that either my choked full DVR spit it out or the best intentions never did hit record. No mind. It’s out now.

4. The Dana Carvey Show. Those in the know, and those who read the New York Times, remember this short-run 1996 series for its daring and for the sketch-comedy contributions of pre-fame Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert. The rest of us can catch up … now!

Here’s some other TV stuff new on disc this week. If it’s movies on disc you’re after, shuffle over to Al Kratina’s roundup of Star Trek films on The Cine Files blog.

Two and a Half Men: the Complete Fifth Season
Lovejoy: The Complete Season 5
Penn & Teller: Bullshit: The Complete Sixth Season
The Adventures of Robin Hood: The Complete Third Season
Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy
American Experience: We Shall Remain
The Best of Star Trek: The Original Series
The Rez: The Complete Series
The Jeff Foxworthy Show: The Complete Second Season
Red Green Is Special
Nature: Under Antarctic Ice/Encountering Sea Monsters
Nature: In the Valley of the Wolves/Christmas in Yellowstone (Blu-ray)
Frontline: Inside the Meltdown
Hotel Babylon: Series 1
Nature: American Eagle (Blu-ray)

— Denise Duguay

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