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TV on DVD: Wallander vs. Jon and Kate lose to … a lunchbox

In blu-ray, dvd, television, tv on 06/02/2009 at 9:08 am

Oooooh. This is a tough week to choose just one DVD release to favour.
My practical mind is going with Wallander, a new release of the three recently aired made-for-PBS movies starring Kenneth Branagh and based on the excellent (in a morbidly depressing way) detective series by Swedish writer Henning Mankell. The movies are called Sidetracked, Firewall and One Step Behind. Sure, I can catch up on the movies by going to pbs.org’s gorgeous new video player (free! even to Canadian IP addresses! although — please note — the Wallander films will be bumped off the video player after June 7), but the DVD comes jammed with extras, including featurettes Who Is Kurt Wallander?, Branagh’s Wallander, The Wallander Look and a Branagh and Mankell interview. Tempting.
There is also Jon and Kate Plus Ei8ht: Season 4. Remember when this reality show was notable only for the herculean efforts of the parents to not lose their minds in the face of soooo mannnny children? Nah. Too tawdry now that they’ve gone all tabloid with the word adultery sullying the hard-earned family bliss vibe and hard-bodied Kate rumoured to have accepted a free tummy tuck (I heard it on eTalk).
No. This week my vote goes to… the lunch box. The 1974-77 series Land of the Lost is now available on DVD… and for a few extra beans you can upgrade to the Limited Edition Gift Set which includes a lunch box. The show? Barely remember it though I seem to recall and imdb backs me up here, that it’s about a family thrown back to a time of dinosaurs, ape men and some big-eyed lizard men called Sleestacks. It’s being dragged out of mothballs now to promote Will Ferrell and Danny McBride’s new film of the same name, hitting cinemas Friday, June 5. But I’m all about the lunchbox. The hinge on my Scooby Doo just broke. Sweet.

Here is more practical information: other TV releases new on shelves this week:

Prison Break: Season 4
Weeds: Season 4 (DVD and Blu-ray)
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
Quincy, M.E.: Season 3
Blood Ties: Season 1
Army Wives: The Complete Season 2
Cannon: Season 2, Vol. 1
The Jetsons: Season 2, Vol. 1
The Hunger: The Complete first Season
Raising the Bar: The Complete First Season
Highlander: The Complete Animated Series
Holmes on Holmes: Bathrooms (or Basements or Kitchens…)

— Denise Duguay

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