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By Joshua Jabcuga
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2010-10-05 - Top 5 Squib Central-Approved DVD releases for September

Top 5 Squib Central-Approved DVD releases for September 2010

BORED TO DEATH: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON ($39.98 DVD, Blu-Ray $49.99)

According to the press release, "BORED TO DEATH is the brainchild of storyteller, actor, and acclaimed author Jonathan Ames (THE ALCOHOLIC), whose fascination with noir writers like Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett led him to write a short story in 2007, which then became the basis for the series. Ames also serves as executive producer and writer of the show."

What you need to know: The often quirky, sometimes smarmy, always fantastic Jason Schwartzman (SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD) plays Ames. You'll also find Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis. And HBO has a pretty damn good batting average for original broadcasting.

The DVD/Blu-Ray releases are loaded with extras, including four audio commentaries, deleted scenes, and "Making Of's."

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THRILLER: THE COMPLETE SERIES ($149.98 suggested retail price for the 14-DVD Deluxe Box Set, but you can find it on Amazon for much cheaper).

According to the press release, "For two seasons and over sixty episodes, horror icon Boris Karloff invited television audiences to enjoy captivating tales of suspense, murder, and relentless terror as host of the 1960s anthology series THRILLER." Featuring stories from such master storytellers as Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Bloch, Cornell Woolrich, and starring a galaxy of classic television stars (author's note: don’t you just love the hyperbole?) from the 1960s and 1970s, THRILLER was dubbed by Stephen King as "the best horror series ever put on TV. "

What you need to know: Technically, this was released on August 31, but cut us some slack. This has over 50 hours of bonus features, with over 24 hours of audio commentaries, including some by the best in the business, like David J. Schow, Tim Lucas, and Marc Scott Zicree. Of course, what TV show from the '60s would be complete without an appearance from William Shatner? This is the one box set that has had us waiting for a very long time. Highly recommended for fans of THE TWILIGHT ZONE and OUTER LIMITS and classic storytelling in general.

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THE BIG BANG THEORY: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON ($44.98 DVD, $54.97 Blu-Ray)

According to the press release, "Beauty and the brains attract in season 3! A love affair with Penny has opened up a big, wide, wonderful world of romance for Leonard. But Sheldon likes the world just the way it was, thank you. All of which makes for a zany comic triangle with the brainy Sheldon and free-spirited Penny hilariously vying for the role of hypotenuse. This complete three-disc, 23-episode season 3 set also features Raj, Howard, awkward dates, jail time, Stan Lee, a LORD OF THE RINGS ring and all the fun of a series that only gets better. "

What you need to know: Stan Lee? A LORD OF THE RINGS ring?! If you're reading this site, you may already be a fan of THE BIG BANG THEORY. If not, you should seriously check it out, and here's your chance. Let's just hope that the season 4 DVD release has a better collection of DVD bonus features, because us geeks love our bonus features. This set doesn’t offer much in term of supplements, other than a tour of the set, a round-up of the cast's favorite moments from this season (over Chinese take-out), and a gag reel. That’s all you've got? Sadly, my precious, yes.

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FRINGE: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON ($59.98 DVD, $69.97 Blu-Ray)

According to the press release, "Return to explore the boundaries of a mysterious mythology that holds millions of viewers in its hypnotic grasp. Season two of FRINGE contains worlds (and alternate worlds) of excitement complete with shape shifters, cryonic heads, belly-dwelling beasts and people who turn to ashes before our eyes. But the overarching narrative takes the FBI's Fringe Division -- which includes Special Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv -- THE PACIFIC), formerly institutionalized "fringe" scientist Walter Bishop (John Noble -- THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING) and his son, Peter (Joshua Jackson -- DAWSON’S CREEK) -- through a mind-bending investigation of a parallel reality that threatens to destroy ours. The impossible is here in a series that THE NEW YORK TIMES says offers "the most satisfying, coherent story arc of any science-fiction-flavored primetime drama. "

What you need to know: FRINGE was created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci (the bright fellas behind STAR TREK). The DVD is chock full o' extras, over four hours worth. WORTH CHECKING OUT!

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SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE (single disc DVD $19.98, Special Edition Blu-Ray and 2-Disc Special Edition DVD $29.99/$24.98).

According to the press release: "To save an earthbound Kryptonian, the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight unite once again -- this time to battle the powerful forces of Darkseid -- in SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE, the ninth entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies.

What you need to know: DC and Warner Home Video do it again. If it weren't for the mega-successful Christian Bale BATMAN franchise, I'd say Warner Home Video releases were the only respectable offerings from DC. Tim Daly and Kevin Conroy are back here as Superman and Batman, respectively, and Supergirl even stops by (Summer Glau, TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES -- oh how we miss you so!) The 2-Disc Special Edition features more than 1 ½ hours of bonus features, but what you really want here is the meat and potatoes -- the film itself. Kudos are in order again for DC and Warner Home Video. Buy it!


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Joshua Jabcuga is a freelance writer most notable for his two comic-book series, SCARFACE: DEVIL IN DISGUISE, and THE MUMMY: THE RISE & FALL OF XANGO'S AX, both available from IDW Publishing (and can be purchased at Amazon.com). His online column, Squib Central, is available exclusively for Scott Tipton's www.Comics101.com. His work has also appeared in Penny Blood magazine, ChuckPalahniuk.net, Bookgasm.com, and Horrorworld.org, among other places.

"Josh Jabcuga can take the 26 measly letters of our crude alphabet and capture the bi-polar soul of all that is classically yet disturbingly American. Then, when his typewriter is left to cool, he can turn right around...completely ready to trounce any drunk punk that's got me backed into a corner." -- The Colonel J.D. Wilkes of The Legendary Shack*Shakers, currently appearing on the soundtrack to HBO's hit series, TRUE BLOOD.

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