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Longmire: The Complete Fourth Season: Bare Bones DVD Gets Full Marks!

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When A&E canceled Longmire the outcry was sufficient for Netflix to pick up the series – where it got even better! Episodes are longer, even more nuanced and the characters even more fully explored over the course of some of the most interesting cases ever.

The fourth season DVD set has no featurettes – not even the token behind the scenes stuff that appeared on the previous three DVD sets. As such, the season stands on its own – and it stands tall!

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Scorpion: Season Two – Geeks & Gadgets Saving The World So We Don’t Have To!

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The second season DVD set of CBS’ Scorpion shows it to be something other than a pure procedural – and combine’s its storytelling flexibility with character development in a way that keeps it fresh even after 23 episodes.

Scorpion: Season Two also has a number of solid bonus features and two of the worst commentary tracks I’ve ever heard.

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Limitless: Brilliant But Canceled; Now On DVD!

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The CBS procedural Limitless was the story of Brian Finch, the guy who followed the movie’s Eddie Morra into the land of complete mastery of the brain via the drug NZT.

NZT enabled Brian to do some amazing things, including: solving the murder for which he had been framed; save his father’s life; work with the FBI as a special consultant and even find a little romance.

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Night of the Living Deb – Zomromcoms Are a Thing Now?

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Night of the Living Deb is a zombie-romantic-comedy, or zomromcom. So that’s a thing.

It’s also smart, funny, occasionally genuinely creepy and occasionally a bit too awkward for its own good – especially at the beginning, when we haven’t actually twigged to what the rules are.

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The Girlfriend Experience (Season One) – Smooth Sailing Only on the Surface!

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Watching the first season of The Girlfriend Experience is a bit unnerving. It’s an intimate experience – verging on voyeurism – because the ten episodes flow by so smoothly that it feels far too real when something jagged breaks the surface. Then, and only then, do we realize that there’s been all kinds of roiling, bubbling undercurrents that have to one explosive moment or another.

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Ash Comes Out of Retirement At Last in Ash vs. Evil Dead (The Complete Season One)!

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Ash vs. Evil Dead: The Complete Season One is now available on home video. It has everything an Evil Dead fan could want: average-schmo-turned-hero-out-of-necessity Ash Williams; grandmothers and booksellers turned deadites; human-sized demons that erupt from a doomed character’s mouth; gallons of fake blood and even a new crew to keep Ash from screwing up too badly.

Created by Ivan Raimi, Sam Raimi and Tom Spezialy (doubtless with input from B-movie legend Bruce Campbell), Ash vs. Evil Dead rocks as hard as it should (and note the Michigan bands whose music closes each episode – legendary!).

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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete First Season – All Over the Map!

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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete First Season – All Over the Map!

The first season of DC’s Lends of Tomorrow took heroes and villains from The CW’s Arrow and The Flash, added a couple of reincarnated heroes and threw in an immortal villain and promptly became the goofiest superhero show on TV.

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Supergirl: The Complete First Season – Superman’s Cousin Make Her Own Way!

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Supergirl’s first season was a bubble show on CBS which is a shame because the show’s first season was pretty great fun and deserved better – as the DVD set of the first season shows.

Executive Produced by Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler, Andrew Kreisberg and Sarah Schecter, Supergirl is a blue skies superhero show – achieving a feel not unlike The CW’s The Flash (a Good Thing since the show moves to The CW for season two).

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Orphan Black: Season Four – Going Forward By Examining the Past!

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The fourth season of Orphan Black reached new heights of complexity by returning to the character that died in the series premiere and revealing that she knew more than anyone – including her partner – could have imagined. In doing so, we learned that the show’s ultimate Big Bad was very familiar and totally unknown – a seeming paradox that heightened the show’s drama and allowed us to see more deeply into the show’s mythology.

And, oh yeah, there was a hither-to-unknown Castor clone and a brand new Leda clone.

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DVD Review: Electra Woman & Dyna Girl Reworks Hokey ‘60s Show To Good Effect!

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Sid & Marty Krofft’s Electra Woman & Dyna Girl was a blatant knock-off of Batman – but with two cute girls in spandex rather than a pot-bellied guy and a twenty-one year old high school student. Trust me. I noticed.

So I was more than a little surprised to see an Electra Woman & Dyna Girl web series starring online darlings Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart. I was even more surprised to find that it took almost all of the original show’s ideas (the wrist weapons, the Electra Car, Frank and the Crimescope) and updated them into a remarkably clever new take.

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