It’s around this time that TV DVD releases really start to get amped up. After all, it’s the build-up to the fall season, and that means that studios are pushing out their shows on DVD to not only attract new viewers, but to remind old viewers that their show still exists after a long hiatus. It’s an effective marketing strategy, though the sudden dump of DVDs might make it hard on fans’ wallets.
July is really only the beginning; the major releases won’t really start hitting until August. Right now, we’re just seeing a smattering of odds and ends hitting the shelves. Here’s a look at what shows will be released on DVD come July 6.
Project Runway, Season 7 – I know several people who watch this show, and on occasion, I’ve given it a view. Its seventh season was not well-received by critics, but the series managed to maintain a solid enough fanbase to secure an eighth year. Do I enjoy the show? Sure. Would I be caught dead with the DVD on my shelf? Not a chance. Some of you might feel differently, though. Order: DVD
Battlestar Galactica, Seasons 4.0 & 4.5 – These have both already been released on DVD, but here’s a new chance to get both parts of season four together or one low price. Or are they two separate seasons? SyFy numbering always confuses me. Order: DVD
E.R., Season 13 – If you’ve been collecting these box sets, you must be near broke, because there are still two more to go! Order: DVD
Life on Mars (UK), The Complete Collection – It was remade as a short-lived American television series, but the better will always be the original, Harvey Keitel or not (if it’s a familiar face you’re after, the show stars John Simm, or The Master from Doctor Who). The eight-disc set is available for the first time on region one, and like a lot of British television, it’s really good. Order: DVD
Doc Martin, Series 4 – This series looks like a slightly more comedic version of House, and it looks somewhat funny. Official product description:
After his wedding day disaster, Dr. Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes, Men Behaving Badly) is even grumpier and ruder than before. His former fiancée, Louisa (Caroline Catz, Murder in Suburbia), has left the village to avoid embarrassment. The doctor himself plans to return to London as a surgeon–if he can conquer his fear of blood. But it’s hard to leave a place as charming and full of eccentric characters as Portwenn.Matters quickly become complicated when Louisa moves back with startling news. Meanwhile, Martin’s old flame, Edith Montgomery (Lia Williams), takes a job at the local hospital and sets her sights on the doc. Sparks and rumors fly as patients crowd his office: a shouting oil rigger, the inept local constable, a woman who sees her dead husband’s ghost, and a man who eats his own hair. Facing all this, will Doc Martin leave Portwenn after all? Order: DVD
Dragnet 1968, Season 2 – “The stories you are about to see are true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.” It’s one of America’s classic cop shows, and it’s no Andy Griffith. Order: DVD
Squidbillies, Volume 3 - I don’t watch this show, and don’t particularly care to, but I believe it has a bit of a cult following. The product description:
Dang, ya’ll. Squidbillies season 4 is here! You better believe me, the ‘billies get into more trouble than you can shake a stick at. Look out for Rusty gettin’ into the steroids, fussin’ with the oldest living confederate widow, Early fleecing money off his family, and the toxic effects of letting yourself get caught up in a liberal news media human interest typhoon. Order: DVD
The Game, The Final Season – Like squidbillies, this show doesn’t look like it would be much of my thing, though I know several people who thoroughly enjoy it. Official product description:
Being the wife or girlfriend of a pro-football player might sound like a glamorous and stress-free existence, but Melanie Barnett (Tia Mowry) is about to discover the truth. Melanie’s boyfriend, Derwin, is the new third-string wide receiver for the San Diego Sabers. While Derwin worries about the plays on the field, Melanie learns about the power plays that NFL wives use to get their men the best agents, managers, endorsements, merchandising deals and even the “in” charity. As she deals with egos, groupies and image consultants, Melanie is finding out how “the game” is played among the women behind the athletes. Order: DVD
Rhoda, Season 3 – This is a show that I’ve never heard of, but I feel like I should have; it’s a spin-off of the classic Mary Tyler Moore Show. Ah, well. Here’s the official product description:
With her marriage to Joe coming to an end, Rhoda Morgenstern once again finds herself single and her life filled with hilarious dating adventures reminiscent of her days in Minneapolis. Complete with spontaneous trips around the world, dates with vibrant lounge singers and mistaken arrests, this 24-episode third season is a brilliant reminder of why Rhoda remains one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time. Order: DVD