By Theda Kleinhaus Reichman
If you watched the Emmy Awards last Sunday night you know that the big winners in the comedy and drama categories were “Modern Family” for laughs and “Homeland” for dramatic thrills. If you missed seeing these top notch shows on TV, fear not–they are now available on DVD.
“Homeland,” according to the New York Times, “…is well made and gripping…almost impossible to resist.” This critically acclaimed series won the 2012 Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Drama and was honored with Emmys in many categories from writing and best dramatic series to acting. Both Claire Danes and Damian Lewis took home the golden statuette for their lead performances in this compelling new TV series.
From the creators of “24,” “Homeland” has caused quite a buzz nationwide. Critics have hailed the show as the best new television series of the past year and “Homeland” has garnered countless honors. Every week it delivered jaw-dropping entertainment with compelling characters, breathtaking suspense and edge of your seat twists and turns.
If you are not familiar with the show’s premise, Carrie Mathison, played by Golden Globe and Emmy winner Claire Danes, is a highly volatile CIA agent who has grave suspicions concerning a recently rescued American POW. Is Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) a war hero or an Al Qaeda sleeper agent plotting a spectacular terrorist attack on US soil? Mathison, driven by her gut instincts, is prepared to risk her reputation, her career and her sanity in order to uncover the truth. The series is packed with multiple layers and hidden truths, so watch each episode very carefully.
Now “Homeland” is available on Blu-ray and DVD. The 3-disc set contains all 12 episodes plus an exclusive story extension. Special features include “Week Ten: A Prologue to Season Two,” “Deleted Scenes,” “Homeland Season One: Under Surveillance” and “Commentary on the Pilot Episode.” If you haven’t had a chance to see this amazing series, now’s your chance–so get ready as Season Two is about to start. Be prepared.
“Modern Family” is TV’s #1 hit comedy. During the show’s first two seasons “Modern Family” won eleven Emmys including Best Comedy Series. This string of pearls continued at the latest Emmy Awards telecast as this fabulous comedy ran away once again with countless Emmy gold, including Best Comedy Series. Now this third season of family fun is out on Blu-ray and DVD.
“Modern Family” is about the extended Pritchett/Dunphy clan who, even though they can drive each other insane, absolutely love one another most of the time. Ed O’Neill is the patriarch of the Pritchett Clan, whose daughter Claire has married a Dunphy and they too have kids of their own as does her brother and his partner. Every week the whole family interacts with one another for vacations, holidays and much, much more.
The Season 3 DVD features a hilarious gag reel and never-before-seen deleted scenes that will remind you yet again why everybody loves this thoroughly “Modern Family.” Other features in this 3-disc set include: “A Day on the Set with Ty,” “Adventures with Modern Family Kids,” “A Modern Family Christmas,” “Driving Lessons” and “Ed O’Neill Gets a Star.”
“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” is one of the most charming films released in 2012 and it is now available on DVD. The stellar British cast is led by Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Tom Wilkinson with young Dev Patel from “Slumdog Millionaire” in the role of the Marigold Hotel owner. (I predict this film will be an Oscar contender in 2013, and deservedly so.)
The story deals with seven cash strapped British pensioners who decide to spend their retirement years in India staying at The Marigold Hotel, described on the Inter-net as the perfect location for senior citizens. However, once they arrive they are shocked to discover that the hotel is not what it was cracked up to be. How they handle their new location and new friends is what makes this comedy so delightful, proving that no one is ever too old to take on a new adventure.
The DVD is filled with many additional features that include: “Behind the Story : Lights, Colors and Smiles” where you will enjoy behind-the-scenes magic and exclusive interviews with cast and crew on the making of the film. Other features are: “Welcome to the ’Real’ Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Casting Legends” “Trekking to India: Life is Never the Same” and “Tuk Tuk Travels.” From 20th Century Fox, rated PG-13.