New in Home Entertainment – October 30, 2012

New in Home Entertainment

October 30, 2012

The Campaign
Rated R for crude sexual content, language and brief nudity
Available on DVD and Blu-ray

Just in time for the big vote on November 6 comes this year’s hilarious election comedy starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as two candidates in North Carolina running for one of that state’s U.S. House seats.  While the film is completely over-the-top and seems like a parody of our current situation, it is hiding an agenda to get its viewers to think about who is controlling some of the puppet candidates in real life.  Of particular relevance are John Lithgow and Dan Akroyd who play the Motch Brothers, a take-off of the real-life political kingmakers the Koch Brothers.  I don’t want to make this film seem like an intellectual masterpiece (it is first and foremost a raunchy comedy) but there sure is a lot of symbolism worth paying attention to.  A-

All in the Family: The Complete Series
Available on DVD

This new complete set of the gritty 1970’s CBS comedy about the Bunker family has the chance to make some fans happy and others furious.  Over the years, Sony had been releasing seasons of the show.  Now Shout Factory has taken over and released this huge set with 28 DVDs including every episode and tons of extras.  It’s the extras that have some fans up in arms.  In order to get your hands on the hours of extras, you have to buy this new set which contains a hefty price tag to go along with it.  I’ll admit, some of the extras are nice to have, especially the documentaries, but the show is the real winner and if you find you have a lot of time on your hands coming up, this will keep you busy and in stitches.  Although 40 years old, this comedy holds up nicely.  For those who haven’t been introduced to Archie Bunker and his family yet, you will certainly find this influential show familiar as this groundbreaking sitcom introduced much of America to dark comedy, and led the way to such hits as MASH and Roseanne.  A