New in Home Entertainment – February 18, 2014

New in Home Entertainment

February 18, 2014

Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season
Rated TV-MA
Available on DVD and Blu-ray

There are many television dramas that I am really enjoying right now, including The Walking Dead and House of Cards, but I can’t think of a show I’ve ever loved or anticipated as much as Game of Thrones.  If you thought the first season was edgy for killing off main characters, then snap in your seatbelt because season three is an even bumpier ride.  Most studios would never have attempted an episode like the ninth one here: The Rains of Castamere (better known as Red Wedding), and although it shocked me to my core, I love that they were able to get away with such a groundbreaking hour.  I also loved watching the development of Queen Daenerys Targaryen as she grows in power along with her young dragons.  Her character has seen the most dramatic arc and now her very presence gives me goosebumps.  Of important note, HBO proved their commitment this season by issuing a grander budget in order to play out some of best battle sequences in television history.  For the big fans of the show, there are so many extras that I couldn’t even begin to make a dent.  If I keep hacking away at them I might be done by the time of the season four premier on April 6.  A+

Newhart: The Complete Second Season
Available on DVD

There aren’t a lot of titles being released on DVD this week, which might just give you the time to check out this little gem getting its DVD debut.  Possibly the funniest man to ever grace the boob tube, Bob Newhart’s popular sitcom about a New Yorker who runs a small B&B in Vermont is both sweet and satirical.  While its a little dated, the show really does prove to be a classic and there’s a lot to enjoy in this second season set.  B+