This Week In Home Entertainment: Monsters University, R.I.P.D. And Family Tree

By Jessica Rawden 2013-10-29 14:56:01discussion comments
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Family Tree DVD
This week is fairly quiet on the release front. We’ve gotten through plenty of the fall TV releases, and while film Blu-ray and DVD releases are abounding right now, this week’s a little slow on that front. Still, along with Monsters University and R.I.P.D., HBO Home Entertainment has released the first season of Family Tree onto DVD.

The Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock-produced mockumentary series follows Tom Chadwick (Chris O’Dowd), a 30-year-old Brit who is tracing his family lineage. His travels take him to various places in Britain, and later, send him overseas to America after he learns his lineage is split. A lot of Guest’s frequent collaborators, including Ed Begley, Jr., Bob Balaban, Fred Willard, and Michael McKean all pop up in the series and the improvising is oddball, sometimes twisted, and always amusing—if you are into that sort of thing.

Although there are only eight episodes to Family Tree in Season 1, the 2-disc set is still a fairly nice one, with an interesting menu setup, featuring bonus features, an episode guide, and a recap option for each episode. The comedy series doesn’t offer a ton of bonus features, but buyers will get bonus scenes, music from the show, and a group of short segments collectied under the heading "Keith’s Favorite 1970s Sitcoms." These are worth a watch, but keep in mind that there is no "play all" function on the disc, so you have to play each of the songs, extra scenes, or sitcom segments individually.

You can order Family Tree: The Complete First Season over at Amazon. Additionally, you can check out some of the rest of this week’s releases, below. Unless otherwise noted, these are both available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Other October 29 Releases
Cars 3D: Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray
Free Samples DVD
The Beauty of the Devil
Byzantium
La Notte Criterion Collection
Damages: The Complete Series

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