Along with a few big movie releases, one Academy Award winner included, this week is a big week for TV Blu-rays and DVDs. From some old classics to some new favorites, this edition of This Week in Home Entertainment offers some of mom and dad’s cable favorites and even a few subscription cable offerings. Read on to learn about some of this week’s best releases, and maybe even a few that may have slipped under your radar. If you’re keeping an eye out for our review of Lincoln, you’ll be able to find it later this week.
Veep: The Complete First Season
Originally conceived as an American spinoff of the BBC series The Thick of It, HBO’s Veep is a comedy about quick-witted, overly selfish individuals who work in Washington D.C. as part of the Vice President’s entourage. The team is led by the smart but neurotic Vice President, Selena Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), and also stars My Girl’s Anna Chlumsky, Matt Walsh, Tony Hale, Timothy Simons, and Reid Scott.
Season 1 of the series opens with a pilot directed by Christopher Guest that introduces us to the world of the Veep. It becomes apparent rather quickly that Selena and her team spend their days bidding for power grabs and generally getting themselves into and out of sticky situations with the press. The day-to-day work is never monotonous but is often tedious; however, if you’re watching for the insight into the VP’s political life, this probably isn’t the best show to indulge in. Always witty and unabashedly full of f-bombs and off-color insults, Veep still manages to create episodes that are both tongue-in-cheek and deep enough to carry an emotional punch.
The picture looks great on Blu-ray and comes with a mini insert offering DVD and digital copies. Since HBO’s sets run kind of expensively, I will say that the Blu-ray picture is nice, but isn’t necessary for a comedy that follows around an entourage and, by nature, doesn't offer the best camera work. If you want to own a copy, you should be just as well off nabbing a DVD.
Fans can order Veep: The Complete First Season over at Amazon.
Best Special Feature: If you are a huge fan of the show, there are actually 12 audio commentaries available with the set and in each of the audio commentaries a ton of the cast and crew are around to amuse one other and laugh at some of the more ridiculous moments, etc.. If you want to feel like one of the gang, these are great, but if you just want to laugh a little more than you probably did while watching the episodes, the deleted scenes and outtakes are pretty awesome.
The menu is a bit of a mess, honestly, but because deleted scenes and audio commentaries are available on the page leading into individual episodes, fans will be able to watch them in a huge chunk available in the “features” section or individually along with each episode. If you’re a fan of extra content like this, these deleted scenes in particular offer some inspiring comedy that was likely cut in the interest of time.
Other Special Features:
“The Making of Veep”
12 Audio Commentaries with Cast and Crew