There’s a holiday in just a couple of days, which means this week is a good week for hotdogs, fireworks, picnics, beaches, boats, tanning, swimming, barbecuing, and otherwise relaxing. Unfortunately, it’s not the best week for some epic Blu-ray and DVD releases, but there are a few new things out this week that may pique your interest. Read on to learn about some of July 2nd’s best releases, and maybe even a few that may have slipped under your radar.

Last Resort DVD
ABC’s Last Resort opened with a unique premise following a submarine crew running from a corrupt U.S. government after questioning an order to fire nukes. The series started off with plenty of promise, engaging viewers and introducing them to a dynamic crew and group of islanders learning to work together after the Navy men and women go on the lam. While Last Resort started with a decent-sized audience, the drama slowly lost viewers each week, leading ABC to cancel the program partially through its Season 1 run. Which leads us to Last Resort: The Complete Series, a self-contained DVD set that really could have used a few more episodes.

Last Resort is a high-octane, fast-paced thriller from its first moments. When commanding officer Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) receives orders that make little sense, he and his crew, which includes second commanding officer Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman), boat chief Joseph Prosser (Robert Patrick), and navigator Grace Shepard (Daisy Betts), take refuge on a fictional island located in the Indian Ocean, where many of the events throughout the series take place.

Taking over the island proves to be difficult, first and foremost, because there are residents living there that reject the military presence. One of these is a tough drug lord named Julian Serrat (Sahr Ngaujah) who attempts to circumvent and otherwise mess with the military’s plans—frequently while looking for personal gain or profit, of course. All of these ideas are unique for a thriller and actually read within the realm of possibility during the first few episodes. However, after the cancellation, the show was given the opportunity to wrap up plotlines, and the stories become too extraordinary to fully invest in or identify with.

As much as I like explosions and assassinations, there are parts of Last Resort I wish I could erase from my memory in order to just keep the moments that made the show’s characters likeable and human. Last Resort offers an abundance of these, but the series was eventually overshadowed by the cancellation axe.

You can order Last Resort over at Amazon.

Best Special Feature: The disc offers thirteen short features, one for each of the episodes. For the most part, each segment highlights a specific character and his or her motivations within the series. The best extra was probably “Epilogue,” the final short feature that looked into the finale episode, and why the producers and writers made the choices they did in order to wrap up the series.

Other Special Features:
13 Short featurettes

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