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TV on DVD: Tuesday, July 2, 2013

by Ethan Alter July 2, 2013 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Sorry folks, this Resort is all closed up for the season.

Last Resort: The Complete First Season
One of last fall's most ambitious new shows, Last Resort quickly fell prey to The Ryan Curse, which essentially states that every post-Shield series even tangentially related to Shawn Ryan won't last beyond a single season. It's a rule that claimed Terriers, The Chicago Code and even his planned Beverly Hills Cop sequel that never even made it beyond the pilot stage. It's not as if Last Resort lacked firepower, either in the casting department (the ensemble included Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Robert Patrick and Autumn Reeser) or the premise, which involves a nuclear-armed American military submarine defying a sketchy government order to unleash its payload and setting up shop on an island where it trains its missiles on its homeland, which may or may not be in the midst of a coup. The harsh reality is that for all the pedigree in front of and behind the camera, Last Resort just never really clicked, trying to extend a scenario that would have made a killer two-hour movie into a convoluted 13-hour series. Here's hoping the next show is the one to break the Ryan Curse.
Extras: 13 behind the scenes featurettes.
Click here to read our full recaps of the first seven episodes of Last Resort

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis: The Complete Series
One of the original teenage TV comedies, the 1959-1963 series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis followed its 17-year-old title character (played by Dwayne Hickman) as he dealt with the major and minor annoyances and pitfalls of high school life while searching for his dream girl. Future Gilligan Bob Denver played Dobie's good pal Maynard, while an absurdly young and handsome Warren Beatty popped up as the Reggie to his Dobie's Archie. Even though we're well past the era of beatniks and flat-tops, Dobie Gillis is still charmingly contemporary in its heightened depiction of teen life. Shout! Factory has helpfully included all 147 episodes over 21 discs, though sadly the 1988 TV movie Bring Me the Head of Dobie Gillis, which catches up with the now middle-aged Dobie is nowhere to be found.
Extras: Bonus episodes from period series like Love that Bob! and The Stu Erwin Show, script pages and rare footage from the pilot.

Also on DVD:
Not to be confused with the famous American-made Civil War miniseries, the '70s British serial North and South stars Rosalie Shanks and Patrick Stewart in the story of a woman who moves from Southern England to the strife-torn North. Speaking of classic sitcoms, The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Complete Fourth Season is available in a standalone set and Party of Five: The Complete 5th Season marks the penultimate season of the mid-'90s teen drama.

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