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TV on DVD: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

by Ethan Alter January 21, 2014 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

TV killed the podcasting stars.

Comedy Bang! Bang!: Season 1
In IFC's ongoing quest to give every podcaster a TV show, Scott Aukerman's popular sketch comedy audio program made the leap from iTunes to television. Along with his fellow merry mischief maker, Reggie Watts, and a host of special guest stars (among them Amy Poehler, Michael Cera and Elizabeth Banks), Aukerman acts out sketches, plays weird parlor games and have long, rambling discussions. Once you get past the strangeness of watching people who you listen to on a weekly basis, the TV version of Comedy Bang! Bang! is a largely faithful translation of the podcast. So when are we getting the How Did this Get Made series?
Extras: In-character commentary tracks, deleted scenes, alternate interviews, supercuts, teaser trailers and featurettes.

Bullet in the Face: The Complete Series
Sledge Hammer! creator Alan Spencer returned to the airwaves with this short-lived IFC comedy about a trigger-happy crook who awakens after taking a… well, bullet to the face in a double-cross to see an entirely new person in the mirror staring back at him -- a cop whose life he previously took. As payback, the police tap the bad guy to act as a good guy and pick up from where the dead officer left off. It probably won't surprise you to learn that when this guy hits the streets, he hits them with a vengeance. Much like Sledge Hammer!, this is an acquired taste, but those who enjoy it will devour it whole.
Extras: A commentary track from Spencer.

Crossing Lines
A French-German co-production shot entirely in English and aired domestically on NBC last summer, Crossing Lines follows the crime-solving exploits of the International Criminal Court, which partners a gaggle of international investigators -- including William Fichtner's ex-NYPD cop, Marc Lavoine's French detective, Gabriella Pession's Italian sergeant and Donald Sutherland's ICC inspector -- to crack cases that take them from country to country. Art forgery, drug deals and money-stuffed briefcases are just some of the crimes that demand their sleuthing abilities. A second-season has already been greenlit, which just goes to show you that a solid crime drama can easily cross borders.
Extras: A lone behind-the-scenes featurette.

Also on DVD:
Catch up with the goings on in the Danish government via the acclaimed political drama Borgen: Season 3. Revisit Manhattan's 15th Precinct through NYPD Blue: Season 5, which collects the show's 1997-1998 season. Travel back even further back into New York's past with The Cosby Show: Seasons 1 & 2, when a family of seven could actually afford to live in Brooklyn.

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