Headsup: Heroes, Heroines, and Robot Chickens

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of LEGO DC Super Heroes: The Flash and Major Crimes: The Sixth and Final Season. The opinions I share are my own.

Robot Chicken Walking DeadIf you’ve ever thought that Walking Dead could be improved by adding spongy puppets to the mix, your prayers have been answered!  Following the acclaimed specials Robot Chicken: Star Wars and Robot Chicken DC, Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken late-night sketch show now brings new life to the undead with The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who’s Walking.  The 22-minute special tells the “secret history” of some of the best Walking Dead moments and features an all-star cast, including Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lauren Cohan, Steven Yeun, and Sarah Wayne Callies.  The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who’s Walking is being released on March 27 on Blu-ray and DVD, which also includes cut sketches, behind-the-scenes and “making of” featurettes, and exclusive commentary from The Walking Dead showrunner / executive producer Scott M. Gimple, Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, The Walking Dead creator / executive producer Robert Kirkman, and director Tom Sheppard.  The special is available for pre-order on Amazon on Blu-ray and DVD for $14.42 and $9.96, respectively.

DC Superheroes Flash Blu-rayAnother crossover creation is headed your way with the release of LEGO DC Super Heroes: The Flash. In this animated film, The Flash’s nemesis Reverse-Flash traps the hero in a Groundhog Day-esque time loop where he is forced to live the same day over and over again (but with things getting worse rather than better). The Flash must figure out how to re-set time, defeat Reverse-Flash, and save the world before it is too late. Added into the mix are new superpets Ace the Bat-Hound, Krypto the Super-Dog, and Storm the Seahorse, whose loyalty and willingness to help are needed more than ever. No special features on this one, which is kind of a shame when you think about how much they could have pulled out features-wise considering the source material and combined mega fandom of DC and Lego enthusiasts, but there you have it. LEGO DC Super Heroes: The Flash is now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD and is also out in streaming format, which may be the better option for some since the disc forms don’t have any bonus features. On Amazon you can grab the DVD for 12.96 and the Blu-ray Combo pack for $16.99, but do consider if getting it digitally ($5.99 to rent and $14.99 to purchase) may make more sense for you when looking at dollars versus content.

Good Fight Season One DVDTurning from heroes to heroines, we have Season One of The Good Fight, the spinoff series from The Good Wife starring Emmy Award-Winner Christine Baranski. The story follows the plight of Diane Lockhart, whose retirement plans are upended when a friend’s multimillion-dollar investment opportunity turns out to be worthless. Forced to re-evaluate her lifestyle, her future, and her friends, Diane must forge ahead in her quest to reinvent herself and start a new and unexpected chapter of her life. The brainchild of The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King, The Good Fight was the first original scripted series created for CBS All Access, CBS’s dedicated subscription streaming service. The series has already been nominated for multiple awards and is a fan favorite, despite the fact that it has (until now) exclusively been accessible via CBS All Access. For those who wanted to wait until they could get their hands on a hard copy and skip the $5.99 charge (or $9.99 if you want it ad-free) each month, you can now get The Good Fight: Season One on Amazon in either DVD or digital form. Special features on the DVD include deleted and extended scenes and a gag reel. Considering that the DVD is currently priced at $27.99 on Amazon and you can buy the entire season digitally on Amazon for only $24.99, it’s worth considering if those deleted scenes and bloopers are worth the extra $3.  (The season is available digitally on iTunes as well for $29.99 with no bonus features, but not really sure why you would do that.)  Regardless, all of the options come in way behind the price tag of $71.88 for a year’s worth of CBS All Access, so if you’ve been holding off to save some coin, now is the time to pounce.

Major Crimes Sixth Final Season DVDAs we say hello to one strong female lead in a spinoff series, we say goodbye to another with the final season of Major Crimes. Starring Mary McDonnell as Captain Sharon Raydor, Major Crimes is the sequel to The Closer, with both series following the division of the LAPD dealing with homicides and other crimes committed under special circumstances. Major Crimes ran from 2012 – 2018 and was successful in maintaining a fair fanbase from The Closer viewers as well as newcomers. Now out on DVD is Major Crimes: The Sixth and Final Season, which includes all thirteen episodes of the (intentionally abbreviated) sixth season along with a “Connecting with Major Crimes” featurette and a blooper reel. This is another lost opportunity for some really good bonus features—- it would have been great to have some featurettes where fans could hear from some of the show’s creators and/or cast on what it was like to do both series, audio commentary from McDonnell or the director, etc. Considering most of the main cast had been playing their characters since 2005, it’s a shame that their 13-year arc didn’t get more attention in the extras. Maybe some of that will come with the complete series release? We can only hope. For now, fans can get Season Six digitally on Amazon or iTunes for $29.99, but the thriftiest option by far is to snag the DVD on Amazon for $19.96.

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