Headsup: The Gilded Age, LEGOs, and Elton John

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of “Supernatural: The Complete Fourteenth Season”, “The Flash: The Complete Fifth Season”, and “LEGO® DC: Batman : Family Matters”. The opinions I share are my own.

“The Winchester brothers’ harrowing journey into the heart of darkness continues as Supernatural enters Season Fourteen. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) have matched wits with monsters, demons, Heaven and Hell. But last season, the Winchesters and Castiel (Misha Collins) stumbled upon a terrifying alternative universe: an apocalyptic world where they were never born, all while training Jack (Alexander Calvert), the son of Lucifer, and trying to save their mother, Mary Winchester. The final battle with Lucifer and the Archangel Michael altered the Winchesters’ lives forever…and created an even greater threat for Sam and Dean. The boys are back and willing to risk everything for their loved ones in all twenty thrilling new adventures, including a historic 300th episode, with a Winchester family reunion never to be forgotten.” — from Warner Brothers

Supernatural: The Complete Fourteenth Season is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. The sets include all twenty episodes of Season 14 along with over two hours extras. Among the bonus features are two featurettes (“Supernatural Homecoming: Exploring Episode 300” and “The Winchester Mythology: The Choices We Make”), the Supernatural 2018 Comic-Con Panel, two audio commentaries, unaired scenes, and a gag reel. The DVD and Blu-ray are available on Amazon for $29.99 and $35.69, respectively.

NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is more than just an action drama. With liberal doses of humor, it’s a show that focuses on the sometimes complex and always amusing dynamics of a team forced to work together in high-stress situations. NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, a former Marine gunnery sergeant whose skills as an investigator are unmatched, leads this troupe of colorful personalities. Gibbs, a man of few words, only needs a look to explain it all. The team includes NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee, an MIT graduate with a brilliance for computers; NCIS Special Agent Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop, a mysterious mixture of analytic brilliance, fierce determination and idealism who specializes in international threat assessment and global preparation; the charismatic, unpredictable and resilient NCIS Special Agent Nicholas “Nick” Torres, who has spent most of his career on solo undercover assignments; and NCIS Special Agent Jacqueline “Jack” Sloane, who built her reputation as the agency’s premier forensic psychologist and enjoys challenging Gibbs. From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, these special agents investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties.” — from CBS

NCIS: The Sixteenth Season is out now on DVD. The set boasts over seventy-five minutes of bonus content, including three featurettes (“Rules of Engagement”, “Welcome to the Team, Kasie Hines”, and “The Conversation”), audio commentaries on selected episodes, a deleted scene, and pilot episodes of Star Trek: Discovery and Magnum: PI. You can snag the DVD set on Amazon for $29.95.

Bull stars Michael Weatherly as Dr. Jason Bull in a drama inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw, the founder of one of the most prolific trial-consulting firms of all time. Brilliant, brash and charming, Dr. Bull is the ultimate puppet master as he combines psychology, human intuition and high-tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses and the accused tick. Bull employs an enviable team of experts at Trial Analysis Corporation to shape successful narratives down to the very last detail… In high-stakes trials, Bull’s combination of remarkable insight into human nature, three Ph.D.’s and a top-notch staff creates winning strategies that tip the scales of justice in his clients’ favor.” — from CBS

Bull: Season Three is now available on DVD and includes all twenty-two episodes of the third season along with over 85 minutes of extras, among them behind-the-scenes interviews with cast and crew, an introduction of new cast member MacKenzie Meehan, a look at the challenges of filming on location in New York City, and deleted / extended scenes. The DVD set is currently priced at $27.96 on Amazon.

“Shortly after defeating The Thinker, Barry Allen/The Flash and his wife, Iris, were stunned by the arrival of their already grown, speedster daughter from the future, Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy). However, acclimating to their lives as parents won’t be the only challenge they face, as Season Five pits Team Flash against Central City’s latest scourge – the DC Super-Villain Cicada (Chris Klein).” — from Warner Brothers

The Flash: The Complete Fifth Season is now out on Blu-ray and DVD. The set features all twenty-two episodes from Season Five as well as all three episodes of the DC “Elseworlds” crossover event with Arrow and Supergirl. Additional extras include coverage of the show’s 2018 Comic-Con panel, three featurettes, deleted scenes, and a gag reel. At the moment the DVD and the Blu-ray are both going for $24.99 on Amazon, so grab that Blu-ray while you can!

NCIS: Los Angeles is a drama about the high-stakes world of a division of NCIS that is charged with apprehending dangerous and elusive criminals, who pose a threat to the nation’s security. By assuming false identities and utilizing the most advanced technology, this team of highly trained agents goes deep undercover, putting their lives on the line in the field to bring down their targets. Special Agent “G” Callen is a chameleon who transforms himself into whomever he needs to be to infiltrate the criminal underworld. His partner is Special Agent Sam Hanna, a former U.S. Navy SEAL who has seen action in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Armed with the latest in high-tech gear and sent regularly into life-threatening situations, this tight-knit unit relies on each other to do what is necessary to protect national interests.” — from CBS

NCIS: Los Angeles: The Tenth Season is out on DVD and includes over 45 minutes of special features. Among the extras are four featurettes (“Hang Ten: A Look at Season 10”, “The Revolving Door”, “From This Day Forward”, and “Admiring Our Heroes”) as well as extended and deleted scenes. You can grab the DVD on Amazon for $29.96.

“Ominous notes sent to the BAT-FAMILY have the nocturnal heroes racing against time to stop the villainous RED HOOD, who’s gathering GOTHAM CiTY’s rogues’ gallery to enact revenge on the DARK KNIGHT. As the origins of the Red Hood are slowly revealed, a new threat emerges– one that will put Gotham under the watchful and dangerous glare of BROTHER EYE! Now it’s up to BATMAN to face the past in order to save the future in LEGO® DC: Batman : Family Matters.” — from Warner Brothers

LEGO® DC: Batman : Family Matters is out now in Blu-ray Combo pack and DVD formats, both of which include an 80-piece LEGO® Mini Ultimate Batmobile! Currently on Amazon you can purchase the Blu-ray Combo Pack for $14.99 and the DVD for $9.99.

“His music inspires you, his life will surprise you” (Jake Hamilton, WFLD-TV (FOX)). Rocketman is a one-of-a-kind musical celebration set to Elton John’s most beloved songs. Discover how a shy, small-town boy becomes one of the most iconic figures in rock & roll. Featuring an all-star cast, this truly spectacular and utterly electrifying ride is filled with show-stopping musical performances and is “unlike anything you’ve ever seen” — Jake Hamilton, WFLD-TV (FOX).

Rocketman is now out on DVD and Blu-ray and 4K Combo packs. The Blu-ray and 4K versions include a collectible booklet (“A Message From Elton John”) and house over 75 minutes of bonus content. Extras on the sets include four extended musical sequences, deleted and extended scenes, and a sing-along. All versions are available on Amazon: the DVD is currently $17.96, the Blu-ray is $22.96, and the 4K is $27.95.

“[In The Alienist,] the gripping, turn-of-the-century prestige thriller follows Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl, Rush), a brilliant and obsessive “alienist” in the controversial new field of treating mental pathologies, who holds the key to hunting down a never-before-seen ritualistic killer murdering young boys. Based on the award-winning, fan-favorite novel by Caleb Carr, with additional standout performances from Luke Evans (The Girl on the Train) and Dakota Fanning (American Pastoral), The Alienist is a murder mystery like none other: the story of the emergence of the world’s most powerful city that will stop at nothing to bury its darkest secrets.” –from TNT

The Alienist is now out on Blu-ray and DVD and features all ten episodes of the series as well as “Inside the Episode” and “Inside the Alienist” mini featurettes covering the show’s plot, characters, and production, as well as “Pixel by Pixel”, a behind-the-scenes documentary. You can find The Alienist on Amazon with the Blu-ray priced at $24.99 and the DVD priced at $14.99.

“SEAL Team is a military drama that follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high-stakes missions our country can ask of them. Jason Hayes is the respected, intense leader of the Tier One team whose home life has suffered as a result of his extensive warrior’s existence. His team includes his trusted confidant, Ray Perry, the longest-tenured operator with whom Jason shares an ingrained shorthand; Sonny Quinn, an exceptional, loyal soldier with a checkered past who still combats self-destructive tendencies; and Clay Spenser, a young, multilingual, second-generation SEAL with insatiable drive and dedication. Vital to the team’s success are troop commander Lt. Cdr. Eric Blackburn, who serves as a leader and confidant both on and off the battlefield; CIA analyst Mandy Ellis, who has sacrificed everything in her drive to root out evil and take down terrorists; and Lisa Davis, a no-nonsense, take-charge logistics officer and unofficial den mother responsible for outfitting the team with the necessary gear for each mission. Deployed on clandestine missions worldwide at a moment’s notice, and knowing the toll it takes on them and their families, this tight-knit SEAL team displays unwavering patriotism and fearless dedication even in the face of overwhelming odds.” — from CBS

SEAL Team: Season Two is out now on DVD and includes all twenty-two episodes of the second season. The DVD also has a few extras in the form of three featurettes about the show’s storyline and production (“The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday: SEAL Team: Season Two”, “Operation: Puerto Rico”, and “Nothing Fake About it: The Props of SEAL Team”) along with deleted / extended scenes and a gag reel. You can snap up the DVD on Amazon for $29.96.

Hawaii Five-0 is a contemporary take on the classic series about an elite federalized task force whose mission is to wipe out the crime that washes up on the islands’ sun-drenched beaches. Detective Steve McGarrett, a decorated Naval officer turned cop, returned to Oahu after Hawaii’s former governor persuaded him to head up the new team: his rules, no red tape and full blanket authority to hunt down the biggest “game” in town. Joining McGarrett are Detective Danny “Danno” Williams, a relocated ex-New Jersey cop who is committed to keeping the islands safe for his children; Captain Lou Grover, who formerly headed Hawaii’s SWAT unit; Jerry Ortega, the islands’ local conspiracy theorist; Tani Rey, a bold, recent police academy graduate; Junior Reigns, a former SEAL who comes to McGarrett looking for a job.and Adam Noshimuri, a friend with old ties to a deadly crime family. Helping them is Kamekona, a local entrepreneur who has his pulse on the Island; Sgt. Duke Lukela, a trusted member of the HPD; and medical examiner Dr. Noelani Cunha. The state’s brash FIVE-0 unit, who may spar and jest among themselves, remain determined to eliminate the seedy elements from the 50th state.” — from CBS

Hawaii Five-0: The Ninth Season is available on DVD, featuring all twenty-five episodes of Season Nine (including the show’s 200th episode!). The set also boasts over one hundred minutes of special features, including a season highlights featurette, a behind-the-scenes look at the 200th episode, a Thanksgiving dinner special with Peter M. Lenkov and ChiMcBride, deleted and extended scenes, and a gag reel. Fans can get the DVD on Amazon for $29.96.

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