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Weekend Recommendations: DVD

Here’s yer DVD goodness…

DVD of the Week: Separate Lies. This Fox release gives you a great opportunity to see Rupert Everett and Tom Wilkinson facing off as the lover and spouse, respectively, of Emily Watson. The cover screams suspense thriller but that’s not quite it, especially when you consider it’s Julian Fellowes (the guy who wrote Gosford Park) in the director’s chair. But the actors are here to provide an interesting, if slow, character study. No features, but it’s worth the rental all the same. (Buy it)

TV DVD of the Week: Grey’s Anatomy: Season One. We’ll take anything over ER at this stage of the game. Wouldn’t you? And a hospital drama that doesn’t offend is here, from Buena Vista Home Entertainment, with nine episodes across two discs. Sure it doesn’t break a great deal of incredible new ground, but the acting and writing is solid for what it is. For features you get commentary on the pilot episode, deleted scenes, a look behind the scenes, and more. (Buy it)

Animation DVD of the Week: Flintstones: The Complete Fifth Season. Twenty-six episodes over four discs are what you get in this sweet set from Warner Brothers. Apart from the classic episodes, you can also look forward to a close look at the art of parenting in the Stone Age, a featurette that covers the making of the family The Gruesomes (and even without explaining which characters they are, you probably have already dredged that memory from your childhood, right?), plus interviews and commercials featuring the characters (no cigarette ads, though–oh well). (Buy it)

Anime DVD of the Week: Armored Trooper Votoms, Stage 1: Uoodo City. A guy in a big bad armored suit sees something he’s not supposed to, and is left for dead. However, he manages to get out and get back and seek…revenge! With the first thirteen episodes spread across two discs, Central Park Media brings this anime classic to you with a tasty bonus feature: a director’s commentary track on the first three episodes, something that anime fans want more of. (Buy it)

DVD Boxed Set DVD of the Week: The Spike Lee Joint Collection. Well, if you’re looking for bonus features, then this five-movie set (Clockers, Jungle Fever, Do the Right Thing, Mo’ Better Blues, and Crooklyn–spread across three discs) isn’t for you. If, however, you don’t know Lee’s work and are looking to jump in quickly and inexpensively, then by all means–you’re the target audience for this Universal collection. Be our guest. (Buy it)

Brit DVD of the Week: Doctor Who: Beginning Collection. Fans of the classic show will be pleased hell to see the present BBC Home Video has left on their doorstep: the first three adventures of the first doctor, William Hartnell. Not just that, spread across three discs, but there’s also commentary from the creative team and the members of the cast we have still with us, the unedited pilot episode (outtakes, warts and all), a mini-slew of featurettes, plus a thirty-minute recreation of the gone-the-way-of-all-flesh fourth adventure based on surviving materials. There’s more. Just trust us, you want this. (Buy it)