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American Gothic Season One DVDIn American Gothic, the Hawthorne family, the epitome of “the haves”, are sent reeling from the death of their
patriarch—- not only with the discovery that he may have been a serial killer, but also the possibility that one of them may have been his partner in crime. Starring the ensemble cast of Juliet Rylance (Alison), Antony Starr (Garrett), Justin Chatwin (Cam), Megan Ketch (Tessa), Elliot Knight (Brady), Stephanie Leonidas (Sophie), Gabriel Bateman (Jack), and Virginia Madsen (Madeline), the series made it through its original order of 13 episodes but was cancelled after the first season.

Even with its one-season run, the show does have a faithful base of fans, and those who are Amazon Prime and/or CBS All Access members will be happy to know that they can stream the season for free. As to paid options, while Amazon and iTunes often match each other’s prices for paid streaming content, in this case, they do not— individual HD episodes of the series on Amazon are $2.99 each and on iTunes are $3.49. Fans can get the whole season on iTunes for $29.99, while Amazon, interestingly, does not even offer a “whole season” streaming purchase option (which means to get all the episodes digitally there, viewers would have to spend $39.00). Considering that the DVD set (which in addition to all 13 episodes also includes some extended / deleted scenes, coverage of American Gothic at Comic-Con, and a blooper reel) is priced at just $37.01 on Amazon, the two best options numbers-wise are to either get the hard copy or go for the whole season option via iTunes.


A ratings darling for Showtime ever since its record-breaking pilot episode in 2013, Ray Donovan tells the story of a Ray Donovan Season Four DVD
“fixer” at a prominent law firm in Boston who enjoys great success in both his professional and family life until complications with his ex-con father and the FBI threaten everything he holds dear. In Season 4, we see the aftermath of the third season’s shootout with the Armenian Mafia and Ray’s confession to Father Romero, as well as the machinations surrounding the dark secret held by boxer Hector Campos and his unstable sister Marisol.  Throughout its run, the show has garnered positive critical reviews and multiple award nominations (including wins for Critics’ Choice, Golden Globe, and Primetime Emmy awards). Season five was given the green light in August of this year, and the series shows no sign of stopping any time soon.

Arriving on December 27 is the DVD set of Season Four, with all twelve episodes of the season as well as some bonus features, including character profiles on Ray (Liev Schreiber) and Mickey (Jon Voight), Female Strong (an examination of the resilient female characters), and Location: Primm (where executive producers discuss Primm, Nevada as a location and how it works into Season 4). The DVD is available for pre-order on Amazon for $19.99, which evens out to around $1.66 per episode (plus bonus features). iTunes offers individual episodes for $2.99 and the entire season for $29.99 (note the $10 difference). Showtime Anytime members and those with the Showtime add-on Subscription on Amazon can view the season for free, but if you want the season and you’re not in one of those groups, both the whole season and per-episode comparisons make the pricing on the DVD set look pretty darn good.