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Headsup: Witches, Superheroes, and Vampire-Snake Hybrids

Sabrina Down Under DVD

If you were a child of the 90s, you probably remember Melissa Joan Hart in her role as Sabrina Spellman, the almost-normal teenage girl who happens to possess magical powers, in Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Based on the Archie comic series (same title), the show ran from 1996-2000 on ABC and then from 2000-2003 on The WB. Now out on DVD is the 1999 spinoff TV movie Sabrina Down Under, where Sabrina goes to Australia along with her magic cat Salem (Nick Bakay) and fellow witch Gwen (Tara Charendoff). While there, Sabrina encounters a colony of mermaids and mermen whose well-being is threatened by pollution and she must call upon her powers as a witch to help them.  Also starring in the film are Scott Michaelson and Lindsay Sloane as mer-people and Peter O’Brien as fame-hungry marine biologist and antagonist Dr. Julian Martin.  The film is available to Hulu subscribers and is available now on DVD on Amazon for $9.99. There are no bonus features with this release, but it should be noted that this is the first time the film has been made available in disc form—-the recent release of Season 7 of the series did include the other tv movie (Sabrina Goes to Rome) as part of the bonus content, but not this one, so if you’re a fan collecting all things Sabrina, this is your chance!


Justice League Dark Blu-ray

In Justice League Dark, Batman and fellow DC Universe heroes join together in an attempt to halt a worldwide attack of demonic monsters. The film stars Matt Ryan (Constantine), Jason O’Mara (Batman), Nicholas Turturro (Deadman), Camilla Luddington (Zatanna), and Ray Chase (Etrigan the Demon). Before you pull this out to show your five-year-old nephew, do note that it’s rated R (for “some disturbing violence”), so make your decisions accordingly. The film is available now on DVD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and Blu-ray Limited Edition Deluxe Gift Set. There is a heavy line between the DVD and Blu-ray options when it comes to bonus features: both versions include a sneak peek at the upcoming DC Universe original movie Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, but that’s all for the DVD option. The Blu-ray Combo Pack and Gift Set also include sneak peeks of Justice League: Gods and Monsters and Justice League: Doom, as well as a featurette about the origin of Swamp Thing, a behind-the-scenes special about the characters and the actors voicing them, coverage of the film’s panel at 2016 NY Comic Con, and two bonus cartoons from the DC Comics vault.  The Gift Set also includes a hardcover novel and a Constantine figurine. All three formats of the film are on Amazon: the DVD is $12.96, the Blu-ray Combo Pack is $16.99, and the Gift Set is $59.00. On the other end of the spectrum is the option to simply rent on Amazon for $4.99, so it’s up to you to choose from the buffet of options and see what fits your preferences (and price point) best.


Based on the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez film, From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series From Dusk Til Dawn Season Three Blu-rayfollows the continuing adventures of bank-robbing brothers Seth and Richie Gecko as they are pursued by the FBI and a Texas ranger.  Season Three delves deeper into the world of the culebras (vampire-snake hybrids) as the brothers must pull together an unlikely band of heroes to battle the forces of Hell.  The third season is available now on both DVD and Blu-ray with a fairly extensive list of extras, including: Season 3 “Catch Up” specials on the Gecko brothers, Freddie Gonzolez, and the Fullers; audio commentary from the cast and crew; Inside the Episodes featurettes on the monsters of Xibalba and new characters; Season 3 Best Kills; a feature on the making of a fight scene, and more.  The series is available on Netflix (no luck on Amazon Prime); other streaming options include Amazon Video and iTunes, which both offer individual episodes for $2.99 but part company on the complete season option: Amazon has it for $19.99 (with no bonus features) and iTunes has it for $25.99 (there are bonus features included, but they’re limited to a trailer and the “Catch Up” featurettes… about 11 minutes of extras for an additional $6).  In disc form, Amazon offers the DVD for $26.99 and the Blu-ray for $32.99.  It’s also important to note that we’re not talking about 20 or 25 episodes here–the season only has 10, so at the very least you’re looking at around $2 per episode if you don’t go the Netflix route.  Beyond that, it’s just a matter of how important the bonus features are to you and how much that weighs against the additional cost for a DVD or Blu-ray option.