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Out now are two titles where not everything is as it seems:
First we have Riverdale, the alternative take on small-town life based on characters from Archie Comics. The series stars KJ Apa (Archie Andrews), Lili Reinhart (Betty Cooper), Camila Mendes (Veronica Lodge), and Cole Sprouse (Jughead Jones). As a new school year is under way, the characters are dealing with issues of love and loss: Betty Cooper has yet to disclose her romantic feelings for Archie, Archie has just finished a clandestine relationship with his once-mentor music teacher, queen bee Cheryl Blossom may be hiding something about her brother Jason’s death, and Archie must decide whether or not to come forward with damaging information about the day Jason went missing. The town’s idyllic facade begins to crack as more secrets begin to come to light, and the characters begin to realize that Riverdale will never be the same.
Out now is Riverdale: The Complete First Season, which includes all thirteen episodes of the first season on DVD and Blu-ray. Bonus features include five featurettes (“The New Normal”, “I Got You”, “Riverdale: 2016 Comic-Con Panel”, “Riverdale: The Ultimate Sin”, and “These are the Moments I Remember”) along with some unaired scenes and a gag reel. A streaming option is available on both Amazon and iTunes for $29.99 (Amazon’s offers the Comic-Con panel and a one-minute behind-the-scenes special as bonus features and iTunes offers all five featurettes). If you want it in disc format, you can grab it on Amazon: the DVD currently goes for $24.57 and the Blu-ray for $31.50. Since you save $4+ by doing the DVD versus streaming and you get all the bonus features to boot, I’d say the DVD is the better move here, but weigh the factors (including how crowded your shelf is at home) and decide what’s best for you.
Next is Blindspot, the story of a mysterious woman covered in tattoos who the FBI discovers naked in a travel bag in Times Square, with no memory of her past and no idea of who she is. It soon becomes apparent that the tattoos on her body are clues to help solve crimes, but the answers to the questions that surround her remain frustratingly elusive. The series was created by Martin Gero and stars Jaimie Alexander (as “Jane Doe”) and Sullivan Stapleton (as Kurt Weller, the FBI agent who heads the investigation surrounding her). In Season 2, new revelations about Jane Doe’s past and her possible ties to a terror organization raise the stakes even higher, as she and Weller work together with Patterson, Readers, and Zapata (along with NSA agent Das Kamal) to bring down Sandstorm. Loyalties are tested and betrayals threaten to make everything fall apart as the team races to solve the puzzles within Jane’s tattoos before it is too late.
Out now is Blindspot: The Complete Second Season, which features all twenty-two episodes of the second season along with over an hour of bonus content. Extras include seven featurettes (“Breaking the Season”, “Premiere Revelations”, “Family Secrets”, “Zero Division”, “Sandstorm”, “My Crazy Comic-Con Experience”, and “Blindspot: 2016 Comic-Con Panel”) along with a bloopers reel (“Bound and Gag Reel”) and some unaired scenes. On Amazon the DVD is available for $29.99 and the Blu-ray is available for $34.99. On this one, though, the streaming options majorly win price-wise: both Amazon and iTunes currently offer the season option for only $14.99, and iTunes even includes all seven featurettes (Amazon only offers “My Crazy Comic-Con Experience”). So unless you’re dying to have it on the shelf and think it’s worth doubling the price to do so, you may want to consider the streaming option this time around if looking to purchase.