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Headsup: Girls, Guns, and Genius

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of “Doom Patrol: The Complete First Season”. The opinions I share are my own.

Doom patrol season one“Following the mysterious disappearance of their leader, Dr. Niles Caulder (“The Chief”), these reluctant heroes will find themselves in a place they never expected to be, called to action by none other than Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse. Part support group, part Super Hero team, the Doom Patrol is a band of superpowered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them.” — from Warner Brothers

Doom Patrol: The Complete First Season is now out on DVD and Blu-ray, both of which include all fifteen episodes of Season One. Bonus features are limited to a gag reel, deleted scenes, and a “Come Visit Georgia” PSA (a shame since they could have done a lot with commentary, behind-the-scenes looks at costume and makeup, filming in Georgia, etc). The DVD and Blu-ray are both available on Amazon and are currently almost exactly the same price for a few cents under $20, so if you can, grab that Blu-ray while the price holds.

Gunsmoke Season Fifteen“[In Gunsmoke: Season Fifteen,] Dillon continues his adventures alongside the loyal Doc Adams (Emmy Award winner Milburn Stone), sexy saloon proprietress Miss Kitty (Emmy Award nominee Amanda Blake) and lovable Deputy Festus Haggen (Ken Curtis, “The Yellow Rose”). Confounding bank robbers, misleading mail-order brides, Kitty departs Dodge City, and a ruthless psychopath pushes Matt Dillon to the edge.” — Paramount

Gunsmoke: The Fifteenth Season, Volumes One & Two is available on two separate DVD sets. Total run time between the two is just under twenty-two hours, with all episodes newly restored and remastered. Besides some previews on select episodes, there aren’t any bonus features on either of the sets. Fans can grab both Volume One and Volume Two on Amazon (both priced at $31.26)

Addams Family Values“[In The Addams Family,] when long-lost Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd) reappears after 25 years in the Bermuda Triangle, Gomez (Raul Julia) and Morticia (Anjelica Huston) plan a celebration to wake the dead. But Wednesday (Christina Ricci) barely has time to warm up her electric chair before Thing points out Fester’s uncommonly “normal” behavior. Could this Fester be a fake, part of an evil scheme to raid the Addams fortune? [The story continues in Addams Family Values:] it’s love at first fright when Gomez (Raul Julia) and Morticia (Anjelica Huston) welcome a new addition to the Addams household — Pubert, their soft, cuddly, mustachioed baby boy. As Fester (Christopher Lloyd) falls hard for voluptuous nanny Debbie Jilinksy (Joan Cusack), Wednesday (Christina Ricci) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) discover she’s a black-widow murderess who plans to add Fester to her collection of dead husbands.” — from Paramount

Just in time for the new animated film coming out in theaters on October 11th, 2-movie DVD and Blu-ray sets are now available featuring both The Addams Family and Addams Family Values (this is the first time the latter has been released on Blu-ray). Neither includes any bonus features, but considering you can get the DVD on Amazon for only $5, it’s a pretty sweet deal (even the Blu-ray is only $12.96– a fair price for a 2-movie set).

“Robin Williams was a generational talent, graced with comedic brilliance, rapid-fire improvisation, and a deep well of warmth and compassion that translated to every role he inhabited. From his breakout role in ABC’s Mork & Mindy to his Academy Award®-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, the iconic actor displayed an inimitable artistry that made him beloved by millions. This September, join Time Life, in conjunction with the Trustees of the Robin Williams Trust, in celebrating the incomparable career of the singularly innovative actor with Robin Williams: Comic Genius.” — from Time Life

Robin Williams: Comic Genius is an expansive collector’s set that includes all five of the actor’s HBO stand-up specials, never-before-released concert specials, memorable talk show and late night TV appearances, rare, never-before-seen clips (including early stand-up, raw footage from HBO’s promo shoots, and more), brand new interviews with close friends and family, eleven episodes of Mork & Mindy, James Lipton’s Emmy® Award-nominated 90-minute interview with Robin on Inside the Actors Studio, a comprehensive collection of Robin’s USO shows around the world, featurettes, the 2018 HBO documentary Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, a collectible memory book, and more. Fans can purchase the deluxe set on Amazon for $204.90.

[In Mean Girls,] Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.” — from Paramount

Mean Girls: The Fifteenth Anniversary Edition is now out on Blu-ray. The set features special pink packaging to honor the film’s fifteenth anniversary (has it really been that long??) and a few bonus features, including commentary by Mark Waters, Tina Fey, and Lorne Michaels, three featurettes, a blooper reel, and deleted scenes. It’s important to note that this is the same bonus content that appeared on the Blu-ray release back in 2009, so if you already have that on the shelf, all you get with this one is a new pink case. It would have been great if they’d used the anniversary release to add some bonus features covering the Mean Girls musical that opened on Broadway in 2018 (new content plus cross-marketing that might have earned the creators even more $$– mark that one in the missed opportunities column.) If you love the film and don’t have it in your library already, you can grab the Blu (pink!)-ray on Amazon for $7.99.