Something to Watch: DVDs
For movies, The Woman in Black is a bit of a ghost story, and the made for TV version of Jules Verne’s Mysterious Island is from the Syfy Channel. I am not terribly impressed by either, but I will at least watch the Verne story when it comes out on the streaming services.
We fare much better in TV, with True Blood: The Complete Fourth Season finally coming out on DVD. This is one of the few series that I think does much better in the TV incarnation than as a book series, with more believable characters and better stories and subplots all around. I have a friend who believes the books are far superior, and we generally argue with each other about for about an hour at a time, each of us bringing overwhelming examples of why our viewpoint is the correct one. We always seem to end up underwhelmed with the others debate points somehow, but it does lead to some pretty lively discussions which we both quite enjoy.
In western animation we have Wing Commander Academy: The Complete Series from 1996. It only lasted one season at 13 episodes, but the voice talent included Mark Hamill as Maverick and Malcolm McDowell as the commander.
Anime starts off this time with Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, which is a feature length film set in the world of Dragon Age. If you are a fan of the franchise, you will not want to miss this one. There is another feature film called Gintama: The Movie, taking place in a historic Japan where aliens have taken over and Samuria have to run odd jobs to feed themselves. This whole series is quite funny, I am looking forward to seeing what kind of trouble they put the protagonists through this time.
In series, Shiki: Part 1 and Part 2 are being released as two box sets, but on the same day. This one is a bit of a thriller/horror story, and also a commentary on the genre and the folks that like to watch that kind of thing. People in the village are dieing at a rapid rate, but when the dead rise from their graves to drink the blood of the living the desire to survive can turn the living into some real monsters.
The other recent series is KenIchi the Mightiest Disciple – The Complete Second Season, previously released in 2 parts for the season, so this is more cost effective. Some folks have referred to this series as Anime’s answer to The Karate Kid, but it has a bit more fan service than that. Finally, Black Cat – The Complete Collection has been released in a S.A.V.E. edition, so if you shop around you can pick it up for around $20.