New Spy DVDs Out This Week
Wow! On the second-to-last Tuesday before Christmas, it's a huge day for spy releases. Let's get right into it.
I found 24: Season 8 to be a real return to form for the gritty real-time spy series–and a fitting swan song. Today, Fox releases the complete final season on DVD and Blu-ray. Extras include the show's usual assortment of deleted scenes and featurettes. Retail is $59.98 for the 6-disc DVD set and $69.99 for the 4-disc Blu-ray set, though of course both are available for much less at various online retailers.
24: The Complete Series. This mammoth 56-disc set (eight days' worth of real-time watching!) includes every episode from all eight seasons, plus the feature-length TV movie 24: Redemption (review here) that bridged the lengthy gap between the show's sixth and seventh seasons. On top of including all the copious extras that were originally released with each season (commentaries, featurettes, deleted scenes and more), 24: The Complete Series will also boast an exclusive bonus disc with all new extras. According to TVShowsOnDVD, that disc includes the featurettes "Chloe's Arrest" and "Comic-Con 2009 Panel," a "Season 8 Wrap Party Reel," and a 4-segment doumentary called "Eight Days.". (The segments are called "Jack Bauer: Evolution of a Hero," "Presidents Friends and Villains," "Memories and Moments" and "Goodbye.") 24: The Complete Series retails for $349.98, but right now Amazon's got it for way less than half that: just $139.99! If you're determined to have this set, I'd jump on that deal quickly, because it might even just be for the day.
DVD and Blu-ray. Micmacs is not a spy movie, but it really is a very whimsical episode of Mission: Impossible, about a strange team of "specialists" (a contortionist, a human cannonball, an inventor, etcetera–all people Jim Phelps might very well have pulled out of his folder in the early days of Mission!) who pull a series of intricate, Rube Goldberg-inspired heists and cons on two rival arms dealers. It's all very much in Jeunet's trademark style, and while it's not on the level of Delicatessen or A Very Long Engagement (one of my very favorite movies of all time), it is a whole lot of fun and likely to entertain fans of the Mission: Impossible TV show. Extras include a commentary by Jeunet, a conversation with the director and actress Julie Ferrier, a Making-Of featurette and more. Retail is $38.96 (how do they pick these numbers?) for the Blu-ray and $28.95 for the DVD, but obviously you can find it cheaper.