Oct 12, 2010

New Spy DVDs Out This Week: Dollhouse

It's rather slim pickings for spy DVDs this week.  The only contender, Dollhouse: Season 2, isn't even a straight-up spy show, but a spy/sci-fi blend from Joss Whedon–and not even one of Whedon's best shows.  But it does star a smoking hot spy girl in the person of Eliza Dushku, pictured on the cover in a pretty classic spy pose!  The studio's copy sums up the show's premise fairly succinctly:
Joss Whedon’s take on the ultimate identity theft follows a cast of Actives, or Dolls, who serve as agents of Dollhouse, an illegal underground organization providing elite clientele with programmable human beings. Personality imprints allow Actives to temporarily become anyone or anything—the perfect burglar, lover, spy or assassin. When the mission is completed, memories are wiped clean.
Of course, since these Dolls can assume any identity, they're a lot more than just spies.  But the premise clearly lends itself well to a spy story (just check out The CW's take on Nikita, which rather shamelessly swipes the premise and simplifies it by paring it down to the two most interesting possibilities: spy and assasin), and the best episodes tend to be the espionage-themed ones.  (The "lover" category basically amounts to prostitution, so those episodes are actually kind of creepy.)  Besides all thirteen episodes, the Fox DVD and Blu-ray sets include a retrospective with Joss Whedon, a cast roundtable about the series, a gag reel and deleted scenes. There's also an exclusive, limited-edition Dollhouse comic book from Dark Horse, only available in this set.  Dollhouse: Season 2 retails for $49.98 on DVD and $59.99 on Blu-ray; of course both are available much cheaper online. 

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