New TV on DVD Releases for the Week of May 12 2009

Here is a list of the new TV DVD Releases for the week of May 12 2009 (for movie releases head over to Daemon’s Movies):

Must Rent

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Taking Chance

Synopsis: Based on real-life events, Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, a volunteer military escort officer, accompanies the body of 19-year-old Marine Chance Phelps back to his hometown of Dubois, Wyoming.

Cast: Kevin Bacon

Recommendations: This aired not too long ago on HBO and if you missed it, then this is your chance to watch another great performance by Kevin Bacon.

Buy it: TAKING CHANCE on Amazon

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Penn & Teller: Bullshit! (The Complete Sixth Season)

Synopsis: Veteran producer Mark Wolper, Executive Producer Star Price and renowned master showmen Penn & Teller deliver a high-octane, weird, wacky, entertaining journey through some bizarre territory that no one else is brave enough to touch, with this Showtime reality series.
By their own admission, Penn & Teller have been dying to do a show like this. Confirmed skeptics and pro-science atheists (they refer to God as “an imaginary friend”), these magicians are big fans of the art of debunking.
Whether demonstrating how history’s most perplexing magic acts are performed in their sell-out Las Vegas show and TV specials, or producing their own series that pulls the wool off the public’s eyes, Penn & Teller’s mission is to expose the truth to an otherwise desperate and gullible public.
In Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, the crusaders utilize principles of magic and trickery, as well as good old fashioned “hidden camera” sting operations, to smoke out these nonsense peddlers and reveal how they operate.
They also call upon the scientific community for back-up. Penn & Teller have discovered that the evidence debunking bogus operatives exists in countless books, scientific papers and government-sponsored expos̩s Рresearch that nobody else has presented to the public with such zeal, passion, and conviction.
As our increasingly anti-intellectual, anti-science culture moves on each day to new crackpot subject matters, Penn & Teller are there to aggressively shoot down whack-jobs and fuzzy thinkers, no matter where they originate.
Their attitude of serious, sober contemplation can be summed up in this quote about their current Las Vegas stage program: “We have been doing magic together for 25 years and are so sick of it we could spit. So, in the new show, we are moving into the field of religion and will be performing real miracles!”
No matter how popular a form of bullshit is – and regardless of what deep pockets or beloved figures support it – Penn & Teller are pit bulls for the truth, poised to tear down these myths in the most jaw-dropping fashion possible with their trademark wit and off-center comic sensibilities.
Beware faux miracle workers, yogis, dervishes, televangelists, zealots and cult leaders. Penn & Teller have you in their cross-hairs with a new series that strives to spark controversy, headlines and water cooler fisticuffs!

Recommendations: I gotta say that I do enjoy watching Penn & Teller call bullshit. It’s fun and they don’t take themselves too seriously. A great way to entertain yourself and your friends.

Buy it: PENN & TELLER: BULLSHIT! (The Complete Sixth Season) on Amazon

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Hell Will Freeze First

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Tow and a Half Men (The Complete Fifth Season)

Synopsis: Emmy Award-nominated TWO AND A HALF MEN has been the #1 comedy on television for the past two seasons. It’s a comedy about men, women, sex, dating, divorce, mothers, single parenthood, sibling relations, surrogate families, money and, most importantly, love. More specifically, it’s about the lives of two brothers, one brother’s son and the many women who surround them. Charlie Harper (Charlie Sheen) is a well-to-do bachelor with a house at the beach, a Mercedes in the garage and an easy way with women. His casual Malibu lifestyle is interrupted when his tightly wound brother, Alan (Jon Cryer), and Alan’s son, Jake (Angus T. Jones), come to stay with him. Complicating matters further are Charlie and Alan’s narcissistic, emotionally toxic mother, Evelyn (Holland Taylor); Alan’s deeply neurotic ex-wife, Judith (Marin Hinkle) and Charlie’s domineering, unapologetically blue-collar housekeeper, Berta (Conchata Ferrell). Despite the complexities of their lives and their own strained relationship, Charlie and Alan have one thing in common–they both love Jake and want what’s best for him. As a result, they manage to create a little family unit that promises to make each of them a better man.

Cast: Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones, Marin Hinkle, Holland Taylor, Melanie Lynskey, Conchata Ferrell, Ryan Stiles, April Bowlby

Recommendations: I know this is a very popular show, but I never really got into it, so you won’t catch me renting it. However, I do admit watching an episode here and there (especially on airplanes, it really helps pass the time).

Buy it: TWO AND A HALF MEN (The Complete Fifth Season) on Amazon

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