“Supernatural: The Complete Second Season” (Warner)
I don’t believe in guilty pleasures so I offer this as a guilt-free pleasure. The WB road show series about brothers Sam and Dean (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) tracking down reports of supernatural phenomenon in a ‘67 Chevy Impala began as a youth take on Kolchak: The Night Stalker by way of The X-Files and turned into a lively post-Buffy series about freelance holy warriors on a personal mission. The cult series picked up dedicated fans caught up in the show’s mythology of demons and angels and is going so strong that the earlier seasons are now getting the Blu-ray treatment.
This season follows the once estranged brothers on a journey to track the demon that killed their mother and, in the season debut, their father (guest star Jeffrey Dean Morgan). By the end of the season, where the legacy of the brothers is finally revealed, the costs are even higher: a deal with the devil and a whole new war when a small army of demons is freed from hell and unleashed upon the Earth.
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It’s two weddings, a birth and a funeral for Dunder Mifflin in The Office: Season Six (Universal). Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) have their wedding at Niagara Falls, complete with a back-up plan because any wedding involving their blindly insensitive, blithely sexist and attention-starved boss Michael Scott (Steve Carell) is vulnerable to disaster, but they return to a company on the verge of bankruptcy. Plus Pan gives birth, Andy (Ed Helms) woos Erin (Ellie Kemper) with his usual graceless, sweetly blundering innocence, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) continues his schemes to get Jim fired and Dunder Mifflin gets a new owner: Sabre industries and its straight-talking Texas owner Jo Bennett (Kathy Bates). It’s hard to believe that the docu-reality show gimmick has not worn thin after all these years, but the show has continued to evolve and remain strong for six seasons. The seventh season—and the last season with star Steve Carell—begins in late September.
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26 episodes on five discs (four on Blu-ray) in a fold-out digipak, plus commentary on four episodes, an extended version of one episode, the complete “Welcome to Sabre” corporate video (which the office-mates probably should have watched before composing a welcome song extolling the virtues of “saw-bray”), a podcast mini-sode and two hours of deleted scenes among the supplements. The Blu-ray features the usual interactive BD-Live functions along with a new feature: it will also allow viewers BD-Live access to the first few Season Seven episodes of The Office after they’ve aired.
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