Weekly Digital Disc Picks – August 12, 2008

This is another drab week. Things will pick up in the last week of the month, and then keep going with something interesting every week between then and Christmas.

First, the DVD releases:

Now, the Blu-Ray releases:

Finally, the pick of the week. It’s a pretty lackluster week. I enjoyed “Dave’s World” in its original run, but given the option between buying the DVDs and spending the same on the Dave Barry books it was based on, I’ll go with the books. My advice is to wait a week or two for some much more interesting releases, like the second season of Heroes.

4 replies on “Weekly Digital Disc Picks – August 12, 2008”

  1. chad says:

    Heroes Season 2
    I heard that the second season wasn’t nearly as good as the first. Can anyone confirm/deny this?

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    • fiziko says:

      Re: Heroes Season 2

      I heard that the second season wasn’t nearly as good as the first. Can anyone confirm/deny this?

      The first was better, primarily because of the writers strike. The second season got off to a strong start, but they made a conscious decision to wrap things up in a single episode should the strike hit, rather than try to pick up the pieces and finish the full story later on. The final episode of the season ended up feeling very, very rushed.

      • Erf says:

        Re: Heroes Season 2

        The first was better, primarily because of the writers strike. The second season got off to a strong start, but they made a conscious decision to wrap things up in a single episode should the strike hit, rather than try to pick up the pieces and finish the full story later on. The final episode of the season ended up feeling very, very rushed.

        I finally started watching Heroes on DVD (just watched the first episode yesterday and enjoyed it). Has there been a Season 3 yet? (I’ve lost track, sorry.) And does anybody know if they have a long-term plan? I mean, I’m sure they have some idea where they’re going, but does the series have a well-defined beginning, middle, and end, plotted over X number of seasons? Or are they just seeing how long they can keep it going for?

        I ask because it doesn’t feel like an "episodic" series, and the things I’ve heard about it confirm this. It feels like the whole show is about the underlying story. This is distinct from a show where each episode is self-contained, but there’s some underlying motion to the series and the characters grow and change. Know what I mean? And few things in TV frustrate me more than an arc-focused series without a long-term schedule.

        (That fear is what’s kept me away from Lost, actually. Maybe I’ll watch it once the whole series is finished and I know that it ends.)

        • fiziko says:

          Re: Heroes Season 2

          I finally started watching Heroes on DVD (just watched the first episode yesterday and enjoyed it). Has there been a Season 3 yet? (I’ve lost track, sorry.) And does anybody know if they have a long-term plan? I mean, I’m sure they have some idea where they’re going, but does the series have a well-defined beginning, middle, and end, plotted over X number of seasons? Or are they just seeing how long they can keep it going for?

          They definitely have season-by-season plans, but I don’t know if they’re sure how many seasons there will be. So far, there have only been two seasons, both of which have ended with a preview for next season. As for Lost, the creators had the same frustration, so they negotiated with the network early in the production of season three to make sure they knew the exact number of seasons (five) and episodes, so the season due to start this year will be the last one.

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