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The Monty Python complete series 16-Ton Megaset, $72.49 in 2010 and $54.93 last week, has just fallen to its lowest price ever: $29.99!! (70% Off!!)

The Ultimate Mr. Bean, $67.99 in 2010 and $52.78 last week, has just fallen to its lowest price ever: $20.99!! (70% Off!!)

The Blu-ray 70th Anniversary Edition of “Casablanca,” $48.99 in March and $46.93 last week, has just fallen to $29.99!! (54% Off!!)

The 5-movie Blu-ray Planet Of The Apes collection, $49.99 in June and $35.80 last month, is now  $26.48!! (47% Off!!) $5.30 Per Blu Motion Picture!!

The Blu-ray fifth season of “Doctor Who,” $72.99 in February and $58.54 last month, just fell to $23.49!! (74% Off!!)

Lots of Pixar Blu-rays are currently a lot cheaper than they usually are. “The Incredibles,” $44.99 last year and $29.96 last month, just fell to $22.99!! (50% Off!!)

The Blu-ray first season of “Clash of the Gods,” $36.99 in 2010 and $35.96 in August, just fell to its lowest price ever: $9.93!! (75% Off!!)

The Blu-ray first season of “Ancient Aliens,” $36.66 in 2010 and $18.49 in June, just fell to its lowest price ever: $12.49!! (69% Off!!)

The 4-movie Blu-ray Coen Brothers Collection, $69.98 in July and $46.93 last month, just fell to its lowest price EVER: $19.99!! (60% Off!!) $5 Per Blu Motion Picture!!

The second Blu-ray volume of “Masters of Horror” featuring Lucky McKee’s wonderful and hilarious “Sick Girl,” $21.98 in 2008 and $17.99 last month, is now $4.99 (75% Off!!)

The complete-series set for the 1970s “Battlestar Galactica,” $89.98 in 2009 and $67.49 in January, is for the moment $21.99!!


New This Week


A new Showtime sitcom about management consultants, “House of Lies” comes to us from Matthew Carnahan, who earlier created the short-lived Courtney Cox hourlong “Dirt.”


It stars Don Cheadle (“Iron Man 2”), Kristen Bell (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”), Ben Schwartz (Jean Ralphio on “Parks and Recreation”), Dawn Oliveri (Lydia the tattooed lady on “Heroes”), Griffin Dunne (“Damages”), Greg Germann (“Ally McBeal”), Richard Schiff (“The West Wing”) and Glynn Turman (“The Wire”).

A lot of swell actors in a poor show, I say. Its characters are unconvincing, often behaving in ways inconsistent with any reality I find familiar. This would be forgivable were the show as funny as, say, “Veronica Mars” or “Picket Fences” or prime “Ally McBeal,” but I laughed at the “House of Lies” pilot not once. There is, however, loads of pay-cable sex and nudity (for Cheadle, not Bell), which could come in handy in the event YouPorn ceases to exist.

AOL/Huffington Post says:

... To make those engaged in such cynical transactions appealing, or merely interesting, a show's writing would have to be very, very smart and its characters would have to be extraordinarily charismatic indeed. Despite an insanely talented cast, "House of Lies" fails on those counts. ...

HitFix says:

... while it's more entertaining than "Dirt" - thanks primarily to the chemistry of a cast headed by Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell - it suffers from the same wobbly sense of tone and direction. ...

The New York Times says:

... This Good Marty/Bad Marty dynamic may prove more fruitful for the show in the long run than the well-worn punching bag that is corporate America. ...

The Los Angeles Times says:

... Well-crafted and a little — sometimes more than a little — unpleasant ...

The Washington Post says:

... slimy and almost pointlessly sordid …

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says:

... not a revolutionary show, but it is a fun study of men behaving badly. …

The San Francisco Chronicle says:

... so pervasively cynical - and, by the way, brilliantly funny - it has the potential of making any viewer feel his or her life isn't so bad after all. …

The Boston Herald says:

... I didn’t laugh much. I did, however, check my watch, still secure on my wrist, to determine when the show would be ending... .

The Boston Globe says:

… [Cheadle] might overplay the smarmier side of Kaan … but he also parcels out precise emotional moments as well …

Entertainment Weekly says:

... The show’s crucial weakness is its dead language: The lines have no comic lilt; no exchange between any two characters gives off sparks. When you have an actor with a tongue as adroit as Cheadle, this seems nearly cruel. ...

USA Today says:

... There is much to admire here, from the snap in the dialogue to the show's willingness to tackle issues of race in the workplace — but there might be even more if creator Matthew Carnahan (Dirt) could learn when to stop pushing. He takes Marty too far, relying on Cheadle's skill and presence to keep us attached to the character despite Marty's behavior and the show's mannered approach. The trick works for now, but it's a bad strategy for the long run. …

The Hollywood Reporter says:

... aggressively raunchy and audaciously funny …

Variety says:

... Although [“Lies”] isn't as smart as it might have been -- falling well short of the movie "Up in the Air," to which it bears a thematic resemblance -- the program is moderately entertaining …


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Futurama Vol. 7
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Girls 1.x
Girls 1.x (Blu-ray)
Gordon Ramsay Cookalong Live
Gunsmoke 7.x Vol. 1
Hazel 4.x
History Detectives 10.x
In Search Of ... The Complete Series
JAG: The Complete Series
Law & Order: Criminal Intent 9.x
Mission Impossible: All Nine Seasons
Ninjago 3.x Vol. 1
Survivor 13.x
Survivor 14.x
UltraSeven: The Complete Series

This Week


Army Wives 6.x Vol. 2


Californication 5.x


Californication 5-Season Pack


Funny Or Die Presents 2.x


Here's Lucy 6.x


House of Lies 1.x


The Jerry Lewis Show: Best Of


The Life and Times Of Tim 3.x


Masters of the Universe: 30th Anniversary Edition


Quincy M.E. 4.x


The Sarah Silverman Program 3.x


Shameless 2.x


Shameless 2.x (Blu-ray)


Wyatt Earp: Three Episodes

Next Week
Gabriel Iglesias: Stand-Up Revolution 2.x
Tosh.O - Deep V's (Blu-ray)

December 31
Justified 3.x


Justified 3.x (Blu-ray)

January 1
Being Human 4.x
Being Human 4.x (Blu-ray)
Charlie's Angels 5.x
Dead By Sunset: The Complete Series
I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later
Trial & Retribution Set 6

January 8
Anger Management 1.x
Anger Management 1.x (Blu-ray)
Archer 3.x


Archer 3.x (Blu-ray)
Buck Rogers 2.x
Dallas (TNT) 1.x
Dance Moms 2.x


Darth Maul Returns
Dinotopia & Journey to the Center of the Earth


Doctor Who: Shada
Enlightened 1.x


Enlightened 1.x (Blu-ray)
Episodes 1.x/2.x
Fury: The Lost Episodes


The Goode Family: The Complete Series
Hearts Afire: The Complete Series


The Hour 2.x
The Hour 2.x (Blu-ray)
An Idiot Abroad 2.x
Naked City: 40 Best
Red Dwarf 10.x


Red Dwarf 10.x (Blu-ray)
Smash 1.x
3rd Rock From The Sun 5.x ($9.98)
3rd Rock From The Sun 6.x ($9.98)
Tiny Toon Adventures Vol. 3
VR Troopers 1.x Vol. 2

January 15
Amazing World of Gumball: The Mystery


House of Cards: Complete Trilogy <--- NEW!!
House of Cards: Complete Trilogy (Blu-ray) <--- NEW!!
Jackson Five: The Complete Series


Jackson Five: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 1997
Life's Too Short 1.x
The Littlest Pet Shop: Little Pets, Big Adventures
Men Of A Certain Age 2.x
Men Of A Certain Age 2.x (Blu-ray)
Merlin 4.x
Merlin 4.x (Blu-ray)
Perry Mason 8.x Vol. 2
Power Rangers Samurai 1.x Vol. 3
Power Rangers Super Samurai 2.x Vol. 3
Spongebob Squarepants: Extreme Kah-Rah-Tay
Twenty Twelve: The Complete Series
VR Troopers 1.x Vol. 2
Waking The Dead 7.x

January 22
Iron Man Armored Adventures 2.x Vol. 3
Kendra 4.x
The Men Who Built America: The Complete Miniseries
The Men Who Built America: The Complete Miniseries (Blu-ray)
The Scarecrow and Mrs. King 4.x


Young Justice 2.x Vol. 1

January 29
Downton Abbey 3.x


Downton Abbey 3.x (Blu-ray)
Femme Fatales 1.x


Misfits 2.x


Pan Am: The Complete Series

February 5
Animaniacs Vol. 4


Avenging Spider-Man
Ben 10: Omniverse - A New Beginning Vol. 1


Cougar Town 3.x <--- NEW!!
Gunsmoke 7.x Vol. 2
Gunsmoke: 7-Season Pack
R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour Vol. 3
R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour Vol. 4
Southland 2.x/3.x/4.x
The Virginian 7.x

February 12
Big Bad Beetleborgs 1.x Vol. 2
Bonanza 5.x


Doctor Who: Reign of Terror
Family Matters 3.x
Gossip Girl 6.x
Gossip Girl: The Complete Series
The Hardy Boys 3.x
Loretta Young: 100th Birthday Edition - Best Of
Matlock 8.x
Nurse Jackie 4.x
Nurse Jackie 4.x (Blu-ray)
SlugTerra: Return Of The Shane Gang
Storage Wars Vol. 4
Weeds 8.x


Weeds 8.x (Blu-ray)

February 19
Adventure Time Vol. 4
Alvin & The Chipmunks: Easter Collection


Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Vol. 6
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome


Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome (Blu-ray)


Carol Burnett Show: This Time Together <--- NEW!!
Duck Dodgers 1.x
Game of Thrones 2.x


Game of Thrones 2.x (Blu-ray)
The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams 2.x
Naked City: 20 Episodes


The Six Million Dollar Man 3.x
Swamp People 3.x
Top Gear 2.x

February 26
First Performances: Streisand
Law & Order 12.x
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2.x Vol. 1
Rocko's Modern Life: The Complete Series
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rise of the Turtles <--- NEW!!


West Point

March 5
Dalziel & Pascoe 7.x
Peter Gunn 1.x <--- NEW!!
Rescue Bots: Energize
Tom & Jerry: Pint Sized Pals
Wagon Train 6.x <--- NEW!!

March 12
Doctor Who: Ark In Space <--- NEW!!
Doctor Who: The Aztecs <--- NEW!!
Father Dowling Mysteries 3.x <--- NEW!!
Father Dowling Mysteries: The Complete Series <--- NEW!!
Hercules 4.x <--- NEW!!
Law & Order: Criminal Intent 10.x
Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp 2.x
Ripper Street
Ripper Street (Blu-ray)
SpongeBob 8.x <--- NEW!!
Xena 4.x <--- NEW!!

March 19
Jersey Shore 6.x <--- NEW!!
Jersey Shore: The Complete Series <--- NEW!!
Quincy, M.E. 5.x

March 26
Carol Burnett Show: This Time Together - Collector's Edition
Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot: The Complete Series
Lee Marvin Presents Lawbreaker <--- NEW!!


Mystery Science Theater 3000 XXVI
Veep 1.x


Veep 1.x (Blu-ray)

April 23
The Restless Gun: The Complete Series

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  • Dec. 18, 2012, 12:40 a.m. CST

    The Python set is a no-brainer at that price.

    by A_Banned_Apart

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Apes set was $17.99 last week

    by eveelcapitalist

    Granted that was a lightning deal but even without the deal it was $19.99. Fucking lowest price ever, my ass.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 4:28 a.m. CST

    Do kids and teenagers today like Monty Python?

    by Rupee88

    I like it but I am old. I wonder how many people in their teens and early 20s are aware of it.

  • rofl

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 10:18 a.m. CST


    by rusty

    Season 3 can't start soon enough. I need some more Emmy Rossum in my life.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 1:08 p.m. CST


    by A_Banned_Apart

    My experience suggests that Python is not as well-known amongst younger audiences as it might have been to you or I (I'm guessing that we were around when they were still somewhat active as a group), but stuff like Holy Grail and some of the more famous sketches are still on the radar of the discerning young geeks. The post-Python work of Cleese and Gilliam seems to hold up well for 'em as well. And my youngish theatre friends are well aware of Spamalot and the like.

  • Dec. 18, 2012, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Python and kids

    by Keith

    They know it if selectively introduced to it by an irresponsible adult during their early formative years. My 28 y/o son loves Python, Mel Brooks, classic Looney Tunes and the like; as do his friends. My 12 yr old niece loves it too, so I consider it timeless. Name me a teenager that doesn't laugh at The Holy Grail (and the killer rabbit) and its absolute silliness.

  • ..But I least I didnt get suckered into buying the Star Treks one disc at a time (or the 79 VHS releases), I held out for the season sets. Hopefully this means we'll get full Python remastering soon on blu...

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 8:25 p.m. CST


    by eveelcapitalist

    LOL! Don't you hate that? I think of all the money I wasted on sets or series that way, no, best not to.

  • Dec. 20, 2012, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Dear Santa, can I please have NOW & AGAIN on DVD

    by zer0cool2k2

    It doesn't even have to be Blu-Ray. Hell, I'll settle for online streaming. I won't even complain about the crappy generic music that will be put in in place of the pop songs that originally aired.

  • I keep mixing those two up.

  • Dec. 20, 2012, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Crossing my fingers for Treme season 3 in May

    by tangcameo

    But jeez does anyone need Ancient Aliens? History needs to change its slogan to "We Don't Give A Fuck Anymore"

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 12:22 a.m. CST

    The League

    by lynchmob17

    It's back for season 5! More Rafi and Ruxin!!

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 10:01 a.m. CST

    How is it possible that Emily Rossum was spawned from William H. Macy's genes?

    by SergeantStedenko

    Sorry, but unrealistic casting of children who look nothing like the parents is a pet peeve of mine.

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 1:18 p.m. CST

    house of lies

    by HoraceSkinner

    Why the 54 reviews on thus show? Its not good. Neither is cougar town. Bad shows. Period. But i watched HOL for Don and Bell, and hoped it got better. It didn't. I watch cougar for busy, cox , and the one that looks like Marcy from married w children. Fetish i guess

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 1:32 p.m. CST

    also californication

    by HoraceSkinner

    Worst season yet