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The six-movie Blu-ray “Star Trek” set, $101.49 in 2010 and $56.99 last month, has just fallen to $35.00 (59% Off!!) $5.83 Per Blu Motion Picture!!

The four-movie Blu-ray “Star Trek: The Next Generation” set, $61.99 in 2011 and $36.93 last month, has just fallen to $26.12 (55% Off!!) $6.53 Per Blu Motion Picture!!

The Blu-ray Gettysburg/Gods and Generals Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray, $79.99 last week, has fallen to its lowest price ever: $33.99!! (60% Off!!)

The first Blu-ray season of “Person of Interest,” $63.96 in July and $46.93 last month, has fallen to its lowest price ever: $19.96!! (71% Off!!)

The latter and more exciting half of Syfy’s excellent “Caprica,” $38.99 in 2011 and $28.43 in February, is now $14.99!! (70% Off!!)

From “Wire” creator David Simon!! The first Blu-ray season of “Treme,” $59.99 in October and $52.10 last week, just fell to its lowest price ever: $21.14!! (74% Off!!)

The second Blu-ray season of “Treme,” $79.98 in August and $51.41 last week, just fell to its lowest price ever: $23.99!! (70% Off!!)

Blu-ray “Star Trek,” $35.99 in 2010 and $18.96 in March, just fell to its lowest price ever: $9.99!! (67% Off!!)

The fourth Blu-ray volume of “Masters of Horror” featuring Takashi Miike’s too-disturbing-for-Showtime “Imprint,” $21.49 in 2010 and $19.99 last year, has fallen to $5.20 (74% Off!!)

Thes econd Blu-ray volume of “Masters of Horror” featuring Lucky McKee’s wonderful and hilarious “Sick Girl,” $21.95 in 2008 and $19.99 last year, is now $6.33 (68% Off!!)

New This Week

A Canadian drama from writer-producer Malcolm MacRury (“Earth: Final Conflict,” “Deadwood”) and Morwyn Brebner (“Rookie Blue”) about a comatose chief of surgery enduring a lengthy out-of-body experience that allows him to see (and speak to) dead people, “Saving Hope” 1.x stars Canadians Michael Shanks (“Stargate SG-1”) and Erica Durance (“Harry’s Law”), who played Hawkman and Lois on “Smallville.”

It’s not as bad as “Grey’s Anatomy” and not as good as “Chicago Hope” either. I dare say I enjoyed the first two episodes of “Saving Hope” more than most of the “ER” episodes NBC aired over the last five years. The most innovative thing about “Saving Hope” though, might be the omnipresent “Star Trek”-style lens flares its photography employs.

One reason to tune is a relative newcomer named Julia Taylor Ross ("Silent House"), who is hot as fire and is good enough to strip down to her bra in the second episode.

HitFix says:

... With Shanks off on the margins, Durance is the de facto series lead. She's pleasant, and no more or less believable as a doctor than half the docs on "Grey's," "House" or even "Scrubs," but Alex as a character isn't compelling.…

The New York Times says:

... the life of the hospital goes on in ways that weren’t that interesting the first 10 times we saw them: crash carts roll past in slow motion, doctors have sex in the break room, a woman refuses treatment for religious reasons. These medical scenes are competent but forgettable, while the scenes of Charlie’s peregrinations are sometimes interesting and funny but surprisingly infrequent. …

The Los Angeles Times says:

... not the worst show to debut during the summer months — there is a natural curiosity factor built in to the main plot line and both Shanks and Durance are certainly engaging performers. But as "Grey's Anatomy" proved several seasons ago when its lead wandered in death's oddly lit foyer, though there may indeed be more things in heaven and Earth than are dreamt of in our philosophy, a soapy medical drama is probably not the best venue in which to discuss them. …

The San Francisco Chronicle says:

... lukewarm stew of ideas from other shows ("Grey's Anatomy," "Touched by an Angel," the finally out of its misery "A Gifted Man") and films ("Ghost," "The Sixth Sense") with stock characters and situations that occasionally jerk a demi-tear or two, but with absolutely no authenticity. The sloppy sentimentality is cheap and unearned …

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says:

... there’s not much in “Saving Hope” viewers haven’t seen before (and better) elsewhere …

The Boston Herald says:

... supremely dreary … One way or another, “Saving- Hope” will flatline.

Variety says:

... wins no points for originality, but boasts a winning lead in Erica Durance. …

Created by “Legend of the Seeker” vets Ken Biller (“Star Trek: Voyager,” "Smallville") and Mike Sussman ("Star Trek: Enterprise,” “Threshold"), TNT’s new hourlong “Perception” stars Eric McCormack (“Will & Grace”) as a paranoid schizophrenic neuroscience professor who, while off his meds, uses his hallucinations to help the FBI solve crimes.

His co-stars include Rachael Leigh Cook (“She's All That,” Psych"), Kelly Rowan (“The O.C.”), and LeVar Burton (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”).

HuffPost TV says:

... while it's no "Closer," which also returns Monday, the Eric McCormack vehicle "Perception" is perfectly adequate "Eccentric Consulting Genius" fare. …

The New York Times says:

... across the four early episodes provided for review, Pierce’s hallucinations are already beginning to feel like stunts covering up for a lack of ideas. … McCormack puts Pierce’s vulnerability and fear in the foreground, and avoids the huckster’s smirk that can sometimes mar his performances; he’s winning, and he has an easy rapport with Ms. Cook. For more critical viewers, though, that may not outweigh the show’s forced eccentricities, or the way in which ideas and motifs from “Monk,” “House,” “The Mentalist,” “Numbers” and other series clank around in plain sight.

The Los Angeles Times says:

... If you can overlook both the derivative nature of the set-up — "House" meets "A Beautiful Mind" and adopts "Monk" — and the dangerous absurdity of defining schizophrenia as just another way of looking at things, "Perception" has a certain summery, tweet-friendly entertainment value. … If only the strokes weren't so broad and easily anticipated, if only the paranoid schizophrenia weren't so actually horrible and devastating, rather than quirky and revelatory. Co-creators Mike Sussman and Kenneth Biller are on to something with their exploration of the endless and fascinating facets of perception. But too often it seems like they have chosen to afflict their character in this manner simply because all the other dysfunctions have already been taken.

The San Francisco Chronicle says:

… "Perception" isn't very smart. It's also not very pleasant. ... There's very little that's fun about "Perception." It doesn't have to be a laugh riot, but it should be enjoyable to watch and the sad truth is, it's just OK. …

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says:

... a ho-hum affair. The show is not so much awful as it is a colorless copy of better shows that have come before. It doesn't take a keen sense of perception to see that. …

The Washington Post says:

... Pierce is one of those brilliant-yet-eccentric TV heroes, a neuroscience professor and FBI consultant who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, causing him to hallucinate and engage in lengthy conversations with imaginary people. While this adds a twist to what would otherwise be an average crime drama, it also means that the audience never knows whether a scene is actually happening. Essentially, the writers can take the plot in any direction they want without much regard for reality. For some viewers, this will be a neat trick. For others, it will be maddening. …

The Wall Street Journal says:

… There are aspects of the series that are engaging—Daniel's intricately conceived sleuthing for the FBI, for instance—but, as the voices in your own head soon tell you, there's a lot more of it that's wearisome. …

USA Today says:

... Perception's near-total divorce from reality, while annoying, is not the worst of its crimes. The larger problem is that Daniel's crime-solving abilities are so randomly applied as to be virtually pointless. …

Variety says:

... just more of the same-old, same-old, with a colorfully flawed (eccentric or crazy, take your pick) hero solving cases that prove almost wholly generic. It's no accident networks keep replicating this formula, but whether reality or mere perception, the result here is kind of a snooze. …

TV-on-Disc Calendar

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Bearcats!: The Complete Series
Bob's Burgers 2.x
The Chipettes: The Glass Slipper Collection
Combat 2.x
Dance Academy 1.x/2.x
Dexter 7.x
Dexter 7.x (Blu-ray)
Doctor Who: The Visitation
Fraggle Rock 3.x
Fraggle Rock: Meet The Fraggles
Fraggle Rock: 30th Anniversary Collection
Hey Arnold 4.x
Highway To Heaven 1.x ($9.99)
My Little Pony 2.x
Power Rangers Samurai Vol. 4
Rizzoli & Isles 2.x
Roseanne 9.x ($9.99)
Roseanne: The Complete Series ($5.44/season)
Super Mario Bros. 3: The Complete Series ($14.99)
Taz-Mania: Taz on the Loose
That '70s Show: The Complete Series ($6.13/season)
3rd Rock From The Sun: The Complete Series ($4.43/Season)
Top Gear 19.x
VR Troopers 2.x Vol. 1

This Week

The Aquabats! Super Show! 1.x

The Gene Autry Show 5.x

Hanna Barbara: 25 Cartoon Collection

Highway To Heaven 1.x ($9.99)

Laverne & Shirley 6.x

The Legend of Korra, Book 1: Air

The Lone Ranger: Kemo Sabe

Perception 1.x

Pound Puppies: Mission Adoption

Saving Hope 1.x
Spy 2.x

Teen Wolf 2.x

True Blood 5.x

True Blood 5.x (Blu-ray)

Next Week
Annoying Orange 1.x
Beetlejuice 1.x
Beetlejuice: The Complete Series
Covert Affairs 3.x
Doctor Who 7.x Vol. 2

Doctor Who 7.x Vol. 2 (Blu-ray)
Doctor Who: The Snowmen

Doctor Who: The Snowmen (Blu-ray)
George Gently 1.x-4.x (Blu-ray)
George Gently 2.x (Blu-ray)
George Gently 5.x (Blu-ray)
Longmire 1.x
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2.x Vol. 2

Red Widow 1.x
Suits 2.x

Superman: Bizarro

Superman: Brainiac

Superman: Metallo
Tiny Toon Adventures Vol. 4

June 4
Adventure Time 1.x (Blu-ray)
Adventure Time 2.x
Adventure Time 2.x (Blu-ray)
Breaking Bad 5.x

Breaking Bad 5.x (Blu-ray)
Combat 3.x
Falling Skies 2.x
Happiness Is Peanuts: 4 Kid Favorites
Ice Road Truckers 6.x
Littlest Pet Shop: Sweetest Pets
The Lone Ranger Collector's Edition
The Lone Ranger: 25 Episodes
Major Crimes 1.x
McHale's Navy: 20 Episodes
Mountain Men 1.x

Pretty Little Liars 3.x
Rawhide 6.x

Superman: The Best Of
White Collar 4.x
Wilfred Australia 1.x
Wilfred: The Complete Australian Series

June 11
All Dogs Go To Heaven 2.x
All Dogs Go To Heaven 3.x
Big Bad Beetleborgs 2.x Vol. 1
Burn Notice 6.x
The Dick Van Dyke Show 3.x (Blu-ray)

Doctor Who: Doctors Revisited 1-4

Doctor Who: Inferno
Doctor Who: The Mind Of Evil

Fairly Legal 2.x
Ghost Hunters 8.x Vol. 2
House of Cards 1.x

House of Cards 1.x (Blu-ray)
The Lone Ranger: 80th Anniversary Edition
Misfits 3.x

Necessary Roughness 2.x
The Newsroom 1.x

The Newsroom 1.x (Blu-ray)
Perry Mason 9.x Vol. 1
Power Rangers Super Samurai Vol. 4
Rizzoli & Isles 3.x
Transformers: Rescue Bots Energize
Tom & Jerry Golden Collection Vol. 2
Tom & Jerry Golden Collection Vol. 2 (Blu-ray)
Tom & Jerry In Space
Tom & Jerry: Magical Misadventures
Tosh.0 Vol. 3
Wagon Train 8.x
Wedding Band: The Complete Series
The Wild Thornberries 3.x

June 18
Austin & Ally Vol. 1
Body of Proof 3.x
Call The Midwife 2.x
Call The Midwife 2.x (Blu-ray)
Drop Dead Diva 4.x
Fraggle Rock 4.x
Golden Years: The Complete Miniseries
Good Luck Charlie: Enjoy The Ride
The Jungle Book: Adventures Of Mowgli - The Beginning
The Jungle Book: Adventures Of Mowgli - The Complete Collection
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness - Good Croc, Bad Croc
Lab Rats
The Langoliers: The Complete Miniseries
Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated 2.x Vol. 2
Shake It Up!
Slugterra Vol. 2
The Stand: The Complete Miniseries
Web Therapy 2.x
Wilfred 2.x
Wilfred 2.x (Blu-ray)
Workaholics 3.x
Workaholics 3.x (Blu-ray)

June 25
CSI NY 9.x
CSI NY 9-Season Pack
Fat Albert: The Complete Series

Green Lantern 1.x Vol. 2
Inspector Lewis 6.x
Inspector Lewis 6.x (Blu-ray)

Looney Tunes 50 Cartoon Collection
Mad TV 3.x
Peter Gunn 2.x

Todd and the Book of Pure Evil 2.x
Wizards Return: Alex Vs. Alex

July 2
The Dick Van Dyke Show 4.x (Blu-ray)
Last Resort: The Complete Series
The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis: The Complete Series
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 3.x

July 9
Ben 10 Omniverse Vol. 2
Bonanza 6.x
Dynasty 7.x
How the States Got Their Shapes 2.x
How The West Was Won 1.x

Kimba: The Complete Series
Last of the Summer Wine 1999
Portlandia 3.x

Portlandia 3.x (Blu-ray)
Quincy 6.x
Robot Chicken: DC Comics

Robot Chicken: DC Comics (Blu-ray)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Enter Shredder
Unforgettable 1.x
Warehouse 13 4.x

July 16

Alphas 2.x NEW!!
The Border 1.x
Combat 4.x

Damages 5.x
Femme Fatales 2.x
George Lopez 3.x
Hell On Wheels 2.x
Hell On Wheels 2.x (Blu-ray)
Legend of Korra: Book One

Legend of Korra: Book One (Blu-ray)
Liberty's Kids: The Complete Series
Matlock 9.x
Matlock: The Complete Series
Orphan Black 1.x

Orphan Black 1.x (Blu-ray)
Power Rangers Samurai Vol. 5
Regular Show 1.x/2.x
Regular Show 1.x/2.x (Blu-ray)

Shameless UK 1.x/2.x
Smurfs to the Rescue
Tom and Jerry: No Mice Allowed

The Virginian 8.x

Young Justice 2.x Vol. 2

July 23
Duck Dodgers 2.x
The Jack Benny Program: The Lost Episodes

Mystery Science Theater 3000 XXVII
Superjail 3.x

Super Friends 5.x
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3.x

July 30
The Angry Beavers: The Complete Series
Banshee 1.x

Banshee 1.x (Blu-ray)
Kendra On Top 1.x

Midsomer Murders 1.x-5.x NEW!!
Power Rangers 4.x-7.x

Star Trek The Next Generation 4.x (Blu-ray)

Star Trek The Next Generation: Redemption (Blu-ray)
Touched By An Angel 8.x

August 6

The Borgias 3.x (Blu-ray) NEW!!

The Borgias 3.x (Blu-ray) NEW!!

Community 4.x

Fridays: Best Of NEW!!

Gunsmoke 9.x NEW!!
Political Animals: The Complete Series

Ripcord 1.x

Ripcord 2.x
Strike Back: Cinemax 2.x
Strike Back: Cinemax 2.x (Blu-ray)
Taz-Mania 1.x Vol. 2
The Thick Of It 1.x-4.x

August 13

Combat 5.x NEW!!

Enlightened 2.x
Family Ties 7.x NEW!!
Girls 2.x

Girls 2.x (Blu-ray)
The Mindy Project 1.x NEW!!

The Office 9.x NEW!!

The Office 9.x (Blu-ray) NEW!!
Once Upon A Time 2.x

Once Upon A Time 2.x (Blu-ray)

Perry Mason 9.x Vol. 2 NEW!!

Perry Mason: The Complete Series NEW!!
Top Gear 3.x NEW!!

Totally Spies 1.x

Ultra Q: The Complete Series NEW!!

August 20
Being Human 5.x

Being Human 5.x (Blu-ray)
Boardwalk Empire 3.x

Boardwalk Empire 3.x (Blu-ray)

CatDog 4.x NEW!!

Revenge 2.x

August 27
Grey's Anatomy 9.x
Sons of Anarchy 5.x

Sons of Anarchy 5.x (Blu-ray)
The Vampire Diaries 4.x
The Vampire Diaries 4.x (Blu-ray)

September 3

Scandal 2.x
Sinbad 1.x

Sinbad 1.x (Blu-ray)
2 Broke Girls 2.x

September 10

Army Wives 7.x

Arrow 1.x
Arrow 1.x (Blu-ray)
The Big Bang Theory 6.x
The Big Bang Theory 6.x (Blu-ray)

Castle 5.x

Homeland 2.x
Homeland 2.x (Blu-ray)

Revolution 1.x
Supernatural 8.x
Supernatural 8.x (Blu-ray)

September 17
Nashville 1.x

September 24
American Horror Story 2.x

American Horror Story 2.x (Blu-ray)

October 1
The Middle 3.x

December 10

The Following 1.x
The Following 1.x (Blu-ray)

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