Herc’s Popular Pricing Pantry
The Blu-ray “Red Dwarf” season X set, $29.83 in May, just plummeted to its lowest price ever: $14.99!! (65% Off!!)
The Blu-ray “30 For 30” collector’s set, $99.95 in 2011 and $93.89 in December, just plummeted to its lowest price ever: $34.85!! (65% Off!!)
The third Blu-ray “Glee” set, $63.97 last year and $49.26 earlier this month, just plummeted to its lowest price ever: $17.98!! (65% Off!!)
From David Goyer, writer of “Batman Begins,” “Man Of Steel” and the upcoming Superman/Batman movie!! The complete series set for “Blade: The Series,” $37.49 in 2011 and $31.93 in March, just plummeted to $11.50!! (71% Off!!)
The first Blu-ray season of “American Horror Story,” $54.85 in August and $41.93 two weeks ago, just plummeted to its lowest price ever: $19.98!! (67% Off!!)
The 18-episode second volume of “Superman: The Animated Series,” $26.98 in 2010 and $17.10 last month, is now $7.99!! (71% Off!!)
The third season of “The Rockford Files,” $37.99 in 2009 and $29.95 last month, has just fallen to its lowest price ever: $12.99 (68% Off!!)
The fourth season of “The Rockford Files,” $37.99 in 2009 and $34.99 last month, has just fallen to its lowest price ever: $12.49 (68% 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!!)
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 $5.29 (74% Off!!)
New This Week
The gorgeous “Star Trek: The Next Generation” complete fourth-season Blu-ray gives us our first HD look at the Trills, the Cardassians and Data’s pop. We hope to have a lot on its extras very soon.
“Banshee,” a cliché-happy brainchild of novelists David Schickler (“Kissing In Manhattan,” “Sweet and Vicious”) and Jonathan Tropper (“Plan B,” “The Book of Joe”), follows an ex-con who assumes the identity of a small Pennsylvania town’s new sheriff after the real lawman is murdered. Writer-director Alan Ball (“American Beauty,” “Six Feet Under,” “Towelhead,” “True Blood”) is aboard as producer.
The pay-cable fornication, nudity, gore and violence come early and often.
The ease with which the ex-con assumes the sheriff’s identity is absurd. It turns out one doesn’t have to do a lot more than pay $5,000 to a sassy, foul-mouthed Asian transvestite with a laptop.
The town of Banshee is in Pennsylvania Dutch country and its biggest mobster is a fellow with an Amish background. He likes to put a prairie bonnet on the head of the black girl who fellates him.
There’s an fight straight out of “Witness” and the cattle bolt-gun from “No Country For Old Men.” So it’s not what I’d call wildly original or creative.
The show can get pretty dopey. There are a handful of thugs who decide there will be no repercussions if they try to beat up the new sheriff in front of an armed and uniformed deputy.
The lone female deputy on the show is played by Trieste Kelly Dunn (“Canterbury’s Law”). None of her co-workers seems aware that she looks like a supermodel.
It’s not going on my DVR, but I confess I find “Banshee” more watchable than most of what’s on USA and TNT these days.
The New York Times says:
... Through two hours this all feels more artificial and cooked up than involving …
The Los Angeles Times says:
… It isn't really a town either so much as a place constructed in a pitch meeting … Welcome to Cinemax's "Banshee," population: Whatever it takes to keep this absurd storyline rolling. ... What it doesn't have, at least in the first two episodes, is anything new to say, about small towns, power, corruption, fear, crime or love. …
The Washington Post says:
... “Banshee” has the audacity to behave as though its bloody violence, implausible set-up and studied ugliness are somehow vanguard television. In fact, it’s just more of the same. …
The San Francisco Chronicle says:
... You've probably seen it all before, but "Banshee," a new Cinemax action series, gives it a sexy new spin. …
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says:
... it's the characters of Banshee and their labyrinth of relationships that make the show an engrossing, entertaining portrait of a fictional small town. …
The Boston Globe says:
... isn’t half bad. The show doesn’t pretend to be anything more than what it is — a violent, sexy, somewhat cheesy, but generally entertaining genre drama …
The Hollywood Reporter says:
... Yes, it can often sound like a pulp setup bound to go sideways, but Banshee ends up being taut, entertaining and smart enough, and you won’t completely turn your brain off. …
... The participation of "True Blood" producer Alan Ball raised expectations "Banshee" might be a tad more ambitious than the Cinemax dramas that have preceded it, but alas, no such luck.…
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Duck Dodgers 2.x
The Jack Benny Program: The Lost Episodes
Mystery Science Theater 3000 XXVII
Super Friends 5.x
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3.x
The Angry Beavers: The Complete Series
Banshee 1.x (Blu-ray)
Kendra On Top 1.x
Midsomer Murders 1.x-5.x
Power Rangers 4.x-7.x
Samurai Pizza Cats: The Complete Series
Star Trek The Next Generation 4.x (Blu-ray)
Star Trek The Next Generation: Redemption (Blu-ray)
Touched By An Angel 8.x
Battlestar Galactica: The Motion Picture (Blu-ray)
The Borgias 3.x
The Borgias 3.x (Blu-ray)
Duck Dynasty 3.x
Fridays: Best Of
Midsomer Murders Vol. 22
Political Animals: The Complete Series
Smiley's People: The Complete Miniseries (Blu-ray)
Strike Back: Cinemax 2.x
Strike Back: Cinemax 2.x (Blu-ray)
The Super 6: The Complete Series NEW!!
Taz-Mania 1.x Vol. 2
The Thick Of It 1.x-4.x
Top Gear 3.x
Amazing World of Gumball Vol. 3
The Captains Close Up
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Doctor Who: The Green Death Special Edition
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Family Ties 7.x
Girls 2.x (Blu-ray)
The L.A. Complex: The Complete Series
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Once Upon A Time 2.x
Once Upon A Time 2.x (Blu-ray)
Perry Mason 9.x Vol. 2
Perry Mason: The Complete Series
Totally Spies 1.x
Ultra Q: The Complete Series
Being Human 5.x
Being Human 5.x (Blu-ray)
Boardwalk Empire 3.x
Boardwalk Empire 3.x (Blu-ray)
Donkey Kong Country
Ghost Hunters International 3.x
The Good Wife 4.x
Mike & Molly 3.x
NCIS Los Angeles 4.x
Star Trek: Enterprise 2.x (Blu-ray)
Call Me Fitz 3.x
DC Comics Collection
Ghost Hunters International : The Final Season
Grey's Anatomy 9.x
Prime Suspect: The Complete Collection (Blu-ray)
Sapphire & Steele: The Complete Series
Sons of Anarchy 5.x
Sons of Anarchy 5.x (Blu-ray)
The Walking Dead 3.x
The Walking Dead 3.x (Blu-ray)
The Walking Dead 3.x Limited Edition (Blu-ray)
Ancient Aliens 5.x Vol. 1
Criminal Minds 8.x
Ghost Hunters: Fan Favorites
The Haunting Hour Vol. 5
The Haunting Hour Vol. 6
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (Blu-ray)
The Office 9.x
The Office 9.x (Blu-ray)
Parks and Recreation 5.x
Person of Interest 2.x
Person of Interest 2.x (Blu-ray)
Power Rangers Megaforce: Ultimate Team Power
Regular Show Vol. 4
Revolution 1.x (Blu-ray)
Route 66 1.x
The Shield: The Complete Series
Sinbad 1.x (Blu-ray)
Spartacus 3.x (Blu-ray)
Tom and Jerry's Halloween Hi-jinks
Touch of Frost: The Complete Series
The Vampire Diaries 4.x
The Vampire Diaries 4.x (Blu-ray)
Army Wives 7.x
The Big Bang Theory 6.x
The Big Bang Theory 6.x (Blu-ray)
Blue Bloods 3.x
Chicago Fire 1.x
Homeland 2.x (Blu-ray)
Hullabaloo: Best Of Vol. 1 NEW!!
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia 8.x
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia 8.x (Blu-ray)
The League 4.x
The League 4.x (Blu-ray)
Mama's Family 2.x
The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis 1.x
Parade's End: The Complete Miniseries
Parade's End: The Complete Miniseries (Blu-ray)
Scooby-Doo: 13 Spooky Tales Run for Your Rife
Star Trek: Origins (Blu-ray)
Supernatural 8.x (Blu-ray)
VR Troopers 2.x Vol. 2
Adventure Time Vol. 5
Annoying Orange Vol. 3
Arrow 1.x (Blu-ray)
Bates Motel 1.x
Bates Motel 1.x (Blu-ray) NEW!!
Dalziel & Pascoe 8.x
Doctor Who: Ice Warriors
Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka
Glee 4.x (Blu-ray)
Green Acres 3.x
Grimm 2.x (Blu-ray)
Harbor Command: The Complete Series
The Hollow Crown: The Complete Miniseries
The Mentalist 5.x
Sofia the First: Ready to Be a Princess
Top Gear: Worst Car in the History of the World
Vegas: The Complete Series
Waking The Dead 8.x
Wild Things: Creepy Crawlers
Wild Things: Deadliest Critters
American Dad Volume 8
American Horror Story 2.x
American Horror Story 2.x (Blu-ray)
DC Super Villains: Superman: Worlds at War
Doctor Who 7.x
Doctor Who 7.x (Blu-ray)
Family Guy Vol. 11
Foyle's War Vol. 7
Gene Simmons Family Jewels 7.x
Hannibal 1.x (Blu-ray)
Hawaii Five-0 3.x
Hawaii Five-0 3.x (Blu-ray)
Inspector Gadget 1.x
Inspector Gadget 2.x
In The Flesh 1.x
Law & Order SVU 14.x
Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers
Modern Family 4.x
Modern Family 4.x (Blu-ray)
The Neighbors 1.x
New Tricks 1.x-5.x
Scooby-Doo: 13 Spooky Tales Ruh-Roh Robot
South Park 16.x
South Park 16.x (Blu-ray)
2 Broke Girls 2.x
Two and a Half Men 10.x
Beauty and the Beast 1.x
Beetlejuice: A Halloween Spooktacular
Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Doctor Who: Doctors Revisited 5-8
Littlest Pet Shop: Pet-acular Escapades
Magnum PI: The Complete Series
New Girl 2.x NEW!!
Phineas & Ferb: Mission Marvel
The Six Million Dollar Man 4.x
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 3
Tom & Jerry's Winter Wackiness
Transformers Prime: Predacons Rising
Transformers Prime: Predacons Rising (Blu-ray)
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters: The Complete Series
Adventure Time Vol. 3 NEW!!
Avengers Assemble: Assembly Required NEW!!
The Avengers: The Complete Emma Peel Megaset NEW!!
Bones 8.x NEW!!
Bones 8.x (Blu-ray) NEW!!
Centennial: The Complete Series NEW!!
Doctor Who: Terror of the Zygons
Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas
MacKenzie's Raiders: The Complete Series
The Middle 3.x
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: A Very Minty Christmas
Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special
Power Rangers Super Samurai: A Christmas Wish
Robot Chicken 6.x
Robot Chicken 6.x (Blu-ray)
Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc. 1.x
The Secret of Crickley Hall: The Complete Miniseries
Super Friends 6.x
Totally Spies 2.x
White Collar 4.x
Bewitched: The Complete Series
Defiance 1.x NEW!!
Defiance 1.x (Blu-ray) NEW!!
Gentle Ben 1.x NEW!!
Hart of Dixie 2.x
The Honeymooners: The Classic 39 Episodes (Blu-ray) NEW!!
I Dream of Jeannie: The Complete Series
The IT Crowd: The Complete Series
Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 2000
The New Three Stooges: Complete Cartoon Collection
The Partridge Family: The Complete Series NEW!!
Rocko's Modern Life 4.x NEW!!
Vikings 1.x (Blu-ray)
Kindred The Embraced: The Complete Series NEW!!
Nikita 3.x (Blu-ray)
Transformers Rescue Bots Vol. 3
Damages: The Complete Series
Family Tree 1.x NEW!!
Ben 10 Omniverse Vol. 3
Magical Smurf Adventure 2
Dexter 8.x NEW!!
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Dexter: Complete Series NEW!!
Dexter: Complete Series (Blu-ray) NEW!!
Dexter: Complete Series Gift Set (Blu-ray) NEW!!
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Lost Girl 3.x (Blu-ray)
The Following 1.x
The Following 1.x (Blu-ray)
Copper 2.x (Blu-ray)
Game Of Thrones 3.x
Game Of Thrones 3.x (Blu-ray)
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