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New on DVD, Tuesday Feb. 24, Breaking Bad, Summer Heights High, What Just Happened

What to Netflix: New DVD Tuesday

All of the new DVD releases hit stores (and Netflix) on Tuesdays. So each week in What to Netflix: New DVD Tuesday, I sort through the best of the batch and tell you what to add to your queue.


Breaking Bad: Season One
You know, I was just talking about the upcoming Breaking Bad marathon airing Friday, March 6, but if you don't feel like clogging up the old TiVo with more stuff, now you can just bring home the first season on DVD.

I think of this show as the other critically acclaimed AMC series that isn't Mad Men — it even snagged an Emmy back in September. I know a lot of people who haven't gotten into this show yet and I'm determined to change that. Maybe they haven't heard what it's about yet: A high school chemistry teacher who teams up with his former student to produce and distribute meth. It's good TV! Season two starts March 8 at 10 p.m. so now is the time to catch up.

Special features include audio commentary on the pilot episode by the creator and cast, screen tests, and deleted scenes.

Two more good ones up next, so read more.


What Just Happened
This dark comedy was a fairly big deal at last year's Sundance due largely to Robert DeNiro, and then the film slipped off my radar completely. But that's what's fun about New DVD Tuesday: It makes you go "Ohhh, yeeeah". . . especially when you've already seen everything else.

Here's the Netflix plot description: "Harried film producer Ben (Robert DeNiro) juggles a lunatic director, a temperamental actor (Bruce Willis) and an out-of-control production while courting a studio head (Catherine Keener) and dealing with his ex-wife (Robin Wright Penn) in Barry Levinson's funny and poignant exploration of the movie business." Sounds like a nice chaser to awards season, wouldn't you say?

Special features include commentary with Barry Levinson and writer/producer Art Linson, deleted scenes, and casting sessions (I love these!)


Sumer Heights High
There's good TV, and then there's the kind of TV I want on hand at home so I can watch it over and over again and Summer Heights High is totally the latter. I practically die of laughter at this show because of how absurd and slyly witty it is.

The Australian series is a "mockumentary" about public high school that aired on HBO this year. Chris Lilley, an Australian comic who's been described as "his country's Peter Sellers," plays all three of Summer Heights High's main characters. I can't even explain how funny he is.

Special features include over three and a half hours of deleted scenes and outtakes.

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