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'Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season" 3.5stars

Even if this wasn't one of the best series on television, it would be worth picking up this box set just to watch the "Red Wedding" episode. We won't spoil it for those of you who haven't seen it, but it's safe to say that once you see it you'll never forget it. Among the many DVD extras are new looks at that infamous episode.

But one episode doesn't make for a great TV show. "Game of Thrones" has earned high praise for being a compelling and captivating story of battling families of the Seven Kingdoms based on the books by George R. R. Martin.

Additional material includes multiple featurettes, extended and deleted scenes, and audio commentaries.

-- Rick Bentley, McClatchy Newspapers

"Nurse Jackie: Season 5" 3.5stars

After "The Sopranos" ended, it was difficult to believe Edie Falco would ever find a series and a role that came close to the quality of her mob days.

The highly praised "Nurse Jackie" is a triumph of acting for the Emmy-winning Falco. From the drug-addicted medical professional to this season's post-rehab aftermath, she has given life to the role. Ms. Falco masterfully navigates the character through this season as she goes from nurse to patient.

It doesn't hurt that she has a superb supporting cast including Peter Facinelli, Eve Best, Paul Schulze, Dominic Fumusa, Anna Deavere Smith, Adam Ferrera and Merritt Wever.

The DVD set includes all 10 episodes from the season as well as audio commentaries with the cast and crew, two behind-the-scenes featurettes, a gag reel and deleted scenes.

-- Rick Bentley, McClatchy Newspapers

'Zaytoun"

A road movie pairing enemies who must help each other in order to survive, "Zaytoun" again finds Israeli filmmaker Eran Riklis dramatizing political conflicts in the Middle East.

Stephen Dorff plays Yoni, an Israeli fighter pilot whose plane is shot down over Beirut in 1982. A group of Palestinian refugees capture him, locking him in a makeshift jail sometimes guarded by a group of kids. Among them is Fahed (Abdallah El Akal), whose father died recently as a result of an Israeli bombing. Fahed never openly accuses Yoni of killing his father, but the idea is clearly on his mind.

The buddy movie begins when Fahed realizes Yoni could, if freed, help him sneak across the border to his familial home in Palestine. Even when the film's plot grows a little unlikely, its tone is never sappy.

Unrated, but contains violence and language. In Hebrew, Arabic and English with subtitles.

-- Washington Post

"Afternoon Delight"

You know Rachel, or someone like her. At school, she's the busy mother volunteering for committees and fundraisers. At home, this loyal wife (Kathryn Hahn) oversees the tidy schedules of son Logan (Sawyer Ever) and husband, Jeff (Josh Radnor). When no one's looking, she's happy to sneak a cigarette or dish about her dormant sex life with her girlfriends.

But writer-director Jill Soloway's complicated indie dramedy hides a corrosive underbelly that threatens to shift the story in unexpected directions. Lurking beneath the surface is an emotional discontent that's threatening to swallow Rachel's staid existence whole. "Afternoon Delight" puts the typical suburban mother's lifestyle under an uncomfortably honest microscope, then documents the sporadically funny and occasionally sad results.

Extras include commentary with Ms. Soloway and Ms. Hahn; a making-of short and six other production featurettes.

R for strong sexual content, language and some drug use.

-- Washington Post

ALSO THIS WEEK: 

• "Battle of the Damned": You can pick your apocalypse -- germ warfare, zombie assaults and/ or deadly robots.

"Hellbenders": Twisted tale of rebel ministers.

"Gentle Ben: Season Two": It's the further adventures of a boy and his bear.

"Balls to the Wall": Man is forced to moonlight as an exotic dancer.

"Bad Dreams": Sole survivor of a psycho-led mass suicide awakens from a 13-year coma.

"Peter Rabbit: Spring Into Adventure!": Peter Rabbit, Lily Bobtail and Benjamin Bunny embark on seven seasonal stories.

"Darkman Collector's Edition": The Blu-ray features cast interviews.

"Max & Ruby: Everybunny Loves Spring": Max and Ruby are celebrating Spring.

"Dora the Explorer: Egg Hunt": Celebrate Dora's first Easter Egg Hunt.

"Laughing to the Bank": Down on his luck actor won't take hell no for an answer.

"The Invoking": An inherited home comes with deadly problems.

"On the Job": Inmates are temporarily released from prison to work as contract killers.

"Fists of Legend": Reality TV show recruits street fighting legends to a bloody battle.

"Mortal Enemies": Two men are bound by choice, rather than blood.

"Terry Fator: Live in Concert": Ventriloquist and his army of puppets tackle everything from Broadway to Bieber.

"Property Wars": Buyers gamble on houses put up for auction in Phoenix.

"League of Super Evil": Volumes one and two of the animated series are available.

"Tom and Jerry: Mouse Trouble": New collection of 30 cartoons featuring cat and mouse antics.

-- Rick Bentley, McClatchy Newspapers

 

 

 

 


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