Complete ‘Six Feet Under’ joined by ‘Da Vinci Code,’ ‘King Kong,’ ‘Family Guy’
If you are looking for cool gifts for the holidays, DVDs are where it’s at this year. In the last two weeks, "Homicide: The Complete Series," "The West Wing: The Complete Series" and "Kids in the Hall: The Complete Series" have been rolled out. This week? Yep, another cool idea.
SIX FEET UNDER — THE COMPLETE SERIES
Everyone should have seen this coming, and more than likely you can expect a "Sopranos" complete series in the summer. "Six Feet Under — The Complete Series" is an awesome DVD for fans of the series and those who always wanted to give it a try but never had the energy or effort to keep up with it.
The DVD includes all 63 episodes on 25 discs in anamorphic widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. The cool thing is you also get every single special feature included on the other DVDs, such as 25 alternate audio track commentaries, six featurettes, a boatload of deleted scenes, an interview with the cast by Bob Costas, both "Six Feet Under" audio soundtracks and an exclusive illustrated booklet that comes only with this set. Everything comes in a box set that mimics the "Six Feet Under" visual esthetic, complete with faux grass and tombstone. Price: $279.98. Rent or buy: Buy.
THE DA VINCI CODE
The adaptation of Dan Brown’s famous blasphemy lands on DVD racks with an awesome 2-disc DVD at the price of a regular DVD. The film got a bad rap by critics, who compared it with the book to the point of nausea. Sure, Tom Hanks (who stars as symbology expert Robert Langdon) looks foolish with that hairdo, and his chemistry with Audrey Tautou (who plays the a-little-too-gifted cryptologist Sophie Neveu) is non-existent, but the film is entertaining and interesting, revolving around interested parties trying to either uncover or protect the Holy Grail. Scene-stealing Sir Ian McKellen as the nefarious Leigh Teabing was a coup for the film, and regardless of your religious beliefs you should enjoy yourself.
The DVD includes an entire second disc of extras, including a whopping 10 featurettes on everything and anything having to do with the film, the book and the mystery behind the Holy Grail. Plus, what special features would be complete without plenty of material about Mary Magdalene and Leonardo Da Vinci? Price: $29.98. Rent or buy: Rent.
KING KONG: DELUXE EXTENDED EDITION
Last December, this column advised you not to purchase the first release of "King Kong" because Peter Jackson is notorious for releasing extended editions. If you heeded that advice, this release will come as pleasant news, as the extended edition of "King Kong" includes 13 additional minutes from the original cut and about 40 minutes of new deleted scenes. Also, there are new featurettes, art galleries, outtakes and more. Price: $34.98. Rent or buy: Buy
FAMILY GUY: VOLUME 4
"Family Guy" released its first two seasons on one DVD set and has been paying for it ever since by dividing the future seasons in half in order to "catch up" — not pleasing its fans in any way. "Volume 4" is actually the second set to season four and hopefully, the set following this will be a complete season rather than another two-parter. In any event, fans of the show will take a gander at this but you might be inclined to hold off and seeif a complete series is released later on. You may have to wait a few years but it might be worth it in the end. Price: $39.98. Rent or buy: Rent.
THAT GIRL SEASON TWO
Back in the day, Marlo Thomas was hot and so was her show "That Girl," which followed "Bewitched" and garnered some pretty good numbers. The story about a struggling actress was back when 30 episodes in a season were common but laugh tracks weren’t. The DVD includes the cool never-aired pilot for "Two’s Company" starring Thomas, a modern interview with Thomas, audio commentaries from Thomas and co-creator Bill Persky and "That Girl" original promos. Price: $39.98. Rent or buy: Buy.
Also out this week
"Masters of Horror: John McNaughton’s "Haeckel’s Tale," "Extreme Chickfights," "Paul McCartney — The Space Within Us," "Reba: Season 4," "The Golden Girls: The Complete Sixth Season," "Northern Exposure: The Complete Fifth Season," "Columbo: The Complete Sixth and Seventh Seasons," "NCIS: The Complete Second Season" and "Who Killed the Electric Car."