‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ Season 3 DVD Release Slated for April 25, With Blu-ray MOD

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment April 25 will release Star Trek: Lower Decks — Season 3 on DVD. However, unlike the first two seasons that received a wide Blu-ray Disc release, the Blu-ray for the third season will apparently only be available as a manufacture-on-demand (MOD) release from online retailers. The season will also be available for digital purchase.

The animated series takes a satirical look at “Star Trek” through the adventures of the crew of the U.S.S. Cerritos, a starship that specializes in “second contact” and cleaning up after the missions of more-famous ships. The voice cast includes Tawny Newsome, Jack Quaid, Noël Wells, Eugene Cordero, Dawn Lewis, Jerry O’Connell, Fred Tatasciore and Gillian Vigman. Streaming service Paramount+ has renewed the series for a fourth season.

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The 10 episodes of the third season wrap up the cliffhanger from season two and other lingering plot threads while also revisiting some locales from previous “Star Trek” series, including an episode set on board the space station from “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” with guest appearances by Nana Visitor as Kira and Armin Shimerman as Quark.

The U.S.S. Cerritos visiting Deep Space 9 on “Star Trek: Lower Decks”

Extras on the two-disc set include the featurettes “Docking at Deep Space 9” and “Lower Decktionary: Season 3,” plus five episode commentaries:

  • Episode 3-01: series creator Mike McMahan with Newsome and Jonathan Frakes (Riker on “Star Trek: The Next Generation”);
  • Episode 3-06: McMahon with Newsome, Quaid, Wells, Cordero, Visitor and Shimerman;
  • Episode 3-07: McMahan with animator Barry Kelly and guest actress Kether Donohue;
  • Episode 3-09: McMahan, Newsome, Wells, Quaid and O’Connell;
  • Episode 3-10: Quaid, Lewis and Tatasciore.

‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ Season 1 Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD March 21

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment will release Star Trek: Strange New Worlds — Season One on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 21, 2023. A limited-edition Blu-ray in Steelbook packaging also will be available.

The Paramount+ original series stars Anson Mount as Capt. Christopher Pike, Rebecca Romijn as Number One, and Ethan Peck as Lt. Spock, and depicts the adventures of the U.S.S. Enterprise a decade before Capt. Kirk in the 1960s “Star Trek” series. These were the characters introduced in the original “Star Trek” pilot “The Cage” that was rejected by NBC before Gene Roddenberry retooled the concept into the show that became the original series.

“Strange New Worlds” was developed by producer Akiva Goldsman as a spinoff of the second season of “Star Trek: Discovery,” which introduced these versions of Pike, Number One and Spock to the franchise.

The “Strange New Worlds” cast also includes Jess Bush as Nurse Chapel, Christina Chong as La’an Noonien-Singh, Celia Rose Gooding as Cadet Uhura, Melissa Navia as Lt. Erica Ortegas, and Babs Olusanmokun as Dr. M’Benga.

The Blu-ray and DVD editions of the first season include all 10 episodes, plus more than 90 minutes of exclusive bonus materials:

  • “Pike’s Peak” — a featurette in which Mount gives a glimpse into his portrayal of Pike with intimate footage from throughout the season;
  • “Exploring New Worlds” — a featurette about the storylines and characters;
  • Commentary on the first episode with Mount and Goldsman;
  • Deleted scenes;
  • A gag reel.

 

The discs will also include the “World Building” featurette about the show’s production design and the technology used to immerse the cast in the worlds visited by the Enterprise.

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 4 Warps to Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 6

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment will release Star Trek: Discovery — Season Four on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Dec. 6. A limited-edition Blu-ray in Steelbook packaging also will be available.

The set includes all 13 episodes from the “Star Trek” spinoff that originally streamed exclusively on Paramount+. In the season, the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery investigates an alien threat from outside the galaxy.

The cast includes Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Wilson Cruz, David Ajala and Blu del Barrio.

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‘Star Trek: Discovery — Season Four’ Steelbook

Extras exclusive to the disc releases include deleted scenes, a gag reel and a commentary on the finale episode, “Coming Home.” The set also includes four bonus featurettes:

  • “’Star Trek: Discovery’ — The Voyage of Season 4” — a look behind the scenes with the writers and producers;
  • “Being Michael Burnham: The Captain’s Log” — Actress Sonequa Martin-Green shares intimate videos taken throughout the season;
  • “Creating Space” — a look at the use of an AR wall to create immersive visual effects;
  • “The Toll It Took” — The production team discusses how they adjusted to filming the season during the COVID pandemic.

 

CBS Releasing ‘Melrose Place,’ ‘Walker,’ ‘Dexter,’ ‘Twilight Zone’ DVDs Oct. 4

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment have announced a slate of four DVD boxed sets of television content arriving Oct. 4.

Melrose Place: The Complete Series arrives as a 54-disc collection including all 226 episodes from the 1992-99 run of the Fox primetime soap set in the “90210” universe. The drama from producer Aaron Spelling focuses on the lives and loves of young adults in an apartment complex in Los Angeles, from the complicated scheming of scandals to the murderous plots of lovers.

Walker: Season Two arrives as a five-disc collection with all 20 episodes from the latest season of the “Walker, Texas Ranger” remake starring Jared Padalecki. The latest season kicks off when a family from Walker’s childhood returns, bringing up old memories and trauma. As Walker tries to reconcile the relationship between the two families, they encounter a decision that puts them both in a troubling situation. The DVD includes deleted scenes and a gag reel.

From Showtime comes a Dexter: The Complete Series + New Blood megaset that includes all 96 episodes from the original 2006-13 series, and 10-episodes from the 2021-22 revival limited series, on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. As a Miami forensics expert, Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) spends his days solving crimes, and nights committing them. As a serial killer who hunts criminals, Dexter lives by a strict code of honor that is both his saving grace and lifelong burden. Torn between his deadly compulsion and his desire for true happiness, Dexter is a man in profound conflict with the world and himself.

Finally, Oct. 4 sees the arrival of The Twilight Zone (Reboot): The Complete Series as a seven-DVD set. Hosted by Jordan Peele, the 2019-20 CBS All Access (now Paramount+) series provides a modern take on the classic anthology created by Rod Sterling.

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Season 2 of ‘Equalizer’ Reboot Coming to DVD Sept. 20

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment will release The Equalizer: Season Two on DVD Sept. 20.

The reimagining of the 1985-89 TV series “The Equalizer” stars Queen Latifah as Robyn McCall, an enigmatic woman with a mysterious background who uses her extensive skills as a former CIA operative to help those with nowhere else to turn. McCall presents to most as an average single mom who is quietly raising her teenage daughter. But to a trusted few, she is The Equalizer — an anonymous guardian angel and defender of the downtrodden, who’s also dogged in her pursuit of personal redemption.

Robyn’s clandestine work remains a secret from her smart and observant daughter, Delilah, and her aunt Vi, who lives with Robyn to help her balance life as a working mother. Joining Robyn as champions of justice are Melody “Mel” Bayani, an edgy bar owner and a colleague from Robyn’s past; Harry Keshegian, a paranoid and brilliant white-hat hacker; and shrewd NYPD detective Marcus Dante, who once sought to uncover the identity of the vigilante known as The Equalizer, but now respects the need for Robyn’s type of justice even as he often questions her methods.

In the second season, Robyn takes on an unexpected client, leading to a shocking discovery and the highest level of U.S. intelligence.

The four-disc season two collection includes all 18 episodes, plus exclusive bonus content including deleted scenes and a gag reel. 

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Billions: Season Six

DVD REVIEW:

Paramount/CBS;
Drama;
$33.99 DVD;
Not Rated.
Stars Paul Giamatti, Corey Stoll, Maggie Sif, David Costabile, Condola Rashad, Asia Kate Dillon, Daniel Breaker, Jeffrey DeMunn.

Some major cast changes for its sixth season would otherwise offer the prospect of a refreshing new perspective to Showtime’s “Billions” if its writers weren’t so set in their proclivities.

For its first five seasons, “Billions” focused on the efforts of crusading government attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) to take down ultra-rich hedge fund guru Bobby Axelrod. With Axe having fled the country, Rhoades sets his sights on the billionaire who conquered Axe’s empire, Mike Prince (Corey Stoll).

Prince hopes to re-energize Axe’s troops with a new mission to pursue investments based on bringing positive social change. Unlike Axe, whose money-making schemes frequently bordered on the shady and abusive, the image-conscious Prince seems motivated by benevolence. Among his efforts are bringing an Olympics to New York City and funding a universal basic income program. His efforts would beautify the city, revitalize infrastructure and stimulate the local economy.

Prince’s arrival also alters the power dynamics within Axe’s former company as they adjust to the new paradigm, particularly Axe’s old right-hand-man, Wags (David Costabile), who will do whatever it takes to prove he’s an ideal sycophant for whomever is in charge, and Wendy, Axe’s former motivational coach and Chuck’s ex-wife, who questions her purpose in the new company.

Rhoades, being the vindictive bureaucrat that he is, strives to quash all of Prince’s plans solely on the theory that simply being a billionaire must make Prince a criminal worthy of a takedown. Rhoades is also out for a bit of revenge given that he teamed with Prince to set up Axe’s fall, only for Prince to manipulate the situation to take over Axe’s companies and facilitate his escape.

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The show remains a riveting drama of Machiavellian proportions, filled with engaging character performances, sharp dialogue and a panache for pop culture. But the sixth season’s 12 episodes are a bit of an uneven roller coaster as story arcs veer from one scheme to the next with minimal transitions, and plot twists that demonstrate the writers aren’t willing to accept the obvious messaging of their own storylines.

Rhoades’ unchecked ego and abuse of power make him one of the biggest villains on television today. Yet the show still seems to want to view him as something of a hero, the embodiment of lingering anti-capitalist sentiments that hypocritically infuse the entertainment industry.

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As the cat-and-mouse game between Prince and Rhoades plays out, Rhoades makes it his business to interfere in everything Prince attempts, like a typical statist who can’t abide the concept of private money doing public good when it diminishes what he can control. On the verge of being outmaneuvered by Prince’s political alliances, Rhoades then appeals to broad populism and class warfare, hoping to convince his constituents that societal improvements are only worthwhile if they stem from the government.

What’s especially disappointing about season six is that until the final episodes of the season, Prince’s biggest flaws seem to be a misguided devotion to stakeholder capitalism, which is annoying, but it’s his money. Then the writers let Rhoades and his minions off the hook by gradually revealing facets of Prince’s character and business practices from seemingly out of nowhere for no other real narrative reason than to keep the show treading in the moral gray area it’s been swimming in since it began. There are no heroes and villains when it comes to power — there are just those who benefit and those who get screwed.

‘Magnum P.I.’ Season Four Arriving on DVD Sept. 13

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment will release Magnum P.I. — Season Four on DVD Sept 13.

Jay Hernandez and Perdita Weeks star as Thomas Magnum and Juliet Higgins in the remake of the iconic 1980s series. Former Navy SEAL Magnum and his trusted partner, Higgins, take on high-stake missions to solve mysteries on the shores of Hawaii.

The five-disc collection features all 20 episodes from the fourth season, plus exclusive behind-the-scenes featurettes.

The fourth season is the final season to air on CBS.

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‘SEAL Team’ Fifth Season Due on DVD

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment will release SEAL Team: Season Five on DVD Sept. 13.

David Boreanaz and Max Thieriot continue their duty defending their country on “SEAL Team.” The four-disc collection includes all 14 episodes of the military drama that follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high stakes missions our country can ask of them.

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First Season of ‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Slated for DVD Sept. 6

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment will release NCIS: Hawai’i: Season One on DVD Sept. 6.

“NCIS: Hawai’i” stars Vanessa Lachey as Jane Tennet, the first female special agent in charge of of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service at Pearl Harbor. Tennant has thrived and risen through the ranks by equal parts confidence and strategy in a system that has pushed back on her every step of the way. Together with her unwavering team of specialists, they balance duty to family and country while investigating high-stakes crimes involving military personnel, national security and the mysteries of the sun-drenched island paradise itself.

The season includes special guest appearances from Wilmer Valderrama and Katrina Law of the original “NCIS” series.

The six-disc collection features all 22 episodes from the first season and exclusive bonus content.

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‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Season 13 Due on DVD Aug. 23

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment will release NCIS: Los Angeles — The Thirteenth Season on DVD Aug. 23.

Golden Globe Award nominee Chris O’Donnell and Emmy Award nominee LL Cool J return to their roles as G. Callen and Sam Hanna for the 13th season of “NCIS: Los Angeles.” The DVD includes all 21 episodes from the season, plus exclusive special features.

“NCIS: Los Angeles” is a drama about the high-stakes world of a division of NCIS that is charged with apprehending dangerous and elusive criminals, who pose a threat to the nation’s security. By assuming false identities and utilizing the most advanced technology, this team of highly trained agents goes deep undercover, putting their lives on the line in the field to bring down their targets.

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