October 4th, 2012 by Lindsey Charles
Fall TV is making its way back and I could not be more pleased. However, there are some phenomenal DVDs out now that will allow you the chance to catch up on anything you may have missed last season or just re-watch some of your old favorites. Did you somehow fail to watch one of the best new dramas of last season, Homeland? It’s now out on DVD and it’s a super short season so you can know what everyone is talking about! Did you feel like re-watching the creepy new drama American Horror Story or going on Emily Thorne’s quest for revenge again? Now’s your chance. Keep reading to see what my best fall DVD picks are and all about their special features. I also have giveaways going on to win American Horror Story: Season 1, New Girl: Season 1 and will be putting one up soon for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 7. So check those out as well!
The Vampire Diaries: Season 3: The Vampire Diaries never ceases to amaze me. The show has been amazing since day one and has continued its momentum ever since. It has the ability to shock me, make me cry and root for evil vampires (ahem, Klaus!) That’s not an easy task. This CW drama is a a show I look forward to every week, and this DVD set should help you fill the week left until it has finally returned.
- Stefan’s Descent into Darkness
- The Original Vampires: The Beginning – Trace the timeline, the family tree and the mythological roots of these centuries-old creatures
- Second Bite: Gag Reel: Who doesn’t love a good gag reel that involves some Nina Dobrev dancing.
- Unaired Scenes
The Good Wife: Season 3: Season Three of this great CBS drama continued to raise the bar and push the envelope. My favorite thing about The Good Wife is that while it may be a procedural at heart, it doesn’t feel like one. That line is very blurry and the focus of the show is more often the characters at the law firm as opposed to the cases themselves. If you’re not watching, you really should be!
- The Good Wife: A New Beginning
- Research and Development
- A Bi-Coastal Affair
- Alicia Florrick at a Crossroads
- Deleted Scenes
Homeland: Season 1: In my recent love letter to the show, I said it was pretty close to perfect. Homeland is brilliant and amazing and deserved all the Emmy awards it received. Claire Danes and Damian Lewis are unreal, as is the supporting cast of Mandy Patinkin and Morena Baccarin. I can’t say enough good things about this show. The first season is only 12 episodes, so you seriously have no excuses to run out right now and pick up a copy.
- Week Ten: A prologue to Season Two
- Deleted Scenes
- Homeland Season One: Under Surveillance
- Commentary on the Pilot Episode
Modern Family: Season 3: Modern Family is a consistently hilarious show that utilizes the mockumentary style in a sparing and wonderful way. Last season, the cast went to Disneyland and Gloria got pregnant and even Fizbo the clown made another appearance. I love gag reels on sitcom DVDs and the one on Modern Family’s third season DVD is particularly hilarious.
- Deleted and Alternate Scenes
- Destination: Wyoming
- A Day on the Set with Ty
- Adventures of the Modern Family Kids
- A Modern Family Christmas
- Driving Lessons
- Modern Family goes to Disneyland
- Gag Reel
Once Upon A Time: Season 1: A breakout hit about a magical world with curses and evil and fairy tale characters from all of our youth, Once Upon A Time took me by surprise last season. The show offers a new spin on popular fairy tales and on the DVD set, you get to see the cast talk about their love of fairy tales as well as how a town in British Columbia transforms itself into Storybrooke, Maine.
- Fairy Tales in the Modern World – Filmmakers and cast discuss their early love of fairy tales and how it inspires their work on the show.
- Building Character – Follow the character of Belle from initial concept, through casting of Emilie de Ravin and costumes to filming.
- Welcome to Storybrooke: Meet the residents and watch the small port town of Steveston, British Columbia transform.
- Fairest Bloopers of them All
- Audio Commentaries
- Deleted Scenes
American Horror Story: Season 1: My warning about the first season of American Horror story is try not to eat beforehand (or during) and try not to watch alone at night. I made both mistakes last season, so I felt the need to warn you. American Horror Story is creepy, clever, scary and absolutely unique. Take a journey into The Murder House with season one and be sure to watch the special feature about the making of the fantastic title sequence.
- The Murder House presented by Eternal Darkness Tours of Hollywood
- Behind the Fright: The Making of American Horror Story
- Overture to Horror: Creating The Title Sequence
- Out of the Shadows: Meet the House Ghosts
- Audio Commentary on the Pilot Episode
Revenge: Season 1: Revenge was an absolute favorite show of mine last season, and I’m honestly planning a re-watch of it very soon. The DVD is full of great special features including an exposé on everyone’s favorite Hampton resident, Nolan Ross, as well as a fun piece on the fashion of the show.
- Nolan Ross Exposed – A reporter grills Nolan about his past in an eye-opening exposé never meant to be seen.
- Roadmap to Revenge – Filmmakers and cast track the show’s journey and explore the web of intrigue, betrayal and destruction that binds all the characters.
- At Home in “The Hamptons” – Take a VIP tour of “The Hamptons”
- Haute Hamptons: Femme Fatale Fashion – Discover what the clothes worn by Victoria and Emily reveal about their characters.
- Deleted Scenes
- Pilot Commentary by creator Mike Kelley and Emily VanCamp.