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Home Entertainment Release Recap for Sept 7th, 2010.

This week has some nice releases, but I have to say that PRIME SUSPECT is a must have. If you are not familiar with the show, it is one of the best, if not the best, British police procedural series ever. Pick this up, you won’t regret it.

CHUCK: The Complete Third Season (2010) Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Adam Baldwin, Sarah Lancaster. DVD: $59.98, Blu-ray: $69.97 . Extras: “Chuck-Fu … and Dim Sum: Becoming a Spy Guy,” “The Jeffster Revolution: The Definitive Mockumentary,” “Declassified Scenes,” gag reel. (Warner).

The world’s nerdiest secret agent is back in the one-hour action-comedy series Chuck. Zachary Levi stars as Chuck Bartowski, the Buy More electronics store computer geek who unwittingly becomes the government’s most vital secret agent. At the end of last season, Chuck was transformed into the Intersect 2.0 after receiving another data download into his brain. This time, however, he not only knows government secrets, he is also equipped with the knowledge and coordination of deadly fight skills. Chuck finally has the potential to become a real agent. There’s just one problem — his emotions. Can Chuck keep his emotions in check as he assumes his new role as the Intersect 2.0? His handlers will still be there to protect him, but they also must help him become the agent he is destined to be.

CRIMINAL MINDS: Season Five (2009-10) Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness $55.98 Extras: Case Files: Subjects, Unknown Case Files: Break, Celebrating 100, Case Files: Grim, Case Files: Darkness Case Files: Dante, Fear the Reaper, Gubler Direct Material Witness Case Files: Deserted, Gag Reel, On Air Promos(CBS/Paramount)

Criminal Minds revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country’s most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit’s most prominent agent is David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), a founding member of the BAU, who returns to help the team solve new cases, while pursuing some unfinished business of his own. Each member brings his or her own area of expertise to the table as they pinpoint predators’ motivations and identify their emotional triggers in the attempt to stop them.

PRIME SUSPECT: The Complete Collection Helen Mirren, Frank Finlay, Tom Bell $124.99. Extras: “Prime Suspect” behind-the-scenes special, Series 6 behind-the-scenes featurette, photo gallery, cast filmographies. (Acorn Media).

Prime Suspect begins with DCI Tennison seizing the opportunity to head a murder investigation—something sh e should have done long ago, had she not been passed over by her male superiors time and again. With a suspect already identified and her own team openly hostile, she uncovers errors and conflicting facts that point to a cover-up within the force. The following series include: a murder inquiry in the African Caribbean community; a 17-year-old rent boy murder; an abducted toddler; the manager of an exclusive country club murdered; a shooting case of a young drug dealer; new murders casting doubt on a case she solved previously; and the torture and murder of a young Bosnian refugee. In the final series, Detective Superintendent Tennison is pushing 60 and facing the death of her father. Alcohol, loneliness, and the job have taken their toll, but she is determined to end her exemplary career by solving one more case: the brutal murder of a schoolgirl.

SMALLVILLE: The Complete Ninth Season (2009-10) Six-disc set with 21 episodes, $59.98, Blu-ray: $69.98. Extras: “Kneel Before Zod” featurette, “Justice for All” featurette, cast/creator commentaries on episodes “Idol” and “Kandor,” unaired scenes.  (Warner).

After a meteor shower bursts from the heavens, raining destruction on the unsuspecting citizens of Smallville, years pass, and the healing process leaves the town’s inhabitants with scars and secrets. From the ashes of tragedy, a popular yet awkward teen attempts to decipher the meaning of his life and his clouded past. As he struggles with the transition from boyhood to adulthood, Clark finds that his strength and strange abilities set him uncomfortably apart from his peers. Soaring into its ninth season, this modern retelling of the Superman legend and its classic characters continues to blend realism, action and emotional depth to reveal a new interpretation of the enduring mythology. This season, as Metropolis’s clock tower tolls our characters’ darkest hour, we find Clark Kent (series star TOM WELLING) finally making his first attempts to embrace his calling as a superhero.

SOLITARY MAN (2010) Michael Douglas, Mary-Louise Parker, Jenna Fishe, Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots, Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito. DVD: $29.98 , Blu-ray: $34.98  Extras: Commentary by writer-director Brian Koppelman, director David Levien and Douglas McGrath; “Solitary Man: Alone in a Crowd” behind-the-scenes featurette. (Anchor Bay Entertainment).

Ben (Michael Douglas) once ruled a car-dealership empire vast enough to fuel a glossy Manhattan lifestyle and endow a library at an East Coast university. But by the time he arrives at the college with his girlfriend’s daughter, Allyson (Imogen Poots), who is a prospective student, his world has collapsed around his ears. A business scandal has cost him his income and his marriage to Nancy (Susan Sarandon). His ever-present lust for every passing attractive woman threatens to take what little Ben has left. Even his new relationship with Jordan (Mary-Louise Parker) oscillates with tension. When Ben takes Allyson to tour the school, his motives are more than mixed.

SUPERNATURAL: The Complete Fifth Season (2009-10) Six-disc set with 22 episodes, $59.98, Blu-ray: $69.97 Extras: “Supernatural: Apocalypse Survival Guides,” “Ghostfacers: The Web Series,” commentary on Episode 4, “The End,” unaired scene from Episode 9, “The Real Ghostbusters,” gag reel. (Warner).

Twenty-six years ago, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. Subsequently, their father raised them to be soldiers. He taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America … and he taught them how to kill it. This haunting series follows the Winchester brothers as they crisscross the lonely and mysterious back roads of the country in their ’67 Chevy Impala, hunting down every evil supernatural force they encounter along the way. At the end of the fourth season, Sam unwittingly broke the final seal – that held Lucifer captive in Hell. Now, Lucifer is free, the Apocalypse is here and angels prepare for a spectacular final battle. Against a landscape of celestial violence, natural disasters and a rising human death toll, Sam and Dean, with the help of fallen angel Castiel, must find a way to achieve the impossible: Kill the Devil.

WALL STREET: Insider Trading Edition (1987) Dir.: Oliver Stone; Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill), Martin Sheen, James Spader, Terence Stamp. Two-disc set timed for the theatrical release of Stone’s sequel, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.” Extras: Wall Street Fact Exchange Scrolling Trivia Track, “Fox Movie Channel Presents Fox Legacy With Tom Rothman,” “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” sneak peek. (Fox).

Directed by two-time Academy Award* winner Oliver Stone, the film provides a fascinating look at corruption and deception set in the money-hungry world of the New York Stock Exchange. Earning Michael Douglas (The Sentinel, Traffic) the Best Actor Oscar in 1988 for his performance as Wall Street Legend Gordon Gekko, the film takes a behind-the-scenes look at big business in the 1980s as an ambitious young broker Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen; “Two and a Half Men”) is lured into the illegal, lucrative world of corporate espionage. Seduced by the power, status and financial wizardry of Gekko, the newbie soon discovers that the pursuit of overnight riches comes at a price that’s too high to pay. With supporting performances from Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill), Martin Sheen (The Departed), James Spader (“Boston Legal”) and Terence Stamp (Elektra), Stone’s story about the overall power of money rocked the financial district.