Weekly Home Entertainment Release recap for March 9th, 2010.

THE BOONDOCK SAINTS II: ALL SAINTS DAY (2009) Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, David Della Rocco, Billy Connolly, Clifton Collins Jr., Julie Benz, Peter Fonda, Judd Nelson. DVD: $27.96, Blu-ray: $34.95. Extras: Filmmaker and cast commentaries, deleted Scenes, “Unprecedented Access: Behind the Scenes” featurette, “Billy Connolly and Troy Duffy: Unedited” featurette. Blu-ray Disc adds movieIQ, BD Live, three featurettes: “Inside the Vault: The Weapons,” “The Cast Confesses: Secrets From the Set,” “The Boondock Saints Hit Comic-Con.” (Sony).

From Troy Duffy, writer and director of The Boondock Saints, comes the much anticipated sequel to the tough, stylized cutting edge saga of the MacManus brothers (Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery). The two have been in deep hiding with their father, Il Duce (Billy Connolly), in the quiet valleys of Ireland, far removed from their former vigilante lives. When word comes that a beloved priest has been killed by sinister forces from deep within the mob, the brothers return to Boston to mount a violent and bloody crusade to bring justice to those responsible. With a new partner in crime (Clifton Collins Jr., Star Trek) and a sexy FBI operative (Julie Benz, TV’s Dexter) hot on their trail…the Saints are back!

THE COMMISH: SEASON 1 (1991-92) Michael Chiklis, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).

The series that launched the career of Michael Chiklis, who is best known for his hard-hitting character in TV’s The Shield, is a different type of cop show where crimes are solved with compassion and intelligence instead of ruthless violence.
Chiklis stars as Tony Scali, a no-nonsense police commissioner revered by his officers and community for this unorthodox style and compassionate nature. As a former Brooklyn cop, Tony uses tough and at times controversial methods to bring perpetrators to justice in his small town, where solutions to difficult situations often require considerable creativity. From parenthood to politics, from sex crimes to murder cases, one man takes it day-to-day with offbeat humor and street-smart skill.

IN PLAIN SIGHT: Season Two (2009) Mary McCormack, Frederick Weller, Paul Ben-Victor. $39.98. (Universal).

Mary McCormack (The West Wing) returns as Mary Shannon, a U.S. Marshal with the highly secretive Federal Witness Protection Program (WITSEC), in Season Two of the suspenseful and quirky hit series In Plain Sight. For Mary, living a double life and getting shot at on a regular basis are all in day?s work. So are teaming up with her trusted partner, Marshall Mann (Frederick Weller), to protect Federal Witnesses who relocate to Albuquerque and juggling a complicated personal life. Gripping and refreshing, In Plain Sight co-stars Lesley Ann Warren (Desperate Housewives), Paul Ben-Victor (The Wire) and Nichole Hiltz (Bones), and features phenomenal guest stars that include Will McCormack (Brothers and Sisters), Martin Landau (Entourage), Laura Prepon (That ’70s Show), Joshua Malina (The West Wing), Richard Schiff (The West Wing) and David Denman (The Office). Get lost In Plain Sight!

MATT HOUSTON: The First Season (1982) Lee Horsley, Pamela Hensley $49.99. (Paramount).

A fabulously wealthy Texan moves to California to oversee his family’s offshoredrilling enterprises but spends most of his time dabbling in his private
investigator hobby. He is handsome, lives in a penthouse and flies his own
helicopter to and from his investigations. Naturally, he is always surrounded by
beautiful women!

SCARECROW & MRS. KING: The Complete First Season (2009) Five-disc set with 21 episodes, $39.98. (Warner).

PTA…hello, foreign intrigue! Single mom Amanda King leads a quiet suburban life in Washington DC until the day a dashing stranger shoves a package in her hands with instructions to give it to the man in the red hat. In no time, Amanda is dodging bullets, foiling assassination plots – and finding herself drawn to the dashing stranger, agent Lee Stetson, aka Scarecrow. Of course, Scarecrow has no interest in a ditsy amateur spy, no matter how pretty. But she certainly is handy in a crisis! Share the Season One fun with stars Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner in this fast-paced 5-Disc, 21-Episode Set of the lighthearted series
that proves laughs and romance are powerful weapons in the battle to protect
national security.

Silk Stalkings: Season 1 (1991-92) Mitzi Kapture, Rob Estes $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment).

This Stephen J. Cannell cult favorite series follows homicide detectives Rita Lance (Mitzi Kapture) and Chris Lorenzo (Rob Estes) as they investigate “Silk Stalkings,” or sexually motivated murders. The investigations are laced with lace and spiced with innuendo as Palm Beach’s finest delve into the steamy underbelly of high society.

TENSPEED AND BROWNSHOE: Season one Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Ben Vereen $14.98(Mill Creek Entertainment)

Jeff Goldblum stars as the naïve, terminally-square stockbroker Lionel “Brown Shoe” Whitney who fantasizes of becoming a hardboiled private eye like his fictional literary hero, investigator Mark Savage. Ben Vereen is E.L. “Tenspeed” Turner, a fast-talking con artist who is out on parole and looking for his next big score. Through a chance encounter, this unlikely duo team up and form their very own detective agency

UP IN THE AIR (2009) Dir.: Jason Reitman; Stars: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Tamala Jones, Chris Lowell. DVD: $29.98 Blu-ray: $39.99 Extras: Commentary by writer-director Jason Reitman, director of photography Eric Steelberg and first assistant director Jason Blumenfeld; “Shadowplay: Before The Story”; deleted scenes. Blu-ray Disc adds more deleted scenes, “Help Yourself” music video by Sad Brad, storyboards, American Airlines prank. (Paramount).

WALKER, TEXAS RANGER: THE SEVENTH SEASON (1998-99) Chuck Norris. $49.98. (Paramount).

Texas Ranger Cordell Walker, one of the last old-fashioned heroes in the West,
is a protective friend but a relentless foe who will stop at nothing to bring a
criminal to justice.

WISEGUY: The Collector’s Set (1987-90) Thirteen-disc set with 67 episodes, $44.98. Extras: Three unaired, never-before seen episodes from the show’s final season. (Mill Creek Entertainment).

Long before Donnie Brasco brought similar drama to the big screen, Golden Globe® winner Ken Wahl brought charisma, credibility and chutzpah to his small-screen role as Vincent Terranova, a handsome 30-year-old agent with the FBI’s Organized Crime Bureau.

The special Collector’s Set presents 67 episodes that span the series’ highly successful four-season-run on 13 DVDs! Also included are three unaired, never before seen episodes from the show’s final season.

Guest stars include Kevin Spacey, Michael Chiklis, Tim Curry, Jerry Lewis and David Strathairn

Due to issues with music copyrights, this set is missing the Dead Dog Records storyline. It does, however, contain a few previously unreleased episodes from the final season.