There will be a lot of series box sets coming in the next few weeks with the fall TV season around the corner.
If you're looking for the final explanation of one of the most discussed shows of the decade, there's the sixth and final season of "Lost." As you undoubtedly know, critics were generally favorable toward the ending.
The J.J. Abrams trippy mystery about plane crash survivors stranded on a tropical desert island had everything from time travel to a polar bear to speculation on the nature of existence. If you're really confused or simply want to comb through the six seasons of clues, there is also "Lost: The Complete Collection."
Meanwhile, CBS's biggest dramatic hit, "NCIS," has entertained us for seven seasons, offering meat-and- potatoes action and mystery and no controversy. Somehow it seems to get a little better every year without venturing too far from its basic premise.
About the biggest talking point is why does Mark Harmon's character still have to wear that unflattering military haircut? It's about time for the guy let down his hair - literally.
For some reason, Fox is about nine years behind on releasing seasons of "The Simpsons." "The 13th Season" ran from 2001-2002. It kicks off with "Treehouse of Horror XII," which included a "Harry Potter" parody and the guest voices of Pierce Brosnan and Matthew Perry. Others guest voices that year were Ben Stiller, Reese Witherspoon and Richard Gere.
But even with some nine-year-old references "The Simpsons" is one of the funniest TV shows of all time, and, you know, they can still do a "Potter" parody this year.
The late George Harrison, who was also a guest voice on "The Simpsons," was more than a musician. In the late-1970s when the Monty Python movie "The Life of Brian" lost its financing, he stepped in to help his friends, and thus Handmade Films was born.
The production company made a number of fine British films in the 1980s, and now four of them are being released on Blu-ray. "The Long Good Friday," "Time Bandits," "Mona Lisa" and "Withnail and I," are all fully remastered.
Bob Hoskins received an Oscar nomination for "The Long Good Friday" (1980), in which he plays a British mob boss looking to move up with the Americans. Helen Mirren is his wife. He also stars in and got another Oscar nod for the Neil Jordan-directed "Mona Lisa," in which he plays as a small-time hood obsessed with a beautiful high-class call girl. Bruce Robinson's "Withnail and I" (1987) is a witty dramedy about two down-and-out actors on an adventure in the countryside, and "Time Bandits" (1981) is Terry Gilliam's delightful Python-esque fantasy.
While some say Jennifer Lopez is out as a possible judge on "American Idol," you can still see her in "The Back-up Plan." She plays Zoe, a pet-store owner, who decides to be artificially inseminated.
After that somewhat amusing moment - thanks to a wisecracking ob/gyn played by Robert Klein - she "ironically" meets her dream man, Stan, a cheesemaker. Yes, that is cheese, as in Swiss. Stan, though, is played by Aussie hunk Alex O'Loughlin (a vampire in "Moonlight," a doctor in "Three Rivers" and soon to be Detective Steve McGarrett in the CBS remake of "Hawaii 5-0"). "The Back-up Plan" works very hard to be cute - well, it does have animals - and Lopez knows how to be cute. But the rom-com is pretty predictable and stays away from anything resembling real life - except, perhaps, the difficulty of raising twin babies.
Criterion's "Three Silent Classics By Josef Von Sternberg," which includes the films "Underworld," "Last Command" and "Docks of New York;" "Flight of the Conchords: The Complete Collection," HBO's very funny comedy about two struggling musicians; and for those anticipating the DVD release of Ridley Scott's "Robin Hood," the History Channel's "Real Robin Hood."