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New TV on DVD for Mar. 16: 'Monk,' 'South Park' and More

by Scott Harris, posted Mar 16th 2010 10:00AM
With the Academy Awards in the rear view mirror, retailers are finally clearing out all the movie award wannabes from their DVD shelves and making room for a new batch of high profile TV releases instead. Not that you'd know the difference from watching the Oscar broadcast last week; after all, with Alec Baldwin hosting and presenters like Miley Cyrus and Tina Fey, this year's ceremony seemed more like the Emmys (or the Kids' Choice Awards) than the Oscars anyway.

The side effect of the last few weeks of DVD sales being dominated by the movie business, though, is an unusually strong batch of TV shows all arriving at once. So who will come out on top of the TV DVD battle this week? Our money is on 'Monk' to land first prize, especially since 'Monk: Season Eight' marks the final release for the beloved series and includes the all-important finale, which finally wraps up the mystery of who killed Monk's wife.With the Academy Awards in the rear-view mirror, retailers are finally clearing out all the movie award wannabes from their DVD shelves and making room for a new batch of high-profile TV releases instead. Not that you'd know the difference from watching the Oscar broadcast last week. After all, with Alec Baldwin hosting and presenters like Miley Cyrus and Tina Fey, this year's ceremony seemed more like the Emmys (or the Kids' Choice Awards) than the Oscars, anyway.

The side effect of the last few weeks of DVD sales being dominated by the movie business, though, is an unusually strong batch of TV shows all arriving at once. So who will come out on top of the TV DVD battle this week? Our money is on 'Monk' to land first prize, especially since 'Monk: Season 8' marks the final release for the beloved series and includes the all-important finale, which finally wraps up the mystery of who killed Monk's wife.

The offbeat detective will have some stiff competition, though, as 'Breaking Bad' brings its own critically acclaimed brand of quirkiness to your local DVD store. We're not really sure we want to know what kind of bonus material might be included with 'Breaking Bad: The Complete Second Season,' though.

While 'Breaking Bad' has been subverting cable for two seasons, 'South Park' has been twisting minds for as long as we can remember. And how long is that? According to 'South Park: The Complete 13th Season,' it's been about 13 seasons. Give or take.

And another counter-culture hit also lands this week, as 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' releases its 17th compilation with 'Mystery Science Theater 3000: XVII.' How sweet a deal is this? Not only do we give you info on DVD release, we also provide a brief math refresher course!

Completing the trifecta: 'SpongeBob SquarePants.' Okay, so we don't necessarily endorse showing your kids 'South Park' and 'MST3K,' but let's face it: You're really buying 'SpongeBob SquarePants; SpongeBob's Last Stand' for yourself, anyway. You might as well admit it.

Switching gears, the SyFy series 'Destination Truth,' which purports to uncover the facts behind mythical monsters and beasties, hits shelves this week with 'Destination Truth: Season 1.' We suggest eating a liberal amount of garlic before viewing. You know ... just in case.

Also dealing in the mysteries of myth is the History Channel series 'Clash of the Gods,' which explores legends of yore such as Beowulf, Hercules and Medusa. We're still waiting for their 'God of War' retrospective, but for now we'll have to make do with 'Clash of the Gods: The Complete Season One.'

Finally, we move from mythical gods to actual gods with 'Hawaii Five-O,' which stars Hollywood's God of Hair, Jack Lord. Available this week: 'Hawaii Five-O: 8th Season.'

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