This week’s DVD releases feature detectives of all shapes and sizes, and from all across the (Middle) Earth.
THE HOBBIT TRILOGY (AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES)
This successful trilogy, based on JRR Tolkien’s prequel to The Lord of the Rings, features a group of unlikely friends (a hobbit, some dwarves, and a wizard or two) as they attempt to find their way back to the Lonely Mountain and recapture it from the murderous dragon, Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch). Led by Martin Freeman, Sir Ian McKellen, and Richard Armitage, The Hobbit Trilogy is a must for fans of Tolkein’s work and is worth seeing for the scope of Peter Jackson‘s direction – the landscapes and special effects are once again a sight to behold.
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, SEASON 1
The NCIS franchise has found the right formula to have a hit series with every adaptation, and that should be nothing to be sneered at. Starring Scott Bakula (Star Trek Enterprise), NCIS: New Orleans follows the NCIS team based in Louisiana as they solve crimes based in the US Navy. Yes, the formula remains the same, but the stories are just as interesting as ever.
GET SMART: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION
If you’re not already acquainted with Maxwell Smart and Agent 99, then you need to grab a copy of the classic, and hilariously funny, series Get Smart.Starring Don Adams as the hapless Smart (aka Agent 86), and Barbara Feldon as his gorgeous and far more qualified partner, Get Smart is a hilarious and entertaining series that is great for people of all ages. Think 007, but far less suave.