Grey's Anatomy -- Season 1
[Buena Vista] $30
This set features all nine episodes of the ABC medical series that recently won the Writers Guild Award for best new series; regular Sandra Oh also won Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards last month for her work as a competitive intern.
Grey's Anatomy was a midseason replacement last year that was given the 10 p.m. Sunday slot directly after Desperate Housewives. It quickly caught on with audiences and is consistently in the top 10. The show not only features interesting medical cases but also an attractive, talented cast and plenty of sex and romance.
The two-disc set includes commentary on the pilot with creator Shonda Rhimes and director Peter Horton and a separate track with cast members T.R. Knight, Katherine Heigl and Oh, a behind-the-scenes featurette and deleted scenes.
Gimme a Break -- Season 1
After Nell Carter won a Tony Award for her performance in the Fats Waller musical Ain't Misbehavin', she came to Hollywood to star in the 1981-1987 NBC sitcom Gimme a Break. Universal is releasing the first season of the comedy series that earned Carter two Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe nominations for her performance as the sassy housekeeper of a hard-nosed chief of police (Dolph Sweet, who died in 1985), a widower with three children. Because the laughs were seamlessly intermixed with pathos and heart, Gimme a Break holds up quite well.
Significant Others -- The Complete Series
[Shout Factory] $30
The clever improvisational comedy series Significant Others lasted two six-episode seasons on Bravo. All 12 are featured on the two-disc set. The show revolves around three diverse and wacky couples at various stages in their relationships who go to marriage counseling. The digital edition features commentary on three episodes with effusive executive producer Rob Roy Thomas and co-executive producer Jordana Arkin.
This African-American comedy series had a healthy run on Fox (1993-1998) and won several Image Awards. The first-season DVD set features 27 episodes. The hard-working cast, including Queen Latifah, Kim Coles, Kim Fields and Erika Alexander, made the show a lot funnier than it otherwise would have been. The sole extra is a retrospective on the series.
Although she received some of the strongest reviews of her career, Gwyneth Paltrow failed to earn an Oscar nomination this year for her gutsy turn in this adaptation of David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a troubled young woman who for years took care of her brilliant but mentally unbalanced father (Anthony Hopkins).
Proof marks Paltrow's reteaming with director John Madden, who besides directing the actress in the well-received London stage production of Proof, guided Paltrow to a best actress Oscar in 1998's Shakespeare in Love.
Extras include a behind-the-scenes "stage to screen" production featurette, a few deleted scenes and commentary from Madden.
Charles in Charge
Maybe camp value is the reason Universal has released the first season of this 1984-1985 CBS comedy series. Scott Baio plays a college student who becomes a live-in housekeeper and nanny to a family with three kids. Willie Aames plays his best friend. The series was canceled after just one season and was resurrected in 1987 in a syndicated version that put Charles with a new family. The syndicated series lasted until 1990. The DVD set includes the first episode of the syndicated series.
Walk the Line, Yours, Mine & Ours, Pride & Prejudice, The Ice Harvest, Where the Truth Lies and Three Extremes.