The latest season of the police procedural “Blue Bloods,” about a family of law enforcers, the “Avengers” TV spinoff “Marvel’s Agents of “S.H.I.E.L.D.” and the latest incarnation of “Doctor Who” lead new television shows on DVD this week.
“Blue Bloods: The Fourth Season” (CBS/Paramount/DVD, 2013-2014, six discs, 22 episodes, deleted scenes, audio commentaries, featurettes, bloopers). Tom Selleck is perfect as the New York Police Department commissioner who is also patriarch to two officers, a homicide detective (Donnie Wahlberg) and a street cop (Will Estes), as well as an assistant district attorney (Bridget Moynahan). Len Cariou is also on hand as Selleck’s father, a former commissioner himself.
The show nicely juggles the characters’ week-to-week criminal cases with their personal lives (with winning turns by Amy Carlson as Wahlberg’s wife and Sami Gayle as Moynahan’s daughter). And this season, Bebe Neuwirth has a recurring role as “inspector general,” assigned to keep the NYPD on the straight and narrow, which causes her to butt heads with Selleck. (Season 5 begins Sept. 26.)
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Complete First Season” (ABC/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital, 2013-14, five discs, 22 episodes, deleted scenes, audio commentaries, featurettes, bloopers). Clark Gregg heads the cast here, spinning the show directly off of “The Avengers,” and later in the season, plot twists dovetail with “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” While the series is amusing and witty, it’s a bit underdeveloped until that second half kicks in, and then you’ll be propelled to the final episode with a series of jolts you won’t see coming. Bring on Season 2. (It begins Sept. 23.)
“Doctor Who: Deep Breath” (BBC/Blu-ray/DVD, 2014, prequel scene, featurettes). This feature-length introduction of Peter Capaldi as the 12th doctor in the long-running British sci-fi serial had a brief theatrical showing with the “prequel” sequence that is among the bonus features. The episode begins with a bang as the TARDIS lands the regenerated doctor and Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) in Victorian London where they encounter a dinosaur! Great fun as the venerable TV series once again reboots itself.
“Grey’s Anatomy: Complete Tenth Season” (ABC/DVD, 2013-14, six discs, 24 episodes, extended episode, deleted scenes, featurettes, bloopers). Sandra Oh leaves the popular medical series this season but Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Chandra Wilson and Justin Chambers carry on at the Seattle hospital. Following the superstorm that wound up the previous season, the surgeons try to save two of their own doctors who were electrocuted. The usual soap opera machinations ensue. (Season 11 begins Sept. 25.)
“The Goldbergs: The Complete First Season” (Sony/DVD, 2013-14, three disc, 23 episodes, audio commentaries, featurettes). This ABC sitcom is set in the 1980s in a small town in Pennsylvania and is narrated by the modern-day adult voice (Patton Oswalt) of the youngest son of the Goldbergs household: father Murray (Jeff Garlin), mother Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey), children Erica (Haley Orrantia), Barry (Troy Gentile) and Adam (Sean Giambrone). George Segal is also on hand as Beverly’s father. (Season 2 begins Sept. 24.)
“The World Wars” (History/Lionsgate/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital, 2014, two discs, three episodes, deleted scenes, featurettes). The History cable channel’s popular Memorial Day documentary miniseries traverses three decades as it explores how World War I affected Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, George Patton, Charles de Gaulle, Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler in shaping them for the events of World War II.
“Worlds Together: Cuba” (Master/DVD, 2014). Cuba, comprised of hundreds of miles of islands in the Caribbean, is the subject of this episode of “Worlds Together,” an educational family series that has previously looked at Ethiopia, Colombia, Ecuador and Tibet.
“The Curse of Oak Island: Season 1” (History/Lionsgate/DVD, 2014, two discs, five episodes, featurettes). History cable-channel reality series follows two Michigan brothers as they employ modern technology in an attempt to locate buried treasure on Oak Island, which is located on the south shore of Nova Scotia.
“Baseball’s Greatest Games: New York Yankees Postseason Heroics” (MLB/Lionsgate/DVD, 1996-2001, four discs, four games, audio-only radio track). Four New York Yankees games: 1996 ALCS Game 1 (with a fan aiding Derek Jeter in a home run), 2000 World Series Game 4 against the Mets, 2001 ALDS Game 3 and 2001 World Series Game 4.
“Regular Show: Rigby Pack” (CN/Warner/DVD, 2010-14, 16 episodes). These episodes of the Cartoon Network animated series focus on Rigby the raccoon, who, with his blue jay friend Mordecai, is a groundskeeper at a park, though they are more interested in creating mischief than working.
“SpongeBob Scary Pants Collection” (Nickeoldeon/Paramount/DVD, 1999-2011, two discs, 17 episodes, music video, videogame preview). These 17 episodes of the animated “SpongeBob SquarePants” show are Halloween-oriented, including “I Was a Teenage Gary,” “Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost” and “The Curse of Bikini Bottom.”
“My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Spooktacular Pony Tales” (Shout! Kids/DVD, 2010-13, six episodes, sing-along). Episodes of the animated show have Halloween-related themes, including “Luna Eclipsed,” “Castle Mane-ia” and “Bats!”
“Let’s Learn: Patterns & Shapes” (Nickelodeon/Paramount/DVD, 2002-13, five episodes). Educational episodes from the animated Nickelodeon shows “Dora the Explorer,” “Team Umizoomi,” “Ni Hao Kai-lan” and “Blue’s Clues.”
“Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch: A Witch and the Werewolf” (Lionsgate/DVD/Digital, 2014, music video). Animated hourlong “movie” has Ashley Tisdale (“High School Musical”) providing the voice of Sabrina as her friend Harvey finds a magic jacket that turns him into a werewolf.
“The Magic School Bus: Human Body” (Cinedigm/Scholastic/DVD, 1994-96, four episodes; 70-page book). Mrs. Frizzle takes the Magic School Bus gang on a journey to explore our bodies from head to toe. The video is for children ages 4-10; the book is aimed at ages 7-10.
“Leap Frog Letter Factory Adventures: Counting on Lemonade” (Lionsgate/DVD/Digital/On Demand, 2014, audio commentary for parents, sing-alongs). The latest “Leap Frog” educational video for ages 4-7 tackles math with songs to help teach counting, addition and subtraction.