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February 20. 2014 2:54PM
By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee

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There aren’t many big movies being released on DVD this week, so your best bets come from two popular TV series.

“GAME OF THRONES: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON,” GRADE A-MINUS: Even if this wasn’t one of the best series on television, it would be worth picking up this box set just to watch the “Red Wedding” episode. We won’t spoil it for those of you who haven’t seen it, but it’s safe to say that once you see it you’ll never forget it. Among the many DVD extras are new looks at that infamous episode.

But one episode doesn’t make for a great TV show. “Game of Thrones” has earned high praise for being a compelling and captivating story of battling families of the Seven Kingdoms based on the books by George R. R. Martin.

Additional material includes multiple featurettes, extended and deleted scenes, and audio commentaries.

“NURSE JACKIE: SEASON 5,” GRADE B-PLUS: After “The Sopranos” ended, it was difficult to believe Edie Falco would ever find a series and a role that came close to the quality of her mob days.

The highly praised “Nurse Jackie” is a triumph of acting for the Emmy-winning Falco. From the drug-addicted medical professional to this season’s post-rehab aftermath, Falco has given pure acting life to the role. Falco masterfully navigates the character through this season as she goes from nurse to patient.

It doesn’t hurt she has a superb supporting cast including Peter Facinelli, Eve Best, Paul Schulze, Dominic Fumusa, Anna Deavere Smith, Adam Ferrera and Merritt Wever.

The DVD set includes all 10 episodes from the season as well as audio commentaries with the cast and crew, two behind-the-scenes featurettes, a gag reel and deleted scenes.

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Also new on DVD:

“HELLBENDERS”: Twisted tale of rebel ministers.

“TOM AND JERRY: MOUSE TROUBLE”: New collection of 30 cartoons featuring cat and mouse antics.

“BALLS TO THE WALL”: Man is forced to moonlight as an exotic dancer.

“BAD DREAMS”: Sole survivor of a psycho-led mass suicide awakens from a 13-year coma.

“PETER RABBIT: SPRING INTO ADVENTURE!”: Peter Rabbit, Lily Bobtail and Benjamin Bunny embark on seven seasonal stories.

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