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TV on DVD Round-up: ‘The Adventures of Merlin,’ ‘An Idiot Abroad,’ ‘Primeval’

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CHICAGO – We’re back with another DVD Round-up of recently released titles that may catch your attention when you’re browsing the DVD store this week. (Do they still have DVD stores?) This time, read this entire piece aloud in a British accent. Once again, these round-ups are designed as informative, to let you know about releases that might not get as much attention and what special features to expect if you pick them up. Having said that, this is a particularly strong round-up. Ricky Gervais, Camelot, and dinosaurs? You really can’t go wrong with any of these choices.

All three titles were released on January 10th, 2012.

“The Adventures of Merlin: The Complete Third Season”

The Adventures of Merlin: The Complete Third Season
The Adventures of Merlin: The Complete Third Season
Photo credit: BBC

Available: DVD

Starring: Bradley James, Angel Coulby, Katie McGrath, Richard Wilson, Colin Morgan, Anthony Head, and the voice of John Hurt.

Running Time: 562 minutes

Synopsis: Swords, sorcery and swashbuckling adventure return in this third season of the hit series, following our heroes Merlin and Arthur as they face their greatest challenge yet. When misbegotten secrets are exposed and old friends choose new sides, they soon discover that the great battle for Camelot is only just beginning… with epic action sequences, stunning CGI sequences, terrifying new monsters and a guest cast featuring Warwick Davies (The Harry Potter Series , The Chronicles Of Narnia); Miriam Margolyes (The Harry Potter Series, Being Julia); Mark Williams (The Harry Potter Series, The Fast Show); as well as Emilia Fox (Ballet Shoes, The Pianist) returning as Morgause and Santiago Cabrera (Heroes, Che) as Lancelot, the third series of Merlin will be bigger, bolder and more action-packed than ever.

Special Features:
o Cast And Crew Audio Commentaries
o The Making Of Merlin Season 3
o Deleted Scenes
o Outtakes
o Photo Gallery
o Wallpapers

“An Idiot Abroad”

An Idiot Abroad
An Idiot Abroad
Photo credit: BBC

Available: DVD

Starring: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, and Karl Pilkington

Running Time: 347 minutes

Synopsis: In this hilarious series Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, co-creators of The Office and Extras, send their friend Karl Pilkington (The Ricky Gervais Show) around the world…against his will!

Karl thinks he’s visiting the Seven Wonders but along the way the “Little Englander” must endure camel rides, jungle treks, tribal customs and local oddballs while dining on toads and testicles… and searching for a clean bathroom.

How does a man who prefers vacationing via camper cope with being an idiot abroad?

Special Features:
o The Preview Show
o Deleted Scenes
o Photo Gallery

“Primeval: Volume Three”

Primeval: Volume Three
Primeval: Volume Three
Photo credit: BBC

Available: DVD and Blu-ray

Starring: Ben Miller, Andrew Lee Potts, Hannah Spearritt, Ciaran McMenamin, Ruth Kearney, Alexander Siddig, Ben Mansfield, and Jason Flemyng

Running Time: 581 minutes

Synopsis: It’s one year on and following the death of Johnson, the ARC has been shaken by the long-term disappearance of Abby, Connor and team leader Danny. The government has appointed entrepreneurial - scientist Philip Burton to take charge of the operation, with a brand new building and new team. Ex-soldier and zoologist Matt, the highly efficient if unconventional Jess, the mysterious Gideon and anomaly-traveling Ethan all join the team, but are they ready for what’s ahead?

As Connor and Abby finally escape the terrifying creatures of the Cretaceous to an uncertain welcome back at the ARC, Danny continues to fight his way through a Pliocene age Rift Valley, desperate to return to the team with a vital secret that will change their whole outlook. With a new team and new creature threats, the ARC team is facing their toughest challenge yet…

Special Features:
o New Dawn - Making The New Primeval Episode Prequel
o Webisodes

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