DVD releases

  • Wed Jan 8th, 2014 5:10pm
  • Life

“The Following: The Complete First Season”

Kevin Bacon stars in his first TV series, playing burned-out FBI agent Ryan Hardy. He’s on the track of an escaped killer who has a huge cult following.

The thriller is the most addictive network show to come along since “Lost.”

But while the mystery is as thick, it certainly isn’t confusing. This is just a smart story about the battle between good and evil. It should be your next TV addiction.

Grade: A

“Closed Circuit”

Two barristers must defend a man accused of masterminding a bombing. Eric Bana stars.

A director’s done a proper job when the simple act of bringing a pitcher of water and glasses into a room triggers thoughts of subterfuge, espionage and sinister actions. That’s what John Crowley has accomplished in his legal/spy thriller “Closed Circuit.”

Grade: B

“Thanks for Sharing”

Most of the story is told through Adam (Mark Ruffalo), a successful businessman who has been “sexually sober” for five years. It’s not been easy.

His battle with his urges are so tough that he can’t even have a television in his room out of fear he will watch — and react — to inappropriate material. His battle has been so consuming that he’s had little time for a social life.

Grade: B

Also new

“House of Lies: Season Two”: Don Cheadle stars in the Showtime series.

“Being Human: Complete Third Season”: Syfy series about very weird housemates.

“To Love and To Cherish”: A modern woman tries to keep her marriage alive.

“In Sickness and in Health”: The perfect bride is hiding a serious secret about her health.

“The Virginian”: Trace Adkins stars in this made-for-TV western.

Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee (Fresno, Calif.)