"The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete Series," Shout! Factory, $129.99
The comedy ran for six seasons on CBS in the 1970s, giving the stand-up comedian his best showcase since his early comedy albums. Onstage and on record, Newhart had humorously exasperated, one-sided telephone conversations; on "The Bob Newhart Show," Newhart's Chicago psychologist Bob Hartley reacted to silly patients and neighbors with the same stammering incredulity. Half domestic sitcom and half workplace sitcom,
"Gambit," Sony, $26.99; Blu-ray, $30.99
It's never a good sign when a movie scheduled to come out in the U.S. in 2012 gets bumped to 2014 (and then barely gets released at all). It's even worse when that movie boasts a screenplay by Joel and
"Journey to the West," Magnolia/Magnet, $26.98; Blu-ray, $29.98
The 16th century Chinese adventure novel "Journey to the West" has been a source for popular entertainment for centuries, generating plays, comic books, songs, ballets, TV shows and movies. Writer-director-producer Stephen Chow's film version (subtitled "Conquering the Demons" in some territories) is a raucous action-comedy, akin to Chow's internationally popular "Shaolin Soccer" and "Kung Fu Hustle." Wen Zhang plays a man on a mission, traveling across the country, defeating demons and converting them to his cause. The narrative is too drawn out, and the comedy isn't as sharp as in Chow's earlier films, but the action sequences are suitably eye-popping. It's always fun to watch Zhang fight bad guys who have animal heads. The DVD and Blu-ray add featurettes galore.
"The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou," Criterion Blu-ray, $39.95
Ten years before having an international hit with the comic adventure "The Grand Budapest Hotel," writer-director