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“In the latest season [of The Good Fight], Diane (Christine Baranski) is forced to question whether it’s appropriate for her to help run an African American law firm with Liz (Audra McDonald) when the firm loses two of its top lawyers. Meanwhile, Marissa (Sarah Steele, The Good Wife) and the firm become entangled with Hal Wackner, a regular Chicagoan who decides to open his own courtroom in the back of a copy shop.” — from Paramount

Paramount+’s flagship (back when it was still CBS All Access) The Good Fight is still going strong despite not being a Star Trek show. Here we have all ten episodes of the fifth season across three discs. And we do actually have some bonus bits in the form of deleted scenes and a gag reel, so that’s one thing. Another thing is this season has guest stars Wayne Brady and Wanda Sykes, plus the aforementioned character “Hal” is played by Mandy Patinkin. So that’s definitely another thing. You can catch that over at Amazon via this link.

“Four-time Academy Award®-winning director John Ford brought together an all-star cast for what is considered by many critics to be a quintessential—and yet pioneering—Western late in his storied career. Starring James Stewart and John Wayne (together for the first time), alongside Vera Miles, Lee Marvin, John Carradine and Lee Van Cleef, THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE tells the engrossing story of a senator (Stewart), his old friend (Wayne), and a despicable outlaw called Liberty Valance (Marvin).” — from Paramount

Fantastic director and a classic Western plus that cast and you bet they’ve put this out in 4K Ultra HD as part of the Paramount Presents line to celebrate the film’s 60th anniversary. If you’re a fan of the film you’re going to want to grab this for the new remastering, which is the primary new feature of this release. There is a very brief look at the film from Leonard Maltin, but otherwise you get the previously available array of stuff, though it’s nothing to sneeze at: commentary by Peter Bogdanovich (who has archival recordings of Ford and Stewart), scene specific commentary with Ford’s grandson Dan Ford (who has archival recordings of Ford, Stewart and Marvin), and a fifty minute featurette. If you want to upgrade or grab it for the first time, you can do so here.

CSI: VEGAS, the sequel to the Network’s global hit CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, opens a brand-new chapter in Las Vegas—the city where it all began. Facing an existential threat that could bring down the entire Crime Lab and release thousands of convicted killers back onto the neon-lit streets of Vegas, a brilliant new team of investigators led by Maxine Roby (Paula Newsome) must enlist the help of old friends, Gil Grissom (William Petersen), Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox) and David Hodges (Wallace Langham). This combined force will deploy the latest forensic techniques to do what they do best—follow the evidence—in order to preserve and serve justice in Sin City.” — from Paramount

You know, according to Wikipedia (which is always right), as of December 8th, 2021, there have been 807 episodes of the CSI franchise. And just like other mega-crime-franchise Law & Order has been resurrected, the original flavor of CSI returned with this, CSI: Vegas. (Here at Need Coffee, we were hoping they would eventually just hit every city in the U.S. with a CSI spinoff, but now they’ve recycled Vegas, so that idea’s been torpedoed.) For this first season, some characters returned in order to kick off some new characters doing that crime thing. The second season is…due eventually. As well as the ten episodes here, you get deleted scenes and three featurettes: covering the rebirth, the production design, and the FX work. If you’re a big enough fan to want this on your shelf, you can procure it at Amazon. If you’re a big enough fan to collect the whole series, you can probably buy more shelving while you’re there.

“Created and executive produced by Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee Tony McNamara (The Favourite), THE GREAT is a satirical comedy—and occasionally true story—about the rise of Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning) from outsider to the longest reigning female ruler in Russia’s history. With Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult reprising their Golden Globe®-nominated roles, Season Two finds Catherine finally taking the Russian throne for her own. But if she thought coup-ing her husband was difficult, it’s nothing compared to the realities of liberating a country that doesn’t want to be. She’ll battle her court, her team, even her own mother (played by two-time Emmy Award®-winning actress Gillian Anderson) in a bid to bring the Enlightenment to Russia.” — from Paramount

The historical and occasionally around-the-bend show about Catherine the Great, The Great, has hit DVD with this set sporting all ten episodes. It also has, in addition to the addition of Anderson (as stated above) playing Fanning’s character’s mother, Jason Isaacs playing Hoult’s character’s father. There are some extras luckily, deleted scenes and a blooper reel, so again, it remains for the fan of the show to decide whether or not they want it added permanently to their library. The third season has already been greenlighted and apparently McNamara would love to do six, so plan accordingly. You can find this set at Amazon.