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'Mercy Street,' 'Quarry,' 'Aurora' part of wide variety of TV shows on Blu-ray and DVD this week

Posted March 14

True stories of the Civil War provide storylines for "Mercy Street," a PBS series now on Blu-ray and DVD. (Deseret Photo)

Several wide-ranging TV series have found their way to Blu-ray and DVD releases this week.

“Mercy Street: Season 2” (PBS, 2016, two discs, six episodes, deleted scenes). The second season of this gritty Civil War series set in war-torn Alexandria, Virginia, focuses primarily on hospital staff and the changing status of the African-American population, from those who are still slaves to those that are free, and still others who remain somewhere in between. This is based on true events in the Mansion House Hospital.

“Quarry: The Complete First Season” (Cinemax, 2016, three discs, eight episodes, deleted scenes, audio commentaries, featurettes). In 1972, Mac Conway (Logan Marshall-Green) musters out of the Marines after a tour in Vietnam and returns home to Memphis, Tennessee, where he is ostracized and can’t find a job. So he reluctantly takes a job as a contract killer and is shocked to learn his first target is a man having an affair with his wife. (The R-level content abounds.)

“Deep Water” (Acorn, 2016, two discs, four episodes, featurettes, photo gallery). This Australian police procedural, “inspired by true events,” has a pair of detectives (Yael Stone, Noah Taylor) investigating the brutal killing of a young gay man as an apparent hate crime. When more killings occur, they learn that a reign of terror went unchecked in the 1980s and ’90s, when as many as 80 gay men were killed by an apparent serial killer. (This show contains violence, strong language, nudity and sex.)

“Aurora: Fire in the Sky” (PBS, 2012). This is an hourlong documentary, with an emphasis on startling imagery, about what causes an aurora — aka a “polar light” or “northern light” — in the polar regions of the world.

“Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking: Season 4” (PBS, 2016, two discs, 13 episodes). This season of the foodie series, hosted by top Australian celebrity chef Pete Evans, crosses America on the hunt for regional delicacies.

“Beavis and Butt-Head: The Complete Collection” (MTV/Paramount, 1993-2011, 12 discs, 222 episodes, 1996 movie: “Beavis and Butt-Head Do America," rated PG-13, music videos). Mike Judge’s 1990s MTV show, a crudely animated seven-season series about two dim couch potatoes making snarky comments as they watch TV, is collected here, along with the 2011 revival season and the 1996 theatrical film.

“Blaze and the Monster Machines: Race Into Velocityville” (Nickelodeon/Paramount, 2016, six episodes). Episodes from this animated show for kids about anthropomorphic autos include “The Hundred Mile Race,” “The Wishing Wheel” and “Race to Eagle Rock.”

“The Powerpuff Girls: Tiara Trouble” (CN/Warner, 2016, 12 episodes). This animated Cartoon Network show about girls with superpowers (done in anime style) is a 2016 reboot of the original 1998 series. Episodes include “Escape from Monster Island,” “Bubbles of the Opera” and “Little Octi Lost.”

Chris Hicks is the author of "Has Hollywood Lost Its Mind? A Parent’s Guide to Movie Ratings." He also writes at www.hicksflicks.com and can be contacted at hicks@deseretnews.com.

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