I’m not even certain “Party Down” is my favorite show from Rob Thomas, the TV mastermind behind “Veronica Mars” and “Cupid,” but it’s undoubtedly one of the best depictions of the underbelly of show business committed to screen in addition to being really, really goddamn funny. If a cast that includes Adam Scott, Lizzy Caplan, Jane Lynch, Ken Marino, and Martin Starr as a group of disgruntled caterers doesn’t get you excited, then this oral history of what made the show so great will have to do. But then again, if you’re still reading this, you’re probably already a fan of the show. So it is more than a pleasant surprise that both seasons of the short-lived show have dropped to $8.99 on Amazon, which is considerably less than their $30 retail tag or their $2 an episode rate on most digital delivery systems. Here's the links for Season 1 and Season 2.
Outside of the occasional sale on their own website, Kino Lorber films don’t often show up at a discount, befitting of one of the only DVD labels to match the high-end catalog of The Criterion Collection. So it was a pleasant surprise this morning when Best Buy unexpectedly dropped the price of “The Complete Metropolis” Blu-ray to $14.99, down from a list price of $40 that usually hovers around $25 on sites like Amazon. Fans of the Fritz Lang sci-fi classic fearful of a double dip can be assured that their old DVDs do not have this version of the film, which includes an additional 25 minutes of restored footage that were unearthed in Argentina in 2008. The disc also includes a new 50-minute documentary “Voyage of ‘Metropolis’” from Artem Demenok (the 2002 edition featured a different one by Enno Patalas) and an interview with Paula Felix-Didier – both of which chronicle the excavation of the long-lost footage. The deal is available through Best Buy online, but it’s worth noting that it can be combined with another ongoing deal in-store where any DVD or Blu-ray regularly priced at $14.99 and up can be discounted with a $5 coupon here, expiring on July 31st.