This is an impressive take on the story. Credit Izzard with making this made-for-cable offering a real treasure.
Boss, Season One, Grade B-plus: After years of showing great comic skills with Cheers and Frasier, Kelsey Grammer gets the opportunity to show his dramatic skills with this dark cable series.
Grammer plays Tom Kane, ruthless mayor of Chicago. He's a man who has risen to power on the backs of others and has no problem stepping on a few more people to hang on to control despite being hampered by health problems.
Political stories are only as good as the central players, and Grammer shows the proper way such a role should be played. He can go from being a ruthless leader to confused health patient with ease.
The first season will help you get up to speed before the second season starts on Starz on Aug. 17.
Also out on DVD this week:
Silent House: A woman is terrorized inside her family's lakeside home. Elizabeth Olsen stars.
Hey Arnold, Season 2, Part 2: Animated series from Craig Bartlett.
The Deep Blue Sea: Judge's wife is caught in a love affair with a pilot.
Inspector Lewis, 5th Series: Kevin Whately plays Detective Inspector Robbie Lewis.
Jock the Hero Dog: Family adventure about a young man and his best friend.
The Love Guide: A couple look to save their relationship.
Footnote: Father and son compete for a prestigious honor.
The Untouchables, The Complete Series: Eliot Ness (Robert Stack) and his team fight crime in 1920s Chicago.
Touched by an Angel, The Complete Fifth Season: Angels Monica (Roma Downey), Tess (Della Reese), and Andrew (John Dye) continue their good work.
Michael Wood's Story of England: The story of the village of Kibworth, Leicestershire, is told throughout the whole English history.
Childrens Hospital, The Complete Third Season: Rob Corddry stars in the cable comedy series.
Age of the Dragons: Adaptation of Herman Melville's Moby Dick.
My Way: Rival marathon runners fight for Japan at the start of World War II.
Young Justice, Dangerous Secrets: Contains 14 episodes of the animated series.
On the Inside: A college professor (Nick Stahl) sentenced to a psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane meets an inmate (Olivia Wilde) with a shocking secret.
Star Trek, The Next Generation - The First Season: The sci-fi series makes its Blu-ray debut.
The Girl From the Naked Eye: The protector of a murdered high-class escort looks for her killer.