Each week, Amazon offers up three different featured deals. The prices on these deals are valid from Sunday through Saturday, and are usually worth talking about. There are always three different categories: television, kids and family, and Blu-ray. Here are this week’s featured deals.


Amazon Deals of the Week for May 12th – May 18th, 2013

NCISTelevision:

Save up to 58% off select seasons of the popular CBS crime drama NCIS, and spin-off series, NCIS: Los Angeles. The following seasons are on sale this week:

NCIS: The Complete First Season$29.98 $14.99 (50% off)
NCIS: The Complete Second Season$29.98 $14.99 (50% off)
NCIS: The Complete Third Season$29.98 $14.99 (50% off)
NCIS: The Complete Fourth Season$29.98 $14.99 (50% off)
NCIS: The Complete Fifth Season$29.98 $14.99 (50% off)
NCIS: The Complete Sixth Season$29.98 $16.99 (43% off)
NCIS: The Complete Seventh Season$29.98 $16.99 (43% off)
NCIS: The Complete Eighth Season$29.98 $17.99 (40% off)
NCIS: The Complete Ninth Season$64.99 $27.99 (57% off)

NCIS: Los Angeles – The First Season$29.98 $14.99 (50% off)
NCIS: Los Angeles – The Second Season$39.98 $19.99 (50% off)
NCIS: Los Angeles – The Third Season$62.99 $29.99 (52% off)

“A team of special agents, operating outside the military chain of command, must investigate any crime with pieces of evidence connected to Navy and Marine Corps personnel, regardless of rank or position. Character driven stories with surprising twists play a large role in the second season of NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service). The NCIS team of investigators is led by Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), an experienced investigator with sometimes unorthodox, but always effective methods. Working under Gibbs are Special Agent Anthony Dinozzo (Michael Weatherly); Special Agent Caitlin Todd (Sasha Alexander); Forensic Specialist Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette); and NCIS’s medical examiner Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard (David McCallum). Additionally, joining the staff this season will be Special Agent Timothy McGee (Sean Murray) whose communication and computer skills outweigh his naivete. Whether investigating murder or espionage, the NCIS goes global in their quest to solve all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties.” (via Amazon product description)

I’ve never been a big fan of this show myself, but my family loves it. I prefer the more “sophisticated” crime drama in Criminal Minds, but there is no denying that some of the characters in NCIS have their own unique charm. These prices are pretty good, but if you miss out on them this week, keep checking back at Best Buy because they put this series on sale often.

I will PASS on this TV deal this week.

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Animaniacs_DVD_cover_by_GarlarKids & Family:

The kids and family deal this week is also a bit of a television deal, but it is a great one. You can purchase the “Steven Spielberg Presents…” versions of Pinky & The Brain and Animaniacs, two of the better cartoons from the 1990s. Each of the Animaniacs volumes contain 25 episodes (out of 99 total episodes) spread over 5 discs. The Pinky and the Brain volumes have 22, 21 and 22 episodes respectively (which is all the episodes), over four discs.

Animaniacs, Vol. 1$44.98 $19.99 (56% off)
Animaniacs, Vol. 2$44.98 $19.99 (56% off)
Animaniacs, Vol. 3$44.98 $15.00 (67% off)

Pinky and the Brain, Vol. 1$44.98 $19.99 (56% off)
Pinky and the Brain, Vol. 2$44.98 $19.99 (56% off)
Pinky and the Brain, Vol. 3$44.98 $19.73 (56% off)

We don’t often see these sets on sale, and though they are normally way overpriced, this is about right at $20 a volume. As much as I would love to buy all six of these, I don’t think it will happen. I will, however, be buying some. Chances are I will grab the first volume of both. These cartoons are just too good to pass up, for kids and adults alike.

However you cut it, this deal is a definite BUY.

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Bourne TrilogyBlu-ray:

The third and final featured deal this week is Matt Damon’s Bourne Trilogy. Amazon is nice enough to extend this deal to the standard definition DVD set as well as the Blu-ray release. This is a worthwhile set for those that have missed out on the other home releases of this trilogy.

The Bourne Trilogy (Blu-ray)$59.98 $25.00 (58% off)
The Bourne Trilogy (DVD)$29.98 $14.99 (50% off)

Both trilogies include The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum, plus a good amount of special features.

The special features on the DVD set include the following:

The Bourne Identity

  • Alternate Opening and Alternate Ending
  • The Bourne Mastermind: Robert Ludlum
  • Access Granted: An Interview with Screenwriter Tony Gilroy
  • From Identity to Supremacy: Jason & Marie
  • The Bourne Diagnosis
  • Cloak and Dagger: Covert Ops
  • The Speed of Sound
  • Declassified Information
  • Inside a Fight Sequence
  • Moby “Extreme Ways” Music Video
  • Feature Commentary with Director Doug Liman

The Bourne Supremacy

  • Explosive Deleted Scenes
  • Matching Identities: Casting
  • Keeping It Real
  • Blowing Things Up
  • On the Move with Jason Bourne
  • Bourne to be Wild: Fight Training
  • Crash Cam: Racing Through the Streets of Moscow
  • The Go-Mobile Revs up the Action
  • Anatomy of a Scene: The Explosive Bridge Chase Scene
  • Scoring with John Powell
  • Feature Commentary with Director Paul Greengrass
  • Cast and Filmmakers

The Bourne Ultimatum

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Man on the Move: Jason Bourne
  • Rooftop Pursuit
  • Planning the Punches
  • Driving School
  • New York Chase
  • Feature Commentary with Director Paul Greengrass

The Blu-ray release has even more special features:

The Bourne Identity

  • U Control: Treadstone Files
  • U Control: Bourne Orientation
  • Feature Commentary with Doug Liman
  • The Ludlum Identity
  • The Ludlum Supremacy
  • The Ludlum Ultimatum
  • Alternate Opening
  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extended Farmhouse Scene
  • The Birth of The Bourne Identity
  • The Bourne Mastermind: Robert Ludlum
  • Access Granted: An Interview with Screenwriter Tony Gilroy
  • From Identity to Supremacy: Jason & Marie
  • The Bourne Diagnosis
  • Cloak and Daggar: Covert OPs
  • Inside a Fight Sequence
  • Moby “Extreme Ways” Music Video
  • BD Live: Download Center
  • BD Live: My Scenes Sharing
  • BD Live: My Chat
  • BD Live: The Bourne Identity Commentary
  • BD Live: Bourne Card Battle Strategy Game

The Bourne Supremacy

  • U Control: Bourne Orientation
  • Supremacy Dossier PIP
  • Feature Commentary with Director Paul Greengrass
  • Explosive Deleted Scenes
  • Matching Identities: Casting
  • Keeping It Real
  • Blowing Things Up
  • On The Move with Jason Bourne
  • Bourne to be Wild: Fight Training
  • Crash Cam: Racing Through the Streets of Moscow
  • The Go-Mobile Revs Up the Action
  • Crash Cam: Racing Through the Streets of Moscow
  • Anatomy of a Scene: The Explosive Bridge Chase Scene
  • Scoring with John Powell
  • The Bourne Mastermind
  • The Bourne Diagnosis
  • BD Live: Ultimate Download Center
  • BD Live: Ultimate My Scenes Sharing
  • BD Live: Ultimate My Chat
  • BD Live: Ultimate My Bourne Supremacy Commentary
  • BD Live: Ultimate Bourne Card Battle Strategy Game

The Bourne Ultimatum

  • U Control: Bourne Orientation
  • Blackbriar Files
  • Volkswagon Get More Info
  • Be Bourne Spy Training
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Man on the Move: Jason Bourne
  • Rooftop Pursuit
  • Planning the Punches
  • Driving School
  • New York Chase
  • Feature Commentary with Director Paul Greengrass
  • BD Live: Ultimate Download Center
  • BD Live: Ultimate My Scenes Sharing
  • BD Live: Ultimate My Chat
  • BD Live: Ultimate My Bourne Ultimate Commentary
  • BD Live: Ultimate Bourne Card Battle Strategy Game

Clearly the way to go here is the Blu-ray set as it is only $10 more, and has a boatload of extra features. The only reason I am reticent to call this a must-buy is because it goes on sale so very often. Chances are if you have any interest in this, you’ve probably already bought it during one of the other sales in the past. If you’ve missed out, though, this is a great, inexpensive way to catch-up on this action series.

I ended up buying the limited edition steelbook individual releases from Target a couple months ago when the fourth one released, so this deal is a PASS for me.

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Branden Chowen
Editor-in-Chief at Cinefessions

Branden has been a film fan since he was young, roaming the halls of Blockbuster Video, trying to find the grossest, scariest looking VHS covers to rent and watch alone in the basement. It wasn’t until recently, though, that Branden started seeking out the classics of cinema, and began to develop his true passion for the art form. Branden approaches each film with the unique perspective of having studied the art from the inside, having both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in acting. He has been a film critic since 2010, and has previously written for Inside Pulse Movies, We Love Cult, and Diehard Gamefan. His biggest achievement as a film critic, to date, has been founding Cinefessions and turning it from a personal blog to a true film website, housing hundreds of film and television reviews, and dozens of podcasts.