Smart, gritty Cinemax series portrays the dawn of "modern" medicine at a 1900 Manhattan hospital where science and social currents intersect. Joining Clive Owen's dissolute surgeon are a black medical whiz, a wealthy woman administrator, a smoking nun, an Irish ambulance wrangler, other rich characters. Equally robust: period city atmosphere, Cliff Martinez's electronic score. Season 2 starts Oct. 16 on Cinemax.
Extras: Three episode commentaries with cast/creators illuminate series themes, medical history, New York City locations, Steven Soderbergh's directing.
List price. $30 DVD/$40 Blu-ray+digital, out Tuesday from HBO.
HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER
Students of Viola Davis' law professor learn a bit too much in Shonda Rhimes-produced suspenser, with interview-packed making-of featurette, goofy gag reel, more (ABC's Season 2 starts Sept. 24); $40, ABC.
Complete series coming:
Oct. 6: Little House on the Prairie remastered (DVD only)
Oct. 13: Mad Men; Justified; Heroes
Nov. 3: That '70s Show (Blu-ray)