VIRTUAL Feedback:This weekend: ‘The Avengers,’ ‘Dexter,’ and more

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    “The Avengers” are back, but this time, on home video. Fans of the movie certainly won’t need a primer. Clearly, it was the most ambitious superhero film to date (the successful convergence of four Marvel universe films) and broke box office numbers this past summer. But good luck finding the 4-disc set which includes a Blu-ray 3D disc, Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy, and music download.

    Target offered it in this week’s circular for $19.99, but strangely, at many locations, this collection could not be found on the shelves (or was listed as “out of stock” on its website). Of course, you could always purchase it from Amazon, though Target’s offering the best put-it-in-my-hand rate. A sales representative told me the shipment could be in by the weekend, and he cautioned that he’d never seen as much interest in a DVD release before. Translation: they’re going to fly off the shelves quickly, and if you don’t get your copy by Saturday, you’ll pay retail price – at Target. Best Buy, Walmart, and plenty of online stores have “The Avengers” collection, but Target’s giving you the best bang for your buck, hence, the supply-and-demand issue.

    While you’re reliving “The Avengers,” there’s also the return of Showtime’s wonderfully addictive series, “Dexter,” about a serial killer who takes out the bad guys. As an audience we’ve watched Dexter Morgan work overtime to protect his secret, and usually things work out for the best. The new promos seem to suggest that things are going to get quite complicated for our anti-hero. Season Seven premieres Sunday, Sept. 30 at 9 p.m. And then there’s J.K. Rowling’s highly anticipated novel, “The Casual Vacancy.” What’s the buzz on this? It’s simple. Rowling has thrilled millions of children (and adults) with her Harry Potter books and “The Casual Vacancy” carries the weight of very, very high expectations. Here’s the official book description: When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock.

    Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…. Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town’s council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations? Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults. Rowling is a fantastic storyteller and an accomplished writer, and it will be quite clear by this weekend if her prose resonates as strongly with adult-only materia

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