News on the Season 1 DVD coming out August 18

“THE LION KING” needs to move over: “Sons of Anarchy” is claiming the best-adaptation-of-“Hamlet” crown.

As FX’s most successful program since Denis Leary’s “Rescue Me,” the show about motorcycle gangs in fictional Charming, Calif., is one of TV’s grittiest — and with Kurt Sutter at the helm, that’s no surprise. Sutter — who was one of the writers and producers for the network’s best-but-now-defunct drama, “The Shield” — brings a vision to the show that kept 5.4 million viewers captivated each week, and with the first season of “Sons of Anarchy” out now on DVD ($31.99 at Amazon), that number should grow.

The episodes alone are enough to keep you stuck to your couch for hours on end, while the DVD extra features — such as tons of cast commentary, explanations of the cast’s tattoos and bikes and about 30 deleted scenes — will make sure you mark Tuesday, Sept. 8, on your calendar: That’s date of the second season’s premiere, with punk legend and D.C. native Henry Rollins in a supporting role.

And, with the delicious Charlie Hunnam as Jackson “Jax” Teller, the conflicted Hamlet of the whole illegal arms-selling, outlaw SAMCRO (The Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original) family, those 700-plus minutes go by real nicely.

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