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Season 5 of ‘Mad Men’ and the full series run of ‘Alcatraz’

This week’s DVD slate includes the fifth season of “Mad Men” (2012) and the full series run of “Alcatraz” (2012), a pair of TV releases that couldn’t quite match programming highs of a few years ago. That’s what some contend, anyway; we’d argue otherwise. “Mad Men” may have seen its Emmys dominance ended by “Homeland” at last month’s awards presentation, but season five nevertheless offers some of the trippiest material since Jon Hamm’s Don Draper had that lost weekend in Palm Springs. (And that’s on top of Jared Harris’s must-see exit as British ad man Lane Pryce.) There’s Roger Sterling (John Slattery) loosening his tie and dropping acid, of course, but just as weirdly fascinating is fever-stricken Don’s animalistic encounter with an ex-lover (Madchen Amick, “Twin Peaks”). In a stretch in which the writers seemed to have some difficulties reconciling hounddog Don with domesticated Don, this was a solid, jarring reminder of the character’s dark mystique. The set’s commentaries include creator Matthew Weiner discussing exactly where and when viewers are meant to grasp the reality of Don’s situation.

“Alcatraz,” meanwhile, is yet another case of J.J. Abrams and imitators trying to recapture the mystery-laden genre magic of “Lost” (see “Revolution,” “The Event,” “FlashForward,” etc.). But the show’s time-hopping convicts premise was promising — and its unresolved, one-and-done end is a bummer. Extras include interviews with cast and crew as well as former guards and inmates. (“Mad Men,” Lionsgate, $49.99; “Alcatraz,” Warner, $39.98; Blu-ray, $49.99)

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