Friday, July 20, 2018

Upcoming DVD releases for July 2018

* Murdoch Mysteries - Series 11 (RLJ/Acorn)
$59.99 SRP DVD; $59.99 SRP Blu-ray
Murdoch Mysteries: Series 11
EXTRAS: "Making Murdoch" Featurette
-----Detective William Murdoch and his friends face new challenges in Edwardian Toronto as the award-winning Canadian mystery returns. With Murdoch languishing in jail for murder, Constable Crabtree (Jonny Harris, Still Standing), Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig, Coronation Street), and Detective Watts (Daniel Maslany, Goliath) race to prove his innocence, while Dr. Julia Ogden (Gemini winner Hélène Joy, Durham County) remains in hiding from the corrupt forces that have taken over Station House No. 4. When the dust settles, Murdoch and his team solve cases featuring poisoned wine, high-speed transportation, botched organ transplants, and anti-Semitic riots, along the way encountering historical figures like Helen Keller, Alexander Graham Bell, and Theodore Roosevelt. Guest stars include Tamzin Outhwaite (New Tricks), Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway?), Peter Keleghan (Workin' Moms), David Hewlett (The Shape of Water), and WWE Raw and Smackdown! star Jay "Christian" Reso.

* Gravity Falls - The Complete Series (Shout! Factory)
$59.97 SRP DVD; $99.99 SRP Blu-ray
Gravity Falls: The Complete Series [Collector's Edition]

EXTRAS: Audio Commentaries On All 40 Episodes With Creator Alex Hirsch And Members Of The Cast And Crew, "One Crazy Summer" Featurette/Interviews, "The Hirsch Twins" Featurette, Deleted Scenes, "Between The Pines" Featurette: Behind-The-Scenes Series Finale Special, Shorts: Interstitial Programming Between Seasons 1 And 2, Promos, And More...?
-----Gravity Falls follows twin brother and sister Dipper and Mabel Pines on an adventure of a lifetime when they spend the summer with their great uncle, Grunkle Stan, in the mysterious town of Gravity Falls, Oregon. But there may be more to Gravity Falls than meets the eye, as Dipper and Mabel encounter strange occurrences and weird creatures. When Dipper stumbles upon a mysterious book, he discovers it is the answer to uncovering the town's mysterious happenings. Soon, Dipper and Mabel realize they must rely on each other to navigate this unfamiliar place. Meanwhile, Grunkle Stan guards a secret of his own-one that just might hold the key to unlocking the deeper mystery that is Gravity Falls.

* Mosaic (HBO)
$29.98 SRP DVD; $39.99 SRP Blu-ray

Mosaic (BD) [Blu-ray]

-----A twisting tale of passion, intrigue and deception, set against the backdrop of a mountain resort town, Mosaic follows popular children's book author and illustrator Olivia Lake (Sharon Stone), whose literary success makes her a local celebrity in the tight-knit community. When Olivia disappears on New Year's Eve, leaving behind a blood-soaked studio, the town's suspicions turn to the two new men in her life: handsome, young aspiring graphic artist Joel Hurley (Garrett Hedlund) and charming stranger Eric Neill (Frederick Weller). The four-year investigation that follows leaves local law enforcement lead by detective Nate Henry (Devin Ratray) and Eric's sister Petra (Jennifer Ferrin), to unravel the mystery in this captivating series that explores the psychological underpinnings of love and murder in a small town.

Alice: The Complete Seventh Season
* Alice - The Complete 7th Season (Warner Archive)
$34.99 SRP DVD/MOD

-----Season Seven heats up real food and romance, when a famous actress (Debbie Reynolds) writes in her memoirs about the kisses she received from Mel. Then Mel invests in a musical...starring Alice! And Alice's mother (Doris Roberts) pays a visit. Vera joins a string quartet. Alice sees a UFO. The girls compete on a game show. And Mel sells the diner to the girls, then wants it back.

The Bill Engvall Show: Season 1
* The Bill Engvall Show - The Complete 1st Season (Warner Archive)
$24.99 SRP DVD/MOD

-----A pet snake is loose in the house. A teen daughter thinks "no" is an insufficient response to her desire to get a belly button ring (okay, how about "NO!"). Welcome to the Pearson home, where dad Bill, a family counselor, finds that guiding his own family is an ongoing therapy session. Blue Collar comedian Bill Engvall brings his winning dad-itude to the eight Season One episodes of this series that's easygoing, relatable and therapeutically funny. As his own brood can use more than its fair share of counseling, Bill and wife Susan (Nancy Travis) search for ways to raise three mischievous kids. Hassles, humor and heart are all in abundance - from the Pearson family to yours.
NOTE: this is an MOD re-release of the 2008 DVD title, which has been out-of-print for a while
Knots Landing: The Complete First Season

* Knots Landing - The Complete 1st Season (Warner Archive)
$47.99 SRP DVD/MOD

-----Welcome to Knots Landing, where Gary Ewing - the troubled middle son of the powerful Ewing clan of Dallas - decides to start life anew. And what could be more reassuring, more nurturing, than an upscale California cul-de-sac in the 'burbs, complete with lovely homes and happy families? But it doesn't take long for Gary and his down home wife Valene to discover that Big D doesn't have a monopoly on adultery, deceit, cunning and greed.A spinoff of Dallas, Knots Landing became its own phenomenon, running for 14 gloriously passionate seasons of broken promises, broken hearts and broken marriages. Meet the neighbors in all 13 Season One episodes in this 5-disc set, where the dirty tricks and double-dealing would make J.R. proud.
NOTE: this is an MOD re-release of the 2006 DVD title, which has been out-of-print for a while
FURTHER NOTE: sorry, but we have ZERO info about DVD releases (MOD or otherwise) about Seasons 3 through 14 of Knot's Landing, still unreleased on DVD; there have been no announcements regarding them from either Warner Home Video or the Warner Archive Collection.
* Star Wars Rebels - The Complete 4th and Final Season (Disney)
DVD; Blu-ray

EXTRAS: Rebels Recon; BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVES: 6 Audio Commentaries, Ghost of Legend Featurette, Force of Rebellion Featurette, Kevin Kiner: The Rebel Symphony Featurette
-----Join the Ghost crew as they embark on their most important mission in Star Wars Rebels: The Complete Fourth Season, which delivers all 15 action-packed episodes of the hit CG animated series' final season, plus exclusive, never-before-seen bonus extras on Blu-ray! Star Wars Rebels: The Complete Fourth Season features some of the most critically-acclaimed Star Wars storytelling to date, with compelling characters, harrowing conflicts and astounding space battles. Old friends are reunited and new alliances are forged as Star Wars Rebels builds to an epic conclusion, drawing connections to the entire Star Wars saga. The season four voice cast includes Taylor Gray as Ezra, Vanessa Marshall as Hera, Freddie Prinze, Jr. as Kanan, Tiya Sircar as Sabine, Steve Blum as Zeb, Dee Bradley Baker as Rex, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn as Pryce, David Oyelowo as Kallus and Lars Mikkelsen as Thrawn.


The Exorcist: The Complete First Season
* The Exorcist - The Complete 1st Season (Fox)
$29.95 SRP DVD/MOD

-----Widely regarded as the greatest horror movie ever made, “The Exorcist” broke box office records and terrified audiences around the world. Now, more than four decades later, THE EXORCIST returns as a contemporary psychological TV thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of terrifying demonic possession.

The Exorcist: The Complete Second Season

* The Exorcist - The Complete 2nd and Final Season (Fox)
$29.95 SRP DVD/MOD

-----Opening an entirely new chapter in the iconic franchise, Season Two of THE EXORCIST finds Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera) and a newly collarless Marcus Keane (Ben Daniels) out of Chicago and on the road, searching out evil. Across the Atlantic, Father Bennett (Kurt Egyiawan) attempts to weed out those within the Vatican who have turned against God. Ultimately, Tomas and Marcus are led to Andrew Kim (John Cho), a former child psychologist who runs a group home for five at-risk foster children on a secluded private island off the coast of Seattle. When one of the children under Andrew’s care is targeted by a powerful force, the two head west, setting themselves on a collision course with Hell.

Rosewood: The Complete First Season
* Rosewood - The Complete 1st Season (Fox)
$29.95 SRP DVD/MOD

-----DR. BEAUMONT ROSEWOOD, JR., the city’s top private pathologist. Brilliant, cool with tons of charisma, Rosewood teams up with the tough-as-nails DETECTIVE ANNALISE VILLA, to uncover clues no one else sees and help the Miami PD solve the city’s most challenging cases.
* Rosewood - The Complete 2nd and Final Season (Fox)
$29.95 SRP DVD/MOD

-----From executive producer Todd Harthan, medical procedural ROSEWOOD enters its second season, as it continues to follow DR. BEAUMONT ROSEWOOD, JR. (Morris Chestnut), Miami’s top private pathologist. Brilliant, cool and with tons of charisma, Rosewood has teamed up with tough-as-nails DETECTIVE ANNALISE VILLA (Jaina Lee Ortiz), to uncover clues that no one else sees, and help the Miami PD solve its most challenging cases. Joining Rosewood in his practice are his sister and “toxicology queen,” PIPPY (Gabrielle Dennis); and DNA specialist TARA MILLY IZIKOFF aka TMI (Anna Konkle), who is Pippy’s former fiancée. Rosewood’s mom, DONNA (Lorraine Toussaint), retired from her high school principal position, divorced her husband and joined her children in the lab as a sometimes-overly involved co-worker. Rounding out the cast is DETECTIVE IRA HORNSTOCK (Domenick Lombardozzi) who is a great team leader but is terrible at managing his own life and East Miami Police’s newest member, CAPTAIN AARON SLADE (Eddie Cibrian, “Baby Daddy,” “CSI: Miami”) with a mysterious past, who will both challenge and complicate an already messy situation between Rosewood and Villa.
Son Of Zorn: The Complete Series

* Son Of Zorn: The Complete Series (Fox)
$29.95 SRP DVD/MOD

-----A hybrid live action/animated series centering on animated warrior Zorn who, upon arriving home on Earth for the first time in 10 years, finds that reconnecting with his live-action son Alan and ex-wife Edie while suffering through a mundane office job and the banality of suburban life, is harder than waging actual war in his distant, mystical homeland of Zephyria.

Pitch: The Complete Series
* Pitch - The Complete Series (Fox)
$29.95 SRP DVD/MOD

-----From executive producers Dan Fogelman (“Cars,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”) and Rick Singer (“Younger”), PITCH is the dramatic and inspirational story of a young pitcher (Kylie Bunbury, “Under The Dome”) who becomes the first woman to play Major League Baseball – under the glare of a white-hot media spotlight.

Wayward Pines: The Complete Second Season
* Wayward Pines - The Complete 2nd Season (Fox)
$29.95 SRP DVD/MOD

-----From executive producer M. Night Shyamalan and based on the world created by author Blake Crouch in his international best-selling series of books, the 10-episode, second season will pick up after the shocking events of Season One, with the residents of Wayward Pines battling against the iron-fisted rule of the First Generation. As events unfold in Wayward Pines, the thoughtful and philosophical Mitchum – a former teacher – makes a decision that will affect the fate of Wayward Pines and every resident living there.

Second Chance: The Complete Series
* Second Chance - The Complete Series (Fox)
$29.95 SRP DVD/MOD

-----SECOND CHANCE is an ambitious and very successful new drama series, featuring some of Turkey’s biggest stars. The story focuses on an innocent woman, Deniz, who has everything in life that she could wish for – until her husband disappears without a trace. After losing everything she has ever owned, she is left in dire straits and faces a daily struggle for survival, needing to fight for the sake of her children and elderly father. Eventually she meets Mirat, who turns out to be a life-saver. Will hope – and courage – get her back her power? Will she be able to trust anyone? And will she find love once again?With powerful and emotional drama at its core, compelling characters and excellent storytelling with universal themes of love, loss and struggles for survival, SECOND CHANCE has quickly established itself as a major hit in Turkey since its autumn 2016 launch.

Cooper Barret's Guide To Surviving Life: The Complete Series
* Cooper Barret's Guide To Surviving Life - The Complete Series (Fox)
$29.95 SRP DVD/MOD

-----Wouldn’t it be great to have a friend who has made all the mistakes in life there are to make, and then tells you exactly where he went wrong, so you don't have to? COOPER BARRETT’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE is a new action comedy that explores what we all go through on our way to figuring out what life is all about.

* Top Gear America - Season One (BBC)
NOTE: this is the finalized release date for this title, after initially indicated for release last October but delayed
$24.98 SRP DVD

-----Strap in for the pulse-racing first season of Top Gear America, hosted by racing enthusiast and veteran film and television actor William Fichtner, world champion drag racer Antron Brown and premiere British automotive journalist Tom Wookie Ford. From state-of-the-art vehicles to cars that defined American culture, from the latest supercars to the ultimate in automotive engineering technology, Top Gear America puts the viewer in the passenger seat alongside the car-obsessed hosts as they race the most incredible vehicles on the scenic highways and historic tracks of the American west. Each episode features a different celebrity competing for the top honor at the new Top Gear studio and track, Speed Vegas. Of course, the one and only Stig will be leaving everyone in his petrol-hazed wake. 

* New Girl - The Complete 7th and Final Season (Fox)

-----Entering its seventh and final season, ensemble comedy NEW GIRL takes a modern look at friendship and romance, as a group of five friends attempt to find their respective places in the world, while begrudgingly accepting the responsibilities of adulthood - with often hilarious results.As the series' sixth season came to a close, Jess (Zooey Deschanel) told Nick (Jake Johnson) of her true feelings for him; Winston (Lamorne Morris) and Aly (guest star Nasim Pedrad) got engaged; and Cece (Hannah Simone) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) received news that they are expecting. When the series returns for its final season, a three-year time jump will have occurred. Jess and Nick are happily together and returning from a whirlwind European book tour; stay-at- home dad Schmidt and working mom Cece are raising their daughter, Ruth; and Winston and Aly are married, with a child on the way.Premiering in 2011, NEW GIRL has been nominated for five Emmy Awards and five Golden Globe Awards.
* The Last Man On Earth - The Complete 4th and Final Season (Fox)

-----In this Emmy Award winning comedy, average guy Tandy (Will Forte) inadvertently becomes the only man left on Earth after a deadly virus sweeps the planet in 2020. Slowly but surely a handful of other survivors finds Tandy, who has returned to his hometown of Tucson. In Season Four, the survivors continue their journey through a post-virus world, setting sail toward Mexico to avoid nuclear fallout. The boat, which no one really knows how to street, get a bit more crowded as wealthy socialite Pamela (guest star Kristen Wiig) and her dog get on board.
* Teen Titans Go! - Back to School (Warner)
CA$16.99 SRP DVD

~~~~~NOTE: Information for this title is currently only available from Canada, but it is expected to be announced for the USA as well
* Nova: Wonders - Season 1 (PBS)
$34.99 SRP DVD

-----A fresh, lively series that makes complicated concepts accessible while taking a deep dive into the scientific process. Each episode poses a big scientific question and takes viewers along on a journey to explore how far we’ve come in our quest for answers, and how we’ve managed to get here. Among the intriguing topics pondered are the secret language of animals, what’s hidden in the human body, the artificial intelligence technologies that could rival and surpass the abilities of the human mind, the controversial power to engineer life in a lab, and the mysteries of the universe. The program travels to some unexpected places to look for answers — including deep underwater, deep beneath our skin, deep below the earth, deep into space, and more. Three young scientists serve as enthusiastic guides and science communicators.

* Striking Out - Series 2 (RLJ/Acorn)
$39.99 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: Behind-the-scenes featurette, Cast panel discussion at the Television Critics Association event
-----As the hit Irish legal drama returns, solicitor Tara Rafferty (Amy Huberman, The Clinic) is embattled but not beaten. She has built a new life for herself after leaving her cheating fiancé, Eric (Rory Keenan, War & Peace), and the high-powered law firm where they both worked. But with one of her employees betraying her and another in jail, she struggles to keep her fledgling practice afloat. Convinced that her former boss—Eric’s scheming father—is behind it all, Tara decides to strike back. To pay the bills, Tara takes on clients whose legal problems range from deportation, to divorce from a bigamist, to a lawsuit against a convent. As she frequently faces off against Eric and her former colleagues in court, Tara’s mentor, Vincent (Neil Morrissey, Line of Duty), leads a high-level corruption inquiry that could endanger them both.
* Delicious - Series 2 (RLJ/Acorn)
$34.99 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: Behind-the-scenes, Photo gallery.
-----It’s been almost a year since the sudden death of philandering chef Leo Vincent (Iain Glen, Game of Thrones, Jack Taylor), but his presence at the Penrose Hotel is more palpable than ever. His ex-wife, Gina (Dawn French, French & Saunders), and widow, Sam (Emilia Fox, Silent Witness), have turned the failing hotel he left behind into a profitable enterprise. Gina does the cooking while Sam manages the business, but they continue to have professional and personal disagreements. With an ongoing police investigation into the hotel, an unexpected guest, and a handsome new hire, Gina and Sam’s partnership may be a recipe for disaster. And while Leo ruminates on life from beyond the grave, his secrets come back to haunt his family.

* Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In - The Complete 5th Season (Time-Life)
$39.95 SRP DVD

-----The ’60s gave us “in-crowds,” “be-ins” and “love-ins,” and starting in 1968, the happening place for free-form comedy was ROWAN & MARTIN’S LAUGH-IN, broadcast from beautiful downtown Burbank. Straight man Dan Rowan and wisecracking co-host Dick Martin led a gaggle of goofballs through a rapid-fire assault of one-liners, skits, bits and non sequiturs that left viewers in hysterics and disbelief. Anything and anyone in the public eye was a target. Political correctness? Forget it!
* Endeavour - Season 5 (PBS)
$39.99 SRP DVD; $49.99 SRP Blu-ray

-----As 1968 dawns, Endeavour's recent promotion leads him to reluctantly mentor new recruit Fancy, while Thursday is beginning to think about life after the police. But in Oxford, crime never sleeps, and the team continues to be challenged by intriguing cases of murder, greed, and deception. When 1968 comes to a close, will things at Cowley Police Station ever be the same again? UK Edition.
* Keeping Faith - Series 1 (RLJ/Acorn)
$49.99 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: Behind the scenes, Character Introductions
-----Award-winning actress Eve Myles (Torchwood, Broadchurch) stars in this BBC thriller as Faith Howells, a fun-loving lawyer with a happy marriage and three children, enjoying an extended maternity leave from the law firm she founded with her husband, Evan (Bradley Freegard, Doctors). Then one day, Evan leaves for work but never arrives. Faith scrambles to handle the clients Evan left behind, all while trying to find out what happened to her husband. As the days go by with no sign of him, Faith becomes the police’s prime suspect, and her search for the truth leads her to the criminal underbelly of her quiet Welsh town. When long-buried family secrets come to light, Faith wonders if she ever really knew her husband at all. Filmed on location along the stunning Welsh coast, this suspense-filled mystery also stars Mark Lewis Jones (Master and Commander), Matthew Gravelle (Broadchurch), Eiry Thomas (The Indian Doctor), and Aneirin Hughes (Hinterland).
* Sneaky Pete - Season 1 (Sony)
$38.99 SRP DVD

-----Fresh out of prison, charming con man Marius Josipovic finds himself in the worst jam of his life, involving his feckless brother, a large sum of money and enemies who want him dead. Fortunately, Marius has all the information he needs to successfully impersonate his ex-cellmate, Pete, and he sets out to gladden the hearts and lighten the wallets of a family that Pete hasn’t seen in 20 years.
* Counterpart - The Complete 1st Season (Lionsgate)
$34.99 SRP DVD; $39.99 SRP Blu-ray

-----Howard Silk (J.K. Simmons) is a lowly cog in the bureaucratic machinery of a Berlin-based United Nations spy agency. When Howard discovers that his organization safeguards the secret of a crossing into a parallel dimension, he is thrust into a shadow world of intrigue, danger, and double cross . . . where the only man he can trust is his near-identical counterpart from this parallel world. The show explores themes of identity, fate, and lost love, posing the eternal question, "What if our lives could have been different?”
The Men Who Built America - Season 2: Frontiersmen (Lionsgate)
$19.98 SRP DVD

-----Executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, this epic docuseries intersperses historical re-enactments and interviews with leading historical experts to tell the exciting true stories of such pioneers as Daniel Boone, Lewis & Clark, William Tecumseh Sherman, Andrew Jackson, Davy Crockett, and others.

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