Friday, March 1, 2019

Upcoming DVD Releases - April 2019

COMING ON 4/30:
* The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection, Volume 5: 1976-1978 (Kino Lorber)
$19.95 SRP DVD; $29.95 SRP Blu-ray
The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection: Volume 5 [Blu-ray]
EXTRAS: MYSTIC PINK - Audio commentary by author Mark Arnold; THE PINK OF ARABEE - Audio commentary by author Mark Arnold; THE PINK PRO - Audio commentary by cartoon writer William Hohauser; THE PINK PIPER - Audio commentary by author Mark Arnold; PINKY DOODLE - Audio commentary by filmmaker Greg Ford; SHERLOCK PINK - Audio commentary by historian Jerry Beck; ROCKY PINK - Audio commentary by director Art Leonardi, with William Hohauser; THERAPEUTIC PINK - Audio commentary by author Mark Arnold; PINK ARCADE - Audio commentary by historian Jerry Beck; PINK TRUMPET - Audio commentary by filmmaker Greg Ford; PINK U.F.O. - Audio commentary by cartoon writer William Hohauser; YANKEE DOODLE PINK - Audio commentary by filmmaker Greg Ford; PET PINK PEBBLES - Audio commentary by cartoon writer William Hohauser, with director Art Leonardi; THE PINK OF BAGDAD - Audio commentary by author Mark Arnold; Think Pink - How to Draw Pink Panther with Art Leonardi; Animated Main Titles For All 8 Blake Edward Pink Panther Films; Reversible Blu-ray Art
-----In this next-to-last phase of the Pink Panther's amazing run of new theatrical short-subjects, newsworthy mid-to-late 1970s trends and fads such as Rock'em-Sock'em robots (PINK ARCADE), compulsive dieting (DIETETIC PINK), and the merchandizing of "pet rocks" (Art Leonardi's ROCKY PINK) come into focus. Fairy-tale spoofs (PINK PIPER, CAT AND THE BEANSTALK) make a modest comeback, but much more impressive are brand-new wrinkles on familiar Panther themes like sleep deprivation (Art Davis's PINK TRUMPET), wars against a pesky fly (turning positively apocalyptic in Sid Marcus's PINK S.W.A.T.) and journeys through surreality (SHERLOCK PINK, Robert McKimson's last and probably best "Panther" pic).
NOTE: our thanks to reader John Cerone for the heads-up about this info.


COMING ON 4/2:
* Archer - The Complete Season 9: Danger Island (Fox)
$29.98 SRP DVD
Archer: Danger Island Season 9
EXTRAS: Inside look: Making Archer featurette; Crackers' Costumed Playings featurette
-----Get ready for a change of scenery with the semi-functioning alcoholic seaplane pilot, Sterling Archer, a lush on the lush South Pacific island of Mitimotu in 1939. While the rest of the world is concerned about the impending Second World War, Archer is only concerned with who's buying his next drink. Along with his trusty co-pilot Pam, Archer must navigate quicksand, cannibals, super-intelligent monkeys, poison darts, pirates, and did we mention quicksand?
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COMING ON 4/16:
* Escape at Dannemora - Limited Event Series (Showtime/Paramount)
$39.99 SRP DVD
Escape at Dannemora
-----Benicio Del Toro, Patricia Arquette, Paul Dano and Bonnie Hunt star in ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA, a SHOWTIME Limited Event Series directed and executive produced by Ben Stiller. Based on the stranger-than-fiction prison break in upstate New York, ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA follows the story of two convicts who spawned a statewide manhunt...and were aided in their escape by a married female prison employee who became involved with both men. It's a bizarre tale filled with twists and turns, yet through it all there's one thing that unites the inmates and citizens of Dannemora: everyone's looking for a way out.


COMING ON 4/2:
* My Brilliant Friend - Season 1 (HBO)
$49.99 SRP DVD
MY BRILLIANT FRIEND (DVD + DC)
EXTRAS: Digital Copy
-----When the most important friend in her life seems to have disappeared without a trace, Elena Greco, a now-elderly woman immersed in a house full of books, turns on her computer and starts writing the story of their friendship. Based on the bestselling series by Elena Ferrante.
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COMING ON 4/16:
* Steven Universe - The Complete 2nd Season (Warner)
$34.98 SRP DVD

-----Steven Universe is set in Beach City on the American East Coast, where the four Crystal Gems live in an ancient beachside temple, protecting the world from evil. As immortal alien warriors, they project female humanoid forms from magical gems that are the core of their being. The Crystal Gems are Garnet, Amethyst, Pearl and Steven, a young half-human, half-Gem boy who inherited the gem of his mother Rose Quartz, the former leader of the Crystal Gems. As Steven tries to figure out his powers, he spends his days with his human father Greg, his friend Connie or the other Gems, whether to help them save the world or just to hang out. He explores the abilities passed down to him by his mother, which include fusion - the ability of two Gems to temporarily merge their identities and bodies to form a distinct new personality.
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COMING ON 4/23:
* Public Defender - The Official 1st Season (Classic Flix)
$39.99 SRP DVD
The Public Defender: The Complete First Season
-----For the first time on home video come all 26 episodes of the first season of Public Defender starring Reed Hadley as Bart Matthews: a tireless and dedicated public servant, who earnestly defends the rights of the indigent. A late season replacement for Philip Morris Playhouse, Public Defender premiered in March 1954, a time when the concept of a taxpayer funded defense attorney was largely associated with capital cases. But with everyday stories based on real-life events, tackling every kind of thorny dilemma from juvenile delinquency to vehicular homicide, the series not only shed new light on this little known public office, but its attention to realistic detail made the show a key player in the history of television crime drama. Produced by Hal Roach, Jr., Public Defender gave Reed Hadley the second of two small screen successes (the other being the similar-in-tone Racket Squad) and also provided a great showcase for directors like Budd Boetticher and Erle C. Kenton. This 3-disc collection marks the first official home video release of this popular anthology series, with all 26 first season episodes culled from original Hal Roach Studio masters. Guest stars from the golden age of both film and TV pack each episode, with Hugh Beaumont, Marie Windsor, James Gleason, Steve Brodie, Lyle Talbot, Adele Jergens, Jimmy Lydon, Mary Beth Hughes, John Qualen, Darryl Hickman, Harry Carey, Jr., Harold Peary, Alan Reed, Noel Neill, Glenn Langan and Barbara Whiting, among many more, making an appearance.
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COMING ON 4/30:
* The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection, Volume 5: 1976-1978 (Kino Lorber)
$19.95 SRP DVD; $29.95 SRP Blu-ray
The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection: Volume 5
EXTRAS: Audio commentaries for selected films, by author Mark Arnold, historian Jerry Beck, filmmaker Greg Ford and cartoon writer William Hohauser; Think Pink: How to Draw Pink Panther with Art Leonardi; Animated Main Titles For All 8 Blake Edward Pink Panther Films
* Adventure Time - The Complete Series (Warner)
$112.99 SRP DVD

NOTE: we have not received word about this directly from the studio; so far the only information we have is an Amazon pre-order listing (linked above). We've located a listing there for a DVD version; no Blu-ray Disc version has been located so far. There is also no box art, details, or other information as of this writing. We hope to bring you updates, so stay tuned!


COMING ON 4/2:
* Archer - The Complete Season 9: Danger Island (Fox)
$29.98 SRP DVD
Archer: Danger Island
-----Archer: Danger Island centers on the semi-functioning alcoholic seaplane pilot, Sterling Archer, a lush on the lush South Pacific island of Mitimotu in 1939. While the rest of the world is concerned about the impending Second World War, Archer is only concerned with who's buying his next drink. Along with his trusty co-pilot Pam, Sterling must navigate quicksand, cannibals, super-intelligent monkeys, poison darts, pirates, and did we mention quicksand?
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COMING ON 4/9:
* Dirty John - Season 1 (Universal)
$29.98 SRP DVD
Dirty John
-----Debra Newell (Connie Britton, "Nashville", "Friday Night Lights") has a seemingly perfect life: she's successful, beautiful and lives in one of California's most desirable coastal cities, Newport Beach. The only thing missing is love. So when she finally meets charming and handsome doctor John Meehan (Eric Bana, "Hulk"), she's quickly swept into a whirlwind romance, much to the dismay of her daughters Terra (Julia Garner) and Veronica (Juno Temple). Their fast-tracked relationship creates tension between Debra and the girls, leaving them no choice but to investigate the stranger who has swept their mother off her feet. As Debra gets drawn deeper into his lies and sinister game of psychological manipulation, it results in horrific consequences for an entire family.
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COMING ON 4/23:
* A Place to Call Home: The Complete Collection: Limited Edition (RLJ/Acorn)
$299.99 SRP DVD
A Place to Call Home: The Complete Collection: Limited Edition
-----Gorgeously filmed and masterfully acted, this acclaimed period drama brims with romance and intrigue. When nurse Sarah Adams returns home to 1950s Australia after 20 years in Europe, she quickly becomes entangled in the lives of the wealthy Bligh family. Sparks fly with dashing widower George, but she clashes with his formidable mother, Elizabeth, who enlists George's devious sister-in-law to disrupt their romance. As Sarah settles into rural Inverness, she befriends a good-natured farmer, and finds an unexpected ally in the local doctor, Jack, who has a complicated past with George's bohemian sister, Carolyn. Meanwhile, George's daughter, Anna, pursues her own illicit love, and his son, James, hides a painful secret from his insecure new wife, Olivia. Tackling weighty themes of social class, sexuality, and prejudice through six captivating seasons, A Place to Call Home explores the ties that hold families together...and the betrayals that can tear them apart.

COMING ON 4/9:
* Project Blue Book - Season 1 (Lionsgate)
$24.98 SRP DVD; $29.99 SRP Blu-ray

EXTRAS: Digital Copy (Blu-ray only)
-----From Academy Award winner Robert Zemeckis, "Project Blue Book" is inspired by the real-life experiences of Dr. J. Allen Hynek (Aidan Gillen, Game of Thrones). A brilliant college professor, Hynek is recruited by the U.S. Air Force to spearhead a clandestine operation, code-named Project Blue Book, which investigates UFO sightings and alleged extraterrestrial encounters. Each episode draws from those actual case files blending UFO theories with authentic historical events from one of the most mysterious eras in United States history. Throughout the season, documented occurrences will be explored, including the Gorman Dogfight of Fargo, North Dakota; the Flatwoods Monster Incident of Flatwoods, West Virginia; and the Lubbock Lights of Lubbock, Texas, among many others. Project Blue Book ultimately investigated more than 12,000 UFO cases, over 700 of which remain unsolved to this day. By delving into the origins of fake news, espionage, and government cover-ups, "Project Blue Book" straddles the world of science and the exploration of the unknown, exposing an incredible mystery that continues to persist. Cast includes Michael Malarkey (The Vampire Diaries), Neal McDonough (Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow), Michael Harney (Orange is the New Black), Laura Mennell (The Man in the High Castle), and Ksenia Solo (Lost Girl).

COMING ON 4/2:
* Ray Donovan - Season 6 (Showtime)
$39.98 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: "Ray Donovan: Inside New York" Featurette, and "Rise, Rebuild, Reclamation" Featurette
-----Ray rebuilds his life, both personally and professionally, in New York City. After being rescued from a plummet into the East River, his savior, a cop named Mac, brings Ray into the Staten Island Police Department fraternity. While exploring this new world of brotherhood and corruption, Ray finds himself once again working for media mogul Samantha Winslow. Sam has teamed up with New York City mayoral candidate Anita Novak, a partnership that puts Ray at odds with his new friends out in Staten Island. Starring Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Liev Schreiber, Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Jon Voight and Academy Award winner and five-time nominee, Susan Sarandon.
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COMING ON 4/16:
* The Big C - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
$54.98 SRP DVD; $69.98 SRP Blu-ray
The Big C - The Complete Series
-----Laura Linney stars in her Golden Globe-winning role as Cathy Jamison, a 42-year-old schoolteacher who has always played by the rules. That is, until she receives a life-changing diagnosis. But instead of giving up, Cathy decides to live it up! Nothing and no one is safe, including her self-absorbed family, her cantankerous neighbor, and her smart-ass students. Brutally honest, unapologetically funny and perfectly profound, The Big C is a surprisingly different comedy that reminds us that life is always worth living on our own terms. "Linney is a coolly intelligent actress with a leveling gaze and a beautifully controlled voice that can coddle or crush." - Tom Gliatto, People Magazine. Starring: Laura Linney (Netflix's Ozark), Oliver Platt (NBC's Chicago Med), Gabriel Basso (Super 8), John Benjamin Hickey (CBS's The Good Wife), Gabourey Sibide (Precious). Also appearing are Cynthia Nixon, Alan Alda, Susan Sarandon, Idris Elba, Kathy Najimy, Parker Posey, Emily Kinney, Victor Garber, and Allison Janney.
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COMING ON 4/23:
* Shameless - The Complete 9th Season (Warner)
$29.98 SRP DVD; also coming on Blu-ray Disc via the Warner Archive

EXTRAS: Deleted Scenes
-----On the ninth season of Shameless, political fervor hits the South Side of Chicago as the Gallaghers take justice into their own hands. While Frank (William H. Macy, three-time Screen Actors Guild Award winner for his role on Shameless), sees financial opportunity in giving voice to the underrepresented working man. Fiona (Emmy Rossum) tries to build on her real estate success, and takes an expensive gamble. Debbie (Emma Kenney) fights for equal pay, and Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) considers attending West Point. Ian (Cameron Monaghan) faces the consequences of his crimes, and Lip (Jeremy Allen White) becomes a sober coach for a famous actress. Kev (Steve Howey) and V (Shanola Hampton) argue about having another baby.
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COMING ON 4/30:
* Finding Joy - Series 1 (RLJ/Acorn)
$34.99 SRP DVD
Finding Joy: Series 1
-----Routine-loving Joy is having a tough time after a messy breakup with her live-in boyfriend, Aidan. Then a promotion forces her to step out of her comfort zone, as she replaces her network's star vlogger, the Happy Hunter. The job sends Joy to unusual places where people find bliss: wrestling matches, wellness retreats, hot yoga, and more, all while filming her discomfort. But despite the new gig and help from her free-spirited roommate, Joy can't seem to get over Aidan, or even stop running into him and his beautiful new girlfriend. Will Joy be able to accept the changes in her life, and find happiness of her own?

COMING ON 4/2:
* The Heart Guy - Series 3 (RLJ/Acorn)
$59.99 SRP DVD
The Heart Guy: Series 3
-----In Series 3, Hugh's probation for his misdeeds is coming to a close, but he has mixed feelings about leaving his budding relationship with hospital boss Penny (Hayley McElhinney, The Babadook). Then tragedy rocks the Knights, and Hugh learns he has inherited the family farm-along with $11 million in debt. While Hugh's mother, Meryl (Tina Bursill, Home and Away), and brother, Matt (Ryan Johnson, Fairly Legal), process their grief in vastly different ways, Matt's wife, Charlie (Nicole da Silva, Wentworth), receives an unexpected guest that complicates matters. With his family in chaos and his career on the line, Hugh is faced with a difficult choice: return to his glamorous life in Sydney, or stay with the people who need him in Whyhope.
* Rake - Series 5 (RLJ/Acorn)
$39.99 SRP DVD
Rake: Series 5
-----The final season tackles the contentious world of politics, with disbarred lawyer Cleaver Greene (Richard Roxburgh, Moulin Rouge!) having won an Australian Senate seat on a campaign promise to do nothing. But even Cleaver's low expectations fall short of the absurd reality, as he contends with a right-wing nemesis (Jane Turner, Kath & Kim), a noxious gas attack believed to be the work of terrorists, and a disastrous visit from the US defense secretary (Anthony LaPaglia, Without a Trace). Can Cleaver outmaneuver his cutthroat colleagues, or will his self-destructive behavior destroy his budding new career?
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COMING ON 4/9:
* Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog - The Complete Animated Series (Invincible)
$39.95 SRP DVD
Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog
-----The original 1993 series based on the popular video game franchise published by SEGA. Sonic the Hedgehog is on the run with his faithful sidekick Tails, and together they're racing to outpace the despicable Dr. Robotnik, foiling his plans to robotize and enslave the population of Planet Mobius. Sonic and friends always save the day. It's quick wit at supersonic speed in a fight for freedom and family fun!
* Liar - Season 1 (BBC)
$24.98 SRP DVD
Liar: Season One
-----All six episodes of the psychological thriller starring Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey) and Ioan Gruffudd (Forever). After breaking up with her boyfriend, teacher Laura Nielson (Froggatt) agrees to go out with surgeon Andrew Earlham (Gruffudd), whose son is a pupil at her school. The pair hit it off on their date but their relationship is short-lived after Laura accuses Andrew of drugging and raping her. After receiving a torrent of abuse for her accusations, and with the CPS unwilling to prosecute due to a lack of evidence, Laura sets out to make Andrew confess to his crimes but it seems both parties have aspects of their past they would rather leave buried.
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COMING ON 4/16:
* Mighty Morphin Power Rangers - Season 1: Limited Edition Steelbook (Shout!)
$34.99 SRP DVD
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season One (Limited Edition Steelbook)
-----After 10,000 years of imprisonment, the evil sorceress Rita Repulsa and her loyal minions are freed when astronauts on a routine mission in space accidentally open her dumpster prison on the Moon. Filled with rage, Rita decides to conquer the nearest planet: Earth. But her archnemesis - the heroic sage Zordon - has been patiently waiting in preparation for this day. With the assistance of his wisecracking robotic sidekick Alpha 5, Zordon recruits a team of "five teenagers with attitude" - Jason, Zack, Kimberly, Billy and Trini - to receive superpowers beyond their wildest dreams so they can defend the Earth as the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Aided by giant robotic vehicles modeled after dinosaurs called Zords, the Power Rangers fight back against the evil alien hordes of Rita Repulsa.
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COMING ON 4/23:
* The High Chaparral - Season 3 (Shout!)
$34.99 SRP DVD
The High Chaparral: Season Three

-----The wait is over as one of TV's greatest Westerns returns for a spectacular third season. The charismatic Cannons (Leif Erickson, Cameron Mitchell, Mark Slade) and magnificent Montoyas (Henry Darrow, Linda Cristal, Frank Silvera), as well as the often irrepressible Bunkhouse Gang led by the Butler brothers (Don Collier and Robert Hoy), are back with The High Chaparral: Season 3, now on DVD for the first time. Again under the guiding hand of Executive Producer David Dortort, the legendary series' stand-out episodes and roster of great guest stars include "A Time to Laugh, a Time to Cry" (Donna Baccala), "Bad Day for a Bad Man" (Malachi Throne, Marianna Hill), "Alliance" (Robert Viharo, X Brands), "Friends and Partners" (Charles Dierkop), "Jelks" (Mitchell Ryan), and "The Long Shadow" (Gregory Sierra, Richard Farnsworth). Digitally remastered and restored from original film elements for superior sound and picture, each episode contains footage filmed on location in the magnificent desert of Old Tucson, Arizona, as well as an alternate Latin American Spanish language track.
* A Place to Call Home - Season 6 (RLJ/Acorn)
$59.99 SRP DVD
A Place to Call Home: Season 6
-----In the final season of the critically acclaimed, award-winning drama, resilient nurse Sarah Nordmann (Marta Dusseldorp, Janet King) finally marries wealthy landowner George Bligh (Brett Climo, Snowy River: The McGregor Saga). But as Sarah takes her place as lady of Ash Park, George's mother, Elizabeth (Noni Hazlehurst, Little Fish), feels pushed out of the household that she ran for decades. George's son, James (David Berry, Outlander), returns from abroad to start a business in Sydney, while his daughter, Anna (Abby Earl, The Great Mint Swindle), lives in Hawaii with her sister-in-law (Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood, Underbelly), hiding a secret from the rest of the family. As the Blighs journey back to each other, they face tragedies, betrayals, and new beginnings that will challenge their relationships and change the courses of their lives.
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COMING ON 4/30:
* The Pink Panther Show - The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection, Volume 5 (Kino Lorber)
$19.95 SRP DVD; $29.95 SRP Blu-ray
NOTE: Our thanks to longtime reader John Cerone for pointing us toward this information


COMING ON 4/9:
* You're The Worst - The Complete 5th and Final Season (Fox)
$29.95 SRP DVD MOD
You're The Worst: The Complete Fifth Season
-----Narcissistic, brash, and stubborn "Jimmy Shive-Overly" (Chris Geere) has inadvertently found himself paired up with cynical, people-pleasing, and self-destructive "Gretchen Cutler" (Aya Cash). After a whirlwind courtship, and a very rough post-cohabitation period of dealing with Gretchen's clinical depression, Jimmy and Gretchen were forced to learn how to manage a relationship in the face of tragedy when Jimmy's father unexpectedly died. Ultimately drawn closer, Jimmy proposed and then suddenly disappeared when confronted with the notion that Gretchen would be his family. After a prolonged period of separation, Jimmy and Gretchen are in it for the long haul now...at least they think they are. Maybe.


COMING ON 4/4/2019:
* Double Dragon - The Animated Series
$19.95 SRP DVD
Double Dragon The Animated Series
-----A martial-arts master and his twin brother fight evil in this animated series based on the extremely popular Beat 'em up Video-Game franchise. Based on the first title in the series, Billy and Jimmy Lee are twins separated at birth and raised by opposing factions. Following the Code of the Dragon, never to harm others intentionally and not fight if one can help it, Billy trains to become the Dragon Master by his 18th birthday. Billy Joins forces with policewoman Marian Martin and together they fight to protect The City from the Shadow Warriors, a criminal organization led by the mysterious Shadow Master, who secretly instructs Jimmy Lee in the dark ways of the Black Flame. Can long-lost brothers reunite to become the legendary Double Dragon?
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COMING ON 4/16/2019:
* Victoria - The Complete 3rd Season (PBS)
$49.99 SRP DVD; $59.99 SRP Blu-ray
Masterpiece: Victoria, Season 3 DVD
-----When revolution sweeps across Europe, Victoria must scrutinize her relationship with her public. The love between Victoria and the Prince is tested like never before. Allegiances are stretched by the incendiary Foreign Secretary and the unexpected arrival of Victoria's half-sister, Feodora. After ten years on the throne, life as a mother, wife, and Queen has never been more demanding.

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