March 8, 2012

BBC Home Entertainment Announces April 2012 DVD/Blu-ray Releases

New York, NY —

Street Date: April 17, 2012
DVD Suggested Retail Price: $39.98 ($49.98 in Canada)
Blu-Ray Suggested Retail Price: $54.98 ($62.48 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 98 minutes/ 3-disc set

Embark on a trip of a lifetime with BBC Home Entertainment, as the DVD and Blu-ray release of Frozen Planet glides onto shelves April 17, 2012. Following the Discovery Channel premiere in North America on March 18, 2012 and just in time for Earth Day, this astonishing and breathtaking seven part series is narrated by the legendary Sir David Attenborough, hailed by The Telegraph as “the father of natural history television.” Join Emmy® Award winning Executive Producer Alastair Fothergill and the team behind the groundbreaking series Planet Earth as they take you on the ultimate adventure into a breathtaking landscape. This is the Poles as you have never seen them, and may never see them again. Bonus features include: Science at the Ends of the Earth, an examination of the remarkable scientific work being performed at the South Pole; Freeze Frame, a series of seven 10-minute making-of featurettes, one for each episode; Production Video Diaries, a set of 47 revelatory video shorts; and more.

Street Date: April 3, 2012
DVD Suggested Retail Price: $49.98 ($62.98 in Canada)
Blu-Ray Suggested Retail Price: $59.99 ($74.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 529 minutes + bonus features/ 4-disc set

John Barrowman (Desperate Housewives, Doctor Who) and Eve Myles (Little Dorrit, Doctor Who) are joined by stars Mekhi Phifer (ER, Dawn of the Dead) and Bill Pullman (While You Were Sleeping, Independence Day) for the gripping 10-parter, Torchwood: Miracle Day, from BBC Worldwide Productions. One day, nobody dies. All across the world, nobody dies. And then the next day, and the next, and the next, people keep aging – they get hurt and sick – but they never die. The result: a population boom, overnight. With all the extra people, resources are finite. It’s said that in four month’s time, the human race will cease to be viable. But this can’t be a natural event – someone’s got to be behind it. It’s a race against time as C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy. The answers lie within an old, secret British institute. As Rex keeps asking “What is Torchwood?”, he’s drawn into a world of adventure, and a threat to change what it means to be human, forever. Bonus features include audio commentary, character profiles, “Web of Lies” motion comic, behind-the-scenes special, special effects featurette, and more.

Street Date: April 10, 2012
Suggested Retail Price: $34.98 ($43.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 122 minutes/ 2-disc set

In the peaceful village of Devil’s End something very strange is happening. A professor is preparing to open a nearby burial mound, and a local white witch foresees death and disaster. Meanwhile, the new vicar looks suspiciously like the Master, and he is using black magic to conjure up an ancient Dæmon. Can the third Doctor (Jon Pertwee), Jo (Katy Manning) and UNIT stop their old enemy before he succeeds? This digitally remastered edition of the Doctor Who classic includes audio commentary with actors Katy Manning, Richard Franklin, Damaris Hayman and director Christopher Barry, as well as many other bonus materials.

Street Date: April 10, 2012
Suggested Retail Price: $34.98 ($43.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 98 minutes/ 2-disc set

Freed from his exile on Earth, the third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) takes Jo (Katy Manning) on a test flight in the TARDIS, landing aboard SS Bernice, a cargo ship that appears to be crossing the Indian Ocean in 1926. As events take a dangerous and unexpected twist, it seems that their fate lies in the hands of a traveling showman named Vorg and his assistant Shirna, who have just arrived on the distant planet of Inter Minor with an amazing intergalactic peepshow called the Miniscope. This digitally remastered special edition of the Doctor Who classic includes two audio commentary tracks as well as an early edit of Episode 2, a making-of featurette, and many other bonus materials.

Street Date: April 24, 2012
Suggested Retail Price: $9.97 ($12.46 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 40 minutes/ single disc

Spot, the star of Eric Hill’s beloved children’s books, is bringing his delightful half-hour Grandparents special to DVD. It’s a wonderful day for Spot. He is spending the day with Grandma and Grandpa and they are taking him to the carnival. And there’s an extra special surprise in store. Spot and his friends get to ride in the carnival parade on an actual fire engine. But when the float with the carnival’s band gets a flat tire, who will save the day? Bonus features include two additional 4-minute stories: Spot’s Grandpa and Spot Helps Grandma.