September 4, 2014

BBC Home Entertainment Fall Releases

New & Classic British Detective Mysteries Lead the Fall Releases Including Miss Marple: Volume One and Don’t Miss Exciting New Dramas Like The Honorable Woman Starring Maggie Gyllenhaal

New York, NY –

Father Brown: Season One
Mark Williams plays GK Chesterton’s ecclesiastical sleuth in the 10-episode first season of this crime drama.

Street Date: September 16, 2014
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $39.98 ($49.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 450 mins + bonus material/ 4-disc set

Mark Williams (the Harry Potter films) stars as Father Brown, the Catholic priest who also happens to have a particular talent for solving crimes in this series inspired by the short stories of English writer GK Chesterton. Set in the 1950s in the heart of the beautiful English countryside, each episode sees the enigmatic priest investigate a crime in his own particular way – but he is more interested in saving souls than in bringing the guilty to justice. Having spent many years hearing his parishioners’ confessions, Father Brown has an almost uncanny insight into the origins of evil and the workings of the criminal mind. Join the Father and his good-hearted helpers as they save an innocent woman from the gallows, foil a jewel thief, catch a poisoner and more. Full of humor and compassion, but with a big dramatic twist each time, this series remains true to the period charm of the original character and setting while bringing a contemporary edge to the storytelling. Bonus materials include a Behind-the-Scenes featurette and cast and crew interviews.

DCI Banks: Season Two
Stephen Tompkinson returns as the tenacious and stubborn Chief Inspector Alan Banks in three more chilling crime stories. 

Street Date: September 16, 2014
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $34.98 ($43.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 270 mins / 2-disc set

Stephen Tompkinson (Ballykissangel) returns as the tenacious and stubborn Chief Inspector Alan Banks in three more chilling two-part crime stories. As the season opens, Banks must deal with dramatic changes to his team as the impossible-to-read Helen Morton (Caroline Catz, Doc Martin) enlists as his new partner. A new case becomes personal when Banks discovers that his brother Roy is missing and Roy’s girlfriend has been shot dead. A seemingly ordinary man is murdered in his home for no apparent reason, but the unearthing of a secret double life leads Banks to explore the question of identity.  And finally, when a teenage girl is found strangled, Banks is certain he’s found her murderer… until his watertight case collapses. Can he find the real motive and killer? This PBS favorite provides no shortage of twists, turns and shocking revelations by the no-nonsense DCI Banks.

Death in Paradise: Season Two
Ben Miller returns as Detective Richard Poole, solving more mysterious murders… and still stuck in paradise.

Street Date: September 16, 2014
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $34.98 ($43.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 466 mins / 2-disc set

Detective Richard Poole (Ben Miller, Johnny English, Primeval) is still trapped on the stunning Caribbean island of Saint-Marie – and for him the sun, sea and sand aren’t quite paradise. But he is as brilliant as ever – his eye for detail, relentless logic, and stubborn refusal to leave anything unexplained works seamlessly with the instinctive Sergeant Camille Bordey (Sara Martins, Paris, Je T’aime). With the often unorthodox assistance of Dwayne and Fidel, they tackle a baffling array of unique murders, from pirate curses to nuns killed in locked rooms – even solving cases with a hurricane bearing down on them. Most seem impossible, but Richard and his team always get to the heart of the mystery.

Scott & Bailey: Season Two
Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp return in Sally Wainwright’s thrilling investigative drama.

Street Date: September 16, 2014
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $34.98 ($43.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 359 mins / 2-disc set

Suranne Jones (The Secret of Crickley Hall, Doctor Who) and Lesley Sharp (Afterlife, The Full Monty) return in this thrilling investigative drama from award-winning writer Sally Wainwright (Last Tango in Halifax, Happy Valley). Exploring the personal and professional lives of two female detectives, Rachel Bailey and Janet Scott, each episode sees the women deal with serious crimes while also coping with their own complex personal lives. This season, Janet and Rachel deal with the brutal murders of two men. At the same time, Janet splits with her husband and struggles to run her family without his support. Rachel is invited to work on a high profile case with her boss DCI Gill Murray. Elsewhere, Rachel’s wayward brother turns up on her doorstep. Can Rachel trust him? Honest, powerful and true to life, Scott & Bailey is a refreshing take on crime drama. Bonus material includes a Behind-The-Scenes featurette.

Miss Marple: Volume One
Agatha Christie’s sleuth comes to Blu-ray for the first time, newly remastered and looking better than ever.

Street Date: October 28, 2014
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $39.98 ($49.98 in Canada)
Blu-ray $44.98 ($55.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 519 mins + bonus material / 3-disc set (DVD)/ 2-disc set (Blu-ray)

Gather your wits and join Agatha Christie’s classic soft-spoken sleuth Miss Jane Marple in four delightfully baffling mysteries starring Joan Hickson (Century) – the actress Christie herself wanted for the title role. Each story was shot entirely on location and has been completely remastered to high definition quality from the original film elements. When the hated Colonel Protheroe is found murdered in the sleepy village of St. Mary Mead, Miss Marple wonders why so many people want to confess in “Murder at the Vicarage.” A strange young blonde is found strangled at Gossington Hall, the home of Colonel and Dolly Bantry, in “The Body in the Library” – but luckily Miss Marple is their neighbor. In “The Moving Finger,” a nasty case of poison-pen letters bring Miss Marple to East Anglia. And finally, in “A Murder is Announced,” everyone in Chipping Cleghorn is intrigued by the advertisement predicting a murder at Little Paddocks – but when the lights go out at the appointed hour, no one thinks it’s a joke any more. These four stories feature appearances by A-List British actors and show the wonderfully enjoyable Miss Marple in her element. Bonus material includes “A Very British Murder, Part 1,” the first episode of a three-part series documenting the British national obsession with murder mysteries.

The Honorable Woman
Maggie Gyllenhaal stars in this emotional thriller set against the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

Street Date: October 14, 2014
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $34.98 ($43.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 480 mins / 3-disc set

Written and directed by BAFTA winner Hugo Blick (Sensitive Skin) and starring Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Dark Knight), The Honorable Woman is a fast-paced thriller set against the backdrop of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. As children, Nessa Stein (Gyllenhaal) and her brother Ephra (Andrew Buchan, Broadchurch) witnessed the assassination of their father, a well-known Israeli arms manufacturer. Now in her thirties, Nessa has taken control of the company and refocused its purpose on connecting Palestine and Israel to promote peace. Ennobled for her work, the newly-made Baroness must fight forces that are conspiring against her as she awards a highly lucrative contract to a Palestinian businessman… who is subsequently found dead. The investigation turns into an international manhunt in which truth and trust continuously shift as the CIA, MI6 and Mossad all operate with their own agendas. Set against the gripping backdrop of government paranoia and espionage, The Honorable Woman tells the story of one woman’s personal journey to right the wrongs conducted in her past. Bonus material includes a Behind-The-Scenes featurette.

In the Files: Season Two
For recovered zombies, life after death is a scary thing

Street Date: October 7, 2014
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $29.98 ($37.48 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 360 mins / 2-disc set

Creator Dominic Mitchell reignites the world of teenager Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry, The Legend of Hercules), a recovered zombie, or Partially Deceased Syndrome (PDS) sufferer, who continues in his struggle to find acceptance in society. In the cauldron of small town Roarton, where the living and the undead have reached a fragile peace, Kieren is desperately keeping his head down and squirreling money into his “escape fund” for Paris. But in the wider world, fear is in the air. The radical Pro-Living Party, Victus, is gaining government seats with a resulting spate of PDS Terrorism linked to the Undead Liberation Army (ULA). With the arrival of new and explosive characters from both Victus and the ULA, Kieren’s plans are thrown into disarray as both set their sights on him. He’ll find himself caught in the emotional crossfire, making his desire for a quiet life an unrealistic option. BBC AMERICA’s In the Flesh shines a light on what humanity and community really mean.  Does fear excuse bigotry, hatred and discrimination against others?  And how do you thrive as a citizen in the face of oppression?

Afterlife: Season Two
The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln stars in this chilling supernatural drama.

Street Date: October 7, 2014
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $29.98 ($37.48 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 370 mins + bonus materials / 2-disc set

A chilling psychological drama that enters the world of the dead to answer questions about the living. In the terrifying and emotional climax to the first series, Alison (Lesley Sharp, Scott & Bailey) collapsed and nearly died during a séance in which she was inhabited by the spirit of Robert’s (Andrew Lincoln, The Walking Dead) dead son. Now on the road to recovery, Alison has to accept that the spirits she has seen since she was a child will never leave her. Determined that her life should not be dictated by the dead, she wants to use her gift to help the living. Robert, meanwhile, is in turmoil – once a total skeptic, his beliefs have been shaken by what he witnessed at the séance. He struggles to make sense of his life and turns to Alison for answers… but she is jolted out of her own new-found security by a terrifying presence. For the first time in her life she is being haunted by a spirit from her own past, a ghost she must learn to confront if she is to hold onto her sanity. Bonus material includes a Behind-The-Scenes featurette.

Silent Witness: Season One
Catch up on the first season of this long-running BBC crime thriller and its unique blend of mystery, science and detection.

Street Date: October 21, 2014
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $34.98 ($43.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 360 mins / 2-disc set

In this long-running hit BBC crime thriller, forensic pathologist Dr. Samantha Ryan (Amanda Burton, Bronson) helps solve murder cases with harrowing evidence that speaks louder than words. Her all-embracing, passionate notion of justice quite often does not accord with the police’s objective of getting a conviction. While Cambridge police  detectives interview witnesses who may or may not tell the truth, “Sam” extracts revealing truths from calcified bones, decomposed and charred bodies, tell-tale bruises and overlooked fingerprints. This can lead to trouble, both in her personal and professional lives, but to Sam, each dead body deserves nothing but the truth. Brace yourself for twists and turns in four gripping episodes: the suspicious drowning of a six-year-old girl, the apparently ritual killing of a young man, a death in police custody, and the fiery murder of a refugee’s business partner.

Silent Witness: Season Seventeen
Further tales from the morgue in this most recent season of the award-winning BBC crime drama.

Street Date: October 21, 2014
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $34.98 ($43.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 512 mins / 3-disc set

Prepare for gruesome crime scenes and intricate plot twists in the most recent season of this popular and long-running BBC crime thriller. Emilia Fox (Pride and Prejudice, Merlin) returns as forensic pathologist Dr. Nikki Alexander in five more chilling episodes. What’s the missing link between a poisoned autistic boy and a soccer celebrity caught on a sex tape?  If a framed ex-soldier didn’t kill two gay boys, who did?  How to explain the buried remains of a lap dancer in rural Scotland and the body of a recently pregnant Northern Irish teenager, found in a suitcase?  Things get personal for Jack when his brother becomes a suspect. Despite media pressure, police friction, death threats and romantic distractions, Nikki and the rest of the Lyell Centre team continue on an unwavering and hugely satisfying quest for the truth.

Walter’s War
Discover the story of Walter Tull, the first black officer to serve in the British Army in World War I.

Street Date: November 4, 2014
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $20.98 ($24.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 53 mins + Bonus Content / single disc

Walter’s War tells the story of Walter Tull, the first black commissioned officer to serve in the British armed forces during World War I. Having gained a reputation for himself in the Army through his leadership skills, Tull (O.T. Fagbenle, Breaking and Entering) discovers that he is being put forward for officer training. The other recruits come from far more privileged backgrounds, but he manages to make history despite the prejudice he endures. Follow this brave warrior from his daunting personal battles to the front line in this gripping historical tale. Bonus materials include The Somme: From Defeat to Victory, a powerful dramatized documentary that tells the story of the most infamous battle of the First World War – the Battle of the Somme.

Last Heroes of D-Day
Top secret 3D spy photographs, compelling story telling, state of the art graphics and dramatic reconstruction help bring one famous day in June into focus for a new generation.

Street Date: November 4, 2014
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $20.98 ($24.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 118 mins / single disc

On June 6, 1944, just after midnight, the first paratroopers landed on the Cherbourg Peninsula in Normandy. It marked the beginning of D-Day, the largest and most complex military operation in history. In this ground-breaking two-part series, broadcaster and historian Dan Snow (Battlefield Britain) examines how two years of meticulous planning, espionage and the analysis of millions of three dimensional aerial reconnaissance photographs shaped that day. D-Day is also a powerful and compelling story of heroism, self-sacrifice and determination – this is perhaps the last chance to hear the extraordinary first hand testimonies of those who risked their lives to save the world from Nazi tyranny.

The Paradise: Season Two
Britain’s first department store, The Paradise, re-opens its doors for the second season of this lush rags-to-riches drama.

Street Date: November 18, 2014Z
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $39.98 ($49.98 in Canada)
Blu-ray $44.98 ($49.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 400 mins / 3-disc set (DVD)/ 2-disc set (Blu-ray)

Set amidst the Victorian splendor of Britain’s first department store, The Paradise is the enchanting rags-to-riches story of a young girl who falls in love with the intoxicating charms of the modern world. The second season begins a year after the dramatic events that saw Moray (Emun Elliot, Prometheus) declare his love for Denise (Joanna Vanderham, Dancing on the Edge) and lose The Paradise after breaking off his engagement to Katherine Glendenning (Elaine Cassidy, The Others). But the spurned Katherine has since married Tom Weston (Ben Daniels, Law & Order: UK) – a mysterious, brooding ex-military man with a troubled history. Although she seems to be starting her life anew, her passion for Moray threatens to draw her back into a love triangle, competing with Denise. Meanwhile, Moray and Denise, still at the forefront of fashion and innovation, are plotting to regain The Paradise from Katherine and her husband – whatever it takes.

Other releases in November include
Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 2002
Britain’s longest-running sitcom is an affectionate comedy series about people in the autumn of their years, set in glorious countryside and packed with slapstick humor.

Street Date: November 11, 2014
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $34.98 ($43.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 330 mins / 2-disc set

Guardians of the Museum
BAFTA-winning children’s game show in which three kids are given the challenge of a lifetime – to be let loose in the world’s greatest museum after hours to unlock the mystery behind famous artifacts.

Street Date: November 25, 2014
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $ 18.86 ($23.99 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 112 mins / single disc 

… And more to come!