March 26, 2013

BBC Home Entertainment Releases: April 2013 Highlights

New York, NY –

Street Date: April 9, 2013
Suggested Retail Price: Blu Ray + DVD + UV combo $24.97
Length: Approx. 85 mins + bonus material / 2-disc set

BBC Home Entertainment brings the groundbreaking One Life narrated by  Daniel Craig (SkyfallThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and directed by Michael Gunton (Earth: The Movie, Madagascar, and Africa) and Martha Holmes (The Blue Planet), to Blu-Ray, DVD, and Ultraviolet on April 9. Over the course of five billion years, life on Earth has evolved into the incredible richness and variety we see today. One Life captures the most brilliant and imaginative stories of survival from the natural world. Cutting-edge cinematic techniques capture unprecedented and astonishingly beautiful chronicles of animal ingenuity. From birth through to the creation of the next generation, One Life celebrates the journey that all living things take, revealing that, whether we have wings or flippers, eight legs or two, the triumph of life connects us all. Bonus features include The Making of One Life, featuring Daniel Craig; Director’s Commentary; Behind the Scenes; Interviews with Cameramen; Interviews with Filmmakers; Mike Gunton on One Life (exclusively on the Blu-ray disc); and more.

Street Date: April 9, 2013
Suggested Retail Price: Blu-Ray $39.98 ($49.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 389 mins + bonus material / 3-disc set

The Emmy® Award-winning series comes to Blu-Ray for the first time. The Blue Planet: Seas of Life is the definitive natural history of the world’s oceans, exploring everything from the popular shores and teeming shallows to the mysterious ocean depths. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough and produced by Alistair Fothergill (Planet Earth, Frozen Planet), this historic series examines the determined sharks basking in the shallows, waiting for prey; the exotic flower-like sea anemones blooming in the coral reefs; the many creatures that lurk in the dark, deep canyons of the oceans, waiting for something to sink down from the sunlit world above. It’s a journey that gets stranger and more awe-inspiring as it goes along. Features over three hours of bonus content including crew interviews; “Making Waves,” a series of “making-of” mini-episodes; and more.

Street Date: April 9, 2013
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $24.98 ($30.98 in Canada)
Blu-ray $29.98 ($37.48 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 150 mins / single disc

Stretching just over 1,200 miles in length and made up of 3,000 individual reef systems and hundreds of islands, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on our planet. Given world heritage status in 1981, it is one of the wonders of the natural world – and is even visible from space. Great Barrier Reefexplores how this exquisite natural formation was created, how it works, the intricate relationships between its inhabitants – and how climate change and other factors might shape its future. Using the latest filming techniques, the series captures the magic of the reef as it has never been seen before.

Street Date: April 9, 2013
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $49.98 ($62.48 in Canada)
Blu-ray $59.98 ($74.48 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 585 mins + bonus material / 4-disc set (DVD) / 3-disc set (Blu-Ray)

The legend continues as Merlin returns for a fifth and final season. Camelot basks in peace and prosperity, but dark seeds of destruction are being sown. Morgana lurks in the shadows, plotting her revenge against Arthur and enlisting the help of some of those closest to him. In the frozen wastelands of the north, men are disappearing without a trace. King Arthur and his knights undertake a mission into the unknown, encountering mystical figures, never knowing who they can trust. As the battle between good and evil rages on, Merlin must face his destiny, but can he find the strength to save the man he made a king, the Camelot they fought to build, and the brotherhood they shared? Bonus Features include Deleted Scenes, Outtakes, Storyboards, Making Of featurette, and Audio Commentaries on select episodes.

Street Date: April 16, 2013
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $24.98 ($30.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 270 mins / 2-disc set

This 1964 film adaptation of the classic novel by Ford Madox Ford stars a young Judi Dench (SkyfallJ. Edgar) in one of her earliest screen roles. Considered by many as one of the pre-eminent literary works of the 20thcentury, Parade’s End follows English aristocrat Christopher Tietjens (Ronald Hines, Elizabeth R) as his nation is drawn into World War One. Tietjens is at the center of a love triangle between his wife Sylvia (Jeanne Moody), a treacherous socialite intent on destroying him, and his suffragette mistress, Valentine (Dench). The warfare Tietjens encounters as an officer in Europe is but a backdrop to a personal battle of conflicting loyalties, hidden passions, and the rigid social expectations of his day.

Street Date: April 16, 2013
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $24.98 ($30.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 181 mins / single disc

Rosamund Pike (Jack ReacherDie Another Day) and Rachael Stirling (Young VictoriaSalmon Fishing in the Yemen) star in this powerful adaptation of D. H. Lawrence’s shocking novel The Rainbow – banned in the UK for 11 years – and its sequel, Women in Love. Combining elements of both novels, this adaptation focuses on the lives of two sisters, Ursula and Gudrun Brangwen, as they struggle with their desires for two friends, Rupert Birkin and Gerald Crich. As Ursula and Birkin’s relationship deepens, Gudrun and Gerald’s stormy and destructive love affair begins to spiral out of control.

Street Date: April 16, 2013
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $34.98 ($43.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 348 mins / 2-disc set

The world’s longest-running sitcom returns with more antics from everyone’s favorite delinquents. After reuniting with a gloomy old school pal, Compo, Clegg, and new friend, Truly are determined to stay active and adventurous, and even attempt to relive a childhood tradition of rolling down a hill.  Romance is in the air when Truly’s childhood sweetheart returns to the village and, in yet another misguided attempt to impress Nora Batty, Compo takes up skydiving.