January 9, 2013

BBC Home Entertainment Releases: February Highlights 2013

New York, NY –

The Original UK Series Remastered
Street Date: February 5, 2013
DVD Suggested Retail Price: $39.98 ($49.98 in Canada)
Blu-ray Suggested Retail Price: $49.99 ($62.48 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 617 mins + bonus materia l/ 4-disc set (DVD) / 3-disc set (Blu-ray)

The thrilling, Emmy-winning original BBC adaptation of Michael Dobbs’ bestselling novels by acclaimed screenwriter Andrew Davies (Bleak HousePride and Prejudice) is fully remastered for its debut on Blu-ray and return to DVD. House of Cards is a delicious tale of greed, corruption and burning ambition. At its heart is Francis Urquhart (Ian Richardson, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), a black-hearted villain with a smiling face, who shares with the viewers his estranged humor and innermost thoughts to destroy each of his political rivals. One by one his opponents tumble, until at last there is just one wild card left in the pack. Considered the godfather of modern political thrillers, this is a true classic that must not be missed. Bonus features include audio commentary with Ian Richardson and Andrew Davies; an interview with Andrew Davis; and a tour of Parliament featurette.

Street Date: February 12, 2013
DVD Suggested Retail Price: $9.95 ($12.46 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 60 mins / single disc

In the history of cinema, no international secret agent has been more closely associated with cars than Bond, James Bond. Alongside the gadgets, the women and the evil masterminds, Bond’s cars are one of the vital ingredients that have made his films a spectacular success. Top Gear: 50 Years of Bond Cars premiered in the US on BBC AMERICA and now speeds its way to DVD. Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond celebrates 50 years of Bond films in this special episode, revealing the engaging behind-the-scenes stories of Bond’s most iconic cars, including the Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5 and the Lotus Esprit submarine car. International icon Roger Moore takes us through the era of Bond’s greatest car stunts, while Richard gets in on the action with ‘Bond Car On a Budget’ by building his own invisible car and Lotus submarine – with frighteningly low resources.

TOP GEAR: The Complete Second Season
Street Date: February 19, 2013
DVD Suggested Retail Price: $29.98 ($37.48 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 704 mins + bonus material / 4-disc set

The second season of the HISTORY channel’s adrenaline-fueled action entertainment show, Top Gear, comes to DVD with 16 supercharged new episodes. An offbeat celebration of automobiles, driving and eccentric adventure, this season of Top Gear finds hosts Adam Ferrara, Tanner Foust and Rutledge Wood pitting a Rally Fighter car against a Swamp Air Boat through the Louisiana bayou, racing the new 911 GTR2 at night through the streets of downtown Los Angeles, testing a Subaru STI against a dirt bike as the best way to escape a ghost town, and chauffeuring celebrities to the 2011 Emmy® Awards in homemade stretch limousines welded out of bizarre vehicles. Adam and Rutledge find a novel, if not dangerous way to recharge electric vehicles while driving and Tanner becomes a test driver as he travels to England to find out just how fast the fastest boutique car on the market – the half-million dollar Noble M600 – actually goes. Celebrity guests visiting the studio and track this season include Maroon 5 singer and The Voice judge Adam Levine, Rick and Chumlee (Pawn Stars), comedian Bill Engvall, Arlene Tur (TorchwoodMiracle Day), Bridget Marquardt (Girls Next Door) and Steve Schirripa (The Sopranos). Bonus features include behind the scenes featurettes; extended scenes; and studio chats with the hosts.

Street Date: February 12, 2013
DVD Suggested Retail Price: $24.98 ($30.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 150 mins + bonus material / single disc

This digitally re-mastered edition of the Doctor Who classic includes the original episodes 1, 2, 3 & 6 plus brand new animated versions of episodes 4 & 5, currently missing from the BBC Archives. The TARDIS arrives near Paris during the French Revolution, a time of great upheaval, bloodshed and terror. Soon, with the Doctor (First Doctor – William Hartnell) trapped inside a burning farmhouse, Ian imprisoned and Susan and Barbara on their way to the guillotine, it’s clear this will be one of their most dangerous and exciting adventures yet… Bonus features include Audio Commentary with actors Carole Ann Ford, Neville Smith, Jeffry Wickham, Caroline Hunt and Patrick Marley and production assistant Tim Combe, Ronald Pickup, Philip Morris and Paul Vanezis; “Don’t Lose Your Head” featurette; and more.