April 20, 2015

BBC Home Entertainment Summer Highlights

New York, NY –

Street Date: June 9, 2015
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $39.98 ($49.98 in Canada)
                                        Blu-ray $44.98 ($55.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 450 mins / 3-disc set (DVD), 2-disc set (BD)

Four deliciously complex mysteries keep you guessing in the lively company of Miss Jane Marple, played by Joan Hickson, Agatha Christie’s hand-picked actress for the role. Never one to sit idle, Miss Marple finds her luxurious Barbados vacation a bit dull until Major Palgrave’s murder turns it into A Caribbean Mystery. Her London stay seems a bit too perfect until she discovers something sinister behind the Edwardian façade At Bertram’s Hotel. How can Miss Marple resist visiting the seaside villa of a young couple plagued by terrifying memories of a Sleeping Murder? And how will she solve an unspecified crime in Nemesis, when her only clue is a ticket for a tour of historic homes and gardens, pre-paid by a dead man? The original film elements have been completely remastered in high definition.

Street Date: June 9, 2015
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $34.98 ($43.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 330 mins / 2-disc set

Never distracted by sanity or logic, senior delinquents Truly (Frank Thornton), Clegg (Peter Sallis), and Billy (Keith Clifford) rise to higher heights of hilarity than ever before in the next installment of the world’s longest running sitcom. Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 2004 deals with burning questions such as how will the octogenarian trio dispose of an unwanted dinosaur, a gold-digger and Truly’s ex-wife? What to do when a parade-bound effigy loses its head, and Robin Hood reappears in the Yorkshire Dales? Will Alvin ever convince Nora Batty to take a romantic ride in his bicycle and sidecar? Laugh yourself silly with a golden-oldie cast of British sitcom stars in ten spectacular episodes plus the 2004 Christmas Special, Variations on a Theme of the Widow Winstanley.

Street Date: June 23, 2015 US only (July 21 in Canada)
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $29.98 ($37.48 in Canada)
                                      Blu-ray $34.98 ($43.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 480 mins / 3-disc set (DVD), 2-disc set (BD)

Inspector Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfadyen, MI-5) travels deep into the seedy criminal London underworld, hell-bent on taking back the blood-stained streets of Whitechapel. But Reid isn’t fighting this battle alone. He’s joined by Detective Inspector Bennet Drake (Jerome Flynn, Game of Thrones), a hard man who prefers to let his fists do the talking, Captain Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg, Mad Money), a brash American with a voracious appetite for vice, and Long Susan (Myanna Buring, Twilight), a madam with shady secrets. The opening episode begins with a violent train heist that ignites a chain reaction of events that reverberates through the entire season. Season three of Ripper Street will air on BBC AMERICA beginning Wednesday, April 29, 10:00pm ET.

Street Date: June 30, 2015
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $19.98 ($24.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 90 mins / single disc

Did you know that ants can solve math problems too complex for even modern computers? Planet Ant reveals this and other shocking facts as it shows you the insects you thought you knew as you’ve never seen them before! Super strong, super clever, and super social, these hardworking insects have developed astonishing survival techniques that results in their being a massive and essential part of the environments they reside in. In this program, we dive inside a million-strong leafcutter ant colony, housed in a specially constructed glass nest that allows us to see the inner workings of this most mysterious and complex society in a way never seen before. *Cover art not yet available

Street Date: July 14, 2015
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $24.98 ($30.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 268 mins + bonus features / 2-disc set

The Daleks—the fan-favorite mutant creatures and the Doctor’s greatest enemy—are about to make life miserable for the Time Lord and delightful for Whovians. Take a trip through time and space as the Doctor and his companions battle the most feared race in the universe in this amazing collection of iconic Doctor Who episodes, which includes an adventure with each of the modern Doctors. Bonus materials include Genesis of the Daleks, the extraordinary 6-part Classic Doctor Who story starring Fourth Doctor Tom Baker, and Dalek Origins, a new documentary chronicling the history of these iconic monsters.

Street Date: July 14, 2015
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $24.98 ($30.98 in Canada)
Blu-ray: $29.98 ($37.48 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 120 mins / 2 disc set (DVD), single disc (BD)

Shark is the definitive series on the apex ocean predator, made on a scale never attempted before and revelatory in both content and photography. This series shows the enormous diversity of sharks around the world and highlights some of the incredible behaviors that have allowed them to survive for over 400 million years. Shark showcases some 30 species with footage from dozens of habitats worldwide including mangrove swamps, shipwrecks, coral reefs, under the polar ice, and on land. Yes, there is even a shark that walks on land! With new insights, new breakthroughs in technology, and a new generation of cameramen with pioneering approaches to underwater filming, Shark is a truly eye-opening and awe-inspiring program. *Cover art not yet available

Street Date: August 4, 2015
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $34.98 ($43.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx.  348 mins / 2-disc set

The intricate dance of life continues in this heartwarming drama series about two long-lost childhood sweethearts and the 60 years of baggage they bring to their better-late-than-never marriage. How will newlyweds Alan (Derek Jacobi, The King’s Speech) and Celia (Anne Reid, Upstairs, Downstairs) navigate a startling revelation about Alan’s past? And how will their adult daughters, Gillian and Caroline, deal with happiness and tragedy in their even more complicated lives? Share highs and lows in this uplifting comedy drama, winner of four BAFTA Awards including best drama series, best leading actor (Jacobi), best supporting actress (Sara Lancashire, The Paradise) and best writer (Sally Wainwright, Scott and Bailey, Unforgiven). *Cover art not yet available

Street Date: August 11, 2015 US ONLY
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $34.98
Blu-ray $39.98
Length: Approx. 406 mins /  3 disc set (DVD), 2 disc set (BD)

Based off the bestselling, award-winning novel by Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell takes viewers on a journey through alternate history during 19th century England. Magic, a lost art which has lain dormant for centuries, is showing signs of returning. At the center of this renaissance are two men who are destined to become the greatest magicians that England—and possibly the world—have ever seen. However, Gilbert Norrell Bertie Carvel (Restless, Hidden, Matilda) and Jonathan Strange Eddie Marsan (Best of Men, Ray Donovan, Filth) not only have to deal with all the trappings of Georgian society, the Napoleonic wars, and the whims of the supernatural, but with their own egos and most of all, an uncomfortable realization that there may not be enough room in the world for one magician, never mind two. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell will air on BBC AMERICA later this year. *Cover art not yet available

Street Date: August 18, 2015
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $19.98 ($24.98 in Canada)
Blu-ray: $24.98 ($30.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 315 mins / 2-disc set (DVD), 2-disc set (BD)

Set in the mythical streets and palaces of ancient Atlantis, the very mortal Jason and his friends, Hercules and Pythagoras, reunite to romp once more. The kingdom stands on the brink of collapse when Jason, Hercules and Pythagoras get tangled in a bloody and brutal political power struggle. With the future looking bleak, one question remains unanswered: will Jason fulfill his destiny…or will Atlantis be lost beneath the waves forever? Gather the family for a playful mix of legend, adventure, fun and sci-fi from the creators of Merlin, starring Jack Donnelly (Dancing on the Edge) as Jason, Mark Addy (Game of Thrones) as hefty Hercules, and Robert Emms (War Horse) as studious Pythagoras. Season two of Atlantis premiered on BBC AMERICA in 2014 as part of Supernatural Saturday.*Cover art not yet available