December 30, 2013

BBC Home Entertainment Winter Highlights 2014

New York, NY –

Street Date: January 7, 2014
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $49.98 (US Only)
Blu-ray $59.98 (US Only)
Length: Approx. 585 mins + bonus material/ 3-disc set (DVD)/ 3-disc set (Blu-ray)

The gripping crime series Copper returns for its second and final season with 13 all new episodes. Set in New York City on the brink of Lincoln’s assassination, Detective Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones, MI-5) struggles to tame the wartime metropolis while wrestling with personal demons, including the betrayal of his wife and best friend. And when Tammany Hall’s outspoken General Brendan Donovan (Donal Logue, Sons of Anarchy, Vikings) returns from the Civil War to restore law and order in the Sixth Ward, loyalties will be bought and sold both uptown and in the slums of the Five Points as Corcoran, and those around him, fight to find their places in an unforgiving city. COPPER SEASON TWO is from the brilliant minds of Emmy®-winner Tom Fontana, Academy Award®-winner Barry Levinson, Academy Award®-nominee Will Rokos, executive producers Christina Wayne and Thomas Kelly. Bonus Materials include three set tours, three “Insider” featurettes,  and two character profiles.

Street Date: January 7, 2014
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $34.98 ($43.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 360 mins / 2-disc set (DVD)

Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Holly Hunter (Saving Grace, The Incredibles) star in this critically acclaimed, Emmy®-winning mini-series written and directed by Academy Award®– winner Jane Campion (The Piano). Set against the stunning, untouched backdrop of New Zealand, Moss plays Robin Griffin, a gutsy but inexperienced detective called in to investigate the disappearance of a pregnant 12-year-old girl named Tui. As she becomes more and more obsessed with the search for Tui, Robin slowly begins to realize that finding her is tantamount to finding herself – a self she has kept well-hidden.

Street Date: January 14, 2014
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $34.98 ($43.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 319 mins / 2-disc set

Everyone’s favorite senior ne’er-do-wells are back in this hilarious season of the world’s longest running sitcom. Whether they are road-testing mopeds, starting rumors about tigers running amok, or buying giant garden gnomes, these misbehaving seniors show that wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age and there are always life lessons to be learned… with hilarious results. Includes the 2001 Last of the Summer Wine Christmas Special: “Potts in Pole Position.”

Street Date: January 14, 2014
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $18.98 ($23.73 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 360 mins + bonus material / 2-disc set

The world’s most popular car show returns for an explosive 20th season with hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. In the course of six packed episodes the boys pay tribute to BBC Television Centre with the help of a motorcyclist and a pair of Parkour runners, race a car against an America’s Cup yacht up the coast of New Zealand, and do their bit for European economic turmoil by blasting across Spain in three “affordable” supercars. They also tackle the growing problem of flooding by designing a car that can turn into a hovercraft, and Richard Hammond attempts to find a hot hatch hero from a trio of newcomers, the Renaultsport Clio 200, Peugeot 208 GTI and Ford Fiesta ST. Cars on the test track include the BAC Mono, a modern recreation of the classic Porsche 911, and the Mercedes SLS Black, and the celebrities trying their luck in the brand new Reasonably Priced Car include Benedict Cumberbatch and Ron Howard. Bonus Materials include six “Stig Cam” featurettes as well as “Great Moments in Top Gear History.”

Street Date: January 28, 2014
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $19.98 ($24.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 60 mins + bonus material / single disc

Stunning wildlife footage provides an intimate and often playful look at the first year of life of a special group of baby animals born in some of the coldest, harshest places on Earth.  Including polar bears, arctic wolves, snow monkeys, reindeer, otters and more, these cute and plucky youngsters learn what it takes to survive in a world of snow and ice, with a little help from their friends.  Bonus materials include Polar Bear – Spy on the Ice, a thrilling two-part series which gets closer than ever before to the world’s greatest land predator: the polar bear. Witness in amazing detail how these elusive creatures use their intelligence and curiosity to survive in a world of shrinking ice.

Street Date: January 28, 2014
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $19.98 ($24.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 150 mins + bonus material / single disc

Get up close, beak to beak, and join the huddle with Penguins – Spy in the Huddle. Using Penguincams (super-realistic animatronic cameras disguised as penguins, chicks and eggs) Spy in the Huddle gives an inside look at all the drama and challenges these “tuxedoed” birds face throughout the year, with no shortage of laughs along the way. From the regal Emperor penguin in the freezing Antarctic to the blushing Humboldt of South America to the tiny Rockhopper of the Falkland Islands, the Penguincam provides an unprecedented view of these enigmatic creatures and their fascinating lives.

Street Date: February 4, 2014
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $24.98 ($30.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 90 mins + bonus material / single disc

Academy Award®-nominee and Screen Actor Guild nominee Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech, Sweeney Todd) received a Golden Globe® nomination for her portrayal with Dominic West (The Hour, The Wire) of Hollywood’s most famously volatile on-again-off-again couple. Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor had one of the most fascinating, glamorous and tempestuous relationships of the 20th century – the two most famous movie stars of their day who played out every high and low of their love affairs, multiple marriages and divorces right in the public eye. Burton and Taylor follows their private and public relationship played out against their ill-fated appearance in a 1983 revival of Noel Coward’s stage play, Private Lives. Tempestuous, funny, and dripping with diamonds – this is the last battle of the Burtons. Bonus materials include two behind the scenes featurettes: “Setting the Stage” and “Love is the Drug.”

Street Date: February 4, 2014
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $24.98 ($30.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 90 mins / single disc

A stunning new adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1930s thriller sees a beautiful, spoiled young woman risk her life to solve the mysterious disappearance of a woman on a train. Iris Carr (Tuppence Middleton, Spies of Warsaw) is travelling across Europe by train when she unwittingly becomes embroiled in a sinister Balkan plot. Feeling disorientated after a fall, Iris is befriended by Miss Froy, an elderly English woman sharing her carriage. But when she wakes up from a short sleep, Miss Froy has vanished without a trace. As fellow passengers claim the lady never existed, Iris fights to discover what actually happened – and prove that she’s not going crazy.

Street Date: February 11, 2014
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $24.98 ($30.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 98 mins + bonus material / single disc

In 2070, Earth’s weather is controlled with ease from the Moon. When the TARDIS arrives at the Moonbase, the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton), along with his friends Polly, Ben and Jamie, is accused of starting a plague that is killing off the base’s crew. It’s not long, however, before the time travelers discover the true cause of the deaths – a powerful, unstoppable race that the Doctor has met before: the Cybermen. This digitally remastered classic Second Doctor adventure is complete at last with two animated episodes, and comes with bonus material including Audio Commentary, “Lunar Landing” making-of featurette, photo gallery and more.

Street Date: March 4, 2014
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $14.98 ($18.74 in Canada)
Blu-ray $19.98 ($24.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 60 mins + bonus material / single disc

Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars.  And among them – the Doctor.  Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe. Orla Brady (Fringe, Mistresses) guest stars as Tasha Lem in Matt Smith’s farewell episode at the Eleventh Doctor. Bonus materials include: “Behind the Scenes of The Time of the Doctor, a making-of featurette featuring interviews with the stars and creators; “Farewell to Matt Smith,” an hour-long special looking back at Matt Smith’s extraordinary tenure as the Eleventh Doctor, narrated by Alex Kingston (River Song); and “Tales from the TARDIS,” a look back at the full, 50-year history of this iconic series.

Street Date: March 18, 2014
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $29.98 ($37.48 in Canada)
Blu-ray $39.98 ($49.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 585 mins + bonus material / 3-disc DVD set/ 3-disc BD set

When Jason set out to find his father, he could never have anticipated where his journey would lead… Far from home and desperate for answers, Jason washes up on the shores of an ancient land – a world of bull leaping, of snake haired goddesses and of palaces so vast it was said they were built by giants. This is the lost city of Atlantis. But beneath the surface of this enticing place is a dark and simmering past, a complicated web of treachery and deceit in which Jason himself now seems inexplicably bound.. Aided by the studious young Pythagoras and the overweight, overbearing Hercules, Jason embarks on a voyage of discovery which sees him brush shoulders with Medusa, come face to face with the Minotaur and even do battle with the dead. This indomitable trio brings new life to timeless myths in this edge-of-your-seat adventure. Atlantis premiered Saturday, November 23, 9:00pm ET/PT as part of BBC AMERICA’s biggest Supernatural Saturday ever. Starring Jack Donnelly (Dancing on the Edge), Mark Addy (Game of Thrones, The Full Monty), Robert Emms (War Horse), Sarah Parish (Hatfields & McCoys), Alexander Siddig (24), and Juliet Stevenson (The Hour, Bend it Like Beckham). Bonus Materials include cast and crew interviews.

Street Date: March 11, 2014
Suggested Retail Price: DVD $24.98 ($30.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 180 mins / single disc

Were the Vikings blood-drenched pillagers?  Or savvy adventurers and entrepreneurs?  Discover exciting new insights as historian Neil Oliver digs for clues. You’ll travel to archaeological sites in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, where Norsemen launch expeditions and raids. Watch in amazement as the warriors settle Britain, Iceland and Greenland and transform themselves from illiterate pagans into Christian farmers, statesmen and kings—all in less than 200 years. The dramatic truth behind the legends will change your understanding of Vikings forever.