April PBS Blu-ray and DVD Slate Includes ‘Victoria,’ ‘Mrs. Wilson’

PBS Distribution will release a variety of programming on disc and for digital download in April, including season three of “Victoria.”

Due April 2:

  • Nature: Attenborough and the Sea Dragon, available digitally and on DVD, a profile of the prehistoric Ichthyosaur, a fish lizard.
  • Nova: Einstein’s Quantum Riddle, available digitally and on DVD, an examination of the implications of the theory of quantum entanglement.
  • Dictator’s Playbook, available digitally and on DVD, an examination of the historical, sociological and psychological foundations of 20th century dictatorships, and why they succeeded or failed. Six episodes include looks at Kim Il Sung, Saddam Hussein, Benito Mussolini, Manuel Noriega, Francisco Franco and Idi Amin.

 

Due April 9:

  • Masterpiece: Mrs. Wilson, available digitally and on DVD, starring Ruth Wilson as her real-life grandmother in a true story about spies, plot twists, love and betrayal, as a woman searches for her husband’s real identity.

 

Due April 16:

  • Victoria: Season Three, available digitally and on Blu-ray and DVD, with Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria.
  • American Masters: Joseph Pulitzer, available digitally and on DVD, an exploration about the newspaper magnate who is best known through the journalism award he endowed in his will.
  • American Experience: Sealab, available digitally and on DVD, a documentary about the U.S. Navy’s efforts to explore the ocean’s depths in the 1960s.
  • Nova: Kilauea — Hawaii on Fire, available digitally and on DVD, a look at the recent eruption of the Hawaiian volcano and what could cause a rise in volcanic activity.

 

Due April 23:

  • Nature: Wild Way of the Vikings, available digitally and on DVD, a documentary narrated by Ewan McGregor about the lifestyle and discoveries of the Vikings hundreds of years before Columbus.
  • Frontline: Predator on the Reservation, available digitally and on DVD, an investigation of the decades-long failure to stop Dr. Stanley Weber, a government pediatrician who moved from reservation to reservation abusing young boys
  • Charm City, available digitally and on DVD, a feature documentary about a group of police, citizens, community leaders and government officials who, with grit, fury and compassion, are grappling with the consequences of violence and trying to reclaim Baltimore’s future.
  • Margaret: The Rebel Princess, available digitally and on DVD, a documentary about Queen Elizabeth II’s rebellious younger sister, with rare footage and interviews with those who knew her best.
  • Boss: The Black Experience in Business, available digitally and on DVD, a documentary that traces the lives of African-American entrepreneurs over 150 years.

 

Due April 30:

  • Living Volcanoes, available digitally and on DVD, an examination of the people and wildlife that live alongside the world’s volcanoes, plus a daring expedition of scientists and adventurers to one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes, located in the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu.
  • Decoding the Great Pyramid, available digitally and on DVD, a look at the history of the Great Pyramid of Giza, how it was built and how its construction shaped Egypt’s civilization.
  • Reconstruction: America After the Civil War, available digitally and on DVD, in which professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. presents the definitive history of one of the least understood chapters in American history — the transformative years following the American Civil War
  • Homo Spatius, available digitally and on DVD, a look at how efforts to conquer outer space might guide human evolution.
  • Charley Pride: I’m Just Me, available digitally and on DVD, a documentary narrated by Tanya Tucker about the life of Charley Pride, from Negro League baseball player to country music superstar.
  • Right to Fail, available digitally and on DVD, an investigation into a court-ordered effort to move hundreds of those with mental illness into independent living.

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