‘Charlie’s Angels,’ ‘The King of Queens’ Series Sets on Mill Creek October Disc Slate

Complete series sets of the classic 1970s TV show “Charlie’s Angels” and “The King of Queens” are among the titles on the October disc slate for Mill Creek Entertainment

Due Oct. 15 is the complete series of “The King of Queens,” starring Kevin James and Leah Remini, on DVD. The series, which ran for nine seasons, stars James as Doug Heffernan, a lovable regular guy with an adoring wife, Carrie (Remini), and a frustrating father-in-law (Jerry Stiller) under his roof. The set is priced at $74.98.

Oct. 29 comes the complete series set of “Charlie’s Angels” on Blu-ray Disc for the first time at $169.98. The 1970s detective show stars Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack and Tanya Roberts. The series, about three girls who go to work for Charles Townsend, a mysterious man they never see, at his Beverly Hills detective agency, ran for five seasons. The set includes the 2011 TV reboot starring Rachel Taylor, Anne Ilonzeh and Minka Kelly.

Also due Oct. 29 is the double feature Blu-ray of Little Women and Marie Antoinette at $14.98. Little Women stars Claire Danes, Winona Ryder (“Stranger Things”) and Kirsten Dunst in the class Louisa May Alcott story. Marie Antoinette, directed by Sofia Coppola, stars Dunst as the famously fashionable and villainous queen who purportedly told her starving people, “Let them eat cake.” Dunst portrays the ill-fated child princess who married France’s young and indifferent King Louis XVI (Jason Schwartzman). Feeling isolated in a royal court rife with scandal and intrigue, Marie Antoinette defied both royalty and commoner by living like a rock star, which served only to seal her fate.

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Finally, on Oct. 29, Mill Creek releases the horror thriller The Thing (2011), a prelude to John Carpenter’s 1982 classic film, at $14.98 on Blu-ray. When paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) travels to an isolated outpost in Antarctica for the expedition of a lifetime, she joins an international team that unearths a remarkable discovery. Their elation quickly turns to fear as they realize that their experiment has freed a mysterious being from its frozen prison. Paranoia spreads like an epidemic as a creature that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive.

TV Time: Amazon’s ‘Carnival Row’ Most Anticipated New Show, Netflix’s ‘Mindhunter’ Most Anticipated Returning Show in August

Amazon Prime’s “Carnival Row” is the most anticipated new show and Netflix’s “Mindhunter” is the most anticipated returning show coming in August, according to TV Time’s “Anticipation Report” chart.

TV Time is a free TV viewership tracking app that tracks consumers’ viewing habits worldwide and is visited by more than 1 million consumers every day, according to the company. TV Time’s “Anticipation Report” is based on data from those users.

“Carnival Row,” a fantasy series about mythical creatures starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne, debuts Aug. 30. “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” a series prequel to the Jim Henson film The Dark Crystal, also debuting Aug. 30, is the No. 2 anticipated new series.

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Among returning shows, the second installment of “Mindhunter,” Netflix’s crime thriller series, debuts Aug. 16. TV Time users also anticipate three other Netflix returning series at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4, respectively: “Cable Girls,” hitting Aug. 9; “Dear White People,” debuting Aug. 2; and “GLOW,” coming Aug. 9. Starz’s drug kingpin drama “Power,” the sixth and final season of which hits Aug. 25, took the No. 5 spot among returning series.

Most Anticipated New Shows for August:

  1. “Carnival Row” (Amazon Prime) — Aug. 30
  2. “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” (Netflix) — Aug. 30
  3. “Infinity Train” (Cartoon Network) — Aug. 5
  4. “Why Women Kill” (CBS) — Aug. 15
  5. “BH90210” (Fox) — Aug. 7

 

Most Anticipated Returning Shows for August:

  1. “Mindhunter” (Netflix) — Aug. 16
  2. “Cable Girls” (Netflix) — Aug. 9
  3. “Dear White People” (Netflix) — Aug. 2
  4. “GLOW” (Netflix) — Aug. 9
  5. “Power” (Starz) — Aug. 25

‘Alice, Sweet Alice,’ Pacino Flick ‘Cruising’ and ‘Akio Jissoji: The Buddhist Trilogy’ Coming on Blu-ray From Arrow and MVD in August

Alice, Sweet Alice, the Al Pacino flick Cruising and “Akio Jissoji: The Buddhist Trilogy” are coming on Blu-ray from Arrow Video and MVD Entertainment Group in August.

Due Aug. 6 is the 1976 slasher film Alice, Sweet Alice. A young girl is brutally murdered by an unknown lunatic in a bright yellow rain coat and a freakishly creepy translucent mask. As the killer continues to strike again and again, the young girl’s parents are forced to consider this gruesome reality — perhaps the killer is their eldest daughter, Alice. Ranked No. 89 on Bravo’s 100 Scariest Movie Moments, Alice, Sweet Alice features hardcore kill scenes and marks the screen debut of Brooke Shields. Special features include a new audio commentary with Richard Harland Smith; an archival audio commentary with co-writer/director Alfred Sole and editor Edward Salier; “First Communion: Alfred Sole Remembers Alice, Sweet Alice,” in which Sole looks back on his film; “In the Name of the Father,” a new interview with actor Niles McMaster; “Sweet Memories: Dante Tomaselli on Alice, Sweet Alice,” in which filmmaker Dante Tomaselli, cousin of Sole, discusses his longtime connection to the film; “Lost Childhood: The Locations of Alice, Sweet Alice,” a tour of the original shooting locations hosted by author Michael Gingold; an alternate television cut; a deleted scene; alternate opening titles; a trailer and TV spot; the original screenplay; and an image gallery.

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Coming Aug. 20 is William Friedkin’s controversial erotic crime thriller Cruising. Pacino stars as a New York City cop assigned an undercover gig that sends him deep into the world of the gay S&M and leather bars in the Meatpacking District in an effort to track down a killer targeting gay men. Special features include an archival audio commentary by Friedkin; “The History of Cruising,” an archival featurette looking at the film’s origins and production; “Exorcizing Cruising,” an archival featurette looking at the controversy surrounding the film and its legacy; and the original theatrical trailer.

Also due Aug. 20 is a collection of Akio Jissoji’s films — This Transient LifeMandara and Poem — that make up “The Buddhist Trilogy.” These three New Wave films made for the Art Theatre Guild take a controversial and shocking exploration through faith. As an added bonus, Jissoji’s 1974 feature It Was a Faint Dream, a film that touches on similar themes as the trilogy, is included. Special features include introductions to all three films in the trilogy by David Desser, author of Eros Plus Massacre: An Introduction to the Japanese New Wave; scene-select commentaries on all three films in the trilogy by Desser; theatrical trailers for Mandara, Poem and It Was a Faint Dream; and an illustrated, 60-page collector’s book featuring new writings on the films by Anton Bitel and Tom Mes.

Season Six of ‘Strike Back’ on Disc, First Season of ‘Euphoria’ on Digital Coming From HBO in August

Season six of “Strike Back” on disc and numerous programs on digital, including the first season of “Euphoria,” are coming from HBO Home Entertainment in August.

Strike Back Season 6 will bow on DVD and Blu-ray Aug. 6. When a Russian bomber crashes in the South China Sea, the covert special-ops soldiers of Section 20 — Thomas “Mac” McAllister (Warren Brown), Samuel Wyatt (Daniel MacPherson) and Gracie Novin (Alin Sumarwata) — are sent to investigate. There, they cross paths with Katrina Zarkova (Yasemin Allen), a rogue Russian operative with questionable loyalties. Under orders of the new commanding officer, Col. Alexander Coltrane (Jamie Bamber), Section 20 pursues stolen contents of the Russian jet across Southeast Asia.

Due on digital Aug. 12 is the documentary Song of Parkland. When Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School drama teacher Melody Herzfeld heard the fire alarm on Feb. 14, 2018, she was in rehearsals with her students for their annual children’s musical. Moments later, a Code Red sounded. Herzfeld rushed her 65 students into a storage closet while a shooter killed 17 teachers and students nearby. Filmed in the months following the shooting, when the Florida school community is grappling with the tragedy, the documentary chronicles the dedication of Herzfeld and her theater students as they return to school and resolve to continue with their production.

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Also coming Aug. 12 on digital is The Many Lives of Nick Buoniconti, which captures the 78-year-old NFL Hall of Famer by taking viewers through his journey as a linebacker, lawyer, sports agent, broadcaster, executive and philanthropist. The son of a baker from the south end of Springfield, Mass., Buoniconti’s early inner drive propelled him to find great success on the field and in the workplace. But after his son’s crippling accident in 1985, he dedicated the latter part of his life to philanthropy and soon after co-founded The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. Today, thanks in large part to his singular devotion, more than a half-billion dollars has been raised for spinal cord research.

Maria Full of Grace, also due on digital Aug. 12, follows 17-year-old Colombian Maria (Catalina Sandino Moreno). Pregnant and with a large family to care for, she’s forced to leave a demanding job after an altercation with her boss. Needing work as soon as possible, she encounters charming Franklin (John Álex Toro), who offers her a dangerous job as a drug mule. With cocaine pellets in her stomach, Maria flies to New York for the drug drop-off, but finds her new line of work may be far riskier than it initially seemed.

Boycott, also coming on digital Aug. 12, is a dramatization of the live of Rosa Parks (Iris Little-Thomas), who defiantly refuses to take a back seat on the bus. She sets into motion a tumultuous string of events centered around the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Ala. Using archival footage to establish the strained atmosphere of the era, this dramatization of that chapter of the Civil Rights Movement’s history shows her interactions with such major figures as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Jeffrey Wright), Coretta Scott King (Carmen Ejogo) and Ralph Abernathy (Terrence Howard).

Coming on digital Aug. 12 also is In the Gloaming, a drama that marked the directorial debut of Christopher Reeve. It follows 33-year-old AIDS sufferer Danny (Robert Sean Leonard) who returns to his parents’ home in the New York suburbs to spend his final days. While his father, Martin (David Strathairn), finds it difficult to accept his son’s sexuality, and his self-concerned sister, Anne (Bridget Fonda), avoids the issue, his mother, Janet (Glenn Close), forges a deeper and more honest relationship with her dying son.

Due on digital Aug. 19 is Los Espookys Season 1. It follows a group of friends who turn their love for horror into a peculiar business, providing horror to those who need it, in a dreamy Latin American country where the strange and eerie are just part of daily life. The group is led by the noble, kind, and naïve Renaldo (Bernardo Velasco), and joined by Ursula (Cassandra Ciangherotti), a tenacious dental assistant who eventually handles the logistics and execution of all projects; Ursula’s sister Tati (Ana Fabrega), who juggles several (very) odd jobs while acting as the group’s test dummy; and Renaldo’s longtime best friend Andrés (Julio Torres), the brooding heir to the chocolate empire, who unlocks secrets to his past while avoiding his trophy boyfriend, Juan Carlos (José Pablo Minor).

Next up on Aug. 19 is VICE: Special Report: The Future of Work. Hosted by VICE News correspondent Krishna Andavolu, with contributions from correspondents Gianna Toboni and Michael Moynihan, the special looks at how entire industries are being disrupted and how these changes are creating ripple effects throughout the global economy. VICE’s correspondents sit down with a wide variety of experts, including Nobel Laureate economists, CEOs, and workers whose jobs will radically change in the years to come. They document how industries that long seemed immune from automation, such as fast food, contract law and long-haul trucking, are rapidly being automated, with workers replaced by AI and algorithms.

Also on Aug. 19 on digital comes Year and Years, following the day-to-day lives of the Lyons family beginning on one crucial night in 2019. The story chronicles one family’s determination to survive the future as society changes faster than ever before, focusing on Stephen Lyons (Rory Kinnear), a financial advisor, who serves as the family’s peacekeeper; his wife Celeste (T’Nia Miller), an ambitious accountant; his brother Daniel (Russell Tovey), a housing officer; Edith (Jessica Hynes), their radical, calculating and potentially dangerous sister; Rosie (Ruth Madeley), their spirited youngest sibling, who was born with spina bifida and is a single mother of two; and their grandmother, Muriel (Anne Reid), the family’s opinionated matriarch.

Euphoria Season 1, coming on digital Aug. 26, is an American adaptation of the Israeli show of the same name. It follows the troubled life of 17-year-old Rue, a drug addict fresh from rehab with no plans to stay clean. Circling in Rue’s orbit are Jules, a transgender girl searching for where she belongs; Nate, a jock whose anger issues mask sexual insecurities; Chris, a football star who finds the adjustment from high school to college harder than expected; Cassie, whose sexual history continues to dog her; and Kat, a body-conscious teen exploring her sexuality. As the classmates struggle to make sense of their futures, the series tackles the teenage landscape of substance-enhanced parties and anxiety-ridden day-to-day life with empathy and candor. It stars Zendaya.

Also due on digital Aug. 26 is Share, a cautionary tale about social media. It follows 16-year-old Mandy, who, after discovering a disturbing video from a night she doesn’t remember, must figure out what happened — and how to navigate the escalating fallout. Rhianne Barreto leads as Mandy, alongside Charlie Plummer (“Boardwalk Empire”) as Dylan, Poorna Jagannathan as Kerri, J.C. MacKenzie as Mickey, Nicholas Galitzine as A.J., Lovie Simone as Jenna and Danny Mastrogiorgio as Tony.

PBS Offers ‘Downton Abbey’ Series on Disc for Bow of Feature this Fall

PBS Distribution is offering entire series sets and individual seasons of “Downton Abbey” on DVD before the release of the Downton Abbey feature film this fall.

The series, about the splendor, romance, heartbreak, scandal and rumors that flourished both upstairs and downstairs in the Crawley household, became the highest-rated drama on PBS. The ensemble cast of the original six seasons included Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Allen Leech and Joanne Froggatt.

Downton Abbey: The Complete Limited Edition Collector’s Set has all of those six seasons of the Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award-winning original series, more than 13 hours of bonus content, and exclusive gifts and keepsakes.

Keepsakes include:

  • a working “Downton Abbey” pull-bell to hang on the wall or stand on a shelf;
  • a set of six cork-based coasters featuring the official “Downton Abbey” crest;
  • “The Costumes of Downton Abbey,” an exclusive photo-filled booklet featuring a forward from executive producer Gareth Neame;
  • and a collectible hardcover book with the 22 discs.

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Season Three of ‘Jamestown,’ Woodstock Doc and ‘NOVA: The Planets’ Among August Titles Coming to Disc and Digital From PBS

American Experience: Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation, NOVA: The Planets and the drama Jamestown, Season 3 are among the titles coming to DVD, Blu-ray and digital from PBS Distribution in August.

Due Aug. 6 on DVD and digital is American Experience: Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation. Filmmaker Barak Goodman’s documentary, which revisits the 1969 Woodstock concert for its 50th Anniversary, explores one of the most influential concerts the country has ever seen. In August 1969, half a million young people from journeyed from every corner of the country to a dairy farm in upstate New York for a concert unprecedented in scope and influence. The film examines the tumultuous decade that led to those three historic days — years that saw the nation deeply divided by Vietnam and racial, generational and sexual politics — through the voices of those who were present for the event that would become the defining moment of the counterculture revolution. Focusing on individuals that were at the concert, including concertgoers, security guards, performers and local residents, the film expands understanding of the event as not only a musical milestone, but a cultural phenomenon that served as a coda to the sixties and a harbinger of the decades to come.

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Also on tap Aug. 6 on DVD and digital is Jamestown, Season 3. From the producers of “Downton Abbey,” the dramatic series follows the lives of three women who decide to leave their dark pasts behind in England and journey across the ocean for a new life in 17th century America. In Season 3, it’s boom time in Jamestown, but success brings the scrutiny of the crown and there are few in the settlement who have nothing to hide. Relations with the Native Americans offer hope and advancement for the settlers until greed for land and a desire for power corrupts those with influence. What ensues is devastating conflict, the fallout of which will shape the New World for centuries to come. The ensemble cast includes Naomi Battrick, Sophie Rundle and Niamh Walsh as the leading female roles. The male leading roles include Max Beesley, Jason Flemyng, Stuart Martin, Kalani Queypo, Abubakar Salim and Raoul Trujillo.

Coming Aug. 27 on DVD, Blu-ray and digital is NOVA: The Planets. Narrated by Zachary Quinto (Star Trek), the series takes viewers on a 4.5 billion-year journey through the story of our solar system, brought to life in new detail revealed by the latest space missions. In five, one-hour episodes, The Planets combines CGI imagery, the latest planetary science research, and footage captured by orbiters, landers and rovers to reveal each planet like never before. Each planet has a unique landscape — from the rocky inner worlds of Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars, to the massive gas giant Jupiter to the mysterious, ringed Saturn to the cold, remote ice worlds of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. The program explores how these extreme features reveal how our solar system formed.

Frontline: Sex Trafficking in America will be released Aug. 6 on DVD and digital. The documentary tells the stories of young women coerced into prostitution and follows one police unit that’s committed to rooting it out. In the film, award-winning director Jezza Neumann and producer Lauren Mucciolo (Poor Kids) immerse themselves with the Phoenix police unit that’s tackling child sexual exploitation, offering an inside look at the lucrative industry through unique access to a series of undercover, high-stakes police operations. They also film with young women who have escaped the trade. What’s revealed is a crime that’s both hidden in plain sight and growing — due in part to social media, where traffickers often start to groom and recruit young women and girls. With extensive and intimate access to local law enforcement, prosecutors, service providers and the women themselves, the film shines a light on the hidden reality of sex trafficking in America.

Aug. 13 comes the “NOVA” production Lost Viking Army on DVD and digital. Forty years ago, a sleepy village in the heart of England was the scene of a gruesome discovery when nearly 300 skeletons were unearthed in a mass grave. No one has been able prove who they were — until now. Bioarchaeologist Cat Jarman believes these bones are the last remains of the “Great Heathen Army,” a legendary Viking fighting force that invaded England in the 9th century and has long been lost to history. Armed with the latest scientific methods, Jarman’s team uncovers extraordinary human stories, including evidence of women warriors and a lost king reunited with his son in death. Filmmakers also use pioneering technology to hunt for the army’s lost camp.

Coming Aug. 6 on DVD and digital is State of the Art, a journey of 100,000 miles and 1,000 destinations in the search of 100 under-recognized American artists for an exhibition. The curatorial team of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark., crisscrossed the nation to find contemporary art happening in unexpected places: the woods of North Carolina, the deserts of Nevada, the backstreets of Pittsburgh, the foothills of Arkansas and the riverbanks of New Orleans. The art and artists found by the team led to a groundbreaking exhibition of 227 works of contemporary art, many of which might otherwise have never been seen. The program captures the personal stories of seven of the diverse artists from this extraordinary exhibit.

Also due Aug. 6 is Tom Lehrer: Live in Copenhagen. Lehrer spent his brief, yet remarkable music career writing and performing satirical songs. Biting, intelligent, and socially conscious, his songs were accessible and intimate commentaries on society and politics in the 1950s and 1960s. Originally filmed for Danish television in September 1967, the film captures a rare concert recording and features many of his best-known songs, including “I Wanna Go Back to Dixie,” “MLF Lullaby,” “We Will All Go Together When We Go,” “When You Are Old And Gray,” “I Hold Your Hand In Mine,” “Send the Marines,” “The Irish Ballad,” “The Elements,” “Smut,” “The Hunting Song,” “My Home Town,” “Who’s Next,” “Poisoning Pigeons In The Park,” “National Brotherhood Week,” “Wernher Von Braun” and “The Vatican Rag.”

Baseball Flick ‘Bottom of the 9th’ Hits DVD Sept. 17 From Paramount

The baseball drama Bottom of the 9th, starring Joe Manganiello and Sofía Vergara, will arrive on DVD Sept. 17 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The film, from a producer of Creed and Rocky Balboa, is available now on digital and on demand.

In the film, a tragic mistake lands 19-year-old baseball phenom Sonny Stano (Manganiello) in jail before his burgeoning professional baseball career gets off the ground. Twenty years later and fresh out of prison, he works to win back his respect, his family, his lost love and his dream of being a professional baseball player.

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The DVD, which also includes a digital copy of the film, takes viewers behind-the-scenes with real-life couple Manganiello and Vergara.

Drama ‘Tomorrow, Maybe’ to Be Released on DVD, On Demand and Digital Aug. 20 From Random Media

The family drama Tomorrow, Maybe will come out on DVD, on demand and digital Aug. 20 from Random Media.

It stars Robert Blanche (Men of Honor), Bethany Jacobs, Grant Davis (Crimson and Clover) and Brian Sutherland (“Z Nation”).

Directed by Jace Daniel, the film follows Lloyd Hayek (Blanche), a career criminal who has spent the last five years in jail for dealing drugs. Upon release he attempts to reunite with his estranged daughter Iris (Jacobs). While Lloyd was in jail, Iris married an undercover narcotics detective who is dealing with some major issues. Iris’s life is falling apart, and things begin to spin out of control.

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The film had its world premiere at the 20th edition of the independent film festival Dances With Films and won Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor at the Portland Indie Film Festival.

‘The White Crow’ Flies to DVD and Digital July 30 From Sony

The White Crow, about the life of legendary ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, will come out on DVD and digital July 30 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Directed by Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes and penned by Academy Award winning screenwriter David Hare, the film follows the dancer from his poverty-stricken childhood in the Soviet city of Ufa, to his blossoming career in Leningrad, to his defection to the West at the height of the Cold War.

Bonus materials include “A Look Behind the Curtain: Making The White Crow,” in which Fiennes, Hare, and the cast and crew discuss the legacy of Nureyev and how the film portrays his larger-than-life character, and a Q&A with Fiennes, Hare and star Oleg Ivenko moderated by Alison Bailes.

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‘Spanish Princess’ Coming to Digital July 29 and Disc Aug. 13 From Lionsgate

The historical miniseries The Spanish Princess will arrive on digital July 29 and Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 13 from Lionsgate.

The third installment in the trilogy that began with the Golden Globe-  and Emmy Award-nominated The White Queen (2014, Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television; 2014, Outstanding Miniseries) and the critically acclaimed The White Princess, The Spanish Princess tells the story of the strong-willed princess of Spain, Catherine of Aragon, played by Charlotte Hope.

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Drawn from the bestselling novels The King’s Curse and The Constant Princess written by Philippa Gregory, the miniseries returns to the world of Tudor royal court intrigue, told from the viewpoint of the women and shedding light on a previously untold corner of history, the lives of people of color living and working in 16th century London. Spanish princess Catherine has been promised the English throne since she was a child. She arrives in England with her diverse court, including her ladies-in-waiting Lina — a Spanish noble of African-Iberian descent — and the sweet and free-spirited Rosa. When her husband, Prince Arthur, dies suddenly, the throne seems lost to Catherine until she devises an audacious plan and sets her sights on the new heir, the charismatic and headstrong Prince Harry, who will one day rule as King Henry VIII.