Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment celebrated the DVD release of FX’s Mayans M.C.: The Complete First Season with a party Aug. 18 at Heroes Motors in Los Angeles. “Mayans M.C.” is the next chapter in Kurt Sutter’s “Sons of Anarchy” saga. The show takes place in the same fictional universe, and deals with the Sons’ rivals-turned-allies, the Mayans Motorcycle Club. (Photos by Dan Steinberg)
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
AMC’s martial arts drama comes to an end in Into the Badlands: The Complete Third Season, arriving on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD Aug. 27 from Lionsgate.
In the final season of “Into the Badlands,” Sunny’s son contracts a mysterious illness that pressures him to join forces with Bajie. They journey back into the Badlands, where The Widow and Baron Chau are entrenched in a drawn-out war that has destabilized the entire region.
The series stars Daniel Wu, Aramis Knight, Emily Beecham, Orla Brady, Sherman Augustus and Babou Ceesay.
“Molly of Denali,” the first nationally distributed animated series in the U.S. to feature a Native American and Alaska Native lead character, will begin streaming on PBS Kids Prime Video Channel July 19.
The series premieres on PBS Kids July 15th. It follows Molly, her dog Suki and her friends Tooey and Trini on their daily adventures in Alaska.
Also streaming in July are several volumes of “Super Why!,”where kids learn how to read through adventures in Storybrook Village, a three-dimensional world behind shelves in the library, and a new volume of “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” where kids join Daniel and his friends in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.
The subscription rate for the PBS Kids Prime Video channel is $4.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription.
TV’s “Pan Am” and “Hart to Hart” as well as the classic Marlon Brando film The Ugly American are among the titles coming to disc Aug. 13 from Mill Creek Entertainment. Also due that day are Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna and the animated Jungle Book and Friends.
Pan Am: The Complete Series, including all 14 episodes on DVD, takes a step back in time to the jet age when Pan Am’s elite stewardesses navigate any culture and overcome any challenge. From New York City to the edge of the world, they discover romance, natural dangers and exotic intrigue in a lush recreation of 1963. Christina Ricci leads a cast including Karine Vanasse, Kelli Garner, Margot Robbie, Mike Vogel and Michael Mosley.
Due on DVD is the Hart to Hart: Movies Are Murder Collection. Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers return after a successful series run as Jonathan and Jennifer Hart for eight feature-length mysteries.
Coming on Blu-ray Disc is the classic The Ugly American, starring Brando in a volatile political thriller based on the bestselling book. As a compassionate American ambassador to the strife-torn Southeast Asian nation of Sarkhan, Brando tries to keep the Communists in the north from overrunning the weakened democracy in the south by making sure a vital road into the country’s inaccessible interior goes through. But, from his very arrival, he is met with suspicion and hate even by an influential freedom fighter now suspected of being a Communist agent. Intrigue and danger surround Brando and co-stars Pat Hingle, Arthur Hill and Sandra Church, in this tense story of Cold War politics that remains all too real today.
Due on DVD (plus digital) is Anatasia: The Mystery of Anna, about Anna Anderson, the woman who claimed until the day she died in 1984 that she was truly Grand Duchess Anastasia, the youngest child of Czar Nicholas II and sole survivor of the family’s execution. Her story became one of the greatest romantic mysteries of the twentieth century. This adaptation of Anna’s journey is also a depiction of a lost era, from the days of Russian royalty, her flight from execution and her years of struggle to reclaim her royal heritage. Amy Irving leads a luminary cast.
Finally, on DVD and digital is Jungle Book and Friends, a retelling of beloved stories in animated feature films, including The Jungle Book, Cinderella, The Legend of Snow White and Simba The King Lion — The Last Battle. As a bonus, the disc release includes digital access to six additional adventures via a redemption insert, including Welcome Back Pinocchio, Pocahontas I: Princess of American Indians, The Thief of Baghdad, The Three Musketeers, Hercules and Robin Hood.
Season nine of “The Walking Dead” arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital), DVD and digital Aug. 20 from Lionsgate.
New showrunner Angela Kang takes the helm as Rick Grimes prepares to make his exit from the TV series. The Walking Dead: Season 9 stars award winner Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually, Heartbreaker), Norman Reedus (The Boondock Saints, Triple 9), Lauren Cohan (All Eyez on Me, TV’s “Whiskey Cavalier,” Mile 22), Danai Gurira (Black Panther, All Eyez on Me), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen, TV’s “The Good Wife” and “Grey’s Anatomy”), and Academy Award nominee Samantha Morton (2003, Best Actress, In America).
Last season brought the culmination of all-out war, which pitted Rick Grimes and his group of survivors against the Saviors and their leader, Negan. With Negan’s life in his hands, Rick had a character-defining choice in front of him, and he spared Negan to uphold the values his late son, Carl, championed — values that created conflict within his group. Now, with our survivors rebuilding civilization under Rick’s leadership a year and a half after the end of the war, it’s a time of relative peace among the communities. However, the world they knew is rapidly changing, nature is literally taking over, and, as time passes, the communities confront unexpected obstacles and danger. But nothing can prepare them for the formidable force they’re about to encounter, threatening the very idea of civilization our survivors have worked so hard to build.
The home entertainment release of The Walking Dead: Season 9 includes multiple making-of featurettes, including a look at the memorable deaths of the season, deleted scenes, and a bonus scene.
American Gods: Season 2, the continuing saga of the fantasy battle between new and old gods based on Neil Gaiman’s bestseller, arrives on digital July 22 and Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD Aug. 20 from Lionsgate.
Renewed for a third season on the heels of the Starz Original’s sophomore debut, “American Gods” stars Ricky Whittle (“The 100”), Golden Globe winner Ian McShane (2004, Best Television Actor – Drama Series, TV’s “Deadwood”; John Wick, Hellboy), Emily Browning (Sucker Punch, Sleeping Beauty), and Pablo Schreiber (“Orange Is the New Black,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” 13 Hours).
In season two, the battle moves inexorably towards a crisis point as the destinies of gods and men collide. While Mr. World plots revenge for the attack against him in season one, Shadow throws in his lot with Wednesday’s attempt to convince the old gods of the urgency for full-out war, with Laura and Mad Sweeney in tow.
The release includes three featurettes:
- “The House on the Rock: Setting the Stage,” a closer look at the location;
- “The Second Coming: Neil Gaiman on Season Two”; and
- “Gods and Ends: Random Musings from the Cast.”
Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection, including all eight seasons of the fantasy saga, will be released in a limited-edition Blu-ray set Dec. 3 from HBO Home Entertainment.
Game of Thrones: Season 8 will also come out Dec. 3 as a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray (plus DVD) combo pack and Blu-ray Steelbook.
Based on the best-selling novel series by George R.R. Martin, “Game of Thrones” holds the record as the most awarded series in television history, earning a total of 132 Emmy nominations and 47 wins to date, and is HBO’s most-viewed program ever, with the final season averaging a record-setting 44 million viewers in the United States, according to HBO. The ensemble cast includes Emmy and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) and Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont).
The series release will include the “Game of Thrones: Reunion Special,” a two-part reunion show with cast members from the final season, including Harington, Clarke, Turner and more, as well as stars of previous seasons, including Sean Bean, Jason Momoa, Mark Addy and others. Hosted by Conan O’Brien, the reunion was shot in front of a live audience in Belfast, Ireland, and includes show and behind-the-scenes footage.
Additional bonus content includes deleted and extended scenes, animated histories and lore pieces, behind-the-scenes featurettes, audio commentaries, and the documentary Game of Thrones: The Last Watch by filmmaker Jeanie Finlay.
The limited-edition Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection will be packaged in a wooden shadow box case, featuring panel designs by Robert Ball (the artist behind the “Beautiful Death” series) that summarize the “Game of Thrones” story. Each season is represented by a different layer, showcasing characters and memorable moments from the show. The set also contains a “Hand of the King” pin clasp, which holds all nine custom plated disc sleeves.
Season two of “2 Dope Queens,” Jane Fonda in Five Acts and O.G. are among the titles coming in March from HBO Home Entertainment.
Available for digital download March 11 is Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age, which looks at online dating, offering revelations about the billion-dollar industry. The film features interviews with, among others, Jonathan Badeen, co-founder and CSO of Tinder; Whitney Wolfe Herd, founder and CEO of Hinge; and Mandy Ginsberg, CEO of Match Group, which owns Tinder, OkCupid and other dating sites.
Available March 25 for digital download is O.G. Filmed in Indiana’s Pendleton Correctional Facility, an active maximum-security prison, O.G. follows Louis (Jeffrey Wright), once the head of a prominent prison gang, in the final weeks of his 24-year sentence. His impending release is upended when he takes new arrival Beecher (Theothus Carter), who is being courted by gang leadership, under his wing. Coming to grips with the indelibility of his crime and the challenge of reentering society, Louis finds his freedom hanging in the balance as he struggles to save Beecher.
Season two of “2 Dope Queens” will also be available for digital download March 25. The two return in four specials with some of their favorite stand-up comedians, including Rory Scovel, Solomon Georgio, Bowen Yang, Jamie Lee and Pat Brown, along with celebrity guests, to talk music, nostalgia and fashion.
Available for digital download March 25 and on DVD March 26 is Jane Fonda in Five Acts, about the Oscar-winning actress who has lived a life marked by controversy, tragedy and transformation in the public eye. Fonda has been vilified as Hanoi Jane, lusted after as Barbarella and heralded as beacon of the women’s movement.
Finally, due on DVD March 26 is Camping, starring Jennifer Garner and David Tennant as Kathryn and Walt, a not-so-happily married couple. A meticulously planned outdoor trip to celebrate Walt’s 45th birthday is derailed by uninvited guests and forces of nature, turning the weekend in a test of marriage and friendships.