Upcoming DVD Releases

* The Rifleman – The Official Season 5, Volume 2 Value Edition: Episodes 156-168 (therifleman.net)
$13.59 SRP DVD
—–Value Edition DVD set of The Rifleman containing Volume 2: Episodes (156-168) of Season Five in the order of their original television broadcast. Digitally re-mastered with Special Features, this authorized DVD set has been produced for the dedicated fans of this classic family western. 3-disc set.
NOTE: thanks to reader John Cerone for the heads-up about this new title, containing material previously released, but in a new configuration.
* Robbie – Season 1 (Comedy Central/ViacomCBS)
$24.99 SRP DVD MOD

—–Robbie, an overzealous small town youth basketball coach, attempts to step out of his father’s shadow and lead his team to glory. Beau Bridges; Rory Scovel; Sasheer Zamata; Mary Holland; Tre Stokes; Jill Jane Clements; Chloe Adona; Max Ivutin. 2-disc set.
COMING ON 11/24:
* Corporate – Season 1 (Comedy Central/ViacomCBS)
$24.99 SRP DVD MOD

EXTRAS: includes the digital series “Downtime with Matt and Jake” and Aparna Nancherla’s “Surviving 9 to 5 with Grace.”
—–Meet Matt and Jake, two normal guys wasting their lives working for the massive (and massively evil) corporation Hampton DeVille. This set includes all ten episodes from the first season on 2 discs. Stars Matt Ingebretson; Jake Weisman; Adam Lustick; Anne Dudek; Aparna Nancherla; Lance Reddick.
* The Secrets She Keeps (RLJ/Sundance)
$34.99 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: 19-minute bonus feature
—–AMC Networks’ Sundance Now features the DVD debut of the suspenseful and intense psychological thriller THE SECRETS SHE KEEPS. Based on the novel of the same name by Michael Robotham, the 6-part series revolves around the lives and connection between two heavily pregnant women (Laura Carmichael, Downton Abbey and Jessica De Gouw, The Crown, Arrow) who meet in a supermarket just outside of Sydney. Both have secrets that gradually emerge as their worlds collide. Two women have an encounter in a supermarket in an affluent Sydney suburb. They are the same age, both heavily pregnant and due at the same time. Meghan (De Gouw) is a glamorous online influencer on the rise with an ambitious television sports reporter husband, Jack (Michael Dorman, Patriot, For All Mankind). Agatha (Carmichael) works in the supermarket as a shelf stacker. Although they live near each other, the two women’s lives could not be more different: Agatha is a loner, barely living above the poverty line. She’s ecstatic to be pregnant, pinning all her hopes and dreams on this much longed-for ‘miracle baby.’ Yet, the father of her unborn child is a sailor on active duty and remains mixed to her condition. Meghan is a sophisticated mother-of-two who uses her website to reframe her imperfect life into a glossier, more aspirational existence. Despite posting enthusiastically about her pregnancy to her avid followers, including Agatha, behind closed doors, this third baby is putting pressure on a strained marriage. Both women have secrets. And both will risk everything to conceal the truth. But their worlds are about to collide in one shocking act that cannot be undone. 2-disc set.
COMING ON 12/15:
* Avenue 5 – The Complete 1st Season (HBO Archives)
$24.99 SRP DVD MOD

—–All aboard for a hilarious journey across the universe in this HBO comedy series from Armando Iannucci (HBO’s Veep). Set 40 years in the future, when traveling the solar system is a booming business, Season 1 follows life on board Avenue 5, a mash-up of a cruise ship and an interplanetary rocket ship that’s packed with luxury amenities. Among the 5,000 passengers and crew are the ship’s suave captain Ryan Clark (Hugh Laurie); billionaire Herman Judd (Josh Gad), the mercurial face and name behind Avenue 5; his right-hand woman, Iris Kimura (Suzy Nakamura); and the head of passenger services, Matt Spencer (Zach Woods). When the ship suddenly encounters technical difficulties, it’s up to Ryan and his crew to find a way to deal with unexpected events…though they may or may not be equipped for the task. Also stars Rebecca Front; Lenora Crichlow; Nikki Amuka-Bird; Ethan Phillips; Adam Palsson; Andy Buckley; Jessica St. Clair; Joplin Sibtain; Julie Dray; Kyle Bornheimer; Matthew Beard; Paterson Joseph; Vaughn Johseph. 2-disc set.

* Tex Avery: Screwball Classics, Vol. 2 (Warner Archive)
$19.99 SRP DVD; $21.99 SRP Blu-ray

EXTRAS: Documentary “Tex Avery: King of Cartoons”
—–Welcome back for another three-ring circus of animated comedy from the legendary leader of cartoon fun: director Tex Avery. In the first ring, Avery serves up some of his finest one-shot creations: cartoons featuring cats who hate people, wacky cuckoo clocks, kooky cavemen and lovelorn French fleas. We also meet up again with Avery’s attractive Red Riding Hood, a pair of amorous wolves and his durable all-around fall guy, Spike. The second ring is a showcase for Avery’s ironically deadpan “Happy Hound”: Droopy. This time, Droopy appears in a number of guises – each one funnier than the last. As bandleader “John Pettybone,” he leads his jazz-playing fleas to the heights of canine stardom. Out West, as a homesteader and a sheepherder, he has his final showdowns with the Wolf. The third ring offers a whimsical glimpse into the future – or at least a future from the POV of the mid-20th century – with a plethora of zany postwar inventions. While none of the cartoons “of tomorrow” foresaw smartphones or Blu-ray players, these far-fetched contraptions, gadgets, houses and farms, televisions, and various modes of transportation could only come from the madcap mind of Avery and his MGM crew. Uncut, restored and remastered in High Definition for the first time, Tex Avery Screwball Classics Collection Volume 2 is another must-own collection from the master of hand-drawn mayhem. This 21 cartoon collection includes: 1) LITTLE RURAL RIDING HOOD, 2) THE CUCKOO CLOCK, 3) MAGICAL MAESTRO, 4) ONE CAB’S FAMILY, 5) CAT THAT HATED PEOPLE, 6) DOGGONE TIRED, 7) THE FLEA CIRCUS, 8) FIELD AND SCREAM, 9) THE FIRST BAD MAN, 10) OUT FOXED, 11) DROOPY’S DOUBLE TROUBLE, 12) THREE LITTLE PUPS, 13) DRAGALONG DROOPY, 14) HOMESTEADER DROOPY, 15) DIXIELAND DROOPY, 16) COUNTERFEIT CAT, 17) VENTRILOQUIST CAT, 18) HOUSE OF TOMORROW, 19) CAR OF TOMORROW, 20) TV OF TOMORROW, 21) FARM OF TOMORROW. Single-disc release in either format.
COMING ON 12/22:
* The 100 – The 7th and Final Season (Warner Archive)
DVD MOD; Blu-ray MOD (pricing info and pre-order listings are not yet available)
—–The seventh and final season opens with our heroes picking up the pieces of the society they destroyed on Sanctum. Still reeling from her mother’s death, Clarke (series star Eliza Taylor), perhaps more than anyone, feels the toll of years upon years of fighting and loss. The group soon finds that maintaining order among the competing factions is no easy feat, and one that has them questioning whether their commitment to doing better was worth the price. At the same time, our heroes must contend with new obstacles on a scale beyond any that they previously experienced as they unravel the mysteries of the Anomaly. What they encounter on this epic journey pushes them to their limits both physically and emotionally, challenging their long-held conceptions of family, love, and sacrifice. Ultimately, our heroes must answer for themselves what it means to truly live, and not just survive. 3-disc set on Blu-ray; DVD disc count not yet provided by the studio.
COMING ON 1/19/2021:
* Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who? – The Complete 1st Season (Warner)
$24.98 SRP DVD

—– Frank Welker (Scooby-Doo Where Are You!, The Transformers, Garfield and Friends; Futurama) returns as the voices of both Fred Jones and Scooby-Doo, and Grey Griffin (Rugrats, Fairly Oddparents, What’s New Scooby-Doo?, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power) returns as the voice of Daphne Blake. Kate Micucci (DuckTales; The Big Bang Theory; Garfunkle and Oates; Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!) once again takes on the voice of Velma Dinkley. And Matthew Lillard (Scooby-Doo; Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed; Good Girls; the Scream films) reprises his live-action role as Norville “Shaggy” Rogers! Guest stars include NBA star Chris Paul, Wanda Sykes, Ricky Gervais, Penn & Teller, Jaleel White (as “Steve Urkel” from Family Matters), Jim Gaffigan, Weird Al Yankovic, Sia, Kenan Thompson, Whoopi Goldberg, Mark Hamill, George Takei, Halsey, Steve Buscemi, Jeff Dunham, Darci Lynne Farmer, Maddie Ziegler, Jeff Foxworthy, Malcolm McDowell, The Hex Girls, Christian Slater, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Bill Nye. Fictional characters who visit include Sherlock Holmes, Wonder Woman, Batman, and Barry “The Flash” Allen!
COMING ON 2/16/2021:
* Harley Quinn – The Complete 2nd Season (Warner)
$24.98 SRP DVD

—–Harley Quinn has taken down the Joker, and Gotham City is finally hers for the taking…whatever’s left of it, that is! Gotham has become a desolate wasteland, left in ruins, following the huge earthquake caused by the collapse of Joker’s tower. Harley’s celebration in this newly created chaos is cut short when Penguin, Bane, Mr. Freeze, The Riddler, and Two-Face join forces to restore order in the criminal underworld. Calling themselves the Injustice League, this group now stands in the way of Harley and her crew from taking sole control of Gotham as the top villains of the city. Voice cast: Kaley Cuoco, Lake Bell, Alan Tudyk, Ron Funches, J.B. Smoove, Jason Alexander, Wanda Sykes, Giancarlo Esposito, Natalie Morales, Jim Rash, Diedrich Bader, Tony Hale, and Christopher Meloni.
NOTE: in our August 21st Roundup post, we mentioned that Warner Archive is planning a Blu-ray Disc release for “Harley Quinn – The Complete 1st And 2nd Seasons,” with no date announced at that time. Warner Archive only commented back in August, on social media to a fan who asked, that “it’ll be coming, but not next month [September] – stay tuned!” Our guess is that the Blu-ray release of both seasons will become available on the same date as the DVD release of the 2nd season, on February 16th. But as they say, stay tuned for updates.

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