NOW AVAILABLE (10/20):
* Dirty John – Season 2: The Betty Broderick Story (Universal)
$29.98 SRP DVD MOD
—–Betty Broderick (Amanda Peet) was the perfect Southern California blonde wife and mother. Married to her handsome college boyfriend Dan (Christian Slater), Betty charms everyone she meets. After years of sacrifice and suffering while supporting Dan through both medical and law school until he exploded into the San Diego legal community as a superstar, Betty is finally enjoying the fruits of their labors. That is, until Dan hires Linda, a bright, beautiful young woman without baggage with whom he can happily forget the struggles of his past. Betty’s attempts to fight back, and her enraged refusals to accept reality, only serve to isolate and destabilize her, until she loses her very identity. And Dan’s cold confidence blinds him to the bear he has created, and which he won’t stop poking until it’s too late. 2-disc set.
AVAILABLE TODAY (10/23):
* Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em – The Complete Collection (VEI)
$29.99 SRP DVD
EXTRAS: the 1974, 1975, & 1978 Christmas specials; the 2016 Sports Relief sketch; bonus footage including Stunts, The Return of Frank Spencer and Velodrome
—–Finally available: the Master of Disaster, Mr. Frank Spencer of “Some Mothers Do Ave Em” The Complete Collection! A three-time BAFTA nominee for Best Situational Comedy, “Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em” follows the mishaps of accident-prone Frank Spencer and his wife, Betty. Frank is a clumsy woeful and infuriating man, attempting to hold a job and navigate the simplest of daily tasks. Betty does her best to hang on to Frank, sometimes literally, as well as their daughter Jessica. “Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em” stars Michael Crawford (“Chalk and Cheese,” “A World of Comedy”), who earned three BAFTA nominations for his role as Frank Spencer, and Michele Dotrice (“Vanity Fair,” “Not Now Comrade”) as Betty Spencer. The series aired from 1973-1978, for a total of three seasons, 19 episodes and a handful of Christmas specials, as well as a 2016 Sports Relief sketch in which the leads reunited for the first time in 38 years. A common British saying that is usually a kind criticism of someone as foolish or inept, “Some Mothers Do’ Ave ‘Em” remains revered in British pop culture for its much-lampooned catchphrases and its stuntwork, which Crawford performed himself.
NOTE: our thanks to longtime reader John Cerone for making sure we were aware of this item
COMING ON 10/27:
* Dynasty – Season 3 (ViacomCBS)
$39.99 SRP DVD MOD
—–As DYNASTY hurtles into its explosive third season, the Carrington family will face the unknown on all fronts. Dealing with the fallout from the startling second season finale, Fallon (Elizabeth Gillies) is surrounded by a host of rivals looking to destroy her, the most wicked of which is her own brother, Adam (Sam Underwood), who takes the idea of “sibling rivalry” to a whole new level of crazy. At the same time, Fallon and Liam (Adam Huber) attempt to keep their romance sane, but secrets and skeletons from her closet will make that more difficult than ever. And after a year of “me” time, Blake (Grant Show) will jump back in the game, ruthlessly determined to reclaim what’s rightfully his: the family company Fallon sold out from under him. Only problem is that the newest Colby in town, Blake’s half-sister Dominique (Michael Michele), is here to stay…and she isn’t backing down from a fight over what’s rightfully hers, either. Meanwhile, Sammy Jo (Rafael De La Fuente) enters an exhilarating phase of the upper-class life, but amongst the thrills of his newfound freedom, there will be dangers lurking. Plus, who knows what faces – new and old, friendly and unfriendly – will pop up! The road ahead is full of the shocking twists and turns you’ve come to expect from the Carrington world. And if we know anything by this point in the series, it’s that our fractured family will have to find a way to come together if they are to claw their way back to the top of the billionaire mountain. 4-disc set.
COMING ON 11/3:
* Josie and the Pussycats – The Complete Series (Warner Archives)
$24.99 SRP Blu-ray MOD
EXTRAS: The Irresistible Charm of Dan DeCarlo: The Man and his Art.
—–Josie and the Pussycats have reunited for an exclusive engagement! Their claws and fangs emerged to bust the meanest dudes…without messing up their hair and makeup for their next big sold-out concert. Josie, from the legendary Archie Comics, is here to put on an unforgettable show! So put on those Saturday Pussycat pajamas, grab some cereal, call your friends and rock out to this 2-DISC COMPLETE SERIES COLLECTION!
NOTE: this title was originally released in 2007 on DVD format, and re-released on DVD in 2017. This is the show’s first release on Blu-ray Disc.
* Catherine the Great – An HBO Miniseries (HBO Archives)
$24.99 SRP DVD MOD
—–Oscar winner Helen Mirren stars in the enthralling HBO drama Catherine the Great, delivering a regal performance as the brilliant monarch who ruled the Russian empire and transformed its place in the world in the 18th century. Over the course of four hour-long episodes, this limited series charts Catherine’s tumultuous reign as the cunning and ambitious empress fights off threats to her crown, wages war with the Ottoman Empire, and expands Russia’s borders as far as the Black Sea and Crimea. Beyond its tale of a political success story against all odds, the series chronicles the passionate love affair between Catherine and Russian military leader Grigory Potemkin. Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) costars in this sweeping historical epic. 2-disc set.
COMING ON 11/10:
* Doctor Who – Story #023: The Ark (BBC Archives)
$19.99 SRP DVD MOD
—–In the final days of Earth, the TARDIS lands on a massive spaceship carrying the last mambers of the human race to a new home beyond the solar system. The humans are not out of danger, however, as a deadly plague emerges from the most unlikely of sources: the common cold carried by the Doctor’s companion Dodo. Put on trial for their lives, the TARDIS crew must find a way to repair the damage they have unwittingly caused – and face up to the devastating consequences. Single-disc release.
NOTE: this title was originally released to stores in 2011, and is now being re-released as a manufacture-on-demand (MOD) title.
* Doctor Who – Story #066: Carnival Of Monsters: Special Edition (BBC Archives)
$24.99 SRP DVD MOD
—–The Doctor has promised Jo a holiday on Metebelis 3, but the TARDIS materializes not on the famous blue planet, but in the cargo hold of the SS Bernice, sailing to India in 1926. Despite all appearances, the Doctor insists that they are no longer on Earth, but Jo’s not convinced, at least not until a sea dinosaur attacks the ship! Millions of miles from Earth, a traveling showman named Vorg and his lovely assistant have arrived on Inter Minor to bring a little sunshine into the humdrum lives of the Minorian officials and functionaries. The dilapidated device they’ve brought looks rather unpromising until Vorg explains that the entertainment the Scope offers is “live” – it holds actual, miniaturized, living creatures kidnapped from every corner of the universe. There are Cybermen, Ogrons and even a party of rare Tellurians aboard a quaint steamship. 2-disc set.
NOTE: this title was originally released to stores in 2012, and is now being re-released as a manufacture-on-demand (MOD) title.
* Doctor Who – Story #152: Remembrance Of The Daleks: Special Edition (BBC Archives)
$24.99 SRP DVD MOD
—–London, 1963. With his new companion Ace (Sophie Aldred), the Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) returns to Coal Hill School, where he has unfinished business. His oldest foes, the Daleks, are on the trail of Time Lord technology…an artifact the Doctor himself left behind on Earth. Enlisting the aid of the local military, the Doctor must protect the Gallifreyan secret of time travel as two opposing Dalek factions meet in an explosive confrontation, with the fate of the entire universe at stake! 2-disc set.
NOTE: this title was originally released to stores in 2010, and is now being re-released as a manufacture-on-demand (MOD) title.
COMING ON 11/17:
* Blindspot – The 5th and Final Season (Warner Archives)
$29.99 SRP DVD MOD
—–In the emotional, action-packed fifth and final season of Blindspot, Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton), Jane Doe (Jaimie Alexander), Edgar Reade (Rob Brown), Tasha Zapata (Audrey Esparza), Patterson (Ashley Johnson) and Rich DotCom (Ennis Esmer) attempt to carry out a mission with the highest stakes yet. The season begins in the aftermath of the explosion that left Jane watching as a drone targeted the team’s safe house. Now on the run and without the extensive resources of the FBI, Jane and the survivors race against the clock to clear their names in the wake of Madeline Burke’s (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) rise to power. They must find a way to stop Madeline before she can track them down and take them out once and for all. With their indestructible bond and the help of old friends, can the team pull it off in time? 3-disc set.
* Tommy – The Complete Series (ViacomCBS)
$34.99 SRP DVD MOD
—–Multiple Emmy Award-winner Edie Falco stars in TOMMY as a former high-ranking NYPD officer who becomes the first female chief of police for Los Angeles. A true blue New Yorker, Abigail “Tommy” Thomas uses her unflinching honesty and hardball tactics to keep social, political and national security issues from hindering effective law enforcement in the Southland. Equal parts political, procedural and family drama, TOMMY comes from Paul Attanasio, the creator of BULL and “Homicide: Life on the Street.” 3-disc set.
* The New Pope – An HBO Limited Series (HBO Archives)
$29.99 SRP DVD MOD
—–Jude Law and John Malkovich star in award-winning filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino’s stylish and wildly unconventional follow-up to 2017’s The Young Pope. The New Pope begins with Lenny Belardo (Law), aka Pope Pius XIII, in a coma after a heart attack as the Holy See searches for his replacement. British intellectual Sir John Brannox (Malkovich) is elected to the papal throne, assuming the name John Paul III. He soon finds that his predecessor’s shadow looms large: The fiercely devoted cult of Pius XIII believes their pope will return, and their conviction proves hard to shake. This daring series delves into the inner workings of the Vatican while exploring the very human desires, vices and fragilities of those in power and the complexities inherent in contemporary faith. 3-disc set.
COMING ON 12/8:
* Death in Paradise – Season 9 (BBC)
$39.99 SRP DVD
—–On your return trip to the idyllic Caribbean island of Sainte Marie, DI Jack Mooney (Ardal O’Hanlon, Father Ted) untangles more delightfully deadly murder cases, with help from officers JP, Ruby and Madeline. After romance rearranges Jack’s personal life, new DI Neville Parker (Ralf Little, The Royle Family) dazzles you and the team with his brilliant puzzle-solving skills. But how will everyone cope with Parker’s allergies to everything under the tropical sun? Eight warm-hearted episodes in the award-winning series. 2-disc set.
COMING ON 12/15:
* The Expanse – Season 4 (Universal)
$44.98 SRP Blu-ray
EXTRAS: After Shows for all 10 episodes; A New World On Mars; It Reaches Out: ProtoMiller’s Point of View; Script to Screen: The Rocinante Landing; Art Meets Science at Blue Origin
—–With the Ring Gates now open to thousands of new planets, a blood-soaked gold rush begins, igniting new conflicts between Earth, Mars and the Belt. Meanwhile, on one unexplored planet, the Rocinante crew gets caught in a violent clash between an Earth mining corporation and desperate Belter settlers as deadly new threats from the protomolecule emerge. 3-disc set.
NOTE: the studio has only announced this title in Blu-ray Disc format; no standard DVD version was mentioned as of this writing
COMING ON 1/5/2021:
* Vera – Set 10 (BBC)
$49.99 SRP DVD
—–Renowned actress Brenda Blethyn returns as the unorthodox but brilliant DCI Vera Stanhope in four compelling new feature-length episodes of this hit crime drama. The indomitable Vera and her trusted team unravel more complex cases, exploring stories of corporate corruption, organized crime and deeply buried personal guilt. An entrepreneur’s murder delivers no shortage of suspects, and the discovery of a teenager’s body floating near a salmon farm reveals a tangled web of deceit between two families. The murder of a cleaner whose death occurred several hours after the killer blow landed sends Vera on an intriguing trail, and it soon becomes clear that not all is as it seems when a wealthy betting shop tycoon is killed during a home invasion. Set against the breathtaking landscapes of Northumberland, this top-rating drama is inspired by the bestselling novels and characters created by acclaimed author Ann Cleeves. Four feature-length episodes in the hit crime drama. 2-disc set.
COMING ON 1/12/2021:
* Ultraman Taro – The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
$45.99 SRP Blu-ray; $55.99 SRP Blu-ray Steelbook Edition
EXTRAS: Digital Copy (redeem on MCE’s “movieSPREE!” service)
—–Look to the Sky! Look to the Stars! Look to the Cosmos! ULTRAMAN TARO is the sixth entry in the Ultraman series, premiering in Japan in April 1973. After being scouted to the Earth defense team ZAT (Zariba of All Territory), young boxer Kotaro Higashi is severely injured during a Kaiju attack. At the chasm between life and death, Mother of Ultra appeared and saved Kotaro by merging his life with a young Ultra Hero, thus giving birth to the sixth Ultra Brother…Ultraman Taro! 6-disc sets.