NOW AVAILABLE (5/5 and 5/19):
* Baptiste – Season 1 (PBS)
$25.99 SRP DVD
—–Retired and restless, Detective Julien Baptiste (Tcheky Karyo, “The Missing”) is visiting Amsterdam, where his daughter has recently given birth. A lunch with old flame Martha Horchner, Amsterdam’s chief of police, turns out to be more than a catch-up on old times: she wants his help finding Natalie, a missing girl who is the niece of Englishman Edward Stratton (Tom Hollander, “The Night Manager”). Martha believes the case is connected to a Romanian sex trafficking gang. Baptiste meets up with Edward and they begin their search, but it’s not long before he realizes that all is not as it seems. Why doesn’t anyone want to talk about the missing girl? Who is the man following Baptiste’s wife? What is the connection between the case and the transsexual brothel whose owner has sent someone to follow them? And who is the mysterious woman who helps the sex industry girls and tells them that Natalie has run away to Germany? As Baptiste starts to uncover some of the truths behind the lies, he realizes there is more to this case than meets the eye. By the time he becomes aware of the danger that he’s been drawn into, his own family is in grave peril.
* Ken Burns Presents The Gene: An Intimate History (PBS)
$19.99 SRP DVD
—–This four-hour documentary from executive producer Ken Burns and senior producer Barak Goodman is adapted from the bestselling book of the same name by award-winning author Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, about how genes impact heredity, disease, and behavior. This program tells the story of the rapid evolution of genetic science from Gregor Mendel’s groundbreaking experiment in the 1800s to CRISPR. It offers the hope that new science that can alter DNA with pinpoint precision could revolutionize the treatment of some of the world’s most complex diseases. Powerful, contemporary personal stories and stunning breakthroughs weave with the fascinating story of the historical search for the human genome and the accomplishments of generations of dedicated scientists and amateur researchers. The science of genetics holds at once the promise of eradicating disease but also the threat of altering the very essence of what it means to be human. The series tackles the daunting ethical challenge these technologies pose for humankind.
COMING ON 5/26:
* The Trade – Season 1 (Showtime/ViacomCBS)
$24.99 SRP DVD MOD
—–The timely, provocative new five-episode SHOWTIME docu-series THE TRADE spotlights the crisis through the eyes of those most affected: the growers, addicts, cartel bosses and law enforcement hopelessly caught in its web.
* The Trade – Season 2 (Showtime/ViacomCBS)
$24.99 SRP DVD MOD
—–This four-part season follows Central Americans on an odyssey to the United States (and others heading back home after being deported), while also delving into the shadow industries that prey on them every step of the way. The series sheds light on the smugglers and traffickers who take advantage of the migrants’ vulnerability, and law enforcement pursuing them at the border, while providing a look at the rarely-seen underbelly of the migrants’ world and their struggle to survive.
COMING ON 6/9:
* Head of the Class – The Complete 1st Season (Warner Archives)
$29.99 SRP DVD MOD
—–Laid-back substitute teacher Charlie Moore (Howard Hesseman, WKRP in Cincinnati) is expected to do little more than read magazines when he’s assigned to a New York City high school’s Individualized Honors Program. The high IQs of the gifted IHP students are only matched by the high pressures the school’s principal, Dr. Samuels (William G. Schilling), places upon the self-proclaimed geeks. The unconventional Charlie decides to defy expectations and try teaching the kids of the IHP, even though they all seemingly know more than he does. There’s one advantage Charlie has over his charges, however: the courage to take risks and grow. Soon enough, his 10 charges – Arvid (Dan Frischman), Darlene (Robin Givens), Simone (Khrystyne Haje), Alan (Tony O’Dell), Dennis (Dan Schneider), Sarah (Kimberly Russell), Janice (Tannis Vallely), Jawaharlal (Jory Husain), Eric (Brian Robbins) and Maria (Leslie Bega) – begin to exceed expectations on their own.
COMING ON 6/23:
* Pennyworth – The Complete 1st Season (Warner Archives)
$29.99 SRP DVD MOD; $29.99 SRP DVD Blu-ray MOD
—–Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon), a former British SAS soldier in his 20s, forms a security company in 1960s London and goes to work with young billionaire Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge), years before he becomes Bruce Wayne’s father. With England balancing on the brink of a civil war, the first skirmishes of an undeclared secret war have begun. In this world of secrets and betrayals, we find Alfred Pennyworth. Nine years of training with the SAS have taught him to be a cynical optimist — expecting the worst, but knowing that he can handle it. Now, thrown back into the civilian world, Alfred’s looking for freedom, security…and love. With his SAS mates “Bazza” (Hainsley Lloyd Bennett) and “Dave Boy” (Ryan Fletcher), Alfred’s in search of an independent life and being his own man who doesn’t take orders and never has to kill anyone. That’s easier said than done for a man with his skill set.
COMING ON 8/25:
* Flash – The Complete 6th Season (Warner)
$39.99 SRP DVD; $44.98 SRP Blu-ray
EXTRAS: “Kiss Kiss Breach Breach – Noir” (Special Episode); “Kiss Kiss Breach Breach – Noir” Commentary by showrunner/executive producer Eric Wallace; The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2019; Deleted Scenes; Gag Reel; BLU-RAY BONUS DISC: All Five Epic Episodes of the DC Crossover Event Crisis on Infinite Earths from Supergirl, Batwoman, The Flash, Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow with Special Features: Crisis Past and Present: Kevin Conroy Bat Legend; Crisis on Infinite Earths: The Architects Return; Crisis Past and Present – Superman vs. Superman; Characters in Crisis: Pariah; Crisis Management; Character in Crisis: The Anti-Monitor; BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE Digital Copy
—–Last season, Team Flash spent the last year dealing with not one, but two Cicadas, the return of Eobard Thawne, aka Reverse Flash, and the surprise arrival from the future of Barry and Iris’ daughter, Nora West-Allen, aka XS. The stakes were higher than ever during the season five finale. In season six, Team Flash contends with not one, but two all-new villains – Bloodwork and Mirror Master! Containing all 19 electrifying episodes from The Sixth Season, The Flash stars Grant Gustin (Arrow, Glee), Candice Patton (The Game), Danielle Panabaker (Sky High, Friday the 13th), Carlos Valdes (Arrow, Once), Hartley Sawyer (Caper, Glory Daze), Danielle Nicolet (Central Intelligence), and Efrat Dor (The Zookeeper’s Wife, Mayans M.C.), with Tom Cavanagh (Ed, The Following) and Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order).
COMING ON 9/8:
* Supergirl – The Complete 5th Season (Warner)
$39.99 SRP DVD; $44.98 SRP Blu-ray
EXTRAS: The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2019; Deleted Scenes; Gag Reel; BLU-RAY BONUS DISC: All Five Epic Episodes of the DC Crossover Event Crisis on Infinite Earths from Supergirl, Batwoman, The Flash, Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow with Special Features: Crisis Past and Present: Kevin Conroy Bat Legend; Crisis on Infinite Earths: The Architects Return; Crisis Past and Present – Superman vs. Superman; Characters in Crisis: Pariah; Crisis Management; Character in Crisis: The Anti-Monitor; BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE Digital Copy
—–In season five, Supergirl faces threats, both new and ancient. National City becomes enthralled with addictive virtual reality technologies created by CatCo’s charming-but-secretive new owner, Andrea Rojas. As Kara uses the power of the press to try to expose this danger, she must contend with challenges put up by rival reporter William Dey, renegade Martian Malefic J’onzz, a shadowy organization called Leviathan, and the shocking return of Lex Luthor who – in addition to his plot for world domination – seeks to claim the soul of Supergirl’s best friend (and his sister) Lena. With humanity choosing to lose itself in technology, can Supergirl save the world yet again? The 19 super-powered episodes from season five of Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist (Glee, Whiplash), Mehcad Brooks (About Last Night, Necessary Roughness), Chyler Leigh (Grey’s Anatomy), Katie McGrath (Jurassic World, Merlin), Jesse Rath (Defiance, No Tomorrow), Nicole Maines (Royal Pains), Azie Tesfai (Jane the Virgin), Andrea Brooks (Bates Motel), Julie Gonzalo (Dallas, Veronica Mars), Staz Nair (Game of Thrones) and David Harewood (Homeland).