* The Greatest American Hero – The Complete Series (VEI)
$24.99 SRP DVD
—–The Greatest American Hero: The Complete Series tells the story of an American English teacher (played by William Katt) who comes across a special alien suit with mysterious powers. The instruction manual for the suit disappears and the teacher – as well as his group of friends, played by Connie Sellecca and Robert Culp – must figure out the proper way to use the suit before chaos ensues and the aliens claim the town and the world.
NOTE: this show has been released on DVD in the past (between 2005 and 2017) from various other studios, but those sets have all gone out of print. VEI appears to be re-releasing The Complete Series on DVD format, and with the same sort of on-disc content as we’ve had before (including, apparently, all changes and edits to the show, such as the missing original music; there is no indication of content added back in which was previously left off of the past DVDs). There have been no extras indicated on this release, either (so don’t look for “The Greatest American Heroine,” for example). This release appears to simply be targeted at fans who missed purchasing the previous DVD releases. VEI has only announced this item for DVD format; there are no announced plans for Blu-ray Disc.
COMING ON 7/12:
* A House Divided – Season 4 (RLJ/Image)
$17.96 SRP DVD
—–The Sanders family continues to navigate chaos and turmoil as their world rapidly unravels. A new season…a new set of twists and turns reveal the fate of this once all powerful empire. Lawrence Hilton Jacobs, Demetria Mckinney, Paula Jai Parker, Brad James, Parker McKenna Posey, LisaRaye McCoy, Glenn Plummer. 2-disc set.
* Star Trek: The Animated Series – The Complete Series (CBS/Paramount)
$19.99 SRP DVD MOD
EXTRAS: Audio and Text Commentaries; Drawn to the Final Frontier: The Making of Star Trek: The Animated Series; What’s The Star Trek Connection?; Storyboard Gallery; Show History
—–SET PHASERS TO FUN. The five-year mission continues in STAR TREK The Animated Series: The Animated Adventures of Gene Rodoenberry’s STAR TREK. Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) return, along with the faithful crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, to boldly go where no one has gone before. Get ready to beam aboard and explore the farthest reaches of the galaxy, discover new alien species, and of course, find a few tribbles along the way. Voiced by the original cast, this Emmy Award-winning series is sure to capture the imagination of every generation. 4-disc set.
NOTE: this title was previously released on DVD format in 2006, and on Blu-ray Disc format in 2016. Now Paramount is re-releasing it on DVD format as a manufacture-on-demand (MOD) item, for fans who might have missed collecting one of the previous releases. Some online listings for this DVD MOD re-release include a description which mentions the Blu-ray format, but that is an error: this new release is on DVD format only.
COMING ON 7/26:
* 4400 – The Complete Series (CBS/Paramount)
$29.99 SRP DVD MOD
EXTRAS: Extended/Deleted Scenes; Gag Reel
—–After four thousand four hundred people who were overlooked, undervalued or otherwise marginalized vanished without a trace off the face of the planet, they were all returned in an instant to Detroit having not aged a day and with no memory of what happened to them. As the government races to understand the phenomenon, analyze the potential threat and contain the story, an empathetic social worker (Joseph David-Jones) and hardened community corrections officer (Ireon Roach) are among the civil servants called upon to deal with the uncanny refugees. 4400: The Complete Series includes all 13 episodes on 3 discs.
NOTE: as of this writing, this item has only been announced for DVD format. This 2021 show was cancelled by The CW after one season, and currently shows no sign of being picked up by any other network or provider. The announcement of this title calls it “The Complete Series.” Therefore, the package art (which says “Season 1”) may not be finalized, and could be subject to change.
* The 4400 – The Complete Series (CBS/Paramount)
$59.99 SRP Blu-ray MOD
EXTRAS: Featurettes; Commentaries; Deleted Scenes
—–THE MISSING HAVE RETURNED. When a comet hurtles toward Earth, what the world thinks will be the end of civilization turns into the beginning of an incredible conspiracy. In one instant, 4400 missing people reappear in a flash of light, and Homeland Security’s new mission is to uncover how and why. Emmy-nominated The 4400 – The Complete Series follows the mysterious returnees and the National Threat Assessment Command, the task force assigned to investigate them. Led by NTAC director Dennis Ryland (Peter Coyote), agents Tom Baldwin (Joel Gretsch) and Diana Skouris (Jacqueline McKenzie) delve deeper into the inexplicable event and its supernatural consequences. As the drama unfolds, some of the returnees begin to exhibit supernatural powers, and the government must determine the source and purpose behind it all. The stellar cast includes Academy Award winner and Golden Globe nominee Mahershala Ali, Patrick Flueger, and Billy Campbell. Society, humanity and the metaphysical collide in four seasons of the science fiction hit that turns ordinary life into a phenomenal mystery! 11-disc set.
NOTE: this item, with all the episodes from the 2004 show seen on Cable TV’s USA Network, was released in stores on DVD format in 2008, but now is being released in high-def Blu-ray Disc format (as an MOD/manufacture-on-demand item) for the first time in North America
* That Dirty Black Bag – Season 1 (RLJ/Image)
$34.97 SRP DVD; $35.97 SRP Blu-ray
—–In a town full of bounty hunters, bandits and bloody vendettas, Arthur McCoy is the incorruptible sheriff who’s trying to overcome his troubled past to bring law and order to this new frontier. On the other side of things is Red Bill, an infamous solitary bounty hunter known for decapitating his victims and stuffing their heads into a dirty black bag. When the paths of these two men collide, they both learn that in the wild west, there are no heroes, nobody is invincible, and the predators may become the prey. 2-disc set in either format.
COMING ON 8/9:
* Pam & Tommy – The Greatest Love Story Ever Sold (Lionsgate)
$19.98 SRP DVD
—–Features Lily James (Cinderella, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again), Sebastian Stan (Captain American: The Winter Solider, The Covenant), Seth Rogen (This Is the End, Superbad), Nick Offerman (“The Great North,” “Parks and Recreation”), and Taylor Schilling (The Lucky One, “Orange Is the New Black”). Set in the Wild West early days of the Internet, “Pam & Tommy” is based on the incredible true story of the Pamela Anderson (James) and Tommy Lee (Stan) sex tape. Stolen from the couple’s home by a disgruntled contractor (Rogen), the video went from underground bootleg-VHS curiosity to full-blown global sensation when it hit the Web in 1997. A love story, crime caper, and cautionary tale rolled into one, the eight-part original series explores the intersection of privacy, technology, and celebrity, tracing the origins of our current reality-TV era to a stolen tape seen by millions…but meant to have an audience of just two. 2-disc set.
NOTE: as of this writing, this title has only been announced for DVD format
COMING ON 8/16:
* And Just Like That… – The Complete 1st Season (Warner Canada)
CA $29.98 SRP DVD
—–The HBO Max Original AND JUST LIKE THAT…, the new chapter of the groundbreaking HBO series “Sex and the City,” follows “Carrie” (Sarah Jessica Parker), “Miranda” (Cynthia Nixon), and “Charlotte” (Kristin Davis) as they navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s.
NOTE: this has been announced in Canada for DVD format only; there is no USA announcement yet
COMING ON 10/4:
* Star Trek: Picard – Season 2 (CBS/Paramount)
$39.99 SRP DVD; $47.99 SRP Blu-ray; $51.99 SRP Blu-ray Limited Edition Steelbook
EXTRAS: over an hour of exclusive special features, including featurettes, a gag reel, and deleted scenes
—–Season two of STAR TREK: PICARD takes the legendary Jean-Luc Picard and his crew on a bold and exciting new journey: into the past! Picard must enlist friends both old and new to confront the perils of 21st century Earth, in a desperate race against time to save the galaxy’s future…and face the ultimate trial from one of his greatest foes. 4-time Emmy Award nominee Patrick Stewart returns to reprise his iconic role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Also returning are other fan favorites from “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Star Trek: Voyager”, including Brent Spiner in his role as Adam Soong, and Jeri Ryan reprising her role as Seven of Nine. Featuring guest appearances from Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg, who reprises her “TNG” role as Guinan, and John de Lancie, reprising his role as Q. 3-disc set in either format.