Upcoming DVD Releases

* Father Brown – Complete Season 9 (BBC)
$31.98 SRP DVD

—–Welcome to Kembleford, the sleepy Cotswolds village where seven more dastardly deeds call for Father Brown’s investigation, drawing on his astute powers of observation, remarkable intuition and deep understanding of human nature. 1953 brings murder at Lady Felicia’s illustrious New Year’s Masked Ball, a suspicious death at Chummy’s holiday camp, old wounds, lost treasures, an avenging angel, and an influential new parishioner who threatens Father Brown’s position. Mark Williams stars as the compassionate, crime-solving priest who rides his bicycle right into your heart. 2-disc set.
NOTE: this date MIGHT be for the BBC Shop release only, and it COULD be that there will be a different street date later on for this title’s release at general retail; we’re not sure as of this writing. If there’s a separate date later on for general retail, we’ll be sure to include that as part of a future Roundup.
* The Last Kingdom – Season 5 (Universal)
$29.98 SRP DVD; $39.99 SRP Blu-ray

EXTRAS: Strength and Sensitivity: The Women of The Last Kingdom; The Making of Season 5
—–Years of peace have passed since the battles of last season, but as we rejoin Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon), he faces his greatest enemies, and suffers immeasurable loss, on his quest towards fulfilling his destiny. Now stationed at a northern port town, Uhtred has been entrusted with protecting the king’s illegitimate son, Aethelstan. But following a horrific attack on his family, an old enemy threatens the life he has built. Meanwhile, King Edward (Timothy Innes) is still forging ahead with his ambitions to unite the Saxon Kingdoms to fulfill his late father’s dream, threatening the long-standing peace between Danes and Saxons. However, the treacherous Lord Aethelhelm (Adrian Schiller) has ambitions of his own, for his grandson Aelfweard—Edward’s other son—to rule. As these plans lead to bloodshed and heartbreak, Uhtred finds his own fate may well be tied to the future of the nation…Destiny Is All! 4-disc set on DVD format; 3-disc set on Blu-ray Disc.

* The Last Kingdom – The Complete Series (Universal)
$89.99 SRP DVD; $99.99 SRP Blu-ray

EXTRAS: Creating the World of The Last Kingdom; The Making of The Last Kingdom; The Stunts of The Last Kingdom; The Story So Far; Return to The Last Kingdom: The Making of Season 2; The Battles of The Last Kingdom Season Three; The Making of Season 4: The Return to Bebbanberg; Strength and Sensitivity: The Women of The Last Kingdom; The Making of Season 5
—–Witness the birth of England as you’ve never seen in the acclaimed series The Last Kingdom, from the makers of Downton Abbey. At the end of the 9th century, many of the separate kingdoms, which we now call England, have fallen in bloody conflict with invading Danes. Against this turbulent backdrop lives our hero, Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon). Born the son of a Saxon nobleman, he is captured by the Danes and raised as one of their own. For many years fate binds him to Alfred (David Dawson), Saxon King of Wessex. Uhtred must fight for Alfred’s dream of uniting the kingdoms. Suffering great personal tragedy, Uhtred is torn between the country of his birth and the people of his upbringing. After his father’s death, the turbulent reign of the new King Edward threatens Alfred’s dream more than ever. When faced with old enemies and fresh heartbreak, Uhtred finds his own fate tied to the future of the nation…Destiny Is All! Also starring Millie Brady, Eliza Butterworth, Emily Cox, Ian Hart, Rutger Hauer, Timothy Innes, Matthew Macfadyen, Harry McEntire, Toby Regbo, Tobias Santelmann and Adrian Schiller. Based on the bestselling novels by Bernard Cornwell. 18-disc set on DVD format; 16-disc set on Blu-ray Disc.
* The Loud House – The Complete 3rd Season (Nickelodeon/Paramount)
$13.99 SRP DVD

—–VOLUME 1: ROAD TRIPPED – Life’s a trip when the Louds depart on a family vacation! But while road tripping to their destination, everything that can go wrong…does. Plus, a family fridge war breaks out, Lori and Lincoln go to the big city to visit Ronnie Anne and Bobby, and Mom and Dad build a secret bathroom! Join in on all the laughs with The Loud House! VOLUME 2: COOKED – The Loud kids promise to help their Dad come up with ideas for the grand opening of his new restaurant, Lynn’s Table. But their lack of teamwork and crazy plans lead to a nightmare in the kitchen. Plus, Luna hopes to win a songwriting contest, Lori and Bobby try to bring their big families together for Thanksgiving, and so much more!

* Ray Donovan – The Movie (Showtime/Paramount)
$17.99 SRP DVD

—–A showdown decades in the making brings the Donovan family legacy full circle. As the events that made Ray who he is today finally come to light, the Donovans find themselves drawn back to Boston to face the past. Each of them struggles to overcome their violent upbringing, but destiny dies hard, and only their fierce love for each other keeps them in the fight. Whether they stand together or they go down swinging, one thing is certain: Ray doesn’t do loose ends. Ray Donovan: The Movie is co-written by Liev Schreiber and “Ray Donovan” executive producer David Hollander, and stars Liev Schreiber in his five-time Golden Globe–nominated role as Ray Donovan, and Jon Voight in his Golden Globe–winning role as Mickey Donovan. Original cast members reprising their roles include Eddie Marsan as Ray’s brother Terry, Dash Mihok as Ray’s brother Bunchy, Pooch Hall as the Donovan’s half-brother Daryll, Kerris Dorsey as Ray’s daughter Bridget, Katherine Moennig as Lena, along with Kerry Condon as Molly Sullivan. Coming to DVD just four months after the Showtime debut of this wrap-up to the seven-season series!
NOTE: this has been announced for DVD format only
* Lucifer – The Complete 5th Season (Warner)
$29.98 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: Deleted Scenes; Gag Reel
—–The story of the original fallen angel continues in its next-to-last season, with the charming, charismatic and devilishly handsome Lord of Hell – Lucifer Morningstar – abandoning his kingdom for the gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping savvy LAPD detective Chloe Decker take down criminals. In the stunning fifth season of LUCIFER, the stakes are higher than ever. Secrets will be revealed, Lucifer makes a tumultuous return, Chloe rethinks romance, Ella finally finds a nice guy, and Amenadiel adjusts to the whole fatherhood thing. In the first half of the season, Lucifer’s twin brother Michael secretly takes the devil’s place on earth while he’s back in Hell. Eventually, Lucifer must return and face the mess his brother made with his life. He’ll also finally confront his feelings for Chloe, and answer a question fans have been asking since the very beginning: “will they or won’t they?” 4-disc set.
NOTE: this has been announced for DVD format only

* Gomorrah: The Series – 5th and Final Season (Kino Lorber)
$39.95 SRP DVD; $49.95 SRP Blu-ray

EXTRAS: trailers
—–Gomorrah: Fifth and Final Season is the thrilling conclusion to the most popular Italian drama in the world, which The New York Times recently rated #5 on its list of the top 30 international shows of the past decade. The worldwide gangster show phenomenon is based on Roberto Saviano’s best-selling book and the subsequent award-winning film of the same name. Gennaro (Salvatore Esposito) had tried his best to straighten up and build an honest life for himself and his family. Ciro (Marco D’Amore) sacrificed himself to make it possible. And now, everything has come undone. An all-out war between Patrizia and the Levante clan has turned Secondigliano and the rest of Naples to rubble, prompting Genny to get back into the game and restore order…leading to an ultimate showdown. Italian and English soundtracks. 3-disc set in either format.

* Yellowstone – The First Four Seasons (Paramount)
$72.99 SRP DVD; $90.99 SRP Blu-ray

—–The first four seasons of the critically acclaimed series Yellowstone recounts the epic story of the Dutton family, who control the largest ranch in the contiguous United States. Headed by John Dutton (Academy Award winner Kevin Costner), the family faces an onslaught of attacks both from within and a world of vicious greed on the outside. Secrets, lies, dangerous liaisons and escalating violence create high stakes drama at every turn. Land developers, politicians, an Indian reservation, oil and lumbar corporations all want a piece of the billions on the line. It’s what America has come to, a wild ride through the eyes of a family that will stop at nothing to protect its legacy. Yellowstone is co-created by Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water and Sicario) and John Linson (Sons of Anarchy).

* Becker – The Complete Series (Paramount)
$41.99 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: Sizzle Reel; Gag Reel; Audience Warmup Reel; Cast Interviews
—–THE DOCTOR IS IN! All six seasons of the beloved sitcom are available in this DVD collection set! Becker: The Complete Series stars TV legend Ted Danson in his unforgettable role as a gruff Bronx doctor with a sharp wit and a sharper tongue. Don’t miss classic episodes like “Physician, Heal Thyself,” “One Angry Man,” and “The TorMentor” (guest-starring Leonard Nimoy) in Becker: The Complete Series. Includes 129 episodes! 17-disc set.
NOTE: this title was previously released in 2017, but was discontinued; the studio is now re-releasing it for fans who might have previously missed out
* The Little Rascals – The ClassicFlix Restorations, Volume 6 (ClassicFlix)
$39.99 SRP Blu-ray

—–Remastered, uncut and beautifully restored, now you can see The Little Rascals like never before! With restorations so glorious, it will be like watching these iconic shorts for the first time! By 1935, the writing was on the wall for the staple at Hal Roach Studios: two-reel comedies. While his short films were still popular with the public, Roach’s filmic output was losing ground financially to double features, necessitating that his stars either transition to feature films (like Laurel & Hardy) or find employment elsewhere. An exception was made for Our Gang as the producer continued to make one-reelers featuring the kiddie troupe with the focus on five members: Spanky, Alfalfa, Darla, Buckwheat and Porky. With the length of the shorts cut in half (Our Gang Follies of 1938 [1937] being an exception), the finished streamlined product was both cost-effective and profitable. The change didn’t seem to hurt the franchise either as the first one-reeler, Bored of Education (1936), won the Academy Award for Best (One-Reel) Short Subject the following year. In 1938, after two additional years of cranking out classic comedies, Roach would sell the property to MGM where the series continued until 1944. The Little Rascals – The ClassicFlix Restorations, Volume 6 contains the final 23 Our Gang sound shorts produced by the Hal Roach Studios: Bored of Education (1936) to Hide and Shriek (1938)—with each short newly scanned and restored from the original Hal Roach 35mm film elements. A must-have for any true Our Gang fan, Volume 6 features the talents of George “Spanky” McFarland, Billie “Buckwheat” Thomas, Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer, Darla Hood, Eugene “Porky” Lee, Tommy “Butch” Bond and Sidney “Woim” Kibrick. There are also special appearances from former members Mickey Daniels, Mary Kornman, Joe Cobb and Matthew “Stymie” Beard! SHORTS: 1936 – Bored of Education; Two Too Young; Pay as You Exit; Spooky Hooky; 1937 – Reunion in Rhythm; Glove Taps; Hearts are Thumps; Rushin’ Ballet; Three Smart Boys; Roamin’ Holiday; Night ‘n’ Gales; Fishy Tales; Framing Youth; The Pigskin Palooka; Mail and Female; Our Gang Follies of 1938; 1938 – Canned Fishing; Bear Facts; Three Men in a Tub; Came the Brawn; Feed ’em and Weep; The Awful Tooth; Hide and Shriek

Upcoming DVD Releases

* Islands of Wonder – Madagascar, Borneo, Hawaii (PBS)
$24.99 SRP DVD

—–In “Islands of Wonder,” viewers journey to three of the most exotic, mysterious, and remote islands on Earth: Madagascar, Borneo, and Hawaii. These isolated and iconic tropical islands harbor remarkable wildlife and human castaways found nowhere else on Earth. In a rapidly changing world, these fragile islands are a vital gauge for the health of our planet. Ancient Madagascar is the strangest and oldest island in the world, famed now for its lemurs. Though, over millennia, it has given rise to more unique wildlife than any other island. Borneo’s rich coral reefs, lush jungles, and mountainous landscapes reveal it is no paradise, and the struggles to survive are the secret to a greater variety of life, from orangutans to sun bears and flying snakes. Hawaii, the most remote island chain in the world, is a wondrous archipelago that has offered sanctuary for all life that have reached its tropical shores. From humpback whales to waterfall-climbing fish, carnivorous caterpillars, and even albatross. All these islands are home to an extraordinary wealth of diverse wildlife and stunning, yet seldom seen, natural backdrops. Single-disc release.
COMING ON 10/13:
* Van der Valk (PBS)
$39.99 SRP DVD

—–Van der Valk follows Piet Van der Valk, played by Marc Warren (Beecham House, The Good Wife), an engaging, unapologetic, and street-smart detective, as he leads his dynamic team in solving a raft of mysterious crimes using astute human observation and inspired detection. Brilliant, but cynical Piet Van der Valk solves these baffling crimes in and around 21st-century Amsterdam, which is more prosperous, cosmopolitan, and crime-prone than ever. At least, that’s the way steely-eyed cop Van der Valk sees his murder-infested beat. Van der Valk and his team tackle high profile cases in the worlds of art, politics, addiction, mysticism, and fashion. Co-starring are Maimie McCoy (Wallander) as Van der Valk’s right-hand woman, Lucienne Hassell; Luke Allen-Gale (Dominion) as the scruffy sergeant, Brad de Vries; and Elliot Barnes-Worrell (Jericho) as the squad’s brainy new guy, Job Cloovers. The recurring cast also includes Emma Fielding (Les Misérables) as Van der Valk’s incorruptible but indulgent boss, Julia Dahlman; and Darrell D’Silva (Game of Thrones) as the team’s hard-living, virtuoso pathologist, Hendrik Davie. Together they face challenging cases that give a new slant to Amsterdam’s renowned sophistication, for it appears that the city’s stylishness and toleration go hand in hand with murder. 2-disc set.
COMING ON 10/20:
* Flesh And Blood (PBS)
$34.99 SRP DVD

—–The already dysfunctional lives of Helen, Jake, and Natalie are thrown into disarray when their recently widowed mother Vivien (Francesca Annis) declares she’s in love with a new man, retired surgeon Mark (Stephen Rea). Their suspicion of the newcomer triggers events in the siblings’ own complex love lives, which begin to spiral out of control. Next door neighbor Mary (Imelda Staunton) has known the family for years and tries to support them all with wise counsel, but seems powerless to stop the events from escalating. Can this once close family overcome years of secrets and repressed sibling rivalry to pull together, or will old rifts and new conflicts push them apart? Or maybe even push them to the point of violence? Right from the start, we know that someone’s life is hanging in the balance, but we don’t know whose life, nor how it happened. As the mystery unravels, this dark yet deliciously witty thriller explores family dynamics, modern relationships, love, loyalty, and betrayal, while keeping viewers guessing up until the very last moment. 2-disc set.
* The Crown – The Complete 3rd Season (Sony)
$45.99 SRP DVD; $55.99 SRP Blu-ray

—–The Crown traces the life of Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding in 1947 through to the early part of the twenty-first century. Season Three covers the time period between 1964 and 1977, and introduces an outstanding new ensemble cast led by Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies. Beginning with Harold Wilson’s election as the Queen’s first Labour prime minister and ending with the Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II, it follows pivotal moments such as the death and state funeral of Winston Churchill, the Aberfan disaster, the Apollo 11 moon landing, and the Investiture of Prince Charles as the Prince of Wales. 4-disc set in either format.
COMING ON 11/3 OR 11/10 (“the first half of November,” per the Warner Archives social media post):
* Josie and the Pussycats – The Complete Series (Warner Archives)
{no specific date, list price, or pre-order listing is available as of this writing}
EXTRAS: The Irresistible Charm of Dan DeCarlo: The Man and his Art.
—–They’re back…and better than ever, in High-Definition Blu-ray! All 16 episodes of the hit animated adaptation of the beloved comic-book series are here, as the all-girl rock band led by guitarist Josie, along with Pussycats Melody and Valerie, sing their catchy tunes through exotic adventures and fabulous hair. They are joined by Josie’s devoted boyfriend Alan, their manager Alexander, his trouble-making sister Alexandra, and her not-to-be-forgotten mischievous feline Sebastian (voiced by Hanna-Barbera’s legendary Don Messick). NEW 2020 1080p HD master from 4K scan of best surviving elements. 2-disc set.
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.
* Father Brown – Complete Season Eight (BBC)
$39.99 SRP DVD

—–Accompany your favorite bicycle-riding English priest on eight more missions of mercy and murder-solving in the beautiful 1950s Cotswolds. Father Brown is heaven-bent in pursuit of whoever killed Kembleford’s flamboyant bee keeper, a lecherous socialite, a visiting gossip columnist, and an artist’s nanny. What brings master thief Flambeau back to the village? And will Bunty’s risqué reputation finally be the death of her? Curious clues keep you guessing, from grand houses and quiet country lanes, to inside the vicarage, where Mrs. McCarthy’s kettle is always on. Eight more episodes of the popular BBC mystery series. 2-disc set.

* The Sommerdahl Murders – Series 1 (RLJ/Acorn)
$49.99 SRP DVD

—–DCI Dan Sommerdahl investigates murders in a lovely Danish coastal town with his best friend, Detective Flemming Torp, and his wife, Marianne, a criminal technician. But Dan’s years of devotion to the job have hurt his marriage, and with Marianne wanting a divorce, Dan discovers his rival for her affections is none other than his best friend. And they all must still work together to solve crimes. 2-disc set.

* The Other One – Series 1 (RLJ/Acorn)
$34.99 SRP DVD

—–When her husband dies at his surprise party, Tess (Rebecca Front, Humans) gets a bigger shock when she learns he had a secret family. Now she and her uptight daughter, Cathy (Ellie White, The Windsors), must get to know playful Marilyn (Siobhan Finneran, Loch Ness) and her daughter, Cat (Lauren Socha, Misfits). “Very funny…and moving exploration of love, grief, forgiveness, and family” (Guardian). 2-disc set.