NOW AVAILABLE (4/13):
* Riviera – Season 3 (Universal)
$34.98 SRP DVD MOD
—–A year has passed since the explosive finale of Riviera Season Two. Georgina (Julia Stiles) has abandoned the Riviera and reinvented herself as Georgina Ryland. She has partnered up with charismatic art restitution expert, Gabriel Hirsch (Rupert Graves), and together they scour the world for stolen artworks. However, when Gabriel confiscates an artifact from a corrupt dealer, this catapults them into a dangerous conspiracy. From Venice, they travel to Saint-Tropez and Buenos Aires in pursuit of the truth. Riviera Season Three offers a glorious opportunity to lose yourself in the twists and turns of a juicy thriller while enjoying some serious escapism. 2-disc set.
COMING ON 4/27:
* Tell Me A Story – Season 2 (ViacomCBS)
$29.99 SRP DVD MOD
—–And they all lived happily ever after…or did they? TELL ME A STORY takes the world’s most beloved fairy tales and reimagines them as a dark and twisted psychological thriller. Exploring an entirely new set of fairy tales and characters, the 10-episode second season features the stories of three legendary princesses – “Beauty and the Beast,” “Sleeping Beauty” and “Cinderella” – like you’ve never seen them before. We’ll meet the Pruitt family as they navigate love, loss, romance and terror against the iconic backdrop of Music City – Nashville, Tenn. Filmed on location in Nashville, season two stars Paul Wesley (“The Vampire Diaries”) as Tucker Reed, Carrie-Anne Moss (“The Matrix,” “Jessica Jones”) as Rebecca Pruitt, Odette Annable (“House,” “Supergirl”) as Maddie Pruitt, Eka Darville (“Jessica Jones”) as Beau Morris, Matt Lauria (“Kingdom,” “Friday Night Lights”) as Jackson Pruitt, Natalie Alyn Lind (“The Gifted,” “The Goldbergs”) as Ashley Rose Pruitt, and Ashley Madekwe (“Salem,” “Revenge”) as Simone Garland. In addition, Danielle Campbell (“The Originals”) returns to TELL ME A STORY this season in a recurring role, as Olivia Moon. Garcelle Beauvais (“Spider-Man Homecoming”) as Veronica Garland, Caleb Castille (“Wu Tang: An American Saga”) as Ron, and Christopher Meyer (“The Affair”) as Derek round out the cast with recurring roles in this final season. 4-disc set.
COMING ON 5/11:
* Dead To Me – Season 2 (ViacomCBS)
$24.99 SRP DVD MOD
—–“No one can ever know what happened. Except us.” Jen and Judy are not okay. Not even a little. With their lives spinning out of control, they’re clinging to each other…and their secrets. Stars Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini return as Jen (Appelgate) and Judy (Cardellini). Cast also includes James Marsden, Valerie Mahaffey, Suzy Nakamura, Natalie Morales, Katey Sagal, and more. 2-disc set.
COMING ON 5/18:
* Shadow Lines – Season 1 (RLJ/Image)
$27.99 SRP DVD
—–In the wake of World War II, Finland found itself on the front lines of the Cold War. This multilingual thriller follows Finnish student Helena (Emmi Parviainen, Secret Lives) as she is plunged headfirst into the dangerous world of espionage by her enigmatic godfather, leader of The Fist, a secret intelligence team whose mission is to defend Finland’s independence, no matter the cost. 3-disc set.
COMING ON 6/1:
* Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal – The Complete 1st Season (Warner)
$24.98 SRP DVD; $27.98 SRP Blu-ray
EXTRAS: Digital Copy (Blu-ray only)
—–A caveman at the dawn of evolution and a dinosaur on the brink of extinction are bonded by tragedy. This unlikely friendship becomes the only hope of survival in a violent, primordial world. From Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars, the Hotel Transylvania films). 2-disc set on DVD and single-disc title on Blu-ray.
* The Little Rascals – The ClassicFlix Restorations, Volume 1 (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! Hal Roach’s Our Gang series is one of the longest running and most prolific in the field of short subjects, with 220 one- and two-reel comedies released between 1922 and 1944. The secret to the longevity of the series, as well as its appeal to generations long after its conclusion, is mainly due to Roach’s choice to cast kids who came across as “natural” on the screen – scruffy underdogs that moviegoers could identify with or wish they could be – not glossy “showbiz professionals”. After producing 88 silent Our Gang shorts, Roach transitioned to sound releasing 80 “talkies” in the series starting with Small Talk in 1929. It took time to fine-tune the adjustment from silent to sound, but soon the studio began firing on all cylinders, producing classics like Shivering Shakespeare and The First Seven Years (both 1930). The Little Rascals – The ClassicFlix Restorations, Volume 1 contains the first 11 Our Gang sound shorts produced by Roach at the dawn of the “talkie era”: Small Talk to A Tough Winter, with each short newly scanned and restored from original Hal Roach 35mm film elements. A must-have for any true Our Gang fan, Volume 1 features the talents of Jackie Cooper, Allen “Farina” Hoskins, Mary Ann Jackson, Bobby “Wheezer” Hutchins, Joe Cobb, Harry Spear and Norman “Chubby” Chaney. **Please note that while this set may go wide retail at some point in the future, it is currently exclusive to and only available at the ClassicFlix website.** SHORTS – 1929: Small Talk; Railroadin’; Lazy Days; Boxing Gloves; Bouncing Babies; Moan and Groan Inc; 1930: Shivering Shakespeare; The First Seven Years; When the Wind Blows; Bear Shooters; A Tough Winter
NOTE: this title was originally announced to ship this week, on 4/13, but has been delayed until June 1st. The “Volume 2” release is still set for June 29th, as we originally mentioned in our 3/12 Roundup. ClassicFlix plans to announce “Volume 3” in the near future, so stay tuned! Our thanks to reader John Cerone for the heads-up about the “Volume 1” delay.
COMING ON 6/15:
* The Walking Dead: World Beyond – Season 1 (RLJ/Image)
$24.99 SRP DVD; $39.98 SRP Blu-ray
EXTRAS: A Look at the Series; Meet the Characters; The Making of Season 1
—–A group of teenagers living in a community sheltered from the dangers of the apocalypse receive a message that inspires them to leave the safety of the only home they have ever known and embark on a cross-country journey to save their father. Aliyah Royale, Alexa Mansour, Hal Cumpston, Nicolas Cantu, Nico Tortorella. 3-disc set in either format.
* Garfield And Friends – The Grumpy Cat Collection (PBS)
$29.99 SRP DVD
—–Get ready for the first 3 seasons of Garfield and Friends, the beloved animated Saturday morning TV series! This hilarious DVD set includes more than 50 episodes starring everyone’s favorite feline. 6-disc set.
COMING ON 6/22:
* Balthazar – Series 3 (RLJ/Acorn)
$39.99 SRP DVD
—–Devastated by his friend’s death, Parisian forensic pathologist Raphaël Balthazar (Tomer Sisley) has vowed never to touch a corpse again. But his resolve wavers when he discovers a dead body while sailing, and soon he’s working once more with Chief Inspector Hélène Bach (Hélène de Fougerolles), who’s closing in on their most elusive suspect: his wife’s killer. 2-disc set.
COMING ON 6/29:
* Drunk History – The Complete Series (Comedy Central/ViacomCBS)
$55.98 SRP DVD
—–A toast: To the complete series of Drunk History! For six buzzworthy seasons, host Derek Waters heard from actors and comedians about history’s most riveting chapters, and produced star-studded re-enactments of these events. Some of the stories are silly; others are sobering. Some have been taught far and wide, and others highlight the history of marginalized communities that many textbooks omit. All were worth talking about over a few drinks. (OK, sometimes it was more than a few drinks.) Executive produced by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Jeremy Konner and Derek Waters, all of Drunk History’s 70 episodes are included in this 11-disc set, including Seasons 5 and 6, which have never before been released on DVD. That’s 33 episodes brand new to DVD! The show has 17 Primetime Emmy nominations, including one win for “Outstanding Costumes for a Variety Program or a Special” (Christina Mongini and Cassandra Conners). Guest stars include Tiffany Haddish, Bill Hader, David Harbour, Bob Odenkirk, Octavia Spencer, Laura Dern, Ryan Gosling, Maya Rudolph, Jack Black, Will Ferrell, and more, including the “Hamilton” episode told by Pulitzer, Tony Award, Grammy, Emmy Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda!
* The Murders – Season 1 (RLJ/Acorn)
$34.99 SRP DVD
—–Jessica Lucas (Gotham) stars in this Canadian mystery series as Kate Jameson, a rookie detective determined to make her mark on the homicide team. But things go horribly awry when she breaks the first rule of policing: never leave your gun unattended. Haunted by her mistake, Kate seeks to make amends through every case, including that of a mysterious killer who seems particularly invested in her. 2-disc set.
COMING ON 7/6:
* Defending Jacob – The Limited Series (ViacomCBS)
$25.99 SRP DVD; also coming on Blu-ray Disc via manufacture on demand (“MOD”)
EXTRAS: two Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes; Deleted Scenes
—–Chris Evans (Captain America films, The Avengers films) stars in the acclaimed limited series DEFENDING JACOB. A gripping, character-driven thriller based on the 2012 New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, DEFENDING JACOB unfolds around a shocking crime that rocks a small Massachusetts town, and one family in particular…forcing an assistant district attorney (Evans) to choose between his sworn duty to uphold justice and his unconditional love for his son. DEFENDING JACOB was created, written, and executive produced by Mark Bomback (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), and directed and executive produced by Academy Award nominee Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game). The series also stars Golden Globe nominee Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”), Jaeden Martell (It, Knives Out), Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), and three-time Emmy Award winner Cherry Jones (“The Handmaid’s Tale”). 3-disc set on DVD.