Upcoming DVD Releases

* McCloud – The Complete 7 Seasons (VEI)
$69.99 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: Bonus: “Four in One” Episodes (Horse Stealing on Fifth Avenue, The Concrete Corral, The Stage Is All the World, Who Says You Can’t Make Friends in New York City, Walk in the Dark, Our Man in Paris); The Return Of Sam McCloud (1989 reunion TV movie); McMillan & Wife #01 Murder By The Barrel
—–Emmy Winner Dennis Weaver stars as the brave deputy marshal Sam McCloud, The toughest cowboy to overtake on the mean streets of New York-as well as the by-the-book detectives of the NYPD. Despite the demands of his strict supervisor, Chief Peter B. Clifford (J.D. Cannon), McCloud finds himself in an endless showdown with some of the meanest criminals east of the Mississippi. All 7 seasons plus Bonus: the Four in One Episodes.

* Work In Progress – Season 2 (ViacomCBS/Showtime)
$24.99 SRP DVD MOD

—–The new season finds Abby – a 40-something-year-old self-identified fat, queer dyke – in the wake of a breakup. She begrudgingly accepts the realization that she’s too busy to kill herself, and in fact she’s just starting to get her head above water…when a global pandemic converges with a family emergency, and forces Abby into uncharted territory. 2-disc set.
* This Is Us – The Complete 4th Season (20th TV/Disney)
$34.95 SRP DVD MOD

—–A refreshingly honest and provocative series following a unique ensemble whose paths cross and life stories intertwine in curious ways. THIS IS US is a smart, modern dramedy that will challenge your everyday presumptions about the people you think you know. Milo Ventimiglia; Mandy Moore; Sterling K. Brown; Chrissy Metz; Justin Hartley; Susan Kelechi Watson; Chris Sullivan; Jon Huertas. Close Captioning Included. 5-disc set.
NOTE: back in November, the studio released the FIFTH season of This Is Us, having skipped a DVD release of the 4th season, with the third season set being the most recent previous release for this series. NOW the studio has gone back and filled in the gap, announcing a release of “This Is Us – The Complete 4th Season” on DVD in just a couple of weeks. Our thanks to longtime reader (and good friend!) Wesley Mead for the heads-up about this item. The sixth (and final) season of the show has just begun airing on NBC in the USA earlier this week.
* Ultraman Zero: The Chronicle – The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
$39.99 SRP Blu-ray

—–Son of the legendary Ultra Seven, rookie Ultraman Zero receives rigid training from his master Ultraman Leo on his way to becoming a qualified fighter. When his homeland, the Land of Light is threatened by a troop of monsters and aliens headed by the evil Ultraman Belial young Ultraman Zero rises to the crisis and fights fearlessly to fend off the enemies, living to the full expectations of his father Ultra Seven. The biggest challenge for the young soldier comes when Alien Batt sends the empowered Alien Zetton, the Hyper Zetton to earth in an attempt to reign over the mankind. Will Ultraman Zero win the battle over the almighty evil forces? Ultraman Zero joins forces with his senior warriors Ultraman Dyna and Ultraman Cosmos and they transform into Ultraman Saga to stop Alien Batt and Hyper Zetton from taking over the universe. Japanese language with English subtitles. 4-disc set.
* Ghosts – Series 1 (BBC Archives)
$19.99 SRP DVD MOD

—–The U.K. sitcom that the CBS show in the USA is based on! Crumbling country mansion Button House is home to restless spirits who’ve died there over the centuries. Each a product of their time, they’re thrown together for eternity, resigned to squabble over mundane daily gripes. But their lives – or rather afterlives – are thrown into turmoil when young urban couple Alison and Mike unexpectedly inherit the peaceful derelict house and plan to turn it into a bustling hotel. As the ghosts attempt to oust the newcomers, and Alison and Mike discover the true scale of the project they’ve taken on, fate conspires to trap both sides in an impossible houseshare. Single-disc title.
* Heels – The Complete 1st Season (Lionsgate)
$34.98 SRP DVD

—–“Heels” is a story about the men and women who chase their dreams in the world of small town pro wrestling. Set in a close-knit Georgia community, it follows a family-owned wrestling promotion as two brothers and rivals, Jack Spade (Stephen Amell; Arrow) and Ace Space (Alexander Ludwig; Vikings), war over their late father’s legacy. In the ring, someone must play the good guy (Ludwig) and someone must play their nemesis, the heel (Amell). But in the real world, those characters can be hard to live up to — or hard to leave behind. 2-disc set.

* Legacies – The Complete 3rd Season (Warner Archives)
$29.99 SRP DVD MOD

—–As season three begins, Hope has risked everything to pull her friends back from the brink of a monstrous prophecy that threatened them. But when a heartbreaking loss shatters her whole world, Hope Mikaelson will be forced to fight fate itself. 3-disc set.
* Ultraseven X – Complete Series (Mill Creek)
$25.99 SRP DVD

—–Awoken from a fevered dream, a young man can barely recognize himself. A mysterious woman hands him a spectacles-shaped item, and she says hold the key to tremendous power and tells him it is his duty to save the world. Before asking any more, he and the woman are torn apart by a violent explosion. Soon he is contacted by a secret organization named DEUS. He is told he is Agent Jin and that his job is to rid this world of vicious alien invaders. 2-disc set.

* Manhunt – Season 2: The Night Stalker (RLJ/Acorn)
$24.99 SRP DVD; $34.99 SRP Blu-ray

—–Fresh off his success catching a headline-grabbing killer, DCI Colin Sutton (Martin Clunes, Doc Martin) is asked to review the long-running inquiry into a notorious serial rapist, whose 17-year reign of terror has left the elderly of Southeast London living in fear. Based on the real-life story, this gripping miniseries explores how Colin came late to the case but helped crack it open at last. 2-disc set.
* Yellowstone – Season 4 (ViacomCBS)
$25.99 SRP DVD; $33.99 SRP Blu-ray

EXTRAS: Opening Pandora’s Box: Making Yellowstone: Season Four (Only on Blu-ray & DVD); Bloodline: Yellowstone Origins (Only on Blu-ray & DVD); Season 4: Back to the Bunkhouse (Only on Blu-ray & DVD); Working the Yellowstone: Making It All Happen (Only on Blu-ray & DVD); Behind the Story for every episode; Stories from the Bunkhouse for every episode; Inside Yellowstone: Season 4
—–Who shot John Dutton (Academy Award winner Kevin Costner)? That’s the burning question that left fans reeling in the explosive season 3 finale. Following the brutal attacks on Kayce, Beth, and John Dutton, and with their fates unknown, Rip and the other wranglers wield their own brand of justice to take revenge and defend the Dutton legacy. This season digs deeper than ever into the rich Yellowstone history with flashbacks featuring Tim McGraw and Faith Hill (stars of the Yellowstone prequel 1883). Includes all 10 hour-long episodes of the Emmy-nominated series, plus behind-the-scenes featurettes, an extended making-of piece, and never-before-seen interviews with cast and crew. 5-disc set on DVD and 4-disc set on Blu-ray Disc.

* The Walking Dead: World Beyond – The 2nd and Final Season (RLJ/Image)
$34.97 SRP DVD; $39.98 SRP Blu-ray

—–Season two of The Walking Dead: World Beyond concludes the epic story of Iris (Aliyah Royale), Hope (Alexa Mansour), Elton (Nicolas Cantu), and Silas (Hal Cumpston) — four friends who journeyed across the country on a mission that transformed everything they knew about themselves and the world. As they face off against the mysterious Civic Republic Military and fight for control of their own destiny, goals will shift, bonds will form and crumble, and innocence will be both lost and found. 3-disc set in either format.
NOTE: as of this writing, the Amazon listing for the Blu-ray version of this title has incorrect cover art (for a different RLJ title, “Manhunt – Season 2: The Night Stalker,” which is listed above). Hopefully it will be corrected soon!

* Adventure Time – Distant Lands (Warner)
$14.98 SRP DVD; $19.99 SRP Blu-ray

—–Based on the animated series Adventure Time, this series brings fans closer to their favorite denizens of the Land of Ooo, along with some new friends following them on exciting new adventures. Single-disc title in either format.

* Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years – Season 1, Volume 1 (Nickelodeon/ViacomCBS)
$13.99 SRP DVD

—–Kamp Koral is a sleepaway summer camp for the kids of Bikini Bottom. It’s the perfect place for 10-year old SpongeBob, Patrick and Sandy to make new friends, build underwater campfires, catch wild jellyfish, swim in Lake Yuckymuck, and drive their teenage camp counselor Squidward absolutely crazy! This volume contains the first 13 episodes of season one in a 2-disc set!

* Dalgliesh – Series 1 (RLJ/Acorn)
$49.99 SRP DVD

—–Based on P.D. James’s global bestsellers, this riveting mystery series stars Bertie Carvel (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Doctor Foster) as enigmatic Inspector Adam Dalgliesh. A recent widower and acclaimed poet, Dalgliesh is a cerebral, reserved man but possessed of exceptional empathy and insight. As he investigates complex crimes in 1970s England, he plumbs the darker depths of the human psyche in his pursuit of justice. These adaptations of James’s award-winning novels also star Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) and Carlyss Peer (Grantchester), along with guest stars Natasha Little (Vanity Fair) and Steven Mackintosh (Luther). Shroud for a Nightingale: Dalgliesh probes the poisoning death of a nursing student. The Black Tower: A visit to an old friend becomes an inquiry into deaths at a home for the disabled. A Taste for Death: Dalgliesh investigates the slayings of two men in a London church. Single-disc title.
* Magnum P.I. – The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
$179.99 SRP Blu-ray

—–Thomas Sullivan Magnum IV (Tom Selleck) is an ex-Navy “NIA” (ONI) Lieutenant, and Vietnam Special Ops veteran who resigned his commission at age thirty-three because he never got to be twenty-three. On the beautiful Hawaiian islands, Magnum is a P.I. who enjoys life, his buddies, and who works just hard enough to keep it real. 30-disc set.

Apple TV+ Orders True Crime Limited Series “Manhunt”

Apple TV+ Orders True Crime Limited Series “Manhunt,” Created by Monica Beletsky and Starring Emmy Award Winner Tobias Menzies
The limited series is set to star Menzies as Edwin Stanton, Lincoln’s war secretary and friend, who was driven nearly to madness by the need to catch John Wilkes Booth and to carry out Lincoln’s legacy.
[via press release from Apple]
Apple TV+ orders true crime limited series “Manhunt,” created by Monica Beletsky and starring Emmy Award winner Tobias Menzies

Apple Studios to produce debut series from creator Beletsky, based on best-selling book

Today Apple TV+ announced a series order for “Manhunt,” a limited series created by Emmy, Golden Globe, PGA and WGA-nominated writer/producer Monica Beletsky (“Fargo,” “Leftovers,” “Friday Night Lights”), who is also the showrunner and an executive producer.

“Manhunt” is a true crime series based on the astonishing events of the Lincoln assassination, aftermath and best-selling book by James Swanson. The limited series is set to star 2021 Emmy Award winner Tobias Menzies (“The Crown,” “Game of Thrones,” “Outlander”) as Edwin Stanton, Lincoln’s war secretary and friend, who was driven nearly to madness by the need to catch John Wilkes Booth and to carry out Lincoln’s legacy. Emmy-nominated Carl Franklin (“Devil in a Blue Dress,” “Mindhunter”) will serve as director and executive producer.

Part historical fiction, part conspiracy thriller, “Manhunt” will take audiences into the aftermath of the first American presidential assassination and the fight to preserve and protect the ideals that were the foundation of Lincoln’s Reconstruction plans – issues that reverberate into the present day. The series strongly features Black historical figures whose lives intertwined with the escape, manhunt and subsequent high-crimes investigation, including Mary Simms, a former slave of the doctor who treated Booth’s injury and gave him safe harbor after his crime.

“Manhunt” marks the first series order to hail from Monica Beletsky’s overall deal with Apple TV+, which was recently renewed.

The series will be produced for Apple TV+ by Apple Studios, and co-produced by Lionsgate, in association with POV Entertainment, Walden Media, and 3 Arts Entertainment. Layne Eskridge executive produces along with James Swanson, author of best-selling and Edgar Award-winning book “Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer.” Michael Rotenberg and Richard Abate executive produce on behalf of 3 Arts, and Frank Smith and Naia Cucukov executive produce for Walden Media.

“Manhunt” joins an expanding lineup of highly anticipated Apple Original series that will be developed and produced by Apple Studios, including “WeCrashed,” based on the hit podcast starring award winners Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway, who both also serve as executive producers; “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey,” a new limited series based on the moving novel by best-selling author Walter Mosley, and starring Samuel L. Jackson and Dominique Fishback; “Masters of the Air,” from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone; “High Desert,” a comedy series starring Patricia Arquette, who will also executive produce alongside director Ben Stiller; and “City on Fire,” a new drama inspired by the acclaimed novel of the same name, and written and executive produced by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, and more.

Apple TV+ is home to award-winning Apple Originals from today’s most imaginative storytellers. Apple TV+ offers premium, compelling drama and comedy series, feature films, groundbreaking documentaries, and kids and family entertainment, and is available to watch across all your favorite screens. After its launch on November 1, 2019, Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world, and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service. Apple Original films, documentaries and series have been honored with 183 wins and 702 awards nominations in less than two years.

About Apple TV+

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New Trailer for MANHUNT: THE NIGHT STALKER Now Available

“[Martin] Clunes is excellent in a crisp, moving drama” – The New York Times

“Mesmerizing” – Entertainment Weekly

“Superb, compulsive viewing” – Independent (on Season 2)

The highest-rated new UK drama of 2019, Manhunt, is back for a riveting second season with a new investigation. BAFTA and SAG Award-winning actor Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) is reprising his critically acclaimed role as former London Metropolitan Police detective DCI Colin Sutton. Based on Sutton’s real-life diaries, this time concerning a case of a burglar and serial rapist’s 17-year reign of terror, the Acorn TV Original series Manhunt: The Night Stalker will premiere exclusively in the U.S. and Canada on Monday, October 18 on Acorn TV, AMC Networks’ acclaimed streamer devoted to British and international television. New episodes will premiere weekly every Monday through November 8.

Manhunt: The Night Stalker is based on the true story of the police pursuit of a notorious burglar and serial rapist who left thousands of elderly people in Southeast London living in fear, between 1992 and 2009. As the suspect continued to evade capture, Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton (Clunes) was asked in 2009 to review the case. Working with Detective Superintendent Simon Morgan and the dedicated “Operation Minstead” team, Sutton proposed a strategy he believed could catch one of Britain’s most prolific rapists, focusing a vast surveillance operation around a key area of southeast London. Scores of additional officers were deployed to invisibly saturate the target area on a nightly basis. The clock was ticking, as the Night Stalker was becoming ever more brazen and prolific. The drama explores how Sutton came in and helped solve it in a matter of weeks, taking an incredibly dangerous criminal off the streets.

The second season co-stars Claudie Blakley (Pride and Prejudice), who plays Colin’s wife, Louise Sutton, and Matthew Gravelle (Broadchurch) as DI Nathan Eason. Manhunt: The Night Stalker was created by Colin Sutton and Ed Whitmore (Viewpoint, Silent Witness, Rillington Place, Strike Back), and was produced by Buffalo Pictures. The executive producers are Philippa Braithwaite and Ed Whitmore, the producer is Jo Willett, the co-producer is Evie Bergson-Korn, and the director is Marc Evans.

Episode Synopses

Episode 1 (October 18) – Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton is tasked with reviewing Operation Minstead, an eleven-year, multi-million-pound enquiry to catch the ‘Night Stalker.’

Episode 2 (October 25) – Colin presents his review findings to DCS Hamish Campbell and suggests a strategy called “Minstead Lite.” But Hamish wants Colin to stay on to see this new approach through. Will Colin be able to deliver on his promises?

Episode 3 (November 1) – Will the Force Tasking Group fund Colin’s high stakes gamble? Not only is it expensive, but there’s absolutely no guarantee it will work…

Episode 4 (November 8) – The team are losing morale: it’s highly unlikely Minstead Man will appear again after such a close call. Will the surveillance be cut short before they can catch their culprit?

About Acorn TV

Called a “glorious streaming service… an essential must-have” (The Hollywood Reporter) and “Netflix for the Anglophile” (NPR), AMC Networks’ Acorn TV is North America’s largest streaming service specializing in British and international television. Acorn TV adds exclusive new programs every week with a deep library of mysteries, dramas, and comedies with no commercials. In 2021, Acorn TV features several commissioned original series including the second season of Miss Fisher spinoff Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, British crime drama Whitstable Pearl, Kiwi romantic comedy Under the Vines and British detective drama Dalgliesh starring Bertie Carvel, as well as Irish crime thriller Bloodlands starring James Nesbitt and co-executive produced by Jed Mercurio, the return of New Zealand detective series My Life Is Murder starring Lucy Lawless, popular Canadian period drama Murdoch Mysteries, and a growing catalog of popular bingeable dramas that include A Place to Call Home, Detectorists, Jack Irish and Foyle’s War. Recent Acorn TV Original series include Deadwater Fell starring David Tennant and Cush Jumbo, highly-rated BBC One drama The Nest; and groundbreaking BBC One period drama A Suitable Boy from Mira Nair. Upcoming Acorn TV Original UK detective series in 2022 include Harry Wild starring Jane Seymour, The Chelsea Detective starring Adrian Scarborough and Signora Volpe starring Emilia Fox. Acorn TV offers a free 7-day trial and thereafter is just $5.99/month or $59.99/year.