Upcoming DVD Releases

* Hemingway – A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (PBS)
$39.99 SRP DVD; 49.99 SRP Blu-ray

—–HEMINGWAY examines the visionary work and turbulent life of one of the greatest and most influential American writers: Ernest Hemingway. Intimate and insightful, the series weaves together Hemingways biography with excerpts from his work. The film penetrates the myth of Hemingway to reveal a deeply troubled and ultimately tragic figure. Producer: Sarah Botstein, Lynn Novick, Ken Burns. Author: Geoffrey C. Ward. Narrator: Peter Coyote. 3-disc set in either format.

* Atlantic Crossing (PBS)
$44.99 SRP DVD

—–Inspired by true events, this is the untold story of the Norwegian Crown Princess becoming an influential figure in world politics during World War II, depicting the tragic events of the war from a unique and unseen perspective. Starring Sofia Helin and Kyle MacLachlan. Author: Alexander Eik, Linda May Kallestein. Producer: Moa Westeson, Silje Hopland Eik. 3-disc set.
* Rugrats – The Complete Series (Nickelodeon/ViacomCBS)
$55.99 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: Runaway Reptar; All Growed Up; Babies in Toyland; Tales from the Crib: “Snow White”; Tales from the Crib: “Three Jacks & A Beanstalk”
—–This must be your ducky day! The whole world is a big adventure waitin’ to be ‘splored with all 9 seasons of Rugrats, the classic Nickelodeon TV show, in a 26-disc complete series collection! Baldly go where no baby’s every gone before as the Rugrats turn the ordinary into the extraordinary every day! Rugrats follows the secret life of babies Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Kimi, and Dil, plus toddlers Angelica and Susie, as they embark on misguided adventures (in reality and their vivid imaginations), right under the noses of their unsuspecting parents and grandparents. Featuring the voice talents of E. G. Daily (“The Powerpuff Girls”) as Tommy, Tara Strong (“The Fairly Odd Parents”) as Dil, Nancy Cartwright (“The Simpsons”) as Chuckie, Kath Soucie (“Danny Phantom”) as Phil and Lil, Cree Summer (“Robot Chicken”) as Susie, Cheryl Chase (“All Grown Up!”) as Angelica, and more, this collection is perfect for both “growed up” long-time fans and today’s generation of kids to enjoy!
NOTE: seasons 5-9 have previously been available as manufacture-on-demand (MOD) titles, but are “going wide” at retail for the first time in this release
* Baywatch – Remastered: All 9 Seasons (VEI)
$109.99 SRP Blu-ray

EXTRAS: Includes Pilot, Limited Edition Poster, and Fun Facts Booklet
—–First airing in 1989, Baywatch broadcast into over 200 different countries, was translated into 48 languages, reached an estimated audience of 1 billion viewers worldwide according to TV Guide, and was awarded a Guinness World Record for having the largest global TV audience in history. Described by Entertainment Weekly as ‘the most popular show in the history of the planet’, Baywatch spawned a legion of international stars including David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra, Gena Lee Nolan, and Yasmine Bleeth. All episodes are now available in High Definition, at 16:9 cinematic widescreen. In addition, 350 songs have been re-created to score the iconic Baywatch montages.
NOTE: this is the Blu-ray version of the title; the DVD format version was announced in last week’s Roundup: https://www.facebook.com/tvshowsondvd/posts/10159018812051063
* His Dark Materials – The Complete 2nd Season: New Worlds Await (Warner)
$24.98 SRP DVD; $29.98 SRP Blu-ray

EXTRAS: Noble Rogue: The Legend of Lee Scoresby [This documentary will explore the DNA of Lee Scoresby’s character (Lin-Manuel Miranda) and the aspects of the cowboy, outlaw or rogue, who through bravery, loyalty, and rebelliousness are willing to stick up for the underdog and fight for justice]; Exploring His Dark Materials: Panserbjørne; Exploring His Dark Materials: Daemons; Exploring His Dark Materials:Portals & The Multiverse; Exploring His Dark Materials: Witches; His Dark Materials: Bringing Daemons and Bears to Life; His Dark Materials: Exploring Cittàgazze; His Dark Materials: Worlds Collide; The Powerful Mrs. Coulter; Lyra; The Subtle Knife
—–His Dark Materials follows young orphan Lyra (Dafne Keen) on a journey through a parallel world, where a human’s soul exists outside one’s body – in the form of a talking animal called a daemon. Season Two begins as Lyra, distraught over the death of her best friend, embarks upon a journey in a strange and mysterious abandoned city. There she meets Will (Amir Wilson), a boy from our world who is also running from a troubled past. Lyra and Will learn their destinies are tied to reuniting Will with his father, but find their path is constantly thwarted as a war begins to brew around them. Meanwhile, Mrs. Coulter (Ruth Wilson) searches for Lyra, determined to bring her home by any means necessary. Season Two series regulars include stars Dafne Keen (Logan), Ruth Wilson (The Affair), Amir Wilson (The Secret Garden), Ariyon Bakare (Life), Andrew Scott (Sherlock, Fleabag), Will Keen (The Crown), Ruta Gedmintas (The Strain) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton). Joining the cast this season are Terence Stamp (Superman), Jade Anouka (Cleaning Up) and Simone Kirby (Notes on Blindness). 2-disc set in either format.
NOTE: we are aware that the attached cover art does NOT match the artwork seen at various pre-order listings for this title. We are using the box art which the studio provided to us as part of the title announcement/press release they emailed us.
I Dream of Jeannie – The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
$85.99 SRP Blu-ray

—–Your Wish is Our Command! All 139 episodes debuting in HIGH DEFINITION! With the blink of her eyes and a nod of her head, Barbara Eden will make your wishes come true in I Dream Of Jeannie: The Complete Series. Larry Hagman is Captain Anthony Tony Nelson, an astronaut who finds himself Master to a beautiful and crafty genie (Eden), whom he unknowingly releases from a bottle. Together, he and Jeannie are a magical match. Packed with some of television’s brightest guest stars, I Dream Of Jeannie is the beloved must-own comedy series that will have you dreaming of TV’s Golden Age. 12-disc set.
NOTE: this is a high-def Blu-ray Disc release; the title was released on DVD format by Sony in 2008, and then again by Mill Creek in 2015


Arlington, VA – March 23, 2021 – Based on a true story of passion and politics, a friendship forged in war is beautifully portrayed by Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks) as U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and Swedish star Sofia Helin (The Bridge) as Norwegian Crown Princess Martha in “Atlantic Crossing” streaming on the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel this April. Ranging back and forth across the North Atlantic throughout World War II, the eight-episode series depicts momentous events in the changing fortunes of Norway, Great Britain and the United States, probing deeply into the rarely told story of Norway’s struggle against Nazi invasion and occupation.

The subscription rate for the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel is $5.99/month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. Every purchase helps support public television for all.
MASTERPIECE: Atlantic Crossing

Streaming Date: April 4, 2021
Episodes: 8
Genre: Drama
Language: English
The series opens in 1939 with a goodwill visit to the United States by Norway’s Crown Prince Olav (Tobias Santelmann, Kon Tiki) and Crown Princess Martha (Helin) where they befriend the president (MacLachlan) and first lady (Harriet Sansom Harris, Desperate Housewives). Months later, Norway is fighting for survival as Nazi Germany invades the neutral country with the goal of seizing its strategic ports and securing access to iron ore mines for steel production.

During the assault, German troops try to capture the Norwegian royal family to use as bargaining chips, but the King (Søren Pilmark, Downsizing) and Olav manage to escape to England where they set up a government-in-exile. Meanwhile, Martha and the three children make their hazardous way to America where they are taken in at the White House by President Roosevelt.

This sets the stage for an epic drama that mixes war and diplomacy, desire and jealousy. At the outset, America is officially neutral. It would be political suicide if Roosevelt defies the strong isolationist sentiment in the U.S., yet Martha urges him to find a way to help Norway in the fight against Germany. Meanwhile across the ocean, Olav grows increasingly suspicious of Martha’s close ties to the president. Is it friendship or something more?

The relationship also tries the patience of the first lady and Roosevelt’s closest advisors: Harry Hopkins (Daniel Betts, The Crown) and the president’s rumored paramour, Missy LeHand (Lucy Russell, Wolf Hall).

For Martha, the whole experience is an education like no other, as the shy and beautiful crown princess must play the roles of public figure, confidante, statesman, and single mother, while she anxiously awaits the outcome of a war that may unalterably transform her nation.

“Atlantic Crossing” features a supporting cast of acclaimed Norwegian actors, including Anneke von der Lippe (Pan), Stig R. Amdam (Acquitted), Trond Teigen (Occupied), and Maria Annette Tanderø Berglyd (Totally True Love).
About PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel
MASTERPIECE has been setting the standard for exceptional British drama in the US for 50 years and the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel continues this legacy and has expanded to include award-winning TV series from around the world – all carefully curated for ‘viewers like you’.

Winner of 83 Primetime Emmys® and 18 Peabody Awards, MASTERPIECE has been essential Sunday night viewing for millions of fans since 1971. Susanne Simpson is the executive producer and Rebecca Eaton is the executive producer-at-large for the series. Funding for MASTERPIECE is provided by Viking and Raymond James with additional support from public television viewers and contributors to The MASTERPIECE Trust. Produced for PBS by GBH Boston, MASTERPIECE is known for hits such as All Creatures Great and Small, Sherlock, Downton Abbey and Victoria, and beloved classics such as Upstairs Downstairs, Prime Suspect, The Forsyte Saga and Poldark.

PBS Distribution is a leading distributor of public media content around the world, reaching audiences through multiple platforms and formats. The company, a joint venture of PBS and GBH Boston, operates six streaming channels — PBS Masterpiece (US and CAN), PBS KIDS, PBS Living, PBS Documentaries and PBS America (U.K.). Other services include transactional video-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand licensing, physical products on DVD and Blu-ray, theatrical releasing, educational, non-theatrical, inflight, and international program sales and co-productions.

PBS Distribution offers consumers and educators the highest quality factual, scripted, and children’s programming including films from Ken Burns, hit series from MASTERPIECE and foreign language dramas from Walter Presents, entertaining and educational PBS KIDS series, and award-winning documentaries from NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, and many independent producers. For over 10 years, the company has extended the reach of programming beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations, and producers.