Upcoming DVD Releases

* Midsomer Murders – Limited Edition Halloween Pop-Up Collectible (RLJ/Acorn)
$24.99 SRP DVD

—–Barnaby and Jones discover that Midsomer County is home to a secret pagan cult after one of its more prominent members is murdered. Suspicion initially falls on the author of a book alleging that the sect’s rituals are merely the product of drink and an overactive imagination. But soon it seems that all of the members of the Magic Circle have something to hide. Single-disc title.

* Murdoch Mysteries – Limited Edition Halloween Pop-Up Collectible (RLJ/Acorn)
$24.99 SRP DVD

—–Murdoch and the team face off against Halloween horrors in these two episodes from the beloved series: Sir. Sir? Sir!!!: When several people behave oddly after a meteor shower, Crabtree believes it’s up to him to defend Earth from an alien invasion; Murdoch and the Cursed Caves: A couples’ camping trip on Halloween takes a turn for the worse when two are seemingly killed by a giant beast. Single-disc title.

* Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries – Series 2 (RLJ/Acorn)
$49.99 SRP DVD; $49.99 SRP Blu-ray

—–Full of lively wit, surprising twists, and gorgeous period detail, the 1960s-set spinoff to the beloved Australian mystery series returns with new adventures for Phryne Fisher’s plucky niece, Peregrine (Geraldine Hakewill, Wanted). Now established as a private detective, Peregrine works out of the Melbourne Adventuress Club with assistance from tough former spy Birdie Birnside (Catherine McClements, Wentworth) and brilliant biologist Violetta Fellini (Louisa Mignone, Secret City). With her partner in crime-solving, Detective James Steed (Joel Jackson, Peter Allen), Peregrine contends with a double homicide after a swingers party, the murder of a flight attendant trainee, a human death at a dog show, a brawl between rockers and mods, and more. But her budding romance with the handsome copper is threatened by society’s expectations for women, and the resulting strain makes working with the police even more difficult. 2-disc set in either format.

* Designated Survivor – The Complete Series (eOne)
$54.97 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: President Kirkman’s Complete First Speech; Designated Survivor Debrief; Secret Service Set Tour; First Look; New Characters; White House; The Fans
—–Kiefer Sutherland stars as Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who is suddenly appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack on the US Capitol during the State of the Union. In this dramatic thriller, Kirkman will struggle to keep the country and his own family from falling apart, while navigating the highly-volatile political arena and while leading the search to find who is responsible for the attack. 15-disc set.
NOTE: we’ve chosen to list this under the release date of 10/5…but there is different studio-provided info: one says 10/5 is the street date, and another says 10/12 – if this item comes out on 10/12 instead, do not be surprised!
COMING ON 10/12:
* Superman: The Animated Series – The Complete Series (Warner)
$69.99 SRP Blu-ray
NOTE: this title is not available for pre-order as of this writing
EXTRAS: Superman: Timeless Icon (New Featurette) – An all-new bonus feature, produced specifically for the remastered Blu-ray release of Superman: The Animated Series, reveals the complicated journey of the show and those who created the new mythology for The Man of Steel, as told by producers Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, director Dan Riba, writer Bob Goodman, casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano, and Tim Daly & Clancy Brown, the heralded voices of Superman and Lex Luthor, respectively; A Little Piece of Trivia (Featurette) – So you think you know your Superman trivia? Wait until you hear about the series’ connection to Telly Savalas! A brain teaser to entertain every Superman: The Animated Series fan! Superman: Learning to Fly (Featurette) – Get into the minds of the creative team behind Superman: The Animated Series as they detail the birth of this animated version of Superman and his incredible worlds. Featured speakers include producers Paul Dini, Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett, art director/producer Glen Murakami and directors Dan Riba and James Tucker; Building the Mythology: Superman’s Supporting Cast (Featurette) – The characters around Superman get the spotlight in this in-depth look at everyone from Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen and Perry White to Maggie Sawyer, Lana Lang, and Ma & Pa Kent. Producers Paul Dini, Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett, art director/producer Glen Murakami and directors Dan Riba and James Tucker give viewers the inside scoop; Menaces of Metropolis: Behind the Villains of Superman (Featurette) – Your hero is only as good as the villains around him, and Superman: The Animated Series has a rogues’ gallery of top-grade baddies, including traditional opponents Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Bizarro, Metallo, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Toyman and Parasite, as well as new villains created for the series – like Live Wire and Luminus. Producers Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett and Paul Dini, directors James Tucker and Dan Riba and casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano give us a tour of the villains; The Despot Darkseid: A Villain Worthy of Superman (Featurette) – Darkseid takes center stage in this examination of one of The Man of Steel’s most vicious adversaries, plus other Fourth World characters that appear in Superman: The Animated Series. The featurette includes producers Paul Dini, Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett, art director/producer Glen Murakami, writers Rich Fogel and Stan Berkowitz, director James Tucker and Charles Hatfield (Department of English, Cal State Northridge); Audio Commentaries: Stolen Memories – producers Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and Alan Burnett, director Curt Geda and art director/producer Glen Murakami, The Last Son of Krypton: Part 1 – producers Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and Alan Burnett, director Dan Riba and art director/producer Glen Murakami, The Main Man: Part 2 – producers Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, director Dan Riba and art director/producer Glen Murakami; Video Commentary: Mxyzpixilated – producer Bruce Timm, producer/writer Paul Dini, director Dan Riba and moderator Jason Hillhouse
—–Produced by Warner Bros. Animation (WBA), the Emmy Award-winning Superman: The Animated Series was the perfect follow-up to the landmark Batman: The Animated Series. Producers Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, and Alan Burnett elevated The Man of Steel’s animated presence with an imaginative, heartfelt look at Superman’s adventures in Metropolis alongside Lois Lane, and opposite the villainous likes of Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Darkseid, and more. This remarkable box set features nearly 21 hours of entertainment spread over 6 Blu-ray discs, including all 54 exciting episodes, which have been remastered from the original 35mm Interpositive sources, giving special attention to extensive color correction, dirt and scratch clean up, and adding a grain reduction pass to create a pristine picture, all while making sure not to affect the original lines in the artwork of the animation. The audio was retransferred from the original audio masters, and the series is presented in its original aspect ratio (4×3). Tim Daly (Madame Secretary, Private Practice, Wings) led the cast as Clark Kent and Superman, alongside Dana Delany (Body of Proof, Desperate Housewives, China Beach) as Lois Lane, David Kaufman (Danny Phantom, Stuart Little) as Jimmy Olsen, and Clancy Brown (Dexter, The Shawshank Redemption, SpongeBob SquarePants) as Lex Luthor. The star-studded cast included series regulars – and their characters – Lauren Tom (Angela Chen), Victor Brandt (Professor Hamilton), Corey Burton (Brainiac), Joseph Bologna (Dan Turpin), George Dzundza (Perry White), Brad Garrett (Bibbo Bibbowski), Shelley Fabares (Martha Kent), Joanna Cassidy (Maggie Sawyer), Lisa Edelstein (Mercy Graves), Mike Farrell (Jonathan Kent), and Michael Ironside (Darkseid). Notable series guest stars featured Mark Hamill, Ed Asner, Dean Jones, Melissa Joan Hart, Robert Morse, Al Roker, Brian Cox, Jason Priestley, Peter Gallagher, David Warner, Michael Dorn, Christopher McDonald, Bruce Weitz, Andrea Martin, Miguel Ferrer, Ron Perlman, Bud Cort, Gilbert Gottfried, Robert Hays, Dennis Haysbert, Laraine Newman, Nancy Travis, Xander Berkeley, Jonathan Harris, John Glover, Sandra Bernhard, Jack Carter, Ernie Hudson, Henry Silva, and Robert Patrick.
COMING ON 10/19:
* Country Legends: Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner & Friends (MPI)
$24.98 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: Rare footage celebrating Dolly Parton Day
—–The day after Dolly Parton graduated from high school in rural Tennessee, she was off to Nashville and quickly became a giant in country music. As a singer, songwriter and actress, she became one of the world’s most iconic and beloved entertainers. In 1967, Porter Wagoner hired Dolly to sing on his weekly TV show. They worked together for over a decade, and enjoyed many hit duets before and after Dolly’s solo career took off with her classics Coat of Many Colors, Jolene, I Will Always Love You, and others. This special collection features historic performances from The Porter Wagoner Show and the Dolly series, spanning 1967-1977, and includes favorite songs not only by Dolly and Porter but other great country artists such as Tom T. Hall, Bobby Bare, Hank Locklin, Freddy Fender, Nat Stuckey, Jack Greene and others, including a special appearance by Dolly’s musical family. 2-disc set.

* Maude – The Complete Series (Shout!)
$74.98 SRP DVD

—–Television history has given us many memorable, amazing women…and then there’s Maude. Bea Arthur (The Golden Girls) stars as the feisty and funny title character in Maude: The Complete Series, on DVD from Shout! Factory. Created by Norman Lear (All in the Family), Maude pushed the boundaries for network television during its six-year network run from 1972 to 1978. Often controversial and always refreshingly honest, the series never shied away from tackling the topical issues of the day, yet its depth of character and humor left audiences laughing all the way. Decades after its initial broadcast, Maude remains a benchmark in television for its sharp, intelligent writing, impressive supporting cast (including Bill Macy, Adrienne Barbeau, Conrad Bain and Rue McClanahan)…and of course, the amazing Ms. Arthur. In a role that earned her a well-deserved Emmy award, Bea Arthur created an indelible portrait of a fiercely liberated woman, paving the way for other noteworthy, female-driven sitcoms. 18-disc set.
NOTE: this title was first released on DVD in 2015, but that was a 19-disc set which is on its way out of print…once it sells out, it will be gone; this new 18-disc version will have all the episodes found in the previous release, but lacks the 19th DVD in the set, which was a Bonus Disc full of all the extras (we presume Shout!’s license for many of those extras has expired, necessitating the new bare-bones version of this item)
COMING ON 10/26:
* The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius – The Complete Series (Shout!)
$64.98 SRP DVD

EXTRAS: in progress, and will be announced at a later date, and will be contained on a separate bonus disc from the episodes (the 10th disc of a 10-disc set)
—–Includes All Three Seasons! Blast off with The Adventures Of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius: The Compete Series! Join Jimmy as he invents gadgets, with his robot dog Goddard by his side, to improve his daily life situations. The inventions almost always go awry, leading to various mishaps for Jimmy and his best friends Carl and Sheen. All systems are go for gadgetry-fueled mischief! 10-disc set.

* The Heart Guy – Series 5 (RLJ/Acorn)
$59.99 SRP DVD

—–In the final season, surgeon Hugh (Rodger Corser) and his dysfunctional family face big challenges as the hospital closes and a new arrival throws the town into turmoil. 2-disc set.
* Kung Fu – The Complete 1st Season (Warner)
$24.98 SRP DVD; $29.98 SRP Blu-ray

EXTRAS: Digital Copy (Blu-ray only)
—–A quarter-life crisis causes a young Chinese American woman, Nicky Shen (Olivia Liang), to drop out of college and go on a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China. But when she returns to San Francisco, she finds her hometown is overrun with crime and corruption and her own parents Jin (Tzi Ma) and Mei-Li (Kheng Hua Tan) are at the mercy of a powerful Triad. Nicky will rely on her tech-savvy sister Althea (Shannon Dang) and Althea’s fiancé Dennis (Tony Chung), pre-med brother Ryan (Jon Prasida), Assistant District Attorney and ex-boyfriend Evan (Gavin Stenhouse), and new love interest Henry (Eddie Liu) as well as her martial arts skills and Shaolin values to protect her community and bring criminals to justice…all while searching for the ruthless assassin who killed her Shaolin mentor Pei-Ling (Vanessa Kai) and is now targeting her. 3-disc set in either format.



New York, NY — June 23, 2021 – This July, AMC Networks’ targeted streaming services will bring viewers an extensive catalogue of compelling dramas, fan-favorite franchises, highly-anticipated films and timely collections on AMC+, Acorn TV, ALLBLK, IFC Films Unlimited, Shudder and Sundance Now.

Highlights from across the suite of services include (in alphabetical and chronological order):


Jack Irish (Acorn TV Exclusive)
Final Season Premieres Monday, July 12

Emmy® Award-winner Guy Pearce (Mare of Easttown) reprises his iconic role as Jack Irish, a former criminal lawyer, part-time debt collector and private investigator with a penchant for getting wrapped up in things he shouldn’t. The explosive final season delves deep into Jack’s past, questioning everything he thought he knew about his life and bringing him face-to-face with an antagonist more personal and destructive than he has ever encountered. Joining Pearce in this final journey are the series’ veteran stars Marta Dusseldorp (A Place to Call Home), Roy Billing (The End), Aaron Pedersen (Mystery Road) and Shane Jacobson (Guardians of the Tomb).

The Heart Guy (Acorn TV Exclusive)
Season 5 Premieres Monday, July 26

From Oscar®-nominated writer Tony McNamara (The Great, The Favourite), this heartwarming Australian medical dramedy returns for a fifth and final season. Former city heart surgeon Hugh Knight (Rodger Corser) seems to have finally settled into his bad-boy local doctor role in sleepy Whyhope, while the town is reeling from a temporary hospital closure and the local mining industry on its knees. With everyone looking to Hugh to save the day, even he wonders if he can step up and fight for his hometown.

Outlier (Acorn TV Exclusive)
Premieres Monday, July 19

A young girl is found killed at a camping resort and aspiring criminal psychologist Maja Angell (Hanne Mathisen Haga) believes that the police have arrested the wrong man. She’s not able to convince the police of that. Can she find the murderer before he strikes again? Acorn TV’s latest Scandi noir drama centers on the hunt for what turns out to be a serial killer. *Foreign Language, Norwegian with English subtitles


Beyond the Pole (ALLBLK and WE tv Original)
Season 2 Premieres Monday, June 7

Atlanta’s hottest dancers transition from working in the club to life Beyond the Pole. Friendships are tested, finances are strapped, but together these ladies hustle to move Beyond the Pole.

TS Madison Experience
Premieres every Thursday beginning July 1

TS Madison is a loud, brash & outrageous social media star with a huge following of adoring fans from her hilarious online shows, most notably, The Queens Supreme Court. Now she turns her sights to her next goal- to be the first black, trans woman to host a mainstream talk show. With a circle of friends that consists of a ragtag team, her mother, Ms. Mary, and her BFF reality star Tiffany “New York” Pollard, Madison is ready to go next level in this unscripted drama. Produced by World of Wonder.

On AMC+:

Film Premieres Thursday, July 1

From RLJE Films, Archenemy is a superhero action film starring Joe Manganiello (True Blood, Magic Mike) as Max Fist, a man who claims to be a hero from another dimension who fell through time and space and lost his superpowers when he landed on earth. No one believes his stories except for a local teen named Hamster. Today, Max and Hamster take to the streets to wipe out the local drug syndicate and its vicious crime boss, The Manager. **Premieres as part of AMC+’s Comic-Con package

The Beast Must Die (AMC+ Original)
New Series Premieres Mondays Beginning July 5

The gripping six-part revenge thriller stars BAFTA Award-winning actor Jared Harris (Chernobyl, Mad Men) and Cush Jumbo OBE (The Good Wife, The Good Fight). After learning the police investigation into the fatal hit and run of her young son Martie has been dropped, Frances Cairnes (Jumbo) takes matters into her own hands.

The North Water (AMC+ Original)
World Premiere Beginning Thursday, July 15

Five-part drama The North Water stars BAFTA-winner Jack O’Connell (Unbroken, Godless), Golden Globe®-winning actor Colin Farrell (In Bruges, True Detective), and SAG Award-winner Stephen Graham (Line of Duty, Boardwalk Empire), in this haunting, immersive drama based on the critically acclaimed, best-selling novel by Ian McGuire, and adapted and directed by Andrew Haigh (45 Years, Looking). Set in the ice floes of the Arctic in the late 1850s, the series tells the story of Patrick Sumner (O’Connell), a disgraced ex-army surgeon who signs up as the ship’s doctor on a whaling expedition to the Arctic. But the ferocity of the elements is matched by the violence of his crew mates, particularly Henry Drax (Farrell), a harpooner and distinctly brutal force of nature. The North Water was made by See-Saw Films for the BBC.

The Walking Dead: Origins (AMC+ Exclusive)
Premieres Every Thursday Beginning July 15

As fans gear up for the highly anticipated new season of The Walking Dead, AMC+ is offering an in-depth exploration of some of the series’ most celebrated characters with a series of specials, each charting the story of the zombie apocalypse from the point of view of a single character. Spotlighting Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride), Maggie Rhee (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), each episode features new interviews and narrations from the actors that portray these iconic characters, interwoven with clips from the most pivotal moments of their journeys so far. Each episode will also feature an exclusive sneak peek of season 11. **Premieres as part of Comic-Con on AMC+ package

The Walking Dead: Origins lineup is as follows:

Daryl’s Story – Premieres Thursday, July 15
Maggie’s Story – Premieres Thursday, July 22
Negan’s Story – Premieres Thursday, July 29
Carol’s Story – Premieres Thursday, August 5
Ultra City Smiths (AMC+ Original)
First Two Episodes Premiere Thursday, July 22 with Subsequent Episodes Debuting Every Thursday

Ultra City Smiths unfolds via stop-motion animated baby dolls repurposed as a grown-up cast of characters. From AMC Studios and created by Steve Conrad (Patriot, Perpetual Grace) and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios (Robot Chicken), the series hinges on an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of fictional metropolis Ultra City’s most famous magnate, Carpenter K. Smith (Kurtwood Smith, That 70’s Show). Two intrepid detectives, David Mills (Jimmi Simpson, Westworld), and Gail Johnson (Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Dolemite Is My Name), follow the case, rallying to fight against their city’s dangerous corruption, at a high cost to themselves and their families, all in pursuit of a gentler place to call home. The series stars Kristen Bell (The Good Place), Dax Shepard (Parenthood), John C. Reilly (Moonbase 8), Alia Shawkat (Search Party), Tim Meadows (Schooled), Luis Guzmán (Shameless), Melissa Villaseñor (Saturday Night Live), Terry O’Quinn (Lost), Debra Winger (Terms of Endearment), Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago), and Jason Mantzoukas (Big Mouth). **Premieres as part of Comic-Con on AMC+ package


Ode to Joy (IFC Films Unlimited Exclusive)
Premieres Wednesday, July 7

How does a man who is – literally – paralyzed by happiness find love? Thanks to a condition called cataplexy – a rare disorder that causes him to lose control of his muscles whenever he is overcome by strong emotion, particularly joy – Brooklyn librarian Charlie (Martin Freeman) has learned to carefully edit all delight triggering people, places, and events out of his life.

The Kid With A Bike (IFC Films Unlimited Exclusive)
Premieres Wednesday, July 7

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, the deeply moving film by the Dardenne brothers (L’enfant, Rosetta) delves into the emotional life of troubled 11-year-old Cyril (Thomas Doret). When his father abandons him, Cyril obsessively searches for his bicycle – placing his last bit of hope in this symbol of their relationship.

I Trapped The Devil
Premieres Wednesday, July 28

Christmas is supposed to be a time for peace and joyful family reunions. But when Matt (AJ Bowen) and his wife Karen (Susan Burke) show up unannounced at the home of his estranged brother Steve (Scott Poythress) to celebrate the holidays, they’re instead greeted with a horrifying surprise: trapped in the basement is a man – but not just any man. Scott believes his hostage is the devil.


The Boy Behind the Door (Shudder Original Film)
Premieres Thursday, July 29

A night of unimaginable terror awaits twelve-year-old Bobby (Lonnie Chavis) and his best friend, Kevin (Ezra Dewey), when they are abducted on their way home from school. Managing to escape his confines, Bobby navigates the dark halls, praying his presence goes unnoticed as he avoids his captor at every turn. With no means of calling for help and miles of dark country in every direction, Bobby embarks on a rescue mission, determined to get himself and Kevin out alive… or die trying.

Son (Shudder Original Film)
Premieres Thursday, July 8

After a mysterious group breaks into Laura’s home and attempts to abduct her eight-year-old son, David, the two of them flee town in search of safety. But soon after the failed kidnapping, David becomes extremely ill, suffering from increasing psychosis and convulsions. Following her maternal instincts, Laura commits unspeakable acts to keep him alive, but soon she must decide how far she is willing to go to save her son. Starring Emile Hirsch, Andi Matichak and Luke David Blumm.

Kandisha (A Shudder Original Film)
Premieres Thursday, July 22

It is summer break and best friends Amélie, Bintou and Morjana hang together with other neighborhood teens. Nightly, they have fun sharing scary stories and urban legends. But when Amélie is assaulted by her ex, she remembers the story of Kandisha, a powerful and vengeful demon. Afraid and upset, Amélie summons her. The next day, her ex is found dead. The legend is true and now Kandisha is on a killing spree— and it’s up to the three girls to break the curse. Directed by Inside and Livid duo Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo. Starring Mathilde Lamusse, Samarcande Saadi and Suzy Bemba.


Motherland (Sundance Now Exclusive)
Season 3 Full Series Binge Premieres Thursday, July 8

Britain’s favorite gang of moms (and dad) is back for a third season of the comedy series Motherland, navigating the pitfalls of middle-class parenting and the complicated politics of the school gates. Its star-studded cast features Anna Maxwell-Martin, Lucy Punch, Paul Ready, Tanya Moodie and special guest star Joanna Lumley.

The Wine Show
Full Season Binges Premiere Every Thursday, Beginning July 15

This series is the perfect mix of travel, food, friendship and wine as actors Matthew Goode (A Discovery of Witches), Matthew Rhys (The Americans), James Purefoy (Rome) and Dominic West (The Affair) celebrate this fascinating drink. Set in beautiful surroundings across Europe’s wine regions, we go on a journey to discover the stories and history behind the popular beverage. The show’s resident wine experts also travel the globe visiting amazing places, sampling some of the world’s best wines and meeting some of the greatest chefs working today. *Also streaming on Acorn TV

The Wine Show Season Binges are as follows:

Season 1 – Premieres Thursday, July 15
Season 2 – Premieres Thursday, July 22
Season 3 – Premieres Thursday, July 29 **EXCLUSIVE US PREMIERE**

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