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This week’s Petrucelli’s Picks (and they are several!):
Anchor Bay Films proudly announces the Blu-ray and DVD release of one of the best reviewed films of 2011: Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel. Fresh from its theatrical release–where it received rave reviews from just about everyone–Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel presents a tantalizing and star-studded tribute to Roger Corman, Hollywood’s most prolific writer-director-producer, and seminal influencing force in modern moviemaking throughout the past 60 years.
Roger Corman is perhaps the most prolific and influential Hollywood filmmaker in the history of the medium. His immeasurable imprint on American cinema not only spans over six decades, but has resulted in creating an indelible cinematic body of work as well as a legacy of training the next generation of actors, writer, directors and producers – many of whom have created cinema masterpieces of their own.
Directed by Alex Stapleton, Corman’s World interview roster boasts such modern Hollywood icons and cinematic luminaries as Oscar winnersMartin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jonathan Demme, and Ron Howard; Eli Roth, David Carradine, Peter Fonda, William Shatner, Pam Grier, John Sayles, Brett Ratner, Bruce Dern, Paul W.S. Anderson and Peter Bogdanovich.
Acorn Media continues to dazzle us with some great titles.
Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Series 1 and 2 The first and second series of Agatha Christie’s beloved Belgian detective starring David Suchet. Blu-ray debut and DVDs are newly remastered and restored to their original U.K. broadcast order.
Poldark: The Complete Collection Hailed as a British Gone with the Wind, the classic miniseries debuted on PBS in May 1977, was featured on “The Best of Masterpiece Theatre” special, and voted one of the 10 most popular shows in the series’ history in a recent PBS poll. The Emmy-nominated miniseries tells the story of a dashing 18th-century English army officer, who finds the trials and travails at home every bit as perilous as what he faced in war.
Northern Lights: The Complete Collection Robson Green and Mark Benton star in the lighthearted buddy Britcom. Broadcast on BBC America and produced from 2004-2008, the ITV series follows lifelong friends and rivals Colin Armstrong and Howard Scott on a hilarious series of misadventures. Features all 12 episodes and two movies plus a 46-minute behind-the-scenes bonus feature.
New Tricks, Season 6 Retired cops solve cold cases in this smash hit, ongoing BBC series seen on public television. Combining compelling stories, likeable characters, and a top-notch cast, this long-running series starsAmanda Redman, Dennis Waterman,Alun Armstrong and James Bolam as a team of semi-retired and somewhat curmudgeonly detectives investigating cold cases. New Tricks has run on the BBC for eight seasons and has already been renewed for a ninth and tenth season.
The Brontes of Haworth This literary family biopic stars Michael Kitchen in one of his early roles. This finely crafted portraitexplores the soaring artistic achievements and personal tragedies of England’s most accomplished literary family (Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights). Featuring a stellar ensemble cast and an outstanding script, this acclaimed period drama is a sensitive exploration of the Brontës’ tender and tragic family history. The miniseries aired in the U.K. in 1973 but has not aired on U.S. television.
The Double (Image Entertainment) has been described “quite an inventive spy thriller with enough twists to put a pretzel to shame.” The mysterious murder of a United States Senator bears the distinctive trademark of a legendary Cold War-era Soviet assassin, code-named “Cassius.”With targets becoming increasingly sporadic and ballistic reports inconclusive, panic is silently growing at the highest levels. There are only two men capable of finding this seemingly uncatchable killer: retired CIA operative Paul Sheperdson (Richard Gere) and young, hotshot FBI agent Ben Geary (Topher Grace).Paul has engaged in an obsessive hunt for Cassius for the better part of his life, studying the killer’s every move.
When Paul’s former supervisor Tom Highland (Martin Sheen) forces him out of retirement to join this aggressive newcomer in their deadly pursuit, he forges an uneasy alliance with Geary in order to finally bring this long-sought “shadow” to justice. What awaits this mismatched pair are twists and turns around every corner and the horrifying realization that identity is purely circumstantial.
Frontline presents The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela, a two-hour biography is filled with insights, from Mandela’s noble upbringing in the rural Transkei where his values and attitudes were shaped by tradition and royal prerogative–to old colleagues’ anecdotes about his self-discipline, guarded privacy and quite early sense of his own historic destiny. A major part of the documentary probes how Mandela transformed himself in prison. On Robben Island he became the master of his own prison; through intelligence, charm and dignified defiance he bent to his will even the most brutal prison officials. The program also examines Mandela’s electric relationship with Winnie Madikizela Mandela and chronicles Mandela’s negotiations with the increasingly embattled white rulers of South Africa.
Along with interviews, unique photos, and rare archival film, the program also utilizes analyses from Mandela’s biographers, Richard Stengel and Anthony Sampson, illuminating not only what separates Mandela from ordinary men–his singular pursuit of his life’s mission, his unwavering moral certitude, his own sense of his destiny–but also, what makes him like the rest of us: his vanity, his anger, his stubbornness.
Our friends at Mill Creek offer a nice array of budget-priced sets that hark the good ol’ small-screen daze.
Gadget Boy’s Adventures in History–The Complete Series
Education meets comedy and adventure in this series about Gadget Boy, history’s youngest Bionic Boy Detective, a pint-sized Inspector Gadget in the making. Our heroes travel to distant locales and different time periods, visiting the great events of history, learning about inventions, discoveries and artistic triumphs of different eras, all within the context of a comedy/action-driven storyline.
Gadget Boy’s Adventures in History–Stopping Evil Across Time
In the goofy and zany tradition of Inspector Gadget, this inventive series is sure to please young viewers with a winning combination of entertainment and education. As Gadget Boy invariably explains, “Knowledge is power!
Where On Earth Is Carmen Sandiego–The Complete Series
The world famous thief, Carmen Sandiego, plays an intricate game of cat and mouse with teen ACME detectives, Zack and Ivy. Based on the award-winning line of educational computer games, this energizing series is rich in both excitement and education as Carmen Sandiego attempts to steal the most valuable objects in the world.
Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century–The Complete Series
After Sherlock Holmes is brought back from the dead, he is rejuvenated to that of a 25 year-old to help good friend Inspector Beth Lestrade battle an unprecedented crime wave wreaking havoc on this peaceful future. To assist Holmes, the personality of his loyal friend and companion, Dr. John Watson, is programmed into the brain of an android. They quickly lock wits once again with the consummate criminal: Professor James Moriarty, the only adversary Holmes ever considered an equal. Like Holmes, he’s been brought back to life by 22nd Century technology. Unlike Holmes, Moriarty is determined to dominate the crime-free world of the future.
Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century–On the Case
The world’s greatest detective is back–and this time, he’s fighting crime in the brave new world of the 22nd Century! This DVD features 10 mysterious crimes for Inspector Lestrades and a robotic Watson to investigate and solve.
Archie’s Weird Mysteries–The Complete Series
Things are getting weird in Riverdale, home of all-American boy and high school newspaper reporter, Archie Andrews. Ever since an experiment in the high school physics lab went awry, Riverdale has become a magnet for the stuff of which “B-Movies” are made. A swamp creature has taken up residence in the old swimming hole! Frankenstein’s monster is hanging out on Lover’s Lane! Mad Scientists, werewolves, vampires, giant ants, UFO’s and zombies are invading Riverdale. It is thrills, chills and a whole lot of laughs.
Heathcliff–Volume One, Season 1
King of the ’80s nostalgia explosion, Heathcliff is back, ruling the neighborhood with an iron paw and a sense of adventure. When Heathcliff is not grabbing fish from the market or teasing the neighborhood bulldog, Spike, he is full of love and good will for others, despite himself.Voiced by the legendary Mel Blanc, Heathcliff is just as you remember: fun, feisty and full of laughs and entertainment for the whole family.
Jayce & the Wheeled Warriors–Volume 1
When a solar flare wreaks havoc on his botanical experiments, Jayce’s father is forced to flee from his accidental creations: Saw Boss and his band of ruthless mutated plant life called the Monster Minds. Now it’s up to Jayce, joined by the valiant Lightning League, to reunite with his father and combine the two halves of the magic Root amulet-the only object capable of purging the universe of Saw Boss and his army forever.