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PICK OF THE WEEK
Strike Back: The Complete First Season
Phillip Winchester (Fringe) and Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom) star in this action-packed British/U.S. co-production about an American Special Forces officer who is teamed up with a British military unit in order to use his unique skills to help bring down an international terrorist organization.
Based on a 2009 mini-series which starred Richard Armitage (The Hobbit) and Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead), this new “high octane” series (written by X-Files’ Frank Spotnitz and Eastenders’ Richard Zadjlic) gives the story more punch and power in order to give the summer blockbusters a run for their money, which it does in one explosive scene after another. This 4-disc set contains all 10 episodes. (HBO)
Directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), this documentary sets out to be the seminal biography of reggae legend Bob Marley. Following his life and career, with interviews with family and fellow musicians, this two-hour-plus film paints an honest picture of a complicated man who was much more than his iconic image. EXTRAS include rare concert footage; expanded interviews and more.
Twilight’s Robert Pattinson stars in this period drama set in 19th century Paris as a former soldier turned journalist who uses his romantic affairs with a series of beautiful women (including Christina Ricci and Uma Thurman) as a stepping stone to social prominence. (Sony)
Before he became the star of films like The Avengers and The Bourne Legacy, Jeremy Renner co-starred in this fact-based film about two friends whose fledgling novelty business gets a boost when one of their products becomes a huge sensation.
Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax
In this new CGI-animated adaptation of the Dr. Seuss book, a young boy (voiced by Zac Efron) searches his clear-cut homeland for a single tree so that he can impress a girl (Taylor Swift), but instead he finds a man called the Once-ler (Ed Helms) who tells him of the strange little creature called the Lorax (Danny DeVito), who tried to save the trees.
This quirky comedy stars Nick McKinlay as an odd young man who physically hitches his wagon to the back of his friend’s electric wheelchair so he can travel across the country and track down his childhood sweetheart. (Anchor Bay)
Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt
In his eighth outing as Robert B. Parker’s rural law enforcer, Tom Selleck returns as Jesse Stone, who is now trying to get his old job back as police chief of Paradise while helping solve a violent and disturbing double murder.
Full Metal Jacket: 25th Anniversary Edition
Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 Vietnam War film gets the high-def tribute it deserves in this new release. The story of a young soldier’s rise through training and his experiences during his tour of duty look and sound stunning here and with this you also get an informative commentary track from some of the cast (including Vincent D’onfrio and Lee Ermey) as well as a half-hour “making of” documentary. (Warner)
Now that we’ve seen the board game Battleship get adapted into a film, why not return to 1985 when the game Clue was given the big-screen treatment. Taking its “clue” from films like Neil Simon’s Murder by Death, this murder mystery was played for laughs with an “all-star” cast that included Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Martin Mull and Eileen Brennan. Unlike that other film, this one failed on most accounts aside from the unique idea of having three alternate endings – one of which can be chosen randomly or watched together consecutively. (Paramount)
TV ON DVD
Garrow’s Law: Series 3
Andrew Buchan stars in this period drama as real-life attorney William Garrow who took on several cases that became historically important in the changing legal system of the day. This 2-disc set contains all four feature-length episodes from this, its final season. (Acorn)
Sinking of the Laconia
During the Second World War, a German U-Boat sinks a British ship – the troopship Laconia. Unbeknownst to the commander, the ship was carrying 2,700 passengers including civilian families and POWs. Going against regulations and risking their lives, he orders his crew to rescue as many of the survivors as they can. This 2011 BBC miniseries re-enacts that daring rescue and stars Andrew Buchan (Garrow’s Law), Brian Cox and Franke Potente. (Acorn)
Grimm: Season One
Inspired by characters in the Grimm Brothers fairy tales, this thrilling series follows Nick Burkhardt (David Guintoli), a Portland cop who discovers that he is a descendant of the Grimms, an ancient sect of hunters whose primary objective is to protect humans from the supernatural creatures that secretly inhabit our world. This 5-disc set contains all 22 episodes. (Universal)
The French Chef: Julia Child’s French Classics
Although she may be more famous today Meryl Streep’s portrayal of her in the film Julia and Julia, but before the 24/7 world of multiple “foodie” channels, Julia Child was one of a rare few TV chefs whose PBS series began airing in 1963. This DVD brings you 6 of this original episodes (in all their B&W glory) to help give you a classic look at French cuisine. (Acorn)
Gunsmoke: The Sixth Season, Volume One (Paramount)
Marshall Matt Dillon continues to take on all the bad guys that dare venture anywhere near Dodge City as this long-running series enters its sixth season. This season (1961 – 1962) was the last year that this series remained in its half-hour format before expanding to a full hour the following fall. This 3-disc set contains the first 19 episodes of the season and features guest star appearances by George Kennedy, Warren Oates, Buddy Ebsen and many others. (Paramount)