New On DVD This Week: BBC Natural History Collection 2, CSI Miami, Dollhouse, The Hangover

by | October 11, 2010 at 8:34 PM | TV News

BBC High Definition Natural History Collection 2 Featuring Life

The world-renowned BBC Natural History Unit takes viewers on a spellbinding tour around the globe fueled by breathtaking imagery and epic filmmaking with the release of the ‘BBC High Definition Natural History Collection 2 Featuring Life.’ Witness how creatures under extreme pressure can overcome challenges from their adversaries and environment in Life, the groundbreaking follow-up to Planet Earth. Discover the dramatic stories behind the planet’s most mind-blowing natural events, charting the effects of global climactic phenomena, which transform entire landscapes in Nature’s Most Amazing Events. Travel beyond clichéd images of swaying palms and idyllic beaches to discover the real, immense and breathtaking world of the Pacific Ocean in South Pacific. And finally, live amongst great animals of the west as they battle to survive in Yellowstone: Battle for Life. Buy the BBC High Definition Natural History Collection Volume 2 right here.

Benny Hill

Benny Hill: The Complete Megaset: The Thames Years 1969-1989‘ contains Benny’s raucous 20-year reign over television’s-sketch variety genre, from the naughty early years to the debut of the nubile Hill’s Angels, through the final episodes. Witness the birth of crazy caricatures like Fred Scuttle, Chow Mein, and Pierre de Terre. Laugh out loud as Benny and his bevy of buxom babes flaunt their racy rowdiness and tongue-in-cheek satire in characteristically outrageous sketches like “The Little Dimpton Street Party” and “The Crook Report.” These 58 vintage episodes originally aired from 1969 to 1989, contain nearly 600 memorable sketches and deliver a comedy high kick that is quintessentially Benny. Never aired in the U.S. in full-length form, this complete collection of the Thames episodes of The Benny Hill Show presents a rare opportunity to view every saucy, unforgettable moment from one of the most uproarious and celebrated programs in television history. Buy the megaset right here.

Rumpole Of The Bailey

An immensely popular series broadcast on PBS from 1978 to 1992, ‘Rumpole of the Bailey‘ set a new bar for all courtroom dramas to come. Flawlessly adapted by John Mortimer from his best-selling Edgar Award-winning novels and starring the esteemed Leo McKern (A Man for All Seasons), this 14-disc DVD Megaset includes all 42 episodes from the seven seasons of ‘Rumpole of the Bailey’ — and all for under $100! Balancing suspense and satire as deftly as the scale of justice, Horace Rumpole tirelessly defends the downtrodden while undressing the upper classes. A timeless mixture of comedy and drama, ‘Rumpole of the Bailey’ was one of television’s most celebrated courtroom dramas. Says the Sunday Times: “Rumpole is worthy to join the great gallery of English oddballs ranging from Pickwick to Sherlock Holmes to Jeeves and Bertie Wooster”. Buy the complete series right here.

CSI: Miami

Join lead criminalist Horatio Caine (David Caruso) and his state-of-the-art forensics team as they investigate hot and steamy Miami crimes using cold hard facts in the smash hit ‘CSI: Miami.’ The evidence leads into seedy nightclubs, privileged suburbs and explosive family secrets. The stakes are higher than ever before, because this time it’s personal. Buy the Season 8 DVD right here.

Dollhouse

From creative mastermind Joss Whedon comes the second and final season of the sexy, suspenseful thriller ‘Dollhouse.’ The collectible set includes all 13 episodes, a limited edition exclusive comic book, and bonus audio commentary by Joss Whedon and series writers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. Joss Whedon’s take on the ultimate identity theft follows a cast of Actives, or Dolls, who serve as agents of Dollhouse, an illegal underground organization providing elite clientele with programmable human beings. Personality imprints allow Actives to temporarily become anyone or anything—the perfect burglar, lover, spy or assassin. When the mission is completed, memories are wiped clean. The all-star Dollhouse cast is led by Eliza Dushku as Echo and Tahmoh Penikett as Paul Ballard. Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

Great Detectives Anthology

There’s a murderer on the moors. Terror on the train. Villains in the village! Only the world’s greatest deductive minds can save the day. Fortunately, Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple are together, for the first time ever, to confront their most confounding cases in ‘Great Detectives Anthology.’ Literature’s greatest sleuths are brought to life by the actors born to play the roles. As portrayed by Peter Cushing, the definitive Sherlock Holmes exercises his legendary deductive skills in five classic BBC productions, including The Hound of the Baskervilles, A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four. Meanwhile, Dame Agatha’s diminutive detective, Hercule Poirot, portrayed with fastidious elegance by the inimitable David Suchet, applies his “little grey cells” to ferret out the cause of a Death on the Nile and solve the Mystery of the Blue Train, among other Christie classics. Rounding out the trio, Joan Hickson received an Order of the British Empire for her portrayal of the brilliant spinster Miss Jane Marple, who is here to untangle the riddles of the Murder at the Vicarage, The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side and many more. Buy the set right here.

Empires

Relive the triumphs and the tragedies, alongside the heroes and the villains, of the most influential empires in history as History explores the spectacular glory – and gory spectacles – of the past in the 14-DVD megaset ‘Empires.’ From the most brutal and feared leaders of the ancient world to the first Roman-Barbarian War and every gruesome battle that followed during the empire’s slow decline to the mind-boggling construction feats and gravity-defying masterpieces of the ancient Egyptians and Greeks and the origins of the Huns, Goths, Vikings, and Mongols, powerful leaders whose military strength and overwhelming drive kept empires on three continents in terror for centuries, this collection of acclaimed programming details every facet of the world’s greatest civilizations. The Empires megaset includes episodes from the highly praised History series Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire; Engineering an Empire; Ancients Behaving Badly; and Barbarians. Buy the megaset right here.

Marcus Welby, M.D.

Robert Young returns as the the hard-hitting, no-nonsense family practitioner with a heart of gold in ‘Marcus Welby, M.D.’ Season 2. Flanked by his by-the-book partner Steven Kiley (James Brolin ) and their loyal secretary-nurse Consuelo Lopez (Elena Verdugo), Welby tackles life-threatening conditions and situations in every episode. This one is a must-have for fans of contemporary TV classics and DVD collectors.
Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

The Hangover

‘The Hangover’ is a hilarious comedy about a bachelor party gone very wrong. Two days before his wedding, Doug (Justin Bartha) drives to Las Vegas with his best buddies Phil and Stu (Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms) and his future brother-in-law Alan (Zach Galifianakis), for a blow-out bachelor party they vow they’ll never forget. But when the three groomsmen wake up the next morning with pounding headaches, they can’t remember a thing. Buy the Extreme Edition DVD right here.

In Treatment

There are big changes afoot in the addictive Season 2 of ‘In Treatment.’ Psychotherapist Paul (Gabriel Byrne) has a new roster of clients including a woman unwilling to battle her cancer (Alison Pill), a CEO with a lot of issues (John Mahoney) and a boy (Aaron Grady Shaw) caught between his divorcing parents who have nothing in common anymore. Then, Paul heads back home to Maryland each week, where he cares for his kids and continues his tempestuous (yet therapeutic relationship) with his therapist (Dianne Wiest). Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

Ghost Whisperer

Melinda Gordon communicates with earthbound spirits, ghosts who cling to the living because they have unfinished business that prevents them from moving beyond the familiar plane of existence that we call life. Inspired in part by the work of famed medium James Van Praagh and of Mary Ann Winkowski, a real-life communicator with spirits, ‘Ghost Whisperer‘ explores the spiritual side of life and death as Melinda navigates among the dead and the living in her sometimes chilling, sometimes heart-rending and sometimes amusing attempts to act as an intermediary between the ghosts and those they haunt Jim, her husband, worries about the emotional toll this work is taking on his wife as they embark on a new life together. Melinda recently has revealed her gift to her new friend, Delia Banks, a single mom who works in Melinda’s antique shop. For her part, Melinda accepts her unique abilities as a blessing and sometime curse, but always helps her clients, alive or dead, find emotional closure. Buy the Season 5 DVD right here.

Jonah Hex

Jonah Hex‘ is a scarred drifter and bounty hunter of last resort, a tough and stoic gunslinger who can track down anyone and anything. Having survived death, Jonah’s violent history is steeped in myth and legend, and has left him with one foot in the natural world and one on the “other side.” His only human connection is with Leila, whose life in a brothel has left her with scars of her own. But Jonah’s past is about to catch up with him when the U.S. military makes him an offer he can’t refuse. In exchange for his freedom from the warrants on his head, he must track down and stop the dangerous terrorist Quentin Turnbull. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

The Tudors

The Tudors‘ presents the rarely dramatized, tumultuous early years of King Henry VIII’s nearly 40 year, omnipotent reign (1509-1547). In addition to his famous female consorts and 20+ year marriage to Catherine of Aragon to the infamous dalliance with Anne Boleyn, the series delves in to Henry’s most notable political relationship and the deconstruction of the Roman Catholic Church in England. Henry starts the final season with a new wife, #5 Katherine Howard and banishes her when he finds out about her affairs, then moves on to his 6th and final wife Catherine Parr played by gorgeous Joely Richardson. Buy the final season DVD right here.

Three Kings

Three stars team up for this unusual look at America’s role in the war against Iraq in ‘Three Kings.’ In 1991, as the Gulf War winds to a close, three American servicemen find themselves happy to have achieved victory but wondering about the ultimate importance of what they’ve done (especially since Saddam Hussein is still in power). Major Archie Gates (George Clooney) is a decorated Vietnam veteran and special forces officer with two weeks to go before he retires; Sgt. Troy Barlow (Mark Wahlberg) has a new baby at home; and Chief Elgin (Ice Cube) is probably just going to end up back in Detroit. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Lost Boys: The Thirst

In ‘Lost Boys: The Thirst,’ the lost boys and girls of San Cazador prepare to party under the Blood Moon, as an alpha vampire conspires to turn these unsuspecting ravers into an army of the dead. The only thing that stands between him and the annihilation of the entire human race is the infamous vampire fighting Frog Brothers. Armed with double-barrel holy water balloon launchers and multi-arrow crossbows, Edgar (Corey Feldman) and Alan Frog (Jamison Newlander) join forces to kick some blood-sucker butt in this latest high-energy, action packed adventure in the Lost Boys franchise. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.