New On DVD This Week: Big Love, The Ricky Gervais Show, Mannix

by | January 5, 2011 at 1:51 AM | TV News

Big Love

Honored with multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, ‘Big Love‘ features a dynamic ensemble cast including Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Chloë Sevigny (who won the 2010 Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe Award for her role in the series). Magnetic and wholly original, Big Love has boldly portrayed the engrossing life of Salt Lake City native Bill Henrickson, who tries to juggle his three wives, nine kids, three houses, and his own entrepreneurial ambitions. In the fourth season Henrickson faces a host of new and personal challenges including the launch of a Mormon-friendly casino with his Native American partners; the changing of the guard at the Juniper Creek compound; Bill’s potential candidacy for the Utah State Senate; Barb’s controversial role at the new casino; Nicki’s stormy relationship with her ex-husband; and Margene’s career as a home shopping personality, as well as ongoing complications involving Bill’s daughter Sarah and his mother, Lois. Buy the Season 4 DVD right here.

The Ricky Gervais Show

From the creators of the smash-hit series ‘The Office’ and ‘Extras’ and based on the original record-breaking podcasts, comes the new animated comedy series, ‘The Ricky Gervais Show.’ The series is an animated version of the original podcasts that earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most downloads. It is voiced by Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, and colleague and friend Karl Pilkington whose offbeat musings inspire many of the storylines which include the merits of 20th century inventions; Karl’s suggestion for population control; how philosophy has evolved through the ages and not forgetting Karl’s perfectly round head! Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Mannix

The fourth season of ‘Mannix‘ chronicles the weekly adventures of private detective Joe Mannix (Mike Connors) in Los Angeles and his faithful assistant Peggy Fair (Gail Fisher). Hard-boiled and gritty, Mannix is constantly putting his life on the line to boldly encourage justice for his clients, even outside of the law. Buy the Season 4 DVD right here.

Enemy At The Door

‘Enemy at the Door’ Series 2 is the finale to the gripping WWII drama series. Based on the harrowing true story, Enemy at the Door chronicles the long Nazi occupation of Britain’s Channel Island. The late 1970s series stars Alfred Burke and Bernard Horsfall, and guest stars John Rhys-Davies, Kenneth Cranham, Stephanie Cole, and David Hayman. Intelligent writing, masterful acting and exacting historical detail distinguished the series on public television for years. This 4-disc set includes the last 13 episodes of this touchstone historical drama. Three years into World War II, the German occupation of the Channel Islands continues. On the German side, the pragmatic local commandant, Major Richter, tries to strike a balance between military necessity and good civil relations. However, his efforts are complicated by the recent imprisonment of Dr. Philip Martel, who represented the interests of the Guernsey islanders. And the local SS officer, Hauptmann Reinicke, proves to be a thorn in Richter’s side, always eager to win points with his superiors in Berlin. With the war carrying on, can the fragile harmony between the occupiers and the occupied survive much longer? Buy the Series 2 DVD right here.

Machete

The out-for-revenge, action-driven ‘Machete‘ is ready to serve up some justice with guns blazing and bloody blades slicing. The sharpest way to see it is on Blu-ray, with killer deleted scenes that deliver more guns, more girls and more Machete action! From director Robert Rodriguez, and featuring an all-star cast including Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro and Jessica Alba, comes an action-packed, bare-knuckled fistful of carnage asada! Set up, double-crossed and left for dead, Machete (Trejo) is an ass-kicking ex-Federale who lays waste to anything that gets in his path. As he takes on hit men, vigilantes and a ruthless drug cartel, bullets fly, blades clash and the body count rises. Any way you slice it, vengeance has a new name–Machete. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Gun

It’s time for a crime drama that pulls no punches – ‘Gun.’ Starring rap sensation Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Val Kilmer, ‘Gun’ is a high octane ride through the crime ridden streets of Detroit: a gritty story that’s as explosive as its title. As brutal as it is honest, ‘Gun’ is an eye-opening experience. Seemingly ripped from today’s headlines, the movie sets its cross hairs on the rising crime rates and gun violence of a modern city in a slump, as the Detroit Police launches a full-scale war against the gun runners that terrify the populace. With the cooperation of the FBI they target a criminal named Rich (Jackson) and his vast arms operation. Buy the DVD right here.

The Guilty

Akin to ‘Mystic River’ as a dark drama full of moral ambiguity, ‘The Guilty’ is now available on DVD. Tightly plotted and crackling with suspense, ‘The Guilty’ features fan-favorite actor Michael Kitchen as a lawyer willing to do anything to protect his reputation. This provocative psychological drama, which aired on public television in the 1990s and was finalist at the Houston International Film Festival, also stars Caroline Catz in one of her earliest roles. London attorney Steven Vey (Michael Kitchen) has a brilliant career, a beautiful wife, and money to burn. To top it off, he’s about to be named Britain’s youngest-ever judge. But one night, a celebration with his pretty secretary, Nicky (Caroline Catz), goes too far. He calls it a drunken indiscretion; she calls it rape. Buy the DVD right here.

Mama Flora’s Family

Winner of two NAACP Image Awards and based on the bestselling novel by Pulitzer Prize winner Alex Haley (Roots), ‘Mama Flora’s Family‘ follows a southern black woman in her 70s looking back on a life filled with joy and heartbreak after being called to help her troubled granddaughter. The movie Starring: Cicely Tyson, Blair Underwood (‘The Event’), Queen Latifah, Hill Harper (‘CSI: New York), Mario Van Peebles, Shemar Moore (‘Criminal Minds’), Della Reese and Erika Alexander. Buy the DVD right here.

Dirty Tricks

Winner of an International Emmy for best drama (2001), ‘Dirty Tricks’ now makes its North American home video debut. Broadcast on BBC America and based on the book by Michael Dibdin (the Aurelio Zen mysteries), this award-winning black comedy stars Martin Clunes as a charmingly ruthless social climber involved in a series of suspicious deaths. Wittily written and brilliantly acted, ‘Dirty Tricks’ delights with a first-rate supporting cast sending up modern marriage and mores with wit as crisp and intoxicating as the best British gin. The series co-stars James Bolam, Lindsay Duncan, Neil Dudgeon and Julie Graham. Part bawdy bedroom farce, part zany crime caper, this saucy British romp stars Martin Clunes as a charming underachiever on the run from the law. Sure, he’s manipulative, money-grubbing, and completely amoral. But is he a murderer? Absolutely not, he insists—despite the pesky corpses piling up. Buy the DVD right here.