New On DVD/Blu-ray This Week: The Fugitive, Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Magic Mike, Peter Gunn

by | October 23, 2012 at 2:40 PM | General

'The Fugitive: Most Wanted Edition' (CBS Home Entertainment)

The Fugitive

One of the most influential drama series in television history, ‘The Fugitive: The Most Wanted Edition,’ is now available on DVD. Starring David Janssen, Barry Morse, Bill Raisch and narrated by acclaimed actor William Conrad, the classic Emmy-winning series remains one of the most popular and beloved adventure series of the 1960s. CBS Home Entertainment has transferred all four seasons of ‘The Fugitive’ from the original film negatives and audio, creating a beautifully presented archival version of this classic series. Spanning 32 discs, this definitive DVD box set is housed in a striking collectible package and features a bonus disc full of special features as well as a Soundtrack Album CD featuring musical score from the series by composer Pete Rugolo. Inspiring many films and television shows since its debut, ‘The Fugitive’ original TV series is a suspenseful crime drama that centers on Dr. Richard Kimble (Janssen), wrongly accused of murdering his wife. The series opens with Kimble escaping custody while en route to Death Row and follows him as he struggles to stay one step ahead of the police and Lt. Philip Gerard (Morse), who is obsessed with his capture. Kimble must constantly relocate and hide his true identity while he continues his quest to find the real killer, a one-armed man (Raisch) he saw leave the scene of the crime. Buy the Most Wanted Edition complete series right here.

Agatha Christie’s Poirot

Newly remastered and restored to their original U.K. broadcast order, ‘Agatha Christie’s Poirot:  The Early Cases Collection’ is now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Acorn Media, including all 45 mysteries from the first six series of the television phenomenon. David Suchet stars as Agatha Christie’s mustachioed mystery-solver as a “near-perfect Poirot” (USA Today). Brimming with opulent 1930s period details and co-starring Hugh Fraser (Sharpe), Philip Jackson (Little Voice), and Pauline Moran, these lavish adaptations look better than ever. Agatha Christie’s Poirot has aired on ITV1 in the U.K. since 1989 and on PBS and A&E in the U.S. The 13-disc Blu-ray and 18-disc DVD sets include all 45 mysteries from Series 1-6, now with SDH subtitles and collectible foil packaging. Guest stars include: Damian Lewis (Homeland), Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who), Donald Sumpter (Games of Thrones), Kate Buffery (Wish Me Luck), Anna Chancellor (Four Weddings and a Funeral), Jeremy Northam (The Tudors), and Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey). Buy the Early Cases Blu-ray collection right here.

Magic Mike

It’s raining men with ‘Magic Mike,’ now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download from Warner Home Entertainment Group. ‘Magic Mike’ is set in the world of male strippers, following Mike (Tatum) as he takes a young dancer under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money. The Blu-ray Combo Pack and digital download include extended dance scenes not seen in theaters. Directed by Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh (“Traffic”), “Magic Mike” stars Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Cody Horn, Olivia Munn, Matt Bomer, Riley Keough, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray, and the theatrical version in standard definition on DVD.  Both the Blu-ray Combo Pack and the single disc DVD include UltraViolet which allows consumers to download and instantly stream the standard definition theatrical version of the film to a wide range of devices including computers and compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Peter Gunn

One of televisions most iconic characters, ‘Peter Gunn’ (Craig Stevens) is a handsome, suave detective tough enough to take on the hardest of hard cases, but with a soft touch when it comes to the ladies. The complete series of this beloved show is now available on DVD for the first time. From his unofficial office at the smoke-filled jazz club ‘Mother’s’, Gunn keeps an eye on the colorful cast of patrons, including his gorgeous girlfriend Edie Hart (Lola Albright) the featured singer at Mother’s who later becomes proprietor of her own nightclub, ‘Edie’s’, and the club regulars, which include musicians, pool hustlers, artists and a sculptor. Buy the complete series right here.

I, Robot

Isaac Asimov’s sci-fi stories inspired this slick blend of high-tech effects and action. Will Smith plays a cop who uncovers a conspiracy involving murderous robots in 2035. Bridget Moynahan, James Cromwell, Bruce Greenwood also star and Alex Provas (“Dark City”) directs. Special features include “The Making of I, Robot,” audio commentaries, and a still gallery. The upgrade to 3D technology really pops and this is one set not to miss. Scenes in the freeway tunnel really pop in the 1080p/MVC MPEG-4 encode. Buy the 3D Blu-ray right here.

Blade Runner

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Warner Home Video has ended the film’s moratorium with the debut of a beautiful, new commemorative 4-disc Blu-ray and DVD combo pack of the classic ‘Blade Runner.’ This comprehensive gift set edition includes “The Final Cut” version of the feature presented on both Blu-ray and DVD, as well as the other four versions: “1992 Director’s Cut,” “Domestic” and “International” Theatrical versions, and the rare “Workprint” version previously only available in the 25th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition. The set also boasts never-before-seen production photos with more than 1,000 archival images presented in hi-definition, a 72-page production art book with printed versions of the newly discovered art, a collectible Spinner car replica from an official concept sketch conceived by ‘Blade Runner’s’ visual futurist Syd Mead. Buy the 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition combo pack right here.

Happy Endings

‘Happy Endings’ features the ensemble cast including Elisha Cuthbert (’24′), Zachary Knighton (‘FlashForward’), Adam Pally (‘Californication’), Damon Wayans, Jr. (‘My Wife and Kids’) and Casey Wilson (‘Saturday Night Live’). Season 2 of this hit ABC comedy brings more pop-culture laden sarcasm from our favorite group of 30-somethings, as family members are introduced, and obsession with V-necks is explored, and the one and only “Mandonna” makes an appearance. The ‘Happy Endings’ Season 2 DVD contains all 21 episodes on a three-disc DVD set, as well as deleted scenes and outtakes. Guest stars include Ed Begley, Jr., Colin Hanks, Ken Marino, Brian Austin Green and more. Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

President Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) moonlights as a vampire hunter after learning that his mother was killed by bloodsuckers in this supernatural action thriller adapted from the genre-bending novel. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection

Madea is back in action with the release of ‘Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection’ on Blu-ray Disc and  DVD. The latest installment from the Madea franchise stars writer-producer-director Tyler Perry (Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds, Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion) along with an all-star supporting cast including Eugene Levy (American Pie movies), Denise Richards (Wild Things), Doris Roberts (TV’s “Everybody Loves Raymond”), Romeo Miller (Jumping the Broom), Tom Arnold (True Lies), John Amos (TV’s “Good Times”) and Marla Gibbs (TV’s “The Jeffersons”). As a Wall Street investment banker’s world is turned upside-down when he finds out he has been set up in a mob Ponzi scheme, his family is forced into witness protection under the care of the outspoken Madea.  The Blu-ray Disc and DVD are filled with hilarious bonus materials including numerous behind-the-scenes featurettes highlighting outrageous Madea moments, the comedy on set as well what it is like working with a multi-dimensional powerhouse like Tyler Perry. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent

The detectives of New York City’s Major Case Squad have a new addition as the Eighth Year commences. Shout! Factory has released 15 original episodes of the critically acclaimed ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent – The Eighth Year‘ on DVD for the first time.  Following Detective Logan’s departure at the end of year Seven, Detective Zach Nichols (Jeff Goldblum) joins the force as Wheeler’s (Julianne Nicholson) new partner. Featuring a suspense-packed case load, The Eighth Year continues the series tradition of ripped from the headlines stories, including Goren (Vincent D’Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) investigating the death of a drug dealer who was dating a politician’s stepdaughter and Nichols and Wheeler tangling with the tabloids as they track the killer of a celebrity chef’s girlfriend. Buy the Season 8 DVD right here.

Secret of the Wings

The Walt Disney Studios unveils an all-new, original full-length CG-animated feature, ‘Secret of the Wings,’ starring Tinker Bell, one of Disney’s most beloved and iconic characters, along with her fairy tale friends (Fawn, Iridessa, Rosetta, Silvermist and Vidia) and introducing a sparkling new winter fairy, Periwinkle. For Tinker Bell and the other warm season fairies, the Winter Woods remains a mysterious and forbidden place. ‘Secret of the Wings’ takes audiences on an amazing journey of discovery with Tink, into this forbidden world where she discovers a magical secret that changes her life forever. The movie features a spectacular voice cast including Academy Award winner Anjelica Houston, Timothy Dalton, Lucy Liu, Raven-Symone, Megan Hilty and Mae Whitman. Buy the 3D Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Perry Mason

‘Perry Mason,’ the popular TV series that inspired a genre of courtroom dramas, returns to DVD with The Seventh Season – Volume Two. Television legend Raymond Burr continues to ignite the screen as a brilliant attorney who will stop at nothing to crack the most impossible cases and uncover the truth. With the aid of his secretary Della Street (Barbara Hale) and investigator Paul Drake (William Hopper), Mason often finds that by digging deeply into the facts, startling truths can be revealed. Buy the Season 7, Volume 2 DVD right here.

Disasters Deconstructed: A History of Architectural Disasters

Every disaster has a story. Whether they are manmade, natural or caused by human error, the best way to prevent them from happening again is to understand them. ‘Disasters Deconstructed – A History of Architectural Disasters’ is a special collection from History that takes a close look at some of the world’s most cataclysmic events through astonishing on-the-scene footage, powerful reenactments, expert analysis and CGI reconstructions. Across 6 DVDs and over 16 hours of gripping, in-depth coverage, the set includes programs such as: Inspector America, where an infrastructure safety inspector travels the country to see what is up to code and what needs to be fixed and Titanic’s Achilles Heel, which chronicles the tragedy from design and construction to its ill-fated voyage and its lasting legacy. Also included are Modern Marvels: Engineering Disasters which presents some of the most notorious disasters of the past 40 years and, finally, History presents three specials – The Hindenburg, What Went Down: Hindenburg and Tech Effect: Hindenburg – offering a complete exploration of the epic disaster that took a mere 34 seconds to shake the world. Buy the DVD right here.

Flintstones Primetime Specials Collection

Following a spate of Saturday morning spin-offs, America’s favorite Stone Age family returned to network prime-time with a full slate of hysterical pre-historical specials – no quitting time for Fred! In The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone, the Flintstones and the Rubbles travel to fear-fraught Rockysylvania thanks to a big game show win. Fred and Barney soon stumble upon – and awaken – the legendary Frankenstone Monster, who promptly revives his vampiric master, Rockula. When Rockula falls head over batwings for Wilma, will Fred end up having an undead-old time? Flintstones Little Big League sees Fred and Barney facing off as opposing Little League coaches while Bamm-Bamm and Pebbles duel across the diamond. Swept up by competitiveness and paternal pride, their friendship ends up in the dug-out doghouse. Meanwhile, a cop, a judge and Mr. Slate are all putting pressure on Fred to win at all costs – what’s a cavedad to do? Buy the Volume 1 DVD at WBshop.com.

Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns

Get ready for more laughter than ever as Lionsgate Home Entertainment releases ‘Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns: Season 7,’ now available on DVD and Digital Download. Actor and comedian David Mann (Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family) stars as the endearing family patriarch, Mr. Brown just trying to make good on a misguided promise to his late father. Mann, the 2011 NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, is joined by Tamela Mann (Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family), Lamman Rucker (Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?), Denise Boutte (Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?) and Juanita Jennings (Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls) in the hilarious family comedy.  Complete with 20 episodes across three discs, Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns: Season 7 can be bought right here.

Fantasy Island

Smiles, everyone, smiles! The ‘Fantasy Island’ Season 3 DVD is now available. Each week, two guests arrive by seaplane to the shores of Fantasy Island in hopes of having their wishes and fantasies fulfilled. Their mysterious host, the debonair and suave Mr. Roarke (Ricardo Montalban), along with his energetic sidekick Tattoo (Herve Villechaize), will conjure up the amazing – and sometimes even the impossible – to grant these wishes, but in the spirit of being careful what you wish for…sometimes a twist can lead the guest to some unexpected conclusions. Season 3 delivers a treasure trove of guest stars including Don Adams, Sonny Bono, David Cassidy, Bob Denver, Doris Roberts, Abe Vigoda and many more. Buy the Season 3 DVD right here.

The Ambassador

The lucrative business of becoming a foreign diplomat in a corrupt nation is treated with irreverent insight by filmmaker-journalist Mads Brügger in the disturbing, upsetting, enraging and wholly entertaining ‘The Ambassador.’ Director-provocateur Brügger shocked audiences with the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner The Red Chapel, in which he infiltrated and exposed the closed, inhuman world of North Korea under the guise of presenting a touring theatrical troupe. Now, in ‘The Ambassador,’ he journeys into the gravely dangerous Central African Republic posing as a businessman looking to acquire diplomatic credentials in order to dip into the lucrative blood diamond trade. In this darkly comic, genre-bending documentary, Brügger shows how the resources of a war-torn third world country can almost effortlessly be diverted into the pockets of greedy, unscrupulous foreigners. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Tyler Perry’s I Don’t Want to do Wrong – The Play

There’s nothing like moving back in with your family as an adult during crazy times in your life. Get ready to laugh and cry with the release of Tyler Perry’s hilarious and emotional new musical, ‘Tyler Perry’s I Don’t Want To Do Wrong (The Play),’ now available on DVD, Digital Download and On Demand.  Taped in front of a live audience during its exclusive 2-day run in Atlanta, the show stars a cast of fan favorites including Palmer Williams, Jr. (Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family [The Play]), Patrice Lovely (A Madea Christmas [The Play]), Kislyck Halsey (Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family), Tony Hightower (Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots [The Play]), Alexis Jones (A Madea Christmas [The Play]) and Andre Pitre (Heaven Ain’t Hard to Find). Featuring powerful and all-new original songs by Tyler Perry and performed by powerhouse singers, Tyler Perry’s I Don’t Want to Do Wrong (The Play) includes a behind-the-scenes featurette and is available nationwide for the first time. Buy the DVD right here.

Crooked Arrows

A multiracial Native American named Joe Logan must coach a high-school lacrosse team after his traditionalist father disapproves of his attempts to modernize their reservation. In time, the team prepares to take on their rivals at a prep school, while Joe reconnects with his heritage. Buy the DVD right here.