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Thursday, August 25, 2011

On DVD - "Midsomer Murders 18" and HBO's "The Battle for Marjah" on Sept. 6th from Acorn Media

MIDSOMER MURDERS, SET 18--Debuts on DVD September 6, 2011

Episodes available to U.S. audiences for the first time--Three new, contemporary, stand-alone mysteries from Acorn’s top-selling series

“Spectacularly entertaining as always” —
“Superbly acted and filmed, and a great joy to watch” —British Heritage
“Great bloody fun” —San Francisco Chronicle

Silver Spring, MD — Available to U.S. audiences for the first time with this release, Midsomer Murders, Set 18 debuts on DVD from Acorn Media on September 6, 2011 with three new, contemporary, stand-alone mysteries from the top-selling British mystery franchise. Fan favorite John Nettles (Bergerac) returns as Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby in these engrossing full-length mysteries set in England’s picture-perfect but perilous Midsomer County. Set 18 includes three mysteries never before seen in the U.S., along with a bonus 23 min. interview with star Jason Hughes ($39.99,

The cozy villages of Midsomer County reveal their most sinister secrets in these contemporary British television mysteries. Inspired by the novels of Caroline Graham, modern master of the English village mystery, the series stars John Nettles as the unflappable Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby, with Jason Hughes (This Life) as his earnest, efficient protégé, Detective Sergeant Ben Jones. Guest stars include Margaret Tyzack (Match Point, 2001: A Space Odyssey), Jenny Agutter (The Invisibles), Nickolas Grace (Robin of Sherwood, My Family), Caroline Blakiston (Brass, The Avengers), Paul Shelley (Doctor Who), and Paul Chapman (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes).

The Mysteries:
Small Mercies—Little Worthing’s model village is the highlight of its tourism trade—until a dead body disfigures it.

The Creeper—A cat burglar’s robberies expose the dark secrets of a prominent family.

The Great and the Good— A village school’s possible closing leads to murder, mayhem, and a sleepwalking schoolteacher.

BONUS FEATURES: Interview with star Jason Hughes (23 min.)

Midsomer Murders premiered in the United Kingdom in March 1997. Since then, more than eighty feature-length episodes have aired with new episodes still in production. In the U.S., the series has been seen on A&E and The Biography Channel, however the episodes in Set 18 are the second part of Series Twelve (2009-2010), which never broadcast in the U.S.

Street: September 6, 2011                                      
SRP: $39.99

DVD 3-Vol. Boxed Set: Three mysteries of approx. 100 min. each - SDH subtitles - Contains brief nudity

Acorn Media previously released Sets 1-17 with three to five mysteries per set ($39.99 to $59.99) as well as The Early Cases Collection (19-vol. collector’s set which includes Sets 1-3, 5), Barnaby’s Casebook (19-vol. collector’s set which includes Sets 4, 6-8) and Village Case Files (16-vol. collector’s set which includes Sets 9-12). Each set ranked in Acorn’s top 10 best-sellers for its year and sales of each new set consistently gain momentum.


Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Debuts from Athena on September 6, 2011--Acclaimed HBO documentary reveals realities of Afghanistan War

“A tremendous film that everyone…should watch. A+” —Newsday
“Both an absorbing record of combat on the ground an attempt to assess the larger battle for hearts and minds”—The New York Times

Silver Spring, MD —Seen on HBO in February, The Battle for Marjah debuts in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack from Athena on September 6, 2011. Written and produced by award-winning journalist Ben Anderson (Taking on the Taliban), The Battle for Marjah documents the U.S. Marine Corp’s dangerous operation against a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan, offering a view of the war like never before. The release includes both the DVD and Blu-ray versions of the program, along with a 12-page viewers’ guide, biographies, timelines of the war, and much more ($34.99,

On February 13, 2010, American-led coalition forces launched the biggest military operation since the beginning of the Afghanistan War. Their target was the town of Marjah, a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan. There, the Marines had four tasks: remove the Taliban, hold all ground seized, build infrastructure and governance, and transfer control to Afghan security forces.

In this powerful account, award-winning journalist Ben Anderson tells the story of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, and its commanding officer, Captain Ryan Sparks. At the battle’s outset, Sparks and the 272 men of Bravo are flown 12 miles and dropped into the center of Marjah, where the Taliban lie in wait. For the young Marines, their first task begins. Embedded with Bravo Company, Anderson provides an intimate and sobering look at the realities of counterinsurgency warfare

Journalist Ben Anderson covers Afghanistan for the London Times and regularly writes for BBC World Service, GQ, Independent on Sunday, and the Guardian. His recent works include the BBC documentary Taking on the Taliban.

Bonus Features
• 12-page viewer’s guide with articles on the histories of Afghanistan, the Taliban, Osama bin Laden, the U.S. Marine Corps, counterinsurgency warfare, and more
• Timeline of the Afghanistan War and biographies of Ben Anderson and photographer Goran Tomasevic
• Plus an explanation of IEDs, the story of the Buddhas of Bamiyan, and discussion questions at

Street: September 6, 2011              
SRP: $34.99               Approx. 84 min.

Blu-ray: 1080i/16:9 widescreen - 5.1 DTS-HD MA/5.1 Dolby Digital/2.0 stereo PCM - SDH

DVD: 16:9 widescreen - 5.1/2.0 Dolby Digital - SDH subtitles

Contains strong language, violence, and graphic and disturbing images

Athena releases provide an authoritative and entertaining learning experience through high quality, informative, non-fiction programming. Athena’s releases include 20th Century with Mike Wallace: America at War, Genius of Britain, The Making of the President, Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth with Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers: God & Politics, Cosmos-A Beginners Guide, The Genius of Design, Discovering Hamlet, Playing Shakespeare, The Story of Math, and World War I in Color. Clips are available at Athena’s DVD sets are available from select retailers, catalog companies, and direct from Acorn at (888) 870-8047 or

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