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Friday, November 4, 2011

Best Brit TV on DVD - Jason Isaacs in "Case Histories", "Tinker Tailor", and "Brideshead" on Blu-ray - Acorn Media Calendar

Acorn Media (British TV) and Athena (Best Documentaries) DVD Release Calendar

Acorn Media, chief curators of the best Brit TV” –TIME Magazine

October 25:

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – Coinciding with the star-studded feature film adaptation starring Gary Oldman and Colin Firth, Oscar®-winner Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars, Lawrence of Arabia) stars in John le Carré’s classic Cold War spy drama. Guinness delivers the performance of a lifetime in his BAFTA-winning role as George Smiley, a retired spymaster recruited to find a mole in the British intelligence service. Hailed as one of the finest dramas ever made for television, this 1979 BBC miniseries garnered universal critical acclaim for its stellar ensemble cast, literate writing and intricate plots. This repackaged and discounted DVD 3-disc set includes six episodes, along with a 28-min. interview with John le Carré. Acorn Media is also re-releasing its sequel, Smiley’s People, on October 25th.

Joseph Campbell: Mythos III (DVD Debut) – Third installment of Joseph Campbell’s fascinating lecture series, seen on PBS. Offering five newly remastered and visually stunning lectures from one of greatest storytellers of our time. Hosted by Academy Award® winner Susan Sarandon, these remarkable talks broadcast continually on PBS explore subjects ranging from Arthurian romances to modern myth. Over a career that spanned nearly 40 years, eminent scholar Joseph Campbell inspired artists, academics, and laypeople with his passion for myth and is best known from The Power of Myth interviews with Bill Moyers, inspiring George Lucas to create Star Wars, and his “follow your bliss” philosophy. (5 Episodes)

Bill Moyers: Own Our Own Terms (DVD Debut) – “An extraordinary achievement” (The Washington Post) - Newest release from Bill Moyers’ acclaimed library features insightful, practical discussions about death and dying in America. Moyers interviews dozens of terminally ill patients in this four-part exploration of end-of-life issues. The 2000 series offers illuminating perspectives on the sometimes controversial ethical, medical and economic forces that can drive a person’s decisions surrounding death. (4 Episodes)

November 1:

Brideshead Revisited: 30th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray debut, DVD) – Blu-ray debut in all-new transfer from an HD source and even more extras. Called “The best series ever” by The Washington Post, the iconic miniseries won 17 international awards and launched the career of Jeremy Irons. Also starring Anthony Andrews, Diane Quick, Sir John Gielgud, Claire Bloom, and Sir Laurence Olivier in an Emmy®-winning role. Special features include a Revisiting Brideshead documentary, four commentaries, new photo galleries, outtakes, viewer’s guide, and more. Based on the timeless novel by Evelyn Waugh, the series took a staggering two years to make and is the equivalent of seven feature films back-to-back. Waugh tells a poignant story of romantic yearning and loss set in the world of British aristocracy.

Pie in the Sky Complete Collection – Value-priced complete collection of the popular culinary detective series. Richard Griffiths (Harry Potter) stars as DI Henry Crabbe—a semi-retired cop who would rather be in the kitchen than collaring criminals. Seen on public television, Pie in the Sky debuted on BBC1 in the U.K. in March 1994 and aired for five series. The series has featured a plethora of well-known guests stars, including Michael Kitchen (Foyle’s War), Pete Postlethwaite (In the Name of the Father), Jane Wymark (Midsomer Murders), Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey), Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes), Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings), Nicola Walker (Touching Evil, MI-5), and Keeley Hawes (Upstairs Downstairs).

November 8:

Case Histories (DVD Debut) – Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter, The Patriot) stars in the acclaimed new drama, which recently premiered on Masterpiece Mystery! (October 16-30). From the co-creator of Life on Mars comes the brilliantly acted, character-driven drama based on the bestselling Jackson Brodie novels by Kate Atkinson. Golden Globe®-nominee Jason Isaacs stars as a good-hearted but tough private investigator based in the rugged, Scottish city of Edinburgh. A hit with fans and critics alike, the series has already been commissioned for a second season. Includes 3 two-part episodes, along with a 15 min. behind-the-scenes featurettes.

Acorn Media Highlights from Jan-Sept. 2011:
Without Motive; On the Road with Charles Kuralt: Americana Collection; Bonekickers (Blu-ray debut); Prime Suspect starring Helen Mirren; Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal (U.S. Debut, Blu-ray/DVD); Visions of Europe (Blu-ray debut); The Red Green Show: The Geezer Years (DVD Debut); Lost Empires starring Oscar® winner Colin Firth; Queer as Folk: Complete U.K. Collection; New Tricks, Season 5 (DVD Debut); Midsomer Murders: Barnaby’s Top 10; Rosemary & Thyme: Complete Collection; Vera (U.S. Debut) staring Brenda Blethyn; Murphy’s Law Complete Collection; Midsomer Murders, Set 18 (U.S. Debut); Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Movie Collection, Set 6 (Blu-ray/DVD); Garrow’s Law, Series 2; Upstairs, Downstairs Complete Series: 40th Anniversary Edition in a 21-disc collection with 25+ hours of never-before-seen extras; Agatha Christie’s Marple: The Pale Horse (DVD) and Complete Series 5 (Blu-ray debut); George Gently Series 3 (Blu-ray/DVD, U.S. debut), Doc Martin Collection: Series 1-4; Murdoch Mysteries Season 3 (DVD/Blu-ray); The Norman Conquests (DVD Debut); and NBC and Lisa Kudrow’s Who Do You Think You Are? Season 1 (DVD Debut)

From Athena, Art of the Western World; HBO’s The Battle for Marjah (Blu-ray/DVD combo); Emmy® winning campaign documentaries The Making of the President: The 1960s (DVD Debut); Weapons Races; The Genius of Design; The Cosmos: A Beginner’s Guide (U.S. Debut); Bill Moyers: The Wisdom of Faith with Huston Smith, God & Politics and The Language of Life; and Genius of Britain: The Scientists Who Changed the World (U.S. Debut)

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