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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Clive Owen and Sean Bean in "Lorna Doone" and the Final Series of "A Mind to Kill" Debut on Acorn Media DVD April 19


Clive Owen, Polly Walker, and Sean Bean in a sumptuous adaptation of the classic novel
North American DVD Debut on April 19, 2011

“Lavish” —The Guardian

“Fine performances” —The Sun

“Authentic atmosphere” —London Evening Standard

Silver Spring, MD — A classic story of romance, revenge, and adventure, Lorna Doone makes its North American home video debut on April 19, 2011 from Acorn Media ( Clive Owen (Children of Men, Closer, Inside Man, Gosford Park, Chancer), Polly Walker (Caprica, Rome, State of Play, Patriot Games), and Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings, GoldenEye, Sharpe), star in R.D. Blackmore’s beloved tale of forbidden love in lawless 17th-century England, celebrated since its publication in 1869. Lavish costumes, dazzling scenery, and a stellar supporting cast round out this splendid adaptation of one of the greatest love stories ever told. The British drama aired in the U.K. in 1990 and is one of Clive Owen’s and Polly Walker’s earliest roles.

John Ridd (Clive Owen) was just a boy when the villainous Doones murdered his father. Now a young man, John has two driving passions: his thirst for revenge against the outlaw Doones, and his love for the beautiful Lorna (Polly Walker), daughter of his sworn enemies.

This action-packed adventure is set in lawless 17th-century England during the Monmouth rebellion. Realistic period details ornament R.D. Blackmore’s timeless and beloved novel. 

The adaptation co-stars Billie Whitelaw (Quills), Robert Stephens (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), Hugh Fraser (Agatha Christie’s Poirot), and Miles Anderson (House of Cards).

Street: April 19, 2011                                   
SRP: $29.99 
DVD Single: Approx. 87 min. – British drama - SDH subtitles

Bonus Features: Biography of author R. D. Blackmore and cast filmographies

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Final series of the gritty, character-driven Welsh detective drama
Series 3 on DVD April 19, 2011

“Gripping detective drama” —Daily Record

“Tremendously entertaining” —Blogcritics

“Absolutely riveting series” —BritAmTVDVD

“Madoc is wonderful as DCI Bain.” —Western Daily Press

“Moody, atmospheric direction and scripting help elevate this one into
the top ranks of British TV imports. I highly, highly recommend”

Silver Spring, MD — The final series of the gritty, Welsh detective drama, A Mind to Kill, Series 3 debuts on DVD from Acorn Media on April 19, 2011. Acclaimed actor Philip Madoc (The Last of the Mohicans, Doctor Who, The Avengers) returns to the dark police drama as DCI Noel Bain, a worldly detective who uses insight and intelligence to solve monstrous crimes. Nominated for five Welsh BAFTA awards, including best actor for Madoc, A Mind to Kill aired widely in U.K in the mid 1990s in both English and Welsh-language versions, but is available to U.S. audiences for the first time with its DVD release. This DVD 4-disc set includes eight feature-length mysteries, each rife with complex plots and strongly drawn characters ($69.99,

Back on the job after a leave of absence, Welsh detective Noel Bain finds that everything has changed. His team has been disbanded, and he feels like an anachronism in the penny-pinching new department. Even worse, his daughter, Hannah, has decided to join the force. But she also inspires him to get back on track, solving horrific crimes with instinct, intelligence, and a passion for defending the innocent.

Philip Madoc plays the uncompromising detective to perfection in these feature-length mysteries. Set in a Wales more bleak than picturesque, the series has earned comparisons to Cracker and Wallander for its strongly drawn characters and no-holds-barred storytelling.

Episodes: Shadow Falls; Box; The Little House in the Forest; Sound Bites; The Inner Life of Strangers; Colour Blind; Engineer; and Blood and Water.

Street: April 19, 2011                                                SRP: $69.99
DVD 4-Disc Set: 8 episodes - Approx. 776 min. - SDH subtitles

Bonus: The Women of A Mind to Kill: Notes from Ffion Wilkins, Sharon Morgan, and Gillian Elisa

Contains nudity and graphic scenes

Acorn Media released Series 1 in February 2010 (3-vol. boxed set, 6 episodes) and Series 2 in October 2010 (4-vol. boxed set, 7 episodes).

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