Doctor Who: The Return of Dr. Mysterio is this year’s Christmas special featuring Peter Capaldi as Doctor Twelve, while Doctor Who: Power of the Daleks is the animated recreation of the first adventure of Patrick Troughton’s Second Doctor (we gave the televised run an B+).
Also from BBC Home Entertainment in the first quarter of 2017: Blood of the Vikings: First Blood; Shetland: Season Three; Doctor Blake Mysteries: Season Three; Mrs. Bradley Mysteries; Porridge; Spy in the Wild: Part One; London Road; Elizabeth at 90; Arthur: King of the Britons, and Wild Africa/Tiny Giants 4K UHD.
Shakespeare lovers will definitely want to add The BBC Shakespeare 400th Anniversary Gift Set to their collections.
The collection includes: Bill (Shakespeare’s lost years as a lute player – think Pythonesque farce), Hamlet (the Royal Shakespeare Company TV film starring Patrick Stewart and David Tennant), Shakespeare ReTold (exactly what it says on the tin), and An Age of Kings (a 15-part BBC mini-series based on Shakespeare’s history plays).
Whether you, or someone you know, loves William Shakespeare, The Doctor, Swedish detective Kurt Wallander or Douglas Adams’ Girk Gently, BBC Home Entertainment has a DVD or Blu-ray set for you.
Just in time for the holidays, the company is releasing several gift sets that cover all your bases, including The BBC Shakespeare 400th Anniversary Gift Set, Wallander: The Complete Collection, Wild Africa/Tiny Giants Ultra High-Definition, the original Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and more.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a classic re-imagining of the creation myth that has been adapted to film many (possibly too many?) times.
Now, from BBC Home Entertainment comes a modern take on the classic tale – starring Helen McCrory (Penny Dreadful) as Dr. Victoria Frankenstein, a leader in using stem cells to create replacement human organs.
When she uses her research in search of a way to save her dying son…
Frankenstein also stars James Purefoy (The Following, Hap and Leonard), Neal Pearson (Bridget Jones’ Diary) and Lindsay Duncan (The Honourable Woman). It will be in stores on March 8th. Follow the jump for more.
From the day that Sherlock premiered, there some fans, like me, who wondered how series creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat would handle a more traditional, Victorian adventure featuring the Great Detective.
Now we know (kind of) and the verdict is: wonderfully!
One of the two masterstrokes in the creation of Doctor Who is a machine that can take its pilot anytime in the universe (and to some points outside it), thus opening up the possibility of telling any/every kind of story imaginable. The other is the idea that when The Doctor gets too old/damaged, he can regenerate – making it possible for the show to carry on even if an actor is unable/chooses not to go on.
The eighth season of the current run of Doctor Who introduced the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (the fourteenth if you want to be sticky about it, but for all intents and purposes the twelfth) and did something that hadn’t been done before in the show’s fifty-one year history – it gave us a hero who didn’t believe in heroes… and wasn’t even sure if he was a good man. The result was an almost intoxicatingly odd season.
There are few TV shows that warrant an almost unanimous love both critically and from its audience. Orphan Black is one of those rare few. Anchored by terrific writing, a superb cast and a one-of-a-kind (or is it seven-of-a-kind) performance from its star, Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black has built up a fanatic following for its once-in-a-lifetime quality.
The series, just wrapping up its second season on BBC America (Saturdays, 9/8C), will be coming to home video, DVD and Blu-Ray, on July 15th – so, not a very long wait at all. One of the most anticipated (by me, at least) featurettes will be Making of the 4-Clone Scene and Extended Version. This one sequence encapsulates everything that is brilliant about Orphan Black, from concept to VFX. For more details, check out the press release after the jump.
One of the best parts of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary celebrations was the the docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time which chronicled the creation of the series. Now, An Adventure in Space and Time is getting a very special Blu-Ray release in a 3-disc combo-pack (2 DVD/1 Blu-Ray) with the very first Doctor Who adventure, An Unearthly Child.
An Adventure in Space in Time special features include: The Making of the Adventure; Deleted Scenes; Reconstructions; and the William Hartnell: The Original featurette. Doctor Who: An Unearthly Child special features include: The Pitch of Fear by Mark Gatiss & Little Britain’s David Walliams and more from An Uneartly Child’s original release. For more details, follow the jump. An Adventure in Space and Time will materialize in stores on May 27th.