Acorn DVD will release Kay Mellor’s critically acclaimed show (Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%) Girlfriends: Series 1 on home video on June 26th.
The six-part contemporary drama follows three friends struggling with the responsibilities that come with being a modern woman of a certain age – and stars an amazing trio of actors: Phyliss Logan, Miranda Richardson and Zoë Wannamaker.
Bonus content includes a behind-the-scenes featurette and cast panel at the Television Critics Association event.
Acorn DVD brings series 2 of the Australian medical dramedy The Heart Guy to home video on June 26th.
The show follows a charming and genius doctor (Rodger Corser, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Glitch) forced to return to his hometown and become a local doctor after his personal life spins out of control.
Gerry Anderson created – or co-created with his then wife Sylvia Anderson – a series of beloved TV shows like Mike Mercury: Supercar, Fireball XL-5, Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet. Not to mention live-action shows like Space: 1999, UFO and Space Precinct.
Now several rare Gerry Anderson productions – like his first never-before-seen puppet film Here Comes Kandy, The Investigator, and Space Police (which became the template for Space Precinct) have been collected for the MPI DVD release The Lost Worlds of Gerry Anderson.
The Lost Worlds of Gerry Anderson will be in stores on November 14th.
The three Ranma ½ theatrical films and eleven episode-length Original Video Adventures that followed the original gender-bending anime series are being released on home media as part of the Ranma ½ OVA & Movie Collection.
The Blu-ray release will also contain a 32-page booklet, and clean opening and ending credits. The DVD release will only have the clean opening and ending credits.
Ranma ½ OVA & Movie Collection will be in stores on September 19th.
Pokémon Advanced Complete Collection – forty episodes concluding one Pokémon era and starting another – is coming to home video on May 16th.
Pokémon Advanced is both the sixth season of the Pokémon animated series and the first season of Pokémon The Series: Ruby and Sapphire – in which Ash says farewell to his old friends and sets out on a journey with a new Trainer named May, and her brother Max.
The return of Sherlock after an absence of two years – not counting the one-off The Abominable Bride – set audience records then dropped off precipitously. Of its three 90-minute episodes, one was brilliant, one was much better than the average mystery/procedural and the final had great moments but also a number of obvious flaws.
If you binge all three episodes, though, it is easily apparent that Sherlock’s worst was better than most shows’ best – as the fourth season DVD set shows. Plus there’s two hours of pretty darned decent bonus material.
BBC Home Entertainment is releasing two new Doctor Who Adventures early in 2017 – Doctor Who: The Return of Dr. Mysterio and Doctor Who: Power of the Daleks. Both adventures will be available in Blu-ray and DVD.
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.