From the Big Screen:
“Selma,” “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Mr. Turner” and “Black or White.” For more information on these and other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.
This Week’s Highlights:
The best is yet to come when three Frank Sinatra movies come to Blu-ray for the first time as part of the “Frank Sinatra: 5 Film Collection”. Celebrate “The Chairman of the Board’s” Centennial with five classic Sinatra movies on Blu-ray, including newly re-mastered releases of “Anchors Aweigh,” “On the Town” and “Robin and the 7 Hoods” for the first time on Blu-ray. “Ocean’s 11” and “Guys and Dolls” round out the set, which includes a 32-page photo book. Extras include vintage cartoons, vintage featurettes, commentaries, shorts, trailers, more. $69.96 from Warner … “Pitch Perfect Sing-Along Aca-Awesome Edition” is a new sing-along version with on-screen lyrics — just in time for the May 15 theatrical release of “Pitch Perfect 2” — of the 2012 surprise hit starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow and Elizabeth Banks. Newly arrived college freshman Beca (Anna Kendrick) can’t seem to find her place in Barden University’s dog-eat-dog social scene until she discovers a niche that she never knew she was looking for — the school’s struggling a cappella singing group, the Bellas. With Beca’s help, the Bellas start to break free of their bottom-of-the-barrel status by busting out a new and original sound. Includes original and sing-along versions of the film. On DVD and Blu-ray Disc from Universal.
From TV to DVD:
“The Bridge: Season 2” (2013) is a four-disc set with 10 episodes, $49.95. The Danish-Swedish crime series ups the stakes, and the body count, as a shipwreck leads the international team of detectives to forge one hell of a partnership. An abandoned tanker ship crashes into the Oresund bridge, on the border between Sweden and Denmark. Onboard are five Swedish and Danish youths, chained below deck, unconscious. Investigating the incident is Scandinavia’s oddest couple: Swedish detective Saga Noren, hampered by primitive social skills, and Martin Rohde from Denmark, still reeling from the death of his son. Theirs is a friendship born from having been through hell together on the job; adversity has given them grace for the other’s weaknesses. More bizarre crimes follow the tanker incident and they discover they’re up against a deranged activist group who will stop at nothing to convey their message: “The World is Bigger than Us.” As the body count escalates, Saga and Martin know that they’re running out of time and that the next attack could result in the death of thousands. In Danish and Swedish with English subtitles. From MHz Home Entertainment … “Broadchurch: The Complete Second Season” (2015) is a two-disc set with eight episodes, $39.98. In the critically acclaimed second season of the top-rated British mystery series, David Tennant returns as Alec Hardy and Olivia Colman resumes her role as Ellie Miller, last seen having her life torn apart as husband Joe confessed to murdering local schoolboy Danny Latimer in the seaside town. And in the eight gripping episodes of Season Two, the focus is the trial for Latimer’s murder, as well as the return of a murder case that continues to haunt Detective Hardy. Additionally, Hardy and Miller are joined by Emmy nominated film and television actress Charlotte Rampling and Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe-nominated Marianne Jean-Baptiste, as well as James D’Arcy, Eve Myles and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. From Entertainment One … “Dancing on the Edge” (2013) is a three-disc set with all six episodes. In the early 1930s London, the black jazz group known as the Louis Lester Band is on the rise. Managed by the compassionate yet short-tempered Wesley Holt, the band lands a gig at the Imperial Hotel, thanks to the cunning journalist, Stanley Mitchell. They prove to be a hit, and their star begins to rise. Countless aristocrats — including the royal family — ask the band to play at parties, catching the eye of the ambitious American businessman Walter Masterson and his enthusiastic employee, Julian. But just as the band’s success balloons, tragedy strikes, setting off a chain of events that may put an end to it all. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from PBS Distribution … “Halt and Catch Fire: The Complete First Season” (2014) is a three-disc set with all 10 episodes of the AMC series that presents a fictionalized account of the early days of the personal computer creation and the tech heads who would soon create a revolution. Set roughly one year after IBM all but corners the market with the release of its first major product – the IBM PC. In this fictional drama, a former IBM executive, Joe MacMillan, plans to reverse engineer the flagship product of his former employer and forces his current company, Cardiff Electric, into the personal computer race. MacMillan enlists the help of Gordon Clark, a once great engineer who dreams of creating a revolutionary product while trying to manage his initially unsupportive wife Donna, and Cameron Howe, a volatile prodigy who puts her future in jeopardy to join MacMillan’s rogue PC project. The show explores what it’s like to stand at the forefront of something world-changing and work towards it, no matter the risk. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Anchor Bay … “Masters of Sex: Season Two” (2014) is a two-disc set with all 12 episodes, from Sony … “Masterpiece: Mr. Selfridge Season 3 “ (2015) is a three-disc set with 10 episodes. Based on the historical exploits of the founder of London’s legendary department store, Selfridge & Co., the series follows Harry through tumultuous times and changing fashions—trends that he helped set. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from PBS Distribution … “Parenthood: Season Six” (2014-15) is a three-disc set with 13 episodes, $39.98. Get ready to say goodbye to the Braverman family in the sixth and final season of “Parenthood,” the gripping series lauded by critics and beloved by viewers. The tightknit siblings turn to each other as they face uncertain futures: Sarah considers her relationship with Hank, Adam and Crosby struggle to keep The Luncheonette afloat, and Julia and Joel ponder reconciliation. But the greatest concern for everyone is the health of Zeek, the adored and booming patriarch who has always led their clan with vigor … until now. From Universal … “Parenthood: The Complete Series” (2010-15) is a 23-disc set with 103 episodes, $119.98. Family always comes first with the Bravermans in this collection that captures every wise, warm and witty moment from the critically lauded series. From executive producers Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Jason Katims comes all six seasons of “Parenthood,” the dramatic series that touches on all the rewarding and real aspects of being a parent, child or sibling. Join an all-star cast, including Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard and Erika Christensen, as they take on raising babies, toddlers, tweens, teens and even older parents. From Universal … “White Collar: The Complete Sixth Season” (2014) is a two-disc set with all six episodes, $19.98 from Fox.