From the Big Screen:
This Week’s Highlight:
Not seen since their original broadcast — and new to retail — the “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: The Vault Series” features some of the most requested shows of all time and offers the best of Johnny, Ed and Doc, with guests like Bob Hope, Dean Martin, Richard Pryor, Paul McCartney, Muhammad Ali and Bing Crosby, unforgettable animal acts, magicians and more. The Vault Series retail DVD configurations includes a single disc release (2 shows; $14.95), a three-disc collector’s set (six shows + nearly an hour of bonus features; $39.95), a six-disc collector’s set (12 shows + two hours of exclusive extras; $59.95) and a 12-disc deluxe edition collector’s set (24 shows + over 4 hours of exclusive extras; $99.95). Read more here. From Time Life.
From TV to DVD:
“The Andy Griffith Show: Christmas Special” features unedited versions of two Christmas episodes, both colorized and in black and white. “The Christmas Story” (Original air date: 12/19/60): Local “Scrooge” Ben Weaver manages to have harmless bootlegger Sam Muggins thrown into jail on Christmas, but the good folk of Mayberry have a unique plan of their own. “The Pickle Story” (Original air date: 12/18/61): Aunt Bee decides to enter her homemade pickles in the annual county fair contest — only they taste like “kerosene cucumbers”! On DVD from CBS/Paramount … “Banshee: The Complete Fourth Season” (2016) is a three-disc set with all eight episodes of the last season. The CINEMAX action drama charts the final twists and turns that follow Lucas Hood, an ex-convict who assumed the identity of sheriff in the Amish-area town Banshee, where his former lover and partner-in-crime was living under her own alias, Carrie Hopewell. The final season takes place two years after Lucas gave up his badge after a bloody, multimillion-dollar heist at the Camp Genoa Marine Base that proved costly. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from HBO … Set in Toronto at the dawn of the 20th century, “Murdoch Mysteries: A Merry Murdoch Christmas” (2015) explores the intriguing world of William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson), a methodical and dashing detective who pioneers innovative forensic techniques to solve some of the city’s most gruesome murders. In this feature-length Christmas special, Murdoch and the team investigate when the host of a Christmas charity gala for sick children is killed, and all the presents he was going to give away are stolen. From Acorn Media … “The Venture Bros. Season Six” (2016) features eight episodes of Adult Swim’s top-rated animated series. “The Venture Bros.” follows the adventures of the Venture family, an eclectic clan comprised of the world-renowned Dr. Venture, a pill-popping, failed super scientist and father of the fraternal, not-so-bright twin brothers Hank and Dean. Joining them is their tough-as-nails bodyguard Brock (Patrick Warburton) who was appointed by the government to protect the family from any threat or violence. Together, they embark on a series of odd misadventures that take them around the globe as they fight off villains, most notably The Monarch, the family’s arch villain. In this season, Dr. Venture inherits a fortune and moves his family into a spectacular new home in the Big Apple. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Warner … “Vikings: Season 4 Volume 1” (2016) is a three-disc set with 10 episodes. On DVD, Blu-ray Disc from Fox … “Winter: The Complete Series” (2015 — Australia) is a two-disc set that includes the feature-length pilot “The Killing Field” and six episodes of the follow-up series, “Winter.” After years of solving serious crimes, Detective Sergeant Eve Winter (Rebecca Gibney) has grown weary of the brutality and resigned herself to a quieter life. But when the search for a missing girl in a small Australian town uncovers five dead bodies in a field, Eve is convinced by her old partner and ex-flame, Lachlan McKenzie (Peter O’Brien) to join the case. In the subsequent series, now drawn back into detective work, Winter next leads a task force to investigate the murder of a 23-year-old mother. The case grows more complex when a federal agent shows up with information linking the crime to the attempted murder of another young woman. A fascinating, well acted series. From Acorn Media.