From the Big Screen:
“Elysium,” “The Lone Ranger,” “Kick-Ass 2,” “Prisoners,” “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” “One Direction” and “The Family.” For more on this week’s releases, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.
“Omnibus: Gene Kelly — Dancing: A Man’s Game”: This episode of the Golden Age of Television’s “Omnibus” cultural series was written, directed, presented, and performed by Gene Kelly. The concept of the hour-long show was to demonstrate that the rhythms, movements and coordination that great athletes used in their sports could be directly correlated to movement in dance. Using the movements of such sports greats as quarterback Johnny Unitas, baseball’s Mickey mantle, boxing champ Sugar Ray Robinson, figure skater Richard Button, basketball star Bob Cousy and fencing’s Allan Kwartler, among others, Kelly shows the connections between sports and dance, even choreographing a dance routine based on the sports heroes’ movements. He also traces the history of modern American dance and sets out to prove that grace and beauty in dance is not just the property of women (remember, this was the 1950s) and that it also is “a man’s game.” Highlights include a stunning performance by famed dancer Edward Villella and a great tap-dance routine by Kelly and Robinson. This historic production aired just once on December 21, 1958, over the NBC Television Network. It remained publicly unavailable until now. “Omnibus” was a multiple Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series delivering sophistication, refinement, and sparkling intelligence to a national audience. Its eight groundbreaking seasons — broadcast live and nationwide from 1952 to 1961 over 164 episodes — of live, commercial-network broadcasts featured host Alastair Cooke and the most accomplished luminaries of the day. Extras include a stunning 24-page booklet. A must-have. $29.98 from Entertainment One.
Also due this week — on Blu-ray — are the first three films in the Indiana Jones saga (“Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”), available individually for the first time (they were part of the “Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures” Blu-ray set, which was released in September, 2012). $26.98 each from Paramount.
From TV to DVD:
“Burn Notice: Season Seven” (2013) is a four-disc set with all 13 episodes from the final season, $49.98 from Fox … “Burn Notice: The Complete Series” is a 29-disc set with all seven seasons, $149.98 from Fox … “Family Guy, Volume 12” (2013) is a three-disc set with 22 uncensored episodes, $39.98 from Fox … “Justified: The Complete Fourth Season” (2013) is a three-disc set with 13 episodes, on DVD and Blu-ray, from Sony … “Shameless: The Complete Third Season” (2013) contains all 12 episodes of the series that stars William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher, the outspoken, alcoholic, single father of six clever and resourceful kids who live together on Chicago’s South Side. On DVD and Blu-ray from Warner.