More New DVDs: TV Series and Feature Length Films – June 2009


Charming 17-year-old, Evie rebelliously sabotages her interviews at prestigious colleges. To hide her deception, Evie lies about her savant sister’s poetry writing, setting off a chain of events which include the revelation of a long buried secret. Cast: Lauren Ambrose, Amy Madigan, Christopher Lloyd, Fran Kranz, Taylor Roberts, John Savage. (2004) Rated PG

The Affair of the Necklace

In pre-Revolutionary France, a young aristocratic woman left penniless by the political unrest in the country, must avenge her family’s fall from grace by scheming to steal a priceless necklace. Cast: Hilary Swank, Jonathan Pryce, Simon Baker, Adrien Brody, Brian Cox, Joely Richardson, Christopher Walken. (2001) Rated R

The Age of Innocence

Society scion Newland Archer is engaged to May Welland, but his well-ordered life is upset when he meets May’s unconventional cousin. Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder. Based on the novel by Edith Wharton. (1993) Rated PG

Around the World in 80 Treasures

Architectural historian Dan Cruickshank embarks on a five-month, 34-country world tour visiting his selection of the 80 greatest buildings, artworks, and other man-made treasures that define human civilization. Originally broadcast on BBC in 2005. Not Rated

Barefoot in the Park

A young, newly wed couple set up housekeeping in an attic apartment near Central Park in New York City. Cast: Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Charles Boyer, Mildred Natwick. Based on the play by Neil Simon. (1967) Not Rated

Bones: Season Three

A brilliant but cynical forensic anthropologist and an ambitious FBI agent partner up to solve some of the most baffling and bizarre crimes ever. Cast: Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin, T.J. Thyne, Eric Millegan, Tamara Taylor. Originally broadcast on television during the 2007-2008 season. Not rated.

Burn Notice: Season Two

A former spy uses his special ops training to help others in trouble. Cast: Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar.  Not Rated

Criminal Minds: SeasonThree

Agent David Rossi, the Behavioral Analysis Unit’s most prominent agent and founding member, returns to help the team solve cases while taking care of some unfinished business. Cast: Joe Mantegna, Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Lola Glaudini, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Paget Brewster.  Originally broadcast on CBS during the 2007-2008 season. Not Rated

Da Vinci’s Inquest: Season One

Working with police and pathologists while fighting bureaucratic resistance, Vancouver city coroner Dominic Da Vinci relies on high-tech forensic science and old-fashioned shoe leather to illuminate the murky world in which men and women commit murder. Cast: Nicholas Campbell. Originally broadcast on television during the 1998-1999 season. Not Rated

Da Vinci’s Inquest: Season Two

This crime drama series follows the adventures of Dominic Da Vinci, coroner of Vancouver, British Columbia, as he investigates suspicious deaths along side the police. Cast: Nicholas Campbell, Ian Tracey, Donnelly Rhodes, Venus Terzo, Sarah Strange. (1998-1990) Not Rated

Da Vinci’s Inquest: Season Three

Follows the adventures of Dominic Da Vinci, coroner of Vancouver, British Columbia, as he investigates suspicious deaths along side the police. Cast: Nicholas Campbell, Suleka Mathew, Sara-Jane Redmond, Donnelly Rhodes, Venus Terzo, Ian Tracey, Gwynyth Walsh, Robert Wisden. Originally broadcast on television 1999-2000. Not Rated

Daniel’s Daughter

A successful New York magazine editor begins to question the life she thought she wanted when she goes back to her hometown to spread her estranged father’s ashes. Cast: Laura Leighton, Sebastian Spence.  (2008)  Not Rated

Dead Like Me: Life After Death

Set two years after the critically acclaimed Showtime series ended, the undead reapers are introduced to their new boss, Cameron Kane, whose new agenda creates disorder within the reaper clan. Cast: Ellen Muth, Callum Blue, Sarah Wynter, Jasmine Guy, Britt McKillip, Christine Willes, Cynthia Stevenson, Henry Ian Cusick. Based on the characters created by Bryan Fuller. 2007. Rated R

Enchanted April

Two upstanding married Englishwomen rent an Italian villa to get away from it all. At the same time, they’re joined by a less-restrained, younger woman who quickly has them re-thinking their lives. Cast: Miranda Richardson, Josie Lawrence, Polly Walker, Joan Plowright, Alfred Molina, Michael Kitchen, Jim Broadbent. Based on the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim. (1992) Rated PG

Ethan Frome

The story of a man torn between his joyless marriage to one woman and his lustful desire for another. Cast: Liam Neeson, Patricia Arquette, Joan Allen, Tate Donovan, Katharine Houghton. Based on the novel by Edith Wharton. (1993) Rated PG.

Every Picture Tells a Story

U.K. art critic Waldemar Januszczak hosts a fascinating series that answers some of the most enduring questions in art history. Includes eight great paintings, such as Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus, Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, and Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson. Originally broadcasted on television in 2003.  Not Rated

The Grapes of Wrath

The story of the Joad family and their migration to California from their dust-bowl farm in Oklahoma during the Depression. Based on the novel by John Steinbeck. Cast: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, Charley Grapewin, Dorris Bowdon, John Carradine. (1940) Not Rated

The Great Gatsby

In 1920s Long Island, a mysterious American millionaire’s efforts to recapture the sweetheart of his youth result in tragedy. Cast: Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern, Karen Black, Scott Wilson, Sam Waterston, Lois Chiles, Howard Da Silva, Roberts Blossom. Based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. (1974) Rated PG

Grey’s Anatomy: Season Four

Centered on the personal and professional lives of five surgical interns and their supervisors. Love, lies, and family ties are revealed as the surgeons of Seattle Grace discover that their choices have major unintended consequences. Cast: Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, Katherine Heigl, Justin Chambers, T.R. Knight, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens, Jr., Patrick Dempsey, Kate Walsh, Sara Ramirez, Eric Dane. Originally broadcast on television during the 2007-2008 season. Rated TV-14

The House of Mirth

The glittering yet treacherous world of New York high society comes to life in the heartbreaking story of Lily Bart, a renowned beauty of exquisite charm who seeks a wealthy husband but winds up disgraced and discarded. Cast: Gillian Anderson, Dan Aykroyd, Eric Stoltz, Anthony LaPaglia.  Based on the novel by Edith Wharton. (2000) Rated PG

Jam: The Seven Year Saga of the American Roller Derby League

Diagnosed HIV positive in 1983, Tim Patten believes his passion for Roller Derby is now the thing that keeps him alive. He invests his life savings into creating the American Roller Derby League as an attempt to make the sport a national sensation again. (2006) Not Rated

Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring

Based on the books by Marcel Pagnol. Side A. Jean de Florette: A man inherits a farm from his mother, but his powerful neighbor plots to steal it from him. Side B. Manon of the Spring: 10 years after his death, Jean’s daughter finds out about their neighbor’s treachery, and determines to take revenge. In French, English subtitles. Cast: Jean de Florette: Yves Montand, Gerard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil. Manon of the spring: Yves Montand, Emmanuelle Beart, and Daniel Auteuill. (1987) Rated PG

Kiss Me Goodbye

The spooky fun begins when Kay Villano is one week away from marrying the serious Dr. Rupert Baines and an uninvited guest appears on the scene; the ghost of Kay’s dead, but oh so debonair, husband Jolly. Cast: Sally Field, James Caan, Jeff Bridges, Paul Dooley, Claire Trevor. (1982) Rated PG

The Note

Following a tragic plane crash, newspaper columnist Peyton MacGruder discovers a note that was from one of the passengers onboard. She sets on a quest to find the person for whom it was intended, and discovers the life it will change is her own. Cast: Genie Francis, Ted McGinley. Based on the novel by Angela Hunt. (2007) Not Rated

The Note II

Haunted by past mistakes, Peyton hesitates to take the next step with the man she loves. But a note from a reader warns about the regret caused by passion denied.  Cast: Genie Francis, Ted McGinley, Katie Boland, Kate Trotter, John Bourgeois, Genelle Williams, Maria Ricossa, John Bregar. Based upon the characters from the novel The Note by Angela Hunt. A Hallmark Channel original movie.  Not Rated

Of Mice and Men

In Depression-era California, two migrant workers dream of better days on a spread of their own until an act of unintentional violence leads to tragic consequences. Cast: John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Casey Siemaszko, Ray Walston, Sherilyn Fenn. Based on the novel by John Steinbeck. (1992) Rated PG-13

Rob Roy

The story of the heroic Scottish Highlander who fought for family and country against the evil machinations of the British aristocracy in the 1700s. Cast: Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, John Hurt, Tim Roth, Eric Stoltz, Brian Cox. (1995) Rated R

Sunday in the Park with George

A splendidly filmed performance of Sondheim’s musical about artist George Seurat. Features Sondheim’s usual compositional brilliance, offering discourse on live, love, and art. A must-see for musical theatre fans. Cast: Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patankin. (1986) Not Rated

Sunset Park

Teacher Phyllis Saroka takes the job as coach of the boys’ basketball team. Entirely unqualified, she’s only interested in an extra paycheck, until she starts to see the kids inside the players and decides to help them learn to win. Cast: Rhea Perlman, Fredro Starr, Carol Kane, Terrence DaShon Howard. (1996) Rated R

Trial and Retribution: Set 1

Follow the detailed investigations of two very different police officers thrown together by a series of gruesome crimes ranging from baffling murders to terrifying abductions. Cast: David Hayman, Kate Buffery.  Broadcast on British televivion 1997-2000. Not Rated

Ugly Betty: The Complete First Season

Betty isn’t like any of her coworkers at Mode, a high-fashion magazine. She’s smart, sweet, and hardworking, but she’s not thin and beautiful. As the publisher’s son’s secretary, she earns his respect as she guides him through the world of fashion. Cast: America Ferrera, Eric Mabius.  (2006) Rated TV-14

Ugly Betty: The Complete Second Season

Betty Suarez is smart, sweet and hard working. The only problem is that she’s not thin and beautiful like all her co-workers at Mode, the high-fashion magazine where she works. The only reason the publisher hired her to be his son’s secretary is that he thought Betty was someone who Daniel would never sleep with. Betty’s hard work and determination earns Daniel’s respect as she helps him find his way through the shark infested waters of the fashion industry. Cast: America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Vanessa L. Williams, Alan Dale, Rebecca Romijn, Judith Light, Becki Newton, Ana Ortiz, Michael Urie, Mark Indelicato, Freddy Rodriguez. Rated TV-14

We Shall Remain

This American Experience series was broadcast on PBS in 2009.  The five documentaries span three hundred years tell the story of pivotal moments in U.S. history from the Native American perspective, upending two-dimensional stereotypes of American Indians as simply ferocious warriors or peaceable lovers of the land.  Narrated by Benjamin Bratt.

Wildfire: Season Three

This ABC Family series centers on the world of horse racing and a young girl named Kris Furillo who, after serving time in a juvenile detention facility, works as a stablehand and later a jockey at Raintree Farm. While at Raintree, Kris finds romance and competition with Raintree’s rivals, the prestigious Davis Farm, all while rising to stardom in the racing world. Cast: Genevieve Cortese, Micah Alberti, Ryan Sypek, Nicole Tubiola, Greg Serano. Originally broadcast on television during the 2007-2008 season. Not Rated