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


A legendary pilot with a passion for daredevil fighting sacrifices himself to save his best friend and then help his lover move on with her life. Cast: Holly Hunter, Richard Dreyfuss, John Goodman, Brad Johnson, Audrey Hepburn. (1989) Rated PG


The U.S. government calls upon an oil-well driller and his colorful crew to save the world by flying to an asteroid that’s on a collision course for earth and setting off a nuclear bomb to divert it. Cast: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler, Ben Affleck, Will Patton, Peter Stormare, Keith David, Owen Wilson, William Fichtner, Steve Buscemi. (1998) PG-13

Boston Legal: Season Five

In its fifth and final season, Boston Legal tackles some of today’s most inflammatory an sometimes irreverent social and moral issues.  Cast: James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen, and John Larroquette.  Not Rated

Brothers And Sisters: The Complete First Season

Though they live very different and conflicting lives, the Walkers find unity under the family roof. Relationships bend but never break as they strive to find their own identities and embrace each other’s differences. Cast: Calista Flockhart, Sally Field, Rachel Griffiths, Ron Rifkin, Balthazar Getty, Patricia Wettig. (2006-2007) TV-14

Brothers And Sisters: The Complete Second Season

Sarah and Saul try to save the family company, while Tommy goes into business with Holly. Sarah and Joe divorce, Kitty and Robert get married. Cast: Calista Flockhart, Sally Field, Rachel Griffiths, Rob Lowe, Balthazar Getty, Patricia Wettig. (2007-2008)  TV-PG

Burn Notice: Season One

Covert intelligence operative Michael Westen has been punched, kicked, choked and shot. Now he’s being burned, and someone’s going to pay. When Michael receives a “burn notice,” blacklisting him from the intelligence community and compromising his very identity, he must track down a faceless nemesis without getting himself killed in the process. Meanwhile, Michael is forced to double as a private investigator on the dangerous streets of Miami in order to survive. Cast: Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Sharon Gless. Originally broadcast by USA in 2007. Not rated

Captains and the Kings

Joseph Armagh is a poor Irish immigrant who is determined to create a better life for his family. He arrives in America in the mid-19th century. Through personal struggle, heartache and perseverance, he becomes one the the wealthest and most powerful men in the country. Cast: Richard Jordan, Perry King, Patty Duke Astin, Ray Bolger, Blair Brown, Charles Durning, Henry Fonda, Beverly D’Angelo, Jane Seymour. Based on the novel by Taylor Caldwell. (1976) Not Rated

Citizen Kane

The story of the rise and fall of a great man as the result of his accumulation of wealth and subsequent isolation from the world. Loosely based on the life of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst. Cast: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick, Ray Collins, Erskine Sanford, Everett Sloane, William Alland, Paul Stewart, George Coulouris; Host, David McCullough. (1941) Not Rated.

Coming Home

England between the wars is the starting place for this epic tale of love, friendship and the discovery of womanhood. Judith Dunbar is left behind at boarding school by her parents and sister, who are posted overseas in the days leading up to World War II. She comes of age in a time of turbulence and danger, but finds comfort in the wealthy Carey-Lewis family, whose estate on the Cornish coast, Nancherrow, becomes her surrogate home. Cast: Peter O’Toole, Joanna Lumley, Emily Mortimer, Penelope Keith, David McCallum, Susan Hampshire, Katie Ryder Richardson, George Asprey, Paul Bettany.  Based on the novel by Rosamunde Pilcher. (1998) Not Rated

East of Eden

The 1981 adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel about two American brothers who battle like Cain and Abel over the same woman. Cast: Jane Seymour, Warren Oates, Timothy Bottoms, Bruce Boxleitner, Hart Bochner, Sam Bottoms, Lloyd Bridges, Howard Duff, Anne Baxter, Karen Allen.  Not Rated

e2 Design: Season Three

Brad Pitt narrates this PBS series highlighting new and environmentally friendly urban planning and design. Features include: Cairo’s Al-Azhar Park–a 500-year-old dump-turned “urban lung”–now provides vital green space and a source of civic pride. Melbourne’s cityscape was transformed, first in the pursuit of livability, then sustainability. World-class architect Renzo Piano draws on nature to create a structure that redefines a natural history museum for the 21st century. After Hurricane Katrina, the residents of New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward banded together to rebuild their devastated community from the ground up. The partners of 2012 Architecture in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, are making surplus superfluous, reusing everything from I-beams and wood floors to car tires.

e2 Transport

Global in scope and comprised of six 30-minute chapters filmed in HD, this PBS series examines sustainable transportation alternatives with potentially far-reaching effects. This ongoing series explores real solutions to pressing environmental and social challenges, presented with a combination of compelling storytelling, proactive cinematography and emotive original music.

Forever Young

Mel Gibson is a test pilot in 1939 who puts off proposing to his sweetheart until it’s too late volunteers for a cryogenics experiment, reawakening in 1992. Cast: Elijah Wood, Isabel Glasser, George Wendt, Joe Morton, Jamie Lee Curtis. (1992) Rated PG

Inspector Alleyn Mysteries: Set 2

Inspector Roderick Alleyn is a Scotland Yard detective whose aristocratic breeding gives him access to the elite and their crimes.  Cast: Patrick Malahide, William Simons, Belinda Lang. Based on the books by Ngaio Marsh. (1992-1993) Not Rated


The story of a killer shark that has taken over the waters near a seaside community, and the three men who set out to kill it. Cast: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton.  Based on the novel by Peter Benchley. (1975) Rated PG

The Last Templar

An archaeologist discovers that a missing ancient decoder is linked to the Knights Templar, and together with the help of a FBI agent, tries to find the stolen artifact before it falls into the wrong hands. Cast: Mira Sorvino, Victor Garber, Anthony Lemke, Danny Blanco Hall, Kenneth Welsh, Omar Sharif, Scott Foley. Based on the book by Raymond Khoury. Made for TV in 2009. Not rated.

Love Takes Wing

The next chapter in the Love Series continues, as Dr. Belinda Davis leaves small-town life for the big city. Based on the book by Janette Oke. Cast: Sarah Jones, Haylie Duff, Jordan Bridges, Patrick Duffy, Cloris Leachman. Originally broadcast by The Hallmark Channel Apr. 4, 2009.  Not Rated

Lovejoy: The Complete Season Four

Ian McShane is back as Lovejoy, a loveable rogue and an antiques dealer with an amazing talent for spotting hidden treasures. When not looking for the odd collectible, Lovejoy spends most of his time using his con-artist skills to help out the less fortunate. His partners in crime are wealthy Lady Jane, his dim assistant Eric, and the genially intoxicated Tinker. (1995) Not Rated

Lovejoy: The Complete Season Five

A stolen Bacchus, china geese, dodgy Gillray prints, and very good fake porcelain – all very nice hauls for Lovejoy in spite of murder threats, kidnappings, and burglaries. But nothing compares to a night with beautiful auctioneer Charlotte! Cast: Ian McShane, Phyllis Logan, Dudley Sutton, Chris Jury. Originally released on BBC in 1996. Not Rated


Comedy about a handsome gambler, a charming lady scam artist and a lawman, all headed for a poker tournament held on a river boat with a $500,000 pot for the winner. Cast: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner, Graham Greene, James Coburn, Alfred Molina. (1994) Rated PG.

Memphis Belle

Tells the tale of the Memphis Belle, an American B-17 during World War II. Cast: Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz, Tate Donovan, D.B. Sweeney, Billy Zane, Sean Astin, Harry Connick, Jr., Reed Edward Diamond, Courtney Gains, Neil Giuntoli, John Lithgow. (1990) Rated PG-13

Midsomer Murders: Set Twelve

The cozy villages of Midsomer County reveal their most sinister secrets in these contemporary British television mysteries. Inspired by the novels of Caroline Graham, modern master of the English village mystery, the series stars John Nettles  as the unflappable Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby with Jason Hughes  as his earnest, efficient protégé, Detective Constable Ben Jones. Guest stars include Richard McCabe, Clare Holman, Peter Capaldi, Saskia Wickham, Dominic Jephcott, Siobhan Redmond, Juliet Aubrey, John Shrapnel, and Guy Henry. Not Rated

Murder Most English

Clad in tweed and puffing on a pipe, Detective Inspector Purbright pursues the evildoers of Flaxborough with a doggedness that belies his polite conversation and mild manner. Assisted by the ever cheerful Detective Sergeant Love and the sometimes helpful Chief Constable Chubb, Purbright serenely polices the clean but mean streets of Flaxborough.  Cast: Anton Rodgers, Christopher Timothy, Moray Watson.  Based on the series of detective novels by Colin Watson. (1977) Not Rated

The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All

Lucy Marsden, a simple Southern girl, is thrown into adulthood when she marries a Civil War veteran haunted by nightmares of the war. Years later she looks back on the events of a life filled with drama, pain, joy, hardship and triumph. Cast: Diane Lane, Donald Sutherland, Cicely Tyson, Anne Bancroft, Blythe Danner, E.G. Marshall, Gwen Verdon. Based on the novel by Allan Gurganus. (1994) Not Rated

Once Around

The oldest daughter of a close-knit Italian-American family falls in love with an abrasive, obnoxious but forcefully charming businessman. He almost demolishes her family while winning her heart, but they all learn how to balance her happiness with the family’s survival. Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, Danny Aiello, Laura San Giacomo, Gena Rowlands. (1991) Rated R

Only You

A young woman flies to Italy with her best friend in search of the man she believes she’s destined to marry. Cast: Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey, Jr., Bonnie Hunt, Joaquim De Almeida, Fisher Stevens. (1994) Rated PG

Project Runway: Season 4

Supermodel and host Heidi Klum and fashion’s favorite mentor Tim Gunn are back with season 4 of Project runway. This season, Project runway catwalks its way deeper into pop culture popularity with its most glamorous panel of celebrity judges including Victoria Beckham and Sarah Jessica Parker and the most quotable contestant to date, Christian Siriano. (2007) Audience Rating: TV-14

The Ruth Rendell Mysteries: Set 3

Best-selling crime writer Ruth Rendell (Baroness Rendell of Babergh) explores the motives for murder across England’s many landscapes, from rock-strewn moors to suburban estates. Set 3 includes five complex psychological crime dramas based on her novels and seen on public television. Includes Episodes: Includes: Going Wrong, Harm Done, The Fallen Curtain, The Lake of Darkness, and You Can’t Be Too Careful.  Not Rated

The Ruth Rendell Mysteries: Set 4

Inspector Wexford delves into two harrowing murder cases. Simisola: a haunting case of multiple murder and racism. Road Rage: a deadly tale of eco-terrorism, out-of-control anger, and kidnapping. Cast: George Baker, Christopher Ravenscroft, Louie Ramsay. Based on the novels by Ruth Rendell. (1995-1998) Not Rated

She Stoops to Conquer

Kate is a well-bred lass who passes herself off as a barmaid in order to win the heart of her stuffy suitor. Full of mistaken identities and multiple deceptions, the play pokes fun at the various masks we all wear in different social situations. Along the way, each person learns much about the nature of true love. Cast: Mark Dexter, Susannah Fielding, Polly Hemingway, Ian Redford, Miles Jupp, Roy Marsden.  Based on the play by Oliver Goldsmith. (2008 television mini-series) Not Rated

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking

When the murder of a penniless shopgirl is linked to the body of debutante Lady Alice Burnham, legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes immediately begins to piece together the clues. Cast:Rupert Everett, Ian Hart. (2004) Not rated

Taking Chance

Kevin Bacon is featured in this HBO film about the remarkable true story of one soldier’s death in battle, another soldier’s journey of discovery and a nation’s reverence and gratitude toward its war dead. After hearing of the heroic death of a young Marine in Iraq, veteran officer Lt. Colonel Michael Strobl volunteers to escort the remains of Lance Corporal Chance Phelps back to his hometown in Wyoming. As Strobl crosses America’s heartland, he will find himself on an unexpectedly emotional journey into the soul of a country mourning not only Chance, but all of our country’s fallen heroes. Rated TV-PG.

The Three Musketeers

Three loyal swordsmen and an eager recruit battle enormous odds in their attempt to defeat an evil royal advisor and a seductive envoy plotting to overthrow the King of France. Cast: Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Chris O’Donnell, Oliver Platt, Tim Curry, Rebecca De Mornay.  Based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas. (1993) Rated PG

True Blood: Season One

This quirky HBO TV series based on the novels by Charlaine Harris stars Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress who lives in a small, Louisiana town that just happens to be cohabitated by both humans and vampires. Cast: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Chris Bauer, Nelsan Ellis, Jim Parrack, Carrie Preston. (2008) Rated TV-MA.

24 Season 7

Set in Washington, D.C. for the first time, the season opens four years after Season Six with CTU dismantled and Jack on trial for all his ‘misconduct’ at CTU. Jack’s day takes an unexpected turn when someone threatens the government and his expertise is needed again. Cast: Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub.  Not Rated

Walker Texas Ranger: The First Season

The complete first season of the television series about Texas Ranger Cordell Walker, bringing justice to the bad guys with his partner James Trivette, friend and ex-Ranger C. D. Parker, and County Assistant District Attorney Alex Cahill. Cast: Chuck Norris, Clarence Gilyard, Jr., Noble Willingham, Sheree J. Wilson. (1993-1994) Not rated.

Walker Texas Ranger: The Second Season

A veteran lawman with a two-fisted sense of justice tackles the most hardened criminals. Cast: Chuck Norris, Clarence Gilyard, Jr., Noble Willingham, Sherre J. Wilson. (1994-1995) Not Rated

Walker Texas Ranger: The Third Season

Martial artist and Texas Ranger Cordell Walker, one of the last old-fashioned heroes of the West, is a protective friend but a relentless foe who will stop at nothing to bring a criminal to justice. Walker works on instinct, often drawing on the traditions of his Native American ancestors. His partner, James Trivette, has a more modern approach to crime-solving. C.D. Parker, a retired Ranger, and Alex Cahill, the county assistant district attorney who shares a mutual attraction with Walker, support the Rangers in their battle to serve justice. Cast: Chuck Norris, Clarence Gilyard, Jr., Sheree J. Wilson, Noble Willingham. (1995-1996) Not Rated

Walker Texas Ranger: The Fourth Season

Cordell Walker is a Texas Ranger who commands with his kick instead of a gun. Joining Walker on his high-octane adventures are his partner, Ranger James Trivette, Assistant District Attorney Alex Cahill, and his best friend, retired Ranger C.D. Parker. This season, they throw down with a cop killer, track a cannibalistic thief through the wilderness, and face off with old adversaries. Cast: Chuck Norris, Clarence Gilyard, Jr., Sheree J. Wilson, Noble Willingham. (1996-1997) Not Rated

Zorba the Greek

When he hires an eccentric stranger named Zorba to work in a mine he has inherited on Crete, Basil, a timid English writer, finds himself drawn into a world far more exciting and dangerous than any he has known. Cast: Anthony Quinn, Alan Bates, Irene Papas. Based on the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis. (1964) Not Rated