Press Releases — BBC Home Entertainment

March 19, 2015

BBC Home Entertainment Spring Highights

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RUBY’S QUEST

Street Date: April 7, 2015

Suggested Retail Price: DVD $19.98 ($24.98 in Canada)

Length: Approx. 80 mins / single disc

The forests of Central and South America can be downright noisy places, but amid the whistles, howls, and chirps no animal can hold a candle to the gregarious howler monkey. With a call that can travel up to three miles, these primates are not shy about making themselves known. However, with their habitat shrinking, they are running out of space…and running into humans. Ruby’s Quest follows the story of a young howler named Ruby who finds herself injured and lost, far away from her family. But with the help of a few human and animal friends, she begins her journey home.

 

MONKEY WARRIORS

Street Date: April 7, 2015

Suggested Retail Price: DVD $19.98 ($24.98 in Canada)

Length: Approx. 100 mins / single disc

Rival gangs, warlords, and “Lost Boys”: experience the gritty world of India’s white warrior monkey, the langur, in Monkey Warriors. Hindu legend tells of white warrior monkeys fighting to rescue the god Hanuman from evil demons. Centuries later in Jodhpur, India, the Hanuman langurs are fighting still. Comprised of 20 or more females and their young, and governed by a ‘Warlord, ‘ 29 langur ‘gangs’ have carved up the city between them. Warlords reign for three or four years before they’re overthrown. When a new Warlord comes to power he will purge the gang of young males, creating a society of ‘Lost Boys’ whose only chance is to violently displace another Warlord. Natural selection is harsh indeed, but what better way to build a culture of warriors? The DVD also includes Cheeky Monkey, a 50-minute special about the vervet – the most adaptable, inventive, and cheeky monkeys in Africa

 

TINY GIANTS 3D

Street Date: April 7, 2015

Suggested Retail Price: Blu-ray $28.98 ($37.48 in Canada)

Length: Approx. 41 mins + bonus features / single disc

Experience the epic adventures of the world’s smallest heroes in Tiny Giants 3D. The incredibly immersive power of specialist 3D cameras transports viewers in a very intimate way into another world to experience the titanic battles these creatures face to survive. Narrated by Stephen Fry (The Hobbit films, 24: Live Another Day), Tiny Giants 3D reveals the astonishing lives of tiny animals in an adventure of giant proportions.

 

PLANET DINOSAUR 3D

Street Date: April 7, 2015

Suggested Retail Price: Blu-ray $29.98 ($37.48 in Canada)

Length: Approx. 53 mins / single disc

Experience the breathtaking prehistoric world of history’s most terrifying reptiles in stunning 3D when BBC Home Entertainment brings Planet Dinosaur 3D to Blu-ray on April 7, 2015. Transporting viewers to locations across the planet and back through hundreds of millions of years, Planet Dinosaur brings to life the most amazing, surprising and strange prehistoric creatures that ever lived. Narrated by John Hurt (Doctor Who, the Harry Potter films), this groundbreaking series uses the latest CGI and cutting-edge research to reveal the secrets of these newly discovered giants, weaving a dramatic story of survival laced with scientific developments. This is unlike any dinosaur show you’ve ever seen – a completely immersive 3D experience studded with curious facts, jaw-dropping action and charismatic monsters whose discovery entailed a re-write of the prehistory books.

 

WINGS 3D

Street Date: April 7, 2015

Suggested Retail Price: Blu-ray $29.98 ($37.48 in Canada)

Length: Approx. 90 mins / single disc

Emmy® Award-nominated director John Downer takes a groundbreaking journey into the world of some of the Earth’s most majestic creatures with Wings 3D, landing on Blu-ray on April 7, 2015. Narrated by David Tennant (Doctor Who, Broadchurch), this feature-length 3D experience takes viewers across the world’s most iconic landscapes to the heart of the greatest animal spectacles on Earth: snow geese dash through Monument Valley and New York City, vultures ascend miles above the earth then dive down to huge wildebeest herds below, scarlet macaws race at breakneck speed through the rainforest.  Bringing unique, state-of-the-art 3D cameras to barely accessible and highly dangerous places, the filmmakers used revolutionary aerial devices and techniques to fly right alongside birds, creating a new perspective on the beauty and drama of nature.

 

NAZI HUNTERS: HEREOS DEFEATED HITLER

Street Date: April 14, 2015

Suggested Retail Price: DVD $20.98 ($24.98 in Canada)

Length: Approx. 100 mins / single disc

2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the Allied victory in World War II. Remember the ordinary men faced with the extraordinary task of defeating the Nazis and ending the war with Nazi Hunters: Heroes Defeated Hitler, available on DVD on April 14, 2015. The veterans who fought in the 5th Royal Tank Regiment faced the frontline in both Europe and beyond. Based on the unpublished diaries and memoirs of the men who were thrust together in extraordinary circumstances to fight Hitler and his forces, Nazi Killers shows the atrocities of war through first-hand accounts.

 

GHOST STORY: THE TURN OF THE SCREW

Street Date: April 28, 2015

Suggested Retail Price: DVD $24.98 ($30.98 in Canada)

Length: Approx. 90 mins / single disc

Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery breathes new life into a classic horror tale in Ghost Story: The Turn of the Screw. In this haunting adaptation of the Henry James thriller, young governess Ann (Dockery) takes a job on a grand country estate. Though charmed by the two children she cares for, Ann quickly realizes something is amiss when she begins to catch glimpses of ghostly figures that only she can see. Could the ghosts of Ann’s predecessor and her sinister lover be stalking the children? Or does Ann possess an overactive imagination that could ultimately harm the little ones she wants to protect?

 

MAY

DALZIEL & PASCOE: SEASON 11

Street Date: May 5, 2015

Suggested Retail Price: DVD $49.98 ($62.48 in Canada)

Length: Approx. 500 mins / 3-disc set

The mismatched crime solving duo is back to solve another round of electrifying cases in Dalziel & Pascoe: Season 11.

Blunt, old-  school Andy Dalziel (Warren Clarke, Call the Midwife, Bleak House) and his younger, by-the-book partner, Peter Pascoe, (Colin Buchanan, Casualty, A Touch of Frost) face a series of difficult investigations including the 20-year-old murder of a woman whose mummified remains emerge from the water during a cave rescue operation; an inquiry which rocks their world to its core; and the death of an up and coming jockey at the race-track, which forces them to examine the dark underbelly of horse-racing in a rural setting that is anything but idyllic.

 

FATHER BROWN: SEASON TWO

Street Date: May 5, 2015

Suggested Retail Price: DVD $39.98 ($49.98 in Canada)

Length: Approx. 442 mins / 3-disc set

Mark Williams (the Harry Potter films) returns as the priest with an affinity for solving crimes in Father Brown: Season Two. The stakes are higher for Father Brown, who’s joined once again by his secretary Mrs. McCarthy (Sorcha Cusack, Snatch, Casualty), socialite Lady Felicia Montague (Nancy Carroll, Iris) and her chauffeur Sid Carter (Alex Price, Penny Dreadful) who together must embark on another series of adventures to save the souls of the sleepy village of Kembleford. Inspired by the short stories of G. K. Chesterton, this season sees Father Brown face more sinister cases than ever before which will include exorcism, abduction, poison, and murder – all the while clashing with a new head inspector.

 

DCI BANKS: SEASON THREE

Street Date: May 5, 2015

Suggested Retail Price: DVD $34.98 ($43.98 in Canada)

Length: Approx. 267 mins / 2-disc set

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks Stephen Tompkinson (Ballykissangel) returns for three more gripping crime stories based on Peter Robinson’s award-winning series of novels in DCI Banks: Season Three. When the mother of an 11-year-old boy reports him abducted by a man and a woman masquerading as social workers, Banks is drawn into a strange and unsettling search for the missing child; when a journalist is found dead at a holiday home in a remote village, Banks and the team find a connection to a death in the 1980s involving the surviving members of a pop band; and a terrible chain of events is set in motion by the discovery of a loaded gun in a young girl’s bedroom, ultimately putting Banks’ own daughter in mortal danger. Joining Banks are Detectives Helen Morton (Caroline Catz, Doc Martin), whose relationship with her son is becoming increasingly strained, and Annie Cabbot (Andrea Lowe, The Tudors), who returns from a year’s maternity leave to face a difficult case that will force her to reveal the identity of her child’s father.

 

DEATH IN PARADISE: SEASON THREE

Street Date: May 5, 2015

Suggested Retail Price: DVD $34.98 ($43.98 in Canada)

Length: Approx. 466 mins + bonus features / 2-disc set

Death in Paradise: Season Three brings a dose of sunshine back to the small screen as a series of impossible murders strike the beautiful Caribbean island of Saint Marie. The shocking murder of DI Richard Poole (Ben Miller, Johnny English, Primeval) brings a new detective to the island who is quite unlike his predecessor. Disorganized and gawky, DI Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall, Love Actually) doesn’t make the greatest first impression on Camille (Sara Martins, Paris, je t’aime), Fidel (Gary Carr, Downton Abbey), and Dwayne (Danny John-Jules, Red Dwarf), who are battling their grief for their friend as well trying to catch his killer. Can Humphrey’s disheveled British charm and razor-sharp insight into crime solving help win over the team and prove that he’s the right man for the job? Bonus materials include meeting the cast and crew and behind the scenes featurettes.

 

SCOTT & BAILEY: SEASON THREE

Street Date: May 5, 2015

Suggested Retail Price: DVD $34.98 ($43.98 in Canada)

Length: Approx. 365 mins + bonus features / 2-disc set

Janet Scott (Lesley Sharp, Afterlife, The Full Monty) and Rachel Bailey (Suranne Jones, The Secret of Crickley Hall, Doctor Who) return for an electrifying third season of award-winning writer Sally Wainwright‘s drama exploring the personal and professional lives of two female detectives. After the murder of Rachel’s ex-boyfriend in season two, season three reveals how the detective finally managed to prove she was innocent and keep her job. Janet fails to patch things up with husband Adrian and they decide to divorce, while Rachel has married new boyfriend Sean – but did she go through with the wedding for the right reasons? For the first time, the season follows one crime story across all eight episodes, as Nicola Walker (Last Tango in Halifax) guest stars in a tale of murder and deception that pushes Scott and Bailey to their limits. Bonus materials include a making-of featurette.

 

SAN ANDREAS – THE NEXT MEGAQUAKE

Street Date: May 12, 2015

Suggested Retail Price: DVD $19.98 ($24.98 in Canada)

Length: Approx. 50 mins + bonus features / single disc

Revel in the strength of Mother Nature with an astonishing program that reveals the ferocious power hidden within our planet. Investigate the looming possibility that there is a more serious threat to the West Coast than the San Andreas Fault as San Andreas: The Next Megaquake introduces us to a “megathrust” quake that has the potential to be ten times bigger than anyone has dared to imagine. Most earthquakes last for a minute, but a “megathrust” earthquake can last for five—powerful enough to trigger a cascade of smaller earthquakes and even reignite extinct volcanoes. Join leading geologists and discover why America’s northwest may be in imminent danger. Bonus materials include a 30-minute program, Fierce Earth: Earthquakes, which breaks down the ferocious anatomy of an earthquake with jaw dropping footage. 

 

CALL THE MIDWIFE: SEASON FOUR

Street Date: May 19, 2015

Suggested Retail Price: DVD $39.98 ($49.98 in Canada)

Blu-ray $44.98 ($55.98 in Canada)

Length: Approx. 475 mins / 3-disc set (DVD), 2-disc set (BD)

The midwives are back and ready to ring in the new decade with more drama than ever before. As the community prepares to enter the 1960s, Nurse Trixie (Helen George, The Three Musketeers) receives a proposal from handsome young curate, Nurse Cynthia (Bryony Hannah, Cemetery Junction) starts to think seriously about joining the order as a nun, an unexpected set of events sees Chummy (Miranda Hart, Miranda) take on the challenge of running a mother and baby home for unmarried girls, and two new nurses shake things up with a lot of new ideas – not all of which meet the approval of Sister Evangelina (Pam Ferris, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban). Also starring Jenny Agutter (The Avengers) and featuring the voice of Oscar® winner Vanessa Redgrave (Atonement, Girl, Interrupted), Call the Midwife is inspired by the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, and follows the nurses, midwives and nuns from Nonnatus House convent, who visit the expectant mothers of Poplar, providing the poorest women with the best possible care.

 

DOCTOR WHO: THE CYBERMEN

Street Date: May 19, 2015

Suggested Retail Price: DVD $24.98 ($30.98 in Canada)

Length: Approx. 415 mins + bonus features / 2-disc set

See the beginnings of the terrifying Cybermen in this thrilling Doctor Who compilation. Few villains in the fantastical world of Doctor Who spark such terror as the dreaded Cybermen – the murderous cyborgs with a bone chilling lack of emotion. This special release features iconic episodes of both the new and classic series showcasing the genesis and increasingly frightful transformations of these creatures, plus all new bonus content tying together the history of these fan favorite monsters.

 

JURASSIC: MONSTERS OF THE DEEP

Street Date: May 26, 2015

Suggested Retail Price: DVD $19.98 ($24.98 in Canada)

Length: Approx. 90 mins / single disc

Dive into the most dangerous seas of all time and meet the monstrous creatures that used to dominate the depths. Accompany zoologist Nigel Marven as he visits seven different seas, exploring the underwater life from seven different time periods up to the late Cretaceous period. Among the formidable creatures our intrepid explorer meets are giant sea scorpions, Megalodon – the meanest shark of all time, massive armoured fish and, most terrifying of all, the vicious 60-foot Mosasaur with a jaw so huge it could bite a tree in half.