What better way to continue celebrating the New Year with nifty DVDs from BBC Home Entertainment?
In th hilarious second season of An Idiot Abroad 2: The Bucket List, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant help their friend and reluctant traveler Karl Pilkington complete tasks from his bucket list . . . except the experience is never as easy or as fun as it seems. Tasks as seemingly simple as swimming with dolphins, visiting Mount Fuji or driving Route 66 lead to encounters with a Prince Phillip-worshipping tribe, Sumo wrestling, and a Russian steam room rubdown- all courtesy of the meddling Gervais and Merchant. In the end, Pilkington ends up visiting more places and suffering more detours than he did in the first season, culminating in the one experience Karl has been fighting against the entire journey. Find out what happens when an idiot goes abroad. Again.
The acclaimed BBC America miniseries The Hour 2 has earned its second consecutive Golden Globe nomination for Best Miniseries or Motion Picture for Television. Written and created by Emmy-nominee Abi Morgan, The Hour 2 sees the return of the highly competitive, sharp-witted and passionate news trio of Bel (Romola Garai), Hector (Dominic West) and Freddie (Ben Whishaw). It’s been a year since The Hour was unceremoniously taken off air for the program’s controversial interview with Lord Elms, and much has changed. Freddie was fired and left to go travelling. Bel fought to stay and has tried to improve ratings, while keeping Hector in line as he’s fawned over and sucked deeper into the destructive world of celebrity. With Bel now reporting to the eccentric new Head of News, Randall Brown (Peter Capaldi) and Freddie newly returned from the United States to become co-anchor of The Hour to Hector’s dismay, it seems things may be getting back on track . . . until Hector becomes involved in a scandal that could destroy his marriage and his career. While helping Hector clear his name, Bel and Freddie uncover a growing vice racket in the heart of London, shrouded by backroom deals and military corruption. Welcome to the end of the '50s. Bonus feature include a Behind-the-Scenes featurette.
The most inept band of space travelers ever to roam the interstellar highway returns with an all-new season of misadventures. Red Dwarf X reunites the much loved original cast of Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules and Robert Llewellyn and promises to be a huge hit among the sci-fi sitcom’s cult following of devoted fans. The brand new series, written and directed by Doug Naylor, begins with the Dwarfers mining ship still creaking though the wastelands of unchartered deep space, but the posse soon stumbles upon the mysteriously abandoned SS Trojan. As they inspect the ship Rimmer receives an SOS distress call from an old foe and is suddenly faced with the dilemma of his life. Bonus features include audio commentary, all-new exclusive documentary, outtakes and deleted scenes.
The original BBC version of Being Human is back for an all-new season with new cast members, shocking plot-twists, guest appearances and an altogether new type of supernatural creature. In an old hotel in a sleepy seaside town, there lives a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost determined to live a quiet human life. Yet despite their efforts to be left in peace, there are vampires determined to rid the world of humanity and The Old Ones are on their way. Annie and her two new housemates–Tom and Hal–find themselves in the middle of the struggle. But on top of all that, there’s also a wicked ghost on the loose, someone’s trying to expose the existence of werewolves, and there are diapers that need changing as well. Being human has never been tougher. Bonus features include a behind-the-scenes featurette, interviews with the cast and crew and deleted scenes.
Have you ever considered what happens behind-the-scenes of the largest sporting event in the world? Twenty-Twelve: The Complete Series, starring Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Hynes and narrated by David Tennant, takes a satirical look at the bureaucratic team responsible for delivering the biggest show on earth: the 2012 London Games. Dealing with such hot topics as how to phase the traffic lights across London to get people from west to east, which celebrities should be approached to carry the Torch and what to do with the Taekwondo hall after the event, Ian Fletcher and his crack team of experts have £9 billion to spend and plenty of time before the deadline–what can possibly go wrong? From executive producer Jon Plowman and writer John Morton, the series brings actors and creators of some of Britain’s most iconic comedies together to discover the funny side of the London Games. Includes cast and crew interviews.
The thrilling, Emmy-winning original BBC adaptation of Michael Dobbs’ bestselling novels by acclaimed screenwriter Andrew Davies is fully remastered for its debut on Blu-ray and return to DVD. House of Cards: Trilogy is a delicious tale of greed, corruption and burning ambition. At its heart is Francis Urquhart (Ian Richardson), a black-hearted villain with a smiling face, who shares with the viewers his estranged humor and innermost thoughts to destroy each of his political rivals. One by one his opponents tumble, until at last there is just one wild card left in the pack. Considered the godfather of modern political thrillers, this is a true classic that must not be missed. Bonus features include audio commentary with Ian Richardson and Andrew Davies; an interview with Andrew Davis; and a tour of Parliament featurette.
In the history of cinema, no international secret agent has been more closely associated with cars than Bond, James Bond. Alongside the gadgets, the women and the evil masterminds, Bond's cars are one of the vital ingredients that have made his films a spectacular success. Top Gear: 50 Years of Bond Cars premiered in the US on BBC America and now speeds its way to DVD. Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond celebrates 50 years of Bond films in this special episode, revealing the engaging behind-the-scenes stories of Bond’s most iconic cars, including the Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5 and the Lotus Esprit submarine car. International icon Roger Moore takes us through the era of Bond's greatest car stunts, while Richard gets in on the action with "Bond Car On a Budget" by building his own invisible car and Lotus submarine–with frighteningly low resources.
The second season of the HISTORY channel’s adrenaline-fueled action entertainment show, Top Gear, comes to DVD with 16 supercharged new episodes. An offbeat celebration of automobiles, driving and eccentric adventure, this season of Top Gear finds hosts Adam Ferrara, Tanner Foust and Rutledge Wood pitting a Rally Fighter car against a Swamp Air Boat through the Louisiana bayou, racing the new 911 GTR2 at night through the streets of downtown Los Angeles, testing a Subaru STI against a dirt bike as the best way to escape a ghost town, and chauffeuring celebrities to the 2011 Emmy Awards in homemade stretch limousines welded out of bizarre vehicles. Adam and Rutledge find a novel, if not dangerous way to recharge electric vehicles while driving and Tanner becomes a test driver as he travels to England to find out just how fast the fastest boutique car on the market–the half-million dollar Noble M600–actually goes. Celebrity guests visiting the studio and track this season include Maroon 5 singer and Adam Levine, Rick and Chumlee, comedian Bill Engvall, Arlene Tur, Bridget Marquardt and Steve Schirripa. Bonus features include behind the scenes featurettes; extended scenes; and studio chats with the hosts.
Doctor Who: The Reign of terrors is a digitally re-mastered edition of the Doctor Who classic and includes the original episodes 1, 2, 3 and 6 plus brand new animated versions of episodes 4 and 5, currently missing from the BBC Archives. The TARDIS arrives near Paris during the French Revolution, a time of great upheaval, bloodshed and terror. Soon, with the Doctor trapped inside a burning farmhouse, Ian imprisoned and Susan and Barbara on their way to the guillotine, it’s clear this will be one of their most dangerous and exciting adventures yet Bonus features include audio commentary with actors Carole Ann Ford, Neville Smith, Jeffry Wickham, Caroline Hunt and Patrick Marley and production assistant Tim Combe, Ronald Pickup, Philip Morris and Paul Vanezis; and Don’t Lose Your Head featurette.
The award-winning and critically-acclaimed crime drama Waking the Dead: Season Seven, returns for another season of dark, gripping murder mystery investigations. In these six two-part stories, DSI Boyd (Trevor Eve) and his Cold Case Squad enter the visceral worlds of international terrorism, private military contractors, the penal system and sex offenders, Navajo rituals, people trafficking and neo Nazi politics to close more previously unsolved cases. Meanwhile Boyd's son, who has been missing for seven years, makes a surprise reappearance.
The gang is back. Kelly, Nathan, Curtis, Alisha, and Simon are five unruly teenagers stuck in community service, with nothing to show for it but orange jumpsuits and strange superpowers. In the second season of the award-winning, critically acclaimed series, the gang learns that they weren’t the only ones affected by the mysterious storm–they are in fact surrounded by super-charged townspeople who are weirder and wilder than they ever imagined. And if that isn’t enough, there is that masked, hooded figure watching them from afar, which seems to know everything about them. Is he a superhero? A villain? Is he protecting them? Or is he just another kid in a hoodie? Fuelled with its usual irreverent humor and an array of new characters crashing into the gang’s world, Misfits: Season Two is even bigger, bolder and brasher than the last. Bonus features include behind-the-scenes featurettes for each episode; Shooting Misfits featurettes; and bonus scenes.
In Doctor Who: Shada, the Doctor, Romana and K-9 receive a message from an old friend, a retired Time Lord living as a college professor in Cambridge. He’s misplaced an ancient Gallifreyan artifact that could unlock the dark secrets of Shada – lost prison planet of the Time Lords–and unless they find it before the crazed scientist Skagra, every sentient being in the universe is doomed. This digitally re-mastered edition of the legendary unfinished Doctor Who classic story by Douglas Adams includes: the 1993 anniversary special More Than 30 Years in the TARDIS”; the making-of featurette Taken Out of Time; and Remembering Nicholas Courtney.
Last of the Summer Wine Vintage 1967, the world’s longest running sitcom, is back for another season of hijinks and adventures. When a film company comes to town to shoot a horror film they find a certain trio of willing extras, and when a dating agency comes to town, chaos ensues. Compo, Clegg and Foggy help a chimney sweep find more business. Later, Foggy tries to show Smiler how to be more macho. When the boys try to help a hiker writing a guidebook to the area, Foggy winds up getting the crew hopelessly lost. As usual, Compo is looking to get closer to Nora Batty. In this season, he goes on a mission to get a kiss from her and later buys a motorbike from Auntie Wainwright to impress her.
Arthurian legend takes shape in the fourth season of Merlin, as Arthur finally takes his place on the throne–not to mention pulling a certain sword from a stone. A dragon is born, Gwen is banished, two smugglers named Tristan and Isolde become valuable allies, and as always the destiny of Camelot is in the hands of the young wizard called Merlin. While battling deadly assassins, mystical monsters and the most powerful sorcerers Camelot has ever seen, Merlin has to face his toughest challenge yet when Morgana’s blind determination puts at risk Arthur's future as well as the very balance of the world. Featuring exciting new villains, spectacular CGI monsters, and guest stars including James Callis, Lindsay Duncan and Ben Daniels, Merlin: The Complete Fourth Season is another thrilling chapter in the epic story of swords and sorcery. Bonus features include audio commentaries; deleted scenes and outtakes.