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What a way to celebrate 2014! BBC Home Entertainment's January DVDs are *****

New year. New DVDs. And the titles from BBC Home Entertainment are five stars. Promise you. Get ready for a month of fun, fear and Falklands!

Great new January 2014 DVDs from BBC Home Entertainment.
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Copper: Season Two
The gripping crime series Copper returns for its second and final season with 13 all new episodes. Set in New York City on the brink of Lincoln’s assassination, Detective Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones) struggles to tame the wartime metropolis while wrestling with personal demons, including the betrayal of his wife and best friend. And when Tammany Hall’s outspoken General Brendan Donovan (Donal Logue) returns from the Civil War to restore law and order in the Sixth Ward, loyalties will be bought and sold both uptown and in the slums of the Five Points as Corcoran, and those around him, fight to find their places in an unforgiving city. The series is from the brilliant minds of Emmy-winner Tom Fontana, Academy Award-winner Barry Levinson, Academy Award-nominee Will Rokos, executive producers Christina Wayne and Thomas Kelly. Bonus materials on the 3-disc set (DVD) and 3-disc set (Blu-ray) include three set tours, three “Insider” featurettes and two character profiles.

Top of the Lake
Elizabeth Moss and Holly Hunter star in this critically-acclaimed, Emmy-winning mini-series written and directed by Academy Award- winner Jane Campion. Set against the stunning, untouched backdrop of New Zealand, Moss plays Robin Griffin, a gutsy but inexperienced detective called in to investigate the disappearance of a pregnant 12-year-old girl named Tui. As she becomes more and more obsessed with the search for Tui, Robin slowly begins to realize that finding her is tantamount to finding herself–a self she has kept well-hidden.

Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 2001
Everyone’s favorite senior ne’er-do-wells are back in this hilarious season of the world’s longest running sitcom. Whether they are road-testing mopeds, starting rumors about tigers running amok, or buying giant garden gnomes, these misbehaving seniors show that wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age and there are always life lessons to be learned … with hilarious results. Includes the 2001 Last of the Summer Wine Christmas Special: “Potts in Pole Position.”

Top Gear: Season 20
The world’s most popular car show returns for an explosive 20th season with hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. In the course of six packed episodes the boys pay tribute to BBC Television Centre with the help of a motorcyclist and a pair of Parkour runners, race a car against an America’s Cup yacht up the coast of New Zealand, and do their bit for European economic turmoil by blasting across Spain in three “affordable” supercars. They also tackle the growing problem of flooding by designing a car that can turn into a hovercraft, and Richard Hammond attempts to find a hot hatch hero from a trio of newcomers, the Renaultsport Clio 200, Peugeot 208 GTI and Ford Fiesta ST. Cars on the test track include the BAC Mono, a modern recreation of the classic Porsche 911, and the Mercedes SLS Black, and the celebrities trying their luck in the brand new Reasonably Priced Car include Benedict Cumberbatch and Ron Howard. Bonus Materials include six “Stig Cam” featurettes as well as “Great Moments in Top Gear History.”

Snow Babies
Stunning wildlife footage provides an intimate and often playful look at the first year of life of a special group of baby animals born in some of the coldest, harshest places on Earth. Including polar bears, arctic wolves, snow monkeys, reindeer, otters and more, these cute and plucky youngsters learn what it takes to survive in a world of snow and ice, with a little help from their friends. Bonus materials include Polar Bear–Spy on the Ice, a thrilling two-part series which gets closer than ever before to the world's greatest land predator: the polar bear. Witness in amazing detail how these elusive creatures use their intelligence and curiosity to survive in a world of shrinking ice.

Penguins–Spy in the Huddle
Get up close, beak to beak, and join the huddle with PenguinsSpy in the Huddle. Using Penguincams (super-realistic animatronic cameras disguised as penguins, chicks and eggs) Spy in the Huddle gives an inside look at all the drama and challenges these “tuxedoed” birds face throughout the year, with no shortage of laughs along the way. From the regal Emperor penguin in the freezing Antarctic to the blushing Humboldt of South America to the tiny Rockhopper of the Falkland Islands, the Penguincam provides an unprecedented view of these enigmatic creatures and their fascinating lives.

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