Fargo Season 1 leads the new Blu-ray and DVDs releases out this week, and even though I love the Coen Brothers’ movie, I really enjoyed this series, too, even if it did sag a bit in the middle. Roll on Season 2!
The Coen Brothers’ Best Picture Oscar nominee transforms into the season’s most talked about TV debut. Fargo features a new “true crime” story and new characters…all chilled in the trademark dry wit, murderous mayhem and “Minnesota nice” of the original classic film.
Oscar-winner Billy Bob Thornton stars as Lorne Malvo, a anipulative master criminal who changes the life of insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman). Gus Grimly (Colin Hanks) and Molly Solverson (Allison Tolman) are the small-town police officers who join forces to uncover Lester’s secrets and stop the relentlessly destructive Malvo.
- Commentary by Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman and Noah Hawley (on select episodes)
This Is a True Story
Greetings From Bemidji
Shades of Green
- 1. The Crocodile’s Dilemma
2. The Rooster Prince
3. A Muddy Road
4. Eating the Blame
5. The Six Ungraspables
6. Buridan’s Ass
7. Who Shaves the Barber?
8. The Heap
9. A Fox, A Rabbit, and A Cabbage
10. Morton’s Fork
Arrow Season 2
After being marooned on a remote island, billionaire Oliver Queen returns home with a mysterious agenda and a lethal set of new skills that he uses in a war on crime in this hard-hitting action series. Reinventing the DC Comics character for a modern audience, the Arrow is not a superhero but a hero – every bit as dangerous as the criminals he’s hunting. After suffering unimaginable ordeals on the island, the former fun-loving Oliver Queen returns to Starling City a new man. Determined to deliver justice to those who have corrupted his city, Oliver (aka The Hood) – with the help of tech-savvy Felicity Smoak and his iron-fisted right hand, John Diggle – narrowly averts the rich and powerful’s “Undertaking” to cleanse the city of its most desperate citizens.
But Oliver’s crusade is complicated by his emotional connections to friends and family, as the Queen family still trades on secrets that conflict with the Arrow’s agenda. Oliver’s return also affects the love of his life, Laurel Lance, and he must find a balance between being there for her as Oliver Queen, and being there for Starling City as the Arrow. A dark and dangerous crime procedural with edge, intrigue and action, Oliver’s story is told through his harrowing trials on the island, his connections to his mother, Moira, and sister, Thea, and the Arrow’s adventures in Starling City. Showing all facets of the mysterious loner, the drama follows the charismatic Oliver that disappeared, the hardened Oliver that returned and the Oliver that’s been forged into the weapon against injustice known as… the Arrow.
The Blacklist Season 1
For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader, TV’s The Office, Boston Legal) has been one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. Brokering shadowy deals for criminals across the globe, Red was known by many as “The concierge of Crime.”
Now, he’s mysteriously surrendered to the FBI with an explosive offer: he will help catch the world’s most elusive criminals, under the condition that he speaks only to Elizabeth “Liz” Keen (Megan Boone, TV’s Law & Order: Los Angeles), an FBI profiler fresh out of Quantico. For Liz, it’s going to be one hell of a first day on the job.
- Commentary on the pilot episode, Anslo Garrick Part 1 and Berlin: Conclusion with Jon Bokenkamp, John Eisendrath and Joe Carnahan
- The Insider: Making Season One – The cast, writers and executive producers of The Blacklist take us through Season One, from brainstorming the weekly Blacklisters to developing the relationships between Elizabeth Keen, Tom Keen, and the “concierge of crime,” Raymond Reddington.
- Beyond the Blacklist – A behind-the-scenes look at all 22 episodes of The Blacklist Inception: Making the Pilot – An inside look at the making of the pilot, introducing the team that brought The Blacklist to life.
- Rogue’s Gallery: Villains– The writers and executive producers of The Blacklist discuss their process of creating the notorious criminals on the show. The cast weighs in on some of their favorite guest stars.
- Raymond Reddington – Who is Raymond Reddington really? James Spader, Megan Boone and the producers of The Blacklist discuss Spader’s role.
- Elizabeth Keen — Megan Boone talks all things Liz Keen from her relationship with Raymond Reddington to her emotional journey throughout the first season.
- Tom Keen — Ryan Eggold discusses the challenges and joys of playing a character whose motivations aren’t revealed until late in the season.
- Donald Ressler — Megan Boone and producers John Eisendrath and Jon Bokenkamp weigh in on working with Diego, how Ressler almost lost a leg, and why we shouldn’t believe everything we see.
- Harold Cooper — Harry Lennix and producer Jon Bokenkamp discuss the character of Harold Cooper, a character whose history, especially with Raymond Reddington, might just come further into focus as the show progresses.
- Meera Malik — Parminder Nagra and the producers discuss the multiple dimensions to Meera Malik.
- Aram Mojtabai — Amir Arison takes us through his season from starting as a day player to his scene with James Spader as Aram races against the clock to save his own life.
Hannibal Season 2
All 13 episodes from the second season of the US TV drama that examines the early relationship between FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and eminent psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen). After being sworn in by Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne), the head of the FBI Behavioral Science Unit, to help capture a serial killer who is on the rampage, Will finds himself increasingly struggling to control his thought processes that inform his uncanny ability to empathise with serial killers.
When damning evidence shows up at the FBI that implicates Will in a string of grisly murders he is immediately placed under the care of the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. As Will tries to assure Jack of his innocence he also attempts to convince him of the identity of the real killer. The episodes are: ‘Kaiseki’, ‘Sakizuki’, ‘Hassun’, ‘Takiawase’, ‘Mukozuke’, ‘Futamono’, ‘Yakimono’, ‘Su-zakana’, ‘Shiizakana’, ‘Naka-Choko’, ‘Ko No Mono’, ‘Tome-wan’ and ‘Mizumono’
Other film releases out this week on both Blu-ray and DVD:
- Alien Vs Predator Steelbook (Blu-ray only)
Alien Vs Predator: Requiem Steelbook (Blu-ray only)
Eyes Without a Face Special Edition (Blu-ray/DVD double pack)
A Farewell To Arms Special Edition (Blu-ray/DVD double pack)
Goldfinger Steelbook (Blu-ray only)
Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return
Night of the Demon Special Edition (Blu-ray/DVD double pack)
Tokarev (aka Rage)
Other films on DVD:
- Before The Winter Chill
Looters, Tooters & Sawn-off Shooters
TV Series out this week on Blu-ray and DVD:
- Boomers Series 1 (DVD)
From Dusk Till Dawn Season 1 (DVD)
In The Club Series 1 (DVD)
Lucky Feller: Complete Series (DVD)
Phil Silvers Box Set (DVD)
The Questor Tapes (DVD)
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: Complete Series (DVD)
Who Do You Think You Are? Series 10 (DVD)
All other releases:
- Sting: The Last Ship Live (Blu-ray & DVD)
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