Headsup: World War II, the Wild West, and High School

“[In The Game,] it may seem glamorous being the wife or girlfriend of a pro-football player, but Melanie Barnett (Tia Mowry-Hardrict) quickly learns the hard truth. After her boyfriend, Derwin Davis (Pooch Hall, “Ray Donovan”), gets drafted as the new third-string wide receiver for the San Diego Sabers, Melanie discovers her role is much more than supporting her beau from the sidelines. She must pick up a playbook of her own and learn the power plays that NFL wives use to get their men the best agents, managers, charity opportunities, endorsements and merchandising deals.” — from CBS

The Game: The Complete Series is now available and features all 141 episodes from all nine seasons of the show.   Bonus features (which for some reason are only on Seasons 1, 4, 5, and 6) include interviews, highlight reels, deleted scenes, gag reels, and a spin-off episode from Girlfriends: The Game.  The Game: The Complete Series is now available on DVD on Amazon for $47.79 (you can also find the individual seasons there on DVD, but if you want more than two or three on the shelf, getting the set is by far the better option cost-wise).

“Starring Emmy Award® nominee James Arness as the legendary Marshal Matt Dillon who’s hell-bent on serving justice as he tames the Old West, where people have no respect for the law. Dillon’s adventures continue alongside the loyal Doc Adams (Emmy Award® winner Milburn Stone), sexy saloon proprietress Miss Kitty (Emmy Award® nominee Amanda Blake) and lovable Deputy Festus Haggen (Ken Curtis) as he corrals dangerous outlaws and deals with problems of the Wild West: epic gunfights, brawls, cold-blooded murderers and bank robbers…. In Gunsmoke: The Fourteenth Season, Dodge City is counting on Dillon to bring justice to the badlands and set order in the west.  At the untamed edge of civilization, Dillon faces off with remorseless bounty hunters, a vengeful ex-lawman, and a 103-year-old horse thief.” — from CBS

Gunsmoke: The Fourteenth Season is split into two sets (Volume 1 and Volume 2), both of which are available now for the first time on DVD.  Neither set boasts any bonus features (considering some of the cast / crew are still living, it seems like they could have had some fun with this), but the episodes are remastered.  It’s not available digitally on Amazon or iTunes, so if you’re a mega fan who really wants to have Season Fourteen on your shelf, this is the way to get it.  You can currently grab Volume 1 and Volume 2 on Amazon for $29.96 each.

 

In Overlord, as D-Day fast approaches, American paratroopers infiltrate enemy territory from above in order to gain access to a fortified church and destroy an all-important radio transmitter inside.  As the soldiers get closer to their target, they realize that more is happening in the Nazi-occupied village than meets the eye.  When they discover an underground lab performing an experiment that breaks all the laws of nature, they find themselves outnumbered and face-to-face with an army no one could have prepared them for.

Overlord is available digitally now and will be out on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD on February 19th.  The Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD sets also include six bonus featurettes (about fifty minutes of content) which cover the film’s writing, design, production, and creators (“Creation”, “Death Above”, “Death on the Ground”, “Death Below”, “Death No More”, and “Brothers in Arms”).  You can get the film digitally on Amazon and iTunes for $19.99, but unless you want to save shelf space it’s wiser dollar-for-content to wait a few days and go for the Blu-ray option (available to pre-order for the same price at $19.99) so you have access to all the extras.  You can also scale up to the 4K HD set (pre-order for $27.95) or down to the DVD (pre-order for $17.99), although with the former you’re paying about 30% more, and with the latter you don’t get that almost-hour of bonus content.

 

“The sunny community of Oceanside, California was rocked by scandal on March 15th, 2016 when Hanover High School found 27 faculty cars vandalized with phallic images.  Known dick-drawer and troublemaker Dylan Maxwell was quickly blamed and expelled by school administrators, but the perpetual prankster maintained his innocence.  Determined to uncover the truth, classmates Peter Maldonado and Sam Ecklund create a documentary investigating details of the incident.  Everyone has a secret.  Although another suspect emerges, is there enough evidence to clear Dylan’s name and build a case beyond a shadow of a doubt, or is the real perpetuator exactly who you thought it was?  This Emmy Award-nominated and Peabody Award-winning series untangles a wildly weird web of revenge, deceit, corruption, and ball hairs.” — from CBS

American Vandal: Season One will be available on February 12th and features all eight episodes of the first season as well as almost an hour of bonus features including extended scenes and interviews.  The season is available digitally now on Amazon and iTunes (both priced at $19.99 and neither including bonus content), and Netflix customers already have access to the series as part of their subscription.  The DVD is available for pre-order (currently priced at $22.99 on Amazon), so if you’re a fan, it’s up to you if the additional content is worth the $3 price bump and space on the shelf.

 

“In this two-part television movie adaptation [of the best-selling novel The Key to Rebecca by acclaimed author Ken Follett], ” Academy Award Winner Cliff Robertson stars as British Major William Vandam.  In Cairo during World War II, German spy Alex Wolff (David Soul) attempts to infiltrate the British command during General Erwin Rommel’s (Robert Culp) conquest of Egypt.  In hopes of drawing out the elusive spy, Vandam enlists the help fo exotic dancer Sonja El Aram (Lina Raymond) and Elene Fontana (Season Hubley).  The stakes are high as the relentless struggle for victory is at hand.” — from CBS

Out on DVD for the first time, The Key to Rebecca is being released on February 12th.  The DVD doesn’t include any special features (a true shame since the author of the source material is alive and well as are some of the film’s actors and creators, not to mention a load of historians, World War II veterans, etc. who could have provided some tremendous bonus content).  However, if you’re a big fan of the film (or someone who loves the novel and wants to check out the film), you can pre-order it on Amazon for $21.74.

 

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