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Headsup: Superpowers, Crime, and Big Men in Little Shorts

Disclaimer: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment requests that we note it provided a free copy of The Nevers: Season 1, Part 1 for review purposes. The opinions I share are my own.

Clarice Season OneClarice, from acclaimed executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet, and starring Rebecca Breeds (Pretty Little Liars) in the title role, is a deep dive into the untold personal story of FBI Agent Clarice Starling as she returns to the field in 1993, one year after the events of The Silence of the Lambs. Brilliant and vulnerable, Clarice’s bravery gives her an inner light that draws monsters and madmen to her. However, her complex psychological makeup that comes from a challenging childhood empowers her to begin to find her voice while working in a man’s world, as well as escape the family secrets that have haunted her throughout her life.” — from CBS

Clarice: Season One is now out on DVD, featuring all thirteen episodes of the series’ debut season as well as over ninety minutes of extras. Bonus features include “The Silence is Over” (a discussion with cast and crew about bringing the iconic character of Clarice Starling to tv), “Progress in Portrayals” (a featurette about the storyline as well as their approach to the history of minorities in the FBI), “VICAP Views” (a close-up of the FBI violent crimes task force that Clarice is assigned to), deleted scenes, and a gag reel. Clarice: Season One is now available on Amazon, currently priced at $27.64.

Titans that built america“Executive produced by Academy Award winner Leonardo DiCaprio, the complete miniseries The Titans That Built America chronicles the evolution and intense rivalries of five post-war giants of industry: Pierre du Pont, Walter Chrysler, J.P. Morgan Jr., Henry Ford, and William Boeing. Out of the ashes of WWI and the Great Depression, a new crop of bold innovators creates new industries — from automobiles and airplanes to buildings and munitions — and rebuilds our nation. After years of competing with each other, these industry titans must unite during World War II to help defeat the world’s greatest enemy.” – from Lionsgate

The Titans That Built America is being released on October 12. No bonus features on this one (a bit disappointing as a look at some of the behind-the-scenes production activity would likely have been pretty cool), but for fans who just want to get their hands on a hard copy of the documentary, it does the job. You can pre-order the DVD on Amazon for $13.75.

“August, 1896. Victorian London is rocked to its foundations by a supernatural event which gives certain people – mostly women – abnormal abilities, from the wondrous to the disturbing. But no matter their particular “turns,” all who belong to this new underclass are in grave danger. It falls to mysterious, quick-fisted widow Amalia True (Laura Donnelly) and brilliant young inventor Penance Adair (Ann Skelly) to protect and shelter these gifted “orphans.” To do so, they will have to face the brutal forces determined to annihilate their kind.” – from Warner Brothers

Nevers blu-rayThe Nevers: Season 1, Part 1 is out now on Blu-ray and DVD. This release includes the first six episodes of Season 1 in addition to over two hours of bonus content. Among the extras are two main featurettes (“A Touch of Power: The Themes Behind the Nevers” and “Accustomed to the Impossible: The Making of the Nevers”) in addition to several “mini-featurettes” focusing on the show’s writing, character development, filming, special effects, and more. Fans can grab the Blu-ray and DVD on Amazon, priced at $22.99 and $19.99, respectively.

Equalizer Season OneThe Equalizer is a reimagining of the classic series following Robyn McCall (Queen Latifah), an enigmatic woman with a mysterious background who uses her extensive skills as a former CIA operative to help those with nowhere else to turn. McCall presents to most as an average single mom who is quietly raising her teenage daughter. But to a trusted few, she is The Equalizer – an anonymous guardian angel and defender of the downtrodden, who’s also dogged in her pursuit of personal redemption. Robyn’s clandestine work remains a secret from her smart and observant daughter, Delilah, and her aunt Vi, who lives with Robyn to help her balance life as a working mother. Joining Robyn as champions of justice are William Bishop, her former CIA handler and longtime friend; Melody “Mel” Bayani, an edgy bar owner and a colleague from Robyn’s past; and Harry Keshegian, a paranoid and brilliant white-hat hacker. As Robyn aids the oppressed and exploited, her work garners the attention of shrewd NYPD Detective Marcus Dante, who doggedly seeks to uncover the identity of the vigilante known as The Equalizer.” — from CBS

The Equalizer: Season One is out now on DVD. The release includes all ten episodes of the first season as well as a handful of extras. Bonus content is comprised of three featurettes focusing on the updated take on Robyn McCall and the characters surrounding her, deleted scenes, and a gag reel. You can snag a copy of the DVD on Amazon for $26.16

Crocodile Dundee trilogy“[In “Crocodile” Dundee,] Michael J. “Crocodile” Dundee (Hogan) is a free spirited Australian who hunts crocodiles with his bare hands, stares down giant water buffaloes, and drinks mere mortals under the table. But he’s about to face the ultimate torture test—a trip to New York City. [Next, in “Crocodile” Dundee II,] just as the eccentric Australian is starting to adjust to life in New York City, Dundee and his girlfriend (Linda Kozlowski) are targeted by a gang of ruthless drug dealers. Dundee evens the odds by leading the big-city hoods into the treacherous Australian outback. [Rounding out the trilogy with “Crocodile” Dundee In Los Angeles,] he’s wrestled crocodiles Down Under and fought crime in New York, but can Michael J. “Crocodile” Dundee swim with the sharks in L.A.?” — from Paramount

In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the original film’s release, the “Crocodile” Dundee Trilogy is out now, with all three films together for the first time on Blu-ray. There aren’t many bonus features on this one, with extras being limited to previously released behind-the-scenes featurettes on “Crocodile” Dundee II and “Crocodile” Dundee In Los Angeles (for example, Paul Hogan and Linda Kozlowski are both still with us and it would have been neat to hear some production memories from one or both of them thirty-five years later). For fans who have been waiting to own all three films on Blu-ray, though, this is your chance. You can currently get the blu-ray set on Amazon for $27.32.

WWE Legends Volume I“Get ready to rumble with the high-octane 8-part documentary series from A&E Network and WWE Studios, BIOGRAPHY: WWE Legends, Volume 1 and BIOGRAPHY: WWE Legends, Volume 2,. Helmed by some of the industry’s top directors and storytellers, this highly anticipated docuseries — including films on “Stone Cold” Steve Austin®, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper™, “Macho Man” Randy Savage®, Booker T, Shawn Michaels®, Ultimate Warrior, Mick Foley, and Bret “Hitman” Hart — gives fans the ultimate ringside seat to the real-life stories behind the showbiz acrobatics, smack talk, and larger-than-life alter-egos of these WWE legends, who have collectively appeared on such WWE mainstays as “WWE Raw,” “WrestleMania,” “WWE Hall of Fame,” “WWE Survivor Series,” “WWE Stories,” “WWE NXT,” “WWE SmackDown,” and “WWE Story Time,” as well as guest appearances in mainstream movies and TV series throughout the last four decades.” — from Lionsgate

Biography: WWE Legends, Volumes I and II are now out on DVD. No bonus features on either of these, but we have a feeling that superfans will be happy just to have a hard copy of either (or both) on hand to enjoy again and again. Amazon has both on offer, with Volume I priced at $9.99 and Volume II at $12.96.

Twist blu-ray“Inspired by Charles Dickens’s iconic novel Oliver Twist, this action-fueled crime-thriller set in contemporary London follows the journey of Twist (Raff Law), a gifted graffiti artist trying to find his way after the loss of his mother. Lured into a street gang headed by the paternal Fagin (Oscar winner Michael Caine), Twist is attracted to the lifestyle — and to Red (Sophie Simnett), an alluring member of Fagin’s crew. But when an art theft goes wrong, Twist’s moral code is tested as he’s caught between Fagin, the police, and a loose-cannon enforcer (Lena Headey).” — from Lionsgate

Twist is now out on Blu-ray and DVD. The release boasts only a single bonus feature in the form of the making-of featurette “The Artful Dodger: Twist’s Underworld”, although it’s 25 minutes of content, so on par with other titles that have multiple 3-5 minute “mini featurettes”. Both formats are available on Amazon, with the Blu-ray going for $15.05 and the DVD for $9.99.