Home Video Releases: House of Cards, The Newsroom, Burn Notice and others

House of Cards

“House of Cards” – The Complete First Season: This 13-episode drama changed the face of television by becoming the first series distributed solely through Netflix’s streaming video service. Finally, it’s available to folks who don’t have Netflix… as well as fans who really want to own it on DVD or Blu-ray. Adapted from the like-titled BBC miniseries, “House of Cards” focuses on a congressman (Kevin Spacey) who seeks revenge after the U.S. President (Michael Gill) betrays him. Robin Wright, Kate Mara and Cory Stoll also star. David Fincher is an executive producer, and he directed the first two episodes.

“The Newsroom” – The Complete First Season: First 10 episodes of the Golden Globe-nominated, HBO drama about the behind-the-scenes happenings at a fictional cable news network. Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer and John Gallagher Jr. star. Created by Aaron The NewsroomSorkin.

“Major Crimes” – The Complete First Season: This spinoff of the TNT drama “The Closer” picks up where the old series left off. With Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) having left the Major Crimes division of the Los Angeles Police Department, the remaining detectives must adjust to the leadership of a former adversary, Captain Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell).

“Wild Strawberries”: The Criterion Collection delivers a freshly restored transfer of writer-director Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 drama about an aging professor coming to terms with the inadequacies of his life. Victor Sjöström stars. The movie was nominated for a best original screenplay Oscar, and it won the best foreign film award at the 1960 Golden Globes.

“Perry Mason” –Final Season, Volume 1: This popular courtroom drama ran from 1957 to 1966, and Paramount is releasing the final 30 episodes in two volumes. This release features 15 episodes in which attorney Perry Mason (Raymond Burr) tackles seemingly hopeless cases with the help of detective Paul Drake (William Hopper) and secretary Della Street (Barbara Hale).

“Rizzoli & Isles” – The Complete Third Season: Fifteen latest episodes of the TNT crime drama about the crime-fighting efforts of a Boston detective (Angie Harmon) and her medical examiner friend (Sasha Alexander). Based on characters created by novelist Tess Gerritsen.

Burn Notice“Burn Notice” – Season Six: USA Network just debuted the seventh and final season of this drama about a spy (Jeffrey Donovan) who was blacklisted by the CIA. The 18 episodes presented here can bring new fans up to speed or pad the video collection of long-time followers.

Beverly Lewis’ “The Confession”: This Hallmark Channel TV movie is a sequel Beverly Lewis’ “The Shunning,” and it is based on the second novel in Lewis’ “The Heritage of Lancaster County” book series. The plot centers on an Amish woman (Katie Leclerc) who goes on a journey of self-discovery and finds herself embroiled in a mystery. Directed by Michael Landon Jr.

“Ring of Fire”: Home video release of the ReelzChannel miniseries about activists fighting to stop a string of volcanic eruptions capable of destroying life on Earth. Michael Vartan, Terry O’Quinn and Lauren Lee Smith star.

“Betty & Coretta”: Lifetime original movie about the friendship between Coretta Scott King (Angela Bassett) and Dr. Betty Shabazz (Mary J. Blige), the widows of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcom X.

“Ninja III – The Domination”: Home video debut of the 1984 exploitation film about an aerobics instructor (Lucinda Dickey) possessed by the spirit of an evil ninja. Shô Kosugi, Jordan Bennett and James Hong also star. Directed by Sam Firstenberg.

By Forrest Hartman

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