There are three new TV-on-DVD and Blu-ray releases I’d like to highlight this week. First up is Grimm, the dark and mysterious fairy tale cop procedural with a twist. Then there’s the adrenaline-filled buddy action flick series Strike Back. And rounding out my picks is the family drama with heart and humor, Parenthood.
Grimm: Season One (Blu-ray + UltraViolet or DVD)
Classic Grimm’s fairy tales come to life like never before in the “dark and imaginative” (Mike Ayers, CNN.com) supernatural series “Grimm,” from the producers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli, “Privileged,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) discovers he is descended from a long line of criminal profilers known as “Grimms,” protectors who are charged with keeping the balance between humanity and the creatures of myth. With newly awoken abilities to detect the evil lurking among us, Nick struggles to keep his old life separate and safe as he becomes ever more entrenched in the ancient rivalries of the Grimm world. Available on Blu-ray and DVD on August 7, 2012, “Grimm” Season One allows fans to experience all 22 chilling episodes back-to-back and uninterrupted.
“Grimm” Season One also stars Russell Hornsby (“Lincoln Heights,” “In Treatment”), Silas Weir Mitchell (“My Name is Earl,” “The Mentalist”), Bitsie Tulloch (The Artist, “Quarterlife”), Reggie Lee (“Prison Break,” Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End) and Sasha Roiz (“Caprica,” “House”). Guest stars such as Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Scarface) Amy Acker (“Angel”), Titus Welliver (“Lost”) and Sebastian Roche (“Supernatural”) also appear in this uniquely evocative series that critics rave “offers genuine scares” (Michelle Tauber, People).
“Grimm” Season One is available as a five-disc set in special, limited edition packaging with exclusive “Grimm” collector cards. It features never-before-seen bonus material that takes fans deep into the world of “Grimm,” including an interactive creature guide, “Making Monsters” featurette and much more.
Strike Back: Cinemax Season One (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy or DVD)
When a resourceful international terrorist group plots a major attack involving a cache of weapons of mass destruction, a charismatic former U.S. Special Forces operative joins forces with a stealth British military unit to stop them. Set in exotic locations such as India, South Africa, England and Chechnya, the series is headlined by two rising stars: Philip Winchester (Camelot) as Michael Stonebridge, a British sergeant on the elite counter-terrorism team; and Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom) as Damien Scott, a former U.S. Delta Force operative who was disgraced and discharged on the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Rounding out the international cast are Amanda Mealing (Holby City), Eve Birthistle (Silent Witness), Jimi Mistry (Blood Diamond) Rhashan Stone (Episodes) and Richard Armitage (The Hobbit).
Strike Back marks the first time HBO/CINEMAX has worked with the UK’s British Sky Broadcasting Limited to produce an original series. It is a continuation of the six-episode series that aired on Sky in 2010, which was based on the novels of Chris Ryan, the pen name of a real-life former British Special Forces operative.
Blu-ray with Cinemax Select, offers Strike Back Blu-ray buyers the choice ofthree ways to watch in one boxed set – Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download – at no additional cost. The digital copy is redeemable via a provider of your choice: iTunes, Vudu, and Amazon, or an UltraViolet copy through supporting providers. Both the Blu-ray with Cinemax Select and the DVD box sets include audio commentaries from stars Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton, Liam Cunningham, Amanda Mealing and executive producer Daniel Percival.
Parenthood: Season Three (DVD)
PARENTHOOD IS BACK FOR ITS THIRD SEASON! All 18 funny, surprising and true-to-life Season 3 episodes are included in this DVD. Starring a stellar ensemble cast including Craig T. Nelson, Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepherd, Monica Potter, Erica Christensen, and Bonnie Bedelia. And, featuring such guest stars as Jason Ritter (The Event), John Corbett (Sex and the City), and music sensation Cee Lo Green. Parenthood may be the toughest job you’ll ever love.