Acorn Media Presents First February Releases

16 02 2011

Acorn Media Group has two major February releases.  The first one hit stores on February 1st.  PSD is happy to inform you all that Acorn has given us DVDs to give-away to you!!

Acorn Media U.S. and the Acorn Media Group corporate headquarters are located together in Silver Spring, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C., a national center for visual media.

Where to Buy Acorn and Acacia Titles (North America)
In addition to making its products available through the Acorn Direct (acornonline.com) and Acacia (acaciacatalog.com) catalogs, Acorn Media titles can also be found at retailers such as Borders, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and others; wholesalers such as Ingram, Baker & Taylor, and Alliance; and catalog companies such as Critics’ Choice and PBS Direct.

February 1st Releases:

Starring award-winning actress Caroline Quentin, Blue Murder Complete Collection arrives on DVD from Acorn Media on February 1, 2011, featuring all 19 episodes of the smash-hit British crime series. Quentin (Life Begins, Men Behaving Badly) delivers a standout performance in her breakout dramatic role as a top cop with the Manchester police force who also happens to be a single mother of four children. Broadcast on ITV from 2003-2009, the critically-acclaimed series blends gritty storylines with wit and warmth and also features stars Ian Kelsey (Casualty), Paul Loughran (Emmerdale Farm) and Saskia Wickham (Clarissa). This value-priced 9-disc collection contains all 19 episodes, in addition to a behind-the-scenes documentary, text interviews with stars Quentin and Kelsey, cast filmographies, and much more ($99.99, 19 ½ hours, www.AcornOnline.com).

Bonus Features: Text interviews with stars Caroline Quentin and Ian Kelsey, a behind-the-scenes documentary, and cast filmographies.

Street Date: Feb. 1, 2011
SRP: $99.99 DVD 9-Disc Set: 19 episodes – Approx. 19 ½ hrs. – Closed Captioned (Sets 2-4)

Acorn Media previously released Blue Murder, Sets 1 – 4 between 2007- 2009.

In 1988, rising star Kenneth Branagh tackled the role of Shakespeare’s prince of Denmark for the first time in his professional career under the guidance of celebrated actor Derek Jacobi (Cadfael), considered “the best Hamlet of his generation” (The New York Times). The production also marked Jacobi’s directorial debut. Narrated by Patrick Stewart, Discovering Hamlet documents how these two intelligent, passionate men found new depths in Shakespeare’s classic drama. The one-hour film debuts on DVD from Athena on February 1, 2011 with more than three hours of bonus features (www.AthenaLearning.com; $39.99).

Filmmakers Mark Olshaker and Larry Klein follow the company through four weeks of rehearsals, from the first read-throughs to opening night. Interviews with principal actors—as well as the set designer, costume supervisor, text advisor, and others—reveal how each member of the company meets the production’s challenges. In all, Discovering Hamlet offers an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the process of staging Shakespeare’s most demanding tragedy.

BONUS FEATURES

  • Exclusive 2010 interview with Derek Jacobi (34 min.)
  • Bonus disc with behind-the-scenes footage, cast and crew interviews, and extended production interviews with Jacobi (162 min.)
  • 12-page viewer’s guide with an introduction by director Mark Olshaker, a history of the Renaissance Theatre Company, critical reactions to the production, and an article on Hamlet’s textual challenges
  • Hamlets Through the Ages profiles, cast biographies, Patrick Stewart biography, and photo gallery

Athena’s DVD sets are available from select retailers, catalog companies, and direct from Acorn at (888) 870-8047 or www.acornonline.com.

SRP: $39.99
DVD 2-Disc Set: Approx. 53 min., plus 3 ¼ hours of bonus; 4:3 full screen (16:9 widescreen Derek Jacobi interview only); SDH subtitles (bonus materials may not be subtitled)

Fascinating BBC period drama Garrow’s Law, Series 1 debuts on DVD from Acorn Media on February 1, 2011. The series follows the true tale of William Garrow, an 18th century lawyer with a passion for reform. Winner of a Royal Television Society award for best history program, the series features compelling plots, lavish sets and costumes, and an outstanding cast including Andrew Buchan (Cranford, The Fixer), Alun Armstrong (Little Dorrit, New Tricks), Lyndsey Marshal (Being Human, The Hours), and Rupert Graves (The Forsyte Saga). A favorite of critics and fans alike, Garrow’s Law first aired on BBC in 2009 and is available to U.S. audiences for the first time with its DVD release. A second series is currently in production. The DVD 2-Disc set includes the four episodes of Series 1, a bonus 19-minute behind-the-scenes featurette, cast filmographies, and more (www.AcornOnline.com, $39.99).

Based on a true story and drawing on actual Old Bailey court records, this award-winning series follows Garrow as he argues his first cases, rails against outdated legal practices, and shows that one man can indeed change everything.

BONUS FEATURES: Behind-the-scenes featurette (19 min.), photo gallery, biography of William Garrow and cast filmographies

DVD 2-Disc Set: 4 episodes – Approx. 240 min., plus bonus – SDH subtitles
SRP: $39.99

Celebrated by critics and fans alike and hailed “a superior drama” (Irish Independent), Single-Handed, Set 1 makes its DVD debut from Acorn Media on February 1, 2011. Filmed on location in breathtaking Ireland, this new, engrossing crime drama follows disgraced Garda Sergeant Jack Driscoll (Owen McDonnell) after he has been transferred from Dublin to the rural Irish town where he grew up. He soon learns the remote community he’s been tasked with policing is rife with corruption and long-held secrets. Nominated for best drama series at the Irish Film & Television Awards and a silver medal at the New York Festivals Television & Film Awards, Single-Handed debuted on ITV in the U.K. in 2009, and new episodes are scheduled to air in 2011. Available to U.S. audiences for the first time with its DVD release, Set 1 includes the first three feature-length mysteries of the series (3-disc, www.AcornOnline.com, $49.99).

The Mysteries: Natural Justice, The Stolen Child, The Drowning Man

In these three feature-length crime dramas, Jack investigates a beautiful immigrant’s murder, a child’s abduction, and a teenager’s baffling drowning. Complex characters rife with moral ambiguity and internal conflict populate this gritty series set against a landscape of epic beauty and isolation.

DVD 3-Disc Set: 3 mysteries – Approx. 278 min. – SDH subtitles
Bonus Features: Text interview with the producer and production notes.
SRP: $49.99

Venture on over to our Facebook page for more information on how to win a copy of these dvds.  There are only one copy of each so hurry on over!!!!

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