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Warner Knows Dads

6 Apr, 2012 By: Ashley Ratcliff

The studio touts an array of titles geared toward fathers, from a documentary to actioners

Nothing appeals to fathers’ cinematic tastes like warfare, gunfights, car chases, explosions and old-fashioned hand-to-hand combat. Warner Home Video presents several titles that have “dad” written all over them: Cold War: The Complete Series, Blood Work, U.S. Marshals, A Perfect World and the Lethal Weapon Collection.

Bowing May 8 is the Peabody Award-winning documentary series, Cold War (1998), which features the entire 24-episode series, in addition to 1953 Academy Award-nominated propaganda film The Hoaxters and an exclusive, extended interview with Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, compiled in a featurette titled “Castro in His Own Words.”

CNN’s Cold War series chronicles the events that shaped the course of the Cold War and the United States’ relationship with the Soviet Union.

Cold War offers viewers an outstanding account of one of the most important historical events of the 20th century — documentary filmmaking at its finest,” said Rosemary Markson, WHV VP of TV and special interest marketing. “This definitive series is enlightening, entertaining and thought-provoking. As the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis approaches, this is a must-own DVD for anyone who appreciates and wants to learn more about the history and politics of this fascinating era. We are proud to offer this remarkable documentary series to consumers for the first time on DVD.”

Produced by Sir Jeremy Isaacs, Cold War is the culmination of a three-year effort in which the award-winning documentarian’s team shot more than 1,000 hours of original footage and gathered extensive archival footage, including interviews from key political figures Mikhail Gorbachev, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Lech Walesa, among others.

Narrated by film and television actor Kenneth Branagh, the documentary series spans nearly five decades of world history, including the 1917 Russian Revolution, World War II, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the fall of the Berlin Wall and subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, among other pivotal moments.

The six-DVD collection is listed at $68.92 and includes an UltraViolet digital copy.

Due June 5 (order date May 1) for the first time on Blu-ray Disc are Blood Work, U.S. Marshals and A Perfect World, each listed at $19.98.

Clint Eastwood produced, directed and starred in Blood Work (2002), an edgy mystery based on Michael Connelly’s novel about a retired FBI profiler who returns to service when his own blood analysis offers clues to the identity of a serial killer.

Another renowned leading man, Tommy Lee Jones, stars in actioner U.S. Marshals (1998) alongside actors Wesley Snipes and Robert Downey Jr. In it U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard (Jones) and his team are assigned to track down a murderer and robber (Snipes).

Academy Award winners Kevin Costner and Eastwood confront each other from opposite sides of the law in the manhunt saga A Perfect World (1993), also directed by Eastwood.

If it’s more of that high action that Dad’s looking for, he’ll be pleased to find the Lethal Weapon Collection.

Streeting June 12 (order date May 8), the five-disc gift set commemorates the 25th anniversary of the action-buddy franchise, starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as Los Angeles police detectives Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh, respectively.

The collection includes Lethal Weapon (1987), Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) and Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), in addition to four never-before-seen featurettes compiled on a bonus disc: “Pulling the Trigger: Expanding the World of Lethal Weapon,” “Psycho Pension: The Genesis of Lethal Weapon,” “Maximum Impact: The Legacy of Lethal Weapon” and “A Family Affair: Bringing Lethal Weapon to Life.”

Special features also include deleted scenes, outtakes, two music videos and 2010 interviews with director Richard Donner, Gibson, Glover, Rene Russo and Joe Pesci. Plus, Donner has done all-new commentary for the first three films in the series.

The five-disc collection will be available for $79.98.
Available for preorder in time for Father’s Day, Chariots of Fire (1981) arrives July 10 (order date June 5). Making its Blu-ray debut, the inspirational true story of British sprinters competing in the 1924 Olympics coincides with the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London at the end of July.

Chariots of Fire — which won Oscars in 1982 for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design and Best Original Score — stars Ben Cross and Ian Charleson. Eric Liddell (Charleson), a devout Scottish missionary runs because he knows it must please God, while Harold Abrahams (Cross), the son of a newly wealthy Jew, runs to prove his place in Cambridge society.

The film ($35.99) includes new featurettes, a commentary by director Hugh Hudson, deleted scenes, screen tests, a bonus CD music sampler and a premium Blu-ray book with rare insights into the film’s production and cast, including trivia and in-depth photos.

However, if it’s family comedy that Pops fancies, Eight Is Enough: The Complete First Season, out April 17, will be a welcome present.

The three-DVD collector’s set ($24.98) includes all nine episodes of the classic TV series that centered on newspaper columnist Tom Bradford (Dick Van Patten), his homemaker wife Joan (Diana Hyland) and their eight children living in Sacramento.

Providing no shortage of love and humor, the Bradford kids became a source of endless — sometimes comic, sometimes dramatic — exploits for their parents.
"Eight Is Enough" premiered on ABC in 1977 and aired for five seasons.

“'Eight Is Enough' resonated with so many viewers because it offered something for everyone. With such a wide-ranging cast, there was always at least one character for everyone to relate to,” Warner Home Video’s Markson said. “It touched the hearts of viewers with its unforgettable storylines and talented actors. Family dynamics can be complicated, especially with eight kids, but no matter how chaotic things got in the Bradford household, this is the family so many of us wish we had grown up in. Eight Is Enough: The Complete First Season is a must-have for anyone who appreciates great TV.”

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