The best in British television is coming to the smallscreen here in the USA courtesy of Acorn Media.
Of note in September, DVD Debuts – Monty Python-esque Holy Flying Circus, period drama Cloudstreet and James Herriot will be available.From Acorn Media
Three new, critically-acclaimed British dramas debuting on DVD Sept. 4th. Called a “sharply written, hilariously profane ‘docudrama… ’” by Entertainment Weekly, Holy Flying Circus (DVD/Blu-ray combo) offers a Monty Python-esque peek behind the scenes of one of their most notorious films.
Nominated for a BAFTA for Best Single Drama, this hilariously new docudrama reimagines the controversy behind Monty Python’s Life of Brian and the resulting debate pitting Michael Palin and John Cleese against a Church of England bishop. Additionally, the new, “handsome period drama” (EW) Cloudstreet debuts on DVD and is adapted by Tim Winton from his award-winning novel. Last, Young James Herriot, “the ultimate in feel-good...dramas” (The Times), makes its U.S. debut and offers a fascinating look at the early life and education of the beloved vet and British author (basis for All Creatures Great and Small). The press releases are below, and the DVDs are available upon request for reviews.
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Streaming now are the Upstairs, Downstairs spin-off THOMAS & SARAH,
Judi Dench in A FINE ROMANCE,
U.S. debut of VEXED, a new cop dramedy,
Derek Jacobi in I, CLAUDIUS,
Robson Green in TOUCHING EVIL,
Martin Clunes in DOC MARTIN,
the iconic UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS,
James May’s 20TH CENTURY,
and hit detective series: MIDSOMER MURDERS,
HOLY FLYING CIRCUS
Blu-ray/DVD Combo Debuts on September 4, 2012
“…Sharply written, hilariously profane ‘docudrama’” —Entertainment Weekly
“Brilliant” —Terry Jones of Monty Python
“A Sgt. Pepper’s-like mash-up of animation, surrealism, fourth-wall breaking, and drag”—The Times
Pythonesque peek behind the scenes of a scandal; Premiered on Ovation Network’s “The Best You’ve Never Seen” in Spring 2012
Offering a Pythonesque peek behind the scenes of one of the most notorious—and beloved—films from the legendary troupe, the fantastical docudrama Holy Flying Circus debuts in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack from Acorn Media on September 4, 2012. A BAFTA nominee for Best Single Drama, this hilariously heretical docudrama reimagines the controversy behind Monty Python’s Life of Brian and the resulting debate pitting Michael Palin and John Cleese against a Church of England bishop and a staunchly Catholic broadcaster.
Broadcast on the Ovation Network in April 2012 as part of their “The Best You’ve Never Seen” premieres, Holy Flying Circus is written by Oscar-nominated writer Tony Roche (In the Loop) and stars Darren Boyd (Little Dorrit), Charles Edwards (The Shell Seekers), Roy Marsden (P.D. James mysteries), Tom Fisher (The Illusionist), and Stephen Fry (Jeeves and Wooster) as God. Bonus features include deleted scenes, stills, and outtakes (AcornOnline.com)
Holy Flying Circus reimagines the controversy surrounding Monty Python’s 1979 film, Life of Brian, which was greeted with widespread outcry and accusations of blasphemy. Matters reached a head when Michael Palin (played by Charles Edwards) and John Cleese (played by Darren Boyd) agreed to take part in a BBC talk show about Life of Brian with a Church of England bishop and a staunchly Catholic broadcaster. The ensuing TV debate put the Pythons in their most absurd role yet: the voice of reason.
EXTRAS: Making of the Holy Flying Circus phonotrope (5 min.), deleted scenes (9 min.), outtakes (19 min.), and production stills
Blu-ray: Approx. 99 min., plus bonus - 1080i (bonus 480p) - 2.0 stereo PCM (bonus 2.0 Dolby Digital) - SDH subtitles / DVD: Approx. 99 min., plus bonus - SDH subtitles
Contains coarse language, nudity, and adult themes
Tim Winton’s CLOUDSTREET
DVD Debut on September 4, 2012
Celebrated new adaptation of the bestselling novel;
Premiered on Ovation Network’s “The Best You’ve Never Seen” in Spring 2012
Adapted by Tim Winton from his award-winning novel, the acclaimed Australian miniseries Cloudstreet debuts on DVD from Acorn Media on September 4, 2012. Exquisitely filmed with an outstanding ensemble cast led by Kerry Fox (An Angel at My Table) and Essie Davis (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries), Cloudstreet broadcast on Ovation in April 2012 as part of their “The Best You’ve Never Seen” premieres, and the miniseries was nominated for eight Australian Film Institute awards, including best miniseries.
Set around Perth from 1943–1963, it tells the story of two rural families, each scarred by catastrophe, who end up sharing a large, ramshackle house that shudders and groans with memories of its own. The DVD 3-disc set includes all six-episodes and a bonus disc with five behind-the-scenes segments ($49.99, AcornOnline.com).
The Lambs are hardworking, God-fearing, and devastated by a horrific accident. The Pickles are luckless and derelict, blown by the winds of fate and their own bad decisions. The families couldn’t be more different, yet they find common ground beneath the same roof. Years pass and they stay together, shouting, brawling, laughing, loving, and enduring.
The Australian Society of Authors recently designated Cloudstreet the most popular Australian novel.
BONUS: Behind-the-scenes segments including Adapting an Australian Classic (41 min.), Creating the World of Cloudstreet (7 min.), From Novel to Script to Screen (7 min.), Creating the Magic (6 min.), Creating the Music (6 min.), and more
DVD 3-Disc Set: 6 episodes on 2 discs, plus bonus disc - Approx. 365 min., plus 101 min. of bonus - SDH subtitles
New miniseries features inspiring story of the celebrated author’s college years;
Available to U.S. audiences for the first time
YOUNG JAMES HERRIOT
U.S. Debut on DVD September 4, 2012
“The ultimate in feel-good...dramas” —The Times
“Enjoyable family fun” —The Sunday Telegraph
Offering a fascinating look at the early life and education of a beloved British author and vet, Young James Herriot makes its U.S. debut on DVD from Acorn Media on September 4, 2012.
This inspiring British drama unfolds against the backdrop of rising fascism in Europe and profound social change at home. But for young James Herriot, learning to become a veterinarian always came first.
The three-part miniseries aired on the BBC in the U.K. in December 2011 but is available to U.S. audiences for the first time with its DVD release (DVD Single, $29.99, www.AcornOnline.com). Using his many years of veterinary experience, James Herriot wrote a series of books about animals and their owners and his bestselling books were the basis for the long-running BBC adaptation All Creatures Great and Small.
Before he became famous tending animals in the Yorkshire Dales, a wide-eyed and eager James Herriot (Iain De Caestecker, The Fades, Coronation Street) arrived at Glasgow Veterinary College to pursue the career he’d dreamed of since childhood. But the college wasn’t what he had expected, nor were the faculty and his fellow students. These included the chauvinistic Professor Gunnell (Gary Lewis, Billy Elliot, Prime Suspect 7), a young feminist desperate to qualify as a vet (Amy Manson, Being Human), and an over privileged young man (Ben Lloyd-Hughes, The Hour, Great Expectations) who didn’t seem to care if he ever graduated.
BONUS The Making of Young James Herriot (21 min.), photo gallery, and James Herriot biography
DVD Single: 3 episodes - Approx. 176 min., plus bonus - British drama - SDH subtitles
Acorn Media/Athena Release Calendar for DVDs:
Aug. 14: The Forsyte Saga
Aug. 21: Megacities and Crisis at the Castle
Aug. 28: INJUSTICE and Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Series 6
Sept. 4: Holy Flying Circus, Young James Herriot, and Cloudstreet
Sept. 18: Joseph Campbell: Mythos-The Complete Series and Understanding Art: Impressionism
Sept. 25: The Crimson Petal and the White, New Tricks Season 8, Special Branch Set 1, and Midsomer Murders: Mayhem & Mystery Files