Paramount Home Media Distribution dipped its release toe in
the warm waters of September with a flurry of new product offerings this past
The action begins on Sept. 1 with three TV series
collections — two of which are making their debut in the home entertainment
market place — plus a documentary on the life and times of NASCAR legend Dale
Earnhardt and the latest edition of Nickelodeon’s CGI-generated adventures of PAW
First to the Television excitement and the debut of Téa
Leoni as Dr. Elizabeth Faulkner McCord, a former CIA analyst who is whisked
into the position of Secretary of State, in the six-disc DVD collection of Madam
Secretary: Season One.
The launch of the half-dozen “test” episodes proved to be so
successful that CBS ordered a full season (all 22 episodes are presented here)
and then a little over halfway through the season re-upped it for a full second
Bonus features for this action and intrigue series include
episode commentaries, deleted scenes, the featuette titled “Extraordinary
Credentials: The Making of Madam Secretary Season One,” a video session from
the Politico Playbook Luncheon and a cross-promotion bonus episode from The
Affair (season one, episode one).
Also making its home entertainment debut on Sept. 1 is the
six-disc DVD and five-disc Blu-ray, 22 episode collection of Scorpion:
Season One (with UltraViolet).
Based loosely on the real life of self-promoting “genius” Walter
O'Brien (who is also counted among the producers of the series) and starring Elyes
Gabel (World War Z, Body of Proof, A Most Violent Year
, etc.) as O'Brien,
the head of an elite team of geniuses (Team Scorpion) who take on dangerous
hackers and other sophisticated criminal undertakings that are beyond the
capabilities of either the government agencies that recruit them or their
corporate counterparts (ranging from art museums to Las Vegas casinos).
Bonus nuggets include selected audio commentaries, eight
production featurettes, including “Building Team Scorpion” and “Unlikely
Heroes: The Making of Scorpion Season 1,” deleted scenes and a gag reel.
Rounding out the TV series releases of Sept. 1 is the
six-disc DVD set of Hawaii Five-O: The fifth Season, starring Alex O'Loughlin, Scott
Caan and Daniel Dae Kim in the successful 2010 reboot of the “Five-O”
Hawaii-based detective series.
Bonus features include selected audio commentaries, deleted
scenes, a gag reel, the Freelance Riot music video titled “Sweet Disaster” and five
Documentary filmmaker Jeff Cvitkovic teamed with NASCAR Productions
and Spike TV for an insightful look at the life and racing career of the late
Dale Earnhardt in the feature-length film, I Am Dale Earnhardt. It will be available for fans to own on DVD
on Sept. 1.
This is the fourth “I Am” entrant in the bio documentary
series from Spike TV — Dale Earnhardt joins Bruce Lee, Seven McQueen and Evel
Knievel. Interview sessions featured in
Am Dale Earnhardt release include such NASCAR greats as Jimmie Johnson,
Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Rusty Wallace, Jeff Gordon and Richard
Rounding out the Sept. 1 slate of new releases is Nickelodeon’s
DVD presentation of PAW Patrol: Meet Everest!
The adventures of the newest addition to the PAW Patrol, Everest the
Husky … and his first assignment is a doozy, he has to help rescue Jake who is
lost at the South Pole.
The first post-Labor Day release on Paramount Home Media’s
schedule is the Sept. 8 six-disc DVD set of Blue Bloods: The Fifth Season
The Reagan clan is back for more NYPD cases … headed by Tom
Selleck as Police Commissioner Frank Reagan, Donnie Wahlberg as Detective Danny
Reagan, Will Estes as Officer Jamie Reagan and Bridget Moynahan as Executive
Assistant District Attorney Erin Reagan.
Bonus features include selected commentary, deleted scenes,
a gag reel, the featurette titled “Blue Bloods 100th Episode: A Celebration”
and five additional production featurettes.
In other release news from Paramount Home Media, the
short-lived Hulu comedy series, Resident Advisors (all seven
episodes), starring Jamie Chung (Eden, The Hangover Part III, The
Man with the Iron Fists, etc.) as the head advisor of a group of
unmanageable college RAs. The street
date will be Aug. 4 for the DVD release.
The following week, Aug. 11, documentary filmmaker Frédéric
Tcheng’s fashion-world exposé, Dior
and I, has been added to Paramount’s DVD release schedule.
This indie theatrical pickup arrives with an ARR of 123 days
and the limited major metro and arthouse run generated an impressive $980,971
in ticket sales. That’s a very solid
number for both an indie release (CIM Productions with theatrical distribution
through The Orchard) and a documentary.
The fashion dynasty of the House of Christian Dior in Paris
has a new creative director, Raf Simons, and his efforts to launch a new
collection — in just eight weeks — are explored in depth.