Paramount Home Media announced this past week that the first ten episodes of the television series adaptation of writer Terry Brooks’ series of futuristic/fantasy novels, The Shannara Chronicles: Season One, will be available as a four-disc set on June 7.
Set in in unspecified future — a fantasy world if you will — The Shannara Chronicles is a nifty blend of post-apocalyptic landscapes and Lord of the Rings-like characters and quests.
“It has begun …” ominously enough when the ancient Ellcrys tree shows signs of dying. This is the catalyst that sends our teenage heroes, Wil (Austin Butler — a veteran of such TV series as Arrow, The Carrie Diaries, Switched at Birth, etc.), who is something of a human hybrid, Amberle (Poppy Drayton — Down Dog, Unhallowed Ground, Writers Retreat), an elf princess and Eretria (Ivana Baquero — Another Me, The New Daughter), a very resourceful human on a quest to restore the balance in nature before unleashed monsters can lay claim to the world.
This wonderfully inventive series comes to DVD with a behind-the-scenes featurette, a video session with writer Terry Brooks and two additional featurettes — “Meet the Characters” and “Making of the Dagda Mor.”
Also on the June 7 release calendar from Paramount Home Media is the double-disc collection of Comedy Central’s Kroll Show: Season Three. Fans know that no television series or reality series, TV commercial, self-important celebrity or all-knowing corporate giant is safe from the mocking, satrical jabs and outright lampooning served up by standup comedian Nick Kroll and his band of cohorts.
All 11 hilarious episodes are included here, plus such bonus delights as “Chairs: Matt and Ben,” Bryan La Croix (aka: Nick Kroll) performs “Ottowana Go to Bed” (think: Justin Bieber) and Bobby Bottle Service and Peter Paparazzo (aka: Jon Daly) go “Country” with their no-hold-barred delivery of “Broin Country.”
Ready for DVD on June 14 is the Sundance Selects film production of Andrew Haigh’s film adaptation of David Constantine’s short story, “In Another Country,” which was titled for the screen as simply 45 Years.
This indie film release arrives on DVD with an ARR of 172 days and a domestic box office take of $4.1 million.
Veteran actress Charlotte Rampling, who was all the rage in the 1960s and 70s for her performances in such films as The Damned, Zardoz, The Night Porter and more, finally got a long overdue Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance as Kate (opposite Tom Courtenay), a woman who is nearly overwhelmed by revelations of her husbands love affair before their marriage (they are celebrating their 45th anniversary … hence the title).
And speaking of Academy Award contenders, Paramount Home Media announced this week that writer/director Charlie Kaufman’s Best Animated Film nominee, Anomalisa, has been moved from its original May 3 date to that of June 7. Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and DVD product offerings will be available on that date.
Bonus features for this animated wonder include a trio of featurettes that are exclusive to the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack — “None of Them are You: Crafting Anomalisa,” “Intimacy in Miniature” and “The Sound of Unease.”