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TCM Originals DVDs Sold Exclusively Through TCM's Online Store

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is releasing original specials from A Night at the Movies, the network's ongoing series of documentaries exploring different movie genres. Available Aug. 18 exclusively through TCM's online store – shop.tcm.com – TCM Originals: A Night at the Movies will include four memorable specials featuring extensive movie clips and commentary by Hollywood insiders: The Suspenseful World of Thrillers (2009), The Gigantic World of Epics (2009), Merry Christmas! (2011) and The Horrors of Steven King (2011).

TCM’s A Night at the Movies specials are written, produced and directed by Laurent Bouzereau, who has been directing documentaries about movies and moviemaking since 1994. Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (TNT’s Falling Skies) serve as executive producers. Complete descriptions of the four specials included in TCM's A Night at the Movies are included below.

TCM began bringing its collection of outstanding documentaries and specials to DVD earlier this year with Conversations with Robert Osborne, a special selection of some of the finest interviews the TCM host has conducted with legendary Hollywood talent.

 

TCM Originals: A Night at the Movies, Vol. 1

 

A Night at the Movies: The Suspenseful World of Thrillers

A Night at the Movies: The Suspenseful World of Thrillers looks at thrillers from all sides, including different types of thrillers and the stylistic tools filmmakers use to give their audiences a shot of adrenaline. The special explores a wide range of topics, including the origin of thrillers and development of stylistic conventions; the use of a wrongly accused everyman as a protagonist; the range of female roles, from damsel in distress to femme fatale; the creation of classic villains and the actors who relished playing them; the impact of World War II on the genre; the emergence of more violent thrillers in the 1960s; the rise of the paranoid thriller in the 1970s; and how the genre continues in popularity by latching onto the current zeitgeist. The Suspenseful World of Thrillers features interviews with such figures as TCM host Robert Osborne, Ken Follett, Bryan Singer, Diablo Cody, Kenneth Branagh, Mel Brooks, David Koepp, Norman Lloyd, Martin Landau, Illeana Douglas and Scott Frank.

 

A Night at the Movies: The Gigantic World of Epics

A Night at the Movies: The Gigantic World of Epics looks at Hollywood’s biggest screen spectaculars from all sides, including the genre’s beginnings, literary adaptations, great epic directors and actors, the challenges of making big-budget movies, classic set-pieces and epic music scores. The special also looks at how the genre fell out of favor with audiences and filmmakers in the ‘70s and ‘80s, only to be reborn with more recent films like Gladiator, and Dances with Wolves trilogy. Throughout, the special is packed with classic scenes and behind-the-scenes images from such films as The Birth of a Nation (1915), Gone With the Wind (1939), Samson & Delilah (1949), The Ten Commandments (1956), Ben-Hur (1959), El Cid (1961), King of Kings (1961), Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Doctor Zhivago (1965). The special features interviews with TCM host Robert Osborne; filmmakers Jean-Jacques Annaud, Kenneth Branagh, Jeffrey Katzenberg, John Milius and Steven Spielberg; author Ken Follett; actors Omar Sharif and Martin Landau; stuntmen Loren James and Diamond Farnsworth; production designer Guy Hendrix Dyas; assistant director Michael Stevenson; film historians Gary Allen Smith, Melvyn Stokes and Rudy Behlmer; and biographer Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni. Also included are reminiscences from director Fraser Heston, son of Charlton Heston; Cecilia DeMille Presley, granddaughter of epic filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille; William Bronston, son of producer Samuel Bronston; and Nina Mann, daughter of director Anthony Mann.

 

A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Steven King

In A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King, the master storyteller ushers viewers through the many aspects of the horror genre, including vampires, zombies, demons and ghosts. He also examines the fundamental reasons behind moviegoers' incessant craving for being frightened. Along the way, he discusses the classic horror films that influenced him the most, including Freaks (1932), Cat People (1942), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Night of the Living Dead (1968), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Jaws (1975), Halloween (1978) and The Changeling (1980), as well as titles adapted from his own works, such as Carrie (1976) and The Shining (1980).

 

A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas!

A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas! takes viewers on a magical journey through some of the greatest holiday films ever made. This special is a tinsel-filled journey through the most iconic holiday films of all time, including perennial favorites It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) and Miracle on 34th Street (1947). The documentary looks at variations within the genre, such as holiday romances, family movies and even thrillers. A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas! is packed with behind-the-scenes stories and personal Hollywood Christmas memories from the likes of Chevy Chase, Margaret O’Brien, Chazz Palminteri, Deborah Raffin, Karolyn Grimes, Zack Ward, Brian Henson, Joe Dante, Petrine Day Mitchum, authors Julie Salamon and Alonso Duralde, A Christmas Carol expert Michael Patrick Hearn and many more.

SOURCE: TCM

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'Perry Mason Movie Collection: Volume Three' Arrives August 5

Perry Mason (Raymond Burr), America's favorite defense attorney, is back in action once again! Employing the skills of Della Street (Barbara Hale) and Ken Malansky (William R. Moses), Perry once more attempts to exonerate the accused. From Las Vegas to Paris, France, Mason and his team travel to the scene of the crime, crossing paths with mobsters, war criminals, and demanding divas at almost every turn in this riveting 6-movie set.
 


DVD BASICS
•Street Date: August 5, 2014

•Price: $59.99
 
•Rating: Not Rated
 
•Runtime: Approximately 568 minutes

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'Noah And The Great Ark' Comes To DVD March 4th, 2014

Explore the mystery behind one of the greatest moments in the Bible with HISTORY®'s Noah And The Great Ark, arriving on DVD March 4th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Arriving just in time for the highly anticipated release of the epic film, Noah, starring Russell Crowe and directed by Darren Aronofsky, this new collection features three unforgettable specials that dive into one of history's most fascinating mysteries including Noah and the Ark: Voyage to a New Beginning, Mega Disasters: Noah's Great Flood and Mysteries of the Bible: Noah and the Flood. Experience the legend that has lasted for over two thousand years with Noah And The Great Ark, available for the suggested retail price of $14.98.

The truth behind one of the greatest stories of all time, Noah And The Great Ark collects three documentaries that examine the legend - and the science - of history's most famous flood and the Ark.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2013

Title Copyright:© 2014, Cover Art and Design © 2014 A&E Television Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.  HISTORY, the "H" logo and A+E Networks are trademarks of A&E Television Networks, LLC. Distributed by LIONSGATE® under license from A+E Networks Consumer Products™.

Type: TV on DVD

Rating: TVPG

Genre: Television; History; Faith

Closed Captioned: English

Subtitles: NA

Feature Run Time: 135 minutes

Format: 16x9 Widescreen (1.78:1)
DVD Audio Status: 2.0 Dolby Digital 

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'Bible Secrets' Revealed Comes To DVD March 4th, 2014

Taking on the questions people of faith have yearned to have answered, HISTORY presents a brand new six-hour miniseries on the most famous book in the world.  Bible Secrets Revealed arrives on DVD March 4th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Highlighted by breath-taking photography, captivating reenactments and insightful discussions with experts in the field, this two-disc collection features six fascinating episodes and will be available on DVD for the suggested retail price of $14.98.

Bible Secrets Revealed explores the mysteries and uncovers the hidden facts about the most read book in human history. The foundation on which Judaism and Christianity are built, the Bible is believed by the faithful to be the actual word of God. But is it history or myth? Who wrote it? How has it been altered over the years? This collection features stunning on-location photography, compelling reenactments and insightful interviews with scholars, archeologists and religious leaders. It offers an eye-opening journey into the book that has impacted millions while taking on the provocative questions people of faith yearn to have answered.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2013

Title Copyright: Bible Secrets Revealed © 2014, Cover Art and Design © 2014 A&E

Television Networks, LLC.  All Rights Reserved. HISTORY, the "H" logo and A+E

Networks are trademarks of A&E Television Networks, LLC. Distributed by

LIONSGATE® under license from A+E Networks Consumer Products™.

Type: TV on DVD

Rating: TVPG

Genre: Television; History; Faith & Spirituality

Closed Captioned: NA

Subtitles: NA

Feature Run Time: 270 minutes

Format: 16x9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

Audio Status: English2.0 Dolby Digital

'Ancient Aliens: Season 5 - Volume 1' Premieres On DVD In September

The bestselling, acclaimed History series is back with 12 never-before-released episodes in "Ancient Aliens: Season 5 - Volume 1," arriving on DVD September 3 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Arriving just in time for the new season on TV, the fifth season continues to explore the fascinating field of alien research. The latest release of the #2 highest-selling ongoing History franchise, "Ancient Aliens: Season 5 - Volume 1," includes 12 episodes from the spectacular 5th Season in a 3-disc DVD collection for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

Did intelligent aliens roam the earth thousands of years ago?  Researchers explore evidence of mysterious ancient phenomena such as alien abductions documented in the Hebrew Bible, Egyptian hieroglyphs depicting the use of light bulbs, miles-long cryptic markings in Peru, and more. Do these phenomena represent some alien agenda? From artifacts to first-hand accounts, this compelling inquiry presents grounded historical depth while challenging our understanding of ancient civilizations.

SOURCE: Lionsgate