DVD Releases for July 29th.

We have a ton of releases this week. You will notice I have included a couple non-crime titles: Tiny Toons finally come out on DVD and The Rolling Stones and Martin Scorsese offer up Shine A Light.

Classic British Thrillers “The Phantom Light, Red Ensign and The Upturned Glass” $24.98 (MPI Home Video).

The British Cinematograph Films Act of 1927 was passed to give motion pictures made in the U.K. an edge over Hollywood imports. These films, called “quota quickies,” provided on-the-job training for some of the biggest stars of the Golden Age of British Cinema. This single disc includes three fine pieces of vintage British cinema: “The Phantom Light,” a creepy “quickie” directed by Michael Powel; “Red Ensign,” an expose of corruption and sabotage in the British shipping industry, directed by Powel; and “The Upturned Glass,” a revenge thriller starring James Mason as a surgeon turned sleuth.

Dark City Director’s Cut (1998) Dir.: Alex Proyas; Rufus Sewell, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Kiefer Sutherland. Never-before-seen version, bonus features. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (New Line).

Alex Proyas’ critically-acclaimed film is back with a brand new directors cut featuring enhanced picture and sound, never-before-seen footage and three commentary tracks that take you deeper than ever before into the world of one of sci-fi’s most exciting and revered tales. When John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) wakes with no memory at the scene of a grisly murder, he soon finds himself hunted by the police, a woman claiming to be his wife and a mysterious group of pale men who seem to control everything and everyone in the city.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Seventh Year Five-disc set with 22 episodes, $59.98.Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Dann Florek (Universal).

Mariska Hargitay and Chris Meloni return to their detective roles to investigate some of the most provocative and emotionally intense sexually based crimes ripped from the headlines. Guest stars include Dean Cain, Marcia Gay Harden, Brittany Snow, Mark McGrath and more.

Robin Hood: Season Two (2006) Jonas Armstrong, Lucy Griffiths, Richard Armitage, Bethany Turner and Clem Tibber. Five-disc set with 13 episodes of the BBC America series, $99.98. (Warner).
The contemporary retelling of the popular legend is back for a second series with more breathtaking archery incredible swordplay lots of humour fun and energy a smattering of brute force and the raw determination to right wrongs. The Sheriff is in the final stages of a plot to kill King Richard upon his return from the Holy Land. The Sheriff also wants Robin Hood dead and with his devastating sister Davina sets about catching him once and for all. It seems only a matter of time until Marian escapes to the forest and she and Robin can be together. Until that is Gisborne turns up at Knighton Hall and razes it to the ground seizing Marian and Edward and placing them under house arrest in the castle. Marian and Robin now separate for the good of England Marian as the castle spy and Robin leading his gang in the forest and villages of Nottingham…

Shine a Light (2008) Dir.: Martin Scorsese; documentary about The Rolling Stones. Extras: Four bonus Rolling Stones performances not seen in theaters, featurette with a behind-the-scenes look at The Stones rehearsing on stage at New York’s Beacon Theater, candid moments with the band and celebrity guests, archival footage not included in the feature film. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (Paramount).

Martin Scorsese and The Rolling Stones unite to bring audiences “Shine A Light”. Filmed at the Beacon Theatre in New York City in Autumn 2006, Scorsese assembled a team of cinematographers to capture the raw energy of the legendary band. There are special appearances by Christina Aguilera, Jack White and Buddy Guy, and four Rolling Stones performances not seen in theatres.

Stargate: Continuum (2008) Second direct-to-video (DVD and Blu-ray) “Stargate SG-1” feature. Extras: Commentary by executive producer/writer Brad Wright and director Martin Wood, “The Making of Stargate: Continuum” featurette, “Stargate Goes to the Arctic” featurette, “The Layman’s Guide to Time Travel” featurette. (MGM).

While SG-1 attends the execution of Ba’al, the last of the Goa’uld System Lords, Teal’c and Vala inexplicably disappear into thin air. Carter, Daniel and Mitchell race back to a world where history has been changed: the Stargate program has been erased from the timeline. The remaining SG-1 members must find the Stargate and set things right before they world is enslaved by the Goa’uld

Tiny Toon Adventures: Season 1, Volume 1 Four-disc set with 35 episodes from the animated programs first season, $44.98. Extras: “From Wacky Tunes to Tiny Toons: A Looney Evolution” featurette. (Warner).

Rejoice, potatoes du couch, ’cause they’re finally on DVD in 35 furry, funny, Montana Max-has-money episodes from the debut season. Here you¿ll find Buster Bunny, Babs Bunny (no relation!), Plucky Duck, Hamton Pig and more denizens of Acme Acres. And here you’ll find Acme Looniversity, where the Toonsters are schooled under the wise(guy) guidance of Warner Bros. ‘toon legends from Bugs Bunny to Yosemite Sam. Enroll today!

WarGames: 25th Anniversary Edition (1983) Dir.: John Badham; Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, John Wood, Ally Sheedy, Barry Corbin. Extras: Commentary by director John Badham and writers Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes; “Loading WarGames” documentary; “Attack of the Hackers” featurette; “Inside NORAD: Cold War Fortress” featurette; “Tic Tac Toe: A True Story” featurette; menu-driven interactive superpower weapons briefing gallery. (MGM).

Witchblade Seven-disc set with 24 episodes, $69.98. Yancy Butler, Eric Etebari, Anthony Cistaro, Will Yun Lee, David Chokachi Extras: Featurettes, casting sessions, more. (Warner).