Home Entertainment Release Recap for June 8th, 2010.

THE A-TEAM: THE COMPLETE SERIES — LIMITED EDITION BOX SET (1983-87) Twenty-five disc set, in an A-Team Truck package, $149.98. (Universal).

“Ten years ago, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum-security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire The A-Team.”

Be a part of The A-Team like never before as the complete series arrives on DVD in this action-packed, 25-disc set. The iconic Mr. T stars as B.A., who joins forces with Hannibal, Murdock and Face to take down the bad guys in five explosive seasons. Groundbreaking, exciting and always fun, The A-Team remains an indelible part of television history and is the adventure that The New York Times proclaimed “a sensational hit.”

CADDYSHACK (1980) Dir.: Harold Ramis; Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Ted Knight, Rodney Dangerfield, Cindy Morgan, Michael O’Keefe. Extras: Bio Caddyshack: The inside story comprehensive feature-lengh 30th-anniversary documentary with the movie’s cast and creators ; Caddyshack: The 19th hole retrospective featurette; Theatrical trailer $21.95. (Warner).
The greenskeeper is about to start World War III – against a gopher. The judge plays to win but his nubile niece has her mind set on scoring her own way. The playboy shoots perfect golf by pretending he is the ball. And the country club loudmouth just doubled a $20,000 bet on a 10-foot putt. Insanity? No. Caddyshack. Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight and Bill Murray tee off for a side-splitting round of fairway foolishness that does for golf what Animal House did for college fraternities and Police Academy did for law enforcement.

FROM PARIS WITH LOVE (2010) John Travolta, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Kasia Smutniak.  (Lionsgate).

James Reece (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers), personal aide to the U.S. Ambassador to France, is secretly moonlighting as a low-level CIA operative. Looking for more action, Reece accepts a job that teams him with wise-cracking special agent Charlie Wax (John Travolta), a trigger-happy loose cannon sent to Paris on a mission of international importance. Now, Reece finds himself on the wildest ride of his life as the new partners pull out all the stops to annihilate the enemy in this explosive, white-knuckle, non-stop thriller.

THE ILLUSIONIST (2006) Ed Norton, Jessica Biel, Paul Giamatti, Rufus Sewell. Blu-ray + DVD combo. Extras: Commentary by writer-director Neil Burger, “The Making of The Illusionist” featurette, “Jessica Biel on The Illusionist” featurette. (Fox).
The acclaimed illusionist Eisenheim (Norton) has not only captured the imaginations of all of Vienna, but also the interest of the ambitious Crown Prince Leopold (Sewell). But when Leopold’s new fianc (Biel) rekindles a childhood fascination with Eisenheim, the Prince’s interest evolves into obsession… and suddenly the city’s Chief Inspector (Giamatti) finds himself investigating a shocking crime. But even as the Inspector engages him in a dramatic challenge of wills, Eisenheim prepares for his most impressive illusion yet.

SHUTTER ISLAND (2010) Dir.: Martin Scorsese; Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Max von Sydow, Michelle Williams, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson, Jackie Earle Haley, Ted Levine, John Carroll Lynch. Extras: “Behind the Shutters” making-of featurette, “Into the Lighthouse” featurette that discusses the historical landscape of psychiatric therapies during the 1950s through interviews with cast and crew. DVD: $29.99, Blu-ray: $39.99 (Paramount).

 Based on the best-selling novel by celebrated writer Dennis Lehane, SHUTTER ISLAND was written for the screen by Laeta Kalogridis and tells the story of two U.S. marshals investigating the mysterious disappearance of an inmate from a hospital for the criminally insane. But as their investigation proceeds, they uncover an intricate web of deception where nothing may be as it seems. Filled with nail-biting suspense and unexpected plot twists, SHUTTER ISLAND is a must-see thriller that will keep you guessing to the very end.

TALES OF THE GOLD MONKEY: THE COMPLETE SERIES (1982-83)  Stephen Collins, Caitlin O’Heaney, Roddy McDowall and Jeff Mackay. Extras: Pilot episode, new 36 Minute “making-of” documentary, commentaries, photo gallery, series synopsis and biographies, artifacts gallery, 24-page collector’s booklet. $49.97. (Fabulous Films/Shout! Factory).

Action, advernture, international intrigue, and exotic ambiance combine in Tales Of The Gold Monkey. This 22-hour long series is set in a backwater corner of the South Pacific a young American adventurer, Jake Cutter, and his ragtag group of friends become involved in death-defying hi-jinx, transporting people-on-the-run in a well-worn Grumman Goose seaplane. Broadcast by ABC in early 80s, the series became a massive hit following in the wake of Raiders of The Lost Ark . Set in 1938, this series captures the ambiance and character of a mysterious romantic era.

TCM SPOTLIGHT: CHARLIE CHAN COLLECTION Four-disc set with four inscrutable mysteries with one of the world’s greatest sleuths, Charlie Chan: “Dark Alibi” (1946), “Dangerous Money” (1946) and “The Trap” (1946), starring Sidney Toler; and “The Chinese Ring” (1947), starring Roland Winters; $39.98.