By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment presents “The Driftless Area,” a provocative and suspenseful crime drama where fate, mystery and romance collide. It is available Tuesday, April 26 on DVD and Digital. Based on the eponymous novel by award-winning author Tom Drury (“The End of Vandalism”) the film stars Anton Yelchin (“Star Trek” series) and Zooey Deschanel (TV’s “The New Girl”).
The story follows a bartender (Yelchin) who, after the death of his parents, comes back to his hometown only to fall into a dangerous situation involving a mysterious woman (Deschanel) and a violent criminal, played by Oscar nominee John Hawkes (Best Supporting Actor, “Winter’s Bone”). Featuring a supporting cast that includes Alia Shawkat (TV’s “Arrested Development”), Aubrey Plaza (TV’s “Parks and Recreation”), Ciaran Hinds (TV’s “Game of Thrones”) and Oscar nominee Frank Langella (“Frost/Nixon”), “The Driftless Area” was an Official Selection at 2015’s Tribeca Film Festival. The DVD includes the featurette “Making ‘The Driftless Area’,” in which the cast and crew discuss the story behind the film, the characters and working with director Zachary Sluser.
Bugs Bunny, one of the world’s most popular cartoon characters, returns to entertain viewers in “Wabbit: A Looney Tunes Production, Season 1 Part 1,” a new animated series set for release on DVD Tuesday, April 26, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The comical, heroic and mischievous bunny cartoon lovers adore is back in a new, modern comedy series featuring cutting-edge animation, clever storylines and endearing new characters that will capture the hearts of Looney Tunes fans of all ages. The two-disc set features 26 fun-filled episodes and will be available for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $19.97.
Delightful and zany adventures with that carrot-crunching rabbit are in store with Bugs Bunny. From Warner Bros. Animation, “Wabbit” is classic Looney Tunes with an updated look and engaging new characters. Squeaks the squirrel and Bigfoot join Bugs Bunny on his new escapades. The kid-friendly series also features several of Bugs Bunny’s long-time, loyal Looney Tunes pals, including Wile E. Coyote, Yosemite Sam and the Tasmanian Devil, some of whom have new roles in Bugs’ life. It’s classic Bugs Bunny in present day situations. Now a whole new generation of viewers will be introduced to the lovable antics of that adorable, wisecracking bunny.
Debuting on Acorn DVD on Tuesday, April 26 is the complete first season of acclaimed Canadian police drama series “19-2.”
On par with the best American and British police dramas, Canadian Screen Award winner for Best Dramatic Series, “19-2,” is an intense, character-driven police drama. Season 1 stars Adrian Holmes (“Arrow”) and Jared Keeso (“Falling Skies”) as partners in the Montreal Police Department who must put their differences aside as their lives intertwine professionally and personally.
Officer Nick Barron (Holmes) patrols the streets of Montreal with Station 19’s newest squad member, Ben Chartier (Keeso). Back on the job after a shooting incident, guilt-ridden Nick immediately clashes with overzealous Ben. As the wary new partners respond to some of the city’s most violent and bizarre crimes, they learn the high cost of life on the force—both on and off duty. This award-winning drama follows first responders beyond the crime scenes and into their own messy lives.
The supporting cast includes Maxim Roy (“Heartland”), Dan Petronijevic (“Happy Town”), Benz Antoine (“Blue Murder”), Mylene Dinh-Robic (“Being Human”) and Laurence Leboeuf (“Durham County”).
Season 2 of “19-2” makes its U.S. premiere on Acorn TV on Monday, May 16. Besides its DVD release, Season 1 remains available to watch anytime on Acorn TV, the streaming service for TV from Britain and beyond.
“Ladygrey” premieres on Digital HD and On Demand platforms Tuesday, April 26 from MarVista Digital Entertainment.
Ten years after the end of apartheid, outside a French mission established at the foot of South Africa’s magnificent Drakensberg Mountains, a community tries to live without recalling the violent clashes of the past that have left deep scars. But when the silence is suddenly broken, some of the most innocent citizens may be in peril. However, it’s in the harshly beautiful killing fields of the South African Great Escarpment that a final reckoning threatens to arrive for all.
Directed by Alain Choquart, the epic drama stars Peter Sarsgaard (“Black Mass”), Jeremie Renier (“Waste Land”), Emily Mortimer (“The Newsroom”) and Liam Cunningham (“Game of Thrones”).