By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
The Gallagher clan is back in the fifth season of Showtime’s popular series “Shameless,” which is set for release on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday Dec. 29 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Titled “Shameless: The Complete Fifth Season,” it features all 12 episodes of the latest season plus bonus content, including two featurettes and deleted scenes. From Emmy-winning executive producer John Wells (“ER,” “The West Wing”) and Warner Bros. Television, “Shameless” stars Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning actor William H. Macy (“Fargo”) and Emmy Rossum (“Mystic River”) in a twisted comedy about an irreverent, unconventional, working-class Chicago South Side family trying to scrape by.
Macy stars as Frank Gallagher, the genial alcoholic father of six close-knit, street-smart and rambunctious kids who will do whatever it takes to survive and stay together. “Shameless: The Complete Fifth Season,” has a suggested retail price of $39.98 for the standard DVD edition and $44.96 for the Blu-ray. The Blu-ray edition includes both the Blu-ray disc and an UltraViolet digital copy.
In season five of the series, the swelter of another Chicago summer finds Fiona (Rossum) juggling a crush on her new boss (Dermot Mulroney) and with a new husband (Steve Kazee) as well as the return of her old boyfriend (Justin Chatwin). Meanwhile, Frank (Macy) balances his brand new liver against that old healthy appetite for liquor, drugs and trouble. Lip (Jeremy Allen White) heads home from college and struggles to hang with his old South Side friends. Debbie (Emma Kenney) has her first real boyfriend, Ian’s (Cameron Monaghan) dealing with real health issues, and Carl’s (Ethan Cutkosky) just dealing. Personal and urban renewal runs rampant as organic coffee shops and yoga studios invade the neighborhood, and the Gallaghers stumble toward finding out who they really are and who to truly love. Bonus features include two all-new featurettes, a commentary on Episode 7 and unaired scenes.
Based on the long-running, award-winning British series, “Shameless” was adapted for American television by Wells and original U.K. series creator Paul Abbott (“State of Play”) and made its U.S. debut on Showtime in 2011.
Also available Tuesday Dec. 29 on DVD and Blu-ray is “Bone Tomahawk,” a Western involving cannibals. When cannibal savages kidnap settlers from the small town of Bright Hope, an unlikely team of gunslingers, led by Sheriff Franklin Hunt (“The Hateful Eight’s” Kurt Russell), set out to bring them home. But their enemy is more ruthless than anyone could have imagined, putting their mission, and survival itself, in jeopardy. Russell leads an all-star cast, including Patrick Wilson (“The Conjuring), Matthew Fox (TV’s “Lost”) and Richard Jenkins (“The Visitor”) in this gritty, brutal adventure chronicling a terrifying 19th century rescue mission.
Written and Directed by S. Craig Zahler, “Bone Tomahawk” also stars Lili Simmons (“Banshee”), David Arquette (“Scream”) and Sid Haig (“The Devil’s Rejects”). It is available on DVD for a suggested retail price of $29.96 and on Blu-ray for $29.97. Special features include a featurette on the making of the film, the Fantastic Fest Q&A, a poster gallery and a deleted scene.
Rupert Friend stars in “Hitman: Agent 47,” arriving on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday Dec. 29. In this action-packed thriller based on the award-winning video game franchise, 47 (Rupert Friend), a genetically engineered assassin with superior intelligence and superhuman abilities, turns the tables on a sinister organization that’s out to create an army of unstoppable killers with his DNA. Teaming up with a mysterious young woman (Hannah Ware), he uncovers secrets about his origins and faces an epic battle with his deadliest foe. The thriller also stars “Star Trek’s” Zachary Quinto.
Bonus features include deleted scenes, featurettes including “The Hit Counter” and “Re-imagining ‘Hitman,” “Ultimate Action: Staging the Fights,” “Hitman: Agent 47 Comic,” the making-of the comic book, and more.
“Hitman: Agent 47” also is available on digital HD.