By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
The revelation of Jane’s identity and the source of her origin leads to even more intriguing mysteries on the second season of the NBC crime drama “Blindspot,” to be released on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday Aug. 8, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. From creator Martin Gero (“Bored to Death”) and Berlanti Productions (“Arrow”), “Blindspot: The Complete Second Season” features 22 episodes and many extras, including new featurettes, deleted scenes, a gag reel and more. “Blindspot: The Complete Second Season” will retail for a suggested retail price (SRP $39.99 for the standard DVD edition and $44.98 SRP for the Blu-ray edition.
“Blindspot” returns for a high-octane second season as the mystery behind Jane Doe (Jaimie Alexander, “Thor” films) continues to deepen. After the shocking events in the first season finale, we learn that Jane is not who she or Kurt Weller’s FBI team thought she was.
Season two continues to unravel the conspiracy behind her missing identity and her former life with the shadowy organization known as Sandstorm – before joining Weller and the FBI. New faces appear on the faceless organization with the addition of Luke Mitchell (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) and Michelle Hurd (“Law & Order: SVU”) as members of the shadowy team that initially sent Jane to the FBI. In addition, “The Good Wife’s” Archie Panjabi joins the second season as the head of a secret division within the NSA that’s also been tracking Jane Doe’s case from afar. With everything somehow connected to Jane and her cryptic tattoos, the riddle of clues inked in her skin and erased from her mind is more crucial than ever. The series also stars Rob Brown (“Treme”), Audrey Esparza (“Black Box”), Ashley Johnson (“Much Ado About Nothing”) and Ukweli Roach (“The Royals”).
Having premiered in 2015, “Blindspot” tells the story of a beautiful and mysterious woman (Alexander) who is found naked in Times Square with her body completely covered in intricate, coded tattoos. She has no memories of her past and she is clueless about her own identity. She is dubbed Jane Doe and is investigated by the FBI when they learn one of her mysterious tattoos, bears the name of FBI agent Kurt Weller (“300: Rise of an Empire”). As the FBI investigates and solves the complex treasure map of her body, an ever-widening web of conspiracy and corruption is revealed.
Currently in its second season on NBC, “Blindspot” is produced by Berlanti Productions and Quinn’s House in association with Warner Bros. Television. The show was created by Martin Gero (“Bored to Death”) who executive produces along with Greg Berlanti (“The Flash”), Sarah Schechter (“Riverdale”) and Jeff F. King (“White Collar”).
The intriguing documentary immortalizing one of the most controversial performance artists of the century, “Burden” arrives on Digital HD on Tuesday Aug. 8 from Magnolia Home Entertainment. Directed by Richard Dewey (“The Leisure Class”) and Timothy Marrinan (“Invisible Lives”), the film spotlights the life of renowned artist Chris Burden and explores the artistic performances that took America by storm in the 1970s and shifted art history forever.
Official Selection of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, “Burden” illuminates Chris Burden’s unconventional life and his radical transition from dangerous performance art such as “5-Day Locker,” “Shoot” and “Trans-Fixed,” to intricately engineered installations including Metropolis II and the iconic exterior Urban Light installation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. “Burden” features interviews with the late artist prior to his death in 2015, diving deeper into his creative process and the limits he pushed throughout his career. Additional interviews include art influencers such as Marina Abramovic, Ed Ruscha, Ed Moses, Larry Bell, Nancy Buchanan and others. “Burden” also will be available via iTunes, Amazon Video, FandangoNOW, Google Play and additional digital retailers on Tuesday Aug. 8.
“Cezanne Et Moi” arrives on Digital HD Tuesday Aug. 8 from Magnolia Home Entertainment. Set in 19th century France, the film traces the unique friendship between painter Paul Cezanne and novelist Emile Zola. Directed by Academy Award nominated filmmaker Daniele Thompson (“Avenue Montaigne”), “Cezanne Et Moi” is both an artistic journey, and a story of friendship.
Starring Guillaume Canet (“Tell No One”) and Guillaume Gallienne (“Me, Myself and Mum”), “Cezanne Et Moi” captures the evolution of two singular visionaries. From the beginning of Cezanne and Zola’s friendship as schoolboys to their future as revolutionary artists, the riveting drama follows both Zola, a fatherless child from a poor family, and Cézanne, a wealthy child with a happier home life, who as young men both wish for fame and women. The biopic begins in 1888 at the height of Zola’s career, and the peak of Cézanne’s struggle. With a friendship destined to fail, the two artists slowly grow apart as Zola becomes a renowned wealthy novelist while society rejects Cezanne’s style and paintings.
“Cezanne Et Moi” will be available on iTunes, Amazon Video, FandangoNOW and additional digital retailers Tuesday Aug. 8.