HBO continues releasing DVDs that are must-see, must-own. Here, we share the recent crop of the best.
Created by Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler, the Cinemax action-drama “Banshee” charts the continuing twists and turns that follow Lucas Hood (played by Antony Starr), an ex-convict who improbably assumes the identity of sheriff of the rural, Amish-area town of Banshee, Pennsylvania, where his former lover and partner-in-crime has been living under her own alias, Carrie Hopewell (Ivana Milicevic). This action-packed series has developed a devoted fan base of “Fanshees” who are hooked on the high-octane storytelling and compelling characters. Timed to its fourth and final season, “Banshee: The Complete Third Season” debuts on Blu-ray and DVD on April 5. The release is loaded with extensive bonus content taking “Fanshees” behind the scenes of the show.
Prolific indie filmmakers Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass make their TV debut with the funny and poignant HBO comedy series “Togetherness.” The series follows four adults living under one roof struggling to keep their relationships and dreams alive as they approach the age of 40. Blending laughter and pathos, “Togetherness” shows the tragically comedic struggle to follow personal dreams while still remaining good friends, siblings, and spouses to each other. “Togetherness: The Complete First Season: in now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download. The Blu-ray and DVD box sets both include exclusive, never-before-seen bonus content including deleted scenes and a behind-the-scenes interview with cast members Amanda Peet and Steve Zissis.
The worldwide phenomenon is back, breaking more records along the way. Winner of 12 Emmys (the most of any series in one year) and a Guinness World Record holder for the largest simultaneous broadcast of a TV drama (in 173 countries and territories worldwide), “Game of Thrones” is bigger than ever in Season 5. Fans of the hit show will finally have the chance to add this legendary season to their collections now that “Game of Thrones: The Complete Fifth Season” is available on Blu-ray and DVD. The Blu-ray set features a free Digital HD copy of all 10 episodes, plus exclusive bonus content including a brand new feature that takes an in-depth look at the story behind the Targaryen civil war, known as the Dance of Dragons.
The Blu-ray also features the revolutionary new audio technology Dolby Atmos which places and moves sounds and music anywhere in the room, including overhead, creating a captivating experience that brings entertainment alive all around the audience. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, Dolby Atmos-enabled AV receivers and additional speakers are required; however, Dolby Atmos soundtracks are fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment and will automatically play in the best possible way.
Emmy-winner David Simon is famous for using his trained journalist’s eye to create compelling shows that shine a light on political corruption and the power of community (think “The Wire” and “Treme”). His latest offering, the HBO miniseries “Show Me a Hero,” uses an all-star cast and an award-winning filmmaking team to explore the notions of home, race and community through the lives of elected officials, bureaucrats, activists and ordinary citizens in Yonkers, New York. In an America generations removed from the greatest civil rights struggles of the ’60s, the young mayor of Yonkers is faced with a federal court order that says he must build a small number of low-income housing units in the white neighborhoods of his town. His attempt to do so tears the city apart, paralyzes the municipal government and, ultimately, destroys the mayor and his political future.The six-part series is available on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD. The box sets include an extended making-of featurette and the Digital HD includes a recording of a Department of Housing and Urban Development panel featuring Simon.
Starring and created by Lena Dunham and executive produced by Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner, “Girls” follows the misadventures of a group of 20-something friends in and out of NYC. “Girls: The Complete Fourth Season,” now on Blu-ray and DVD. The Blu-ray set features a free Digital HD copy of all 10 episodes, plus exclusive bonus content including gag reels, deleted scenes, music features and more. This season finds the girls tentatively edging towards maturity as they take on new personas in new worlds. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, this season’s 10 episodes offer up some unexpected twists, as the girls of Girls continue to hunt for success–creatively, professionally and romantically–in New York City and beyond.
The hit Cinemax show “Strike Back” is back with its highly anticipated fourth and final season. Now available on Blu-ray with Digital HD and DVD, “Strike Back: Cinemax Season 4” follows the unlikely alliance between two crack special agents–one an American renegade, the other an elite British spy. But what’s on the surface is only the first step in a massive terrorist plot. From the tropical beaches of Thailand to the towering peaks of the Swiss Alps, Season 4 of this high-octane, globe-spanning thriller, heralded by “TV Guide” as “…TV’s most explosive action series,” brings the gripping story to an end–giving fans a chance to finally add the final chapter of Strike Back to their collections.