Whenever we get news from abroad (not a broad!) that MHz Networks Entertainment is releasing more on their top-notch international television programming on DVD, our armchair traveler mode kicks in. And the DVD player and big screen get going. These binge-worthy releases feature charismatic performances, intriguingly unconventional plots and unique comedic flair. This month’s releases add to the ever-expanding catalog of extraordinary crime and mystery programming available in the U.S. through MHz Networks.
The blockbuster French drama, “A French Village” (“Un Village Francais”), starring Audrey Fleurot and Thierry Godard chronicles the impact of World War II on a small village in central France. The German occupation changes the life of the village of Villeneuve forever, and as its residents come under the pressures of war, they make choices that are inspiring and heartbreaking. In this gripping drama, ordinary citizens become patriots, traitors, Nazi employees or activists. Beginning with the Germans’ arrival in June 1940, they endure five years of rationing, fighting and betrayals, and strain to keep some semblance of their existence intact. The war shatters all their lives, but a few of them, even in the shadow of destruction, reach out to find fleeting moments of connection and love.
There’s a new crime-fighter in town: the international sensation, “Inspector Rex”. In the crime series that became one of the most successful franchises in the world, you’ll find the amazing German Shepherd Rex, with his unerring instinct and phenomenal intelligence. He may have four legs but he puts them all to use: unlatching doors, pushing trolleys, disarming criminals, and even charming the ladies when necessary. After his handler is killed in an explosion, police dog Rex gets paired up with the handsome, recently-divorced Inspector Richard Moser (played by Kaspar Capparoni) to investigate crimes and clean up the streets of Vienna. Although a loner at heart, Richard can’t stop his romantic impulses, but he’d probably fare better with women if Rex weren’t so jealous. Rex interrupts all Richards romantic opportunities and even does domestic duties to make a point. Who needs a wife when your dog can do your laundry? Constantly in search of amusement and the next ham roll, Rex loves to get under the skin of Richards two-legged partner, Ernst Stockinger. Whether hiding Stocki’s shoes or eating his food, it’s all fun and games to Rex. Follow Richard, Rex and Stocki, the meanest crime-fighting team to hit the streets of Vienna, as they track down a serial teddy bear bomber, an old-lady killer and even Beethoven’s head.