The Telefile

TV on DVD: Tuesday, April 24, 2012

by Ethan Alter April 24, 2012 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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If you can't stand the thought of giving James Cameron one more cent of your hard-earned dough, here's a chance to see the story of the epic Titanic disaster minus Kate, Leo and Celine. Written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and financed for Canadian and UK television (it aired stateside on ABC, which didn't pony up any dough), this four-part miniseries is, much like Cameron's multi-award winning feature, part soap opera and part disaster movie, setting a host of shipboard storylines in motion (including fledgling romances, inter-family bickering and the stark divide between the first-class and steerage passengers) before the whole cruise goes belly-up. Nice effort Julian, but somehow we think Cameron's Titanic will be the one whose legacy will go on.
Extras: Six behind-the-scenes featurettes, an additional making-of documentary and a separate doc following the strange case of two real-life sisters that were aboard the doomed ship.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Blu-ray
Generally regarded as the finest John le Carré adaptation around (on the small screen anyway), Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy stars a post-Star Wars Alec Guinness stars as George Smiley, a retired former intelligence officer that is called back into duty to ferret out a Soviet mole who's infiltrated Her Majesty's secret service. And while Gary Oldman did a fine job portraying Smiley in last year's acclaimed film version, it's tough to top Obi-Wan himself.
Extras: An interview with the author and another interview with the series director, deleted scenes and production notes.

Also on DVD:
Tim Robbins and Diane Lane play the original reality TV stars Pat and Bill Loud in the HBO telefilm Cinema Verite, about the PBS series that made television history and essentially ruined their family. Marvel maniacs can see what their favorite heroes look like when drawn in anime style via Marvel Anime: X-Men and Marvel Anime: Iron Man. And if this season of The Amazing Race just isn't doing it for you, flashback to the show's classic era with The Amazing Race: Season 5 and The Amazing Race: Season 6.

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