This week's new DVD releases feature a heavy dose of rereleased films and television series from outside the United States.
"Trial & Retribution: The Complete Collection"; 3.5 stars: All you really need to know about this long-running British production is it comes from Lynda La Plante, the creative force behind "Prime Suspect," one of the finest detective series ever made. Just as in "Prime Suspect," "Trial & Retribution" features complicated characters, smart plots and a captivating darkness.
The set includes the 22 feature-length mysteries created and written by the BAFTA winner and Emmy nominee. If you are a fan of "Law & Order," La Plante's offerings follow a similar structure. Each case is followed from the scene of the crime to the courtroom verdict. The first case in Volume One is a 5-year-old girl who disappears. Pushed by a tight window to find the girl, the police launch a search, but that changes as more is revealed.
La Plante's style is to make sure the police elements are in line with what would happen in a similar real-life situation. She also makes sure to keep the human element of the story realistic, whether it be an early suspect or the members of the police dealing with the case. This results in complicated characters for David Hyman, Victoria Smurfit and Colin Salmon to play.
Guest stars in the series include Hugh Dancy, Iain Glen, Simon Callow, Greg Wise, Gemma Jones, Corin Redgrave, Charles Dance, Rosamund Pike and Michael Fassbender.
ALSO NEW ON DVD AND BLU-RAY MAY 28
"South Park: The Complete Twenty-Second Season": The 10 episodes include tales of Cartman, Kenny, Stan and Kyle having a memorable Halloween, super cereal with Al Gore and trying to win the top prize in the town's bike parade.
"A Vigilante": Sadie (Olivia Wilde) makes it her life's mission to help free others in danger after escaping her violent husband.
"Outlander: Season Four": This season of the cable drama is based on the fourth of eight books in Diana Gabaldon's series.
"Velvet: The Complete Series Box Set": Includes four seasons of the Spanish production that looks at the clothing emporium of Velvet Galleries in the 1950s.
"Climax": Director Gaspar Noe's story of a party that descends into delirium during one wintry night.
"Greta": A woman begins to change after she finds a handbag in the subway. Chloe Grace Moretz stars.
"To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar": The 1995 film starring Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo and Wesley Snipes is being released on Blu-ray.
"Captain Marleau Vol. 1": Captain Marleau (Corinne Masiero) has an offbeat way of solving crimes. The DVD set includes episodes 1-6.
"Boom!": Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor star in this 1968 adaptation of the work by Tennessee Williams.
"Miss Friman's War": Group of women is brave enough to take on the male ruling classes and a corrupt food industry.
"Night of the Creeps": A campus is overrun by zombies after an infected student is brought back to life. The film was originally released in 1986.
"When a Stranger Calls Back": Woman faces new scares five years after being terrorized while babysitting. Initial release was in 1993.
"Blood": Adrian Dunbar and Carolina Main star in this family drama and psychological crime thriller about family, memory and the impact the past can have on the present.
BEING RELEASED ON DIGITAL HD MAY 28
"Captain Marvel": A pilot (Brie Larson) is turned into a hero with superpowers who must save Earth.
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