- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Emmy TV on DVD

“Prime Suspect” and “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” competitors in two categories at Sunday night’s Emmy awards show (for outstanding directing and outstanding writing for a miniseries or movie) are out on DVD and competing for buyers.

“Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act,” which beat “Bury My Heart” in both categories, is the conclusion of the acclaimed British crime series. Oscar winner Helen Mirren won an Emmy Sunday night for her bracing portrayal of Detective Superintendent Jane Tennison. The series opens as Tennison, struggling with alcoholism and with no personal life worth mentioning, faces the end of the career to which she has given her life.

The groundbreaking series, which had Miss Mirren doing some of her best work playing a tough and troubled woman — the likes of whom we had hardly seen on television before — also was nominated for the outstanding miniseries award. The two-disc set from Acorn Media retails for $29.99.

Its Emmy competitor, “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” was based on Dee Alexander Brown’s 1970 classic. The HBO film was widely derided for its revisionist history but also praised for its performances, including those from Aidan Quinn (as Sen. Henry Dawes), Adam Beach (Charles Eastman), August Schellenberg (Sitting Bull) and Gordon Tootoosis (Red Cloud).

The film garnered an impressive 17 Emmy nominations, the most of any program, and won six, including outstanding made-for-TV movie. The two-disc set retails for $26.98.

Other recent DVD releases of note:

Hetty Wainthropp Investigates: The Complete Collection: Patricia Routledge, the adored British actress best known as middle-class striver Hyacinth on “Keeping Up Appearances” — a staple of Maryland Public Television’s Afternoon Tea British block — plays a woman who stumbles into crime-solving after her 60th birthday. Miss Routledge’s character is amusingly fearless when it comes to confronting young punks. Dominic Monaghan (“Lost” and “Lord of the Rings”) had his first breakout role as her unlikely assistant. (Acorn Media, 13 discs, $149.99)

Dexter: The First Season: If you missed it the first time around, you can still catch the premiere season of Showtime’s darkly funny series about a vigilante serial killer (Michael C. Hall of “Six Feet Under” fame) before the second season premieres Sept. 30. (Showtime/Paramount, four discs, $39.98)

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Seasons 1 & 2: Another opportunity to catch up: The FX show that Amazon.com describes as a cross between “Seinfeld” and “Arrested Development” started its third season Thursday at 10. Danny DeVito joined the cast for season two. (20th Century Fox, three discs, $39.98)

Compiled by Kelly Jane Torrance from staff and wire reports.

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