Syfy's eerily delightful 'Haven'
Syfy's Haven, a delightful fantasy-thriller set in a small New England town populated by eerie "Troubled" people, has consistently delivered chills, thrills, and quite a few laughs in its three seasons on Syfy.
The town's Troubled have powers and ailments creepy, supernatural, and fantastical. Some can light fires by thought, or freeze a person solid by touch; some are amphibians who prefer to live in the ocean; others live in mirrors or in shadows; others still feed on human flesh.
Emily Rose is charming as Audrey Parker, an FBI agent who discovered in the opening season that she has been reincarnated at least three times over the last century, and always during Haven's worst troubles. She helps the afflicted, heals rifts, and rebalances light and dark.
Audrey is aided by town sheriff Nathan Wuornos (Lucas Bryant), a troubled dude in his own right - he cannot feel pain, or for that matter any form of touch - and Duke Crocker (Eric Balfour), who has a dark, deadly destiny.
Prepare for the fourth season with Haven: The Complete Third Season from Entertainment One. (http://entertainmentone.com; $39.98 DVD; $49.98 Blu-ray; not rated)
Other DVDs of note
Once Upon a Time: The Complete Second Season. Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Josh Dallas star in ABC's clever take on the fairy tale, featuring witches, trolls, goblins, not to mention a heroic prince and plenty of damsels in distress, all with a 21st-century twist. (http://abctvstore.cafepress.com/; $45.99 DVD; $79.99 Blu-ray; not rated)
Bates Motel: Season One. Freddie Highmore stars as the teenage Norman Bates, who dotes on his suffocating mom, played with glee by Vera Farmiga. The pair enjoy murderous hijinks in each episode. Hey, it helps them bond! (http://www.universalstudiosentertainment.com; $44.98 DVD; $49.98 Blu-ray; not rated)
Hannibal: Season One. Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen takes on the role of Hannibal Lecter in this intensely savage and beautiful prequel about the killer doctor's career before he was caught. (www.lionsgateshop.com/; $39.98 DVD; $39.97 Blu-ray; not rated)
The Human Factor. A mordant, darkly comic spy thriller from 1979, this British gem has a serious pedigree: An adaptation of the Graham Greene novel by playwright Tom Stoppard, the Otto Preminger-helmed drama features Richard Attenborough, Derek Jacobi, and John Gielgud. Nicol Williamson stars as a desk-bound spy in London who is accused of treason - simply because he married a black South African woman (Imam) after smuggling her out of the country. It's available directly from the Warner Archive Collection. (www.wbshop.com/warnerarchive; $21.99; not rated)
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. Richard Burton stars as a down-and-out spy in this magnificent 1965 adaptation of the John le Carré novel. It's finally available on Blu-ray. (www.criterion.com; $39.95; not rated)
In the House. French film master François Ozon (Swimming Pool) directs Kristin Scott Thomas and Emmanuelle Seigner in this disturbing drama about a 16-year-old boy who insinuates himself into the lives of a schoolmate's family, mining it for material for his essays and stories. (http://cohenmedia.net/; $24.98 DVD; $34.98 Blu-ray; not rated)
Unfinished Song. Terence Stamp stars as an aging curmudgeon who finds a new appreciation for life when he joins a choir at the behest of his wife (Vanessa Redgrave). Paul Andrew Williams' tender drama costars Gemma Arterton and Christopher Eccleston. (www.anchorbayentertainment.com; $24.98; rated PG-13)
Wild Style 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition. Producer-director Charlie Ahearn's 1983 feature is considered the first hip-hop movie ever made. New York graffiti artist "Lee" George Quinones stars in a semi-autobiographical story about tagging. The film features appearances by Grandmaster Flash, Fab Five Freddy, Lady Pink, the Rock Steady Crew, and the Cold Crush Brothers. It's due Oct. 1 in a restored Blu-ray edition. (www.musicboxfilms.com/; $29.95; rated R)
Leave Her to Heaven. It may have been shot in vivid Technicolor, but John M. Stahl's steamy 1945 melodrama has a film noir heart darker than dark. Gene Tierney stars as a maniacally jealous, and lethal, femme fatale. Vincent Price and Cornel Wilde costar in a classic restored to its former glory for Blu-ray. It's available directly from Screen Archives Entertainment. (www.screenarchives.com; $29.95; not rated)