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DVDs and Downloads: Four Netflix series intersect in Marvel's The Defenders

Marvel's The Defenders – Krysten Ritter, Finn Jones, Charlie Cox and Mike Colter

MARVEL'S THE DEFENDERS (8 episodes, starts streaming from August 18 exclusively on Netflix, Action/Fantasy/Drama/Romance)

Four action-packed series created for Netflix – Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist – intersect in this big-budget eight-part mini-series, which continues to expand and enrich the Marvel Comics Cinematic Universe.

The Defenders unfolds at a time when the good people of New York City are facing a threat from a shadowy organisation led by the enigmatic and extremely powerful Alexandra (Sigourney Weaver).

Blind lawyer Matt Murdoch aka Daredevil (Charlie Cox), private investigator Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), ex-convict Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Buddhist billionaire Iron Fist (Finn Jones) cannot defeat this threat on their own and each hero is haunted by demons that sap their courage.

Working together in an uneasy alliance, the solitary figures become a powerhouse of strength, bolstered by help from friends and associates including Frank Castle aka The Punisher (Jon Bernthal). However, Alexandra has many weapons at her disposal, including her former protegee, Elektra Natchios (Elodie Yung).

 

 

SUPERGIRL – The Second Season (Cert 12, 924 mins, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, available now on Amazon Video/iTunes and other download and streaming services, available from August 21 on DVD £29.99/Blu-ray £39.99, Action/Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Drama/Romance)

The DC Comics superhero continues to take flight in an action-packed TV series from the team responsible for Arrow and The Flash.

Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist) hones her powers with the help of Hank Henshaw (David Harewood), head of the top secret Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO). She pools resources for the first time with her biological cousin, Superman (Tyler Hoechlin), to identify a diabolical plot against Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath), sister of archvillain Lex and the new CEO of Luthor Corp.

Also Kara becomes a mentor to a crash-landed Daxamite called Mon-El (Chris Wood), whose vengeful mother Rhea (Teri Hatcher) intends to spearhead a full-scale invasion of Earth. The four-disc DVD and Blu-ray box sets include all 22 episodes plus featurettes and audio commentary.

 

WHAT HAPPENED TO MONDAY (Cert 12, 123 mins, streaming from August 18 exclusively on Netflix, Sci-Fi/Thriller)

Thanks to digital trickery, Swedish actress Noomi Rapace plays seven roles in a dystopian sci-fi thriller directed by Tommy Wirkola, set in a near future where governments have implemented the One Child Policy to combat overpopulation and food shortages.

Terrence Settman (Willem Dafoe) defies the edict to raise seven identical sisters in secret. He names them Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and the siblings avoid detection by the Child Allocation Bureau under the control of director Nicolette Cayman (Glenn Close) by taking turns to assume the identity of one person: Karen Settman.

Each sister can venture outside for one day a week as Karen and then must remain inside the apartment for the remaining six days. The ingenious plan unfolds without incident until Monday fails to return home one day and her six siblings speculate about the reasons for the disappearance.

 

LUCIFER – The Second Season (Cert 15, 774 mins, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, available now on Amazon Video/iTunes and other download and streaming services, available from August 21 on DVD £29.99, Fantasy/Comedy/Drama/Action/Adventure)

Fallen angel Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) helps Los Angeles police detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German) to solve more crimes in the fantastical drama comedy, based on the comic book series written by Mike Carey.

This series, Chloe's ex-husband Detective Dan Espinoza (Kevin Alejandro) is reinstated to the police force and works alongside his old flame, Lucifer is shocked when his scheming mother materialises in the body of law firm partner Charlotte Richards (Tricia Helfer), and the fallen angel reveals his true self to shocked mortal therapist, Dr Linda Martin (Rachael Harris).

She urges him to demonstrate the same honesty with Chloe if he wants to strengthen their relationship. The three-disc DVD box set includes all 18 episodes plus two featurettes, a gag reel and unseen footage.

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