Releases on DVD and Blu-ray this week include:

Releases on DVD and Blu-ray this week include:

v “The Bible: The Epic Miniseries” (Fox, $59.98 DVD, $69.98 Blu-ray): It offers a three-part making-of chronicle, examinations of the music, casting and visual effects, and “Believing in Miracles. The 10-episode, five-night History Channel series was produced by reality-TV mogul Mark Burnett and his wife, actress Roma Downey (“Touched by an Angel”).

v “Hemingway & Gellhorn” (HBO, $19.97 DVD, $24.99 Blu-ray/DVD combo): This dramatizes the stormy relationship between writers Ernest Hemingway (played by Clive Owen) and Martha Gellhorn (Nicole Kidman).

v “Dirk Gently” (Acorn, the pilot plus three episodes, $39.99 DVD): Fans of the writer Douglas Adams (“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”) may want to note the arrival of a 2010-12 BBC presentation based on Adams’ novels about the holistic detective.

v “GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling” (Docurama, $29.95 DVD): A documentary focuses on the tacky extravaganza that became a TV phenomenon for a moment in the late ’80s.

v Coming soon: “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” will be on Blu-ray, DVD and 3-D Blu-ray on June 11. “Warm Bodies” will be on DVD and Blu-ray on June 4; and action classic “The Great Escape” on Blu-ray May 7.

“SPIES OF WAR” (9 p.m., BBC AMERICA): David Tennant (“Doctor Who”) heads the cast in “Spies of Warsaw.” It’s a thrilling two-part spy drama that finds French and German intelligence operatives locked in a life-and-death struggle during the pre-WWII years.

“ROGUE” (9 p.m., DirecTV Audience Network): Thandie Newton (“Crash”) shifts into butt-kicking mode on “Rogue.” It’s a new crime thriller about an undercover detective who gets drawn into a dangerous relationship with an Oakland mob boss.

“MODERN FAMILY” (8 p.m., ABC): Phil and Claire run into their family’s doppelgdngers.

“How to Live with Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life” (8:30 P.M., ABC): Sarah Chalke (“Scrubs”) portrays a single mom who returns home to live with hippy-dippy parents Brad Garrett and Elizabeth Perkins in this conventional, disappointing new sitcom.

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Elephants face off with police league


Four powerful pachyderms and six members of Youngstown Police Department will go head-to-head to see who can devour the most doughnuts to win circus tickets for children from the Youngstown Police Athletic League.

The event will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Covelli Centre parking lot, 229 E. Front St.

Ringling Bros. partnered with the police athletic league during the “Give a Ball, Have a Ball” athletic equipment drive. Hundreds of balls, bats, gloves and other athletic gear were collected for Youngstown children at that event.

Tickets for the “Built to Amaze!” circus are available at the Covelli Centre box office, Ticketmaster locations, online at or 1-800-745-3000.

Show times are 3 and 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. and 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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