Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD Release: Show Me a Hero

Digital Release Date: Jan. 4, 2016, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 2, 2015
Price: DVD $39.98, Blu-ray w/ Digital HD $49.99
Studio: HBO


The latest offering from Emmy winner David Simon, creator of The Wire, is the HBO six-part miniseries Show Me a Hero, which uses an all-star cast and an award-winning filmmaking team to explore the notions of home, race and community through the lives of elected officials, bureaucrats, activists and ordinary citizens in Yonkers, N.Y.

Golden Globe-winner Oscar Isaac is Yonkers Mayor Nick Wasicsko in Show Me a Hero.

Golden Globe-winner Oscar Isaac is Yonkers Mayor Nick Wasicsko in Show Me a Hero.

In an America generations removed from the greatest civil rights struggles of the 1960s, Nick Wasicsko, the young mayor of the mid-sized American city of Yonkers (Ex Machina‘s Oscar Isaac in a Golden Globe-winning performance), is faced with a federal court order that says he must build a small number of low-income housing units in the white neighborhoods of his town. His attempt to do so tears the city apart, paralyzes the municipal government and, ultimately, destroys the mayor and his political future.

Also in the cast are Catherine Keener (Being John Malkovich), as longtime East Yonkers resident Mary Dorman; Alfred Molina (HBO’s The Normal Heart) as Councilman Henry J. Spallone; Winona Ryder (Black Swan) as Councilwoman Vinni Restiano; LaTanya Richardson-Jackson (TV’s Blue Bloods) as housing project resident Norma O’Neal; Bob Balaban (The Grand Budapest Hotel) as U.S. District Judge Leonard Sand; James Belushi (The Ghost Writer) as incumbent Yonkers Mayor Angelo Martinelli, who lost his bid for a seventh term to Nick Wasicsko; and Jon Bernthal (The Wolf of Wall Street) as NAACP attorney Michael Sussman.

Directed by Academy Award winner Paul Haggis (The Next Three Days), David Simon partnered with longtime collaborator William F. Zorzi to adapt the mini-series from the critically-acclaimed nonfiction book of the same name by Lisa Belkin. The box sets include an extended making-of featurette and the Digital HD includes a recording of a Department of Housing and Urban Development panel featuring Simon.

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.