New On DVD This Week: Zorro, Glee, Matlock, Secretariat, Webster

by | January 27, 2011 at 2:09 PM | TV News

Zorro

Filmed entirely in Madrid, Spain, ‘Zorro‘ aired on The Family Channel for four seasons, from 1990-1993, and, for the very first time, this spectacular DVD MegaSet collects all 88 episodes from the classic ’90s series that brought Zorro to life for a whole new generation of fans. The legend of Zorro begins in the early 1800’s, when Los Angeles was a dusty pueblo, the farthest colonial outpost of the Spanish empire. This wild and untamed land was governed by the Alcalde, a corrupt mayor whose word was law and whose law was absolute. Young and dashing Don Diego de la Vega, pretending to care only for science and study, secretly creates a bold alter-ego: Zorro — the Fox. And aided by his mute servant Felipe, inspired by the faith of the beautiful tavern-keeper Victoria, and carried into battle by the mighty steed Toronado, the masked crusader thwarts the Alcalde’s plots at every turn. With his trademark whip and sword, he is everywhere and nowhere, quick to defend the innocent and attack the guilty. And he always leaves his trademark symbol ‘Z,’ — the mark of Zorro! Buy the complete series right here.

Glee

The unforgettable ‘Glee‘ cast returns in TV’s most spectacular musical sensation. Despite school budget cuts and a setback at Regionals, New Directions is more energized than ever. As fresh romances develop and old ones are tested, the club embraces an exciting new year of challenges. The Season 2, Volume 1 DVD contains the first 10 episodes as well as special features and never-before-seen footage including a bonus song recorded exclusively for the DVD release. Find every memorable season two performance thus far, including Britney/Brittany and The Rocky Horror “Glee” Show. Buy the Season 2, Volume 1 DVD right here.

Matlock

Ben ‘Matlock‘ (Andy Griffith) is a Harvard-educated defense attorney and fiery Southerner who wins almost every case he has ever taken, especially murder cases. Known for his thriftiness, love of hot dogs and the extremely high demands he places on investigators, Matlock charges a hefty sum of $100,000 for each case to brilliantly defend his client. Buy the Season 6 DVD right here.

Like Dandelion Dust

Based on the novel by New York Times Bestselling author Karen Kingsbury, ‘Like Dandelion Dust‘ features a strong ensemble cast including Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino (‘Mighty Aphrodite’), Barry Pepper (‘Saving Private Ryan’) and Cole Hauser (’2 Fast 2 Furious’). The movie is a compelling drama about the intertwined lives of two families and the struggles of parenthood. Joey has had a picture-perfect life with the privileged Campbell family until the day they receive a startling phone call telling them that Joey’s birth parents want him back. Now a judge’s decision could tear him away from the only home he has ever known. Buy the DVD right here.

Secretariat

A housewife with little knowledge of horse-racing fosters one of the greatest race horses of all time as the story of the 1973 Triple Crown winner comes to the screen in this inspirational underdog drama based on the novel ‘Secretariat‘: The Making of a Champion by William Nack and starring Diane Lane and John Malkovich. Penny Chenery (Lane) is a devoted mother and housewife whose ailing father is the proprietor of Meadow Stables in Virginia. When her father becomes too ill to tend to his horses, Penny agrees to take over the stables despite her inexperience. Desperate, she turns to veteran horse trainer Lucien Laurin (Malkovich) to help show her the ropes. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Webster

During an ocean voyage, George Papadopolis, a pro football player turned sportscaster, and Katherine Calder-Young, a fellow passenger, meet, fall in love, and marry aboard ship. Two weeks later, when returning home to Chicago, George learns that his friends, Travis and Gert Long, have been killed in an automobile accident and that their seven-year-old son, ‘Webster‘ (Emmanuel Lewis) — to whom he is godfather — is now his ward and responsibility. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Open Season 3

The lovable characters Boog, Elliot and their forest friends return for a third adventure, in ‘Open Season 3,’ now available on DVD. Families will love the fun, interactive ‘Open Season 3′ bonus material, including the DVD game “Runaway RV,” in which Mr. Weenie and the pet gang are out to save Boog from the circus and it’s up to you to help steer them to safety. Also on the DVD is a Progression Reel, which shows a scene come to life from story sketch through final animation. With the Blu-ray + DVD Combo pack come the exclusive features “Boog’s Cannon Blaster,” which let’s you launch all your favorite Open Season characters out of a circus cannon to free Boog from his cage, and “Rabbit Splat” Mode which will have the whole family thumping with laughter while you use your Blu-ray remote to throw virtual rabbits at the screen while watching the movie. ‘Open Season 3′ features the voice talents of Steve Schirripa (Open Season 2, “The Sopranos”), Crispin Glover (Back to the Future franchise, Open Season 2) Ciara Bravo (TV’s “Big Time Rush”), Dana Snyder (TV’s “Aqua Teen Hunger Force”) and Karley Scott Collins (TV’s “The Class”), and follows everyone’s favorite furry friends on a rescue mission to bring Boog home from a Russian traveling circus. Buy the DVD right here.

The Color Purple

Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, ‘The Color Purple‘ is a richly-textured, powerful film set in America’s rural south. Whoopi Goldberg, winner of the Best Actress Golden Globe Award and an Oscar nominee, makes a triumphant screen debut as the radiant, indomitable Celie, the story’s central character. Her impressive portrayal is complimented by a distinguished cast that includes Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery, Adolph Caesar, Rae Dawn Chong and Akosua Busia. The Color Purple marks a new, more mature color in Spielberg’s artistic palette. It is an exquisitely crafted, landmark film that will be treasured and talked about for years to come. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

MI-5

MI-5‘ is the UK’s domestic security agency, the British equivalent of the FBI. The newest season of the BAFTA-award winning series begins with the fallout from Russia’s thwarted attack on London. The team finds itself in a race against time to rescue Harry Pearce, who has been kidnapped by rogue Russian agents. But as they dig deeper into his disappearance, they find a trail that leads to Iraq, and a conspiracy involving the CIA, MI-6 and some missing weapons-grade uranium. Could Harry know where it is? And how is former team member Ruth Evershed connected to it all? Buy the Volume 8 DVD right here.

Wish Me Luck

Based on the true story of British heroines tasked with spying on the Nazis in occupied France, ‘Wish Me Luck’ Series 2 is now available on DVD. Featuring more superb performances and plots rife with subterfuge and danger, Series 2 stars Kate Buffery, Lynn Farleigh, Jane Asher, and Jane Snowden, with co-stars Jeremy Northam and Julian Glover. Filmed on location in Britain and France, Wish Me Luck combines strong female characters, tension-filled plots and historical authenticity. In the midst of WWII, brave British women risk their lives as secret agents in occupied France. Their assignment is sabotage, subversion, and propaganda; their fate, if caught, is torture or worse. Now an experienced operative, Liz Grainger (Kate Buffery) is working in the London home office under the direction of Colonel James “Cad” Cadogan (Julian Glover). Desperately needed recruits join the team, but they bring troubles of their own. Buy the Series 2 DVD right here.

Man In A Suitcase

A gritty spy thriller in the vein of ‘Secret Agent’ and ‘Danger Man,’ ‘Man in a Suitcase‘ Set 1 is now available on DVD. Richard Bradford stars as “Mac” McGill, a cynical yet honest spy who has been disavowed by his American bosses and is on the run from a host of international enemies. Packed with tension and Cold War intrigue, Man in a Suitcase had national broadcast exposure on ABC in 1968. Set 1 includes the first 15 episodes of this engaging and stylish series. Wrongfully dismissed by his bosses in U.S. intelligence, “Mac” decides to freelance as a private detective based out of London. McGill’s work takes him far and wide, yet seemingly always on a collision course with the British authorities, the Soviets, and his old colleagues in American espionage. Beset by enemies on all sides, he strives to clear his name and restore his reputation. But until he does, he remains on the run, taking jobs in the dark and dangerous corners of European society. This action-packed Cold War drama features savvy writing and a host of superb guest stars, including Donald Sutherland, James Grout, Anton Rodgers, Nicola Pagett, Peter Vaughan, Stuart Damo, and Judy Geeson. Buy the Set 1 DVD right here.

Primal

Australia’s Outback is breathtakingly picturesque, serene, natural – and a total nightmare for the gang of young friends who go camping there in ‘Primal,’ a gut-churning new thriller from debuting director Josh Reed. Horror fans, get ready to celebrate the return of Ozploitation! When six friends go camping in the beautiful but forbidding Outback of Australia, it turns into a hunting trip – and they’re the prey. One girl goes skinny-dipping and awakens something deadly, something evil, something … primal. She turns voracious and ferocious, and soon friend is turning against friend in director Josh Reed’s witty and scary nightmare about young people falling under the curse of a hidden evil. Like Cabin Fever, it’s a classic chiller that will make you glad you stayed home. Buy the DVD right here.

Client 9

Client 9‘ is an in-depth look at the rapid rise and dramatic fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. Nicknamed “The Sheriff of Wall Street,” when he was NY’s Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer prosecuted crimes by America’s largest financial institutions and some of the most powerful executives in the country. After his election as Governor, with the largest margin in the state’s history, many believed Spitzer was on his way to becoming the nation’s first Jewish President. Then, shockingly, Spitzer’s meteoric rise turned into a precipitous fall when the New York Times revealed that Spitzer – the paragon of rectitude – had been caught seeing prostitutes. As his powerful enemies gloated, his supporters questioned the timing of it all: as the Sheriff fell, so did the financial markets, in a cataclysm that threatened to unravel the global economy. Buy the DVD right here.

Pie In The Sky

‘Pie in the Sky’ Series 4 has all the right ingredients for an enchanting detective drama. Tony winner Richard Griffiths returns to the whimsical British series as DI Henry Crabbe, a semi-retired detective more interested in cooking than in crime-fighting. Seen on public television, Pie in the Sky debuted on BBC1 in the U.K. in March 1994 and aired for five series. Series 4 guest stars include Keeley Hawes and Jane Wymark. The 2-Disc set includes all six episodes from series four. Detective Inspector Henry Crabbe divides his time between catching criminals and his true passion—cooking. The proprietor of Pie in the Sky, his dream restaurant, Crabbe had hoped to while away his retirement serving up his favorite dishes with his accountant wife, Margaret. But his boss, Assistant Chief Constable Freddy Fisher, is determined to keep his best detective on the payroll, tackling the cases that only Crabbe’s deft touch can solve. Buy the Series 4 DVD right here.

Enter The Void

Eight years after he shook the world with his one-of-a-kind nightmare Irreversible, director Gaspar Noé is back with his next feature, ‘Enter The Void,’ which pushes cinematic boundaries even further. Noé, who bravely pushed limits (and dared viewers to watch) in the disturbing I Stand Alone and the Monica Bellucci shown-in-reverse-order rape drama Irreversible, follows those worldwide sensations with another triumph. ‘Enter The Void’ is Noé’s most assured and haunting film yet, a “head trip” a la Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and at the same time a piercing modern drama. Newcomer Nathaniel Brown and Paz de la Huerta star as a brother and sister trapped in the hellish nighttime world of Tokyo where he deals drugs and she works as a stripper. Buy the DVD right here.

Inhale

A man faces a devastating moral dilemma – to save his own daughter or the lives of people he has never met – in ‘Inhale,’ a pulse-pounding thriller from acclaimed director Baltasar Kormakur. Dermot Mulroney heads an all-star cast as Paul Stanton, a New Mexico district attorney desperate to save the life of his daughter, Chloe (Mia Stallard). The girl needs a double lung transplant, but as the days and weeks pass without donor prospects, Paul decides to take matters into his own hands and heads to Juarez, Mexico, where he hopes to meet with a doctor who he has heard performs transplants. But what Paul discovers – an illegal organ-trafficing ring involving – forces him to decide between reporting the vast and horrible crime to authorities or saving his daughter. Buy the DVD right here.

Inspector Bellamy

A police inspector may take a vacation, but his work will inevitably follow him, as revealed in ‘Inspector Bellamy,’ a thrilling new crime drama starring the iconic Gerard Depardieu and directed by “the French Hitchcock,” Claude Chabrol. France’s greatest actor Gerard Depardieu (Green Card and Oscar nominee for Cyrano de Bergerac) shines in one of his best performances as legendary crime solver Inspector Bellamy. Bellamy is trying to enjoy a peaceful vacation with his bored wife, but murder travels with him: a mysterious man shows up with a deadly tale for Bellamy. There’s also the unwanted arrival of Bellamy’s ne’er-do-well brother. Whether the appearance of these two men is linked, and whether they have any connection to a local murder, are puzzles the hardened Inspector Bellamy will have to solve. In a sly role he was born to play, Depardieu anchors this suspenseful mystery in which even the inspector has a motive no one would suspect. Buy the DVD right here.

Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated

Hop in the van for Mystery Inc.’s new, cool series of spooky capers. Like, it’s an all-new Scooby-Doo TV series for families who want their mysteries like Scooby-Doo and Shaggy want their pizza … spicy with extra sauce! Join the gang in Crystal Cove – the most haunted place on Earth – to solve creepy cases packed with fearsome spooks and frights, exciting chases, terrifying surprises and of course, Freddy’s ingenious traps. But the gang doesn’t fall for that ghost stuff anymore. They know there’s always a bad guy behind the monster suit, until they receive a cryptic clue from the mysterious Mr. E, who challenges them with their greatest mystery yet – to uncover the secret behind the curse of Crystal Cove! Get trapped with Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Freddy, Daphne and Velma in four action-packed adventures from the cool, new show that’s a lot of doggone fun! Buy the Season 1, Volume 1 DVD right here.

The Agatha Christie Hour

Agatha Christie’s short fiction comes alive in ‘The Agatha Christie Hour’ Set 2, now available on DVD. Broadcast on PBS’s Mystery! in the early 1980s, these five splendid adaptations feature an outstanding ensemble cast portraying lesser-known Christie protagonists as they grapple with romance, murder and the supernatural in Art Deco England. The Queen of Crime plumbs the recesses of the human heart in these five tales of mystery and murder, passion and peril, suspense and the supernatural. In these final episodes, Christie protagonists find themselves the victims of false accusations, embroiled in illicit love affairs, torn between duty and desire, and under the thumb of employers with questionable motives. These classic adaptations are Christie at her best, now on DVD for the first time. The superb ensemble casts include Rupert Everett, Amanda Redman, Ralph Bates, Stephanie Cole, Cherie Lunghi, and Christopher Cazenove. Buy the Set 2 DVD right here.