New On DVD This Week: Blue Murder, Alice in Wonderland, All About Eve

by | February 4, 2011 at 2:14 PM | TV News

Blue Murder

Starring award-winning actress Caroline Quentin, the ‘Blue Murder’ Complete Collection is now available on DVD, featuring all 19 episodes of the smash-hit British crime series. Quentin delivers a standout performance in her breakout dramatic role as a top cop with the Manchester police force who also happens to be a single mother of four children. Broadcast on ITV from 2003-2009, the critically-acclaimed series blends gritty storylines with wit and warmth and also features stars Ian Kelsey, Paul Loughran and Saskia Wickham. On the job, Detective Chief Inspector Janine Lewis deals with the ugly side of human nature, investigating Manchester’s most gruesome crimes. At home, she’s a harried but devoted single mother of four, struggling to balance her challenging career with the stresses and rewards of family life. Caroline Quentin perfectly captures Lewis’s strength and vulnerability as she balances work and family, aided by her handsome, dedicated partner. This complete collection follows the gritty realities of Lewis’s career from her initial promotion through personal and professional ups and downs—always presented with a touch of wry humor and keen observations about modern motherhood. Buy the complete set right here.

Alice in Wonderland

Walt Disney’s beloved masterpiece ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is finally available on Blu-ray. Experience the magic and majesty with this ultimate collector’s dream. Featuring Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix, this digital restoration boasts pristine sound and unparalleled picture quality. Plus, fascinating bonus features including “Through The Keyhole: A Companion’s Guide To Wonderland” and an exciting interactive game, “Painting The Roses Red”, have been specifically designed for this landmark release. Join Alice as she chases the White Rabbit and journeys into a topsy-turvy world that gets “curiouser and curiouser” as her fantastical adventures unfold. Meet the Mad Hatter, March Hare, Tweedledee & Tweedledum, the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts and more, all set against a backdrop of awe-inspiring splendor. Buy the 60th Anniversary Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

All About Eve

All About Eve‘ is the highly-acclaimed 1951 film that received a record fourteen Academy Award nominations and six wins including Best Actor (George Sanders), Best Director (Joseph L. Mankiewicz) and Best Picture. This classic tells the story of Eve Harrington, who from the moment she glimpses her idol at the stage door, is determined to take the reins of power away from the great actress Margo Channing. Eve maneuvers her way into Margo’s Broadway role, becomes a sensation and even causes turmoil in the lives of Margo’s director boyfriend, her playwright and his wife. Only the cynical drama critic sees through Eve, admiring her audacity and perfect pattern of deceit. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Mean Girls 2

Mean Girls 2‘ stars Meaghan Martin, Maiara Walsh, Jennifer Stone, Nicole Gale Anderson, Claire Holt and Diego Boneta in a classic high school story about good versus plastic. When new girl Jo (Martin) arrives at North Shore High School, her main goal is to skate under the radar to survive her senior year and definitely not get involved in any of the typical high school trappings. But her plan goes awry quickly when she meets Abby (Stone), a girl stuck at the low end of the high school food chain and favorite target of “The Plastics” (Walsh, Holt and Anderson). After defending Abby against the queen bee of the school and lead Plastic, Mandi (Walsh), Jo is dragged into the very same girl drama she was hoping to avoid. Tim Meadows returns as the school’s principal, Mr. Duvall. Buy the DVD right here.

Hatchet II

The first unrated independent horror film to be exhibited by a major theater chain in more than 25 years, only to be yanked from screens almost immediately, ‘Hatchet II‘ is now available in its original unrated and uncensored cut – loaded with bonus features. ‘Hatchet II’ picks up right where the original Hatchet ended. The quiet but hot-tempered Marybeth (Danielle Harris, ‘Halloween’) barely escapes the clutches of the mysterious Crowley (Kane Hodder, ‘Friday the 13th’), who has already murdered all of Marybeth’s friends and other vacationers in New Orleans swamp country. Buy the DVD right here.

An Affair to Remember

An Affair To Remember‘ was nominated for four Academy Awards in 1958 including Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Music: Original Song and Best Music: Scoring. In this poignant and humorous love story, Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr meet on an ocean liner and fall deeply in love. Though each is engaged to someone else, they agree to meet six months later at the Empire State Building if they still feel the same way about each other. But a tragic accident prevents their rendezvous and the lovers’ future takes an emotional and uncertain turn. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Discovering Hamlet

In 1988, rising star Kenneth Branagh tackled the role of Shakespeare’s prince of Denmark for the first time in his professional career under the guidance of celebrated actor Derek Jacobi (‘Cadfael’), considered “the best Hamlet of his generation” in ‘Discovering Hamlet.’ The production also marked Jacobi’s directorial debut. Narrated by Patrick Stewart, Discovering Hamlet documents how these two intelligent, passionate men found new depths in Shakespeare’s classic drama. Filmmakers Mark Olshaker and Larry Klein follow the company through four weeks of rehearsals, from the first read-throughs to opening night. Interviews with principal actors—as well as the set designer, costume supervisor, text advisor, and others—reveal how each member of the company meets the production’s challenges. In all, Discovering Hamlet offers an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the process of staging Shakespeare’s most demanding tragedy. Buy the DVD right here.

Garrow’s Law

The fascinating BBC period drama ‘Garrow’s Law’ Series 1 is now available on DVD. The series follows the true tale of William Garrow, an 18th century lawyer with a passion for reform. Winner of a Royal Television Society award for best history program, the series features compelling plots, lavish sets and costumes, and an outstanding cast including Andrew Buchan, Alun Armstrong, Lyndsey Marshal, and Rupert Graves. A favorite of critics and fans alike, Garrow’s Law first aired on BBC in 2009. The DVD 2-Disc set includes the four episodes of Series 1, a bonus 19-minute behind-the-scenes featurette, cast filmographies, and more. A passionate young barrister leads a legal revolution in this superb new courtroom drama set in 18th-century England. Appalled by the corruption of London’s Old Bailey, William Garrow (Andrew Buchan) advocates for the accused and pioneers the art of cross-examination, paving the way for our modern legal system. Aided by his mentor (Alun Armstrong) and the beautiful Lady Sarah Hill (Lyndsey Marshal), he faces down ruthless bounty hunters; callous judges; smug solicitors; and MP Sir Arthur Hill (Rupert Graves), who sees Garrow as a threat to the law—and his marriage. Buy the Series 1 DVD right here.

Ronald Reagan: An American Journey

He challenged, charmed and cajoled politicians and populations. He was the 40th President of the United States, twice elected; and his terms in the White House witnessed some of the most significant events of modern American and world history. Produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Robert Kline, ‘Ronald Reagan: An American Journey’ is a film in Reagan’s own words; words taken from the debates, speeches and discussions of the man dubbed ‘The Great Communicator.’ The Reagan Era was marked with names, triumphs and tragedy that made history that became the fabric of American life and memory: Iran-Contra; the Cold War; the Solidarity Movement and the candle in the White House window; Pan Am 103; the Challenger disaster; Beirut; Libya. Ronald Reagan’s speeches were inspired lectures that informed the nation – sometimes angry, sometimes confused, and sometimes frightened – of the next steps their government would take. Ronald Reagan: An American Journey is a collection of these dialogues, creating a portrait of the man Time magazine named as one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th century. Buy the DVD right here.

Monsters

Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear and half of Mexico was quarantined as an “Infected Zone.” Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain “the creatures…” The ‘Monsters‘ story begins when a U.S. journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through the infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the U.S. border. Buy the DVD right here.

Skin

Sandra Laing was born a black child in the 1950s to white Afrikaners unaware of their black ancestry. Her parents,rural shopkeepers serving the local black community, lovingly raise her as their ‘white’ little girl. But at the age of ten, facing prejudice from her community due to her dark skin and African features, Sandra is driven out of society. The powerful, inspirational ‘Skin’ follows Sandra’s extraordinary 30-year journey from rejection to acceptance, betrayal to reconciliation, as she struggles to define her place in a changing world – and triumphs against all odds. Based on an incredible true story of family, forgiveness and the celebration of the human spirit, ‘Skin’ – winner of more than ten film festival awards, is now available on DVD following its 30 market national theatrical release. Buy the DVD right here.

Clifford The Big Red Dog: Best Buddies

Get ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day with Red Roses, Red Candy Hearts and a big Red Dog – the beloved Clifford with ‘Clifford: Best Buddies,’ now available on DVD. The first all-new Clifford DVD release in nearly two-years includes 6 fun-filled episodes from the top-rated Clifford television series which have never been released to DVD, which also includes six bonus Speckle Stories! This DVD also helps to do some good nationwide as it supports a larger effort for kids and families all over the country with the Clifford BE BIG Campaign for civic engagement. Inspired by Clifford’s 10 Big Ideas , the BE BIG campaign invites people of all ages to take positive action and make the world a better place. Buy the DVD right here.

Single Handed

The critically acclaimed ‘Single-Handed’ is now available on DVD. Filmed on location in breathtaking Ireland, this new, engrossing crime drama follows disgraced Garda Sergeant Jack Driscoll (Owen McDonnell) after he has been transferred from Dublin to the rural Irish town where he grew up. He soon learns the remote community he’s been tasked with policing is rife with corruption and long-held secrets. Nominated for best drama series at the Irish Film & Television Awards and a silver medal at the New York Festivals Television & Film Awards, Single-Handed debuted on ITV in the U.K. in 2009, and new episodes are scheduled to air in 2011. When Garda Sergeant Jack Driscoll returns home to the windswept west coast of Ireland, his father—and predecessor at his new post—warns: “Out here, it’s a team of one.” As chief law-enforcement officer in this insular community, Jack soon learns the hard truth in those words. Small-town life presents challenges he never faced in Dublin—among them, winning the respect of the villagers and escaping the shadow of his father, whose methods relied more on pragmatism than principle. Caroline Catz guest stars. Buy the Set 1 DVD right here.

Night Catches Us

In 1976, after years of mysterious absence, Marcus returns to the Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age in the midst of the Black Power movement in ‘Night Catches Us.’ While his arrival raises suspicion among his family and former neighbors, he finds acceptance from his old friend Patricia and her daughter. However, Marcus quickly finds himself at odds with the organization he once embraced, whose members suspect he orchestrated the slaying of their former comrade-in-arms. In a startling sequence of events, Marcus must protect a secret that could shatter everyone’s beliefs as he rediscovers his forbidden passion for Patricia. Buy the DVD right here.