New On DVD This Week: Nurse Jackie, Midsomer Murders, Due Date, Ice Road Truckers

by | February 22, 2011 at 3:47 PM | TV News

Nurse Jackie

Delve deeper into the chaotic life of Jackie Petyon in the Season 2 DVD of Showtime’s smash hit ‘Nurse Jackie.’ Four time Primetime Emmy Award-winning actress Edie Falco stars as Jackie, a quick-witted and deeply flawed emergency room nurse with more than a few secrets. For her, every day is a high wire of juggling patients, doctors, fellow nurses and her own indiscretions. In the second season of this Emmy-award winning series, Jackie struggles to keep up as a functioning addict, a loving wife and a first-class nurse. Bonus materials on the set include all 12 episodes with creator and actor commentaries and two innovative featurettes on the characters of Dr. Cooper and Dr. O’Hara and the actors who portray them. Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

Midsomer Murders

Available to U.S. audiences for the first time with this release, ‘Midsomer Murders,’ Set 17 debuts on DVD with four new, contemporary, stand-alone mysteries from the top-selling British mystery franchise. Fan favorite John Nettles (Bergerac) returns as Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby in these engrossing mysteries set in the idyllic villages of England’s deadliest county. The DVD 4-volume boxed set also includes cast interviews, fascinating facts and production notes. Inspired by the novels of Caroline Graham, modern master of the English village mystery, the series stars John Nettles as the unflappable DCI Tom Barnaby, with Jason Hughes as his earnest, efficient protégé, Detective Sergeant Ben Jones. Buy the Set 17 DVD right here.

Due Date

From ‘The Hangover’ director Todd Phillips, ‘Due Date‘ throws two unlikely companions together on a road trip that turns out to be as life-changing as it is outrageous. Expectant first-time father Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr.) looks forward to his new child’s due date five days away. As Peter hurries to catch a flight home from Atlanta to be at his wife’s side for the birth, his best intentions go completely awry when an encounter with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis) forces Peter to hitch a ride with Ethan on a cross-country trip that will ultimately destroy several cars, many friendships and Peter’s last nerve. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Ice Road Truckers

Just when you thought trucking couldn’t get more dangerous…the new season of ‘Ice Road Truckers‘ is back for Season 4. In this top-rated season, reaching over 3.5MM viewers, the drivers return to Alaska, hauling their biggest loads ever across the most dangerous terrain they’ve faced. But this year, trucking critically needed cargo north to the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay is just the beginning… In season four, the drivers will tackle frozen rivers and swamps out beyond the Dalton Highway, hauling supplies to some of the most remote towns of the great white north. Reigning king, Jack Jesse, looks to defend his title, and Lisa Kelly, one of the only woman truckers on the haul road, fights to prove herself in the male-dominated profession. Rookie Ray Veilleux, who recently lost his business in the lower 48, has come north to run the road and keep his struggling family afloat. And in a decades-long rivalry, veteran drivers Hugh Rowland and Alex Debogorski are back racing neck and neck. The stakes are high as the dash for cash continues. Don’t miss out on all the excitement as the white-knuckle new season featuring over 12 hours of thrilling drama, as well as additional footage. Buy the Season 4 DVD right here.

The Last Unicorn

One of the most beloved animated fantasy films of all time makes its high definition debut as Lionsgate Home Entertainment releases ‘The Last Unicorn‘ Blu-ray Combo Pack. Featuring an all-star cast including Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury and Alan Arkin and a soundtrack by the band America, the film tells the touching story of a lone unicorn seeking out others like herself through a mystical land. The Blu-ray Combo Pack will come packed with great Bonus Features including a mini-documentary, the “Immortal Voices” featurette, Schmendrick’s Magical Gallery and much more! The Last Unicorn Blu-ray Combo Pack is perfect for adults re-living an old favorite as well as young ones discovering it for the first time. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Weeds

Pot-selling soccer mom turned First Lady of the Mexican drug cartel Nancy Botwin (Emmy and Golden-Globe winner Mary-Louise Parker) packs up her dysfunctional family and heads for the northern border in the sixth season of the hit Showtime comedy ‘Weeds.’ Picking up where the surprise Season 5 cliffhanger left off, the Botwin clan goes on the run and assumes new identities, leaving behind their illegal operations – at least initially. The set includes all 13 episodes, which featured guest stars Alannis Morissette, Linda Hamilton, Richard Dreyfuss and more. Buy the Season 6 DVD right here.

Have Gun Will Travel

He’s the man in black, six-gun on his hip, willing to face any kind of trouble…for a price. Paladin (Richard Boone), knows countless languages, is a master of the fighting arts, and one of the fastest guns in the West in ‘Have Gun, Will Travel.’ He appreciates fine food, beautiful women, and the refined lifestyle of San Francisco’s Carlton Hotel. But, at a moment’s notice, this legendary gunslinger will hit the trail, daring to do what few men would…or could. From the sun-baked corners of the desolate desert to the hardscrabble homesteads of desperate squatters, Paladin always gets the job done. Buy the Season 5, Volume 2 DVD right here.

All-Star Superman

Grant Morrison’s beloved, Eisner Award-winning vision of Superman’s heroic final days on Earth is brought to exquisite animated life in ‘All-Star Superman,’ the latest entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. In ‘All-Star Superman,’ the Man of Steel rescues an ill-fated mission to the Sun (sabotaged by Lex Luthor) and, in the process, is oversaturated by radiation – which accelerates his cell degeneration. Sensing even he will be unable to cheat death, Superman ventures into new realms – finally revealing his secret to Lois, confronting Lex Luthor’s perspective of humanity, and attempting to ensure Earth’s safety before his own impending end with one final, selfless act. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Fresh Fields

A lighthearted empty-nester comedy with universal appeal, ‘Fresh Fields,’ Set 1 is now available on DVD. Broadcast continually on PBS since the 1980s, this International Emmy-winning series stars fan favorite Julia McKenzie and Anton Rodgers as a happily married couple adjusting to middle age. Sharply written and brilliantly acted, the DVD 2-Disc Set includes the first two series of the affable Brit-com celebrated by critics and fans alike. After 20 years of marriage and raising two children, suburban housewife Hester Fields (Julia McKenzie) is ready for a new challenge. And it doesn’t seem to matter what it is—she dabbles in painting, jogging, cooking, pottery, and even fencing. Her staid accountant husband, William (Anton Rodgers), feels no such need for change, yet somehow always seems to get dragged into Hester’s exploits. Each morning he sets off for the office, never knowing what he’ll face when he returns home. But with Hester trying something new each day, life is never dull for the Fields. Buy the Set 1 DVD right here.

Psych: 9

Cary Elwes and Sara Foster star as two strangers connected in a recently closed down hospital in the new psychological thriller ‘Psych: 9.’ A young unstable woman (Foster) who works the nightshift experiences a chain of events that lead her to believe that the hospital is connected with a string of murders. To reveal the truth, she must first confront her own disturbed past. The DVD will contain a production diary with the director, plus deleted scenes and outtakes. Buy the DVD right here.

Birdemic: Shock and Terror

It is a tender love story. A graphic horror shocker. An urgent ecological warning. And around the world, it became the must-see midnight movie sensation of the year – ‘Birdemic: Shock and Terror.’ Alan Bagh stars as Rod, a Bay Area software salesman (named in apparent tribute to The Birds star Rod Taylor) who has just made a million-dollar deal. Riding high on his success, Rod snags a date with Nathalie (Whitney Moore), his former high school classmate who has become a knockout lingerie model. They hit if off immediately but awake from their first night together in a quaint seaside town to the horror of eagles and vultures swooping down and attacking the locals, turning this picturesque locale into an avian hell on earth. Buy the DVD right here.

Huge

When Willamena Rader (Nikki Blonsky, ‘Hairspray’) arrived at Camp Victory, the absolute last thing the sarcastic, overweight teen thought she’d find was herself. ‘Huge,’ based on author Sasha Paley’s book of the same name, was developed by Winnie Holzman (‘Wicked,’ ‘My So-Called Life’, ‘Once & Again’) and her daughter Savannah Dooley. Buy the complete series DVD right here.

Memento

Ten years after its powerful theatrical debut, the new classic thriller Memento celebrates its anniversary with the arrival of a new 10th Anniversary Blu-ray Disc release. Written and directed by Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight), this mind-bending film debuts with an all-new director-approved high definition transfer. Suspenseful and unique, Memento stars Guy Pearce (The Hurt Locker) as Leonard, a man who suffers from a rare brain disorder on a mission for revenge. The 10th Anniversary Blu-ray Disc comes packed with special features including a brand new featurette with the director discussing the legacy of the film, plus the director’s script, audio commentary with Christopher Nolan, the original short story, “Anatomy of a Scene” and more! Memento will be available on February 22nd for the suggested retail price of $19.99 on Blu-ray Disc. The DVD is also available for an SRP of $14.98. Leonard’s life has been stolen from him. Unable to form new memories, but determined to track down the man who is the cause of his disorder and his wife’s murderer, he must piece together what he remembers from the past in order to determine what is real in the present. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

I Am Alive

On Friday the 13th of October 1972, a plane carrying 45 rugby team members crashed in the Andes Mountains. For 72 days, the world thought they were dead. But what 16 survivors endured was far worse than death, driven to what would become headline-making acts of cannibalism in their struggle for life. ‘I Am Alive: Surviving the Andes Plane Crash‘ presents one of the most remarkable human survival stories of all time as it has never been told before: through the first person, on-camera account of survivor Nando Parrado, the best-selling author of Miracle in the Andes. His powerful account is accompanied by new, high-resolution imagery of photos shot by the survivors throughout their ordeal, rarely seen footage of the crash site, and re-creations of the crash and their struggle for survival. Buy the DVD right here.

Leaving

Oscar nominated actress Kristin Scott Thomas delivers another acclaimed performance in the passionate drama ‘Leaving.’ Scott Thomas adds another remarkable character to her eminent body of work, which also includes such acclaimed films as ‘Gosford Park’ and ‘Nowhere Boy.’ When stay-at-home mom Suzanne (Scott Thomas) wants to return to work, her husband agrees to remodel a garage to serve as her office. Ivan, a sexy Spanish builder, enters their lives and changes them in ways no one could have expected. Buy the DVD right here.

Clover

From the best selling novel by Dori Sanders comes the heartwarming coming-of-age tale ‘Clover.’ Clover is a strong-willed young African American girl living in the Deep South whose world comes crashing down upon her when her beloved father is suddenly killed shortly after remarrying a white woman. As a result of the tragedy, the new stepmother is left with sole custody of the child despite not really knowing each other at all. While the situation is frowned upon by the friends and relatives of Clover’s father, a bond blossoms between them and the young girl learns valuable lessons about death, family and unconditional love. Buy the DVD right here.

New Tricks

Showcasing a superb ensemble cast and more mysteries tackled with typical wit and flair, ‘New Tricks,’ Season 3 is now available on DVD. Featuring retired cops solving cold cases, this fresh and funny British crime drama has earned itself fans on both sides of the Atlantic. Broadcast on the BBC for seven seasons since 2003 with an eighth season in production, New Tricks also boasts ongoing public television broadcast exposure in North America. The series stars Amanda Redman, Dennis Waterman, Alun Armstrong, and James Bolam. The DVD 3-Disc Set includes all eight episodes from Season 3, a special 20-minute behind-the-scenes featurette, cast filmographies, and more. Sexy, ambitious Superintendent Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman) leads the unsolved crimes unit of the Metropolitan Police. Her team includes three aging former detectives lured out of retirement. Gerry Standing (Dennis Waterman) is a womanizer, Brian Lane (Alun Armstrong) is clinically depressed, and Jack Halford (James Bolam) has conversations with his dead wife. Can this curmudgeonly trio of crime busters learn new tricks to crack tough crimes? Or are old-fashioned hunches and footwork still best? Buy the Series 3 DVD right here.

How The Earth Was Made

Spectacular on-location shooting, evidence from geologists in the field, and clear, dramatic graphics combine in ‘How The Earth Was Made‘ Season 2 is now available on Blu-ray, which takes home audiences on a thrilling journey through Earth’s 4.5 billion year history. Experience all 13 episodes of this landmark series on 3 breathtaking blu-ray discs that show how immensely powerful, and at times violent, forces of geology have formed our planet. Season 2 of the series goes back in history – from 4.5 billion years ago to today – peeling back layers of rock, filling up river canyons, parting the oceans, and leveling mountains and volcanoes to investigate the origins of some of the most well-known locations and geological phenomena in the world. With rocks as their clues and volcanoes, ice sheets and colliding continents as their suspects, scientists launch a forensic investigation that will help viewers visualize how the Earth has evolved and formed over millions of years. Buy the Season 2 Blu-ray right here.

Eddie Griffin: You Can Tell ‘Em I Said It

Eddie Griffin is going to say it and he doesn’t care who knows it in ‘Eddie Griffin: You Can Tell ‘Em I Said It.’ Griffin shares his thoughts on his love for Michelle Obama, who really makes up the Tea Party, Tiger Woods and why Cleveland should get over LeBron James. The DVD will contain over 40 minutes not aired on Comedy Central. The DVD also includes a bonus feature “Backstage Pass,” which takes viewers on an exclusive 28-minute behind-the-scenes tour. Buy the DVD right here.