New On DVD This Week: Bambi, 127 Hours, The Norman Conquests, ReBoot

by | March 1, 2011 at 1:51 PM | TV News

Bambi

The Walt Disney Studios proudly announces the addition of ‘Bambi‘ to its coveted, cutting-edge Blu-ray Diamond Collection line-up of Disney’s greatest animated-classics. Released from the Disney vault for a limited time only, ‘Bambi’ Diamond Edition features the loveble and adorable wide-eyed fawn and his forest friends in Blu-ray high-definition and is now available. The Diamond Edition debut of ‘Bambi,’ Walt’s fifth full-length animated classic, is an endearing tale about a young prince of the forest who learns valuable life-lessons about friendship, love, and the miracle of life. The movie is a must-own coming-of-age story that Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has especially packaged with families in mind – providing the ultimate, interactive hi-def home entertainment experience with a newly enhanced digital restoration, enhanced picture and sound, games, activities and more. Buy the Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

127 Hours

Based on true events, ‘127 Hours‘ follows Aron Ralston, (Oscar nominee James Franco) a dare-devil outdoorsman who gets trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone in the Utah mountains. As hours turn into days, Ralston embarks on a personal journey in which he relies on the memories of family and friends – as well as his own courage and ingenuity – to turn adversity into triumph! The ’127 Hours’ Blu-ray includes over an hour of extra footage and behind-the-scenes looks at this gripping film. Only on Blu-ray will viewers truly experience the award-winning cinematography in high definition, the way Boyle intended. From sweeping and majestic views of Blue John Canyon to the intimate scenes with Ralston trapped in the crevice, to the intricate weaving of the soundscape of the dessert available in 5.1 DTS HD Lossless surround sound, the Blu-ray format provides the viewer with the highest quality cinematic visual experience possible. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Norman Conquests

An uproarious study in family dysfunction told from three angles, the Emmy nominated trilogy, ‘The Norman Conquests,’ is now available on DVD. Based on the celebrated plays by Alan Ayckbourn and broadcast in the late 1970s as part of PBS’ Great Performance series, the release follows 2009’s hit Broadway revival that garnered the adaptation Tony Award recognition. The DVD 3-Disc Set features three full-length dramas with pitch-perfect performances by Richard Briers, Penelope Keith, Penelope Wilton, David Troughton, and Oscar nominee Tom Conti in a tale of love, lust, and confusion seen from three sides. Passions flare and tempers rise when three couples cross paths at a country house one weekend. It all begins with the arrival of Reg (Richard Briers) and his wife, Sarah (Penelope Keith). They’ve come to give Reg’s younger sister, Annie (Penelope Wilton), a few days’ break from caring for their bedridden mother. However, Annie confides that she’s seeing someone—not Tom (David Troughton), the single young vet who’s pursuing her, but her brother-in-law, Norman (Tom Conti). Appalled, Sarah informs Norman’s wife, Ruth—and all hell breaks loose. Buy the DVD right here.

Leave it to Beaver

One of the most popular series in TV history, ‘Leave It To Beaver‘ (1957-1963) stood out from the flock during TV’s golden age. While most of its contemporaries were star-driven vehicles in which the kids were merely supporting players, Beaver’s action centered on the children; seven year Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver and his 12-year-old brother Wally. Though the show went off the air in the ’60s, it continues to charm new generations even today. Buy the Season 6 DVD right here.

Michael Jordan To The Max

Just in time for March Madness, fans can now bring the skills of one of the world’s greatest athletes right to their living room as ‘Michael Jordan to the Max‘ makes its debut on Blu-ray. The spectacular documentary which debuted in IMAX theaters in 2000, features a rare glimpse of the legendary Jordan as he leads the Chicago Bulls to their sixth NBA Championship title. The Blu-ray will offer a number of exciting special features including audio commentary, tons of stats, a Michael Jordan Bullet Time Slam-Dunk featurette and much more. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Two Mrs. Carrolls

Matrimony means different things to different people. For temperamental artist Geoffrey Carroll, it means he’s in his element in ‘The Two Mrs. Carrolls.’ And out of his mind. In their only screen pairing, two of film’s all-time greats star in a psychological thriller rife with pelting rain and pealing bells, blackmail and murder, calculated dread and an unnerving finale. Humphrey Bogart portrays Geoffrey, who’s making a habit of poisoning one wife and marrying another when the former no longer inspires his canvases. Barbara Stanwyck plays his current wife Sally, who puts two and two together and comes up with six – as in six feet under, the place she’ll be if she continues to accept the glass of milk Geoffrey regularly offers as a nightcap. Alexis Smith also stars as a predatory neighbor who becomes the object of Geoffrey’s thirst for feminine variety. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.

Love & Other Drugs

Experience the wonders of love when physical chemistry between two of today’s hottest stars explodes onscreen! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents the romantic drama ‘Love & Other Drugs.’ From director/producer Edward Zwick and based on the best-selling book Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman by Jamie Reidy, this new film takes aim with Cupid’s arrow when love is found in the unlikeliest of places! Smooth-talking playboy Jamie Randall (Jake Gyllenhaal) is on a fast track to the top of the pharmaceutical sales industry – promoting the miracle drug Viagra by day and charming the ladies by night. However, Jamie is taken aback when he meets Maggie Murdock (Academy Award-nominee Anne Hathaway), a radiantly sexy free spirit who doesn’t allow her treatment for Parkinson’s get in the way of living her life. As Jamie and Maggie juggle their respective medications, they are forced to reassess their budding romance when they realize that love is the ultimate high. Buy the DVD right here.

Elena Undone

Elegant and refined Elena (Necar Zadegan, ’24′) is a devoted wife to her pastor husband, mother to her teenage son and daughter to her traditional Indian family in ‘Elena Undone.’ For so many years she has been living her life on autopilot. Grief-stricken lesbian writer Peyton (Traci Dinwiddie, ‘Supernatural’) is struggling to move on from recent hardship. When the two meet they form an immeasurable bond that shakes the foundation of their sheltered worlds and Elena is confronted with intense and unexpected feelings for a woman. As their relationship takes on a life of its own, what ensues is one of the most passionate and intimate female-on-female scenes ever filmed. Equal parts charming, funny and poignant as well as smoldering and sensual, this beautifully shot film is based on director Nicole Conn’s own life. Buy the DVD right here.

Murder Investigation Team

A realistic, procedural crime drama in the vein of ‘CSI,’ ‘Murder Investigation Team’ is now available on DVD. Broadcast on A&E in the U.S. and on ITV in the U.K., the suspenseful series follows a squad of elite detectives as they investigate horrific crimes in metropolitan London. Meticulously crafted to reflect real-life investigations, each episode brims with twists and tension. The series stars a strong ensemble cast including Olivier Award-winner Samantha Sprio, Lindsey Coulson, Richard Hope, Michael McKell, and Richard Huw. The DVD 3-Disc Set includes all eight episodes from Series 1, episode 1 commentary with series creator Paul Marquess and series consultant Jackie Malton, and an interview with actor Michael McKell. From the makers of popular, long-running series, The Bill, Murder Investigation Team reveals the gritty reality of police work, where success is part grueling procedure and part gut instinct. Leaders of an elite squad of detectives, brusque DI Vivien Friend (Samantha Spiro) and intuitive DC Rosie MacManus single-mindedly pursue those who do unthinkable deeds as part of the Special Crimes Unit of London’s Metropolitan Police. Buy the Series 1 DVD right here.

The Clowns

Hailed by cinephiles for expertly restoring rare films by influential filmmakers and publishing them with compelling extras, Italian DVD label RaroVideo announces the company will begin distributing its acclaimed DVDs in the U.S. for the first time ever. To launch RaroVideo in the U.S., the company will spotlight powerhouse director of Italian cinema with Federico Fellini’s hard-to-find ‘The Clowns.’ RaroVideo US’s restored version of Fellini’s ‘The Clowns,’ one of the director’s final masterpieces, is now available on DVD. The DVD extras contain a rare and exclusive short film by Fellini, a video essay on the genesis of the film and a 50 page booklet with exclusive Fellini drawings. Hard-to-find, this 1970 film melds memoir and documentary into a circus of fiction and reality where Fellini delights in the role of ringmaster. The carnival-sounding score composed by Nino Rota, and an appearance by Anita Ekberg (star of Fellini’s 1960’s masterpiece La Dolce Vita), enhances the Fellini-esque experience. Buy the DVD right here.

Beyblade: Metal Fusion

‘Beyblade: Metal Fusion’ offers a fresh take on the original hit ‘Beyblade’ with new characters competing for dominance with their spinning Beyblade tops, battling against an evil organization, The Dark Nebula. As sinister forces continue their pursuit of the forbidden Beyblade it is up to Gingka, the courageous hero, and his loyal friends to stand in their way. As the story unfolds, friends will become enemies and enemies will be come allies. Only Gingka, with his dedication and knowledge of the Beyblade, will be able to stand strong and defend his world from true evil. With the highly successful television premiere on Cartoon Network U.S. last June, a new toy line by Hasbro that debuted last August, and an action-packed video game by Hudson Entertainment that launched for the Nintendo Nintendo DS and Wii that became a huge hit over the holidays, the ‘Beyblade: Metal Fusion’ popularity continues its incredible growth. Buy the Volume 3 DVD right here.

Napoleon & Love

A sumptuous costume drama broadcast on A&E and PBS, ‘Napoleon & Love’ is now available on DVD. Starring Oscar nominee Ian Holm, this lavish period drama follows the romantic exploits of Napoleon Bonaparte as he conquers Europe’s battlefields and bedrooms. Boasting an illustrious cast including Peter Bowles, Billie Whitelaw, Susan Wooldridge, and Tim Curry, the 3-Disc DVD release reveals Napoleon’s many romantic entanglements. We know about Napoleon and Josephine. But what about Napoleon and Desirée? Napoleon and Pauline? Napoleon and Georgina, Eléonore, Marie Walewska, and Marie-Louise? This British costume drama skips the battlefields and heads straight for the sumptuously appointed ballrooms and bedrooms where Napoleon woos, and sometimes weds, the women in his life. We meet him at 25, already a general in the French army but not yet worthy to wed a wealthy merchant’s daughter. We follow him through campaigns, affairs, and marriages as he conquers most of Europe and achieves absolute power. But will he ever have what he desires most: an heir? Buy the DVD right here.

ReBoot

Surprise your friends, amaze your family, and unleash your inner geek! It is time to join the ReBoot revolution!

Since early 1990s, Dot Matrix, Enzo, Guardian Bob and thousands of Binomes from ‘ReBoot‘, have thrust into battles with corrupt forces of Megabytes and Hexadecimal to stop their relentless pursuit of chaos and destruction of the high-tech city Mainframe. ‘ReBoot’ made history for being the first fully computer-generated animated TV series when it debuted on U.S and Canadian television in 1994. The series ran four successful seasons and was seen in over 70 countries around the world, boasting a large fan base of loyal followers in kids and adult gamers alike. The show’s unique setting inside a computer allows the characters and storylines to mine the references to computers and video games for all they’re worth, giving the show its humorous edge. The innovative animation, insider humor and high octane action combine to give viewers a lot of binary bang for their buck. Buy the complete series DVD right here.

Alonzo Bodden: Who’s Paying Attention?

Alonzo Bodden has taken the comedy world by storm following his 2004 triumph as the ‘Last Comic Standing’ in NBC’s popular reality competition. Since then, Bodden has become a fixture on TV (‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,’ ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’), in film (‘Bringing Down the House,’ ‘Scary Movie 4′), and radio (‘The Adam Carolla Show’). And with his quick wit and searing delivery, he has also headlined international comedy festivals from Montreal to Australia with his laugh out loud rants about the continuing decline of Western Civilization. Now, in ‘Alonzo Bodden: Who’s Paying Attention?,’ his one-hour live concert event recently taped in New York City, he tackles the absurdity of pop culture and the decline of the West. Buy the DVD right here.