New On DVD This Week: Who Do You Think You Are?, Hereafter, A Shine of Rainbows

by | March 16, 2011 at 2:26 PM | TV News

Who Do You Think You Are?

Seen on NBC and following seven celebrities as they journey through ancestral history and share their life-altering discoveries, the critically acclaimed reality series ‘Who Do You Think You Are?,’ Season 1 is now available on DVD. Like never seen before, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dallas Cowboys legend Emmitt Smith, Oscar winner Susan Sarandon, Emmy-winning director Spike Lee and actors Matthew Broderick, Brooke Shields, and Lisa Kudrow travel the world to uncover the secrets and surprises of their family trees. Lisa Kudrow is also an executive producer for the series. The fascinating 2010 series paints an intimate portrait of how a journey through history can change everything – including one’s idea of self. Season 2 is currently airing on NBC on Friday nights at 8:00pm ET and included Vanessa Williams, Tim McGraw, Rosie O’Donnell, among other celebrities. Working alongside genealogists, researchers and historians, the stars excavates stories from their families’ past. Sarah Jessica Parker’s search leads back to the Salem witch trials. Dallas Cowboys legend Emmitt Smith follows his slave ancestors to Benin. Lisa Kudrow learns the truth of her great-grandmother’s fate in the Holocaust. Tony winner Matthew Broderick traces his family to battlefields in France and America. Brooke Shields unearths her royal connections. Oscar winner Susan Sarandon explores the racy life of her grandmother. And Emmy-winning director Spike Lee meets a relative he didn’t know he had. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Hereafter

George (Matt Damon) is a blue-collar American with a special connection to the afterlife dating from his childhood in ‘Hereafter.’ French journalist Marie (Cécile de France) has a near-death experience that shakes her reality. And when London schoolboy Marcus (Frankie and George McLaren) loses the person closest to him, he desperately needs answers. Each seeking the truth, their lives will intersect, forever changed by what they believe might – or must – exist in the hereafter. Academy Award winner Clint Eastwood directs this haunting original tale from a screenplay by two-time Oscar nominee Peter Morgan. Jay Mohr, Bryce Dallas Howard, Marthe Keller and Derek Jacobi also star. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

A Shine of Rainbows

Open your heart to an ordinary family’s extraordinary journey in ‘A Shine of Rainbows.’ A Heartland Festival “Truly Moving Picture” Award Recipient, this unforgettable movie tells the inspiring story of hope, transformation and love while surrounded by the beauty and power of nature. An orphaned boy named Tomás is adopted by Maire O’Donnell (Connie Nielsen) to live on a whimsical Irish isle filled with new friends, secret caves and a lost baby pup seal stranded on the coast. But when Maire’s reluctant husband Alec (Aidan Quinn) refuses to accept Tomás as his own son, the boy drifts down a fateful path of adventure and self-discovery, illuminating how rainbows can shine around — and within — us all. Directed by Emmy-nominated director Vic Sarin, the whole family will enjoy this touching story about acceptance and self-discovery. In addition, the all-new DVD includes a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film entitled “So Many Colours: The Making of A Shine of Rainbows.” Buy the DVD right here.

The Red Green Show

Serving up nearly twenty hours of laughs, ‘The Red Green Show: The Delinquent Years,’ the collected Seasons 7-9 (1997-1999) of the Canadian comedy and longstanding PBS hit, is now available on DVD. The Delinquent Years finds Canada’s most hilarious handyman and his gang growing older—but still not growing up. Showcasing three more years of celebrated chaos and commotion at Possum Lodge, this 9-disc boxed set includes 47 episodes with Red and his crew dreaming up more of the half-baked ideas, crazy contraptions, and unintended consequences that seemed like they would never end, but did, after 15 hilarious years. Creator and star Steve Smith is a mastermind of north-of-the-border handyman humor with widespread appeal. Currently appearing at venues throughout the U.S., Smith’s multi-year tour continues to sell out. Akin to ‘Home Improvement,’ which also debuted in 1991, ‘The Red Green Show’ amassed a devout fan base during the show’s 15-year run for Red Green and his Possum Lodge friends’ adventurous antics, off-kilter advice, preposterous inventions and power tool artillery. Ending in April 2006 with exactly 300 episodes that still run in syndication, the Canadian comedy institution has spawned a feature film, specials, books, and a cult-like following. These 47 episodes feature series regulars Ranger Gord, Bill Smith, Hap Shaughnessy, and, of course, Red’s beleaguered but beloved nephew, Harold. The collection finds the Possum Lodge pack in some of the show’s greatest moments—building a double-wide limo, partaking in a “Pardi Gras” parade, Red’s running for political office, staging a mutiny, and much more. For more laughs than you can shake a hockey stick at, join these hopeless handymen for three more years of doing what men do when women aren’t around—and some things that are even worse. Buy the Delinquent Years DVD right here.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Batman wings into an exciting new era, teaming with a mighty honor roll of DC Comics Super Heroes in the action-packed series ‘Batman: The Brave and the Bold.’ Through the show’s final 13 Animated Adventures in this 2-Disc Collection, the Dark Knight allies with Aquaman, Plastic Man, Blue Beetle, Red Tornado, Green Arrow, Wildcat, Deadman, Bronze Tiger and Atom to take on an array of evildoers ranging from mad scientists to intergalactic crooks, from power-mad dictators to out-of-control teenagers. He even travels to a parallel world, becoming the villainous Owlman! In this cool, cutting-edge and often funny series bringing back old-school comic-book styling and dry wit to crimefighting, Batman faces any peril – including other heroes stealing the show – in his relentless pursuit of justice. Buy the Season 1, Part 2 DVD right here.

The Space Kidettes & Young Samson

Q: What do pint-sized space travelers and a teenage science buff have in common? A: Loyal dogs, a calling to protect the planet (and beyond) from evil and they shared a half-hour Saturday Morning TV time slot of animated fun!’ Space Kidettes and Young Samson’ kicks off with the adventures of Scooter, Jenny, Snoopy and Countdown – the Space Kidettes – and their puppy Pupstar. Operating from their space capsule-turned-clubhouse, they protect the galaxy from the bumbling Captain Skyhook. The second half of the show is devoted to Samson, a teen with a big brain, magical bracelets and a dog Goliath who transforms into a lion when it comes time to thwart the diabolical plans of mad scientists. This action-packed 4-Disc Collection includes All 20 Episodes of our resourceful heroes up against space pirates, molemen, monster asteroids and more! Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.

Urgency

Every second counts in ‘Urgency,’ a new action-packed thriller starring Brian Austin Green (‘Beverly Hills 90210′). Also starring Jeffrey Combs, Scott William Winters, Sally Kirkland and Luciana Carro, this taut, high-octane flick from director Kantz is sure to satisfy those looking for action and suspense. Tony West (Green) is a successful pharmaceutical executive living in LA with his loving wife (Carro). But after a day of tense negotiations with potential customers, he comes home to find his wife kidnapped, with the captors demanding a $50,000 ransom within 90 minutes. Armed with only his wits and his cell phone, he has no choice to comply. Soon, however, he learns that the kidnappers are after more than just money. Buy the DVD right here.

Sugar Boxx

Director Cody Jarrett crafts the lurid, exploitation-style women-in-prison flick ‘Sugar Boxx,’ set in the sweltering Florida Everglades. The year is 1975. The Sugar State Women’s Facility is a place where innocent girls are forced to work in the swamps under inhuman conditions, and turn tricks for the warden once their spirits have been broken. Here, corruption, brutality, and sexual abuse are a way of life. But this penitentiary is a powder keg, and when undercover reporter Valerie March manages to get inside, the fuse is lit. Buy the DVD right here.

Peanuts Double Feature

Based on one of the most popular comic strips in history by critically acclaimed American cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, the ‘Peanuts Double Feature’ is now available on DVD just in time for Easter. The set includes household favorite films A Boy Named Charlie Brown and Snoopy Come Home. Charlie Brown and the rest of the delightful cast of “Peanuts” characters made their official big screen debut in A Boy Named Charlie Brown. Charles M. Schulz’s first feature-length animated motion picture, the fun-loving film begins with the iconic scene of Charlie Brown gearing up for his first pitch of the baseball season only to stop midstream because the pitcher’s mound is filled with dandelions. With the same characters and charm that contributed to the celebrated comic strip, A Boy Named Charlie Brown was the first of many successful films and television shows for the “Peanuts” gallery. The fun-loving exploits of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and the whole gang come to life in the story about America’s favorite beagle gone missing. A dazzling display of colorful animation, Snoopy Come Home is packed with adorable characters and witty dialogue sure to enchant the entire family. Buy the DVD right here.

Invitation to the Dance

Academy Award winner Gene Kelly brings his remarkable talents as star, director and choreographer to this glittering gala of music, dance and pantomime – and the result is ‘Invitation to the Dance,’ a lush, one-of-a-kind musical flight of fancy. The film has three episodes, each with its own distinct period and mood. In Circus, a clown (Kelly) in a small carnival troupe is hopelessly in love with the show’s high-wire walker. Ring Around the Rosy is a satiric tale about a bracelet which travels from the wrist of one fickle lover to another. Sinbad the Sailor blends live action and animation as Kelly dances his way into an Arabian Nights world after rubbing Aladdin’s Lamp. Showcasing talents from ballet companies of New York, Paris, London and Rome, this imaginative tour de force is a must-see for dance lovers everywhere! Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.

Spooner

Herman Spooner (Matthew Lillard) is a used car salesman who still lives at home with his parents in the new movie ‘Spooner.’ Spooner is fairly set in his unfulfilling routine, but turning 30 marks a hard deadline set by his mom and dad to get a place of his own. To top it off, Spooner’s boss is putting on the pressure to bring in some numbers, or face the chopping block. Headed for one of the worst days of his life, Spooner meets the girl of his dreams, Rose (Nora Zehetner). Forgoing all other priorities, Spooner is now working on winning her heart, but on their perfect date, she breaks the news that she is about to leave for the Philippines. How far will Spooner go to keep Rose in town and show her he really knows how to spoon? Buy the DVD right here.

No One Knows About Persian Cats

Renowned Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi returns with “an exhilarating examination of a leading Iranian criminal enterprise – music” (The Wall Street Journal). Ghobadi’s Cannes prize winner ‘No One Knows About Persian Cats‘ was co-written by imprisoned Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi, the film, shot with documentary-like realism, is an indictment of artistic repression in Iran’s exciting underground music scene and a funny and moving celebration of an entire generation of Iranians striving for personal and creative freedom. Shot in secret and featuring extraordinary performances by real underground bands, ‘No One Knows About Persion Cats’ follows a pair of young musicians (Negar Shaghaghi, Ashkan Koshanejad), recently released from prison, on a mission to take their rock band to Europe. Forbidden by the authorities to play in Iran, they plan their escape abroad with a fast-talking promoter. Vowing to play one last show before leaving Tehran, their dangerous mission takes them on a free-wheeling journey through the city’s vibrant and diverse underground scene, home to an estimated 2,000 illegal independent bands. Buy the DVD right here.

Gamera vs. Zigra/Gamera: The Super Monster

The wait is over! The final two films in the illustrious Gamera franchise: ‘Gamera vs. Zigra’ and ‘Gamera: The Super Monster!’ are now available on DVD. Witness twice the excitement as Gamera takes on the malevolent underwater alien creature Zigra and then revisits each of his deadliest foes one by one while trying to save the world. Both films feature remastered transfers in their original Japanese language as well as English dubs. Buy the DVD right here.

Battle of the Warriors

House of Flying Daggers star Andy Lau delivers a power-packed performance in ‘Battle of the Warriors,’ the epic tale of swords, valor, and Sun Tzu-style strategy from the action director of Jet Li’s Hero. In 370 B.C., a small kingdom lies directly in the path of a massive, advancing army. When all hope is lost, the people turn to a lone, mysterious stranger to rescue them from siege and conquest. Based on the sensational Japanese manga series Bokkou, ‘Battle of the Warriors’ features a gritty, realistic style with an incredible level of historical detail that highlights each of its unparalleled, ferocious battles. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Hemingway’s Garden of Eden

Penned between 1946 and 1961, Ernest Hemingway’s novel ‘The Garden of Eden‘ remained incomplete at the time of its author’s suicide, but finally appeared in 1986, as the second posthumously published Hemingway novel following the 1970 Islands in the Stream. As directed by John Irvin (Turtle Diary) and scripted by James Scott Linville, this screen adaptation faithfully adheres to the original story. The tale takes place in the 1920s, on the Côte d’Azur of the French Riviera, where David Bourne (Jack Huston), a youngish American writer, and his gorgeous wife, Catherine (Mena Suvari), spend a tranquil honeymoon. Buy the DVD right here.