New On DVD This Week: Lark: Rise to Candleford, Tron, Life Unexpected, iCarly

by | April 6, 2011 at 7:25 PM | TV News

Lark Rise to Candleford

Set in the late 19th century, ‘Lark Rise to Candleford’ is a rich, funny and emotional series that follows the relationship of two contrasting communities: Lark Rise, a small hamlet gently holding onto the past, and Candleford, a neighboring market town bustling into the future. When young Laura Timmins leaves Lark Rise for a job at the Candleford post office, she discovers an eye-opening, exciting new world. In the face of scandals and feuds, she must leave her childhood behind and forge her own path to womanhood. The series also includes appearances by Dawn French, Jason Merrels and Brendan Coyle. Buy the complete series collection right here.

Tron

Sam Flynn, a rebellious 27-year-old, is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn, a man once known as the world’s leading video-game developer in the hot movie ‘Tron: Legacy.’ When Sam investigates a strange signal sent from the old Flynn’s Arcade-a signal that could only come from his father-he finds himself pulled into a digital world where Kevin has been trapped for 20 years. With the help of the fearless warrior Quorra, father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a cyber universe-a universe created by Kevin himself that has become far more advanced with never-before-imagined vehicles, weapons, landscapes and a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to prevent their escape. Buy the 5-disc Combo Pack, which includes the original Tron and a Blu-ray 3D copy too right here.

Life Unexpected

Life Unexpected‘ centers around 15-year-old Lux (Britt Robertson), who was given up for adoption at birth but has now been reunited with her birth parents – radio show host Cate (Shiri Appleby) and bartender Baze (Kristoffer Polaha), the dad who never knew she existed. Cate is now a commitment-wary Portland radio personality and engaged to her fabulous fiancé Ryan. Baze is a good-natured goof-off who still lives like an aging frat boy with his slacker roommates Math (Austin Basis) and Jamie (Reggie Austin). And Lux? She’s a self-reliant foster kid weary of bouncing from home to home – and not sure her unexpected new life is going to work out any better. What does it take to make a family? The answers begin to surface in this smart, warm-hearted, critically acclaimed series offering stories you can believe in and characters you can love. Buy the complete series right here.

iCarly

Get ready for the biggest ‘iCarly‘ set ever — 15 iCarly episodes and two hour-long TV movies are now available on DVD with ‘iCarly: Season 2, Volume 3′ The 2010 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards winner for “Favorite TV Show” closes its second season with a set that features the first-ever iCarly Awards, delves into Sam’s pageant girl days and includes the ratings record-setting episode that everyone is still talking about, “iSaved Your Life.” Nickelodeon’s groundbreaking hit live-action series stars Miranda Cosgrove as Carly, the host of an incredibly popular teen web show. Buy the Season 2, Volume 3 DVD right here.

Teen Wolf

What’s a high school kid got to do to be popular? Just let down his hair and howl! Starring Michael J. Fox (Back to the Future), ‘Teen Wolf‘ is an outrageous comedy about a shy teenager with more than a changing voice to contend with…he’s a budding young werewolf! And when his newfound powers help him score at basketball — and with the popular girls — he has some pretty hairy decisions to make. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Return to the magic and wonder of C.S. Lewis’ epic world in this third installment of the beloved The Chronicles of Narnia fantasy-adventure series – ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.’ Imagination comes to life with stunning special effects that bring the vast oceans and sprawling landscapes to life. The release comes just in time for Easter, making the family favorite a perfect gift for kids of all ages. Precocious siblings Lucy (Georgie Henley, The Chronicles of Narnia series) and Edmund Pevensie (Skandar Heynes, The Chronicles of Narnia series), along with their cousin Eustace, are swallowed into a painting and transported back to Narnia. They join King Caspian (Ben Barnes, Dorian Gray) and a noble mouse named Reepicheep in a quest to rescue noble lords who had been lost fighting evil on another island. Aboard the magnificent ship The Dawn Treader, the courageous voyagers travel to mysterious islands, confront mystical creatures, and reunite with the Great Lion Aslan on a mission that tests their characters to determine the fate of Narnia itself! Buy the Blu-ray combo pack right here.

All Dogs Go To Heaven

Set in 1939 New Orleans, the colorful, song-filled story ‘All Dogs Go To Heaven‘ centers on Charles B. Barkin, a roguish German Shepherd with the charm of a con man and the heart of a marshmallow. Out for revenge against his double-crossing former partner, a cigar-chomping pit bull known as Carface, Charlie finds himself guardian to a lonely little orphan named Anne-Marie. Her astounding ability to talk to animals leads this unlikely pair on an adventure packed with thrills, laughs, tears and true love. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Year of the Carnivore

The romantic-comedy-drama ‘Year of the Carnivore‘ follows the misadventures of Sammy Smalls (Cristin Milioti), a tomboy who works as a store detective at Big Apple Food Town. She’s crazy for scruffy street musician Eugene (Mark Rendall), who is perfect for her, but doesn’t want to be tied down in a relationship. After a disastrous one-night-stand, Eugene suggests they play the field to get more experience. So Sammy embarks on a sexual quest to become the ultimate lover. But will love still be waiting when she’s done? Year of the Carnivore takes you on a hilarious exploration of love, sex, and everything in between. It’s true that good love takes patience, but good sex, that takes practice! Buy the DVD right here.

How I Won The War

Among the first of the late 60s anti-war films that reflected growing concern over the Vietnam War, ‘How I Won the War‘ takes a cold, dark look at the Good War, World War II. In adapting Patrick Ryan’s 1963 novel, screenwriter Charles Wood and director Richard Lester offered a narrative fractured by characters making side comments to the camera, stylized cinematography, inserts of newsreel war footage, and plenty of absurdist humor and slapstick. Ernest Goodbody (Michael Crawford) is a bumbling British officer who manages to get most of his small company of musketeers killed while on a mission in North Africa to set up a cricket pitch behind enemy lines for officers of the advancing British army. Buy the DVD right here.

All Dogs Go To Heaven 2

Get ready for plenty of thrills and excitement as everyone’s favorite pups unleash their charm in ‘All Dogs Go To Heaven 2,’ a lively tale of courage, love and friendship that is captivating entertainment and dog gone good fun for all! All dogs do go to heaven…and some lucky few return to earth. That’s what happens when mischievous mutt Charlie Barkin (Charlie Sheen) is asked to retrieve Gabriel’s horn when it is stolen from heaven. Seeing his chance to have some fun, Charlie recruits his sidekick Itchy (Dom DeLuise) and happily steps up to the challenge. Immediately, the two get side tracked into trouble…until a sweet young runaway boy and a beautiful Irish setter (Sheena Easton) set them straight. But time is running out, and if Charlie is going to secure the valuable horn, he will have to prove himself worthy of his wings by taking on two incredible villains in a hair-raising, breathtaking race to the finish! Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Behemoth

An earthquake and a volcano in a small town unleash a colossal, mythical beast from the depths of the Earth with the sci-fi thriller ‘Behemoth,’ now available on DVD. The quiet town of Ascension is rocked to its heels when a dormant volcano begins to grumble. Special Agents from the Department of Defense soon discover evidence of an ancient enormous beast, the Behemoth, ready to rise from its earthen grave. It’s up to a small band of rescuers to locate the DOD’s special weapon and destroy the monster before time runs out. Buy the DVD right here.

Material Girls

Sisters Tanzie and Ava (Hilary and Haylie Duff) have it all — designer clothes to wear, hunky guys to date and millions of dollars to spend. Their life has been one big party since inheriting their dad’ss cosmetics company… but the party ends when a product scandal leaves the celebutantes without a penny to their name. It’s a hilarious riches-to-rags tale as the girls go from maximum fun to minimum wage. Co-starring Anjelica Huston and Lukas Haas, ‘Material Girls‘ proves that laughter is always in fashion. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Sesame Street: Wild Words and Outdoor Adventures

Travel the great outdoors with the ‘Sesame Street‘ gang in the new-to-DVD Wild Words and Outdoor Adventures. This new-to-DVD release will educate preschoolers all about the outdoors and our environment just in time for spring and Earth Day! Expand your vocabulary while having fun! With a celebrity guest in every segment, this DVD is loaded with tons of outdoor excitement. First, Jimmy Fallon appears as Wild Nature Survivor Guy and must enlist the help of Elmo and Rosita to survive in the wilderness of Sesame Street. Kids will also have fun playing along with Elmo when Camouflage Carla (played by Kyra Sedgwick) gives “The Camouflage Challenge,” a game with a race against time. Buy the DVD right here.

Picture This

In ‘Picture This,’ Mandy has just been invited to the biggest party of the year by the most popular boy in school, but there’s one problem — she’s grounded! When her father agrees to let her go study with friends, he insists on checking in every half hour via video cell phone. Trapped by technology, Mandy and her “cell” mates need a little ingenuity — and a lot of imagination — to make it to the party without exposing the plan to Dad’s prying eyes! Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Bill Moyers: The Language of Life

The magic of the spoken word takes center stage in the PBS-broadcast series ‘Bill Moyers: The Language of Life.’ Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist, Bill Moyers combines intimate, one-on-one interviews and public performances in this celebration of modern poetry’s diverse voices. Broadcast in 1995, the program features inspiring and moving segments with National Book Award honorees, Pulitzer Prize winners, and a former U.S. Poet Laureate, including such greats as Robert Bly, Adrienne Rich, Carolyn Forché, Gary Snyder and Lucille Clifton—as well as musical accompaniment by the famed Paul Winter Consort. This exhilarating eight-part series testifies to the full range of human experience and recognizes poetry’s power to inspire, redeem, and celebrate life. Join host Bill Moyers as he engages 18 writers in lively conversation, and share the experience of hearing them read aloud before a live audience. Produced and directed by Emmy-winning documentarian David Grubin and filmed on location at the fifth biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival in historic Waterloo, New Jersey, The Language of Life celebrates the creative pulse of poetry like never before. Buy the DVD right here.

The Secret of Nimh

Get ready to meet some runaway rodents with an earth-shattering secret in ‘The Secret of Nimh.’ Suspenseful and heartwarming, this beautifully animated odyssey stars Mrs. Brisby, a mild-mannered mother mouse with a plan to move Heaven and Earth (or at least her house and home) to save her family from Farmer Fitzgibbon’s plow! Along the way she gets some help from a lovelorn Crow, a busybody neighbor mouse and a fearsome Great Owl. Unfortunately, Mrs. Brisby will need an engineering miracle to hoist her home, and for that she must face a mysterious rat, fend off a ferocious cat and claim a magic amulet! But when Mrs. Brisby discovers the astounding secret of NIMH…it could change her life forever! This timeless tale of love, courage and determination will transport the whole family into an enchanting world where the bravest hearts live in the meekest of mice. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Greatest Story Ever Told

This glorious epic is an inspiring, grand-scale recreation of the life of Jesus of Nazareth, from His humble birth and teachings to his crucifixion and ultimate Resurrection. Lavishly produced at a cost of $20 million — an enormous amount for the time — and honored with five 1965 Academy Award Nominations, this exceptional motion picture is exquisitely beautiful. Now presented in its original theatrical brilliance with intermission and overture, it is truly ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told.’ Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Casino Jack

Self-professed “super-lobbyist” and double-dealing high roller Jack Abramoff (Academy Award-winner Kevin Spacey) watches in vain as his highly lucrative empire starts to crumble thanks to one fateful mistake in this high-energy comedy inspired by real events from director George Hickenlooper in the hit movie ‘Casino Jack.’ When Jack and resourceful businessman Michael Scanlon (Barry Pepper) team up to exert their influence over some the biggest players in Washington, D.C., their bid to strike it rich pays off, big time. But somewhere between the high-profile deals, high-roller hotel suites, and million-dollar yachts, the profit-loving pair makes the mistake of recruiting a motor-mouthed mob flunky (Jon Lovitz) to earn some extra income under the table. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

I Love You Phillip Morris

The story of ‘I Love You Phillip Morris‘ begins with Steven Russell (Jim Carrey), on his deathbed recalling the events of his life. He begins in Texas as a happily married police officer who plays the organ at church, prays with his wife and spends his off hours searching for his biological mother. That, and he’s gay. But after finding and being rejected by his mother, Steven leaves his life and family to go out into the world and be his true, gay self. He moves to Miami, finds a boyfriend and begins living the high life. But a life of luxury is expensive, leading this former cop to become a conman. When the law finally catches up with him, Steven is sent to prison where he meets, and falls in love with Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor). Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Legally Blonde 2

When Elle (Reese Witherspoon) discovers that her lovable chihuahua Bruiser’s mom is locked in a cruel animal testing facility, she heads to D.C. to fight for animal rights, give Washington a makeover and prove once and for all that America really is the land of the free… and the home of the blonde in the blockbuster sequel ‘Legally Blonde 2.’ Buy the Blu-ray right here.

MGM Limited Collection

The Captive City (1952) – Robert Wise’s taut direction and masterful cinematography by Lee Garmes enhance this taut film-noir thriller about a federal investigation into the total corruption of a small town by organized crime. Buy the DVD here.

A Cold Wind in August (1961) – An older woman seduces an impressionable working-class boy who falls deeply in love with her, until he realizes that she is a stripper and prostitute. Directed by Alexander Singer. Buy the DVD here.

The Explosive Generation (1961) – When an angry school board suspends a schoolteacher for asking his teenage students to write essays describing their feelings about sex, the students unite to defend their teacher. Directed by Buzz Kulik. Buy the DVD here.

The Murder of Mary Phagan (1988) – A man is found guilty and sentenced to death of a thirteen year old girl but the governor declares that the trial was unfair which leads to the murder of the accused by a lynch mob. Two-disc mini-series, directed by Billy Hale. Buy the DVD here.

Not as a Stranger (1955) – In this compelling drama, Robert Mitchum stars as a heartless medical student who marries a nurse (Olivia de Havilland) for her savings account until an operating room tragedy changes him forever. Directed by Stanley Kramer. Buy the DVD here.

Return From the Ashes (1965) - A chess champion (Maximilian Schell) sees his wife (Ingrid Thulin) dragged off to apparent death at Dachau. He is remarried when his former wife reappears, and his solution is to kill them both. Directed by J. Lee Thompson. Buy the DVD here.

Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday (1976) – Lee Marvin, an ex-trail Scout and Oliver Reed, his half-breed Indian partner decide to settle accounts with a former partner who cheated them out of stolen money. Directed by Don Taylor. Buy the DVD here.

Queen of Hearts (1989) – An Italian couple (Joseph Long and Anita Zagaria) defy both their families and marry for love. Four children later, they are running a diner in England. Humorous, dramatic, sad – everything a movie should be. Directed by Jon Amiel. Buy the DVD here.

Wallenberg: A Hero’s Story

Award-winning actor Richard Chamberlain stars as Raoul Wallenberg, scion of a wealthy, Christian “Aryan” family of Swedish bankers, who despises the brutal anti-Semitism of the Hitler regime in ‘Wallenberg: A Hero’s Story.’ Employed as a diplomat at the Swedish embassy in Budapest during World War II, he vows to aid Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Despite facing unspeakable risk, Wallenberg bravely initiates the escape of over 100,000 Hungarian Jews, and thereby also earns him the enmity of Nazi leader Adolph Eichman, played with brilliant fury by Kenneth Colley. Wallenberg’s uncompromising compassion and ultimate act of heroism leads to his arrest, a mysterious disappearance, and presumed tragic ending. Buy the DVD right here.

KJB: The Book that Changed the World

A colorful and historical look at arguably the most important manuscript in history, Lionsgate has released the docudrama ‘KJB: The Book That Changed the World’ on DVD. Timed to the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, the DVD release is hosted by award-winning actor John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings motion picture trilogy), who visits landmarks, explains relics and sets up top-notch dramatizations of the events surrounding the bestselling book in the world. The docudrama offers a deeper look into the Christian faith following the creation of the Protestant Church and King James I’s influence. ‘KJB: The Book That Changed the World’ is available on DVD complete with audio commentary with the filmmakers, expert interviews and an interview with Rhys-Davies. Buy the DVD right here.

Fiddler on the Roof

A grand tradition of song, dance, and musical splendor returns to the screen as ‘Fiddler on the Roof‘ is now available on Blu-ray in honor of the 40th anniversary of the classic film. Nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ is a universal story of hope and acceptance. Fans will also be able to experience a new 7.1 audio track on the Blu-ray version, bringing the Oscar-winning music to life like never before. This lavishly produced and critically-acclaimed screen adaptation of the Tony Award®-winning Broadway sensation tells the life-affirming story of Tevye (Academy Award-nominee Topol), a poor but soulful milkman whose love, pride and faith help him face the oppression of turn-of-the-century Czarist Russia. Tevye and his wife Golde (Norma Crane, ’1984′) attempt to arrange suitable marriages for their five strong-willed daughters in poignant—and often amusing—moments that celebrate life and love. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.