New On DVD This Week: The Green Hornet, Drop Dead Diva, Murdoch Mysteries

by | May 3, 2011 at 5:55 PM | TV News

The Green Hornet

Justice has a new name, a kick-ass sidekick and no tights in the exciting new action comedy ‘The Green Hornet,’ now available on 3-disc Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray and DVD. Seth Rogen stars as a self-made superhero in this high-octane buddy action/adventure co-starring Asian pop superstar Jay Chou, Tom Wilkinson, Oscar Winner Christoph Waltz and Cameron Diaz. Oscar winning director Michel Gondry brings his unique, cutting-edge visual style to this slick updating of the classic adventures of the masked vigilante “The Green Hornet” and his industrious sidekick “Kato.” The movie will be available in a 3-disc Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack which will include the Blu-ray 3D, a 2D Blu-ray and a DVD of the film. Exclusively available on ‘The Green Hornet’ 3D Blu-ray is the unique 3D Animated Storyboard Comparisons. The storyboard is a crucial stage in planning the shots of an intricate action scene. This feature presents the original storyboards for a scene in direct comparison (and contrast) to the final film. The storyboards have been brought to life with animated movement and rendered in 3D to take advantage of today’s state-of-the-art home viewing systems. Buy the Blu-rad 3D/Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Drop Dead Diva

Life is definitely funnier the second time around in Season 2 of the compelling Lifetime series ‘Drop Dead Diva.’ The sophomore season of this smash hit stars Brooke Elliott as a shallow wannabe model who dies in a sudden accident only to find her soul resurfacing in the body of a brilliant, plus-sized and recently deceased attorney, Jane. The series also stars comedian Margaret Cho, Jackson Hurst, Kate Levering, and Ben Feldman. The three-disc set contains exclusive bonus content including deleted scenes, three all-new behind-the-scenes featurettes and a music video. This season featured guest appearances by Vivica A. Fox, Paula Abdul, Robin Givens, Chad Lowe and many more. Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

Being Human

BBC brings to DVD and Blu-ray the third season of BBC America’s smash hit supernatural drama ‘Being Human.’ Created by Toby Whithouse and starring Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner, Lenora Crichlow, and Sinead Keenan, the series follows a group of four friends and their secret, complex double-lives as werewolves, a vampire and a ghost. Season three of ‘Being Human,’ which premiered in the U.S. on February 19th and concluded on April 9th, boasts an impressive array of guest-stars, including Lacey Turner (EastEnders), Robson Green (Wire In The Blood), Michael Socha (This is England ’86), Paul Kaye (It’s All Gone Pete Tong), Craig Roberts (Young Dracula), Nicole Walker (MI-5), James Fleet (Four Weddings and a Funeral), and Jason Watkins who returns as vampire leader Herrick. The DVD and Blu-ray bonus features include deleted scenes, extended interviews and Sinead’s set tour. Buy the DVD right here.

Murdoch Mysteries

Combining the period appeal of Sherlock Holmes with the forensic fascination of ‘CSI,’ ‘Murdoch Mysteries, Season 3′ is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. This set marks the first Blu-ray release of the series. Based on the characters from award-winning author Maureen Jennings’ Detective Murdoch novels, the acclaimed Canadian series has garnered 25 Gemini nominations to its credit, including Best Writing, Best Actor and Best Original Score. Set in Victorian-era Toronto, this engrossing and charming series follows Detective Murdoch as he uses revolutionary forensic techniques to solve the city’s most mystifying crimes. The 4-volume DVD boxed set and 3-Disc Blu-ray set includes all 13 episodes from season three, plus a behind-the-scenes featurette and more. This sharp, sophisticated mystery series features Yannick Bisson as William Murdoch, a Toronto police detective at the cutting edge of Victorian science. Together with a forward-thinking pathologist, he applies revolutionary criminology techniques to crack the toughest cases. This season finds Murdoch making the acquaintance of H.G. Wells, teaming up a second time with Nikola Tesla, investigating art forgery, and using the fledgling science of psychology to out the era’s most elusive murderers. Buy the Season 3 DVD right here.

Melrose Place

Melrose Place,’ the highly successful and steam spin-off of ‘Beverly Hills 90210,’ is back with the Season 6, Volume 1 DVD. The three-disc DVD set included the first 13 episodes of the sensationally dramatic sixth season about the lives, careers, trials and tribulations of a group of young adults from various backgrounds residing in a trendy Los Angeles apartment complex. Lying, stealing, cheating, seduction, backstabbing, betrayal and murder…it’s just another day and another season at ‘Melrose Place.’ Buy the Season 6, Volume 1 DVD right here.

Ben 10

An unexpected clash for ultimate power looms on the horizon for Ben Tennyson and his friends as ‘Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Power Struggle‘ is now available on DVD. In this latest installment of the Cartoon Network’s hit series, Gwen takes the team to a dimension of magic where they are forced to rely on her old enemy Charmaster to survive. Then, Kevin returns to the Null Void prison to settle an old score. Finally, Ben gets angry when Gwen recruits Darkstar to help them in a final showdown he never saw coming. This set features the last 10 episodes from the series’ first season. Buy the DVD right here.

Dora the Explorer

America’s favorite explorer is back with ‘Dora the Explorer: It’s Haircut Day!‘ This four-episode DVD set includes “Dora’s Hair-Raising Adventures,” where Boots receives his first haircut. In addition, celebrate Dora’s twin siblings’ first birthday; join in on a spaceship adventure; and hop on Pegaso, the flying horse constellation! Boots really wants to give his mom a picture of himself for her birthday but he’s having a bad hair day. Thankfully, Dora knows who can help, El Peluquero (the barber). Dora and Boots set out on a Hairy Adventure to solve a riddle at the Troll Bridge by matching poodles with cool geometric-shaped haircuts, help Señora Gigante brush some birdies out of her hair, and sing a “corta el pelo” song with El Peluquero as he gives Boots a new haircut. Buy the DVD right here.

Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles

Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles‘ is one half-hour packed with the adventures of two of the most unusual animation creations of the legendary Hanna-Barbera studio. Buzz Conroy is a heroic boy-genius who builds the powerful robot Frankenstein Jr. When the Ghastly Genie, the Junk Man and other evildoers get up to their old tricks, “Frankie” and his young creator crank into action. The crime fighting coalition continues with the Impossibles, a group of superheroes disguised as a beatnik rock group. At the direction of “Big D,” Multi Man, Coil Man and Fluid Man make hot-rockin’ musical justice thwarting thieves and corralling crooks with their transformative powers. All-family classic cartoon fun isn’t just possible – it’s guaranteed with this 2-Disc, 18-Episode Collection. Buy the complete series exclusively at WBShop.com.

Penn and Teller: Bullsh*t

The eighth season of the award-winning series ‘Penn and Teller: Bullsh*t!‘ features master showmen Penn and Teller and delivers viewers an aggressive, humorous, expose of taboo topics, using the duo’s trademark humor, knowledge of carnival tricks as well as hidden cameras and blatant confrontation. Nominate several consecutive years for the Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program and Outstanding Writing for Non Fiction Programming, this series continues its controversial muckracking throughout its eighth season by confronting many of the institutions society holds dear. Buy the Season 7 DVD right here.

Elmo’s Travel Songs and Games

‘Elmo’s Travel Songs and Games’ follows Elmo and Abby as they embark on a fun-filled road trip to the zoo with Elmo’s dad. To help pass the time, they play stimulating travel games featuring the alphabet, counting, shapes and rhyming. Sing along with them to family favorites “Let’s Go Driving,” and “The Bear Went Over the Mountain,” as well as the new “Are We There Yet?” song. Don’t forget to buckle up and go to the bathroom before you go on your trip, Elmo shows you why that is important! Buy the DVD right here.

Wubbzy Saves the Day

‘Wubbzy Saves The Day’ features a courageous collection of six entertaining episodes filled with age-appropriate lessons about sharing, caring and being yourself. Viewers join Wubbzy as he hosts a bird-watching slumber party, has a memorable picnic in the park with Daizy and Widget and much more! Plus, they’ll find out whether Wubbzy can help a lost group of baby “chirpees” find their way home or stop a snoozing “Moo Moo” from casting kooky spells all over Wuzzleburg! Complete with toe-tapping tunes that will get little ones moving, ‘Wubbzy Saves The Day’ is a winning choice for any family’s DVD collection. As a super-duper bonus, each ‘Wubbzy Saves The Day’ DVD features a special printable growth chart! Buy the DVD right here.

Identity

ITV Studios’ slick, high-tech crime procedural ‘Identity’ is now available on DVD. Keeley Hawes and Aidan Gillen star in this British series about an elite police team charged with investigating the high-stakes world of identity theft. The DVD 2-Disc Set includes six episodes, as well as text interviews with the cast, and cast filmographies. Uncovering the dark side of reinvention, Identity follows an elite police unit tracking identity thieves and their unwitting victims. DSI Martha Lawson (Keeley Hawes) assembles a crack team of investigators, betting her reputation on their results. Cavalier DI John Bloom (Aidan Gillen) has undercover experience and knows exactly what it’s like to live a lie. Ambitious DS Anthony Wareing (Shaun Parkes, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries) clashes with Bloom about his questionable past and even more questionable methods. Rounding out the group are cocksure DC José Rodriguez (Elyes Gabel) and IT expert Tessa Stein (Holly Aird). Buy the DVD right here.

From Prada to Nada

Two sisters from Beverly Hills learn how the other side lives after their father dies unexpectedly, and they’re taken in by their estranged aunt in East L.A. in ‘From Prada to Nada.’ Nora (Camilla Belle) and Mary (Alexa Vega) grew up in a sprawling mansion, so far removed from their Mexican roots that Mary refuses to even acknowledge her heritage. Then, in a flash, their father is gone, and they’re both left without two pennies to rub together. Fortunately, Nora and Mary have their kind-hearted aunt Aurelia (Adriana Barraza) to fall back on. Buy the DVD right here.