New On DVD This Week: Home Improvement, Blue Valentine, No Strings Attached

by | May 9, 2011 at 12:18 PM | TV News

Home Improvement

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of one of ABC TV’s highest rated family comedy series of the 1990’s, Walt Disney Studios unveils the complete DVD collection of the beloved sitcom ‘Home Improvement.’ Just in time for Father’s Day, this incredible limited edition collection is packaged as a stunning red toolbox that includes all eight seasons on 25 discs, an exclusive Binford ‘all-in-one’ tool as well as hours of entertaining bonus features for viewers of all ages. ‘Home Improvement,’ a top-rated and beloved TV series that aired from 1991-1999, stars Tim Allen as Tim Taylor the accident-prone TV host of a do-it-yourself home projects program called “Tool Time,” Richard Karn as Al Borland the trusty, flannel-wearing sidekick and co-host of “Tool Time”, Patricia Richardson as the wonderfully supportive wife Jill, who is always by her husband’s side as they undertake the challenge of raising three mischievous sons – Zachery Ty Bryan as Brad, Jonathan Taylor Thomas as Randy and Taran Noah Smith as Mark. And whenever Tim Taylor finds himself at a loss, next-door neighbor Wilson, played by Earl Hindman, never fully seen, but always heard, can be counted on to dole out home-spun advice from behind his fence. Co-creators and executive producers Carmen Finestra (‘The Cosby Show’) and David McFadzean provide the final word on the series in their insightful audio commentary. Besides the live reunion special, additional bonus content includes a collection of funniest moments presented by “Tool Time” girl Debbe Dunning, a two-part featurette entitled “Loose Screws” highlighting a compilation of some of the biggest laughs in the show’s history, and of course, the legacy of fantastic bloopers that occurred over the years. Buy the 20th Anniversary Complete Collection right here.

Blue Valentine

Oscar nominees Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams star in ‘Blue Valentine,’ an honest, moving and uninhibited love story. The film blends present moments in time with romantic past memories to tell the story of Cindy (Williams) and Dean (Gosling), a young couple who spend a night away from their daughter in an attempt to save their failing marriage. As this unforgettable movie traces the arc of Dean and Cindy’s relationship, it asks questions that touch us all: How do you sustain love? Is it even possible to do so? What do you do when your dreams don’t come true, or your life doesn’t go as planned? Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Usual Suspects

A $91 million cocaine heist. A devastating boat explosion. Two survivors. U.S. Customs special agent David Kujan (Chazz Palminteri) is determined to find out who and what’s behind the melee in ‘The Usual Suspects,’ which was the winner of two 1995 Academy Awards, including Original Screenplay. As he pieces the clues together with the help of a half-charred Hungarian gangster and an outspoken, crippled con man from New York, Kujan soon finds out this story actually begins with five criminal minds…and one infamous master mind. Buy the Blu-ray book right here.

No Strings Attached

Academy Award winner Natalie Portman (‘Black Swan’) and Ashton Kutcher star ‘No Strings Attached,’ the refreshingly candid film that gives a sharp and funny view of modern day relationships. Directed by Ivan Reitman (‘Ghost Busters’), the film also features an outstanding supporting cast including Lake Bell, Greta Gerwig, Kevin Kline, Ludacris, Cary Elwes and Mindy Kaling (‘The Office’). The ‘No Strings Attached’ Blu-ray/DVD Combo with Digital Copy boasts nearly an hour of bonus material including featurettes about sex friends getting together, the do’s and don’ts of modern love, deleted scenes, commentary by Ivan Reitman and more. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never Again

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never Again‘ is the captivating and inspirational story of a small town boy who became a pop phenomenon through sheer talent and determination takes the stage. ‘Justin Bieber: Never Say Never’ follows Bieber’s journey from his early years to his rise from break-out internet sensation to global superstar, culminating in a sold-out show at the famed Madison Square Garden. Incorporating personal home footage that chronicles Bieber’s prodigious talent from early childhood, the film also features all-star musical performers. ‘Justin Bieber: Never Say Never’ is the highest grossing concert-themed film ever in U.S. history, having earned more than $72.2 million at the domestic box office, surpassing the lifetime domestic grosses of ‘Michael Jackson’s This Is It.’ The Blu-ray/DVD Combo with Digital Copy and standard DVD include a concert dance off that was not shown in theaters in which Bieber and his crew show off their amazing moves, a full-length concert performance of “Favorite Girl” from the Director’s Fan Cut of the film, footage of Justin’s team surprising lucky fans with free concert tickets and a final farewell to Bieber’s signature hairstyle. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

The Misfits

Expertly directed by John Huston from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize winner Arthur Miller, ‘The Misfits‘ is an unforgettable drama not to be missed. Divorced and disillusioned, Roslyn Tabor (Marilyn Monroe) befriends a group of misfits, including an aging cowboy (Clark Gable), a heartbroken mechanic (Eli Wallach) and a worn-out rodeo rider (Montgomery Clift). Through their live-for-the-moment lifestyle, Roslyn experiences her first taste of freedom, exhilaration and passion. But when her innocent idealism clashes with their hard-edged practicality, Roslyn must risk losing their friendship… and the only true love she’s ever known. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Manchurian Candidate

When a platoon of Korean War GIs is captured, they somehow end up at a ladies’ garden club party in the classic movie ‘The Manchurian Candidate.’ Or do they? Major Bennett Marco (Frank Sinatra) can’t remember. As he searches for the answer, he discovers threads of a diabolical plot orchestrated by the utterly ruthless Mrs. Iselin (Angela Lansbury) and involving her war hero son (Laurence Harvey), her senator husband (James Gregory) and a secret cabal of enemy leaders. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

According to Jim

The life of a family man has never been so comical in the hit series ‘According to Jim.’ One of the longest-running live-action comedy series ever on TV, the four-time Emmy nominated series stars Jim Belushi as an abrasive but lovable father and Courtney Thorne-Smith as his gorgeous and feisty wife. The Season 3 four-disc set contains over 500 minutes of this family comedy, complete with exclusive special features that include two featurettes: “Season 3: According to Jim” and “Live to Tape.” Buy the Season 3 DVD right here.

Hotel Rwanda

Don Cheadle gives an Oscar Nominated performance in ‘Hotel Rwanda,’ the true story of one man’s brave stance against savagery during the 1994 Rwandan conflict. The movie is also nominated for an additional two Oscars for Best Supporting Actress (Sophie Okonedo) and Best Original Screenplay. As his country descends into madness, hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina (Cheadle) sets out to save his family. But when he sees that the world will not intervene in the massacre of minority Tutsis, he finds the courage to open his hotel to over 1,200 refugees – with only his wits and words to help keep them alive another hour… another day. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Hit List

Ever wish you had the chance to get back at the boss who undermined you…the spouse who cheated on you…or the friend who deceived you? One night, a down-on-his-luck businessman, Allan Campbell (Cole Hauser), meets a mysterious stranger, Jonas Arbor (Gooding Jr.), who claims to be a professional hit man in ‘The Hit List.’ Jonas offers to take out five targets, free of charge. Thinking it’s a bad joke, Allan jots down his own private hit list. The next day, the people he named start turning up dead, and all the evidence points to Allan. Hunted by the police and haunted by guilt, Allan races against time to stop the murders he set in motion. In this world, vengeance always has a price. Buy the DVD right here.

Leaving Las Vegas

The profoundly moving love story ‘Leaving Las Vegas‘ garnered Nicolas Cage a 1995 Academy Award for Best Actor and Elisabeth Shue a Nomination for Best Actress. Alcoholic Ben Sanderson (Cage) hits rock bottom and sets off for the lights of Las Vegas, determined to drink himself into oblivion. There he meets and falls in love with Sera (Shue), a sexy, seen-it-all hooker. But will their unique and powerful bond be enough to save Ben from himself? Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Dead Man Walking

Inspired by a true story, ‘Dead Man Walking‘ is the provocative tale of crime and redemption that earned Susan Sarandon a 1995 Oscar for Best Actress and Sean Penn an Oscar Nomination for Best Actor. Sister Helen Prejean (Sarandon) becomes the spiritual advisor to Matthew Poncelet (Penn), a vicious and complex killer awaiting execution. As she attempts to save Matthew’s dark soul, she uncovers shocking truths that will rock the very foundation of her faith. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Boy Meets World

Boy Meets World‘ is the quintessential comedy series about growing up middle class in suburban Philadelphia and follows Corey Matthews (Ben Savage) – who is just trying to figure out the world around him, including junior high, high school and beyond. The lovable Corey is joined by his best friend Shawn (Rider Strong), and the odd but fascinating Topanga (Danielle Fishel). Corey and his friends navigate the ins and outs of bullies, class schedules, growing friendships and true love. Corey also recruits the help of his brother, Eric (Will Friedle), while his teacher (William Daniels) tries to stay one step ahead of him, always sharing a life lesson. Buy the Season 5 DVD right here.

The Horse Soldiers

John Wayne teams with William Holden and eminent western director John Ford in the frontier actioner ‘The Horse Soldiers.’ Written by John Lee Mahin and Martin Rackin, this faithful representation of one of the most daring cavalry exploits in history is both a moving tribute to the men who fought and died in that bloody war and a powerful, action-packed drama. Based on an actual Civil War incident, ‘The Horse Soldiers’ tells the rousing tale of a troop of Union soldiers who force their way deep into Southern territory to destroy a rebel stronghold at Newton Station. In command is hard-bitten Colonel Marlowe (Wayne), a man who is strikingly contrasted by the company’s gentle surgeon (Holden) and the beautiful but crafty Southern belle (Constance Towers) who’s forced to accompany the Union raiders on perhaps the most harrowing mission in the war. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Black Death

The year is 1348. Europe has fallen under the shadow of the ‘Black Death.’ As the plague decimates all in its path, fear and superstition are rife. In this apocalyptic environment, the church is losing its grip on people. There are rumors of a village, hidden in the marshland that the plague cannot reach. There is even talk of a necromancer who leads the village and is able to bring the dead back to life. Ulric (Sean Bean), a fearsome knight, is charged by the church to investigate these rumors. He enlists the guidance of a novice monk, Osmund (Eddie Redmayne) to lead him and his brand of mercenary soldiers to the marshland, but Osmund has other motives for leaving his monastery. Their journey to the village and events that unfold take them into the heart of darkness and to horrors that will put Osmund’s faith in himself and his love for God to the ultimate test. Buy the Blu-ray combo pack right here.

My First Collection Featuring Splat the Cat

Scholastic Storybook Treasures debuts the “My First” series, an exciting new line of DVDs created specifically to support early literacy skills and a love of reading in the pre- and early reader. The debut release, ‘My First Collection, Featuring Splat the Cat’ is a 3-DVD set featuring 14 stories, beautifully adapted from the book versions that, together, have won more than 15 awards, including the Caldecott Medal, NAPPA Gold, and American Library Association Notable Books. Buy the DVD right here.

Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos

Martial arts master Chuck Norris brings his thrilling mix of heroism and incredible athletic prowess to the animated action series ‘Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos,’ blending the courage and ingenuity of the American frontiersman with the willpower and stoicism of the samurai warrior. Through five exciting installments, Norris and his Karate Kommandos warrior crew battle the sinister organization VULTURE, a sophisticated terrorist cabal led by The Klaw and his lieutenant Super Ninja. Norris created the series and kicks off each adventure. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.

The Terminator

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as the most fierce and relentless killing machine ever to threaten the survival of mankind in ‘The Terminator.’ An indestructible cyborg — a Terminator — is sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), the woman whose unborn son will become humanity’s only hope in a future war against machines. This legendary sci-fi thriller by Oscar-Winning director, James Cameron, fires an arsenal of action and heart-stopping suspense that never lets up. Buy the Blu-ray book right here.

Some Like it Hot

When Chicago musicians Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) accidentally witness a gangland shooting, they quickly board a south bound train to Florida, disguised as Josephine and Daphne, the two newest and homeliest members of an all-girl jazz band in ‘Some Like it Hot.’ Their cover is perfect… until a love lorn singer (Marilyn Monroe) falls for Josephine, an ancient playboy (Joe E. Brown) falls for Daphne, and a mob boss (George Raft) refuses to fall for their hoax! Buy the Blu-ray right here.

I Saw the Devil

I Saw The Devil‘ is a shockingly violent and stunningly accomplished tale of murder and revenge from Korean genre master Kim Ji-Woon. Choi Min-Sik plays Kyung-Chul, a dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure. The embodiment of pure evil, he has committed horrifying and senselessly cruel serial murders on defenseless victims, successfully eluding capture by the police. On a freezing, snowy night, his latest victim is the beautiful Ju-yeon, daughter of a retired police chief and pregnant fiancée of elite special agent Soo-Hyun (Byung-Hyun). Obsessed with revenge, Soo-Hyun decides to track down the murderer, even if doing so means becoming a monster himself. And when he finds Kyung-Chul, turning him in to the authorities is the last thing on his mind as the lines between good and evil fall away in this diabolically twisted game of cat and mouse. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders

At a Tibetan retreat in the English countryside, a group of men are using ancient meditation rituals to tap into a mysterious alien power. They unwittingly create a bridgehead between Earth and Metebelis 3, a planet where the “Two Legs” are oppressed by giant spiders. The creatures are desperate to recover the blue jewel that the Doctor (Pertwee) gave to his companion Jo Grant (Katy Manning) as a wedding gift. Now the Doctor must risk everything and return to Metebelis 3 to face the awesome power of The Great One, who plans to use the great crystal to enslave all of human kind. Buy the DVD right here.

Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons

The Doctor (Pertwee) is still trapped on Earth and unable to use the TARDIS, but the Time Lords are looking out for him. They send warning that the Master (Roger Delgado) has come to Earth and the Doctor soon discovers that the dangerous Time Lord is also working alongside the Nestene Consciousness, controller of lethal Auton creatures. Once again, the planet is in terrible danger. Can the Doctor and his new assistant Jo Grant (Manning) save it before it’s too late and the true terror of the Autons is revealed? Buy the DVD right here.

Soldier in the Rain

His own soda pop machine. Air conditioning. The finest cotton underwear. Someone else doing the work. That’s M/Sgt. Maxwell Slaughter’s (Jackie Gleason) game – and man, can he play it in ‘Soldier in the Rain.’ Just ask Supply Sgt. Eustis Clay (Steve McQueen), who idolizes the big, shrewd, supremely self-confident older man. Maybe someday they can go into business together. In the meantime, how about a hot double date? So Clay fixes Slaughter up with a teenybopper named Bobby Jo (Tuesday Weld), a move that sets off a chain reaction of laughs and drama. Gleason and McQueen make a surprisingly engaging comedy team in this overlooked gem (co-scripted by Blake Edwards, who at this time was also embarking on The Pink Panther movie series) that showcases both stars’ unique talents. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.

Webster

The lives of a retired football player (Alex Karras) and his wife (Susan Clark) are suddenly disrupted when a cute orphaned son of a former teammate named ‘Webster‘ (Emmanuel Lewis) moves into their household. The 4-DVD set includes all 26 hilarious episodes from Season 2. Webster aired for six seasons on ABC, winning the People’s Choice Award for Best New Comedy Program in 1984. Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

Cougars, Inc.

Love, sex and high school tuition come together as Lionsgate releases the never-before-seen ‘Cougars, Inc.‘ to DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Starring Denise Richards, Sarah Hyland (Hailie from the hit show ‘Modern Family’), Jim Belushi and Kyle Gallner, the film tells the story of a teenager who starts a unique escort service, allowing a group of women to hold onto their youth for a second chance at love. The DVD and Blu-ray come complete with special features including “The Ultimate Cougar” featurette! Buy the DVD right here.