New On DVD This Week: Flashpoint, The Mechanic, The Rite, All in the Family

by | May 16, 2011 at 9:51 AM | TV News

Flashpoint

Flashpoint‘ traces the emotional journey into the tough, risk-filled lives of a group of cops in the SRU (inspired by Toronto’s Emergency Task Force). A unique unit of elite heroes, rescuing hostages, busting gangs, defusing bombs, scaling buildings and interrogating suspects is all in a day’s work for the members of this highly skilled tactical team. Buy the Season 3 DVD right here.

The Mechanic

Seasoned hitman Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) sets out to avenge the brutal murder of his mentor, Harry (Donald Sutherland), and finds himself joined by Harry’s vengeful son (Ben Foster), who is eager to follow in his late father’s footsteps, in ‘The Mechanic,’ the hot remake of the 1972 action thriller starring Charles Bronson and Jan-Michael Vincent. Harry taught Arthur how to be a detached killer who always hits his mark. Now Harry is gone, and for the first time in Arthur’s career it’s about to get personal. As lone-wolf assassin Arthur prepares to hunt down Harry’s killers, he is approached by his fallen mentor’s vengeful son, Steve, who is eager to take up the lethal tools of his father’s trade. Unadept at working with a partner yet compelled to help Steve carry on the family tradition, Arthur agrees to take him on as a protégé.
Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Rite

Inspired by true events, the supernatural thriller ‘The Rite‘ follows a seminary student (Colin O’Donoghue) sent to study exorcism at the Vatican in spite of his own doubts about the controversial practice and even his own faith. Only when sent to apprentice with legendary Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who has performed thousand of exorcisms, does his armor of skepticism begin to fall. Drawn into a troubling case that seems to transcend even Father Lucas’s skill, the young seminarian glimpses a phenomenon science can’t explain or control – and an evil so violent and terrifying that it forces him to question everything he believes. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

All in the Family

The final season of Norman Lear’s award-winning classic television series ‘All In The Family‘ is now available on DVD. The acclaimed series earned Emmys for Carroll O’Connor, Jean Stapleton and Rob Reiner, not to mention the award for Outstanding Comedy. Buy the Season 9 DVD right here.

Circles of Deceit

A gritty, realistic spy thriller in the vein of Callan, ‘Circles of Deceit’ is now available on DVD. Dennis Waterman (New Tricks) stars as an ex-SAS operative freelancing for the British government in these four, tightly plotted and suspenseful, full-length dramas from ITV Studios Limited. Circles of Deceit features several top British actors, including guest stars Derek Jacobi, Corin Redgrave, John Hannah (The Mummy), and Leo McKern as well as Peter Vaughan, Kate Buffery (Trial & Retribution), and Clare Higgins (Silent Witness), and Susan Jameson (New Tricks). The episodes aired in the U.K. from 1993-96, but the complete series is available to U.S. audiences for the first time with this DVD release. Former special-forces operative John Neil (Dennis Waterman) remains on call for the brass at Britain’s security services. Whether taking on Irish terrorists, tracking down professional assassins, or pitting his wits against ruthless drug dealers, the ex-SAS man harbors no illusions about the work he’s doing—or the people he serves. He faces down deadly adversaries as well as devious bosses who keep him on a need-to-know basis, forcing Neil to rely on his instincts and his training in a world of betrayal, danger, and deceit. Buy the DVD right here.

Tim and Eric, Great Show Awesome Job

Ring in the fifth month of 2011 with the fifth season of the hit Adult Swim series ‘Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!‘ featuring the comedic styling of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. The set is loaded with all-new naughty sketch-bits, and features some of Tim and Eric’s favorite guests like Richard Dunn, James Quail and Harry Elmayan, as well as international superstars Rainn Wilson, LeVar Burton and Zach Galiafianakis. Get all 10 episodes from Season 5 along with magnificent special features like blooper reels, deleted scenes and karaoke. Buy the Season 5 DVD right here.

Nickelodeon Favorites: Food with Friends

The beloved characters from the hit Nickelodeon series ‘Dora the Explorer,’ ‘Go, Diego, Go!’, ‘The Wonder Pets!’, ‘Blue’s Clues,’ ‘Yo Gabba Gababa!’ and ‘Ni Hao, Kai-lan’ explore and celebrate different types of food in this brand new DVD that is not to be missed. Buy the DVD right here.

The Other Woman

‘The Other Woman’ is a highlight of the busiest, most successful year of the versatile Natalie Portman’s career, a period in which she has starred in six films, including the upcoming action blockbuster Thor and the psychological thriller Black Swan, for which she won 2010’s Best Actress Oscar. While Black Swan centered on a burgeoning young woman held down by an overpowering mother, ‘The Other Woman’ finds her fully mature and making her own adult decisions – decisions that nevertheless come into serious question. Portman plays Emilia, a law-school graduate who falls in love with her married boss, Jack (Scott Cohen, Love and Other Drugs, The Understudy), senior partner at the law firm where she is an associate. After Jack divorces his bitter wife, he and Emilia marry and soon have a baby. But Emilia’s joy turns to grief when the newborn dies. Emilia is devastate but nonetheless carries on, attempting to forge a connection with her 8-year-old stepson, William, and to resist the interference of Jack‘s jealous ex-wife (Lisa Kudrow). Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Vanishing on 7th Street

When the city of Detroit is suddenly plunged into complete darkness, a group of strangers will need to band together in ‘Vanishing On 7th Street.’ Directed by Brad Anderson (The Machinist, Session 9) and starring Golden Globeânominee Hayden Christensen (Takers, Jumper), Emmy winner John Leguizamo (The Lincoln Lawyer, The Happening), Thandie Newton (For Colored Girls, 2012) and young R&B sensation Jacob Latimore, Vanishing On 7th Street taps into one of humankind’s most primal anxieties: fear of the dark. As the survivors gather at an abandoned tavern, they realize they have found their enemy in the darkness itself, with only their limited light sources available to keep them out of harms way. With time running out, they must face the horrific terror hiding in the shadows. Buy the DVD right here.

Best Gay Shorts

This set is a cross-section of some of the best recent gay shorts culled from top film festivals including Sundance, Outfest, Frameline and more. Selected shorts include:

After: A film by Mark Pariselli. Three teenage boys idolize and long for the same older hunk. Inspired by Dennis Cooper’s poem “After School, Street Football, Eighth Grade.”

Bedfellows: A film by Pierre Stefanos. Bobby meets Jonathan at the bar where he got his heart broken, will his one-night stand end up a nightmare or a fairy tale?

Curious Thing: A film by Alain Hain. Interviews with several New York gay men provide the backdrop as two men – one gay, the other straight – explore their relationships’ past, present and future. Buy the DVD right here.

Best Lesbian Shorts

This is a cross-section of some of the best recent lesbian shorts culled from top film festivals including Sundance, Outfest, Frameline and more. Selected shorts include:

25 Random Things I did During my Big Fat Lesbian Depression: A film by Chris Russo. A comedic look at a lesbian’s journey of recovery after an unbelievable break-up.

At the End of the Street: A film by Jenifer Malmqvist. A confrontation over a special table after a break-up makes Alexandra learn that loss always will be a part of life.

Birthday: A film by Jenifer Malmqvist. Sara prepares a surprise for her wife Katrina’s 40th birthday, but Katrina may have some surprises of her own. Buy the DVD right here.

Bhutto

A favored daughter of the family often called the “Kennedys of Pakistan,” Benazir was elected Prime Minister after her father was overthrown and executed by his own military. Her time in power saw acts of courage and controversy as she broke the Islamic glass ceiling, fought for the rights of women, and tried to quell the fires of religious extremism, while battling accusations of corruption. ‘Bhutto‘ is a fascinating array of archival footage, neverbefore- heard audio of Benazir and interviews with family members and leading experts brings to life this tale of Shakespearean dimensions in the country The Economist calls “the World’s most dangerous place.” Buy the DVD right here.

Adua and her Friends

A rare masterpiece and a wonderful example of Italian Cinema starring two European film icons, Simone Signoret and Marcello Mastroianni, ‘Adua and her Friends’ tells the story of four prostitutes forced to fend for themselves when a new law closes the bordellos of Rome. They pool their savings to open a trattoria, but find they cannot get a license. A prominent fixer with connections obtains the license for them, on the condition that they conduct their old business upstairs and pay him an exorbitant monthly fee. RaroVideo U.S. is proud to present this work of Antonio Pietrangeli, one of the most talented members of the Italian neo-realism movement. Buy the DVD right here.

Broken Hill

This May, gather the family for ‘Broken Hill,’ a Dove-approved, heart-warming and inspirational drama starring Spy Kids’ Alex Vega and Timothy Hutton. Tommy McAlpine (Luke Arnold), a gifted teenager composer, dreams of being accepted into the famous Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Unfortunately, a good band is hard to find in the middle of Outback Australia – until a strange incident involving flying watermelons leads him to a group of talented prison inmates. Winner of numerous international awards, including “Best Film” and two special jury awards at Italy’s Giffoni International Film Festival, this family film from Down Under is now available on DVD. Buy the DVD right here.

Deadly Shooter

Headlined by country music legend Randy Travis (National Treasure: Book Of Secrets) and action star Michael Dudikoff (American Ninja, ‘Cobra’), the gun-slinging Western ‘Deadly Shooter’ traces the story of a “shooter” with a deadly reputation who takes a stand against a controlling family that is terrorizing a small town. Buy the DVD right here.

Red, White & Blue

Powerful, visceral and oddly touching, ‘Red, White & Blue’ is also very sophisticated storytelling, shifting among three protagonists who function as both killer and prey. Erica (Amanda Fuller) is a tough, troubled nymphomaniac who carries emotional wounds as she wanders from bar to bar in Austin, Teas. Erica prefers to keep things on a strictly sexual basis. Sleeping with a series of anonymous men forms the core of her life, until she meets the mysterious and possibly dangerous Nate (Noah Taylor), an Iraq War veteran who served as an Army interrogator. He and Erica form a tentative (and platonic) bond as they dare to bare their troubled souls to each other. Buy the DVD right here.

Shoeshine

While The Bicycle Thief is certainly Italian director Vittorio de Sica’s best-known work, it certainly wasn’t his first to examine the social problems of post-war Italy. Two years earlier, he directed the critically acclaimed Sciuscià (‘Shoeshine‘), which focuses on the disintegration of a friendship between two Italian youths who fall victim to the state’s juvenile detention system. Entertainment One presents this masterful and captivating film on DVD, extensively restored and re-mastered for the most optimal viewing experience of this timeless classic. Filmed on location in postwar Rome using non-professional actors, ‘Shoeshine’ – widely regarded as one of the finest films to have emerged from Italian neorealist cinema — was inspired by the real stories of those struggling to overcome the oppressive forces of a corrupt and ineffective political system. Depicting the troubled lives of two young boys caught up in the chaos of a world plagued by poverty and unemployment, De Sica’s film follows Giuseppe (Rinaldo Smordoni) and Pasquale (Franco Interlenghi) who work on the street, shining the shoes of American troops. They dream of a better life, seeking solace in a horse that they ride to escape their harsh reality. However, when the boys are implicated in a petty crime, they are punished by the society that has robbed them of their innocence, resulting in tragic consequences. Buy the DVD right here.

The Secret of Dorian Gray

Never before released on DVD in the U.S., ‘The Secret of Dorian Gray’ is a seventies classic Italian film restored to its original splendor. In London, a wealthy, god-like, young man, Dorian Gray, loves Sybil, an aspiring actress; thanks to her, he’s momentarily less self-centered. He’s also sitting, scantily clad, for a portrait painted by his ascot-wearing friend, Basil. When it’s done, Dorian complains he’ll grow old while it stays unchanged- the classic plight of the vain. On the same night, as if he has sold his soul to the devil, exchanging vanity for morality, he ends it with Sybil, and then accepts the seductive offer of a party’s hostess to sleep with her. The next day, the painting looks slightly older. In horror and fascination, Dorian hides it away and continues a life of degradation. Over time, as the portrait becomes hideous, he’s unchanged by his ever-increasing libidinal life; finally, he and Basil face the painting. The exceptionally groovy score by Giuseppe De Luca enhances the seventies milieu. Buy the DVD right here.

South Riding

Set in the aftermath of World War I, Sarah Burton (Martin) returns to her childhood home of ‘South Riding,’ in Yorkshire, after having lost her fiancé in the war. She emerges as a modern career woman – full of ambition and fire – and takes on the headmistress position at a struggling high school for girls. At the same time, Robert Carne (Morrissey) also returns to the small town to work the family farm after having lost his wealth in the midst of the Great Depression. Past and present collide when Sarah clashes with Robert, and a story of timeless struggle – politics, recession and love – emerges. Buy the DVD right here.

Takedown

No one is safe in one man’s battle against human traffickers in ‘Takedwon,’ a hard-hitting action film now available on DVD. Five years ago, David’s (Lou Diamond Phillips) life came undone when his young daughter fell victim to a brutal attack. The subsequent emotional fallout cost him his marriage and his job. Handicapped by guilt and anguish, he abandoned his past, took a second-rate job as a security guard and plodded on – his wounds concealed but unhealed. However, his life begins to implode when, during a routine security inspection, he discovers a young Serbian girl stowed in the cab of a truck. After hearing that her sister and others have been murdered, victims of an abhorrent human trafficking racket, David — along with the help of a counselor at a women’s shelter (Estella Warren) — embarks on a do-or-die mission against the Russian mob. With a chance at redemption, will he be able to save the life of a young girl who trusted him? Buy the DVD right here.

The Beautiful Person

The story of the pretty new girl in school has been told many times before, but never with the frankness and unpredictability of ‘The Beautiful Person,’ a French drama seething with love and lust that makes a star out of the remarkable Lea Seydoux. After her mother dies, 16-year-old Junie (Seydoux) changes high schools mid-year. Strikingly beautiful, she instantly gets the attention of all the boys in her new school, but she is drawn to the quiet, intense Otto. However, teenage infatuation soon shifts to something much more serious when Junie meets the great love of her young life: her teacher Nemours. Making matters even more intense, Nemours, who is not so much older than his students, falls equally hard for Junie – and goes so far as to dump his various girlfriends to pursue the teen. Buy the DVD right here.

The Best of Global Lens China

This Special Edition Box Set includes the following four films from the Global Lens Collection:

Dam Street: During a time of rigid moral code in China, a 16 year-old girl living in a small riverside town discovers she is pregnant. The community is stunned, and she is forced to put her child up for adoption. Ten years later, she is now a singer in a local troupe.

Luxury Car: In this Cannes award-winning drama, a schoolteacher travels from his small village to the city of Wuhan in search of his missing son. But instead of finding their son, he discovers his daughter working as a karaoke bar escort, and her mobster boyfriend might be linked to his son’s disappearance.

Stolen Life: A reclusive young girl (played by internationally acclaimed actress and singer Zhou Xun) lives with her aunt and grandmother in Beijing. Surprising everyone, Yanni is accepted to college. But as she prepares to begin her new life, an encounter with a delivery man triggers a series of unexpected events.

Uniform: Wang, a young tailor struggling to pay his father’s medical bills and also gain the attention of pretty Zheng, discovers a solution for both problems: a policeman’s uniform, left in the family shop. He begins to impersonate a police officer, extorting money and impressing Zheng – who also leads a double life…as an escort. Buy the DVD right here.

The Roommate

Sometimes…murder can really ruin a friendship. ‘The Rommate‘ is now available on DVD and Blur-ray. Leighton Meester leads a hot young cast, including Minka Kelly, Cam Gigandet and Aly Michalka, in this spine-tingling tale of a co-ed (Kelly) who becomes the deadly obsession of her new roommate (Meester). Directed by Christian E. Christiansen, ‘The Roommate’ is a taut thriller full of nail-biting suspense and shocking twists that’s had audiences on the edge of their seats all winter long. Now, the terror moves in on Blu-ray and DVD, featuring hours of killer bonus features! Bonus features on the Blu-ray and DVD include Commentary with Director Christian E. Christiansen, Alternate Opening Sequence and Deleted Scenes. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Feathered Serpent

A lively journey through a long-dead civilization, the cult-favorite costume drama ‘The Feathered Serpent‘ Complete Series is now available on DVD. Beloved actor Patrick Troughton (Doctor Who) stars as the villainous high priest Nasca in this captivating 1976 ITV drama, which is available to U.S. audiences for the first time with its DVD release. Packed with court intrigue, political maneuvering, and romance, The Feathered Serpent boasts lavish costumes, elaborate sets, literate scripts, and timeless themes: loyalty, courage, heroism, and the battle between good and evil. The 2-disc DVD set includes all 12 episodes and bonus background on ancient Mesoamerican civilizations. Patrick Troughton is a scheming, fanatical Aztec priest in this classic British cult TV favorite. As high priest Nasca, a servant of the bloodthirsty god Teshcata, he’s determined to topple the peace-loving emperor Kukulkhan and prevent a marriage that will unite two kingdoms under the benevolent god Quala, the “Feathered Serpent.” Tozo, a brave servant boy, plays a key role as the adventure unfolds and Nasca’s plots become more nefarious and deadly. In addition to Troughton, the series features strong performances from Diane Keen, Brian Deacon, and Tony Steedman. Buy the complete series DVD right here.

The Wild Thornberrys

The hit series ‘The Wild Thornberrys‘ follows the Thornberry family as they travel the world in their Communications Vehicle (or CommVee) looking for rare animals to film. After an encounter with an African shaman, their youngest child Eliza was given the power to speak to animals! Every episode in this adventure-packed DVD set follows Eliza as she comes face-to-face with an assortment of animals, continents and danger. Encounter wildlife in all its natural glory and eavesdrop on Eliza’s conversations with silverback gorillas, pythons, crested grebes, tapirs, capybaras, antelopes and opossums while the CommVee travels on! Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Wartorn 1861-2010

Executive produced by James Gandolfini and produced by award-making filmmakers Jon Alpert, Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Matt O’Neill, ‘Wartorn 1861-2010′ explores combat stress and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on military personnel and their families throughout recorded American military history, from the Civil War through the present. The DVD includes a panel discussion with physicians and members of the military. With suicide among active military servicemen and veterans currently on the rise, the film brings urgent attention to the invisible wounds of war, sharing stories through soldiers’ revealing letters and journals, photographs and combat footage. Buy the DVD right here.