New On DVD This Week: Southland, Lemonade Mouth, The Firm, The Unknown War

by | May 24, 2011 at 6:14 AM | TV News

Southland

“Sometimes you see things as a cop nobody should see.” The men and women of a stand-up LAPD unit see plenty of things nobody should see: murder, rape, drugs, gang warfare, missing kids, blighted neighborhoods, blighted lives – all the violence and fear a big city can breed. Sometimes the cops triumph. Sometimes they don’t. And sometimes the poison they live with on the job comes home with them. The acclaimed series ‘Southland‘ has garnered a devoted fan base. Discover – or rediscover – why with this 2-Disc Set of All 6 Explosive Season Two Episodes. Police action hits hard in Southland. Buy the Season 2 DVD exclusively at WBShop.com.

Lemonade Mouth

Be heard. Be strong. Be proud. Disney invites audiences of all ages to turn up the music and have some fun with the highly-anticipated 2-Disc DVD + Digital Copy debut of ‘Lemonade Mouth,’ the hit Disney Channel Original Movie, starring Bridgit Mendler, Adam Hicks, Hayley Kiyoko, Naomi Scott, Blake Michael, Nick Roux, Chris Brochu, Tisha Campbell-Martin and Christopher McDonald, and featuring an exclusive extended music scene that fans can only get on this Extended Edition DVD release. In addition to featuring 10 awesome original songs from the No. 1 soundtrack, the exciting ‘Lemonade Mouth: Extended Edition DVD’ release includes an exclusive extended performance of “Livin’ on a High Wire” and an exciting “Rock-Along” version of the movie that allows fans to sing along, with lyrics to all the songs, appearing on-screen. Buy the DVD right here.

The Firm

Director Sydney Pollack’s star-studded thriller ‘The Firm‘ makes its debut on Blu-ray exclusively at Best Buy. Tom Cruise stars as a young lawyer who is enticed by money and gifts to join a small law firm in Memphis. But it soon becomes clear that the firm has a sinister side and he finds himself embroiled in an FBI investigation and fearing for his life. Based on the best-selling novel by John Grisham, The Firm boasts an extraordinary cast including Gene Hackman, Hal Holbrook, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, David Strathairn and Wilford Brimley. Pre-order the Blu-ray right here.

The Unknown War

Hosted and narrated by Academy Award–winner Burt Lancaster, ‘The Unknown War: WWII and the Peic Battles of the Russian Front’ delivers a sweeping chronicle of the Soviet’s struggle against – and ultimately victory over – the Nazi war machine. From the Nazi’s invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941 to the Russians’ victorious march into Berlin in 1945, ‘The Unknown War’ takes a 360° look at the strategies, suffering, heroism and courage of the Soviet experience with footage retrieved from the vaults of the Kremlin. Here are the devastating battles in the air, at sea and on land; and the poignant stories of daring and loss from what the Russians call “The Great Patriotic War.” This epic documentary series sheds new light on the Red Army’s massive contribution to the Allies’ defeat of Hitler, and its re-emergence should be celebrated as an invaluable addition to the recorded history of World War II. Buy the DVD right here.

Children’s Hospital

The doctor is in for ‘Children’s Hospital‘: The Complete First & Second Seasons DVD. The two disc collection includes 22 new episodes, featuring the comedic talents of series creator Rob Corddry, and an all-star cast including Megan Mullally, Lake Bell, Malin Ackerman and Henry Winkler. Transitioning form the Internet to television, the show is a new comedy that lampoons the medical genre by exploring the emotional struggles and sexual politics of a group of doctors with supercharged libidos. The dedication of these doctors to their personal lives is relentless – and is interrupted only by the occasional need to treat sick children. Buy the Season 1 and 2 DVD right here.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

C.S. Lewis’ classic children’s tale ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Warderobe’ is brought to life by leading animator Bill Melendez, known for his work on Fantasia and for the classic Charlie Brown features. The first installment of The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe follows four children in their adventure through the enchanted kingdom of Narnia. While playing hide and seek, the four siblings climb into a wardrobe that leads them into a world filled with mythical creatures and fantastic magic. The kingdom of Narnia is not all fun for the children, though. An evil witch has cast a spell on Narnia keeping it in eternal winter. To defeat the witch and restore springtime, the four children must team up with the creatures of Narnia as well as Aslan, a noble lion and the King of the Woods. Will the children be able to stop the witch or will it remain winter in Narnia forever? Bonus materials on this release include audio commentary with director Bill Melendez, producer Steve Melendez, sequence director Bob Balser Deleted Sequence “Kings and Queens of Narnia” and more. Buy the DVD right here.

Gettysburg

Gettysburg: Directors Cut‘ is Ron Maxwell’s acclaimed film about the legendary 3-day battle and will be available for the first time on Blu-ray, featuring 17 minutes of compelling additional footage. Filmed at actual battle locations and full of authentic details, this rousing and soulful movie plunges the viewer into the bloodiest battle fought on American soil. History comes alive with intense and spirited battles and the dilemmas, motivations and fears of the leaders. Tom Berenger (Inception), Jeff Daniels, Martin Sheen (TV’s “West Wing”) and Stephen Lang star in this gripping film based on Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning book, “The Killer Angels.” Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Gods and Generals

Gods and Generals Extended Director’s Cut‘ is director Ron Maxwell’s newly re-edited 4-hour- 40-minute version, with one hour of new footage added, including amplified scenes and new subplot, never-before-seen footage and new bonus features. Reedited from beginning to end with expanded scenes and an added subplot, this all-new 2-Disc Extended Director’s Cut — a prequel to Maxwell’s companion film, Gettysburg — restores his original vision of the fierce allegiances and combat during the early American Civil War. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The North Star

It is often said that life is a journey, and it’s true. But sometimes it’s hard to know which path to follow when signs point in so many directions. From best-selling author Peter H. Reynolds comes the inspirational tale “The North Star”, encouraging learners of all ages to navigate to their full potential and follow their dreams. The title tale in ‘The North Star…and More Stories About Following Your Dreams,’ is a time-tested classic that’s sure to make viewers consider the road less traveled. Celebrity narrators such as Zooey Deschanel and Tim Curry lend their voices to the other three stirring tales featured on this all-new DVD, including as William Steig’s “Brave Irene”, “Players in Pigtails” and “Swamp Angel”, a Caldecott Honor book from Anne Isaccs and illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky. Extras include read along captioning. Buy the DVD right here.

Prime 9: MLB Heroics

Major League Baseball Productions and the MLB Network celebrate the eternal “what are the greatest moments in MLB history” debate with the acclaimed original series, Prime 9. Now, A&E Home Entertainment is bringing the action home to fans ready to investigate, agitate, and celebrate the best of baseball across generations with ‘Prime 9: MLB Heroics’ on DVD! The most watched series on the MLB Network, Prime 9: MLB Heroics’ fires up the spirited conversation on who tops the “all time” lists, incorporating nine of the most compelling Prime 9 episodes ever created – from long-ball legends to Heroes of the Fall Classic – from history-making seasons to jaw-dropping, game-changing catches. ‘Prime 9: MLB Heroics’ is primed and ready! The episodes included: “Home Runs”, “Unbreakable Feats”, “Hitting Seasons”, “Pitching Season”, “All-Star Moments”, “Best World Series”, “Comebacks”, “Plays at the Plate” and “Regular Season Catch”. Buy the DVD right here.

Fanboy and Chum Chum

Fanboy and his trusty sidekick, Chum Chum, are bringing their hyper imagination to stores with their first DVD in the hit series ‘Fanboy and Chum Chum.‘ Featuring an all-star cast of voices including Josh Duhamel and Jamie Kennedy, this DVD comes packed with eight adventures from the first season of Nickelodeon’s hit CG-animated comedy series, including two Emmy Award-winning episodes. In addition, fans will find exciting extras including six Fanboy and Chum Chum shorts and the pilot episode of Nickelodeon’s Planet Sheen. Buy the DVD right here.

Fertile Ground

Longtime collaborators Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson (Mother of Tears, Night of the Demons) re-team for ‘Fertile Ground,’ the rural shocker about an expectant couple who encounters supernatural terror after moving into New Hampshire farmhouse with a dark history. Emily (Leisha Hailey) and Nate Weaver (Gale Harold) are about to have a baby, and they both agree that the country is the perfect place to start a family. At first Nate’s secluded ancestral home offers all the comfort and privacy the couple could ever want, but when a malevolent entity from his dark past takes possession of his body, Emily unearths a terrifying secret about his family’s history. Buy the DVD right here.

American: The Bill Hicks Story

Bill Hicks was a comedian, though that term hardly describes the full range and impact of his work in ‘American: The Bill Hicks Story.’ Hicks used comedy a vehicle to express both rage and hope, to satirize what he saw as faulty in contemporary society and to promote his singular notion of a better world. Growing up in Houston, TX, Hicks began performing at the age of 15, and after earning a large and loyal following in Texas, he moved to L.A. and began working the comedy circuit nationwide. As Hicks maintained a punishing touring schedule (often performing 250 to 300 nights a year), he kept honing and refining his act, combining acidic political and social commentary with tales of his sexual obsessions, surreal visions of the world around him, and experiences with drugs. Buy the DVD right here.

Seconds Apart

The horror begins in ‘Seconds Apart‘ when telekinetic twins Seth (Gary Entin) and Jonah Trimble (Edmund Entin) use their powers to kill a handful of popular classmates by forcing them to play an involuntary game of Russian roulette. As their gruesome rampage intensifies, tormented Detective Lampkin (Orlando Jones) launches a detailed investigation into the murders that quickly points to the twins as the prime suspects. When Detective Lampkin’s investigations stalls out due to a frustrating lack of evidence, his lingering grief over losing his wife in a tragic house fire that left him horribly burned finds him sinking into a deep depression. Buy the DVD right here.

Le Mans

Buckle up for the gritty, high-octane thrill ride of ‘Le Mans,’ digitally remastered and available for the first time on Blu-ray Disc in honor of its 40th Anniversary. Also available in a new DVD edition, the racing classic starring icon Steve McQueen features a breathtaking recreation of one of the toughest endurance tests on earth, France’s annual 24 Hours of Le Mans car race. Forty-five international racing stars join Steve McQueen in the 1971 Golden Globe nominated classic, highlighted by the revving engines of legendary Porsche 917s and Ferrari 512s. Returning to France to compete a year after he’s been injured, American driver Michael Delaney (McQueen) finds himself drawn to the widow of a racer who was killed in the same accident. Filmed on location in France, the film’s spellbinding cinematography provides a dazzling look at the world’s most extraordinary cars and the unique personalities of the people drawn to the circuit. McQueen, himself a championship racer, did most of his own driving on the harrowing 8.5 mile Le Mans course – often at speeds exceeding 200 miles per hour. Buy the DVD right here.

The Scrambled States of America

One day, Kansas wakes up grumpy and announces to his kindly neighbor Nebraska that life is dull and changes must be made Nebraska, sick of hearing North Dakota and South Dakota bicker all the time, agrees to help organize a party for all the states. When, at the party, they all decide to switch places to see a new part of the country, what will happen to “The Scrambled States of America?” Best-selling author/illustrator Laurie Keller’s auspicious debut has become a contemporary classic, providing the most enjoyable and engaging means of learning the 50 states ever! ‘The Scrambled States of America…and More Stories by Laurie Keller’ features more than an hour of carefully animated stories by the wildly talented Keller including “The Scrambled States of America Talent Show”, “Do Unto Otters” and “Open Wide: Tooth School Inside”. The original stories featured on the DVD have won numerous awards, including the Caldecott Honor, ALA Notable, Nick Jr. Best Book, and more, and bonus extras include read along captioning, discussion questions, an interview with Keller and the music video “Tooth School Anthem”. Buy the DVD right here.

Fighting Mad & Moving Violation

Two memorable classic films ‘Fighting Mad,’ a film by Academy Award-winner Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs) and ‘Moving Violation,’ a film by award-winning director Charles S. Dubin (M*A*S*H) in an action-packed double feature DVD presentation. Featuring anamorphic widescreen transfer and insightful bonus content, ‘Fighting Mad/Moving Violation’ action-packed double feature DVD is a must-have for movie fans and collectors. Buy the DVD right here.

Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads

From the crowded streets of Delhi to treacherously steep, narrow and congested roads blasted into the mountainside, the ‘Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads‘ Season 1 DVD sends today’s toughest drivers to navigate the world’s most dangerous roads, barreling their way through India’s Himalayan highways, some of the most historic – and lethal – on the planet. Featuring seasoned – and fan-favorite – drivers Rick Yemm, Lisa Kelly and Alex Debogorski, this pulse-pounding series embarks on an exhilarating, exhausting and terrifying adventure, where the difference between life and death is just a few inches… or one very blind corner. Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray right here.

MLB Bloopers: Doubleheader

For more than a century, Major League Baseball’s ballparks have been a canvas for athletic artistry at its finest — displays of speed, skill and incredible feats. If that’s what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the wrong place! Now on one disc is a double-header from Major League Baseball Productions of the funniest, most blunderful bloopers. This collection of the greatest fan-favorite follies will tickle your funny-bone with highlights of hilarity. As a playful baseball hero once said: “Let’s Play Two!” So, now you can play not one but two of the most popular MLB Bloopers titles featured in this combo of comedy: “MLB Bloopers: The Funny Side Of Baseball”, narrated by Chris Kattan; and “MLB Bloopers: Baseball’s Best Blunders”, narrated by John Webber. From the lost-in-the sun pop flies to mischievous victory pies, the Major League merriment overflows with more than three hours of practical jokes, funny stories, belly-shaking bloopers, and out of control oddities that defy explanation. ‘MLB Bloopers: Doubleheader’ includes head-scratching hilarity for the whole family.