New On DVD This Week: True Blood, Rookie Blue, Biutuful, Kids in the Hall

by | June 3, 2011 at 4:43 PM | TV News

True Blood

With vampires, shapeshifters, and werewolves, the seductive world of ‘True Blood‘ continues to grow each season, and the thrill ride continues in the Season 3 DVD and Blu-ray. The set includes all 12 episodes along with extensive bonus materials. Season three finds Bill kidnapped and Sookie heading to Mississippi to find him. There she becomes entangled in a world ruled by a powerful Vampire King and the werewolves who do his bidding. Meanwhile, back in Bon Temps, new threats emerge that make previous problems seem tame by comparison. Buy the Season 3 Blu-ray right here.

Rookie Blue

Not since ‘NYPD Blue’ has there been a television series that so candidly reveals the world of those who walk the thin blue line. ‘Rookie Blue‘ is this generation’s cop show, served straight up with a twist of danger, sex and high-stakes drama. Each hour-long episode of this original series follows the lives of five inexperienced rookies plunged into the world of big city policing – where the the smallest mistake can have life-or-death consequences. This group of twenty-somethings is about to learn the hard way that no amount of training can prepare them for the job…or for real life. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Biutuful

Nominated for two 2010 Academy Awards — Best Foreign Language Film of the Year and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Javier Bardem – ‘Biutiful‘ is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. Oscar-winning actor Bardem masterfully takes on the role of Uxbal, a man in free fall. Honored with multiple awards including Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival and a Best Foreign Language Film Golden Globe nomination, the drama based on a short story by director Alejandro González Iñárritu, tells the story of Uxbal (Bardem) as a man living on the wrong side of the law who struggles to provide for his children on the dangerous streets of Barcelona. As fate encircles him, Uxbal learns to accept the realities of life, whether bright, bad – or biutiful – in this unforgettable film. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Kids in the Hall

For five groundbreaking seasons, Canadian-bred comic prodigies ‘The Kids in the Hall‘ stretched sketch comedy to its ultimate limits with hilariously off-the-wall results. With a cast of comic creations only the brilliant – or truly twisted – could imagine, ‘The Kids in the Hall’ Complete Series Megaset presents the Kids’ nearly 800 sketches from every single episode of each season in this stunning 22-disc set. The Megaset includes all five of the Emmy-nominated series, plus the new mini-series ‘Death Comes to Town,’ an 8-part mini-series that aired on IFC last fall. When Death gets off the Greyhound bus in small town Shuckton, Ontario, everyone in town is implicated when of of its most distinguished citizens is found murdered. Buy the complete series megaset here and Death Comes to Town DVD right here.

The Red Green Show

From the cult classic Canadian comedy series and longstanding PBS hit comes ‘The Red Green Show: The Midlife Crisis Years,’ the collected Seasons 10-12 (2000-2002) and the DVD debut of the 2002 season, are now available on DVD. Hilarious handyman Red and his boys are older—but no wiser—in these three complete season of midlife mischief at Possum Lodge. Showcasing three more years of celebrated chaos and commotion at Possum Lodge, this 9-disc boxed set includes 54 episodes with Red and his crew dreaming up more of the half-baked ideas, crazy contraptions, and unintended consequences that seemed like they would never end, but did, after 15 hilarious years. Creator and star Steve Smith is a mastermind of north-of-the-border handyman humor with widespread appeal. Currently appearing at venues throughout the U.S., Smith’s multi-year tour continues to sell out. Akin to Home Improvement, which also debuted in 1991, The Red Green Show amassed a devout fan base during the show’s 15-year run for Red Green and his Possum Lodge friends’ adventurous antics, off-kilter advice, preposterous inventions and power tool artillery. Ending in April 2006 with exactly 300 episodes that still run in syndication, the Canadian comedy institution has spawned a feature film, specials, books, and a cult-like following. These 54 episodes feature series regulars Ranger Gord, Bill Smith, Hap Shaughnessy, and, of course, Red’s beleaguered but beloved nephew, Harold. The collection finds Red and the gang cruising into middle age—in a van held together by duct tape and twine—and all sorts of mischief. For more laughs than you can shake a hockey stick at, join these hopeless handymen for three more years of doing what men do when women aren’t around—and some things that are even worse. Buy the Mid-Life Crisis Years DVD right here.

MGM Limited Collection

The Ambassador (1984) – An American ambassador, his wife, and her Arab lover are caught up in a dangerous game of intrigue, extortion, and murder, in the explosive Middle East. Robert Mitchum and Ellen Burstyn star. Buy the DVD right here.

High School Hellcats (1958) – A troublemaking, all-girl gang rules over the females of a high school until the leader is killed in an abandoned movie theater. Yvonne Fedderson and Brett Halsey star. Buy the DVD right here.

Keaton’s Cop (1990) – When a mob hit-man mistakenly murders the wrong guy, a detective (Lee Majors) and his partner (Don Rickles) are ordered to protect the intended target. Abe Vigoda also stars. Buy the DVD right here.

Laws of Gravity (1992) – Two petty crooks find the opportunity for a big score when Frankie, an old friend and ex-con, arrives in town with a load of illegal handguns for sale. Peter Greene and Edie Falco star. Buy the DVD right here.

My Gun Is Quick (1957) – Mike Hammer becomes curious when a woman he befriended is murdered. Robert Bray and Whitney Blake star. Buy the DVD right here.

Report to the Commissioner (1975) – This NYC drama stars Michael Moriarty as a naive rookie cop whose youthful idealism thrusts him into an interdepartmental power play. Richard Gere and Yaphet Kotto also star. Buy the DVD right here.

The Rose Garden (1989) – In modern-day Germany, an aging Jewish man is on trial for his seemingly unprovoked attacked on a former German army officer. Liv Ullmann and Peter Fonda star. Buy the DVD right here.

A Man Called Horse

Richard Harris stars as Lord John Morgan in the carefully documented epic ‘A Man Called Horse‘ that realistically portrays the life of the American Sioux Indian Tribe in the early 19th century. When the Sioux captures Morgan, he is given to the chief’s mother (Dame Judith Anderson) as a servant. Gradually, he embraces the tribe’s way of life and falls in love with the chief’s sister. But before he can be accepted with honor as an equal member of the tribe, he must endure the Sun Vow – a savage ritual far beyond the realm of anything dreamed of in the civilized world. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Swamp People

Deep in the heart of Louisiana lies America’s largest swamp – a million miles of inhospitable bayous, marshes and wetlands where nature rules and humans struggle to tame it. Many of its inhabitants are the hardened descendants of French refugees who were forced out of Canada in the 18th century and settled in this harsh, yet majestic, environment. Season 1 of ‘Swamp People‘ takes home viewers on a journey to a hidden world, where the folks who dwell here live on the fringes of society and are known as Cajuns. Resilient, self-reliant and firecely independent, the Cajuns of the Atchafalaya Swamp still carry on many of their ancestors’ trades and traditions. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Genius of Britain

Bringing the history of scientific progress in Britain to vivid life, ‘Genius of Britain: The Scientists Who Changed the World’ is now available on DVD. Presented by an array of distinguished thinkers and broadcast on the U.K’s Channel 4 in May 2010 and available to U.S. audiences for the first time with its DVD release, this five-part series offers an enthralling look at the personalities behind some of the world’s greatest discoveries – from the invention of the steam engine to the discovery of DNA. The DVD 3-vol. boxed set features appearances by leading contemporary figures including Stephen Hawking, David Attenborough, Richard Dawkins and James Dyson, and includes a full-length bonus program: Stephen Hawking and the Theory of Everything (90 min.), and much more. Charismatic men of action and reclusive eccentrics. Eureka moments and serendipitous strokes of luck. Discoveries born of crisis and insatiable curiosity. The history of scientific progress in Britain offers an astonishing breadth of personalities and has had an awe-inspiring effect on civilization. Each episode in this five-part series brings an era of scientific thought to vivid life, with modern-day geniuses examining the legacies of their heroes. Stephen Hawking takes on Isaac Newton, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins discusses Alfred Russel Wallace, acclaimed naturalist David Attenborough profiles Joseph Banks, and many more. Also in the mix: industrial designer James Dyson, Nobel Prize-winning geneticist Paul Nurse, and others. Buy the DVD right here.

Once Upon a Time in the West

A motion picture as big as its Monument Valley locations, director Sergio Leone’s glorious and acclaimed Western ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ is now available on Blu-ray. Henry Fonda plays the blackest character of his long career, and he’s utterly convincing as Frank, the ruthless and murderous psychopath who suffers no conscience pangs after annihilating an entire family at the bidding of a powerful railroad tycoon. Jason Robards is the half-breed falsely accused of the terrible slaughter who embarks on a journey with the young widow left behind to seek the real killer. Charles Bronson plays a mysterious man with a harmonica and a brutal past who joins forces with them on their quest. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Rocky

Nominated for 10 Academy Awards, ‘Rocky‘ is the 1976 Best Picture Winner that inspired a nation. A struggling Philadelphia club fighter (Sylvester Stallone) gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fight for love, glory and self-respect. Featuring a legendary musical score and thrilling fight sequences, this rousing crowd-pleaser scores a knockout! Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Stargate Universe

Stargate Universe‘ Complete Season 2 continues the saga of an unlikely group of cosmic explorers aboard the spaceship Destiny as it soars to the furthest corners of the galaxy. Struggling to control the ship’s systems, the crew suffers from a lack of supplies and no knowledge of its final destination. Tempers flare and personalities clash—especially between Dr. Rush (Robert Carlyle) and Colonel Young (Louis Ferreira), who struggle for leadership of the group—as they face uncharted space and unknown enemies who would take the ship by force. Through it all, the Destiny crew must persevere in their struggle to stay alive, bond together, and find a way back home to Earth. The series features an all-star cast including Brian J. Smith (The War Boys), Elyse Levesque (Journey to the Center of the Earth), David Blue (Moonlight), Alaina Huffman (Painkiller Jane), Jamil Walker Smith (Hey Arnold!), with notable appearances by Ming-Na (Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within) and Lou Diamond Phillips (Courage Under Fire). Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

The Royal Wedding of William and Catherine

The royal wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton was the event of a lifetime. BBC Video is making available this beautiful, commemorative DVD of the event. This wonderful keepsake captures all of the pomp and pageantry of the historic occasion like no other memento. The DVD includes the complete ceremony plus highlights from the official BBC pre- and post-wedding coverage. Also included is the special bonus program, “William and Kate: A Royal Engagement,” presenting the story of William and Kate’s relationship via interviews with colleagues, friends and family. Lovers of the crown will want to own this special, commemorative DVD of this most delightful of events, the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. Buy the DVD right here.

Public Speaking

HBO Documentary Films’ ‘Public Speaking,’ directed by Academy Award winner Martin Scorsese and produced by Emmy and Peabody-winning documentary producer and editor of “Vanity Fair” Graydon Carter, captures the essence of legendary New York wit and bestselling writer Fran Lebowitz. The documentary spotlights Lebowitz’s trademark irreverent humor and extemporaneous monologues. The DVD release includes short conversations with Lebowitz and Scorsese as well as never-before-seen clips from Lebowitz’s monologues. Buy the DVD right here.

Platoon

Catch a young Charlie Sheen in his breakout performance in one of the most iconic movies ever with ‘Platoon,’ now available on Blu-ray. The remastered, first-ever Blu-ray edition brings the sounds and images of Oliver Stone’s critically acclaimed Vietnam War drama to life in an entirely new way. ‘Platoon’ eceived eight Academy Award nominations, winning four: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Sound and Best Film Editing. The all-star cast includes Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, John C. McGinley, Forest Whitaker, Kevin Dillon, Keith David and Johnny Depp. This epic movie tells the extraordinary journey of Private Chris Taylor (Sheen), a young, naive American who arrives in Vietnam and quickly discovers he must battle the Viet Cong alongside the gnawing fear, physical exhaustion and intense anger growing within him. His two commanding officers (Oscar-nominated Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe) draw a fine line between the war they wage against the enemy and the one they fight with each other. Meanwhile, the conflict, chaos and hatred permeate Taylor, suffocating his realities and numbing his feelings to man’s highest value: life. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Undertow

Undertow,’ the critically-acclaimed international hit and Peru’s submission to the Academy Awards for best Foreign Film, is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. Written and directed by first time filmmaker Javier Fuentes-León, Undertow is an unusual ghost story about a married fisherman’s struggles to reconcile his devotion to his male lover within his town’s rigid traditions. Strikingly photographed to accentuate the majestic Peruvian coastline, the film features a sizzling international cast headed by Manolo Cardona (Beverly Hills Chihuahua), Tatiana Astengo (Seven Minutes, My Prison Yard) and Cristian Mercado (Che: Part Two). Bonus features include deleted scenes and the featurettes: “Undertow: A Look Inside,” “Behind-the-Scenes of Undertow,” “Interview with Christian Mercado,” and “Interview with Tatiana Astengo.” In addition, there is a Spanish-language PSA for GLAAD featuring Sofia Vergara (‘Modern Family’). ‘Undertow’ was a hit on the festival circuit, playing over 100 film festivals and garnering 39 awards, including Sundance’s World Cinema Audience Award, and opened theatrically in 21 markets. Buy the DVD right here.

MusiCares Tribute to Neil Young

‘A MusiCares Tribute to Neil Young’ DVD and Blu-ray contain exclusive live covers of 17 of Young’s most beloved songs including “Cinnamon Girl,” “Heart of Gold,” “Ohio,” and “Rockin’ in the Free World” that were performed at last year’s star-studded MusiCares Person of the Year tribute honoring Neil Young. Young was recognized for his influential artistic accomplishments as well as his philanthropic work, which is as renowned as his musical legacy. The prestigious gala featured superstar artists like Dave Matthews, Lady Antebellum, Ben Harper, Norah Jones and Elton John among other notables performing inspired and intimate renditions of some of Young’s most memorable songs. A MusiCares Tribute to Neil Young will also debut on MTVs’s HD channel Palladia on Memorial Day Weekend 2011. Buy the DVD right here.

Savage County

There’s a reason the Hardell family lives so far out of town: They don’t want company. That’s a lesson a group of high school kids learns the hard way when they trespass on the run-down Hardell ranch to guzzle beer and skinny-dip. After the brew kicks in, the teens get brave, and one of them dares to do a “ring and run” on the Hardell front porch. But when the old man of the house answers the door pointing a shotgun, things get kind of tense, and before you can say “Deliverance,” one person is dead and the kids are laughing no more. What follows is a human hunting party, and the torture-loving Hardells have Hostel-like intentions for their young prey. ‘Savage County,’ directed by fearless first-timer David Harris, started life as a Web miniseries, but due to popular demand, it was turned into a feature and had its premiere on MTV2. The DVD features the uncensored cut that was too graphic for basic cable. The movie is a killer thriller in the classic mold of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hostel and Wrong Turn – a bloody tale of brutal violence and the desperate fight for survival. Buy the DVD right here.

Big Jake

In the action-filled Western ‘Big Jake,’ John Wayne stars as Big Jake McCandles, a husband who hasn’t seen his wife (Maureen O’Hara) in over 9 years. When he returns home after a vicious outlaw gang kidnaps his grandson, the law gives chase in rickety automobiles and Jake saddles up with an Indian scout (Bruce Cabot) and a box of money – even though paying a ransom isn’t how Jake plans to exact good old frontier justice. Spiced with humor and first-class gunfights, this is a vivid depiction of the last days of the wild frontier. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Rio Lobo

‘Rio Lobclassic action-filled John Wayne western is set into motion with a spectacular robbery of a Union pay train by Confederate guerillas. The train’s colonel (Wayne) jails the enemy leaders (Jorge Rivero, Chris Mitchum) but the three men later become friends when the war ends. Together they seek the Union traitors responsible for a string of Confederate train robberies, a mission that culminates in a rousing shoot-em-up finale. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Ben Bailey: Road Rage and Accidental Ornithology

Acclaimed stand-up comedian Ben Bailey is the most desired cabbie in New York. As host of the Discovery Channel’s smash hit shows ‘Cash Cab’ and ‘Cash Cab After Dark,’ Bailey won a 2010 Emmy Award for “Outstanding Game Show Host” and “Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show.” Now, with two immensely popular television shows and countless live performances under his belt is Bailey’s first ever stand-up DVD ‘Ben Bailey: Road Rage and Accidental Ornithology.’ Buy the DVD right here.

Bands on the Run: The Rubber Band Movie

Over the past several years, has there been any kid’s fad more pervasive than shaped rubber band bracelets? Brands such as Silly Bandz, Crazy Bands and Stretchy Shapes are sold in more than 8,000 stores nationwide, accounting for $1 Billion in revenue in 2010 alone! Now, the rubber band craze has its own feature-length animated movie! This spring, get ready for the bounciest, springiest Toy Story ever with ‘Bands on the Run,’ the rubber band movie! Hitting the “band” craze at its peak, this playful animated film follows the exploits of five novelty rubber bands who find themselves deserted after accidentally falling off the back of a delivery truck. They seem lost until Edison, the brainy light bulb shaped band, blurts out a bright idea – “Follow that truck!” and, together Edison, Roxie (rock star), Daisy (flower), Ray (TV) and Amelia (airplane) – band together to make their way to the toy store and ultimately onto the wrists of happy children! As an exclusive bonus, each DVD also includes ten limited edition bands featuring the loveable characters from the movie – a $5 value! Additionally, there are animated storyboards and the “Making of” featurette. Buy the DVD right here.

Kaboom

Writer and director Gregg Araki revisits the day-glo universe of sex, drugs, and random perversity that informed his early films in the over-the-top dark comedy ‘Kaboom.’ Smith (Thomas Dekker) is an 18-year-old film student who is bisexual and has a ravenous erotic appetite; his best friend is Stella (Haley Bennett), who prefers the company of women but is just as enthusiastic about pursuing new lovers. Smith has been haunted by a series of recurring dreams featuring two beautiful women, one dark and enigmatic, the other similarly spectral with flaming red hair. This wouldn’t bother him, except that the women from his dreams have begun appearing in real life — Lorelei (Roxane Mesquida), Stella’s new partner, is a magic aficionado who’s a dead ringer for the dark-haired woman, and the red-haired girl (Nicole LaLiberte) is being pursued by a gang of masked assassins. Buy the DVD right here.