New On DVD This Week: Cedar Rapids, Medium, Louie, Big Time Rush

by | June 21, 2011 at 1:47 PM | TV News

Cedar Rapids

Follow mild-mannered Tim Lippe as he takes off on an epic adventure to ‘Cedar Rapids,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD in a Super Awesome Edition. This wildly funny and undeniably infectious comedy will have you wanting more of Lippe and his crew, Deanzie, Joan and Ronald as they cause mayhem at the most unconventional business convention of all-time. ‘Cedar Rapids’ features an all-star cast including Ed Helms (The Hangover), John C. Reilly (Step Brothers), Anne Heche (TV’s Hung), and Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Sigourney Weaver (Avatar). Find additional chaos and laughs in deleted scenes, gag reel, and other extras in the Super Awesome Edition Blu-ray disc and DVD! In ‘Cedar Rapids,’ a naïve small-town Midwesterner (Helms) is sent to represent his company at a regional insurance convention in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where his mind is blown by the “big city” and he finds himself in the midst of the most unexpected shenanigans. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Medium

Experience the last moments of the acclaimed, supernatural mystery when ‘Medium: The Final Season,’ now available on DVD. Headlined by Patricia Arquette and from executive producer, creator and director Glenn Gordon Caron (Moonlighting), Medium: The Final Season marks the conclusion of the popular series inspired by real-life psychic Allison Dubois, an extraordinary wife and mother who since childhood has struggled to make sense of her dreams and visions of the dead. In the seventh and final season, Allison struggles to find balance between her family and her job as a consultant to the local law enforcement who rely on her psychic powers to solve baffling crimes. Not only is her marriage tested as her husband Joe’s ambitions to further his career puts strains on their relationship, but her three young daughters also attempt to make sense of their own inherited psychic abilities, powers that continue to get stronger with age. When Joe’s mother becomes fatally ill, her ghost visits Allison and warns her of a looming darkness to come, an eerie portend that haunts the couple as they face a final test in which their love must survive both time and death. Buy the Season 7 DVD right here.

Louie

Everyone’s favorite cynic Louis C.K brings his hilarious take on life in the complete first season of FX’s original comedy series, ‘Louie,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Be a stand-up member of the comedy community as you follow Louis’ adventures, and enjoy his unique perspective as he attempts to date, raise two daughters and live in the ever-bustling city of New York. Already renewed for a second season, ‘Louie’ is a comedy filtered through the observational humor of Emmy Award-winner Louis C.K. Each episode spotlights Louis’ hectic life as a successful stand-up comedian and newly single father raising his two young daughters. The single-camera comedy is a unique mix of Louis C.K.’s stand-up comedy and scripted stories. Louis C.K. serves as executive producer, writer and director and Dave Becky and 3 Arts Entertainment are executive producers. Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray right here.

Big Time Rush

Kendall, James, Carlos and Logan are back with more of their antics as they navigate making it big time in ‘Big Time Rush.’ This brand-new two-disc set includes the last seven episodes of the season with guest appearances by Fabio, Jordin Sparks and Ed Begley, Jr. Buy the Season 1, Volume 2 DVD right here.

The Island

Blockbuster action director Michael Bay delivers a striking look at a strange world of the future in the sci-fi action drama ‘The Island.’ Midway through the 21st century, Lincoln Six Echo (Ewan McGregor) lives in a confined indoor community after ongoing abuse of the Earth has rendered most of the planet uninhabitable. One of the only places in the outside world still capable of sustaining life is an idyllic island where citizens are chosen to live through a lottery. Or at least that’s what Lincoln and his fellow citizens are taught to believe; the truth is that Lincoln, like everyone he knows, is actually a clone who is kept under wraps to provide needed organs when the person who supplied his or her DNA falls ill. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Herculoids

Somewhere out in deep space – and out of the creative imagination of the animation aces of Hanna-Barbera Studios – live ‘The Herculoids.’ Humanoid Zandor, along with his wife Tara and son Dorno, lead a group of unique creatures: Zok the flying dragon, powerful simian Igoo (who possesses rock-like skin), rhinoceros hybrid Tundro and two protoplasmic wonders appropriately named Gloop and Gleep. Together, they use their diverse super strengths to defend their utopian planet against attack from such sinister invaders as the Pod Creatures, the Reptons and the Mutoids. For all-family entertainment, this 18-Episode, 2-Disc Collection of The Herculoid: The Complete Original Animated Series is out of this world, literally. Buy the complete series at WBShop.com.

Ceremony

One woman learns the hard way that love and friendship can never be easy with the charming romantic comedy ‘Ceremony‘ – now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Getting married is supposed to be the happiest time of Zoe’s life but not when her much younger ex-lover Sam shows up to win her back and sabotage her wedding to the seemingly perfect man. Sam has more to worry about though then just his ex getting married and moving on, having dragged his best friend along under the preconceived notion that they were going on a road trip to mend their strained friendship. Now Sam must learn the true meaning of love and friendship and save both relationships before they end terribly wrong. Buy the DVD right here.

Wired

Offering a taste of the darker side of high finance, the critically-acclaimed miniseries ‘Wired’ is now available on DVD. In this tightly-plotted and gripping British drama, a young and ambitious banker becomes entangled in a multimillion-pound scam orchestrated by dangerous members of London’s criminal underworld. Starring Toby Stephens (Jane Eyre, Die Another Day, NBC’s Prime Suspect remake) and Jodie Whittaker (Venus), Wired aired on ITV in 2008 and gained notoriety for its gritty realism and current contemporary relevance. Available to U.S. audiences for the first time, the series co-stars Laurence Fox (Inspector Lewis), Riz Ahmed (Four Lions), and Charlie Brooks (Bleak House). Cash-strapped single mom Louise Evans (Jodie Whittaker) gets a high-profile promotion at her London bank, but at an unexpected cost. The tough, ambitious young woman quickly learns that the price of her position is entry into a criminal underworld she never dreamed existed. Soon Louise becomes entangled with a ring of ruthless killers prepared to do anything to pull off their multimillion-pound scam.
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

Greg Heffley is about to discover that there is something worse than middle school – his own family! Based on the 2011 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award for Best Book Series, the original film cast returns in ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD. This flick takes sibling rivalry to entirely new levels as big brother and little brother wrestle through growing pains. Just back from summer vacation, Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon, National Treasure: Book of Secrets) and his friend Rowley (Robert Capron, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) enter the next grade as undersized weaklings in their school. A bully favorite, Greg tries not to get noticed by anyone except the pretty new girl, Holly Hills (Peyton List, 27 Dresses). And at home, Greg is still at war with his older brother, Rodrick (Devon Bostick, “Degrassi”), until their mom Susan (Rachael Harris, The Hangover) instigates a ‘Mom Bucks’ program so Greg and Rodrick can earn play money by doing chores and—gasp!—being nice to each other. Calamity ensues when their parents return from vacation and dad Frank (Steve Zahn, A Perfect Getaway) finds evidence that Rodrick secretly threw a houseparty with his band, Löded Diper. Buy the DVD right here.

Agatha Christie’s Marple: The Pale Horse

Agatha Christie’s much-loved heroine is back on the case in Agatha Christie’s Marple: The Pale Horse, now available on DVD. Premiering on PBS Masterpiece Mystery! on July 10th, ITV Studios’ new adaptation finds Julia McKenzie (Cranford) as the beloved spinster sleuth, taking on a spooky murder case at an inn run by three modern-day witches. Based on Christie’s 1961 novel, The Pale Horse also stars Oscar nominee Pauline Collins (Shirley Valentine, Upstairs, Downstairs), Sarah Alexander (Coupling), JJ Feild (Northanger Abbey), and Bill Paterson (Traffik). Rich with authentic period atmosphere and pitch-perfect performances, the DVD 2-Disc set includes a bonus disc with a 1996 adaptation of the novel without Miss Marple. Miss Marple (Julia McKenzie) receives a mysterious list of names from her friend Father Gorman, who sent it moments before he was brutally murdered on a London street. She soon discovers that people on the list are dying. A clue leads her to the Pale Horse Inn in Hampshire, a spooky establishment run by three modern-day witches. As she closes in on the truth, one of the guests is found dead in his bed, and Miss Marple learns that her own life may be in danger. Buy the DVD right here.

Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders

The documentary ‘Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders,’ directed by Mark Hopkins, follows a handful of volunteers working with Doctors Without Borders as they provide emergency medical care in areas torn apart by war, natural disasters and political crises. Two volunteers are new recruits: a 26 year-old Australian doctor stranded in a remote bush clinic and an American surgeon struggling to cope under the load of emergency cases in a shattered capital city. Two others are experienced field hands: a dynamic Head of Mission, valiantly trying to keep morale high and tensions under control, and an exhausted veteran, who has seen too much horror and wants out. Buy the DVD right here.

You Got Served: Beat the World

From the writer of ‘Stomp the Yard’ comes this fast-moving film about hopes and dreams set within the high-energy world of hip-hop. As three crews put their futures on the line as they battle their way to the finals at the International Beat the World competition in Detroit, off-stage pressures force them to realize there may be more at stake than just being crowned the best. Powered by the innovative dance routines of Germany’s Flying Steps, Brazil’s Pink Ladies Crew and a world-class cast of performers, ‘You Got Served: Beat the World‘ is a jaw-dropping showcase of hot flow, cool beats, crazy parkour and the freshest moves on earth! The movie was written, produced and directed by Amos Adetuyi (upcoming High Chicago, TV’s “Jozi-H”) and executive produced by Benedict Carver (Tekken, Doomsday). Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Best of I Love Lucy

“Lucy I’m Home!” Get ready for some of the most unforgettable episodes from one of television’s most iconic comedies with ‘The Best Of I Love Lucy,’ available now exclusively at Target in celebration of the show’s 60th Anniversary. Including 14 of the funniest and most recognizable episodes starring the comedy legend Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, The Best Of I Love Lucy is the cornerstone of modern-day sitcoms and set the gold standard of family entertainment. As August 6, 2011 marks the 100th birthday of icon Lucille Ball, there’s no better time to revisit her greatest moments on the small screen with this must-have collection. Relive the most beloved episodes of the show including Lucy’s hilarious attempt to pass herself off as a prima ballerina, her laugh-out-loud audition for Vitameatavegimen, her side-splitting time grape-stomping at an Italian vineyard, her famed shenanigans in a chocolate factory, and much more. Co-starring Emmy winner Vivian Vance and William Frawley, The Best Of I Love Lucy is a two-disc set of 14 magnificently restored episodes, a must-have for fans of all ages. Buy the DVD right here.

Under the Hammer

One part art caper, one part slow-burn romance, ‘Under the Hammer‘ is now available on DVD. This set offers a revealing glimpse into a high-stakes art world that celebrates profit nearly as much as artistic genius. Written by beloved author John Mortimer (Rumpole of the Bailey) and starring Richard Wilson (One Foot in the Grave), Jan Francis (Just Good Friends), and Michael Siberry (The Grand), this tightly-plotted series intrigues with secrets and seduction, seen through the lens of a London auction house. Broadcast on ITV in 1994, the series is available to U.S. audiences for the first time with this DVD debut. The 2-disc set includes all seven episodes. Top-notch guest stars include John Gielgud (Arthur), Emily Mortimer (Shutter Island, Match Point, 30 Rock), Rosemary Harris (Spider-Man), Hermione Norris (Cold Feet), and Ian Carmichael (The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries). Ben Glazier (Richard Wilson) and Maggie Perowne (Jan Francis) head the paintings department at Klinsky’s, a well-regarded auction house. Ben can’t resist a good mystery, whether it’s identifying a potential Titian masterpiece, tracking down a lost Dickens manuscript, or pondering how to catch Maggie’s attention. Maggie, meanwhile, dabbles in her own workplace intrigue—in the form of dashing-yet-dodgy wine expert Nick Roper (Michael Siberry). Buy the DVD right here.

Gnomeo & Juliet

The animated tale ‘Gnomeo & Juliet‘ knowingly follows the quintessential star-crossed lovers tragedy Romeo and Juliet, with the unexpected twist of making the characters garden gnomes that can move when human beings aren’t watching. Though Gnomeo (James McAvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt) belong to feuding garden-gnome families, they meet and fall in love. But the clans’ shared animosity is exacerbated when Tybalt (Jason Statham) dies in part because of actions taken by Gnomeo to defend a friend whom Tybalt was attacking. After getting some sage advice from a statue of William Shakespeare (Patrick Stewart), Gnomeo attempts to set things right, and win the heart of the lawn ornament he loves. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Bending all the Rules

Love is in the air with the release of the romantic comedy ‘Bending All the Rules.’ Starring one of the hottest comedic actors to light up the screen, Bradley Cooper plays Jeff, a struggling DJ caught in a love triangle. Jeff is competing with Martin, a powerful businessman, for the heart of free-spirited photographer Kenna. Kenna (Colleen Porch) is a serial dater, who always puts her love life behind her career. When she finally lands her lifetime dream – her own photography exhibition – her cool and casual personal life turns hot, too. Kenna finds herself being pursued by two very different men – Jeff (Cooper), the sensitive artsy type, and Martin (David Gail), the slick man of power. The two vie for Kenna’s affection, and she wonders if she can have both love and success. Buy the DVD right here.

Rocko’s Modern Life

Flash black to one of the most beloved animated Nickelodeon series from the 1990s with ‘Rocko’s Modern Life: Season One‘ now available on DVD. Featuring all 26 wacky adventures of an Australian wallaby and his pals in 13 original episodes (two segments per episode), this DVD release has long been anticipated by fans but has not been available in stores until now. Created by award-winning animator Joe Murray for Nickelodeon, Rocko’s Modern Life is one of the most enduring Nick animated classics. The hit series boasts an all-star voice cast – Carlos Alazraqui (CatDog, Reno 911), Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants, Transformers animated series), Charlie Adler (The Super Hero Squad Show, Transformers), and Doug Lawrence (SpongeBob SquarePants, Camp Lazlo). A favorite with viewers and critics alike, Rocko’s Modern Life debuted in 1993. Over the course of its four-season run on Nickelodeon, the series garnered a Daytime Emmy Award and an Environmental Media Award. Brimming with anthropomorphic social satire and offbeat humor, Rocko’s Modern Life follows the misadventures of Australian wallaby named Rocko, who encounters various dilemmas and situations regarding otherwise mundane aspects of life. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Squidbillies

Squidbillies Volume 4‘ contains 10 episodes from the fifth season of the hit television series, as well as loads of bonus material including behind the scenes of the musical “America: Why I Love Her,” Squidbillies Tattoo Contest video, and Jesco White voice record outtakes. This hilarious series follows the exploits of a squid family and their interactions with the community. During the fifth season, 6.6 million adults 18-34 tuned in to watch all the hilarious hijinx, making it the #1 show in its time slot among adults 18-34 and men 18-34, according to Nielsen Media Research. The fifth season was also a Top 10 show for men 18-34 and adults 18-34 for the night, in a rank of all late night programs on broadcast and cable.Buy the DVD right here.

Mister Ed

Architect Wilbur Post (Alan Young, The Time Machine) and his wife Connie (Connie Hines) are once again up to their ears in trouble — and hilarity — with the mischief brought on by their meddlesome talking horse in the ‘Mister Ed‘ Season 5 DVD. This season Ed looks for his father, opens a juice stand, volunteers for Air Force sentry duty, gets contact lenses, becomes involved in a bank robbery and takes up painting. Guest stars include Eleanor Audley, George Barrows, Barry Kelley, Howard Wendell, John Banner and Jon Provost. Buy the Season 5 DVD right here.

Orgasm Inc.

Filmmaker Liz Canner examines the pharmaceutical industry’s progress towards the first FDA-approved drug for the treatment of female sexual dysfunction, but finds that the corporate behemoth is more interested in profits than in solving health problems in ‘Orgasm Inc.‘ Director Liz Canner embarks on a nine-year odyssey as she follows the companies who are racing to be the first to win FDA approval for a product to cure “female sexual dysfunction.” The prize: billions of dollars in profits. Featuring illuminating footage and interviews with activists, doctors and medical experts, ‘Orgasm Inc.’ will change the way you think about sex. Buy the DVD right here.

Esssential Anti-Nazi Classics

‘The Murderers Among Us’ – Using a film noir style infused with expressionism and a documentary-like point of view, this feature, the first produced in post-war Germany, follows a man and a woman returning to war-torn Berlin. (1946)

‘I Was Nineteen’ – This gritty, realistic film, based on director Konrad Wolf’s actual experiences, follows a young Soviet soldier of German descent who returns to his homeland as part of the victorious Soviet army. (1968)

‘The Gleiwitz Case’ – To justify invading Poland, the Nazi high command hatches a secret plan: six Polish men from an SS training camp are sent on a special mission to the town of Gleiwitz, to fake a Polish raid on Germany. (1961)

‘Naked Among Wolves’ – Starring Oscar nominee Armin Mueller-Stahl and based on true events related by Buchenwald survivor Bruno Apitz, this was the first German film about life and death in a concentration camp. (1963)

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The Closer

Moving up? The LAPD is looking for a new chief and Will Pope thinks he has the inside track in Season 6 of the TNT smash ‘The Closer.’ He soon has an unexpected rival for the job: Brenda (Best Actress Emmy and Golden Globe winner Kyra Sedgwick). And Brenda has an unexpected ally helping groom her for the selection process: Capt. Raydor. The contest for chief is only one of the ingenious, suspenseful, often funny storylines that makes Season Six of The Closer stellar entertainment. Join the squad as Sanchez looks after an orphaned boy, Tao goes undercover as a biker dude, Provenza and Flynn date airline attendants (turns out one of them has a corpse in her bathtub) and Brenda finds her family Christmas rudely interrupted by crime. Buy the Season 6 DVD right here.

William & Kate

How did Kate Middleton, an ordinary British girl, come to be Prince William’s intended? Over an eight-year courtship, her warmth, humor, and grace under pressure convinced him she was the one. From University to the altar, join A&E Home Entertainment and Lifetime for this true life making of a Princess. They’ve charmed the world with their romantic love affair, engagement and eagerly awaited royal wedding. The Lifetime Original Movie ‘William & Kate‘ tells the story of Prince William (Nico Evers-Swindell, “NCIS: Los Angeles”, “Law & Order”) and Kate Middleton (Camilla Luddington, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, “The Defenders”), from the moment they met at the University of St. Andrews to the intense media attention surrounding their storybook romance. Buy the DVD right here.

Nickelodeon Favorites: Big Box of Play Dates 2/Summer Vacation

Have fun with Dora the Explorer; Go, Diego, Go!; The Wonder Pets!; Blue’s Clues; Yo Gabba Gabba! and Ni Hao, Kai-lan with the new DVD collection, ‘Nickelodeon Favorites: Big Box of Play Dates, Vol. 2.’ This special box set includes the DVDs We Love Our Friends, Sisters and Brothers and Summer Vacation. Kids will enjoy over seven hours of entertainment with Nickelodeon Favorites: Big Box of Play Dates, Vol. 2. Buy the Big Box of Play Dates DVD right here and the Summer Vacation set right <a href="Buy the DVD right here.

Elektra Luxx

Carla Gugino stars as a pregnant ex-porn star on a path to redemption in the sexy ensemble comedy ‘Elektra Luxx.’ Written, directed and produced by Sebastian Gutierrez, the film also stars Joseph Gordon Levitt, Timothy Olyphant and Malin Akerman. What’s a pregnant porn goddess to do? Well, if you’re legendary adult film star Elektra Luxx (Gugino), you decide to quit the industry, take a job as a “sexology” instructor at the community college and look forward to your new life with your new baby. Except, that may not happen quite yet – not until she wrestles with a solicitous bride-to-be, an obsessed web streamer, a studly private investigator, a clothing-challenged neighbor, a criminal twin sister and even the Virgin Mary. It’s one hysterical ride with plenty of uninhibited comedy along the way. Buy the DVD right here.

Weapons Races

From the producers of the popular documentaries Hitler’s Bodyguard and The Century of Warfare and broadcast continually on Discovery’s Military Channel, ‘Weapons Races‘ now available on DVD. Discover the technology that drives military conflicts – from the muddy battlefields of the First World War to the 21st century’s state-of-the-art fighter planes. This eight-part series offers a complete history of these high-stakes contests with informative expert commentaries by renowned military analysts, archival footage, and illuminating graphics. On land, at sea, and in the air, the story of modern warfare is the story of weapons races. This series looks at eight of these high-stakes contests and shows how technological advances have transformed warfare in today’s world. Follow the weapons races as they pass through the two world wars, Korea and Vietnam, the Cold War, and the various conflicts of the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, right up to the 21st century. Buy the DVD right here.

Playing House

In order to afford their dream house, newlyweds Jen and Mitch McKenzie (Sarah Prikryl and Craig Welzbacher) ask their best friend Danny (Matt Lusk) to move in with them in ‘Playing House.’ The plan works beautifully until Danny brings home Blair (Mayra Leal), a stunning temptress who decides she likes what the young couple has and never wants to leave. The seductive stranger turns the friends against each other and exploits unspoken desires to achieve her own unique version of the American Dream. Buy the DVD right here.