New On DVD This Week: United States of Tara, Eastbound & Down

by | August 3, 2011 at 2:04 PM | TV News

United States of Tara

Golden Globe winner Toni Collette shines in her multiple roles in this unpredictable comedy full of heart, ‘United States of Tara: The Third Season,’ now available on DVD. From the innovative minds of creator and writer Diablo Cody and executive producer Steven Spielberg, the show centers around suburban wife and mother Tara Gregson who suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder- a condition formerly known as multiple personality disorder- while trying to maintain a “normal” life with her husband and two teenaged children. The third season follows Tara as she goes back to school to get her final credits and earn her college degree. While in school her college professor (guest star Eddie Izzard) presents a challenge to her. Toni Collette leads an all-star supporting cast including- John Corbett, Rosemarie DeWitt, Brie Larson and Keir Gilchrist. Buy the Season 3 DVD right here.

Eastbound & Down

A big league relief pitcher returns home to Shelby County, NC following a spectacular career flame out, accepting a job as a substitute gym teacher in ‘Eastbound & Down,’ the comedy series created by Danny McBride, Ben Best, and Jody Hill (The Foot Fist Way). Kenny Powers (McBride) was poised to rule the major league when his fading fastball and insufferable personality began to overshadow his game. Ejected from the sport after accusations of steroid use led to a major on-camera meltdown, Powers travels back to his hometown in North Carolina and reluctantly begins working as a substitute gym while living with his brother Dustin (John Hawkes). But while Kenny may be down, he’s certainly not out, and despite the fact that his fame has all but dried up, he begins plotting his inevitable comeback between repeated rounds of heavy drinking. Buy the Season 1 and 2 Blu-ray.

Mystery Science Theater 3000: MS3TK vs. Gamera

Multiple Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000‘ (MST3K) is a true cult classic. Its high-camp rendition of B-movies from every genre to the small screen makes it one of the most memorable pop culture shows of our time. Brimming with laugh-out-loud commentaries from caustically hilarious space travelers Joel Robinson, Mike Nelson and their robot pals Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo, MST3K was a genuine phenomenon. Its popularity spawned an MST3K fan following that numbers over hundreds of thousands of fans world-wide. Buy the MS3TK vs. Gamera DVD right here.

Rio

As summer heats up, spread your wings and celebrate with the funniest birds in town! The all-new comedy-adventure ‘Rio‘ comes to Blu-ray and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. ‘Rio’ brings together vivid characters and colorful backdrops amidst energizing Latin and contemporary tunes, creating the ultimate family-friendly music and dance experience for audiences of all ages. In addition to more than one hour of special bonus features and materials, consumers will have access to all-new exclusive levels of the smash video game hit Angry Birds Rio that showcase your favorite characters from the film! Captured as a young bird from the wild, Blu (Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network) is a domesticated Spix Macaw living thousands of miles away from his homeland, Brazil. When his human owner Linda (Leslie Mann, 17 Again) discovers that he is the last male of his kind, they head south to Rio de Janeiro to meet the only other female. But it’s far from love at first sight between the socially-awkward, flight-challenged Blu and the fiercely independent, high-flying female, Jewel (Anne Hathaway, The Princess Diaries). Shortly after Blu’s arrival, the two rare birds are captured by greedy animal smugglers and find themselves lost in the Brazilian rainforest. Unexpectedly thrown together, they embark on a hilarious and clumsy adventure where they learn about friendship, love, courage and spreading one’s wings to fly. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Alice

‘Alice’ tells the story of a 26-year old, young Brazilian woman (Andreia Horta), who is forced by destiny to leave her small town and confront the monstrosity of Sao Paulo, Brazil upon learning of a family tragedy. The city’s rawness lifts her slumber away as she rediscovers herself and begins living her real life. Highlighting the sexy nightlife of Sao Paolo, Brazil, Alice: Season One features 13 one-hour episodes presented in Portuguese. It is dubbed in Spanish and features English subtitles. Total runtime is approximately 720 minutes and is available in four disc set. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

The Minnesota Twins 1991 World Series Collection

In 1991, the Minnesota Twins beat the Atlanta Braves in seven grueling – and unforgettable — games to capture their second World Series championship since moving to The North Star State in 1961. Now, catch every historic moment of this championship series with ‘The Minnesota Twins 1991 World Series Collector’s Edition,’ a handsomely packaged 7-disc set. Packed with bonus footage and all seven games in their entirety, this is sure to be a must get for not only Twins fans, but baseball fans everywhere as the Twins get set to commemorate the 20th anniversary of this milestone series. Was it really the greatest Fall Classic ever? Five games were decided by one run. Four of the games were won on the very last plate appearance. Three games went extra innings. Two managers played a seven-game chess match. One run was scored in the Game 7, 10-inning masterpiece. Add in Kirby Puckett’s Game 6 for the ages, a power-hitting third base tandem, Kent Hrbek providing a lift at first, a rookie rising above the tension, veteran power, clutch pitching led by the wizened Jack Morris, plus a relentless and dynamic Atlanta Braves team –and yes, it was the Greatest World Series ever played. This beautifully-packaged seven-DVD collection contains every pitch, hit, sterling defensive play, and ear-popping Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome memory along with each glorious Minnesota Twins 1991 World Series championship moment. Buy the 1991 World Series Collection.

Zen: Vendetta Cabal Ratking

Produced by the same team that made the Emmy-nominated ‘Wallander,’ the bestselling novels of award-winning writer Michael Dibdin ‘Zen: Vendetta Cabal Ratking’ comes to life in these suspenseful new adaptations also starring Caterina Murino (Casino Royale) and Callum Blue (Smallville). Auriello Zen (Sewell) is a formidable detective, but he’s always put honesty before advancement. The arrival of clever and ambitious Tania (Murino) to his team reawakens Zen’s vigor. Driven by romance and armed with a new confidence, Zen’s investigations take him from Rome to the picturesque Italian countryside, as he negotiates a complex string of murder cases. In stores on August 2, the three feature-length episodes will be available on two discs and will include a 30-minute making of featurette, titled Zen – An Italian Adventure. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Ben 10: Ultimate Alien

In ‘Ben 10 Ultimate Alien Volume 3: The Return of Heatblast,’ Ben is forced to confront his past as enemies come crawling back for more trouble. He faces a rematch when Heatblast takes on evil Dr. Viktor and, when Elena arrives with a new swarm of nanochips, Ben 10,000 reappears to battle Eon. But it’s up to Ben 10′s super-fan Jimmy Jones to save the day, and rescue the whole team from a vicious alien plant species before it’s too late! The 2-Disc DVD set features 10 episodes from the series’ second season and a Blast from the Past Database. Buy the Return of Heatblast DVD right here.

Spy Kids, Spy Kids 2, Spy Kids 3

Just in time for the upcoming 3-D theatrical release of ‘Spy Kids 4: All The Time in the World,’ Lionsgate Home Entertainment is debuting the first three Spy Kids films on Blu-ray: ‘Spy Kids,’ ‘Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams‘ and ‘Spy Kids 3: Game Over.’ These action-packed family films feature a star studded cast including Antonio Banderas, Alexa Vega, and Carla Gugino with guest appearances from a list of celebrities including Steve Buscemi, Sylvester Stallone, Salma Hayek and more! All three releases come packed with exciting special features, and the original Spy Kids Blu-ray Disc will be debuting all-new special features. Buy the ‘Spy Kids‘ Blu-ray, ‘Spy Kids 2‘ Blu-ray and ‘Spy Kids 3‘ Blu-ray.

Better Off Dead

The ‘80s coming of age cult-classic ‘Better Off Dead‘ makes its highly anticipated hi-def debut with the Blu-ray release. Starring John Cusack as the awkward, teen Lane Meyers, the romantic dark comedy follows Lane after his girlfriend dumps him for a more popular guy. After many unsuccessful attempts to win her back, he decides that suicide is the only answer until he befriends a beautiful foreign exchange student who helps him turn his life around. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Streetwalkin’

In a sex-and-violence film that emphasizes the physical abuse of young women, director Joan Freeman may raise the shackles as well as the hackles of her distaff viewing audience. Cookie (Melissa Leo) is a young runaway who arrives in New York City with her brother in tow and ends up working as a prostitute for the apparently easy-going Duke (Dale Midkiff) in ‘Streetwalkin.’ Everything seems fine, at least as much as can be expected, until one of Duke’s streetwalkers threatens to quit, and he nearly beats her to death. Buy the DVD right here.

Garrow’s Law

Rich in period atmosphere and excellent performances, the gripping BBC courtroom drama ‘Garrow’s Law, Series 2‘ is now available on DVD. Broadcast on BBC in 2010, the second series of this award-winning series follows upright, fiery barrister William Garrow (Andrew Buchan, Cranford, The Fixer) as he battles the injustices of the 18th century English legal system. Winner of a Royal Television Society award for best history program, the series features compelling plots, lavish sets and costumes, and an outstanding cast featuring Alun Armstrong (Little Dorrit, New Tricks), Rupert Graves (Sherlock, The Forsyte Saga, V for Vendetta) and Lyndsey Marshal (Rome, Being Human, The Hours). A favorite of critics and fans alike, Garrow’s Law first aired on BBC in 2009 and has since broadcast on PBS. A third season has recently been commissioned. The DVD 2-Disc set includes the four episodes of Series 2, a bonus 22-minute featurette on the real William Garrow, cast filmographies, and more. In a time when prisoners in court have few rights, Garrow leads a legal revolution, coining the phrase “innocent until proven guilty” and defending the accused against the state. In return, he makes powerful enemies in politics and law. Chief among them is Sir Arthur Hill (Rupert Graves), now assistant secretary to the admiralty. Jealous and vengeful, Hill believes that Garrow is involved with his wife, Lady Sarah (Lyndsey Marshal). Buy the Series 2 DVD right here.

Stake Land

In the ultimate tale of survival in the face of a dying world, Jim Mickle’s breakthrough movie, ‘Stake Land‘ adds a frightening new element to the equation: vampires. The award-winning crowd-pleaser is now available on Blu-ray. America has fallen. A vampiric scourge sweeps the nation, turning brother on brother and parent on child as the blood-hungry beasts take deeper and deeper hold upon the land. It’s hard for the survivors to know whether to be more afraid of the creatures themselves or the violent religious groups that have sprung up in response, but there is clearly only one choice: fight or die. Connor Paolo (Gossip Girl, Alexander, Mystic River) stars as Martin, a teenager whose family has been slaughtered. His traveling companion is a taciturn, hardened vampire killer known simply as Mister (Nick Damici, In the Cut, World Trade Center), and together they trudge across the land in search of the rumored safe haven of New Eden. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Exporting Raymond

Truth is funnier than fiction in the real life comedy, ‘Exporting Raymond,’ now available on Blu-ray. Viewers will laugh out loud when “fish out of water” Phil Rosenthal, the Emmy-Award-winning creator of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ takes us on a journey halfway around the world to detail his struggle to make one of America’s most beloved sitcoms a successful Russian TV series. ‘Exporting Raymond has received major recognition at multiple film festivals. The film’s awards include Audience Award Winner at the 2010 Austin Film Festival, Winner of Best Comedy at the 2011 Sedona Film Festival, Official Selection at the 2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival and Audience Award Winner at the 2010 Hatch Festival. Rosenthal’s ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ won 11 Emmys over nine seasons and captured more than 33 million viewers in its series finale. Rosenthal wrote and directed Exporting Raymond which he produced with Jim Czarnecki (Bowling for Columbine) and executive produced with John Woldenberg (Smart People). Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Tracy Morgan: Black and Blue

Taped before a live audience at Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theatre in New York City, ‘Tracy Morgan: Black and Blue‘ features the idiosyncratic comic’s audacious observations on such subjects as the difference between white and black culture, drugs, meeting President Obama, white rage, airport profiling, terrorism and sex. The special features an hour of adults-only humor told in the quirky, shocking, matter-of-fact style that has earned Morgan a place in the upper echelon of today’s most sought-after comedians.Buy the DVD right here.

Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost

Another suspenseful chapter unfolds in the newest installment of the Jesse Stone franchise, ‘Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost,’ now available on DVD. The critically acclaimed crime drama series on CBS, is adapted from characters created in the late Robert B. Parker’s best-selling novels, and stars Tom Selleck (Emmy and Golden Globe winner for ‘Magnum P.I.’) in the title role as Chief of Police in the small town of Paradise, Mass. who continues to battle his own demons. Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost also stars Kathy Baker, Kohl Sudduth, Stephen McHattie, William Sadler with Saul Rubinek (‘Warehouse 13′) and William Devane. Buy the DVD right here.

Soul Surfer

A champion surfer loses her left arm in a terrifying shark attack, but summons the determination to make an incredible comeback in ‘Soul Surfer,’ the inspirational sports drama based on an incredible true story. A lifelong surfer who always felt at home in the sea, Bethany Hamilton (AnnaSophia Robb) honed her surfing skills in Kauai, and went on to compete in numerous surfing competitions. Then, one fateful Halloween morning, the wave-riding teen was taking part in a national surf competition when a 14-foot-long tiger shark emerged from the depths and changed her life in the blink of an eye. By the time Bethany reached shore, her left arm was almost completely gone. But just when it started to look like she would never ride a surfboard again, young Bethany used her faith and determination to reclaim the title of champion. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Mandrake

Dare to know ‘Mandrake’ (Marcos Palmeira), an exciting detective series that follows the life of Paulo Mandrake, the alluring and attractive criminal lawyer from Rio de Janeiro. Specializing in resolving cases of blackmail and extortion, Mandrake is the primary liaison between the lower class of Rio de Janeiro and high society. When Mandrake is not in a bar to seduce a woman, or around the city chasing an enemy, we can find him in the law firm with Wexler (Luis Carlos Miele), a cynic philosopher, and lawyer of 70 years, whom Mandrake regards as a father figure. Part James Bond and part Rat Pack, Mandrake: Seasons One and Two features 13 one-hour episodes presented in Portuguese. It is dubbed in Spanish and features English subtitles. Buy the Season 1 and 2 DVD right here.

John Pinette: Still Hungry

John Pinette is back – and still hungry! The eagerly anticipated follow-up to his record-breaking “I’m Starvin” comedy special ‘John Pinette: Still Hungry’ is a live, sold-out concert event taped at Chicago’s famed Vic Theater. In it, the food-obsessed, storytelling Broadway and television star delivers his smart, original, Bill-Cosby-influenced observations on everyday life. Buy the DVD right here.

Outside the Law

Outside the Law‘ is a 2010 drama film directed by Rachid Bouchareb, starring Jamel Debbouze, Roschdy Zem and Sami Bouajila. The story takes place between 1945 and 1962 and focuses on the lives of three Algerian brothers in France, set to the backdrop of the Algerian independence movement and the Algerian War. It is a standalone follow-up to Bouchareb’s 2006 film Days of Glory, which was set during World War II. Outside the Law was a French majority production with co-producers in Algeria, Tunisia and Belgium. A historically unorthodox portrayal of the 1945 Sétif massacre sparked a political controversy in France. Outside the Law represented Algeria at the 83rd Academy Awards, and was one of the Final 5 nominees for Best Foreign Language Film. Pacifist and Congresswoman Jeanette Rankin, who in 1916 became the first woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, once famously stated, “You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake” (Legacy.com) and Bouchareb’s sweeping epic illustrates that sentiment. Bouchareb and co-writer Olivier Lorelle did extensive research and interviewed many eyewitnesses prior to creating this tale about three brothers who happen to find themselves in the center of events leading up to Algeria’s 1962 independence. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Pie in the Sky

The conclusion to the whimsical British mystery series, ‘Pie in the Sky,’ Series 5 is now available on DVD. Tony winner Richard Griffiths (Harry Potter, The History Boys) returns as the long-suffering DI Henry Crabbe—a semi-retired detective who prefers experimenting in the kitchen to catching criminals. Seen on public television, Pie in the Sky debuted on BBC1 in the U.K. in March 1994 and aired for five series. Series 5 co-stars Maggie Steed (Shine on Harvey Moon) and Malcom Sinclair (Casino Royale), with guest stars Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes, Above Suspicion) and Nicola Walker (Touching Evil, MI-5). The 3-Disc set includes all eight episodes from series five. Semi-retired detective DI Henry Crabbe (Richard Griffiths) would prefer to spend less time catching crooks and more time in the kitchen of Pie in the Sky, the restaurant he runs with his wife, Margaret (Maggie Steed). But as ever, Assistant Chief Constable Freddy Fisher (Malcolm Sinclair) has other plans for his best officer. Fisher’s latest scheme is his new Public Duties Squad, which hires out police teams for private use. For Crabbe, the end result is the same—a balancing act between keeping Fisher happy and cooking at his beloved Pie in the Sky. Buy the Series 5 DVD right here.

Quarantine 2: Terminal

The deadly virus has escaped the infected building and is now on board a late night flight. No one is safe in ‘Quarantine 2: Terminal,’ now available on DVD. The sequel to the film Quarantine takes up where the previous installment left off. Earlier tonight, a bizarre disease was unleashed in a run-down Los Angeles tenement … and no one got out alive. Yet something escaped. Now, aboard Flight 318, the first symptoms begin to show. As the infection begins to takes root, innocent passengers suddenly transform into terrifying, bloodthirsty killers. Forced to land at an isolated terminal, and surrounded by armed government agents, the crew and passengers grow increasingly desperate. The only question now is how far they will go to survive. Buy the DVD right here.

Epitafios

In ‘Epitafios,’ Renzo Marquez (Julio Chavez) and Marina Segal (Cecilia Roth) join forces again to solve yet another logic-defying homicide case. With the help of XL (Alejandro Awada), a psychiatric patient suffering from low brain activity, they manage to anticipate a serial killer’s next move. This time, the murderer is a tormented man who views killing as an art form and, as such, thinks each homicide deserves to be immortalized in a series of photographs. Homicide detectives embark on a race against time to catch him, even as Renzo and Marina are burdened by the ghosts of their own pasts. A sadistic crime drama from the detectives’ point of view, Epitafios: Season Two features 13 one-hour episodes presented in Spanish with English subtitles. Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

The Music Never Stopped

An overly critical father gets a unique opportunity to reconnect with his estranged son, if he can only embrace the music that once divided them in ‘The Music Never Stopped,’ an uplifting family drama inspired by Dr. Oliver Sacks’ case study “The Last Hippie.” Forbidden by his conservative engineer father, Henry (J.K. Simmons), from attending a Grateful Dead concert back in 1967, Gabriel Sawyer (Lou Taylor Pucci) packs his bags and runs away from home. Twenty years later, Henry and his wife, Helen (Cara Seymour), receive word that Gabriel has been diagnosed with a benign brain tumor that requires delicate surgery to remove. Though the operation is successful, Henry and Helen soon learn that the part of their son’s brain responsible for creating memories has been damaged by the long-neglected tumor, and that as a result, Gabriel will find it difficult to distinguish the past from the present. As communication grows increasingly difficult, frustrated father Henry becomes staunchly determined to make up for lost time by forming a solid father-son bond with Gabriel, and begins researching treatment for brain injuries. Buy the DVD right here.