New on DVD This Week: M.A.S.K., Jumping the Broom, Mars Needs Moms, Webster

by | August 11, 2011 at 1:57 AM | TV News

M.A.S.K.

This Summer, loyal fans and collectors can finally bring home one of the most enduring animated adventures from the 80’s with the long-awaited ‘M.A.S.K.: The Complete Original Series‘ DVD box set, now available. Poised to attract an audience of kids, young adults and parents who grew up with this animated series, this 12-DVD box set contains all 65 action-packed episodes – known to fans as the original series aired in 1985, as well as insightful bonus features. Led by multimillionaire Matt Trakker, the Mobile Armored Strike Kommand — better known simply as M.A.S.K. — defends the world against Miles Mayhem and his nefarious international criminal organization V.E.N.O.M., the very same group responsible for the death of Trakker’s teenage brother. With his own son, Scott, and a secret strike force including his friends — engineer Bruce Sato, courageous historian Hondo MacLean, mechanic Buddy Hawks, rocker Brad Turner, computer expert Alex Sector, stunt driver Dusty Hayes and beautiful martial artist Gloria Baker — it’s up to Trakker, equipped with special power-granting masks and a garage of special militarized vehicles, to keep the world safe from Mayhem and the villainy of V.E.N.O.M (Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem). Buy the complete series right here.

Jumping the Broom

An all-star ensemble cast headlines the romantic comedy ‘Jumping the Broom,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD. The film explores the universal themes of passion, love and family when two families of different backgrounds come together for a wedding. The star-studded cast includes Academy Award nominee Angela Basset (Best Actress, What’s Love Got To Do With It, 1993), Mike Epps (Faster, The Hangover), Paula Patton (Precious), Laz Alonso (Just Wright, This Christmas), Loretta Devine (For Colored Girls, Death at a Funeral) and Julie Bowen (‘Modern Family’). Bonus materials include commentary and two behind-the-scenes featurettes: “You’re Invited: Behind the Scenes” and “Honoring the Tradition of Jumping the Broom.” When a marriage brings together the bride’s upper crust relatives with the groom’s downtown family, not even love can conquer all of the difficulties in this romantic comedy. Jumping the Broom was directed by Salim Akil from a story by Elizabeth Hunter and a screenplay by Elizabeth Hunter and Arlene Gibbs. T.D. Jakes, Tracey E. Edmonds, Curtis Wallace, Elizabeth Hunter, and Glendon Palmer served as producers. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Mars Needs Moms

Families will not want to miss the chance to own ‘Mars Needs Moms,’ the story of a young boy’s intergalactic adventure to find his Martian-nabbed mother as it arrives into living rooms across the country in a Blu-ray Combo Pack with 3D, DVD, Movie Download and On-Demand. From Disney and Academy Award-winner Robert Zemeckis (Best Director, Forrest Gump, 1994), comes the craziest adventure in the galaxy— complete with out-of this world special effects and jam packed with bonus features, it’s a thrilling journey that’s pure fun. His mother (voice of Joan Cusack) abducted by Martians intent on harvesting her maternal instincts to nurture their young, nine-year-old Milo (voice of Seth Green) stows away in an alien spacecraft bound for Mars in a bid to bring her safely back to Earth. Later, on the Red Planet, Milo befriends a subterranean-dwelling earthling named Gribble (Dan Fogler) and a spirited Martian lass named Ki (Elisabeth Harnois), who agree to help him locate his missing mother and confront the head alien in charge (voice of Mindy Sterling). Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Webster

Emmanuel Lewis is back as the endearing and adorable Webster Long for another string of laughter and life lessons with the DVD release of ‘Webster‘ Season 3. Former pro football player George Papadapalis (Alex Karras) and socialite and philanthropist Katherine Calder-Young Papadapolis (Susan Clark) team up as the more-than-capable but hilariously matched foster parents to Webster. Along for the ride are landlords Bill and Cassie Parker, Webster’s Uncle Phillip (Ben Vereen), and George’s father Papa Papadapolis (Jack Kruschen). While comedy is at its forefront, ‘Webster’ balances out with touching storylines, making it one of the classic programs of 1980s television. Buy the Season 3 DVD right here.

The Fox and the Hound/The Fox and the Hound 2

In the tradition of heart-warming films, such as Bambi and Dumbo, comes Disney’s classic tales that taught us the power of friendship in ‘The Fox and the Hound’ and ‘The Fox and the Hound 2,’ in a special 30th Anniversary 2-Movie Collection. For the first time ever in high-definition, consumers can now experience the brilliant, humor-filled adventures of best friends Copper and Tod in an all-new digitally restored version of the original 1981 film. Featuring an all-star cast of voice talents, toe-tapping music and fantastic bonus features, consumers can take home two of Disney’s beloved “tails.” ‘The Fox and the Hound’ and ‘The Fox and the Hound 2,’ 2-Movie Collection features both movies in a single 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack. This release provides families with the value, versatility and opportunity to enjoy their favorite movies how they want, when they want and on the entertainment platform of choice – whether it’s in the home, on a portable device and/or in the car. ‘The Fox and The Hound,’ Disney’s 24th animated feature released in 1981, marked a “changing of the guard” from the legendary “nine old men,” including Wolfgang Reitherman, Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, who had joined the studio its very early days and worked closely with Walt Disney to develop Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the very first animated feature, then went on to create timeless classics such as Cinderella, Bambi and Lady and the Tramp. Buy the 30th Anniversary Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Rockin’ with Judy Jetson

Despite father George’s disapproval, Judy Jetson (voiced by Janet Waldo) is totally into Sky Rocker, the biggest intergalactic rock star around in ‘Rockin with Judy Jetson.’ When the teen icon announces a surprise concert, Judy writes a super awesome song and sends it to him. And – oops – the song is accidentally switched with an evil magic message from music-hating witch Felonia Funk. Bummer for Judy! Then Felonia goes one diabolical step further: she kidnaps Sky Rocker. What a buzz kill – but don’t freak out yet! Judy and her friends – along with brother Elroy, family dog Astro and music-loving aliens named Zoomies – set out to save Sky themselves. Is Judy Jetson the coolest Space Age teenage cartoon star ever? With songs like Gleep Gorp, Jupiter Jump, Rockin’ Round the Galaxy, Shootin’ Star and Surfin’ in Space, the feature-length animated Rockin’ with Judy Jetson is a tunefully fun blast not to be surpassed! Buy the DVD exclusively at WBshop.com.

The Magnificent Seven

Academy Award Winner Yul Brynner stars in the landmark Western ‘The Magnificent Seven‘ that launched the film careers of Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and James Coburn. Tired of being ravaged by an army of marauding bandits, the residents of a small Mexican village seek help from seven American gunfighters. The only problem? It’s seven against 50! Also featuring Eli Wallach and Robert Vaughn, and set against Elmer Bernstein’s Oscar-Nominated score, director John Sturges’ thrilling adventure belongs in any Blu-ray collection.
Buy the Blu-ray right here.

A Fistful of Dollars

Oscar-Winner Clint Eastwood blends a quiet steadiness with a palpable ferocity as the iconic gunslinger “The Man With No Name” in Sergio Leone’s gritty “spaghetti Western.” ‘A Fistful of Dollars.’ When a steely blue-eyed mercenary arrives in a dusty border town where two rival bands of smugglers terrorize the impoverished citizens, he pits the gangs against each other in one of the most exhilarating frontier adventure films in cinema history. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Doctor Who

The TARDIS, along with the Doctor, Leela and K-9, arrives on Pluto in the distant future in ‘Doctor Who: The Sun Makers.’ The time travellers discover the planet has a breathable atmosphere and enjoys heat from six small suns, but the humans who live there are taxed and exploited heavily for the privilege. When Leela is captured and sentenced to death, the Doctor (Tom Baker) must save his companion, as well as stop the ruthless Company, before it is too late. Bonus features include audio commentary, a photo gallery, and outtakes. According to the sales brochure, ‘Paradise Towers’ is a utopian blueprint for community living, with its fabulous architecture and state-of-the-art facilities. The perfect place for Mel to take a leisurely swim, in fact. But when the TARDIS arrives, the Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and his companion discover that the futuristic tower block has fallen into ruin, and a series of unexplained disappearances have the tenants living in fear. As gangs of teenage girls run wild in the hallways, a squad of bureaucratic Caretakers struggle to regain control. To keep the citizens of Paradise Towers safe, the Doctor must confront the resident evil lurking in the basement. Bonus features include audio commentary and a photo gallery. Buy The Sun Makers and Paradise Towers DVDs.

MGM Limited Edition Collection

April Morning (1987) – “April Morning” refers to the famous April 19, 1775 upon which the “Shot heard ’round the world” was fired, which signalled the start of the American Revolution. Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Urich and Chad Lowe star. Buy the DVD right here.

Cannon For Corboda (1970) – George Peppard leads a small group to destroy six cannons before the rebel leader (Raf Vallone) and the Mexican army can use them in this action-filled historical adventure. Gionvanna Ralli also stars. Buy the DVD right here.

The Fourth War (1990) – The Fourth War is a Cold War thriller in which an American colonel and his Soviet counterpart engage in a private war. Roy Scheider and Juergen Prochnow star. Buy the DVD right here.

Johnny Cool (1963) – Criminals who betrayed a crime boss are out for bloody revenge in Johnny Cool. A Sicilian mobster (Henry Silva) is in town to rub them out. Telly Savalas, Mort Sahl, Brad Dexter and Jim Backus also star. Buy the DVD right here.

El Perry Y El Gato

Teaching pre-schoolers phrases in English and Spanish is now easier and more fun than ever with the DVD release from ‘El Perro Y El Gato,’ the original animated specials shown on HBO Family and HBO Latino. Valuable lessons are learned from a lovable, overexcited orange dog (El Perro) and his laid-back, always hungry pal, a purple cat (El Gato). The specials help children to learn a new language in a playfully quirky, humorous and engaging way. Buy the DVD right here.

Yo Gabba Gabba

The Gabba gang stars in four fun-filled episodes where they start a band, learn it’s okay to be different and ride on trains in the brand new DVD, ‘Yo Gabba Gabba: Music Makes Me Move!‘ Here are the Episode Synopses: Differences: The Gabba gang learns that it’s OK to be different and they point out the differences in each other. Musical guest I’m From Barcelona perform. Band: The characters are interested in learning to play music and decide to start a band. They can’t play their instruments very well so DJ Lance tells them to practice. Musical guest Lady Tigra performs. Move: The Gabba gang learns how to maintain control and work on coordination. Tony Hawk guest stars. Train: The Gabba gang learns how to overcome fears and learn about the multiple parts of a train. Laila Ali guest stars in a “Dancey Dance” segment. Buy the Music Makes Me Move DVD right here.

Secret Diary of a Call Girl

Starring Billie Piper as an independent young woman named Hannah who works as one of London’s premiere escorts under the pseudonym “Belle,” the tantalizing plot thickens in ‘Secret Diary of a Call Girl,’ as she tries to balance her unusual career choice with her personal life. The final season finds our heroine in an awkward love triangle and finally forced to decide if she will commit to her boyfriend Ben or leave him forever. But the real choice is: who is she going to be, Hannah or Belle? ‘Secret Diary of a Call Girl’: The Final Season includes all 8 seductive episodes. Buy the Final Season DVD right here.

The Wiggles: Ukulele Baby!

It’s time to hit the high seas and sail off to paradise with ‘The Wiggles: Ukulele Baby,’ now available on DVD. This DVD features 21 new songs set to the sweet sound of ukuleles, making it the perfect summer soundtrack for families. The world’s premiere children’s entertainers, The Wiggles, are joined in the tropics by celebrity weatherman Al Roker and Australian entertainer Rolf Harris to help kids learn about music, weather and dancing. Buy the DVD right here.

Return of the Magnificent Seven

In the thrilling sequel ‘Return of the Magnificent Seven,’ the legendary Magnificent Seven thunder through Mexico in search of their compatriot who has been taken hostage by a band of desperados. Starring Academy Award® Winner Yul Brynner and a stellar supporting cast, Return of the Magnificent Seven features Elmer Bernstein’s Oscar Nominated score and raises the bar for rugged western adventure to a new, heart-stopping level! Buy the Blu-ray right here.

For A Few Dollars More

When two rival bounty hunters (Oscar-Winner Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef) learn they’re both after the same murderous bandit, they join forces in hopes of bringing him to justice in ‘For A Few Dollars More.’ But all is not as it seems in the hard-hitting second installment of Sergio Leone’s trilogy starring Eastwood as the famed “Man With No Name.” Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Tactical Force

Headlined by action star Steve Austin (Damage, Hunt to Kill, The Expendables), an elite police unit with their own rules finds itself surrounded by criminals with nowhere to go in the explosive adventure ‘Tactical Force,’ is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. During a training exercise in a remote airplane hangar, Captain Tate (Steve Austin) and his team stumble upon a covert meeting between two rival gangs hunting a rare and valuable item. Both fiendish gangs will kill anyone who gets in their way, and Tate finds his team vastly outnumbered and scrambling to survive unarmed and with no backup. The upper hand in this deadly game soon changes with the frequency and speed of machine gun fire as they take down each criminal one by one. Michael Jai White and Keith Jardine also star delivering fast-paced fighting & high-octane action. Buy the DVD right here.

Super

An average guy reacts to the frustration of losing his wife by adopting a crime-fighting persona known as the “Crimson Bolt,” and targeting any criminal who crosses his path — no matter how minor their infraction may be in ‘Super.’ Frank (Rainn Wilson) is husband to former alcoholic and drug addict Sarah (Liv Tyler), and he loves her with all his heart. Their wedding day was one of but two perfect moments in this Frank’s life, but when Sarah runs away with charismatic drug dealer Jacques (Kevin Bacon), the loss was just too much for her mild-mannered husband to take. Subsequently transforming himself into the Crimson Bolt, Frank reasons that if he can take down Jacques along with the rest of the city’s scum, his beloved wife will soon come running back. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Hey Arnold

Hey Arnold!,’ one of the most beloved animated Nickelodeon series from the 1990s, is finally available on DVD for the first time. Featuring all 20 hilarious episodes, ‘Hey Arnold!: Season One’ follows the adventures of Arnold, the original football-headed boy’s life in the big city alongside his Grandpa, Grandma, Abner the pig and a host of other friends and neighbors. Long anticipated by fans, Hey Arnold!: Season One has not been available in stores until now. Like all of Nickelodeon’s classic shows, Hey Arnold!: Season One boasts an all-star voice cast which includes Toran Caudell (7th Heaven), Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons, Futurama), Tress MacNeille (The Simpsons, Futurama), Jamil Walker Smith (Shark Tale) and Francesca Smith. A favorite with viewers and critics alike, Hey Arnold! stars Arnold, a fourth grader who lives with his grandparents Phil and Gertrude, owners of the Sunset Arms boarding house. Each episode finds Arnold in a new, sticky situation, whether it’s helping out a schoolmate with their problems or dealing with his own. Unfortunately, Arnold’s predicaments are often started by Helga, a schoolmate who picks on Arnold and constantly bullies him. However, Helga only pretends to dislike Arnold to hide the fact that she is secretly in love with him. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Top Gear

More than 500 million people worldwide have seen ‘Top Gear,’ making it the world’s most popular car entertainment show. Top Gear 16 includes all six episodes of the original UK series’ sixteenth season, and sees Clarkson, Hammond and May gear up for some of their biggest challenges yet. In this latest release, the trio takes on their counterparts from Top Gear Australia in an all-out grudge match in a car-based version of The Ashes, including drift racing and an Aussie version of double-decker racing. In another episode, Clarkson races the new Jaguar XJ against something even bigger and more powerful – the rotation of the Earth itself. Meanwhile, Hammond achieves a boyhood dream by testing two 1980′s supercar icons – the Porsche 959 and Ferrari F40 – and May crosses the pond to drive NASA’s very latest Space Exploration Vehicle. Top Gear 16 also includes the U.S. road trip and a special extended version of the Middle East special, when the hosts attempt to follow the path of the three wise men across the desert. Buy the Season 16 DVD right here.

The Last Godfather

The Mafia meets its match as Lionsgate debuts the comedy ‘The Last Godfather‘ on DVD. One of the most popular Korean comedic superstars, Hyung Rae Shim, comes to America as writer, director and star of the Mafia-spoof film and international box office hit. Academy Award nominee Harvey Keitel headlines the cast as the Don who foolishly tries to prepare his dim-witted son, played by Shim, to be his successor. Also starring Jason Mewes and Michael Ripsoli, this laugh-out loud comedy is sure to offer audiences something they can’t refuse. Buy the DVD right here.

News & Notes

When ‘Beavis and Butt-Head‘ first appeared on MTV in 1993, critics railed against the idiocy of two idle teens who did little more than watch TV and make snide comments. Today we know they were ahead of their time and as the world prepares for the triumphant return of the ultimate pop culture commentators, fans everywhere can relive the greatest moments of the original series when Beavis and Butt-Head: Mike Judge’s Most Wanted debuts on DVD October 4th.