New On DVD This Week: Farscape, It Takes a Thief, Looney Tunes Platinum Collection

by | November 14, 2011 at 12:09 PM | TV News

Farscape

Although the status of the U.S. space program is in flux, those wishing to explore the furthest reaches of the cosmos need to look no further than ‘Farcape’: The Complete Series Blu-ray Edition. Home viewers will be transported through a wormhole across a thousand galaxies to the stunningly original universe of this groundbreaking cult classic from The Jim Henson Company, finally available in spectacular hi-def. Bringing together all four complete seasons (88 episodes) and over 15 hours of bonus programming across 20 blu-ray discs, this definitive collection, optimized for HD from the European PAL masters – the highest quality available source elements — delivers the most optimal viewing experience for the unforgettable series. A+E Networks Home Entertainment, one of the pioneers of TV DVD collectibles, and The Jim Henson Company have worked closely together to guarantee that this Blu-ray Edition will satisfy the series loyal fan base. “With ‘Farscape’ we work hard to meet our fans’ high expectations and this new Blu Ray release utilizes the highest quality source materials available so I know our audience will not be disappointed,” said Brian Henson, Chairman of The Jim Henson Company and executive producer of ‘Farscape.’ “A+E Networks Home Entertainment has met all the challenges that, given the nature and age of the series, are inherent with a show like ‘Farscape’ and the result is that all four seasons of ‘Farscape’ look better than ever before.” The superb High-Def picture and sound isn’t the only cause for celebration as this set also includes a brand-new documentary: Memories of Moya: An Epic Journey Explored featuring revealing new interviews with creators Brian Henson and Rockne O’Bannon, writer Richard Manning, and stars Ben Browder and Claudia Black as they look back at the legacy of the sci-fi classic. In addition to this new documentary, the ‘Farscape’ Blu-ray set also includes ALL of the bonus material from the bestselling DVD release: over 15 hours episode commentaries, featurettes, deleted scenes, trailers, promos and more. Buy the complete series Blu-ray right here.

It Takes a Thief

Fusing the heist and espionage genres, ‘It Takes A Thief‘ was an action-adventure series that aired on ABC for two-and-a-half seasons between January 9, 1968, and March 24, 1970. Marking the TV debut of six-time Golden Globe Nominee Robert Wagner (Austin Powers, “Hart to Hart”), the cult classic series was inspired by Hitchcock’s 1955 Cary Grant film, To Catch a Thief, and was among the last of the 1960s spy television genre. Never-before-available on any format, Entertainment One presents ‘It Takes A Thief’: The Complete Series in a collectible 18-disc set containing all 66 digitally remastered episodes and a host of bonus featurettes and extras. Stealing to finance his life as a playboy and sophisticate, Alexander Mundy (Wagner) was the world’s greatest cat burglar… until the day he got caught. But thievery skills are an asset in the world of espionage, so Mundy is pardoned when he agrees to use his wily ways to help steal for the SIA, an American espionage agency. Technically under house arrest, Mundy then travels the world over, performing daring acts of thievery in the name of Uncle Sam. He also works closely with SIA department head, Noah Bain (‘70s TV mainstay, Malachi Throne), his boss, aide, friend and watchdog.It was Throne who also lent his deep distinctive voice to the split-screen credit sequence set to Dave Grusin’s memorable theme, saying: “Oh, look, Al, I’m not asking you to spy, just asking you to steal.” Buy the complete series right here.

Looney Tunes Platinum Collection

Warner Home Video unveils the first ever Looney Tunes collection on Blu-ray with the release of ‘Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 1.’ This set features 50 of some of the greatest Looney Tunes shorts the studio has ever made, all of which have been remastered. Just in time for the holiday gift-giving season, this release will be available in two different packaging styles including a limited & numbered collector’s edition box set with memorabilia or a standard sized Blu-ray Book without collectibles. Both releases will feature a Blu-ray Book with rare images and a cartoon guide by animation historian Jerry Beck. ‘Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 1′ contains some of Looney Tunes’ most beloved theatrical shorts. Together, these three discs contain 50 of the most enduring and some of the best theatrical shorts from the Looney Tunes franchise. The selection features works by some of the most renowned directors in animation history including Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, Bob Clampett, Tex Avery, Robert McKimson and others. The featured lineup showcases a delightful mix of everyone’s favorite characters including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety, Sylvester, Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Marvin the Martian, Tasmanian Devil, Witch Hazel, Foghorn Leghorn, Pepé Le Pew and many more. ‘Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 1′ is aimed at adult collectors of animation. Buy the Platinum Collection Volume 1 Blu-ray right here.

Being Human

From the creative team behind ‘Pillars of the Earth’ ‘The Mentalist’ and ‘Heroes’, ‘Being Human‘ is Syfy’s re-imagining of the acclaimed UK series created by Toby Whithouse and starring Sam Witwer (Smallville, Battlestar Galactica), Meaghan Rath (The Assistants), Sam Huntington (Cavemen, Superman Returns) and Mark Pellegrino (Lost, Supernatural). ‘Being Human’: The Complete First Season follows three paranormal, 20-something roommates living in Boston – vampire “Aidan” (Witwer), werewolf “Josh” (Huntington) and ghost “Sally” (Rath) – as they struggle to hide their dark secrets from the world, while helping each other navigate the complexities of living double lives and trying to be human. Mark Pellegrino plays Aidan’s charismatic but menacing vampire mentor “Bishop”. In its first season, the show has averaged 1.8 million viewers, making it the network’s most successful winter scripted series launch in six years. Bonus features on both the Blu-ray and DVD include a “Making-of” featurette, cast/crew interviews and the Comic Con 2011 Panel. Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray right here.

West Side Story

Five decades after its historic debut, a timeless classic returns to dazzle audiences young and old. Based on the hit Broadway musical of the same name, the iconic film ‘West Side Story‘ returns in brilliant Blu-ray. With a record-breaking ten Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Directing and Best Original Score, the film took home more awards than any other movie-musical in the history of cinema. This monumental production not only featured the timeless lyrics from master American composer Stephen Sondheim, but a brilliant score from Leonard Bernstein, and beautiful direction from Robert Wise. ‘West Side Story: 50th Anniversary Edition’ boasts hundreds of hours of restoration, new 7.1 digital audio, and a collection of bonus features spotlighting the harmonious songs and elaborate dances of the original film. This film sets the ageless story of Romeo and Juliet against a backdrop of gang warfare in 1950’s New York. A love affair is fated for tragedy amidst the vicious rivalry between two street gangs – the Jets and the Sharks. When Jets member Tony (Richard Beymer, The Longest Day) falls for Maria (Natalie Wood, Splendor in the Grass), the sister of the Sharks leader, it’s more than these two warring gangs can handle. As mounting tensions rise, a battle to the death ensues and innocent blood is shed in a heartbreaking finale. Featuring the famous songs “Maria,” “America,” “Tonight,” and “I Feel Pretty,” ‘West Side Story: 50th Anniversary Edition’ showcases thrilling performances by Best Supporting Actress winner Rita Moreno (The King and I), Best Supporting Actor winner George Chakiris (Two and Two Make Six) and Russ Tamblyn (How the West Was Won). The Blu-ray is available in a Limited Edition 4-Disc Boxed Set featuring 2 disc Blu-ray, newly-restored DVD, Tribute CD and collectible memorabilia, as well as a 2-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. Buy the 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray right here.

SpongeBob SquarePants: Holidays with SpongeBob

Celebrate Christmas, Halloween and Valentine’s Day , Bikini Bottom-style with Spongebob, Patrick, Sandy and the rest of the crew in ‘SpongeBob Squarepants‘: Holidays with SpongeBob. This 3-DVD collection includes Christmas, Halloween and To Love a Patty, released just in time for the gift-giving season. Buy the DVD right here.

Beginners

Oliver (Ewan McGregor) is an illustrator with a history of failed relationships in the new movie ‘Beginners.’ Growing up, he spent much of his time with his eccentric mother, Georgia (Mary Page Keller), while his father, Hal (Christopher Plummer), supported the arts as the curator of a local museum. Though Oliver’s parents never divorced, as a young boy he always sensed a distance between them — a distance, Oliver discovers following his mother’s death years later, that resulted from the fact that his father had lived most of his life as a closeted homosexual. With his wife gone and his son grown up, 75-year-old Hal decides to finally embrace his sexuality and takes a young boyfriend (Goran Visnjic). When Hal’s health takes a turn for the worse, Oliver steps up to care for him while recalling quiet conversations and eventful trips to the museum with his unpredictable mother — a dyed-in-the-wool eccentric. Gradually, Oliver begins to see his father in a whole new light. Later, Oliver falls for pretty French actress Anna (Mélanie Laurent) after a chance meeting at a costume party. The more intimate Oliver and Anna become, the more they both realize they share one defining character flaw — the moment any relationship turns serious, they run away. For Oliver it means shutting himself in and obsessing over his work; for Anna it’s as easy as checking into another empty hotel room in yet another strange city — one of the perks, as it were, of having an itinerant job. Buy the DVD right here.

Dreamworks Dragons Double DVD

The epic story begun in the Academy Award nominated worldwide box office hit ‘How To Train Your Dragon‘ continues with the groundbreaking new ‘Dreamworks Dragons Double DVD’ + Online Video Game Pack. One of the best reviewed films of 2010, ‘How To Train a Dragon’ enchanted audiences the world over with its captivating and original story boasting fire-breathing action, heroic deeds and heartfelt laughs. DreamWorks Animation’s new signature videogame experience, ‘Dreamworks Dragons Double DVD + Online Video Game Pack’ features two brand new adventures plus a Dragons online video game available for the first time ever. These three exciting experiences come in one highly-affordable package just in time for holiday gift-giving, available in both Blu-ray and DVD. Buy the Double Pack right here.

Neverwhere

In ‘Neverwhere,’ Richard Mayhew (Gary Bakewell, Chef!) leads an ordinary life in London when one day a girl named Door (Laura Fraser, He Knew He Was Right) falls and injures herself across his path. Door belongs to a different world – London Below – and has come to London Above determined to learn why her parents have been killed. The next thing he knows, Mayhew’s life as he knew it is gone and he’s underground, pursued by the murderous messengers. The two attempt to find the Angel Islington, who knows the secret behind the murder of Door’s family, and possibly a way for Richard to go home. Buy the DVD right here.

The Littlest Angel

Some Angels soar the skies, and some fall a little short. Anchor Bay Entertainment presents the DVD release of the new animated feature film, ‘The Littlest Angel,’ now available on DVD. A colorful adaptation of the fifteenth best-selling children’s book of all time, The Littlest Angel takes us on a rousing adventure with a young, and sometimes mischievous, Angel, who must return to earth and earn his wings, a task that doesn’t prove to be easy. Experience the love, laughter and magic of one of the most popular children’s stories of all time. From the classic book by Charles Tazewell, comes this lively CGI animated version filled with both humor and heart. ‘The Littlest Angel’ tells the story of a young boy who arrives in heaven before his time. Home-sick and lonely, he will travel back to earth, with his friendly pup Halo, to retrieve a most selfless and precious gift for The Baby Jesus. First released in book form in 1946, The Littlest Angel became popular for its ornate words and phrases paired with beautifully muted oil paintings. Tazewell’s book was adapted into a TV musical in 1969 starring Johnny Whitaker, and theatrical versions continue to be done by schools and church groups today. The author would follow-up with another childhood favorite, “The Littlest Snowman,” that would be read annually on the “Captain Kangaroo” show. Buy the DVD right here.

Gabriel Iglesias Presents: Stand-Up Revolution

It’s time for the revolution! Come join the comedy party with Gabriel Iglesias as he hosts Comedy Central’s series, ‘Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution.’ The uncensored two disc set featuring over 40 minutes of new material from Iglesias, includes the seventh Secret Stash episode, extended episodes with over two hours of content that did not appear in the broadcast episodes, outtakes and the music video for the show’s theme song, “Hey It’s Fluffy.” The release coincides with the broadcast finale and hits stores just in time for holiday gift giving. Filmed at Phoenix’s newest club, Stand Up Live, the series features stand-up sets from Iglesias and his funniest comedian friends plus music from three-time Grammy award-winners Ozomatli, the house band. The series, ‘Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution,’ premiered on Comedy Central on Thursday, October 6. Buy the DVD right here.

Dora the Explorer: Celebrate With Dora

Enjoy all of Dora’s favorite holidays and fiestas in the new three-DVD box set ‘Dora the Explorer‘: Celebrate with Dora. The special box set includes ‘Dora’s Christmas!’ ‘Dora’s Halloween’ and ‘Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure’, all in one gift-able collection. Episodes in ‘Dora’s Christmas’ include A Present For Santa, Rapido Tico, School Pet and Quack Quack. Episodes in ‘Dora’s Halloween’ include Boo, The Missing Piece, To The Monkey Bars and The Big Storm. Buy the DVD right here.

My Fair Lady

Just in time for the holidays, the “loverliest” musical ‘My Fair Lady‘ sings in its first-ever Blu-ray Disc edition, now available. Directed by George Cukor, the celebrated film won a staggering eight Academy Awards including Best Picture and now makes its Blu-ray debut with dazzling bonus features and stunning high-definition picture and sound. Restored to pristine condition, the ‘My Fair Lady’ Blu-ray Disc is highlighted by special features including vintage footage and audio taken from the film’s original shoot nearly 50 years ago, alternate vocals from star Audrey Hepburn, featurettes, galleries and more. Adapted for the screen from Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s original Broadway hit and headlined by Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, ‘My Fair Lady’ is a reinvention of the original George Bernard Shaw stage play Pygmalion. It begins as arrogant linguistic professor Henry Higgins (Harrison) makes a wager with his colleague that he can turn a sassy, cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Hepburn) into the toast of English society simply by changing the way she speaks. After several lessons, he finds that not only has his pupil become a sophisticated lady, embraced by the highest echelons of society, but that she also has a few lessons for him of her own. Mixing comedy and romance with touching drama, and including timeless songs such as “The Rain In Spain,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” and“Get Me To The Church On Time,” ‘My Fair Lady’ remains one of the most revered movie musicals in film history. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Rio Sex Comedy

The sun-drenched splendor of Rio de Janeiro provides the backdrop to a sexy comedy of romantic entanglement in ‘Rio Sex Comedy,’ from acclaimed writer-director Jonathan Nossiter. The eye-popping spectacle, starring Charlotte Rampling and Bill Pullman, is now available on DVD. A mixed group of tourists and visitors on a working trip find themselves footloose and under the sway of the Brazilian city’s erotic spell. Charlotte Rampling (Swimming Pool, Under the Sand, Never Let Me Go) plays a prominent British plastic surgeon who arrives in Rio to warn potential clients that new looks don’t necessarily solve old problems. Bill Pullman (Independence Day, Lost Highway) is a U.S. ambassador who slips away from his handlers and into one of the city’s wildest (and most dangerous) favelas, or shantytowns, where he befriends a free-spirited tour guide and his beautiful partner who show him things few tourists get to see. Buy the DVD right here.

Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson: Live at the U.S. Festival

Two momentous concert performances from two of the world’s most beloved country legends are now on DVD for the first time: ‘Willie Nelson: Live at the U.S. Factory , 1983′ and ‘Waylon Jennings: Live at the U.S. Festival, 1983.’ With 23 songs and a total running time of 80 minutes on ‘Willie Nelson’ and a 22 songs and 60 minutes total running time on ‘Waylon Jennings’, these releases capture an unforgettable moment in country music history. Held over two weeks in 1982 and 1983, the U.S. Festival was funded and organized by Apple Computer’s Steve Wozniak, who also organized the accompanying technology exposition, and the construction of a brand-new outdoor venue in Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino, California. Nearly every musical genre was represented by bands as diverse as U2, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, Ozzy Osbourne, Willie Nelson, Van Halen, The Police and The Clash. Buy the DVD right here.

Main Street

Fom Horton Foote, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of To Kill A Mockingbird and Of Mice And Men, comes ‘Main Street,’ a touching drama centered on the residents of a small town. Headlined by an award-winning cast including Oscar winners Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) and Ellen Burstyn (Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Requiem For A Dream), Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson (Pieces Of April, Friends With Benefits, Shutter Island), Golden Globe nominee Amber Tamblyn (“Joan Of Arcadia,” 127 Hours, The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants), Orlando Bloom (Lord Of The Rings, Pirates Of The Caribbean) and Andrew McCarthy (Pretty In Pink), Main Street follows the close-knit residents of Durham, North Carolina as they meet a newcomer with a controversial plan to save their town from economic decay. Caught in the nation’s economic downturn and in the midst of financial turmoil, Georgiana Carr (Burstyn), one of the last members of a once-powerful Durham tobacco manufacturing family, is facing the prospect of losing her family home. Out of desperation, she agrees to lease her family’s empty downtown tobacco warehouse to Gus Leroy (Firth) a Texan representing a waste storage conglomerate. However, when she becomes suspicious that toxic waste has been placed in her warehouse, she calls local policeman Harris Parker (Bloom) to investigate. Buy the DVD right here.