New On DVD This Week: The L Word, Super 8, WWII in HD, Doctor Who, Perry Mason

by | November 25, 2011 at 3:51 PM | TV News

The L Word

It’s a woman’s world as an extraordinary collection ‘The L Word: The Complete Series‘ is now available in a special 25-disc box set. Featuring an exclusive, never-before-seen 2011 cast reunion, the set includes every episode of the smart, provocative series about a tight-knit group of women who inhabit Los Angeles’ lesbian community. Re-experience all the beauty and chaos of the fan-favorite series that follows a fascinating group of women as they navigate through their lives and loves. Filled with complex characters, some straight and some gay, ‘The L Word’ aired for six acclaimed seasons, creating both a loyal fan base and television history with its groundbreaking portrayal of the lesbian community. A must-have collection for fans of the series, ‘The L Word: The Complete Series’ not only includes every episode, but also arrives dressed to the nines with hours of special bonus materials. Led by an ensemble cast including Jennifer Beals, Erin Daniels, Janina Gavankar, Leisha Hailey, Lauren Holloman, Mia Kirshner, Marlee Matlin, Katherine Moennig, Daniela Sea, Rachel Shelley, Rose Rollins, Sarah Shahi, and Pam Grier, with special guest star Cybill Shepherd, the series remains one of the most revolutionary shows in television history. Buy the complete series right here.

Super 8

Writer/director J.J. Abrams’ (Star Trek) breathtaking adventure ‘Super 8‘ is now available in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack from Paramount Home Entertainment. Produced by Amblin, Bad Robot and Academy Award-winner Steven Spielberg, the exhilarating story follows a group of friends in a small Ohio town who witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie. When they realize that it was no accident, they set out to find the truth—something more shocking than any of them could have imagined. Combining action, humor and heart, the film features outstanding performances from a fresh young cast including Elle Fanning (Somewhere), Gabriel Basso (‘The Big C’), Zach Mills (Kit Kittredge: An American Girl) and newcomers Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths and Ryan Lee, along with veteran actors Kyle Chandler (‘Friday Night Lights’) and Ron Eldard (‘Blind Justice’). The ‘Super 8′ Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack with Digital Copy includes more than two hours of enthralling special features including eight behind-the-scenes featurettes exploring the origins of the story, the casting, the locations, the music, the impact of 8mm film and more; an in-depth deconstruction of the breathtaking train crash; interviews with cast and crew including J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg; deleted scenes; and commentary by J.J. Abrams, producer Bryan Burk and cinematographer Larry Fong. ‘Super 8′ is available as a single-disc DVD. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

WWII in HD

The perfect gift for the armchair history buff or military historian, A+E Networks Home Entertainment and History have created the ultimate WWII set featuring one of the most immersive and definitive wartime documentaries: ‘WWII IN HD,’ with two new feature-length bonus specials in a handsomely packaged collector’s set. The first documentary to show original color footage of World War II in immersive HD, WWII IN HD uses the journals and accounts of those who served in the war’s biggest battles to create a personal, introspective and detailed look at life on and off the front lines. Follow 12 unforgettable Americans, and experience the war through their eyes, in their own words, as it really looked and sounded. Culled from over 3,000 hours of rare color film found in a two-year worldwide search and converted to HD with
meticulous technique, WWII IN HD provides a picture of World War II as it has never been seen before. Also included in this ultimate edition is The Battle for Iwo Jima, an immersive look at the momentous battle using gloriously restored, fullcolor footage, some of which has never seen before and ‘WWII in HD: The AirWar,’ the untold story of the American 8th Air Force’s bloody battle to defeat the German Luftwaffe in the
months leading up to D-Day. Buy the collector’s edition Blu-ray right here.

Doctor Who

Hop in the TARDIS with the Doctor and his companions with ‘Doctor Who: The Complete Sixth Series,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD just in time for the holidays. The 6-disc set combines all 13 episodes of the new season from award-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat (Sherlock, The Adventures of Tintin), along with the 2010 Holiday Special, A Christmas Carol, starring Harry Potter’s Michael Gambon plus hours of bonus features. The series follows the adventures of the Doctor, a mysterious traveler who journeys throughout all of time and space, picking up companions along the way. BAFTA nominee Matt Smith (the Doctor), Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), Arthur Darvill (Rory) and Alex Kingston (River Song) are back when the Doctor faces his date with death and learns a lot more about the mysterious River Song. Guest stars include Mark Sheppard (Supernatural, Battlestar Galactica), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Notting Hill) supermodel Lily Cole (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus), James Corden (Gavin & Stacey, The History Boys), and David Walliams (Little Britain, Come Fly With Me). Catch a surprise appearance by NBC’s Meredith Vieira in the series finale as well as Michael Sheen (The Twilight Saga, Midnight in Paris), who voices a character in Neil Gaiman’s episode and Imelda Staunton (Cranford, Vera Drake), who voices a character in Tom MacRae’s episode. Executive producers are Piers Wenger (Upstairs Downstairs, Ashes to Ashes) and Beth Willis (Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes). Buy the Season 6 Blu-ray right here.

Perry Mason

In the second part of the classic series ‘Perry Mason’s‘ sixth season, Los Angeles defense attorney Perry Mason, portrayed by television legend Raymond Burr, specializes in winning seemingly indefensible cases. With the aid of his secretary Della Street and investigator Paul Drake, he often finds that by digging deeply into the facts, startling truths can be revealed. The show is one of the longest-running courtroom dramas in American television history and co-starred William Hopper, Barbara Hale, Lee Miller, Richard Anderson and Ray Collins. Guest star Karl Held has a recurring role as David Gideon, a law-school drop out that befriends Mason during the sixth season. Buy the Season 6, Volume 2 DVD right here.

Conan the Barbarian

A home entertainment debut as fierce as the warrior himself, Lionsgate brings ‘Conan the Barbarian‘ to 3D/2D Blu-ray Disc, 2D Blu-ray Disc, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand. In an epic battle led by an epic hero, Jason Momoa (HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’) stars as Conan, the Cimmerian set on avenging his father’s death. The action-packed film, directed by Marcus Nispel (Friday the 13th), also stars Rachel Nichols (Star Trek), Stephen Lang (Avatar), Rose McGowan (Planet Terror) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy). The 3D/2D Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases are both loaded with ferocious bonus materials that include two audio commentaries, a history of the Conan franchise featurette, “The Man Who Would Be Conan: Robert E. Howard” featurette that looks at the creator of the famous character plus two additional featurettes that examine the action and fight scenes. Based on the character of Conan as originally created by Robert E. Howard, a boy born on the battlefield grows into a hulking warrior hell-bent on avenging his father’s death. But Conan’s personal vendetta soon escalates into an epic battle of impossible odds, facing the fiercest of rivals and the most horrific of monsters. Buy the 3D Blu-ray combo pack right here.

The Office

BBC America first introduced U.S. audiences to the comedy genius of Ricky and Stephen when it premiered the show ‘The Office‘ in 2003. At its launch The New York Times called it “pretty much the funniest show ever” while Newsweek declared it the “best comedy on television”. It went on to win two Golden Globes, inspire the U.S. version on NBC and continues to influence the tone and look of everything from television comedy and movies to commercials and pop culture at large. The Special Edition DVD has all 12 episodes and the 2-part Holiday Special with bonus features including: The original pilot, six specially recorded introductions of every episode from Season 1 by Ricky and Stephen, an exclusive documentary Comedy Connections: The Office which traces the history of the show, interviews with the original cast including Ricky, Stephen, Lucy Davies, Mackenzie Crook, Martin Freeman and Ewen Macintosh as well as celebrity fans Ben Stiller, Christopher Guest, Matthew Perry, Richard Curtis and David Baddiel. Buy the Special Edition DVD right here.

Marvel Knights Animation Collection

The perfect gift for fans of Marvel super hero adventures arrives in one special holiday gift set, with the ‘Marvel Knights Animation Collection,’ now available from Shout! Factory, in association with Marvel Knights Animation. This collectible five-DVD gift set boasts five electrifying Marvel Knights Animation adventures, highlighting works from celebrated Marvel authors and artists – Joss Whedon, John Cassaday, Warren Ellis, Adi Granov, Reginald Hudlin, John Romita, Jr., Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev, Robert Rodi and Esad Ribic. Featuring over 7 hours of heart-pumping animation and non-stop action, the Marvel Knights Animation Collection is
Buy the Collection right here.

Spy Kids: All The Time in the World

The fourth film in the action-packed family film franchise, ‘Spy Kids: All The Time in the World,’ from dynamo director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) is now available on DVD. Led by Jessica Alba (Little Fockers), ‘Spy Kids: All The Time in the World’ features a talented ensemble cast that includes funnyman Joel McHale (‘Community’), comedian Ricky Gervais (‘The Office’), Jeremy Piven (‘Entourage’), Danny Trejo (Machete), Rowan Blanchard (The Back-up Plan), and newcomer Mason Cook—along with the franchise’s long-standing cast members Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara, who have appeared in all four ‘Spy Kids’ features. The action packed franchise is back…with the next generation of Spy Kids! Marissa Cortez Wilson (Jessica Alba) has it all: married to a famous spy-hunting television reporter (Joel McHale), with a new baby and intelligent twin step kids, Rebecca (Rowan Blanchard) and Cecil (Mason Cook). When the maniacal Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven) disrupts her domestic bliss—threatening to take over the planet—Marissa comes out of retirement as a top secret agent. With Armageddon quickly approaching, Rebecca and Cecil are thrust into action! With a little help from some familiar Spy Kids friends, Carmen (Alexa Vega), Juni (Daryl Sabara), their faithful dog Argonaut (Ricky Gervais) and some mind-blowing gadgets, they just may be able to save the world!
Buy the DVD right here.

Lifetime Holiday Favorites

‘His & Her Christmas’/'Will You Merry Me?’ — David Sutcliffe (Gilmore Girls), Dina Meyer (Saw, Starship Troopers) and Paula Devicq (Party of Five) star in His & Her Christmas about two journalists writing competing Christmas columns and their disastrous first meeting which leads to love at first sight. Will You Merry Me?, starring Wendie Malick (Hot in Cleveland, Just Shoot Me) and Cynthia Stevenson (Dead Like Me, Men in Trees), finds a newly engaged couple meeting each other’s very diverse families for the first time during the holidays. Buy the His & Her Christmas/Will You Merry Me DVD right here.

‘A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride’ — Joanna Garcia (‘Gossip Girl’) and Luke Perry (‘Beverly Hills 90210′) star in this heartwarming holiday drama on DVD for the very first time. When a twenty-something wedding planner disapproves of her mother’s whirlwind romance, she decides to take control of it. There are disasters as plans go awry and moments of heartfelt emotion, as the daughter learns that letting go works both ways.

‘Under the Mistletoe’ — Susan Bell (Jaime Ray Newman, ‘Drop Dead Diva’) has devoted her life to helping others, but rarely thinks about helping herself. This year, however, the tables will turn on the single mom and recent widower when a local radio station takes over her love life following an innocent call from her eight year old son. And, whether she likes it or not, Susan is under the mistletoe in this unforgettable holiday treat.

‘Home by Christmas’/'Holiday Switch’ -– In Holiday Switch when Paula (Nicole Eggert, Baywatch) makes a Christmas wish to marry her wealthy high school sweetheart and leave her family behind, she finds the grass is not always greener on the other side. Home By Christmas is an inspiring movie about one woman’s struggle to overcome all obstacles—starring Linda Hamilton (The Terminator).

‘Holiday Wishes’ — Amber Benson (‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’) stars in this magical, inspiring holiday tale on DVD for the first time. When Britney, a rich, spoiled child, and Rachel, an orphan, switch bodies after a visit to the mall with Santa, each girl wakes up as the other: Britney is in the orphanage, and Rachel at Britney’s family’s mansion. With the magical intervention of a professional party planner Rachel teaches Britney’s unloving family the true meaning of Christmas, and Britney learns that giving is better than getting.

‘A Christmas Wedding’ — Wedding woes wreak havoc in this hilarious holiday misadventure starring Eric Mabius (‘Ugly Betty’), Sarah Paulson (‘Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip’) and Lifetime favorite Dean Cain. Emily (Paulson) and Ben’s (Mabius) perfect Christmas Wedding is about to fall apart. Stranded miles away and with only 24 hours to go Emily must find a way to get home to Ben while he in turn is forced to handle the wedding details which are quickly unraveling. And, despite storms, musicians canceling, missed flights, a bridal shower without the bride, an arrogant boss and meddling families, the nearly-married couple are determined to rescue their special day.

‘The Road to Christmas’/'Recipe for a Perfect Christmas’ — Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing) stars in The Road to Christmas as a soon-to-be Christmas bride who meets Mr. Wrong on the way to the altar in an unforgettable Christmas tale of love. Recipe for a Perfect Christmas stars Carly Pope (24) as an up-and-coming food critic who must her distract her scene-stealing mom, Christine Baranski (The Good Wife), with a cute young chef in order to find success in her career.

‘Christmas in Paradise’/'Deck the Halls’ — Charlotte Ross (NYPD Blue) AND Colin Ferguson (Eureka) star in Christmas In Paradise about two families’ adventures aboard a cruise ship during the holidays. Deck The Halls stars Gabrielle Carteris (Beverly Hills, 90210), Steven Culp (Desperate Housewives) and Steve Bacic (X2, Andromeda) in a story of a young boy who tries to set up his mom with his new neighbor – a man who he thinks is Santa.

American Restoration

American Restoration‘ features Rick Dale and his crew of loose screws at Rick’s Restorations in Las Vegas, Nevada, as they take rusty, beat-up items and restore them to their original glory. Whether it’s a giant gas pump from the 1940s or a Hopalong Cassidy bicycle from the 1950s, every restoration is a high-stakes business project where worthless rust is transformed into a valuable collectible. What home viewers will discover, however, in ‘American Restoration,’ Volume One is that these restorations aren’t easy. Every project presents unique challenges for Rick and his team, who develop inventive processes to finish each job flawlessly and on time. From old gas carts to timeless slot machines, the items Rick restores are part of the fabric that makes up American culture. Things just aren’t made like they used to be, but at Rick’s Restorations, old becomes new again. Buy the Volume 1 DVD right here.

The Big Country

One of Hollywood’s greatest directors teams with a cast of incredible screen legends for ‘The Big Country,’ a bold, sweeping tale of a ship’s captain who ventures west to find a hotbed of jealousy, hatred and dangerous rivalries. As the reluctant hero is thrust into the maelstrom, he must summon all of his resolve to save not only his own life, but also the life of the woman he loves. Four-time Academy Award Winner William Wyler directs this action-packed adventure that triumphs as “a work of art” (Motion Picture Herald). Starring Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Charlton Heston, Chuck Connors, and Burl Ives (in an Oscar-Winning performance), this magnificently entertaining epic will take your breath away with unbridled suspense, exhilarating excitement and explosive drama on a grand scale. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Adventures of Tintin

The all-time classic comic strip ‘The Adventures of Tintin’ comes to life as an animated adventure in this complete Season One DVD release from Shout! Factory, in association with Corus Entertainment Inc.’s Nelvana Enterprises. For the first time ever in the U.S., fans can join in the raucous adventures of Tintin and his loyal dog Snowy. Experience the excitement and wonder of ‘The Adventures of Tintin’ at home before you head to the theaters for the brand new major motion picture that weaves in elements from the stories “The Secret of the Unicorn,” “The Crab with the Golden Claws,” and “Red Rackham’s Treasures” that are among the first five episodes of the series and included on this DVD set. Adapted from the long-running graphic novels by the late cartoon artist Hergé (a.k.a. Georges Remi), the popular animated TV series The Adventures of Tintin, co-produced by Nelvana and Ellipsanime Productions, chronicles the young and intrepid investigative reporter Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy, along with Captain Haddock, the muddled genius Professor Calculus, and the bumbling detectives Thompson and Thomson as they embark on incredible globe-trotting adventures full of excitement, mind-boggling mystery and fun. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Trigger

The founding members of a legendary female punk outfit are reunited years after their band imploded, and spend a long night reflecting on both their fractured friendship, as well as their moment in the spotlight in the raucous drama ‘Trigger’ from director Bruce McDonald (Hard Core Logo, Pontypool). Ever since they were little girls, Victoria “Vic” Sawchyn (Tracy Wright) and Kathryn “Kat” Lake (Molly Parker) were inseparable. Eventually, Victoria and Kathryn started making music together. Dubbed Trigger, their punk-inspired band went through numerous line-up changes before hitting the perfect formula, and storming the charts. Then as quickly as success came, clashing egos and rampant excess brought it crumbling down like a house of cards. Unfortunately, Victoria and Kathryn’s friendship appeared to die along with Trigger. A decade later, however, a small record label announces a benefit concert staged to celebrate women who rock. It’s clear that the owners of the label expect Victoria and Kathryn to take part in the event, but when the two former friends come together over dinner both end up feeling responsible for the band’s demise. Later, after the concert has ended, the two old friends prepare to attend an after-party, and the details of their turbulent relationship slowly come into focus. Buy the DVD right here.

Conan the Adventurer

‘Conan The Adventurer’ focuses on the titular hero and his frends — Jezmine, Snagg, Needle, Greywolf and Zula — and their quest to rescue Conan’s family from an evil spell cast by the Serpent Man wizard Wrath-Amon. In these first episodes of Season Two, he fights wizards, gods and pirates looking to break the curse that has turned his family to stone. Get the first 13 episodes of the second season. Buy the Season 2, Part 1 DVD right here.

Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s Magical World Special Edition

‘Beauty & the Beast: Belle’s Magical World Special Edition’ is a new Special Edition inspired by the original classic, Beauty and the Beast. Join Belle, Disney’s spirited princess, Beast, Cogsworth, Lumiere, plus some charming new friends, as they discover how teamwork and friendship can turn a once-gloomy castle into a dazzling palace fit for a princess! This fun-filled, instant classic with your favorite characters and enchanting songs proves that true beauty shines from within! Bonus features include Disney’s Sing Me a Story with Belle “What’s Inside Counts,” Belle’s Delightful Dinner Game, and much more. Buy the DVD right here.

The Family Tree

A mother forgets her troubles the hard way in the independent black comedy ‘The Family Tree.’ If the Burnett family isn’t the most dysfunctional household in town, they’re a good bet to be in the top three. Man of the house Jack (Dermot Mulroney) is a depressed businessman having an affair with a buxom co-worker (Christina Hendricks), his wife, Bunnie (Hope Davis), plays curious sexual role-playing games with their neighbor Simon (Chi McBride), sexually adventurous teenage daughter Kelly (Britt Robertson) is having an affair with a female classmate (Madeline Zima) while blackmailing one of her teachers (Selma Blair), and son Eric (Max Thieriot) is a fervent Christian whose loyalties are divided between a preacher obsessed with guns (Keith Carradine) and a drug-addled punk rocker (John Patrick Amedori) with a soft spot for Kelly. Things have gotten so bad for the Burnetts that their analyst has given up on them, but fate gives the family a curious second chance — after suffering a head injury during a tryst with Simon, Bunnie develops a mild case of amnesia that wipes most of the family’s troubles from her memory. The first feature film from director Vivi Friedman, The Family Tree received its world premiere at the 2010 Seattle International Film Festival.
Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Caldecott Favorites

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, and it is awarded annually by the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. On November 22, Scholastic Storybook Treasures will pay homage to this prestigious award with ‘Caldecott Favorites,’ a 3-disc set featuring timeless adaptations of some of the 20th Century’s best loved children’s literature. Highlighted by Caldecott Award winners Robert McCloskey’s “Make Way for Ducklings” (1942) and “The Snowy Day” (1963) by Ezra Jack Keats and Caldecott Honor stories “In the Small, Small Pond” and Jerry Pinkney’s “The Ugly Duckling” — which are packaged together for the very first time in ‘Caldecott Favorites’ — the set also features modern classics such as “Bear Snores On”, “Bark George”, “The Story About Ping”, “Antarctic Antics” and more! Featuring 20 beloved and entertaining tales across the three delightful DVD volumes – The Ezra Jack Keats Collection, Make Way for Ducklings…And More Delightful Duck Tales and Antarctic Antics…And More Hilarious Animal Stories– the adaptations in this set were hand-picked to beautifully uphold the integrity and prestige of the storybooks awarded the Caldecott medal. Buy the DVD right here.

The Devil’s Double

Based on the action-packed, unbelievable true story of money, power and opulent decadence, ‘The Devil’s Double’ is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. This white-knuckle trip deep into the lawless playground of excess and violence is highlighted by a star-making turn from Dominic Cooper in an unforgettable dual performance as Saddam Hussein’s sadistic party-boy son, the “Black Prince” Uday, as well as army lieutenant Latif yahia, the man thrust into the highest echelons of the “royal family” when he’s ordered to become Uday’s body double. Buy the DVD right here.

Babar and Father Christmas

In the delightful, fully animated holiday tale ‘Babar and Father Christmas,’ Babar’s children, Arthur, Pom, Flora and Alexander write a letter to Father Christmas asking him to visit Celesteville at Christmas. But their letter never arrives because it is stolen by Babar’s arch-enemy, Rataxes the Rhinoceros, who wants all of Santa’s toys for himself. When Babar sees his children so disappointed, he decides to make a journey in search of Father Christmas. Secretly followed by Rataxe, Babar’s adventures take home viewers from Paris all the way to the North Pole, to the very toy shop of Father Christmas himself. Buy the DVD right here.

Pablo Francisco: They Put It Out There

Pablo is one of the most popular touring comedians worldwide. The premiere of his highly anticipated new one hour comedy special “They Put It Out There” made its debut on Comedy Central November 5th to rave reviews. The new special was taped at the Margaret A. Webb Theater in Santa Ana, CA. and follows the enormous success of Pablo’s last stand-up special, “Ouch!” which continues to stay on the networks most requested list. The “They Put It Out There” DVD is now available on DVD. Pablo once again hits his mark, weaving together his one of a kind arsenal of characters, spontaneous outbursts, spot on impressions and clever insights to create a stand-up show that more resembles an hour-long comedic jazz riff. “They Put It Out There” is an entertaining and off-the-wall performance that delivers the laughs and points out the hilarious absurdities in an illogical, pop-culture obsessed world. Buy the DVD right here.

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, and Martin Balsam lead an all-star cast in the suspense film ‘The Taking of Pelham One Two Three‘ based on the sizzling best seller by John Godey. A gang of thugs who have hijacked a subway train near New York’s Pelham Station threaten to kill one hostage per minute. Forced to stall the assailants until a ransom is delivered or a rescue made, transit chief Lt. Garber (Matthau) must somehow ad-lib, con and outmaneuver one of the craftiest, cruelest villains (Shaw) ever. It’s a race against time, and no one knows whether things will end heroically or tragically in this pulse-pounding thrill ride. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Beauty & the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas

‘Beauty & the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas Special Edition’ is a delightful tale. Share in the wonder as Mrs. Potts recounts another “tale as old as time” about a Christmas past that almost wasn’t – thanks to the scheming of former court composer Forte, who is determined to keep Belle and Beast apart forever. This enchanting adventure boasts delightful songs, spellbinding visuals and enduring themes of hope, friendship and love. Bonus features include a behind the scenes featurette, , Disney Sing-a-long mode, “As Long As There’s Christmas” music video and much more. Buy the DVD right here.

Helldriver

From director Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police, Vampire Girl Vs. Frankenstein Girl) comes the epic, apocalyptic Zombie-fighting road movie ‘Helldriver,’ featuring non-stop, over-the-top splatter action, now available on Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack and DVD. The latest cult film from the prolific Japanese production company Sushi Typhoon, Helldriver takes place in a Japan where half the population has become not-so-sexy flesh eaters and the economy has gently withered away … until Kika (Yumiko Hara) arrives. A stunning high school girl armed with an artificial heart-powered chainsaw sword, she leads a motley crew of desperados on a secret mission into the zombie-infected wilds to exterminate zombie queen Rikka (Eihi Shiina, Tokyo Gore Police) and put an end to the plague of the living dead. The extensive bonus features include three exclusive short films set within the Helldriver universe: Helldriver Dokata (directed by Helldriver First Assistant Director Jun Shiozaki), Catch Me If You Can! (directed by Lighting Director Hiroshi Ota), and Bailout! (directed by poster designer Yoshiki Takahashi). Additional added value includes an in-depth interview with the Japanese splatter king himself, Yoshihiro Nishimura and two behind-the-scenes featurettes: “The Making of Helldriver,” directed by Helldriver actor Demo Tanaka that not only details the making of the film, but also the literally hellish conditions under which the film was shot (two-week shooting schedule, bad weather) and “Sushi Typhoon: Tokyo Invasion!,” featuring interviews with many of the Sushi Typhoon team while launching the Sushi Typhoon festival, where four films were screened for a month in the Ginza area of Tokyo. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Love Begins

An adventurer (Wes Brown) pays off a debt by working on a farm owned by a young woman (Julie Mond) in ‘Love Begins.’ As time passes and with nudging from the town’s residents, the pair soon begin to fall for one another. Buy the DVD right here.

Quigley Down Under

Arriving in Australia with nothing more than a saddle and his prized six-foot Sharps rifle, American sharpshooter Matthew Quigley (Tom Sellect) thinks he’s been hired to kill off wild dog in ‘Quigley Down Under.’ But when he realizes, instead, that his mission is murder – to “eliminate” the Aborigines from a wealthy cattle baron’s land – Quigley refuses and quickly turns from hunter to hunted. Forced to wage a savage war against his former employer, Quigley proves that no one gets the best of a steely-eyed American gunfighter – no one, that is, except the mysterious beauty (Laura San Giacomo, sex, lies, and videotape) who rides by his side and captures his heart. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Disney’s Prep & Landing

‘Prep & Landing’ is an adorable holiday story about a high-tech team of elves who ensure homes around the world are properly prepared for their visit from Santa. After working for a tireless 227 years, an elf named Wayne, voiced by Dave Foley (Disney/Pixar’s A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Cars), is upset when he doesn’t receive an expected promotion. Instead he is partnered with an idealistic rookie elf named Lanny, voiced by Derek Richardson (TV’s “Men in Trees”), to execute a special Christmas Eve mission. While on their journey, Wayne and Lanny encounter unexpected challenges that push them to their limits and ultimately threaten Christmas for children around the world. Bonus features include entertaining Elf training videos shot in Santa’s workshop, “Operation Secret Santa” and much more! Buy the DVD right here.

Flypaper

Two gangs of robbers descend on the same bank, but hearts are what may be stolen in ‘Flypaper,’ a madcap crime comedy by the screenwriters of the blockbuster ‘The Hangover.’ Starring Patrick Dempsey and Ashley Judd, this movie is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Patrick Dempsey stars as nervous customer Tripp, who has a crush on smart, beautiful teller Kaitlin (Judd). Tripp gets his chance to impress Kaitlin – but not in the way he imagined – when a shootout erupts in the bank and he tackles her to protect her. It turns out two different groups of crooks have hit the bank simultaneously: a high-tech trio, who plan to break into the vault, and two dumb hicks who idea of a big score is knocking off the ATMs. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Giving Thanks….And More Stories to Celebrate American Heritage

As families gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, Scholastic Storybook Treasures offers a wonderful accompaniment to the turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce with ‘Giving Thanks…And More Stories to Celebrate American Heritage.’ Teaching American history and friendship skills, the DVD include four stories to help celebrate what makes our country great, including the recent Parent’s Choice Award winner “Lincoln & Douglass: An American Friendship” by Nikki Giovanni, narrated by Danny Glover. Other stories include “Giving Thanks”, narrated by Native American Mohawk leader Chief Jake Swamp and offering an alternative language track in the Mohawk language, “Hiawatha” and Marcia Sewall’s “The Pilgrims of Plimouth”, which dramatically chronicles the arrival of the Pilgrims in the New World. Bonus Features include the popular Read Along Function, and an interview with “Lincoln and Douglass” author Giovanni. Buy the DVD right here.