New On DVD This Week: Justified, Contagion, Mildred Pierce, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

by | January 3, 2012 at 1:50 PM | General

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Justified

Outlaws beware! The gun-slinging action continues with the release of ‘Justified‘: The Complete Second Season, now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Timothy Olyphant serves up his own brand of justice as Marshal Raylan Givens in the critically acclaimed FX drama, based on the short story “Fire in the Hole” by crime novelist Elmore Leonard and developed for television by Graham Yost. The second year garnered an Emmy win for Margo Martindale as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Mags Bennett. The exceptional ensemble cast also includes Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter, Jacob Pitts, Erica Tazel, Natalie Zea and Walter Goggins. All 13 episodes are available as a three-disc set on both Blu-ray and DVD. ‘Justified’ The Complete Second Season contains special features including three new featurettes, deleted scenes and outtakes. Buy the Season 2 Blu-ray right here.

Contagion

Don’t talk to anyone. Don’t touch anyone. Beware the air around you. A deadly virus is mutating its way around the world in ‘Contagion,’ now available on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and Digital Download. Featuring an ensemble cast of Academy Award winners and nominees, this critically acclaimed thriller tells the story of the infectious paranoia and fear that accompany the spread of a lethal virus. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the cast features Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard, Oscar winner Matt Damon, Academy Award nominee Laurence Fishburne, Academy Award nominee Jude Law, Academy Award winner Gwyneth Paltrow and Oscar winner Kate Winslet. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Mildred Pierce

Academy Award-winner Kate Winslet stars in director Todd Haynes’ five-part, made-for-HBO miniseries ‘Mildred Pierce,’ which chars the hopes and heartaches of a single, middle class, Los Angeles mother as she fights to win her daughter’s affections during the Great Depression. Guy Pearce, Evan Rachel Wood, James LeGros, Mare Winningham, Melissa Leo, and Hope Davis co-star in a film based on the 1941 novel by author James M. Cain. Buy the DVD/Blu-ray Collector’s Edition right here.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

A young girl inadvertently unleashes a race of ancient monsters while exploring her father’s 19th century mansion in the horror remake ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,’ written by Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins, and directed by newcomer Troy Nixey. Introverted Sally Hurst (Bailee Madison) has just moved in with her father, Alex (Guy Pearce), and his girlfriend, Kim (Katie Holmes), when she realizes that their sprawling estate holds its fair share of secrets. Descending into the depths of the house, Sally gains access to a secret lower level that has lain undisturbed for nearly a century, when the original builder vanished without a trace. When Sally accidentally opens the gateway that kept the creatures locked up tight, she realizes that in order to prevent them from destroying her family she must convince her skeptical father that monsters really exist. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Dr. Willoughby

A hilarious behind-the-scenes television satire in the vein of The Larry Sanders Show and Soap, ‘Dr. Willoughby,’ starring fan favorite Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous), is now available on DVD. Lumley stars as Donna Sinclair, an actress desperately clinging to her fading career. On the sleazy daytime soap in which she stars, Sinclair plays the competent and compassionate Dr. Willoughby. Off-screen, Sinclair is a holy terror—conniving, vain, and utterly insincere. The series is from the production team behind the long-running hit Brit-com Birds of a Feather, and it broadcast in 1999 on ITV and was syndicated on public television. The DVD Single includes all six episodes of this sharply written comedy. On-screen, she’s Dr. Willoughby, a compassionate surgeon who saves lives with skill and a scalpel. Offscreen, she’s Donna Sinclair, a ruthless actress fighting to control her fading career and the sleazy daytime hospital soap in which she stars. Buy the DVD right here.

I Don’t Know How She Does It

Trying to balance work and family is a non-stop juggling act for Kate Reddy (Sarah Jessica Parker) in ‘I Don’t Know H0w She Does It.’ As a determined Boston-based finance executive, she devotes her day to her job and her night to her adoring husband Richard (Greg Kinnear) and their two young children.  In between conference calls, meetings, deadlines, and her daughter’s school bake sale, Kate manages to survive on a daily basis. But when she gets handed a major new account that will require frequent trips to New York, and Richard also wins the new job he’s been hoping for, both will be spreading themselves even thinner. Complicating matters is Kate’s charming new business associate Jack Abelhammer (Pierce Brosnan), a handsome executive whose unexpected emotional support becomes a source of refuge. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Shark Night

Your deepest fears are about to surface with this frightening tale of seven vactioners whose fun weekend at a lake house turns into a nightmare when they become victims of a series of hellish shark attacks. From David R. Ellis, the director of The Final Destination,’ ‘Shark Night‘ features a sexy ensemble cast who bring a whole new dimension of terror to the screen.  Jam packed with exciting extras including “Shark Night Survival Guide” – everything you need to know to avoid becoming human chum – the Blu-ray and DVD is now available. The moment Sara (Sara Paxton) and her friends arrive at her parent’s Louisiana lake house, the party is in full gear. Everyone is having a blast until Malik (Sinqua Walls) loses his arm in what initially appears to be a tragic wake-boarding mishap. Determined to get him to the nearest hospital as quickly as possible, it isn’t until they’re far from shore that they realize the lake is teeming with hungry sharks, and a tiny speedboat isn’t about to stop them from getting their next meal. As the feeding frenzy begins, Sara and her pals realize that their only hope for survival is to swim for their lives. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Man in a Suitcase

Brimming with mystery and suspense, the conclusion to the atmospheric Cold War-era spy series, ‘Man in a Suitcase, Set 2,’ is now available on DVD. Richard Bradford (The Untouchables, Cagney & Lacey) stars as the savvy and adventurous “Mac” McGill, a cynical yet honest spy who has been disavowed by his American bosses and is on the run from a host of international enemies. Sharply written and featuring a host of superb guest stars, the intriguing drama had national broadcast exposure on ABC in 1968. Set 2 includes the last 15 episodes of this stylish series, plus a bonus 69 min. interview with star Richard Bradford offering a frank and unfiltered look at the series and his career. After 10 years working for U.S. intelligence, “Mac” McGill knows a thing or two about living by his wits and getting the job done. But after his employment is terminated under mysterious circumstances, he has to look for work among those prepared to pay for his services. From his base in London, McGill travels all over Europe and beyond, taking on the jobs no one else can handle, tracking down the people no one else can find. Buy the Set 2 DVD right here.

SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob’s Frozen Face-Off

Start the New Year with America’s favorite sponge and enjoy wintery fun in the all-new DVD ‘SpongeBob SquarePants‘: SpongeBob’s Frozen Face-Off. In “Frozen Face-Off,” while everyone in Bikini Bottom participates in a race to the South Pole, Plankton makes another attempt to get his hands on the secret formula and end the Krusty Krab’s fast-food supremacy for good. In addition to this epic battle, enjoy six other episodes from the current eighty season of ‘SpongeBob SquarePants.’ Ad an added treat, enjoy four bonus episodes from Nickelodeon’s hit series ‘T.U.F.F. Puppy’ and ‘Fanboy and Chum Chum.’ Buy the DVD right here.

The Guard

‘The Guard,’ written and directed by John Michael McDonagh (Ned Kelly), stars Brendan Gleeson who has been honored with his third Golden Glob nomination (Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical) for his role as Sergeant Gerry Boyle. ‘The Guard,’ which also stars Academy Award nominee Don Cheadle (2005 Best Actor in a Leading Role, Hotel Rwanda), Mark Strong (Green Lantern, Sherlock Holmes) and Fionnula Flanagan (TV’s Lost), is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Special features on both versions of The Guard will include a commentary with Director John Michael McDonagh and actors Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle, deleted scenes, outtakes, a making-of featurette and McDonagh’s short film, The Second Death.’The Guard’ was an official 2011 selection of the Sundance Film Festival, the Berlin International Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Festival. The movie is a comedic fish-out-of-water tale of murder, blackmail, drug trafficking and rural police corruption.  Two policemen must join forces to take on an international drug-smuggling gang – one, an unorthodox Irish policeman and the other, a straitlaced FBI agent. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Centurions

“In the near future Doc Terror, and his cyborg companion, Hacker, unleash their forces to conquer Earth in ‘Centurions’ The Original Miniseries. Only one force can stop this evil: a handful of brave men. In specially created exoframes, they can be transported anywhere to fuse with incredible assault weapon systems, beamed down from the space station Skyvault, becoming man and machine, Power Xtreme! Max Ray, brilliant Sea Operations commander. Jake Rockwell, rugged Land Operations specialist. Ace McCloud, daring Air Operations expert. Whatever the challenge, they are ready—the Centurions!” Debuting as a 5 part mini-series, and enjoying contributions from three of the greatest action artists of the 20th Century – Doug Wildey, Gil Kane, and Jack Kirby – The Centurions promised to pack a punch – and it delivered! Get ready for mad machine action as 3 masters of land, sea, and air do battle with a mad inventor for the fate of a planet. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.

The Wubb Club

No secret handshake required…!  Wubbzy, the best-loved bendy-tailed friend from the hit Emmy Award-winning Nick Jr. TV series ‘Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!’ welcomes preschoolers all across the country to join ‘The Wubb Club.’ Families from coast-to-coast gain “special entry” to the most fun-filled club in Wuzzleburg. The number one rule in “The Wubb Club” is to have fun – and young viewers, along with Wubbzy and his best friends, Walden, Widget and Daizy – will have tons of it while they learn new things and important life lessons along the way!  In the title episode, Walden and Widget team up to build a big clubhouse for the Wubb Club, but Wubbzy and his pals soon discover that they can have a great time wherever they are as long as they’re together. In addition, imaginations will soar when viewers join the Wuzzleburg crew, meet a new friend and even start a rock band! The new DVD collection features seven engaging episodes, “The Wubb Club,” “Who’s That Girl?,” “Wubbzy’s Big Move,” “Wubbzy’s Rainy Day,” “Daizy’s Hair Salon,” “Quiet Wubbzy” and “Meet The Wuzzles,” along with special coloring and activity sheets and music videos. Buy the DVD right here.

The Chateau Meroux

‘The Chateau Meroux’ follows Wendy (Marla Sokoloff) and her best friend Jennifer (Amanda Righetti) from San Francisco to the Northern California countryside after Wendy inherits a beautiful but struggling winery from her estranged father.  Formerly a happy-go-lucky young woman, Wendy must quickly decide whether she wants to keep the vineyard and attempt to turn it around – or sell it to Nathan (Christopher Lloyd), her unscrupulous competitor down the road who will stop at nothing to acquire the Chateau.  Complications ensue when Wendy falls for the charismatic Chris (Barry Watson), who unbeknownst to her, is Nathan’s son.  Wendy manages to hold on to her sense of humor as she fights to keep her father’s legacy – and her heart – from being broken.  The Chateau Meroux also stars Jeffrey Weissman (Back to the Future, Part II and III) as Wendy’s hardworking attorney and Daniel Bastreghi (Falling Uphill) as assistant winemaker and Jennifer’s love interest. Buy the DVD right here.

A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures

Explore the oceanic world through a loveable sea turtle’s eyes and the lessons he learns along the way in ‘A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventure,’ now available on DVD. Born on a Baja, California beach in 1959, new hatchling Sammy must do what his fellow newborn sea turtles are doing: race across the beach to the ocean before a seagull or crab captures them. Thus begins Sammy’s incredible fifty-year ocean journey. Along the way he meets his best friend, a fellow turtle named Ray, and overcomes obstacles both natural and man-made while trying to fulfill his dream of travelling around the world. Throughout his travels, Sammy never forgets about Shelly – the turtle he saved on his first day and loves passionately from afar. Based on the actual course of a sea turtle’s life, this story of one creature’s breathtaking journey is a thrilling voyage the whole family will enjoy. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

The Windsors: From George to Kate

Providing a window into the captivating lives of the British Royal Family, ‘The Windsors: From George to Kate,’ is now available on DVD. The intriguing 2011 documentary gathers archival film footage and photographs from nearly a century of the House of Windsor’s history. Narrated by actor Brian Blessed (I, Claudius), The Windsors presents a unique look at the pomp and pageantry that surround these fascinating figures. The DVD comes with a wealth of bonus materials, including a 16-page viewer’s guide, clips from the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, archival footage about King George VI, the subject of the 2011 Oscar winner The King’s Speech; biographies, and more. While most monarchies have crumbled, the British royal family remains essential to the nation’s identity. Today, the House of Windsor continues to capture the world’s imagination, most recently for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, watched by a global audience of millions. This documentary gathers archival film footage and stills from nearly a century of official events. Highlights include the Silver Jubilee of King George V (1935); the coronation of George VI and Queen Elizabeth, formerly Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (1937); the wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Prince Philip (1947); the coronation of Elizabeth II (1953); the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer (1981); Diana’s funeral (1997); and the announcement of Prince William’s engagement to Catherine Middleton (2010). Full of pomp, pageantry, ritual, tradition, and sheer splendor, these historic films portray the Windsors at their most noble. Buy the DVD right here.