New On DVD This Week: Paranormal Activity 3, Memphis, 50/50, Real Steel

by | January 23, 2012 at 3:57 PM | General

'Paranormal Activity 3' (Paramount Home Entertainment)

Paranormal Activity 3

The record-breaking franchise that has terrified audiences around the world returns with the scariest story yet as ‘Paranormal Activity 3‘ is now available in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack with UltraViolet and a Digital Copy. ‘Paranormal Activity 3′ takes audiences back to where it all began with the masterminds behind the first two films returning to craft a hauntingly chilling follow up. Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the filmmakers who created the unsettling sensation Catfish, the movie achieved the biggest theatrical debut for a horror film ever, ultimately earning more than $200 million worldwide. The ‘Paranormal Activity 3′ Blu-ray/DVD combo pack includes both the theatrical version of the film and an unrated version with footage not seen in theaters, as well as Lost Tapes that reveal more footage not seen in the film. In addition, all Blu-ray and DVD releases available for purchase will be enabled with UltraViolet, a new way to collect, access and enjoy movies. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Memphis

‘Memphis’ takes place in the underground clubs of the segregated 50′s, where a young white DJ fell in love with everything he shouldn’t: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer. With explosive dancing and a tale of fame and forbidden love, the show is filled with roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll and features a Tony Award winning score with music by Bon Jovi’s David Bryan. Memphis special features include “Behind The Scenes: How Memphis Was Captured.” Filmed live at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway with the original cast, Memphis will also air nationally on PBS on February 24. The show is currently on a national tour as well as still performing on Broadway. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

50/50

Seth Rogen (Knocked Up) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception) star in the laugh out loud, critically-acclaimed comedy ‘50/50,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Inspired by the real-life experiences of writer Will Reiser, 50/50 features an all-star ensemble cast including Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air), Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help) and Anjelica Huston (The Addams Family, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou). Bonus features include an audio commentary with Seth Rogen and the filmmakers, deleted scenes and original featurettes on the story behind the film. Diagnosed with spinal cancer, 27-year-old Adam (Gordon-Levitt) navigates the road to recovery with the sometimes overbearing support of his crude best friend (Rogen), his smothering mother (Anjelica Huston) and an inexperienced therapist (Anna Kendrick).  Inspired by a true story, 50/50 is an honest, yet hysterically funny, account of a young man’s journey toward healing. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Real Steel

DreamWorks Studios’ ‘Real Steel,’ starring Hugh Jackman, is now available on Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital and On-Demand. This visually stunning action-adventure filled with heart and soul is a “must-add” to every home movie collection, delivering a premium in-home experience complete with knockout bonus materials that dive deeper into the action. The Blu-ray Combo Pack, with its perfect picture and sound, delivers the ultimate punch, offering viewers a variety of supplemental bonus features that take them ringside with Director Shawn Levy on the making of the film. Exclusive features include a bare-knuckled exposé of the life story of Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman), deleted and extended scenes that go deeper into the film and storylines, and a riveting profile with legendary boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard. Plus, the revolutionary Real Steel Second Screen app lets viewers sync their iPad or computer with the Blu-ray movie to peel back layers of effects with progression reels, check out 360-degree turnarounds of the robots, explore seamless branching pods that delve into the cutting-edge technology used to create the fights, and much more. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

The Whistleblower

How far will one woman go to fight global injustice? Clandestine secrets are waiting to be exposed in the gripping dramatic thriller ‘The Whistleblower,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Inspired by true events, ‘The Whistleblower’ has been met with praise by critics and heralded at the Palm Springs International Film Festival (“Best Narrative Feature”), Seattle Film Festival (“Best Director”) and Whistler Film Festival (“Best Film,” “Best Narrative Feature”). Academy Award winners Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardner) and Vanessa Redgrave (Julia) head a powerful cast that includes Oscar Nominee David Strathairn (Good Night and Good Luck) in writer-director Larysa Kondracki’s harrowing dramatic thriller.  When Nebraska cop Kathryn Bolkovac (Weisz) accepts a U.N. peacekeeper position in post-war Bosnia, she uncovers a deadly sex trafficking ring. After learning that fellow peacekeepers and military contractors are involved in the ghastly practice and its cover-up, Bolkovac risks her own life to save the lives of others and expose the corruption.  With masterful acting and a heart-racing plot, ‘The Whistleblower’ is an acclaimed film inspired by actual events and includes stellar supporting performances from Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock”), Monica Bellucci (The Matrix Reloaded) and David Hewlett (“Stargate: Atlantis”). Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Mannix

‘Mannix,’ the action-packed detective drama starring Golden Globe winner Mike Connors, follows a hard-boiled and gritty private investigator who defies all rules and protocols as he fights crime on the streets of Los Angeles. ‘Mannix’ the Sixth Season includes all the high-speed car chases, flying bullets and fistfights that made the legendary series a fan favorite. Buy the Season 6 DVD right here.

Restless

Eccentric funeral crasher Enoch (Henry Hopper) finds his ideal soul mate in beautiful but mysterious Annabelle (Mia Wasikowska), who claims to work in a hospital but harbors a sensitive secret in the unforgettable ‘Restless.’ Later, after Enoch opens up to Annabelle about his only friend, an outspoken ghost named Hiroshi, their fledgling romance is put to the ultimate test. Director Gus Van Sant teams with playwright Jason Lew to adapt Lew’s play of the same name. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns

There’s always a laugh to be had when the Brown family comes home with the Season 4 DVD of ‘Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns.’ Actor and comedian David Mann stars as Mr. Brown, a loveable patriarch just trying to make good on a misguided promise to his late father. Mann, the 2011 NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, joins Tamela Mann, Lamman Rucker, Denise Boutte and Juanita Jennings. The set comes with all 20 episodes across 3 discs. Meeting the Browns will surely make you a part of this fun family. Buy the Season 4 DVD right here.

WWII in 3D

Telling  the epic story of the war from the rise of the Nazis, their sweep across Europe, the Allied counterattack and the fall of Nazi Germany, ‘WWII in 3D’ delivers home audiences to the Last Great War as never experienced before. For the first time, you will see dramatic moments of WWII that were captured in 3D with stereographs and then shuttered away in secret archives and attics, until now. This stunning collection of color 3D photos includes Allied reconnaissance photos, a trove of images that documents the rise and fall of the Third Reich, and photos secretly taken by a civilian in occupied France. WWII IN 3D also features an actual 3D motion picture film shot by the Nazis in 1943 and creates a fully immersive, three dimensional portrait of history’s largest and bloodiest conflict. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc.

The adventures of a talking dog and his four human pals as they try to unravel the strange and haunted history of their hometown in the ‘Scooby Doo Mystery Inc. Crystal Cove Curse, Season 1, Volume 2′ DVD. The tone is comedic, but it will never lose the edge that our heroes are in some frightening situations. The stakes are real. Now you can see the second 14 episodes of Season 1 together in this set.Buy the Crystal Cove Curse Season 1, Part 2 DVD right here.

Limelight

‘Limelight’ follows Peter Gatien, undisputed king of the 1980s club scene and owner of the famed New York hotspots including Limelight, Tunnel, Palladium, and Club USA. As famous for his innovative clubs as he was for the eye patch he donned, at the pinnacle of his success, tens of thousands of partygoers lined up each night outside the doors of Gatien’s venues hoping for entry. Influencing future icons including Madonna, The Beastie Boys and Moby – who is also interviewed for the film – Gatien’s clubs engendered influential musical genres such as pop, punk, techno, and acid house, to name a few. Yet Gatien’s phenomenal success put his venues on the radar of New York City Mayor Giuliani’s infamous crackdown on drugs and crime, and Gatien and his clubs soon became law enforcement’s number one target. Buy the DVD right here.

Sesame Street: Iron Monster and Sesame Heroes

The Sesame Street gang is transforming themselves into super monsters with amazing powers as Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, and Warner Home Video release ‘Sesame Street: Iron Monster and Sesame Heroes.’ Sesame Street: Iron Monster and Sesame Heroes features Grover, Elmo, Abby, Rosita, Bert and Ernie as super heroes who try and solve hilarious Sesame Street-style problems and save the day. When Grover’s cape is not ready at the Laundromat, he suddenly turns himself in to the super hero “Iron Monster” so he can solve laundry related problems that come his way. Will he be able to make change for the dryer and subtract stains using his super hero math skills? Other Sesame Street Muppets™ also join in the transformation fun as Elmo, Abby and Rosita star in the “Furry Four” where they take on math and counting challenges as a team. Two additional stories, “Super Grover’s Sidekick” and “Slimey the Hero,” are also included in the DVD. In ‘Sesame Street: Iron Monster and Sesame Heroes,’ children will learn about patterns, counting, addition and subtraction. They are introduced to new vocabulary words such as ‘cling’ and ‘activate,’ and will also learn reading fundamentals and pre-literacy skills. Finally, children learn about self-confidence and the importance of feeling good about who they are while the familiar Sesame Street friends changes themselves into something out of the ordinary: super heroes. Buy the DVD right here.

Lethal Ladies Collection 2

Kidnapped by Roman soldiers, four beautiful women must battle for their lives in ‘The Arena’ while attempting to beat the Romans at their own game. Starring Pam Grier and Margaret Markov (The Hot Box and Black Mama, White Mama with Grier). Directed by Steve Carver (Big Bad Mama and Capone). They’re fast. They’re beautiful. They’re deadly … they have to be. A fashion photography assignment teams three American models and inadvertently plunges them into the mystery and danger of international espionage in ‘Cover Girl Models.’ When an invaluable roll of microfilm is sewed into one of the girls’ fashion gowns, they are drawn into the violence and intrigue of a spy-vs.-counterspy conspiracy. Starring Tara Strohmeier (The Great Texas Dynamite Chase), Pat Anderson (TNT Jackson), Lindsay Bloom (H.O.T.S.) and Vic Diaz. In ‘Fly Me,’ a group of martial arts assassins board a passenger plane. Once in the air, the group terrorizes the passengers and insists that the plane be rerouted to another destination. But they picked the wrong plane to hijack, as these stewardesses don’t just serve meals and beverages — their hands and feet are lethal weapons! Starring Pat Anderson (Cover Girl Models), Lenore Kasdorf (Missing In Action) and Vic Diaz. Buy the DVD right here.

The Kojak Movie Collection

Telly Savalas stars as the tough, lollipop-toting Detective Theo Kojak in eight gritty and unforgettable mystery movies from 1973–1990. Created by Emmy– and Academy Award–winning writer Abby Mann, Kojak ran for five seasons on CBS from 1973–1978 and was later revisited as a series of TV movies. Along with these special broadcasts, this DVD set also features the previously unavailable pilot movie, The Marcus-Nelson Murders (aired in 1973), which started it all and earned Abby Mann an Emmy for Outstanding Writing. This 4-disc set includes all 8 original full-length feature films: The Marcus-Nelson Murders (1973), The Belarus File (1985), The Prince of Justice (1987), Ariana (1989), Fatal Flaw (1989), None So Blind (1990), It’s Always Something (1990) and Flowers For Matty (1990). Buy the DVD right here.

Wings

Paramount Home Entertainment kicks off the studio’s centennial celebration in 2012 by releasing the inaugural Best Picture Academy winner ‘Wings’ for the first time every on Blu-ray and DVD. Meticulously restored to give fans the chance to view the visually stunning epic in pristine condition, the 1927 World War I drama explores the devastating effects of war through the story of two men who go off to battle and the woman they both leave behind. Featuring groundbreaking aerial dogfights and epic battle sequences, ‘Wings’ is both a cinematic spectacle and a compelling love story of love and sacrifice that effectively dramatizes the bitter wages of war. The historic piece of cinema stars Clara Bow, Charles “Buddy” Rogers and Richard Arlen, and also features Gary Cooper in one of his first feature film roles. Buy the DVD right here.

Happy, Happy

Agnes Kittlesen (Max Manus) stars as Kaja, an optimistic young mother with a firm belief happiness is the most important thing in the world in the new movie ‘Happy, Happy.’ Never allowing anyone to change her merry mindset, Kaja continues to remain cheerful, even while sharing her snowy rural home with a brooding, unappreciative boyfriend. When an urban, erudite couple with an adopted Ethiopian son moves next door, Kaja is thrilled and exhilarated at the prospect of interesting new friends. Yet after a night of bonding, admiration turns to romance and Kaja’s life is permanently changed. Buy the DVD right here.