New On DVD This Week: Underdog, Puss in Boots, Weeds, J. Edgar

by | February 24, 2012 at 9:34 AM | General

'Underdog' (Shout Factory)

Underdog

When the city is in trouble, humble and lovable Shoeshine Boy turns into his alter ego ‘Underdog’ to stop a series of villains, including the evil Simon Bar Sinister and Riff Raff. And when TV reporter Sweet Polly Purebred finds herself in danger, no one but Underdog can save the day. Now you can enjoy the 1960s cartoon canine superhero in this complete collection that includes all three seasons of the classic series. Each of the nine discs features Underdog’s greatest adventures along with all of the original shorts from Go Go Gophers, Klondike Kat and Commander McBragg. Special features include bonus cartoons: Tooter Turtle and the Hunter, alternate episode openings and closings, a featurette and commentaries with writer/producer/co-creator W. Watts Biggers, voice actor George S. Irving, producer Treadwell Covington, animation historian Mark Arnold and more. Buy the complete collector’s edition right here.

Puss in Boots

Nominated for the 2012 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film, ‘Puss in Boots‘ is available on DVD and Blu-ray on Friday, February 24th. Filled with hilarious action and adventure, the true tail—er, tale—of how Puss became a hero long before he met Shrek delighted audiences of all ages with its non-stop laughs, daring deeds and original story.  Featuring the extraordinary Antonio Banderas as the voice of the irresistible and legendary cat, ‘Puss in Boots’ boasts a sensational cast of voice talent including Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris. The ‘Puss in Boots’ Double DVD and Blu-ray Combo Packs include the exclusive debut of an all-new adventure called Puss In Boots: The Three Diablos.  Antonio Banderas returns to voice the title tabby as Puss plunges headfirst into a brand new adventure, picking up right where the movie left off.  Tasked with recovering a princess’ stolen ruby and facing off against three mischievious foes, Puss embraces his destiny and once again proves why he is the stuff of legend.  All of the Combo Packs also include loads of fun and surprises not seen in theaters, and the Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Pack features both ‘Puss in Boots’ and Puss In Boots: The Three Diablos in eye-popping, high definition 3D for the ultimate home viewing experience. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Weeds

After serving three years in the clink, Nancy Botwin (Emmy and Golden Globe Winner Mary-Louise Parker) aims to make a fresh start in a new city in an a–new season of Showtime’s hit dark comedy ‘Weeds.’ The Season 7 DVD includes all 13 episodes of the latest season, which brings together the entire First Family of Felons including Justin Kirk, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould and their loveable and misguided friend, Doug. Since its debut, ‘Weeds’ has been nominated for 20 Primetime Emmy Awards and ten Golden Globes. Buy the Season 7 DVD right here.

J. Edgar

During his lifetime, ‘J. Edgar‘ Hoover (Golden Globe nominee Leonardo DiCaprio) would rise to be the most powerful man in America. As head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly 50 years, he would stop at nothing to protect his country. Through eight presidents and three wars, Hoover waged battle against threats both real and perceived, often bending the rules to keep his countrymen safe. His methods were at once ruthless and heroic, with the admiration of the world his most coveted, if ever elusive, prize. Hoover was a man who placed great value on secrets—particularly those of others—and was not afraid to use that information to exert authority over the leading figures in the nation. Understanding that knowledge is power and fear poses opportunity, he used both to gain unprecedented influence and to build a reputation that was both formidable and untouchable. He was as guarded in his private life as he was in his public one, allowing only a small and protective inner circle into his confidence. His closest colleague, Clyde Tolson, was also his constant companion. His secretary, Helen Gandy, who was perhaps most privy to Hoover’s designs, remained loyal to the end… and beyond. Only Hoover’s mother, who served as his inspiration and his conscience, would leave him, her passing truly crushing to the son who forever sought her love and approval.  ‘J. Edgar’ is available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, featuring a hi-definition, a standard definition and a digital copy of the film. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

The Son of No One

Jonathan (Channing Tatum 21 Jump Street, The Vow) is a second-generation cop who gets in over his head when he’s assigned to re-open a double homicide cold case in his Queens neighborhood in the new movie ‘The Son of No One.’ An anonymous source feeding new information on the long-unsolved murders to a local reporter (Juliette Binoche, ‘Cosmopolis,’ ‘Dan In Real Life’) leads to evidence suggesting a possible cover-up by the former lead detective (Al Pacino, ‘The Godfather,’ ‘Scarface’) who was on the investigation. As Jonathan digs deeper into the assignment, a dark secret about the case emerges, which threatens to destroy his life and his family. Channing Tatum delivers a gritty and memorable performance, while New York mainstay writer and director Dito Montiel (‘Guide to Recognizing Your Saints’) is at the top of his game. Also starring Tracy Morgan (’30 Rock’), Katie Holmes (‘Batman Begins’), Ray Liotta (‘Goodfellas’) and Jake Cherry (‘Night at the Museum’), ‘The Son of No One’ is a tense and powerful thriller filled with suspense, secrets and lies. Buy the DVD right here.

Most Valuable Players

Virgil Films & Entertainment in collaboration with the Oprah Winfrey Network has released ‘Most Valuable Players’ on DVD. With Hollywood in the midst of its famed awards season, what better time to introduce audiences to the Freddy Awards Ceremony? Each year high school students in eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey compete to take home a coveted Freddy Award for outstanding musical theater performances. MVP is a charming documentary that  takes viewers inside the production of The Freddy Awards. The devotion and growth of the students committed to their crafts make a great case for keeping the performing arts in schools. Buy the DVD right here.

Unforgiven

Dedicated to his mentors Sergio Leone and Don Siegel, Clint Eastwood’s 1992 Oscar-winner ‘Unforgiven‘ examines the mythic violence of the Western, taking on the ghosts of his own star past. It is now available on Blu-ray for the first time, 20 years after its release in theaters. Disgusted by Sheriff “Little Bill” Daggett’s decree that several ponies make up for a cowhand’s slashing a whore’s face, Big Whiskey prostitutes, led by fierce Strawberry Alice (Frances Fisher), take justice into their own hands and put a $1000 bounty on the lives of the perpetrators. Notorious outlaw-turned-hog farmer William Munny (Eastwood) is sought out by neophyte gunslinger the Schofield Kid (Jaimz Woolvett) to go with him to Big Whiskey and collect the bounty. While Munny insists, “I ain’t like that no more,” he needs the bounty money for his children, and the two men convince Munny’s clean-living comrade Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman) to join them in righting a wrong done to a woman. Little Bill (Oscar-winner Gene Hackman), however, has no intention of letting any bounty hunters impinge on his iron-clad authority. When pompous gunman English Bob (Richard Harris) arrives in Big Whiskey with pulp biographer W.W. Beauchamp (Saul Rubinek) in tow, Little Bill beats Bob senseless and promises to tell Beauchamp the real story about violent frontier life and justice. But when Munny, the true unwritten legend, comes to town, everyone soon learns a harsh lesson about the price of vindictive bloodshed and the malleability of ideas like “justice.” Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Martha Marcy May Marlene

Sundance Film Festival “Best Director” winner Sean Durkin, in his feature film debut, and featuring breakout star Elizabeth Olsen in her “Best Female Lead” Film Independent Spirit Award nominated role, ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene‘ is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. After escaping from a dangerous cult and the watchful eye of its charismatic leader, a young woman named Martha (Olsen) tries to reclaim a normal life with her family. But the haunting memories from Martha’s past trigger a chilling paranoia — and nowhere seems safe as the fragile line between her reality and delusions begin to blur. Supported by unforgettable powerhouse performances from Academy Award nominee John Hawkes (‘Winter’s Bone,’ ‘American Gangster’) and Sarah Paulson (Down With Love, What Women Want), the ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ Blu-ray and DVD is rich with feature special features, including “Mary Last Seen,” the chilling short film by writer/director Durkin that started it all. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Matlock

It takes a legend to play one. Andy Griffith brings his special brand of charm to the role of Ben ‘Matlock,’ prominent defense attorney. In this five-disc set, ‘Matlock‘ Season 7 sees Ben reopening a 30-year-old murder case, representing a ghost, and learning to work with his daughter and new partner, Leanne (Brynn Thayer). This year, his trusted colleague Conrad McMasters (Clarence Gilyard, Jr.) is joined by recent law school graduate Cliff Lewis (Daniel Roebuck). Using his street-savvy tactics and down-home instincts, Matlock always knows how to captivate a jury…and generations of audiences. Buy the Season 7 DVD right here.

The Fades

BBC Home Entertainment brings to audiences ‘The Fades,’ a new supernatural horror series by 2011 Royal Television Society Award-winning writer Jack Thorne (the original UK Skins). Iain De Caestecker (Coronation Street) is Paul, a young man who is haunted by apocalyptic dreams that neither his therapist nor his best friend, Mac (Daniel Kaluuya, Skins, Sucker Punch), can provide answers for. Worse still, Paul has started seeing the Fades – the spirits of the dead – all around him. They’re everywhere but normally can’t be seen, heard or touched – until now. An embittered and vengeful Fade has found a way to break the barrier between the dead and the living, and Paul, Mac and their loved ones find themselves in the middle of it all. The worst is only yet to come as the fate of humanity rests in the hands of the two friends who already have enough trouble getting through a day in one piece, let alone saving the world. Bonus features. Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray right here.

Nurse Jackie

Still high and mighty! The ugly truth is closing in on pill-popping ‘nurse Jackie Peyton in an all-new season of the hit Showtime series ‘Nurse Jackie.’ Season 3 includes all 12 episodes, starring four-time Primetime Emmy Award-winning Edie Falco as Jackie. The series also stars an accomplished starring cast – including Eve Best, Peter Facinelli, Paul Schulze and Merritt Wever. Confronted by her husband and best friend, the third season opens with Jackie facing an intervention. The new season further explores the delicate balance of Jackie’s personal and professional lives, and how she can continue to self-medicate while all eyes are on her. Buy the Season 3 DVD right here.

Borgia: Faith and Fear

Before The Mafia, there were The Borgia. Packed with drama, intrigue and lawlessness, ‘Borgia: Faith and Fear’ Season One is now available on DVD. The international series, created and executive produced by three-time Emmy winning drama veteran Tom Fontana, stars John Doman as Rodrigo Borgia, a Renaissance-era pope who is on the quest for ultimate power. The complete first season features all 12 gripping one-hour episodes as a three-disc set. In the era of Da Vinci and Michelangelo, enlightened creativity and unparalleled intellectual achievement, rampant lawlessness and incessant war also reigned. A crime family emerged and would open the most infamous chapter in the history of the Catholic Church. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Hazel

Oscar and Emmy Award-winner Shirley Booth returns as ‘Hazel,’ the sassy and energetic live-in maid who runs her employers’ household with a little havoc, a lot of style and lot more laughter. Based on the original cartoons in The Saturday Evening Post, Season Two finds Hazel mixing it up at a bowling tournament, looking for a missing mailman, joining a protest against a developer and contemplating a marriage proposal from an old flame! Starring Academy Award-winner Shirley Booth (Best Actress, Come Back, Little Sheba, 1952) with Don DeFore (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), Whitney Blake (Strange Homecoming), Bobby Buntrock (The Virginian) and Maudie Prickett (Andy Goes Wild). Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

The Mighty Macs

From the inspiring true story comes the tale of one woman who just wanted to make a difference and wound up making history in ‘The Mighty Macs.’ When Coach Cathy Rush (Carla Gugino, ‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins’) arrives at tiny Immaculata College, the women’s basketball team has no budget, no uniforms and no gym. Refusing to give up, Cathy finds help from a young nun named Sister Sunday (Marley Shelton, ‘Never Been Kissed’). Together, their relentless drive reignites the team’s spirit and the Mighty Macs start conquering bigger and better-funded schools. As financial troubles rock Immaculata, the Macs charge into the championships against all odds. Can the Mighty Macs save their school with one last long shot at victory? You’ll stand up and cheer for the heartwarming, incredible season that made the real Cathy Rush a Basketball Hall of Fame legend! Buy the DVD right here.

War of the Arrows

Award-winning writer/director Kim Han-Min (Handphone, Paradise Murdered) unsheathes the lavish historical action epic ‘War of the Arrows’ on Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack and DVD.  The international box office success stars Hae-il Park (The Host) as the best archer in Korea who is forced to go up against the Qing Dynasty in order to save his younger sister (Moon Chae-Won) from Mongolian invaders. The film was honored four times at the 2011 Daejong Awards, including Best Actor (Park Hae-il) and Best New Actress (Moon Chae-won), and picked up five trophies at the 2011 Blue Dragon Film Awards, including Best Actor (Park Hae-Il), Best Supporting Actor (Ryoo Seung-Ryong), Best New Actress (Moon Chae-Won) and the Audience Choice Award for Most Popular Movie. Bonus features include the behind-the-scenes featurette “The Making of War of the Arrows,” interviews with the actors and director Kim Han-Min and deleted scenes. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Story of Ireland

‘The Story Of Ireland’ is a five-part landmark history of Ireland presented by Fergal Keane (Wild Africa, Great Railway Journeys). Ireland is living through a significant period in its cycle of history – since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, the country has been at peace. This is unprecedented in the history of modern Ireland and so seems like a perfect time to reflect on the Irish as a people and as a modern European nation. The story of Ireland is vivid, exciting and immensely varied. It is far more than the sum of old clichés and myths. This series sees Ireland as an international island which is both changed by and helps to change the world beyond her shores. Buy the DVD right here.

Young Justice

Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis have become ‘Young Justice‘ – The Justice League’s secret weapon against the forces of evil. The teen heroes will take on under-the-radar missions that would be impossible for the Justice League to handle covertly. Red Tornado will be their supervisor; Black Canary will be in charge of their training and Batman will hand out their assignments. Buy the Season 1, Volume 3 DVD right here.

Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 1991

Last of the Summer Wine,’ the world’s longest-running sitcom returns with more antics from everyone’s favorite geriatrics. Compo is just as smitten with Nora as ever, so when Smiler becomes her lodger, Compo is left depressed. Compo, Smiler and Foggy track down one of Compo’s old friends from school hoping to cash in on an old debt. Foggy also has his inventor’s cap back on this season. He creates a chair lift to get up hills and a pole vault to help Compo hang a washing line for Nora, but as usual, his brilliant ideas lead to a few mishaps along the way. Finally, in the Christmas special, Foggy starts a new business venture, enlisting Compo. Buy the DVD right here.

London Boulevard

A South London gangster emerges from three years in prison and becomes a bodyguard for a famous actress, only to be sucked back into the shady underworld by a ruthless crime lord in the gritty crime drama ‘London Boulevard,’ starring Colin Farrell. Mitchel (Farrell) served his time in Pentonville Prison. Now that he’s a free man, he’s determined to keep it that way. His resolve not to fall back on his criminal past is weakened, however, when his longtime friend Billy (Ben Chaplin) offers him a place to stay in exchange for help with a quick and dirty job. But just as it seems like the past won’t let Mitchel go, a promising new opportunity arises; high-profile actress Charlotte (Keira Knightley) is hiding out from the paparazzi in a Holland Park mansion, and she needs a man who can help keep them at bay. Little does Charlotte realize that Billy has set his sights on her classic cars and valuable art collection, and that Mitchel is the only thing preventing him from robbing her blind. But just as Mitchel and Charlotte fall in love and make plans to move to Los Angeles, notorious mob heavy Gant (Ray Winstone) presents the cunning ex-con with an offer he can’t refuse: Gant wants Mitchel in his gang, and he won’t take no for an answer. Before Mitchel can flee, Gant has got him under his thumb, revealing that Mitchel will die before he ever has a chance to take flight. Upon realizing that any refusal to follow Gant’s orders will endanger not only himself, but his sister Briony (Anna Friel) and Charlotte as well, Mitchel prepares to strike back with a vengeance. Buy the Blu ray right here.

Retreat

When a young couple (Cillian Murphy, Thandie Newton) decide to take a vacation in the wilderness, a secluded cabin located far from the reaches of civilization seems like the perfect location in the new movie ‘Retreat.’ But things turn sour when a crazed, injured soldier shows up at their door, claiming that a virus is sweeping through a nearby city and is headed their way. With no access to the outside world, there’s no way to know if the man is telling the truth, and whether he’s motivated by a real plague, by insanity, or by something even darker. Buy the DVD right here.

Stellaluna

Based on the beloved, best-selling children’s book by Janell Cannon, the fun-filled animated feature ‘Stellaluna’ follows a spirited young fruit bat who finds friendship, love and acceptance in the most unexpected places. When the adorable young fruit bat Stellaluna is separated from her mother, she’s adopted by a family of birds. Soon, however, she discovers finds that she just can’t fit in.  Her playmates like to sleep at night; she wants to fly. They whistle and sing; she doesn’t even have a beak!  But just when it seems like Stellaluna will always be an outsider, she makes an amazing discovery that’ll help her to cherish the things that make her different. And, she’ll also discover that an open mind and an open heart can lead to the greatest gifts of all. Buy the DVD right here.