New On DVD This Week: Game of Thrones, Immortals, Footloose, MI-5

by | March 5, 2012 at 1:30 PM | General

'Game of Thrones' (HBO Home Entertainment)

Game of Thrones

‘Game of Thrones,’ one of the most elaborate and visually striking series on television, is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download. Based on George R.R. Martin’s best-selling series “A Song of Fire and Ice,” the sweeping fantasy saga instantly became one of HBO’s biggest hits. The ‘Game of Thrones’ Complete First Season five-disc sets contain a monumental array of bonus materials and interactive features that will thrill fans of the series and new viewers alike. The series won two 2011 Emmy Awards including Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Peter Dinklage). The drama follows kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noblemen, as they vie for power in a land where summer span decades and winters can last a lifetime. Two powerful families are engaged in a deadly cat-and-mouse game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. As betrayal, lust, intrigue and supernatural forces shake the four corners of the Kingdoms, their bloody struggle for the Iron Throne will have unforeseen and far-reaching consequences. Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray right here.

Immortals

One brave warrior, touched by the gods, must overcome all odds to save mankind from a merciless and powerful tyrant with the DVD and Blu-ray release of ‘Immortals.’ Directed by visionary filmmaker Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) and written by Charles Parlapanides and Vlas Parlapanides, the home entertainment release is chock-full of must-see bonus features including an alternate beginning, two alternate endings, deleted scenes and an amazing graphic novel, creating the ultimate viewing experience. From the producers of 300, Mark Canton, Gianni Nunnari, and Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh, ‘Immortals’ explodes off the screen with action-packed battles, mythological adventure and an all-star cast including: Henry Cavill (Superman: Man of Steel), Luke Evans (Robin Hood), Kellan Lutz (Twilight), Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), Stephen Dorff (Public Enemies), John Hurt (Hellboy) and Mickey Rourke (Iron Man 2). In this epic tale of vengeance and destiny, power-mad King Hyperion (Rourke) threatens to destroy all of humanity on his maniacal quest to obtain the ultimate weapon – the legendary Epirus Bow that gives the power to unleash war on both Heaven and Earth.  But Theseus (Cavill), a heroic young villager chosen by the gods, rises up to stop Hyperion’s brutal rampage.  With supernatural help from the beautiful oracle Phaedra (Pinto), Theseus embraces his destiny and leads a fierce band of warriors in a desperate fight for the future of mankind. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Footloose

The contemporary re-telling of the beloved classic ‘Footloose‘ is now available in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack with UltraViolet and a Digital Copy, On Demand and for Digital Download. Boasting high-energy dancing, an inspirational story and an impressive cast of rising stars and screen veterans, writer/director Craig Brewer’s (Hustle & Flow) modern update thrilled audiences of all ages with its combination of youthful spirit and infectious fun. Newcomer Kenny Wormald stars as Ren MacCormack, a city kid transplanted to the small town of Bomont where dancing has been outlawed.  Ren goes up against Bomont’s reverend (Dennis Quaid) to challenge the ban with the help of the minister’s daughter (Julianne Hough, “Dancing with the Stars”) and in the process reminds the entire town that dancing is more than youthful exuberance—it’s a celebration of life.  The film also stars Andie MacDowell (Beauty Shop) and Miles Teller (Rabbit Hole) and features an outstanding soundtrack with musical artists including Blake Shelton, Big & Rich, Ella Mae Bowen and more. The ‘Footloose’ Blu-ray/DVD combo pack includes over an hour of bonus features such as deleted scenes, a look back at the original film, featurettes on the stars and their dancing, commentary by Brewer, music videos and more. 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. With UltraViolet, consumers can add movies to their digital collection in the cloud, and then stream or download them – safely and securely – to a variety of devices. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Happily Divorced

They say all the good ones are either married or gay. She got both! TV Land’s hilarious series ‘Happily Divorced‘ is now available on DVD. Starring the irrepressible Fran Drescher, ‘Happily Divorced’ follows the unconventional life of Fran Lovett, a Los Angeles florist whose husband Peter (John Michael Higgins, Bad Teacher) came out of the closet, but couldn’t afford to move out of the house. Now after 18 years of marriage, Fran is back on the singles scene looking for Mr. Right… and so is Peter! Can they remain “Happily Divorced” while juggling new relationships and living under the same roof? The series also features Rita Moreno (‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’), Tichina Arnold (‘Raising Hope’), Valente Rodriguez (‘George Lopez’) and Robert Walden (‘Brothers’). The ‘Happily Divorced’ Season One DVD is a two-disc set with 10 uproarious episodes, including the Director’s cut of the Series Premiere, plus interviews with the cast and creators, and behind-the-scenes featurettes with the wardrobe designer and theme song composers. The DVD arrives just in time for the second season premiere of ‘Happily Divorced’  on TV Land on March 7th. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

MI-5

The BAFTA-winning international hit spy drama ‘MI-5′ returns for a nail-biting tenth and final series. With the truth about Lucas North finally revealed, and following his rooftop showdown at the end of the last series, Harry is facing some complicated questions about the future of Section D as well as some skeletons from his own past. Relationships between the CIA and MI-5 have never been more strained, but add the Russian secret service to the mix and Harry and his team have a power time-bomb on their hands. Fast-paced, tense and exhilarating, the latest series sees the team tested to their limits as the pressure is on to stop whoever is attacking the fledgling relationship between Britain and Russia.  Bonus features include Harry’s Game featurette and Top Ten MI-5 Moments. Buy the Volume 10 DVD right here.

FBI

The Sixties were kicking into full swing as The ‘FBI’ moved into its sophomore season. Agents Erskine (Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., more taciturn than ever) and Rhodes (Stephen Brooks) are dispatched to the far-flung corners of the USA by Assistant Director Ward (Philip Abbott) to tackle the big ones – kidnapping, extortion, murder, espionage and terror. Produced with full government cooperation with stories drawn from the real files of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, The FBI set a new high mark in the depiction of law enforcement on television, giving viewers TV that was equally thrilling as it was realistic. Guest stars to be found in this 4-disc, 16-episode collection include Ralph Meeker, Robert Blake, Jack Lord, Richard Anderson, Fritz Weaver, Suzanne Pleshette and Ralph Bellamy. The second half of The FBI’s sophomore season sees Agents Erskine ((Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.) and Rhodes (Stephen Brooks) battling threats both foreign and domestic at the behest of Assistant Director Ward (Philip Abbott). The action amps up to all-star heights in the two-part episode “The Executioners,” in which the agents take on a fractured La Cosa Nostra with guest performances by Walter Pidgeon, Telly Savalas, Susan Strasberg, Celeste Holm and Robert Duvall. Other guest stars of note in this 4-disc, 13-episode collection include Gene Hackman, Alejandro Rey, Louis Jourdan, Peter Graves, Jessica Walter, Bradford Dillman, Charles Grodin and William Wellman, Jr. Buy the Season 2, Part 1 and Season 2, Part 2 DVDs.

Judge John Deed

For ‘Judge John Deed,’ following the letter of the law can be tricky when the courtroom is clouded with conspiracy, heartbreak and scandal. A passion for doing right often leaves Deed at odds with his colleagues, family and lovers. Is all fair in the pursuit of justice? Controversial cases, pressure from high places, family problems and a broken heart; the eponymous judge has them all in the fifth penultimate season. In the courtroom, Deed presides over a murder that threatens to unmask the corruption of the prison service while the case of an animal rights activist accused of murdering a scientist brings him into direct conflict with his equally strong-willed daughter. Away from the walls of justice, Deed’s relationship with Jo Mills deteriorates when her former lover returns out of the blue. What will it take for justice to be served – in and out of the courtroom? Buy the Season 5 DVD right here.

Above Suspicion

Based on the bestselling novels by Lynda La Plante (Prime Suspect), ‘Above Suspicion’ Set 1 is now available on DVD. This ongoing, hit British police drama features rising star Kelly Reilly, (Sherlock Holmes feature films) who plays Anna Travis, a rookie detective trying to prove herself in what is still mostly a man’s world. Acclaimed actor Ciarán Hinds (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Harry Potter, There Will Be Blood) co-stars as Anna’s mentor. Above Suspicion made its U.S. debut on Acorn’s streaming service, Acorn TV, earlier this year but has not aired on U.S. television. The DVD 2-disc set includes two-feature length mysteries and two behind-the-scenes segments. On her first day on the job, rookie detective Anna Travis (Kelly Reilly) wears the wrong shoes, throws up at a crime scene, and faints at a postmortem. Does she have what it takes to succeed in what is still mostly a man’s world? Ciarán Hinds stars as Anna’s brusque boss, DCI James Langton, whose interest in his new charge quickly turns personal. Buy the Set 1 DVD right here.

Pound Puppies

Puppy lovers rejoice! ‘Pound Puppies: Homeward Pound’ is now available on DVD. The DVD set will contain bonus feature Learn to Draw Lucky. The ‘Pound Puppies‘ are a team of fearless dogs whose sworn mission is to find homes for lonely puppies. Even though they look like regular dogs, these pro-active pooches match up pups with loving families fulfilling the mantra of a pup for every person and a person for every pup—all while they keep the humans at Shelter 17 clueless. Sometimes dogs are dogs’ best friend. The Pound Puppies series is currently airing on The Hub in the U.S. and YTV in Canada. The DVD release marks the North American home entertainment debut of Hasbro Studios’ hit show. Buy the DVD right here.

Dalziel & Pascoe

Season 5 of the hugely popular drama ‘Dalziel & Pascoe’ features some powerful storylines for the gritty crime investigators DS Andy Dalziel and DI Peter Pascoe. After recovering from the gunshot wound he suffered at the end of last season, Dalziel returns to work on a strange case- the death of a serial killer. What makes it strange is that the main witness is a woman who, nearly 20 years before, was supposedly kidnapped and murdered. During his efforts to disprove her identity, she dies for a second time, almost taking the truth with her. When a series of strange tragedies beset the Harlesdon Hunt, Dalziel recognizes that they are not unconnected “accidents” at all. Is it the work of saboteurs? And when a body washes up while Dalziel is on a romantic getaway, could it be linked to Cold War spies? Buy the Season 5 DVD right here.

Tom & Jerry: In the Dog House

Tom, Jerry and Spike the Dog go paw to paw in Warner Home Video’s (WHV) hilarious new DVD compilation ‘Tom & Jerry: In the Dog House,’ now available on DVD. It’s canine, feline and rodent madness at its finest with 22 rip-roaring cartoons that are sure to entertain both kids and adults alike. Join the favorite cat and mouse duo along with their co-star Spike the Dog in Tom & Jerry: In the Dog House, a collection of shorts comprised of some of the funniest episodes from Tom and Jerry Tales, Tom and Jerry Greatest Chases and classic, theatrical Tom and Jerry shorts. Each cartoon is filled with fur-flying, action-packed chases, schemes and pranks that will delight kids and their parents time and again. Included is the award winning short Quiet Please! in which Spike warns Tom not to make a sound while he naps. Other classic shorts included are Tom’s Photo Finish, in which Tom frames the family dog in order to avoid getting into trouble. In another featured classic, Cat Napping, Tom tries to fish at a private lake guarded by Spike. Also featured is Solid Serenade, in which Tom tries to serenade Toodles, a beautiful lady feline but not before he finds an ingenious way to get past Spike the dog. These and several other rollicking favorites are featured in this set. Buy the DVD right here.

The Town

Ben Affleck follows his acclaimed Gone Baby Gone directorial debut by directing, co-writing and starring in ‘The Town,’ a taut thriller about robbers and cops, friendship and betrayal, love and hope and escaping a past that has no future. He plays Doug MacRay, leader of a Boston bank robber gang but not cut from the same cloth as his fellow thieves. When Doug falls into a passionate romance with the bank manager (Rebecca Hall) briefly taken hostage in their last heist, he wants out of this life and out of the town. As the Feds close in and the crew questions his loyalty, he has one of two choices: betray his friends or lose the woman he loves. Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Titus Welliver, Pete Postlethwaite and Chris Cooper also star. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD Ultimate Collector’s Edition right here.

Reindeer Games

Crime and romance collide in High Definition with the release of ‘Reindeer Games’ The Director’s Cut, on Blu-ray for the first time. After serving six years of a sentence for grand theft auto, Rudy (Ben Affleck) and his cellmate, Nick (James Frain), are finally about to be paroled when Nick is killed in a prison riot. Having heard stories of Nick’s letters to Ashley (Charlize Theron), a woman he’s never met, Rudy assumes Nick’s identity to continue the romance. But Nick’s past comes at great expense to Rudy, when Ashley’s brother coerces him to cooperate in a casino heist. Buy the Director’s Cut Blu-ray right here.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

From the fertile minds of the 20th Century’s most brilliant and outrageous comedy troupe comes their most highly regarded comedy classic – ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail‘ – now available on Blu-ray with UltraViolet Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Their second feature film stars Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin as we follow King Arthur and his knights in their search for the Holy Grail. Encounter the Black Knight, the Killer Rabbit, The Knights Who Say ‘Ni’! and the Black Beast of Aaaargh! The Blu-ray set is brimming with coconuts, shrubberies and swallows (African or European), OOPS, we mean loads of bonus materials, including over thirty minutes of new Blu-ray exclusive special features. The Blu-ray will also feature UltraViolet! With UltraViolet, owners of the Blu-ray will be able to add Monty Python and the Holy Grail to their free Digital Rights Library, enabling them to instantly stream or download the film. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

High Road

Glenn “Fitz” Fitzgerald (James F. Pumphrey) is a young man whose loyalties are split among his band, his girlfriend Monica (Abby Elliott) and selling weed in the new movie ‘High Road.’ After his band breaks up, Fitz finds himself dealing pot out of his garage and bonding with 16-year-old neighborhood kid Jimmy (Dylan O’Brien). As his former band mates (Zach Woods, Matt L. Jones, Lizzy Caplan) begin finding success and one of his drug deals goes awry, Fitz hits the road with Jimmy.  Amid car chases, guns, broken bones, sassy cabbies and a suspicious doctor (Horatio Sanz), Fitz has to navigate their way to safe harbor–and he doesn’t even know about the surprise Monica has in store for him back home. Buy the DVD right here.

Jack and Jill

Jack Sadelstein (Adam Sandler) is on top of his game, and has every reason to be thankful: he has a beautiful wife (Katie Holmes), great kids, a gorgeous house in L.A., and a successful job as an advertising executive in the new movie ‘Jack and Jill.’ Even still, Jack always dreads the coming of Thanksgiving because for him, the holiday only means one thing: a visit from his needy, annoying, passive-aggressive, neurotic, identical twin sister, Jill (also played by Sandler). Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Like Crazy

The touching, beautiful and romantic drama ‘Like Crazy‘ is now available on DVD and Blu-ray with UltraViolet, for Digital Download and On Demand from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Director Drake Doremus expertly captures the thrilling exuberance and heartbreaking fragility of first love. Featuring the incandescent Felicity Jones—who was given Breakthrough Awards by the National Board of Review and the Gotham Awards, as well as a Special Jury Prize at Sundance for her performance—and the terrifically earnest Anton Yelchin—who received a Spotlight Award at the Hollywood Film Festival and Special Recognition for a Breakthrough Performance at the Hamptons International Film Festival— ‘Like Crazy’ explores how a young couple faces the very real challenges of being apart…and of being together. The ‘Like Crazy’ Blu-ray includes commentary by director Drake Doremus, editor Jonathan Alberts and cinematographer John Guleserian, deleted scenes with optional commentary and alternate scenes with optional commentary. The DVD includes commentary.  All Blu-ray and DVD releases available for purchase will be enabled with UltraViolet, a new way to collect, access and enjoy movies. With UltraViolet, consumers can add movies to their digital collection in the cloud, and then stream or download them – safely and securely – to a variety of devices. Buy the DVD right here.

Ocean Giants

For the first time, BBC Home Entertainment has released a Blu-ray and DVD combo pack in the U.S. marketplace. This highly anticipated three-part series, ‘Ocean Giants,’ highlights the many spectacular animals that call the great sea their home. Among these are the mysterious yet beautiful dolphins and whales, which have enticed and mesmerized children and adults alike. Through the years the mystery has been broken down as our knowledge grows about these fascinating creatures, from their mental ability and group communication to their hunting and mating patterns. ‘Ocean Giants’ goes deep under the waves in search of a new understanding of what it means to be a whale or dolphin. Ace underwater cameramen Doug Allan and Didier Noirot embark on a quest to capture unique moments in the lives of whales and dolphins, from the Amazon to the Arctic. Teaming up with the world’s top cetacean scientists, they uncover new insights into the lives of these extraordinary animals that will redefine how we see them forever. Buy the DVD right here.

Transformers Prime

Prepare to experience the world of ‘Transformers Prime’ like never before with perfect picture visuals and the purest digital sound available with the release of the entire first season of the award-winning CGI animated series ‘Transformers Prime’ in a deluxe 4-DVD set and a Limited Edition 4-Disc Blu-ray collection. Both the DVD and Blu-ray collections of ‘Transformers Prime’ the complete first season boast all 26 action-packed episodes (including the 5-part miniseries Darkness Rising) and special bonus content. For a limited time only, ’Transformers Prime’ the complete first season Limited Edition 4-Disc Blu-ray contains a 96-page IDW graphic novel based on this hit series. The Transformers saga starts a new chapter as old foes return, legendary heroes rise, and new ones are found in unlikely places. The new Emmy Award winning series ‘Transformers Prime,’ a  Hasbro Studios production, currently airs on The Hub television network in the U.S. and Teletoons in Canada, deepens the epic mythology of both the Autobots and Decepticons, while starting a new chapter for a new generation of fans. Buy the DVD right here.

The Skin I Live In

Pedro Almodovar’s ‘The Skin I Live In‘ finds him joining forces with Antonio Banderas for the first time in over 20 years. Banderas plays Dr. Robert Ledgard, a plastic surgeon who has invented a type of fake skin that is more durable than real skin. But he achieves this breakthrough with the assistance of Vera (Elena Anaya), a young woman he’s keeping locked up in his mansion. The only person who knows about this unusual arrangement is his maid, Marilia (Marisa Paredes). But his secret, as well as additional sins of the past he’s desperate to keep hidden, bubble to the surface when Marila’s criminal son shows up with a gun, forces his way into Vera’s room, and attempts to rape her. The Skin I Live In played at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Wyatt Earp’s Revenge

‘Wyatt Earp’s Revenge’ is a gritty and action-packed Western now available on DVD. The film stars Shawn Roberts, Grammy nominated country music artist Trace Adkins, Matt Dallas and Val Kilmer. Based on the real life events from one of history’s most famous lawmen, the film centers around an older Earp as he reflects on his celebrated career, focusing on how the assembled a posse to hunt down the outlaws who brutally murdered the love of his life. Joined by the famed Bat Masterson, Charlie Bassett, Bill Tilghman and Doc Holliday, Earp rides after the Kenedy brothers, who are on a murder spree that spans from Dodge City to Mexico. Protected by their powerful father, the ruthless brothers know that the law won’t touch them – but they gravely underestimated Earp and his posse. Buy the DVD right here.

Fan Favorites: The Best Of

The fans have spoken! Devotees of television’s best-loved series including ‘Cheers,’ ‘Frasier,’ ‘Happy Days,’ ‘Hogan’s Heroes,’ MacGyver,’ ‘The Honeymooners’ and ‘The Odd Couple’ were asked to select their favorite episodes via Facebook polls. The winning episodes will be available in seven separate ‘Fan Favorites: The Best Of’ collections, now available on DVD. A must-have for TV enthusiasts, all of the ‘Fan Favorites: The Best Of’ collections are the perfect way to share these popular shows with everyone. Featuring episodes from some of Hollywood’s most adored sitcoms, the ‘Fan Favorites: The Best Of’ DVDs include some of the most hilarious and action-packed scenes in television history. Revisit classic shows from the dawn of television such as The Honeymooners and Hogan’s Heroes. Take a trip back in time with celebrated sitcoms from the 1970s and 1980s including Happy Days, Cheers, and The Odd Couple. Relive some of the most sidesplitting moments from one of television history’s most successful spin-off series ever, Frasier. Plus, action fans will be left on the edge of their seats with episodes (including the two-part special “Legend of the Holy Rose”) selected from the celebrated action series MacGyver.

Dancing with the Stars: Cardio Dance for Weight Loss

New from the number one dance fitness brand, ‘Dancing with the Stars: Cardio Dance for Weight Loss’ is now available on DVD. The all-new workout is based on ABC’s hit series ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ which garners over 35 million average viewers each week. Professional dancers Kym Johnson and Mark Ballas show you how to dance your way to a lean body with three easy-to-follow routines based on the fat-burning moves from the show, perfect for beginners and no partner needed! Buy the DVD right here.

Adventure Time: It Came From the Nightosphere

“Oh My Glob!” Cartoon Network’s breakout hit animated comedy series, ‘Adventure Time,’ is now available on DVD with the release of Adventure Time “It Came From the Nightosphere.” This sophomore release from the Emmy Award-nominated series includes 16 fun-filled episodes from the series’ three magical seasons, headlined by the “It Came From the Nightosphere” episode, plus a “Little Did You Know” character profile bonus feature. Created by Pendleton Ward and produced in partnership with Frederator Studios, Adventure Time leads viewers on the fantastical adventures of unlikely heroes, Finn & Jake, buddies who traverse the mystical Land of Ooo and encounter its colorful inhabitants. Buy the DVD right here.

Blade of Kings

Donnie Yen (IP Man), Jackie Chan (Shaolin, 1911) and Bing Bing Fan (Shaolin, My Way) star in the epic action adventure Blade of Kings, now available on Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack and DVD. The all-star cast also includes Charlene Choi (Triple Tap, The Jade and the Pearl), Gillian Chung (Vampire Effect), and Hong Kong Film Award nominee for Best Newcomer Jaycee Chan (1911) in the tale of a humble boy born to rule an empire who must first undertake his journey to claim his throne in the mythical land of Huadu. Nominated for four Hong Kong Film Awards, including Best Visual Effects, the film was directed by Patrick Leung and Cory Yuen. Bonus features include the behind-the-scenes featurette “The Making of Blade of Kings” and a music video. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

54

Get a front row ticket to the most legendary party on the planet with the release of ’54′ on Blu-ray for the first time. The era of sex, drugs and dancing comes alive in High Definition with an all-star cast including Ryan Phillippe and Oscar nominee Salma Hayek with Neve Campbell and Mike Mysters. In an era when image was everything, nightclub owner Steve Rubell (Myers) plucked young Shane O’Shea (Phillippe) out of the line to get into his club, and out of obscurity. O’Shea manages to land himself a coveted spot behind the bar, witnessing first-hand the bright lights and hot stars at the greatest party on Earth. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

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