New On DVD This Week: The Descendants, Happy Feet Two, Victorious

by | March 15, 2012 at 10:04 AM | General

'The Descendants' (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)

The Descendants

From director Alexander Payne creator of the Oscar winning Sideways comes one of the Best Pictures of the year, ‘The Descendants,’ featuring a stunning cast including Best Actor nominee George Clooney (Ides of March) and Shailene Woodley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) in her Golden Globe nominated and Independent Spirit Award winning role. Take home this wonderfully warm and witty film and go behind the scenes of ‘The Descendants’ with all-new exclusive content on the Blu-ray Disc Combo Pack and DVD. Based on the best-selling novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings and set in Hawaii, ‘The Descendants’ is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King (George Clooney) an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki.  The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family’s land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries. Nominated for five Academy Awards and winner for Best Adapted Screenplay, The Descendants’ is a must-have on Blu-ray and DVD.  The release is packed with must-see deleted scenes, behind the scenes extras and exclusive featurettes to bring you even further into the story. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Happy Feet Two

Tap into the tale of Mumble and his musical friends in the Antarctic with ‘Happy Feet Two,’ now available on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download. The sequel to the Academy Award-winning animated smash hit ‘Happy Feet,’ ‘Happy Feet Two’ takes audiences back to the magnificent landscape of Antarctica in superb 3D. Directed by George Miller, Academy Award winner for the original ‘Happy Feet,’ ‘Happy Feet Two’ features the voices of an all-star cast, including Elijah Wood (‘The Lord of the Rings’), Oscar winner Robin Williams (‘Good Will Hunting’), Hank Azaria (‘The Birdcage’), Grammy award winner Alecia Moore (P!nk), Academy Award nominee Brad Pitt (‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’), Oscar winner Matt Damon (‘Good Will Hunting’), Emmy award nominees Sofia Vergara (‘Modern Family’), Common (‘Date Night’) and Hugo Weaving (‘Legend of the Guardians’). The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD include an UltraViolet Digital Copy of the standard definition theatrical version of the film, which allows consumers to download and instantly stream the film to many computers, tablets and smartphones. ‘Happy Feet Two’ is available on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, featuring a 3D hi-definition, a hi-definition, a standard definition and an UltraViolet digital copy of the theatrical film, Blu-ray Combo Pack, featuring a hi-definition, a standard definition and an UltraViolet digital copy of the film, and on single disc DVD with an UltraViolet digital copy of the film. Mumble, The Master of Tap, has a problem. His tiny son, Erik, is choreo-phobic and lacks the talent of all the other penguins. Reluctant to dance, Erik runs away and encounters The Mighty Sven – a penguin who can fly! Mumble has no hope of competing with this charismatic new role model. Things go from bad to worse for Mumble when the world is shaken by powerful forces. Erik learns of his father’s guts and grit as Mumble brings together the penguin nations and all manner of fabulous creatures – from tiny Krills to giant Elephant Seals – to put things right. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Victorious

Tori Vega and the students at Hollywood Arts High School shine even brighter in ‘Victorious‘: The Complete Second Season. This set includes all 12 episodes from the second season of Nickelodeon’s hit live-action series ‘Victorious.’ Adventures include the gang re-auditioning for their spots at Hollywood Arts, getting ready for prom, a Ke$ha concert and driving a giant cupcake through the streets. Plus, there’s more music, drama and hilarious behind-the-scenes bloopers included on the DVD. Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

The Killing

Season 1 of AMC’s critically acclaimed new show ‘The Killing‘ is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. With exclusive Blu-ray and DVD features, including an extended season finale, loyal fans and new viewers alike will dive deeper into the captivating mystery and complex characters that garnered the freshman series six Primetime Emmy nominations and one Golden Globe nomination. Catch up on the show that everyone will be talking about when ‘The Killing’ returns to AMC for season two on April 1st. From writer, executive producer and series showrunner Veena Sud (‘Cold Case’) ‘The Killing’ ties together three distinct stories around a single murder including the detectives assigned to the case, the victim’s grieving family, and the suspects. Set in Seattle, the story also explores local politics as it follows politicians connected to the case. As the series unfolds, it becomes clear that there are no accidents; everyone has a secret, and while the characters think they’ve moved on, their past isn’t done with them. ‘The Killing’ stars Emmy and Golden Globe nominated Mireille Enos (‘Big Love’) as Sarah Linden, the lead homicide detective that investigates the death of Rosie Larsen; Billy Campbell (‘Once and Again’) as Darren Richmond, Seattle’s City Council President and now running for Mayor; Joel Kinnaman as Stephen Holder, an ex-narc cop who joins the homicide division in the investigation to find Rosie’s killer; Emmy nominated Michelle Forbes (‘True Blood’) as Rosie’s mother, Mitch Larsen; and Brent Sexton as Rosie’s father, Stan Larsen. The pilot was directed by Patty Jenkins. ‘The Killing’ Season 1 Blu-ray and DVD features all 13 episodes and is loaded with exclusive special features including extended season 1finale, unaired deleted and extended scenes, gag reel, featurettes, director and cast commentaries. Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray right here.

Breakout Kings

There’s no escape with ‘Breakout Kings,’ now available on DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.  Don’t miss the chance to catch up on the gripping suspense, meet the provocative characters and experience the non-stop action that helped ’Breakout Kings’ Season 1 post record ratings for an original drama series on A&E. Now airings its second season, ’Breakout Kings’ follows some unconventional partners working to catch convicts on the run. Driven by the fact that there are few things more dangerous than a prisoner who has just escaped and tired of following protocol, veteran U.S. Marshals Charlie DuChamp (Laz Alonso) and Ray Zancanelli (Domenick Lombardozzi) are taking an unorthodox approach to their work: using former fugitives to catch fugitives. If they agree to help, the fugitives’ sentences will be reduced for each escaped convict they bring in. However, if any of them should try to escape themselves their sentences will be doubled. Will the ’Breakout Kings’ wait for their freedom, or will they go on the run themselves? ’Breakout Kings’ Season 1 is loaded with exclusive special features including deleted and extended scenes and several must see featurettes including  Good Cons, Bad Cons, Bullpin Sessions, and spotlight on Prison Break cross-over character T:Bag Dealt a Bad Hand. ’Breakout Kings’ also stars Jimmi Simpson (‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’); Malcolm Goodwin (‘Raising the Bar,’); Serinda Swan (‘Supernatural’); and Brooke Nevin (‘The 4400′). ’Breakout Kings’ comes from Matt Olmstead and Nick Santora, writers and producers of the hit series ‘Prison Break.’ Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales

Featuring the voice of the late, great Don Adams (who portrayed Maxwell Smart on Get Smart and later voiced Inspector Gadget), ‘Tennessee Tuxedo And His Tales’ educated as well as entertained youngsters. Tennessee, a wise-cracking penguin, and his dimwitted pal Chumley resided in the Megalopolis Zoo, where they were constantly scheming against zookeeper Stanley Livingston and his assistant Flunky in an attempt to raise the quality of zoo life. Their projects required the assistance of their educated friend, Phineas J. Whoopee (voiced by Larry Storch), and his 3-D BB (a three-dimensional blackboard). This 6-DVD set contains all 70 Tennessee Tuxedo cartoons for the first time in one collection, highlighted with the addition of many of the supporting segments of The King And Odie and The Hunter. As an added bonus, we have included episodes of Tooter Turtle and Klondike Kat to round out this classic collection of Total TeleVision animation. Buy the complete collection right here.

Melancholia

One of the year’s best reviewed films, and headlined by a stellar ensemble of actors including Golden Globe nominee Kirsten Dunst (All Good Things), Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood) Charlotte Gainsbourg (Antichrist), Golden Globe winner Kiefer Sutherland (24), Stellan Skarsgård (Thor), and Academy Award nominee John Hurt (The Oxford Murders), visionary writer/director Lars Von Trier’s (Dancer In the Dark) newest film, ‘Melancholia‘ is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. ‘Melancholia’ centers on the wedding celebration of newly married couple Justine (Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgård), taking place at the house of the bride’s sister Claire (Gainsbourg), and brother-in-law John (Sutherland). Despite Claire’s best efforts, the wedding is a fiasco, with family tensions mounting and relationships reaching their breaking points. Yet at the same time, a deadly planet called ‘Melancholia,’ is quickly hurtling towards Earth, ushering its ultimate destruction. Including special bonus features such as cast interviews, behind the scenes looks and a making of featurette, this film is not to be missed. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Adventures of Tintin

The incomparable team of Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson brings the world-renowned stories of Hergé to life in the rollicking and wildly imaginative ‘The Adventures of Tintin,’ now available on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD (all with UltraViolet), On Demand and for Digital Download. Winner of the 2012 Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film and featuring groundbreaking and visually-stunning motion capture animation, an outstanding cast of voice talent headed by Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis and Daniel Craig, the movie features a thrilling story filled with non-stop action. ‘The Adventures of Tintin’ is a must-own film that the entire family will enjoy watching again and again. ‘The Adventures of Tintin’ three-disc Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and two-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack include over 90 minutes of special features that take viewers behind-the-scenes with Spielberg and Jackson to discover how the filmmakers brought the characters to life, learn about Tintin’s origins, delve into the design and animation processes, explore the creation of Tintin’s faithful dog, Snowy, and much more.  The film will also be available as a single-disc DVD. 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 – reliably and securely – to a variety of devices. Buy the Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers‘ — a modern retelling of Alexander Dumas’ timeless swashbuckling classic – is now available on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD. This exciting adventure for the whole family stars Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson & the Olympians), Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean films), Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil films) and Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz (Best Supporting Actor, Inglourious Basterds). With powerful special effects and explosive visuals, The Three Musketeers comes to life onscreen as Athos (Matthew Macfadyen), Porthos (Ray Stevenson) and Aramis (Luke Evans), along with aspiring warrior, D’Artagnan (Lerman), embark on a dangerous and legendary mission across Europe to save both their King and country – “all for one and one for all.”
The Three Musketeers is directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil) and cowritten by Alex Litvak (Predators). The 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD contain special features that include audio commentary with the director, deleted and extended scenes, cast and crew stories and a special 17th century action featurette. Exclusive to the Blu-ray editions, Access: Three Musketeers allows viewers to explore and enjoy insider information. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Come Fly With Me

Written by and starring Matt Lucas and David Walliams of Little Britain fame, the comedy duo play almost 50 characters between them in this hilarious mockumentary series ‘Come Fly With Me,’ set in an airport terminal. From flight crew to check-in, from paparazzi to passengers, and from catering staff to immigration, Come Fly With Me takes a side-splitting view of Britain’s busiest airport and the people who work in and pass through it every day. The series, which earned a 2011 BAFTA nomination for Best Comedy Program and boasts a range of guest stars including David Schwimmer and Rupert Grint, was aired in the U.S. as part of BBC America’s Ministry of Laughs comedy block. Bonus features include the making-of special Come Fly On the Wall. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

@SuicideRoom

Critically-acclaimed Polish Writer/Director Jan Komasa’s (Ode to Joy) feature film, the techno-thriller @SuicideRoom, is now available on DVD. An official selection at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival and a box-office hit in Poland, the film depicts a spoiled Warsaw teen (Jakub Gierszał) who seeks solace in a sinister virtual world after being humiliated at school.  Breathtaking animated sequences draw the viewer into the virtual world portrayed in this psychological drama of a teenager trying to escape the torment of bullying. A series of humiliating events 100 days before graduation pushes privileged Dominik to take refuge in the virtual world of the “Suicide Room.” Soon, his online experiences bleed dangerously into reality. Buy the DVD right here.

Doctor Who

Robots of Death: The TARDIS, carrying the fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) and his new companion Leela, arrives aboard a huge sandminer on a deserted world. The small human crew relies almost entirely on robots to carry out their every task and whim while they mine the planet’s rich minerals. Suddenly, one by one, members of the team start to disappear. The time travelers discover that someone or something is murdering the crew – but, of course, nobody believes it could be the robots. This digitally remastered special edition of the Doctor Who classic includes a new audio commentary with actors Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, Pamela Salem, and director Michael E. Briant. Buy the Robots of Death DVD right here

Face of Evil: When the TARDIS arrives on a jungle planet, the fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) encounters two warring tribes, the Sevateem and the Tesh. The Sevateem worship a god called Xoanon and the Tesh are supposedly keeping Xoanon prisoner…  But why do the Sevateem call the Doctor the Evil One? And what are the invisible creatures in the jungle? The Time Lord, with the help of a girl called Leela, is about to find out. This digitally remastered Doctor Who classic includes an audio commentary with actors Louise Jameson, Leslie Schofield, David Garfield, Michael Elles and Harry H Fielder, producer Philip Hinchcliffe, and film cameraman John McGlashan, as well as a making-of featurette and many other bonus materials. Buy the Face of Evil DVD right here.

Tomb of the Cybermen: For centuries, the disappearance of the Cybermen from the universe has been a mystery. The second Doctor (Patrick Troughton), Jamie and Victoria arrive on Telos – once the Cyber home world – just as an Earth expedition uncovers the entrance to a long-lost control center filled with baffling technology. With the Doctor’s help, the archaeological party discovers the last of the Cybermen, frozen and entombed in a vast underground cavern.  But by entering the tombs, the humans have sprung a fiendish trap.  All around them, the Cybermen begin to rise from the dead. This digitally remastered special edition of the Doctor Who classic includes a new audio commentary track with actors Deborah Watling, Frazer Hines, Bernard Holley, Shirley Cooklin, Reg Whitehead, and script editor Victor Pemberton, as well as many other bonus materials. Buy the Tomb of the Cybermen DVD right here.

The Three Doctors: The Time Lords are in crisis. A powerful force is draining their energy into a mysterious Black Hole, and they must recruit the Doctor to save them. But when the third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) gets targeted by the force, they realize that one Doctor isn’t enough for this mission- they’ll need the help of the first Doctor (William Hartnell) and the second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) as well. All three of the Doctor’s incarnations, aided by Jo Grant and UNIT, must face the wrath of Omega – a fallen Time Lord trapped in a universe of anti-matter, with one thing on his mind: revenge. This digitally remastered special edition of the Doctor Who classic includes audio commentary with actors Katy Manning, Nicholas Courtney, and producer Barry Letts, as well as a making-of featurette and many other bonus materials. Buy the Three Doctors DVD right here.

Scooby Doo: Music of the Vampire

Get set for big laughs, good times and cool tunes with the Scooby-Doo gang as they travel to the super spooky parts of the Deep South for the Vampire-Palooza Festival in ‘Scooby Doo: Music of the Vampire.’ The event kicks off with good fun and lots of tasty Southern snacks, but it’s not long before the festivities are interrupted by a real vampire who threatens the townsfolk and tries to take Daphne for his vampire bride! Good thing our intrepid heroes don’t believe in the bloodsuckers — or do they? Packing a little garlic never hurt anyone, except a vampire, and so the gang sets out to investigate. Could the culprit be the descendant of a famous vampire hunter who is trying to sell his book? Or is it the festival’s owner, who is trying to use vampire lore to promote the fair? Maybe it’s the festival’s traveling musical troupe, whose very handsome lead singer is taking his vampire role just a little too seriously? Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Wizards

Twentieth Century Fox’s first-ever animated film, created by renowned director Ralph Bakshi, ‘Wizards‘ is now available in a 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray + Book. Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the “epic fantasy of peace and magic” stars the voice talent of Mark Hamill (Star Wars Saga).  The special edition Blu-ray + Book release is a must-have for fans and collectors, featuring 24-pages of amazing artwork from the film, some of the artwork never-before-seen, and a special message from Bakshi. Set on a post-apocalyptic Earth, this fantasy adventure follows the story of Avatar, the kindly, eccentric sorcerer-ruler of Montagar, a rainbow paradise inhabited by elves and fairies.  Avatar’s evil brother, Blackwolf, dominates Scortch, a bleak land of goblins and wraiths.  When the power-hungry Blackwolf attacks Montagar, Avatar, accompanied only by a spirited young woman and a courageous elf, must enter the darkness of Scortch to save his world. Buy the 35th Anniversary Blu-ray right here.

In Their Own Words

Featuring archival BBC interviews with some of the greatest minds of the modern era including Sigmund Freud and J.R.R. Tolkien, ‘In Their Own Words’ makes its home video debut from Athena, offering insights into the works and lives of these bright minds. Available to U.S. audiences for the first time, this remarkable set gathers archival footage from BBC interviews, documentaries and films–much of it available for the first time since its original airing–with two programs British Novelists and Great Thinkers. The DVD 2-volume boxed set includes six episodes with rarities such as the only surviving voice recording of Virginia Woolf, and segments on Susan Sontag, Margaret Mead and many others, plus a 16-page viewer’s guide, biographies on the presenters and much more. The programs were produced in 2010-11 but have yet to air in the U.S. With rarities such as J.R.R. Tolkien reading in his invented Elvish language, disquieting footage of participants in Stanley Milgram’s experiments in the human capacity for cruelty, and Jane Goodall discovering behavioral links between humans and chimpanzees, ‘In Their Own Words’ serves as a real-life compilation of historic moments. As an overview of the social and political forces of the 20th century, it’s beyond compare as compelling viewing and an exceptional glimpse of the geniuses who have shaped the modern world. Featured in British Novelists: Virginia Woolf, J.R.R. Tolkien, Ian Fleming, John le Carre, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, Graham Greene, Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis, Evelyn Waugh, Doris Lessing, and Fay Weldon, among others. Buy the DVD right here.

The Looney Tunes Show

The Looney Tunes Show‘ is a new half-hour animated comedy series starring Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. No longer confined to 7-minute shorts, Bugs and Daffy are out of the woods and living in the suburbs among such colorful neighbors as Yosemite Sam, Granny, Tweety and Sylvester. In addition to each episode’s main story, The Looney Tunes Show also features “cartoons within a cartoon.” The Tasmanian Devil, Speedy Gonzales, Marvin the Martian and other classic characters sing original songs in two-minute music videos called Merrie Melodies. The legendary Looney Tunes cartoons are getting a 21st century relaunch and a CGI overhaul for a new generation. Buy the Season 1, Volume 3 DVD right here.

The Tribe

After a mysterious virus wipes out the world’s entire adult population, the surviving kids must learn to take care of not only themselves, but also of one another. With limited technology and life experience, can the children create a new functioning society even stronger than the one before? Perfectly blending the stylized postapocalyptic look and feel of Mad Max with the teen angst of Degrassi, New Zealand’s ‘The Tribe’ is one of the most remarkable series to ever hit the airwaves. No matter what your age, the first 26 episodes of this imaginative program are sure to keep you glued to your television, eager for more! Buy the Series 1, Part 1 DVD right here.

Neverland

Journey back to where it all began in this captivating Syfy original miniseries event with ‘Neverland,’ now available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and Digital. From visionary director Nick Willing (Alice, Tin Man) comes a never-before-told origin story based on J.M. Barrie’s beloved classic fairytale starring Rhys Ifans (Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1, The Amazing Spider-Man), Golden Globe nominee Anna Friel (‘Pushing Daisies,’ Limitless), Academy Award nominee Bob Hoskins (Snow White And The Huntsman, Mona Lisa) and featuring the voice of Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley (Pride & Prejudice, Pirates Of The Caribbean). ‘Neverland’ follows a young pickpocket named Peter (Charlie Rowe; Never Let Me Go, Pirate Radio) and his ragtag gang of “lost boys.” Presided over by Jimmy Hook (Ifans), the group is suddenly transported to a magical world called “Neverland” where time stands still. There they meet the gorgeous but deadly pirate, Elizabeth Bonny (Friel), who has ruled the seas of Neverland for nearly two centuries, Smee (Hoskins, reprising the role he made famous nearly 20 years ago in Hook), and a courageous Tree Spirit named Tinker Bell (voiced by Knightley). ‘Neverland’ also stars Charles Dance (“Game Of Thrones”), Q’orianka Kilcher (A New World) and Raoul Trujillo (Cowboys & Aliens). The ‘Neverland’ Blu-ray and DVD, loaded with bonus features including cast interviews, behind the scenes looks, storyboards and more, comes housed in collectible packaging with limited edition character postcards. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Out

A gritty, BAFTA-winning crime drama in the vein of The Fugitive,Out’ is now available on DVD. Tom Bell (Prime Suspect) received a BAFTA nomination for best actor for his psychologically complex portrait of a gangster whose inner demons torment him as ferociously as his flesh-and-blood enemies. Filmed on location in South London, Out depicts a world where gritty pubs, dingy flats, and run-down office buildings teem with high-living mobsters, cash-starved hustlers, and corrupt cops. Available to U.S. audiences for the first time, the series aired in the U.K. in 1978 but never aired in the U.S. The DVD 2-disc set includes all six episodes of this engrossing drama. After an eight-year prison stint for a failed bank heist, Frank Ross (Tom Bell) returns to his old gangland haunts to find the snitch who sent him to jail. The smooth, streetwise ex-con quickly adjusts to the new attitudes of the disco-tinged ’70s but discovers that although neighborhoods change, old grudges never go out of style. Played with steely intelligence by Bell, Ross doesn’t hesitate to pull a gun or swing a fist if it suits him. Can he find the rat without falling into the clutches of a ruthless crime boss (Brian Cox, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Deadwood, The Bourne Identity) or the detective (Norman Rodway, The Bretts) determined to destroy him? Out won a BAFTA award for best editing (1978). Buy the DVD right here.

Bellissima

A screenstruck mother, convinced that her daughter’s star potential is her ticket to a better life, invests everything into the dream that she will be discovered at an open casting in ‘Bellissima,’ Visconti’s “powerful, lyrical neorealist classic” which is being released for the very first time on DVD by Entertainment One.  Newly restored and re-mastered, Visconti’s highly acclaimed drama stars Oscar winner Anna Magnani (The Rose Tattoo, Rome Open City) and Walter Chiari (Chimes at Midnight, The Vatican Papers) in this Italian language classic which captured a “Best Actress” Award for Magnani from the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists. Buy the DVD right here.

Conversation Piece

Luchino Visconti’s award-winning classic ‘Conversation Piece’ examines the solitary life of a retired American professor (Burt Lancaster) who lives alone in a luxurious palazzo in Rome. When he is confronted by a vulgar Italian marchesa and her companions – her lover, her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend – he is forced to rent them an apartment on the upper floor of his palazzo. Before long his quiet routine is turned upside down and the introverted professor becomes entangled in this tenants’ machinations. Buy the DVD right here.

The History of the World in Two Hours

Did you know that 1% of the white noise you see on your television is actually background radiation from The Big Bang? Uncover this, and many more stunning revelations with ‘The History of the World in Two Hours,’ a CGI-driven History special which tells the epic 14 billion year history of our world, utilizing an entirely new way of looking at the history of the Universe, the planet Earth, and humankind. A fast-paced journey from the beginning of time to the present day, this eye-opening documentary stops off to explore key turning points in the history of the earth, as well as extraordinary connections between the distant past and our daily lives   Drawing upon the emerging academic field of Big History, traditional barriers between the sciences and history have been broken down to show how astrophysics, chemistry, biology, palaeontology, anthropology, and all eras of history can actually unite into a single narrative.  From the formation of the earth and the emergence of life, to the advance of man and the growth of civilization, this is an incredible rapid-fire view of our unforgettable story—from zero to 14 billion years in 120 minutes. Buy the DVD right here.

Titanic: The Complete Story

The “unsinkable” Titanic was a dream come true: Four city blocks long and a passenger list worth 250 million dollars. But on her maiden voyage in April 1912, that dream became a nightmare when the giant ship struck an iceberg and sank in the cold North Atlantic. More than 1,500 lives were lost in one of the greatest disasters of the 20th century. Now, as the 100th anniversary of the sinking approaches this April, the complete sensational history of the premier liner is recounted in ‘Titanic: The Complete Story,’ now repackaged and re-priced for ultimate collectability. Using newsreels, stills, diaries, and exclusive interviews with survivors, ‘Titanic: The Complete Story’ charts the fateful history of the ship and its passengers as well as providing an overview on the popular culture phenomenon that this tragedy has become. The complete story is recounted across three 3 feature-length programs: Death of a Dream, which brings viewers to the christening of the largest ship ever built, before a cheering Irish crowd of 100,000; then, witness the disaster this trek becomes as numerous iceberg warnings go unheeded and the ship sinks in the icy North Atlantic; The Legend Lives On chronicles the stunning sinking, as over-crowded lifeboats edge away from the crippled liner and  futile SOS signals flare into the night, leaving 1,500 passengers to a watery grave; and, Titanic’s Achilles Heel, which follows elite divers as they explore the explosive theory that the doomed liner may have had a fatal design flaw in this doc that utilizes advanced CGI technology, archive documents and photographs, as well as footage from modern-day expeditions. Buy the DVD right here.

The Slams

$1.5 million cached in a secret stash. And only Curtis Hook (Jim Brown) knows where it’s at. The hitch? He’s tied up doing time in the stir, and his hidden kitty’s spot is scheduled for demolition in ‘The Slams.’ Looks like Curtis is going over the wall. Too bad for him there’s a legion of mooks and mugs anxious to know what Curtis did with the stolen mob moolah. And if he can survive his fellow cons, he still needs to get past the corrupt screws “guarding” the slam’s inmates. What good is a trunk full of bucks when your life ain’t worth a dime? The Slams was an early effort by prolific indie turned journeyman pro Jonathan Kaplan, whose many credits include the cult favorites White Line Fever and Over the Edge (featuring Kaplan’s discovery, Matt Dillon). His more mainstream accomplishments include directing Jodie Foster’s Oscar winning performance in The Accused. The Slams also features a rare movie score from legendary Broadway arranger Luther Henderson. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.

Young Adult

A brilliant and bittersweet comedy about the harsh realities of growing up, ‘Young Adult‘ is now available on Blu-ray and DVD (both with UltraViolet).  Nominated for a 2012 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical, Charlize Theron stars as Mavis Gary, a former prom queen and current writer of young adult novels who returns to her hometown in order to win back her now-married high school sweetheart.  The film reunites director Jason Reitman (Up In The Air) with screenwriter Diablo Cody, whose work was nominated for Best Original Screenplay by the Writers Guild of America and the Broadcast Film Critics Association. The movie also stars Patton Oswalt as one of Mavis’ former classmates, a role that earned him nominations for Best Supporting Actor from the Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto and Broadcast Film Critics Associations. The ‘Young Adult’ Blu-ray includes commentary by director Jason Reitman and additional crew, a look at the making of the film, a Q&A featuring Jason Reitman and film critic Janet Maslin, deleted scenes and a scene deconstruction.  The DVD includes the commentary, scene deconstruction and select deleted scenes. 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 – reliably and securely – to a variety of devices. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Tick…Tick…Tick

Ralph Nelson, director of Lilies of the Field, returns to the subject of race relations in America for a thoroughly different take in ‘Tick…Tick…Tick….’ Tensions are taken off the back-burner slow simmer and are placed on full boil in Tick…Tick…Tick…’s tale of a black Southern sheriff trapped between the rock and a hard place of two communities separated by skin color and decades of bigotry. Newly elected, Sheriff Jimmy Price (Jim Brown) offers no favors or privileges to either community, and quickly earns the ire of both. Warned by the mayor against consulting outsiders (the great Fredric March in his penultimate film performance), Price navigates the tensions until one arrest places him directly in the eye of a hurricane of hate. With only the former sheriff to support him (George Kennedy) Price must try to defuse the tensions before the town explodes. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.

Superjail!

Adult Swim lifts the solitary sentence on their infamous inmates with the DVD release of ‘Superjail!‘ Season 2. Built in an active volcano, mayhem reigns once again with twice the insanity and double the crazy in the most brutally twisted jail ever. Created by Christy Karacas (Cartoon Sushi, Robotomy) and Stephen Warbrick (Beavis and Butthead, Celebrity Deathmatch), and produced at Titmouse Studios in NY, Superjail! Season 2 contains all 10 episodes that are fueled by the classic violence and unimaginable acts of insanity that fans have come to love about this hysterical series. In addition, the DVD boasts loads of bonus features including a live, 10 song concert from Cheeseburger — the party rock band behind the Superjail! theme song — as well as a Cheeseburger animated music video, episode commentary and more. Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

House of Pleasures

For his fifth film, Bertrand Bonello (‘Tiresia’) depicts a highly cinematic and atmospheric look at the final days of a turn of the century brothel when much of the Parisian sex trade was confined to grand maisons, populated by elegant madams and vetted clientele (including French filmmakers Jacques Nolot (‘Before I Forget’) and Xavier Beauvois (‘Of Gods and Men’). Within L’Apollonide’s walls, Bonello tracks the lives of the Madam (Noemie Lvovsky) and close to a dozen girls among them: Madeline (Alice Barnole) who is horribly disfigured by a client and becomes known as “the woman who laughs”, Clotilde (Celine Sallette) the veteran who longs to be a “respectable woman” and Pauline (Iliana Zabeth), the newcomer whose eyes are quickly opened to reality. Despite the fact that desire often mixes with danger and disease rears its ugly head, the film is filled with moments of intimacy and camaraderie amongst the girls. Using a bag of cinematic techniques which include split screen, time shifts and a modern soundtrack, Bonello has made a provocative and beautiful film on not only the world’s oldest profession but also a commentary on history as remembered by art and literature. Buy the DVD right here.

La Terra Trema

A New York Times Critic’s Pick when it ran theatrically in 1965, and winner of the International Award for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival, ‘La Terra Trema’ is a haunting film which uses the early neorealism format developed by Roberto Rossellini and Vittorio De Sica to trace the doom and disintegration of one Sicilian fishing family.  Presenting a wrenching study of one family’s struggle to find happiness, the Italian language neorealist classic utilizes a cast and a coastal village of non-professional Sicilians, whose lives undergo dramatic changes when they plot to overthrow the greedy wholesalers depriving them of a decent living.  However, against the odds, they still enjoy love, laughter and friendship within their close-knit community in this re-mastered must-see from a legendary auteur at the height of his powers. Buy the DVD right here.

Loosies

In ‘Loosies,’ Peter Facinelli (the saintly patriarch of the Cullen vampire clan in the Twilight series and Edie Falco’s co-star in Nurse Jackie) plays Bobby, a skilled New York City pickpocket passing himself off as a stockbroker. Bobby has done well in his illicit work, but he tempts fate when he lifts the badge of a NYC detective (Michael Madsen, Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs). Becoming the target of a citywide search, Bobby goes on the run when he encounters Lucy (Jaime Alexander, Thor, Kyle XY), a woman he once had a one-night stand with and who is now carrying his child.  Suddenly faced with the responsibilities of parenthood, Bobby must reevaluate his life of crime and decide if he can ever settle down. Meanwhile both the cops and Bobby’s irate fence Jax (Vincent Gallo, Tetro, Buffalo ’66), whose underground dealings Bobby has now drawn unwanted attention to, close in from all sides. Buy the DVD right here.