New On DVD This Week: Torchwood: Miracle Day, War Horse, We Bought a Zoo, Bob

by | April 4, 2012 at 1:16 PM | General

'Torchwood: Miracle Day' (BBC Home Entertainment)

Torchwood: Miracle Day

John Barrowman (‘Desperate Housewives,’ ‘Doctor Who’) and Eve Myles (‘Little Dorrit,’ ‘Doctor Who’) are joined by stars Mekhi Phifer (‘ER’) and Bill Pullman (‘Independence Day’) for the gripping 10-parter, ‘Torchwood: Miracle Day,’ from BBC Worldwide Productions. One day, nobody dies. All across the world, nobody dies. And then the next day, and the next, and the next, people keep aging – they get hurt and sick – but they never die. The result: a population boom, overnight. With all the extra people, resources are finite. It’s said that in four month’s time, the human race will cease to be viable. But this can’t be a natural event – someone’s got to be behind it. It’s a race against time as C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy. The answers lie within an old, secret British institute. As Rex keeps asking “What is Torchwood?”, he’s drawn into a world of adventure, and a threat to change what it means to be human, forever. Bonus features include audio commentary, character profiles, “Web of Lies” motion comic, behind-the-scenes special, special effects featurette, and more. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

War Horse

Legendary Academy Award-winning motion picture director/producer Steven Spielberg presents the critically acclaimed and multi Academy Award-nominated epic adventure ‘War Horse,’ now available on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital and On-Demand. This newest home entertainment release not only enthralls viewers once again with its visually stunning and emotionally heartwarming story on the Blu-ray, but also offers an unprecedented look into the making of the film by Spielberg himself. The extraordinary journey of courage and friendship as seen through the eyes of one unforgettable horse named Joey and his miraculous journey to find his way back home, ‘War Horse’ is a must own contemporary classic for everyone’s home entertainment collection. Spielberg’s renowned creative passion and artistry not only shine throughout the film but are also evident in all the fascinating bonus features included exclusively on the Blu-ray disc. The premium 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack in particular allows viewers to explore the filmmaking process and storytelling adventure though a special 60 minute documentary (named “A Filmmaking Journey”), created by Spielberg, that offers a never-before-seen inside look into the making of “War Horse.” Additional bonus features include a behind the scenes look at Spielberg’s Award-Winning “Dream Team” – the film’s scoring session with five-time Oscar-winning composer John Williams, the editing room with three-time Academy Award winning film editor Michael Kahn, the sound room with seven time Oscar-winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom, and a look through Producer Kathleen Kennedy‘s lens as she shares photos she took during the filming and recounts her discovery of ‘War Horse.’ Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

We Bought a Zoo

This Easter, be unpredictable, do something crazy and embrace your wild side! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents an inspiring adventure based on a true story of one man who brought a zoo back to life and family back together in ‘We Bought a Zoo,’ now available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire) and starring Matt Damon (Contagion, True Grit), Scarlett Johansson (Iron Man 2, Vicky Cristina Barcelona) and Thomas Haden Church (Easy A, Sideways), ‘We Bought a Zoo’ is a can’t-miss crowdpleaser. Benjamin Mee (Damon) is a Los Angeles newspaper columnist and adventure writer who, as a single father, faces the challenges of raising his two young children.  Hoping that a fresh start and a new life will restore their family spirit, Mee quits his job and buys an old rural house outside the city with a unique bonus feature: a zoo named the Rosemoor Animal Park, where dozens of animals reside under the care of head zookeeper Kelly Foster (Johansson) and her dedicated team.  With no experience, limited time and a shoestring budget, Mee sets out with the support of his family and the local community to reopen the zoo.  Now, Benjamin is no longer reporting an adventure story; he’s living it in his own backyard. Featuring an incredible musical score composed by Jónsi of the band Sigur Rós, the ‘We Bought a Zoo’ Blu-ray is loaded with over 2½ hours of special features including 20 deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, four behind-the-scenes featurettes, commentary with Director Cameron Crowe, star J.B. Smoove (‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’) and Editor Mark Livolsi, and more. The film also features an English Family Friendly Audio Track that earned the Dove Seal of Approval. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Bob

Bob Newhart keeps fans laughing with the DVD release of ‘Bob: The Complete Series.’ In this fun family comedy, Newhart portrays Bob McKay, the creator of the 1950s comic book superhero “Mad Dog,” who then became a greeting card artist when his comic faded into oblivion. Years later, Bob’s comic is revived when the American-Canadian Trans-Continental Communications Company (AmCanTranConComCo) buys the rights to the series. But tensions quickly mount as AmCanTranConComCo’s head Harlan Stone (played by John Cygan) tries to alter Bob’s original character, forcing them to find a compromise on the project’s creative direction and work together. Other cast members include Lisa Kudrow, Tom Poston, Carlene Watkins, Cynthia Stevenson and Betty White. Buy the complete series right here.

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The Commander

From the creator of the Emmy-winning series Prime Suspect comes the DVD debut of the final mysteries of ‘The Commander, Set 2′, now available on DVD. Amanda Burton (Silent Witness) stars as the ambitious and exacting Commander Clare Blake in these four feature-length crime dramas from Lynda La Plante. Supported by an outstanding ensemble cast, Burton delivers a powerhouse performance as the complex and driven Blake. Broadcast on ITV in the U.K. between 2007 and 2008 and available to U.S. audiences for the first time with its release, this gripping series brims with tension and excitement in the vein of La Plante’s hit mysteries, Prime Suspect, Trial & Retribution and Above Suspicion. The DVD 3-disc set includes The Commander’s final four mysteries (Series 4 and 5). Leading New Scotland Yard’s Murder Review Team has Commander Clare Blake (Amanda Burton) feeling trapped in her office. Eager to get back to investigative work, Blake welcomes a transfer to the Homicide and Serious Crime division, where she’s assigned to a slate of difficult cases. Ambitious, imperious, and dedicated, Blake keeps her private life separate from her work—until two deeply personal crimes threaten everything she has worked for. The series co-stars Mark Lewis Jones (The Other Boleyn Girl) with guest stars Greg Wise (Sense & Sensibility), James D’Arcy (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World), Celia Imrie (Bridget’s Jones’s Diary) and Simon Williams (Upstairs, Downstairs). Buy the Set 2 DVD right here.

Gwyneth Paltrow 4-Film Collection

Anchored by the film for which she won the Oscar, the ‘Gwyneth Paltrow 4-Film Collection’ includes ‘Shakespeare in Love,’ ‘A View from the Top,’ ‘Bounce’ and ‘Emma.’ In ‘Shakespeare in Love,’ Paltrow portrays the lovely Lady Viola, who finds herself entangled in a secret romance with Will Shakespeare. In the romantic comedy ‘A View from the Top,’ the actress pairs up with Christina Applegate and Kelly Preston as a small-town girl who gets a taste of the big time world when setting her sights on becoming a first-class flight attendant. The final two films of the collection feature Paltrow as a grieving widow (‘Bounce’) and the title character in the adaptation of the classic Jane Austen novel ‘Emma.’ Buy the DVD right here.

Alien Opponent

What happens when a spacecraft crash lands in a small-town junkyard and the owners offer a cash prize to whoever can eliminate their alien pest? Every wacko within 100 miles turns out to kill the alien to win the $100,000 reward, but it doesn’t take long for the junkyard to be transformed into a war zone of man vs. man vs. machine vs. alien. The uncut version of ‘Alien Opponent,’ a genre-bending sci-fi black comedy that pits rednecks, religious fanatics, kung fu masters, survivalists, college girls and frat men against a spacesuit-clad alien who only wants to repair his ship and get the heck off this planet is now available on DVD. Loaded with state-of-the-art special effects and blood-soaked gore, the quirky film stars Jeremy London (Mallrats), wrestling legend Roddy Piper (They Live), Cuyle Carvin (Assault of the Sasquatch) and Adrianne LaValley. Directed, edited and photographed by hot young director Colin Theys (he also did most of the special effects), the film features over the top performances, outrageous dialogue, fast-paced action, stereotypical characters, and homages to every iconic horror film of the past 40 years, including Alien, The Terminator, Slither, Night of the Living Dead, Predator, Resident Evil and even E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. Buy the DVD right here.

Nicole Kidman 4-Film Collection

One of the most versatile actresses in Hollywood, Nicole Kidman has an impressive body of work, including three Oscar nominations, and one win for ‘The Hours.’ The ‘Nicole Kidman 4-Film Collection’ includes the acclaimed titles, ‘Rabbit Hole,’ ‘Cold Mountain,’ ‘The Others’ and ‘Dogville.’ Based on the popular play, ‘Rabbit Hole’ features Kidman as Becca, a wife and mother whose life has been unhinged by a tragic accident. ‘Cold Mountain,’ set in the Civil War, follows the story of Ada, who vows to wait for her love after he’s left her to fight as part of the Confederate Army. In ‘The Others,’ Kidman portrays a mother of two photosensitive children when they become convinced their house is haunted. And in the drama ‘Dogville,’ Kidman is a woman who finds refuge from the mob in a small Colorado town. Buy the DVD right here.

Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures

Team Quest is Back! In this pulse-pounding second volume,’The Real Adventures’ reinvention of the classic animated adventure series, Jonny Quest, continues. Jonny, scientist father Benton Quest, bodyguard Race Bannon, paranormal pal Hadji and Race’s daughter Jessie, unravel mysteries and uncover strange phenomena while criss-crossing the globe. The scientific secrets of the dazzling virtual reality domain known as Questworld (rendered in CG sequences that broke ground for the era’s TV animation) receive the full Team Quest treatment as well in this 2-Disc Collection of The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, Season One’s second 13-Episodes. Strap in for suspense and thrills. Buy the Season 1, Volume 2 DVD at WBShop.com.

Eagleheart

Adult Swim lays down the law with the DVD debut of the butt-kicking crime drama parody, ‘Eagleheart Season One!‘ The hysterical release arrives in stores just over a week before the show’s second season premieres on Adult Swim on Thursday, April 12th at midnight (ET/PT). Eagleheart stars Chris Elliott (Cabin Boy, There’s Something About Mary) as U.S. Marshal Chris Monsanto, who blindly kicks, punches and shoots his way to what may or may not be a legitimate solution to his case. Joined by his sidekicks Brett and Susie, played by Brett Gelman (The Other Guys) and Maria Thayer (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Monsanto must overcome whatever obstacle is presented in the beginning of the episode, all while under the watchful eye of the Chief, played by Michael Gladis (Mad Men). Produced by Conan O’Brien’s Conaco Productions and Dakota Pictures, Eagleheart Season One features all 12 episodes from the series’ first season and is jam-packed with bonus material including deleted scenes, a panel starring the cast filmed at 2011′s New York Comic Con, and cast and crew episode commentary for each of the episodes. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Angels Crest

Starring Golden Globe winner Jeremy Piven (‘Entourage’), Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino and Academy Award nominee Elizabeth McGovern (‘Downton Abbey’), ‘Angels Crest‘ is now available on Blu-ray disc and DVD. Visionary director Gaby Dellal’s follow-up to her BAFTA award-winning film On A Clear Day, the touching drama’s “first rate cast” (IndieWire) also includes Thomas Dekker (‘The Secret Circle’), Lynn Collins (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Joseph Morgan (‘The Vampire Diaries’) and Kate Walsh (‘Private Practice’). The small working-class town of Angels Crest is a tight-knit community resting quietly in one of the vast and stunningly beautiful valleys of the Rocky Mountains.  Ethan (Thomas Dekker), one of the town’s residents, is a young father but not much more than a kid himself.  He has no choice but to look after his three-year-old son Nate, since Nate’s mother, Cindy (Lynn Collins), is an alcoholic.  Then one snowy day, Ethan’s good intentions are thwarted by a moment of thoughtlessness, resulting in tragedy. A local prosecutor (Jeremy Piven) haunted by his past pursues Ethan, and the ensuing confusion and casting of blame begins to tear the town apart. Buy the DVD right here.

Danny Phantom

Danny Phantom‘ returns with a second season full of phantasmic adventures! With the extraordinary ability to turn himself into a superheroic apparition, Danny Fenton – along with his best friends Tucker and Sam – must track down and defeat ghastly ghouls. And now you can join in the fun with the first ten episodes from ‘Danny Phantom’s’ second action-packed season. ‘Danny Phantom’ features an all-star voice cast, including David Kaufman, Grey DiLisle, Rickey D’Shon Collins and Martin Mull. Buy the Season 2, Part 1 DVD right here.

Renee Zellweger 4-Film Collection

Another three-time Oscar nominated actress with one win in 2003, Renee Zellweger brings something unique to every performance. The ‘Renee Zellweger 4-Film Collection’ features four such performances in ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary,’ ‘Chicago,’ ‘Cold Mountain’ and ‘New in Town’ In her first nominated role, Zelleweger stars as the determined but lovelorn title character Bridget Jones. As starlet murderer Roxie Hart, Zellweger lights up the screen alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones in the Broadway musical turned film ‘Chicago.’ In ‘Cold Mountain,’ the actress co-stars with Kidman in the Civil War drama. Finally, Zellweger returns to her comedic roots to star in the fish-out-of-water romantic comedy ‘New in Town.’ Buy the DVD right here.

A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures

Just in time for Earth Day, explore the oceanic world through a loveable sea turtle’s eyes and the lessons he learns along the way with ‘A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Featuring an all-star voice cast including Melanie Griffith, Kathy Griffin, Tim Curry and Stacy Keach, and based on the actual trajectory of a sea turtle’s life, the film combines delightful family entertainment with important values including friendship and caring for the environment. Experience Sammy’s incredible fifty-year journey across the world as he meets new friends, including his best friend Ray, finds his true love Shelly and discovers how important it is to protect the Earth we live on. Buy the DVD right here.

Enter Nowhere

Wide-open space has never been so dangerous with the DVD release of ‘Enter Nowhere.’ Co-written by Shawn Christensen, the writer of ‘Abduction,’ the thriller stars Katherine Waterston, Scott Eastwood, Shaun Sipos and Sara Paxton. The film was an Official Selection at the 2011 ScreamFest Horror Film Festival. Three strangers arrive one by one at a cabin in the middle of the woods. Searching for a way out while fighting the elements and hunger, the trio realizes they have been brought together intentionally. Their connection to one another may be their only chance to get out of the woods alive. Buy the DVD right here.

Regular Show Slack Pack

Cartoon Network redefines ‘regular’ with the DVD debut of its breakout animated comedy series  –’Regular Show‘ — with the release of ‘Regular Show Slack Pack.’ Created by J.G. Quintel (The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Camp Lazlo) and produced by Cartoon Network Studios, Regular Show stars best friends, Mordecai, a blue jay, and Rigby, a raccoon, who work together at a park and will do anything to avoid the boredom at their dull employment. As a result, their efforts often turn into insane escapades! Regular Show Slack Pack features 12 episodes of pure awesome from the always funny and sometimes outlandish series’ first two seasons, including the Emmy-nominated “Mordecai And The Rigbys” episode (Outstanding Short-form Animated Program), as well as a “Rah-ha Ring Tone” video clip bonus feature. Buy the DVD right here.

The Sky’s the Limit

Fred Astaire finds a new dance partner in Joan Leslie in the delightful wartime musical ‘The Sky’s the Limit.’ Fred portrays an ace with the highly regarded Flying Tigers squad. On leave in New York City on an eight-day furlough, Fred decides to forego any possible hero worship because of his uniform and dons civilian clothes. It so happens he meets and falls for Joan, a magazine photographer, and sets out to win her heart at all costs. The twist is that Joan is dedicated to the war effort and considers Fred – who is keeping his military role a secret – a n’er-do-well for not displaying any interest. But the pair are interested in each other and manage to set New York awhirl with some great dance numbers before Fred must return to the wartorn skies. Buy the DVD at WBShop.com.

A Wuzzleburg Tale

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away….  Wubbzy and his friends from the hit Emmy Award-winning Nick Jr. TV series, ‘Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!,’ will captivate fans and fairytale lovers alike with “A Wuzzleburg Tale.”  The newest release in the Wubb-loving, chart-topping collection from Anchor Bay Entertainment, the enchanting new DVD is now available. “The ‘Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!’ DVD series continues to delight young viewers and their families with each new release,” said Erin Carter, Executive Director of Brand Marketing for Anchor Bay Entertainment.  “We’re thrilled to launch the latest addition, ‘A Wuzzleburg Tale,’ which perfectly captures the essence of the popular program – with valuable life lessons for preschoolers and a ‘happily ever after!’ – in each episode.” Throughout the six charming adventures in “A Wuzzleburg Tale,” Wubbzy and his best pals, Walden, Widget and Daizy, encounter different fairytale characters, situations and challenges that all lead to social skills-building fun!  Preschoolers will travel through the Enchanted Grove with Wubbzy and Daizy as they search for a pickleberry bush for Widget in “Once Upon A Wubbzy”; solve the big mystery of why Wubbzy’s closest friends go missing on his birthday in “The Big Birthday Mystery” and try on a whole new size with Wubbzy and Daizy as they shrink themselves down with Widget’s Shrinky Dinky 3000 in “Welcome To The Dollhouse.” Buy the DVD right here.

Living in a Big Way

Which rarely screened comedy has what Gene Kelly calls some of his favorite dance creations? That’s right: ‘Living in a Big Way.’ This 1947 movie is Kelly in a big way. Like many postwar films, Living in a Big Way embraces a familiar theme: the plight of the returning servicemen. Kelly returns home to the war bride he scarcely knows and finds she has misgivings about their impulsive nuptials. While sorting out this personal problem, he involves himself in a public one: construction of housing for the huge number of homeless vets. Marie McDonald plays Kelly’s bride (a role Louis B. Mayer hoped would launch her on a Lana Turner-type career). But the film’s true focal point is Kelly. You’ll see him cavorting with a clever dog, wooing a statue, scampering across the beams of an uncompleted apartment and joining children in a medley of games. Buy the DVD at WBShop.com.

Chasing Madoff

The dangerous work of exposing the man behind the greatest financial crime of the new century is recounted in ‘Chasing Madoff,’ the suspenseful true story of Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme and the financial executive who made it his mission to bring him down. The real-life thriller is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. ‘Chasing Madoff’ arrives at a crucial moment in American and global history, where the Occupy Wall Street movement voices anger and frustration over the ethics and behavior and of those entrusted with vast amounts of money and seemingly beyond the reach of the law; Bernie Madoff became a name and a face to put to that behavior. At approximately 8:30 a.m. on December 11, 2008, two federal agents entered the luxurious New York City penthouse of 133 East 64th Street and arrested Madoff, the admitted mastermind behind the largest act of financial fraud in world history. The arrest was the culmination of a decade of investigations and puzzle solving. Ten years earlier, Boston-based securities analyst Harry Markopolos had discovered highly improbably investment gains recorded by Bernard L. Madoff Securities. Markopolos quickly ascertained that Madoff was running an immense Ponzi scheme – a fraudulent operation in which wealthy investors were lured by the promise of high returns but for which no actual profits were ever produced. Spotting the crime was one thing; proving it and stopping it became Markopolos’ greater challenge. Buy the DVD right here.