New On DVD This Week: The War, The Grey, Hell on Wheels, One For the Money

by | May 16, 2012 at 4:51 PM | General

'The War' (Paramount Home Media/PBS Distribution)

The War

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s powerful and acclaimed documentary ‘The War’ is now available on Blu-ray for the first time ever from PBS Distribution and Paramount Home Media Distribution. Six years in the making, the epic, seven-part film directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick explores the history and horror of the Second World War from an American perspective through the personal accounts of men and women from four quintessentially American towns. Revealing the most intimate human dimensions of a worldwide catastrophe, the 15-hour documentary paints a vivid portrait of how the war touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America. ‘The War’ is narrated by Emmy Award-winner Keith David and includes voiceovers from acclaimed performers such as Tom Hanks, Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Lucas, Adam Arkin and Eli Wallach and features recordings by Norah Jones and Wynton Marsalis, as well as war-era favorites from Benny Goodman, Nat ‘King’ Cole and more. Presented in pristine high-definition, the Blu-ray also boasts nearly two hours of special features including filmmaker commentary, deleted scenes, additional interviews and a making of featurette. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Hell on Wheels

Hell on Wheels‘ centers on former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount), whose quest for vengeance has led him to the Union Pacific Railroad’s westward construction of the first transcontinental railroad. Currently reigning as the #2 rated show on AMC (with a series premiere that was the second highest rated AMC debut of all time), it is episodic TV at its very best. And before Season 2 rolls into town this fall, home viewers can catch up on all the frontier drama in this star-studded smash with ‘Hell on Wheels,’ the complete first season, now available on DVD and Blu-ray only from Entertainment One. ‘Hell on Wheels’ tells the epic story of post-Civil War America, focusing on a soldier who sets out to exact revenge on the Union soldiers who have killed his wife.  His journey takes him west to Hell on Wheels, a dangerous, raucous, lawless melting pot of a town that travels with and services the construction of the railroad, an engineering feat unprecedented for its time. The lavishly-produced series documents the railroad’s engineering and construction, as well as institutionalized greed and corruption, the immigrant experience and the plight of newly emancipated African-Americans during Reconstruction. Chronicling this potent turning point in our nation’s history, this fan favorite series shows just how uncivilized the business of civilization can be across 10 absorbing episodes. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Grey

Liam Neeson stars in producer/director Joe Carnahan’s tense adventure thriller ‘The Grey,’ about a group of tough-as-nails oil rig workers who must fight for their lives in the Alaskan wilderness after their airplane crashes miles from civilization. With supplies running short and hungry wolves closing in, the shaken survivors face a fate worse than death if they don’t act fast. Dermot Mulroney, Dallas Roberts, and Frank Grillo co-star. ‘The Grey’ Blu-ray Combo Pack delivers the film in perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound and features bonus content including deleted scenes and feature commentary by co-writer and director Joe Carnahan and editors Roger Barton (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) and Jason Hellmann (G-Force). The Blu-ray Combo Pack also includes UltraViolet, a DVD, and a Digital Copy of the film – so consumers can truly enjoy the movie anytime, anywhere, on the device of their choice!  UltraViolet™ is the revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows and put them in the cloud. Buy the Blu–ray/DVD combo pack right here.

One For the Money

Road Trip

Get ready for no-holds-barred hilarity with the uncensored version of the outrageous Road Trip on Blu-ray. In this raunchy comedy, Josh (Breckin Meyer), a student at a college in Ithaca, NY, videotapes his one-night stand with beautiful sorority girl Beth (Amy Smart). A few days later, Josh discovers that one of his friends accidentally mailed the homemade porn tape to his girlfriend, Tiffany (Rachel Blanchard), who is spending some time with her family in Austin, TX.  Josh and his friends Barry (Tom Green), Kyle (D.J. Qualls), E.L. (Seann William Scott), and Rubin (Paulo Costanzo) borrow a car and hit the road in a desperate bid to intercept the tape before Tiffany loads it into her VCR; Beth, however, wants Josh for herself and has her own plans to track down Tiffany. Buy the Blu-ray at Best Buy.

Time Team: Unearthing the Roman Invasion

A long-running hit in the U.K. since 1994, the critically acclaimed science-reality show, ‘Time Team: Unearthing the Roman Invasion’ is now available on DVD. Accompanied by an eclectic band of historians and experts, presenter Tony Robinson (Blackadder) travels across Britain to unearth secrets from the era of the Roman occupation. With just three days at each site to complete their excavations, they race against time to reveal Britain’s buried history. The DVD 3-vol. boxed set includes 12 collected episodes about Britain’s Roman past from Series 2-18 (1995-2011), plus a 16-page viewer’s guide with a map of Roman Britain and articles on Britain before the Romans, the history of Britannia, the Roman roots of London and York, Hadrian’s Wall, the Anglo-Saxon invasion, and more. An American version of the show, Time Team America, premiered on PBS in 2009 and will return in 2013. In these 12 episodes, the Time Team set to work on sites from the era of the Roman occupation in the first centuries CE. From a mysterious cluster of stones in London’s Greenwich Park to a vast ancient complex beneath a Cotswold field, the crew digs deep to solve some of Roman Britain’s enduring mysteries. Buy the DVD right here.

Albert Nobbs

Glenn Close co-wrote and stars in the period drama ‘Albert Nobbs,’ based on the short story The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs by author George Moore, centering on the experiences of a 19th century Irish woman who poses as a man in order to work as a butler at an opulent Dublin hotel for the upper class. Maintaining her elaborate ruse over the course of two decades, Albert (Close) suddenly finds her dedication to the role challenged by the unexpected arrival of a painter who turns out to understand Albert better than anyone she could have imagined. Meanwhile, Albert finds her attempts to help pretty hotel maid Helen (Mia Wasikowska) thwarted when Helen becomes enamored with a charming but callous handyman (Aaron Johnson). Albert Nobbs played at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Buy the DVD right here.

Flashpoint

When the Strategic Response Unit (SRU) arrives, the rules change. Relive all the intensity and drama with ‘Flashpoint‘: The Fourth Season. The SRU is a team of elite police officers trained to take on anything, including rescuing hostages, defusing bombs, scaling buildings and even profiling suspects to diffuse highly dangerous situations and save lives. Flashpoint: The Fourth Season stars Enrico Colantoni, Michael Cram, Sergio Di Zio, Hugh Dillon, Amy Jo Johnson and David Paetkau. Buy the Season 4 DVD right here.

Maisie Collection, Volume 1

Ann Sothern stars in her signature role – the unstoppable showgirl, Maisie Ravier – in the first of a two volume complete collection. Movies include: ‘Maisie’ (1939) Out of work and out of digs, a burlesque dancer ends up working as a maid at a ranch in Wyoming. This western romp comes tinged with a bit of noir, as a dark dame (Ruth Hussey) tries to lay a frame on the hunk of a ranch foreman. Newly remastered. ‘Congo Maisie’ (1940) John Carroll provides the beefcake to distract the wisecracking burlesque queen as she finds herself stuck inside an African adventure. It’ time to head up the river with Maisie for an Apocalypse Never. “The hats. The hats!” Newly remastered. ‘Gold Rush Maisie’ (1940) Maisie takes a trip to the heart of social injustice as she finds herself working alongside a Joadian clan of dustbowl refugees. With Lee Bowman and Virginia Weidler. Newly remastered. ‘Maisie Was a Lady’ (1941) Once again out-of-gigs-and-digs, Maisie plunges into a Comedy of Manors, cleaning house and stealing hearts deep inside high society. C. Aubrey Smith is the bristling butler determined to keep Maisie in her place, with fellow MGM series stars Lew Ayres (Dr. Kildare) and Maureen O’Sullivan (Tarzan’ Jane) waiting on the inside. Newly remastered. ‘Ringside Maisie’ (1941) This go-round finds Maisie getting stuck inside a boxing picture while trying to get to a gig in the Adirondacks. Future Sothern spouse Robert Sterling provides the pugilism, while Gene Murphy’s coach/manager complicates matters with Virginia O’Brien completing the quadrangle. Buy the Volume 1 Collection at WBshop.com.

Walking Tall Trilogy

Buford Pusser was a Tennessee sheriff . . . and a one-man army who walked tall and carried a big stick — a four-foot piece of oak. The story begins with the critical and box office smash hit film ‘Walking Tall,’ starring Joe Don Baker as Buford Pusser, the fed-up lawman who fought a tremendous uphill battle to clean up his hometown. Based on a true story, three classic films — the first starring Baker (GoldenEye), then featuring Bo Svenson (Inglourious Basterds) for the two sequels — have captured Pusser’s legacy as the man who showed America what Walking Tall is all about. ‘The Walking Tall Trilogy’ is a testament to the legendary sheriff who decided it was time for payback … and became one of the most popular movie heroes of all time. Buy the Collector’s Edition right here.

Bringing Down the House

Dark Blue

Season 2 of ‘Dark Blue’ continues to thrill as Dylan McDermott stars as Carter Shaw, part of a crack undercover team of police officers so covert, many of their own colleagues are kept in the dark. The strong-willed Carter often pushes the limits of the law in his efforts to bring down bad guys through complex undercover assignments. His team includes Ty (Omari Hardwick), whose commitment to his covers have left him struggling to define the boundaries between work and his home life; Dean (Logan Marshall-Green), a shoot-from-the-hip cop whose activities make his fellow team members wonder which side he’s really on; and Jaimie (Nicki Aycox), a green patrol cop brought in for her shady past and excellent skills in lying, who’s out to prove that she has what it takes. New to the team this season is Alex Rice (Tricia Helfer, Battlestar Galactica), a sarcastic and ambitious, Berkeley-educated FBI agent brought in to oversee these covert cowboys. But it’s Carter she really has her eye on…Buy the Season 2 DVD at WBshop.com.

Treasure Houses of Britain

Exploring the rich history of England’s great country homes, ‘Treasure Houses of Britain’ is now available on DVD. Accompanied by their owners, distinguished journalist Selina Scott (BBC, ITV, CBS, NBC) explores the properties, learning their history and examining the architectural wonders, paintings, furniture, tapestries, and sculptures accumulated over the centuries. Broadcast on DirecTV and public television in 2011, the program features intimate tours of Burghley House, Chatsworth, Blenheim Palace, Holkham Hall, and Boughton House, providing snapshots of the tastes and sensibilities of bygone eras and part of the fabric of the nation’s history. Treasure Houses of Britain includes a 22-min. behind-the-scenes featurette, “How We Did It,” a 12-page viewer’s guide with articles on the Grand Tour, the English aristocracy and the fate of country homes, the National Trust, and more. Join Selina Scott as she discovers the astonishing affluence and fascinating stories behind these cherished properties and works of art accumulated over the centuries, such as a pietra dura gifted to an English nobleman by the powerful Medici family and the wealth of “England’s Versailles.” Each of these magnificent houses tells the story of the influential families who lived there, from the Earls of Leicester to Winston Churchill’s ancestors. Explore the parlors, suites, and grounds of homes that are more than simply architectural masterpieces. Buy the DVD right here.

The Devil Inside

A young woman learns that her mother committed multiple murders while undergoing an exorcism, and she travels to Rome with a film crew on a mission to uncover the truth about that horrific incident in ‘The Devil Inside,’ this found-footage-style possession shocker from director William Brent Bell. As a young girl, Isabella Rossi (Fernanda Andrade) had been led to believe that the killings were committed after her mother flew into a psychotic rage. But when Isabella finds evidence indicating that an exorcism was being conducted on her mother at the time, she enlists a film crew to follow her to Italy in search of the truth. In order to gain a better understanding of the spiritual plight that her mother endured, Isabella and her crew attend a series of unsanctioned exorcisms that become increasingly terrifying. Buy the DVD right here.

Rampart

Set in the 1990s, when scandal rocked the LAPD’s ‘Rampart‘ division, the film hones in on a single fictional cop: Dave Brown, a man who has taken the “no guts, no glory” American mythos to heart, without questioning what it is doing to him and those he holds dear. He is a cop whose personal life is propelled into a dizzying downward spiral when he comes under suspicion for roughing up a suspect. More than just a police officer who plays things fast and loose, Brown is the kind of man inexorably drawn to authority and power, yet seems destined to abuse it; a man who has dreams of being a great masculine hero, yet is beholden to women; who has undeniable charm, yet whose stubborn refusal to take responsibility for his actions becomes a destructive force against family, community and ultimately himself. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Father of the Bride – 20th Anniversary Edition

Celebrate the platinum anniversary of the unforgettable comedy classic ‘Father of the Bride’ plus the uproarious follow-up ‘Father of the Bride Part II‘ on Blu-ray for the first time ever. Screen legends Steve Martin, Diane Keaton and Martin Short star in these warm and witty family favorites, complete with a new digital restoration. Things get out of hand for befuddled father George Banks (Martin) when his young daughter unexpectedly announces her plans to wed. Life gets even crazier in the sidesplitting sequel when his daughter and his wife (Keaton) both announce they are pregnant, and George desperately tries to capture the wild and crazy days of his youth. Relive every heartwarming and hilarious moment in this special 2-Movie Collection. It’s fantastic family entertainment that really delivers. Buy the 20th Anniversary Blu-ray right here.

The Universe

It’s been 50 years since man first ventured into the unknown, and the heavens are only now yielding their greatest secrets. Season 6 of the pioneering series ‘The Universe‘ takes viewers further than ever, to the extreme edges of our solar system where chaos and catastrophe bring epic drama to the planets – including some of the most horrifying days on Earth. Through stunning CGI, witness the birth pangs of the solar system, shocked into existence by a nearby supernova, and enduring over 700 million years of brutal bombardment by deadly asteroids; colossal cataclysms that shaped the planets and transformed their climates forever; and startling new scientific discoveries revealing a hellish history of continuous devastation on Earth. And travel to the system’s very fringes to explore the possibility that the Sun has an evil twin, a monstrous star known as Nemesis suspected of causing every mass extinction in Earth’s history. In signature cutting-edge style, ‘The Universe: The Complete Season 6′ available in both blu-ray and DVD, features astounding NASA footage and the opinions of leading astrophysicists to probe even more deeply into the billion-years-old story of the world beyond Earth. Buy the Season 6 Blu-ray right here.

Aaahhh!!! Real Monsters

Ickis, Oblina and Krumm are back for a second season of spine-chilling, gut-busting adventures! Sit back and enjoy as these three young monsters take everything they’ve learned from The Gromble about scaring and put it to good use. That is, of course, unless they’re trapped by Simon, the most determined monster-hunter in town. Starring the voice talents of Charlie Adler (The Super Hero Squad Show), Christine Cavanaugh (The Rugrats), Gregg Berger (The Transformers), Tim Curry (Clue) and James Belushi (Hoodwinked!) as Simon the Monster Hunter, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters promises to have you howling with fun. Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

History of the World in 2 Hours

Did you know that 1% of the white noise you see on your television is actually background radiation from the Big Bang? From the formation of the earth and the emergence of life, to the advance of man and the growth of civilization, the CGI-driven special ‘History of the World in 2 Hours 3D’ offers viewers a rapid-fire view of 14 billion years of history – an epic story that reveals surprising connections to our daily lives.  Featuring incredible graphics specially created for 3D, this 3D blu-ray – the latest release in A+E Networks Home Entertainment’s best-selling 3D line-up — will arrive just in time for Father’s Day. Buy the Blu–ray right here.

Chuggington: Wilson and the Ice Cream Fair

‘Wilson And The Ice Cream Fair’ stars brave trainee Wilson, who takes to the rails with lots to do: he must make a special delivery to the ice cream fair, help Frostini create a new flavor for the mayor’s banquet and, somehow, help prevent a massive ice cream meltdown on the hottest day of the year!  The non-stop fun continues when Wilson and friends Brewster and Koko visit the Chuggington ice cream factory, assist with a brave rescue at the Safari Park and embark on an exciting journey to the ice caves.  Alongside helpful chuggers like Old Puffer Pete, and Mtambo, the young trainees – both on screen and at home! – discover important lessons about responsibility, cooperation, paying attention, overcoming fear and more. Buy the DVD right here.

Chronicle

Take an extraordinary journey with three teens who uncover a power greater than anything they’ve ever imagined. Up-and-coming actors Dane DeHaan (‘True Blood’), Alex Russell (‘Almost Kings’) and Michael B. Jordan (‘Friday Night Lights’) star alongside Michael Kelly (‘The Adjustment Bureau’) in the innovative action film ‘Chronicle,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Three high school students make an incredible discovery, leading to their developing uncanny telekinetic powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control their abilities and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control as their darker sides begin to take over.  What starts out as fun and games quickly becomes dangerous and they must face the inevitable question of whether they can handle the responsibility that comes with their remarkable powers.Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Scooby Doo: 13 Spooky Tales Around the World

Get set for a ghostly global trek with Scooby-Doo! and the Mystery Inc. gang on Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales Around the World, new animated collection from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group. This two-disc DVD features over four hours of globe-trekking high-jinks and fun, featuring everyone’s favorite mystery-solving Great Dane, Scooby-Doo! and an UltraViolet Digital Copy. Nobody vacations like Scooby-Doo and the gang! Join Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and their canine pal in Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales Around the World as they visit some of the coolest and creepiest destinations across the world. Prepare to get shipwrecked in the Bermuda Triangle with scary skeleton scuba divers and chased through the canals of Venice by the Ghostly Gondolier, who even kidnaps Daphne! Hop aboard a haunted Aztec barge, but not before Scooby-Doo! wows a vengeful god with his best Mexican hat dance – to say nothing of his airplane cha-cha over the headhunter-happy jungles of Brazil. Along the way you can bet the Mystery Inc. gang will get to the bottom of each mystery with plenty of “zoinks!” (the same in every language), plenty of high-jinks, and a whole lot of international cuisine – leaning tower of pizza anyone? Buy the DVD right here.

Flareup

A homicidal maniac engages a frightened young woman in a deadly game of cat and mouse in the harrowing suspense thriller ‘Flareup’ starring Raquel Welch. When Alan Morris (Luke Askew) guns down his estranged wife in cold blood, no one is more terrified than Michele (Welch), the Vegas showgirl Alan blames for turning his wife against him. Realizing that she’s the murderer’s next target, Michele begins a desperate game of hide-and-seek, hoping to elude Alan in the crowded streets of Los Angeles. After several near misses, the killer finally corners his elusive prey, leading to a showdown that ignites the screen in a blaze of fury. Filmed on location in several fabled Las Vegas and Los Angeles night spots, Flareup grabs your attention and never lets go. From its action-packed beginning to the sensational conclusion, it’ll keep you gasping. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.