New On DVD This Week: Wilfred, Project X, Franklin & Bash, The Sarah Silverman Program

by | June 19, 2012 at 9:40 PM | General

'Wilfred' (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)

Wilfred

You’ll sit up and beg for more of Wilfred, the most hilarious and daringly original new comedy on TV. Elijah Wood stars as Ryan, a down-on-his-luck lawyer who forms a unique friendship with his sexy neighbor’s pet pooch ‘Wilfred.’ Everyone else sees a dog, but Ryan sees a bong-ripping, beer-chugging, foul-mouthed Australian bloke in a furry suit (played by the outrageously funny Jason Gann.) By unleashing the surly, sweet and always adventurous Wilfred, Ryan may just learn to stand on his own hind legs and embrace the insanity of real life. Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray right here.

Project X

The house is in ruins, so much so that it looks more like a war zone than a neighborhood where families live. It’s hard to tell what caused more damage, the fire or the helicopter’s efforts to put out the fire. Relive that party that caused the destruction with ‘Project X,’ now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digitial Download. Nima Nourizadeh makes his feature film debut directing a cast of talented newcomers  who scored parts through a nationwide talent search. ‘Project X’ stars Thomas Mann, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Oliver Cooper, Dax Flame, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Alexis Knapp and Miles Teller. Todd Phillips (‘The Hangover’) produced the film. ‘Project X’ follows three seemingly anonymous high school seniors – Thomas, Costa and J.B. – as they attempt to finally make a name for themselves. Their idea is innocent enough: let’s throw a party that no one will forget, and have a camera there, to document history in the making…but nothing could prepare them for this party. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Franklin & Bash

Two offbeat, young-gun street lawyers (Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar) join a top-notch law firm in the hit TNT buddy-legal drama ‘Franklin & Bash.’ Jared Franklin and Peter Bash’s brash, bad-boy antics shake up the buttoned-down firm, which is headed by eccentric boss Stanton Infeld, whose shifty nephew—a corporate-climbing lawyer at the firm—is none too pleased with Franklin and Bash’s unconventional methods and sets out to take the pair down. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

The Sarah Silverman Program

The Sarah Silverman Program: The Complete Series‘ set contains all 32 episodes from the Comedy Central show’s hiliarious three seasons, as well as several new bonus features, including a conversation with the writers and producers, digital and animated shorts, behind-the-scenes videos, audio commentaries with cast and crew, the cast and creators at 2007’s Comic-Con, the original pilot, audition videos, and more! Originally broadcast on Comedy Central from 2007-2010, The Sarah Silverman Program stars Sarah Silverman, Laura Silverman (Bob’s Burgers), Brian Posehn (The Five Year Engagement), Steve Agee (2 Broke Girls, Happy Endings), Jay Johnston (Bob’s Burgers). Buy the complete series right here.

Louie

The critically acclaimed FX comedy ‘Louie‘ Season 2 is now available on Blu-ray and DVD with even more uncomfortable moments and hilarious antics from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Loosely based upon the life of Emmy Award winning comedian Louis C.K., ‘Louie’ is about a 41-year-old divorced stand-up comedian trying to meet people, raise kids, and score with women. The ‘Louie’ Season 2 Blu-ray and DVD comes with exclusive bonus materials and features unforgettable episodes and hilarious performances from guest stars including Ricky Gervais (‘The Office’) and Joan Rivers (‘Fashion Police’). Buy the Season 2 Blu-ray right here.

Jeff, Who Lives at Home

Two brothers with very different ways of looking at the world come together to help each other find their way in the new hit comedy ‘Jeff, Who Lives at Home,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD (both with UltraViolet). Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) as the hapless title character, Ed Helms (The Hangover 1 & 2) as his slightly more accomplished brother and Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon as their long-suffering mother shine in this quirky and hilarious comedy from Mark and Jay Duplass (Cyrus). ‘Jeff, Who Lives at Home’ is the story of one man’s hilarious search for the meaning of life. As slacker Jeff stumbles towards enlightenment, he uncovers answers to his nagging family’s problems. Jeff has no idea where he’s going but when he finally gets there, he might just find out what it’s all about. Judy Greer (The Descendants) and Rae Dawn Chong (“St. Elsewhere”) also star in this delightfully entertaining film. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

This is Civilization

Following the common threads of inspiration and influence that link diverse art movements over centuries and continents, ‘This Is Civilization’ is now available on DVD. Artist and broadcaster Matthew Collings travels from London to Beijing in this sweeping four-part series and contemporary update of the BBC’s landmark 1969 series Civilization, with an expanded focus on non-Western art. The program was shot on location in Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Greece, China, Turkey, Egypt, and the U.S. and aired on the Ovation Channel in March 2009. This is Civilization includes a 12-page viewer’s guide with articles including Muse vs. Master, Living in the Material World, and the Art of War, as well as biographies of featured artists. Collings traces the currents of emotion, money, and politics that shaped art through the centuries as he walks the halls of London’s Tate Gallery, the temples of ancient Egypt, a munitions-factory-turned-art space in Beijing, and other locales. As Collings shows, intricate patterns on mosques exude the same unifying aesthetic found in Jackson Pollock’s paintings, and kitschy reprints of Mao Zedong echo the devotional zeal of medieval church mosaics. At the same time, cultural forces as diverse as fascism and Christianity leave their own distinctive stamps on the art of their eras. Buy the DVD right here.

Web Therapy

Fiona Wallice (Kudrow,“Friends”, “The Comeback”, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion) is a therapist with little patience for her patients. Tired of hearing about people’s problems for fifty long minutes, she devises an innovative new treatment — the three-minute “therapeutic” video chat.  In her estimation, the traditional version of therapy gives people too much leeway to talk about irrelevant things. By dramatically shortening session time, she hopes to get results more quickly.  Unfortunately, the new, shorter sessions still end up being largely about her. Emmy Award winner Kudrow co-created, produces and stars in the dark comedy ‘Web Therapy,’ an outrageous therapeutic send-up. Originally produced as webisodes but now about to air its second season on Showtime, ‘Web Therapy: The Complete First Season’ features an A-list guest cast including Courtney Cox (“Cougar Town”, “Friends”, Scream series), Jane Lynch (“Glee”, The 40 Year Old Virgin), Rashida Jones (“Parks and Recreation”, The Muppets, I Love You, Man) and many more, who, who, along with Kudrow, improvise their performances with hilarious results. Adding to the hilarity is an ensemble cast that includes Victor Garber (“Charlie’s Angels”, “Alias”, Titanic) as Fiona’s husband Kip, Lily Tomlin (“Desperate Housewives”, “Damages”) as her judgemental mother and Kudrow’s producing partner, actor Dan Bucatinsky (“The Comeback”), as Fiona’s assistant-turned-ghost writer. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Down for the Count

With the feel of ‘The Fighter,’ the intensity of ‘The Wrath of the Titans,’ and the stamina of ‘Warrior,’ the action-packed ‘Down for the Count’ is now available on DVD. Inspired by true events, the film stars Somruk Khamsing (Born to Fight) and introduces Kaoklai Kannorasing. One man travels to an unfamiliar country with hopes of becoming a professional fighter. Upon his arrival, he runs into a series of unfortunate events which leave him broke and with no place to stay. But he stumbles upon a rugged Muay Thai boxing camp that allows him to train and fight. Through his fights in and outside of the ring, his talent and skill lead him to his biggest fight yet – against the world champion – leaving only one man as a winner in the ring. Buy the DVD right here.

The Code

Setting out to solve the world’s mathematical mysteries, the engaging three-part BBC documentary, ‘The Code,’ is now available on DVD, as the follow up to the hugely successful documentary, The Story of Math. Author, TV presenter, and Oxford University professor, Marcus du Sautoy travels from Chartres Cathedral to Grand Central Station in search of the mysterious hidden code that can unlock the very laws of the universe. Broadcast on BBC2 in July 2011 and available to U.S. audiences for the first time, The Code, offers a deft blend of entertainment and education, exploring the power of numbers. The DVD 2-vol. boxed set includes three “Math Shorts”: Phi’s the Limit (4 min.), Go Forth and Multiply (4 min.), and Imagining the Impossible: The Mathematical Art of M.C. Escher (4 min.) as well as a 12-page viewer’s guide. What makes the world operate the way it does? Are there patterns to what happens or do we live in a universe of random events that cannot be predicted or explained? Marcus du Sautoy sets out to answer these and other questions, convinced there is a mathematical formula that can identify patterns and connect everything we see around us. Buy the DVD right here.

Power Rangers Samurai

The Power Rangers have returned to save the world in ‘Power Rangers Samurai: The Team Unites’ (Vol. 1) and ‘Power Rangers Samurai: A New Enemy’ (Vol. 2), both now available on DVD for the first time. Join the team of Samurai Rangers as they battle Master Xandred and his evil Nighlok monsters to defend mankind. Power Rangers, a fan favorite, combines action-filled story lines with humor and heart while promoting strong values including teamwork, friendship, honor, fitness and loyalty. The DVDs each contain four episodes of the show and are loaded with special features including auditions, behind-the-scenes training, character and weapons galleries, bloopers and more. Buy the Team Unites (Vol.1) and A New Enemy (Vol. 2) DVDs.

Trial & Retribution

Offering four more riveting mysteries from the Prime Suspect creator, ‘Trial & Retribution, Set 5′ is now available on DVD. Created and written by Emmy nominee and BAFTA winner Lynda La Plante—this long-running, hit British crime series displays the same gritty realism and penetrating drama that made Prime Suspect a television landmark. Available to U.S. audiences for the first time with its DVD release, Set 5 features four feature-length mysteries rich with innovative storytelling and compelling, fully realized characters. Akin to Law & Order, Trial & Retribution takes viewers from the crime scene to the forensics laboratory and from police headquarters to the courtroom. As DCS Mike Walker and DCI Roisin Connor, David Hayman (Sid and Nancy) and Victoria Smurfit (About a Boy) lend steely credibility to cases ripped from today’s headlines. From a man who may have been wrongly convicted of murder to a seemingly untouchable Ukrainian billionaire, these four feature-length episodes take an unflinching look at criminal investigations and the scars left on the survivors. Buy the Set 5 DVD right here.

John Mellencamp: It’s About You

John Mellencamp has scored dozens of Top 40 hits, has been Grammy-nominated 13 times, and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but not even his biggest fans have seen the artist revealed in the intimate music documentary ‘John Mellencamp: It’s About You.’ The movie, which follows the singer on tour and in the recording studio, is now available on high-definition, audio-enhanced Blu-ray and DVD. Over a career spanning 35 years, John Mellencamp has drawn inspiration from his native Midwest to create songs that speak to all of America and the world. His classics, like “Small Town,” “Jack & Diane” and “Pink Houses,” tell powerful, poignant stories of ordinary people trying to live their lives with meaning and integrity. ‘John Mellencamp: It’s About You’ is the first inside look at the man behind those beloved songs. The movie’s co-directors, famed photographer Kurt Marcus and his son Ian, travel along with Mellencamp on his 2009 concert tour with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. They also film the writing and recording of Mellencamp’s universally acclaimed 2010 album No Better Than This, the sessions for which took place at several American musical landmarks. We see Mellencamp at Sun Studio in Memphis, where Elvis Presley recorded his breakthrough classics, and recording (with a mono tape recorder more than half a century old) in the same San Antonio hotel room where legendary bluesman Robert Johnson created his seminal work. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

A Bag of Hammers

Two law-breaking goofballs have to suddenly turn into responsible grownups in the hilarious and poignant ‘A Bag of Hammers,’ a story of larceny and living life on the edge. The quirky and endearing comedy, the feature debut of director Brian Crano, is now available on high-definition Blu-ray. Buddies Ben (Jason Ritter, Paper Heart, Joan of Arcadia) and Alan (Jake Sandvig, Easy A) are twentysomething L.A. slackers who celebrate their endless adolescence and take nothing seriously. They make money through a valet-parking scam (they park cars at funerals, then steal them) and by leasing their rental house next door. Their new tenant is a stressed-out single mom, Kelsey (Carrie Preston, True Blood, Duplicity), who’s struggling to pay her bills and to support herself and her precocious, street-smart 12-year-old son (Chandler Canterbury, Knowing). Ben and Alan strike up a friendship with Kelsey, but Alan’s sister Mel (Rebecca Hall, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The Town, the upcoming The Awakening) comes to believe that the boy may be a neglected latchkey kid. Mel’s intervention to remedy that situation sets off a chain of startling events that elevate this comedy to something much more profound and moving, as Ben and Alan must invent the family they’ve always needed. Featuring touching performances from its young cast, which includes Red Riding Hood’s Amanda Seyfried, ‘A Bag of Hammers’ is a memorable comedy about learning life’s hard lessons. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Radio Rebel

To everyone in her home town, Tara Adams (Debby Ryan) is just an ordinary high school junior, except for one thing … she has a secret identity. Truth is, she’s actually ‘Radio Rebel,’ the most popular DJ in Seattle. In person, Tara is a nondescript, socially under-the-radar, teenager; but get her behind the mic and she becomes Radio Rebel, the coolest personality on the air. This unique status is desperately in need at the moment as her school is in the midst of a clique-crisis. Radio Rebel gives voice to all kids, popular and unpopular alike, and she publicly questions the status quo, which does not sit well with the principal who is determined to uncover Radio Rebel’s true identity. Buy the DVD right here.

How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?

Born in Manchester, England, on the wrong side of the tracks, Norman Foster rose from a humble working class background to become one of the premiere modern architects of our time. Beautifully filmed in over ten countries and homing in on his most iconic works, including London’s Swiss Re Tower, New York’s Hearst Building, Berlin’s Reichstag, Beijing Airport’s International Terminal and the breathtaking Millau Viaduct, over the Gorges du Tarn in France, ‘How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?’ is an unprecedented exploration of an architect whose quest is to improve the quality of life through design, and his work, which offers striking solutions to humanity’s increasing demands. Featuring Norman Foster, Anthony Caro, Buckminster Fuller, Paul Goldberger, Cai Guo-Qiang, Anish Kapoor, Richard Long, Richard Rogers, Richard Serra, Deyan Sudjic & more. Buy the DVD right here.

Voices of the Andes

Qhapaq Nan, known as the Great Inca Road, is an ancient network of roads spanning more than 8,000 miles, running through the heart of the Andes, from the ocean and deserts all the way to Machu Picchu. Constructed hundreds of years ago during the Inca Empire, this vast transportation network still weaves its way through modern-day Peru and Ecuador. An astonishing feat of engineering, it connected Inca cities, administrative centers, agricultural and mining areas as well as ceremonial centers and sacred spaces. More so than other remnants of the Inca civilization, the Qhapaq Nan is a symbol of a common identity that nourishes the dreams of Andean people to this day and is central to reviving their unique cultural inheritance following centuries of European domination. As the visually striking documentary ‘Voices of the Andes’ takes us along the Great Inca Road – revealing its contours, its history, and its secrets – we witness a different image of the Andes and its people. Buy the DVD right here.

Reel Love

When successful, big city girl Holly (Rimes, Coyote Ugly, Holiday in Your Heart, “Nashville Star;” Winner of 2 Grammy and 12 Billboard Music Awards) finds out her father, Wade (Reynolds, Boogie Nights, The Longest Yard)), has suffered a heart attack, she drops everything and rushes back to her small Southern lake town to help him. Cantankerous Wade doesn’t want to rest, or take his meds, or eat healthy foods. All he wants to do is fish. And all Holly wants to do is return home to her urban life.  But as she embarks on a soul-searching journey, reconnecting with family and friends, she unexpectedly develops an attraction for Jay (Roberts Resident Evil: Afterlife, Edge of Darkness), the new guy in town. Suddenly, small-town living, like the joys of walking around barefoot, seems desirable, especially as she starts to see her stuffy lawyer boyfriend in a different light – one that makes her realize perhaps she really doesn’t want all the trappings a metropolitan life offers. Find out if she’ll leave it all behind for the simple joys of a smaller one in ‘Reel Love,’ a CMT Original Movie, now available on DVD. Buy the DVD right here.

The Legend of Hell’s Gate

Inspired by a true story, this Texas-based tale uncovers the mystery of the events surrounding the legendary Hell’s Gate, a cliff formation that rises out of Possum Kingdom Lake in Texas. According to legend, a curious errand boy catches wind of one of America’s most infamous crimes – the assassination of Abraham Lincoln  – and falls in with two desperate men on the wrong side of the law. Crossing paths with some of the West’s most notorious figures, these three outlaws fight for their lives in the pursuit of fame and riches. Fueled by a talented ensemble cast, ‘The Legend of Hell’s Gate’ blends legend and history  into a Western spectacle that recounts the treacherous existence in post Civil War Texas. Buy the DVD right here.

A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt

‘A Matter of Taste’ takes an intimate look inside the world of an immensely talented and driven young chef, Paul Liebrandt. At 24, he was awarded three stars by The New York Times for unforgettable and hyper-modern dishes such as “eel, violets and chocolate,” “espuma of calf brains and foie gras,” and “beer and truffle soup.” Times critic William Grimes likened Paul to “a pianist who seems to have found a couple of dozen extra keys.” Conversely, Gourmet critic Jonathan Gold called Paul’s food “the result of a failed science experiment.” He soon became a chef critics loved or loved to hate. The film follows Paul over a decade and reveals his creative process in the kitchen, as well as the extreme hard work, long hours, and dedication it takes to be a successful culinary artist in the cutthroat world of haute cuisine in New York City. Featuring an A-List of culinary luminaries including Grant Achatz, Heston Blumenthal, Frank Bruni, Mike Colameco, William Grimes, Thomas Keller, Drew Nierporent and Eric Ripert, A Matter of Taste explores the complicated relationships between food critics, chefs and restaurant owners as it delves into the life of an uncompromising, thought provoking, young chef ahead of his time. Buy the DVD right here.