New On DVD/Blu-ray This Week: Sanctuary, The Three Stooges, Bonanza, The Inbetweeners

by | July 18, 2012 at 3:42 PM | General

'Sanctuary' (Entertainment One)

Sanctuary

Amanda Tapping returns as Dr. Helen Magnus in the amazing fourth and final season of the hit Syfy series and Primetime Emmy nominee for Outstanding Special Visual Effects, promising bigger myths and greater surprises than ever before. Entertainment One presents ‘Sanctuary: The Complete Fourth Season‘ on DVD and Blu-ray – the most cutting-edge and groundbreaking season yet from one of television’s most consistently inventive series.  The four-disc set features all 13 episodes from the fourth season, plus extensive behind-the-scenes featurettes and a multitude of otherworldly bonus features. The trailblazing series returns with the enigmatic Dr. Magnus and the Sanctuary team — featuring Robin Dunne as Will Zimmerman, Emilie Ullerup as Ashley Magnus, Ryan Robbins as Henry Foss, Christopher Heyerdahl as John Druitt and Agam Darshi as Kate Freelander –  continuing their quest to unlock the mysteries of the strange and sometimes terrifying beings that secretly hide among us. Buy the Season 4 Blu-ray right here.

The Three Stooges

The Farrelly Bros. (There’s Something About Mary, Dumb & Dumber) bring back a beloved classic comedy act with ‘The Three Stooges,’ a contemporary take on America’s favorite trio of boneheads now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download. Sean Hayes (“Will & Grace”), Chris Diamantopoulos (“24″) and Will Sasso (“MADTV”) portray the troika of knuckleheads in three hysterical misadventures. Left on the doorstep of an orphanage run by nuns, newborns Moe (Diamantopoulos), Larry (Hayes), and Curly (Sasso) grow up finger-poking, nyuk-nyuk-nyuking and woo-wooing their way to uncharted levels of knuckleheaded misadventure. Now, out to save their childhood home, only The Three Stooges could become embroiled with an oddball murder plot while stumbling into starring roles in a phenomenally successful TV reality show. ‘The Three Stooges’ is fun for the whole family. With hilarious supporting performances from Larry David (“Seinfeld”), Jane Lynch (“Glee”), Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”) and Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls), ‘The Three Stooges’ “Just Say Moe” edition Blu-ray is loaded with special features including a collection of entertaining and punchy pieces and a unique blend of classic “Stooge” elements in a contemporary setting. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Bonanza

One of the most popular Western television shows of all time, ‘Bonanza,’ returns to DVD with The Official Third Season, Volume One and Volume Two. For 14 seasons, audiences enthusiastically tuned in to follow the Cartwright family as they tackled adventures and hardships on their 1,000-acre ranch, the Ponderosa, in an era of violence and lawlessness in mid-1800s Nevada. The show’s unique blend of action/adventure, personal relationships and emotions helped it stand the test of time with generations of viewers. Lorne Greene starred as Ben Cartwright, with Michael Landon as “Little Joe” Cartwright, Dan Blocker as Hoss Cartwright, Pernell Roberts as Adam Cartwright and Victor Sen Yung as the family’s cook, Hop Sing. Buy the Season 3, Volume 1 & Volume 2 right here.

The Inbetweeners

This summer, tag along with four adolescent boys, students at the fictional Rudge Park Comprehensive, and marooned in suburbia, forced to awkwardly navigate the minefields of life with ‘The Inbetweeners‘ The Complete Series.  The BAFTA award-winner for “Best New Comedy” and “Best Sitcom” at the British Comedy Awards, and the BBC America hit as seen on the “Ministry of Laughs” comedy block arrives on this side of the pond as a 3-disc set just in time for The Inbetweeners Movie, arriving in U.S. theaters this summer. With their hormones at full blast. join Will, Simon, Jay and Neil as they try to convince the world they are sophisticated, sexy human beings.  Unfortunately, their obsession with girls and cheap booze provides for an uproarious, cringe-inducing look at the humiliations of teenage life in this enormously popular British comedy series written and created by Damon Beesley and Iain Morris (“Peep Show,” “Flight of the Conchords”).  With a U.S. version of the show being produced by MTV premiering this August and The Inbetweeners Movie, a $70 million British box office smash arriving in theaters shortly, this series, filled with awkwardness, idiocy and sexual misadventures is matriculating to DVD just in time. Buy the complete series right here.

Friends with Kids

Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Jon Hamm star alongside Jennifer Westfeldt and Adam Scott in ‘Friends With Kids,’ a daring and hilarious ensemble comedy about a close-knit circle of friends whose lives change once they have kids.  The last two singles in the group (Westfeldt and Scott) observe the effect that kids have had on their friends’ relationships and wonder if there’s a better way to make it work.  When they decide to have a child together and date other people, their unconventional “experiment” leads everyone in the group to question the nature of friendship, family and, above all, true love. Written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt and also starring Chris O’Dowd, Megan Fox and Edward Burns, Friends with Kids delivers the laughs and the heart from beginning to end.
Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Designing Women

The seventh and final season of ‘Designing Women‘ mixes up the cast one last time with the introduction of Judith Ivey as B.J. Poteet, a rich Texas widow who invests in the Sugarbaker firm after Allison Sugarbaker pulls her money out of the business for good. Season Seven highlights include Carlene (Jan Hooks) dating a cross-dresser, Anthony (Meshach Taylor) embarking on a wild — and costly — trip to Vegas, Bernice (Alice Ghostley) fearing that Mary Jo (Annie Potts) is planning to “put her to sleep,” and Julia (Dixie Carter) and all of the women of Sugarbaker’s struggling to keep the business alive. Buy the Final Season DVD right here.

Just Cause

The novel ‘Just Cause‘ by John Katzenbach becomes this legal thriller starring Sean Connery as Harvard Law School professor Paul Armstrong. A legal expert whose days of trying cases are long behind him, Armstrong is moved by a plea he receives from a Florida death row inmate, Bobby Earl (Blair Underwood). It seems that the educated, upstanding Earl has been railroaded by an overeager sheriff (Laurence Fishburne) zealously trying to solve the kidnapping and murder of a little girl. Once Armstrong arrives in Florida, he is able to locate the murder weapon and cast doubt on Earl’s innocence, even identifying a much more likely culprit in the homicidal genius Blair Sullivan (Ed Harris). All is not as it seems in the case of Bobby Earl, however, and Armstrong is going to end up regretting his interest in the case. Ruby Dee, Kate Capshaw, and Ned Beatty costar in this film from producer-turned-director Arne Glimcher. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Next of Kin

When his brother is murdered, a policeman is caught between his devotion to the law and his family’s desire for revenge in the action drama ‘Next of Kin.’ Patrick Swayze plays Truman Gates, who left his backwoods Appalachian home for life as a Chicago police officer. When his brother is killed by a gangster, Truman is determined to seek legal retribution. His older brother Briar (Liam Neeson) has different ideas, however, and travels to the city to seek old-fashioned vigilante justice. Truman must now choose between his family’s belief in mountain justice and the duties of his job. Though the film is not particularly action-packed, director John Irvin does provide the expected gunplay and macho confrontations. However, despite a surprisingly distinguished cast (also including Helen Hunt and Michael J. Pollard), little distinguishes the film from numerous other revenge stories with a similar outline. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Casting the Runes

A chilling tale of an innocent woman battling a satanic spell drawn from one of M.R. James’s most frightening tales, ‘Casting the Runes’ is now available on DVD. Tense and atmospheric, this spooky story features outstanding performances and plenty of suspense from the father of the modern ghost story. Iain Cuthbertson (Gorillas in the Mist, Children of the Stones) is thoroughly chilling as Karswell, and Jan Francis (Just Good Friends, Under the Hammer) plays the increasingly desperate Dunning to the hilt in this tense and atmospheric British thriller. Commissioned for broadcast in 1979 as part of ITV Playhouse, the classic occult story remains popular in mainstream media, influencing such films as 1957’s Curse of the Demon to 2009’s Drag Me to Hell. The DVD single also includes the M.R. James adaptation Mr. Humphreys and His Inheritance (20 min.) and the documentary A Pleasant Terror: The Life & Ghosts of M.R. James (51 min.). “No, no, Miss Dunning. You’ll have to be more clever than that.” With these words, Julian Karswell dismisses Prudence Dunning’s attempts to undo his satanic spell—a curse that terrorized and ultimately killed a writer a decade earlier. Buy the DVD right here.

James May’s 20th Century

Hosted by Top Gear’s James May of the BBC’s internationally celebrated phenomenon and BBC America hit, the entertaining and engaging six-part series, ‘James May’s 20th Century,’ is now available on DVD. With his trademark curiosity, insight, and wit, James May travels from continent to continent, as well as back in time, to learn how new technologies have revolutionized every aspect of modern life, from medical advancements to space travel. A co-production of Open University and the BBC, the series first aired on BBC Two in 2007. The DVD 3-vol. boxed set includes James May’s Big Ideas, a 180-minute bonus program, 12-page viewer’s guide with a timeline of inventions and articles on the decades of the 20th century, and more. Top Gear’s James May revisits the 20th century to discover how inventors and their innovations changed the way we live today. With his trademark curiosity, insight, and wit, he shows how new technologies have revolutionized every aspect of our lives—how we made the world smaller, conquered space, improved our bodies, modernized warfare, built our cities, and created the teenager. In this engaging and entertaining six-part series, May travels from continent to continent, as well as back in time, to learn how we enhanced the world around us and improved ourselves. Buy the DVD right here.

Frequency

Known more for his dark, psychological crime thrillers Primal Fear (1996) and Fallen (1998), director Gregory Hoblit surprisingly created ‘Frequency,’ this Frank Capra-meets-Rod Serling-style fantasy that mixes several genres of storytelling into a likable stew. James Caviezel stars as John Sullivan, a New York police detective who has never recovered from the death of his father Frank (Dennis Quaid), a firefighter who died heroically when John was a boy. Experimenting with his dad’s beloved ham radio one summer night, extreme sunspot activity allows John to contact Frank 30 years in the past. Since he’s able to warn Frank away from danger, his father’s death never occurs. Then the unthinkable happens: John’s altered future is one in which his mother Julia (Elizabeth Mitchell) has been murdered by a serial killer. Now John in the present and Frank in the past must try to solve the riddle of the killer’s identity and change the time line again. Frequency was written by Toby Emmerich, the brother of actor Noah Emmerich, who appears in a supporting role created specifically for him. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Astronaut’s Wife

Science fiction blends with domestic horror in the thriller ‘The Astronaut’s Wife.’ Spencer Armacost (Johnny Depp) is an astronaut on a routine mission in space when something goes horribly wrong and it looks as if he’s doomed. However, Spencer is rescued at the last moment and returns to earth a hero. He soon announces that he’s retiring from space exploration to spend more time with his wife Jillian (Charlize Theron). Jillian has suffered from depression in the past and would like to start a family, so she’s initially thrilled with Spencer’s decision. Jillian soon finds herself pregnant, but she starts to notice something odd about her husband, as if the man who returned isn’t quite the same person who went away. As her pregnancy advances, Jillian’s anxieties increase, but has something really happened to Spencer, or have Jillian’s old demons merely resurfaced? Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Lockout

Luc Besson presents the explosive, sci-fi action thriller ‘Lockout,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD with UltraViolet. Guy Pearce (Prometheus, Memento) stars in this tale of an ex-government agent assigned to rescue the President’s daughter from a deadly riot on a newly developed prison in low space orbit around the earth. Co-starring Maggie Grace (Taken, TV’s “Lost”) and co-written by legendary action filmmaker Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, The Professional), ‘Lockout’ is guaranteed to thrill action and sci-fi fans across the planet with its exciting mix of hard-hitting fight sequences, smart humor and dazzling special effects. Bonus features include the Breaking Into Lockout featurette, providing a look at the making of the film with Co-Director Stephen St. Leger, and actors Guy Pierce and Maggie Grace, as well as A Vision of the Future featurette, taking fans behind the scenes of this new action favorite. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Leverage

TNT’s high-octane original series, ‘Leverage‘ delivers more thrills with the release of Season 4 on DVD. Everyone’s favorite gang of thieves, grifters and con artists is back and ready to help innocent victims by catching the bad guys. Featuring a superb ensemble cast including Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf and Aldis Hodge, ‘Leverage’ Season Four is a must-own on DVD, loaded with tons of explosive extras and never-before-seen footage. In Season Four of ‘Leverage,’ the team faces bigger challenges than ever before. Along with navigating Nate’s struggle with his inner demons, the team must deal with an overzealous public relations expert (guest star Michael Gladis); a millionaire who pays to have himself moved up on a heart-transplant waiting list; a woman who profits from people’s grief through a funeral scam; a corrupt agriculture corporation out to bury potato farmers; and a group trying to kill a World War II veteran (guest star Danny Glover). With the addition of their nemesis, insurance-investigator-turned-InterPOL-agent Jim Sterling (guest star Mark Sheppard) and an unknown spy who could unravel their whole operation, the team must tread carefully to complete their most difficult jobs. Buy the Season 4 DVD right here.

Get the Gringo

Car chases, bloody bodies and a hard-core prison… all in a day’s work. Mel Gibson’s vacation plans take a turn for the worse in the raw, explosive and action-packed ‘Get the Gringo,’ now available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download. Gibson stars as Driver, an American criminal who violently crashes his car through the border wall as he tries to outrun the U.S. Border Patrol and coming to a screeching halt in Mexico. A Having survived the crash only to land inside a hard-core Mexican prison, Driver enters the strange and dangerous world of “El Pueblito.” A In the middle of this ruthless penal colony, Driver must do whatever it takes to survive, even if he must turn to the unlikely guidance from a 10-year-old kid who shows him the ropes. Featuring a command performance reminiscent of his early action-adventure career, Gibson’s talent is excelled only by his contributions to ‘Get the Gringo’ as the film’s producer and co-screenwriter. Gibson teamed with Adrian Grunberg his first assistant director on ‘Apocalypto’ who co-wrote and debuted as director on this explosive action flick. Filmed in Mexico, the multi-lingual film also stars Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Jesus Ochoa, Roberto Sosa, Dolores Heredia, Kevin Hernandez, Fernando Becerril, Mayra Serbullo, Mario Zaragoza, Gerardo Taracena, Tenoch Huerta and Peter Gerety. Co-producers include Bruce Davey and Stacy Perskie. A The Blu-ray is loaded with special features including five behind-the-scenes featurettes on the making of the film and a music video. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

From the beloved director of Chocolat and the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Slumdog Millionaire comes ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,’ the inspirational comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.  A visionary sheik (Waked) believes his passion for the peaceful pastime of salmon fishing can enrich the lives of his people, and he dreams of bringing the sport to the not so fish-friendly desert.  Willing to spare no expense, he instructs his representative (Blunt) to turn the dream into reality, an extraordinary feat that will require the involvement of Britain’s leading fisheries expert (McGregor) who happens to think the project both absurd and unachievable.  That is, until the Prime Minister’s overzealous press secretary (Scott Thomas) latches on to it as a ‘good will’ story.  Now, this unlikely team will put it all on the line and embark on an upstream journey to prove the impossible, possible. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Mean Streets

Returning to the autobiographical milieu of his 1968 debut Who’s That Knocking at My Door? for his third feature, Martin Scorsese examined the daily struggles of a wannabe hood to keep his morals straight on the streets of Little Italy in ‘Mean Streets.’ Driven equally by his wish to become a respectable gangster like his uncle (Cesare Danova) and his desire to live his life like St. Francis, Charlie (Harvey Keitel) takes on his energetically unhinged friend Johnny Boy (Robert De Niro) as his own personal penance, intervening to get Johnny Boy to pay off a debt to the local loan shark Michael (Richard Romanus). Despite his promises to his epileptic girlfriend Teresa (Amy Robinson) that they will move out of Little Italy once he strengthens his position in his uncle’s world, Charlie’s involvement with Johnny Boy further ensnares him in the neighborhood. When Johnny Boy decides to mouth off to Michael rather than pay him, Charlie, Johnny Boy, and Teresa try to flee Michael’s murderous anger (and an assassin played by Scorsese), forcing Charlie to realize that the rules of the streets do not mesh with absolution. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Intruders

From visionary filmmaker and Academy Award nominee Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Best Short Film, Live Action, Linked, 1996; 28 Weeks Later, the upcoming Highlander reboot), the psychological thriller ‘Intruders‘ is now available on  Blu-ray, DVD and VOD. The chilling story of two children living in different countries, each visited nightly by a faceless being who wants to take possession of them, Intruders stars Academy Award nominee Clive Owen (Best Actor, Supporting Role, Closer, 2004; Killer Elite, Children of Men, Inside Man) along with Carice Van Houten (TV’s “Game of Thrones,” Valkyrie) and Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds). Bonus features include a “Making Of” featurette and “Inside Look,” a behind-the-scenes look at the film. ‘Intruders’ is produced by Enrique López-Lavigne (28 Weeks Later, The Impossible), Belén Atienza (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Impossible) and Mercedes Gamero (Planet 51, Torrente 4: Lethal Crisis). Jesús De La Vega (Hierro, The 2 Sides of the Bed) and Ricardo G. Arrojo (Planet 51, Julia’s Eyes) serve as Executive Producers. The script is by Nico Casariego (Tú qué harías por amor?) and Jaime Marques (Takers). Buy the DVD right here.

Bill Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home

An in-depth exploration of the heartbreak of addiction and the hope and possibility of recovery, the 1998-PBS-broadcast documentary, ‘Bill Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home’ is now available on DVD. Legendary Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist Bill Moyers (PBS, NBC, CBS) tackles the complex issues surrounding addiction in this five-part documentary. Featuring interviews with recovering addicts, scientists, and treatment professionals, the program offers a far-ranging, frank, and compassionate look at addiction. Bonus features include “Rebuilding Lives” from NOW with Bill Moyers on activist and former addict David Lewis (18 min.) and a 16-page viewer’s guide with an introduction by Bill Moyers. Close to Home is Athena’s twelfth release from Moyers’ acclaimed library of programs. Addiction can happen to anyone. It is an equal opportunity disease, crossing boundaries of race, creed, and class, destroying individuals, families, and communities. Most Americans have been touched by addiction, including renowned journalist Bill Moyers, whose oldest son struggled with drugs and alcohol. Buy the DVD right here.

Coma

A feisty, feminist intern uncovers a medical conspiracy in the icy thriller ‘Coma,’ about mysterious goings-on at Boston Memorial Hospital. When her best friend and aerobics partner, Nancy Greenly (Lois Chiles), emerges in a vegetative state from a routine abortion, Dr. Susan Wheeler (Genevieve Bujold) does some digging and discovers an overabundance of anesthesia-induced comas among otherwise healthy young patients. The male authority figures who challenge Susan’s technically illegal tampering with medical records include her boss, Dr. Harris (Richard Widmark); the chief anesthesiologist, Dr. George (Rip Torn); and even her boyfriend, Dr. Mark Bellows (Michael Douglas), who doesn’t want Susan’s shenanigans to get in the way of his shot at chief resident. As Susan continues her crusade, the paper trail leads to the Jefferson Institute, a mysterious, experimental facility in which vegetative patients are stored en masse, suspended from the ceiling by wires threaded through their long bones, in order to reduce the cost of long-term care. A shadowy assailant begins to stalk Susan just as she uncovers the link between the Jefferson Institute and the comas at Boston Memorial, setting the stage for climactic suspense scenes involving morgues, malpractice and endless institutional corridors. Writer/director Michael Crichton adapted his second feature film from Robin Cook’s bestseller of the same name. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Altered States

In the 1980 sci-fi horror film ‘Altered States,’ William Hurt plays Eddie Jessup, a scientist obsessed with discovering mankind’s true role in the universe. To this end, he submits himself to a series of mind-expanding experiments. By enclosing himself in a sensory-deprivation chamber and taking hallucinogenic drugs, Jessup hopes to explore different levels of human consciousness, but instead is devolved into an apelike monster.Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Beat Hotel

1957, Paris. The Latin Quarter. A cheap no-name hotel becomes a haven for a new breed of artists struggling to free themselves from the conformity and censorship of America. Called ‘The Beat Hotel,’ it soon became an epicenter of the Beat generation. Alan Govenar’s new documentary delves deep into this amazing place and time. Fleeing the obscenity trials surrounding the publication of Howl, Allen Ginsberg, along with Peter Orlovsky and Gregory Corso, happened upon the hotel in Paris’s Latin Quarter and were soon joined by William Burroughs, Ian Somerville and Brion Gysin. Run by Madame Rachou, the Beat Hotel was a hotbed of creativity and permissiveness, where Burroughs finished Naked Lunch; Ginsberg began his poem Kaddish; Somerville and Gysin invented the Dream Machine; Corso wrote some of his greatest poems; and Harold Norse wrote a novella, aptly called The Beat Hotel. British photographer Harold Chapman’s iconic photos and Scottish artist Elliot Rudie’s drawings, interwoven with firsthand accounts, capture the Beats just as they were beginning to establish themselves, and bring The Beat Hotel to life. Buy the DVD right here.

Cellular

A thin thread of electronic data may be the only thing that can save a women and her family in the thriller ‘Cellular.’ Jessica Martin (Kim Basinger) is a biology teacher who is kidnapped by Ethan (Jason Statham), a vicious criminal who has threatened to murder her husband and son if he doesn’t get what he wants. Ethan destroys the only working telephone in the cabin where she’s held, but Jessica manages to put enough of the pieces together to send out a call that’s picked up by Ryan (Chris Evans), a college student, on his cellular phone. Jessica manages to convince Ryan of the gravity of her situation, but she has no idea of where she’s being held, leaving his cell phone as the only link to her whereabouts — and his batteries are starting to wear out. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Crime Does Not Pay

Here it is – the original. MGM’s Crime Does Not Pay, oft imitated, never matched, an intimate look at mankind’s most seductive and destructive past time – Crime! Crafted as only MGM can. Includes: Buried Loot, Alibi Racket, Desert Death, A Thrill for Thelma, Hit and Run Driver, The Perfect Setup, Fool Proof, Public Pays, Torture Money, It May Happen to You, Soak the Poor, Give Till It Hurts, Behind the Criminal, What Price Safety, Miracle Money, Come Across, A Criminal is Born, They’re Always Caught, Think It Over, The Wrong Way Out, Money to Loan, While America Sleeps, Help Wanted, Think First, Drunk Driving, Pound Foolish, Know Your Money, Jackpot, Women in Hiding, Buyer Beware, Soak the Old, You, the People, Respect the Law, Forbidden Passage, Coffins on Wheels, Sucker List, Don’t Talk, For the Common Defense, Keep ‘Em Sailing, Plan for Destruction, Patrolling the Ether, Easy Life, Dark Shadows, The Fall Guy, The Last Installment, Phantoms, Inc., A Gun in His Hand, Purity Squad, The Luckiest Guy in the World, EC: Eyes of the Navy. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.

Outland

For Marshal O’Neil (Sean Connery), the Jupiter moon Io is just another dingy mining town on the final frontier in ‘Outland.’ When his wife leaves him and takes their son with them, it merely confirms that though he’s traveled millions of miles, his life is going nowhere. Then he notices that miners are dying in strangely psychotic ways — walking in space without spacesuits, carving up prostitutes. With the help of Dr. Lazarus (Frances Sternhagen), his investigation reveals that the miners are ingesting a lethal drug that speeds their work efforts. He learns that the company that runs the town is behind the drug. He confronts the town boss Sheppard Peter Boyle and soon has two hit men heading toward Io with a plan to kill him. As the seconds tick down to the next space shuttle’s arrival, O’Neil plots to meet them and faces the biggest challenge of his life. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Spawn

Brainstorm

Natalie Wood made her last screen appearance in ‘Brainstorm;’ in fact, she died before the film was completed, necessitating extensive rewrites. Wood’s character is secondary to the one played by Christopher Walken. A research scientist, Walken has been experimenting with a revolutionary brain-reading device. This wondrous machine is able to read a person’s thought processes and translate these to videotape. When Walken wants to study the brainwaves of his late partner Louise Fletcher, he finds himself seriously at odds with his superiors-not to mention several ominous-looking government types, headed by Cliff Robertson. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Butterfly Effect

A Perfect Murder

A Perfect Murder‘ is based on Frederick Knott’s play Dial M for Murder, filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1954. Married to commodities trader Stephen Taylor (Michael Douglas), Emily Bradford (Gwyneth Paltrow) is romantically involved with artist David Shaw (Viggo Mortensen). Aware of this affair, Stephen researches David’s past, visits his loft studio, and informs David that he knows about his aliases, jail sentences, and various cons and scams directed at rich women. Then Stephen offers David $500,000 to murder Emily, and David agrees. The plan is calculated to make the murder look like an accident, but events soon go on an unscheduled course. Enter Detective Mohamed Karaman (David Suchet). Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Murder in the First

The shocking prison drama ‘Murder in the First‘ was inspired by a true story. In 1938, Henri Young (Kevin Bacon), sentenced to Alcatraz for stealing $5, attempted to escape from prison with three other prisoners. One of the escapees was captured, and to curry favor with Warden Glenn (Gary Oldman), he informed on the others. Young was soon brought back to custody, and was to be punished by spending 19 days in solitary confinement. Nineteen days stretched into three years, in which Young was kept in a pit with no light, no toilet, no furniture, and nothing to read. Young emerged from solitary a vengeful madman, and he quickly murdered the convict who turned him in. Young was put on trial for the killing, and assigned a first-time public defender, James Stamphill (Christian Slater). Stamphill was horrified by Young’s tales of the conditions at Alcatraz, and he used them as the basis of his defense for his client, believing that anyone would be driven to madness and murder if they had been treated the same way as Young. Murder in the First also features Embeth Davidtz, William H. Macy, Brad Dourif, and R. Lee Ermey Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Storage Wars

Fast-talking auctioneers Dan and Laura Dotson and the loyal bidders that frequent their storage unit sales are back for more with ‘Storage Wars: Volume Three.’ The Season Two premiere propelled A+E to the #1 network in all of TV, and now, home audiences can get front row seats to the high-stakes fun as the series’ inimitable and colorful cast of characters try to outbid one another in pursuit of the ultimate treasure. Aided only by the beam of a flashlight, the bidders get a quick peek inside the units, then have mere minutes to decide if they’re going to take the gamble, make a bid and see if the resulting buy is full of mostly trash… or true treasure. Part gamblers and part detectives, join “storage addict” and 32-year bidding veteran Darrell and his son Brandon Sheets, secondhand store owner Jarrod Schultz, entrepreneur Dave Hester and antique collector Barry Weiss in ‘Storage Wars: Volume Three,’ as they’re introduced to the world of vault auctions, Dave goes all in for a unit that hasn’t been opened in 20 years and Barry has a brush with his own mortality.  The 16 episodes include such fan favorites as “Driving Miss Barry”, “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner”, “The Drone Wars”, “Brandi’s First Time” and “Hook, Line and Sucker”. Buy the Volume 3 DVD right here.

Casa de mi Padre

From the gringos that brought you Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy comes the slapstick, action comedy, ‘Casa De Mi Padre,’ now available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand. Producer and star Will Ferrell along with director Matt Piedmont takes audiences on a memorable, wild (west) ride. Will Ferrell plays a simple Mexican who is proud to work on his father’s ranch. But when the ranch is threatened by a dangerous drug lord, played by Gael García Bernal (A Little Bit of Heaven, Babel), he must protect what he cares for the most. The film also stars Diego Luna (Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights), Genesis Rodriguez (Man on a Ledge), Efren Ramirez (Crank 2, HBO’s “Eastbound and Down”), Adrian Martinez (Kick- Ass) with Pedro Armendáriz Jr. (Once Upon a Time in Mexico) and Nick Offerman (TV’s “Parks and Recreation”). The Blu-ray Disc and DVD special features include a “making of” featurette, deleted scenes, “Fight for Love” music video, commerciales and audio commentary with director Matt Piedmont, writer/producer Andrew Steele and star Will Ferrell. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob’s Pillow

Legendary dancers and choreographers Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Suzanne Farrell, Mark Morris, Judith Jamison and Bill Irwin appear alongside new innovators to reveal the passion, discipline, and daring of the world of dance in ‘Never Stand Still.’ Filmed at the iconic Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, this thrilling documentary features amazing performances by world-renowned dancers interwoven with intimate interviews, behind-the-scenes insights, and rare archival footage. Founded in the 1930s by visionary dance pioneer Ted Shawn on a farm in the Berkshires, today the Pillow is an idyllic mecca for artists and audiences from around the world, a place where dance in all its forms – from ballet to jazz to contemporary – is studied, created, performed and celebrated. ‘Never Stand Still’ immerses us in the lives of extraordinary artists and the power of dance. Buy the DVD right here.

Scooby-Doo! Laff-A-Lympics: Spooky Games

Get set to root for your favorite team, the Scooby Doobies, The Yogi Yahooeys or the Really Rottens as they compete in a series of zany sports competitions in exotic locations throughout the world. ‘Scooby-Doo! Laff-A-Lympics: Spooky Games’ features an all new Scooby-Doo! episode, Scooby-Doo! Spooky Games plus twelve exciting episodes of Scooby’s All-Star Laff-A-Lympics. Let the fun and games begin! Scooby-Doo! and the gang are off to compete at the World Invitational Games in the all-new 22-minute episode Spooky Games! And there’s no shortage of spookiness – the gang’s fun gets sidetracked when a 1,000-year-old statue comes to life and threatens the entire event! Will the games go on? The high jinks continue with world-hopping episodes of Hanna-Barbera’s competitive classic Scooby’s All-Star Laff-A-Lympics! Three teams enter, and all fun breaks loose! Grab a seat as the Scooby Doobies, the Yogi Yahooeys and the Really Rottens get ready, get set, and get into more eccentric events! From bullfights to mountain climbing, roller skating to leprechaun hunting, trek the globe to catch all of the animated antics! Special guest stars abound, including Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble. This collection is a sure shot to take the gold. Buy the DVD right here.

IRT: Deadliest Roads

The road to success can be deadly. In the second season of ‘IRT: Deadliest Roads,’ Lisa, Hugh and Rick, three of the toughest North American truckers, are driven to extremes in one of the world’s most unforgiving environments: the Andes. In ‘IRT: Deadliest Roads – The Andes,’ these daredevil drivers who’ve survived some of the world’s most unhospitable environments cross borders to navigate the highways of South America.  And it’s there that this fearless trio almost meets their Waterloo, encountering some of the deadliest roads in history including the aptly named “Death Road”.  Everything they’ve learned in more than 40 years of combined experience is tested in nerve-rattling conditions they’ve never experienced before.  Whether it’s driving along 1,000-foot cliffs,  dodging avalanches or battling thick Amazon jungles, skill and ingenuity go full-throttle in this white-knuckle DVD thrill ride featuring 13 episodes and bonus, never-before-seen footage. Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

Baseball’s Greatest Games: New York Mets First No-Hitter

On June 1, 2012 at Flushing’s Citi Field, ace Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in franchise history when he blanked the St. Louis Cardinals and shocked Metsfans on a magical, unforgettable night. Featuring close calls, gutty pitches and terrific defense, this Friday night thriller takes a prominent place as one of the greatest moments in Mets history.  Major League Baseball Productions and A+E Networks Home Entertainment anoint it as such with the release of ‘Baseball’s Greatest Game: New York Mets First No-Hitter.’ Coming off a season lost to shoulder injury, Santana would throw the most breathless of games in the 8,020th regular season game in the history of the Mets. Ironically, the franchise known for its all-time roster of pitching greats had never recorded a no-hitter.  One-hitters filled the Club’s history books, and the 35 oh-so-close gems spun by familiar legends were wrapped up in one historic start from Santana. Back in 1962 at the Polo Grounds, Al Jackson tossed the Mets first one-hitter. In 1970 over a span of 28 days, Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan and Gary Gentry each held the opposition to one hit.  The list of one-hit wonders would go on: Dwight Gooden and David Cone, Terry Leach’s 10-inning one-hitter and Steve Trachsel’s two one-hitters in the same year. Fifty years of tantalizingly close performances – making Santana’s achievement all the more gratifying.

4:44 Last Day on Earth

Abel Ferrara, one of American independent cinema’s most distinctive artists, ventures into daring new territory in a story of people facing nothing less than the end of the world. ‘4:44 Last Day on Earth,’ starring Willem Dafoe and Shanyn Leigh as New York artists facing their doom together, is now available on high-definition Blu-ray and DVD. Tomorrow at 4:44 a.m., the world is going to come to an end, brought about by the destruction of the ozone layer. As panic hits the Earth’s population, two lovers – actor and recovering drug addict Cisco (Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe of Antichrist, The Last Temptation of Christ and Spider-Man) and painter Skye (Shanyn Leigh, Public Enemies) – seclude themselves in their Manhattan apartment to spend their last hours of existence together. Accepting their doomed fate, Cisco and Skye call their loved ones to say goodbye, they make love, they order Chinese takeout – and discover more about themselves and each other in a few short hours than most people do in an entire lifetime. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Fixation

Fixed gear cycling has become hugely popular in recent years. In cities and towns across the nation, young and old are riding “fixies” for transportation, work, sport, and just pure enjoyment. Fixation captures the excitement and popularity of this growing sport from all perspectives. While multiple speed bicycles are commonplace, the freedom and simplicity of a single speed bike brings the rider back to the basics – though riding a fixie is not without its challenges. The best riders don’t use brakes and can do unimaginable moves and tricks. With the resurgence of this original form of cycling, a vast range of riders – from professionals to casual commuters – have embraced this simple, efficient machine, and the lifestyle behind it. This award winning documentary explores the full spectrum of the fixed gear community: Messengers, Olympic Racing, City Riders, Bike Polo, Brakeless, Freestyle and more. Buy the DVD right here.

Patagonia Rising

Deep in the heart of Chile’s Patagoniaregion flow two of the world’s purest rivers, the Baker and Pascua. Fed by vast glacial systems, these untouched rivers drive biodiversity in rainforests, estuaries and marine ecosystems. They are also the life source for Patagonia’s most tenacious residents: the Gauchos, the iconic South American cowboys who endure relentless winds and long winters on remote ranches in these river valleys. Now, five huge hydroelectric dams are planned for the two rivers. Promoted as “clean” energy, damming these major rivers would make floodplains out of river valleys, force ranchers off their land and wreak havoc on the massive ice fields and watersheds already under stress from global warming. Over the past century more than 45,000 large dams have altered the health of the planet’s rivers with disastrous impacts that continue to unfold. This award-winning documentary captures the heated battle between those who wish to exploit the rivers, and those who wish to preserve the rivers and their surrounding lands, and as well the traditional lifestyle of its inhabitants. Juxtaposing the pro-dam business sector with renewable energy experts, Patagonia Rising brings awareness – and solutions – to this global conflict over water and power. Buy the DVD right here.

Extraterrestrial

In the year of our pending apocalypse, Entertainment One and Focus World is excited to bring to home audiences ‘Extraterrestrial,’ a sexy, darkly hilarious and apocalyptic new sci-fi comedy from Nacho Vigalondo, the acclaimed Spanish director of Timecrimes (now being remade into a major motion picture by Dreamworks). When groggy and hung-over Julio (Julián Villagrán) wakes up in a strange apartment after a night of partying, he’s pleasantly surprised to discover it belongs to a beautiful one-night-stand he can’t remember – Julia (Michelle Jenner).  What’s already an awkward situation is made even more so when they discover giant flying saucers hovering above the now-deserted city.  The only other person left in the building is Julia’s fawning and somewhat creepy neighbor, Ángel (Carlos Areces), who explains that there’s been an exodus from the city.  When Julia’s boyfriend Tipo (Miguel Noguera) shows up, the dynam­ics between the four reach heady extremes, especially as Julia and Julio — attempting to hide their one-night stand — convince Tipo that Ángel is an alien and must be ejected.  Now, Julio must contend with a jealous ex-boyfriend, an eccentric neighbor – and very possibly the end of the world. Buy the DVD right here.

Hard to Kill

Action star Steven Seagal crosses Rip Van Winkle with Clint Eastwood in the revenge odyssey ‘Hard to Kill.’ Seagal plays L.A. Detective Mason Storm and, over the opening credits, Storm is seen busily eavesdropping on crooked politician Vernon Trent (William Sadler). Once he has the goods on Trent, Storm phones his partner Kevin O’Malley (Frederick Coffin) to report on his progress. Unfortunately, crooked cops in the same room pick up the extension phone and listen in, thereby dooming Storm. Soon killers show up at Storm’s home and blow away Storm’s wife Felicia (Bonnie Burroughs) and their young son. Storm himself is also assumed dead, but when he is taken to the hospital, he lapses into a coma. O’Malley spirits him away, and everyone else, for all intents and purposes, thinks Storm has died. Seven years later, under the tutelage of incredibly beautiful nurse Andy Stewart (Kelly LeBrock), Storm rises from his coma and plots his revenge. Buy the Blu-ray right here.