New On DVD/Blu-ray This Week: Grimm, Strike Back, Let It Shine, Full Metal Jacket

by | August 8, 2012 at 3:43 PM | General

'Grimm' (Universal Studios Home Entertainment)

Grimm

Classic Grimm’s fairy tales come to life like never before in the hit supernatural series ‘Grimm,’ from the producers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli, “Privileged,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) discovers he is descended from a long line of criminal profilers known as “Grimms,” protectors who are charged with keeping the balance between humanity and the creatures of myth. With newly awoken abilities to detect the evil lurking among us, Nick struggles to keep his old life separate and safe as he becomes ever more entrenched in the ancient rivalries of the Grimm world.  Now available on Blu-ray and DVD, ‘Grimm’ Season One allows fans to experience all 22 chilling episodes back-to-back and uninterrupted. ‘Grimm’ Season One also stars Russell Hornsby (“Lincoln Heights,” “In Treatment”), Silas Weir Mitchell (“My Name is Earl,” “The Mentalist”), Bitsie Tulloch (The Artist, “Quarterlife”), Reggie Lee (“Prison Break,” Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End) and Sasha Roiz (“Caprica,” “House”). Guest stars such as Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Scarface) Amy Acker (“Angel”), Titus Welliver (“Lost”) and Sebastian Roché (“Supernatural”) also appear in this uniquely evocative series. ‘Grimm’ Season One is available as a five-disc set in special, limited edition packaging with exclusive “Grimm” collector cards. It features never-before-seen bonus material that takes fans deep into the world of “Grimm,” including an interactive creature guide, “Making Monsters” featurette and much more.  The ‘Grimm’ Season One Blu-ray also features perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound. Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray right here.

Strike Back

Strike Back:’ Cinemax Season 1, a timely and fast-paced series fueled by breakneck action and heart-pounding suspense, is now available on Blu-ray with Cinemax Select, DVD and Digital Download, just 10 days before Cinemax premieres the series’ second season on August 17. Blu-ray with Cinemax Select, offers Strike Back Blu-ray buyers the choice of three ways to watch in one boxed set – Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download – at no additional cost. The digital copy is redeemable via a provider of your choice: iTunes, Vudu, and Amazon, or an UltraViolet copy through supporting providers. Both the Blu-ray with Cinemax Select and the DVD box setsinclude audio commentaries from stars Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton, Liam Cunningham, Amanda Mealing and executive producer Daniel Percival. ‘Strike Back,’ the first of several new, adrenaline-charged original dramas to premiere on the network, marked Cinemax’s best performance in its time slot in nearly six years. When a resourceful international terrorist group plots a major attack involving a cache of weapons of mass destruction, a charismatic former U.S. Special Forces operative joins forces with a stealth British military unit to stop them. Set in exotic locations such as India, South Africa, England and Chechnya, the series is headlined by two rising stars: Philip Winchester (Camelot) as Michael Stonebridge, a British sergeant on the elite counter-terrorism team; and Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom) as Damien Scott, a former U.S. Delta Force operative who was disgraced and discharged on the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Rounding out the international cast are Amanda Mealing (Holby City), Eve Birthistle (Silent Witness), Jimi Mistry (Blood Diamond) Rhashan Stone (Episodes) and Richard Armitage (The Hobbit). Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray with Cinemax select right here.

Let It Shine

The energetic and music-driven Disney Channel Original Movie “Let It Shine: Extended Edition” featuring an exclusive extended music scene, is now available on DVD. Set in the world of hip-hop, rap and gospel music, the uplifting modern day story inspired by Cyrano de Bergerac stars Tyler James Williams, Coco Jones, Trevor Jackson, Brandon Mychal Smith, Nicole Sullivan, Dawnn Lewis, Alex Desert and Courtney B. Vance. Celebrating family and friendship, the story unfolds in Atlanta, Georgia, as Cyrus DeBarge (Tyler James Williams) and his best friend Kris McDuffy (Trevor Jackson) reunite with their childhood friend, teenage singing sensation Roxanne “Roxie” Andrews (Coco Jones), whose music label is sponsoring a songwriting contest at a teen club. Cyrus, who writes music under the name “Truth,” crafts a heartfelt and contest-winning rhyme about Roxie but to his dismay, his work is mistakenly attributed to Kris. Lacking the confidence to step forward, Cyrus stands by while Kris not onlytakes credit for the lyrics, but ultimately begins to win Roxie’s heart too. Buy the DVD right here.

Full Metal Jacket

The anniversary edition of ‘Full Metal Jacket‘ is showcased in premium Blu-ray Book packaging with 44 pages that include a personal letter and intimate reflections from star Matthew Modine, as well as behind-the-scenes photos specifically selected for this release. The Full Metal Jacket 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Book also includes a newly added bonus disc with the 60 minute documentary Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes that sheds light on the film. A superb ensemble falls in for Kubrick’s brilliant saga about the Vietnam War and the dehumanizing process that turns people into trained killers. The scathing indictment of a film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay (1988). Pvt. J.T. ‘Joker’ Davis (Matthew Modine), Animal Mother (Adam Baldwin), Pvt. Leonard ‘Gomer Pyle’ Lawrence (Vincent D’Onofrio), Eightball (Dorian Harewood) and Pvt. Cowboy (Arliss Howard) are some of the Marine recruits experiencing boot-camp hell under the punishing command of the foul-mouthed Gny. Sgt. Hartman (R. Lee Ermey). The action is savage, the story unsparing, and the dialogue is spiked with scathing humor, as the raw grit and brutal drama of the Vietnam War comes through loud and clear. Buy the 25th Anniversary Blu-ray book right here.

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

The colorful and captivating world of Dr. Seuss bursts onto the screen as never before in the hilarious and captivating adventure, ‘Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.’  Available on Blu-ray, 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack — both featuring DVD, Digital Copy and UltraViolet so you can watch it anytime, anywhere — Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is non-stop family fun that includes three delightfully entertaining mini movies not shown in theaters,available only on the Blu-ray Combo Packs. ‘Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax’ transports viewers into a fantastical landscape imagined by Dr. Seuss and vividly brought to life by Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team at Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me). Directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me) from a screenplay adapted by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul (Despicable Me, HOP, Horton Hears a Who) from the 1971 children’s classic, the film is an imaginative journey that begins in the town of Thneedville, where a boy searches for the one thing he knows will win the heart of his dream girl. But in order find it, he must discover the story of the Lorax, the often grumpy but loveable protector  of Truffula Valley, in an exciting adventure filled with comedy and heart. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Adventures in Babysitting

Teenager Chris Parker (Elisabeth Shue) would rather party with her boyfriend, but when her beau breaks their date she reluctantly accepts a babysitting job in ‘Adventures in Babysitting.’ It isn’t all TV and icebox-raiding when Chris’ best friend Brenda (Penelope Ann Miller) calls her to announce that she’s stranded at the bus station. With her youthful charges in tow (one of whom, 15-year-old Brad (Keith Coogan), has a hopeless crush on the babysitter), Chris heads into downtown Chicago to go to Brenda’s rescue. Thus begins a roller coaster ride of comic mishaps, unexpected perils and hairbreadth escapes. In one bit, blues singer Albert Collins refuses to allow Chris and company to leave the nightclub they’ve wandered into until they agree to sing along with a song borrowed from, of all things the 1939 B-picture Nancy Drew, Reporter. Screenwriter and Steven Spielberg protégé Chris Columbus made his directorial debut with Adventures in Babysitting. Buy the 25th Anniversary edition Blu-ray right here.

Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat

There’s never a dull moment when the delightfully mischievous Cat in the Hat drops in for a visit. Get set for laughs and good times with one of Dr. Seuss’s most beloved characters with the original animated TV special ‘Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat,’ now available on DVD & Blu-ray in a fully re-mastered deluxe edition set. While their mother is out on a shopping errand, Dick and Sally are stuck indoors on a dull, rainy day, with nothing to do. Their dreary afternoon, however takes an unexpected turn when they’re paid a visit by a charismatic, six-foot tall, hat-wearing cat, who invites himself in to search for his misplaced “moss-covered, three-handled family gredunza.” Employing the “Calculatus Eliminatus” method, the children help the Cat in the Hat look for his missing keepsake but in the process, leave the house in a mess. Mr. Krinkelbein, the family’s wise pet goldfish, who in effort to look out for the kids’ best interest, protests the Cat in the Hat’s shenanigans and orders him to leave. The Cat in the Hat however, preoccupied with finding his missing “gredunza,” enlists the help of his best friends, Thing One and Thing Two, to help with the search but the pair only manage to bring the house into further disarray. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Marley

Bob Marley’s universal appeal, impact on music history, and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. ‘Marley’ is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, legend, and the man, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, never before seen performances, previously unreleased music, and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Clue

In this spoof of McCarthy-era paranoia and 1950s wholesomeness, the characters and plot are drawn from the popular Parker Brothers board game ‘Clue‘ of the same name. On a dark and stormy night in 1954, six individuals with ties to Washington are assembled for a dinner party at the swanky mansion of one Mr. Boddy (Lee Ving). Boddy’s butler, Wadsworth (Tim Curry), assigns each guest a colorful name: Mr. Green (Michael McKean), Col. Mustard (Martin Mull), Mrs. Peacock (Eileen Brennan), Professor Plum (Christopher Lloyd), Miss Scarlet (Lesley Ann Warren), and Mrs. White (Madeline Kahn). Two additional servants, the Cook (Kellye Nakahara) and Yvette, the maid (Colleen Camp), assist Wadsworth as he informs the guests that they have been gathered to meet the man who has been blackmailing them: Mr. Boddy. When Boddy turns up dead, however, the guests must try to figure out who killed him so they can protect their own reputations and keep the body count from growing. Three separate endings were filmed for Clue and shown in different theaters; all three are collected for the video edition. Although the film is set in the 1950s, the original Clue game was actually devised by Anthony Pratt, a clerk in Leeds, England, to pass the time during World War II air-raid drills. First released in 1946 under the name Cluedo by British manufacturer Waddington’s, Clue was renamed and released in the U.S. in 1949. Today, Clue/Cluedo is marketed in 70 countries around the world and has been adapted into a British game show and an off-Broadway musical. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Dance Moms

Set in Pittsburgh’s renowned Abby Lee Dance Company, owned and operated by notoriously demanding and passionate instructor Abby Lee Miller, Lifetime’s explosive new docu-series ‘Dance Moms‘ follows children’s early steps on the road to stardom and the doting mothers who are there for every rehearsal, performance and bow…all under the discerning eye of Miller.  With its second record-breaking season underway and spinoffs like “Dance Moms: Miami” pulling in new viewers, fans will finally be able to get the long- awaited first season in a 4-disc collector’s set. Presenting a powerful cast of characters sure to raise eyebrows, ‘Dance Moms’ Season 1 – Lifetime’s highest-rated series and A+E’s top-selling iTunes series — immerses itself in the highs and lows surrounding competition season to deliver an intriguing and dramatic look at the frantic pursuit of the ultimate National Dance title. Centered on the devoted Miller, who runs her school with an iron tap shoe as she instructs her young, talented students while dealing with over-the-top mothers who go to great lengths to help their children’s dreams come true, ‘Dance Moms’ poses tough questions about what really goes on behind-the-scenes in the fast-growing and controversial sport of competitive dance. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Gunsmoke

The hugely popular television classic returns to DVD with ‘Gunsmoke:’ The Sixth Season, Volume 1. James Arness stars as U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon, who works to keep the peace in the outlaw-filled town of Dodge City. Every day Marshal Dillon protects citizens from the hardships of the Wild West including cattle rustling, gun fights, brawls and land fraud. Such situations call for sound judgment and brave actions – of which Marshal Dillon has plenty. Buy the Season 6, Volume 1 DVD right here.

Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt

Tom Selleck, in his role as small-town police chief Jesse Stone, returns to the home screen in ‘Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt,’ the latest chapter of the popular TV franchise, now available on DVD. Adapted from characters created in the late Robert B. Parker’s best-selling novels, the new installment of the critically acclaimed crime drama leads audiences into a dark, suspenseful mystery in which Stone investigates the chilling case of a double homicide. Emmy and Golden Globe winner Kathy Baker (TV’s “Picket Fences”), Kohl Sudduth (TV’s “Grosse Pointe”), Gloria Reuben (TV’s “ER”), Stephen McHattie (Immortals), Robert Carradine (TV’s “Lizzie McGuire”), Saul Rubinek (TV’s “Warehouse 13”) and William Devane (TV’s “24”) also star in the TV movie. ‘Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt’ originally aired on CBS May 20 with 12.8 million viewers. The TV movie is directed by Robert Harmon. The screenplay, based on characters created by Robert B. Parker, is written by Tom Selleck and Michael Brandman. The chief is back on the job. When a shocking double homicide rocks the quiet coastal town of Paradise, Massachusetts, Stone is forced back into action. With his police department nearly emptied of staff, he has to rely on his expert intuition to sort through a maze of misleading clues as he attempts to unravel two mysterious murders. Buy the DVD right here.

The Liquidator

Written by Timur Zhaksylykov and directed by Akan Satayev, ‘The Liquidator’ stars Vinnie Jones, Berik Aitzhanov and Aziz Beishenaliyev. After the death of his journalist brother, the life of Arsen – an ex-special forces soldier turned bodyguard – changes dramatically when it becomes clear that his brother’s death was no accident. He tracks and “liquidates” those responsible for his brother’s death, uncovering a ring of corruption that extends to the highest levels of society and government. As the liquidation continues, the powerful individuals involved become uneasy and hire the services of an international assassin, known as the Silent Killer, to neutralize him. Buy the DVD right here.

Young Justice: Dangerous Secrets

Another round of justice has been served. Watch them battle villains and fight crime in ‘Young Justice‘: Dangerous Secrets, a 2-disc 14 episode collection. Back for another round, Robin, Superboy, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Miss Martian and Artemis join forces to take down some of the universe’s most dangerous foes. From India to Cadmus Labs, these super-powered sidekicks must think fast and use teamwork in their neverending fight against The Light. Join the team as they battle the likes of the ruthless assassin Cheshire, the Lord of Chaos Klarion, the brutally powerful Sportsmaster and the deceptive Parasite. In battles that test their loyalties and reveal hidden secrets, Young Justice must use their incredible crime-fighting powers to come together and defeat their toughest enemies yet. Buy the DVD right here.

Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion

Two dimwitted pals attempt to fib their way through their high school reunion with disastrous results in the bubbly comedy ‘Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion‘ from David Mirkin, frequent director of the cult TV sitcom Get a Life!. Los Angeles dim-bulbs Romy (Mira Sorvino) and Michelle (Lisa Kudrow) have been best friends since childhood. Their shared passions include shopping, club-hopping, and creating their own candy-colored fashions. When their tenth high school reunion looms, the friends realize that their lives are not impressive enough to cow the popular crowd that tormented them in their teen years. So Romy borrows a Jaguar, and the duo concocts a story about how they became top corporate executives by creating Post-It Notes. Once they are at the reunion, however, Romy and Michelle’s scheme unravels. Saturnine classmate Heather (Janeane Garofalo), who really did make a fortune as an inventor, exposes their fraud, and the girls find themselves mocked again, by everyone except Sandy Frink (Alan Cumming), a nerd millionaire with a lingering crush on Michelle. Kudrow reprised the role of Michelle from her late 1980s stage performance in the play Ladies’ Room by Robin Schiff, who expanded both the play and the part of Michelle for the feature film version. Buy the 15th Anniversary Blu-ray edition right here.

Spaceballs

Spaceballs: The 25th Anniversary Edition‘ is now available on Blu-ray. Comedy legend Mel Brooks leads an all-star cast of cutups including John Candy (Splash), Rick Moranis (Ghostbusters) and Bill Pullman (Ruthless People). When the evil Dark Helmet (Moranis) attempts to steal all the air from planet Druidia, a determined Druish Princess (Daphne Zuniga), a clueless rogue (Pullman) and a half-man/ half-dog creature who’s his own best friend (Candy) set out to stop him. But with the forces of darkness closing in on them at ludicrous speed, they’ll need the help of a wise imp named Yogurt (Brooks) and the mystical power of “The Schwartz” to bring peace and merchandising rights to the entire galaxy. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment combed the desert to bring fans an all-new featurette for the ‘Spaceballs: The 25th Anniversary Edition’ Blu-ray entitled “Farce Yourself! Spaceballs and the Skroobing of Sci-Fi.” Mel Brooks takes fans on a guided tour into the making of the ‘Spaceballs’ saga, exploring the film’s inspiration, its production, visual effects (including the sizzling creation of “Pizza the Hut”), how the film directly tears down the adventurous (Star Wars), the scary serious (Alien) and even the apocalyptic (Planet of the Apes) in his own uninhibited way and its epic status as Mel Brooks’ most successful and beloved fan favorite film. Additional bonus features include commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes, still galleries, trailers, film bloopers and more. Buy the 25th Anniversary Blu-ray right here.

My Little Pony – Friendship is Magic

Love is in the air… it’s time to celebrate a royal wedding. ‘My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding’ is now available on DVD. My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding features 5 episodes that everypony will love, including “A Canterlot Wedding, Part 1,” “A Canterlot Wedding, Part 2,” “Hearts And Hooves Day,” “Sweet & Elite,” and “The Best Night Ever.” Bonus features will include a coloring sheet and more! Girls can also act out imaginative stories of their own with delightful ‘My Little Pony’ wedding-themed figures, play-sets, and vehicles from Hasbro. When it’s announced that Twilight Sparkle’s older brother, Shining Armor, is set to marry Princess Celestia’s niece, Cadence, all the ponies in Equestria should be celebrating. But there’s one pony in Ponyville who’s not so thrilled with the news — Twilight Sparkle! Why is the young unicorn so concerned? And will the royal wedding go off without a hitch? Find out in the two-part special, and then join us for the perfect after-party — three more My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episodes, all included in the first-ever DVD release of My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding. Buy the Royal Pony Wedding DVD right here.

Looney Tunes: There Goes the Neighborhood

Bugs, Daffy, Elmer, Foghorn, Sylvester, Tweety, Granny and all your favorite Looney friends are back. It’s ‘The Looney Tunes Show: There Goes the Neighborhood.’ Get ready to laugh till it hurts, when the Looney Tunes gang takes you on one hilarious roller coaster ride of fun after another! It’s episode after episode of Looney Tunes adventure and Looney Tunes insanity for the whole family to enjoy. And wait, there’s more! Not only will you get all these side-splitting madcap shows, you’ll also get brand new Merrie Melodies and Road Runner shorts. The laughs never end with The Looney Tunes Show! Includes the 2nd half of the 1st season, 14 episodes. Buy the DVD right here.

Garrow’s Law

Pairing sharp scripts and compelling performances with authentic historical detail, the conclusion to the riveting BBC courtroom drama, ‘Garrow’s Law, Series 3,’ now available on DVD. Andrew Buchan (The Sinking of the Laconia, Cranford) stars as virtuous barrister William Garrow, a man unafraid to confront the injustices of the 18th century English legal system. Winner of a Royal Television Society award for best history program, the series also stars Alun Armstrong (Little Dorrit, New Tricks), Rupert Graves (Sherlock, The Forsyte Saga) and Lyndsey Marshal (Rome, Being Human, The Hours). A favorite of critics and fans alike, Garrow’s Law first aired on BBC in 2009-11, and APT syndicates the series to public television stations in the U.S. The DVD 2-Disc set includes the last four episodes of the series, a bonus 19-minute featurette, and more. At the Old Bailey, pioneering barrister William Garrow continues to fight an uphill battle for prisoners’ rights. The French Revolution has made the state more determined than ever to hold on to power, and Garrow’s own circumstances are dire. Now living with Lady Sarah Hill (Lyndsey Marshal), he is impoverished and ostracized by his peers. Separated from her husband, the vengeful MP Sir Arthur Hill (Rupert Graves), Lady Sarah has no rights in the eyes of the law. On top of it all, Garrow’s mentor and friend, John Southouse (Alun Armstrong), takes ill. Buy the Series 3 DVD right here.

Blue Like Jazz

One boy’s faith is tested on a journey to self-discovery with the release of ‘Blue Like Jazz,’ now available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand. Based on The New York Times best-selling novel that swept the nation, Blue Like Jazz brings Donald Miller’s semi-autobiographical stories and reflections to life, following his path to self-discovery and progressive views on faith. Directed and co-written by Grammy Award nominee Steve Taylor (The Second Chance), Blue Like Jazz is also co-written by Miller and Ben Pearson (The Second Chance). Known for his Christian singing/songwriting and record producing, Taylor eloquently delves into the intricacies of friendships, faith and finding one’s self to reveal that everybody belongs somewhere. Marshall Allman (HBO’s “True Blood”) gives a solid performance as Don, a pious nineteen-year-old, who uproots himself from his Southern Baptist upbringing and ventures to Portland where one new experience after another teaches him the true meaning of life. (The New York Times) hailed the film as “sincere and literary,” while (Paste Magazine) deemed it “witty, provocative and life-affirming.” Blue Like Jazz also stars Claire Holt (TV’s “The Vampire Diaries”), Tania Raymonde (TV’s “Lost”), Justin Welborn (TV’s “Body of Proof”) with Eric Lange (TV’s “Victorious”), Jason Marsden (Transformers: Rescue Bots), Will McKinney (Super Zeroes) and Jenny Littleton (Deadline). Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Grosse Pointe Blank

High Fidelity

Bel Ami

Robert Pattinson (Twilight franchise, Water For Elephants) joins Academy Award nominees Uma Thurman (Best Actress, Pulp Fiction, 1994) and Kristin Scott Thomas (Best Actress, The English Patient, 1996) and Golden Globe nominee Christina Ricci (TV’s “Pan Am,” Monster) in ‘Bel Ami,’ now available on DVD. The film follows penniless soldier Georges Duroy (Pattinson), who has returned to Paris from the war around the turn of the century. Duroy quickly learns that by using his wit and powers of seduction, he can improve his financial and social status. The DVD includes the featurette, “Bel Ami: Behind the Scenes.” Based on Guy de Maupassant’s classic novel, this tale of temptation and obsession chronicles Georges Duroy’s (Robert Pattinson) rise to power from his meager beginnings as a penniless ex-soldier by using the city’s most influential and wealthy women. Set in turn of the century Paris, Duroy seduces Madame de Marelle (Christina Ricci) then marries Madeleine Forestier (Uma Thurman), a former comrade’s wife. Fueled by his insatiable quest and lustful greed, Duroy conquers Madame Walter (Kristin Scott Thomas), only to learn that every conquest is marred by betrayal and that true love eludes him. Buy the DVD right here.

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale

Legendary filmmaker and producer John Woo’s (Red Cliff, Paycheck) international box office hit ‘Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale,’ the most expensive Taiwanese production to date, is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.  Masanobu Andô (Battle Royale), Jun’ichi Haruta (Samurai Gangsters), Sabu Kawahara (Villain) and newcomer Lin Ching-Tai star in award-winning Director Wei Te-Sheng’s (Cape No. 7) epic film of an indigenous clan-based people living in harmony with nature who find their way of life threatened when violent interlopers from another culture arrive, intent on seizing their natural resources and enslaving them.  The film is available in the 140-minute version that was released theatrically in the U.S. and the 270-minute version released internationally. Bonus features include behind-the-scenes featurettes and interviews with Director Wei and Producer Woo. The film was nominated for six Asian Film Awards, including Best Film, Best Director and Umin Boya as Best Supporting Actor, as well as receiving nods from the Venice Film Festival and the Hong Kong Film Awards. It was also Taiwan’s official entry for the 2011 Academy Awards® foreign language category. Wei Te-sheng’s epic film Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale reclaims an extraordinary episode from 20th century history which is little-known, even in Taiwan. Between 1895 and 1945, the island was a Japanese colony inhabited not only by the majority (Han Chinese Immigrants) but also by the remnants of the aboriginal tribes who first settled the mountainous land. In 1930 Mouna Rudo, the leader of the Seediq tribe settled on and around Mount Chilai, forged a coalition with other Seediq tribal leaders and plotted a rebellion against their Japanese colonial masters. The initial uprising took the Japanese by surprise and was almost entirely successful. But the Japanese soon sent in their army to crush the rebellion, using aircraft and poison gas. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Preacher’s Wife

An angel wonders if love can be Heaven on Earth in the family-themed romantic fantasy ‘The Preacher’s Wife.’ Rev. Henry Biggs (Courtney B. Vance) is the pastor of a struggling Baptist church in a poor section of New York City. Biggs is devoted to serving his flock and his community, but things are not easy; membership is down, money is tight, the furnace is broken, and real estate mogul Joe Hamilton (Gregory Hines) wants to buy the property and put up condominiums. The strain is taking its toll on Biggs’ marriage to his childhood sweetheart Julia (Whitney Houston), and in a moment of desperation, he prays to the Lord for help. The prayer is answered in the form of Dudley (Denzel Washington), an angel sent to earth to assist Biggs. The preacher doesn’t believe that Dudley is a divine being, but he’ll take any help he can get, while Julia, who thinks that Dudley is just another community volunteer, welcomes him into their home. However, Dudley is sidetracked in his earthly mission when he finds himself falling in love with Julia. Leading lady Whitney Houston takes the opportunity to sing several gospel numbers along the way. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Rookies

The classic cop series ‘The Rookies’ from the 70s returns for its second exciting season. From renowned producers Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg, The Rookies-The Complete Second Season features all 23 original episodes from the 1973–1974 season, as well as the original series pilot as a special bonus.   Covering intense cases involving a cop killer, a serial rapist, a rogue officer and an escaped convict in addition to the off-duty drama that comes with being a cop, the second season continues to explore both sides of the badge worn by a group of young officers from the Southern California Police Department (SCPD). Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

Steve Niles’ Remains

Based on the IDW Publishing graphic novel written by Steve Niles (30 Days Of Night),’Remains’ is set in a chilling postapocalyptic Reno, Nevada, and follows the survivors of a bizarre accident that reduced most of the world’s population to zombies. The group takes refuge in a vacant casino and fights a losing battle against the undead, who grow steadily stronger, smarter and more aggressive by the minute. The movie stars Grant Bowler (Killer Elite, True Blood), Lance Reddick (Fringe, Lost, The Wire), Miko Hughes (Pet Sematary) and Tawny Cypress (Rescue Me, Heroes). Buy the Blu-ray right here.

La Grande Illusion

From the StudioCanal Collection, Lionsgate proudly presents ‘La Grande Illusion,’ now available on Blu-ray Disc with superior picture quality plus unique special features. A masterpiece of French cinema, La Grande Illusion was directed by Academy Award nominee Jean Renoir (Best Director, The Southerner, 1945) and was the first foreign language film ever nominated for the Best Picture Oscar (1938). Named one of “The 100 Best Films in World Cinema” in 2010, the film stars Jean Gabin (Le Jour se Leve), Dita Parlo (L’Atalante), Pierre Fresnay (The Man Who Knew Too Much), Erich Von Stroheim (Sunset Boulevard), Marcel Dalio (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) and Julien Carette (The Rules of the Game). Remastered in 1080P High Definition, La Grande Illusion Blu-ray Disc includes comprehensive special features. During the thick of World War I, a German POW camp holds a group of French prisoners, including the aristocratic Boieldieu (Fresnay), Maréchal the foreman (Gabin) and the Jewish banker Rosenthal (Dalio). The trio prepares to make their escape, but is soon moved to a seemingly impenetrable fortress. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom Movie

Feel the magic as the fairies of Alfea College bring their adventures to DVD for the first time with ‘Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom Movie.’ Bloom and her best friends Stella, Flora, Tecna, Musa and Aisha make up the Winx Club. Join them as they star in their first CGI full-length movie “The Secret of the Lost Kingdom” and seven bonus episodes from the Winx Club TV series. Powerful magic and strong friendships bring these six fashion-forward fairies together as all sorts of villains try to defeat them and the world. Buy the DVD right here.

Squidbillies

When you can’t count on that expensive hog mess we call “modern medicine” to fix your funnybone, ‘Squidbillies‘ is there to git-r-done! Adult Swim’s got just what the doctor ordered with the release of the Squidbillies Volume 5 DVD, packed to the gills with all 10 episodes from the series’ fifth season and bonus content including Art + Music, Pete Stuff and behind-the-scenes featurettes. In this latest installment, everyone’s favorite family of inbred hillbilly squids lay out the welcome mat for special guest appearances by T-Pain, Kevin Gillespie, Jesco White, Riley Martin and Billy Joe Shaver. Ain’t that exciting?! Co-created by David Willis (Aqua Unit Patrol Squad) and Jim Fortier (The Brak Show), ‘Squidbillies’ follows the unconventional lives of a family of squids left behind when the pre-historic oceans receded from the North Georgian mountains. During the fifth season, Squidbillies was the #1 show in its time slot with adults 18-34, according to Nielsen Media Research. It was also a Top 10 show among men 18-24, a Top 15 show among adults 18-24 and men 18-34, and a Top 20 show among adults 18-34 and men 18-49 during the fifth season. Buy the Volume 5 DVD right here.

William & Catherine – A Royal Romance

‘William & Catherine: A Royal Romance, a Hallmark Channel Original Movie that captivated the world, comes to life on DVD for the first time. A fairy tale come true, William & Catherine: A Royal Romance chronicles the story of the young love shared between Prince William and Kate Middleton. A now iconic romance, their courtship resulted in a wedding celebration that was one of the most-watched television events in history. The film includes a top ensemble cast including multiple Oscar nominee Jane Alexander (Kramer vs. Kramer, Actress in a Supporting Role, 1979) as Queen Elizabeth II, Primetime Emmy nominee Victor Garber (TV’s “Alias”) as William’s father Prince Charles and Primetime Emmy winner Jean Smart (TV’s “24”) as Camilla Parker Bowles. ‘William & Catherine: A Royal Romance’ follows the beautiful love story of Prince William (Amboyer) and Kate Middleton (St. Clair). At a pivotal point in their courtship, William takes to heart the advice of his mother, the late Princess Diana (Harcourt), which she bestowed in an interview before her untimely death. The message she left for her eldest son: hold on to the love of your life, and protect it with all of your heart. Buy the DVD right here.

The Sinking of the Laconia

A remarkable true story of heroism, heartbreak, and unexpected humanity during the midst of World War II, the thrilling and thought-provoking drama, ‘The Sinking of the Laconia,’ is now available on DVD. Broadcast on Ovation in April 2012, the miniseries features rising stars Ken Duken (Inglourious Basterds), Andrew Buchan (Garrow’s Law), and Franka Potente (The Bourne Identity, Run Lola Run), as well as Lindsay Duncan (Rome) and Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy). Adapted by award-winning screenwriter Alan Bleasdale (G.B.H.), the miniseries was nominated for a BAFTA Award for best drama serial in 2011. The DVD 2-disc set includes the complete miniseries plus the 29 min. documentary featurette, “The Sinking of the Laconia: Survivors’ Stories”. In September 1942 at the height of the battle for the Atlantic, a German U-boat torpedoed the RMS Laconia, sinking the British ship without knowing that it carried more than 2,000 passengers, many of them civilians. What followed is a tale of humanity and heroism unlike any other in the midst of one of the bloodiest conflicts in history. Buy the DVD right here.

Knock Knock 2

When the tape stops the horror continues this summer with the release of ‘Knock Knock 2′ on DVD. Based on found footage, this horror film stars newcomers Aiden Cardei, Jordan Elizabeth, Beckett West and Stephanie Lovie. On October 31, 2010 four friends, living in Los Angeles, decide to go on a self-made tour of haunted Hollywood houses and famous celebrity murders hoping to capture these famous ghosts on camera. After several uneventful ghost hunts they came upon a house known as 1666. They have been missing ever since. One year later their film was found miles away from their last known location. Buy the DVD right here.

Kathy Griffin: Pants Off and Tired Hooker

Two-time Emmy award-winning Kathy Griffin’s latest Bravo TV specials ‘Pants Off’and ‘Tired Hooker’ take you to the edge of comedy raunchiness that only the self-proclaimed “D-Lister” comedienne can provide. In front of sold out crowds she’s not afraid to speak her mind on controversial public figures (Kim Kardashian, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Casey Anthony), touchy subjects (bikini waxing, gay marriage) and cheesy TV shows (Dancing With The Stars, The Real Housewives). Star of her new talk show on Bravo, Griffin’s raunchy and revealing narratives have become legendary and these latest stand-up specials are no exception. Buy the DVD right here.

Mia and the Migoo

From the GKIDS comes ‘Mia and the Migoo,’ the Dove-Foundation approved, gorgeous second feature from award-winning French animation studio Folimage. Directed by Jacques-Remy Girerd, this fable-like journey of a young girl who must overcome her fears on a quest to find her father was created from an astounding 500,000 hand-painted frames of animation. A stunning work of art carrying an eco-friendly message and with backgrounds that invoke Van Gogh, Monet, and Cezanne, ‘Mia and the Migoo’ also features the voices of Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Modine, James Woods and Wallace Shawn.