New On DVD/Blu-ray This Week: Once Upon a Time, The Walking Dead, Homeland, Sons of Anarchy

by | August 29, 2012 at 4:55 PM | General

'Once Upon a Time' (Walt Disney Home Entertainment)

Once Upon a Time

From the acclaimed writers of ‘Lost,’ Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis, comes the first season of ABC’s enchanting hit, ‘Once Upon a Time,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD. The set includes all 22 adventure-filled episodes of the first season and allows fans to delve deeper than ever before into the mystery and magic of the epic new series with immersive, never-before-seen bonus material that will continue to keep audiences of all ages spellbound – including conversations with the cast on their childhood memories of ‘Snow White,’ deleted scenes, audio commentaries, an exploration of the genesis of this innovative and inspiring series and “The Fairest Bloopers of Them All.” The Evil Queen has cast an evil spell on an enchanted forest filled with fairytale characters in the smash hit new ABC series ‘Once Upon a Time.’ The curse trapped these characters in a place where all their happy endings were stolen – our world.  Now the Evil Queen is acting as town mayor, and all of the inhabitants of the fairytale world of Storybrooke can’t seem to remember any details of their past lives. As the truth starts to unfold, the battle between good and evil begins.  Bonus materials include “Welcome To Storybrooke,” a feature that takes you on a tour of the town that was the inspiration for the show, deleted scenes, audio commentaries, bloopers, and much, much more. Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray right here.

The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead‘ The Complete Second Season is the much anticipated next chapter to the acclaimed post zombie apocalypse series. when we last left ‘The Walking Dead,’ the characters were in the midst  of a high-intensity struggle to survive, fleeing the CDC in Atlanta as it burst into flames. In Season 2, they are still fighting zombies, and each other, facing more threats and obstacles than ever before. Based on the hugely successful and popular comic books, written by Robert Kirkman, AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ captures the ongoing human drama after a zombie apocalypse. The series follows a group of survivors, led by police office Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln, who are traveling in search of a safe and secure home. However, instead of the zombies, it’s the living how still remain the biggest threat. The 4-disc sets include all 13 episodes of the second season and are loaded with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, featurettes and audio commentaries. Buy the Season 2 Blu-ray right here.

'Homeland' (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)

Homeland

Hailed as TV’s best new drama by critics everywhere, the award-winning ‘Homeland‘ delivers compelling characters, thrilling twists and breathtaking suspense. Carrie Mathison (Golden Globe winner Claire Danes), a brilliant but volatile CIA agent, suspects that a rescued American POW may not be what he seems. Is Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) a war hero…or an Al Qaeda sleeper agent plotting a spectacular terrorist attack on U.S. soil? Following her instincts, Mathison will risk everything to uncover the truth — her reputation, her career and even her sanity. Packed with multiple layers and hidden clues, Season One offers something new every time you see it…watch carefully. Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray right here.

Sons of Anarchy

Ride full-throttle with the ‘Sons of Anarchy‘ into the most intense, adrenaline-charged season ever! Out of prison and back in business, SAMCRO faces a powerful new nemesis as they forge an unlikely alliance and head in a dangerous new direction. As a deadly internal power struggle rocks the club to its very core, Jax struggles with the legacy of his father and makes plans for the future of his family amid chaos, corruption, betrayal, and murder. Action-packed with electrifying extended episodes, Sons of Anarchy Season Four will take you for the ride of your life. Buy the Season 4 Blu-ray right here.

Boardwalk Empire

Though his fortunes have soared in the wake of Prohibition, Nucky Thompson is paying a steep price for wielding ultimate power in “the world’s playground.” Following the ’20 election, Nucky finds himself the target of an investigation for voter fraud and faces not only jail, but insurrection by some of those he considered his closest allies. ‘Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Second Season‘ is now available on Blu-ray with HBO Select. ‘Boardwalk Empire’ was the winner of eight 2011 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Martin Scorsese), and the 2011 Golden Globe for Best Drama Series and Best Actor (Steve Buscemi). In season two, Nucky and his lieutenants appear to have solidified their hold on power by rigging an election and getting a crony elected mayor. However, after a bloody KKK attack at Chalky White’s bootleg warehouse, Nucky finds his hold on Atlantic City weakened, first by state agents who arrest him for election fraud, then by members of his own inner circle and even his family, who align against him. Meanwhile, mobsters like Arnold Rothstein, Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky and Al Capone wait in the wings, looking for the chance to grab a bigger piece of Nucky’s pie. Buy the Season 2 Blu-ray with HBO Select right here.

Terminator Anthology

See the complete world as created by Academy Award-winning director James Cameron with the complete and definitive collection of all four films on Blu-ray. Never before has there been a collection of all 4 ground-breaking films plus the bonus content. Special Features include The Terminator: A Retrospective “Other Voices” Documentary with James Cameron, interviews, Deleted Scenes with James Cameron, All 3 version of T2 in 1080p THX – Theatrical, Extended and Special Editions T2. More are: Audio commentary with James Cameron and writer William Wisher T2, Cast & Crew audio commentary Deleted Scenes/Outtakes, Over 8 hours of interactive special features: behind-the-scenes video and multimedia galleries, storyboard-script mode, quizzes and games/ Terminator: Rise of the Machines 3, Audio Commentaries, Terminator Salvation mythology timelines and a Terminator Salvation “Re-Forging the Future” documentary. Buy the Blu-ray exclusively at Best Buy.

Battleship

An exhilarating campaign to save mankind unfolds on the high seas, in the skies and on land in ‘Battleship‘ – the entertaining, action-adventure made with unprecedented support of the U.S. Navy – now available on Blu-ray combo pack. Against all odds, a daring young naval officer and his heroic crew launch an all-out military showdown against a superior alien force in this enthralling, thrill-ride that will have viewers holding their breath through the final gripping face-off. Blu-ray ’s high-definition picture and perfect hi-def 5.1 surround sound provide the ultimate showcase to experience the film’s awe-inspiring special effects, non-stop action and ingenious weaponry. Almost two hours of exclusive bonus features including all-new featurettes, behind-the-scenes footage, filmmaker commentary and an exciting pre-visualization of an alternate ending make this a must-own disc for every movie fan. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

The Lucky One

An Iraq War veteran searches for the woman from a mysterious photo that he credits with saving his life during three tours of duty in the romantic drama ‘The Lucky One,’ adapted from the book by Nicholas Sparks. U.S. Marine sergeant Logan Thibault (Zac Efron) was serving his country overseas when he happened across a discarded photo of a beautiful woman. An inscription on the back read “Keep Safe,” yet the photo revealed no clues about either the subject or her whereabouts. Upon returning home to civilian life, Logan conducts his own research and discovers that the woman’s name is Beth (Taylor Schilling) and that she cares for dogs at a small-town kennel. Before long, Logan manages to get a job at the kennel, and sets his sights on winning Beth’s heart. But it won’t be easy because Beth’s past experiences have made her wary of relationships. Meanwhile, as Logan works to earn Beth’s trust, a dark secret from her past threatens to derail his hope for a happy future together. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

The Lord of the Rings Extended Editions

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

In this first part of the Trilogy, the young hobbit Frodo Baggins inherits a ring; but this ring is no mere trinket. It is the One Ring, an instrument of absolute power that could allow Sauron, the dark Lord of Mordor, to rule Middle-earth and enslave its peoples. Frodo, together with a Fellowship that includes his loyal hobbit friends, humans, a wizard, a dwarf and an elf, must take the One Ring across Middle-earth to Mount Doom, where it first was forged, and destroy it forever. Such a journey means venturing deep into territory manned by Sauron, where he is amassing his army of Orcs. And it is not only external evils that the Fellowship must combat, but also internal dissension and the corrupting influence of the One Ring itself. The course of future history is entwined with the fate of the Fellowship. The film won four Oscars for Best Visual Effects, Cinematography, Makeup and Original Score. Buy The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

In their parallel journeys, the Fellowship will stand against the powerful forces spreading from the Two Towers — Orthanc Tower in Isengard, where Saruman has bred a lethal army of 10,000 strong; and Sauron’s fortress at Barad-dûr, deep within the dark lands of Mordor. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers culminates in the astonishing battle for the refuge, Helm’s Deep, the Kingdom of Rohan’s ancient large stone fortress, besieged by Uruk-hai warriors. The film won two Oscars: Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects. Buy The Two Towers Extended Edition.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The final battle for Middle-earth begins. Frodo and Sam (Sean Astin), led by the mysterious Gollum (Andy Serkis), continue their dangerous mission toward the fires of Mount Doom in order to destroy the One Ring. Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) struggles to fulfill his legacy as he leads his outnumbered followers against the growing power of the Dark Lord Sauron, so that the Ring-bearer may complete his quest. The film, which won Academy Awards® in all 11 categories for which it was nominated, took wins for Best Picture, Director, Editing, Art Direction, Costume Design, Visual Effects, Makeup, Adapted Screenplay, Sound Mixing, Original Song and Original Score. Buy the The Return of the King Extended Edition.

Think Like a Man

The adaptation of Steve Harvey’s non-fiction relationship advice book Act Like a Lady,’Think Like a Man‘ focuses on six friends who regularly get together to play basketball, and usually are commiserating about women issues. Jeremy (Jerry Ferrara) is a geeky pothead and comic-book obsessive whose career is stuck in neutral and who won’t pop the question to his girlfriend of nine years. Zeke (Romany Malco) is a former musician-turned-businessman who is great at picking up the ladies but can’t commit to a long-term relationship. Michael (Terrence J) is good looking and charming, but his mother still has him wrapped around her finger and doesn’t want to let him go. Dominic (Michael Ealy) keeps changing career goals, and while he’s an excellent chef, he hasn’t found a way to make it pay. And short, motormouthed Cedric (Kevin Hart) is in the midst of a divorce and can’t wait to be free of his wife. Nerdy but well-meaning Bennett (Gary Owen) is the only one in a functioning relationship, and he gets a lot of grief from his buddies for his happy marriage. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Jersey Shore

The cast of ‘Jersey Shore ‘ has left their Italian Holiday behind them and jetted straight to Seaside Heights, anxious to get their GTL on.  From working at the T-shirt shop to trips to their beloved Karma, it’s summer in Seaside and they couldn’t be happier to be back. Buy the Season 5 Uncensored DVD right here.

Two and a Half Men

Nine seasons in, ‘Two and a Half Men‘ continues to bring the non-stop laughs to audiences everywhere with the Season 9 DVD. Ashton Kutcher joins series stars Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones in the cast and the Season 9 DVD includes all 24 laugh–out-loud episodes on 3 discs. The release includes exclusive bonus features, such as a behind-the-scenes look at Kutcher’s first night taking the stage in ‘Two and a Half Men,’ as well as an overview of the changes made to the show’s signature set in Season 9 with “The Billionaire Upgrade.” When hopelessly nebbish Alan Harper (Cryer) and his fast-maturing son (Jones) suddenly find themselves without a place to call home, their solution walks in off the beach in the form of Internet gazillionaire Walden Schmidt (Kutcher), who buys the Malibu beach pad and offers to let Alan and Jake stay. Soon, the three guys bond, forming a substitute family, and finding themselves involved in all sorts of comedic exploits. Buy the Season 9 DVD right here.

Danny Phantom

The adventures of ‘Danny Phantom‘ continue with the second half of the outrageous second season! Join this ordinary teen with extraordinary abilities as he transforms himself into a ghostly superhero tasked with battling ghastly fiends from another dimension! Alongside his two best friends, Tucker and Sam, Danny finds himself in some of the most exciting, ghoulishly entertaining situations ever. Buy the Season 2, Part 2 DVD right here.

The Streets of San Francisco

The classic 1970s police drama starring Hollywood icon Michael Douglas returns to DVD with ‘The Streets Of San Francisco’ Season Four, Volume One & Volume Two. Douglas stars alongside Karl Malden in the thrilling television crime drama about 20-year veteran detective Lt. Mike Stone (Malden) who is partnered with young, college educated inspector Steve Keller (Douglas) with a lot to learn about being a police detective on the streets of
San Francisco. Buy the complete Season 4 DVD right here.

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

From the Academy Award-winning Aardman (Chicken’s Run, Wallace & Gromit) and Sony Pictures Animation, comes the all-new, swashbuckling stop-motion animated film ‘The Pirates’ that’s sure to entertain families from beginning to end. This critically acclaimed action-packed comedy adventure follows the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain, voiced by Hugh Grant, in his first animated role, and his band of misfits (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Al Roker, Anton Yelchin and Ashley Jensen) as they frolic on the high seas in an amusing quest to win the coveted “Pirates of the Year” award. Along the way they battle a diabolical queen (Imelda Staunton) and team up with a haplessly smitten young scientist (David Tennant), but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure! The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack bost hours of kid-friendly extras, including Filmmakers’ Commentary, the exclusive “Mr. Bobo’s Flash Card Challenge” game, and the all-new “So You Want to be a Pirate” mini-movie. Buy the 3D Blu-ray combo pack right here.

Headhunters

A man living on both sides of the law is caught in a dangerous game in the thriller ‘Headhunters‘ from Norwegian director Morten Tyldum. Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie) makes his living as a corporate recruiter, finding talented people who work for other companies and making them lucrative offers to join the firm currently signing his paychecks. Roger’s work brings with it a handsome salary, but he suffers crushing insecurity when it comes to his beautiful wife Diana (Synnove Macody Lund), and he constantly showers her with expensive gifts in hopes of staying on her good side. Between Diana’s expectations and the equally expensive tastes of Roger’s mistress Lotte (Julie R. Olgaard), Roger needs cash, so he’s taken on a high-paying second job — stealing rare works of art. Roger is just good enough and smart enough to know that he’ll get caught eventually, and when he learns of a man with an authentic Rubens, he hopes to make one last score that will keep him well-set for a long time. But Roger soon finds out there’s a catch — the man with the painting is also someone he’s supposed to recruit for a client, and he’s clearly a few steps ahead of Roger. Hodejegerne (aka Headhunters) was an official selection at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Looney Tunes The Chuck Jones Collection Mouse Chronicles

Animation legend Chuck Jones’ remarkable work is the focus of Warner Home Video’s latest Looney Tunes title with the DVD & Blu-ray  release of ‘Looney Tunes The Chuck Jones Collection Mouse Chronicles.’ This unique collection is comprised of 19 remastered, theatrical shorts that showcase some of animation’s most delightfully mischievous mice and their daring adventures. All cartoons featured on this set are released on Blu-ray for the first time. Meet Sniffles, the incredibly cute, sweet-natured but naïve little mouse whose curious nature lands him in the most precarious predicaments. In Naughty But Mice, which is featured in this set, theater-goers came to know this adorable little rodent as a lovable, wide-eyed simpleton with a talent for getting himself into big trouble. Jones however, continued to evolve Sniffles’ character over the years, taking him into a slightly different direction. Twelve Sniffles-centered shorts are included in this release. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Agatha Christie’s Poirot

Newly remastered and restored to their original U.K. broadcast order, ‘Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Series 6′ is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. David Suchet stars as Agatha Christie’s mustachioed mystery-solver in these four feature-length episodes from the hit series. Poirot investigates the baffling cases with the help of Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser, Sharpe), Chief Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson, Little Voice), and Miss Lemon (Pauline Moran). Newly remastered, these editions capture every opulent detail of Art Deco-era Europe. Brimming with opulent 1930s period details and pitch-perfect performances, these lavish adaptations look better than ever in this remastered edition. ITV Studios’ Poirot has aired on ITV1 in the U.K. since 1989 and on PBS and A&E in the U.S. Series 6 previously aired in 1995-96. The 2-disc Blu-ray and 4-disc DVD sets include all four mysteries from Series 6, now with SDH subtitles. Series 6 guest stars include Damian Lewis (Homeland, The Forsyte Saga) in one of his first roles and Kate Buffery (Wish Me Luck). Buy the Series 6 DVD right here.

The Lieutenant

Part 1

A man of war. A time of fragile peace. This is the set-up for Gene Roddenberry’s ‘The Lieutenant,’ the tale of a brash and charming Marine lieutenant (2001: A Space Odyssey’s Gary Lockwood) serving at Camp Pendleton under a steely, button-down captain (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’s Robert Vaughn). The Lieutenant is packed full of themes, tropes, and quirks that Roddenberry would further explore in his next series, Star Trek. Lockwood’s William Tiberius Rice (yes, Tiberius!) is every bit the charming devil, but that’s just the glossy veneer that covers his firm commitment to Corps and Country. While Vaughn’s Captain Rambridge has the reasoning and the seasoning to keeps Rice in line when his passions overflow. TV greats James Gregory (Barney Miller) and Richard Anderson (The Six Million Dollar Man) enjoy recurring roles and a young Richard Donner (Superman, Lethal Weapon) directs many an episode. 16-Episodes, 4-Disc Collection. Buy the Complete Series Part 1 at WBshop.com.

Part 2

Lt. Rice and Capt. Rambridge continue their mission to train new recruits and explore the nature of honor and duty in this 4-Disc, 13-Episode Collection. The simmering background of the brewing conflict in Asia heats up and takes center stage as the series builds up to its ultimate away mission, and Lt. Rice finds himself serving as a military advisor in Vietnam. Rice’s other missions include investigating film, fame, race relations, faith and loyalty with the aid of hi-caliber guests like Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Woody Strode and future Trek alums Leonard Nimoy, Majel Barrett, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, and Ricardo Montalban. Rarely seen since its original airing, The Lieutenant proves to be an unheralded harbinger of TV yet-to-come, “light years” ahead of its time. Special Bonus: To Kill a Man – the feature film version of the series’ final episode, unseen since its original international theatrical release in 1964. Buy the Complete Series Part 2 at WBshop.com.

SpongeBob SquarePants: Ghouls Fools

Take a haunting, hilarious dive into Bikini Bottom and enjoy some ghostly tunes in the all-new DVD ‘SpongeBob SquarePants‘: Ghoul Fools. In addition to the double episode, “Ghoul Fools,” go on a treasure hunt, learn to tie nifty knots and board the Flying Dutchman to haunt the Seven Seas. This is a collection of episodes so good, it’s scary! Buy the DVD right here.

Apartment 143

From the producers of ‘Buried,’ the paranormal thriller ‘Apartment 143′ is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Telephone calls with no caller. Mysterious shadows. Extraordinary light emissions. Flying objects. Exploding light bulbs. All of these are part of a series of anomalous phenomena taking place in a newly occupied apartment. A team of parapsychologists has set out to investigate these odd happenings. Using infra-red filming, digital photography, psycho phonic readings, movement detectors, and magnetic field alteration meters, they group’s attempts to contact “the other side” will grow increasingly dangerous as they near a point of no return. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series – Rise of the Red Lanterns

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps embark on their latest intergalactic missions with the release of ‘Green Lantern: The Animated Series – Rise of the Red Lanterns’ Season 1, Part 1 DVD. The series follows Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps on a treacherous journey through deep space. As Earth’s Green Lantern, Hal must face down an invasion from the villainous Red Lantern Corps, who will stop at nothing to destroy and silence the Green Lantern Crops forever. Joined by his former drill sergeant Kilowog, and several all-new heroes, Hal brings the cosmic battle against the forces of evil to the far reaches of the galaxy. Buy the Season 1, Part 1 DVD right here.

Citizen Gangster

Based on the true story of Edwin Boyd, postwar Toronto’s most famous criminal, ‘Citizen Gangster’ is a powerful tale of one man’s rise from obscurity to criminal celebrity and the dangerous price he pays for it. Eddie Boyd (Scott Speedman, The Moth Diaries, The Strangers) has returned from World War II dismayed by public indifference toward veterans and his inability to fulfill his dream of being a Hollywood star. Moreover, his veteran status does nothing to help provide for his children and wife Doreen (Kelly Reilly, Sherlock Holmes, Pride & Prejudice). Seeing only disappointment in the face of his policeman father (Brian Cox, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Zodiac, The Bourne Identity), Eddie becomes desperate and starts to rob banks. But what starts as “friendly” robberies evolves into a folk hero career not unlike that of Clyde Barrow or Butch Cassidy, in which crime and love mix with explosive results. Buy the DVD right here.

School of Rock

Darling Companion

An aging couple find the happiness of their daughter’s wedding offset by the emotional distress of losing their beloved dog in the comedy-drama ‘Darling Companion‘ from director Lawrence Kasdan. Beth (Diane Keaton) and her daughter Grace (Elizabeth Moss) are driving down a Denver freeway on a chilly winter day when Beth rescues a lost dog on the side of the road. Naming her new companion “Freeway,” Beth forges a strong bond with her new pet while growing increasing frustrated with her husband Joseph (Kevin Kline) — a self-centered doctor who shows more concern for his patients than he does for his own children. But shortly after Grace’s wedding in the Rockies, Freeway runs off during a walk with Joseph. Furious at Joseph and devastated at the loss of losing her loyal pet, Beth recruits remaining wedding guests Penny (Dianne Wiest), Russell (Richard Jenkins), and Bryan (Mark Duplass) — and enigmatic stranger Carmen (Ayelet Zurer) to help bring Freeway home safely. Along the way, Beth finds her crumbling marriage to Joseph put to the ultimate test. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Injustice

Created by Anthony Horowitz (Foyle’s War, Midsomer Murders), ‘Injustice’ is now available on DVD, offering a tale  of murder, conspiracy, secrets, and guilt. James Purefoy (Rome, Episodes, and opposite Kevin Bacon on Fox’s forthcoming series The Following) leads a distinguished cast featuring Dervla Kirwan (Ballykissangel), Charlie Creed-Miles (Five Days), and Nathaniel Parker (The Inspector Lynley Mysteries) in this taut five-part thriller that merges legal drama, police investigation, and high-tension suspense in an atmosphere of moral ambiguity. Injustice was broadcast on ITV and DirecTV in 2011. Purefoy plays defense barrister William Travers, who has fled from London murder trials to the peace of the Suffolk countryside with his family. He is called upon to defend an old friend in a homicide that may be much more than it seems, even as death strikes close to home and he becomes a target of investigation himself. Buy the DVD right here.

The Newest Pledge

A hard partying fraternity decides to pledge a baby in the new movie ‘The Newest Pledge,’ now available on DVD. The film stars Jason Mewes and G.W> Bailey with Andy Milonakis, Mindy Sterling and Kevin Nash. Sidesplitting comedy from start to finish, ‘The Newest Pledge’ includes audio commentary with the director and cast plus deleted scenes. A hard partying fraternity decides to pledge a baby they find on their doorstep the morning after their most outrageous party of the semester. Through the hilarious hurdles that the Omega’s endure raising the baby, their rival fraternity, Phi Tau, learns of their pledge plan. Buy the DVD right here.

Death Watch

A highly acclaimed French film from 1980, ‘Death Watch’ was directed by the great French director Bertrand Tavernier (Coup De Torchon, Life And Nothing But, Capitaine Conan) and filmed on location in Glasgow, Scotland. The story is part human drama and part futuristic cautionary tale and focuses primarily on two people: terminally ill Katherine (Romy Schneider, What’s New Pussycat, Ludwig) and Roddy (Harvey Keitel, The Duellists, Bad Lieutenant, Reservoir Dogs), who, after having a camera implanted into his brain, is hired by the producer of the TV series Death Watch to film a documentary of Katherine without her knowledge. Both deeply moving and a fascinating look at society in decay, this is a must-see film, and one made even more poignant knowing that star Romy Schneider herself died tragically only two years later at the age of 44. Also starring Harry Dean Stanton (Repo Man, Paris, Texas), Max von Sydow (The Seventh Seal, The Exorcist) and Robbie Coltrane (Mona Lisa, Cracker). Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

The Moth Diaries

Adapting Rachel Klein’s popular young adult novel, ‘The Moth Diaries,’ acclaimed director Mary Harron (American Psycho, I Shot Andy Warhol, The Notorious Bettie Page) returns with the chilling story of 16-year-old Rebecca (Sarah Bolger, The Tudors), who is haunted by her poet father’s recent suicide and records her most intimate thoughts in a diary. Most of those very private thoughts are centered on Lucie (Sarah Gadon, A Dangerous Method), Rebecca’s best friend and roommate at the ivy-covered Brangwyn school. But when a mysterious, ethereal and captivating new girl, Ernessa (the stunning Lily Cole, Snow White and the Huntsman, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus), arrives at school, everyone’s world is turned upside down. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Changing the Game

An ambitious Columbia University graduate uses the Machiavellian tactics gleaned from a street smart drug dealer to beat a corporate scandal, and strike back at the Wall Street banker who’s threatening to end his career in ‘Changing the Game,’ a tense tale of cutthroat politics. Darrell Barnes grew up in North Philadelphia. Though life wasn’t easy in his tough neighborhood, Darrel was raised right by his loving grandmother, and eventually earned a scholarship to Columbia University. Before Darrel goes off to school, however, he crosses paths with Dre Newell – an enterprising drug dealer who bestows him a copy of Niccoló Machiavelli’s masterpiece, The Prince. Later, after Darrel earns his MBA and goes to work for a prominent investment firm, a perfect storm of scandals, obstacles, and treachery find Darrel putting the Italian philosopher’s political theories into practice in order to succeed professionally, and save his own life. Buy the DVD right here.

10 Things You Don’t Know About

From great figures come our most noteworthy inventions, from the telephone to the theory of general relativity. But no great leader is perfect. H2 digs into the scandals and family secrets you won’t find in textbooks in the new series ’10 Things You Don’t Know About,’ the most popular of the new programs produced specifically for History’s new hyped network. Observing the lives of renowned leaders, brilliant scientists and notorious criminals, viewers get an intriguing and provocative inside peek into their unknown pasts, from Ben Franklin’s nefarious history to Albert Einstein’s hidden family drama.  Other notable subjects featured on the DVD include Abraham Lincoln, J. Edgar Hoover, The OK Corral, The Roosevelts, The Mormons, George Patton, Caligula, The Rat Pack and Adolph Hitler. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Matt Cain’s Perfect Game

On June 13 at San Francisco’s AT&T Park, Giants ace Matt Cain threw the first perfect game in franchise history when he overwhelmed the Houston Astros with a masterful performance.  Cain dominated with 14 strikeouts to match Sandy Koufax (September 9, 1965) for the most ever in a perfect game, while tossing only the 22nd perfect game in Major League Baseball history.  Fans looking to relive Cain’s historic day on the mound can view the complete, uncut game in ‘Baseball’s Greatest Games: San Francisco Giants First Perfect Game.’ San Francisco Giants fans marveled at Cain’s 125-pitch classic on this historic night. The defense made several terrific plays, and Cain otherwise scattered six ground ball outs and seven fly ball outs to shut down Houston. The impressive performance further links Cain to the franchise’s proud heritage as in 1905 Christy Mathewson also spun a June 13th Giants no-hitter. Buy the DVD right here.

Penumbra

A ruthless, take-no-prisoners lawyer comes up against forces -natural and otherwise – even she may not be able to handle in the gripping and unnerving ‘Penumbra,’ a supernatural shocker from Spain’s new horror hitmakers the Garcia Bogliano brothers. Set on the day of a rare solar eclipse, when nothing is as it should be, the movie is set to disturb audiences in the comfort of their homes. Marga is a highly motivated, successful and arrogant businesswoman from Spain on assignment in Buenos Aires, a city she looks down upon and whose people she loathes. While in the Argentine capital on a day the whole population is waiting to view a rare solar eclipse, she must also find a new tenant for her family’s decrepit apartment. Buy the DVD right here.

Big Time Movie and Rags: Double Movie

Get ready for ‘Big Time Movie and Rags: Double Movie,’ now available on DVD. Help Dora start the Fantastic Gymnastics show, win a ribbon with Pinto in the Big Horse Show and find Swiper’s favorite things. The boys of Big Time Rush and Keke Palmer are bringing the latest smash original Nickelodeon TV movies to DVD. The two hours of musical fun include Big Time Movie where the boys save the world with an awesome Beatles soundtrack as well as the Rags movie, a musical retelling of the classic Cinderella story with a twist. Don’t miss appearances in Rags by other loved Nickelodeon stars like Max Schneider (How to Rock), Avan Jogia (Victorious, Spectacular!) and Drake Bell (Drake & Josh). Buy the DVD right here.

The Heineken Kidnapping

Heineken is one of the world’s most prestigious names in beer, but the wealth and fame that comes with great success proves a danger for the man behind the familiar green label in the fact-based thriller ‘The Heineken Kidnapping.’ The action drama about a notorious and brutal crime that gripped Europe, starring international screen star Rutger Hauer, is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Rutger Hauer (Hobo With a Shotgun, Blade Runner, Batman Begins, Soldier of Orange) stars as Alfred Heineken, who in 1983 was one of the world’s most successful brewers and perhaps the most influential man in the Netherlands – and thus a target for kidnappers. A young Amsterdam renegade, Rem (Reinout Scholten van Aschat), learns of a lowlife gang’s plan to kidnap the filthy-rich mogul and wants in on the job. Rem has a personal vendetta to settle: His father worked at the Heineken brewery but was laid off, ironically, for having become an alcoholic. Buy the DVD right here.

The Viral Factor

IDC Agent Jon (Jay Chou) is on a dangerous mission to escort a criminal scientist to another country in ‘The Viral Factor.’ En route, a member of his team turns out to be a traitor and shoots Jon in the head while kidnapping the scientist. When Jon wakes up in the hospital, a doctor tells him that within weeks, the bullet in his brain will cause complete paralysis. Jon returns to Beijing to see his mother, who confesses that Jon has a brother in Malaysia. On a flight to meet his long-lost sibling, Jon forms a bond with Dr. Kan (Lin Peng), who promises to look into potential treatments for his condition. However, when they arrive, they are kidnapped. Soon Jon realizes the kidnapper is his brother (Nicholas Tse), and they decide to work together in order to keep an international consortium of criminals from re-infecting the world with a disease long thought cured. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Starship Troopers: Invasion

The Troopers are back in action in the all-new CGI-animated adventure ‘Starship Troopers: Invasion,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD with UltraViolet.  With the latest in CGI technology, the next chapter in the beloved sci-fi franchise finds fan favorites Johnny Rico, Captain Ibanez and Carl Jenkins on a perilous mission to rescue survivors of a Federation outpost under attack by the bugs. Series star Casper Van Dien returns as executive producer alongside Ed Neumeier, screenwriter of the original smash hit Starship Troopers. Shinji Aramaki, acclaimed Japanese director of the animated hits Appleseed, Appleseed Ex-Machina and Halo Legends, brings his unique visual style to this action-packed, visually stunning sequel that utilizes the latest, state-of-the-art CGI technology to render the ultimate battle between mankind and alien bugs. The ‘Starship Troopers: Invasion’ Blu-ray and DVD come armed with hours of explosive bonus features, including filmmakers commentary, deleted scenes, and an 11-part Making Of featurette, revealing how the movie was made, using a breakthrough mix of animation, motion capture and compositing. As an added bonus to fans, the Blu-ray also features an exclusive Conceptual Art Gallery, showcasing the original designs of the movie’s ships, alien bugs, and more. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Battleground

hen a bank heist goes wrong, six ruthless bank robbers become stranded in an off-the-grid forest when their vehicle goes missing during the planning of their escape in ‘Battleground.’ With more than three million dollars and a flight out of the country at stake, the men attempt to navigate out of the woods only to encounter a highly skilled Vietnam War veteran who uses his military training and tactics to track and kill all who enter the forest. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

You’ve Got a Friend

A young boy has a big dream and will not let life’s circumstances get in his way in the heart-warming film ‘You’ve Got a Friend,’ now available on DVD. Starring John Schneider, Dylan McLaughlin, Chase Ellison and Bitty Schram, this story explores the true meaning of family and friendship, and shows that you should never close the door on your dreams. San Diego native Bobby Graham (McLaughlin) loses his parents to a car accident and is sent to live with his aunt and uncle in Eagle Rock. Determined to follow in his late father’s footsteps he sets out to accomplish his dream of winning the American Soapbox Derby with the help of an unlikely friend, war veteran and town recluse, Jim Klecan (Schneider). Bobby may think that Jim is helping him to win the race, but it is really Jim who need the help from a friend to bring him back to life. Buy the DVD right here.

The Amazing World of Gumball

This summer, schools may be on vacation but the laughs sure aren’t as Cartoon Network brings to DVD an all-new world of unimaginable hilarity with its newest comedy release, The Amazing World of Gumball “The DVD” DVD. Packed with 12 episodes from series’ first season – including the titular episode “The DVD” – and a character gallery special feature, the compilation DVD follows the misadventures of 12-year-old Gumball. By all accounts, his world is pretty run-of-the-mill, as long as you think a blue cat with a giant head (Gumball) being chased around school by a T-Rex (Tina), befriending a piece of toast (Anton), hard-core crushing on a girl peanut with antlers (Penny) is normal. Created by Ben Bocquelet and directed by Mic Graves, The Amazing World of Gumball is the first UK-produced full-length animated series out of Cartoon Network Development Studio Europe. Fueled by a combination of 2D and 3D animation in a live-action setting, the comedy series has garnered two 2011 BAFTA Awards for Writing and Animation, a 2012 Annie Award for Best Animated Television Production Children, and a 2012 Kidscreen Award for Best Animated Series; Best Animation; Best Kids Program (viewers choice award). Buy the DVD right here.

A Beginner’s Guide to Endings

Duke White (Harvey Keitel, Little Fockers, Inglourious Basterds, Reservoir Dogs) hasn’t been an ideal father to his five boys. An inveterate gambler who never experienced a windfall he couldn’t blow within 24 hours, he has come to the end of his rope, literally.  Years ago, he signed up his three eldest sons for unsafe drug tests that turned out to have dire consequences: the boys’ life expectancies have been substantially reduced. Upon receiving the news after their father’s funeral, the sons return to their family home in Niagara Falls, where they respond to their eminent demises in different yet equally hilarious ways. Womanizing Cal (Scott Caan, “Hawaii Five-O,” “Entourage”) is determined to hook up with Miranda (Tricia Helfer,“Dark Blue,” “Battlestar Galactica), the one girl who got away.  Cautious Jacob (Paulo Costanzo, “Royal Pains”, Splinter), the only son with a real job, is determined to take every risk he didn’t take earlier, usually accompanied by Duke’s youngest son, Todd (Siam Yu).  And finally there’s his eldest, Nuts (Jason Jones,“The Daily Show”), a boxer turned promoter who seems to have inherited his father’s love of the calamitous long shot.  Written and directed with a keen sense of father-son awareness, Jonathan Sobol’s ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Endings’ features crackling dialogue and bravura performances. Buy the DVD right here.