New On DVD: Entourage, Universal 100th Anniversary Collection, Sunset Boulevard

by | November 7, 2012 at 3:50 PM | General

'Entourage' (HBO Home Entertainment)

Entourage

They’re baaaack! Catch the action for the first time or relive the ups and downs that come with fame as Vince, Eric, Drama and Turtle take you on a whirlwind ride through the high stakes world of Hollywood with ‘Entourage: The Complete Series.’ The perfect gift for HBO fans, ‘Entourage: The Complete Series‘ is available on Blu-ray and DVD. The set is boxed in a stylishly cool, black casing and features all 8 seasons along with more than 6 hours of bonus content and is the first time seasons 1-5 are available on Blu-ray. ‘Entourage: The Complete Series’ Blu-ray and DVD sets contain a wealth of bonus materials that give viewers a wildly entertaining look inside one of TV’s most celebrated comedies. Included are the audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes, panel discussions, and exclusive interviews that offer candid and amusing views of Hollywood and the cost of being a celebrity. Buy the complete series Blu-ray right here.

Universal 100th Anniversary Collection

For 100 years, Universal Pictures has been entertaining audiences all around the world with some of the most unforgettable movies ever made. For a limited time only, own a piece of Hollywood history with the ‘Universal 100th Anniversary Collection,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD. The collection features a selection of 25 unforgettable films that helped shape the legacy of one of the most successful movie studios of all time. Featuring prestigious Academy Award winners such as ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and ‘The Sting,’ genre-defining classics like ‘Dracula’ and ‘Spartacus,’ captivating storytelling such as ‘Field of Dreams,’ and ‘Do the Right Thing,’ blockbusters like ‘Jurassic Park,’ and ‘E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial’ and pure entertainment with franchises including ‘The Bourne Identity’ and ‘The Fast and the Furious,’ these movies continue to have an enduring impact around the world. This special set include an exclusive “100 Years of Universal” 72-page collector’s book chronicling the history of Universal over the last 100 years including rare photos and memorabilia from the studio’s archives. The collection also includes an exclusive 15-track music CD containing a selection of the most popular music scores from Universal films including ‘Psycho,’ ‘The Sting,’ ‘Jaws,’ ‘E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial’ and ‘Out of Africa.’ Featuring hours of bonus features including an exclusive bonus disc, including 8 “100 Years of Universal” featurettes, vintage cartoons and rarely seen shorts from the Universal archives. This one is not to be missed! Buy the Blu-ray collection right here.

Sunset Boulevard

Paramount Home Media Distribution proudly presents one of the studio’s most iconic films, newly restored and in sparkling high definition for the first time ever, with the release of ‘Sunset Boulevard’ on Blu-ray. A fitting release to continue Paramount’s centennial celebration, Billy Wilder’s seminal classic continues to enthrall audiences with its bizarre and tragic tale of Hollywood’s dark side. Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and winner for Best Writing, Best Art Direction and Best Music, ‘Sunset Boulevard’ was named by the American Film Institute as #12 on its list of the Greatest American Movies. William Holden, as a struggling young screenwriter, and Gloria Swanson, as an aging silent film queen, created two of the screen’s most memorable characters, delivering unforgettable performances amidst the dramatic light and shadow of John Seitz’s evocative cinematography. Not only a cinematic masterpiece, ‘Sunset Boulevard’ also captures some extraordinary moments in Hollywood history, including Cecil B. DeMille on the set of Samson and Delilah, which was erected in a soundstage still in use on the Paramount lot.  Director Erich von Stroheim, who had directed Swanson previously in real life, appears as Norma Desmond’s butler and former director. Various notable figures make appearances in the film as themselves, including actors Buster Keaton, Hedda Hopper, Anna Q. Nilsson and H.B. Warner. And, of course, there are the iconic images of Hollywood itself, including the well-known shot of Paramount’s legendary gates. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Amazing Spider-Man

One of the most beloved and iconic super heroes of all time reemerges in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man.’ Presented for the first time in at-home 3D, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ tells the story of teenage Peter Parker, who grapples with both high school and amazing super-human crises as his alter-ego Spider-Man battles The Lizard. ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ follows Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. When Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero. Buy the 3D Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Vera

Returning to record ratings in the U.K. in 2012, the second series of the acclaimed British mystery series, ‘Vera,’ Set 2, is now available on DVD. Based on the award-winning novels by Ann Cleeves, the ITV series stars two-time Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn (Little Voice, Secrets & Lies, Pride & Prejudice, Atonement) as Vera Stanhope—a brilliant police detective with a disheveled exterior, a sharp tongue, and an uncanny ability to solve crimes. In these four new feature-length dramas, Stanhope delves into a world of shadows and suppressed passions where everyone has something to hide. The first series of Vera currently airs on select public television stations, however, the DVD release of Set 2 marks the first time the second series is available to U.S. audiences. Tough, dedicated, and more than a little irreverent, DCI Stanhope is assisted by her long-suffering sergeant, Joe Ashworth (David Leon, RocknRolla); DC Kenny Lockhart (Jon Morrison, High Times); and forensic pathologist Billy Cartwright (Paul Ritter, The Eagle). Guest stars include Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones), Julie Graham (Bonekickers), Phyllis Logan (Downton Abbey), and Judy Parfitt (Girl with a Pearl Earring). Buy the Set 2 DVD right here.

The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Charles Dickens-inspired classic holiday story “The Muppet Christmas Carol,” is ringing in its 20th anniversary with the Blu-ray debut of this family favorite. And now, a word from Gonzo: Greetings, holiday movie fans and lovers of culture, I am Gonzo … or perhaps better known to fans of this classic motion picture as literary legend Charles Dickens. Are you ready to laugh, cry, sing, frolic, cavort and enjoy yourself beyond belief!? Well, you’re in luck, because this 20th Anniversary Edition of Disney’s “The Muppet Christmas Carol” is guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit that will stay with you forever—or at least until your Aunt Edna starts complaining that nobody is eating the fruitcake she brought … again! Available for the first time ever on Blu-ray with high definition sound and picture, so you can enjoy even more of my blue-ness, not to mention the incredible spectacle of Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy as Emily Cratchit,Academy Award winner Michael Caine (Best Supporting Actor, 1999, “The Cider House Rules”) as Scrooge, wonderful songs by Oscar winner Paul Williams (Best Original Song, 1976, “Evergreen” from “A Star Is Born”) and, of course, my pal Rizzo the Rat as … well, Rizzo the Rat. Buy the 20th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

SpongeBob SquarePants: It’s a SpongeBob Christmas

Jingle the bells, put up some mistletoe and make a cup of cocoa because the Christmas season starts early with the DVD debut of Nickelodeon’s first-ever full-length stop-animation special: ‘SpongeBob SquarPants: It’s a SpongeBob Christmas.’ Inspired by the classic Rankin/Bass specials like ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ and ‘Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,’ this new holiday classic for the entire family is the perfect holiday gift and includes two MP3 compatible downloadable songs from the episode and the exclusive behind the scenes featurette. Buy the DVD right here.

They Live

The truth is more than meets the eye. You’ve been listening to their speeches and watching them on TV. They influence our decisions without us knowing it. Think again and the choice is yours! Scream Factory presents John Carpenter’s politically-charged science fiction thriller ‘They Live’ Collector’s Edition, now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Featuring anamorphic widescreen presentation of this cult classic movie, this special collector’s edition home entertainment release of ‘They Live’ boasts a bounty of special bonus content, a collectible cover featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork, a reversible wrap with original theatrical key art and much more. ‘They Live’ Collector’s Edition Blu-ray has a suggested retail price of $29.93 and $19.93 for the DVD. Fans and collector’s can pre-order now at ShoutFactory.com and Amazon.com. Buy the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray right here.

Rec 3: Genesis

Horror fans are cordially invited to witness a day of unholy matrimony in the terrifying new thriller ‘REC 3: Genesis,’ now available on DVD. The next chapter in the heart-stopping REC series follows one young couple’s big day as it turns into one big nightmare when a viral outbreak transforms their wedding guests into blood-thirsty zombies. Paco Plaza, writer and director of the original REC, which inspired the hit movie Quarantine, returns to stage more blood-curdling suspense and shocking moments in this high-octane fright fest. The film stars Javier Botet (original REC and REC 2), Leticia Dolera (Imagining Argentina, Man Push Cart) and Diego Martin (TV’s “Doctor Mateo,” I Want You). Now, movie fans can now catch the latest “recorded” tale of real-world technology capturing otherworldly horror when REC 3: Genesis breaks out on DVD. Bonus features on the disc include twelve deleted scenes along with a blooper reel. Koldo and Clara are about to celebrate the most important day of their lives: their wedding. Everything appears to be running smoothly, and the bride, the groom and their families are enjoying a wonderful day in the countryside… until some of the guests start showing signs of a strange illness. Before they know what’s happening, the bride and groom find themselves in the middle of a hellish ordeal, as an uncontrollable torrent of violence is unleashed on the wedding. What started off as an idyllic day quickly descends into a nightmare of the worst kind. Buy the DVD right here.

Fire With Fire

Murder, love and revenge are ablaze in ‘Fire With Fire,’ the new action-packed thriller now available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand. From the producer of Street Kings, 16 Blocks and Righteous Kill and directed by David Barrett (‘The Mentalist’), the heart-pounding film follows a fireman’s unexpected course of action when he’s threatened by a white supremacist that he’s testifying against in a murder case.  Fire with Fire stars record-breaking box office superstars Josh Duhamel (Transformers), Bruce Willis (The Expendables 2), Rosario Dawson (Unstoppable) and Vincent D’Onofrio (‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’). Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Javier Bardem 3-Film Collection

The talented and riveting, Academy Award winner Javier Bardem (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, No Country For Old Men, 2007), is the featured star in the exclusive DVD release of the ‘Javier Bardem 3-Film Collection’ from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Just in time for Bardem’s villainous turn in the new Bond film, Skyfall, this collection features three of his most memorable films including the Best Picture Oscar Winner ‘No Country For Old Men,’ ‘Biutiful’ and ‘Mondays In The Sun,’ together for the first time. A must-have for Bardem fans, the collection is now available. Buy the DVD right here.

Arthur Christmas

Deck the halls early this holiday season with the release of the critically acclaimed, charming family adventure ‘Arthur Christmas,’ now available on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD, all with UltraViolet. From Aardman Animations (Chicken Run) and Sony Pictures Animation (The Smurfs) comes this heartwarming animated tale of Santa’s youngest son, Arthur, and his race to save one little girl’s Christmas. The movie reveals the answer to the age old question of children everywhere, just how all those millions of presents get delivered in one night, through an eye-popping look at Santa’s high-tech North Pole operation.  The 3D release, which was nominated for a Golden Globe award, a BAFTA, and Critics’ Choice award for Best Animated Feature film, also took home the Golden Tomato award for Best Reviewed Animated Film of 2011 from the popular website, RottenTomatoes.com. Directed by Sarah Smith (TV’s “The League of Gentlemen”) with Co-Director Barry Cook (Mulan), the computer animated 3-D film features the voices of James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class), Hugh Laurie (TV’s “House”), Bill Nighy (Total Recall), Jim Broadbent (The Iron Lady), Imelda Staunton and Ashley Jensen (both The Pirates! Band of Misfits). The movie also includes Justin Bieber’s single, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” from his album “Under the Mistletoe.” ‘Arthur Christmas’ was produced by Peter Lord, David Sproxton, Carla Shelley (all The Pirates! Band of Misfits) and Steve Pegram (Flushed Away) with Co-Producer Chris Juen (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) and Co-Executive producer Peter Baynham (Hotel Transylvania).  Baynham and Smith wrote the screenplay with music by Harry Gregson-Williams (Total Recall). Buy the 3D Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Narrow Escapes of World War II

Revealing the exploits of bravery that helped shape the outcome of the Second World War, the riveting documentary series, ‘Narrow Escapes of World War II,’ is now available on DVD. Broadcast on the Military Channel in May 2012, the series explores 13 daring escapes by Allied and Axis forces including the Doolittle raid, the Amiens Prison raid, and the siege of Kohima, with commentary from leading historians, military experts, and the participants themselves. The comprehensive overview also features original film footage, informative maps and dramatic recreations sure to excite history buffs. The DVD 4-vol. boxed set features the original uncut U.K. broadcast edition with more than 65 minutes of additional footage not seen on the U.S. broadcast (5-6 min. per episode), plus a 16-page viewer’s guide with a map, timeline, and articles on the war in Europe and Asia, types of warfare, and profiles of select WWII escapees. Revisit some of the most daring missions of World War II in these 13 gripping episodes featuring operations that took place all over the world—from the jungles of Southeast Asia to the steppes of southern Russia, from the foothills of the Himalayas to the frozen waters of the Baltic and the skies over Nazi-occupied France. With the benefit of original film footage, informative maps, and dramatic recreations, Narrow Escapes tells stories of valor, suffering, dedication, and determination that continue to inspire today. Buy the DVD right here.

Supernatural Activity

From the creators of Scary Movie comes the year’s most outrageous send-up of “found footage” films with the release of the spoof ‘Supernatural Activity,’ now available  on DVD. Joey Oglesby (‘Friday Night Lights’), Donny Boaz (‘Exposed’), Andrew Pozza (A Schizophrenic Love Story), Devin Bonnée (My Sucky Teen Romance) and Lizabeth Waters (Cherry Bomb) star as a team of myth-debunking ghost hunters on television who take off on their most frightening assignment just in time for the last episode of the season. Terrorized at every turn, this crack team of paranormal investigators film what might be their most terrifying footage yet. The film combines comedy send-ups, inside jokes and classic sight gags from such popular movies as The Last Exorcism, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Cloverfield, The Blair Witch Project, and the Paranormal Activity series. The ‘Supernatural Activity’ team is at the top of their game, debunking myths, ghouls, and spooky places, for freaked-out viewers everywhere. The world’s most beloved illusionist and crack team of paranormal investigators embark on another ghost-hunting assignment hoping for their best footage yet. What could go wrong? Terrorized at every turn, this creature-questing supernatural spooftacular is the funniest footage ever found! Turn the lights out. Watch with a friend you trust. Keep your eyes on the screen. Order me a sandwich. I’m sorry – what was I talking about? Buy the DVD right here.

The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams

Timeless Media Group has released ‘The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams-The Complete First Season’ on DVD for the first time. After being accused of a crime he did not commit, James “Grizzly” Adams flees and takes sanctuary in a remote mountain area in the American west, where he discovers and befriends an orphaned grizzly cub that Adams affectionately calls Ben. The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, which ran on the NBC Television Network for two seasons beginning in 1977, also features an impressive list of classic TV guest stars including Slim Pickens, Ken Berry and Norman Fell. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Cornwall with Caroline Quentin

Appealing to fans of Rick Steves and Samantha Brown, the lighthearted travel documentary, ‘Cornwall with Caroline Quentin,’ is now available on DVD. Hosted by two-time British Comedy Award winner Caroline Quentin (Blue Murder, Men Behaving Badly), this eight-part documentary takes a rollicking ride through southern England’s coastal playground where surfers catch big waves, vintners harvest sun-ripened grapes, and pirates swarm over a medieval fortress. Broadcast on ITV in January 2012, the production features exceptional cinematography and stunning views of the coast and countryside. The DVD 2-vol.boxed set contains all eight episodes, plus a 12-page viewer’s guide with articles on the history of Cornwall, and more. Host Quentin brings plenty of charming wit to this wide-ranging travelogue, but it’s the quirky locals and stunning scenery that truly steal the show. The Cornish peninsula stretches into the Atlantic Ocean for hundreds of miles of gorgeous coastline, where aristocrats live in centuries-old manors and beachcombers barbecue lobster by the water. At every turn, Quentin dives headlong into the summer festivities, joining the locals at a quaint village pub and cheering on a regatta composed of not-so-seaworthy vessels. The distinctively English spirit of adventure and conviviality shines through every scene, as Quentin explores Cornwall’s history and popular attractions, including the Cornish seashore, St. Michael’s Mount, and stately homes like Prideaux Place. Buy the DVD right here.

Top Shot

Competing for a $100K prize, a Bass Pro Shops shooting contract and the title of ‘Top Shot,’ 18 of the country’s finest and most diverse marksmen – from a New York farmer to a Long Island custodian – cock their hammers for a wild explosion through the History series’ fourth season of ‘Top Shot,’ hosted by “Survivor” contestant Colby Donaldson. Captured through high-speed HD cameras, lives are risked in ‘Top Shot’ Season 4 via heart-stopping stunts including speeding through the air pirate-style to braving WWII combat conditions in a Soviet-type sidecar all while sporting anything from a Kentucky flintlock pistol to the FS200 semi-automatic assault rifle.  Don’t miss this explosive season that premiered to more than 2 million viewers, a 20% jump from Season 3. Buy the Season 4 DVD right here.

CHIPS 99

Attention all units: the lights are flashing, the bikes are roaring and after 15 years, there’a a lot more freeway to patrol! But there’s not so much interstate that California Highway Patrolmen Ponch and Jon can’t cover it when they again go wherever the rubber meets the road in CHiPs ’99. Larry Wilcox returns as straight-arrow officer Jon Baker and Erik Estrada reprises his role as free-spirited Frank “Ponch” Poncherello in this 15-year reunion that adds a ‘90s sensibility to the can’t-miss elements that made the 1977-83 CHiPs TV series a fan-pleasing success: cool motorcycles, freewheeling fun and widespread disregard for the California traffic code. This time, that disregard turns dangerous. Ponch and Jon confront an automobile hijacking ring that may be the ultimate in road rage. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Arriving just in time for Thanksgiving, the hilarious fan-favorite ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles‘ celebrates its 25th anniversary with a Blu-ray release from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Written and directed by the incomparable John Hughes and starring comedy greats Steve Martin and John Candy, the uproarious classic follows a businessman (Martin) who is struggling to get home for Thanksgiving, but burdened by one travel mishap after another, as well as the company of an annoying traveling salesman (Candy).  Filled with outrageously funny situations and a generous helping of warmth, the film also features appearances by Michael McKean, Edie McClurg and Kevin Bacon. The ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’ Blu-ray features an in-depth retrospective on John Hughes’ career that includes interviews with those who worked with him and explores his indelible impact as a writer and filmmaker.  Additional features include “Getting There is Half the Fun: The Story of Planes, Trains And Automobiles”, “John Hughes For Adults”, a tribute to John Candy and a deleted scene. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Beaches

The unforgettable ‘Beaches‘ is the story of a privileged rich debutante and a cynical struggling entertainer who share a turbulent, but strong childhood friendship over the years. Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey star as CC Bloom and Hillary Whitney Essex. Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman, The Princess Diaries) directed. Get your Kleenex ready! Memorable bonus features include the music video to Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings,” and Hershey’s screen test. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Wolf Lake

Before The Twilight Saga and its vast progeny, there was Lou Diamond Phillips in the CBS fan-favorite suspense thriller ‘Wolf Lake,’ also seen on Syfy.  Nominated for two primetime Emmy Awards, ‘Wolf Lake’ follows Seattle police detective John Kanin (Phillips) on his mysterious quest for his missing girlfriend. Kanin’s search leads him to her hometown where the townspeople are hiding a dark secret … they’re all werewolves. ‘Wolf Lake The Complete Series’ features all nine series episodes, plus the un-aired pilot with creator John Leekley and director Rupert Wainwright, as well as the original saga featurette.  Also starring Mia Kirshner (Exotica, “Defiance”), Paul Wesley (“The Vampire Diaries”, “24″), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer, The Thing) and Graham Greene (Twilight: New Moon, The Green Mile), this is one toothsome series you won’t want to miss. Buy the complete series DVD right here.

Prep & Landing: Total Tinsel Collection

Prep & Landing

On Christmas Eve, a high-tech team of elves from an elite unit known as ‘Prep & Landing’ ensures homes around the world are prepared for Santa’s visit. But
when two hilarious little elves face unexpected challenges and are pushed to their limits, it’ll take a great big effort to save the season. Enjoy a heartwarming
holiday classic sure to make everyone’s Christmas list!
Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice

The outrageous yuletide adventures of Christmas elves Lanny and Wayne continue in this totally tinsel adventure that reminds us there’s room for everyone
on the ‘nice’ list. Santa’s stealthiest little elves must race to recover classified North Pole technology, which has fallen into the hands of a computer-hacking
naughty kid, in an effort to stop Christmas from descending into chaos. Bring the family together for a comical adventure that puts the Ho, Ho, Ho in your Holidays. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Chilly Christmas

You better watch out Rudolph, a new four-legged hero is coming to town! ‘Chilly Christmas,’ a brand new feature film, delivers a sleigh-load of fun for audiences of all ages and is now available on DVD. Featuring top talent, including C. Thomas Howell, Brooke Langton and Tom Arnold, this heartwarming holiday adventure shows Christmas miracles really do come true! The story follows 11-year-old Bobby Cole, his detective dad (Howell) and their loveable-but-destructive pooch, Chilly, who live together in Sunshine Beach, California. When Bobby’s father is offered a job promotion in New York City, Bobby is thrilled for him – but his excitement quickly turns to heartbreak when he realizes me may have to say goodbye to Chilly, who is too rambunctious to live in a tiny city apartment. Buy the DVD right here.

American Restoration

American Restoration,’ currently one of the top-rated reality programs on History, features Rick Dale and his Rick’s Restorations crew in Las Vegas, as they take rusty, beat-up items and restore them to their original glory. This popular ‘Pawn Stars’ spin-off dusts off the goods with ‘American Restoration’ Volume 2 an all-new DVD featuring 17 episodes never-before-released. Whether it’s a giant gas pump from the 1940s or a Hopalong Cassidy bicycle from the 1950s, every restoration is a high-stakes business project where worthless junk is transformed into a valuable collectible. However, these restorations aren’t easy. Every project presents unique challenges for Rick and his team, who develop inventive processes to finish each job flawlessly and on time in episodes such as “Grippin’ Mad”, “Rusted and Busted”, “Missile Impossible”, “Cold War Cruisin’,” and “Bikes & Barbeques”. Buy the Volume 2 DVD right here.

LeapFrog: Gift of Learning

Give the gift of learning this holiday season with everyone’s beloved LeapFrog character, Scout, with the release of ‘LeapFrog: Gift of Learning + Scout Plush Set.’ Featuring a bonus plush of puppy Scout, this set brings learning to life with the ‘LeapFrog: Scout & Friends Phonics Farm’ and ‘LeapFrog: Scout & Friends Number Land’ DVDs, introducing young ones to math and early reading skills including number recognition, counting, the alphabet and more. Buy the DVD + Plush Scout Set right here.

Sweet Home Alabama

Melanie Carmichael, an up and rising fashion designer in New York, has gotten almost everything she wished for since she was little in the hit ‘Sweet Home Alabama.’ She has a great career and the JFK-like fiancée of New York City. But when he proposes to her, she doesn’tforget about her family back down South. More importantly, her husband backthere, who refuses to divorce her ever since she sent divorce papers seven years ago. To set matters straight, she decides to go to the south quick and make him sign the papers. When things don’t turn out the way she planned them, she realizes that what she had before in the south was far more perfect than the life she had in New York City. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Swan Princess Christmas

Just in time for the holiday season, the enchanting holiday tale ‘The Swan Princess Christmas’ is now available on DVD exclusively at Wal-Mart. Using CG-animation for the first time, this fun-for-the-whole-family film features new music by Anna Graceman (TV’s “American’s Got Talent”). The all-new festive musical follows the return of Princess Odette, Prince Derek, and their trusted woodland friends as they celebrate their first Christmas together, and face the villainous and evil sorcerer, Rothbart. Bonus features include a story book read-a-long of the film and two sing-a-longs: “Deck the Halls” and “Hark the Herald Angel Sing.”  The DVD also comes with the “Season of Love” music video by Anna Graceman, as well as a look at the making of the song and music video. Buy the DVD at Wal-Mart.

Moms to the Rescue Collection

Pop the corn, call your girlfriends, and settle in for some good drama with the ‘Moms to the Rescue Collection.’ Featuring four compelling and entertaining Original Lifetime Movies – including the Emmy Award-winning “Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story”, which was Lifetime’s highest-grossing film of 2011 – this 2-disc set is perfect for gift-giving for every generation of moms in the family. “Honeymoon With Mom” tells the story of Shannon (Virginia Williams), a young woman who’s abandoned at the altar and retreats to a gorgeous remote resort with her mother (Shelley Long, “Cheers”). Thinking she’ll get the nurturing she needs, Shannon has no idea that her mom has an agenda all her own. The Emmy-nominated “Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story” stars Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and is based on a dramatic true story of a woman’s fight to get her kidnapped 7-year-old-son back from Korea. “Mom, Dad and Her” tells the story of Sydney (Brittney Wilson), a volatile teenage girl sent to live with her father and his new wife and baby. To her surprise, it’s Sydney’s relationship with her stepmother and the baby that reunites both families. And when 16-year-old model student and athlete Jacey Jeffries (Danielle Panabaker) reveals she’s pregnant in “Mom at Sixteen”, her mother (Mercedes Ruehl) decides the baby must be kept secret. But after moving to a new town where her mother raises the baby as her own, it takes an attentive teacher (Jane Krakowski, “30 Rock”) to help Jacey come to terms with living. Buy the DVD right here.

With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story

Spider-Man, Thor and Iron Man may be invincible superheroes, but they owe their existence to a man regarded by comic book lovers as an immortal: Stan Lee. The life and work of the beloved writer is now told in ‘With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story,’ now available on DVD. ‘With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story’ explores the vivid life and imagination of Stan Lee, the 89-year-old comic book legend who has co-created more than 500 legendary pop culture characters including Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four and the Hulk. Buy the DVD right here.

What Happened to Kerouac?

Jack Kerouac was the father of the Beat Generation, author of “On the Road” and pivotal figure of the 1950s countercultural revolution. ‘What Happened to Kerouac?’ shows us what happened when frame and notoriety were thrust upon an essentially reticent man. This portrait is is a lively and revealing investigation into the man’s personal history and creative process. Kerouac speaks for himself most eloquently in television appearances with Steve Allen and William F. Buckley, along with a visual tribute featuring his poetry. The result is a touching and exhilarating film about a troubled genius whose influence is still being felt all over the world. Buy the DVD right here.

Aim High

The first-ever original social series that lit up Facebook and Cambio is now available with ‘Aim High: The Complete First Season.’ Executive produced by McG, ‘Aim High’ stars Twlight’s Jackson Rathbone as Nick Green, a sixteen year-old undercover CIA agent who fights terrorists in-between homework and dates with his crush Amanda (Aimee Teagarden), the most popular girl in high school. The DVD includes six webisodes from the first season, and special bonus features include a music video from Aimee Teagarden and two must-see featurettes. In the action web series, secret agent Nick Greene lives the ultimate double life – by day he is an average high school kid  and by night he’s an operative for the U.S. government. Keeping the two worlds from colliding is a full-time job. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

High Ground

A diverse group of veterans undertake a new challenge far from the fields of war in the moving and visually stunning ‘High Ground,’ a true story of courage, heroism and the battle against personal demons. The award-winning documentary, released in theaters nationwide, now available on DVD. ‘High Ground’ follows a team of veterans of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq as they set out to climb a towering Himalayan peak to overcome challenges and heal the mental and emotional ravages of war. The eleven wounded U.S veterans, each dealing with unique issues and looking to move on with their lives, join an expedition to climb the 20,000-foot Himalayan giant Mount Lobuche. Led by blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer and a team of Mount Everest summiteers as their guides, they embark on an emotional and gripping climb to reach the top and heal their psychic. Representing nearly every branch of the military, the veterans, and the Gold Star Mom who joins their trek, bring humor and deep emotion to this hero’s journey. It has all been captured with breathtaking, vertigo-inducing cinematography by director Michael Brown, one of the foremost directors and cinematographers examining the natural world and man’s place in it (3 Peaks 3 Weeks, Mountains Without Barriers, Can We Save Planet Earth?). Produced by Don Hahn (The Lion King, Frankenweenie), ‘High Ground’ won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival. Buy the DVD right here.

Kiss Me

A sensual, romantic drama about how love appears in the most unexpected ways at the most unexpected times, the critically-acclaimed ‘Kiss Me’ is now available on DVD. Writer/Director Alexandra Therese-Keining’s (Hot Dog) engaging tale of Mia (Ruth Vega Fernandez), an uptight woman about to be married to Tim (Joakim Nätterqvist), who embarks on an affair with Mia (Liv Mjönes), has been a hit on the international film festival circuit, winning the Audience Award at the AFI Fest 2011. The film also stars the award winning actress Lena Endre and Krister Henriksson as the parents, and includes a driving soundtrack, featuring singer-songwriter Jose Gonzales and pop songstress Robyn. Ruth Vega Fernandez stars as Mia, a thirty-something upper middle-class woman who finds her life turned upside down when she unexpectedly falls in love with the free-spirited Frida (Liv Mjones).  The two women meet at an engagement party in the country — Frida’s mother is about to marry Mia’s father — and discover an instant attraction that immediately calls into question Mia’s engagement to her longtime boyfriend Tim. Notable for its sumptuous and sensual love scenes, ‘Kiss Me’ deftly portrays the ecstasy of true undeniable lesbian love entwined with the angst of coming out.  Featuring exceptional performances from a stellar cast, this passionate drama has earned acclaim from fans and critics around the world. Buy the DVD right here.

Your Sister’s Sister

A man in mourning, his concerned female friend and her lonely sister come together for a romantic comedy-drama that has touched audiences worldwide: ‘Your Sister’s Sister,’ the new hit from rising writer-director Lynn Shelton. The box-office success is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. A year after the death of his brother Tom, Jack (Mark Duplass, Humpday, Greenberg) is having trouble coming to terms with his loss and has hit a wall, both personally and professionally. Jack’s best friend (and Tom’s ex-girlfriend) Iris (Emily Blunt, Looper, The Five-Year Engagement, The Young Victoria) steps in and orders Jack to spend a week of solitude at her family’s secluded lakeside cabin. No Internet, no TV, no contact. The problem is, Iris’ sister Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt, Rachel Getting Married, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Mad Men), raw from a romantic breakup, has had the same idea of escaping to the cabin; after an awkward meeting, she and Jack inadvertently have a night of drunken confessions and shared experiences. Things get more muddled when Iris suddenly shows up the next morning, laying the groundwork for a more emotionally complicated few days than anyone had planned but perhaps they all needed. With ‘Your Sister’s Sister,’ writer-director Lynn Shelton (Humpday, My Effortless Brilliance) and her exceptional all-star cast – whose largely improvised dialogue helps add to the movie’s raw honesty – craft a touching, funny and memorable look at the complexities of adult human relationships.Buy the DVD right here.

Sesame Street: Old School

Radical!  Far Out!  Sesame Street is turning back the clock as ‘Sesame Street: Old School Volume 3′ is now available on DVD. Take a trip down memory lane! This DVD picks up right where Volume 2 left off and allows fans young and old to kick it old school with unaired behind-the-scenes footage and five of the grooviest full-length episodes of all time. The Sesame Street gang is ready to rock out 80’s style – Sesame Street: Old School Volume 3 features all of the most beloved memories from 1979-1984. Now you can re-live all those happy times from your childhood – remember when everyone surprised Maria in Puerto Rico for her birthday? Or when Snuffy and Gordon ran the New York City Marathon? Who didn’t love sending Big Bird off to his first day of school or join in on Big Birds’ tearful goodbye as he left for Camp Echo Rock? With over six hours of episodes and bonus features including five full-length episodes and an interview with Caroll Spinney (Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch), this DVD rediscovers classic stories and offers the untold tales of cherished characters. Additionally, fans will get a special bonus – one of the most requested stories of all time, “Goodbye, Mr. Hooper,” where Big Bird learns of Mr. Hooper’s death. Recall the days of learning to count, sing and play with over an hour of extra bonus clips and audio commentary with Sonia Manzano in the episode “Sesame Street Goes to Puerto Rico.” Buy the Volume 3 DVD right here.

Lifetime Gold Collection

Arriving just in time for the holiday season, the ‘Lifetime Gold Collection’ features four of Lifetime’s most popular Original Movies in one specially-priced DVD set.  Kathy Bates (Misery, “Harry’s Law”), Blythe Danner (Meet the Parents series), Sarah Chalke (“Scrubs”) and Thora Birch (American Beauty) star in these four  inspiring films about people overcoming great odds – and the first three are based on true stories. The three-time Emmy-nominated “Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story” stars Thora Birch as a homeless 15-year-old girl who doesn’t let her circumstances prevent her from attending Harvard University. In “Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy”, Sarah Chalke plays Geralyn Lucas, a 27-year-old woman with a breast cancer diagnosis whose story is an empowering reminder that attitude is everything.  “Ambulance Girl”, directed by and starring Academy Award-winner Kathy Bates, tells the stirring – and hilarious – story of a woman who overcomes depression by becoming a volunteer EMT. And three-time Emmy-nominated “We Were The Mulvaneys” (Beau Bridges, Blythe Danner), based on a novel by Joyce Carol Oates, follows a “perfect” family that struggles to keep their only daughter’s rape a shameful secret. Prepare to laugh, cry, and think again about what is possible in the face of adversity. Buy the DVD right here.

A Man’s Story

Call it a fitting tribute. The amazing rise to worldwide success of fashion designer Ozwald Boateng is recounted in the decade-in-the-making ‘A Man’s Story.’ The documentary that fashion fans have been waiting for is now available on DVD. To the shortlist of great fashion documentaries such as Valentino: The Last Emperor and The September Issue can now be added ‘A Man’s Story.’ British designer Ozwald Boateng, the son of Ghanaian immigrants, fought to the reach the top of the menswear industry in London. He had his own Savile Row shop at the age of 28, became creative director of Givenchy, and now reigns as preferred designer to Hollywood A-listers and royalty alike. ‘A Man’s Story’ is a unique cinematic achievement. It’s 1998 and filmmaker Varon Bonicos begins recording the day-to-day work of Boateng, who remains dynamic and passionate about his clothes even as faces bankruptcy and divorce. Bonicos’ camera would continue to roll for the next 12 years, through the bad times and the days of triumphant renewal. What emerges is a groundbreaking film that takes us on an exhilarating behind-the-scenes ride into the world of high fashion with one of the most influential menswear designers of his generation. Buy the DVD right here.

The Pact

A young woman returns home for a funeral but quickly discovers that her own life may be in danger in the terrifying thriller ‘The Pact,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Following her abusive mother’s death, the rebellious young Annie reluctantly returns to her childhood home for the funeral. Annie arrives to discover that her sister Nicole, who also had returned after the death, has disappeared. While staying overnight in the empty house, Annie senses a mysterious and sinister presence: noises awaken her and objects seem to move by themselves, among other unexplainable events. Buy the DVD right here.

Regular Show: The Best DVD in the World * At This Moment in Time

Get ready to own the best DVD in the world. Period. It’s even in the name. Best buds Morecai and Rigby, stars of Cartoon Network’s breakout comedy series ‘Regular Show,’ is now available on DVD. Featuring 16 episodes from the second and third seasons of the popular animated series – including the Emmy Award nominated “Eggscellent” episode. The series stars two best friends and park groundskeepers who also happen to e a bluebird and a raccoon, whose attempts to escape their everyday boredom take them to fantastical extremes. Buy the DVD right here.

Adventures of Bailey: Christmas Hero

It’s Christmas time at the Baker household and Bailey is at it again in this new Dove-approved family-friendly live-action holiday film that’ll have kids ho-ho-ho-ing with glee. Worried that he won’t get any presents from Santa because he’s been a bad doggie, Bailey learns of a mysterious Native American Indian brave who may be able to make his Christmas wishes come true. With visions of tennis balls, squeaky toys and dog bones dancing in his head, Bailey sets out to find this legend in the woods. But when his misguided actions threaten the Baker family’s Christmas plans, Bailey must make a decision that helps him finally understand the “true” meaning of Christmas. Buy the DVD right here.

Hirokin: The Last Samurai

The fate of man lies in the hands of one warrior in the new release ‘Hirokin: The Last Samurai,’ now available on DVD. This visually stunning film filled with incredibly original action scenes, takes viewers to a post-apocalyptic world where a samurai must choose between saving his people and avenging the slaying of his family. This sci-fi action thriller stars Wes Bentley, Angus MacFadyen, Laura Ramsey, Jessica Szohr and Julian Sands. Containing deleted scenes and multiple featurettes, including a “making of” plus a behind-the-scenes look at the editing and the special and visual effects. Buy the DVD right here.

Gummibar: The Yummy Gummy Search For Santa

The internet sensation Gummibär makes his feature length film debut in ‘Gummibär: The Yummy Gummy Search For Santa,’ now available on DVD. With over 2 Billion views on YouTube to date, “The Gummy Bear Song,” is the #1 most viewed “Film & Animation” video on YouTube of all time. Now in his first fun-filled movie, Gummibär uses his charm, lovability and dancing skills to rescue Santa from Aliens and save Christmas. The DVD also includes six fun bonus music videos featuring your favorite singing and dancing green gummy bear. Arriving just in time for the gift-giving season, Gummibär: The Yummy Gummy Search For Santa DVD is the perfect holiday gift for animation fans, kids of all ages, families as well as anyone who loves Christmas movies. Buy the DVD right here.

News & Notes:

Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment (GVE), a subsidiary of Gaiam, Inc. (Nasdaq: GAIA) and a leading distributor of entertainment and lifestyle media, has announced a new exclusive three year home entertainment agreement with Crown Media Family Networks, home of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel, and a leading destination for original family-friendly programming.  Pursuant to the new partnership between the two entertainment groups, GVE will have exclusive DVD and digital sell thru distribution rights to a select collection of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel original family programming through 2015. Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment will release a wide array of original programming, which includes Hallmark Channel original movies such as Trading Christmas, Fairfield Road, and Duke. Crown Media Family Networks and GVE will work together to expand the brand through a variety of home entertainment releases.