New On DVD/Blu-ray This Week: Scarecrow & Mrs. King, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

by | January 24, 2013 at 10:50 AM | General

'Scarecrow and Mrs. King' (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)

Scarecrow & Mrs. King

Get set for action, intrigue, romance and fun! Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings the fourth and final season of one of television’s most beloved spy series to DVD with the release of ‘Scarecrow & Mrs. King‘ The Complete Fourth Season. Now available on DVD, this release includes 22 episodes of the hit series that features Kate Jackson (Charlie’s Angels) and Bruce Boxleitner (Babylon 5) as a pair of mismatched operatives working together to solve crimes. ‘Scarecrow & Mrs. King’ turns up the heat in Season 4. Agents and partners Amanda King and Lee “Scarecrow” Stetson are consummate professionals, elite undercover experts solving The Agency’s most dangerous cases. After hours, the two lovebirds are planning a beautiful future together. But personal happiness is put on hold when a double-cross from within the ranks forces Lee into hiding from the Agency itself. And when Amanda is kidnapped, Lee must try to rescue her without getting himself killed. Their last case will test the wits, will and hearts of Lee and Amanda, as their lives – and love – are on the line in this sizzling final season. Buy the Season 4 DVD right here.

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

Action legends Jean-Claude Van Damme (The Expendables 2) and Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables 2) are back for the ultimate battle between soldiers in ‘Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum) and Ultimate Fighting Champion (UFC) Former Heavyweight Champion Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski join Van Damme and Lundgren for the latest action-packed chapter in the series. This time, an army of Universal Soldiers has gone A.W.O.L. and only one man can stop them. Director John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Regeneration), hailed by the Village Voice as a leading candidate for best action director working today, returns to the franchise to deliver all of the hard-hitting fight scenes and pulse-pounding action sequences fans have come to expect, while injecting hyper-stylized, eye-popping visuals into the franchise. The Blu-ray and DVD are loaded with commentary by Hyams and Lundgren, along with three all-new, behind-the-scenes featurettes, all featuring cast and crew interviews. “Coming Into Focus” looks at the characters in the film, the making-of several sequences, and the challenges of shooting those scenes. “There Is No End” chronicles the final scene along with the weapons and stunts used to create it. In “Production Wrap,” cast and crew discus the production of the film, along with an in-depth look at some of the last days on set, fight rehearsals and stunt choreography. John (Adkins) wakes up from a coma to discover his wife and daughter were slaughtered in a brutal home invasion. Haunted by images of the attack, he vows to kill the man responsible, Luc Deveraux (Van Damme). While John tries to piece his reality back together, things get more complicated when he is pursued by a relentless UniSol (Arlovski). As John gets closer to Deveraux and the rogue army of genetically enhanced warriors led by back-from-the-dead leader Andrew Scott (Lundgren), John discovers more about himself and begins to call into question everything he believed to be true. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Searching For Sugarman

Searching For Sugar Man,’ the critically-acclaimed film profiling the incredible but true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ‘70s rock icon who never was, is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Rodriguez was discovered in a Detroit bar in the late 1960s by two celebrated producers who were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. They recorded an album, which was expected to secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation, but in contrast, the album bombed and Rodriguez disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. Nonetheless, a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, his music became a phenomenon and an anthem for the people. ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ follows two South African fans setting out to discover what really happened to their hero, leading them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez. The movie won the Sundance Film Festival’s 2012 World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Prize and Documentary Audience Award, as well as the Los Angeles Film Festival’s Audience Award for Best Documentary. Bonus features include commentary with Director Malik Bendjelloul and Rodriguez, as well as two featurettes: “An Evening with Malik Bendjelloul and Rodriguez,” which features the director and Rodriguez participating in fan Q&A; and “Making Sugar Man,” which provides a deeper into the filmmakers’ process. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Chris Hardwick: Mandroid

The Nerdist himself, Chris Hardwick, celebrates all things nerdy in his first Comedy Central special ‘Chris Hardwick: Mandroid.’ Hipsters beware: there is no irony in Chris’s affinity for Captain Picard, Comic-Con and the Atari 2600. Mandroid features candid comedy tales that cover virginity, chess club, shark vaginas, awkward childhood, awkward adulthood (which in this case is an extension of awkward childhood) and a myriad of other topics which may or may not include Quidditch. Bonus features include: Hard ‘N Phirm Live: “Abraham Lincoln” and “El Corazon,” and a totally hidden Easter egg. Buy the DVD right here.

The Imposter

Following a successful theatrical run in 2012, director Bart Layton’s (‘Locked Up Abroad’) unforgettable, chilling and emotional documentary ‘The Imposter,’ now available on DVD. The film tells the gripping true story of a Texan boy who went missing in 1994 and was miraculously found three and a half years later thousands of miles away in southern Spain. Despite glaring inconsistencies in his physical appearance, the boy’s family brought their long-lost “son” home to restart his life in Texas. Questions soon arise: how could the Barclay’s blonde, blue-eyed son have returned with darker skin and eyes? How could his personality and even accent have changed so dramatically? Truth soon proves stranger than fiction as the real story emerges. An official selection at the Sundance and SXSW Film Festivals, this is a jaw-dropping story about the lies we want to believe and the truths we choose to construct. The film, which has been critically lauded at festivals around the globe, has gone on to win two trophies at the British Independent Film Awards (including Best Documentary), as well as five nominations for Cinema Eye Awards (including Best Film) and three nominations for London Film Critics Awards (including British Film of the Year and Documentary of the Year). Buy the DVD right here.

Twenty Twelve

Have you ever considered what happens behind-the-scenes of the largest sporting event in the world? ‘Twenty Twelve,’ starring Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Hynes (Spaced) and narrated by David Tennant (Fright Night, Doctor Who), takes a satirical look at the bureaucratic team responsible for delivering the biggest show on earth: the 2012 London Games. Dealing with such hot topics as how to phase the traffic lights across London to get people from west to east, which celebrities should be approached to carry the Torch and what to do with the Taekwondo hall after the event, Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville) and his crack team of experts have £9 billion to spend and plenty of time before the deadline – what can possibly go wrong? From executive producer Jon Plowman (The Office, Extras, Absolutely Fabulous) and writer John Morton (People Like Us), the series brings actors and creators of some of Britain’s most iconic comedies together to discover the funny side of the London Games. Includes cast and crew interviews. Buy the complete series DVD right here.

Abel’s Field

An inspiring story of faith, friendship and finding hope in unlikely places, ‘Abel’s Field,’ now available on on DVD. In a dry, dusty oil patch of West Texas, a young man on life’s journey of trials and tribulations is aided by the friendship of a mentor.  The film stars MovieGuide Awards winner Kevin Sorbo (Most Inspiring Movie Acting, What If, Grace Award 2010), Samuel Davis (New Hope) and Richard Dillard (‘Dallas’). The DVD comes with the bonus featurette “From the Sidelines: The Making of Abel’s Field,” which provides a behind-the-scenes look at the story and characters, and what it was like to shoot in Texas. Left motherless by tragedy and abandoned by his father, high school senior Seth McArdle (Samuel Davis) has been put under enormous pressure to support his little sisters. At school, he endures the daily bullying of the football team. When he fights back, he’s singled out for punishment and assigned to an after-school work detail under the supervision of a reserved groundskeeper, Abel (Soul Surfer’s Kevin Sorbo). Much to his surprise, Seth discovers that Abel may be the only one who truly understands his struggles. As dark times lure Seth towards desperate measures, the reluctant Abel may be the one person who can point him back towards the light. Buy the DVD right here.

Nobody Walks

A young New York artist upsets the balance in a Southern California household in the drama ‘Nobody Walks‘ from Ry Russo-Young (You Won’t Miss Me) and Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture). 23 year old Martine (Olivia Thirlby) has just arrived in Silver Lake when she moves into a wealthy family’s pool house, and begins working to complete work on her art film. Meanwhile, laid back father of two Peter (John Krasinski) agrees to his wife’s request to help their young guest complete the project. The more time Martine spends with her surrogate family, however, the more apparent it becomes no one will walk away from this situation unchanged. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Iron Man: Armored Adventures

Enjoy all-new action and excitement with the release of ‘Iron Man: Armored Adventures’ Season 2, Volume 3, now available on DVD. ‘Iron Man: Armored Adventures’ follows Tony Stark, teen inventor and heir to the billion-dollar corporation Stark International, as he battles the enemies of world peace with his high-tech armor. After losing his father in a tragic plane accident, Tony now uses his suit of invincible armor to protect those who would also fall prey to tragedy, corruption and conspiracy. With help from his friends Rhodey and Pepper Potts, Tony’s adventures as Iron Man are nonstop high-octane action. Season 2, Volume 3 sees Iron Man taking on the mutant menace, Magneto, and a relative from the far-flung future who wants to eliminate Iron Man for good, while trying to prevent Stark International from falling into the clutches of a despised enemy. Buy the Season 2, Volume 3 DVD right here.

Tai Chi Zero

Lu Chan (Jayden Yuan) has got it rough. He only wants to be a kung-fu master. Born with a fleshy horn on top of his head, Lu Chan turns him into an unstoppable martial arts machine whenever someone hits it- but at the cost of shortening his life every time in ‘Tai Chi Zero.’ Finding himself near death after people have “used” his gift a few too many times, the only solution for Lu Chan lies in learning an inner form of kung-fu… the powerful Chen Style Tai Chi.
In legendary Chen Village, everyone is a martial arts master, using Chen Style Tai Chi in all aspects of their everyday lives. Lu Chan comes to the village to train, as many have before- but it is forbidden to teach Chen Style to outsiders, so as always, the villagers do their best to discourage him by challenging him to a series of fights. Everyone from strong men to young children defeat him using their Chen Style moves. Particularly keen to seen Lu Chan leave is Yuniang (Angelababy)- her father, the local master, is missing, and she has no time for outsiders. But when her former fiancé returns with a frightening steam-powered machine and plans to build a railroad through the village at any cost, both Yuniang and the villagers realize they may have no choice but to put their faith in Lu Chan. The first of a trilogy from the creators of Ip Man and Detective Dee and featuring action directed by the legendary Sammo Hung, ‘Tai Chi Zero’ is a full on, steampunk-infused, video game-influenced kung-fu throw down that will knock you out of your seat. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Nature Calls

On-screen siblings do not get any wackier than Patton Oswalt and Johnny Knoxville in ‘Nature Calls,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Todd Rohal directs this comedic pantheon led by Oswalt and Knoxville with Rob Riggle, Maura Tierney, Darrell Hammond and, in his final role, Patrice O’Neal, in the story of a scoutmaster’s (Oswalt) combative relationship with his brother (Knoxville) and their escalating struggle for the hearts and minds of an apathetic scout troop. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Men Who Built America

Meet the men who constructed the foundation of modern America and created the American Dream with ‘The Men Who Built America,’ now available on 3-disc Blu-ray and 3-disc DVD. This epic History series event tells the great stories of America’s most influential builders and dreamers: Andrew Carnegie, J.P. Morgan, Henry Ford, Cornelius Vanderbilt and John D. Rockefeller – whose feats transformed the United States into the world’s greatest economic superpower and how they affected the lives of every person in the world. The 3-disc Blu-ray and 3-disc DVD both include multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes. ‘The Men Who Built America’ tells the story of those that played a significant role in the shaping of this country. From Carnegie, Morgan, Rockefeller, Vanderbilt and Ford, the epic mini-series looks at how these individuals took a nation decaying from the Civil War into the greatest economic and technological superpower the world has ever seen. ‘The Men Who Built America’ is the story of a nation at its crossroads and of the people who catapulted it to prosperity. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Hansel & Gretel

Prepare for a dark modern day twist in the fairytale remake ‘Hansel & Gretel: Witches of Warcraft,’ now available on DVD. Jonah and Ella Manzar (Hansel and Gretel) were happy, normal teenagers sent to an elite boarding school. The head master, Sebastian, seems to know more about the brother and sister than they know about themselves. As both get to know their high school classmates, strange and frightening things begin to happen. When their new friends explain that they are all descendants from powerful witches and that they’ve been waiting for Hansel and Gretel to join them and complete a new generation of the coven, both refuse to believe them. Buy the DVD right here.

Young Justice Invasion: Destiny Calling

Join ‘Young Justice‘ and watch them battle villains and fight crime in a 2-disc 10 episode collection. For the Young Justice squad being a teenager means proving yourself over and over — to peers, parents, teachers, mentors and, ultimately, to yourself. But what if you’re not just a normal teenager? What if you’re a teenage super hero? How much harder will it be to prove yourself in a world of super powers, super villains and super secrets? Are you ready to come of age in such a world? Are you ready for life or death rites of passage? Are you ready to join the ranks of the great heroes and prove you’re worthy of the Justice League? That’s exactly what the members of Young Justice — Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis — will find out … whether they have what it takes to be a proven hero. The latest season of the critically acclaimed series jumps ahead in time 5 years to re-introduce the original squad as well as all new members Nightwing, Wondergirl, Blue Beetle, Batgirl, and Beast Boy as they fight off a secret alien invasion affecting the entire planet. Buy the Season 2, Part 1 DVD right here.

Hard Romanticker

Artsploitation Films, the rising American film distribution company, continues to deliver edgy international movies to North American audiences with its third release, ‘Hard Romanticker.’ Based on director Gu Su-yeon’s semi-autobiographical novel, ‘Hard Romanticker’ is a spectacular and violent gangster movie that delivers its story with equal amounts style and carnage. Dripping James Dean style cool, the bleach blond Gu (Shota Matsuda) is a young cocky-Korean Japanese hoodlum living in Tokyo. When someone accidently kills the grandmother of a ruthless rival thug. Gu soon finds himself on the receiving end as he becomes the target for bloody, even deadly revenge. And it doesn’t help that the police are on his tail as well. What’s a snarling cigarette puffing thug to do? With tons of ultra-violence, rampaging youths and nihilistic retribution ‘Hard Romanticker’ is a modern take on A Clockwork Orange, Yakuza style. Buy the DVD right here.

LeapFrog

LeapFrog: The Magnificent Museum of Opposite Words

Learn new words at a fun and interactive museum full of opposites! Join Scout & Friends as they use their vocabulary word building skills in an adventure that explores loud/quiet, fast/slow and more! The new Museum of Opposite Words is opening and the pets, enjoying a new wordplay game, are eager to learn about words and their opposites. But when they arrive and see the Beaver Brothers need help finishing the exhibits, the friends put their word skills to work and unlock the exhibit clues just in time for the opening gala.Buy the Magnificent Museum of Opposite Words DVD

LeapFrog: Adventures in Shapeville Park

Help construct your child’s math skills as Scout & Friends build a playground with shapes! Scout & Friends head over to Shapeville Park in this delightful skill-building adventure that shows what a circle, square and triangle can really do! A new playground is being built at the park by the Beaver Brothers and soon the pets have their hands full helping with the construction. The pets learn how to measure out all the various shapes, sizes and dimensions needed to build the perfect parts of a perfect playground. Buy the Adventures in Shapeville Park DVD.

Counterpunch

Based on a true story, Danny Trejo stars in the action-packed boxing film ‘Counterpunch,’ now available on DVD, Digital Download and On Demand. A young boxer from the wrong side of the tracks tries to fight his way to the top but his personal demons continue to beat him down.  This dramatic action film stars Alvaro Orlando (Drive-By Chronicles: Sidewayz), Oscar Torre (Joshua Tree), Ivonne Coll (Lean on Me), Camila Banus (‘Days of Our Lives”) and Lilla Labancz (Dream Well) with Golden Globe Nominee Steven Bauer (Scarface) and Danny Trejo (Machete).  The ‘Counterpunch’ DVD packs a punch with a behind-the-scenes featurette. Based on a true story, a young boxer from the wrong side of the tracks with big dreams of winning the Golden Gloves boxing championship finds himself at a cross roads after being locked up.  As he fights his way back into the winning circle he gets a second shot at the championship title.  When he goes toe to toe in the ring with his competitor he’ll throw all the punches and be the last man standing. Buy the DVD right here.