New Releases on DVD/Blu-Ray

by | June 15, 2013 at 1:43 PM | General

'Mystery Science Theater 3000' (Shout Factory)

Mystery Science Theater 3000

There may be no finer — and certainly no funnier — meditation on monsters than this collection of episodes from the cult comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000.’ As food for thought, we are served subterranean slime people, a giant praying mantis, Soviet spies and — perhaps the most terrifying of all — enormous teenagers from the disturbing menu of America’s twisted psyche. Battling these Goliaths for us with their slingshots of sass and silliness are Joel, Mike and their robot henchmen Tom Servo and Crow.  The monsters are gruesome and the movies even more so, but the riffs are risible and retaliatory, proving definitively that revenge is actually a dish best served funny. Titles include: The Slime People, Rocket Attack U.S.A., Village Of The Giants and The Deadly Mantis. Buy the XXVII DVD right here.

Trance

From Academy Award-Winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) comes ‘Trance,’ an unforgettable thriller. After a blow to the head during his attempted robbery of a $27 million Goya painting, Simon (James McAvoy, X-Men: First Class), a fine-art auctioneer, awakens to find that the painting – and his memory – are missing. Forced by his ruthless crime partner Franck (Vincent Cassel, Black Swan) to undergo hypnosis, Simon enters into a deadly love triangle with his seductive hypnotist (Rosario Dawson, Sin City). As the plot twists, the line between reality and dream becomes blurred in this fast-paced, unpredictable thriller. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Robotech: 2-Movie Collection

The Robotech saga continues as the celebrated characters that gained world-wide popularity in the original series return in an exciting new adventure debuting as part of the Robotech: 2-Movie Collection. Now available on DVD, the Robotech: 2-Movie Collection DVD set includes the never-before-seen feature Love Live Alive as well as the timeless Robotech hit The Shadow Chronicles. The Robotech chronicle continues with the unveiling of the all-new anime adventure Love Live Alive.  Taking place during and after the events of Robotech: The New Generation (available in Robotech: The Complete Series from Lionsgate Home Entertainment), this thrilling installment in the Robotech saga follows the adventures of Lieutenant Lance “Lancer” Belmont as he recounts his journey from before his first encounter with Scott Bernard to the aftermath following Admiral Rick Hunter’s expedition to liberate the Earth from the mysterious Invid race.  Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles continues the epic battle as Scott Bernard must once again face his tragic past as he joins the returning Robotech Expedition against new mechanized adversaries known as the Haydonites. Buy the 2-Movie Collection right here.

The Jack Benny Program

For this rare, live television adaptation of the 1945 feature film The Horn Blows At Midnight, Jack Benny reprised his comic role as Athanael, the trumpeting angel sent to destroy Earth. Broadcast live from 1952 to 1961, the landmark and award-winning television series Omnibus presented a stunning variety of programs about the arts, sciences and humanities with an eye to creating what its visionary producer Robert Saudek called “educational entertainment.” The critical failure of the 1945 feature film version became a running gag on ’The Jack Benny Program,’ but the Omnibus presentation is considered a genuine treasure, buried until now. The Jack Benny Program and its legendary star are counted among the most dazzling jewels in the crown of American comedy. From its beginnings as an immensely popular radio program to its heyday on television, the daily trials and tribulations of the beloved comedian kept millions of fans laughing for over 30 years. Here at last are 18 long-lost episodes — unseen since their original broadcast — that have been lovingly restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Jack, Don, Mary, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson and a constellation of guest stars are all here in this first-of-its-kind DVD collection of The Jack Benny Program. Buy the Lost Episodes DVD right here.

Ginger & Rosa

Critics are raving about ‘Ginger & Rosa,’ the new film that tells the emotional coming-of-age story of two best friends whose relationship is effected by the events of the 1960s.  Led by a critically-acclaimed performance from Elle Fanning (Super 8, We Bought a Zoo) and the feature-length film debut of dazzling newcomer Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures), ‘Ginger & Rosa’ is now available on DVD. Released theatrically by A24, the film was also an official selection of the prestigious New York, Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals.  Ginger & Rosa is written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Sally Potter (Orlando, The Man Who Cried) and features an outstanding ensemble cast that includes Golden Globewinner Annette Bening (American Beauty, The Kids Are All Right), four-time Emmy nomineeChristina Hendricks (TV’s “Mad Men,” Drive), Oliver Platt (X-Men: First Class, Love and Other Drugs) and Alessandro Nivola (Junebug, Jurassic Park III). Two teenage girls – Ginger (Fanning) and Rosa (Englert) – are inseparable; they play truant together, discuss religion, politics and hairstyles, and dream of lives bigger than their mothers’ frustrated domesticity. But, as the Cold War meets the sexual revolution and the threat of nuclear holocaust escalates, the lifelong friendship of the two girls is shattered by the clash of desire and the determination to grow up. Buy the DVD right here.

House Party: Tonight’s the Night

“House Party: Tonight’s the Night” stars Tequan Richmond (television’s “Everybody Hates Chris”), Zac Goodspeed (television’s “Modern Family,” “True Jackson, VP”), Rolonda Watts (television’s “Days of our Lives”), Christopher “Kid” Reed (“House Party”), Christopher “Play” Martin (“House Party”), Gary Anthony Williams (television’s “Weeds,” “Malcolm in the Middle”), and Tristin Mays (“Thunderstruck”). The film is directed by Darrin Scott (“Dark House”) from a script by Don D. Scott (“Barbershop,” “Barbershop 2: Back in Business”) and produced by Doug McHenry (“New Jack City,” “House Party 2,” “House Party 3”, television’s “Malcolm & Eddie”). Chris has it all worked out: he’s ready to leave high school behind and head to college in his sweet new ride.  The problem is, he’ll be leaving behind his best friend and partner in rhyme, Dylan.  And he still has to get with Autumn, the girl he’s had a crush on since second grade.  The solution?  Throw one last party where Chris and Dylan can show off their skills with words and women. But a little get-together becomes a hilariously epic disaster where anything can happen and anyone might turn up… including the original house partyers, Kid ‘n Play. Buy the DVD right here.

Love and Honor

Three of Hollywood’s hottest rising stars head the cast of the heartfelt and moving ‘Love and Honor,’ a period drama about war abroad and conflicts on the home front. The impressive directorial debut by actor Danny Mooney (The Ides of March) is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. While serving in Vietnam, young soldier Dalton Joiner (Austin Stowell, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Behind the Candelabra) finds out that his girlfriend back home, Jane (Aimee Teegarden, Friday Night Lights, Prom), has dumped him. He vows to sneak out of Vietnam during his one-week leave to win her back. His best friend and fellow soldier Mickey Wright (Liam Hemsworth, The Hunger Games, The Last Song) will do anything to help his buddy out – as long as there are a few girls along the way. In just seven days they must get to the U.S., change Jane’s mind and make it back to their posts without getting caught. But when they arrive in Michigan they find Jane and her beautiful, committed activist friend Candace (Teresa Palmer, Warm Bodies, I Am Number Four) at the heart of the anti-war movement. Now the young soldiers must make some life-changing decisions as they spend a week learning the truth about love, honor and commitment. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Let’s Learn: Colors

Get to know the educational values of Nickelodeon programming with the release of ‘Let’s Learn: Colors,’ now available on DVD. As part of the ‘Let’s Learn’ line of DVDs, this all-new DVD packs over two hours of edu-tainment with episodes from Nickelodeon’s hit preschool series ‘Bubble Guppies,’ ‘Dora the Explorer,’ ‘Team Umizoomi,’ ‘Blue’s Clues’ and ‘The Wonder Pets.’ Kids will have a great time while learning with their favorite Nickelodeon friends; and as an added bonus included inside, there’s a coloring activity sheet to keep kids learning more about the colors of the world. Buy the DVD right here.

The Vietnam Chronicles

This harrowing and compelling collection traces the evolution of the war that divided our nation and changed the very fabric of society. Each unique and captivating chronicle commits to tell the story of the fascinating heroes that battled through the tangled web of war unwanted.   Through insightful and rare archival footage, re-enactments, historical films, interviews with experts, authors and eyewitnesses journey to the roots of the battlefields of the silent soldier that came come to an era in agony. Buy the DVD right here.

Dora & Blue’s Clues Double Feature

Enjoy an all-new musical double feature with the DVD release of ‘Dora & Blue’s Clues Double Feature: Dora’s Musical School Days and Blue’s Musical Movie.’ Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get two and a half hours of musical entertainment for the price of one. First, in ‘Dora’s Musical School Days,’ preschoolers will enjoy fun songs, exciting adventures and the interactive educational aspects moms know and love. Second, in ‘Blue’s Musical Movie,’ preschoolers will sing, dance, play and learn that they can be anything they want to be. Buy the double feature DVD right here.

Shameless

The critically acclaimed and brilliantly funny drama from award-winning writer Paul Abbott features the Chatsworth Estate’s Gallaghers, probably the UK’s most dysfunctional family. The story centers around a young group of siblings pretty much neglected by their alcoholic father (David Threlfall – Hot Fuzz, Nowhere Boy), surviving by their wits – and humor – on a rough Manchester council estate. Whilst they won’t admit it, they need help and find it in Steve (James McAvoy – Wanted, X-Men: First Class), a young middle class lad who falls for Fiona (Anne-Marie Duff – The Magdaline Sisters), the oldest sibling, and increasingly finds himself drawn to this unconventional and unique family. Chaos ensues with more tales of how one extraordinary family goes about its normal everyday life. Buy the Seasons 1 & 2 DVD right here.

New World

Director Park Hoon-Jeong’s (The Showdown) critically-acclaimed, international box office hit ‘New World,’ is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. As Korea’s biggest crime organization “Goldmoon” expands its power, the Police Chief (Min-sik Choi) orders his undercover cop (Lee Jeong-jae) to participate in project “New World,” designed to bring down the notorious crime organization. The undercover cop faces a difficult decision: follow the Chief’s orders or maintain his loyalty to “Goldmoon.” Bonus materials include the behind-the-scenes featurette “The Making of New World” and a photo gallery. The head of the Goldmoon crime syndicate is dead, leaving his top two lieutenants. Seizing the opportunity, the police launch an operation called “New World.” The boss’ right hand man, Ja-sung (Lee Jung-jae), has been a deep-cover operative for 8 years, closely watched by Police Chief Kang (Choi Min-sik). With a baby on the way and living in mortal fear of being exposed as a mole, Ja-sung is torn between his duty and honor as a cop, and the fiercely loyal gang members who will follow him to hell and back. Using inside information from Ja-sung to damage the relationship between the two feuding contenders, suspicions grow that a traitor lives in their ranks. Ruthless Jung (Hwang Jun-min) escalates the game by hiring hackers to search the police database. As the stakes climb higher and a guaranteed gangland bloodbath among those that remain, Ja-sung makes a final, shocking decision no one could have predicted. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Superjail!

The Warden is back and the death toll at ‘Superjail‘ continues to rise at a ridiculous rate in the all-new ‘Superjail Season 3,’ now available on DVD. The DVD includes all 10 episodes from the animated comedy’s third season, complete with fist fights baffling love triangles and psychedelic animation that will melt your face off. Series creators and executive producers Christy Karacas and Stephen Warbrick  have also created a collection of bonus features for the DVD, which includes animatics, rough cuts and an Introsring featurette. Built in an active volcano, ‘Superjail’ is made up of dangerous criminals, fantastic creatures and a prison warden who has gone bonkers over the years with his crazy mechanisms and irrational schemes. The infamous complex routinely has riots and murders, and while the criminals of ‘Superjail’ may escape time to time, their horrible crimes eventually bring them back. Buy the Season 3 DVD right here.

The War Between the States

Experience the historical and personal impact of the Civil War in this definitive 7 DVD collection. This epic commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the outbreak from Confederate forces transports viewers directly to the frontlines of the most historically significant battles of this fascinating war. Through historical photos, masterfully crafted battlefield re-enactments and expert commentary gain perspective and depth to the war that divided a nation. Buy the DVD right here.

How the States Got Their Shapes

History brings American geography to vivid life in ‘How The States Got Their Shapes: Season 2,’ now available on DVD. Both engaging and entertaining, ‘How The States Got Their Shapes: Season’ 2 follows popular comedian Brian Unger (TV’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”) as he meets with everyday citizens and quizzes them on the fascinating reasons for why our states have such unique borders. Every state has a shape…and every line has a story to tell.  This season, Brian Unger hits the road to uncover the history hidden in our map through man-on-the-street quizzes and head-to-head competitions that reveal the surprising history of places we thought we knew.  Exploring from the crooked lines of the east to the boxy shapes of the west, Brian teams up with average Americans to reveal how America took shape, giving them an opportunity to make some cash and show their state pride by proving how well they know their United States. Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Cowabunga! Everybody’s favorite pizza-devouring crime fighting classic turtles are back with the release of ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 3,’ now available on DVD. This collection brings together for the first time all 47 episodes of the entire third season of the classic ‘80s TV series in a 4-disc DVD set. Tap into radical turtle power and relive all the kung-fu action. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are bursting straight out of the sewer and ready for some mind-blowing mutant-morphing pizza-powered action! Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Leonardo continue their epic quest to battle evil in this Complete Season 3 Collection, featuring 47 out-of-the-shell episodes. Join the green machine and their friends as they help to save the world against Krang, Shredder, Bebop and Rocksteady – one slice at a time. Buy the Season 3 DVD right here.

Pieta

Pieta,’ the acclaimed film from the celebrated and controversial Korean director Kim Ki-Duk (Bad Guy; Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… And Spring; 3-Iron), is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. An international box-office hit, ‘Pieta’ has garnered numerous awards, including Best Picture trophies from 2012 Venice Film Festival, 2012 Blue Dragon Awards, 2013 Fantasporto Festival, and the 2012 Satellite Awards, and Best Director nods at the 2012 Dubai International Film Festival and a Jury Award at the South Korea’s 2012 Grand Bell Awards. Lee Jung-jin (Wonderful Radio, No Doubt) stars as a loan shark forced to reconsider his violent lifestyle after the arrival of a mysterious woman claiming to be his long-lost mother. The mother is played by Cho Min-soo, who, in her film debut, won Best Actress awards at the 2012 Asia Pacific Screen Awards and South Korea’s Grand Bell Awards in 2012, as well as Favorite Actress at the 2012 Asian Film Awards. In this intensely haunting story, a loan shark lives an isolated and lonely existence, using brutality to threaten and collect paybacks from desperate borrowers for his moneylender boss. He mercilessly collects the debts without regard to the pain he causes his countless victims. One day, a mysterious woman appears, claiming to be his long-lost mother. Coldly rejecting her at first, he gradually accepts her in his life and decides to quit his cruel job and seek a decent, redemptive life. However, he soon discovers a dark secret stemming from his past and realizes it may be too late to escape the horrific consequences already set in motion from his previous life. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Time Trax

In the year 2193, an evil genius creates a time machine that sends him along with over 100 criminals 200 years into the past. Dispatched to bring them back is Darien Lambert (Dale Midkiff, Pet Semetary), a captain in the Fugitive Retrieval Section who, with the aid of a holographic computer named SELMA (Elizabeth Alexander, Salem’s Lot), must catch every last felon before he can return home. Co-created and developed for television by Harve Bennett (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, The Six Million Dollar Man) and rarely seen since it first aired on the short-lived Prime Time Entertainment Network in 1994, Time Trax: The Complete Second Season contains the show’s final 22 episodes and includes appearances by cult sci-fi favorites Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager), Vanessa Angel (Weird Science), John Schuck (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country), Ronny Cox (RoboCop), Tamlyn Tomita (The Day After Tomorrow) and more. Buy the Season 2 DVD at WBshop.com.

Welcome to the Punch

Just when he thought he was out, they drag him back in. A criminal who got away with his last big heist – and got away from it all – must risk exposure to save his wayward son in ‘Welcome to the Punch,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Three years ago, master criminal Jacob Sternwood (Mark Strong, Sherlock Holmes, Zero Dark Thirty, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) escaped London during a daring robbery that left detective Max Lewinsky (James McAvoy, X-Men: First Class, Wanted, Atonement) physically and emotionally scarred. When a failed heist puts Sternwood’s son in a hospital, the fugitive is forced to come out of hiding in Iceland – giving Max his second chance to get the one criminal who got away. But as Max returns to the pursuit of his arch-nemesis, he begins to uncover evidence of a vast conspiracy that may put him in even greater danger than his personal vendetta. From executive producer Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner), ‘Welcome to the Punch’ is a sleek, modern thriller co-starring Andrea Riseborough (W.E., Shadow Dancer, Oblivion), David Morrissey (The Walking Dead, Red Riding) and Peter Mullan (Tyrannosaur, War Horse, Top of the Lake). Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Wedding Chapel

Wedding bells ring with the release of ‘The Wedding Chapel,’ now available on DVD. Shelley Long (“Modern Family,” “Cheers”), Mark Deklin (Tarzan – 2013, Riverworld) and Emmanuelle Vaugier (Deception – 2013, “Two and a Half Men”) star in the heartwarming story about falling in love, forgiving and embracing new beginnings.  When an uninspired and newly single painter flees from her problems, she rediscovers the meaning of life when she immerses herself in the community’s effort to save the local wedding chapel. Sara, a single painter who is down on her luck, decides to take a break from her mundane life and visit her mom, in hopes of finding some inspiration.  During her visit, she becomes involved in a mission to conserve the local church, which is in danger of being forced to shut down.  Determined to help preserve the historic building, Sara embarks on a journey that not only gives her a new outlook on life and allows her to forget her problems, but also enables her mother to rekindle a long lost love from her past. Buy the DVD right here.

Andy Hardy Film Collection

In this concluding volume of the complete series collection you’ll get a chance to experience Andy’s journey from start to finish. First witness Andy’s rise from relatively humble beginnings in A Family Affair to become’s America’s original favorite teenager. Then watch his madcap college coming-of-age in Andy Hardy’s Double Life, his return from service in Love Laughs at Andy Hardy and finally his rarely-seen return to Carvel as a grown man in Andy Hardy Comes Home. It’s Hardy time – whoo-hoo! Newly Remastered. The collection includes: A Family Affair (1937), Judge Hardy’s Children (1938), Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938), The Hardys Ride High (1939), Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever (1939), The Courtship of Andy Hardy (1942), Andy Hardy’s Double Life (1942), Andy Hardy’s Blonde Trouble (1944), Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1946), and Andy Hardy Comes Home (1958). Buy the Volume 2 DVD at WBshop.com.

Vanishing Waves

Artsploitation Films, the rising American film company, continues to deliver edgy international movies to North American audiences with its latest release, ‘Vanishing Waves.’ Artsploitation’s release of ‘Vanishing Waves’ is now available on DVD. The impressive list of DVD bonus features include: the original trailer and soundtrack, a Cineuropa interview with director Kristina Bouzyte, a 12-page fully illustrated booklet on the genesis of the film, a making of Vanishing Waves featurette and Bouzyte’s first feature film, The Collectress. ‘Vanishing Waves’ swept all the major awards – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actress (Jurga Jutaite) – at 2012’s Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. It also won Best Film at the Rio Grind Film Festival in Vancouver where it was described by the festival director Rachel Fox as “the most acclaimed film – by a female filmmaker, or anyone period, of 2012.” ‘Vanishing waves’  also played at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Palic European Film Festival, Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival and Sitges Film Festival. Buy the DVD right here.

Sugarfoot

Will Hutchins is a kindhearted drifter with a thirst for adventure and sarsaparilla soda in this offbeat Western series, one of the first produced for television by Warner Bros. A fledgling frontier lawyer with a hankering for justice, Tom Brewster (Hutchins) ambles across the West, helping anyone in trouble he finds on the way. Based on The Boy from Oklahoma (1954), an easygoing Western starring Will Rogers Jr., Sugarfoot debuted on ABC-TV on September 17, 1957, where it alternated every other week with Cheyenne. Beginning with a pilot costarring Slim Pickens, Sheb Wooley and Dennis Hopper as Billy the Kid, Sugarfoot: The Complete First Season features 20 episodes plus a passel of guest stars who came to fame in the Western genre, including Bob Steele, Guinn “Big Boy” Williams, Don “Red” Barry, Paul Fix, Dan Blocker, Pernell Roberts, James Garner, Charles Bronson and more. Buy the Season 1 DVD at WBshop.com.

Riders of Berk

The Annie Award winning TV series DreamWorks ‘Dragons: Riders of Berk’ is now available on DVD. Loaded with exciting bonus content for the whole family to enjoy, disc one contains episodes 1-11 and disc two features episodes 12-20. Based on the DreamWorks Animation Academy Award-nominated hit movie How to Train Your Dragon, the series features original voice talent from the film including Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Zack Pearlman, and more. Fans that purchase the DVD are able to unlock exclusive content in DreamWorks’ School of Dragons, the all-new game from JumpStart based on DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon franchise. The two-part DVD set is jam-packed with special features that dive deeper into the world of Dragons. As a bonus, each DVD comes with a code to unlock an ultimate battle pack – and in select DVDs an exclusive Whispering Death or Thunderdrum dragon – for the DreamWorks’ School of Dragons game. School of Dragons lets players enter the world of Berk, where Hiccup, Toothless and other friends help players become the finest dragon trainers around. With cinema-like graphics and an immersive 3D world, it takes more than courage to train a dragon, but brains as well. Buy the Part 1 and Part 2 DVD.

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan

Hugh Hudson (Chariots of Fire, I Dreamed of Africa) directs this lavish adaption highlighting the character’s dual nature as master of the African jungle and as John Clayton, seventh Earl of Greystoke, heir to one of Scotland’s great estates. Christopher Lambert (in the title role), Andie MacDowell (in her movie debut) and Sir Ralph Richardson (in one of his final performances) star in a “ravishing, magical epic:” (Guy Flatley, Cosmopolitan). Buy the Blu-ray at WBshop.com.

Starbuck

David Wosniak may not be the ideal father figure, but his journey to becoming a most (re)productive member of society has won over critics and audiences in this heartwarming French-language comedy that is currently being remade by DreamWorks as The Delivery Man, starring Vince Vaughn and Chris Pratt that is “due” in theaters October 2013. A 42-year-old lovable but perpetual screw-up, Wosniak has finally decided to take control of his life when he learns some eye-popping news.  Having been a habitual sperm donor in his youth, he discovers that he’s the biological father of 533 children, 142 of whom are trying to force the fertility clinic to reveal the true identity of the prolific donor code-named Starbuck. As he sets out to unearth the identities of his offspring, a man anyone would describe as incapable of raising a child, learns even more about himself in a hilarious but moving tale. Buy the DVD right here.

A Viking Saga: The Darkest Day

Discover the untold story of one man who became a legend with the release of ‘A Viking Saga: The Darkest Day,’ now available on DVD, Digital Download and Video on Demand. Starring Marc Pickering (Les Misérables) and Michael Jibson (Les Misérables),this action-packed film presents a fascinating view of history as it follows a young monk who faces a horde of deadly Vikings during his daring journey to deliver a sacred bookto a holy monastery. Cast into a violent and bloody world of murder, Hereward, a novice monk, must deliver the Holy Gospel of Lindisfarne – a book of great beauty and power – to the safety of the Iona monastery, while being pursued by a Viking death squad hell-bent on its capture.  On his way to the monastery, he meets a fierc and skilled swordsman who answers his prayers and dedicates his life to protecting Hereward while he delivers the book.  In the midst of their journey, they are confronted by Vikings ready to kill in order to get what they want, leaving Hereward and his protector at their mercy. Buy the DVD right here.

June 25 Releases

'Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids' (Shout Factory)

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

Hey, hey, hey! Here it is…every episode of the classic series created, produced and hosted by legendary comedian Bill Cosby. ‘Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids‘ was not only a show that entertained children, but it also delivered an educational and moral lesson. The show was based on Cosby’s own childhood experiences growing up in the inner city of North Philadelphia and originated in his stand-up comedy routine in the late ’60s. In 2002 Fat Albert ranked #12 on TV Guide’s list of the 50 Greatest Cartoon Characters of All Time. Fat Albert And The Cosby Kids: The Complete Series includes all 110 episodes of the hit show. Join Bill Cosby, Fat Albert, Rudy, Weird Harold, Mushmouth, Dumb Donald, Russell and the Brown Hornet as they sing, laugh and learn their way into television history. Buy the complete series DVD right here.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Starring Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi as long-reigning Las Vegas headliners, ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone‘ follows the struggling magicians as they attempt to overcome a fading friendship and battle Steve Gray, a rival guerilla street magician played by Jim Carrey, for illusionist fame. Directed by Emmy Award-winner Don Scardino (’30 Rock’), ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’ also stars Olivia Wilde as Burt and Anton’s glamorous magic assistant Jane; Alan Arkin as old-school illusionist Rance Holloway; and James Gandolfini as casino mogul Doub Munny. ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’ is now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray, and the theatrical version in standard definition on DVD. Both the Blu-ray Combo Pack and the single disc DVD include UltraViolet which allows consumers to download and instantly stream the standard definition theatrical version of the film to a wide range of devices including computers and compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players. Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) have ruled the Las Vegas strip for years, raking in millions with illusions as big as Burt’s growing ego. But lately the duo’s greatest deception is their public friendship, while secretly they’ve grown to loathe each other.Facing cutthroat competition from guerilla street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), whose cult following surges with each outrageous stunt, even their show looks stale. But there’s still a chance Burt and Anton can save the act – both onstage and off – if Burt can get back in touch with what made him love magic in the first place. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

The Call

Academy Award winner Halle Berry (Best Actress, Monster’s Ball, 2001) stars as a veteran 911 operator who takes a life-altering call from a kidnapped teenage girl, played by  Academy Award nominee Abigail Breslin (Best Supporting Actress, Little Miss Sunshine, 2006), in ‘The Call,’ now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD with UltraViolet. When a terrified kidnap victim (Breslin) calls 911 from the trunk of a madman’s car, Jordan (Berry) realizes she must confront a killer from her past to put an end to the serial killer’s haunting rampage. ‘The Call’ so stars Morris Chestnut (Identity Thief, Think Like A Man), Michael Imperioli (The Lovely Bones, ‘The Sopranos’), Michael Eklund (‘Alcatraz’) and WWE star David Otunga. The Blu-ray Combo Pack exclusively features an alternate ending, deleted and extended scenes, Michael Eklund’s Audition Tape, and two all-new featurettes taking viewers behind the scenes for set tours and stunt breakdowns.  Both the Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD come with a making-of featurette, as well as commentary by Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin and filmmakers. In this heart-pounding, edge-of-your-seat thriller, veteran 911 operator Jordan (Academy Award Winner Halle Berry, Monster’s Ball, 2001) takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl (Academy Award nominee Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine, 2006) who has been kidnapped and thrown into the trunk of a madman’s car.  But with the clock ticking, Jordan soon realizes she must confront a killer from her past to put an end to a serial killer’s haunting rampage. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

CSI: NY

Featuring must-see exclusive special features, behind-the-scenes looks and cast interviews, one of television’s most popular series returns as ‘CSI: NY– The Ninth Season‘ is now available on DVD. Starring Gary Sinise, Sela Ward, Carmine Giovinazzo and Eddie Cahill, ‘CSI: NY – The Ninth Season’ follows a fascinating group of forensic investigators who use high-tech science to discover traces of evidence and solve crimes in the Big Apple. In addition to all 17 action-packed episodes of the ninth season, the five-disc DVD collection boasts with an assortment of exclusive special features that fans will love. Buy the Season 9 DVD right here.

Dead Souls

From the novel by two-time Bram Stoker Award finalist Michael Laimo, ‘Dead Souls’ draws you into a harrowing world of family secrets and ancient evils. An original production from Chiller, this relentlessly creepy film delivers unexpected twists and turns and will keep you riveted to your seat. On his 18th birthday, Johnny Petrie learns he was adopted when he inherits a farm in Maine. Eager for a new life, he leaves home to start over in this “new” dwelling. But soon he learns that the farm, abandoned for the 18 years since his natural family died, has a horrifying history. As he digs into his past, he discovers the grisly details of his family’s deaths, and the questionable teachings of his father, who’d been the local preacher. He also discovers that decades-old forces trapped in the home have revived…and set into motion a heart-stopping ritual prompted by his return to the fold. Dead Souls stars Jesse James (The Amityville Horror, The Flyboys), Bill Moseley (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, The Devil’s Rejects, House of 1,000 Corpses), Magda Apanowicz (Kyle XY), Noah Fleiss (Brick), Jaiden Kaine (Hellbenders) and Geraldine Hughes (Rocky Balboa, Gran Torino). Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Phantom

At the height of the cold war, the world holds its breath when a Soviet submarine armed with nuclear missiles goes missing in the Pacific in ‘The Phantom.’ On board the vessel, the battle-tested captain (Harris) and a rogue KGB agent (Duchovny) are waging a life-and-death game of cat and mouse. With enemy forces closing in and time running out, the captain fights to keep control with nuclear armageddon hanging in the balance. Starring four-time Academy Award nominee Ed Harris, Golden Globe winner David Duchovny (TV’s “The X-Files”), and William Fichtner (Armageddon). Buy the Blu-ray right here

New Tricks

Sizzling with wit, camaraderie, and chemistry among its stars, Britain’s highest-rated TV drama, ‘New Tricks, Season 9′ is now available on DVD. Led by Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman, Sexy Beast, Honest), the Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad’s beautiful, younger boss, the old dogs have solved cold cases with classic policing skills for years. This season, the gang copes with a new member (Emmy nominee Denis Lawson, Bleak House, original Star Wars trilogy) after Jack Halford (James Bolam) retires. New Tricks has run on the BBC for nine seasons since 2003 and has already been renewed for a tenth season. The series has enjoyed ongoing broadcast exposure in North America on select PBS stations; however the DVD set features the unedited UK edition, which includes more than five minutes per episode not seen on public television, plus a bonus behind-the-scenes featurette. For eight years, the old dogs of the Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad—veteran detectives Jack Halford (James Bolam), Brian Lane (Alun Armstrong, Garrow’s Law), and Gerry Standing (Dennis Waterman, The Sweeney)—have been a close-knit team. Then Jack drops a bombshell: he’s quitting. Retiring. And this time, he means it. Before long, Sandra finds a replacement in retired detective Steve McAndrew (Denis Lawson). Buy the Season 9 DVD right here.

Honest

Featuring sharp scripts, an outstanding cast, and a deft mix of comedy and drama, ‘Honest’ is now available for the first time in the U.S. on DVD. The critically acclaimed British dramedy follows the fortunes of the criminally minded Carter family after their patriarch is sentenced to four years in jail for robbery. Amanda Redman (New Tricks) stars as the beleaguered mother determined to keep her family out of trouble. The compelling cast also includes Danny Webb (The Bill), Sean Pertwee (Cold Feet), Matthew McNulty (The Syndicate), and Laura Haddock (Upstairs Downstairs). Honest aired in the U.K. on ITV in 2008, but never aired in the U.S. The DVD 2-disc set includes six episodes, plus bonus photo gallery, production notes, and more. It’s business as usual when Mack Carter (Danny Webb)—felonious breadwinner for a dysfunctional family of lowlifes—gets charged with robbery. But when Mack is sentenced to four years in jail, his wife, Lindsay (a deliciously brazen Amanda Redman), resolves to clean up her life. She’s determined to drag her conniving children back to the straight and narrow as well. Going legit isn’t so simple, though. Buy the DVD right here.

Marine Boy

It’s Marine Boy! The original “American anime” classic is here, at last! Produced in Japan but intended for first run in the US, Marine Boy was one of the first color cartoons to come from Japan, soon to be sharing syndicated screen space with the likes of Kimba the White Lion and Speed Racer (with whom it shares a number of voice actors). Teenage Marine Boy battles evil on and under the seas on behalf of the Ocean Patrol, aided by the amazing inventions of his father, Dr. Mariner and the brilliant Professor Fumble. Joining Marine Boy in his mission are his white dolphin, Splasher, young mermaid Neptina, and fellow Ocean Patrol agents Bullton and Piper. Adding complication to the mission are the effort of to CliCli prove himself a miniature Marine Boy. So break out your Oxy-Gum and get ready to dive into the amazing aquatic animated adventures found on this 3-Disc, 26-Episode Collection. Buy the Season 1 DVD at WBshop.com.

No

Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards, ‘No’ is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. The film, which won the Cannes

Film Festival’s 2012 Art Cinema Award and was the Official Selection at the Toronto International Film Festival 2012 and Telluride Film Festival 2012 is based on the true story surrounding the 1988 referendum on Augusto Pinochet’s presidency in Chile. Facing international pressure to legitimize his dictatorship, Pinochet created a national plebiscite giving the citizens of Chile the opportunity to vote for or against extending his rule. Starring Gael García Bernal (Rudi Y Cursi, The Motorcycle Diaries) as a young advertising executive brought in to spearhead the opposition’s “NO” campaign, the film is a smart and insightful, yet humorous look at how the people of Chile had an opportunity to end a dictatorship at the ballot box. Bonus features include commentary with Director Pablo Larraín and actor Bernal, as well as a Q&A with Bernal. In 1988, Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, due to international pressure, is forced to call a plebiscite on his presidency. The country will vote “YES” or “NO” to Pinochet extending his rule for another eight years. Opposition leaders for the “NO” persuade a brash young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra (Gael García Bernal), to spearhead their campaign. Against all odds, with scant resources and under scrutiny by the despot’s minions, Saavedra and his team devise an audacious plan to win the election and set Chile free from oppression. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

As Luck Would Have It

Roberto (famed Spanish comic Jose Mota) once had a promising career in advertising. Now out of work because of the economic downturn, he struggles to keep his family afloat and their dire situation a secret from his adoring wife Luisa (Salma Hayek, Frida, Savages). After yet another dead-end interview, Roberto’s chances for a promising future seem slim – until a freak accident places him at the center of a wild media storm. Realizing his opportunity, Roberto hires a brazen agent to help him leverage his newfound fame into fortune, but Luisa begins to worry about the lengths Roberto will go to for his family’s security. Equal parts skewering social satire and deeply felt drama, cult director Alex de la Iglesia’s ‘As Luck Would Have It‘ is a wild riff on the modern world. Buy the DVD right here.

Jack Taylor

Starring Iain Glen (Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, The Iron Lady), ‘Jack Taylor,’ Set 1 is now available on DVD. Based on the bestselling crime fiction by Ken Bruen and filmed on location against the rugged backdrop of western Ireland, this gripping series follows Jack Taylor, a forty-something ex-cop trying to earn a living as a private detective in his native Galway. Self-destructive, pigheaded, and overly fond of the bottle, Taylor has burned a lot of bridges, but he still has a knack for uncovering ugly truths. Broadcast in the U.K. on Channel 5 in Feb. 2013 but available to U.S. audiences for the first time, Jack Taylor has already been renewed for additional episodes. The DVD 3-disc set includes the first three feature-length mysteries: The Guards, The Pikemen, and The Magdalen Martyrs. A noir thriller in the vein of Justified, Case Histories and Single-Handed, Jack Taylor captures a country in transition, caught between the certainties of the past and the anxieties of a post-bubble future. Those same strains play out in the life of Jack Taylor, a man seeking to reinvent himself in a community with a long memory and an uneasy attitude towards change. In his new trade, Taylor finds evil at every turn: the serial murders of young female factory workers, a vicious vigilante group executing summary justice, and a sadistic nun dubbed “Lucifer” by her former charges. Buy the Set 1 DVD right here.

A Place at the Table

50 million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford. Their stories are interwoven with insights from experts including sociologist Janet Poppendieck, author Raj Patel and nutrition policy leader Marion Nestle; ordinary citizens like Pastor Bob Wilson and teachers Leslie Nichols and Odessa Cherry; and activists such as Witness to Hunger’s Mariana Chilton, Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio and Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Winter Meeting

Bette Davis is a successful poetess who falls in love with a war hero in this romantic melodrama. But even though opposites do attract, sometimes the love is not meant to be. When Susan Grieve (Davis) and Slick Novak (James Davis) meet on a blind date – his blind date with her friend’s secretary – they discover a mutual attraction that takes them both by surprise. Slick finds himself more enamored with the rich, subdued Susan than the beautiful, aggressive secretary…and Susan finds love for the first time in her life. However, after a whirlwind romance, Slick reveals his desire to become a priest and abruptly leaves her. When they meet again, Susan, sensing his sincerity, is able to let him go. But his impact on her life is two-fold and leads her to a reconciliation with her estranged mother. Based on the novel by Ethel Vance and costarring Janis Paige (Silk Stockings) and John Hoyt (Blackboard Jungle), Winter Meeting is a moving film experience any time of year. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.

Front Page Woman

Extra! Extra! Laugh all about it! Bette Davis and George Brent star in this comic battle of the sexes filled with good-natured rivalry and romance. Reporters Ellen Garfield (Davis) and Curt Devlin (Brent) are very much in love, but working at competing newspapers. Curt’s not willing to concede that a woman can sniff out news as well as a man, and Ellen refuses to marry him until he does. But a nearby apartment fire and a mysterious murder will soon test their investigative skills…and their feelings for each other. Hungarian-born director Michael Curtiz would go on to become one of the most prolific filmmakers of all time, helming more than 170 movies in Europe and the United States. He was nominated for the Best Director Academy Award twice in the same year (1938) and won the Oscar five years later for Casablanca. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.