What To Watch: This Week’s DVR Picks

by | September 27, 2013 at 2:24 PM | Tuned In: What To Watch Today

'Sean Saves the World' (NBC)

Monday September 30:

We Are Men‘ (8:30pm ET on CBS) **Series Premiere** Record Now

‘We Are Men’ is a single-camera comedy about four single guys living in a short-term apartment complex who unexpectedly find camaraderie over their many missteps in love. Carter (Chris Smith), the youngest and most recent addition to the group, moved in after being ditched at the altar mid-ceremony, and is now eager to re-enter the dating scene and get on with his life with some guidance from his “band of brothers”.

Wednesday October 2:

Super Fun Night‘ (9:30pm ET on ABC) **Series Premiere** Record Now

Junior attorney Kimmie Boubier (Rebel Wilson) and her two best friends, Helen-Alice (Liza Lapira) and Marika (Lauren Ash), have had a standing date every Friday night for the last 13 years. They even have a motto for what they call “Friday Night Fun Night”: “Always together! Always Inside!” However Kimmie’s recent promotion throws a monkey wrench into the tradition.

Ironside‘ (10pm ET on NBC) **Series Premiere** Record Now

After being shot in the line of duty, New York Detective Robert Ironside (Blair Underwood) swore he would never let a wheelchair slow him down. Undeterred, he drives his elite, hand-picked team, including Virgil (Pablo Schreiber), Holly (Spencer Grammer) and Teddy (Neal Bledsoe), to solve the city’s most difficult and notorious crimes. Watching over them is their boss, Capt. Ed Rollins (Kenneth Choi), who shares a mutual respect with Ironside, while Gary (Brent Sexton) is Robert’s scrappy ex-partner who marvels at his determination and ability to piece together his life after being shot.

Top Chef‘ (10pm on Bravo) **Season Premiere** Record Now

Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series, ‘Top Chef,’ is back and heads to New Orleans for season 11. Padma Lakshmi returns as host.

Thursday October 3:

The Vampire Diaries‘ (8pm ET on The CW) **Season Premiere** Record Now

After spending the summer enjoying her passionate relationship with Damon, and making sure that Jeremy is adjusting after his return from the dead, Elena is thrilled to move into the dorm at nearby Whitmore College with her new roommate, Caroline. Still believing that Bonnie (Kat Graham) has been traveling all summer and will soon join them, Elena and Caroline are surprised when a student named Megan (guest star Hayley Kiyoko) shows up and announces that she will be sharing their dorm room.

The Millers‘ (8:30pm ET on CBS) **Series Premiere** Record Now

‘The Millers’ stars Will Arnett as Nathan Miller, a recently divorced local roving news reporter looking forward to living the singles’ life until his parents’ marital problems unexpectedly derail his plans. After Nathan finally breaks the news of his divorce to his parents, Carol (Emmy Award winner Margo Martindale) and Tom (Emmy Award winner Beau Bridges), his father is inspired to follow suit and stuns the family when he leaves his wife of 43 years.

Welcome to the Family‘ (8:30pm ET on NBC) **Series Premiere** Record Now

Parents Dan Yoder (Mike O’Malley, “Glee,” “My Name Is Earl”) and wife Karina (Mary McCormack, “In Plain Sight,” “The West Wing”) find out on the day their daughter Molly (Ella Rae Peck (“Deception,” “Gossip Girl”) is graduating from high school with an acceptance to college, she announces she pregnant. Across town in East L.A., Junior Hernandez (Joseph Haro, “Glee,” “Awkward”), in the middle of his high school valedictorian speech, gets a text from girlfriend Molly that he’s going to be a daddy.

The Originals‘ (9pm ET on The CW) **Series Premiere** Record Now

Family is power. The Original Vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together, always and forever. Now, centuries have passed and the bonds of family are broken. Time, tragedy and hunger for power have torn the Original Family apart.

Sean Saves the World‘ (9:30pm ET on NBC) **Series Premiere** Record Now

Sean (Sean P. Hayes, ‘Will & Grace’) is a divorced gay dad who juggles a lot – his successful but demanding career, offbeat employees, pushy mom Lorna (Linda Lavin, ‘Alice’) and weekends with his teenage daughter, Ellie (Sami Isler). So when she moves in full-time, it’s a whole new world. Never one to do anything halfway, Sean’s intent on being the best dad ever, so he loads up on parenting how-to books and plans Pinterest-worthy family dinners. But it seems his company’s new owner has decided Sean and his team should work longer hours, putting a damper on his homemaking plans and throwing a kink in Sean’s perfectly constructed work/life balance.

Scandal‘ (10pm ET on ABC) **Season Premiere** Record Now

ith Olivia’s name out there as the President’s mistress, both the White House and Pope & Associates face their biggest scandal to date, and a surprise allegiance is formed in order to get things handled. Meanwhile, Olivia’s father, Rowan, will stop at nothing to carry out his orders and no one, including Olivia, can stand in his way, on the Season 3 premiere.

Sunday October 6:

Witches of East End‘ (10pm on Lifetime) **Series Premiere** Record Now

Inspired by Melissa de la Cruz’s New York Times best-selling novel, Witches of East End centers on the mysterious Beauchamp family: free-spirited artist Joanna (Julia Ormond) and her two grown daughters, wild-child bartender Freya (Dewan Tatum) and shy librarian Ingrid (Rachel Boston), both of whom are unaware that they are gifted (and cursed) with a magical birthright. Freya is recently engaged to the man of her dreams, wealthy playboy Dash Gardiner (Eric Winter), but when she finds herself inexplicably drawn to Dash’s troubled, enigmatic brother Killian (Daniel DiTomasso), bizarre occurrences begin to manifest in her life.

 

December 17:

Prisoners

A man who’s lost everything is capable of anything in ‘Prisoners,’ now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. A gripping thriller starring Oscar nominees Hugh Jackman (“Les Miserables”) and Jake Gyllenhaal (“Brokeback Mountain”) and directed by Dennis Villeneuve (Oscar-nominated “Incendies”), “Prisoners” follows a distraught father as he takes matters into his own hands and hunts down the man he suspects abducted his daughter and her friend. Led by Jackman and Gyllenhaal, “Prisoners” features an all-star cast including Oscar nominee Viola Davis (“The Help,” “Doubt”), Golden Globe Award nominee Maria Bello (“A History of Violence,” “The Cooler”) and Oscar nominee Terrence Howard (“Hustle & Flow”), with Academy Award winner Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”) and Paul Dano. Villeneuve directs the film from an original screenplay by Aaron Guzikowski (“Contraband”). Academy Award nominee Broderick Johnson (“The Blind Side”), Kira Davis, Academy Award nominee Andrew A. Kosove (“The Blind Side”), and Adam Kolbrenner are the producers, with Edward L. McDonnell, John H. Starke, Robyn Meisinger, Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson serving as executive producers. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray, and the DVD features the theatrical version in standard definition. Both the Blu-ray Combo Pack and the 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. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Elysium

From Academy Award nominated writer/director Neill Blomkamp (2010, Best Adapted Screenplay, District 9) comes the visionary sci-fi action thriller ‘Elysium,’ now available on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and digital HD UltraViolet from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The Blu-ray combo pack comes with hours of bonus materials, including an extended scene, and six behind-the-scenes featurettes that give an in-depth look at the making of the film, including the performances, production design, visual effects and the technology of ‘Elysium.’ Fans get an inside look at the process of shooting the film’s visual effects scenes, and incorporating CGI environments and vehicles into those scenes in post-production with the featurette “In Support of Story: The Visual Effects of Elysium.” “The Technology of 2154” featurette shows filmmakers discussing the technology of Elysium, from independently functioning Droids to next-generation military technology that gives humans machine-enhanced power. “The Journey to Elysium” explores the pre-production of the film, including the first steps taken to build the “future world” and casting the right actors, followed by a discussion withfilmmakers and cast on the journey through production, as well as a post-production diary that gives a look at the editing process, including the challenges of marrying the practical shots with their CGI counterparts.  The “Visions of 2154” featurette is an interactive exploration of the art and design of Elysium. Also starring in the film is two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster (1992, Best Actress, The Silence of the Lambs, 1989, Best Actress, The Accused), alongside a strong international supporting cast, including Sharlto Copley (District 9), Alice Braga (I Am Legend), Diego Luna (Y Tu Mama Tambien), Wagner Moura (Elite Squad) and William Fichtner (The Lone Ranger). In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest who live in an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Delacourt (Foster) will stop at nothing to preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium – but that doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in by any means they can. Max (Damon) agrees to take on a life threatening mission, one that could bring equality these polarized worlds. ‘Elysium’ was produced by Bill Block (District 9, Vanilla Sky), Neill Blomkamp, and Simon Kinberg (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, X-Men: First Class), and executive produced by Sue Baden-Powell (The Box, The Invention of Lying). Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Justified

Justice still prevails with the release of ‘Justified: The Complete Fourth Season,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD fom Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Timothy Olyphant (TV’s “Deadwood”) returns as rugged U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens in the critically acclaimed modern-day police drama from Sony Pictures Television and Bluebush Productions. The gun-slinging action continues in season four as Raylan investigates a 30-year-old, unsolved mystery while Boyd Crowder fights to maintain his control over Harlan County. The life-or-death suspense escalates as the season progresses, culminating in a brutal finish. Two never-before-seen featurettes are included exclusively on the three-disc ‘Justified‘ Blu-ray set, giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at how Walton Goggins prepared for his role, as well as an inside look at how an episode is created from the script through the production. Both three-disc Blu-ray and DVD sets feature cast and crew commentaries, outtakes and deleted scenes, as well as three additional, all-new featurettes including pieces on Constable Bob, the US war veteran experience through the characters eyes, and a complete anatomy of an episode featuring behind-the-scene footage and all new interviews. ‘Justified: The Complete Fourth Season’ features an exceptional ensemble cast, including Nick Searcy (Moneyball), Joelle Carter (TV’s “Prime Suspect”), Jacob Pitts (TV’s “The Pacific”), Erica Tazel (TV’s “Jericho”) and Walton Goggins (TV’s “The Shield”). Guest stars include Natalie Zea (TV’s “Person of Interest”), Raymond J. Barry (Training Day), David Meunier (TV’s “Revolution”), Ron Eldard, Joe Mazzello (TV’s “The Pacific”), Mike O’Malley (TV’s “Glee”), Patton Oswalt (TV’s “Two and a Half Men”), Lindsay Pulsipher (TV’s “Hatfields & McCoys”), and more. The Emmy Award-winning ‘Justifiedreturns for its fourth season with U.S. Marshall Raylan Givens (Olyphant) picking at the thread of a cold case more than 30 years in the making, and unraveling a riddle that echoes all the way back to his boyhood and his criminal father’s bad dealings. Meanwhile, Boyd Crowder (Goggins) finds his own criminal grip on Harlan County loosening due to a Pentecostal preacher with a penchant for theatrics and a knack for manipulation. Developed by Graham Yost, ’Justified is based on the short story “Fire in the Hole” by Elmore Leonard. The show is executive produced by Elmore Leonard, Graham Yost, Carl Beverly (TV’s “Unforgettable”), and Fred Gloan. The show is co-executive produced by Timothy Olyphant, Don Kurt, and Dave Andron. Buy the Season 4 Blu-ray right here.

One Direction: This Is Us

Follow international pop sensation One Direction from their humble hometown beginnings to the global phenomenon in ’One Direction: This is Us‘ ,now available in an “Ultimate Fan Edition” Blu-ray Combo Pack with UltraViolet from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  Also available in 3D format, the special edition release features both original theatrical and extended fan cuts of the feature film.  The Extended cut includes20 minutes of new footage and four additional songs for fans to treasure. As MTV’s 2012 Artist of the Year, Academy Award nominated director Morgan Spurlock (Best Documentary, Super Size Me, 2004) and producer Simon Cowell (TV’s “The X Factor”) give fans a captivating and intimate, all-access look at the journey of One Direction, chronicling the group’s almost immediate rise to superstardom.  Never-before-seen footage from the “Ultimate Fan Edition” includes three exclusive featurettes with behind-the-scenes footage of Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis having fun at a radio station in Japan and paying a visit Madam Tussauds wax museum to experience their own sculptures being created.  This edition will also feature “Up All Night” – two mini movies previously only seen at the live concert. ‘One Direction: This is Us’ also comes with extended scenes and seven featurettes where fans will have the opportunity to go backstage with the group as they prepare for one of their biggest performances of the year and even see members of the group take breaks to make hometown visits with the cameras rolling. The fan-favorite “Best Song Ever” Music Video will also be featured on the disc, which was the lead single from Midnight Memories, the new record from the group which was released November 25th globally. ”Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Shameless

Join the outrageous Gallagher clan for another scandalous season of ‘Shameless‘ with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s release of Shameless: The Complete Third Season, now available on DVD. From Emmy-winning executive producer John Wells (ER, The West Wing) and Warner Bros. Television, ‘Shameless’ stars Oscar-nominated actor William H. Macy (Fargo, Door to Door) as Frank Gallagher, the outspoken, alcoholic, single father of six clever and resourceful kids who live together on Chicago’s South Side. Shameless: The Complete Third Season features all 12 episodes from the show’s third season, plus over 60 minutes of bonus content including six featurettes and deleted scenes. Season 3 of Shameless picks up 137 days since viewers last spent time with the Gallaghers. Fiona (series star Emmy Rossum) is scrounging for cash and finds herself in a succession of jobs, including club party promoter, grocery store cashier, and office worker. Lip is sentenced to community service after stealing a laser, while Ian struggles to prevent Mickey from marrying a woman his father is forcing him to wed. Jimmy contemplates returning to medical school; Veronica and Kevin are determined to have a baby; Carl becomes part of a scheme to cheat a children’s foundation; and Frank, after partying harder than usual, wakes up in Mexico without the papers or cash to get back home. As if their daily struggles weren’t enough, Fiona and her siblings have to deal with Child Protective Services threatening to take away the kids. Buy the Season 3 DVD right here.

The Family

Academy Award Winners Robert De Niro and Tommy Lee Jones star ‘The Family,’ the action comedy from executive producer Martin Scorsese and acclaimed director Luc Besson. A Mafia boss and his family are relocated to a sleepy town in France under the Witness Protection Program after snitching on the mob. Despite Agent Stansfield’s (Tommy Lee Jones) best efforts to keep them in line, Fred Blake (Robert De Niro), his wife Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer), and their children Belle (Dianna Agron) and Warren (John D’Leo), can’t help resorting to old habits by handling their problems the “family” way. Chaos ensues as their former Mafia cronies try to track them down, and scores are settled in the unlikeliest of settings. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

The Lone Ranger

Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer star in ‘The Lone Ranger,’ from Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Director Gore Verbinski. It’s a wild ride of high velocity action, explosions and gunfights that brings the famed masked legend to life through brand-new eyes. The Lone Ranger (Hammer), the last of his kind, teams with Tonto (Depp), a dark and mysterious vigilante, to seek vengeance after justice has failed them. It’s a runaway train of epic surprises, as these two unlikely heroes must learn to work together before the ultimate showdown between good and evil explodes. Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean  franchise, Alice in Wonderland) as Tonto, Armie Hammer (The Social Network, Mirror Mirror) as John Reid/Lone Ranger, Helena Bonham Carter (Fight Club, The Kings Speech) as Red Harrington, Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins, Michael Clayton) as Latham Cole, Ruth Wilson (Anna Karenina, Capturing Mary) as Rebecca Reid, William Fichtner (Black Hawk Down, The Dark Knight) as Butch Cavendish. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Ghost Team One

The outrageous and subversive horror send-up ‘Ghost Team One‘ is now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The cross-genre sensation has drawn raves from critics and was an official selection at the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival. Directed by Scott Rutherford (writer on “Workaholics”) and Ben Peyser (“Sucks Less with Kevin Smith”) and featuring an outstanding ensemble cast of fresh talent including actor and comedian Carlos Santos (host of MTV Tr3s’ “Mi TRL”), J.R. Villarreal (“Akeelah and the Bee”), Tony Cavalero (“Son of a Pitch”) and Fernanda Romero (“RPM Miami”), ‘Ghost Team One’ follows two friends who are both trying to impress a girl who believes the spirit of a vengeful madam is haunting their home.  They set out to make a documentary about a murder that took place in their house decades ago and, much to their surprise, soon capture some terrifying—and uproarious—supernatural activity that leads them to believe that the ghost is not only real…she’s also into them. The ‘Ghost Team One’ Blu-ray and DVD feature spirited bonus material including deleted/extended scenes, Chuck’s Video Diary, bloopers and a behind-the-scenes featurette. The Blu-ray available for purchase is enabled with UltraViolet, a new way to collect, access and enjoy movies.  With UltraViolet, consumers can add movies to their digital collectionin the cloud, and then stream or download them – reliably and securely – to a variety of devices. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Force of Execution

For Mr. Alexander, crime was a business to be conducted with honor and respect. But, like the saying goes, “there is no honor among thieves.” And when that honor is challenged and tested, much more than a reputation is at stake! With guns a-blazing, ‘Force of Execution,’ starring action legends Steven Seagal (“True Justice,” Maximum Conviction, Machete), Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction, the Mission: Impossible films), world champion martial arts superstar Bren Foster (Maximum Conviction) with Danny Trejo (Machete, Machete Kills, “Sons of Anarchy) is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. In the film directed by Keoni Waxman and written by Richard Beattie & Michael Black, Seagal stars as mob kingpin Mr. Alexander, an old-school boss who rules his criminal empire with both nobility and brutality. For a simple prison hit, he sends his best enforcer and protégé Roman Hurst (Foster). But when the hit goes wrong, Hurst is forced to pay the price of his “failure:” banishment in the city that he almost once ruled. But a war is brewing for the soul of the city between Alexander, a cold-blooded gangster known as ‘The Iceman” (Rhames), and a merciless Mexican cartel. Hurst, with the help of an ex-con restaurant owner (Trejo) who has a few hidden moves of his own, will rediscover his own will to survive the coming conflict…and to wreak vengeance on those who have wronged him. The lines have been drawn in the sand. The fuse is lit. And in a citywide massacre measured in pain, fear, and revenge, the ultimate power belongs to the ‘Force of Execution.’ Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Line of Duty

Tension runs high and loyalties are put to the test in ‘Line of Duty,’ now available on DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Digital HD, Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Two undercover agents come face to face with their past when they must infiltrate and destroy a drug kingpin’s operation. This tense and riveting urban drama stars Will Rothhaar (Battle Los Angeles), Will Estes (TV’s “Blue Bloods”), Jesse Borrego (Colombiana), Vivica A. Fox (Kill Bill Vols. 1 & 2) and Sean Patrick Flanery (Showtime’s “Dexter”). Torn apart over time, the ambitions of four childhood friends place them on different sides of the law when two, now FBI agents, are forced to go undercover to infiltrate an illegal drug organization run by an untouchable drug lord and his right-hand man. Within their friends’ drug-filled world, the rules of honoring the badge don’t exist as loyalty becomes a lie, and deception has no friends when vengeance must be served. Buy the DVD right here.

Chonda Pierce: Girl Talk

The “Queen of Clean” is returning for one of her most hilarious performances yet. ‘Chonda Pierce: Girl Talk’ is now available on DVD, digital download and digital audio. Get ready as this preacher’s daughter shares some of her funniest stories with you and your family. Chanda Pierce: Girl Talk is one performance everyone will be talking about. Chonda has authored half a dozen best-selling books, has seven gold certified DVDs, four platinum DVDs and five Emmy nominations for her unforgettable performances.  She is a winner of the Comedian of the Year Visionary Award and recently co-hosted the Dove Awards. The “Queen of Clean” is back for another sold-out performance in Nashville, Tennessee, and her Southern sass and razor sharp wit will have you laughing until it hurts. Chonda’s ready to tell it like it is, and there’s no subject she’s afraid to tackle! As the undisputed highest-selling female comedian of all time, this preacher’s daughter is here to share some of her funniest stories with you and your whole family. Whether you’re a woman, a man, a long-time fan or someone who’s about to discover Chonda for the first time, come along and join in for a little girl talk. It’s a conversation you won’t want to miss! Buy the DVD right here.

The Littlest Pet Shop

Meet Blythe. She’s just a regular girl. She loves fashion. She loves her friends. And did we mention that she has the ability to talk to animals? Good thing this secret gift makes her a perfect fit for The Littlest Pet Shop Shout! Factory Kids, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, invite you to join Blythe and her very best friends — Zoe the spaniel, Pepper the skunk, Sunil the mongoose, Russell the hedgehog, Penny the panda, Vinnie the gecko and Minka the monkey — for fashion-filled fun in Littlest Pet Shop:  Lights, Camera, Fashion. In addition to five off-the wall adventures, Littlest Pet Shop: Lights, Camera, Fashion! also comes with a  collectible Zoe toy and trading card. Buy the Lights, Camera, Fashion DVD right here.

Mischief Night

Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, announces the release of the horror-thriller ‘Mischief Night,’ starring Noell Coet (Brother’s Keeper, Revelation Road 2: The Sea of Glass and Fire), Daniel Hugh Kelly (TV’s Hardcastle and McCormick, American Gun), Charlie O’Connell (Unlucky Charms), Erica Leerhsen (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Phobia), Stephanie Erb (The Ring), and Ally Walker (April Rain).  Directed by Richard Schenkman (The Pompatus of Love, The Man from Earth), Mischief Night is now available on DVD. Emily Walton, who has suffered from psychosomatic blindness ever since the car accident that took her mother’s life, must summon every instinct at her disposal to protect herself and her loved ones from a mysterious intruder the night before Halloween. Buy the DVD right here.

The Last Letter

One Village Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, brings you ‘The Last Letter,’ now available on DVD and digital download. ‘The Last Letter ‘tells the story of a newly married couple whose relationship is put to the test when the wife’s secretive past comes back to haunt them. Sharon Leal (Dreamgirls) and Omari Hardwick (Sparkle) head an all-star cast as newlyweds Catherine and Michael. The couple’s marriage is challenged by Michael’s disapproving mother (Lynn Whitfield, The Josephine Baker Story) and Catherine’s own terrifying secret: a crippling sleep disorder that blurs nightmare and reality. When an incident from her past threatens to ruin her future, she turns to her foster brother and closest confidant, George (Gary Dourdan, CSI), who vows they will stick together…no matter what! Richard T. Jones (Why Did I Get Married?), Tatyana Ali (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), Bill Cobbs (The Bodyguard) and Rocsi (Entertainment Tonight) costar in this twisted, psychological thriller from award-winning writer-director Paul D. Hannah (The Marriage Chronicles). Buy the DVD right here.

Omnibus: Gene Kelly – Dancing, A Man’s Game

Entertainment One and The Archive of American Television Presents have released the complete Omnibus episode “Dancing Is a Man’s Game”, written, presented, and performed by Gene Kelly. The legendary actor, dancer, director, and choreographer won renown for his athletic, masculine style and as the foremost proponent of filmed dance. Especially memorable sequences from this innovative broadcast include appearances by Olympic skater Dick Button, baseball star Mickey Mantle, basketball hero Bob Cousy, boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson, football quarterback Johnny Unitas, and other celebrated sports professionals, whose characteristic movements Mr. Kelly incorporates into a solo dance sequence.  The program also includes a stunning performance by Edward Villella, and an extended tap routine by Mr. Kelly and Mr. Robinson. This historic production aired just once on December 21, 1958, over the NBC Television Network. It remained publically unavailable thereafter, until now, on the eve of the 55th anniversary of the original broadcast. Called “the most successful cultural magazine series and a prototype for educational television,” Omnibus was the Golden Age of Television’s most distinguished production, a multiple Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series delivering sophistication, refinement, and sparkling intelligence to a national audience. Its eight groundbreaking seasons — broadcast live and nationwide from 1952 to 1961 over 164 episodes — of live, commercial-network broadcasts featured host Alastair Cooke and the most accomplished luminaries of the day, and garnered more than 13 million viewers per program and 65 awards – including nine Emmy and two Peabody Awards. “The Archive of American Television Presents” is a partnership between Entertainment One and The Archive of American Television, whose mission is to present culturally and historically significant productions from the Golden Age of Television on DVD, restored and re-mastered from the best quality sources.  The Archive does not own any of the programs being released under this partnership.  The Archive of American Television is a division of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Buy the DVD right here.

Greek Gods, Heroes and Monsters

Discover the stories behind some of the biggest heroes and most terrifying monsters of all time in ‘Greek Gods, Heroes and Monsters,’ now available from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Featuring eight remarkable History specials, this exceptional three-disc collection explores the fascinating characters from the classic and enduring myths of ancient Greece. With spellbinding CGI and over seven hours of footage exploring Hercules, Zeus, Hades, Medusa, Odysseus and more, the ’Greek Gods, Heroes and Monsters’ three-disc collection is not to be missed. Meet Zeus, the king of the gods, like you’ve never seen him before in an epic battle with the Titans. Join Hercules’ quest for redemption as he embarks on his 12 Labors, and dive deep into Hades’ underworld to explore the ancient Greek belief in life after death. Learn the true story behind the snake-haired gorgon, Medusa, and follow Odysseus’ adventures on his famous journey home from battle to reclaim his wife and kingdom in a tale filled with beasts, vengeful gods and enchanting seductresses. For the people of this ancient land, these myths explained and gave meaning to the world.  This special set includes visits to archeological sites, stunning location footage, interviews with leading scholars, and period art and writings to investigate the possible real-world origins of these iconic and foundational myths. Buy the DVD right here.

The Beast Within

A teenager is experiencing growing pains of a most shocking kind in ‘The Beast Within,’ this exciting, tense and all-too-real story of a human-into monster transformation. 18-year-old Michael MacCleary – the progeny of an unholy union between his mother and a swamp beast – is on the verge of becoming a man. And as the inherited evil in his blood gnaws at his soul, Michael must return to the swamp to uncover the terrifying identity of his father – before his nasty natural tendencies force him to feed on the locals! Starring Ronny Cox (Robocop), Bibi Besch (Tremors), Paul Clemens (Communion) L.Q. Jones (The Wild Bunch) and R.G. Armstrong (Race With The Devil). Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Shadow on the Mesa

Witness the gripping story of revenge and the power of family when Hallmark Movie Channel original, Shadow On The Mesa, now available on DVD from Cinedigm and Sonar Entertainment.  Starring Kevin Sorbo (“Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”), Greg Evigan (“Touched By An Angel”), Gail O’Grady (“NYPD Blue”), Meredith Baxter (“Family Ties”) and Wes Brown (“True Blood”), Shadow On The Mesa broke Hallmark Movie Channel ratings records to become the second highest-rated and second most watched original movie premiere ever among households and total viewers. When Wes Rawlins (Wes Brown), one of the West’s most proficient bounty hunters, decides to avenge his mother’s death, he sets his sights on his estranged father, Ray Eastman (Kevin Sorbo). When he tracks Eastman down, he ends up becoming embroiled in a battle over his homestead and finds himself drawing closer to the father he never knew. Buy the DVD right here.

Crawlspace

Renters Beware! Landlord Karl Gunther (Klaus Kinski – Nosferatu The Vampyre) seems like a conscientious landlord who looks out for this female tenants in ‘Crawlspace.’ What they don’t know is that he has an elaborate network of crawlspaces that he uses to watch their every move. Can a new prospective renter stop this apartment building’s rapid turnover rate…or will Gunther continue to make a killing? Also starring Talia Balsam (The Kindred) and Tané (Death Spa), directed by David Schmoeller (Tourist Trap, Catacombs, Puppetmaster) and featuring a haunting score by Pino Donaggio (Dressed To Kill, Blow Out, Piranha), this disturbing and truly creepy film is driven by a compelling performance from  Kinski. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck give unforgettable performances in filmmaker David Lowery’s acclaimed breakthrough drama of love and loss, ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.’ The universally praised film is now available on Blu-ray and double-disc DVD from IFC Films. Academy Award nominees Rooney Mara (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Side Effects, Her) and Casey Affleck (The Killer Inside Me, Gone Baby Gone, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) star as doomed lovers separated by prison bars and miles of desert wasteland in ’Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,’ a moody collision of love and crime in the tradition of Bonnie and Clyde. Four years ago, impassioned young outlaw couple Bob Muldoon (Affleck) and Ruth Guthrie (Mara) were apprehended in the Texas hills during a shootout that left a local officer wounded by a bullet from Ruth’s gun. Taking the blame, Bob was sentenced to 25 years in prison. After having engineered a daring escape, Bob is now determined to reconnect with the love of his life and meet the daughter who was born while he was incarcerated. But the journey back won’t be easy, and the powers that be threaten to keep the two lovers apart forever. Co-starring Ben Foster (Kill Your Darlings, The Messenger) and Keith Carradine (Nashville, Cowboys & Aliens) and set against the gritty landscape of 1970s Texas Hill Country, ’Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’ is a breathtaking and exquisitely photographed meditation on the fragility and transience of love. Buy the DVD right here.

Night Train to Lisbon

Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons (Best  Actor, Reversal of Fortune, 1990) stars in the enthralling tale ‘Night Train To Lisbon,’ now available on DVD (plus Digital Ultraviolet), Digital HD, Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.  Based on the worldwide best-selling novel by Pascal Mercier, Night Train To Lisbon takes us on two emotionally charged journeys revealing a man’s quest for self-discovery and the dying days of the Portuguese dictatorship. Directed by Billie August (The House of the Spirits, Les Miserables [1998]), this enthralling film features an exceptional cast of internationally renowned actors including Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds), Jack Huston (HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”), Bruno Ganz (Unknown) with Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy) and Charlotte Rampling (The Duchess). Latin teacher Raimund Gregorius finds a book by Portuguese poet and doctor Amadeu de Prado and his life is changed. Determined to learn more about the author, Gregorius boards the night train to Lisbon and begins to piece together an epic story of oppression and revolution, loyalty and betrayal, love and jealousy, all played out against the backdrop of a brutal fascist dictatorship. In his exploration of Amadeu de Prado’s life, Gregorius finds that life can change in an instant. Buy the DVD right here.