What To Watch: This Week’s DVR Picks

by | October 7, 2013 at 1:30 PM | Tuned In: What To Watch Today

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Tuesday October 8:

Supernatural‘ (9pm ET on The CW) **Season Premiere** Record Now

Dean is frantic after Sam collapses and the doctor tells Dean his brother won’t make it. Desperate, Dean sends out an all points bulletin via prayer to every angel in the area, asking them to help his brother.

Wednesday October 9:

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

Diggle and Felicity travel to Lian Yu in search of Oliver who left Starling City after The Undertaking. Convinced to return home, Oliver finds that things are in worse shape than he thought – Isabel Rochev (guest star Summer Glau) is preparing a hostile takeover of Queen Consolidated, Thea refuses to visit Moira in jail, Roy is trying to fill the void left by the Arrow’s absence, and Laurel is working with the District Attorney’s office to take down the vigilante.

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

hen Stephen Jameson (Robbie Amell) begins hearing voices and waking up in strange places, he starts to question his sanity. In desperation, Stephen decides to listen to one of the voices in his head, and it leads him to his first encounter with the Tomorrow People – John (Luke Mitchell), Cara (Peyton List) and Russell (Aaron Yoo) – a genetically advanced race with the abilities of telekinesis, teleportation and telepathic communication. The Tomorrow People inform him that they are being hunted down by a paramilitary group of scientists known as Ultra, led by Dr. Jedikiah Price (Mark Pellegrino).

Modern Family‘ (9pm ET on ABC) **100th Episode** Record Now

“Farm Strong” – Cameron’s older, single sister Pam (guest star Dana Powell) is coming for a visit, and Cam is in a panic to hide the engagement until he can delicately break the news to her, but it turns out she has news of her own. Phil and Claire make a joint, guilt-ridden decision to miss one of Luke’s volleyball games – that is – until one of them goes behind the other’s back, and Gloria is in denial that she might need reading glasses.

American Horror Story: Coven‘ (10pm on FX) **Series Premiere** Record Now

‘American Horror Story: Coven’ tells the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America. Over 300 years have passed since the turbulent days of the Salem witch trials and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction. Mysterious attacks have been escalating against their kind and young girls are being sent away to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves.

Thursday October 10:

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland‘ (8pm ET on ABC) **Series Premiere** Record Now

In Victorian England, the young and beautiful Alice (Sophie Lowe) tells a tale of a strange new land that exists on the other side of a rabbit hole. An invisible cat, a hookah smoking caterpillar and playing-cards that talk are just some of the fantastic things she’s seen during this impossible adventure. Surely this troubled girl must be insane, and her doctors aim to cure her with a treatment that will make her forget everything.

Friday October 11:

Made in America‘ (9pm on Showtime) **Special** Record Now

Last year, Grammy Award-winning music icon Shawn “Jay Z” Carter united the biggest names in music (with a few notable locals) to perform at a star-studded, multi-genre, two-day Budweiser “Made in America” festival in Philadelphia. He then approached Oscar-winning filmmakers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard of Imagine Entertainment to join forces and produce a film chronicling the inspirational event. The result is the highly anticipated documentary ‘Made in America,’ world premiering on television exclusively on Showtime. Headlined, envisioned and curated by Jay Z, directed by Howard, and produced by award-winning producers RadicalMedia and Participant Media, the film features performances and interviews with a diverse roster of chart-topping musicians, including Gary Clark Jr., D’Angelo, Dirty Projectors, The Hives, Janelle Monáe, Odd Future, Rita Ora, Passion Pit, Pearl Jam, Run-D.M.C., Santigold, Jill Scott, Mike Snow and Kanye West.

Sunday October 13:

The Walking Dead‘ (9pm on AMC) **Season Premiere** Record Now

‘The Walking Dead,’ the most watched drama in basic cable history, returns for another terrifying and exhilarating season. In this post-apocalyptic world, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his band of survivors continue their ongoing struggle to survive the threat of walkers as well as the dangers that lurk among the living.

April 1:

Power Rangers

Saban’s ‘Power Rangers,’ one of the world’s favorite children’s action-adventure series, returns with five more powered up seasons. The adventures continue with the release of Power Rangers: Seasons 13-17 ‘ in a 21-DVD box set. The collection includes the fan-favorite Power Rangers S.P.D., as well as the explosive Power Rangers Mystic Force, Power Rangers Operation Overdrive, Power Rangers Jungle Fury and Power Rangers RPM. Join your favorite Rangers as they take on evil unlike anything the universe has ever seen. This limited-edition collection contains all 166 episodes and a bevy of bonus content, including retrospective featurettes celebrating the Power Rangers with brand-new interviews with members of the cast and crew, archival material, and more. ‘Power Rangers: Seasons 13-17′ Bonus Features Include:

  • Mad Props! – Prop master Mark Richardson and members of the cast look back on working with the props in past seasons.
  • Rangers On Set! – Cast members reflect on various Power Rangers sets!
  • Ranger Tales – Cast members remember their time as Power Rangers.
  • Collect ‘Em All! – Fans of the franchise show off their favorite Power Rangers toys and collectibles.
  • The S.P.D. Rangers Want You
  • Special Messages From The Mystic Force Rangers
  • Mystic Force: Forces Of Nature!
  • Operation Overdrive Files
  • …And More! In the coming months, Shout! Factory and Saban Brands will be announcing additional news about the collection, including details on all-new bonus content! Fans can learn more about the upcoming collection by following us on Facebook and Twitter (@PowerRangerNews & @shoutfactory). Buy the Seasons 13-17 box set DVD right here.

George Gently

Likened to Foyle’s War, ‘George Gently, Series 6′ is now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. Tony nominee Martin Shaw (The Professionals, Judge John Deed, Death in Holy Orders) returns as Inspector George Gently in these feature-length mysteries based on the long-running series of novels by Alan Hunter. Set in the North East of England during the social upheaval of the 1960s, these four episodes follow Gently and his partner as they confront the tense political climate of the Cold War. Shot in stunning high-definition, these powerful dramas boast clever scripts, stylish direction, and distinguished casts, and unfold against the beautiful backdrop of rural Britain. The Blu-ray 2-Disc and DVD 4-Disc set feature four mysteries, plus behind-the-scenes featurettes (18 min.), text interviews, and more. Detective Chief Inspector George Gently (Martin Shaw) returns to the job six months after he and his sergeant, John Bacchus (Lee Ingleby, Place of Execution), were gravely injured in the line of duty. Both officers appear to be on the mend, physically at least. But while Gently is intent on putting the incident behind him, Bacchus clearly is not—and shocks his boss by submitting a letter of resignation. At a time of changing attitudes and values in Britain, Gently and Bacchus are undergoing transitions of their own. In these four new episodes set in 1969, Bacchus lets a new constable’s (Lisa McGrillis, Hebburn) modern ways of policing get under his skin, while an aging Gently finds himself more and more adrift in a rapidly evolving world. Guest stars include Jemma Redgrave (Bramwell) and Robert Pugh (Game of Thrones). Buy the Series 6 Blu-ray right here.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

The hilarious sequel ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues‘ is now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and VOD from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ Blu-ray Combo Pack includes three versions of the film—the original Theatrical Version, the Unrated Version and, in a home entertainment first, the Super-Sized R-Rated Version with 763 new jokes. Never before in the history of home entertainment has anyone replaced 763 jokes. This must-own three-disc set also features over four hours of bonus content including commentary by Adam McKay, Judd Apatow, Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner, gag reels, more than 90 minutes of deleted, extended and alternate scenes, five behind-the-scenes featurettes, table reads, cast auditions and much, much more. The cast includes Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner who reprise their now iconic roles to take on the 80s and the first 24-hour news channel. Featuring Christina Applegate, Meagan Good, James Marsden and a host of hilarious celebrity cameos, ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ achieved the rare feat of surpassing its predecessor to earn more than $125 million at the domestic box office. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Broadchurch

If you fancy brilliant television drama like “Downton Abbey,” you’ll bloody love Britain’s newest smashing phenomenon: ‘Broadchurch.’ When BBC America’s ‘Broadchurch’ premiered on television last spring, it became an instant hit, earning widespread critical acclaim and breaking Twitter records throughout the UK.  As audiences across the pond eagerly await season 2 of ‘Broadchurch.’ Fox is readying to bring the U.S. adaptation to American viewers … David Tennant and Anna Gunn (“Breaking Bad”) will star in “Gracepoint” this fall. Set in contemporary times in the Dorset seaside town of Broadchurch, the mystery begins when the body of 11-year-old Danny Latimer is found on a popular beach just before the onslaught of tourist season.  Through eight gripping episodes that will leave your insides twisted into knots, two deliciously dueling detectives (Colman and Tennant) are brought together by circumstances to solve the murder.  Under the glare of an increasing media spotlight, the two race to find the killer amid the devastated townspeople struggling to keep their close-knit community together while bracing for secrets that will be laid bare. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

The Dick Van Dyke Show

Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, announces the DVD release of ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show: Classic Mary Tyler Moore Episodes.’ Included are 20 unforgettable episodes featuring television icon Mary Tyler Moore. ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show: Classic Mary Tyler Moore Episodes’ is now available on DVD. Sit back, relax, and get ready to laugh as you join lovely Laura Petrie (Moore) and her husband Rob (Dick Van Dyke) in Carl Reiner’s groundbreaking, Emmy Award-winning series, consistently ranked among the top television sitcoms of all-time. This time, it’s all about Mary. Episodes include must-see favorites Never Bathe on Saturday (Laura gets her toe caught in a bath spout), Coast to Coast Big Mouth (Laura blurts out a big secret on national TV), My Blonde-Haired Brunette (an insecure Laura disastrously dyes her hair), and many more timeless classics. Buy the classic Mary Tyler Moore Episodes DVD right here.

The Pirate Fairy

From the world of ‘Peter Pan’ comes ‘The Pirate Fairy,’ a swashbuckling new adventure about Zarina (voice of Christina Hendricks), a smart and ambitious dust-keeper fairy who’s captivated by Blue Pixie Dust and its endless possibilities. When Zarina’s wild ideas get her into trouble, she flees Pixie Hollow and joins forces with the scheming pirates of Skull Rock, who make her captain of their ship. Tinker Bell (voice of Mae Whitman) and her friends must embark on an epic adventure to find Zarina, and together they go sword-to-sword with the band of pirates led by a cabin boy named James (voice of Tom Hiddleston), who’ll soon be known as Captain Hook himself. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Fargo

The “middle of nowhere” has never looked better in this new edition of ‘Fargo,’ now remastered for the best high-definition picture yet. In this film Nominated for seven Oscars, things go terribly awry when small-time Minnesota car salesman Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) hires two thugs (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife so he can collect the ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. Once people start dying, the very chipper and very pregnant Police Chief Marge (Frances McDormand) takes the case. Will she stop at nothing until she gets her man? You betcha. Buy the Blu-ray remastered edition right here.

The Story of Medicine: Pain, Pus & Poison

Unfolding an extraordinary tale of daring, self-experimentation, revelation, genius, and outright luck, the fascinating BBC documentary, ‘The Story of Medicine: Pain, Pus & Poison’ is now available on DVD from Athena,  an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. Presented by Dr. Michael Mosley, the program shows how drugs have revolutionized medicine over a period of 200 years and changed the course of human history. From the producers of the popular documentaries The Story of Math and The Code, and with ongoing broadcast in the U.K. on BBC Four as Pain, Pus & Poison: The Search for Modern Medicines, the program is available to North American audiences for the first time. The DVD 2-Disc set includes three episodes, plus Seven Wonders of the Microbe World shorts (27 min.), and 16-page viewer’s guide. In three episodes, Mosley recounts how humans have learned to fight back against disease and death—from unleashing the power of nature’s medicine cabinet to the mass production of modern pharmaceuticals. With his characteristic enthusiasm, sense of fun, and hands-on approach, Mosley takes you on a journey of discovery and scientific breakthrough that has saved millions of lives and transformed our world—and that promises a personalized, genetic approach to medicine in the future. Dr. Michael Mosley is a physician, award-winning science journalist, and accomplished television presenter. He has hosted programs including Inside the Human Body and The Story of Science, and he is the author of the nutrition book The Fast Diet. Buy the DVD right here.

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts

Dean Martin’s hit variety show was in its ninth year in 1974 when the staff went into a huddle to figure out what to do for that season’s finales. Somebody yelled out, “Why don’t we toast a bunch of big stars?” The word “toast” suddenly turned to “roast” and the whole room tingled with anticipation of what that could mean. What began as a ratings booster for the final season of “The Dean Martin Show” then evolved into “The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts,” an eagerly awaited franchise of regular NBC television specials that targeted the biggest names in the world of entertainment and beyond.  From Bob Hope to Muhammad Ali, Johnny Carson to Lucille Ball, Gov. Ronald Reagan to Redd Foxx (roasted twice), anybody with a thick skin and a good agent was fair game, and the specials proved so popular that the top-rated series ran for nine years.  This March, fans of Old Hollywood, the Golden Age of Television and Classic Comedy can celebrate the bashing and basting of some of the greatest performers and personalities of the 20th century with ‘The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Fully Roasted.’ This special 6-disc collection includes 17 complete and unedited Celebrity Roasts featuring a who’s who roster of roastees, including Betty White, (then) Gov. Ronald Reagan, Bette Davis, Muhammad Ali, George Burns, Angie Dickinson,  Telly Savalas,  Dan Rowan & Dick Martin,  Sen. Barry Goldwater, Suzanne Somers,  George Washington (portrayed by Jan Leighton), Dennis Weaver,  Ralph Nader,  Gabe Kaplan, Redd Foxx,  Hugh Hefner and Zsa Zsa Gabor.  And, the list of roasters throwing zingers at the men and women of the hour is every bit as impressive: Milton Berle, Red Buttons, Phyllis Diller, Bonnie Franklin, Rich Little, Abe Vigoda, Jimmie Walker, Orson Welles, Jack Benny, Dom DeLuise,Henry Fonda, Ruth Buzzi, Wilt Chamberlain, Howard Cosell, Billy Crystal, Gene Kelly, LaWanda Page,Jackie Mason,  Jimmy Stewart,  Shelley Winters,  Bob Newhart,  Carroll O’Connor, Jack Klugman,  Johnny Bench,  and many others. Adding to the mirth and merriment of this set are more than specially-produced bonus comedy sketches, featurettes and interviews. Buy the Fully Roasted DVD right here.

Norma Rae

In an Oscar-winning performance, Sally Field is unforgettable as ‘Norma Rae,’ the Southern millworker who revolutionizes a small town and discovers a power in herself she never knew she had. Under the guidance of a New York unionizer (Ron Leibman) and with increasing courage and determination, Norma Rae organizes her fellow factory workers to fight for better conditions and wages. Based on a true story and co-starring Beau Bridges, Norma Rae is the mesmerizing tale of a modern-day heroine. With four Academy Awards nominations including “Best Picture,” ‘Norma Rae’ has stood the test of time – remaining a collection staple more than 35 years since its release. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Power Rangers Turbo

Continuing from the exciting events of Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, the five Turbo Rangers use their new powers, weapons and high-tech supercharged vehicles to battle evil at faster speeds than ever before! The beautiful yet vicious space pirate Divatox follows the Power Rangers to Angel Grove to get revenge for ruining her planned wedding to the volcanic island deity Maligore. From her mobile Subcraft armed to the gills with torpedoes and explosives and crewed by a motley bunch of monsters, she relentlessly pursues our heroes. But the Rangers are not alone in their fight, as they are aided by Dimitria, a wise sage and friend of Zordon; Alpha 6, an advanced robotic sidekick with a streetwise demeanor, the Blue Senturion, a robotic intergalactic traffic cop from the future; and the elusive Phantom Rangers, a one-man army whose very identity is a mystery. An all-new team of Rangers is armed and ready to carry on the Power Rangers legacy. Buy the Volume 1 DVD right here.

Knights of Badassdom

Sound the horns and prepare thyself for a most glorious tale of battling knights, spell-casting wizards, fair maidens and one blood-thirsty demon from the netherworld in ‘Knights of Badassdom.’ Starring Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”, The Station Agent), Steve Zahn (“Treme”, Dallas Buyers Club), Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood”, Dead Silence) and Summer Glau (“Arrow”, “Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles”), this 2014 theatrical release]is now available on an extras-loaded DVD and Blu-ray editions from Entertainment One. Cans’t thou handle it? ‘Knights of Badassdom’ follows three best friends (Dinklage, Zahn and Kwanten) and dedicated LARPers (Live Action Role Players) as they take to the woods to reenact a dungeons and dragons-like scenario fresh out of the Middle Ages. Trouble arises after they unwittingly conjure up some serious evil in the form of a blood-lusting Succubus from the pits of hell. And as fantasy and reality collide on the Fields of Evermore in an all-out epic battle of make-believe wizards, demons and assorted mythical creatures, their courage and friendship is put to the test as they attempt to vanquish the evil they have summoned. Will the group prove to simply be foam sword-wielding LARPers or true “Knights of Badassdom?”  Art thou ready to find out? Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Performance

ln underworld terms, Chas Devlin is a “performer,” a gangster with a talent lor violence and initimidation. Turner is a reclusive rock superstar. When Chas and Turner meet, their worlds collide – and the impact is both exotic and explosive. James Fox and Mick Jagger indelibly play Chas and Turner in this spellbinder ol illusion and reality, decadence and decay. Fugitive Chas hides in Turner’s cavernous house. Events then spiral into an eerie breakdown of barriers and roles in which Chas sees his sense of reality vanish. And Turner’s experiment of sell-discovery leads to a shocking final performance of his own. Codirected by Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg, Performance has become a modern movie legend. Experience it and understand why. Buy the Blu-ray at WBshop.com.

No Holds Barred

Directed by Thomas J. Wright (Castle) and starring wrestling icon Hulk Hogan (Hogan Knows Best), ‘No Holds Barred‘ is now available on Blu-ray. When world wrestling champion Rip Thomas (wrestling superstar Hulk Hogan) refuses to join a competing network, an evil executive creates a new program, “The Battle of the Tough Guys,” where rules don’t exist and men engage in an all-out brawl for money. After a murdering ex-convict by the name of Zeus (Tommy Lister, The Fifth Element) comes out on top as the toughest man, an ultimate title match with Rip is the TV network’s best chance for big ratings. But when Rip refuses the challenge and his brother is roughed-up as a consequence, the world champion has no choice but to teach Zeus a lesson in a final “No Holds Barred” fight to the finish in this 80′s cult classic film. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Ace of Aces

Sculptor “Rocky” Thorne (Richard Dix) is branded a coward by his fiancée Nancy Adams (Elizabeth Allan) as the United States enters World War 1. Rocky enlists into service and trains as an aviator to prove his worth to Nancy. Wounded during his first aerial engagement, Rocky’s attitude towards the war changes and the heat of battle turns him into a cold-blooded killing machine. With the instability in Europe foreshadowing the beginnings of World War 11, Ace of Aces is timely as it tackles the horrors of war and how it transforms the participants. As Rocky abandons his principles and embraces the darkness, Nancy discovers the high price paid by the young men and women involved. The film also stars Ralph Bellamy, Theodore Newton and, in an uncredited role, the first of a handful of acting roles, William Cagney (younger brother of James). Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.

The Public Defender

Richard Dix stars as Pike Winslow, a bumbling heir to a large fortune. Winslow is also The Reckoner, a mysterious avenger and investigator who always leaves behind a business card printed with the scales of justice. He leads a pair of justice-minded vigilantes – The Professor (Boris Karloff) and Doc (Paul Hurst) – to vindicate a bank officer framed by his crooked partners for the financial institution’s collapse. In the same year of this milestone Western Cimarron, Richard Dix top-billed this 1931 crime drama that undoubtedly offered a bit of cinematic fulfillment for patrons chafing over Great Depression banking crises. 1931 was also a banner year for costar Boris Karloff, as his appearance as The Professor preceded his career-making role in Frankenstein by mere months. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.

Warrior Assassin

Great achievement is born of great sacrifice in the revenge thriller ‘Warrior Assassin,’ seeking vengeance on DVD (plus Digital Ultraviolet), Digital HD and Video on Demand April 1 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.  Filled with explosive action and mesmerizing fight sequences, ‘Warrior Assassin’ stars Pan Yuanjia (Ju Ke Zhen), Ji Chunhua (Kung-Fu Master) and Bryan Leung (Kung-Fu Master) and will be available for the suggested retail price of $26.98. Two strangers, a warrior held captive and a man whose family was murdered, set out on their individual quest for revenge.  As they cross paths, they soon discover that their revenge lies with the same man. Joining forces, it will take more than an army to keep them from unleashing the ultimate punishment, even if means sacrificing their own lives. Buy the DVD right here.

Birds of Paradise

Why hide in a crowd when you were born to stand out with the high-flying adventure ‘Birds of Paradise,’ now available on DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) exclusively at Walmart and Redbox from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film is also available on Digital HD, Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View everywhere. Awarded the DOVE seal of approval, this family-friendly adventure proves you shouldn’t judge a bird by their feathers and features the voices of a talented cast including Drake Bell (TV’s “Drake & Josh), Ashley Tisdale (TV’s “High School Musical”), Ken Jeong (Despicable Me 2), Jane Lynch (TV’s “Glee”), Jon Lovitz (The Benchwarmers), Keith David (Free Birds) and Dallas Lovato (Snowflake And The White Gorilla). When Jack, an ordinary sparrow with dreams of becoming an extraordinary bird, is accidentally covered in colorful paint, he is thrilled about his new exotic appearance and believes that he’ll now be able to impress Aurora, a beautiful canary who has recently escaped from her indoor cage.  But when Aurora’s mean owner, Mr. Potter, finds her, Jack must enlist the help of his best friends – Vinnie, the loyal pigeon and Skeeter, the hyper hummingbird as well as Rosie, the caring bat and the wise Old Buzzard in order to free her. And along the way, Jack and Aurora will learn that it’s not what you look like on the outside, but who you are on the inside that truly counts. Buy the DVD at WalMart.com.