New Releases On DVD/Blu-Ray

by | October 17, 2013 at 10:39 AM | General

'Pacific Rim' (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)

Pacific Rim

Monsters and robots go head to head with the release of the action-packed spectacle ‘Pacific Rim,’ now available on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. Directed by Oscar nominee (Best Writing, Original Screenplay, “Pan’s Labyrinth,” 2006) Guillermo del Toro, ‘Pacific Rim’ follows a team of unlikely fighters who unite for a final attempt to save humanity from terrifying monsters that emerged from the sea. From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, ‘Pacific Rim’ is directed by Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth”) from a screenplay by Travis Beacham and del Toro. The film stars Charlie Hunnam (TV’s “Sons of Anarchy), Idris Elba (“Thor”), Rinko Kikuchi (“Babel”) and Charlie Day (“Horrible Bosses”), along with Rob Kazinsky, Max Martini, Clifton Collins Jr., Burn Gorman and Rob Perlman. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition, hi-definition and standard definition; 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. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and the 2-disc DVD Special Edition include UltraViolet which allows consumers to download and instantly stream the 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. In ‘Pacific Rim,’legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, have started rising from the sea, beginning a war that takes millions of lives and consumes humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes – a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) – who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Vikings

Vikings Season 1 delivers a visceral journey to a thrilling ancient world in this epic new series about history’s bravest and most brutally fearsome warriors. Vikings‘ follows the adventures of the great hero Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), a Viking chieftain seeking to fulfill his destiny as a conqueror, alongside his ambitious brother Rollo (Clive Standen) and loyal wife Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick). Throughout his quest, Ragnar faces a path of betrayals and temptations to protect his freedom, family, and life. When Ragnar teams up with his boat builder friend Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) to craft a new generation of intrepid ships capable of conquering the rough northern seas, the stage is set for conflict. Exclusively featured on the Blu-ray and DVD, “Birth of the Vikings” looks at the creator’s approach to, the series challenge in re-creating the period, and the wonders of shooting the series in Ireland’s beautiful, Wicklow mountains.  “Birth of the Vikings,” is an all-access look at the creation of ‘Vikings.’ Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray right here.

The Pallisers

Set in the palatial country houses and grand Mayfair salons of mid-Victorian England, the classic 1970s PBS series that has captivated audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, ‘The Pallisers: 40th Anniversary Edition’ is now available on DVD. Featuring all 26 episodes of the addictive British drama, the sprawling BBC saga of wealth, passion, and power chronicles 20 years in the life of an aristocratic dynasty moving through high society in the heyday of Queen Victoria’s reign. Based on Anthony Trollope’s six “political” novels—called the finest sequence of fiction ever written about British Parliamentary life—this adaptation by contemporary British novelist Simon Raven (Alms for Oblivion), stars Emmy-winner Susan Hampshire (The Forsyte Saga, The First Churchills) and Philip Latham (Number 10), with an outstanding supporting cast. The DVD 8-Disc Set includes all 26 episodes, 32 min. interview with Susan Hampshire, 32-page booklet, and more. Susan Hampshire stars as the beautiful and witty Lady Glencora, whose arranged marriage to rising politician Plantagenet Palliser (Philip Latham, “marvelous from beginning to end” —The New York Times) endures public and private crises as the family ascends the social ladder. The outstanding cast also features Jeremy Irons (The Borgias), Derek Jacobi (Cadfael, The King’s Speech), Anthony Andrews (Brideshead Revisited), Peter Vaughan (The Remains of the Day), and Penelope Keith (To the Manor Born). Buy the 40th Anniversary Edition DVD right here.

Defiance

Combining epic scope with the intrigue of a small-town drama comes ‘Defiance Season 1,’, the critically acclaimed action-packed tale of courage and survival.Defiance Season 1′ is now available to own on Blu-ray and DVD, each with Digital including Ultraviolet with collectible lenticular packaging for a limited time from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. ‘Defiance Season 1′ is the first-ever convergence of television and a multi-platform video game, featuring an interconnected world between the two mediums as they evolve together into one overall story. It’s 2046 and over 30 years have passed since aliens arrived, changing life on Earth forever. In the frontier town of Defiance, a drifter-turned-lawkeeper, Nolan (Grant Bowler, “True Blood”) and Mayor Rosewater (Julie Benz, “Dexter”) attempt to lead the human and alien residents through the prejudices and politics that threaten the fragile peace they’ve fought for. Watch every riveting episode back to back and uninterrupted, with exclusive bonus content including deleted scenes and exclusive featurettes that delve inside this incredible new world. Also starring are Stephanie Leonidas (MirrorMask), Tony Curran (Gladiator), Jaime Murray (“Warehouse 13″), Graham Greene (Dances with Wolves), and Mia Kirshner (“The L Word”). Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray right here.

The Best of Jack Hanna

‘The Best of Jack Hanna,’ an action-packed journey that will leave you with a renewed appreciation for all creatures, is now available on DVD. Starring Jack Hanna and directed by Guy Nickerson, this collector’s edition package includes 30 episodes from Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild, which has garnered 6 Daytime Emmy Nominations and 3 wins to date, plus 30 episodes from Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures. ‘The Best of Jack Hanna follows America’s most beloved animal adventurer and his family as he spends time with nature’s creatures across the continents, over the years, and through two different TV shows.  Each episode provides insight into the protection and conservation of some of our planet’s most precious animals and endangered species. Buy the DVD right here.

Hart of Dixie

Rachel Bilson continues her starring role in season two of ‘Hart of Dixie‘ as New York surgeon Dr. Zoe Hart, who is starting to adjust to life as a general practitioner in BlueBell, Alabama. But small-town life can lead to big-time fun in the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group release of ‘Hart of Dixie: The Complete Second Season,’ now available on DVD. Executive produced by Leila Gerstein (Gossip Girl), Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl, Chuck, The O.C.), Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl, The O.C.) and Len Goldstein, ‘Hart of Dixie’ also stars Jaime King (Gary Unmarried), Cress Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), and Wilson Bethel (Generation Kill), with Tim Matheson (The West Wing) and Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights). The five-disc DVD set includes all 22 episodes from the second season. The season kicks off with Zoe capturing two hearts and having to choose between bad boy Wade Kinsella and good guy George Tucker. Meanwhile, Lavon Hayes, Zoe’s best friend in town and the mayor of BlueBell, is surprised by a familiar face and an unexpected twist in the mayoral race, and newly jilted Lemon Breeland tries to deal with fresh beginnings the best way she knows how, all while her father, Dr. Brick Breeland, is dealing with his own issues of the heart. But it’s not all complicated love triangles in this charming comedic drama, and unexpected friendships abound as Zoe learns to be a better doctor, a better person, and maybe even fall in love. ‘Hart of Dixie’ is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Fake Empire, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios. Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

The Fall

A taut and suspenseful thriller starring Emmy and Golden Globe winner Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, Bleak House, The Crimson Petal and the White), ‘The Fall Series 1 is now available on DVD. Written by Allan Cubitt (Murphy’s Law, Prime Suspect 2), the series follows DSI Stella Gibson, a steely detective on the trail of a serial killer stalking the streets of Belfast. When it debuted on the BBC in May 2013, The Fall was the highest-rated drama premiere in eight years for BBC Two. The DVD 2-Disc set features five episodes of the suspenseful and critically acclaimed series, plus bonus behind-the-scenes featurette (12 min.) Gillian Anderson smolders as a British detective summoned to Belfast to solve a high-profile murder. She quickly recognizes the signs of a serial killer, but the culprit (Jamie Dornan, Once Upon a Time, Marie Antoinette) has already targeted his next victim. Over five engrossing episodes, this psychological thriller follows both the hunter and the hunted as they attempt to outmaneuver each other in “an intriguing game of cat and mouse” (The Sunday Times). Heralded as “one of the best BBC dramas in years” (The Guardian), The Fall proves as riveting as it is unsettling, granting rare insight into the mind of a sociopath. Critics rave that “Anderson is sublime, almost otherworldly, while Dornan…matches her for icy charisma” (Daily Mail). The stellar cast also features Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife, Bend It Like Beckham) John Lynch (Hard Times, In the Name of the Father), Laura Donnelly (Merlin), and Michael McElhatton (Game of Thrones). Buy the Series 1 DVD right here.

The Untold History of the United States

The Untold History of the United States,’ a ten-part Showtime Original Series from three-time Academy Award-winning writer and director Oliver Stone, is now available on Blu-ray. The in-depth, surprising, and totally riveting series, co-written by Stone with Peter Kuznick and Matt Graham, was directed and narrated by Stone. This is the first time the complete series will be available on Blu-ray in the U.S. ’The Untold History of the United States’ is also be available for digital download. Stone and Kuznick, esteemed American University Associate Professor of History, and director of the Nuclear Studies Institute, co-authored the companion book (Gallery Books) to the series, whichpresents our country’s unlearned history, drawing on archival findings from around the world and recently declassified material. The documentary looks back at human events that at the time went under-reported, but that crucially shaped America’s unique and complex history throughout the 20th century. Covering the time period from the atomic bombing of Japan to the Cold War, through the fall of Communism to the events of today, the documentary is now available. Beside the 10 chapters, this release will boast more than three and a half hours of bonus material, including two unaired chapters and a new companion documentary featuring Stone and Tariq Ali – author, philosopher, activist, writer, socialist leader, editor – who worked with Stone on the documentary South of the Border. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Gentle Ben

‘Gentle Ben,’ the classic, family-friendly series about a boy and his 650-pound best friend, Ben the bear, is finally available on DVD with Gentle Ben: Season One. Relive one of the most beloved series of the 1960s, starring a young Clint Howard, Dennis Weaver of Gunsmoke fame, and a guest appearance from Ron Howard. Based on the children’s novel of the same name, Gentle Ben follows the adventures in the Florida Everglades of a game warden, Tom Wedloe (Dennis Weaver), his wife Ellen (Beth Brickell), their son Mark (Clint Howard), and Mark’s tame bear Ben. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Jumper

Experience the exhilarating adventure from the director of Mr. & Mrs. Smith and The Bourne Identity, now in eye-popping 3D. David Rice (Hayden Christensen) is a Jumper — a genetic anomaly with the power to instantly teleport anywhere in the world. When he discovers others like himself, David is thrust into an ancient war that threatens the very survival of his own kind. Buy the 3D Blu-ray combo pack right here.

Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain

Capturing the laughter, energy and mayhem from comedy superstar Kevin Hart’s 2012 global concert tour, ‘Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain‘ is now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Video on Demand, Digital HD and Pay-Per-View. Filmed live in New York City at two sold-out performances at Madison Square Garden, the film captures Hart’s hysterically funny live performance as he explains his unique view on the world in laugh-out-loud detail. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain has generated more than $32 million in domestic theatrical ticket sales to date, and earned over $10 million dollars opening weekend, becoming the 4th top-grossing stand-up film of all time. Kevin Hart (TV’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” Think Like A Man) is center stage again in this follow-up to the successful 2011 theatrical release Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain delivering over an hour of gut-busting, tear inducing laughter that will give audiences a new perspective on the world around them. Including two featurettes and music videos inspired by the film, ‘Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain’ is not to be missed. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Monsters vs. Aliens

Get ready for a world of hilarious monster mischief and alien antics in this all-new animated TV series inspired by DreamWorks Animation’s ginormous hit movie Monsters vs. Aliens. Join team leader Susan, muscle-bound Link, ingenious Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D., and B.O.B., the gelatinous blob, as the residents of the government containment area embark on fun-filled adventures under the not-too-watchful eye of General Monger! Buy the Cloning Around DVD right here.

Anger Management

The hilarious hit comedy series, ‘Anger Management,’ is back and continues to win over audiences everywhere. Headlined by Charlie Sheen, ‘Anger Management: Volume Two’ is now available on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) and Digital Download. Fans of the series can now bring home the second volume of 2012’s highest rated new comedy show on cable, which also features Selma Blair (The Sweetest Thing, Cruel Intentions), Shawnee Smith (Saw) and Martin Sheen (TV’s “The West Wing,” Apocalypse Now). ‘Anger Management: Volume Two’ follows Charlie Goodman (Sheen), a non-traditional therapist specializing in anger management. He has a successful private practice, holding sessions with his group of primary patient regulars each week, as well as performing pro bono counseling for an inmate group at a state prison. His life is complicated by his relationships with his own therapist and best friend, his ex-wife whose positive outlook but poor life-choices frustrate Charlie, their 15 year-old daughter who has OCD, and of course, his interfering and meddlesome father, Martin. Buy the Volume 2 Blu-ray right here.

SpongeBob SquarePants: It’s a SpongeBob Christmas

Celebrate the holidays SpongeBob-style with ‘It’s a SpongeBob Christmas.’ It’s SpongeBob as you’ve never seen him before – on Blu-ray for the first time, as part of this Blu-ray combo pack. You’ll see SpongeBob, Patrick, Plankton and all of Bikini Bottom in better quality for even more holiday fun. This perfect holiday gift arrives with over two additional hours of additional Blu-ray content, including ten fan favorite episodes from SpongeBob’s very first season. Buy the DVD right here.

The New Three Stooges

Image/Madacy Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, announces the release of ‘The New Three Stooges Complete Cartoon Collection.’ Premiering on television in 1965, the show features animated cartoons with the voices of the Three Stooges – Larry, Moe and Curly Joe – as well as real footage “wraparounds” of the three comedy greats performing short skits to accompany the cartoons. Now, for the first time ever, all 156 cartoons and 40 live action shorts are available as a complete collection. Also included in the collector’s edition package is a CD featuring 12 sing-along and 11 Christmas songs performed by the Stooges. ‘The New Three Stooges Complete Cartoon Collection’ joins a long line of Three Stooges DVDs successfully released by Madacy Entertainment since first licensing the brand from C3 Entertainment in 2005. Buy the complete cartoon collection right here.

Kung Fu Panda

et ready for more high-kicking action and fur-flying fun in this awesome animated TV series based on the Academy Award-Nominated hit movie ‘Kung Fu Panda’! He may not be your typical warrior, but Po packs an arsenal of martial arts skills as big as his heart…and his stomach. Always ready to fight for what’s right, Po and the Furious Five—Tigress, Monkey, Mantis, Crane and Viper—face exotic dangers at every turn, including a pair of magic shoes with an evil “sole,” and Scorpion, one of the sharpest villains in all the land! Buy the Legends of Awesomeness DVD right here.

Drug War

From Johnie To, master of the Hong Kong crime thriller, comes the critically acclaimed, action-packed drama ‘Drug War,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Cars are crashed, bullets fly, blood spurts, bodies splatter, and cocaine is snorted in this high-velocity tale of a drug cartel boss who, after being arrested in a raid, is coerced into betraying his former accomplices as part of an undercover operation. The film stars Louis Koo, Sun Honglei, Michelle Ye, Huang Yi, Wallace Chung and Li Guangjie. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Eagle Has Landed

Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland and Robert Duvall lead a star-studded cast in the World War II classic ‘The Eagle Has Landed,’ based on Jack Higgins’ best-selling novel. A Nazi Strike Force plots to kidnap Winston Churchill while he is resting in a desolate Norfolk village. Colonel Radl (Duvall), Colonel Stenier (Caine) and Liam Devlin (Sutherland) are enlisted to carry out the operation, which if successful, would irrevocably alter the outcome of the war. Disguised as Polish airmen, these paratroopers descend upon England only to be interrupted by an unforeseeable incident which threatens to derail their treacherous mission. Packed with action and suspense, this unrelenting thriller was the final picture directed by the great John Sturges (The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven). Buy the collector’s edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

David Starkey’s Music & Monarchy

Exploring the impact of the British monarchy on renowned composers throughout the centuries, ‘David Starkey’s Music & Monarchy’ is now available on DVD. Cambridge-educated historian Dr. David Starkey (Monarchy, The Six Wives of Henry VIII), a foremost authority on the British Crown, hosts this four-part documentary tracing British musical tradition from the reigns of Henry V through Elizabeth II. Broadcast on BBC Two in July 2013, the four episodes are available to U.S. audiences for the first time, along with nine performance pieces (29 min.), 16-page viewer’s guide, and more. From Henry V through Elizabeth II, Britain’s monarchs have molded the story of British music as patrons, tastemakers, and even composers. Hosted by eminent historian David Starkey, this series explores British music through the lens of its most prominent and powerful supporters. Each episode is lavishly scored, from famous melodies to forgotten treasures and works of public pageantry to songs composed for private enjoyment. Over 40 live recordings include music by William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, Henry Purcell, George Frideric Handel, Edward Elgar, and William Walton. All are performed in the spectacular locations where the monarchs first heard them: Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, the chapel of King’s College at Cambridge, and more. Starkey puts each into historical and political context, telling their stories and revealing how the royal passion for music created a soundtrack for a nation. Buy the DVD right here.

Lost and Found

Based on the internationally best-selling children’s book by award-winning author, Oliver Jeffers, whose newest book has just captured the #1 spot on the New York Times Best Sellers list, the standout production was adapted and directed by Philip Hunt and features endearing narration by Academy Award-winner Jim Broadbent, stunning CGI animation from Studio AKA and a charming musical score by esteemed composer Max Richter, ‘Lost and Found’ brilliantly transports viewers from the 2D pages of the storybook to a rich and immersive world that will have both young and old alike mesmerized and brought to tears. Buy the DVD right here.

Come Dance With Me

Jack (Andrew McCarthy) is a rising financial executive who is dating the fabulously rich and elegant Demi Clayton (Stephanie Mills), who also happens to be the daughter of his boss, Drew Clayton (Chris Gillet). Although Demi’s mother, Clarisse (Jane Moffat), doesn’t necessarily approve of Jack and would prefer her daughter to date a man within their social circle, Jack still plans on proposing.  In hopes of creating the perfect proposal, Jack signs up for dance lessons to prove himself at the Clayton’s lavish annual Christmas dance. Yet when sparks start to fly between Jack and his dance instructor, Christine (Michelle Nolden), Jack is forced to make some important life decisions before it is too late. Buy the DVD right here.

Maniac

A disturbed young man who gives the mannequins in his story some very lifelike touches is the monster at the center of the shocker of the year. Elijah Wood, in a role unlike any he has ever undertaken, stars in ‘Maniac,’ the new macabre masterpiece from the creator of the hit thrillers High Tension and The Hills Have Eyes. In this 21st century Jack the Ripper story set in present-day Los Angeles, Frank (Elijah Wood, The Lord of the Rings) leads a deceptively peaceful life. To the outside world, he’s a withdrawn and somewhat eccentric owner of a mannequin store. But his quiet façade masks an inner rage that forces him to brutally kill and scalp the women who get too close to him. When a young artist named Anna (Nora Arnezeder, Safe House) appears one day at Frank’s shop and asks for his help with her new exhibition, Frank develops an obsession with her that threatens to completely destroy his already fragile psyche. Soon the streets become unsafe for any woman after dark as this newly awakened maniac begins to stalk and kill. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Dracula the Dark Prince

The mystery of Dracula’s descent into darkness is revealed in ‘Dracula: The Dark Prince,’ now available on DVD as a Walmart exclusive, as well as Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. When Dracula kidnaps a woman he believes is the reincarnation of his dead wife, vampire hunter Van Helsing and his companions must rescue her before time runs out. Starring Academy Award winner Jon Voight (Best Actor, Coming Home, 1978), and including audio commentary with Director Pearry Teo, cast interviews and a behind-the-scenes featurette, the DVD is now available. Once the honored and respected Prince of Wallachia, Dracula turned to the dark side after those whom he trusted most murdered his wife. After Dracula meets a beautiful crusader named Alina, he is convinced she is the reincarnation of his long-dead love and has her kidnapped. Alina’s companions, led by the renowned vampire hunter Van Helsing, set off in pursuit. Their thrilling journey takes them into savage country where they must fight nightmarish creatures and armies of the undead—culminating in an epic battle against the terrifying power and malice of the lord of the vampires. Buy the DVD right here.

Lifetime Holiday 4-Film Collection

Tis’ the season for holiday cheer with the release of ‘Lifetime Holiday 4-Film Collection,’ now available on DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Four of Lifetime’s top-rated holiday classics are available for the first time on DVD in one festive gift-set. Enjoy the merry winter season with The Christmas Consultant, Holiday Spin, The March Sisters at Christmas and Holly’s Holiday. A must-have stocking stuffer for the gift-giving season, the Lifetime Holiday 4-Film Collection is now available. This delightful Christmas package of Lifetime Original Movies has everything you could wish for. Buy the DVD right here.

Exploding Sun

An exciting voyage takes a fatal turn with the release of the never-before-seen extended version of ‘Exploding Sun’ on Blu-ray and DVD. When Earth faces the ultimate threat, two men have one chance to save humanity. Starring Emmy award winner Julia Ormond (“Mad Men,” “Temple Grandin”), David James Elliot (JAG), Natalie Brown (Being Human) and Anthony Lemke (Lost Girl), Exploding Sun originally premiered on September 9 on ReelzChannel, concluding the doomsday film series, which featured five epic experiences. History is made as the first-ever commercial space flight is launched into space for the first time as the world watches in awe. When a solar storm hyper-changes the engine and sends it hurtling toward the sun, it triggers a cataclysmic solar storm that could blow Earth all the way back into the Stone Age. For those at Mission Control and everyone else on board, including the First Lady, preparing for the inevitable seems to be the only horrifying option. The future of the world is left in the hands of two men who will risk their lives in order to save all humanity. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Dark Ages: An Age of Light

Tracing the development of art and architecture during the early medieval period, ‘The Dark Ages: An Age of Light’ is now available on DVD. British art critic Waldemar Januszczak (Every Picture Tells a Story, Vincent: The Full Story) hosts this four-part documentary covering early Christian iconography to the emergence of Islamic art, demonstrating that the “Dark Ages” produced masterpieces around the world. Broadcast on BBC4 in Nov. 2012, the DVD 2-disc set features four episodes available to U.S. audiences for the first time, plus bonus 12-page viewer’s guide. The early Middle Ages have been dismissed as a step backwards for civilization—a barbaric time in which warfare and conquest eclipsed learning and progress. But were the “Dark Ages” really so bleak? Art historian Waldemar Januszczak (Every Picture Tells a Story) says no, then takes us on an artistic journey back to this much-maligned epoch to reveal the evidence. He travels from Britain to North Africa and from Byzantium to Spain, finding beauty and refinement where one might have expected only brutality and destruction. With Januszczak as an affable and gregarious guide, witness the mysteries of early Christian art, Islam’s masterly mosques, intricate Anglo-Saxon metalwork, and the painstakingly illuminated Lindisfarne Gospels. Along the way, discover that the people who rose from the ashes of the Roman Empire did not lack for wisdom or beauty—they created their own age of light. Buy the DVD right here.

A Hijacking

The cargo ship MV Rozen is heading for harbor when it is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. Amongst the men on board are the ship’s cook Mikkel and the engineer Jan, who along with the rest of the seamen are taken hostage in a cynical game of life and death. With the demand for a ransom of millions of dollars a psychological drama unfolds between the CEO of the shipping company and the Somali pirates. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Counting Cars

Get in the front seat with Sin City legend Danny “The Count” Koker and his all-star crew at Count’s Kustoms with History’s smash hit series, ‘Counting Cars: Season 2 – Volume 1,’ now available on DVD. Follow Danny as he and his team put it all on the line to restore, customize and sell custom cars to keep the shop in the black. The two-disc collection features 12 episodes and over 20 minutes of never-before-seen on TV footage. Timed to the fall television premiere of the show’s new episodes, ‘Counting Cars:  Season 2 – Volume 1′ is now available. Once again History’s hit series, Counting Cars, rolls into Sin City to bet on vintage wheels with Danny “The Count” Koker, the man with an insatiable appetite for classic cars. No matter who, when or where, if you have it and he wants it, he’ll deal out the cold, hard cash to buy it, restore it and flip it. This time around find out if Danny and the guys can fulfill the dream of a friend with physical limitations and get him on a bike for the first time. Watch as Danny gets sidetracked by a curious lady in a hot pink Beetle while trying to score a classic Ford Galaxie, and see the tables turn on him when a car-loving couple pulls him over to check out a treasured ride. This series is another classic in the making!Buy the Season 2, Volume 1 DVD right here.

The Halloween Stories Collection

Just in time for Halloween, these new not-so-scary stories-on-DVD arrive from the nationally acclaimed, multi-award-winning Scholastic Storybook Treasures  series, which brings best-selling children’s storybooks to life and promotes a love of literature. With faithful adaptations and celebrity narrations, this critically acclaimed DVD series has won hundreds of awards and sold more than 2.5 million videos. ‘The Halloween Stories Collection, Volume 2′ includes 14 stories perfect for early and pre-readers on All Hallows Eve. Though filled with skeletons, witches and more seasonal spooks, families can encourage creativity and music appreciation with the classic sing-along Dem Bones, learn about Latin American holidays with The Day of the Dead, and delight in the not so spooky-ooky stories of Teeny-Tiny and the Witch-Woman. Buy the Volume 2 DVD right here.

Hitched for the Holidays

When commitment-phobe Rob Marino (Joey Lawrence) breaks up with his girlfriend before Thanksgiving, he is criticized by his big Italian family about his inability to keep a relationship through the holidays.  Wanting to prove them wrong and fulfill his dying grandmother’s (Paula Shaw) wish to see him happy in love, Rob goes online and finds Julie (Emily Hampshire), another single New Yorker who’s meddling Jewish mom (Marilu Henner) has driven her to seek a temporary boyfriend.  Rob and Julie agree to pose as a couple through the holidays to please their families, but the “relationship” gets complicated when Rob’s Catholic relatives and Julie’s Jewish clan begin interfering in their love life.  With Christmas and Hanukkah around the corner, they double their efforts to keep the charade going, only to discover their fake feelings may be a little too real. Buy the DVD right here.

Gravity Falls

In this animated adventure comedy riddled with mystery, twin brother and sister Dipper and Mabel are sent to spend their summer vacation with their great uncle. Upon arrival, their great uncle, also known as Grunkle Stan, enlists the siblings’ help in running The Mystery Shack, a fun tourist trap he owns that overcharges unsuspecting customers. While Dipper has a hard time getting used to his new surroundings, Mabel’s upbeat optimism comes in handy in her quest to find true love. When Dipper stumbles upon an elusive book, he discovers that it is the key to unlocking the town’s mysterious secrets, and the brother and sister duo soon realize they must rely on one another to navigate the unfamiliar place. Buy the Six Strange Tales DVD right here.

Bubble Guppies and Team Umizoomi

Celebrate this holiday season with ‘Bubble Guppies’ and ‘Team Umizoomi’ in ‘Bubble Guppies and Team Umizoomi: Into the Snow We Go.’ Join the Guppies for a festive special as they work together to share the joy of the holiday season with their neighbor, Mr. Grumpfish. As a holiday bonus, enjoy two special Team Umizoomi episodes. It’s going to be a fin-tastic holiday with ‘Bubble Guppies’ and ‘Team Umizoomi’ in these three holiday specials! Buy the Into the Snow We Go DVD right here.

Ingenious

Follow two lifelong friends on their search for the next big idea with the release of ‘Ingenious,’ now available on DVD (plus Digital Ultraviolet), Video On Demand, Digital Download and Pay-Per-View from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Starring Dallas Roberts (TV’s “The Walking Dead”), Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) and Ayelet Zurer (Man of Steel), the film is centered on two friends and inventors down on their luck who are reminded that all great inventors inevitably fail before they succeed. The Ingenious DVD features behind the scenes interviews with the cast and crew. Matt (Roberts) and Sam (Renner) are searching for the one big idea that will change their lives forever. But their inventions fall flat and their sales techniques leave the customers wanting. When one bad decision costs them everything they have and puts their friendship to the test, they find that hitting rock bottom could lead them to the most ingenious idea they’ve ever had. Buy the DVD right here.

Cinco de Mayo: La Battala

Relive the most important battle in Mexico’s history with the release of ‘Cinco De Mayo: La Batalla,’ now available on DVD. On May 5th, 1862, thousands of Mexican soldiers rallied against the world’s largest and most powerful army in an epic battle for freedom and for Mexico. ‘Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla’ chronicles the story of Mexico’s Battle of Puebla, the most important battle in Mexico’s history. When the unbeatable French army invades Mexico to set up a monarchy, General Ignacio Zaragoza (Kuno Becker, Goal!, From Prada to Nada), must defend the city of Puebla, commanding a poorly armed and outnumbered troop of men. Buy the DVD right here.

Home for Christmas: A Golden Christmas 3

Fall in love at first bark this holiday season with the release of ‘Home For Christmas: A Golden Christmas 3,’ now available on DVD. Shantel VanSanten (“One Tree Hill,” “Final Destination”) and Rob Mayes (“Jane by Design,” “Sorority Wars”) star in this delightful story of two unlucky Golden Retriever owners who, with the help of some Christmas spirit and their furry friends, fall in love during the most wonderful time of the year. Earning over three million viewers when it premiered on ION, ‘Home For Christmas: A Golden Christmas 3′ follows Heather (VanSanten), a charming free spirit who is stuck in a bad relationship and feeling lonely, and naval officer Bobby (Mayes) who has returned from abroad and is also looking to start a new chapter in his life.  Leave it to the magic of Christmas, the love they both share for their Golden Retrievers, and a charming theater production of “A Christmas Carol” to bring the unlikely pair together. Buy the DVD right here.

Abducted

Forget Area 51, Project Blue Book, little grey men and The Fourth Kind as you’re about to experience a Close Encounter of the terrifying kind in this eagerly anticipated, horror sci-fi thriller – ‘Dark Skies’ meets ‘The Blair Witch Project.’ Dave (Trevor Morgan) and Jessica (Tessa Ferrer), along with three other couples, are kidnapped by masked abductors in Griffith Park. Locked in a dark cell and sedated by gas, they are subjected to bizarre medical experiments and horrific physiological torture. Buy the DVD right here.

Merry In-Laws

When Alex (Kassia Warshawski) accepts her boyfriend Peter’s (Lucas Bryant) marriage proposal she has no idea her future in-laws are none other than Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. When Peter’s parents decide to stay for a pre-Christmas visit, their eccentric, charming ways soon begin to awaken Alex’s hidden inner child. Caught up in the enchantment surrounding her perspective-in-laws, with fairy tale snowfalls, Mrs. Claus’ (Shelley Long) magical ways in the kitchen and the surprising discovery of a sick reinder in the garage, Alex doesn’t realize her cynical father and jealous colleague are plotting against the Claus’ in a bid to pull Alex back to their skeptical world. With the wedding on the brink of being cancelled, it’s a battle of heart versus mind, with Christmas itself at stake. Buy the DVD right here.