New Releases On DVD/Blu-Ray

by | November 26, 2013 at 7:42 PM | General

'Red 2' (Summit Entertainment)

Red 2

The high-octane follow-up to the worldwide hit, ‘Red 2‘ is now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital Ultraviolet), Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View from Summit Entertainment. Bruce Willis (The Expendables) stars as retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses who must reunite his unlikely team of elite operatives to take on a new set of enemies on a mission that is “smart, sexy and packs a wallop!”(AM New York). Featuring an outstanding all-star cast including John Malkovich (Burn After Reading) and Mary-Louise Parker (Showtime’s “Weeds”), along with Anthony Hopkins (Thor) and Helen Mirren (The Queen), Red 2 proves the best never rest. Retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses (Willis) and his team set out on a global quest to track down a missing, next-generation lethal device that can change the balance of world power. To succeed, they’ll need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists and power-crazed government officials, all eager to get their hands on the technologically advanced super weapon. Outgunned and outmanned, they have only their cunning wits, old-school skills and each other to rely on as they try to save the world – and stay alive in the process. The Red 2 Blu-ray Disc bonus materials include “The Red 2 Experience,” an in-depth look at the film’s characters, weapons, spy gadgets and stunts, as well as deleted scenes and a gag reel. The Red 2 DVD bonus material includes deleted scenes and a gag reel. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Murdoch Mysteries

Deftly written with plenty of period charm, ‘Murdoch Mysteries, Season 6,’ is now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. Based on the characters from award-winning author Maureen Jennings’ Detective Murdoch novels, the acclaimed Canadian series has garnered 25 Gemini nominations to its credit, including Best Writing and Best Dramatic Series. Set in Victorian-era Toronto, this smart, engaging series follows Yannick Bisson (Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye) as the brilliant Detective William Murdoch, a pioneer of crime-solving technologies. The DVD 4-disc boxed set and Blu-ray 3-disc set include all 13 episodes from Season 6. Distributed by ITV Studios, Season 6 aired in Canada on CBC Television in January 2013, and Acorn TV featured the U.S. premiere in September 2013. Earlier seasons of the series began airing in the U.S. in July 2013 as The Artful Detective on Ovation. A seventh season premiered on CBC in Sept. 2013. At the dawn of the 20th century, Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) solves Toronto’s trickiest cases with scientific insight and ingenuity in this award-winning mystery series. From flying early aircraft to infiltrating nudist communities, consulting with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to helping a young Winston Churchill, Murdoch has always been a man ahead of his time. In Season 6, he also confronts legal and social challenges to be with his love, pathologist-turned-psychiatrist Dr. Julia Ogden (Gemini® winner Hélène Joy, Durham County). Meanwhile, Constable Crabtree (Jonny Harris, Hatching, Matching & Dispatching) gains confidence as a policeman and a suitor to fetching coroner Dr. Emily Grace (Georgina Reilly, The L.A. Complex). ‘Murdoch Mysteries’ co-stars Thomas Craig (Where the Heart Is), with Season 6 guest stars including Peter Keleghan (The Red Green Show), Thomas Howes (Downton Abbey), Geraint Wyn Davies (24, Slings & Arrows), Matthew Bennett (Battlestar Galactica), Paula Brancati (Degrassi: The Next Generation, Being Erica), and Sheila McCarthy (Little Mosque on the Prairie). Buy the Season 6 DVD right here.

Mystery Science Theater 3000

Join us as we celebrate 25 years of cult-movie craziness with ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000: 25th Anniversary Edition’ from Shout! Factory. Housed in a collectible silver(ish) tin, MST3K: 25th Anniversary Edition is a five DVD set that features the films Moon Zero Two, The Day The Earth Froze, The Leech Woman and Gorgo. Also included are all new bonus features including the three-part documentary Return To Eden Prairie: 25 Years Of Mystery Science Theater 3000, Life After MST3K: Mary Jo Pehl, Ninth Wonder Of The World: The Making Of Gorgo (MST3K Edition), Last Flight Of Joel Robinson, MST Hour wraps, four exclusive mini-posters by artist Steve Vance, and more. As a special gift to celebrate the silver anniversary, we’re including a bonus DVD in the set with a double feature of two long-out-of-print fan-favorite episodes. Yes, we said we weren’t going to get each other gifts, but we just couldn’t help ourselves!  On this special occasion, we brought back two key episodes that were the shot heard ’round the MSTie world:  Joel’s last episode, Mitchell and Mike’s first episode, The Brain That Wouldn’t Die.  We know, we shouldn’t have, but nothing says “love” like a favorite episode forever memorialized on DVD. Buy the 25th Anniversary Edition DVD right here.

Breaking Bad

Starring three-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series) alongside two-time Emmy winner Aaron Paul (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series), the critically acclaimed drama ‘Breaking Bad‘ from Sony Pictures Television boasts one of television’s most radical storylines, giving viewers a glimpse into the life of how far a man might go in order to take care of the ones he loves. The dark series includes an exceptional ensemble cast with Anna Gunn (TV’s “Deadwood”), Dean Norris (TV’s “Under the Dome”), Betsy Brandt (TV’s “Michael J. Fox Show”), RJ Mitte and Bob Odenkirk (The Spectacular Now). ‘Breaking Bad’ was created by writer/director/producer Vince Gilligan (TV’s “The X-Files”), who also served as executive producer with Academy Award winner Mark Johnson (Rain Man, 1988′s Best Picture) and Michelle MacLaren (TV’s “The X-Files”). Co-executive producers of the series include Melissa Bernstein (TV’s Rectify), Sam Catlin (TV’s “Canterbury’s Law”), George Mastras (TV’s “The Dresden Files”), Peter Gould (TV’s “Too Big To Fail”), Thomas Schnauz (TV’s “The X-Files”) and Moira Walley-Beckett (TV’s “Pan Am”). Stewart A. Lyons served as Line Producer/UPM. Cranston and Diane Mercer (TV’s “Arrested Development”) are producers of the series. The series is produced by High Bridge and Gran Via Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television for AMC. The final season includes the series’ final eight episodes and is loaded with special features, including all-new featurettes, cast and crew commentaries, deleted scenes and more. Episodes include: Blood Money, Buried, Confessions, Rabid Dog, To’hajiilee, Ozymandias, Granite State and Felina. Buy the final season Blu-ray right here.

Getaway

Experience the gritty, heart-pounding action thriller ‘Getaway,’ now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. Starring Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez, Getaway is the story of a former race car driver who is pitted against the clock in a desperate, high-speed attempt to save the life of his kidnapped wife. Directed by Courtney Solomon (“An American Haunting”), ‘Getaway’ stars Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke (“Training Day,” “The Purge,” “Before Midnight”), actress and international music sensation Selena Gomez (“Spring Breakers,” “Wizards of Waverly Place”) and Academy Award winner Jon Voight (“Coming Home,” the “National Treasure” films). The Blu-ray features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray, and the theatrical version in standard definition on DVD. Both the single disc Blu-ray and the single disc DVD include UltraViolet, which allows consumers to download and instantly stream the standard definition theatrical version of the film to a wide range of devices including computers and compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players. Former race car driver Brent Magna (Hawke) is pitted against the clock. Desperately trying to save the life of his kidnapped wife, Brent commandeers a custom Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake, taking it and its unwitting owner (Gomez) on a high-speed race against time, at the command of the mysterious villain holding his wife hostage. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Impractical Jokers

Impractical Jokers‘ – truTV’s hit series starring four longtime friends who dare each other to do outrageous things all while being filmed – is now available on DVD. The DVD includes all 17 episodes from the series’ first season as well as commentary tracks from Q, Sal, Joe and Murr, behind-the-scenes features and deleted scenes. ‘Impractical Jokers’ centers on four real-life best friends – Q, Sal, Joe and Murr – who dare one another to do ridiculous things in public. They then capture their extreme dares on hidden camera, complete with the unsuspecting public’s amused, confused, or flabbergasted reactions. After completing each dare, the guys are given a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down to determine who succeeded under pressure and who collapsed in defeat. At the end of each episode, the guy with the most fails must face a mortifying punishment with truly humiliating consequences. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

JFK Assassination: The Definitive Guide

Find out who was really responsible for the assassination of America’s 35th president with the release of ‘JFK Assassination: The Definitive Guide,’ now available on DVD. In this riveting special, the complexities of one of America’s most infamous tragedies are broken down and details of what the nation believes really happened are revealed. Timed to release around the program broadcast premiere as well as the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, ‘JFK Assassination: The Definitive Guide’ is not to be missed. To create JFK Assassination: The Definitive Guide, History conducted the largest nationwide survey on the death of John F. Kennedy to learn what the American people believe really happened. The results of this extensive survey will allow viewers to take a deeper look at the murder of JFK along with the surrounding events that took place that day. Through this unique special, viewers will have the opportunity to examine the assassination that forever changed this country. Buy the DVD right here.

The Canyons

Director Paul Schrader (writer of Raging Bull and Taxi Driver, director of Hardcore, American Gigolo and Cat People) and screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis (author of American Psycho) team up for ‘The Canyons,’ a searing indictment of Hollywood culture and the year’s most controversial film. Starring an acclaimed Lindsay Lohan in her first big-screen starring role in six years, the sexually charged thriller arrives on homevideo from IFC Films on November 26, 2013. Arrogant young trust-fund baby Christian (adult-film star James Deen) is working on financing a horror film simply to keep his dad off his back. His girlfriend Tara (Lindsay Lohan, Mean Girls, Liz & Dick, Machete, Georgia Rule) is helping him with casting, and his producer, Gina (Amanda Brooks, Happy Hour) is trying to get her struggling actor boyfriend Ryan (Nolan Funk, Awkward) the lead role. Christian is also fond of inviting strangers into his home for threesomes or foursomes with the very willing Tara – and captures all the action on his smartphone. But unbeknownst to Christian and Gina, Ryan and Tara were once a couple, and as soon as the two meet again at an audition, their romance is rekindled. When Christian discovers that Tara has been having an affair, he begins to play a series of cruelly escalating mind games with both Ryan and Tara, leading to an act of violence from which there can be no redemption. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Bill Cosby: Far From Finished

Bill Cosby partners up with Comedy Central for his first comedy special in over two decades. “Far From Finished” is the highly anticipated look back into the funny, satirical and heart-warming style of the iconic comedy legend himself. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Photo: A History From Behind the Lens

Exploring the development of photography from its beginnings to recent times, the elegant and insightful documentary, ‘Photo: A History From Behind the Lens,’ now available on DVD. From the producers of Understanding Art: Hidden Lives of Masterpieces and filmed recently in 2012 and 2013, this intriguing program examines the past, present, and future of photography using clever animations to explain challenging concepts for laypeople. From daguerreotypes to DSLRs, learn how the camera has irrevocably changed the way we see the world. The documentary is available to U.S. audiences for the first time with its DVD release. The DVD 2-Disc set includes 12 episodes, plus bonus 12-page booklet with a history of cameras, a timeline of breakthroughs, and more. Break down the elements of photography with Photo, which takes an inside look at the creative process as it plays out between the imagined and the real. By examining the role of European and American pioneers, this 12-part series explores the development of photography, showing that what may seem like an exercise in objectivity can instead be entirely subjective. The photograph itself is little more than a blank page on which to write one’s story. Photo reveals how photographers go beyond documentary precision, endeavoring to interpret the world they live in rather than merely capturing it. This entails controlling the image through a variety of techniques, blending the spontaneous with the staged, and manipulating for maximum impact these “moments stolen back from time.” Buy the DVD right here.

Knightriders

The members of a traveling Renaissance Faire, who saddle up on motorcycles instead of horses, ride from town to town to stage medieval jousting tournaments with combatants in suits of armor and wielding lances, battle-axes, maces and broadswords. The spectacle of this violent pageant soon garners national attention, much to the dismay of the current king of this Camelot. A challenger to his throne arises as they try to maintain their fairytale existence in a world wrought with corruption. Written and directed by George A. Romero (The Night Of The Living Dead series) and starring Romero regulars Ed Harris (Creepshow), Tom Savini (Dawn Of The Dead), John Amplas (Martin), Patricia Tallman (Monkey Shines) and Ken Foree (Dawn Of The Dead), this one is not to be missed. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Horror Show

116 people are dead at the hands of Max Jenke (Brion James – Blade Runner, Crimewave) and his trusty meat cleaver. Now, justice is about to be served as Jenke is sentenced to the electric chair. But from the first high voltage blast, it becomes clear that Max is no ordinary serial killer. With a blood-chilling laugh from the depths of hell, Max enters our world, transformed into a supernatural force by the high-voltage blast of electricity. Max vows revenge on the cop who captured him. Well-aware of the maniacal killer’s passion to destroy, Detective Lucas McCarthy (Lance Henriksen – Pumpkinhead, Aliens) can only begin to imagine the horror that awaits him and his family. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Samson & Delilah

Best described as a “survival love story,” Australia’s official Oscar submission from 2009 and winner of the Camer d’Or for “Best First Film,” follows cheeky, aimless Samson (Rowan McNamara, in his big screen debut) and Delilah (Marissa Gibson), two indigenous 14-year-olds living in an isolated Aboriginal community in the desert of Central Australia. Amongst a tiny collection of houses, day in and day out, nothing changes and no one seems to care. However, when tragedy strikes, the duo are branded as outcasts and they turn their backs on home and embark for distant Alice Springs on a grueling road trip. Buy the DVD right here.

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

The definitive documentary about the beloved and influential 70s rock band Big Star. Together less than four years, the band flirted with mainstream success but never achieved it. Nonetheless, they produced a body of work of seminal importance to pop and alternative music, influencing major artists like REM, The Replacements, Elliot Smith, Beck, The Flaming Lips and countless others. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Jim Breuer: And Laughter For All

Get ready to spend this holiday season laughing with Jim Breuer.  Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, brings you ‘Jim Breuer: And Laughter For All,’ now available on DVD. Directed by Jay Chapman (Kathleen Madigan: Madigan Again) and starring comedian Jim Breuer, ‘Jim Breuer: And Laughter for All’ is not to be missed. Marriage and parenthood won’t keep die-hard metal head comedian Jim Breuer from losing his manic sense of humor in this hilarious live show where he recounts stories of accidental bomb threats and fighting an ostrich in front of his children. Buy the DVD right here.

Old Dogs & New Tricks

Does (sex) life end for gay men as they approach 50? That’s the question explored by the acclaimed web series ‘Old Dogs & New Tricks,’ Complete Seasons 1 and 2, now vailable for the first time on DVD from Wolfe Video. The series follows the friendship and tribulations of four diverse and otherwise successful West Hollywood men — each one located squarely within middle age. Nathan Adler (Leon Acord, Some Prefer Cake) is a successful talent agent approaching his 50th birthday when the advances of an amorous 25-year-old underwear model knock him for a loop. Brad King (Curt Bonnem, Visible Scars) is a one-hit wonder from the late 1980s who has turned the on-line hook-up into an art form. Al “Muscles” Carter (Jeffrey Patrick Olson, Detention) is a personal trainer with the body of a porn star and the mindset of a 16 year old girl, who won’t put out ‘til he meets Mr. Right.  Last, but not least, there’s Ross Stein (David Pevsner), a former TV leading man in the 1990s now settled into a long-term gay marriage, but as his husband becomes more successful, Ross finds himself spending too much time alone. Guest stars include Gold Medal-winning Olympian Greg Louganis, Ian Buchanan (TV’s “General Hospital,” “Twin Peaks”), gay theatre legend Michael Kearns, Patrick Bristow (Showgirls), Thom Bierdz (TV’s “The Young and the Restless”) and Terri Garber (TV’s “North and South,”  “Dynasty”). Buy the DVD right here.

Battle Ground

Survivor become heroes. Soldiers become brothers. ‘Battle Ground’ is the tense and riveting story of British soldiers who find themselves stranded in France after a failed charge on the German trenches and stars Johan Earl and Tim Pocock. When an allied charge on the German lines goes horribly wrong, one man finds himself stranded in No Man’s Land. Reuniting with two other survivors, together they must help each other as they charge into the unknown across the muddy wasteland as the Germans quickly hone in on their desperate trio. Tensions rise between the soldiers as they are surrounded by explosions of grenades with the constant rattle of machine guns in their ears. Time is running out as they make their way back over enemy lines as an impending attack could soon take them out. Buy the DVD right here.