New Releases On DVD/Blu-Ray

by | January 9, 2014 at 2:45 PM | General

'The Following' (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)

The Following

Almost as dedicated as Joe Carroll’s “followers,” television fans tuned in each week for the premiere season of ‘The Following,’ making it the highest-rated new program of the 2012-13 television season. Now, fans can relive the thrills as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released Season 1 on Blu-ray combo pack. An instant hit with viewers, The Following ranked as the #1 drama series (new or returning) on all of network TV among Adults 18-49. The release includes over three hours of bonus content including five behind-the-scenes featurettes, unaired scenes, a season finale commentary and more. Golden Globe winner/Emmy nominee Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy (Rome) star in this terrifying thriller from Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries, Scream) about an escaped serial killer, Joe Carroll (Purefoy), and the psychologically scarred ex-FBI agent, Ryan Hardy (Bacon), who returns to stop him. Working closely with an FBI team, including cult-specialist Debra Parker (Annie Parisse) and sharp upstart Mike Weston (Shawn Ashmore), Hardy unearths that Carroll was covertly communicating with a network of followers while in prison. Challenged with an ever-growing web of murders orchestrated by the diabolical Carroll, the FBI quickly learn that they are up against not one, but an entire cult of killers. Created by Kevin Williamson, who executive produces along with Marcos Siega (Dexter, Damages, True Blood), The Following stars Golden Globe winner Kevin Bacon (A Few Good Men, Footloose, JFK), Natalie Zea (Justified, Under the Dome), Annie Parisse (Person of Interest, Law & Order), Shawn Ashmore (X-Men, Smallville), Valorie Curry (Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2), Nico Tortorella (Scream 4), Adan Canto, Kyle Catlett and James Purefoy (Rome, Camelot) as Joe Carroll. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Outerbanks Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television, ‘The Following’ returns for season two this month, airing Mondays 9/8c on FOX. Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Star Trek Enterprise

The original starship Enterprise continues its historic voyage into the final frontier of high definition with the release of ‘Star Trek Enterprise’ Season 3, now available on Blu-ray from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution. Featuring all 24 episodes from the third season, the six-disc Blu-ray set also includes never-before-seen special features that are exclusive to this release: “In A Time of War,” a new three-part documentary, and a new featurette entitled “Temporal Cold War: Declassified.” In addition, the Blu-ray includes bonus material previously released on DVD such as commentaries, deleted scenes from select episodes and archival mission logs for an in-depth and immersive viewing experience.  With breathtaking 1080p high-definition picture and remastered sound, the ‘Star Trek: Enterprise’ Blu-ray releases have received rave reviews. Starring Scott Bakula, Jolene Blalock, Connor Trinneer, Dominic Keating, Linda Park, Anthony Montgomery and John Billingsley, ‘Star Trek Enterprise’ follows the adventures of the Enterprise NX-01, the first Earth-built vessel capable of breaking the Warp 5 barrier, and her intrepid crew of brave explorers. In addition to all-new commentary tracks on select episodes with some of the franchise’s most notable names, the high-definition collection includes the newly produced “In A Time Of War.” This retrospective, multi-part documentary offers fans an inside look at the making of the series’ groundbreaking third season, which was the first in the franchise to feature a year-long story arc. In this piece, the writers and production staff discuss the complexities of plotting the Xindi story arc along with the development of the key themes seen in the show’s pivotal third season. The collection also includes the exclusive featurette, “Temporal Cold War: Declassified.” In this never-before-seen piece, the show’s creators, cast and production team reveal details about the original story arc that was never fully explored; in addition, the group discusses how the temporal cold war would have ended if the series had continued. Buy the Season 3 Blu-ray right here.

House of Lies

Don Cheadle stars as self-loathing management consultant Marty Kaan, a role that has earned him a Golden Globe, an Image Award and two consecutive Emmy nominations.  Based on the best-selling book House of Lies by Martin Kihn, the series takes viewers inside the cutthroat world of a top-tier management consulting firm while also exploring Marty’s complicated personal life.  Season two drew an even larger audience than the first season with an average of 3.2 million viewers. ‘House of Lies‘ also stars Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, Josh Lawson, Dawn Olivieri, Glynn Turman and Donis Leonard, Jr. and the second season features notable guest appearances by Matt Damon, Adam Brody, Nia Long, Horatio Sanz, Nia Peeples, David Von Ancken, Larenz Tate, Jenny Slate, Lisa Edelstein, and Michael McDonald. Buy the Season2 DVD right here.

Copper

The gripping crime series ‘Copper’ returns for its second and final season with 13 all new episodes. Set in New York City on the brink of Lincoln’s assassination, Detective Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones, MI-5) struggles to tame the wartime metropolis while wrestling with personal demons, including the betrayal of his wife and best friend. And when Tammany Hall’s outspoken General Brendan Donovan (Donal Logue, Sons of Anarchy, Vikings) returns from the Civil War to restore law and order in the Sixth Ward, loyalties will be bought and sold both uptown and in the slums of the Five Points as Corcoran, and those around him, fight to find their places in an unforgiving city. ‘Copper’ Season 2 is from the brilliant minds of Emmy-winner Tom Fontana, Academy Award-winner Barry Levinson, Academy Award-nominee Will Rokos, executive producers Christina Wayne and Thomas Kelly. Bonus Materials include three set tours, three “Insider” featurettes,  and two character profiles. Buy the Season 2 Blu-ray right here.

Being Human

From the creative team behind “Pillars of the Earth,” “The Mentalist” and “Heroes,” ‘Being Human‘ is Syfy’s re-imagining of the acclaimed BBC original series created by Toby Whithouse. ‘Being Human’ follows four paranormal, 20-something roommates living in a Boston brownstone – vampire “Aidan” (Witwer), werewolves “Josh” (Huntington) and “Nora” (Hager) and ghost “Sally” (Rath) – as they struggle to resist the temptations of their true natures.  As the third season of ‘Being Human’ returns, the four learn that there is a price to pay for getting what they want. Watching the characters hide their dark secrets from the world, while helping each other navigate the complexities of living double lives and trying to be human, viewership for the third season averaged 1.8 million viewers, making ‘Being Human’ a Top 10 Cable Program in its time period among adults 18-49 and 25-54. Season 4 of ‘Being Human’ premieres January 2014 on Syfy. Buy the Season 3 Blu-ray right here

The Killing Fields

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, ‘The Killing Fields,’ the haunting war story based on true events from the 1975 Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia, is now available on Blu-ray. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released the film, which stars Sam Waterston (TV’s “The Newsroom”), Haing S. Ngor (Heaven & Earth), and John Malkovich (In the Line of Fire). ‘The Killing Fields’ was directed by Roland Joffé (The Mission) and produced by David Puttnam (Chariots of Fire). ‘The Killing Fields’ won three Oscars (1984) for Best Supporting Actor (Ngor), Best Cinematography (Chris Menges) and Best Editing (Jim Clark) as well as nominations for Best Picture, Best Screenplay (Bruce Robinson), Best Director (Roland Joffé) and Best Actor in a Leading Role (Waterston). This emotional and brutally honest true story follows Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Sydney Schanberg (Waterston), who remains in Cambodia in 1975 after the government falls. He convinces his friend and translator Dith Pran (Ngor) to stay with him to report on the bloodbath perpetrated by one of the most brutal regimes of the 20th century and on the United States’ role in precipitating the horror. The two continue to work until the Khmer Rouge, the terrorist government that killed nearly 3 million, arrests them. Schanberg is eventually released and returns to New York. Pran is sent for execution but barely manages a daring escape from the killing fields and from Cambodia. With the help of Schanberg, Pran emigrates to the U.S. and becomes a staff photographer for the New York Times. Buy the 30th Anniversary Blu-ray right here.

Archer

Swing back into action with Sterling ‘Archer‘ — the world’s greatest spy — and the agents of ISIS for another hilarious season of cocktails, carousing and animated awesomeness! Follow the team around the globe, from the mysterious Bermuda Triangle all the way to the Vatican, as they bicker, backstab and bumble their way through assassination plots, an ill-advised marriage, an unexpected pregnancy, and a venomous snake bite in a very, very bad place! Packed with terrorist threats, sexual shenanigans, and all things inappropriate, “Archer” The Complete Fourth Season comes fully loaded with outrageous top-secret extras. Buy the Season 4 Blu-ray right here.

Duck Dynasty

Hold on to your hunting hats! A&E’s pop culture phenomenon proves we’re all living in a duck nation with the release of ‘Duck Dynasty‘ Season 4, now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. America’s most recognizable bearded clan returns in 13 funny, functional and family-filled episodes. A true broadcast sensation, the show’s popularity has continued to grow with the Season 4 premiere drawing 11.8 million viewers-the highest-rated reality series broadcast in cable history! With over 2.5 million DVDs sold to date, Duck Dynasty has taken the nation by storm. The first three seasons of the wildly funny and endearing show have collectively become the best-selling TV on DVD titles of 2013 and Duck Dynasty: Season 4 promises to usher in 2014 in a similar fashion. The Robertsons are back and they’ve never had so much Southern charm. It’s a family affair as everyone comes together to throw a surprise wedding party for Phil and Kay. And when the guys and their wives realize Martin is forgoing poker for a date, they all take turns coaching him in romance. Meanwhile, Phil tries to teach his granddaughters how to fish, but the girls outsmart him and have him doing all the work. Later, he and Kay teach Sadie and John Luke how to make May Haw jelly. And as always, the guys’ antics continue as they attempt to make duck jerky, and a series of “gentlemen’s bets” leads them to the ultimate challenge of helping Phil get a wheelbarrow down from a tree. Buy the Season 4 Blu-ray right here.

Top of the Lake

Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Holly Hunter (Saving Grace, The Incredibles) star in the critically acclaimed, Emmy-winning mini-series ‘Top of the Lake,’ written and directed by Academy Award- winner Jane Campion (The Piano). Set against the stunning, untouched backdrop of New Zealand, Moss plays Robin Griffin, a gutsy but inexperienced detective called in to investigate the disappearance of a pregnant 12-year-old girl named Tui. As she becomes more and more obsessed with the search for Tui, Robin slowly begins to realize that finding her is tantamount to finding herself – a self she has kept well-hidden. Buy the DVD right here.

Runner Runner

Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck star in the high-stakes crime thriller ‘Runner Runner,’ where the lure of easy money is the riskiest bet of all. When Princeton grad student Richie Furst (Timberlake) believes he’s been swindled by an online poker site, he heads to Costa Rica to confront gambling tycoon Ivan Block (Affleck), the man he thinks is responsible. But Richie will soon face the ultimate power play as he finds himself caught between Block’s promises of unlimited wealth and the zealous FBI agent (Anthony Mackie) trying to bring him down. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

I’m So Excited

Academy Award winner Pedro Almodóvar (Best Original Screenplay, Talk to Her, 2003) returns with his most over-the-top comedy, ‘I’m So Excited,’ now available on two-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital. This fun and riotous comedy follows a flight crew and their passengers in a precarious situation aboard a flight headed to Mexico City. Desperate to divert attention from the scenario, a trio of campy flight attendants launch into fits of lip-synching, boozing, drugging and matchmaking with the colorful assortment of passengers. Bonus materials include two featurettes– “Presenting I’m So Excited!” following Almodóvar and cast members through a day of press, Q&As and finally the New York City film premiere, as well as “Making I’m So Excited!, a fun, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film. The ensemble cast includes Antonio De La Torre (Volver), Hugo Silva (Sex, Party and Lies), Miguel Ángel Silvestre (Dark Impulse), Laya Martí (Yo Soy la Juani), Javier Cámara (Talk to Her, Bad Education), Carlos Areces (The Last Circus), Raúl Arévalo (Dark Blue Almost Black), José María Yazpik (Beverly Hills Chihuahua), Guillermo Toledo (Intact), José Luis Torrijo (All About My Mother, Pan’s Labyrinth), Lola Duenas (Talk to Her, Volver), Cecilia Roth (Labyrinth of Passion, All About My Mother), and Blanca Suárez (The Skin I Live In). Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

In Sickness and In Health/To Love and To Cherish

One Village Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment brand, brings you the double feature of ‘In Sickness and In Health’ and ‘To Love and To Cherish,’ now available on DVD. Both directed by Roger Melvin, the films star Chico Benymon (UPN’s “Half & Half”, Ali), Denise Boutte (TBS’s “Meet the Browns”), Golden Brooks (UPN/CW’s “Girlfriends”), Jennifer Freeman (ABC’s “My Wife and Kids,” You Got Served), Mel Jackson (Soul Food) and Tommy Ford (FOX’s “Martin”). ‘In Sickness and In Health’ tells the story of the young and gorgeous Faith who seems to have it all, including a fiancé who adores her.  But with just days before her wedding, she’s hiding a serious secret about her health, one she’s terrified to share with her perfect guy, Norman. Will the truth keep her man by her side, or will it send him running? Can their love stay strong when tested by one of marriage’s most challenging vows? ‘To Love and To Cherish’ narrates the story of Aliyah would like nothing better than some private time “to love and to cherish” her sexy husband, Jay. But somebody is always interrupting…kids, ex-spouses, relatives. Pulled from every direction, Aliyah doesn’t think she can take much more and is about to reach her breaking point. How’s a modern woman supposed to keep her marriage alive in all the chaos? Buy the DVD right here.

Badges of Fury

International action superstar Jet Li (Hero, Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, The Expendables franchise) teams up for a third time with Zhang Wen (The Guillotines, The Sorcerer and the White Snake) as bickering cops out to catch a prolific serial killer in the action-comedy ‘Badges of Fury,’ now available on on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from Well Go USA Entertainment. The tongue-in-cheek spoof on kung fu cops from first time director Tsz Ming Wong, with action choreography by Corey Yuen (Wu Dang, Shaolin, The Transporter), also stars Shishi Liu (Sad Fairy Tale), Michelle Chen (Ripples of Desire), Yan Liu (Laugh and Cry Forbidden) and Aaron Shang (Let the Bullets Fly, Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame). When a series of eerie murders erupt across Hong Kong, two troublemaking cops are assigned to the case. Young maverick Wang (Zhang Wen) is a reckless risk-taker, and grizzled vet Huang (Jet Li) is fed up with cleaning up his rookie’s messes. After discovering all the victims were former boyfriends of aspiring starlet Liu (Shishi Liu), the detectives (one now posing as her lover) are caught in a deadly game to lure out the killer. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Thanks For Sharing

An all-star cast headlines the original and entertaining romantic comedy ‘Thanks For Sharing,’ now available on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital HD Ultraviolet) and DVD (plus Digital Ultraviolet) from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. ‘Thanks For Sharing’ marks the feature film directorial debut of Stuart Blumberg, the Academy Award-nominated co-writer of The Kids Are All Right. Mark Ruffalo (Now You See Me, The Avengers), Tim Robbins (War of the Worlds, The Shawshank Redemption), Gwyneth Paltrow (the Iron Man franchise), Josh Gad (Love & Other Drugs, 21), Joely Richardson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, TV’s “Nip/Tuck”), Patrick Fugit (We Bought  a Zoo, Almost Famous) and Grammy Award-winning pop star Alecia Moore (Happy Feet Two) shine in an unconventional romantic comedy that follows the topsy-turvy lives and loves of three obsessive characters: an overachieving environmental consultant (Ruffalo), a stubborn small-business owner (Robbins) and a wisecracking ER doctor (Gad). They meet in a support group—and set into motion a life-changing journey filled with laughter and surprises. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Living by the Gun

A classic Western tale of revenge and redemption, ‘Living By the Gun’ is now available on DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Digital HD, Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. To survive her quest for vengeance, a young girl becomes a ruthless killer as she hunts down the man responsible for destroying her family. A man returns to his family’s homestead following the death of his brother and sets off his niece’s quest for revenge. Blaming her uncle for her family’s troubles she vows to even the score and hunt him down. In order to fulfill her quest she must travel through the Wild West, and become as ruthless and dangerous as he is, killing everyone who stands in her way. When their paths finally cross, only one can survive – Who will find redemption at the end of the bloody road? Buy the DVD right here.