New Releases on DVD/Blu-Ray

by | January 17, 2014 at 7:23 PM | General, Tuned In: What To Watch Today

'Maverick' (Warner Bros Home Entertainment)

Maverick

It’s the Moore the merrier as Jack Kelly teams up with new cast member Roger Moore for the fourth rollicking season of Maverick. Faces may change, but the card and con games remain the same, as Beau Maverick (Moore) deals himself in with his cousin Bart (Kelly) as they take on murder frame-ups, crooked sheriffs, cursed goldmines, comely witches and more in this complete 32-episode collection. Featuring appearances by Spaghetti Western icon Lee Van Cleef, Oscar-winner* George Kennedy and The Time Tunnel’s Robert Colbert as the third Maverick brother Brent, Season Four highlights also include James Garner’s final series appearance (The Maverick Line), director Robert Altman’s episode “Bolt from the Blue” and “Hadley’s Hunters,” featuring cameos by Warner Bros.’ legendary Western stars John Russell and Peter Brown (Lawman), Ty Hardin (Bronco), Will Hutchins (Sugarfoot) and Clint Walker (Cheyenne). Buy the Season 4 DVD at WBshop.com.

Enough Said

James Gandolfini and Catherine Keener shine in the heartwarming comedy ‘Enough Said.’ Divorced mom Eva (Louis-Dreyfus) may be falling for Albert (Gandolfini), a sweet, funny, like-minded divorce. But as their relationship blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne (Keener), who’s always complaining about her ex-husband. When Eva realizes that Albert is the target of Marianne’s rants, she begins to question her own perceptions about first impressions and second chances. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Secrets of Ancient Egypt

Exploring various facets of ancient Egyptian civilization, the entrancing, value-priced collection ‘Secrets of Ancient Egypt’ is now available on DVD. Featuring Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass and geologist Farouk el-Baz, consultant to NASA’s Apollo space program, the programs showcase leaders in the fields of biology, archaeology, geology, zoology and Egyptology, seeking to unearth the mysteries of the great civilization through the power of modern science. The DVD 2-disc set includes four documentaries produced between 1994-2006, plus bonus program, Realm of the Dead, 12-page viewer’s guide and more. Buy the DVD right here.

The Spectacular Now

Featuring acclaimed performances by Miles Teller (21 and Over) and Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), stars of the upcoming 2014 theatrical release Divergent, the disarmingly powerful ‘The Spectacular Now,’ now available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD UltraViolet) and DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.  Following a successful theatrical run via A24, this winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film has a story that follows high school senior Sutter Keely as his “live in the moment” outlook on life is changed forever when he meets the not-so-average girl next door.  From screenwriters Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber,  the film is directed by James Ponsoldt (Smashed), and co-stars Brie Larson (Don Jon, 21 Jump Street), Bob Odenkirk (TV’s “Breaking Bad”) and Dayo Okeniyi (The Hunger Games). It also features Jennifer Jason Leigh (Rush, Showtime’s “Weeds”), and a scene-stealing performance by Kyle Chandler (Argo, TV’s “Friday Night Lights”). With sly humor and an intensity of feeling, The Spectacular Now creates a vivid, three-dimensional portrait of youth confronting the funny, thrilling and perilous business of modern love and adulthood.  Based on the Tim Tharp book, this is the tale of Sutter Keely (Teller), a high school senior and effortless charmer, and of how he unexpectedly falls in love with “the good girl” Aimee Finecky (Woodley). What starts as an unlikely romance, becomes a sharp-eyed, straight-up snapshot of the heady confusion and haunting passion of youth – one that doesn’t look for tidy truths. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Pride and Prejudice

A&E’s cherished and critically-acclaimed production of Jane Austen’s enduring classic arrives in its most lavish and comprehensive set in the ‘Pride and Prejudice: Keepsake Edition,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.  Winner of Emmy®, BAFTA, National Television UK, Television Critics Association and Writers Guild of Great Britain Awards, this sensational adaptation has taken its place as one of the greatest television productions of all time. The landmark mini-series captured the hearts of millions by seamlessly translating the wit, romance and intelligence of Jane Austen’s classic novel to the screen and launched the career of Academy Award-winner, Colin Firth (The King’s Speech). With a masterful script, deft direction and star-making performances from Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), Pride and Prejudice transports viewers to Georgian England, where affairs of the heart are an exquisite game, and marriage the ultimate prize.  But Elizabeth Bennet—spirited, independent and one of five unmarried sisters—is determined to play by her own rules and wed for love, not money or privilege.  Will her romantic sparring with the mysterious and arrogant Darcy end in misfortune —or will love’s true nature prevail? Buy the Keepsake Edition right here.

Sunrise

F.W. Murnau’s story of betrayal and redemption earned Oscars at the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929 for the most “Unique and Artistic Picture,” Best Actress (Janet Gaynor) and Best Cinematography. The love and loyalty of a farmer and his wife are put to the ultimate test in this classic silent film. ‘Sunrise’ used the groundbreaking Fox Movietone sounds sytem, making it one of the first studio films with a true soundtrack, featuring music and sound effects. The 20th Century Fox Studio Classics collection features Academy Award-winning and nominated films from the golden age of cinema. The studio is committed to the restoration of these classics, releasing multiple titles on Blu-ray each year. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Joanna Lumley’s Greek Odyssey

Hosted by the witty and enthusiastic Joanna Lumley, half of the iconic duo from Absolutely Fabulous, the fascinating four-part documentary ‘Joanna Lumley’s Greek Odyssey,’ is now available on DVD from Athena, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. The follow up to the well-received release of Joanna Lumley’s Nile (July 2013), this recent production features Lumley as a graciousguide on an absolutely fabulous Greek adventure, relating the history of iconic sites including the Acropolis, Delphi, Mount Olympus, and Crete with charm and wit. Featuring a deft mix of education and entertainment and gorgeous cinematography, the program premiered in 2012 on ITV and has since aired on public television and is available on Acorn TV, Acorn’s best British television streaming service. The DVD 2-Disc set includes four episodes, plus bonus 12-page booklet. Joanna Lumley fell in love with Greece at age 20, when she mistakenly went to the tiny island of Poros instead of the much larger island of Paros. (She had a marvelous time.) Now a seasoned, passionate traveler and veteran television host (Joanna Lumley’s Nile), she embarks on a journey through this vast and storied land that goes far beyond its white churches and blue seas. Greece has given us democracy, drama, science, philosophy, medicine, and the Muses. Generations of invading empires have shaped its traditions and cultures. Lumley visits the Parthenon, Delphi, the Gates of Hades, Mount Olympus, and the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Veering off the tourist trail, she explores a former leper colony, meets remote villagers who speak in whistles, leaps over a bonfire, and convinces soprano Nana Mouskouri to sing for her. In this can’t miss DVD, Lumley shows us a Greece now caught between its past glories and present challenges. Buy the DVD right here.

A Chorus Line

A group of dancers congregate on the stage of a Broadway theater to audition for a new musical in ‘A Chorus Line.’ After the initial eliminations, 16 hopefuls remain. As the film unfolds, the backstory of each of the dancers is revealed. Some are funny, some ironic, some heartbreaking. No matter what their background, however, they all have one thing in common – a passion for dance. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Foreign Affairs

Vinnie Miller (Joanne Woodward, Academy Award winner Best Actress, 1957, The Three Faces of Eve) – a spinsterish, no-nonsense college teacher from New England – hopes to do plenty of reading on her transatlantic flight to Europe. But Vinnie spends the entire nine hours trying to evade the talkative Chuck Mumpson’s (Brian Dennehy, Presumed Innocent) nonstop chitchat. When they finally land in London, Vinnie goes her won way to begin an extended research project at Oxford Library and Chuck just goes away… or so she hopes. But to Vinnie’s disbelief – and distress – Chuck seems to show up wherever she goes. Their mutual acquaintance with Rosemary Radley (Stephanie Beacham, Dynasty) – a volatile actress who plunges into a steamy affair with Vinnie’s young colleague, Fred Turner (Eric Stoltz, The Waterdance) – leads to a series of chance meetings. Their well-meaning friends even attempt to be matchmakers – but Chuck is the last person in the world Vinnie wants to get involved with. Traveling, however, can be full of romantic surprises. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.

You’re Next

The hunt is on for ‘You’re Next,’ now available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD Ultraviolet) and DVD (plus Digital Ultraviolet) from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Winner of the Best Film award at the Austin Fantastic Fest and runner up for the Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, the film has delighted critics and audiences alike with its new take on the home invasion/slasher genre. ‘You’re Next’ features a terrific ensemble cast including Sharni Vinson (Step Up 3D), Nicholas Tucci (Choose), AJ Bowen (The House of the Devil) and Ti West (Drinking Buddies), with Rob Moran (Dumb & Dumber) and horror icon Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator). Aubrey and Paul Davison decide to celebrate their wedding anniversary by inviting their four children and their significant others to a family reunion at their remote weekend estate.  But the family reunion goes awry when their home comes under siege by a mask-wearing team of crossbow-bearing assailants. The family has no idea who’s attacking them, why they’re under attack or if the attackers are inside or outside the cavernous, creaking house. All they know for certain is that nobody is safe. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Wolverine vs. Sabretooth

At the start of the New Year, Marvel fans are invited to witness one of the most ferocious battles in the Marvel Universe. The superstar team of writer and Executive Producer Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Artist Simone Bianchi (Astonishing X-Men) team up to deliver the thrilling comic book action adventure ‘Wolverine vs Sabretooth.’ This pulse-pounding story captures the biggest rivalry of the Marvel Universe in Marvel Knights Animation’s ‘Wolverine vs Sabretooth’ DVD, now available for the first time on home entertainment shelves. This highly anticipated Marvel Knights Animation adventure boasts unparalleled storytelling combined with rich visual animation and insightful bonus content. This deluxe DVD is collected in a unique comic book style packaging that bridges the comic book to DVD concept. An exclusive behind-the-scenes bonus content feature provides an intimate and retrospective look at the development and production process of this amazing story. Marvel Knights Animation remains true to the heritage of panel-by-panel graphic storytelling, boasting groundbreaking illustrations, sensational soundscapes, and of course, the explosiveness of the mighty Marvel universe. Behind every image and every word lies the genius of Marvel’s celebrated creators. Buy the DVD right here.

Big Sur

In an attempt to heal from the deterioration caused by the pressures of sudden fame and too much alcohol, famous Beat author Jack Kerouac escapes to an isolated, mist-shrouded cabin in the primitive landscape of the Big Sur woods. Instead of finding the peace he desires, he is foiled once again by his own inner demons and sets off on a visceral collision course of paranoia, sex, delirium tremens, misery and madness. Buy the DVD right here.

Heart of Darkness

Turn-of-the-century Africa, Colonial traders driven by greed brave forbidden dangers to exploit the continent’s vast treasures. One of the traders is sea captain Marlow (Tim Roth, Reservoir Dogs), who penetrates the depths of the Congo’s streaming jungles in pursuit of the mysterious Mr. Kurtz (John Malkovich, In the Line of Fire), deranged chief of a remote trading station. Far from the sanctuary of civilized society, Marlow and Kurtz face each other and the dark truth about humanity and themselves. Nicolas Roeg (The Witches) directs this acclaimed adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s classic tale, the one that inspired Apocalypse Now, of the evil that lurks within the heart of man. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.

In the Heat of the Night

While traveling in the Deep South, Virgil Tibbs, a black Philadelphia detective, becomes embroiled in the murder investigation of a prominent businessman when he is first accused of the crime and then asked to solve it in spite of the efforts of the bigoted town sheriff. They’re forced to work together in a desperate race against time to discover the shocking truth. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Universe in 3D

Prepare for the newest, most exhilarating and eye-popping ride our solar system has to offer in H’s ’The Universe in 3D: A Whole New Dimension,’ now available on Blu-ray 3D from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.  Following in the footsteps of the phenomenally successful previous The Universe in 3D releases: The Universe: 7 Wonders of Our Solar System in 3D and The Universe in 3D Collector’s Set, this enthralling collection uses cutting-edge CGI and NASA footage to explore Earth and the universe it inhabits to take viewers where no human has gone before. The best-selling and acclaimed History series is back with three visually-stunning episodes in glorious 3D.  “Crash Landing on Mars” explores how events might play out if humans were stranded on the red planet. Could astronauts survive dust storms and space radiation or find vital resources like water? “Worst Days on Planet Earth” vividly imagines how our seemingly hospitable planet has been shaped through utter chaos and destruction. Experience in dramatic 3D how giant volcanoes scorched the Earth and darkened skies, and how asteroids the size of Everest slammed into the ocean. In “God and the Universe,” physicists and theologians discuss whether the seemingly miraculous creation of a universe calibrated to support life proves the existence of a creator or can be explained by the laws of physics. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

A Single Shot

Director David M. Rosenthal (Falling Up, See This Movie) assembles an all-star cast including Sam Rockwell (Iron Man 2, Moon), Academy Award nominee William H. Macy (Best Supporting Actor, Fargo, 1996), Ted Levine (TV’s “The Bridge”), Kelly Reilly (Flight, TV’s “The Black Box”), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter franchise), Joe Anderson (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2) and Jeffrey Wright (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, TV’s “Boardwalk Empire”), for the tense thriller ‘A Single Shot,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Well Go USA Entertainment. The tragic death of a beautiful young girl starts a tense and atmospheric game of cat and mouse between hunter John Moon (Rockwell) and the hardened backwater criminals out for his blood. ‘A Single Shot’ comes loaded with more than two hours of bonus features, including on-set interviews with the cast and crew and an in-depth featurette, “The Making of A Single Shot,” which takes viewers behind-the-scenes of the gothic drama. When John Moon (Sam Rockwell) accidentally shoots a young woman and discovers a bag full of cash, the isolated hunter becomes the hunted. His struggle to conceal both the death and the money triggers a cascade of events and encounters that ultimately escalates into a battle for survival. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

A.C.O.D.

Boasting an outstanding ensemble cast, the Sundance sensation ‘A.C.O.D.‘ makes its home entertainment debut on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand January 14, 2014 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.  Fans can own the film early on Digital January 3, 2014.  A hilarious and relatable farce about relationships, ‘A.C.O.D.’ is a comedic exploration of the world of Adult Children of Divorce.  The film follows a seemingly well-adjusted man who survived the madness of his parents’ acrimonious divorce, only to be forced to bring them together for his younger brother’s wedding. ‘A.C.O.D.’ features an all-star cast of comedic talent including Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation,” Friends with Kids), Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”), Richard Jenkins (Step Brothers), Catherine O’Hara (For Your Consideration), Jessica Alba (Fantastic Four), Jane Lynch (“Glee”), Clark Duke (“The Office”) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World).   ’A.C.O.D.’ marks the directorial debut of Stuart Zicherman, who co-wrote the script with Ben Karlin, a producer and writer on “Modern Family” and previously on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” The ‘A.C.O.D.’ Blu-ray features hilarious faux public service announcements featuring cast members including “Coping with A.C.O.D.,” “Be Proud to be an A.C.O.D.” and more, plus outtakes with Amy Poehler and a cast and crew discussion about the film. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

SpongeBob and Friends

Enjoy fourteen Star-centric episodes featuring best buddies SpongeBob and Patrick in ‘SpongeBob and Friends: Patrick Squarepants.’ Buckle up for a bubbly ride with over three hours of laughs in school, at work and at play with Patrick and SpongeBob including the celebration of Best Friends Day. It’s a treasure for any SpongeBob SquarePants fan with favorite episodes, cover art chosen by the fans themselves, and collectible packaging, while supplies last. Buy the Patrick Squarepants DVD right here.

Power Rangers Megaforce

The super-charged Power Rangers Megaforce adventures continue with ‘Power Rangers Megaforce: The Mysterious Robo Knight,’ now available on DVD and Digital HD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The hit Nickelodeon series entertains fans with exciting tales of best friends who must work together to defend the planet from evil. Immerse yourself in the epic saga as the Rangers join forces with a mysterious transforming robot and awesome new Megazords in their quest to defeat the invading monsters! The Power Rangers Megaforce: The Mysterious Robo Knight DVD includes four robo-charged episodes and a bonus collectible Mega Blok Series 2 Micro Figure (while supplies last). The action-packed series continues as Troy, Noah, Emma, Gia and Jake Power Up to defend Earth from evil insectoid monsters. The Rangers must use friendship, teamwork and their Megazords to overcome evil villains Beezara, Dizchord, Bluefur, Bigs, Hisser and Creepox! Then, when all seems lost, a mysterious new ally emerges – Robo Knight! With the help of this transforming robot, Earth’s mightiest defenders will never surrender. Buy the Mysterious Robo Knight DVD right here.

Blind Date

When Walter Davis (Bruce Willis, The Sixth Sense) is set up with gorgeous Nadia Gates (Kim Basinger, No Mercy), the perfect ‘Blind Date’ dissolves into disaster in this sexy comedy caper. Walter invites beautiful southern belle Nadia to a button-down corporate dinner, expecting to impress his associates with this dazzling beauty. But all hell breaks loose when Nadia has “one too many” and reduces the evening and Walter’s career to shambles. Bad turns to worse when Nadia’s insanely jealous ex-beau David (John Larroquette, TV’s Night Court), discovers them together and decides to annihilate the unsuspecting Walter. Can true love blossom amidst this hilarious havoc? Will Nadia and Walter ever get down to courting each other instead of courting disaster? Find out in the zany ‘Blind Date,’ where first encounters can lead to close encounters of the worst kind. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Four

Based on the play of the same name by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award-winning playwright Christopher Shinn, first-time Director Joshua Sanchez’s award-winning drama ‘Four‘ is now available on DVD from Wolfe Video. The film stars 2013 Independent Spirit Award Best Actor nominee Wendell Pierce (HBO’s “The Wire,” “Treme”) as Joe, a middle-aged, married man who goes on a date with a young man (Emory Cohen from NBC’s “Smash”) he met on the internet. Aja Naomi King (Damsels in Distress, TV’s “Emily Owens, M.D.”) and Daytime Emmy Award nominee E.J. Bonilla (TV’s “The Guiding Light,” “Revenge”) round out the cast. Bonus materials include a behind the scenes featurette and  film commentary by the cast and crew. ‘Four’ has received much acclaim on the film festival circuit, including the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival, where the film’s four stars jointly won the festival’s acting award; the 2012 Urbanworld Film Festival where the film took home the award for Best Narrative Film; and the 2012 New Orleans Film Festival where it received Honorable Mention in the Narrative Feature Category. A steamy July 4th night brings four people together in two tales of seduction and conflicted desire. Joe (Wendell Pierce) is a black, middle-aged, married man out on date with June (Emory Cohen), a young white man he met on the Internet. Abigayle (Aja Naomi King) is Joe’s precocious daughter, out herself with a hot, wisecracking Latino basketball player named Dexter (E.J. Bonilla). As the two couples get to know each other intimately, their realities are tested and the outcome is bracing. Buy the DVD right here.

Voodoo Possession

Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, is proud to release the horror/thriller ‘Voodoo Possession.’ Starring Danny Trejo (Machete) and directed by Walter Boholst (Thrust), Voodoo Possession is now available on DVD and VOD. Imagine an insatiable demon that feeds on blood, thrives on pain, and reaches from beyond the grave to torment the living…and the dead. For believers and skeptics alike, there is nothing in this world or the next to rival the relentless evil of a Voodoo Possession. Burdened since childhood with a gnawing sense of guilt, cynical Aiden Chase journeys to a Haitian insane asylum in search of his missing brother. Upon arriving, he discovers all the inmates and the hospital administrator (Trejo) are seemingly possessed by a bloodthirsty voodoo spirit. Now, Aiden must abandon reality and descend into a terrifying spirit world to try to rescue his brother – or they will both be damned for eternity. Buy the DVD right here.

Plus One

Director Dennis Iliadis (The Last House on the Left) delivers thought-provoking suspense with ‘Plus One,’ a supernatural thriller that tests the limits of survival and the loyalties of friendship. Three college friends head out for the biggest party of the year, each looking for something different: sex, love, a simple human connection. The possibilities are endless at the mansion, where the music throbs, liquor flows and hired strippers dance on an outdoor stage. But an unexplained paranormal phenomenon disrupts the proceedings. Perfect replicas of all the partying kids suddenly appear, and what’s even weirder, they are doing everything their originals did 15 minutes earlier. As the party descends into bloody chaos, the three friends must struggle to maintain their wits and stay alive. Ashley Hinshaw (About Cherry), Rhys Wakefield (Endless Love) and Logan Miller (Night Moves) star in this mind-bending thriller that. Buy the DVD right here.

Where I Am

Award-winning gay American writer and editor Robert Drake is on the road to recovery – but this is a journey with a difference. Over 10 years have passed since a violent and bloody attack by two young men in Sligo, Ireland, one dark night left him brain damaged and unable to walk. It also stopped a writing career just as it was taking off. Pamela Drynan’s ‘Where I Am’  follows Drake from his home in Philadelphia on a trip back to Ireland to confront the memories of what happened and lay the past to rest. During his journey we see him catching up with old Irish friends and acquaintances  and we get a tantalizing glimpse of how life might have been. Buy the DVD right here.

I’m In Love with a Church Girl

A heart-warming story about the transformative power of love and redemption, ‘I’m In Love with a Church Girl’ is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Based on the real-life events of executive producer Galley Molina, the film stars Jeff “Ja Rule” Atkins, Adrienne Bailon, Stephen Baldwin and Vincent Pastore. The film received the coveted Dove Foundation “Family Approved” seal of approval. Miles Montego (Atkins) is a retired high-level drug trafficer who has gone legitimate – though he has not yet left his old friends and his old lifestyle behind. When he meets Vanessa (Bailon), a “church girl” in every sense of the word, he is drawn to her spirituality even though she’s nothing like the girls he’s used to dating. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Be My Valentine

Firefighter lieutenant Dan Farrell (William Baldwin), a widower and single dad, has no interest in a romantic relationship at this point in his life, but when his team responds to a fire at a local florist shop, Dan cannot help but notice the beautiful owner, Kate (Natalie Brown). Inspired by his son Tyler’s (Christian Martyn) budding romance with another firefighter’s daughter, Dan starts to open up his own heart to Kate and asks her to his station’s annual Valentine’s Day Firefighter’s Ball. Just as he starts to fall in love, Dan is faced with an unexpected emergency call when Kate’s ex-boyfriend, Gavin (James Thomas), returns to town to win her back with a marriage proposal. Will Dan suit up to fight for love, or let the flame with Kate burn out? Buy the DVD right here.

Now In Theaters

G.B.F.

Part ‘Mean Girls,’ and part ‘Awkward,’ the new movie ‘G.B.F.’ takes a humorous look at the competition between three different but powerful high school girls as they vie for the ultimate must-have accessory – a Gay Best Friend (G.B.F.) Michael J. Willett stars as Tanner, who is accidentally outed and then has the popular girls (Sasha Pieterse, Xoasha Roquemore and Andrea Bowen) all desperate to win his approval. Megan Mullally, Natasha Lyonne and Rebeca Gayheart also star in this witty, good-spirited and slightly off center look at stereotypes, what it means to be popular, and the coming out process. Get showtimes and buy tickets right here.