New Releases On DVD/Blu-Ray

by | January 23, 2014 at 12:59 PM | General

'Captain Phillips' (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

Captain Phillips

Two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (Best Actor, Forrest Gump, 1994; Best Actor, Philadelphia, 1993) stars in the tense, action-packed thriller ‘Captain Phillips,’ now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD UltraViolet from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Directed by Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum, United 93), ‘Captain Phillips’ is based on the true story behind the first American cargo ship hijacking in 200 years, the Maersk Alabama, and its U.S. Navy rescue in 2009.  The emotionally charged and critically acclaimed film focuses on the relationship between the ship’s captain, Richard Phillips (Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain (breakout actor Barkhad Abdi) who takes him hostage 145 miles off the Somali coast, with both men at the mercy of forces beyond their control. ‘Captain Phillips received four Golden Globe nominations, including Best Motion Picture, Paul Greengrass for Best Director, Tom Hanks for Best Actor and Barkhad Abdi for Best Supporting Actor. In addition, the film has received Screen Actors Guild nominations for Hanks for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role and Abdi for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role. Bonus features include “Capturing Captain Phillips,” a three-part, behind-the-scenes look at the film’s production and real events surrounding the film.  Also included is a commentary with director Paul Greengrass. Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates.  It is — through director Paul Greengrass’s distinctive lens — simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips, and the Somali pirate captain, Muse, who takes him hostage.  Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips’ unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Blue Jasmine

Explore an intimate portrayal of the inner-battle between fantasy and reality in the lighthearted drama from Sony Pictures Classics, ‘Blue Jasmine‘ is now  available on Blu-ray and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Written and directed by Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris, To Rome With Love), this endearing film finds Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett (The Aviator, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, 2004) as Jasmine French, a former New York socialite, after her life falls to pieces. Following her fall from grace, Jasmine flees the Manhattan high life for San Francisco, where she tries to pull herself back together again, while teetering between a troubled past and a fresh start. ‘Blue Jasmine’ features a powerful ensemble cast, including Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Louis C.K., Bobby Cannavale, Andrew Dice Clay, Peter Sarsgaard, and Michael Stuhlbarg. Exclusively available on the ‘Blue Jasmine’ Blu-ray and DVD, Notes from The Red Carpet gives insight into the cast’s thoughts on their characters and Woody Allen’s filmmaking process. Also included is the ‘Blue Jasmine’ Cast Press Conference with Cate Blanchett, Peter Sarsgaard and Andrew Dice Clay. Poignant, romantic and mesmerizing, writer/director Woody Allen’s latest masterpiece centers around Jasmine (Cate Blanchett), a former New York socialite teetering on an emotional tightrope, balancing between her troubled east coast past and a fresh start in San Francisco. Having moved into her sister’s humble apartment, Jasmine ricochets between the tumultuous acceptance of her new limitations, and the dreams of reclaiming her past life’s glamour. Join a powerful cast for an intimate portrayal of the battle between fantasy and reality which rages within us all. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Machete Kills

Get ready for the knife-wielding hero to return in ‘Machete Kills,’ the sequel to the hugely successful Machete film from acclaimed director Robert Rodriguez. ‘Machete Kills’ is now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD,& Digital HD with UltraViolet from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Danny Trejo (Grindhouse, Machete) returns as legendary ex-Federale Machete Cortez in this action-packed thrill ride from innovative director Robert Rodriguez. In his latest mission, Machete is recruited by the U.S. President (Charlie Sheen/Carlos Estevez; Anger Management, Two and a Half Men) to stop a crazed global terrorist (Mel Gibson; Braveheart, Edge of Darkness) from starting a nuclear war. With a bounty on his head, Machete breaks all the rules as he faces death at every turn from an all-star cast of deadly assassins. Featuring Michelle Rodriguez (Fast & Furious 6), Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”), Amber Heard (The Rum Diary), Antonio Banderas (Puss in Boots), Cuba Gooding Jr. (The Butler), and Demian Bichir (A Better Life), Machete Kills is one of the wildest save-the-world adventures ever captured on film. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

NYPD Blue

New York’s Finest are back! The groundbreaking and award-winning cop series returns with more riveting drama and gritty New York City action at the 15th precinct. Season five finds Sipowicz (Dennis Franz) and Simone (Jimmy Smits) dealing with the aftermath of the Joey Salvo homicide, setting up a rape sting, following the trail of a stripper killer and investigating a murderous home invasion. Meanwhile Medavoy (Gordon Clapp), Martinez (Nicholas Turturro) and Russell (Kim Delaney) uncover a body-snatching ring, investigate the murder of a rock-and-roll manager and look for a man suspected of robbing taxis. Created by Emmy award-winning showrunner Steven Bochco (L.A. Law, Hill Street Blues), ‘NYPD Blue’ tackles cases ripped from the headlines, capturing the tumultuous and unpredictable nature of New York City crime. Buy the Season 5 DVD right here.

The Courtship of Eddie’s Father

The third and final season of the beloved TV classic brings with it some new faces (comedy greats Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller in a series of roles), new fears (Summer camp! Karate! Fetching Soviets!) and new foes (Eight is Enough’s Willie Aames taking up the “best frenemy” role previously enjoyed by Jodie Foster). But the show still delivers its sitcom-changing mix of maturity, tenderness and laughs thanks to the evident bond enjoyed by series stars Bill Bixby and Brandon Cruz and the comedic support from series creator James Komack and series regular Kristina Holland as Norman Tinker and Tina Rickles. Adding to the razzmatazz is one very special guest-star, Sammy Davis Jr. as Ronnie Rivers Jr. a phobia-filled insurance adjuster. Other guests include Carol Lawrence (the aforementioned sexy Soviet), All in the Family’s Sally Struthers, Alice’s Vic Tayback, Columbo’s Bruce Kirby and One Day at a Time’s Pat Harrington Jr. Buy the Season 3 DVD at WBshop.com.

Touchdown Charlie Brown

As the Super Bowl approaches, Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts Gang get consumers excited about football with release of ‘Peanuts Deluxe Edition: Touchdown Charlie Brown!,’ now available on DVD. This football-inspired title is comprised of the re-mastered, animated TV special, It’s Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown, in which the Peanuts gang celebrate homecoming, plus three football-themed episodes of The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show. In It’s Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown, it’s homecoming season at Charlie Brown’s school. The kids celebrate with a parade, a dance and most importantly, football!  The big game, which is refereed by Snoopy, draws many spectators. Charlie Brown is the team’s placekicker and Lucy is the placekick setter. The pressure to win is on but can Lucy control her urge to pull the ball away just as Charlie Brown is about to kick it? Or will she risk losing the game for a chance to humiliate him as she’s traditionally done in the past? Good grief! As if the game wasn’t enough pressure, Linus and Charlie Brown are chosen as escorts for the homecoming queen and her court. Charlie Brown is asked to escort the queen, which happens to be none other than the elusive, little red-haired girl, whom Charlie Brown has been pining for all his life. In spite of his trembling from nervousness, he escorts her to the dance floor and somehow summons up the courage to kiss her on the cheek. This kiss is electrifying. However, from that moment forward, everything becomes a complete blur for Charlie Brown. He wakes the next morning having no memory of anything that happened. Buy the Peanuts Deluxe Edition right here.

In a World…

Lake Bell writes, directs and stars in the Sundance Award-winning comedy ‘In A World… now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film follows Carol (Bell), a struggling vocal coach who, shortly after getting her first big break in the cutthroat world of movie-trailer voiceovers, finds herself in direct competition with her father (Fred Melamed), the industry’s reigning king, as well as his arrogant protégé (Ken Marino). The comedic cast also includes Demetri Martin (TV’s “Important Things with Demetri Martin”), Rob Corddry (Warm Bodies), Michaela Watkins (TV’s “Enlightened”), Nick Offerman (TV’s “Parks and Recreation”), Alexandra Holden (The Hot Chick) and Tig Notaro (TV’s “The Sarah Silverman Program”), with special apperances by Eva Longoria (TV’s “Desperate Housewives”), Geena Davis (Beetlejuice) and Jeff Garlin (TV’s “The Goldbergs”). The ‘In A World…’ Blu-ray and DVD feature commentary with writer/director/actor Bell, who explores the father-daughter competition story through lessons on how to rise from weakness, accept achievement and receive love. Also included are deleted scenes, a gag reel and six voiceover promo trailers for the film. In this hilarious and idiosyncratic comedy, Carol (Bell) is an underachieving voice coach living in the shadow of her egotistical father Sam (Melamed), the undisputed king of the voice-over industry. When Sam kicks her out, Carol lands her first voice-over job with the help of charming sound engineer Louis (Martin).  As romantic sparks begin to fly, Carol finds herself facing a momentous decision when continued job offers put her in head to head competition with her dad. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Instructions Not Included

Eugenio Derbez (TV’s “La Familia P. Luche”) stars in the delightful comedy hit ‘Instructions Not Included,’ now available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Digital HD, Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View from Pantelion and Lionsgate Home Entertainment Directed by and starring Mexico’s wildly popular Derbez, the movie made history by becoming the most successful Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S. with a domestic box office of over $44 million. ‘Instructions Not Included’ tells the story of a confirmed bachelor (Derbez) who must suddenly take on responsibility for the daughter he never knew he had.  The film also stars Jessica Lindsey (Now You See Me), Alessandra Rosaldo (TV’s “Ni Contigo Ni Sin Ti”) and introduces Loreto Peralta as Derbez’s co-star. Resident bachelor Valentin Bravo has his life turned upside down when a former fling leaves a baby girl on his doorstep.  He moves to LA in search of the mother, but unable to find her, he decides to raise the baby and gets a job as one of Hollywood’s top stuntmen. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

My Little Pony

Four beloved My Little Pony films are now available on DVD with the release of The My Little Pony: Classic Movie Collection. The 2-disc set contains the films Princess Promenade, Runaway Rainbow, Dancing In The Clouds, and Friends Are Never Far Away. In the highly popular Princess Promenade, Wysteria is beaming with pride! Her gardens are in bloom, her little Breezie friends are in town, and it’s time for Ponyville’s fanciest spring parade, the ultimate celebration of flowers! But things don’t go according to plan when Wysteria accidentally awakens Spike the Dragon, a sleepy, silly, 1,000-year-old dragon! For you see, legend holds that when a dragon is awakened, a new princess is about to be crowned! But who is the Princess of Ponyville? If it’s all about rainbows it must be about Rainbow Dash. And it is. In Runaway Rainbow, Rainbow Dash loves the time of year when Ponyville and Breezie Blossom are all about celebrating rainbows. Meanwhile, in a new magical place called Unicornia, Rarity is being taught how to be a Unicorn Princess and the importance of making the first rainbow of the season. But Rarity embarks on an incredible ride that includes a magic wand, falling through the clouds right into the middle of Breezie Blossom, a visit to Ponyville, meeting Spike the Dragon, and a huge adventure as she tries to get back to Unicornia. She soon realizes that getting home in time to create the first rainbow of the season is not an easy thing to do – but it is fun! Buy the Classic Movie Collection DVD right here.

Counting Cars

History’s smash-hit series returns with the release of ‘Counting Cars: Season 2 – Volume 2,’ now available on DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. In Sin City you gotta know when to hold ‘em, but when you’re ‘Counting Cars,’ you gotta know when to flip ‘em. Arriving just in time for the on-air premiere of a new batch of episodes, this two-disc set includes 12 episodes and never-before-seen on TV bonus footage. Join Danny “The Count” Koker and his Las Vegas-based crew as they work around the clock to restore Bob Marley’s last car for son Ziggy Marley in time for a record release event, and as they customize a 1967 Ford for musician Rob Zombie for his summer tour just a week away. From a psychedelic motorcycle to a dream chopper dedicated to a customer’s mother to a retired couple’s restored truck, the Kustoms team fulfills clients’ dreams and sometimes even moves them to tears. Danny discovers a collection of the rarest Cadillacs he’s ever seen and also visits the world’s most exclusive car collection for a client. See why, once you’ve found this series, you won’t flip it. Buy the Season 2, Volume 2 DVD right here.

The Adventures of Chuck and Friends

The unbelievably fun adventures of Chuck, the little dump truck with big dreams, and his friends—Digger, Handy, Rowdy, Biggs, Boomer and Flip — continue with the release of ‘The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: Trucks Versus Wild’ on DVD from Shout! Factory Kids. Featuring 10 more exciting episodes from The Adventures Of Chuck & Friends, watch as Chuck and the gang have adventures with a helpful mechanic, a camping trip, a star-studded trip to the beach and more in these awesome cartoons guaranteed to put fun into high gear! ‘The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: Trucks Versus Wild’ also contains a brand new sing-along. The Adventures of Chuck & Friends series is currently airing on The Hub TV Network in the U.S. and on Treehouse in Canada. Buy the Trucks versus Wild DVD right here.

Cat People

A remake of the 1942 Jacques Tourneur horror/noir classic, ‘Cat People’ stars Nastassia Kinski as Irena, a beautiful young woman who discovers love for the first time only to find that the experience brings tragic consequences. The tremendous passion of this girl’s first romantic love is so strong, however, it bypasses the chaos around her – including the extraordinary demands of her brother (Malcolm McDowell, A Clockwork Orange) – as it pushes her on to her own bizarre destiny. Written and Directed by Paul Schrader (Hardcore, American Gigolo, Affliction), this erotic fantasy about the passion and terror surrounding this first love also stars John Heard (C.H.U.D.), Annette O’Toole (48 Hrs.), Ruby Dee (Do The Right Thing) and Lynn Lowry (They Came From Within). Buy the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray right here.

Bullet in the Face

Get ready to journey into the intriguing, neo-noir universe of Brüteville, a dystopian city where high-octane thrills, gangster mayhem, and a generous dose of subversive, satirical bent collide. Shout! Factory has unleashed the outrageous action-comedy cult hit ‘Bullet in the Face: The Complete Series’ on DVD.  Creator and executive producer Alan Spencer (Sledge Hammer!) developed the series with producers and executive producers Jesse Prupas and Evi Regev of Muse Entertainment and Just For Laughs Television. All-star cast includes Max Williams (Night of the Living Dead) as Gunter Vogler, Neil Napier (Riddick) as Lieutenant Karl Hagerman, Jessica Steen (NCIS) as Commissioner Eva Braden, and Kate Kelton (Haven) as Martine Mahler, alongside special guest stars Eddie Izzard (Valkyrie, Ocean’s Thirteen) and Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight, The Expendables) as notorious crime lords. Buy the complete series DVD right here.

Never Sleep Again

Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, has released ‘Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy,’ a “shockumentary” highlighting the horrifying history of Freddy Krueger, now available on Blu-ray for the very first time. Murderer. Dream Demon. The bastard son of a hundred maniacs. Any way you slice it, there can only be one man – one monster – who epitomizes those words: Freddy Krueger. For decades, he has slashed his way through the dreams of countless youngsters and shows no signs of ever resting in peace. A Nightmare on Elm Street star Heather Langenkamp is your dream guide in this thrilling “shockumentary” that takes you deeper into Freddy’s realm than ever before, featuring exciting clips, never-before-seen photos, behind-the-scenes footage, conceptual art, publicity materials and exclusive interviews with over 100 key cast and crew from every Nightmare, including Wes Craven, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, Jack Sholder, Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Chuck Russell, Jennifer Rubin, Renny Harlin, Lisa Wilcox, Tuesday Knight, Stephen Hopkins, Kelly Jo Minter, Rachel Talalay, Lisa Zane, Alice Cooper, Patrick Lussier, Miko Hughes, Monica Keena, Brendan Fletcher, Ronny Yu and many more. So get ready for Freddy in the definitive account of modern cinema’s eternal bogeyman and what has been called the most frightening and imaginative horror franchise in motion picture history. Buy the Elm Street Legacy DVD right here.

Die Monster Die

It’s time to unleash our primal animal nature and succumb to the unbridled cravings for generous dose of suspense, unspeakable desires and good old-fashioned horror storytelling! Scream Factory invites collectors and movie aficionados to dive into the horror classic ‘Die Monster Die(a.k.a. Monster of Terror). A film by Daniel Haller (The Dunwich Horror) and starring original “Frankenstein” Boris Karloff, Nick Adams (Invasion of Astro-Monster) and Suzan Farmer (Dracula: Prince of Darkness , 1966), this entertaining, quirky cinema classic is a loose adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s short story The Colour Out of Space. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Sesame Street

No fair! You cheated! It’s ok, remember that no one wins every time. Sesame Street and its lovable monsters help kids to learn the best ways to deal with disappointments, and how to be a graceful winner! Teach these tough but necessary lessons with the release of ‘Sesame Street: Be A Good Sport,’ now available on DVD. When Abby keeps winning at Hot Potato, Elmo gets frustrated and starts taking the game too seriously. Abby then tells Elmo that she doesn’t want to play anymore, but, since Elmo is still upset about losing, he convinces Telly to help him improve his skills. After training with Telly, Elmo feels ready to try to play Hot Potato again and this time, beats Abby in every round!  Elmo can’t stop showing off and is bragging to Abby about how good he is at Hot Potato. Abby is done playing with Elmo, but Elmo is not done proving his new skills. Elmo then challenges Leela to Hot Potato & she quickly realizes the problem. She explains to Elmo that it is okay to be good at something and to feel proud of yourself, but sometimes it is easy to get very excited about winning and get carried away. Winning is exciting, but it is important to remember how your opponent feels when you win. The trick is, when you win – don’t show off; when you lose, don’t get too upset.  With Leela’s help, Elmo learns what it means to be a good sport, and then he is able to show Abby that he knows how to be one, too! Buy the Be a Good Sport DVD right here.

Blue Caprice

Blue Caprice‘ dramatizes the notorious and horrific Beltway sniper attacks of 2002 from the point of view of the two perpetrators, whose distorted father-son relationship facilitated their long and bloody journey across America. Recently abandoned by his mother, teenager Lee Malvo (Tequan Richmond) finds an unlikely father figure in John Allen Muhammad (Isaiah Washington, Grey’s Anatomy), who takes the boy in and shows him the moral decay of the society that declared him unfit to be a husband and parent. Before long the impressionable Lee follows in John’s footsteps and learns to kill in vengeance. When John obtains the whereabouts of his estranged wife and children, he outfits a blue Chevy Caprice with a shooting bay and he and Lee head for Maryland. What follows in this thriller is a weeks-long assault that held the nation’s capital in fear as the duo’s sniper attacks took the lives of innocent men, women and children until their apprehension by police. ‘Blue Caprice’ paints a riveting portrait of 21st-century America and is a haunting depiction of two cold-blooded killers that endures long after the final frame. Buy the DVD right here.

Richard the Lionheart

Golden Globe nominee Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) stars as King Henry II in the story of one of England’s greatest kings in ‘Richard The Lionheart,’ now available on DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Digital HD and Video on Demand from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Discover how the legend of Lionheart began in this epic story of bravery, loyalty and honor. The aging King Henry II has chosen his son Richard to lead England in the coming war against France. To test Richard’s loyalty, honor and skill, Henry sends him to a hellish prison in which the captives must fight a never-ending stream of enemies in order to survive.  As Richard overcomes each new challenger, his strength, ingenuity and character are proven and the legend of Richard the Lionheart is born. Buy the DVD right here.

Raise the Titanic

Join the underwater race to salvage the Titanic and its vital defense cargo. Adapted from Clive Cussler’s international best-seller, the story follows the exploits of American special agent Dirk Pitt as he sets out to recover vital material from the Titanic which could make the US impregnable to atomic attack. The ship is down too deep for divers and the only solution is to raise it. The incredible project must be managed in absolute secrecy because of deadly interference from a rival nation. The Titanic is finally, and majestically, brought to the surface — but the vital, rare mineral is missing… A breathtaking adventure from beginning to end, ‘Raise The Titanic’ stars Jason Robards (Once Upon A Time In The West), Richard Jordan (Dune), David Selby (Dark Shadows), Anne Archer (Fatal Attraction) and Alec Guiness (Lawrence Of Arabia). Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Best Man Down

When their obnoxious and over-served best man, Lumpy (Tyler Labine) unexpectedly dies at their destination wedding in Phoenix, bride and groom Kristin (Jess Weixler) and Scott (Justin Long) are forced to cancel their honeymoon and fly home to the snowy Midwest to arrange for his funeral. But getting Lumpy’s body back to Minneapolis is just the start of their adventure, as the well-intended sacrifice surprises at every turn.  And when the newlyweds’ path leads them to a fifteen year-old girl in a small, northern Minnesota town – all bets are off on who Lumpy really was. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Kirby Grant and Chinook

Welcome back to the wild wild Northwest! Kirby Grant (TV’s Sky King) and Chinook the Wonder Dog are back to battle evildoers and protect the innocent across the tundra in this trio of action-packed adventures culled from the hit Monogram series of pictures. Based on the works of James Oliver Curwood, the films detail the arctic circle adventures of the mighty Mountie Cpl. Rod Webb (Grant) and his faithful canine companion, Chinook. Legendary director Oscar “Budd” Boetticher helms the first feature, The Wolf Hunters, which sees Rod and Chinook hot on the trail of a murderous fur thief and uncovering a criminal conspiracy. In the next installment, Snow Dog, it’s dog vs. wolf as Chinook (and Rod) battles a murderous white wolf that bears an uncanny resemblance to Chinook himself. Finally, Call of the Klondike sees Mountie and dog searching for missing prospectors and finding secret gold mines, treachery and love. Buy the Adventure Triple Feature Volume 2 DVD at WBshop.com.

Fibber McGee and Molly Double Feature

One of the longest-running comedy series in radio history, Fibber McGee and Molly starred Jim and Marian Jordan as a blowhard husband and his patient, long-suffering wife. Airing from 1935 to 1959, the series introduced a host of memorable supporting characters (Gildersleeve, Beulah, Wallace Wimple) as well as catchphrases that became part of the vernacular (“T’ain’t funny, McGee!”). The Jordans also appeared in feature films, and this uproarious collection spotlights Fibber, Molly and the rest of the gang in two of their funniest adventures, Here We Go Again (1942): Fibber and Molly celebrate their 20th anniversary at Silver Tip Lodge where they run into Egar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, Ray Noble, Harold Peary (the Great Gildersleeve), Bill Thompson (Wallace Wimple) and Mortimer Snerd. Heavenly Days (1944): The McGees take a trip to Washington, D.C., where Fibber intends to show those government fellows “how to do things.” Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.