New Releases On DVD/Blu-Ray

by | March 14, 2014 at 12:25 PM | General

'Transformers Armada' (Shout! Factory)

Transformers Armada

Brace yourself to relive some of the most astonishing Transformers battles between the Autobots and the Decepticons through the complete series release of ‘Transformers Armada.’ In 2002, Transformers  fans and kids were introduced to the animated television series ‘Transformers Armada.’ This is the unforgettable chapter of Transformers lore and the first part of the rare Unicron Trilogy – consisting of Armada, Energonand Cybertron. Optimus Prime, his team of Autotbots and their human friends stepped up the fight against Megatron and his Decepticons for control of the universe and the power-enhancing Mini-Cons a lost race of Transformers. Valor, deception and unexpected twists unfolded in these captivating adventures, leading to an unlikely alliance between natural enemies in the face of a genuine evil known as Unicron. Buy the complete series DVD right here.

Inside Llewyn Davis

Written and directed by Joel & Ethan Coen, and produced by Scott Rudin, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis‘ is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.  Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles—some of them of his own making.  Living at the mercy of both friends and strangers, Llewyn’s misadventures take him from the baskethouses of Greenwich Village to an empty Chicago club—on an odyssey to audition for a music mogul—and back again.  Brimming with music performed by Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan, as well as Marcus Mumford and Punch Brothers, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ is an epic on an intimate scale.  The film represents the Coen Brothers’ fourth collaboration with multiple-Grammy and Academy Award-winning music producer T Bone Burnett.  The ensemble cast also includes F. Murray Abraham (TV’s “Homeland”), Stark Sands (Broadway’s “Kinky Boots”) and Adam Driver (TV’s “Girls”). Buy the DVD right here.

Rogue

Buckle up for the complete first season of ‘Rogue’ – the hit DirecTV original crime series — now available on DVD. Thandie Newton shines as Grace Travis, an undercover agent who’s out of control, tormented by the possibility that her own actions contributed to her son’s mysterious death. Torn between two identities — one as the loving mother and wife her family needs and the other as a cold, calculating agent for crime boss Jimmy Laszio (Marton Csokas) –  Grace is on a quest to uncover the truth about her son’s murder.  But to stay alive, she must help Jimmy weed out the traitor in his midst – all while knowing he may have played a part in her family’s tragedy. The acclaimed crime series returns to Direct TV’s Audience Network this May for Season 2. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

In the Name of the King 3: The Last Mission

‘Looper’ meets ‘Clash of the Titans’ in ‘In the Name of the King III’ the next chapter of the video game-inspired non-stop fantasy action adventure where Hazen Kaine (Dominic Purcell), an American hitman, skeptically enters into what he hopes is his final contract with corrupt European crime lords. When Hazen realizes he’s been tasked with an impossible mission involving the countries royal family, the stakes change and his mission turns into an all-out fight for survival that takes him spiraling back to medieval times. Now completely out of his element, he must evade a vile medieval army and reclaim a stolen kingdom. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Samson and Delilah

Legendary director Cecil B. DeMille’s timeless classic ‘Samson and Delilah’ is now available on Blu-ray. Available for home viewing in sparkling high defnition for the first time ever, the lavish production earned five Academy Award nominations and won for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design by renowned designer Edith Head. Starring Victor Mature and Hedy Lamarr in the title roles, ‘Samson and Delilah’ tells the story of the Bible’s fabled strongman and the woman who seduces and betrays him. The film also stars venerable actors George Sanders, Angela Lansbury and Henry Wilcoxon, plus a cast of thousands. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Out of the Furnace

From Scott Cooper, the critically acclaimed writer and director of ‘Crazy Heart,’ comes ‘Out of the Furnace,’ a gripping and powerful drama about family, fate, circumstance and justice. Russell Baze (Oscar Winner Christian Bale) leads a dead-end life – he works a meaningless steel mill job all day, and cares for his terminally ill father at night. When Russell’s brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) returns home from Iraq, he is lured into one of the Northeast’s most ruthless crime rings and mysteriously disappears. When the police fail to solve the case, Russell puts his life at risk in order to seek justice for his brother. This absorbing film features a knockout cast that includes Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana and Sam Shepard. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Siberia

It’s reality TV gone deadly with the release of the pulse-pounding series ‘Siberia: Season 1,’ now available on DVD and Digital HD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.  Premiering to three million viewers, the series stars Joyce Giraud (TV’s “House of Payne”), Johnny Wactor (TV’s “Hollywood Girl”), Esther Anderson (TV’s “Home and Away”) and Jonathon Buckley (TV’s “Neighbours”). Sixteen “contestants” are sent to the Tunguska region of Siberia unknowing of the land’s mysterious past, to battle for a cash prize in this thrilling supernatural drama shot in the style of a survival reality show. Strange events begin to occur and the contestants soon attribute the occurrences to ruses set up by the producers, even dismissing the death of a fellow contestant as accidental. The contestants soon meet the chilling realization that the strange occurrences are not part of the show. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Vikings

Were the Vikings blood-drenched pillagers? Or savvy adventurers and entrepreneurs? Discover exciting new insights as historian Neil Oliver digs for clues. You’ll travel to archaeological sites in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark where Norsemen launch expeditions and raids. Watch in amazement as the warriors settle Britain, Iceland and Greenland and transform themselves from illiterate pagans into Christian farmers, statesmen and kings – all in less than 200 years. The dramatic truth behind the legends will change your understanding of Vikings forever. Buy the DVD right here.

Our Blushing Brides

Three girls, three guys, three roads to happiness – and perhaps not all of those roads lead there. A trio of Depression-era shopgirls deals with big-city life and also yearns for Mr. Right (or Mr. Right Now!) in ‘Our Blushing Brides,’ a film that joins earlier trendsetters Our Dancing Daughters and Our Modern Maidens to form the trilogy of Joan Crawford movies that define the passions and plights of jazz-baby youth. Chief among the blushing bevy, of course, is above-the-title, Crawford as Jerry, who insists that her suitor (Robert Montgomery) put a ring on her finger before any intimate coziness. Meanwhile, Anita Page (Crawford’s costar in all three films) falls for a sweet-talking Lothario. And Dorothy Sebastian (a costar in the first film) is bedazzled by a rogue’s ready flash of $100 bills. Among other highlights of this engaging pre-Code talkie: the swirling tulle-and-satin fashion-show sequences. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.

Contracted

After a break in her relationship with her lover (Katie Stegeman), twentysomething party girl Samantha (Najarra Townsend, Me and You and Everyone We Know) has to move back in with her overbearing mother (Caroline Williams, Hatchet III, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2). Things seem to be at an all-time low until Samantha soon finds escape in a one-night stand with a mysterious man (Simon Barrett, V/H/S, 24 Exposures), but their encounter leaves her hung-over, guilt-ridden – and infected. Uncertain of the ailment she’s caught an knowing little about the man who gave it to her, Samantha attempts to hide her deteriorating condition from her loved ones. But she soon realizes that she is not just the victim of an STD, but the host of something much more catastrophic, and that she and those around her are in mortal danger. Part zombie film and part body-horror shocker, ‘Contracted,’ from writer-director Eric England (Madison County), is a skin-crawling experience. Buy the DVD right here.

The Book Thief

Based on the beloved best-selling book comes ‘The Book Thief,’ an unforgettable story of a girl who transforms the lives of those around her during World War II, Germany.  When her mother can no longer care for her, Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) is adopted by a German couple (Oscar Winner Geoffrey Rush and Oscar Nominee Emily Watson).  Although she arrives illiterate, Liesel is encouraged to learn to read by her adoptive father.  When the couple then takes in Max (Ben Schnetzer), a Jew hiding from Hitler’s army, Liesel befriends him.  Ultimately, words and imagination provide the friends with an escape from the events unfolding around them in this extraordinary, acclaimed film directed by Brian Percival (Downton Abbey). Buy the DVD right here.

Big History

Join acclaimed actor Bryan Cranston (AMC’s “Breaking Bad”) as he narrates H2’s epic new miniseries ‘Big History,’ now available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD Ultraviolet) and DVD (plus Digital Ultraviolet) from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The fascinating miniseries crosses billions of years of history to reveal how everything, and everyone, is linked in one universal story. Based on inventor and philanthropist Bill Gates and historian David Christian’s The Big History Project, and featuring cutting-edge visuals and graphics, all seventeen episodes of Big History plus never-before-seen-on-TV bonus footage is now available in three-disc Blu-ray and DVD collections. The Big History collection turns history on its head, breaks down the walls between history and science, and tells the story of the universe from the Big Bang through today. Crisscrossing through time and space, each episode reveals the transformative relationships between science and history that you never knew existed. Did you know that we carry the legacy of the Titanic, and even the Big Bang, in our pockets every day in the form of a cell phone? We’ll explore 13.7 billion years of history with bizarre questions like: What is the connection between Egyptian mummies and today’s ham and cheese sandwich? Was the American Revolution driven in part by a biological thirst for caffeine? And why does nearly every ancient civilization build massive structures in the shape of a pyramid? Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Winnie the Pooh

Now on Digital High Definition and Blu-ray for the first time, ‘Springtime With Roo’ leaps out to enchant a whole new generation. Each year, Rabbit plays Easter Bunny, but this year, he’s decided it’s “Spring Cleaning Day,” and he orders everyone to hop to it: scrubbing, dusting, and mopping. All his pals are disappointed – especially little Roo – until Rabbit learns that putting others first and showing friends how much you care turns every day into a precious gift. Sparkling with unforgettable songs and a never-before-seen bonus treat, this delightful movie shows why love, hope and friendship are always in full bloom in the Hundred Acre Wood. The cast includes Jim Cummings (Winnie the Pooh, Mini Adventures of Winnie the Pooh) as Winnie the Pooh/Tigger, Peter Cullen (My Friends Tigger & Pooh, Pooh’s Heffalump Movie, Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year) as Eeyore and John Fiedler (Pooh’s Heffalump Movie, Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year) as Piglet. Buy the Springtime with Roo Blu-ray right here.

Puncture Wounds

Action hero Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables) and MMA champion Cung Le (The Man with the Iron Fists) star in the non-stop thrill ride ‘Puncture Wounds,’ now available on DVD (plus Digital Ultraviolet), Digital HD, Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. One veteran must confront his pain and battle for his and his family’s lives when he finds himself the target of a ruthless gang leader. Featuring exclusive interviews with the cast and crew, ‘Puncture Wounds’ is not to be missed. After returning home from a traumatic tour of duty in Iraq, John (Le) finds himself struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder. What little peace he had managed to build around him is shattered one fateful day when he rescues a local call girl from a group of violent Aryan Brotherhood pimps. Having killed several of the high-ranking brotherhood during the rescue, John and his family are now the prime targets of Hollis (Lundgren), the ruthless criminal leader of the group. Buy the DVD right here.

Digimon Data Squad

We pick up with our heroes and the challenges faced by the members of D.A.T.S. (“Digital Accident Tactics Squad”), an organization created to conceal the existence of the Digital World and Digimon from the rest of mankind. A boy, Masuru, becomes friends with a stray Digimon, Agumon, who escaped from and is wanted by D.A.T.S. Now fugitives on the run, they encounter a matured stage Digimon, Kokatorimon, and a battle ensues. Satsuma, a D.A.T.S. commander, witnesses the fight and recruits Masuru and Agumon into the organization to help protect the human world from the dangers of Digimon. Buy the Season 5 DVD right here.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The first six episodes from Season 2 of Nickelodeon’s CGI-animated hit series pack the all-new DVD ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutagen Mayhem,’ full of crime fighting adventure. The Turtles face real danger from villains all over the city, including some who bring the fight directly to their doorstep. Don’t miss over two hours of non-stop turtle entertainment. Buy the Mutagen Mayhem DVD right here.

Against the Wild

Families from coast-to-coast will come along on a breathtaking and uplifting wilderness adventure withe the release of ‘Against the Wild,’ now available on DVD and digital download for the first time. The action-packed feature film tells the dramatic tale of two siblings and their Alaskan Malamute who must make an emergency landing when their small plane has engine problems. They find themselves in a beautiful but potentially dangerous natural environment that they must overcome together. Written and directed by Richard Boddington, starring CJ Adams (The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Dan in Real Life), Erin Pitt (Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam and the upcoming American Girl: Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight) and Natasha Henstridge (“She Spies,” The Whole Nine Yards) and co-starring John Tench (Tooth Fairy), this film is not to be missed. A gripping adventure for the whole family, ‘Against the Wild’ begins with siblings Zach (Adams) and Hannah (Pitt) traveling by seaplane with Chinook, their Alaskan Malamute, to visit their father(Ted Whittall of “Beauty & The Beast”) for the weekend. When their plane encounters engine trouble, the pilot is forced to make an emergency landing in the woods in the middle of nowhere. As they travel on foot to seek help, Zach, Hannah and their loyal companion come face-to-face with the challenges of the wilds – from wolves and grizzly bears to forest fires. Using all the wilderness skills they know – and with some help from Chinook, the siblings must work together to overcome each obstacle and conquer the ultimate goal – returning home again. An exciting, fast-paced adventure with beautiful cinematography and a stirring musical score performed by a live 65-piece orchestra in Prague, ‘Against the Wild’ will keep the whole family on the edge of their seat from start to finish.

Iron Sky

It’s Inglorious Basterds meets Spaceballs to the nth degree in this Director’s Cut of ‘Iron Sky, an all-new take on the worldwide box office phenomenon following the original vision of director Timo Vuorensola.  20 minutes longer, loaded with new, cutting-edge special effects, new music from Laibach, tons more politically incorrect humor and housed in limited edition Steelbook™ packaging, ‘Iron Sky’ is again ready to conquer the planet in relentless fashion. In the last moments of World War II, a secret Nazi space program evaded destruction by making a daring escape to the Moon. In the intervening 70 years they have re-colonized, re-armed with devastating new weapons and silently plotted their revenge. When an American astronaut stumbles upon their secret Moon lair, the Führer (Udo Kier) decides to unleash their alien armada upon the unprepared Earth. Now every man, woman and child must unite to repel the UFO Nazi invasion and save humanity.

Montana Mom

Wealthy New York party girl Joan Prescott (Joan Crawford) has lassoed herself a cowboy! Not that she plans to when she heads west to her family‘s Montana ranch. But she steps off the train at a nowhere town to elude an on-board lothario, meets a handsome crooning cowhand named Larry, and soon the two are like doves ready to nest at the Montana ranch. Yet the honeymoon may be short when straight-arrow Larry sees Joan’s exotic tango with a city slicker. Once a party girl, never a wife? Crawford makes herself at home under a Montana Moon, playing the kind of Jazz Age flapper that shot her to stardom in Our Dancing Daughters. Drawling screen buckaroo John Mack Brown costars in a sometimes saucy pre-Code film that was the first to bring a singing cowboy to a non-variety talkie. Crooning cowpokes Ken Maynard, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and more would later blaze tuneful trains that all stretch from this moonlit Montana. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.

Dark House

Nick Di Santo is tormented by his ability to touch someone and see exactly how they will die. On his twenty-third birthday Nick is summoned by his mother (Golden Globe Nominee Lesley-Anne Down) to the asylum where she has been institutionalized since his childhood. Nick is stunned by her revelation that the father he thought was dead is really alive and may know the origin of Nick’s terrible gift. Nick sets out to find his father with his best friend Ryan and girlfriend Eve. But what starts as a simple road trip to meet the father he never knew soon becomes a horrific nightmare when it leads the trio back to the same abandoned mansion, a house that only existed in Nick’s childhood imagination—or so he thought. Finally succumbing to the will of the house, Nick becomes embroiled in a battle with a dark figure (Tobin Bell, Saw franchise), Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Flintstone Kids

Fred, Wilma, Barney and Betty are kids and Dino is just a pup in ‘The Flintstone Kids: Rockin’ in Bedrock,’ now available on DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE). Follow the delightful adventures of the whole pre-historic Flintstone gang and their friends — when they were just children — in this entertaining set of 10 fun-filled cartoons from the popular ’80s cartoon series. Before Fred and Barney married Wilma and Betty, and became stars of the enormously popular animated primetime series The Flintstones, they were fun-loving kids who hung around together in the town of Bedrock. The Flintstone Kids follows their escapades as adorable schoolchildren and introduces viewers to some new characters, including Rocky Ratrock, Dreamchip Gemstone and Miss Rockybottom, as well as family members Ed and Edna Flintstone, Robert Rubble, Doris Slaghoople and many others. The Flintstone Kids: Rockin’ in Bedrock features 10 captivating episodes from the adorable animated series. In Curse of the Gemstone Diamond, Fred’s lookalike steals Dreamchip Gemstone’s precious diamond. Fred and Barney become babysitters on Dusty Disappears. In Freddy’s First Crush, Fred develops a crush on a substitute teacher in school. In The Bad News Brontos, the gang forms a baseball team. When the father and son picnic comes up, Fred loans his grandfather to Barney when his own father is unavailable in Grandpa for Loan. In The Rock Concert That Rocked Freddy, Fred promises tickets to a big rock concert but fails to deliver. These and several other entertaining adventures are included on the release. Buy the Rockin’ in Bedrock DVD right here.

Beyond Outrage

Takeshi Kitano returns to his yakuza saga, Outrage, but this time a manipulative police crackdown on organized crime has ignited a tricky power struggle in the yakuza underworld in ‘Beyond Outrage.’ As the police force prepares a full-scale crackdown, anti-gang detective Kataoka wants to start a war between the Sanno crime family and the neighboring Hanabishi crime family in the hopes that they destroy each other. His trump card is Otomo (Kitano) – the rumored-dead boss of a defunct family that was destroyed by the Sanno. Otomo wants to retire from a life of crime, but finds himself drawn back in through Kataoka’s manipulations as the Sanno and Hanabishi clans teeter on the brink of an all-out war. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Enemies Closer

Martial arts legend Jean-Claude Van Damme (The Expendables franchise, Universal Soldier) reunites with Timecop director Peter Hyams in the deadly action adventure, ‘Enemies Closer,’ now available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital Ultraviolet) and Digital HD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Also starring Tom Everett Scott (TV’s “Southland,” That Thing You Do) and Orlando Jones (TV’s “Sleepy Hollow”), the pulse-pounding thriller follows two former enemies forced into a deadly game of cat and mouse deep in the forest on the Canadian border attempting to escape a ruthless drug cartel hell-bent on retrieving a missing drug shipment. Van Damme stars as Xander, the maniacal leader of the drug cartel who forces Henry (Scott), a forest ranger and former Navy SEAL to help in the search. Henry is plunged into survival mode as he is soon trapped in the wilderness with no communication to the outside world, and finds himself face to face with Clay (Jones), a man with a personal vendetta against him who has returned for retribution. Now, the two mortal enemies must make a choice: put aside their past and work together, or die alone at the hands of the drug runners, a ruthless gang who will stop at nothing to retrieve their lost cargo. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Noah’s Ark

All hands, paws, and hooves on deck for an adventure on the most famous boat of all time! Award-winning filmmaker Juan Pablo Buscarini’s ‘Noah’s Ark’ presents the classic story as a fresh and funny animated retelling that the entire family will love, and it is now available on DVD. Based on the Bible story by the same name, ‘Noah’s Ark’ journeys to biblical times to as it tells the familiar tale of Noah, his family and the animals who traveled in the ark to survive an epic flood meant to destroy the rest of civilization. This animated movie takes a lighter approach to this traditional material, as the story is mainly told from animals’ perspective, and both animals and humans can speak. Noah is building a whale of a boat in order to save two of every species from a flood that will cover the entire world. Pretty soon, animals are lining up to board the Ark two by two. But as the rain begins to fall outside, it soon becomes clear that living together on a very cramped ship isn’t going to be easy. Trouble begins to brew when the animals begin to get hungry, a pair of stowaways plot to take over the ship, Dagnino the Tiger wants to replace the irresponsible Lion, Xiro, as king of the beasts and Noah’s own family begins to squabble! One thing’s for sure – it won’t be smooth sailing on this trip. But with a little luck and a little faith, Noah will be able to deliver his floating zoo to safety. Buy the DVD right here.

The Broken Circle Breakdown

Elise (Veerle Baetens) and Didier (Johan Heldenbergh) fall in love at first sight in ‘The Broken Circle Breakdown.’ She has her own tattoo shop and he plays the banjo in a bluegrass band. They bond over their shared enthusiasm for American music and culture, and dive headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out on and off stage–but when an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is tested. An intensely moving portrait of a relationship from beginning to end, propelled by a soundtrack of foot-stomping bluegrass, ‘The Broken Circle Breakdown’ is a romantic melodrama of the highest order.Buy the DVD right here.

Bubble Guppies

Dive into six swimmingly exciting field trips with the Bubble Guppies in ‘Bubble Guppies: Animals Everywhere.’ Tag along with Molly, Gil, Bubble Puppy and the class as they make new animal friends and learn exciting lessons along the way. This DVD is jam-packed with dogs, ducks, squirrels, rhinos, elephants and a class of really “cool” Arctic animals. Buy the Animals Everywhere DVD right here.

100 Years of Wrigley Field

Celebrate the Windy City’s most iconic and beloved landmark with the release of ’100 Years of Wrigley Field,’ now available on DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Produced by Major League Baseball Productions, this feature-length film chronicles the history of Wrigley Field through exclusive interviews and stunning footage. Part of a year-long celebration of the iconic baseball stadium’s centennial, the DVD release follows a world premiere screening at Cubs Convention in Chicago on January 17. The ivy walls. The hand-turned scoreboard. The iconic red marquee atop the entrance. Wrigley Field is a time capsule that harkens back to a simpler era. The Friendly Confines have been home to many greats, including Billy Williams, Ron Santo, Ferguson Jenkins, Ryno and of course Ernie Banks. But the beauty of Wrigley Field lies in the experience. From neighborhood fans lining the rooftops of adjacent buildings to Harry Caray leading a charming rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” Wrigley’s traditions are as numerous as they are timeless. ’100 Years Of Wrigley Field’ celebrates a century of the greatest moments and best personalities of the ballpark on Chicago’s North Side. Buy the DVD right here.