What To Watch: This Week’s DVR Picks

by | April 28, 2014 at 1:22 PM | Tuned In: What To Watch Today

The Boy Next Door

A momentary lapse of judgment leads to a dangerous obsession in the provocative thriller ‘The Box Next Door’ starring Jennifer Lopez (Maid in Manhattan, Monster-in-Law, The Wedding Planner). Now available on Digital HD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand, ‘The Boy Next Door’ takes audiences behind the scenes with exclusive bonus content including deleted scenes, a filmmaker commentary and more. Lopez stars as Claire Peterson, a high-school literature teacher struggling to get back in the dating game after separating from her cheating husband while raising her adolescent son.  When handsome and charismatic 19-year-old Noah (Ryan Guzman, Step Up series, ‘Pretty Little Liars’) moves in next door, Claire has a moment of weakness that leads to an intimate night together.  Noah’s attraction quickly turns into a violent obsession, threatening to tear apart Claire’s world and endanger the people she loves.  Kristin Chenoweth (The West Wing, Deck the Halls), John Corbett (Sex and the City, My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and Ian Nelson (Teen Wolf, The Hunger Games) co-star. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

The Gambler

Academy Award-nominee Mark Wahlberg stars in the new dramatic thriller ‘The Gambler,’ now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and VOD from Paramount Home Media Distribution.  Wahlberg stars as Jim Bennett, a brilliant professor leading a secret double life as a high-stakes gambler.  When Jim is forced to borrow money from a notorious gangster, he places the lives of those he loves in mortal danger.   With time running out, he must enter the criminal underworld and risk everything to keep from losing it all.  Directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and written for the screen by Academy Award-winner 
William Monahan (The Departed), ‘The Gambler’ also stars Golden Globe-winner 
John Goodman (Argo), Brie Larson, Michael Kenneth Williams (‘The Wire,’ ‘Boardwalk Empire’) and Academy Award-winner Jessica Lange (‘American Horror Story’). ‘The Gambler’ Blu-ray Combo Pack with Digital HD features over an hour of compelling bonus content including an extensive look at the filmmaking process, Mark Wahlberg’s character transformation, deleted and extended scenes, and much more.  Also, for a limited time, the Blu-ray Combo Pack available for purchase will include an offer for $15 off sports tickets at Ticketmaster.com (U.S. only). Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Inherent Vice

Chill out and get groovy with the release of ‘Inherent Vice,’ now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. With an ensemble cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers, rockers, and more, ‘Inherent Vice,’ is the seventh feature from Oscar nominee Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel. ‘Inherent Vice’ stars Oscar nominees Joaquin Phoenix (‘The Master,’ ‘Walk the Line’), Josh Brolin (‘True Grit,’ ‘No Country For Old Men’), Owen Wilson (‘The Royal Tenenbaums,’ ‘Midnight in Paris’), Katherine Waterston (‘Michael Clayton,’ TV’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’), Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon (‘Walk the Line’) and Benicio Del Toro (‘Traffic’), Martin Short (‘Frankenweenie’), Jena Malone (‘The Hunger Games’ series) and musician Joanna Newsom. Paul Thomas Anderson (‘There Will Be Blood,’ ‘The Master’) directed ‘Inherent Vice,’ “from a screenplay he wrote based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon. Anderson also produced the film, together with Oscar-nominated producers JoAnne Sellar and Daniel Lupi (‘There Will Be Blood’). Scott Rudin and Adam Somner served as executive producers and Ali Bush as co-producer. When private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin…well, easy for her to say. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused—except this one usually leads to trouble. With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, LAPD Detectives, a tenor sax player working undercover, and a mysterious entity known as The Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists…part surf noir, part psychedelic romp—all Thomas Pynchon. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

The Wedding Ringer

Kevin Hart (Think Like a Man Too) takes wedding planning to a whole new level of hilarity as the “Best Man” money can buy in ‘The Wedding Ringer,’ now available debuting on Blu-rayand DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The buddy comedy also stars Josh Gad (Frozen) as Doug, who finds himself without a main groomsman only two weeks before his wedding to Gretchen, played by Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (‘The Big Bang Theory’). Given his time crunch before the big day, Doug hires Jimmy (Hart) to fill in, and an unexpected friendship develops.  Also starring in ‘The Wedding Ringer’ is Jorge Garcia (‘Lost’), Academy Award winner Cloris Leachman (Best Supporting Actress, The Last Picture Show, 1971), Jenifer Lewis (‘Black-ish’) and Mimi Rogers (Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery). ‘The Wedding Ringer’ Blu-ray comes loaded with an hour of all-new bonus materials, including 15 deleted scenes, five laugh-out-loud outtake reels, as well as 14 minutes of the cast’s alternate takes of jokes during filming.  Also included is Aloe Blacc’s music video, “Can You Do This.”  Last but not least, fans will have the chance to hear from the cast on their personal wedding disaster stories in the “Going to the Chapel of Love” featurette. Doug is a socially awkward groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams, Doug is referred to Jimmy, who provides flattering best men for guys in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding friendship. Directed by Jeremy Garelick from a screenplay by Jeremy Garelick and Jay Lavender, ‘The Wedding Ringer’ was produced by Adam Fields and William Packer, with Zanne Devine, Glenn S. Gainor, Jeremy Garelick, Jay Lavender, and Ben Waisbren serving as executive producers. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Wolf Hall

PBS Distribution has released ‘Wolf Hall’ on DVD and Blu-ray. Tony Award-winning actor Mark Rylance (‘Twelfth Night’) and Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner Damian Lewis (‘Homeland’) star in this drama adapted from Hilary Mantel’s best-selling Booker Prize-winning novels: “Wolf Hall” and its sequel, “Bring Up the Bodies.” ‘Wolf Hall’ presents an intimate and provocative portrait of Thomas Cromwell, the brilliant and enigmatic consigliere to King Henry VIII, as he maneuvers the corridors of power at the Tudor court. BAFTA Award-winner Peter Kosminsky (‘White Oleander,’ ‘The Government Inspector’) directs this flagship Masterpiece production adapted by Oscar nominee Peter Straughan (‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’). Filmed entirely on location in England at National Trust properties, ‘Wolf Hall’ is a Playground Entertainment and Company Pictures production for BBC and Masterpiece in association with BBC Worldwide, Altus Media and Prescience. Masterpiece is presented by WGBH Boston. Viking River Cruises is the exclusive corporate funder of ‘Wolf Hall’ on Masterpiece. Mark Rylance is Thomas Cromwell, a brutal blacksmith’s son who rises from the ashes of personal disaster, and deftly picks his way through a court where ‘man is wolf to man.’ Damian Lewis is King Henry VIII, haunted by his brother’s premature death and obsessed with protecting the Tudor dynasty by securing his succession with a male heir to the throne. Told from Cromwell’s perspective, ‘Wolf Hall’ follows the complex machinations and back room dealings of this pragmatic and accomplished power broker – from humble beginnings and with an enigmatic past – who must serve king and country while dealing with deadly political intrigue, Henry VIII’s tempestuous relationship with Anne Boleyn and the religious upheavals of the Protestant Reformation. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Mentalist

The FBI’s masterfully manipulative criminal consultant Patrick Jane is back at it again in ‘The Mentalist’ Season 7, now available on DVD. Formerly employed by the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Jane spent two years off the grid and in exile after tracking down and exacting vengeance upon Red John, the serial killer who murdered Jane’s wife and daughter. After crafting a deal to work for the FBI, Jane convinced former CBI agent Teresa Lisbon to join him. Supervised by the no-nonsense Agent Dennis Abbott, Jane and Lisbon work alongside their former CBI comrade Kimball Cho, FBI analyst Jason Wylie and the young, ambitious agent Michelle Vega. Now that Lisbon and Jane have confessed their love for one another, they must find a way to be partners in both their professional and personal lives as they begin their new relationship. Buy the Season 7 DVD right here.

New Tricks

The beloved fan favorite returns for another hit season, as ‘New Tricks, Season 11’ is now available on DVD from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. Beautiful DCI Sasha Miller (Tamzin Outhwaite, EastEnders) leads a team of detectives called out of retirement to solve cold cases in this long-running British series. New cast members rejuvenate the show in Season 11, which still features the fascinating mysteries and easy humor that have made the series so wildly popular on both sides of the Atlantic.  Broadcast on BBC One from Aug.-Oct. 2014 and syndicated to public television stations, Season 11 stars Dennis Waterman (The Sweeney), Nicholas Lyndhurst (Only Fools and Horses), and Denis Lawson (Bleak House), with guest stars including David Hayman (The Paradise), Amy Nuttall (Downton Abbey), Liz White (Life on Mars), Phil Davis (Whitechapel), and Julie Graham (The Bletchley Circle). This DVD 3-disc set features 10 episodes plus a bonus featurette with the new cast members. As this beloved British cop show returns, the old dogs of the Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad (UCOS) have a new boss. Beautiful young DCI Sasha Miller (Tamzin Outhwaite) keeps a watchful eye on her motley crew of veteran detectives: Gerry Standing (Dennis Waterman), Steve McAndrew (Denis Lawson), and Danny Griffin (Nicholas Lyndhurst). Although the show’s cast has changed over the years, these retired cops still solve daunting cases with classic sleuthing skills and ample humor. In Season 11, the team tackles crimes involving antinuclear protesters, battle reenactors, an amateur sleuth, illegal immigrants, and state secrets from the Cold War era. Buy the Season 11 DVD right here.

50 to 1

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Paddington

Everyone’s favorite marmalade-loving little bear is ready to make a splash onto home screens with release of the critically acclaimed, heart-warming family film ‘Paddington,’ now available on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand  from Anchor Bay Entertainment and TWC-Dimension. Paddington Bear was first introduced to children in Michael Bond’s 1958 book, A Bear Called Paddington and the subsequent Paddington Bear series has sold over 35 million copies and been translated into 40 languages. For the first time, author Michael Bond has given his blessing for his beloved characters to be brought to the big screen, charming both critics and audience members alike. From writer-director Paul King and producer David Heyman, the film features a stellar cast with Emmy nominee Hugh Bonneville (TV’s ‘Downton Abbey’), Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), Oscar nominee Julie Walters (Billy Elliot, Educating Rita), Oscar winner Jim Broadbent (Iris), Peter Capaldi (TV’s ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘The Musketeers) with Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours), and Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) as the voice of Paddington. The film has earned over $228 million worldwide at the box office to date. ‘Paddington’ tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined until he meets the kindly Brown family (Bonneville and Hawkins) who take him home after reading the label around his neck. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rare talking bear catches the eye of Millicent (Nicole Kidman), a museum taxidermist. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Sgt.Bilko/The Phil Sivers Show

Whether his plans succeed or fail, Bilko’s adventures are sure to bring the laughs! All 36 episodes of the hilarious second season of ‘Sgt Bilko/The Phil Sivers’ show is now available on DVD in a 5-disc set by Shout! Factory. This multiple Emmy Award winner, which originally aired from 1955-1959, was one of early television’s biggest smashes and still commands attention today as both a hilarious sitcom and a star-making showcase for legendary comedian Phil Silvers (It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World) in his signature role as Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko. Running the motor pool at Fort Baxter, the cagey Sgt. Bilko has always got an ace up his sleeve and a scheme in his head. From get-rich-quick scams to plots designed to keep himself free from the drudgery of work, he’s always running an angle that will be sure to leave his commanding officer Colonel Hall tearing out his hair — and viewers in stitches. Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

The Barber

Eugene van Wingerdt (Scott Glenn) is a small-town barber hiding a dark secret in ‘The Barber.’ Twenty years earlier he was arrested due to insufficient evidence. The detective in charge of the case killed himself in despair. Now the detective’s son is in town, with a few secrets of his own. Is he seeking revenge or hoping to learn at the feet of the master? Through the film’s myriad twist and turns, you’ll realize there’s much more to evil than you could ever imagine. Buy the DVD right here.

The Jeffersons

You finally get a piece of the pie! Never before released as a standalone set, all 20 episodes from the seventh season of ‘The Jeffersons’ are now available on DVD in a 3-disc set by Shout! Factory. Join George and Louise in their dee-luxe apartment in the sky for the seventh season of their hit sitcom, ‘The Jeffersons.’ A groundbreaking series that mixed hilarious comedy and social commentary, ‘The Jeffersons’ remains an all-time favorite thanks to its terrific cast (including Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford, Marla Gibbs, Roxie Roker and Franklin Cover) and unforgettable theme song. Highlights of Season Seven include a multi-part Hawaiian adventure, a wild parody of soap operas, and (in keeping with the series’ occasional serious side) a run-in with white supremacists. Developed by television master Norman Lear (All In The Family, Maude), ‘The Jeffersons’ is situation comedy at its finest…and finally, you’ve got a seventh season piece of the pie. Buy the Season 7 DVD right here.

Scooby-Doo! & Scrappy Doo

Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Wallykazam!

Nickelodeon’s hit preschool literacy series ‘Wallykazam!’ is now available on DVD. The series follows the adventures of Wally and his pet dragon, Norville, who live in a forest among giants, goblins and other fantastical creatures. Wally has a magic stick that makes words come to life on the screen playfully transforming the world around him. ‘Wallykazam!’ is Nickelodeon’s first preschool series that embeds a literacy curriculum into a full-length story, introducing skills such as letter and sound identification, rhyming, vocabulary development and comprehension strategies.  Each of the four adventures features a new set of words and the DVD contains a free gift with purchase of customizable ‘Wallykazam!’ name labels while supplies last. Buy the DVD right here.

The Mystery of Lord Lucan

Featuring two complete, star-studded programs, ‘The Mystery of Lord Lucan’ is now available on DVD from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. In the early hours of November 8, 1974, the 7th Earl of Lucan disappeared without a trace. What investigators subsequently found shocked the public: the body of his children’s nanny, Sandra, bludgeoned to death in the basement. These two exciting dramas explore the crime and its aftermath. The two-part ITV drama Lucan (Dec. 2013) is based on the book by John Pearson, adapted by acclaimed Oscar-nominated writer Jeff Pope (Philomena), and stars Rory Kinnear (Skyfall, The Imitation Game, Penny Dreadful), Catherine McCormack (Braveheart), Paul Freeman (Raiders of the Lost Ark), Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who, Shallow Grave, The Leftovers), and Michael Gambon (Harry Potter, Fortitude). The 1994 fictitious reimagining The Trial of Lord Lucan stars Julian Wadham (The Iron Lady), Lynsey Baxter (The French Lieutenant’s Woman) and Anthony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer). On a cold night in 1974, the nanny for a privileged London family was brutally murdered. Even more shocking was the prime suspect: John Bingham, the 7th Earl of Lucan, who suddenly vanished into thin air. Decades later, the scandalous true story of Lord Lucan remains among Britain’s most baffling unsolved mysteries. Did he really murder his children’s nanny? Is he still alive somewhere? Did his personal unraveling prove too threatening to his posh, private world? In Lucan, Rory Kinnear stars as the desperate aristocrat with a gambling problem and a bitter, crumbling marriage. The Trial of Lord Lucan imagines Lucan’s day in court. Prosecutors present the evidence, witnesses attest to events, and Lucan has the chance to defend himself at last. In the end, a jury of real British citizens gives a verdict on the infamous crime. Buy the DVD right here.

Boy Meets Girl

Featuring a stellar cast and a breakout performance from  trans actress Michelle Hendley, the tender and poignant coming-of-age drama ‘Boy Meets Girl,’  now available on DVD from Wolfe Video. Written and directed by Eric Schaeffer 
(If Lucy Fell), the romantic-dramedy follows the lives of three twenty-somethings living in Kentucky and explores what it is to be a man or woman in love. Michael Welch (Twilight franchise) and Alexandra Turshen (The Handout Saint) round out the up-and-coming young cast. During its theatrical and festival runs, ‘Boy Meets Girl’ garnered numerous awards, including Best Feature at the Teaneck International Film Festival, the prestigious Iris Prize Festival and the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. The film also picked up multiple awards at FilmOut San Diego, sweeping up nearly every jury award for which it was eligible at the 2014 festival – nabbing statues for Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor. Hendley also won the Programming Award for Outstanding Emerging Talent. One of the most popular LGBT films of the year, ‘Boy Meets Girl ‘is a funny and heartwarming romantic-comedy starring the very talented actress Michelle Hendley as Ricky, a young transwoman trying to navigate life and looking for romance in her small Kentucky hometown. Will she find love with the beautiful rich girl Francesca (Alexandra Turshen, Red Oaks) or with her lifelong best pal Robby (Michael Welch, Twilight franchise)? Wonderfully written and directed by well-known indie filmmaker Eric Schaeffer (If Lucy Fell, My Life’s In Turnaround), ‘Boy Meets Girl’ simultaneously exemplifies and transcends the category of “LGBT film” (labels or not, this is simply a fabulous movie). Featuring a stellar cast and a break-out performance from newcomer Michelle Hendley in the leading role — Michelle is not only a terrific actress, she also happens to be a transwoman.  Buy the DVD right here.

From a Whisper to a Scream

Welcome to Oldfield. Stop in for a night of pure terror. Prepare to be shocked out of your skin with four grisly tales of terror in one small town! ‘From a Whisper to a Scream,’ (also known as ‘The Offspring’) is now available on Blu-ray, courtesy of Scream Factory. This release comes complete with an array of new bonus features, including two audio commentaries and the feature-length documentary Return to Oldfield: The Making of WHISPER TO A SCREAM. In his last role in a horror film, legendary king of horror Vincent Price adds greatly to this gruesome anthology that will haunt you for days. On the night his niece is executed for committing a string of brutal killings, historian Julian White (Price) reveals the sinister secrets of her hometown, Oldfield, Tennessee, a horrific hamlet that spawns evil! But as the town’s murderous legacy is exposed with White’s chilling accounts – including stories of a necrophilic madman, a voodoo priest with life-prolonging powers and a legion of children with an appetite for flesh – White doesn’t realize that he is about the write the final chapter of Oldfield’s morbid history…in his own blood. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Miami Blues

Shout! Factory has released ‘Miami Blues’ on Blu-ray for the first time the set features new interviews with Alec Baldwin, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Fred Ward, Alec Baldwin and Jennifer Jason Leigh star in this offbeat black comedy about a murdering thief, his simple-minded wife and the denture-wearing cop closing in on his trail. Veteran criminal Frederick Frenger, Jr. (Baldwin) has moved to Miami to get a fresh start…at robbing a whole new set of people. But when his streetwalker-gone-straight wife (Leigh) begins to suspect his criminal behavior, and an obsessed cop (Ward) begins to close in, he will need a lot more than luck and a bogus badge to escape a crossfire hotter than the barrel of a smoking gun. Buy the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray right here.

My Little Pony Tales

Attention My Little Pony fans of yore, ‘My Little Pony Tales: The Complete Classic TV Series is now available on DVD in the U.S. and Canada from Shout! Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios! The 2-DVD set includes all 13 episodes of the show, originally airing on television in 1992, as well as sing-alongs. Ponyland is full of excitement, if you know where to find it, and now all of your favorite My Little Pony Tales are finally collected in one amazing set! Join the 7 Pony Friends—Starlight, Sweetheart, Melody, Bright Eyes, Patch, Clover and Bon Bon — for 13 episodes of outrageous fun! Games, picnics, ice cream shops, roller derbies and even UFOs… nothing is off-limits when it comes to grand Pony adventures! Buy the complete classic TV series DVD right here.

Let’s Learn: S.T.E.M.

The fifth installment in the Nickelodeon’s ‘Let’s Learn’ series introduces preschoolers to the exciting world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.). Join some of your favorite characters from hit preschool shows such as ‘Blaze and the Monster Machines,’ ‘Bubble Guppies, ‘PAW Patrol,’ ‘Team Umizoomi,’ ‘Blue’s Clues’ and ‘Dora the Explorer’ for exciting adventures in this brand-new DVD containing over 130 minutes of educational entertainment. Each DVD contains a S.T.E.M.-themed worksheet as a free gift with purchase while supplies last. Buy the DVD right here.

Mommy

The 2014 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize winner, ‘Mommy,’ is now available on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD, and On Demand from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. ‘Mommy’ is a story that follows a mother and her son on a journey to find a better life and was the official Best Foreign Film submission of Canada for the 87th Academy Awards. Award-winning writer/director Xavier Dolan weaves the story of a passionate widowed single mom (Anne Dorval), who finds herself burdened with the full-time custody of her unpredictable 15-year-old ADHD son (Antoine Olivier Pilon). As they struggle to make ends meet, Kyla (Suzanne Clément), the peculiar new neighbor across the street, offers her help. Together, they strive for a new sense of balance. Buy the DVD right here.