New Releases on DVD/Blu-Ray

by | May 15, 2014 at 12:14 PM | General

'Orange is the New Black' (Lionsgate Home Entertainment)

Orange is the New Black

Every sentence has a story in the smash hit series ‘Orange is the New Black’ Season 1, now available on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital HD UltraViolet), and DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The hugely popular dark comedy from ‘Weeds’ creator Jenji Kohan broke viewing records for its premiere season. Starring Taylor Schilling (Argo, Stay) in a Golden Globe nominated performance, Orange Is The New Black also won “TV Program Of The Year” from the American Film Institute (AFI). Based on the best-selling memoir by Piper Kerman, ‘Orange Is The New Black’ also stars Jason Biggs (American Pie franchise), Laura Prepon (TV’s “That ’70s Show”), Kate Mulgrew (TV’s “Star Trek: Voyager,” TV’s “NTSF:SD:SUV”), Pablo Schreiber (TV’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” Showtime’s “Weeds”), Natasha Lyonne (American Pie, G.B.F), Taryn Manning (TV’s “Sons of Anarchy”), Michael J. Harney (Showtime’s “Weeds,” HBO’s “True Detective”) and rising talents Danielle Brooks and Uzo Aduba. Orange Is the New Black follows engaged Brooklynite Piper Chapman, whose wild past comes back to haunt her and results in her arrest and detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper trades her comfortable New York life for an orange prison jumpsuit and finds unexpected conflict and camaraderie amidst an eccentric group of inmates. Timed to the series’ second season premiere, ‘Orange Is The New Black – Season One’ includes all 13 episodes on a three-disc Blu-ray and four-disc DVD set, packed with bonus materials fans will love including numerous featurettes that contain behind the scenes interviews with author Piper Kerman, series creator Jenji Kohan and favorite cast members, along with special episode commentaries with the series producers. Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray right here.

That Awkward Moment

Three of Hollywood’s hottest stars headline the uproarious comedy ‘That Awkward Moment,’ now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Zac Efron (The Lucky One), Miles Teller (upcoming Fantastic Four) and Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) star as three 20-something friends navigating the tricky terrain of modern-day romance with both hilarious and hilariously awkward results. Written and directed by Tom Gormican (Movie 43), and co-starring Imogen Poots (Need For Speed), Mackenzie Davis (Smashed), and Jessica Lucas (Evil Dead), ‘That Awkward Moment’ is a rare, romantic comedy filled with raunchy and irreverent humor sure to entertain audience members of both sexes. ‘That Awkward Moment’ arrives on Blu-ray and DVD with four “Character Profiles,” as well as an all-new featurette, “Threesome: More Awkward Moments,” starring Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan, as they dish about their experiences making the film. The Blu-ray comes with an exclusive, never-before-seen extended gag reel, along with the all-new “Moment of Truth: Behind the Scenes,” featuring writer/director Tom Gormican on his inspiration for the film and the process of bringing it to the screen. Zac Efron, Miles Teller an Michael B. Jordan star in the R-rated comedy, ‘That Awkward Moment,’ about three best friends who find themselves where we’ve all been- at that confusing “moment” in every dating relationship when you have to decide “So…where is this going?” ‘That Awkward Moment’ was produced by Justin Nappi (All is Lost, Arbitrage), Scott Aversano (Safe House, The Last Airbender), Andrew O’Connor (TV’s “Peep Show,” Magicians), and Kevin Turen (All is Lost, Arbitrage). Executive producers are Manu Gargi (Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, The Double), Zac Efron, Jason Barrett (17 Again, TV’s “The Man”), Michael Simkin (17 Again, The Lucky), John Friedberg (District 9, Alex Cross), Lia Buman (Insidious: Chapter 2, Looper)and Peter Schlessel (Drive, Looper). Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Longmire

Big Sky drama from Absaroka County, Wyoming is back as Season Two of ‘Longmire‘ is now available for the first time on DVD. In the show’s second season, everyone’s courage is tested, and how they face their challenges will define them. Timed to the Season 3 premiere on A&E this summer, this release is not to be missed. Season 2 finds reluctant hero Sheriff Walt Longmire back in the saddle after coming to terms with the devastating loss of his wife. But a storm is brewing. As he fights for re-election against his own deputy, Branch Connally, his right-hand deputy Vic Moretti is haunted by a past she’d rather forget. At the same time, Walt’s daughter Cady searches for answers about her mother’s murder, and Walt’s possible connection to the death of his wife’s killer threatens to sweep his loyal friend Henry Standing Bear into the mix. ‘Longmire’ was A&E’s most-watched scripted series in the network’s history with M25-54 viewership rising -23% vs. the prior season,” said Rosemary Markson, Senior Vice President, TV and Special Interest Marketing of Warner Bros Home Entertainment. Based on the “Walt Longmire” mystery novels written by best-selling author Craig Johnson,Longmire’  is executive produced by Greer Shephard (The Closer, Major Crimes, Nip Tuck), Michael M. Robin (The Closer, Major Crimes, Nip Tuck), Hunt Baldwin (The Closer), and John Coveny (The Closer). Starring Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bailey Chase, Cassidy Freeman and Adam Bartley, the hit drama is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company in association with Warner Horizon Television. Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

I, Frankenstein

Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight) portrays one of the most iconic horror legends of all time in the gripping adventure ‘I, Frankenstein,’ now available on 3D Blu-ray (plus 2D Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD UltraViolet), along with DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View, from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. From the producers of Underworld, I, Frankenstein follows Frankenstein’s monster (Eckhart) as he becomes involved in a war between two immortal clans. Also starring Bill Nighy (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest), Yvonne Strahovski (TV’s “Chuck,” TV’s “Dexter”), Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, TV’s “Rake”), Jai Courtney (upcoming Divergent, A Good Day to Die Hard) and Kevin Grevioux (Underworld, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans), I, Frankenstein was written for the screen and directed by Stuart Beattie (30 Days Of Night, G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra) with a screen story by Kevin Grevioux and Stuart Beattie. The explosive thriller takes place 200 years after Dr. Frankenstein’s shocking creation came to life. Celestial forces name the creature Adam, and arm him with weapons to defeat the demons that are constantly seeking his destruction. However, soon Adam finds himself in the middle of a war over the fate of humanity and discovers that he also holds the key that could destroy humankind. Buy the 3D Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

The Perry Mason Movie Collection

Featuring some of the legendary attorney’s most dramatic cases, the ‘Perry Mason Movie Collection-Volume 2,’ is now available on DVD.  Starring Raymond Burr as the iconic titular character, the collection is packed with six made-for-TV movies that originally aired between 1987-1989. A must-have for fans of crime-drama, the collection includes: The Case Of The Scandalous Scoundrel, The Case Of The Avenging Ace, The Case Of The Lady In The Lake, The Case Of The Lethal Lesson, The Case Of The Musical Murder, and The Case Of The All-Star Assassin. Buy the Volume 2 DVD right here.

Eastbound & Down

Life has thrown a lot of curve balls to washed-up former major-league pitching ace Kenny Powers. After a disgraceful return to his hometown, a failed attempt at coaching, a soul-searching season in Mexico, a successful return to the minor leagues and a not-so-successful attempt at single fatherhood, Kenny finally hung up his cap to become a full-time family man. But can he ever truly say goodbye to the fame and fortune afforded by his baseball career? Find out with the release of ‘Eastbound & Down‘ Season 4, now available on Blu-ray with Digital Copy and DVD. The final season of the hit HBO comedy series finds Kenny (Danny McBride) struggling with his identity after fleeing his successful comeback to the minors by faking his own death and returning home to the love of his life, April, and their son Toby. Years later, Kenny is settled quietly into family life in North Carolina, working as an assistant manager at a car rental outlet, trying to piece together a screenplay about his life story and numbing the yearning to return to the vices of his glory days with boring couples’ nights and bland dinner parties. But when a former teammate turns up with an opportunity for Kenny to get back in the game as a celebrity commentator – and to live the rich, famous lifestyle he deserves – Kenny begins to wonder whether the time is right for a comeback of a different sort. Buy the Season 4 DVD right here.

Special ID

The cops can’t control him. The mob wants him dead. And time is running out. Legendary action icon Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Hero) returns to contemporary MMA films as a deep undercover police officer in the action-packed mob drama ‘Special ID,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Well Go USA Entertainment. Yen takes on the role of “Dragon” Chen, a Hong Kong undercover police officer deep within the ranks of one of China’s most ruthless underworld gangs. The leader of the gang, Xiong (Collin Chou), has made it his priority to weed out the government infiltrators in his midst. Struggling to keep his family together and his identity concealed, Chen is torn between two worlds. Upping the stakes, as Chen’s undercover comrades are being dealt with, one by one, Chen fears his days are numbered. Now, he must risk everything to take down the organization and reclaim the life he lost when he took on this perilous assignment. In addition to Yen and Chou (The Matrix trilogy,Badges of Fury), ‘Special ID’ also stars Tian Jing (Police Story 2013) and Hanyu Zhang (Back to 42, White Vengeance) under the direction of Clarence Fok Yiu-leung (Snakeheads, Together).  Bonus materials include a behind-the-scenes featurette. Donnie Yen is Detective Chen Zilong – but the criminal underworld knows him as “Dragon” Chen, a dangerous but effective enforcer. When rivalries explode with the reappearance of an old enemy and a brutal murder, the Triads close ranks and unleash a series of executions – with Chen at the top of the list.  Undercover and under attack, he has no choice but to rely on a new partner (Jing Tian) and his knowledge of the streets to get out alive. It’s the only chance he’s got. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Theatreland

Featuring theatre and film heavyweights—and real-life friends—Sir Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation, X-Men) and Sir Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings, X-Men) and offering a compelling look behind the scenes of a West End production of Beckett’s influential Waiting for Godot, ‘Theatreland’ is now available on DVD from Athena, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. Filmed on location at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, a historic London playhouse that dates back to 1720, the program features rare, candid behind-the-scenes footage that follows two productions, Waiting for Godot and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, from rehearsals to opening night. Broadcast on public television in October 2010, the documentary is ever more relevant with Stewart and McKellen’s recent Broadway performances in Waiting for Godot and No Man’s Land. The DVD 2-Disc set includes eight episodes, plus a 12-page viewer’s guide. Theatre Royal Haymarket is one of London’s premier West End playhouses. In 2009, it mounted the most successful production ever of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. Starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, it ran for 172 sold-out performances. Godot was followed by the first-ever staged adaptation of Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Filmed over six months, Theatreland goes behind the scenes of both productions to reveal what makes a West End theatre tick. Meet the stars, the artistic director, the managers, stagehands, carpenters, and ushers. Explore the Haymarket, one of London’s oldest theatres, with 100-year-old seats and plumbing to match. Audiences realize none of this as the lights dim and the magic begins. From the first read-through to the final curtain call, this is theatre as you’ve never seen it before. Buy the DVD right here.

Afterlife

Psychology lecturer Robert Bridge (Andrew Lincoln, The Walking Dead, Love Actually) is a fierce skeptic who teaches his students to be suspicious of anyone claiming to be psychic…until he meets Alison Mundy (Lesley Sharp, Vera Drake, The Full Monty). When Alison’s readings provoke an adverse reaction in one of Robert’s own pupils, he begins to observe her with the intention of turning his study into a book. Choosing to believe that Alison is imagining her experiences, Robert finds himself caught up as Alison continuously puts herself at risk in order to comfort both the living and the dead…until she sets her sights on helping Robert come to terms with his son’s tragic death. Will Robert prove that Alison is a fraud like all the others, or will Alison prove there is more to the world than Robert ever imagined? Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Stalingrad

An epic look at the battle that turned the tide of World War II, ‘Stalingrad‘ is now available on Blu-ray with 3D and DVD with Digital HD UltraViolet from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. As the highest-grossing Russian film of all time and Russia’s official submission for Best Foreign Language Film to the 86th Academy Awards, ‘Stalingrad’ contrasts the grand scale of the famous battle with the intimate human drama among the Russian soldiers, the few remaining civilians and the German soldiers who invaded the city. The film is directed by acclaimed Russian hitmaker Fedor Bondarchuk (9th Company), who was introduced to the world of cinema at an early age, as the son of actress Irina Skobtseva, and internationally acclaimed film actor and an Academy Award-winning director Sergei Bondarchuk. Starring in the film is an ensemble cast, hand-picked to reflect the tone and time period, including Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong), Petr Fedorov, Sergey Bondarchuk, Mariya Smolnikova and Yanina Studilina. The Stalingrad Blu-ray comes with two all-new featurettes. “The Making of Stalingrad” is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, and “Stereoscopic Stalingrad” features experts Steve Schklair and Matthew Blute, describing how Russia’s very first IMAX 3D film was created. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Godfather Part III

In this third film in the epic Corleone trilogy, Al Pacino reprises the role of powerful family leader Michael Corleone in ‘The Godfather Part III.’ Now in his 60′s, Michael is dominated by two passions: freeing his family from crime and finding a suitable successor. That successor could be fiery Vincent (Andy Garcia)… but he may also be the spark that turns Michael’s hope of business legitimacy into an inferno of mob violence. Francis Ford Coppola directs Pacino, Garcia, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Eli Wallach, Sofia Coppola, Joe Montegna and others in this exciting film that masterfully explores themes of power, tradition, revenge and love. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards in 1991, including Best Picture. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Wolverine Weapon X

Marvel fans now have the chance to witness the epically brutal battle between one of Marvel’s greatest heroes Wolverine and the ruthless cyborg villain Deathlok the Demolisher. The ‘Marvel Knights Animation’s Wolverine Weapon X: Tomorrow Dies Today’ DVD is now available for the first time on home entertainment shelves from Shout! Factory. Eisner Award nominees Jason Aaron (Thor: God of Thunder, Wolverine) and artist Ron Garney (Hulk, The Amazing Spider-Man) team up to deliver the exciting comic book action adventure Wolverine Weapon X: Tomorrow Dies Today. This adrenaline pumping story captures Wolverine’s life as it becomes more complicated when cybernetic robots from the future embark on a Super Hero killing spree, and the only person who can help, is a young waitress who insists that she knows him – or at least, the person he will become. Buy the Tomorrow Dies Today Blu-ray right here.

Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection

That wascally wabbit and the rest of the Looney Tunes gang are back to entertain cartoon lovers in Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s (WBHE) release of ‘Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Volume 8,’ now available in stores. This treasury of classic cartoons is comprised of 30 legendary shorts that will captivate both kids and adults alike. All shorts are re-mastered and restored for dazzling picture and sound quality. The first disc in Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Volume 8 is entirely devoted to everyone’s favorite carrot-crunching, wise-cracking “wabbit,” Bugs Bunny. Fifteen, hilarious theatrical cartoons are featured, including Bugs Bunny Rides Again, in which Yosemite Sam and Bugs Bunny meet in the Old West and challenge each other in horse racing, card games, gun drawing and much more. Bugs Bunny enters the world of professional wresting in Bunny Hugged and becomes the adopted child of a gorilla mother in Gorilla My Dreams. In Tortoise Beats Hare, Bugs Bunny challenges Cecil Turtle to a race and becomes the target of very hungry wolf in Little Red Riding Rabbit. These and several other rip-roaring shorts are featured on this disc. In disc two, viewers will find an all-star cartoon party featuring favorite characters such as Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester, Tweety, Speedy Gonzales, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner and many others.  Featured shorts include The Wise Quacking Duck, in which Daffy Duck goes head to head with a meek man who is ordered by his wife to hunt Daffy. In Pied Piper of Guadalupe, Sylvester imitates the Pied Piper of Hamelin to lure a group of mice. In Claws for Alarm, Porky Pig and Sylvester spend the night in an old hotel. In Whoa, Be-Gone!, Wile E. Coyote’s creative schemes to catch the Road Runner include the use of a giant elastic spring, a gun and trampoline, TNT sticks and much more. These and several other rollicking shorts are featured on this disc. Buy the Volume 8 DVD right here.

Crocodile Dundee/Crocodile Dundee II

“Crocodile” Dundee
Paul Hogan’s hilarious, endearing performance made “Crocodile” Dundee the biggest box-office comedy smash of 1986. Michael J. “Crocodile” Dundee (Hogan) is a free spirited Australian who hunts crocodiles with his bare hands, stares down giant water buffaloes, and drinks mere mortals under the table. But he’s about to face the ultimate torture test–a trip to New York City. Beautiful and tenacious reporter Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski) gets more than just a story as the “Wonder from Down Under” rocks the Big Apple to its core.

“Crocodile” Dundee II
Just as the eccentric Australian is starting to adjust to life in New York City, Dundee and his beautiful girlfriend (Linda Kozlowski) are targeted for death by a gang of ruthless drug dealers. Dundee evens the odds by leading the big-city hoods into the treacherous Australian outback. And before long, the bad guys find out that Down Under could mean six feet down under! Buy the Double Feature Blu-ray right here.

Evilspeak

Scream Factory has unleashed Eric Weston’s ‘Evilspeak‘ for the first time on Blu-ray, featuring anamorphic widescreen movie presentation and insightful bonus content. Prior to its U.S. theatrical release, the distributor of the film requested that the graphic violence be cut to avoid an “X” rating from the MPAA. The film has been completely restored from a newly discovered 35mm inter-positive source including all of its long rumored scenes of bloody carnage. This new edition includes all-new extras including a new commentary by producer/director Eric Weston (Hyenas). Life sucks for Stanley Coppersmith (Clint Howard), a teenage outcast who’s bullied by everyone at a strict military academy. When Stanley discovers the crypt of a 16th Century Satanist beneath the chapel, he creates a computerized Black Mass that unleashes unholy revenge upon his tormentors. Now, all hell is about to break loose! Evilspeak is not for the faint of heart. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Scooby Doo!

Spooky mysteries in the world’s most celebrated sports are the focus of ‘Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: Field of Screams,’ an exciting collection of new and classic Scooby-Doo! cartoons now available on DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. This entertaining release showcases 13 action-packed, sports-related escapades featuring Scooby-Doo! and his mystery-solving pals, including a brand-new 22-minute adventure, “Scooby-Doo! Ghastly Goals!” The set is comprised of two discs and features over four hours of Scooby-Doo! content. Scooby-Doo and the gang are together again in this high-scoring collection that’s comprised of fan-favorite sports-themed episodes which are offered together for the first time in one set.  The Mystery Inc. gang may be champions when it comes to solving mysteries, but how do they fare when playing sports? Competition is ghoulish and their opponents are monsters…literally! But that won’t deter our favorite animated crime-fighters from giving it all they’ve got on Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: Field of Screams. Buy the Spooky Tales: Field of Screams DVD right here.

Deadly Code

Based on the novel Siberian Education by Nicolai Lilin, ‘Deadly Code‘ is now available on DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Digital HD and Video on Demand from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Two-time Academy Award nominee John Malkovich (Best Supporting Actor, Places in the Heart, 1984; Being John Malkovich) stars as the patriarch of a Siberian criminal clan in this gritty crime drama. The film also stars Peter Stormare (Pain and Gain, The Last Stand) and is directed by Gabriele Salvatore (I’m Not Scared). Grandfather Kuzya (Malkovich) is the leader of a Siberian criminal clan banished to live in the punishment town of Transnistria in 1985.  There, he schools his grandson on the “honest criminal” code of their community, which must never be broken. Buy the DVD right here.

Final Exam

Scream Factory invites loyal fans and horror movie enthusiasts to combat the stress associated with long office hours and final exams with a dose of 80s high-camp horror romps with the release of Jimmy Huston’s ‘Final Exam,’ starring Cecile Bagdadi and Joel S. Rice (Bounty Hunters), on Blu-ray for the first time. At Lanier College, the semester is almost over. Exam week is coming to a close when some upper classmen play a prank by staging a phony terrorist attack. But the next moment of excitement at the school won’t be a prank. And it’s something a lot more final than an exam. Students are falling prey to a knife-wielding maniac stalking the school, bent on making sure that for some, school is out…forever!Buy the Blu-ray right here.

American Jesus

‘American Jesus’ is an exploration of the religion in every faction of American life, from the bread line to the yoga studio, from the humble churches of snake handlers to the mega churches of the ex-urbs.  Director Aram Garriga travels from his native Barcelona to the politically divided United States to chronicle the sometimes bizarre relationship between faith, materialism, politics and personal passions in this uniquely American tableaux. Populated by an array of religious and secular characters offering candid, often illuminating testimonials – from Christian pop culture and music specialist, secular analysts, Apocalyptic preachers, Prosperity Pastors to Christian bikers, cage fighters, surfers comedians and cowboys –’American Jesus’ is a vivid mosaic of personalities and conflicting points of view that emerges as a portrait of an America yearning for solace and meaning in the modern world. Buy the DVD right here.

Shelter Island

Jimmy Olinkiewicz is a blue-collar gas station owner, building contractor, online antique seller and father of an autistic child. “Outsider” artist Harald Olson is consumed by art, eschewing modern conveniences and sometimes going 72 hours where he “forgets” to eat. The magic that takes place when these two equally eclectic Shelter Island, NY residents meet is at the center of ‘Shelter Island,’ an inspiring, festival favorite documentary from filmmaker Michael Canzoniero that is now available on DVD from DC Entertainment’s Shelter Island label. During the summer of 2010, Canzoniero was visiting his in-laws on Shelter Island when his father in-law asked if he might be interested in seeing the art gallery that his friend Jimmy constructed in his gas station, featuring a local “outsider” artist. The idea of an art gallery in a gas station was enough to spark his interest, but once he was introduced to benefactor Olinkiewicz and artist Olson, he knew there was something extraordinary happening, so Canzoniero grabbed his camera and began documenting the poignant relationships and captivating art he saw blossoming before his eyes. The story goes like this: one day, on his way to work, Jimmy drove past a row of Olson’s paintings leaning up against a fence, and was greatly touched by what he saw.  He stopped, sought out the artist, and began purchasing the art to decorate his gas station-turned-convenience store. Little by little, as Jimmy began to learn of Harald’s complicated background and his current isolation, he couldn’t help but compare the situation with the needs of his own son, Alex.  Inspired in part by this compelling parallel, and in part by Harald’s clearly profound artistic talent, Jimmy created an art space for Olson in the defunct garage portion of his service station. Buy the DVD right here.