New Releases On DVD/Blu-Ray

by | June 4, 2014 at 2:24 PM | General

'True Blood' (HBO Home Entertainment)

True Blood

Vampire Bill is rebirthed as a powerful ancient deity, Louisiana Governor Truman Burrell declares open season on all vampires and Sookie Stackhouse finds herself sidelined by a mysterious stranger with a hidden agenda. ‘True Blood: The Complete Sixth Season‘ is now available on Blu-ray with Digital Copy, DVD and Digital HD on, just in time for fans to catch up before the final season makes its HBO debut this summer. Both sets include the full 10-episode season, along with extensive bonus materials including behind-the-scenes interviews and never-before-seen content. Season 6 introduces several exciting new story lines that threaten what little sense of normalcy remains in Bon Temps, The Authority is in flames, and True Blood is in short supply. As Bill comes to terms with his newfound powers after emerging reincarnated from a pool of blood, Louisiana’s governor has declared war, replete with novel anti-vamp weapons and a high-tech internment camp established to wipe out the vampire race forever. Meanwhile, Sookie and Jason must steel themselves for an encounter with their parents’ killer: the mysterious and ancient Warlow. Buy the Season 6 Blu-ray right here.

Graceland

From the creator of ‘White Collar’ comes ‘Graceland,’ a gritty, tension-laced crime drama inspired by actual events featuring a hot young cast led by Daniel Sunjataand Aaron Tveit. It seems like a sweet deal when new FBI Agent Mike Warren’s (Tveit) first assignment lands him in a beautiful L.A. beachfront mansion with other young undercover government agents, including his idol, legendary FBI agent Paul Briggs (Sunjata). But loyalties are tested and lives are put on the line when Warren is ordered to secretly investigate Briggs in this action-packed series that also stars Vanessa Ferlito, Manny Montana, Serinda Swan, and Brandon Jay McLaren. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Pretty Little Liars

Get ready for more twists and thrills with the release of ‘Pretty Little Liars: The Complete Fourth Season,’ now available on DVD — just in time for the Season 5 premiere on ABC Family. ‘Pretty Little Liars‘ stars Troian Bellisario (Lauren, JAG), Ashley Benson (Spring Breakers, Eastwick), Tyler Blackburn (Ravenswood, Brave New World), Lucy Hale (Scream 4, Privileged), Ian Harding (NCIS: Los Angeles), Laura Leighton (Melrose Place), Shay Mitchell (Aaron Stone), Janel Parrish (Celeste and Jesse Forever, Bratz) and Sasha Pieterse (Heroes, X-Men: First Class). The five-disc set contains all 24 episodes from the fourth season, plus all-new special features including three featurettes. Buy the Season 4 DVD right here.

Falling Skies

Falling Skies‘ – TNT’s alien-invasion saga from DreamWorks Television, TNT Productions and executive producer Steven Spielberg – is now available on Blu-ray and DVD with its complete third season. The two-disc Falling Skies: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray and three-disc DVD set include all 10 episodes from the action-packed drama’s third season, as well as more than two hours of special features including “Warrior Poet: Creating the Character and Emotion of Cochise,” “Karen: The Overlord Next Door,” behind-the-scenes features, all episodes of “2nd Watch Hosted by Wil Wheaton” and much more. Additionally, the Blu-ray release will also be available for Ultraviolet Digital HD download. ‘Falling Skies: The Complete Third Season’ comes just in time for the Season 4 premiere, which is slated to launch exclusively on TNT on June 22 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Buy the Season 3 Blu-ray right here.

Rawhide

One of the most celebrated Westerns in television historyrides into the sunset in time for Father’s Day with the release of ‘Rawhide: The Eighth And Final Season,’ now available on DVD. Saddle up with Academy Award winner Clint Eastwood as his iconic character Rowdy Yates is promoted to trail boss in the series’ final episodes. The action packed four-disc set includes over 11 hours of digitally remastered episodes and features guest stars such as Bruce Dern, Rip Torn, Robert Blake, Cesar Romero, Charles Bronson, Rory Calhoun and Ralph Bellamy. Buy the Season 8 DVD right here.

New Tricks

Featuring more engrossing mysteries and surprising changes to one of Britain’s highest-rated TV dramas, ‘New Tricks, Season 10′ is now available on DVD from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. Led by Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman, Sexy Beast), their beautiful, younger boss, this group of semi-retired curmudgeons have solved cold cases with classic policing skills and easy camaraderie. This season, the old dogs of the Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad are about to meet new faces. But first, DS Pullman and her loyal team—Gerry Standing (Dennis Waterman, The Sweeney), Brian Lane (Alun Armstrong, Garrow’s Law), and Steve McAndrew ( Emmy nominee Denis Lawson, Bleak House, Star Wars)—will solve their final cases together, bringing justice to decades-old murders that stumped London’s Metropolitan Police. ‘New Tricks’ has run on the BBC for ten seasons since 2003 and is in production on its eleventh season. The series has enjoyed ongoing broadcast exposure in North America on select PBS stations; however the DVD set features the unedited UK edition, which includes more than five minutes per episode not seen on public television, plus a bonus behind-the-scenes featurette, New Tricks in Gibraltar segment, and more. After Brian’s reckless behavior endangers his place on the team, brainy Danny Griffin (Nicholas Lyndhurst, Only Fools and Horses) steps in and rubs the rest of the squad the wrong way. Later, Sandra makes a choice that means a new boss for UCOS: feisty, fearless DCI Sasha Miller (Tamzin Outhwaite, EastEnders). Season 10 guest stars also include Phyllida Law (The Winter Guest). Buy the Season 10 DVD right here.

The Nutty Professor

‘The Nutty Professor,’ one of Jerry Lewis’ most celebrated comedies, is now available on Blu-ray by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) in a brand-new 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition. Lewis directed, stars in, and co-wrote (with Bill Richmond) the parody of the classic “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” tale which was selected for the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2004. WBHE has released the four-disc Collector’s Edition with personal input from Mr. Lewis, who has helped compile lots of entertaining extra content for this release. Highlights include a new featurette, Jerry Lewis: No Apologies, an intimate look at “The King of Comedy”; a 48-page book of the film’s original story boards; a 44-page book of excerpts from Jerry’s cutting script with personal notes; and a recreated “Being a Person” book, written by Jerry exclusively for the film’s crew. Adding to the offering is the very funny CD collection, Phoney Phone Calls, 1959-1972, with private prank calls secretly recorded by Lewis during those years. ‘The Nutty Professor 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition’ also includes the film in DVD format as well as Blu-ray, along with DVDs of two other well-known Lewis comedies, Cinderfella and The Errand Boy. Also currently available from the Warner Archive Collection are Lewis’ films, Family Jewels, Cracking Up (aka Smorgasbord) and Which Way to the Front? Buy the 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Blu-ray right here.

Workaholics

It’s time to get back to work for coworkers and roommates, “Adam,” “Blake” and “Ders,” but that also means partying harder than ever before. Comedy Central’s hit, scripted series ‘Workaholics,’ Season 4 is back with all new super fresh episodes. They do their jobs and sometimes they even do them well, but they show up late, leave drunk and always live for the day….even if they don’t know what day it is. Whether they’re hanging out at their house in Rancho Cucamonga or getting ready to rage at a Renaissance Faire, the guys find trouble wherever they go. Buy the Season 4 Blu-ray right here.

Ravenous

Inspired by twisted tales of cannibalistic survival like the real-life Donner Party, cult terror feature ‘Ravenous’ graphically depicts a twist on an old cliché: You are who you eat. Directed by the late Antonia Bird (Priest), this unnerving cult thriller stars Guy Pearce (Iron Man 3, Prometheus), Robert Carlyle (TV’s Once Upon A Time), Jeremy Davies (Lost, Saving Private Ryan), Jeffrey Jones (Deadwood, Sleepy Hollow), John Spencer (The West Wing), Stephen Spinella (MILK, Royal Pains), Neal McDonough (Captain America: The First Avenger, Band of Brothers) and David Arquette (Scream 4). The film has steadily and deservedly grown a large following over the last fifteen years. Beyond its darkly comic take on gruesome subject matter and some fantastic scenery and cinematography, ‘Ravenous’ features a unique, quirky soundtrack by acclaimed composers Michael Nyman and Damon Albarn. The two contributed compositions separately, collectively serving up a musical stew combining 19th century American folk instruments, electronic sounds and orchestral flourishes; a romantic past filtered through an anxious present. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Adventures of Chuck and Friends

Let’s get rolling! The adventurous and fun-loving Chuck and his best friends — Digger, Handy, Rowdy, Biggs, Boomer and Flip — are at it again with more free-wheelin’ escapades. Shout! Factory Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios has released ‘The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: Top Gear Trucks’ on DVD. The DVD features 10 exciting episodes as well as a bonus all-new sing-along. Watch Chuck and the gangs adventures, as they try to  uncover the identity of a mysterious “ghost,” spend a day helping the town’s Mayor, re-create the night Chuck’s parents first met and more in these ten awesome adventures guaranteed to put fun into high gear. Buy the Top Gear Trucks DVD right here.

The Birdcage

Robin Williams and Nathan Lane team up with a top-notch cast in the hilarious comedy ‘The Birdcage.’ Williams delivers an uproarious performance as Armand, a gay cabaret owner whose son announces he’s marrying the daughter of a right-wing politician (Gene Hackman). It’s an outrageously funny culture clash as Armand and his drag-queen partner Albert (Lane) try to transform themselves into straight shooters at a dinner party and pull the chiffon over the eyes of the uptight senator and his wife (Dianne Wiest). Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The New Adventures of Superman

The Man of Steel continues to conquer the world’s villains with the release of ‘The New Adventures of Superman Seasons 2 & 3.’ This classic animated television series was produced by Filmation Studios and is now available on DVD. ‘The New Adventures of Superman Seasons 2 & 3′ features 32 action-packed family friendly episodes and is not to be missed by fans. ‘The New Adventures of Superman Seasons 2 & 3′ depicted the first time that Superman; his alter ego, Clark Kent; award-winning journalist  Lois Lane; and Perry White,  Editor-in-Chief of the Metropolis newspaper The Daily Planet, had been seen in animated form since they were immortalized in the iconic Superman short films of the 1940s. In addition, this series marked the animation debut of photo journalist Jimmy Olsen, as well as classic Superman villains such as archenemies Lex Luthor and Brainiac. Buy the Seasons 2,3 DVD right here.

Barbary Coast

A must-see for fans of classic TV, ‘Barbary Coast’ has made its long-awaited DVD debut from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. Golden Globe winner William Shatner (Star Trek, Boston Legal) stars as Jeff Cable, an undercover agent patrolling the wild streets of 1880s San Francisco. Broadcast on ABC during the 1970s and modeled after the original Mission Impossible, Barbary Coast features an enthralling Western tale of post–Gold Rush California wherein corruption, greed, and violence reign supreme in this bustling slice of life filled with casinos and saloons. In his first multi-episode TV series after Star Trek, Shatner polices the rough and tumble Barbary Coast, cracking down on the numerous criminals who have made a home there, with the help of a few (occasionally unwilling) friends and several amusing disguises. The DVD 4-Disc set includes the pilot movie and 13 episodes. Even top public officials can’t be trusted, so Cable weaves elaborate ruses to uncover the Barbary Coast’s many plots. He also relies on the slick but beleaguered Cash Conover (Doug McClure, The Virginian), proprietor of the Golden Gate Casino. Conover reluctantly puts his business and well-being on the line for Cable time and again. The charismatic pair often find the cards stacked against them, but that doesn’t stop them from having a rollicking good time as they police a town mired in vigilante justice. Also starring Richard Kiel (The Spy Who Loved Me, Happy Gilmore), this Emmy-nominated series is a playful take on traditional Westerns with a terrific cast. Buy the DVD right here.

Power Rangers Turbo

Join the Power Rangers as they battle the dreaded villain Divatox at rapid speed with the release of ‘Power Rangers Turbo, Volume 2,’ a 3-DVD box set that contains the final 22 episodes of the series. Continuing from the exciting events of Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, the five Turbo Rangers use their new powers, weapons and high-tech supercharged vehicles to battle evil at faster speeds than ever before! The beautiful yet vicious space pirate Divatox follows the Power Rangers to Angel Grove to get revenge for ruining her planned wedding to the volcanic island deity Maligore. From her mobile Subcraft armed to the gills with torpedoes and explosives and crewed by a motley bunch of monsters, she relentlessly pursues our heroes. But the Rangers are not alone in their fight, as they are aided by Dimitria, a wise sage and friend of Zordon; Alpha 6, an advanced robotic sidekick with a streetwise demeanor, the Blue Senturion, a robotic intergalactic traffic cop from the future; and the elusive Phantom Rangers, a one-man army whose very identity is a mystery. An all-new team of Rangers is armed and ready to carry on the Power Rangers legacy. Buy the Volume 2 DVD right here.

The Motel Life

Emile Hirsch (Lone Survivor) and Stephen Dorff (The Iceman) star in the film ‘The Motel Life,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Cinedigm. Co-starring screen and music legend Kris Kristofferson (A Star Is Born) and Dakota Fanning (The Runaways), the drama is based on the acclaimed debut novel by Willy Vlautin. ‘The Motel Life’ also features animation by award-winning animator Mike Smith. Special features in the home entertainment release include The Motel Life featurette, an illustration gallery and trailer. ‘The Motel Life’ is the directorial debut of brothers Alan and Gabe Polsky. This award-winning film is a searing and profound examination of brotherhood set in the timeless Sierra Nevadan frontier. Frank (Emile Hirsch, Into the Wild) and Jerry Lee (Stephen Dorff, Somewhere) are brothers who get by on telling fantastic stories and creating rich illustrations. When Jerry Lee is involved in a hit-and-run accident, the brothers are forced across the state to the home of Frank’s old flame, Annie (Dakota Fanning, The Twilight Saga). While they seem safe from the law, Jerry Lee’s instability and all-consuming guilt render their future increasingly uncertain. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Wheels on the Bus: A Day at the Farm

All aboard for some good, ole’ fashioned fun with ‘The Wheels on the Bus: A Day at the Farm.’ Based on the perennially classic song, this multi-award-winning series (Parents Choice, Dove, Dr. Toy, iParenting) blends live-action, animation and puppetry – including the voice of Roger Daltry (The Who) as Argon the Dragon — for an exciting, musical adventure, perfect for children ages 1-5. In ‘A Day at the Farm,’ join Papaya, the fun-loving monkey, and his toucan friend, Mango, as they learn about different farm animals plus the importance of good nutrition and how to choose healthy foods.  Episodes include “Fill it Up!”, “A Trip to the Market” and “Guide Dogs” (Plus a Visit to the Circus). Buy the DVD right here.

Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton

‘Big Joy’ chronicles, for the first time, the groundbreaking influence and artistic achievements of experimental poet/filmmaker James Broughton. One of the defining artistic voices of the sexual revolution, his groundbreaking celebrations of sexuality and the body influenced generations of the 1960′s and 70′s to profoundly embrace life. A charismatic figure, Broughton led a completely unconventional, countercultural existence. The directors of ‘Big Joy’ vividly follow the course of Broughton’s deeply intertwined creative and personal lives through his involvement with a wide array of artists, activists and spiritual guides. Among them figure movie critic Pauline Kael, choreographer and dancer Anna Halprin, filmmaker Sidney Peterson, theater actor and playwright Kermit Sheets, designer Suzanna Hart, poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Eastern philosopher Alan Watts and film student protégé/longtime lover Joel Singer. Featuring interviews and appearances by Broughton’s friends, lovers, collaborators, and those influenced by him, including: Pauline Kael (an early lover with whom he had a daughter), Jonas Mekas and Robert Haller, Jean Cocteau, Harry Hay, Stan Brakhage, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Anna Halprin, Armistead Maupin, George Kuchar, Jack Foley, Neeli Cherkovski, Alex Gildzen, Keith Hennessy, and his longtime partner Joel Singer. Buy the DVD right here.

Komodo: Secrets of the Dragon

Get up close and personal with one of the planet’s most fearsome predators in ‘Komodo: Secrets of the Dragon,’ narrated by Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who, The Thick of It). The most dangerous lizard in the world, with a powerful set of jaws used to rip prey apart, may actually have a secret weapon – extremely poisonous venom. This film follows scientist Bryan Fry’s quest to truly understand this dragon’s deadly bite, beyond its ripping teeth. A man on a mission, Bryan will do whatever it takes for answers, from delving into the mouth of a living dragon to testing its venom on his own blood. But it’s not just the venom that makes this predator so deadly – this film also takes a look at the bio-mechanics of the jaws of this predator through hi-tech CT analysis, which reveals some surprising facts about where the Komodo gets its bone-crushing power. Buy the DVD right here.

The Right Kind of Wrong

Leo Palamino is a failed-writer-turned-dishwasher made famous for his many flaws and shortcomings in a blog called “Why You Suck,” a huge Internet success written by his ex-wife in ‘The Right Kind of Wrong.’ Then Leo meets Colette, the girl of his dreams… on the day she is marrying the perfect man. And so, the ultimate underdog story begins as Leo, a fearless dreamer, risks all to show Colette and the whole wide world all that is right with a man famous for being wrong. Buy the DVD right here.

Fever in the Blood

As a headline-making murder trial unfolds, three forceful men seek to use it as a springboard to the governorship. A power-hungry prosecuting attorney, a U.S. senator who views the State House as an inside track to the nation’s presidency, and a judge whose oversight may be challenged by his career interests clash in ways subtle, overt, and willfully calculated. Will the victor reap the spoils? Released the year before Advise and Consents tale of governmental infighting, the film- noirish political drama A Fever in the Blood catches fire with its heady A-to-Z mix of established and rising stars. Among the talents are Don Ameche (The Story of Alexander Graham Bell), Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (77 Sunset Strip), Angie Dickinson (Ocean’s Eleven), jack Kelly (Maverick), Ray Danton (The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond) and Carroll O’Connor (ten years before his portrayal of All in the FamiIy’s Archie Bunker made him a household name). Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.

Beyond the Trophy

‘Beyond the Trophy’ tells the story of men’s obsession with power and how far they will go to claim the “prize”.  Two rival gangs in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, led by Gino (Robert Miano) and Cole (Michael Madsen), are vying for control.  Danny (Michael Masini), an LAPD undercover police detective, goes deep into gangland to infiltrate one gang to bring down both. Along the way, he becomes entangled with the beautiful and seductive Angela (Ali Costello), whose relationship with her husband Jake and mob leader Gino makes her the focal point of an intoxicating romantic equation-with deadly consequences. Her dream is to escape the wrath of evil abusive men, and find the love she never knew. Buy the DVD right here.

Valentine Road

Rated 89% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and met with rave reviews from top press, ‘Valentine Road‘ had a broadcast premiere on HBO in October of 2013 and an Oscar-qualifying theatrical campaign around broadcast. Following its world premiere in the US Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, ‘Valentine Road’ had a successful festival run, later winning the Jury Award for Best Documentary at the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Best Documentary at the Frameline Film Festival and an Outstanding Documentary nomination from the GLAAD Media Awards. The feature debut of producer/director Marta Cunningham and produced by documentary veterans Sasha Alpert (Autism: The Musical), Eddie Schmidt (Twist of Faith), this powerful documentary unravels a tragic 2008 middle school shooting in Oxnard, CA, providing an inspirational yet infuriating account of a heartbreaking, real-life story. Buy the DVD right here.

Onionhead

It’s World War II, and Andy Griffith (“Matlock”) is a college student who isn’t doing well with his classes or his girlfriend, so he joins the Coast Guard. He is assigned kitchen duty on the USS Periwinkle where crotchety Walter Matthau (“Grumpy Old Men,” “Dennis the Menace”) is the chief chef, and soon, a romantic rival for Felicia Farr (“Kiss Me, Stupid!”). Lots of fun abounds on board this military comedy in the spirit of “No Time for Sergeants.” Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.

The Violent Road

Palms sweating, backs tensed, six men coax three trucks along treacherous, unpaved mountain roads. Their cargo: unstable rocket fuel that may be a single jolt away from fiery catastrophe. Their incentive: a big payday – if the men can reach their remote desert destination and live to cash their checks. Violent Road tells the story of desperate men willing to risk their necks for the opportunity to start their lives anew. Brian Keith (Family Affair) plays the lead driver, a tough and cagey long-hauler. Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., who would soon find TV stardom on 77 Sunset Strip, portrays the fuel’s creator, tormented by guilt over a previous explosion that killed innocent people…including his own wife and children. And Howard W. Koch, perhaps best remembered as the executive producer of the Cold War classic The Manchurian Candidate, directs with an unerring sense of suspense. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.

Axel: The Biggest Little Hero

Adventurous young Boca decides he must do something after coming to the realization that his tribe is starving. Along with his friend Nipop, he heads out in search of a magical plant from the Bonta Forest that will feed everyone and make him a hero, but the adventure is not as easy as he thought it would be. Boca and Nipop are threatened by Liza King who wants to take over the forest, but escapes with the help of a giant ostrich robot. They also become friends with a beautiful and brave princess and continue on their adventure. Will Boca be able  to find the magical plant and save his tribe? Will his dream of becoming a hero ever be realized?

Now Available on Digital:

Bad Grandpa .5

Johnny Knoxville is back as everyone’s favorite octogenarian in the outrageous follow-up to the Academy Award-nominated blockbuster Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.  An all-new and unrated movie crammed full of never-before-seen pranks, ‘Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5′  is now available exclusively on Digital from Paramount Home Media Distribution. ‘Bad Grandpa .5′ gives you a whole new perspective on the world of Irving Zisman with unbelievable bonus scenes and hilarious pranks also featuring Academy Award-winner Spike Jonze (as “Gloria”) and Oscar-nominee Catherine Keener (as Irving’s wife “Ellie”)…plus a look at the evolution of Johnny Knoxville’s naughty alter-ego, the Academy Award-nominated makeup effects, and an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek at the idiocy it takes to make a hidden camera movie in public. ‘Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa .5′ is now available to download or stream at digital stores including Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, Google Play, iTunes, Sony Entertainment Network, Target Ticket, VUDU and Xbox Video.