New Releases On DVD/Blu-Ray

by | July 18, 2014 at 12:31 PM | General

'Orphan Black' (BBC America Home Entertainment)

Orphan Black

BBC America’s hit original dramatic conspiracy thriller ‘Orphan Black: Season Two‘ is back and cloning itself onto Blu-ray and DVD. In addition to all 10 episodes from the new season, BBC Home Entertainment is giving the audience even more to explore with extra features and exclusive content including an extended version This behind the scenes vignette shows how the 4-clone scene from the the season two finale was conceived and created, providing an exclusive look at never-seen-before on-set footage with running commentary from co-creator and writer Graeme Manson and co-creator and director John Fawcett sharing their vision of the scene.The new season hits the ground running with Sarah (Golden Globe nominee Tatiana Maslany, Parks and Recreation), in a desperate race to find her missing daughter Kira (Skyler Wexler, Carrie) – a wild pursuit that brings her head-to-head with ruthless pro-clone, Rachel (Maslany). This season also rejoins Sarah’s clone sisters Alison (Maslany) and Cosima (Maslany) as they struggle to keep their clone world a secret and pick up the pieces of their broken lives – all while dealing with the harsh reality that no one around them can be trusted. Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

Rio 2

Get ready to shake your tail feathers! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment takes you deep into the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest for the most fun you’ll have all summer, as ‘Rio 2′ is now available on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD. Just in time for summer vacation, this movie will samba its way into your home with exciting bonus features and extras everyone will enjoy. Projected to eclipse more than $490 million worldwide at the box office, the animated hit is the must-own family title of the season. The cast of the animated hit comedy Rio returns — along with a new flock of all-star voice talent, including Bruno Mars, Kristin Chenoweth, Andy Garcia and more — in this high-flying sequel for the whole family. The party continues when Blu (Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg), Jewel (Oscar winner Anne Hathaway) and their three kids take a walk on the wild side and embark on a colorful, comical, music-filled journey through the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit into his new surroundings, he goes beak-to-beak with the villainous Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all: his father-in-law. The ‘Rio 2′ Blu-ray and DVD brings everything you loved from the first Rio, but with even more laughs, excitement and music! Not only will kids get nearly an hour and a half of bonus features on the ‘Rio 2′ Blu-ray, but they’ll also get their groove on with two downloadable bonus songs from the ‘Rio 2′ soundtrack: “I Will Survive” and “Poisonous Love,” both performed by Gabi (Kristin Chenoweth) and Nigel (Jemaine Clement). For even more fun, every Blu-ray comes with 15 exclusive levels for Angry Birds Rio and Music Machine Sing-Along and Dance-Along songs for a whole family party! There’s also Janelle Monáe’s “What is Love” lyric video, a deleted scene, character auditions and much more. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Hell on Wheels

Credited for helping to modernize the Western genre, Hell on Wheels follows former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount), whose quest for vengeance has led him to the Union Pacific’s westward construction of the first transcontinental railroad. Reigning as one of AMC’s highest rated shows, this award-winning series is episodic TV at its finest. Before Season 4 premieres on August 2nd, home viewers can catch up on all the frontier action and drama with ‘Hell on Wheels: The Complete Third Season,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Entertainment One. ‘Hell on Wheels‘ tells the epic story of post-Civil War America, focusing on a soldier who sets out to exact revenge on the Union soldiers who killed his wife. Cullen’s journey takes him west to Hell on Wheels, a dangerous, raucous, lawless melting pot town that travels with and services the construction of the railroad. In Season 3, following the Indian attack that destroyed the railroad settlement, Cullen spends a long winter reshaping his lust for revenge into a burning ambition: to take control of the Union Pacific and drive it across the country. The lavishly-produced series documents the railroad’s engineering and construction, as well as institutionalized corruption, the immigrant experience and the plight of emancipated African-Americans during Reconstruction. Chronicling this turning point in our nation’s history, the fan-favorite series shows how uncivilized the business of civilization can be. Buy the Season 3 Blu-ray right here.

Case Histories

A tough guy with a soft heart, Golden Globe nominee Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter movies, The Patriot, Awake) returns as Jackson Brodie in ‘Case Histories’ Series 2, now available on DVD from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. Filmed on location in Scotland and based on works by bestselling author Kate Atkinson, this character-driven drama features an International Emmy-nominated performance by Isaacs as a former Edinburgh cop trying to make a living as a private detective. The DVD 2-disc set includes three feature-length mysteries as well as a behind-the-scenes featurette and cast/crew interviews. Series 2 aired in the U.K. on BBC1 in June 2013 but makes its U.S. debut with this DVD release. The series was created for television by Ashley Pharoah (Life on Mars). While Jackson Brodie has a hard time paying his bills, he has no shortage of clients seeking his services. Some are parents looking for children and some are children looking for parents; some are worried about the future and some are seeking information about the past—an area that continues to haunt Brodie, too. Unable to overlook a wrong or neglect a person in need, Brodie feels compelled to find answers for his clients. But he doesn’t find much peace from the women in his own life, including his ex-wife, ex-girlfriend (Natasha Little, Kidnap and Ransom), 12-year-old daughter, long-suffering bookkeeper (Zawe Ashton, Fresh Meat), and a former colleague (Amanda Abbington, Sherlock) who seems to be the only person on the force still talking to him. Buy the Series 2 DVD right here.

Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove

Relive every touching moment of the unforgettable drama, with the release of ‘Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove‘ Season One, now available on DVD from Cinedigm. Starring Andie MacDowell (Four Weddings and a Funeral), Hallmark Channel’s first-ever original scripted series is based on the bestselling book series by #1 New York Times bestselling author, Debbie Macomber, a leading voice in women’s fiction with more than 160 million copies of her books in print. “Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove” was number one in its time slot during its entire first season run, elevating Hallmark Channel to the number one cable network on Saturdays from 8-9 pm. Co-starring Dylan Neal (50 Shades of Grey) and filled with breathtaking scenery, the touching drama follows municipal judge Olivia Lockhart (MacDowell) who resides in the small town of Cedar Cove. Recovering from both a divorce and the death of her son, Lockhart works to find a balance between the challenges of her family and her career, while a potential new romance arises. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Black Dynamite

Bust out your best polyester pants suit because ‘Black Dynamite‘ and his crew have exploded onto the scene in all-new Blu-ray and DVD release, Black Dynamite Season One. The inaugural home entertainment release from the top-rated Adult Swim series is now available. Featuring all ten 30-minute episodes from the series’ first season, the Blu-ray and DVD release also contains a host of bonus content including the original pilot, a behind-the-scenes featurette and video commentaries with series creator Carl Jones (The Boondocks) and cast members. The series’ titular character Black Dynamite (Michael Jai White) is a 1970s renaissance man with a kung-fu grip. He is a lover and a fighter who is not afraid to leap before he looks. His sidekick extraordinaire is Bullhorn, the brains and cunning that complements Black Dynamite’s hard-hittin’, bone-crushin’ style. Providing comic relief on the mean streets is Cream Corn (Tommy Davidson) and classing up the place is the gorgeous Honey Bee (Kym Whitley). Based on 2009’s critically-acclaimed feature film, the Black Dynamite animated series further chronicles the exploits of the central character and his crew. Under the direction of Carl Jones, the series features the voice talent of Michael Jai White (For Better or Worse, The Dark Knight, Why Did I Get Married?), Tommy Davidson (In Living Color, Bamboozled), Kym Whitley (The Cleveland Show, Brian McKnight Show), and Byron Minns (Mongo Wrestling Alliance), all of whom starred in the feature film. The animated series is produced by Ars Nova, with Jon Steingart, Carl Jones, and Jillian Apfelbaum as executive producers. Brian Ash is co-executive producer. Scott Sanders, Michael Jai White and Byron Minns are producers. Monica Jones is associate producer. Lesean Thomas is creative producer/supervising director. Original music is provided by Adrian Younge. Black Dynamite is being animated by Titmouse, Inc. Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray right here.

How the West Was Won

The epic western adventure continues as Warner Home Entertainment Group has released ‘How the West Was Won: The Complete Second Season,’ now available on DVD. Originally broadcast  in 1978 and based on the 1962 film of the same name, the second season of this classic television series features an all-star cast including James Arness (Gunsmoke), Eva Marie Saint (On the Waterfront, North by Northwest) and Bruce Boxleitner (Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Tron) as well as notable guest stars Ricardo Montalban, William Shatner, Tim Matheson, and Lloyd Bridges. This six-disc set includes all 14 parts of the 1978 season and more than twice the content of Season One on DVD. How the West Was Won: The Complete Second Season follows the members of the Macahan family as they continue their daily struggles to survive and thrive in the wild American frontier.  From being chased by the law to run-ins with the Army and conflicts with foreign visitors, their stories are played out against a realistic recreation of the American West in that lusty, hard-hitting period when laws were frequently broken and progress was charted by individual suffering and survival. Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

The Face of Love

Five years after the death of her beloved husband Garrett (Ed Harris), Nikki (Annette Bening) meets Tom, a man who seems to be Garrett’s exact duplicate. Not only does Tom possess the same physical characteristics, but he also shares Garrett’s kindness, humor, and passion for art. And yet he is a stranger. As romance blossoms between Nikki and Tom, she finds she can’t bring herself to tell him the truth about what drew her to him. But as their relationship progresses, it becomes not a question of if the truth will come out, but when. Director Arie Posin’s (The Chumscrubber) ‘The Face of Love‘ is an emotionally thorny drama about how we cope with loss, live in the moment and ultimately move forward. Buy the DVD right here.

Clue: A Movie Mystery Adventure

Six very different teenagers – Dimitri, Liz, Lucas, Agnes, Seamus and Whitney – are all enjoying their everyday lives when they witness a dramatic incident. Unfairly accused of creating a hoax, they team up to find out the truth, discovering and deciphering a succession of clues. Starring Sterling Beaumon (Lost), Sarah Desjardins (Endangered), Kendall Amyre Ferguson, Ana Golja (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Stephan James (Degrassi: The Next Generation) and Zach Mills (Super 8), Clue will have you on the edge of your seat until the final exciting reveal. Buy the DVD right here.

Open Grave

Featuring genre favorites Sharlto Copley (District 9, Elysium) and Joseph Morgan (“The Originals,” “The Vampire Diaries”), the zombie apocalypse film that takes psycho thrillers in a new direction, ‘Open Grave‘ is now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) and Tribeca Film. Directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego (Apollo 18), the dark and twisted thrill ride also stars Thomas Kretschmann (Wanted, Resident Evil: Apocalypse), Josie Ho (Contagion), Erin Richards (The Quiet Ones) and Max Wrottesley (“24: Live Another Day”). A complicated story that pits characters against each other, Open Grave examines how important memory is to a person’s identity by forcing six strangers—stripped of all recollection—to confront their inner demons. While these strangers seek to identify their past, evil demons lurk beneath them, forcing them to fight for survival, even if it means betraying their allies. A man wakes up in a pit of dead bodies with no memory of who he is or how he got there. Fleeing the scene, he breaks into a nearby house and is met at gunpoint by a group of terrified strangers, all suffering from memory loss. Suspicion gives away to violence as the group starts to piece together clues about their identities, but when they uncover a threat that’s more vicious and hungry than each other, they are forced to figure out what brought them all together—before it’s too late. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Deadly Eyes

Have you ever wondered what would be lurking beneath your seat? Meet one of mankind’s deadliest enemies— super-sized RATS!  Each year they plunder one fifth of our food, spread deadliest diseases and destroy billions of dollars’ worth of properties.  They are very hungry and ready to pounce on their next prey.  Adapted from celebrated British author James Herbert’s best-selling novel ‘The Rats’, the animal attack terror comes to life in the 1982 film adaptation ‘Deadly Eyes,’ starring Sam Groom (The Baby Maker, Law & Order) and Sara Botsford (Tremors 4: The Legend Begins, The Fog) from action filmmaker Robert Clouse (Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon). A throwback to the giant-monster movies of the 1950s, ‘Deadly Eyes’ is packed with high-tension suspense and gruesome terror.  This nail-biting thriller co-stars Scatman Crothers (The Shining), Lisa Langlois (The Nest) and Lesleh Donaldson (Happy Birthday To Me, Curtains).  Scream Factory has released ‘Deadly Eyes’ on Blu-ray+ DVD combo pack, featuring new interviews with actors Lisa Langlois, Lesleh Donaldson and Joseph Kelly, special effects artists Alan Apone and Alec Gillis, writer Charles Eglee and more. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

A Day Late and a Dollar Short

Based on Terry McMillan’s (Waiting to Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back) best-selling novel, ‘A Day Late And A Dollar Short‘ is now available on DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Academy Award, Golden Globe, Daytime Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award winner Whoopi Goldberg headlines alongside an all-star cast including Mekhi Phifer (TV’s “ER”), Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction), Kimberly Elise (John Q.) and Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls).  A Day Late And A Dollar Short follows a woman doing all she can to make amends and bring her family back together before time slips away. When irascible matriarch Viola Price (Goldberg) learns that her next asthma attack is likely to kill her, she sets out to fix her fractured family before she sets a foot anywhere near the grave. It’s the kind of meddling that the Price family hasn’t experienced from Viola in decades, and she won’t have an easy time bending her loved ones to her will. Buy the DVD right here.

Labyrinth

Based on the best-selling series of novels by Kate Mosse, ‘Labyrinth’ is now available on DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The CW mini-series stars John Hurt (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), Sebastian Stan (TV’s “Gossip Girl”), Jessica Brown Findlay (TV’s “Downton Abbey”), Vanessa Kirby (About Time), Claudia Gerini (The Legend of Kaspar Hauser) and Katie McGrath (TV’s “Dracula) along with Tony Curran (TV’s “Defiance”) and Tom Felton (The Harry Potter series). This time traveling adaptation follows the lives of two women, separated by centuries but united by a common quest. In Carcassonne, France, in the year 1209, 17-year-old Alais (Brown Findlay) is given a mysterious book by her father (Keogh). Alais realizes that her destiny lies in keeping the secret of the labyrinth safe.  Eight centuries later Alice Tanner (Kirby) realizes she’s disturbed something that was meant to remain hidden.  Somehow, a link to a horrific past – Alice’s own past – has been revealed. Buy the DVD right here.

Childrens Hospital

The courageous men and women of Childrens Hospital – brilliant, egotistical, nymphomaniacal doctors all – do whatever it takes to save sick kids’ lives whether they deserve it or not. Led by resident clown doctor Blake Downs (Rob Corddry), the CH team will disrobe, do Ecstasy, donate organs (except for the important one), or set up digs in a hospital bathroom. Show creator Corddry (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) stars with series regulars Malin Akerman (27 Dresses), Lake Bell (Boston Legal), Erinn Hayes (Parenthood), Rob Huebel (The Descendants), Ken Marino (Party Down), Megan Mullally (Will & Grace), Henry Winkler (Happy Days) and a slew of celebrity drop-ins. Get your hands on all 14 Season Three episodes of this outlandishly incorrect, medically dope and seriously short series that’ll literally get you high. Not really. Buy the Season 3 DVD at WBshop.com.

David Suchet: In the Footsteps of St. Paul

The new revelatory BBC documentary ‘David Suchet: In the Footsteps of St. Paul’ is now available on DVD from Athena, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. This two-part 2012 documentary, airing on public television, follows iconic actor David Suchet (Agatha Christie’s Poirot) on a journey of discovery around the Mediterranean. Suchet traces the life of Paul as it is written in the New Testament, learning about the man who helped transform Christianity into the global force it is today. Suchet recently completed the unsurpassed feat of portraying Agatha Christie’s legendary detective in all 70 stories featuring Poirot. The final three Agatha Christie’s Poirot episodes will be available only on Acorn TV, the premiere British TV streaming service in North America, in August 2014. In David Suchet: In The Footsteps of St. Paul, Suchet sets off in search of one the great figures of the Bible—St. Paul the apostle. Controversial in his own time, Paul remains so today, a remarkable man of contrasts and confusions, a persecutor of Christians who experienced a miraculous conversion and an all-consuming drive to spread the faith. More than any other single person, Paul transformed Christianity from a small Jewish sect into the most powerful religion on earth. Long fascinated by the apostle, Suchet takes a very personal quest, retracing the steps of a man believed to have traveled some 10,000 miles by foot across the lands of the Roman Empire and many more by sea. Along the way, Suchet talks to archaeologists, scholars, clerics, and locals, each of whom sheds light on an individual who did so much to shape the history of Western civilization. Buy the DVD right here.

Hercules

The legend comes to life with the release of ‘Hercules: Hero, God, Warrior,’ now available on DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Releasing just in time for the eagerly-anticipated ‘Hercules’ theatrical film starring Dwayne Johnson, this DVD contains three action-packed History specials that explore the fascinating story of the infamous hero, while experts weigh in on where and how these tales may have originated. Have all of your herculean questions answered by ‘Hercules: Hero, God, Warrior’ now available on DVD. This classic collection from History explores Greek mythology’s most popular hero, the Superman of the ancient world: Hercules. Journey with Hercules as he embarks on his celebrated 12 labors to atone for committing a heinous crime. Follow his quest for redemption as he battles injustice, slays fearsome creatures, commits thefts and murders – and boldly defies the gods themselves. Ultimately triumphant, Hercules earns a place among the immortals atop Mount Olympus – and in history. But could a real person have inspired his story? What was it that the dazzling yet dysfunctional pantheon of gods represented to the people of classical Greece? Was their power political or divine? Find out, as History examines archaeological evidence from Eleusis to Athens. Includes “Hercules: Power of the Gods,” “Clash of the Gods: Hercules” and “In Search of History: The Greek Gods.” Buy the Hero, God, Warrior DVD right here.

Secret Heart

Widow Lee Addams is concerned about her stepdaughter Penny, a promising classical pianist. She knows Penny hides a secret heart, twisted by her fixation with her dead father. Hoping it will help, Lee arranges for a family holiday at the Addams’ farm. There Penny finds a new obsession: her stepmother’s devoted beau. Claudette Colbert and June Allyson square off in an emotionally and musically lush psychological drama propelled by eerie atmosphere and the added starpower of Walter Pidgeon and Lionel Barrymore. Nervous about performing her first dramatic role, Allyson turned to Colbert for guidance. The friendship that blossomed between them was so close that Colbert became the godmother of Allyson’s first child. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.

Under the Skin

Scarlett Johansson stars as an alien seductress in the new thriller ‘Under the Skin,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film, which was released theatrically by A24, comes from visionary director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth). It is a movie of existential science fiction that journeys to the heart of what it means to be human, extraterrestrial, or maybe something in between. Filled with Mica Levi’s mesmerizing score and stunning visual sequences, the film was nominated for the Golden Lion award at the 2013 Venice Film Festival and four awards at the 2013 British Independent Film Awards, including Best Actress (Scarlett Johansson) and Best Director (Jonathan Glazer). A voluptuous woman of unknown origin (Johansson) combs the highways in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring a succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair. They are seduced, stripped of their humanity, and never heard from again. Based on the novel by Michel Faber, Under the Skin examines human experience from the perspective of an unforgettable heroine who grows too comfortable in her borrowed skin, until she is abducted into humanity with devastating results. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Last Days

Marc has been trapped inside his Barcelona office for three months. Outside, the world has plunged into chaos following the outbreak of a fatal type agoraphobia known as The Panic, which kills anyone who ventures outdoors.  Desperate to tunnel out in order to try to find his girlfriend, Marc makes a tense alliance with Enrique, a coworker who has a rare, functioning GPS. Equipped with only minimal supplies and a desperate need to escape, the two embark on a journey through the lawless, hostile subway tunnels and sewers in search of their loved ones. ‘The Last Days’ is a uniquely claustrophobic look at the end of the world.  Buy the DVD right here.

Barbaree

Adrift in the Pacific after their plane is shot down, WWII airmen Alec Brooke (Van Johnson) and Joe Moore (Cameron Mitchell) battle thirst and increasing desperation. To keep their spirits up, Alec weaves a story for Joe, his own story of daring boyhood adventures, of the pretty girl (June Allyson) he left behind and of his ne‘er-do-well uncle’s tall tales of the uncharted island of High Barbaree. Then the downed men realize they’re drifting toward the supposed location of that fabled isle. Frequent screen costars Johnson and Allyson headline High Barbaree. A romantic drama aimed straight at the hearts of moviegoers whose lives were forever changed by the war. Based on a novel by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall, the authors of Mutiny on the Bounty, the film also boasts a fine supporting cast: Marilyn Maxwell, Henry Hull, Claude Jarman Jr. and famed character star Thomas Mitchell. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.

100 Years of WWI

Commemorating the centennial of the first World War ’100 Years of WWI’ is now available on DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Including a brand new mini-series, “The History of WWI: The First Modern War,” prior to its television broadcast, and three History specials, the program offers an in-depth look at how the face of military strategy changed through weapon development and advanced intelligence. Using experts, eyewitness testimony and riveting archival re-creations, the ’100 Years of WWI’ DVD is packed with over five hours of absorbing content. History’s ’100 Years of WWI’ takes a comprehensive look at the battle that left 15 million dead, 20 million injured, and changed the perception of war forever. Harnessing the industrial know-how of combustion engines, airplanes and even the camera, WWI introduced game-changing weapons of mass destruction: armored tanks, chemical weapons, submarines and the aerial bombardments of cities. See how these weapons were developed and witness the devastation they left behind. Meet the first dogfighters who, in acrobatic encounters, developed many of the tactics and strategies still used today, including a German ace known as “The Red Baron.” Understand how people born into a simpler age learned to deal with the destructive engine of total war. The collection includes the four part mini-series “The History of WWI: The First Modern War,” as well as three specials “Modern Marvels: World War I Tech,” “Dogfights: The First Dogfighters” and “Man Moment Machine: The Red Baron & The Wings of Death.” Buy the DVD right here.

SX_Tape

From director Bernard Rose (Candyman) and the producers of Paranormal Activity comes ‘SX_Tape,’ a found-footage nightmare of lust, possession, and destruction now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Well Go USA Entertainment. What begins as harmless sex games between a free-spirited artist (Caitlyn Folley) and her videographer boyfriend (Ian Duncan) turns much darker as the pair breaks into a boarded-up former hospital, looking for a space for a new gallery show. As they investigate the building’s ominous rooms and passageways, a seductive prank, meaning to arouse and terrify, goes terribly wrong – and what is discovered will destroy them both. Bonus materials include the behind-the-scenes featurette “The Making of SX_Tape.” Jill’s an artist. Ian’s a filmmaker. And their love life is off the chain. There’s no experience too wild, no dare too dangerous – not even when Jill lets Ian strap her to a gurney in the abandoned hospital they’re scoping out for their next art show. But he shouldn’t have left her alone. Not even as a joke. Now, Jill’s hookup with horror has awakened something in that place. Something with a lust for more than flesh. Buy the DVD right here.