New Releases On DVD/Blu-Ray

by | August 1, 2014 at 12:01 PM | General

'Twin Peaks' (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount Home Media Distribution)

Twin Peaks

Twenty-five years after the shocking murder of Laura Palmer in the acclaimed series from legendary filmmaker David Lynch and writer/producer Mark Frost, CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution has released ‘Twin Peaks – The Entire Mystery’. Now available for the first time on stunning High Definition Blu-ray with English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, this comprehensive collection contains every episode from the complete television series; both the U.S. and international versions of the series’ Pilot; the North American Blu-ray debut of Lynch’s follow-up feature Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me; and nearly 90 minutes of deleted and alternate scenes from the film. The set also features newly transferred Log Lady introductions for each episode; picture upgrades to many shots in the TV series; a new featurette with Lynch and the actors who portrayed the Palmer family which includes a mesmerizing return to the lives of their characters today; and hours of never-before-released material that dives into the fascinating story behind the celebrated pop culture classic. Along with a newly transferred version of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, created from a 4K scan of the original negative, ‘Twin Peaks – The Entire Mystery’ Blu-ray box set boasts the long-awaited missing pieces from the original version of the film – nearly an hour-and-a-half of deleted/alternate scenes from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me – often referred to as the “holy grail” of Twin Peaks fandom. This feature-length experience has been directed and edited by Lynch exclusively for this release. Capping off more than 30 deleted/alternate scenes is an epilogue providing a fascinating glimpse beyond the cliffhanger finale of the TV series. Buy The Entire Mystery Blu-ray right here.

Herzog: The Collection

He has taken his camera to parts of the world no other director would dare go, and told stories in ways no one had ever considered. These sixteen masterpieces, which blur the line between “fiction” and “documentary,” illustrate why Werner Herzog is the most daring, visionary and dangerous filmmaker of our lifetime — the director that both Milos Forman and Francois Truffaut have called “the greatest filmmaker alive today.” This deluxe set includes, for the first time on Blu-Ray: Even Dwarfs Started Small, Land of Silence and Darkness, Fata Morgana, Aguirre, The Wrath of God, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Heart of Glass, Stroszek, Woyzeck, Nosferatu the Vampyre, Fitzcarraldo, Ballad of Little Soldier, Where the Green Ants Dream, Cobra Verde, Lessons of Darkness, Little Dieter Needs to Fly and My Best Fiend. Buy the limited edition Blu-ray right here.

Mystery Science Theater 3000

In the language of bowling, XXX is known as a turkey. This latest collection of episodes from the cult comedy series ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000′ bowls a solid 120, then, since it includes four turkeys, cinematically speaking. But with comic kingpins Joel and Mike and their robot teammates Tom Servo and Crow hurling their own hilarious riffs, not a single instance of bad acting, bad writing or bad filmmaking is spared. This promises to be a match for the ages, and needless to say, you will have a ball. Whether it’s ten frames or 24 per second, the snarky anarchy of MST3K will be right up your alley. Buy the Volume 30 DVD right here.

Noah

The thrilling story of courage, sacrifice and hope, ‘Noah’ is now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and VOD from Paramount Home Media Distribution.  Visionary director Darren Aronofsky’s (Black Swan) is a true visual masterpiece. Russell Crowe stars as the title character who takes on the monumental task of building the legendary ark, saving the chosen few and surviving the great deluge. The film also stars Academy Award winners Jennifer Connellyand Anthony Hopkinsand features Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Ray Winstone, and Douglas Booth. ‘Noah’ is available in a Blu-ray Combo Pack with Digital HD that includes over an hour of in-depth, behind-the-scenes special features that delve into bringing this epic story to the screen, filming on location in the exotic landscapes of Iceland, and the colossal undertaking of creating the massive, life-sized ark. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Midsomer Murders

Making its North American DVD and Blu-ray debut, ‘Midsomer Murders’ Set 24 is now available on DVD from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. DCI John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon, Life of Riley) contends with the county’s murderous denizens with his partner (Jason Hughes, This Life) in these three new, contemporary stand-alone mysteries. Set in England’s picture-perfect but perilous Midsomer County, Set 24’s episodes made their exclusive North American premiere on Acorn.TV in May 2014.The cozy villages of Midsomer County reveal their most sinister secrets in these contemporary British television mysteries. Inspired by the novels of Caroline Graham, modern master of the English village mystery, Set 24 guest stars include Martine McCutcheon (Love Actually), Georgia Mackenzie (Waterloo Road), Cheryl Campbell (Call the Midwife), Maggie Steed (Pie in the Sky), Kate Ashfield (Line of Duty, Shaun of the Dead), and Julie Graham (The Bletchley Circle, William & Mary). Buy the Set 24 DVD right here.

Grace Kelly Collection

In just five short years, Grace Kelly rose from being a minor player to one of the biggest Hollywood stars whose elegance, charm and yes, grace radiated off the screen in several classic movies before giving it all up to become the Princess of Monaco. Includes 6 of Grace Kelly’s most popular films brought together for the first time on DVD · Mogambo (1953) · Dial M for Murder (1954) · The Country Girl (1954) · The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954) · To Catch A Thief (1955) · High Society (1956). Buy the DVD right here.

Secret State

Starring Golden Globe winner Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects, In Treatment) and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), ‘Secret State’ is now available on DVD from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. Byrne delivers a spellbinding performance as a British deputy prime minister thrust into a world of political machinations and conspiracy he never knew existed in this thriller inspired by the novel by Chris Mullin. The superb ensemble cast includes Gina McKee (The Forsyte Saga), Rupert Graves (Sherlock), and Tony-winner Stephen Dillane (The Hours). The DVD 2-disc set includes four episodes plus bonus segments.The taut thriller premiered on DirectTV in November 2013. After a devastating industrial explosion kills 19 people, British Deputy Prime Minister Tom Dawkins (Gabriel Byrne) is tasked with investigating the accident and seeking justice for the victims’ families. Matters are complicated by a shocking plane crash involving the Prime Minister, which leaves Chief Whip John Hodder (Charles Dance) supporting Tom for the appointment of replacement PM. While Hodder’s machinations pit Tom and two other candidates against each other, his mission for retribution becomes ever more complicated as he gets stonewalled by a petrochemical company. Based on the novel A Very British Coup by Chris Mullin, this four-part series follows Dawkins along a quest for the truth that is tainted by financial, diplomatic, and personal issues that include a banking scandal, impending war, and his most personal secrets being exploited by journalist Ellis Kane (Gina McKee). Buy the DVD right here.

Medical Center

Chad Everett and James Daly, as Chief of Surgery Joe Gannon and Chief of Staff Paul Lochner, continue their hit run as the groundbreaking medical drama entered its well-seasoned fifth year. As the country started to come of cynical age due to Watergate, urban blight and rampant inflation, Drs. Gannon and Lochner waged their healers’ war against the likes of hysterical paralysis, sudden infant death, gambling addiction, kidney transplants and seismic- sensitive seizures. Parallel to these perils of the body, the show bravely confronts infidelity, intolerance, mid-life crisis, repressed homosexuality and returning Vietnam POWs. Aiding Everett and Daly in bringing these dilemmas to life are special guest stars such as Julie Harris, Stockard Channing, Jill Clayburgh, Celeste Holm, Meg Foster and Stefanie Powers, with the great Audrey Totter lending assistance regularly as Nurse Wilcox. Buy the Season 5 DVD at WBshop.com.

Dragonwolf

Filmmaker Raimund Huber (Kill Em’ All) brings his “manga-style” shot action adventure ‘Dragonwolf’ to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from Well Go USA Entertainment. Featuring dynamic marital arts choreography, the film follows two assassins from the same company who become bitter rivals when a woman comes between them. The cast includes Patrick Kazu Tang (Chinese Zodiac, Brawl), newcomer Johan Kirsten, Macha Polivka (Urban Cannibal), David Winters (Teddy Bear, The Last Horror Film), newcomer Guk Srisawat and Stephen Thomas (Pause). The Devil’s Cauldron – a city of depravity and violence, where only the lethal survive.  Two hit men rule these streets, feared by all but loyal to one another. When a beautiful woman seduces them both, they turn on each other, igniting an epic battle that may bring the city to the brink of destruction. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Den

After receiving a grant for her graduate thesis, Elizabeth Benton logs onto a video-chat site known as The Den on a mission to explore the habits of its users. During one of her random video-chats, Elizabeth watches in horror as a teenage girl is gruesomely murdered in front of her webcam. While the police dismiss it as a viral prank, Elizabeth believes what she saw is real and takes it upon herself to find the truth. Soon she finds herself trapped in a twisted game in which she and her loved ones are now targeted for the same grisly fate as the first victim. With nail-biting suspense, ‘The Den‘ plunges the viewer into the darkest depths of humanity and technology. Buy the DVD right here.

Gilligan’s Planet

“It’s a brand new story about The Castaways! Leaving their tiny island after years and months and days, they built a little spaceship, crude but it could fly. They left their home and lost their way, between the stars and sky, they went from an island to star, lost on Gilligan’s Planet.” It’s true – The Castaways are now lost in space! They’re all here, in this strange, new world, Gilligan (voice of Bob Denver), the Skipper (voice of Alan Hale, Jr.), the Millionaire (voice of Jim Backus), his Wife (voice of Natalie Schafer), the Movie Star (voice of Dawn Wells), the Professor (Russell Johnson) and Mary Ann (voice of Dawn Wells). Now joined by Gilligan’s alien sidekick Bumper, they begin a whole new life on a whole new world, while still trying to repair the now space-worthy SS Minnow and return home from their infinite three hour tour. It’s something old, something new in this Saturday morning cartoon sit-com sci-fi romp! Buy the complete series DVD at WBshop.com.

The Other Woman

It’s time to get even! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment takes girl power to a whole new level with ‘The Other Woman,’ now available on Blu-ray & DVD. With Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann as the leading ladies and newcomers Kate Upton and Nicki Minaj bringing the jokes left and right, ladies all over better be ready for the perfect movie to end their summer in style. Cameron Diaz leads a knockout cast in this irreverent comedy about love, lust and the laws of karma. New York attorney Carly Whitten (Diaz) is nobody’s fool. So when she accidentally discovers that her too-good-to-be-true boyfriend Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is married, she’s less than thrilled. Not only that, she and Mark’s wife Kate (Leslie Mann), learn about yet another mistress (Kate Upton)! Before long, however, the betrayed beauties have become unlikely pals who’ve decided to teach their three-timing man a lesson. The more the trio learns about Mark, the worse he seems, and the more fun they have without him. With eight deleted scenes, ‘The Other Woman’ Blu-ray kicks up the comedy even more! Extras on the Blu-ray and DVD, including a gag reel and “Giggle Fit,” will have you and your girlfriends cracking up for the rest of the summer. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Finding Vivian Maier

Who is Vivian Maier? Now considered one of the 20th century’s greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Since buying her work by chance at auction, amateur historian John Maloof has crusaded to put this prolific photographer in the history books. Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her. Buy the DVD right here.

Lullaby

ARC Entertainment brings you the heart-felt drama ‘Lullaby.’ Written and directed by acclaimed fine artist Andrew Levitas (Hellbent, Beauty Shop), the film stars Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy, Inside Llewyn Davis, Pan), Academy Award Nominee Richard Jenkins (The Visitor, Eat, Pray, Love), Academy Award Nominee Amy Adams (American Hustle, Her, The Fighter), Jessica Brown Findlay (Winter’s Tale and PBS’s “Downton Abbey”), Academy Award Nominee Anne Archer (Clear and Present Danger, Fatal Attraction), Academy Award Nominee Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow, Iron Man), Academy Award Winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) and Jessica Barden (Hanna). Estranged from his family, Jonathan (Hedlund) discovers his father has decided to take himself off life support in forty-eight hours’ time. During this intensely condensed period, a lifetime of drama plays out. Robert (Jenkins) fights a zero sum game to reclaim all that his illness stole from his family. A debate rages on patients’ rights and what it truly means to be free. Jonathan reconciles with his father, reconnects with his mother (Archer), sister (Brown-Findlay), and his love (Adams) and reclaims his voice through two unlikely catalysts – a young, wise-beyond-her-years patient (Barden) and a no-nonsense nurse (Hudson). Through this intensely life affirming prism, an unexpected and powerful journey of love, laughter, and forgiveness unfolds. Buy the DVD right here.

Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music

‘Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music’ – the four-hour Director’s Cut of the 1970 Oscar-winning documentary about the landmark music event that featured some of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll performers in history –  is now available in a new Blu-ray 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Revisited. This latest release contains the complete 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition (UCE) plus brand new concert footage from Jefferson Airplane, Joan Baez, Santana, The Who and more. There are new premiums – a reproduction of Woodstock Festival tickets and an article from Life Magazine – in addition to a re-issue of the Woodstock logo iron-on patch. Buy the 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Revisited Blu-ray right here.

Babar and the Adventures of Badou

After 80 celebrated years, Jean de Brunhoff’s iconic tales of Babar gets a CGI update with ‘Babar and the Adventures of Badou.’ Set amongst the lush jungle surroundings of Celesteville, this Dove-approved series, which currently airs on Disney Junior, centers around Babar’s 8-year-old grandson, Badou, as he grows up, makes new friends and immerses himself in exciting adventures. ‘Babar and the Adventures of Badou: Gone Wild,’ the franchise’s debut DVD from Entertainment One, features nearly 90 minutes of fun-filled escapades across 8 episodes starring Badou, a “one elephant stampede” bursting with a sense of adventure.  Along with new jungle friends, including Chiku the monkey, Monroe the porcupine,  Zawadi the zebra and Jake the fox, Badou solves mysteries and plunges into one fun-filled adventure after another in every corner of the palace, the jungle and beyond.  Of course, King Babar is never far away when his grandson needs his help and guidance. Buy the Gone Wild DVD right here.

The Big Land

When Chad Morgan (Alan Ladd) rides home to Texas after the Civil War, he finds another enemy to battle: Brog, a corrupt cattle buyer who forces honest ranchers into financial ruin. Morgan thinks he can thwart Brog by building a town at a new rail spur where cattlemen can safely bring their herds to market. But Brog and his henchmen set out to destroy the town and it may take a gun-blazing showdown to vanquish him. In The Big Land, Ladd revisits the Western genre he made his own with his iconic title performance in Shane. Virginia Mayo, perhaps best remembered as James Cagney’s two-timing moll in White Heat, plays a saloon songbird who believes in Morgan’s dream. Edmond O’Brien, another White Heat co-star, portrays her booze-broken brother, an architect with the know-how to construct the town. Coscreenwriter David Dortort went on to create and produce TV’s long-running Bonanza. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic

Since her arrival in Ponyville, Twilight Sparkle has learned the true meaning and value of friendship. With her very best friends — Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Apple Jack, Fluttershy and, of course, Spike — Twilight goes on the greatest of adventures and comes back with even more lessons. All of this has earned Twilight her wings and the crown of a Princess and now you can learn what Princess Twilight Sparkle has learned and take with you the Keys Of Friendship. Buy the Keys of Friendship DVD right here.

Adventure Time

What time is it? It’s princess time featuring Cartoon Network’s all-new on-air special and DVD release, ‘Adventure Time: Princess Day!’ The Adventure Time: Princess Day DVD features the eponymous, never-before-seen episode two days before it debuts on Cartoon Network on Thursday, July 31st at 7:00 p.m. (ET, PT). In the royalty-filled episode, it’s Princess Day in Ooo! You know what that means? Yep, Lumpy Space Princess and Marceline team up to prank Breakfast Princess. The Adventure Time: Princess Day DVD release marks the first time Cartoon Network has debuted an episode on home video before airing it on television. In addition to the never-before-seen episode, the single-disc volume includes a collection of episodes that prominently feature fan-favorite Adventure Time princesses like Lumpy Space Princess, Princess Bubblegum, Hot Dog Princess, Flame Princess and many more. Buy the Princess Day DVD right here.

Drum Beat

Alan Ladd gives a powerhouse performance in Drum Beat, an action-packed Western shot in CinemaScope and featuring Charles Bronson in his first major role. Appointed peace commissioner by President Grant, Indian fighter Johnny MacKay (Ladd) is sent to the south Oregon border to deal with the renegade Modoc Indian chief, Captain jack (Bronson). A warrior who honors no treaties, jack is determined to drive out the settlers, a decision that leads to ambushes, massacres and ]ohnny‘s new orders: Bring in the Captain, dead or alive. Inspired by the Modoc War of 1872-73 and based on historical fact. this two-fisted adventure also stars Audrey Dalton, Marisa Pavan and Robert Keith in “one of [Ladd‘s] best efforts since Shane” (The Motion Picture Guide)! Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.

The Hunted

Laura Mead (played by celebrated ice-skating queen-turned-actress Belita) insists she didn’t do the crime. But she did the time, swearing she would murder the incompetent attorney who represented her at her jewel-theft trial. Not long after her release from prison, the attorney’s gunned-down body is found. Laura flees. Tracking her is a detective Laura had also threatened with death: johnny Saxon (Preston Foster), who years back had arrested her for the jewel theft and who once loved – perhaps even still loves – her. The Hunted is one of three atmospheric forays into the noir netherworld that Belita made for Allied Artists/Monogram during the 1940′s shadowy heyday of film noir. Jack Bernhard (Decoy, Blonde Ice) directs, and genre icon Charles McGraw (The Narrow Margin) has an uncredited role. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.

The Protector 2

When Boss Suchart is murdered, all evidence points to Kham (Tony Jaa). Forced to run as he fights to clear his name, he is hunted not only by the police, but also Boss Suchart’s revengeful twin nieces and crime lord LC (RZA). A sequel of the global smash-hit The Protector, this extreme fight movie is an endlessly intense, nerve-racking film full of daredevil stunt scenes and amazingly choreographed fighting moves that will pump hot blood through the body of all action fans. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Legendary

Prepare for an epic battle between man and beast when action stars Scott Adkins and Dolph Lundgren collide in ‘Legendary,’ now available on DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Digital HD, Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View. Directed by Eric Styles (Miss Conception, True True Lie), the action-thriller follows the battle between two rivals who capture a mythical creature that shouldn’t exist. Travis Preston assembles his team for an expedition to a remote region in China’s hinterland, where a wild animal that the locals believe to be a primeval monster they call the “Shocate” is said to roam free. Travis’ nemesis, Jim Harker, a merciless trophy hunter, has already set up camp. A race against time ensues and Travis and his team have to pool all their resources if they want to capture this legendary creature alive…Buy the DVD right here.

On My Way

Now in her early sixties, former beauty queen Bettie (Catherine Deneuve) finds herself jilted by her lover and left alone to deal with the financial problems facing her family’s restaurant in ‘On My Way.’ What begins as a quick drive to clear her head turns into a full-fledged road trip.  Along the way there are chance meetings, an ex-Miss France gala, renewed ties with her estranged daughter and grandson, and possibly, at the end of the road, love. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Below the Deadline

They taught this G.I. to use a gun…and he’s using it” exclaimed the publicity for this film noir programmer. Turns out G.I. Joe Hilton uses his fists more than a gun, but the point remains: The battle-hardened veteran is no one to take lightly. Returned from combat in the Pacific, Joe is haunted by the carnage he witnessed and resentful of those who stayed behind and got rich while he served his country. Now it’s Joe’s turn. “I’m going to get mine and nobody’s going to stop me,” he declares. He falls in with corrupt political kingmakers and their gambling rackets centered on a dice scam called 26 Game. But in the thematic world of film noir, the dice may not always tumble in Joe’s favor. Warren Douglas, who plays Joe, would combine acting with a writing career that included the scripts for many early-T V Westerns produced by Warner Bros. Director William Beaudine gives the film his trademark “One Shot” efficiency. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.

Bubble Guppies

Watch the Bubble Guppies discover that school is a great place to learn, play and meet new friends in the brand-new DVD release, Bubble Guppies: Get Ready For School! The DVD also features the special Bubble Guppies music video, “Pencil Case!” a spoof of Lady Gaga’s hit song “Poker Face.” In addition, a free Bubble Guppies pencil case is included with DVD purchase, while supplies last. Buy the Get Ready for School DVD right here.

Amber Alert: Terror on the Highway

Larsan is a man on the edge, making a dead rush for Mexico and kidnapping two young girls along the way in ‘Amber Alert: Terror on the Highway.’ He is hotly pursued by police chief Martha Geiger, herself a mother of two. Using the Amber Alert system, Geiger constructs a psychological trap that will brutally punish the man who came in to mess
with her town. Buy the DVD right here.

Five Dances

Broadway star Ryan Steele (Newsies, Matilda) makes his big screen debut as a young gay dancer in New York City in Alan Brown’s (Private Romeo) sensitive drama ‘Five Dances,’ now available on DVD from Wolfe Video.  Shooting in and around a Soho dance studio, Brown and his longtime cinematographer Derek McKane capture the exhilaration and emotional turmoil of a small dance company with the intimacy and immediacy of a documentary. With dances staged by acclaimed choreographer Jonah Bokaer, the film focuses on a newly arrived 18-year-old Kansas innocent who discovers love, friendship and an awareness of his physical gifts during strenuous modern dance rehearsals. Brown assembled a striking cast of newcomers for ‘Five Dances,’ including Ryan Steele, Reed Luplau, Catherine Miller, Kimiye Corwin, and Luke Murphy. Buy the DVD right here.

Tennessee Queer

Breaking Glass Pictures and QC Cinema are proud to present ‘Tennessee Queer’ on DVD and cable (Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon) and Internet VOD (iTunes). A film about the clash of religion, politics and gay pride, ‘Tennessee Queer’ is the story of one man who aims to make life better for LGBT teens. Written and directed by Mark Jones and co-directed by Ryan Parker, ‘Tennessee Queer’ stars Christian Walker, Billie Worley and Jim Eikner. Jason Potts (Walker) is an openly gay man living in New York City. When he returns to his hometown of Smyth, Tennessee, Jason realizes things have not changed for LGBT teens. As Jason sets out to help, he is put in charge of the town’s first-ever gay pride parade. Meanwhile, a conservative city councilman is working with a minister to send Smyth’s gay teens to an ex-gay ministry camp. Filmed in Memphis, Tennessee with an all-local Tennessee cast, Tennessee Queer made its world premiere in 2012 at Philadelphia QFest. Founded in 2009 by Rich Wolff and Richard Ross, Breaking Glass Pictures is a Philadelphia-based film distributor that gives a voice to cutting-edge independent films in the mainstream, horror and LGBT genres. With sister labels Vicious Circle Films and QC Cinema, Breaking Glass Pictures has released over 200 films to date. Buy the DVD right here.