New Releases On DVD/Blu-Ray

by | August 21, 2014 at 8:24 AM | General

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Boardwalk Empire

The Emmy Award winning ‘Boardwalk Empire‘ is back with the fourth season, now available on Blu-ray and DVD. The Blu-ray set also comes with a Digital HD copy. After barely surviving an overthrow attempt by gangster Gyp Rossetti, Nucky Thompson is laying low at the end of the Boardwalk. However, the calm will be short-lived, as Nucky faces new challenges, including a clash with a violent Harlem power-broker, a battle with his brother Eli over Eli’s college-age son, and the irresistible lure of lucrative – and perilous – opportunities in Florida. Exclusive Blu-ray Features (along with all DVD extras):

  • Boardwalk Chronicle – an interactive, in-feature guide which offers character and location info as well as historical facts that are woven into each episode.
  • Scouting the Boardwalk – hear how the locations manager of Boardwalk Empire finds the unique buildings and neighborhoods that bring the 1920s to life in each episode.
  • PaleyFest: “Made in NY” Boardwalk Empire Panel – a Q&A with creator/executive producer/writer Terence Winter, executive producer/writer Howard Korder and cast members of Boardwalk Empire after a screening of episode five, “Erlkönig” – courtesy of The Paley Center for Media. Buy the Season 4 Blu-ray right here.

Once Upon a Time

Can five heroic characters set aside their personal grudges and private demons to rescue Henry – and themselves – from the ultimate evil? Experience the heart-pounding action and tantalizing suspense of ‘Once Upon a Time: The Complete Third Season.’ The stakes are higher than ever in a Neverland that’s the stuff of nightmares. At the dark heart of its mystery is Peter Pan, an ageless entity with a diabolical agenda and a chilling secret. For Emma, Henry, Hook, Rumple, Regina, Charming, and Snow, Pan’s actions have far-reaching consequences that will change their lives forever, create new alliances, and introduce both Storybrooke and the Enchanted Forest to a powerful new villain of legendary wickedness…the Wicked Witch. Add Season 3 to your ‘Once Upon a Time‘ collection and relive all 22 bewitching episodes, plus access never-before-seen bonus features. Each time you watch, you’ll fall deeper under the spell of this irresistible series! Once Upon a Time stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David Nolan, Emilie DeRavin as Belle/Lacey, Colin O’Donoghue as Captain Hook/Killian Jones, Lana Parilla as Evil Queen/Regina Mills, Jared Gilmore as Peter Pan/Henry Miles, Michael Raymond-James as Baelfire/Neal Cassidy and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold. Buy the Season 3 Blu-ray right here.

NCIS

In addition to a 250th episode celebration and extensive interviews with the cast and crew, the latest collection from television’s #1 scripted series, ‘NCIS: The Eleventh Season,’ features “NCIS in New Orleans,” a behind-the-scenes look at the two-part episode that will launch the hugely anticipated new spin-off series NCIS: New Orleans. Buy the Season 11 DVD right here.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The world’s most popular web-slinger returns with the release of ‘The Amazing Spier-Man 2,’ now available on 3-disc Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, 2-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone reprise their iconic roles as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, who face their most dangerous adversaries yet. In ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ Peter Parker finds there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing his role as New York City’s hero and spending time with Gwen. But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx, Best Actor, Ray, 2004), Spider-Man faces his greatest battle yet. Marc Webb returns to direct ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ which also stars Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn (a.k.a The Green Goblin) with Academy Award nominee Paul Giamatti (Best Supporting Actor, Cinderella Man, 2006) as Aleksei Sytsevich (a.k.a. The Rhino), and two-time Academy Award winner Sally Field (Best Actress: Norma Rae, 1979; Places in the Heart, 1984) as Aunt May. Fans will be excited to explore the Blu-ray exclusive bonus features, which include the six-part, behind-the-scenes documentary, “The Wages of Heroism: Making The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” which includes more than 100 minutes of immersive featurettes detailing the heroic efforts needed to bring the film to life.  Exclusively available on Blu-ray are nine all-new deleted scenes with commentary by Marc Webb, including the scene “Peter Meets His Father.” Buy the 3D Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

The Good Wife

The latest collection of the hit drama ‘The Good Wife,’ includes a shocking episode that still has fans reeling after it first aired. A special highlight to this set is “Civil War: Inside Episode 515,” an intensive, three-part documentary exploring the creative inspiration behind that explosive installment, an in-depth look at bringing the episode to the small screen, and a discussion about its impact on the acclaimed, fan-favorite series. Buy the Season 5 DVD right here.

Revolution

Fans of the post-apocalyptic action drama Revolution will be “powered up” to own the sophomore season of this compelling series, with the release of ‘Revolution: The Complete Second Season,’ now available on DVD, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital HD UltraViolet. In its second season, ‘Revolution‘ ranked as the #1 returning drama on NBC with Men 18-49 and averaged more than 7.2 million Weekly Viewers. The release also contains multiple special features including two featurettes, a gag reel and deleted scenes. In this epic adventure thriller, a family struggles to survive in a world where all technology – computers, planes, cars, phones, lights – has suddenly and mysteriously blacked out.  What’s left is a post-apocalyptic landscape inhabited by ruthless paramilitary groups and heroic freedom fighters. Charlie Matheson, a fiercely determined young woman who lost family members in the blackout’s tragic aftermath, manages to form a new family and find a new purpose amidst the chaos. Season Two of Revolution follows Charlie and a rogue band of survivors—including her secretive mother Rachel and formerly estranged uncle Miles, an ex-marine and militia leader—as they continue their heroic mission to return the power to the people and ultimately reestablish the United States of America. Buy the Season 2 Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

The Millers

TV’s newest and funniest family moves in with the release of ‘The Millers,’ now available on DVD from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution. Created by Greg Garcia, the #1 new comedy of the season features an ensemble cast led by Will Arnett, Beau Bridges, Margo Martindale, JB Smoove, Jayma Mays and Nelson Franklin. Capturing an average 11 million viewers during its first-season run, ‘The Millers’ was a People’s Choice Award nominee for “Favorite New TV Comedy.” ‘The Millers’ Season 1 arrives packed with exclusive special features including “Season In Review: Year One,” an inside look at the series with new interviews from the cast and crew that explore the plots, characters and life on set. Join the writers and producers as they discuss their intentions and tactics to propel storyline arcs of the first season. Plus, the exclusive featurette, “J.B. (per REQ) Smoove Walks The Streets,” follows the comedian as he leads viewers in an entertaining behind–the-scenes tour of the show. The collection also includes “A Conversation With William Arnett: The Actor’s Actor,” an intimate tongue-in-cheek interview with Arnett that is also exclusive to this release. A special bonus disc available exclusively at Target will include even more never-before-released features such as a sit down with series Creator Greg Garcia to talk shop about his latest creation, along with more interviews with the cast. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

NCIS: Los Angeles

The newest DVD collection of the fan-favorite series ‘NCIS: Los Angeles,’ starring Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J includes an overarching look at the series fifth season, a celebration of show’s landmark 100th episode, an in-depth look at the hit series’ writing staff, plus “Crafting Afghanistan,” a fascinating interview with the crew responsible for turning the Santa Clarita mountains into the Hindu Kush, a pivotal aspect of the recent season’s most thrilling story arc. Buy the Season 5 DVD right here.

Toy Story of Terror

Everyone’s favorite Toys are back in Disney•Pixar’s frightfully fun adventure ‘Toy Story OF Terror,’ now available for the first time ever on Blu-ray + Digital Copy, DVD, Digital HD, and Disney Movies. Reuniting after the events of the blockbuster smash ‘Toy Story 3,’ Buzz, Woody and the gang join new friend Combat Carl for a spooky tale full of mystery and humor that’s a must-own for ‘Toy Story’ and Disney•Pixar fans this summer. ‘Toy Story of Terror’ makes its in-home debut loaded with never-before-seen bonus features, including three Vintage Toy Commercials, which can be viewed as act breaks during the film or separately with Director Introductions. Additional all-new bonus features include Audio Commentary, Deleted Scenes with Editor Introductions and “Team of Specialists,” in which director Angus MacLane goes deep behind the scenes to introduce the team of specialists required to make this fun-filled ‘Toy Story’ adventure. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Rosemary’s Baby

Evil is brought to life in this psychological thriller starring Zoe Saldana (Avatar) and Patrick J. Adams (TV’s “Suits”). The miniseries event ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ premiered on NBC and is now available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Based on the best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin, Rosemary’s Baby features a teleplay by James Wong (TV’s “American Horror Story”) and Scott Abbott (Queen of the Damned) and is directed by Agnieszka Holland (HBO’s “The Wire”). Also starring Jason Isaacs (the Harry Potter franchise) and Carole Bouquet (For Your Eyes Only), the Rosemary’s Baby Blu-ray and DVD each include two featurettes. Set in present-day France, Rosemary’s Baby centers on a young married couple that escapes New York and moves to Paris with hopes of leaving their sad past behind. After a series of unfortunate events, Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse are presented with an offer they can’t refuse – an apartment at the most prestigious address in the city. Problem is, it comes with a haunted past, and an immeasurable price. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Churchill’s First World War

This landmark docu-drama re-examines the darkest hours of one of the 20th century’s most remarkable heroes, combining fascinating re-evaluation of the epic and traumatic experiences of Winston Churchill in the First World War, and his contributions as Britain’s greatest warlord. Disgraced by disasters in the Gallipoli wars, and with his political reputation in tatters, Churchill was all but `finished’. He was also tormented, for he knew that he was one of the very few political leaders opposed to the dreadful one note strategy of endless attrition in Flanders which was ‘chewing up a whole generation on barbed wire.’ His invention of the tank and promotion of air power stemmed from his determination to find another strategy. Illustrating the extraordinary correspondence Churchill sent from the trenches to his wife Clementine, revealing intimate insights into his personal life, as well as life on the front, and with testimony from leading historians and military experts, this is the story of his fall – and his road to redemption. Buy the DVD right here.

The Quiet Ones

Inspired by actual events, the thriller ‘The Quiet Ones‘ is now available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital), Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View  from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film stars Jared Harris (TV’s “Mad Men”), Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Erin Richards (Open Grave), Rory Fleck-Byrne (Vampire Academy) and Olivia Cooke (TV’s “Bates Motel”). When a crazed university professor (Harris) and his team of students set out to cure a disturbed patient, the unthinkable happens. Trusting in their leader and his motives, Brian (Claflin) and his fellow students find themselves far from help…and all too close to a sinister force they never suspected. ‘The Quiet Ones’ Blu-ray exclusive material includes the “Welcome to the Experiment: Making The Quiet Ones” featurette that takes viewers behind-the-scenes of the unforgettable thriller as well as the “Manifesting Evil: Visual Effects” featurette. The Blu-ray and DVD both include audio commentary with director John Pogue and producer Tobin Armbrust, deleted scenes and a gag reel. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Scooby Doo!

Join the Mystery Incorporated gang as they set out for their next exciting adventure in ‘Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy,’ the latest original Scooby-Doo animated film, now available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE). Halloween comes early this year with a spooktacular story the whole family can enjoy together. Scooby-Doo and those “meddling kids,” Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma are back! In this spooky adventure, Velma discovers she’s inherited her great-great-uncle Dr. Von Dinkenstein’s cursed castle in the terrifying town of Transylvania…Pennsylvania, that is. Just when the Gang persuades Velma to claim her inheritance, the ghost of Dinkenstein Castle blows up the Mystery Machine as a warning to the group that each of them will lose what is most dear to them if they continue to pursue the mystery of the castle. Now the gang must spring into action to solve the mystery while also dealing with the threats from Dickenstein’s ghost.  Can Fred work without his precious Mystery Machine?  What happens to Daphne when she loses her good looks?  And how will Scooby and Shaggy ever work without their appetites?  More importantly, what family secret has Velma been hiding all along? Buy the Frankencreepy Blu-ray right here.

14 War Stories

Fourteen vivid, true stories help you experience love and loss, happiness and grief on both sides of World War I through the words of those that actually lived it. What was it like for a French child to watch German battalions march through town?… For a British homemaker to volunteer as a war nurse and comfort dying soldiers far from home?… For a blood-soaked German soldier to cower in his muddy trench before an enemy he had never seen? Written 100 years ago in diaries, letters, postcards and telegrams, the exact words of real people – plus riveting dramatizations and archival footage – catapult you into the past. Buy the DVD right here.

Walker, Texas Ranger

Chuck Norris is back in action as iconic hero Cordell Walker in Walker, Texas Ranger: Something In The Shadows, now available on DVD exclusively at Walmart. The two-part adventure finds Walker tangled up in two investigations at a college where Assistant D.A. Alex Cahill (Sheree J. Wilson) teaches. Joined by partner, James Trivette (Clarence Gilyard), Walker aims to bring the accused to justice in this action-packed special. Buy the DVD right here.

Only Lovers Left Alive

Sony Pictures Classics’ visually poetic love story from Director Jim Jarmusch (Broken Flowers), ‘Only Lovers Left Alive‘ is now available on  Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film is the apotheosis of American independent film and underground music, full of Jarmusch’s laconic sense of humor. ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ stars Oscar winner Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton, 2008, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role) and Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers), alongside co-stars Mia Wasikowska, Anton Yelchin and John Hurt. Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, this critically well-received fan-favorite puts an original spin on a well-worn genre – these vampires are mature, highbrow and charmingly ultra-cool. ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ was selected for official competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and enjoyed critical acclaim at various film festivals worldwide, including the Toronto International Film Festival, SXSW, and New York Film Festival.  It was also chosen as an official selection at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Special features on the film’s Blu-ray and DVD release include never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes, as well as an extended version of Yasmine Hamdan performing “Hal.”  Also included is the “Traveling at Night with Jim Jarmusch” documentary, taking fans behind the scenes for a portrait of the director at work on his latest film. ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ is the tale of two fragile and sensitive vampires, Adam (Hiddleston) and Eve (Swinton). Both are cultured intellectuals with an all-embracing passion for music, literature and science, who have evolved to a level where they no longer kill for sustenance, but still retain their innate wildness. Their love story has endured several centuries but their debauched idyll is threatened by the uninvited arrival of Eve’s carefree little sister Ava (Wasikowska) who hasn’t yet learned to tame her wilder instincts. Driven by sensual photography, trance-like music, and droll humor, Jarmusch’s ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ is a meditation on art, science, and the mysteries of everlasting love. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

My Boy Jack

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) stars with Oscar Nominee Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Great Gatsby), David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral) and Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City) in this dramatic wartime story of patriotism, loyalty and love of family. With World War I fast approaching, author Rudyard Kipling (Haig) must pull strings to get his son Jack (Radcliffe) a commission in the Irish guards, but Kipling’s wife (Cattrall) is bitterly upset, failing to see the glory in losing her only son to the war. In this searing drama, we witness Kipling’s dire struggle between his two greatest passions: love for family and devotion to King and Country. Buy the DVD right here.

The Sacrament

Two reporters for VICE Media journey to a remote Central American compound hoping to reunite with the photographer’s sister, who feels out of touch after struggling with a drug addiction. They find an isolated community of true believers devoted to a shadowy but charismatic figure called “Father.” Skeptical at first, the journalists begin to come around to the group’s utopian claims, until things rapidly take a very dark turn. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Royal Cousins at War

At the outbreak of World War I, three cousins reigned over Europe’s greatest powers – Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and King George V of England. This two-part series looks at the role played by the three monarchs, and their relationships with each other, in the outbreak of war. Mismanaging their countries and mishandling foreign policy, they failed to adapt to the forces of nationalism and democracy, and so brought tumbling down their own ideal of a Europe governed by the descendants of Queen Victoria. While it was war that delivered the final blow, this fascinating series shows how the problems had set in much earlier. Buy the DVD right here.

37 Days: The Road to World War I

This three-part political thriller, following the catastrophic chain of events which led from the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914, to the declaration of war between Britain and Germany on August 4th, 37 Days explores with breathless tension the tragedy of how Europe’s old conventions of secret diplomacy fell apart – or were destroyed. With stunning performances and a fresh angle on an iconic story, this fascinating and provocative factual drama unlocks the mystery of the war’s origins, overturning common assumptions about its inevitability, demonstrating that World War I did not happen by chance, and nor was it a foregone conclusion – it took considerable effort and staggering bad luck, to disastrous and tragic effect. Buy the DVD right here.

A Good Man

Steven Seagal (Exit Wounds) is once again a force to be reckoned with with the release of ‘A Good Man,’ now available on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD and Video on Demand from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Seagal stars as a vengeful former soldier who embarks on a guerilla-style mission against the Russian mob in order to atone for a past misstep. Seagal and director/writer Keoni Waxman (A Dangerous Man) team up for the fifth time in this nonstop action thrill ride. After an illustrious special ops career ends in disaster, Alexander (Seagal) goes off the grid and attempts to lead a quiet life as a handyman at an apartment complex.  But when one of his  tenants and her family fall under the thumb of a Russian gangster, Alexander is dragged into an all-out war between rival Chinese and Russian gangs; forcing him to not only defend the family, but bringing him face to face with an old foe, and giving him one more chance to reconcile his past. Buy the DVD right here.

Adventure Planet

Get ready for this amazing adventure that shows how kids can save the world! Norva and Jorpe are a gifted and loving sister and brother living in Thailand who have unique abilities to communicate with nature. They literally run into Sam, the son of the president of the Capital State, when he gets lost on a scouting expedition. Sam is impetuous and fool-hardy, but he soon learns to respect his two companions as his electronic gadgets go haywire and strange, burning objects plunge from the sky. The kids rush to the Capital State to warn the president and stop the damage, but they’re no match for the energy-hungry devices that threaten to engulf the planet. The only way to prevent the complete destruction of the world is to turn off all the power and let the earth regenerate, but how can they get the message across to everyone in time? Buy the DVD right here.

Home is Where the Heart Is

Disillusioned actress Sunny returns to her hometown of Bent Arrow, Texas, to attend her mother’s funeral and provide guardianship for a half sister she never knew, 10-year old Cotton. The dusty old town is struggling to stay alive, but maintains its quaint and quirky charm. It provides solace for an ex-NFL player, Butch, who is coping with a heart-wrenching loss by painting watercolor postcards at a roadside stand. Sunny and Butch bond over their mutual relationship with Cotton, and come up with a plan to help save the town. When tragedy strikes, their plans are derailed, but hope glimmers in the distance. Buy the DVD right here.

Leviathan

On the dark and forbidding ocean floor, the crew of a deep-sea mission rig discovers a sunken freighter that harbors a deadly secret: a genetic experiment gone horribly wrong. With a storm raging on the surface and no hope of rescue, the captain and his team are propelled into a spine-tingling battle for survival against the ultimate foe – a hideous monster that cannot die…and lives to kill. Starring Peter Weller (Robocop), Amanda Pays (Max Headroom), Richard Crenna (First Blood), Daniel Stern (Home Alone) and Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters) and directed by George P. Cosmatos (Tombstone, Of Unknown Origin), ‘Leviathan‘ features a solid script by veteran screenwriters David Peoples (Blade Runner) and Jeb Stuart (Die Hard, The Fugitive) and amazing creature effects by the one and only Stan Winston (Aliens, Predator, Terminator 2, Jurassic Park). Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Varsity Blood

Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, brings you the slasher film ‘Varsity Blood,’ now available on DVD. Directed and written by Jake Helgren (Finding Mr. Wright, Bloody Homecoming), the film stars Lexi Giovagnoli (1 Chance 2 Dance, 3 Times a Charm), Wesley Scott (Deep in the Heart), Debbie Rochon (Tromeo and Juliet), Natalie Peyton, Blair Jackson, and Elyse Bigler. This football season, Hogeye High’s Warriors and cheerleaders are out for blood. Unfortunately, someone is out for theirs, and they’ll be forced to take one for the team. After the big Halloween football match, the students are joined by an uninvited guest dressed as their high school mascot armed with a bow and arrow, a battle-axe, and an insatiable appetite for butchery. Soon, they find themselves fighting for more than the winning score as terror becomes the name of the game. Buy the DVD right here.