New Releases On DVD/Blu-Ray

by | August 28, 2014 at 8:25 AM | General

'Sons of Anarchy' (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment)

Sons of Anarchy

Who said it’s good to be king? Ride with the ‘Sons of Anarchy,’ and relive the adrenaline-charged show’s most controversial and tension-filled season ever! With Clay and Tara behind bars, Jax looks to the future of both the club and his family, but can he possibly escape the bloody legacy of SAMCRO’s deadly past? As he desperately pursues his father’s vision of a more legitimate direction for the MC, Jax is met at every turn with external pressure, violence, treachery, and betrayal. Intensity builds, secrets are revealed, and the body count rises, all leading to a shocking season finale that will change everything for the Sons of Anarchy. Buy the Season 6 Blu-ray right here.

Welcome Back, Kotter

Welcome Back, Welcome Back, Welcome Back! Meet the Sweathogs. They’re the rowdiest, goofiest bunch of students to ever step foot inside a high school. But if they think they’re too unruly for a good teacher to handle, they’re in for a rude awakening when they meet Mr. Kotter — a former Sweathog who’s returned to his alma mater to shape the minds of these remedial students as their new teacher. With the hilarious talents of comedian Gabe Kaplan, Marcia Strassman, John Travolta in the role that made him a star, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Robert Hegyes and Ron Palillo, the Emmy-Award nominated run of ‘Welcome Back, Kotter‘ will have you rolling with laughter and maybe even a little nostalgia from your own days as a Sweathog. Buy the complete series DVD right here.

The Walking Dead

August. Baseball season is in full swing. Barbecues have been blazing since Memorial Day. And fans can count another August tradition, with the release of ‘The Walking Dead‘ Season 4, now available on Blu-ray + Digital HD with Ultraviolet and DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Each format contains five loaded discs, presenting each episode exactly as it was originally broadcast. The Blu-ray + Digital HD with Ultraviolet presents the episodes in pristine 1080p high-definition and lossless Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio. As with previous season releases,  ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 4 rewards fans with hours of bonus features, including never-before-seen production footage, deleted scenes and audio commentaries, with ultra-exclusive content only available on the Blu-ray™ release, including additional audio commentaries and several “extended” episodes seen for the first time. Another “Walking Dead” home entertainment release tradition, started with the Season 2 Blu-ray™ set, is the unique concept packaging by renowned collectibles creator McFarlane Toys. Following in the “shuffling” footsteps of Season 2’s “Walker Head” and Season 3’s “Walker Aquarium,” ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 4 is available in a Blu-ray limited edition “Tree Walker” package. Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ enjoyed its most popular season to date, averaging 13.3 million live/same day viewers per episode and 8.6 million adults 18-49. Whether evading walkers, resisting a super flu outbreak, escaping the fall of their temporary prison haven and desperately searching for a sanctuary called Terminus, the on-going story of a group of survivors under the protective watch and leadership of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Dr. Herschel Greene (Scott Wilson) continues to capture viewers’ imaginations on a global scale. Buy the Season 4 Blu-ray right here.

The Twilight Zone

Travel into the fifth dimension once again with ‘The Twilight Zone,’ testing the limits of reality and exploring the mysteries of the universe. Airing from 1985 to 1989, this critically acclaimed anthology series carried on the legacy of the original Rod Serling program and attracted a brand new audience of fans. The series features major stars – including Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and Martin Landau to name a few – in compelling tales of intrigue by such noted writers and filmmakers as Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Arthur C. Clarke, George R.R. Martin, Wes Craven, William Friedkin and so many more. This collection contains all three seasons from the classic ’80s TV series. Special features include a photo gallery, an exclusive Wes Craven video interview as well as over a dozen audio commentaries by the creative forces behind the show. Buy the complete ’80s series DVD right here.

Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds,’ the primetime powerhouse series that delves into the dark and twisted thoughts of terrifying offenders arrives on DVD with a multi-part feature explores the ideas behind each and every episode of the ninth season. In a series of mini-featurettes, fans will hear from the writers of each episode themselves on how their incredible stories get turned into must-watch television. Buy the Season 9 DVD right here.

Blended

Two families will have to survive their vacation with the release of ‘Blended‘ on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Gulfstream Pictures and Happy Madison Productions. Marking the third comedy collaboration between stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, ‘Blended’ follows two single parents whose families collide on an African safari. ‘Blended’ was directed by Frank Coraci, who previously collaborated with Sandler and Barrymore on “The Wedding Singer” and also directed Sandler in the hit comedies “The Waterboy” and “Click.” The screenplay is by Ivan Menchell & Clare Sera. ‘Blended’ was produced by Mike Karz, Adam Sandler and Jack Giarraputo, with Barry Bernardi, Josie Rosen, Tim Herlihy, Allen Covert and Steven Koren serving as executive producers. ‘Blended’ stars Drew Barrymore as Lauren and Adam Sandler as Jim, alongside Wendi McLendon-Covey (“Bridesmaids”) as Lauren’s best friend, Jen, and Joel McHale (TV’s “Community”) as her unreliable ex-husband, Mark. Kevin Nealon (“Weeds”) and Jessica Lowe (funnyordie’s “RobotDown”) star as Eddy and Ginger, an overly romantic couple who are also vacationing at the resort, and Terry Crews (television’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) stars as the resort’s singing host. Dan Patrick (ESPN SportsCenter) appears as Jim’s boss, Dick; and Shaquille O’Neal as his coworker, Doug. Playing Jim’s three daughters are Bella Thorne (Disney Channel’s “Shake it Up”), Emma Fuhrmann and Alyvia Alyn Lind. Kyle Red Silverstein and Braxton Beckham appear as Lauren’s two sons. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Medieval Lives

Highly praised by British press and available to U.S. audiences for the first time, ‘Medieval Lives’ is now available on DVD from Athena, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ:RLJE) brand. Presented by Cambridge historian, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Making History, and author of the award-winning book Blood & Roses Dr. Helen Castor, Medieval Lives is an engrossing glimpse into the experiences of birth, marriage, and death in the Middle Ages. In this production recently aired on the BBC in 2013, Castor proves an entertaining and engaging host as she reveals new details about these pivotal moments in people’s private lives. This DVD 2-disc set features three episodes. Castor also presented the well-regarded Athena release She-Wolves: England’s Early Queens. Medieval Lives will be available to public television stations, through APT, beginning in September 2014. In ‘Medieval Lives,’ Dr. Helen Castor examines how the people of the Middle Ages handled three of life’s great rites of passage—birth, marriage, and death. Why were physicians of no help to women enduring the pains of labor and the dangers of childbirth? Why were newly married couples “put to bed” by the priest on their wedding night? What did it mean to “die well” and why was death such a communal affair, both before and after it happened? Buy the DVD right here.

Looney Tunes Platinum Collection

It’s classic animation at its best with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s (WBHE) Blu-ray release of Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 3. Available now, the latest installment of WBHE’s Looney Tunes Platinum Collection showcases 50 all-time favorite cartoon shorts, which have been digitally remastered and restored for superior picture, and sound quality. Let the good times roll! Some of the greatest Looney Tunes cartoons are released together for the first time on Blu-ray. This collection showcases some of the best and most enduring theatrical shorts from the 1930s, ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s, including works by some of the most renowned directors in animation history such as Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, Bob Clampett, Robert McKimson and others. The featured lineup includes a delightful mix of everyone’s favorite characters including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety & Sylvester, Wile E. Coyote, Foghorn Leghorn and many more. This collection includes the all-new documentary, “That’s All Folks! Tales from Termite Terrace,” plus a 12-page booklet with rare images compiled by animation historian Jerry Beck. Buy the Volume 3 Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

The Legend of Hell House

It sits here, shrouded in mist and mystery, a nesting place for living evil and terror from the dead. It’s Hell House. Roddy McDowall heads the cast of this exciting chiller about four psychic investigators and the dark, brooding mansion they call “the Mt. Everest of haunted houses.” It’s already destroyed one team of researchers. Now this brave quartet ventures in for another try at unraveling its secrets. But before they succeed, they must suffer through madness, murder and everything else that the spirits who dwell here have in store for them. Yet learning the truth just might drive them all insane. An ingeniously devised ghost story, ‘The Legend Of Hell House’ will thrill and delight veteran horror fans from the first creaking door to the very last slithering shadow. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Elementary

Starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, one of television’s smartest dramas gets bigger and bolder in its sophomore season, and the newest DVD collection is packed with additional special features. Visit the set of the two-part season premiere shot on location in Holmes’ hometown of London, England, sit down with the series’ new cast member Rhys Ifans to discuss his portrayal of Holmes’ brother Mycroft, and delve into the intricate technical aspects of some of the season’s most thrilling episodes with the fascinating special feature “Skill Sets.” Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

Haven

The Troubles have just begun in Season 4 of ‘Haven,’ the hit Syfy series that is now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Entertainment One – perfectly timed to coincide with the series’ Season 5 premiere this Fall on Syfy. Based on the novella “The Colorado Kid” from renowned author Stephen King, ‘Haven’ follows former FBI agent Audrey Parker (Emily Rose), who became a cop in the small town of Haven, Maine, and quickly found herself involved in the return of “the Troubles,” a series of supernatural afflictions that have plagued the seaside village for generations. Partnered with local residents Nathan Wuornos (Lucas Bryant) and Duke Crocker (Eric Balfour), Audrey began to realize that Haven’s fate was linked to her own, and only she can save the town and the people she loves from the weight of their curses. Season 4 of ‘Haven’ opens six months after the gripping third season finale, when Duke, who had jumped into the imploding barn to save Audrey, suddenly appears out of thin air in Boston. Assisted by Jennifer Mason (Emma Lahana), a woman with her own mysterious connection to Haven, Duke finds that Nathan has fled the town, Audrey is still missing, and the Troubles are worse than ever. Buy the Season 4 Blu-ray right here.

Murder in Suburbia

A value-priced complete collection of the hit contemporary mystery series, ‘Murder in Suburbia Complete Collection’ is now available on DVD from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ:RLJE) brand. The 2004-05 ITV and BBC America series stars Caroline Catz (Doc Martin, The Vice) and Lisa Faulkner (Murdoch Mysteries, MI-5, Burn It) as DI Kate Ashurst and DS Emma Scribbins in this sharp and entertaining British mystery. The two detectives patrol an upscale suburb where perfect-looking lives crack to reveal all kinds of depravity. This DVD 4-disc set features twelve episodes. Meet Kate Ashurst and Emma Scribbins sassiest, sexiest investigative team in the Middleford Criminal Investigative Department. Better known as Ash and Scribbs, the two are an unlikely pair: Ash, a graduate of a posh girls’ academy, has an analytical mind that serves her well when solving murders. Scribbs, who grew up in the working class, relies more on her instincts than what the facts seem to tell her. Along with their handsome, bemused boss (Jeremy Sheffield, Coronation Street), they are an unstoppable team in the seemingly perfect suburbs of Middleford. Buy the complete collection DVD right here.

The Normal Heart

When writer Larry Kramer hosted a gathering of gay men at his home in 1981 to discuss the “gay cancer” that was plaguing their community, he effectively launched a series of events that would change the face of the Gay Rights Movement and American activism. In 1985, he immortalized the events in the groundbreaking play ‘The Normal Heart,’ which was later revived on Broadway in 2011, garnering five Tony Award nominations. Three decades after its Off Broadway debut, Kramer’s dream of a film version to bring his urgent and pivotal story to an even wider audience has finally arrived with the release of ‘The Normal Heart,’ now available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD. The all-star cast includes Academy Award nominee Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right), Academy Award winner Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich), Matt Bomer (TV’s White Collarand Emmy Award winner Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory). Adapted for the screen by Kramer and directed by Emmy Award winner Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story), ‘The Normal Heart’ tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s. It explores the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the epidemic to a city in denial. Ruffalo portrays Ned Weeks, who witnesses first-hand a mysterious disease that has begun to claim the lives of many in his gay community and starts to seek answers. Matt Bomer plays Felix Turner, a reporter who becomes Ned’s lover. Taylor Kitsch plays Bruce Niles, a closeted investment banker who becomes a prominent AIDS activist. Jim Parsons plays gay activist Tommy Boatwright, reprising his role from the 2011 Broadway revival. Roberts plays physician Dr. Emma Brookner, a survivor of childhood polio who treats several of the earliest victims of HIV-AIDS. Rounding out the all-star cast are Alfred Molina, Joe Mantello, Jonathan Groff, Denis O’Hare, Stephen Spinella, Corey Stoll, Finn Wittrock and B.D. Wong. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Revenge

Get ready for a sizzling hot summer in the Hamptons. Emily Thorne’s brilliant plan for vengeance takes a wicked turn in ABC’s ‘Revenge‘ The Complete Third Season. Relive the mystery, the fire, and the intrigue of TV’s most delightfully devilish series. Season Three starts with a bang as Emily Thorne is shot and left for dead on her wedding day. But who pulled the trigger? Back at Grayson Manor, Conrad finds himself in the line of fire, and a flame from Daniel’s past may be the perfect new pawn for Victoria to play with – as she moves to defeat Emily for good. To top it all off, a surprise appearance of an old rival makes sparks fly as the wedding of the century approaches. Experience the drama of all 22 smoldering episodes, complete with exclusive bonus features that reveal even more juicy secrets. Let the fireworks begin! ‘Revenge’ stars Emily Van Camp as Emily Thorne/Amanda Clarke, Madeleine Stowe as Victoria Grayson, Josh Bowman as Daniel Grayson, Nick Wechsler as Jack Porter, Gabriel Mann as Nolan Ross, Henry Czerny as Conrad Grayson, Christa B. Allen as Charlotte Grayson, and Barry Sloane as Aiden Mathis. Executive Producers: ‘Revenge’ is executive produced by Sunil Nayar (Body of Proof, Oz), Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey (The Twilight Saga), as well as Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts (GCB). The series, created by Mike Kelley (The O.C., One Tree Hill), is produced by ABC Studios. Buy the Season 3 DVD right here.

The Musketeers

From Creator and Lead Writer Adrian Hodges (My Week With Marilyn) comes BBC America’s new action-packed adventure series ‘The Musketeers.’ On the streets of seventeenth century Paris, where law and order is more of an idea than a reality, Athos (Tom Burke, Great Expectations, The Hour), Aramis (Santiago Cabrera, Merlin, Heroes) and Porthos (Howard Charles, Royal Shakespeare Company) are more than just King Louis XIII’s personal bodyguards – they stand resolutely for social justice, honor, valor, love, and for the thrill of it. When d’Artagnan (Luke Pasqualino, Skins, The Borgias) arrives in Paris to avenge his father’s death he soon impresses the three Musketeers with his bravery and skill, and quickly discovers kindred spirits in these boisterous soldiers. In a series all about passion, loyalty, heroism and brotherhood, d’Artagnan and the Musketeers face a continuing struggle to maintain order and protect the King and Queen, while outwitting the machinations of the shadowy Cardinal Richelieu (Peter Capaldi, Doctor Who, The Thick Of It) as he ruthlessly strives to achieve his vision of a modern France along with his hired assassin, the beautiful but mysterious Milady de Winter (Maimie McCoy, Loving Miss Hatto, The Last Witch). Bonus Materials include the “making of” vignettes “Creating Their World,” “Bootcamp,” “Muskets, Leather, Corsets and Swords,” and “Saving Constance: Their Finest Hour.” Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Now and Again

You only live twice in the gripping series ‘Now and Again.’ Thee drama stars Eric Close, Dennis Haysbert, Margaret Colin and Heather Matarazzo. From the creator of Moonlighting and Medium, Glenn Gordon Caron, ‘Now and Again: The DVD Collection’ is now available as a five-disc set including all 22 episodes of the series, along with all-new bonus material exclusive to the collection from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution. Special to this release are several must-see, in-depth featurettes that delve into the making of the critically acclaimed series. A special highlight is the four-part documentary, “Gimme A Sign: Engineering Now And Again,” which features newly filmed interviews with the cast members including Eric Close, Dennis Haysbert, Margaret Colin, Gerrit Graham, Heather Matarazzo, Chad Lowe, along with Glenn Gordon Caron, director and executive producer Ronald L. Schwary, and writers René Echevarria, and Michael Angeli. Buy the DVD collection right here.

Blandings

The highly enjoyable period comedy from the master of British wit returns with ‘Blandings, Series 2′ now available on DVD debut from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. P.G. Wodehouse’s beloved Blandings Castle stories follow the foibles of an eccentric aristocrat, his peculiar family, and the ramshackle ancestral home they share. In this witty BBC series (2013-14), Timothy Spall (The King’s Speech, The Syndicate), Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous) and Jack Farthing (Agatha Christie’s Poirot) sparkle as Wodehouse’s madcap protagonists. Wodehouse, a perennially bestselling author and creator of the beloved Jeeves and Wooster, continues to gain new fans. The DVD 2-Disc set includes seven episodes. Series 1 and 2 are currently being syndicated to public television stations via Acorn. Series 2 finds the dysfunctional inhabitants of Blandings Castle caught up in more uproarious adventures, from dodging an insane asylum to thwarting a most unseemly memoir. Clarence and Connie must also contend with a spate of unwelcome houseguests, including the irascible Duke of Dunstable (Harry Enfield, Skins) and their dreadful older sister, Charlotte (Celia Imrie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), who seems determined to make Blandings her permanent home. With guest stars including Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones) and Robert Bathurst (Downton Abbey), these seven pitch-perfect adaptations capture Wodehouse’s masterful skewering of the British upper classes. Buy the Series 2 DVD right here.

President Wolfman

Meet John Wolfman: politician, single parent and werewolf, a man whose (hairy) hands are definitely full. Not only is he trying to stop his opponents from selling the US to China, he also has to solve a series of grizzly murders in the capitol. Add a crazed mad scientist, Smokey the Bear, a Miss Teen beauty pageant and a race against time to save his eight-year-old son Bobby from a murderous Vice President, and you have a movie that will keep you howling from start to finish. ‘President Wolfman’ was made entirely from recycled, stock and public domain footage with a newly scripted, scored and re-voiced soundtrack with enhanced visuals and effects. Buy the DVD right here.

Revelation Trail

It’s the late 19th Century and a gruesome zombie plague threatens the American frontier in ‘Revelation Trail,’ a cross-genre zombie western now available on DVD. As the dead rise, the West may fall, but standing tall against the horde is a conflicted holy man known only as Preacher (Daniel Van Thomas), forced to find his purpose in the fight against the undead.  Joined by the hardened town Marshal (Daniel Britt) – a man with his own set of demons – the duo face the risen dead, a ravaged landscape and the evils of the living on a journey to nowhere.  And along the way, the men discover which lines they’re willing to cross in the name of survival in this festival favorite horror film, an Official Selection of the 2013 River’s Edge and Night Risers Film Festivals. Buy the DVD right here.

The Possession of Michael King

Michael King (Shane Johnson) doesn’t believe in God or The Devil. Following the sudden death of his wife, the documentary filmmaker decides to make his next film about the search for the existence of the supernatural. Michael decides to make himself the center of the experiment – allowing demonologists, necromancers, and various practitioners of the occult to try the deepest and darkest spells and rituals they can find on him – in the hopes that when they fail, he’ll once and for all have proof that religion, spiritualism, and the paranormal are nothing more than myth. But something does happen. An evil and horrifying force has taken over Michael King. And it will not let him go. Dale Dickey (‘Iron Man 3′), Tomas Arana (‘Gladiator’), and Julie McNiven (“Mad Men”) co-star in this intense supernatural spine-tingler from the producers of ‘White Noise’ and ‘The Haunting in Connecticut.’ Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

75 Years of WWII

At the 75th anniversary of WWII, History honors and remembers one of the greatest military conflicts in its new 2-disc DVD, ’75 Years of WWII,’ now available on DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Including a brand new mini-series, ‘D-Day in HD,’ as well as three additional HISTORY specials, the DVD provides rare footage, insights from experts and personal testimonies about the war that changed the shape of our world. In this special collection, ’75 Years of WWII,’ History examines the deadliest conflict in human history. “D-Day in HD” presents the most critical military operation of WWII and the largest amphibious assault in history in newly transferred color HD. Through the personal accounts of soldiers on both sides, this special tells the story in the first person, in the words of those who lived it, from famous leaders like Eisenhower to unknown foot soldiers. “Bloody Santa Cruz” recounts the vicious combat in the South Pacific in which the USS Hornet was lost, while “Enterprise Versus Japan” takes us to November 1942, as the USS Enterprise sends the Japanese Imperial Navy to a watery grave. “Ultimate World War II Weapons” reveals the weapons and inventions that shaped and decided WWII, from the humble Studebaker truck to the shock and awe of the atomic bomb. Buy the DVD right here.

Triad

Director Daniel Chan (Young and Dangerous: Reloaded) assembles an up-and-coming young cast for the Hong Kong crime thriller ‘Triad,’ now available on DVD and Digital from Well Go USA Entertainment. William Chan (As the Light Goes Out), Michele Wai (Hardcore Comedy) and Derek Tsang (The Thieves) star in the story of three childhood friends who join the Hong Kong Triads, only to discover that fame and fortune will ultimately break them apart as only one can become the leader of the gang. Three childhood friends join the Hong Kong Triads, only to discover that fame and fortune will ultimately break them apart as only one can become the leader of the gang. Buy the DVD right here.

A River of Skulls

Experience the survival and redemption of the Wild West with the release of ‘A River of Skulls,’ now available on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD and Video on Demand from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. In an outlaw-riddled ghost town, one woman must do what it takes to survive in this dramatic tale highlighted by up and coming talent Kelly Nixon (Nightbeats) and Erik MacRay (TV’s “Felix Blithedale”). Left to fend for herself after the tragic death of her mother, Eula is forced to take action in order to survive. In the midst of the Gold Rush, there are few she can trust, until she finds herself tagging along with an outcast on a mission to find his bandit father. Far from the comforts of home, Eula begins to realize that there is a whole world out there, and it’s far more dangerous than she ever imagined. Buy the DVD right here.