New On DVD This Week: Doctor Who, Lie To Me, Grown Ups, Californication

Doctor Who

The BBC proudly brings to Blu-ray and DVD the new era of Doctor Who – which delivered BBC America record ratings – with the release of ‘Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series.’ The first full Doctor Who season to be released on Blu-ray Disc, the 6-disc DVD and Blu-ray sets include all 13-episodes from this thrilling series plus two exclusive new scenes, ‘Doctor Who: Confidentials,’ outtakes and much more. In the new rebooted series from BAFTA-winning writer Steven Moffat, The Doctor has regenerated into a brand-new man, but danger strikes before he can even recover. Matt Smith debuts as the new, Eleventh incarnation of the famous Time Lord alongside a new traveling companion, the enigmatic Amy Pond (Karen Gillan). With his time machine, the TARDIS, wrecked and the sonic screwdriver, his most crucial device destroyed, the new Doctor has just 20 minutes to save the whole world – and only Amy Pond to help him. Buy the Season 5 DVD right here and the Blu-ray right here.

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Life continues to spin gloriously out of control for downbeat, self-loathing author Hank Moody in ‘Californication,’ Season 3, now available on DVD. The third season of Showtime’s Golden Globe-winning series garnered its largest audience ever, starring Golden Globe winner David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Evan Handler, Pamela Adlon and Madeline Martin. Sophisticated and unique, Season 3 of this hit series centers on famed novelist and NYC transplant Hank Moody (Duchovny) who heads back to school as a college professor. The truth-telling, hard-living and self-destructive scribe struggles to balance his new life as the Big Man on Campus, while raising a rebellious daughter to “do as I say, not as I do.” The third season features guest appearances by Rick Springfield, Diane Farr, Peter Gallagher and Kathleen Turner. Buy the Season 3 DVD right here.

Lie To Me

Most people cannot tell from demeanor or body language when others are lying — this is best left to the experts. From executive producers of ’24’ and ‘Arrested Development’ comes Season 2 of ‘Lie To Me,’ a drama of a deception expert who helps uncover the truth for the FBI, local police, law firms, corporations, and individuals. ‘Lie to Me’ stars Oscar nominee Tim Roth as the cheeky Dr. Cal Lightman, the world’s foremost expert on deception specializing in detecting facial micro-expressions and involuntary body-language to determine if and why someone is lying. Dr. Lightman heads the Lightman Group, a private agency assisting federal law enforcement, government agencies and local police with their most difficult cases. Joining Dr. Lightman in his work is an all-star cast of Dr. Gillian Foster, a gifted psychologist; Eli Loker, Lightman’s professional partner and lead researcher; and Ria Torres. Season two marks the highly anticipated regular role of Agent Ben Reynolds who finds himself reluctantly partnering with the Lightman Group to catch serial rapists and murderers. Season Two includes 22 full-hour episodes on six DVDs and can be bought right here.

Grown Ups

The ultimate comedy dream team unites in the family box-office hit ‘Grown Ups,’ is now available on DVD. ‘Grown Ups’ reunites a group of childhood friends who discover that growing old doesn’t necessarily mean growing up. Adam Sandler gathers the biggest cast of comedic heavyweights, with an all-star ensemble including Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, and Maya Rudolph. The bonus features on the single DVD includes two gag reels and behind-the-scenes featurette with the cast. The Blu-ray disc is packed with additional exclusive materials including deleted scenes, blooper reels and featurettes including commentary with the director. Buy the DVD right here.

8: The Mormon Proposition

In 2008, California voters were asked to weigh in on Proposition 8, a ballot measure that would amend the state constitution to specify that marriage was legal only between a man and a woman, effectively ending the drive to bring gay marriage to California. Proposition 8 was passed, the first time California voters had agreed to limit civil rights by law, and among its most vocal supporters were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints, better known as the Mormons. Mormon groups contributed 22 million dollars to advertising campaigns against Prop. 8, and some Mormon activists took part in inflammatory disinformation campaigns about the possible effects of making gay marriage legal. Filmmakers Reed Cowan and Steven Greenstreet examine the role of the Mormon Church in the battle against same-sex marriage in the documentary 8: The Mormon Proposition, as well as examining Mormon doctrine on homosexuality (including church-approved programs to “cure” homosexuality), suicide rates among gay teens in Mormon communities, and misleading comments from Mormon leaders on the impact of Prop. 8 on religious freedoms. ‘8: The Mormon Proposition‘ received its world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Buy the DVD right here.

Bill Moyers On Faith And Reason

Seen on PBS, ‘Bill Moyers on Faith & Reason‘ is now available on DVD. Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist, Bill Moyers, delves into stimulating conversations with some of the 21st century’s most influential intellectuals on the role of religion and politics in modern society. This engaging documentary calls into question the controversial and deeply personal question of religion and seeks to answer how we learn to live together in a world where religion poisons some lives but gives profound purpose to others. ‘Bill Moyers on Faith & Reason’ originally aired on PBS in 2006. Join veteran journalist Bill Moyers as he sits down with 12 noted writers and thinkers from a wide spectrum of beliefs to discuss their search for meaning. These frank, one-on-one conversations touch on the pressing issues in our post-9/11 world: the increasing politicization of faith, the perceived gulf between science and religion, the tension between tolerance and free expression, and more. Original voices such as Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis, Mary Gordon, and climatologist Sir John Houghton add a personal dimension to the conversation as they share their heartfelt beliefs and explore how those beliefs inform their lives and work. Buy the DVD right here.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

In ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,’ Edgar Wright brings Bryan Lee O’Malley’s hugely popular graphic novel series to life with gravity-defying action and videogame-inspired graphics. Joining lead actor Michael Cera is one of the coolest ensemble casts ever to share the big screen including Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Chris Evans, Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick, Alison Pill, Aubrey Plaza, Brandon Routh, Jason Schwartzman, Johnny Simmons, Mark Webber, Mae Whitman and Ellen Wong . ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ also boasts an awesome soundtrack featuring original music by Beck and performances by Broken Social Scene, Metric and more. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

The Chronicles Of Narnia

C.S. Lewis’s enchanting tale ‘The Chronicles Of Narnia’ comes to life in this classic BBC adaptation from 1988. When young Second World War evacuee Lucy Pevensie hides in an old wardrobe during a game of hide and seek, she finds herself transported to the magical land of Narnia, locked in eternal winter by the evil White Witch. Her siblings do not believe her when she tells them of this strange new world, but they are soon in Narnia themselves, fighting alongside the noble lion Aslan to defeat the witch and her mighty army. This set includes the following complete stories from the book series: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; The Silver Chair. Buy the Chronicles of Narnia DVD right here.

The Boondocks

The complete raw, uncut, and uncensored 3rd season of adultswim’s top-rated comedy hit series ‘The Boondocks‘ is now here in this DVD set packed with special extras. Laugh yourself silly at the hilarious and unpredictable antics of everyone’s favorite bad boys – Huey, Riley, and Robert (Granddad) Freeman. This 3-disc set contains all of Aaron McGruder’s outrageous Boondocks crew, a slew of irreverent bonus features and the special vocal talents of Bill Maher, Billy Dee Williams and Charlie Murphy. Buy the Season 3 DVD right here.

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The BBC introduces a fresh, new interpretation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous detective series in the DVD and Blu-ray release – ‘Sherlock: Season One.’ Penned by Doctor Who scribes Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, ‘Sherlock’ is a fast-paced, edgy, contemporary series which manages to maintain the original spirit of the literary crime-solving icon. Fresh from the war in Afghanistan, a chance encounter brings Dr. John Watson into the life of the enigmatic detective Sherlock Holmes. The two men couldn’t be more different, but Sherlock’s dazzling leaps of intellect and John’s down-to-earth pragmatism balance each other perfectly, and they soon forge an unbreakable alliance. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here and the Blu-ray right here.

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Ocean’s Eleven

New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. Roulette wheels spin, cards snap, slots chime, champagne fizzes, shows go on…and the lights go out. It’s the perfect time to steal a kiss or a $25 chip. But for Danny Ocean (Frank Sinatra) and 10 partners in crime, it’s the ideal moment to steal millions in the classic ‘Ocean’s Eleven,’ now on Blu-ray. Sinatra and off-screen pals Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, play army buddies who scheme to knock out power to the Vegas strip, electronically rig five big casino vaults and raid them all on the same night. Packed with location-lensed glamour, sweaty suspense, swinging comedy and a stunning twist ending now in gorgeous hi-def, Ocean’s 11 is not to be missed. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Peanuts Holiday Collection

Everyone’s favorite Peanuts Holiday titles are now available on Blu-ray! The Blu-ray + DVD Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) includes the Deluxe Editions in one set with EC and bonus episodes. It’s a new updated look that still maintains the integrity and feel of Classic Peanuts. All the content including EC and bonus episodes from the following Peanuts Deluxe Edition releases: ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,’ ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,’ and ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas.’ Buy the Holiday collection on Blu-ray right here.

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Mystery Science Theater 3000

You are cordially invited to celebrate the launch of this year’s holiday season with the rambunctious crew from the Satellite of Love, as Joel, Mike and their robot pals Gypsy, Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot embark on a painfully joyful (and joyfully painful) voyage through the magnificent madness of the ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XIX‘ limited-edition 4-DVD box set (featuring the highly collectible Gypsy figurine). This side-splitting collection of MST3K features the show’s never-before-released episodes Robot Monster, Bride of the Monster, Devil Doll and Devil Fish. Those entrees come with a side of extras, including a new introduction by J. Elvis Weinstein, cult filmmaker Larry Blamire’s full-fledged geek-out on Robot Monster, new featurettes on Bride of the Monster and Devil Doll, MST3K: Origins and Beyond from CONvergence 2009, original movie trailers, and four exclusive MST3K mini-posters by artist Steve Vance. There might even be an Easter Egg…we’re just sayin’. This limited-edition 4-DVD box set also includes a figurine of Gypsy, the perfect companion to the Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo figurines included in previous year-end Mystery Science Theater 3000 DVD box sets, all of which have become collector’s items. Buy the Volume XIX set right here.

Scooby Doo

Laughs and scares aplenty are unleashed in these two popular live-action/computer-animation romps featuring Fred (Freddie Prinze Jr.), Daphne (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Shaggy (Matthew Lillard), Velma (Linda Cardellini) and that canine you-know-doo. The Mystery Inc. gang reunites in ‘Scooby-Doo‘ to find out what’s behind the jinky-jittery goings-on at Spooky Island, the Spring Break hot spot run by Emile Mondavarious. ‘Scooby-Doo 2 Monsters Unleashed’ finds our heroes with their hands and paws full trying to find out why Coolsville is overrun with monsters the pals thought they’d defeated years earlier…but now the beastly beings are b-a-a-ack. Doo the fright thing, Scooby-Doo fans, and enjoy! Buy the Blu-ray double feature right here.

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Men Of A Certain Age

The first season of TNT’s widely-acclaimed hit drama series, ‘Men of a Certain Age,’ starring Emmy winner Ray Romano (‘Everybody Loves Raymond’), Emmy winner Andre Braugher (‘Homicide: Life on the Street’) and Golden Globe winner Scott Bakula (‘Quantum Leap’), is now available on DVD. One of the year’s most critically lauded new television series, ‘Men of a Certain Age’ is a wry drama that follows three men who have been best friends since college and are now navigating through the second act of their lives. Braugher received an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his performance as Owen in the show. A perfect stocking stuffer for the holidays, the Season 1 set includes all 10 episodes from the first season. Additionally, the two-disc set features a plethora of bonus material ranging from deleted scenes and a gag reel to commentary by Romano, Braugher, Bakula and series co-creator Mike Royce and more. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

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