New On DVD This Week: Dallas, Dark Skies, Merlin, Justified, Death Race 2


In its 14th and final season, ‘Dallas‘ goes out in a gusher of murders and kidnappings, lies and blackmail, seductions and schemes. J.R., Bobby and Cliff – three original characters so big only Big D could hold ’em – are at the heart of the action, surrounded by oil-country folks who joined the series over the years and a passel of dynamic newcomers. And of course there’s that Dallas hallmark, a white-knuckle cliffhanger. This time it’s a two-part finale inspired by It’s a Wonderful Life in which J.R.’s guardian from the great beyond shows the Lone Star State’s meanest rattler what the world would have been without him. Think everything’s for the better? Then you’re in for some surprises! Buy the Season 14 DVD right here.

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Dark Skies

An idealistic Congressional aide discovers evidence of aliens living among us. When he stumbles into the government’s longtime cover-up, his life changes forever. In the landmark television series Dark Skies, freedom fighter John Loengard declares that “history as we know it is a lie,” and sets out to find the truth before it’s too late. He and girlfriend Kim Sayers embark on a cross-country crusade, attempting to derail plans by the sinister alien “Hive.” Majestic-12, a covert government agency assigned to secretly fight the aliens, monitors Loengard; and Capt. Frank Bach is ready to silence him—or quietly aid his quest. Call it alternative history or call it the unthinkable truth. Either way, call it … ‘Dark Skies.’ Created by Bryce Zabel and Brent V. Friedman, Dark Skies, a brilliantly intense sci-fi drama, explored the thrilling intersection of history and mystery, politics and paranoia. Starring Eric Close, Megan Ward and the late J.T. Walsh, the series, set in the turbulent 1960s, won devoted fans throughout its 1996-97 run on NBC. Buy the Declassified Complete Series right here.


Merlin‘ is back with even more magic, adventure and romance as the young wizard struggles to protect Prince Arthur in the perilous world of Camelot. While battling deadly assassins, mystical monsters and the most powerful sorcerers Camelot has ever seen, Merlin must work harder than ever to conceal his unique abilities, as King Uther redoubles his war against magic. And Merlin isn’t the only one whose destiny calls—Lady Morgana , Uther’s ward, discovers dangerous secrets she dare not reveal; Lancelot returns, changing everything for both Gwen and Arthur; and King Uther fall in love, little knowing that the charming Lady Catrina is secretly a hideous troll. And as Arthur continues on his path from arrogant prince to the noble and just King Arthur of legend, we see the return of the one prophesised to kill him—the mysterious druid boy, Mordred. Featuring exciting new villains, white-knuckle stunt sequences, and spectacular CGI monsters, Merlin season two is more thrilling than ever. Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

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U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) is a modern day 19th century-style lawman, enforcing his brand of justice in a way that puts a target on his back with criminals and places him at odds with his bosses in the Marshal service in the smash FX hit ‘Justified.’ That conflict results in a reassignment for Givens to the U.S. District covering the town where he grew up. He is an anachronism – a tough, soft spoken gentleman who finds his quarry fascinating, but never gives an inch. Dig under his placid skin and you’ll find an angry man who grew up hard in rural Kentucky, with an outlaw father, who knows a lot more about who he doesn’t want to be than who he really is. Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray right here.

Death Race 2

A deadly driving competition spawns a racing legend in ‘Death Race 2,’ an all-out action thrill ride. Danny Trejo, Ving Rhames, Sean Bean and Luke Goss star along with returning cast members Fred Koehler and Robin Shou in an all-new prequel to Paul W.S. Anderson’s 2008 adrenaline-fueled action-thriller, ‘Death Race.’ Packed with more of the heart-stopping action, spectacular stunts and shocking twists that propelled the original to cult status, the 2-disc Death Race 2 Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD includes unrated and rated versions of the film as well as in-depth bonus features that go behind the scenes of the thrill-packed story of the greatest Death Race driver of all time. The Blu-ray Combo Pack also includes a digital copy of the unrated movie that can be viewed on an array of electronic and portable devices anytime, anywhere. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

The Virginity Hit

From the guys behind ‘Step Brothers’ comes ‘The Virginity Hit,’ an outrageous mockumentary about trying to lose your virginity while the whole world watches. Matt is the last of his buddies to lose his virginity. With his stepbrother recording his every humiliating move and posting it online, Matt gets revenge on his cheating girlfriend, breaks the law, gets a sexy cyber offer too-good-to-be-true, meets the porn star of his dreams and becomes an Internet sensation in the process. Getting laid was never this funny. Buy the DVD right here.

Nite Tales

Prepare for a whole new “flavor” of horror. The ultimate master of “scaremonies” Flavor Flav aka the “Time Keeper” hosts the star-studded anthology series ‘Nite Tales,’ which puts an urban spin on terror. This series brings horror to an entirely new dimension. This DVD set contains five unrated tales of horror including “Night Watch,” “Dark Heart,” “Ima Star,” “Trapped” and “Black Widow.” Bringing these terrifying tales to life is Essence Atkins, Gary Busey, Ray J, DeRay Davis and Brigitte Nielsen among others. Buy the complete series DVD right here.

Top Shot

From the shots of Annie Oakley to William Tell, History takes aim at legendary feats of marksmanship with the competition series ‘Top Shot‘, in which 16 individuals from around the country shoot it out for a $100,000 prize. From the producers of ‘Survivor’, ‘American Choppers’ and ‘Dirty Jobs,’ ‘Top Shot’ Season 1 is now available. Hosted by Colby Donaldson (‘Survivor’), contenders face challenges inspired by real events, from Wild West gunfights to modern-day sniper missions. Every episode reveals the weapons, technologies, and tactics of a different era, while high-speed HD cameras capture each skillful execution with breathtaking precision. All will take aim, but only one contestant will walk away with the $100,000 prize, and title of “Top Shot.” A bonus disc includes over an hour of never-before-seen additional footage of the 300+ auditions, contestant biographies, and elimination interviews that narrow the race down to the final two competitors. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.


A man is caught in a desperate race against time in ‘Buried,’ the claustrophobic thriller from director Rodrigo Cortés. Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) is an American truck driver who has been contracted to work in Iraq, and while delivering a load of kitchen equipment as part of a humanitarian aid program, he’s captured by insurgent guerrillas who intend to hold him hostage. Paul is struck unconscious, put into a coffin-like box, and buried, and when he comes to, all he has to help him get out is a lighter and a cell phone. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.


Six rogue filmmakers explore the hidden side of everything from very unique viewpoints in ‘Freakonomics.’ Based on material from the incredible bestseller by economists Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, Chad Troutwine has produced a film that brings together a talented group of directors responsible for some of the most critically acclaimed and entertaining documentaries in recent memory. Academy Award nominee Morgan Spurlock kicks things off with an amusing look at the naming of babies and how it can affect their economic status later in life. Buy the DVD right here.

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