New On DVD This Week: Yogi Bear, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Firebreather, The Venture Brothers

Yogi Bear

Everyone’s favorite pic-a-nic basket-stealing bear brings his meal-mooching ways to movies in the live-action/CG-animated adventure ‘Yogi Bear‘ starring Dan Aykroyd as the voice of Jellystone Park’s famed troublemaker Yogi Bear and Justin Timberlake as the voice of Yogi’s faithful pal Boo Boo. Jellystone has been losing business, so conniving Mayor Brown has decided to shut it down and sell the land. Faced with the loss of his home, Yogi must prove he really is “smarter than the average bear” as he and Boo Boo join forces with Ranger Smith to find a way to save the park from closing forever. Anna Faris, Tom Cavanagh, TJ Miller and Andrew Daly co-star in this wonderful new incarnation of Hanna-Barbera’s classic cartoon. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Scarecrow and Mrs. King

American spy Lee Stetson and his housewife sidekick Mrs. Amanda King are really going places in Season 2 of ‘Scarecrow and Mrs. King,’ fighting the Cold War in London, Munich, Salzburg and the Caribbean. Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner again play the mismatched operatives, mixing laughs, intrigue and battle-of-the-sexes verbal jabs in this collection of 23 Episodes on 5 DVDs. Amanda is targeted by a white-slavery ring. Lee and his mentor, dithery Lady Emily Farnsworth, hunt for stolen plans for a top-secret plane. Amanda is the other woman in a headline-grabbing sex scandal. And Mrs. King becomes Mrs. Scarecrow on a romantic wedding cruise, complete with veil, vows and smooch at the altar – all in the line of duty, of course! Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

[iframe–DVD-Clip/embed 580 476]


Cartoon Network is bringing the heat with the release of the network’s first-ever original CGI movie event – ‘Firebreather‘ – on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. The Blu-ray Disc and DVD versions will include the top-rated feature film and cool bonus features such as deleted scenes and a visual development featurette. This spellbinding film follows 16-year-old Duncan as he experiences normal teenage problems like the difficulties of fitting in and not so normal problems like dealing with orange skin and craving coal instead of sandwiches. As the son of a human mother who wants him to lead a normal life and a Kaiju father (a race of ancient, powerful creatures) who wants him to take over the world, life can get pretty interesting. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Venture Brothers

Back in October, fans of Adult Swim’s ‘The Venture Brothers‘ were able to own the first eight episodes of the series’ fourth season, and coming this March, they can finally own the final eight episodes complete with bonus features, with the release of The Venture Bros. Season 4 Volume 2 DVD. Relive every moment as the boys and Doctor Venture adjust to life without Brock – and Henchman 21 adjusts to life without 24 – plus new mysteries which are revealed while even more questions are raised. In addition to featuring episodes from the fourth season, both releases contain deleted scenes and commentaries for every episode. Buy the Season 4, Volume 2 DVD right here.

Scary Movie 4

Spoof series torch-bearer and Airplane! mastermind David Zucker steps back into the captain’s chair for yet another round of cinematic shenanigans in the latest installment of the ‘Scary Movie’ franchise, ‘Scary Movie 4,’ this time mocking such frightful blockbusters as ‘Saw,’ ‘War of the Worlds’ and ‘The Village’. An alien invasion threatens to wipe out the entire human race, but not if Cindy Campbell (Anna Faris) and her nymphomaniac pal, Brenda Meeks (Regina Hall), have any say in the matter. With the clock counting down for all of humankind and the extraterrestrial invasion about to begin, the fearless but slightly dunderheaded heroines are joined by a series of celebrity guests including Dr. Phil, Carmen Electra, Chris Elliott, Shaquille O’Neal, and, of course, Leslie Nielsen in ensuring that the planet remains free of the alien menace and prepared for yet another installment in the hilarious series. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The People I’ve Slept With

The People I’ve Slept With‘ is a sexy, romantic story about Angela, a young woman with a zealously active sex life, who makes keepsake “baseball cards” of each of her male conquests. Upon discovering she’s pregnant, Angela begins a quest to find the identity of the father. Together with her gay best friend and co-worker Gabriel, the two go on a comical and raunchy hunt through her past hook-ups and dates to find her “baby-daddy.” But as Angela peels back the layers of her frisky past, she begins to realize that the answers she is looking for reveal themselves in surprising ways. Buy the DVD right here.


In a world of chaos one woman seeks to settle an old score with ‘Vanquisher’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD. From writer and Director Manop Udomdej, ‘Vanquisher’ features rising martial arts action star Sophita Sribanchean, as CIA agent Genja who is betrayed by her own agency and forced into hiding after a covert mission goes awry. Having narrowly escaped an attempt on her life, Genja comes out of hiding and resurfaces in Bangkok with a vengeance to find out who wants her dead and to help stop another fatal crime from happening. The clock is ticking in her pursuit of retribution and justice, and she must fight for her survival as she meets up with old ‘friends’ along the way. Buy the DVD right here.

MGM Limited Edition Collection

Billy Two Hats (1974) – A middle-aged Scotsman (Gregory Peck), pursued by the law for a bank robbery, adopts a half-Indian boy (Desi Arnaz, Jr.). Directed by Norman Jewison. Buy the DVD right here.

Fort Massacre (1958) – Joel McCrea gives a compelling performance as a cavalry sergeant apparently leading his men to safety, but actually slowly going mad in an insane attempt to avenge an Indian massacre. Directed by Joseph M. Newman. Buy the DVD here.

Man From Del Rio (1956) – Mexican gunfighter Dave Robles outdraws the town’s outlaw-turned-sheriff and is invited to fill the dead man’s shoes. Directed by Harry Horner. Buy the DVD here.

The Black Sleep (1958) – The masters of classic horror (Basil Rathbone, John Carradine, Bela Lugosi, and Lon Chaney, Jr.) gather together and meet in a spooky old house in which a crazed scientist creates frightening human mutants. Directed by Reginald LeBorg. Buy the DVD here.

Daughters of Satan (1972) – An antique dealer living in Manila falls victim to an ancient Satanic curse—the result of his wife joining a cult. Directed by Hollingsworth Morse. Buy the DVD here.

Queen of Blood (1966) – When an alien ship crash-lands on Mars, a rescue ship sent to look for survivors. They find just one: an alien vampire, who starts killing the crew by sucking their blood. Directed by Curtis Harrington. Buy the DVD here.

The Ambulance (1990) – When the woman of his dreams is snatched by a strange ambulance, Josh (Eric Roberts) looks into a series of similar disappearances and finds a ring of doctors who traffic in human guinea pigs. Also stars James Earl Jones, directed by Larry Cohen. Buy the DVD here.

Body Slam (1986) – A rock & roll wrestling comedy with an unscrupulous music promoter (Dirk Benedict) latching onto wrestling as his meal ticket. Directed by Hal Needham. Buy the DVD here.

The Caller (1987) – A strange visitor (Malcolm McDowell) finds his way into the home of a lone woman, and undertones of fear quietly begin to surface as a series of twisted, chilling games ensue. Directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman. Buy the DVD here.

Cohen & Tate (1988) – Two Mafia hitmen kidnap a nine-year-old trial witness, who uses his youth and street smarts to play the two men against each other before being killed. Directed by Eric Red. Buy the DVD here.\

Cop Hater (1958) – Imaginative filmmaking enhances this tale of summer violence in New York City as police seek a cop killer (Roy Scheider). Directed by William Berke. Buy the DVD here.

Buried Alive (1990) – Students at a correctional school for girls start disappearing, when it is found they are being buried alive by someone who has a connection to the school’s insane past. Directed by Gerald Kikoine. Buy the DVD here.

The Big I Am

When a cruel twist of fate catapults a small time crook into the big league, as head of a brutal London gang poised on the brink of a lucrative human-trafficking deal, bullets are sure to fly in the gritty, action-packed ‘The Big I Am.’ From director Nic Auerbach, making his feature film debut, comes this fast-paced crime drama following in the shoot ‘em up footsteps of Guy Ritchie’s British street oeuvre. Mickey Skinner (Leo Gregory) is a small time crook with little success and a lot of debts. While out on yet another doomed, petty crime, he makes a last minute escape in a stolen car. The only problem is that Don Barber (Vincent Regan), psychopathic head of the London underworld, is stuffed inside the trunk. On the verge of closing a lucrative human trafficking deal, and facing arrest and assassination, Barber goes underground and does the unthinkable — appoints the hapless Mickey to run the gang in his place for 24 hours. Thrust into middle of a brutally violent turf war and With the cards more than stacked against him, Skinner embarks on the mammoth task of filling the crime lord’s… but has he got it in him to give it ‘The Big I Am?’ Buy the DVD right here.

Dark Fields

When the remote, drought-stricken farming community of Perseverance resorts to child sacrifice to bring healing rains to their land, a terrible curse is unleashed, that haunts their bloodlines for generations in ‘Dark Fields.’ More than a century later, one of their descendents is struck by a horrible affliction and must commit an unspeakable act of murder to remove the curse once and for all. The special edition DVD features a host of thrilling bonuses including audio commentary with director Schulze, behind-the-scenes- footage, deleted scenes and animated storyboards. Buy the DVD right here.

Roger Corman’s Cult Classics: Jackson County Jail/Caged Heat!

Advertising executive Dinah Hunter (Yvette Mimieux) leaves a promising career in Los Angeles to start a new life in New York City. She heads east on a long cross-country drive that becomes a nightmare after she picks up some hitchhikers and finds herself beaten up and stranded in a small town, then is thrown in the jailhouse on vagrancy charges. Dinah finds herself at the mercy of some bad cops, but she finds a way to escape with another prisoner, Coley Blake (Tommy Lee Jones – Rolling Thunder). Now the two embark on a wild car chase with the police. Also starring are Robert Carradine, Howard Hesseman and Mary Woronov. Buy the DVD right here.

How Do You Know

From Writer/Director James L. Brooks, creator of such modern classics as ‘As Good as It Gets,’ ‘Broadcast News’ and ‘Terms of Endearment’, comes the hilarious and heartfelt new romantic comedy ‘How Do You Know.’ Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd delight as three points of an amusing romantic triangle involving a former star softball player (Witherspoon), a hotshot major league baseball player (Wilson) and a down-on-his luck businessman (Rudd). Three-time Oscar winner Jack Nicholson shows up in a can’t miss supporting turn as Rudd’s loveably corrupt father in a film packed with sharply drawn humor, sparkling performances and witty writing. Now, movie fans can catch this winning comedy on Blu-ray and DVD, featuring crystal clear picture and sound, plus hours of amusing bonus features that take you behind-the-scenes of this uniquely entertaining look at life’s big questions…and even bigger surprises! Buy the DVD right here.

Perfume of the Lady in Black

Director Francesco Barilli’s hallucinatory horror-thriller ‘Perfume of the Lady in Black’ stars Mimsy Farmer who portrays Sylvia, a chemist who begins to suffer from strange visions; a mysterious woman in black applying perfume in a mirror appears to her and strangers follow her everywhere she goes. Barilli’s psychological investigation into the workings of the mind becomes apparent when it is revealed that as a child, Sylvia committed a horrible crime. The slow progression from successful scientist to a woman on the verge of insanity shows an in-depth look at the intricacies of the haunted mind. This is a remarkable film, weaving reality, fantasy and memory into an almost seamless fabric. It is one of the best examples ever of an Italian horror genre film and one of the finest studies of psychosis and madness ever filmed. Buy the DVD right here.


A faithful husband compromises his own moral principles to satisfy his wife’s perverse sexual appetite only to be falsely accused of rape, setting into motion a dangerous sequence of events fueled by lies, lust, and betrayal in ‘Consinsual,’ a brand new urban thriller. Terrance Moore (Siaka Massaquoi, ‘Saidi’s Song’), a successful chef and faithful husband, goes to the extreme to please his wife’s (Keena Ferguson, ‘Living The Dream’) sexually iniquitous desires. What follows is a dense web of lust and manipulation as he is falsely accused of rape and may pay the ultimate price. ‘Consinsual’ also stars Kathryn Taylor (‘Perfect Combination’) and Alexis Zibolis (‘Plaguers’). Buy the DVD right here.


The clever and entertaining action-drama ‘Leverage,’ The Third Season debuts on DVD June 7, 2011 from Paramount Home Entertainment, timed to coincide with the Season 4 premiere on TNT. Executive produced by Dean Devlin through his Electric Entertainment production company, the third season of the critically-acclaimed show averaged 4.5 million viewers per episode and has continued to deliver original and often witty stories of talented con artists taking down corrupt corporations. Oscar-winner Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People) stars as the leader of his elite team who act as modern day Robin Hoods by standing up for those who have been victimized by the rich and powerful.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Comments are closed.