New On DVD This Week: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Red Riding Hood

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince‘ Ultimate Edition includes over one hour of never-before-seen bonus content. In Harry Potter’s world. Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 6: Magical Effects: In Harry Potter’s world, portraits come to life, potions transform, time reverses, Quidditch players soar, dragons attack and magic is everywhere. Explore the moviemaking magic that created the wizardry and wonder of the Harry Potter film series. Now, fascinating new insights, interviews and watch-it-happen footage let you experience the triumphs of technical wizards who conjured up an awe-inspiring alternate reality. Share the fun as Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson negotiate the moving stairs. Marvel as an oversized water tank transforms into the depths of the black lake for the Triwizard Tournament. Discover which amazing sequence was filmed entirely using computer-generated imagery. Watch as blue- and green-screen backgrounds transform into towering structures and endless landscapes. You don’t know the magic until you’ve seen Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 6: Magical Effects. Buy the Ultimate Edition Blu-ray set right here.

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Red Riding Hood

Catherine Hardwicke directs the fantasy thriller ‘Red Riding Hood‘ that puts a haunting twist on the classic fairy tale. For years the villagers of Daggerhorn have maintained an uneasy truce with a werewolf – but the beast changes the stakes by killing the older sister of beautiful young Valerie (Amanda Seyfried). Promised in marriage to one man but in love with another, Valerie has her life dramatically affected yet again by the creature’s bloody actions. When a werewolf hunter warns that the beast takes human form by day and walks among them, panic sets in as the death toll rises. And Valerie learns she has a unique connection to the wolf that inexorably draws them together, making her both suspect…and bait. Gary Oldman, Billie Burke, Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons, Virginia Madsen, Lukas Haas and Julie Christie also star. Help Red Riding Hood Choose: Henry or Peter? Vote here and buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

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Stephen Kings meets ‘The X-Files’ in ‘Haven,’ the breakout Syfy series from the creative team behind ‘The Dead Zone’ and ‘Tru Calling.’ Hailed by critics and fans alike, Season 1 starring Emily Rose and Eric Balfour is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. ‘Haven’ follows FBI agent Audrey Parker (Rose), who takes up residence in the small town of Haven, Maine, and soon discovers the town’s many secrets. A longtime refuge for people with an eclectic range of supernatural abilities, Haven also holds the key to unlocking mysteries of Audrey’s lost past. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Battle Los Angeles

For years, there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world — Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, and China. But in 2011, what were once just sightings will become a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world’s great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It’s up to a Marine staff sergeant (Eckhart) and his new platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they’ve ever encountered before. ‘Battle: Los Angeles‘ was written by Chris Bertolini (The General’s Daughter) and produced by Neal H. Moritz and Ori Marmur (The Green Hornet, The Bounty Hunter). Executive producers are Jeffrey Chernov (upcoming Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Star Trek) and David Greenblatt.
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Doctor Who

An irresistible force draws the TARDIS to the barren surface of Frontios, where in the far future the last surviving humans cower amongst the ruins of their wrecked spacecraft in ‘Doctor Who: Frontios.’ Under constant threat from lethal meteorite bombardments, few of the doomed colony members realize that the ground of Frontios itself opens up and devours the unwary. Not permitted to assist, the Doctor attempts to leave, but is thwarted when the unimaginable occurs: the TARDIS is utterly destroyed. All the while, burrowing undetected below the planet’s crust, sickening alien parasites prepare a gruesome and final fate for all humanity. And then in ‘Doctor Who: Time and the Rani’ set, violently wrenched out of time, the TARDIS is brought crashing down onto the planet Lakertya by the villainous Rani (Kate O’Mara, Dynasty). Caught within the maelstrom, the Doctor is forced to regenerate. Imprisoning the Doctor in her stronghold, the Rani seizes upon his vulnerable state. By impersonating his friend Mel, the Rani deceives the unwitting Doctor into helping her achieve her audacious plan. Just what is she up to? Why has she enslaved Albert Einstein and a host of geniuses? And as an asteroid composed of Strange Matter approaches Lakertya, can a weakened Doctor save the universe when he has little idea of who he really is? Buy the Frontios and Time and the Rani DVDs.


Supernatural‘ Season 2 is now available on Blu-ray for the first time. Gear up for another ride, as brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester hunt for what gives most people nightmares. Bound by tragedy and blood to a dangerous otherworldly mission, the two brothers travel from the Colorado wilderness to Nebraska farmlands and on to isolated Wisconsin lakes, encountering creatures that most people believe only exist in folklore, superstition and nightmares. In addition to all the special features from the original DVD release, the Blu-ray edition features a cool interactive road map complete with new interviews and insights into the show and is the last of the show’s 5 seasons to be released on Blu-ray. They’re back – the ghouls the vampires, the ghosts, spirits and even more terrifying entities. And wherever these evil beings are, you’ll find brothers Sam and Dean Winchester, hunters on the trail of the demon who murdered their mother…and any other unholy agents of the supernatural. Join the Winchesters in their mind-bending, bone-chilling season two road trip across America – a journey deeper into the mystery of their own destinies. Buy the Season 2 Blu-ray right here.

MGM Limited Edition Collection

Call of the Wild (1972) – Based on the 1903 Jack London adventure classic, ‘Call of the Wild’ is an exciting tale of gold fever and adventure in the Yukon. Charlton Heston stars and Ken Annakin directs. Buy the DVD right here.

Defiance (1980) – An out-of-work merchant seaman single-handedly tames a powerful street gang (“The Souls”) that has been terrorizing his neighborhood on New York City’s Lower East Side. Michael Jan Vincent, Theresa Saldana, and Art Carney star. Buy the DVD right here.

Fort Bowie (1958) – Attempting to affect peace between his men and the Apaches, the commander of a fort unwittingly inspires an Indian massacre. Ben Johnson, Kent Taylor, Jan Harrison and Jana Davi star, with Howard W. Koch directing. Buy the DVD right here.

Geronimo (1962) – Chuck Connors stars as the legendary Apache leader in this sweeping 1883 story that has the brave Geronimo steadfastly holding his ground against both U.S. and Mexican military forces. Buy the DVD right here.

The Boondock Saints

he souls of the wicked shall be purified by blood—but only at the hands of two notorious vigilante brothers whose killing spree is a mission from God. The cult phenomenon ‘The Boondock Saints’: Truth & Justice Edition is now available on Blu-ray, just in time for Father’s Day. The Truth & Justice Edition contains both the R-rated and unrated director’s cut with digital copy for the first time and an all-new, never-before-seen bonus feature that pulls you even deeper into the gritty, action-packed Boondock’s world. When a series of mysterious murders occur in Boston, the police begin to suspect that the deaths are vigilante killings perpetrated by twins Connor and Murphy MacManus. Pursued by FBI Special Agent Paul Smecker, the devout Irish Catholic duo maintain innocence while wreaking havoc on the town dispensing their own brand of justice—a perverse, religious mission to rid Boston of all evil men. After enlisting the help of their friend Rocco, the brothers set out to hunt down every mobster and vicious criminal with unusual flair and dramatic style: by praying for each victim before the ensuing bloodbath. The Russian mob hires a hitman, the infamous ‘Il Duce’, to avenge the deaths of their comrades. However, the showdown between the MacManus twins and Il Duce ultimately leads to a shocking and unbelievable climax. Buy the Truth and Justice Edition Blu-ray right here.

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Crash and Burn/Robot Wars

Buckle-up for double dose of science fiction adventures filled with heart-stopping action and suspense as Shout! Factory brings ‘Crash and Burn’ and ‘Robot Wars’ in a Giant Robot Action Pack double-feature DVD. It’s the year 2030, and man’s worst nightmares have become an oppressive reality in ‘Crash And Burn.’ Big Brother has come to life in the form of Unicom, an all-powerful conglomerate that emerged in the wake of a devastating global economic collapse. A group of dissenters has surfaced to fight Unicom’s autocracy and stop the murderous Synthoid—a humanlike robot programmed to kill all those who pose a threat to the organization. The ultimate battle between metallic giants begins in ‘Robot Wars’ when a malicious foreign dignitary hijacks the last mega-robot on Earth, the MRAS-2, and threatens to unleash its crushing powers against the people of the Eastern Alliance. There’s only one force magnificent enough to stop the MRAS-2 — a MEGA-1 robot hidden under the city. Buy the DVD right here.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix‘ Ultimate Edition includes over one hour of never-before-seen bonus content. Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 5: Evolution Deeper. Bolder. Darker. As the eight Harry Potter films trace Harry’s journey from innocent schoolboy to selfless hero, the series undergoes a transformation. Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 5: Evolution – packed with exclusive content only available here – takes you along for every exciting step of the 10-year filmmaking odyssey. Join the four directors, key members of the crew and cast, including Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, as they explore how the creative vision for the films evolved to maintain the integrity and increasing intensity of J.K. Rowling’s expansive literary series. From the ever-changing architecture of Hogwarts Castle and expanding landscape of the wizarding world, to the darkening color palette of each successive film, to the young actors maturing along with their characters, it is a wondrous and spectacular adventure to experience. Buy the Ultimate Edition Blu-ray set right here.

The Glades

This season’s most intriguing new series is now available on DVD. In ‘The Glades‘ Season 1, fans and new viewers alike will experience the gripping mystery, complex characters and the wry humor that is “par for the course” in A&E Network’s highest rated original series. Recently renewed for its second season, ‘The Glades’ stars Australian actor Matt Passmore as Jim Longworth, an attractive, brilliant, yet hard to get along with homicide detective from Chicago who is forced into exile after being wrongfully accused of sleeping with his former captain’s wife. Longworth relocates to the sleepy, middle-of-nowhere town of Palm Glade, Florida, where the sunshine and golf are plentiful and crime is seemingly at a minimum. But this town outside the Florida Everglades isn’t quite as idyllic as he thought, as he finds people keep turning up murdered. Each case pulls Longworth off the golf course and reluctantly into his element as one of the sharpest homicide detectives in the field. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

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Marvel Knights: Spider Woman Agent of SWORD

Ripped from the pages of “Secret Invasion” and “New Avengers,” Marvel Knights Animation: ‘SPIDER-WOMAN – Agent of S.W.O.R.D.’ follows the new adventures of Jessica Drew as she rediscovers her life in a world she did not make. Seeking revenge against those who destroyed her life, Jessica Drew must rise to become Spider-Woman again, even if it means her ultimate demise. Featuring guest appearances by Spider-Man, the Avengers, Wolverine, Black Widow, Captain America and Ms. Marvel, this acclaimed comic-book mini-series written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Alex Maleev finally comes to life in this stunning Marvel Knights Animation presentation. The Marvel Knights Animation: SPIDER-WOMAN – Agent of S.W.O.R.D. DVD is packed with extensive bonus content and a graphic rich cover, plus a unique replica of comic book-style plastic sleeve packaging that bridges the comic book to DVD concept. Buy the DVD right here.

Gordon’s War/Off Limits

Get ready for more high-octane action as two memorable classic films Gordon’s War, starring Paul Winfield, and Off Limits, starring Willem Dafoe, Gregory Hines, Fred Ward and Amanda Pays, arrive in an action-packed double-feature DVD. Gordon (Paul Winfield, The Terminator) spent four years in Vietnam as a Green Beret fighting someone else’s battle . . . now he’s come back home to fight his own. He returns to a Harlem that has changed — drugs and prostitution have taken over his neighborhood, and his wife even overdosed from drugs in ‘Gordon’s War.’ Being a cop is tough. But in war-torn Saigon in 1968, being a cop is crazy. Someone is brutally murdering Vietnamese prostitutes with children by American fathers, and plainclothes military cops Sgt. Buck McGriff (Willem Dafoe, Spider-Man) and Sgt. Albaby Perkins (Gregory Hines, The Cotton Club) are put on the case that no one wants solved in ‘Off Limits.’ Buy the DVD right here.

Hall Pass

Best buddies Rick and Fred (Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis) have both been married for a long time in ‘Hall Pass.’ They love their wives, but, like some guys, just can’t help checking out every other woman who crosses their paths. Fed up with this habitual rubber-necking, their wives (Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate) take a bold approach to revitalize their marriages by granting their husbands a “hall pass”: one week of freedom to do whatever they want, no questions asked. Seven days to see exactly what it is out there they think they’re missing… or stop looking once and for all. At first, it sounds like a dream come true for Rick and Fred. But they quickly discover that their expectations of the single life—and themselves—are completely and hilariously out of sync with reality. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Big Momma’s: Like Father Like Son

Just in time for Father’s Day, ‘Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son‘ bounces on the Motherload Edition DVD and Blu-ray combo pack. The Motherload Edition Blu-ray combo pack is the ultimate gift, including Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy and featuring and all-new extended cut, gag reel and deleted scenes. This is the third installment in the Big Momma franchise starring Martin Lawrence as Big Momma and FBI agent Malcolm Turner and Brandon T. Jackson as Big Momma’s stepson Trent and grand-niece Charmaine. After stints as an undercover grandmother and an undercover nanny, FBI agent Malcolm Turner (Martin Lawrence) adds “undercover housemother” to his resume in ‘Big Momma’s: Like Father, Like Son.’ In this hefty new comedy, Big Momma is hired to go deep undercover as the Headmistress of the Atlanta Girls’ School for the Arts attended by aspiring music student and leading love interest Haley (Jessica Lucas). Proving “like father, like son,” Turner brings along his stepson Trent (Brandon T. Jackson) to double as Big Momma’s grand-niece Charmaine and go undercover as a student in the school with hilarious results. The duo tries in vain to derail attempts by the school’s security guard (Faizon Love) to get control of the debauchery. Buy the Blu-ray right here.


As a successful entrepreneur, he had it all—fame, fortune, and a beautiful woman—but beneath the surface he struggled to fight his personal demons. Revenge and betrayal come to a crux in the gripping thriller ‘N-Secure,’ now available on DVD. This no-holds-barred drama has become a cult favorite and features a star-studded cast headlined by Cordell Moore (Diary of a Mad Black Woman), Essence Atkins (“Are We There Yet?”), Denise Boutte (“Meet the Browns”), and Lamman Rucker (Why Did I Get Married Too). Wealthy businessman David Washington (Moore) wants to control every aspect of his life, including his beautiful girlfriend Robin (Atkins). As his domineering nature grows more violent, Robyn is pushed into the arms of her best friend’s sexy fiancé (Rucker). Furious with Robyn’s betrayal and haunted by his own insecurities, David sabotages his relationship with his naïve new girlfriend (Boutte) and soon finds himself ensnared in a web of revenge and murder—leading to a shocking climax that will leave audiences breathless. Buy the DVD right here.

Jetsons Meet the Flintstones

It’s the wackiest animated adventure of all space-time when the world’s favorite Modern Stone Age Family comes face to face with the First Family of the Future in a matchup that only Hanna-Barbera Studios can delightfully make possible! Thanks to Elroy’s malfunctioning tie machine, the Flintstones and Rubbles are zapped into the robot-run future while the Jetsons suddenly find themselves in the dinosaur-filed past. Can our fearless families adapt? And more importantly, will they ever get back home? Find out – in a time-hopping animated feature-length romp packed with all the gags, gadgets and nonstop fun unleashed when The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones. Buy the DVD at

Elvira: Night of the Living Dead/I Eat Your Skin

Zombies have never been hotter, and the DVD ‘Elvira: Night of the Living Dead/I Eat Your Skin’ highlights two undead classics including the legendary genre-spawner from George Romero (Dawn of the Dead, Survival of the Dead) and one of Elvira’s all-time favorite zombie flicks. ‘Night of the Living Dead’ (1968) gave shocking birth to the modern horror movie. When radiation from a fallen satellite causes the dead to reanimate with a hunger for human flesh, a group of survivors holes up in a Pennsylvania farmhouse and attempts to fend off the undead onslaught in this tense film Hatchet director Adam Green calls “one of the most terrifying movies ever made”. In ‘I Eat Your Skin’ (1964), a cancer researcher on a remote Caribbean island discovers that by treating the natives with snake venom he can turn them into bug-eyed zombies. Though uninterested in this discovery, he’s forced by his employer to create an army of the creatures in order to conquer the world in this 1964 classic. Buy the DVD right here.

Jackass 3.5

Because too much is never enough, the boys from the hit movie Jackass 3D are at it again in ‘Jackass 3.5’, the unrated movie. This set is rammed full of all-new content, this unrated and uncensored film showcases the legendary crew—including Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Ryan Dunn, Jason “Wee Man” Acuna, Ehren McGhehey, Dave England and Preston Lacy—performing never-before-seen stunts, outrageous pranks and other side-splitting antics. Prepare to cringe, wince and laugh out loud at Steve-O’s up-close and personal encounter with a snapping turtle, Chris Pontius’ wood pecker and stun gun limbo with the whole gang. Plus go behind-the-scenes and get an inside view of the paranoid life on set, an assortment of ideas that went ridiculously awry, and the successful prank that was finally pulled on Johnny Knoxville. Additionally, the Blu-ray and DVD boast over 30 minutes of exclusive, never-before-seen footage. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

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Spongebob Squarepants: Heroes of Bikini Bottom

SpongeBob swings into superhero mode with an all-new eight episode DVD: ‘Spongebob SquarePants: Heroes of Bikini Bottom,’ including the special episode “Back to the Past,” guest starring Ernest Borgnine, Tim Conway and Batman’s Adam West and Burt Ward. This DVD features animated shorts and a bonus episode of the hit Nickelodeon animated comedy series, T.U.F.F. Puppy. Buy the DVD right here.

Elvira: Satanic Rites of Ritual/Werewolf of Washington

Hammer’s final Dracula film starring Christopher Lee (Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings) and Peter Cushing (Star Wars, “Sherlock Holmes”) meets Oscar nominee Dean Stockwell (Blue Velvet, The Manchurian Candidate) in the world’s first ever political werewolf film in this Movie Macabre soon-to-be DVD classic! In ‘The Satanic Rights of Dracula’ (1973), Scotland Yard investigators think they have uncovered a case of vampirism in London, so they call in an expert vampire researcher named Van Helsing (a descendant of the great vampire-hunter himself, no less) to help them put a stop to these hideous crimes. It soon becomes apparent that the culprit is Count Dracula himself, disguised as a reclusive property developer, and secretly plotting to unleash a fatal virus upon the world. Lee and Cushing are joined by Freddie Jones (Dune, The Elephant Man) and Joanna Lumley (“Absolutely Fabulous”, Ella Enchanted) in a bloody good flick. Oscar-nominee Stockwell stars in ‘The Werewolf of Washington’ (1973), about a reporter who has an affair with the daughter of the President and is send to Hungary, where he’s bitten by a werewolf. Soon, after being transferred back to Washington with a job as press assistant to the President, bodies start turning up in D.C. in this toothsome chiller. Buy the DVD right here.

Yo Gabba Gabba Circus

The circus is coming to town with the all new DVD release ‘Yo Gabba Gabba: Circus.’ Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee and Plex star in four awesome episodes including one never-before-seen. Don’t miss the chance to sing and dance under the big top, ride in a hot air balloon, search Gabbaland for treasure and more. Special guests included in these episodes include Weird Al Yankovic, Sarah Silverman and Fred Armisten. Buy the DVD right here.

Norm Macdonald: Me Doing Stand-Up

Norm Macdonald, host of Comedy Central’s “Sports Show with Norm Macdonald,” kills it in his first-ever full-length concert film, ‘Me Doing Stand-Up,’ covering everything from cheating death, 24-hour news stories, shameful sex, serial killers and cheese sandwiches. The DVD is uncensored and uncut and features an extended version of the stand-up event featuring material not aired on Comedy Central and over 30 minutes of bonus features including: the pilot episode of Norm’s sketch show “Back To Norm;” the animated featurette “The Twelve Days of Christmas;” and Macdonald’s epic and unforgettable appearance on the “Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget” in 2008. Buy the DVD right here.

Shot in the Dark

An actor and filmmaker meditates on the nature of parenthood as he searches for the father he’s never known in the documentary ‘Shot in the Dark.’ Best known for his work on the HBO series Entourage, Adrian Grenier grew up in New York City, raised by his single mother Karesse. Karesse rarely spoke of Adrian’s father, and he knew little about him until he turned twenty-three and decided it was time he got closer to his dad. Karesse met Adrian’s father during a period when she was living on a commune, and the child was the product of a relationship that was never meant to be long term. Buy the DVD right here.

Lord, All Men Can’t Be Dogs

‘Lord, All Men Can’t be Dogs’ is a riveting story of the lives of two people, Lisa and Tim Johnson, whose struggles are closely tied with the four spirits that reside in their home. It’s a story of temptation, greed and finally, deliverance, mixed with just the right amount of humor. The movie stars Christian Keyes, Elise Neal, John Grey, Johnny Gill, Laila Odom and Vivica A. Fox. Buy the DVD right here.

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