New On DVD This Week: Dexter, Spin City, Priest, Outcasts


The riveting exploits of everyone’s favorite serial killer continue with ‘Dexter‘ Season 5, now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Starring Golden Globe winner Michael C. Hall, the fifth season finds Dexter going from happily married husband to guilt-ridden single dad as he struggles to atone for the death of his wife, Rita. But when his dark secret is discovered by a woman seeking revenge against those who brutalized her, he finds a kindred spirit who may finally save—or destroy—him. Julie Stiles joins the cast for the enthralling fifth season, which also features appearances by Peter Weller, Jonny Lee Miller, Shawn Hatosy, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Katherine Moennig and Scott Grimes. The ‘Dexter’ Season 5 DVD and Blu-ray sets include all 12 engrossing episodes, plus access to behind-the-scenes interviews with cast members Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, C.S. Lee, Lauren Velez, Desmond Harrington,James Remar and David Zayas, executive producer Chip Johannessen and special guest star Julia Stiles, who reflects on her time with the show. ‘Dexter’ received multiple 2011 Golden Globe nominations, including Best Television Series—Drama, Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series—Drama (Michael C. Hall) and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series (Julia Stiles). The fifth season also received SAG Award nominations for Outstanding Performance by a male Actor in a Drama Series (Michael C. Hall) and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. Buy the Season 5 Blu-ray right here.

Spin City

With a new location in sunny California, the popular sitcom ‘Spin City‘ returns for a fifth season adding superstar Charlie Sheen to the political soirée that includes the luscious Heather Locklear. Playing the suave, bon vivant Charlie Howard (Sheen), aka the new Deputy Mayor and right-hand man to Mayor Randall Winston (Barry Bostwick), Charlie is full of…helpful advice and political maneuverings that bring levity and trouble to City Hall. Caitlin (Locklear), now a seasoned vet in dealing with the aloof Mayor Winston (Barry Bostwick), has no problem letting Charlie know who’s really in charge. And while their characters may not click at first, the chemistry between Sheen and Locklear is positively electrifying. Buy the Season 5 DVD right here.


In a world ravaged by wars between humans and vampires, a renegade priest fights to rescue his niece from the legions of bloodsuckers who seek to transform the young girl into one of them in the thrilling new movie ‘Priest.’ A battle-weary veteran of the last vampire war, warrior Priest (Paul Bettany) now resides in a heavily fortified city where the ruling Church is a greater menace than any creature of the night. When a pack of vampires abduct Priest’s niece (Lily Collins), the vengeful holy man breaks his vows and promises to save the young innocent from a fate worse than death. He can’t do it alone, but with a powerful warrior Priestess (Maggie Q) and his niece’s boyfriend, a sharp-shooting sheriff (Cam Gigandet), on his side, Priest may have a fighting chance. Buy the Blu-ray right here.


From the makers of the award-winning and international hit series ‘Life on Mars,’ ‘MI-5,’ and ‘Hustle,’ comes the new frontier sci-fi series ‘Outcasts,’ now on DVD and Blu-ray. With Earth no longer habitable, a group of courageous pioneers have traveled to another planet to begin again. They’ve built the town of Forthaven on Carpathia and have the unique opportunity of creating a new and better future on another planet. Led by President Tate (Cunningham) and his core team of Stella (Norris), Cass (Daniel Mays, The Bank Job, Atonement) and Fleur (Amy Manson, Being Human), they’re determined to run the civilization in a democratic way, but some tough decisions in the past may prove divisive. Along with the complete 8-episode mini-series, the 3-disc DVD and 2-disc Blu-ray sets feature bonus materials including a making of featurette and a set tour. Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray right here.

The Bang Bang Club

Four men with cameras put themselves in the middle of the action as a nation struggles to redefine itself in the drama ‘The Bang Bang Club‘ based on a true story. In early 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison after the president of South Africa lifted the ban on the African National Congress, the anti-apartheid party Mandela helped found, and in 1994 he became the nation’s new leader. The final years of apartheid, however, were a time of chaos, uprising, and violence, and for the press, covering it was not unlike covering a war. Greg Marinovich (Ryan Phillippe), Kevin Carter (Taylor Kitsch), Ken Oosterbroek (Frank Rautenbach), and Joao Silva (Neels Van Jaarsveld) were four photojournalists who dedicated themselves to capturing the images of the fight for freedom in South Africa, but while the men were serious about their craft, their determination had as much to do with the rush of confronting danger and the desire to impress those around them — especially women — as their commitment to the principles of journalism. Buy the DVD right here.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Batman wings into an exciting new era, teaming with a mighty honor roll of DC Comics Super Heroes in the action-packed series ‘Batman: The Brave and the Bold.’ Through the show’s season two 12 Animated Adventures in this 2-Disc Collection, the Dark Knight allies with Aquaman, Plastic Man, Blue Beetle, Red Tornado, Green Arrow, Wildcat, Deadman, Bronze Tiger and Atom to take on an array of evildoers ranging from mad scientists to intergalactic crooks, from power-mad dictators to out-of-control teenagers. Buy the Season 2, Part 1 DVD right here.

Elvira’s Movie Macabre

As synonymous with Halloween as Santa Claus is with Christmas, Elvira has carved out a niche in popular American culture. Now, following the nationally syndicated re-launch of the series that made her a worldwide icon, “The Queen of Halloween” is back with ‘Elvira’s Movie Macabre,’ a new line of double feature DVDs featuring the “Mistress of the Dark” hosting some of the greatest B-movie classics of all time. The double features are The Terror & Eegah and The Brain That Wouldn’t Die and The Manster. Buy the DVDs right here and here.

The Grace Card

The earnest evangelical drama ‘The Grace Card‘ draws inspiration from the Bible verse Hebrews 4:16 (“We will find grace to help us when we need it”) in its tale of a police officer named Bill “Mac” McDonald (Michael Joiner) whose life is shattered (and his faith severely challenged) when he loses his son in a tragic accident. Eighteen years of rage and hostility ensue, marked by rapidly crumbling relationships with his family members and strained relationships on the force. Events reach a fever pitch, however, when Mac gets partnered up in the squad car with Sam Wright (Michael Higgenbottom), an African-American ordained minister-turned-cop with a loving and supportive family. Buy the DVD right here.

Fanboy and Chum Chum: Brain Freeze

Fanboy and his trusty sidekick , Chum Chum are celebrating their favorite treat, a cup of Frosty Freeze Freeze in ‘Fanboy and Chum Chum: Brain Freeze.’ This DVD honors the Frosty Freeze Freeze with seven full-tilt, hilarious adventures with a voice cast that includes Josh Duhamel and Jamie Kennedy. Watch as they fight the discontinuation of of their favorite flavor, try to create the new Frosty Mart jingle, help a Viking and battle Man-Artctica. Buy the DVD right here.

Something Borrowed

Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a generous and loyal pal to her engaged best friend Darcy (Kate Hudson) in ‘Something Borrowed.’ But after celebrating her 30th birthday, perpetual good girl Rachel unexpectedly ends up in the arms of Dex (Colin Egglesfield), the guy she’s had a crush on since law school…and who happens to be Darcy’s fiancé. In the frantic weeks leading up to Darcy’s wedding, Rachel finds herself caught between her long-time friendship with Darcy and the prospect of losing the love of her life. Based on Emily Giffin’s bestseller, this funny and touching romantic comedy also stars John Krasinski as Rachel’s constant confidante and conscience, who busily evades the affection of one of Darcy’s lovestruck friends while harboring a secret crush of his own. ‘Something Borrowed’ is available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand and for Download. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Cowabunga dudes! Everybody’s favorite shell-shocked, pizza-devouring crime fighters are back with the DVD release of ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles‘ Season 9. Featuring all 8 episodes from the series’ ninth season, the title follows the “heroes in a half-shell” as they battle intergalactic criminal Lord Dregg and his army of Technogangsters in order to save the world. Buy the Season 9 DVD right here.


In the Lifetime original movie ‘Gone,’ Amy’s (Molly Parker) 9-year-old daughter Emily is kidnapped and she receives a chilling call instructing her to kill a recently admitted patient in her hospital if she ever wants to see her daughter again. Haunted by a past assault that has emotionally scarred her, broken up her marriage and now threatens the custody and safety of her daughter, Amy decides to disregard the kidnappers’ demands and find Emily on her own. Buy the DVD right here.

Lavell Crawford: Can a Brother Get Some Love?

Lavell Crawford wants to know…can a brother get some love? Quickly climbing the comedic ranks, funnyman Crawford, who recently took second place in the fifth season of NBC’s hit ‘Last Comic Standing,’ returns to the historic Orpheum Theatre in his hometown of St. Louis and brings down the house with a side-splitting performance in ‘Lavell Crawford: Can a Brother Get Some Love?’ In this instant comedy classic, Crawford takes on topics such as life in heaven, President Obama and a hilarious bit on a Mama’s unconditional love. Buy the DVD right here.

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