New On DVD This Week: Fringe, Midsomer Murders, Community, The Entitled


The mystery of the universe deepens and two worlds collide with the release of ‘Fringe‘: The Complete Third Season on Blu-ray. The critically acclaimed third season of TV’s most thrilling sci-fi series features 22 mind-bending episodes with over three hours of brand new special features, including a Blu-ray exclusive featurette and free download offer for an HD digital copy of all 22 episodes. In this third season, the Fringe team escapes from the parallel universe – except for Olivia (Anna Torv), trapped in the other world and replaced in ours by her double, who turns Peter and Olivia’s relationship into a love affair. Then Olivia returns, bonds of trust fray, ever more bizarre and terrifying phenomena occur, and secrets that stretch back to 1985 threaten to destroy our universe. (Or theirs.) Buy the Season 3 Blu-ray right here.

Midsomer Murders

Available to U.S. audiences for the first time with this release, ‘Midsomer Murders,’ Set 18 is now available on DVD with three new, contemporary, stand-alone mysteries from the top-selling British mystery franchise. Fan favorite John Nettles (Bergerac) returns as Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby in these engrossing full-length mysteries set in England’s picture-perfect but perilous Midsomer County. Set 18 includes three mysteries never before seen in the U.S., along with a bonus 23 min. interview with star Jason Hughes. The cozy villages of Midsomer County reveal their most sinister secrets in these contemporary British television mysteries. Inspired by the novels of Caroline Graham, modern master of the English village mystery, the series stars John Nettles as the unflappable Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby, with Jason Hughes (This Life) as his earnest, efficient protégé, Detective Sergeant Ben Jones. Guest stars include Margaret Tyzack (Match Point, 2001: A Space Odyssey), Jenny Agutter (The Invisibles), Nickolas Grace (Robin of Sherwood, My Family), Caroline Blakiston (Brass, The Avengers), Paul Shelley (Doctor Who), and Paul Chapman (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes). Buy the Set 18 DVD right here.

X-Men: First Class

Young Hollywood celebrated the release of this blockbuster Thursday night with a swank and unforgettable party attended by Lucas Till (‘X-Men’), Tom Arnold, Jesse Metcalfe, Jaime King, Drew Roy and many others. Partygoers were entertained by world-class DJ Paul Oakenfold, models dressed as the White Queen Emma Frost, and signature cocktails in the “Hellfire Club” at the Roosevelt Hotel. During the party, fans even had access to a VIP viewing area of the mind-blowing 3D X-Men performance that was projected onto the architecture of the Roosevelt. Truly stunning!

Before they were superheroes, the fate of humanity depended on an extraordinary group of youngsters who went on to become ‘X-Men: First Class.’ For the first time ever, “X-Men” fans will have the power to choose a side between Professor X and Magneto with two versions of premium collectible Blu-ray packaging. Also exclusively on Blu-ray, fans receive access to over two hours of special interactive features plus ten Marvel “X-Men” Digital Comics including a never-before-seen “X-Men: First Class” backstory – redeemable through each Blu-ray’s unique packaging code. Director Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake, Kick Ass) tells the true origins of the multi-billion dollar film franchise, guiding exceptional performances by Golden Globe nominee James McAvoy (Atonement), Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds), and Golden Globe winner Kevin Bacon (“Taking Chance,” Mystic River). Before Charles Xavier (McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Fassbender) took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time, working together to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. The film features a star-studded supporting cast, including Academy Award nominee Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone), January Jones (“Mad Men”), Rose Byrne (28 Weeks Later), Zoë Kravitz (“Californication”), Nicholas Hoult (A Single Man), Lucas Till (Walk the Line), and Emmy Award nominee Oliver Platt (“The West Wing”). Buy the Blu-ray right here.


School is back in session with ‘Community: The Complete Second Season,’ now available on DVD. The sophomore season of this smart comedy series, starring Joel McHale (‘The Soup’), Ken Jeong (The Hangover Part II) and Emmy winner Chevy Chase, resumes with the return to Greendale Community College where our favorite study group is back at it with more outrageous adventures and unintentional bonding. ‘Community: The Complete Second Season’ contains tons of uncensored special features, including cast and crew commentary on every episode, deleted scenes, outtakes on every disc, season 2 cast evaluations, “The Paintball Finale: From Script to Screen” featurette, “Creating Wonderland” featurette, animatics and more. Welcome back for a wild new year at Greendale Community College, as the study group faces their toughest tests yet… Why would bachelor-for-life Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) pop the big question to Britta (Gillian Jacobs)? What incites innocent Annie (Alison Brie) to chloroform a janitor? Hey, Pierce (Chevy Chase)! Is your mom really still alive in a lava lamp? Will Abed (Danny Pudi) miss his Pulp Fiction birthday for a chance to give Jeff his own version of My Dinner with Andre? What makes Troy (Donald Glover) boldly go for LeVar Burton? Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) is expecting – but who’s the daddy? Is it her ex-hubby (guest star Malcolm-Jamal Warner)? Or ex-Spanish teacher, Senor Chang (Ken Jeong)? Finally, is that really Betty White rapping with Troy and Abed? All these answers (and much more) are found in the hilarious, guest star-filled sophomore season of the breakthrough comedy hit. Guest stars for the season include Josh Holloway, Betty White, Hilary Duff, Drew Carey and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

The Entitled

Like so many, Paul Dynan (Kevin Zegers), has become a casualty of today’s economic realities. Facing mounting debts, medical bills for his mother and foreclosure on their home, Paul can only wonder how some of his peers, born into wealth and privilege, don’t realize how good they have it. Until Paul decides that maybe there’s a way they can make him some money. And maybe teach them a lesson or two about how their lives can be taken from them at any moment in ‘The Entitled.’ Paul plans the perfect crime to help his struggling family – extort a fortune from three wealthy men. The plan: to abduct their socialite children and collect a healthy ransom of $3 million dollars. Bonus features include filmmakers’ commentary, a behind-the-scenes featurette, an alternate ending and the theatrical trailer. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song

The classic Cinderella story gets a modern musical twist with the fairytale ‘A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song,’ now available on DVD. This new music filled take on the classic Cinderella story, A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song tells the story of Katie and her ups and downs of finding true love and embracing her musical talent. Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars, Scream 4) stars as downtrodden teen Katie, Freddie Stroma (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) as Luke, the new transfer student from Europe, Megan Park (TV’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager) as Katie’s wicked stepsister, Titus Makin, Jr. (TV’s Glee) as Mickey, Luke’s entrepreneurial front man, and Missi Pyle (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as Katie’s cruel stepmother and school headmaster. A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song is directed by Damon Santostefano (Another Cinderella Story, Bring it on Again, Three to Tango) from a script by Erik Patterson & Jessica Scott (Another Cinderella Story) and is produced by Dylan Sellers (A Cinderella Story, Another Cinderella Story, Agent Cody Banks). Clifford Werber, Ilyssa Goodman and Michelle Johnston serve as executive producers. Buy the DVD right here.

The Good Wife

In the hit second season of ‘The Good Wife,’ Juliana Margulies returns as Alicia Florrick, a wife and mother who boldly assumes full responsibility for her family and re-enters the workforce after her husband’s very public sex and political corruption scandal lands him in jail. Pushing aside the crushing humiliation, Alicia returns to her former career as a defense attorney. Working at a prestigious Chicago law firm, she joins her longtime friend, former law school classmate and firm partner, Will Gardner, who is interested in rekindling their former relationship. Meanwhile, as her husband continues to serve his sentence under house arrest and plans a return to office with the help of a cunning image consultant, Alicia continues to struggle with creating a stable family life for her two children and transforming herself from embarrassed politician’s wife to career woman. Including all 23 absorbing episodes in a six-disc set, ‘The Good Wife: The Second Season’ also stars Christine Baranski, Josh Charles, Emmy winner Archie Panjabi, Matt Czuchry, Alan Cumming, and Chris Noth. Special guest stars including Michael J. Fox, America Ferrera, Lili Tayor, and Anika Noni Rose also make appearances during the dramatic second season. Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

Sigmund and the Sea Monsters

Sid and Marty Krofft redefined Saturday morning television for children in the early 1970s with wonderfully colorful shows like H.R. Pufnstuf and Lidsville. In 1973, the sibling puppeteers introduced ‘Sigmund and the Sea Monsters,’ their fourth series in five years and one of their biggest hits. The imaginative series, which originally aired on NBC from 1973 to 1975, followed the adventures of Sigmund Ooze – a friendly googly-eyed sea monster that ran away from his family after refusing to frighten people – Johnny and Scott Stuart (Johnny Whitaker and Scott Kolden) – played brothers who befriend Sigmund and kept him hidden in their backyard clubhouse. The set’s special features include commentaries by Whitaker and Kolden, plus an exclusive look at last year’s H.R. Pufnstuf American Cinematheque event in Los Angeles. The extra also include a downloadable folder with MP3s of all the songs Whitaker performed at the end of each episode. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Two and a Half Men

In ‘Two and a Half Men‘ the Complete 8th Season, hapless chiropractor Alan (Jon Cryer) decides it’s time to move out of Charlie Harper’s (Charlie Sheen) Malibu bachelor pad and shack up with his girlfriend Lyndsey (Courtney Thorne Smith). But things take an unexpected turn when Alan, his teenage son Jake (Angus T. Jones) and Lyndsey wind up back under Charlie’s roof after a fire breaks out at Lyndsey’s home. Meanwhile, this season finds Charlie on his endless quest for Mrs. Right Now, and instead finding himself smitten with his lifelong stalker, Rose (Melanie Lynskey). Over the past eight years, this hit series has been nominated for nearly 40 Emmys, two Golden Globes and has won four People’s Choice Awards. Buy the Season 8 DVD right here.


A teenage assassin raised in remote Finland is dispatched on a dangerous mission by her father, an ex-CIA operative, in ‘Hanna,’ the innovative action thriller from director Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice). Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) may look like your typical teenage girl, but she’s a trained killer who has spent her entire life preparing for one mission. Schooled in the arts of survival and killing by her mysterious father (Eric Bana), Hanna finally reaches the age when she must put her skills to the test, and sets out across Europe on a collision course with a cunning intelligence operative (Cate Blanchett) who has been awaiting her arrival for years. Later, as agents close in from all sides and Hanna finally gets her target in the crosshairs, the trained assassin uncovers some secrets from the past that stir the conscience she never knew she had, and cause her to question everything she has ever known. Buy the DVD right here.

Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds‘ revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country’s most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit’s most prominent agent is David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), a founding member of the BAU, who returns to help the team solve new cases, while pursuing some unfinished business of his own. Each member brings his or her own area of expertise to the table as they pinpoint predators’ motivations and identify their emotional triggers in an attempt to stop them. Buy the Season 6 DVD right here.

Everything Must Go

Will Ferrell offers his fans a change of pace as he takes on a rare dramatic role as a man struggling to hold his life together in ‘Everything Must Go.’ Nick Halsey (Ferrell) was once a successful salesman with a happy marriage, but years of drinking are finally catching up with him, as he’s fired from his job and his wife has decided she’s had enough. Nick’s wife has kicked him out of the house and moved all his possessions onto their front lawn; hoping retain a bit of dignity and maybe raise some cash as he plots his next move, Nick puts a yard sale sign on his stuff and tries to convince the neighbors (and the cops) that he’s simply selling some junk he doesn’t need anymore. As Nick makes believe he isn’t homeless in between beers, he strikes up a friendship with a kid from the neighborhood (Christopher Jordan Wallace), tries to reconnect with a girl he loved in high school (Laura Dern), and bonds with his neighbor Samantha (Rebecca Hall), who is pregnant and struggling to get by while her husband is away on business. Buy the DVD right here.

Assassination Games

Brazil (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is a contract killer, willing to take any job if the price is right in the new thriller ‘Assassination Games.’ Flint (Scott Adkins) left the assassin game when a ruthless drug dealer’s brutal attack left his wife in a coma. When a contract is put out on the coldblooded drug dealer, both Brazil and Flint want him dead – one for the money, the other for revenge. With crooked Interpol agents and vicious members of the criminal underworld hot on their trail, these two assassins reluctantly join forces to quickly take out their target before they themselves are terminated. Buy the DVD right here.

Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior

‘Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior’ is a drama about an elite team of agents within the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) who use unconventional methods of investigation and aggressive tactics to capture the nation’s most nefarious criminals. Unit chief Special Agent Sam Cooper is a mentally and physically fierce natural leader who is not afraid to put his career on the line in order to stand by his convictions. Cooper strives to avoid political bureaucracy and has handpicked an eclectic group of profilers to work outside the confines of Quantico. They include strong-willed and outspoken Beth Griffith, the newest member of the team who joins them from the FBI Threat Assessment Task Force; former British Special Forces soldier Mick Rawson, who is confident and handsome and works as a highly skilled marksman with an undiluted eye for rooting out evil; John “Prophet” Sims, a former convict with a street-smart edge and a calm, Zen-like presence who is determined to make amends for past sins; Gina LaSalle, an attractive, tough agent armed with a cunning sense of perception; and Penelope Garcia, a computer wizard who has spent years aiding Agent Hotchner and his BAU team on its toughest cases. This exceptional group of FBI operatives is strong in their beliefs and steadfast in their mission to bring the country’s most dangerous criminals to justice. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Baseball’s Greatest Games

MLB has opened its archive of classic, historic, singular, and momentous games and compiled the 10 classics: ‘Baseball’s Greatest Games,’ an unprecedented collection of exceptional and iconic games on DVD. These rare and extraordinary television broadcasts from the Major League Baseball Film and Video Archive have earned their place in this gallery of greatness. Generations hold these classic games in equally high regard. They stand the test of time because of history-changing impact, dramatic brilliance, or heroic exploits. And fans across the globe will now be able to view the original television broadcasts and witness history in its competitive context as it unfolded inning-by-inning and pitch-by- pitch. Some of the games include unmatched milestones, singular achievements, or historic grandstand-rocking heroics. Others provide a glimpse into the timeless perfection of performance. These are the games that forged Fall Classic heroes and created the most memorable moments of Major League Baseball. From walk-off World Series wins to mind-numbing comebacks, from personal excellence to legendary lineups, these are the unforgettable games that time and history have lifted to a place of honor and fame. These are ‘Baseball’s Greatest Games.’ And, for the first time ever, these transcendent games are presented in pristine condition, remastered for optimal viewing and many have been enhanced with synchronized radio play-by-play to deepen the experience with the flavor that can only be delivered by a home town broadcast team. Buy the 1986 World Series Game 6, 1991 World Series Game 7 and 2004 ALCS Game 4 DVDs.

No Ordinary Family

No Ordinary Family‘ is a sci-fi drama about a family that develops superpowers after a plane crash in the Amazon. The patriarch, Jim, discovers he has immense strength, and his wife, Stephanie, is blessed with amazing speed, while their 16-year-old daughter, Daphne, turns telepathic, and their learning-disabled 14-year-old son, JJ, becomes a genius. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Police Story

Created by ex-cop-turned-author Joseph Wambaugh (The Onion Field), ‘Police Story‘ is an anthology series detailing the lives of LAPD officers in a collection of realistic and gritty accounts of what it meant to be a cop in 1970s Los Angeles. The series became the archetype for many critically acclaimed shows that followed, including Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue and Homicide: Life On The Street. The series distinguished itself from its predecessors by a multidimensional portrayal of its protagonists — these cops were flawed, not cartoonlike heroes. From week to week, gripping episodes addressed difficult issues such as police corruption and the stresses and hell that can come with leading a cop’s life. With no regular cast, the show featured different stars each week, as well as a rotating acting ensemble including James Farentino (Jesus Of Nazareth), Tony Lo Bianco (The French Connection), Don Meredith (NFL Monday Night Football), Laraine Stephens (Matt Helm) and Vic Morrow (Combat!). Season One stars included Ed Asner, Lloyd Bridges, Angie Dickinson, Dean Stockwell and Kurt Russell. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Team Umizoomi

Preschoolers can join Milli, Geo and Bot on exciting math adventures with the DVD release of ‘Team Umizoomi: Journey to Numberland,’ now available on DVD. In this special DVD, the Umi Team must identify shapes, build a super flashlight to find a Brachiosaurus, figure out missing numbers in a sequence and complete other math missions. A one-year free subscription to Parents magazine is also included in the DVD for a limited time only. Team Umizoomi features a tiny team of superheroes, Milli, Geo and Bot, who use their mighty math powers to help little kids solve big problems. The series combines action-adventure missions with an interactive math curriculum designed to help kids develop self-confidence in their math abilities and appreciate the many ways in which math shapes their world. The Umi Team is not complete without their Umi Friends (home viewers), who help the team along the way while practicing various math skills. Set to a soundtrack of preschool-friendly pop songs, the series is designed to build upon preschoolers’ conceptual understanding of math as they are exposed to core mathematical concepts like numbers, counting, computations, measurement, patterns and shapes. Buy the DVD right here.

Diana Rigg at the BBC

The BBC is bringing to DVD ‘Diana Rigg at the BBC’ — a quintessential collection of performances by the BAFTA and Emmy-winning actress, Dame Diana Rigg. Boasting over thirteen hours of content, the 5-disc box set features her most memorable and adored BBC television performances including her feisty portrayal of Ms. Adela Bradley in the Mrs. Bradley Mysteries. This unique anthology also includes her work with other screen icons in rare televised plays such as Henrik Ibsen’s Little Eyolf, where she is joined by Anthony Hopkins, Peggy Ashcroft and Charles Dance, and Stanley Price’s Genghis Cohn, which costars Daniel Craig. Additionally, Diana Rigg at the BBC contains a newly recorded interview with Diana Rigg, as well as her classic appearance on the hit BBC comedy series, Morecambe & Wise. Buy the DVD right here.


When the helicopter is purloined by Libyan mercenaries, Michael ‘Archangel’ Coldsmith Briggs III (Alex Cord), project director of the CIA, enlists the help of Vietnam veteran Stringfellow Hawke (Jan-Michael Vincent) and his father’s best friend Dominic Santini (Ernest Borgnine) in an attempt to recover the ‘Airwolf.’ A deadly mission takes them to the Middle East, where they come face to face with the enemy in a dirty battle to repossess the deadliest aerial weapon ever made. Buy the DVD right here.

Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition

Get moving and start losing this fall with the very first home workout DVD from the life-changing ABC series ‘Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition‘ – The Workout. With almost one-third of the American population obese, this program helps shed unwanted weight using similar exercises that helped participants on the show drop hundreds of pounds. Join trainer and transformation specialist Chris Powell as he leads calorie-burning workouts, specifically designed for men and women looking to lose more than 25 pounds. Buy the DVD right here.

Triad Underworld

Action-packed Hong Kong crime classic ‘Triad Underworld’ is now available on DVD. With an estimated 30 million HKD budget and starring Infernal Affairs heavyweight Andy Lau (Warlords), Edison Chen (The Dark Knight, The Grudge 2) and Shawn Yue (Dragon Tiger Gate), this Asia Extreme nail-biter is to Hong Kong Triad cinema what The Godfather II and Goodfellas are to US mob cinema. On the same night his wife gives birth to their first son, Triad mob boss Hung (Andy Lau) learns that an assassin plans to kill him within the next 12-hours. Encouraged to leave town by his best friend Lefty (Jacky Cheung) and three untrustworthy lieutenants, Hung decides to stay and makes plans to protect himself and his family. Meanwhile, two low life-gangsters are collaborating to rise up through the ranks and as the dawn approaches, the gritty streets of Hong Kong become the stage to a bloody triad showdown. Buy the DVD right here.

The Battle for Marjah

Seen on HBO in February, ‘The Battle for Marjah’ is now available in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack from Athena on September 6, 2011. Written and produced by award-winning journalist Ben Anderson (Taking on the Taliban), The Battle for Marjah documents the U.S. Marine Corp’s dangerous operation against a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan, offering a view of the war like never before. The release includes both the DVD and Blu-ray versions of the program, along with a 12-page viewers’ guide, biographies, timelines of the war, and much more. On February 13, 2010, American-led coalition forces launched the biggest military operation since the beginning of the Afghanistan War. Their target was the town of Marjah, a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan. There, the Marines had four tasks: remove the Taliban, hold all ground seized, build infrastructure and governance, and transfer control to Afghan security forces. In this powerful account, award-winning journalist Ben Anderson tells the story of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, and its commanding officer, Captain Ryan Sparks. At the battle’s outset, Sparks and the 272 men of Bravo are flown 12 miles and dropped into the center of Marjah, where the Taliban lie in wait. For the young Marines, their first task begins. Embedded with Bravo Company, Anderson provides an intimate and sobering look at the realities of counterinsurgency warfare. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Care Bears: Share Bear Shines Movie

Get ready for the biggest Care Bears move event of the year with ‘Care Bears: Share Bear Shines Movie.’ The all-new CGI movie sparkles with the feel-good themes of friendship and teamwork that are important lessons for young children. Share Bear and a Twinklet named Gleamer lead a heartwarming mission in caring when they travel to Glitter City, a magical place where Princess Starglo trains Twinklets to become stars. Because no one believes in Princess Starglo, her confidence has dimmed…and she’s turning out lights all over the night sky. Buy the DVD right here.

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