New On DVD This Week: Barney Miller, Captain America, Laurel & Hardy

Barney Miller

Airing on ABC primetime from 1974-1982 and seen by millions, ‘Barney Miller’ is a situation comedy television series set in a NYC police station in Greenwich Village. Captain Barney Miller (Hal Linden) is the kind of cop we’d all like to meet. He somehow manages to maintain order over a group of inner-city detectives who gamble for a hobby, get hit on by anything in skirts, go to renaissance philosophy conventions for fun, and would really prefer to be writing. These colorful characters worked together to make one of the funniest sitcoms ever and is cemented in classic TV status. Created by producer Danny Arnold (That Girl, Bewitched) and writer Theodore J. Flicker (The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Andy Griffith Show). Guest Stars include Jeffery Tambor, Ray Sharkey, Marla Gibbs, Adam Arkin, Charlotte Rae, Linda Lavin, Doris Roberts, Dave Madden, Christopher Lloyd, Joe Regalbuto and Meshach Taylor. This impressive 25-disc set includes all 170 episodes from 8 seasons for the first time. Buy the complete series right here.

Captain America

Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures introduce the latest addition to the incomparable Marvel Super Hero team with ‘Captain America: The First Avenger,’ now available on high definition Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD. This thrill-packed adventure is a blockbuster hit with audiences worldwide, earning over $350 million at the Global Box Office. When a terrifying force threatens everyone across the globe, the world’s greatest soldier wages war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull. Loaded with fantastic action, stunning visual effects and an awe-inspiring hero imbued with courage, humanity and an unbreakable spirit, ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ transports viewers into a world of daring exploits and excitement. Starring Chris Evans in the title role, the film features an outstanding ensemble cast including Academy Award-winner Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving as Marvel’s Ultimate Villain, Red Skull, Dominic Cooper, Neal McDonough, Derek Luke and Stanley Tucci. The two-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack includes a high definition presentation of the film, plus a standard definition presentation with a digital copy. Both sets boast over an hour of behind-the-scenes bonus material including an original Marvel short film, an exclusive sneak peek into the ultimate Super Hero team, Marvel’s The Avengers, six featurettes that go behind-the-scenes of the filmmaking process, deleted scenes and much more. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Laurel & Hardy

Celebrating the genius of the most beloved comedy team of all time, ‘Laurel & Hardy: The Essential Collection’ is now available in a stunning 10-disc set. With a comedic style that defined an era and created a legacy that is still celebrated today, 58 of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy’s talking shorts and feature films, produced under legendary movie mogul Hal Roach from 1929 through 1940, are now available for the first time in the U.S. all together in one magnificent collection. Transferred in high definition for the first time and digitally enhanced for home viewing in the finest quality available to date, the set contains favorites that have been enjoyed for generations including Helpmates, Hog Wild, Another Fine Mess, Sons of the Desert, Way Out West, and the Academy Award winning film The Music Box. ‘Laurel & Hardy: The Essential Collection’ comes housed in collectible, book-style packaging with an extensive, detailed film guide. The set also boasts over two hours of special features including exclusive, never-before-seen interviews with comedy legends Dick Van Dyke, Jerry Lewis, Tim Conway and more, who discuss the enduring impact and influence of Laurel and Hardy. Buy the Essential Collection set right here.

Dennis the Menace

For the first time in home entertainment, all 38 episodes from the third season of the comedic classic are available on DVD. Based on the comic strip of the same name, ‘Dennis The Menace’ follows the lives of the Mitchell family – Henry, Alice, and their only child, Dennis. Dennis is an energetic, well meaning, but trouble prone boy and sometimes a mischievous child. He often tangles with peace-and-quiet-loving neighbor, George Wilson. Buy the Season 3 DVD right here.


Nominated for an Emmy and Golden Globe for his role as John Luther, Idris Elba (‘The Wire’) returns to ‘Luther 2,’ the dark psychological drama that was on many critics Top 10 lists last year. The DVD release is the sequel to the lauded BBC America miniseries. Available for purchase the week after it finishes airing on BBC America, ‘Luther 2’ stars John Luther, the near-genius detective struggling with his own demons. Devastated by the brutal murder of his wife, Luther returns to policing in a different world with two distinctive, thrilling crime stories unfolding over four episodes. His old unit has gone and he’s working in the newly created Serious and Serial unit, headed by former police complaints officer Martin Schenk (Dermot Crowley, Babel). Luther quickly gathers together his team, rescuing his old partner Detective Justin Ripley (Warren Brown, Shameless) from uniform, and it’s not long before they’re dealing with their first case. Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

Young Justice

‘Young Justice’ is an animated DC Universe cartoon series for a new generation starring Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis. Combined these six teenage heroes are ‘Young Justice,’ the Justice League’s secret weapon against the forces of evil. Based out of The Cave, the teen heroes will take on under-the-radar missions that would be impossible for the League proper (with its incandescent star-power) to handle covertly. In addition, these kids are in constant training to take their place alongside the great heroes. Red Tornado will be their supervisor; Black Canary will be in charge of their training, and Batman will hand out their assignments. And of course, ‘Young Justice’ will push their missions, often turning a simple assignment from Batman into something much larger, often discovering that what they’ve been tasked to do is just the tip of the iceberg. Buy the Season 1, Volume 2 DVD right here.

Winnie the Pooh

A.A. Milne’s lovable bear returns to the big screen for the first time in 35 years in ‘Winnie the Pooh,’ this animated adventure inspired by five of the author’s most cherished stories. Christopher Robin is in danger, and it’s up to Pooh, Rabbit, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, and Eeyore to help their old friend out of harm’s way. But when the whole gang comes running at Owl’s behest, they realize that someone’s imagination has gotten the best of them. ‘Winnie the Pooh’ is a honey of an in-home release containing hours of immersive bonus features, including exclusive animated shorts “The Ballad of Nessie” and “Mini-Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Balloon;” a sing-along viewing option; an informative behind-the-scenes featurette for the whole family and deleted scenes with director commentary – all available on Blu-ray Combo Pack. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Smurfs Holiday Celebration

Let’s get Smurfy! Ring in the holiday with this double shot of primetime episodes from the beloved series that aired in the 1980s on NBC. The first one – “The Smurfs Christmas Special’ is from 1982 and the Smurfs get ready for the holiday by decorating the tallest tree. In the second one, “Tis the Season to be Smurfy,” from 1987 our favorite blue guys (and gal) introduce Wild Smurf to his first Christmas, while Grandpa Smurf and Sassette foil a pickpocket and help out doll maker Gustav and his sick wife Elise. Buy the DVD right here.

The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes

‘The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ is a television series on Disney DXD that is inspired by the Marvel Comics Super Hero team of the same name. In each episode, the Avengers defend Earth from unimaginable threats – dangerous Super Villains, time-travelling conquerors, alien invaders and mythical beasts bent on the total destruction of humanity. When the forces of evil are so overwhelming that no single hero has the power to save the world, when no hope is left … the Avengers Assemble! Join Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Hulk, and many more of your favorite Avengers, as they discover the value of teamwork and friendship in the fight against evil. The pulse-pounding action continues with six unforgettable episodes in the Volume 3 release of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! Then enjoy all the thrills as Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk and the rest of the Avengers face off against Baron Zemo’s Masters of Evil and defend earth from a full-scale alien invasion led by the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror. get ready for the ultimate adrenaline rush with Volume 4 of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! In these finalseven episodes of Season One, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Hulk and the rest of The Avengers attempt to stop Ultron and his army of robots from ending all of humanity and prevent Loki from unleashing armies from Asgard on Earth. Buy the Volume 3 and Volume 4 DVDs.

Wrong Turn 4

Before their victims ever hit a “Dead End,” one family took terror to a gruesome new level. Discover the disturbing origins and bloody beginnings in ‘Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings,’ now available on DVD and Blu-ray. In 1974, Glenville Sanatorium was the site of a brutal and horrific crime, as three hideously deformed cannibals went on a merciless killing spree. Now, years later, a group of college kids having the time of their life make a fateful wrong turn, giving this family of blood-thirsty cannibals new prey to stalk. The abandoned medical wards within the sanatorium soon become killing fields as the panicked victims come face to face with a chilling choice: fight back or die. With bonus footage too graphic for theaters including behind-the-scenes featurettes and commentary from director Declan O’Brien (Wrong Turn 3, Sharktopus), WRONG TURN 4: Bloody Beginnings takes audiences back to the most terrifying place of all … the beginning. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Robot Chicken

Christmas comes early this year – courtesy of Adult Swim — with the release of ‘Robot Chicken‘ Season 5 on DVD and Blu-ray before it even airs on TV. Adult Swim has released the entire fifth season from the Emmy Award-winning stop motion series from co-creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich’s Stoopid Monkey Productions just two days after the second half of the season begins airing on Adult Swim. ‘Robot Chicken’ Season 5 marks the first time an entire season of Robot Chicken will be released to Blu-ray. Both formats feature all 20 uncensored episodes from the series’ two-part fifth season, including nine never-before-seen episodes and sketches fueled by the series’ signature pop culture parodies. The DVD and Blu-ray are stocked with hours and hours of bonus materials ranging from deleted scenes and episode commentary with celebrity guests, to behind-the-scenes featurettes. Buy the Blu-ray right here.


Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) debuts the newly remastered ‘Neighbors’ (1981) on DVD as part of its “Columbia Classics” lineup. The comedy reteamed Dan Aykroyd (Ghostbusters) and John Belushi (Animal House) after their triumphs on ‘Saturday Night Live’ and the hit film ‘The Blues Brothers.’ A quiet man’s peaceful suburban lifestyle is threatened by the new, obnoxious couple that moves in next door. Consumers can purchase the authentic, high-quality DVD on Amazon, Warner Archive ( or Critics’ Choice Video ( Earl Keese (John Belushi, Animal House) is a slightly overweight, fairly average guy who is approaching middle age. He leads a reasonably comfortable life with his family in their suburban home … until the house next door is bought by a truly odd couple, Vic (Dan Aykroyd) and Ramona (Cathy Moriarty, Raging Bull), who quickly proceed to drive Earl crazy. Vic’s lunatic behavior has Earl running in circles while Ramona’s coarse seductiveness leaves him panting. In short, Earl’s tranquil life is suddenly turned upside down. If it’s laughs you want, these are the neighbors to look in on. Buy the DVD right here.

Roger Corman’s Lethal Ladies

Female karate champion Susanne Carter (Jillian Kesner) goes to the Philippines to look for her sister who has disappeared. She stumbles upon a drug cartel and a tournament of no-holds-barred fights to the death in the action-packed Firecracker. Directed by genre specialist Cirio H. Santiago (TNT Jackson) and costarring Vic Diaz (The Big Bird Cage) and Darby Hilton (Malibu Express). “They call me TNT,” martial arts expert Diana Jackson (Jeanne Bell) announces upon her arrival in Hong Kong to look for her missing brother. From there, she heads smack into what is known as the city’s worst area, a no-man’s-land that is a haven for drug dealers, thieves and killers. TNT does not know that her brother has been brutally murdered by Charlie (Stan Shaw), an American who has settled in Hong Kong and is bent on inching his way to the top of the city’s drug-smuggling trade. But he has no idea what he’s up against when he tangles with dynamite in TNT Jackson. Contract killer Samantha Fox (Cheri Caffaro) accepts a mission to kill a group of gangsters in the Philippines, but problems arise when she falls for the Manila detective investigating the murders. Director Don Schain, who was married to Caffaro, directed her in several films prior to Too Hot To Handle, including Ginger, Girls Are For Loving and The Abductors. Buy the Lethal Ladies DVD right here.

Attack the Block

Attack the Block‘ boasts an impressive roster, including fan favorites’ co-star Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), and his cinema brethren filmmaker Edgar Wright serving as executive producer. It also introduces audiences to a slew of UK newcomers, like writer/director Joe Cornish (The Adventures of Tintin, co-written with Wright) and star John Boyega. Winner of the Audience Award for Midnighters at 2011 SXSW, ‘Attack the Block’ is one of the best reviewed films of 2011 and has left an army of #BLOCKHEADS (the fan moniker for the film) chomping at the bit for this “must own” Blu-ray and DVD, both packed with extras, including cast and filmmaker commentaries and behind the scenes featurettes. From the producers of Shaun of the Dead, ‘Attack the Block’ is a fast, funny, frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen street gang against an invasion of savage alien monsters. It turns a London housing project into a sci-fi battleground, the low-income apartment complex into a fortress under siege. And it turns a crazy mix of tough street kids into a team of kick ass heroes. It’s inner city versus outer space and it’s going to explode. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Bill Moyers: On Our Own Terms

An emotional and pragmatic look at the way Americans face death, the PBS-broadcast documentary series, ‘Bill Moyers: On Our Own Terms,’ is now available on DVD. Legendary Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist Bill Moyers (PBS, NBC, CBS) interviews dozens of terminally ill patients in this four-part exploration of end-of-life issues – from health care to cultural attitudes. The series offers illuminating perspectives on the sometimes controversial ethical, medical and economic forces that can drive a person’s decisions surrounding death. The 2-Vol. DVD set also includes a 16-page viewer’s guide, biographies, and more. ‘On Our Own Terms’ is Athena’s ninth release from Moyers’ acclaimed library of programs. While research shows that the majority of the people wish to die at home, most Americans will die in hospitals. In this emotional, powerful, and constructive exploration on death, renowned journalist Bill Moyers interviews dozens of terminally ill patients. From a gentle pediatrician who chooses not to combat his cancer with chemotherapy to palliative-care doctors and hospice workers who focus on comfort rather than cure, this four-part program uses individual portraits to explain the complex concepts and choices that surround “a good death.” Allowing patients from many cultures and backgrounds to speak about their wishes and beliefs, each a poignant story of living with—and redefining—death. Buy the DVD right here.

The Conversation

Francis Ford Coppola’s celebrated thriller ‘The Conversation’ makes its first appearance on Blu-ray. The three-time Academy Award nominated film features an outstanding all-star cast including Academy Award winners Gene Hackman and Robert Duvall alongside Oscar nominees Harrison Ford and Frederic Forrest. In an underground world of conspiracy, surveillance and mystery, the film follows expert wire-tapper and spy Harry Caul (Hackman) during a routine investigation. With a haunting past tormenting his every move, Caul makes it a golden rule to stay far outside of each project. However, his latest job turns out to be more than Caul bargained for when he’s caught inside a web of murder and secrecy that threatens his safety – and his sanity. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Out Late

Out Late‘ is an inspirational and moving documentary about five individuals who made the courageous and life-altering decision to come out as lesbian, gay, or transgender, after the age of 55. Why did they wait until their 50’s, 60’s, or 70’s to come out? And what was the turning point that caused each of them to openly declare their sexuality? From Canada to Florida to Kansas, we explore what ultimately led these dynamic individuals to make the liberating choice to live openly and honestly amongst their family, friends and community, perhaps for the first time in their lives. Their stories prove it’s never too late to be yourself. Buy the DVD right here.

Teeny Tiny and the Witch-Woman

Just in time for Halloween, Scholastic presents 5 not-so-scary stories – all treats and no tricks – with ‘Teeny Tiny and the Witch-Woman…And More Spooky Halloween Stories.’ Sweeter and more colorful than a bag of candy corn, this themed DVD collection is highlighted by the lead story, “Teeny-Tiny and the Witch Woman”, a spooky-ooky story about a boy who outsmarts an old witch-woman before she can cook him and his brothers for dinner. Other witchy, creature-laden tales includes “The Boy with Two Shadows” by Margaret Mahy, “Los Gatos Black on Halloween” a lively poem which introduces a spooky array of creatures and Spanish words to little niños narrated by Maria Conchita Alonso, James’ Stevenson’s “What’s Under My Bed”, and the superstition-filled “King of the Cats” by Paul Galdone. Supporting reading skills, creativity and self-esteem, the DVD includes Scholastic’s innovative read-along function as well as an interview with “Los Gatos Black on Halloween” author Marisa Montes. Buy the DVD right here.

Joseph Campbell: Mythos III

Offering five newly remastered and visually stunning lectures from one of greatest storytellers of our time, ‘Joseph Campbell: Mythos III: The Shaping of the Western Tradition’ is now available on DVD. Hosted by Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon, these remarkable talks broadcast continually on PBS explore subjects ranging from Arthurian romances to modern myth. Over a career that spanned nearly 40 years, eminent scholar Joseph Campbell inspired artists, academics, and laypeople with his passion for myth and is best known from The Power of Myth interviews with Bill Moyers, inspiring George Lucas to create Star Wars, and his “follow your bliss” philosophy. The third installment arrives in a DVD 2-disc set. During the final years of his life, Campbell embarked on a speaking tour in which he drew together all that he had learned about what he called the “one great story” of humanity. With these remarkable talks Campbell examines the core myths of the great Western traditions and modern myths. These remarkable lectures were filmed and are presented here in the order and manner in which Campbell himself intended, with enhanced images and in minimally edited form. The lectures have been broadcast on PBS, where it’s a perennial favorite. Buy the DVD right here.

Twas the Night Before Christmas

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ tells the story about how for some unexplained reason, letters to Santa Claus are being returned to the children of Junctionville. It seems some resident has angered St. Nick, calling Christmas “a fraudulent myth!” Skeptical Albert Mouse has to be brought to his senses “and let up a little on the wonder why.” How Albert is persuaded to change his tune paves the way for Santa’s jolly return to town – and the joyous finale of the animated fable inspired by Clement Moore’s poem and produced by the merrymaking conjurers of Rankin/Bass Studios. The voice talents of Joel Grey, Tammy Grimes, John McGiver and George Gobel make this festive fable even more fun. Buy the DVD right here.

Frosty’s Winter Wonderland

From popular song to animated classic, ‘Frosty’s Winter Wonderland’ Deluxe Edition tells the story of the beloved snowman and how he meets his companion, Crystal. Andy Griffith, Shelley Winters, and Jackie Vernon lend their voices to the captivating cartoon about the Snowman’s return to the children of a small town for a winter season of fun and games. But he’s lonely at night when left by himself and so the town’s children build a beautiful snowlady companion for him. Jealous of the attention given to Frosty, Jack Frost blows up a blizzard and swipes Frosty’s magical, life-giving hat. Only true love can bring Frosty back to his old, fun-loving self. Buy the DVD right here.


Andy Lau (House of Flying Daggers, Future X-Cops), Nicolas Tse (The Stool Pigeon, Storm Warriors), and international superstar Jackie Chan (The Karate Kid, Rush Hour trilogy) star in the martial arts drama ‘Shaolin,’ now available on Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack, DVD and Collector’s Editions DVD and Blu-ray. In this remake of Jet Li’s Shaolin Temple (1982), acclaimed director Benny Chan (City Under Siege) tells an epic tale of sadistic warlords squaring off against noble monks. The Collector’s Edition features extensive bonus materials including deleted scenes and a “Making of” featurette. In the early years of the Republic, China has been plunged into chaos as feuding warlords battle to expand their power and their lands. Young army leader Hou Chieh (Andy Lau) and his sworn brother Tsao Man (Nicholas Tse) find themselves on opposing sides as the war escalates. The ultimate battle ensues when the army is set to besiege the peaceful Shaolin Temple and the peace-loving monks are forced to take up arms to protect their people and beloved temple. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The People vs. George Lucas

Just after the Star Wars films get their Blu-ray debuts, and amongst all the controversy about the changes made to the sacred films, Lionsgate has released the hilarious documentary ‘The People vs. George Lucas.’ The film features die-hard fans and notable media personalities sharing both their love and devotion to George Lucas and the beloved series, and their passionately expressed frustrations over the edits that have been made. The DVD comes complete with a ton of special features including live interviews with fans from Comic Con, an interview with Gary Kurtz, a Lucas-themed music video and more. Buy the DVD right here.


Join Lion-O, Panthro, Cheetara and more with the release of ‘ThunderCats: Season 1, Book 1.’ The two-disc set features the first eight action-packed episodes of the new anime-inspired feline fantasy from Warner Bros. Animation, based on the 1980s animated classic. ‘ThunderCats’ presents the grand origin story of Prince Lion-O’s ascension to the throne — and those who would thwart his destiny at any cost — and takes on epic dimensions in this sharp new telling. As the forces of good and evil battle each other in the quest for the fabled Stones of Power, Lion-O and his champions learn valuable lessons of loyalty, honor and mortality in every episode. The 21st century reimagining marks a creative collaboration between Warner Bros. Animation and Studio4°C, one of the most vibrant animation studios in Japan, giving the original characters a new cutting-edge look while remaining true to the compelling storylines and mythology of the series. Buy the Season 1, Book 1 DVD right here.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Coinciding with the December 9, 2011 feature film adaptation starring Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight) and Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), John le Carré’s classic Cold War-era spy drama ‘Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy’ returns to DVD from British TV on DVD specialist Acorn Media. Oscar winner Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars, Lawrence of Arabia) delivers the performance of a lifetime in his BAFTA-winning role as George Smiley, a retired spymaster recruited to find a mole in the British intelligence service. Hailed as one of the finest dramas ever made for television, this 1979 BBC miniseries garnered universal critical acclaim for its stellar ensemble cast, literate writing and intricate plots. This repackaged and discounted DVD 3-disc set includes six episodes, along with a 28-minute interview with John le Carré, cast filmographies, production notes, and more. No doubt remains: a mole has infiltrated the Circus, code name for the British Secret Intelligence Service. It can only be one of four men operating at the very highest level. Sidelined agent George Smiley is covertly tapped to root out the mole, a task that requires a painstaking dig through the double-blind world of Cold War-era espionage and his own past. Alec Guinness brilliantly captures the weary heart and steely soul of John le Carré’s master spy. ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ was nominated for an Emmy for best miniseries and won two BAFTA Awards, including best actor for Guinness. The series also stars Ian Richardson, Michael Aldridge, Joss Ackland, Ian Bannen, Bernard Hepton, Terence Rigby, Michael Jayston, Hywel Bennett, Anthony Bate, and a memorable cameo by Patrick Stewart, who returns in a larger role for the sequel. Buy the DVD right here.

The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog

This October, “Sesame Street” veteran, Emmy Award-winner and one of contemporary kid lit’s best-selling author/illustrators, Mo Willems, returns to DVD with an all-new Scholastic Storybook Treasures installment featuring his best-loved characters with ‘The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog…And More Stories by Mo Willems.’ In the lead story — an animated adaptation of the sequel to his best-selling “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” — Pigeon finds a delicious hot dog, but a sly and hungry duckling comes along who also wants a bite. Who will be the more clever bird? Find out in this fast, funny feature, narrated by Mo and his daughter, Trixie. Helping kids enhance reading, cooperation and problem-solving skills in an enjoyable and entertaining way, additional stories on the DVD — which combined have won more than 10 prestigious awards including Caldecott Honor, Parents Choice Gold and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children’s Video – include “Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity” and “Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed”, both of which are also narrated by Willems and Trixie. Buy the DVD right here.

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