New On DVD This Week: Pacific/Band of Brothers, Mr. Magoo, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The Pacific/Band of Brothers Giftset

Considered two of the finest depictions of the sweeping panorama of World War II, the HBO Miniseries ‘Band of Brothers‘ and ‘The Pacific‘ are being offered, for the first time, in one ultimate collector’s edition – just in time for holiday giving. ‘Band of Brothers/The Pacific Special Edition Gift Set’ is available in an all-new premium packaging including both ten-episode miniseries, all the special features from previous editions, plus the exclusive never-before-seen documentary “He Has Seen War.” The giftset is packaged in an all-new, premium case featuring maps from the European and the Pacific fronts of World War II as well as high-gloss sweeping photography from both productions. The set also features an all-new bonus disc featuring the exclusive, never-before-seen documentary “He Has Seen War” featuring surviving veterans of Easy Company and the 1st Marine Division, whose stories are told in ‘Band of Brothers’ and ‘The Pacific.’ From their initial steps in reintegrating into civilian life to the lasting impact the war had on each of their lives, “He Has Seen War” features veterans and their families relaying their own unique stories. Buy the Blu-ray Giftset right here.

Mr. Magoo

Voiced by Jim Backus (Gilligan’s Island’s “Mr. Howell”), ‘Mr. Magoo’ is a wealthy, short-statured retiree who gets into a series of sticky situations as a result of his nearsightedness, compounded by his stubborn refusal to admit the problem. However, through uncanny streaks of luck, the situation always seems to work itself out for him, leaving him no worse than before. This set includes 26 episodes of The Mister Magoo Show (1960-61), 26 episodes of The Famous Adventures of Mister Magoo (1964), the 1970 prime-time TV Movie Uncle Sam Magoo, 16 episodes of What’s New Mister Magoo? (1977), a 20-page commemorative book and interviews with cast members. Buy the Television Collection 1960-1977 right here.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

The final adventure in the Harry Potter film series, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2,’ follows Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) as they prepare for a final battle with Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), who is determined to destroy Harry once and for all. In order to defeat the powerful wizard, they must find and destroy Voldemort’s last and most elusive Horcrux — that is, the enchanted piece of soul allowing him to remain immortal — before his nefarious plans come to fruition. David Yates directs. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Rosemary & Thyme

Combining glorious gardens with classic whodunits, ‘Rosemary & Thyme: The Complete Collection’ is now available in a newly re-authored 7-volume collector’s edition, now with subtitles. Felicity Kendal (Good Neighbors, The Camomile Lawn) and Pam Ferris (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Matilda) star in this popular British mystery series broadcast on public television and from the producer of Agatha Christie’s Poirot. Filmed on location in some of Europe’s most spectacular gardens, the release features all 22 episodes, brimming with top-notch guest stars, eccentric characters, and great chemistry from its gardening detectives–-plus bonus interviews, production notes, and much more. Stunning gardens provide the backdrop for this hit British mystery series starring Felicity Kendal as Rosemary Boxer and Pam Ferris as Laura Thyme, professional gardeners and amateur sleuths. From their former careers as a university plant biologist and a police officer, Rosemary and Laura bring unique investigative talents to their horticultural and human mysteries. Buy the complete collection right here.

The Jean Harlow 100th Anniversary Collection

A true trend-setter, the first “Platinum Blonde” provided the template for an archetype that stretches from one century into the next – to Marilyn to Madonna to Gwen Stefani and beyond. True film buffs owe it to themselves to celebrate, discover, or rediscover her achievements as an actor. Join us in paying tribute with this special collection, celebrating her centennial year with seven of her films, three newly remastered. None ever before available on DVD. Lovingly packaged in a striking, glamour filled slipcase filled with special features. Movies included: BOMBSHELL (1933) – REMASTERED Glamour queen Lola (Harlow) is quitting the movie biz – something her manipulative press agent (Lee Tracy) can’t allow! THE GIRL FROM MISSOURI (1934) – REMASTERED Eadie’s not easy! A plucky bachelorette (Harlow) intends to bag a New York millionaire…without abandoning her virtue. RECKLESS (1935) – REMASTERED Harlow goes dramatic as a Broadway star accused of murder after the death of her high-living, high society hubby. With William Powell, the last real-life love of Harlow’s short life. RIFFRAFF (1935) She works in a cannery. He’s a fisherman. But their playful romance is fated to give way to a tragedy surrounding union activism. She’s Harlow, he’s Spencer Tracy. SUZY (1936) Harlow, Cary Grant, and Franchot Tone are involved in a World War I triangle of romance and spy intrigue. PERSONAL PROPERTY (1937) Debt-ridden socialite Harlow puts on a show of wealth to impress a suitor who’s also making a pretense of fortune. Robert Taylor is the butler who sees through the ruses. SARATOGA (1937) In Harlow’s final film she plays the daughter of a horse breeder who is engaged to a millionaire, but drawn to a bookie played by Clark Gable. Buy the 100th Anniversary collection at

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In ‘Bedlam,’ a modern take on the classic haunted house story, Kate (Charlotte Salt, The Tudors) and her father, Warren (Hugo Speer, Skins), have inherited Bedlam Heights and are in the process of renovating the building and, hopefully, their family’s legacy as well by turning the old asylum into luxury apartments. Kate is tasked with selling the apartments, and even lives in one herself along with roommates Ryan (Will Young, Skins) and Molly (Ashley Madekwe, Secret Diary of a Call Girl). There’s tension around the apartment – both the sexual and the out-of-work-roommate kinds. And that tension doesn’t improve when Kate’s adopted cousin Jed (Theo James, Downton Abbey) unexpectedly arrives on the scene. With a checkered past and mental health issues, Jed’s a troubled man who sees ghosts and visions of the past – and now he’s getting mysterious text messages telling him to “Save Kate.” Gradually Jed uncovers the terrifying secrets held in Bedlam Heights, while trying to retain his sanity. He’s convinced Kate is in danger from the spooks of Bedlam Heights, but unbeknown to him, the truth will be far more terrifying…Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Bolt 3D

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes ‘Bolt,’ the tale of a superstar TV pup (voiced by John Travolta) who gets plopped in the middle of America with seemingly no way back to the glam and glitz of Hollywood. Thanks to his starring role on a hit television show, Bolt the pooch has become a household name. But Bolt has bought into his own heroic image, now believing that he really possesses the super-canine powers of his fictional television series. When he’s accidentally shipped from Hollywood to New York City, he must rely on the help from his two newfound friends — an abandoned house cat named Mittens (voiced by Susie Essman) and a television-addicted hamster named Rhino (voice of Mark Walton) — as he embarks on a cross-country quest to get back to his owner (and co-star), Penny (voice of Miley Cyrus). Buy the Blu-ray 3D combo pack right here.

Case Histories

From the co-creator of Life on Mars comes the brilliantly acted, character-driven drama, ‘Case Histories,’ now available on DVD, soon after its broadcast premiere on PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery! (October 16, 23, and 30). Based on the bestselling Jackson Brodie novels by Kate Atkinson, this sharply written series stars Golden Globe-nominee Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter, The Patriot) as a good-hearted but tough private investigator based in the rugged, Scottish city of Edinburgh. A hit with fans and critics alike, the series has already been commissioned for a second season. The DVD 2-disc set contains the first six episodes, along with a 15 min. behind-the-scenes featurette. Jackson Brodie (Jason Isaacs) used to be a soldier in the British army and then an officer in the Lothian and Borders Police. Now the tough detective has turned private investigator, compelled to bring peace to victims and their families. Based in Edinburgh, good-hearted Brodie finds himself looking into everything from lost cats to wayward spouses and killers on the run. He does a lot of running himself, partly to unwind from the stresses of his work, but mostly to escape the memories of his own traumatic past. Buy the DVD right here.

The River Why

For many, fly-fishing is the ultimate exercise in tranquility, a chance to commune with Nature on its own terms. But for 20-year-old Gus Orviston – “the Mozart of fly-fishing” — it represented the ultimate albatross between his father and living his own life. And sometimes, you have to run far away…so that you can come to your true self. Based on the phenomenal best-seller by David James Duncan with over 500,000 copies sold, and boasting an all-star cast including Academy-Award winner William Hurt, Amber Heard, Kathleen Quinlan, Zach Gilford, Dallas Roberts and William Devane, ‘The River Why‘ is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Sick of living in a home shrouded with secrets, lies and a smothering sense of competition, Gus (Gilford, Friday Night Lights) runs away fromhome and the shadow of his famous fly-fishing father (Hurt, Into The Wild, The Incredible Hulk). Determined to live life as he sees fit, Gus makes his new home in a secluded cabin on thebanks of a river where he plans to fish all day. Instead, he is propelled into a quest for self-discovery. An assortment of eccentric characters, including a free-spirited girl (Heard, Zombieland) who shares his fondness for fishing, helps him find his way toward adulthood and love. And, to honor the beautiful Oregon wilderness where The River Why was photographed, the filmmakers strove to keep an environmentally friendly set, thanks to the supervision of a “green” consultant hired specially for the production. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

On the Road with Charles Kuralt: Americana Collection

The iconic series now in a value-priced collection, ‘On the Road with Charles Kuralt: Americana Collection’ is now available on DVD, with more than 200 classic segments. Award-winning journalist Charles Kuralt became a household name for his On the Road segments, first airing on the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, and then for his stint as the first host of CBS News Sunday Morning. Beginning in 1967, Kuralt and his small CBS television crew traversed America’s byways by motor home in search of the unusual and overlooked stories of ordinary people from the nation’s back roads. The resulting segments provide a quirky and uplifting snapshot of everyday life worthy of celebration. This DVD 9-volume boxed set includes more than 200 segments and a 55 min. interview with longtime Kuralt and On the Road cameraman, Isadore (“Izzy”) Bleckman. Acorn Media previously released these episodes in On the Road, Sets 1-3 as DVD 3-vol. boxed sets. During the 20 years Kuralt wandered America’s back roads, beginning in 1967, he and his small crew logged more than a million miles and wore out six motor homes. For his heartfelt reporting on the lives of everyday people, Kuralt won an Emmy and three Peabody Awards and became celebrated in his nearly four-decade career as a breath of fresh air in a world of endlessly gloomy news stories. Buy the DVD right here.

A Better Tomorrow

Kim Hyuk (Joo Jin-Mo) lives the fast life as a high ranking mobster in the port city of Busan, South Korea in ‘A Better Tomorrow.’ His closet friend is fellow mobster Lee Young-Choon (Song Seung-Heon). Even though Kim Hyuk seems to be on top of the world, he is haunted by the memory of leaving behind his younger brother Kim Chul (Kim Kang-Woo) and mother as they attempted to flee into South Korea from North Korea. Kim Hyuk’s mother was beaten to death and Kim Chul imprisoned after they were caught by North Korean authorities. Kim Hyuk then travels to Thailand with new gang recruit Jung Tae-Min (Jo Han-Seon) for a meeting with Thai gangsters. The meeting turns out to be a set-up, planned in part by Jung Tae-Min. Kim Hyuk is able to shoot his way out the meeting, but he is later caught by the Thai police and imprisoned. When good friend Lee Young-Choon hears of what happened to Kim Hyuk in Thailand, he goes to the Thai gang’s holdout in Pusan to kill their boss. During the shootout Jung Tae-Min is shot in the leg. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Chicken Little 3D

An old fable gets a high-tech update in the computer-animated comedy ‘Chicken Little‘ from Walt Disney Pictures. Chicken Little (voice of Zach Braff) is an earnest young fowl living in the town of Oakley Oaks who one day starts a panic when a falling acorn drops on his head, and he warns everyone that the sky has started to collapse. Chicken Little was wrong, of course, much to the embarrassment of his father, Buck Cluck (voice of Garry Marshall), and now the young chicken is struggling to live down the incident. While his best friends Abby Mallard (voice of Joan Cusack), Runt of the Litter (voice of Steve Zahn), and Fish out of Water stand by him, the school’s star athlete Foxy Loxy (voice of Amy Sedaris) never passes up an opportunity to make fun of the diminutive chicken. As a result, Chicken Little tends to keep his more recent discoveries to himself, but what’s a bird to do when he uncovers pseudo-scientific evidence that suggests the sky really is starting to fall, in large hexagonal chunks? Buy the 3D Blu-ray combo pack right here.


From the multi-award-winning team behind Life on Mars, ‘Bonekickers’ is now available on Blu-ray. Broadcast on BBC, this 2008 action-adventure series follows a motley team of archaeologists as they unearth secrets from the past. The first-rate ensemble cast features Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Iris), Julie Graham (Survivors, The Bill, At Home with the Braithwaites), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Undercovers, Larry Crowne, Doctor Who), and Adrian Lester (Hustle, Primary Colors), with guest stars Eamonn Walker (Oz) and Burn Gorman (Torchwood). The Blu-ray 2-Disc set includes the complete six episode series in stunning high-definition and behind-the-scenes segments for each episode. Past and present meet with explosive results in this British drama series called “a bit of Doctor Who fantasy, hints of a Da Vinci Code riddle, and even elements of CSI” (The Times). Led by the fiery Dr. Gillian Magwilde (Julie Graham), an intrepid team of archaeologists finds mud, blood, and death-defying adventure when they start digging. Combining historical mysteries with modern forensics, each episode focuses on a particular period in history, from the Crusades to Joan of Arc, King Arthur, and soldiers fighting in World War I. Set in the beautiful ancient city of Bath, England, the series blends modern forensics with historical mysteries for exciting entertainment. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Hollywood Party

The screen’s great Schnarzan (Jimmy Durante) wants to wow the visiting Baron Munchausen (Jack Pearl, reprising his familiar vaudeville and radio character) by throwing him a big, bustling Tinseltown bash. ‘Hollywood Party‘ – 8 directors and 8 writers (2 credited) strong – is the wild, wildly inconsistent but ever fun musical-novelty result, packed with kicky dance montages offering pre-Code chorines and Berkeley-like kaleidoscopic shots, spiked with a color cartoon insert from Walt Disney, muscled up with Schnarzan’s lion-wrasslin,’ and thronged with notables (including Mickey Mouse, Ted Healy and his Stooges and Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy, who put an egg in Lupe Velez’s shoe and are duly repaid). Buy the DVD at

Rickey Smiley: Open Casket Sharp

Much loved comedian, television host, and top-rated nationally syndicated radio personality, Rickey Smiley has earned a reputation for taking everyday observations and skillfully creating comedic gold. One of the few “clean” comics that are among today’s most popular contemporary comedians, Sharp has taken the U.S. by storm with his blend of laughter, serious discussion of social issues, political awareness, and community outreach. In ‘Rickey Smiley: Open Casket Sharp,’ his new stand-up special live from Atlanta, Smiley has the audience in stitches from the minute he is introduced by good friend Steve Harvey and all the way through this no-holds-barred look at his family, friends and Southern marching bands. Buy the DVD right here.

G-Force 3D

Two time Oscar-winning visual effects artist Hoyt Yeatman makes his feature directorial debut with the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced family film ‘G-Force,’ that follows a group of highly trained guinea pigs on their mission to prevent an evil billionaire from taking over the world. Beginning in the Civil War — when carrier pigeons delivered messages from the front lines — the American government has been covertly training animals to work in espionage. The latest government program is a clandestine espionage team known as “G-Force,” which includes a team of ultra-intelligent guinea pigs who share 98.7 percent of their DNA with humans. Comprised of unpredictable weapons expert Blaster (voice of Tracy Morgan), alluring martial arts expert Juarez (voice of Penélope Cruz), stealthy reconnaissance expert Mooch, and a star-nosed mole named Speckles (voice of Nicolas Cage), who specializes in computers, this crack team of agents is fronted by heroic squad leader Darwin (voice of Sam Rockwell). When a deranged billionaire hatches a plan to control the entire planet through common household appliances, the G-Force leaps into action on a mission to ensure that he does not succeed. Buy the 3D Blu-ray combo pack right here.

The Wild Thornberrys

Brace yourself for a wild ride through jungles, rain forests, cities and deserts spanning the globe with ‘The Wild Thornberrys: Season Two, Part 1.’ Join Eliza Thornberry and her secret gift of gab (she can talk to animals!) in two action-packed DVDs that bring you face-to-face with danger as Eliza and friends traverse the cliffs and crags of mountainous Zaire, try to escape poachers in Tanzania, stumble upon evil hunters bent on destroying the rain forest in Brazil and discover gold on the Galapagos Islands. Plus you’ll encounter wildlife in all its natural glory, including silverback gorillas, pythons, crested grebes, tapirs, capybaras, antelopes, opossums and more! So hang on for action, adventure and a bit of education. The series stars Lacey Chabert (Party Of Five), Tim Curry (The Adventures Of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius) and Flea (The Red Hot Chili Peppers). This set contains the first 11 episodes of Season Two in a 2-disc set. Buy the Season 2, Part 1 DVD right here.

Delitto D’Amore

In the Italian film ‘Delitto D’Amore,’ two factory workers living in Northern Italy form a romantic connection. The woman, torn between the freedoms of the North and her traditional Sicilian values, slowly allows herself to love, then marry, her co-worker. Soon after her wedding, she dies as a result of industrial pollution from her job. This film, part melodrama and part social/political commentary, is a historical document of the living conditions of the workers from southern Italy that emigrated to the north of the country to work in the industries in Milan. Buy the DVD right here.

A Child’s Garden of Poetry

The latest from the producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “Classical Baby” series, ‘A Child’s Garden of Poetry’ ingeniously introduces the whole family to masterpieces of poetry through a creative mix of beautiful recordings and colorful animation. Featuring poems from some of the world’s greatest writers voiced by today’s most respected entertainment performers, this captivating all-new HBO Family special is now available. Buy the DVD right here.

The Perfect Age of Rock ‘N’ Roll

An egocentric rock star retreats to his hometown to recover from the humiliation of a major career misstep, and begins to reassess his priorities after reconnecting with the childhood friend who helped launch him to stardom in ‘The Perfect Age of Rock ‘N’ Roll.’ Spyder’s (Kevin Zegers) first album was an unqualified hit. But when his follow-up bombs with fans and critics alike, he decides to go back to the place where it all began. Once there, the humiliated rocker quickly reconnects with his former best friend and songwriting partner, Eric (Jason Ritter), who now teaches music to middle school students. Later, as the two former friends begin some serious soul searching, they are given a second chance to reclaim their rightful place at the top of the charts. In order to do so, however, they must get to L.A. and lay down some hot new tracks in just two weeks. Piling into a massive RV with their feisty manager, Rose (Taryn Manning), and a rock legend August West (Peter Fonda) at the wheel, Spyder, Eric, and their band begin to make preparations a comeback that will make rock ‘n’ roll history. Buy the DVD right here.

Lost Horizon

Producer Ross Hunter’s (Magnificent Obsession, Imitation of Life, Airport) ambitious musical remake of Frank Capra’s 1937 classic film, ‘Lost Horizon‘ is available on DVD now on Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s “Columbia Classics” line. Based on the classic James Hilton novel about a group of plane crash survivors in the utopian world of Shangri-La, the newly-remastered film features music by Burt Bacharach and an all-star cast, including Academy Award winner Peter Finch (Best Actor, Network, 1976), two-time Best Actress Oscar nominee Liv Ullmann (The Emigrants, 1971; Face to Face, 1976), Oscar nominee Sally Kellerman (Best Supporting Actress, MASH, 1970), George Kennedy (Airport, Earthquake), Michael York (Cabaret, Austin Powers trilogy), Olivia Hussey (Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet), James Shigeta (Bridge to the Sun, Flower Drum Song), four-time Best Actor Oscar nominee Charles Boyer (Conquest, 1937; Algiers, 1938; Gaslight, 1944; Fanny, 1961) and Academy Award winner John Gielgud (Best Supporting Actor, Arthur, 1981). This fully restored extended version, with a length of 149 minutes, includes deleted musical numbers not previously seen and sequences restored from the original roadshow version of the film, featuring a newly remixed 5.1 stereo soundtrack. Also included in this sought-after DVD release are original song demos performed by Burt Bacharach (with photo gallery) and special vintage featurettes. Buy the DVD right here.

Blue Velvet

Director David Lynch crafted the hallucinogenic mystery-thriller ‘Blue Velvet‘ that probes beneath the cheerful surface of suburban America to discover sadomasochistic violence, corruption, drug abuse, crime and perversion. Kyle Maclachlan stars as Jeffrey Beaumont, a square-jawed young man who returns to his picture-perfect small town when his father suffers a stroke. Walking through a field near his home, Jeff discovers a severed human ear, which he immediately brings to the police. Their disinterest sparks Jeff’s curiosity, and he is soon drawn into a dangerous drama that’s being played out by a lounge singer, Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini) and the ether-addicted Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper). The sociopathic Booth has kidnapped Dorothy’s young son and is using the child as a bargaining chip to repeatedly beat, humiliate and rape Dorothy. Though he’s drawn to the virginal, wholesome Sandy Williams (Laura Dern), Jeff is also aroused by Dorothy and in trying to aid her, he discovers his dark side. As the film nears its conclusion, our hero learns that many more indivduals are tacitly involved with Frank, including a suave, lip-synching singer, Ben (Dean Stockwell), who is minding the kidnapped boy. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Meet the Robinsons 3D

An orphan who dreams of someday finding a family to call his own finds his fate taking an unexpected turn when a mysterious stranger named Wilbur Robinson transports him into the future in ‘Meet the Robinsons.’ Based on the book A Day With Wilbur Robinson by William Joyce, Meet the Robinsons tells the story of a boy with a lifelong wish to belong, and shows what happens when he meets an incredible collection of characters who just might have the power to make his wildest fantasies come true. The film’s all-star cast of vocal contributors — including Angela Bassett, Kelly Ripa, Tom Selleck, Adam West, Steve Zahn, and Laurie Metcalf — brings the world of the future to life as never before seen on the silver screen. Buy the 3D Blu-ray combo pack right here.

LeapFrog: Phonics Farm

Romp with everyone’s favorite LeapFrog character, Scout, in ‘LeapFrog: Phonics Farm,’ now available on DVD. Featuring everyone’s favorite puppy pal Scout in his very first starring role, the all-new LeapFrog release makes learning phonics even more fun as Scout ventures through a farm filled with extraordinary animals, along with his friends Violet, Eli and Penny. Buy the DVD right here.

Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story

An inspiring look at J.K. Rowling’s rise to become one of the most influential writers ever (with more than 400 million copies of her visionary books sold across the globe resulting in a billion-dollar film franchise), ‘Magic Beyond Words’ follows her humble beginnings as an imaginative young girl and awkward teenager through the devastating loss of her mother and the genesis of the Harry Potter phenomenon in her early twenties. The drama also follows Rowling’s tumultuous first marriage, becoming a mother, her divorce, and the dark days of living on government assistance while publisher after publisher passed on her first novel…before it became an international best-seller and solidified Rowling’s rightful place in literary and cultural history. Buy the DVD right here.

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Space Adventure

‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Space Adventure’ is a 45 minute, full-length space-themed escapade, geared for kids 2 to 5 years of age, that invites young viewers to discover outer space and use their problem-solving skills while they watch. In this specific adventure, Mickey and pals head to space where they tour the Moon, Mars and the Rings of Saturn as well as meet new alien friends while on the hunt for a unique
space treasure. It’s an out-of-this-world package the kids won’t want to miss!
Buy the DVD right here.

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl

From Robert Rodriguez of ‘Spy Kids’ fame comes ‘The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl,’ the fun family adventure starring Taylor Lautner in his first lead role alongside Hollywood favorites David Arquette, Kristin Davis and George Lopez. Everyone always knew that Max had a wild imagination, but no one believed that his wildest creations – a boy raised by watchful great white sharks and a girl with the force of a volcano – were real. Now, these two pint-sized action heroes will show Max that even an ordinary kid has what it takes to be extraordinary. The Blu-ray disc includes a “making of” featurette and audio commentary by Rodriguez. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Little Big Man

Dustin Hoffman gives a “virtuoso performance” in the Western…or many say, revisionist Western… classic ‘Little Big Man,’ from three-time Academy Award nominated Director Arthur Penn, now available on Blu-ray Disc™ November 8, in honor of Native American Heritage Month. Also available in a freshly repackaged DVD edition, the cinematically sprawling and stunningly-restored film follows the life story of Jack Crabb (Hoffman), a white man raised by Native Americans, as he recounts, often comically, through flashbacks the many historic events he witnessed as the West was won as the bloody result of American imperialism and genocide of Native Americans. As a 20th-century historian (William Hickey) listens, 121-year-old Jack Crabb (Dustin Hoffman) narrates the story of being a white orphan adopted by the Cheyenne, renamed “Little Big Man,” and raised in the ways of the “Human Beings” by paternal father-figure Old Lodge Skins (Chief Dan George who received an Academy Award nomination). After being violently thrown back into the white world, Jack is preyed upon by a preacher’s wife (Faye Dunaway), tries to be a gunfighter under the tutelage of Wild Bill Hickok (Jeff Corey) and gets married. But when returned to the Cheyenne by chance, Jack prefers life as a Human Being. Unfortunately, that life was not to be. Jack is a witness to the Washita massacre and is the sole white survivor of the Little Big Horn, the fatal folly of egomaniacal General George A. Custer (Richard Mulligan). Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Smiley’s People

The gripping sequel to John le Carré’s classic Cold War-era spy drama, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, ‘Smiley’s People’ is now available on DVD, coinciding with the December 9, 2011 feature film adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy starring Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight) and Colin Firth (The King’s Speech). Oscar winner Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars, Lawrence of Arabia) reprises his BAFTA-winning role as retired spymaster George Smiley for the 1982 sequel. Filmed on location in London, Paris, Hamburg, and Berne, Smiley’s People co-stars Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation, X-Men), Eileen Atkins (Upstairs, Downstairs), and Bill Paterson (Traffik). This repackaged and discounted DVD 3-disc set includes six episodes, along with a 20-min. interview with John le Carré, cast filmographies, production notes, and more. Both had supposedly outlived their usefulness to the Circus, the British Secret Intelligence Service: George Smiley, the retired head of espionage, and General Vladimir, an aging informant who reported to him. When the general walks into a bullet after sending an urgent message to his old handler, the Circus asks Smiley to “tidy things up.” But Smiley hears Vladimir’s message as a call to arms against his nemesis, the Soviet super spy Karla, once again tantalizingly within his grasp. Buy the DVD right here.

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