New On DVD This Week: Smallville, The Girls Next Door, The Smurfs, Friends with Benefits


After 10 incredible seasons, ‘Smallville: The Complete Series‘ is now available on DVD. This ultimate collector’s set for the ultimate fan features over 192 hours of content – including all 218 episodes, over five hours of newly added special features such as an unaired, never-before-seen Superboy pilot from 1961, a retrospective look at the series with over 100 minutes of season featurettes, a decade of Comic-Con featurette and more. In addition, exclusive printed materials include a Daily Planet newspaper, written by DC Comics, that highlights the important storylines developed during the 10-year run of the show and an episode guide with never-before-seen production art (storyboards/sketches) and behind-the-scenes photos. Smallville: The Complete Series is presented in highly collectable new packaging consisting of two lay-flat picture books that hold 62 discs. For fans that have been waiting for the final installment to complete their collection, Smallville: The Complete Tenth Season is also available. This modern retelling of a hero’s legendary origins blends realism, action, heart and humor as Clark Kent completes his epic journey by claiming his birthright as the world’s ultimate hero – Superman. Buy the complete series and the Season 10 DVD.

The Girls Next Door

Hugh Hefner shows why he’s the world’s most envied man in ‘The Girls Next Door‘: The Complete Series, the fun-filled collection of every episode of the hit E! reality show about the ladies who share the Playboy Founder’s legendary lifestyle. For six eye-opening seasons, ‘The Girls Next Door’ dropped the towel to reveal all the goings-on at the Playboy Mansion and beyond, from exotic European escapades to sexy and scary campouts in the “wilds” of the Mansion’s backyard, from tender moments among friends and lovers to the occasional friendly rivalry among the Playmates. ‘The Girls Next Door: The Complete Series’ captures it all in 35 glorious hours, centering around the three original girls –Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson – as well as newcomers Crystal Harris (who came this close to becoming the next Mrs. Hef) and the centerfold twins Kristina and Karissa Shannon. The dynamic blondes may have moved on (Holly to headline a Las Vegas burlesque production and TV’s Holly’s World, Bridget to an acting career and Kendra to her own reality show as well as Dancing With the Stars), but here is where it all started. In addition to all 91 episodes of the top-rated series, the box set includes a wealth of enticing extras not shown on the original E! telecasts, including commentaries with the girls on every episode, outrageous deleted and extended scenes, and the pilot for the spinoff series The Bunny House. Buy the complete series collection right here.

The Smurfs

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will have families everywhere singing a happy song with the hybrid live-action animated worldwide hit feature film, ‘The Smurfs,’ now vailable on Blu-ray 3D™, DVD, digital, and a limited edition 3-Disc Holiday Gift Set. When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs™ out of their village, they tumble from their magical world into ours – in fact, smack dab in the middle of Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down. Directed by Raja Gosnell (Scooby Doo) and starring Neil Patrick Harris (‘How I Met Your Mother’), Jayma Mays (‘Glee’), Sofia Vergara (‘Modern Family’), and Hank Azaria (‘The Simpsons’) as Gargamel, the film features the smurf-ect voices of singing sensation Katy Perry as Smurfette, George Lopez (Rio) as Grouchy and Jonathan Winters (The Flinstones) as the original Papa Smurf. ‘The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol’ DVD is an all-new mini-movie, exclusive to the 3-Disc Holiday Gift Set and starring the Smurfs™. Based on the timeless holiday classic, The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol is available for a limited time only. Buy the 3D Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Friends with Benefits

Directed by Will Gluck, and starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, ‘Friends with Benefits‘ also boasts hilarious performances by Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Andy Samberg and snowboarding sensation Shaun White in this film. ‘Friends with Benefits’ is fully dressed with special features which include a commentary with Gluck, Timberlake and Kunis, a blooper reel, two featurettes and deleted scenes with optional commentary. Dylan (Timberlake) is done with relationships. Jamie (Kunis) decides to stop buying into the Hollywood cliche of true love. When the two become friends they decide to try something new and take advantage of their mutual attraction – but without any emotional attachment. Physical pleasure without the entanglements. Sounds easy enough for two logical adults right? Not so much! Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Hot in Cleveland

TV Land’s hilarious show ‘Hot in Cleveland‘ returns for more hijinks with the release of the Season 2 DVD. The hit series stars acclaimed actresses Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White in the role that has already garnered her a SAG Award, a Gracie Allen Award and a 2011 Emmy nomination. The second season picks up where the first season left off with Elka (White) in jail and the three LA transplants settling into their new lives with new men and new drama. From dating disasters to fake engagements and a battle with Susan Lucci, the season proves that true friendship and lots of laughter can get them through it all. The Season 2 DVD is a three-disc set that includes all 22 uproarious episodes, which includes the blooper special, plus cast interviews, outtakes and more. Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

Another Earth

Director/co-writer Mike Cahill (Boxers + Ballerinas) teams with producer/co-writer Brit Marling to challenge our concepts of reality and redemption with the romantic sci-fi drama ‘Another Earth,’ about a radiant astrophysics student who endeavors to travel to Earth 2, a newly discovered mirror of our own home planet. Rhoda Williams (Marling) was driving in her car and listening to the radio when the DJ announced the discovery of Earth 2, which had just appeared from the other side of the sun. Gazing out her window at the newly discovered planet, Rhoda neglectfully careens into a minivan carrying a small family. Everyone but the father is killed instantly, and Rhoda is sentenced to four years in prison. Upon emerging, the repentant reckless driver finds herself drawn to the lone survivor. Meanwhile, Rhoda learns of an essay contest to win a seat on a civilian space shuttle to Earth 2. Perhaps, on that strangely familiar planet, an alternate version of herself exists — one that has made different choices, and followed a different life path. The only way she will ever find out is to win the contest and secure her seat on a ride into the great unknown. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

The Jetsons

Legendary animation studio Hanna-Barbera’s first family of the future – ‘The Jetsons!’ – return in this second part of their sophomore season collection. Strap in alongside George, Jane, Judy, Elroy, Astro and Rosie and go soaring into their fantastic world of rocket cars, rocking robots and cranky computers. The once and future fan favorite family stands ready to show us that wherever or whenever you live, people, love and laughs are still the same. This 3-Disc, 20 Episode Collection features more science fiction, slapstick and silliness than you can shake a Spacely Space Sprocket at. Buy the Season 2, Volume 2 DVD at

Mission Impossible

Peter Graves reprises his role as Jim Phelps, the brilliant and charismatic leader of the Impossible Mission force in ‘Mission Impossible – the ’88 TV Season.’ Summoned out of retirement, Phelps organizes a new team of I.M.F. agents in order to carry out dangerous and complex assignments. Along with Peter Graves (Jim Phelps), the series stars Thaao Penghlis (Nicholas Black), Phil Morris (Grant Collier), Anthony Hamilton (Max Harte), Terry Markwell (Casey Randall) & Jane Badler (Shannon Reed). Buy the ’88 TV season right here.

Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns

Spend the holiday season with the Brown family with the release of ‘Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns‘ Season 3, now on DVD. Starring the 2011 NCAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, David Mann, as the quirky and fashion-challenged Mr. Brown, the hit series follows the misadventures of his family as they learn the ins and outs of running a retirement home. The hilarious family comedy also stars Tamela Mann, Lamman Rucker, Denise Boutte and Juanita Jennings. Mr. Brown’s “retirement home” started as a complete fluke – a result of a misunderstanding followed by a happy accident in a neighborhood full of lively and unique individuals. While Brown might not be the brightest bulb in the house, he’s managed to create a combination safe haven and circus act under his “Brown Meadows” big top. Buy the Season 3 DVD right here.

The Future

Hailed as one of the best independent films of the year, ‘The Future’ is now available on DVD. Written and directed by the celebrated Miranda July, the film also stars July, along with Hamish Linklater, David Washofsky and Isabella Acres. Garnering top accolades on the Festival circuit, ‘The Future’ was named a Special Selection at the Sundance Film Festival (2011) and was nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear Award at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival. When a thirtysomething couple (July and Linklater) decides to adopt a stray cat, their entire perspective on life changes dramatically, with the decision literally altering the course of time while testing their faith
Buy the DVD right here.


From the depraved minds of directors Adam Rifkin (Detroit Rock City, The Dark Backward), Tim Sullivan (2001 Maniacs,VH-1’s “Scream Queens”), Adam Green (Hatchet, Frozen), and Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2, Knights of Badassdom), ‘Chillerama’ is a festival of gore, guts, goofiness and good times. In addition to experiencing all the chills, thrills – and goo – of the ultimate midnight movie in high-definition 1080p picture and DTS-HD audio, CHILLERAMA boasts two hours of insightful and heretofore unseen bonus features that delve deep into the creative process of these four renowned directors of the macabre, as they labored and toiled to create a cinematic love letter to horror and film fans. Produced by ArieScope Pictures and in the spirit of classic “omnibus” films like Dead of Night, Tales From the Crypt, Creepshow and Twilight Zone: The Movie, with four vignettes that not only celebrate the golden age of B horror schlock but also nearly the entire history of horror cinema itself, ‘Chillerama’ offers something for every bad taste. With titles like “Wadzilla,” “I Was A Teenage Werebear,” The Diary of Anne Frankenstein,” and “Zom-B-Movie,” ‘Chillerama’ features appearances by Joel David Moore (Avatar, Hatchet), Lin Shaye (Insidious), Ray Wise (X-Men: First Class), Kane Hodder (Hatchet and Hatchet II), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight, Sharktopus) and more cameos than one can (body)count. Buy the Blu-ray right here.


An orphaned baby elephant? A lion with a brain tumor? Call Dr. Marsh Tracy! The lovingly remembered show ‘Daktari’ from executive producer Ivan Tors (Sea Hunt, Flipper, Gentle Ben) stars Marshall Thompson as a dedicated veterinarian who runs an animal research center in Africa with the help of his daughter, two courageous aides, a mischievous chimp and a cross-eyed lion named Clarence. Action, laughs and breathtaking encounters with exotic animals highlight the 18 Episodes of the Complete Season One as Tracy and his crew handle everything from poachers to diamond thieves to a raging fire that threatens the nearby game preserve. “Daktari” means “doctor” in Swahili, but for viewers it means uplifting family fun. Buy the Season 1 DVD at

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Throughout his nearly 50-year career in both documentaries, like The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner, Encounters at the End of the World and Grizzly Man, and landmark dramas, like Aguirre, the Wrath of God, The Enigma of Kasper Hauser and Fitzcarraldo, Werner Herzog has been on an unending quest to reveal man’s drive to exceed the limits of everyday existence. Now, in ‘Cave of Forgotten Dreams,’ he has traveled back to the beginning of it all, to the very first stirrings of prehistoric man’s artistic impulse. The new documentary follows an exclusive expedition into the nearly inaccessible Cave of Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc in southern France. The cave had remained sealed by a rock slide for 25,000 years until its discovery in 1994. On its walls are vivid and sophisticated paintings of horses, cattle, lions, panthers, bears, even rhinos and extinct species; also discovered were hand prints and foot prints – all of it believed to date back 32,000 years.
Buy the Blu-ray combo pack right here.

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas

Leave it to the magnificent Madea to save Christmas with ‘Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas (The Play)’, now available on DVD and Blu-ray. Fresh off of three stage performances in Atlanta, the story follows the wealthy, dysfunctional Mansell family as they clash with Madea (Perry) and her relatives during the holidays. It is left up to the hilarious Madea to save this Christmas, turn around the drama and amp up the comedy! Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

Best friends Tucker and Dale are excited for relaxing weekend of fishing at their secluded cabin. Unfortunately for them, evil has different plans when a series of misunderstandings and tragic events start killing a group of preppy college students who believe they are backwoods hillbillies out to kill them. ‘Tucker & Dale vs. Evil‘ has been a hit on the festival circuit after its debut at Sundance. It won the Midnight Audience Award at SXSW, the Jury Prize for First Feature at Fantasia, the Best Director Award at The Fantaspoa Film Festival, and the Best Motion Picture Award at The Sitges Film Festival. The Tucker & Dale vs. Evil Blu-ray and DVD bonus features include the making of the film and hilarious commentary with Alan Tudyk, Tyler Labine and director Eli Craig. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

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