New On DVD This Week: The Help, Big Love, Underbelly, Hangover Part II

The Help

The Help‘ is an inspirational, courageous and empowering story about very different, extraordinary women in the 1960s South who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project — one that breaks society‟s rules and puts them all at risk. Filled with poignancy, humor and hope — and complete with compelling, never-before-seen bonus features — The Help is a timeless, universal and triumphant story about the ability to create change. ‘The Help’ stars Emma Stone as the courageous Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan, who goes against the beliefs of her family and friends to find her own voice. The critically praised, emotional performance of Viola Davis as Aibileen Clark, a woman who secretly dreams of one day having more than she has been given, offers a deep emotional storyline. The breakthrough performance of Octavia Spencer as Minny Jackson, whose sass and tough exterior disguise the pain and fear she faces every day, brings both drama and humor to the film. Bryce Dallas Howard breathes life into the catty Jackson socialite Hilly Holbrook and Jessica Chastain brings charm and humor as Celia Foote, a kind housewife living outside of town who longs to fit in. Sissy Spacek, Allison Janney and Ahna O‟Reilly also provide vivacious performances that round out this all-star female ensemble. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Big Love

‘Big Love: The Complete Collection’ brings together the series’ uniquely crafted story arc about modern day polygamists Bill Henrickson, his three wives (Barb, Nicki and Margene), and nine children as they struggle to overcome the myriad of challenges brought about by their beliefs, lifestyle and Bill’s entrepreneurial and political ambitions. The complete collection includes all 53 episodes from all five seasons, plus all of the extra features from the individual releases that offer additional insight into the Henrickson family dynamics. Features include “Inside the Episodes,” “Their Stories So Far,” “Big Love: A Balancing Act on Ice,” “Big Love: End of Days,” three prequels, three mini-episodes and audio commentaries. Buy the complete collection right here.


Based on actual events, ‘Underbelly’ is a gripping, gritty and shocking portrayal of the violent, drug-fueled crime wave that rocked Australia from the 1970s through the early 2000s. Presented as a trilogy, the series features three installments, each of which portrays a specific period in the country’s criminal history. Broadcast stateside on DirecTV’s Audience Network, the incredibly popular series Down Under can claim Australia’s best-selling TV DVD of all time. Beginning with “Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities”, the first installment in the series tells the story of the Griffith drug trade in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Part two of the series is titled “Underbelly: War on the Streets” and focuses on the Melbourne gangland killings between 1995 and 2004. And, the trilogy concludes with “Underbelly: The Golden Mile” that documents the hotbed of criminal activity in the famed Kings Cross section of Sydney in 1989. Winner of six Australian Film Institute awards including Best Drama Series, Best Director, Best Lead Actress and Best Lead Actor as well as two Australian Writers Guild Awards and three Silver Logie Awards, ‘Underbelly’ is the equivalent of The Sopranos Down Under. The set contains all 39 episodes across three seasons, and they’re presented here uncut and uncensored on three DVDs for the grittiest, most explicit viewing yet. Buy the trilogy right here.

The Hangover Part II

A modest bachelor brunch devolves into a wild weekend in Bangkok when the gang travels to Thailand to see Stu get married in the blockbuster comedy ‘The Hangover Part II.’ Still traumatized by memories of the Las Vegas fiasco, Stu (Ed Helms) vows to keep his pre-wedding partying to the bare minimum. But when Phil (Bradley Cooper), Doug (Justin Bartha), and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) show up, Stu’s low-key brunch makes their previous Vegas fiasco look like a family trip to Disneyland. The Hangover Part II features cameos by Bill Clinton and Paul Giamatti. Buy the Blu/ray DVD combo pack right here.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Just in time for the holidays, enjoy Jim Carrey (A Christmas Carol) in ‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins,’ on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download. The whole family will be full of laughs watching Mr. Popper, a driven businessman who is clueless when it comes to the important things in life until he inherits six, “adorable” and mischievous penguins. As Mr. Popper quickly gets acquainted with – and increasingly attached to – his winged roommates, his life quickly unravels: the deal he’s long been working on with a formidable socialite, Mrs. Van Gundy, played by the acclaimed Angela Lansbury (Murder She Wrote, Beauty and the Beast), is derailed and Popper almost lands in jail. While Popper’s penguins turn his swank New York apartment into a snowy winter wonderland – they teach him valuable lessons about family- human and otherwise! Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

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The Simpsons

The Simpsons‘ Season 14 Blu-ray and DVD are loaded with bonus features including the incredible 300th episode starring Tony Hawk and blink-182. Additionally, the Blu-ray and DVD are packed with deleted scenes, features and never-before-seen footage, audio commentaries, sketch galleries, original animated menus, a special language feature and much more. Guest stars throughout the season include rock ‘n’ roll legends Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Lenny Kravitz, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello and Brian Setzer. Also paying Springfield a visit are Elliott Gould, Marisa Tomei, Little Richard and the dynamic duo of Adam West and Burt Ward. The longest-running scripted show in television history, ‘The Simpsons’ exploded into a cultural phenomenon in 1990 and has remained one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment franchises, recognizable throughout the world. Matt Groening created the iconic family: Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie. Buy the Season 14 Blu-ray right here.

Cowboys & Aliens

Based on the graphic novel by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, ‘Cowboys & Aliens is set in 1800s Arizona, where the local cowboys, headed by gunslinger Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig), and the indigenous Apache tribe have been feuding fiercely for quite a while. Their skirmish is interrupted, however, by the appearance of a spaceship, commanded by an alien creature that’s bent on enslaving the human race. It’s time for a six-gun shoot-out between these cattle rustlers and space invaders, and there might even be a temporary peace between the cowboys and Indians as they both take aim at these extraterrestrial uninvited guests. Jon Favreau directs from a script by Star Trek scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, with help from Lost’s Damon Lindelof. Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, and Sam Rockwell fill out the headlining cast. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

2011 Cardinals World Series

Three days after World Series Game 7, Tony La Russa, the winningest manager in St. Louis Cardinals history (1,408 wins, two World Series Championships) retired after a record 16 seasons. As shocking as that was to many Cardinals die-hards, it was probably less stunning than one of the most dramatic, surprising and improbable runs in World Series history. Following the Redbirds unforgettable 11th title – the most by any National League franchise – Cardinals fans everywhere will thrill to two singular and complementary collectibles which forever enshrine the story of this St. Louis Fall Classic triumph: ‘St. Louis Cardinals 2011 World Series Collector’s Edition.’ They believed. They wanted it. More than 10 games out of the postseason in late August, the St. Louis Cardinals battled back into contention and claimed a playoff berth on the final day of the regular season. They then overcame the heavily-favored Philadelphia Phillies, and prevailed against the division-rival Milwaukee Brewers. Facing off against the Texas Rangers in the 107th World Series, the Cardinals fell behind 3-2 in the best-of-seven series despite the unprecedented performance of Albert Pujols. Returning to Busch Stadium for the electrifying Game 6, the Redbirds rallied from two runs down and one strike away from elimination in both the ninth and 10th innings, when hometown hero David Freese crushed an all-time walk-off home run in the 11th inning to force a Game 7. Then, in the deciding game — an astounding 89% of all households in St. Louis witnessed a gutsy start by ace Chris Carpenter and a clutch two-run double from World Series MVP David Freese to deliver the franchise’s 11th World Series Championship. Buy the Collector’s Edition DVD right here.

Designing Women

Savvy single women run Sugarbakers, an Atlanta decorating business, in the saucy sitcom ‘Designing Women‘ with feminist sensibilities, which also endured its share of tabloid notoriety (thanks in some measure to Delta Burke’s fluctuating weight and her departure from the series in 1991). Created by Harry Thomason and Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, the series garnered 11 Emmy nominations. Buy the Season 5 DVD right here.

Mystery Science Theater 3000

Our long cultural nightmare is over. At last, two of the most beloved and most requested episodes of the comedy phenomenon that is ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000‘ are preserved on DVD. They were born in Japan as innocent TV series, disfigured into TV movies for American audiences, then repurposed as fodder for glorious new entertainments. And unless you are allergic to funny, the other two episodes are nothing to sneeze at either. Here, for your viewing pleasure, are four films that would never have existed if cinema had any kind of immune system. Riffing on them with extreme prejudice are Joel, Mike and their robot pals Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot. Laugh amongst yourselves. Titles Include: Time Of The Apes, Mighty Jack, The Violent Years and The Brute Man. Buy the Volume XXII DVD right here.

SpongeBob SquarePants

The world’s most popular invertebrate TV-cartoon star, ‘SpongeBob SquarePants‘ was the brainchild of Stephen Hillenburg, who graduated CalArts with two degrees: one in Marine Biology, and the other in Animation. A cheerful, yellow-skinned denizen of deep who was shaped like a common bathroom sponge and who wore a shirt, necktie and belted shorts, SpongeBob SquarePants lived in a pineapple shell in the underwater community of Bikini Bottom, where he worked at the Krusty Krab restaurant and sometimes commiserated with a land squirrel who lived in a nearby biodome, and whose name was Sandy Cheeks This four-disc set comes with loads of animated shorts, special features and ALL fifty episodes from season seven – including “SpongeBob’s Last Stand,” “The Great Patty Caper,” and “Legends of Bikini Bottom.” This is the first complete season set since SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete 3rd Season. Buy the Season 7 DVD right here.

Tora Tora Tora

Re-live the story of one of America’s darkest moments through superb visuals and a double sided narrative that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The classic film ‘Tora! Tora! Tora!‘ is now available on Blu-ray. The winner of the 1970 Academy Award for Best Special Effects ‘Tora! Tora! Tora!’ was nominated for four more Oscars including Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Sound. Experience ‘Tora! Tora! Tora!’ through the superb visual quality of Blu-ray for the first time. Starring Martin Balsam (All The President’s Men), James Whitmore (The Shawkshank Redemption), Jason Robards (All The President’s Men)andJoseph Cotton (The Third Man, Citizen Kane) ‘Tora! Tora! Tora!’ showcases the attack on Pearl Harbor in dazzling detail. The ‘Tora! Tora! Tora!’ Blu-ray book includes the extended “Japanese Cut” containing 10 minutes of previously unreleased footage and rare photos from the Fox Archives – a collector’s dream. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Game

As the wives and girlfriends of professional football players, these ladies know how to play ‘The Game.’ Based on the hit show Girlfriends, the series follows a group of glamorous women as they work hard to get their men the best agents, managers, endorsements, merchandising deals, and more. Tia Mowry stars in this sexy and fun series, along with Coby Bell, Hosea Chanchez, Brittany Daniel, Pooch Hall and Wendy Raquel Robinson. Buy the Season 4 DVD right here.

The Lucy Show

‘The Lucy Show’ was Lucille Ball’s follow-up series to her classic “I Love Lucy.” This season, scattered brain Lucille Carmichael relocates to southern California, only to discover that her banker-nemesis, Mr. Mooney has done the same. With her children off at school Lucy discovers the life of a “single girl”, meeting new friends, going on dates, and trying to make ends meet with part time jobs. Buy the Season 5 DVD right here.

Mission Impossible: Extreme Blu-ray Trilogy

A “mission” more than a decade in the making. Tom Cruise is IMF Agent Ethan Hunt, one of the greatest action heroes of all time, in the adrenaline-pumping suspense-filled blockbuster series Mission Impossible. Filmed in the most exotic locations around the world by the biggest directors in Hollywood, including Brian De Palma, John Woo and J.J. Abrams, the Extreme Trilogy collection presents every explosive moment in state-of-the-art sound and picture quality. Your mission should you choose to accept it – experience the best action film collection – ‘Mission Impossible,’ ‘Mission Impossible 2’ and ‘Mission Impossible 3.’ Buy the Extreme Blu-ray Trilogy right here.

Ben 10: Ultimate Alien: The Wild Truth

This winter, Ben Tennyson and his friends are put to the test to protect the world from menacing aliens in Cartoon Network’s DVD release – ‘Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: The Wild Truth.’ In the latest installment of Ben’s adventures, a new alien named Ultimate Wildmutt, who packs an unmatched punch and menacing roar, comes to town to help the team as old enemies resurface. Featuring 12 thrilling episodes from the Ben 10 Ultimate Alien series’ third season, and an Ultimate Alien Database, the 2-Disc DVD is now available. A perennial hit series on Cartoon Network, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien was the #1 program in its time slot among Boys 6-11 and Boys 9-14 during its second season, and about 4.3 million Kids 6-11 and 3.3 million Boys 6-11 tuned in. Buy the Wild Truth DVD right here.

The Sarah Jane Adventures

BBC Home Entertainment announces the release of ‘The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Complete Fourth Season,’ now available on DVD. Created and produced by award-winning writer Russell T Davies (Doctor Who, Torchwood), the exciting action-adventure children’s series follows the exploits of school friends Luke, Clyde and Rani, who team up with alien investigator Sarah Jane Smith and her trusty super-computer Mr. Smith to examine strange and mysterious events. The series is a spinoff of the long-running science fiction favorite, Doctor Who. In the fourth season, Luke faces down the terrifying Nightmare Man stalking his dreams before leaving Sarah Jane and the gang as he departs for university. But the planet won’t save itself and there are still more adventures in store for the gang: confronting the Men in Black at the Vault of Secrets; waking up to find every human on the planet has disappeared; being scattered through the past in order to find three objects forged in the Time Vortex. In two special episodes written by Russell T Davies, Sarah Jane is reunited with another of the Doctor’s former companions, Jo Grant (Katy Manning), as they investigate the fate of the Doctor at his own funeral. Things get more complicated when they’re joined by the Eleventh Doctor himself (Matt Smith) in an alien-busting adventure featuring brand-new vulture aliens, the mysterious Shansheeth and a trip to an alien planet. Buy the Season 4 DVD right here.

Transformers Prime – Darkness Rising

‘Transformers Prime’ deepens the epic mythology of both the Autobots and Decepticons, while starting fresh for a new generation of fans. Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Arcee, Ratchet, Bulkhead, and many others are back to “roll out” against Megatron’s latest attempt to conquer Earth. And Megatron proves to be more powerful than ever, having acquired a rare element that allows him mastery over life itself. ‘Team Prime’ may be few against the Decepticon hordes, but they find increased strength via bonds forged with three human teenagers. Make no mistake, Transformers Prime delivers heavy metal action, and nail-biting suspense – but it also takes the human drama to levels as yet unseen by the franchise. Buy the DVD right here.

Cheaper to Keep Her

From NAACP award-winning writer and director Je’Caryous Johnson, Entertainment One presents the box office breaking, critically acclaimed stage play ‘Cheaper To Keep Her’ on DVD, following its national theatrical release in 44 markets and its December 2011 broadcast on BET Networks. When a married couple is ready to call it quits, they want different things. Raymond Mays (Brian McKnight, NAACP Image award-winner, Soul Train award-winner, 16 Grammy nominations, “The Brian McKnight Show,” “The Mo’Nique Show,” “Celebrity Apprentice”) wants a divorce and Morgan Mays (Vivica Fox, NAACP Image, Spirit and Prism award-winner, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Independence Day, “Curb Your Enthusiasm) wants alimony. When the fed-up judge bangs her gavel, she decides Morgan doesn’t deserve half… she deserves it all: the house, Raymond’s retirement, everything. Raymond has two options to prevent him from paying alimony: kill Morgan or get her married off to someone else. As ex-husband and ex-love face off, broken hearts will get revenge and hearts and matrimony will collide only to discover it may be easier (not to mention cheaper) to love her as his wife. Buy the DVD right here.

A Christmas Wedding Tail

Every dog has his day…wedding day, that is! It’s puppy love at first sight when Anchor Bay Entertainment unleashes A Christmas Wedding Tail on DVD. Starring wildly popular Jennie Garth and Brad Rowe alongside their cunning canines, the warm and furry, er, fuzzy all-new original family film centers on the challenges and triumphs of love and relationships – of both the two-legged and four-legged variety. Featuring a “top-dog” cast of talent, including Tom Arnold, Catherine Hicks and the voice talent of Jay Mohr as Rusty and Nikki Cox as Cheri, A Christmas Wedding Tail will bring tons of tail-wagging fun to the whole family – just in time for the holiday season! The heartwarming film made its television debut on Hallmark Channel, November 19, 2011. Buy the DVD right here.

Point Blank

Gilles Lellouche (Tell No One) stars as Samuel, a nurse who is working at a hospital when his pregnant wife (Elena Anaya, The Skin I Live In) is kidnapped before his very eyes in the thriller ‘Point Blank.’ Knocked unconscious, when he comes to, he discovers that a dangerous criminal named Sartet (Roschdy Zem, The Girl From Monaco, Days Of Glory) is responsible, and if he’s ever to see his wife again, he must do Sartet’s bidding. Samuel quickly finds himself pitted against rival gangsters and trigger-happy police in a deadly race to save the lives of his wife and unborn child. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Body Puzzle

Lamberto Bava’s ‘Body Puzzle’ tells the tragic and increasingly morbid story of the lovely widow Tracy. Not only has her famous pianist husband Abe died in a car accident, but someone keeps breaking into her house and leaving severed body parts lying around. A candy store owner is gutted, a poor woman has her hand lopped off in a public bathroom, and a young swimmer is castrated. The investigating police officer, Michael, strikes up a hot and heavy romance with her to keep Tracy’s mind off the rapidly accumulating trophies. Buy the DVD right here.

The Andy Hardy Collection

Andy Hardy, the original teen supreme, comes careening to your screen in the first of a series of collections! MGM’s 1937 adaptation of Aurania Rouverol’s play Skidding, A Family Affair, proved such a stunning success that production commenced on a series inspired by it almost immediately. Carrying over three of A Family Affair’s cast members (Mickey Rooney as Andy Hardy, Cecilia Parker as sister Marian, and Sara Haden as Aunt Milly), the Hardy series was launched in 1937 with You’re Only Young Once and the addition of Lewis Stone (Judge Hardy), Fay Holden (Mrs. Hardy) and Ann Rutherford (Polly Benedict). It was not long before Rooney’s boundless energy and talent stole the show (and the hearts of teenage girls all over the USA), and Andy Hardy took over the series. Not that anyone minded. This collection features a sextet of sensational picks from the Hardy series, none of which have ever been available on DVD, some not available in any format. Each film comes packaged in its own DVD case, complete with artwork based on the original posters. Each film has either been newly remastered, or digitally upgraded from a recent progressive master source, specifically for this new DVD release. Buy the Volume 1 DVD at

Ice Age Mammoth Christmas

In ‘Ice Age: Mammoth Christmas,’ America’s favorite arctic herd is busy decorating for the holiday season. In his rush to help, Sid (John Leguizamo) destroys Manny’s (Ray Romano) favorite decorations. Manny is so upset he convinces Sid he is now on Santa’s naughty list. Sid, Crash (Seann William Scott), Eddie (Josh Peck) and Peaches (Ciara Bravo) take off for the North Pole to plead their case to Santa (Billy Gardell). Meanwhile, Manny, Ellie (Queen Latifah) and Diego (Denis Leary), worry over Peaches’ safety and race to find her. Back at the North Pole, Sid and his crew accidentally destroy Santa’s Workshop on Christmas Eve, and it’s up to these newfound friends to orchestrate a Christmas miracle. The instant holiday classic, directed by Karen Disher, also features the voice talent of Chris Wedge, T.J. Miller and Judah Friedlander.
Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Prayfit: 33-Day Total Body Challenge

From Jimmy Pena, best-selling author, exercise physiologist and founder of, comes ‘Prayfit 33-Day Total Body Challenge,’ a 33-day workout system for a healthy body and strong spirit. Pena, whose clients have included Tyler Perry, Mario Lopez and LL Cool J, says that “Jesus gave us 33 years” and in the DVD he encourages viewers to “give Him 33 minutes for 33 days for a healthier, more abundant life.” Buy the DVD right here.

Denise Austin: Shape Up & Shed Pounds

America’s favorite fitness leader had the formula for fat-burning fun in ‘Denise Austin: Shape Up & Shed Pounds.’ Denise Austin helps fans kick-start their weight loss goals with low-impact cardio and total body toning moves that are perfect for beginners. The DVD also includes custom workout and music-only options. Buy the DVD right there.

Come Have Coffee with Us

Emerenziano (Ugo Tognazzi) is the middle aged tax inspector looking for a rich woman to keep from working and provide him with food and sex in ‘Come Have Coffee with Us.’ He travels to northern Italy where he is taken in by three maiden sisters of less than average beauty. He marries one sister and takes the other two as mistresses. The virginal sisters are slowly transformed in to man hungry mavens, each possessing their own individual sexual talents. Buy the DVD right here.

Carlos Mencia: New Territory

Carlos Mencia is back with ‘Carlos Mencia: New Territory’ as an uncensored and extended DVD including over 30 minutes of material not seen on Comedy Central, including the bonus feature “Carlos Mencia’s Guide to Getting Fit.” As outspoken as ever, Mencia brings fans into bold new comedic territory, using personal stories and an uncompromising world view to connect with his universal and diverse fan base. Buy the DVD right here.

24/7: Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic

Following in the footsteps of previously heralded 24/7 series, HBO Sports teamed up for the first time with the National Hockey League to present a unique, behind-the-scenes look at one of the NHL’s greatest rivalries – the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals – as they prepare for the 4th Annual NHL Winter Classic. ’24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic’ is now available on DVD. This DVD chronicles all of the drama and excitement as well as the highs and lows leading up to the big match. Spotlighted are head coaches Bruce Boudreau of Washington and Dan Bylsma of Pittsburgh, along wit a host of key players including the Caps’ Alex Ovechkin and the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby. Buy the DVD right here.

Life Above All

Directed by South African filmmaker Oliver Schmitz (Paris, Je T‘Aime, Hijack Stories) and adapted from the international award winning novel “Chanda’s Secrets” by Allan Stratton, ‘Life Above All‘ follows 12 year-old Chanda, portrayed by first-time actress Khomotso Manyaka, through her realization that death is ever present and nothing is more contagious than lies. Since its theatrical debut, audiences have been drawn to the powerful film which has been included as part of the official selection at 2010 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Francois Chalais Prize, 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, 2011 San Francisco International Film Festival and participated in Closing Night at the 2011 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.


A super fun, dark trailer-trash comedy, ‘Mangus!’ revolves around high-school senior Mangus Spedgewick, who hopes to fulfill his family’s tradition of playing Jesus in the local annual production of “Jesus Christ Spectacular.” When unforeseen circumstances cause him to lose the prize role, he’s determined to get back on stage even if it takes a hard fight, a road trip and breaking the law a few times along the way. ‘Mangus’ stars Ryan Nelson Boggus, Jennifer Coolidge, Heather Matarazzo and features cameo appearances by cult filmmaker John Waters and Emmy Award winner Leslie Jordan. Buy the DVD right here.

The Looney Tunes Show

The half-hour animated comedy series ‘The Looney Tunes Show‘ starring Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck is no longer confined to 7-minute shorts. Bugs and Daffy are out of the woods and living in the suburbs among such colorful neighbors as Yosemite Sam, Granny, Tweety and Sylvester. In addition to each episode’s main story, The Looney Tunes Show also features “cartoons within a cartoon.” The Tasmanian Devil, Speedy Gonzales, Marvin the Martian and other classic characters sing original songs in two-minute music videos called Merrie Melodies . The legendary Looney Tunes cartoons are getting a 21st century relaunch and a CGI overhaul for a new generation. Buy the Volume 2 DVD right here.


On the heels of the successful extended run of Terrence McNally’s acclaimed Broadway revival of Master Class starring Tyne Daly as famed opera diva Maria Callas, Entertainment One brings to DVD – and for the first time ever on Blu-ray – Pier Paolo Pasolini’s acclaimed ‘Medea,’ starring Callas, the best-selling classical singer of all time, as the title character in the only dramatic film role of her life. Originally made in 1969, ‘Medea’ has been fully restored and re-mastered from a new 35mm film-to-tape transfer; both formats also include an incisive and enlightening documentary of Callas. Based on the Greek classic by Euripides, Pasolini’s ‘Medea,’ the only movie Callas ever made, tells the tale of Jason, the leader of the invincible army of Argonaut, and his quest for the Golden Fleece. Meeting Medea (Callas) the priestess of the Flees, Jason falls in love with her and takes her home as she sacrifices everything to be with him, including dismembering her own brother. Years later he spurns her for a new love, the young and beautiful Glauce. Medea, using her powers of witchcraft, exacts a terrible revenge upon Jason leading to a terrifying climax where loyalty and betrayal are tried before the altar of human sacrifice. With his classic, haunting, cinematic beauty, capturing the mythic qualities of the original Greek play, Pasolini tackle sexuality, love and desire at the dawn of Christianity showing the people of the Mediterranean as a conflict-ripe melting pot of racial and cultural diversity. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Murder Obsession

Riccardo Freda’s ‘Murder Obsession’ revolves around actor Michael Stanford, who, while taking a break from shooting a horror film, visits his mother at their old mansion. The only other person on the property is Oliver, the eccentric butler. Michael’s girlfriend, Deborah, and some of their filmmaking friends join Michael at the mansion for a couple of days’ rest. Buy the DVD right here.

The Biggest Loser: Calorie Knockout

New trainers, new moves and BIG results! The bestselling workout DVDs return this December with two all-new releases – The Biggest Loser: Calorie Knockout; and The Biggest Loser: At Home Challenge. Fans of the hit NBC series, now in its 12th season, can follow the advice of veteran Bob Harper and new trainers Anna Kournikova and Dolvett Quince to reshape their bodies at home. Joined by fan favorite participants from seasons past, Bob, Anna and Dolvett demonstrate the two all-new workouts that combine cardio and strength moves to burn fat, build muscle and lose BIG. Buy the Calorie Knockout DVD right here and At Home Challenge DVD right here.

Billy Blanks Jr.: Fat-Burning Hip Hop Mix

The renowned dance fitness expert is back with an all-new DVD to get fans moving and shaking – ‘Billy Blanks Jr: Fat-Burning Hip-Hop Mix.’ Son of the famous Tae Bo creator, Blanks Jr. will re-sculpt bodies of all shape and sizes through four 10-minute dance routines that will burn fat and boost energy. Each easy-to-follow routine teaches the basics of hip hop dance, while infusing the moves with other calorie-burning dance styles like Samba and Bollywood. Buy the DVD right here.

Jane Fonda: Prime Time Trim, Tone & Flex and Prime Time Firm & Burn

After a successful return to the world of at-home workouts last year, fitness pioneer Jane Fonda is back with two all-new Prime Time DVDs – ‘Jane Fonda: Prime Time Trim, Tone & Flex’ and ‘Jane Fonda: Prime Time Firm & Burn.’ Targeting the over 100 million American “baby boomers” and older who are increasingly focused on health and wellness, Jane’s two new workouts will burn calories and strengthen muscles with low-impact moves. At 73, she shares how staying active is the key to aging successfully and her DVDs offer fun, safe and effective workouts that will burn fat, exercise the heart and tone muscles, as well as improving overall health and well-being. Buy the Prime Time Trim Tone & Flex DVD right here and the Prime Time Firm & Burn DVD right here.

Yoga Transformation: Strength & Energy & Weight Loss & Balance

World renowned spiritual leader and authority in mind-body healing Dr. Deepak Chopra, and Tara Stiles, founder of Strala yoga studio in NYC and author of “Slim Calm Sexy and Yoga Cures” bring their mind, body and spirit philosophy to home audiences with the release of two all-new fitness DVDs – ‘Yoga Transformation: Strength & Energy’ and ‘Yoga Transformation: Weight Loss & Balance.’ Dr. Chopra – international speaker and bestselling author of more than 55 boos with more than 30 million copies sold – teams with personal yoga instructor, Tara Stiles, to introduce a combination of yoga and meditation to rejuvenate and transform the body and mind in tandem. Buy the Strength & Energy DVD right here and the Weight Loss & Balance DVD right here.

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