New On DVD This Week: Shameless, Jersey Shore, Archer, The Borgias


'Shameless' (Warner Brothers Home Entertainment)


The new critically acclaimed hit drama ‘Shameless,’ from award-wining executive producer John Wells (ER, The West Wing, Southland) and Warner Bros. Television, which stars award-winning actor William H. Macy (Fargo, Door to Door) as the good-natured alcoholic father of an unconventional, working-class Chicago South Side family, is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.  The release will be available in advance of the season two premiere of Shameless on Sunday, January 8 at 10/9c on Showtime. Shameless: The Complete First Season, features all 12 season one episodes and over two hours of never-before-seen bonus footage. For the first time on a TV on Blu-Ray release, the Blu-Ray combo pack includes both the Blu-ray and an UltraViolet Digital Copy of the standard definition main feature, which allows consumers to download the film to a PC or Mac plus instantly stream it from a digital cloud to many computers, tablets or smartphones.Meet Frank Gallagher (Macy), a proud, working-class, patriarch to a motley brood of six smart, spirited and independent kids who, in all honesty, would probably be better off without him. In Frank’s booze-addled view, parenting just eats into his hard-earned, bar-crawling and carousing time — so he leaves it up to eldest daughter Fiona (Emmy Rossum – The Phantom of the Opera) to hold down the fort. Life has appointed her as the unofficial matriarch of the family and she’s fiercely determined to keep her dysfunctional family happy and whole, even if it means sacrificing her own personal needs. Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray right here.

Jersey Shore

Viva Italia! MTV’s highest-rated series ever gets in touch with its roots when the whole gang invades Italy in the ‘Jersey Shore‘: Uncensored Season 4 DVD. All 12 uncensored episodes are filled with drama, fist pumpin’ and GTL – and the birthplace of the Renaissance may never be the same. The four-disc DVD set is packed with must-see bonus features including deleted scenes, confessionals, “After Hours” specials, the “Reunion Special” and more. Buy the Season 4 DVD right here.


Sterling Archer, the world’s most dangerous spy, and his snarky ISIS cohorts are back for another outrageously raunchy season with the release of ‘Archer‘ The Complete Second Season,’ now available on DVD and Blu-ray. Loaded with three exclusive top-secret animated shorts, ‘Archer’ The Complete Second Season features all 13 episodes plus hilarious never-before-seen extras. When he’s not busy foiling eco-terrorist threats, tracking down mysterious killers, or having sex in x-ray machines, the suave master-spy has his hands full with bikini-clad ninjas, Swiss nymphomaniacs, and paternity suits.  Archer searches for the true identity of his father, battles breast cancer, and brings a sexy, ex-KGB agent home to meet his domineering mother.  It’s all in a day’s work for the international man of mystery in this uproariously edgy animated farce. ‘Archer’ features the voice talents of H. Jon Benjamin (‘Bob’s Burgers,’ ‘Family Guy’), Jessica Walter (‘Arrested Development’), Aisha Tyler (’24,’ ‘Friends’), George Coe, Chris Parnell (’30 Rock’, ‘Suburgatory’), Judy Greer (27 Dresses, Marmaduke), and Amber Nash.Buy the Season 2 Blu-ray right here.

The Borgias

Sex. Power. Murder. Amen. Get an unvarnished portrait of one of history’s most intriguing families with the sinful period drama, ‘The Borgias: The First Season‘, now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Follow the Borgia family as they orchestrate a relentless reign of power and flamboyant cruelty and ruthlessly climb to the top of religious and political life in Renaissance-era Rome. Acclaimed actor Jeremy Irons stars as Rodrigo Borgia, the cunning, manipulative patriarch of the Borgia family whose rise to power and position as Pope Alexander VI propels him and his children into the highest and most powerful circles of society in Renaissance Rome. With the help of his family, Alexander takes on his enemies while striking alliances with other European powers to strengthen his position as Pope. From creator and executive producer Neil Jordan, ‘The Borgias’ also stars François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Joanne Whalley, Lotte Verbeek, David Oakes and Colm Feore. Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray right here.

Final Destination 5

No matter where you run, no matter where you hid… you can’t cheat death. Or can you? Find out with the arrival of ‘Final Destination 5,’ now available on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, DVD and Digital Download. In the blockbuster sequel, Death is just as ubiquitous as ever, first revealing its ominous reality to a group of coworkers headed for a corporate retreat. During the bus ride, Sam (Nicholas D’Agosto) has a premonition in which he and most of his friends, as well as numerous others, die in a horrific bridge collapse.When his vision ends, events begin to mirror what he had seen, and he frantically ushers as many of his colleagues away from the disaster before Death can claim them. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Looney Tunes Super Stars: Pepe Le Pew Collection

Looney Tunes’ lovable French Skunk, Pepé Le Pew stars in his own entertaining cartoon compilation, now available on DVD. Titled ‘Looney Tunes Super Stars: Pepé Le Pew Collection,’ this DVD will feature 17 shorts on one disc, including the Academy Award -winning For Scent-imental Reasons. This title is part of a WHV DVD series of collections that celebrate popular Looney Tunes characters. It features more than two hours of classic entertainment the whole family can enjoy. ‘Looney Tunes Super Stars: Pepé Le Pew Collection’ is devoted to the suave, smooth-talking French skunk whose powerful scent and penchant for romance often result in some very funny situations. Created by animation legend Chuck Jones, Pepé Le Pew was introduced to audiences years ago and went on to star in several memorable Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts. Pepé Le Pew is a very amorous skunk who is always on the lookout for love and romance. Much to his dismay, he is rejected by all his potential mates because of his overpowering skunk scent and his inability to take “no” for an answer when it comes to romance. In several cartoons, he’s known to have his eye on Penelope, an adorable black feline, whom he sometimes mistakes for a female skunk. In spite of fighting off all his advances, Penelope is relentlessly wooed and pursued by him. Buy the DVD right here.

Dora the Explorer: Dora Loves Boots

Celebrate Dora and Boots’ playful friendship in ‘Dora the Explorer‘: Dora Loves Boots. This DVD contains three new-to-DVD episodes that feature the adventures of Dora and her best friend, Boots. The DVD also offers parents the opportunity to use the Gramify program send their kids a free personalized phone call from Dora (limited time offer). The episodes are: “Boots’ First Bike”, “Bouncy Boots,” “Vacaciones,” and “The Big Red Chicken’s Magic Wand.” Buy the DVD right here.

Hostel Part III

Get ready for the next disturbing chapter in the “Hostel” franchise with the release of ‘Hostel: Part III,’ now available on unrated DVD. The film contains even more disturbing and shocking moments than its predecessors, bringing the underground world of the notorious Elite Hunting Club to “Sin City,” where human torture has been turned into a high stakes gambling opportunity. While attending a bachelor party in Las Vegas, four friends are enticed by two sexy escorts to join them at a private party way off the Strip. Once there, they are horrified to find themselves the subjects of a perverse game of torture, where members of the Elite Hunting Club are hosting the most sadistic show in town. Buy the DVD right here.

In the Name of the King 2: Two Worlds

From horror-mastermind Uwe Boll (House of the Dead,  Bloodrayne) comes the adrenaline-fueled next chapter in the epic action/adventure franchise as ‘In the Name of the King 2: Two Worlds’ battles on to Blu-ray and DVD. Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables, Masters of the Universe) stars as Granger, a lethal, ex-Special Forces soldier who finds himself transported back to a mystical age of sorcery, dragons and savage hand-to-hand combat. This modern-day warrior has been summoned to defeat the forces of darkness and fulfill an ancient prophecy.  But as he fights his way to the truth, Granger learns no one can be trusted — and one wrong move could cost him not only his life, but the future of his world. With supporting performances from Natassia Malthe (Bloodrayne, Lake Placid), Lochlyn Munro (The Benchwarmers, White Chicks) and Aleks Paunovic (This Means War, I Spy), the ‘In the Name of the King 2: Two Worlds’ Blu-ray and DVD are loaded with bonus material including Behind the Scenes, Commentaries from the Director and Writer plus more. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Happiness Is…Peanuts: Friends Forever

Charlie Brown’s hilarious and heartbreaking attempts to meet his beloved Little Red-Haired Girl and other endearing adventures are featured on ‘Happiness is…Peanuts: Friends Forever,’ the latest Peanuts DVD release from Warner Home Video (WHV). Friends Forever is the newest installment of the Happiness is…Peanuts collection, a series of favorite Peanuts television programs compiled together on DVD. ‘Happiness is…Peanuts: Friends Forever,’ pairs TV special You’re in Love, Charlie Brown, with an episode from The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show on one disc. Charlie Brown has his heart set on meeting the Little Red-Haired Girl on You’re in Love, Charlie Brown, the 1968 Emmy nominated television special. School is about to let out for summer but all Charlie Brown can think of is how to meet the Little Red-Haired Girl. All his attempts end in embarrassments. He writes her a love note but winds up accidentally reading it out loud to his class. When she tries to approach him during the lunch break, he panics and pulls his lunch bag over his head. He gets up really early one morning in hopes of catching her at her bus stop but winds up falling asleep and misses the bus. Will it be a summer of heartbreak for Charlie Brown or will he manage. Buy the DVD right here.

The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret

Todd Margaret (David Cross, Arrested Development, Mr. Show) is an office temp who lies his way into becoming the UK sales director for North Korea-made Thunder Muscle energy drink, despite not knowing the first thing about England….or sales in ‘The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret.’ With his assistant Dave (Blake Harrison, The Inbetweeners) only encouraging his bungled efforts and his brash boss Brent Wilts (Will Arnett, Arrested Development) breathing down his neck, Todd’s one bad decision after another causes his future in sales to look grim. But just maybe he’ll be able to sell himself to café owner Alice (Sharon Horgan, Pulling) before his career and life fall into ruin. Cross and Shaun Pye (Extras) created and co-wrote this delightfully awkward series where things for Todd Margaret just get worse and worse and worse. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

The Pool Boys

Matthew Lillard, Rachelle Lefevre, Efren Ramirez, Brett Davern and Tom Arnold star in ‘The Pool Boys,’ the hilarious new comedy from the makers of American Pie. In the vein of Old School and Van Wilder, ‘The Pool Boys’ follows a pool boy and his friends who, tired of working dead end jobs, scheme to get rich quick by turning an empty mansion into a home for the hottest escorts in Beverly Hills. ‘The Pool Boys’ tells the story of Alex Sperling (Brett Davern), Harvard-bound valedictorian, who loses his summer internship and heads to Los Angeles to work for his charming and successful cousin Roger (Lillard).  Unfortunately, Roger isn’t quite the accomplished businessman he’s made himself out to be — he actually dropped out of Harvard, and now works as a pool boy.  After a series of mishaps force Alex and Roger to squat in the  mansion of one of Roger’s clients, they join forces with Laura, a local escort, to start an escort business. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Brighton Rock

Screenwriter Rowan Joffe makes his feature directorial debut with ‘Brighton Rock,’ the adaptation of author Graham Greene’s 1939 novel about an ambitious British gangster who will stop at nothing in his quest for ultimate power. Britain, 1964: Pinkie (Sam Riley) is well on his way to becoming one of the most powerful figures in the British underworld when naïve waitress Rose (Andrea Riseborough) links him to a brutal murder. In order to ensure that Rose remains silent about the crime, Pinkie seduces her, and begins tracking her every move. John Hurt, Andy Serkis, Sean Harris, and Oscar winner Helen Mirren co-star. Buy the DVD right here.

A Good Old Fashioned Orgy

The year’s most outrageous comedy just got even more hysterically shocking with the release of ‘A Good Old Fashioned Orgy,’ now available on unrated DVD and Digital. Jason Sudeikis is Eric, a thirty-something party animal famous among his close circle of friends for his lavish summer theme parties at his father’s swanky Hamptons pad. But when members of the crew start settling down, and Eric’s dad announces plans to sell the beach house, Eric decides it’s time for one last bash to go out with a proverbial bang – a good old-fashioned orgy. The only obstacles to overcome are actually convincing each of his reluctant friends to join in on the festivities, and an inconveniently blossoming romance with the real estate threatening to sell the house out from under him before the main event can take place. Buy the DVD right here.

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