New On DVD This Week: Lady and the Tramp, Breaking Dawn Part 1, The Rebound

'Lady and the Tramp' (Walt Disney Home Entertainment)

Lady and the Tramp

A classic love story unfolds in the best Disney tradition as a lovely young pedigreed cocker spaniel named Lady, who lives a pampered life, finds herself falling romantically for Tramp, an amorous street-smart pooch without prospects. Although they have fun together on several dates, including a sentimental spaghetti dinner by moonlight at Tony’s restaurant, their relationship is strained not only by Lady’s loyalty to her human family and their newborn baby, but by Tramp’s devil-may-care attitude that eventually gets Lady in trouble and tossed into the dog pound. However, good-hearted Tramp redeems himself by saving the baby from potential harm and thus wins Lady’s love and the affection of her human family. Share this timeless Disney Classic with your family as Walt Disney’s beloved classic, Lady and the Tramp, finally releases from the Disney Vault for the first time ever on Blu-ray. This heartwarming tale now charms a new generation of families and fans with its exquisite animation and unforgettable songs in one of the greatest love stories of all time. Featuring high definition sound and immersive bonus features your family can enjoy together, Lady and the Tramp Diamond Edition is a must own addition to your Disney collection. Buy the Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Breaking Dawn Part 1

One of the most successful films of 2011, ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1‘ will be available as a two-disc special edition DVD and a special edition Blu-ray on February 11. Both editions are packed with bonus features that are sure to please even the most hard-core fans, including two different fast forward features to your favorite Edward and Jacob scenes, Bella and Edward’s Wedding Video, audio commentary with director Bill Condon and a mesmerizing 6-part “Making Of” documentary that takes you behind the scenes of the most talked about film of 2011. In the highly anticipated fourth installment of The Twilight Saga, a marriage, honeymoon and the birth of a child bring unforeseen and shocking developments for Bella (Kristen Stewart), Edward (Robert Pattinson) and those they love, including new complications with young werewolf Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner). Buy the DVD right here.

The Rebound

Spend Valentine’s Day cuddled up with a captivating comedy, and learn that age is just a number with Academy Award-winner Catherine Zeta-Jones (No Reservations, Chicago) and Justin Bartha (The Hangover, National Treasure: Book of Secrets) in ‘The Rebound,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Upon discovering her husband’s infidelity, Sandy (Zeta-Jones) and her two kids move from the suburbs to pursue a new life in the big city.  There she meets Aram (Bartha), a local coffee shop employee whose wife only married him as a means to getting her green card.  The two strike up a friendship which eventually evolves into something more.  But it isn’t long before they’re faced with the big question – “Is this real or just a rebound?” Buy the Blu-ray right here.

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The Hour

Golden Globe nominees Romola Garai (Atonement, Emma) and Dominic West (The Wire, 300) join Ben Whishaw (Skyfall, Layer Cake) in ‘The Hour.’ Set behind the scenes of the BBC newsroom just as a new investigative program is launched, the drama plots the personal lives and professional interplay between aspiring but renegade journalist Freddie Lyon (Whishaw), the beautiful ambitious young producer Bel Rowley (Garai) with whom he is in love, and his handsome rival Hector Madden (West), the face and lead anchorman of this rising television news team. The Hour plays out as a riveting thriller set against the backdrop of the Cold War. Viewers witness the decade on the threshold of change – from the ruthless sexual politics behind the polite social façade of the ‘50s to the revelations that redefined the world for a new generation. Over the course of six episodes, the interplay of professional ambition and romance within news team plays out against the intrigue of a mysterious murder and Freddie’s controversial and dangerous investigation into it. Bonus features include “Behind the Scenes at The Hour” and “Creating The Hour.” Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray right here.

A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas

Christmas gets green as pot-smoking pals Harold and Kumar reunite for ‘A Very Harold and Kumbar Christmas,’ a hilariously hazy holiday adventure set six years after the events of the previous film. It’s been a long time since Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) escaped from Guantanamo Bay, and these days they’re just not as tight as they used to be. But as they each prepare to celebrate Christmas Eve with their new best buds, Kumar receives a very special delivery that should have gone to Harold. Always the dutiful friend, Kumar does his best to see that the package reaches its intended destination by the time sleigh bells start ringing. Unfortunately, while making the delivery Kumar causes Harold’s family Christmas tree to go up in flames. Thankfully for Harold, the in-laws are away for the evening, giving him just enough time to track down a replacement and avoid the wrath of his wife’s temperamental father. With the clock counting down to Christmas and the family returning home soon, Harold and Kumar race though New York City on a mad dash to find the perfect substitute tree. Neil Patrick Harris returns for more raunchy fun in a sequel also featuring Danneel Harris, David Krumholtz, and Eddie Kaye Thomas. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

5 Star Day

Jake Gibson (Cam Gigandet) wakes up on the morning of his birthday and reads his horoscope in the paper, which promises a good day in the next movie ‘5 Star Day.’ However, soon after he reads those words, everything falls apart: His car is stolen, he gets fired from his job, his girlfriend cheats on him, and his apartment floods. Desperate for an outlet for his frustration, Jake finds three other people who were born on the same day, at the same time, in the same place. He decides to track each of them down and interview them about their birthday experiences to see if all four shared similar misfortunes, so that he can prove that astrology is nothing more than “propaganda.” Jake takes a trip across the country to Chicago and manages to find each individual: He meets Yvette (Brooklyn Sudano), a troubled social worker, Wesley (Max Hartman), a cheesy Atlantic City lounge singer with a terminal illness, and Sarah (Jena Malone), a bartender with a young daughter and an ex-boyfriend with a drug problem. Soon, Jake’s interest in Sarah becomes more than academic. Buy the DVD right here.

Police Woman

Los Angeles Police Sergeant “Pepper” Anderson (Angie Dickinson) is an undercover officer with the Criminal Conspiracy Unit, charged with the task of investigating all kinds of crimes, from sexual assault to narcotics and homicide in the classic TV series ‘Police Woman.’ Led by Sgt. Bill Crowley (Earl Holliman) and joined by partners Pete Royster (Charles Dierkop) and Joe Styles (Ed Bernard), Anderson must go undercover to get dangerously close to the criminal underworld before taking it down. Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

Geek Charming

When Dylan Schoenfield (Sarah Hyland), Woodlands Academy’s top girl, accidentally drops her expensive “it” handbag into the mall fountain, she is surprised that film geek, Josh Rosen (Matt Prokop), retrieves it for her in the new movie ‘Geek Charming.’ In exchange for rescuing her bag, Dylan must agree to be the subject of Josh’s documentary film. Dylan hopes the film will help her campaign for Blossom Queen – she claims that winning is her only life goal. Josh plans to make a hard-hitting expose about popularity, but, as he gets to know Dylan, he learns that the real Dylan is much more interesting than the persona she’s created. At the last minute, Josh decides that his film should introduce this awesome girl to the world, but how will Dylan react when she sees it? Buy the DVD right here.

New Tricks

Combining compelling stories, likeable characters, and a top-notch cast, the long-running, award-winning series ‘New Tricks’ Series 6 is now available on DVD. Amanda Redman (Sexy Beast), Dennis Waterman (The Sweeney, Circles of Deceit), Alun Armstrong (Garrow’s Law, Bleak House, Patriot Games), and James Bolam (The Beiderbecke Affair) star as a team of semi-retired and somewhat curmudgeonly detectives investigating cold cases. New Tricks has run on the BBC for eight seasons since 2003 and has already been renewed for a ninth and tenth season. The series has enjoyed ongoing broadcast exposure in North America on public television, garnering fans on both sides of the Atlantic for its masterful storytelling, unforgettable characters, and sly humor. The DVD 3-Disc Set includes all eight episodes from Season 6, plus a bonus behind-the-scenes featurette. Amanda Redman stars as dishy, driven superintendent Sandra Pullman. She heads a team of aging detectives pulled out of retirement for a job they’re uniquely qualified to do: tackle cold cases—some of them decades old. Each detective has a troubling personal history. Jack Halford (James Bolam) lost his wife to a hit-and-run driver. Gerry Standing (Dennis Waterman) is a ladies’ man with a past he’d prefer to keep quiet. Brian Lane (Alun Armstrong) is an alcoholic with marital problems. Even workaholic Sandra must cope with a shattering secret, revealed during a grisly situation. Season six finds the team in top form, cracking cases and jokes with equal flair. Buy the Series 6 DVD right here.

Ocean Heaven

Wang (Jet Li), a maintenance man at an Ocean Park-style water theme park, lives with his 20-year-old son, David (Wen Zhang). David suffers from autism and is unable to function independently in the outside world. He is a competent swimmer and regularly joins Wang at work, where he is allowed to play in the large aquariums with the dolphins, turtles and other tropical fish. However, when Wang discovers he has terminal cancer and only a matter of months left to live, he must help David assimilate into normal society, or risk him being incarcerated in a hellish mental asylum. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Father Dowling Mysteries

Everyone’s favorite mystery-solving priest comes to DVD with the release of ‘Father Dowling Mysteries: The First Season.’ Tom Bosley plays the amiable and inquisitive Father Frank Dowling with Tracy Nelson as Sister Stephanie “Steve” Oskowski – a street-smarts nun who assists Father Dowling in his investigations. Follow the pair as they solve various murders, abductions and other high crimes in Chicago. The 2-disc set includes all 8 crime-solving first season episodes, including the Original TV Movie Pilot, and special guest stars Leslie Nielsen, Diane Ladd, John Slattery and more. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

The Song of Lunch

Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson star in ‘The Song of Lunch,’ a powerful, humorous and visually arresting fusion of poetry and drama. The Song of Lunch is based on award winning author Christopher Reid’s narrative poem following the story of an unnamed book editor who is meeting his former love 15 years after their break-up for a nostalgic lunch at the Soho restaurant they used to frequent. The woman is now living a glamorous life in Paris, married to a world-renowned writer. The unnamed editor has failed in his writing career, detests his mundane publishing job and regrets the end of their love affair. When he arrives at the restaurant, he finds it under new management and much changed, and this seems to fuel his resentment about growing older and being left behind. The stage is set for an emotional and bittersweet reunion. As the wine flows, and the couple rake over their failed relationship, nostalgia slowly turns to recrimination. Buy the DVD right here.

Northern Lights

Starring Robson Green (Being Human, Wire in the Blood, Touching Evil, Reckless) and Mark Benton (Career Girls, Waterloo Road, Murphy’s Law), ‘Northern Lights: The Complete Collection’ is now available on DVD, featuring all 12 episodes and two movies plus a 46 min. behind-the-scenes bonus feature. Broadcast on BBC America and produced from 2004-2008, the ITV series follows lifelong friends and rivals Colin Armstrong (Robson Green) and Howard Scott (Mark Benton) on a hilarious series of misadventures in these four complete programs. From a stint in witness protection to an international Santa competition, there’s never a dull moment. When they were schoolboys, their rivalries were over soccer teams, girls, and clothes. Now that they’re married men in their thirties, they compete over jobs, cars, and even the Christmas decorations on their houses. Lifelong friends Colin Armstrong and Howard Scott are so bent on outdoing each other that they risk jeopardizing everything and everyone around them, especially their long-suffering wives, Jackie and Pauline. In the end, they find there is no escaping each other—for good or for ill, the bitterest of rivals and the best of friends. Buy the complete collection right here.

Rocko’s Modern Life

Rocko, Spunky and Heffer are back for more wacky adventures and surreal moments in modern life as they know it in O-Town. Relive more hilarity-filled misadventures of Australian wallaby Rocko and his gang with the ‘Rocko’s Modern Life: Season Two’ 2-DVD, now available. Packed with all 22 brain-popping adventures and special bonus content, this DVD set features an all-new cover art illustration by series creator Joe Murray. Created by award-winning animator Joe Murray for Nickelodeon, Rocko’s Modern Life boasts an all-star voice cast — Carlos Alazraqui (CatDog), Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), Charlie Adler (Aaahh!!! Real Monsters), and Doug Lawrence (SpongeBob SquarePants). Memorable antics from Season Two include a bad hair day for newspaper photograph, Rocko’s Modern Christmas special, Rocko and Filburt’s travel to TV Central, appendicitis and more. Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

Pepe LePew

A new compilation featuring 17 iconic shorts of the loveable French skunk, Pepe Le Pew is now available. Pepe is always strolling around Paris in the springtime, where everyone’s thoughts are of love. While he is constantly seeking l ‘amour of his own, his huge turnoff to any prospective mate is his malodorous scent. Together for the first time are some of Pepe’s most beloved and comical shorts. Buy the DVD right here.

Steve Coogan Live

You may know Steve Coogan from his scene-stealing turns in films like Tropic Thunder or Night at the Museum, but the phenomenally successful stage shows in ‘Steve Coogan Live’ are what established Steve Coogan as one of the best live comedy performers in the world. Now for the first time on DVD, you can laugh-out-loud with all your favorite Coogan characters, including Alan Partridge and Paul and Pauline Calf. Bonus features include highlights from Coogan’s Australia tour, Paul and Pauline Calf animations, and the behind the scenes documentary: “Steve Coogan: An Inside Story,” with appearances by Julia Davis, Vic Reeves, and Bob Mortimer. Buy the DVD right here.

Project Nim

Experience a real-life ‘Planet of the Apes’ with the release of ‘Project Nim’ on DVD. From the Oscar-winning team behind ‘Man on Wire’ (Best Documentary Feature, 2008), the film tells the remarkable story of a chimpanzee taken from its mother at birth and raised as a human child to tragic consequences. Bonus materials on the DVD include an audio commentary and two behind-the-scenes featurettes. This is the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who became the focus of a landmark 1970s experiment tho show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. But as Nim’s natural instincts take over and the humans around him fail to protect him, ‘Project Nim’ uncovers the unflinching and extraordinary journey of one animal thrust into human society. Buy the DVD right here.

The Brontes of Haworth

Starring Michael Kitchen (Foyle’s War, My Week with Marilyn) in one of his early roles, ‘The Brontes of Haworth’ is now available on DVD. Written by poet and playwright Christopher Fry (The Lady’s Not for Burning), this finely crafted portrait explores the soaring artistic achievements and personal tragedies of England’s most accomplished literary family (Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights). Featuring a stellar ensemble cast and an outstanding script, this acclaimed period drama is a sensitive exploration of the Brontës’ tender and tragic family history. The miniseries aired in the U.K. in 1973 but has not aired on U.S. television. Under the care of their father, the Reverend Patrick Brontë (Alfred Burke, Public Eye, Enemy at the Door), siblings Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne have a childhood rich in learning and imagination. As the precocious youths grow into adults, however, son Branwell (Michael Kitchen) struggles to live up to his family’s high expectations, and the women have difficulty adapting to the world outside of Haworth. While the sisters eventually find commercial success and critical acclaim for their writing, Branwell descends into self-destruction, triggering a series of misfortunes that beset the family. This period drama authentically explores the tender and tragic family history that is as much the Brontë legacy as their literary works. Buy the DVD right here.


From Roland Emmerich, director of the global smash hit 2012, comes the acclaimed thriller ‘Anonymous,’ now available on DVD and Blu-ray.. For centuries, great minds have questioned the true authorship of Shakespeare’s plays. Now, movie fans can uncover the secret with one intriguing possible answer in this highly entertaining new film also filled with political intrigue & illicit romance starring Rhys Ifans (upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man, Notting Hill),  Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave (Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Julia, 1977), Joely Richardson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, TV’s “The Tudors”), David Thewlis (Harry Potter series, War Horse) and Jamie Campbell Bower (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, TV’s “Camelot). ‘Anonymous’ arrives on Blu-ray and DVD packed with exciting bonus features that take viewers behind the curtain of this provocative film, including commentary with director Roland Emmerich and writer John Orloff and the making-of featurette “Who Is The Real William Shakespeare?”. Exclusively available on the Blu-ray version are the additional behind-the-scenes featurettes “More Than Special Effects” and “Speak The Speech”. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Elmo’s World: Elmo’s Favorite Things

Want to learn how to wrap a birthday gift or know how to ask a question at school? Learn how as Sesame Workshop presents ‘Elmo’s World: Elmo’s Favorite Things,’ now available on DVD. The new two-hour DVD features eight popular Elmo’s World segments including the DVD premiere of ‘Elmo’s World Bulding Things.’ Join Elmo, Dorothy, Mr. Noodle, his brother Mr. Noodle and his sister Miss Noodle as they sing and dance their way through the latest Elmo’s World compilation. In ‘Elmo’s World: Elmo’s Favorite Things,’ children learn about counting an enumeration; building self-confidence; visual discrimination and matching; appreciating similarities and much more. Buy the DVD right here.

Love Story

In director Arthur Hiller’s hit tearjerker — based on Erich Segal’s novella — Ryan O’Neal plays Oliver Barrett IV, a comfortably off Harvard pre-law student who falls in love with Radcliffe music student Jenny Cavilleri (Ali MacGraw), a freewheeling, delightfully profane product of a blue-collar Italian-American family in ‘Love Story.’ Oliver’s father (Ray Milland) heartily disapproves of the subsequent marriage and cuts off his son’s allowance. Despite financial travails (the pampered Oliver actually has to go to work!), the couple is blissfully happy….until Jenny is diagnosed as having an unnamed disease that consigns her to an early death. The movie’s tagline “Love means never having to say you’re sorry” became an iconic American catchphrase, the film’s theme a number one hit. One of the early products of Paramount guru Robert Evans, Love Story grossed more money than any Paramount production before it. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

CSI: Grave Danger

Acclaimed filmmaker Quentin Tarantino brings his edgy style to the celebrated series for its two-part season five finale, garnering an Emmy nomination for his direction. Grave Danger was one of the highest-rated ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation‘ episodes ever capturing over 30 million viewers. The thrilling story begins when CSI team member Nick Stokes is suddenly abducted and buried alive. As his team receives ransom demands, they are directed to a website where they are forced to helplessly watch as Stokes desperately struggles to free himself from his underground coffin. The CSI team reunites with a single mission in mind: to save one of its own. Created with the same provocative, pulse-pounding style that Tarantino is most known for, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – Grave Danger stars the popular ensemble cast of William Peterson, Marg Helgenberger, Gary Dourdan, George Eads, Jorja Fox, Eric Szmanda, and Robert David Hall. With guest appearances including Hollywood legend Tony Curtis, Grave Danger also features the final television performance of Frank Gorshin Buy the Blu-ray right here.

What Happens Next

In the charming romantic comedy ‘What Happens Next,’ middle-aged billionaire/socialite Paul Greco (Jon Lindstrom) seems to have it all. After selling his lucrative business and retiring, he finds himself with more money and time on his hands than he knows what to do with. His overbearing but well-meaning sister, Elise (Wendie Malick) decides that giving Paul a dog would be the perfect solution. With little else to do, Paul assumes a daily dog walking routine in the park and encounters Andy Chance (Chris Murrah), who walks his dog on the same schedule. What stars as a casual daily meeting in the park eventually develops into something confusing, romantic and hilarious. Buy the DVD right here.

Yakuza Weapon

Stuntman-turned-director, Tak Sakaguchi, directs himself as a hard-hitting maverick who returns to Tokyo, only to discover his Yakuza father murdered, his family headquarters turned into a shady loan shop, and a powerful gang leader attempting to overthrow the entire criminal underworld in the new movie ‘Yakuza Weapon.’ With rival gangs jacked up on “hyperdrug,” he must become a one-man, butt-kicking army – and things only get wilder when he loses an arm and a leg, only to have them replaced with more firepower than the entire Japanese military possesses. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

The Sunset Limited

The Sunset Limited‘ mixes humor and pathos to examine the relationship between strangers brought together by desperate circumstances. Set in a New York tenement apartment, the story focuses on two very different men – a deeply religious black ex-con (Samuel L. Jackson) who thwarts the suicide attempt of an asocial white college professor (Tommy Lee Jones) who tired to throw himself in front of an oncoming subway train, “The Sunset Limited.” The men lock themselves in a passionate philosophical exchange of opposing views, each seeking the language and inspiration that will convert the other. The conflict reaches a shattering conclusion that leaves viewers thinking well after the final frame. Buy the DVD right here.

Fireflies in the Garden

An all-star cast headlines the powerful, character driven drama ‘Fireflies in the Garden,’ now available on DVD. Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern, The Proposal), two-time Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (Platoon, 1986; Shadow of the Vampire, 2000), two-time Best Actress Oscar nominee Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves, 1996; Hilary and Jackie, 1998), Carrie Anne Moss (The Matrix trilogy), Hayden Panettiere (‘Heroes’ and Academy Award winner Julia Roberts (Best Actress, Erin Brockovich, 2000) star in the story of a seemingly perfect family and the conflicting, interpersonal relationships which bring their dysfunctional and destructive elements to the forefront. When a tragic accident leaves them without the one person they could count on to keep them together, they are forced onto a path in search of forgiveness and redemption. Bonus materials include the behind-the-scenes featurette “A Flash of Life: The Making of Fireflies in the Garden.” Buy the DVD right here.

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