New On DVD This Week: Doctor Who, Beavis and Butt-Head, The Rum Diary

'Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe' (BBC Home Entertainment)Doctor Who: The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe

For the new ‘Doctor Who‘ Christmas Special, the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) is joined by a stellar cast, including Claire Skinner (Outnumbered), Bill Bailey (Black Books), Arabella Weir (The Fast Show) and Alexander Armstrong (Armstrong & Miller), in a festive, emotional special, packed full of Christmas thrills and chills. The special, set during World War II, sees Madge Arwell and her two children, Lily and Cyril, evacuated to a draughty old house in Dorset, where the caretaker is a mysterious young man in bow tie, and a big blue parcel is waiting for them under the tree. They are about to enter a magical new world and learn that a Time Lord never forgets his debts. Bonus features include three Doctor Who specials, “Best of the Doctor,” “Best of the Companions” and “Best of the Monsters.” Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Beavis and Butt-Head

‘Beavis and Butt-Head,’ America’s favorite culture critics, made their triumphant return to MTV and proved that they are…just as dumb as they ever were. Now the beloved pair of fart-knockers is preparing to blaze a new trail in high definition with the DVD and Blu-ray release of ‘Beavis and Butt-Head’ Volume 4. Volume 4 features all 12 episodes from the latest season, including the highly-anticipated return of the great Cornholio. The Blu-ray and two-disc DVD also include the 2011 Comic-Con panel in which Mike Judge and moderator Johnny Knoxville discuss the return of the series to MTV, Beavis and Butt-head making prank calls to certain famous New Jersey residents and a public service announcement featuring the boys. Buy the Volume 4 DVD right here.

The Rum Diary

‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ star Johnny Depp returns to the wild world of Hunter S. Thompson in writer/director Bruce Robinson’s adaptation of the Gonzo journalist’s “lost” autobiographical novel of the same name, ‘The Rum Diary.’ Dejected over life in New York City and at bitter odds with the Eisenhower-era conventions of the 1950s, nomadic journalist Paul Kemp (Depp) flees to Puerto Rico, where he quickly lands a job as a reporter for a San Juan newspaper. Drawing inspiration from author Ernest Hemingway’s popular theory about “The Lost Generation,” the newly liberated journalist develops a taste for rum as he becomes slowly entangled in the lives of American beauty Chenault (Amber Heard) and her shady husband, Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart), a wealthy real-estate developer. Later, as Sanderson’s underhanded business dealings begin to emerge, Kemp’s principles come into focus, and his writing style begins to mature in ways he never dreamed possible. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

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The Debt

1965: Three young Mossad agents capture Max Rainer, the “Surgeon of Birkenau,” a monstrous Nazi war criminal. While being brought to public trial, the Surgeon manages to escape. Faced with failure in their mission, the agents report their captive committed suicide and return to Israel as national heroes. 1997: More than 30 years later, the supposedly dead Rainer resurfaces in Ukraine, determined to confess his crimes. Rachel Brener (Gila Almagor of Steven Spielberg’s Munich), one of the three Mossad agents, has made a second career of writing and lecturing about Rainer, but must now track down and silence the Surgeon in order to protect the life and reputation she has built upon her fabricated past. The same-named English-language remake of ‘The Debt,’ starring Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson and Sam Worthington, was a huge critical and box-office hit in 2011. Assaf Bernstein’s original film, which also stars Oded Teomi, Itay Tiran, Yehezkel Lazarov, Edgar Selge and Neta Garty as the young Rachel, is a suspenseful and emotionally compelling must-see as well. Buy the DVD right here.

The Adventures of Chuck and Friends

Drivers, prepare to buckle up. ‘The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: Friends To The Finish’ is now available on DVD from Shout! Factory in collaboration with Hasbro, Inc. Featuring 10 exhilarating episodes, The Adventures of Chuck & Friends also touts a color-your- own-cover activity. Follow Chuck the Dump Truck character and his incredible cast of friends in this delightfully fast-paced, song-filled, high-energy series for preschoolers. Every visitor to the truck stop where Chuck lives fuels his exciting fantasies, and he enlists his pals Digger, Boomer, Rowdy, Soku, Biggs and Handy to turn those fantasies into reality. The Adventures of Chuck & Friends series is currently airing on The Hub TV Network in the U.S. and on Treehouse in Canada. Buy the DVD right here.


‘VIPs’ is the thrilling new adventure from producer Fernando Meirelles (Oscar-Nominated Director of City of God and The Constant Gardener) and director Toniko Melo, based on the true story of one of the world’s most legendary con men. Marcelo (Wagner Moura,  Elite Squad, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, Lower City) an average teenager, always wanted to be someone…else.  Always impersonating those around him and dreaming of traveling the world and living the high life as a pilot like his father, he runs away from home. But what begins as just another flight of fancy will send Marcelo from seamy criminal underworld to the glamorous world of high society.  Changing everything from his name to his looks to keep up, Marcelo must figure out who he is and who he wants to be – before he loses himself entirely.  Winner of Best Film, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress at the 2010 Rio De Janeiro International Film Festival, the DVD also includes interviews with Fernando Meirelles, Director Toniko Melo, cast and crew. Buy the DVD right here.

Little Angels

Discover the joy of learning and friendship with this season’s most heavenly new collection! From executive producer Roma Downey (“Touched by an Angel”) comes the first three volumes of a fresh, fun and inspiring educational series that children and their parents (and grandparents too) can enjoy together in ‘Little Angels ABC’s,’ ‘Little Angels Animals,’ and ‘Little Angels 1,2,3’s,’ now available on DVD. Roma Downey stated, “For many years I had the privilege of playing an angel on television, bringing a message of God’s love to millions of Americans.  As a mother, I have longed to be part of a project that would help to bring that same message to children by not only teaching them the foundations of education – but also providing strong examples of good behavior. ‘Little Angels’ does just that.  It offers critical learning skills through the lens of timeless and age appropriate Bible stories. I only wish this series had been available when my kids were younger!” ‘Little Angels’ is an animated DVD series and has been created for pre-school aged children to teach practical learning skills like ABCs and numbers. The series is presented in a captivating and entertaining format that will help parents to teach their little angels a big love of learning while also providing hours of fun to enjoy together with exciting DVD extras. Pre-school twins Alex and Zoe are blessed to have eight Little Angels watching over them – literally! These Little Angels live on the ceiling of their bedroom, painted there so they are the first things the kids see when they wake up in the morning and the last thing they see before they fall asleep at night. The angels come to life when the children need them most, helping guide them through the challenges of their young lives. Featuring a great deal of interactive DVD extras including charming music videos and downloadable activity sheets, plus a downloadable bonus digital copy of each lesson that will allow for learning on the go, the ‘Little Angels ABC’s,’ ‘Little Angels Animals’ and ‘Little Angels 1, 2, 3’s DVDs are a great value moms can feel good about sharing with their little angels. The DVD series is timed perfectly to be available just in time for Valentine’s Day. Buy the ABCs, 1,2,3’s and Animals DVDs.

Battlefield Detectives

Offering the secret history of 9 historic battles, ‘Battlefield Detectives‘ is now available on DVD. Investigators re-create the conditions of history’s major battles using 3-D computer models, maps, artifacts, original footage, and dramatic reenactments. From the muddy fields at Hastings to the sweltering jungles of Vietnam, a variety of experts offer compelling new evidence on the wars that shaped the modern world. Produced in 2003, Battlefield Detectives aired on the History Channel. The 3-volume boxed set includes a 16-page viewer’s guide and biographies of major military leaders, among other bonus features. What explains the massacre at Waterloo? Why was Gallipoli such a disaster? What role did luck play at Hastings? Battlefield Detectives puts these and other famous battles under the microscope by revisiting the sites—some little changed, others transformed completely—where the fighting took place. Using 3-D computer models, maps, artifacts, original footage, and dramatic reenactments, investigators recreate the conditions at the scene. New research is adding to our understanding of what really happened in some of the great battles of history, including Agincourt, Trafalgar, Balaklava, Little Big Horn, and Vietnam. Geologists are finding answers in the landscape and psychiatrists in the minds of the warriors, while climatologists and meteorologists are showing how weather was often crucial. From firearms experts and forensic scientists to crowd-behavior specialists, genealogists, and engineers, a wide range of authorities unlock the long-buried secrets of the battlefields. Buy the DVD right here.

Doctor Who: The Sensorites

The First Doctor (William Hartnell), Ian, Barbara and Susan land on a spaceship orbiting a distant and mysterious world, where a human crew lies frozen somewhere between life and death. The planet is the Sense-Sphere, home of the Sensorites, beings of immense intelligence and power. Unable to leave, the Doctor and his companions must deduce the Sensorites’ intentions: are they friendly, hostile, or frightened? And what is the deadly secret at the heart of the Sense-Sphere? Bonus features include audio commentary, with actors William Russell, Carole Ann Ford, Joe Greig, Martyn Huntley, Giles Phipps, director Frank Cox, designer Raymond Cusick and make-up designer Sonia Markham, Looking for Peter writer profile, Vision On, Secret. Buy the DVD right here.

Doctor Who: The Caves of Androzani Special Edition

On the cave-riddled world of Androzani Minor, the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison) and Peri inadvertently find themselves enmeshed in a war fought between the ruthless General Chellak and the sinister Sharaz Jek and his army of androids. The duplicitous politician Morgus wants Chellak to execute the time travelers as spies, while the disfigured Jek seeks to keep Peri forever hostage within his stronghold. But the Doctor soon realizes an even more gruesome fate awaits them – they have been infected with fatal spectrox toxemia, and there is no cure. Hunted by both factions and with death just hours away, how far must the Doctor go in order to save his friend’s life? Bonus features include audio commentary, Directing Who: Then & Now, Behind-the-scenes – The Regeneration, and Behind-the-scenes – Creating Sharaz Jek, Extended Scenes, photo galleries and Easter eggs. Buy the DVD right here.

Family Matters

One of the most memorable and heartwarming comedies to emerge from the 1990s, ‘Family Matters‘ focuses on the lives of the Winslows, a multi-generational, middle-class suburban Chicago family. The show takes a closer look at the at-home adventures of Harriette Winslow (JoMarie Payton-France), the sarcastic elevator operator who was initially featured on the enormously successful series Perfect Strangers. Also featured on the show are Harriette’s husband Carl (Reginald VelJohnson), a Chicago police sergeant, and their three kids; rebellious son Eddie (Darius McCrary); intelligent daughter Laura (Kellie Shanygne Williams) and youngest child Judy (Jaimee Foxworth). In addition, the Winslows open their home to Carl’s streetwise mother, Estelle – known as Mother Winslow (Rosetta LeNoire) – as well as Harriette’s sister Rachel (Telma Hopkins) and her son Richie (Joseph Julius Wright). In Season Two of the hugely popular Family Matters, Steve Urkel, ultimate nerd, annoying neighbor and major breakout star, takes on the school bully in a boxing match, tries to convince his neighbors that Santa Claus does indeed exist, and shows everyone how to do the “Urkel Dance” at a roof-top party. In other episodes, Cousin Myrtle Urkel comes to visit, Eddie crashes the family car, and Rachel opens her own diner. Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

The Human Centipede 2

The wait is over for the most controversial movie of the year, Tom Six’s sequel to his original cult horror smash. The opening-night selection of Fantastic Fest 2011, ‘The Human Centipede 2’ (Full Sequence) ups the ante with a brute force unparalleled in motion pictures today. The first film’s evil Dr. Heiter has inspired a real-life protege, the sickly, disturbed security guard Martin (Laurence R. Harvey), who repeatedly watches (and even gets a sexual thrill from) Six’s movie. Martin decides to re-create the sick feat of the original film – in which Heiter sewed three kidnap victims together to form one long, continuous digestive tract. Martin plans to up the ante for his piece de resistance: a 12-person human centipede of his own. Ashlynn Yennie, star of The Human Centipede (First Sequence), returns as herself, an actress lured into this no-holds-barred assault on the senses that pushes the limits of taste and gastrointestinal endurance. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Take Shelter

Writer/director Jeff Nichols reteams with actor Michael Shannon to create a disturbing tale for our times that will creep under your skin and expose your darkest fears in ‘Take Shelter.’ Curtis LaForche lives in a small town in Ohio with his wife, Samantha, and daughter, Hannah, a six‑year‑old deaf girl. When Curtis begins to have terrifying dreams, he keeps the visions to himself, channeling his anxiety into obsessively building a backyard storm shelter. His seemingly inexplicable behavior concerns and confounds those closest to him, but the resulting strain on his marriage and tension within his community can’t compare with Curtis’s privately held fear of what his dreams may truly signify. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Easter Adventure

This Easter preschoolers can help Dora and Boots save the Hip-Hop Bunny’s basket of eggs in ‘Dora the Explorer‘: Dora’s Easter Adventure. This perfect Easter gift features an exciting collection of adventures all new-to-DVD, and includes tons of DVD exclusive special features, including five Karaoke music videos and an interactive play mode game. And for a limited-time only, consumers can receive a $3-off coupon for the DVD when they visit Dora and Boots are waiting for their friend, the Hip-Hop Bunny, to bring his basket filled with eggs and treats for their big egg hunt. Just as the Bunny arrives at the forest, Swiper swipes the basket and throws it far into the Rainbow Garden – where it’s headed for a waterfall! It’s Dora and Boots to the rescue as they join the Bunny on an Easter Day Adventure singing the Hip-Hop Bunny’s Easter song, going past the scratchy flowers at the GBuy the DVD right here.

Storage Wars

Fast-talking auctioneers Dan and Laura Dotson and the loyal bidders than frequent their storage unit sales are back for another DVD installment of their top-rated series with ‘Storage Wars‘ Volume 2.  “Storage addict” and 32-year bidding veteran Darrell and his son Brandon Sheets, secondhand store owner Jarrod Schultz and his wife Brandi, entrepreneur Dave Hester and antique collector Barry Weiss return for more high-stakes fun as they try to outbid one another in the pursuit of storage treasure. Part gamblers and part detectives, these seasoned veterans negotiate the fascinating and obscure world of storage auction and consignment, with personalities as colorful and varied as the items they uncover Across 14 more addictive episodes on two discs, the hunt continues as the fortune hunters blaze through Southern California storage facilities — but with new enemies and higher stakes, finding auction treasure has never been more difficult. Dave Hester opens an auction house, forcing a sizable investment that could destroy his “Mogul” status.  Troubles at home sideline Darrell Sheets’ business, causing the “Gambler” to take desperate measures. Meanwhile, Jarrod and Brandi open an annex to their shop, laying down the gauntlet to their bankrolled competition. And after selling rap impresario Suge Knight’s clothes, Barry Weiss is just trying to stay out of trouble.  Hollywood memorabilia and vintage guitars are just a small measure of the plunder to be found and in this world where cash is king and winner takes all, it’s anyone’s guess as to who will come out on top. Buy the Volume 2 DVD right here.

Chuggington: Brewster’s Little Helper

Just in time to capture the hearts of young trainees this Valentine’s Day is ‘Brewster’s Little Helper,’ the latest title in Anchor Bay Entertainment’s award-winning ‘Chuggington’ DVD series. ‘Brewster’s Little Helper,’ a traintastic way for preschoolers to celebrate the holiday, is now available on DVD. A colorful and contemporary CGI-animated series reinforces early social readiness skills, ‘Chuggington’ airs daily on Disney Junior, Disney Channel’s programming block for kids ages 2-7 and their families. ‘Brewster’s Little Helper’ will have preschoolers honking their horns alongside their favorite trainees, Wilson, Brewster and Koko, through six energetic episodes. In the title episode, Zephie is determined to prove that she can pull her weight. After overhearing Brewster’s tasks for the day, she tries to take care of the mall, but winds up chugging headlong into trouble. Buy the DVD right here.


The poignant and humorous British drama ‘Shades’ is now available on DVD. Maeve (Dervla Kirwan, Ballykissangel) and Mark (Stephen Tompkinson, Wild at Heart) meet in London under unusual circumstances: both are recently deceased. By turns moving and witty, the series explores what it means to have a chance to help—or hinder—those left behind. The 2000 series aired on public television in the U.S. Maeve was killed by a hit-and-run driver, and Mark died during a routine surgery while his wife was giving birth to their son. The two mismatched souls find themselves still in this world, thrown together in a weird and wonderful afterlife. This touching and gently humorous British drama explores what it means to have a chance to help—or hinder—those left behind. Maeve’s lover wasn’t just cheating on his wife; he was also cheating on Maeve. Mark was happily married, but he left his wife and children penniless. In this afterlife, the dead can’t talk to those they knew when alive, but they can speak freely with strangers. Will Maeve and Mark be able to right past wrongs and repair relationships? What will they learn about each other, and themselves? Buy the DVD right here.

The Devil’s Rock

The Devil’s Rock,’ June 5, 1944. A crack commando team, Captain Ben Grogan (Craig Hall, King Kong, 30 Days of Night) and Sergeant Joseph Tane (Karlos Drinkwater, “Spartacus: Blood and Sand”) are sent on a top secret mission to destroy gun emplacements inside German occupied territory in the Channel Islands.  Diverted off their landing point by strong currents, they eventually find themselves near the entrance of an ominous German bunker.  After placing explosives on the gun turret, they surprise and kill a fleeing German soldier pleading for help.  And when the screams of a woman follow from inside, Grogan makes the decision to go on an unauthorized rescue mission.  Once inside, however, the Captain encounters much more than he bargained for: a scene of unworldly carnage, where only a mysterious Nazi officer and beautiful but Devilish captive remain alive and the battle between good and true evil is about to begin. Buy the DVD right here.

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