New On DVD This Week: New Year’s Eve, Joyful Noise, Who Do You Think You Are, Samantha Who?

'New Year's Eve' (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)

New Year’s Eve

Relive the most romantic night of the year with ‘New Year’s Eve,’ now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download from Warner Home Entertainment Group. ‘New Year’s Eve’ celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts with intertwining stories told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year. Director and producer Garry Marshall (‘Valentine’s Day,’ ‘Pretty Woman’) is joined by an all-star ensemble cast including Academy Award winner Halle Berry (‘Monster’s Ball’); Jessica Biel (‘Valentine’s Day’); Jon Bon Jovi (‘Pay It Forward’); Academy Award nominee Abigail Breslin (‘Little Miss Sunshine’); Chris “Ludacris” Bridges (‘Fast Five’); two-time Academy Award winner Robert De Niro (‘The Godfather: Part II’); Josh Duhamel (‘Transformers’); Zac Efron (‘High School Musical’); Hector Elizondo (‘The Princess Diaries’); Katherine Heigl (‘Knocked Up’); Ashton Kutcher (‘No Strings Attached’); Seth Meyers (‘Saturday Night Live’); Lea Michele (‘Glee’); Sarah Jessica Parker (‘Sex and the City’); Academy Award nominee Michelle Pfeiffer (‘Dangerous Liasions’); Til Schweiger (‘The Three Musketeers’); two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank (‘Million Dollar Baby’) and Sofia Vergara (‘Modern Family’). The Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD include an UltraViolet Digital Copy of the standard definition theatrical version of the film, 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. Ingrid (Pfeiffer) is a woman looking for her purpose in life, helped along the way by Paul (Efron). Tess (Biel) and Griffin (Meyers) are in a race against the clock to have the first baby of the New Year. Randy (Kutcher) and Elise (Michele) are trapped in an elevator, one desperate to get out and one not eager to leave. Claire (Swank) is the in charge of making sure the Times Square ball drops at midnight but she runs into a major problem. Following the converging stories of dozens of characters, ‘New Year’s Eve’ tells these stories and more, showcasing love, hope, excitement, sadness, joy, laughter and sorrow on the most exciting night of the year. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Joyful Noise

Raise your voice and get on your feet as ‘Joyful Noise‘ is now available on Blu-ry Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download from Warner Home Entertainment Group. This funny and inspirational story of music, hope, love and renewal is sure to have you making some noise of your own. Starring Oscar nominee Queen Latifah (‘Chicago), and Dolly Parton (‘Nine to Five’), the movie brings together a talented cast of performers, including Keke Palmer (‘Akeelah and the Bee’), Courtney B. Vance (‘FlashForward’) Jeremy Jordan and Kris Kristofferson. The musically driven story also brings together the sounds of gospel, pop, country, rock and R&B  with memorable songs performed by the cast, from a wide range of artists, including Michael Jackson, Usher, Chris Brown, Paul McCartney, Sly & the Family Stone and Stevie Wonder. Dolly Parton also wrote original songs for the film, including “Not Enough” and “From Here to the Moon and Back.” The small town of Pacashau, Georgia, has fallen on hard times, but the people are counting on the Divinity Church Choir to lift their spirits by winning the National Joyful Noise Competition. The choir has always known how to sing in harmony, but the discord between its two leading ladies now threatens to tear them apart. Their newly appointed director, Vi Rose Hill (Latifah), stubbornly wants to stick with their tried-and-true traditional style, while the fiery G.G. Sparrow (Parton) thinks tried-and-true translates to tired-and-old. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Who Do You Think You Are?

Seen on NBC and following eight celebrities as they journey through ancestral history and share their life-altering discoveries, the critically acclaimed reality series ‘Who Do You Think You Are?,’ Season 2 is now available on DVD. Like never seen before, Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love), Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City), country music superstar Tim McGraw, Emmy winner Rosie O’Donnell, Grammy winner Lionel Ritchie, and actors Vanessa Williams (Desperate Housewives), Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), and Ashley Judd (The Missing, Double Jeopardy) travel the world to uncover the secrets and surprises of their family trees. Lisa Kudrow is an executive producer for the series and appears in Season 1. The fascinating series paints an intimate portrait of how a journey through history can change everything – including one’s idea of self (DVD 2-Disc Set, $39.99, Season 3 premiered on NBC in February 2012. Working alongside genealogists, researchers and historians, the stars excavates stories from their families’ past. Vanessa Williams finds that breaking down barriers runs in her family. Tim McGraw discovers the source of his own pioneering spirit. Rosie O’Donnell follows her mother’s roots to the grim realities of the Irish potato famine. Kim Cattrall learns why her grandfather abandoned his family. Lionel Richie explores his great-grandfather’s mysterious past. Steve Buscemi uncovers a family history of depression. Gwyneth Paltrow both sides of her family, which couldn’t be more different. And Ashley Judd, actress and activist, learns she’s not the first in her family to fight for human rights. Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

Samantha Who?

Explore why life can be better with a reset button with the release of ‘Samantha Who?‘ Season 1 and 2 on DVD. The comedy stars Emmy winner Christina Applegeate (‘Married with Children’), who was twice nominated for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy (2008, 2009) for her role as Samantha Newly. The series also features a stellar supporting cast including Emmy winner Jean Smart (‘Designing Women’), Jennifer Esposito, Kevin Dunn, Tim Russ, Barry Watson and Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy (‘Bridesmaids’). Both DVD sets include deleted scenes, bloopers and more. Buy the Season 1 and Season 2 DVD.

A Woman of Substance

Propelled by star-studded casts and rich period detail, ‘A Woman of Substance Trilogy’ is now available on DVD, bringing to vivid life two of Barbara Taylor Bradford’s most unforgettable heroines from her bestselling trilogy. Nominated for an Emmy in 1985 for outstanding limited series and broadcast in the 1980s and ‘90s, the trilogy stars Jenny Seagrove (Judge John Deed), Oscar winners Deborah Kerr (The King and I) and Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs), Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List), James Brolin (Catch Me If You Can), Barry Bostwick (Spin City), Lindsay Wagner (The Paper Chase), and Christopher Cazenove (The Duchess of Duke Street). Barbara Taylor Bradford’s books have sold over 82 million copies in 40 languages. The DVD 4-Disc Set includes the three complete miniseries: A Woman of Substance, Hold the Dream, and To Be the Best, bonus interviews with producer/star Diane Baker (18 min.) and author Barbara Taylor Bradford (59 min.) The beloved trilogy that begins with Emma Harte’s remarkable rise from servant girl to international retailing magnate comes full circle when Emma’s granddaughter must struggle against powerful enemies to keep the family’s corporate empire from collapsing. From beginning to end, these are inspiring stories of love, power, and determination. Buy the DVD right here.


Jane Austen might never have imagined that her 1816 novel Emma could be turned into ‘Clueless,’ a fresh and satirical look at ultra-rich teenagers in a Beverly Hills high school. Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and Dionne (Stacey Dash), both named after “great singers of the past that now do infomercials,” are pampered upper-class girls who care less about getting good grades than wearing the right clothes and being as popular as possible. But Cher, who lives with her tough yet warm-hearted lawyer dad (Dan Hedaya) and hunky, sensitive stepbrother (Paul Rudd), also has an innate urge to help those less fortunate — like the two introverted teachers she brings together (“negotiating” herself improved grades in the process) and new friend Tai (Brittany Murphy), who starts out a geek and ends up a Cher prodigy. Cher also possesses her own sensitive side, and she is looking for the perfect boyfriend, whom she ends up finding where she least expected. Buy the Blu-ray right here.


He’s got style, street smarts and a penchant for lollipops- Telly Savalas returns as Lieutenant Theo Kojak in Season Four of the classic ’70s cop drama ‘Kojak.’ A must-have for fans of police dramas and DVD collectors, the six-disc DVD set is now available. Season Four cases involve the kidnapping of Kojak’s niece, the search for “The Grim Reaper” serial killer, a body found in the trunk of a Rolls-Royce, a vengeful nun, a diplomat molester and a murderous wife. Joining him throughout the season are special guest stars including Richard Gere, Sharon Gless, Hector Elizondo, David Selby, Irene Cara, Lynn Redgrave, Morgan Fairchild, Geraldine Page, Blair Brown, Brian Dennehy, William Hurt, Judith Light, Carol Lynley, Christopher Walken, Jeffrey Tambor, Joan Van Ark, Gloria Grahame and Season Hubley.  Like no one else, Kojak cuts through the depths of the criminal mind and solves cases with unparalleled guts and determination. Created by Emmy and Academy Award–winning writer Abby Mann, Kojak ran for five seasons on CBS from 1973–1978 and spawned a series of TV movies throughout the ’80s and ’90s. Actor Telly Savalas won an Outstanding Lead Actor Emmy for his role. Buy the Season 4 DVD right here.

Mimic – 3-Film Set

Audiences will experience thrills and chills from the franchise that brought the epic battle of man and nature to life as Lionsgate has debuted the Mimic: 3-Film Set on Blu-ray Disc. Available for the first time as an HD collection, the set includes Mimic: The Director’s Cut, along with Mimic 2 and Mimic 3: Sentinel – both on Blu-ray Disc for the first time and available exclusively in the set. Telling the complete story of one deadly genetic engineering experiment, each film includes a host of special features, certain to excite and terrify fans of the sci-fi series. Acollection housing all three of the original film versions will be available on DVD at the same time. Directed by Oscar nominee Guillermo Del Toro (Best Writing, Original Screenplay, Pan’s Labyrinth, 2006), this cut transforms ‘Mimic’ into a film that Del Toro fans and newcomers alike will embrace as the definitive version. The film stars Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite) and Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men) along with Jeremy Northam (‘The Tudors’). The screenplay and screen story are written by Matthew Robbins & Guillermo Del Toro, based on the short story by Donald A. Wollheim. A disease carried by common cockroaches is killing children in Manhattan. In an effort to stop the epidemic, entomologist Susan Tyler (Sorvino) creates a mutant breed of insect that secretes a fluid to kill the roaches. This mutant breed was engineered to die after one generation, but three years later Susan finds out that the species has survived and evolved into a large, gruesome monster that can mimic human form. Buy the 3-film set right here.

The Front Line

South Korea’s submission to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film, the fast paced action-packed war epic ‘The Front Line‘ is now available on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. Ha-kyun Shin, Soo Go, Seung-su Ryu and Je-hoon Lee star in director Jang Hun’s film, centering on the Korean War’s final battle to determine the border between North and South Korea. The film is nominated for three awards at the 2012 Asian Film Awards, including a Best Supporting Actor nod for Je-hoon Lee. Bonus features include a behind-the-scenes featurette “The Making of the Front Line.” In the final battle of the Korean War an uneasy ceasefire is ordered, but out on the Eastern front line of the Aerok Hill fierce fighting continues. A race to capture the strategic point is the ultimate prize and will determine a new border between North and South Korea. Buy the DVD/Blu-ray combo pack right here.

Sesame Street: Singing with the Stars

Get up and dance with your favorite Sesame Street friends as Warner Home Video (WHV) and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, have released ‘Singing With the Stars’ on DVD.  This delightfully musical DVD features performances that will educate children about the joys of song and dance with celebrity appearances by Alicia Keys, the Dixie Chicks, Andrea Bocelli and Adam Sandler. The Singing With the Stars DVD is a series of star-studded performances with songs focusing on encouraging children to feel good about who they are; boosting self-esteem and building self-confidence. Many of the segments also focus on task persistence, feeling proud, celebrating similarities and differences, and labeling and expressing emotions. Songs range from classics such as, “Furry Happy Monsters” with R.E.M. to the Emmy Award-winning hit, “What I Am” with The DVD will also include a downloadable activity book for children and musical activity tips for parents. If there aren’t enough music videos for fans in this fun-filled DVD, a bonus 5-song CD will also be included. Buy the DVD right here.

Men in Black & Men in Black 2

Just in time for this summer’s highly anticipated ‘Men in Black 3,’ Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has re-released the hit films ‘Men in Black’ (on Blu-ray with UltraViolet) and ‘Men in Black 2’ (for the first time on Blu-ray, and also with UltraViolet). Including UltraViolet on both Blu-ray releases allows owners to add the films to their UltraViolet Library, enabling them to download or instantly stream the films. Both editions feature new collectible packaging, and will include a sneak peek and movie ticket offer for ‘Men in Black 3,’ in theaters May 25th. In addition, the North American version of ‘Men in Black 2’ Blu-ray includes the new Men in Black playable PlayStation 3 game demo from Activision, where fans in North America can sample a level from the upcoming adventure before its May 22nd release. The sci-fi adventure comedies, which together boast a lifetime worldwide box office gross of more than $1 billion, star Academy Award® winner Tommy Lee Jones (1993, Best Supporting Actor, The Fugitive) and two-time Academy Award nominee Will Smith (2007, Best Actor, The Pursuit of Happyness; 2001, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Ali). A team of black suited, Ray-ban sporting, top-secret agents in the unofficial government agency, Division 6, have a mission: to monitor extra terrestrial activity on earth, or as they put it “protecting the earth from the scum of the universe.” Both releases are directed by Barry Sonnenfeld (Wild Wild West, RV), and produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald (both Dinner for Schmucks). Buy the Men in Black Blu-ray and Men in Black 2 Blu-ray.


Mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano makes her feature-film debut as a lethal government contractor who’s betrayed by her own agency in the action thriller ‘Haywire,’ from director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Contagion). Mallory Kane (Carano) is the woman the U.S. government calls on to take care of their dirty work. She’s fast, efficient, and — perhaps most important of all — clean. But when Mallory makes the mistake of saving a Chinese journalist from certain death, she becomes an enemy to the very same government she once served. Mallory isn’t going down without a fight, though, and after a close brush with death, she realizes that the only way to save her own life is to reveal the government’s deception. Now, as assassins close in from all sides in an ominous attempt to silence her forever, Mallory sets a trap and races to reveal a massive deception that threatens global stability. Michael Douglas, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, and Bill Paxton co-star. Buy the DVD right here.

Level Up

Get ready to ‘Level Up‘ with Cartoon Network, as the top-rated original movie of the same name is now available on DVD, complete with a never-before-seen episode from its all-new television series. ‘Level Up,’ a live-action/CG-animated 90-minute movie, is a fantastical comedy for the videogame age that turns the game on the player.  When a glitch in the system releases an evil villain and a bunch of his trolls from an online game into the real world, three high school gamers must join forces to win the game and save the world. The DVD includes the movie — created and written by Derek Guiley and David Schneiderman (both credited for Chasing Liberty) and directed by Peter Lauer (Sons of Tucson, Chuck)  — as well as a first look at the new “Wanted” episode from the praised Level Up television series and a music video of “The Bomb” by Pigeon John. Buy the DVD right here.

Bubble Guppies

Set to a soundtrack of catchy pop songs, ‘Bubble Guppies‘ infuses the core elements of kindergarten readiness, including: math, literacy, the arts, science and socio-emotional development.  The DVD features a special double-length episode, “Bubble Puppy’s Fin-Tastic Fairytale,” guest-starring Wanda Sykes.  The episode premiered in prime-time in February on Nickelodeon. In addition, families can enjoy two extra Bubble Guppies episodes, and DVD exclusive special features including a “Create Your Own Bubble Guppy” game, karaoke music videos and a jukebox song selection. ‘Bubble Guppies’ closed 2011 as the top preschool series across all TV with kids 2-5. Buy the DVD right here.

Tom and Jerry: Around the World

Get set for an unforgettable journey with everyone’s favorite cat and mouse duo in ‘Tom & Jerry: Around the World,’ now available from Warner Home Video.  This hilarious, new animated title features 22 action-packed cartoons featuring the tussling twosome in some of their best adventures from around the globe.  Naples, Spain, Australia, New York and Hollywood are some of the memorable destinations that await viewers on this exciting trip. Pack your suitcases and renew those passports. ‘Tom & Jerry: Around the World’ is your first-class ticket to an entertaining, globe-trekking adventure. An exciting voyage with the popular cat and mouse duo awaits in this 22-cartoon collection consisting of classic theatrical shorts and episodes from Tom & Jerry Tales. It’s bon voyage for Tom and Jerry as they duke it out as competing street performers in the Big Apple in Way-Off Broadway. Tom chases Jerry through the streets of Naples in Neapolitan Mouse. In Flamenco Fiasco, the dueling duo finds itself in Spain where Tom shows off his fancy footwork as he engages in a very competitive Flamenco dance competition. It’s a trip Down Under in Kangadoofus where Jerry takes refuge with a kangaroo mother and her joeys in an effort to ditch Tom.  In Freaky Tiki, it’s “Aloha” for Tom and Jerry as they relax on a Hawaiian beach and find themselves entering an active volcano where they encounter Pele, the goddess of flames. Next it’s off to Tinseltown where Tom conducts a symphony orchestra in Tom & Jerry in the Hollywood Bowl. These and several other captivating adventures are featured on this must-own release. Buy the DVD right here.


Fall in love with TV’s favorite sweetheart all over again with the release of of the first two seasons of ‘Felicity’ on DVD. ‘Felicity,’ starring Golden Globe winner Keri Russell, follows a young co-ed through the journey of self-discovery. Watch as Felicity navigates her way through exams, friends, and love triangles. The popular WB series also stars Scott Foley and Scott Speedman. Season 1 includes the pilot episode and special commentary by creators J.J. Abrams & Matt Reeves. Season 2 features a never-before-seen pilot, Russell’s original audition footage, a spoof of the series from the Emmy Awards as well as five audio commentaries with the cast and creators. Buy the Season 1 and Season 2 DVD.

Dirty Sexy Money

Money, power and lies make perfect bedfellows with the release of Seasons 1 and 2 of ‘Dirty Sexy Money‘ on DVD. Created by Craig Wright, ‘Dirty Sexy Money’ features Golden Globe nominated Donald Sutherland, Peter Krause, William Baldwin, Blair Underwood, Jill Clayburgh and Lucy Liu. Experience the exciting culmination of the series, complete with exclusive bonus features including deleted scenes, bloopers, audio commentaries, a look behind-the-scenes and more. Buy the Season 1 and Season 2 DVD.

Fight the Fight

Kung Fu fans are in for a wild ride with the release of ‘Fight the Fight‘ on DVD. Action directed by Sam Wong, a former member of the Jackie Chan stuntman team, the film stars Sammo Hung and Yuen Wah. The DVD, including cast interviews, packs quite a punch. Taking his father’s advice, one man decides to return to his home to pursue a fresh start. But while training in his father’s martial arts school, he finds out that his father has consented to sell the establishment to a competitor. What follows is the ultimate martial arts challenge – winner takes all. Buy the DVD right here.

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