New On DVD This Week: Underworld: Awakening, John Wayne Film Collection, Doctor Who

'Underworld: Awakening' (Warner Brothers Home Entertainment)

Underworld: Awakening

Kate Beckinsale (Underworld 1 & 2, upcoming Total Recall) is back in action like you’ve never seen her before in Lakeshore Entertainment’s 3D box office smash hit ‘Underworld: Awakening,’ now available on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD—all of which include UltraViolet—from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the latest thrill-packed chapter of the blockbuster Underworld series, Beckinsale reprises her role as vampire warrioress Selene for the ultimate 3D battle between Vampires and Lycans. This time, she’s joined by a new generation of sexy, ass-kicking warriors played by Michael Ealy (‘Think Like a Man’), India Eisley (‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’) and Theo James (You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger). Now, after wowing movie audiences with its high-flying action and eye-popping special effects, ‘Underworld: Awakening’ soars to stunning new life on Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray, loaded with special features, including the Blu-ray exclusive “Cracking the Underworld,” a picture-in-picture experience that takes viewers on a visual journey through the rich history of all four Underworld films. Fans can trace the history of the werewolf and vampire bloodlines and learn surprising secrets about their favorite characters.  Also, exclusive to the Blu-ray 3D are previsualization 3D sequences, which were created early in the production process to help the filmmakers visualize some of the film’s key action sequences. Additional bonus features on the Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray include a filmmaker commentary, blooper reel, “Heavy Prey” music video by Lacey Sturm featuring Geno Lenardo, and five behind-the-scenes featurettes: “Selene Rises;” “Casting the Future Underworld;” “Resuming the Action;” “Building a Better Lycan;” and “Awakening a Franchise, Building a Brutal New World.” Buy the Blu-ray right here.

John Wayne Film Collection

This 10-title collection features films from over 39 years of John Wayne’s legendary career including some of his most memorable and critically-acclaimed films, including The Barbarian and The Geisha, on DVD for the first time. Some films included are: ‘Red River’ – Academy Award nominee Best Writing, Best Film Editing, ‘The Alamo’– Academy Award winner Best Sound, Academy Award nominee Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Music, and ‘The Longest Day’ – Academy Award winner Best Cinematography, Best Affects, Academy Award nominee Best Picture, Best Film Editing, Best Art Direction. Perfectly timed for Father’s Day, this collection can be bought right here.

Doctor Who

Nightmare of Eden

When two spacecrafts collide together after emerging from hyperspace, mayhem breaks lose. From the mad scientist Professor Tryst (Lewis Fiander), who is in possession of the Continuous Event Transmuter (CET), to the unknown drug smuggler of addictive drug vraxion, the fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) and Romana (Lalla Ward) are in for a wild ride. If that isn’t enough, when a crewmember is found clawed by a ferocious animal, it seems there’s something even more frightening stalking the corridors. The answers lie with Tryst, his CET, and a planet called Eden – the home of the ferocious Mandrels. This digitally remastered special edition of the Doctor Who classic story #107 includes audio commentary with actors Lalla Ward, Peter Craze, writer Bob Baker, effects designer Colin Mapson and makeup designer Joan Stribling, Making of: The Nightmare of Television Centre, “Going Solo” Bob Baker interview, Photo Gallery and The Doctor’s Strange Love featurette. Buy the Nightmare of Eden DVD.


At the Iceworld Space Trading Colony on Svartos, the seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Mel (Bonnie Langford) unexpectedly encounter an old ‘friend.’ The penniless and desperate Sabalom Glitz (Tony Selby) has only one option to leave Svartos: find the fabled ‘Dragonfire’ treasure concealed somewhere in the depths of the planet. Joined by Ace (Sophie Aldred), a teenage waitress with a love for explosives, the group ventures off to uncover lost riches. Little did they know that Kane (Edward Peel), Iceworld’s ruthlessly intimidating overlord, has murder on the mind and will not hesitate to do away with them in order to gain possession of the Dragonfire. Before long the Doctor finds himself playing a deadly game of cat and mouse with Kane’s mercenaries, descending through the ice caverns ever closer towards the deadly gaze of the monstrous dragon that lurks below. This digitally remastered special edition of the Doctor Who classic story #153 includes audio commentary with actors Sophie Aldred, Edward Peel, writer Ian Briggs, script editor Andrew Cartmel, composer Dominic Gylnn, and director Chris Clough, deleted scenes, and making of featurette and much more. Buy the Dragonfire DVD.

The Happiness Patrol

On the planet Terra Alpha, where sadness is against the law and is enforced by the uniformed Happiness Patrol, the Doctor and Ace find themselves in a sugar nightmare as they try to topple the entire regime in just one night. Faced with a population that lives in fear of being unhappy and must constantly displays signs of happiness, the Doctor and Ace must act quickly before more citizens are found guilty of unhappiness and put to death in a stream of molten candy.  With colony leader Helen A hot on their heels, the team must work through the varied punitive measures before they are hunted down by the omnipresent Happiness patrol, or mauled by Helen A’s ravenous pet Fifi, but the absolute worst case is being entertained by Helen A’s psychotic henchman, the Kandy Man. This time, Happiness will prevail. This digitally remastered special edition of the Doctor Who classic story #153 includes an with script editor Andrew Cartmel, a making-of featurette, deleted scenes and many other bonus features. Buy The Happiness Patrol DVD.

The Vow

Rachel McAdams (Midnight in Paris, The Notebook) and Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street, Dear John) rediscover the meaning of true love in ‘The Vow,’ now available on DVD and Blu-ray combo pack from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Both the DVD and Blu-ray combo pack include UltraViolet, which allows owners of the Blu-ray and DVD to add the film to their Digital Rights Library, enabling them to instantly stream or download the film. Inspired by true events, the romantic tale follows Paige (McAdams) and Leo (Tatum) after they survive a car accident that leaves Paige without any memory of the man she fell in love with or their marriage. It’s up to Leo to win back her heart … and her mind. The film also stars Sam Neill (‘Alcatraz,’ ‘Jurassic Park’), two-time Academy Award winner Jessica Lange (Best Supporting Actress, Tootsie, 1982; Best Actress, Blue Sky, 1994) and Scott Speedman (Underworld). The DVD and Blu-rayTM combo pack bonus features include commentary with Director Michael Sucsy, a gag reel and deleted scenes.  Exclusive to the Blu-ray combo pack are three behind-the-scenes featurettes: “’Til Death Do They Part,” a look at how the true-life story was made into the movie; “Profiles of Love: Paige and Leo,” which discusses what drew McAdams and Tatum to the project, as well as their perspectives on their characters and the film’s themes; and “Trying to Remember,” explaining how trauma can affect memory. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Big C

Laughter proves once again to be the best medicine with the release of ‘The Big C‘ Season 2 on DVD. The critically acclaimed original Showtime series stars Laura Linney, Golden Globe Winner for her role as Cathy Jamison, a reserved suburban housewife who is diagnosed with stage four melanoma and opts to fight back through humor, sarcasm, and some spontaneous choices along the way. ‘The Big C’ also stars Oliver Platt, John Benjamin Hickey and Gabriel Basso. The second season’s three-disc set contains special features including deleted scenes and a gag reel. Season 2 guest stars include Alan Alda, Academy Award nominee Gabourey Sidibe, Cynthia Nixon and Hugh Dancy. Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

Fantasy Island

Television favorite wish-fulfilling resort director Mr. Roarke and his energetic sidekick Tattoo from the classic hit series Fantasy Island are back to see their guests frolic in tropical paradise and live out their wildest fantasies when Fantasy Island finally returns for a second season on DVD, just in time for Mother’s Day. From legendary creative team of Aaron Spelling (Charlie’s Angels, Beverly Hills 90210) and Leonard Goldberg (Hart to Hart, Starsky & Hutch), Fantasy Island premiered in January 1977, and became one of primetime TV’s most popular series in TV history. Starring Ricardo Montalban (Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan) and Herve Villechaize (The Man with the Golden Gun) as the unique leading characters, the series entranced viewers with tropical settings, engaging storylines, and kept fans hooked with its weekly parade of recognizable name actors throughout its successful seven-season run. It is best remembered for Villechaize’s performance as Tattoo, whose cry of “Da plane! Da plane!” made him a pop culture icon. Imagine a place where any dream or fantasy can come true. Welcome to Fantasy Island. Each week, two guests arrive on the island looking forward to getting their fantasy fulfilled. Their host is the sophisticated Mr. Roarke (Montalban), the charming and fashionable gentleman who, along with his pint-sized assistant, Tattoo (Villechaize) sees to it that their guests’ island visit is all they could ever have imagined. Each fantasy comes with mystery and suspense; and guests always get what they asked for, but rarely what they expect. Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

Tom & Jerry: Around the World

Tom and Jerry travel the globe by land, sea, and air in ‘Tom & Jerry: Around the World,’ this collection of 22 hilarious adventures. From Broadway to outer space, hitch a ride with your favorite cat and mouse for non-stop fun and action. Whether the furry duo is running from an erupting volcano on a tropical island or conducting an orchestra in Hollywood, you can count on laughs the whole way. Sword fights, magic spells, and treasure maps fill these delightful escapades and will have you climbing on board for more expeditions. So grab your luggage and bring the entire family along for a boisterous trip around the world and beyond. Buy the DVD right here.

Dirty Dancing Collection

The ‘Dirty Dancing’ phenomenon returns to captivate fans in High Definition with the ‘Dirty Dancing’ Collection. Just in time to celebrate ‘Dirty Dancing’s 245h anniversary, this 2-film Blu-ray Disc Set includes both the original ‘Dirty Dancing’ as well as the Blu-ray debut of its sequel ‘Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.’ Enjoy both films together on Blu-ray for the first time. Not only is this the perfect Mother’s Day gift, but the collection proves to be a must-have for all fans of this perennial favorite.  The original ‘Dirty Dancing’ stars Golden Globe nominees Jennifer Grey as “Baby” Houseman and Patrick Swayze as the sexy Johnny Castle. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Cold War

The events that shaped the course of the Cold War and the United States’ relationship with the Soviet Union are chronicled in Warner Home Video’s Cold War: The Complete Series. This powerful, Peabody Award-winning (Outstanding Achievement in Broadcasting, 1998) CNN documentary is now available on DVD in time to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The 18-hour landmark series will be available in its entirety and includes the Academy Award-nominated (Best Documentary, Features, 1953) propaganda film The Hoaxters plus an extended interview with Cuban leader Fidel Castro as bonus content.  Cold War: The Complete Series is comprised of 24 episodes on a six-disc set. CNN’s Cold War is a sweeping look at nearly five decades of global history. The seminal, acclaimed series is the culmination of a massive, three-year-long effort helmed by award-winning documentarian Jeremy Isaacs (The World at War), whose team shot more than 1,000 hours of original footage and gathered archival footage from all over the world to include historically important and often emotionally stunning images, many never before seen by an international audience. Honored with the prestigious 1998 George Foster Peabody Award, CNN’s landmark Cold War series is the only major documentary on the subject. Buy the complete series right here.


It’s no secret that all good things must come to an end. The final season of the fan-favorite series ‘Chuck‘ is now available on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD from Warner Home Video. Chuck: The Complete Fifth and Final Season includes all 13 episodes from Season Five plus over 3 hours of never-before-seen bonus features, including six brand-new featurettes, two full-length commentaries, deleted scenes, gag reel, and an extended version of the series finale episode. The Blu-ray will be released in 1080p Full HD Video and will feature DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1. ‘Chuck’ co-creator/executive producer Chris Fedak: “Five years ago, Josh and I set out to tell an action-adventure story about a regular guy’s quarter life crisis. We’ve been able to do so much more. This final season is a love letter to everything we’ve done. We hope fans enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it.”Buy the Season 5 DVD right here.


The popular detective drama starring Robert Urich as a cool and charismatic detective in Sin City returns to DVD with ‘Vega$: The Third Season, Volume 1.’ The 3-disc set features action-packed episodes centered on handsome private-eye Dan Tanna (Urich), who drives around Las Vegas in a vintage Thunderbird, solving cases with the help of his loyal staff. Bart Braverman, Phyllis Davis, and Greg Morris co-star in the classic series from legendary producer Aaron Spelling (Dynasty, Charlie’s Angels). Buy the Season 3, Volume 1 DVD right here.

Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie

The all new feature from the twisted minds of cult comedy heroes Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, ‘Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie,’ is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Joining the popular comedic duo is an all-star list of co-stars. Tim and Eric are given a billion dollars to make a movie, but squander every dime eliciting the wrath of the sinister Schlaaang corporation. Their lives at stake, the guys skip town in search of a way to pay the money back. When they happen upon a chance to rehabilitate a bankrupt mall full of vagrants, bizarre stores and a man-eating wolf that stalks the food court, they see dollar signs—a billion of them. Featuring cameos from Awesome Show regulars and some of the biggest names in comedy today. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Inch High Private Eye

Inch High, diminutive operative of the Finkerton Detective Agency, stands tall against the forces of perfidy, making Saturday mornings safe for all good citizens from the halcyon year of 1973 to today in the classic series ‘Inch High Private Eye.’ Ably aided by niece Lori, her hulking boyfriend Gator and his loyal dog Braveheart, Inch High uses his pint-sized stature to foil the most complex and nefarious of schemes. Whether battling Spumoni the Great, Mr. Midas, or King Ra, or teaming up with the likes of Super Flea and Goldie, the world’s greatest goldfish, Inch High’s stalwart heart always shines through despite his picayune stature and sometimes less-than-stellar mental gymnastics. Junior crime-fighters will find a complete collection of Inch’s adventures spread across this 13-Episode, 2-Disc Collection. Featuring the voice work of Lennie Weinrib (H.R. Pufnstuf) as Inch High and Don Messick as Braveheart as well as a memorable theme contributed by the great Hoyt Curtin. Buy the DVD at

Shock Labyrinth 3D

Japan’s first full-length, live-action digital 3D feature, ‘Shock Labyrinth 3D,’ is now available on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. The horror-thriller follows a group of teenagers dealing with the sudden return of a friend who went missing a decade ago. When the friend falls ill they take her to a hospital, but end up trapped in a horrific labyrinth. The film was inspired by Fuji-Q High Land’s famous “Labyrinth of Horrors” haunted house ride, and the film was shot at night in teh amusement park. Yagira Yura, Maeda Ai, Renbutsu Misako and Katsuji Ryo race against time to escape the maze alive in this eye-popping horror thriller. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

The Bling Ring

At the center of one of Hollywood’s most notorious burglary rings in 2009, was a group of average, middle-class teens from a quiet suburb. Inspired by a true story, ‘The Bling Ring’ is the behind-the-scenes story of how Nick (Austin Butler, Switched at Birth, Aliens in the Attic) a shy, awkward boy, lured by the promise of popularity and acceptance, found himself following his glamorous, charismatic best friend Natalie (Yin Chang, Gossip Girl) into breaking into celebrities houses – including Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan — and robbing them of millions of dollars in clothes and jewelry.  Multiple robberies and a leaked security tape posted on exploded the “Bling Ring” into a true crime syndicate, making headlines across the nation. It thrilled Rachel and terrified Nick, but he couldn’t leave her.  Meanwhile, Zack’s mother, Iris (Jennifer Grey, Dirty Dancing), happy to see that her son has finally made friends, is blissfully unaware of his crime spree…until it begins to attract the wrong kind of attention. Buy the DVD right here.


Get ready to venture to your voyeuristic side with the release of ‘Playback‘ on Blu-ray and DVD. Based on the prequel novella, “Playback: Light and Shadow,” this new movie features Christian Slater (Bobby, Very Bad Things), Johnny Pacar (Wild Child, Discovery Kids’ “Flight 29 Down), Toby Hemingway (Black Swan, Feast of Love), and Amber Childers (‘All My Children’). The unnerving film follows a group of high school students who begin to dig into their towns infamous past and unwittingly unlock a dark secret that has been kept hidden for years. Now an evil spirit has awakened and will stop at nothing to get what it wants. Buy the DVD right here.

Gremlins & Gremlins 2


Gremlins‘ is a wildly original roller-coaster ride of hilarious mischief. One minute your hair will stand on end, the next you’ll hold your sides with laughter at the havoc these supposedly gentle furballs create when the rules surrounding their care and feeding are inadvertently broken one fateful Christmas. Written by Chris Columbus and directed by Joe Dante, Gremlins unleashes special effects that dazzle and enchant and merriment that lingers in the memory. Buy the Gremlins Blu-ray.

Gremlins 2

Billy Peltzer and Kate Beringer move to New York City and meet up with their Mogwai friend, Gizmo, when a series of accidents creates a new generation of diverse gremlins in the hit sequel ‘Gremlins 2.’ Billy, Kate, and Gizmo must once again use all their experience to prevent another catastrophe. Buy the Gremlins 2 Blu-ray.

Happiness Is…Peanuts: Team Snoopy

Batter up with Peanuts and celebrate their greatest sports moments in the all-new collection ‘Happiness Is…Peanuts: Team Snoopy.’ For Charlie Brown, a new baseball season equals new hopes of winning. Unfortunately, one player just isn’t measuring up, which makes the team decide that Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown. Then suit up for a triple-header of laughs with The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show. In The Pelicans, Charlie Brown gets stuck with mascot duties while Peppermint Patty is on the road to victory with her baseball team. Great Pumpkin finds the Peanuts gang visiting the bowling alley in hopes of teaching Charlie Brown a new sport with hilarious results, and it’s game on as the neighborhood cat meets his match when Snoopy’s older brother Spike trots into town. It’s time to catch the winning spirit and share these tales with your teammates, since happiness is what Team Snoopy is all about. Buy the DVD right here.

Plot of Fear

Told through ingenious flashbacks, ‘Plot of Fear’ tells the story of a group of wealthy men and women who get murdered one by one at a decadent weekend party. In his attempt to find a connection between the victims Inspector Lomenzo (Michele Placido) encounters a mysterious fashion model (Corninne Clery) who becomes his informant. Clery reveals that at this the drugged-out sex party one of the young girls was “accidently” killed during a gruesome practical joke. However, it seems that someone at this party is killing the others, but who and why. Buy the DVD right here.

Beautiful Wave

New York teen Nicole (Aimee Teegarden) goes to Santa Cruz to spend the summer with her estranged grandmother (Patricia Richardson), and uncovers buried family secrets while following her late grandfather’s map to a secluded surfing paradise in the hit movie ‘Beautiful Wave.’ Shortly after arriving in California, Nicole inherits her grandfather’s vintage surfing van, and invites three friends on a trip to Malibu. Somewhere along the way, the group discovers a map that will lead them to a beach that’s untouched by modern progress. Meanwhile, a family secret that’s lain dormant for 40 years prompts Nicole to look at her past – and her potential future – in a very different light. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Bobcat Goldthwait: You Don’t Look the Same Either

For over 25 years, Bobcat Goldthwait has been one of the most recognizable comedians in show business.  Now, he’s back with a vengeance in his long-awaited stand-up special, ‘Bobcat Goldthwait: You Don’t Look the Same Either.’  The genre-defying Police Academy alum, comedian, actor and now accomplished film directors takes us on a hilarious journey through his 30 year career as an 80’s icon to the guy who lit “The Tonight Show” set on fire… literally.  Filmed live and uncensored before an enthusiastic full house audience, Bobcat goes all out in this self-deprecating and topical instant comedy classic, riffing on topics such as politics, divorce and going brokeBuy the DVD right here.

The Genesis Code

Faith-friendly, wholesome and perfect for family viewing, ‘The Genesis Code’ asks whether or not faith and science can co-exist in an intriguing drama.  Endorsed by pastors, professors, youth leaders and ministry groups across America, the film, directed by C. Thomas Howell, builds a discussion around faith and science, prayer and belief, and the reality of God working in the world today.  With a star-studded cast, including Logan Bartholemew, Kelsey Sanders, Lance Henriksen, Fred Dalton Thomas, Catherine Hicks, Ernest Borgnine and Louise Fletcher, this provocative film is a must-see, no matter your beliefs. Kerry Wells (Sanders, The Blind Side, “Mad Men”, “iCarly”), a college journalist and committed Christian with an effervescent personality, has been assigned to do a story on Blake Truman (Bartholomew, “American Wedding, “CSI: New York”) the college’s newest and very popular hockey superstar.  As a relationship between them begins to develop, Kerry finds that Blake, who hides behind a tough and independent façade, is actually struggling through a difficult personal crisis and that he bears the cross of a secret he has kept hidden for years.  Blake rebuffs Kerry’s suggestion that prayer might help ease his burden; he is convinced that modern science completely disproves the Bible, especially the opening verses of Genesis. Buy the DVD right here.

Girl Fight

Based on a harrowing true story, ‘Girl Fight,’ starring Emmy-winning actress Anne Heche and James Tupper (Men In Trees), tells the harrowing tale of Victoria “Tori” Lindsay, a studious and responsible young woman who desperately wanted to be part of her school’s “in” crowd.  After some of Tori’s new “friends” discover negative remarks she made about them on social media sites, the girls take revenge by viciously beating her, then boasting about the event online. And, instead of showing remorse, they post a shocking video of the beating on the Internet, sending Haley’s life into a downward spiral.  Despite little help from the police or school, Tori’s mother works to make the attackers pay for what they did.  Highlighting the growing national issue of cyber bullying, this powerful film is a must-see for families. Buy the DVD right here.

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