New On DVD/Blu-ray This Week: Chariots of Fire, The Big Bang Theory, Margaret, Cherry Bomb

'Chariots of Fire' (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)

Chariots of Fire

Oscar winner ‘Chariots of Fire,’ the inspiring true story of two very different men competing in the 1924 Olympics, is now available on Blu-ray Disc for the first time from Warner Home Video. The title’s release coincides with this year’s Summer Olympics in London which begins at the end of July. The four-time Academy Award-winning film, named Best Picture in 1982, also won for Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score, and received three additional nominations. Ben Cross (Star Trek) and Ian Charleson (Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan Lord of the Apes) head a stellar cast, which also features British luminaries Ian Holm (Lord of the Rings series), John Gielgud (Gandhi, Arthur) and Lindsay Anderson (O Lucky Man), in this powerful and emotional true story of British sprinters Harold Abrahams (Cross) and Eric Liddell (Charleson). Eric, a devout Scottish missionary runs because he knows it must please God, while Harold, the son of a newly wealthy Jew runs to prove his place in Cambridge society. Ian Holm was nominated for an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor in his role as Abrahams’ coach. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

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The Big Bang Theory

From the same production team responsible for Two and a Half Men, the CBS “nerd-com” ‘The Big Bang Theory‘ clued the viewer in on what to expect right from the get-go by naming its two main characters “Sheldon” and “Leonard” (though all resemblance to the famous gangster actor-turned-TV producer ended right there.) They were both brilliant physicists, living together in a technology-cluttered apartment, and spending their free time with a circle of fellow geeks from Cal Tech. And, need we add, bbwsof course, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) were despite their hyper-intelligence hopelessly “backward” on a social level; after all, it isn’t easy to pick up girls when the only things you know how to talk about are isotopes and video games. Our heroes were thrown for a mobius strip when the incredibly beautiful and voluptuous Penny (Kaley Cuoco), a recent divorcee, moved into the apartment next door. Fascinated by the two “Beautiful Mind Guys”, Penny decided to hang around with Sheldon and Leonard whenever possible. Having seldom been in such close proximity to a genuinely gorgeous girl, Leonard was anxious to make a few moves (assuming he knew any!), but Sheldon, perpetually unlucky in love, kept his distance, convinced that he’d only have his heart broken again. Occasionally dropping in for the random punchline were the boys’ college pals, the loquacious Howard (Simon Helberg) and the virtually mute Rajesh (Kunai Nayyar). Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray combo pack and Season 2 Blu-ray combo pack.


From Academy Award nominated writer/director Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count On Me) comes the stirring drama ‘Margaret.’ Anna Paquin, Matt Damon and Mark Ruffalo lead a celebrated cast in the story of a Manhattan teenager whose life is profoundly altered after witnessing a terrible accident. Experience an emotional teen’s extraordinary journey to set things right as her innocent ideals come crashing against the harsh realities of the adult world. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Cherry Bomb

Julin Jean (Killer School Girls from Outer Space, TV’s “Friday Night Lights”), Nick Manning (Crank: High Voltage, TV’s “Beach Heat Miami”) and John Rodriguez (Blind Turns, Johnny’s Gone) star in Cherry Bomb, now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital. In the vein of the classic revenge movie I Spit On Your Grave, Director Kyle Day’s explosive homage Grindhouse and B-sexplotation movies features an exotic dancer (Jean) seeking bloody revenge on the five men who assaulted her. In homage to the action films of the early 1980s, the beautiful Cherry is an exotic dancer who is attacked by a group of sleazy men in the club where she works. The men escape justice and she vows revenge by killing them off one by one. Things start to spiral out of control when a mysterious hit man named Bull is hired to put an end to Cherry’s bloody tirade. She soon realizes that there is more at stake than she ever imagined. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Doctor Who

The Krotons

When the TARDIS arrives on the planet of the Gonds, the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton), Jamie (Frazer Hines) and Zoe (Wendy Padbury) discover a world ruled and enslaved by the Krotons. The brightest Gonds are always chosen to serve as companions of the Krotons and are never seen again. The Doctor and his friends decide to put a stop to their rule – but in doing so, they inadvertently unleash the true power and terror of the Krotons instead. This digitally remastered edition of the Doctor Who classic includes audio commentary with actors Philip Madoc, Richard Ireson and Gilbert Wynn, AFM David Tilley, make-up designer Sylvia James, costume designer Bobi Bartlett and special sounds designer Brian Hodgson; Second Time Around featurette; Doctor Who Stories – Frazer Hines (part one)  featurette; as well as many other bonus features. Buy the DVD right here.

Death to the Daleks

A power failure in the TARDIS draws it off course, and the Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) and Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) end up stranded on the bleak planet of Exxilon. They soon meet members of an Earth expedition in a similar situation. The humans are searching for a rare mineral, but first they must find out what is draining their power and avoid what’s inside another grounded spaceship – one of the Doctor’s oldest enemies, the Daleks. This digitally remastered edition of the Doctor Who classic includes audio commentary with actor Julian Fox, Dalek operator Cy Town, director Michael E. Briant, AFM Peter Leyland, costume designer L. Rowland Warne and special sounds maestro Dick Mills; Beneath the City of the Exxilons featurette; Doctor Who Stories – Dalek Men featurette; as well as many other bonus features. Buy the DVD right here.

Father Dowling Mysteries

Everyone’s favorite mystery-solving priest is back with the release of ‘Father Dowling Mysteries: The Second Season.’ Tom Bosley plays the amiable and inquisitive Father Frank Dowling with Tracy Nelson as Sister Stephanie “Steve” Oskowski – a street-smart nun who assists Father Dowling in his investigations. The fan favorite show follows the pair as they solve various murders, abductions and other high crimes in Chicago and also stars Mary Wickes and James Stephens. Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

Madame Bovary

Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) and Frances O’Connor (Mansfield Park, The Importance of Being Earnest) star in ‘Madame Bovary,’ the splendid adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s dramatic masterpiece. With dreams of escaping her provincial upbringing, Emma Rouault (O’Connor) marries local doctor Charles Bovary (Bonneville), and moves in with him. But it is not long before she feels constrained and frustrated by married life. Ignoring her devoted husband and immersing herself in romantic fantasies, Emma begins a string of affairs. First, a young student, Léon (Hugh Dancy, King Arthur), captures her imagination, but when the dashing aristocrat, Rodolphe, shows Emma the alternatives to married life, she enters into the affair with body and soul. Romantic and tragic, Flaubert’s story of a woman’s quest for fulfillment in love is an enduring classic not to be missed. Bonus features include: A Complex Heart: Gustave Flaubert, a 30-minute profile of the author and the places that inspired him. Buy the DVD right here.


Carly and the gang are back with all ten episodes from the fourth season in ‘iCarly: The Complete 4th Season’ DVD. This season, Freddie and Sam are officially together, Carly starts dating a super smart guy, Nora returns in a special two-part episode, the crew gets a VIP visit and so much more, all while bringing on the LOLs. Guest stars this season include First Lady Michelle Obama and Jim Parsons of ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ In addition, enjoy five episodes from the latest Nickelodeon hit show ‘How to ROck’Buy the Season 4 DVD right here.

The Glades

A&E’s highest rated original series ‘The Gladesfollows Jim Longworth, a Chicago homicide detective with an attitude, who relocates to a sleepy town outside the Florida Everglades where people keep turning up murdered. The drama and mystery of ‘The Glades’ is now available on DVD. Loaded with exclusive extras including extended episodes, deleted scenes, a gag reel, featurettes, and commentary, ‘The Glades’ Season 2 on DVD is a must-have for any fan. Season 2 of the hit drama stars Kiele Sanchez, Matt Passmore, Carlos Gomez and Michelle Hurd. Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.

Adventure Time

At long last, the wait is over as the DVD release of the entire first season of the Emmy-nominated animated comedy series ‘Adventure Time‘ is finally here. Yep, that’s all 26 episodes from the show’s first season, plus heaps of bonus features created by Pendleton Ward and the show team, including featurettes, episode commentaries, animatics and more packed into a sweet DVD package. This is a must-have for the series’ ravenous fans, who can relive all of the original adventures of best buddies Finn and Jake in the magical land of Ooo. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

JEM and the Holograms

The beloved classic animated series ‘JEM and The Holograms’ returns for its third and final season. With Jem and The Holograms at the height of their success, there’s a new band in town — The Stingers! — and they’re not about to let Jem and her music group take all the limelight. The group’s leader, Riot, is charmed by Jem and vows to win her over. Jem finds herself with conflicted feelings for Riot and for her longtime beau, Rio. Who will win Jem’s affections? Will The Stingers buzz their way to the top of the music charts, or will The Misfits’ mischief and mayhem thwart their rise to superstardom? Buy the Season 3 DVD right here.

The Note 3: Notes From the Heart Healer

Emmy Award winner Genie Francis (‘General Hospital’) and Ted McGinley (‘Hope and Faith’) reprise their roles in the latest installment of Hallmark Channel’s heartwarming ‘The Note’ series in ‘The Note 3: Notes From the Heart Healer,’ now available on DVD. This inspirational tale of family, faith and forgiveness follows Peyton McGruder (Francis) and her new husband King Danville (McGinley) as they form a bond with a baby left abandoned on Peyton’s doorstep with nothing but an anonymous note, pleading for her to take care of the infant. Based on characters from the books by New York Times best-selling author Angela Hunt, the film also stars newcomer Laci J. Mailey. Buy the DVD right here.

The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister

Maxine Peake (Little Dorrit, Silk) stars in the profoundly moving drama ‘The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister,’ based on the real diaries of Anne Lister, a landowning woman who defied the conventions of 19th century society to live openly as a lesbian. When it is announced that the love of Anne’s life, Marianna, will be married to the older and wealthy Charles Lawton, Anne is distraught. And so she begins a string of relationships, most notably with the wealthy heiress Ann Walker. But while Ann is a proud, strong and supportive partner in a time when lesbianism just isn’t tolerated, can Anne’s feelings for her ever match those she has for Marianna? Revealing a surprising side to the world painted by Jane Austen and the Brontës, The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister is an inspiring story of the first modern lesbian, a woman who challenged convention and was determined simply to be herself. Bonus features include: The Real Anne Lister with Sue Perkins, a 60-minute documentary exploring Lister’s diary; Maxine Peake in conversation with the director James Kent. Buy the DVD right here.


Mixed Martial Arts has fought its way to the forefront of American sports, and now ‘Fightville,’ the real-life story of the fighters striving to make it to the top – is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. Over the past decade, Mixed Martial Arts has grown from a controversial, no-holds-barred sideshow into a billion-dollar phenomenon eclipsing boxing as the dominant combat sport in the world. In fact, it’s now the sixth-most popular professional sport in America, after baseball, football, NASCAR, basketball and hockey. The exciting, suspenseful and uplifting ‘Fightville’ shows how MMA has taken hold in the American heartland, where modern-day gladiators battle with bare fists and feet in strip mall gyms and dusty rodeo arenas desperate for glory and a shot at the big time. In Lafayette, Louisiana, far from the glamorous and lucrative world of Las Vegas bouts, pro hopefuls Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier (currently the world’s No. 3 contender) and Albert Stainback fight tooth and nail for their shot at the American Dream. Buy the DVD right here.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero

The battle rolls on in the final season of ‘G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero,’ Series 2. General Hawk returns with his new team of Joes ready to take on any challenge by Cobra, a ruthless criminal organization out for world domination. And Cobra Commander’s clearly left the toughest challenges for last! Does G.I. Joe have what it takes to stop them? The popular second season of this series from 1991 sees the return of fan favorite characters including Duke, Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow in adventures more exciting than ever! And now you can complete your collection with all 20 episodes of this outrageous second season in one three-disc set.

Butterfly Swords

Hong Kong’s number one action star Donnie Yen (IP Man, IP Man 2) headlines an all-star cast in ‘Butterfly Swords,’ now available on DVD. Donnie Yen, Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Kung Fu Panda 2) and Tony Leung (Hero, Infernal Affairs) combine amazing martial arts with high flying wire work as members of an elite group of assassins loyal to the king. When a group of Rebels threaten to take down the empire, they must infiltrate the organization in order to stop them. The bonus features includes brand new English subtitles. Siblings who are also assassins infiltrate a group of rebels to prevent them from overthrowing the king’s empire. Utilizing amazing martial arts fighting and sword play, can they save the empire? Buy the DVD right here.

Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 1992

The world’s longest-running sitcom ‘Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 1992’ returns with more antics from everyone’s favorite geriatrics. Compo outfits himself in biker’s leathers after he overhears that Nora likes a man in riding gear – unfortunately, she meant horse riding. Clegg attempts to prove Foggy a liar with what he calls the classic “Ordeal by Trousers,” which entails dropping a beetle down the front of his pants to see if Foggy flinches. If he does, he’s lying. Hoping to get rich quick, Compo becomes a one-man band. Later, when Foggy buys a camcorder and practices filming in the hills, he catches more than just nature on his film… Foggy also invents a new form of transport with a giant wheel and Compo finds himself volunteered as its first test driver. Also included is the Christmas Special, “Stop That Castle,” in which the boys hire an inflatable castle for the seasonal parade, but not without a few hilarious mishaps along the way.

The Flowers of War

Celebrate an inspiring story of wartime heroism as Lionsgate releases ‘The Flowers of War‘ on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Yimou Zhang (Hero, House of Flying Daggers) and based on the novel by Japanese author Yan Geling, the film was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film. ‘The Flowers of War,’ starring Academy Award winner Christian Bale and introducing Ni Ni, is a powerful and epic tale of love and war, where a band of outcasts emerge as unlikely heroes from the shadows of a city’s occupation. In 1937, Nanking stands at the forefront of a war between China and Japan. As the invading Japanese Imperial Army overruns China’s capital city, desperate civilians seek refuge behind the nominally protective walls of a western cathedral. Here, John Miller (Bale), an American trapped amidst the chaos of battle and the ensuing occupation takes shelter, joined by a group of innocent schoolgirls and thirteen courtesans, equally determined to escape the horrors taking place outside the church walls. Struggling to survive the violence and persecution wrought by the Japanese army, it is an act of heroism, which eventually leads the seemingly disparate group to fight back, risking their lives for the sake of everyone. Buy the DVD right here.

You’re Nobody Till Somebody Kills You

The hunt is on for a vicious serial killer with the release of ‘You’re Nobody Till Somebody Kills You’ on DVD. This suspenseful horror film stars James McDaniel (‘NYPD Blue’), Michael Mosley and Chance Kelly with Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane and Michael K. Williams. Combining dark comedy with thrilling suspense, the crime drama  was an Official Selection at the 2011 WILLiFEST in Brooklyn, New York, as well as an Official Selection at the 2011 Long Beach Comic Con. Buy the DVD right here.

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