New On DVD/Blu-ray This Week: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Boss, Childrens Hospital

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Star Trek: The Next Generation

The enduringly popular sci-fi favorite ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation‘ – The First Season is now available on Blu-ray. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012, the beloved series continues to enthrall fans with its exciting and socially relevant tales of space exploration in the 24th century. ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ – The First Season has been retransferred from original film elements to produce stunning high-definition images, including amazing visual effects that have been painstakingly recreated from the source material, creating before/after results that fans will love. The six-disc Blu-ray set also features 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and a wealth of exclusive bonus material, such as archival footage, a gag reel, and an inside look at taking The Next Generation to the next level of high-definition. Featuring numerous behind-the-scenes interviews, the new material also features Star Trek experts Mike and Denise Okuda, consultants throughout this ongoing project, who offer special insights into the countless man-hours dedicated to the upgrade of The Next Generation. Featuring one of the most endearing ensemble casts in television history, ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ took fans on the remarkable continuing voyages of the Starship Enterprise with Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), Commander William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes), Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton), Counselor Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis), Lt. Commander Data (Brent Spiner), Lietenant Worf (Michael Dorn), Dr. Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden) and Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton). Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray right here.


The political Starz drama ‘Boss: Season One,’ is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Drama – Television Series, Boss: Season One stars Golden Globe award winner Kelsey Grammer (Best Actor- Television Series- Drama). Boss: Season One is available just prior to the Season Two premiere on August 17, 2012. Kelsey Grammer gives an electrifying performance as Tom Kane, the ruthless mayor of Chicago, who will go to great lengths to get the job done – even if it means being involved with fraudulent activity. While Kane struggles to run the city, he must also keep a secret under wraps that could ruin his career. Boss: Season One also stars Connie Nielsen (TV’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”), Hannah Ware (Shame), Jeff Hephner (TV’s “The O.C.”) and Kathleen Robertson (TV’s “Beverly Hills, 90210,” Hollywoodland), the 2-disc Blu-ray set and 3-disc DVD set contains all eight episodes in addition to special features including episode commentaries as well as a featurette, “The Mayor and His Maker” with Kelsey Grammer and Farhad Safinia. Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray right here.

Childrens Hospital

Check in to the least professional hospital in town with the release of ‘Childrens Hospital: The Complete Third Season‘ on DVD. With 14 seriously funny episodes, plus uncensored enhanced content including gag reels, deleted scenes, a featurette, and hilarious bloopers, bleepers, screw-ups and blunders, Childrens Hospital: The Complete Third Season is released timed to the Season Four premiere on Adult Swim. Buy the Season 3 DVD right here.

Hey Arnold

Move it, football-head! Come hang out with Arnold, Gerald and the gang for more adventure-filled fun in the big city! Season Two, Part 2 of ‘Hey Arnold‘ delivers some of the best moments yet when Arnold enters an eating contest, Rhonda gets glasses, Phoebe becomes a power-hungry hall monitor, Helga uses Stinky to make Arnold jealous and more! So grab some friends, head out to the stoop and settle in for the conclusion of Hey Arnold!: Season Two now on DVD. Stars Toran Caudell (Recess), Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons), Francesca Smith (Recess) and Jamil Walker Smith (SGU Stargate Universe). Buy the Season 2, Part 2 DVD right here.

The Untouchables

In 1920s Chicago, crime is at an all time high due to mob bosses such as Al Capone. However, Eliot Ness and his team of special agents, known as ‘The Untouchables,’ will stop at nothing to smash the beer and booze empire of Capone. Based on Ness’ memoir, The Untouchables: The Fourth Season Volumes 1 & 2 stars television legend Robert Stack as U.S. Prohibition Bureau agent Eliot Ness, and is narrated by Walter Winchell. Buy the Season 4 Volume 1 and Volume 2 DVD.

Meeting Evil

Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Best Supporting Actor, Pulp Fiction, 1994) and Luke Wilson (Charlie’s Angels, Legally Blonde) star in the action thriller ‘Meeting Evil,’ now available on DVD. The action-packed, edge-of-your-seat suspenseful film also stars Leslie Bibb (Iron Man 2, Zookeeper) and Peyton List (TV’s “Mad Men”) in the story of a family man who meets a stranger in need of his help … and then must protect his family when the stranger turns out to represent unspeakable evil. Samuel L. Jackson and Luke Wilson star in ‘Meeting Evil,’ an intense psychological thriller that will bring you face to face with pure terror. Jackson is Richie, a mysterious stranger who shows up at John’s (Wilson) door asking for help with his car.  All too soon, the mild-mannered John discovers he has become an unwilling passenger, trapped in a murderous ride through town and deep into the countryside.  When Richie decides to pay a visit to John’s wife (Leslie Bibb) and kids, John has no choice but to confront this sadistic and unpredictable killer – But saving his family will ultimately come at a terrible price. Buy the DVD right here.

Touched by an Angel

Be inspired and follow the adventures of angels Monica (Roma Downey), Tess (Della Reese) and Andrew (John Dye) with the release of ‘Touched by an Angel‘ Season 5, now available on DVD. Relive all the touching episodes from the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated Fifth Season. The trio of angels is dispatched from heaven on a special mission: to offer support and inspiration to people facing crossroads in their lives. Buy the Season 5 DVD right here.

Last Days Here

Chronicling the triumphs and downfalls of cult rock legend Bobby Liebling, ‘Last Days Here’ is a powerful documentary about an underground icon who finds himself at the crossroads of life and death. For decades Liebling churned out genre-defining hard rock as the lead singer of the doom metal band Pentagram. But various acts of self-destruction, multiple band breakups and botched record deals condemned his music to obscurity. Creatively frozen for years and living in his parents’ basement, Bobby is finally discovered by the heavy metal underground, and with the help of Sean ‘Pellet’ Pelletier, his friend and manager, he struggles to overcome his demons. Directors Don Argott and Demian Fenton (The Art of the Steal, Rock School) offer a candid look at this madly talented artist, whose unexpected journey made him a prodigious diamond in the music business rough. It’s a moving real-life drama that, like New York Doll, the story of Arthur ‘Killer’ Kane, reveals the power of music and the artistic impulse to redeem lives that had been seemingly lost. Buy the DVD right here.


Written and created by Howard Overman (Merlin), ‘Misfits‘ took home the 2010 BAFTA TV Award for Drama Series and continues to earn international acclaim. The provocative show proves that superpowers, hormones and court-ordered community service are an entertaining mix. Kelly (BAFTA-winner Lauren Socha), Nathan (Robert Sheehan, The Borrowers, Season of the Witch), Curtis (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett), Alisha (Antonia Thomas), and Simon (Iwan Rheon) are five unruly teenagers forced to do community service as payback for their crimes. But when a freak electrical storm hits their town, strange things begin to happen to the gang as they discover that they have each developed a superpower, one that reveals their deepest, darkest insecurities. Though they just want to finish their community service and get through the challenges of everyday teenage life – relationships, friendships, parents and sex – fate has another task in store for them: they must save their town from the evil that has descended upon it. With abilities ranging from invisibility to hearing people’s thoughts, these young malcontents are going to learn that having great power sure can get in the way of having a great time. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Crime Does Not Pay

Here it is – the original. MGM’s Crime Does Not Pay, oft imitated, never matched, an intimate look at mankind’s most seductive and destructive past time – Crime. Crafted as only MGM can. Includes: Buried Loot, Alibi Racket, Desert Death, A Thrill for Thelma, Hit and Run Driver, The Perfect Setup, Fool Proof, Public Pays, Torture Money, It May Happen to You, Soak the Poor, Give Till It Hurts, Behind the Criminal, What Price Safety, Miracle Money, Come Across, A Criminal is Born, They’re Always Caught, Think It Over, The Wrong Way Out, Money to Loan, While America Sleeps, Help Wanted, Think First, Drunk Driving, Pound Foolish, Know Your Money, Jackpot, Women in Hiding, Buyer Beware, Soak the Old, You, the People, Respect the Law, Forbidden Passage, Coffins on Wheels, Sucker List, Don’t Talk, For the Common Defense, Keep ‘Em Sailing, Plan for Destruction, Patrolling the Ether, Easy Life, Dark Shadows, The Fall Guy, The Last Installment, Phantoms, Inc., A Gun in His Hand, Purity Squad, The Luckiest Guy in the World, EC: Eyes of the Navy. Buy the DVD at

Going For Gold: The ’48 Games

Thrown together as double sculling partners just six weeks before the 1948 Summer Olympics, Bert Bushnell (Matt Smith, Doctor Who), a boatbuilder’s son, and Richard “Dickie” Burnell (Sam Hoare, Captain America: The First Avenger, Jane Eyre), the Oxford-educated son of an Olympic gold-medal winning champion rower, were an unlikely pair. Bert was strictly a single sculler, unused to working as a team, and Dickie was living in his father’s shadow – but with the help of legendary sculler Jack Beresford (James Frain, True Blood, The Tudors) these two men from very different backgrounds triumphed against the odds, capturing Olympic Gold and embodying the battling spirit of the 1948 London games. The fact that the games took place at all was astonishing in itself: Britain was still struggling with the after effects of World War II, and the 1948 Games were the first in 12 years due to the war. Perhaps even more astonishing was that, with Dickie’s Olympic win, he followed his father Charles Burnell to victory and became one of the few father-son pairs to both win Olympic gold medals. Buy the DVD right here.

My Way

After emerging as bitter rivals and enemies as young marathon Olympic runners, Korean native Kim Jun-shik (Jang Dong-Gun) and Japanese aristocrat Tatsuo Hasegawa (Joe Odagiri) both find themselves in the Japanese army, fighting the Chinese and Soviets in a bloody battle in ‘My Way.’ Jun-shik is there under duress, while Tatsuo is a powerful colonel. After both are taken prisoner by the Soviets, their mutual hatred and mistrust boils over into a violence that is only stopped by the continuing horror of the war. Forced to fight for the Soviets, the two eventually rely on each other for survival, making it to Germany, where they are in turn separated and forced to fight for the Nazis. They meet again at Normandy Beach, both unlikely survivors, bonded together by history as they struggle to survive one more terrible battle as the Allies arrive on D-Day. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Devil Makes Three

Capt. Jeff Eliot (Gene Kelly) roams the tawdry dives of post-war Munich searching for a delicate young beauty named Wilhelmina (Pier Angeli), the only survivor of the family that hid him from the Nazis after his plane was shot down during the war in ‘The Devil Makes Three.’ He wants to help her. She wants to use him to smuggle contraband into Austria. But what looks like a small-time black market scheme hides something far more sinister: a vicious, well-financed conspiracy to revive the Third Reich. Shot on location and boasting a skilled international cast, The Devil Makes Three features footage of motorcycles zooming along Hitler’s sleek Autobahn and competing in a thrilling race on a frozen lake, plus a climatic showdown filmed at the Führer’s mountain retreat near Berchtesgaden. Kelly is both virile action hero and shrewd detective “in a fine, restrained characterization” (Howard Thompson, The New York Times) that anchors the intrigue-laced plot. Buy the DVD at

Treasure Island

Loaded with high-energy action, and reckless pirate adventure, the original miniseries ‘Treasure Island’ is now available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. Rently making its US premiere May 5 on Syfy, and from imaginative Director Steve Barron (“Merlin”), comes the gritty and intense new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel. ‘Treasure Island’ stars Emmy winner Eddie Izzard (“The Riches,”), Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings films), Golden Globe winner Donald Sutherland (Hunger Games, Citizen X), Toby Regbo (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1), Rupert Penry-Jones (Match Point, “Whitechapel”) and Daniel Mays (The Adventures of Tintin). ‘Treasure Island’ follows a young Jim Hawkins (Regbo) as he becomes a part of an action-filled buccaneer adventure. After finding a cryptic drawing, Jim enlists the help of Dr. Livesey (Mays) and Squire Trelawney (Penry-Jones) who realize the artifact it is actually a treasure map. Once they discover its hidden purpose, Squire commissions a ship and crew, including hiring the mysterious Long John Silver (Izzard), to seek the buried riches. Jim sets sail with the crew, he soon learns that things are not as they seem. Squire and Dr. Livesey may have other secret intentions, and meanwhile the crew is planning mutiny over the ship’s Captain. Now Jim must find out what mystery lies on Treasure Island before it’s too late. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Michael Wood’s Story of England

In this groundbreaking series, charismatic presenter Michael Wood tells the story of one place – the village of Kibworth, Leicestershire – throughout the whole of English history. Located in the very heart of England, Kibworth has lived through the Black Death, the Civil War and the Industrial Revolution, and was even bombed in World War II. With the help of the local people and using archaeology, landscape, language and DNA, Michael Wood uncovers the lost history of this village from the Roman era to the present day. Intertwining the local and national narratives, he creates a moving and informative picture of one local community throughout history. Featuring the original UK series, including two hours of footage never-seen-before in North America. Buy the DVD right here.

Black Hand

Johnny Columbo was just a boy in 1900 New York when a gang of extortionists known as the Black Hand murdered his father. Now Johnny’s a grown man eager for vengeance in ‘Black Hand.’ His switchblade and his anger are the weapons he intends to use but he ultimately realizes there’s a better way. He can use the legal system to deport the Black Hand terrorists by proving they are in the U.S. under false identities. but brining that proof to light will put Johnny and the people close to him in great peril. Movie-musical great Gene Kelly plays the change-of-pace role of Johnny in this suspenseful tale directed by the prolific Richard Thorpe (more than 180 IMDb credits). Kelly had played an Italian-American before in Pilot #5. He would portray a Greek-American in It’s a Big Country. Buy the DVD at


A man wakes up trapped in a coffin-like box and with no knowledge of how he got there or why. But the horrible truth of his predicament soon becomes clear, and he must fight a ticking clock to escape and complete an impossible mission in ‘Brake.’ When Secret Service Jeremy Reins (Stephen Dorff, Somewhere, Public Enemies, Cold Creek Manor) wakes up in a cramped space with the only light coming from the digital numbers ticking away above his head, he knows he’s in trouble. Confused and disoriented with no one answering his cries for help, he suddenly hears an engine rev and his predicament becomes clear: he’s trapped in the trunk of a moving car. As his captors reveal themselves and their motives, Jeremy realizes he won’t be set free until he gives up the whereabouts of a secret location where the U.S. President is taken in the event of a terrorist attack. With time running out and his options limited, Jeremy must use every ounce of his strength and intelligence to make it out of this ordeal alive and prevent a national catastrophe. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Monitor

Watch the lengths a mother will go to protect her son with the release of ‘The Monitor’ on DVD. Winner for best actress for her role in ‘The Monitor’ at the Rome Film Festival in 2011, this psychological thriller stars Noomi Rapache, Kristoffer Joner and Henrik Rafaelsen. Eerie and suspenseful, ‘The Monitor’ includes deleted scenes. After escaping an abusive husband, Anna (Rapace) and her 8-year-old son move far away to a secret location. Terrified that her ex-husband will find them, she buys a baby monitor to keep in her son’s room at all times – but she soon discovers strange noises echoing through the monitor from elsewhere in the building. As she witnesses the sounds of what she believes is another child being murdered, she fears the worst – that it’s her own son. Buy the DVD right here.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Jiro Ono is one of the most-respected and acclaimed sushi chefs in Japan. At the age of 85, he operates an exclusive sushi restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro, with a long waiting list for reservations (the restaurant has a mere ten tables and a typical meal costs $300) and a prized three-star rating from the Michelin restaurant guide. Perfecting the art of sushi has been one of Ono’s obsessions since he was a young man, and filmmaker David Gelb offers a delicious look into his life and work in the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. In the film, Ono discusses his unhappy childhood, his early days in the restaurant game, and his techniques and philosophies about his chosen dish; he also interacts with fish dealers and his two sons, both gifted chefs who live and work in their father’s shadow. Jiro Dreams of Sushi was an official selection at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Buy the Blu-ray right here.


Footnote‘ an Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language film, is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.  The Sony Pictures Classics film is written and directed by Joseph Cedar, whose 2007 film Beaufort was also Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Language film. ‘Footnote’ is the story of the very complicated, competitive relationship between a father and a son, both of whom are Talmudic scholars. Special features on both versions will include a Q&A with Joseph Cedar, as well as a behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of the film. In addition to the Oscar nomination, ‘Footnote’ won the Best Screenplay Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay.  It also won nine 2011 Israeli Film Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Shlomo Bar Aba), Best Supporting Actor (Lior Ashkenazi), Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Costume Design and Best Sound.  In addition, ‘Footnote’ was an official 2011 selection of the Telluride Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the New York Film Festival and the AFI Fest. Footnote is the tale of a great rivalry between a father and son. Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are both eccentric professors who have dedicated their lives to their work in Talmudic Studies.  The father, Eliezer, is a stubborn purist who fears the establishment and has never been recognized for his work.  Meanwhile his son, Uriel, is an up-and-coming star in the field who appears to feed on accolades, endlessly seeking recognition. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

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