New On DVD/Blu-ray This Week: Hatfields & McCoys, Total Recall, The Kent Chronicles

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Hatfields & McCoys

The highly anticipated ‘Hatfields & McCoys‘ is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Costner stars as Anse ‘Devil’ Hatfield, and four-time Golden Globe nominee Bill Paxton stars as Randall McCoy in the epic, true tale of close friends turned enemies. The infamous back country feud that became an American legend begins with Anse Hatfield and Randall McCoy, close friends and comrades until near the end of the Civil War, when they return to their neighboring homes – Hatfield in West Virginia, McCoy just across the Tug River border in Kentucky – to increasing tensions, misunderstandings and resentments that soon explode into all-out warfare between the families. As hostilities grow, friends, neighbors and outside forces join the fight, bringing the two states to the brink of another Civil War. The all-star ensemble cast includes Matt Barr, Tom Berenger, Powers Boothe, Jena Malone and Mare Winningham. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Total Recall

Just in time for the 2012 release of the theatrical remake, fans can experience the original sci-fi masterpiece like never before with the release of ‘Total Recall: Mind-Bending Edition,’ now available on Blu-ray Disc and Digital Download. Comprised of an all-new Director approved, high-definition transfer from the original film negative and including exclusive bonus materials, there’s no better time to revisit this cult classic starring action legend Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator). Winner of a Special Achievement Academy Award for its groundbreaking visual effects, the blockbuster action film was also nominated for two Oscars. Inspired by the short story “We Can Remember it For You Wholesale” by Phillip K. Dick, Total Recall: Mind-Bending Edition features a screen story by Ronald Shusett & Dan O’Bannon and Jon Povill and a screenplay by Ronald Shusett & Dan O’Bannon and Gary Goldman. Highlighted by an exclusive, never-before-seen interview with director Paul Verhoeven and restoration comparison, Total Recall: Mind-Bending Edition also contains additional bonus materials that fans will love including a behind-the-scenes documentary, a “making of” featurette, a special effects featurette, audio commentary with Arnold Schwarzenegger and director Paul Verhoeven, a photo gallery and the theatrical trailer. Buy the Mind-Blowing Edition Blu-ray right here.

The Kent Chronicles

Three historical miniseries (The Bastard, The Rebels, and The Seekers) ‘The Kent Chronicles’ features William Shatner, Kim Cattrall, Don Johnson, Patricia Neal, George Hamilton, Delta Burke, and Tom Bosley. Chronicling the saga of the Kent family in early America, the star-studded Revolution-era romp is based on the bestselling novels by John Jakes (North and South), the “godfather of the historical novel.” The miniseries follow the fortunes of a young Frenchman (Andrew Stevens, Dallas) as he immigrates to America during the Revolutionary War and crosses paths with historical heavyweights including Paul Revere (William Shatner), Benjamin Franklin (Tom Bosley, Happy Days), Samuel Adams (William Daniels, St. Elsewhere), and George Washington (Peter Graves, Mission: Impossible). Nominated for two Emmys and a Golden Globe. Broadcast in the late 1970s. Buy the DVD right here.

Forever Marilyn

Celebrate the life, the legend and the beauty of Marilyn Monroe. The iconic blonde bombshell shines in high definition in ‘Forever Marilyn’ The Blu-ray Collection. With classics like The Misfits and Some Like It Hot as well as new-to-Blu-ray titles How to Marry A Millionaire, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Seven Year Itch, There’s No Business Like Show Business and River of No Return this unique set of films, those that made Marilyn a star, is a collector’s dream. Marking the 50th anniversary of the passing of this Hollywood legend, the seven disc collection is available as a Blu-ray set and individual titles. Titles include: ‘The Misfits’: A sexy divorcee falls for an over-the-hill cowboy who is struggling to maintain his romantically independent lifestyle in early-sixties Nevada. ‘Some Like It Hot:’ When two musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in. ‘How to Marry A Millionaire:’ Three women set out to find eligible millionaires to marry, but find true love in the process. ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes:’ Two singers, best friends Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris pursued by a private detective hired by Lorelei’s fiance’s disapproving father to keep an eye on her, a rich, enamoured old man and many other doting admirers. ‘Seven Year Itch:’ When his family goes away for the summer, a so far faithful husband is tempted by a beautiful neighbor. ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business:’ Molly and Terry Donahue, plus their three children, are The Five Donahues. Son Tim meets hat-check girl Vicky and the family act begins to fall apart. ‘River of No Return:’ A frontier farmer takes off with his son and a saloon singer after the man who stole his rifle and his horse. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Melrose Place

Lying, cheating, betrayal, murder… it’s just another day and season at Melrose Place. Enjoy all the drama of ‘Melrose Place‘: The Finale Season Volumes 1 & 2, now available on DVD. Each volume includes four discs of episodes from the sensationally dramatic seventh and final season about the lives, careers, trials and tribulations of a group of young adults from various backgrounds residing in a trendy Los Angeles apartment complex. Volume One includes the first 18 episodes of the sensationally dramatic seventh and final season including the series return of Josie Bisset as Jane Mancini and the series debut of Rena Sofer as Eve Cleary. Volume Two includes the last 17 episodes of the popular series. Buy the Final Season Volume 1 and Final Season Volume 2 DVD.

Transformers Prime – One Shall Stand

‘Transformers Prime: One Shall Stand’ features the compelling story behind the most iconic Autobot ever, Optimus Prime, and an epic tale of deception, sacrifice, loyalty and triumph. Produced by Hasbro Studios, One Shall Stand highlights the story that spanned the first two seasons of the acclaimed CGI animated series ‘Transformers Prime,’ which currently airs on The Hub television network in the U.S and Teletoons in Canada. This action-packed story arc is edited together in a seamless, riveting special presentation for this home entertainment release. Packed with exciting bonus content, ‘Transformers Prime – One Shall Stand’ delivers spectacular CGI animation and captivating family entertainment for all ages. Buy the DVD right here.


Ruggero Deodato’s Waves of Lust

‘Waves of Lust’ is a superb example of Deodato’s work not to be missed by fans of Italian sex/crime/thrillers. A shocking and frightening version of Polanski’s Knife in the Water. Two carefree youngsters, Irem and Barbara (Al Cliver and Silvia Dionisio), are invited for a weekend cruise on a yacht owned by Giorgio, a ruthless and cynical industrialist, who is married to Silvia, a disturbed woman who allows herself to be physically and mentally abused by him. Silvia then forms a love triangle with Irem and Barbara who conspire against Giorgio, whose misogyny and paranoia pushes him over the edge into murder. Buy the DVD right here.

The Costume Drama Classic Collection

Required viewing for any fan of British television, the captivating new documentary ‘The Costume Drama Collection’ tells the stories behind iconic productions with stars and scenes from Brideshead Revisited; I, Claudius; Upstairs, Downstairs; Pride and Prejudice; The Jewel in the Crown; Poldark; Doctor Zhivago; and many more. The first episode aired on PBS stations in spring 2012; however, Acorn is releasing the complete five-episode series on DVD. Narrated by star Keeley Hawes (Ashes to Ashes; Upstairs Downstairs), these five episodes give an inside look beyond the ornate clothing, sprawling manors, and addictive story lines that have riveted millions of television viewers for decades. Representing the finest of the captivating costume drama genre with sumptuous costumes, lavish sets, and addictive plots, this set features four celebrated, star-studded Masterpiece Theatre period dramas plus The Story of the Costume Drama documentary listed above. The value-priced 15-disc collection includes more than 36 hours of star-studded programming, including Doctor Zhivago, the 2002 adaptation starring Keira Knightley (Pirates of the Caribbean, Atonement); Lillie, the BAFTA-winning 1978 drama with Francesca Annis (Wives and Daughters, Cranford); Lost Empires, starring Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) in a coming-of-age story from 1986; and Upstairs, Downstairs, Series 1, the iconic British drama’s original 1971-1972 series. Buy the DVD right here.

Cole Younger and the Black Train

Roam the American frontier with a band of notorious outlaws with the release of ‘Cole Younger and the Black Train.’ This action-packed western filled with gangs and gunfights features ‘Reservoir Dogs’ star Michael Madsen and introduces National Country Music Recording Artist Cody McCarver. ‘Cole Younger and the Black Train’ follows the life of Cole Younger from his teenage years to his criminal partnership with Jesse James. For his entire life, the outlaw Cole Younger (McCarver) was hunted by the Black Train, which mysteriously appeared whenever death was in the air. The human face of this ghostly train was Emmett Black, whose job it was to take people to wheverver they needed to go once they crossed to “the other side.” Buy the DVD right here.


Teen sensation Miley Cyrus (The Last Song) stars in ‘LOL,’ a story that perfectly captures growing up in today’s digital world, now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Golden Globe nominee Demi Moore (Ghost), Ashley Greene (The Twilight Saga), Douglas Booth (upcoming Romeo and Juliet), Adam Sevani (upcoming Step Up Revolution), Golden Globe®nominee Thomas Jane (HBO’s “Hung”) and Jay Hernandez (Crazy/Beautiful) also star in the romance, based on the hugely popular 2008 French film LOL (Laughing Out Loud). In a world connected by Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, Cyrus stars as a teen girl navigating her way through the peer pressures of high school romance and friendship, while dodging her protective mother (Moore), in the fresh coming-of-age comedy LOL. The Blu-ray Disc and DVD release includes special bonus materials such as behind-the-scenes featurettes and audio commentary with the director and cast. Buy the DVD right here.

Surviving High School

Just in time for back to school, A+E explores the highs and lows of high school for today’s teen with ‘Surviving High School,’ a specially priced collection of Lifetime Original Movies.  Each film, featuring an all-star cast with talents such as Raven-Symoné (“The Cosby Show”), David Charvet (“Baywatch”, “Melrose Place”), Boti Bliss (“CSI: Miami”), Lisa Vidal (“The Division”, “ER”), Alexa Vega (Spy Kids series) and Sharon Lawrence (“NYPD Blue”), tackles everything from drinking and drugs, prom, chrushes (and not always appropriate ones), racial equality and bullying.  It’s a veritable high school survivor kit. The Lifetime Original Movies include: ‘Odd Girl Out,’ based on the national best seller of the same name, examines the secret world of girl aggression and bullying. Follow Vanessa (Alexa Vega), a popular and well adjusted middle schooler, as her friends suddenly turn on her and she becomes the target of nasty rumors and evil pranks. When her mother (Lisa Vidal) learns the painful truth about her daughter’s situation she confronts the troubling behavior. ‘Augusta, Gone,’ is based on a true story and follows the life of Augusta, a teenager who spins out of control once she hits 15. Augusta’s drinking and drug use compels her divorced, working mother to go to extremes to try and help her. ‘The Perfect Teacher,’ starring Megan Park as Devon Burke, is about a spoiled and beautiful high school student who always gets what she wants. And what she wants most is her handsome math professor Jim Wilkes, (David Charvet). She will stop at nothing to make sure they end up together and won’t take “no” for an answer. ‘For One Night’ was inspired by the true story of an African American teenager (Raven-Symoné) who shook up a small town where high school proms had been racially segregated for decades. It’s the story of two women, a student and a reporter (Aisha Tyler), who attempt to reverse a long-standing racist tradition and make history, at least for one night. Buy the DVD right here.

Dora the Explorer

Help Dora start the Fantastic Gymnastics show, win a ribbon with Pinto in the Big Horse Show and find Swiper’s favorite things in the brand new DVD, ‘Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Fantastic Gymnastic Adventure.’ It features three new-to-DVD episodes from the Emmy award-winning preschool series’ current seventh season. Buy the Dora’s Fantastic Gymnastics Adventure DVD right here.

Blade Anime

‘Blade Anime’ features the voice of Harold Perrineau (TV’s “Lost,” Matrix trilogy) as Eric Brooks, otherwise known as Blade. The three new featurettes on this two-disc set include The Marvel Anime Universe: Blade Re-Awakened, which explores the process that went into developing this new take on the vampire-hunter. Other featurettes also include Blade: The Vampire-Slayer, comparing Marvel’s Blade with traditional vampire stories, and Special Talk Session: Marvel Anime’s Blade and Wolverine, an interview with series creators. The series are guided by The New York Times best-selling author Warren Ellis (Iron Man: Extremis, Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis), and produced by Madhouse for Marvel Television and Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan.Buy the DVD right here.

Wolverine Anime

‘Wolverine Anime’ stars Milo Ventimiglia (TV’s “Heroes,” TV’s “Gilmore Girls”) voicing the title character of Wolverine. The three new featurettes on this two-disc set include The Marvel Anime Universe: Wolverine Reborn, providing insights into the process for creating the series. The Ferocious Anti-Hero: Wolverine Defined explores the hero’s character, and Wolverine Meets X-Men contains an interview with the creators of the Marvel anime Wolverine and X-Men. The two-disc sets will include all 12 episodes from each series, with epic battles and action-packed storylines, as well as six all-new featurettes. The series are guided by The New York Times best-selling author Warren Ellis (Iron Man: Extremis, Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis), and produced by Madhouse for Marvel Television and Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan. Buy the DVD right here.

The Weight of the Nation

Continuing its tradition of drawing attention to the nation’s most pressing health issues in such presentations as ‘Addiction’ and ‘The Alzheimer’s Project,’ HBO Documentary Films addresses the obesity epidemic in American in ‘The Weight of the Nation.’ This immensely important series spotlights the facts and myths of obesity, showing how this urgent public health issue affects the nation and cripples the health care system. Three years in the making, ‘The Weight of the Nation’ brings together the country’s leading research institutions in a national initiative to help shed light on solutions to restore our individual and collective health. The centerpiece of ‘The Weight of the Nation’ is the 4-part documentary series that features case studies and interviews with experts as well as individuals and families struggling with obesity. Buy the DVD right here.

The Jody Picoult Collection

Dive into ‘The Jodi Picoult Collection,’ a compelling 3-disc compilation featuring a trio of  Lifetime Original Movies based on the works of the New York Times best-selling author. ‘Salem Falls,’ directed by Bradley Walsh and starring James Van Der Beek (“Dawson’s Creek”), Sarah Carter (“Falling Skies”) and AJ Michalka (Hellcats, Super 8), tells the story of a beloved teacher and soccer coach (Van Der Beek) at an all girls’ prep school whose career is ruined when a student’s crush initiates an uproar of false accusations. When he begins his life again in Salem Falls, a shocking rape accusation turns his world upside down and triggers a modern day witch hunt. ‘Plain Truth,’ directed by Paul Shapiro and starring Mariska Hargitay (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”) and Allison Pill (Midnight in Paris), is a movie about high-profile criminal attorney (Hargitay) who ditches her self-indulgent city life to defend an Amish teenager (Pill) on trial for murdering her newborn baby. ‘The Pact,’ directed by Peter Werner and starring Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”), is a powerful story about a supposed “suicide pact” between two teens that goes terribly awry. When only one of the children dies, both sets of parents must look at their friendship, loss, and guilt as they try to figure out the truth about the fateful night. Buy the DVD right here.


At a company Christmas Party, insecure investment banker David (Brian Geraghty, The Hurt Locker, I Know Who Killed Me) asks co-worker Emily (Alice Eve, The Raven, Men in Black 3, She’s Out of My League) if she’d like a ride home in ‘ATM.’ The beautiful Emily, who has been David’s secret crush, agrees – but David’s pushy friend Corey (Josh Peck, The Wackness, Ice Age, TV’s Drake & Josh) horns in and winds up joining the other two as they leave. When Corey asks them to make a late-night stop at a free-standing, glass-enclosed ATM in a dimly lit parking lot, what had been a romantically promising night for David turns into an absolute nightmare. The trio’s routine transaction turns into a bloody battle for survival when a mysterious man in a hoodie and mask appears outside the ATM’s vestibule. They aren’t sure if he’s just waiting to use the machine, but when the menacing stranger suddenly and brutally kills an innocent passerby, the three realize they are trapped. With the wintry temperature dropping below zero and the morning sunrise still hours away, they have no choice but to play the man’s deadly game of cat-and-mouse if they want to live through the night. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

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