New On DVD/Blu-Ray This Week: American Horror Story, CSI, Family Guy, Gossip Girl

Rubber Man from 'American Horror Story' is sure to be a top Halloween costume this year.

American Horror Story

Brace yourself for an addictive thrill ride. ‘American Horror Story‘ is TV’s most original new drama, adeeply stylish psychosexual haunt devised to keep you o the edge of your seat. The Harmons’ (Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton) fresh start in a new home deviously twists to reveal discoveries of love, sex and murderous revenge. Featuring a Golden Globe and Emmy-winning performance from Jessica Lange, Season 1 scares up a host of engrossing extras and is available just before the Season 2 premiere on 10/17 on FX. Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray right here.


America’s favorite team of crime scene investigators returns to DVD with ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – The Twelfth Season‘. The 6-disc set features 22 sizzling episodes and is packed with behind–the-scenes bonus features perfect for fans of the mega-hit series. The fast-paced drama starring Ted Danson, Marg Helgenberger and Elizabeth Shue, centers on a passionate team of forensic investigators trained to solve crimes the old-fashioned way – by examining the evidence. They are on the case 24/7, scouring the scene, collecting irrefutable evidence, and finding the missing pieces that will solve the crime. Buy the Season 12 DVD right here.

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Family Guy

Get more Big Bang for your buck when you bring home this hilarious collection of 14 ‘Family Guy’ episodes, in which Peter needs a new kidney, Lois becomes a boxing champ, Chris finds a new hobby, and Brian and Stewie unravel the space-time continuum in an effort to save the universe. Travel to a new cosmos of comedy with ‘Family Guy.’ Buy the Volume 10 DVD right here.

Gossip Girl

Everyone’s favorite socialites are back to their wicked ways with the release of ‘Gossip Girl‘ Season 5 on DVD. Developed for television by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the show stars many of young Hollywood’s hottest talent: Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick. The five-disc set includes all 24 episodes from the fifth season and nearly an hour of never-before-seen special features, including two all-new featurerettes celebrating the show’s 100-episode milestone, unaired scenes and a gag reel. Buy the Season 5 DVD right here.

CSI: Miami

Join lead criminalist Horatio Caine (David Caruso) and his best of the best forensics team as they investigate hot and steamy Miami crimes using cold hard facts in the thrilling ‘CSI: Miami – The Final Season.’ Their investigations lead the talented forensics team into seedy nightclubs and privileged suburbs. The final season collection is packed with bonus features including cast commentary, deleted scenes, gag reel and must-see bonus features. Buy the Final Season 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 ‘Touched by an Angel‘ Season 6, now available on DVD. Relive all the touching episodes from the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated Sixth 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 6 DVD right here.

Desperate Housewives

Say goodbye to the ladies of Wisteria Lane with the final climactic season of ‘Desperate Housewives.’ The stakes are at an all-time high as each of the women cope with their guilt in the aftermath of last season’s shocking murder and cover-up. Complete your collection with “Desperate Housewives: The Eighth and Final Season.’ The beloved series’ final season is released in a five-disc DVD set features exciting bonus material including the final goodbye from the original four housewives, bloopers, deleted scenes and more. Teri Hatcher (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”), Felicity Huffman (“Transamerica”), Marcia Cross (“Melrose Place”), Eva Longoria (“Over Her Dead Body”), Vanessa Williams (“Ugly Betty”), Ricardo Chavira (“Piranha 3D”), Brenda Strong (“Seinfeld”), James Denton (“Face/Off”), Doug Savant (“Melrose Place”), Shawn Pyfrom (“8 Simple Rules”) and Mark Moses (“Mad Men”)star. Buy the Season 8 DVD right here.


Starring Gary Sinise and Sela Ward, the massively popular crime drama ‘CSI: New York‘ follows a group of forensic investigators who use high-tech science to solve the toughest crimes to hit the Big Apple. In addition to all 18 action-packed episodes, the DVD collection of CSI: New York – The Eighth Season includes exclusive special features such as deleted scenes, a gag reel and special featurettes. Buy the Season 8 DVD right here.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part I

Frank Miller’s landmark graphic novel about fear, hope and redemption is celebrated with proper measures of haunting visuals and intense action in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the all-new, PG-13 rated film is now available as a Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download. The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes UltraViolet. The DC Universe Animated Original Movies have been a fan favorite since debuting in 2007 with Superman Doomsday. Now averaging three releases each year, the DCU animated films are based on classic tales from DC Comics’ revered library or original stories featuring DC’s fabled characters. Stars of feature film and primetime television populate the stellar voice casts of the DCU animated films. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 represents the 15th film in the ongoing series. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

The Halloween Tree

Sit on the edge of your seat and enjoy master storyteller Ray Bradbury’s classic adventure of four youths who try to save the spirit of their friend Kip from the ghosts of Halloween past. The four encounter a mysterious character, Moundshroud who takes them on a magical journey that sweeps them back as far as 4,000 years and touches down in exotic places all over the world like Egypt, England, France and Mexico. Along the way they discover the magic and meaning of Halloween – and friendship. This enchanting adventure features the voice talents of Leonard Nimoy as Moundshroud and the animation wizardry of Hanna-Barbera. It’s a story as timeless as Halloween itself – a bubbling cauldron of thrills and suspense that will stir the imagination of the entire family. Bradbury’s popular story is destined to become a perennial Halloween favorite. Buy the DVD at

Special Branch

A gritty, realistic procedural akin to spy classics Callan, Man in a Suitcase, and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, the classic British spy drama, ‘Special Branch, Set 1’ is now available on DVD. This suspenseful ride through the underbelly of Britain’s international affairs focuses on the Special Branch of London’s Metropolitan Police—a force dedicated to stopping terrorist activities in the nation’s capital. Filled with tension, explosive plotlines, and an exceptional cast that includes George Sewell (Get Carter), Patrick Mower (Callan), and Richard Leech (Doctor Who), Special Branch is sure to thrill fans of spy dramas and police procedurals. Special Branch aired on ITV in the U.K. for four series from 1969-1974 but is available to North American audiences for the first time with its DVD release. Set 1 features the 13 episodes from Series 3. In 1973, the series was revamped with different lead actors than the first two series, which was filmed on videotape with poor picture quality. Buy the Set 1 DVD right here.


Don’t miss the third installment of the the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated detective drama series ‘Wallander’ starring Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet, My Week With Marilyn). The gripping new mysteries have twists that will keep you at the edge of your seat till the very end.  In “An Event in Autumn,” Kurt Wallander finds the remains of a young woman buried a little too close to home – in the back of his garden. When another woman’s body washes up on the shore, Wallander must investigate the connection in order to solve this sorted run of events. The next thrilling chapter, “The Dogs of Riga,” the corpses of two Latvian men, covered in mafia tattoos, are discovered in Ystad harbor. When Wallander travels to Riga in search of the killers, he becomes entangled in a web of corruption to which he may never recover. In the last instalment “Before the Frost,” a childhood friend of Wallander’s daughter Linda goes missing. Wallander and Linda worry for her safety when they find links between her and a murderer. Buy the Season 3 DVD right here.

The Samaritan

Samuel L. Jackson gives one of the most moving and surprising performances of his distinguished career in ‘The Samaritan,’ a crime saga about an ex-con trying desperately to get his life back together. The modern-day noir thriller is now available on high-definition Blu-ray and DVD. After twenty-five years in prison for killing his partner in crime, mournful con man Foley (Samuel L. Jackson, The Avengers, Pulp Fiction, Snakes on a Plane) is finished with the grifter’s life. When he meets a beautiful yet damaged and mysterious young woman named Iris (Ruth Negga, Steve McQueen’s upcoming Twelve Years a Slave), the possibility of a new start looks real. But his past is proving to be a stubborn companion: Ethan (Luke Kirby, Take This Waltz, Tell Me You Love Me), the headstrong son of Foley’s former partner, has come up with an ingenious plan for a score involving his mobster boss and he wants Foley in on it. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

G.I. Joe: Renegades

Fans of the popular animated series ‘G.I. Joe: Renegades’ rejoice! The Season 1 Blu-ray is now available and this highly anticipated 3-disc set collects all 26 adventure-filled episodes and an original behind-the-scenes look at G.I. Joe Renegades bonus feature. Delivering exciting, action-packed storytelling and spectacular animation, this special Blu-ray collection is a must-have for fans and collectors of all ages. When a spy mission against Cobra Industries goes awry, a young G.I. Joe team is forced to hit the road as fugitives. Now the group – Duke, Scarlett, Roadblock, Tunnel Rat, Ripcord and Snake Eyes – must use their wits and elite training to prove their innocence to the world before being caught by the authorities, Cobra or another elite military team called the Falcons. Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray right here.

Damsels in Distress

Damsels in Distress‘ follows a trio of beautiful girls who set out to revolutionize life at a grungy East Coast College – the dynamic leader Violet Wister (Greta Gerwig), principled Rose (Megalyn Echikunwoke) and sexy heather (Carrie MacLemore). They welcome transfer student Lily (Ashleigh Tipton) into their group, which seeks to help severely depressed students with a program of good hygiene and musical dance numbers. The girls become romantically entangled with a series of men – including slick Charlie (Adam Brody), dreamboat Xavier (Hugo Becker) and the mad frat boys Frank (Ryan Metcalf) and Thor (Billy Magnussen) – who threaten the girls’ friendship and sanity. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Crimson Petal and the White

A new provocative period drama boasting a stellar cast and a boldly original look and feel, ‘The Crimson Petal and the White’ is now available on DVD. Based on Michel Faber’s international bestseller, this BBC psychological thriller won three Royal Television Society awards and was nominated for five 2012 BAFTAs, including best miniseries and best actress. The gripping drama follows the fortunes of Sugar (Romola Garai, The Hour, Atonement, Emma), an ambitious prostitute, as she navigates the dark underbelly of Victorian London in pursuit of a better life. The miniseries co-stars Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, The IT Crowd, and Judd Apatow’s upcoming film This is 40), Gillian Anderson (Bleak House, The X-Files), Amanda Hale (Bright Star), Shirley Henderson (Harry Potter, Bridget Jones’s Diary), and Richard E. Grant (Gosford Park). The DVD 2-disc set includes four episodes as well as deleted scenes and interviews with the director, cast and crew. Buy the DVD right here.

Fenway Park Home of the Boston Red Sox: 100th Anniversary Collector’s Set

Major League Baseball Productions and A+E Networks Home Entertainment have created a celebratory offering to the gods of New England baseball with ‘Fenway Park: Home of the Boston Red Sox: 100th Anniversary Collector’s Set.’ This one-of-a-kind tribute blends an editorial and pictorial presentation with 12 DVDs that overflow with 26 hours of beloved players, unforgettable moments, and Fenway Park performances —  a must-have for the Sox passionate fans!  Wrapped with stunning and historic images from Major League Baseball Photos, this high-end 28-page compendium from MLB Publishing is as expansive as it is unprecedented. A celebration of a beloved landmark that has linked players from three centuries and fans across five generations, this singular piece of memorabilia is not to be missed. Buy the DVD right here.


The sophisticated and discerning Cat, and Dog, who is, let’s just say … the opposite of Cat! But despite their differences, ‘CatDog’’s friendship helps them to stick together through a steady stream of outrageous escapades that bring fun, excitement and a heap of uproarious adventures — as if they have any choice! Includes the last ten episodes of ‘CatDog’s’ hilarious second season. Buy the Season 2, Part 2 DVD right here.


Mort (John Malkovich, Red, Secretariat), a Vietnam veteran, one-time poet and now a staggering drunk, decides to get his life together and returns to his family home in suburban Chicago after 20 years away in ‘Drunkboat.’ There his estranged sister Eileen (Dana Delany, Body of Proof, Desperate Housewives) still lives with her son Abe (Jacob Zachar, House M.D.). The teenager dreams of buying a boat and sailing with a friend from Lake Michigan to the Atlantic and beyond. Eileen is wary of her screwed up brother, but Abe finds a sympathetic ear in his downtrodden uncle and begins to manipulate the older man into helping him buy a sailboat from two shady operators (John Goodman of The Big Lebowski and Monsters Inc. and Jim Ortlieb, Contagion), who in addition to peddling rickety vessels also push wholesale liquor – just the thing Mort doesn’t need. Buy the DVD right here.

Iron Man: Armored Adventures

‘Iron Man: Armored Adventures’ follows Tony Stark, 16-year-old inventor and heir to the billion-dollar corporation Stark International, as he battles the enemies of world peace with his revolutionary armor technology. Growing up, Tony had always lived a life of luxury, but everything went horribly wrong when a tragic plane accident robbed him of his father and nearly cost him his own life. Eager to honor the memory of his dad, Tony now uses his suit of invincible armor  and technical know-how to protect those who would also fall prey to tragedy, corruption and conspiracy. Buy the Season 2, Part 2 DVD right here.

Any Last Words?

No one is safe from thyself in this new gritty action-packed western ‘Any Last Words?’ Based on the life of Bat Masterson, a real life cowboy from the late 1800s, ‘Any Last Words?’ has Bat, at a critical juncture, taking a look back at his life to decide if he should make the biggest decision of his life, to live or die. This classic American tale stars Tom Lagleder, Paul Tinder and Dimitrius Pulido. The DVD includes two behind-the-scenes featurettes. Buy the DVD right here.

Key & Peele

Want to meet Luther, President Obama’s anger translator? Or hang by the punch bowl with bar mitzvah sensations Dr. Dreidel and Gefilte Fresh? Whether it’s satirizing the president, spoofing Nazis, or ordering up some soul food, ‘Key & Peele‘ aren’t afraid to take on taboo subjects for the sake of comedy. Not that you need another reason, but if you don’t buy this Blu-ray or DVD, you’re racist. Bonus features include: More from Luther, Obama’s Anger Translator, Outtakes, Poolside Interview, Live at South Beach Comedy Festival and Audio Commentaries. Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray right here.

The Letter

Obsession can blur the lines of reality with the release of ‘The Letter’ on DVD. Written and directed by Jay Anania, ‘The Letter’ will make you question your reality. Academy Award nominees Winona Ryder and James Franco star in the mind-bending thriller about a playwright who begins to mentally unravel and cannot decide if she is the center of a manipulative plot or simply losing her grip on reality. Buy the DVD right here.


Referring to the fear of spiders, ‘Arachnophobia‘ features a particularly deadly species of spider that manages to make its way from the Venezuelan rain forest to a small California town, thanks to the many oversights of entomologist Julian Sands. Yuppie doctor Jeff Daniels, fed up with the dangers inherent in big-city living, has resettled in this town on the assumption that nothing untoward could ever happen here to himself and his family. Before long, however, Daniels is trying to make sense of a series of sudden deaths-and to figure out why each of the corpses has been drained of blood. The audience, of course, knows that the culprits are those pesky South American spiders, which grow larger with each kill. To make matters worse, Jeff Daniels suffers from a profound case of arachnophobia. John Goodman supports the cast as a slovenly exterminator, and Frank Marshall, longtime producer of Steven Spielberg’s films, makes his directorial debut in Arachnophobia. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Strippers vs. Werewolves

Legendary horror film star Robert Englund joins Billy Murray, Martin Kemp and Steven Berkoff in director Jonathan Glendening’s British horror comedy ‘Strippers vs. Werewolves,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD. The film also stars Adele Silva, Ali Bastian, and Barbara Nedeljakova as a trio of high-class strippers who must defend their club against a lawless, revenge-seeking pack of werewolves. A war between strippers and werewolves ensues when a member of a bloodthirsty pack of werewolves is murdered in a famous strip club. The girls who work there have until the next full moon before the wereweolves’ vicious leader sends his wolfs pack to hunt down the killers and seek retribution. Buy the Blu-ray right here.


Based on the wildly popular six-season Danish TV show of the same name, the internationally acclaimed and award-winning saga of debauchery ‘Klown’ is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. ‘Klown’ follows two wildly inappropriate friends (played by celebrated comedian Frank Hvam and Caspar Christensen) as they run amok through the Danish countryside plowing through social taboos, unspeakable debaucheries and absurd sexual encounters. Misguided Frank kidnaps the nephew of his pregnant girlfriend in an eager attempt to prove his fatherhood potential, while the sex-drive Caspar is determined to visit a world-renowned brothel. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Just Around the Corner

He grew up inspired by the music of Bruce Springsteen and other Jersey Shore rockers, and when tragedy struck, the stars paid back the love – with interest. Music promoter and manager Bob Benjamin’s heroic ongoing battle against Parkinson’s disease is recounted in the rousing and rocking ‘Just Around the Corner,’ now available on DVD from Virgil Films. Bob Benjamin was a young rock fan from New Rochelle, New York, who turned his love of the classic sounds of the Jersey Shore into a career that included music journalist, record promoter and eventually the manager of heartland musician Joe Grushecky. But in 1996, at the age of 38, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. A true fighter, Benjamin refused to let his physical problems hold him back. He continues to work in the music industry – and has spent years organizing must-see fund-raising concerts featuring some of music’s most respected performers. Buy the DVD right here.

Resident Evil: Damnation

As war wages in Eastern Europe, the use of Bio Organic Weapons (B.O.W.s) explode into a terrifying new dimension in ‘Resident Evil: Damnation,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD with UltraViolet. Based on CAPCOM’s multi-million dollar video game series and the live-action film franchise that has grossed nearly $700MM in worldwide box office, ‘Resident Evil: Damnation’ is the terrifying next chapter in the smash hit Resident Evil saga. After battling to stop the deadly G-Virus in Resident Evil: Degeneration, film and game series star “Leon S. Kennedy” returns for the ultimate battle against new B.O.W.s in an Eastern European nation torn by civil war. Directed by Makoto Kamiya (Resident Evil: Degeneration), ‘Resident Evil: Damnation’ is packed with the kind of eye-popping visuals and thrilling suspense Evil fans have come to expect. Buy the Blu-ray right here.


Following a tragic accident, a young woman is widowed and her life comes crashing down around her.  But when an unexpected romance rekindles her zest for life, she fights self-doubts and a host of other obstacles in ‘Delicacy,’ an internationally acclaimed romantic comedy starring the César-winning Audrey Tautou (The DaVinci Code, Amélie).  The 2012 theatrical release, adapted by David Foenkinos from his award-winning be st-seller “La Délicatesse”, is now available on DVD and Blu-ray from Cohen Media Group. The movie features Tautou as Nathalie, a beautiful, happy and successful Parisian business executive.  But when she’s suddenly widowed after a three-year marriage to her soul mate, her perfect world is destroyed.  To cope with the loss, she buries herself and her emotions in her work to the dismay of friends, family and co-workers. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Vampire Dog

SNL’s Norm MacDonald is the voice of Fang, a vampire dog that’s all bark and no bite in ‘Vampire Dog,’ a Dove-approved “tail” of friendship and courage arriving just in time for the Halloween season. Twelve-year-old Ace is just like any other new kid at school, until his grandfather from Transylvania dies and sends him his dog, Fang. Ace soon discovers that his gramps’ best friend is a 600-year-old, English-speaking vampire dog!  In one adventure after another, mad scientist Dr. Warhol and her bumbling assistant, Frank, try to capture Fang and steal his DNA in the hopes of developing the latest anti-aging technology.  But lucky for Ace, Fang manages to stay one step ahead of his pursuers. Meanwhile, along the way, an enduring friendship develops as Ace and Fang discover that, together, they can face their fears and do anything. ‘Vampire Dog’ airs this Halloween on Disney XD. Buy the DVD right here.

New York Mets 50th Anniversary Collector’s Set

Major League Baseball Productions and A+E Networks Home Entertainment present a one-of-a kind New York Mets treasure-trove with the ‘New York Mets 50th Anniversary Collector’s Set,’ featuring 10 DVDs with more than 24 hours of unforgettable moments and stirring performances by beloved players. Stunning historical images are framed with colorful commentary across 26 graphically-rich pages – the most comprehensive New York Mets celebration imaginable. Buy the DVD right here.

To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen’s Journey

‘To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen’s Journey’ tells the moving real-life story of a Eurasian girl from Hong Kong who while studying at London’s Royal Ballet School was spotted by famed movie producer Ray Stark and would captivate the world as Nancy Kwan, star of the 1960 classic The World of Suzie Wong. Kwan would follow that Academy Award-nominated motion picture debut the following year with the groundbreaking all-Asian Rodgers & Hammerstein hit musical Flower Drum Song. Kwan instantly become one of the most sought after young actresses in Hollywood and went on to star in more major movies opposite such leading men as Tony Curtis and Dean Martin. Buy the DVD right here.

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