New On DVD/Blu-ray This Week: Universal Classic Monsters, Dark Shadows, Cinderella

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Universal Classic Monsters

For the first time ever, eight of the most iconic cinematic masterpieces of the horror genre are available together on Blu-ray with the release of ‘Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection’. Digitally restored from high resolution film elements in perfect high-definition picture and perfect high-definition sound for the first time ever, ‘Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection’ brings together the very best of Universal’s legendary monsters—imaginative and technically groundbreaking tales of terror that launched a uniquely American movie genre. This definitive collection features eight films on Blu-ray, a collectible 48-page book featuring behind-the-scenes photographs, original posters, correspondence and much more. Each iconic film is accompanied by an array of bonus features that tell the fascinating story of its creation and history, including behind-the-scenes documentaries, filmmaker commentaries, interviews, storyboards, photo galleries, and trailers. Especially appealing for fans are a never-before-seen featurette about the restoration of Dracula and the first ever offering of Creature from the Black Lagoon in its restored Blu-ray 3D version. From the era of silent movies through the present day, Universal Pictures has been regarded as the home of the monsters. Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection honors the studio’s accomplishments with the most iconic monsters in motion-picture history including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Featuring performances by legends of the horror genre, including Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains and Elsa Lanchester, these eight iconic films also feature groundbreaking special effects and innovative makeup that continue to influence filmmakers into the 21st century. Sure to be a Halloween favorite for years to come, ‘Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection’ is the ideal gift for film buffs and horror aficionados alike. Buy the Essential Collection right here.

Dark Shadows

Director Tim Burton brings the cult classic series ‘Dark Shadows‘ to the big screen in a film featuring an all-star cast, led by Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter. In the year 1750, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from England to start a new life in America, where they build a fishing empire in the coastal Maine town that comes to carry their name: Collinsport. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of falling in love with a beauty named Josette DuPres (Bella Heathcote) and breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death—turning him into a vampire, and then burying him…alive. Nearly two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972, a stranger in an even stranger time. Returning to Collinwood Manor, he finds that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin, and the dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.


Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

An explosive mix of warriors, fugitives and assassins converge in the desert for a deadly showdown in ‘Flying Swords of Dragon Gate,’ the multi-award winning, martial arts epic reuniting genre master Tsui Hark (Once Upon a Time in China series, Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame) with legendary action icon Jet Li (The Expendables, Lethal Weapon IV, The Forbidden Kingdom) in an action-packed, visually-breathtaking cinematic experience now available on Blu-ray 3D. The tale continues the saga of the Dragon Inn three years after it was left in ruins. A new gang has taken control of the inn as they secretly search for the entrance to the lost city of gold that legend says is hidden within. Their furtive mission is interrupted by the arrival of a beautiful fugitive from the palace accompanied by the swordsman who would die to protect her, and a group of assassins who will stop at nothing to find her.  In additional the Jet Li, the exciting drama boasts a stellar cast, including Zhou Xun (Painted Skin: The Resurrection), Chen Kun (Let the Bullets Fly), Li Yuchun (Bodyguards and Assassins), Gwei Lun Mei (Secret), Mavis Fan (The Silent War) and Fan Siu Wong (Wu Dang). At the 2012 Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards, ‘Flying Swords of Dragon Gate’ won the Film of Merit award, while at the 2012 Hong Kong Film Awards, the film took home five statues, including Best Action Choreography and Best Visual Effects. Buy the 3D Blu-ray right here.

New Girl

New Girl‘ is a charming, offbeat comedy about friends, flings and modern relationships. After a bad breakup, free-spirited optimist Jess (Zooey Deschanel) moves in with three bachelors who have plenty of issues of their own. Winston (Lamorne Morris)  is a former athlete, Nick (Jake Johnson) is a law school dropout, and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) is a wannabe womanizer in life with…himself. Together with her super hot BFF Cece (Hannah Simone), this New Girl discovers that hanging out with the guys can be a challenging – and hilarious – adventure. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Downton Abbey

BS Distribution has released ‘Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey’ Seasons 1 and 2 on Blu-ray. This limited edition set is available just in time for the holidays. From the sinking of the Titanic to the First World War, fans purchasing this collection can watch as the secure and ordered world of Downton is rocked by romance, ambition and heartbreak. The ‘Downton Abbey’ phenomenon began in the fall of 2010 when it hit British airwaves. With an outstanding cast and excellent story penned by Academy Award-winner Julian Fellowes (“Gosford Park”), it captivated millions. Upon crossing the Atlantic, American viewers were soon hooked as well. Because of the series’ phenomenal popularity, PBS Distribution is offering a limited edition set that includes season 1 and season 2, in special collectable gift-set packaging. The run time of the set is 912 minutes on six discs for the DVD and five discs for the Blu-ray. Buy the Season 1 & 2 Blu-ray right here.

People Like Us

From the studio that brought you the award-winning blockbuster ‘The Help,’ comes an emotional and inspirational story about a young man’s journey of self discovery as he connects with a family he barely knows.  Starring Chris Pine (Star Trek), Elizabeth Banks (Hunger Games), Olivia Wilde (Tron) and Michelle Pfeiffer (Dark Shadows), “People Like Us’ is now available on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. Inspired by true life events, the ‘People Like Us‘ Blu-ray Combo Pack comes complete with bonus material that delves deeper into the story that inspired the making of this great film. These extras include audio commentary with filmmakers and talent, an extended scene of L.A.’s popular Henry Taco Stand featured in the film, deleted scenes and bloopers. ‘People Like Us’ is directed/produced by Alex Kurtzman (Cowboys & Aliens, The Proposal, Star Trek, TV’s “Hawaii Five-O”), written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci (Transformers, Star Trek, Cowboys & Aliens) and Jody Lambert (her first writing debut) and composed by award-winning composer A.R. Rahman (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire). Chris Pine, who plays Sam, is a twenty-something, fast-talking salesman whose latest deal collapses the day he learns his father has suddenly died. Against his wishes, Sam is called home to put his father’s estate in order and reconnect with his estranged family. While there, he uncovers a startling secret that turns his entire world upside down — he has a 30-year-old sister (Banks) he never knew existed. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

How I Met Your Mother

With both a baby and a wedding on the way, change is in the air and awesomeness abounds in the hilariously unpredictable Season 7 of ‘How I Met Your Mother.’ As Marshall and Lily move away to start their family, Ted continues the search for the woman of his dreams. Meanwhile, Robin reveals a shocking secret and special guest star Katie Holmes joins the fun in the long-awaited return of the Slutty Pumpkin! And, wedding bells ringing at last for confirmed bachelor Barney, but why is he wearing that ridiculous ducky tie, and just who is the “lucky” lady? Buy the Season 7 DVD right here.


One of the longest running and most popular of all television westerns, Bonanza returns as The Official Fourth Season, Volume One and Volume Two ride onto DVD. ‘Bonanza‘ follows the High Sierra adventures of the Cartwright family, wise patriarch Ben Cartwright (Lorne Greene) and his three sons, Adam (Pernell Roberts), Hoss (Dan Blocker) and “Little Joe” (Michael Landon), as they attempt to maintain and operate their sprawling timberland ranch, the Ponderosa, in an era of violence and lawlessness in 19th century Nevada. Fans can now enjoy the show that mixes action and adventure with personal relationships and emotions – a quality has helped it stand the test of time with generations of viewers. Buy the Season 4 combo pack right here.

Sound of My Voice

Pete and Lorna endure rigorous preparations in order to infiltrate a highly secretive cult and confront its mysterious leader (Brit Marling), who claims to be a visitor from the future on a crucial mission. Christopher Denham and Nicole Vicius also star. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.


The fourth season of the hit series ‘90210‘ follows the group from West Beverly as they navigate life after high school. Their journey into adulthood will find them heading in different directions, while trying to keep the same closeness that worked so well for them in high school. Coming from a world of glamour and privilege, with endless possibilities in front of them, anything can happen. All in all, it’s just another day in the world’s most famous zip code. Filled with all the edgy drama fans love, this 6-disc set contains exclusive bonus features including deleted scenes, set tours and more. Buy the Season 4 DVD right here.

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Magic City

Magic City‘ is a chronicle of life in and around a luxury hotel in Miami Beach circa 1959, where the manager contends with celebrity guests; politicians and bigwigs; shady characters; and a local mob boss. Jeffrey Dean Morgan (‘Supernatural,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy’) stars on the Starz hit, which has been renewed for a second season. Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray right here.


The Princess Bride

Based on William Goldman’s novel of the same name, ‘The Princess Bride‘ is staged as a book read by grandfather (Peter Falk) to his ill grandson (Fred Savage). Falk’s character assures a romance-weary Savage that the book has much more to deliver than a simpering love story, including but not limited to fencing, fighting, torture, death, true love, giants, and pirates. Indeed, The Princess Bride offers a tongue-in-cheek fairy tale depicting stable boy-turned-pirate Westley’s journey to rescue Buttercup (Robin Wright), his true love, away from the evil prince (Chris Sarandon), whom she had agreed to marry five years after learning of what she had believed to be news of Westley’s death. With help from Prince Humperdinck’s disgruntled former employee Miracle Max (Billy Crystal), swordsman Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin), and a very large man named Fezzik (Andre the Giant), the star-crossed lovers are reunited. Buy the 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray right here.

Kidnap & Ransom

Created by Patrick Harbinson, writer of Persons of Interest, 24, ER, and Law & Order: SVU, comes the gripping series ‘Kidnap & Ransom: Complete Series 1 & 2,’ now available on DVD. Featuring outstanding casts and a gritty, realistic feel, the series revolves around master negotiator Dominic King (Trevor Eve, Waking the Dead) as he travels to exotic locales to bring kidnapping victims home, offering a captivating look inside a dangerous business. Filmed on location in South Africa, the series also stars Helen Baxendale (Cold Feet, Friends, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman) and Natasha Little (Case Histories, Young James Herriot), with guest stars John Hannah (The Mummy, Spartacus), Patrick Baladi (The Office, U.K.), and Sharon Small (The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, About a Boy). Two seasons of the program have aired on ITV (2011-12), but this release makes it available to U.S. audiences for the first time. The DVD 2-Disc set includes the complete six episodes from Series 1 and 2, plus bonus interview with Trevor Eve (10 min.), introduction by writer Michael Crompton, and more. This taut series from creator Patrick Harbinson examines the alarming rise of international kidnapping with gripping realism. From the first phone call with kidnappers to risky excursions into exotic and dangerous locales, negotiator Dominic King places himself in the line of fire to bring the victims home. Played with steely restraint by veteran actor Trevor Eve, King has a brash negotiating style that lands him in hot water with publicity-minded police and politicians. His unconventional tactics also draw ire from the British Foreign Office, as well as his wife, Sophie (Natasha Little), and business partner, Angela (Helen Baxendale). Buy the Complete Series 1 & 2 right here.


Perhaps the most terrifying human relationship is the one between a serial killer and his target. But what if it starts that way, and becomes something…more? From the visionary mind of director Jennifer Lynch (Boxing Helena, Surveillance, Hisss) comes the dark fable ‘Chained,’ now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD from Anchor Bay Films. With a stellar cast including Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket, Men In Black, “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”), Gina Phillips (Jeepers Creepers, “Ally McBeal”) Conor Leslie (“90210”), Evan Bird (“The Killing”), with Jake Weber (Dawn of the Dead, “Medium”) and Julia Ormand (My Week With Marilyn, “Mad Men,” The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), ‘Chained’ is an unforgettable ride into the darkness that can reside in the human heart – no matter what your age. The Chained Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD also includes, as a bonus feature, the scene that prompted the MPAA give the film an NC-17 rating. Coming home from a routine trip to the movies, eight-year-old Tim (Bird) and his mother, Sarah (Ormond) are picked up by a psychopathic cab driver named Bob (D’Onofrio). It ends up being their last ride together. Bob murders the young boy’s mother and keeps Tim as his unwilling protégée, making him clean up the mess following each murder he commits. After a couple of aborted escape attempts, Bob chains Tim – now renamed Rabbit — allowing just enough length to move freely within the house. As the years pass, Bob starts instructing Rabbit, teaching him anatomy and human behavior. Now a teenager, Rabbit (Eamon Farren, X: Night of Vengeance) is slowly being pressed by Bob to start his own homicidal spree. Slowly but surely, he must soon choose whether to follow in Bob’s serial killer footsteps or make one final, desperate attempt to break free…Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

David Blaine – Decade of Magic

He has been encased in a massive block of ice, stood on a pole for days high above the streets of New York, and been entombed below a 3-ton filled water tank, among other mind-boggling feats. Guinness World Record holder David Blaine doesn’t use any smoke or mirrors to astound audiences, just amazing dexterity, skill and bravery, often risking his safety to give crowds something they’ve truly never seen before. Blaine has been a world-renowned magician from the moment he burst on the scene with his 1997 ABC television special, Street Magic, in which he established his unique approach to magic: the cameras focused not just on his performance, but on the open-mouthed reactions of his audience of passersby. ‘David Blaine – A Decade of Magic’ contains three subsequent landmark TV specials, Drowned Alive, What Is Magic? and Vertigo; it is the first homevideo release of Blaine performances in over a decade. Buy the DVD right here.

Thomas & Sarah

The follow-up to the blockbuster British series, Upstairs, Downstairs, ‘Thomas & Sarah,’ is now available on DVD, starring real-life couple John Alderton (Little Dorrit, Calendar Girls) and Oscar nominee Pauline Collins (Shirley Valentine), as two of the series’ most colorful characters: the wily chauffeur and the sassy cockney parlor maid. In these 13 episodes, the scheming pair embarks on adventures of smuggling, swindling, matchmaking, and magic. Thomas & Sarah aired on ITV in the U.K. in 1979 but never broadcast in the U.S. No longer in service, Thomas and Sarah have left Eaton Place for a new life on their own. When the series begins, the pair have split up: she works as a companion to a wealthy woman, while he’s a poor mechanic wanting to become a car salesman. Then Thomas goes in search of Sarah, hoping to win her back and advance his own ambitions. The two opportunists embark on adventures of smuggling, matchmaking, magic, cons, and the ups and downs of their own star-crossed romance. The series features guest appearances by Anton Rodgers (Fresh Fields) and Nigel Hawthorne (The Madness of King George). Buy the DVD right here.

Confessions of an Opium Eater

Vincent Price faces the death of 1,000 cuts in the delirious pulp adventure ‘Confessions of an Opium Eater,’ directed by Touch of Evil producer Albert Zugsmith. Returning to San Francisco after a long stay in the Orient, two-fisted mercenary Gilbert De Quincey (Price) finds himself caught in the midst of a Tong war. Descending deep below the surface of Chinatown, he plays one side against the other in a daring attempt to break up a human trafficking ring, where slave girls are auctioned for opium. A surreal, rip-roaring yarn packed with evil drug lords, secret passageways, illicit opium dens and more, Confessions of an Opium Eater is not to be missed. Buy the DVD at

Iron Sky

In the last moments of World War II, a secret Nazi space program evaded destruction by fleeing to the Dark Side of the Moon. During the following 70 years of utter secrecy, the Nazis constructed a gigantic space fortress with a massive armada of flying saucers.  Their plan: travel back to Earth and re-colonize the planet.  And in the not-too-distant future, mankind’s greatest enemy is no longer history as the Reich strikes back in the eagerly-anticipated worldwide box office phenomenon ‘Iron Sky,’ which has enjoyed a U.S. theatrical release in over 75 markets, and is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. When American astronaut James Washington (Christopher Kirby) puts down his Lunar Lander a bit too close to the secret Nazi base, the Moon Führer (Udo Kier) decides the glorious moment of retaking the Earth has arrived sooner than expected. Washington claims the mission is just a publicity stunt for the President of the United States (Stephanie Paul), but what else could the man be but a scout for the imminent attack by Earth forces?  The Fourth Reich must act, so two Nazi officers, ruthless Klaus Adler (Götz Otto) and idealistic Renate Richter (Julia Dietze), travel to Earth to prepare the invasion.  In the end when the Moon Nazi UFO armada darkens the skies, ready to strike at the unprepared Earth, every man, woman and nation alike, must re-evaluate their priorities.Buy the Blu-ray right here.


The year is 1976. Montreal is booming, and there are whispers that Quebec may attempt to secede from Canada. Self-indulgence has become the gold standard, and as young people flood into nightclubs in search of the good life, seven bold Canadians hatch a plan that will shake up the system and make them wealthy beyond their wildest fantasies in ‘Funkytown.’ Raymond bouchard, Francois Letourneau, Paul Doucet, and Patrick Huard star. Buy the DVD right here.

Masters of the Universe

Dolph Lundgren stars in the  live-action film version of the popular television cartoon series (based on a collection of Mattel action figures) ‘Masters of the Universe.’ Lundgren is He-Man, a well-muscled super-hero, battling the evil Skeletor (Frank Langella) for control of the universe. Skeletor has designs on conquering the planet Eternia, a ravaged utopia ruled over by the Sorceress of Greyskull Castle (Christina Pickles). He-Man is summoned to stop Skeletor’s plans. But when the wily dwarf Gwildor (Billy Barty) utilizes his Cosmic Key, He-Man and Skeletor finds themselves transported to California. There, a waitress named Julie (Courteney Cox) and her boyfriend Kevin (Robert Duncan Mitchell) come across the Cosmic Key and become embroiled in the intergalactic battle between He-Man and Skeletor. Buy the 25th Anniversary Blu-ray right here.

Saban’s VR Troopers

Prepare to join the action and relive the action adventures of Ryan Steele, Kaitlin Star and J.B. Reese, three young heroes with extraordinary powers enabling them to transform into virtual superheroes – the VR Troopers. Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Saban Brands, unleashes Saban’s VR Troopers: Season One, Volume One 3-DVD set. Featuring the first 26 action-packed episodes from the first season,this collectible DVD set is a must-have for fans, kids and collectors. When VR Troopers premiered in 1994, it was the first children’s series to take viewers into a world of virtual reality. In this exciting action-packed live-action series, three seemingly ordinary teens face the challenge of saving the world from total domination by a powerful ruthless industrialist and his evil alter-ego. With the gift of “inter-reality travel” the teens utilize the power to transform into crime-fighting superheroes and enter the high-tech sphere of Virtual Reality. They employ their strengths, explosive martial arts skills and newfound superpowers to prevent the evil Grimlord and his mutantarmies from escaping the virtual plane and entering the real world. Buy the Season 1, Volume 1 DVD right here.

Boris Karloff: The Sorcerers

Boris Karloff is at his mesmerizing best in this hypnotic chiller costarring Catherine Lacey (The Lady Vanishes) and directed by Michael Reeves (Witchfinder General). A disgraced hypnotist, Professor Marcus Monserret (Karloff) is about to have the last laugh. Inventing a machine that can control the minds of others, he lures Mike Roscoe (Ian Ogilvy) to his dingy flat to take part in a grand experiment. Discovering he can experience Mike’s sensations as well as his actions, Monserret envisions his device as a boon to science. His maniacal wife (Lacey), however, embittered by years of poverty, soon overpowers her husband and proceeds to use Mike for her own selfish gain. The rarest of the three films directed by the gifted Reeves before his untimely passing, The Sorcerers is a unique work of genius. Buy the DVD at

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Hart of Dixie

Watch out BlueBell, Alabama, there’s a new girl in town. Warner Home Video brings you the series that has touched the hearts of millions of viewers, ‘Hart of Dixie: The Complete First Season.’ Rachel Bilson (The O.C.) leads a stellar ensemble cast in this fish-out-of-water comedic drama about small-town living, big-city attitudes and complicated love triangles. Executive produced by Leila Gerstein (Gossip Girl), Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl, Chuck, The O.C.), Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl, The O.C.), Len Goldstein and Donald Todd (Samantha Who?, Ugly Betty, Caroline in the City), Hart of Dixie also stars, Jaime King (Gary Unmarried), Wilson Bethel (Generation Kill) and Cress Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), with Tim Matheson (The West Wing) and Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights). The five-disc set includes all 22 episodes from the first season, plus exclusive extra content, including the “Straight from the Hart of Dixie” featurette, a gag reel, and deleted scenes. ‘Hart of Dixie’ follows the story of New York surgeon Dr. Zoe Hart (Bilson), who unexpectedly finds herself a general practitioner in the tiny town of BlueBell, Alabama — a place where she will learn to be a better doctor, a better person and maybe even fall in love. Hart of Dixie is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Fake Empire, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.


Seance: The Summoning

From an executive producer of ‘Hellraiser,’ and in the vein of ‘The Rite’ and ‘The Last Exorcism,’ comes a new satanic horror film ‘Seance: The Summoning,’ now available on DVD. When a college know-it-all challenges an amateur medium to hold a seance in a morgue, satanic forces take control of the night. Written and directed by Alex Wright, the film stars Bobby Campo, Nazneen Contractor and Chris Olivero. Loaded with thrilling suspense, the DVD includes “The Making of Seance: The Summoning” featurette. Buy the DVD right here.

Cowgirls ‘N Angels

Headstrong young rodeo rider Ida (Bailee Madison) tours the western circuit with the Sweethearts of the Rodeo while seeking her long-lost father, and she also strikes up an unexpected friendship with legendary trick rider Terence Parker (James Cromwell) in ‘Cowgirls ‘N Angels.’ Along the way, Ida develops a powerful love of horses that gives newfound meaning to her life. Buy the DVD at Walmart.

War of the Roses

Divorce lawyer Danny De Vito warns his prospective client that the story he’s about to tell isn’t a pretty one, but the client listens with eager intensity — as do the folks out there in the movie in the audience. The ‘War of the Roses‘ can best be described as a slapstick tragedy concerning the decline and literal fall of a marriage. After 17 years, Oliver (Michael Douglas) and Barbara (Kathleen Turner) Rose want a divorce. Not for this couple is there anything resembling a “civilized understanding”: Barbara wants their opulent house, and Oliver isn’t about to part with the domicile. Barbara nails the basement door shut while Oliver is downstairs, Oliver disrupts Barbara’s fancy party by taking aim at the catered dinner, Barbara lays waste to Oliver’s sports car….and so it goes, culminating in a disastrous showdown around, about and under the living room’s fancy chandelier. DeVito and screenwriter Michael Leeson never let us forget that the couple’s self-indulgent imbroglio exacts an awful price upon their children (Sean Astin and Heather Fairfield). The War of the Roses was adapted from the novel by Warren Adler. Buy the Signature Series Blu-ray right here.

General Education

Rising stars Chris Sheffield (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) and Maiara Walsh (TV’s “Switched At Birth”) star in Director Tom Morris’ (Ship Wrecked Cove) coming-of-age comedy ‘General Education,’ now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download. Levi Collins (Sheffield) is in jeopardy of losing his college scholarship after failing his science class in his final year of high school. Forced to attend summer school, he finds himself in class with his crush Katie (Walsh) and sparring with a strict teacher and bully. In order to hide his big secret from his parents, Levi must choose between preparing for a tennis tournament and a receiving proper education. The film also stars Janeane Garofalo (TV’s “24,” “The Larry Sanders Show”), Elaine Hendrix (Disney’s The Parent Trap), Larry Miller (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, TV’s “10 Things I Hate About You”) and McKaley Miller (upcoming The Iceman, TV’s “Hart of Dixie”). Bonus features include the behind-the-scenes featurette “The Making of General Education,” outtakes and commentary from Director Tom Morris and co-writers Jaz Kalkat and Elliot Feld. Buy the DVD right here.

The Face of Fu Manchu

The world can breathe easier. Fu Manchu, the crimelord who knows the hidden powers of the mind, is dead. No less than Scotland Yard’s Nayland Smith witnessed the execution. But beware. Don’t expect Fu Manchu to die so conveniently when there’s still so much evil to perpetrate. Christopher Lee plays the malevolent anti hero of the popular Sax Rohmer novels for the first time in The Face of Fu Manchu. World domination is the ingenious fiend’s goal, one increasingly within his long-nailed grasp now that he’s discovered a secret potion so toxic that one drop can kill thousands. Pay heed, you Nayland Smiths of the world: The forces of evil are very much alive! Are you so foolish as to believe you can oppose the will of Fu Manchu? Buy the DVD at

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Pet Sematary

A doctor dabbles in magical resurrection with horrific consequences in the supernatural thriller ‘Pet Sematary,’ adapted from the novel by Stephen King. When Dr. Louis Creed (Dale Midkiff) and his family move from Chicago to an old farmhouse in rural Maine, their only concern is the busy highway that flanks their new home. Louis’ family — wife Rachel (Denise Crosby), daughter Ellie (Blaze Berdahl), and toddler Gage (Miko Hughes) — soon meet kindly old duffer Jud Crandall (Fred Gwynne), who introduces them all to the local attractions, including a pet cemetary built on the remains of a Native American burial ground. When Rachel and the kids head off to visit Louis’ in-laws, Ellie’s cat gets flattened by a truck. Jud counsels Louis to bury it in the old Indian portion of the cemetary; the next day, it returns from the dead, carrying with it the stink of the earth and a decidedly bad attitude. Shortly thereafter, Louis is tempted to use the cemetary’s magical powers again when his son suffers a tragic accident. A snarling kitty, it turns out, is nothing compared to the horror of a little boy with no soul and a taste for scalpels. In addition to adapting his own novel for the screen, writer King appeared in a brief cameo as the minister presiding over Gage’s funeral. Director Mary Lambert would return with Pet Sematary Two. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Tom & Jerry: Robin Hood and his Merry Mouse

The beloved tale of the mythical hero, Robin Hood serves as the setting for Tom and Jerry’s latest adventure in Tom & Jerry: Robin Hood and his Merry Mouse, an all-new, original, animated film from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group. A fresh take on the classic story, Tom & Jerry: Robin Hood and his Merry Mouse is an action-packed family film filled with laugh-out-loud moments and fur-flying exploits that only our favorite cat and mouse duo can deliver! The tussling twosome are at it again, when Jerry, as the smallest member of Robin Hood’s gang encounters Tom, a feline squire to Maid Marian. Not only are the cat and mouse from opposite sides of the moat, but Tom is secretly working as a spy for the Sheriff of Nottingham and evil Prince John. But when the villains succeed in capturing Robin, Tom realizes to his horror that they intend on harming Marian as well.  So he joins forces with Jerry, not only saving their respective humans but allowing for the safe return of King Richard as well. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Adventure Time: Jake vs. Me-Mow

Fans of Cartoon Network’s smash hit series ‘Adventure Time’ can own a collection of their own favorite episodes plus the iconic hat worn by one of its stars. ‘Adventure Time: Jake vs. Me-Mow’ includes the best-selling recently-released -not to mention bonus-filled ‘Adventure Time The Complete First Season’ DVD, as well as episodic releases, ‘Adventure Time: My Two Favorite People” and “Adventure Time: It Came From the Nightosphere.” Buy the DVD right here.

Peace, Love and Misunderstanding

The sleepy town of Woodstock, New York, has long evoked memories of the bygone era of hippies and flower power, but little has changed there in 40 years – at least according to the hilarious and heartwarming ‘Peace, Love and Misunderstanding.’ The comedy-drama, starring Catherine Keener, Elizabeth Olsen and, in a stunning comeback performance, Jane Fonda, is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. When her husband tells her he wants a divorce, devastated Manhattan lawyer Diane (Oscar nominee Catherine Keener, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Being John Malkovich, Capote) heads upstate with her two teens to Woodstock to stay with her estranged flower-child mother, Grace (Oscar winner Jane Fonda, On Golden Pond, Klute, Georgia Rule). In the charming and historic village filled with AARP hippies, salted hot chocolate and lakes to skinny-dip in, Diane and her city kids get a new perspective on life; poetry-reading daughter Zoe (breakout star Elizabeth Olsen of Martha Marcy May Marlene and Liberal Arts) becomes interested in a sensitive young butcher (Chace Crawford, Gossip Girl), nerdy Jake (Nat Wolff, The Naked Brothers Band) finds material for his first film project, and Diane herself grows close to a handsome carpenter/singer (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Magic City, P.S. I Love You). Most importantly, Diane has the chance to end the ancient war with the mother she has not seen for decades. Buy the DVD right here.

The Lady

“She is a hero of mine and a source of inspiration”, said Barack Obama of “The Lady of Rangoon” Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s national heroine.   And Desmond Tutu said, “In physical stature she is petite and elegant, but in moral stature she is a giant”. ‘The Lady,’ from director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Leon: The Professional), details the epic and extraordinary story of Suu Kyi and her remarkable struggles to bring democracy to her country.  Starring Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Tomorrow Never Dies) and David Thewlis (Harry Potter series, Kingdom of Heaven), this acclaimed 2012 U.S. theatrical release is now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Cohen Media Group. A story of devotion and human understanding set against a backdrop of political turmoil that continues today, ‘The Lady’ is based on Suu Kyi’s riveting and ongoing true story as the woman at the core of Burma’s democratic movement.  A tale of love and longing between Suu Kyi and her husband, Michal Aris (Thewlis), this powerful drama plays out against imprisonment, long separations and Burma’s dangerously hostile regime.  Written over a period of three years by Rebecca Frayn, interviews with key figures in Suu Kyi’s entourage enabled her, for the very first time, to reconstruct the true story of Burma’s national heroine. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Royal Rescue

Lady Knight Dora is joined by the the legendary Don Quixote in the brand new DVD, ‘Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Royal Rescue.’ The DVD includes a double-length, never-before-aired episode, “Dora’s Royal Rescue,” which features the voices of Andy Garcia as Don Quixote and Placido Domingo as Malambruno. Also included, is the new-to-DVD episode, “Dora’s Knighthood Adventure,” which features the voice of Garcia as Don Quixote. Buy the DVD right here.

Transformers Rescue Bots: Roll to the Rescue

From the creators of Transformers Prime comes an all-new animated series ‘Transformers Rescue Bots,’ created specifically for the younger generation of Transformers fans by Hasbro Studios. Emphasizing the importance of teamwork and heroism, this hit show brings action, adventure, heart and humor, and follows a group of Autobots assigned by Optimus Prime to serve and protect mankind. Kids and families will be entertained by the adventures of the Rescue Bots – Heatwave, Boulder, Blades and Chase. Buy the DVD right here.


Featuring sharp scripts, strong performances, and an enjoyable mix of comedy and crime solving, ‘Vexed, Series 1’ is now available on DVD. Toby Stephens (Jane Eyre, Die Another Day, Wired) and Lucy Punch (Doc Martin, Bad Teacher) provide a fresh approach to the police procedural as two mismatched police detectives who banter and bicker their way through London’s toughest cases. Broadcast on BBC Two in 2010 and commissioned for a second series to broadcast later in 2012, Vexed has not aired in the U.S. and is available to U.S. audiences for the first time with this DVD release. Toby Stephens is DI Jack Armstrong, and Lucy Punch plays DI Kate Bishop. He’s lazy, disorganized, charming, and more interested in having a good time than solving crimes. She’s dedicated, efficient, determined to succeed at her new job, and worried that her marriage might be falling apart. Thrown together as partners on the London police force, the two mismatched detectives solve crimes with more luck than skill, bickering and bantering along the way. Buy the Series 1 DVD right here.

We Are the Hartmans

The little guys rise up against The Man – or rather, two women – in ‘We Are the Hartmans,’ a potent indie comedy about the haves and have-nots that comes along at a critical juncture in American history. The rocking, feel-good movie, starring Richard Chamberlain as a pot-smoking club owner, now available on DVD. When the owner of Hartman’s Rock Club (Richard Chamberlain) falls ill, his estranged family swoops into town to sell the club and collect the money. What they don’t expect is a full-scale neighborhood rebellion by the eccentric musicians, drunks and drag queens that frequent the club. Buy the DVD right here.

Wall Street

“Greed is Good.” This is the credo of the aptly named Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), the antihero of Oliver Stone’s ‘Wall Street.’ Gekko, a high-rolling corporate raider, is idolized by young-and-hungry broker Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen). Inveigling himself into Gekko’s inner circle, Fox quickly learns to rape, murder and bury his sense of ethics. Only when Gekko’s wheeling and dealing causes a near-tragedy on a personal level does Fox “reform”-though his means of destroying Gekko are every bit as underhanded as his previous activities on the trading floor. Director Stone, who cowrote Wall Street with Stanley Weiser, has claimed that the film was prompted by the callous treatment afforded his stockbroker father after 50 years in the business; this may be why the film’s most compelling scenes are those between Bud Fox and his airline mechanic father (played by Charlie Sheen’s real-life dad Martin). Ironically, Wall Street was released just before the October, 1987 stock market crash. Buy the Signature Series Blu-ray right here.

Sea Level

Every year millions of fish are born, but this year, to save his family, Pup will have to find a way to go where no fish has gone before. Enjoy an underwater adventure  the whole family will enjoy with the release of ‘Sea Level’ on DVD. In this heart-warming tale, a young shark must venture out of the ocean he knows to save his family from poachers. And after the adventure, explore the special features, including a behind-the-scenes featurett plus a closer look at the sculpture design and concept art. Buy the DVD right here.

After Dusk They Come

A group of friends set out on a luxury yacht for a gorgeous island vacation in ‘After Dusk They Come.’ But they soon realize that they have veered off-course to a strange uncharted island. After a horrific boat crash shipwrecks them in the dense jungle, it quickly becomes evident that they are not the first to arrive to their new island prison. Instead, an unknown, cannibalistic beast stalks the group from the shadows, picking them off one-by-one. Buy the DVD right here.


A family returns to their favorite winter getaway for some peaceful ice fishing little suspecting that they are about to become bait for a hideous underwater creature in ‘Hypothermia,’ a bloody and bone-chilling shocker now available on DVD. Ray Pelletier (Michael Rooker, The Walking Dead, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Slither) is looking forward to a quiet weekend of ice fishing with his family at the same peaceful lake they’ve been visiting for years. Unfortunately for the Pelletiers, the obnoxious big-city father-son duo of Steve and Stevie Cote has picked the same weekend to spend at the remote frozen spot. The fishermen quickly notice that the fish below the thick ice aren’t biting, and Ray thinks the Cotes’ state-of-the-art gear, including a loud ice drill, has scared them all away. But the two families’ petty squabbles are soon eclipsed by a much greater enemy: Something unnatural and ferocious is under the ice and its prey is human. Miles from civilization and with only a few inches separating them from the freezing water below, the Pelletiers and the Cotes must find a way to work together to fight the vicious creature that’s out to hunt them. Buy the DVD right here.

She’s The One

She’s The One‘ is the second film by actor/director Ed Burns, his first being The Brothers McMullen. The two Fitzpatrick brothers, Mickey (Ed Burns) and Francis (Mike McGlone), would appear to have little in common, as the older is a rather volatile cab driver, the younger is a very settled stockbroker. Just prior to the time of the film, Mickey, after a whirlwind romance, married Hope (Maxine Bahns), one of his passengers. Francis has been married to his lifelong sweetheart (Jennifer Aniston) for some time. However, they are both very competitive about Heather (Cameron Diaz), an old flame of Mickey’s. Mickey, who was once her fiance, left her when he found out she was sleeping with someone else. At the time of the story, Heather just happens to become a passenger in Mickey’s cab, and they decide to finish exchanging belongings left over from their break-up. When Heather gives Francis (her current lover) the watch Mickey just returned to her, complications multiply. Buy the Signature Series Blu-ray right here.

Breast Cancer: The Path of Wellness & Hearing

Breast cancer is a very challenging illness, but healing and a cure are often possible. To inform and inspire women during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, ‘Breast Cancer: The Path of Wellness and Hearing’ is now available on DVD. This landmark documentary reveals how top medical treatment plus ancient and modern healing techniques can help you succeed on the path of breast cancer recovery. Buy the DVD right here.

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