New On DVD/Blu-ray This Week: Columbo, Madagascar 3, Mad Men, Alcatraz, Touch

'Columbo: The Complete Series' (Universal Studios Home Entertainment)


Legendary Peter Falk is a four-time Primetime Emmy Award-winner for his iconic role as the beloved, trenchcoat-wearing Police Lieutenant Columbo. Columbo is the landmark series that inspired a genre. And now, for the first time ever, all 69 episodes from its seven seasons and all 24 television movies are together in this 34-disc anthology. ‘Columbo: The Complete Series’ is now available from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Every criminal, every innocent victim (and some not-so-innocent ones), and every wily deduction are here in one definitive collection. Seemingly befuddled but always brilliant, the cigar-chomping detective will have you following the clues and asking “just one more thing” until the last case is cracked.  Columbo: The Complete Series includes 3 bonus episodes from the TV spin-off Mrs. Columbo and the featurette “America’s Top Sleuths: A countdown of the top sleuths in television and film.”  Guest stars over the series include Dick Van Dyke (The Dick Van Dyke Show), William Shatner (Star Trek), Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek), Martin Sheen (The West Wing), Vincent Price (Masterpiece Mystery), and Janet Leigh (Psycho). Enjoy all seven seasons of the television show and all 24 television movies in one collectible package, just in time for the holidays!Buy the Complete Series right here.

Madagascar 3

DreamWorks Animation’s blockbuster ‘Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted’ is now available on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and DVD. Packed with non-stop laughs and zany adventure, the hilariously funny smash hit surpassed its predecessors at the global box office with more than $630 million in ticket sales and received an ‘A’ CinemaScore from delighted audiences. Featuring a sensational, all-star cast of voice talent including Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, Martin Short, Bryan Cranston, Jessica Chastain and Frances McDorman, this movie delivers hysterical entertainment that the whole family can enjoy. Buy the Blu-ray 3D combo pack right here.

Mad Men

The men and women of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce are back with all-new drama inside and outside of the office. From creator Matthew Weiner (HBO’s “The Sopranos”) and featuring a stellar cast including Jon Hamm (Friends with Kids), Elisabeth Moss (TV’s “The West Wing”), Christina Hendricks (I Don’t Know How She Does It) and January Jones (X-Men: First Class), ‘Mad Men‘ Season Five is now available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and Digital Download. The AMC premiere of Season Five was the most watched ‘Mad Men’ episode ever, up over 21% from the previous season premiere. ‘Mad Men’ continues to establish itself as one of the most honored series in television history, winning its fourth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series last year, a milestone achieved by only three other shows in history (TV’s “Hill Street Blues,” TV’s “L.A. Law,” TV’s “The West Wing”). The hit series also stars Vincent Kartheiser (In Time), John Slattery (The Adjustment Bureau), Jessica Paré (Lost and Delirious), Robert Morse (TV’s “City of Angels”), Kiernan Shipka (Carriers), Aaron Stanton (August Rush), Rich Sommer (The Devil Wears Prada) and Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows). The 3-disc Blu-ray and 4-disc DVD are packed with special features, including extensive commentaries and innovative featurettes examining the time period and culture of the ‘Mad Men’ era. Buy the Season 5 Blu-ray right here.


Alcatraz‘ closed decades ago, but trouble still seems to resurface around the penitentiary for San Francisco Detectve Madsen, Alcatraz expert “Doc” Soto and the mysterious agent Emerson Hauser. In ‘Alcatraz: The Complete Series,’ fans get to experience all of the action and suspense from the series that attracted more than 6.7 million viewers per episode and a Critics’ Choice Television Award nomination for “Most Exciting New Series.” The set chronicles the mystery of the “63s” – the forgotten prisoners – who mysteriously disappeared from Alcatraz Island Federal Penitentiary in 1963. Now, unexplainably, these criminals are returning to the streets of San Francisco to repeat their grisly crimes – not a day older than when they initially disappeared almost 50 years ago. Buy the complete series Blu-ray right here.


Martin Bohm (Kiefer Sutherland) is a widower and single father who is haunted by an inability to connect to his emotionally challenged 11-year–old son Jake. But when Martin discovers that Jake can predict events before they happen, everything changes in Season 1 of the hit Fox drama ‘Touch.’ Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.


The hugely popular television classic returns to DVD with ‘Gunsmoke: The Sixth Season, Volume Two.’ James Arness stars as U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon, who works to keep the peace in the outlaw-filled town of Dodge City. Every day Marshal Dillon protects citizens from the hardships of the Wild West including cattle rustling, gun fights, brawls and land fraud. Such situations call for sound judgment and brave actions – of which Marshal Dillon has plenty. Buy the Season 6, Volume 2 DVD right here.

Chernobyl Diaries

Chernobyl Diaries‘ is an original story from Oren Peli, who first terrified audiences with his groundbreaking thriller, ‘Paranormal Activity.’ The film follows a group of six young vacationers who, looking to go off the beaten path, hire an “extreme” tour guide. Ignoring warnings, he takes them into the city of Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, but a deserted town since the disaster more than 25 years ago. After a brief exploration of the abandoned city, however, the group soon finds themselves stranded, only to discover that they are not alone…Brad Parker makes his feature film directorial debut with “Chernobyl Diaries.” The screenplay was written by Oren Peli and Carey Van Dyke & Shane Van Dyke, based on a story by Peli. Peli also produces, with Brian Witten. Richard Sharkey, Rob Cowan, Andrew A. Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Allison Silver, Milan Popelka and Alison Cohen serve as executive producers. The film’s cast includes Devin Kelley, Jonathan Sadowski, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Olivia Taylor Dudley, and Jesse McCartney. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

I Love Lucy

TV’s first great sitcom centered on a zany New York housewife who wants desperately to get into showbiz and her Cuban bandleader husband who has his hands full trying to dissuade her in ‘I Love Lucy.’ Also getting caught up in their shenanigans were the Mertzes, their landlords and best friends. A pioneer for being filmed before a studio audience with multiple cameras, the top-rated series racked up 180 episodes before ending in 1957. Several specials aired from ’57 to ’60 as ‘The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour.’ Buy the complete Season 1, Season 2, Season 3 and Season 4 DVDs.

Mr. Lucky

Blake Edwards again teams up with composer Henry Mancini in the stylized adventure-crime series ‘Mr. Lucky,’ starring the dashing John Vivyan as a suave professional gambler and Ross Martin as his good friend Andamo. Mr. Lucky and Andamo used to run a successful casino in Andamo’s homeland of Chobolbo, but after a brush with the country’s corrupt dictator, they lose everything when Andamo is discovered of running guns to the rebels in Mr. Lucky’s yacht, Fortuna. Their fortunes take a turn for the better when Lucky wins enough money gambling to buy another yacht, which he christens Fortuna II. They turn her into a floating casino, and then an upscale restaurant, anchored in international water off the American coast. Buy the complete series right here.

Pete’s Dragon

Rediscover with your family ‘Pete’s Dragon,’ the endearing story between Pete and his invisible dragon friend Elliott as they develop a special bond and shar a magical friendship. With memorable characters and heartwarming songs including the 1977 Academy Award “Best Original Song” nominee “Candle on the Water,’ ‘Pete’s Dragon’ 35th Anniversary is the perfect timeless classic every member of your family will love. Buy the 35th Anniversary Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Power Rangers Samurai: Christmas Together, Friends Forever

Power Up for a Mega Celebration this holiday season and see the Power Rangers battle their most diabolical enemies in the new Lionsgate Home Entertainment release of Power Rangers Samurai: Christmas Together, Friends Forever. Join Saban’s Power Rangers as they cherish their friends and their adventures while learning the true meaning of the holiday season. The Power Rangers Samurai: Christmas Together, Friends Forever special holiday DVD, includes three holiday-themed episodes plus two videos and holiday toymation. ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the Shiba House, the Samurai Rangers revisit their greatest moments together. From first introductions, to funniest moments, to action-packed battles with Nighlok monsters, it’s all here. Even Bulk and Spike’s hilarious memories! And when snow falls on Christmas morning, the team will learn an unexpected lesson about the true spirit of the holidays. Buy the DVD right here.

The Firm

From the executive producers of “Law & Order,” “Boston Legal” and “Hung,” the NBC hit series based on John Grisham’s best-selling novel and the blockbuster feature film, ‘The Firm,’ The Complete Series is now available on DVD. Starring Josh Lucas (Sweet Home Alabama, A Beautiful Mind, Poseidon), Callum Keith Rennie (“Californication”, “The Killing”, “Battlestar Galactica”), Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers, From Dusk Till Dawn, Cape Fear)  and Molly Parker (“Dexter”, “Deadwood”), the 6-disc set contains bonus features including a sneak peek featurette “Origins of The Firm by John Grisham”, a Josh Lucas character profile, cast and crew interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. It’s been 10 years since the young associate Mitch McDeere (Josh Lucas) brought down his prestigious Memphis law firm, exposing it as a front for the Chicago mob and captivating millions of readers around the world.  Now, he and his family emerge from the isolation of the Witness Protection Program unaware that they are once again stepping into danger’s path. As McDeere starts his own law practice in Washington, D.C., he soon discovers that old and new threats are lurking everywhere in this 6-disc set packed with every episode from the explosive primetime series. Buy the complete series right here.

A League of Their Own

Fans are cheering yet again when the girls of the Rockford Peaches take the field to celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘A League of Their Own.’ This classic is based on the true story of the pioneering women who blazed the trail, both on the field and off, for generations of athletes to follow. The delightful sports tale, which taught America “there’s no crying in baseball,” was directed by Penny Marshall. The film stars Tom Hanks as Jimmy Dugan, a has-been pro who leads teammates Mae, Dottie, Doris and Kit into the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Geena Davis, Madonna, Lori Petty and Rosie O’Donnell also star. Buy the 20th Anniversary Blu-ray right here.

The Christmas Pageant

When big-shot Broadway director Vera Parks (Melissa Gilbert) gets fired from yet another job, she must subject herself to directing a small-town Christmas pageant. But culture-shocked Vera is stunned by the production’s simplicity and tries to back out of the deal. She is again outraged when she learns her ex-fiancé Jack (Robert Mailhouse) had the audacity to recommend her for the job. Still, there’s just something—or someone—that won’t allow Vera to leave. Enchanted by the charms of community, Vera comes to discover a new love in her work and an old love in Jack. Will the diva director drop her defenses long enough to let love in? Buy the DVD right here.

Jake and the Never Land Pirates

Yo ho, let’s go! Set sail with Jake and his crew on a full-length, high-speed adventure on the high seas. According to the Never Land Pirate Code, Jake and his crew must race Bucky against the Jolly Roger and the sneaky Captain Hook. But if Bucky loses, he’ll belong to Hook forever. Of course, Hook uses every trick in the book and wins the race. But, Jake and his crew might have a way to get Bucky back. With the help of Peter Pan, the young pirates embark on an adventure across Never Land that includes getting past a fire-breathing dragon. With your help, Jake’s crew can save Bucky from the devious Captain Hook. In addition, enjoy four more exciting Jake  and the Never Land Pirates episodes. Overflowing with music, swashbuckling action and seafaring fun, Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky proves that being a hero comes from teamwork, determination and friendship. Now available on DVD, the ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky’ Combo Pack comes with more than 2 hours of DVD content, a digital copy and an official “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” blow-up sword. In addition, fans can sing along to all the fun, swashbuckling songs on a special Pirate-oke feature exclusive to the DVD. Buy the Jake Saves Bucky DVD right here.

Brave New World

Exploring the recent headline-grabbing advancements in machines, health, technology, the environment, biology, and physics, the five-part documentary series, ‘Brave New World’ is now available on DVD. Hosted by famed professor Stephen Hawking, the series travels the globe to explore the amazing research and awesome inventions that will change the course of the world. Hawking is joined by a stellar cast of notable scientists offering expert commentary on today’s scientific revolutions, including naturalist David Attenborough, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, physicist Kathy Sykes, and reproductive-medicine pioneer Robert Winston. Broadcast in the U.K. on Channel 4 in 2011, the series is available to U.S. audiences for the first time with its DVD release. The DVD 2-Vol. boxed set features all 5 episodes, plus a 16-page viewer’s guide with articles on mechanical innovations, automate vehicles, medical advances, DIY science, sustainable cities, and DNA arks. Thrilling advances in science today are heralding the breakthroughs of tomorrow. From brain-controlled wheelchairs to cancer-destroying bacteria and from self-driving cars to the power potential in a single atom, an almost unimaginable future is becoming reality. Hosted by Professor Stephen Hawking along with a renowned team of experts, this five-part series travels the globe to explore the amazing research and revolutionary inventions that will improve, extend, and forever transform our lives. Buy the DVD right here.

TV Toons to Go

This fall, kids of all ages will enjoy laughing, learning, solving mysteries and going on adventures with all of their favorite cartoon characters including the wild and witty Johnny Test, the fun and feisty Heathcliff, Archie and the gang of Riverdale High, the girls of Horseland, the ever-busy Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm, the travelling Buster plus many, many more in this incredible collection of favorite animated TV shows from Cookie Jar Entertainment. From tracking down the whereabouts of the elusive Carmen Sandiego to solving mysteries with Richard Scarry’s Busytown Mysteries gang, it’s non-stop amusement for the whole family to enjoy!  This collection features 40 hours of programming from 110 episodes of popular animated television shows on 10 DVDS. This amazing assortment comes packed inside a deluxe, zippered tin travel case that can also hold 10 additional discs!  Whether you travel by car, rocket ship, horse, or an apple shaped helicopter, “TV Toons To Go” offers the perfect companion for entertainment on the go. Buy the 100 Cartoon Collection right here.

40 West

Through a series of events beyond her control, Maeve (Jennifer Nichole Porter), a Blues musician, finds herself trapped in a sordid East Texas motel room with her violent husband, Colin (Brian A. White), who unbeknownst to her, has been released from prison early. Held hostage with her is Elijah (Scott Winters) a professional Good Samaritan and fan of Maeve’s, whose interest in her seems disproportionate to his claims. Colin has tracked Maeve down and waylaid her in order to apologize for his past behavior with a special present he’s picked out just for her. Buy the DVD right here.

Ella Enchanted

Live happily ever after with the release of Miramax’s charming film ‘Ella Enchanted,’ now available on Blu-ray + DVD combo pack for the first time. This modern-day fairy tale stars Anne Hathaway (The Princess Diaries) as a young girl burdened by the spell of obedience. Both a blessing and a curse, Ella is determined to hide her gift from her stepfamily in order to protect her friend – a prince – with whom she is falling in love. Based on the award-winning novel by Gail Carson, the Ella Enchanted film is filled with special features including deleted and extended scenes, audio commentary with the director Tommy O’Haver and actors Anne Hathaway and Hugh Dancy, a behind-the-scenes look into the magical world of Ella Enchanted and more. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Neil Young Journeys

From Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme (1992, Best Director, The Silence of the Lambs) comes the critically acclaimed concert film ‘Neil Young Journeys,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Shot during the last two nights of Neil Young’s 2011 Le Noise world tour, long-time fan and collaborator Jonathan Demme captures the multiple Grammy winner, and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee with a stunning intimacy both on stage and off.  The documentary follows Young, traveling from his hometown of Omemee, Ontario to Toronto’s iconic music venue, Massey Hall, in a 1956 Ford Crown Victoria, while sharing stories about his life and childhood. Now, music fans can experience this revelatory look into the heart and soul of the music legend on Blu-ray and DVD, featuring mesmerizing performances of Young’s classic songs “Ohio” and “Hey Hey, My My,” as well as previously unreleased songs “Leia” and “You Never Call” in stunning high definition picture and sound. In addition, the Blu-ray and DVD include three featurettes: “Making Journeys;” “Journey to Slamdance: A Conversation with Neil Young & Jonathan Demme,” a Q&A discussion filmed at the Slamdance Film Festival; and “The 92nd Street Y Talks with Neil Young & Jonathan Demme,” providing a closer look at the enduring collaboration between Demme and Young. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Waterloo Road

Featuring contemporary settings, sharp scripts, strong characters, and realistic dialogue, the smash-hit BBC America serial drama, ‘Waterloo Road,’ is now available on DVD. Winner of best new drama at Britain’s TV Quick Awards (2006), Waterloo Road follows the students and teachers at the beleaguered Waterloo Road Comprehensive School as they confront issues ranging from teen pregnancy to bullying. Mingling authenticity with conflict, danger, tension, and romance, Series 1 stars Jason Merrells (Lark Rise to Candleford) and Jamie Glover (Emma). The DVD 2-disc set includes the first eight episodes. The highly popular program has aired for seven series on BBC One in the U.K. with several more in production. The first series aired on BBC America in 2006. They struggle with tangled love lives, tough choices, and conflicting responsibilities—and that’s just the teachers. In this hit British series, students and staff at a troubled school must learn lessons that can’t be taught from textbooks. Welcome to Waterloo Road, where every day is an education. With the school facing imminent shutdown, new headmaster Jack Rimmer (Jason Merrells) recruits an Oxbridge-educated deputy head (Jamie Glover) to help him save it. But will student tragedies and staff conflicts doom their efforts from the start? Buy the Series 1 DVD right here.

That’s My Boy

Adam Sandler (Jack and Jill) joins Andy Samberg (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”) and Leighton Meester (TV’s “Gossip Girl”, Country Strong) in the outrageous comedy ‘That’s My Boy,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD with UltraViolet. After years of estrangement, an immature and single parent, Donny (Sandler), reunites with his son, Todd (Samberg), just weeks before his wedding to Jamie (Meester). Now, Donny must strive to reestablish himself in Todd’s life as a positive parental figure. The film also stars Academy Award-nominee James Caan (Best Supporting Actor, The Godfather, 1972), Academy Award-winner Susan Sarandon (Best Actress, Dead Man Walking, 1996), Milo Ventimiglia (TV’s “Heroes”), and Rob Vanwinkle a.k.a. “Vanilla Ice.” Bonus features on the Blu-ray and DVD include five deleted scenes, a gag reel and three behind-the-scenes featurettes. The “Who Are All these People?” featurette highlights the cast and cameo appearances in the film. “Greetings From Cape Cod” discusses the beach house location and the bad weather. “Classy Rick’s Bacon and Leggs” focuses on scenes from the film that took place in Classy Rick’s strip club. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Bill Moyers – A World of Ideas – Great Thinkers

From the Peabody Award-winning PBS series comes ‘Bill Moyers: A World of Ideas II – Great Thinkers,’ now available on DVD. Legendary journalist Bill Moyers (Moyers & Company, PBS) sits down with 16 of the world’s smartest people for comprehensive conversations about American life. Eclectic, engrossing, witty, and profound, A World of Ideas shows “how good television can be” (San Jose Mercury News). The DVD 3-vol. boxed set features conversations with winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer, an Academy Award, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom including Noam Chomsky, Jonas Salk, Cornel West, and Henry Steele Commager, plus a 12-page viewer’s guide. The World of Ideas series debuted on PBS in 1988. A World of Ideas II is Athena’s thirteenth release from Moyers’ acclaimed library of programming. Imagine sitting down with 16 of the world’s smartest, most interesting people for conversations on American life. Called “provocative” by The Boston Globe and culled from the many interviews taped by Moyers throughout his career, these are far-reaching discussions about weighty topics. What is the state of our society, and how can we improve it? What perils do we face, and what strengths can we draw upon? Buy the DVD right here.

Rites of Passage

A group of college kids take a field trip they’ll never forget in the thriller ‘Rites of Passage,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD just in time for Halloween. Starring West Bentley, Kate Maberly, Christian Slater and Stephen Dorff, the horror-fueled tale of a class trip gone awry is directed and co-written by W. Peter Iliff. After anthropology student Nathan invites his class and professor to his family ranch to recreate an ancient ritual, and a few days of carefree partying, they soon meet his brother who exists in a mysterious, psychotic haze. With the ranch built on a sacred Chumash Indian burial ground, things quickly take a turn for the frightening. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Terror Train

Take an excursion into terror with Jamie Lee Curtis in this classic shocker from director Roger Spottiswoode (Tomorrow Never Dies). It’s New Year’s Eve and group of college co-eds have planned a masquerade bash aboard a chartered train. What they didn’t plan on was that a knife-wielding psycho would crash the party and begin slaughtering the guests one by one!  Who is this brutal costumed killer? Climb aboard the Terror Train for a frightening combination of blood-curdling horror and intriguing mystery. Also starring Academy Award-winner Ben Johnson (1971, Supporting Actor, The Last Picture Show), Hart Bochner (Die Hard) and D.D. Winters (aka Vanity, 52 Pick-Up). Buy the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

The Funhouse

Director Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Poltergeist) pays affectionate tribute to various classic horror movies in this tale of two teenage couples who spend the night in a sleazy carnival funhouse. On her first date with Buzz (Cooper Huckabee, True Blood), Amy (Elizabeth Berridge, Amadeus) disobeys her father and goes to the carnival with Richie (Miles Chapin, Hair) and Liz (Largo Woodruff), but their first date may end up as their last. After witnessing a murder, the four terrified teens are trapped in the maze of the funhouse and stalked by a real monster, a horribly deformed killer who lurks among the freakish exhibits to butcher them one by one. Also stars Sylvia Miles (Midnight Cowboy) and Kevin Conway (in three roles). Featuring special makeup designs by Academy Award-winner Rick Baker (An American Werewolf In London, Ed Wood). Buy the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray right here.

Big Bad Beetleborgs

Premiered in 1996, popular weekly kids series Big Bad Beetleborgs follows the exciting adventures of three ordinary kids Drew, Jo and Roland as they enter the supposedly haunted mansion after accepting a dare. Their lives changed forever when a magical spirit grants them their biggest wish – they get to find out what life is like as their favorite super heroes the Beetleborgs. Featuring the first 27 fun-filled episodes from the first season, this DVD release has long been anticipated by fans. When three kids explore Charterville’s haunted Hillhurst Mansion on a dare, they discover a lot more than they bargain for! The trio find a wild and wacky phasm named Flabber, who changes their lives forever when he grants their wish tobecome the superheroes they’ve read about in BeetleBorgs comics. However, not only does Flabber grant the kids’ wish, but he also accidentally facilitates the escape of supervillain Vexor and his evil gang of Magnavors from the comic book as well. Now it’s up to these three newly tapped superheroes — aided by a friendly neighborhood phasm and armed with fantastic powers and awesome vehicles — to save the world from the forces of darkness that threaten the peace and harmony of all mankind.Buy the Season 1, Volume 1 DVD right here.

Check It Out!

Getting your daily dose of Dr. Steve Brule just got a whole lot easier. Adult Swim is introducing the good doctor – portrayed by Oscar Award nominee John C. Reilly – to DVD with the release of ‘Check It Out!‘ Season 1 and 2. Featuring all 12 episodes from the series’ two seasons, fans join Dr. Steve for the ride as he explores the important things in life such as food, intimacy issues, family, beauty, friends and fear. The Check It Out! Season 1 and 2 DVD also features deleted scenes and extended snippets. Produced by Reilly and Abso Lutely Productions (Tim and Eric Awesome Show! Great Job!), Check It Out! is a parody of a local market’s newsmagazine show wherein the host, Dr. Steve, chats with local celebrities, delves into interesting things around town, and provides 100%-accurate and insightful health and lifestyle tips. Since its debut as its own series based on skits from Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, more than 6.6 million people tuned-in for the first season, making it a top 15 show with adults 18-24, adults 18-34, and men 18-34. During its second season, Check it Out! became the #2 show in its timeslot among men 18-34, and #4 in its timeslot among adults 18-34, according to Nielsen Media Research. Buy the Seasons 1 and 2 DVD right here.

Everybody’s Fine

Academy Award winner Robert DeNiro stars as the widowed patriarch of a loving and dysfunctional family in ‘Everybody’s Fine,’ now available on Blu-ray and Digital Download. Funny, heartwarming, and featuring a stellar all-star cast including Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell, ‘Everybody’s Fine’ is the perfect film for the holiday season. Available for the first time on Blu-ray, the special features includes deleted and extended scenes and looks at the making of Paul MCartney’s “(I Want to) Come Home” which was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

2016: Obama’s America

The most talked about political documentary of the year, ‘2016: Obama’s America‘ is now available on DVD and Digital Download from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. One of the surprise breakout hits of the late summer and early fall, ‘2016: Obama’s America’ has grossed over $30 million at the North American box office and ranks as the second highest-grossing political documentary and fifth highest-grossing documentary film overall of all time. From Gerald Molen, the producer of the Academy Award winning film Schindler’s List, the film is based on the New York Times best seller by Dinesh D’Souza, a former staffer for President Ronald Reagan and member of the American Enterprise Institute. ‘2016: Obama’s America’ explores President Barack Obama’s past to speculate where America may be four years from now if President Obama is re-elected. Buy the DVD right here.

Trooper and the Legend of the Key

Move over Sherlock Holmes — the nosiest, furriest private eye to ever solve a case is hard at work in ‘Trooper and the Legend of the Key,’ a new Dove-approved family friendly film that’ll have kids howling with glee as it’s now available on DVD. Trooper the Bloodhound is a natural-born sleuth who lives in a town that has a mysterious legend…a legend of a Golden Key that could be worth one million dollars. But when Trooper and his owner, 10 year-old Tommy, try to find the key, they run into unexpected danger. Will these best friends be able to unlock the legend before it is too late? One thing’s for sure…with Trooper the Bloodhound on the case, things are bound to get interesting. Buy the DVD right here.

Legendary Amazons

Based on the epic 1972 martial arts classic The 14 Amazons, renowned actor and producer Jackie Chan and director Frankie Chan’s (A Warrior’s Tragedy 2) remake, ‘Legendary Amazons’ is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from Well Go USA Entertainment. Cecilia Cheung (Shaolin Soccer), Cheng Pei-Pei (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) and Liu Ziaoqing (Plastic Flowers) star as widowed wives who must lead the other widows into battle when the last of a long line of Song generals are killed. Richie Ren (Life Without Principle, Accident) also stars as Yang Zongbao, the last of the Song generals to fall. Bonus materials include a behind-the-scenes featurette and a new, optional English dub. Yang Zongbao is the last man standing in the Yang clan, a family of generals who have dedicated their lives to defending the Song Dynasty from foreign invaders. He apparently dies in battle tragically when the treacherous Imperial Tutor Pan refuses to send reinforcements to aid him. Yang Zongbao’s widowed wife Mu Guiying leads the other widows of the Yang clan into battle to continue the legacy of their husbands. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Pound Puppies

“A pup for every person a person for every pup!” That’s the motto for the Pound Puppies: Lucky, Niblet, Cookie, Squirt and Strudel – a team of fearless canines whose sworn mission is to find homes for lonely dogs. However, when the Pound Puppies get too busy, the younger puppies, Rebound, Cupcake and Patches form the Super Secret Pup Club to help out with the mission. Buy the Super Secret Pup Club DVD right here.

Nina Conti: Her Master’s Voice

Nina Conti has long been a sensation in the U.K., and now, spurred by her growing international fame thanks to YouTube, she comes to the US in an utterly unique combination of performance film and comic mock documentary. ‘Nina Conti: Her Master’s Voice,’ which is as moving as it is hilarious, is now available on DVD. No one has seen ventriloquism like this before. Internationally acclaimed ventriloquist Nina Conti (daughter of famed actor Tom Conti) is at a career crossroads. Questioning whether she should continue in this bizarre career following the death of her lover and mentor Ken Campbell, she takes his “bereaved” puppets on a pilgrimage to Vent Haven, the Kentucky resting place for puppets of dead ventriloquists. At this strange gathering, Conti meets many other actual ventriloquists (and we witness their jaw-dropping talents), but also gets to know her latex and wooden traveling partners, pouring her broken heart out to them as if they were real people. By the end of this performance mockumentary, you may believe they are. The film’s executive producer is Christopher Guest, master of the mockumentary form behind such classics as This Is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show. Buy the DVD right here.

The Cup

It takes more than winning to be a hero in sports history. Gearing up for the Breeders Cup in the fall, Lionsgate Home Entertainment’s ‘The Cup,’ is now available on DVD and Digital Download. Brendan Gleeson (Albert Nobbs) and Stephen Curry (Rogue) star in this inspirational true horseracing story about triumph over adversity and a family that overcame incredible odds to win the 2002 Melbourne Cup trophy. The DVD includes a behind-the-scenes featurette “The Making of The Cup.” At the heart of this true story is Damien Oliver (Curry), a young jockey who loses his only brother in a tragic racing accident just days before the Melbourne Cup. The race fall is a haunting reflection of the way their father died 27 years earlier. After suffering through a series of discouraging defeats, Damien teams with Irish trainer Dermot Weld (Gleeson), and triumphs at the 2002 Melbourne Cup in one of the most thrilling finales in sporting history. Buy the DVD right here.

A Princess For Christmas

Fairytale dreams come true this holiday season in Lionsgate Home Entertainment’s ‘A Princess for Christmas,’ now available on DVD and Digital Download for the whole family to enjoy. An ordinary girl from Buffalo gets swept away for Christmas to visit her long-lost royal family. Directed by Michael Damian (Marley & Me: The Puppy Years, Flicka 2), A Princess for Christmas stars the notable Sir Roger Moore (The Spy Who Loved Me) Katie McGrath (TV’s “Merlin”), Sam Heughan (Young Alexander the Great) and Travis Turner (Marley & Me: The Puppy Years). Christmas is right around the corner and Jules Daly (McGrath) is doing her best to create a loving home as new guardian to her mischievous niece and nephew. But when she loses her job and an exasperated nanny on the same day, a mysterious and unexpected invitation arrives – travel to Europe and spend a royal Christmas! It’s a new world for Jules and the children as they discover their new prim and proper surroundings in the castle, but soon laughter begins to echo in the once quiet halls, filling everyone with renewed hope and joy for the season. And when Jules captures the heart of the dashing Prince Ashton (Heughan), both of their lives begin to change in unexpected ways! Featuring a faraway land, an enchanting romance and the unbreakable bonds of family, this inspirational tale is sure to become a new holiday tradition!Buy the DVD right here.

Christmas Miracle

A blizzard closes the roads forcing eight strangers to take refuge in an abandoned church. During their time together, they learn from one another how to manage through various personal dilemmas, and that despite their differences; by working together they can make even the most unlikely miracles happen. This uplifting holiday story shows the real meaning of the season – kindness, understanding and love. Buy the DVD right here.

News & Notes:

The Dark Knight Rises” is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane. Own it on Blu-ray Combo Pack or Digital Download December 4

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