New On DVD/Blu-ray This Week: Friends, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Brave, Lawrence of Arabia

'Friends' (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)


Just in time for holiday gift giving, ‘Friends: The Complete Series‘ is now available on Blu-ray for the first time. This ultimate collector’s set for the ultimate fan features over 110 hours of content – including all 236 original broadcast episodes released for the first time in the US, plus 20 hours of special features including over three hours of newly-added special features.  New content includes a retrospective documentary with new interviews looking back at the influential 10 years of the series, never-before-released cast appearances, unaired footage, a new gag reel and more. All 10 seasons have been completely remastered in stunning 1080p high definition video with a 16×9 widescreen format and 5.1 audio.  The Friends:  Complete Series Blu-ray box set is presented in highly collectible new packaging consisting of a lenticular box cover, a hard-cover book that holds 21 Blu-ray discs, plus a 32-page episode guide. ‘Friends’ is an American sitcom about six friends struggling to survive on their own in Manhattan. In each episode, they find the companionship, comfort and support from each other to be the perfect solutions to the pressures of everyday life.  The series stars ‘The Ones That Were There For You’ for ten seasons strong: Jennifer Aniston as “Rachel Green,” Courteney Cox as “Monica Geller,” Lisa Kudrow as “Phoebe Buffay,” Matt LeBlanc as “Joey Tribbiani,” Matthew Perry as “Chandler Bing,” and David Schwimmer as “Dr. Ross Geller.” Friends has also featured many notable guest stars including Tom Selleck, Aisha Tyler, Jon Favreau, Anna Faris, Hank Azaria, Bruce Willis, Reese Witherspoon, Christina Applegate,  Sean Penn, Jon Lovitz, Alec Baldwin, and many more.  Friends was created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman and aired on NBC from September 22, 1994 to May 6, 2004. With over 3 hours of all-new special features and 17 hours of special features from the original ‘Friends’ DVD releases, this set is not to be missed! Remember why you fell in love with Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow all over again! Buy the complete series Blu-ray right here.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Cowabung! Relive all the action with the release of the complete series of the totally awesome classic TV series ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Classic Series Collection,’ now available all together for the first time on DVD. Perfectly timed for holiday gift giving, the set includes all 10 seasons on 23 discs and is packaged in an exclusive, collectible TMNT party van. Join everyone’s favorite pizza eating turtles Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo from the beginning through their final battle to save mankind. A fan favorite show, and fun for the whole family, the DVD collection features all 193 hilarious, action-packed episodes and is loaded with bonus content from each season’s release. Experience the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles saga in this totally tubular 23-dsic set of the original animated series. From their origins on the comic book page to the depths of Dimension X and beyond, the pizza-loving shell-busting Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo, with the guidance of their Sensei, have been delighting fans for decades with their turtle power. Whether it’s facing fierce enemies Krang, Shredder and Lord Dregg, saving humanity from near extinction, or battling against life-altering mutations, the half-shell heroes are always ready for heart-stopping, time-bending, straight out of the sewer action. Buy the complete classic series collection right here.


An original and thrilling journey set in the ancient and magical Highlands of Scotland, ‘Brave‘ follows the heroic journey of the headstrong, young adventurer Merida. Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida confronts tradition and defies an age-old custom that inadvertently unleashes chaos, and forces her to discover the true meaning of bravery. The 5-Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition (1 Blu-ray 3D + 2 Blu-ray Discs + 1 DVD + 1 Digital Copy) has something for everyone – from the home entertainment enthusiast who demands the highest quality, state-of-the-art technology offerings, to the family who enjoys the interactive and engaging bonus features that only Blu-ray can provide. Buy the 3D Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia‘ stars Peter O’Toole in his career-making performance as T.E. Lawrence. A young, idealistic British officer in WWI, Lawrence is assigned to the camp of Prince Feisal, an Arab tribal chieftain and leader in a revolt against the Turks. In a series of brilliant tactical maneuvers, Lawrence leads 50 of Feisal’s men in a tortured three-week crossing of the Nefud Desert to attack the strategic Turkish-held port of Aqaba. Following his successful raids against Turkish troops and trains, Lawrence’s triumphant leadership and unyielding courage gain him nearly god-like status among his Arab brothers. Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture of 1962, “Lawrence of Arabia” is considered one of the most timeless and essential motion picture masterpieces. The greatest achievement of its legendary, Oscar-winning director David Lean (“Lawrence of Arabia,” “The Bridge on the River Kwai”), the film has been honored as the No. 7 film on the American Film Institute’s (AFI) list of the “100 Greatest Movies of All Time.” Buy the 50th Anniversary Blu-ray right here.

Harold & Kumar: Christmas Ultimate Collector’s Edition

The ‘highly flammable’ three-movie set, ‘Harold & Kumar Blu-ray Ultimate Collector’s Edition’ is now available! The set features “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.” Directed by Danny Leiner (“Dude Where’s My Car?,” TV’s “Backwash”), Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle follows John Cho (“American Pie” films, “Star Trek”) and Kal Penn (TV’s “House”, “The Namesake,” “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder” films) as they set out on a journey to satisfy their craving for White Castle’s delicious burgers and find themselves on a hilarious all-night adventure as they run into one wacky obstacle after another. Also included is: “Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.” The second installment of the franchise marks the triumphant return of these two hilarious, slacker anti-heroes. The movie stars John Cho (“American Pie” films, “Star Trek”) as Harold and Kal Penn (TV’s “House”, “The Namesake,” “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder” films) as Kumar, two stoners who can’t seem to get a break. Their last adventure found them traveling across country to find a White Castle hamburger in order to satisfy a weed-induced case of “the munchies.” This time, the boys get themselves in trouble trying to sneak a bong onboard a flight to Amsterdam. Now, being suspected of terrorism, they are forced to run from the law and try to find a way to prove their innocence. What follows is an irreverent and epic journey of deep thoughts, deeper inhaling and a wild trip around the world that is as “un-PC” as it gets. And finally – “A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas.” Following years of growing apart, Harold Lee (Cho) and Kumar Patel (Penn) have replaced each other with new friends and are preparing for their respective Yuletide celebrations. But when a mysterious package mistakenly arrive at Kumar’s door on Christmas Eve, his attempts to redirect it to Harold’s house ends with the “high grade” contents – and Harold’s father-in-law’s prize Christmas tree – going up in smoke. With his in-laws out of the house for the day, Harold decides to cover his tracks, rather than come clean. Reluctantly embarking on another ill-advised journey with Kumar, through New York City, their search for the perfect replacement tree takes them through party heaven – and almost blows Christmas Eve sky high. Buy the Christmas Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray right here.

History in 3D

This holiday season, send your loved ones to the front lines of WWII, the very beginning of the earth or the watery grave of the Titanic with ‘History in 3D’ Blu-ray set, an unprecedented gift set collecting three of History’s most acclaimed specials in immersive 3D. ‘Titanic: 100 Years in 3D’ combines stunning 3D HD imagery of the wreck with powerful untold stories of passengers and crew, letting audiences experience the real life drama of Titanic in a way never before possible. ‘History of the World in 2 Hours’ offers viewers a rapid-fire view of 14 billion years of history – an epic story that reveals surprising connections to our daily lives, for the first time in majestic 3D. ‘WWII in 3D’ features actual 3D motion picture film shot by the Nazis in 1943 and creates a fully immersive, three dimensional portrait of history’s largest and bloodiest conflict. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Doctor Who

Doctor Who‘ returns, after a record-breaking season on BBC America, with five new blockbuster episodes in the first half of Series Seven. Join the Doctor (Matt Smith) and his companions Amy and Rory (Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, aka ―the Ponds‖) on their latest escapades through space and time. Featuring an asylum full of Daleks, a spaceship full of dinosaurs and a town called Mercy in the Wild West, this explosive series concludes with Amy and Rory’s heart-breaking farewell – a race against time through the streets of Manhattan. Will the Doctor really lose the Ponds forever? There’s only one way to find out. Bonus features include the BBC America specials The Science of Doctor Who and Doctor Who at Comic-Con, as well as the Pond Life featurettes, the prequel to Asylum of the Daleks, and The Making of The Gunslinger. Buy the Season 7, Part 1 DVD right here.

Marvel Knights: Animation

The Astonishing X-Men 2-Disc Blu-ray Collection is the perfect gift for the ultimate Marvel fan. This collection isa vailable in stores nationwide in association with Marvel Knights Animation. The 2-Disc Blu-ray collection boasts all four Astonishing X-Men adventures from Joss Whedon, the mastermind behind the massive hit film Marvel’s The Avengers, and award-winning artist John Cassaday. As one of the most important X-Men stories of all-time, it features over 5 hours of engaging animation combined with non-stop action, as well as all-new cover art illustration by Cassaday. Venture into the minds of Joss Whedon and John Cassady through Marvel Knights Animation based on their Eisner Award winning take on Marvel’s infamous mutant heroes. Buy the Astonishing X-Men: Unstoppable DVD right here and the Astonishing X-Men Blu-ray collection right here.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

The highest grossing romantic comedy of all-time, ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding‘ celebrates ten years of love and laughter with a special anniversary release from HBO Home Entertainment. ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding: 10th Anniversary Special Edition’ on Blu-ray with HBO Select is now available with a new 30-minute retrospective and never-before-seen deleted scenes. Based on the autobiographical one-woman show written by Nia Vardalos, My Big Fat Greek Wedding features an outstanding ensemble cast that includes Vardalos, John Corbett (Sex and the City), Michael Constantine (The Juror), Lainie Kazan (Beaches), Andrea Martin (Wag the Dog) and Joey Fatone (Broadway’s Rent). Filmed in 27 days on a budget of $5 million, My Big Fat Greek Wedding charmed its way into the hearts of audience members young and old and has become the second highest grossing Independent film of all time. The film is also the third best-selling comedy on video (VHS and DVD combined) and the 5th best-selling comedy on DVD.The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay as well as two Golden Globe nominations for Best Comedy or Musical and Best Actress in a Comedy (Vardalos). Buy the 10th Anniversary Special Edition Blu-ray right here.

Universe in 3D

The planets of our solar system have experienced epic catastrophes throughout their long history, both raining down from outside and bubbling up from within. Explore the edges of the cosmic unknown with ‘The Universe in 3D’ Blu-ray set, bringing home viewers on an exhilarating, unprecedented multi-dimensional tour of the universe in a follow-up to ‘7 Wonders of the Solar System 3D,’ which is currently #2 selling non-theatrical blu-ray 3D in the marketplace. Featuring three new specials never before available in 3D, voyage back in time to investigate the violent events that profoundly shaped the planets, including earth itself.  Home viewers will be witness to stunning revelations about what transformed Mars into a barren, hostile desert, the disaster that changed Venus from temperate to hellish, the impact that blew away Mercury’s mantle, turning it into a planetary core, a colossal disturbance that rearranged the orbits of the gas giants, how a lost moon may finally explain Saturn’s rings – and more. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Watch

Jonah Hill, Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller and Richard Ayoade take male bonding to hilarious new heights in the outrageous, no-holds-barred comedy ‘The Watch,’ that gets funnier every time you watch. There’s trouble brewing in peaceful Glenview, Ohio. That’s why four civic-minded citizens, armed with flashlights, walkie-talkies and spiffy new jackets, have teamed up to safeguard their community. But the guys find more than they bargained for when they uncover an alien plot to destroy Earth, and now these bumbling heroes are Glenview’s only chance to save the neighborhood — and the world — from annihilation. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.


A decade before TV saw another silver-haired, slow-drawling Southern shyster with a knack for sleuthing out the truth, MGM welcomed back two titanic talents, TV producer Norman Felton and screen legend Jimmy Stewart, for Hawkins. Stewart played Billy Jim Hawkins in rotation with the Shaft TV movies (Talk about Country Mouse and City Mouse!), solving crimes alongside his cousin RJ (Strother Martin) and a bevy of sensational costars. Bonnie Bedelia plays a troubled young woman accused of familicide, Cameron Mitchell plays a tinseltown spouse facing murder charges, Julie Harris plays an accused mercy killer, William Windom plays a parent with a vendetta, Lew Ayres and James Best play folk caught up in a deadly Civil War re-enactment, James Luisi plays a football pro caught up in foul play, Teresa Wright plays an ex-amour of Bill Jim’s, and Paul Burke and Pernell Roberts play a senator and aide caught up in a slaying. Buy the complete TV movie collection at

Duck Dynasty

Ask anyone in Louisiana and they’ll tell you that the Bayou State’s favorite first family doesn’t live in the governor’s mansion but in the backwoods. Meet the Robertsons, who run Duck Commander, a homegrown mom-and-pop turned sporting empire selling top-of-the-line duck calls and decoys out of salvaged swamp wood. Their rags-to-riches story unfolds weekly on the hit show ‘Duck Dynasty’ on A&E and is now available on DVD with ‘Duck Dynasty‘ Season 1, featuring all 15 first season episodes, as well as exclusive, never-before-seen footage. Behind Duck Commander, there’s business-savvy Willie, brother Jase, their respective wives Korie and Missy, patriarch and company founder, Phil, and Uncle Si.  Dressed in camouflage and bandanas, this crew shows the world how a family can work together and be a success at the same time.  Their booming business employs half the neighborhood, and each day brings a new set of challenges, but this clan meets them with a special brand of Southern know-how and humor. At the end of the day, the whole family enjoys some down-home time at matriarch Miss Kay’s dinner table, ready to do it all again the next. See for yourself why ‘Duck Dynasty’ has won millions of viewers and fans across America with ‘Duck Dynasty.’ Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Pixar Short Films Collection

From Disney•Pixar, the Award-winning studio behind ‘Toy Story,’ ‘Up’ and ‘WALL•E,’ comes a new collection of short films. Experience the revolutionary animation and unforgettable characters with 12 short films together for the very first time. This must-own collection also features seven rarely screened student films from directors John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and Pete Docter. Short Films included are: “BURN•E,” “Dug’s Special Mission,” “George & AJ,” “Air Mater,” “Time Travel Mater,” “Your Friend the Rat,” “Partly Cloudy,” “Presto,” “Day & Night,” “Hawaiian Vacation,” “Small Fry” and “La Luna.” Buy the Volume 2 Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated

Captivating new mysteries and intriguing new villains are sure to delight viewers with the DVD release of ‘Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Season 2 Part 1: Danger in the Deep.’ The latest incarnation of the popular Scooby-Doo! franchise, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated follows teenage pals Daphne, Fred, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo as they investigate strange happenings in their hometown of Crystal Cove. In Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Season 2 Part 1: Danger in the Deep, the gang returns to their hometown, Crystal Cove, to solve a series of baffling mysteries. First on the agenda is the elusive Crybaby Clown, who tortures the Cove’s inhabitants and evades Scooby-Doo and the gang’s every attempt to capture him. Velma travels to Russia and comes face-to-face with legendary witch, Baba Yaga. A creature named Dreamweaver begins to haunt people’s dreams. Crystal Cove is attacked by a menacing beast known as the Hodag of Horror. It’s a season filled with engaging mysteries and dramatic developments that’s not to be missed. Buy the Season 2, Part 1: Danger in the Deep DVD right here.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) have spent so much time forming their rock band that they’re flunking history in the classic ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.’ Ted’s dad threatens to send him to military school if he doesn’t pass. Luckily, Rufus (George Carlin), a guardian angel from the future, has a time-traveling phone booth to take them into the past to learn about the world. Their journey through time turns out to be a blast…but will they learn enough to pass their class and keep their rock band together? Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Ghostmaker

There is a price to pay when you cheat death in the haunting horror flick ‘The Ghostmaker.’ Inspired by true events, the movie is a sci-fi supernatural thriller that seamlessly blurs the lines of reality and fiction. Directed by famed illustrator Mauro Borrelli, the scary, suspenseful film stars Aaron Dan Eisenberg, J. Walter Holland, Liz Fleming, Jared Grey and Domiziano Arcangeli. Filled with special features including behind-the-scenes interviews and audio commentaries, ‘The Ghostmaker’ is now available on DVD. A group of friends discover an ancient coffin equipped with a strange mechanism that allows them to experience the world as a ghost. While their first attempt into the spirit world is innocent, the coffin soon brings out their most dangerous impulses and desires. Buy the DVD right here.


Direct of ‘Clueless,’ Amy Heckerling, and star Alicia Silverstone reunite in ‘Vamps,’ a cheeky, fresh comedy about two eternally young party girls navigating the dating world in the Big City. Goody (Silverstone) and Stacy (Krysten Ritter) are addicted to the night life, clubbing, hooking up and always looking for the next thrill, all the while keeping a big secret – they happen to be modern-day vampires. But even with lifetimes of dating experience behind them, the duo realizes they still have a lot to learn about love when Stacy unexpectedly falls for the son of a vampire hunter, and Goody runs into the man of her dreams from decades earlier. With their destinies at stake, the girls are faced with a difficult choice; give up their eternal youth for a chance at love, or continue to live their uncomplicated fabulously single lives forever. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Dark Horse

A lonely guy in a serious state of arrested development takes a desperate shot at love in ‘Dark Horse,’ the blistering new comedy from modern master of suburban discomfort Todd Solondz. The acclaimed nationwide release is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Writer-director Todd Solondz’s 1995 debut feature, Welcome to the Dollhouse, immediately put him on critics’ lists of leading filmmakers, and he has stayed there with such truly original movies Happiness, Storytelling and Life During Wartime. Now, with ‘Dark Horse,’ he has created his most moving, if still darkly realistic, film yet, a melancholy and idiosyncratic comedy that examines the irretrievability of youth and the mercilessness of time passing. Jordan Gelber (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead) plays Abe, a spoiled Long Island 35-year-old who still lives with his parents, collects action figures, takes money from his mom (Mia Farrow), has a do-nothing job with his dad’s (Christopher Walken) little real estate company, wears a rhinestone name necklace and drives a bright yellow Hummer. But the perpetually angry Abe’s life suddenly perks up when he attends a wedding and meets the equally miserable (but beautiful) Miranda (Selma Blair, Hellboy, Storytelling). Abe proposes on their first date, but the events that follow suggest Abe may have a very weak grasp of reality; plus, there’s the sneaking suspicion that Miranda may really be after Abe’s more successful and better-looking brother (Justin Bartha, The New Normal, The Hangover). Buy the Blu-ray right here.


‘Highway,’ a new film in the comedic vein of ‘How High,’ ‘Friday,’ and ‘Half Baked,’ brings hilarious fun to  DVD. Two brothers go on a “HIGH-speed” road trip to find a mystic marijuana field. With an eclectic cast featuring performers from the comedy stage, TV and the big screen including Devin the Dude, Lil Duval, Gary Owen, Erik Estrada, Eddie Griffin, and introducing Elle Capone, with Kelly Coffield Park and Keith David, this comedy provides a heavy dose of laughs and the munchies. Two marijuana-loving brothers, Earl and Ray Ray, embark on a journey in search of a mythical highway in Kentucky, which they believe will lead them to “marijuana nirvana.” After encountering several obstacles they find the crop and with a strategic plan in place Earl and Ray Ray attempt to trespass and steal the crop. Leaving a path of destruction behind them these two can’t seem to get out of Kentucky fast enough. Buy the DVD right here.

A Burning Hot Summer

A young French couple goes for a summer-long visit with another couple in Rome, only to witness their friends’ marriage start to crumble in the poignant ‘A Burning Hot Summer.’ The new drama from acclaimed director Philippe Garrel (Regular Lovers) tells the story of brooding painter Frédéric (the director’s son Louis Garrel of The Dreamers and Ma Mère) and his growing suspicions about his beautiful movie-star wife Angèle (Monica Bellucci, Irreversible, The Matrix Reloaded). Visitors Paul (Jérôme Robart, Frontier of the Dawn) and Elisabeth (Celine Sallette, House of Pleasures) see the tension rise between their friends – and also begin to draw apart themselves as Paul devotes more and more of his time to the needy Frédéric. Will a shocking and tragic event bring Paul and Elisabeth closer, or will it doom their relationship? Buy the DVD right here.

Painted Skin: The Resurrection

Chinese mythology comes vividly to life in Director Wuershan’s (The Butcher, the Chef, and the Swordsman) supernatural epic ‘Painted Skin: The Resurrection,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD.  The director reunited the stars of Painted Skin with Xun Zhou (Flying Swords of Dragon Gate) reprising her role as “Xiaowei” and Wei Zhao (14 Blades) returning as “Princess Jing” in the highest-grossing Chinese film in cinematic history. ‘Painted Skin: The Resurrection’ also stars Kun Chen (Flying Swords of Dragon Gate), Shaofeng Feng (White Vengeance), Mini Yang (Love in the Buff), Chinese singer Fei Xiang  and Tiangjia Chen (Shi Kong) in  a slow game of wits, deceit and seduction as a fox spirit begins a diabolical quest to become human after escaping an icy prison. Bonus features include the behind-the-scenes featurette “The Making of Painted Skin: The Resurrection.” According to ancient lore, if a human freely offers their heart to a demon, that monster can become mortal, experiencing the true pains and passions of existence.  Xiaowei (Zhou), a millennia-old fox spirit, is freed from her frozen prison and transforms into a dangerous seductress. To maintain her youthful beauty she is forced to consume living hearts as she searches for her chance to become human. Meanwhile, Princess Jing (Zhao), hiding her marred beauty behind a golden mask, flees an unknown threat to her kingdom by pursuing the only man she ever loved: the guard who was unable to protect her so many years ago. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

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