New On DVD/Blu-ray This Week: Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection, Game of Thrones Collector’s Edition

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Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection

Celebrating Quentin Tarantino’s legendary filmmaking, Lionsgate and Miramax are proud to present the ‘Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection,’ now available on Blu-ray Disc. ‘Tarantino XX’ contains eight films chosen by Tarantino to illustrate the first 20 years of his career, featuring the films that helped define his early success, including Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Death Proof and Inglourious BasterdsTo complete the stunning high definition 10-disc set, the ‘Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection’ also features two discs with five hours of all-new bonus material, highlighted by a critics’ retrospective on Tarantino’s groundbreaking catalog of films and  “20 Years of Filmmaking” that contains interviews with critics, stars and other masters of cinema. ‘Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection’ showcases one of the most innovative filmmakers of our time and is a must-have for serious film fans, as Tarantino’s highly-anticipated new film, Django Unchained, prepares to hit theaters.  Honoring the 20th anniversary of Reservoir Dogs – the cultural milestone that brought Tarantino to the forefront as a cinematic legend – the collection is highlighted by recurring appearances from celebrated actors including Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill), Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill), Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction) and Steve Buscemi (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction), and also includes starring performances from iconic actors such as Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds), Pam Grier (Jackie Brown) and Robert Forster (Jackie Brown). Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Game of Thrones

Season 1 of the television phenomenon ‘Game of Thrones‘ is now available for the first time on Blu-ray with HBO select (Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy in one box set) with the release of ‘Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season Collector’s Edition.’ The beautiful collector’s box set is designed with the sigils of the four main houses and comes with a premium dragon egg paperweight, a Blu-ray bonus disc of Season 2, Episode 1, as well as all of the bonus materials and interactive features from the original DVD and Blu-ray disc releases. This limited edition set is the perfect gift for and ‘Game of Thrones’ fan. Based on George R.R. Martin’s best-selling series ‘A Song of Ice and Fire,’ the sweeping fantasy saga instantly became one of the network’s biggest hits and the fastest selling TV on BD titles of all time. The Emmy-award winning show follows kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noblemen as they vie for power in a land where summer span decades and winters can last a lifetime. As two powerful families engage in a deadly cat-and-mouse game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, betrayal, lust, intrigue and supernatural forces shake the four corners of the Kingdoms and the bloody struggle for the Iron Throne will have unforeseen and far-reaching consequences. Buy the Complete First Season Collector’s Edition right here.

Doctor Who

Doctor Who‘ returns after a record-breaking season on BBC America, with five blockbuster new episodes in the first half of Series 7. Join the doctor (Matt Smith) and his companions Amy and Rory (Karen Gillan and Arthur Davill, 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 Series 7, Part 1 DVD right here.

The Dust Bowl

Celebrated documentarian Ken Burns delivers an engrossing chronicle of America’s greatest environmental catastrophe with ‘The Dust Bowl,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD. The two-part, four-hour documentary offers a dramatic depiction of how human blindness to the balance of nature destroyed the farmlands of the Great Plains throughout the 1930s as prairies were turned into deserts and massive deadly dust storms took the lives and hopes of many Americans.  Yet amidst the heartbreaking tragedy, there are also tales of heroic perseverance as families found ways to survive and government agencies and farmers worked together to develop new farming and conservation methods. Filled with seldom-seen movie footage, unpublished photographs, the songs of Woody Guthrie and the observations of two remarkable women who left behind eloquent written accounts, the film explores this critical time in American history in all its complexities.  The fascinating documentary also features compelling interviews with 26 survivors of those hard times and may well be the last recorded testimony of the generation that lived through the Dust Bowl. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Expendables 2

The Expendables are back and this time it is personal. The biggest action-adventure superstars from around the world reunite in the next chapter of The Expendables franchise, ‘The Expendables 2,’ is now available on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital Copy plus UV), DVD (plus Digital Copy plus UV), Digital Download, On Demand and Pay-Per-View. A sequel to the huge box office hit, co-screenwriter and star Sylvester Stallone, takes fans on another intense adventure with his rogue team of misfits. Reunited for what they think should be a quick, in-and-out mission, this tight-knit band of old-school mercenaries are about to find themselves at the brink of global disaster and are driven to make this mission personal. In addition to Sylvester Stallone, The Expendables 2 features an all-star team of the most bad-ass classic action stars of all time including Jason Statham  (Safe, The Transporter), Jet Li (Hero, Romeo Must Die), Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV, Universal Soldier), Terry Crews (Terminator Salvation, Gamer), Randy Couture (Setup) with Bruce Willis (Die Hard) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator, Total Recall) and newest cast members Chuck Norris (TV’s “Walker, Texas Ranger,” The Delta Force), Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum) also Jean-Claude Van Damme (Double Impact, Timecop) and the first female Expendable Yu Nan (In Love We Trust). Based on characters created by David Callaham; story by Ken Kaufman & David Agosto and Richard Wenk; with a screenplay by Richard Wenk and Sylvester Stallone; directed by Simon West. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Cinderella II & III

The fairytale story of Disney’s beloved Princess Cinderella continues in a 2-Movie Collection Special Edition of ‘Cinderella II – Dreams Come True’ and ‘Cinderella III: A Twist in Time ‘for the first time in Blu-ray. Your favorite characters return with double the magic and more memorable music. Share the perfect holiday gift with the princess in your life before it returns to the Disney vault. As a newly crowned princess in ‘Cinderella II,’ Cinderella quickly learns that life at the Palace – and her royal responsibilities are more challenging than she had imagined. In three heartwarming tales, Cinderella calls on her animal friends and her Fairy Godmother to help as she brings her own grace and charm to her regal role and discovers that being true to yourself is the best way to make your dreams come true. In ‘Cinderella III,’ Princess Cinderella is living a charmingly perfect life until her stepmother gets her hands on Fairy Godmother’s magic wand. With a wicked spell that turns back the clock, she erases the Prince’s memories of the girl he met at the ball and shatters Cinderella’s happily ever after. Jaq and Gus scurry to save the day before time runs out. But was it all just a dream in Cinderella’s heart, or will true love triumph over all? Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Ancient Aliens

Ancient alien theorists like Erich von Däniken, author of “Chariots of the Gods” believe that, thousands of years ago, extraterrestrials landed on Earth, where they were hailed as gods and helped shape human civilization. But what proof could possibly exist for such an encounter? ‘Ancient Aliens,’ one of the top-rated programs on History and home entertainment best-sellers, continues to examine 75 million years of the most credible alien evidence here on earth, seeking proof that intelligent life forms affected the course of history and man’s own development. In ‘Ancient Aliens’ Season 4, now available on Blu-ray and DVD, the hunt continues through myriad thought-provoking topics and in-depth examinations into controversial theories such as the Mayan conspiracy, the Doomsday Prophesies, and the Da Vinci conspiracy. Buy the Season 4 DVD right here.

Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups

The North Pole has a new litter of playful pups!  When the new frisky foursome—Hope, Jingle, Charity and Noble—destroy Santa’s Workshop with their mischievous gamboling, they realize the best way to prove that they’re responsible enough to become Santa’s Helpers is to show how well they can spread the Christmas spirit all by themselves. This family holiday film comes from the creators of the #1 live-action, direct-to-video Disney Buddies franchise. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Dragons: Riders of Berk

Buckle up for more high-flying action and fire-breathing fun with this thrilling debut of the animated TV series based on the Academy Award nominated hit movie ‘How To Train Your Dragon.’ The epic story of Hiccup, Toothless and his fearless friends continues with 4 explosive episodes filled with all-new adventures and exciting, never-before-seen dragons. Included in the DVD are 5 collectible dragon training cards featuring an augmented reality mobile experience. The augmented reality app can be downloaded at Use it to bring the dragon cards to life. Buy the DVD right here.

Diff’rent Strokes

Arnold and Willis are back for another season of one of television’s most memorable sitcoms, ‘Diff’rent Strokes.’ During the fourth season, Arnold (Gary Coleman) lands in trouble with the law when he tries to join the Gooch’s private club, Willis (Todd Bridges) sues the basketball team when he is replaced by another player, Kimberly (Dana Plato) goes on a forbidden weekend skiing trip and Mr. Drummond (Conrad Bain) learns of a love child he had while serving in the Korean War! One of the true classics from the golden era of TV sitcoms, ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ focused heavily on family values, social issues and big laughs. ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ ran eight seasons strong, from 1978–1986, airing both on NBC and ABC. Buy the Season 4 DVD right here.

Eight is Enough

‘Eight Is Enough’ began its first full season with a gaping hole in the center – the tragic loss of actress Diana Hyland, who played Bradford matriarch Joan. As the season begins, newspaper columnist Tom Bradford is now a widower and the Bradford clan is still healing. Thanks to the arrival of Sandra (Betty Buckley), smiles come more quickly to the Bradford kids and love might be in the air for Tom. The eight Bradford children mix humor and drama while confronting a host of life’s timeless travails. Notable guests of the Bradfords include Alice’s Beth Howland, plus Don Johnson, Gerald McRaney, Will Geer and Robin Williams. The second half of Eight is Enough’s sophomore season sees Abby fully ensconced as the new lady of clan Bradford, while the crew carries on after their stolen Christmas. The New Year brings with it a host of new challenges: when Abby suffers a horrible head injury, the whole family must come together to share some special memories to make sure the family’s newest member makes it through the night. And keep your eyes peeled for Partridge Danny Bonaduce among the Bradford’s guests. Buy the Season 2 Parts 1 and 2.

Shipping Wars

For some, it’s tough ship in ‘Shipping Wars,’ A+E Network’s 2nd most watched show of the year. This entertaining cross between ‘Storage Wars’ and ‘Ice Road Truckers’ follows six independent shippers who have discovered that fortunes could be made transporting items that traditional carriers won’t touch. ‘Shipping Wars’ Season 1, now available on DVD, features 10 high-stakes episodes along with exclusive bonus footage. Each episode of A&E’s new original real-life series dives into a cutthroat world of rookie haulers and seasoned movers as they battle for the chance to transport the unshippable. The competition begins with uShip, the world’s largest online auction house for independent truckers. Every day, thousands of shipments are put up for auction. The battle is fierce as the movers have only minutes to bid, and the lowest bidder gets the load. From oversized loads and bulky packages to the truly bizarre, these shippers will haul anything if the price is right, and the high-stakes race is on when they set out to deliver the loads! Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Storage Wars Texas

In ‘Storage Wars Texas,’ A&E’s top-rated non-fiction franchise heads to the Lone Star state to follow teams of bidders on their quest for auction gold. ‘Storage Wars Texas’ Season 1 is now available on DVD with every episode from the first season, along with numerous bonus featurettes which take home audiences behind the scenes. Following five Dallas-based storage unit hunters in their quest for auction treasures, the series introduceds a new crew of high bidding characters like self-employed Lesa Lewis, forever searching for items to sell at her brand-new Again and Again Resale thrift store. Her pockets may not be deep, but she is a doggedly determined bidder when she sees a unit she wants. And, no job is too big for her right-hand man Jerry Simpson, who is always there to lend a hand and share a few laughs. Seasoned bidder Ricky Smith has been in the business since 14 and says he’s here to stay.  He’s also spent the past 20 years teaching the tricks of the trade to his nephew, Bubba, who now attends auctions with him. New York native Victor Rjesnjansky moved to Dallas four years ago and now bids on storage auctions to fill the shelves of his two Texas stores. And, teasing the crowd of high bidders is fast-talking auctioneer Walt Cade, who will do whatever it takes to move the units, offering each bidder a shot at that ever-elusive hidden treasure. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

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