New On DVD/Blu-ray This Week: Men in Black 3, Transformers Prime, Step Up Revolution

'Men in Black 3' (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

Men in Black 3

Get ready for a groovy, out-of-this-world 3D adventure with the release of ‘Men in Black 3,’ available Friday on Blu-ray 3D combo pack. Earning more than $624 million in box office worldwide, this sci-fi action-acked comedy is now available for the first time in 3D for the home. The time-traveling, third installment of the ‘Men in Black’ franchise reunites two-time Academy Award nominee Will Smith and Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones, along with Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin, as they travel back in time to 1969 so Agent J (Smith) can save Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) from an alien assassination. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and written by Etan Cohen, ‘Men in Black 3’ is jam-packed with car chases and motorcycle pursuits, as the famous black-suited duo employs a brand-new collection of galactic gadgets to fight off retro aliens. The film also features Academy Award winner Emma Thompson and Jermaine Clement. The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack is loaded with special features, such as a ‘Spot the Alien’ game, in which viewers must spot the differences between aliens and humans, using their remote to zap the aliens. It also comes with two featurettes: “The Evolution of Coll: MIB 1960s vs. Today,” a look at the differences between the Men in Black headquarters in 1960 vs. today in which the viewers can discover more about the weapons, technology, vehicles and uniforms; and “Keeping it Surreal: The FX of MIB3,” a look behind the special effects in the film. Buy the 3D Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Transformers Prime

With Unicron defeated by Optimus Prime, what was thought to be the end of Autobots’ darkest hour is actually proving to be just the beginning. The dynamic second season of Hasbro Studios’ acclaimed animated hit series ‘Transformers Prime’ digs deeper into Transformers mythology as both the Autobots and Decepticons uncover clues relating to secret artifacts of Iacon, Cybertron’s capital city. Their discoveries could not only change the balance of power in the war, but also potentially revive their dead home planet. Fans of all ages can relive the thrilling adventures of ‘Transformers Prime’ when the complete Season 2 debuts on home entertainment shelves nationwide in the U.S on DVD and Blu-ray. ‘Transformers Prime’ Season 2 contains all 26 captivating episodes in perfect high-definition picture and purest digital sound available. Special bonus content highlights include “Optimus Prime: Up Close and Personal Panel” with Larry King and Peter Cullen from San Diego Comic-Con International 2012 and brand-new interviews with the series creative team! This is an essential home entertainment collection for every Transformers fan, collectors and entire family. Buy the Season 2 Blu-ray right here.

Step Up Revolution

Love and dance take center stage in ‘Step Up Revolution,’ the latest film in the wildly popular ‘Step Up’ franchise, now available on 3-D Blu-ray (includes 3-D and standard version of the film plus Digital Copy plus UV), DVD (includes Digital Copy plus UV), On Demand and Pay-Per-View November 27 from Summit Entertainment. Featuring the hottest hip-hop soundtrack and jaw-dropping dance moves, ‘Step Up Revolution’ stars up-and-coming performers, dancer Kathryn McCormick (‘So You Think You Can Dance’) and MMA fighter and model Ryan Guzman making his feature film debut. Touching upon themes of love, injustice and hope, the film, set in Miami, follows two dancers leading a crew in cutting-edge dance performances that ultimately rally the locals to protest against planned commercial development that would wipe out their homes and businesses. The fourth installment in the fan-favorite film franchise ‘Step Up,’ ‘Step Up Revolution’ is directed by Scott Speer, written by Amanda Brody and based on characters created by Duane Adler, and produced by Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot, Patrick Wachsberger and Erik Feig. Buy the 3D Blu-ray combo pack right here.

Perry Mason

‘Perry Mason,’ the popular TV series that inspired a genre of courtroom dramas, returns to DVD with ‘Perry Mason,’ The Eighth Season, Volume 1. Television legend Raymond Burr continues to ignite the screen as a brilliant attorney who will stop at nothing to crack the most impossible cases and uncover the truth. With the aid of his secretary Della Street (Barbara Hale) and investigator Paul Drake (William Hopper), Mason often embraces his incredible detective skills to trick and trap witnesses into unwittingly admitting their guilt in the case. Buy the Season 8, Volume 1 DVD right here.

The Apparition

The only thing to fear is fear itself in ‘The Apparition,’ now available on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and Digital Download. When frightening events start to occur in their home, young couple Kelly (Ashley Greene) and Ben (Sebastian Stan) discover they are being haunted by a presence that was accidentally conjured during a university parapsychology experiment. The horrifying apparition feeds on their fear and torments them no matter where they try to run. Their last hope is an expert in the supernatural, Patrick (Tom Felton), but even with his help they may already be too late to save themselves from this terrifying force. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.


‘American Idol’ winner Jordin Sparks and six-time Grammy Award winner Whitney Houston (‘The Bodyguard’) star in the soulful drama ‘Sparkle,’ available Friday on Blu-ray and DVD. The all-star cast also includs Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Omari Hardwick and singer CeeLo Green in the inspiring story of an aspiring singer/songwriter (Sparks) who defies her overprotective mother (Houston) to form a musical trio with her sisters, only to encounter the temptations of success. Bonus materials on the DVD and Blu-ray include two featurettes. “A Tribute to Whitney Houston” features Harvey Mason Jr. along with filmmakers, screenwriters and cast paying tribute to Houston. “A Dream Come True” features the filmmaker discussing the arduous, but triumphant journey of bringing ‘Sparkle’ to the big screen. ‘Sparkle’ is a timeless story of the bonds of family, the trials of success and the power of music. In her feature film debut, ‘American Idol’ winner Jordin Sparks stars as Sparkle, a young woman whose big dreams seem almost impossible. She’s been warned against the pitfalls of the music industry by her protective mother (Houston), yet encouraged by the handsome and ambitious Stix (Luke). Sparkle forms a trio with her sisters (Sumpter, Egojo). Together, they perform the soul-stirring songs that Sparkle pens. But as their fame grows, so do the risks of jealousy, self-doubt and insidious temptation. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Call The Midwife

BBC Home Entertainment brings the critically acclaimed BAFTA nominated British drama ‘Call the Midwife: Season One,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Based on the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth, ‘Call the Midwife’ is a moving, intimate, funny and, above all, true-to-life look at the colorful stories of midwifery and families in East London in the 1950s. Don’t miss the chance to watch full episodes as they originally aired in the UK- only from BBC Home Entertainment. When Jenny Lee (Jessica Raine, The Woman in Black) first arrives in Poplar, East London, she knows nothing about hardship, poverty or indeed, life itself. Attached to an order of nursing nuns at Nonnatus House, Jenny is part of a team of midwives who visit expectant mothers, providing the poorest women with the best possible care. Here, the streets teem with children and with only a single eight-bed maternity ward to serve the whole district, most deliveries take place at home. The series follows Jenny as she travels through the streets to meet her patients – including Conchita, who is on her 25th pregnancy, and Mary, a prostitute and pregnant at just 15 years old. Along the way Jenny learns to admire the families she works with, as well as the sisters and fellow midwives who witness the daily drama of life in this vibrant community on the brink of huge social change. Narrated by Oscar-winner Vanessa Redgrave (Atonement, Girl, Interrupted) as the mature Jenny, Call the Midwife provides a fascinating look at personalized health care and the courage of mothers in any condition. Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray right here.

Hot in Cleveland

Starring veteran actresses Valerie Bertinelli (‘One Day at a Time’), Jane Leeves (‘Frasier’), Wendie Malick (‘Just Shoot Me’) and Betty White (‘Golden Girls’), the highly-acclaimed hit sitcom ‘Hot in Cleveland’ returns for more laughs with the release of the Season 3 DVD. TV Land’s hilarious show continues to delight audiences with its uproarious stories of three fabulous friends from LA – and their cantankerous caretaker – who find life is better in Cleveland. The third season enters into the aftermath of the second season finale as Elka must choose between her thought-to-be-dead husband, her old boyfriend and her new boyfriend. Meanwhile, the ladies meet new and old flames and continue to live life to the fullest. The third season features a sensational line-up of guest stars including Kathie Lee Gifford, Sandra Bernhard, Laura San Giacomo, Gilles Marini, Sean Hayes, and returning guest stars Don Rickles, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Joe Jonas, Huey Lews, John Mahoney and Susan Lucci. Buy the Season 3 DVD right here.

The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show

Your favorite Peanuts stories come to life in this animated television series. Adapted from the popular comic strip created and written by Charles M. Shultz, ‘The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show’ is no longer a cartoon relegated to Saturday mornings of the past — now you can watch the gang anytime! With short sketches featuring these classic and much-loved characters, it’s easy to “have a party with Charlie Brown and Snoopy,” as the theme song says. The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show originally aired in 1983 and 1985 and was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1983 Buy the complete animated series at

The Day

‘The Day,’ from WWE Studios and Anchor Bay Films, comes to Blu-ray and DVD. The film stars Shawn Ashmore (‘X-Men 2&3,’ ‘The Ruins,’ ‘Frozen’), Ashley Bell (‘The Last Exorcism’), Cory Hardrict (‘Battle Los Angeles,’ ‘Gran Torino’), Dominic Monaghan (‘The Lord of the Rings trilogy,’ “Lost”), Shannyn Sossamon (‘One Missed Call,’ ’40 Days and 40 Nights’), and Michael Eklund (‘The Divide,’ ‘Hunt to Kill’). After a successful world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, the film was theatrically released by WWE Studios and Anchor Bay Films earlier this year. A group of five survivors, armed with shotguns, axes and machetes, wander the back roads of a ravaged landscape looking for refuge in ‘The Day,’ a terrifying look into a post-apocalyptic future. As war ravages humanity, destroying civilization and most of life on earth, the survivors realize they must do whatever it takes to stay alive. Lost, starving, and exhausted, they seek shelter in a seemingly safe abandoned farmhouse. However, while searching for food and resources, they unwittingly set off a trap signaling to their ruthless predators lying in wait to begin their deadly attack. With food and ammunition dwindling, the group must make a desperate final stand—over a 24 hour period—battling for their ultimate survival. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Burning Man

A hotshot restaurant owner at Sydney’s chic Bondi Beach struggles to keep his life from falling apart in writer-director Jonathan Teplitzky’s intense and stunning ‘Burning Man.’ In a tour de force performance, Matthew Goode (Match Point, Brideshead Revisited) stars as Tom Keaton, a hunky chef who meets and marries the beautiful Sarah (Bojana Novakovic, Edge of Darkness, Drag Me to Hell) and soon becomes a proud father. But when tragedy strikes, Tom is unable to cope and turns to a succession of eye-popping sexual encounters with an array of women while neglecting his family and losing his grip at work. Co-starring Rachel Griffiths (Brothers & Sisters, Six Feet Under), Essie Davis (Girl With a Pearl Earring, The Matrix Revolutions) and Kerry Fox (Shallow Grave, Intimacy), ‘Burning Man’ is a poignant portrait of a young man confronting loss and searching for redemption. Buy the DVD right here.

Christmas in Compton

Christmas miracles can happen anywhere! ‘Christmas in Compton’ brings big laughs and holiday cheer and is now available on DVD. Starring Omar Gooding, Keith David, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Orlando Brown, Miguel A. Nunez Jr. and Eric Roberts, this comedy will keep the family laughing this holiday season. Big Earl, the owner of a Christmas tree lot in Compton, and a man with a big heart and a big vision, demands success from everyone around him. All kinds of trouble erupts the week before Christmas when his son Derrick, part-time music producer and part-time Christmas tree lot employee, crosses the line to prove to Big Earl that he is a success. The colorful characters that populate the tree lot cause additional complications for Derrick as he tries to solve his problems secretly. Things spiral out of Derrick’s control, jeopardizing the survival of the lot, and more importantly, his relationship with his father. What Derrick needs is a miracle; a Christmas miracle in Compton. Buy the DVD right here.

12 Christmas Wishes For My Dog

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with your beloved pet this Christmas with the release of the heart-warming film ’12 Christmas Wishes For My Dog,’ now available on DVD. With nothing to lose, Laura sets up a session with a life-coach, who tells her to make 12 wishes for a positive change to get her life and her dog back before Christmas. Starring Elisa Donovan, Gabrielle Carteris and Fred Willard, this uplifting film received 5 out of 5 Doves from The Dove Foundation. Willing to try anything to transform her life, Laura follows her best friend’s suggestion and sets up a session with a life coach, who tells Laura to make 12 wishes for a positive change in her life. But before long, Laura realizes that her wishes are sparking unforeseen circumstances and she must act quickly to get her life back and her dog before Christmas. Buy the DVD right here.

Rites of Spring

Two horrifying plot threads become inextricably intertwined in the unnerving thriller ‘Rites of Spring.’ Two female office workers are taken captive by the Stranger, a mysterious farmer who must, at the start of every spring, present young women as a ritual sacrifice to a hideous supernatural creature living beneath the farmer’s barn. One of the girls escapes and winds up seeking refuge in an abandoned schoolhouse – where kidnappers happen to be holding the daughter of a wealthy socialite for ransom. The frightened intruder puts the kidnappers’ entire plan in jeopardy, especially when their poorly chosen hideout becomes a hunting ground for the deadly monster. A unique blend of crime thriller and supernatural suspense tale, ‘Rites of Spring’ shocks from start to finish and showcases a fresh new take on the horror genre. The IFC Midnight theatrical release stars Anessa Ramsey (Footloose, The 5th Quarter), Katherine Randolph (iCrime, Knifepoint), Sonny Marinelli (Rosewood Lane, Vegas) and AJ Bowen (The Signal, The House of the Devil, A Horrible Way to Die). Buy the DVD right here.

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