New On DVD/Blu-ray This Week: Being Human, Justified, Looper, Lillie

'Being Human' (Entertainment One)

Being Human

From the creative team behind ‘Pillars of the Earth,’ ‘The Mentalist’ and ‘Heroes,’ ‘Being Human‘ is Syfy’s re-imagining of the acclaimed UK series created by Toby Whithouse (now in its fifth season overseas). Starring Sam Witwer (‘Smallville,’ ‘Battlestar Galactica’), Meaghan Rath (“The Assistants”) and Sam Huntington (Superman Returns), ‘Being Human’ Season 2 follows three paranormal, 20-something roommates living in a Boston brownstone – vampire “Aidan” (Witwer), werewolf “Josh” (Huntington) and ghost “Sally” (Rath) – as they struggle to resist the temptations of their true natures. Watching the characters hide their dark secrets from the world, while helping each other navigate the complexities of living double lives and trying to be human has made the series a supernatural smash. The 4-disc sets both contain extras including a Season 2 “Making Of” featurette, a behind-the-scenes Vlog and the footage of the stars at San Diego Comic Con 2012. Buy the Season 2 Blu-ray right here.


The modern-day, gun-slinging police drama ‘Justified‘ stars Timothy Olyphant as the rugged, old-school U.S Marshal Raylan Givens, along with Walter Goggins as career criminal Boyd Crowder. The season guest stars Jeremy Davies in his Emmy-winning role as Dickie Bennett (Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, 2012). The third season of ‘Justified’ finds Harlan County no longer under the rule of the Bennett family, while Boyd returns to the criminal life and Raylan struggles to keep the town under control. The critically acclaimed FX drama brings together additional all-star casting including Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter, Jacob Pitts, Erica Tazel and Natalie Zea. The three-disc set comes with all 13 episodes, deleted scenes, outtakes, cast and crew commentary on nine episodes, and three all-new featurettes that focus on the making of Season 3, the stunts and a tour of Nobles Holler. Buy the Season 3 Blu-ray right here.


A professional hit man is charged with taking out his future self in the critically acclaimed, mind-bending sci-fi action-thriller ‘Looper,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD with UltraViolet from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Bruce Willis (Die Hard series), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises) and Emily Blunt (The Adjustment Bureau) star in this riveting, time-travel thriller that has dazzled critics and audiences alike with its non-stop action and unique plot twists. Movie fans of the present and future can enjoy dozens of mind-blowing bonus features on the Blu-ray and DVD, including cast and crew commentary with stars Joseph Gordon Levitt, Emily Blunt and writer/director Rian Johnson, as well as 22 deleted scenes with optional commentary by director Rian Johnson and Noah Segan, who plays Kid Blue. The Blu-ray and DVD also come with two featurettes. “Looper: From the Beginning” provides a look into the making of the film and “Scoring Looper” is a three-segment featurette with composer Nathan Johnson discussing the the process behind creating an original score for such a unique film. Also included is an animated version of the theatrical trailer.  Exclusive to the Blu-ray is the featurette “The Science of Time Travel,” which looks at the possibilities of time travel and the rules of the Looper universe. Buy the Blu-ray right here.


A classic from the golden age of the British miniseries on par with Brideshead Revisited, the PBS Masterpiece Theatre classic, ‘Lillie,’ has been reissued on DVD from Acorn Media. Renowned beauty Francesca Annis (Reckless, Cranford, Madame Bovary) stars as Lillie Langtry in this sumptuous production beset with meticulously recreated costumes and sets, location filming, and a 1,000-member cast. The acclaimed 13-part drama was nominated for eight BAFTA Awards, including best drama series. With its splendid cast and exquisite production elements, Lillie vividly captures the complex woman who became one of the most infamous figures of the Victorian age. Broadcast in 1979, the program also stars beloved British actors Anton Rodgers (Fresh Fields), Denis Lill (Rumpole of the Bailey), Peter Egan (A Perfect Spy) and Joanna David (The Forsyte Saga, Pride and Prejudice). Walt Whitman called Lillie Langtry “the essence of poetry.” James Whistler confessed that even he couldn’t capture her beauty in a painting. And George Bernard Shaw declared her “intelligent, daring, and independent.” In a BAFTA award-winning performance, the incandescently beautiful Francesca Annis portrays the acclaimed actress and courtesan from the blush of youth to the blight of still-glorious old age. Buy the DVD right here.

War of the Dead

March 1941.  Captain Martin Stone (Andrew Tiernan) is leading a finely-trained platoon of American soldiers on a mission to destroy an enemy bunker, joining forces with an elite platoon of Finnish soldiers led by Captain Niemi (Jouko Ahola) and Lieutenant Laasko (Mikko Leppilampi) in ‘War of the Dead.’  Underestimating their enemy’s strength, they are quickly beaten back into the forest.  As they try to regroup, they’re suddenly attacked by the same soldiers they had just killed a few minutes earlier.  Forced to flee deeper into Russian territory, they discover one of war’s most terrifying secrets and realize that they have woken up an enemy far deadlier than ever before imagined. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

LEGO Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu: Rise of the Green Ninja

The four ninjas are back to their newest ally achieve his destiny as the Green Ninja with the release of the LEGO Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu: Rise of the Green Ninja DVD. Now in its second season, ‘LEGO Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu’ continues to be the #1 rated show on Cartoon Network with boys age 6-11. The DVD includes the first seven action-packed episodes from Season 2, as viewers follow the Green Ninja on his path to fulfill his destiny and the four ninjas prepare to battle an even more powerful Lord Garmadon. Kai, Jay, Zane and Cole may have defeated the Great Devourer, but the four ninjas’ troubles are far from over now that Lord Garmadon has stolen the four Golden Weapons of Spinjitzu, enabling him to control the Serpentine an the ninjas’ flying ship ‘The Bounty.’ Buy the DVD right here.

Trial & Retribution

Offering the four concluding mysteries from the Prime Suspect creator’s hit series, ‘Trial & Retribution,’ Set 6 is now available on DVD. Created and written by Emmy nominee and BAFTA winner Lynda La Plante, this long-running, hit British crime series displays the same gritty realism and penetrating drama that made Prime Suspect a television landmark. Akin to Law & Order, Trial & Retribution takes viewers from the crime scene to the forensics laboratory and from police headquarters to the courtroom. Set 6 features the last four feature-length mysteries of the series, rich with innovative storytelling and compelling, fully realized characters. David Hayman (Sid and Nancy) and Victoria Smurfit (About a Boy) deliver outstanding performances as DCS Mike Walker and DCI Roisin Connor, two fervently committed investigators on the London police force. The series follows each of their cases from the scene of the crime to the jury’s verdict, portraying with uncompromising realism the professional and personal pressures that detectives endure. In Set 6’s final four mysteries, police investigate a teenager’s murder, the sensational automobile accident and death of a man and his famous fiancée, a teenager’s fatal fall from a Ferris wheel, and a jewelry robbery gone awry. Guest stars include Roy Marsden (P.D. James mysteries), Benjamin Whitrow (Pride and Prejudice), and Ashley Madekwe (Revenge). Buy the Set 6 DVD right here.

Brooke Burke Body

Television personality, entrepreneur, author, and mother of four, Brooke Burke-Charvet (ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”) has released two brand-new, fun and challenging workout DVDs to sculpt, tone and tighten muscles for a sleek and sexy body. Exclusively available at and Amazon Instant Video, the programs are now available on DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Burke-Charvet’s innovative and easy-to-follow workouts will help keep you on track to achieve your weight-loss goals for the New Year, and she’ll be there with you every step of the way as you sculpt your body in the privacy of your own living room. Continuing the success of her two previously released 4.5 Amazon star-rated fitness DVD’s, Burke-Charvet’s newest workouts provide a combination of her favorite moves to burn fat, tone muscles and make you sweat.  These results-oriented programs are designed to inspire and encourage everyone – no matter their fitness level.  Exclusive to the DVDs are Burke-Charvet’s favorite smoothie recipes that are fast, nutritious and delicious to help supplement your workout. Brooke Burke Body: Sexy Abs entertains and engages audiences with three effective 20-minute abdominal workouts, focusing on the core muscles and featuring Burke-Charvet’s “Sweet 16,” the top 16 abdominal exercises that have proven successful for Brooke herself.  Brooke Burke Body: 30-Day Slim Down provides an amazingly fun, easy-to-follow and efficient total-body workout that balances cardio with sculpting and toning moves to help you slim down. Both workouts provide motivational and non-intimidating programs that grow with you as your coordination and skill level with the exercises evolve. Buy the Sexy Abs DVD and 30-Day Slim Down DVD.


From director David Cronenberg (A History of Violence, Dead Ringers, Eastern Promises) and based on the prophetic novel by Don DeLillo, comes ‘Cosmopolis,’ a contemporary thriller that turns into a wild, hypnotic odyssey through our new millennium’s obsessions with power, money, control, information, technology, violence, sex, mortality, revolution, destruction and ultimately, redemption. This new movie is packed with extras including a “Citizens of Cosmopolis” featurette, audio commentary with director Cronenberg and interviews with the cast and crew. Unfolding in a single cataclysmic day, the story follows Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson, Water For Elephants, The Twilight Saga) – a 28-year old financial whiz kid and billionaire asset manager – as he heads out in his tricked-out stretch limo to get a haircut from his father’s old barber, while remotely wagering his company’s massive fortune on a bet against the Chinese Yuan. Packer’s luxe trip across the city quickly becomes dizzyingly hellish as he encounters explosive city riots, a parade of provocative visitors, and is thrust into a myriad of intimate encounters. Having started the day with everything, believing he is the future, Packer’s perfectly ordered, doubt-free world is about to implode. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

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