What To Watch: This Week’s DVR Picks

'The Bruce Lee Legacy Collection' (Shout Factory)

The Bruce Lee Legacy Collection

Legendary cultural icon Bruce Lee continues to be an unstoppable force, unbeatable warrior and an unforgettable star. He is the very face of martial arts mastery, the inspiration for millions to walk an enlightened path and mentor to the greatest stars and fighters the world over. He became a hero to those who knew him in life and, following his death, a legend to all. Since his incredible rise to fame nearly five decades ago, audiences across the globe have been amazed by the supreme talents and undeniable charisma that make Lee such a beloved icon. As an actor, his impact on film was more palpable than a roundhouse kick. He remains the single greatest figure in martial arts cinema; the man responsible for bringing the genre into the mainstream. Lee was also a loving husband and father of two and an insightful philosopher who believed in the integration of the physical and spiritual to attain a balanced existence. In every aspect of his life, he was anything but ordinary. His life remains an enduring source of inspiration, and his amazing talents will continue to make a difference on all those that come in contact with his legacy. Loyal fans, movie collectors, pop culture and martial arts enthusiasts will be treated to a whole new home entertainment experience to celebrate the life and brilliance of the late Bruce Lee with the release of the ‘Bruce Lee the Legacy Collection’ 11-Disc Blu-ray+ DVD box set presentation. Buy the deluxe collection right here.

Midsomer Murders

Making its North American debut, ‘Midsomer Murders, Set 22’ is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. New DCI John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon, Life of Riley) contends with the county’s murderous denizens with his partner (Jason Hughes, This Life) in these four new, contemporary stand-alone mysteries. Set in England’s picture-perfect but perilous Midsomer County, Set 22’s episodes have not aired on U.S. television. The collection also includes a special 34-min. bonus segment, “Midsomer Murders in Conversation.” Midsomer remains Acorn’s bestselling series and continues to reach new heights of popularity, including such fans as Johnny Depp and the Queen of England. New episodes are continually in production. The cozy villages of Midsomer County reveal their most sinister secrets in these contemporary British television mysteries  featuring gorgeous settings and sly British humor. Inspired by the novels of Caroline Graham, modern master of the English village mystery, the series stars Neil Dudgeon as the capable Detective Chief Inspector John Barnaby, with Jason Hughes as his earnest, efficient partner, Detective Sergeant Ben Jones. Guest stars include Warren Clarke (A Clock Work Orange), Joanna David (Pride and Prejudice), Genevieve O’Reilly (Episodes), and James Dreyfus (Notting Hill). Buy the Set 22 DVD right here.

Strike Back

Strike Back: Cinemax‘ Season 2 is now available on Blu-ray and DVD, just weeks before the highly-anticipated third season premiere on Cinemax. The Emmy nominated series continues to follow the stealth counterterrorism unit Section 20 and the unlikely alliance between two crack special agents – one an American renegade, the other an elite British  spy.  Featuring audio commentaries with cast members Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton, Shane Taylor and Lyne Renee, and directors Michael Bassett and Julian Holmes. With world security storylines ripped from today’s headlines, the second season begins with Sgt. Damien Scott (Stapleton) on a standard security mission in Kenya and Section 20 facing a new boss, Rachel Dalton (Rhona Mitra). Now out of the unit, Sgt. Michael Stonebridge (Winchester) is training recruits at a military base, staying close to home and being a dutiful husband. When Scott’s mission takes an unexpected dangerous turn, the two are back together working to retrieve an elusive box of nuclear triggers coveted by everyone from Al Qaeda to the expatriate leader of a mercenary army. Additional cast members include Rhashan Stone, Michelle Lukes, Vincent Regan, Liam Garrigan and Charles Dance.  ‘Strike Back’ is a Cinemax Presentation in association with British Sky Broadcasting Limited, a continuation of the six-episode series that aired on Sky TV in 2010, which was based on the novels of Chris Ryan, the pen name of a real-life former British Special Forces operative. Buy the Season 2 Blu-ray right here.

The Sword in the Stone

Disney proudly presents the 50th anniversary edition of a spellbinding and beloved animated classic. Conjure up magical family fun with the humor, adventure and Academy Award-nominated music (Best Score – Adaptation or Treatment, 1963) of The Sword In The Stone – now on Blu-ray Combo Pack for the first time ever. Take an amazing journey with a young orphan named “Wart” and the extraordinary wizard Merlin. According to legend, only someone with the purest character and inner strength can pull the enchanted sword from the stone and claim the throne of England. Armed with newfound confidence and the power of friendship, Wart discovers his destiny and learns the best magic is the kind you find inside yourself The cast includes: Sebastian Cabot (The Jungle Book, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh) as Sir Ector, Karl Swenson (The Birds, Judgment at Nuremberg) as Merlin, Rickie Sorensen (Tarzan and the Trappers, Tarzan’s Fight for Life) as Wart,  Junius Matthews (The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too) as Archimedes, Martha Wentworth (101 Dalmatians, The Stranger) as Madam Mim, Norman Alden (The Transformers: The Movie, Back to the Future) as Sir Kay, and Alan Napier (Marnie, Batman) as Sir Pellinor. Buy the 50th Anniversary Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

The Borgias

Experience one of the most remarkable and legendary families in history as they commit almost every sin in the name of power in the critically acclaimed series, ‘The Borgias: The Third Season,’  now available on Blu-ray and DVD. From Oscar-winning creator and executive producer Neil Jordan (The Crying Game), ‘The Borgias: The Third Season’ stars Jeremy Irons as Rodrigo Borgia, the cunning, manipulative patriarch of The Borgia family who builds an empire through the corruption of the church and orchestrates a relentless reign of power and flamboyant cruelty.  Conspiring with his ruthless son Cesare (François Arnaud) and daughter Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger), the charismatic Rodrigo Borgia will let nothing and no one stand in the way of his relentless quest for wealth and power. ‘The Borgias The Third Season’ also stars Joanne Whalley, Lotte Verbeek, Sean Harris, Thure Lindhart, Gina McKee, Peter Sullivan, Julian Bleach and Colm Feore. Buy the Season 3 Blu-ray right here.

The Place Beyond the Pines

Academy Award nominees Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine, Drive) and Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook, The Hangover) star in ‘The Place Beyond the Pines,’ a provoking drama about the unbreakable bond between fathers and sons. Luke (Gosling) gives up his job as a motorcycle stunt performer in order to provide for his newborn son and the boy’s mother (Eva Mendes of Hitch). Avery (Cooper), an ambitious rookie cop, struggles to make his way in a corrupt police department. Their two worlds collide when Luke takes part in a string of bank robberies, and the consequences of their shocking confrontation echoes into the next generation. From Derek Cianfrance, the acclaimed director of Blue Valentine, and co-starring Ray Liotta (GoodFellas), this sweeping and emotional epic has critics raving. The Blu-ray Combo Pack allows fans to watch The Place Beyond the Pines anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice.  It includes a Blu-ray disc, a DVD and Digital Copy including Ultraviolet for the ultimate, complete viewing experience. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Charlie Chan Collection

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings back the legendary master of crime in the Charlie Chan Collection — four beloved films making their DVD debut, and now available for the first time, newly remastered, as a single collection. Included are Shadows Over Chinatown, starring Sidney Toler in one of his last Chan films, plus Docks of New Orleans, Shanghai Chest, and The Golden Eye starring Roland Winters, the last actor to play the detective on film. Writer Earl Derr Biggers created Charlie Chan, a fictional Chinese-American sleuth, in a series of printed tales beginning in 1923. As early as 1926, the first of more than 48 Charlie Chan films was put on the silver screen. Actor Warner Oland, born in Sweden, began a popular run for Fox in 1931 in Charlie Chan Carries On. After its success, Fox would produce 15 more Chan films starring Oland. Not surprisingly, the films became the most popular in 1930s China. After Oland died, Sidney Toler, an American actor with Scottish roots, took on the Chan role. Toler starred in 22 Chan films, first for Fox and later for Monogram Studios. After Toler’s death, Roland Winters became Chan in six more films. The character has also been featured frequently on radio, television and in the comics. Buy the DVD right here.

Smiley’s People

The gripping sequel to John le Carré’s classic Cold War-era spy drama, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, ‘Smiley’s People’ is now available on Blu-ray from Acorn, with more than an hour of new bonus features. Oscar winner Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars, Lawrence of Arabia) reprises his BAFTA-winning role that the San Francisco Chronicle called “the crowning role of the great actor’s long career” as retired spymaster George Smiley for the 1982 sequel. Filmed on location in London, Paris, Hamburg, and Berne, Smiley’s People co-stars Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation, X-Men), Siân Phillips (Dune), Eileen Atkins (Upstairs, Downstairs), and Bill Paterson (Traffik). The Blu-ray 2-disc set includes six episodes, along with the new addition of 62 min. of deleted/extended scenes as well as a 20-min. interview with John le Carré, production notes, book list, and more. Celebrated for its literate scripts and intricate plotting, the series was nominated for three Emmys in 1983–including director, actor, and miniseries—and won four BAFTAs in 1982. The release follows the successful 2011 feature film, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and original Blu-ray release that renewed interest John le Carré’s works. Both men had supposedly outlived their usefulness to the Circus, the British Secret Intelligence Service: George Smiley, the retired head of espionage, and General Vladimir, an aging informant who reported to him. When the general walks into a bullet after sending an urgent message to his old handler, the Circus asks Smiley to “tidy things up.” But Smiley hears Vladimir’s message as a call to arms against his nemesis, the Soviet super spy Karla, once again tantalizingly within his grasp. Buy the Blu-ray right here.


The classic American television Western ‘Gunsmoke‘: The Ninth Season Volume One and Volume 2 Buy the Season 9, Volume 1 and Volume 2 DVD. James Arness stars as U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon, who is in charge of a Wild West town full of lawbreakers. Follow Marshal Dillon as he faces cattle rustling, gunfights, brawls and land fraud on a daily basis, and handles each dangerous situation with sound judgment and fearless actions. The collections include all 36 episodes from the ninth season, which also features performances from Amanda Blake, Milburn Stone and Dennis Weaver.


It’s senior year at Greendale Community College and our favorite study group is back to hitting the books with the release of ‘Community: The Fourth Season‘ on DVD. Led by Joel McHale (TV’s “The Soup”), the ensemble cast also includes Gillian Jacobs (TV’s “The Good Wife”), Danny Pudi (TV’s “Greek”), Yvette Nicole Brown (TV’s “Rules of Engagement”), Alison Brie (TV’s “Mad Men”), Donald Glover (TV’s “Girls”), Academy Award winner Jim Rash (Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay), The Descendants, 2011), Ken Jeong (The Hangover Part III) and Emmy® winner Chevy Chase (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”). The end of the summer brings these social misfits back to school for more hijinks, exploits and escapades. The fourth season follows Jeff (McHale) as he is reminded why he enrolled into community college in the first place. The fate of Shirley’s Sandwiches is decided, while Troy (Glover) and Abed (Pudi) happily move back in together. ‘Community: The Fourth Season’ contains all 13 episodes on a two-disc DVD set. Special features include cast and crew commentary on every episode, outtakes, deleted and extended scenes, and two all-new behind-the-scenes featurettes. Guest stars for the fourth season include Malcolm McDowell (TV’s “Franklin & Bash”) Matt Lucas (Bridesmaids) Tricia Helfer (TV’s “TRON: Uprising”), James Brolin (upcoming TV’s “Blackout”), Adam DeVine (TV’s “Workaholics”), Fred Willard (TV’s “Modern Family”) and Jason Alexander (TV’s “Clipaholics”). Buy the Season 4 DVD right here.


‘Mud’ is now available on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), and Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Starring Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike, Killer Joe) in his “finest performance to date, Oscar-worthy at every level” (Hitfix) as the titular character, Mud features an all-star cast that includes Tye Sheridan (The Tree of Life), Sam Shepard (Black Hawk Down, The Right Stuff), Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road, HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”), Joe Don Baker (Walking Tall, Fletch), Ray McKinnon (TV’s “Sons of Anarchy,” The Blind Side), Primetime Emmy nominee Sarah Paulson (HBO’s Game Change, TV’s “American Horror Story: Asylum”), newcomer Jacob Lofland and Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (Best Actress, Walk the Line, 2005). ‘Mud’ is a timeless adventure about two boys, Ellis (Sheridan) and his best friend Neckbone (Lofland), who find a mysterious man named Mud (McConaughey) hiding out on a deserted island in the Mississippi. Mud tells the boys fantastic stories about his life including how he once killed a man in Texas and now vengeful bounty hunters are after him. He says he is planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper (Witherspoon), who is waiting for him in town. Skeptical but intrigued, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. But it isn’t long until Mud’s tall-tales come to life and their small town is besieged by bounty hunters out for blood. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Dick Van Dyke Show

Don’t miss the fun in this final season of the multiple Emmy Award-winning ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show.’ Generation after generation of TV viewers has fallen in love with this timeless classic. For laugh after laugh, join one of TV’s best-loved couples, Dick Van Dyke as Rob Petrie and Mary Tyler Moore as his wife Laura, along with Rob’s temperamental boss, Carl Reiner as Alan Brady, and his kooky co-workers, Morey Amsterdam as Buddy Sorrell and Rose Marie as Sally Rogers. Now see all 31-season episodes (airing 1965-1966) in their entirety and in spectacular high-definition – direct from the 35mm negatives! Catch such classics as Laura blurting out Alan Brady’s big secret on national TV in “Coast-to-Coast Big Mouth”; mild-mannered Mel Cooley finally standing up to the boss in “The Bottom of Mel Cooley’s Heart”; and Alan Brady attempting to turn the Petries’ anniversary party into a self-serving documentary in “A Day in the Life of Alan Brady.’ ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Complete Fifth Season’ is loaded with Blu-ray exclusives including: TV Academy tribute to Carl Reiner featuring Garry Shandling, network promo spots, audio commentaries with Dick Van Dyke and Carl Reiner, clips from TV Land awards featuring the cast, and more. Buy the Season 5 Blu-ray right here.

West of Memphis

Academy Award-winning producers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh (both 2003, Best Picture & Best Adapted Screenplay, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) present ‘West of Memphis,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Directed by Academy Award nominee Amy Berg (2007, Best Documentary – Feature, Deliver Us From Evil), this acclaimed documentary tells the powerful, untold story of the 18-year fight to free the “West Memphis 3,” three teenagers wrongfully convicted of the 1993 murders of three eight-year-old boy in West Memphis, Arkansas. The film was the Official Selection at the 2012 Sundance and Toronto International Film Festivals, and a 2013 nominee for Best Documentary from BAFTA, the Writers Guild of America, the Satellite Awards, the British Film Institute and the Broadcast Film Critics Association. ‘West of Memphis’ features revealing new interviews from key figures in the case, testimony from experts hired to re-examine the original evidence, and appearances by celebrity advocates Peter Jackson, Johnny Depp, Henry Rollins, Natalie Maines and Eddie Vedder.  Exclusive to the Blu-ray is Commentary with Amy Berg, Damien Echols and Lorri Davis, as well as footage from the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Red Carpet, Q&A and press conference.  Both the Blu-ray and DVD include deleted scenes and “Damien’s Past Re-Creations.” From Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg (2007, Best Documentary – Feature, Deliver Us From Evil) in collaboration with the multiple Academy Award-winning team of Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh (2003, Best Picture & Best Adapted Screenplay, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), ‘West of Memphis’ tells the untold story behind an extraordinary and desperate fight to stop the State of Arkansas from killing an innocent man. Told and produced by those who lived it, Damien Echols and Lorri Davis, the film uncovers new evidence surrounding the 1993 murders of three eight-year-old boys in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas, and exposes the wrongful conviction of three teenagers who lost 18 years of their lives imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Robin Hood

To commemorate its 40th anniversary, Disney proudly presents the unforgettable animated classic Robin Hood on Blu-ray for the first time ever. Experience all the fun, thrills and celebrated music (Academy Award Nominated Music for Best Original Song “Love” in 1973) of this legendary adventure with perfect picture and sound. Join Robin Hood, his trusted companion Little John and his hilarious band of  Merry Men as they outfox greedy Prince John to save the good people of Nottingham. Dashing from one daring deed to the next, Robin won’t rest until he wins the hand of Maid Marian and restores King Richard to the throne. One of Disney’s most beloved movies is even better on Blu-ray Combo Pack. The voice cast includes: Brian Bedford (Nixon, Grand Prix) as Robin Hood; Phil Harris (Aristocats, The Jungle Book) as Little John; Andy Devine (Stagecoach, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance) as Friar Tuck; Monica Evans (The Odd Couple, Aristocats) as Maid Marian; Terry Thomas (It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, The Abominable Dr. Phibes) as Sir Hiss and Roger Miller (Into the Wild, Broke Back Mountain) as Allan-a-Dale. Buy the 40th Anniversary edition Blu-ray right here.

Oliver and Company

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of a Disney classic with the stunning Blu-ray debut of Oliver And Company, featuring perfect picture and sound. Relive this charming animated adventure, packed with excitement, fun and unforgettable songs by Billy Joel, Bette Midler and Huey Lewis. In the heart of New York City, Oliver, a mischievous orphaned kitten, is befriended by Dodger, a carefree pooch and his ragtag family of misfit mutts. Life gets even better for Oliver when he is adopted by a lonely little girl named Jenny. But when tough guy Sykes and his Doberman sidekicks try to keep Jenny and Oliver apart, the spirited kitten and his newfound friends discover the meaning of courage and find a home where they truly belong. The voice cast includes: Joey Lawrence (Summer Rental, Urban Legends: Final Cut) as Oliver, Billy Joel (Hangover Part II, 13 Going on 30) as Dodger, Cheech Marin (The Lion King, Grindhouse) as Tito, Richard Mulligan (Little Big Man, Trail of the Pink Panther) as Einstein, Roscoe Lee Browne (Treasure Planet, Babe) as Francis,  Dom DeLuise (All Dogs Go to Heaven, History of the World: Part I) as Fagin, Natalie Gregory (Alice in Wonderland, Wait Until Spring) as Jenny, Bette Midler (Fantasia/2000, Beaches) as Georgette. Buy the 25th Anniversary edition Blu-ray right here.

The King of the Streets

Produced, written, directed and starring Yuen Song, the action-packed, martial arts-fueled ‘The King of the Streets’ is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. A story of guilt, redemption and rebirth, Yuen Song plays an angry young man looking to avenge the death of his parents some eight years earlier by local gangsters. The cast also includes Becki Li, Yang Junping, Hou Xu, Li Changhai, Zhang Chao and Yu Xin. Set in the gritty underbelly of modern day Beijing, the film follows the story of Fang, an ex-convict who is given a second chance of fulfilling his dream of a better life, and breaking away from his labeled status in society. We follow Fang as he discovers a possible future, and as he clashes with his past. His journey takes him through newfound friendships, to exceedingly violent conflicts, causing him to experience the deepest unspoken love, and also the darkest hatred. The film features an up and coming Chinese Martial Arts actor Yuen Song, as well as many real life professional fighters, all combining efforts to show some of the most cerebral and kinetic fight sequences to grace the screen. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Storm Surfers 3D

Combining cutting-edge 3D technology and bravura filmmaking, ‘Storm Surfers 3D‘ is the ultimate big-wave thrill ride. The film follows best friends and surfing legends Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke-Jones, along with surf forecaster Ben Matson, as they track and chase giant storms in their quest to ride the Pacific’s biggest and most dangerous waves.  Using state-of-the-art miniature 3D cameras that put audiences inside the barrel of the waves, ‘Storm Surfers 3D’ is a visually stunning cinematic adventure unlike any other. Buy the DVD right here.

Tom and Jerry’s Giant Adventure

Legendary fairy tale characters come to life in Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s brand-new, full-length animated adventure, ‘Tom and Jerry’s Giant Adventure,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD. A fresh, new adaptation of the classic tale Jack and the Beanstalk, Tom and Jerry’s Giant Adventure tells the story of how the popular cat and mouse duo team up with a young boy named Jack, as they journey to Fairyland and confront a greedy giant named Ginormous. Get ready for super-sized fun for the whole family with Tom and Jerry’s Giant Adventure, as the tussling twosome star alongside famous characters from classic children’s literature and legendary nursery rhymes in an exciting, animated re-telling of the beloved classic, Jack and the Beanstalk. Viewers will meet Peter Pumpkin Eater, Humpty Dumpty, the Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, Little Bo Peep and many other famous storybook characters as they mix and mingle with classic cartoon personalities including Droopy Dog, Barney Bear, Tuffy the Mouse, Screwy Squirrel, Spike and Tyke and others in a magical story that will delight both kids and adults. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

My Little Pony Equestria Girls

‘My Little Pony Equestria Girls,’ the full-length feature introducing an exciting dimension to the incredibly popular My Little Pony brand, is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. When Twilight Sparkle’s crown is stolen from the Crystal Empire, she pursues the thief, Sunset Shimmer, into an alternate world where she finds herself turned into…a teenage girl! To regain her crown and return to Equestria, Twilight must learn how to fit into this strange, new world and defeat Sunset Shimmer in a competition to become crowned Princess of the Fall Formal at Canterlot High. Luckily, she will have the assistance of Spike and five teenage girls who remind her of a certain group of ponies back home. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Raising Izzie

One Village Entertainment, an entity of RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE), brings you the new uplifting family drama ‘Raising Izzie,’ now available on DVD. This is an unforgettable story that proves that love can truly heal all wounds. From director Roger M. Bobb (Producer of For Colored Girls, Diary of a Mad Black Woman and “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”), the film stars Rockmond Dunbar (“Soul Food,” Tyler Perry’s The Family that Preys), Daytime Emmy nominee and NAACP Image Award winner Vanessa Williams (Sugar Mommas, “Soul Food”), Victoria Elizabeth Staley (“Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”), and Kyla Kenedy (The Three Stooge, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”). 14-year old Gertie is singlehandedly raising her little sister, Izzie. Orphaned after their mother’s death, the two girls are secretly living on their own, attempting to stay under the radar so they can remain together. Meanwhile Gertie’s new teacher, Mrs. Freeman, and her husband struggle with their inability to have a child. Both Gertie and Mrs. Freeman have fallen from faith, but can these two “broken” families find renewed devotion by coming together? Get ready for a beautiful story of courage and love. With an inspired cast and an uplifting message, Raising Izzie will touch your heart with the healing power of faith and family. Buy the DVD right here.

Adventures in Zambezia

Take to the skies and visit the awe‑inspiring Zambezia River Valley in Africa when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases the high-flying and heart-warming family adventure ‘Adventures in Zambezia‘ on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. From Triggerfish Animation Studios (Khumba) comes this CG animated adventure about a young, high-spirited falcon that journeys to the famed bird city of Zambezia. The movie features an all-star cast led by Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park), Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek) and Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained). The Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack and DVD boast kid-friendly extras, including the music video “Come Fly with Me” by Jewels Jaselle and Benj Heard, as well as four featurettes. “Birds of a Feature” looks at the different birds from South Africa who inspired the film, as well as the actors who voiced the characters.  “An African Story” ” takes a look at the story and scriptwriting process behind the film. “The Tree City” explores what it took to create and animate Zambezia. Finally, “Technical Challenges” lets viewers discover some of the challenges of making an animated film, including designing all of the birds’ feathers. Written by Anthony Silverston, Raffaella Delle Donne, Andrew Cook and Wayne Thornley, ‘Adventures in Zambezia‘ is directed by Wayne Thornley. The film was produced by Stuart Forrest, Mike Buckland, James Middleton and Anthony Silverston. Executive Producers include Mace Neufeld who has produced blockbusters such as The Sum of All Fears and the Academy Award nominated Invictus; Edward Noeltner, co-executive producer of the popular animated series and internet phenomenon Happy Tree Friends; and associate producer Ned Lott (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) who was also the casting and voice director for ‘Adventures in Zambezia‘ . Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels

As originally announced by Gary Owens’ stupendous stentorian tones: “Set free by the Teen Angels from his prehistoric block of glacier ice, comes the world’s first superhero, Captain Caveman! Now the constant companion to the Teen Angels, Brenda, Dee Dee, and Taffy, in their hilarious, and sometimes scary mystery missions. Get ready for Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels!” Originally a segment on Scooby’s All-Star Laff-a-Lympics (and utility player on the field for The Scooby-Doobies), the Mel Blanc-voiced Neolithic Wonder became a Saturday super-star in his own right, and he and the Teen Angels graduated to headliner status on their own show. This 2-Disc, 40-Episode collection contains every mystery solved by the Teen Angels and the Captain. So, beware villains and miscreants, the trademark battle-cry of “Caaaptain Caaaavemaaaan!!!!” is heard across the land again. Buy the complete series at WBshop.com.

Duck Dynasty

The Quack Pack is back with a whole new season with the release of ‘Duck Dynasty: Season 3‘ on DVD. A nationwide sensation, Season 3 of Duck Dynasty premiered on A&E to a staggering 8.6 million viewers – an all-time record for the network, which was quickly surpassed by the season finale, which amassed 9.6 million viewers. The DVDs for both Season 1 and Season 2 of ‘Duck Dynasty’ are among the Top 5 bestselling TV-on-DVD titles of the year, residing on a list that includes HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and the PBS phenomenon “Downton Abbey.” The Robertsons have quickly become America’s favorite family. This close-knit clan has made a fortune selling duck calls, turning their backyard business into a multi-million dollar sporting empire.  But for Willie Robertson, the company’s CEO, running a family operation can be difficult when your employees live one distraction at a time and find any excuse to leave the warehouse. Of course, in this Duck Dynasty, both challenges and even the most ordinary affairs are met with a special Robertson twist of practicality, wit and humor. They may be living the American dream, but they always stay true to their rugged, yet modest, outdoor lifestyle and their deep Southern roots. Buy the Season 3 DVD right here.

Political Animals

Step into the emotionally dark — yet real — human side of life and the often-disastrous effects of political ambition with the release of the Golden Globe–nominated limited-series event ‘Political Animals: The Complete Series’ on DVD. The provocative  series, which follows a high-profile former first family as they weather the dynamics of their political and personal lives with grit, intelligence, and honesty, received a 2012 Golden Globe nomination for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, as well as nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America. The series aired on the USA Network in 2012 and delivered 3.2 million total viewers, ranking in the top 5 in its Sunday time slot. Set in Washington, D.C., ‘Political Animals’ is a bold, significant look at a fictional former first family in turmoil.  Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee — and Golden Globe and BAFTA winner —Sigourney Weaver stars as Elaine Barrish Hammond, a former first lady and current Secretary of State, who struggles to keep her family together as she deflects probing questions from prize-winning journalist Susan Berg (Carla Gugino). While resolving international crises alongside manipulative colleagues and strategizing her own Oval Office bid, Elaine must also cope with her brilliant ex-husband’s philandering exploits and her twin sons’ struggles with drugs and guilt. Weaver was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award, for her portrayal. Political Animals stars Sigourney Weaver (the Alien film franchise, Gorillas in the Mist), Carla Gugino (Spy Kids, Entourage), James Wolk (Mad Men, Shameless, Happy Endings,), Sebastian Stan (Gossip Girl, Kings), Brittany Ishibashi (The Mentalist, Parenthood), with Ellen Burstyn (Big Love, Requiem for a Dream) and Ciarán Hinds (Game of Thrones, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Rome). From Berlanti Productions and Laurence Mark Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television, the series was created by Greg Berlanti (Arrow, Brothers & Sisters, Dirty Sexy Money, Eli Stone), and executive produced by Berlanti, Laurence Mark (Julie & Julia, Dreamgirls) and Sarah Caplan (Brothers & Sisters), with Melissa Kellner Berman (Arrow, Eli Stone, Dirty Sexy Money) as co-executive producer. Buy the complete series right here.

Amelia’s 25th

Martín Yernazian leads an all-star cast in the heartwarming dark comedy ‘Amelia’s 25th,’ about what turning twenty-five means to a struggling actress in Los Angeles. With a disconnected father, her live-in boyfriend struggling financially, and surviving in a complex of noisy neighbors who call themselves artists, her life could not seem bleaker. Spanning the course of one day, Amelia finds guidance and wisdom in the most curious places: a movie star, a photographer, casting directors, unemployed actors, plus-size sex shop owners, psychics, and a cross-dressing neighbor, all who lead her down the winding road of acceptance. Buy the DVD right here.

The Hildegarde Withers Mystery Movies Collection

Stuart Palmer’s immortal crime-solving school teacher Hildegarde Withers came to the screen courtesy of a series of mysteries from RKO Pictures. Memorably played by character great Edna May Oliver in three features, Hildegarde was ably paired with her flirty foil of Inspector Piper in the person of James Gleason. Gleason would go on to anchor the series, appearing in all six, alongside Helen Broderick for one and Zasu Pitts for the final two. Buy the collection at WBshop.com.

The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone‘ remains television’s most treasured anthology program.  The brainchild of writer and narrator Rod Serling — inspired by the pulp comics, novels and sci-fi films of his youth — the series introduced its own special brand of weirdness to viewers on October 2, 1959.  As a program that correctly billed itself as one “of shadow and substance, of things and ideas,” The Twilight Zone left indelible tracks — not to mention unforgettable theme music. This collection includes all 18 episodes from the fourth season. Travel to another dimension of sight and sound with special guest stars Bill Bixby, Burgess Meredith, Burt Reynolds, Dennis Hopper, Jack Klugman, Jack Weston, James Best, Ann Jillian, Anne Francis, James Whitmore, Martin Balsam, Robert Duvall and more! Eighteen classic episodes include: In His Image, The Thirty Fathom Grave, Valley of the Shadow, He’s Alive, Mute, Death Ship, Jess-Belle, Miniature, Printer’s Devil, No Time Like the Past, The Parallel, I Dream of Genie, The New Exhibit, Of Late I Think of Cliffordville, The Incredible World of Horace Ford, On Thursday We Leave for Home, Passage on the Lady Anne and The Bard. Buy the Season 4 DVD right here.

Swamp Thing

Deep in the Florida everglades, a brilliant scientist, Dr. Alec Holland (Ray Wise), and a sexy government agent, Alice Cable (Adrienne Barbeau, The Fog), have developed a secret formula that could end world hunger in the classic ‘Swamp Thing.’ Little do they know, however, that their arch nemesis, Arcane (Louis Jourdan, Octopussy), is plotting to steal the serum for his own selfish schemes. Looting the lab and kidnapping Cable, Arcane douses Holland with the chemicals and leaves him for dead. Mutated by his own formula, Holland becomes “Swamp Thing” – a half-human/half-plant superhero who will stop at nothing to rescue Cable and defeat Arcane…even if it costs him his life. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

On the Road

Jack Kerouac’s revered landmark novel ‘On the Road‘ comes to the screen at last, in one of the most anticipated and talked-about movies of the year. The epic road movie, featuring a one-of-a-kind ensemble cast, is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Since the book’s publication in 1957, a movie version of ‘On the Road’ has been an elusive dream for a wide range of filmmakers. Executive producer Francis Ford Coppola bought rights to the book in 1980, and 30 years and several screenplay adaptations later, hired award-winning Brazilian director Walter Salles (Central Station, The Motorcycle Diaries) to helm the project. Salles traced Jack Kerouac’s own late-1940s journey across America in preparation for filming. Thanks to a remarkable cast, including Kristen Stewart as she’s never been seen before, the result has been worth the wait. ‘On the Road’ tells the timeless story of Sal Paradise (Sam Riley, Byzantium, Control), a young writer whose life is shaken and ultimately redefined by the arrival of charming ex-con Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund, Inside Llewyn Davis, TRON: Legacy), a free-spirited, fearless, fast-talking Westerner and his girl, Marylou (Kristen Stewart, The Twilight Saga). Traveling cross-country, the new friends venture out on a personal quest for freedom from the conformity and conservatism engulfing them in search of the unknown, themselves, and the pursuit of “it” – the pure essence of experience. Seeking uncharted terrain and the last American frontier, the duo encounters an eclectic mix of men and women who each indelibly impact their journey toward self-discovery. Buy the DVD right here.

A Boy and His Dog

World War IV has ravaged Earth, and its survivors must battle for food, shelter and companionship in a post-atomic  wasteland. This classic sci-fi tale follows the exploits of a young man, Vic (Don Johnson), and his telepathic dog, Blood, as they struggle through the barren wilderness. In the midst of their meager existence, foraging for scraps of food and battling ruthless gangs, Vic and Blood encounter a young woman who lures them into a surreal city deep beneath the earth’s surface. Based on the award-winning novella by acclaimed science-fiction author Harlan Ellison, ‘A Boy and His Dog’ is a dark, twisted and sometimes comical trip through a post-apocalyptic reality in the not-too-distant future. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Best of Fridays

For the first time ever on DVD, ABC’s cult hit Fridays is here! Shout! Factory has released ‘The Best Of Fridays’ on DVD, complete with an introduction written by Co-Creator / Director John Moffitt, and a slate of bonus features that include a cast and writers reunion, “The Andy Kaufman Incident”: What Really Happened?, behind-the-scenes photos, and more. Featuring Mark Blankfield, Maryedith Burrell, Darrow Igus, Brandis Kemp, Bruce Mahler, John Roarke, Fridays presented a hilariously twisted view of the early ‘80s to adventurous viewers on a weekly basis. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Magic Magic

From award-winning Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Silva (The Maid) comes the acclaimed thriller ‘Magic Magic,’ now available on DVD. Starring Juno Temple (Killer Joe, The Dark Knight Rises), Emily Browning (Sucker Punch, The Uninvited), Catalina Sandino Moreno (Che, Maria Full of Grace), Michael Cera (Juno, Superbad), and Agustín Silva (Crystal Fairy, The Maid), the film tells the chilling story of a naive young tourist (Temple) whose road trip across Chile with friends turns into a waking nightmare. ‘Magic Magic’ invoked terror in audiences and praise from critics at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Exclusive to the DVD is the “Making Magic Magic” featurette, offering a unique look at the making of the film. Award-Winning Chilean director, Sebastián Silva, invites you on this thrilling journey to the deepest reaches of your darkest fears. In a foreign country, far from home, Alicia (Juno Temple) arrives in South America to vacation with her cousin, Sarah (Emily Browning). When Sarah is suddenly called away, Alicia is stuck on a remote island off Chile with three of Sarah’s friends, including Barbara (Catalina Sandino Moreno) and Brink (Michael Cera), an American exchange student with a sadistic streak. Bewildered, frightened, and unable to sleep, Alicia’s reality becomes a nightmare from which there is no waking. Ancient indigenous rites, disturbing animal behavior, and captivating hypnotic trances come together in an intense exploration into the darkest corners… when the games go too far, reality unravels with astonishing and deadly consequences. Buy the DVD right here.

Three Faces East

During World War I, the fate of nations were decided not on the battlefield but at the imposing estate of Sir Winston Chamberlain, the First Sea Lord of the British Admiralty. There, covert agents may or may not be allied – the film carefully doesn’t reveal its hand until late – in deceit and disguise, moves and countermoves that center on a scheme to torpedo American transport ships. Eric Von Stroheim, who was both a famed dictator of silent films and a powerful on-screen presence (he played the enigmatic Max in Billy Wiler’s Sunset Boulevard), “does splendid work” (Mordaunt Hall, The New York Times) as Sir Winston’s butler, a decorated Belgian war hero. And lovely Constance Bennett (Topper) portrays a young lady who gains entry to Sir Winston’s home with a tragic story, a hidden gun and the code words “three faces east.” Roy Del Ruth (1931’s The Maltese Falcon, Kid Millions) directs. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.

Care Bears: A Belly Badge for Wonderheart: The Movie

In the land of caring and sharing, one little bear’s desire to ignite her Belly Badge creates a storm of adventure in this magical movie about the power of responsibility. ‘Care Bears: A Belly Badge for Wonderheart – The Movie’ is now available on DVD. With 7.2 million unique viewers on The Hub TV Network (1Q 2013), the popularity of the iconic bears continues to grow. Come along to Care-a-Lot and join your favorite friends on a magical movie adventure! The Care Bears: A Belly Badge for Wonderheart – The Movie DVD includes two bonus music videos that fans will love. In the magical world of Care-a-Lot, Wonderheart Bear wants to join the Cub Bouts, but it’s only for cubs with active Belly Badges. When she resorts to using the wishes from Care ‘n Share Charms to fake her powers, it leads to disastrous results. Her final wish accidentally lands her in the Moody Mountains in the center of a Stardust Storm! With the help of Grams Bear and her loving Care Bear friends, Wonderheart learns an important lesson about using the Belly Badge Beacon responsibly and discovers the joys of honesty and caring. Buy the DVD right here.


Academy Award winners Warren Beatty (Best Director, Reds, 1981) and Dustin Hoffman (Best Actor,  Kramer vs. Kramer, 1979; Rain Man, 1988) star in writer/director Elaine May’s Director’s Cut of the legendary comedy ‘Ishtar,’ now available for the first time on Blu-ray. Two terrible lounge singers get booked to play a gig in a Moroccan hotel but somehow become pawns in an international power play between the CIA, the Emir of Ishtar, and the rebels trying to overthrow his regime. The film also stars two-time Oscar nominee Isabelle Adjani (Best Actress, The Story of Adele H, 1975; Camille Claudel, 1988), Charles Grodin (Rosemary’s Baby, The Heartbreak Kid), Jack Weston (Wait Until Dark, Cactus Flower), Oscar nominee Tess Harper (Best Supporting Actress, Crimes of the Heart, 1986) and Oscar nominee Carol Kane (Best Actress, Hester Street, 1975). Rogers and Clarke (Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman) are two inept songwriters, down on their luck and desperate for money. Taking the advice of their shifty agent, the duo are whisked off on a tour of the mystical republic of Ishtar. On their arrival, our heroes are separately recruited into spying for opposing sides of a planned revolution, while simultaneously vying for the attention of a gorgeous female freedom fighter (Isabelle Adjani). But Clarke and Rogers make worse spies than they do songwriters, and soon they’re left stranded in the desert with only a blind camel and several CIA assassins for company. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

My Amityville Horror

For the first time in 35 years, child eyewitness Daniel Lutz recounts his version of the infamous Amityville haunting that terrified his family in 1975 in ‘My Amityville Horror.’ His parents’ story of their 28 horrifying days in the allegedly possessed house on Ocean Avenue in Amityville, Long Island, was first told in Jay Anson’s best-selling book The Amityville Horror, which recounted the Lutzes’ ordeal after moving into the Dutch Colonial 13 months after a young man had shot and killed six members of his family there. The 1979 horror film, starring James Brolin and Margot Kidder, was a monster hit and has to date inspired nine sequels that have earned hundreds of millions of dollars. The films, and the original story, have both captivated and frustrated the public since their release. Buy the DVD right here.

Zombie Massacre

A bacteriological weapon developed by the U.S. Government to create an army of super soldiers spreads an epidemic, turning the citizens of a quiet Eastern European town into mutated zombies. All citizens have become infected. In order to conceal the outbreak, a plan is hatched to detonate an atomic bomb inside the local nuclear power plant and pretend that a terrible accident occurred. No one has to know the truth. But when a team of mercenaries is put together to carry out the mission, they must first wage war against the horde of monsters in order to succeed. Who will survive in this ‘Zombie Massacre,’ presented by Uwe Boll (In The Name of the King, Bloodrayne) and from Marco Ristori and Luca Boni, the directors of Eaters. Buy the Blu-ray right here.


The undead roam the range in the thrilling, supernatural Western ‘Gallowwalkers,’ now available on DVD, Digital Download and Video on Demand. Picked as an official selection at Film4 Fright Fest, Gallowwalkers stars Wesley Snipes (the Blade trilogy) and Kevin Howarth (The Seasoning House). A mysterious gunman, Aman (Snipes), is the son of a nun who breaks her covenant with God to ensure his survival. This act brings a curse upon Aman – all those that die by his gun will return. Soon, he is hunted by a gang of his undead former victims, led by the vicious Kansa (Howarth). Aman enlists Fabulos (Riley Smith), a new young warrior, to fight by his side. Buy the DVD right here.

The Wheels on the Bus

All aboard for wild musical adventures with Papaya, the fun-loving monkey, and his toucan friend, Mango, as they go exploring while riding the bus all around town.  AN award-winning mixture of live-action and anima­tion, this family-friendly, Dove Foundation-approved series recommended for children ages 1-5 features all the classic “Wheels on the Bus” verses, plus some bouncy new ones, as well as Roger Daltry as the voice of Argon the Dragon. In ‘The Wheels on the Bus: All Around Town,’ kids will sing-along across three fun-filled episodes as Papaya and Mango learn about all different type of jobs, visit a jungle bird show and a mechanics garage, and learn the ultimate Fairie’s Golden Rule: be nice to others and they will be nice to you. In ‘The Wheels on the Bus: Animal Adventure,’ Papaya, Mango and Argon will introduce young viewers to reptiles, bugs, sharks, turtles, dolphins, elephants, zebras and more in four episodes: “The Reptile Show”, “The Aquarium” “The Zoo” and “Dolphins & Bugs”. Buy the Animal Adventure DVD right here.

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