Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts
Long before Comedy Central began generating ratings and headlines with their over-the-top roasts, one entertainment icon was pioneering the format with ‘The Dean Martin Show.’ In 1973, the 10-year-old NBC variety show retooled in its final season and introduced a new feature: the “Man of the Week Celebrity Roast.” Patterned after the roasts held at the New York City’s famous Friars Club, Dean Martin’s Roasts quickly became a favorite with television audiences and eventually evolved to become a network series, ‘The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts.’ And beginning with a skewering of comedy legend Bob Hope on October 31, 1974, the program would go on to become a fixture on NBC for the next 11 years. ‘The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Complete Collection’ follows StarVista Entertainment/Time Life’s best-selling releases of ‘The Dean Martin Variety Show,’ and marks the first time that most of these classics from the Golden Age of TV will be released on DVD in a single collection. Featuring all 54 roasts from both ‘The Dean Martin Show’ and ‘The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts,’ the program’s notable roastees included many of the 20th century’s most accomplished performers and athletes, politicians and personalities (complete list below), including: Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Carson, Sammy Davis Jr., Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, Jackie Gleason, George Burns, Don Rickles, Kirk Douglas, Danny Thomas, Gabe Kaplan, Hank Aaron, Wilt Chamberlin, Joe Namath, Muhammad Ali, Ronald Reagan and Dean Martin himself. Among the hilarious highlights you’ll see is Rich Little recounting how he “taught” Jimmy Stewart how to do an imitation of Jimmy Stewart, Ruth Buzzi telling the story of her great battle with Muhammad Ali, and Tim Conway on whether or not Don Rickles was ever hit or jailed due to his material. Featuring over 40 hours of top-shelf comedy from hundreds of celebrities including Phyllis Diller, Jonathan Winters, Dick Martin, Joey Bishop, Henry Fonda, Gene Kelly, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Redd Foxx, Ruth Buzzi, Flip Wilson, John Wayne, Angie Dickinson, Billy Crystal and many more, the collectible set also contains over fifteen hours of bonus programming including comedy sketches from ‘The Dean Martin Show,’ rare Dean Martin TV specials that have not been seen since the original broadcast: ‘Dean’s Place (1975 & 1976), featuring Angie Dickinson, Peter Graves, and Gov. Ronald Reagan; and ‘Dean Martin’s Red Hot Scandals of 1926’ (1976 & 1977) featuring Dom DeLuise, Abe Vigoda, and Winters, exclusive interviews with roasters and roastees including Betty White and Jackie Mason, as well as Winters and Diller in heartfelt interviews taped before their recent passings. The set also contains specially-produced featurettes, rare home movies with Dean, family and friends and a 44-page collector’s book loaded with behind-the-scenes photos, classic quotes and production materials. Adding hours of classic comedy to this superlative collection, also included are two bonus DVDs featuring seven episodes from ‘The Dean Martin Variety Show’ featuring guests such as Bob Hope, John Wayne, Peggy Lee, Jimmy Stewart, Orson Welles, Michael Landon, Don Rickles, Don Adams, Dom DeLuise, Jack Benny, Rodney Dangerfield, Nipsey Russell, George Burns, Sammy Davis Jr., Andy Griffith and Paul Lynde. Buy the complete collection right here.
Things will go bump in the night with the release of ‘The Conjuring,’ now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. From acclaimed director James Wan, ‘The Conjuring’ follows a pair of paranormal investigators who help a family haunted by a demonic force, only to find themselves trapped in their own horrifying nightmare. Directed by James Wan (“Saw,” “Insidious”), “The Conjuring” stars Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as Ed and Lorraine Warren; Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor as Roger and Carolyn Perron. The film also stars Joey King, Shanley Caswell, Hayley McFarland, Mackenzie Foy and Kyla Deaveras as the Perrons’ five daughters; Sterling Jerinsas as Judy Warren; Marion Guyot as Georgiana; Steve Coulter as Father Gordan; Shannon Kook as Drew; and John Brotherton as Brad. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray, and the theatrical version in standard definition on DVD. Both the Blu-ray Combo Pack and the single disc DVD include UltraViolet which allows consumers to download and instantly stream the standard definition theatrical version of the film to a wide range of devices including computers and compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players. Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. “The Conjuring” tells the true story of world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga) who were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most horrifying case of their lives. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.
The Vincent Price Collection
Classic film aficionados, horror fans and collectors will relish the 4-Disc Blu-ray release of ‘The Vincent Price Collection’ from Scream Factory. An essential collection for every home entertainment library, this extraordinary collector’s set brings together six Vincent Price masterpiece classics, featuring the first-ever Blu-ray movie presentation of Fall of the House of Usher (1960), The Haunted Palace (1963), The Masque of Red Death (1964), The Pit and the Pendulum (1961), Witchfinder General (1968) and The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971). Brimming with a bevy of chilling bonus content including interviews with producer/director Roger Corman, audio commentaries, original theatrical trailers, still galleries and archival materials, this Blu-ray collection also includes a 24-page Collector’s book. Buy the Blu-ray right here.
One of the most acclaimed and celebrated movies of the year, the Sony Pictures Classics romantic drama ‘Before Midnight‘, is now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. As the third installment in Richard Linklater’s beloved series, the film finds Jesse and Céline Wallace (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) two decades later and light years away from their first train encounter, vacationing in Greece with their two twin daughters. Two-time Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke (2004, Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, Before Sunset; 2001, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Training Day) and Academy Award-nominated Julie Delpy (2004, Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, Before Sunset) star in this emotional, heartwarming and relatable film about navigating the complications of lives complete with careers, children and romantic relationships. Bonus features on the Blu-ray and DVD include commentary and a Q&A with Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Director Richard Linklater, as well as the “Revisiting Jesse & Céline” featurette, taking fansbehind the scenes for a look at the making of the film. The Before… series is directed by Academy Award-nominated Richard Linklater (2004, Best Adapted Screenplay, Before Sunset), who wrote ‘Before Midnight’ with Hawke and Delpy. The film takes viewers on a roller coaster of emotions, offering a refreshingly honest and witty portrayal of what modern love really looks like in this day and age. Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Céline (Julie Delpy) first met in their twenties in ‘Before Sunrise’ reunited in their thirties in ‘Before Sunset’ and, now, in director Richard Linklater’s amazing ‘Before Midnight,’ they face the past, present and future: family, romance and love. Now on a writer’s retreat in Greece, the couple looks for a night of passion, but instead their idyllic night turns into a test of their relationship and a discussion of what the future holds for them. Buy the Blu-ray right here.
Kindred: The Embraced
The cult classic genre series returns as ‘Kindred: The Embraced – The Complete Series’ is now available in a must-have collectible edition packed with new special features from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution. The set features the epic conclusion of the short-lived thriller starring C. Thomas Howell, Mark Frankel, Jeff Kober and Kelly Rutherford. ‘Kindred: The Embraced – The Complete Series’ is packaged in a special keepsake box including an exclusive edition of The Book of Nod and a letter to fans from series creator John Leekley. In addition to every dramatic episode, ‘Kindred: The Embraced – The Complete Series’ also features over an hour of special features including a newly produced featurette, “Daedalus – Last Will and Testament, The Saga Continues…” This featurette features Jeff Kober delivering a special video message as Daedalus (in makeup applied by original special effects makeup designer Todd Masters) revealing new details on the Kindred mythology and closing the story of the original Vampire saga. Additionally, the collection includes an exclusive edition of The Book of Nod, the sacred vampire text that inspired the series’ creation, along with the two-part 15th anniversary retrospective, “The Kindred Chronicles,” featuring series creator John Leekley, audio commentary and deleted scenes. While investigating an alleged mobster, San Francisco police detective Frank Kohanek (Howell) discovers that his suspect is actually Julian Luna (Frankel), the undead “Prince of the City” and leader of the vampire clans collectively called “The Kindred.” Julian and Frank form an uneasy relationship, working together to prevent a vampire war, while Julian finds himself falling in love with Caitlin (Rutherford), a human reporter. Buy the complete series right here.
Primeval New World
When an invasion of prehistoric creatures threatens North America, visionary inventor Evan Cross (Matter) assembles a team of highly-trained scientists and animal experts to battle the deadly predators and investigate the anomalies that brought them through time. The team quickly gains expertise in the prehistoric creatures they hunt, the weapons they need to handle them, and the nature of the anomalies themselves. They face danger side by side, and come to rely on each other for not only survival, but friendship as well. ‘Primeval New World‘ aired on Syfy.Buy the complete series Blu-ray right here.
Just Like a Woman
Two emotionally scarred women pair up to take control of their own lives in the moving, exhilarating and sensual ‘Just Like a Woman.’ Starring this year’s Golden Globe nominee Sienna Miller as an aspiring belly dancer, the drama is now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Cohen Media Group. Financially strapped Chicago secretary Marilyn (Sienna Miller, The Girl, Alfie, Factory Girl) has just lost her job. Already saddled with a deadbeat, cheating husband, she decides to chuck it all. With a dream of being a belly dancer, she decides to go to New Mexico to compete in a prestigious belly dancing competition. Meanwhile, Mona (Golshifteh Farahani, In the Name of the Father, upcoming in Eden with Greta Gerwig), a North African immigrant stuck in an arranged marriage, has just inadvertently killed her nightmarish mother-in-law and needs to get out of town fast. The two beautiful women, at first just casual acquaintances, unite for the journey to the Southwest, riding across the open country in a top-down convertible. They pay their way by stopping in dumpy clubs and restaurants to belly dance, their sensuality and joy in this ancient art somehow transcending the sleazy settings. And along with the tips they make on this journey to a new life, they pick up valuable lessons in the power of true friendship and self-worth. Buy the Blu-ray right here.
After hearing a college pal passes away, five long friends who have drifted apart come together to face the realities of their past. ‘Homecoming‘ is now available on DVD and Digital Download. From director Eugene J. Ashe and starring Jerry Ford (Divine Rite), Nina Ashe (Neighbor, Skels), Sheldon Shaw (Fuse, Hush), and Tiffany-Denise (Unusual Suspects, Forgiveness), ‘Homecoming’ is not to be missed. A group of college friends reunite for homecoming weekend nearly 20 years after graduation. They happily reminisce about their university memories, teasing each other and rekindling their close friendships. But cracks in the surface start to show as they remember one of their old roommates, Robert, whose recent death brings up long-hidden secrets, lingering emotions and painful regrets. With college in their rear view mirror, the group must learn to embrace the power of friendship, love and forgiveness. Buy the DVD right here.
Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear
Scream Factory has released Chiller Network’s highly-rated anthology film ‘Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear’ on Blu-ray and DVD. The film comprises five unique – and hair-raising takes on the human senses, each the vision of select up-and-coming writers/directors (including 20-year-old phenom Emily Hagins, who recently debuted her newest feature, Grow Up Tony Phillips at SXSW 2013). Smell is Nick Everheart (2012 Doomsday), See is Miko Hughes (Directorial Debut, Actor: Petr Seemtary, New Nightmare, Steve Niles’ Remains), Touch is Emily Hagins (Grow Up, Tony Phillips; My Sucky Teen Romance), Taste is Eric England (Madison County, Roadside) and Listen is Jesse Holland and Andy Milton (YellowBrickRoad). Buy the Blu-ray right here.
James Garner and Jack Kelly ante up for more high-stakes cons and games of chance in Season Three of this smart and witty Emmy -winning series (Best Western, 1959). Luck is still the lady they love best, as footloose gamblers Bret (Garner) and Bart (Kelly) Maverick tangle with Indian war parties, killer cattlemen, feuding families, a stubborn marquesa, their conniving old Pappy (Garner in a dual role) and more, in 26 offbeat adventures packed with quips and twists. Featuring Garner’s last season in his signature role, Maverick: The Complete Third Season also draws upon a full house of guest stars, including screen veterans Buddy Ebsen, Edgar Buchanan and Henry Daniell; newcomers Troy Donahue and Adam West; and future Oscar winners Joel Grey as Billy the Kid and Robert Redford in one of his earliest roles. Buy the Season 3 DVD at WBshop.com.
Based on the true story of Louis Sarno, an American ethnomusicologist who finds himself trying to record and preserve the music of the Bayaka pygmies, the thoughtful drama ‘Oka!‘ is now available on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD. 25 years ago, Sarno traveled from New Jersey to the forests of Central Africa to record the music of the Bayaka Pygmies. He fell in love with the people, their music, their lifestyle – and a local girl. Despite his failing health and the harsh realities of life in the village, he follows the Bayaka into the heart of the forest. Directed by Lavinia Currier (Passion in the Desert, Heart of the Garden), the film stars Kris Marshall (Love Actually, Easy Virtue), Isaach De Bankole (Casino Royale, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), Will Yun Lee (The Wolverine, Total Recall) and the Bayaka of Yandombe. 25 years ago, ethnomusicologist Louis Sarno traveled from New Jersey to the forests of Central Africa to record the music of the Bayaka Pygmies. Falling in love with a Bayaka girl and her forest lifestyle, he decided to stay. ‘Oka!’ tells the adventure of his life in Africa with his adopted family. The Bayaka pygmies maintain a tenuous balance between their traditional forest existence and their increasing dependence on the Bantu villagers. Through the eyes of Larry, the tall, ungainly white man from New Jersey, who in spite of his failing liver accompanies the Bayaka on a journey into the heart of the forest, ‘Oka!’ offers a unique glimpse into the music, humor, and spirit of the Bayaka people. Buy the Blu-ray right here.
As the entire world went “space action” crazy at the end of the Seventies, Hanna-Barbera reconvened its Sci-Fi superstars Space Ghost and the Herculoids for another round of adventures. Joining the sixties sci-fi faves in their interstellar battle against evil were newcomers Teen Force and Astro and the Space Mutts (yes, that Astro!). But there’s more to the story to know before you blastoff on adventures as big as the cosmos itself! Get ready to enjoy Space Stars complete with the recently-uncovered, never-before-seen “Space Science” segments restored in all their educational glory. Race! – to learn Space Magic tricks with Blip! Streak to learn Space Facts from Space Ace! Rock out to the synth wonder of the Space Mix! Solve Space Mysteries deep in space with Teen Force and join the Herculoids to crack the Space Code. They’re back – for the first time ever. Buy the complete series at WBshop.com.
The JFK Collection
History presents ‘The JFK Collection,’ an impressive 3-disc DVD set exploring one of America’s most legendary families that is now available from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Chronicling the life and legacy of our nation’s 35th President John F. Kennedy, the 8-film collection arrives just in time for the 50th anniversary of one of the most talked about moments in American history. Featuring hours of content celebrating his iconic life, ‘The JFK Collection’ 3-disc DVD set is not to be missed. Go inside the life of John F. Kennedy, a reckless rich kid who lived on the edge and became a WWII hero and a president who challenged the nation as it had never been before. This comprehensive family portrait also includes hour-long biographies of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Joseph P. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Jr. and Ted Kennedy. Buy the DVD right here.
At the dawn of the Seventies the Culture War captured as much attention as the Cold War, and the storylines seen in this sixth season of The FBI (drawn from real Bureau files) reflected this. While still on the watch for saboteurs and spies acting as agents for foreign powers, the dedicated crimebusters of the Bureau, as personified by Inspector Erskine (Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.), Special Agent Colby (William Reynolds), and Assistant Director Ward (Philip Abbott) were just as likely to be tasked with tracking down psychotic Vietnam veterans or stopping college kids with a terrorist bent. Among the all-star actors battling the FBI as kidnappers, bank robbers, and extortionist or as the innocent victims whose aid Erskine and co. come to, can be found Martin Sheen, Joan Van Ark, Billy Dee Williams, Robert Loggia, Bradford Dillman, Dabney Coleman, Suzanne Pleshette, and William Shatner (as a rogue customs officer turned drug dealer!). Buy the Season 6 DVD at WBshop.com.
Transformers Rescue Bots
Everyone’s favorite Autobot first responders – Chase, Heatwave, Blades and Boulder – return with more excitement filled episodes as they help keep the little town of Griffin Rock safe. This fun-filled collection is now available on DVD from Shout! Factory Kids, in conjunction with Hasbro Studios. Join the Rescue Bots, along with their human friends, as they encounter Dr. Morocco’s strange new invention, learn about they mysteries of the Griffin Rock Triangle and accidentally shrink themselves in gigantic adventures that will be fun for the whole family. Buy the Griffin Rocks Rescue DVD right here.
After Dark Films presents the terrifying story of a leprechaun’s revenge in ‘Red Clover,’ now available on DVD, Digital Download and Video on Demand from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Starring Billy Zane (Titanic), Courtney Halverson (Keith) and William Devane (The Dark Knight Rises), the frightening horror film tells the story of the residents of Irish Channel whose lives are forever changed after engaging in a fight for their lives against a vengeful demon. Featuring an audio commentary with cast and crew, the Red Clover DVD is now available. Sixty-six years ago, the town of Irish Channel, Louisiana was the site of a horrible massacre on St. Patrick’s Day. While some blame a terrible storm that blew through the town, there are those that know the truth but will not talk about what happened. Since the incident, St. Patrick’s Day festivities have been banned, but now that the mayor believes it is time to bring celebrations back, will this quiet town become the site of a second attack? Buy the DVD right here.
Billy Rose’s Jumbo
Jumbo is a mighty talented elephant. It’s also the ideal word to describe this big-time, big-top extravaganza bursting with laughter and love, sang and dance, circus stunts and star power. Radiant Doris Day sings beloved Rodgers and Hart tunes and does her own horseback riding tricks in a razzle-dazzle musical based on Billy Rose’s stage spectacular and featuring circus sequences directed by Busby Berkeley. The story revolves around a circus owner (Jimmy Durante, star of the 1935 Broadway original) with only two real attractions: his daughter (Day) and popular pachyderm Jumbo. Three-ring pandemonium breaks out when a handsome rival (Stephen Boyd) infiltrates the circus, and father, daughter and Dad’s wise-cracking fiancé (Martha Raye) are suddenly at risk of losing the greatest show on earth! Buy the Blu-ray at WBshop.com.
Award-winning investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America’s expanding covert military operations in ‘Dirty Wars.’ It’s the dirty little secret of the War on Terror: All bets are off, and almost anything goes. The rules of the game and of engagement have fundamentally changed. Today drone strikes, night raids and U.S. government targeted killings occur in corners across the globe, killing untold numbers of civilians. In ‘Dirty Wars,’ Scahill, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Mercenary Army, traces the rise of the Joint Special Operations Command, the most secretive fighting force in U.S. history, exposing operations carried out by people who do not exist on paper and will never appear before Congress. No target is off-limits for the JSOC “kill list,” not even U.S. citizens. Director Richard Rowley and writer-producer Scahill’s film is a chilling battle cry for the soul and conscience of America and what it will and will not stand for. Buy the DVD right here.
WWII 3-Film Collection
Viewers will find themselves on the front lines of key battles from the most widespread war in history with the release of the ‘WW II: 3-Film Collection,’ now available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The immersive 4-disc Blu-ray set and 5-disc DVD set offers fans the chance to own three of History’s most celebrated and visually stunning specials. The WW II: 3-Film Collection from History offers viewers the chance to deconstruct the deadliest conflict in human history from three separate perspectives. The remarkable set features three critically acclaimed programs including WWII in HD, WWII in HD: The Air War and WWII from Space, offering an amazing look at one of the most talked about time periods in history from an all-new perspective. Buy the DVD right here.
Kung Fu: The Movie
David Carradine returns as the Old West’s most unusual hero in Kung Fu: The Movie, filmed a decade after the popular Kung Fu TV series ended. He still speaks softly and hits hard. And killers still stalk Carradine’s fugitive Shaolin priest Kwai Chang Caine in this exciting adventure that adds a captivating new twist: one of the potential assassins is the now-grown son Caine left behind years ago. Brandon Lee (Showdown in Little Tokyo, Rapid Fire) portrays the son, a killing force when under the mysterious spell of a vindictive warlord (Mako, of The Big Brawl and The Perfect Weapon). Also featured are Martin Landau and Benson Fong, and Keye Luke as Master Po, the venerable blind teacher who likens young Caine to a mere “grasshopper.” Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.
I Give it a Year
Since meeting at a party, ambitious Nat and struggling novelist Josh have been deliriously happy despite their differences in ‘I Give it a Year.’ The spark between them is undeniable. Their wedding is a dream come true, but family, friends, and even the minister who marries them aren’t convinced that they can last. With their first anniversary approaching, Josh’s ex-girlfriend, Chloe, and Nat’s handsome American client, Guy, could offer attractive alternatives. Buy the Blu-ray right here.
Two bumbling con artists attempt to outsmart a dimwitted outlaw gang in this rollicking sequel to Skin Game, starring Larry Hagman and Oscar® winner* Lou Gossett in his original role. While escaping a posse, con men Quince Drew (Hagman) and Jason O’Rourke (Gossett) are bushwhacked by Prudy (Blythe Danner), the sheriff’s daughter, and hauled off to jail at gunpoint. Mistaken for a couple of outlaws, the pair is busted out by the Boss (Jack Elam) and his gang, who want them to help rob a bank. Kidnapping Prudy as part of their scam, Quince and Drew pose as the best dynamite men in the business as they attempt to capture the bandits and collect the reward before everything blows up in their faces. A feature-length pilot for a proposed TV series, Sidekicks aired on CBS-TV on March 11, 1974, and is a rib-tickling comedy from veteran Western director Burt Kennedy (Support Your Local Sheriff!), a filmmaker who knew how to make ’em. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.