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'Monsters Universit' (Walt Disney Home Entertainment)

Monsters University

After scaring up big laughs in theaters, the in-home release of ‘Monsters University‘ opens its doors to the movie in stunning high definition Blu-ray, and provides hours of all-new bonus material, in-depth behind the scenes features, deleted scenes, the animated theatrical short ‘The Blue Umbrella’ and much more.  Directed by Dan Scanlon (‘Cars,’ ‘Mater and the Ghostlight’ ‘Tracy’), produced by Kori Rae (‘Up,’ ‘The Incredibles,’ ‘Monsters, Inc.’), and written by Dan Scanlon and Robert Baird & Dan Gerson (‘Monsters, Inc.’), ‘Monsters University’ marks Pixar’s 14th consecutive film to debut at number one at the box office. Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal) was a little monster, he has dreamed of becoming a Scarer—and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But during his first semester at MU, Mike’s plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, “Sulley” (voice of John Goodman), a natural-born Scarer. The pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. To make matters worse, they realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right. ‘Monsters University’ bravely explores themes of self-discovery and the revelations that come with growing up. Joining Crystal and Goodman as part of “Monsters University’s” monstrously talented voice cast are Steve Buscemi (voice of Randy Boggs), Helen Mirren (voice of Dean Hardscrabble), Alfred Molina (voice of Professor Knight), Charlie Day (voice of Art), Sean P. Hayes (voice of Terri Perry), Dave Foley (voice of Terry Perry), Nathan Fillion (voice of Johnny Worthington) and Aubrey Plaza (voice of Claire Wheeler). Featuring a score from recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and award-winning composer Randy Newman (‘Monsters, Inc,’ ‘Toy Story 3’), MU also includes music from Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

The Snow Queen

Based on the classic story by Hans Christian Andersen,  ‘The Snow Queen’ is a heart-warming story of friendship and the triumph of love over evil. The BBC television event features the voice of Patrick Stewart (X-Men, Star Trek: The Next Generation) as the Raven and music performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. When Gerda and her mother take in the penniless street urchin Kay, powerful forces emerge that will take both children on a magical journey and test their friendship to the extreme. One cold winter night a splinter of ice pierces Kay’s heart and makes him angry and unhappy. He soon becomes enchanted by the Snow Queen and is taken to her palace in the frozen North. Gerda decides that she must do whatever she can to rescue her friend. Faith, love and courage lead Gerda on a perilous quest through strange lands and past terrifying creatures. Will the little girl in the red velvet cloak be able to match the power of the Snow Queen? This remastered version has 5.1 surround sound and brand-new bonus features including Making of The Snow Queen, director commentary, and a Blue Peter special exploring Hans Christian Andersen’s life. Buy the DVD right here.

Family Tree

Featuring acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Guest’s (Best in Show, This is Spinal Tap) uniquely eclectic sense of humor and packed with his signature quirky characters, ‘Family Tree‘ is the writer/director’s first television series. The documentary-style comedy series features rising star Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, HBO’s Girls) among a roster of Guest regulars including Ed Begley, Jr., Fred Willard, Jim Piddock, Michael McKean and Bob Balaban. Down on his luck in love and life, having recently lost his job and girlfriend, 30-year-old Tom Chadwick (O’Dowd) has an unsure sense of his own identity. But when he inherits a mysterious box from his great aunt Victoria, Tom starts investigating his lineage. With the help of his sister Bea (Nina Conti), best friend Pete (Tom Bennett) and friendly neighbor Mr. Pfister (Piddock), Tom embarks on a quest to learn more, following leads and clues in London that eventually bring him to the United States. Along the way, he uncovers a world of unusual stories and characters, acquiring a growing sense of who he and his entire family are. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Masters of Money

A three-part documentary exploring the lives of prominent economic thinkers whose theories continue to influence policy, the BBC documentary ‘Masters of Money’ is now available on DVD from Athena, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. Narrated by BBC economics editor Stephanie Flanders, a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard and Oxford-educated broadcast journalist with a degree in economics, the program presents an engaging take on the crucially important subject of the global economic crisis, the causes, and ramifications. Broadcast on BBC Two and BBC World News in late 2012, the documentary explores the lives of John Maynard Keynes, Friedrich Hayek, and Karl Marx. audiences. The DVD 2-Disc set includes three episodes, plus bonus Adventures in Economics shorts (6 min.), 12-page viewers guide, and more. Just what happened to the global economy in 2008? Why did the world react the way it did? Did economic policies help or hurt? These are just some of the questions that BBC economics editor and narrator Stephanie Flanders asks in Masters of Money. For answers, she turns to three economists from the past whose revolutionary thinking helped shape the course of history and transformed the world we live in today. Buy the DVD right here.

Line of Duty

Compared to ‘The Wire’ and ‘The Shield,’ and critically acclaimed for its taut plotting, remarkable performances and hard-hitting realism, ‘Line of Duty, Series 1’ is now available on DVD from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. Martin Compston (Monarch of the Glen) stars as Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott, a London police officer who refuses to participate in a bureaucratic cover-up following a botched counterterrorism raid. Made a pariah by his colleagues, Arnott is forced to transfer to the anti-corruption department, where he quickly discovers that a celebrated officer, DCI Gates (Lennie James, Low Winter Sun, The Walking Dead, Jericho), has much to hide in both his personal and professional lives. Broadcast in 2012 on BBC Two and Hulu, a second installment of the series has already been commissioned. The DVD 2-Disc set includes five episodes, plus 47 min. bonus interviews with the writer, directors, and cast and 10 min. of behind-the-scenes footage. Detective Chief Inspector Tony Gates (Lennie James) is an exemplary cop. He’s got the best crime stats on the force and a loyal team working under him. But the head of the police anticorruption unit, Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar, Ashes to Ashes), has his doubts about Gates. Is he really that good? And more importantly, is he really that clean? Hastings decides to find out and calls on a new arrival to his department, Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott (Martin Compston), to help him do it. As the net tightens around Gates, reputations are on the line—and lives are at risk. Guest stars include Vicky McClure (Broadchurch), Gina McKee (The Forsyte Saga), Kate Ashfield (Shaun of the Dead), Craig Parkinson (Misfits), and Neil Morrissey (Waterloo Road). Buy the Series 1 DVD right here.

Little Brother, Big Trouble

This holiday season, one reindeer will embark on a treacherous mission to save his family and Christmas with the release of  ‘Little Brother, Big Trouble – A Christmas Adventure,’ now available on DVD, Digital Download and Video on Demand  from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The heart-warming sequel to Niko & The Way To The Stars, the ‘Little Brother, Big Trouble – A Christmas Adventure DVD’ includes multiple featurettes and a sneak peek at “Miniscule,” with four award-winning animated shorts. On Christmas Eve, Niko must find his little brother who has gone missing. But in order to save Christmas, it’s going to take a lot of help from his friends in order to save the day. In this heartwarming holiday tale for all ages, Niko will learn the importance of friendship and family. Buy the Christmas Adventure DVD right here.

Saving Santa

Kids and families nationwide will fire up the engines and grab the reins with the release of ‘Saving Santa,’ now available on DVD. The wildly fun time-traveling adventure from the award-winning animation studio behind Disney’s ‘Secret of the Wings,’ ‘Tinker Bell’ and ‘Planes’ features the famous voices of Marin Freeman, Noel Clark, Tim Conway, Tim Curry, Ashley Tisdale and Joan Collins. An upbeat tale of the ultimate holiday rush, ‘Saving Santa’ starts at the top – the top of the North Pole, that is – where Bernard, a low-ranking Elf, dreams of one day joining Santa’s elite team of great inventors, the very elves who make the magic of Christmas possible!


Clara (Gemma Arterton, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters) and her daughter Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan, Hanna) have been sating their need for blood for 200 years. Sensitive Eleanor relies on the elderly to survive, but Clara is far less compassionate, working as a prostitute and bringing a violent end to those who would take advantage of women. When the trail of bloodless corpses left in their wake forces them to flee to a coastal town, Clara sees an opportunity to set up a brothel in an old resort and provide for her daughter. But Eleanor, unwilling to continue living on the run, yearns to tell her story of life in the past, not anticipating the grave consequences doing so may have. Sexy, thrilling and mysterious, director Neil Jordan’s (Interview with the Vampire) ‘Byzantium‘ deftly draws upon 19th century vampire mythology to create a wholly contemporary gothic tale. Buy the DVD right here.

Bounty Killer

It’s been 20 years since the corporations took over the world’s governments. Their thirst for power and profits led to the corporate wars, a fierce global battle that laid waste to society as we know it. Born from the ash, the Council of Nine rose as a new law and order for this dark age. To avenge the corporations’ reckless destruction, the Council issues death warrants for all white collar criminals. Their hunter’s – the ‘Bounty Killer.’ From amateur savage to graceful assassin, the ‘Bounty Killer’s’ now compete for body count, fame and a fat stack of cash. They’re ending the plague of corporate greed by exterminating the self serving CEO and providing the survivors of the apocalypse with retribution. These are the new heroes. This is the age of the ‘Bounty Killer.’ Buy the DVD right here.

The Beauty of the Devil

Two of classic French cinema’s most iconic stars unite in ‘The Beauty of the Devil,’ master filmmaker René Clair’s retelling of the Faust legend. The Cohen Film Collection has made this rediscovered 1950 classic available for the first time ever in a newly remastered HD Blu-ray and DVD. An aging professor of alchemy (Michel Simon, L’Atalante, Boudu Saved From Drowning) makes a bargain with the Devil (Gérard Philipe, La Ronde, Fanfan la Tulipe) that will give him youth, fame and riches in exchange for his soul. Clair (À Nous la Liberté, And Then There Were None) creates an allegorical fantasy that is both whimsical and tragicomic.  Extras in this deluxe edition include a 2010 documentary featurette about the film and trailers. Buy the Blu-ray right here.


Award-winning lesbian filmmakers Dominique Cardona and Laurie Colbert (Finn’s Girl) team up again for the internationally-acclaimed, award-winning ‘Margarita,’ now available on DVD from Wolfe Video. Behind the facade of a beautiful urban home, a combination of complacency and bad investments has left power couple Ben and Gail disconnected, resentful and just about broke. When the cash-strapped yuppies fire their teen-aged daughter’s lesbian Mexican nanny, Margarita, they set off a chain of events that lead to her deportation. Filmed in a quaint snowy Toronto suburb against a steamy Latin soundtrack, the Canadian dramedy features Nicola Correia Damude (TV’s “Degrassi: The Next Generation”) as scrumptious stalwart Margarita, Christine Horne as her girlfriend Jane, Canadian television star Patrick McKenna as pothead doctor Ben, Claire Lautier (Elf, TV’s “Law and Order”) as bi-curious mom Gail and Maya Ritter (Finn’s Girl) as tomboy teen Mali. Margarita the nanny is muse to all: she’s a whip-smart bookkeeper, can fix everything from a hot tub to a smoothie, and could put Martha Stewart to shame with her effortless domestic engineering. Not to mention she’s sweet, sexy as a jaguar, and regularly piques everyone’s interest…in more ways than one. She’s everything power couple Gail and Ben and their teenage daughter Mali could ask for in a gorgeous live-in from Mexico. But when finances shrink and they can no longer afford her, Margarita’s livelihood and the household stability are suddenly on shaky ground. Is this a crisis that Jane the saucy law school girlfriend or Carlos the hot Brazilian handyman can solve? Family, friends, and lovers must come together to keep Margarita in town and the “proposals” start flying. Buy the DVD right here.

The Secret World of Santa Claus

The Secret World of Santa Claus answers the puzzling question of what exactly Santa does during the other 364 days of the year. The answer? He has magical adventures alongside his elves as they search for the perfect presents for good girls and boys across the globe! In “Elves in Toyland,’ Santa, his nine reindeer and trusty elves visit the real world before sleighing into a place full of enchantment. But when they arrive, they discover the meddlesome Gruzzlebeard has cast a wicked spell on all the toys, making them come to life. With Christmas rapidly approaching, Santa and his elves must undo Gruzzlebeard’s maleficent magic before it’s too late! In “A Present for Santa,” children from a nearby village work together with Santa’s elves to make him a gift so he won’t be the only person on the planet who never receives presents on Christmas. While they’re hard at work, the dastardly villain Gruzzlebeard unleashes a pair of hungry termites that nearly eat Santa’s house, along with his trademark suit with special powers! Santa is very distressed, but when he awakens to a big present outside, courtesy of the children, he discovers that all hope is not lost. Buy the Elves in Toyland and A Present For Santa DVD.

As Cool As I Am

Born to teenaged parents in a small town, sixteen-year-old Lucy Diamond (Sarah Bolger, Once Upon a Time) longs for a traditional family, but with an immature working mother (Claire Danes, My So-Called Life, Homeland) and a strict, frequently absent father (James Marsden, X-Men, Enchanted) she is mostly on her own. As she senses her parents’ emotional distance, Lucy grows close to her childhood best friend, Kevin (Thomas Mann, Beautiful Creatures), who soon becomes her first sexual partner. After he abruptly moves away, Lucy struggles to make sense of her fledgling sex life, plan for her future, and help her mother start over again.  Featuring an all-star cast that includes Jeremy Sisto (Waitress), Jon Tenney (The Closer), Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls) and Peter Fonda, ‘As Cool As I Am‘ is an insightful coming-of-age story that captures the real drama and bittersweet moments of adolescence. Buy the DVD right here.

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