Despicable Me 2
The holiday season just got even brighter with the release of ‘Despicable Me 2,‘ the $863 million worldwide box office phenomenon and the year’s #1 comedy, on Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D Combo Packs, DVD and Digital HD including UltraViolet from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. In addition to more than 45 minutes of hilarious and insightful bonus features, Blu-ray Combo Packs include, from the makers of ‘Despicable Me,’ three all-new mini-movies starring the film series’ breakout stars, the mischievous but lovable Minions. In this follow-up to the 2010 worldwide blockbuster, Steve Carell (“The Office,” The 40-Year-Old Virgin) returns to play Gru, the newly reformed master criminal now trying to live life as a normal dad to his three adopted daughters. Carell leads a voice cast of comedic powerhouses that includes Kristin Wiig (Bridesmaids, Saturday Night Live), Benjamin Bratt (Miss Congeniality, Snitch), Miranda Cosgrove (“iCarly,” Despicable Me), Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek, Hop), Steve Coogan (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Tropic Thunder), Ken Jeong (The Hangover, Turbo), Elsie Fisher (Despicable Me, Raising Hope), Dana Gaier (Despicable Me) and Moisés Arias (Ender’s Game, “Hannah Montana”). Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.
**Breaking News**: Minion mania continues to captivate consumers across North America this holiday season with the news that the home entertainment debut of ‘Despicable Me 2’ generated $80 million in consumer spend across both physical and digital sell-through formats in its first week of release. The year’s #1 comedy blockbuster sold roughly four-and-a-half million units, bigger than any animated title launch since the home entertainment premiere of ‘Despicable Me’ in 2010, and produced the highest sales for any animated Blu-ray title in history in its opening week!
Releasing from the Disney Vault in celebration of its 50th Anniversary, creative visionary Walt Disney’s classic ‘Mary Poppins‘ shines for the first time on Blu-ray. Starring Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews in her Academy-Award winning role, and featuring iconic toe-tapping songs including “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” ‘Mary Poppins’ is a movie experience your family will enjoy again and again. An all-new digital restoration adds even more magic – helping bring the award-winning songs and amazing picture to life like never before. Share the music; share the magic; share the joy of ‘Mary Poppins’ this holiday on Blu-ray Combo Pack & HD Digital. The stars include Julie Andrews (The Sound of Music, Princess Diaries) as Mary Poppins; Dick Van Dyke (TV’s “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” Night at the Museum) as Bert/Mr. Dawes Senior; David Tomlinson (Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Love Bug) as Mr. Banks; Glynis Johns (The Court Jester, While You Were Sleeping) as Mrs. Banks; Karen Dotrice (The Gnome-Mobile, Upstairs, Downstairs) as Jane Banks and Mathew Garber (The Gnome-Mobile, The Three Lives of Thomasina) as Michael Banks. Buy the 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray right here.
One of the biggest success stories on public television and a huge international hit returns for its newest season with the release of ‘Doc Martin, Series 6’ now available on DVD. Doc Martin is the #1 show for many public TV stations, and the previous season was Acorn’s top-selling DVD of 2012. In the U.K., Doc Martin is ITV’s highest-rated drama series with more than 10 million viewers, and the series has been licensed in more than 70 countries with amusing localized versions. Fan favorite Martin Clunes (Men Behaving Badly) is back as the surly, self-centered Dr. Martin Ellingham. In the sixth series, the doctor tackles fatherhood, his complicated relationship with local teacher Louisa (Caroline Catz, Murder in Suburbia), and the return of his mother (Claire Bloom, Brideshead Revisited). The series co-stars Emmy winner Eileen Atkins (Cranford, co-creator of Upstairs, Downstairs), Ian McNeice (Doctor Who) and Joe Absolom (Hatfields & McCoys). The DVD 2-disc set includes eight episodes, plus 64-minutes of behind-the-scenes segments. Series 6 aired in the U.K. on ITV in Sept. 2013, and Acorn.TV streamed the exclusive U.S. premiere in Oct. 2013. Through American Public Television, Series 6 will begin airing on public television in February 2014. Even on his own wedding day, Dr. Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes) is all scowls. Then following a calamitous honeymoon, he and Louisa (Caroline Catz) must learn to live together, raise a child, and manage two careers. It’s a big adjustment for both, especially Martin, who’s unaccustomed to clutter and noise. And yet he’s still not as picky as their OCD nanny. Factor in the Doc’s usual string of batty patients—including a hypochondriac, a hoarder, two elderly tattoo artists, and a bumbling constable with a string of self-inflicted injuries—and Martin is soon more ill-tempered than ever. Plus, his crippling blood phobia is back, and his ghastly mother (Claire Bloom) picks a bad time to show up at the Ellinghams’ door. With much at stake, Martin turns for advice to his aunt Ruth (Eileen Atkins) perhaps the sanest person in Portwenn—but it may already be too late. Buy the Series 6 DVD right here.
Four months after the events that nearly ended Jackson’s life and resurrected Peter Hale’s, teen wolf Scott McCall and his friends begin their junior year of high school unaware that a new threat has arrived in Beacon Hills: A pack of Alpha werewolves intent on bringing Derek into their fold, while destroying his young pack. Buy the Season 3, Part 1 DVD right here.
Attention, easily brainwashed citizens of Earth! You are now under the control of “Futurama” Volume Eight — the highly animated sci-fi comedy from ‘The Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening. Packed with mind-altering, brain-exploding extras not shown on TV, this outrageous collection includes 13 mesmerizing episodes featuring maniac street racers, robot grave robbers, and nerve-wracking nose transplants. You’ll watch…you’ll laugh…you’ll obey. The Hypnotoad commands it. Buy the Volume 8 DVD right here.
The Gene Autry Show
Gene Autry is the only entertainer with all five stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, one each for Radio, Recording, Motion Pictures, Television and Live Performance. By the middle of the 20th Century, Autry was a box office smash with his musical B Westerns, touring with his rodeo across the United States and the British Isles, and had several gold records, including his Christmas classic Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Now, for the first time in one complete DVD set, all five seasons of Gene Autry’s landmark television series ‘The Gene Autry Show’ are brought home in these fully restored and uncut episodes from Autry’s personal film and television archive. In addition, a bonus disc includes classic episodes from television series produced by Gene’s Flying A Pictures – The Range Rider, Annie Oakley, Buffalo Bill Jr and The Adventures of Champion. Buy the complete series right here.
Muppet Treasure Island/Great Muppet Caper
A treasure trove of hearty laughs is yours when two of the funniest, most action-packed Muppet movies of all time make their Disney Blu-ray debut in a 2-Movie Collection. From the special star-studded lunacy in ‘Muppet Treasure Island’ to the jewel-heist hilarity of ‘The Great Muppet Caper,’ these two classic comedy-adventures are packed with mirth, mayhem and, of course, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Animal, Fozzie, Gonzo and all your Muppet favorites. Jim Henson’s whodunit heist-movie ‘The Great Muppet Caper’ and the silly and swashbuckling high-seas adventure, ‘Muppet Treasure Island,‘ both restored and remastered, are loaded with unforgettable music and sparkling special effects. Two great movies plus a treasure trove of bonus features make the Collection the perfect holiday gift for Muppet fans and the entire family. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.
Boston Red Sox 2013 World Series Collector’s Edition
Relive Boston’s third World Series Championship in the last decade with the official Boston Red Sox 2013 World Series Collector’s Edition set, now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Major League Baseball Productions and Lionsgate Home Entertainment. This set boasts seven full game broadcasts including all six games from the 2013 World Series and the pennant-clincher, ALCS Game 6. Special features include four audio channels – TV broadcast, home and away radio, and Spanish-language audio – and a full hour of bonus features with highlights and milestones from the 2013 Red Sox season and extended highlights of each Postseason win. Experience every inning, play and heart-stopping moment of the 2013 World Series all over again. From the shocking endings of games 3 and 4 to the nearly unprecedented performance by World Series MVP David Ortiz, the Boston Red Sox 2013 World Series Collector’s Edition includes all six games in their entirety plus the complete ALCS Game 6 versus the Detroit Tigers. The set also includes highlights from all 11 regular season walk-off wins, team and player milestones, four audio options include the home and away radio calls, a SleeveStats insert and much more. This collection will be a prized item shared with family and friends for decades to come. Buy the Blu-ray right here.
Just in time for the holidays, the fan-favorite series ‘The Game – The Sixth Season’ makes a play on DVD in a must-own three-disc set. ‘The Game‘ follows the glamorous yet stressful lives of three women who each have a boyfriend, husband or son on the same professional football team. Season 6 revisits the “dysfunctional” football family as they embark on a roller coaster ride filled with plenty of twists and turns, beginning with the excitement of the NFL’s Premiere Draft Day that ends in the draft trade of longtime Saber Derwin Davis (Pooch Hall). The Game – The Sixth Season three-disc DVD includes all 19 episodes plus deleted scenes and a gag reel. Buy the Season 6 DVD right here.
Battle of the Year
Director Benson Lee (Planet B-Boy) brings together the world’s best breakdancers (B-Boys) in the stand-up-and-cheer dance film ‘Battle of the Year,’ now available on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Starring Josh Holloway (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, TV’s “Lost”), Laz Alonso (Jumping the Broom, Avatar), Caity Lotz (TV’s “Arrow,” Bring It On: All or Nothing) and Josh Peck (Red Dawn, TV’s “Drake & Josh”) ‘Battle of the Year’ follows a legendary break-dancing crew’s return to its roots in order to reclaim the world championship after more than a decade of defeat. B-Boys fans can learn new footwork and explore the making of the movie with kickin’ bonus features, including extended dance sequences of three full routines, as well as three, behind-the-scenes featurettes exclusive to the ‘Battle of the Year’ Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray. “This Is Planet B-Boy: Inside the Culture” explores the evolution of the B-Boy dance style and culture, while “Preparing for Battle: Training & Rehearsals” features choreographers, cast and filmmakers on what it took to put all of the dance sequences together. In “The Art of B-Boying: A Guide to Breaking,” fans will hear from the cast and crew on the various elements that make up the B-Boy lifestyle, including unique B-Boy names and signature moves, as well as an insider’s guide to dance moves. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.
Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen), a highly-regarded school teacher, has been forced to start over having overcome a tough divorce in ‘The Hunt.’ Just as things are starting to go his way, his life is shattered. An untruthful remark throws the small community into a collective state of hysteria. The lie is spreading and Lucas is forced to fight a lonely fight for his life and dignity. Buy the Blu-ray right here.
Civil War Double Feature
Saving General Yang
Based on the ancient Chinese folklore of the seven brothers who fought against all odds to rescue their legendary warrior father, the acclaimed action drama ‘Saving General Yang’ is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from Well Go USA Entertainment. The international box office hit is an epic tale about the renowned Song Dynasty’s military defense headed by the clan of Yang against a nomadic Northern nation. Head of the Yang clan is the charismatic old general, Yang Ye, who is also the father of seven sons. The seven young men possess differing temperaments, characters and are each a master of their own kung fu discipline, but they have to join forces and wits to save their father from enemy forces. Directed by Ronny Yu (The Bride With White Hair, Fearless, Bride of Chucky), ‘Saving General Yang’ stars Adam Cheng (Drunken Master Killer, The Legend), Ekin Cheng (Storm Warriors, Treasure Hunt), newcomer Yu Bo, Vic Chau (New Perfect Two), Li Chen (Aftershock), Raymond Lam (The Emperor and the White Snake, The Jade and the Pearl), Wu Chun (14 Blades), newcomer Fu Xin Bo, Xu Fan (Back to 1942, Aftershock), and newcomer Ady An. The film had its world premiere at the 2013 Hong Kong International Film Festival. Bonus materials include a behind-the-scenes featurette “The Making of Ip Man: The Final Fight,” plus interviews with the cast and crew. Northeast China, early Northern Song dynasty, AD 986. The Khitan army takes its revenge for a past massacre, abducting General Yang Ye (Adam Cheng) and leaving his wife and seven sons to rescue him – and fall into their deadly trap. Led by the first son (Ekin Cheng), the seven – two of whom have never seen combat – set out with a small band of fighters to face an army of thousands, brave the treacherous Wolf Mountain, face the nemesis of their shared history, and find the way back alive – all to bring their father home. Buy the Blu-ray right here.
The Roof Top
Taiwanese pop sensation Jay Chou (The Green Hornet, The Viral Factor), drawing on his years as an actor, director, and recording star, creates a fantasy playground of music, moves, and magic as a backdrop to an action comedy which pays homage to the wondrous musicals of the past, while exploding to life with today’s sound and spirit in ‘The Rooftop,’ now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from Well Go USA Entertainment. In addition to Chou, the movie stars Alan Ko (Goodbye May), Eric Tsang (Ip Man: The Final Fight), Wang Xue Qi, Fan Xu (Saving General Yang, Back to 1942), and newcomer Hsin Ai Lee. Gao (Jay Chou) and his friends are the happiest kids in the city of Galilee. Living on the rooftops of this bustling metropolis, sometimes life can be tough, but they still churn out songs all day, and dance under the stars at night. But when Gao meets his dream girl, a billboard beauty named Sian (Hsin Ai Lee), fate takes him on a wild ride through the high and low parts of the town he loves – where tales of friendship, romance, and gang rivalry are all told through enchanting melodies and stunning dance numbers. Buy the DVD right here.
The compelling and provocative drama ‘Adore‘ is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital debut from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Starring Naomi Watts (The Impossible, Eastern Promises) and Robin Wright (Moneyball, “House of Cards”) the film marks the English-language directorial debut of Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel). Written for the screen by Academy Award-winner Christopher Hampton Best Adapted Screenplay, Dangerous Liaisons, 1988), ‘Adore’ is based on a novel by Nobel Prize for Literature winner Doris Lessing. Set in an Australian seaside town of otherworldly beauty, ‘Adore’ follows two women’s plunge into uncharted waters as they explore the intricacies of love, family, morality and passion. Watts and Wright deliver riveting performances as two life-long friends who become romantically involved with each other’s sons. The film also stars Xavier Samuel (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, The Loved Ones) and James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom). Buy the DVD right here.
The Seasoning House
Acclaimed prosthetic effects designer Paul Hyett (The Woman in Black, Unknown) makes his directorial debut with the harrowing horror revenge thriller ‘The Seasoning House,’ now available on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD from Well Go USA Entertainment. The chilling film stars Rosie Day (Sixteen), Sean Pertwee (Event Horizon), Kevin Howarth (Gallowwalkers, The Last Horror Movie) and Anna Walton (Hellboy II: The Golden Army). In ‘The Seasoning House,’ young girls are prostituted to the military and an orphaned deaf mute (Day) is enslaved to care for them. She moves between the walls and crawlspaces, showing a little kindness when she can. When fate brings the men that murdered her family and the reason she ended up in the whore house, a chain of events begins that will end her captivity, free the girls still alive in the house and grant her revenge on the soldiers that destroyed her life. Bonus materials include “The Making of The Seasoning House” featurette. Deaf and mute Angel (Rosie Day) is abducted and ditched in a grim Balkan brothel. The ex-soldier who runs the place, Viktor (Kevin Howarth), puts her to work tending to the other women, but when she sparks a friendship with one of the women, things take a turn for the violent. Buy the Blu-ray right here.
Released from military prison with a dishonorable discharge and a broken heart, unemployed John Hidell (Michael C. Freeland) boards a bus to New York City with no intention of returning. His only possession – a backpack brimming with homemade explosives… ‘American Bomber,’ the debut feature from writer/director Eric Trenkamp, recent recipient of the “Best Feature” Award at the 2013 Mississippi International Film Festival and the Closing Night Film of the 2013 Big Apple Film Festival, is now available on DVD and VOD from IndiePix Films. The DVD is loaded with over two hours of bonus content, including commentary with the cast and crew, the short film on which the feature was based and much more. The story begins as Hidell, who worships his older brother, Jim, follows him into the Army – only to be stationed in Arizona. While there, he learns of Jim’s death in Afghanistan and spins out of control, putting a sergeant in the hospital and earning six months in the brig. While serving out his sentence, he meets Speiler, a charismatic sociopath who uses the young soldier’s anger to manipulate him into joining an extremist militia group. After his discharge, the disenfranchised Hidell travels to Brooklyn and meets Miles, a fanatic disciple of Speiler’s; it’s here that they prepare for the suicide bombing. Interwoven with their preparations are interviews with FBI agents and Army specialists who each hold a piece of the puzzle behind Hidell’s motivation. Buy the DVD right here.
A young man struggles with unexplained events in a New York City apartment building where tenants are not who they appear to be in ‘7E,’ an eerie new psychological thriller now available on Digital Download and DVD. Inside an old New York apartment, Clyde (Brendan Sexton III, Welcome to the Dollhouse, Boys Don’t Cry) looks after his cousin (exciting newcomer Antonella Lentini) following the death of her roommate. Clyde begins to suspect tenants were involved in the suspicious death after meeting Sam and Rich, who seem overly concerned with his cousin’s well-being. As his exploration into the death continues, Clyde’s perception of what is real and what is imagined becomes increasingly blurred. ‘7E’ marks the impressive writing-directing debut of Teddy Schenck, who has worked on such films as Compliance, American Gangster and The Bourne Ultimatum. The psychological thriller also stars James Russo (Public Enemies, Django Unchained, Donnie Brasco), Armando Riesco (Garden State, World Trade Center, Che) and Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is the New Black, Slums of Beverly Hills, But I’m a Cheerleader). Buy the DVD right here.
Abby (Rosemarie DeWitt), is a sought after massage therapist and a free spirit, while her brother Paul (Josh Pais) thrives on routine, running a failing dental practice with his assistant and daughter Jenny (Ellen Page) in ‘Touchy Feely.’ Suddenly, Abby develops an aversion to bodily contact, which not only makes her unable to do her job, but also severely affects her relationship with her boyfriend (Scoot McNairy). As Abby navigates her way through an identity crisis, her brother’s dental practice receives new life when clients seek out his “healing touch.” Buy the Blu-ray right here.
A charming and uplifting film destined to become a holiday classic, ‘Angels Sing’ is now available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) and Digital HD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film is currently available on Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View. Starring Harry Connick, Jr. (Dolphin Tale, New In Town, TV’s“American Idol”) Connie Britton (TV’s “Nashville,” TV’s “Friday Night Lights”), Chandler Canterbury (The Host), Fionnula Flanagan (The Guard, TV’s “Lost”) and Grammy winning-recording artist Lyle Lovett, along with country music legend Willie Nelson and Oscarnominee Kris Kristofferson (Best Music, Original Song Score, Songwriter, 1984) ‘Angels Sing’ reminds us that a little Christmas cheer can go a long way. Harry Connick, Jr. stars as Michael Walker, who, as a child, wished every day was Christmas, until a tragic accident crushed his holiday spirit. Thirty years later Michael still can’t muster any joy for Christmas despite encouragement from his playful wife (Britton) and well intentioned parents (Kristofferson and Flanagan). But when his young son (Canterbury) faces a tragedy, Michael needs to make amends with his past. A mysterious man named Nick (Nelson) gives Michael a gift that instills in him the courage to find the Christmas joy that he lost. Buy the Blu-ray right here.