As the Seventies came into its own, the intrepid agents of the FBI saw the Cold War and the Culture War cool down, but the domestic war on crime starts to come to a boil. Whether its suburban salesmen roiling with self-loathing who plan the perfect crime (Bradford Dillman, naturally) and don’t care who they cross in the process (an ice-cold Clu Gulager), crushed lumber merchants with a fail-proof kidnap cache (John Colicos), or syndicate-raised hit-men with the heart of an angel (Martin Sheen, redeemed by Meg Foster), the intrepid professionals of the bureau, Inspector Erskine (Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.), Special Agent Colby (William Reynolds) and Assistant Director Ward (Philip Abbott) have the savvy and the science to bring them all to heel. Among the dupes and deceivers found in this 6-Disc, 26-Episode collection are the famed and the-soon-to-be including Lindsay Wagner, Mark Hamill, Dabney Coleman, Stefanie Powers and Vic Tayback. Buy the Season 7 DVD at WBshop.com.
Agatha Christie’s Poirot
Newly remastered and restored to their original U.K. broadcast order, ‘Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Series 11’ is now available don Blu-ray from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. Putting his brilliant intellect and fastidious nature to the test, Agatha Christie’s famous Belgian detective, played by the illustrious David Suchet, solves the most mystifying crimes of the Art Deco era. Brimming with opulent 1930s period details and pitch-perfect performances, these lavish adaptations look better than ever in this remastered edition. ITV Studios’ Poirot has aired on ITV1 in the U.K. since 1989 and on PBS and A&E in the U.S. The episodes from Series 11 debuted in 2008-2009. The 2-disc Blu-ray and 2-disc DVD sets include all four mysteries from Series 11, now with SDH subtitles. With the filming of Series 13 completed, David Suchet has now filmed all of Agatha Christie’s works with Poirot (70). The final series of five episodes will premiere in the U.S. in 2014. Buy the Series 11 Blu-ray right here.
The classic TV Western starring Academy Award winner Clint Eastwood returns with the release of ‘Rawhide: The Seventh Season, Volume One and Volume Two,’ now available for the first time ever on DVD. Both volumes of the seventh season arrive in four-disc sets, packed with nearly fifteen hours of digitally remastered episodes. Relive all the action and adventure of the thrilling seventh season featuring guest stars Dean Martin, Barbara Eden, Slim Pickens, Gavin MacLeod, Harry Dean Stanton, Robert Blake and Brock Peters. Buy the Season 7, Volume 1 and Volume 2 DVD.
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Experience Matt Smith’s final appearance in ‘Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD. With over 60 minutes of sensational bonus features including an hour long special celebrating Matt Smith’s tenure as the Eleventh Doctor, this is a must-have for any Doctor Who fan’s collection. Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars. And among them – the Doctor. Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe. Orla Brady (Fringe, Mistresses) guest stars as Tasha Lem. Buy the Blu-ray right here.
It’s the ultimate endgame, as ‘Breaking Bad’ meets ‘Justified’ in the new action thriller ‘Wicked Blood.’ Backed by an all-star cast, Academy Award nominee Abigail Breslin is Hannah – a teenage girl desperate to free her family from the corrupt Southern underworld of violence, guns, meth and biker gangs that surrounds them. A chess-wiz, Hannah lives with her older sister, Amber (Alexa Vega), and her drug-addicted Uncle Donny (Lew Temple) and they all live in fear of “Uncle Frank” (Sean Bean) Stinson, who runs the powerful crime organization in a ruthless manner. But when Amber falls in love with Wild Bill Owens (James Purefoy) an outlaw biker, meth trafficker and Stinson family rival, it’s Hannah who devises a plan to pit one against the other in a cunning game of revenge. Buy the DVD right here.
Cold Comes the Night
Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Golden Globewinner Bryan Cranston (Best Actor, TV’s ‘Breaking Bad,’ 2013) star in the edge-of-your-seat, cat-and-mouse thriller ‘Cold Come the Night,’ now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Directed by Tze Chun (Children of Invention), this crime drama is filled with twists and tension when a struggling motel owner and single mother (Eve) is taken hostage by a career criminal (Cranston), and forced to become his guide and driver as he attempts to retrieve his cash package from a crooked cop (Logan Marshall-Green). Bonus features include deleted scenes. Chloe (Eve) and daughter Sophia (Parker) live in a rundown motel on a lonely highway pit stop. As the proprietor of the motel, Chloe is in financial trouble and has let Billy (Marshall-Green), a corrupt cop, take advantage of her situation. One night, Topo (Cranston), a nearly blind career criminal, and his driver stop at the motel while en route to deliver cash to an unknown boss. After an accident kills his driver and impounds his car, he takes Chloe and Sophia hostage and forces Chloe to be his new driver and guide, using Sophia as collateral. They set out after Billy, who has stolen Topo’s money from the car. Hoping to escape to a better life, Chloe tries to strike a deal with Topo but soon finds herself in over her head, and a series of double crosses leaves a cloud of mayhem and murder. Buy the Blu-ray right here.
Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin (Best Supporting Actor, Milk, 2008) stars as a troubled advertising executive who finds himself kidnapped and held in an inescapable room in the thriller ‘Oldboy,’ now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD UltraViolet from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In this gritty tale of vengeance from critically-acclaimed director Spike Lee (Inside Man), Joe Doucette (Josh Brolin) is abruptly kidnapped and framed for the murder of his wife. After being held hostage in solitary confinement for 20 years, Doucette is released without explanation and struggles to reacclimate himself until he crosses paths with a caring social worker (Elizabeth Olsen) and sets out on an obsessive mission to find out who imprisoned him. He soon realizes that the real mystery is why he was set free. The cast also includes Sharlto Copley (Elysium), Michael Imperioli (The Call), James Ransone (Red Hook Summer) and Pom Klementieff (Sleepless Nights). Fans can explore the making of the film in two behind-the-scenes featurettes on the Blu-ray and DVD, including “The Making of Oldboy,” detailing the fight choreography in the film, and “Transformation,” taking fans on an in-depth exploration of Doucette’s character. The Blu-ray exclusively features alternate and extended scenes, a short promo spot including clips from the workout video in the film, and “Talking Heads,” an additional featurette providing overview of the ‘Oldboy’ story line. Buy the Blu-ray right here.
The bestselling, acclaimed History series ‘Ancient Aliens: Season 5 – Volume 2’ returns with the second half of Season 5 , now available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Continue to explore the fascinating field of alien research with this year’s top selling History franchise on DVD. Did the knowledge and advancements of ancient civilizations have extraterrestrial origins? ‘Ancient Aliens: Season 5 – Volume 2 from History pursues the topic from many angles. “Emperors, Kings and Pharaohs”explores whether ancient leaders, usually attributed with divine powers, were actually connected to extraterrestrial forces. “Alien Operations”examinesadvanced medical procedures practiced in the ancient world, as evidenced by wall carvings and skeletal remains. Did these skills come from an otherworldly source? Archaeologists ponder the healing power of ancient objects like sacred bones in “Mysterious Relics”and luminous skull-shaped crystals in “The Crystal Skulls.” Do these controversial artifacts hold the secrets to the universe? And were giant winged deities known as Anunnaki responsible for ancient Sumerian leaps in advancement? Find out in “The Anunnaki Connection.” This provocative collection also includes “The Satan Conspiracy,” “The Power of Three” and “The Magic of the Gods.” Buy the Season 5, Volume 2 DVD right here.
Winner Take All
James Cagney gives a knockout performance in this two-fisted boxing drama costarring Marian Nixon, Virginia Bruce, Guy Kibbee and Dickie Moore. While resting up at a New Mexico health ranch, lightweight contender Jimmy Kane (Cangey) falls for Peggy Harmon (Nixon), a beautiful widow with a sickly young son (Moore). Promising to send for them in a couple of months, he returns to the ring and lines up a shot at the title. But when he meets a society tease (Bruce) whose flirtations are mistaken for love, Peggy is summoned to win Jimmy back before he destroys his career. The first of several films to showcase Cagney’s skills as a boxer, Winner Take All places the actor square in the ring, wher he refused the use of a double. The footage would reappear years later in Cagney’s final film, Terrible Joe Moran (1984), in which he played an elderly ex-fighter. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.
Mr. & Mrs. Murder
A warm and witty whodunit from Down Under sure to please mystery and comedy fans alike, ‘Mr. & Mrs. Murder, Series 1’ is now available on DVD from Acorn from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. This quirky, unconventional take on the ever-popular detective genre follows fun-loving and flirtatious couple Nicola (Kat Stewart, Offspring) and Charlie Buchanan (Shaun Micallef, Full Frontal), who run a cleaning service for crime scenes. They love their business—and each other—and find that closing cases comes just as naturally as cleaning them up. Boasting first-rate cinematography and production values, and also starring Jonny Pasvolsky (McLeod’s Daughters) and Lucy Honigman (Max’s Dreaming), the recent production is appealing to fans of shows like Castle and New Tricks. The DVD 4-Disc set contains 13 episodes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, cast interviews, extended scenes, and more. Charlie and Nicola Buchanan are a pair of crime-scene cleaners with a knack for solving mysteries. As they go about their work, they discover clues the police overlook, and their anonymity provides cover to follow-up on their hunches. Nicola’s intuition and Charlie’s head for arcane facts make them the perfect crime-solving team. With help from their straitlaced niece, Jess (Lucy Honigman), and the indulgence of overworked police detective Peter Vinetti (Jonny Pasvolsky), they crack cases involving people from all walks of life, from zookeepers to plastic surgeons. Buy the Series 1 DVD right here.
Dubbed the German Brokeback Mountain for its portrayal of forbidden love between two police cadets, the award-winning drama ‘Free Fall’ is now available on DVD from Wolfe Video. Part of a new wave of powerful German cinema, director Stephan Lacant’s first feature film tells the dramatic tale of a man who finds himself outside the clear-cut boundaries of his world. Acclaimed performances from Hanno Koffler, Max Riemelt and Katharina Schüttler provide a moving portrayal of what happens when life plans crumble and there is no way left to fulfill the needs of the people you love. ‘Free Fall’ collected numerous awards on the film festival circuit, including the Jury Awards for Best Feature at the Philadelphia Q Fest and Louisville LGBT Film Festival, as well as Max Riemelt winning the Audience Award for Best Actor at Atlanta’s Out on Film. In addition, the film was nominated for Best Debut Film and the Teddy Award at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival. With a promising law enforcement career and a child on the way, Marc’s (Hanno Koffler, Summer Storm) life is going according to plan until he meets the free spirited Kay (Max Reimelt, Before The Fall). They start jogging together, bringing a breath of fresh air into Marc’s life — and, for the first time, he develops feelings for a man. Torn between the life he knows so well and the exhilaration of this new adventure, Marc finds himself in a state of free fall, unable to make anyone happy anymore – least of all himself. Buy the DVD right here.
Climb aboard this Mississippi river boat where the lives and loves of its unforgettable crew (Ava Gardner, Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson and more) come to life against a memorable kern-Hammerstein II score. Year: 1951 Director: George Sidney Starring: Ava Gardner, Katharyn Grayson, Howard Keel. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.
Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation
Cowabunga! Get ready for more memorable adventures with the Ninja Turtles. Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Saban Brands, has released ‘Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation – East Meets West’ on DVD, featuring the first seven episodes of the popular series. See all the exciting showdowns in the only live-action series based on the iconic Ninja Turtles franchise. Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo are four genetically mutated turtles who have grown into human-sized, ninja-powered crime-fighters living in the sewers of New York City. Under the tutelage of Master Splinter, these four teens have spent their formative years fighting their nemesis, Shredder, and his evil army. But the turtles’ world is about to change…and if you thought Shredder was bad, wait until you meet the newest TMNT foe: Dragon Lord! It will take all the power of the turtles to combat this new villain…but luckily for them, they will have help from a new ninja turtle, a female turtle named Venus De Milo. Buy the East Meets West DVD right here.
Bible Secrets Revealed
Taking on the questions people of faith have yearned to have answered, History presents a brand new six-hour miniseries on the most famous book in the world. ‘Bible Secrets Revealed’ is now available on DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Highlighted by breath-taking photography, captivating reenactments and insightful discussions with experts in the field, this two-disc collection features six fascinating episodes. ‘Bible Secrets Revealed’ explores the mysteries and uncovers the hidden facts about the most read book in human history. The foundation on which Judaism and Christianity are built, the Bible is believed by the faithful to be the actual word of God. But is it history or myth? Who wrote it? How has it been altered over the years? This collection features stunning on-location photography, compelling reenactments and insightful interviews with scholars, archeologists and religious leaders. It offers an eye-opening journey into the book that has impacted millions while taking on the provocative questions people of faith yearn to have answered. Buy the DVD right here.
Paul Walker (The Fast and The Furious franchise) reinvents himself, in one of his last roles, in the pulse-pounding drama, ‘Hours‘ is now available on DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) and Digital HD from Pantelion Films and Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The dramatic thriller also starring Genesis Rodriguez (Casa de mi Padre, The Last Stand) is written and directed by first-time director Eric Heisser. Nolan Hayes (Walker) arrives at a New Orleans hospital with his pregnant wife, Abigail (Rodriguez), who has gone into early labor. Things quickly spiral out of control when the birth goes tragically wrong and Hurricane Katrina hits, ravaging the hospital and forcing an evacuation. With his baby dependent on a ventilator and no one around to help, Nolan faces one life-and-death decision after another and must fight to keep his daughter alive. Featuring a music video by Safran and a PSA for Paul Walker’s charity Reach Out World Wide, the ‘Hours’ DVD (plus Digital Ultraviolet) is not to be missed. Buy the DVD right here.
Last Day on Mars
On the eve that the crew of the very first manned expedition to Mars is about to return to Earth, they make an astounding discovery – fossilized evidence of life on Mars. Oscar nominated and visionary filmmaker Ruairi Robinson, along with an extraordinary special effects team including the people behind District 9, X-Men: First Class and Avatar, introduce us to a terrifying new landscape, where the scientific discovery of life might be the death of us all. Buy the Blu-ray right here.
Slugterra: Heroes of the Underground
Get ready to slug it out! Shout! Factory Kids, in collaboration with Nerd Corps Entertainment, has released ‘Slugterra: Heroes of the Underground,’ an all-new DVD collection of Nerd Corp’s highly popular animated action series. Delivering five action-filled episodes and captivating entertainment that kids are sure to enjoy, the DVD will also feature bonus content including a look behind the scenes of Slugterra, plus bonus animated Slugisodes. Slugterra is an epic sci-fi comedy adventure set deep underground, where the ammo’s alive and only the quick survive! In this luminous, high-tech, underground world, every cavern holds a new adventure, a new battle and weird little slugs to be discovered. In this collection, join our hero Eli Shane, his gang of slugslingers, and his best slug buddy Burpy on their numerous adventures. Whether they are thwarting a mad scientist, facing an Ice Ogre or questing after fabled treasure, Eli and the rest of Shane Gang prove they are ready to slug it out. Buy the DVD right here.
Snowflake the White Gorilla
Experience the exciting tale of one gorilla’s quest to belong in this all-new animated adventure, ‘Snowflake The White Gorilla,’ now available on DVD and Video on Demand from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Snowflake The White Gorilla stars David Spade (Grown Ups), Jennette McCurdy (TV’s “Sam & Cat”), Ariana Grande (TV’s “Victorious”), Nathan Kress (TV’s “iCarly”), Keith David (The Princess and the Frog), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future franchise) and introducing Dallas Lovato (The Helpers). Awarded the DOVE Seal of Approval, the Snowflake The White Gorilla DVD includes a “making of” featurette and a sneak peek of award-winning shorts from Miniscule. Snowflake is the only white gorilla in the world, and the zoo’s main attraction. Children love her, but she just wants to fit in. With the help of an eccentric red panda, Snowflake sneaks out of the zoo and heads into the dangerous city to find a circus witch with a magical potion that promises to make her a “normal” gorilla. Will Snowflake find the cure she’s looking for or realize that there is something more important than fitting in? Buy the DVD right here.
Meet nine unforgettable girls in the groundbreaking film that launched a global movement for girls’ education. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ stories into words; renowned actors give them voice. Academy Award winners Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and others perform in Girl Rising, arriving on DVD March 4. From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins (Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience), Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Girls from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Peru, Nepal, and Sierra Leone confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to achieve their dreams. Distinguished writers from each girl’s country were enlisted to bring the girls’ experiences to life, while an impressive line-up of actors, including Blanchett, Streep, and Hathaway, along with Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Selena Gomez, Priyanka Chopra, Chloe Moretz, Freida Pinto, Alicia Keys and Kerry Washington, lend voices to these stories. Buy the DVD right here.
Noah and the Great Ark
Explore the mystery behind one of the greatest moments in the Bible with History’s ‘Noah And The Great Ark,’ now available on DVDfrom Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Arriving just in time for the highly anticipated release of the epic film, ‘Noah,’ starring Russell Crowe and directed by Darren Aronofsky, this new collection features three unforgettable specials that dive into one of history’s most fascinating mysteries including Noah and the Ark: Voyage to a New Beginning, Mega Disasters: Noah’s Great Flood and Mysteries of the Bible: Noah and the Flood. Experience the legend that has lasted for over two thousand years. The truth behind one of the greatest stories of all time, ‘Noah And The Great Ark’ collects three documentaries that examine the legend – and the science – of history’s most famous flood and the Ark. Buy the DVD right here.
The Vikings: Dark Warriors
Join the ferocious warriors of the sea in ‘The Vikings: Dark Warriors,’ now available on DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Just in time for the Season 2 premiere of the hit series ‘Vikings’ on History, this new collection features three pulse-pounding specials: VIKINGS: Voyage to America, Leif Ericson: Voyages Of A Viking and Viking Underground. In VIKINGS: Voyage to America, adventurer Josh Bernstein sails a Viking ship from Scandinavia to Newfoundland on a breathtaking 4,000-mile journey via Iceland and southern Greenland. With the ancient sagas as his guide, he proves that the Vikings’ expert maritime skills enabled them to reach America 500 years before Columbus. Leif Ericson: Voyages of a Viking furthers the trail of the Vikings in America, revealing the amazing discovery in Newfoundland of the actual ancient settlement site of Leif Ericson. And in Viking Underground, you’ll go deep below Dublin, Ireland to discover pagan burial tombs, subterranean tunnels, mysterious burial crypts and even an underground river running through the heart of the city. Buy the DVD right here.
Children of Sorrow
From screenwriter/director Jourdan McClure (Die, Maniacs, Die!) and screenwriter Ryan Finnerty (TV’s “Smosh”), the duo behind Rogue River, comes the terrifying thriller ‘Children Of Sorrow’ now available on DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. ‘Children of Sorrow’ was named winner of the “Best Film” and “Best Actor” award for Bill Oberst, Jr. (Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies) at the 2012 Shockfest Film Festival. Simon Leach is a very sick man. Thriving on despair, pain and panic, he unites a group of broken and desperate teens and showers them with the love and affection they’re so desperate for. But Simon has a much darker plan for his followers. “Belongingness” can be a terrifying subject. When a young woman embeds herself in the cult looking for answers to her sister’s disappearance, she discovers their secret and an even darker secret within herself. Buy the DVD right here.