The Mr. Magoo Theatrical Collection
Shout! Factory has released ‘The Mr. Magoo Theatrical Collection’ (1949-1959) in a 4-DVD set. This special collector’s edition brings together for the first time on DVD all 53 theatrical cartoons, including 12 cartoons in anamorphic widescreen for the first time, and the feature film 1001 Arabian Nights, all in one deluxe collection. Also included as a special feature is the vintage documentary A Princess For Magoo: The Making Of 1001 Arabian Nights, an interview with film critic and historian Leonard Maltin, a documentary on UPA & Mr. Magoo, and 14 commentaries. All shorts have been newly remastered in their original theatrical aspect ratios. Mr. Magoo has bumbled his way to good fortune for more than six decades. His endearing misadventures in everyday life and his stubborn self-confidence have entertained generations. Voiced by the multitalented comedic actor Jim Backus (Gilligan Island), Quincy Magoo or simply Mr. Magoo, is a wealthy, short-statured retiree who gets into a series of sticky situations as a result of his nearsightedness and his stubborn refusal to admit the problem. Mr. Magoo was an instant hit and went on to become a classic animated character starring in two Academy Award®–winning theatrical shorts, three television series and two television specials.Buy the DVD right here.
This classic 1968 Doctor Who six-part adventure has been restored and digitally remastered, thanks to the discovery of a batch of missing episodes last year. Previously available exclusively on iTunes, ‘The Web of Fear’ introduces the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) to UNIT and Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart, played by Nicholas Courtney (who later returns as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart). The TARDIS narrowly avoids becoming engulfed in a cobwebby substance in space. It arrives in the London Underground railway system, the tunnels of which are being overrun by the web and by the Great Intelligence’s robot Yeti. The Intelligence’s goal is to drain the Doctor’s mind; can the Doctor sabotage the device before the Intelligence’s plan comes to fruition? Buy the Web of Fear DVD right here.
The phrase ‘crazy in love’ takes on a whole new meaning in the unpredictable romantic comedy ‘Barefoot,’ the 2014 indie theatrical release now available on DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Indie darling Evan Rachel Wood and Scott Speedman “light up the screen” (Yahoo! Voices) as a trusting hospital patient and wayward employee whose paths cross at the opportune moment in this heart-warming film about an improbable love. The film co-stars Treat Williams, Kate Burton and JK Simmons. Directed by Andrew Fleming (The Craft, Dick, Nancy Drew) and written by Stephen Zotnowski, ‘Barefoot ‘follows Daisy (Wood), a beautiful young psychiatric patient who’s been raised in isolation most of her life. When she meets the “black sheep” son of a wealthy family (Speedman), he takes the naive beauty home for his brother’s wedding in a last-ditch effort to show his parents that he has straightened out his life. Soon after the very proper Southern family meets the unusual, yet charming Daisy, they are drawn in by her innocent views of life and quirky mannerisms. What starts as an unlikely pairing turns into the perfect match. Buy the DVD right here.
Lingerie Fighting Championships
Wild Eye Releasing is bringing home a look at world’s first all-female Mixed Martial Arts league. Following a successful debut on Pay-Per-View, ‘Lingerie Fighting Championships: Lace vs Leather’ is available to own on DVD. The Lingerie Fighting Championships were founded by Roni Taylor after seeing two ring girls get into a fight at an MMA event and realizing the audience was more interested in that fight than any of the scheduled fights. She runs the league with an iron fist and recruits only the hottest girls to fight for her. Lace vs Leather is the first event of the wildly popular series, and promises all the knockout action of mixed martial arts with a full storyline. ‘Lingerie Fighting Championships: Lace vs Leather’ features the world’s most controversial MMA league where beautiful mixed martial artists, dressed only in lingerie, are forced to live together, train, and ultimately do battle in the ring. Starring Lingerie Football star Michelle “Scrapper” Blanchard and ex-pro wrestler Arik Loegen, go behind the scenes for an action-packed mix of combat sports, drama and humor in the tradition of UFC and WWE. Buy the Leather vs. Lace DVD right here.
Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Neighbors From Hell (The Play)
Everyone’s favorite “Southern mama” reminds us why faith and family are so important in the hilarious new comedy ‘Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Neighbors From Hell (The Play).’ ‘Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Neighbors From Hell (The Play)’ pits no nonsense matriarch Madea and feisty neighborhood know-it-all Aunt Bam up against some troubled new neighbors and arrives on DVD after only one premiere performance weekend to packed audiences in Atlanta, Georgia. In the first Madea stage play since the fan-favorite production of Madea Gets A Job, the side-splitting performance, taped in front of a live audience, comes on the heels of the recent theatrical release of Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas. Not available on tour, the DVD is the only way that fans can watch the always uproarious Madea show her troubled neighbors that love and forgiveness are at the heart of a family, and that their faith will see them through to a brighter future. Tyler Perry stars as Madea, and is joined on stage by Cassi Davis (TV’s “House of Payne”) as the irreverent Aunt Bam and Wess Morgan (Laugh to Keep from Crying). Buy the DVD right here.
Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, brings you ‘The Suspect,’ now available on DVD and Blu-ray. The film is directed by Stuart Connelly and stars Mekhi Phifer (TV’s “ER”), William Sadler (The Shawshank Redemption) and Sterling K. Brown (Person of Interest). A small town bank robbery leads to a brutal showdown between a sheriff and a mysterious stranger in this high stakes game of shifting identities and hidden motives. When the obvious suspect is apprehended not far from the crime scene, the police think that the case is solved, but they couldn’t be more wrong. The real crime hasn’t even happened yet. Before it’s over, two desperate men will be pushed over the line where innocent lives – and a lot of money – hang in the balance. Buy the DVD right here.
Internationally renowned martial arts-trained actress and cultural icon Angela Mao Ying (Enter the Dragon) is one of the most celebrated martial arts heroines of Hong Kong cinema. She starred in over 35 action cult classic films, most of them concentrated in the 70s and 80s. Celebrating the brilliance of this world cinema icon, Shout! Factory is thrilled to release two of Angela Mao Ying’s martial arts action classics ‘Lady Whirlwind’ and ‘Hapkido’ on North American home entertainment shelves. Delivering pulse-pounding action sequences, these two highly regarded world cinema classics from action director Huang Feng (Sting of Dragon Masters) debut in a double feature movie presentation on DVD for the first time. A must-have for loyal fans, collectors and movie enthusiasts, own two of Angela Mao Ying’s cult classic hits on DVD. Buy the DVD right here.
Legendary actor, stuntman, fight choreographer and pioneer of Hong Kong’s New Wave Movement, Sammo Hung (Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster) co-directs (with Terry Tong) and stars in the action-packed martial arts drama ‘Seven Warriors,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Well Go USA Entertainment. A rousing modern retelling of Akira Kurosawa’s ‘Seven Samurai,’ the film depicts the story of terrified Chinese villagers who recruit brave mercenary warriors to defend against marauding Japanese invaders. Adam Cheng (The Legend, Saving General Yang), Max Mok (Once Upon a Time in China series), Jacky Cheung (Bodyguards and Assassins), Lam Kwok-Bun, Wu Ma (White Vengeance), Shing Fui-On (A Better Tomorrow) and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (Hero, Infernal Affairs) are the warriors, with Lo Lieh (Five Fingers of Death, Supercop) as their sworn enemy…who was once their comrade-in-arms. The Warlord Era: where desperate soldiers have become thieves and bandits, leaving towns – and lives – in ruins. The villagers of Guangxi rise up, hiring seven warriors to take up arms against the marauders and save their home. Buy the Blu-ray right here.
Sky Full of Moon
MGM discovery Carleton Carpenter goes the “aw shucks” route in this genre-defying tale of a small cowboy and the big city. Virginal ranch hand Harley ’Tumbleweeds’ Williams (Carpenter) dreams of hitting it big at the rodeo, and finally have some tales of his own ’round the campfire. Armed with his season’s pay, he heads off to compete in the Las Vegas rodeo only to discover the cost of entry is higher than expected. Desperate, Tumbleweeds tries to gamble his way to fortune, only to end up in way over his head with the wrong kind of right kind of girl, Dixie Delmar (Jan Sterling). Sky Full of Moon bronco busts from romance to film noir to coming of age tale, but feels like a smooth canter the whole time. Keenan Wynn is on hand to anchor the action with gruff gravitas. Keep your eyes peeled for Elaine Stewart in a brief part. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.
Wild Eye Releasing is excited to announce that Cary Hill’s ‘Scream Park‘ is now available nationwide on DVD and VOD. ‘Scream Park’ was a hit at horror festivals throughout 2013, playing to audience acclaim at Texas Frightmare Weekend, the Eerie Horror Film Festival and Horror Realm. The Fright Land amusement park is on the verge of closing its doors forever. But the park’s owner, Hyde (Doug Bradley, Hellraiser), has one last plan to sell more tickets… murder. Hiring two backwoods maniacs to break into the park and hack and slash all his employees, Hyde thinks these killings will create a media sensation, but he has just unleashed a horror that no one can survive. Buy the DVD right here.
Inspector Lavardin Collection
Two mystery-suspense films from the French master Claude Chabrol have made their U.S. Blu-ray debut with the Cohen Film Collection’s release of the ‘Inspector Lavardin Collection.’ The two-disc set, also available on DVD, features digitally remastered editions of Chicken With Vinegar and its sequel, Inspector Lavardin, as well as two Lavardin television films by Chabrol. Among the scores of acclaimed films directed by Claude Chabrol (Les Cousins, Les Biches, The Unfaithful Wife, The Butcher, Madame Bovary, The Flower of Evil), two of his most popular remain the murder mysteries featuring police inspector Jean Lavardin. Academy Award nominee Jean Poiret (La Cage aux Folles, The Last Metro) stars as the seasoned inspector, while his co-stars include famed French actors (and Chabrol regulars) Michel Bouquet (The Bride Wore Black, Just Before Nightfall, Renoir), Jean-Claude Brialy (Les Cousins, A Woman Is a Woman), Bernadette Lafont (Le Beau Serge, Such a Gorgeous Kid Like Me) and Chabrol’s muse and longtime wife Stéphane Audran (The Unfaithful Wife, The Butcher, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie). In ‘Chicken With Vinegar’ (1985, also known as Coq au Vin), based on the novel Une mort en trop by Dominique Roulet, a cruel invalid (Stéphane Audran) who consistently terrorizes her teen son into abject obedience is threatened with the loss of her home by a conniving trio who want her property as part of a deal for a lucrative development project. After several of the principal figures suffer grisly deaths, Lavardin arrives to get to the bottom of it all. In the 1986 followup ‘Inspector Lavardin,’ the detective travels to a small coastal town to investigate the puzzling death of a wealthy writer found murdered on a beach, with the word “pig” scrawled on his backside. Lavardin is thrown off balance when he discovers that the writer’s widow is none other than his own former lover. Buy the Blu-ray right here.
Fay Wray, best known for struggling in the clutches of King Kong, confronts rivals who use saboteur tactics to put the squeeze on the Federated Bus Lines she manages in Wildcat Bus. Wray is not the only woman in a position of power in this unusual B-movie: Behind the criminal organization that causes the breakdowns and accidents plaguing Federated’s Los Angeles San Francisco route is tough. vinegary “Ma” Talbot (character actress Leona Roberts). Familiar screen actor Paul Guilfoyle (White Heat) portrays one of the bus line’s newly hired drivers. And sharp-eyed classics fans will delight in seeing Joe Sawyer (TV‘s The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin) as one of Ma Talbot’s heavies and uncredited Keye Luke (“Number One Son” in the Charlie Chan mysteries) and Minerva Urekal (TV’s The Adventures of Tug Boat Annie) among the rogue company’s passengers. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.
The Best Offer
From the director of ‘Cinema Paradiso’ comes a romantic thriller with a playful side that proves love is worth bidding on at any price. When a mysterious heiress asks famed but unscrupulous art appraiser and auctioneer Virgil Oldman (Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush) to evaluate her late parents’ collection yet remains forever unseen behind closed doors, it ignites a spark of curiosity in the normally austere Virgil that soon grows into an all-out obsession. Before long everything in Virgil’s carefully constructed life threatens to come apart as he delves ever further into the world of intrigue surrounding his enigmatic employer. Co-starring Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games) and Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), director Giuseppe Tornatore’s ‘The Best Offer’ is a unique take on a seemingly doomed romance from one of cinema’s greatest artists. Buy the DVD right here.
George Raft and William Bendix co-star as childhood chums operating on either side of the law who come up against the syndicate in this noir drama set in postwar San Francisco. Raft plays a bookie looking to get square after meeting the perfect dame, while Bendix plays a cop whose heart is bigger than his badge. As the mob starts to muscle in on the bookie’s loose affiliation of independent operators, they lean a little too hard on Raft’s best pal (Harry Morgan) and straight and narrow dreams take a backseat to vengeance. Also stars Marilyn Maxwell. Produced under the aegis of legendary studio honcho Dore Schary. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.
The Good Witch’s Garden
Catherine Bell (“Army Wives”) and Chris Potter (Hairspray) enchant in the Hallmark Channel Original Movie, ‘The Good Witch’s Garden,’ now available on DVD from Cinedigm. Return to Middletown in this sequel to The Good Witch, part of an ongoing story following the magical Cassie Nightingale (Bell). Settling into Grey House and continuing her romance with the town Sheriff Jake Russell (Potter), Cassie still is a suspicious figure to the townspeople. Working both to fit in, and to turn Grey House into a bed and breakfast, Cassie is surprised when a stranger declares he is the legal owner of the house. Suddenly left without a home, Cassie struggles to find her place in her new city. Originally airing on The Hallmark Channel in 2008, The Good Witch’s Garden is the second chapter in the ongoing series, the latest of which, The Good Witch’s Destiny, premiered as #1 cable program of the day among women 25-54, with nearly 3.9 Million unduplicated viewers, boosting Hallmark Channel to rank #1 in prime time (Source: The Nielsen Company, October 21 – October 27, 2013). The movie is produced by Whizbang Films and Executive Produced by Frank Siracusa, Orly Adelson and Jonathan Eskenas. It is directed by Craig Pryce and written by G. Ross Parker, based on characters created by Rod Spence. Buy the DVD right here.
Big Bad Wolves
A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: the father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings – a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder. Buy the Blu-ray right here.