Our favorite study group is back at Greendale Community College with the release of ‘Community‘ Season 5 on DVD. The fifth season reunites popular creator Dan Harmon with his funny and quick-witted ensemble cast. Led by Joel McHale (TV’s “The Soup”), ‘Community’ also stars Gillian Jacobs (TV’s “The Good Wife”), Danny Pudi (TV’s “Greek”), Yvette Nicole Brown (TV’s “Rules of Engagement”), Alison Brie (TV’s “Mad Men”), Donald Glover (TV’s “Girls”), Ken Jeong (The Hangover Part III) and Academy Award winner Jim Rash (Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay; The Descendants, 2011). In the fifth season, Greendale College is in a stage of transition with the addition of new teachers and new students. Paired with the original gang, the result is more off-kilter hijinks for every ‘Community’ fan to enjoy. The ‘Community’ Season 5 set contains all 13 episodes on a two-disc DVD set, featuring cast and crew commentary on every episode, outtakes, and two all-new, behind-the-scenes featurettes. “Re-Animating the ’80s” gives an inside look at the team behind the animation of “G.I. Jeff” and the process of developing the look, script and characters. “Advanced Television Production: 5 Days, 2 Scripts, No Sleep” is a 42 minute in-depth and intimate look into the writers’ room with creator Dan Harmon. The featurette documents Harmon as he writes two episodes in a very short amount of time, while managing his other duties as Showrunner, from attending rehearsals and reshoots to meeting with the crew on upcoming productions issues. Guest stars in the fifth season include Jonathan Banks (TV’s “Breaking Bad”), John Oliver (TV’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”), Mitch Hurwitz (TV’s “Arrested Development”), Vince Gilligan (TV’s “Breaking Bad”), Brie Larson (21 Jump Street), David Cross (TV’s “Arrested Development”), Walton Goggins (TV’s “Justified”), Rob Corddry (In A World...), Nathan Fillion (TV’s “Castle”) and many more. Buy the Season 5 DVD right here.
Based on Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times best-selling book series which has sold nearly 22 million copies worldwide, ‘Divergent’ features an all-star cast including Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Academy Award winner Kate Winslet and Ashley Judd. To date, ‘Divergent’ has grossed nearly $150 million at the domestic box office and more than $250 million worldwide in its theatrical release on Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label, getting the new franchise off to a fast start. Packed with bonus material, the Blu-ray Combo Pack includes the documentary “Bringing Divergent to Life,” an in-depth look at the making of the film plus the exclusive featurette “Faction Before Blood,” detailing the film’s future world. The Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD both feature deleted scenes and two audio commentaries – one with director Neil Burger and one with producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher. ‘Divergent’ stars Shailene Woodley (upcoming The Fault in Our Stars), Theo James (Underworld: Awakening), Ashley Judd (Double Jeopardy), Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard), Ray Stevenson (Thor), Zoё Kravitz (X-Men: First Class), Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now), Tony Goldwyn (TV’s “Scandal”), Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q (TV’s “Nikita”), Mekhi Phifer (Showtime’s”House of Lies”) and Academy Award winner Kate Winslet (Best Actress, The Reader,2008). The film is directed by Neil Burger (The Illusionist, Limitless) from a screenplay by Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman) and Vanessa Taylor (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”). Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.
Last Tango in Halifax
he award-winning comedy/drama and PBS favorite ‘Last Tango in Halifax,’ returns for a second season as the two childhood sweethearts work to finally make a life together after nearly 60 years apart, from award-winning writer Sally Wainwright (Scott & Bailey). Having come so close to losing their chance at a future together after Alan’s (Derek Jacobi, Gladiator, The King’s Speech) near fatal heart attack, Alan and Celia (Anne Reid, Coronation Street, Upstairs Downstairs) decide to have a romantic secret wedding – but how will their daughters react? As the uptight Caroline and rebellious Gillian discover they actually quite like each other, their fledgling friendship as stepsisters is put to the test by Gillian’s need to come clean about her night with Caroline’s ex-husband. As secrets from the past come tumbling out and family members adjust to changing relationships, can Alan and Celia find the long-awaited happiness they deserve? Buy the Season 2 DVD right here.
Based on the bestselling, long-running novel series by Leslie Charteris, ‘The Saint’ is now available on DVD from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. ‘The Saint’ follows the adventures of Simon Templar, played by British actor Simon Dutton (Dangerous Beauty, By the Sword Divided), as a criminal who targets only evildoers. Produced in 1989, this series of TV movies had limited broadcast in the U.S. through syndication to independent commercial stations, therefore this DVD set is the first opportunity for most U.S. viewers to watch this version of the timeless character. The DVD 3-disc set includes three feature-length movies, each with an adventure that British drama fans are sure to enjoy. Simon Templar – known as the Saint from his initials– is a suave, sophisticated super-sleuth with a taste for theft and beautiful women. He lives on both sides of the law, courting danger with a smile. Women adore him, criminals fear him, and the police are often two steps behind him. Filmed in exotic locations around the world, these three adventures find the Saint chasing kidnappers, trapping murderers, and saving an old flame’s father from a financial scam, all while staying impeccably dressed. Guest stars include Gayle Hunnicut, John Astin, Rebecca Gilling, and Ed Devereaux. Buy the Set 1 DVD right here.
Need for Speed
Own the year’s ultimate thrill ride with the release of ‘Need for Speed,’ now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, DVD and On-Demand from Buena Vista Home Entertainment. Based on the best-selling video game series, this action-packed movie drives non-stop excitement into your home in various home entertainment models, each tricked out with never-before-seen bonus features you won’t want to miss. Buckle up with star Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”), Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi), Dakota Johnson and Michael Keaton in this high-speed tale about an underground driver (Paul) who sets off on a race for revenge against the wealthy ex-NASCAR driver (Cooper) who framed him for a crime he didn’t commit. Delivering real speed, real danger and real action, this turbo-charged thriller explodes on screen on Blu-ray and Digital HD with spectacular high definition picture and sound. Then, experience first-hand what it took to make this breakthrough action hit with a series of revealing featurettes. First, go behind the wheel for an up-close look at what it took to capture the movie’s intense car stunts on camera with “Capturing Speed: Making An Authentic Car Movie”; next, meet the Gilbert family, four generations of professional stuntmen, who turned the Mustang hero car’s astonishing “grasshopper” jump over four lanes of traffic into a family affair in “Ties that Bind”; then, experience the ‘Need For Speed’ traveling road show as the movie films from one end of the country to the other in “The Circus is in Town”; finally, discover how the movie’s stunning soundscape helps put the audience in the driver’s seat by recording “car bys,” accelerations, donuts, skids—and the “gnarly” signature sound of the hero Mustang – in “The Sound Of Need For Speed.” Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.
Perry Mason (Raymond Burr), America’s favorite defense attorney, is back in action once again! Employing the skills of Della Street (Barbara Hale) and Ken Malansky (William R. Moses), Perry once more attempts to exonerate the accused. From Las Vegas to Paris, France, Mason and his team travel to the scene of the crime, crossing paths with mobsters, war criminals, and demanding divas at almost every turn in this riveting 6-movie set. Buy the Movie Collection Volume 3 DVD right here.
Relive some of the most astonishing classic action battles of robots in disguise and complete your home entertainment collection of the rare Unicorn Trilogy. Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, has released ‘Transformers Cybertron: the Complete Series,’ featuring all action-packed episodes collected in one deluxe 7-DVD box set. Whether reliving the childhood memory or discovering this series for the first time, this is an essential home collection for every fan, collectors and entire family to complete their Transformers home entertainment library. Buy the complete series DVD right here.
Phantom of the Paradise
Phantom Of The Paradise is a ground-breaking cult film favorite from acclaimed writer/director Brian De Palma (Carrie, Dressed To Kill). Paul Williams wrote the acclaimed score for this musical horror classic, and stars as an evil record tycoon haunted and taunted by the disfigured composer Winslow Leach (William Finley, Sisters) he once wronged. Cheered by the Los Angeles Times as a “delightful, outrageous…visual triumph,” and also starring Jessica Harper (Suspiria, Shock Treatment) and Gerrit Graham (Used Cars, Terrorvision), this hilarious send-up of the glam rock era is pure entertainment from beginning to end. Buy the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray right here.
Ex-Confederate Officer Bronco Layne (Ty Hardin) rode back to the Texas Panhandle only to discover his home – and his honor – now lost to him. And so Bronco wanders the West, armed with a lightning draw and thunder in his fists, fighting for the justice he was denied. Initially filling in for Clint Walker on Cheyenne, the “Texas twister” proved a quick hit with viewers, alternating adventures with Will Hutchins’ Sugarfoot. “Cheyenne starring Ty Hardin as Bronco Layne” might have been a mouthful but, thankfully, Bronco came complete with his own catchy theme song. This 5-Disc, 20-Episode collection sees Bronco defend besieged settlers, uncover fatal locomotive sabotage, tackle the mystery of a man frozen inside a glacier, and sail the prairie with a landlocked Navy officer (Lorne Greene). Sharing the sagebrush with Bronco are notable guests the likes of Wayne Morris, Jack Elam, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn and Troy Donahue. Buy the Season 1 DVD at WBshop.com.
The Broker’s Man
With the return of fan favorite Kevin Whately, ‘The Broker’s Man, Series 2’ is now available on DVD from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. Whately, from the popular Inspector Lewis and Inspector Morse mysteries, returns as Jimmy Griffin, an ex-cop turned insurance investigator. This sharply written mystery is a fresh twist on the genre and garnered critical acclaim during its two-series run. The 1997-98 BBC series also stars Annette Elkdom (Holby City, London’s Burning), Jill Baker (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen), Holly Davidson (The Bill), and John McEnery (Silent Witness). This DVD 2-disc set features the final six episodes. Series 1 and Series 2 made their North American premieres earlier this year on Acorn TV, the premier British TV streaming service. In ‘The Broker’s Man,’ Jimmy’s cunning and insight are well-suited to the business of exposing con men and other fraudsters. With his police training, he’s able to take on any case, no matter how dangerous. If only he could be as successful in his personal life. Series 2 finds Jimmy contending with ever more complex cases, including a kayaking trip gone tragically wrong and a rave that mysteriously goes up in flames. At home, Jimmy struggles to rebuild his relationship with his ex-wife (Annette Ekblom) as they deal with their teenage daughter’s rebellious streak. Jimmy’s downfall has always been his inability to separate his private and professional lives, but in these final six thrilling episodes, he’s plunged into a case where separating family and career is impossible. Buy the Series 2 DVD right here.
Sofia the First
The wicked fairy, Miss Nettle, disguises herself as a powerful sorceress and attempts to steal Sofia’s magical amulet. With the help of Snow White—Sofia must learn to trust her instincts and speak up when she suspects someone is not who or what they say they are. Stars include Ariel Winter (ABC TV’s “Modern Family”) as Sofia; Sara Ramirez (ABC TVs “Grey’s Anatomy”) as Queen Miranda; Wayne Brady (TV’s “Let’s Make A Deal”) as Clover; and Tim Gunn (TV’s “Project Runway”) as Baileywick. Buy The Enchanted Feast DVD right here.
Agatha Christie’s Poirot
A collection of Hercule Poirot’s finest investigative moments, ‘Agatha Christie’s Poirot Fan Favorites Collection’ is now available on DVD from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. Agatha Christie’s beloved Belgian detective is at his very best in this collection of favorite cases chosen by her fans. Resplendent with Art Deco detail, these six episodes star David Suchet as Poirot, Hugh Fraser as Captain Hastings, Philip Jackson as Chief Inspector Japp, and Pauline Moran as Miss Lemon, with guest stars including Eileen Atkins (Doc Martin), Toby Jones (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Barbara Hershey (Black Swan), and Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, The Help). This DVD 3-disc set includes six feature-length mysteries ($39.99, AcornOnline.com). Simultaneously on August 5th, Acorn is releasing a Marple Fan Favorites Collection starring Geraldine McEwan and Julia McKenzie and featuring five of her most popular mysteries. The Poirot Mysteries: Murder on the Orient Express (Series 12, 2010); Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Series 6, 1995); The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Series 3, 1990); The ABC Murders (Series 4, 1992); The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb (Series 5, 1993); and Four and Twenty Blackbirds (Series 1, 1989). Buy the Fan Favorites Collection DVD right here.
A group of teenagers head out to the lake for a relaxing camping trip in the mountains. They ignore the warnings of the local truck stop owner and head to their destination. Things go terribly wrong when they run into an extraterrestrial who throws deadly discs that suck the blood of their victims. The group heads back to the truck stop for help from the eclectic group of residents – a crazy war veteran (Martin Landau, Ed Wood) and a determined hunter (Jack Palance, Batman). Also starring David Caruso (NYPD Blue, CSI Miami), Neville Brand (Eaten Alive), Cameron Mitchell (Blood And Black Lace) and Kevin Peter Hall (Predator) as the alien, and directed by Greydon Clark (Joysticks, Satan’s Cheerleaders), this film is a non-stop ride into extra-terror-strial mayhem. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.
Wizards and Warriors
TV’s first real foray into the realm of high fantasy was a truly ahead of its time combination of awesome adventure and witty self-awareness. Prolific sitcom writer Don Reo (The John Larroquette Show, Two and a Half Men) had a different vision in mind than previous grim and gritty attempts at the genre as seen in cinema – a vision underscored by the show’s own opening titles, which frame the action as comic book panels. Jeff Conaway (Taxi, Babylon 5) stars as valiant Prince Erik Greystone who, along with his strongman sidekick pal Marko (Walter Olkewicz), battles evil Prince Dirk Blackpool (Duncan Regehr, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) and malevolent magic-user Vector (Clive Revill) for control of the continent of Aperans and his country of Camarand. And for the hand of fair, spoiled and leather pants-obsessed Princess Ariel (Julia Duffy, Newhart). Now the time has come to heed the call of adventure – and comedy. Buy the complete series DVD at WBshop.com.
Ja’Mie Private School Girl
In Chris Lilley’s hilarious Summer Heights High, Ja’mie King (one of many characters played by Lilley himself) was a private school princess slumming it at a lowly public school. But in ‘Ja’mie: Private School Girl,’ now available to own on DVD and Digital HD, Lilley zooms in the lens on one of his most beloved and bitchy characters as she plays out her final days as the most popular girl at the prestigious Hillford Girls Grammar school. The irreverently funny and endlessly quotable series set is loaded with “Ja’miezing” bonus content, including a hysterical blooper reel, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the series, and hilarious deleted scenes from all six episodes. From the creator, writer and star of Summer Heights High and HBO’s Angry Boys comes the continuing story of Ja’mie King, a conniving Year 12 student at Hillford Girls Grammar, a tony private school in Sydney, Australia. Ja’mie, the self-promoting “queen bee” returns from an exchange semester at public school Summer Heights High for her last three months at Hillford, where she’s the unchallenged diva among the school’s most popular girls. Ja’mie turns her attention to conquering the opposite sex, enrolled nearby at Kelton Boys Grammar. She soon finds herself in a love triangle with dreamy jock Mitchell and African exchange student Kwami. Her callous manipulations begin to wear thin, but she’ll stop at nothing to achieve her overriding goal: to win the Hillford Medal given to the “Best Girl in Year 12.” Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.
Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga franchise) headlines the newest incarnation of the iconic tale ‘Tarzan,’ now available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) exclusively at Walmart from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Based on the ‘Tarzan’ stories created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, one of the most classic coming of age stories of all time is now completely re-imagined for a new generation in stunning CGI-animation. In its initial theatrical release the film has grossed over $35 million globally. Directed by Reinhard Klooss (Animals United) from a screen story and screenplay by him as well, ‘Tarzan’ also features the voice talents of Spencer Locke (Resident Evil: Afterlife) and Jaime Ray Newman (TV’s “Mind Games”). During an expedition to a remote African jungle, the Greystoke family’s helicopter crashes, leaving one survivor: the young boy J.J., nicknamed Tarzan. Raised by gorillas, Tarzan lives by the laws of the jungle – until he encounters another human being, the courageous and beautiful Jane Porter. For Tarzan and Jane, it’s love at first sight – and the beginning of a thrilling adventure – as Tarzan uses his instincts and intellect to protect his jungle home and the woman he loves. Buy the Blu-ray right here.
The Trip to Bountiful
Based on the critically acclaimed Tony Award® nominated play by Horton Foote, ‘The Trip To Bountiful ‘ is now available on DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. A heartwarming story of a woman’s journey back home stars three-time Emmy Award and Tony Award winner Cicely Tyson (The Help), alongside Vanessa Williams (TV’s “Ugly Betty”), Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee) and Blair Underwood (TV’s “The Event”). ‘The Trip To Bountiful’ follows Carrie Watts (Tyson), an active widow living in a cramped apartment with her son (Underwood) and daughter-in-law (Williams). Carrie escapes to realize her dearest dream: to return to her beloved hometown, Bountiful. Buy the DVD right here.
How do you kill a man…who’s a machine? That’s the question confronting Delos Security Chief John Moore (Jim McMullan) as he confronts killer androids under the control of rogue scientist Simon Quaid (James Wainwright) in the world that lies beyond Westworld. Following the events of Westworld and Futureworld, the super-human androids of Delos’ infamously deadly amusement parks have been sprung by a psychotic programmer who intends to use them to create a world of perfect order. Delos’ agents, led by Moore and backed by Delos’ ample technological resources fan out across the globe, on the look-out for any and all android actions. Moore’s right-hand woman, fellow agent Pam Williams (Connie Selleca) mixes know-how and show-how out in the field, while back at Delos computer genius Joseph Oppenheimer (William Jordan) tries to counter-program against Quaid’s malevolent moves. From the mind of TV producer Lou Shaw (Quincy, ME), inspired by the work of Michael Crichton. Buy the complete series DVD at WBshop.com.
Getting Go, The Doc Project
Tanner Cohen (Were The World Mine) stars as a shy college student who invents a fake documentary project to get close to Go (Matthew Camp), a NYC go-go dancer he is infatuated with in ‘Getting Go, The Doc Project,’ now available on DVD from Wolfe Video. A hybrid between a documentary and narrative film, director Corey Krueckeberg captures a unique look on modern dating and the classic story of lust becoming love – and then some. The film focuses on Doc (Cohen), who is too shy to introduce himself to Go, a go-go dancer he develops a cyber crush on. Doc devises a plan to shoot a documentary about the NYC nightlife scene and enlists the help of Go, following his subject across the city and ultimately chronicling their developing relationship. The film won the Special Jury Award at the Toronto Inside Out Film Festival and the Best Men’s Feature at the North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. The film received an honorable mention at the Seattle LGBT Film Festival and was named Best LGBT Film at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. Too shy to make a proper introduction, a recent college grad devises to shoot a documentary about the NYC nightlife scene in order to meet the go-go guy he’s cyber-obsessed with. Camera in hand, he follows his subject across the city: into restaurants and bars, onto rooftops and dance floors and ultimately into living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms & bedrooms. ‘Getting Go, The Doc Project’ is a nearly no-budget, post-indie, hybrid of documentary, narrative & art film forms. It’s a fast, fleeting summer fling in the city. It’s fifteen minutes of fame. It’s one young man’s foundation firming up as he steps into his future. Buy the DVD right here.
Around the Block
Sarah Spillane’s ‘Around the Block‘ is now available to rent or own on DVD and VOD, following a Los Angeles theatrical premiere. ‘Around the Block’ stars Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee Christina Ricci (Monster, The Opposite of Sex) and Hunter Page-Lochard, in an acclaimed debut performance. The supporting cast includes Jack Thompson (Breaker Morant, Man from Snowy River), Damian Walshe-Howling (“Underbelly”, “Terra Nova”) and model Ruby Rose (Break Free). ‘Around the Block’ premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and has gone on to receive accolades around the globe, particularly for Page-Lochard and for its twist on the classic teacher as a fish out of water tale. Set amid the 2004 Redfern riots, the film was shot in the very neighborhood where tensions between Aboriginal and non-Indigenous Australians reached a fever pitch a decade ago. American drama teacher Dino Chalmers (Ricci) moves to Sydney’s Redfern district to be with her fiancé and is hired by the local school in what may be the school’s final term. Dino’s passion for Shakespeare drives her vision of producing a school play as part of the Indigenous cultural program, and finds that 16-year-old Aborigine Liam (Page-Lochard) has a natural gift for performance. But there is a shadow over Liam’s life, with his father in jail and his older brother determined to avenge the death of his uncle. With Dino’s encouragement as she faces tough choices in her own life, Liam confronts his past and eventually takes control of his future. Buy the DVD right here.
I’ll Follow You Down
Academy Award nominee Haley Joel Osment (Best Supporting Actor, The Sixth Sense, 1999), Emmy Award winner Gillian Anderson (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, “The X Files,” 1993), Rufus Sewell (Dark City) and Victor Garber (TV’s “Alias”) star in the sci-fi drama ‘I’ll Follow You Down,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Well Go USA Entertainment. Written and directed by Richie Mehta (Siddharth), the film is a sci-fi exploration of wormholes, parallel universes, love, and the possibility of starting over. After the disappearance of an accomplished physicist (Rufus Sewell), his son Erol (Haley Joel Osment) and wife Marika (Gillian Anderson) struggle to cope. Years later, now a young scientist himself, Erol discovers a formula that could kill him, throw him into the unknown … or bring his family back together. Bonus materials include a behind-the-scenes featurette and deleted scenes. An accomplished physicist (Rufus Sewell) mysteriously disappears on a business trip. Abandoned, his wife (Gillian Anderson) and son Erol (Haley Joel Osment) struggle to cope. Years later, now a young scientist himself, Erol uncovers papers, formulas, a machine, and a mind-bending possibility. But time travel is impossible. Isn’t it? Erol’s obsession to find his father and restore his family will throw him into the unknown and possibly threaten his life. What would you do to repair the past? Buy the Blu-ray right here.
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HBO Home Entertainment has released ‘Silicon Valley: The Complete First Season‘ exclusively onto Digital HD. Available to purchase at digital retailers (e.g. iTunes, Google Play), this hysterical comedy series by Mike Judge (“Office Space”, “Beavis & Butt-head”) in a collaboration with Alec Berg (“Seinfeld”) is competing for five trophies at the 2014 Emmy Awards including Best Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing (Berg) and Outstanding Directing (Judge). The Digital HD release contains all eight episodes from Season 1 along with a comprehensive behind-the-scenes feature exploring the making of the show (available at select retailers with a complete season purchase). Partially inspired by Judge’s own experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late 80’s, this hilarious comedy focuses on millennial entrepreneurs trying to make a hit in the tech world.