Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted
The Muppets are back in the globe-trotting, star-studded musical comedy adventure Disney’s ‘Muppets Most Wanted,’ now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, DVD, Disney Movies Anywhere, and On-Demand from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Starring Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey, this must-own family film makes its in-home debut with THREE versions of the film: The Original Theatrical Cut, the Statler and Waldorf Cut, and The Unnecessarily Extended Cut, featuring hilarious bonus content, plus more music, more mayhem, and more Muppets. The #1 comedy in America three weeks in a row, “Muppets Most Wanted” picks up immediately following the events of the smash hit “The Muppets,” as Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Animal and the entire Muppet gang head out on a world tour. But mayhem follows, as the Muppets find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine – the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit the Frog. Now Muppet fans can experience this laugh and song-filled caper like never before on Blu-ray Combo Pack in an all-new “Unnecessarily Extended Edition,” featuring 12 minutes of exclusive scenes not seen in theaters! Also included on Blu-ray and Digital HD are additional hilarious bonus features, including Statler and Waldorf’s version of the movie, and the laugh-out-loud gag reel, “The Longer, Longest Blooper Reel in Muppets History.” This most sensational, inspirational, celebrational home entertainment release also includes the featurette “Rizzo’s Biggest Fan” and music video “I Can Give You What You Want,” performed by Bret McKenzie. Starring Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo, Animal, Ricky Gervais (“The Office”) as Dominic Badguy, Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”) as Jean Pierre Napoleon and Tina Fey (“30 Rock”) as Nadya the Prison Guard, “Muppets Most Wanted” also features very special guest appearances by Tony Bennett, Sean Combs, Rob Corddry, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Salma Hayek, Ray Liotta, Ross Lynch, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christoph Waltz, and more. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.
NBC’s top rated drama series of last season, ‘The Blacklist,’ is now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Three-time Emmy winner James Spader (TV’s “The Practice,” TV’s “Boston Legal”) gives a tour-de-force performance in the explosive and winningly deceptive crime drama, playing one of the world’s most wanted fugitives. The well-reviewed series, which was NBC’s top rated program, as well as the No. 1 drama on all of network television last season (Live +7, ages 18 to 49), follows Raymond “Red” Reddington (Spader) through multiple twists and turns as he helps the FBI bring down the world’s most fascinating and notorious criminals. Also starring is Megan Boone (My Bloody Valentine), Diego Klattenhoff (TV’s “Homeland”), Ryan Eggold (TV’s “90210”), Parminder Nagra (TV’s “ER”) and Harry Lennix (Man of Steel). All 22 episodes are included in the five-disc Blu-ray and DVD releases of ‘The Blacklist: The Complete First Season,/ arriving just in time for fans to re-watch and fill in the puzzle pieces before the premiere of the second season this fall. Special features include commentary on three key episodes and two all-new featurettes. “The Insider: Making Season One” takes viewers through the freshman season with the cast, writers and executive producers, from brainstorming the weekly Blacklisters to developing character relationships. In addition, there are 22 episodes of “Beyond the Blacklist,” offering a behind-the-scenes look at each of episodes. Exclusively available on Blu-ray are two additional featurettes. The first, “Inception: Making the Pilot,” provides an inside look at how ‘The Blacklist’ was brought to life, featuring the cast, production team, creator Jon Bokenkamp and pilot director Joe Carnahan. The second featurette, “Rogue’s Gallery: The Blacklisters,” gives insight into the writers and executive producers’ process of creating the notorious criminals on the show. Also exclusive to the Blu-ray are behind-the-scenes character profiles on all the major players, from “Red” and Liz Keen to Tom Keen and FBI Assistant Director Harold Cooper. Former government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (Spader) has eluded capture for decades. But he suddenly surrenders to the FBI with an offer to help catch a terrorist under the condition that he speaks only to Elizabeth “Liz” Keen (Boone), a young FBI profiler who’s just barely out of Quantico. Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray right here.
Elvis: That’s The Way It Is and Viva Las Vegas
To celebrate Elvis Week, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released two of “The King’s” fan favorites oas Premium Blu-ray Digibooks. ‘Elvis: That’s The Way It Is’ – Two Disc Special Edition, which was re-edited and remixed for its acclaimed release in 2001, is now available on Blu-ray as a Premium Digibook, newly remastered, and with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary Viva Las Vegas is also available as a Premium Blu-ray Digibook. This year’s Elvis Week is from August 9-August 17 in Memphis at Elvis Presley’s Graceland. As part of the festivities, the historic Orpheum Theatre in downtown Memphis will host the world premiere screening of Warner Bros.’ newly-remastered’ Elvis: That’s The Way It Is.’ Fans in town for Elvis Week will be treated not only to the newly-remastered film, but will also get to experience an outtake performance or sequence never before seen on the big screen, along with some special on-stage surprises still to be announced.
Elvis: That’s the Way It Is Two Disc Special Edition Premium Digibook
With thousands of feet of materials including sequences added to capture with greater intimacy Elvis’ performances and his creative process behind-the-scenes, the previously released ‘Elvis: That’s The Way It Is – Special Edition’ is now being made available as a Blu-ray™ two disc Special Edition Premium Digibook. Denis Sanders (Shock Treatment) directed this “rockumentary.” Academy Award nominated Lucien Ballard (The Wild Bunch) was the cinematographer, following the show’s development from rehearsal to stage. Buy the two-disc special edition Blu-ray right here.
Viva Las Vegas 50th Anniversary Premium Digibook
In his highest grossing movie, Elvis shares the screen with Ann-Margret, easily creating the most electrifying teaming Elvis had on screen. He plays Lucky Jackson, a Grand Prix race driver working at a casino to raise cash for a new engine; she’s a hotel swimming instructor – and the romantic action revs up from their first meeting. George Sidney, who also directed Ann-Margret in Bye Bye Birdie, combines the hormonal heat wave with fascinating sights of ’60s Las Vegas. David Winters (West Side Story) choreographed the 10 musical song-and-dance scenes which also featured his dancers. Songs include the high-roller title track, the stars’ duet on “The Lady Loves Me,” her sultry “Appreciation” and The King’s version of Ray Charles’ “What’d I Say.” The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 stereo.
‘Gunsmoke: The Tenth Season, Volume One and Volume Two‘ are now available on DVD. James Arness returns in his legendary role as Matt Dillon, the U.S. Marshal in charge of Dodge City, the wildest town in the West. This adventurous installment has Marshal Dillon up against deceptive carnies, a stagecoach hijacking, and a would-be bank robber putting a baby in the line of fire. It’s up to Dillon and company to find the truth and restore order to a town where anything can happen. A collection of amazing guest stars including Katharine Ross, Kurt Russell and Dennis Hopper are a special highlight to this season of the fan-favorite classic series. Each volume includes 18 digitally remastered episodes from the tenth season. Buy the Season 10, Volume 1 and Season 10, Volume 2 DVDs.
Disney’s legendary adventure is better than ever as ‘Tarzan‘ is now available on Blu-ray for the first time ever with spectacular picture and amazing sound. Filled with thrills, laughs and Academy Award-winning music (Best Music, Original Song, “You’ll Be In My Heart,” 1999), this family favorite will make you go wild. Disney’s magnificent adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ story begins deep within the jungle when baby Tarzan is adopted by a family of gorillas. But his “Two Worlds” collide with the arrival of humans, forcing Tarzan to choose between a “civilized” life with the beautiful Jane and the life he shares with his fun-loving friends and his gorilla family. Enjoy this wild and wonderful adventure in a whole new way on Disney Blu-ray. The voice cast includes: Tony Goldwyn (“Scandal,” “Ghost”) as Tarzan, Minnie Driver (“Good Will Hunting,” TV’s “About A Boy”) as Jane, Brian Blessed (“Flash Gordon,” “The Pirates!: Band of Misfits”) as Clayton, Rosie O’Donnell (“A League of Their Own,” “Sleepless In Seattle”) and Glenn Close (“Damages,” “101 Dalmatians”) as Kala. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.
Experience ‘Hercules,’ Disney’s animated classic from the creators of ‘Aladdin’ and ‘The Little Mermaid,’ now available on Blu-ray for the first time ever! Nominated for an Academy Award (Best Music, Original Song, “Go The Distance,” 1997), this legendary family favorite is packed with colossal laughs and non-stop adventure. Taken from the gods as a newborn and adopted on earth, Hercules is just an awkward pillar of strength trying to fit in. What he wants most is to impress his father Zeus. When Hercules discovers Hades’ sinister plot to take over Mount Olympus, he goes from zero to hero and, with the help of his pals Pegasus and Phil, discovers that real strength comes from the heart. The voice Cast includes Tate Donovan (“Argo,” “The Pacifier”) as Hercules, James Woods (“Casino,” “White House Down”) as Hades, and Danny DeVito (“Batman Returns,” “Twins”) as Philoctetes. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.
The debut season of the Syfy series ‘Bitten‘ is now available arrives on Blu-ray and DVD featuring all 13 uncut Season One episodes, including footage not seen on U.S. Television, plus never-before-seen bonus features. Based on the “Otherworld” novels by #1 New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong, ‘Bitten’ is an emotionally charged supernatural thriller starring Laura Vandervoort (“Smallville”, “V”) as Elena Michaels, the lone female werewolf in existence. Desperate to escape both a world she never wanted to be part of and the man who turned her into a werewolf, Elena has abandoned her pack and taken refuge in a new city. There, she works as a photographer and hides her werewolf existence from her new boyfriend. However, when bodies start turning up in her pack’s backyard, Elena finds herself back at Stonehaven, the werewolves’ ancestral domain. And, now, torn between two worlds and two loves, she quickly realizes that – when push comes to shove – she’ll stop at nothing to defend her pack. ‘Bitten’ will return to Syfy with 10 new episodes for its eagerly awaited second season in 2015. Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray right here.
Low Winter Sun
Get ready for underworld thrills that are gritty, gripping and always intense. Anchor Bay Entertainment has released AMC’s powerful original series ‘Low Winter Sun’ on DVD. Available as a 3-disc set, ‘Low Winter Sun: The Complete Series; contains all 10 episodes from the series. This release also contains plenty of insightful bonus features about the making of the show including behind-the-scenes footage, deleted scenes and making-of featurettes. Based on the 2006 award-winning British two-part mini-series of the same name, written by Simon Donald and produced by Tiger Aspect Productions (an Endemol Company), ‘Low Winter Sun: The Complete Series’ is a contemporary story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption in a world where the line between cops and criminals is blurred. ‘Low Winter Sun’ begins with the murder of a cop by a fellow Detroit detective. Seemingly the perfect crime, in reality the murder activates forces that will forever alter the detective’s life, and pull him into the heart of the Detroit underworld. ‘Low Winter Sun: The Complete Series’ has a talented ensemble cast that includes Mark Strong (Zero Dark Thirty, Sherlock Holmes, Robin Hood), Lennie James (“The Walking Dead”, Snatch), David Constabile (“Breaking Bad,” Side Effects) and Athena Karkanis (Saw IV, V, VI). Buy the complete series DVD right here.
From Disneynature, the studio that brought you ‘Earth’ and ‘Chimpanzee,’ comes the must-own true life adventure ‘Bears,’ now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy), Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA), and On-Demand. An epic story of breathtaking scale, this heartwarming and visually spectacular film showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Families everywhere can now travel to a majestic Alaskan wilderness teeming with life without leaving home as “Bears” arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, and Digital HD featuring stunning high definition picture, transporting sound, and exciting bonus features both parents and their children will love. To celebrate the in-home debut of ‘Bears,’ Disneynature is proud to continue the conservation program initiated with the film’s theatrical release. For every purchase of the movie through August 19, 2014, Disneynature will make a donation through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, to further protect and conserve endangered or threatened wildlife and wild places as well as enhance field research across more than 2.9 million acres of National Park Service land. Bonus features on the “Bears” Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, and Digital HD include the music video for “Carry On,” featuring Olivia Holt, and four making-of featurettes, including “Welcome To Alaska,” which tracks the filmmakers as they set forth on an epic journey to film Sky and her cubs out in the wilds of the Alaskan frontier; “The Future For The Bears,” which spotlights a special visit to the film’s production from legendary primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall; “A Guide to Living With Bears,” which introduces viewers to the guides who instructed the filmmakers on how to work with these magnificent creatures; and “How Did They Film That?,” which provides an inside look on some of the extreme filmmaking that went into getting shots high in the mountains and under frigid cold water. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Let the enchantment begin! Disney’s Academy Award winning classic, ‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks’ (Best Visual Effects, 1971), is now available on Blu-ray for the first time with an all-new digital master. Experience a dazzling blend of live action and wondrous animation from the producer, director and writer of Mary Poppins, sure to delight the entire family. Disney legends Angela Lansbury (‘Beauty And The Beast’) and David Tomlinson (‘Mary Poppins’) star in this beloved film about an apprentice witch who reluctantly takes in three orphan children. Though her first spells create more laughs than magic, Miss Price and the children soon find themselves swept away aboard a fantastic flying bed – their ticket to fun-filled excitement and adventure. Take the ride of your life with “Bedknobs And Broomsticks.” Voice Cast includes: Angela Lansbury (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Murder She Wrote”) as Miss Price, David Tomlinson (“Mary Poppins,” “The Love Bug”) as Emelius, and Roddy McDowall (“Planet of the Apes,” “That Darn Cat!”) as Mr. Jelk. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.
Voiced by Kids’ Choice Award Nominee Nathan Kress (iCarly), Daytime Emmy Award Nominee Jessica DiCicco (The Emperor’s New School, Adventure Time) and Kimberly Brooks (Doc McStuffins), ‘Shurkien School: The Complete Series’ is now available on DVD and digitally in the United States for the first time ever!’Shuriken School’ folllows the extraordinary adventures of a 10-year-old boy named Eizan Kaburagi and his friends during their first year at a ninja school. They invent the craziest weapons, using highly original components. They learn to pass through walls, disappear in clouds of smoke and fly over rooftops. The methods at this school are not particularly orthodox, and anything can happen, as absurd as it might seem. Get caught up in the action as Eizan and his eccentric classmates perfect their ninja skills in all 26 adventurous episodes. Buy the complete series DVD right here.
In this gritty character-driven drama from Greg Berlanti (Arrow, Everwood) and Emmy® winner Nicholas Wootton (Chuck, NYPD Blue), a young, ambitious police officer (Theo James – Underworld: Awakening) rises quickly within the New York Police Department — perhaps through questionable methods — after becoming a celebrated hero in the line of duty. As the series begins, Walter William Clark Jr. (James) barters becoming a detective with one of the premier homicide task forces. A product of the streets, Clark will do anything to keep from going back, just as he’ll take any risk to crack a case … even if it’s against the law. His off-the-cuff methods make his partner, Detective Owen (Chi McBride – Human Target, Boston Public), nervous, and they don’t sit well with Detective Arroyo (Kevin Alejandro – True Blood), whose bald ambition is hard to ignore. There are good guys and bad guys … but what does it take to be a golden boy? Buy the complete series DVD at WBshop.com.
Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Disney’s swashbuckling adventure, ‘Mickey, Donald and Goofy: The Three Musketeers,’ presented for the first time ever in a dazzling new Blu-ray Special Edition! Join Mickey and all your favorite Disney characters in this outrageously funny take on the timeless tale. Best buddies Mickey, Donald and Goofy are small-time janitors with big dreams of becoming Musketeers. They may not look like heroes, but, powered by teamwork and friendship, they soon discover they can accomplish anything if they work together. Packed with six rousing songs and now fully-restored with new and classic bonus features, this heartwarming family film is better than ever on Disney Blu-ray and High-Def Digital. It’s “All For Fun And Fun For All!” Voice cast includes: Wayne Allwine (“Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” “Prince and the Pauper”) as Mickey Mouse, Tony Anselmo (“DuckTales,” “The Prince and the Pauper”) as Donald Duck, Bill Farmer (“A Goofy Movie,” “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse”) as Goofy, Tress MacNeille (“The Simpsons,” “Hercules”) as Daisy Duck, Jim Cummings (“Winnie the Pooh,” “Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers”) as Pete, April Winchell (“Despicable Me 2,” “Antz”) as Clarabelle the Cow and Russi Taylor (“Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” “Sophia the First”) as Minnie. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.
In this action-packed show set in 2048, a worse-for-wear cop teams up with a second-hand synthetic android to fight a strain of urban crime that’s evolved in ever more frightening ways. Detective John Kennex survived a catastrophic attack on the city’s police department that cost him nearly everything. Returning over a year later, he finds the transition difficult. Not only does he suffer guilt for the lethal ambush, but department policy now requires that every cop be paired with a highly evolved human-like android partner. Rejecting policy, Kennex reinstates an outdated Dorian android — whose somewhat dysfunctional platform is based on a “Synthetic Soul” program, allowing it to have emotional responses. It’s this flawed humanity, however, that connects Dorian and John. And together, they set out to keep the city safe, uncover the criminal conspiracy that threatens to destroy their world … and find their common humanity. Buy the complete series DVD at WBshop.com.
A bored and restless married man finds his emotional life rekindled by the arrival of a young soul mate in the exquisite new drama ‘Breathe In,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD by Cohen Media Group. The movie is an intense drama about forbidden love, the stunning follow-up to writer-director Drake Doremus’ award-winning Like Crazy. The new film stars Like Crazy’s Felicity Jones, the rising young actress acclaimed for The Invisible Woman and The Tempest, SAG Award winner Guy Pearce (Memento, L.A. Confidential, The King’s Speech) and Academy Award nominee Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone). Middle-aged high school music teacher Keith Reynolds (Pearce) lives a comfortable if unexciting life in a suburb north of New York City with his wife Megan (Ryan) and teenage daughter Lauren (Mackenzie Davis, TV’s Halt and Catch Fire). Keith is an accomplished cellist but he can’t seem to progress beyond being a substitute player in a New York orchestra. However, he is reenergized when teenage British exchange student and piano prodigy Sophie (Jones) comes to stay with the family. The mutual attraction between teacher and student is immediate – despite the fact that Sophie is the same age as Lauren. When Keith and Sophie’s shared passion for music progresses to passion for each other, the forbidden relationship threatens to destroy everything Keith and his family have created together. Buy the Blu-ray right here.
Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, brings you the heart-stopping thriller ‘Rage,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Directed by Paco Cabezas (The Appeared, Neon Flesh) and written by Jim Agnew (Giallo, Game of Death) and Sean Keller (Giallo), the film stars Academy Award Winner Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas, The National Treasure films), Rachel Nichols (Star Trek, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), Danny Glover (the Lethal Weapon films), and Aubrey Peeples (ABC’s “Nashville”). ‘Rage’ tells the story of Paul Maguire (Cage), a respectable businessman and loving father living a peaceful life, until his violent past comes back to haunt him. When his teenage daughter is taken from their home, Paul rounds up his old crew to help him find her by any means necessary. His search for justice leads Paul down a dark and bloody path of revenge, betrayal and long buried secrets. Special features include “The Making of RAGE” featurettes and “Deleted Scenes”. Buy the Blu-ray right here.
James McAvoy plays Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson, a scheming, manipulative, misanthropic man who spends his time indulging in drugs, alcohol, sexually abusive relationships, and “the games” – cruel plots and systematic bullying of his coworkers and friends in ‘Filth.’ While working on the murder case of a Japanese student, he starts coming unhinged, slowly losing his grip on reality and suffering from a series of increasingly severe hallucinations as he desperately tries to hold his life together. Buy the Blu-ray right here.
Frankie & Alice
Academy Award winner Halle Berry (Best Actress, Monster’s Ball, 2001) shines in the riveting psychological drama, ‘Frankie & Alice,’ now available on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD, Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View from Lionsgate Home Entertainment and Codeblack Films. Berry stars in her Golden Globe nominated portrayal of Frankie, a woman with multiple personalities trying to put her life back together. From the executive producers of Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, the film also features Stellan Skarsgård, Phylicia Rashad and Chandra Wilson. The remarkable true story of an African American go-go dancer named “Frankie” who has dissociative identity disorder (DID). She struggles to retain her true self while fighting against two very unique alter egos: a seven-year-old named “Genius” and a Southern white racist woman named “Alice.” In order to stop the multiple voices in her head, Frankie (Berry) works with a psychotherapist (Skarsgård) to uncover and overcome the mystery of the inner ghosts that haunt her, and the truth that is locked inside her mind. Buy the DVD right here.
Favorites of the Moon
Awarded the Special Jury Prize at the 41st Venice International Film Festival, this absurdist comedy, with its sprawling cast of crooks, thieves, anarchists, prostitutes, chief inspectors, art dealers, and inventors, calls to mind the bustling tapestries of Robert Altman. The story revolves around two objects, a rare set of 18th-century Limoges china, and a 19th century aristocratic portrait. As these items are passed, sold, or stolen from one character to another, a giddy round dance of excess begins to take shape, one which suggests that if history doesn’t repeat itself, it certainly rhymes. Together with co-writer Gérard Brach, whose other co-writing credits include Repulsion and Tess, Otar Iosseliani uses a feather-light touch to expose the futility of class and social order, making a bagatelle of the concerns of rich and poor alike. Buy the 30th Anniversary Edition DVD right here.
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
Experience Walt Disney’s timeless classic, ‘The Adventures Of Ichabod And Mr. Toad,’ on breathtaking Blu-ray for the first time ever! Disney’s humorous retelling of two unforgettable classics, The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow and The Wind In The Willows, wonderfully narrated by Basil Rathbone and Bing Crosby, come together in one magnificent adventure. First, hang on for a wild ride with the fun loving Mr. J. Thaddeus Toad. When his passion for motorcars lands him in hot water, he must rely on his faithful friends to clear his name. Then meet the infamous Ichabod Crane whose comic rivalry for the affections of the town beauty leads to a heart-pounding race with the legendary Headless Horseman. Share these high-spirited adventures with your whole family on Blu-ray and Digital HD. Voice cast includes: Bing Crosby (“Holiday Inn,” “White Christmas”) as Narrator, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Basil Rathbone (“The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes,” “The Hound of the Baskervilles”) as Narrator, The Wind in the Willows. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.
Go behind-the-scenes and beneath the streets to discover the real origin story of four of pop culture’s most enduring heroes in the captivating new film ‘Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,’ now available on DVD, VOD and Digital HD from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Written and directed by Randall Lobb, the film chronicles the birth of a franchise and reveals the remarkable journey of four of the most unlikely super heroes of all time. Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael with this must-see documentary and the August 8th theatrical debut of ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,’ starring Megan Fox and Will Arnett. In the spring of 1984, a strange new comic book sat beside cash registers in select shops, too big to fit in the racks, and too weird to ignore. Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles presented a completely original breed of super hero. It was too bizarre, too crazy. It broke all the rules and should never have worked. Until it sold out. Again and again and again. For 30 years. Now, peek under the shell and see how this so-called “happy accident” defied every naysayer to become one of the most popular and beloved franchises in the world. Buy the Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles DVD right here.
Batman: Assault on Arkham
Batman, one of the world’s most valiant super heroes, faces a villainous squad of criminals in an epic battle of good vs. evil in the DC Universe Original Movie, ‘Batman: Assault on Arkham.’ Set in the world of the best-selling Batman: Arkham video game series, this action-packed film takes place between the Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Arkham Asylum video games. Now available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, on Blu-Ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD, this hit is one DC Comics fans won’t want to miss. Gotham is in great danger when the government assembles a group of villains — code named the Suicide Squad — and forces them to break into Arkham Asylum to retrieve top secret information stolen by the Riddler. Things take a turn for the worse when one of the Squad members (Harley Quinn) frees the Joker, who is intent on blowing up Arkham Asylum and Gotham City. Batman must use his super hero wits and strength to thwart the wicked plans of the Joker and the Suicide Squad. Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) voices Batman, and joins forces with several Hollywood greats to bring the legendary characters to life. Adding to the celebrity-laden cast is Neal McDonough (Justified, Desperate Housewives) as Deadshot, Troy Baker (The Last of Us) as Joker, Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds) as Riddler, CCH Pounder (The Shield, Warehouse 13) as Amanda Waller, Greg Ellis (24) as Captain Boomerang, and Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, Revolution) as Black Spider. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.
In the vein of the brutal heist drama Reservoir Dogs, the modern crime thriller A History of Violence and the classic western High Plains Drifter comes the violent action thriller ‘Swelter‘ is now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Well Go USA Entertainment. Written and directed by Keith Parmer (Mob Rules), ‘Swelter’ stars Lennie James (Snatch), Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace), Grant Bowler (Killer Elite), Josh Henderson (TV’s “Dallas”), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2) and action icon Jean Claude Van Damme (Universal Soldier franchise, The Expendables 2). Ten years ago, a bank-robbing team stole $100 million from a Vegas casino. Not all of them got away. Now, Bishop (James) is a small-town sheriff, making an honest living … with no memory of his criminal past. But when his old crew rolls into town looking for the loot, the perfect getaway threatens to turn into a nightmare of greed, revenge, and retribution. ‘Swelter’ is the story of the most notorious robbery in Las Vegas history. Five men, nicknamed the Rat Pack, hit the Luxor Casino for over one hundred million dollars. Four of the men are soon captured, while one barely escapes. Ten years later, after blasting their way out of a maximum-security prison, the four jailed members of the Rat Pack are hot on the trail of their former accomplice and the remaining ten million in stolen cash. The trail leads them to a dying desert town less than a hundred miles from the scene of the crime where they find their former partner is not the man he once was…he’s become a law-abiding sheriff without any memory of his past. The sheriff must now remember his violent history in order to protect all that he holds dear. Buy the Blu-ray right here.
In her first dramatic role, Kristen Wiig stars as Johanna, a profoundly shy, shabby housekeeper hired to care for Mr. McCauley (Nick Nolte) and his granddaughter Sabitha (Hailee Steinfeld). Despite her outgoing nature, Sabitha carries wounds from the death of her mother years before, while her father (Guy Pearce) is a hapless recovering drug addict with a certain ragged charm. In an act of mean-spirited rebellion, Sabitha fosters a pseudo-relationship between Johanna and her father through a series of forged emails, never dreaming of the potential harm. However, Johanna is not a demure cut-out, but rather a woman for whom the phrase “still waters run deep” could have been coined, and the young girl’s cruel prank provokes Johanna to indulge in something long missing from her life: the dream of a future and a home of her own. Buy the DVD right here.
Tom Hardy stars in a tour-de-force central performance in ‘Locke,’ a feat of bold, dynamic storytelling from Oscar-nominated writer-directorSteven Knight (Best Original Screenplay, Dirty Pretty Things, 2003; Eastern Promises), now available on Blu-ray and DVD (plus Digital) from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Winner of Best Screenplay at the British Independent Film Awards, the “compelling, genuinely moving and suspenseful” (Vanity Fair) film was theatrically released by A24. ‘Locke’ is a thrilling ride that follows a successful businessman as he receives a series of phone calls that set in motion a chain of events that will unravel his perfect life, all of which takes place in real time over the course of one absolutely riveting and intense car ride. Ivan Locke (Hardy) is a man at the top of his game. A dedicated husband and father and a star employee at a high-powered construction firm, he’s the model of cool professionalism with a talent for managing complex situations. Driving home on the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Locke makes a sudden choice to go confront the only situation in his life that can’t be neatly handled. He quickly learns that the cost of becoming a better man is high. ‘Locke’ is a unique cinematic experience and gripping story of choices, consequences and a man who risks everything he holds dear in order to do the right thing. Buy the Blu-ray right here.
Decline of an Empire
Starring Academy Awardnominee Peter O’Toole (Best Actor in a Leading Role, Lawrence Of Arabia, 1962) in his final performance, ‘Decline Of An Empire‘ is now available on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD and Video on Demand from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Inspired by historical events, a man’s journey to find his lost friend is complicated by the turmoil of clashing empires at the dawn of a new religion. Also starring Edward Fox (Gandhi), Joss Ackland (Prisoners Of The Sun) and Steven Berkoff (Red 2), the ‘Decline Of An Empire DVD’ includes a behind-the-scenes featurette. Hoping to find his missing childhood friend, Constantine joins the Roman army. What he finds instead is success in battle that helps to propel him to Emperor of the Western Roman Empire. Constantine soon discovers it has been his rival, Emperor Maxentius who has imprisoned his friend within the palace walls. Having been alerted to his friend’s whereabouts, Constantine quickly garners support from all corners of the empire, eventually leading to an all-out war between East and West. Buy the DVD right here.
Joe E. Brown and William Collier, Jr. stir up trouble from coast to coast in Broad Minded, a madcap Pre-Code comedy written by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby (Duck Soup). Ordered by his father to stop carousing with women, playboy jack Hackett (Collier) dumps his fiancee Mabel (Margaret Livingston) and motors west to California accompanied by his halfwit cousin Ossie (Brown). Rear-ending a hothead (Bela Lugosi) who drives off with their car, the boys hitch a ride with two peppy ladies, Constance (Ona Munson of Gone with the Wind) and Penny (Marjorie White), who join them at a Pasadena hotel. So when Jack proposes to Constance and his vindictive ex tracks him down, Ossie whips up a half- baked scheme to cook l\/label’s goose, but nothing goes according to plan. Buy the DVD at WBshop.com.
Zack Parker’s Proxy
In the last month of her pregnancy, Esther Woodhouse is savagely beaten in an alleyway by an unknown assailant and loses her baby. To aid in her recovery, she attends a support group for grieving parents where she meets Melanie, who claims her son and husband were killed by a drunk driver. Esther and Melanie develop a friendship, but soon it becomes clear that both are harboring much darker secrets than they initially let on. And when both their lives are transformed by another shocking act of violence, they find that recovery may be impossible. With wildly unpredictable twists and turns, ‘Proxy‘ is an intense psychological thriller. Buy the Blu-ray right here.
People come from far and wide to sample Farmer Vincent’s distinctively flavored dried, smoked sausages, but one might well ask why there are so few people staying at the nearby kitschy Motel Hello. Also, have you ever wondered about the secret ingredients that make his meats taste so darn good? The ‘80s cult classic horror-comedy film ‘Motel Hell,’ directed by Kevin Connor (At The Earth’s Core, The House Where Evil Dwells) takes on a frighteningly funny look into the different kinds of critters that make up Farmer Vincent’s fritters with plenty of surprises. Shout! Factory has brought the ‘Motel Hell’ Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+ DVD combo pack to home entertainment shelves in the U.S and Canada. Packed with insightful bonus content and all-new interviews, this definitive collector’s edition also contains a collectible cover, featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork, a reversible cover wrap with original theatrical key art. Buy the collector’s edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.
A&E’s most memorable romance productions arrive in the ultimate DVD package, ‘Romance Classics,’ now available from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Featuring Pride and Prejudice, Victoria & Albert and Edward & Mrs. Simpson, this collection is perfect for any fan of love. Arriving in one complete set and featuring over two hours of bonus features including making-of documentaries and historical biographies of the chief figures, the ‘Romance Classics’ 5-disc DVD is not to be missed. The landmark A&E-BBC adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice transports viewers to Georgian England, where affairs of the heart are an exquisite game and marriage the ultimate prize. Will Elizabeth Bennet’s romantic sparring with the mysterious and arrogant Mr. Darcy end in misfortune, or will love’s true nature prevail? Victoria & Albert follows the young queen of England as she begins to comprehend the enormity of her duties, becomes a powerful leader and, despite having sworn to never marry, forms a lasting partnership with her husband, the German Prince Albert. Finally, the critically acclaimed British miniseries Edward & Mrs. Simpson dramatizes the true story that shocked the British Empire: the scandalous romance between the Prince of Wales and the extraordinary and married American woman, Wallis Simpson. Watch as England’s King Edward VIII chooses love over duty. Buy the Romance Classics DVD right here.
For the first time on DVD, experience ‘Baseball’s Seasons: The 1980s,’ now available on DVD from award-winning Major League Baseball Productions and Lionsgate Home Entertainment. This collection covers one of the most significant decades in Baseball history and features iconic players and teams such as Kirk Gibson, Bo Jackson, Rickey Henderson and the ’86 Mets. Miracles, earthquakes, backflips and that’s just the beginning. Some of the most entertaining baseball was played in the ’80s, with Rickey Henderson and Tim Raines stealing bases at a historic pace. And Fernando Valenzuela? The sport had never seen anything like it. The ’86 Mets were as controversial as they were dominant, taking New York on the ride of its life. Not to mention Kirk Gibson in ’88. From pine tar to dominant pitching, Don Mattingly to Bo Jackson, the ’80s were an incredible time to watch America’s Pastime. This DVD set provides the definitive look at 1980s baseball with ten episodes of Baseball’s Seasons, produced by Major League Baseball Productions and seen on MLB Network. Buy the 1980s DVD right here.
The Legend of Shelby the Swamp Man
Bring home everyone’s favorite Ax Man with the release of ‘The Legend of Shelby The Swamp Man: Season 1,’ now available on DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Making its History debut with 3.1 million viewers, the Louisiana log man tests his chops outside of the swamp in over four hours of content and two bonus specials. We’ve followed Shelby Stanga’s logging exploits in the swamps and lakes of southern Louisiana on History’s Ax Men, but now Shelby is celebrating HIS independence with his own new show. On the spinoff series, ‘The Legend of Shelby The Swamp Man,’ Shelby must leave the swamp and enter the contemporary world of unfamiliar experiences that push him well past his comfort level. Nothing is ever too dangerous or bizarre to try, so watch as he tackles modern day tasks his own way for the first time. This is Shelby’s world, with Shelby’s rules. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.
According to The Gates Foundation, 47% of US high school dropouts claim they were bored. In 2010, researchers at the University College of London put forth that employees in boring jobs have a 40% higher mortality rate. But what is boredom and where does it come from? Can one really be “bored to death’? And how can you fight it? In ‘Boredom,’ award-winning director and investigative journalist Albert Nerenberg (Stupidity, Laughology, Escape to Canada) poses these essential questions, asks why the subject of boredom has been so religiously avoided and shows that boredom isn’t what you think it is. Prompted by a study that revealed that boredom may actually be a stress condition, the documentary begins with the 2011 London riots, which, although they were started for political reasons, were spread partly by – you guessed it – boredom! In this festival favorite, audiences will visit The Boring Institute, where cutting edge-research is taking place, meet a woman who can never be bored, discover which common, everyday substance you probably use masks boredom – and much more. Buy the DVD right here.
‘Jesse’ (Stephanie Finochio) is a troubled cop who copes with her unlucky past by drinking too much. When her brother gets involved with some Mafia lowlifes and disappears, Jesse investigates and finds herself drawn into a world of crime, corruption, and violence. An understanding bartender (Eric Roberts), Internal Affairs detective (Armand Assante), and all-powerful Godfather (William Forsythe), are pulling her in different directions, but she stays focused on bringing the criminals responsible for her brother’s disappearance to justice. But after her mother is savagely beaten, Jesse takes to the streets with a sawed-off shotgun, and dispatches those responsible with exquisite precision. Buy the DVD right here.
The Marx Brothers TV Collection
The Marx Brothers became entertainment icons through a long and brilliant career on vaudeville and Broadway stages, and they sealed their immortality in a string of celebrated feature films. But the end of their film career was perfectly timed for a collision with the birth of television. The new medium provided Groucho, Chico and Harpo with unprecedented exposure — which meant, of course, an opportunity to bring laughter to millions of people all at once. It was as if live vaudeville was being beamed to the entire nation. For the next 20 years, the Marx Brothers’ appearances on television — individually and together — included sitcoms, game shows, variety programs and even the occasional drama. This first of its kind set — featuring long-lost material from the Marx Brothers’ own collections — presents a broad and genuinely rare array of television work from the comedy legends, who still had plenty of laughs left in them after the movies. For Marx Brothers fans — and fans of comedy in general — this is truly must–see TV. Buy the DVD right here.