New On DVD This Week: 21 Jump Street, The Artist, A Thousand Words, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne

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21 Jump Street

The television series that shot Johnny Depp to stardom makes the leap to the big screen in this reboot starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) have the kind of faces that could let them pass for teenagers in ‘21 Jump Street.’ Eager to prove themselves as effective policemen, the pair join the Jump Street program and go undercover to investigate a high-school drug ring. Now, the only thing more daunting than the prospect of taking on violent adolescent dope slingers is the possibility of experiencing the torture of their teenage years all over again. Ice Cube, Brie Larson, and Rob Riggle co-star. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Artist

A Thousand Words

When every single word counts, what do you choose to say? That is the question answered to comedic effect in ‘A Thousand Words,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Academy Award nominee Eddie Murphy (Tower Heist) is Jack McCall, a fast-talking literary agent, who can close any deal, any time, anywhere. He has set his sights on popular New Age guru Dr. Sinja (Cliff Curtis) for his own selfish purposes. But Dr. Sinja is on to him, and Jack’s life comes unglued after a magical Bodhi tree mysteriously appears in his backyard one night. With every word that comes out of Jack’s mouth, another leaf instantly falls from the tree and he realizes that when the last leaf falls, both he and the tree will meet their end. Undeterred, he comes up with some outrageously funny ways to communicate, but ultimately he must face reality.  Words have never failed the effusive Jack McCall before, but now he’s only got a thousand words left to discover what matters most in life. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Tyler Perry’s House of Payne

The houses that Tyler Perry built is back with the release of ‘Tyler Perry’s House of Payne‘ Volume 9. The all-new 3-disc DVD set includes 24 episodes of the hit TBS series, which has been honored with 12 NAACP Image Awards to date – including Outstanding Comedy Series three years in a row – and a Vision Award for Best Comedic Performance (Larraime Doc Shaw). Millions of fans have made this series one of the most beloved family comedies ever. Join the multi-generational Payne family as they creatively, and hysterically, address everyday hurdles in which we can all relate. Buy the Volume 9 DVD right here.

Sector 7

Starring popular international female action star Ha Ji-Won and directed by Kim Ji-Hoon, ‘Sector 7’ delivers blockbuster home entertainment, boasting fierce action, daring stunts and spectacular CG and 3D technology. Hae-jun (Ha Ji-Won) is working as a marine equipment manager on an old oil prospecting platform stationed at Sector 7, the mining area in the vast open sea located off the southern tip of Korea’s Jeju Island. One day, a new recruit sinks to the bottom of the sea. Evidence suggests that it was not an accident, and other crew members begin to turn up dead. The few survivors soon discover an underwater creature roaming the rig. The viral monster infiltrated the ship through the drilling pipe and has been feeding on crew members to survive.  As Hae-jun and her remaining crew lose all communications to the outside world, a frantic fight for their lives begins. Buy the 3D Blu-ray right here.


Glenn Close, 6-time Academy Award nominee and winner of two Best Actress Emmys for her role as Patty Hewes, the country’s most revered high-stakes litigator, stars with Rose Byrne as estranged protege Ellen Parsons. The critically acclaimed series ‘Damages‘ brings Patty and Ellen together embroiled in a wrongful-death suit against a private military contractor. The fourth season, which aired on DirecTV, also stars Emmy and Golden Globe winner John Goodman and Dylan Baker. ‘Damages’ The Complete Season 4 includes all 10 episodes, deleted scenes and a blooper reel. The set also comes with two new featurettes – A Case for War, a behind-the-scenes discussion of the fourth season with the cast and crew, and The Evolution of Patty Hewes, in which Glenn Close looks back over four seasons to examine and discuss the growth of her career. Buy the Season 4 DVD right here.


Deliverance,’ the 1972 Oscar-nominated film considered one of the screen’s most powerful man vs. nature adventures, celebrates its 40th Anniversary with a Blu-ray Book. Jon Voight (Transformers, Mission:Impossible), Burt Reynolds (The Longest Yard, Boogie Nights) starred; Ned Beatty (Rampart, Rango) and Ronny Cox (Starter Wife, Desperate Housewives) co-starred, with John Boorman directing from a screenplay which James Dickey adapted from his novel. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards (1972) including Best Picture, Directing and Film Editing. ‘Deliverance’ is offered in premium Blu-ray book packaging, including a new featurette and a 42-page commemorative book with behind-the-scenes photos and rare insights. The story of four “weekend warriors” who set off in canoes down a dangerous Georgia river and discover a wilderness of terror and survival, Deliverance builds the tension and fear to a raging climax, as the men travel way beyond their comfort zone and are forced to face more than they could have ever imagined. Vilmos Zsigmond’s expert cinematography captures the wilderness of forest and river. Buy the Blu-ray book right here.

The Best of Foyle’s War

Representing the finest of the universally acclaimed WWII detective series starring Michael Kitchen and seen on PBS, ‘The Best of Foyle’s War’ is now available on DVD. Specially selected by Kitchen himself, these six feature-length episodes feature his favorite episodes from the first four years of playing detective chief inspector Christopher Foyle. Featuring fan favorites Honeysuckle Weeks and Anthony Howell, these episodes also include guest stars Rosamund Pike (Pride & Prejudice), Edward Fox (Gandhi), Robert Hardy (All Creatures Great and Small), Amanda Root (Persuasion), Ronald Pickup (The Rector’sWife) and James McAvoy (Atonement, X-Men: First Class, Wanted). The 6-vol. DVD set includes interviews with creator Anthony Horowitz (23 min.), Anthony Howell and Honeysuckle Weeks (14 min.), behind-the-scenes featurette (24 min.) and more ($49.99, A new series of Foyle’s War is currently in development and is scheduled to air in 2013. Combining uncompromising historical accuracy with compelling, character-driven murder mysteries, this enormously popular, award-winning British series has won unqualified critical praise and undying viewer loyalty since its premiere on ITV in the U.K. in October 2002 and PBS in February 2003. Foyle’s War was created by Anthony Horowitz (Poirot, Midsomer Murders, Alex Rider series, and the newest Sherlock Holmes novel House of Silk). Buy the DVD right here.

Iron Man: Armored Adventures

‘Iron Man: Armored Adventures’ follows Tony Stark, 16-year-old genius and heir to the billion-dollar corporation Stark International, as he battles the enemies of world peace with his revolutionary armor technology. Growing up, Tony had always lived a life of luxury, but everything went horribly wrong when a tragic plane accident robbed him of his father and nearly cost him his own life. Eager to honor the memory of his dad, Tony now uses his suit of invincible armor and technical know-how to protect those who would also fall prey to tragedy, corruption and conspiracy. With help from his friends Rhodey and Pepper Potts, Tony’s activities as Iron Man result in nonstop high-octane action. In Season Two, Tony and his friends must battle to keep control of his father’s company with things going from bad to worse when the designs for the Iron Man armor are stolen. Can Tony Stark stop the Iron Man technology from being used for evil? It’s life-threatening action as Iron Man finds himself teaming up with the Black Panther, helping the Living Laser and confronting the nefarious deeds of Obadiah Stane and Justin Hammer! Will he survive? Anything can happen in the Super Hero world of Iron Man: Armored Adventures. Buy the Season 2, Volume 1 DVD right here.

The Decoy Bride

A glamorous American movie star wants to keep the press away from her wedding, but the elaborate charade she devises could wind up ruining everything in the sweet and irresistible romantic comedy ‘The Decoy Bride,’ now available on high-definition Blu-ray and DVD. When the wedding plans of internationally famous Hollywood film star Lara (Alice Eve, Men in Black III, The Raven, Sex and the City 2) and English author James (David Tennant, Doctor Who, Fright Night) are sabotaged by a paparazzo, the couple decides to relocate the event to the remote Scottish island of Hegg. However, dilapidated buildings and greedy islanders are the least of the problems that the wedding party and their Hollywood entourage have to deal with, as Marco (Federico Castelluccio, The Sopranos), the ingenious paparazzo, tracks them down in his mission to photograph the celebrity wedding of the year. Lara and James decide to take even more drastic measures to ensure their privacy. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Love in a Cold Climate

Propelled by a star-studded cast and a brilliant blend of period romance and social satire, akin to the works of Evelyn Waugh, ‘Love in a Cold Climate’ is now available on DVD. Based on bestselling author Nancy Mitford’s wickedly witty novels, Love in a Cold Climate stars Oscar winner Judi Dench (Iris, Casino Royale, Shakespeare in Love) and Michael Williams (A Fine Romance) in this eight-part series set against a backdrop of the English nobility’s golden age—and a looming world war. Broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre in the 1980s, the series garnered acclaim from critics on both side of the Atlantic. Co-stars include Michael Aldridge (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), Vivian Pickles (Harold and Maude), and Anthony Stewart Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer). The DVD 3-disc set includes eight gripping episodes. Linda Radlett (Lucy Gutteridge, A Christmas Carol), daughter of Lord and Lady Alconleigh, follows her heart in and out of adventures, marriages, and dalliances, much to the dismay of her parents. Her dear friend Polly Hampton (Rosalyn Landor, Rumpole of the Bailey) maintains a cooler head (and some say, a colder heart) in her romantic entanglements. In the midst of a looming war that will alter their lives forever, the series seamlessly weaves together the two women’s tangled love affairs. Buy the DVD right here.

Gene Simmons Family Jewels

Legendary rock god and multi-hyphenate Gene Simmons returns with his unconventional family for an all-new season of A&E’s hit series ‘Gene Simmons Family Jewels.‘ Season 6 answers the singular, long-awaited question: will Gene, God of Thunder, finally tie the knot with his beloved partner Shannon? The longest-running celebrity family-based series on TV begins with a shocking moment for America’s most traditional non-traditional family. With Nick and Sophie away at college and Gene’s rock star ego at an all-time high, Shannon decides she needs to re-evaluate their relationship and leaves her longtime boyfriend. Now, they must decide if they want to move on with the next phase of their lives together. Buy the Season 6, Part 1 and Season 6, Part 2 DVD.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Squad Detectives Robert Goren (Vincent D’Onofrio), Alex Eames (Kathryn Erbe), Mike Logan (Chris Noth) and Megan Wheeler (Julianne Nicholson) are back for another season of looking through the window of the criminal mind in Year 7 of ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent.’ This 5-DVD set is a must-have for fans of Law & Order and police dramas alike. The Seventh Year includes 22 powerful episodes featuring high-profile criminal cases ripped from contemporary headlines. Investigations range from the murder of a modern-day pirate to the execution of three college freshmen and Goren going undercover at a psychiatric hospital. Buy the Year 7 DVD right here.


“…And if things work out she’s going to stay awhile.” And they sure did, resulting in “new girl” ‘Alice’ sticking around for a triumphant nine season run that saw this new style sit-com become the standard bearer for the next generation of TV comedy. Alice is the story of Alice Hyatt (Linda Lavin), a recently widowed single mom who finds herself working as a waitress at an Arizona diner while caring for her pre-teen son, Tommy (Philip McKeon). The inimitable Vic Tayback plays Mel, the gruff owner of the diner, while Beth Howland and Polly Holliday play her co-workers, neurotic Vera and no-nonsense Flo. This 3-Disc, 24- Episode Collection collects the entire first season of the Bicentennial-era break-out hit, including the rarely seen pilot episode featuring Alfred Lutter from Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, the film inspiration for Alice. Guest stars include Batman’s Adam West, Victor Buono, and Dark Shadow’s Lara Parker. Buy the Season 1 DVD at

Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham and Other Stories

Warner Home Video is dishing up another treat from Dr. Seuss with the release of ‘Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham and Other Stories’ Deluxe Edition, a collection of favorite animated stories available on Blu-ray for the first time. ‘Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham and Other Stories’ Deluxe Edition will be comprised of three classics, including Green Eggs and Ham, The Sneetches and The Zax. All three have been re-mastered for this deluxe edition, which is available in a standard DVD edition and in a Blu-ray combo pack that includes both a Blu-ray and DVD edition. Dr. Seuss is serving up laughs and lessons in the newly re-mastered TV classic, Green Eggs and Ham. Join Sam-I-Am and his persistent attempts at introducing a reluctant fellow to a most delectable dish. Their escapades take them across a zany landscape while assembling a cast of characters that only the imagination of Dr. Seuss can bring to life.  Will Sam-I-Am convince his new friend to take a chance and finally try something new? Find out in this timeless tale the whole family will enjoy. Buy the Deluxe Edition DVD right here.

Sound of Noise

Dora the Explorer

Nickelodeon invites kids to join Dora and Boots on an exciting aquatic adventure in the brand-new DVD ‘Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Rescue in Mermaid Kingdom,’ featuring Latina superstar Thalia as the voice of a mermaid. The DVD features the title episode and additional episodes from ‘Dora the Explorer’s’ current seventh season. Emmy-Award winning ‘Dora the Explorer’ is an international phenomenon and one of the top presschool shows on TV after almost 12 years on the air. Buy the Dora’s Rescue in Mermaid Kingdom DVD right here.

A Necessary Death

An ambitious young film student takes a daring step for his thesis, but his bold idea may be his undoing – and may cost a life – in ‘A Necessary Death,’ an eye-opening film now available on DVD. Film student Gilbert (G.J. Echternkamp, Extraordinary Measures) has a novel idea for his final thesis project – find someone who wants to kill himself and follow him through the final days of his life. Gilbert posts a message on the Internet looking for a suitable subject, and after interviewing a handful of people with various reasons for taking their life, he chooses a British expatriate (Matt Tilley) who is slowly dying of an inoperable brain tumor. Assured that his subject will actually commit suicide on film, Gilbert believes he has found the perfect candidate to explore the nature of the act objectively. It is important to Gilbert that Matt actually kills himself, since his film’s integrity will be questioned if the outcome is different. But as filming goes on, it soon becomes apparent that the creative process is impacting the man’s road toward death, and before long Gilbert and his crew become more involved than they ever wanted to be. Buy the DVD right here.

C’Mon Man

A 2011 official selection at the American Black Film Festival, ‘C’Mon Man‘ stars top comedians Tony Rock, Rodney Perry, Faune Chambers Watkins, and many more. Like every stand-up comic who has ever stepped up on stage, Jeff Woods (Rock), dreamed of “making it big.” Unlike most stand-up comics, Jeff actually got his chance. While on his way to the top, an insecure ego causes Jeff’s career to quickly go from good to bad. Now, fresh out of rehab, Jeff is armed with new hilarious comedic material and a burning desire to make it big again – the right way. Buy the DVD right here.

Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns

Actor and comedian David Mann  stars as Mr. Brown, a loveable patriarch just trying to make good on a misguided promise to his late father in ‘Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns.’ Mr. Brown’s “retirement home” started as a complete fluke – a result of a misunderstanding followed by a happy accident in a neighborhood full of lively and unique individuals. While Brown might not be the brightest bulb in the house, he’s managed to create a combination safe haven and circus act under his “Brown Meadows” big top. Buy the Season 6 DVD right here.

Best Laid Plans

‘Best Laid Plans,’ BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning director David Blair’s (TV’s “The Street”) urban reworking of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Set in Nottingham, England, this non-stop, pulse-pounding, action-packed film stars Stephen Graham (Gangs of New York, Snatch, TV’s “Boardwalk Empire”) and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (The Bourne Identity, TV’s “Lost”) in this classic tale set in the underground world of MMA fighting. David Blair directs this powerful British drama, loosely inspired by John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men. Set in Nottingham, the film revolves around the relationship between the thuggish Danny (Stephen Graham) and Joseph (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), a giant of a man with a mental age of seven. When Danny finds himself in debt to a local crime boss, he feels he is left with no choice but to manipulate Joseph into participating in a series of underground cage fights from which Danny can pay his debts. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

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