New On DVD/Blu-ray This Week: Glee, The Hunger Games, Community, Dexter, Dalziel & Pascoe

'Glee' (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)


Season 3 of the electrifying, award-winning series ‘Glee‘ finds the Gleeks headed for Nationals – and graduation! As younger members join New Directions, others are about to begin exciting, if uncertain, lives outside it. Featuring some of television’s most enthralling song and dance numbers, including memorable hits from the legendary Michael Jackson, Glee continues to earn its place in the hearts of viewers around the world. Bonus features include “Glee Under the Stars,” “Glee Music Jukebox,” “Santana’s “Santa Baby” Music Video,” “Glee Give a Note” and many more. Buy the Season 3 Blu-ray right here.

The Hunger Games

Based on the best-selling young-adult novel by author Suzanne Collins, ‘The Hunger Games‘ tells the dark tale of a 16-year-old girl named Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), who is selected to compete in a vicious televised tournament in which 24 teenagers from a post-apocalyptic society fight to the death for the entertainment of the masses. In the future, North America is no more. In its place has risen Panem, a divided nation split into 12 districts. Every year, each district selects a teen of each gender (called “Tributes”) to test their worth in a competition known as the Hunger Games, which are broadcast across the nation as entertainment, and to reinforce the government’s total power. When her younger sister is selected as District 12’s latest “Tribute,” Katniss volunteers to take her place, and trains under hard-drinking former Hunger Games champion Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) to sharpen her killer instincts. Now in order to survive the game and emerge the victor, this young combatant must put all of her skills to the ultimate test. Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth co-star. Buy the Blu-ray right here.


The new school year brings our favorite group of misfits back together for more outlandish behavior  in ‘Community‘ Season 3. Led by Joel McHale, the ensemble cast includes Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Academy Award winner Jim Rash with Ken Jeong and Emmy Award winner Chevy Chase. John Goodman guest stars as Vice Dean Laybourne. ‘The ‘Community’ Season 3 DVD contains all 22 episodes on a three-disc DVD set and is loaded with bonus material, including fan-favorite spoof episodes full of mystery, crime and even some glee. Special features also include cast and crew commentary on every episode, “This is War: Pillows vs. Blankets” mockumentary featurette, “A Glee-ful Community Christmas” featurette, deleted scenes and a gag reel. Buy the Season 3 DVD right here.


America’s favorite serial killer is back for a new season of thrilling drama and unexpected twists with the release of ‘Dexter‘ Season 6, now available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. Featuring gripping performances from special guest stars Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Yasiin Bey, Colin Hanks (King Kong) and Academy Award nominee Edward James Olmos (”Battlestar Galactica”), catch up on every suspenseful episode of the Emmy-nominated sixth season before new episodes premiere on Showtime on September 30. Golden Globe winner Michael C. Hall continues to captivate audiences with his portrayal of mild-mannered, yet grisly serial killer Dexter Morgan. It has been a year since the fifth season’s emotional conclusion, and Dexter has finally come to terms with his identity. As he tries to move on, his existence is shattered when he crosses paths with an enemy unlike any that he’s faced before. The new adversary, a delusional religious zealot with unflinching convictions, draws Dexter into a dangerous game that could end in disaster. With powerful performances by series stars Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, Lauren Velez, David Zayas and James Remar, ‘Dexter’ Season 6 is a killer good time. Buy the Season 6 Blu-ray right here.

Dalziel & Pascoe

The mismatched pair of detectives, grumpy old-school copper Andy Dalziel (Warren Clarke) and his well-mannered university-educated partner Peter Pascoe (Colin Buchanan), face more perplexing cases in the sixth season of the ripping crime drama ‘Dalziel & Pascoe.’ With Pascoe’s wife and daughter now in America, the odd couple find themselves sharing Dalziel’s house—a match certainly not made in heaven. Buy the Season 6 DVD right here.


Jaws‘ – the landmark motion picture that still makes audiences afraid to go in the water – is now available on Blu-ray for the first time ever. Featuring an all-new, digitally remastered and fully restored picture, as well as 7.1 surround sound, the ‘Jaws’ Blu-ray Combo Pack with DVD, Digital Copy and UltraVioletT gives fans the ultimate way to watch the breathtaking and terrifying action-thriller. One of the most influential motion pictures of all time and nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award, ‘Jaws’ stars Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss and Oscar nominees Roy Scheider and Robert Shaw. Produced by legendary filmmakers Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown, the film earned an Oscar for composer John Williams’ instantly recognizable minimalist score, as well as Oscars for Best Editing and Best Sound. When it was first released in 1975, ‘Jaws’ smashed box-office records and became the highest-grossing film of its era, earning Spielberg a reputation as a Hollywood visionary.  Today, it remains one of the highest-grossing films in motion-picture history and is largely considered the film that launched the summer blockbuster. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

The Forsyte Saga Collection

Featuring outstanding casts led by Homeland’s Damian Lewis (Band of Brothers, Life), The Forsyte Saga Collection is now available on DVD, including the two complete miniseries that tell the story of a family bitterly divided by ambition, adultery, and revenge. Based on John Galsworthy’s epic Forsyte novels, the sumptuously addictive adaptations impressed critics and fans alike when they aired on PBS’ Masterpiece Theatre from 2003-2004 and were voted #2 on the list of viewers’ favorite programs of all time. Featuring sumptuous costumes, bold characterizations, and slow-burn action, the dramas also star Gina McKee (Notting Hill, The Borgias), Rupert Graves (Sherlock, Garrow’s Law), Ioan Gruffudd (Horatio Hornblower, Ringer), Julian Ovenden (Foyle’s War), and Corin Redgrave (Trial & Retribution). The DVD 5-dics boxed set includes the complete unedited U.K. broadcast edition, featuring more than 20 minutes of Series 1 footage not included in the edited U.S. broadcast; as well as a bonus 20-minute making-of featurette, photo galleries, booklist, and more. Spanning generations and chronicling one family’s turbulent transition to the modern age, Series 1 stars Damian Lewis as Soames, the scion of the wealthy Forsyte family. A model of Victorian repression, Soames is a successful London solicitor whose ruthless self-control is challenged by his covetous feelings for the beautiful but destitute Irene (Gina McKee). Longing to possess her, he makes a promise he is not ready to keep in order to make her his wife. Adultery, betrayal and sexual jealousy ensue as the tumultuous Forsyte clan encroaches on Soames’ seemingly golden existence. Based on the first two of John Galsworthy’s nine books about the Forsytes, this sweeping drama follows the family through two tumultuous decades that reflect the pivotal times in which they live. Buy the DVD right here.

Pawn Stars

There is no better example of today’s pawnbrokers than the Harrison family’s Gold and Silver Pawn shop on the outskirts of Las Vegas — the modern day Mecca for people in need of quick cash. Three generations of Harrison men clash with friendly camaraderie over items from classic cars to samurai swords. Here, everything has a history, and everything has a price. And you never know what’s going to walk through the door. ‘Pawn Stars‘ Volume 5 features 16 episodes never-before-released on DVD from the highest-rated series in the network’s history and the #1 non-fiction series in US cable.  Included, fans will be thrilled to find  the usual assortment of oddities for the Harrisons to consider like a 31-ton car-crushing Robosaurus, a mandolin that could be worth over $100,000 and an authentic Batmobile in episodes such as “Darth Pawn”, “Pawn Illustrated”, Chummobile”, “Evel Genius” and “Pablo Pawncasso”. Buy the Volume 5 DVD right here.

Doctor Who

Spearhead From Space

he Time Lords have banished the newly regenerated Doctor (Third Doctor – Jon Pertwee) to Earth. But he isn’t the only alien to have arrived, as a swarm of meteorites have crashed into the sleepy English countryside, bringing with them a terrible new threat to mankind: the Nestene consciousness, a disembodied alien intelligence with an affinity for plastic. The Doctor and his newly appointed scientific advisor, Liz Shaw (Caroline John), join UNIT in a race against time to stop humanity from being replaced by a terrifying plastic facsimile race. This digitally re-mastered edition of the Doctor Who classic includes audio commentary with actors Nicholas Courtney and Caroline John; additional audio commentary with producer Derrick Sherwin and script editor Terrance Dicks; Down To Earth making-of featurette; Regenerations: From Black and White to Color featurette; as well as many other bonus features. Buy the Spearhead From Space DVD right here.

The Greatest Show in the Galaxy

Although Ace (Sophie Aldred) hates clowns, the Doctor (Seventh Doctor – Sylvester McCoy) decides to take his companion to the Psychic Circus on the planet Segonax. There they find a group of scared performers who live in fear of the sinister and creepy Chief Clown, who organizes a talent contest in which all visitors take part. But what is so dangerous about this particular circus, why is there such a small audience, and will Ace be able to overcome her fear before it’s too late? This digitally re-mastered edition of the Doctor Who classic includes audio commentary with actors Sophie Aldred, Jessica Martin and Christopher Guard, writer Stephen Wyatt, script editor Andrew Cartmel and composer Mark Ayres; The Show Must Go On making-of featurette; Deleted and Extended Scenes; as well as many other bonus features. Buy The Greatest Show in the Galaxy DVD right here.

Titanic: 100 Years in 3D

To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking, ‘Titanic: 100 Years in 3D’ combines stunning 3D HD imagery of the wreck with powerful untold stories of passengers and crew, letting audiences experience the real life drama of Titanic in a way never before possible. In 2010, an unprecedented expedition by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and RMS Titanic, Inc. went on location to document the entire wreck site of Titanic, using high-resolution optical video, sonar, acoustic imaging, and 3D HD video and acoustic modeling. These incredible visuals will be accompanied by the untold stories of people who were on the ship, narrated in voice-over by actors. Each person’s story will be linked with one or more recovered artifacts that connect to that passenger or crewmember. These haunting artifacts and unforgettable personal stories of average people take viewers back in time, making the history of Titanic as vivid as it was yesterday. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Judge John Deed

‘Judge John Deed’ (Martin Shaw) is back at the bench for the final season of the dramatic series and the cases are as tough as ever. Can Deed’s unrelenting idealism lead to ultimate justice? Or is his rebellious nature doing more harm than good? In two nail-biting double episodes, Season Six first sees the eponymous judge sent to The Hague as the British representative at the International Criminal Court, where he must try a young soldier accused of committing war crimes in Iraq, but instead uncovers nefarious reasons for bringing him to trial. Back in the UK, a scandal involving pharmaceutical companies and withdrawn legal aid leads right to the heart of the Government. Buy the Season 6 DVD right here.

Tonight You’re Mine

A free-wheeling rock ‘n’ roll love story set against the raucous magnificence and unforgettable sounds of Scotland’s leading music festival, ‘Tonight You’re Mine’ is now available on DVD. Set to a killer soundtrack, the film is an energetic, indie-rock, romantic comedy, which follows two feuding rock stars who end up handcuffed together for 24 hours at a music festival where they are both due to perform. Directed by indie-favorite David Mackenzie (Spread, Young Adam), the film stars up-and-coming actors Luke Treadaway (Attack the Block, Clash of the Titans) and Natalia Tena (Harry Potter franchise, Bel Ami, TV’s “Game of Thrones”). The DVD bonus materials contain four featurettes: interviews with Tena and Treadaway, a “making of” featurette, a “behind the music” featurette with indie band The Make, as well as a featurette providing a look at the costumes designs from the film. Two feuding rock stars, American pop star Adam and minor British, female rocker Morello, are scheduled to perform at the same music festival. As their sarcastic banter escalates, a mischievous security guard handcuffs them together and disappears into the crowd. All attempts to break free are thwarted, and eventually, Adam and Morello realize that they may not want to escape each other. Buy the DVD right here.

MLB: The Essential Games

Since their formation in 1883 the Philadelphia Phillies have played more than 19,000 games. ‘The Essential Games of the Philadelphia Phillies,’ a phantastic 4-disc set, celebrates four remarkable games spanning four decades of Phillies pennants, champions, and spectacular victories.  From Hall of Famers Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton to contemporary fan favorites Ryan Howard and Roy Halladay, these games highlight Philadelphia’s baseball heroes and their winning on-field exploits since the team’s 1980 World Championship.  The set, which also features radio play-by-play allowing fans the ability to listen to the original radio calls, is now available. The Chicago Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908 or the National League pennant since 1945.  Yet, since their founding as the “White Stockings” in 1876, the team can claim some of the most devoted fans in all of sports.  The dynamic between Wrigley Field, the home team Chicago Cubs, and their devoted fans exceeds any normal measurements, and it’s a connection of team, place, and supporters that has stirred emotions across more than five generations.  ‘Essential Games of the Chicago Cubs,’ a collectible 4-disc set, features four historic and unforgettable Cubs games, re-mastered and uncut for optimal viewing. Across more than four decades the Texas Rangers built a state-of-the art stadium, scripted new chapters in baseball’s history books, and established a championship franchise.  And from the team’s earliest days in Arlington to their recent championship runs, the Rangers’ most unforgettable games are captured on the 4-disc set, ‘Essential Games of the Texas Rangers.’ Buy the Essential Games of the Phillies, Cubs and Rangers.

Dance Moms

Set in Pittsburgh’s renowned Abby Lee Dance Company, owned and operated by notoriously demanding and passionate instructor Abby Lee Miller, Lifetime’s explosive new docu-series ‘Dance Moms‘ follows children’s early steps on the road to stardom and the doting mothers who are there for every rehearsal, performance and bow…all under the discerning eye of Miller.  With its second record-breaking season underway and spinoffs like “Dance Moms: Miami” pulling in new viewers, fans will finally be able to get the long- awaited first season in a 4-disc collector’s set. Presenting a powerful cast of characters sure to raise eyebrows, ‘Dance Moms’: Season 1 – Lifetime’s highest-rated series and A+E’s top-selling iTunes series — immerses itself in the highs and lows surrounding competition season to deliver an intriguing and dramatic look at the frantic pursuit of the ultimate National Dance title. Centered on the devoted Miller, who runs her school with an iron tap shoe as she instructs her young, talented students while dealing with over-the-top mothers who go to great lengths to help their children’s dreams come true, ‘Dance Moms’ poses tough questions about what really goes on behind-the-scenes in the fast-growing and controversial sport of competitive dance. Buy the Season 1 DVD right here.

Stallone 3-Film Collector’s Set

The world’s favorite action superstar, Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone (Best Actor in a Leading Role, Rocky, 1976), is back with the Blu-ray Disc and DVD release of the Stallone 3-Film Collector’s Set from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Just in time for the theatrical release of his highly anticipated action film, ‘The Expendables 2,’ this collection features three of Stallone’s most memorable hit films Cop Land, Rambo: First Blood and Lock Up, together for the first time. A must-have for Stallone fans of all generations, the collection is now available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Juan of the Dead

When Havana begins to fill up with zombies, two friends hatch a plan to launch a zombie extermination service after their picturesque island is overrun by the living dead in this satirical horror film from director Alejandro Brugués (Personal Belongings).   Fast, fun and hilarious, ‘Juan of the Dead,’ gives a decidedly latin touch to the zombie genre, along with a winking nod to the zom-com hit, Shaun of the Dead. It’s the anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, and as the hungry undead make an unwelcomed appearance, best friends Juan (Alexis Días de Villegas) and Lázardo (Jorge Molina) decide to parlay their skills for dispatching zombies into a professional career. “Juan of the dead killed their loved ones” is their slogan, and their mission is to help people get rid of those infected around them … for a price. As the government attempts to maintain public order by blaming the fracas on Americans who they claim are attempting to topple the current regime, Juan and Lazardo rally the troops, gather their weapons, and prepare to make a killing by ridding Cuba of zombies one shambling, flesh-eating corpse at a time. Buy the DVD right here.


The fan-favorite detective drama starring Robert Urich returns to DVD with ‘Vega$’: The Third Season, Volume 2. In this popular series, handsome and fun loving private eye Dan Tanna (Urich) drives around Sin City in his vintage Thunderbird solving private cases, while also being on retainer to a wealthy casino owner to keep crime out of his hotels. Helping Tanna along the way is his smart and sexy assistant and his enthusiastic, yet inept, legman. Bart Braverman, Phyllis Davis, and Greg Morris co-star in the classic series from legendary producer Aaron Spelling (Dynasty, Charlie’s Angels). Buy the Season 3, Volume 2 DVD right here.

The Sword Identity

Experience the lengths one man will go to prove his sword is invincible with the release of ‘The Sword Identity’ on DVD. From the writer of ‘The Grandmasters,’ comes a traditional action-packed martial arts film starring Yu Chenghui. In the Southern Chinese city of Guancheng, during the Ming Dynasty, there lived four families, each of them faithful keepers of martial arts. Anyone who wants to establish a new form or technique of kun fu has to fight their way through the family’s gates. But when one man’s request is rejected he will be put though a series of fights, determined to prove this his sword is invincible. Buy the DVD right here.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Cowabunga! Get ready for Kung Fu Action with the release of the final season of the totally awesome classic TV series, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 10: The Complete Final Season for the first time on DVD, Digital Download and On Demand. Join Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo as they battle the evil Lord Dregg in one final battle. A fan-favorite show, the DVD collection features all-new exclusive interviews with the show’s artists and two bonus never before released episodes. Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo are back in the classic final season that pits turtles from the past and present against the evil Lord Dregg and his minions. Determined to enslave mankind, Dregg will stop at nothing to win, even causing a piece of the sun to crash into Earth. As a consequence, a giant portal soon opens to pull the planet into Dimension X, and even threatens to drain the life energy from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! The only way to defeat Dregg, Krang and Shredder is to bring the Turtle’s past selves to the present – double the Turtle power! But will they make it in time before Dregg’s invasion is complete? Featuring all 8 time-warping episodes with serious Turtle muscle, season 10 is a totally tubular finale. Buy the Season 10 DVD right here.


Director Eldar Rapaport expands his award-winning short Postmortem into a complex look at modern romance centering on two lovers bound to the past by their burning passions in ‘August.’ In the wake of a bitter break-up, former lovers Troy and Jonathan put half-a-world between themselves just to try and move on. As Troy launches a successful career in Spain, Jonathan stars over again in Los Angeles. Years later, Troy takes a trip to the West Coast, and makes a coffee date with his former beau. The moment they lock eyes again, it’s as if they were both transported back to the days where they were inseparable. But as passive aggressive Troy wrestles with the decision of leaving Barcelona Jonathan finds his current romance with Argentinean immigrant Raul starting to suffer. Buy the DVD right here.

Astonishing X-Men: Torn

The chart-topping super-team of Joss Whedon (Marvel’s The Avengers) and John Cassaday (Captain America, Planetary) return for more action on home in ‘Astonishing X-Men: Torn.’ Comic book pages from the third story arc of this acclaimed series by one of Marvel’s greatest collaborations between Whedon and Cassaday come alive when Shout! Factory, in association with Marvel Knights Animation, unleash the highly anticipated ‘Astonishing X-Men: Torn’ on DVD. This DVD invites viewers to delve deep inside the imaginative world of the Marvel Universe. A must-have for collectors and loyal fans, this deluxe DVD is featured with a graphic rich cover and a unique replica of comic book-style packaging that bridges the comic book to DVD concept.Buy the DVD right here.

Kill List

A one-of-a-kind blend of family drama, hitman thriller and terrifying psychological shocker, ‘Kill List‘ is the story of an ex-soldier turned contract killer who plunges into the heart of darkness – and takes the viewer with him on a ride from which there is no return. From director Ben Wheatley (Down Terrace, The ABCs of Death) comes a mind-blowing genre concoction that marks a new milestone in the annals of modern horror. Eight months after a disastrous hit job left him physically and mentally scarred (and struggling to support his wife and son), Jay (Neil Maskell, Pusher, Basic Instinct 2) is pressured by his partner and best friend Gal (Michael Smiley, Wire in the Blood) into taking a lucrative three-part assignment: kill a priest, then a dealer in torture porn, and finally a member of Parliament. As the two men – one a volatile hothead, the other a careful professional – carry out their work with shocking brutality, Jay’s world begins to unravel until paranoia and unexplainable visions send him reeling. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Chuggington: Traintastic Adventures

Full steam ahead! Preschoolers from coast-to-coast will “honk their horns” for “Traintastic Adventures,” the newest addition to the award-winning hit “Chuggington” DVD series from Anchor Bay Entertainment, now available on DVD. The brand-new collection of fun-filled episodes with relatable themes and positive messages will entertain young trainees as it helps them learn to ride the rails of life. A colorful and contemporary CGI-animated TV series from Ludorum that reinforces early social readiness skills, “Chuggington” airs daily on Disney Junior, Disney Channel’s programming block for kids ages 2-7 and their families, and on the new 24-hour Disney Junior basic cable and satellite channel. “Traintastic Adventures” features six engaging episodes – plus a bonus Badge Quest short – filled with upbeat stories and fortified with positive messages designed to keep preschoolers on the right track as they learn and grow. Buy the DVD right here.

Power Rangers: Super Samurai

The Power Rangers arrive to save the world as Lionsgate Home Entertainment releases the first super volumes in the newest season of the long-running popular entertainment franchise, ‘Power Rangers Super Samurai: The Super Powered Black Box (Vol. 1)’ and ‘Power Rangers Super Samurai: Super Showdown (Vol. 2),’ for the first time on DVD and Digital Download. Join the team of the now Super Samurai Rangers as they battle Master Xandred and his evil Nighlok monsters to defend mankind. This all new super version features new super weapons, super modes and a new super villain that the Samurai Rangers must combine forces against. Currently airing on Nickelodeon, this new production of Power Rangers Super Samurai is the #1 kids action series across all television. A fan favorite for over two decades, Power Rangers Super Samurai combines action-filled storylines with humor and heart, while promoting strong values including teamwork, friendship and fitness. The Power Rangers Super Samurai: The Super Powered Black Box (Vol. 1) and Power Rangers Super Samurai: Super Showdown (Vol. 2). Buy The Super Powered Black Box Vol. 1 DVD and the Super Showdown Vol. 2 DVD.

Jay and Silent Bob Get Old: Tea Bagging in the UK

To help celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this year, Leonardo, New Jersey sent two if its highest ranking emissaries, Jay and Silent Bob, to England on a good will tour dubbed Tea Bagging in the U.K. During their first-ever tour of England, Jay (actor Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (actor/director Kevin Smith) performed live on stage in front of sold-out crowds in London, Manchester and Edinburgh. Industrial Entertainment collects four hours of highlights from the tour for the two-disc set, ‘Jay and Silent Bob Get Old.’ While it mostly features Jay and Silent Bob performing live, the set also incorporates animation to illustrate several of the stories they are telling. Along with the concert film, ‘Jay and Silent Bob’ also contains several extra features, including outtakes from all three concerts. Buy the DVD right here.

The Angry Beavers

Bon-vivant beaver brothers Norbert Foster and Daggett Doofus continue their sidesplitting adventures in the uproariously funny 2-disc collection ‘The Angery Beavers’ Season 3, Part 2. Watch these two wild bachelors take the town in such memorable episodes as “Kreature Komforts,” “Das Spoot,” “Practical Jerks,” “Euro Beavers,” “Finger Lickin’ Goofs” and more. ‘The Angry Beavers’ features an all-star voice cast, including Richard Steven Horvits, Nick Bakay and Charlie Bisette. Buy the Season 3, Part 2 DVD right here.

Fresh Beat Band: The Wizard of Song

Jason Mraz and Sarah Chalke guest star in the brand new DVD ‘Fresh Beat Band: The Wizard of Song.’ In the title episode, Marina gets swept up into a windstorm and lands in Oz, where she meets Glinda the Good Witch played by Sarah Chalke, befriends a Scarecrow (Twist), a Tin Woods-Woman (Kiki) and a Lion (Shout). They set off on a journey to find the Wizard of Song (Jason Mraz) so he can help Marina get back home. Buy the DVD right here.

Fernando Di Leo’s Madness

Hailed by cinephiles for expertly restoring rare films by influential filmmakers and publishing them with compelling extras, Italian Film Boutique RaroVideo presents ‘Fernando Di Leo’s Madness,’ now available on DVD. The film stars Joe Dallesandro, better known as the “Little Joe” mentioned in Lou Reed’s hit 1972 song “Walk on the Wild Side.” Dallesandro is considered by many to be the most famous male sex symbol of American underground films of the 20th Century having starred in Flesh, Trash and Heat among many others. ‘Madness’ is one of his rarely seen Italian starring roles. A photograph taken by Andy Warhol of Dallesandro’s crotch bulge encased in a tight-fitting pair of jeans is featured on the cover of the Rolling Stone’s 1971 album Sticky Fingers. Fernando Di Leo is the master of garish, intricately plotted, ultra-violent stories about pimps and petty gangsters and he perfects the genre with an uncanny accuracy making him an inspiration to Quentin Tarantino among many others. Buy the DVD right here.

The Smurfs and the Magic Flute

Smurf fans rejoice! The original full-length animated feature ‘The Smurfs and the Magic Flute’ is now available on DVD for the first time. Based on the original comic book story by the same name, this beloved animated movie classic debuted in U.S. theaters in 1983 and has remained a fan favorite for more than 25 years. Delivering wholesome family entertainment, ‘The Smurfs and the Magic Flute’ DVD also features bonus content including an image gallery, animated menus, a glossary of Smurf terms, The Smurf Story, a character guide, and an About the Smurfs and the Magic Flute featurette. Buy the DVD right here.

The Raid: Redemption

Iko Uwais and Joe Taslim star as members of a rookie SWAT team tasked to infiltrate a safe house containing the world’s most dangerous killers and gangsters in the hard-hitting, jaw-dropping, martial arts action extravaganza ‘The Raid: Redemption,’ is now available on Unrated DVD and Blu-ray with UltraViolet. When the SWAT team’s cover is accidentally blown, they become stranded inside the dangerous high rise with no way out and must fight their way through the city’s worst criminals to survive their mission. The film also stars Ray Sahetapy, Donny Alamsyah, Yayan Ruhian and Pierre Gruno and features music by Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda. The DVD and Blu-ray are loaded with bonus features, including commentary with Writer/Director Gareth Evans; six behind-the-scenes video blogs with Gareth Evans; a “Behind the Music” featurette with Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park and composer Joe Trapanese; “Inside the Score,” a trailer teaser for Mike Shinoda’s first feature score, and “An Evening with Gareth Evans, Mike Shinoda and Joe Trapanese” feaurette. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Leave it on the Floor

Inspired by the “vogueing” sensation featured in the 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning, Sheldon Larry’s exuberant musical ‘Leave it on the Floor‘ is now available on DVD. With music by Beyonce music director Kim Burse, screenplay and lyrics by Glenn Gaylord, choreography by Beyonce dance master, Frank Gatson Jr. and eye-popping visuals and direction by Sheldon Larry, the film is an ode to the wild funky and heart-aching life of this underground subculture. The score is an impressive mix of hip-hop, techno and house and gives the entire film its heart-pumping pulse; the dance numbers and choreography bring it alive. Thrown out of his home by his dysfunctional mother, Brad (Ephraim Sykes) steals her car and travels into Los Angeles where, through a chance encounter, he stumbles into a noisy raucous, chaotic event and meets the ragtag members of the struggling House of Eminence. Initially only looking for a place to sleep (and perhaps someone to sleep with), Brad ends up engaging with the colorful members of the house led by the indomitable house mother Queef Latina (Barbie-Q), herself an aging ball-legend and the fierce protectrice of her family. Laughter, tears, sex sirens, and butch queens up in pumps ensue and remarkably, Brad ends up finding an extraordinary home and loving, caring family in this, the strangest of places. Buy the DVD right here.

American Pickers

In small towns, and along America’s back roads, treasures are waiting to be uncovered — valuable relics from our history that are hidden in junk piles, buried in barns and stacked in garages. It takes experts to find them — and turn rust to riches. ‘American Pickers‘ follows two of the most skilled “pickers” — Mike Wolfe, owner of Antique Archaeology and the “Jack Kerouac of Junk”, and his business partner, Frank Fritz— as they hunt down objects with historical, collectible and pop culture value. Along the way, they meet people whose own stories open a window into American lives and history. ‘American Pickers’ Volume 4 proves there’s no place Mike and Frank won’t go in search of hidden treasure as they pick through the hills of Malibu, California, go to a backcountry Alabama auction, and go on assignment for William Shatner across eight all-new episodes such as “Fairlane Fever”, “The Emu Chase”, “They Boldy Go” and “Possum Trot”. Buy the Volume 4 DVD right here.

Barack Obama: From His Childhood to the Presidency

When he called himself “a skinny kid with a funny name” at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, his star was already rising. By the time he triumphed in the 2004 Illinois Senate race, he was the golden child of a Democratic party in desperate need of a charismatic leader. And in November of 2008, he was the first African-American to be elected President of the United States. As the campaign season gets underway, Bio narrates the definitive story of The 44th POTUS with ‘Barack Obama: From His Childhood to the Presidency,’ which chronicles his early years in Honolulu to his history-making presidential win. Follow Obama through his teenage struggles for self-identity, his student days at Columbia University and Harvard Law School, and finally, through his political career in Chicago, where he rose to fame through a focus on ethics and political reform. Go behind the scenes of Obama’s extraordinarily successful presidential campaign, his triumphant election, and his historic first term in the White House. Featuring insightful interviews with friends and family members, as well as previously unreleased footage of Obama’s campaign and victory, Barack Obama chronicles the uniquely American story of one man rising up to fight for what he believes in—and, the dawning of a new chapter in American history. Buy the DVD right here.

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