New Releases On DVD/Blu-Ray

'True Blood' (HBO Home Entertainment)

True Blood

Over the course of seven seasons, the sexy, scary, wildly entertaining hit HBO series ‘True Blood‘ has kept fans on the edge of their seats with twists, turns and romantic entanglements for Sookie Stackhouse and her group of supernatural friends and foes. Created by Academy Award-and-Emmy-winner Alan Ball, the groundbreaking series is now available as a complete series set, just in time for diehard “Truebies” to add to their holiday wish lists. ‘True Blood: The Complete Series,’ now available on Blu-ray and DVD, features all 80 episodes from the revolutionary series on 33 discs, packed with all of the bonus content from the individual season releases, including behind-the-scenes featurettes, a Snoop Dogg music video, Tru Blood beverage ads and 40 audio commentaries. The Blu-ray set also includes a Digital HD copy of all 80 episodes. Thanks to a Japanese scientist’s invention of synthetic blood, vampires have progressed from legendary monsters to fellow citizens overnight. And while humans have been safely removed from the menu, many remain apprehensive about these creatures “coming out of the coffin.” In the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps, local waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) is open-minded about the integration of vampires – particularly when it comes to Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), a handsome 173-year old living up the road. But at the service of Bill’s less virtuous vampire associates, Sookie is drawn into a series of catastrophes that will put their love to the test. Buy the complete series Blu-ray right here.

Ancient Aliens

Unwrap the ultimate gift for ‘Ancient Aliens‘ fans in one monumental collection with the ‘Ancient Aliens: The Complete Seasons 1-6,’ now available on DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The Ancient Aliens: The Complete Seasons 1-6 gift set takes you on a mind-bending journey into our deep past with all six seasons of the series including 12 episodes from Season 6 that have never been released on DVD.  From over 10,000 years of the most credible evidence unearthed, we’ll explore the ancient and mysterious, from sacred relics, artifacts and wall carvings to technologies, places and lore, all in a search for the humankind’s origins and even the secrets of the universe. New interpretations of ancient texts reveal new historical possibilities: Were ancient gods really aliens? Was Satan really humanity’s ally in the Bible? This groundbreaking History series on H2 also uncovers the alien dimension within secret codes, deadly cults, mega-disasters and plagues; alien connections to dinosaurs, NASA and even the Third Reich; and considers time travel, underwater UFO activity, ancient martian civilizations, the possibility that some children have alien DNA — and if you can believe it, much more. Experience the trip of a lifetime (or many) in this mother of all gift sets. Buy the complete Seasons 1-6 DVD right here.

Getting On

Just in time for the much-anticipated second season comes the HBO Home Entertainment release of ‘Getting On: The Complete First Season,’ now available  on Blu-ray and DVD. The Blu-ray set also comes with a Digital HD copy. An offbeat, comedic look at the dysfunctional staff of a beleaguered hospital, ‘Getting On‘ features a hilarious and award-winning cast, starring Laurie Metcalf (three Emmys for Roseanne); Niecy Nash (Reno 911!), Alex Borstein (Family Guy), and Mel Rodriguez (Community), plus special guest stars Molly Shannon (Emmy Award nominee for HBO’s Enlightened, Saturday Night Live), Daniel Stern (Home Alone) and Harry Dean Stanton (HBO’s Big Love). The absurdly funny, six-episode series set reveals laugh-out-loud bonus material, including deleted scenes and a hysterical gag reel. From creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer (co-creators of the acclaimed HBO series Big Love), the show follows the staff at the Billy Barnes Extended Care Unit of Mt. Palms Hospital in Long Beach, Cal., as they attend to the needs of female patients who are often “getting on” in years, while dealing with the challenges of a health-care bureaucracy in need of an overhaul. Even as they attempt to serve their charges under less-than-ideal circumstances, the lives of this ragtag crew are complicated by conflicting agendas, both professional and personal. Blending humor with unexpected moments of tenderness, the series chronicles the darkly comic realities of caring for the elderly in an overwhelmed healthcare system, skewering the petty bureaucracies of modern medical practice in America. Buy the Season 1 Blu-ray right here.

Jersey Boys

Based on the Tony Award-winning musical, ‘Jersey Boys‘ is now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Directed by Oscar winner Clint Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby,” ‘Unforgiven’), ‘Jersey Boys’ is an inspiring drama featuring The Four Seasons’ songs that influenced a generation. ‘Jersey Boys’ stars John Lloyd Young, who reprises his Tony Award-winning portrayal of the legendary lead singer of The Four Seasons, Frankie Valli. Erich Bergen stars as Bob Gaudio, who wrote or co-wrote all of the group’s biggest hits. Michael Lomenda and Vincent Piazza star respectively as Nick Massi and Tommy DeVito, two original members of The Four Seasons. Oscar winner Christopher Walken (“The Deer Hunter”) stars as mobster Gyp DeCarlo. Clint Eastwood directed ‘Jersey Boys’ from a screenplay and musical book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, song music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe. ‘Jersey Boys’ is produced by Clint Eastwood, Graham King and Robert Lorenz, along executive producers Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tim Moore, Tim Headington, James Packer and Brett Ratner. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Soaring past the $500 million mark at the global box office, DreamWorks Animation’s ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2‘ is not only one of the best reviewed films of the year, but also 2014’s highest grossing animated film to-date and one of the top ten grossing films of the year in any genre. The thrilling second chapter of the epic ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless. The inseparable duo must protect the peace and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago in ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2,’ now available on Digital HD and on Blu-ray and DVD. Fans will get even more excitement, adventure and, of course, more dragons when DreamWorks Animation releases, ‘Dragons: Dawn of the Dragon Racers,’ an all-new animated adventure featuring the original voice cast. A hunt for lost sheep soon turns into a high-flying sprint in the all-new epic adventure as Hiccup and friends battle to become the first Dragon Racing Champion of Berk! ‘Dragons “Dawn of the Dragon Racers’ is available exclusively on the Blu-ray combo pack, DVD double pack and Digital HD. The all-star film talent features Jay Baruchel (This Is The End), two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Gerard Butler (Olympus Has Fallen), Craig Ferguson (“The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”), America Ferrera (“Ugly Betty”), Academy Award nominee Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Neighbors), T.J. Miller (“Silicon Valley”) and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids).  The film also adds the voice talent of Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) and Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”). Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Tammy

Prepare for your holiday road trip with the release of ‘Tammy,’ now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy (“Bridesmaids”) and Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon (“Dead Man Walking”) embark on an unforgettable highway adventure in ‘Tammy,’ marking Ben Falcone’s directorial debut. ‘Tammy’ stars Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon, alongside Allison Janney (“The Help”), playing Tammy’s world-weary mom, Deb; Gary Cole (TV’s “VEEP”) as ladies’ man Earl; and Mark Duplass (HBO’s “Togetherness”) as his son, Bobby; with Dan Aykroyd (“The Campaign”) as Tammy’s dad, Don; and Academy Award winner Kathy Bates (“Misery,” “Midnight in Paris”) as Pearl’s fun-loving cousin Lenore. Rounding out the cast are Sandra Oh (TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy”) as Lenore’s partner, Susanne; Oscar nominee Toni Collette (“The Sixth Sense”) as Tammy’s neighbor, Missi; and Nat Faxon (“Bad Teacher”) as Tammy’s husband, Greg. New Line Cinema’s ‘Tammy’ was produced by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Melissa McCarthy, with executive producers Rob Cowan, Ben Falcone, Chris Henchy, Kevin Messick, Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener and Michael Disco. The screenplay is by Melissa McCarthy & Ben Falcone. Fans can also own‘Tammy’ via purchase from digital retailers. The Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital HD versions include an extended cut of the film featuring additional hilarious moments with Tammy, Pearl and the rest of the cast on their road trip adventure. After losing her job, husband and car in one day, Tammy Banks (McCarthy) wants out of her small town existence. With no money or transportation, her only way out is with her hard-partying grandmother, Pearl (Sarandon). Their misadventures and brushes with the law lead them on a funny and heartfelt road trip to remember. Buy the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack right here.

Quincy, M.E.

Television’s original crime scene investigator is back! Jack Klugman returns as the ever-inquisitive Dr. R. Quincy in the ’70s medical drama ‘Quincy, M.E.’ Featuring all 24 episodes from Season 7, this six-DVD set is a must-have for fans of medical drama. Dr. Quincy is a medical examiner with a quick wit and an eye for the important little details. Assisted by his faithful lab assistant, Sam Fujiyama (Robert Ito), Dr. Quincy often uses his skills to challenge the LAPD with new findings and missed details. Airing on NBC from 1976 to 1983 , ‘Quincy, M.E.’ was the first forensic drama to regularly present the in-depth investigation which would become the hallmark of the genre. Buy the Season 7 DVD right here.

Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars

Bring home the ultimate intergalactic adventure when the plans for the Death Star accidentally fall into the hands of Phineas and Ferb who (along with Agent P, of course) become thrust into a crisis to stop the evil Darthenshmirtz. The epic battle to restore balance to the universe includes the full-length adventure, ‘Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars’ and 5 additional episodes. Plus FREE inside every DVD is a collectible Perry-In-Carbonite keychain. A couple summers ago in a galaxy far, far away, Phineas and Ferb are happily basking in the glow of Tatooine’s twin suns – until plans for the Death Star accidentally fall into their hands, thrusting them (and Agent P) into a galactic rebellion and an epic struggle of good versus evil in Phineas And Ferb: Star Wars. Will Phineas and Ferb be able to resist the Dark Side? Will Stormtrooper Candace finally bust a Rebel? Can Agent P stop Darthenshmirtz from using his Force-powered “Sith-Inator”? Featuring 5 additional episodes for over 2 hours of action-packed fun, this mind-blowing, intergalactic adventure is a blast for all ages! May the Ferb be with you…always. Buy the DVD right here.

Happy Christmas

Writer/director Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies) delivers an unforgettable film in the dramedy ‘Happy Christmas,’ now available on DVD from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Starring Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick (Up In The Air), Melanie Lynskey (Heavenly Creatures, “Two and a Half Men”), Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Golden Globe winner Lena Dunham (“Girls”) and Swanberg, ‘Happy Christmas’ had its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Anna Kendrick plays Jenny, an irresponsible 20-something who comes to Chicago to live with her older brother Jeff (Swanberg), a young filmmaker living a happy existence with his novelist wife Kelly (Lynskey) and their two-year-old son. Jenny’s arrival shakes up their quiet domesticity as she and her friend Carson (Dunham) instigate an evolution in Kelly’s life and career. Meanwhile, Jenny strikes up a rocky relationship with the family’s baby sitter-cum-pot dealer (Webber). Buy the DVD right here.

White Collar

Catch up with television’s smartest, sexiest con-man-turned-crime-fighter before the final season! In ‘White Collar’s‘ sizzling Season 5, $1.8 million in gold coins is missing, an elusive precious diamond is about to be found, and Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) has a new handler – and a new love interest. But all is fair in love and crime, and the closer Neal gets to the mysterious Rebecca Lowe, the greater the danger for everyone in his life. Go behind the scenes of the electrifying show that also stars Tim DeKay, Tiffani Thiessen and Willie Garson with deleted scenes, commentary and other features only available on DVD. Buy the Season 5 DVD right here.

Iceman

International martial arts icon Donnie Yen (Ip Man franchise, Hero, Special ID) brings his trademark action to ‘Iceman,’ now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from Well Go USA Entertainment. A remake of the 1989 film Iceman Cometh, Yen plays a Ming era warrior who, along with his three traitorous childhood friends, are accidentally buried and kept frozen in time. 400 years later, they are defrosted and continue their battle in modern times where they left off. Directed by Law Wing Cheong (Punished, The Wrath of Vajra), ‘Iceman’ also stars Eva Huang (Kung Fu Hustle, Race to Witch Mountain), Wang Baoqiang (Lost in Thailand), Simon Yam (The Thieves, Ip Man franchise), Mark Wu (Due West: Our Sex Journey), Gregory Wong (Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen) and Yu Kang (Special ID). Bonus materials include the seven-part featurette “The Making of Iceman,” which takes an in-depth look at the filming of the rooftop sequence and the disco scene, as well as interviews with Donnie Yen, Wang Baoqiang and Eva Huand. Donnie Yen is a Ming Dynasty palace guard, wrongly accused of murder and hunted by three vengeful brothers. All four are accidentally buried, frozen at the height of battle. 400 years later, they are defrosted and resume their mortal struggle while also adjusting to modern-day life. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Sugarfoot

For his final season, Tom “Sugarfoot” Brewster (Will Hutchins) continued to alternate his timeslot with Cheyenne (Clint Walker) and Bronco (Ty Hardin), still sipping sarsaparilla, studying the law and studiously avoiding shoot-outs. That is, unless absolutely necessary, and when his quick wits fail, his lighting draw is there. The shared “Warner Bros. Western Hero-verse” was a true narrative innovation in the early days of TV that not only saw heroes cross over but also allowed characters to travel between shows, such as when Teddy Roosevelt (Peter Breck) encountered Sugarfoot in Man from Medora while on his way to meet Bronco later the same TV season. Tom’s final suite of nine sagebrush sagas sees him trying to increase the peace between Native Americans and settlers, cutting his teeth in courtroom cross-examinations, and gaining a sidekick for life (Jack Elam). Buy the Season 4 DVD at WBshop.com.

Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution 3

Gabriel Iglesias returns for the third season of the hit Comedy Central Series Stand-Up Revolution! This 2-disc DVD includes all new hilarious material with animated segments of Gabriel’s most popular jokes, extended episodes, and an outstanding selection of bonus features. Get ready to laugh your head off, again. Buy the DVD right here.

Queens of the Ring

Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, announces the DVD and digital download release of the hilarious comedy from WWE Studios, ‘Queens of the Ring.’ Directed by Jean-Marc Rudnicki, the film stars Marilou Berry, Nathalie Baye, André Dussollier, Audrey Fleurot and features cameos by Mike ‘The Miz’ Mizanin and Eve Torres. ‘Queens of the Ring’ is now available on DVD. In a desperate attempt to reconnect with her estranged son who is a passionate WWE fan, Rose (Berry) grabs his attention by joining a rigorous training program to learn to wrestle like a legitimate WWE Diva. She convinces her bored fellow cashiers at the local supermarket to join her challenging new adventure and together they become the ‘Queens of the Ring.’ Buy the DVD right here.

Once Upon a Time in Queens

‘The Sopranos’ meets Goodfellas in ‘Once Upon a Time in Queens,’ now available on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD and Video on Demand from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Nominated for the New America Cinema Award at the Seattle International Film Festival, the film stars Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas), Michael Rapaport (TV’s “Justified”) and Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Bullets Over Broadway, 1994). Sorvino stars as former Mafia boss, Joe Scoleri aka “Mister Joe” on a nostalgic journey to find his place in the world after 20 years in prison. After spending 20 years in federal prison for a myriad of crimes, ailing Mafia boss Joseph “Mr. Joe” Scoleri is released with a strict requirement not to interact with his old contacts in the mafia.  – and to ensure this, an FBI tail follows him. He quickly realizes that while the world around him may have changed, the habits of a mafia boss die hard. Buy the DVD right here.

The Damned

From the producers of ‘Saw’ comes a supernatural shocker about a sad little girl with the power to create horrible havoc. ‘The Damned,’ from director Victor Garcia (Hellraiser: Revelations), is now available on Blu-ray and via IFC Midnight and MPI Media Group. En route from having retrieved his rebellious teenage daughter Jill (Nathalia Ramos, House of Anubis) from Bogotá, Colombia, American David Reynolds (Peter Facinelli, The Twilight Saga, Nurse Jackie) and his new fiancee Lauren (Sophia Myles, Tristan & Isolde, MI-5) crash their car during a rainstorm. Desperate to find help in the deserted countryside, they wind up knocking at the door of a rundown, isolated inn – which welcomed its last guest 30 years earlier. Sensing something sinister about the mysterious old innkeeper, David, Lauren and Jill discover a young girl locked in the basement and determine to set her free. But little do they know that the seemingly innocent girl is an embodiment of pure evil, and that their act of charity could have cataclysmic consequences. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Against a backdrop of ever-shifting loyalties, uneasy alliances and ancient hostilities, the conflict between the Republic and the Separatists ramps up, setting the stage for Darth Sidious’ ultimate act of treachery against the Jedi. In these uncertain times, some of the deepest mysteries of the light and dark sides of the Force are revealed as an intrepid clone trooper uncovers a shocking conspiracy, Anakin Skywalker’s closest relationship is tested to its limits, and Master Yoda makes a discovery that could forever change the balance of power in the galaxy. The voice cast includes: Tom Kane as Narrator, Dee Bradley Baker (TV’s “Phineas & Ferb,” “American Dad,” “Ultimate Spiderman”) as Clone Troopers, Matt Lanter (TV’s “90210,” “Ultimate Spiderman”) as Anakin Skywalker, James Arnold Taylor (TV’s “Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.,” “Jonny Test”) as Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Ashley Eckstein (TV’s “Sofia The First,” “That’s So Raven”) as Ahsoka Tano. Buy the Lost Missions Blu-ray right here.

Nocturna, Patema Inverted & Welcome to the Space Show

From the distributors who brought us classics like Ernest & Celestine and From Up On Poppy Hill, GKIDS introduces three stunning animations, ‘Patema Inverted,’ ‘Welcome to the Space Show’ and ‘Nocturna,’ now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, in conjunction with Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM). A nominee for the Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Animated Feature Film, Patema Inverted is cited as “charming fun from any angle” (Empire Magazine) and is sure to be a fan favorite. In addition, Welcome To The Space Show is a visually stunning and humorous film hailed as “a big pile of awesome” (Twitch) and includes theme songs by Susan Boyle (Britain’s Got Talent). Perfect for kids and families, Nocturna is a Goya and Barcelona Film Award winner that explores the universal fear of the dark in a fantasy world where a realm of fascinating characters appear after dark, including hairdressers who specialize in bed-heads, and orchestras who create the creaks and bumps we hear in the night. The beautifully animated fantasy is directed by Adria García and Victor Maldonado, and was an Official Selection of the Toronto Int’l Film Festival and Venice Intl’ Film Festival. Patema Inverted, Welcome to the Space Show and Nocturna all include English dub voice over, English subtitles and extensive bonus features. Buy the Nocturna Blu-ray right here, the Patema Inverted Blu-ray right here and the Welcome to the Space Show Blu-ray right here.

UHF: 25th Anniversary Edition/The Compleat Al

For nearly four decades, Grammy Award-winning musician and satirist "Weird Al" Yankovic has been entertaining audiences worldwide with his parodies of songs by the biggest stars in the musical universe, as well as his appearances on television and in film. Shout! Factory has released two quintessential Weird Al titles: the cult favorite 'UHF: 25th Anniversary Edition' as a collectible Blu-ray loaded with bonus features, and the mockumentary 'The Compleat Al' on DVD.Weird Al's latest album, Mandatory Fun, was released on July 15 and debuted at #1 Billboard, the first time in over 50 years that a comedy album has topped the charts.

UHF: 25th Anniversary Edition

A lot of TV stations have forgotten what “quality” means.  But not Channel 62.  They NEVER knew what it meant. In the cult classic ‘UHF, ‘“Weird Al” Yankovic is George Newman, a daydreamer who becomes the manager of a small TV station that’s losing money as quickly as it’s losing viewers.  Before long he’s programming shows like “Stanley Spadowski’s Clubhouse,” “Wheel Of Fish” and “Raul’s Wild Kingdom.”  But can Channel 62’s new popularity save it from sinister forces?  To find out…don’t touch that dial. Starring “Weird Al” Yankovic, Michael Richards (Seinfeld), Kevin McCarthy (Invasion of the Body Snatchers), Fran Drescher (The Nanny), Gedde Watanabe (Sixteen Candles), Victoria Jackson (Saturday Night Live) and more. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The Compleat Al

‘The Compleat Al’ is the amazing, hilarious and not entirely true story of “Weird Al” Yankovic, the Grammy award-winning master of musical parody and rock and roll comedy.  The mockumentary takes you behind the scenes, beginning with his childhood years, his high school and college days, and up through his early-career rise to stardom.  This concocted chronicle also contains classic moments from AL-TV and footage from his trip to Japan, and a somewhat embellished version of how he received permission from Michael Jackson for “Eat It.” And to top it off, ‘The Compleat Al’ contains eight “Weird Al” video classics: “Ricky,” “I Love Rocky Road,” the award-winning “Eat It,” “I Lost on Jeopardy,” “This Is the Life,” “Like a Surgeon,” “One More Minute” and “Dare to Be Stupid.” Buy the DVD right here.

Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story

In ‘Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story,’ former U.S. Navy SEAL Christopher Beck embarks on a new mission as a transgender woman, Kristin Beck. Following its CNN broadcast debut on Sept. 4, the powerful and honest documentary is now available across all digital platforms including iTunes and WolfeOnDemand and on DVD from Wolfe Video and CNN Films. Kristin served for more than 20 years as a Navy SEAL on SEAL Teams 1, 5 and 6. She retired in 2011, but continued high-level clearance work for the U.S. government and the Pentagon. Kristin hid her true identity throughout and after her years of service, but in 2013 came out publicly on LinkedIn and CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360”.  Directed by Sandrine Orabona and Mark Herzog (The Sixties), ‘Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story’ is produced by Herzog & Company/HCO’s Mark Herzog and Christopher G. Cowen in association with Easy Day Media Group/Executive Producers Travis Lively, Lisa Davidson and Chris Luke.  The film features exclusive interviews with Kristin’s family and friends and their reactions to her coming out. While many around her have been supportive, some in the public have expressed more bigotry than she ever expected. After a lifetime of public service, Beck has learned that her fight for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness did not end on the battlefield. Buy the DVD right here.

Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends

Some friendships are too special to give up- even if they’re imaginary! Having “Outgrown” his fantastic pal Bloo, young Mac has placed him in the tender care of Madame Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, with one condition-Mac must visit daily or Bloo will get adopted out. The third season of the beloved cartoon sees Mac, Bloo, Wilt, Eduardo, Coco, Frankie, Mr. Herriman and Madame Foster monster fighting, entering talent shows, facing fraudulent foster homes, going to Europe and tackling flea infestations (it can’t always be fabulous!). Buy the Season 3 DVD at WBshop.com.

Southern Baptist Sissies

Breaking Glass Pictures has released Del Shores’ award-winning play ‘Southern Baptist Sissies’ on DVD and VOD (iTunes, Amazon Instant). The GLAAD award-winning play is the story of four gay boys growing up in the Southern Baptist church and how they deal with the conflict between religion and sexuality. Southern Baptist Sissies stars Emerson Collins (“Sordid Lives: The Series”), Leslie Jordan (“Will and Grade,” The Help), Matthew Scott Montgomery (“So Random”), Bobbie Eakes (“The Bold and the Beautiful”), and Willam Belli (“Nip/Tuck,” American Wedding). ‘Southern Baptist Sissies’ explores the conflict between the caustic rhetoric of dogmatic religion and the fragile development of adolescent homosexuality while challenging hypocrisy, exposing damage and offering hope.  The intimate experience of theatre on the film screen reveals the complicated emotions from all sides – the confused child, the struggling adolescent and the angry and damaged adult. Del Shores has successfully written, directed and produced across studio and independent film, network and cable television and regional and national touring theatre. Buy the DVD right here.

Covert Operation

The best special agent in the business delivers punch after punch in ‘Covert Operation,’ now available on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD and Video on Demand from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Starring 5-time World Karate Champion, Seydina Balde, the film follows a bounty hunter as he fights his way out of imprisonment and torture in eastern Asia. Chock-full of action-packed fight scenes and world-class karate, the Covert Operation DVD, containing a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film. Gabriel (Balde), a bounty hunter trapped in Asia, is promised his freedom in return for one final rescue mission.  On his search for a missing British secret service agent named Witaker, Gabriel travels somewhere between the border of China and North Korea, where the mission takes a turn for the worst.  Captured and on the brink of torture in a North Korean military holdout, Gabriel discovers that Witaker and several others are at the same compound, and to win everyone’s freedom he must break out and defeat the North Korean military compound on his own. Buy the DVD right here.

Dolls

Do you like handmade puppets, toy soldiers, ballerinas, and dolls? Charming elderly toymaker Gabriel Hartwicke and his wife, Hilary, have the perfect play toys just for you. From celebrated cult filmmaker Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator), executive producer Charles Band, producer Brian Yuzna (Society), and screenwriter Ed Naha (Troll), comes a campy, horror cult classic that combines the pint-sized playmates of childhood with bone-chilling fun. The 1987 horror film ‘Dolls‘ is a bloody good terror trap that delivers its frights, fun, and fantastic effects in equal measure. The film stars Stephen Lee (The Pit and the Pendulum), Guy Rolfe (Puppet Master III, Mr. Sardonicus), Hilary Mason (Don’t Look Now), Ian Patrick Williams (Re-Animator), Carolyn Purdy-Gordon (From Beyond), Cassie Stuart (The Hunchback), Bunty Bailey (Spellcaster), and introducing Carrie Lorraine (Poltergeist II: The Other Side) as Judy Bower. Scream Factory is proud to present ‘Dolls’ Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on home entertainment shelves everywhere. Arriving for the first time on Blu-ray, this highly anticipated release contains insightful bonus content as well as a collectible cover featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork and a reversible cover wrap with original theatrical key art. Buy the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray right here.

Gingerclown

What’s scarier than an evil clown? How about an evil Gingerclown? Or something like that…Anyway, here’s a new movie featuring a grease-painted psycho and Tim Curry. That should be enough to keep you reading. Terrifying nightmares come to life in the thrill ride ‘Gingerclown,’ now available on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD, and Video on Demand from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Including a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, the GingerclownDVD is available for the suggested retail price of $26.98. When a group of high school kids break into an abandoned amusement park, they come to find it is overrun by monsters. A house of horrors reminiscent of IT, ‘Gingerclown’ stars Tim Curry (Charlie’s Angels), Lance Henriksen (Aliens), Brad Dourif (Halloween), Michael Winslow (Spaceballs), and Sean Young (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective). To impress the football team and the girl of his dreams, Sam dares to enter an old amusement park, but when Jenny follows him in, they quickly realize that they’ll be lucky if they can get out alive. Buy the DVD right here.

Drive Hard

Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, the action/adventure film ‘Drive Hard‘ on DVD and Blu-ray. Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith (BMX Bandits), the film stars John Cusack (Grosse Pointe Blank) and Thomas Jane (The Mist). Former hotshot racecar driver Peter Roberts (Thomas Jane) traded the winner’s circle for safety, stability, a pile of debts and a 9 to 5 job as a beginners’ driving instructor. But his life shifts into overdrive when mysterious out-of-towner Simon Keller (John Cusack) shows up for a driving lesson and hijacks Peter to be his getaway driver in a $9 million heist. Now these unlikely fugitives are on a white knuckle race to stay one step ahead of the mobsters who want their money back and the corrupt cops who will kill anyone who gets in their way. Peter and Simon just might have half a chance, if they can stick to the plan, drive faster than the bullets being fired at them…and don’t kill each other first. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

The House at the End of Time

Thirty years ago, young mother Dulce (Ruddy Rodriguez, The Living Daylights) was accused of murdering her husband and two children in their home. Despite her pleas that a malevolent force in the house was responsible for the killings, Dulce was sentenced to the maximum penalty of imprisonment. Now, as part of her sentence, Dulce is sent back to her old home and the scene of the crime under house arrest, where she’s forced to confront the horrifying memory of what happened there. But this time around she’s determined to unravel the mystery that has haunted her so for long, and with the help of a local priest, give both her loved ones and her own spirits their much-needed peace. Filled with suspense from beginning to end, ‘The House at the End of Time‘ is a gripping thriller about the demons that follow us and the power we have to vanquish them. The top-grossing Venezuelan theatrical release of 2013, Alejandro Hidalgo’s debut feature was nominated for Best Film at Fantasporto 2014 and was an Official Selection at the 2014 Fantasia Film Festival. Buy the DVD right here.

The Doctor and the Devils

A man of medicine… A pair of murderers… An unholy alliance. Scream Factory has released the Blu-ray of the murderous thriller ‘The Doctor and the Devils.’ Directed by Freddie Francis, executive produced by Mel Brooks, and based on Dylan Thomas’ original screenplay, this shocking horror-thriller stars Timothy Dalton as Thomas Rock, a brilliant young anatomy professor in 1820s Edinburgh. At first accepting only the cadavers provided him for study – those of a few hanged criminals per year – Rock eventually recruits two grave robbers (Jonathan Pryce and Stephen Rea) to secure a better supply of corpses. Coming to the gory conclusion that they will earn more the “fresher” the corpses, the two begin committing murder and delivering warm bodies to the doctor’s lecture chambers. Also starring Julian Sands, Patrick Stewart, and Twiggy, The Doctor and the Devils brings classic chills from start to finish. Buy the Blu-ray right here.

Summer of Blood

An overweight, socially offensive and not all that bright Brooklyn guy turns into a sex machine thanks to a vampire’s bite in the horror comedy ‘Summer of Blood‘ from writer, director and star Onur Tukel. The wildly original film is now available on DVD and Digital Download from Dark Sky Films. Writer-director Onur Tukel (Richard’s Wedding, Ding-a-ling-Less) turns in a hilarious performance as the monumentally lazy, socially oblivious and commitment-shy Erik Sparrow, who is dumped by his career-woman girlfriend (Anna Margaret Hollyman, White Reindeer) when he rejects her rather charitable marriage proposal. Feeling lost, he turns to a disastrous string of online dates that successively eat away at his already-deteriorating confidence. But then a lanky vampire turns him into an undead ladykiller, with a maniacal sex drive matched only by his frenzied need to feed on blood. A collision of absurd, self-deprecating wit and existential curiosity, ‘Summer of Blood’ is a hilarious horror-comedy with a clever bite all its own. Buy the DVD right here.

Pete Kelly’s Blues

In the 1920s, a small band playing the speakeasies has trouble when a racketeer decides he’s going into the agency business and wants a cut from the band. Jack Webb (“Dragnet”) directs and stars in this fascinating tale of jazz and gangsters in prohibition-era Kansas City. Featuring an all-star cast including Janet Leigh (“Psycho”), Lee Marvin (“The Dirty Dozen”), 50s pin-up star Jayne Mansfield, and legendary singers Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee (“The Jazz Singer”), who was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance. Buy the Blu-ray at WBshop.com.

Dear Secret Santa

Finding love is in the cards this holiday season with the release of ‘Dear Secret Santa,’ now available on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD and Video on Demand from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Starring Tatyana Ali (TV’s “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”), Jordin Sparks (Sparkle), Lamorne Morris (TV’s “New Girl”), Ernie Hudson (TV’s “The Secret Life of an American Teenager), with Della Reese (Beauty Shop) and Bill Cobbs (Oz the Great and Powerful), this heartwarming holiday romance is a joy for the whole family. Jennifer, a hard-working and ambitious woman, returns to her hometown for the holidays and begins exchanging letters with a secret admirer. Soon, she realizes that her admirer is actually someone from her past and decides to find out just who it is. Now that she has a second chance at love, will she be able to take it? Buy the DVD right here.

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