It’s new release BluRay/DVD Tuesday yet again! The best day of the week for many. And this week is no different. Some really fun stuff came out this week: action, family comedy, and Muppets. Wish every week could be this good. So many choices, what are you gonna get?
New Release: August 13th 20013
Disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack. Using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers.
The first of the White House being attacked movies from 2013, and frankly the only one you need. This is an over the top fun action from start to finish. Check out our original review where we gushed over how cool we thought this was. Bottom line: Buy it.
A charming modern family tries to survive a weekend wedding celebration that has the potential to become a full-blown family fiasco. To the amusement of their adult children and friends, long-divorced couple Don and Ellie Griffin (Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton) are once again forced to play the happy couple for the sake of their adopted son’s wedding after his ultraconservative biological mother unexpectedly decides to fly halfway across the world to attend.
This didn’t do well in the theater, but I do believe that may stem from no one knowing about it. Falling under the weight of bad marketing, this all star cast comedy just fell off the map. So here’s your chance to see it, in the comfort of your home.
Robert Redford brings his weathered but still shimmering charisma. Redford (who also directed) plays Nick Sloan, a ’60s radical gone underground after being accused of murder. When his identity is revealed by cynical reporter Ben Shepard (Shia LaBeouf), Sloan vanishes again. But this time, something makes Shepard think that Sloan isn’t seeking a new identity, he’s seeking to prove his innocence.
This is an incredibly star studded supporting cast that includes Julie Christie, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Stanley Tucci, Richard Jenkins, Stephen Root, Brendan Gleeson, Terrence Howard, Anna Kendrick, and Brit Marling. The reviews were pretty good, but a lack of people seeing it was its main issue. But with a cast this good, even if you don’t dig the movie, at least you can watch some stellar acting.
Celebrate The Nearly 35th Anniversary of the ultimate frogs-to-riches story with the one that started it all: The Muppet Movie. Laugh along with the mostly-true story of how the Muppets got their start, now for the first time ever in vibrant Blu-ray hi-def picture and sound. It’s the Muppet movie that started it all. Why wouldn’t you want this?!
Who delivers ten times out of ten? Samuel L. Jackson! John Singleton (“Boys ‘n’ the Hood”) directs this gritty action-packed thriller. With his uncle John Shaft (Richard Roundtree, reprising his original role) as his mentor, Shaft’s got to stop a racist killer (Christian Bale) by tracking down the only eyewitness (Toni Collette) that can put the perpetrator behind bars. As Shaft closes in, so does the danger. Armed with attitude and up against corrupt cops and venomous drug lords, he’s out to make crime pay up. Hear our podcast on Shaft 2000, where we give it much love.
Captains Close Up
Since first soaring onto TV screens in the 1960s, Star Trek has become one of the most beloved franchises of all time. Now, the original Captain Kirk, William Shatner, travels around the globe in this new five-part series to interview the elite group of actors who have portrayed the role of Starfleet Captain, giving fans an intimate and exclusive look at the pop culture phenomenon.
Featuring interviews with former Captain actors: Sir Patrick Stewart (Capt. Picard), Avery Brooks (Capt. Sisko), Kate Mulgrew (Capt. Janeway), Scott Bakula (Capt. Archer), and even newcomer Chris Pine. It’s a very good documentary for any Trek fan to have.
TV Seasons on BluRay/DVD
The Complete Second Season casts its tantalizing spell. The curse is broken, magic has arrived, and there’s no telling what or who will be unleashed! Now the exiled fairytale characters must grapple with a flood of awakened memories as they come to grips with their new “reality.” Old loyalties will be tested, new heroes will emerge, and vengeful villains will wreak havoc, including ruthless pirate Captain Hook and the relentlessly wicked Cora.
From Storybrooke to Fairy Tale Land and beyond, experience the mystery, romance, action, and adventure of this remarkable second season. Complete with all 22 unforgettable episodes, plus exclusive bonus features.
New to BluRay and DVD is the digitally re-mastered Doctor Who classic Spearhead from Space. The Time Lords have banished the newly regenerated Doctor to Earth. But the Doctor 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. UNIT, the Doctor, and his newly appointed scientific advisor Liz Shaw, race against time to stop humanity being replaced by a terrifying plastic facsimile race.
Created by Mike White and Laura Dern, this half-hour HBO comedy series centers on Amy Jellicoe (Dern), a well-intentioned employee of a Southern California corporation who, after flipping out and going to anger-management rehab, emerges with a singular, if at times hilariously misguided, mission to make her company more responsible. This second season follows Amy her crazy situations.
Girls: The Complete Second Season
Following the urban adventures of a group of 20-something women, the series focuses on Hannah Horvath (Dunham) and her complicated web of NYC friends, ex-friends, boyfriends, and ex-boyfriends. Being called the “new” Sex and the City, this HBO show has gained massive praise and awards. Now you can catch up with season two before season three starts.
Steve and Elyse Keaton (Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter-Birney), once 1960s radicals, now find themselves in Reagan-Era America trying to raise a traditional suburban family. Son Alex P. Keaton (Michael J. Fox) is an ambitious Young Republican and his sister Mallory (Justine Bateman) is a shallow victim of the corporate culture, obsessed with music, clothes, and boys. Their only normal kid is young Jennifer (Tina Yothers). Relive their last season of this great sitcom from the 80s.
She’s smart. She’s successful. But when it comes to finding true love, she’s a work-in-progress. Meet Mindy (Mindy Kaling), a single OB/GYN who wants her life to be like a romantic comedy, but just can’t find the right leading man. As she attempts to balance her unpredictable workplace with some truly offbeat dating situations, Mindy soon discovers that the prescription for happiness is filled with comical side effects.
It was a pleasant surprise how good this show was. It’s funny, and all the characters are great and thought out. It’s a shame it was on Fox, who kept changing the time and days so no one knew when it was on. Glad to see Fox is still running things like normal.
Welcome to sunny Los Angeles, where LAPD beat cops and detectives work 24/7 doing jobs that require an arsenal of razor-sharp instincts and quicksilver reflexes. The fallout seeps into the personal lives of the flawed but dedicated officers. But even heroes need heroes, and when two cops are kidnapped, the entire department scrambles to save their own in an explosive series finale. This 2-Disc set contains all 10 provocative, action-packed episodes of The Complete Fifth and Final Season of the highly acclaimed, brutally authentic Southland.
Everyone should get or netflick the whole series. Great actors with interesting character who grow and change as the show goes into each season. And with a very new and different filming style, this is a show that needs to be digested.