Tuesday, March 26, 2013

TUESDAY BLUs (& DVDs): This Week's New Releases 3/26/13

Welcome to Tuesday and the latest releases that are likely to capture your attention including Academy Award winner Lincoln, Killing Them Softly, and A Royal Affair.  Lots of tv releases as well including Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot, Enterprise, Men At Work, Veep and the latest MST3K volume.  Plus a big heap of other titles to add to your queue.

Lincoln (Four Disc Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy)

From DreamWorks, Steven Spielberg directs Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln - with an all-star ensemble cast including Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. This inspiring and revealing drama focuses on the 16th President's tumultuous final four months in office as this visionary leader pursues a course of action to end the Civil War, unite the country and abolish slavery. Facing fierce opposition, he wages a battle of strategy, persuasion, and political muscle to build a coalition out of his team of rivals.  Complete with never-before-seen footage featuring Steven Spielberg and the cast, who take you deep inside the making of the movie, Lincoln sheds light on a man of moral courage and fierce determination.  Extras include The Journey To Lincoln - Steven Spielberg And His Collaborators Discuss The Challenges And Excitement Of Bringing This Story Of A Complex And Very Human, President To The Screen, A Historic Tapestry: Richmond, Virginia - Steven Spielberg And Team Discuss The Historical Significance Of Richmond, Virginia, And Why They Chose To Shoot The Film There.

Killing Them Softly

Brad Pitt delivers an explosive performance as Jackie Cogan, an enforcer for the Mob in Andrew Dominik's gritty yet stylish crime thriller Killing Them Softly. Cogan must restore order in the criminal economy after a Mob protected card game is heisted by a group of inexperienced crooks. Brad Pitt stars along with Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Vincent Curatola, Max Casella, Trevor Long, Slaine and Sam Shepard. Extras include The Making Of Killing Them Softly and Deleted Scenes.

Star Trek: Enterprise - Season One

Now, for the first time on Blu-ray, follow Starfleet's earliest forays into deep space in breathtaking 1080p high definition picture and 5.1 sound. Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) commands the Enterprise NX-01, the first Earth-built vessel capable of breaking the Warp 5 barrier. With his trusted Chief Engineer, Charles "Trip" Tucker III (Connor Trinneer), Science Officer T'Pol (Jolene Blalock), and security expert Lt. Malcolm Reed (Dominic Keating), Capt. Archer is tasked with exploring new, unknown star systems. Propel your imagination farther and faster than before with an ever-expanding universe of captivating characters, interstellar intrigue, and adventures that will come to define the very essence of Starfleet. Extras include To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise - New 3-Part Documentary Includes New Cast & Crew Interviews, Vintage Behind The Scenes Footage And More In Conversation: Rick Berman and Brannon Braga Sit Down For A Candid, New Interview On The Set - Star Trek: Enterprise - Produced For TV, But Never Broadcast - A Firsthand Account Of The Making Of An Episode, Cast And Crew Commentaries On Select Episodes.
The Sandlot: 20th Anniversary Edition

When fifth-grader Scotty Smalls moves to a new town with his folks, he strikes out with the neighborhood kids, because he can't even throw a baseball...until the leader of the local sandlot team shows him the ropes. It's the beginning of a magical summer of wild adventures, first kisses, hilarious hijinks and fearsome confrontations with the dreaded "beast" that lives behind the left field fence. Co-starring Karen Allen, Denis Leary and James Earl Jones, The Sandlot has major-league laughs for all ages!  Extras include a complete set of 10 collectible trading cards created exclusively for this release, Theatrical Trailer, featurette, and TV Spots.

MADtv: Season Two

The hyperactive UBS Man, Antonia Timmens, the Vancome Lady, Dixie Wetsworth and Spy vs. Spy… All of your favorite characters and sketches from the second hilarious season of MADtv are here! From pop culture parodies to political satire, nothing is off limits for this outrageous cast!   Join special guest hosts Christina Applegate, Ice-T, Harry Connick, Jr., Rodney Dangerfield, Queen Latifah, LL Cool J and many more as they usher in some of the most entertaining sketches from fan-favorite cast members like Nicole Sullivan, Orlando Jones, Phil LaMarr, Brian Callen, Debra Wilson, Mary Scheer and Artie Lange! 

Easy Money

Directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), Easy Money is a Swedish crime thriller based on the international best-selling novel Snabba Cash by Jens Lapidus. Lower-class business student JW (Joel Kinnaman from AMC's The Killing) falls in love with a sexy heiress while living a double life mingling with Stockholm's wealthy elite. To keep up the facade of his lifestyle, he's lured into a world of crime. Jorge is a petty fugitive on the run from both the police and Serbian mafia. He hopes that brokering a massive cocaine deal will allow him to escape for good. Mafia enforcer Mrado is on the hunt for Jorge, but his efforts are complicated when he's unexpectedly saddled with caring for his young daughter. As JW's journey ventures deeper into the dark world of organized crime, the fate of all three men becomes entangled and ends with a dramatic struggle for life and death.
Men at Work: The Complete First Season

Get your daily dose of menspiration in this laugh-out-loud comedy series created by writer and director Breckin Meyer (Road Trip, TV's Franklin & Bash). Irreverent and outrageously funny, Men At Work: The Complete First Season follows the misadventures of Milo (Danny Masterson, TV's That '70s Show), Neal (Adam Busch, TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Tyler (Michael Cassidy, Argo) and Gibbs (James Lesure, TV's Las Vegas), four sex-obsessed employees at a Manhattan-based men's magazine who have each other's backs as they mate, date and relate to women.  Extras include Outtakes and Deleted Scenes.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries 1

In 1920s Melbourne, the Honorable Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis, Girl with a Pearl Earring) is a thoroughly modern woman operating in a mostly male world. The glamorous “lady detective” goes about her work with a pistol close at hand—and, more often than not, a male admirer even closer.  To the dismay of Detective Inspector Jack Robinson (Nathan Page, The Secret Life of Us), Phryne’s investigations take her through back alleys, jazz clubs, and shady neighborhoods. Ignoring the dangers all around her, she glides through life determined to enjoy every moment. But beneath her devil-may-care attitude, Phryne hides ghosts from the past that continue to haunt her.  Gorgeously costumed and evocatively shot, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries also stars Hugo Johnstone-Burt (Cloudstreet), Ashleigh Cummings (Tomorrow, When the War Began), Miriam Margolyes (Little Dorrit), and Nicholas Bell (Shine). Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings) guest stars.  Based on the best-selling novels by Australian writer Kerry Greenwood.  Extras include behind the scenes clips and featurettes.

Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXVI

For this 26th volume of MST3K, an introduction could well be pared down to "one cult TV series with two guys, two robots, four movies and 10,000 jokes." This new collection of previously unreleased episodes picks up where the last 25 left off - seating you next to the funniest peanut gallery in television history. It's a deep dive into the human instinct for survival, where our warped warriors aboard the Satellite of Love find the funny in the tragic... or at least the cheesy. In fact, it's not too hyperbolic to insist that what Joel, Mike, Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot do, as they defend up against the slings and arrows of outrageously unfortunate movies, is nothing less than keep us sane.  Includes the classic episodes The Magic Sword, Alien From L.A., Danger!! Death Ray, and The Mole People.  Extras include Bert I. Gordon: The Amazing Colossal Filmmaker, Interview With Alien From L.A. Director Albert Pyun, Of Mushrooms And Madmen: Making The Mole People, Life After MST3K: Mike Nelson, MST Hour Wraps, 4 Exclusive Mini Posters By Artist Steve Vance.  Final assessment: One Joel, Three Mikes.

A Royal Affair
A Royal Affair is the true story of an ordinary man who wins the queen's heart and starts a revolution. Centering on the intriguing love triangle between the ever more insane Danish King Christian VII (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard), the royal physician who is a man of enlightenment and idealism Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen) and the young but strong Queen Caroline Mathilda (Alicia Vikander), A Royal Affair is the gripping tale of brave idealists who risk everything in the pursuit of freedom for their people... and above all, it is the story of a passionate and forbidden romance that changed an entire nation. Extras include a royal family tree, cast interviews, portraits and biographies and a theatrical trailer.

Star Wars Lego: The Empire Strikes Out

Your favorite characters are back to save the galaxy in LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out. The heroes of the Rebel Alliance including heroic Luke Skywalker, swaggering Han Solo and steadfast Princess Leia have no time to celebrate their victory over the Empire as a new Imperial threat arises. But as Jedi-in-training Luke embarks on this next mission, he discovers that his celebrity status as a "Death-Star-Blower-Upper" can be a double-edged lightsaber when he's constantly mobbed by crazed fans. So much for secret missions! Meanwhile, Darth Vader and Darth Maul are locked in a hilarious "Sith-ling" rivalry as they compete for the Emperor's approval. It's an action-packed comic adventure that's out of this world! Extras include a Darth Vader with Medal mini-figure.

Veep: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)

The buck stops somewhere near here.  Former Senator Selina Meyer was a charismatic leader and rising star in her party with her eye on the White House - then she became Vice President. Emmy Award winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Seinfeld) stars in Veep, the new HBO comedy series created by Oscar nominee Armando Iannucci (In the Loop). Veep follows the whirlwind day-to-day existence of Vice President Meyer as she puts out political fires, juggles a busy public schedule and demanding private life, and defends the president's interests, even as she tries to improve her dysfunctional relationship with the chief executive. The ensemble cast also stars Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Anna Chlumsky (In the Loop), Matt Walsh (Hung), Reid Scott (My Boys), Timothy Simons (Days Together) and Sufe Bradshaw (Overnight).  Extras include The Making Of Veep - A Behind The Scenes Look At The Making Of The Series Featuring Interviews With Cast And Crew, Veep: Misspoke - VP Selina Meyer Clarifies Remarks Regarding Minnesota Governor Danny Chung, VEEP: Obesity - VP Selina Meyer's Public Service Announcement About Obesity,  Deleted Scenes And Outtakes, 12 Audio Commentaries With Cast And Crew.


Do you remember that disaster at Delos a few years ago when the “Westworld” robots went out of control and killed a few guests? Well, the entire resort has now been rebuilt and redesigned to be completely fail-safe.  To combat the lingering adverse publicity, Duffy, the Delos representative, has offered the IMC Communication Network exclusive rights to the “new” Delos story. Tracy Ballard (Blythe Danner), the network’s top commentator, has been assigned the story with Chuck Browning (Peter Fonda), the newspaper reporter who broke the original “Westworld” disaster story.  But as Tracy and Chuck’s private tour starts, they get the feeling the entire resort might not be as safe as Delos thinks…  Extras include Theatrical Trailer, Radio Spots and Still Gallery.

Stand Off 

In a misguided attempt to protect his family and pay back gambling debts to the local Mobster, Jimbo robs a fish market, which is coincidentally owned by the same Mobster. On the run, Jimbo is cornered in a local curio shop, where he takes hostage an assortment of colorful characters, including Maguire, who may be his illegitimate father. Surrounded by the Police, the SAS, and the Mobster's crew, the young man must find a way out of his precarious predicament with the help of his oddball captives. From director Terry George (Hotel Rwanda) and starring Brendan Fraser (GI Joe: Rise of Cobra, The Mummy films, Journey to the Center of the Earth), Colm Meaney (Get Him to the Greek, Law Abiding Citizen), David O'Hara (Braveheart, Contraband, Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows P1, Wanted), and Yaya DaCosta (In Time, Tron, The Kids are Alright).

Bangkok Revenge

Vengeance Is Coming. Manit (Jon Foo, Tekken, Street Fighter Legacy) was only ten years old when they killed his parents. A brutal, thoughtless murder, which included putting a bullet in his own brain. They should have finished the job. Rescued from death by a master of Muay Thai boxing, and afflicted with ataraxia - a brain injury that removes all human emotion - Manit has spent his life training to be a killing machine. It's 20 years later, and he's coming for them all. With fists, feet, and bloody vengeance, he's going to make them wish they were dead already.

Day of the Falcon

To find peace after a long and bloody war, two kings declared a large piece of desert, the Yellow Belt, neutral territory, which neither king can claim. But when it is discovered that there is oil in the Yellow Belt, one king breaks the peace treaty and begins drilling for oil. Now, the kings are at war again and it is up to a young prince to find a way to bring peace, and prosperity, to the land. Stars Antonio Banderas, Mark Strong, Freida Pinto, Tahar Rahim. Extras include The Making of Day of the Falcon: A 40-minute Documentary, Transforming the Desert: The Visual Effects of Day of the Falcon and From Storyboard-to-Screen.

Frankenstein Theory

From the makers of The Last Exorcism comes a boldly original vision of horror - The Frankenstein Theory. What if the most chilling novel of all time was actually based on a true account of a horrific experiment gone awry? When he is suspended from his university job for his outlandish ideas, Professor John Venkenheim leads a documentary film crew to the rim of the Arctic Circle in a desperate effort to vindicate his academic reputation. His theory: Mary Shelley's ghastly story, Frankenstein, is, in fact, a work of non-fiction disguised as fantasy. In the vast, frozen wilderness, Venkenheim and his team search for the legendary monster, a creature mired in mystery and drenched in blood. What they find is an unspeakable truth more terrifying than any fiction - a nightmare from which there is no waking.

Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot: The Complete Series

“Robot, attack! Robot, destroy!” These commands launched a thousand sci-fi fantasies for budding fans of the genre, just as they brought Johnny Sokko’s Giant Robot into imminent battle action! Under the voice control of young Johnny Sokko, the massive, flying metal behemoth would bring his fiery breath, laser eyes, finger-launched missiles and, above all, his physical strength into battle with countless menacing monsters bent on destroying the Earth! This epic fantasy series from Toei Studios aired from 1967 – 1968 and garnered even more fans in after-school reruns throughout the 70s. Collected here for the first time on DVD are all 26 episodes of explosive kaiju battles, nefarious alien takeover plots and mind-blowing heroics from jet-packed Johnny Sokko and his equally airborne friend and protector: Giant Robot! Includes a fantastic 24 page book examining the series.

Panic in the Streets

When a stowaway and illegal immigrant named Kochak is murdered in the New Orleans slums by a vicious hoodlum and his friends, health official Dr. Clinton Reed (Richard Widmark) discovers that the body was carrying pneumonic plague. If he can't figure out who came into contact with the body and inoculate them, a plague could threaten the city. However, Kochak was killed by a gangster named Blackie (Jack Palance) and nobody seems to want to talk. As the hours count down, Dr. Reed and police captain Tom Warren (Paul Douglas) investigate the city. Can a doctor turn detective? He has 48 hours to try. This Academy Award-winning thriller (Best Writing, Motion Picture Story).  This film from Elia Kazan also features Barbara Bel Geddes and Zero Mostel.  Extras include Commentary by authors and historians James Ursini and Alain Silver,  Jack Palance From Grit to Grace, Richard Widmark: Strength of Character and Trailer.

Unfaithfully Yours

In this pitch-black comedy from legendary writer-director Preston Sturges, Rex Harrison stars as Sir Alfred De Carter, a world-famous symphony conductor consumed with the suspicion that his wife is having an affair. During a concert, the jealous De Carter entertains elaborate visions of vengeance, set to three separate orchestral works. But when he attempts to put his murderous fantasies into action, nothing works out quite as planned. A brilliantly performed mixture of razor-sharp dialogue and uproarious slapstick, Unfaithfully Yours is a true classic from a grand master of screen comedy.

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