Summer movie season has begun, which means you have six other nights to fill with DVD & Blu-ray selections. This week features a number of television releases including Dexter and several complete series sets as well as Cloud Atlas from filmmakers The Wachowskis and Tom Twyker and starrring Tom Hanks and Hallie Berry. Plus, the latest Die Hard installment, A Good Day to Die Hard has shown up a few weeks early with a digital download.
As always, fire up that queue and prep that shopping cart and check out this weeks’ latest releases!
Future. Present. Past. Everything is connected. An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. The story is a time-shifting weave of six interlinking narratives where characters meet and reunite in different eras, with diverse settings from the savagery of a Pacific Island in the 1850s to a dystopian Korea of the near future. Adapted and directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Twyker and based on the best-selling novel written by David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Xun Zhou, Keith David, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon, and Hugh Grant. Extras include A Film Like No Other: See How Three Visionary Directors Come Together, Divided Their Tasks and Created a Cohesive Masterpiece, Everything Is Connected: The Cast And Filmmakers Delve Deeper Into The Connections That Tie The Story Together, Spaceships, Slaves & Sextets: Unravel the Mysteries, Themes and Subtext Of Cloud Atlas With The Cast, Filmmakers, Author And Producers and The Bold Science Fiction Of Cloud Atlas: Explore The Film’s Cutting Edge Future With Tales Of Cloning And Extraplanetary Exploration.
Dexter: The Seventh Season
Dexter (Michael C. Hall) is finally forced to confront his greatest fear, as his sister, Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) witnesses his insatiable, ritualistic slaying of a killer. Now Deb knows the secret of his Dark Passenger, his undeniable thirst for blood, and the Code that their father Harry (James Remar) instilled in him as a young boy. But as Deb tries to reconcile the unfathomable idea that her beloved, mild-mannered brother is Miami’s most notorious serial killer, Dexter is still pulled by his natural impulses to seek out the guilty and exact his brand of vigilante justice. As Dexter finds romance with a beautiful fellow murderer (Yvonne Strahovski) and faces off against a vicious mobster (Ray Stevenson) bent on revenge, Deb learns how difficult it is to keep her brother’s secrets. LaGuerta (Lauren Vélez) also pursues a crusade to expose Dexter as the Bay Harbor Butcher and exonerate the late Sgt. Doakes, which draws disbelief from Quinn (Desmond Harrington), Masuka (C. S. Lee) and Batista (David Zayas). Extras include the pilot to the series Ray Donovan, and several episodes of other Showtime series.
Glamorous. Infamous. Scandalous. For nearly a quarter of a century, Elizabeth Taylor (Lindsay Lohan) and Richard Burton (Grant Bowler) were Hollywood royalty and their fiery romance — often called “the marriage of the century” — was the most notorious, publicized and celebrated love affair of its day. Swarmed by paparazzi worldwide, their love affair was played out entirely in front of the media from the time they met on the set of the major motion picture Cleopatra, left their respective spouses, married and divorced, only to remarry and divorce once again. Despite their roller coaster romance for the public eye to see, Liz and Dick shared an undeniable love greater than most people could ever dream of. Extras include interviews With Lindsay Lohan, Grant Bowler and More.
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Season Two
The studious Twilight Sparkle may have learned the true meaning and value of friendship through the amazing bonds she’s formed with every pony in Ponyville, but the lessons keep on coming! Join Twilight Sparkle and her friends — Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Apple Jack, Pinkie Pie, Rarity and little Spike — as they embark on one crazy adventure after another, leading to the greatest wedding Equestria’s ever seen. Bonus features include sing-alongs, and printable coloring sheets, and more!
Tomorrow You’re Gone
Charlie Rankin (Stephen Dorff, Blade) is out of prison, but not out of trouble. Indebted to the man who saved his life behind bars (Willem Dafoe, Spider-Man), Charlie must now carry out a murder to settle the score. But things start to change for Charlie when he meets Florence (Michelle Monaghan, Mission: Impossible III), a mysterious and beautiful lost soul who sees the good hidden beneath his tough exterior. When the hit goes bad, it’s Charlie’s life that is on the line, and he’ll have to figure out how to settle his debts – and keep Florence out of danger – before his past catches up to him.
Back to 1942
The Henan province disaster was one of the darkest moments in 20th-century Chinese history – a humanitarian crisis first sparked by drought, then compounded by a combination of windstorms, government corruption, and a war with Japan. In the midst of the devastation, an American journalist (Adrian Brody) searches for answers, and slowly comes to understand that there may be a greater connection between these tragedies and his political theories than he once thought. Starring Brody, Zhang Guoli, and Tim Robbins, this tragic retelling of events is based on Liu Zhengyun’s bestselling novel Remembering 1942. Director Feng Xiaogang follows up his blockbuster real-life disaster movie Aftershock with this unflinching portrayal of one of the darkest times in China’s WWII history, resulting in a loss of at least three million people.
After the success of their cult hit, The Evil Dead, producer Robert Tapert and director Sam Raimi made Crimewave their next feature film. Also along for the ride is their Evil Dead leading man Bruce Campbell, who plays a supporting role. Writing the film along with Raimi is Ethan Cohen and Joel Cohen (The Big Lebowski, Fargo and Raising Arizona). In a nod to film noir, a businessman hires two inept “exterminators” to kill his business partner in a burglar-alarm company, but his dim-witted wife witnesses the crime and becomes their next target, along with the nerd framed for the murder. Starring in this zany comedy are Reed Birney (House Of Cards), Louise Lasser (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman), Paul L. Smith (Midnight Express), Brion James (Blade Runner) and Sheree J. Wilson (Walker, Texas Ranger). Extras include interviews, trailer and commentary with Bruce Campbell.
Roseanne: The Complete Series
A realistic portrayal of the average American family, Roseanne (Roseanne Barr/Arnold) and Dan (John Goodman) Connor’s unconventional parenting methods entertained millions as they navigated through the ups and downs of blue-collar life with their children Becky (Alicia Goranson and Sarah Chalke), Darlene (Sara Gilbert), D.J (Michael Fishman) and Jerry and Roseanne’s sister, Jackie (Laurie Metcalf). The quick-witted comedy also tackled controversial issues which blended both life and laughs a landmark in television history throughout it’s entire 222 episode run. Among the recurring cast and guest stars are Johnny Galecki, Natalie West, Glenn Quinn, Estelle Parsons, Martin Mull, Sandra Bernhard, George Clooney, Tom Arnold, Bob Hope, Wayne Newton, David Crosby, Neil Patrick Harris, Loretta Lynn, Morgan Fairchild, Bill Maher, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Joan Collins, Chris Farley, Michael O’Keefe, Vicki Lawrence, Florence Henderson, Fabio, Sharon Stone and Ellen DeGeneres. Extras include interviews With Cast and Crew, Blooper and Highlight Reels, Video Commentary, Fans Top Questions, a Candid Interview with Roseanne and more.
3rd Rock From the Sun – The Complete Series
High commander, Dick Solomon (John Lithgow), Doctor Albright (Jane Curtin) decorated military officer, Sally (Kristen Johnston), seasoned intelligence specialist, Tommy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Harry (French Stewart), the extra seat, begin their mission to study the mysterious inhabitants of Earth. All of their awkward and hilarious moments are captured within the 139 episodes. Among the guest stars are William Shatner, John Cleese, Chyna, Jan Hooks, Harry Morgan, Martha Stewart, Phil Hartman, Jane Lynch, John Mahoney, Lauren Graham, Dennis Rodman, George Takei, Al Franken, Mike Ditka, Christine Baranski, Roseanne Barr, Cindy Crawford, Dom DeLuise, Laurie Metcalf, Kathy Bates, Kurtwood Smith, Billy Connolly, David Hasselhoff, Alan Cumming, Megan Mullally and Elvis Costello. Extras include interviews, Best Of Moments, Blooper Reels, Season Highlights, Audio Commentaries, Episode Previews, The Alternate final episode ending and more.
That 70s Show – The Complete Series
The latter half of the Seventies are explored from Point Place, Wisconsin with friends Eric Foreman (Topher Grace), Steven Hyde (Danny Masterson), Michael Kelso (Ashton Kutcher), Donna Pinciotti (Laura Prepon), Jackie Burkhart (Mila Kunis) and Fez (Wilmer Valderrama). From chillin out in the Forman’s basement to hittin the road in the Vista Cruiser to interactions with Red and Kitty Foreman (Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp) and Bob and Midge Pinciotti (Don Stark and Tanya Roberts), this slice of life series covered growing up in 200 episodes. Among the guest stars are Josh Meyers, Tommy Chong, Lisa Robin Kelley, Betty White, Mary Tyler Moore, Valerie Harper, Tom Poston, Pamela Sue Martin, Tim Reid, Howard Hesseman, Eve Plumb, Barry Williams, Christopher Knight, Marion Ross, Gavin MacLeod, Don Knotts, Richard Kline and Jenilee Harrison, Danny Bonaduce, Shirley Jones, Dwayne Johnson, Robert Hayes, Katey Sagal, Jim Rash, James Avery, Lindsay Lohan, Jim Gaffigan, Luke Wilson, Brooke Shields, Seth Green, Jessica Simpson, and Bruce Willis. Extras include Audio Commentary on Selected Episodes, Behind-the-Scenes Webisodes, Flashback Featurettes with Cast Members, Featurettes including a Series Retrospective, That 70s Show Trivia and more.
Highway to Heaven – Season 1 – Complete and UNCUT
Michael Landon (Little House on the Prairie) and Victor French (Gunsmoke) star in this family favorite hit series Highway to Heaven! Jonathan Smith (Landon) isn t your average helpful handyman. He s an angel on a mission from God, or the Boss as he likes to say. Accompanied by ex-cop Mark Gordon (French), whose troubled life Jonathan once helped turn around, the two travel the country, guiding the lost and suffering back toward the Highway to Heaven. Whether helping a young boxer pressured to throw a fight or a veteran’s Eurasian daughter feel welcome in America, Jonathan finds a way to bring grace and love into the lives of those he touches. And when necessary, he helps things along with a little angel power. Guest Stars include: Helen Hayes (Airport), Michele Greene (L.A. Law), John Agar (Sands of Iwo Jima), Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: Next Generation) , Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: Next Generation), Stella Stevens (The Poseidon Adventure), David Faustino (Married With Children), Kellie Martin (Life Goes On), Ned Beatty (Rudy), Trish Van Devere (The Day of the Dolphin), Lew Ayres (Johnny Belinda) and Helen Hunt (As Good As It Gets)
It’s 1363, ten years after the Black Death has ravaged the land. Half the population has died and the rest are trying to escape the pervasive death and misery, searching for a better life elsewhere. But it’s difficult to find places untouched by the plague and where lawless gangs rule the land, human life isn’t much worth. After a poor family on a desolate mountain pass is ambushed by a pack of merciless killers, they only spare the life of the 19-year-old Signe Taken captive, the gang brings her back to camp, where she learns she’s intended a fate worse than death. Understanding that her only solution is escape, she manages to flee her captors and the chase is on. Extras include featurette, bloopers, deleted scenes and a trailer.
Tin Man is a modern science fiction update of L. Frank Baum’s timeless “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” When a sorceress named Azkadellia scorches the once-beautiful land of OZ into a desolate wasteland, the only hope lies in an “outsider” named DG, a young Midwestern woman, whose troubling dreams have summoned her to the doomed paradise. D.G. embarks on a journey to find the great mystic man to save the O.Z. and on her way she befriends a scarecrow named Glitch, a tin cop named Cain, and gentle manimal named Raw. Extras include featurettes, gag reel and interviews.
A Good Day To Die Hard (DigitalHD)
Bruce Willis is back in action — mind-blowing, heart-stopping, rip-roaring action — as John McClane, the heroic New York cop with a knack for being in the wrong place at the right time. John’s latest predicament takes him all the way to Russia to track down his estranged son, Jack (Jai Courtney), who has been imprisoned in Moscow. But the mission takes a deadly turn as father and son must join forces to thwart a nuclear weapons heist that could trigger World War III!