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TUESDAY BLUs (& DVDs): This Week’s New Releases 2/5/13

Every week, we’ll be letting you know which Blu-rays and DVDs will be available for purchase or rental starting today.  This week includes some remastered classic films on Blu-ray for the first time, several Hollywood releases, including Flight, Celeste and Jesse Forever, A Late Quartet and more!

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Cabaret: 40th Anniversary

Wilkommen, bienvenue, welcome to Cabaret. Inside the Kit Kat Klub of 1931 Berlin, starry-eyed singer Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli) and an impish emcee (Joel Grey) sound the call to decadent fun, while outside the Nazi Party rises to power, growing into a brutal force. Boasting a score by the legendary songwriting partnership of John Kander and Fred Ebb, Cabaret won eight Oscars, including awards for Minelli, Grey and director Bob Fosse, who shaped a triumph of style and substance. Come to this cabaret, old chum. You’ll never want to leave.

Celeste and Jesse Forever

Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) are high school sweethearts who married young and are now at a crossroads at the age of thirty. While Celeste is a success in business, Jesse is unemployed and adrift. Celeste thinks that if they divorce now they could still remain friends. Jesse passively accepts the decision even though he is still in love with her. As reality sets in, Celeste slowly and painfully realizes she has been cavalier about their relationship, but her timing with Jesse is less than fortuitous.


Deadfall

Siblings Addison (Eric Bana) and Liza (Olivia Wilde) are fleeing from a casino heist when their getaway results in a car accident and a dead state trooper. On the run, they go separate ways, Addison creating mayhem cross-country and Liza being rescued by ex-boxer Jay (Charlie Hunnam), who is en-route for a Thanksgiving homecoming. Upon a sibling reunion, a thrilling showdown occurs that pushes the bonds of family to the limit.

Flight

In this action-packed mystery thriller, Academy Award winner, Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, who miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane?

Here Comes the Boom

Former collegiate wrestler Scott Voss ( Kevin James) is a 42-year-old, apathetic high school teacher. When budget cutbacks threaten to cancel some of the school’s programs and lay off its music teacher (Henry Winkler), Scott creates a scheme to raise money by moonlighting as a mixed martial arts fighter. Everyone thinks Scott is crazy – most of all the school nurse, Bella (Salma Hayek). In his quest, Scott gains something he never expected as he inspires his students and becomes a sensation that rallies the entire school.

House of Cards Trilogy: The Original U.K. Series Remastered.

Adapted for the screen by Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice, Bleak House) House of Cards is a spell-binding dissection of naked ambition greed and rampant hypocrisy in the corridors of power. The series documents in thrilling detail the rise of Tory Chief Whip Francis Urquhart (Ian Richardson; Dark City, Becoming Jane) a man with unwavering contempt for those with “no background no bottom.” With the downfall of Margaret Thatcher a bitter internecine power struggle ensues within the Conservative Party. Urquhart schemes more devilishly than Iago to depose Thatcher’s colorless John Major-style successor. And even Machiavelli would baulk at Urquhart’s methods. Any and every act-including murder-is legitimate and the ends very much justify the means.

A Star is Born

The fire of Barbra Streisand. The magnetism of Kris Kristofferson. The reckless world of big-time rock ‘n’ roll. All three bring a new passion and timeliness to A Star Is Born one of the screen’s classic love stories (previously filmed in 1937 and 1954) and winner of five Golden Globe Awards including Best Picture Actress and Actor (Musical/Comedy). Paul Williams, Kenny Loggins, Leon Russell and others worked with Streisand on one of the most popular song scores ever topped by the Streisand/Williams Evergreen winning the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award as 1976’s Best Original Song.

Side by Side

Join Keanu Reeves on a tour of the past and the future of filmmaking in Side by Side. Since the invention of cinema, the standard format for recording moving images has been film. Over the past two decades, a new form of digital filmmaking has emerged, creating a groundbreaking evolution in the medium. Reeves explores the development of cinema and the impact of digital filmmaking via in-depth interviews with Hollywood masters such as James Cameron (Avatar), David Fincher (The Social Network), David Lynch (Mulholland Drive), Martin Scorsese (The Departed), Robert Rodriguez (Sin City), Steven Soderbergh (The Ocean’s Trilogy), and many more.

So Undercover

She may be a tough-as-nails, street-smart private investigator, but when Molly (Miley Cyrus) is drafted by the FBI to go undercover in a college sorority, she quickly discovers she’s way out of her element amongst a sisterhood of snooty, high maintenance, materialistic college girls. But Molly accepts the top-secret mission in order to protect the daughter of a key witness in a case against the mob. 

Southland: The Complete Second, Third & Fourth Seasons

The Southland is Los Angeles: sandy beaches Bel-Air mansions gangbangers and drug deals gone wrong. It’s where the rookies and veterans of a stand-up LAPD unit see all the violence and fear a big city can breed and struggle to make a difference. This 6-Disc Set contains all 26 explosive Season Two, Three and Four Episodes of the gripping lightning-paced series about the men and women who live their lives on a jagged edge taking on criminals victims and a sprawling city tainted by vice and seething with danger. Sometimes the cops triumph. Sometimes they fail. And sometimes the poison they live with on the job comes home with them. Police action hits hard in Southland.

Spider-Man: Avenging Spider-Man

Over the past year, Peter Parker (Drake Bell) has been saving New York City from evil villains as the masked hero Spider-Man, while also balancing his heroics with homework and friends. When S.H.I.E.L.D. director, Nick Fury (Chi McBride), offers Peter the chance to raise his game to the next level.to become the ultimate Spider-man, Midtown High becomes a secret operations base for young heroes under the watchful eye of Fury, and the school’s new acting principal, Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg). Spidey takes on S.H.I.E.L.D. missions across the Marvel Universe, encounters new villains, and battles his biggest threat yet.teen high school drama, in this funny and action-packed new series!

                   
Peter Pan: Diamond Edition

Think of the happiest things as Peter Pan soars to spectacular new heights! Now more sensational than ever with digitally restored picture and brilliant high-definition sound! Bid your cares goodbye as Wendy and her brothers embark on fantastic adventures with the hero of their bedtime stories – Peter Pan! With faith, trust and Tinker Bell’s pixie dust, Peter teaches them how to fly and leads them to the ‘second star to the right’ and beyond – to Never Land! 

Animaniacs 4

Animanical Fun for Everyone! The Fourth and Final Volume of Emmy Award Winning Series! Reunite with your favorite cast of characters  Yakko, Wakko, and Dot from the Warner Movie Lot in their fourth and final volume of the outrageously zany Animaniacs adventures! Anytime this rowdy bunch of misfits comes together, whether they are putting a twisted spin on a classic tale or charting insane new territory, hilarious hijinks are sure to follow. So catch up with the whole gang including Slappy Squirrel, Goodfeathers, and Dr. Otto Scratchansniff as they set out to conquer the world, seek answers to life’s biggest questions, and skewer entertainment’s most treasured icons along the way. This gut busting 3 DVD saves the best laughs for last!

Ben 10: Omniverse – A New Beginning 1

The biggest franchise in Cartoon Network‘s history is taking Ben 10 to another level with the DVD release of the Ben 10 Omniverse – A New Beginning (V1) DVD. It’s an all-new series! With an all-new Omnitrix and new alien heroes. A quirky new underground world full with intergalactic life. A new partner named Rook helping Ben save the world and bail him out of trouble. And a new Ben like you’ve never seen him – a little older but not always a little wiser. It’s going to be a wild ride! This DVD includes 10 all-new action packed episodes and more. Complete your Ben 10 DVD collection with the Ben 10 Omniverse – A New Beginning (V1) DVD.

Laura

A definitive film noir classic, Laura tells the shocking story of a Park Avenue society beauty murdered in her apartment, which brings Detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) to New York’s most elegant neighborhood. As he tries to get inside the head of the victim, Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney), he also questions the men in her life – the acerbic critic Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb) and playboy fiancé Shelby Carpenter (Vincent Price). Lulled by her stunning portrait, fine liquor and classical music, McPherson doesn’t know he’s in for a heart-stopping shock with the sudden appearance of a woman who seems to be Laura herself. Steeped in suspense, heightened reality and witty sophistication, Laura leads to a shocking climax.

A Late Quartet

Academy Award Winners Christopher Walken and 
Philip Seymour Hoffman strike all the right chords with Academy Award Nominee Catherine Keener and Mark Ivanir in this powerful story that blends raw emotion with fiery passion to form an unforgettable cinematic masterpiece. After 25 years together, the members of a world-renowned string quartet learn that their beloved cellist (Walken) may soon be forced to retire. But the news stirs up equally painful challenges when competing egos, harbored resentment, and irrepressible lust threaten to derail the group as they struggle to maintain harmony in their music – and their lives.



Paul Williams Still Alive

He won Grammys® and an Academy Award®; wrote many #1 songs; starred in a Brian DePalma movie; put out his own hit records and albums; was a guest on The Tonight Show fifty times; and is the president of ASCAP… and you might not have heard of him. In the 1970’s, Paul Williams was the singer / actor / songwriter that emotional, alienated teenage boys all over the world wanted to be, a sex symbol before MTV, when sex symbols could be 5″2 and sing songs about loneliness with the Muppets.

Little White Lies

Following a motorcycle accident that leaves a charismatic member (Jean Dujardin, The Artist) of their group in an intensive care unit, a close-knit circle of friends embark on their annual summer getaway to Cap Ferrat in the southwest of France. Staying at wealthy family man Max’s (François CluzetTell No One, The Intouchables) spacious vacation home, the sunny beachside idyll quickly becomes the backdrop of heated tensions and outbursts among the old acquaintances as the little white lies just beneath the surface of their relationships reach a boiling point. Featuring an all-star cast including Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises, La Vie en rose) and Gilles Lellouche (Point Blank, Mesrine) and a soundtrack of classic hit songs, director 
Guillaume Canet‘s follow-up to his smash-hit Tell No One is a touching, poignant, and inspiring dramatic comedy about owning up to the truths that define a life.

Mafia

It’s the 70s and criminal boss Renzo and his crew wreak havoc across the streets, leaving bodies wherever they go. Detective Womack will stop at nothing to bring these thugs to justice, even if it means breaking the law. Starring Ving Rhames, Pam Grier, Robert Patrick, and Persia White, Mafia delivers justice one bullet at a time. 

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