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THOMAS & FRIENDS: Misty Island Rescue the Movie - Lionsgate
The engines are hard at work to build the new Sodor Search and Rescue Center. When Thomas helps a friend in need, he is rewarded with an exciting trip to the Mainland. Along the way, he gets lost at sea and finds himself on the mysterious Misty Island, where he meets new friends Bash, Dash, and Ferdinand. Together they try to help Thomas find his way home. Will Sir Topham Hatt's search party ever find Thomas? Find out in in this action-packed movie adventure the whole family will enjoy!
SEVEN: Blu-ray - Warner
The most viscerally frightening and disturbing homicidal-maniac picture since The Silence of the Lambs, Seven is based on an idea that's both gruesome and ingenious. A serial killer forces each of his victims to die by acting out one of the seven deadly sins. The murder scene is then artfully arranged into a grotesque tableau, a graphic illustration of each mortal vice. From the jittery opening credits to the horrifying (and seemingly inescapable) concluding twist, director David Fincher immerses us in a murky urban twilight where everything seems to be rotting, rusting, or molding; the air is cold and heavy with dread.
THE EVIL DEAD - Anchor Bay
In the fall of 1979, Sam Raimi and his merry band headed into the woods of rural Tennessee to make a movie. They emerged with a roller coaster of a film packed with shocks, gore, and wild humor, a film that remains a benchmark for the genre. Ash (cult favorite Bruce Campbell) and four friends arrive at a backwoods cabin for a vacation, where they find a tape recorder containing incantations from an ancient book of the dead. When they play the tape, evil forces are unleashed, and one by one the friends are possessed. Wouldn't you know it, the only way to kill a "deadite" is by total bodily dismemberment, and soon the blood starts to fly.
STARDUST - Paramount
Stardust settles over the viewer like a twinkly cloak. The film, which captures the magic and vision of author Neil Gaiman's fantasy graphic fable, is a transportive journey into a world of true enchantment, which fans of the Harry Potter books will enjoy as well as will adults looking for the perfect date movie. Young Tristan (Charlie Cox) vows to retrieve a fallen star for the most beautiful girl in the village, the shallow Victoria (Sienna Miller), and in his quest, finds his true love--in a true "meet-cute" moment (Claire Danes). Much of the film involves the duo's journey back home--though home for Tristan is his village, and home for the celestial Yvaine is, of course, in the heavens. There are villains, notably Michelle Pfeiffer as the vain witch who seeks the fountain of youth a fallen star can give, and the seven venal sons of the dying king of the mythical realm, backstabbing, grasping, and hilarious--even in death as a ghostly Greek chorus.
RED VS. BLUE RECREATION: Season Seven - Flatiron
Well the boys of RvB are back for another adventure in Recreation. Like its predecessor it picks up right where the last chapter left off. After 20 episodes of serious back story the guys of RvB felt it was time to bring back the nuttiness and mayhem that they began with and let me tell you it is great. The first big positive is the return of two of the best characters. Yep you got it, Donut and Tucker make a triumphant return and they never skip a step in their hilarious hijinks's. Still, there is a great story in these 19 episodes and the ending is definitely one that is going to leave you wanting more.
RED VS. BLUE REVELATION: Season Eight - Flatiron
As former alliances are betrayed and friends become enemies, the Reds and Blues find themselves in an impossible predicament, in order to save the universe this time, they can't be totally incompetent. While on the run, the two teams must find a way to put aside their past differences and figure out the mystery behind Project Freelancer once and for all. Then they can get back to their past differences. The entire cast of Red vs. Blue returns for the most hilarious and eye-popping season to date. With a unique combination of machinima from the blockbuster video game Halo, and stunning new animated sequences, this is unlike anything you've seen before.
BOY MEETS WORLD: Seasons 1 - 3 - Lionsgate
In a way, Boy Meets World, starring Ben Savage, picked up where ABC's The Wonder Years (1988-1993), featuring older brother Fred Savage, left off. Both shows looked at the world from the point of view of largely unformed and untested boys as they faced dilemmas concerning love, loyalty, and ethics within their families, among friends, and at school. But where The Wonder Years was an arch and poignant series with nostalgic, grown-up appeal--and which had a young hero often at a loss for words--BMW looked more like a broader, conventional sitcom where chatter never ceased. The show was and is more easily taken for granted, but its unusual gracefulness and wit can't be denied after a couple of viewings.
CHUCK: Season Three - Warner
In its superb third season, "Chuck" continues its highly entertaining blend of drama, comedy, and romance. At Season Two's end, nice guy computer nerd and CIA asset Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi) uploaded into his own brain a new, improved Intersect which not only restored his ability to "flash" on espionage information, it also provided access to new skills. In this season, Chuck, no longer an accidental tourist in the espionage world, embarks on a bumpy, uncertain journey to becoming a full-fledged spy. This journey involves a painful Catch-22. Chuck must succeed in becoming a spy to stay close to Sara Walker, his erstwhile bodyguard and romantic interest, but each step towards spy hood seems to take him further away from the decent, honest guy that Sara secretly cherishes.
SMALLVILLE: Season Nine - Warner
After a meteor shower bursts from the heavens, raining destruction on the unsuspecting citizens of Smallville, years pass, and the healing process leaves the town's inhabitants with scars and secrets. From the ashes of tragedy, a popular yet awkward teen attempts to decipher the meaning of his life and his clouded past. As he struggles with the transition from boyhood to adulthood, Clark finds that his strength and strange abilities set him uncomfortably apart from his peers. Soaring into its ninth season, this modern retelling of the Superman legend and its classic characters continues to blend realism, action and emotional depth to reveal a new interpretation of the enduring mythology.
NICK JR FAVORITES: Happy Halloween - Nickelodeon
Trick or Treat? It’s always a treat to celebrate Halloween with your Nickelodeon Friends! Halloween is a special time of year and this DVD has all your favorite Nickelodeon shows as they discover candy, costumes, and haunted happenings! This year, celebrate Halloween with Dora, Diego, the Wonder Pets, Yo Gabba Gabba, Blue’s Clues and Kai-lan all together on one DVD!
CULT TERROR CINEMA: 12 Movie Collection - Mill Creek
This is a great set Horror High, the Crater Lake Monster, Creeping Terror, Land of the Minotaur are all a lot of fun and the whole set is less than the price of any one of these campy classics individually. The prints are all complete and of a good watchable quality, I'm glad I added this to my collection and comes highly recommended!
SONS OF ANARCHY - Fox
Hang on for this high-octane thrill ride that goes even deeper into the gritty world of an outlaw biker gang! Reeling from the combined pressure of an ATF crackdown and an unprovoked murder, the Sons face a far more deadly threat from a cold-blooded enemy who will stop at nothing to drive them out of Charming—for good. As Jax and Clay square off over questions of leadership and loyalty, lines are drawn and chaos reigns as the club threatens to destroy itself—from the inside out.
LOST IN SPACE: Blu-ray - Warner
This $70 million adventure does more than give the 1965-68 TV series a state-of-the-art face-lift. Aimed at an audience that wasn't born when the series originally aired, the sci-fi extravaganza doesn't even require familiarity, despite cameo appearances by several of the TV show's original cast members. Instead it's a high-tech hybrid of the original premise with enough sensory overload to qualify as a spectacular big-screen video game, supported by a time-travel premise that's adequately clever but hardly original.
MATRIX RELOADED: Blu-ray - Warner
Considering the lofty expectations that preceded it, The Matrix Reloaded triumphs where most sequels fail. It would be impossible to match the fresh audacity that made The Matrix a global phenomenon in 1999, but in continuing the exploits of rebellious Neo (Keanu Reeves), Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) as they struggle to save the human sanctuary of Zion from invading machines, the codirecting Wachowski brothers have their priorities well in order. They offer the obligatory bigger and better highlights while remaining focused on cleverly plotting the middle of a brain-teasing trilogy that ends with The Matrix Revolutions.
MARS ATTACKS: Blu-ray - Warner
It's enlightening to view Tim Burton's Mars Attacks! as his twisted satire of the blockbuster film Independence Day, which was released earlier the same year, although the movies were in production simultaneously. Burton's eye-popping, schlock tribute to 1950s UFO movies actually plays better on video than it did in theaters. The idea of invading aliens ray gunning the big-name movie stars in the cast is a cleverly subversive one, and the bulb-headed, funny-sounding animated Martians are pretty nifty, but it all seemed to be spread thin on the big screen. On video, however, the movie's kooky humor seems a bit more concentrated.
KIRSTIE ALLEY'S BIG LIFE - A&E/New Video
From the super-stoic Vulcan Lt. Saavik in Star Trek II, to the super-sexy and neurotic barkeeper Rebecca Howe on Cheers, to her real-life role as an overweight and aging actress trying to revive her Hollywood career, Kirstie Alley has been through it all. With unprecedented access into Kirstie's world, A&E follows the triumphs and tribulations of the actress, author, inventor, and mother as she navigates constant media scrutiny, an ongoing battle with weight loss, single parenthood, the reinvention of her career and a return to the dating scene. From the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles to the peaceful seclusion of her home in Wichita, Kansas, Kirstie Alley's Big Life provides an unabashed look into Kirstie's world as the five-foot-eight firecracker sets out to lose 90 pounds - all while producing a feature film, patenting multiple inventions, launching a weight-loss program and raising her two teenage children: Lillie, who dreams of becoming a designer, and True, an aspiring musician. With the help of her family and friends, including a sassy live-in assistant, a recruited chubby-buddy, and a host of fellow celebrities, Kirstie is ready to reclaim her life.
THE LOSS OF A TEARDROP DIAMOND - Screen Media
The story of Fisher Willow, a Memphis débutante daughter of a plantation owner with a distaste for narrow-minded people and a penchant for shocking and insulting those around her. After returning from studies overseas, Fisher falls in love with Jimmy, the down-and-out son of an alcoholic father and an insane mother who works at a store on her family's plantation. She tries to pass him off as an upper-class suitor to appease the spinster aunt who controls her family's fortune, but when she loses a diamond, it places their tenuous relationship in further jeopardy.
BOOGIE WOOGIE - IFC
For a first film, Duncan Ward has something with Boogie Woogie. The goings on behind the scenes in the London art world could curl your toes. Adapted by Danny Moynihan from his own novel, the frothy satire features a star-studded cast that includes Gillian Anderson, Alan Cumming, Danny Huston, Charlotte Ramping, Stellan Skarsgard, and hot young actress Amanda Seyfried. Boogie Woogie is good fun for a while -- until it's not. The film cannot sustain the giddy, fast pace that sets it off.
THE TWILIGHT ZONE: Season One - Image
The Twilight Zone hits Blue-ray shelves September 14, 2010 making this series one of the very few late fifties/early sixties TV shows to make a home for itself in this wonderful and innovative home format. All 36 episodes, along with the original pilot, have been remastered from their original studio masters in high definition which retains their 1.33:1 aspect ratio which is how "The Twilight Zone" was first shown. All episodes are in glorious black and white and fill five dics. This is truly a must own for all sci-fi fans!
DOCTOR WHO: The King's Demons - BBC
The location is England, and the date is March 1215. King John is visiting the castle of Sir Ranulph Fitzwilliam. The arrival of the TARDIS disturbs a medieval joust, but the Doctor and his companions are proclaimed to be friendly demons by the King, who seems strangely interested in their “blue engine.” It soon becomes clear that neither King John or his Champion, Sir Gilles Estram, are who they pretend to be. One of the Doctor’s oldest and deadliest enemies threatens the future of democracy on Earth, and he must be stopped!
DOCTOR WHO: Planet of Fire - BBC
A strange signal from Earth draws the TARDIS to the island of Lanzarote, where Turlough rescues a young American girl, Peri, from drowning. Among her possessions is an artifact bearing an alien symbol – the same triangular mark that Turlough has branded into his arm. The mystery deepens when Kamelion falls under the control of a powerful mind, and the TARDIS travels to the volcanic world of Sarn. As Turlough is forced to face his past, the Doctor must stop his oldest enemy from harnessing the revitalizing powers of Numismaton gas.
DOCTOR WHO: The Creature from the Pit - BBC
On the planet Chloris, metal is scarce, and without metal for tools, it is impossible to keep the planet's fecund jungle under control. When the Tardis is forced to make an emergency landing on Chloris, the Doctor is captured by the power-hungry Lady Adrasta, who controls the very last metal mine on the planet, holding onto power through her Huntsmen and Wolfweeds. Romana is taken prisoner by rebel bandits, looking for some way of getting their hands on Adrasta's wealth. If K9 had feelings, he would have much to fear. Made of metal, he is a valuable commodity indeed. As if the situation were not bad enough, something is lurking in the pit of the last mine.
SHERLOCK HOLMES - BBC
The 1960s BBC series Sherlock Holmes has all the virtues of Arthur Conan Doyle's classic detective--shrewd and efficient, with flashes of visual panache but never at the expense of sturdy, straightforward storytelling. There are 13 episodes on this DVD set. Douglas Wilmer plays Holmes with all the traditional accouterments: the deerstalker cap, the pipe, the aquiline nose, the obsessive and abrasive nature, the mix of haughty superiority and moral compassion. Nigel Stock is a typically affable but dense Watson. The supporting casts feature an abundance of unknown but capable character actors who bring flavor and zest to their roles. Some episodes have a hint of film noir or the pulp surrealism of Fantomas, with good use of shadows and things not quite seen. The best stories traffic in the macabre.
DEXTER: Season Four - Showtime Paramount
Unfolding with tragic inevitability, Dexter's fourth season is a taut game of cat and mouse between Dexter (Michael C. Hall) and Arthur Mitchell, unnervingly portrayed by John Lithgow. Whoever guest stars in seasons to come has a very hard act to follow. But let's not forget Hall's consistently cutting-edge work. The Dexter saga has a rich back-story and mythology, but for those new to the series and lured to this season by Lithgow's justly celebrated performance, season 4 is a good place to start, because it represents something of a new beginning for Dexter himself. Married at the end of season 3, he is now dreaming of "having it all" as a husband and father, trying to juggle the demands of his job as a Miami Metro Police Department blood-spatter analyst, his new family, and his other calling as a serial killer. But he is more conflicted than ever. Dexter and Mitchell are not the only characters harboring secrets. As the season unfolds, an incognito Dexter insinuates himself into Arthur's life and discovers disturbing parallels in their lives. Meanwhile, now-retired serial killer hunter Frank Lundy (Keith Carradine), who nearly uncovered Dexter's identity back in season 2, returns to ask for his help in catching the Trinity Killer.
THE WALL: A World Divided - PBS
PBS has done it again! The brilliantly composed program takes a behind the curtain look into the cold war and focuses on the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The program continues through the 1990 reunification of Germany. A perfect educational tool for the entire family.
LAFAYETTE: The Lost Hero - PBS
With Lafayette's triumphant "return tour" of the United States in the 1820s, he became one of the most important and admired figures in post-Revolutionary America. This documentary chronicles Lafayette's dramatic life story, his enduring ideals and influence on both countries during the Revolutionary War as explored by filmmaker Oren Jacoby.
MONSTER HOUSE: 3D - Sony
Even for a 12-year old, D.J. Walters has a particularly overactive imagination. He is convinced that his haggard and crabby neighbor Horace Nebbercracker, who terrorizes all the neighborhood kids, is responsible for Mrs. Nebbercracker's mysterious disappearance. Any toy that touches Nebbercracker's property, promptly disappears, swallowed up by the cavernous house in which Horace lives. D.J. has seen it with his own eyes! But no one believes him, not even his best friend, Chowder. What everyone does not know is D.J. is not imagining things. Everything he's seen is absolutely true and it's about to get much worse than anything D.J could have imagined. Sony's masterful presentation of this brilliant film in home 3D cannot be described more accurately than..."wow!" Even if you don't own a 3D television, there is a 2D version available in the package as well.
AMERICAN COWSLIP: A Redneck Comedy - E1 Entertainment
Ethan, an eccentric, agoraphobic drug addict, faces eviction unless he can win the cash prize in the local Garden of the Year contest. Challenged by his bizarre neighbors, Ethan hilariously tries to grow the perfect “American Cowslip,” a rare flower that will smoke the competition. With an all star cast in tow that includes Val Kilmer, Diane Ladd, Rip Torn and Peter Falk this comedy will have you both in stitches and scratching your head at the same time.
STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE: Berrywood Here We Come - Fox
It’s lights, camera, action! Strawberry Shortcake and friends head off to Berrywood to visit Strawberry’s movie-star friend, Limelight. When they arrive, they’re shocked to see not everything is glitz and glamour. Strawberry must get her friends to come together and help Limelight realize that everyone can shine--because everyone is a star. Soon, Limelight’s movie is a berry big success. Next, it’s hooray for Berrywood! Strawberry and friends bring their Berrywood experience home and help re-open a local theater by pitching in and making a movie. But, trouble arises when Pie Man wants the theater for himself. After confronting Pie Man, Strawberry and the girls learn a valuable lesson--if there’s a problem, it’s best to talk about it. And, if they all work together as a team, they’re sure to make a berry good movie.
THE GOOD WIFE: Season One - Paramount
The Good Wife is a female-driven drama about a politician's wife who pursues her own career as a defense attorney after her husband is sent to jail on charges of political corruption. Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) will not only have to deal with her career but also with keeping her family together by providing a stable home for her two children.
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST: Blu-ray - Warner
One of the key movies of the 1970s, when exciting, groundbreaking, personal films were still being made in Hollywood, Milos Forman's One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest emphasized the humanistic story at the heart of Ken Kesey's more hallucinogenic novel. Jack Nicholson was born to play the part of Randle Patrick McMurphy, the rebellious inmate of a psychiatric hospital who fights back against the authorities' cold attitudes of institutional superiority, as personified by Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher). It's the classic antiestablishment tale of one man asserting his individuality in the face of a repressive, conformist system--and it works on every level. Forman populates his film with memorably eccentric faces, and gets such freshly detailed and spontaneous work from his ensemble that the picture sometimes feels like a documentary. Unlike a lot of films pitched at the "youth culture" of the 1970s, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest really hasn't dated a bit, because the qualities of human nature that Forman captures--playfulness, courage, inspiration, pride, stubbornness--are universal and timeless.
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: Reanimated - MVD
The sad fact for George Romero and (perhaps) good news for Horror Fans is that "Night of the Living Dead" is in the Public Domain, which means that, whatever someone wants to do with it (and make money doing it)they can do it...for FREE, while the original creator and actors have to just sit there and wonder how much they could be making had that one, little "copyright mistake" not have happened. The people who have concocted this little exercise in "artistic expression" have managed to bring together an impressive number of "Fans" of the original to give it an entirely new look that is mostly impressive, but unfortunately, sometimes irritatingly ridiculous.
Buckle up with Questar Entertainment for the ultimate road trips, more than nine exhilarating hours of magnificent vistas, man-made wonders, historical sites, and fascinating detours you won't want to miss. From highways to byways, and from Old Faithful's eruptions to New England's dazzling fall foliage, you'll always be at the right place at the right time. Produced by Reader's Digest, this six-disc set includes: From Maine to Key West; From Texas to Yellowstone; From Arizona to Alaska; California, Hawaii, Alaska, Montana, Idaho & Wyoming, Washington; Red Rock Rim, Northern New Mexico, Natchez Trace, Blue Ridge, Vermont, Michigan; and Touring America's Ghost Towns/Stories of America's Historic Inns. Whether you travel or not, this set is extremely educational, panoramic in its beauty and simply amazing to look at. The beauty in this set is unequaled by any other product on the market.
VICTOR BORGE CLASSIC COLLECTION:
100th Anniversary Edition - Questar
After screening this set, I was amazed at how funny Victor Borge was. Victor Borge is a one of a kind performer that only comes along once in a lifetime. True comedy can best be summed up with the routines that, although you know them forward and backward and know exactly what the punchline is, you still can't help but laugh. His comedic timing and touch at the piano are legendary, and something you never get tired of seeing or hearing. I know you have heard it before, but this is truly a gift the whole family will enjoy forever! A must for everyone's holiday list!
GROWTH - Anchor Bay
In 1989, a breakthrough in Advanced Parasitic Development at the Cuttyhunk Island Research Facility led to a mysterious outbreak that killed most of the center's staff and the island's residents. Twenty years later, a young woman who fled the original epidemic has returned with a group of friends to sell her family's property. But a new breed of parasite may have evolved and survived. They are fast moving. They can slither into, or out of, any orifice in the human body.
FRINGE: Season Two - Warner
From J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orcis, Fringe returns for a second thrilling season and continues to explore the unexplained phenomena and terrifying occurrences linked throughout the world – known simply as "The Pattern“ – in pursuit of a larger, more shocking truth. Set in Boston, the FBI's Fringe Division formed when Special Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) enlisted the help of institutionalized "fringe" scientist Walter Bishop (John Noble) and his son, Peter (Joshua Jackson), to save her partner and lover from a mind-bending death. Through unconventional and unorthodox methods, the Fringe team imagines and tests the impossibilities while investigating unbelievable events, macabre crimes and mystifying cases involving teleportation, reanimation, genetic mutation, precognition, artificial intelligence and other fantastical theories. When the unimaginable happens, it's their job to stop it.
SUPERNATURAL: Season Five - Warner
Twenty-six years ago, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. Subsequently, their father raised them to be soldiers. He taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America ... and he taught them how to kill it. This haunting series follows the Winchester brothers as they crisscross the lonely and mysterious back roads of the country in their '67 Chevy Impala, hunting down every evil supernatural force they encounter along the way. At the end of the fourth season, Sam unwittingly broke the final seal – that held Lucifer captive in Hell. Now, Lucifer is free, the Apocalypse is here and angels prepare for a spectacular final battle. Against a landscape of celestial violence, natural disasters and a rising human death toll, Sam and Dean, with the help of fallen angel Castiel, must find a way to achieve the impossible: Kill the Devil.