New DVD & Blu-Ray releases on 02/04/2012
Hugo (Blu-ray 3D) | Blu Ray | (02/04/2012)
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In resourceful orphan Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield, an Oliver Twist-like charmer), Martin Scorsese finds the perfect vessel for his silver-screen passion: this is a movie about movies (fittingly, the 3-D effects are spectacular). After his clockmaker father (Jude Law) perishes in a museum fire, Hugo goes to live with his Uncle Claude (Ray Winstone), a drunkard who maintains the clocks at a Paris train station. When Claude disappears, Hugo carries on his work and fends for himself by stealing food from area merchants. In his free time, he attempts to repair an automaton his father rescued from the museum, while trying to evade the station inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen), a World War I veteran with no sympathy for lawbreakers. When Georges (Ben Kingsley), a toymaker, catches Hugo stealing parts for his mechanical man, he recruits him as an assistant to repay his debt. If Georges is guarded, his open-hearted ward, Isabelle (Chloë Moretz), introduces Hugo to a kindly bookseller (Christopher Lee), who directs them to a motion-picture museum, where they meet film scholar René (Boardwalk Empire's Michael Stuhlbarg). In helping unlock the secret of the automaton, they learn about the roots of cinema, starting with the Lumière brothers, and give a forgotten movie pioneer his due, thus illustrating the importance of film preservation, a cause to which the director has dedicated his life. If Scorsese's adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret isn't his most autobiographical work, it just may be his most personal. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Hugo | DVD | (02/04/2012)
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In resourceful orphan Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield, an Oliver Twist-like charmer), Martin Scorsese finds the perfect vessel for his silver-screen passion: this is a movie about movies. After his clockmaker father (Jude Law) perishes in a museum fire, Hugo goes to live with his Uncle Claude (Ray Winstone), a drunkard who maintains the clocks at a Paris train station. When Claude disappears, Hugo carries on his work and fends for himself by stealing food from area merchants. In his free time, he attempts to repair an automaton his father rescued from the museum, while trying to evade the station inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen), a World War I veteran with no sympathy for lawbreakers. When Georges (Ben Kingsley), a toymaker, catches Hugo stealing parts for his mechanical man, he recruits him as an assistant to repay his debt. If Georges is guarded, his open-hearted ward, Isabelle (Chloë Moretz), introduces Hugo to a kindly bookseller (Christopher Lee), who directs them to a motion-picture museum, where they meet film scholar René (Boardwalk Empire's Michael Stuhlbarg). In helping unlock the secret of the automaton, they learn about the roots of cinema, starting with the Lumière brothers, and give a forgotten movie pioneer his due, thus illustrating the importance of film preservation, a cause to which the director has dedicated his life. If Scorsese's adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret isn't his most autobiographical work, it just may be his most personal. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Those Who Kill | DVD | (02/04/2012)
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Criminal commissioner Katrina Ries Jensen and legal psychiatrist Thomas Schaeffer are part of a unique police unit investigating a series of gruesome serial killings.. In each case they face dangerous threats in the race to uncover the bizarre motives and patterns of the killer. Only once they have an understanding of the victims and of the killer's psychology can they hope to catch him.Based on an original idea by best-selling Danish crime novelist Elsebeth Egholm, Those Who Kill is a gripping crime thriller that will keep you guessing.
Law & Order UK: Series 6 | DVD | (02/04/2012)
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In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups. The police who investigate crime, and the Crown Prosecution Service who prosecute the offenders.The genuine East End, copper Detective Sergeant Ronnie Brooks, and his friend and partner, the charming Detective Sergeant Matt Devlin Hornblower, Ultimate Force, have their approach to policing part seduction part force. Both report to Detective Inspector Natalie Chandler (a working mother), who supports them through thick and thin.The legal side of the equation is covered by the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) team, the dedicated Senior Crown Prosecutor James Steel, a man dedicated to the pursuit of justice, and the hard working some would say workaholic, strong-willed young prosecutor Alesha Phillips; and the final member of the team is their boss and the respected CPS director George Castle, a man who always has to tread the line between his ideals and conscience and the bigger picture.
Midsomer Murders Series Fourteen | DVD | (02/04/2012)
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This collection contains all eight episodes from the fourteenth series of Midsomer Murders, starring Neil Dudgeon as Detective Chief Inspector John Barnaby. Set in the idyllic, picturesque county of Midsomer, all is not as it seems and beneath the tranquil surface of village life exists a disturbing and cunning propensity for murder. Featured Episodes: Death in the Slow Lane Dark Secrets Echoes of the Dead The Oblong Murders The Sleeper Under the Hill The Night of the Stag A Sacred Trust A Rare Bird Special Features: Biography of the Writer Cast Filmographies Broadcast Dates Picture Galleries
The Deep Blue Sea | DVD | (02/04/2012)
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The wife of a British Judge is caught in a self-destructive love affair with a Royal Air Force pilot.
(Classic) Doctor Who: Nightmare of Eden | DVD | (02/04/2012)
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Two spacecraft fuse in a hyperspace collision, and with the dimensional instabilities threatening everyone aboard, it’s fortunate the Doctor (Tom Baker), Romana (Lalla Ward) and K-9 arrive to help. But when a crewmember is found clawed by a ferocious creature, it seems there’s something even more frightening stalking the corridors. But what can this have to do with a zoologist, Professor Tryst, his CET projection machine, and a planet called Eden? Special Features: Commentary with actors Lalla Ward and Peter Craze, writer Bob Baker, effects designer Colin Mapson and make-up designer Joan Stribling. Moderated by Toby Hadoke The Nightmare of Television Centre: A look back at a somewhat troubled production with three of the behind-the-scenes crew who worked on it Going Solo: Writer Bob Baker talks about The Nightmare of Eden The Doctors Strange Love: With comedian Josie Long and writers Joe Lidster and Simon Guerrier Ask Aspel: Lalla Wards appearance on the popular BBC children's show Radio Times Listings (DVD-Rom) Programme subtitles Production information subtitles Photo gallery Coming soon trailer Digitally remastered picture and sound quality
House of The Rising Sun | DVD | (02/04/2012)
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Ray Shane (Dave Bautista) is a disgraced ex-cop looking to start a new life and stay clear of trouble, but when the nightclub he works for is robbed and the owner's son is killed in cold blood, all the fingers point towards Ray.As his own criminal past is exposed Ray must find out who is responsible for setting him up and prove his innocence before the cops or the mob catch up with him. House of the Rising Sun is an explosive action thriller starring wrestling legend Dave Bautista.
The Clan of the Cave Bear | DVD | (02/04/2012)
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No historian recorded their heartaches, triumphs or names. Yet Ayla and others like her left indelible imprints. They continued humankind's long march toward civilization and away from more primitive groups like 'The Clan Of The Cave Bear'. Daryl Hannah is Ayla inia richly detailed, beautifully filmed screen version of Jean M. Auel's bestseller. Separated from her Cro-Magnon people by a calamitous earthquake, Ayla lives with a less-developed, male-dominated Neanderthal clan. She's different in appearance, in resourcefulness, in her uncommon defiance of social taboos. And from those differences arise conflicts that underscore the Cro-Magnons' evolutionary ascendancy and the Neanderthals' mysterious disappearance from our world.Adapted from Jean M. Auel's novel and scripted by John Sayles (Director of Lone Star), this is a true cult classic that shouldn't be missed by fans of low-budget cinema the way they used to be made...
Empire | DVD | (02/04/2012)
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Making sense of modern Britain is a tough call. But the explanation, more often than not, lies in the British Empire. Jeremy Paxman believes that unless we come to terms with our Imperial past, we'll never understand who we are and where we're going today.So in this series, he cuts through our national embarrassment, turning his forensic and unapologetic gaze on to this most compelling period of our history - and tracing its far-reaching influence on the present.
Another Earth | DVD | (02/04/2012)
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Another Earth is an unusual hybrid of existential rumination on life choices, mind-bending sci-fi supposition, and challenging indie art film that moves at a pace that is often maddeningly oblique. Based on the marketing campaign, which plays up the science-fiction angle and special effects (of which there are very few, consisting mainly of offhand composite shots), the movie seems to be trawling for an audience that may be sorely disappointed by all the roundabout and often repetitive philosophically conceptual ideas that are hard to follow. That's not to say that Another Earth isn't rich in ideas or absorbing in its own right as a meditation on how specific moments play out and affect the cascade of alternatives that follow in their wake. Using broadly impressionistic and experimental strokes, the story follows the disjointed meanderings of 17-year-old Rhoda, who causes a tragic accident while driving drunk after celebrating her acceptance into college. The collision happens when she becomes distracted by the mesmerising planetary image glowing above her car's moon roof, which has just been identified as an exact duplicate of Earth. After four years of incarceration, she continues to suffer terrible remorse and tries to find a way to make peace with herself and the older man whose life and family she all but destroyed, and who is now crippled by depression. Her initial self-imposed penance is to adopt the role of an anonymous maid who comes to clean his decrepit house every week. As precious few details are added to their individual and mutual evolution and motivation, the constant of the alternate Earth, which has been steadily moving closer (along with its mirror-image Moon), hovers in the day and night sky, gazed upon with wonder and a growing idea that maybe it represents the redemption Rhoda can't find on her own. A corporate contest that will allow an ordinary citizen to make a shuttle trip to Earth 2 (or is it Earth 1?) becomes the catalyst for her belief that she can fundamentally alter both their lives for the better, but the movie never shows its hand in how or if this might work. Another Earth is another of those high-minded indie dramas that relies a little too heavily on rambling structure, shaky handheld digital camera, and arty shots of things like the play of light, clouds, and swirling dust motes to convey the corners of its characters' sometimes fascinating, sometimes inscrutable souls. Much has been made of the film's final shot, which is truly stunning in its unexpectedness and implications. But what those implications are will be cause for unending debate among viewers, many of who may never be able to come up with a satisfying answer. --Ted Fry
One Night | DVD | (02/04/2012)
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Set over one blisteringly hot summer's night when nerves are frayed and tensions ride high, One Night is the story of four ordinary people whose fates are linked by a seemingly inconsequential event. In each episode the events of the night are re-told from a different character's point of view asking the question: how well do we really know each other?
Private Practice - Season 4 | DVD | (02/04/2012)
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Experience every complex romance, medical crisis and moral dilemma of ABC's Private Practice: The Complete Fourth Season. Don't miss a moment of TV's sexiest drama, from the creator of Grey's Anatomy.Join the Oceanside Wellness Group family as they try to balance work, friendship and love while they lean on each other for the help and support they need. As Pete and Violet prepare for their wedding day, disagreements at the clinic put a strain on Addison and Sam's relationship. Meanwhile, Charlotte and Cooper struggle in the aftermath of a traumatic personal event, and Derek's sister, Amelia, returns from Seattle with a destructive secret.It's a season of change and new hope for Dr. Addison Montgomery and her colleagues. Relive all 22 captivating episodes in this spectacular 6-disc collection, complete with never-before-seen bonus features. ABC's Private Practice is riveting drama at its best!
House of Anubis - Complete Season 1 | DVD | (02/04/2012)
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Welcome to the House of Anubis. A boarding school where, just as the students begin settling in for the academic year, they find one student missing, a secret panel in the attic, codes leading to backroom staircases, clandestine rituals, and more!
Avengers - Earth's Mightiest Heroes Volume 3 | DVD | (02/04/2012)
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The pulse-pounding action continues with six unforgettable episodes in volume 3 of The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! Enjoy all the thrills as Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk and the rest of the Avengers face off against Baron Zemo's Masters of Evil and defend earth from a full-scale alien invasion led by the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror! Bonus Features: Avengers Unmasked: Masters of Evil - An animated in-episode comic book experience loaded with fun facts on Marvel's Avengers and the Villains that challenge them.
Baby Jake - Going on an Adventure | DVD | (02/04/2012)
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Heart-warming stories told in an enchanting blend of live action and animation - starring a real baby!As his brother Isaac translates his gurgles, we enter a fabulous world where Baby Jake has adventures, sings, dances and plays with his animal friends, including Pengy Quin, Sydney the Monkey, Nibbles the Rabbit, the Hamsternauts and Toot Toot the tractor.Episodes Comprise:1. Bumpety Bump2. Peekaboo3. Cartwheeling4. Tickle Toes5. Wriggle6. Playing Ball7. Sticky Fun
The Disappeared | DVD | (02/04/2012)
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Breaking Wind | DVD | (02/04/2012)
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A spoof of the blockbuster Twilight franchise, Breaking Wind follows Bella who finds herself the object of everyones affection including Edward Colon, Jacob the overweight but girthy werewolf and Little Edward the three foot six pint sized version of Edward. If that wasn't enough to worry about, Bella and the gang soon realise that an army of freshly turned vampires (Noobs) are making their way down from Seattle to Forks to kill Bella after tracking her scent from her only copy of 'Ebony Thunder' magazine. Both the Colons and the Werewolves must come together to protect Bella, battle these evil forces, beat them in a planking contest and do it all before Edward and Bellas big wedding day.
Pokemon: Destiny Deoxys | DVD | (02/04/2012)
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A comet bearing a deadly Pokemon creature crash-lands onto Earth terrorising a nearby high-tech city where Ash Pikachu and friends are currently visiting...
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked | DVD | (02/04/2012)
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Pop-culture-savvy kids (and their parents) will enjoy Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked as a pleasant, lighthearted getaway with a lot of laughs for the little ones. Jason Lee reprises his role as Dave, the manager of the worldwide musical stars the Chipmunks, Simon (voiced by Matthew Gray Gubler), Theodore (Jesse McCartney), and the eternally mischievous Alvin (Justin Long). The boyz are joined by their girl-group counterparts, the Chippettes: Eleanor (Amy Poehler), Jeanette (Anna Faris), and Brittany (Christina Applegate). The grown-up viewer might wish that some of the personality of the actors playing the chipmunks were allowed some room to run, but since the voices are put through the "chipmunk synthesizer," they all pretty much end up sounding the same. Nonetheless, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked moves along at a brisk pace, with easy chuckles for toddlers and their older siblings, and some in-jokes to keep the parents amused. The plot involves the gang going on a cruise (the first half of the film, in fact, seems like a commercial for Carnival Cruises), but when Alvin is involved, something inevitably goes awry. Soon everyone is marooned on a deserted island and there are adventures and misadventures as they try to be rescued. Along the way, there are references to the Indiana Jones movies, Castaway, Gilligan's Island, and even Lost ("There are 'Others'?"). And of course, it has plenty of chipmunk-singing pop songs--lots of Lady Gaga, for those of you keeping track. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked is a big bag of popcorn of a family film that younger kids especially will love. --A.T. Hurley