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DVD Release: The Mindy Project Season 1
23 May 2013 8:16 AM, PDT
DVD Release Date: Aug. 13, 2013
Price: DVD $29.98
In the sitcom, Kaling plays Mindy Lahiri, an ob/gyn trying to balance her personal and professional life amid quirky co-workers in a small office.
Kaling was the first female writer on The Office, when she was 24.
LikeÂ The Office, The Mindy Project stumbled in its early days. In January 2013, it was listed as a show likely to be canceled. But the comedy series picked up fans, and its season one finale scored big, with EW proclaiming, “Definitely Mindy!”
The Mindy Project: Season One contains all 24 episodes on three DVDs.
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DVD Release: 56 Up
22 May 2013 3:12 PM, PDT
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 2, 2013
Price: DVD $29.95 (56 Up); $79.95 (The Up Series)
Studio: First Run Features
56 Up is the latest installment in Michael Apted’s documentary series chronicling the lives of a group of people every 7 years.
Starting in 1964 with Seven Up, The Up Series, currently highlighted by its latest entry, 2012’s 56 Up, has explored the Jesuit maxim “Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man.”
The original concept was to interview 14 children from diverse backgrounds from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams for the future. Every seven years, renowned director Michael Apted (Firstborn), a researcher for the original Seven Up (which was directed by Paul Almond) has been back to talk to them, examining the progression of their lives.
From cab driver Tony to schoolmates Jackie, Lynn and Susan and the heart-breaking Neil, the group turns 56 and the »
Blu-ray Release: Wusa
22 May 2013 1:18 PM, PDT
Blu-ray Release Date: July 23, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $24.95
Studio: Olive Films
The film concerns a jaded disc-jockey (Newman) who offers his services to Wusa, a conservative, hate-stirring station out of New Orleans. While struggling with his own apathy, the deejay begins spreading hateful messages perpetrated by the owner of the station (Hingle), which leads to some pretty ugly goings-on.
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg (Cool Hand Luke) and based on Robert Stone’s best-selling novel A Hall of Mirrors , Wusa also stars Laurence Harvey (1962′s The Manchurian Candidate), Don Gordon (Bullitt), Cloris Leachman (The Women), Moses Gunn (The Neverending Story) and Wayne Rogers (TV’s M*A*S*H).
Wusa was released by on DVD by Olive »
Blu-ray Release: The Muppet Movie
22 May 2013 1:04 PM, PDT
Blu-ray Release Date: Aug. 13, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $26.50
The movie that started them all is one of the last in the franchise to get a Blu-ray release. This high-definition version 1979′s The Muppet Movie is a “Nearly 35th Anniversary Edition.”
Rated G, the family film follows Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and the rest of the gang on the road to pursue their dreams of Hollywood. Agent Dom DeLuise encourages the group, but along the way, Kermit’s also chased by a frog-leg merchant.
The Muppet Movie features the characters’ original voices, by creater Jim Henson, Frank Oz and others. And the film was nominated for two Academy Awards, for its musical score and the song “The Rainbow Connection.”
The Blu-ray contains special features, including “Disney Intermission,” as well as a downloadable digital copy of the movie.
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DVD Release: Knife Fight
21 May 2013 1:46 PM, PDT
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 11, 2013
Price: DVD $24.98
Paul Turner (Lowe) is a savvy strategist sharply maneuvering politicians out of scandal and into public office. With the help of a bright young assistant (Chung) and his team, Turner spins every news cycle on behalf of his clients, which include a philandering Kentucky governor (Eric McCormack, TV’s Will & Grace) and a blackmailed California senator and an idealistic doctor turned gubernatorial candidate (Carrie-Anne Moss, Memento, The Matrix series). When the ugly side of Turner’s work begins to haunt him, he learns that even in the bloodiest of battles, sometimes you have to fight clean.
Directed and co-written by televisiondocumentary veteran Bob Guttentag, Knife Fight also stars »
Blu-ray, DVD Release: Warm Bodies
21 May 2013 12:08 PM, PDT
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 4, 2013
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.99
Warm Bodies is a twist on the usual romantic comedy, with zombies added into the mix.
Based on the novel by Issac Marion, the movie stars Nicholas Hoult (Jack the Giant Slayer) as R, a zombie who rescues human survivor Julie (Teresa Palmer, I Am Number Four) from an attack by other zombies. The two form a bond in their struggle for survival, while R becomes increasingly more human and starts a chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies.
Critics loved Warm Bodies, giving it an 80% approval, according to Rotten Tomatoes. Moviegoers felt the same, and the film earned $66 million at the box office.
The Blu-ray and DVD come with plenty of special features:
featurette “Boy Meets, »
Blu-ray Release: Heavy Traffic
21 May 2013 9:07 AM, PDT
Blu-ray Release Date: July 16, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $19.97
Studio: Shout! Factory
From Ralph Bakshi, the anarchistic animator/director of Fritz The Cat, Wizards and the 1978 version of The Lord Of The Rings comes the 1973 animated comedy-drama Heavy Traffic, which makes it’s Blu-ray debut with this release.
An “underground” cartoonist contends with life in the inner city, where various unsavory characters serve as inspiration for his artwork.
Heavy Traffic tells the undeniably surreal tale of Michael Corleone, a young underground cartoonist scraping by on the inner-city streets of New York where various unsavory characters serve as inspiration for his artwork.
One of the more critically acclaimed films of Bakshi’s career, Heavy Traffic uses pinball as a metaphor for the highs and lows of urban life as it weaves through tales of love, prejudice, sex, and murderous betrayal.
Blu-ray, DVD Release: Dead Man Down
21 May 2013 8:32 AM, PDT
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 9, 2013
Price: DVD $26.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $35.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Farrell stars as Victor, a hit man whose life was ruined by the crime lord Alphonse (Terrence Howard, Red Tails). Victor infiltrates Alphonse’s crew, rising up to his right-hand man. When he’s about to strike, he meets Beatrice (Rapace), who wants her own revenge from Alphonse. Together they execute a violent and cathartic plan.
The R-rated film also stars Dominic Cooper (The Devil’s Double) and Isabelle Huppert (In Another Country) and was directed by Niels Arden Oplev, who helmed the original Swedish The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which also starred Rapace. Dead Man Down is written by J.H. Wyman (TV’s Fringe).
Despite all that cache, the movie got generally bad reviews from critics, »
Blu-ray: Disney’s Sword in the Stone, Robin Hood
21 May 2013 6:48 AM, PDT
Blu-ray Release Date: Aug. 6, 2013
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $36.99
Disney celebrates a bunch of anniversaries with Blu-ray debuts. Animated fantasy movie The Sword in the Stone turned 50 and adventure film Robin Hood turned 40 this year.
Originally released in 1963, The Sword in the Stone tells the story of young Arthur, who’s tutored by Merlin the Magician before fulfilling his destiny of becoming king.
The film was nominated for an Oscr for its music.
1973′s Robin Hood is another old English legend, about the outlaw who fights against injustices by robbing the rich to feed the poor. Robin Hood is a wily fox, his friend Friar Tuck a cuddly bear, the rich Prince John a cowardly lion and his companion Sir Hiss a slippery snake.
DVD Release: Understanding Art: Hidden Lives of Masterpieces
20 May 2013 1:55 PM, PDT
DVD Release Date: June 18, 2013
Price: DVD $49.99
The Anatomy of Dr. Tulp by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
Understanding Art: Hidden Lives of Masterpieces, a 2010 Arte France co-production with the participation of the Center National de la Cinematographie, is a television documentary series that examines the great artists and their masterpieces with genuine affection and careful precision.
The series puts masterworks under the microscope and offers an accessible look into their fascinating histories. It begins with the Louvre and its “study days,” in which works by major artists are collected, removed from their frames, and set on easels, replicating the feel of an artist’s studio. Curators, historians, restorers, and scientists from around the world come to examine and discuss the works in total freedom. In this way, viewers are able to look through the experts’ eyes and listen in on their conversations. Additionally, we can observe the restorations, repairs, »
Blu-ray Release: Body Double
20 May 2013 10:50 AM, PDT
Blu-ray Release Date: Aug. 13, 2013
Price: Blu-ray Tba
Studio: Twilight Time
In the film, Craig Wasson (The Boys in Company C) is Jake, a struggling actor in L.A. whose claustrophobia causes him to lose his latest job as the lead bloodsucker in a vampire flick (Jake can’t cope with the coffin scenes). Later that same day, Jakes also loses his longtime girlfriend and apartment, But not to worry—Jake’s new friend (Gregg Henry, Any Day Now) lends Jake his awesome pad up in the hills, which is outfitted with a telescope to so he can spy on his gorgeous neighbor Gloria (Deborah Shelton). But Jake’s voyeurism »