New DVD, blu-ray and Instant Video releases this week include Gomer Pyle, Korra, The Flintstones and lots more! Here’s a sneak peek.
GOMER PYLE, U.S.M.C.: THE COMPLETE SERIES
Not Rated. Paramount, CBS. Buy on Amazon.
I used to race home from school every day and watch Gomer Pyle on my brother’s little black-and-white TV he had in his room (along with The Monkees and That Girl), so there’s a lot of nostalgia wrapped up in this release of the complete series.
Pyle, a naive country boy, first appeared on The Andy Griffith Show, but left his home in Mayberry to join the U.S. Marine corps. His perpetual wide-eyed innocence frequently gets on the nerves of the tough, loudmouthed Sergeant Carter (Frank Sutton). Now after 50 years, the most incompetent soldier in the Marine Corps is finally getting a promotion! This set includes all five seasons of the hilarious sitcom, as well as audio commentaries by Jim Nabors, the pilot episode and more.
AALIYAH: THE PRINCESS OF R&B
Not Rated. A&E. Buy/Watch on Amazon.
Self-proclaimed “street but sweet” Aaliyah Haughton (Alexandra Shipp) led the royal R&B scene before Beyoncé or Rihanna attained their status. With her sexy tomboy style and infectious confidence, she ruled the charts as one of the recording industry’s most successful artists in history. But there was much more to Aaliyah than choreographed dance moves, movie roles, and a celebrated voice.
Based on a true story, this movie embodies the soul, determination, and challenges of Aaliyah Dana Haughton, from the beginning of her career to her tragic death at age 22. Directed by Bradley Walsh, this movie also stars Rachael Crawford.
ALPHA AND OMEGA 3: THE GREAT WOLF GAMES
Not Rated. Lionsgate. Buy/Watch on Amazon.
Join the pack in this wild, warmhearted and totally pawsome adventure starring everyone’s favorite alphas and omegas! It’s time for “The Great Wolf Games,” when all the alphas in the packs set aside their differences for some friendly competition.
When an unexpected accident puts many of our pack’s star alpha wolves out of commission, a new team is assembled that includes forest friends not in the pack. Can Coach Humphrey lead his ragtag group of “underdogs” to victory? Directed by Richard Rich, this cute movie features the voices of Ben Diskin, Kate Higgins, Dee Dee Greene and Lindsay Torrance and Mike Jacobs.
DEVIL MAY CALL
Rated R for violence. Lionsgate. Buy/Watch on Amazon.
Blinded in an accident, Sam (Corri English) rebuilt her life by helping callers on a suicide hotline. When she informs an obsessive caller (Tyler Mane) that she’s quitting, he takes the news very personally.
What begins as a quiet shift at work, becomes a frantic fight for survival against a relentless killer…and the darkest, deadliest night of Sam’s life. Directed by Jason Cuadrado, this movie also stars Traci Lords, Van Hansis and Daniel Hugh Kelly.
THE FLINTSTONES & WWE: STONE AGE SMACKDOWN!
Not Rated. Hanna Barbera. Buy/Watch on Amazon
Get ready for some raw-kin’ action in this all-new, original movie that brings some of WWE’s toughest, wildest superstars to Bedrock! When Fred loses his family’s vacation money, he hatches one of his hair brained plans to get it back. It’s a sports entertainment spectacle that involves throwing his best bud, Barney into the wrestling ring with the likes of John Cenastone (John Cena), Rey Mysteriopal (Rey Mysterio) and even The Undertaker, with Fred himself as event promoter.
The crowds roar, the “clams” are pouring in from ticket sales and even Mr. McMagma (Vince McMahon) is taking notice of all the hoopla. Can Fred keep serving up bigger and badder matches or is he in for the rocky ride of his life? Including all-star appearances from The Boulder Twins (Brie and Nikki Bella) Marble Henry (Mark Henry) and Daniel Bry-Rock (Daniel Bryan), it’s time to get the whole family together for a collection of hard-hitting, side-splitting laughs from the most epic event in all of prehistory.
THE LEGEND OF KORRA: BOOK FOUR BALANCE
Not Rated. Nickelodeon. Buy on Amazon.
In this series inspired by Asian history and mythology, certain individuals have the ability to manipulate (or “bend”) one of the four elements: air, water, earth or fire. There exists only one person who can bend all the elements: the Avatar, an ancient reincarnated spirit tasked with keeping balance in the world.
The current Avatar is a headstrong teenage girl called Korra, who was last seen at the end of season three in a grim state. After suffering mercury poisoning at the hands of that season’s antagonist, Korra is sent to the Southern Water Tribe for healing. Picking up three years later, the newly formed Air Nomads have been looking after communities in Korra’s absence, while a charismatic general called Kuvira is steadily making her way around the countryside, coercing independent states to join her Earth Empire. But Korra herself has gone missing.
MATLOCK: GREATEST CASES
Not Rated. Paramount. Buy on Amazon.
In this collection of 12 all-time favorite episodes, Andy Griffith stars as famed criminal defense attorney Ben Matlock, as he takes on some of his most memorable cases and unforgettable opponents. Boasting an all-star roster of guest stars, including Don Knotts, Dick Van Dyke, Bryan Cranston and Scott Bakula, the episodes follow shady siblings, an eccentric millionaire, and a killer comic.
Episodes include: The Judge, The Sisters, The Power Brokers: Part 1, The Power Brokers: Part 2, The Lemon, The Talk Show, The Brothers, The Marriage Counselor, The Big Payoff, The Debt, The Last Laugh, The Dare.
PETTICOAT JUNCTION: FAMILY FAVORITE EPISODES
Not Rated. Paramount. Buy on Amazon.
Featured in all eight of these beloved, top-rated episodes are the Shady Rest Hotel caretaker Kate Bradley and her three beautiful daughters, Betty Jo, Bobbie Jo, and Billie Jo. Between keeping lazy Uncle Joe in line, as well as maintaining a watchful eye on her daughters hectic love lives, Kate has more than enough to keep her hands full.
Episodes include: Bobbie Jo And The Beatnik, The Ladybugs, The Genghis Keane Story, Betty Jo’s Dog, The Umquaw Strip, The Curse of Chester W. Farnsworth, Dear Minerva, Only Boy in the Class.
Rated R for language. Magnolia Pictures. Buy/Watch on Amazon.
This thriller is set in the early 1980s at the beginning of the Norwegian Oil Boom, when enormous oil and gas deposits were discovered in the North Sea. Authorities aim to bring the oil ashore and Petter, a professional diver, has the discipline, strength and courage to take on the world’s most dangerous mission.
But a sudden, tragic accident changes everything. Petter is sent on a perilous journey and gradually realizes that he’s in way over his head and that his life is at stake. Presented in English/Norwegian. Directed by Erik Skojoldbjaerg, this movie stars Wes Bentley, Stephen Lang and Jonathan LaPaglia.
REMOTE AREA MEDICAL
Not Rated. Cinedigm. Buy/Watch on Amazon.
Directed by Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman, This documentary puts a human face on what it means to not have access to healthcare. Focusing on a single three-day clinic held at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, the film offers an insider’s perspective on the ebb and flow of the event, including the tense 3:30 a.m. ticket distribution that determines who gets seen, the routine check-ups that take dramatic turns for the worse, and the risky means some patients resort to for pain relief.
We meet a doctor who also drives an 18-wheeler, a denture maker who moonlights as a jeweler, and the organization’s founder, Stan Brock, who first imagined Remote Area Medical while living as a cowboy in the Amazon rainforest, hundreds of miles from the nearest doctor.
Rated R for language. Lionsgate. Buy/Watch on Amazon.
In 1943, the Navy submarine USS Lionfish was inexplicably shut down; its commander, Tony Sterling, gone without a trace. Seventy years later, Sterling’s grandson, professor Peter Williams, is recruited by a top-secret government agency to investigate.
Aboard the Lionfish, Peter and his team uncover clues to the sub’s cryptic past and are plunged into a terrifying supernatural journey that will take them across the dark abyss of time, with history hanging in the balance. Directed by Georgia Hilton, this thriller stars Tim Abell, Aleisha Force and Tom Stedham.
PEPPA PIG: MUDDY PUDDLES
Not Rated. Entertainment One. Buy on Amazon.
Peppa Pig is a loveable, cheeky little piggy who lives with her little brother George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig. Peppa’s favorite things include playing games, dressing up and jumping in muddy puddles.
This set includes the following episodes: Muddy Puddles, Mr. Dinosaur is Lost, Polly Parrot, Best Friend, Hide and Seek, The Playgroup, Mummy Pig at Work, Camping, Gardening, Bicycles, The New Car, and Snow.
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB
Rated PG for mild action, some rude humor and brief language. 20th Century Fox. Buy/Watch on Amazon.
Get ready for the wildest and most adventure-filled “Night At the Museum” ever as Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.
Directed by Shawn Levy, this movie also stars Ben Kingsley, Ricky Gervais, Robin Williams, Rebel Wilson and Owen Wilson. Read my full review here.
YU-GI-OH! COLLECTION: VOLUME 1
Not Rated. Cinedigm. Buy on Amazon.
With his world crumbling into chaos, a masked menace known as Paradox travels into the past to eliminate the source for his world’s destruction — the Duel Monsters card game! Standing in his way are three legendary duelists who will do whatever it takes to save what’s on the line — their friends, their family and the game they love.
For the first time ever, Yugi, Jaden and Yusei team together and battle with all their hearts in a duel that will decide the past, present and future. Also available in this collection, sample each of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Seasons, featuring episodes from Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D and Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL.
JASPER: JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE WORLD
Not Rated. Shout! Factory. Buy/Watch on Amazon.
Join the cutest and most curious penguin you’ve ever seen in this delightful animated adventure. Down at the icy South Pole, Jasper and his family live a peaceful and happy life. But when he and his brother Junior run afoul of the evil Dr. Block and a scheme to steal some rare parrot eggs, it’s up to the plucky penguin to save the day.
With the help of Junior and their new friend, a nine-year-old girl named Emma, Jasper embarks on an incredible journey that will take him to places he’d never imagined before. With a gentle sense of humor and a bright, colorful animation style, “Jasper: Journey To The End of The World” is perfect penguin fun for kids.
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