New on DVD: April 30

This week on DVD, check out the Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence

Silver Linings Playbook

After getting out of a psychiatric hospital, Pat (Bradley Cooper) moves in with his parents (Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver) until he can make the “silver lining” of his troubled life come true, which is to get back together with his estranged wife. The Hunger Game’s Jennifer Lawrence plays a young woman with her own problems that tries to help him out.

Not Fade Away

The Sopranos creator David Chase wrote and directed this story of a young man’s (John Magaro) drive to become a rock star in 1960s New Jersey against the wishes of his more level-headed father (James Gandolfini). (Paramount)

The Guilt Trip

Seth Rogen plays an inventor who decides that to spend some quality time with his mother (Barbra Streisand) by allowing her to accompany him on a business road trip across the country in this comedy from director Anne Fletcher (The Proposal).

The Details

After gaining critical praise for his dark drama Mean Creek in 2004, writer-director Jacob Aaron Estes returns with this black comedy about a suburban man (Tobey Maguire) whose obsession with a raccoon infestation in his backyard and his annoying neighbour (Laura Linney) takes his mind off of his troubles at home with his wife (Elizabeth Banks).

If You Really Love Me

Eva Marcille, Reagan Gomez-Preston and Caryn Ward star in this faith-based drama (based on the play of the same name) about three adult sisters who turn to God when their lives hit a bumpy path. (One Village)


Funny Girl (Blu Ray)

Barbra Streisand (who originated the role on Broadway and took home a Tony) stars in this biopic of vaudeville star Fanny Brice, her musical career and her relationship with her future husband, the dashing gambler Nick Arnstein (Omar Sharif). This also includes two short “making of” documentaries: This is Streisand and Barbra in Movieland. (Sony)

The Vampire Lovers (Shout! Factory)

In this bloody (and bloody sexy) 1970 Hammer horror film, a beautiful female vampire (Ingrid Pitt) kills the daughter of a general (Peter Cushing), who makes it his life’s work to hunt down and destroy the undead murderer with the help of an expert vampire hunter. This restored cult classic also comes with various featurettes including one with Pitt reading from Carmilla (the novel on which this film is loosely based) and a new audio commentary from Pitt, director Roy Ward Baker and screenwriter Tudor Gates. (Shout Factory)


30 Rock: Season Seven

This seventh (and final) season of this sharply funny series returns with Liz still dating Chris (recurring guest star James Marsden), while Jack deals with being single again and Jenna prepares to marry her long-time beau the cross-dressing Paul (Will Forte). Once again, this season features an array of big-name guest stars including Julianne Moore, Bryan Cranston, Matthew Broderick, Tony Bennett, Octavia Spencer and Selma Hayek. This 3-DVD set contains all 13 episodes plus bonus features.

The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries: The Complete Collection

Based on the mystery novels of Dorothy Sayers which were first published during the 1920s and 1930s, this series – produced in two seasons 1972 and 1975 – starred Ian Carmichael as the title character a wealthy charmer who had a curious nature and a knack for solving crimes. This 6-disc set features all 5 feature-length mysteries as well as archival interview footage with Carmichael and more. (Acorn)

The Syndicate: Series One

Timothy Spall (the Harry Potter films) stars in this ensemble British drama about a group of people who all work at a supermarket together. Each week they pool their money as a “syndicate” (hence the title) to buy a lottery ticket and dream of riches. One day, their dream comes true and when they receive the small fortune it changes their lives and their relationships forever. All 6 episodes are on this 2-disc set. This series has already been remade into an American series which is currently called Lucky 7 and will star Matt Long from Mad Men. (Acorn)

Star Trek TNG: Season Three (Blu Ray)

This high-def Blu-Ray release of what many fans of the series consider one of this series’ finest seasons contains many classic episodes, including the Borg-happy “Best of Both Worlds,” “Yesterday’s Enterprise,” and “Sins of the Father,” which gives viewers a little more insight into Worf and his home planet. This 6-disc set features all 26 episodes from this 1989-1990 season as well as bloopers, audio commentaries, a visit inside the writer’s room with host Seth MacFarlane and much more. (Paramount)

Star Trek TNG: The Best of Both Worlds (Blu Ray)

This collects both episodes (the cliff-hanging 1989 season finale and its conclusion) and puts them together in this high-def restored Blu-Ray. A highlight for many Trek fans, this is the iconic episode where the Borg abduct and assimilate Captain Picard. (Paramount)

The Scarlet Pimpernel

Anthony Andrews (Brideshead Revisited) stars in this 1982 miniseries as a British spy known as the Scarlet Pimpernel in 18th century France who pretends to be a foppish aristocrat in order to hide his true actions of rescuing revolutionaries from certain death under the tyrannical government. Meanwhile, he is hunted down by Chauvelin (Ian McKellen), who also shares his interest in the beautiful Marguerite St. Just (Jane Seymour). (Acorn)