New on DVD: December 6th

Out on DVD the week of December 6th, performances from rock legends 'Talking Heads' are captured in this chronological collection

Talking Heads Chronology


Talking Heads Chronology Deluxe Edition

Once in a lifetime do Talking Heads fans get a treat like this. This DVD captures live performances from all aspects of the bands career beginning with their earliest work from the mid-70s (including Psycho Killer and I’m Not in Love); their later hits (Burning Down the House and Take Me to the River) as well as their reunion performance of Life During Wartime from their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This also comes with audio commentary from the band members; a South Bank Show from 1979; a David Byrne interview from 1978 and a 48 page book with tons of photos and more. (Eagle Rock)

The Hangover Part II

Picking up pretty much where the first raunchy blockbuster left off, the bridal party head off to Thailand for Stu’s (Ed Helms) wedding. What begins as a calm pre-wedding brunch quickly collapses into another night of mind-erasing debauchery involving monkeys, drugs and a famous cameo appearance or two in this hard-R comedy that pulls no punches. SPECIAL FEATURES include a hilarious half-hour Unauthorized Documentary, boopers and more. (Warner)

Cowboys and Aliens

After a stranger (Daniel Craig) wanders into the Old West town of Absolution with a strange contraption shackled to his wrist and no idea who he is, he becomes only the second most unusual thing to happen lately. As an alien army begins an attack from the skies the stranger is forced to join forces with the locals (including Harrison Ford as a crusty colonel named Dolarhyde) to fight them off in director Jon Favreau’s blockbuster action film. SPECIAL FEATURES include an extended version of the film (with 15 minutes of footage); almost 90 minutes of “conversations” between Favreau and his cast as well as executive producers Ron Howard and Steven Spielberg; as well as cutting-edge digital links for even more features and insight into the film. (Universal)

The Help

Based on the book by Kathryn Stockett, Emma Stone stars as Skeeter Phelan, a young college graduate growing up in 1960s Jackson, Mississippi who begins quietly interviewing the African-American housekeepers and nannies about their relationships with their white employers. The outcome of which begins to crack the long-standing racial barrier of their segregated lives. (Disney)

The Debt

Back in 1965, a group of Mossad agents were assigned the task of bringing in a Nazi war criminal known as the Surgeon of Birkenau. Flash forward to present day when a man claiming to be the Nazi surfaces in Eastern Europe which opens up a series of long-buried secrets. Helen Mirren and Tom Wilkenson star in this spy thriller from director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love). (Universal)

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

When staid businessman Mr. Popper (Jim Carrey) finds himself the guardian of a group of Emperor penguins after an eccentric relative leaves them to him, it begins to change his outlook on life in this family comedy from director Mark Waters (The Spiderwick Chronicles; Freaky Friday). (Fox)

Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story

Poppy Montgomery (who stars in the new TV series Unforgettable) plays J.K. Rowling, the British authour of the Harry Potter books in this fictionalized (shot in Vancouver) account of her struggle from poverty as a single mother to becoming one of the richest women in the world. (Alliance)


Nathan West and Ashley Johnson star in this fictional romantic drama set against the true-life Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925 (with Brian Dennehy and Fred Dalton Thomas as Clarence Darrow and Williams Jennings Bryant). For a more accurate film adaptation of that case, track down one of the film versions of Inherit the Wind. (Anchor Bay)

A Christmas Wish

Kristy Swanson (the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer) plays Martha, a young mother whose husband leaves her and her children alone and desperate. Even after moving to a small town and finding a job at a rural diner (famous for its home-made root beer), it looks like it will be a dismal Christmas after all. That is until the good will of her new town rallies behind the young family in this heart-warming holiday drama. (eOne)

A Christmas Wedding Tail

Who doesn’t love the combination of dogs and Christmas? Apparently everyone must love them because there are a glut of these on the video store shelves and this is another one. Jennie Garth (90210) plays an unemployed museum curator and single mother who is fixed up with a local winery owner (Brad Rowe) by their dogs (voiced by Jay Mohr and Nikki Cox). (Alliance)

Mission: Impossible – Extreme Trilogy Collection

This set of the first three M:I films (on blu-ray) comes just in time to coincide with the release of the latest film in theatres. All three films are in widescreen, high-def and come with the original bonus features (commentaries, “making of” featurettes, etc) that were on the original blu-ray and DVD releases. (Paramount)


This 3D blu-ray disc (originally produced for IMAX) comes from the producers of the highly-acclaimed Everest and Grand Canyon Adventure. Narrated by Helen Mirren, this film takes the viewer on a unprecedented tour of this far-off land given you a mind-blowing history lesson in the deal with looks at the lost city of Madain Saleh, becoming entrapped in a desert sand storm, diving deep into the Red Sea to experience ancient shipwrecks and much more. (eOne)

UFC: Ultimate Fight Collection 2011 Edition

If you’re a fan of UFC, then this is the gift for you! In a set containing 20 DVDs, this covers the entire June 2010 to June 2011 year of battles including UFC 116 to 131; UFC Fight Nights 22 to 24; UFC Live 2, 3 and 4 and much, much more.

Carlos Mencia: New Territory

Controversial comedian Carlos Mencia, infamous for being regarded as a joke thief among his comic peers, faces these accusations head-on in this new stand-up special. The newly trimmed-down comic has taken his public criticism to heart and has begun to develop a new style along with a set of entirely new material seen here in this special. (Paramount) MUSIC ON DVD

Paul McCartney The Love We Make

This documentary by the legendary filmmaker Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter) follows the former Beatle through the planning and the execution of his Concert for New York City. While there are some musical segments, this in not a concert film, but rather a straight documentation of one man’s reaction to the tragedy of September 11, 2001. (Eagle Rock)

Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Legacy

In a musical career spanning over thirty years, Frank Sinatra became a legend through his unique vocal styling and choice of material, which even though he didn’t write became unarguably his own. Now, performer and archivist Michael Feinstein takes his audience through the remarkable songs that made up the hits of Sinatra (including So in Love, Once in a Lifetime and New York, New York) and how his music influenced both his contemporaries and other crooners working today. Backed by a 17-piece Big Band and filmed in front of a live audience at the brand-new Palladium in Carmel, Indiana, Feinstein weaves a life story of songs and anecdotes that show why Sinatra was and always be the Chairman of the Board. TV ON DVD

The Lucy Show: The Official Fifth Season

This season of Lucille Ball’s second successful sitcom (after I Love Lucy) has everything a fan of the wacky redhead could want: slapstick gags, great guest stars and a monkey. This 4-disc set contains all 22 episodes from the 1966-1967 seasons have appearances by Hollywood heavyweights like John Wayne, George Burns, Carol Burnett as well as the return of Vivian Vance. This set also contains the 1966 TV special Lucy in London, in which Ball joked around with guests The Dave Clark Five and Anthony Newley; as well as a new documentary and bloopers. (Paramount)

I’m Dickens, He’s Fenster: Volume One 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Before he became known as Gomez Addams on the original Addams Family TV series, John Astin teamed up with Marty Ingels for this short-lived by fondly-remembered sitcom about two handymen named Dickens and Fenster. While they tried their best to make a living, their ineptness often provided the majority of laughs alongside a Who’s Who of great guest stars like Harvey Korman (The Carol Burnett Show); Sally Kellerman; Yvonne Craig (TV’s Batgirl) and Jim Nabors to name a few. This 3-disc set contains the first 16 episodes of the first season along with commentaries and new interviews from the cast and creator Leonard Stern (Get Smart); original promos and commercials for the show and much more. This is available only online directly from

The Simpsons: Season 14

This 4-disc set contains all 22 episodes from this long-running series, and like every other season, has some hits and some misses. Some of the highlights of this season are Moe Baby Blues, Special Edna and How I Spent My Strummer Vacation and guest voices including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Elliot Gould, Blink-182, Eric Idle and Steve Buscemi. As usual, there audio commentaries on all of the episodes and a ton of bonus features, as well. (Fox)

Spongebob Squarepants: The Complete 7th Season

That popular sponge that lives in a pineapple under the sea is back with over 9 hours of fun on this new 4-disc set that contains 50 episodes including Squidward in Clarinetland; Spongebob’s Last Stand; Enchanted Tiki Dreams and much more. (Paramount)

Transformers Prime: Darkness Rising

This feature-length film is the jumping-off point for the recent animated series Transformers: Prime and follows the story of Optimus Prime and the Autobots once again battling the Decepticons, this time facing an even bigger battle after Megatron discovers an element called Dark Energon to raise an undead army of Cybertronians. (Shout Factory)

Designing Women: The Complete Fifth Season

This popular sitcom, which began in 1986 and ran for 7 seasons, starred Dixie Carter, Delta Burke, Jean Smart and Annie Potts as a group of ladies running an Atlanta-based interior design company. By this season – the final one for Burke and Smart – Anthony (Meshach Taylor) has become a full partner in the company, but the quality of the show hasn’t wavered. This 4-disc set contains all 24 episodes. (Shout Factory)