New on DVD: February 12

This week on DVD, James Bond returns in Skyfall, one of the best Bond flicks in history



It’s the 50th anniversary of the film franchise and James Bond (Daniel Craig) is back in action. This time he is going up against a villain (Javier Bardem) who has a personal vendetta against M (Judi Dench) and plans to destroy MI6. EXTRAS include two audio commentaries – director Sam Mendes; and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson along with Production Designer Dennis Gassner – as well as an hour-long making-of documentary and more. (MGM)

Silent Hill: Revelation 3D

In this sequel to the film (and the on-going video game franchise on which it is based), teenage Heather (Adelaide Clemens) discovers that she is not who she thinks she is. When her father (Sean Bean) disappears, she ventures into another dimension of the town of Silent Hill to learn about her past where she encounters all sorts of unbelievable evil.

The Sessions

Based on a true story, John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone) plays poet Mark O’Brien, who is paralyzed from the neck down due to polio and must spend his days inside an iron lung. When he decides he wants to lose his virginity, he talks it over with his priest (William H. Macy) and then hires a professional sex surrogate (Helen Hunt) to help him out.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Based on the novel by Stephen Chbosky, this drama follows the social trail of a shy young man (Logan Lerman) as he struggles to fit in at high school and deal with a personal tragedy in 1960s Pittsburgh. Harry Potter’s Emma Watson stars as the girl of his dreams. (eOne)

The Man With the Iron Fists

This martial arts film seems destined to sit alongside such other Grindhouse films as Planet Terror and Machete for its ability to walk that thin line between parody and homage. Musician RZA makes his directorial debut and also stars as The Blacksmith, who upon hearing that his village is to be attacked, creates unique weapons for his fellow warriors (including Lucy Liu and Russell Crowe) to protect themselves. (Universal)


A Syrian immigrant (Alexander Siddig) is forced to return to his native country after 30 years when his journalist daughter disappears. With no one else to turn to, he enlists the help of an ex-girlfriend (Marisa Tomei) and a government official (Joshua Jackson).

Robot and Frank

Frank Langella stars in this futuristic comedy about a former thief who trains his robot butler to assist him in a jewel heist.


This heart-breaking documentary takes a eye-opening look at bullying within the North American school system by examining the lives of five particular students. (Anchor Bay)

A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman

Graham Chapman narrates this documentary of his own life from beyond the grave. Using his reading of his own 1980 audio book version of his autobiography, filmmakers Bill and Ben Productions gathered together over a dozen different animation studios and the remaining Python members to flesh out the exciting and often bizarre tales of Chapman’s short, but wild life. (eOne)

The Eye of the Storm

Based on the novel by Patrick White, this drama stars Charlotte Rampling as the overbearing mother of two grown children (Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis) who, despite her terminal illness continues to run their lives. (eOne)

Mimesis: Night of the Living Dead

This frighteningly funny film is an homage to the Romero horror classic, while creating its own thrills and chills as a group of friend’s gather to play a role-playing game based on the film and end up the unwilling participants in a real fight for their lives. (Anchor Bay)

Horrid Henry: The Movie

An all-star cast of British comic actors (including Prunella Scales, Jo Brand, Noel Fielding) team up with classic thespians Anjelica Huston and Richard E. Grant for this live-action adaptation of the popular children’s book series about an obnoxious boy who must team up with his next-door-nemesis Moody Margaret when he forgets to turn his homework in. (Kaboom)

The Jungle Book: The Movie

Not to be confused with the Disney classic, this short (barely an hour long) CGI-animated film tells the story of Mogli and his wild animal pals based on the stories by Rudyard Kipling. (Kaboom)

Mike the Knight: Galahad the Great

These are two hour-long collections of the cartoon series about the young medieval knight and his friends which runs on the Treehouse channel here in Canada. Great fun for younger kids. (Kaboom)


Weeds: The Final Season

This eighth (and final) season of this comedy-drama finds Nancy (Mary Louise Parker) the target of a sniper’s bullet which follows with her finding a legal angle to still remain in the marijuana business. This 3-disc set features all 13 episodes along with bonus features.

Being Human (US): Season Two

This supernatural series (based on the British hit of the same name) which mixes, horror, comedy and drama stars Sam Whitwer, Sam Huntington and Meaghan Rath as roommates who also happen to be a ghost, a werewolf and a vampire which causes all sorts of bloody trouble both inside and outside of the house. This 3-disc set features all 13 episodes. (eOne)

The Hardy Boys: Season 3

In the mid-1970s, Shaun Cassidy and Parker Stevenson must’ve been in the Top Ten of teenage TV heartthrobs for their portrayals of the classic crime-detecting brothers made famous decades earlier in a series of books. They’re a little older in this incarnation and in this third and final series the boys have taken up trouble-seeking professionally as they join the Justice Department. This 3-disc set features all 10 episodes. (Shout! Factory)

The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Funtime Hour

After the Trailer Park Boys went off the air in 2008, the main stars of the show (John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells and Mike Smith) wanted to continue to work together and so they created and starred in this short-lived sketch comedy series. The 6 episodes feature guest stars like Jay Baruchel (Goon), Amy Sedaris ( Strangers With Candy) and the late Maury Chaykin. (Anchor Bay)

Bonanza: The Official Fifth Season

The Ponderosa is full of cult TV actors scattered throughout this season including The Munsters’ Butch Patrick, Felix Silla (The Addams Family), James Doohan (Star Trek), Jonathan Harris (Lost in Space) and many others. This season (available together or in two separate sets) contains all 36 episodes on 9 DVDs. (Paramount)

Matlock: The Eighth Season

Down-home attorney Ben Matlock (Andy Griffith) is back defending his clients and putting criminals behind bars alongside his team. This 6-disc set features all 22 episodes including The P.I. which was a “backdoor pilot” for a series which never got picked up and starred Tracy Nelson (The Father Dowling Mysteries) and George Peppard (The A-Team) as a father-daughter detective team in L.A. Guest stars during this season include Milton Berle, Jeff Conaway, Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad) and Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager). (Paramount)