New on DVD: July 24

Kelsey Grammer finds himself juggling his professional and personal lives in this week's DVD Pick of the Week


The 8 episode first season of Boss

Pick of the Week

Boss: Season One

Kelsey Grammer leaves the memory of his long-running role of Frasier Crane in the dust with this new series in which he portrays Chicago mayor Tom Kane, a tough politician who struggles to balance his career with the fact that has just found out that he has a degenerative neurological disorder. This 2-disc set contains all 8 episodes. (Lionsgate)


The Deep Blue Sea

In this adaptation of the play by Terence Rattigan, Rachel Weisz plays the unsatisfied wife of a judge who engages in an extramarital affair with a British air force pilot (Tom Hiddleston) during the Second World War.

Street Dance 2

Although the plot sounds like a spoof of dance movies, this sequel (of sorts) takes itself quite seriously. Street dancer Ash (Falk Hentschel) is depressed after losing a “dance battle” to a team (appropriately) called The Invincibles. In order to beat them in another upcoming competition, he enlists the help of Eddie (George Sampson) to put together the best team of dancers they can find. (eOne)


Quirky Canadian director Guy Maddin co-wrote and directed this unusual 1930s-set black-and-white drama about a gangster (Jason Patric), who while the police wait outside, wanders through every room of his giant, old house in search of his estranged wife (Isabella Rossellini). (eOne)

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

This fascinating documentary looks at Jiro Ono, an elderly Japanese man, who has spent his entire life attempting to create the perfect sushi and the pressures his son faces as he prepares to inherit his father’s restaurant. (eOne)


Father and son compete for academic fame in this Oscar-nominated Israeli film about a elderly professor who sticks to his old-fashioned methods of Talmudic studies in hopes of discovering something that will make his name more than a footnote in the history books and his more ambitious son who begins to come by everything much easier. (Sony)

On the Inside

Nick Stahl (who has become more famous of late for his addiction problems) plays a man who is sent to serve out his time for murder in a minimum security psychiatric hospital, but soon finds himself battling for his life when another of the patients (Dash Mihok) plans a deadly escape. (Anchor Bay)

WWE 2012: The Undertaker: The Streak 20-0
WWE No Way Out 2012

Wrestling fans can get their fighting fix with these two new releases. The first is a 4-disc set covering the record-breaking career of The Undertaker (who has won all 20 of his Showcase of the Immortals matches) which includes all of these matches as well as a never-before-seen documentary on his life; while the second is a DVD release of the June 17 PPV event which was held in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (eOne)

The Island of Dr. Moreau – Directors Cut

In 1996 volatile acting legends Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer teamed up with hot-tempered director John Frankenheimer for this adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel about a mad scientist who is experimenting with genetics between men and animals on a remote island. Universally hated when it was released, this film has gone on to become a cult classic due to the lead actors’ over-the-top performances (especially Brando in white kabuki-style makeup and a muumuu). This new release contains a longer cut of the film which includes previously unseen footage as well as an audio commentary from the director. (Warner)

TCM Greatest Classic Legends: Joan Crawford
TCM Greatest Classic Legends: Humphrey Bogart
TCM Greatest Classic Gangsters: Humphrey Bogart
TCM Greatest Classic Legends: Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland

TCM has gone into its vast vaults again for these collections of the some of the greatest films of these legendary stars and combined them into reasonably-priced sets.

The two Humphrey Bogart collections include The Petrified Forest, High Sierra, The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse and All Through the Night on the Gangster set while the other contains They Drive By Night, Across The Pacific, Passage To Marseille and Action In The North Atlantic.

The Joan Crawford set contains her classic Mildred Pierce as well as Humoresque, Possessed and The Damned Don’t Cry.

The Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland collection has the musicals Girl Crazy, Strike Up the Band, Babes on Broadway and Babes in Arms. (Warner)

I Spit on Your Grave Double Feature

The original 1978 verison of this film is one of the most violent and gruesome horror films of its time. Often banned, it is more famous for its title than for any other reason. The story, which follows the rape of a young woman on vacation, and her methodical revenge on the men who perpetrated it, is just one long torture flick with each murder out to be more horrific than the last one. In the updated version, they took the original premise and amped up the violence and depravity for a new audience that has been tamed by the Saw and Hostel franchises and delivered on every sadistic promise. Now you own both versions together in high-definition blu-ray. (Anchor Bay)


Peter Gabriel: Secret World Live

This compilation of a pair of concerts performed in Modena, Italy over two nights in 1993 gets its high-definition release giving Peter Gabriel fans all of the hits (including Kiss That Frog and Solsbury Hill) as well as a making of documentary and bonus songs. (Eagle Rock)



Shaun Evans stars as a young Inspector Morse in this new prequel film Endeavour. Set in 1965, this pilot for a proposed series finds a young Endeavour Morse fed up with his short time as a police officer and ready to resign when he is asked to assist in the sordid murder investigation of a teenager in Oxford, where he was schooled. (PBS)

Childrens’ Hospital: The Complete Third Season

Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine) is back with another season of this outrageous spoof of hospital dramas co-starring Megan Mullally and Henry Winkler and featuring appearances by Jon Hamm, Matthew Perry, Alicia Silverstone and Michael McKean. All 14 episodes are on this DVD along with deleted scenes, bloopers and more. (Warner)

The Untouchables: The Fourth Season (Vol. 1 & 2)

This classic “golden age” TV series about Prohibition-era G-Man Elliot Ness (Robert Stack) and his team of Untouchables who take on a seemingly endless parade of gangsters returns with its fourth and final season (released in two volumes) finally on DVD. These 30 episodes feature appearances from guest stars like James Caan, Lee Marvin, Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Redford and many more. (Paramount)

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1 (Blu Ray)

To honour the 25th anniversary of the launch of this TV series, Paramount is releasing the first season in re-mastered high-def blu-ray for the first time. Now, all 25 episodes will be available on this 6-disc set along with over 90 minutes of new documentaries and much more. (Paramount)

Touched by an Angel: Season 5

Fans of this ethereal and uplifting drama will be happy to see that the fifth season is coming to DVD this week. Roma Downey and Della Reese star as a rookie angel named Monica and her supervisor Tess, who help out people in crisis. This 1998-1999 season (featuring 26 episodes) features such guest stars as Celine Dion, Richard Thomas, Patty Duke, Bill Cosby and John Ritter. (Paramount)

Hey Arnold! Season 2 Part 2

This two-disc set contains the second season’s final ten episodes of the long-running Nickelodeon animated series about a young boy named Arnold, who with his friends Gerald and Helga, gets into all sorts of adventures with the tenants of his grandparent’s rooming house where he lives. (Shout! Factory)