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This week on DVD: Titanic goes 3D, Snow White finds her hunstman and the fifth season of The Big Bang Theory
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Shortly after this record-breaking 1997 epic was re-released theatrically in 3D, it comes to blu-ray, DVD and 3D for your home viewing pleasure. Everyone already knows the story of the seagoing tragedy directed by James Cameron and starring Leo and Kate, but if you love this film, you’ll want to pick up this new edition. This is not a cheap “coming-at-ya” style of 3D, but a completely restored and re-imagined version of the original film giving much more scope and size to this already enormous film. Extras include no less than three audio commentaries; a hour of deleted and extended scenes; two feature-length documentaries and more.
To coincide with the re-release of Titanic, Disney has re-released its 2003 documentary Ghosts of the Abyss, in which director James Cameron and his crew (using cutting-edge technology) went to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean to visit the downed Titanic and film images the likes of which have never been seen before. And, like Twilight, Ghosts of the Abyss is also available in a 3D version, offering an unparalleled journey to the bottom of the sea. (Paramount)
In the second (and darker) recent film adaptation of the fairy tale classic, the huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) who is ordered to kill Snow White (Kristen Stewart of Twilight) instead teams up with her and a handful of dwarves (including Ian McShane, Ray Winstone and Bob Hoskins) to take down the evil queen (Charlize Theron). (Universal)
Based on the best-selling pregnancy guide, this romantic comedy features an all-star cast (including genre stalwarts Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz and Elizabeth Banks) going through just about every “conceivable” humourous situation concerning conceiving, pregnancy and babies.
This Lebanese drama (written, directed and starring Nadine Labaki) tells the story of the residents of a remote village made up of both Christians and Muslims. When a young Muslim boy accidentally breaks the cross at the church, it sets off a chain of events leading to a microcosm of the civil unrest going on outside their community.
This historical drama examines the Cristeros Wars of the 1920s in Mexico when then President Calles (Ruben Blades) attempted to ban Catholicism from his country and the people who fought back for their religious freedom.
Eva Mendes stars as a hard-working single mother whose pre-teen daughter wants to grow up quickly after being inspired by the books she’s been reading.
In this shocking (and award-winning) true-story, Emily Watson plays an inexperienced social worker whose first major case involves becoming the “appropriate adult” (a British legal term) to convicted serial killer Fred West (The Wire’s Dominic West), with whom she finds herself becoming emotionally involved with.
Game of Thrones’ Sean Bean stars in this British thriller as a Secret Service agent assigned to track down a British-born terrorist (Abhin Galeya) and his gang.
In this provocative French drama, Juliette Binoche stars as a magazine writer who immerses herself in the world of college-student prostitution and begins to question her own outlook on the profession.
Finding herself dumped on the eve of her wedding and approaching the age of 30, Lola (Greta Gerwig) calls on her closest friends to help her through her crisis by going on a series of adventures.
In this ultra-gory Australian horror film, a deranged family tortures a high school senior who refused to accompany their daughter to the prom. To say anything more would take away the series of shocking surprises that writer-director Sean Byrne sets out for the viewer.
Rose McGowan stars in this thriller about a radio show host who returns to live her small hometown and discovers that the young boy next door behaves rather peculiarly.
This excellent feature-length BBC documentary chronicles the extensive career of producer George Martin, most famous for working with The Beatles on their most famous albums. Using interviews and rare archival footage, this film looks at some of the man’s other work including his albums with Peter Sellers and Cheap Trick. Extras include almost an hour of bonus interview footage with contemporaries like producers Rick Rubin and T-Bone Burnett. (Eagle Rock)
In this rip-off of the Saw films, a group of strangers wake up trapped in a house. After viewing a video, they are instructed how they can be released – they must first torture themselves and each other. (Anchor Bay)
Danny Glover stars in this Vancouver-made psychological thriller about a man with a dark and tragic past who returns to live in his hometown only to find himself suffering visions where the past may relive itself. (Anchor Bay)
In this cross between Tower Heist and Ocean’s Eleven, Ethan Landry stars as the head of a group of disgruntled employees who plan an elaborate heist to steal back their pension money from a corrupt casino owner (Eric Roberts) who stole it from them. (Anchor Bay)
TV ON DVD
As this wacky sitcom set inside the inner workings of a TV comedy show returns for its sixth season. James Marsden (Straw Dogs) joins the cast as a hunky new love interest for Liz Lemon and Jack (Alec Baldwin) learns about life as a single father. Of course with this 22-episode three-disc set you get the requisite “live” episodes (featuring both the slightly different East Coast and West Coast versions) and lots of great guest stars including Denise Richards as herself (and the celebrity spokesperson for idiots), Kelsey Grammar, Susan Sarandon and more. (Universal)
The new season of this historical gore-fest picks up the bloody pieces shortly after the massacre that ended last season with Spartacus (Liam McIntyre) continuing to seek revenge on the man who murdered his wife and gathering an army to bring down the entire Roman Empire. All 10 blood-soaked episodes are on this 3-disc set. (Anchor Bay)
Young monsters Ickis, Oblina and Krumm must use everything in their power that they have learned The Gromble about scaring and avoid being captured by determined monster-hunter Simon in this animated series from Nickelodeon. All 13 episodes are here on two DVDs. (Shout Factory)
Tom Selleck’s triumphant return to series TV sees its second season hitting DVD as well this week. In this drama, Selleck plays Frank Reagan, the patriarch of a family of cops and lawyers and each week covers cases that involve some or all of the Reagan family. This 6-disc set contains all 22 episodes.
After a cliff-hanging final episode, this season begins with Beckett (Stana Katic) recovering from being shot by a sniper and bravely joining crime-fighting novelist Castle (Nathan Fillian) on the search for her would-be killer as well as a bunch of new mysteries. This 6-disc set contains all 23 episodes including the fan favourite “The Blue Butterfly,” in which the stars play duel roles in a black-and-white film noir episode.
During the 1960s and 1970s, Hammer Studios stood for the finest of gothic British horror producing cult classic versions of Dracula, Frankenstein and their sequels as well as several sexy horror films like Twins of Evil and The Vampire Lovers. In 1980, they turned to TV with this supernatural anthology series that included episodes about ghosts, witches and haunted houses and starred such famous faces as Peter Cushing, Diana Dors and a young Pierce Brosnan. While it only lasted one season (and 13 episodes all available in this DVD set), scenes from it are ingrained on many a horror fan’s memory forever.
With an executive producer like Steven Spielberg behind it, this thrilling combination of Swiss Family Robinson and Jurassic Park is more like Avatar and less like the original Land of the Lost. In the two-hour premiere, we meet the Shannon family in 2149 Chicago, a time and place where global warming and over-population has forced a brave few to take advantage of a time-travelling opportunity to go back to a prehistoric era where they can begin again. But things aren’t all peaceful in the past as the Shannons and the other “Pilgrims” face danger from not only the enormous dinosaurs roaming around, but also from a mysterious group of residents called the Sixers and a tough-as-nails colony leader named Taylor (Avatar’s Stephen Lang). This 4-disc set features all of the series’ 11 episodes.
In the fifth season of this popular award-winning sitcom, Leonard develops a relationship with Penny, Amy starts dating Sheldon and Leonard makes preparations for both walking down the aisle and going to the moon. This 3-disc set features all 22 episodes highlighted by guest star appearances by Stephen Hawking, Leonard Nimoy and Brent Spiner. (Warner)
The winner for last year’s Teen Choice Awards for Choice Sci-fi/Fantasy TV Show is back for its third season and there is no lack of suspense and drama. In Tennessee, Klaus confronts a werewolf named Ray Sutton. Meanwhile, Elena and Alaric are worried about Jeremy, who has begun to see visions of his dead exes and Stefan has gone missing. What a way to steal focus away her Elena’s birthday, you guys. This 6-disc set features all 22 episodes. (Warner)