Upcoming DVD & Blu-ray Releases: Week of 5-15-11

Are you looking for the latest blockbusters and the latest seasons of TV classics? You are in luck! Television season sets dominate this week’s new offerings–including a mix of contemporary favorites and beloved shows from yesteryear. There’s also an assortment of recent movies making their home video debuts. What are you looking forward to checking out? Here’s some suggestions!

The Rite

Based on actual events, this supernatural chiller follows seminary student Michael (Colin O’Donoghue) as he is sent to the Vatican to study exorcisms. Although he is skeptical about the practice in general, his opinion soon changes when he begins working with Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins). Together, the men encounter an evil force so terrifying and powerful that their lives-and faith-are forever changed. With Alice Braga, Ciaran Hinds, Rutger Hauer.

All in the Family: The Complete Ninth Season

The world of TV was never the same once Queens factory worker Archie Bunker opened his mouth to complain about minorities, hippies, feminists and anyone else who disagreed with him. Norman Lear’s groundbreaking sitcom, which won several Emmys during its 1970-1979 run, starred Carroll O’Connor as Archie, Jean Stapleton as long-suffering wife Edith, Sally Struthers as daughter Gloria, and Rob Reiner as long-haired, left-wing son-in-law Mike. All 27 episodes from season nine-including “Little Miss Bunker,” “Edith vs. The Bank,” “Stephanie and the Crime Wave,” “The Family Next Door,” and the final episode “Too Good Edith”-are featured in a three-disc set.

The Bionic Woman: Season Two

This set features the Bionic Woman fighting Bigfoot. That’s reason enough to buy it.

Covert Affairs: Season One

Annie Walker (Piper Perabo) is a young CIA recruit who is unexpectedly promoted to field agent before her training is complete. With the help of Auggie Anderson (Christopher Gorham), a blind operative who acts as her mentor, Annie deals with all manner of national security issues while keeping her job a secret from her family and friends. Kari Matchett, Anne Dudek, Sendhil Ramamurthy, and Peter Gallagher co-star in this slick spy series. All 11 episodes from the debut season-including the “Pilot,” “South Bend Suarez,” “Communication Breakdown,” “Fool in the Rain,” and “When the Levee Breaks”-are featured in a three-disc set.

Elephant White

Djimon Hounsou stars as a hardened and emotionally detached mercenary who’s hired to eliminate the members of a sex-trafficking operation in Thailand by a mysterious father whose daughter was kidnapped and killed by the thugs. What starts as just another job for Hounsou gets complicated when he meets a 14-year-old girl who touches his heart, gets caught between two rival gangs, and begins to question his trust in his arms dealer (Kevin Bacon).

Flashpoint: The Third Season

Debuting in 2008, this taut crime drama chronicles the exploits of the Strategic Response Unit, an elite police squad that deals with everything from hostage rescue and bomb threats to gang violence and teen suicide. While highly trained in the use of deadly weapons and tactics, the SRU’s greatest strength is often its officers’ intuition and quick-thinking. Enrico Colantoni, Hugh Dillon, Amy Jo Johnson, David Paetkau star. All 16 episodes from season three-including “One Wrong Move,” “Coming to You Live,” “Behind the Blue Line,” “Follow the Leader,” and “Acceptable Risk”-are featured in a four-disc set.

The Mechanic

Jason Statham steps into Charles Bronson‘s shoes in this loose remake of the 1972 actioner. After reluctantly carrying out a hit on his longtime friend and mentor (Donald Sutherland), a skilled professional killer (Statham) begins teaching the man’s son (Ben Foster) the tricks of his deadly trade. The pair makes a formidable team, but will the pupil turn on the teacher when he learns the truth about his father’s death? With Tony Goldwyn, Jeff Chase, Mini Anden.

The Roommate

In the tradition of Single White Female comes this taut suspenser about Rebecca (Leighton Meester), a college student who develops a strange attachment to her new roommate, Sara (Minka Kelly). But Rebecca’s possessive behavior quickly turns into full-blown obsession as she begins terrorizing Sara’s friends, sabotaging her relationship with her new boyfriend, and turning to violence in an effort to keep her “friend” all to herself. With Cam Gigandet, Danneel Harris.

Royal Pains: Season Two

Wrongly blamed for the death of a patient, New York City ER doc Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein) packs up and moves to the Hamptons. When he saves the life of a wealthy supermodel during a swanky party, Hank becomes a physician-for-hire to the rich and powerful while trying to find the time to also help the less fortunate with their medical needs. Paulo Costanzo, Jill Flint, Reshma Shetty also star in this quirky comedy series. All 18 second-season episodes-including “Spasticity,” “Medusa,” “The Hankover,” “Big Whoop,” and “Listen to the Music”-are featured in a four-disc set.

Vanishing on 7th Street

When an unexplained blackout unexpectedly strikes Detroit, the city becomes consumed by fear. The next morning, a disparate group of strangers learns that the rest of the Motor City’s population has vanished. Taking shelter in a rundown bar, they discover that darkness and strange whispering shadows surround them…and they may not be able to escape. Compelling apocalyptic thriller stars Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo.

The Virginian: The Complete Fourth Season

Based loosely on Owen Wister’s 1902 novel set in the 19th century, this popular 1962-63 western drama was notable for pioneering a format of 90-minute installments. The series chronicled the exploits of those working ranch land in Medicine Bow, Wyoming-including the title character (James Drury), and subsequent owners Judge Henry Garth (Lee J. Cobb), and the Grainger Brothers (Charles Bickford, John McIntire). With Roberta Stone, Jeanette Nolan. All 30 episodes from season four-including “The Brothers,” “Ring of Silence,” “The Laramie Road,” “That Saunders Woman,” and “The Mark of a Man”-are featured in a 10-disc set.

Wagon Train: The Complete Third Season

One of TV’s most beloved westerns, “Wagon Train” aired on NBC and then ABC from 1957-1965 and followed a band of settlers travelling from Missouri to California. Along with a bevy of guest stars, Ward Bond played wagonmaster Seth Adams and Robert Horton was scout Flint McCullough, succeeded by John McIntire as Chris Hale and Robert Fuller as Cooper Smith. All 37 episodes from season three-including “The Stagecoach Story,” “The Elizabeth McQueeney Story” (guest starring Bette Davis), “The St. Nicholas Story,” the two-part “On Trial for Murder,” and “The Shad Bennington Story”-are featured in a 10-disc set.

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Here’s a look at last week’s new releases.

  • Mary Louise Nentwig

    Hi:

    I have a question. First, I want to thank you for showing all the wonderful Esther Williams movies this month. I wish you would release more of her movies to the public. There are two in particular that I would love to have and they are “Duchess of Idaho” and “Ship Ahoy”. A person cannot purchase any copies of these anywhere on the internet. Please think about this for us Esther Williams fans! If you ever do release them I wish you would let me know. You have my e-mail address. Thank you. I plan on enjoying the remainder of her movies on Thursday evening.

  • Roy L Marsh Jr

    have been looking for Glenn Ford movie titled “Rage” released in 1966, any info on this would be greatly appreciated

  • Geoff Mullins

    Amongst the many fine films never released to DVD is one that I would dearly love to see surface. Released in 1974, Conrack was directed by Martin Ritt (what a great Director) and starred Jon Voight and Paul Winfield.

    Based on the novel “The River is Wide” by Pat Conroy, it certainly worthy of a wider showing in a time when many of today’s films are just above mediocre..

  • Robert Stewart

    Is there any hope that the following films will be released on dvd?
    Show Boat -1936 By far the best version
    Little Boy Lost – A very good dramatic Crosby
    The Unvited -1944 the very best supernatural film, with Ray Milland & Gail Russell
    Conspiracy of Hearts – Moving Lilli Palmer film
    With so much junk appearing on dvd each week it is hard to understand why good films such as these remain unavailable.

  • june harris

    Is there any hope that the Anthony Andrews, Jane Seymour version of “The Scarlet Pimpernel” be released on DVD? Also, the film “Ladyhawke” starring Rutger Hauer, Michele Pffifer and Matthew Broderick?

  • Lisa C

    Would love to see “Come to the Stable” starring Loretta Young and Celeste Holm out on DVD.

  • Ric S

    Lisa I am also waiting for “Come to the Stable” excellent film. Saw it once by accident.. you know nothing to watch so I took the chance loved it bought it on VHS.. Now I want to see it especially around Christmas time. And to June Harris. “Ladyhawke” is available on DVD.. I have it…another great movie that just happened to appear and I fell in love with..

  • S. R. Orsulak

    I’m a big fan of Sword and Sandal movies, is there any chance that 2 of Steve Reeves movies MORGAN THE PIRATE, THE SLAVE, will ever come out on DVD?

  • Ric S

    Mary Louise Nentwig: Are you sure the Esther Williams movie is called “Ships Ahoy”? I just saw in my paper today 5/19/11 that an Esther Williams movie is on TCM tonight and it’s called “Skirts Ahoy” Could be a misprint but I’d check it out if you have time and that channel available to you in your area.

  • Roy Earl Clark

    I have been trying for years to fill one glaring gap in my video library: “The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea” starring Sarah Miles and Kris Kristoferson. Is there any possibility of my desire for that film being satisfied?

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  • Phyllis Lackie

    To June Harris: “The Scarlet Pimpernel” with Anthony Andrews and Jane Seymore is on DVD, I have it.