Another week, another batch of great new DVD and Blu-ray releases! What really makes these offerings something truly special is the star power that is on display this week. We’ve got film favorites featuring Orson Welles, Claudette Colbert, Natalie Wood, Ken Maynard, Jon Voight, Kate Hudson and plenty of other greats from throughout the history of Hollywood. Let’s take a look at what titles are now available!
Scarred and disabled in battle in World War I, American soldier Orson Welles goes into hiding in Austria while wife Claudette Colbert, assuming her husband is dead, remarries factory owner George Brent. Eventually, Welles is hired by Brent and returns to America to find his wife and the son he never knew. Moving melodrama also stars Richard Long and Natalie Wood (in her first credited screen role).
Ken Maynard, Hoot Gibson, and Bob Steele team as the Trail Blazers in this all-star oater. When some ornery owlhoots start holding up stagecoaches, Steele decides something must be done, so he infiltrates them. Enlisting the help of his fellow Blazers, he soon brings the black hats down. With Linda Brent.
In this intriguing ’60s-flavored drama, Jon Voight plays a radical college student stirring up trouble on campus in accordance with his fervent anti-capitalist convictions. Attending protests and struggling to maintain relationships with women, Voight ratchets up his volume (and his tactics) in response to oppressors trying to sink his left-wing vision of a just society. Seymour Cassel, Robert Duvall, and Jennifer Salt co-star.
When his son is placed on trial for murdering a stagecoach driver, heroic sheriff Sterling Hayden becomes determined to clear his name. As he investigates, he is shocked to discover that all signs point to his boy being responsible for the killing. Can the lawman bring his own offspring to justice? Thought-provoking western co-stars Constance Ford, John Dehner, Kent Taylor.
As the quest to prosecute those responsible for the murder of President Abraham Lincoln heats up, Mary Surratt (Robin Wright) is arrested and charged with conspiracy along with seven other men. Because she owns the boarding house where the assassination was planned, her guilt seems clear to many, but during her military tribunal, her lawyer (James McAvoy) comes to realize she might be innocent. Director Robert Redford‘s powerful historical drama co-stars Kevin Kline, Tom Wilkinson, and Evan Rachel Wood.
Based on the novels by Jeff Lindsay, this offbeat Showtime series stars Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan, a serial killer with a sense of justice. Working as a forensics expert for the Miami police by day, Dexter spends his nights slaughtering the murderers who’ve managed to escape the long arm of the law. With James Remar, Lauren Velez, Julie Benz. All 12 episodes from season five-including “My Bad,” “Practically Perfect,” “First Blood,” “Teenage Wasteland,” and “The Big One”-are featured in a four-disc set.
In the year 2040, groups of people have left a dying Earth and established a colony on a distant planet they dub “Carpathia.” Working to survive on the strange new world and create a society, the interplanetary pioneers must deal with the arrival of a new Earth ship and a mystery lurking within Carpathia. Liam Cunningham, Eric Mabius, Hermione Norris star in this imaginative, short-lived BBC sci-fi/drama.
Based on the comic book series by Min-Woo Hyung, this dystopian horror tale is set in a world in which mankind has been engaged in a century-long battle against vampires. Living in a walled-in city ruled by the Church, a priest breaks his vows in order to rescue his niece from a pack of bloodsuckers who have abducted her. Joined by his relative’s boyfriend and a powerful Warrior Priestess, the holy man embarks on a mission that will push his faith to its limits and beyond. Paul Bettany, Karl Urban, Cam Gigandent, and Maggie Q star.
Bittersweet romantic comedy, based on the best-seller by Emily Giffin, tackles the complexities of love, friendship, loyalty, and fidelity. Successful Manhattan lawyer Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) finds her life turned upside down when she begins an affair with Dex (Colin Egglesfield), the man she’s had a crush on for years, and must keep it a secret from Darcy (Kate Hudson), her best friend who also happens to be Dex’s fiancee. John Krasinski also stars.
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Here’s a look at last week’s DVD and Blu-ray releases.