Whoa. That’s the only word that comes to mind when describing the sheer quality and volume of Blu-rays and DVDs that are now available. With the holidays swiftly approaching you’ll want to stock up on these great new offerings!
Onetime outcasts Red, Chuck and Bomb now proudly found themselves in charge of security on Bird Island, keeping the forces of Piggy Island at bay. However, when ice bombs launched from Eagle Island threaten to level both dominions, the foul-tempered fowl have to ally with their rooting rivals before all are left in the cold. Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Bill Hader, Rachel Bloom, Peter Dinklage, Leslie Jones, Tiffany Haddish, Awkwafina provide voices.
Bazinga! Smart and witty, this CBS sitcom chronicles the misadventures of Leonard and Sheldon, two brilliant─and socially awkward─college physicists who don’t have a clue about anything except science. When pretty blonde Penny moves into the apartment across the hall, the guys enlist her help to learn about life outside of the lab. Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg star. All 24 episodes from the final season are featured in this set.
The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Series
All 277 episodes of the nerdtastic CBS hit are showcased in this incredible 36-disc collection.
Dared by his class’s cool kids to show up at a kissing party, panicked 12-year-old Max (Jacob Tremblay) begs best buds Lucas (Keith L. Williams) and Thor (Brady Noon) to help him get experience with girls fast. The crash course leads them to a string of improper antics, from trying to figure out their folks’ marital aids to an angry pursuit by the teen neighbors they spied on for pointers. Outrageous farce also stars Will Forte, Lil Rel Howery, Retta, Molly Gordon, Midori Francis.
With the Kolkota orphanage that she administrates close to shuttering, Isabel (Michele Williams) was very willing to fly in and listen when Manhattan media executive Theresa (Julianne Moore) floated the prospect of a sizable donation. However, Theresa also made attendance at the wedding of her daughter Grace (Abby Quinn) part of the visit–and set Isabel up with a stunning confrontation of her own past. Affecting remake of the 2006 Danish drama co-stars Billy Crudup, Alex Esola, Vir Pachisia.
After the Lloyd Nolan series at Fox ran its course, Hugh Beaumont set up shop as Brett Halliday’s two-fisted shamus in these hard-to-find whodunits from Producers Releasing Corporation. When the body of a wealthy new client is found alongside that of an old crony, Shayne has to out-race the cops looking to implicate him, in “Murder Is My Business” (1946). With Lyle Talbot, George Meeker. The pursuit of a client’s missing stepdaughter brings Shayne to a perilous undercover sanitarium stay in “Larceny in Her Heart” (1946). With Douglas Fowley, Gordon Richards. Shayne comes to the aid of a reporter pal whose stories on a string of unsolved murders get him mixed up with a gambling syndicate in “Blonde for a Day” (1946) and a beautiful–and dangerous–blonde. With Kathryn Adams, Paul Bryar. Shayne discovers–the hard way–why a baggage claim voucher was so important that an old comrade had to die for it, in “Three on a Ticket” (1947). With Cheryl Walker, Ralph Dunn. Someone’s been flooding a racetrack with counterfeit tickets, and Shayne has to grab their reins, in “Too Many Winners” (1947). With Trudy Marshall, John Hamilton.
Debuting in 2017, this exciting entry in the ever-popular sci-fi franchise takes place approximately 10 years before the original “Star Trek” series. Imprisoned for mutiny, disgraced Starfleet officer Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) gets a chance at redemption when she’s recruited to join the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery on an important interstellar mission. Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Jason Isaacs also star. All 14 rpisodes from the series’ second season are included in this release.
Abandoned to a North Carolina state home due to his Down syndrome, Zak (Zack Gottsagen) slipped the facility to pursue his dream: attending the wrestling school of his favorite pro grappler. As he makes unlikely companions of a fisherman (Shia LaBeouf) fleeing the law and the caretaker (Dakota Johnson) sent to bring him back, they find themselves on a revelatory raft journey down the Outer Banks. Crowd-pleasing comedy-drama co-stars Bruce Dern, Thomas Haden Church, John Hawkes.
While standup comic Zadie (Sasheer Zamata) fronted that she was comfortably in the friend zone with ex Bradford (Tone Bell), she never quite got over him. So, when she proposes a group getaway including his current lady Margo (DeWanda Wise)–at the Agua Dulce B&B run by Zadie’s arch mom (Kym Whitley)–and takes every opportunity to flirt with cute guest Aubrey (Y’lan Noel)–matters are sure to boil over in this wry rom-com from writer/director Stella Meghie (“Everything, Everything”).
Career-stalled NYC writer Billi Wang (Awkwafina) was trying (and failing) to deal with the news that her beloved grandmother (Zhao Shuzhen) in Changchun had terminal cancer. As her parents (Tzi Ma, Diana Lin) resolved to keep the matriarch in the dark about her health–and used the pretext of a cousin’s wedding for a last goodbye from the extended family–Billi found herself torn between culturally-expected silence and her own guilt. Lulu Wang’s acclaimed dramedy co-stars Lu Hong, Jiang Yongbo.
Walter Matthau is Charley, a stunt pilot-turned-crook who specializes in small-time bank jobs. But when a seemingly simple caper yields $750,000 in mob money, Charley and the heist’s only other survivor (Andrew Robinson) quickly become the target of a vicious, hulking hit man named Molly (Joe Don Baker). Director Don Siegel’s (“Dirty Harry”) gritty and wryly entertaining crime thriller also stars Felicia Farr, Norman Fell, Sheree North.
While on the run from the ex-partners who think he made off with the loot from their last job, heist artist John “Thunderbolt” Doherty (Clint Eastwood) makes an eager apprentice out of young drifter/thief Lightfoot (Jeff Bridges). The newbie winds up brokering a truce between Doherty and his pursuers–by proposing a do-over of the botched robbery. Exciting debut feature from Michael Cimino co-stars George Kennedy, Geoffrey Lewis, Gary Busey, Catherine Bach.
It was 1958, and with $50 between them, Georgia boys Bo (Nick Nolte) and Harley (Don Johnson) set out cross-country to enter their souped-up ‘57 Chevy in the California drag race nationals. They hadn’t gotten far when they decided to make a road companion out of hash house server Junell (Robin Mattson)–and her wild streak would leave them on the run from vengeful hood kids and an angry sheriff, in this in-name-only follow-up to “Macon County Line” from the original’s director/co-writer, Richard Compton.
Nick Kegan (Jeff Bridges) had long accepted the official story of his U.S. president brother’s assassination a generation ago. With a second shooter’s deathbed confession, however, his unhinged patrician father (John Huston) sends him on an cross-country investigation marked by murdered witnesses and stunning reveals. Offbeat blend of political thriller and black comedy, based on Richard Condon’s novel, co-stars Anthony Perkins, Belinda Bauer, Eli Wallach, Sterling Hayden.
Emerging from a collapsed coal mine after several days to find that nuclear war has apparently wiped out mankind, engineer Ralph Burton (Harry Belafonte) makes his way to New York City and settles into a life without human contact. Things change when he meets fellow survivor Sarah Crandall (Inger Stevens), but their tentative relationship is challenged by the arrival of “third wheel” Benson Thacker (Mel Ferrer) in this thought-provoking mix of apocalyptic science fiction and social drama.
The Humphrey Bogart classic “To Have and Have Not” is updated and set during the early days of the Cuban revolution, with Audie Murphy taking the lead as Sam Martin, a charter boat skipper who gets roped into international intrigue by agreeing to take his clients on a weekend trip to Havana. Unaware that one of his passengers is a gunrunner for the rebels, Martin is forced to take sides as they approach Cuba. With Eddie Albert, Patricia Owens, Everett Sloane, Richard Jaeckel.
Classic western saga from director Anthony Mann stars James Stewart as self-made cattleman Jeff Webster, who dreams of striking it rich in the Klondike gold rush. After moving his herd to Alaska, Webster soon finds trouble in the form of a crooked judge (John McIntire) and the reckless nature of his fellow prospectors. Will his yearn for money spell his downfall? Engaging Northern frontier adventure co-stars Walter Brennan, Ruth Roman, Corinne Calvet, Harry Morgan.
Offbeat Italian crime saga stars Roger Moore as Ulisse, slick lawyer and nephew of Mafioso Salvatore Francesco (Ivo Garrani). The giant crucifix Francesco was transporting from Sicily to San Francisco is used–unknown to him–to smuggle a fortune in heroin into the U.S., and now it’s up to Ulisse and his race car driver buddy Charlie Hanson (Stacy Keach) to find those responsible and make them pay. With Fausto Tozzi, Ennio Balbo.
First-rate police thriller from director Don Siegel concerns the trials and tribulations of hard-bitten NYC cop Det. Daniel Madigan (Richard Widmark) and his partner, Det. Rocco Bonaro (Harry Guardino), as their boss, the harried Commissioner Anthony X. Russell (Henry Fonda), gives them 72 hours to stop a psychopathic murderer. Knockout supporting cast includes James Whitmore, Susan Clark, Inger Stevens, and Michael Dunn.
The Daytrippers (Criterion Collection)
Daring dark comedy about a Long Island woman who finds a romantic letter that may have been written to her husband. Hoping to find him–and the truth–she and her neurotic family set out for the streets of Manhattan in their station wagon, staging a wacky, soul-searching quest. Debut feature from writer-director Greg Mottola stars Hope Davis, Pat McNamara, Anne Meara, Parker Posey, Liev Schreiber, Campbell Scott, and Stanley Tucci.
Not long after a new teacher (Carl Schell) reported for work at a girls’ reform school, young inmates started turning up dead–savagely mauled as if by some kind of animal. With the local authorities baffled, one resident (Barbara Lass) starts her own investigation…but will she live to share the unholy truth? Seminal Euroshocker also stars Curt Lowens, Luciano Pigozzi, Maurice Marsac, Michela Roc. AKA: “Lycanthropus.”
Prosperous L.A. car dealer Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) still felt the sting of losing Mr. Miyagi, the mentor who schooled him in martial arts as a teen. Down-and-out janitor Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) sought new purpose by reopening the controversial dojo where he trained in his youth. Odd fate would find their adolescent rivalry renewed in middle age, in this popular web series continuation of the “Karate Kid” saga; Courtney Henggeler, Tanner Buchanan, Xolo Maridueña, Mary Mouser also star. All 20 episodes from the first two seasons are featured in this collection.
Intense road thriller featuring Stacy Keach as Pat Quid, an American truck driver driving across the Australian continent, who picks up another Yank, hitchhiker Pamela Rushworth (Jamie Lee Curtis). The pair talks about an active serial killer terrorizing the roads, and when Pamela turns up missing, Quid goes on the prowl to bring her back safe. Grant Page, Marion Edward also star; directed by Richard Franklin (“Patrick”).
In the last days of World War II, a group of British commandos is sent on a daring mission deep into Nazi territory to sabotage production of a pair of deadly rockets targeted at London and New York. Lavish wartime epic stars George Peppard, Sophia Loren, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Tom Courtenay, Jeremy Kemp; directed by Michael Anderson (“The Dam Busters”).
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